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CAT quashes appointments under sports quota
New Delhi, August 27
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has quashed the appointments and the results declared in 1999 of 37 posts under the sports category, following the revelation of unfair methods having been adopted for the selection of candidates by the Delhi Government.

CM for private sector participation in building low-cost houses 
New Delhi, August 27
The Chief Minister has invited the private sector to become Bhagidars (partners) of the Government of NCT of Delhi in redeveloping slums by building low-cost housing. She asked the Delhi Real Estate Development Council, a representative body of realtors in the Capital, to adapt the ‘Mumbai Slum Resettlement Model’ to suit NCT of Delhi’s needs.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at the inauguration of Delhi Real Estate Development Council in the Capital Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at the inauguration of Delhi Real Estate Development Council in the Capital on Friday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi


 

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Court directs Tihar Jail authorities to produce Jain
New Delhi, August 27
A city court today asked Tihar Jail Superintendent to produce before it tomorrow the deputy chairman of the Standing Committee, MCD, Ashok Jain, who was arrested by the CBI on bribery charges.

Six booked for razing historical Matiamahal
Faridabad, August 27
The administration of Ballabhgarh town here has got a case registered against six persons in connection with the demolition of Matiamahal, a historical building here. There had been much resentment against the incident and a large number of people, including the political leaders and social activists condemned the demolition and sought action against the accused.

Truckers’ strike hits industrial units 
Greater Noida, August 27
With the truckers’ strike having entered the seventh day, its impact has become visible on the industrial belt of Noida and Greater Noida. The all-India strike has been called against the service tax on trucks by the Central Government.

Social activist beaten up for complaining against criminals 
New Delhi, August 27
In a shocking incident, a social activist in the Anand Parbat area, Mr Asha Ram Gautam, was severely beaten up because he dared to complaint to the L-G and the Police Commissioner regarding the nefarious activities of land and liquor mafia in the area.

DUSU official manhandled
New Delhi, August 27
An official of the Delhi University, appointed to preside over the elections to the students union, was allegedly manhandled by some unidentified students in the law faculty here today.

Two killed, six injured in accidents
Noida, August 27
In two road accidents, two persons were killed while six were injured in Dadri yesterday. According to police, a tanker coming from Ghaziabad collided with an Indica car head-on near KBL Mill on the outskirts of Dadri. Girdhari of Nai Basti, Mohan and Dharam Singh of Bharana have been seriously injured in the accident.

Harshvardhan alleges financial irregularities in MCD
New Delhi, August 27
The president of Delhi Pradesh BJP, Dr Harshvardhan, has reiterated that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has committed “large-scale financial irregularities” and that corruption was rampant.

One killed, six injured in accident
New Delhi, August 27
One person was killed and six injured after a speeding truck rammed into a stationary tempo and thereafter into the wall of Moti Bagh Gurudwara near Dhaula Kuan.
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CAT quashes appointments under sports quota
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 27
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has quashed the appointments and the results declared in 1999 of 37 posts under the sports category, following the revelation of unfair methods having been adopted for the selection of candidates by the Delhi Government.

CAT Vice-Chairman V. S. Aggarwal and Member (Administrative) S. A. Singh said, where unfair method has been adopted, the selection process must be set aside... a fresh merit list in this regard should be prepared and thereafter, the result should be declared as per the merit of the candidates.

The Tribunal also directed the Delhi Chief Secretary to “re-examine the entire dossiers of all candidates to inquire whether they have filed complete certificates and were within the age limit prescribed etc”.

Applicant Amar Nath Shukla was a chess player who had applied for the post of Delhi Government’s subordinate services (Grade II/Grade IV) under the sports quota, his counsel Arun Bhardwaj said.

The chess trial was taken by a person who was hardly familiar with the game. Further, the test, which requires pin drop silence and extreme concentration, was taken in a stadium where horses were running and a band was playing, the counsel alleged. When he protested, the trial was cancelled and conducted again.

He came first in the trials for both the grades, Bhardwaj said. Shukla was called for the interview only on the direction of the Tribunal. Shukla also found that the authorities used “unfair marking policy,” the counsel said.

Work on sports stadium to be restarted

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will restart work of constructing a sports stadium in the Madipur Assembly segment, the foundation stone of which was laid two decades ago.

The Member of Parliament (MP) elected to the Lok Sabha from the Outer Delhi parliamentary constituency, Mr Sajjan Kumar, today said that some construction did take place but it was abandoned abruptly.

Mr Kumar, who inspected the site accompanied by Municipal Commissioner Rakesh Mehta, said that the foundation stone of the stadium was laid when he was an MP between 1980 and 1984.

He told reporters that the municipal commissioner had also agreed to construct buildings for dispensaries in the Bawana, Nangloi and Madipur Assembly segments of his parliamentary constituency.

The dispensary in Bawana is housed in the Maternity and Child Welfare Centre. This dispensary and the others in Kanjhawala, Nangloi and Jwala Heri are in a dilapidated condition.

No repairs have been undertaken in the past decade. Mr Sajjan Kumar said that the MCD would convert the dispensaries in Bawana, Kanjhawala and Nangloi into polyclinics. The municipal commissioner, he said, has also ordered reconstruction of the roads extending from Kanjhawala to Bawana, Begumpur to Kanjhawala and from Kirari to Sultanpuri. 

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CM for private sector participation in building low-cost houses 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 27
The Chief Minister has invited the private sector to become Bhagidars (partners) of the Government of NCT of Delhi in redeveloping slums by building low-cost housing. She asked the Delhi Real Estate Development Council, a representative body of realtors in the Capital, to adapt the ‘Mumbai Slum Resettlement Model’ to suit NCT of Delhi’s needs. A team of Delhi Development Authority officials had visited Mumbai to study the slum development programme. A few sites in NCT of Delhi have been identified to carry out a similar project.

Ms Sheila Dikshit said she was open to the idea of in situ rehabilitation of slum-dwellers, which entails construction of small apartments in a portion and developing the remaining area commercially.

Doing so will enable the public-private consortium to cross-subsidise the redevelopment of slums.
The Chief Minister said she was impressed with the experiment by Mumbai in this regard.

“There is a need to formulate a similar project for Delhi and the private developers and the Delhi Development Authority can play an important role in it,” she said.

She said one of the main reasons for the mushrooming of slums was that not much thought has been given to building houses for the service providers like domestic help, etc. Observing that it was the legal right of every citizen to live with dignity, she admitted that the government has not been able to adequately fulfil housing needs of the low-income groups.

“This is where the government and the private sector need to plan together,” the Chief Minister said and recalled Mumbai’s experiment of redeveloping slums.

The president of Delhi Real Estate Development Council, Mr T. C. Goyal, proposed that the government allot five to 50 acres of land to private sector for construction of residential complexes. This, Mr Goyal hoped, would act as a disincentive for unauthorised construction. The Delhi Real Estate Development Council also proposed a legislation for licensing of real estate brokers. The proposed legislation, put forth to Ms Dikshit at the launch of the Delhi Real Estate Development Council, envisages training and a code of ethics for real estate agents.

“Certain criteria like education and training should be fulfilled by a person to work as a real estate agent,” said Sumit Jha, Assistant Director of the National Real Estate Development Council.

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Court directs Tihar Jail authorities to produce Jain
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 27
A city court today asked Tihar Jail Superintendent to produce before it tomorrow the deputy chairman of the Standing Committee, MCD, Ashok Jain, who was arrested by the CBI on bribery charges.

Special Judge Pratibha Rani issued production warrant to the jail superintendent after the jail authorities failed to produce Jain before her today.

The court had, on August 13, remanded Jain to 14-day judicial custody which expired today. On August 19, the court rejected Jain’s bail plea saying the charges against him were serious and that the investigation was on the initial stage.

CBI said Jain was arrested while accepting bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a builder at his Sitaram Bazar office in the walled city on August 12. Jain had allegedly demanded the money from the builder after he was awarded a contract to construct shops on MCD land.

The builder, however, informed the CBI which laid a trap and caught him while allegedly accepting the bribe.

The Standing Committee of MCD is the most powerful body within the corporation as it is authorised to award contracts above Rs 10 lakh.

Jain’s counsel C.B. Subhash contended that the CBI had fabricated the case against him (Jain) in connection with a few people, dealing in land and property grabbing and in illegal construction, from the Sita Ram Bazar (from where he got elected).

The defense counsel also said since Jain was already suffering from chest pain and has been so certified by the doctors he needed to be released on bail during the pendency of the trial. 

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Six booked for razing historical Matiamahal
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 27
The administration of Ballabhgarh town here has got a case registered against six persons in connection with the demolition of Matiamahal, a historical building here. There had been much resentment against the incident and a large number of people, including the political leaders and social activists condemned the demolition and sought action against the accused.

A dharna-cum-demonstration was held outside the office of the Sub-Divisional Officer of Ballabhgarh town today.

The police have booked a case under various sections of the IPC and the Act regarding the preservation of the archeological monuments against at least six persons identified as Pradhuman Singh, Dinesh, Subhash, Radhe Ram, Devraj and Sewakram.

“While the building was demolished about a week ago, the administration was quite slow in taking action against the accused,” alleged

one of the protestors, taking part in the rally today.

Claiming that the case could involve some senior officials, he demanded a high-level probe into the demolition. About three dozen residents of the area led by Mr Nand Lal of Mohna and Mr Ashok Pandit of Mewla

Maharajpur Assembly constituency, staged a dharna outside the office of the SDM of Ballabgarh.

They demanded immediate arrest of the culprits and a strict action against the alleged mafia which had been trying to grab the historical land and buildings.

While the area MLA, Mr Rajender Singh Beesla, had already condemned the act and sought action against all those involved, several local leaders and activists of the Congress, including Mr Vijay Tewatia, Mr Brahmanand Kaushik, Col Mahender Beesla, Mahender Bhadhana, Harprasad Attri Sumit Gaur and Radheyshyam Kukreja, have joined the protest against the demolition and sought immediate action against those responsible.

They have claimed that the Haryana government had declared the palace historical heritage and announced a special budget to restore it several years ago.

It is, however, a fact that some of the offices of the administration of Ballabhgarh town, including a sub-jail and the office of the civic authorities have still been located on the premises of the palace.

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Truckers’ strike hits industrial units 
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, August 27
With the truckers’ strike having entered the seventh day, its impact has become visible on the industrial belt of Noida and Greater Noida.

The all-India strike has been called against the service tax on trucks by the Central Government.

While in some units, finished goods have not been lifted, others were feeling the shortage of raw material. In case the strike is not called off early, it will impact the industrial belt adversely.

The godowns of a large number of factories are full with the finished products, while others are on the verge of grinding to a halt for want of fresh supply of raw material.

According to Sehdev Sharma, president of the Association of Greater Noida Industries, the strike has hit the industrialists hard. The common man is also facing problems in procuring household items of daily use like vegetables. Four hundred small and medium scale industries are feeling the pinch, Mr Sharma said.

According to vice-president of AGNI Kamlesh Jain, a large number of goods-laden trucks were stranded and stuck up on the way.

Naveen Agarwal, director, Priya Gold Biscuits, said: “We are facing a lot of problems. All ready-made material is lying in the factory.”

Entrepreneurs were generally sympathetic to the truck transporters. The government had already hiked the rates of petrol and diesel, but this 10 per cent service tax appears to be the proverbial last straw on the camel’s back.

The industries in the area had been adversely hit by the de-notification of Gautam Budh Nagar by the state government. Hardly had it come out of it, when the service tax on the transporters has again created serious apprehensions in the mind of industrialists here, said P.P. Sharma, secretary-general of AGNI.

S.N. Rai of LG Electronics Co echoed the same views.

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Social activist beaten up for complaining against criminals 
Manish Kumar Singal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 27
In a shocking incident, a social activist in the Anand Parbat area, Mr Asha Ram Gautam, was severely beaten up because he dared to complaint to the L-G and the Police Commissioner regarding the nefarious activities of land and liquor mafia in the area.

He was pulled down from his scooter and mercilessly beaten with iron rods, leading to the fracture of his legs and hand on August 21. He was only let off when his son, who was accompanying him, managed to rally some of the residents of the area to save his father from the criminals. His wife and neighbours took him to the Lady Hardinge Hospital in Cannaught Place where his condition is said to be serious but under control.

It was alleged that instead of the local police being supportive in this case, he was threatened with dire consequences if he unnecessarily raked up this issue.

Asha Ram alleged that the local police was fully involved with the mafia. Hence, the police did not take any serious action against them except register a case of bailable offence.

He said the gang members were involved in illegal activities not only in the colonies but also on the adjoining railway tracks. He also alleged that Maha Singh, a Head Constable posted at the Anand Parbat Police Station, had also become the target of this gang. However, no case was registered against the culprits in this regard. The police confirmed that the incident had taken place and the constable had been transferred from there.

Regarding the beating up of Mr Asha Ram Gautam, the DCP West, Mr Satish Golcha, said, “A case was registered in the local police station and action was taken accordingly. We are further inquiring into the matter. ” 

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DUSU official manhandled
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 27
An official of the Delhi University, appointed to preside over the elections to the students union, was allegedly manhandled by some unidentified students in the law faculty here today.

The miscreants, reported to be supporters of a certain party, were armed with posters and stickers and were on a “defacement” campaign when the official protested. The ensuing argument turned ugly with the official having been allegedly manhandled.

Surprisingly no case has been registered with the police authorities. The official, in his statement said, “there was a misunderstanding”. Declining to affirm whether he had been manhandled, he said, “they had come to past posters in the law faculty, to which I raised objections”.

Meanwhile students organisations, whose supporters are being suspected to have been involved in the incident, have denied the allegation. They claim that the students involved in the fracas are “outsiders” and not bonafide students of the university.

“No party, which is seeking to contest the elections, which is juts a few days away, would do such a thing. It is the handiwork of outsiders, who malign the name of the party”, said the spokesperson of the students organisation, whose supporters are being blamed for the incident.

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Two killed, six injured in accidents
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 27
In two road accidents, two persons were killed while six were injured in Dadri yesterday.
According to police, a tanker coming from Ghaziabad collided with an Indica car head-on near KBL Mill on the outskirts of Dadri. Girdhari of Nai Basti, Mohan and Dharam Singh of Bharana have been seriously injured in the accident. People helped to take the injured out and rushed them to hospital where Girdhari, the driver of the car and Mohan were declared brought dead. Dharam is admitted to the hospital. The car was coming from Secunderabad.

In the second accident, three persons Mobin, Akram, Gulbahar and Babu were injured as their Maruti Van was hit by a roadways bus near village Dairy Mechha, Dadri.

Drivers of both the vehicles fled, while the police have sent the bodies for autopsy. A case of negligent driving has been filed against the drivers.

It was dowry death, allege parents

The parents of Shradha, who had been killed in Sector-22 on Tuesday, have accused her husband Manjinder Singh and his father of having murdered their daughter for dowry. This has given a new twist to the investigations against the death of young housewife.

The investigation of the dowry death has now been assigned to CO, City Sewak RamYadav. Police had been interrogating Manjinder Singh till late in the night.

The police had recovered the body of Shradha, 26, an engineer from her second floor house (Q-70), Sector-22 Noida. Originally a resident of Pune, Shradha’s had been a love marriage with Manjinder Singh a year ago. Police had suspected her husband for the crime, seeing his unusual behaviour.

But Shradha’s parents’ arrival had helped the police. The family had taken the body of their daughter after post-mortem in Ghaziabad yesterday.

The post-mortem examination report had said that there was a fracture in her neck due to strangulation with a chord.

S.K Mulle, Shradha’s father, in a written complaint has accused Manjinder Singh and his father Major Sajjan Singh of having harassed his daughter for dowry from time to time.

Youth held for robbery

New Delhi: The Anand Vihar police have arrested one Bunty (22) while he was allegedly trying to flee after robbing one Vijay Kumar, a resident of Arya Nagar, of his mobile phone.

The police said that when Vijay resisted, Bunty injured him with a razor. The police have registered a case against the accused.—TNS

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Harshvardhan alleges financial irregularities in MCD
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 27
The president of Delhi Pradesh BJP, Dr Harshvardhan, has reiterated that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has committed “large-scale financial irregularities” and that corruption was rampant.

Addressing members of his party, who held a sit-in outside the MCD’s regional office in Rohini, Dr Harshvardhan alleged that corruption was prevalent in the MCD.

He claimed corrupt deals in the purchase of “dust bins, benches, desks, trucks, medicines and chlorine tablets … sanitation, drainage, dumping, parking, licence, toll tax, etc”.

Railway over-bridge near completion

Travel time between ITO Bridge near Laxmi Nagar and Noida will reduce to five minutes from November after completion of the construction of a railway over-bridge.

Urban Development Minister AK Walia, who inspected the site in the day, said that 80 per cent of the work has been completed. The project is a joint venture of the Railways and the PWD.

The 240-metre-long six-lane railway over-bridge would cost Rs 15 crore. It is expected to be completed by November 30. The minister said that half the work of constructing a fly-over in Seelampur has been completed. Being constructed by the DDA, the 672-metre fly-over costing Rs 12.10 crore would be thrown open to traffic by the year-end.

2,296 industrial plots allotted

In a draw of lots held at FICCI Auditorium this morning, the DSIDC allotted 2,296 industrial plots to applicants, who were awaiting allotment, under the relocation of industries scheme. Industries Minister Mangat Ram Singhal and DSIDC Managing Director Jalaj Shrivastva were present on the occasion. The Supreme Court has set a one-year deadline for allotment of 6,000 plots to the remaining eligible units.

Mr Shrivastva said that DSIDC would allot the remaining plots in October, much before the deadline set by the apex court.

The names of 6,357 units had been put for draw of lots for plots and flatted factories in Bawana, Narela, Badli and Patparganj.

DMA for regularisation of ad hoc doctors

The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) alleged that doctors were being exploited in hospitals run by the NCR Government of Delhi as they were appointed on ad hoc basis and had to work under the same conditions for years despite the fact that thousands of vacancies for doctors were lying vacant in government hospitals.

Instead of regularising the doctors working on adhoc basis the government advertises the posts and appoints new doctors, the association said. The last time the doctors were regularised in 1994. The same procedure can be implemented to regularise the present adhoc doctors, said DMA. The DMA office bearers have decided to contact and persuade all the local MLAs of Delhi, MPs from Delhi and ministers concerned in the Union Government in getting the services of these adhoc basis doctors regularised. 

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One killed, six injured in accident
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 27
One person was killed and six injured after a speeding truck rammed into a stationary tempo and thereafter into the wall of Moti Bagh Gurudwara near Dhaula Kuan.

The police said that all the seven labourers were repairing the road where the tempo was parked. The victims were taken to the Safdarjung Hospital where Pramod Mukhia (24) was declared brought dead. The local police have registered a case and have launched a manhunt for the driver who is absconding.

Murder accused arrested

The South District police today arrested a person declared as proclaimed offender and wanted in a murder case of Jharkhand. The accused has been identified as Riazuddin, a resident of village Karma, Jharkhand. He is a member of notorious Nazim Miyan gang in Jharkhand.

On August 25, the police got the information that Nizam Miyan gang members were seen in Sarita Vihar. This gang had been involved in various criminal activities in Jharkhand. Based on the information, the police laid a trap near Meethapur Extension. At 11.45 pm the police arrested a person near the Agra Canal road. During search the police recovered a loaded revolver from his possession. A case under the Arms Act has been registered in the Badarpur police station.

Five held for gambling

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested five persons for gambling and recovered Rs 23,045 from their possession as satta money. The persons arrested have been identified as Mansoor Alam, Rakesh, Afak, Amirul and Sameem. All were arrested from Kodi Colony, Nand Nagri.

Based on a tip-off that some people were playing satta in the colony, the police raided the place and arrested them. 

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