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577 transformers burnt in Noida
Noida, May 15
Even as the power crisis in the region continues, there are reports that the Paschimanchal Power Corporation has been suffering heavy financial losses due to the installation of transformers without tail units in the Noida area.

Demolitions on despite passage of Bill
New Delhi, May 15
Even as Parliament has passed a special Bill to prevent sealing and demolition, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) continued its drive to demolish unauthorised constructions and removal of encroachments from public land.

Govt cancels doctors’ leave, draws up plan
New Delhi, May 15
With medicos in the Capital going on strike as part of their anti-quota agitation, the Delhi Government has cancelled the leave of doctors in its hospitals and drawn up an action plan to ensure that the intensive care, emergency, casualty and trauma services remain unaffected.

Impostors send forged bill for power theft
New Delhi, May 15
The BSES was recently confronted with a unique case when a consumer visited its Enforcement Department with a bill in which he was penalised for Rs 1.20 lakh on account of power theft.



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Sanjeev, alias Jeeva, was arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell in the Capital on Monday for his alleged involvement in the murder of UP MLA Krishna Nand Rai.
Sanjeev, alias Jeeva, was arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell in the Capital on Monday for his alleged involvement in the murder of UP MLA Krishna Nand Rai.
— Tribune photo

Verification of tenants, an uphill task
Faridabad, May 15
The district police have been faced with a daunting task of the tenant verification drive in the city in view of the recent revelation of a Pakistani terrorist belonging to the Laskar-e-Toiba outfit. The terrorist had used a house in Ballabgarh town as his hideout and stored a cache of deadly arms and ammunition. The task appears to be complicated due to the fact that the city has thousands of migrant families.

State-of-the-art train to connect Noida and Dadri
Noida, May 15
With state-of-the-art trains likely to run between Noida, Greater Noida and Dadri, there is some good news for the residents of Noida, Greater Noida and Dadri, who are looking forward to a better transportation system. Based on LRTS, this light train will have four bogies.

Good tidings for owners of flatted factories
New Delhi, May 15
The Delhi Government in a Cabinet meeting today took a decision on conversion of industrial flats of the flatted factory complex near Okhla Industrial Estate into a high purchase scheme and conversion of reform loan to interest-free soft term loan of Delhi Transco Ltd. The meeting was presided over by the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit.

Walia calls for joint efforts to curb waterlogging
New Delhi, May 15
The Delhi Urban Development and PWD minister, Dr A. K. Walia, today exhorted all agencies concerned to initiate more effective coordinated efforts to curb incidents of waterlogging on roads during this rainy season.

Squall gives breather from heat
New Delhi, May 15
A squall with wind speed of 74 km per hour swept through Delhi late last night, providing temporary relief to people from the searing summer heat. The maximum temperature fell by four degrees Celsius last night because of the squall but rose again today and hovered around 40°C.

Workers trying to remove a tree at Max Mueller Marg after a heavy storm hit the Capital on Sunday night. — A Tribune photograph

Workers trying to remove a tree at Max Mueller Marg after a heavy storm hit the Capital on Sunday night.

Rs 1.54 lakh disbursed under unemployment aid scheme
Faridabad, May 15
In an effort to spread the benefits of the various social welfare schemes among the physically challenged, the district administration has identified 9515 eligible persons, whose annual income was less than Rs 28,000 per annum.

Harassed by former lover, girl swallows poison
Noida, May 15
A girl swallowed poison in office after being subjected to constant harassment by her former lover. She had severed all links with him a few days ago. Later, the boy started harassing her. The police have arrested the boy and sent him to jail.

City court hands out 7-year RI for raping colleague
New Delhi, May 15
A city court today sentenced a 30 year-old-man to seven years’ imprisonment for raping his colleague in the Okhla Industrial Area in SouthWest Delhi two years ago.

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577 transformers burnt in Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, May 15
Even as the power crisis in the region continues, there are reports that the Paschimanchal Power Corporation has been suffering heavy financial losses due to the installation of transformers without tail units in the Noida area. According to experts, the lack of this technique had resulted in 45 transformers being damaged since April 2006. According to sources in the department, as many as 577 transformers have been burnt in Noida alone.

Most of the transformers in Noida are said to be without TPSO, which results in repeated hindrance in power transmission.

Whenever a transformer gets damaged due to overloading or tripping, the power supply of the sub station has to be shut. Besides, feeders have also to be shut in many places, which plunges the whole area into darkness.

It was announced that two to three mobile team will be placed in each division, which will detect the fault quickly and set up a mobile transformer for instant supply of power to the consumers.

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Demolitions on despite passage of Bill
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 15
Even as Parliament has passed a special Bill to prevent sealing and demolition, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) continued its drive to demolish unauthorised constructions and removal of encroachments from public land.

The corporation sealed a total of 130 properties. Sealing action in the city zone had completed and Karol Bagh and Najafgarh zone had no programme of sealing, a spokesman of the MCD said. This exercise would continue till the notification of Bill passed by Parliament, the spokesman said.

However, traders’ organisations demanded an end to demolitions and the sealing drive in the Capital with immediate effect as the matter was under the purview of Parliament with the Lok Sabha passing a Bill proposing a one year moratorium from punitive action for unauthorised construction in the city.

Despite the fact that the Lok Sabha had already passed the Bill on May 12, the MCD was regularly carrying out sealing and demolitions in different parts of the Capital, the Confederation of All India Traders said here.

Since the Bill was passed in one House and would be introduced in the other, it had become the subject matter of Parliament and as such MCD was under an obligation to suspend sealing and demolitions in Delhi with immediate effect, it said.

In memoranda submitted to Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, CAIT has urged for amendment in the Bill so that disconnection of electricity and water may also be restored and the clause of providing injunction to further disconnection of electricity and water must be included in the Bill.

It also demanded that during the moratorium period of one year the trade bodies should be involved in exercise of deliberations.

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Govt cancels doctors’ leave, draws up plan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 15
With medicos in the Capital going on strike as part of their anti-quota agitation, the Delhi Government has cancelled the leave of doctors in its hospitals and drawn up an action plan to ensure that the intensive care, emergency, casualty and trauma services remain unaffected.

“In view of the strike, we have decided to cancel the leave of doctors and it has also been decided that no leave will be granted to doctors in hospitals under the Delhi Government for the time being,” Health Secretary D. S. Negi said.

Mr Negi said as a result of the strike by resident doctors and senior resident doctors OPD services as well as patient admissions had been largely affected in the two teaching hospitals GTB and LNJP.

“There are around 45 hospitals under the Delhi Government of which 14 are big hospitals.

However, the effect of the strike is being felt the most in GTB and LJNP,” Mr Negi said.

He said the government together with the Medical Superintendents and Deans had drawn up an action plan to tackle the situation.

“Doctors from other departments are being diverted to ICU, emergency, casualty and trauma services,” Mr Negi said.

The Health Secretary said as per the action plan patients would be diverted from these hospitals affected by the strike to other nearby hospitals.

“The patients are being sent to hospitals run by the MCD as also private hospitals, which are anyway supposed to keep 25 per cent of their beds for poor patients,” Mr Negi said.

Paramedics had also been pressed into service to assist the doctors in maintaining normal services, he said.

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Impostors send forged bill for power theft
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 15
The BSES was recently confronted with a unique case when a consumer visited its Enforcement Department with a bill in which he was penalised for Rs 1.20 lakh on account of power theft.

A close scrutiny of the bill revealed that it was forged and that the consumer was sent the bill by some unscrupulous elements in a bid to make quick money.

The consumer, a resident of LIG DDA Flats, Rajouri Garden, West Delhi, received an enforcement bill (for power theft) of Rs 1.20 lakh, supposedly sent by the Enforcement Division of the BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL).

But it had telltale giveaways. For starters, the company’s name was wrong, there was no similarity in fonts, and the penalty bill of Rs 1.2 lakh was for a mere 1 KW meter.

In this case, the customer was approached by the members of the gang (posing as BSES officials), alleging that his electricity meter was running slow and wanted to take the electricity meter away with them. He was also told that this was a serious offence and he would have to pay a heavy penalty and suggested that he do a “settlement” for a lesser amount. But the alert customer did not agree to a “settlement” and also did not allow them to take away the meter and instead visited the local BSES office. Earlier, the customer had received the bill through Speed Post from the Kalkaji Post Office.

The BSES urges its customers to stay alert against such unscrupulous elements out to make a quick buck in a clandestine manner and tarnish the company’s image and not to give them any money whatever be the reason. All enforcement related payments (fines and penalties) are to be made only at designated BSES offices. Customers are further advised to ascertain and verify the identity of persons wanting to check the meter and should immediately alert the nearest BSES office or call 39999888 and 3999777, should they notice anything suspicious.

Meanwhile, the BSES has reported the matter to the local police and it is on the verge of catching the impostors. In the last few months, BSES vigilance teams along with the Delhi Police have caught many gangs of impostors.

The BSES, Delhi’s premier power distribution company, is committed to ensuring quality and reliable electricity supply to all its consumers.

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Verification of tenants, an uphill task
Bijendra Ahlawat

Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 15
The district police have been faced with a daunting task of the tenant verification drive in the city in view of the recent revelation of a Pakistani terrorist belonging to the Laskar-e-Toiba outfit. The terrorist had used a house in Ballabgarh town as his hideout and stored a cache of deadly arms and ammunition. The task appears to be complicated due to the fact that the city has thousands of migrant families.

Similar verification drives had also been launched earlier, but the authorities concerned could not prepare a proper data bank of such a population and the police faced several problems in getting the required information from the house owners.

Though the police have booked the landlord of the house where the slain terrorist had taken a two-room set on rent in Jagdish Colony of Ballabgarh town in March, nothing much would come out of it, it seems.

Under Section 188 of the IPC, a house owner is required to submit relevant information about the tenant to the police.

According to police sources, every house owner is required to submit the information on a performa prepared by the police and the police station concerned would verifier it before accepting it. This process is quite cumbersome and consumes a lot of time.

Moreover, the amount of rent is not disclosed easily. Representatives and members of certain residents’ welfare associations also feel that this campaign could result in harassment.

One of them claimed that the police should visit the houses instead of asking the residents to come to the police stations to submit information.

One of the members said unless local RWAs were taken into confidence and verification was done in the locality, the move would come to naught.

He said the police should accept the information provided by the house owner at a preliminary stage itself and should not seek personal details if they wanted to make the campaign successful.

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State-of-the-art train to connect Noida and Dadri
Our Correspondent

Noida, May 15
With state-of-the-art trains likely to run between Noida, Greater Noida and Dadri, there is some good news for the residents of Noida, Greater Noida and Dadri, who are looking forward to a better transportation system. Based on LRTS, this light train will have four bogies.

According to a survey undertaken by RITES, these state-of-the-art trains will cost Rs 70 crore for every kilometre. According to reports, the Noida and Greater Noida Development Authorities are jointly working on laying the track for the train.

This ‘light’ train, a common feature abroad, including in many European countries, will make its maiden appearance in the country in Noida, Pune, Kochi and Chennai.

According to the general manager, RITES, Piyush Kansal, this track will take-off from near the Metro terminal in City Centre in Noida. It will touch Sectors-71, 72, 122 and reaching Greater Noida after crossing over the Hindon River, where it will be connected to Bodaki railway station. Work is in progress at Bodaki for setting up a transport hub. It is likely to connect SEZ in Greater Noida, Expo Mart, the proposed SEZ in Noida, NEPZ in Phase-II and Sectors- 50 and 51.

According to Mr Kansal, the laying of track for the light railway is less costly than Metro or monorail, and also requires comparatively less space for its stations and laying of track.

The project is estimated to cost Rs 4000 crore. The details of the project were discussed in an important meeting in Noida recently. The Ghaziabad Development Authority has also shown its keenness to be part of this project, though a corridor for GDA has not been finalized yet.

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Good tidings for owners of flatted factories
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 15
The Delhi Government in a Cabinet meeting today took a decision on conversion of industrial flats of the flatted factory complex near Okhla Industrial Estate into a high purchase scheme and conversion of reform loan to interest-free soft term loan of Delhi Transco Ltd. The meeting was presided over by the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit.

Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said 295 allottees of flatted factories would be brought under the hire-purchase scheme, which would enable them to become owners of their small industrial units. As many as 228 flats of 46 square meters, 66 flats of 44.6 square meters and one flat of 22.89 square meters were allotted to the entrepreneurs on monthly rental basis at Rs 648, Rs 611 and Rs 295, respectively, in December 1981. By implementing the hire-purchase scheme, the Delhi Government has now decided to charge only simple and liberal interest at the rate of 12.25 per cent. They would be allowed to make the payment under the scheme from June 2006 to March 2011.

The Chief Minister said the Cabinet had approved the proposal for conversion of the Rs 3450-crore loan granted to Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) under the category of reform loan to soft term loan. It may be recalled the Delhi Government had granted this loan under Section 12 of the Delhi Electricity Reform Act 2000 to the DTL to enable it to bridge the gap between the power purchase cost and bulk supply tariff received by it from discoms. An amount of Rs 1364 crore, Rs 1470 crore, Rs 480 crore and Rs 136 crore was released to the DTL in various financial years from 2002 to 2006.

She added the Delhi Government had decided to convert the loan into interest-free soft term loan to avoid the unwarranted tariff hike in Delhi. The interest repayment itself would have increased in retail supply tariff for consumers by five per cent to seven per cent. The DTL has been granted moratorium of four years on the repayment of principal and interest amount in respect of Rs 3450 crore and repayment of only principal amount of loan in prolonged 15 years in equal instalment of Rs 230 crore per year after the expiry of moratorium period.

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Walia calls for joint efforts to curb waterlogging
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 15
The Delhi Urban Development and PWD minister, Dr A. K. Walia, today exhorted all agencies concerned to initiate more effective coordinated efforts to curb incidents of waterlogging on roads during this rainy season. He issued this direction in a review meeting of the MCD, the PWD, the DJB, the Irrigation and Flood Control Department and the DMRC. Progress of desilting exercise was also discussed during the meeting.

Giving strict instructions, he called upon the agencies to pull up their socks and intensify their efforts in desilting drains and making elaborate arrangements to avoid waterlogging on all vulnerable points so that Delhiites might not be forced to feel the pinch of waterlogging in their localities and travelling routes.

It was reported at the meeting that there were apprehensions of waterlogging on those roads which had been transferred back to the MCD and the PWD after completion of Metro routes by the DMRC.

Dr Walia directed the DMRC to concentrate on restoration of different services so that leakages might not become the cause of waterlogging.

The Irrigation and Flood Control Department has started desilting on 17 drains out of 63. It is estimated that 3,20,009 cubic metres silt would be required to be removed out of which 1,43,594 cubic metres silt had already been removed. As far as the DJB was concerned, out of its 130-km trunk a sewer length of 50 km had already been desilted, another 40 km length was required to be desilted whereas in case of the rest of the 40 km length there was no need of desilting.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi promised to complete the desilting of all its 1295 nullahs by June 30, 2006. Desilting work in 187 nullahs was in progress whereas in the case of 823 nullahs tenders had been received, work orders had been issued for 416 nullahs and tenders were yet to be received for 265 nullahs.

The MCD had also identified around 130 vulnerable points where apprehension of waterlogging existed. The MCD had further ensured that it would implement a workable action plan to avoid waterlogging on these places. The vulnerable points in City Zone were 5, Civil Line Zone 19, Shahdara South Zone 13, South Zone 3, Central Zone 11, Rohini Zone 13, Karol Bagh Zone 7, West Zone 16, Narela Zone 17, Sadar Paharganj Zone 2, Najafgarh Zone 20 and Shahdara North Zone 10. It was reported that MCD would deploy 75 diesel pump sets on vulnerable points and five each pump sets in all control rooms to intensify its efforts in clearing waterlogging in the minimum possible time to ensure relief to the citizens.

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Squall gives breather from heat
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 15
A squall with wind speed of 74 km per hour swept through Delhi late last night, providing temporary relief to people from the searing summer heat.

The maximum temperature fell by four degrees celsius last night because of the squall but rose again today and hovered around 40 degree celsius, the met office said.

There was no disruption in flight services because of the squall, an airport spokesman said. However, a number of trees were uprooted in different parts of the city even as it recorded 20.8 mm rainfall during the period.

The met office said the squall was the result of an upper air cyclonic circulation over northern Rajasthan adjoining Punjab and central Pakistan.

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Rs 1.54 lakh disbursed under unemployment aid scheme
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 15
In an effort to spread the benefits of the various social welfare schemes among the physically challenged, the district administration has identified 9515 eligible persons, whose annual income was less than Rs 28,000 per annum.

The selected persons have been provided financial help ranging from Rs 300 to Rs 600 per month. In this effort, a total amount of Rs 1.54 lakh was disbursed among such people in the district last month.

According to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Sanjay Joon, 13 youths have been also identified, who were not only physically challenged but also unemployed, and hence covered under the Unemployment Aid Scheme.

Under the scheme, Rs 400 per month were provided to persons with physically disability of up to 70 per cent. Similarly, Rs 600 per month were given to unemployed youths with disability of more than 70 per cent. According to the administration, Rs 30,000 were disbursed to about 13 beneficiaries in 2005-2006.

It may be pointed out that a number of physically challenged youths failed to avail the benefits of the schemes, as their family income was more than the limit fixed by the government.

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Harassed by former lover, girl swallows poison
Our Correspondent

Noida, May 15
A girl swallowed poison in office after being subjected to constant harassment by her former lover. She had severed all links with him a few days ago. Later, the boy started harassing her. The police have arrested the boy and sent him to jail.

Ms Anita Saini of Sahibabad had been working in the purchase section of a TV components manufacturer unit in Sector-5, Noida, for the last about two years.

Nitin Sharma of Delhi, employed in printing section, had befriended her and soon they agreed to get married.

After a while, Anita’s father learnt that Nitin was not a Brahmin, but a Dalit. So Anita’s marriage with someone in Patel Nagar, Delhi, was fixed. An upset Nitin then started harassing her. He teased her on Friday and as a result, she swallowed poison in the office itself.

She was rushed to Metro Hospital where she died. Later, the Sector 20 police recovered a suicide note from her purse in which Nitin’s constant teasing was mentioned.

Subsequently, Anita’s father filed a case under Section-306 (abetting to suicide) against Nitin.

Police arrested him on this charge and sent him to jail.

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City court hands out 7-year RI for raping colleague
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 15
A city court today sentenced a 30 year-old-man to seven years’ imprisonment for raping his colleague in the Okhla Industrial Area in SouthWest Delhi two years ago.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) S. P. Garg held Kishan Poddar guilty of raping his colleague and sentenced him to seven years’ imprisonment.

The court further slapped a fine of Rs 500 on Kishan. Kishan and the victim were working together in an Okhla private factory as worker and checker, respectively. On August 5, 2004, the victim had gone upstairs to bring water. Kishan went there, raped her and fled from the spot.

The charges were framed against Kishan on January 12. There were 12 prosecution witnesses in this case, according to the prosecution. The judge observed in his order that “the offence was committed during the working hours and he deserves no leniency.”

Kishan was convicted under Section 376 of the IPC.

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