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SC nod to meal scheme for poor kids, women
New Delhi, June 9
The Supreme Court today allowed the Delhi Government to go ahead with its scheme of providing meals to poor children enrolled with ‘anganwadis’ and expectant mothers from deprived sections. However, the apex court reserved its verdict on the question of eligibility of NGOs through which the scheme is to be implemented.

Faridabad to get CNG-run buses soon
Faridabad, June 9
The state government has finally sanctioned the allotment of the first lot of CNG buses for Faridabad and other districts of Haryana falling in the National Capital Region (NCR). At least 12 CNG fuel-operated buses are likely to start plying within the city in the next few weeks.

DSP, 7 other cops booked for assault
Ghaziabad, June 9
On a court directive, a case of criminal intimidation and robbery was today filed against eight police personnel, including a DSP, for allegedly assaulting a constable at a police station here.

Petrol pumps pose a major hazard in populated areas
Noida, June 9
Five petrol stations in Noida’s residential sectors are nothing short of power kegs for the people.

Drive against power theft in walled city
New Delhi, June 9
BSES has intensified its campaign against power theft in the Capital.

DU revises course syllabus
New Delhi, June 9
More than three decades after it was designed and implemented, the B.Com course at the University of Delhi has finally been given the much-needed makeover.

Encroachers removed from land worth
Rs 30 cr

Ghaziabad, June 9
The Ghaziabad Development Authority has got two and a half acres of land freed from encroachment in Sector-6, Vaishali. The land was being used for a dairy farm and a house had also been built on it.


Students fill up admission forms at Delhi University in the Capital on Friday.
Students fill up admission forms at Delhi University in the Capital on Friday.
— Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal




Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, speaking at a felicitation function organised by the National Cooperative Union of India
Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, speaking at a felicitation function organised by the National Cooperative Union of India in the Capital on Friday. — Tribune photo

‘Register ground water abstraction structures’
New Delhi, June 9
In the wake of declining water table, the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has directed owners of ground water abstraction structures in five districts of the national Capital to register their units with the Delhi Jal Board.

Farmhouses, banquet halls back in business
New Delhi, June 9
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi today decided to deseal all the farmhouses and banquet halls in the Capital which had come up prior to January 1 this year.

No first-aid facilities at power grid stations
New Delhi, June 9
The linemen deployed at various power grids controlled by the BSES and Transco in Trans-Yamuna area are deprived of even first-aid facilities in case of a mishap.

Irrigation staff clamour for transfer, resent delay
Faridabad, June 9
The issue of transfer of the staff on political grounds may have become common in the state, but there are still several departments whose employees do not get transferred for years even though they repeatedly request for it.

Mercury continues to rise
New Delhi, June 9
After a brief tryst with cool weather last week, it seems Delhiites are in for searing hot days ahead. The mercury in the Capital shot up to 42.8 degrees Celsius today, nearly three degrees above normal.

Two gangs of burglars busted
Faridabad, June 9
The Faridabad police claims to have nabbed four members of two gangs of burglars active in the city. Cash and valuables worth several lakhs were said to have been recovered from them.

Contractor shot dead in Dadri
Noida, June 9
A contractor was shot dead in Ayodhya Ganj Mohalla, Dadri, on Thursday night.

University official dismissed
Ghaziabad, June 9
The Registrar of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Agricultural University, Modipuram, has been dismissed from service by Chancellor T. V. Rajeshwar.

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SC nod to meal scheme for poor kids, women
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, June 9
The Supreme Court today allowed the Delhi Government to go ahead with its scheme of providing meals to poor children enrolled with ‘anganwadis’ and expectant mothers from deprived sections. However, the apex court reserved its verdict on the question of eligibility of NGOs through which the scheme is to be implemented.

The apex court vacated its stay on the implementation of the scheme, ordered on May 12, following allegations by three NGOs that they were arbitrarily kept out of the selection process for implementing ‘anganwadi’ food scheme despite their considerable experience in the field.

The interim stay was vacated by a Bench of Mr Justice Arijit Pasayat and Mr Justice C K Thakker after Delhi Government counsel Colin Gonsalves gave details about NGOs selection process, for which the apex court had laid down clear guidelines in 2004.

But the Court reserved its detailed judgement on the question whether the three organisations — which had challenged the selection process — were eligible or not. Gonsalves said the Government followed the apex court guidelines strictly in selecting 8 out of 117 NGOs which applied for the work. The case of one NGO was been kept in abeyance for the time being.

He said the NGOs would be engaged only for 27 months as per the guidelines to train Self-Health Groups (SHGs) and then they would be automatically phased out.

Though the rules stipulate that an NGO should be registered for at least three years and had considerable experience in development work relating to children and women, the Government had taken care that only those organisations were engaged which had at least 10 years or more experience, the counsel told the Court.

The purpose of engaging the NGOs was not only to train the SHGs but to build up the network to supply the food to the numerous ‘anganwadis’ spread across the city, specially in slums and rural areas.

Once the SHGs became self sufficient in tackling the situation, they along with ‘Mahila Mandals’ would be allowed to take over independently, he said, adding that the progress of NGOs’ work on building the “capacity” of SHGs would be evaluated by the experts after every nine months.

The counsel justified keeping away the three organisations which had challenged the selection process, alleging that they did not fulfil the criteria of being included in the list of NGOs and were rather “commercial” organisations”.

The efforts of the Government was to eliminate any chance of “corruption” in the scheme as only Rs 2 per meal was provided. The contractors and any organisation with commercial interests were debarred by the apex court in its guidelines of 2004 after it had come across instances of siphoning of the money by them. 

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Faridabad to get CNG-run buses soon
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 9
The state government has finally sanctioned the allotment of the first lot of CNG buses for Faridabad and other districts of Haryana falling in the National Capital Region (NCR). At least 12 CNG fuel-operated buses are likely to start plying within the city in the next few weeks.

According to a communication from the state Transport Commissioner a total of 30 CNG buses were soon to be received as an order had been placed with the manufacturer concerned.

While Faridabad and Gurgaon depots of Haryana Roadways will be receiving 12 buses each, six may be given to the Jhajjar depot. It is reported that the number of such buses will be doubled in the next one year.

It may be recalled that the state government has already sanctioned a site for setting up a CNG fuel station in the district and other parts of the NCR. The Municipal Corporation of Faridabad had adopted a resolution to this effect at its last meeting held recently.

There was a dire need to introduce CNG-run buses following a ban on diesel-operated commercial vehicles in Delhi, which led to suspension of Haryana Roadways services unless they terminated at the border or the Inter-State Bus terminus (ISBT). As a result, thousands of commuters had to depend on the services of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses to commute.

Since Faridabad figures among the top 10 most polluted cities of the country, residents and commuters here had been seeking introduction of CNG operated buses and three-wheeler autorickshaws on the pattern of Delhi.

The General Manager, Haryana Roadways here, Mr Pradeep Godara, claimed that this move would bring a major relief to both commuters and the roadways department. He added that the direct bus service of Haryana Roadways could be started or resumed to various spots in Delhi for the benefit of students, employees and patients who earlier had to depend on private vehicles or other modes of transport.

He said the CNG buses from here would cover a maximum number of points in the city and the commuters would not be required to go to the main bus stand to get on the bus.

According to the authorities, the depot here would soon have two air-conditioned buses which would ply on selected routes.

It may be worth mentioning that Faridabad/Ballabgarh is the largest roadways depot in the state with as many as 208 buses but there had been no local bus service made available by the department so far. “While permits had been issued to private transporters to ply minibuses on local routes some years ago, the service had been highly unsatisfactory,” said a local resident.

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DSP, 7 other cops booked for assault
Tribune News Service

Ghaziabad, June 9
On a court directive, a case of criminal intimidation and robbery was today filed against eight police personnel, including a DSP, for allegedly assaulting a constable at a police station here.

It was registered against them for allegedly beating constable Prem Chand Dixit and robbing him of Rs 7,000 after he lodged a complaint against former Superintendent of Police (Traffic) V K Garg for misuse of power and resources last year, the local SSP told reporters.

He said Deputy Superintendent of Police Dinesh Kumar Yadav, ordered by the Uttar Pradesh government to investigate the charges against Garg, tried to persuade Dixit to drop the case and when that failed, Dixit was allegedly assaulted at the police station by the DSP and seven others.

Dixit recently moved the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate alleging assault and robbery.

The court on Tuesday directed the police administration to register a case against the eight persons named in his complaint — the DSP, inspector Santosh Kumar Yadav, PO at SSP office Alok Singh, sub-inspectors Ram Milan Yadav and D S Chandel and three constables.

The case was registered under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 392 (robbery), 504 (breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

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Petrol pumps pose a major hazard in populated areas
Parmindar Singh

Noida, June 9
Five petrol stations in Noida’s residential sectors are nothing short of power kegs for the people.

An indifferent fire-fighting department and precautions for these petrol stations being observed more in the manner of breach than compliance can bring about a horrifying situation any day.

Oil tankers that keep coming to replenish the stock of petrol and diesel at these pumps add to the risks and nuisance for the residents. A small spark can be enough to let loose a virtual hell in petrol stations located in Sectors 12, 15, 14, 35 and 41 which are surrounded by houses, commercial markets, restaurants etc.

This scenario was demonstrated by a blaze at a petrol station in Gurgaon on Thursday. There was a loss of lakhs of rupees though luckily there was no loss in terms of human life.

All Noida petrol stations in Sectors 12, 14, 15, 35 and 41 are just separated by a few metres from the residential population. In Sectors 35 and 41, apart from residential sectors, the villages are also within striking range. 

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Drive against power theft in walled city
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 9
BSES has intensified its campaign against power theft in the Capital.

Recently, BSES enforcement teams detected power theft of 245 KW, amounting to nearly Rs 58 lakh in penalties, in the walled city.

After a fortnight’s vigil, the BSES enforcement team swooped down on an electroplating factory at 3955, Chandni Mahal, Darya Ganj and caught it stealing electricity of over 115 KW.

A penalty of Rs 35 lakh is liable to be imposed on the customer.

Recently, the BSES had caught a hotel with 30 rooms indulging in power theft of nearly 130 KW. A penalty of over Rs 23 lakh is liable to be imposed on it.

From January 2006 till now, the BSES enforcement teams have unearthed 256 cases and 106 cases of power theft in Daryaganj and Chandni Chowk areas respectively.

Cumulative penalties of nearly Rs 9 crore have been imposed for a load totaling 3,150 KW.

According to a BSES spokesperson, its customers had started coming out against power theft and leaving tip-offs on its anti-power theft telephone numbers (39999888, 39999777). 

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DU revises course syllabus
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 9
More than three decades after it was designed and implemented, the B.Com course at the University of Delhi has finally been given the much-needed makeover.

Following the go-ahead by the Academic Council, students can look forwards to revised B.Com Pass course, which has been christened as B.Com and offers several job-oriented courses.

The new course would have papers on e-commerce, computer applications, human resource management, banking and financial services, tax management, economics and banking laws.

Papers on Computing, Finance and Cost Accounting and Business Laws have been upgraded to full papers and the total marks have been increased from 900 to 1350.

Students opting for this revised course, which will be introduced from this academic session itself, will have to study 10 papers and will be allowed to choose a specialised subject in the third year. In the revised format students will have 10 papers in the core subjects over the three years of course duration, as against two courses per year in the past. With the increase in the number of papers, the total number of lectures too would go up from 48 to 54 per week and the total marks of the core commerce papers have been reduced to 75 each.

The Modern Indian Languages paper will allow students to opt for Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Telugu in the first year and compulsory English and advanced papers of the first year papers in the second year. 

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Encroachers removed from land worth Rs 30 cr
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 9
The Ghaziabad Development Authority has got two and a half acres of land freed from encroachment in Sector-6, Vaishali. The land was being used for a dairy farm and a house had also been built on it.

In all, 250 properties were freed from encroachment in the ongoing drive by the GDA. GDA Secretary R.C. Mishra said the value of land freed was Rs 30 crore.

He said the GDA had not been able to remove encroachments so far due to apathy of the police force. Encroachers were warned that if they tried to rebuild the properties, a case would be filed against them.

The official said that a large number of shops built in the residential buildings of illegal colonies on Meerut Road, Vijay Nagar area and Hapur roads had been identified. Now, a campaign will be undertaken to raze the buildings constructed in illegal colonies and to free GDA land.

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‘Register ground water abstraction structures’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 9
In the wake of declining water table, the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has directed owners of ground water abstraction structures in five districts of the national Capital to register their units with the Delhi Jal Board.

CGWA today asked owners of ground water abstraction structures in East, North-East, North-West and West districts in the city to register their energised wells, bore-wells, tube-wells with DJB through nodal officers in their areas within 90 days.

Owners of such units have been warned that not following the directions would invite sealing. However, non-energised dug wells or bore-wells fitted with hand pumps solely used for drinking and domestic purposes need not be registered, a CGWA spokesman said.

Those who had already registered their units during 1998-99 have also been advised to re-register in view of changes in the registration form.

CGWA also directed group housing societies/institutions/schools/hotels/industrial establishments/farm houses located in Faridabad, Ballabgarh, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, South and South-West districts of Delhi as well as group housing societies in areas where the ground water levels were lower than eight metres from the surface to adopt ‘roof top rain water harvesting’.

The state government had earlier withdrawn a Bill aiming to impose a cess and regulate ground water extraction in the city after facing strong opposition by MLAs in the Assembly.

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Farmhouses, banquet halls back in business
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 9
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi today decided to deseal all the farmhouses and banquet halls in the Capital which had come up prior to January 1 this year.

The order of the MCD came after the Additional Solicitor General of India A Sharan opined that the farmhouses and banquet halls which had been unauthorisedly developed before January 1, 2006 were entitled to protection under Section 3 of the Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2006, passed by Parliament last month.

All Zonal deputy commissioners of the MCD have been directed to take action accordingly.

After the Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2006, came into force, the MCD had sought the opinion of the Additional Solicitor General on action to be taken with respect to farmhouses and banquet halls which had been sealed on the directions issued by the Delhi High Court.

While the Additional Solicitor General opined that the farmhouses and banquet halls developed before January 1 were entitled to protection under the Section 3 of the Act, those which had been developed after January 1 were covered under section 4 of the Act.

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No first-aid facilities at power grid stations
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, June 9
The linemen deployed at various power grids controlled by the BSES and Transco in Trans-Yamuna area are deprived of even first-aid facilities in case of a mishap.

The BSES has recently put first-aid boxes at its 33 KV and 66 KV grids but those boxes do not have basic requirements like Burnol, Dettol, cotton strips, Paracetamol etc, while the Transco seems to think that it is not necessary to put such first-aid boxes at its power grids in the area at all.

According to sources, this is a clear violation of the Indian Electricity Act. “The 1956 – 43(2) clause of this Act says that first-aid boxes must be put at every such high voltage grid. It also requires that trained instructors will also be deployed at every such grid to train linemen to cope with any challenging situation,” said a lineman.

He said that they had not received any such training so far. “We have to work near high voltage electricity lines. At least first-aid should be available in case of any untoward incidents. The concerned authorities must ponder over our genuine concern,” he said.

According to president of National Development Forum, Mr J. N. Dogra, the Chief Electrical Inspector’s office is responsible for implementing the Act. “We have written many times in this regard to them, but to no avail,” he said. 

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Irrigation staff clamour for transfer, resent delay
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 9
The issue of transfer of the staff on political grounds may have become common in the state, but there are still several departments whose employees do not get transferred for years even though they repeatedly request for it.

The Irrigation Department seems to be one such department where a number of employees have asked for transfer for years, but in vain.

According to sources in the department, the government is still to transfer certain employees of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), a joint venture of the four states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.

While each of the states has a fixed quota of the staff to be posted there, it is learnt there is considerable resentment among many employees and officials of the Irrigation Department of the state over the unusual delay in transfers.

A member of the employees’ union of the department claimed that many employees had applied for a transfer to the BBMB, but there had been no response from the authorities despite the lapse of more than four months. The head office of the department had reportedly invited applications from its staff against about 50 posts in the board several months ago.

Expressing concern over the delay, a spokesperson of the union said there was disapproval about the delay. He wondered why the government was not able to make such routine decisions.

On the other hand, sources in the department pointed to a racket in such matter. Many employees were close to various political leaders. Reportedly, certain employees hardly attended office and went there only to get their pay packet. Some of them had been posted at a single place for two decades, but hardly cared to discharge their official duties.

It was alleged that certain employees who had been chargesheeted or suspended got reinstated due to their political connections. A number of them had been running their own businesses and devoted their energy to personal work only. 

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Mercury continues to rise
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 9
After a brief tryst with cool weather last week, it seems Delhiites are in for searing hot days ahead. The mercury in the Capital shot up to 42.8 degrees Celsius today, nearly three degrees above normal.

In fact, it was the first time since the last ten days that the mercury has crossed the 42 degree mark. It was a sharp rise from 41.4 degrees Celsius yesterday.

A mainly clear sky and bright sunlight led to searing hot conditions, forcing most people to remain indoors.

After three days of pleasant weather over the last weekend, which saw cool South Easterly winds and a heavily overcast sky plummet the mercury to eight to ten degrees below normal, the mercury has witnessed a rising trend all through this week.

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Two gangs of burglars busted
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 9
The Faridabad police claims to have nabbed four members of two gangs of burglars active in the city. Cash and valuables worth several lakhs were said to have been recovered from them.

As many as nine cases of theft and housebreaking that took place in the past few months have reportedly been solved by these arrests.

According to the SSP, one of the gangs was headed by a 21-year-old youth identified as Suraj who has already spent 10 years behind bars in various cases. About three dozen cases had been pending against this gang leader. However, the police was still looking for one Chintoo, also of this gang, who is absconding. The police revealed this group specialised in thefts at houses in broad daylight.

The second gang involved in such activities was headed by one Ashok, hailing from Uttar Pradesh. As all his accomplices had been arrested, this had helped the police in solving at least three incidents of theft in the city in the recent past.

The police has appealed to the RWAs and local residents to report information about tenants and any suspicious elements in their neighbourhood.

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Contractor shot dead in Dadri
Parmindar Singh

Noida, June 9
A contractor was shot dead in Ayodhya Ganj Mohalla, Dadri, on Thursday night.

The contractor had gone out for a stroll after dinner when he was shot thrice by an unidentified person who fled away taking advantage of the panic in the area.

The police reportedly reached hours after the incident and registered a case.

It later said the murder was carried out of vengeance, which is denied by the family. Vinod, son of Rattan of Gupta Colony was a contractor in Dadri. He was called down from his residence by the miscreants and did not return till midnight. The family members had gone out to search for him, but could not find him. At 1.30 am, police informed them that Vinod had been shot.

A security guard had informed the police that a man was lying in a pool of blood in the street.

Police took him to a hospital, but he was declared brought dead by doctors. The body has been sent for an autopsy.

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University official dismissed

Ghaziabad, June 9
The Registrar of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Agricultural University, Modipuram, has been dismissed from service by Chancellor T. V. Rajeshwar.

The Registrar, Dr Narinder Sharma, has been accused of not fulfilling the terms and conditions of appointment.

The Chancellor had received this complaint against four teachers, but gave a clean chit to three of them. — OC

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