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Token cut in price of petrol, diesel in Capital
New Delhi, June 13
There is marginal relief from the recent fuel price hike for Delhiites as petrol and diesel will be cheaper by 67 paise and 22 paise respectively in the Capital following Delhi Government’s decision today for a complete removal of VAT from the increased amount.

Policeman among five held for criminal activities
Faridabad, June 13
In a revelatory incident, a policeman posted in the district had allegedly been part of a prominent and active gang of robbers, responsible for over 45 incidents of crime, including vehicle theft and their accessories on a large-scale. The police have nabbed at least five members of this group, including the policeman.

SC admits DERC plea against hike in power tariff
New Delhi, June 13
The Supreme Court today restrained Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) from increasing power tariff to adjust the projected depreciation of 6 per cent projected by three private distributing companies in the Capital.


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BSES invites citizens to learn about new technology
New Delhi, June 13
As part of its ongoing initiative to strengthen consumer interface, BSES has launched a unique program — SCADA Darshan — for RWAs and students. The hour-long program is aimed at making consumers aware of the company’s recent initiatives and to allow them to experience first hand the business and management of electricity in BSES’ licensed area.

Harsh Chaudhary, newly appointed president of the Delhi unit of the NSUI, being felicitated by Delhi Congress chief Ram Babu Sharma and Congress MP Sajjan Kumar at a function at the DPCC office in the Capital on Tuesday
Harsh Chaudhary, newly appointed president of the Delhi unit of the NSUI, being felicitated by Delhi Congress chief Ram Babu Sharma and Congress MP Sajjan Kumar at a function at the DPCC office in the Capital on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi

JNUTA for changes in draft of gender sensitisation panel
New Delhi, June 13
Taking cognisance of the objections expressed by the students as well as the faculty members, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) has proposed amendments to the version of the Rules and Procedures ratified by the JNU Executive Council on June 2, 2005 of the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH).

Scientist misses conference due to passport delay
Ghaziabad, June 13
A scientist was denied the chance to go abroad to attend an international conference in Manila because of undue delay in the delivery of his passport.

Gurgaon project monitoring panel meets after two yrs
Gurgaon, June 13
The Gurgaon Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, meant to oversee the progress and implementation of schemes and projects of the Union Government, met today after an interregnum of two years.

‘Handwritten applications valid under RTI Act’
New Delhi, June 13
Government officials under no circumstances should insist on typewritten applications for providing information under the Right To Information (RTI) Act as mere handwritten requests are valid for the purpose, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has ruled.


Ninth anniversary of Uphaar tragedy.
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Property dealer shot dead in Modi Nagar
Ghaziabad, June 13
A property dealer was shot dead in Bank colony, Modi Nagar, by unidentified criminals in broad daylight on Monday. The local Senior Superintendent of Police, who visited the spot, has set up three teams of SOG and the local police to nab the killers.

Seven-year-old abducted, gangraped
Gurgaon, June 13
A seven-year-old was abducted and allegedly gangraped by unidentified men in Bar Gujar village, near Manesar. Daughter of a labourer, Sitaram, the victim was picked up from her home in Bar Gujar village under the Manesar police station last night and raped by several men, the police said today.

Uphaar victims appeal to Kalam, PM for justice
New Delhi, June 13 On the 9th anniversary of the Uphaar cinema tragedy which claimed 59 lives, the Association of the Victims of Uphaar Tragedy today appealed to President A P J Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to implement recommendations of the committees on Code of Criminal Procedure which was being abused to delay justice to the victims.

 

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Token cut in price of petrol, diesel in Capital
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 13
There is marginal relief from the recent fuel price hike for Delhiites as petrol and diesel will be cheaper by 67 paise and 22 paise respectively in the Capital following Delhi Government’s decision today for a complete removal of VAT from the increased amount.

While petrol will cost Rs 46.84 per litre, diesel will be available at Rs 32.35 per litre once the new rates come into existence.

“The new prices will come into force within a week following notification of the Government’s decision,” Finance Minister Dr A K Walia told reporters after a meeting of the Delhi Cabinet that took the decision. At present, petrol in Delhi costs Rs 47.51 per litre and diesel Rs 32.47 per litre after a recent hike in the fuel prices to the tune of Rs 4 and Rs 2 respectively.

On the pattern of the tax cut effected in other Congress-ruled states, the Delhi Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ms Sheila Dikshit decided that the VAT component of the Rs 4 and Rs 2 increase on petrol and diesel prices, respectively, be removed, resulting in a reduction of 67 paise and 22 paise respectively in the rates.

While the VAT rate on petrol is 20 per cent, diesel is taxed at 12.5 per cent in the Capital.

“We have done whatever we could do to give relief to Delhiites from the hike in fuel prices. We will not be charging any VAT on the increased amount,” Dr Walia said.

He said the VAT cut on fuel prices will result in the Delhi Government losing a revenue of Rs 102 crore annually.

On whether any decision was taken regarding CNG prices, which have also gone up, Dr Walia said Delhi Government already does not charge any VAT on the green fuel.

Similar relief to consumers have already been announced by the Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab governments. Reacting to reduction in prices a spokesman for All India Motor Transport Congress — which had called today’s all-India strike by truckers in protest against the fuel price hike — laughed off the Delhi Government decision.

“There have been six fuel price revisions since the Congress-led UPA came to power at the Centre. Diesel prices have gone up by Rs 11.30 during this period. Why can’t the Sheila Dikshit government forego VAT on this increased amount?” AIMTC advisor J M Saxena asked.

“Before the latest hike was announced, when diesel was costing Rs 30.45 a litre in the Capital, the ex-refinery price of the produce was Rs 21.31. The rest was tax that the government was charging,” he said.

The AIMTC says that to provide real “relief to common man” the Government would have to give up excise, customs and sales tax on petrol products.

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Policeman among five held for criminal activities
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 13
In a revelatory incident, a policeman posted in the district had allegedly been part of a prominent and active gang of robbers, responsible for over 45 incidents of crime, including vehicle theft and their accessories on a large-scale. The police have nabbed at least five members of this group, including the policeman.

According to the local SSP, the police arrested four persons after receiving a tip-off that some criminals had assembled to plan a robbery in Ballabgarh sub-division on Monday. Those arrested were identified as Liaqat Ali, Fazruddin, Bitoo and Anwar. It is learnt that another criminal, identified as Rafiq, was able to dodge the police during the raid.

The police also arrested Riazuddin, employed as a Constable in the Haryana Police and posted at Sadar post. He was nabbed from a place near Seekri village in the district after the arrested persons revealed that Riazuddin was also involved in criminal activities. Perhaps, it is for the first time that a policeman has been arrested for his involvement in such activities.

While the cop has been placed under suspension by the SSP, the police claimed that the accused had been involved in stealing a car, a motorcycle and accessories of other vehicles in the recent past. The police has also recovered some stolen motorcycles, car tyres and stereos from Gulalata village of Punhana area of Gurgaon district, from where the accused hailed.

The police told that at least three motorcycles were stolen by the gang from various parts of the city between May 31 and June 2. The gang had also been waiting to dispose off some other vehicles including a Maruti car, a jeep and five motorcycles, which were stored at different places at Kolkata and at Deeg in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that two of the accused had stolen at least two jeeps and 12 motorcycles from Palwal town in the district last year.

Three of the arrested have been remanded to police custody till June 20, while another was sent to judicial custody by the local court.

It is claimed that the arrests would solve as many as four dozen cases.

Meanwhile, two youths have also been arrested by the Crime Cell of the police on charges of planning a robbery. Two knives have been recovered from them. The two accused were residents of jhuggi cluster near sector- 17 here.

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SC admits DERC plea against hike in power tariff
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, June 13
The Supreme Court today restrained Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) from increasing power tariff to adjust the projected depreciation of 6 per cent projected by three private distributing companies in the Capital.

A Bench of Mr Justice Arijit Pasayat and Mr Justice Altamas Kabir said that the DERC, a statutory body to fix power tariff, was free to determine the rates but would not implement the same without prior permission from the Court.

The interim restraint order was passed by the Court while admitting an appeal of DERC against the Appellate Tribunal’s order upholding the plea of private distributing companies that the projected depreciation of 6 per cent by them in 2004, when the power tariff was fixed last, was correct.

While fixing power tariff in 2004, the DERC had determined the depreciation rate at 3 per cent and fixed the charges for different categories of consumers accordingly.

The DERC decision was challenged by Reliance-owned BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd and Tata owned NDPL, distributing electricity in south, east and north Delhi respectively, before the Tribunal on the ground that due to fixation of lower depreciation rate, they had suffered losses to the tune of Rs 300 crore approximately on this account.

Admitting DERC’s appeal against the Appellate Tribunal’s order, the Court issued notices to the three distributing companies, seeking their replies. DERC challenged the Tribunal’s order in the apex court on the ground that the 3 per cent depreciation determined by it was correct.

The Commission further said that it could not fix the rates by taking into account the depreciation of 6 per cent projected by the companies after two years.

Moreover, it was only a statutory body vested with control over the government finances to adjust the past depreciation, it said.

If the past depreciation was allowed to be carry forward, it would not only create problem for determining the tariff for future, but also would set a bad precedent, the DERC said.

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BSES invites citizens to learn about new technology
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 13
As part of its ongoing initiative to strengthen consumer interface, BSES has launched a unique program — SCADA Darshan — for RWAs and students.
The hour-long program is aimed at making consumers aware of the company’s recent initiatives and to allow them to experience first hand the business and management of electricity in BSES’ licensed area.

For RWAs and students to fully understand, comprehend and appreciate the true enormity and scope of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Centre — the recently unveiled state-of-the-art distribution technology that is all set to bring about a paradigm shift with regards to fault identification isolation and restoration — BSES has launched this novel program to share Delhi’s sense of pride with all its consumers.

The program was launched on June 12, when 15 elected representatives of five South Delhi RWAs visited the SCADA Centre at Kalkaji.

Besides getting an opportunity to get a hands-on experience of SCADA’s functioning, the RWA members also got an opportunity to interact with SCADA experts who also answered all their power related queries.

“The program aims to not only showcases SCADA but also educates residents, students and RWA members about various facets about the Capital’s power generation, transmission, distribution, constraints and steps taken by BSES to improve and augment the system,” said Mr Lalit Jalan, CEO BRPL.

“The commissioning of SCADA in Delhi makes it join the league of advance cities like Hong Kong, Singapore, Stockholm and London. It is a matter of pride for all Delhiites and we would welcome RWAs, students and interested consumers to come and visit the facility,” he added.

As parts of its program, BSES will strive to show case SCADA to as many RWA members/Engineering students/School students etc as possible. RWAs/schools and colleges are being contacted to facilitate their visit to the SCADA Centre.

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JNUTA for changes in draft of gender sensitisation panel
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 13
Taking cognisance of the objections expressed by the students as well as the faculty members, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) has proposed amendments to the version of the Rules and Procedures ratified by the JNU Executive Council on June 2, 2005 of the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH).

The proposed amendments have accepted the need for dropping the term “sexually deviant behaviour,” that had been included in the previous draft of the GSCASH and which called for punitive action.

The JNUTA has asked, “What is the definition of sexually deviant? Why should this be the job of the GSCASH?”

It further says, “The document conveys the sense of a division of men and women into two opposing constituencies as if men alone would represent the interests of men and women alone would represent the interests of women. The emphasis instead should be on equitable, accountable and representative process of complaint resolution and redressal, which is in the interest of every member of the workplace.”

The JNUTA has suggested that the categorisation of offences as “minor or major” is “undefined and unnecessary”.

It is also insensitive to call any sexual harassment as minor. Furthermore, to state that murder, rape, and physical assault/injury are an aberration dilutes the seriousness of the crime committed,” it said.

It has agreed to alter the previous provisions that disallowed the cross-examination of faculty members accused of sexual harassment. The students will now be able to seek answers from the faculty member concerned in writing.

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Scientist misses conference due to passport delay
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 13
A scientist was denied the chance to go abroad to attend an international conference in Manila because of undue delay in the delivery of his passport.
The young scientist, Dr Amit Kumar Sharma of Shamli, was so frustrated that he had complained about the callous attitude of the passport office to the President, Dr Abdul Kalam, on whose orders an inquiry was being conducted on the working of Ghaziabad Passport Office.

Though Dr Amit Kumar Sharma of Modipuram Institution had applied for a passport well in time and had been following its progress in the Ghaziabad Regional Passport Office for six months, he could not get his passport on time for attending the seminar in Manila.

According to sources, the lethargy and the carelessness in the working of the passport office has been highlighted in the probe. Besides, a number of touts are well entrenched in the passport office, making the work of the common man extremely difficult.

According to reports, Dr Sharma had applied for a passport in January 2006. The officials in the Passport Office had assured Dr Sharma that he will get his passport within three months.

However, Dr Sharma failed to attend the prestigious international meet at Manila, as he could not get his passport on time.

The President’s instruction for a probe was sent to the UP Government, which assigned the probe to an IG Police. It is learnt that the official has ordered action against the guilty people.

Instead of owning responsibility for their lapses, the officers in the Passport office has tried to pass the buck to the Muzzafarnagar police.

The Ghaziabad police have obtained the written statement of the Passport Officer, which has been sent to the IGP, Meerut. 

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Gurgaon project monitoring panel meets after two yrs
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 13
The Gurgaon Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, meant to oversee the progress and implementation of schemes and projects of the Union Government, met today after an interregnum of two years.

The delayed meeting has invited frowns from wide-ranging quarters. The committees, which are in vogue in districts throughout the country, were disbanded during the time of the 13th Lok Sabha. But they were revived subsequently. They are specifically meant to monitor the implementation of projects like Indira Awas Yojna and Sampurna Gramin Rozgar Yojna funded by the Centre for the districts.

When asked about the reason for the delay in holding the meeting of the committee, its chairperson, Mr Avatar Singh Bhadana, who is the Congress MP from Faridabad, said that twice the meeting was postponed on account of unforeseen developments.

At the marathon meeting, the chairman reviewed the progress of various works and directed the officers to further expedite them.

Briefing newspersons, Mr Badhana expressed satisfaction on the progress of the work undertaken.

He said the government was desirous of making Haryana the number one state in the country. Gurgaon would have to play a big role towards this effort.

He said that due to the efforts of the Haryana Government, all canals in the rural belts were now fed with water. This had gone a long way in easing the problem of the farmers regarding irrigating their fields.

He said the state government was trying to provide a holistic development package for Gurgaon.

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‘Handwritten applications valid under RTI Act’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 13
Government officials under no circumstances should insist on typewritten applications for providing information under the Right To Information (RTI) Act as mere handwritten requests are valid for the purpose, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has ruled.

Taking exception to an official’s refusal to part with certain information on the plea that the application was handwritten, the Commission asked the Director (Housing-II) of DDA and Public Information Officer (PIO) J P Agarwal to appear before it to showcause as to why a penalty up to Rs 25,000 should not be imposed on him for defying the Act.

In her complaint to the Commission, applicant Rekha Koli of Sundar Nagari, stated she submitted an application on February 22, 2006 to Agarwal, asking for information on the procedure for applying for purchase of a flat under the Ambedkar Awas Yojana scheme.

But she alleged that Agarwal refused to part with the information on the ground that her application was handwritten and insisted that it be provided to him in a typewritten form.

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Property dealer shot dead in Modi Nagar
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 13
A property dealer was shot dead in Bank colony, Modi Nagar, by unidentified criminals in broad daylight on Monday.
The local Senior Superintendent of Police, who visited the spot, has set up three teams of SOG and the local police to nab the killers.

According to reports, the property dealer, identified as Mukesh Paliwal, was living in a rented house in Bank colony. In the afternoon, he moved out of his house with a young man, who came to meet him regarding some business proposal.

When his nephew Sekhar rushed out of his house hearing a gun shot, he saw Mukesh in a pool of blood. The assailants had fled from the scene. Mukesh was rushed to Jeevan Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The SSP said a computer sketch of assailants has been prepared and the police have lifted some valuable clues and hope to nab the accused soon.

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Seven-year-old abducted, gangraped
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 13
A seven-year-old was abducted and allegedly gangraped by unidentified men in Bar Gujar village, near Manesar.
Daughter of a labourer, Sitaram, the victim was picked up from her home in Bar Gujar village under the Manesar police station last night and raped by several men, the police said today.

She was later recovered in an unconscious state by her parents in a nearby bush, close to the Classic Golf Course.

Sitaram, who hails from Uttar Pradesh and lives in a rented accommodation in the village, informed the police after the assailants left the unconscious child in the bushes.

Meanwhile, several teams have been formed and raids are being conducted to nab the culprits, the police added. 

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Uphaar victims appeal to Kalam, PM for justice

New Delhi, June 13
On the 9th anniversary of the Uphaar cinema tragedy which claimed 59 lives, the Association of the Victims of Uphaar Tragedy today appealed to President A P J Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to implement recommendations of the committees on Code of Criminal Procedure which was being abused to delay justice to the victims.

In its appeal to the President and Prime Minister, the Association said the Code of Criminal Procedure had turned obsolete and was being misused by the lawyers to delay justice.—TNS

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Filipino woman held with drugs

New Delhi, June 13
A 33-year-old Philippine national was today arrested by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials at the IGI Airport here this afternoon while she was trying to smuggle heroin worth Rs 2 crore.
Maso Ballo was arrested at about 1 p.m., minutes before she was to board a Bangkok-bound Thai Airways flight, according to sources.—TNS

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Three get life term for murder

Faridabad, June 13
A city court here has sentenced three persons, accused in a murder and robbery case, to life imprisonment.
Additional District Judge J. S. Dahiya yesterday sentenced Subhash, Jogender and Chotu to life imprisonment for the murder of Nripesh and her sister besides and the robbery of jewellery and cash, sources said.—TNS

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