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Households hit hard by rising prices
Noida, June 24
With prices of wheat flours, vegetables, dal and sugar shooting through the ceiling, the housewives are at their wits’ end. They just don’t know how to balance the household budget.

Govt may invoke ESMA against hoarders: CM
Tomato prices likely to stabilise over next fortnight
New Delhi, June 24
Delhi Government today did not rule out invoking ESMA against hoarders of vegetables and other essential commodities in order to rein in the soaring prices of these items.
People line up to buy tomatoes at the price of Rs 20 per kg at a special stall put up by the Delhi Government in front of Azadpur Subzi Mandi in the Capital on Saturday. People line up to buy tomatoes at the price of Rs 20 per kg at a special stall put up by the Delhi Government in front of Azadpur Subzi Mandi in the Capital on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal
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SI, ASI held for graft sent to judicial custody
New Delhi, June 24
A city court today sent a Delhi Police sub-inspector to 14-day judicial custody on charges of taking Rs 25,000 as bribe.




Girls enjoying the spot of fine weather brought on by showers which lashed certain parts of the Capital on Saturday.
Girls enjoying the spot of fine weather brought on by showers which lashed certain parts of the Capital on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Two new Gurgaon sectors in the pipeline
Gurgaon, June 24
Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has cleared all bottlenecks to build two new sectors and plan the expansion of two sectors of Gurgaon.

Project to develop lake remains a pipedream
New Delhi, June 24

An ambitious project to convert a dirty pond into a beautiful lake at Welcome Colony in the East Delhi area sketched by the Trans-Yamuna Development Board about four years back is yet to become a reality, thanks to the gross negligence and wrong planning of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the civic agency responsible for developing the project.

Agencies asked to work on city’s green cover
New Delhi, June 24
In its efforts to make the Capital the “greenest metro” before the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the Delhi Government today directed all its departments to prepare an action plan for increasing greenery in the city.

Subhash Nagar bypoll on July 23
New Delhi, June 24
The Delhi State Election Commission today issued a notification for the July 23 byelection to fill the vacancy in the Subhash Nagar ward of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

Friend lends money, shot by borrowers
Greater Noida, June 24
Two youths, who had borrowed money from a friend, shot him dead near Kulipura village in Greater Noida so that they would not have to return the money. The three had reportedly consumed liquor before the murder.

Noida reels from endless power cuts
Noida, June 24
As more the mercury rises, the longer is the duration of power cuts in towns and villages in the region. In towns, there is a 10-hour power cut while villages remain without power for 18 hours.

Three youths relieve man of vehicle
Gurgaon, June 24
A person was sodomised late last night by three youths and relieved of his Tata Sumo vehicle.

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Households hit hard by rising prices
Parmindar Singh

Noida, June 24
With prices of wheat flours, vegetables, dal and sugar shooting through the ceiling, the housewives are at their wits’ end. They just don’t know how to balance the household budget.

Many people have reduced the consumption of sugar in tea and coffee. The wheat flour has shot from Rs 10 a kg in January to Rs 15 and Rs 16 a kg now. Cheap variety of open ‘atta’ is mixed with foreign elements.

Sugar has gone up from Rs 15, 16 or 17 to Rs 22, 23 a kg. All dals and grams are up by almost 100 per cent. Prices of cooking oil, maize, bajra have also gone up by 60 per cent.

The housewives who were somehow managing their home a year ago, do not know now how to keep their kitchen going. Apart from eatables, milk, ghee, soap, oils, toothpaste, masalas, etc are all costlier now. From Rs 700 a quintal, wheat has crossed the Rs 1000-mark. Moong dal has shot up to Rs 80 to 90 from Rs 60 a kg six months ago. The following shows the extent of price rise in ration items recently.

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Govt may invoke ESMA against hoarders: CM
Tomato prices likely to stabilise over next fortnight
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
Delhi Government today did not rule out invoking ESMA against hoarders of vegetables and other essential commodities in order to rein in the soaring prices of these items.

“Let’s see what is the result of the steps taken by the Central Government, and after that we will see whether ESMA needs to be invoked against traders who may be hoarding vegetables and essential commodities,” Chief Minister Ms Sheila Dikshit told reporters.

She was responding to a question on whether the government was contemplating invoking ESMA to check the rising prices of essential commodities in the Capital.

Ms Diskhit, who called a meeting to review the situation with regard to the surging prices, said steps have been taken to intensify surveillance of the markets.

“Officials have been instructed to conduct surprise checks in the markets to ensure that there was no hoarding taking place,” she said.

She also said the government may set up more stalls to sell tomatoes at affordable prices.

Meanwhile, Delhi Government has opened tomato stalls in front of four sabzi mandis – Azadpur, Keshavpuram, Ghazipur and Okhla — where tomatoes were sold at the rate Rs 20. Serpentine lines of customers were seen at each stalls as the rate of tomatoes in open market is anywhere between Rs 15 and Rs 60.

A total of 7,725 kg of tomato was sold from the stalls. Of them, 1,800 kg tomato was sold from Azadpur, 1,300 kg from Keshavpuram, 1,600 kg from Ghazipur and 3,025 kg from Okhla mandis.

In wholesale market, the current rate of tomato ranges from Rs 8 to Rs 21.

According to Mr S. R. Kataria, general secretary, Azadpur Mandi, retailers have hiked prices on the pretext of the recent hike in petrol and diesel prices.

He said that there was a huge rush at govt stalls, which were thus selling only 1 kg per customer.

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SI, ASI held for graft sent to judicial custody
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
A city court today sent a Delhi Police sub-inspector to 14-day judicial custody on charges of taking Rs 25,000 as bribe.

After a day of police custodial interrogation, Additional Sessions Judge Sunil Gaur remanded the accused Sub-Inspector Rajender Singh into judicial custody till July 8, accepting the prosecution plea that further investigation in the case was required.

Singh, who was posted at the Sultanpuri police station in North Delhi, was arrested yesterday while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 25,000 from complainant Veerawati.

As per the prosecution, Singh had demanded Rs 50,000, which was later reduced to Rs 25,000 as illegal gratification for not arresting the complainant in a cheating case. Veerawati had purchased a plot through a property dealer, Rajesh, which was later found to be belonging to someone else, the prosecution said.

A complaint was filed with the police and subsequently her husband was taken into custody. Veerawati’s arrest was impending as per the prosecution and the accused was demanding bribe for not arresting her.

In another case, the court also sent an Assistant Sub-Inspector, Ram Khiladi Meena, to 14-days judicial custody as requested by the prosecution. The prosecution asked for judicial custody saying that his custodial interrogation was not required.

Meena was arrested yesterday from Bhajanpura Police Station in East Delhi allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 7,000 from one Bharat Singh for not arresting him in a case of causing hurt and criminal intimidation registered against him in Gokulpuri police station.

According to the prosecution, the complainant, a resident of Karawal Nagar, runs a milk business. He had a dispute with his tenant which led to a fight involving his brother and father. A case was registered against them.

ASI Meena telephonically contacted the complainant asking him to meet him at Bhajanpura police station with Rs 7,000. He was allegedly caught red-handed while taking the bribe by the Anti-Corruption Branch of Delhi Police.

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Two new Gurgaon sectors in the pipeline
Abhay Jain

Gurgaon, June 24
Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has cleared all bottlenecks to build two new sectors and plan the expansion of two sectors of Gurgaon.

HUDA administrator S P Gupta informed that as per the plan, the department would float the project on two new residential sectors 49 and 50 and expand sectors 47 and 57 before September 2006.

But some private developers and land mafia do not want the execution of the plan for their vested interests.

A high-powered committee led by Estate Officer Ms Anju Chaudhary and Sub Divisional Engineer (SDE) Survey Amarjeet Dangi has demolished more than 700 jhuggis and temporary houses, spread over 6 acres in Wazirabad and Tegra villages today and yesterday. Illegal structure and commercial establishments like wine shops, waste goods venders were also demolished in around 5 acres in these villages. The encroached land is the part of the land acquired for the extension of Sector 57.
The District Town and Planning department had failed to demarcate the land due to the illegal occupation of land, informed the officer.

According to the sources, the private developers are creating hindrances to carry out the plan as it affects the sale of their property. Though the villagers had taken the compensations of the land, some of them still occupy the land illegally. Some villagers had also approached the courts against acquiring the land.

As market rates for the land, acquired by the department for the above-mentioned sectors, have increased manifold, some villagers in connivance with private developers want to sell their land to private parties. The government had acquired the land four to five years back for these sectors.

The private developers have also approached the farmers for selling their land to them at a higher rate so that they can develop their own private colonies. That is why, all possible obstacles are being created to check the floatation of new sectors.

However, the administrator said that the department would not succumb to any pressure and build the sectors as planned and directed by the head office.

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Project to develop lake remains a pipedream
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, June 24
An ambitious project to convert a dirty pond into a beautiful lake at Welcome Colony in the East Delhi area sketched by the Trans-Yamuna Development Board about four years back is yet to become a reality, thanks to the gross negligence and wrong planning of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the civic agency responsible for developing the project.

According to sources, the Trans-Yamuna Development Board had decided to develop another tourist destination for residents of the trans-Yamuna area four years back at the site on the lines of the famous Sanjay Lake developed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) at Mayur Vihar Phase-1.

“A dirty pond near the Welcome-Shahdara area was chosen for the purpose. The total area of the said pond is 48 acres, in which 34 acres area is covered with water belt. After selecting the site, the board handed over the responsibility of further developing the project to the MCD. Since then, the board has released Rs 17 lakh to the MCD for the development of the project. Despite that, not a single development work has so far been carried by the civic agency,” said a source.

It is worth mentioning that the deadline set up for the completion of the project at the time of the start of the project was 2004.

According to a well-known social worker and president of a social service organisation, Bharastachar Nirodhak Morcha, Mr Narendra Kumar Singh, it was a complete waste of government money. “ We were so much hopeful for the completion of the project as both the Trans-Yamuna Development Board and the MCD had shown a big dream as to the proposed lake. At the time of the inauguration of the project, they had promised to convert the big pond into a unique tourist spot comprising almost all possible items of amusement. It is very sad to see the current status of the project,” he added.

An official of the Horticulture Department of MCD, said on condition of anonymity, that, “We have recently come to know about the proposal and visited the site. As a result of wrong planning, no work has been done so far. Now we are going to resume work as soon as possible”.

The chairman of the Trans-Yamuna Development Board, Dr Narendra Nath, said the development of the lake was the responsibility of the MCD. After proper development of the lake, it was to be handed over to the Tourism Department for further upgradation and additional features of amusement.

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Agencies asked to work on city’s green cover
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
In its efforts to make the Capital the “greenest metro” before the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the Delhi Government today directed all its departments to prepare an action plan for increasing greenery in the city.

Chief Minister Ms Sheila Dikshit, chairing a review meeting of the Environment Ministry, asked the officials to come up with a detailed plan to increase greenery in the city, including landscaping of parks, within 15 days to enable the government to develop a holistic strategy.

At the meeting attended by Delhi Environment Minister Mr Raj Kumar Chouhan and senior officials, Ms Dikshit asked Chief Secretary R. Narayanaswamy to monitor the progress and ensure coordinated efforts of the departments. Ms Dikshit said such efforts should not focus only on sapling distribution programme but other efforts should also be made.

She has also asked the DDA, the MCD and the PWD to arrange social auditing of their greening activities, which would help them in achieving the desired results.

While the Chief Minister has asked the MCD to beautify all entry points to Delhi and redevelop parks, the PWD has been directed to beautify major roads, flyovers etc.

She also asked the NDMC to develop green areas in all government colonies. Ms Dikshit also instructed the Forest and Environment Ministry to develop a better design of tree guards to improve the survival rate of plants.

Meanwhile, Ms Dikshit disclosed today that the national Capital has earned the distinction of achieving the highest percentage of decided cases in consumer fora.

She was speaking after presiding over a review meeting of the Department of Consumer Affairs.

She said out of the 1,64,153 cases filed in district fora, 1,53,311 had been decided whereas 10,842 were under consideration, which came to 93.40 per cent.

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Subhash Nagar bypoll on July 23
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
The Delhi State Election Commission today issued a notification for the July 23 byelection to fill the vacancy in the Subhash Nagar ward of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

The nominations for the election can be filed from June 26 while July 3 will be the last date for the filing of nominations. The scrutiny of nominations will be done on July 5 while the last date for the withdrawal of candidature is July 8.

The counting of votes will be held on July 25. Electronic voting machines will be used for conducting the polls to the ward, the first time that the commission will make use of these machines for the conduct of a poll to a ward of the MCD.

The model code of conduct prescribed by the commission is already in force and will remain so up to the end of the process of byelection, namely the declaration of results by the returning officer.

The byelection was necessitated after the Supreme Court quashed the election of Ms Sunita Bharti of the Congress from the ward on a petition by her BJP rival Meera Kanwaria that Ms Bharti had submitted a fake Scheduled Caste certificate in support of her nomination.

Meanwhile, the BJP has announced Ms Meera Kanwaria as its candidate for the byelection. Ms Kanwaria will file her nomination on June 26.

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Friend lends money, shot by borrowers
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, June 24
Two youths, who had borrowed money from a friend, shot him dead near Kulipura village in Greater Noida so that they would not have to return the money. The three had reportedly consumed liquor before the murder.

Neither the police nor the family members of the victim could reveal the exact amount of borrowed money.

The Greater Noida police said Hoshiar had been befriended by Malai and Devi Ram of nearby Dhandhola village. Hoshiar had reported given some money to them sometime back.

Whenever he demanded it, the duo had put him off on one pretext or the other. It was decided ultimately that they would give their land to Hoshiar in lieu of the money for which a meeting of panchayat was also held.

On Thursday, Malai and Devi Ram came to meet Hoshiar. The meeting was cordial and the three friends had a booze session at night. Later on, however, the duo took Hoshiar to Kulipura jungle on some pretext where they shot him dead and dumped his body in the bushes.

His body was found in the jungle at dawn.

The police have sent the body for postmortem and are trying to nab the killers who are absconding. Hoshiar’s brother has filed a report naming Malai and Devi Ram for the murder.

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Noida reels from endless power cuts

Noida, June 24
As more the mercury rises, the longer is the duration of power cuts in towns and villages in the region. In towns, there is a 10-hour power cut while villages remain without power for 18 hours.

And one does not know the timing of power cuts and their duration. It goes off at the will of the UPPCO officials. People, especially the aged, women and kids are not able to have proper sleep at night.

In the industrial sectors also, power played truant yesterday. While production in factories suffered, people get fed up with sound and pollution caused by generator sets.

In residential sectors also, the power cut had been in force since morning till 4 p.m.

Another annoying aspect is the extremely fluctuating voltage and switching on and off of power twice or thrice in 3 to 10 minutes. Gadgets have been rendered defective. — OC

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Three youths relieve man of vehicle
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 24
A person was sodomised late last night by three youths and relieved of his Tata Sumo vehicle.

According to his complaint to the police, he was returning after dropping the employees of a private firm when he was waylaid by three youths in Sector 12 A. They first injured him by throwing stones at him. He became unconscious after one of the stones hit his head.

The youths were on a motorcycle. According to him, when he regained consciousness, he found himself on the rear seat along with one of the miscreants.

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