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Capital gets another 290 MW of power
New Delhi, July 11
Delhi Power Minister Mr Haroon Yusuf today claimed that the power availability had shown marked improvement with the addition of around 290 MW today. He said that the NTPC Gas Plant at Dadri had started generation of 207 MW power out of which about 30 MW has been made available to Delhi.

Faridabad leads Haryana in revenue collection
Faridabad, July 11
Faridabad has been one of the leading revenue churning districts of the state. A solid increase of about 28 per cent has been noticed in the collection of VAT and other taxes, including central sales tax (CST) and local area development tax (LADT) here over the past one year. At least 20 per cent growth has also been registered in the first quarter of this year with the department concerned targeting an increase of about 24 per cent this year.

Underworld don moves High Court
New Delhi, July 11
Underworld don Babloo Srivastav today filed an appeal in the Delhi High Court challenging the life term awarded to him in Lalit Suneja murder case even as a division bench issued notice to the police on co-accused Nitin Shah’s similar appeal against the conviction.


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High alert sounded in Capital
New Delhi, July 11
Delhi Police have sounded high alert immediately after the five serial blasts that took place in Mumbai this afternoon. Commissioner of Police K.K. Paul said, “We have alerted all the vital installations in the city.
Police personnel checking the belongings of passengers at the New Delhi Railway Station after several blasts occurred in Srinagar and Mumbai on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal
Police personnel checking the belongings of passengers at the New Delhi Railway Station after several blasts occurred in Srinagar and Mumbai on Tuesday

Half of global population aged under 25

New Delhi, July 11
As the World Population Day gets under way, what comes across in a major way is the fact that today nearly half the world’s population, more than 3 billion people, consists of young people under the age of 25. In keeping with this phenomenon, the theme for this year’s World Population Day focuses on ‘young people’. Youth leaders from different states shared their experiences with the policy makers on the subject.



Members of Surabhi Parivar, an NGO, demonstrating on the occasion of World Population Day at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Members of Surabhi Parivar, an NGO, demonstrating on the occasion of World Population Day at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Tuesday'

Prostitution racket smashed, 8 women held
New Delhi, July 11
A major prostitution racket was busted in the Capital on Tuesday with the arrest of eight women and two men during raids in three residential colonies. The raids were conducted in Vasant Kunj, Amar Colony and Paschim Vihar in northwest Delhi.

Nigerian caught with heroin 
New Delhi, July 11
In the latest drug seizure here, the Narcotics Control Bureau has arrested a Nigerian national with 415 grams of heroin from West Delhi, bureau sources said. About 15 grams of cocaine and 20 Ecstasy tablets were also seized last night from Kayush Ibrahim in Tilak Nagar, the sources added.

550 cases of cholera reported in Capital this year so far
New Delhi, July 11
With cholera cases on an increase in the national Capital and 550 such cases being reported so far in this year alone, the Delhi Government today held a high-level meeting of officials from various civic agencies and Railways to review the situation.

CGHS scam: Three remanded in CBI custody
New Delhi, July 11
A city court today remanded three persons, including prime accused Diwakar in the Rs 4,000-crore Co-operative Group Housing Scheme scam, in three days’ CBI custody.

Civil defence movement should gain ground: Patil 
New Delhi, July 11
The civil defence movement got a major boost yesterday with the Union Home Minister, Mr Shivraj Patil, addressing the first-ever civil defence rally organised by the Directorate of General of Home Guards and Civil Defence here.

Seven multi-level parking facilities to be built in Delhi
New Delhi, July 11
The Delhi Government is all set to build seven multi-level parking facilities in various parts of the Capital to ease traffic congestion in the city. Construction work on three out of the seven such facilities will begin soon, it was decided at a meeting between Delhi Urban Development Minister A K Walia and officials of the MCD and NDMC.

Hospital introduces new technology
New Delhi, July 11
Sunder Lal Jain Hospital has introduced a new technology, the Innova Spin to provide state-of- the-art health care to the patients. The hospital has installed the technology in its Cath Lab.

 

 

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Capital gets another 290 MW of power
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 11
Delhi Power Minister Mr Haroon Yusuf today claimed that the power availability had shown marked improvement with the addition of around 290 MW today.
He said that the NTPC Gas Plant at Dadri had started generation of 207 MW power out of which about 30 MW has been made available to Delhi.

The silt level at Naptha-Jhakri power units has come down to prescribed limit and the units have started generation of 1300 MW out of which Delhi has been resumed supply of 260 MW power.

He said that 60 MW power supply from Salal Hydel Project was restored yesterday. Around 350 MW power has been added to Delhi supply during two days.

It was reported that there was no incident of loadshedding for the third consecutive day today. Peak demand of 3200 MW power was fully met today.

As against Delhi’s entitlement of 1, 890 MW from the Northern Grid, the Delhi Government is allowed to overdraw 2250 MW.

This has been possible due to lower demand by 2000 MW from the northern states due to the onset of monsoon. In Rajasthan alone, the demand is less by 600 MW, sources said.

Mr Yusuf is leaving for Chattisgarh tomorrow to inspect the site identified for setting up a 2000 MW power plant in the state exclusively to meet the capital’s needs, an official spokesman said.

Yusuf, during the two-day visit, will meet state Chief Minister Raman Singh to discuss the project details.

Delhi Cabinet on July 4 gave its nod to setting up of a 2000 MW power plant exclusively to meet the capital’s needs in Chhatisgarh at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore, the MoU for which is expected to be signed by this year end, he said.

The power situation has further eased due to the pleasant weather which continued here today, with thick monsoon clouds looming in the sky resulting in a further drop in mercury to 31 degree Celsius.

The minimum temperature recorded was 26 degree, two degrees more than yesterday.

The weather office has predicted a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rains and thundershowers during the next 24 hours. Besides, an upper air cyclonic storm lying over Haryana and its neighbouring areas was likely to result in heavy showers in some parts of the Capital.

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Faridabad leads Haryana in revenue collection
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 11
Faridabad has been one of the leading revenue churning districts of the state. A solid increase of about 28 per cent has been noticed in the collection of VAT and other taxes, including central sales tax (CST) and local area development tax (LADT) here over the past one year.

At least 20 per cent growth has also been registered in the first quarter of this year with the department concerned targeting an increase of about 24 per cent this year.

According to officials of the Excise and Taxation Department here, an amount of about Rs 1077.79 crore had been realised from here in the form of various taxes in the year 2005- 06. This included Rs 733.34 crore as value added tax (VAT) and Rs 31.37 crore as LADT in the district.

The department hopes to raise this collection by at least 24 per cent by the end of the current financial year. The total amount of tax targeted to be realised by March-end next year has been pegged at Rs 1490.63 crore.

The officials claim that the collection during the first quarter of this year has also gone up, except in the segment of entertainment and LADT in some areas.

The district has been divided mainly into two sectors known as Faridabad East and Faridabad West, each headed by an official of the rank of Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner (DETC).

While the total revenue collected under various heads, including VAT, CST, LADT and entertainment tax in the West sector, was Rs 569.06 crore last year the office concerned hopes to collect Rs 746.91 crore by March next.

In Faridabad East, the collection had been Rs 508.73 crore the previous year against the target of Rs 643.72 crore next year. The revenue collection in the East sector is apparently better in comparison to the West in the matter of LADT as the growth has been positive so far.

This zone has shown a hefty increase of about 192.87 per cent in LADT collection in June this year in comparison to the collection made last year under this head. A total amount of Rs 113.34 lakh was realised as LADT in June against Rs 38.70 lakh last year. The total collection made by June-end this year for LADT has been Rs 666.22 lakh against Rs 418.91 lakh made last year.

However, the LADT collection in the West zone this year in June went down by 55.76 per cent. The department here could recover only Rs 263.63 lakh against the collection of Rs 393.65 lakh made up to June-end last year.

The collection of entertainment duty in the East zone this year has improved by about 8.10 per cent, while it registered a decrease of about 11.58 per cent in the West zone.

The department has also started collection of passenger tax from the school buses from February this year introduced by government this year. An amount of over Rs 10 lakh has been collected so far with notices being issued to the schools in this connection. 

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Underworld don moves High Court
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 11
Underworld don Babloo Srivastav today filed an appeal in the Delhi High Court challenging the life term awarded to him in Lalit Suneja murder case even as a division bench issued notice to the police on co-accused Nitin Shah’s similar appeal against the conviction.

A Division Bench of Justice R S Sodhi and Justice P K Bhasin will take up Babloo’s appeal against the July 3 order convicting him and Shah to life imprisonment for allegedly murdering Suneja on August 2, 1992 on Wednesday. Suneja was allegedly murdered by Babloo’s henchmen reportedly at the behest of Shah owing to a financial dispute. Earlier in the day, the Bench asked the police to file its reply on Shah’s appeal against the conviction.

In his appeal, Shah claimed that the conviction imposed by the trial judge was “erroneous” as it was based on “innocuous and unproved evidence”.

Further, it claimed that the trial judge had solely relied upon circumstantial evidence and testimony submitted by police without exploring any direct evidence or examining witnesses to the crime.

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High alert sounded in Capital
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 11
Delhi Police have sounded high alert immediately after the five serial blasts that took place in Mumbai this afternoon. Commissioner of Police K.K. Paul said, “We have alerted all the vital installations in the city. Security has been strengthened around religious places, market areas, railway stations, Metro Railway stations. We are also keeping vigil on the public places and cinema halls.”

The Police Commissioner advised the citizens to be alert and inform the police if they find something lying unattended on the road or any public place.

Meanwhile, the police has arrested one Aijaz Hussain, hailing from Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, from Lodhi road area after a tip-off about his movement.

Police was interrogating him to find out if he has any links with the serial blasts in Srinagar and Mumbai and to find which terrorist outfit he belonged to.

An amount of Rs 49 lakh was also seized from his possession, police said, adding according to their information Hussain was working for one Pakistan-based militant Mukhtar Ahmed.

Hussian, who has been living in Jangpura locality of South Delhi, was arrested when he reached the Lodhi Road area in a car to apparently hand over the cash and explosives to someone.

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Half of global population aged under 25
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 11
As the World Population Day gets under way, what comes across in a major way is the fact that today nearly half the world’s population, more than 3 billion people, consists of young people under the age of 25. In keeping with this phenomenon, the theme for this year’s World Population Day focuses on ‘young people’.

Youth leaders from different states shared their experiences with the policy makers on the subject. Mr A.R. Nanda, former Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said: “We are witnessing an unprecedented demographic phenomenon with young people outstripping all other population groups by over 50%. Hence, the writing on the wall is clear to all of us: if we have to turn this challenge into opportunity, we have no option but to listen to them and harness their creative energies.”

Today, over 500 million people between 15 and 24 years live on fewer than $2 per day. Moreover, 96 million young women in developing countries do not know how to read and write; some 14 million adolescent girls aged between 15 and 19 years become mothers every year and finally, every day as many as 6,000 young people are infected with HIV. Ditto Thomas, a youth leader from Gujarat feels that there is a strong need to establish youth-friendly services for adolescent boys in Gujarat.

He stresses, “Compared to young boys, young girls find it easier to confide and speak to their mothers and peers. Boys, on the other hand, are extremely inhibited and end up by getting information from their peers, not all of which is balanced or correct.”

Key issues highlighted at the function by youth leaders were: the need to persuade school principals to provide life skills education, especially in Gujarat and Rajasthan; the near-universal denial of rights for rural girls; stopping child marriage; reducing unsafe sex and unsafe abortion; and providing basic social security to the ever-growing number of young migrants from villages and small towns as unskilled labour.

This function was organized by the ‘national alliance for young people for a healthy future,’ a network of NGOs, young people and international NGOs. This dialogue was held between the youth leaders, representatives from NGOs and the government functionaries on the occasion of the World Population Day. 

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Prostitution racket smashed, 8 women held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 11
A major prostitution racket was busted in the Capital on Tuesday with the arrest of eight women and two men during raids in three residential colonies.
The raids were conducted in Vasant Kunj, Amar Colony and Paschim Vihar in northwest Delhi.

“We had received complaints about the racket in these areas, and the arrests were made during the raids,” said the area DCP.

This is the second prostitution racket to be busted in the Capital in the past two weeks, officials said. Three women, including the daughter of a former Border Security Force (BSF) official, were arrested in the June 25 operation.

Meanwhile, a city court has sent five girls and one alleged pimp to 14-day judicial custody for allegedly running a sex racket in West Delhi.

Metropolitan Magistrate Bhupesh Kumar remanded all the accused, who were arrested on July 7 following a raid, in judicial custody till July 26.

As per the prosecution, after receiving a tip-off that a sex racket was allegedly being run from a house in Mongolpuri locality, police constituted a team and sent a decoy customer, which led to the arrest of two girls and a pimp.

After their interrogation, police arrested three more girls from the same locality.

The girls and one alleged pimp Ramesh were booked under various provisions of Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.

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Nigerian caught with heroin
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 11
In the latest drug seizure here, the Narcotics Control Bureau has arrested a Nigerian national with 415 grams of heroin from West Delhi, bureau sources said. About 15 grams of cocaine and 20 Ecstasy tablets were also seized last night from Kayush Ibrahim in Tilak Nagar, the sources added.

The arrest of Kayush, alias Tony, comes in the wake of arrest of several Nigerian nationals in the last few days for possessing drugs.

On June 4, the Delhi Police recovered narcotics from three Nigerian nationals, David, Tobu and Abdullah from the Munirka area of south-west Delhi following the interrogation of Sahil Zaroo, who had allegedly procured heroin for the late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan’s son Rahul Mahajan and his aide Bibek Moitra.

Based on disclosures made by these persons, nine more Nigerians, including Michael Ofori Danagogo were arrested from various places in Delhi for narcotics-related offences.

In the past few months, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has been cracking down on Nigerians and other foreigners, who use Delhi as a transit for drug trafficking. 

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550 cases of cholera reported
in Capital this year so far
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 11
With cholera cases on an increase in the national Capital and 550 such cases being reported so far in this year alone, the Delhi Government today held a high-level meeting of officials from various civic agencies and Railways to review the situation.

As many as 30 cases of cholera were reported in the week up to July 7, taking the total number of cases of the disease up to 550 this year, said Health Minister Mr Yoganand Shastri, who chaired the meeting.

The Delhi Government conducted 92 raids during the week in question, in which 440430 kg contaminated food and 435307 kg sub-standard ice was seized, he said.

A total of 1347 water trolleys were checked and action was taken against 190 of them. Action was also taken against 50 sugarcane crushers and 283 food stalls.

During this week, 1842 water samples were tested by the MCD of which 25 were found unfit. The Delhi Jal Board, on the other hand, tested 1140 samples of which one was found unfit.

The minister also said as many as 918 legal notices were issued and 305 cases for prosecution were launched after 181907 houses were inspected for breeding of mosquitoes in the Capital.

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CGHS scam: Three remanded in CBI custody
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 11
A city court today remanded three persons, including prime accused Diwakar in the Rs 4,000-crore Co-operative Group Housing Scheme scam, in three days’ CBI custody.

Diwakar had surrendered in the court on January 30. The CBI had failed to arrest him.

After hearing arguments of both the prosecution and the defence, Patiala House Court special Judge S K Kaushik, remanded Narayan Diwakar, retired registrar of Co-operative societies, Vinod Kumar Gupta and D S Rana in CBI custody till July 14 for further interrogation.

There were 66 cases pending against Diwakar out of a total of 95 cases, the CBI suspects.

Diwakar with some officials in the office of Registrar of Cooperative Societies forged certain documents and allegedly misused their official position, according to a senior CBI official.

CBI is now looking into the matter of their alleged involvement in a criminal conspiracy to fraudulently revive defunct societies on the basis of forged documents. 

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Civil defence movement should gain ground: Patil 

New Delhi, July 11
The civil defence movement got a major boost yesterday with the Union Home Minister, Mr Shivraj Patil, addressing the first-ever civil defence rally organised by the Directorate of General of Home Guards and Civil Defence here.

While addressing the rally, the Union Home Minister said that it was time the civil defence movement became a national movement and that every neighbourhood, colony, village and market had civil defence volunteers who responded first to any disaster. They are trained to fight terrorism and work with the local police, said Mr Patil. The Home Minister announced that the India government would provide all possible support to the civil defence and home guard departments all over the country.—TNS

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Seven multi-level parking facilities to be built in Delhi

New Delhi, July 11
The Delhi Government is all set to build seven multi-level parking facilities in various parts of the Capital to ease traffic congestion in the city.
Construction work on three out of the seven such facilities will begin soon, it was decided at a meeting between Delhi Urban Development Minister A K Walia and officials of the MCD and NDMC.

All three areas in which work on the projects would be expedited, Kamla Nagar, Parade Ground and Ramlila Maidan, are areas which are under MCD jurisdiction.

The technical formalities for the construction of the fully automated multi-level parking projects would be finalised by January, an official spokesperson said here today.—TNS

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Hospital introduces new technology
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 11
Sunder Lal Jain Hospital has introduced a new technology, the Innova Spin to provide state-of- the-art health care to the patients. The hospital has installed the technology in its Cath Lab.

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