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Curfew-like scene in Seelampur after MCD drive
New Delhi, September 9
The police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the mob which resisted sealing and demolition of unauthorised constructions in Seelampur area of Shahadra South Zone today. A few persons sustained injuries. There was curfew-like situation in the area.

DUSU polls: NSUI concedes a post to ABVP 
New Delhi, September 9
It was a closely contested election that saw the Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India, failing to make a clean sweep, losing the vice-president’s seat by a whisker to ABVP.

NSUI winning candidates in DUSU elections, president Amrita Dhawan, joint secretary Tarun Tanwar and secretary Shashi Kant in the Capital on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

NSUI winning candidates in DUSU elections, president Amrita Dhawan, joint secretary Tarun Tanwar and secretary Shashi Kant in the Capital


 




Solve disputes by forming committees: Judge
Faridabad, September 9
Elected representatives and intellectuals should form special local bodies. They should engage themselves in finding a solution to disputes before they come up before the police or the court. This will not only help in reducing mental and financial burden on people, but also lessen the judiciary’s load. Thus, unnecessary litigation can also be avoided.

Rs 387 cr earmarked for Yamuna Action Plan in Capital
New Delhi, September 9
Under the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP)-II, Rs 387 crore will be spent on the Delhi region making it the highest among all five reaches being implemented under the project. Massive cleaning operations and installation of sewerage pumping stations (SPS) and sewerage treatment plants (STP) between Wazirabad and Okhla Barrage, the most polluted stretch of the Yamuna, will be carried out during this phase.

Encroachments removed in Gurgaon
Gurgaon, September 9
A team led by the Estate Officer (EO), Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) removed encroachments in Sectors 52 and 57 here today.

Sunny weather, sultry conditions prevail in Capital
New Delhi, September 9
It was another sunny day in Delhi today with sultry weather conditions continuing to prevail in the Capital for the second consecutive day.

CM launches Pulse Polio Campaign
New Delhi, September 9
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today launched the 64th round of Pulse Polio Campaign in Delhi by administering anti-polio drops to a number of children in a simple function organised at her residence. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Dikshit expressed confidence that Delhi would continue to be a polio-free state. She claimed that not even a single case of polio was reported last year.



Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit giving pulse polio drops to a child at her residence in the Capital on Saturday. A Tribune photograpg

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit giving pulse polio drops to a child at her residence in the Capital

Two dengue cases reported in Noida
Noida, September 9
The National Institute of Communicable Diseases, New Delhi, has confirmed two cases of dengue in a private hospital here. The report on the sample of another patient is yet to come in. He is also in a serious condition.

Teachers call for nabbing killer of Ujjain professor 
New Delhi, September 9
The National Executive of the Federation of Central Universities Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA) that met here yesterday to condemn the brutal killing of Prof. H. S. Sabharwal in Ujjain, has demanded that the government act swiftly to bring the guilty to book.

Cashier shot, relieved of money
Noida, September 9
A spate of robberies and a murder here and in Greater Noida over the last 24 hours has created a sense of insecurity among residents.

Man held for dealing in organs of wild animals
New Delhi, September 9
The police today claimed to have arrested a 28-year-old man for being engaged in the sale of organs of wild animals.

Man bludgeoned to death by son
New Delhi, September 9
A 58-year-old engineer was today bludgeoned to death allegedly by his son in a fit of rage in East Delhi, police said.

Two students held 
Ghaziabad, September 9
Two college students from Delhi were arrested today for allegedly morphing the photograph of a woman friend and posting the obscene picture on the Web.

Man shoots sister for eloping with brother-in-law
Gurgaon, September 9
A man today shot at his sister with a gun and wounded her critically for having eloped with her brother-in-law.

 

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Curfew-like scene in Seelampur after MCD drive
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 9
The police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the mob which resisted sealing and demolition of unauthorised constructions in Seelampur area of Shahadra South Zone today. A few persons sustained injuries. There was curfew-like situation in the area.

A total of 157 commercial establishment were removed from the Government land in Seelampur. More than 400 square meter public land was freed from encroachment.

The police instructed the residents not to park their vehicles on road. The road is of government land. Encroachment will not be allowed on roads, police told the residents.

Besides, the famous multi-story Jagdish Store situated at 39 Lajpat Nagar-III was sealed as it was a residential area.

The Monitoring Committee found that the affidavit submitted by the property owner that the commercial establishment was running in the aforesaid property before 1962 was found to be false.

The Monitoring Committee issued direction that the property must be sealed for misuse and submission of false affidavit.

Ten other properties in Lajpat Nagar - I, Central Zone were sealed as they were found to be polluted.

Twenty-five properties were sealed for misuse of land and 15 for unauthorised constructions in Rohini. Eight properties were sealed and one was completely demolished in Najafgarh Zone.

Seven properties were sealed in Gautam Nagar and Safdarjung Enclave in South Delhi.

Meanwhile, BJP MLA from Tilak Vihar O. P. Babbar said that confusion prevailed among residents of the Capital as demolition was going on even after the amendment in the Master Plan 2001. If the Congress-led Maharashtra government can resolve the similar issue in Mumbai, why it cannot be done in Delhi, he said.

Festivals of Janmasthami, Dussehra and Divali will have no meaning for Delhi traders whose livelihood has been snatched by the Congress-led MCD, he said.

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DUSU polls: NSUI concedes a post to ABVP 
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 9
It was a closely contested election that saw the Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India, failing to make a clean sweep, losing the vice-president’s seat by a whisker to ABVP.

The party that walked away with all four seats last year had to remain content with winning just three as its arch rival ABVP managed to win the vice-president’s seat with its candidate Abhimanyu Singh, winning by a narrow margin of 35 votes.

While the results of other candidates were more or less foreseen, it was the independent candidate Aaditya Dar of the United Students contesting for the post of president who turned out to be the dark horse. Polling 4300 votes, Dar came third beating the INLD-supported INSO’s candidate.

The DUSU panel this year includes Amrita Dhawan of the NSUI as president, Vikas Dahiya of the ABVP as vice-president, and Shashikant and Tarun Tanwar of the NSUI as secretary and joint secretary respectively.

While Amrita who polled 13,161 surged ahead of her nearest rival, ABVP’s Gargi Lakhanpal who polled 8,439; NSUI’s Abhimanyu Singh polled 8,983 as against 9,018 polled by Dahiya. Shashikant of the NSUI with 8,891 votes defeated Jitendra Singh of the ABVP who polled 8,032 and Surinder Singh also of the ABVP, polled 7,196, losing to Tarun Tanwar who polled 9,844. As an elated NSUI went into the celebration mode, the ABVP, which has made a comeback after 2004, maintained that they contested against “the Congress and not just the NSUI”.

“We fight on the basis of ideology while they have the muscle and money power,” said ABVP, Delhi State general secretary Nakul Bhardwaj.

Criticising the involvement of senior Congress leaders in DUSU polls he said, “It is shameful that the NSUI depends on senior Congress leaders and the state machinery to contest and win.”

Not cowed down by the ABVP’s poor performance over the years, Mr Bhardwaj said, “Our winning this one seat today signals the uprooting of the Congress in the days to come.”

This is the second time the NSUI has to share a seat with the ABVP in the DUSU panel, after capturing all four seats in 2003, the party managed to win just three seats in 2004, to regain all four in 2005.

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Solve disputes by forming committees: Judge
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 9
Elected representatives and intellectuals should form special local bodies. They should engage themselves in finding a solution to disputes before they come up before the police or the court. This will not only help in reducing mental and financial burden on people, but also lessen the judiciary’s load. Thus, unnecessary litigation can also be avoided.

This was observed by Mr Adarsh Kumar Goyal, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, and executive president of the Haryana State Legal Services Authority.

He was speaking as chief guest at a seminar held today to create awareness among elected representatives regarding the role they could play in solving disputes at the local level.

Mr Justice Goyal said the setting up of local committees to solve disputes among people could prove beneficial for thousands of people.

People got tangled in court cases and suffered financial loss due to lack of a forum at the village or block level. Certain cases lingered on for a lifetime. One failed to find to find justice till death.

These cases were then passed on to the next generation.

He said that legal tangles also led to enmity. At times, the reason for a dispute was minor, which could be solved at the local level by mature representatives of bodies like the gram panchayat, the block samiti or the zila parishad.

Mr Justice Goyal said about 60,000 cases were pending in Faridabad district court alone.

He made a plea to sarpanches and other members of local bodies to take the lead in effecting a compromisesolving cases.

He also called upon police officials to help with this and work towards effecting a compromise. He held this was a major task requiring the involvement of socially helpful, honest and dedicated persons. There was a need to boost such a movement.

He added the Haryana Legal Services Authority should provide free legal help to poor persons and families whose annual income was below Rs 50,000.

Mr L. N. Mittal, District and Sessions Judge and president of the district unit of the Haryana Legal Services Authority, also appealed to representatives to make their contribution towards this. He announced that an open court would be held at Tigaon village of Faridabad block on October 28. Several pending cases would be taken up.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner assured the local administration would take part in any campaign aimed at seeking the cooperation of the people in such matters. 

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Rs 387 cr earmarked for Yamuna Action Plan in Capital
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 9
Under the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP)-II, Rs 387 crore will be spent on the Delhi region making it the highest among all five reaches being implemented under the project. Massive cleaning operations and installation of sewerage pumping stations (SPS) and sewerage treatment plants (STP) between Wazirabad and Okhla Barrage, the most polluted stretch of the Yamuna, will be carried out during this phase.

Physical work implementation, preparation of master plan, feasibility study, Detailed Project Report for YAP-III, public participation and awareness, public relations and institutional strengthening will also be done during YAP-II.

Okhla and Keshopur STPs will get some new process units. At Okhla, one new STP module of 135 mld capacity will be constructed along with a power generation plant. With this, the total treatment capacity will become 765 mld.

The earlier three modules with total capacity of 324 mld are going to be rehabilitated with new process units as right now they are not functioning properly. A power generation plant utilising bio-gas will be installed, besides three trunk sewers, Bela Road, Wazirabad and Ring Road trunk sewers, having more than 30 km length.

Under the preparation of master plan, decentralised wastewater collection and treatment of water bodies will be done. This scheme will see the installation of decentralised wastewater collection.

In the Delhi phase, Dairy Farm Waste Management, Dobhi Ghat Sudhar Yojna, Slaughter Modernisation and Waste Management, Antim Niwas Sudhar Yojna and Slum Rehabilitation Study will also be carried out. The project is to be completed by 2009.

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Encroachments removed in Gurgaon
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, September 9
A team led by the Estate Officer (EO), Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) removed encroachments in Sectors 52 and 57 here today.

Significantly, contrary to the previous demolition exercise, there was no resistance today.

Work on new roads, sewerage and water supply for these sector would soon start. This had been shelved midway due to illegal encroachments, the HUDA Administrator told ‘The Tribune’. He appreciated the cooperation extended by villagers in removing these encroachments.

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Sunny weather, sultry conditions prevail in Capital

New Delhi, September 9
It was another sunny day in Delhi today with sultry weather conditions continuing to prevail in the Capital for the second consecutive day.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 34.6 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal.

The sunny weather and high humidity close to 70 per cent left Delhiites perspiring for the second continuous day, though Westerly winds provided some relief from the sultry weather conditions.

With the weatherman predicting a dry weather in Delhi for the next two to three days, warm and humid conditions are likely to prevail in the coming days.

The Capital has not received rain all through the week.— UNI

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CM launches Pulse Polio Campaign
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 9
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today launched the 64th round of Pulse Polio Campaign in Delhi by administering anti-polio drops to a number of children in a simple function organised at her residence.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Dikshit expressed confidence that Delhi would continue to be a polio-free state. She claimed that not even a single case of polio was reported last year. The only threat which Delhi is facing in this regard is from certain neighbouring states, she said.

Besides, floating population which comes to Delhi every day in connection with employment could also be responsible for polio cases in Delhi, she said.

She further said that last year around 300 cases of polio were detected in different parts of the country which is becoming a cause of concern for the Delhi Government.

Delhi Health Minister Dr Yoganand Shastri also administered polio drops to a few children on this occasion.

He conveyed his gratitude towards Rotary Club and other NGOs for making Pulse Polio Campaign a grand success in Delhi. The Chief Minister complimented the officials of Department of Health on their efforts in overcoming the threat of polio in Delhi.

She said that 7,500 polio booths would be established tomorrow to administer vaccine to 18 lakh children of 0-5 age group. Around 30,000 employees of the Health Department would be deployed to ensure maximum reach from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. Stalls would be stationed at railway stations, ISBTs, public places including Appu Ghar, major temples, Metro stations, Millennium Park, Delhi Zoo and some popular eateries.

Apart from this, a door-to-door weeklong survey would also be conducted.

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Two dengue cases reported in Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, September 9
The National Institute of Communicable Diseases, New Delhi, has confirmed two cases of dengue in a private hospital here. The report on the sample of another patient is yet to come in. He is also in a serious condition.

The Noida Authority and the Chief Medical Officer here have, however, chosen to dismiss the cases as a false alarm.

Three suspected dengue patients were admitted in the hospital on September 6. In view of their low platelets count, the samples of two patients were sent to the NICD for investigations.

A 29-year-old patient from Indirapuram reportedly had a count of only 10,000 platelets. He had to be given four units of platelets. The other was a 39- year-old resident of Sector 40.

A doctor at the hospital said the patients had high fever, stomach ache and boils all over the body when they were brought to the hospital.

He said the condition of another patient, a resident of Sector 93, was also serious and four units of platelets had been procured for transfusion.

The CMO was being informed about these dengue patients, he said.

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Teachers call for nabbing killer of Ujjain professor 

New Delhi, September 9
The National Executive of the Federation of Central Universities Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA) that met here yesterday to condemn the brutal killing of Prof. H. S. Sabharwal in Ujjain, has demanded that the government act swiftly to bring the guilty to book.

The FEDCUTA has demanded that the family of Prof. Sabharwal should be paid the last-drawn salary until the time that he would have attained the age of superannuation followed by full post-retirement benefits.—TNS

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Cashier shot, relieved of money
Our Correspondent

Noida, September 9
A spate of robberies and a murder here and in Greater Noida over the last 24 hours has created a sense of insecurity among residents.

In one incident, a cashier, Veer Singh, accompanied by an accountant, was going in a rickshaw to disburse wages to workers at his company premises in Sector 62 here, when two men on a scooter snatched the moneybag at gunpoint. When Veer Singh resisted, he was shot in the chest, killing him on the spot.

The assailants then sped away with the money.

The district SSP suspects the connivance of company employees in the Sector 60 incident.

In Greater Noida, two persons took a luxury car for a test drive and did not return. One of the culprits had posed as a senior manager of a multinational and had asked for the car to be sent for a test drive in front of the company’s gate at Greater Noida.

In another incident, a truck driver, operating in Indirapuram, was robbed of his vehicle. A man had hired his truck for the Dadri railway station, when he brought two plates of food. The driver reportedly lost consciousness after eating the food. When he came around, the truck had vanished.

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Man held for dealing in organs of wild animals
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 9
The police today claimed to have arrested a 28-year-old man for being engaged in the sale of organs of wild animals.

The suspect was identified as Durga Prasad. The police received a tip-off that he was indulging in the sale of organs of wild animals in Seemapuri.

A team was constituted to investigate the case and arrest the suspect.

He was arrested last night and during a search of his house, the police claimed to have recovered 50 gms of mongoose hair and 11 brushes of animal hair, the police said.

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Man bludgeoned to death by son
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 9
A 58-year-old engineer was today bludgeoned to death allegedly by his son in a fit of rage in East Delhi, police said.

Naresh allegedly attacked his father Ramphool, a CPWD executive engineer, with a wooden plank in the wee hours killing him on the spot.

The incident happened at Pandav Nagar in East Delhi.

According to police, the victim had gone to the terrace to check something late last night when a verbal duel broke out between him and Naresh over some issue, which resulted in his killing.

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Two students held 

Ghaziabad, September 9
Two college students from Delhi were arrested today for allegedly morphing the photograph of a woman friend and posting the obscene picture on the Web.

Manish Rawat, a first year B.Tech student, and Karan Ahuja, a first year BBA student, were held after the girl student they had befriended over the internet filed a complaint, the local Police Superintendent said here.

Two of the accomplices of the arrested students were yet to be apprehended, he said.

The girl student, a resident of Kosambhi, had been introduced to one of the two accused on a chat site and they exchanged photographs.

The SP said the hard disk of her computer provided clues about the identity of the arrested.— PTI

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Man shoots sister for eloping with brother-in-law
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, September 9
A man today shot at his sister with a gun and wounded her critically for having eloped with her brother-in-law.

The incident took place at Shakti Nagar. Jai Singh fired at his sister from point-blank range. He pumped three bullets into her body.

His sister was married last May in Bhiwani. Her husband is suffering from a serious liver ailment. She had eloped with her husband’s brother.

However, she was brought home by her parents here.

The parents insisted on getting a case registered against the brother-in-law, but she refused to be a complainant.

This apparently infuriated Jai Singh.

A case has been registered but no arrest has been made so far.

   



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