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Dengue claims two more lives
Toll reaches 27 in the Capital, 92 new cases reported

New Delhi, October 13
With two more persons succumbing to dengue, the toll in the Capital rose to 27 today, even as 92 new cases of the disease were reported. The total number of dengue cases in the Capital now stands at 1,278, health officials said. Meanwhile, several cases of chikungunya have also been reported from various parts of the city.

Two more succumb to dengue 
Noida, October 13
Two more persons have died of dengue while 30 have been confirmed as dengue patients till Thursday. One patient 43-year-old Lalit of Delhi has died of dengue in Kailash Hospital. Another patient Prem, 20, son of Dhara Singh, breathed his last in Ghaziabad’s Ganesh Hospital. 

10 more dengue cases in Gurgaon
Gurgaon, October 13
Ten more cases of dengue were reported today putting up the total number to 78.

City gears up for Hutch half-marathon 
New Delhi, October 13
Alongside scores of people and two of the top five half-marathon runners in the world, who will take part in the $150,000 Hutch Delhi half-marathon on October 15, a 350 strong delegation from Deepalaya will also run to raise money for the differently-abled children.


 




Khurana to launch ‘Dharma Yudh Yatra’ today 
New Delhi, October 13
Demanding that the Yamuna riverbank near ISBT and Nigambodh Ghat be declared an area of historical religious importance, former Delhi chief minister, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, today said that his three-day ‘Dharma Yudh Yatra’, beginning tomorrow, would mobilise public opinion against the demolition of temples and gurdwaras which were hundreds of years old.

Delhi Vikas Mahasangh leader Madan Lal Khurana addressing a press conference on ‘Dharma Yudha Morcha’. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi
Delhi Vikas Mahasangh leader Madan Lal Khurana addressing a press conference on ‘Dharma Yudha Morcha’

Gurgaon to have seven new police stations
50 more vehicles for better patrolling
Gurgaon, October 13
Seven new police stations have been sanctioned for the city, which would be put in operation within a month, informed the Inspector General of Police, Gurgaon Range.

‘Harassed’ inspector commits suicide 
New Delhi, October 13
An inspector of Delhi Police, who had been under suspension for the last two years, allegedly committed suicide today accusing the Police Commissioner of harassing him, a charge denied by the department.|



Relatives of Inspector Devender Manchanda at his residence. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Relatives of Inspector Devender Manchanda at his residence.

Security guard strangled at biscuit factory
Greater Noida, October 13
Half-a-dozen armed criminals attacked Cremica Biscuit factory in Surajpur industrial area and strangled the security guard on duty at the main gate and stabbed the other guard with daggers.

Fake currency racket busted, one held
New Delhi, October 13
With the arrest of one person, the crime branch of Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a fake currency racket, which was allegedly being run with the help of the Pakistan’s ISI.

Govt to take action against violators of Child Labour Act
New Delhi, October 13
Delhi Labour Minister, Mr Mangat Ram Singhal, today said action would be initiated against anyone found employing children as either domestic work or in factories.

Bank employee shot at, robbed of Rs 29 lakh
New Delhi, October 13
In a daring daylight robbery, three motorcycle-borne assailants looted nearly Rs 29 lakh after shooting at a bank employee in South Delhi’s Sangam Vihar area this afternoon.

 

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Dengue claims two more lives
Toll reaches 27 in the Capital, 92 new cases reported
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 13
With two more persons succumbing to dengue, the toll in the Capital rose to 27 today, even as 92 new cases of the disease were reported.

The total number of dengue cases in the Capital now stands at 1,278, health officials said. Meanwhile, several cases of chikungunya have also been reported from various parts of the city.

Both dengue and chikungunya are caused by the bite of the same Aedes mosquito, which breeds in stagnant water.

Sunita (70) from Ballabhgarh in Haryana, who was taken to the AIIMS in a critical condition last evening, died within hours of admission, while Uma Devi (40) succumbed to dengue early this morning.

Of the 92 fresh cases in the Capital, 44 were admitted to the AIIMS where 160 patients are being treated for the mosquito-borne disease.

The largest number of suspected dengue cases has been reported from the Shahdara area of East Delhi, with over 150 cases detected so far.

The Delhi government has instructed the MCD and NDMC to intensify fogging operations and also take effective measures to control the breeding of mosquitoes. It has also asked the civic bodies to check construction sites and vacant plots for mosquito breeding.

Meanwhile, the NDMC issued challans for mosquito breeding in the premises of Kalibari, Meteorological Department, School of Foreign Languages and National Archives, Janpath. 

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Two more succumb to dengue 
Our Correspondent

Noida, October 13
Two more persons have died of dengue while 30 have been confirmed as dengue patients till Thursday.

One patient 43-year-old Lalit of Delhi has died of dengue in Kailash Hospital. Another patient Prem, 20, son of Dhara Singh, breathed his last in Ghaziabad’s Ganesh Hospital. He was confirmed as a dengue patient on Wednesday.

In Dadri, 12 persons have died of dengue while 30 patients have been confirmed as dengue patients till Thursday. The number of dengue patients in city’s other hospitals is reported to be 25.

Though Dadri municipal committee has started spraying insecticides in the town, the malaise goes on unabated.

Meanwhile, two children have been confirmed to be dengue patients in Bilaspur. One of them is admitted to Kailash Hospital, Noida, and the other is referred to a Delhi hospital.

Sohan Pal’s 23-year-old son was down with fever in Bulandshahr. He was referred to a Noida private hospital by the Bulandshahr doctors who said he was a dengue victim. The other was Bunty Agarwal’s six-year-old son who was also diagnosed as a dengue case.

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10 more dengue cases in Gurgaon

Gurgaon, October 13
Ten more cases of dengue were reported today putting up the total number to 78.

Also, the number of suspected cases has gone up to 225. All the cases reported positive today are from various points of the city. It is the same old story unfolding for more than one week. Hospitals here are flooded with patients having varying grade of fever.—TNS

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City gears up for Hutch half-marathon 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 13
Alongside scores of people and two of the top five half-marathon runners in the world, who will take part in the $150,000 Hutch Delhi half-marathon on October 15, a 350 strong delegation from Deepalaya will also run to raise money for the differently-abled children.

“We have a three dream runners in this year’s contingent who have pledged to raise a minimum of Rs one lakh for the cause, of these two are alumni of Deepalaya,” said Mr T K Mathew, the secretary of the organisation.

He said, “Both Shyam Narayan and Mukta Mandal who were alumni of Deepalaya are two of this year’s dream runners and participating in this year’s marathon is a chance for them to give back something to society.”

Deepalaya was the largest participating contingent in October 2005 and the team of 550, comprising enthusiastic students, teachers, social workers and staff had participated to raise money for boosting Deepalaya’s supporting girl child education programme.

The contingent that raised Rs 10 lakh last year is hopeful of raising money for their endeavour to support differently abled children in this year’s marathon as well.

The Hutch Delhi Half Marathon 2006, billed the world’s richest and most prestigious half marathon, will see over 25,000 participants from all over the world on Sunday in the Capital.

The half marathon will also have a veteran category for men and women and a senior veteran category too. The age limit for the open category is 18 years and above as on October 14, 2006, for the veteran category it is 45 years for men and 40 for women. The senior veterans category will be open to men who are 55 years and above and women with 50 years of age and above. A separate category is for wheelchair users and physically handicapped.

Meanwhile, Delhi’s parks are also bubbling with activity as hundreds of Silvers (sixty years and above) are practising to participate in the 4.3-km Harmony organised Senior Citizens Run on October 15.

Bollywood’s ‘Bad Man’ Gulshan Grover has come all the way from Mumbai to cheer up the elders. “Participating in the run is more important than winning it. I urge all Delhites to come out and cheer those who gave us our today,” Grover said.

About 250 Silvers have registered for the Senior Citizens Run, which is “a social initiative of Harmony for Silvers Foundation headed by Ms Tina Ambani,” said Mr C R Gopinath, an official of Harmony. He further informed that the UTI Bank was also actively supporting the event.

Cheering up thousands of Silvers, who would be celebrating life on the tracks on Sunday, will be the stars from Bollywood and the field of Sports. Prominent personalities who have confirmed their solidarity to the elders include, Milkha Singh, Dhanraj Pillay, Mangte Chungneijang Marykom, K M Beenamol, Juhi Chawla and Gulshan Grover. The Senior Citizens Run will be flagged off from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. It would cover a route of 4.3 kms and pass through Bhishma Pitahma Marg, Lodhi Road and return by the same route to finally culminate at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. 

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Khurana to launch ‘Dharma Yudh Yatra’ today 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 13
Demanding that the Yamuna riverbank near ISBT and Nigambodh Ghat be declared an area of historical religious importance, former Delhi chief minister, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, today said that his three-day ‘Dharma Yudh Yatra’, beginning tomorrow, would mobilise public opinion against the demolition of temples and gurdwaras which were hundreds of years old.

Addressing the media along with the SGPC office-bearers, Mr Khurana said he would meet the Urban Development Minister, Mr Jaipal Reddy, tomorrow to sort out the issue and convince him against the proposed move.

“The ‘yatra’ would begin from Fatehpuri Masjid in Chandni Chowk and pass through Gurdwara Sheeshganj, Gaurishankar Temple and the Old Delhi Railway Station church to express solidarity with all religions over the demolitions,” he said.

“In my meeting with Mr Reddy, I will ask him what he proposes to do with the razing of temples and gurdwaras on the banks of Yamuna, which are tugged to people’s emotions, besides the issue of sealing,” Mr Khurana said.

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Gurgaon to have seven new police stations
50 more vehicles for better patrolling
Abhay Jain

Gurgaon, October 13
Seven new police stations have been sanctioned for the city, which would be put in operation within a month, informed the Inspector General of Police, Gurgaon Range.

Around 50 vehicles are also being added to the existing fleet of police vehicles for better patrolling in the modern urban city of Gurgaon, informed the IGP while addressing an inter-active session with the resident welfare associations (RWAs), councillors, NGO’s representatives, organised by Joint Action Forum of Residents’ Association (JAFRA).

The seven new police stations would be located at Badshapur, Sector 10, Palam Vihar, Sector 56, DLF City Phase 2, Sector 40 and Civil Line, informed Mr Lal.

At present, Gurgaon has nine police stations: City, Sadar, Sector 5, Udyog Vihar, Sector 29, Manesar, Sohna, Pataudi and Farrukhnagar, added the officer.

Gurgaon police has made a comparison with South West district of Delhi where 13 police stations are functional. With the tremendous growth of industries and population in Gurgaon, the crime has also increased manifold in the past few years: 3,474 FIRs were lodged in 2003, 3,486 in 2004 and 4,050 FIRs were registered in 2005 in the district, informed the officer.

In the current year, 4,500 FIRs have been lodged till yesterday in Gurgaon, added Inspector General of Police.

The South West district police (Delhi) has an area of 420 square kilometre while Gurgaon has around 1200 square kilometre area. Delhi’s SW has a roughly length of 300 km while in Gurgaon, road length is more than 1000 km, revealed the officer.

Although Gurgaon has become almost the part of Delhi, there is a huge difference of resources between South-West district of Delhi and Gurgaon, said the IGP.

Raising the issue of non-verification of servants by the police, Sanjay Kaul, chairman of People’s Action, a leading NGO, said that the local police was not even ready to register servants.

A number of RWAs’ representatives regretted that the cases of chain snatching have increased in almost all parts of the city.

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‘Harassed’ inspector commits suicide 
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, October 13
An inspector of Delhi Police, who had been under suspension for the last two years, allegedly committed suicide today accusing the Police Commissioner of harassing him, a charge denied by the department.

The body of Devender Manchanda (55) was found on the Barakhamba Road near Connaught Place this morning and he is suspected to have consumed some poisonous substance.

However, the police denied any foul play in the incident.

The inspector was suspended on October 12, 2004 after a departmental inquiry found him guilty of registering a ‘false’ case against one Vineek Aggarwal, a resident of Civil Lines in North Delhi.

It was found that he had registered the case against Aggarwal and his father in September, 2004 at Kashmere Gate police station on the basis of a complaint by one Sayeed Ahmed allegedly without verifying the claims made in it about the ownership rights of a piece of land in possession of the Aggarwals.

An inquiry by the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police also found Ahmed had “forged and fabricated” documents to claim ownership of the land and the inspector allegedly did not verify this fact.

Before his death, Manchanda reportedly claimed that he was being harassed at the instance of Aggarwal, who he said had contacts in the Home Ministry resulting in his prolonged suspension.

However, the Delhi Police denied all allegations saying it was learnt that Manchanda had been suffering from depression in the wake of his prolonged suspension and pending inquiry.

A post-mortem is yet to be conducted. 

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Security guard strangled at biscuit factory
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, October 13
Half-a-dozen armed criminals attacked Cremica Biscuit factory in Surajpur industrial area and strangled the security guard on duty at the main gate and stabbed the other guard with daggers.

When assailants failed to break open the factory lockers with hammers, they kidnapped the injured guard in factory’s Maruti car and fled. They dumped the guard with his hands and feet tied on a roadside at Vijay Nagar in Ghaziabad.

The two guards Jhanender Pal and Rakesh were on duty at the biscuit factory.

About 1.30 am, the assailants in a surprise attack overpowered the guards. When guard Jhanender Pala resisted, the criminals killed him by strangling him with a rope. When the second guard tried to stop them, they stabbed him with knives and tied his hands and feet with ropes. Then the intruders tried to break open the factory safe failing which they took cell phones, company’s Maruti car and the injured security guard who was later dumped from the running car near Vijay Nagar. Somehow guard Rakesh informed the police from a PCO on Thursday morning.

The police pressed into service the dogs and fingerprint experts but in vain. Some insider is suspected to be involved in the crime. Three teams have been set up to nab the culprits.

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Fake currency racket busted, one held
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, October 13
With the arrest of one person, the crime branch of Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a fake currency racket, which was allegedly being run with the help of the Pakistan’s ISI.

According to the police, Khalil Ahmed alias Kalil Mota (60) was arrested from East Delhi’s Welcome Colony on October 7 and fake Indian currency worth Rs 50,000 were allegedly seized from him. The currency notes were in the denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1000.

During interrogation, the accused allegedly revealed that the currency came from Pakistan via ‘carriers’, who were mostly innocent people who were ‘blackmailed’ to ferry the currency in their luggage across the border.

According to the police, the accused also revealed that the cross border Delhi-Lahore bus and Attari Express train service were extensively being used to push fake currency into India.

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Govt to take action against violators of Child Labour Act
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 13
Delhi Labour Minister, Mr Mangat Ram Singhal, today said action would be initiated against anyone found employing children as either domestic work or in factories.

“Ever since the Child Labour Act came into effect, as many as 21 employers have been booked under the Act, which prescribes a fine of Rs 20,000 and imprisonment of up to one year for those who are found guilty of employing children,” Mr Singhal told reporters here on the sidelines of a function organised to release the logo of the Delhi Child Labour Rehabilitation-cum-Welfare Society.

On the occasion, the Delhi Labour Secretary-cum-Commissioner, Mr S M Mazumdar, said the logo was dedicated to the child welfare board, which had been engaged in efforts to abolish child labour in the country.

The Logo is based on a similar statue installed in the lawns of the Supreme Court. The apex court has granted its approval for the use of the logo. 

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Bank employee shot at, robbed of Rs 29 lakh
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, October 13
In a daring daylight robbery, three motorcycle-borne assailants looted nearly Rs 29 lakh after shooting at a bank employee in South Delhi’s Sangam Vihar area this afternoon.

The attackers, who came on two motorcycles, shot at the bank employee, Vinod Kumar (40), outside United Commercial Bank in Sangam Vicar’s ‘H’ Block, and took away the bag in which he was carrying the money, sources said.

Injured Vinod was admitted to a private hospital. Presently, he is out of danger, said a police official.

Vinod was on his way to Saket to deposit the money at the bank’s main branch when the incident took place.

It seems the miscreants were aware of Vinod’s movements and had planned the attack, said a police officer investigating the case. 

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