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‘Centre wants to bring in Delhi Master Plan 2021 soon’
Urban Development Minister says the govt is willing to notify the plan as soon as possible to alleviate people’s problems 
New Delhi, October 20
The Centre is making all efforts to bring in Master Plan 2021 as soon as possible to alleviate the problems faced by people in the national Capital due to the sealing drive.

Domestic help held for killing 4-year-old 
New Delhi, October 20
The North District Police today claimed to have arrested Sanjay, the domestic help who had allegedly absconded after stabbing to death a four-year-old child and seriously injuring his two older sisters in their Roop Nagar house on Wednesday night.
The accused in police custody The accused in police custody. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Dengue, a hot topic of debate for JNU poll too
New Delhi, October 20
Instead of the country’s foreign policy, it will be the dreaded dengue and its mismanagement that will be the topic of debate at the forthcoming Jawaharlal Nehru Students’ Union elections.

Another three lose their lives to dengue in Capital
New Delhi, October 20
The deadly dengue fever claimed three more lives in the Capital, taking the toll to 48 even as 88 fresh cases of the viral fever were registered in various hospitals of city. While Gullu (23) of the Sangam Vihar area of South Delhi died at AIIMS, Gopi Chand (68) of Shahdara and Rajni Kumari (15) of Ghaziabad died at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, health officials said here.


Activists of Bajrang Dal burning an effigy of Mohd Afzal to protest against the postponement of his execution, which had been scheduled to be carried out today
INFLAMED PASSIONS: Activists of Bajrang Dal burning an effigy of Mohd Afzal to protest against the postponement of his execution, which had been scheduled to be carried out today. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

EARLIER STORIES




Inter-school debate at Rajiv Gandhi Foundation 
New Delhi, October 20
The Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UNICEF, organised the final round of the 9th Dr Mahbub-ul-Haq Inter-School Debate Competition at Rajiv Gandhi Foundation here yesterday.

Arjun Singh supports present education system
Gurgaon, October 20
The Union Minister of Human Resource and Development, Mr Arjun Singh has come out in support of the present education system of the country, saying that a good number of world-renowned minds and scholars are products of it.

Move to set up bus stands near Sec 12 irks residents 
Faridabad, October 20
The government’s move to set up two bus stands near the mini-secretariat in Sector 12 here annoyed the residents who support a pollution-free environment in the heart of town. Hundreds of residents visit the famous Town Park located just adjacent to the proposed site, for morning and evening stroll.

Three Metro officials arrested for causing fatal accident 
New Delhi, October 20
The police have arrested three Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials in connection with the death of an engineer Inder Mohan Srivastava, who lost his life after being hit by a train while he was carrying out a repairing work on the tracks.

World-class infrastructure to be in place before C’wealth Games: CM 
New Delhi, October 20
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has reiterated commitment of her government to provide world-class infrastructure in Delhi before the beginning of the Commonwealth Games 2010.

Curtain-raiser: Jamia annual convocation and celebratory events
New Delhi, October 20

Jamia Millia Islamia university is currently gearing up for its founder’s day and annual convocation. Many events have been planned stretching from October 29-November 2. The founder’s day is being celebrated on October 29 and it will be inaugurated by Mani Shankar Aiyar, the Minister of Panchayati Raj, Youth Affairs and Sports.

Suspected Jaish member held, 3 kg RDX seized
New Delhi, October 20
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested a suspected member of the banned Jaish-e- Mohammed and seized 3 kg RDX, a detonator and Rs 10 lakh in cash from him.

DPCC hails court ruling on kids’ interviews
New Delhi, October 20
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr Ram Babu Sharma, has welcomed Delhi High Court’s decision to accept the recommendations of the Ashok Ganguly Committee on admission of children to nursery classes.

Truckload of mosquito-repellents donated
New Delhi, October 20
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was yesterday handed over a truckload of 36,000 cartons containing Odomos by the Chief Executive Officer of Dabur India Limited V.C. Burman at her residence.

LG, CM wish zestful Divali
New Delhi, October 20
Delhi Lieutenant-Governor, Mr B. L. Joshi, has extended his greetings and good wishes to people on the occasion of Divali. In his message, he has exhorted people to celebrate Divali with zest and spread the message of love and peace.

Capital on high alert
New Delhi, October 20 The national Capital has been placed on high alert today on the eve of Divali in view of intelligence inputs warning of terror strikes and arrest of militants with explosives. With memories of last year’s pre-Divali blasts still fresh in mind, security has been tightened at all major market places, cinema halls, places of worship, metro, rail and bus stations, considered soft targets for terror strikes.

80 students yet to return from camp
Greater Noida, October 20
The parents of about 80 students of Ryan International School, Greater Noida, who had gone to participate in a camp in Mumbai on October 10 and have not reached home yet, are a worried lot.

Fake currency notes worth Rs 7 lakh seized
Ghaziabad, October 20
Acting on a tip-off, Ghaziabad police have in a raid recovered fake currency notes worth Rs 7 lakh. One Qayam Abbas had been taken into custody along with 700 fake currency notes of Rs 1,000.

Abducted boy found strangled
Greater Noida, October 20
A five-year-old child was abducted from Surajpur town and later killed on Wednesday. His body was recovered on Thursday. The child had been strangled with the shirt he was wearing at the time of abduction. The mother of the child has accused a nine-year-old boy and his father Panna Lal, living in the neighbourhood, of the murder of her child. Police are interrogating the father-son duo after registering a case against them.

 

 

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‘Centre wants to bring in
Delhi Master Plan 2021 soon’

Urban Development Minister says the govt is willing to notify
the plan as soon as possible to alleviate people’s problems 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 20
The Centre is making all efforts to bring in Master Plan 2021 as soon as possible to alleviate the problems faced by people in the national Capital due to the sealing drive.

Speaking about the last night’s Group of Ministers’ meeting on sealing, the Urban Development Minister, Mr Jaipal Reddy, said, “We want to notify and implement Master Plan 2021 as early as possible to give relief to people suffering because of the sealing and demolition drive in the city.”

The GoM headed by Union Home Minister, Mr Shivraj Patil, was attended by Law Minister Mr H R Bhardwaj, Social Welfare Minister Ms Meira Kumar, Delhi Lt Governor Mr B L Joshi, Delhi Chief Minister Ms Sheila Dikshit, Delhi Police Commissioner Mr K K Paul, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi Commissioner Mr Ashok Nigam and Mr Reddy, besides senior government officials.

The GoM also discussed October 18 Supreme Court order on the matter and noted that small shopkeepers had been given more time to file affidavits.

The Supreme Court has earlier refused to grant any relief to traders, who had filed affidavits earlier stating therein that they would stop the misuse by June 30 this year, meaning thereby that these traders shall have to close down on November 1, 2006 as per its order dated September 29.

A division bench refused to recall the restraint order directing the government not to issue any further notification without the permission of the apex court.

The court, however, clarified that the order dated September 29 would not apply to any notification in respect of the Master Plan 2021 meaning thereby the government was free to issue any notification with regard to the plan.

A delegation of traders also met the GoM and stressed on the need for a constitutional amendment to regularise all business establishments in the national Capital that existed on December 31 last.

The delegation submitted a memorandum demanding that about seven lakh business establishments existed in the city out of which less than one lakh traders were expected to get relief from sealing, even as about 1.5 lakh traders, those on basements, Delhi Development Authority flats and operating business in upper floors in mixed land use areas were likely to face sealing even when they were situated on notified roads.

The traders’ delegation further pointed out that apart from 45,000 traders who had filed affidavits, about 4.5 lakh traders were out of the ambit of the notified roads and would have their properties sealed with effect from November 1.

The delegation said Delhi also had a floating population of about five lakh out of which about 30 per cent of the people were employed with the government and the public sector, while the rest depended on private businesses for earning their bread and butter.

They sought that the MCD should be directed to carry out a survey of roads for notification in the Master Plan 2021. The government should also consult traders while enlarging the ambit of professional activities that could be carried in residential areas, they said, adding that 1,472 unauthorised colonies, identified by the DDA, should be regularised immediately.

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Domestic help held for killing 4-year-old 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 20
The North District Police today claimed to have arrested Sanjay, the domestic help who had allegedly absconded after stabbing to death a four-year-old child and seriously injuring his two older sisters in their Roop Nagar house on Wednesday night.

A resident of Madhubani in Bihar, the suspect was employed at the house just four days before the incident.

The suspect was allegedly traced to a place in Rishikesh and was nabbed there by a police team.

The police said that the suspect had stabbed the three when they resisted to his attempts to molest one of the sisters. Both the sisters, Prerna and Akriti were seriously injured and are at present battling for their lives in the Sunder Lal Jain Hospital here. Pratham, the child, however, had succumbed to his injuries.

The police said that a case of murder and attempted murder had been registered against the suspect. Further investigations were continuing.

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Dengue, a hot topic of debate for JNU poll too
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 20
Instead of the country’s foreign policy, it will be the dreaded dengue and its mismanagement that will be the topic of debate at the forthcoming Jawaharlal Nehru Students’ Union elections.

The university that takes prides over its mode of electioneering, complete with debates and declamations on topics as wide-ranging as the US invasion of Iraq to the country’s economic and foreign policies, will for a change look inwards.

“There is a pressing need for providing better health services on the campus. The health centre is ill-equipped and students and faculty members have to rely on their own resources in times of need,” said Mathew, an activist of the National Students’ Union of India.

Pointing out that students had to rush to AIIMS and Safdurjung Hospital for treatment “of everything from dehydration to severe illness,” he said, “We have had a case of dengue reported from Periyaar Hostel. It took us over two hours and Rs 800 to get a glucose drip at AIIMS. The health centre here has no ambulance”.

The party has also written to the Vice-Chancellor to ensure that proper medical attention is provided to students on the campus in the wake of the dengue outbreak and has sought medical reimbursement for those who had to go to private hospitals for treatment.

Taking a dig at the opposition’s penchant for raising issues that have “no connection with the campus,” Mathew said, “There is no point discussing world affairs when the administration here is doing precious little to protect students from dengue.”

The mosquito menace apart, students in the fray for elections will also raise the issue of reservation for OBCs, increments in scholarships and fellowships and campus development issues.

The ABVP, apart from raising “campus relevant issues,” will also focus on terrorism, which, it claims, is an “international issue”. “Afzal Guru’s hanging, which has been put on hold, will be raised in this year’s elections. We will talk of the increasing incidences of terrorism and the jobless economic growth in the country apart from raising issues that concern a student’s life on the campus,” said the ABVP’s Shiv Shakti Nath Bakshi.

AISA, which led the JNUSU last year, was still to put its agenda together. It would focus on financial assistance to students. It would also raise demands which had not been met so far, said Mona Das, outgoing JNUSU president.

Meanwhile, poll fever is gaining ground and the election committee has taken charge. 

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Another three lose their lives to dengue in Capital
Tribune News Service.

New Delhi, October 20
The deadly dengue fever claimed three more lives in the Capital, taking the toll to 48 even as 88 fresh cases of the viral fever were registered in various hospitals of city.
While Gullu (23) of the Sangam Vihar area of South Delhi died at AIIMS, Gopi Chand (68) of Shahdara and Rajni Kumari (15) of Ghaziabad died at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, health officials said here.

“Gopi Chand, who had tested positive for dengue, was also suffering from cirrhosis, while Rajni was brought in with Dengue Shock Syndrome,” RML Medical Superintendent N. K. Chaturvedi told mediapersons.

The Capital registered 88 fresh cases of dengue in the past 24 hours, ending at 11am, taking the total number of cases to 1,908.

AIIMS alone admitted 36 patients of the mosquito-borne disease, taking the number of cases in the hospital to 185. Another 150 patients are being kept under observation.

While the officials were reluctant to comment, sources said the authorities were keeping their fingers crossed, hoping that the cool weather would continue so that the dreaded Aedes mosquito stopped breeding. The mosquito dies a natural death with the drop in temperatures.

Meanwhile, the authorities claimed anti-mosquito operations in the Capital were continuing and MCD teams were focusing on areas from where a large number of cases of dengue had been reported. At the same time, the officials were also continuing to educate the people on the importance of keeping the environment clean.

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Inter-school debate at Rajiv Gandhi Foundation 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 20
The Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UNICEF, organised the final round of the 9th Dr Mahbub-ul-Haq Inter-School Debate Competition at Rajiv Gandhi Foundation here yesterday.

This is the ninth successive year that the foundation is holding this national debate. As many as 13 regional winners from schools representing Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Dehra Dun, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Srinagar, took part. More than 500 schools took part in the regional round in 13 locations in India. The topic for the final round was “There is no water crisis in India. We have it flowing from all sides and no one is complaining”. The topic was taken from the theme of this year’s Human Development Report, which concentrated on the importance of water. The topic selected for the regional round was “Cities are responsible for water scarcity in India today”.

Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, was the chief guest and Dr Maxine Olson, Resident Representative, UNDP, delivered the keynote address on the occasion.

Mr Manmohan Malhoutra, Secretary-General, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, gave the welcome address.

The jury of the debate competition was headed by Ms Sharmila Tagore. The other members included Mr Ayan Ali Khan, Mr Paul Deverill from UNICEF and Mr Pradeep Sharma from the UNDP. Ved Vyas DAV Public School, New Delhi, was adjudged the winner, the first runner-up trophy was given to Carmel School, Bhopal, and the second runner-up trophy was given to Maharaja Sawai Mansingh School, Jaipur.

The Best Speaker (For the Motion) was awarded to Kshitij Garg representing Maharaja Sawai Mansingh School, Jaipur, and the Best Speaker (Against the Motion) was awarded to Akshit Batra of Doon School, Dehra Dun.

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Arjun Singh supports present education system
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 20
The Union Minister of Human Resource and Development, Mr Arjun Singh has come out in support of the present education system of the country, saying that a good number of world-renowned minds and scholars are products of it.

Mr Singh, who inaugurated the third two-day ‘national-level CBSE Science Exhibition-2006’ at DAV Public School (Sector 14) complex, regretted that there were often talks that the education system in India was ‘third class’. “There is no need to decry the system here to that extent,” he said, and added that while great civilisations and empires across the world had vanished, India as a country had been able to keep its identity intact for over 5,000 years. “There is something about this country and its system that keeps the nation going,” he said.

He said that the youths of the country were on the right track and made out a strong case for holding such science exhibitions. “India stands at the frontiers of knowledge and it lies on the youth to keep the wheels of science moving.”

He praised the DAV chain of schools and its management for providing education, the hallmark of which was moral values.

The CBSE science exhibition is being held for the first time in Haryana. About 140 schools selected from all over India are participating in it. The main themes of this exhibition are environmental management, industries for rural development, landmarks in science, information and communication technology in education and mathematical modelling. These models for the exhibition have been evaluated and selected for the event by a team of experts. The parameters for the evaluations included originality of scientific principles, technical skill, utility, economic viability and presentation.

Speaking on the occasion the national president, DAV College Managing Committee, Mr G.P. Chopra stressed the themes chosen for the exhibition, saying they were relevant for human existence.

The Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education, Mr Ashok Ganguly, said that it was important that the country identified the available talents among the youths. Also, they should be given more exposure in the field of science, he added.

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Move to set up bus stands near Sec 12 irks residents 
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 20
The government’s move to set up two bus stands near the mini-secretariat in Sector 12 here annoyed the residents who support a pollution-free environment in the heart of town.
Hundreds of residents visit the famous Town Park located just adjacent to the proposed site, for morning and evening stroll.

The Transport Minister of Haryana, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, on a visit here on Tuesday had announced to set up two ultramodern bus stands in the 11.5 acre lying vacant near the district headquarters office, after flagging off eight CNG buses for plying between this city and various spots in Delhi. While the number of these buses would go up to 17 in this district, a total of 150 buses would soon be acquired by the department.

The first CNG bus had been started on October 2. Regarding the proposal of the new bus stands here, the minister said the bigger one would be constructed by a private company on Built-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis on land measuring nine acres, the other one would be set up by the transport department and for it the plot measuring about 11.5 acres belonging to Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had been transferred to the Transport department. This plot had been used for various purposes, including holding of public meetings, Dussehra functions and fairs. A part of this ground had been sanctioned for setting up of a water sewage treatment plant, whose foundation stone had been laid by the then Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, in October 2004, but work could not be started on this project.

However, the announcement to set up two bus stands has raised the residents’ hackles. The residents see it as an attempt to destroy the environment here.

Everybody who visit Town Park in Sector- 12 here should oppose the move of the authorities concerned as it would not only pollute the atmosphere but would create all sorts of disturbances due to the movement of buses and other vehicles in a peaceful area, said Ms Sangeeta Bhasin, a resident of Sector- 9 here.

She said there is hardly any need of a bus stand in a place like Sector 12, as a majority of the people living in the nearby sectors had their own conveyance.

Rajkumar Gaur of Sector-15-A also condemned the decision and asked the government to review it before implementing it as it was against the interest of the people residing here.

Sateyender Chaudhary of Sector- 9 claimed that it would create troubles for the children and elders visiting the sports complex and Town Park, besides damaging the roads.

Shailender of ‘Punarjagarn Sanstha’, a social body, said that it was a silly decision and asked the government to set up new bus stands near Bata Chowk and near the proposed by-pass road across the Gurgaon Canal, for providing better connectivity. 

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Three Metro officials arrested for causing fatal accident 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 20
The police have arrested three Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials in connection with the death of an engineer Inder Mohan Srivastava, who lost his life after being hit by a train while he was carrying out a repairing work on the tracks.

The arrested DMRC officials – Dharam Vir Yadav, Alok Kumar and Umesh Chand – were taken into custody under Sections 304 A and 337 of the IPC. Yadav was the assistant traffic control, Kumar was station controller and Chand was the train driver when the accident took place.

The police sources said the trio had been arrested after investigations revealed that they were responsible for the fatal accident.

Srivastava was killed on August 17, while his assistant Purushottam Priyadarshi was severely injured when a train hit them on the tracks between Shahdara and Welcome stations.

The incident took place in the afternoon when Srivastava and Pridarshi were carrying out the repair work on the signal cables between the two stations. 

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World-class infrastructure to be in place before C’wealth Games: CM 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 20
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has reiterated commitment of her government to provide world-class infrastructure in Delhi before the beginning of the Commonwealth Games 2010.

She added that Delhi would have 10 new Foot Over Bridges (FOB) and five subways by December 2007. Of them six FOBs would be equipped with escalators.

The Chief Minister further said that these two flyovers would become operational in February 2007. They would be equipped with modern escalators by June 2007.

Both the FOBs would cost Rs 7.55 crore. The entire stretch of Ring Road from Naraina to Sarai Kale Khan would become signal-free after commissioning of these two FOBs as traffic lights installed for crossing road by pedestrians would be taken out.

Besides, an underpass at Moolchand Crossing has also been opened for the vehicular traffic on trial basis.

The FOBs would come up at Maharani Bagh, ITO, ISBT, Rajouri Garden, Moti Bagh, Satya Niketan, Bhopra Border Road No. 63, MB Road Sangam Vihar, MB Road Mangal Bazar and Outer Ring Road near Sarita Vihar and Shaeen Bagh whereas new subways would come at Nangloi NH-10, Road No. 40 near Shastri Nagar, near Shakurbasti Railway Station and Azadpur Bus Terminal.

A subway at Nigambodh Ghat has already been completed with a cost of Rs 1.71 crore. 

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Curtain-raiser: Jamia annual convocation and celebratory events
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 20
Jamia Millia Islamia university is currently gearing up for its founder’s day and annual convocation. Many events have been planned stretching from October 29-November 2. The founder’s day is being celebrated on October 29 and it will be inaugurated by Mani Shankar Aiyar, the Minister of Panchayati Raj, Youth Affairs and Sports.

The inaugural will be followed by a formal convocation ceremony which will be held in the afternoon and the chief guest for this is Arjun Singh, the Minister of Human Resource Development.

At the ceremony, a degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) will be conferred on Mr J.M. Lyngdoh, Professor Obaid Siddiqui and Mr Habib Tanvir. Another highlight of this day will be a lecture by Mr J.M. Lyngdoh on, “Whom is our democracy for?”

Other key events planned around the Jamia founder’s day festivities are: ‘Raja Rakta’, a gripping Rabindranath Tagore play directed by Habib Tanvir,

(October 30), ‘Ghalib Ke Khatoot,’ another play presented by Impressario Asia (November 1), Maulana Mohd. Ali memorial lecture by Professor Obaid Siddiqui (October 30), the Professor Mohd. Mujeeb memorial lecture by Professor Namwar Singh (November 2) and finally plays by students of the Department of Fine Arts, ‘Darwaza Khol Do’ and ‘Pehle Aap’.

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Suspected Jaish member held, 3 kg RDX seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 20
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested a suspected member of the banned Jaish-e- Mohammed and seized 3 kg RDX, a detonator and Rs 10 lakh in cash from him.

The police said the suspect, Parvez Ahmed Radoo, was arrested from Azadpur Mandi and had come from Pune on October 14. He was supposed to deliver the RDX to a contact in Delhi.

A resident of Sopore, Baramulla, in Kashmir, Radoo was supposed to take the cash back to the valley to finance terrorist activities.

The police said further investigations were continuing and efforts were being made to trace his other contacts.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police have also been informed.

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DPCC hails court ruling on kids’ interviews
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 20
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr Ram Babu Sharma, has welcomed Delhi High Court’s decision to accept the recommendations of the Ashok Ganguly Committee on admission of children to nursery classes.

It would spare the children from being subjected to needless tests and interviews, as also provide great relief to parents from unnecessary tension, he said.

The Ganguly Committee had proposed doing away with tests and interviews of children and their parents so that every child got a fair chance to seek admission to schools of their choice, especially those in the neighbourhood.

Mr Sharma also welcomed the court’s ruling holding Santosh Kumar Singh guilty in the Priyadarshini Mattoo rape and murder case.

The ruling established that justice may be delayed, but not denied, which fortified the people’s trust in the judiciary, he said.

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Truckload of mosquito-repellents donated
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 20
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was yesterday handed over a truckload of 36,000 cartons containing Odomos by the Chief Executive Officer of Dabur India Limited V.C. Burman at her residence.

Delhi Health Minister Dr Yoganand Shastri was also present on this occasion.

Accepting the consignment of Odomos cartons, the Chief Minister conveyed her gratitude towards Dabur India Limited for providing a helping hand in containing dengue in Delhi.

Odomos will be distributed in hospitals and dispensaries of Delhi Government where dengue-affected persons are being treated.

The Chief Minister described this initiative of the donating company a fruitful example of partnership with the corporate world for a noble cause. 

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LG, CM wish zestful Divali
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 20
Delhi Lieutenant-Governor, Mr B. L. Joshi, has extended his greetings and good wishes to people on the occasion of Divali.
In his message, he has exhorted people to celebrate Divali with zest and spread the message of love and peace.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has also extended her greetings and best wishes on the occasion of Divali. She expressed confidence the festival of lights would bring joy and prosperity in the life of people.

She reiterated her appeal to children to avoid use of crackers on this Divali also and thus contribute towards environment protection. 

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Capital on high alert

New Delhi, October 20
The national Capital has been placed on high alert today on the eve of Divali in view of intelligence inputs warning of terror strikes and arrest of militants with explosives.
With memories of last year’s pre-Divali blasts still fresh in mind, security has been tightened at all major market places, cinema halls, places of worship, metro, rail and bus stations, considered soft targets for terror strikes.

Two platoons of CRPF (around 45 personnel) and 80 armed commandos of the CISF have been deployed in metro stations, where frisking of passengers and checking of baggage have been intensified.

A 28-member mobile patrol team, comprising bomb disposal equipment and sniffer dogs, is also on standby. Around 650 personnel from the Delhi Police and CISF are presently guarding the rail network. – PTI

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80 students yet to return from camp
Parmindar Singh

Greater Noida, October 20
The parents of about 80 students of Ryan International School, Greater Noida, who had gone to participate in a camp in Mumbai on October 10 and have not reached home yet, are a worried lot.

The group of students, which includes girl students also, was supposed to reach home on Thursday morning by 5 am train. Two students rang up their parents from Ahmedabad that they are stranded in Ahmedabad as they have been detained by the railway authorities for not possessing railway tickets for the journey to Delhi.

The students had reportedly got into the Rajadhani Express from Mumbai for return journey without reservation. When the ticket checker found the students travelling without valid reservation and tickets, they were detrained at Ahmedabad station with their luggage.

When parents contacted the Ryan School authorities in Greater Noida, they were given vague replies like “They will come, don’t worry”. The children were, it is learnt, taken back to Mumbai through buses by the travel agency which had arranged their trip. No clear information has been given to the parents who had deposited Rs 7,000 per child with the school authorities for the trip.

The students, it was hoped, will come back by Friday. Meanwhile, the school authorities have made themselves unavailable and their cell phones are also switched off. At school gate, the security guards greet the parents with “there is nobody inside the school building”.

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Fake currency notes worth Rs 7 lakh seized
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, October 20
Acting on a tip-off, Ghaziabad police have in a raid recovered fake currency notes worth Rs 7 lakh. One Qayam Abbas had been taken into custody along with 700 fake currency notes of Rs 1,000.

Ghaziabad SSP Piyush Mordia said the police were hunting for others involved in the illegal currency racket.

He said police had got an input that certain people were coming to Ghaziabad with bundles of fake currency notes. Acting on this information, SP City Govind Agarwal and his team intercepted two persons on a motorbike near Inder Puri bus stand in Loni and pounced upon Qayam Abbas. On frisking he was found to be carrying Rs 7 lakh worth of fake currency.

Qayam of Bulandshahr who runs a fruit juice kiosk in Gokulpuri, Delhi, told the police that the bundle of notes was given to him by a friend Razi Hassan. Razi Hassan and Qayam were on the way to Bulandshahr from Delhi when the police party intercepted them. Hassan was able to escape during the raid. Hassan is said to be a schoolteacher in Delhi.

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Abducted boy found strangled
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, October 20
A five-year-old child was abducted from Surajpur town and later killed on Wednesday. His body was recovered on Thursday. The child had been strangled with the shirt he was wearing at the time of abduction. The mother of the child has accused a nine-year-old boy and his father Panna Lal, living in the neighbourhood, of the murder of her child. Police are interrogating the father-son duo after registering a case against them.

Mrs Sunita told the police that the children had been involved in a minor clash on Wednesday evening after which the nine-year-old had threatened her son Sandeep with murder. Sandeep had gone to play outside the house along with his sister Manisha.

Nine-year-old Ajay and his sister Gudiya were also playing there.

The children had a quarrel on some trivial matter in which Sandeep had beaten up Gudiya. Ajay had then threatened to kill Sandeep. Suddenly, Sandeep had gone missing the same evening. His mother looked for him in the area. The next morning, his body was found in a vacant plot some distance away from his house.

Police, which took the body in its possession, learnt from the neighbours that after a quarrel, Ajay, 9, had threatened to kill him the previous evening.

Police CO Sarvanand Yadav said the son-father duo are being interrogated after their arrest on the complaint of Mrs Sunita, Sandeep’s mother.

Police said they are also looking at the possibility if someone else has killed the child.

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