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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
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Master Plan
Traders’ lobby unhappy with developments
Last-minute rush to meet deadline set by Monitoring Committee
New Delhi, December 30
The Confederation of All India Traders today decided to launch an aggressive citywide agitation in protest against Master Plan 2021 for ‘not having any provision for traders’.

BJP chief bats for health sector
New Delhi, December 30
The BJP’s Delhi unit president Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that the provisions of the new Master Plan 2021 would ‘destroy’ the entire health services structure of Delhi since more than 40,000 doctors will be forced to close down their establishments.

Development in Faridabad on fast track, says CM
Faridabad, December 30
Faridabad is among those cities in the state which have been put on a fast track of development and the changes would be visible soon through various projects taken up by the state government.


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CP out of bounds for vehicles today
New Delhi, December 30
Anticipating a heavy rush of people on New Year’s Eve in Connaught Place, police have decided not to allow any vehicular movement in the busy market area from tomorrow evening till the end of celebrations.

Every parent’s worst nightmare
Noida/New Delhi, December 30
Every parent with a missing child in Noida has the same fear. Holding up his six-year-old daughter’s picture high in his hand, Sunil Biswas sobbed quietly.

Activists of All India Democratic Women Association demonstrating against the Noida serial killer, at Jantar Mantar on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Activists of All India Democratic Women Association demonstrating against the Noida serial killer, at Jantar Mantar

flashback 2006
GURU GOBIND SINGH INDRAPRASTHA university
Significant strides made by new university
New Delhi, December 30
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has made considerable progress in the field of education despite being set up just 6 years ago. The university is not only running some 60 programmes in its university schools but also partnering over 80 institutes affiliated to it.

Children enjoying a camel ride outside Jama Masjid where Id-ul-Zuha is to be celebrated
JOYRIDE: Children enjoying a camel ride outside Jama Masjid where Id-ul-Zuha is to be celebrated on Monday. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi

One held for impersonating as DCP
New Delhi, December 30
The police today claimed to have arrested one Surajpal Singh Rana (39), a constable with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, presently working as a driver with SPG, for allegedly impersonating as DCP of the Economic Offences Wing, to ‘intimidate’ a chartered accountant to extort money from him.

Enquiry against DD official
New Delhi, December 30
A senior Doordarshan official is in the dock for allegedly passing on telephone numbers of some women working as anchors with the department to a person impersonating as a former Cabinet secretary.

Three awarded life term for murder
New Delhi, December 30
A Delhi court has sentenced three persons to life imprisonment for murdering a 35-year-old man in connection with a property dispute five years ago. Additional Sessions Judge Rajneesh Kumar Gupta held Seema, Kajal, Hara Prasad and Irfan guilty of murdering Ram Shankar and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on the convicted persons.

high court
HC bars firm from mimicking popular brand name
New Delhi, December 30
The Delhi High Court has asked a local company to refrain from selling packaged noodles on a plea by Nestle India Ltd, which contended that the product had striking similarities to its own popular brand ‘Maggie’.

Bail denied to trader
New Delhi, December 30
A Delhi court today rejected the bail plea of a man who allegedly broke open his premises sealed by MCD following the Supreme Court order and also carried out fresh construction there.

SC dismisses UP Govt’s plea on land acquisition
Noida, December 30
The Supreme Court has upheld the Allahabad High Court’s decision that the government cannot acquire any land without resolving the objections and doubts of the parties owning the land.

Security around US establishments tightened
New Delhi, December 30
Security around American establishments in the Capital, including the US Embassy, was ‘tightened’ today following the execution of the deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein this morning.

 


Police personnel in the Walled City after news of Saddam Hussain's hanging inflamed passions among people. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Police personnel in the Walled City after news of Saddam Hussain's hanging inflamed passions among people

Haj committee chief resigns
New Delhi, December 30
Finding himself helpless in taking action against some individuals allegedly indulged in Haj scam, the Delhi State Haj Committee Chairman Abdul Salam Salmani today resigned from the post.

‘People have to change mindset’
Gurgaon, December 30
In order to achieve Vision 2021, people have to change their mindset according to the changed circumstances, observed Gurgaon Industrial Association, a leading industrial body of the city.

Better sports facilities demanded in villages
New Delhi, December 30
General secretary of the DPCC Dr Naresh and a group of players who belong to Delhi villages submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, highlighting the contribution of village youths in sports.

Auto lifter held in Mayapuri
New Delhi, December 30
South-West district police today claimed to have arrested a notorious auto lifter Vipin Kumar Raghav, alias Vipin Rajput (27), from Mayapuri area. One Skoda car was hit by a Maruti Swift car on Olof Palme Marg about 10 days ago.





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Master Plan
Traders’ lobby unhappy with developments
Last-minute rush to meet deadline set by Monitoring Committee
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) today decided to launch an aggressive citywide agitation in protest against Master Plan 2021 for ‘not having any provision for traders’.

At a meeting held here, the traders unanimously resolved to put all efforts in inclusion of a mechanism of regularisation of all business establishments existing as on December 31, 2005, whereas the CAIT has also demanded a separate policy for the regularisation of shops that have come up in the period between January 1 to December 31, 2006.

Trade leaders criticized the govt for being “unaware of ground realities, historical character of Delhi, ancient culture and character of Delhi trade”.

Traders even opposed the proposal to classify the Walled City in the proposed Master Plan as ‘mixed land use’ instead of commercial as in the last plan.

“The large number of basements, shops in DDA flats, properties covered in Gadgil Award and custodian properties has no mention in MPD-2021 whereas no attempt has been made to regularise 1,500 computer centres, thousands of tuition centres, business establishments working on upper floors on mixed land use, streets, redefinition of negative list items etc.

The trade leaders also alleged that in last few decades, traders in the Capital had been getting a raw deal since each zone has its own peculiar problems. They demanded that the new Master Plan should provide for formation of Zonal Development Committees in which traders should also be included.

A delegation of traders will seek another meeting with the Delhi LG and CM to ‘sort the issue’.

Meanwhile, there was a last minute rush to meet the deadline set by the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee to register illegal shops.

The panel had on Friday said that the deadline for registration of shops falling on 2,183 newly-notified roads, those dealing in 25 small trades and businesses, and professionals would not be extended beyond December 31.

“We visited some of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s Citizen Service Bureaus (CSBs) in the city where online registration process is going on and found the entire work going on smoothly. We have also not got any feedback regarding any technical snag in the civic body’s website or in the filling the forms. When everything is going smoothly, there is no question of extending the deadline,” a Monitoring Committee member had observed on Friday.

The MC asked MCD officials deputed at CSBs and other information counters to keep a format ready for the benefit of traders so that they come prepared for registration and complete the process without any hassle.

Stating that extension of the deadline would send a wrong signal, the panel said two more days were left for completion of the registration process by which time traders could easily complete the process.

“Whenever a date is fixed to complete some process, traders do not follow the schedule and at the last moment seek relaxation. They do not comply with court orders and at the last moment seek extension of deadline. We have done it earlier but now we want traders to comply with the Supreme Court orders,” a member had observed.

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BJP chief bats for health sector
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
The BJP’s Delhi unit president Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that the provisions of the new Master Plan 2021 would ‘destroy’ the entire health services structure of Delhi since more than 40,000 doctors will be forced to close down their establishments.

He has demanded that in view of their interests, flexible provisions should be prepared in view of the ground requirements.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said that it had been laid down in the Master Plan that a minimum of 50 square meters land was required to run health clinics, dispensaries and diagnostics laboratories.

Plots of 200 square meters were, however, required for running nursing homes. These services cannot be provided from the basements.

He said that according to the standards of the WHO, there must be a five bedded hospital for every one thousand people, but at present, there were only 2.2 beds for every one thousand people in Delhi.

The Delhi BJP president said that 40 lakh people live in Group Housing Societies and DDA flats of Delhi. Similarly more than 60 lakh people live in the villages, unauthorised colonies, rehabilitation colonies etc.

He said that after meeting with concerned officials, the IMA had demanded that practical provisions should be made in place of these impractical provisions. In spite of this, stern provisions have been made in the new Master Plan.

According to the standards of the Health Services Directorate Nursing Homes, Clinics, dispensaries, diagnostic centres should be allowed to operate on 13.5 meters wide roads in A to D category and on 9 meters roads in other categories.

In public interests the health services being run in cooperative societies, DDA flats should be allowed there. The health services being provided from basement should also be allowed. After charging fees only once for regularisation the services should be regularised where they are operating.

Meanwhile, the National Medical Forum president Dr Prem Aggarwal said that the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2021 carried enormous amount of hardship for the people as far as the provision for health services was concerned. There was no mention of beds in hospital. It is also not mentioned that how many health centres should be there for one thousand population.

All the existing health infrastructure services should be accepted and the new health services should be encouraged more and more in various zones and areas. It is fact that out of 70 MLA constituencies, more than 35 constituencies do not have a hospital plot. The experts concerned should take this seriously, Dr Aggarwal said.

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Development in Faridabad on fast track, says CM
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune New Service

Faridabad, December 30
Faridabad is among those cities in the state which have been put on a fast track of development and the changes would be visible soon through various projects taken up by the state government. The work on flyover at Badarpur border would soon be started besides the decision to connect the city with Metro rail network in the next few years.

This was stated by the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, while talking to ‘The Tribune’ last evening.

According to Mr Hooda, while the ambitious scheme of pumping over Rs 2,200 crore to develop the civic infrastructure of this industrial city had been launched last week, the government had spent over Rs 150 crore on the various development schemes taken up in the past 21 months.

He said the project of constructing flats for the poor, especially those living in slums in the city, had been taken up for the first time.

Several thousands of flats would be constructed in the next five to 10 years in the city. Admitting that the delay in construction of the flyover at Badarpur border had been posing a hurdle in the development of this city, he said the issue had been resolved and work on this project would start soon.

He said the government had also decided to link the city with Metro on the pattern of Gurgaon.

He announced that his government had provided full financial and administrative support in the ongoing move to put the city on top in matter of overall development.

Claiming that his government was committed to providing a clean and efficient administration, the Chief Minister said that the officials would be judged by their work and not by their connections.

He said Faridabad had been among three districts in the state which would get new deputy commissioners from the New Year.

It would be ensured that the district officials attend their office regularly and are available to the people round the clock.

“Complaints of certain senior bureaucrats not attending offices regularly and ignoring public work had surfaced in the past several months,” claimed a source in the official circles.

Some social activists and local residents have been demanding to hand over the work of the deputy commissioner, commissioner and Municipal Corporation to a single officer for better coordination, though the performance of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad in the past about two years has been hailed by the residents here.

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CP out of bounds for vehicles today
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, December 30
Anticipating a heavy rush of people on New Year’s Eve in Connaught Place, police have decided not to allow any vehicular movement in the busy market area from tomorrow evening till the end of celebrations.

Police have made elaborate arrangements and decided not to allow any public or private transport on inner and outer circles of Connaught Place to ensure smooth flow of traffic, the Jt Commissioner (Traffic) said.

This restriction will be in place from 7:30 pm till the end of the celebrations, he said.

As per the plans, no vehicles would be allowed to proceed towards Connaught Place beyond Mandi House, Bengali Market, Ranjit Singh flyover, Chelmsford Road, Gole Market and Windsor Place.

Motorists from Connaught Place can use Sansad Marg, Janpath, K G Marg, Barakhamba Road, Minto Road, Chelmsford Road, Bhagat Singh Marg and Baba Kharak Singh Marg.

Tolstoy Marg would be one way from Sansad Marg towards Barakhamba Road while no traffic would be allowed from Barakhamba Road, K G Marg and Janpath to take a right turn towards Connaught Place.

Limited parking places are available near Connaught Place on first come, first served basis. Parking space is available at Kali Bagh Marg, Pt Pant Marg, Patel Chowk, Metro Station (Rafi Marg), Windsor Place, Mandi House and Panchkuian Road.

The Jt Commissioner said those motorists who have to visit various hotels located within the restricted areas have been issued separate parking labels.

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Every parent’s worst nightmare

Noida/New Delhi, December 30
Every parent with a missing child in Noida has the same fear.

Holding up his six-year-old daughter’s picture high in his hand, Sunil Biswas sobbed quietly. He wanted all photo journalists and TV crews to capture the child’s face, hoping against hope she might still be alive and someone, somewhere might identify her.

Ever since Pushpa disappeared in March, Sunil has repeatedly braved the poor man’s fear of the police station.

“I have been to the police station at least 20 times, although I was scared,” he managed in Bengali before launching into a volley of curses aimed at himself for having left Calcutta for Delhi a year ago.

There was a crowd of parents today before the Noida house where the police have found the skeletal remains of at least 20 children in a gutter.

Sunil’s friend Subhrojit Haldar — his daughter Deepali, too, is missing – spoke of the recent dharna outside the Sector 30 police station by residents of Nithari village, the home of most of the missing children.

“We appealed to the police so many times. Children were disappearing every second day, but the police refused to even put up a check-post outside the village entrance,” said Subhrojit, a labourer.

A month ago, after the kidnapping of Adobe India CEO Naresh Gupta’s son Anant, Noida police had set up a check-post outside the home and another at the gate of Sector 15 A where the Guptas lived.

“How come that for us they could not provide any security guards?” Subhrojit asked.

“They had alerted the whole country for one child; here so many are missing and no one cares,” Sunil sobbed.

A tailor with a cotton garments’ factory, Sunil said he used to sew clothes for his daughter.

“We were poor and that was all I could give her — made of scraps of cloth left over at the factory. And she loved them.”

Standing across the road from the Noida house where police officers were totting up the number of skeletons, he broke down.

“It is so ridiculous of me to have any hope left now. She is probably there, with the rest,” he said, pointing at the general direction of the house, his eyes pressed against his sleeves.

Suddenly, he was looking up and running his eyes over the scrambling photo journalists and TV camera crews. He tugged at his friend’s shirt, excited.

A few minutes later, he was holding up his daughter’s photograph as tears ran down his cheeks.

“If not the police, maybe someone who sees her can help me. If she is alive,” he explained to this correspondent. “I will keep searching till I know for sure she is dead. My search will go on.” — Agencies

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flashback 2006
GURU GOBIND SINGH INDRAPRASTHA university
Significant strides made by new university
Charu Singh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has made considerable progress in the field of education despite being set up just 6 years ago.

The university is not only running some 60 programmes in its university schools but also partnering over 80 institutes affiliated to it.

This past year has seen the university introduce an entire new range of programmes geared to fulfill societal requirements and follow up on market trends.

These innovative programmes include a master of prosthetics and orthotics, master of public health, master of laws, M. Tech (Engineering Physics), MBA (Software enterprise management), post graduate diploma in disaster preparedness and rehabilitation, master of occupational therapy in both neurology and musculoskeletal, a B. Tech – MBA integrated and a recently introduced masters in journalism.

In addition with its policy to provide education to the working class, the university has started several weekend programmes like an M-Tech in information technology, an MBA in disaster management, MBA weekend, MBA banking and insurance, MBA rental estate and PG diploma in electronics media.

Further, the School of Planning and Architecture signed a significant MOU with the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University earlier in the year for starting a rather unusual course, an MBA programme in real estate development which will run only on weekends.

The two parties have initiated joint training programmes in this field and in other areas as well, provide faculty support for these training programmes, jointly organize seminars, symposia and workshops on issues relating to real estate development, disaster management and other subjects.

The university has also made several moves to promote high quality research and consultancy at its campus. These initiatives include: the university has framed special regulations for pursuing research projects funded by agencies like UGC, AICTE, DST etc giving complete autonomy to researchers, further regulations have also been framed for individual and institutional consultancy and some twenty high value doctoral and post doctoral fellowships have been introduced.

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One held for impersonating as DCP
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, December 30
The police today claimed to have arrested one Surajpal Singh Rana (39), a constable with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), presently working as a driver with SPG, for allegedly impersonating as DCP of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW), to ‘intimidate’ a chartered accountant (CA) to extort money from him.

The CA, Mahesh Gupta, a resident of Guru Harkishan Nagar has alleged that he received calls on his landline phone from a mobile number in which the caller introduced himself as B.P. Pundir, DCP threatening him that a case had been registered against him and that he would be arrested.

Mr Gupta’s received these threatening calls again on his landline and mobile phones. When the complainant inquired about the matter, he learnt that neither a case had been registered against him nor, any person with the above mentioned name was in the EOW. Later, he lodged a FIR concerning this matter.

Later, it was found that the mobile phone was a prepaid Hutch connection in the name of Surajpal Singh Rana, a resident of Dwarka. Perusal of the call details revealed that outgoing calls were made on the landline number of the complainant. Further, it was revealed that the two telephones from which calls were made by the complainant were installed at the SPG office. Investigation revealed that the said calls were made by one Surarjpal Singh Rana, a driver who was on deputation to SPG from ITBP. Investigation made from SPG revealed that he was repatriated to ITBP on February 7 this year. When ITBP authorities were contacted, it was informed that he did not join his duty. Following a tip off, he was apprehended, said a police official.

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Enquiry against DD official
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
A senior Doordarshan official is in the dock for allegedly passing on telephone numbers of some women working as anchors with the department to a person impersonating as a former Cabinet secretary.

A senior official has alleged that Director (Administrator), Doordarshan News, Mr Akash Laxman, passed on mobile numbers of all women anchors working for DD News to someone impersonating former Cabinet Secretary Mr S.K. Singh.

“The man was a frequent visitor to his office. Mr Akash Laxman introduced him as former Cabinet Secretary Mr S.K. Singh, also claiming that he was a very good astrologer and palmist. He told his women colleague that the ex-bureaucrat was interested in making a documentary and needed their help.

Later, it seems, when one of the anchors met him, the man passed ‘lewd remarks’ at her, the official has alleged.

Apparently, the woman then approached the ‘real’ Mr S.K. Singh and brought the impersonation to his notice. A complaint has been lodged and an inquiry ordered into the matter.

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Three awarded life term for murder
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, December 30
A Delhi court has sentenced three persons to life imprisonment for murdering a 35-year-old man in connection with a property dispute five years ago.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Rajneesh Kumar Gupta held Seema, Kajal, Hara Prasad and Irfan guilty of murdering Ram Shankar and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on the convicted persons.

According to the prosecution, the accused persons visited the house of the deceased in Timarpur on July 3, 2001. After talking to him for half an hour, they had an altercation with him.

They allegedly had taken Ram Shankar to a nearby jungle and killed him with the help of a blunt object and ropes.

The motive behind killing Ram Shankar was that Kajal wanted his house to be in her name. She with the help of Hara Prasad and Irfan committed the gruesome murder, alleged the prosecution.

The accused persons were arrested on August 11, 2001.

The policemen recovered one wristwatch and Rs 1,000 from the possession of Hara Prasad and Irfan, which proved that they helped Kajal in committing the offence.

“The motive in the crime has been established by the prosecution and no lenient view should be taken in giving punishment to the accused persons,” opined the judge.

The accused persons were convicted under sections 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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HC bars firm from mimicking popular brand name
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
The Delhi High Court has asked a local company to refrain from selling packaged noodles on a plea by Nestle India Ltd, which contended that the product had striking similarities to its own popular brand ‘Maggie’.

In a petition, Nestle sought to stop the manufacturer from selling noodles under the ‘Magic’ brand, saying the packaging and designing of the product was almost like ‘Maggie’.

While granting an interim stay, Justice Gita Mittal said, “Perusal of trademark, logo and packaging adopted by the defendants (local firm) shows that prima facie, they have adopted dishonest colourable imitation of trademark of Nestle.”

The court-appointed commissioners who conducted search operations on the premises of the local firm had found more than two lakh ‘Magic’ pouches and six packaging machines.

Nestle had also sought damages to the tune of Rs 20 lakh from the makers of ‘Magic’ for alleged infringement of copyright and trademark.

“The distinct and unique visual features of ‘Maggie’ constitute original artistic work, which is protected under Copyright Act 1957 and it has the exclusive right to use or reproduce the features thereof in any material form,” Nestle had said in the petition.

Nestle had also contended that the trademark ‘Magic’ was phonetically and visually ‘deceptively similar’ to ‘Maggie’. Both the packagings have yellow background and overall colour combination of red and yellow. This was designed to confuse consumers, particularly children and the illiterate, it said.

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Bail denied to trader

New Delhi, December 30
A Delhi court today rejected the bail plea of a man who allegedly broke open his premises sealed by MCD following the Supreme Court order and also carried out fresh construction there.

Rejecting Bhagwat Singh’s bail application, the court of Metropolitan Magistrate observed that considering the nature of the case, the report and allegations, the trader did not deserve bail.

Public prosecutor N K Verma told the court that Singh was arrested on December 28 after the seal on his premises near Ashram in south Delhi was found open and new construction found to be going on. A complaint was lodged against him after the MCD team visited the premises on September 11 and discovered the violations. — PTI

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SC dismisses UP Govt’s plea on land acquisition
Parmindar Singh

Noida, December 30
The Supreme Court has upheld the Allahabad High Court’s decision that the government cannot acquire any land without resolving the objections and doubts of the parties owning the land.

The apex court has thus dismissed the UP government plea challenging the Allahabad High Court decision on the issue.

The case pertained to the acquisition of 900 acres of Noida land on Delhi’s border in Habibpur village. The first notification for acquiring this land was issued on August 25, 1981. The state government had later issued a notification for acquiring this land without resolving the objections of the parties owning the land.

The clause 5 of the land acquisition law clearly states that the government should give a 30-day period to the parties whose land is being acquired to file their objections, if any. Since the state government had not done this, the grieved parties owning the land had filed a writ in the High Court.

The Allahabad High Court had in its decision said that the decision to acquire the land without giving the parties chance to file their objections was illegal. After this the state government had gone to the Supreme Court in appeal against this decision.

But the Supreme Court bench comprising Justice B.P. Singh and Justice Altamus Kabir dismissed this appeal. The apex court said it had found “the first notifications by state government not in order”.

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Security around US establishments tightened
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, December 30
Security around American establishments in the Capital, including the US Embassy, was ‘tightened’ today following the execution of the deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein this morning.

Security measures have been beefed-up at the three official premises of the USA in the Capital - the United States Embassy at Chanakyapuri, American Centre at Kasturba Gandhi Marg and the US Information Centre at Hailey Road, said a senior police official.

“Additional security measures have been adopted to prevent any untoward incident in the wake of Saddam Hussein’s execution,” claimed the officer. However, he refused to elaborate on the additional measures that have been taken.

A Delhi Police spokesperson said that besides routine measures, security forces had been alerted in sensitive areas.

Strict vigilance was being maintained all over the city, especially in communally-sensitive areas, and forces alerted in wake of the development, he added.

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Haj committee chief resigns

New Delhi, December 30
Finding himself helpless in taking action against some individuals allegedly indulged in Haj scam, the Delhi State Haj Committee Chairman Abdul Salam Salmani today resigned from the post.

“Being head of the Haj Committee it was my duty to make the working of the committee transparent and corruption-free. But it could not be,” he said. Four persons, including an employee of the committee and a member who has been Chairman of the Uttranchal Haj Committee, was caught taking bribe from Haj pilgrims as exposed by a TV channel,” Salmani said. He said: “All the suspected members have resigned from the membership of the committee. I have written a letter to the Delhi Social Welfare Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan requesting him to taken stern action against the members. I, myself cannot take action against the members as I have limited powers,” he said. — TNS

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‘People have to change mindset’

Gurgaon, December 30
In order to achieve Vision 2021, people have to change their mindset according to the changed circumstances, observed Gurgaon Industrial Association (GIA), a leading industrial body of the city.

“We have to shed the ‘Chalta Hai Culture’ and make progress. Every Indian must endorse the view of the Prime Minister who has clearly stated that we should not think of the past and carry on the obsolete practices, but set our goals for future,” stated Mr K C Papreja, general secretary of the GIA.

It is high time the public avoided conservative thoughts and started thinking positive to widen their vision. They must be united in the interest of country’s development and contribute towards its rapid economic development, added the GIA general secretary.

It is no time to be complacent in order to reach the set objectives. Casteism, sects and narrow religious thoughts should be dropped to maintain the country’s unity. The people must understand that they have to compete with the world and not lag behind in any way, added the GIA general secretary.

Discipline, dedication and honesty are the hallmarks for the development of any society and Indians can easily integrate them in their lifestyle. It is their proud privilege that they are the largest democracy in the world and they will continue to keep a special place for themselves if they do away with the “Chalta Hai Culture” and narrow mindset, said Mr Papreja. — OC

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Better sports facilities demanded in villages
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
General secretary of the DPCC Dr Naresh and a group of players who belong to Delhi villages submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, highlighting the contribution of village youths in sports. Sportsmen of villages earned Asiad Championship and represented the Indian teams in Doha, Malaysia and other foreign countries. Youths of Delhi villages have always been in the vanguard of sports. They join sports as a profession, still the villages are neglected. No sports facilities have been provided to the villages.

In the memorandum, he demanded stadiums and other infrastructure for sportsmen in the villages.

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Auto lifter held in Mayapuri

New Delhi, December 30
South-West district police today claimed to have arrested a notorious auto lifter Vipin Kumar Raghav, alias Vipin Rajput (27), from Mayapuri area.

One Skoda car was hit by a Maruti Swift car on Olof Palme Marg about 10 days ago. After the incident, the occupants of the Swift car fled away leaving their car on the spot. During search of the car, one sophisticated weapon was recovered from the car. The car was also found to be stolen from Udyog Vihar area in Gurgaon.

It was established that notorious auto lifter Ravi Rajput and his accomplices were involved in the case. Following a tip-off, Vipin Rajput was apprehended from Mayapuri area. A stolen Maruti car was also recovered from him.

During interrogation, he revealed his association with the notorious Ravi Rajput Gang. He along with other gang members had allegedly committed about two dozen incidents of auto lifting in the past one year. — OC

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