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Mishap on way to school
Guardian killed, 24 KV students hurt
New Delhi, July 9
A
person was killed and 24 schoolchil
dren injured when an apparently overcrowded RTV carrying school
children overturned in the Preet Vihar area of East Delhi early this  morning.
An injured schoolchild with his mother at hospital after the RTV mishap in the Capital on Monday.
An injured schoolchild with his mother at hospital after the RTV mishap in the Capital on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Remove 3-yr-old Blueline buses
Citizen moves High Court
New Delhi, July 9
Concerned over the increasing number of accidents involving private Blueline buses, a public interest litigation was filed in the High Court here today seeking direction to the Delhi government to remove all buses which are more than three-year-old within a month.


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Transport dept to train Blueline drivers
New Delhi, July 9
With accidents involving Blueline buses happening daily, the Delhi transport depart
ment today decided to impart training to every driver of the dreaded bus service.

RTV was plying off-route: DMRC
New Delhi, July 9
The DMRC has unveiled some startling details regarding the RTV mishap in which one person was killed and schoolchildren of Central School Karkardooma had a close shave this morning when the bus they were travelling in overturned at Preet Vihar.

Change in Metro line plan
New Delhi, July 9
Apparently the terminal for the Metro line to link Cannought place with the airport will not be made at the Shivaji Stadium as planned earlier. According to the new plan, it will most likely be located at Baba Kharag Singh Marg on the vacant land belonging to India Airlines near the traffic Training Park. 
MP Sajjan Kumar submits a memorandum to union water resources minister Saifuddin Soz on the water problem in the Sangam Vihar area in the Capital on Monday
MP Sajjan Kumar submits a memorandum to union water resources minister Saifuddin Soz on the water problem in the Sangam Vihar area in the Capital on Monday.A Tribune photograph

1,200 houses razed in Gt Noida
Greater Noida, July 9
The bulldozers of the Greater Noida Authority demolished about 1,200 houses and other structures built in unauthorised colonies in the past three days.

CM, schoolchildren plant saplings
New Delhi, July 9
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today exhorted children to work as environment ambassador to keep the city clean, green and pollution-free. The CM planted a sapling along with schoolchildren.

Heavy showers expected
New Delhi, July 9
Light showers today continued to cool the Capital even as the Met office predicted some heavy showers in the next two days.

JNUSU meets rector
New Delhi, July 9
The administration in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has finally come down to table with the students to resolve the present crisis in the university. After the students' union started gearing up for some high-level political intervention, the university administration called the office-bearers of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) to have a meeting with the rector of the university. 

Criminal held
New Delhi, July 9
The anti-extortion cell today claimed to have arrested notorious criminal Rajesh Singh. The alleged accused was arrested from the Dhaula Kuan bus stand on July 7.

Teachers demand action against college principal
New Delhi, July 9
The Democratic Teachers' Front (DTF) has reacted strongly against the decision of the governing body of Moti Lal Nehru College to reject the recommendation of the College Complain Committee (CCC) in a sexual harassment case against the college principal.

Cash stolen from car
Gurgaon, July 9
Unknown criminals stole Rs 38.55 lakh from a Ford car, parked outside a bank at Sector 14 in the afternoon today.

CA student jumps to death
Noida, July 9
A 26-year-old CA student jumped to his death from the fourth floor flat where he was staying with his relatives in Sector 62, Noida yesterday. The police have sent the body for postmortem.

Drug peddler held
Ghaziabad, July 9
A drug peddler was nabbed by Sihani Gate police, Ghaziabad, with 1.25 kg heroin and half a kg of brown sugar on Sunday evening. SP (City) Vijay Bhushan said the drug peddler was carrying heroin which was worth Rs 3.50 crore in the market and brown sugar to Delhi for sale.

One held for attacking principal
New Delhi, July 9
The police today claimed to have arrested a man for attacking the principal and father of St. Vincent Plotpi School. The principal was attacked by two men on May 15. The men intruded into the principal's office and demanded money at pistol point.

Power cut in East Delhi
New Delhi, July 9
Power supply is likely to be affected in the Patparganj Industrial Area and neighbourhood in East Delhi tomorrow between 11 am and 1 pm to carry out maintenance work.TNS

 

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Mishap on way to school
Guardian killed, 24 KV students hurt
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
A person was killed and 24 schoolchildren injured when an apparently overcrowded RTV carrying schoolchildren overturned in the Preet Vihar area of East Delhi early this morning.

The victim was identified as Suleiman (50), a guardian of one of the students, said a senior police official. The mini-bus, carrying students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Karkardooma, turned turtle in Preet Vihar area at around 7 am.

The police said that six students were admitted to three different hospitals, while 18 were discharged after first-aid. The driver of the RTV, Sanjay, abandoned the vehicle and ran away after the accident.

The police said efforts were being made to trace him. Preliminary reports claimed that the RTV was plying at a high speed and met with the accident when the driver tried to prevent a collision with a scooter. Parents of the children rushed to the hospital and to the school after hearing about the accident. The police said that a case of rash and negligent driving had been registered and further investigations were continuing.

Accident, particularly bus accidents, are on the rise in the Capital. Yesterday, a teenager was killed by a Blueline bus in the Vikaspuri area. 

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Remove 3-yr-old Blueline buses
Citizen moves High Court
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
Concerned over the increasing number of accidents involving private Blueline buses, a public interest litigation was filed in the High Court here today seeking direction to the Delhi government to remove all buses which are more than three-year-old within a month.

The PIL, which was filed by one S C Jain, alleged that the government had failed to improve the public transport system in the Capital and sought removing all buses which are more than three-year-old within a month.

The petitioner sought the plying of special purpose vehicles in order to avoid such mishaps involving Blueline buses. Keeping in view the requirement of public transport system in the national Capital, the government should be directed to bring on road another 4,000 buses and further be asked not to turn the DTC depots into markets as proposed by it, the petition said. Blueline buses have been involved in as many as 60 fatal accidents so far this year in the Capital.

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Transport dept to train Blueline drivers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
With accidents involving Blueline buses happening daily, the Delhi transport department today decided to impart training to every driver of the dreaded bus service.

This decision was taken after a review meeting with Lt- Governor Tejinder Khanna. It was attended by Delhi transport minister Haroon Yusuf, commissioner of police K. K. Paul and senior officers of transport department, sources said.

The sources said that it was decided at the meeting to impart training to the Blueline bus drivers and they would be issued certificates by the transport department.

The Transport Minister said that by the end of this month, the corporate houses would be invited to enter the bus transport business in the city. By the time they are called to join the local transport services, the government will complete all formalities.

One corporate house can own minimum 100 buses. A Blueline bus owner can also join the new transport scheme, provided he owns 100 buses.

The corporate houses will own all the responsibilities of the driver.

When asked about kilometer scheme of the buses, the minister said that the department would work on this issue also.

He said that with the increasing number of accidents, all the senior officers of the Delhi Transport Corporation would be on field duty to inquire how the driver drives the bus. A total of 50 Blueline have been impounded today. Licence of drivers of impounded buses will be cancelled.

He said that in 2006, a total of 246 persons died in accidents, in 2005 the number of deaths was 217 and in 2004 their number was 200. In all these cases, Blueline buses were involved, the minister claimed.

The government is also planning to formulate a better policy for registration of school vans, he said.

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RTV was plying off-route: DMRC
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
The DMRC has unveiled some startling details regarding the RTV mishap in which one person was killed and schoolchildren of Central School Karkardooma had a close shave this morning when the bus they were travelling in overturned at Preet Vihar.

According to DMRC official spokesperson Anuj Dayal, the school bus involved in the accident was running off-route and in fact should not have been plying near Preet Vihar at all or carrying schoolchildren. Citing these grave violations as the reason, the DMRC has now written to the STA to cancel the permit of the bus.

According to Dayal, the RTV no. DL-1V-1631 was supposed to have been plying on route no. 253 between Shastri Park Metro Station and Mayur Vihar Phase-III via Gandhi Nagar and a private operator was running it under permit issued by the STA.

"The bus was running off-route and should not have been plying near Preet Vihar and should not have been carrying schoolchildren," he categorically stated.

"In view of these violations, the DMRC has written to the STA to cancel the permit of this bus," he said, adding that the supervision of RTVs, including Metro Links, was the responsibility of the STA, which issues the licenses.

He also made the DMRC's stand clear as far as the future use of RTV buses was concerned. "The DMRC intends to start a safe feeder system of its own within two months with safer buses, that is specially customised TATA buses that can accommodate 18 to 20 persons sitting and 10 persons standing," he said.

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Change in Metro line plan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
Apparently the terminal for the Metro line to link Cannought place with the airport will not be made at the Shivaji Stadium as planned earlier. According to the new plan, it will most likely be located at Baba Kharag Singh Marg on the vacant land belonging to India Airlines near the traffic Training Park. There is also a possibility that the name of the terminal was also likely to be changed and instead of Shivaji terminal, it can either be called Bangla Sahib or Hanuman terminal. Incidentally, the terminal will have all the facilities, including check-in and immigration.

It seems that the decision was taken keeping in mind the possibility of delay in flights, when passengers can visit the CP or the other areas of interest located close-by.

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1,200 houses razed in Gt Noida
Parmindar Singh

Greater Noida, July 9
The bulldozers of the Greater Noida Authority demolished about 1,200 houses and other structures built in unauthorised colonies in the past three days.

In the first phase of the campaign, villages of Bisarak, Patwari and Khora Choganpur were targeted in which about 1,000 houses and boundary walls were demolished. Villagers could not do anything in view of heavy deployment of the police. The offices of the realtors in the areas were also razed while the property dealers, who had misguided the people into buying the plots, had themselves absconded fearing the worst.

In all, illegal houses and structures built on 800 bigha area were removed and public land freed from encroachment. Some 10 JCBs were pressed into service to clear the entire area. Dy CEO of GNIDA, P.K.Gupta, and GM Projects, SSA Rizvi supervised the operations. On Greater Noida-Ghaziabad road also, three illegal colonies were razed. People from the economically weaker sections were mainly living in these houses. Later, some 500 houses and structures were demolished near Bisarak village under Section 4 of the notified land law.

At certain places, people had tried to stall the operations, but lathi-wielding cops were able to shoo them away. In Patwari village, another 400 structures, including houses built on agricultural fields were brought under bulldozer. In Khore Chogunpur village, as the authorities started their operation, the villagers led by the village patwari requested the DCEO to give them 10 days during which time they themselves would demolish their houses. In view of this, P.K. Gupta suspended the operation but warned them that if the structures were not removed within the deadline, the authorities will come back and raze the structures.

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CM, schoolchildren plant saplings
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today exhorted children to work as environment ambassador to keep the city clean, green and pollution-free. The CM planted a sapling along with schoolchildren.

Dikshit said that children's constant efforts had helped in substantial increase in green area of Delhi during the last eight years.

The Chief Minister called upon schoolchildren to plant more and more saplings to make Delhi a green and pollution-free city. "Parents and children must give saplings as gift to friends and relatives," she stressed.

She further said new city forests had been planned to develop. One of the city forests had already been inaugurated at Rewla Khanpur Village, she added.

Students of 28 schools, including Salwan Public School, Manav Sthali Public School, Sarvodaya Vidyalayas, Sanskrit School, APJ School, DPS, St. Columbus School, Presentation Convent School, Central School, Springdales School, Ryan International School, Gyan Mandir Public school planted 40 saplings like Dendrocalamus Strictus(Bans), Butea monospermia (Dhak), Sterculia urents (Katira), Pterocarpus marsupium (Bija Sal), Aegle marmelos (Bel), Oroxylum indicum (Ullu), Feronia Limonia (Kaith), Emblica officinalis (Amla) and Terminelia bellerica (Bahera). Schoolchildren also visited Nature Trail at 3, Motilal Nehru Place and took keen interest in surroundings. 

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Heavy showers expected
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
Light showers today continued to cool the Capital even as the Met office predicted some heavy showers in the next two days.

The showers, which lashed the city in the afternoon, followed a heavily overcast sky since early morning. The rains, coupled with cool winds, brought the mercury down by several degrees. The minimum was recorded at 27.4 degree Celsius, one degree below normal. A total of 0.4mm of rainfall was recorded till 2.30 pm.

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JNUSU meets rector
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
The administration in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has finally come down to table with the students to resolve the present crisis in the university. After the students' union started gearing up for some high-level political intervention, the university administration called the office-bearers of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) to have a meeting with the rector of the university. "The meeting was inconclusive, as the authorities are not taking us seriously," said Dhananjay, president, JNUSU.

The fact that the vice-chancellor himself was missing from the meeting didn't go well with the students. "The rector himself cannot give us any assurance. So, there was no point in him being the middle man."

Around 128 students participated in the mass hunger strike organised by the students' union yesterday.

The JNUSU has also organised a protest march in the university tonight. It has been nine days since the students sat on an indefinite hunger strike demanding for the cancellation of the rustication orders of six students. Meanwhile, the students' union and the teachers' front in JNU are getting support from the other universities too.

The Democratic Teachers' Front has condemned the attitude of the vice-chancellor of JNU and extended solidarity to the movement.

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Criminal held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
The anti-extortion cell today claimed to have arrested notorious criminal Rajesh Singh. The alleged accused was arrested from the Dhaula Kuan bus stand on July 7.

Rajesh is alleged to have involved in four criminal cases, including the kidnapping of Samir Narang in Bhiwani. Rajesh, along with his other gang members, had allegedly demanded Rs 2 crore as ransom.

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Teachers demand action against college principal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
The Democratic Teachers' Front (DTF) has reacted strongly against the decision of the governing body of Moti Lal Nehru College to reject the recommendation of the College Complain Committee (CCC) in a sexual harassment case against the college principal.

The case of sexual harassment was filed by a lady teacher of the college against the principal Ramesh Sharma. After hearing the case, the CCC found the allegation to be true and recommended action against the principal.

However, the governing body, in its meeting held on July 7, unanimously decided to dismiss the recommendation of the committee.

According to the DTF, the decision of the governing body was outside its jurisdiction and it violated university ordinances. The DTF warns the authorities that the teaching community of the University of Delhi will not tolerate any attempt to undermine the importance of ordinance.

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Cash stolen from car
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, July 9
Unknown criminals stole Rs 38.55 lakh from a Ford car, parked outside a bank at Sector 14 in the afternoon today.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Maharaj Singh informed that Prasad Rao Naidu, a resident of Hyderabad, along with his three assistants came to Gurgaon for registration of sale deeds of land which he had booked via a property dealer Baljeet Rathi.

Rathi had gone to the airport in his car to receive Prasad Rao this morning. Prasad Rao put the bag carrying Rs 38.55 lakh in the car and reached Gurgaon.

They all reached an ICICI bank branch at DLF to withdraw Rs 20 lakh. But the bank officials refused to give them money on the plea the bank was not having this amount at that time and suggested them to approach another branch at Sector 14, in the heart of the city. They reached ICICI branch at Sector 14.

While Prasad Rao and his three assistants entered the bank, they asked Baljeet Rathi to look after the bag containing cash, weighing around 30 kg. After about half an hour, they returned. However, they found the bag was missing. Baljeet Rathi claimed that he did not know who took out the bag.

The DCP further informed that Baljeet Singh had admitted before the police that Prasad Rao Naidu had asked him to take care of the bag. But he claimed that he was not aware as who had taken the bag, added the police officer.

The police had lodged an FIR and started its investigation in this connection.

Prasad Rao Naidu is a real estate agent in Hyderabad and has already purchased around 60 acre of land in Roj Ka Meo near Sohna Gurgaon.

He was to buy around 80 acre of more land there for investment purpose, added the police officer.

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CA student jumps to death
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 9
A 26-year-old CA student jumped to his death from the fourth floor flat where he was staying with his relatives in Sector 62, Noida yesterday. The police have sent the body for postmortem.

Vikram Suraj Singh, originally from Jharkhand and son of Dinesh Kumar, was an Indian Oil official in Gurgaon.

He was living with his uncle Shivart in flat No 404 in Gaurav Adhikari Apartments, Sector 62. He jumped from the fourth floor flat at about 10 in the morning.

Seriously injured Vikram was rushed to Fortis Hospital in Sector 62 where he was declared brought dead. Vikram's father Dinesh Kumar had sent him to live for a few days with his aunt in Noida before leaving for Ranchi after two days. He had been reportedly depressed for the past three days.

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Drug peddler held
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 9
A drug peddler was nabbed by Sihani Gate police, Ghaziabad, with 1.25 kg heroin and half a kg of brown sugar on Sunday evening. SP (City) Vijay Bhushan said the drug peddler was carrying heroin which was worth Rs 3.50 crore in the market and brown sugar to Delhi for sale.

The SP said the police had been tipped that a consignment of drugs was being brought from Nepal and Nainital to Delhi via Ghaziabad. The Sihani Gate police which had thus been alerted arrested a suspicious looking person at Geeta Sanjay Chowk at about 7 pm. On frisking, heroin and brown sugar in powder form were recovered from him. The arrested man was identified as Bharat Singh. Bharat Sing told the police that he was waiting for a friend on the spot and the drugs were to be supplied to some persons in Noida and Delhi. 

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One held for attacking principal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
The police today claimed to have arrested a man for attacking the principal and father of St. Vincent Plotpi School. The principal was attacked by two men on May 15. The men intruded into the principal's office and demanded money at pistol point.

The principal, however, refused to give in and caught one of the intruders. According to the police, the assailants shot at the father twice. The father received bullet wounds on the chest.

The police identified the assailant with the help of the father as Rajbir.The suspect was caught after a long chase in Khanpur, where he had gone to meet his sick wife.

The police said Rajbir had confessed to his involvement in the crime. Rajbir, along with his accomplice Bhola, attacked the father, the police claimed.

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