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Property worth crores gutted
New Delhi, April 10
A major fire broke out Smoke rises from the container depot that caught fire in New Delhi on Saturday. at an export warehouse in the Inland Container Depot in the Tughlaqabad area of south Delhi early this morning, destroying property worth crores of rupees. No one was reportedly injured in the incident.

Smoke rises from the container depot that caught fire in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photos

13 Gzb projects given green signal
Ghaziabad, April 10
The face of Ghaziabad city will be changed with an investment of Rs 100 crore on various projects before the start of Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The projects include another bridge on the Hindon river, widening of road from UP Gate to Dabur, etc.According to commissioner, Meerut Division, Sarwan Kumar, 13 development projects concerning Ghaziabad have been given a green signal in a meeting held under his chairmanship.


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Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda plays tennis after inaugurating the 2010-Tennis Tournament of Brassey Avenue Club in New Delhi on Saturday.
Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda plays tennis after inaugurating the 2010-Tennis Tournament of Brassey Avenue Club in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo

15 couples walk down the aisle
The couples are facing opposition from their families
New Delhi, April 10
More than 15 couples, facing opposition from families on counts of dowry, caste or religion, tied the knot in the Capital today in a simple yet solemn ceremony by the Guild For Service, a female empowerment organization.

Tribals bear the brunt of CRPF-Naxal war
New Delhi, April 10
After making a passionate speech against the government and corporate “exploitation” of tribals in Bastar, the heart of naxal war zone in Chhattisgarh, B.D. Sharma, a well-known tribal activist and former collector of Bastar district, made no attempt to disapprove of Naxal violence.

Three arrested for human trafficking
New Delhi, April 10
With the arrest of three men, the special operations squad (SOS) of the crime branch of the Delhi police has claimed to have busted a human trafficking racket that involved sending Indian nationals to Malta and other European countries by obtaining visas through forged documents.

Dealers want ban on sale of risky scrap
New Delhi, April 10
The Mayapuri scrap radiation incident that landed five persons, including a scrap dealer, in hospital has deadened scrap dealers in the area.

Chachimma Christy, wife of the President’s secretary Christy Fernandez, opens a crèche, Sopan, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday. The crèche will take care of children (below six years) of labourers working in the President’s Estate.
Chachimma Christy, wife of the President’s secretary Christy Fernandez, opens a crèche, Sopan, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday. The crèche will take care of children (below six years) of labourers working in the President’s Estate. Tribune photo

2 musclemen held for murder
New Delhi, April 10
The crime branch of Delhi police has claimed to have solved the murder case of a youth who was shot dead in the Bawana area, the police said today.

Radiation victims critical
New Delhi, April 10
The condition of five persons who were exposed to radioactive material Cobalt 60 at a scrap market here is very critical and their bone marrow is significantly damaged, their doctors said on Saturday.

IGNOU launching four courses in visual arts
New Delhi, April 10
Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOU) School of Performing and Visual Arts is launching four Master’s degree courses in performing and visual arts. The courses are: master of performing arts in Hindustani classical music; Bharatanatyam; theatre arts and master of fine arts in painting.

Mela offers yummy Punjabi fare
New Delhi, April 10
From a replica of a traditional Punjabi village, ‘saron da saag’ and ‘makke di roti’, Amritsar’s ‘papad wadiyan’ to phulkari work, patiala ‘jutis’, ‘paranda’ and inlay wooden work from Hoshiyarpur—all these have hooked the visitors to the Baisakhi Mela in the Capital.

Woman uses RTI to get husband’s salary details
New Delhi, April 10
The pay particulars of a government employee cannot be considered personal information, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has ruled, while upholding the right of a “betrayed” woman to get details of her husband’s salary.

Rise in temp raises cases of diarrhoea
Noida, April 10
With the sharp rise in temperature, the number of patientscomplaining of vomiting, stomach upset and diarrhea is also on the rise in Noida. Doctors say lack of water in body and unhygienic conditions are the main causes of the rise in diarrhoea cases.

Minister of sports and youth affairs M.S. Gill (L), Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (C) and chairman, Commonwealth Games committee, Suresh Kalmadi (R), inspect the Indira Gandhi Indoor Gymnastics Stadium after its inauguration in New Delhi on Saturday. The stadium has a seating capacity of 15,000 spectators.
Minister of sports and youth affairs M.S. Gill (L), Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (C) and chairman, Commonwealth Games committee, Suresh Kalmadi (R), inspect the Indira Gandhi Indoor Gymnastics Stadium after its inauguration in New Delhi on Saturday. The stadium has a seating capacity of 15,000 spectators. Tribune photo

6 held for stealing CNG kits
New Delhi, April 10
With the arrest of six persons, the Delhi police has busted a gang involved in stealing CNG kits and cylinders.

Youth shot dead
New Delhi, April 10
A 22-year-old young man Neeraj who was shot recently but had survived was today gunned down by a group of men, the inconsolable victim's family said today.

World Sikh meet today
New Delhi, April10
The Shiromani Akali Dal would organise the World Sikh Convention on April 11, said Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Paramjit Singh Sarna.

Man stabbed to death, wife suspected
Noida, April 10
A resident of the slums in Sector 18 was repeatedly stabbed by an unknown assailant in the wee hours of Thursday. He was rushed to a Noida hospital that referred him to a Delhi hospital, but he died on way to Delhi.

BJP hails CAG for criticising government
New Delhi, April 10
Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA, Vijay Jolly, today appreciated the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) report for criticising the Delhi government on its purchase of low-floor buses.

 





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Property worth crores gutted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
A major fire broke out at an export warehouse in the Inland Container Depot in the Tughlaqabad area of south Delhi early this morning, destroying property worth crores of rupees. No one was reportedly injured in the incident.

The blaze started at 5:45 am and quickly spread to around 30 containers storing clothes and tyres at the depot, confirmed a senior police officer.

Around 40 fire engines were rushed to the spot and the blaze was brought under control after three hours around 9 am, fire brigade officials said.
The blaze spread to the cargo stored in the warehouse for completion of customs formalities and other procedures, said an ICD official.

“Reason behind the fire is unknown. We are investigating to find what exactly happened,” said a senior police official.

Meanwhile, Harpreet Singh, director (Projects & Services) of the public sector Container Corporation of India, said the reason behind the spread of fire was due to the presence of paper and other kinds of packaging and bagging material.

Sources say the fire broke out around 5 am, but the fire service was informed almost after 45 minutes as the firefighting system at the ICD, including water hydrants, was initially used to extinguish the fire, but when the flames became uncontrollable, the fire brigade was alerted.

“It was a serious fire. The brigade was rushed to the spot immediately. A portion of the roof had collapsed when we reached, chief fire officer R C Sharma said.

The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) said handicraft products worth over Rs 60 crore were destroyed in the blaze.

Officials confirmed that around 30 per cent of these containers carry handicrafts, 50 per cent garments and 20 per cent miscellaneous goods. Each container normally carried goods valued between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 1 crore.

The Inland Container Depot, the largest dry port in South Asia, is spread over 60 hectares near the Tughlaqabad railway station in south Delhi.

The fire also led to a huge traffic jam on a busy road linking Mehrauli and Badarpur.

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13 Gzb projects given green signal
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, April 10
The face of Ghaziabad city will be changed with an investment of Rs 100 crore on various projects before the start of Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The projects include another bridge on the Hindon river, widening of road from UP Gate to Dabur, etc.

According to commissioner, Meerut Division, Sarwan Kumar, 13 development projects concerning Ghaziabad have been given a green signal in a meeting held under his chairmanship.

Apart from a second bridge on the Hindon, the road from UP Gate to Dabur Crossing will be widened into an 8-lane road along with a footpath on both the sides.

The vice-chairman of Ghaziabad Development Authority, Narinder Kumar Chaudhari said lights will be fitted on 65 kms of roads in the city and signage will also be fixed on the Delhi pattern. Work on all these projects will start soon.

With the widening of road from UP Gate to Dabur Crossing, traffic jams on this road will become a thing of the past, he added.

Over Rs 8 crore will be spent on broadening this road, including signage, Chaudhari said.

However, no decision could be taken on 6-laning of link road from NH-24 to NH-58 – Meerut trijunction for want of complete data.

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15 couples walk down the aisle
The couples are facing opposition from their families
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
More than 15 couples, facing opposition from families on counts of dowry, caste or religion, tied the knot in the Capital today in a simple yet solemn ceremony by the Guild For Service, a female empowerment organization.

Mridul (name changed) met his fiancée Richa (name changed) when he started working in Delhi. Working in the same bank, the couple fell in love.

“My parents refused to get us married as Richa belongs to scheduled caste. After the marriage, I would never be able to see my parents again,” said Mridul.

“This is our contribution to society, giving a fillip to national integration and communal harmony. There is no better way to do this than to unite people forever in a sacred bond with underlying respect, tolerance and dignity,’’ said Guild for Service chairperson Mohini Giri, speaking to The Tribune. 

Another couple are from Bulandshahr, UP. The parents of both Parth and Sabah (names changed) did not want them to get married as Parth is a Hindu while Sabah, a Muslim.

“It’s never a threat, but punishment straightaway. What one reads in the papers about honour killings in small villages is a ground reality. Even if left alive, the social boycott by our own friends and family perturbs you. That is why we decided to come to Delhi. We are glad that we came to the right place for help. After our marriage today, we plan to begin a new chapter in our lives,” said Sabah.

The Guild not just arranges for their marriages, but also helps them settle and begin a new life. From family planning counselling, sensitization about contraception, aid in finding a suitable job and helping with household essentials, the guild does it all.

“The Guild for Service has been conducting group marriage ceremonies twice a year for the past four decades. We also care for the environment by ensuring that the ceremony takes place during the day,’’ said Giri.

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Tribals bear the brunt of CRPF-Naxal war
Kumar Rakesh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
After making a passionate speech against the government and corporate “exploitation” of tribals in Bastar, the heart of naxal war zone in Chhattisgarh, B.D. Sharma, a well-known tribal activist and former collector of Bastar district, made no attempt to disapprove of Naxal violence.

“If you press a dog under your feet, he will bite you to save his life,” the octogenarian coordinator of Bharat Jan Andolan said in a take-it-or-leave-it manner.

Not everybody who spoke in the comfortable confines of Constitution Club on Friday at what has been billed as “Independent People’s Tribunal on Land Acquisition, Resource Grab and Green Hunt” was as blunt as Sharma. But almost no denunciation of Naxal violence in their speech made it clear where their sympathies lay.

Surprisingly, it was from some tribals living and suffering in the heart of this brutally violent land and who were brought here to share their experiences that balanced voices were heard.

Despite the fact that these few tribals were picked by a partisan group, some of them were full of balanced observations. “CRPF roughs us up in the day, asking for the whereabouts of naxals. Naxals come at night, harass us for food and warn against mingling with security forces. We live in perpetual fear,” Nand Rao of Sameli village in Dantewada region told The Tribune.

Another man, Dina, said the violence has left them poorer and more destitute. “We can’t go far for work fearing for our families’ safety. If there is any violence, we are the first to be suspected by both the parties,” he said.

All Gangi, who said her husband was bludgeoned to death by security forces on the suspicion of being a naxal and then showed as a suicide victim, wants to live a life of peace. “Violence has to end for our good. We will be the worst sufferers as long as the guns of either government forces or naxals rage on,” she said.

Though there also seems to be little doubts in the minds of these simple-minded people that government has not done much for them. They say they have been evicted from their lands to accommodate mining projects and got nothing in return. Naxals have benefited from this resentment against the government.

The state government in a hurry to push up investment figures signed MoUs with many corporate groups, giving little regards to the concerns of tribals.

It made former Supreme Court judge Justice P.B. Sawant – who is one of the persons presiding over this tribunal — wonder if the government could go for referendum in affected villages to know if villagers supported land acquisition or not.

The Maharashtra government, he said, had done a referendum in a district and the people had voted against the acquisition. 

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Three arrested for human trafficking
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
With the arrest of three men, the special operations squad (SOS) of the crime branch of the Delhi police has claimed to have busted a human trafficking racket that involved sending Indian nationals to Malta and other European countries by obtaining visas through forged documents.

The accused— Viraj Gupta (39), Pinkesh Devda (36) and Harminder Singh Bal (37)—were on Wednesday arrested from near Gadai Pur, in Mehrauli. The arrests were made on the basis of a tip-off that the trio would gather there for exchanging cash, passports and forged documents.

The accused allegedly used to send people to Malta and other European countries on the basis of Schengen visas obtained through fraudulent means, said additional commissioner of police, Neeraj Thakur.

A total of 19 passports, Rs 9 lakh in cash, two laptops, forged documents and one Toyota Altis car have been recovered from their possession, confirmed officials.

The police team had received information that a gang was sending unemployed youth, mainly from Punjab, to European countries on forged documents in lieu of a large amount of money. 

Subsequently, on April 7, the team received information that the accused would gather near a farm house in Gadai Pur around 10 am. Accordingly, a trap was laid and they were nabbed.

A case has been registered in this regard under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

During investigation, it was revealed that over the past six-seven months, the gang had obtained about 175 Schengen visas through fraudulent means.

“Although the members of this gang are present all over India, they used to lure unemployed youth mainly from Punjab,” said a senior police official.

Harminder used to bring passports of visa aspirants from Punjab. After obtaining the passports, he used to give the details to Viraj and Pinkesh. The gang charged Rs 7 to 8 lakh for per visa, confirmed Thakur. 

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Dealers want ban on sale of risky scrap
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
The Mayapuri scrap radiation incident that landed five persons, including a scrap dealer, in hospital has deadened scrap dealers in the area.

Scrap dealers seek from the government to ban the sale of hazardous scrap in the market as they may endanger their lives.

Shopkeepers of the Capital’s scrap markets said that the government should bear the medical expense of people who sustained radiation injuries in Thursday’s Mayapuri scrap market incident as the treatment was very costly.

Scrap from various places, including government departments, land in the scrap markets. Sometimes even bomb shells and other explosives are transported there, about which the dealers have no knowledge. Live bombs are also sold in the scarp. Sometimes they explode while dealers or workers are separating valuable items from the scarp.

A scrap dealer in Mina Bazar scrap market confirmed that once such an explosion had taken place in Mina Bazar.

A few days ago, a similar incident was reported from the Sundar Nagar area of north-east Delhi.

The Mina Bazar dealer added that the police and the administration were aware of the incident. They should make an inquiry into how explosives land in the market and sold. Action should be taken against persons or department responsible for this.

A shopkeeper said that the government should ban scrap shops in residential areas for precautionary measures. Children generally play with scrap material and sustain injuries when an explosion takes place. This had happened in Sundar Nagar, he said.

Sometimes scrap dealers burn electric wires to get copper which pollute the air of nearby areas. 

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2 musclemen held for murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
The crime branch of Delhi police has claimed to have solved the murder case of a youth who was shot dead in the Bawana area, the police said today.

The youth, Manish Kumar, was shot dead on March 26 by some unknown persons. The murder had created a sensation in the area and various motives were being attributed to the killing. 

On April 9, working on a tip-off, the police laid a trap around Rohini’ Sector 7. Around 9:30 pm, two persons— Praveen Kumar and Shiv Kumar— reached the spot and they were arrested, said the police .

One 7.65 bore loaded country-made pistol was recovered from Praveen Kumar and three cartridges were recovered from Shiv Kumar, confirmed the police.

During interrogation, the accused revealed that they had been committing petty offences to meet their expenses. They added that they worked as musclemen to recover money from the debtors of one Kulwant Singh, a Rohini based financer.

The duo told the police that Manish was an enemy of Kulwant’s friend Sandeep. Sandeep and Kulwant had hatched a conspiracy to eliminate Manish.

On March 26, Kulwant lured Manish to a farm where the accused shot him. Kulwant had provided the firearm, Rs 30,000 and a vehicle to the accused to eliminate Manish.

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Radiation victims critical

New Delhi, April 10
The condition of five persons who were exposed to radioactive material Cobalt 60 at a scrap market here is very critical and their bone marrow is significantly damaged, their doctors said on Saturday.

Scrap metal dealer Deepak Jain suffered severe burns and is battling for life at the Indraprashtha Apollo Hospital while four others — Gaurav, Rajendra Prasad, Ramjee Yadav and Ram Kalab — have been admitted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre.

“We are investigating the patients . They may need bone marrow transplants but confirmation of this will only emerge in a day or two,” a senior doctor at the AIIMS Trauma Centre said.

A senior official at the Indraprashtha Apollo Hospital said that Jain continued to be in a critical condition .

“We are keeping a close tab on his health and have been updating atomic energy experts of the government of India,” the official said.

The radiation was caused by exposure to radioactive material Cobalt 60. It is a hard, brittle and shiny metallic element found with nickel, silver, lead, copper and iron ore. It resembles nickel and iron.

The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) had received information from the Indraprashtha Apollo Hospital that Jain, who owns a scrap metal shop in Mayapuri, was showing symptoms of suspected exposure to radiation.

Jain’s body turned black after he touched the material.

The Crisis Management Group in the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) was activated and a team of officers from DAE and AERB was sent to New Delhi with a wide range of radiation monitoring and detecting equipment for prompt identification and recovery of the radioactive pieces and their safe disposal.

On its visit to the site, the team monitored the radiation levels at various positions at the scrap shop and in the adjoining areas. — IANS

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IGNOU launching four courses in visual arts
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOU) School of Performing and Visual Arts is launching four Master’s degree courses in performing and visual arts. The courses are: master of performing arts in Hindustani classical music; Bharatanatyam; theatre arts and master of fine arts in painting.

Master of performing arts in Hindustani classical music will enable students take up a particular style of singing, i.e. either dhrupad or dhamar. Students will also study a paper on management of music events and a paper on sound and acoustics which will facilitate students take up a career related to music.

Admission will be through an entrance test and audition, for a maximum of 20 seats. The eligibility for this programme is 50% marks in BA (Hons.) in Hindustani music from any recognised university. Graduates in any subject along with 60% marks in diploma in music are also eligible.

The masters in Bharatanatyam is aimed at molding professionals in the area of dance. The programme focuses on four major areas of performance, choreography, technical production aspects and writing dance and research. The eligibility is a graduation in  Bharatanatyam or any graduate with a government recognised diploma in dance specifically in Bharatnatyam.

Admission to the programme will be through an entrance test.

The master of performing arts in theatre arts imparts training in acting, direction and technical theatre. The course is designed to provide training in media along with the latest theatre research methodologies.

A graduate with diploma in acting/theatre arts or any graduate with three years of practical experience in theatre is eligible for the programme. Applicants will have to appear in an entrance test and audition.

Master of fine arts is geared towards providing opportunities to students in identifying and developing their own style and medium at advanced level to become a professional artist.

The application forms can be obtained from IGNOU MaidanGarhi or downloaded from www.ignou.ac.in. The last date to submit forms is June 15.

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Mela offers yummy Punjabi fare
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
From a replica of a traditional Punjabi village, ‘saron da saag’ and ‘makke di roti’, Amritsar’s ‘papad wadiyan’ to phulkari work, patiala ‘jutis’, ‘paranda’ and inlay wooden work from Hoshiyarpur—all these have hooked the visitors to the Baisakhi Mela in the Capital.

The fair, organised by the Punjabi Academy, started today at Salwan Public School, Rajinder Nagar.

Along with the cultural display, musical shows with traditional instruments like bugdu, been and damru along with martial arts by young Punjabis are the main highlights of the two-day fair.

“The word Phulkari means flowering. It is a form of craft that involves embroidery done in a simple and sparse design over shawls and duppattas. The art basically comes from small villages in Punjab where the women prepare phulkari. It has just been half a day and the sales have been pretty good,” said Parminder, a phulkari stall manager at the mela.

“I ask my friends from Patiala to get me jootis whenever they visit me. The stunning collection here of jootis embroidered with zari (gold thread), salma and tilla is just amazing. I have picked three pairs,” said Parul, a visitor.

The festival will also provide the visitors an insight into the Punjabi folk dance forms, including bhangra, jhoomer, gidda, nachaar, sammi and mawai giddha.

“In Delhi, such showcasing of a specific culuture is not very common. Through our performances in the mela, we wish to showcase the beauty of Punjabi folks and introduce the culture in a whole new way to them,” said Pritam, a giddha performer.

“An estimated 70% Delhiites either speak Punjabi or understand the language. This mela is an effort by the academy to promote the Punjabi culture in the Capital through the widely celebrated festival of Baisakhi. Since it is an occasion to celebrate, we aim to attract young crowds,” said Dr Rawail Singh, secretary, Punjabi Academy.

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Woman uses RTI to get husband’s salary details

New Delhi, April 10
The pay particulars of a government employee cannot be considered personal information, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has ruled, while upholding the right of a “betrayed” woman to get details of her husband’s salary.

“The Commission holds that the pay particulars of a government employee cannot be considered as personal information by any means and directs the PIO (public information officer) to provide the same to the appellant,” information commissioner Annapurna Dixit noted in her order while backing Chhattisgarh resident Shivkumari Kashyap, whose husband got married for the second time.

Kashyap, who believes that her husband Baldev Singh, an employee of South East Central (SEC) Railway, had entered the name of his second wife in his service book, used the Right to Information (RTI) act to get justice.

She filed an RTI application with the SEC Railway seeking the pay particulars of her husband as well as a copy of his service book, which has all the details of a government servant’s official life, including information about his pay, increment and other things.

When SEC Railway denied her the information, Kashyap approached the CIC, stating during a hearing through videoconferencing on March 10 that she was the “legitimate wedded wife of Baldev Singh and that her husband has been ill treating her”.

“He has also married a second time while remaining married to her (appellant),” her application stated.

“According to the appellant, she believes that her husband has entered the name of his new wife in his service book and in this connection she wanted a copy of the service book, besides pay particulars,” the CIC was told.

On this, the CIC held that pay particulars of a government employee cannot be considered as personal information by any means.

“Also in view of the harassment undergone by the appellant in the hands of her husband and because the service book details of her husband being sought by her are not personal information as the same are already in the public domain, the PIO may also provide an attested copy of the first page of the service book to the appellant giving details of the name of the spouse entered therein,” Dixit directed.

The CIC has said the information should be provided by April 10.— IANS

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Rise in temp raises cases of diarrhoea
Our Correspondent

Noida, April 10
With the sharp rise in temperature, the number of patientscomplaining of vomiting, stomach upset and diarrhea is also on the rise in Noida. Doctors say lack of water in body and unhygienic conditions are the main causes of the rise in diarrhoea cases.

Besides a rise in diarrhoea cases, a large number of people with complaints of nasal bleedings are trooping into hospitals. The number of children is reported to be quite high among these patients.

Over 40 diarrhea patients are coming in daily at the ESI Hospital in Sector 24 and nearly 70 are visiting the district hospital every day. At Kailash and Metro hospitals also, the number of diarrhea patients has gone up by 20 a day.

Senior physician of Metro Hospital Dr Amit Saxena said drinking impure water and eating stale food at outdoor eateries lead to infection in intestines which causes vomiting, loose motion, fever, dryness of mouth and weakness.

Dr Ajay Agarwal of Noida Medicare Centre said in such cases, patients should be given ORS mixtures and water with salt. If this does not help, doctors should be consulted without any delay or laxity.

Doctors suggest that to prevent oneself from these diseases, one should maintain cleanliness and keep away from fast food. People should also drink a lot of water and avoid going out in the sun, advice doctors.

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6 held for stealing CNG kits
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
With the arrest of six persons, the Delhi police has busted a gang involved in stealing CNG kits and cylinders.

The accused identified as Santosh (28), Rajesh (26), Chaman Ali (26), Rinku (20), Dalip (22) and Rajeev (22) were apprehended near Pritampura yesterday.

According to the police, the gang has committed 50 to 60 such thefts in the areas of Pitampura, Rani Bagh, Ashok Vihar, Saraswati Vihar, Shalimar Bagh, Alipur and Inderpuri.

“The accused persons have targeted CNG-fitted cars in various parts of Delhi. They sold the stolen kits to prospective buyers through Sanjay Kumar, a mechanic who is the main receiver and supplier of such kits,” said DCP (north-west) N.S. Bundela.

The gang used to sell the stolen each kit for Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000.

Sanjay Kumar (36) runs a shop in the Kashmiri Gate area.

The police has seized 12 stolen CNG kits and 12 cylinders were from him.

Fourteen CNG cylinders, 13 CNG kits, 17 keys of various cars, one master key for stealing and opening vehicles, one screw driver and one jack handle were also seized.

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Youth shot dead
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
A 22-year-old young man Neeraj who was shot recently but had survived was today gunned down by a group of men, the inconsolable victim's family said today.

The incident took place around 1 pm when Neeraj, a resident of Bajitpur area, was going somewhere on a motorcycle with his friend. On his way, he was intercepted by a group of three men in a car who shot him and escaped, confirmed sources.

The police said the killer is Pipan, a resident of Bawana.

"Earlier this week, Pipan had shot at Neeraj, but he survived," said Neeraj's father. 

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World Sikh meet today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April10
The Shiromani Akali Dal would organise the World Sikh Convention on April 11, said Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Paramjit Singh Sarna.

Sarna said that delegates from different parts of the country and abroad had started reaching the Capital.

Problems being faced by the Sikh community across the world would be discussed in the convention.

Sarna said that considering the unprecedented enthusiasm of the members, arrangements of food, and accommodation for more than 25,000 people had been made at various gurdwaras and other places in Delhi.

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Man stabbed to death, wife suspected
Our Correspondent

Noida, April 10
A resident of the slums in Sector 18 was repeatedly stabbed by an unknown assailant in the wee hours of Thursday. He was rushed to a Noida hospital that referred him to a Delhi hospital, but he died on way to Delhi.

The wife of the victim has lodged a complaint with the Sector 20 police station. The police is questioning her.

According to the police, the victim, Raj Kumar, 28, lived with his wife, Chameli. Kumar was employed in a meter manufacturing factory in Sector 5.

Around 2.30 am on Thursday, Kumar and Chameli had gone out to answer the call of the nature. There, a man suddenly stabbed Kumar a number of times in the stomach. After the assailant had fled, Chameli raised the alarm.

The couple’s neighbours rushed Kumar to the Shivalik Hospital. But when his condition deteriorated, doctors referred him to a Delhi hospital.

However, he died on way to Delhi.

The police has sent the body for post-mortem and is questioning Chameli as a suspect.

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BJP hails CAG for criticising government
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA, Vijay Jolly, today appreciated the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) report for criticising the Delhi government on its purchase of low-floor buses.

“The government auditors have found enough evidence to nail thegovernment. The report has substantiated the corruption charges leveled by the Opposition against the government,” claimed Jolly.

The BJP leader demanded that Dikshit should resign on moral grounds. 

Jolly said that he had raised the issue of corruption in the purchase of low-floor buses in the Delhi Assembly on September 12, 2008. Later, a petition was filed in the Delhi Lokayukta about corruption . There were allegations of extra expenditure of Rs 25 lakh on the purchase of each of the buses. The case is still pending before the Delhi Lokayukta, he said.

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