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Rains damage crops in Noida
Flood alert in many Greater Noida villages
Greater Noida, September 13
Crops in over a dozen of villages in the Hindon Pushta and Yamuna Pushta areas under Gautam Budha Nagar district have been destroyed due to waterlogging caused by heavy rains.

Faridabad auto, tempo drivers flaunt rules with impunity
Overcharge, misbehave with passengers and run vehicles without permit
Faridabad, September 13
Autorickshaw and tempo drivers in Faridabad and the adjoining Gurgaon city don't care two hoots about the rules and laws, it seems. They are seen virtually extorting money from passengers and also misbehaving with them, that too, right under the nose of the police.

Delhi Cabinet nod to property registration bill
New Delhi, September 13
The Delhi Cabinet today gave its nod to a Bill that envisages creating a secure and efficient Urban Property Registration and Title Recording Authority. The authority will consist of a chairman and five members.


EARLIER STORIES



Woman kills nephew to settle scores with brother
Walks to the cops to confess to the crime
New Delhi, September 13
Consumed by anger and jealousy, a woman yesterday evening strangled the eight-year-old son of her brother and then went to a police station to confess to her crime.

Girls caught in the downpour in New Delhi
Girls caught in the downpour in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Yamuna ebbs, may rise again
New Delhi, September 13
Though the Yamuna receded today, it is still flowing above the danger level. Water level may increase by tomorrow evening as Haryana released 2.65 lakh cusecs of water from Hathinikund barrage today.

Traffic jams, waterlogging again
New Delhi, September 13
Heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorms threw traffic out of gear in many parts of the city, besides exposing the mismanagement of the civic agencies for yet another day today.

No let-up in rains soon, says Met
New Delhi, September 13
Heavy rains hit normal life hard in the Capital for the third consecutive day today. Commuters had to face a lot of difficulty, especially while travelling in low-lying areas where waterlogging has become a regular feature now.

Delhiites relieved as lane trials cancelled
New Delhi, September 13
Delhiites, suffering from traffic jams due to incessant rains, got some relief as the traffic police decided to cancel its trial runs on lanes dedicated to the Commonwealth Games at the last minute, today.

DU teachers seek VCs removal
New Delhi, September 13

More than 2,000 Delhi University teachers today participated in a massive demonstration at Jantar Mantar under the banner of the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) to draw the attention of the President of India who is the Visitor of Delhi University towards the occupation of the VC's office by Prof. Deepak Pental even after the expiry of his term on August 31, 2010.
Teachers of Delhi University protest against vice-chancellor Deepak Pental at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi
Teachers of Delhi University protest against vice-chancellor Deepak Pental at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

AIIMS doctors save man with rod-pierced face
New Delhi, September 13
Not wearing a helmet nearly cost 30-year-old Bhuvneshwar his sight after a rod pierced through the space between his left eye and nose and came out from behind the neck.

Gas-based power plant to be set up
New Delhi, September 13
To improve power situation in the national Capital, the Delhi Cabinet has decided to set up a gas-based 750 MW Pragati Power-II at Bamnauli. With this project, power generation in the city is likely to increase by 50 per cent.

Gang of biker robbers held
New Delhi, September 13
The Delhi police today busted a biker gang suspected to have committed 30 crimes, including murders, robberies and vehicle thefts. Eight members of the gang have been arrested.

Commonwealth Games advertisement sheets put atop autorickshaws in New Delhi
Commonwealth Games advertisement sheets put atop autorickshaws in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Liquor vendors told to keep CCTVs
New Delhi, September 13
Due to cases of drunken nuisance following consumption of liquor in public outside liquor vends, the New Delhi and south district police have asked owners of all liquor vends to install CCTVs with a sufficient number of cameras and recording systems to cover up to 50m in front of their shops.

Gynaecologist held for abortion
Ghaziabad, September 13
A criminal case has been registered against a gynaecologist for attempting to abort the foetus of a minor girl raped by her landlord, the police said here. A case has been registered against Dr Neetu Chaudhry for attempting to conduct the abortion of a seven-month- pregnant girl, the police said.

Marriage rules simplified
New Delhi, September 13
The Delhi government has decided to simplify the marriage registration rules in the national Capital due to certain lacunae in the prevailing rules which made life difficult for couples while allowed corrupt officials to fleece.

Four more H1N1 deaths
New Delhi, September 13
The Capital seems to be slipping into the influenza A (H1N1) grip, with the city hospitals reporting four deaths today.

Another 69 catch dengue
New Delhi, September 13
The total number of dengue victims in the Capital reached 1,857 today with 69 more persons testing positive for the disease, a Municipal Corporation of Delhi official said. Five persons have died of dengue this year.





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Rains damage crops in Noida
Flood alert in many Greater Noida villages
Parmindar Singh

Greater Noida, September 13
Crops in over a dozen of villages in the Hindon Pushta and Yamuna Pushta areas under Gautam Budha Nagar district have been destroyed due to waterlogging caused by heavy rains.

In view of a flood threat, women, children and senior citizens of the villages have shifted to their relatives' places in other villages. The district administration has also made arrangements at the community halls of the villages for the displaced persons.

Sub-divisional magistrate, Vishal Singh, said, "At Noida, the embankment areas and the farmhouses in the adjoining areas have been submerged. Flood alert has been sounded in Raipur, Asgarpur,Yakutpur, Gulavli, Mangroli, Chhaproli and Bakhtawarpur. Rescue teams have been posted at the villages to shift people to safer places."

"Though we have made arrangements for the displaced to stay at the marriage hall in Murshidapur village, most women, children and elders of Motipur ki Madai village have moved to their relatives," said Singh.

"At Greater Noida, the affected villages are: Safipur, Kambakshpur, Kondli Bangar, Motipur, Kulesra, Chhijarsi, Chorpur, Haldoni, Jalpura and Lakhnawali. The worst affected village is Faleda on Haryana border in Jewar," said Singh.

A breach was found at Mangroli village, but the villagers and the administration plugged in the breach and prevented the water from flowing into the village. The Hindon river was back flowing. Further, a drain was overflowing near Honda Siel factory, causing waterlogging in the nearby areas.

"The drain has been repaired, "said Singh.

Meanwhile, the residents are turning up to see the rising river.

At Okhla barrage, Bachhu Singh, a resident of Wazidpur village, brought his grandson and granddaughter to show them the rising Yamuna.

"The children were thrilled to see the river waves. I had seen such rainfall in 1978 when several Noida villages were flooded. There has not been such rain in the last four years," said Bachhu.

Similarly, Kishan Lal, a resident of Morna, had come with his children to watch the rising Yamuna.

"Heavy rain was needed. Though it will cause problems, but it will raise the level of the groundwater, which has gone severely low in several areas of Noida," said Lal.

"Crops worth crores of rupees have been destroyed due to waterlogging," said Virendra Dhada, former district panchayat chairman.

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Faridabad auto, tempo drivers flaunt rules with impunity
Overcharge, misbehave with passengers and run vehicles without permit
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 13
Autorickshaw and tempo drivers in Faridabad and the adjoining Gurgaon city don't care two hoots about the rules and laws, it seems. They are seen virtually extorting money from passengers and also misbehaving with them, that too, right under the nose of the police.

From overloading to charging extra fares, the auto and tempo drivers are flouting all rules with impunity. In fact, they wield lathis and unleash verbal abuses on passengers, including women, who dare to remind them about the official fares. Also, they stop anywhere in the middle of the road for as long as they want to and take passengers on board even if the vehicle is full.

The rise in the criminal tendency of the drivers is not only adding to the existing crimes, but also puts the life and dignity of the passengers at risk.

Over the past about seven days, there have been several reports in Faridabad about auto and tempo drivers suddenly charging whimsical fares. The general feeling is that the development is part of an organised act by these drivers.

In Faridabad, the autorickshaws and tempos starting from B.K.Chowk, Hardware Chowk, Ajronda Chowk, Neelam Chowk, which run on the inner roads, are forcibly collecting extra fares.

Residents who travel to Gurgaon from here allege that such "criminal" drivers were very active in the city, especially on the inner roads. They point out that the autos and tempos plying on the Sector 31-32 road (covering areas like Kanhi village, Sector 15, Jharsa, and Saddar Market) are conspicuous in violating the rules and misbehaving with passengers for extra fares.

Ram Rattan, a resident of Dabua Colony here, who often goes to Gurgaon, alleged that he and his co-passengers were virtually manhandled by a group of drivers. A couple of days ago, when he along with some other passengers refused to pay more that Rs 5, the rate fixed by the authorities, the drivers forced them to pay Rs 8.

The high point of the arbitrary behaviour of these drivers is that majority of them do not have permits to run the vehicles. Although there is no official estimate of such unauthorised three-wheelers plying in both the cities, rough estimate puts it to several hundreds.

And not only three wheelers, but a large number of other private vehicles here also operate without official permits.

People, meanwhile, feel that such an organised criminal act on the part of the drivers cannot take place without the involvement of the law enforcement machinery. The feeling doing the rounds among the people here is that either the authorities are not willing to take action against the errant drivers or they do not have any information about the situation. But, both the cases present the government in a poor light.

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Delhi Cabinet nod to property registration bill
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
The Delhi Cabinet today gave its nod to a Bill that envisages creating a secure and efficient Urban Property Registration and Title Recording Authority. The authority will consist of a chairman and five members.

It will conduct a survey of immovable properties, record and maintain entries, assign unique identification number to properties and maintain records.

The draft of the Delhi Survey Registration and Record of Title to Immovable Properties in Urban Areas Act, 2010, would be presented in the Assembly after Centre's nod.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the Cabinet had decided to introduce of a property titling system and had given its approval to a draft bill of the Delhi Survey Registration and Record of Title to Immovable Properties in Urban Areas Act, 2010. The draft of the bill would be sent to the Centre for approval.

The system will hold records and set up service areas for public facilitation, maintain a register of titles, issue certificates of recording titles and will impose penalties for violations. It will reduce litigation and prevent encroachment.

Aid to Kashmiris up

The Cabinet also decided to hike the monthly relief for Kashmiri migrant families in Delhi.

Dikshit said 3,624 Kashmiri migrant families were drawing relief through the nine revenue districts. Financial assistance for such families was started on April 29, 1990 and Rs 125 per month per head subject to a ceiling of Rs 500 per family of four or more. The assistance was last revised on July 1, 2006, making relief of Rs 1,000 per head per month subject to a ceiling of Rs 4,000 per family of four or more.

The government has decided to hike it to Rs 1,250 per head per month subject to a ceiling of Rs 5,000 per month per family of four or more members.

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Woman kills nephew to settle scores with brother
Walks to the cops to confess to the crime
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
Consumed by anger and jealousy, a woman yesterday evening strangled the eight-year-old son of her brother and then went to a police station to confess to her crime.

The police today said that the accused woman, Shivani, used to have frequent tiffs with her brother Ramkumar Gosain and his wife, as she would blame them for her domestic problems.

According to the police, Shivani's marital life was on the rocks and she believed that Gosain and his wife were responsible for it. A few days ago, she had even threatened Gosain of dire consequences.

The victim family lived in Sitaram Apartments. Yesterday evening, 35-year-old Shivani took her nephew, Lakshya, to the top floor of the apartment building and killed him. She dumped his body in a water tank, the police said.

After killing Lakshaya, Shivani went to a police station and told the cops that she had murdered her nephew.

"We could not believe what she said and thought she was mentally unstable," said an official of the police station.

The police realised that she was serious only after it called up Gosain, who then recovered Lakhsya's body from the tank.

The police station she went to then informed the Madhu Vihar police station, under whose jurisdiction the crime fell. According to the police, Shivani is cooperating with the investigators.

Lakhya studied in class III in a reputed private school in Mayur Vihar.

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Yamuna ebbs, may rise again
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
Though the Yamuna receded today, it is still flowing above the danger level. Water level may increase by tomorrow evening as Haryana released 2.65 lakh cusecs of water from Hathinikund barrage today.

There is not much relief in store for people living in low-lying areas for the next week.

The department concerned expected that the water level would reach 205.20 metres today, but it remained at 205.39 metres for many hours as rains continued lashing Delhi and NCR areas, said Ish Kumar, chief engineer, Zone II, irrigation and flood department, Delhi government.

However, he expressed confidence that there would be no further effect of flood in the Capital as the 35-km embankment was strong. Water has been released in Faridabad as per the need from Okhla barrage. All drains whose water fall in the river have been closed.

The chief engineer said the relief work was going on in all tents and schools where flood victims were lodging. Over 2,000 residents of the Capital have been hit by the flood that has submerged the low-lying areas in north and north-east Delhi.

When asked if the victims were being supplied with food and relief material, in-charge of relief work S.P. Sharma said in majority of the areas supply of relief material was adequate. If there was some loophole from the administration's side it would be rectified, he added.

A senior scientist of the Central Ground Water Board said though the flood had affected a large number of residents in the Capital, it had improved the ground level which had gone deep due to less rains for the last many years.

Some farmers are allowing flood water in their fields to improve ground water level.

Farmers of a village have given in writing to the irrigation and flood department officials that they would not make any complainant against them for stagnant water in their fields.

The scientist added that the quality of ground water would be improved with the rains. The ground water in Delhi was salty. There was a possibility of it becoming sweet, he said.

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Traffic jams, waterlogging again
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
Heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorms threw traffic out of gear in many parts of the city, besides exposing the mismanagement of the civic agencies for yet another day today.

Many localities were waterlogged due to choked drains and sewer lines.

Residents of Mukherjee Nagar were troubled by ankle-deep water. The area also saw overflowing sewage on roads. Chocked drains led to dirty water accumulating on roads, thus spelling inconvenience for residents.

"It happens often. We have asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to clean the drains many times. It seems they have no time for common people as they are busy working overtime on Commonwealth Games (CWG) projects," said Shyam Shukla, a businessman from Mukherjee Nagar.

Besides, an MCD school in Indra Vihar was submerged in knee-deep water that too on a day when students had to appear for exams. With sewage lines blocked, students had to cope with dirty stinking water on the school premises.

The rains led to waterlogging in Karol Bagh, Kamla Nagar and Hanuman Setu.

Heavy traffic jams were reported from throughout the city, including Ring Road, Raja Garden, M.B. Road, Deshbandhu Marg, Punjabi Bagh, Ajmeri Gate, ITO and Saket. Vehicular movement was also disrupted in Model Town, Lodhi Road, ISBT at Kashmere Gate and Yusuf Sarai as roads were flooded.

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No let-up in rains soon, says Met
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
Heavy rains hit normal life hard in the Capital for the third consecutive day today. Commuters had to face a lot of difficulty, especially while travelling in low-lying areas where waterlogging has become a regular feature now.

The bad news is that the weather department has asked the city to brace for more rains for the next few days, including tomorrow. "The sky will remain cloudy tomorrow with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers in parts of the city," said an official of the Met department.

The city saw 21 mm of rainfall today. According to the metrological department, Delhi recorded a total rainfall of 888.6 mm till 5.30 pm today this season, around 87 per cent above average.

This month alone the city received 188 mm rains, much higher than the usual of around 90 mm.

While the maximum temperature was recorded at 32.5 degree Celsius, the minimum was 25.5 degrees, normal for this time of the year.

The humidity levels today oscillated between 97 per cent and 75 per cent.

The maximum and minimum temperatures predicted for tomorrow are around 32 and 25 degree Celsius, respectively.

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Delhiites relieved as lane trials cancelled
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
Delhiites, suffering from traffic jams due to incessant rains, got some relief as the traffic police decided to cancel its trial runs on lanes dedicated to the Commonwealth Games at the last minute, today.

The traffic police was supposed to block traffic on some roads for two hours from 4 to 6 pm, which is the peak traffic hour. Though the police said it was an inconvenience that people must bear to make traffic smooth during the Commonwealth Games, it cancelled the trial runs.

"We have cancelled it due to heavy rains since morning," joint commissioner of police (traffic) Satyendra Garg said. He said it would have added to the woes of commuters as they were already facing problems due to rains.

However, he added that the trials for tomorrow were unchanged and would be conducted from 8 to 10 am.

The police had decided to conduct trials today on Ring Road from Chandgi Ram Akhara to Mall Road, NH-24-Ring Road crossing to Gazipur crossing, Anandmayi Marg in Kalkaji to Dr Karni Singh Stadium at Surajkund Road via Mehrauli-Badarpur Road and Panchsheel Marg-Sardar Patel Road intersection via Mother Teresa Crescent to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

The purpose behind conducting the trials during peak traffic hours is to see its impact and how the traffic police would manage the situation.

From September 20, the police would impose a penalty of Rs 2,000 on anybody straying into these lanes.

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DU teachers seek VCs removal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
More than 2,000 Delhi University teachers today participated in a massive demonstration at Jantar Mantar under the banner of the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) to draw the attention of the President of India who is the Visitor of Delhi University towards the occupation of the VC's office by Prof. Deepak Pental even after the expiry of his term on August 31, 2010.

"Without specific direction by the Visitor, Professor Pental has been continuing as VC by violating statute 11 F (4), defying all norms. DUTA has urged the Visitor, Mrs Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, to take action by removing Professor Pental. In fact DUTA was shocked at the cryptic silence maintained by the MHRD and the Visitor's office on such an important issue," said DUTA president Aditya Narayan Mishra.

Referring to the leakage of radioactive material from the university labs, he alleged, "The government has not yet taken any action on this serious matter. It is also well known that Professor Pental has also been obstructing a fair inquiry in this matter. It is high time the Visitor looks into the matter and take appropriate action against the guilty."

The DUTA has sought her intervention in the matter of imposition of semester system at the undergraduate science courses by Professor Pental. Since teaching is going on in the annual mode in many colleges, semester system has spelled chaos and confusion for students. DUTA has urged the Visitor to intervene and abolish the semester system to avoid further chaos in the interest of the students.

DUTA submitted a memorandum to the Visitor after the demonstration.

DUTA has called for meetings with students of different colleges by the respective staff associations on September 14 and 15 to discuss the negative aspects of the semester system in order to continue dialogues with students.

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AIIMS doctors save man with rod-pierced face

New Delhi, September 13
Not wearing a helmet nearly cost 30-year-old Bhuvneshwar his sight after a rod pierced through the space between his left eye and nose and came out from behind the neck.

Recuperating at the AIIMS, Bhuvneshwar of Raya near Mathura in UP, thanks his stars and doctors for saving his life as well as his eyes. Returning from office on his bike on September 9, he was hit from behind by a vehicle which landed him on one of the iron bars by the side of the nearby railway line.

"He ended up being stuck at the accident site as a thick and pointed iron rod had penetrated into the centre of his skull from the left side of his face while making its way out through the first and second vertebrae of his spinal cord," said Sumit Sinha, neurosurgeon at AIIMS Tauma Centre.

The doctor said Bhuvneshwar, who was referred from an Agra hospital, walked in with the rod sticking out.

"Had he worn a helmet, it would have saved him from this ghastly state. The rod is out and he is now recovering. Thanks to the police, who did not try to take the rod out of his skull but cut it on both sides and brought him to the hospital, else he would have died," AIIMS Trauma Centre chief Dr M.C. Misra said.

However, Sinha cautioned, "What we fear now is the most common post-operative complication in his case is of infection. He might end up having bacterial overgrowth. There is a leakage of the cerebrospinal fluid in such accidents. This fluid surrounds the brain and spinal cord and if leakage happens, it can lead to an infection of the brain."

Giving details about the surgery, Sinha said, "We operated through his mouth but giving anaesthesia was difficult due to the positioning of the rod.

"Once the rod was visible we had to drill it and tear open certain muscles so that the tightness with which the rod was stuck could be reduced. Once done, another doctor slowly pulled out the rod from upward near the eye," A K Mahapatra, professor of neurosurgery, AIIMS said.

He said it was a challenging surgery as the doctor had to be careful to not inflict any additional damage.

"The rod had already broken the neck bones and that had to be taken care of immediately too. They had to preserve the vision and also save the spinal cord while taking the rod out," he said. PTI

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Gas-based power plant to be set up
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
To improve power situation in the national Capital, the Delhi Cabinet has decided to set up a gas-based 750 MW Pragati Power-II at Bamnauli. With this project, power generation in the city is likely to increase by 50 per cent.

While talking to the media, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said power demand in the Capital would increase by 8 to 10 per cent per annum. Therefore, the government is trying to meet 50 per cent of the demand from Delhi-based power projects.

The government has been successful in initiating three major projects in the last three years. They are- PPP-III at Bawana (1500 MW), Aravali Power Project at Jhajjar (750 MW) and NTPC Projects at Dadri (980 MW).

The plant at Bamnauli in west Delhi will be commissioned in 28 months from the date of issuance of the letter of award.

Clearances have been obtained in this regard from the Union ministry of environment and forests, defence ministry and the Airport Authority.

The government has already released Rs 109 crore for 14.5-hectare land. About 3.5 million metric standard cubic metre (MMSCMD) gas will be supplied by the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) per day. The GAIL will supply the gas from RIL's off-shore blocks in Krishna-Godavari basin for Bamnauli Plant.

Further, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has confirmed to supply 2,500 metre cubic water per hour from its sewage treatment plant at Dwarka.

The power generated from this plant will be evacuated by the Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) through the existing 400 KV Bamnauli sub-station.

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Gang of biker robbers held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
The Delhi police today busted a biker gang suspected to have committed 30 crimes, including murders, robberies and vehicle thefts. Eight members of the gang have been arrested.

The police said the accused used to spend the booty in expensive hotels and for holidaying in different places. They would also actively participate in cricket betting in Mumbai, Goa and Jaipur, additional deputy commissioner of police (special cell) Shibhesh Singh said.

With their arrest, the police has solved as many as 21 cases of robberies and dacoities, three cases of murder and six of vehicle thefts, Singh said.

A foreign pistol, a revolver, seven mobile phones, four stolen motor cycles, Rs 40,000 in cash and stolen aluminum wires worth Rs 20 lakh were seized from them.

The arrested have been identified as Sunny (gang leader), Rajesh, Ajay, Rahees, Sunny, Sachin, Bhagirath, Rinku and Ravi Kumar.

"They told us that they first stole bikes from various parts of Delhi and changed their number plates and sold them off," Singh said.

"They committed eight armed robberies in August. They have killed three persons and injured nine while committing these incidents," he said.

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Liquor vendors told to keep CCTVs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
Due to cases of drunken nuisance following consumption of liquor in public outside liquor vends, the New Delhi and south district police have asked owners of all liquor vends to install CCTVs with a sufficient number of cameras and recording systems to cover up to 50m in front of their shops.

The CCTV should monitor anyone consuming liquor or facilitating consumption of liquor or any unauthorised vendor stationed in the coverage area, DCP S Dash said today.

This CCTV system should become operational by September 26 and the recording system would preserve a digital record of coverage for not less than 10 days, the order said.

The police has issued the order under Section 144 of the CrPC and those who do not comply with directions would face legal prosecution.

The shop owners have also been asked to give a copy of daily recording on CD to the beat constable of the area.

The directions follow frequently reported cases of drunken nuisance caused by people drinking in public after purchasing bottles from local shops.

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Gynaecologist held for abortion

Ghaziabad, September 13
A criminal case has been registered against a gynaecologist for attempting to abort the foetus of a minor girl raped by her landlord, the police said here. A case has been registered against Dr Neetu Chaudhry for attempting to conduct the abortion of a seven-month- pregnant girl, the police said.

After receiving a confidential report alleging that abortions were being conducted in Chaudhry's medical centre in evenings, chief medical officer A.K. Dhawan raided the place in Nand Gram yesterday.

He said that the doctor was conducting the abortion in the operation theater at the time of the raid and managed to escape.

A police complaint has been lodged against Chaudhry and she will be arrested.

The girl, Dhawan said, was allegedly raped by her house owner and the parents of the girl mutually settled the issue after taking Rs 80,000 from the accused.

Last evening, the victim's parents brought the girl for abortion, he said. PTI

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Marriage rules simplified
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
The Delhi government has decided to simplify the marriage registration rules in the national Capital due to certain lacunae in the prevailing rules which made life difficult for couples while allowed corrupt officials to fleece.

The state cabinet decided to do away with the provision that one of the couples should be a resident of Delhi for at least one month before the registration of marriage. Once the decision is notified, the mandatory rule for having lived in Delhi for one month would vanish, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said.

She said that the cabinet today gave its permission to the department concerned to issue a notification under the Hindu Marriage Registration Rules (HMRR),1956 to amend the rules.

It has been decided to do away with the provisions in Clause-7 for Sub-clause-6 for the registration of marriage in Delhi under the HMRR.

Many citizen groups said the prevailing rules were a source of harassment for couples, especially those who wanted to marry against their families' wishes, and often resulted in their being troubled by relatives. Corrupt officials would also benefit from their plight and allegedly took hefty bribe from them to solemnise their marriage with fake reports that fulfilled the provisions.

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Four more H1N1 deaths
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
The Capital seems to be slipping into the influenza A (H1N1) grip, with the city hospitals reporting four deaths today.

Even as details remained unavailable, four persons-one each in Safdarjung Hospital and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and two in Apollo Hospital-were said to have succumbed to the contagious virus.

With today's fatalities, the toll in the national Capital since the disease expanded its cover this year in June has reached 48.

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Another 69 catch dengue
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
The total number of dengue victims in the Capital reached 1,857 today with 69 more persons testing positive for the disease, a Municipal Corporation of Delhi official said. Five persons have died of dengue this year.

Meanwhile, the receding Yamuna water has created apprehensions of leaving behind fertile grounds for mosquitoes. The low-lying areas, which were under water until yesterday evening, have now been left with poodles of water and mud, which experts say could turn into hotspots for mosquitoes.

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