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Property circle rates doubled
New Delhi, October 12
The Delhi government's revenue might increase by crores per annum as the state Cabinet today doubled the circle rates.

Noida all set to host CWG cycling today
Noida, October 12
The authorities are done with the last minute preparations on the Noida and Greater Noida Expressway for the Commonwealth Games cycling event scheduled for Wednesday.

People look at jute sculptures depicting a marriage procession at Connaught Place in New Delhi on Tuesday. A total of 70 artisans have prepared the sculptures.
People look at jute sculptures depicting a marriage procession at Connaught Place in New Delhi on Tuesday. A total of 70 artisans have prepared the sculptures. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui


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Closing ceremony tickets yet to be sold out
New Delhi, October 12
With two days to go for the mega event, some of the high-priced tickets of the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony are yet to be sold, an official said on Tuesday.
:A foreigner outside the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.Tribune photo:Mukesh Aggarwal
Having a good time:A foreigner outside the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.Tribune photo:Mukesh Aggarwal

61 more fined for lane violation
New Delhi, October 12
The Delhi traffic police on Tuesday issued challans against 61 vehicles for entering the lanes reserved for the Commonwealth Games vehicles, the police said.

Tight security for Games closing 40,000 men to
New Delhi, October 12
Amid the recent intelligence input that anti-national elements can target the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on October 14 at the Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium, the Delhi police has hiked security, with sources claiming deployment of more than 37,000 security personnel.

Pressed for time, athletes miss exploring Incredible India
New Delhi, October 12
Keeping the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in mind, Delhi went ahead and renovated its architectural masterpieces, alongside organising cultural shows throughout the city. While the neighboring state governments, including Rajasthan and UP, have brought out special tourism packages.

Loudspeaker allowed till midnight for Ramlila
New Delhi, October 12
Keeping religious sentiments of people in mind, the Delhi police today extended the use of loudspeakers and public address system for organising Ramlilas and Durga Puja in the Capital till midnight. Earlier, the permission was till 10 pm.

 
Women practise yoga at Planet Health Museum, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga,Ashok Road in New Delhi on Tuesday
Women practise yoga at Planet Health Museum, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga,Ashok Road in New Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Volunteers sad as Games come to an end
New Delhi, October 12
They were made to eat stale food, work for twelve hours a day and were ignored while issuing Games passes, but nothing deterred them from registering their valuable contribution without which the Commonwealth Games (CWG) wouldn't have happened successfully.

5 cops to be booked for false drugs case, bribe
New Delhi, October 12
A city court has directed the Delhi police to register a case against five policemen for allegedly assaulting and implicating a man, Sushil Kumar, in a drugs case and taking bribe from him.

Trader shot dead
Noida, October 12
Two car-borne criminals yesterday forced their way into an under-construction house in Noida's Sector 70 and killed a businessman by firing at him indiscriminately.The victim identified as Surinder Yadav, 55, was hit in the chest and stomach. He was rushed to the Fortis Hospital by neighbours, but he died.

Rs 14-lakh relief for man disabled in accident
New Delhi, October 12
A Delhi court has awarded over Rs 14 lakh as compensation to a 19-year-old boy who suffered 100 per cent disability in a road accident in 2006.Presiding officer, Motor Accident Claim Tribunal, M.R. Sethi awarded Rs 14,68,144 to Yogender Sharma.
Indians celebrate the hockey teamís victory against England in the men's semi-final match at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Indians celebrate the hockey teamís victory against England in the men's semi-final match at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

79 fresh dengue cases Tally reaches 4,244
New Delhi, October 12
The upward swing in dengue cases continues in the national Capital, even as the city has not received rainfall for more than a fortnight.

Azad opens yoga museum
New Delhi, October 12
To promote yoga and natural ways of healing, Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad inaugurated a state-of-the-art health museum for visitors here on Tuesday.Planet Health will exhibit facts and information on yoga and ayurveda through digital-interactive media.

Govt getting maps of illegal colonies prepared
New Delhi, October 12
The Delhi government has asked the Survey of India to prepare a detailed map of the unauthorised colonies of Delhi. The map will be handed over to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to complete the formalities for the approval of the unauthorised colonies.

 





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Property circle rates doubled
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 12
The Delhi government's revenue might increase by crores per annum as the state Cabinet today doubled the circle rates.

Last year, the government had earned Rs 940 crore as revenue through circle rates. Now, it is expected that the revenue might increase to Rs 1,300 to Rs 1,400 crore per annum.

The rise in circle rates may also benefit home loan seekers. They may be able to pay the maximum amount for a registered property in white. Earlier, they used to pay in black and thus, faced difficulty in getting home loan sanctioned.

The new circle rates would be effective soon after the notification. It would be effective only in authorised colonies. In unauthorised areas, people will sell and purchase properties on the basis of the general power of attorney.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that the decision to increase the circle rates has been taken to mitigate black money circulation in property transactions.

The circle rates were introduced in Delhi in 2007 and were notified under the provisions of the Delhi Stamp (Prevention of Undervaluation of Instruments) Rules, 2007, on July 18, 2007. The revision in circle rates will help in curbing the undervaluation of properties.

The city government has decided to increase the circle rates for the first time after its introduction.

The neighbouring governments of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana have been frequently enhancing the circle rates of Noida and Gurgaon. Keeping in view the market rates in Delhi and other NCR towns, it was decided to rationalise the existing circle rates. The new rates will soon come into force after the issuance of the notification, Dikshit said.

Prior to the latest decision of the Cabinet, the circle rates based on the MCD's categorisation for residential property tax were Rs 43,000 per sq. metre for category A; Rs 34,100 for category B; Rs 27,300 for category C; Rs 21,800 for category D; Rs 18,400 for category E; Rs 16,100 for category F; Rs 13,700 for category G and Rs 6,900 per sq. metre for category H.

Now, Category A will be priced at Rs 86,000 per sq metre, while Category H will have a fixed price of Rs 13,800.

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Noida all set to host CWG cycling today
Our Correspondent

Noida, October 12
The authorities are done with the last minute preparations on the Noida and Greater Noida Expressway for the Commonwealth Games cycling event scheduled for Wednesday.

View cutters have been installed at five overbridges. There are eight watchtowers and the barricade runs across 20 km. Intensive fogging has been carried out in the area to quell mosquitoes. Five dozen hoardings are in position to spread cleanliness awareness among residents.

The preparations have been reviewed by Noida officials. "A task force has been constituted for the purpose and mechanical sweeping of roads is also on. Also, stray cattle is being pushed out of city limits to make the Games a trouble-free affair," deputy CEO C.B. Singh said.

"Apart from anti-sabotage checks, dog squads and bomb disposal squads have been pressed into service. The whole area will be sanitised before the event", SSSP A.K. Singh said.

Only vehicles with CWG organising committee accreditation will be allowed. Electronic scrutiny is in place at the main gate, Singh added.

Nine assistant superintendent of police, 27 deputy superintendent of police and 3,000 police personnel, comprising inspectors, sub-inspectors and constables from different districts of UP, have reached here for the event.

Besides, heavy police deployment, provincial armed constabulary and CISF battalions have also been posted. The CISF men will oversee the first ring security with its personnel posted on the entire 20-km stretch. While CCTV cameras have been installed at the parking area, a central control room at the Games arena will keep a watch through the network.

The Noida authority has spent Rs 50 crore on infrastructure development. The stretch from Chilla at Noida to Delhi border till Pari Chowk in Greater Noida has been divided into 12 zones. Of them, 10 zones fall in the 20-km cycling stretch.

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Closing ceremony tickets yet to be sold out

New Delhi, October 12
With two days to go for the mega event, some of the high-priced tickets of the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony are yet to be sold, an official said on Tuesday.

The tickets are priced at Rs 50,000, Rs 20,000, Rs 4,000 and Rs 750.

"We have sold all the tickets of Rs 750 and Rs 4,000. But tickets of Rs 20,000 and Rs 50,000 are still available," said a senior official of the Games organising committee.

The ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium promises to be a spectacular song and dance celebration, with a colourful laser show as the highlight.

The president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on October 14. ó IANS

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61 more fined for lane violation

New Delhi, October 12
The Delhi traffic police on Tuesday issued challans against 61 vehicles for entering the lanes reserved for the Commonwealth Games vehicles, the police said.

Also, 16 notices were sent to the vehicles violating the Games lane restrictions.

"No vehicle has been impounded," the police official said.

Till Monday, the traffic police had issued challans against 2007 vehicles for entering the Games lane. A total of 293 notices have been issued and 28 vehicles have been impounded.

The restrictions were enforced on September 23, and will continue till October 16 -- two days after the Commonwealth Games conclude.

The Games lane violators are imposed a fine of Rs 2,000.ó IANS

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Tight security for Games closing 40,000 men to guard Nehru stadium
Sandeep Yadav
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 12
Amid the recent intelligence input that anti-national elements can target the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on October 14 at the Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium, the Delhi police has hiked security, with sources claiming deployment of more than 37,000 security personnel.

While a senior Delhi police official played down the threat reports, he said unprecedented security cover from earth to air for the closing ceremony was always on their agenda.

"There would be no laxity in security and we are not patting our back till the last athlete leaves the city. Since thousands of our men deployed at various Games venues will be relieved tomorrow, we have planned their deployment for the closing ceremony well in advance," said a senior police official related to the Commonwealth Games security.

According to him, close to 20,000 security officials, including paramilitary personnel, were deployed during the opening ceremony on October 3. According to information, the city police is likely to deploy 7,000 additional men besides seven additional companies of paramilitary forces around the JN Stadium on October 14.

"A total of 40,000 security personnel will be manning every movement in and around the stadium on the closing ceremony day and every spectator will be under our eyes," said the officer, adding that half of these men would be in the outer periphery of the stadium.

According to information, several meetings have taken place between the top brass of the Delhi police in the past two days to check any loophole in the security for the closing ceremony.

"Though our preparations for the opening ceremony were a great success, there is always a scope of improvement. We are working to rectify the loopholes which we noticed during the opening ceremony," added the officer. 

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Pressed for time, athletes miss exploring Incredible India
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 12
Keeping the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in mind, Delhi went ahead and renovated its architectural masterpieces, alongside organising cultural shows throughout the city. While the neighboring state governments, including Rajasthan and UP, have brought out special tourism packages.

But all in vain, as athletes and their supporting staff hardly find time or luxury to step outside the Games Village for fun. Security restrictions are also a spoil sport.

While the country has already suffered a jolt as the tourism inflow has been much below the expectation, athletes and their teams are unable to get a good experience of Indian tourism.

Most athletes say that due to security clearances, they are not able to leave the village. The protocol indicates that the athletes must follow a procedure to get permission to step out of the village, starting with their chef de missions.

"I hate missing on shopping in Delhi and around. My friends had given me numerous tips about silver jewellery shopping in Jaipur. I really wanted to go to Rajasthan. We see posters of "Incredible India" around the village and it arouses interest in Indian tourism. It would have been better if we could stay longer. I have to return as soon as the Games end for preparations of the Asian Games trials," said Joy Binger from the netball team of the Wales.

Especially, athletes who arrived in Delhi from smaller countries state it as once in a lifetime opportunity. They are ashamed of not visiting India as they would have wished.

"Due to the budget restraints and other restrictions, we need to head back home soon. Twelve of us arrived from Lesotho together. Eight players are already done with their matches. As soon as we are done, we will return to our country on October 13. We might not even be able to stay for the closing ceremony. I think plans to visit the Taj Mahal will not reap. It is a different culture for us. We enjoyed our stay at the village, but yes a wider view of India would have been excellent," said Elnickel Pasthanco, one of the medical staff from Lesotho's team.

Most athletes have to be content with the modes of entertainment that have been provided at the Games, including the merchandise shops, discotheques, amphitheatre and other attractions.

Athletes from South Africa say they are here for the Games and aim to bag as many medals as they can, but a little fun is always welcome. "We love challenges and are up for anything," said Girden Vermellion at the merchandise store.

"People here are nice. The atmosphere is good, with good training facilities, but I need to return home soon after the event. It is a pity that I can't stay longer to shop because I have a wife who is working back home in Durban and a 22-month-old baby," he said. 

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Loudspeaker allowed till midnight for Ramlila
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 12
Keeping religious sentiments of people in mind, the Delhi police today extended the use of loudspeakers and public address system for organising Ramlilas and Durga Puja in the Capital till midnight. Earlier, the permission was till 10 pm.

The Delhi police has extended the deadline by two hours. "Keeping the public interest in mind, the use of loudspeakers and public address system is permitted between 10 pm and 12 in the midnight for Ramlilas and Durga Puja. It will remain in effect till October 17," said a senior police official.

Security concerns in wake of the ongoing Commonwealth Games have also forced the Delhi police deny permission to joy rides and carnivals, including food stalls at various Ramlila grounds of the city. However, the permission in this regard would be given once the Games are over on October 14. "No permission for mela, food stalls or joy rides will be given till the Games conclude on October 14," the official said, adding that the organisers are permitted to cook food and serve it to volunteers, but nothing would be sold from the stalls.

The installation of joy rides can be started from October 12, so that the mechanical inspection and other formalities are completed by October 14.

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Volunteers sad as Games come to an end
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 12
They were made to eat stale food, work for twelve hours a day and were ignored while issuing Games passes, but nothing deterred them from registering their valuable contribution without which the Commonwealth Games (CWG) wouldn't have happened successfully.

As the farewell time has come for the volunteers of the CWG, they are wearing sombre looks and catching up with their friends made during these 15 days for souvenir photographs and exchange of contact numbers.

The volunteers have been allowed to work only for a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 15 days. With the CWG almost on the verge of closing, the duties of the volunteers will start coming to an end from tomorrow.

The melancholy of parting with their new friends has gripped the volunteers. Overlooking all the challenges that they had to face during their selfless service, they are walking away with loads of memories and wishes of foreign athletes and journalists.

Finding it hard to part with their duties, many volunteers are even willing to come till the final closing of the Games.

"My duty will end at 5 pm today, but I want to come for two more days," said Rakesh Raushan, a student of B.Tech in IP University, who was deployed as a volunteer at the Games Village.

The young batch of over 20,000 unpaid assistants were serving in various areas of the Games, including transportation, media center, accreditation, security, spectator management and catering.

"I have got to learn many things during the Games. It has been an exciting experience. Life is going to be dull after this as I will get back to my monotonous routine. But at least when we return to college, we will have so many gossips and experiences to share with our friends," said Jatin Kalra, a volunteer who is an engineering student.

The experience has lifted their spirits and has taught them to work in difficult situations and give their best in crisis.

"For the first few days, I was little hesitant in talking to people but now I face them very confidently. The Games have groomed my personality. This was a lifetime experience as we might never get a chance to work with these foreign athletes and journalists," said Saumyashree.

Though, many are unhappy with the fact that they were not given complementary tickets for watching the Games.

"Out of the 15 days, they could have at least given us one day to watch the games," laments Prashant Romala. 

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5 cops to be booked for false drugs case, bribe
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 12
A city court has directed the Delhi police to register a case against five policemen for allegedly assaulting and implicating a man, Sushil Kumar, in a drugs case and taking bribe from him.

Metropolitan magistrate Vishal Gogne ordered police investigations saying, "The possibility of bribe having exchanged hands renders the allegation all the more grievous. A police investigation is necessitated as an ordinary citizen cannot be expected to collect the evidence directed against powerful officials of the state who occupy the status of police officers."

He added, "Personal liberty of a citizen cannot be curtailed even for one day, except by a procedure established by the law."

The court further directed the SHO of the Dabri police station to register an FIR on the complaint of Sushil Kumar and investigate corruption charges against the accused police officials.

Sushil Kumar had filed an application before the court, stating that he was picked by the five policemen -- sub-inspector Ashok Kumar, inspector Ranjit Singh, head constables Ravinder Pal and Rajinder, and constable Jafar Khan on February 2, 2009. The officials work for the special staff at the Dhaula Kuan police station.

He alleged that the policemen beat him mercilessly and demanded Rs 50,000 from him. "They said that if I did not pay the money, they would implicate me in a case of possessing brown sugar," Kumar said.

Even after Kumar paid the amount, the policemen did not release him and produced him before a magistrate on February 19, 2009. He was released on a bail, the application said.

Kumar even wrote a letter to the deputy commissioner of police (south-west district) and the police commissioner, but in vain, the application stated.

"I am innocent. I have done nothing wrong. There is no case against me, except the false one registered against me. I have been victimised at the hands of these five police personnel and my life is ruined," his application stated.

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Trader shot dead
Our Correspondent

Noida, October 12
Two car-borne criminals yesterday forced their way into an under-construction house in Noida's Sector 70 and killed a businessman by firing at him indiscriminately.The victim identified as Surinder Yadav, 55, was hit in the chest and stomach. He was rushed to the Fortis Hospital by neighbours, but he died.

Though the police is clueless about the killers, it is being speculated that the incident is a fallout of a property dispute.

While two assailants went inside the under-construction house and fired at Yadav, two or three of their accomplices were waiting outside the car. The incident occurred around 5 pm.

The police said that besides Wajidpur village, Yadav owned several markets and shopping complexes from which he was earning lakhs as rent. He was allotted a plot in Sector 70.

The police has collected details of the killers from Yadav's servant Rajpal, from whom the killers had allegedly asked about Yadav. SP (city) said since Rajpal is illiterate, he could not give any information except the carís colour. 

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Rs 14-lakh relief for man disabled in accident
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 12
A Delhi court has awarded over Rs 14 lakh as compensation to a 19-year-old boy who suffered 100 per cent disability in a road accident in 2006.Presiding officer, Motor Accident Claim Tribunal, M.R. Sethi awarded Rs 14,68,144 to Yogender Sharma.

The court directed the insurance company to pay the compensation amount within 30 days along with an interest at the rate of 7.5 per cent per annum from the date of filing of the petition till the date of its realisation.

During the arguments of the case, the doctor who treated Sharma told the court that he suffered permanent disability as half of his body had been paralysed. He addeed that there was no chance of recovery.

The court held guilty the driver of the tempo that hit Sharma and said, "A driver of a mechanically propelled vehicle is under duty to observe necessary care and caution while driving. Having failed to observe his duty and being responsible for grievous injuries to a person, the driver was thus negligent."

On April 6, 2006, around 9.55 pm, Sharma was returning home from office on his scooter driven by a colleague, Ali. Soon a tempo came from the opposite side and hit the scooter. Sharma fell down and received multiple injuries on head and chest.

He was rushed to the DDU Hospital by the locals.

Unmarried, Sharma was employed with DSIDC Complex in Kirti Nagar and was drawing a salary of Rs 6,200 per month when the accident took place.

Sharma had claimed a compensation of Rs 22,00,000 under the Motor Vehicles Act.

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79 fresh dengue cases Tally reaches 4,244
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 12
The upward swing in dengue cases continues in the national Capital, even as the city has not received rainfall for more than a fortnight.

As many as 79 persons were confirmed to be suffering from the vector-borne disease today. This takes the cumulative figure to 4,244.

According to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the cases would rise till October-end. Earlier, this month, the number of fresh cases ranged between 80 and 90 everyday, but given the break in showers, the cases took a decline.

Earlier, the India Meteorological Department had predicted showers during the Commonwealth Games due to which the organisers and the cityís civic authorities were worried. 

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Azad opens yoga museum

New Delhi, October 12
To promote yoga and natural ways of healing, Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad inaugurated a state-of-the-art health museum for visitors here on Tuesday.Planet Health will exhibit facts and information on yoga and ayurveda through digital-interactive media.

"Yoga and ayurveda are wellness therapies that find their origins in ancient India. So, this museum will act as a one-point source centre for those interested to know about the art of healing," Azad told reporters at the inauguration.

The museum displays various yoga mudras and forms of performing arts through digital media. It also houses a learning recourse centre that provides literature on Ayurveda and naturopathy.

"Learning information from manual text can be difficult for people. So, we decided to provide it in a digital and interactive manner," said S. Jalaja, secretary of department of Ayush.

The museum is the result of a collaboration between the department of Ayush under the ministry of health and family welfare and the World Research Laboratory in the Capital.

The exhibition will be open for visitors from 11 am to 7 pm till October 31. ó IANS

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Govt getting maps of illegal colonies prepared
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 12
The Delhi government has asked the Survey of India to prepare a detailed map of the unauthorised colonies of Delhi. The map will be handed over to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to complete the formalities for the approval of the unauthorised colonies.

According to Delhi urban development minister A. K. Walia, by the end of this month, maps of 500 illegal colonies would be ready. Earlier, the government had submitted maps of 700 illegal colonies, but they were rejected after the MCD pointed out several shortcomings in them.

Walia said the government would take at least six months to authorise the unauthorised colonies as there were various complications like duplication of colony names and existence of more than one RWA in unauthorised colonies.

Further, there are objections from the forest department, Archaeological Survey of India, Delhi Development Authority and MCD. Getting clearance from all these agencies is a time-consuming work, Walia said. 

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