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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE
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D E L H I   A N D   N E I G H B O U R H O O D

Now, biometric attendance for sanitation workers
Gurgaon, December 2
The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has adopted a novel method to ensure cleanliness in the area under its jurisdiction. This method is being implemented at Mullahera village on experimental basis. Under the new method, the work of maintaining cleanliness in a particular area will be allotted to a contractor, who will be solely responsible for sanitation in that area.

Work on Gt Noida Metro begins in April
Greater Noida, December 2
Consultants on the project for taking Metro rail to Greater Noida have been appointed. The authority has recommended adoption of Public Private Partnership model to extend Metro to Greater Noida. A meeting is being held on December 8 in the authority office here to select an agency to undertake the project, it is learnt.

Airport steps up fight against fog
New Delhi, December 2
The Delhi International Airport Limited has implemented several measures to minimise inconvenience to passengers and ensure continuity of flights during low-visibility conditions at Indira Gandhi International Airport this winter.


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Students of St. Stephenís and Hindu colleges take part in a cleanliness drive organised by the two colleges on the Delhi University campus in New Delhi
Students of St. Stephenís and Hindu colleges take part in a cleanliness drive organised by the two colleges on the Delhi University campus in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Monks take out a procession to celebrate the 900th birth anniversary of the first Karampa Dusum Khyenpa,
Monks take out a procession to celebrate the 900th birth anniversary of the first Karampa Dusum Khyenpa, 
in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo

Residents block traffic to protest against alleged police inaction in a murder case in Faridabad.
Residents block traffic to protest against alleged police inaction in a murder case in Faridabad. 
Tribune photo

DK rape case
Massive efforts by police nail criminals 

New Delhi, December 2
The truck in which the crime took place at the Saket police station in New Delhi The south district police carried on an intensive investigation in the Dhaula Kuan gangrape case with more than 15 dedicated police teams being involved, reconstructing the incident and the route taken by the criminals, analyzing the records of over 70 local suspects along with recently released about 105 criminals from the Tihar and NCR jails, besides checking over 6,000 tempos and antecedents of over 400 cab drivers employed with the BPO company of the victim.




The truck in which the crime took place at the Saket police station in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo

Case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time
It was not premeditated
The youths arrested for the Dhaula Kuan gangrape were not out on a prowl to commit rape, but as per the police, were moving in a Mahindra pick-up vehicle to commit burglary and cow-lifting.

Two caught, two still at large 
Truck used in crime seized
In what would come as a big relief for the Delhi police, Two of the five accused arrested for allegedly raping the BPO employee being taken to a court in New Delhi especially its new commissioner of police, Brijesh Gupta, the south district police managed to crack the Dhaula Kuan gangrape of a 30-year-old BPO employee who was abducted and raped by five men in a moving pick-up truck in the wee hours of November 24.
Two of the five accused arrested for allegedly raping the BPO employee being taken to a court in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo

Victimís cooperation helped
New Delhi, December 2
Had it not been the victim's recalling the peculiar traits and make of the vehicle used in crime, the police could still have been groping in the dark. However, according to investigators, continual interaction with the victim helped the police most. It was based on the description provided by the victim that led police to the accused.

Cops to trail BPO cabs
The Delhi police will now trail BPO vehicles to ensure that drivers drop staffers on their doorsteps.

MLAsí development fund up to Rs 25L
New Delhi, December 2
In a major decision, Delhi MLAs will get Rs 25 lakh each instead of Rs 10 lakh yearly from the next fiscal for development works in their constituency through the District Development Committees (DDCs).

Speaker justifies BJP MLAsí expulsion 
New Delhi, December 2
Delhi Assembly Speaker Yoganand Shastri today justified the expulsion of the BJP MLAs during the winter session by saying that it was necessary to ensure smooth functioning of the House.

School admission to get simpler
Soon: Schools to provide info on Internet
New Delhi, December 2
Parents of schoolchildren of the Capital will soon be in a position to get information on schools at their fingertips, literally. All they would need to do is hook up to the Internet, as the schools will soon go online.

Digital tech-based education for slum children
New Delhi, December 2
They come from the most financially backward sections of society, but children from a city slum are now empowering themselves with education -- not just through textbooks but also via digital technology.

Six held for Rs 1-crore robbery in Ghaziabad
Ghaziabad, December 2
Six persons have been arrested for allegedly being involved in the October 31 heist at Muthoot Finance company's branch in Ghaziabad.





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Now, biometric attendance for sanitation workers
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, December 2
The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has adopted a novel method to ensure cleanliness in the area under its jurisdiction. This method is being implemented at Mullahera village on experimental basis.

Under the new method, the work of maintaining cleanliness in a particular area will be allotted to a contractor, who will be solely responsible for sanitation in that area. The attendance of all the employees of the contractor would be marked on a biometric machine.

Every employee engaged for sanitation will have to register his/her presence by fingerprint. The contractor will be asked to provide fingerprints of all employees engaged by him.

The biometric attendance will be sent to the MCG office daily and the contractor will be paid half of the total contract amount on the basis of attendance of his employees, while the other half will be paid for cleanliness.

This was stated by the local municipal commissioner, Rajesh Khullar, during a weekly meeting of the corporation officials at the village today. He said a new trend of organising the weekly official meetings in the villages falling in the corporation area had been started so that problems of the local residents were heard and redressed on the spot.

The municipal commissioner said any resident could lodge a complaint about insanitation in his/her locality by uploading a corroborating photograph on the MCG website and assured that the contractor would be immediately told to get the garbage lifted from that place.

He maintained that if the contractor did not pay heed to the message and the garbage was not lifted, he would have to pay penalty for every hour of delay.

Khullar said the system of collecting garbage door-to-door would also be implemented in Mullahera village.

Earlier, Badshahpur MLA Rao Dharampal laid the foundation of a sewerage line and a tube-well in Mullahera village. The municipal commissioner and the MLA also heard grievances of the villagers. 

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Work on Gt Noida Metro begins in April
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, December 2
Consultants on the project for taking Metro rail to Greater Noida have been appointed. The authority has recommended adoption of Public Private Partnership model to extend Metro to Greater Noida. A meeting is being held on December 8 in the authority office here to select an agency to undertake the project, it is learnt.

The selected agency will be given some land and a percentage of the fare collection of the Metro operations for a specified period.

A final survey would be completed by January 2011 and by March next, tenders will be floated so that work on the project could be started by April 2011.

In a meeting held in the authority office, it was decided by CEO Rama Raman and other officers to adopt the Gurgaon model for Greater Noida Metro extension.

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Airport steps up fight against fog
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 2
The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has implemented several measures to minimise inconvenience to passengers and ensure continuity of flights during low-visibility conditions at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) this winter.

The IGIA has augmented its 24x7 call centre (0124-3376000) which will provide the latest update of flights. Besides, an advanced Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system will provide live flight information. Leaflets containing "do's and don'ts" for passengers during fog and the airline's numbers will also be circulated.

Terminal 3 (T3) and Terminal 1D (T1D) have been equipped to tackle fog and ensure seamless and comfortable travel to passengers.

It is for the first time that 'sleeping pods' have been introduced in an Indian airport. The state-of-the-art sleeping pods have been put in international piers of the airport. They are equipped with a bed, table for laptop, Wi-Fi facility, electric plugs, flat screen TVand DVD player. A special play area for kids has also been commissioned in both the terminals.

Customer service staff have been deployed at the terminals. Centrally-controlled heating facility will ensure that passengers inside the terminals are comfortable. Apart from the existing 12,000 seats at T3 and over 2,200 at T1D, additional seating arrangements will be made, if required. To cater to a large number of passengers stranded due to delay in flights, adequate food and beverage arrangements have also been made. Sufficient numbers of baggage trolleys have been provided.

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DK rape case
Massive efforts by police nail criminals 
Sandeep Yadav
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 2
The south district police carried on an intensive investigation in the Dhaula Kuan gangrape case with more than 15 dedicated police teams being involved, reconstructing the incident and the route taken by the criminals, analyzing the records of over 70 local suspects along with recently released about 105 criminals from the Tihar and NCR jails, besides checking over 6,000 tempos and antecedents of over 400 cab drivers employed with the BPO company of the victim.

According to HGS Dhaliwal, DCP (South), leading the investigation, the entire route taken by the victim from Convergys to Mochi Gaon to Mangol Puri was thoroughly reconstructed.

"It was a blind case with no clue to bank upon--no registration number of the vehicle or its make. A team was specially deployed to check cameras, if any, installed on the route taken by the criminals. The place where the cab driver dropped the victim was also visited and thoroughly checked. During the course of investigation, various lines of investigation were painstakingly pursued and our hard work paid in the end," said Dhaliwal.

During this process, 400 vehicles and their drivers/ conductors and officers concerned of the BPO company were examined and verified. The entire route was also checked for obtaining any clue, including the CCTV cameras. Since the abduction had taken place at Mochi Gaon on Ring Road, two teams were tasked to develop information and verify all the workers missing, suppliers and tent walas. About 338 workers/vendors were examined and verified.

Three groups whose activities were found suspected were thoroughly questioned.

Since the victim had been dropped in the interior of Mangolpuri area, the investigation was focused on the local criminals who had been involved in such types of incidents and the persons who were using tempo-type vehicles particularly at night.

"Seventy-two dossiers of suspected criminals were scrutinized and around 3,245 tempos of similar description given by the victim were checked in the outer Delhi area and adjoining areas of Haryana. Around 110 industrial units/tent shops lying around the area where the victim was dropped were thoroughly checked to find out any clue," said Dhaliwal, adding that the search for the similar case of gangrapes was made from Delhi and the entire NCR regions and 105 cases of gangrapes were thoroughly analyzed and the location of the offenders was also checked.

Criminals released on bail and having involvement in similar nature of crime were interrogated.

"All the border checkposts, big mandis, markets in which the movement of such type of vehicles was noticed, were checked. During the process, more than 6,000 such vehicles were scanned and the location of their users was also verified," Dhaliwal revealed. 

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Case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time
It was not premeditated

The youths arrested for the Dhaula Kuan gangrape were not out on a prowl to commit rape, but as per the police, were moving in a Mahindra pick-up vehicle to commit burglary and cow-lifting.

According to H.G.S. Dhaliwal, DCP (South), it was not a premeditated crime, but was decided on the spur of the moment when the accused saw the two women on a lonely road.

"The accused had consumed liquor and while driving on Ring Road noticed a Tavera car with girls sitting on the rear seat. They started trailing the car and saw that two girls were dropped at Dhaula Kuan. Seeing the girls walking alone, three accused sitting on the front seat of the vehicle intercepted them and picked up the victim at gunpoint," said Dhaliwal, adding that it was Kamru, alias Mobile, who abducted the girl.

Being aware of the internal roads of the city, the accused reached the Mangolpuri area and after parking the vehicle in an isolated place, took the victim to the rear side of the vehicle and committed sexual assault.

After committing the crime, they gave some money to the victim so that she could take some conveyance back home and drove to Mewat. 

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Two caught, two still at large 
Truck used in crime seized

In what would come as a big relief for the Delhi police, especially its new commissioner of police, Brijesh Gupta, the south district police managed to crack the Dhaula Kuan gangrape of a 30-year-old BPO employee who was abducted and raped by five men in a moving pick-up truck in the wee hours of November 24.

Addressing the media at police headquarters this evening, Gupta revealed that two persons have been arrested in the case while two are still at large. The fifth accused had surrendered himself in a different cow slaughter case after the incident and is presently lodged in jail while the Mahindra pick-up truck used in the commission of crime has been recovered. According to information, two of the five accused have past record of rape.

The accused have been identified as Usman, alias Kale (25), and Shamshad, alias Khutkan, residents of Nuh and Faridabad respectively.

"All the five persons involved in the case have been identified. While we have arrested Usman and Shamshad, the two accused Kamru, alias Mobile, and Iqbal, alias Baddi Billi, are absconding. The fifth accused identified as Shahid, alias Chhota Billi, was driving the vehicle at the time of incident and when the police started hot pursuit of criminals in the Mewat area, he surrendered in the Faridabad court in an earlier case," said Gupta, adding that the formalities to seek Shahid's custody have been initiated by the Delhi police.

The officer revealed that it took a police force of over 310 men led by HGS Dhaliwal, DCP (South) to nab the culprits from the Dhauj village and Taini of the Mewat area.

A BPO employee working with Convergys in Gurgaon was on her way home along with her colleague when she was picked up by the accused at gunpoint near Mochi village in south Delhi. According to the police, the BPO cab dropped the two girls on Ring Road near Sharma Automobiles Service Centre around 1.30 am and as soon as they started walking towards their home, the vehicle of the accused followed and intercepted them in front of the alley leading to their house.

While her friend managed to escape, the victim was abducted by the criminals and raped in the moving truck before she was dumped in Mangolpuri around 2.10 am.

Talking about the past criminal records of the accused, Gupta revealed that two of the accused, Usman and Kamru were earlier involved in gangrape cases.

"Usman was arrested in 2006-07 by the police of Sector 55, Faridabad, in a gangrape case along with his maternal uncles and brother. Similarly, Kamru too was arrested in a gangrape case along with his cousin Salaudin and another associate in Faridabad," revealed Gupta, adding that the other accused have past history of criminal records with their main crime being stealing cattle.

"They used to roam with pick-up trucks to steal cattle whenever they got the opportunity. On the night of incident, they had come with the same intentions," Gupta said.

All the five accused are of the same age group and while four are residents of Dhauj village, Usman is resident of Mirpur village under Nuh police station.

According to HGS Dhaliwal, DCP (South), the accused have confessed to the crime and the police is on hot pursuit of the two absconders. 

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Victimís cooperation helped
Sandeep Yadav
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 2
Had it not been the victim's recalling the peculiar traits and make of the vehicle used in crime, the police could still have been groping in the dark. However, according to investigators, continual interaction with the victim helped the police most. It was based on the description provided by the victim that led police to the accused.

The victim told the police that the rear side of the vehicle was decorated with a flower-type painting while a Hindi word written in English starting with 'M' having 5 to 7 letters was written in a slanting manner on the glass window. After making various permutations and combinations, the most probable word came out to be "MUSKAN".

The victim further revealed that she had been given 15 currency notes of 10 denomination folded vertically wrapped around with a rubber band. According to HGS Dhaliwal, DCP (south), currency is usually kept folded this way by Mewati criminals to pay at the toll tox.

"As a result, the focus of investigation shifted towards the Mewat area and various team verified the role of various gangs and movements to find out that the two gangs were active in south Delhi that night. Meanwhile, it was found that the two members of one of these gangs surrendered in Faridabad court a day after the incident in an old case, raising the suspicion and focus shifting to this gang," said Dhaliwal.

According to another police official close to investigation, the victim also told the police that the accused were circumcised and not wearing under garments, which, according to him, is a common habit among the Muslims of Mewat region.

As a result of this, the police activated various sources in the Mewat area and yesterday evening received specific information that members of the gang who might be involved in this incident are hiding in one or two villages in the Dhauj/Taini area of Mewat. Immediately, various police teams consisting of more than 300 police personnel of South District led by DCP/South District raided the suspected hideouts of the criminals in Dhauj and Tikri Kalan villages and arrested Usman and Shamshad from their hideout in the wee hours of today.

At their instance, the vehicle used in the commission of crime, which had been hidden by the criminals in Taini Village of Mewat, was also recovered. 

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Cops to trail BPO cabs

The Delhi police will now trail BPO vehicles to ensure that drivers drop staffers on their doorsteps.

Making the announcement today, police commissioner Brijesh Gupta said that for the past few days, our PCR vans were already doing so and it would be made compulsory soon. "The Delhi police will trail vehicles responsible for transporting call centre employees. Any driver found cutting short routes and not dropping an employee to the pre-decided destination will be punished," he said, adding that some legal provisions would be used to make it a criminal offence.

According to police data, around 2,000 vehicles ferry BPO employees around various destinations in the NCR between 1 am and 5 am daily.

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MLAsí development fund up to Rs 25L
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 2
In a major decision, Delhi MLAs will get Rs 25 lakh each instead of Rs 10 lakh yearly from the next fiscal for development works in their constituency through the District Development Committees (DDCs).

This was decided today at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. The Delhi Assembly has the strength of 70.

The Chief Minister also directed a series of steps to strengthen functioning of the almost-defunct DDCs which were set up to accelerate the pace of development at grass-root level in the city.

Dikshit said that the DDCs constituted in 1999 should meet regularly and an effective review mechanism should be formulated.

She also stated that the DDCs must work to overcome delay in execution of plans and work in order to coordinate developmental activities at the district level.

A senior official said, "It was decided to convene monthly meeting on regular basis on every last Saturday of the month for which agenda papers will be circulated at the beginning of the month."

He added, "It was also decided that a quarterly review meeting by the heads of department and other top officers will be convened to evaluate benefits acquiring from the decisions of the DDCs."

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Speaker justifies BJP MLAsí expulsion 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 2
Delhi Assembly Speaker Yoganand Shastri today justified the expulsion of the BJP MLAs during the winter session by saying that it was necessary to ensure smooth functioning of the House.

"The Opposition was adamant to disrupt the proceedings of the House. I was left with no choice as I had to ensure that the business of the House was conducted smoothly," said Shastri.

Shastri said he was prepared to face the Opposition's reaction, including no confidence motion, in the next session.

The Speaker also justified the rejection of the Opposition's demand for a House committee enquiry into the alleged corruptions in the Commonwealth Games.

"The Central Government has already ordered three enquiries into the Commonwealth Games allegations. A House committee enquiry of Delhi Assembly would have belittled the probe by the Central agencies," said Shastri.

Speaking to reporters in a post-session media interaction, Shastri termed the just-concluded six-day winter session a success as well as a failure.

"It was a success as the business of the House was conducted despite disruptions. However, it was a failure as the Opposition did not take part in the proceedings," he said.

He also stated that the "bhajan-kirtan" that the BJP resorted to in the end was a first in the history of the Delhi Assembly.

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School admission to get simpler
Soon: Schools to provide info on Internet
Charu Singh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 2
Parents of schoolchildren of the Capital will soon be in a position to get information on schools at their fingertips, literally. All they would need to do is hook up to the Internet, as the schools will soon go online.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in a recent circular has ordered all affiliated schools to start their website, listing details about the school, academics, extra-curricular activities, teachers, student strength and contact details of the administrators.

"The board has sent out letters to all affiliated schools, informing them that they have to set up a website containing detail information about them. Schools are expected to have the website up and running within six months and also put on display annual reports about its functioning," a CBSE official said.

The official added, "This is being done to make school education more transparent. The idea is that the basic information on schools should be available to the interested parents so that they don't remain in the dark and there is no confusion regarding admission."

The CBSE has also asked the schools to specify the time by which they would comply with the board bylaws, many of which have not been met by some schools till date.

Many of these bylaws are related to the governance structure, land area as well as other physical infrastructure and facilities, salaries of employees, teacher to student ratio and policies of admission and fee.

The idea is the brainchild of human resource development minister Kapil Sibal and targets at creating greater transparency in the schools.

An order dated August 5, 2010 also stipulates that all CBSE schools are required to place the status of implementation of the CBSE norms on their websites. Additionally, several technical colleges, including engineering and medical institutes, have also been asked to create websites, if they do not have one, and put all relevant details about the institute on it.

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Digital tech-based education for slum children

New Delhi, December 2
They come from the most financially backward sections of society, but children from a city slum are now empowering themselves with education -- not just through textbooks but also via digital technology.

For about 500 poor students of Ramditti School, run by an NGO and located near slum cluster Jagdamba camp, close to the posh Panchsheel Enclave, technology is a welcome change.

In addition to blackboards and textbooks, the students now learn through 'smart classes' introduced recently.

"Even many of our European partners and expats did not believe this was happening. Smart classes for slum children... this was something no one had thought about," said Sudha Parthasarathy of Deepalaya, the NGO which runs the school.

'Smart boards' with pointers and textbooks converted into CDs help teach the children through animations both in English and Hindi besides digital pictures.

The 'Smart Class' empowers teachers to use technology right inside the classrooms. It enables a multi-sensory learning experience for the students and aims to transform present-day classrooms into 'technology-enabled classrooms'. It is a teacher-led and curriculum-based technology-driven innovative educational programme, Parthasarathy said.

"The curriculum has been converted into fun CDs which enable the children learn faster," she said.PTI

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Six held for Rs 1-crore robbery in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad, December 2
Six persons have been arrested for allegedly being involved in the October 31 heist at Muthoot Finance company's branch in Ghaziabad.

A total of 1.5-kg gold ornaments worth Rs 30 lakh, 500 grams silver ornaments, Rs 6.10 lakh, pistols and a Santro car have been seized from them, the police said today.

Cash and gold amounting to Rs 1 crore were allegedly looted in the dacoity that took place in the Shalimar Garden area of Sahibabad, the Capital's suburb in Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Raghuvir Lal said that five police teams had been set up to solve the case, but it was a team of Sahibabad police which arrested the six on Wednesday midnight near the Tila Mor area.

According to the police, the robbers have confessed to their crime. They said that after committing robbery, they allegedly fled towards Loni and distributed the booty among themselves on way. They also bought a Santro car (UP 16 9980) with the looted cash.

The gang comprised Sonu Tyagi (gang leader), whose father runs a shop outside the Khekra police station; Kuldeep Dhama, a marine engineer; Nizam, a scrap dealer who has a lengthy criminal record, especially in burglaries; Seetu, son of a Delhi Development Agency (DDA) employee; and Yogendra, son of a cloth merchant in Khekra, Lal said.

Three armed dacoits had allegedly looted cash, mobile phones and jewellery worth over a crore from Muthoot Finance Ltd. The three had allegedly barged into the office at B-13 Astha Apartments and overpowered the armed security guard. While one of the robbers stood guard, the others allegedly damaged the two CCTV cameras before taking the keys of the safety lockers from the accountant at gunpoint. They allegedly took away the gold and Rs 6 lakh from the cashier in the episode that lasted over 30 minutes. -- IANS

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