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

Temp rises as clouds envelop Delhi 
New Delhi, December 30
Delhi, which began Thursday on a cold and dank note, saw the temperature rise during the day despite the absence of the sun as cold winds too remained absent from the Capital. 

DTC reduces loss, first time ever 
Earns an average of Rs 71-cr revenue per month in 2010. Covers 66% loss
New Delhi, December 30
With its new fleet of attractive low-floor buses, including the air-conditioned ones, the Delhi Transport Corporation has started reducing its losses for the first time in its history.

Poor mobile connectivity at MCD HQ, allege staff
New Delhi, December 30
The tallest building of the national Capital and the new headquarters of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is technically deficient when it comes to mobile phone connectivity. 


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Balloon sellers on Delhi roads are trying to make the most of the party season.
Balloon sellers on Delhi roads are trying to make the most of the party season.
Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Tourists visit Rajpath on a foggy Thursday morning in New Delhi.
Tourists visit Rajpath on a foggy Thursday morning in New Delhi. 
Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Demolish 35 unsafe school buildings, MCD told
New Delhi, December 30
The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has issued a notice to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), asking for the immediate demolition of 35 school buildings that it has declared dangerous.

MCD razes 32 properties in Shahdara
New Delhi, December 30
Continuing its drive against unauthorised constructions and encroachment, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today demolished 32 properties in Shahdara south zone.

Ramya Pandey: Basking in the success of debut book
Ghaziabad, December 30
A young woman from Ghaziabad, Ramya Mishra Pandey, has entered the literary world with her first novel, 'We'll Be Around Honey'.

Talwars’ house block turns into a fortress 
New Delhi, December 30
A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) asked a Ghaziabad special court to close the murder case of Aarushi Talwar, the Talwars' residence in south Delhi was literally turned into a fortress, where entry of outsiders was prohibited.

Netizens demand justice for Aarushi
New Delhi, December 30
Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter were flooded with livid reactions Thursday, a day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sought to close the Aarushi Talwar murder case due to "lack of evidence".

Exclusive courts for kids who are victims of crime 
Delhi 1st state to have such courts
New Delhi, December 30
In an effort to reach out to the young victims of crime who suffer immeasurably because of long judicial processes, Delhi will soon have 11 courts exclusively for children.

Risotto and pizza— how to say no to hangover
New Delhi, December 30
It's that time of the year again - partying hard and drinking harder becomes the norm and the first morning of the year is inevitably welcomed by overwhelming nausea and a piercing headache. Here's a rundown on how to beat the hangover this New Year.

Don’t drive drunk, take a cab, NGOs tell revellers
New Delhi, December 30
It is that time of the year again when people in Delhi are in high spirits and set to party into the wee hours to usher in the New Year, prompting some NGOs to educate revellers about responsible drinking and merrymaking.

Beware! Drunken driving can land you in jail
New Delhi, December 30
Fed up of the nuisance of drunken driving, the Delhi police this New Year's Eve has decided to put the defaulters behind the bars.

18 Delhi kids go missing everyday, finds NGO
Parents of missing children at a press conference at the Press Club in New Delhi  2,162 disappeared till Sept this year
New Delhi, December 30
Sabra, a migrant labourer from Jehangirpuri, is running from pillar to post with the hope of finding her 11-year-old daughter who went missing in 2008.





Parents of missing children at a press conference at the Press Club in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo

Sex racket busted; 1 pimp, 4 girls held
New Delhi, December 30
The South district police has unearthed a sex racket with the arrest of five persons, including four women.

Mother, daughter found dead
Suicide suspected 
New Delhi, December 30
A 26-year-old woman and her five-year-old daughter were found dead under mysterious circumstances at their residence in the Bindapur area of the south-west district.

People gather in the Jhilmil Industrial Area in New Delhi where a factory owner Sanjeev Jain was allegedly shot at by bike-borne robbers Man shot at for foiling robbery
New Delhi, December 30
A 30-year-old man was allegedly shot at by some men when he resisted their robbery attempt in the GTB Enclave area of east district.


People gather in the Jhilmil Industrial Area in New Delhi where a factory owner Sanjeev Jain was allegedly shot at by bike-borne robbers on Thursday. Tribune photo

Red-letter day: No fatal mishap
New Delhi, December 30
It was a red-letter day for the national Capital yesterday when no fatal accident was reported in the city.





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Temp rises as clouds envelop Delhi 

New Delhi, December 30
Delhi, which began Thursday on a cold and dank note, saw the temperature rise during the day despite the absence of the sun as cold winds too remained absent from the Capital. A dip in temperature is, however, forecast on Friday.

"The chill was lower as cold winds were not blowing. The minimum temperature was recorded much above the average," an official from India Meteorological Department said.

The minimum temperature on Thursday was recorded at 11.8 degree Celsius, five degrees above average. The maximum temperature was, however, three notches below the average at 19.2 degree Celsius.

"Because of the clouds, the heat gets trapped. Since the cold winds are not blowing, the temperature is slightly higher," the IMD official said.

The temperature is expected to be lower on Friday as IMD forecasts a foggy morning with the maximum temperature likely to be around 17 degree Celsius and the minimum to be around 9 degree Celsius. The sky will be partly cloudy and there may not be rains after the morning, the official said.

The national Capital also recorded 0.5-mm of rain from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm today.

A fog cover that became thick later in the morning affected train and flight services. — IANS

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DTC reduces loss, first time ever 
Earns an average of Rs 71-cr revenue per month in 2010. Covers 66% loss
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
With its new fleet of attractive low-floor buses, including the air-conditioned ones, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has started reducing its losses for the first time in its history.

Many prefer to travel in these buses. The number of buses and staff has also risen. The maximum number of buses that are plying on the city roads today was not made operational a few months ago due to lack of drivers and conductors.

A senior DTC official on the condition of anonymity said that the average revenue of the corporation was Rs 71 crore per month in 2010. In December, it earned Rs 73 crore revenue. These have covered the loss of 66 per cent.

He said that by the end of February 2011, the DTC's revenue would rise to Rs 80-85 crore, as it was recruiting more drivers and conductors to operate its new buses parked on various depots.

The DTC has 6,200 buses, while only 5,000 buses are being operated. The transport corporation has only 11,000 drivers and 13,000 conductors. Now, the DTC is recruiting 2,000 more drivers and conductors through the Delhi State Selection Board.

Thereafter, the remaining 1,200 buses will also come on road, which will help generating more revenue.

The official said that the state transport corporation was incurring a loss of Rs 27/ km per bus. It is estimated that by the end of March 2011, the loss will come down by Rs 17/ km per bus.

The DTC is planning to use its open land, depots and bus stops to display advertisements to reduce losses. 

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Poor mobile connectivity at MCD HQ, allege staff
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
The tallest building of the national Capital and the new headquarters of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is technically deficient when it comes to mobile phone connectivity. The building has almost zero-mobile connectivity.

Located on Vivekanand Marg, formerly known as Minto Road, the building has been constructed at Rs 650 crore.

All major departments of the MCD have been shifted to the new centre from its earlier Town Hall office in Chandni Chowk, but many officials complain that the major part of the building has poor mobile connectivity.

"There is no mobile phone connectivity after the fifth floor. It is really getting difficult to move up and down the building to make calls," said a senior MCD official. Many corporation officials say that improper internet connection is delaying their work.

Except the deliberative wing which includes top officials like the Mayor all other departments have shifted to the Civic Center.

"At times, we send our staff to Town Hall (the previous headquarters) for collecting papers and important documents," an official said.

"We have received complaints from many corporation staff. We are looking for solutions. We are trying to install a mobile tower on top of the Civic Center. Our engineering department is taking some measures to solve the internet problem," another official.

The Civic Center is the tallest building in Delhi. It is 112-metre high, compared to the 72.5-metre high Qutab Minar.

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Demolish 35 unsafe school buildings, MCD told
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has issued a notice to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), asking for the immediate demolition of 35 school buildings that it has declared dangerous.

The DCPCR has also asked the MCD to submit a list of 'dangerous' schools or those whose buildings are in an extremely bad state.

The commission has asked for an immediate action from the authorities concerned. The DCPCR views this as violation to the Section 9 of the RTE Act which earmarks the responsibility of the MCD to provide infrastructure, including building material. Besides, the DCPCR takes this state of affairs to be an apparent threat to the lives of children studying in schools which are in a dangerous state.

The DCPCR notice underlines that the commission had received information that these buildings were in a dangerous state some two years ago and, subsequently, several requests were made to the MCD. However, the engineering department of the MCD did not take any action.

The DCPCR has taken a serious view of this state and has asked the MCD to submit a list of schools that are in a dangerous state. It has also asked the corporation to submit a detailed report on these schools and their requirements.

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MCD razes 32 properties in Shahdara
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
Continuing its drive against unauthorised constructions and encroachment, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today demolished 32 properties in Shahdara south zone.

The building department of Shahdara south zone took demolition action against 32 properties and sealed 4 properties where unauthorised constructions were being carried out in the past two days. The action was taken against the properties with the help of the police.

The action was taken in the areas of Krishna Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Pandav Nagar, Madhu Vihar, Mandawali and Madhuban by the licensing department of Shahdara south zone.

The four properties were sealed in the areas of Laxmi Nagar and Krishna Nagar.

Waking up to the threat posed by the unregulated growth of unauthorised constructions, the civic body has taken action against over 200 properties in Shahdara south zone alone.

After the Lalita Park incident, the MCD had faced flak over the unchecked growth of illegal buildings in the city. 

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Ramya Pandey: Basking in the success of debut book
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, December 30
A young woman from Ghaziabad, Ramya Mishra Pandey, has entered the literary world with her first novel, 'We'll Be Around Honey'.

The book explores the lives of four friends-- Riya, Niharika, Fiza and Shivani. It takes one through the journey of their life from childhood to youth.

In the first stage, the teenage years of the characters are discussed, with the story revolving around their school life. The second stage talks about their youth and the problems faced by them during their growing-up years. The final stage talks about the different trials and tests that life puts them through while they mature in the process. It is their support for each other that help them deal with those situations bravely and in the process, learn new meanings of relationships.

Pandey is a graduate of Harmann College, Bareilly, and has done MBA from Apeejay Management Institute. She is the daughter of a professor couple while her husband is a software engineer. Working for a communication company, Ramya says writing is her passion. With her debut novel already gone for second print, Pandey is now writing her second novel, again on human relationships.

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Talwars’ house block turns into a fortress 

New Delhi, December 30
A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) asked a Ghaziabad special court to close the murder case of Aarushi Talwar, the Talwars' residence in south Delhi was literally turned into a fortress, where entry of outsiders was prohibited.

Aarushi, daughter of dentist parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, was found murdered under mysterious circumstances at her parents' Jalvayu Vihar apartment in Delhi's suburban Noida on May 16, 2008. The family's domestic help, Hemraj, whom Noida police initially suspected for the murder, was also found killed on the flat's terrace a day later.

After the murder, Aarushi's parents shifted from their Noida residence to Azad Apartments in Hauz Khas.

Since Wednesday evening, when the news about the case broke out, the multi-storeyed complex was being swamped with mediapersons, and OB vans were blocking the narrow lane.

"We are not allowing any outsiders, and especially, journalists to enter the complex since yesterday (Wednesday). Many come to the apartment premises and they never leave," the security guard at the apartments block told IANS.

Since people from all quarters were flocking the apartments, many residents were complaining about the unwanted attention and they being denied their evening walks.

"We have no problem of Talwars staying here, but the unwanted attention the apartment is getting is not good. We are not even able to take a walk as many ask for information which we are not aware of," a resident of the building said.

Another resident said: "With the police officials and media people making a beeline to their apartment, our reputation is at stake as it is noted for all the wrong reasons, which is bothering us."- IANS

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Netizens demand justice for Aarushi

New Delhi, December 30
Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter were flooded with livid reactions Thursday, a day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sought to close the Aarushi Talwar murder case due to "lack of evidence".

"I am furious to know that the evidence has been tampered with and that CBI has closed the case. What kind of impression does the legal system of our country portray to the rest of the world? This is absolutely outrageous!!" US-based Kritika Bharadwaj posted on Facebook.

Aarushi, the daughter of dentist parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, was found murdered in mysterious circumstances in their Jalvayu Vihar apartment in Noida May 16, 2008. The family's domestic help, Hemraj, whom Noida police initially suspected for the murder, was also found dead on the flat's terrace a day later.

Rajesh Talwar was arrested and jailed for 50 days, but was later let off because of lack of evidence. CBI later arrested his medical assistant Krishna and two other domestic helps in the neighbourhood Raj Kumar and Vijay Mandal.

All of them were freed after a period of detention while the CBI continued to hunt for material evidence in the case that caused a sensation in Delhi and became the talking point across the country.

"The CBI should get hold of all UP/Ghaziabad police officials who were responsible for destroying all the evidence that was available earlier... another failure of our sick system !!!" Facebook-user Inder Raj Singh said.

Amit Malik tweeted from Gurgaon: "Aarushi case closed... No one can find out what happened?? How shameful can it get???

"Can't imagine the suffering of Aarushi's parents who must be missing their beloved innocent bubbly daughter. Her murderers are getting away because of an indifferent CBI," said Pune's Sandeep Vora.

A furious Ankur Srivastava posted on Facebook: "This is very shameful for our legal system. We all are hurt... and this system has to be changed."

While a majority of the messages and posts were dedicated to Aarushi, some focused on Hemraj too.

"Why is everyone here forgetting Hamraj? We want justice for both!!" Sayan Acharya posted on Facebook.

"This reflects the influence of media… They are running the campaign 'No One Killed Aarushi' and what about Hemraj... CBI is shutting the case because some powerful/rich people are behind the gruesome crime..." a Facebook post by Sachin Manchanda said. - IANS

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Exclusive courts for kids who are victims of crime 
Delhi 1st state to have such courts
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
In an effort to reach out to the young victims of crime who suffer immeasurably because of long judicial processes, Delhi will soon have 11 courts exclusively for children.

The initiative by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) is aimed at helping those kids who are victims of crime, but whose rights are often denied.

The process of collection of data on cases related to children has already begun. Amod Kanth, chairperson of the DCPCR, said there are four categories of children who come under the purview of law-- when a child commits a crime, when a child is in need of protection, when a child is a victim of exploitation and when a child is a victim of crime. "While the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act takes care of the first three cases, the rights of the children falling in the fourth category are often denied. The children's courts will deal with the cases where a child is a victim, expedite them and ensure that the right of the child is not denied," he said.

To deal with such cases, Kanth, who also runs Prayas, an NGO for underprivileged kids, said the commission approached the Delhi High Court early this year and elicited a positive response.

"Since there is a provision under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act 2005 to set up children's courts in all districts, we took up the matter with the Delhi High Court which responded positively by designating such courts. Each of the court will be under the most senior additional sessions judge," he said.

Delhi will become the first state to have special courts for children. 

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Risotto and pizza— how to say no to hangover

New Delhi, December 30
It's that time of the year again - partying hard and drinking harder becomes the norm and the first morning of the year is inevitably welcomed by overwhelming nausea and a piercing headache. Here's a rundown on how to beat the hangover this New Year.

"Alcohol often becomes the spoilsport for most of the parties. But there are ways to get rid of the hangover and prevent one from being too inebriated," Jyoti Arora from the nutrition and dietetics team of the Artemis Health Institute in Gurgaon told IANS.

"Alcohol causes dehydration, so it's advised to consume fluids in the form of water, juice or shakes before stepping out to party," he added.

Experts warn people not to consume alcohol on an empty stomach.

"Before drinking, make sure you eat snacks which are high in fats like pizza, cream roll and cheese sandwich, as it will slow down the absorption of alcohol," Arora explained.

While doctors pitch in with avoid-hangover regimes, youngsters seem most unconcerned this party season.

"Alcohol is not just about New Year parties, it goes for other celebrations also. And to be honest, nobody really cares so much after getting high and drunk," said Sahil Minocha, a 21-year-old college-goer in Delhi.

"It depends from person to person on how concerned one is about a post-alcohol hangover. But to hear that precautions exist is good for safety," he added.

Experts also tell you how to avoid the post-party hangovers that people often ignore.

"A high carbohydrate breakfast works better after alcohol consumption. Coffee is a strict no-no as caffeine works as a dehydrating agent, just like alcohol," said Namita Grover, a dietician from a government hospital.

"The most effective remedy for alcohol hangover is to rest and drink lukewarm water with a spoonful of honey," she said.

Interestingly, hotels also have on their platter unique 'hangover-recovery' dishes.

"We have hangover-recovery recipes such as 'mushroom trio and asparagus risotto' that is helpful in recovering from a hangover. The cheese content in the dish lines the stomach and reduces the effect of alcohol immediately," Metropolitan Hotel's chef Tarun Kapoor told IANS.

"Dishes which are high in protein also help the body to recover fast from the damage done by alcohol," he added.

But the older generation maintains its idea of celebrating and saying goodbye to the old year.

"Booze parties and blaring music have replaced our snacks and groundnuts meant for the New Year parties. But we still advise our children to take care of their alcohol content as it might be harmful," said 54-year-old Sarla Vijay of Vasant Kunj.- IANS

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Don’t drive drunk, take a cab, NGOs tell revellers

New Delhi, December 30
It is that time of the year again when people in Delhi are in high spirits and set to party into the wee hours to usher in the New Year, prompting some NGOs to educate revellers about responsible drinking and merrymaking.

While some NGOs are tying up with various pubs and bars to provide cabs to party animals, others are educating people through internet and providing them an insight into how drunk driving can be dangerous.

"We have launched a week-long drive against drunk driving in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore to educate people to assign a designated driver whenever they are out partying. The drive will continue till Dec 31," Prince Singhal, founder president of Community Against Drunken Driving (CADD) told IANS.

The NGO has tied up with around 100 taxi operators in each city and is providing cabs to the merrymakers who do not wish to drive back home.

An SMS and e-mail campaign to educate people has also been launched by the NGO. "We are receiving a fantastic response and people are showing a lot of interest. In Delhi, around 350 people have booked their cab, the figure is 750 in Mumbai and 56 in Pune. Local police authorities are also assisting us in this campaign," Singhal added.

Pubs and bars have also put up posters educating people about the hazards of drunk driving.

"A one-minute film titled 'Alcohol - the wrong fuel for driving' will also be screened at regular intervals at these venues," said Singhal.

The internet world is also being used as a medium to spread the message of responsible drinking.

A website named "Talking Alcohol" which discusses topics ranging from alcohol responsibility to how it affects the human body.

Meanwhile, Delhi traffic police have braced themselves up for New Year's eve and decided to deal strictly with those driving under the influence of alcohol.— IANS

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Beware! Drunken driving can land you in jail
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
Fed up of the nuisance of drunken driving, the Delhi police this New Year's Eve has decided to put the defaulters behind the bars.

Declaring zero tolerance towards drunken driving and resultant mishaps, the Delhi police has advised motorists to arrange for a driver in case they plan to consume alcohol.

"Motorists should not drive after drinking. Several traffic police teams will be stationed at various points in the city to check drunken driving on the New Year's Eve. If caught for drunken driving, apart from punishments like fine up to Rs 2,000 and suspension of driving license, the defaulter can also face jail term," said Satyender Garg, joint commissioner (traffic) while speaking to the media today evening. According to the officer, this year, more than 723 cases of drunken driving have resulted in imprisonment.

Apart from avoiding drunken driving, Garg also requested motorists to follow speed limits and other traffic rules during the celebrations.

"All motorists are advised to drive within the speed limit applicable on road stretches and stay away from racing or competition. Two-wheeler riders are advised to wear helmets and avoid triple-riding," said Garg.

The Delhi traffic police has made elaborate arrangements for smooth flow and regulation of traffic on the eve of the New Year.

It has made special arrangements for Connaught Place and the area in the vicinity.

Following restrictions will be imposed on December 31 from 7 pm till the conclusion of the New Year celebrations. The restrictions will be applicable to all private and public transport vehicles.

No vehicle shall be allowed to proceed towards Connaught Place beyond (i) R/A Mandi House (ii) R/A Bengali Market (iii) North foot of Ranjit Singh Flyover (iv) Minto Road - Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg crossing (v) Chelmsford Road near Munje Chowk (New Delhi Rly. Station) (vi) R.K. Ashram Marg-Chitragupta Marg Crossing (vii) R/A Gole Market (viii) R/A G.P.O., New Delhi (viii) Patel Chowk (ix) Kasturba Gandhi Road - Ferozshah Road Crossing (x) Jai Singh Road-Bangla Sahib Lane.

No vehicular traffic will be allowed in inner, middle or outer circles of Connaught Place.

SUGGESTED ROUTES

For north-south movement- Motorists are advised to use Mathura Road- Ring Road- Bahadurshah Zafar Marg. Mother Teresa Crescent Road - Rani Jhansi Marg will also be available for north-south movement.

For east - west movement: Motorists are advised to use 'C' Hexagon- Akbar Road- Mother Teresa Crescent- Park Street for onward journey or alternatively Mathura Road or Ring Road or B.S.Z. Marg to reach Delhi Gate and take Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, D.B.G. Road for onward journey.

New Delhi Railway Station: To reach New Delhi Railway Station people should use the Ajmeri Gate side entry. They can reach station via Paharganj - Shiela Cinema or through Ajmeri Gate - J.L.N. Marg side via B.S.Z. Marg - Delhi Gate - J.L.N. Marg.

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18 Delhi kids go missing everyday, finds NGO
 2,162 disappeared till Sept this year
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
Sabra, a migrant labourer from Jehangirpuri, is running from pillar to post with the hope of finding her 11-year-old daughter who went missing in 2008.

There are hundreds of other labourers to tell similar sobbing stories of missing children.

As per the data collected by Alliance for People’s Right, a non-government organisation, around 18 children go missing in the national Capital everyday. Most of them come from poor families.

What adds to the woes of the victim families is the attitude of the Delhi police, who instead of listening to their grievances, fleece them and misbehave with them.

Before the Commonwealth Games, thousands of labourers were brought to the city for constructing infrastructure. Most of them have stayed back in Delhi and live in slums or unauthorised colonies.

According to the replies given in response to an RTI application filed by the NGO, out of all the district police stations, outer Delhi has the highest figure of missing children followed by the north-west district. However, only seven police stations have bothered to reply to the RTI query.

The organisation disclosed that 2,161 children went missing from the seven districts during this year between January 1 and September 30. Of the total missing children, 549 are from the outer district and 465 from north-west Delhi.

“We filed RTI application in all the districts, but the police only assisted us in seven districts. Most of the children kidnapped are forced into begging and prostitution,” said Reena Banerjee, member of the NGO.

The parents of the missing children have complained about the non-cooperative behaviour of the Delhi police. According to them, policemen harass them and ask them to pay bribe.

“I gave Rs 500 to a police official when I first went to the police to complain about my missing daughter. A few days later, he again asked for Rs 2,500. But, now, after taking all the money, he has disappeared,” said Sabra. 

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Sex racket busted; 1 pimp, 4 girls held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
The South district police has unearthed a sex racket with the arrest of five persons, including four women.

The alleged pimp, Sunil Dubey (29), and the four women, aged between 19 and 29 years, were arrested from Panchsheel Vihar yesterday night. The raid was carried out after sending two police personnel as decoy customers. The deal was struck with Dubey over phone.

"Dubey told the decoy customer that he would charge Rs 5,000 per girl and claimed to have four sex workers at his residence in Panchsheel Vihar," a senior police official said.

"Dubey had circulated his mobile number to all his customers and their acquaintances, offering to provide sex workers during Christmas and New Year celebrations. Earlier, he used to operate from Ghaziabad, but last month, he shifted to Pancheel Vihar," the official said.

Dubey has studied up to class IX at his native place-- Khemela village, Kanpur. He came to Ghaziabad and learnt that one could make easy money by working as a pimp. He initially worked with a notorious pimp, Ramesh of Ghaziabad. 

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Mother, daughter found dead
Suicide suspected 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
A 26-year-old woman and her five-year-old daughter were found dead under mysterious circumstances at their residence in the Bindapur area of the south-west district.

The deceased have been identified as Meenu and her daughter Yukta, the police said.

The incident came to light last night.

According to the police, Meenu and Yukta were discovered dead at their residence at lane number 4, second floor, plot number 1, Matial Nagar, Bindapur.

"The bodies were found in two separate rooms. A rope was tied around Meenu's neck," a senior police officer said, adding that the bodies had been sent to the Deen Dayal Hospital for autopsy.

The reason behind the deaths has not been ascertained so far. Apparently, Meenu first strangled Yukta and then hung herself from the ceiling fan of her room. However, the police said it was investigating all possible angles.

"No suicide note was found in the house. It seems Meenu hanged herself after killing her daughter. But we are investigating all possibilities," the officer said.

Meenu got was married in 2002. Her husband Rahul Sharma works in a private firm in Mumbai. It is said that the couple had not been sharing cordial terms for some time.

"We did not found Meenu's mobile phone so we have put the number on surveillance," said the officer.

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Man shot at for foiling robbery
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
A 30-year-old man was allegedly shot at by some men when he resisted their robbery attempt in the GTB Enclave area of east district.

The victim Sanjeev Jain is the owner of a factory in Jhilmil Industrial Area, the police said. The incident was reported yesterday. He was returning to home from his factory when the robbers stuck him. When Jain resisted, they allegedly shot at him. Jain managed to save the money but was shot at. 

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Red-letter day: No fatal mishap

New Delhi, December 30
It was a red-letter day for the national Capital yesterday when no fatal accident was reported in the city.

"It is one of the red-letter days when the city did not record any fatal accident. This is rare as on an average, the city sees five fatal accidents," Satyendra Garg, Jt.CP (traffic), said. — TNS

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