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Sex racket busted: 3 prostitutes, 3 pimps arrested
New Delhi, January 27
The staff of the K.N. Katju Marg police station in outer Delhi has busted a sex racket and arrested three prostitutes and three pimps from a public park in Rohini, yesterday evening.The arrest followed a tip-off that activities of prostitution were being carried out through a Honda City car near District Park, Sector 16, Rohini.

Bomb scare shuts Rajiv Chowk Metro station for an hour
New Delhi, January 27
People wait to enter the station as police personnel search the area in New Delhi on Thursday. Panic gripped the public at the busy Rajiv Chowk Metro station following a bomb scare this afternoon. Tension soared as the police had received an anonymous phone to blow up the station.

People wait to enter the station as police personnel search the area in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photos: Manas Ranjan Bhui


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Snatcher dies in encounter
Accomplice flees on police bike
Noida, January 27
A snatcher died today in a shootout with the police. The shootout took place when the snatcher and his accomplice were fleeing after trying to snatch the gold chain of a woman near Sector 82 here.

2 held with 55 stolen mobiles 
New Delhi, January 27
With the arrest of two accused, the special police team of Gandhi Nagar sub-division in east Delhi has busted a gang of mobile thieves and recovered 55 stolen mobiles from them.

Chill is back, thanks to clouds, winds
New Delhi, January 27
Chill was back in the national Capital today as the mercury levels dipped considerably. The sky was cloudy and the low-velocity winds swept the city once again.

Daily editor attacked
New Delhi, January 27
A chief editor of a Hindi daily and her sister were attacked by a local criminal in the Bawana area of outer Delhi, yesterday evening.

Make son look after me, aged mother pleads with court
New Delhi, January 27
A 73-year-old woman in Delhi is battling it out in court with her son, pleading that she be looked after by him in her old age and be allowed to stay in the house where she lived with her husband.
Delhi University students protesting against corruption in their own style at Connaught Place in New Delhi on Thursday.
Delhi University students protesting against corruption in their own style at Connaught Place in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Minor sodomised, stabbed
New Delhi, January 27
The Delhi police has arrested a man accused of allegedly confining and then murdering a 15-year-old minor in West Delhi.The accused has been identified as Mohammad Arif (25).The victim, from Bihar, approached one of his former colleagues who was working in a factory, in Mayapuri area, seeking a job.

Missing kidsí parents protest
New Delhi, January 27
There has been an alarming increase in the figures of missing children in the national Capital, with five kids missing daily on an average, and child right activists today gathered outside Delhi police headquarters in protest against what they said the failure of the police to curb the crime.

2 Tihar inmates allege beating by others
New Delhi, January 27
Two Tihar Jail inmates, who had appeared before a Delhi court here, claiming that the jail superintendent along with other jail authorities pressurized them to kill the arrested CWG officials, today alleged that they were beaten by other prisoners.

Cops to hold self-defence camps for DU girls
New Delhi, January 27
Girl students at Delhi University will soon get a chance to learn to defend themselves in dire situations as the Delhi police (North Campus) is all set to organise a self defense camp for them in the first week of February.

DU can use mild radioactive sources
New Delhi, January 27
The Msc physics students at Delhi University can heave a sigh of relief as the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has finally permitted the use of low-strength radioactive substances in university labs.

2 held for cloning credit, debit cards
New Delhi, January 27
Two persons have been arrested for allegedly duping several foreigners by cloning their credit and debit cards.The accused have been identified as Dharmesh (24) and Rashid Sheikh (24), both residents of Mumbai.

MCD plans thick, long-lasting roads
To propose Rs 1,000-cr scheme
New Delhi, January 27
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi will use new technology for building strong roads in the city to ensure their longer life.The civic agency is set to propose an ambitious Rs 1,000-crore scheme to build roads across the capital which will be 10 or12 inches thick.

All FIRs on Delhi police websites from Feb 1
New Delhi, January 27
Implementing the Delhi High Court verdict of last month, starting February 1, the Delhi police would upload all new FIRs its official website -- www.delhipolice.nic.in.One can download the same from the website while an accused can get also a copy from the police station by paying Rs 25.

Khan Market shops get NDMC notices
New Delhi, January 27
Several restaurants and other commercial centres in Khan Market, one of the most upscale markets and a haunt of the rich, have been asked by the New Delhi Municipal Council to pay conversion charges or face sealing of their premises.

IT projects to be encouraged
New Delhi, January 27
CM Sheila Dikshit today instructed the department of information technology to continue its innovative projects to ensure e-enabled services in Delhi.

Schools to give scholarships
New Delhi, January 27
TheMCD has announced a competition for awarding merit scholarships to 7,000 students of class IV and V in its primary schools.Mahinder Nagpal, chairman of MCD Education Committee, today said that about 52,000 students of MCD schools will take part in the competition.

 





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Sex racket busted: 3 prostitutes, 3 pimps arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
The staff of the K.N. Katju Marg police station in outer Delhi has busted a sex racket and arrested three prostitutes and three pimps from a public park in Rohini, yesterday evening.The arrest followed a tip-off that activities of prostitution were being carried out through a Honda City car near District Park, Sector 16, Rohini.

On reaching the spot, the police found that one man and some girls were alluring men for indulging in prostitution in a Honda City car.

According to Chhaya Sharma, DCP (Outer), the police sent a decoy customer to negotiate a deal with the pimps.

"The decoy customer was given Rs 1,000 and 500 notes duly marked by the police. After striking a deal, the customer signaled the police party, which immediately apprehended three pimps-- a man and two women-- and three prostitutes. The pimps were identified as Vikas Gupta, a resident of Begampur, Teena and Kareena (name changed)," said Sharma.

Gupta disclosed that he along with Teena and Kareena used to procure girls from Mumbai on a monthly contract and paid them Rs 1 lakh each.

"Prostitute Meena (name changed) earlier worked in Mumbai. She came in contact with Gupta and came to Delhi. Meena later brought her friend Niharika (name changed) from Hoogli, West Bengal, on the same terms," revealed Sharma, adding that Gupta, Teena and Kareena used to allure businessmen, property dealers and traders in Rohini, Uttam Nagar and Vikas Puri and charged Rs 5,000 for each deal.

The pimps used to provide accommodation and liquor for prostitution at their houses and charged an additional Rs 2,000 for it.

Gupta is a school dropout and had earlier worked in a factory in Badli Industrial Area and a tent house in Paharganj. He is involved in flesh trade for the past about one year, said Sharma.

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Bomb scare shuts Rajiv Chowk Metro station for an hour
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
Panic gripped the public at the busy Rajiv Chowk Metro station following a bomb scare this afternoon. Tension soared as the police had received an anonymous phone to blow up the station.

However, it turned out to be a hoax call.The information about the call was reported by the police to the Delhi Metro's security control room at 02.51 pm and subsequently, as per the instructions of the Delhi police, the entry to the Rajiv Chowk station was blocked at 03.12 pm, said an official statement from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

"Bomb squad reached the station at 3:12 pm after which the entry to the station was not permitted. The search is on, we were told," said one of the Delhi Metro officials.

Starting then, the entry to the station was barred for almost an hour.

"The required security checks as per set procedures were carried out immediately and bomb squads rushed to the station. After carrying out the mandatory checks, the station was declared safe and the entry gates were reopened at 4.11 pm," said a DMRC spokesperson.

However, the Metro officials further said that the services at the station remained normal during this period and the exit of the passengers was facilitated as per the procedure. The passengers were allowed to use the interchange facility at the station as well. The Metro services on all the corridors functioned normally. 

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Snatcher dies in encounter
Accomplice flees on police bike
Our Correspondent

Noida, January 27
A snatcher died today in a shootout with the police. The shootout took place when the snatcher and his accomplice were fleeing after trying to snatch the gold chain of a woman near Sector 82 here.

The incident took place around 1.10 pm. The deceased criminal was around 20 years of age.

According to H.N. Singh, superintendent of police, "A woman was going to market with her children. Two bike-borne men tried to snatch her gold chain. She informed the police about it. The bike patrolling team of the police, named Leopard, chased the bikers."

"Near Gejha, the criminals fired at the police team. The policemen retaliated. One of the two criminals got injured in the shootout and the other managed to escape on a police bike. The injured criminal was rushed to the district hospital where he was declared brought dead," said Singh.

"A member of the police party, Arun Sharma, was also injured in the encounter. He has been admitted to hospital," said Singh.

"Till late evening, the dead criminal could not be identified. Meanwhile, a manhunt has been launched to trace the other criminal who fled the spot on a police bike," said Singh.

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2 held with 55 stolen mobiles 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
With the arrest of two accused, the special police team of Gandhi Nagar sub-division in east Delhi has busted a gang of mobile thieves and recovered 55 stolen mobiles from them.

According to the police, the gang sold the mobiles to dealers in Nepal and J&K.

According to I B Rani, DCP (east), the arrested accused have been identified as Mohammad Faisal and Mohammad Rizwan while three other gang members are at large.

"Both of them were arrested from near Jain Dhaba, Geeta Colony on January 21. The police was able to identify them after a CCTV camera installed at the dhaba showed them engaged in stealing mobiles," said the DCP, adding that three mobiles were recovered from them on the spot and the motorcycle used by them was found to be stolen from Seelampur.

During the interrogation, the accused revealed the names of other gang members as Shakil, Aabid and Nasir, residents of Jaffarabad and Khureji. They used to visit wine shops and wedding parties to steal phones.

"As many as 55 mobiles were recovered from the houses of both the accused. IMEI No. of these mobiles is being verified to ascertain their ownership," said Rani. 

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Chill is back, thanks to clouds, winds
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
Chill was back in the national Capital today as the mercury levels dipped considerably. The sky was cloudy and the low-velocity winds swept the city once again.

The maximum temperature today plummeted to 18.6, three degrees below the normal, and down from yesterday's 22.6 degrees. The minimum on the other hand settled at 7 degree Celsius, one degree below the normal and marginally less than yesterday's minimum of 7.2 degree Celsius.

"There was light fog in the early hours this morning followed by bright sunshine later in the day. But today, after many days the light winds were seen again adding some chill to the air," said an Indian Meteorological Department official.

The weatherman has predicted mist in the morning tomorrow along with partly cloudy sky later in the day. The minimum and the maximum temperatures are likely to oscillate between 7 and 22 degree Celsius.

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Daily editor attacked
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
A chief editor of a Hindi daily and her sister were attacked by a local criminal in the Bawana area of outer Delhi, yesterday evening.

According to information, Rekha Dabas, chief editor of Dabas Times, and her sister Suman were attacked while they were on way to their home around 5 pm.

According to Rekha Dabas, she was first attacked by stone and later threatened with a gun by Abhimanyu, a resident of Sultanpuri.

"Abhimanyu has been calling and threatening me and my husband for the past few days. He demanded money, but when we refused, he attacked us," alleged Rekha.

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Make son look after me, aged mother pleads with court

New Delhi, January 27
A 73-year-old woman in Delhi is battling it out in court with her son, pleading that she be looked after by him in her old age and be allowed to stay in the house where she lived with her husband.

Kamla Sharma, a resident of west Delhi, says her son refuses to share his life and flat on the grounds that he has to look after his ailing wife and daughter.

Additional sessions judge (ASJ) Nivedita Anil Sharma has transferred the case back to the metropolitan magistrate and upheld the order of the trial court, which had earlier directed the son to pay Rs.3,000 per month under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act for the rented accommodation where his mother is currently living.

The woman has been staying in the rented accommodation since 2004.

Kamla, in her appeal to the additional sessions judge, said she should be permitted entry into the shared household and her elder son Anup Sharma should be directed to look after her and provide her care and medicines.

Her counsel contended, "She does not keep in good health and she should be served by her son in her old age. She was forcibly ousted after the death of her husband.

"Although she is getting pension, she wants to spend the remaining period of her life in the house where she has lived with her husband as well as her son."

The family lives in the Janakpuri area.

The court said: "It is disheartening to see that the mother is begging to be near her son in her old age so that she can see him in her last days and the son is not willing to look after his aged mother, thereby may be denying her the biggest pleasure of her life - that is to be with her son when her end comes."

However, the court refused to pass any order on the appeal filed by Kamla and said while it is painful to observe that a son is not willing to look after his aged mother, no order can be passed saying he should serve her in her old age and look after her.

"The emotion of serving his mother cannot be forced upon the son but it has to be a voluntary and willing act. Even if a legal direction is given to him regarding the same, it cannot be executed in totality as it cannot be implemented effectively," said the court.

The mother also alleged before the court that she had suffered physical and verbal abuse, besides emotional and economic violence.

Anup says he does not want to go through the problems his mother creates at home. "My mother herself left the flat where we were living together and she cannot take advantage of her own mistake now," he told reporters outside the courtroom.

He also denied being violent with his mother. "I and my family have never committed any kind of domestic violence upon her," said Anup.-- IANS

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Minor sodomised, stabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
The Delhi police has arrested a man accused of allegedly confining and then murdering a 15-year-old minor in West Delhi.The accused has been identified as Mohammad Arif (25).The victim, from Bihar, approached one of his former colleagues who was working in a factory, in Mayapuri area, seeking a job.

His friend asked him to stay in the factory premises along with him so that he could learn some work before joining.

In the meantime, the minor got in touch with Arif who was staying in a factory just opposite the place where the minor was staying.

On Wednesday afternoon, Arif approached him and took him to his room to watch Republic Day celebrations on television.

As the victim, entered the room, Arif forcibly sodomised him. He further threatened him to not disclose it to anyone.

He again tried to sodomise the boy when resisted, he stabbed him eight times with a knife and threw him out of his factory.

When the victim's friends saw him lying in a pool of blood, he was rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.

The police has apprehended the accused.

Medical has confirmed sodomy, said a senior police officer.

The accused has been booked for attempt to murder, sodomy, threatening and confinement.

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Missing kidsí parents protest
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
There has been an alarming increase in the figures of missing children in the national Capital, with five kids missing daily on an average, and child right activists today gathered outside Delhi police headquarters in protest against what they said the failure of the police to curb the crime.

According to the parents of many of these missing kids (mostly residing in the city's slums), the police did not act promptly to their complaints and they had to make several rounds of police stations to get the cases registered.

"My son Varun (14) went to get something to eat from a nearby shop on September 2 last year and since then has not returned. It took a lot of time to lodge a complaint about my son. Whenever I ask the police about my son's news, I'm sent back. Instead, they ask for more photographs of him," said 33-year-old Nisha, a single mother who lives with her old mother near Iskon Temple in Lajpat Nagar.

She was accompanied by many such parents who have been eagerly waiting for some news about their children. After repeated visits to the police stations, she came here today to submit a memorandum to the police commissioner of Delhi and Member Secretary of Delhi Legal Services Authority.

It is believed that a majority of these children, within the age-group of 3-18 years, have fallen victims to organised crimes-bonded labour, drug peddling, organ trade, prostitution and beggary even as the city's police denies all such claims of child trafficking in the Capital.

Raising concern over the steep rise in child trafficking, the president of Bachpan Bachao Andolan R S Chaurasia said, "Most of the victimised families are poor and from the slums where the kids remain unattended most of the time. This makes them easy target to the kidnappers."

"We are talking about the organised crime going on in this city. These families claim that their children do not go missing but they have been kidnapped and fear that the children may be pushed into illegal activities. It is unfortunate that the Capital of the biggest democracy of the world has become the hub of human trafficking," said the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Kailash Satyarthi. 

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2 Tihar inmates allege beating by others
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
Two Tihar Jail inmates, who had appeared before a Delhi court here, claiming that the jail superintendent along with other jail authorities pressurized them to kill the arrested CWG officials, today alleged that they were beaten by other prisoners.

The petitioners, Amit and Nishant, both brothers, who are presently serving life imprisonment in a murder case, stated that they were beaten up for spilling the beans.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Chaudhary directed the Delhi police to seize CCTV footage and inquire the allegations.

It further asked the police to file a report on January 29.

"The ACP is directed to recover the CCTV footage from the cameras installed in jail complexes to verify the allegations and take necessary action and if required shift them to Rohini courts," the court said.

Meanwhile, the court is conducting its own probe into the allegations of the duo that the jail authorities pressurized them to kill the arrested CWG officials.

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Cops to hold self-defence camps for DU girls
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
Girl students at Delhi University will soon get a chance to learn to defend themselves in dire situations as the Delhi police (North Campus) is all set to organise a self defense camp for them in the first week of February.

At these camps, organised by women police staff, girl are trained in judo karate by efficient personnel.

The camps till now invited only day scholars, but now they are set to include the hostels also. The camps are also open to the students of South Campus.

Till last year, these camps were an annual affair. However, ACP (North) Vimlesh Yadav has promised to hold the camps three-four times a year.

This year's first camp will be held at Meghdoot Hostel.

"These camps are a fortnight long affair. We divide the participating girls into groups and train them in judo karate. We tell them about the quickest moves and smart ways to handle any untoward situation. The motive of these classes is to tell the girls that in an unsafe situation, they should let the attacker feel that they are not weak and vulnerable, as it would weaken the resolve of the attackers. Girls can avoid such situations if they are confident and trained," said SHO of the Maurice Nagar police station, Alaka Azad, who is a member of the team holding the camp.

The camps are also open to the faculty members as well as the non-teaching staff at the university.

The camps receive an excellent response from girls. Police officials say that contrary to the popular belief that outstation girl students are shy, they actually participate actively.

"We have never seen a fall in the number of participants. We always have more and more girls joining us. And with hostels being roped in now, we are sure that the numbers will only increase," added Alka.

The university administration, meanwhile, is now pushing for these camps to be held in South Campus as well.

"Many prominent colleges for girl like Lady Shri Ram College, Kamla Nehru, Gargi and Jesus and Mary College are in South Campus. It would be really helpful if these camps are held there as well. A lot of Northeastern students in the university live in south Delhi areas like Munirka where instances of eve teasing are very high. If these camps are held there, these girls will have a better chance to protect themselves and also, in the process, they will get to know a lot of police personnel and will develop confidence in the system," said deputy dean student welfare, Santa Cruz, responsible for dealing with the problems of Northeast students at the university.

A course for boys, too Also, the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) is pushing for holding self-defense course for both girls and boys across 25 colleges twice a year. If the permission is granted, the course will be held jointly by the Delhi police and DUSU. 

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DU can use mild radioactive sources
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
The Msc physics students at Delhi University can heave a sigh of relief as the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has finally permitted the use of low-strength radioactive substances in university labs.

Speaking to The Tribune, professor R.P. Tandon, HoD, physics, DU, today confirmed having received a written communication from the AERB, allowing use of low-strength radioactive substances.

The relaxation comes after the university made a submission to the AERB in December 2010, asking for permission to restart use of radioactive sources in the interest of the students .

"The letter from the AERB permits use of low- strength radioactive materials used in the practical of Msc course. The restraint was affecting the future of as many as 300 students. We are expecting to receive a final letter from the agency by tomorrow or day after. And hopefully, we will we able to resume lab classes early next week," said Tandon.

As per the AERB requirements, the university has appointed qualified radiological safety officers (RSOs). Also, all unused sources have been safely disposed of, and the university now hopes of a full uplifting of the ban by the AERB.

"As far as the total removal of the ban goes, we are hopeful that the AERB will permit that by next semester. There are certain suggestions of the AERB that we need to pay heed to. But most probably, we should be able to achieve our goal soon," said a hopeful Tandon.

The ban was imposed after one person died and 10 others were injured at Mayapuri scrap market in April last year due to exposure to radioactive material (Cobalt-60) disposed by the university. 

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2 held for cloning credit, debit cards
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
Two persons have been arrested for allegedly duping several foreigners by cloning their credit and debit cards.The accused have been identified as Dharmesh (24) and Rashid Sheikh (24), both residents of Mumbai.

The police has seized 87 cloned credit and debits cards of various banks, two magnetic script reader machines, a machine used to clone cards, fake stamps and data of credit cards from the accused.

The arrest came following a complaint filed by Ajay Yadav, a manager with Axis Bank. Yadav had complained that some persons had cheated many international customers of the bank by using cloned debit and credit cards.

In the complaint, Yadav had alleged that all the cloned cards were of the bank's international customers who also operated in India, said a senior police official. The accused were nabbed on January 25 from a mall in Saket where they had gone to purchase goods using fake cards.

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MCD plans thick, long-lasting roads
To propose Rs 1,000-cr scheme
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi will use new technology for building strong roads in the city to ensure their longer life.The civic agency is set to propose an ambitious Rs 1,000-crore scheme to build roads across the capital which will be 10 or12 inches thick.

Chairman of MCD Standing Committee Yogender Chandolia today said this while presenting the civic agency's budget estimates for 2011-2012 at a meeting of the MCD House tomorrow.

The proposal envisages spending Rs 1,000 crore for using the technology in prominent roads in the city as well as in some rural areas. Chandolia said that some 1,000-1,500 km of roads are planned.

"We want to ensure longer life for city roads. The plan is to use ready mix concrete technology and paver machines to build roads which will be around12 inches thick. To avoid the problem of digging by various agencies, space will be kept on the sides for utilities," he said.

If the proposal gets a nod from the MCD House, work can be initiated in July or August this year, he said. "The initial estimates say the cost might be Rs 1 crore per km, which may change after final estimates. There will be a 25-year guarantee for the roads. A similar project is in the pipeline in the city of Nagpur," Chandolia said.

He said the MCD plans to zero in on only two or three big companies for the scheme, for which tenders will be invited. To ensure that the quality is maintained, the civic body plans to start payment to contractors in installments only after five years. "We will pay through a bank agreement," he said.

Asked whether companies will be ready to spend money on such a project when the payment will come only after five years, he said it will not be a problem for big contractors.

A 6 km stretch of long-life roads, built using a different technology, was recently unveiled by Chandolia in the Sadar Bazar area of the walled city. "The ready mix concrete (RMC) plant for the same has been installed at the vacant site of the old Idgah slaughterhouse," Chandolia said. 

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All FIRs on Delhi police websites from Feb 1
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
Implementing the Delhi High Court verdict of last month, starting February 1, the Delhi police would upload all new FIRs its official website -- www.delhipolice.nic.in.One can download the same from the website while an accused can get also a copy from the police station by paying Rs 25.

The move comes following a direction by the Delhi High Court on December 6, 2010 when it said that an accused is entitled to get a copy of the FIR within 24 hours of its registration.

"We will be uploading the FIRs on February 1. The FIRs will be uploaded from police stations," said Rajan Bhagat, Delhi police.

An accused can apply for a copy of the FIR at a charge of Rs 25 for four pages and Rs 10 for each extra page.

The court has exempted the force from making public the FIRs related to sensitive issues like terror, espionage, rape, molestation, kidnapping etc. However, whenever it does not make FIRs public, such a decision has to be taken by an officer not below the rank of DCP and they have to inform the area magistrates. 

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Khan Market shops get NDMC notices
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
Several restaurants and other commercial centres in Khan Market, one of the most upscale markets and a haunt of the rich, have been asked by the New Delhi Municipal Council to pay conversion charges or face sealing of their premises.

NDMC officials said close to 32 commercial units in the market have received the notices as they were registered as residential premises in the official records.

These units had been asked to pay hefty conversion charges by January 30. In case they do not, their premises would be sealed, officials said.

It might come as surprise to some but many places in Khan Market, which is otherwise an out and out commercial establishment, were registered as residential premises in 1950s when the whole centre came up. As business boomed, it turned into a full-fledged market, but the owners of several places did not pay the municipal authorities conversion charges.

"These places are on upper floors as ground floors were recorded as shops," the official said.

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IT projects to be encouraged
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
CM Sheila Dikshit today instructed the department of information technology to continue its innovative projects to ensure e-enabled services in Delhi.

Giving a green signal to a proposal related to the finalization of IT Act of Delhi, the CM said that her government was committed to encouraging the IT-related projects. 

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Schools to give scholarships
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
TheMCD has announced a competition for awarding merit scholarships to 7,000 students of class IV and V in its primary schools.Mahinder Nagpal, chairman of MCD Education Committee, today said that about 52,000 students of MCD schools will take part in the competition.

According to Nagpal, 3,500 students each in class IV and V who would score more than 60 per cent marks in the competition will be awarded scholarship of Rs 500 and Rs 700, respectively in March.

He said for the purpose, around Rs 42 lakh under plan head of account will be spent.

The MCD is running 1,746 primary schools having an enrolment of around 9.5 lakh children. In addition, it also runs attached nursery classes in 923 primary schools along with 33 independent nursery schools with enrolment of 50,000 children.

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