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GTB casualty, OPD services hit
Patientís kin, doctors clash
New Delhi, January 29

Following a patient's death in Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital (GTB) this morning, a scuffle broke out between the deceased's kin and the treating doctors, which disrupted the casualty and OPD services.

Ministerís kin held for gangrape
Ghaziabad, January 29
The Ghaziabad police today arrested the kin of an Uttar Pradesh minister after he was found involved in the gangrape of a married woman, according to an official.

Rs 68-lakh Robbery
Photos of gunman, driver out
New Delhi, January 29
The Delhi police has released the photographs of two men, the gunman and driver of a security van, who yesterday allegedly fled with around Rs 68.5 lakh meant to be deposited in ATM booths across the city.

Five held for robbery
New Delhi, January 29
The Delhi police has arrested five people accused of being involved in a sensational robbery case, the police said here today.


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Beating Retreat ceremony regales audience
An illuminated South Block in New Delhi for the Beating Retreat ceremony on Saturday. New Delhi, January 29
An enthralling musical display by India's military bands left the audience asking for more at the impressive Beating Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk this evening which also brought the Republic Day celebrations to an end.



An illuminated South Block in New Delhi for the Beating Retreat ceremony on Saturday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Tainted IAS to get chargesheet copy
New Delhi, January 29
A Delhi court today took on record a chargesheet filed against suspended IAS officer Ravi Inder Singh, who was posted as a director in the Union Home Ministry, accused of leaking sensitive information for illegal gratification.

Justice for Aarushi, the FB rage
11,708 promise to attend candlelight march today
New Delhi, January 29
The parents of Aarushi Talwar may be crying the loudest for justice for their daughter, for whose murder the CBI has held her father Rajesh Talwar the only suspect, but it is the plaintive appeals of her friends which seem to be heard most by the people.

Think before you use a racist term
The use of slangs to refer to different communities may not be an appropriate thing to do but youngsters love them anyway. Bengalis are invariably referred as 'bongs', Kerala-ites as 'mallus', Punjabis become 'punjooz' and Gujaratis are 'gujjuz'. These nomenclatures are considered hip by the school and university students but there is nothing hip about referring students from northeastern states as 'chinkis'. The term, as a student from the region pointed out in an interaction with some Delhi police officials, has acquired racist connotations and has an air of ridicule and contempt about it.

The mangled remains of a car after the collision of four vehicles on Taj Mansingh Road in New Delhi on Saturday.
The mangled remains of a car after the collision of four vehicles on Taj Mansingh Road in New Delhi on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

2 vehicle thieves held, 10 bikes seized
New Delhi, January 29
The Delhi police yesterday arrested two men for being allegedly involved in several cases of vehicle theft.

Validity of ration cards extended by 1 year
Noida, January 29
Unable to renew the validity of ration cards before its expiry on December 31, 2010, the authorities here have extended the validity by one year. Now, the cards will be valid till December 31, 2011.

Manipuri terrorrist held
New Delhi, January 29
The special cell of the Delhi police has arrested an active cadre of a banned terror-outfit People's Liberation Army (PLA), the police said here today.





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GTB casualty, OPD services hit
Patientís kin, doctors clash
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
Following a patient's death in Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital (GTB) this morning, a scuffle broke out between the deceased's kin and the treating doctors, which disrupted the casualty and OPD services.

Around 6:30 am today, Sunil Tanwar (40 years), a resident of Nandnagri of northeast Delhi was rushed to the hospital's emergency after he complained of restlessness and pain in his heart. He was brought to the hospital by his wife, Pinki along with his neighbour Dharmendra Goyal, but he succumbed after the treating junior doctors administered some wrong injections, alleged the patient's family.

This led to a scuffle between the agitated attendants and the doctors, seeing which a group of undergraduate students from the University College of Medical Science and and doctors from GTB Hospital joined in the fight. While the doctors assualted the deceased's kin and went to the extent of driving them out of the premises of the hospital, they also demanded better security for them, said sources. They went on strike and until late evening, the hospital authorities tried to persuade the doctors to return to work. The hospital authorities denied the allegation and said the patient was attended timely and doctors tried to resuscitate him, but his heart stopped functioning and he died around 8:30 am.

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Ministerís kin held for gangrape

Ghaziabad, January 29
The Ghaziabad police today arrested the kin of an Uttar Pradesh minister after he was found involved in the gangrape of a married woman, according to an official.

Sunil Tyagi was arrested along with one of his accomplices, said the police. Two others are also involved in the case.

The incident occurred on January 23 in a moving car on the highway to Meerut in the Sihani Gate area of Ghaziabad.

The police said Tyagi, son of Mahendra Tyagi, a resident of Bhagwanganj Mandi in Modinagar, has confessed to the crime.

According to the police, Tyagi is the nephew of a minister in the Mayawati government. The minister's name was not revealed.

Tyagi, along with three of his friends -- Aslam from Farooque Nagar, and Bobby and Sanjay Chaudhary from Kidwai Nagar Modinagar -- abducted the woman at 3.30 pm and gangraped her at gunpoint in a moving Wagon-R car on the Meerut road, circle officer R.K. Singh said.

The accused remained underground for four days, but the police nabbed Tyagi and Bobby today, he said.

According to the police report, the woman was trapped by the gang with a job offer. Laxmi, a common friend, was the mediator in the job offer.

The woman was raped for three hours and left on Meerut road after being told not to reveal the incident. But she told her husband and other family members about what happened.

"The car has been seized and we are trying to arrest the other accused," the officer said. ó IANS

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Rs 68-lakh Robbery
Photos of gunman, driver out
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
The Delhi police has released the photographs of two men, the gunman and driver of a security van, who yesterday allegedly fled with around Rs 68.5 lakh meant to be deposited in ATM booths across the city.

The two, Ram Kumar and Sanjeev, who are on the run, used to work for a security firm, Scientific Security Management Pvt Lmtd, in west Delhi's Mansarovar Garden. They were hired by the firm in November last year.

According to police, accused have even managed to disconnect the global positioning system installed in the van.

"We have released the photographs of the two accused," said a senior police official today. The incident was reported from southeast Delhi's Alaknanda on Friday evening. On the day, the accused, along with cashiers ó Rajesh and Suraj ó left Patel Nagar at 9.30 am with Rs 97.5 lakh meant for ATMs.

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Five held for robbery
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
The Delhi police has arrested five people accused of being involved in a sensational robbery case, the police said here today.

The accused have been identified as Pardeep, alias Pappu (22), Virender, alias Fokal (23), Dharam Raj, alias Kala (35), Girish Yadav, alias Golu (18), and Harish Chauhan, alias Hari (25).

With their arrest, the police claims to have solved a sensational case of robbery in which Rs 6 lakh were looted by motorcycle-borne criminals.

Two motorcycles used in the commission of crime, two revolvers, one live cartridge, hammer, screw drivers, and a iron cutter were also recovered from their possession.

On January 28, the police received an information that members of Ravi gang would come to Kanwar Singh Nagar to commit decoity in the area.

A trap was laid and all the accused were apprehended.

On interrogation, the accused said they assembled to commit dacoity in a copper factory.

At their instance, Ravi, head of the gang, was also arrested, the police added.

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Beating Retreat ceremony regales audience
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
An enthralling musical display by India's military bands left the audience asking for more at the impressive Beating Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk this evening which also brought the Republic Day celebrations to an end.

One of the highlights of the evening was that a majority of songs, 19 out of 25 played by the martial bands were composed by Indian musicians and they retained only four popular tunes composed by foreign musicians.

The bands from three armed services came together in their fineries and played some soul-stirring compositions like 'March of the Mariners', 'Indian Star', 'Amar Senani', 'Sare Jahan Se Achcha' and two new compositions, 'Gaj Raj' by Captain Mahendra Das and 'Rashmi' by Captain Khem Chand.

Gaj Raj highlighted the aura associated with elephants in India.

The musical evening was interspersed twice with "Fanfare", a collage by buglers, and the "Drummers' Call", a traditional performance by the drummers.

The ceremony saw coming together of 12 army bands, four each from the navy and air force, 15 pipes and drums bands, 72 buglers and 12 trumpeters, who were dressed in their traditional ensemble.

Apart from two popular tunes, 'Abide with Me' and 'Sare Jahan se Achchha', the rest of the tunes were played after an interval of several years.

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Tainted IAS to get chargesheet copy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
A Delhi court today took on record a chargesheet filed against suspended IAS officer Ravi Inder Singh, who was posted as a director in the Union Home Ministry, accused of leaking sensitive information for illegal gratification.

Taking cognisance of the chargesheet, special judge Sangeeta Dhingra Sehgal directed the Delhi police's special cell to provide a copy of the chargesheet to both the accused.

The 2,343-page-long chargesheet was filed on January 22.

The police has charged Singh and co-accused Vineet Kumar, broker on behalf of Singh and CMD of Kolkata-based Temptation Food Pvt Ltd under various Sections of the IPC dealing with charges of criminal conspiracy, destruction of evidence and bribing a government official and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Meanwhile, the court has fixed the matter for further proceedings to February 4.

The special cell arrested Singh and Kumar on November 23.

The IAS officer allegedly took illegal gratification from Kumar in the form of his lodging expenses at a guest house here since his deputation to New Delhi from Kolkata in January this year. He also allegedly used a car provided by Kumar.

The Delhi police also alleged that Singh did not stay in his official quarter and, instead, was residing in a guest house in Greater Kailash. "The rent of Rs 50,000 per month for the guest house was being paid by a company, Temptation Food Pvt Ltd, which was managed by Vineet Kumar," the police had said.

Before his arrest, Singh was under surveillance of the Delhi police's special cell for more than a month. Initially, he was detained by the police and searches were carried out at his office and residence.

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Justice for Aarushi, the FB rage
11,708 promise to attend candlelight march today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
The parents of Aarushi Talwar may be crying the loudest for justice for their daughter, for whose murder the CBI has held her father Rajesh Talwar the only suspect, but it is the plaintive appeals of her friends which seem to be heard most by the people.

A fire is raging on Facebook where a collection of the 14-year-old girl's friends and swelling sympathisers has come together for a candle light procession at Jantar Mantar tomorrow, which also happens to be the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

As many as 11, 708 persons, mostly youngsters, had promised to attend the march, demanding justice for her as her murder remains shrouded in layers of mystery, by around 7.15 pm today and their number was rising by the minute as the time of the rally approaches.

As many as 4,767 persons had said on the page that they might attend the march while 3,847 persons had categorically said they were not joining. The reply was still awaited from 60,417 persons.

The march is scheduled between 5 pm and 8 pm.

The proposed march comes a few weeks after a similar march was organised by her doctor parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, attracted a small crowd at the same venue.

However, if the people who have pledged on the Facebook event, Justice for Aarushi, to join the candle light march tomorrow turn up, it could be one of the biggest gatherings Jantar Mantar would have seen in recent times.

Interestingly, the page has been opened by a close friend of Aarushi, Anshul Aryan Malhotra, who wrote on it that it was done "in order to provide justice to Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj (the servant) as well, whose case has been closed. Light a candle and stand up for humanity. If you don't take actions today, tomorrow it could be you."

The popular online community has quite a few pages and communities dedicated to the memory of and justice for the DPS student, but this one has caught the imagination of netizens like nothing else.

One Facebook page, which also calls justice for Aarushi, has been apparently started by her family, but the determined appeals of her young friends have reached the farthest corners. A Justice for Aarushi Talwar group on Facebook has 5,685 members which may appear to be a decent figure but is no match to the one opened by Malhotra.

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Think before you use a racist term

The use of slangs to refer to different communities may not be an appropriate thing to do but youngsters love them anyway. Bengalis are invariably referred as 'bongs', Kerala-ites as 'mallus', Punjabis become 'punjooz' and Gujaratis are 'gujjuz'. These nomenclatures are considered hip by the school and university students but there is nothing hip about referring students from northeastern states as 'chinkis'. The term, as a student from the region pointed out in an interaction with some Delhi police officials, has acquired racist connotations and has an air of ridicule and contempt about it.

He said they were "sick" of it and asked the cops to work to remove the usage of this word.Taken aback for a while, police officials said there was little they could do to deal with what is essentially a societal vice.

A senior police official, RK Singh, said even cops are disparagingly called 'mamu' and 'thulla' behind their back and they did not know how to put an end to it. His answer left the group of students quite amused.

In hot water

It is not only common households which are left high and dry by the "inflated" billed amount served by the Delhi Jal Board. Angry residents doing the rounds of government offices often find some comfort in the company of officials who produce their bills and make the same grouse.

Now the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee is feeling the pinch after receiving a bill of Rs 64,000 for four months. The dilemma for the ruling party is that it could not make much noise as the board's chairperson is Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

The party office has found a middle path and started purchasing water from the market till the matter is amicably sorted out.

Police doesn't spare him

Some former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee officials, who were arrested by the CBI for their suspected role in several cases of corruption, had recently walked out of jail due to a technical reason. The CBI could not file chargesheet against them within the stipulated period of 60 days, leaving the court with no choice than to grant them bail.

The suspended ministry of home affairs official, Ravi Inder Singh, who was arrested by Delhi police for working as a "mole" for a telecom firm, also nursed the same hope as the deadline for the filing of chargesheet against him approached.

He quickly moved the Delhi High Court, seeking bail on the same ground which had brought reprieve to the OC officials. Delhi police, though, proved smarter than the more fancied investigating agency and filed chargesheet against him a day before the deadline. Finding his hopes dashed, Singh withdrew the bail plea.

Cooking it up all over again

The BJP owed its victory in the MCD elections in 2007 much to its promise of regularising unauthorised colonies. The party had also ranted against the sealing drive and said it would bring it to a halt and deseal those already sealed. Almost four years have passed but the saffron party has little to show to the electorate on both the fronts. As political parties start getting their act together for the next elections, the BJP leaders are looking for convenient excuses to convince voters as to why they could not deliver on their promises.

A senior BJP leader, Yogender Chandolia, in his budget speech at the MCD building said his party councillors had "pain in their hearts" for their inability in carrying out promised development in non-regularised colonies, which number over 1,500 in the Capital.

The party leaders say the issue would be on the top of their manifesto for the next elections to be held in 2012.

Freedom of expression wins the day

This Republic Day, a leading telecom operator came up with a catchy tagline, ÖApne maujuda operator se khud ko azaad karein aur is gantantra diwas ko banaye apne liye azadi ka diwas (free yourself from your current operator and make this Republic Day a day of freedom for you). The operator might have thought it witty but many people did not like what they believed was a commercial exploitation of a day of national unity and patriotic fervour. They started an online campaign on Facebook against the advertisement, which invited reactions from both sides of the divide.

However, the cake went to one who said it was nothing but a creative commercial and people should be allowed their "freedom of expression" on this day at least.

(Contributed by Jyoti Rai, Syed Ali Ahmed, Kumar Rakesh, Himani Chandel, Ananya Panda)

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2 vehicle thieves held, 10 bikes seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
The Delhi police yesterday arrested two men for being allegedly involved in several cases of vehicle theft.

The accused have been identified as Babloo (35) and Raju Gaur (41). With their arrest, the police claims to have busted an inter-state gang of vehicle thieves and has recovered 10 stolen motorcycles.

The arrest came during a routine vehicle checking exercise. The accused, who were coming from Mehrauli, were caught riding a motorcycle bearing a defective number plate. When signaled to stop, the accused tried to escape. But were chased and arrested.

On interrogation, the two disclosed that they took to crime to earn quick money.

The accused have allegedly stolen 15 vehicles from different parts of UP, officials said.

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Validity of ration cards extended by 1 year
Our Correspondent

Noida, January 29
Unable to renew the validity of ration cards before its expiry on December 31, 2010, the authorities here have extended the validity by one year. Now, the cards will be valid till December 31, 2011.

"Due to heavy work pressure, the ration cards could not be renewed, and so, the state government has extended their validity to December 2011," said district supply officer Santosh Niranjan.

"The Gautam Budha Nagar district has 2,05,99 below poverty line and Antouday Ann Yojna ration card holders and 2.99 lakh above poverty line (APL) ration card holders. The total number of ration cards active in the district is 3.19 lakh," said Niranjan.

"Every month, the district gets 309 metric tonne wheat, 412 metric tonnes of rice, 66 metric tonnes of sugar and 2,544 kilo liter kerosene for distribution among ration card holders,"he said."The AAY and BPL card holders get rice and wheat at subsidised rates. Each such family every month gets 5 liter kerosene, 23 kg wheat and 12 kg rice. APL card holders only get kerosene," he said.

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Manipuri terrorrist held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
The special cell of the Delhi police has arrested an active cadre of a banned terror-outfit People's Liberation Army (PLA), the police said here today.

The arrested has been identified as Oinam Ibomcha Singh, alias Japan alias Khongjai (28), a resident of Manipur.

On a tip-off that one cadre of the PLA is hiding in Delhi, the police was deployed and surveillance was mounted in different parts of the Capital. Yesterday, on the basis of specific information, the accused was apprehended from the Vijay Nagar area.

During the interrogation he confessed to have joined the PLA in 2000. He also underwent training of handling of arms and ammunition in Mayanamar in the camps of Maoists. His areas of operations were Delhi, Guwahati and Dimapur, said a senior police official. He was wanted in many cases in Manipur for attempt to murder and extortion, the official added.

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