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MCD engineers to certify safety of buildings
New Delhi, May 4
After the Delhi government made it mandatory to submit a sanctioned building plan along with a structural safety certificate for the registration of properties, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has formed a team of 39 engineers to issue certificates on the basis of the safety parameters of the building.

Rs 15,133-cr Plan Outlay approved
New Delhi, May 4
The Annual Plan 2011-12 of Delhi was finalized in a meeting held today between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

2-day strike by UP Roadways staff makes life tough for commuters
Agreement reached late evening
Noida, May 4
The UP Roadways bus staff were on strike today, demanding hike in salary. Commuters suffered a lot as the staff did not allow the buses to come out of Sector 35 UPSRTC depot.


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Robbers shoot man resisting them on Meerut highway
Nobody came forward to help even as he lay in blood
Ghaziabad, May 4
A man was shot by some men on late Tuesday night while he was waiting for his sisters at Mahenderpuri on the Delhi-Meerut highway. The killers then fled on his motorbike. Though his sisters tried their best, but nobody came forward to help them while the man, Ajay Sharma, was lying in a pool of blood.

A bike caught fire after an accident near India Gate in New Delhi on Wednesday
A bike caught fire after an accident near India Gate in New Delhi on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Madhu, a child of Siksha-RTI School, whose painting inspired the layout plan of the school in Purkhas, Haryana, with Bollywood actors Jacqueline Fernandes, Anupam Kher and social activist Dr Kiran Bedi in New Delhi on Wednesday
Madhu, a child of Siksha-RTI School, whose painting inspired the layout plan of the school in Purkhas, Haryana, with Bollywood actors Jacqueline Fernandes, Anupam Kher and social activist Dr Kiran Bedi in New Delhi on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

The DPCC today felicitated 10 nominated councillors in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi
The DPCC today felicitated 10 nominated councillors in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. The councillors are Hari Kishan Jindal, Sudesh Sangwan, S. K. Puri, Abdul Gayoom, Lal Chand Chandelia, Komlam Nair, Sanjay Gehlot, Parvez Mia, S. S. Dugga and, Yogesh Kumar Chaudhary. The DPCC president Jai Prakash Agarwal welcomed the councillors by draping shawls around them. Tribune photo

Dwarka ridership on Airport Metro line up
New Delhi, May 4
The ridership from Dwarka on the recently opened Airport Express Metro line has risen from just few hundred to more than 2,500 commuters in the last two months. The Express line has turned out to be a faster and comfortable mode of transport to reach the heart of the Capital.

Semester: Eco teachers back out of making syllabus
New Delhi, May 4
At its general body meeting (GBM) today, the economics department of Delhi University passed a unanimous resolution to not prepare the syllabus for the coming academic year in the semester mode.

Delhi heads for 15,000 weddings tomorrow
New Delhi, May 4
Within days of the royal wedding of Britain's Prince Williams and Kate Middleton that attracted global audience, Delhi will have its own wedding moments on Friday as 15,000 couples are expected to tie the knot on the auspicious occasion of Akshay Tritiya.

Men in ladies coaches pay Rs 5L
New Delhi, May 4
They stepped into the ladies' coach in Delhi Metro and paid for it. More than Rs 5,00,000 have been collected in fines from over 2,500 men since the special facility for women was introduced last year, an official said.

Jessica Case
Order on hostile witnesses reserved
New Delhi, May 4
The Delhi High Court today reserved its order on perjury proceedings against 19 witnesses who had allegedly turned hostile in the 1999 Jessica Lal murder case. A division bench of Justices S. Ravindra Bhat and G.P. Mittal reserved its order after the Delhi police concluded its arguments today.

Girl hurt in school to get Rs 3 lakh
New Delhi, May 4
A Class 11 girl student, whose eye was injured in a stone-pelting incident in her school, will be paid an ex gratia of Rs 3 lakh and the cost of her medical treatment by the Delhi government, the high court ordered on Wednesday.

Jamia vocational courses for nearby localities
New Delhi, May 4
Jamia Millia Islamia is introducing an array of short- term vocational courses for the residents of the neighbouring localities. The courses are targeted for the students from the lower middle class and poor families who come from the localities surrounding Jamia.

Grant for govt-aided schools hiked
New Delhi, May 4
The government has enhanced the grant-in-aid for aided schools in proportion to the strength of their students and teachers. The decision was taken at a meeting held by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit with education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely and officials of the directorate of education and other departments concerned.

Cloudy break over; hot day expected today
New Delhi, May 4
Delhi today woke up to an overcast sky and saw light rains in some parts of the city as the day progressed. The unexpected change in weather brought a slight respite for the city residents who had been reeling from the sweltering heat for the past few days.

Servant loots house, nabbed
New Delhi, May 4
With the arrest of five persons, including a minor, the northwest district police has claimed to have worked out a case of dacoity within hours of it taking place yesterday. The police has recovered some of the robbed items, including Rs 7.26 lakh, gold jewellery, silver jewellery worth Rs 50,000, foreign currency worth Rs 60,000, 10 watches, two laptops, a video camera and a mobile phone.

Fight over stray dogs leaves two injured
New Delhi, May 4
Eight people were arrested after a fight over stray dogs in the Uttam Nagar area on Sunday night. According to the police, one Dura Singh and his son Dinesh were beaten and hit by sharp objects when they tried to stop the beating of stray dogs.

Fire in restaurant
New Delhi, May 4
Goods worth lakhs were destroyed when a fire broke out inside a restaurant in the Rajouri Garden area of west Delhi this morning. According to fire officials, none was injured in the fire reported at 8.35 am from Tamba restaurant at 2/6 BK Dutta Market.

MCD razes parts of 15 properties
New Delhi, May 4
Intensifying its drive against unauthorised constructions and illegal commercial units, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi today demolished illegally built portions in 15 properties and sealed 25 shops in the national Capital.

Hoax msg about bomb spreads panic in Delhi
New Delhi, May 4
Some unidentified mischief makers today circulated a text message on Blackberry phones that claimed that a bomb had been recovered in south Delhi. The message triggered panic.





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MCD engineers to certify safety of buildings
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
After the Delhi government made it mandatory to submit a sanctioned building plan along with a structural safety certificate for the registration of properties, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has formed a team of 39 engineers to issue certificates on the basis of the safety parameters of the building.

"Currently, there are 39 engineers in the panel and the corporation is likely to increase the number to 200," said a senior MCD official.

The panel constituted by the civic agency will provide a unique licence number to the owner of property along with the security certificate.

The MCD officials said that it will increase the number of engineers in the panel gradually to tackle the issue of illegal constructions throughout the city.

The panel would be competent to issue structural safety certificates under the provisions of building bylaws.

The certificates issued by the panel will have an annual expiry date of December 31 and thus will have to be renewed every year.

"Once there are sufficient structural safety engineers in the panel, the MCD is expected to enforce inspection of buildings for safety certificates across the Capital," said the source.

The officials said that the structural safety certificate will be considered a significant document as it will be required for getting a completion certificate, and also for the regularization and registration of property.

The document will also be required to produce at the time of buying or selling a particular property.

The Delhi government earlier this month had revoked its 30 March order which had made it mandatory to produce a structural safety certificate for registering the sale and purchase of property.

The MCD had expressed its inability to issue such certificates citing a dearth of structural safety experts.

The civic body has been slowly building up numbers to constitute the panel of structural engineers. The registration of property has seen a sharp decline since the order was passed by the Delhi government, with most sellers and buyers complaining that they were not told about the mandatory structural safety requirements.

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Rs 15,133-cr Plan Outlay approved
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
The Annual Plan 2011-12 of Delhi was finalized in a meeting held today between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

The Planning Commission has approved the plan outlay of Rs 15,133 crore for the year 2011-12. This includes Rs 14,200 crore state plan outlay and Rs 933 crore plan outlay of public sector undertakings.

The current year's plan outlay of Rs 15,133 crore is 32.75 per cent higher than last year's outlay of Rs 11,400 crore.

Speaking to the media after the meeting Ahluwalia said, the Delhi government has done well in social welfare, skill development, women empowerment and scholarship disbursement.

It has been suggested that the government must come out with a 10-year forward projection for water sector.

He added that at the instance of Dikshit, the commission had agreed for increase of Rs 200 crore in water sector, another Rs 200 crore for transport sector and Rs 100 crore each for SC, ST and Minorities Welfare. More efforts are needed to improve water distribution, rainwater harvesting and sewerage system.

He appreciated the steps proposed by government of Delhi for improvement in school infrastructure, implementation of RTE Act, expansion of health care infrastructure, new health insurance scheme for EWS households, health programme for children, scholarship scheme for all SC, ST, minorities students and the technical university for women.

Dikshit expressed satisfaction over the approved plan size.

Members of the Planning Commission, during discussions, appreciated the approach of Delhi government in laying emphasis on social services sectors during the Annual Plan 2011-12 for which about 58 per cent (Rs 8291 crore) of the total plan outlay has been allocated with substantial increase in the outlay for the sectors like health, education, water supply and sanitation, housing and urban development.

The issue of raw water for Delhi was also discussed in detail in the meeting.

Various aspects of improvement in water management system also came up for discussion. Pollution in the Yamuna was another important issue discussed. Rainwater harvesting, utilization of treated waste water, recharge of ground water and prevention of water losses due to seepage will be priority programmes under the water supply sector.

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2-day strike by UP Roadways staff makes life tough for commuters
Agreement reached late evening
Parmindar Singh

Noida, May 4
The UP Roadways bus staff were on strike today, demanding hike in salary. Commuters suffered a lot as the staff did not allow the buses to come out of Sector 35 UPSRTC depot.

However, the staff reached a settlement by the late evening and asked the management to consider their demands in the next three months.

The staff had gone on strike yesterday. Around 130 striking drivers and conductors were arrested today.

"UPSRTC has two depots in the district. One is at Sector 35 and the other at Kasna in Greater Noida. There are 250 buses at both the depots. We have 300 regular staff comprising drivers and conductors. Besides, we have contractual staff of around 1,000. A contractual driver is paid Rs 1.50 per km and a conductor gets Rs 1 per km. Their monthly salaries range between Rs 6,000 and Rs 10,000 depending on the route," said PR Belwariar, regional manager.

"Contractual staff during the last fortnight had been agitating and demanding a hike in rates. They demanded Rs 3 per km for conductors and Rs 4 per km for drivers. Further, their demand was for regularization of contractual staff," he said.

"Agitating staff were told that as the rates are decided by UPSRTC headquarters, it was not possible to increase the rates for Noida. We forwarded their demand to headquarters which has expressed its inability to hike the rates. To maintain the law and order and prevent violence, we had informed the police," he said.

"Moreover, we had told the striking staff that for running the Noida fleet of buses, a special purpose vehicle comprising the officials from UPSRTC, Noida and Greater Noida authority was planned to be set up. The SPV will run the fleet. Striking staff were asked to wait till SPV was formed," he said.

Meanwhile, at bus stops crowds were seen. Private buses on Noida-Greater Noida routes and DTC fleet on Delhi routes provided relief to the commuters. They registered more than 25 per cent collections. Several commuters took autorickshaws to reach office at Delhi. "Autorickshaw today charged Rs 200 instead of Rs 150," said Jagjit Sharma, an MNC employee working at Connaught Place.

"I had to go to Hapur today. After waiting for two hours at sector 37 stand, I returned home," said Govind Kumar, resident of Sector 37.

A contractual driver Mukesh Tyagi said, "As the management has decided to consider our demands favourably, we have called off our stir. If the demands are not met, we will again launch an agitation."

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Robbers shoot man resisting them on Meerut highway
Nobody came forward to help even as he lay in blood
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, May 4
A man was shot by some men on late Tuesday night while he was waiting for his sisters at Mahenderpuri on the Delhi-Meerut highway. The killers then fled on his motorbike. Though his sisters tried their best, but nobody came forward to help them while the man, Ajay Sharma, was lying in a pool of blood.

Sharma, 34, was the president of the Medical Representatives Association of Modi Nagar.

According to the police, Sharma, a resident of C-53 in Mahinderpuri, had three younger sisters-- Jyoti, Meenakshi and Annu. They all work in a company in Noida. After work, Sharma used to pick them up on his motorbike from the gate of Mahender Puri Colony.

On Tuesday also, Ajay had gone to pick up his sisters at Mahinderpuri. As he was waiting for the girls, some men shot him and sped away on his bike.

At 11.30 pm, when the sisters alighted from a bus, they were shocked to see their brother lying in a pool of blood and writhing in pains. They shouted and requested for help, but nobody came to their help.

The sisters then rushed Ajay to a nearby nursing home from where he was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.

According to the police, Ajay was killed because he resisted the men who wanted to rob him.

Ajay had got married on February 20 this year.

No policeman had come to investigate about the incident till next evening.

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Dwarka ridership on Airport Metro line up
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
The ridership from Dwarka on the recently opened Airport Express Metro line has risen from just few hundred to more than 2,500 commuters in the last two months. The Express line has turned out to be a faster and comfortable mode of transport to reach the heart of the Capital.

The Express line is no longer an exclusive line that ferries passengers to the airport. Now locals are using it to reach Barakhamba Road, Connaught Place and New Delhi in just 20 minutes, avoiding the scorching heat and traffic chaos.

"The service is also highly convenient to airport employees who reside in Dwarka, and daily face the hardship of reaching the airport. The increase in operating time to 18 hours (5 am to 11 pm) is also helping employees who work till late or have a morning work shift," said a regular commuter.

According to the Reliance Infra which manages the Metro line, the pass allowing 60 journeys a month is quite a hit amongst passengers. There are more products and schemes envisaged for regular commuters in the coming months.

Reliance Infra has seen this segment of ridership increasing steadily in the last two months and is hopeful that this section of the non-flier ridership will increase further.

Several awareness campaigns and marketing initiatives have been undertaken to create awareness among residents in Dwarka and corporate houses in Connaught Place.

A Reliance Infra official said, "Based on our internal survey and commuter queries to our customer care department, we launched an awareness campaign that this safe and convenient Airport Express Metro can be used by non-flier commuters."

He added, "The Airport Express has conducted a door-to-door campaign in more than 80 societies in the last three weeks. The Airport Express line was never meant as an exclusive service for the airport-bound passengers. The idea was to provide a high-speed link to the heart of the city that will also benefit local Delhiites."

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Semester: Eco teachers back out of making syllabus
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
At its general body meeting (GBM) today, the economics department of Delhi University passed a unanimous resolution to not prepare the syllabus for the coming academic year in the semester mode.

At the GBM, attended by over 70 members, it was decided that even if the vice-chancellor, after being empowered by the academic council, prepared the syllabus, the department would not participate in the process.

At the meet, there were only two or three votes in the favour of the semester system.

"At the meeting of the faculty of social sciences, all the departments were asked to prepare the syllabi till June 7. But today, after exploring all the possibilities, we realised that it was not possible to prepare the syllabus so soon. If the VC and his team still want to proceed with syllabus-making, it's up to them. But the teachers will not participate in the process. This is one of the most sought-after courses at Delhi University and we cannot stand being the reason behind tearing it to pieces," said Mihir, an economics teacher at Ramjas College.

However, two days back, the head of the department, economics, Pami Dua, had clearly told the faculty of social science during its meeting that syllabus revision for economics would not be possible without the participation of the teachers.

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Delhi heads for 15,000 weddings tomorrow

New Delhi, May 4
Within days of the royal wedding of Britain's Prince Williams and Kate Middleton that attracted global audience, Delhi will have its own wedding moments on Friday as 15,000 couples are expected to tie the knot on the auspicious occasion of Akshay Tritiya.

"Over 15,000 marriages are expected to take place in and around the city on Akshaya Tritiya, which is one of the auspicious days for Hindus," Pandit Vijay Sharma in north Delhi said on Wednesday.

Pandit Ravinder Nagar at the Birla Temple in Delhi said, "Over the years, the number couples opting Akshya Tritya for wedding has increased. It is believed that one can get married on this day without even fixing a muhurta."

As the day nears, families are busy rushing to book venues, caterers, bands, menhdiwalas and priests.

Some of the farmhouse owners in south Delhi said they were booked as many as six months ago. The wedding card printers also saw huge demand this season.

"We have sold wedding cards for over Rs 2 lakh for Friday," said Mahesh Verma, who owns a card shop in Chawari Bazar.

With a spate of marriages in the offing, the Delhi police has also made arrangements to ensure that everything goes smoothly on the day and the celebrations do not cause inconvenience to others.

"Yes we are fully prepared to ensure that everything goes smoothly on the day," deputy commissioner of police Chhaya Sharma told IANS.

"Staff will be deployed near the places of marriages in the city. Police control room vans and motorcycle patrols will be on duty with help from traffic police," she added. IANS

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Men in ladies coaches pay Rs 5L

New Delhi, May 4
They stepped into the ladies' coach in Delhi Metro and paid for it. More than Rs 5,00,000 have been collected in fines from over 2,500 men since the special facility for women was introduced last year, an official said.

Metro reserved the first coach of every train for women from October 2 and since then there have been regular incidents of men forcing their way into the special coaches due to overcrowding in other compartments.

"We have fined 2,506 men for entering the ladies' coach of the train, which is the first coach, between October 2 last year and March 31. A fine of over Rs 5,00,000 has been generated from them," an official of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.

The Delhi Metro initially imposed a fine of Rs 200 each on men found travelling in women-only coaches and this was increased by Rs 50 following the November 25 incident when several male passengers travelling in the women's coach were thrashed by police personnel. "We have a special squad which mans the Metro and while offenders are fined at various times, it's mostly so in the late evening, between 8-11 pm," the official said. "But women protest and generally don't let men enter the ladies' coach," he said. IANS

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Jessica Case
Order on hostile witnesses reserved

New Delhi, May 4
The Delhi High Court today reserved its order on perjury proceedings against 19 witnesses who had allegedly turned hostile in the 1999 Jessica Lal murder case. A division bench of Justices S. Ravindra Bhat and G.P. Mittal reserved its order after the Delhi police concluded its arguments today.

The Delhi police had earlier submitted in high court a copy of the April 2010 Supreme Court verdict upholding the conviction of prime accused Manu Sharma for the murder. Following this, the high court had issued notices to witnesses asking why they should not be prosecuted for the offence of perjury. There were 32 eyewitnesses who turned hostile. Three of them died and 10 were discharged.

The case relates to April 1999 when Jessica, a model, was shot dead by Manu Sharma, the son of a former Union minister and Congress leader, when she refused to serve him drink at a late night party in south Delhi's Tamarind Court restaurant where she was bartending. IANS

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Girl hurt in school to get Rs 3 lakh

New Delhi, May 4
A Class 11 girl student, whose eye was injured in a stone-pelting incident in her school, will be paid an ex gratia of Rs 3 lakh and the cost of her medical treatment by the Delhi government, the high court ordered on Wednesday.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna ruled, "The state government should give Rs 3 lakh as an ex gratia amount to the girl, which will be deposited in her name in a bank."

Saima Khan, of Vishwamitra Government Sarvodaya Girls Senior Secondary School, was injured on March 1 when some boys started pelting stones and she got hit.

The bench converted a letter, written by an NGO, into a petition alleging that the school principal had failed to provide immediate treatment to the student and her father being a poor man could not afford her eye treatment. The court also asked the government to depute two policewomen in all girls' government schools.

"The lady home guards will remain present throughout the school hours," the court said. IANS

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Jamia vocational courses for nearby localities
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
Jamia Millia Islamia is introducing an array of short- term vocational courses for the residents of the neighbouring localities. The courses are targeted for the students from the lower middle class and poor families who come from the localities surrounding Jamia.

It is the department of adult and continuing education and extension that has planned to conduct the courses for the academic year 2011-12.

"The courses have especially been designed keeping in mind the students from the neighboring localities, especially women. These courses are offered at a very nominal fee and are for short periods. Our main aim behind starting these courses is to make students equipped enough to start small businesses or pick up jobs immediately after the course," said Simi Malhotra, spokesperson for Jamia.

The courses will train students in sewing and cutting, motor driving, wireman works, beauty treatments, dress designing, textile designing and printing, repairing electrical equipment, mobile repairing, soft toys making and computer skills. 

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Grant for govt-aided schools hiked
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
The government has enhanced the grant-in-aid for aided schools in proportion to the strength of their students and teachers. The decision was taken at a meeting held by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit with education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely and officials of the directorate of education and other departments concerned.

A senior official said the government had decided to extend grant-in-aid to aided middle and secondary schools after their upgradation to secondary and senior secondary levels, respectively.

With this decision, approximately 25 middle and 29 secondary schools will become eligible to apply for grant-in-aid.

The decision is expected to benefit a large number of students of these schools who could not have paid the increased fees in case the grant-in-aid was not sanctioned.

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Cloudy break over; hot day expected today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
Delhi today woke up to an overcast sky and saw light rains in some parts of the city as the day progressed. The unexpected change in weather brought a slight respite for the city residents who had been reeling from the sweltering heat for the past few days.

"There is a cyclonic circulation over Punjab and southwesterly winds are blowing from the Arabian Sea because of which there is a change in the weather here," said an Indian Metrological Department official.

"However, it is just a temporary feature and it won't last till tomorrow. However, they city may see dust storm tomorrow," headded.

The minimum temperature today was recorded at 28 degree Celsius, four notches above the average. The maximum temperature was recorded at 41.1 degrees.

For tomorrow, the weatherman has predicted the maximum and the minimum temperatures to be between 28 and 40 degree Celsius.

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Servant loots house, nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
With the arrest of five persons, including a minor, the northwest district police has claimed to have worked out a case of dacoity within hours of it taking place yesterday. The police has recovered some of the robbed items, including Rs 7.26 lakh, gold jewellery, silver jewellery worth Rs 50,000, foreign currency worth Rs 60,000, 10 watches, two laptops, a video camera and a mobile phone.

The dacoity was reported around 3.30 pm by Veena Manchanda, a resident of Pitampura. Manchanda told the police that her servant Sanjay Mukhiya along with his accomplices held her captive and fled with all the cash and jewellery in the house.

"Manchanda was alone in her house when the incident took place. The accused threatened to kill her if she raised the alarm. They escaped with Rs 13.25 lakh and other valuables," said Meenu Chaudhary, DCP, northwest district.

Police teams were dispatched to railway stations, ISBTs and the Paharganj area. Sanjay and an accomplice Umesh were nabbed in Paharganj the same day.

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Fight over stray dogs leaves two injured
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
Eight people were arrested after a fight over stray dogs in the Uttam Nagar area on Sunday night. According to the police, one Dura Singh and his son Dinesh were beaten and hit by sharp objects when they tried to stop the beating of stray dogs.

The arrested have been identified as Ashu Kohli, Irfan, Hashim, Nazir, Babu Khan, Danish, Javed and Ikranam.

The incident was reported from the Hatsal area of Uttam Nagar when Ashu Kohli was out with his pet dog for an evening walk. Ashu's dog was attacked by some stray dogs following which he and his friends started beating up all the dogs around.

"After hearing the howls of these dogs, Dura and his son who lived close by came out and tried to stop the beatings. However, instead of listening to the man, these people attacked him and his son Dinesh. Both of them were seriously injured," said a police official, adding that all the accused were rounded up and arrested after the incident.

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Fire in restaurant
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
Goods worth lakhs were destroyed when a fire broke out inside a restaurant in the Rajouri Garden area of west Delhi this morning. According to fire officials, none was injured in the fire reported at 8.35 am from Tamba restaurant at 2/6 BK Dutta Market.

"It took us 40 minutes to douse the fire reported from the ground floor of the restaurant with the help of eight fire trucks. A section of the restaurant was burnt completely," said a fire official.

Varun Aggarwal, restaurant owner, he has suffered losses worth lakhs, but the exact amount is yet to be estimated.

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MCD razes parts of 15 properties
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
Intensifying its drive against unauthorised constructions and illegal commercial units, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi today demolished illegally built portions in 15 properties and sealed 25 shops in the national Capital.

The demolition was carried out in Shakur Pur J J Colony, Ashok Vihar and Shahbad Extension of MCD Rohini Zone, officials said.

The MCD officials also sealed 25 commercial establishments with the help of police at Madhu Vihar in east Delhi. A drive against misuse of properties has been going on in the area for the last three days following a directive from the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee. A total of 132 units have been sealed so far.

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Hoax msg about bomb spreads panic in Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
Some unidentified mischief makers today circulated a text message on Blackberry phones that claimed that a bomb had been recovered in south Delhi. The message triggered panic.

However, the police soon announced that the message was hoax.

"The "badly worded" text message, generated through Blackberry messenger, claimed that a bomb disposal squad had recovered a bomb in Vasant Kunj. The message was forwarded to many people, creating a little panic," said a police official.

Investigations are on to find out the person who created the message.

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