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Brother, contract killers held for traderís murder
New Delhi, May 20
A case of contract killing of a young industrialist has been worked out by the Delhi police. Three accused, including the elder brother of the deseeded, were arrested.
The accused who killed Shadab The accused who killed Shadab. A Tribune photograph

Commuters hit as autos go off road
New Delhi, May 20
Even as the government has threatened to take strict action against the auto drivers, a majority of the autos were off the road today, making commuting difficult for those depending on three-wheelers.

Metro snag leads to flared tempers at peak hour chaos
New Delhi, May 20
It was a double trouble for hundreds of commuters in Delhi today. Anguished by the auto-rickshaw strike on a hot day, they also had a harrowing time at a Metro station following peak hour delay caused by "a technical snag".




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People try to fill water from a tanker in New Delhi
People try to fill water from a tanker in New Delhi on Friday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Delhiís per capita income goes up
New Delhi, May 20
Delhi is ranked third among states and UTs in respect of per capita income at current prices, said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today releasing a report of Estimated State Domestic Products of Delhi for the year 2010-11 with base year 2004-05.

Hot day in Delhi, thunderstorms likely today
New Delhi, May 20
It was a hot, bright day in the national capital today with the mercury crossing the 40-degree mark. But the weatherman has forecast thunderstorms and light rain in parts of the city over the next 24 hours.

DU journalism online form submission starts
New Delhi, May 20
As the online submission of forms for admission to the journalism course of Delhi University began today, the course saw 90 registrations even as the DU website was hit by over 1,000 candidates. DU has collaborated with 176 other websites that lead to the journalism course registration page.

Delhi Mayor Rajni Abbi, deputy mayor Anil Sharma and other leaders during the inauguration of the safai abhiyan in the MCD area of the Chandni Chowk main road in Delhi
safai abhiyan: Delhi Mayor Rajni Abbi, deputy mayor Anil Sharma and other leaders during the inauguration of the safai abhiyan in the MCD area of the Chandni Chowk main road in Delhi on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Tantrik kills teen after rape
Bulandshahr, May 20
A tantrik allegedly strangled a 17-year-old girl after raping her in Bulandshahr yesterday. He was treating her for some ailments.

Class XII boy shot dead
New Delhi, May 20
A 20-year-old Class XII student was shot dead by some unidentified youths in the New Ashok Nagar police station area this afternoon.

2 carjackers held with cars, papers
New Delhi, May 20
The Delhi police has arrested two notorious carjackers ó Kamal Kishore and Ravi Thakur.

A young girl covers herself on a hot Friday in Gurgaon
FRY DAY: A young girl covers herself on a hot Friday in Gurgaon. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

Gang making fake cell phone batteries busted
Ghaziabad, May 20
In a raid on a Shaheed Nagar godown in Sahibabad, the police has busted a gang of criminals manufacturing fake cell phone batteries late on Thursday night.

Proposed parking at gurdwara opposed
New Delhi, May 20
If the proposed parking lot at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib is constructed, the entire historic building of the gurdwara will be damaged. A massive change is required in the layout plan of the parking construction.

Man held for job racket
New Delhi, May 20
The Delhi police arrested a man who used to cheat unemployed youths on the pretext of giving them jobs in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Indian Railways. The suspect has been identified as Sudipto Ghosh. He was arrested from the Sunlight Colony area of southeast Delhi.

Body found
New Delhi, May 20
A decomposed body of a 24-year-old Nepalese woman was found from a house in the Uttam Nagar area this evening.





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Brother, contract killers held for traderís murder
Was jealous of younger brotherís success
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 20
A case of contract killing of a young industrialist has been worked out by the Delhi police. Three accused, including the elder brother of the deseeded, were arrested.

Investigations revealed that it was a case of deep rooted sibling rivalry. The elder brother was apparently jealous of preferential and favourable treatment to his younger brother.

The accused have been identified as Arshad, Adil and Shajzad. The weapon of offence used in the crime has also been seized from their possession.

Shadab's body was first found lying on the Kacha Road between outer wall of Ambedkar College and Ganda Nalla at Kardam Puri on May 9. His throat had been slit and he had marks of injury of a sharp-edged weapon on his stomach and palms.

During the investigation, the police found that Shadab had a factory of aluminum door fitting in Karawal Nagar.

It was learnt that Shadab was getting engaged the next day and he was at home till evening, the day he died.

After weeks of efforts, the police finally apprehended Adil and Shajzad, the contract killers, yesterday. Their sustained examination reveled that Shadab's brother Arshad had hired them to kill him. Arshad promised Rs 1 lakh to both for the murder. He gave Rs 10,000 in advance to Shajzad. And later, another installment of Rs 10,000 was given to them. On May 10, Arshad called him on the pretext of having met an accident. From there he took him to an isolated place near Ganda Nalla where Adil and Shajzad killed him.

On being examination, Arshad said he had deep rooted grudge and jealously with his younger brother as he used to get more preferential and favourable treatment at home.

Their father was taking more interest in his business, he was prosperous and his factory was running well, whereas his business was almost failure.

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Commuters hit as autos go off road
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 20
Even as the government has threatened to take strict action against the auto drivers, a majority of the autos were off the road today, making commuting difficult for those depending on three-wheelers.

However, the government has stuck to its decision on the global positioning system (GPS) device in the autos. Those who fail to follow the government order, their permits would be cancelled, said a senior officer of the transport department.

Except in some outer areas, autos were not seen plying on roads. A few auto drivers tried to ply in the Kalkaji area, but were stopped by the union members.

People were seen waiting for autos at railway stations, ISBTs and major markets. The office goers suffered most due to the strike. They had to travel by bus or their own vehicles.

Reena, a resident of Mansarowar Garden, who took her cousin to the Ganga Ram Hospital, said that she could return home in the evening only as there was no auto on the road.

First she tried to get an auto, but in vain. Then she travelled half the way by Metro and covered the remaining distance by bus. Some of the taxi drivers also refused to go.

Ahsan Siddiqui who tried to get an auto from New Delhi Railway Station said there was no auto at the prepaid booth of traffic police.

The autos parked at the stand also refused, saying that there was strike.

Their vehicles would be damaged by other striking drivers.

President of Bhajpa Transport Prakoshth, Anand Trivedi said the strike was successful today still the government refused to accept their demands. It will continue till the government accepts their demands, he added.

When asked how the poor auto drivers will meet their daily expenses, he said that the issue would be settled within three to four days.

A spokesman of the transport department said that the government would consider their demands, but the auto drivers should first get the GPS device installed in their vehicles.

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Metro snag leads to flared tempers at peak hour chaos

New Delhi, May 20
It was a double trouble for hundreds of commuters in Delhi today. Anguished by the auto-rickshaw strike on a hot day, they also had a harrowing time at a Metro station following peak hour delay caused by "a technical snag".

According to some, the Metro developed a snag at the Kashmere Gate station around 6 pm.

A "technical snag" forced the commuters to wait for more than half an hour, which saw tempers flaring on the platform leading to chaos.

"There were more than 200 passengers on the platform. The weather was very hot and humid. People had no clue about the cause of the delay and Metro officials were of no help," said Ankit Sharma, a student.

According to him, things went out of hand when some of the guards allegedly pushed passengers back, leading to heated arguments.

Another passenger, Sunanda Bhasin said: "I knew there would be a huge crowd on the platform. It was a stunning scene there. There was not even an inch left on the platform and people were shoving and pushing from everywhere."

"To make things worse, a number of men forcefully entered the women's coach," she added.

The Metro staff constantly made announcements asking people to behave and calm down while apologising for the delay.

However, the DMRC denied any knowledge of the incident."It was not reported to us. Maybe due to the peak hour rush there may have been some problem," DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said.

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Delhiís per capita income goes up
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 20
Delhi is ranked third among states and UTs in respect of per capita income at current prices, said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today releasing a report of Estimated State Domestic Products of Delhi for the year 2010-11 with base year 2004-05.

As per advance estimates, per capita income will be Rs 1,35,814 with the annual growth rate of 16.19 per cent over the previous year. As per quick estimates for the year 2009-10, per capita income of Delhi at current prices is Rs 1,16,886 with the annual growth rate of 15.29 per cent over the previous year as compared to a growth rate of 14.5 per cent at the national level.

The Chief Minister said per capita income estimated for the year 2009-10 at national level was Rs 46,492. It was Rs 1,32,719 for Goa and Rs 1,20,912 for Chandigarh. It showed that Delhi was at third place after Goa and Chandigarh which were too small in comparison to Delhi. Hence, it became the highest among all major states. However, it attributed to the fact that the minimum wages in Delhi were the highest in the country.

Giving break up of yearly income, she said per capita income over the years in Delhi at current prices had been going up from Rs 61,560 in 2004-05 to Rs 1,01,381 in 2008-09, Rs 1,16,886 in 2009-10 and Rs 1,35,814 in 2010-11.

The trend reveals that satisfaction level of all Delhiites has gone up. Per capita income in Delhi has always been around 2 and half times than per capita income at the national level.

Dikshit added that Delhi was at ninth position among all the states and UTs as far as total GSDP was concerned. The GSDP of Delhi was Rs 2.17 crore at current prices that was higher than Haryana, which was placed at 11th rank with GSDP estimates of Rs 2.16 crore. The size of GSDP of Delhi was about 62 times higher than the GSDP of Sikkim and was about one fourth of the highest rank state of Maharashtra.

Percentage growth of the GSDP of Delhi for the year 2009-10 over previous year reveals that the economy of Delhi is going forward on the path of economic growth in a considerable manner with a pace of 18.10 per cent growth during the year as against 16.1 per cent growth at the national level.

However, as per the advance estimates for 2010-11, the GSDP of Delhi is likely to attain a level of Rs 2.58 crore with an annual growth of 18.80 per cent over the previous year.

Dikshit further stated that share of primary sector (agriculture and forestry) in the GSDP at current prices for the year 2009-10 and 2010-11 had decreased to 0.72 per cent and 0.61 per cent in the base year 2004-05. The reason for this was that land had been acquired for other purposes.

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Hot day in Delhi, thunderstorms likely today

New Delhi, May 20
It was a hot, bright day in the national capital today with the mercury crossing the 40-degree mark. But the weatherman has forecast thunderstorms and light rain in parts of the city over the next 24 hours.

"The maximum temperature was 40 degrees Celsius, a notch above the average for the season, while the minimum was at 25.1 degrees, two above the average," an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

"There is a possibility of thunderstorms and light rainfall in parts of the city over the next 24 hours (till Saturday). The skies will remain partly cloudy," the official added. ó IANS

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DU journalism online form submission starts
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 20
As the online submission of forms for admission to the journalism course of Delhi University began today, the course saw 90 registrations even as the DU website was hit by over 1,000 candidates. DU has collaborated with 176 other websites that lead to the journalism course registration page.

Unlike past years, the university is holding a common entrance exam, CJET (Combined Journalism Entrance Test) this time.

For the first time, all the five colleges in DU offering Journalism (H), including Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Kalindi, Kamala Nehru, Lady Shri Ram and Maharaja Agrasen, will hold a common entrance test on June 19. Starting today, the forms will be available online till June 5.

Maharaja Agrasen College will be conducting the test this year. The eligibility criterion for the entrance this year is a minimum of 70% in Class XII and 60% in English. More than 5,000 applications are expected this year for the BA (Hons) journalism course.

"Till last year, colleges received about 3,000 applications in all. Since the whole process has been made online this year, the number of applications should go up. However, the total number of seats in all the five colleges adds up to just 181," said Sunil Sondhi, principal, Maharaja Agarsen College.

With the new online system, the applicants don't have to worry about mistakes made in the form. In the new application process, the applicants will secure a login ID and a password on registration and then be able to fill in their form. In case they make a mistake, they can log in again and correct it but only before the last date of submission.

"In case they have completed the application form and paid the fee, they can contact college help lines to correct mistakes. Students can also call the colleges offering the course for any queries," said Sangit Ragi, who teaches at Maharaja Agrasen College and is the coordinator of the exam this year.

The application fee can also be submitted online if the applicant has a credit or debit card. Otherwise the fee can be submitted at branches of Axis Bank, the details of which are also on the website.

"The online submission of forms has been introduced this year as applicants and families would have to come weeks before the admissions to the city for filling in the forms. The move intends to benefit the outstation students mainly," said Ragi.

The colleges have decided to give 50% weight to the entrance test score, 35% to Class XII marks and 15% to the personal interview. The C-JET result will be out on June 29 while interviews are likely to be conducted between July 2 and 8. Final results will be out by July 11.

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Tantrik kills teen after rape
Parmindar Singh

Bulandshahr, May 20
A tantrik allegedly strangled a 17-year-old girl after raping her in Bulandshahr yesterday. He was treating her for some ailments.

He dumped the body about 100 metres from the victim's residence.

The accused, Fammuddin, a resident of Meerut, who is also the father-in-law of the victim's elder sister, is absconding after the crime.

He allegedly enticed the girl to flee with him on April 26. Her mother had lodged a report with the city police station about her daughter having gone missing.

Shaina, a resident of Shanti Nagar Colony, said her elder daughter Afsana was married at Baksar village in Meerut. Her younger daughter Ruksana had become sick six months ago.

They had taken her to Fammuddin as the girl was thought to be possessed by an evil spirit. Under the garb of giving her treatment, he established physical contact with Ruksana, Shaina alleged.

When the family opposed it, he threatened to destroy the entire family.

On Wednesday morning, she said, they found the body of Ruksana lying about 100 metres from their house with signs of a rope noose around her neck.

Afsana said Fammuddin used to experiment black magic on her family members and most of his patients were women.

SP (city) Ajay Sehdev said the fact would be known only after the postmortem report.

A case has been registered against the accused. The police has set up two teams to nab Fammuddin.

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Class XII boy shot dead
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 20
A 20-year-old Class XII student was shot dead by some unidentified youths in the New Ashok Nagar police station area this afternoon.

According to the police, the victim has been identified as Akash and was fired upon five times by two youths who have some personal grudge against him. Akash was rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hosptial where he died.

"A passerby reported that a boy is lying unconscious with bullet wounds in the New Kondli area. The police rushed him to the hospital where he died," said a police official.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the accused were known to Akash and no robbery attempt was made. While the police refused to confirm that the murder could be fallout of some love affair.

"We can only say that no robbery attempt was made as all his belongings were found intact with him. Since youths are involved, there is no denying that some girl could have been the centre of enmity between the victim and the attackers. It is a matter of investigation and we are not in the position to say anything as of now," said a police official.

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2 carjackers held with cars, papers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 20
The Delhi police has arrested two notorious carjackers ó Kamal Kishore and Ravi Thakur.

A Swift car, one Verna car and a Pulsar bike has been recovered from their possession. One pistol .315 bore with two cartridges, two pan cards, two driving licenses, three ATM cards, two RCs, four number plates, 11 mobiles and 11 SIMs have also been recovered.

An FIR and a case under the Arms Act PS Special Cell has been registered and investigation taken up.

Interrogation of the two revealed that the Swift car recovered was robbed by them at gunpoint during night about six months back from Uttam Nagar. Detailed verification of the recovered documents, SIM cards and mobile phones is going on.

Both the accused persons disclosed that they along with their other two associates had participated in the robbery and later they sold the car to one receiver of stolen property in Meerut.

They revealed that about two years ago they had taken a new Verna car from a showroom in Gurgaon Haryana for a test ride but they pushed away the employee of the showroom and robbed the car at gunpoint. This robbed car was sold by them in Punjab.

Further investigation is in progress and the two are in police custody.

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Gang making fake cell phone batteries busted
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, May 20
In a raid on a Shaheed Nagar godown in Sahibabad, the police has busted a gang of criminals manufacturing fake cell phone batteries late on Thursday night.

The seized goods could be loaded in five to six trucks and were worth crores of rupees in the market, the police said.

Besides, 20 machines were seized from the site. Labels and stickers of well-known manufacturers of cell phone batteries were also recovered.

The police said that the network of the manufacturers could be spread in various cities and even other countries in Asia.

The SHO, Sahibabad police station, Sunil Kumar said that the batteries were manufactured in the godown and later sold in the market. It seems that the people connected to the gangs could be spread in many cities and countries of Asia.

The Sahibabad police received a tip-off late on Thursday night that one Jabbar in Shaheed Nagar was manufacturing cell phone batteries in his godown. Soon a raid was conducted in which 10 persons were nabbed and goods worth crores seized.

The arrested included Shahid Ali, Mohd Shaqil, Nadim, Sarfraz, Mohd Asgar, Ramesh, Kamraj, Rais, Basu and Tahir. The proprietor of the godown is absconding. The police has constituted two teams to nab the owner and other absconding persons.

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Proposed parking at gurdwara opposed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 20
If the proposed parking lot at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib is constructed, the entire historic building of the gurdwara will be damaged. A massive change is required in the layout plan of the parking construction.

This was stated by president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi-UK) Jasjit Singh at a conference here today.

He said as per plans of parking construction, all the complex of the gurdwara, including staff quarters, historical Lakhi Shah Vanjara Hall, office complex, would be demolished, except Diwan Hall. The gurdwara had historic value and it should not be damaged, he appealed.

He said chief of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwarara Management Committee Paramjit Singh Sarna had got the layout plan prepared in a hurry as he wanted to get it encashed in the gurdwara committee election that was due to be held this year.

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Man held for job racket
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 20
The Delhi police arrested a man who used to cheat unemployed youths on the pretext of giving them jobs in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Indian Railways. The suspect has been identified as Sudipto Ghosh. He was arrested from the Sunlight Colony area of southeast Delhi.

A stamp of DMRC, bank depository slip, cheque book and pass book were recovered from his possession, the police said.

The police said the case came to light when Saurabh Sharma, a resident of Uttam Nagar got a complaint registered, saying that Sudipto Ghosh took Rs 1.50 lakh from him for a job.

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Body found
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 20
A decomposed body of a 24-year-old Nepalese woman was found from a house in the Uttam Nagar area this evening.

The body was found around 4 pm when the landlord Guru Dev went to collect the rent from his tenant. He realised that some foul smell was coming out of the house.

She was living with a Nigerian man, who is absconding, said a police official.

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