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Delhi poor get subsidy on LPG
New Delhi, June 27
In an informal meeting of the cabinet this evening, the Delhi government has announced to give a subsidy on LPG to the card holders of below the poverty line (BPL) and above the poverty line (APL). The diesel will be cheaper by 37 paisa for all. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Plots allotted under 20-pt plan to be regularised
New Delhi, June 27
In good news for thousands of families, the Delhi government today decided to regularise plots of land allotted under '20-point' programme in early 1980s, by granting perpetual lease.

MCD to hand over industrial estates to govt
New Delhi, June 27
Delhi Commissioner of Industries Chetan B. Sanghi said that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has to hand over its industrial areas to the city government by September.


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A couple enjoys rains in New Delhi
A couple enjoys rains in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Autorickshaw drivers shout slogans demanding a hike in the fares in Faridabad
Autorickshaw drivers shout slogans demanding a hike in the fares in Faridabad Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

New landfill site to manage solid waste
New Delhi, June 27
Delhi Mayor, Prof. Rajni Abbi today said that a newly developed sanitary landfill site (SLF) at Narela-Bawana Road with a capacity of 1200 metric tonnes per day will become operational within a week, thereby relieving other landfill sites of additional burden of solid waste.

MCD to expedite probes against staff
New Delhi, June 27
To ensure speedy disposal of pending inquiries against its employees and expedite action against the guilty, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has decided to complete all vigilance inquiries in a time-bound manner.

A wet, humid day; more rains in store
New Delhi, June 27
It was a wet and humid day for the Capital today, with parts of the city receiving sporadic rains throughout the day.

Many bank on ECA, sports in DU
New Delhi, June 27
A student fills in form with the help of her father at the Faculty of Arts in Delhi University With Delhi University declaring high cut-offs this year, many students are taking the help of ECA and sports quota to secure a seat at a better college. After securing one seat at a college, many students have also applied for ECA or sports category admissions, securing two seats in different colleges.




A student fills in form with the help of her father at the Faculty of Arts in Delhi University on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

No action against guilty students yet, colleges await police report 
New Delhi, June 27
Three days after a fake caste certificate racket came to the fore at Delhi University, colleges are yet to take any concrete action against the guilty students. According to colleges, they have not yet received any firm communication from the Delhi police.

Rahul Gandhi Rahul meets victim of rape attempt at AIIMS
New Delhi, June 27
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi today visited the 14-year-old girl undergoing treatment at AIIMS after being stabbed in the eyes by two youths who tried to rape her.

Rahul Gandhi

SAD (Badal) leader quits party in protest
New Delhi, June 27
Senior vice-president of the Delhi unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Raja Harpreet Singh, today announced his resignation from the primary membership of the party in protest against the "indiscipline" being created by national vice-president Onkar Singh Thapar.

BJP rally against water, power scarcity
New Delhi, June 27
BJP activists, including women and children, demonstrated at Patel Nagar Chowk today in protest against the scarcity of water and power loadshedding in the area. Traffic was jammed for nearly an hour.

Eunuch thrashes cop for making lewd remarks
Greater Noida, June 27
A traffic policeman was yesterday thrashed by a eunuch near Dadri city police station.

Highway robbers held with booty
New Delhi, June 27
The Delhi police today busted a gang of highway robbers and arrested alleged budding criminals who reportedly recently looted a loaded truck from the highway in Burari and looted goods worth Rs 35 lakh along with the truck.

Financier found dead at home
Greater Noida, June 27
A 30-year-old financier was yesterday found dead in his house under mysterious circumstances. The victim, Satinder, lived at Sector Beta, here.

Inebriated man throws child on road
Ghaziabad, June 27
A drunk man allegedly flung his eight-month-old child on the road today following an altercation with his wife, the police said.

Girl hangs self after spat over food
New Delhi, June 27
A 11-year-old girl last night committed suicide following a quarrel with her younger brother at dinner, the police said today.

Teen kills friend
New Delhi, June 27
A 24-year-old labourer was murdered allegedly by his teenaged friend who was enraged at the victim for continuously refusing to lend money, the police said today.





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Delhi poor get subsidy on LPG
Cabinet makes diesel 37 p cheaper
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
In an informal meeting of the cabinet this evening, the Delhi government has announced to give a subsidy on LPG to the card holders of below the poverty line (BPL) and above the poverty line (APL). The diesel will be cheaper by 37 paisa for all. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Talking to media persons after the cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister said that a subsidy of Rs 40 would be given to those who have BPL and APL cards as these people are the poor citizens of the Capital.

According to the data of the food and supply department, four lakh people have these cards who would only be the beneficiaries of the cabinet decision.

This decision was taken after the UPA government directed the Congress-ruled states for the subsidy on LPG and diesel following a hike in prices of these fuels.

Diesel will now cost Rs 40.75 a litre in Delhi for all the consumers while LPG will be priced at Rs 355.35 per cylinder for the families covered under BPL and APL scheme.

Delhi has become the third state after West Bengal and Haryana to announce reduction in prices of oil products.

Diesel costs Rs 41.72 after the last hike of Rs 3 a litre announced by the Centre, while domestic LPG price went up by Rs 50 a cylinder and kerosene by Rs 2 a litre.

However, consumers in the national Capital, not in the BPL and Antyodaya scheme, will have to shell out Rs 395.45 for an LPG cylinder after the latest hike.

Opposition parties said this decision of the Delhi government would benefit just four lakh families in the Capital.

The majority of the population will have to pay the hiked prices of the LPG. As far diesel is concerned, giving a subsidy of 37 paisa is nothing.

It is not giving any relief to the transporters, claimed the parties. 

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Plots allotted under 20-pt plan to be regularised

New Delhi, June 27
In good news for thousands of families, the Delhi government today decided to regularise plots of land allotted under '20-point' programme in early 1980s, by granting perpetual lease.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, after a cabinet meeting, said the lease will be granted under three categories -- original owner, sold houses and commercial properties.

The rates of the lease will be determined in due course, she said.

Plots of land were allotted by the government under 20-point programme in early 1980s.

Dikshit said the decision to grant perpetual lease in respect of 20-point programme allotment will end uncertainty about status of the allotted sites.

The cabinet has also recommended to the honourable Lt-Governor to prorogue the budget session of the Delhi assembly which took place between March 15 and April 1.--PTI

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MCD to hand over industrial estates to govt
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
Delhi Commissioner of Industries Chetan B. Sanghi said that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has to hand over its industrial areas to the city government by September.

This decision was taken in a meeting held recently in the Union ministry of home affairs.

He said that the government has decided to charge Rs 10 per square meter from each industrial house as maintenance charges. Besides, the government has also decided to contribute Rs 74 crore for the maintenance.

This issue was raised last year when the minister concerned visited the industrial areas and found that all roads were broken and drains choked.

The government has also estimated an initial investment of Rs 1,300 crore for the development of industrial area.

Addressing a conference, the commissioner said that all the work of maintenance and development would be under the PPP mode approved by the Delhi cabinet as well as the Lieutenant-Governor.

First the government has selected four industrial estates as pilot projects - Okhla, Patparganj, Bawana and Narela.

The infrastructure development work has already been started in these industrial areas.

The government has so far invested Rs 130 crore in Narela, Rs 90 crore in Bawana, Rs 27 crore in Patparganj and Rs 21 crore in Okhla.

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New landfill site to manage solid waste
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
Delhi Mayor, Prof. Rajni Abbi today said that a newly developed sanitary landfill site (SLF) at Narela-Bawana Road with a capacity of 1200 metric tonnes per day will become operational within a week, thereby relieving other landfill sites of additional burden of solid waste.

"It will be a milestone in solid waste management of Delhi," said Abbi.

This was decided at a meeting of chairman, Standing Committee, Yogendra Chandolia, Leader of the House, Subhash Arya, chairman, Environment Management Services Committee, Rakesh Gulia, and Municipal Commissioner KS Mehra.

"It was also decided to procure three new bulldozers for levelling the solid waste at SLF sites. With a view to ensuring proper performance of the private operators in six zones, it was decided to impose heavy fines and deduct tipping fees in case of default in removal and transportation of solid waste," she said.

The MCD has made arrangements for the monsoon. "One central and 12 fully equipped zonal control rooms are working round the clock to attend to complaints from citizens," she added.

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MCD to expedite probes against staff
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
To ensure speedy disposal of pending inquiries against its employees and expedite action against the guilty, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has decided to complete all vigilance inquiries in a time-bound manner.

For this, the corporation will make changes in the inquiry policy.

On the directions of municipal commissioner KS Mehra, the vigilance department of the corporation, following the guidelines of the Central Vigilance Commission, has prepared a detailed draft policy for the investigation of the complaints lodged against its staff, especially concerning corruption.

There are more than 2,000 cases pending with the vigilance department of the MCD in which no inquiry report has been submitted even after several years, said a senior MCD official.

According to the new policy, the vigilance department will appoint an investigating officer within one week of the suspension of an employee on corruption or negligence charges. The officer will submit a primary investigation report within one month.

According to an MCD official, the investigating team will submit the final report within three months of submitting the primary report.

"If nothing concrete is found against the accused employee in the primary investigation, his suspension will be revoked. But the final verdict will be taken only after the final report comes," the official added.

The decision has been taken in view of the delay caused in the completion of departmental inquiries against complaints related to corruption.

According to a MCD official, under the e-governance system, investigations will be done faster and in a time-bound manner. 

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A wet, humid day; more rains in store
36 plaints of waterlogging, 18 trees fall
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
It was a wet and humid day for the Capital today, with parts of the city receiving sporadic rains throughout the day.

The day largely remained cloudy and the maximum temperature settled at 34 degrees Celsius, four degrees below the normal for this time of the year. The minimum temperature settled at 26.4 degrees Celsius, two degrees below the normal.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the national Capital today received 0.8 mm of rainfall from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.

The maximum humidity was recorded at 95 per cent and the minimum was 72 per cent.

According to the weather department, more rains are in store for tomorrow.

"The sky is likely to remain cloudy tomorrow and there is a possibility of thundershowers in the city," an official of the IMD said.

"The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 35 and 27 degrees Celsius, respectively," he added.

Meanwhile, the showers today led to inconvenience, mainly near residential colonies.

The rains led to waterlogging in 36 locations in the city, while 18 complaints of fallen trees were reported.

The uprooted trees caused minor traffic jams on some of the major roads in the city during rush hours.

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Many bank on ECA, sports in DU
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
With Delhi University declaring high cut-offs this year, many students are taking the help of ECA and sports quota to secure a seat at a better college. After securing one seat at a college, many students have also applied for ECA or sports category admissions, securing two seats in different colleges.

With the sports trials already wound up, students are now banking on ECA trials that began today. Colleges are, under the Delhi University rules, allowed to reserve up to 5% seats for students who want to apply under the ECA and sports category respectively. However this year, students are stalling two seats at a time as many colleges do not require students to submit their original documents, which had been the trend until last year.

"Although I got BCom in Gargi, there are other colleges like LSR, IP College and KMC whose ECA trials are yet to be conducted. I want to try them as well before choosing the college. In case I need to apply to LSR, I don't need to notify Gargi as they only asked for an attested copy of my certificates and not the originals," said Sunaina Tandon, applying to LSR as a western music singer.

Kavita Sharma, the head of physical education and also in-charge of the ECA admissions at Miranda House, said that this might turn into a problem as the ECA results would be declared only after a week and if students withdraw from colleges they have already taken admission in, seats might go empty.

"There are so many students on the waiting list. If someone gets through ECA or sports quota and already has secured a seat through academic merit, it is unfair to those who only have their extra-curricular to back them up. Our duty is to select the best. We have a limited number of seats and have to distribute them as well. We are offering them the seat immediately. I understand that these students want the best for themselves, but if colleges had asked for their original certificates, it would have become tough for them to hold two seats at a time," said Sharma.

Hansraj holds up to five auditions for short-listed candidates. Students are usually adjudged by guest judges who are experts in their fields.

"The competition is fierce. ECA admissions are for those who are solely dedicated to their talent. It's just not a means to get in a college. However, we are asking for their original certificates so that no student is able to block two seats at a time," said VK Kwatra, principal, Hansraj College. 

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Caste Certificate Fraud in DU
No action against guilty students yet, colleges await police report 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
Three days after a fake caste certificate racket came to the fore at Delhi University, colleges are yet to take any concrete action against the guilty students. According to colleges, they have not yet received any firm communication from the Delhi police.

The police yesterday questioned the parents who alleegdly paid lakhs of rupees to acquire forged caste certificates for their children. It also collected all admission-related documents of the students who have been enrolled in the colleges on the basis of fake certificates.

"We are awaiting a response from the police. The university will take all actions to ensure that the guilty are punished," said dean, students' welfare, JM Khurana.

"We are yet to receive any communication from the police or the university administration. Action will be taken only after we get a complete report," said SP Jain, principal, Sri Ram College for Commerce.

The gang had managed to secure admissions for 12 students, including four girls, in eight colleges using fake SC and OBC certificates.

The students who used these fake certificates to secure a seat in the college of their choice include 90 per centers.

The preliminary interrogation of the parents has revealed that the three accused used SMSes and phone calls to entice students into availing their "services".

According to the police, the accused would obtain the phone numbers of students from their admission forms. The investigators revealed that the trio amassed as much as Rs 50 lakh since 2008. They used to charge Rs 3 to 5 lakh per student, depending on the course and the college.

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Rahul meets victim of rape attempt at AIIMS
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi today visited the 14-year-old girl undergoing treatment at AIIMS after being stabbed in the eyes by two youths who tried to rape her.

Rahul spoke to the girl and her parents around 10.45 am. He inquired about her status with the doctor at Rajendra Prasad Eye Centre in AIIMS. The doctors briefed him on the treatment being given to the minor girl.

His visit came in the wake of the Congress' protest against the Mayawati government for the alleged rise in crime in the state.

The victim was allegedly kidnapped from her home at Ghurpurwa village in Kannauj district on June 19 and was stabbed as she resisted a rape attempt by two persons, Dilip and Niranjan Yadav.

The villagers later found her in the fields and she was taken to the district hospital. Rahul wanted to know from the doctors whether the girl would be able to regain her sight, said the sources.

The doctors reportedly said that the recovery is possible in one eye only.

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SAD (Badal) leader quits party in protest
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
Senior vice-president of the Delhi unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Raja Harpreet Singh, today announced his resignation from the primary membership of the party in protest against the "indiscipline" being created by national vice-president Onkar Singh Thapar.

Harpreet said that his aim was to defeat the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) headed by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Paramjit Singh Sarna in the coming elections, but being a member of the SAD Badal, it was getting difficult as there were many factions in the party. These factions are not working jointly.

Instead of defeating the ruling party in the gurdwara committee, the party leaders are involved in creating factions, he regretted.

Addressing a conference, he said that within a few days, he would announce his new course of action to be taken against the ruling party of the gurdwara committee, but sources close to him disclosed that he would join the Kendriya Guru Singh Sabha (KGSS) headed by Tarvinder Singh Marwah, Congress MLA from Jangpura.

The KGSS will also field its members to contest the gurdwara committee elections. The thanksgiving function was organised by the KGSS to show its following in the community, sources said.

Onkar Singh Thapar was not available for the comment. 

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BJP rally against water, power scarcity
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
BJP activists, including women and children, demonstrated at Patel Nagar Chowk today in protest against the scarcity of water and power loadshedding in the area. Traffic was jammed for nearly an hour.

They claimed that water is supplied for hardly one hour in the evening and one hour in the morning which is not enough.

The activists carried empty pitchers on their heads and broke them on the road, saying that the Congress government in Delhi failed to provide water and power to the people.

The Delhi Jal Board claims that it has enough water to meet the demand of the residents living in authorized colonies. However, in reality people face scarcity of water. The same is the condition of power. Loadshedding is reported for hours from the areas in the Capital, the activists said.

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Eunuch thrashes cop for making lewd remarks
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, June 27
A traffic policeman was yesterday thrashed by a eunuch near Dadri city police station.

The policeman had reportedly passed lewd remarks on him.

The policeman ran for his life and took shelter at a police station.

The incident happened at the main crossing of the city.

Normally, an ASI and six traffic policemen are put on duty to direct the traffic at the main crossing of Dadri. Yesterday, around 12 noon, a eunuch reached the crossing.

One of the policemen allegedly passed some lewd remarks on him. Offended, the eunuch beat the policeman.

The policeman then ran inside the police station of the area to save himself.

Soon, a group of eunuchs reached the police station and created a ruckus.

They were pacified only after some citizens intervened.

However, police circle officer Udeybir Singh Khokar said the incident was not triggered because of the policeman passing lewd remarks on the eunuch.

According to him, there was a traffic jam on the road, and the eunuch, who was on a cycle rickshaw, was asking the rickshaw puller to push ahead.

When the policeman stopped the rickshaw, the eunuch argued with him and assaulted him.

The police has registered a case against the eunuch for interfering in the duty of a government official.

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Highway robbers held with booty
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
The Delhi police today busted a gang of highway robbers and arrested alleged budding criminals who reportedly recently looted a loaded truck from the highway in Burari and looted goods worth Rs 35 lakh along with the truck.

The accused - Mohammad Asif (21), Mohammad Salim (21) and Mohammad Arif (20) - were arrested from the area of Old Village, Usmanpur, yesterday.

During interrogation, the accused confessed committing of the crime.

"They stationed themselves near a petrol pump and at about 9.30 pm found one Swaraj Mazda parked on the roadside near Nirankari Ground, ITI, Dhirpur, while the driver of the Swaraj Mazda was checking the tyres of his vehicle. They overpowered the driver and took him in their vehicle even as their associate drove the Swaraj Mazda," said a senior police officer.

"They kept the driver hostage in the vehicle and later dropped him near Sarai Kale Khan. The truck was driven to Shastri Park to offload the goods in a godown so that it could be disposed of later. Yesterday, they came to the godown to dispose it of. Based on their disclosure and at their instance, the vehicle used in the committing crime was also recovered," said the officer.

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Financier found dead at home
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, June 27
A 30-year-old financier was yesterday found dead in his house under mysterious circumstances. The victim, Satinder, lived at Sector Beta, here.

When a Kasna police team reached the house, many things were found strewn around. A beer can was found in the kitchen. The team said Satinder could have died of excessive drinking.

Satinder's wife and children had gone to his village a few days ago. His brother-in-law Nitin left his place at 11 am on Sunday morning for Noida. On returning, Nitin found Satinder dead. He saw that valuables and goods kept in almirah and bedboxes were strewn around in the room. Nitin then informed Satinder's family and the police.

The police said 11 bottles of beer and five bottles of whisky were found in the house. Police circle officer (DSP) Rahul Kumar Singh said Satinder could have died due to excessive drinking.

But Rajpal said his son was a teetotaller and suspected that he was murdered. Satinder was a loner and seldom mixed with people, his family said.

According to Rajpal, he spoke to his son at 9.30 on Sunday morning and everything appeared normal then. 

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Inebriated man throws child on road

Ghaziabad, June 27
A drunk man allegedly flung his eight-month-old child on the road today following an altercation with his wife, the police said.

The couple were walking on National Highway 24 here with the toddler when the man, Babu, in a fit of rage, snatched the baby from his wife and flung him on the road.

Bystanders who witnessed the incident saved the infant and called the police to intervene, said officials.

The child, who suffered minor injuries, was admitted to a hospital here.--PTI

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Girl hangs self after spat over food

New Delhi, June 27
A 11-year-old girl last night committed suicide following a quarrel with her younger brother at dinner, the police said today.

Vineesha and her two brothers were having dinner on Sunday night when she had an argument with her younger brother, who apparently got a bigger portion of food than her, said the police. Her father works as a private security guard.
-- IANS

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Teen kills friend

New Delhi, June 27
A 24-year-old labourer was murdered allegedly by his teenaged friend who was enraged at the victim for continuously refusing to lend money, the police said today.

Praveen Dhama was apprehended from Johripur yesterday for allegedly shooting dead Tinku at a factory in north-east Delhi's Ganga Vihar where he was working, Sanjay Kumar Jain, deputy commissioner of police (North-East), said. PTI

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