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Shobhit Murder Case
Home ministry, cops get HC notice
New Delhi, July 20
The Delhi High Court today asked the city police to explain why it has failed to solve the murder of 20-year-old IT student Shobhit Modi, found stabbed on a May night near his home in a posh south Delhi locality.

PATWARI LAND ACQUISITION
GNIDA to appeal against high court order
Greater Noida, July 20
The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) will appeal against the Allahabad High Court order directing it to return to farmers their lands in Patwari village, an official said today.

A disabled gets his name registered at the job fest in New Delhi on Wednesday Orthopaedic patients in demand at job fest for differently abled
New Delhi, July 20
People with orthopaedic problems should stop worrying about employment, as nowadays, companies prefer them over other differently abled persons.


A disabled gets his name registered at the job fest in New Delhi on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui


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Seven kids go missing in Delhi everyday
New Delhi, July 20
Many fathers and mothers in Delhi, especially from the working class, are coping with a sudden vacuum in their lives: their children have disappeared. Seven kids have gone missing here everyday, on an average, over the past month and a half, according to official figures.

Uncertainty looms over projects in Gt Noida
Gt Noida/New Delhi, July 20
An atmosphere of uncertainty and panic has returned to plague home buyers and builders in Greater Noida after the Allahabad High Court sided with farmers, quashing land acquisition of 598 hectares in Patwari village, the second acquisition struck down by court this month.

The MCD holds its first standing committee meeting at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civic Centre in New Delhi Cong flays BJP on civic centre
New Delhi, July 20
Issues like the delay in shifting the municipal offices to its new headquarters at Minto Road and the division of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi marked the first meeting of the Standing Committee that was held at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civic Centre.

The MCD holds its first standing committee meeting at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civic Centre in New Delhi. Tribune photo:Manas Ranjan Bhui

Have IB diploma? DU not interested
New Delhi/Gurgaon, July 20
Students armed with a prestigious international school board certificate, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, are finding it near impossible to secure seats in Delhi University (DU).
Members of an NGO, LeasePlan India and Advit Foundation, plant trees at Meoka village in Gurgaon
Members of an NGO, LeasePlan India and Advit Foundation, plant trees at Meoka village in Gurgaon. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

BVIMR students get placements
New Delhi, July 20
Renowned corporate giants have recruited several MBA students from the Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Management and Research (BVIMR).

Innovative DTU students
New Delhi, July 20
Students of Delhi Technological University (DTU) showcased their talents at the Indo-US innovation exposition organised by FICCI and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum held today.

HC puts off verdict on night shelters
New Delhi, July 20
The Delhi High Court today reserved its order on the Delhi government's plea for permission to shut down temporary night shelters for which there are few takers now.

Jewellery worth Rs 60 lakh looted
Ghaziabad, July 20
Armed robbers looted cash and jewellery worth over Rs 60 lakh from a jeweller's employee in Ghaziabad yesterday, the police said.

HC orders guidelines to protect nurses
New Delhi, July 20
The Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi government to frame guidelines to protect and safeguard the interests of nurses working in various hospitals.

SAD (Delhi-UK) seeks more seats in MCD
New Delhi, July 20
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi-UK) in a meeting with the Congress general secretary, Rahul Gandhi, submitted a memorandum demanding eight seats in each proposed zone of the MCD in the municipal elections to be held next year.

CM holds meeting on EWS flats
New Delhi, July 20
At a high-level meeting, the Delhi Government today decided to manage Rs 200 crore for the construction of 60, 000 low cost houses for the poor people under the Rajiv Rattan Awas Yojna.

Another sex racket busted
New Delhi, July 20
With the arrest of two pimps and five sex workers in Rohini last night, the Delhi police has busted third prostitution racket in the national Capital in the past 10 days.

Telengana supporter found hanging at India Gate
New Delhi, July 20
Apparently angry and upset over the delay in the granting statehood to Telengana, a 23-year-old supporter from Andhra Pradesh allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in India Gate this morning.

Employee held for staging fake robbery
New Delhi, July 20
A 20-year-old employee of a private company, who claimed to have been robbed of Rs 11 lakh two days ago by some unknown robbers while he was on his way to deliver the money in north-west Delhi, have been arrested for staging the robbery and the stolen money was recovered from his friend's house.

Jewellery shop looted
New Delhi, July 20
Three unidentified persons looted a jewellery shop at a gun-point and decamped with jewellery and cash worth lakhs of rupees in the Laxmi Nagar area this afternoon.

Hot day in Delhi, no rains in store
New Delhi, July 20
Delhiites suffered a hot and muggy day today as the sky remained partly cloudy and maximum temperature was recorded two notches above average at 37.3 C.

 





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Shobhit Murder Case
Home ministry, cops get HC notice

New Delhi, July 20
The Delhi High Court today asked the city police to explain why it has failed to solve the murder of 20-year-old IT student Shobhit Modi, found stabbed on a May night near his home in a posh south Delhi locality.

"Issue notice to the respondents (the Delhi police and the ministry of home affairs)," said Justice Mukta Gupta, and asked why should not the case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The court asked the police to take note of complaints of Shobhit's father Suraj Modi, who claimed he was being threatened by various politicians and others for trying to get the killing unravelled.

"Your (Delhi police) investigation needs to be supervised," said the court, seeking their response by September 13.

Shobhit's family on Monday appealed to the Delhi High Court for a CBI probe into the case, lashing out at the Delhi police for what it called an inefficient and tardy investigation.

Shobhit, a second year information technology student at Manav Rachna University in Faridabad and an alumnus of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, was stabbed to death near his home in Vasant Kunj's C-block around 10 pm on May 5.

He had four stab wounds-one on the chest, one in the abdomen and two in the back. His father rushed him to hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.

Despite hundreds of people being questioned, the police has not yet found any clues to the killing.

In its petition, Shobhit's family alleged that Delhi police were shielding those behind Shobhit's murder.

"Every time we contact the police, it comes up with 10 new theories. It says that it was a robbery case. But when nothing is missing, how can robbery be the motive? We want the murder case to be transferred to the CBI," said Shobhit's father.

"The police has questioned several people but the probe has been inconclusive," said Modi, a general manager at state-run Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation (MMTC) India Ltd.

"The culprits are going scotfree and the police seems to be protecting somebody," Modi told IANS.

The police has so far questioned over 300 people, including Shobhit's friends, classmates and neighbours, apart from local criminals and autorickshaw drivers.

Shobhit's father has also written to the city police commissioner to ask him to expedite the probe. IANS

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PATWARI LAND ACQUISITION
GNIDA to appeal against high court order

Greater Noida, July 20
The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) will appeal against the Allahabad High Court order directing it to return to farmers their lands in Patwari village, an official said today.

The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authoritywould file either a review petition before the Allahabad High Court against its judgment on 598 hectare in Patwari village or a special leave petition (SLP) before the Supreme Court, GNIDA chief executive officer (CEO) Rama Raman told media persons here.

"We will study the judgment and then decide," he said.

Giving merits for the petition, the CEO contended that there was a lot of difference between Patwari and Shahberi cases, where also the land acquisition had been quashed - this time by the Supreme Court - earlier this month.

"In Shahberi village, only 15 per cent farmers took the compensation while 85 per cent protested the acquisition while in Patwari, the case is reverse. Here 85 per cent farmers took compensation and only 15 per cent remained to contest the acquisition," he said.

Raman also said that in Shahberi village, the dispute was between the farmers, the builders and the authority, while in Patwari the allottees had been given physical possession in GNIDA's own scheme, thus making four parties to the dispute, he said. -- IANS

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Orthopaedic patients in demand at job fest for differently abled
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
People with orthopaedic problems should stop worrying about employment, as nowadays, companies prefer them over other differently abled persons.

The trend became apparent at a 'job fest for the differently abled' organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry today. Here, the employers selected several candidates with orthopedic problems and hinted at treating the differently abled at par with other employees of their company.

Madhumita Tripathi, who works for the human resources department of the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, said the company had shortlisted three persons suffering from orthopaedic problems.

"The firm needs one counselor and two front-office executives," she said.

Furthermore, Exhibitions India Limited plans to hire 10-15 differently abled persons for managing their "telephonic sales" and "data entry", according to Shikha Passy, a senior HR executive of Exhibitions India Group.

"We want to hire orthopaedic patients who can read, write and hear," she said.

The PHD Chamber had invited 350 differently abled candidates after "screening" them. Out of the 263 registrations, 74 candidates have been finally shortlisted by the companies. Twenty-six companies attended the fest.

"The job requirements of the companies suggest that out of the selected candidates, 50 per cent are people with orthopaedic problems and 25 deaf and dumb persons," said Jatinder Singh, joint-secretary of the PHD Chamber.

The PHD Chamber has also recruited some differently abled persons, according to Payal Prashar, who works for its HR department.

Prashar said visually challenged persons will not be employment easily, as most of the companies do not have provisions for them.

"We have employed people who are deaf and dumb. However, we have mainly hired persons with orthopaedic problems. Twelve differently abled persons were given offer letters by some companies," said Payal.

However, Ved Mati, a female candidate, had a different story to tell. She had joined Aegis, but resigned because she was allegedly not given facilities required by physically challenged people.

"I had to work at night and would not get a cab to drop me home," she claimed.

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Seven kids go missing in Delhi everyday

New Delhi, July 20
Many fathers and mothers in Delhi, especially from the working class, are coping with a sudden vacuum in their lives: their children have disappeared. Seven kids have gone missing here everyday, on an average, over the past month and a half, according to official figures.

The data, as sourced from the Zonal Integrated Police Network (ZIPNet) and compiled by child rights NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), says that 331 children have gone missing from Delhi in the period between June 1, 2011, and July 18.

"Over the past one and a half months, seven children have been going missing every day in Delhi! What is even more shocking is the low rate of recovery by the police," Kailash Satyarthi of BBA told IANS.

According to the data, from the beginning of this year until July 18, a total of 921 children have gone missing in Delhi. Most of the children are in the age group of 12-15.

"Of the 921 children who have gone missing, only 315 have been traced. Meaning, over 600 children are still missing. This poses a big question on the role of the police in tracing the missing kids," Satyarthi said.

The maximum number of children went missing in the month of June - 183. According to the BBA, the reason is that around June-July, a number of children are trafficked for labour to other states.

"A chunk of the kids who have gone missing belong to the low socio-economic strata of society and are from areas like Narela, Bawana in outer Delhi and Khanpur in south Delhi which are connected to the industrial belt," a BBA activist said.

"Most of the missing children come from migrant families who are here for employment. The children of these families generally don't go to school and are by themselves for most part of the day when their parents go out for work," he added.

"As per our analysis, a number of children who go missing from these areas are trafficked for cheap labour. In outer Delhi, the number of boys missing is more than girls," the activist said.

Social activists also fear that most of the girls going missing are trafficked into the sex trade.

Citing one example, he said: "There was this case in Aman Vihar in outer Delhi when a domestic worker's son went missing last month. She had migrated from Bihar a few months back and while her son did attend school there, here he did not."

All of 10 years, the child went missing from his home one fine day when she had gone for work.

"She lodged a complaint, but till date there has been no progress," the BBA activist said.

Another distressed parent is Amar Choubey whose son, Akash, went missing on March 19 this year from another part of Delhi.

"Akash was playing in the street in front of our house with his friends when all of a sudden we realised that he was missing. Initially, we thought he may be hiding somewhere. But when he did not come after some time, we were alarmed," Choubey said.

"We looked everywhere...it was shocking because everyone living in the street knew Akash. We lodged an FIR the same day, but till date there is no information on him," the heartbroken father said.

In March this year, the Delhi High Court took a serious view of police failure to trace missing children and directed the Delhi police chief to constitute a task force to find out if gangs were involved in child trafficking.

A division bench consisting of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna pulled up the police while referring to a report filed by the Delhi Legal Services Authority stating that over 500 children missing over the past one year have not been rescued.

As per the month-wise breakup of children going missing this year, 89 children went missing in January, 104 in February, 132 in March, 127 in April, 130 in May, 183 in June and 157 in July (until July 18). -- IANS

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Uncertainty looms over projects in Gt Noida

Gt Noida/New Delhi, July 20
An atmosphere of uncertainty and panic has returned to plague home buyers and builders in Greater Noida after the Allahabad High Court sided with farmers, quashing land acquisition of 598 hectares in Patwari village, the second acquisition struck down by court this month.

Builders were hit hard by the decision which comes after a Supreme Court order earlier this month, quashing the acquisition of land in the same district's Shahberi village. A total of 156 hectares of village land was acquired by Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) in Shahberi and then sold to developers at exorbitant rates.

The current decision has left nearly 20,000 home buyers, builders and banks panicky, as huge investments are involved in many projects coming up in the area.

"Consumer sentiments have been hit hard by the decision, but we (builders) are trying to convince them that their initial booking amount is safe and that the projects are not shelved yet as we will approach the court," Mohit Gupta, director (marketing) of Amrapali Group, told IANS.

Gupta added that his firm was, however, not largely affected by the high court's Tuesday decision as the two projects that were slated to come up in the Greater Noida region had not been put up for booking yet.

Builders said that Greater Noida was losing its cost advantage because of the uncertainty surrounding real estate projects and even banks had started denying loans to consumers and companies.

"I was extremely optimistic about buying property in Greater Noida. We had also applied for a loan which now stands rejected," Uttam Bhagat of Impressico Business Solutions Pvt Ltd, who was keen on buying a three-bedroom flat in the area, told IANS.

"In fact, many of my colleagues were interested in similar investment as buying property in Delhi is next to impossible," he added.

Frantic buyers were seen thronging the offices of many large and small builders in the areas affected by the decision.

"The customers' money is safe. We have already informed them that they will either be refunded or shifted to another project. There is no need for panic. As per the court's order, we are obliged to do either of these," said a senior official from Supertech, whose project Eco Village-1 was coming up in the same area.

Industry officials agree that customers may be the biggest losers.

Vinod Behl, editor of niche magazine Realty Plus, told IANS that the compensation package was also headed towards a raw deal as developers were struggling under huge debts.

"Customers are going to be hit hard since some builders do not have an alternate project to shift them to. Due to the high debt they are under, it would also be difficult for them to pay higher compensation," Behl added.

Experts also blamed the state-run GNIDA for chosing an inappropriate model to acquire land. Farmers' land was bought at as low a price as Rs 800 per square foot and then sold for Rs 11,000 per square foot.

Meanwhile, GNIDA CEO Rama Raman said today the authority would appeal against the order by either filing a review petition before the Allahabad High Court or a special leave petition before the Supreme Court.

"We will study the judgment and then decide," Raman said.

Giving merits for the petition, the CEO contended that there was a lot of difference between Patwari and Shahberi cases, where also the land acquisition had been quashed - this time by the Supreme Court - earlier this month.

"In Shahberi village, only 15 per cent farmers took the compensation while 85 per cent farmers protested the acquisition while in Patwari, the case is reverse. Here 85 per cent farmers took compensation and only 15 per cent farmers remained to contest the acquisition," he said. -- IANS

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Cong flays BJP on civic centre
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
Issues like the delay in shifting the municipal offices to its new headquarters at Minto Road and the division of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi marked the first meeting of the Standing Committee that was held at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civic Centre.

Councillors of the opposition Congress criticised the delay in the construction of the civic centre and its inauguration before the completion of the work. "The BJP was in a hurry to inaugurate the building in order to gain political mileage even before its construction work was completed," said Jai Kishan Sharma, Leader of the Opposition.

Congress councillors also criticised the BJP leaders for taking too long to hold meetings at the new office. "The civic centre was inaugurated in April last year but it took one and a half years for the corporation to hold its first meeting at the new building. Then why was it opened in such a haste," said Sharma.

However, Subhash Arya, Leader of the House in the MCD, said the delay was caused on the behalf of the executive wing. "We always put in our best efforts to complete the project in time, but the officers took time in conceptualising the proposal, floating tenders, getting the requisite permissions, etc. There was no delay from our side at all," said Arya.

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Have IB diploma? DU not interested

New Delhi/Gurgaon, July 20
Students armed with a prestigious international school board certificate, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, are finding it near impossible to secure seats in Delhi University (DU).

The students, parents and even some lecturers say that DU is turning away those with the diploma, which is awarded by a Geneva-based body and is respected worldwide.

The Association of Indian Universities here says that the IB diploma, as it is widely known, has been equated with the Class XII qualification of the Indian schools since 1983. Most IB students go abroad for higher studies.

Although the DU prospectus says that students with IB diploma can join its colleges, many in the university are ignorant, even indifferent to a qualification that carries a lot of weight abroad.

"DU does not understand the depth of the course," Sangeeta Krishnan Nag, senior principal of Pathways School in Gurgaon, said. The school offers an IB diploma.

"On paper, they are supposed to accept the IB diploma," she said. "But when students go for admission, they face all kinds of difficulties and are denied admission."

The IB website says 84 schools in India offer one or more of the three IB programmes.

Manisha Malhotra, the IB diploma coordinator at Shri Ram School, admitted that IB students are facing "problems...and this is an issue which needs to be sorted out. Some colleges support it, some don't. DU can have one common approach. In this age when people are mobile, IB courses are highly relevant. The Indian universities need to take cognisance of this."

Sambhav Srivastava, a senior officer at the Association of Indian Universities, puts the blame for the mess on the Geneva board which gives out the certificates - International Baccalaureate Organisation.

"This is the deficiency of the board. If you really want to help the students, the IB board will have to do something," Srivastava said.

DU, which accepts CBSE, ISC and the state board degrees, is set to begin a new academic year on Thursday.

According to Srivastava, the number of students pursuing the IB course in India is around 10,000. A key problem is the results come out in early July - by which time few seats are left in DU colleges.

To overcome the problem, DU colleges are expected to admit IB students on the basis of a certificate issued by their school, predicting how they would score on the strength of their previous academic showing. - IANS

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BVIMR students get placements
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
Renowned corporate giants have recruited several MBA students from the Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Management and Research (BVIMR).

These companies include the American Express, ICICI Securities, Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank, Axis Bank, CITI Bank and HSBC Bank. Other companies such as Bharti Airtel, Pantaloon Retail and Genpact were also present during the recruitment of the candidates. HR consultancy organisations such as Manpower and Mafoi were also invited for the placements.

"Our events are students-centred. They are our most important stakeholders and their active participation in our activities is crucial for the institute," said an official of the BVIMR.

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Innovative DTU students
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
Students of Delhi Technological University (DTU) showcased their talents at the Indo-US innovation exposition organised by FICCI and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum held today.

Students have been the brains behind a number of innovations, some of which have been recognised by the scientific community and even won awards.

Some of the students' innovations at the university include unmanned aircraft systems, which recently won the Dr Arthur Reyes Safety Award, hybrid car, super-mileage vehicle, robotic submarine, solar car and cycle-operated washing machine, Dhobi.

Vice-Chancellor of the university PB Sharma said, "The attempt at DTU has always been to encourage research and innovations among the students.

Sharma added, "We need to train our young minds as breakthrough leaders to override the obstacles usually confronted by innovators in India. We also need to integrate the culture of innovation in our higher education system. One of the major grey areas in India is the lack of formal structures for transforming knowledge into prosperity. For this, we need to set up technology incubation and commercialisation centres in our universities."

Vivek Tripathi, spokesperson, DTU, said, "Most of these innovations are the product of team work undertaken by students who thought out of the box to create something new.

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HC puts off verdict on night shelters

New Delhi, July 20
The Delhi High Court today reserved its order on the Delhi government's plea for permission to shut down temporary night shelters for which there are few takers now.

Accepting the report submitted by a three-member committee set up by it, the division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said: "We have to be concerned about the people on the street and at the same time we are concerned about the public exchequer."

The bench said it would decide on the matter after going through the report.

The Delhi government wants to shut down the shelters as it claims that these were meant to serve the homeless during the winter.

The committee, comprising lawyers Jyoti Singh, Shobhna Takkiar and Jayshree Satpute, visited more than 30 temporary and permanent night shelters before preparing the report about the conditions there.

"The temporary shelters were not maintained properly by NGOs due to which there was low occupancy," said the report.

The committee said the homeless were not aware of the permanent shelters.

The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board needed to give wide publicity about the facilities available at the shelters so that the needy start using them, it said.

The court earlier asked the committee to ascertain the reasons for the low occupancy in these temporary shelters.

The judges were hearing a petition filed by the Delhi government seeking to close the temporary night shelters. -- IANS

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Jewellery worth Rs 60 lakh looted

Ghaziabad, July 20
Armed robbers looted cash and jewellery worth over Rs 60 lakh from a jeweller's employee in Ghaziabad yesterday, the police said.

The incident occurred around 8.30 pm near the Amrit Nagar residential locality.

Narendra Sehgal, an employee of jeweller Jagan Nath, used to bring finished goods from markets in Delhi. He was attacked and robbed and is now in hospital.

His son Sanjay said that the robbers hit his father's head and robbed a bag carrying valuables.

"Although the family members suspect the robbed articles were valued over Rs 60 lakh, the exact amount could only be ascertained after the victim gains consciousness. We are trying to nab the culprits," said the superintendent of police, city, J.K. Shahi. -- IANS

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HC orders guidelines to protect nurses

New Delhi, July 20
The Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi government to frame guidelines to protect and safeguard the interests of nurses working in various hospitals.

"Slavery and begging is not prevalent in any part of the world," the division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna earlier commented on the plea of a 22-year-old nurse whose certificates were withheld by a hospital from where she wanted to resign.

The bench said, "We direct the city government to consider framing of guidelines in three months so that the nurses don't feel that they are being harassed."

The court disposed off the petition of Ancy N. who moved the court against Indraprastha Apollo Hospital. -- IANS

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SAD (Delhi-UK) seeks more seats in MCD
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi-UK) in a meeting with the Congress general secretary, Rahul Gandhi, submitted a memorandum demanding eight seats in each proposed zone of the MCD in the municipal elections to be held next year.

SAD (Delhi-UK) president Jasjit Singh said Rahul heard his demands patiently.

He said around 15 lakh Sikhs resided in the national Capital. At present six councillors and six MLAs were there from the Sikh community. With the trifurcation of the MCD, the area of the councillors' segments would also be reduced. Considering all this, the Congress should increase the number of seats for Sikhs.

The other demands of the SAD (Delhi-UK) mentioned in the memorandum are a prominent Sikh in NDMC.

He said some roads should be named after noted banker of India Dr Inderjit Singh, first Chief Minister of Punjab Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir, noted leader of Delhi Jatehdar Santokh Singh and only Sikh Lok Sabha MP from Delhi Sardar Charanjit Singh as a tribute to them.

A hospital should be constructed in the name of Baba Harbans Singh whose services to the humanity were no parallel in Delhi. He demanded that Justice Sodhi should be appointed as chairman of the Press Council of India.

He also demanded that there should be a one window clearance system for the procedure of the minority students' fee, scholarship and loans.

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CM holds meeting on EWS flats
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
At a high-level meeting, the Delhi Government today decided to manage Rs 200 crore for the construction of 60, 000 low cost houses for the poor people under the Rajiv Rattan Awas Yojna.

The meeting was chaired by the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, and attended by the Urban Development Minister Rajkumar Chauhan and Chief Secretary of Delhi P. K. Tripathi

The meeting was called after the Delhi Lokayukta Manmohan Sarin in his recommendatory order said that Chief Minister had misguided the people by announcing that 60,000 flats would be allotted to the poor people before the assembly elections in 2008.

Rajkumar Chauhan said that it was decided that the government would dispose of some sites to collect money to construct these flats. Among these sites are two big plots for hotels.

These flats would be allotted to the residents of 32 jhuggi clusters that were demolished before the Commonwealth Games.

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Another sex racket busted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
With the arrest of two pimps and five sex workers in Rohini last night, the Delhi police has busted third prostitution racket in the national Capital in the past 10 days.

The pimps have been identified as Premlata (35) and Shanti Devi (50) who procured girls from UP and Uttarakhand.

"The pimps and the girls were arrested after a tip-off and following a deal by a decoy customer last night. The girls are in their early twenties. They were arrested from the KN Katju Marg police station area," said a senior police official.

The girls were hired on a monthly contract of Rs 50, 000 each.

3 held for vehicle thefts

The crime branch of the Delhi police arrested three persons and recovered seven cars, including a Honda City. The accused have been identified as Manoj Rathi (27), Ashok (28) and Vijaydeep (24).

As per Ashok Chand, DCP (crime), Manoj was first to be arrested from Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar when he was found driving a Maruti Alto car with a forged number plate and documents.

Subsequently, his associates were arrested. After stealing vehicles, they got prepared forged documents for the car from one of their associates Sachin, who is absconding.

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Telengana supporter found hanging at India Gate
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
Apparently angry and upset over the delay in the granting statehood to Telengana, a 23-year-old supporter from Andhra Pradesh allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in India Gate this morning.

According to the police, the deceased has been identified as M Adhi Reddy. He was discovered hanging from a tree around 7 am.

"We have recovered a 10-page letter, probably a suicide note written in Telugu, which is being translated. Reddy belongs to the Telengana region of Andhra Pradesh. Based on contents found upon him, Reddy came to the capital on Monday," said a police official.

The body has been sent to RML Hospital for a post-mortem.

Telengana broadly refers to the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh and the residents of the area have been demanding a separate statehood for decades.

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Employee held for staging fake robbery
The accused staged a fake robbery of Rs 11 lakh when he was on his way to deliver it on behalf of his employer
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
A 20-year-old employee of a private company, who claimed to have been robbed of Rs 11 lakh two days ago by some unknown robbers while he was on his way to deliver the money in north-west Delhi, have been arrested for staging the robbery and the stolen money was recovered from his friend's house.

According to the police, Mohit Singhal was a suspect from the beginning as he made contradictory statements about the place of robbery and profile of the robbers.

During sustained interrogation, he confessed to the crime. The money was recovered from the house of Ravi Bappani, Singhal's friend who was given the money before he made call to the PCR.

The incident was reported from the Subhash Place police station on July 18 when Mohit was on his way to office at Netaji Subhash Place to deliver Rs 11 lakh on behalf of his employer.

However, as per his claims to the police then, near Beri Wala Bagh cremation ground, Shakur Pur, three youths on a black Pulsar motor cycle stopped him and forcibly loot the money after inflicting some injuries on him.

According to Meenu Chaudhary, DCP (northwest), during questioning of Mohit an important fact emerged that he had been carrying and delivering the cash between Peeragarhi and NDM-II for over a year.

However, he had taken different route on the day of incident.

"The examination of injury mark on the body of complainant revealed that these were typical of self-inflicted wounds/injuries. Further, he could not explain the manner in which these injuries were inflicted, the type of weapon used, direction of assault, etc," said Chaudhary.

Thereafter, Mohit was put under sustained interrogation by three separate teams of officers and ultimately he broke down and confessed that he, along with his friend Ravi, had conspired to keep the money and planned the fake robbery.

Ravi has also been arrested.

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Jewellery shop looted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
Three unidentified persons looted a jewellery shop at a gun-point and decamped with jewellery and cash worth lakhs of rupees in the Laxmi Nagar area this afternoon.

The incident was reported from Bharti Jewellers, located in the Jagat Ram Park area, around 2 pm.

Owner of the shop, Tapan was hit by a pistol butt. He was admitted to LBS Hospital with head injuries. "When Tapan was in the shop, three armed robbers came in and held him at the gun-point and decamped with jewellery and cash worth Rs 2.25 lakh," said a police official.

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Hot day in Delhi, no rains in store

New Delhi, July 20
Delhiites suffered a hot and muggy day today as the sky remained partly cloudy and maximum temperature was recorded two notches above average at 37.3 C.

"The minimum temperature was also two notches above average at 28.9 C," an official of the India Meteorological Department said.

The humidity levels wavered between 82 and 49 per cent, he added. The sky will remain partly cloudy on Thursday, but there is no possibility of rains. IANS

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