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3 die, 4 hurt as truck runs over sleeping vagabonds
The truck that ran over three people near the railway underpass at the Yamuna Bridge on Wednesday night in Old Delhi New Delhi, November 3
Three people were killed and four injured in an accident when the driver of a truck lost control of his vehicle due to a deflated tyre and ran over them. The victims were sleeping near the railway underpass at the Yamuna Bridge last night when the accident occurred, according to the police.
The truck that ran over three people near the railway underpass at the Yamuna Bridge on Wednesday night in Old Delhi. Tribune photo

Power tariff: RWAs start walk in 70 constituencies
New Delhi, November 3
Not willing to give up its fight against a proposed hike in the power tariff, the United Residents Joint Action (URJA), the apex body of the residents' welfare associations (RWAs) in Delhi, today launched a walk across 70 constituencies. During the walk, URJA members will meet RWAs and ask the MLAs of the respective constituencies to talk to the Chief Minister for stalling the hike and getting the accounts of the power distribution companies audited from the CAG.


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BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) activists demand justice for the victims of 1984 riots in New Delhi on Thursday Punish í84 rioters: SAD (B) rally
New Delhi, November 3
A large number of people of the Sikh community participated in a rally taken out by the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), demanding that the government should punish the culprits of 1984 anti-Sikh riots and implement the assurances given by the Prime Minister in Parliament in 2005.


BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) activists demand justice for the victims of 1984 riots in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Delhi third in per capita income
New Delhi, November 3
In respect of all India per capita income, Delhi is at the third place. This is due to urbanization, industrial development and government's policy to promote trade in the Capital, said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, releasing the Delhi Statistical Hand Book 2011 today.

Prosthesis camp gives patients hope to start life afresh
New Delhi, November 3
While it is difficult to imagine the trauma that the victims of accident and polio live with, sharing the joy of restarting their lives with prostheses was easy at a medical camp being held in the national capital.

Dentistís husband held for dowry death
New Delhi, November 3
Dentist Tina Gogna's husband has been arrested after a case of dowry death was registered by the police on the complaint of the victim's family. Tina allegedly committed suicide yesterday.

8 students suspended for ragging
Ghaziabad, November 3
Eight students of a management institute in Sahibabad here were suspended from college today after they were found guilty of ragging their juniors.

Noida land worth Rs 10,000 crore encroached upon
Noida, November 3
Noida Authority's land under illegal occupation has been calculated to be worth Rs 10,000 crore.

DU student, insurance official end lives
New Delhi, November 3
A Delhi University student, Rani (21), allegedly committed suicide in Uttam Nagar today. She was depressed by a hand plastic surgery that did not turn out.

Sensing infidelity, paramour kills woman
New Delhi, November 3
A man was yesterday arrested for allegedly strangulating a married woman who had been having an affair with him for the past four months.

Jeevesh Nandan, new CEO of Noida
Noida, November 3
The UP government has appointed Jeevesh Nandan as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Noida.

 





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3 die, 4 hurt as truck runs over sleeping vagabonds
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 3
Three people were killed and four injured in an accident when the driver of a truck lost control of his vehicle due to a deflated tyre and ran over them.

The victims were sleeping near the railway underpass at the Yamuna Bridge last night when the accident occurred, according to the police.

The deceased have been identified as Rajiv, Sunil and Suraj, according to one of the injured, Shahib. The injured are named Haider, Abhishek, Shahib and Amit. They were taken to the LNJP hospital and AIIMS Trauma Centre. The police said that the victims are vagabonds.

The incident was reported around 1 am today, according to the police.

The truck driver, Faiz who was fleeing the spot, was nabbed by the people travelling in a car at the underpass.

Subhash, who was sleeping on the opposite street, said that he saw bloodied bodies on the road.

"I heard a loud noise, which woke me up. I came rushing to the spot to see what had happened. I saw some bodies. A car with some people inside it had prevented the truck driver from escaping. They then started beating him," he said.

The police has arrested Faiz. A police official said that the truck was owned by Mohan Chowdhary, who is a transporter.

Shahib, one of the injured, said that the incident occurred around 2 am.

"There were about 20 of us sleeping near the underpass, when the truck ran over us. I along with Abhishek and Haider were taken to the LNJP hospital. I work for music bands that play at weddings. I along with my six friends was going back to Meena Bazaar, where we live. However, we got late and had to sleep near the underpass," he said.

A doctor, who was treating Shahib, said that he was injured in his legs and would be discharged after a few weeks. Shahib is a native of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

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Power tariff: RWAs start walk in 70 constituencies
Tribune News Service
Members of various RWAs protest against the proposed hike in power tariff in New Delhi on Thursday
Members of various RWAs protest against the proposed hike in power tariff in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

New Delhi, November 3
Not willing to give up its fight against a proposed hike in the power tariff, the United Residents Joint Action (URJA), the apex body of the residents' welfare associations (RWAs) in Delhi, today launched a walk across 70 constituencies. During the walk, URJA members will meet RWAs and ask the MLAs of the respective constituencies to talk to the Chief Minister for stalling the hike and getting the accounts of the power distribution companies audited from the CAG.

"The walk began from Jantar Mantar and covered three constituencies-- Rajender Nagar, Patel Nagar and Karol Bagh. The first stoppage was at Bishambar Das Marg, where the members met the Leader of the Opposition Vijender Gupta. The walkathon will end at the Chief Minister's residence on Moti Lal Nehru Marg in the New Delhi constituency," said Ashutosh Dixit, a participant.

"The walkathon has two objectives. We will meet the RWAs of the constituencies and go with them to their respective MLAs and urge them to ask Sheila Dikshit to use Section 108 of the Delhi Electricity Act to intervene in the tariff order," said the chairperson of URJA.

According to the RWAs, there is a feeling among the members of URJA that the government is avoiding any engagement with RWAs on the issue despite such a huge hue and cry.

"We are, therefore, undertaking this march to bring attention to the issue and pressurise our elected representatives to act. We will exchange views with the local representatives and inform and empower them with the facts of the case and then make them talk to the government," said Wing Commander JS Chadda of URJA.

The RWAs have been raising voice against the alleged arbitrary hike in the power tariff, which comes close on the heels of a contradictory order issued last year by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC). The power watchdog had proposed a rebate of 20 per cent in the power tariff. "Residents are incensed at the arbitrary nature of the hike, which comes unexpectedly after a proposed reduction of 20 per cent," said Atul Goyal, a member of URJA.

The members said every resident of Delhi was welcome to join the walkathon. Rockland Hospital has offered ambulances and medical back-up.

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Punish í84 rioters: SAD (B) rally
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 3
A large number of people of the Sikh community participated in a rally taken out by the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), demanding that the government should punish the culprits of 1984 anti-Sikh riots and implement the assurances given by the Prime Minister in Parliament in 2005.

The people gathered at Bangla Sahib Gurdwara in the morning. About 11.30 am, they started the rally from Bangla Sahib to the Prime Minister House at Race Course Road. However, they were stopped at Pandit Pant Marg where they submitted a memorandum, asking to implement the assurances given by the Prime Minister to the riot victims and punishment to Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler. When the culprits of Gujarat can be punished, why the perpetrators of '84 riots go scot-free, they asked.

While going in the rally, the participants shouted the slogans, "Punish the guilty; justice delayed, justice denied and the government should not protect the culprits."

The rally was led by Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Bibi Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Balwinder Singh Bhundar, Rattan Singh Ajnala, Bibi Paramjit Kaur Gulshan, Sher Singh Ghubaiya, and Naresh Gujral, all members of Parliament and Shiromani Akali Dal, Delhi State, president Manjit Singh G.K., national general secretary Avtar Singh Hit, national vice-president Onkar Singh Thapar, SGPC member and secretary-general Jathedar Kuldip Singh Bhogal, Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Navjot Singh Sidhu, and others.

Manjit Singh GK said that according to the reports of human rights group, about 4,000 Sikhs were killed in Delhi and about 7,000 Sikhs slain in other parts of India. No official figure has been compiled by the government so far. About 2,000 families lost their earning members and only women and children survived.

These children could not study. Many of them could not afford to pay the fee. Though some of these families were well-to-do before 1984, they are in a miserable condition now. All the assurances given by the government have remained unfulfilled, he added.

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Delhi third in per capita income
Goa first, Chandigarh second
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 3
In respect of all India per capita income, Delhi is at the third place. This is due to urbanization, industrial development and government's policy to promote trade in the Capital, said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, releasing the Delhi Statistical Hand Book 2011 today.

She said that in respect of per capita income, Delhi is at the third place with Rs 1,16,886 as Goa with income of Rs 1,32,719 is at the first place and Chandigarh with Rs 1,20,912 is at the second place.

An amount of Rs 6,40,993 crore was deposited in 2,608 branches of various banks in Delhi as on March 31, 2011. This reflects the sound economic position of the Capital city.

While speaking to the media, Dikshit stated that Delhi is fast turning into an urban megacity with decrease in rural population by more than 55 per cent during the last decade.

The total population of Delhi is 1.68 crore with around 1.63 crore urban population and 0.05 crore rural population.

The report reveals that the urban population grew by more than 26 per cent.

The highest population of 21.79 per cent is in Northwest district, whereas the lowest 0.80 per cent is in New Delhi district. Delhi witnessed decrease in population in Central and New Delhi districts during the last decade whereas the population has gone up in respect of all the other seven districts.

The highest decadal growth has been observed in Southwest district, 30.62 per cent while New Delhi had negative decadal growth, -25.35 per cent as per the provisional results of 2011 Census.

Dikshit stated that there were 86.34 per cent literates in Delhi during 2010-11. New Delhi district has the highest rate of literacy, 89.38 per cent whereas the lowest rate of literacy of 82.80 per cent is in Northeast district.

The report reveals that the per capita income of Delhi at current prices was Rs 1,16,886 during 2009-10. It has increased by Rs 13,446 in comparison to the income in 2008-09.

More than one crore mobile connections were added during 2010-11 in Delhi. There has been a slight increase in the fixed line phone connections.

The road length in 2010 was 31432 km.

Around 5 lakh vehicles were registered and DTC served around 111 crore passengers during 2010-11. The fleet of DTC buses is 6204 out of which 2455 buses are air-conditioned.

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Prosthesis camp gives patients hope to start life afresh
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

Poor patients at the camp at Rakabganj Gurdwara in New Delhi on Thursday
Poor patients at the camp at Rakabganj Gurdwara in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

New Delhi, November 3
While it is difficult to imagine the trauma that the victims of accident and polio live with, sharing the joy of restarting their lives with prostheses was easy at a medical camp being held in the national capital.

The camp was organised as a corporate social responsibility by Max India Group for the physically challenged waiting for an artificial limb or those looking forward to rebuilding their lives with polio calipers.

Manoj Kumar (26), who lost both his legs below the knees in a train accident on the way from Shahdara to Khurja in Uttar Pradesh, was one such victim at the camp held at Rakabganj Singh Gurdwara, here. Wheelchair-bound Kumar, who worked as a technician before the accident, was waiting for his turn for examination.

Since the accident on December 24, 2009, Kumar's family, comprising a younger sister, mother and a drunkard father, is in the lurch, as he was the only earning member.

"Our only source of income has stopped with his accident. Seeing our son with amputated legs is painful. We have been through a lot. Now, we just want to see him stand on his legs," said Savitri Devi, Kumar's mother.

Similarly, the gestures of the father of another young man, Lucky (27), reflected his gratitude.

Lucky's left leg had to be amputated following a train accident in May this year at Panipat. He was a maintenance engineer with a fast food chain.

Nikki (18), a resident of Shalimar Bagh, sat with his brother and mother. He looked excited about the calipers for his polio-affected legs.

"I used to find it difficult to go to school. But now, I will be able to go school and do all my works without troubling others," said Nikki, a class IX student of Government Boys Senior Secondary School.

People have been coming to the camp since November 1, the day it started. Some of them have been referred by NGOs working for the physically challenged. Nikki was referred to the camp by the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, which is also managing a tent at the camp to help the participants.

"We have organised the workshop to reach out to 500 needy people. Till date, we have registered 170," said Mohini Daljeet Singh, head NGO Max India Foundation, which has organised the camp in partnership with Manav Seva Sannidhi under the aegis of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

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Dentistís husband held for dowry death
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 3
Dentist Tina Gogna's husband has been arrested after a case of dowry death was registered by the police on the complaint of the victim's family. Tina allegedly committed suicide yesterday.

Her family asserted that she was possibly murdered and did not commit suicide, because her husband's family allegedly tortured her for bringing insufficient dowry.

The accused has been identified as Karan Gogna who deals in wigs and salon items.

An SDM inquiry was conducted on the complaint filed by Narendra Dutta, Tina's father. Tina and her husband had verbal duels regularly. Sources said that before her suicide, she had had a heated argument with her husband.

Tina and Karan were married in February this year. She allegedly committed suicide at her residence in Greater Kailash-I (GK) about 2.30 pm yesterday.

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8 students suspended for ragging

Ghaziabad, November 3
Eight students of a management institute in Sahibabad here were suspended from college today after they were found guilty of ragging their juniors.

"These students have been causing a lot of trouble for the newcomers. After a discussion with the college management, we have decided to suspend them," chairman of the institute HP Gupta said.

He said the names of the students had been sent to the district magistrate and the Ghaziabad SSP to initiate legal action against them. -- PTI

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Noida land worth Rs 10,000 crore encroached upon
Parmindar Singh

Noida, November 3
Noida Authority's land under illegal occupation has been calculated to be worth Rs 10,000 crore.

A total of 17 lakh sq meter of Noida land has been encroached at different locations, officials say.

The former chairman Balwinder Kumar had constituted various teams under project engineers, which were asked to survey the extent of land under illegal occupation. The town was divided into 54 zones for the purpose and even photography of the encroached areas was done.

All the teams handed their reports to the chairman on Monday. The survey had brought out the total land acquired by Noida Authority and the extent of encroachment on it. The land freed from encroachment was also photographed, sources said.

Now Noida Authority will make a strategy to tackle the problem in a meeting of project engineers with the chairman.

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DU student, insurance official end lives
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 3
A Delhi University student, Rani (21), allegedly committed suicide in Uttam Nagar today. She was depressed by a hand plastic surgery that did not turn out.

She was pursuing her BA through correspondence. The police recovered a suicide note, which read that she was upset by her surgery. Her family found her body hanging at her residence.

In another suicide case, one Swati (28), who is an administrative officer with an insurance firm, allegedly committed suicide in Vasant Kunj last night. The victim's family alleged that she was murdered for dowry. Swati's husband, Rakesh Yadav is a software engineer.

Shot at by chain snatchers

One person sustained bullet wounds when he tried to nab two motorcycle-borne assailants who were fleeing after snatching his mother's necklace in Kalkaji, Southeast district this morning.

Rohit Wadhwa, was shot at in his shoulder.

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Sensing infidelity, paramour kills woman
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 3
A man was yesterday arrested for allegedly strangulating a married woman who had been having an affair with him for the past four months.

The accused suspected her of seeing another man, according to the police.

The police said Mintu Mandal (37), a labourer, murdered Rani (30) in front of her children. She was strangulated with a muffler.

On November 1, the police received a call regarding Rani's murder at a room in Bawana.

"Deshraj, Rani's husband, said that they lived with their two children in a factory. He worked as a watchman at the factory in the night and mason in the daytime. On November 1, he left home for his job at 9 am. About 3.45 pm, factory owner Amit telephoned him and said that something had happened to his wife," said BS Jaiswal, deputy commissioner of police, outer district.

When Deshraj reached his residence, he discovered his wife lying dead. His son Ajay (5) told him that Mintu, who is also Deshraj's friend, had killed Rani.

Mintu was arrested from Nandnagri in Delhi.

Mintu disclosed that he had been having an affair with Rani for the past four months.

"During the past 10-15 days, Rani was ignoring Mintu and had also insulted him several times. Mintu suspected her of being in a relationship with another person, and so, decided to kill her. On November 1, about 12.30 pm, he entered Rani's house and strangulated her in front of her children," said the DCP.

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Jeevesh Nandan, new CEO of Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 3
The UP government has appointed Jeevesh Nandan as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Noida.

The government had removed Balwinder Kumar as CEO and chairman of Noida Authority on Tuesday and posted him as principal secretary, commercial and entertainment tax departments.

Nandan was shifted to the post of CEO on Wednesday. He has the challenging task of resolving the land acquisition issue which has been troubling the state government.

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