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Id: Goat prices up this year
New Delhi, November 4
Goat is comparatively costlier this year though markets in Jama Masjid, Okhla Village, Tughlakabad, Seelampur and other localities are full of animals.

Cut VAT on diesel to 9%: Dealers
News Delhi, November 4
AISF activists protest against the hike in petrol price in New Delhi on Friday. Worried over selling just half the quantity of diesel of what they used to sell two years ago, despite a surge in the demand for diesel throughout India, the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) has asked the Delhi government to reduce the rate of value added tax

AISF activists protest against the hike in petrol price in New Delhi on Friday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

MCD opposes ads on autos
New Delhi, November 4
Catchy advertisements at the rear of autorickshaws have become the bone of contention between the autorickshaw drivers and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) as the civic agency has objected to such displays, stating that these are illegal.


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Two health services officers suspended
New Delhi, November 4
The city government has suspended two senior officers of the Directorate of Health Services who allegedly did not follow proper procedures in the procurement of surgical gloves sutures before the Commonwealth Games.

150 farmers, Gt Noida officials agree on relief 
Greater Noida, November 4
The Greater Noida Authority has been able to persuade as many as 150 farmers not to take their battle to the Supreme Court. In a bid to pacify the villagers, a delegation of officials from the Authority, along with a few senior BSP politicians, on Thursday held a meeting with the farmers of several villages and claimed to have made a point.

Delhi under spell of smog
New Delhi, November 4
Smog envelops Rajpath, New Delhi, on Friday. Delhiites experienced a severe dust haze today with most parts of the city under a cloak of yellow with suspended dust particles. The haze spread all across the sky like a canopy, covering sun leading to a low visibility. The smoggy weather that the city has been experiencing for some days now, is due to the change in the patterns of the weather.

Smog envelops Rajpath, New Delhi, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Work to disburse hiked relief begins in Noida
Greater Noida, November 4
The Greater Noida Authority (GNA) has started working on a recent order of the Allahabad High Court on land acquisition. Officials of the agency today started visiting villages to prepare a list of the farmers who are to receive the hiked compensation.

Pak kid gets liver transplant
New Delhi, November 4
Brought in a critical condition to a private hospital in Delhi, Karachi-resident Shehary Ali Sayyed (12) got a new lease of life with a successful liver transplant about a month back.

Depressed girl jumps off building; dies
New Delhi, November 4
A woman, reportedly suffering from depression, allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the top floor of her residential building in Vikas Puri, this morning.

Crime branch gets Shobit case
New Delhi, November 4
The Delhi High Court today dismissed a plea seeking a CBI probe into the killing of 20-year-old student Shobit Modi in May and transferred the case to the crime branch of the Delhi police.

Man lured to drink, strangled in Ghaziabad
Ghaziabad, November 4
A man in Loni town of this Uttar Pradesh district was lured to drink and then murdered by the brothers of a girl he had once eloped with but not married, the police said on Friday, adding that one of the assailants has been arrested.

Sarpanch held for being part of crime syndicate
New Delhi, November 4
The Outer district police arrested a village sarpanch, who is a member of an organized crime syndicate which includes robbers, contract killers, extortionists and land-grabbers.

 





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Id: Goat prices up this year
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
Goat is comparatively costlier this year though markets in Jama Masjid, Okhla Village, Tughlakabad, Seelampur and other localities are full of animals.

A goat of 15 kg to 20 kg is available at Rs 7,000 to Rs 8,000 though last year it was available at Rs 3,500 to Rs 4,000. The supply of animals is quite good this year. The majority of the goat suppliers are from Rajasthan, Mewat in Haryana, Muzaffarnagar and Eta in UP, said Nasir Ahmed who operates in the markets.

He said that the rates of animals for sacrifice depend on supply and demand. Though supply is good this year, the traders have kept the rates high from the beginning. They may come down in a couple of days.

This year not only the traders but some middle class people are also engaged in this trade. They purchase the animals from the wholesale markets in UP, Haryana and Rajasthan and bring them to Delhi. They sell these animals at a higher rate. On the other hand, the villagers who are in this trade throughout the year sell their animals at lower rates.

The rate of animals also depends on the type of the area. In posh areas like Jamia Nagar, goats are costly. In Seelampur, they are cheaper.

Idris, a trader who has come from Eta, said, "We have brought 100 goats in trucks. Transport is very costly that is why we are selling them at higher rates. Most of the traders from villages tried to come to Delhi as they earn more profit here."

Nasim Ahmed who went to purchase a goat in Jamia Nagar said that a healthy animal is available at Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 that is beyond their capacity. "The government should take steps to regulate the animals' prices," he said.

Kalam Mohammad, a resident of Seelampur, said that most of the traders in the area are from Ghaziabad, Meerut and other places of Uttar Pradesh. In the beginning, they demand a higher rate. As the time of Eidul Azha approaches, the rates of animals come down. These traders try to sell them on the eve of the festival of sacrifice and leave for their towns, he added.

Two sold for Rs 2.5 lakh

Two goats were sold today by an animal trader at Rs 2.5 lakh to a scrap dealer of Meena Bazaar, Mustaqeem. The rate of each goat is Rs 1.25 lakh and its weight is 178 kg.

The man who sold the goats is from Shahganj locality of the walled city.

He said that he had been taming the goats for the last two years. The animals had been served healthy food throughout the period.

The buyer resides at Kucha Chelan in the walled city and on the occasion of Eidul Azha every year, he purchases the costliest goat. 

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Cut VAT on diesel to 9%: Dealers
Tribune News Service

News Delhi, November 4
Worried over selling just half the quantity of diesel of what they used to sell two years ago, despite a surge in the demand for diesel throughout India, the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) has asked the Delhi government to reduce the rate of value added tax on diesel to 9 per cent from the present 12.5 per cent to bring it on a par with Haryana. This will check the falling sale of the fuel in Delhi, feel the dealers.

The association, which is the apex body of petrol dealers in Delhi, said the sale of diesel in Delhi had declined by 50 per cent in the past couple of years.

"The government, to check air pollution and discourage the sale of diesel cars, has kept the price of diesel higher than Haryana by levying higher VAT and a cess. But the policy has not only failed in checking the increase of diesel-run cars in Delhi, but also resulted in a revenue loss of about Rs 650 crore till date due to a dip in the sale of diesel in Delhi," said Nishit Goel, vice-president, DPDA.

According to the association, due to the difference in the prices of diesel in Delhi and Haryana, most of the truckers, taxi owners and users of other commercial vehicles in Delhi buy more-polluting Euro 3 diesel from Haryana than the eco-friendly Euro 4 diesel available in Delhi.

"The association has been fighting for a long time for bringing equality in the rates of VAT on diesel. After a long agitation by the petrol dealers here, the government had brought down the VAT rate on diesel to 12.5 per cent from the earlier 20 per cent. However, Haryana charges VAT on diesel at the rate of 8.8 per cent, making the fuel cheaper there by Rs 1.25. The fuel is sold for Rs 40.91 per litre in Delhi, and Rs 39.66 per litre in Haryana," Jain added.

"A more pragmatic approach is required to reduce pollution from diesel in Delhi. Imposing higher VAT will not help. It has made the situation worse, as the transporters are now buying inferior quality diesel from Haryana, causing more pollution," he added.

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MCD opposes ads on autos
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
Catchy advertisements at the rear of autorickshaws have become the bone of contention between the autorickshaw drivers and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) as the civic agency has objected to such displays, stating that these are illegal.

The advertisements displayed on the rear of the autos, which come under outdoor advertisement, are booked by private companies which accept certain fees from the clients for carrying their messages on the autorickshaws. The drivers then become the members of the organisation.

However, the MCD said the drivers didn't seek prior permission as stipulated by the outdoor advertising policy that was introduced in 2008.

"The advertisements are being displayed without payment. We only demand the permission fee for the ads and nothing more," said BN Singh, officer on special duty.

However, according to the spokesperson of a private company, which sells advertising space on the auto-rickshaws, the organisation seeks to improve its services by paying the drivers monthly charges.

He said they paid a minimum Rs 1,000 per month to the driver, who became a member of co-contributory micro-pension scheme managed by India Micro Pension Services Pvt. Ltd, which invested the money in the funds of UTI Asset Management Co. Ltd.

"The autorickshaw drivers are unable to avail themselves of the pension scheme or make a decent amount of money. The MCD, under the garb of the outdoor advertising policy, is functioning in an arbitrary manner which is adversely affecting the drivers," said Rakesh Agarwal, official of one such company.

He said the MCD demanded excessive penalty from the clients for their advertisements being displayed on the autos. Besides, it also imposed Rs 400 as tax on the drivers for carrying the advertisements.

"Instead of sending notices to the autorickshaw drivers or us, they send it to the client. The client in return withdraws the ads, so the drivers do not get their fixed monthly income from these ads," Agarwal said.

He said according to a writ petition in September, the fees for permission were paid to the MCD. "Even after paying the advertisement tax, the MCD did not give clearance and demanded double the fee as damages," Agarwal said.

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Two health services officers suspended
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
The city government has suspended two senior officers of the Directorate of Health Services who allegedly did not follow proper procedures in the procurement of surgical gloves sutures before the Commonwealth Games.

This action has been taken pursuant to a complaint received against the suppliers of surgical items.

The preliminary enquiry revealed that the officers--Dr S. Bhattarcharjee, the then Director of Health Services and at present MS, DDU Hospital, and Dr S. Rao, the then Incharge CMO, Central Procurement Agency--were found to have prima facie favoured the suppliers of surgical items and sutures.

The matter has been referred to the vigilance department for taking action against these officers.

The government says purchases of the two items were not related to the Commonwealth Games. They were part of regular items purchased during 2010 by the Directorate of Health Services for various hospitals.

However, sources said that the items were related to the Commonwealth Games 2010. 

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150 farmers, Gt Noida officials agree on relief 
Parmindar Singh

Greater Noida, November 4
The Greater Noida Authority has been able to persuade as many as 150 farmers not to take their battle to the Supreme Court. In a bid to pacify the villagers, a delegation of officials from the Authority, along with a few senior BSP politicians, on Thursday held a meeting with the farmers of several villages and claimed to have made a point.

However, other farmer groups stuck to their decision on approaching the apex court for getting their acquired land back, thus prolonging the development process of Noida Extension.

The delegation led by GNIDA chairman Rama Raman, comprising a few senior BSP leaders, including UP minister Thakur Jaiveer Singh and Gautam Budh Nagar MP Surinder Nagar, held the meeting in Sector-61.

"We have reached a consensus with nearly 150 farmers of Haibatpur, Bisrakh, Aimnabad and Dabra villages. The Authority officials will visit the villages and start disbursing compensation to the farmers amounting to Rs 3,500 crore. The Authority has even agreed to settle all the abadi-related disputes," said Nagar.

"The Authority will give extra compensation to all the villages in Greater Noida and not confine it to those villages that had filed petitions in the Allahabad High Court. The court had left it to the discretion of the Authority whether to extend the benefits of 64 per cent compensation and 10 per cent developed plots to other villages," said Nagar.

The Authority has agreed to provide educational, healthcare and sports facilities in these villages apart from handing them 10 per cent developed land. The process of disbursing higher compensation will start in a couple of days.

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Delhi under spell of smog
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
Delhiites experienced a severe dust haze today with most parts of the city under a cloak of yellow with suspended dust particles. The haze spread all across the sky like a canopy, covering sun leading to a low visibility.

The smoggy weather that the city has been experiencing for some days now, is due to the change in the patterns of the weather.

According to the met department, there are pollutants and dust particles that have been trapped in the atmosphere at low levels creating a foggy weather.

"There is smog with dust particles and pollutants which has been trapped as there is no wind blowing at all," said an official at the met department.

The hazy atmosphere led to a significant drop in the visibility in the afternoon.

However, the city was greeted by cool and mist in the morning as the temperature has fallen to 15.4 C today, said the officials from the weather department.

With winter finally knocking at the doors and cool breeze blowing through, the maximum temperature was recorded at 32.2 C, which was two notches above the normal.

The met department said the temperature would dip further in the coming days. Though, the officials have predicted clear sky for tomorrow with mist in the morning.

"We have taken out woollens and quilts as the nights are getting colder," said Aproorva Saxena, a resident of south Delhi.

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Work to disburse hiked relief begins in Noida
Parmindar Singh

Greater Noida, November 4
The Greater Noida Authority (GNA) has started working on a recent order of the Allahabad High Court on land acquisition. Officials of the agency today started visiting villages to prepare a list of the farmers who are to receive the hiked compensation.

Farmers of 38 villages will receive the hiked land compensation. Teams of the Authority will hold three-day campaigns in the villages and prepare a list of the farmers to be benefited within three weeks.

After the files are ready, the process of disbursing compensation will be completed.

The GNA will have to bear an additional burden of Rs 5,000 crore for the payment of 64 per cent higher compensation to the farmers. The Authority has applied for loans from various banks for this, it is understood.

On MP Surinder Nagar's advice GNIDA chairman Rama Raman has instructed his staff to disburse the compensation to the farmers in their respective villages. The headmen and revenue officials will identify the villagers.

The old files would be matched with the new ones so that no mistakes were committed in the disbursement of the money, said ADM (LA) Harnam Singh.

Meanwhile, the farmer groups here remained divided on their next course of action. While some groups want to talk to the Authority to settle the matter, the other groups remain defiant and are preparing to approach the Supreme Court for relief.

"All we want is our land. We will not have any kind of negotiations with the Authority", said the farmers' consul and a resident of Bisrakh village, Parmendra Bhati.

"We have around 25 writ petitions from Bisrakh and will file them in the Supreme Court next week," added Bhati.

Meanwhile, the Kisan Sangarsh Samiti, a farmers' body, has written to the ministry of rural development, ministry of urban development and the NCR planning board secretary to take stock of the ground reality before giving a go-ahead to the Master Plan 2021 of the GNIDA.

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Pak kid gets liver transplant
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
Brought in a critical condition to a private hospital in Delhi, Karachi-resident Shehary Ali Sayyed (12) got a new lease of life with a successful liver transplant about a month back.

What is more memorable for him is his 12th birthday celebration at the hospital on October 24.

The child, who was issued a medical visa on compassionate grounds in view of his life-threatening condition, now all set to return to Pakistan with his family is the 200th Pakistani recipient of a transplant at Apollo Hospital where he was brought on October 3 after he stayed in coma with liver failure in a local hospital in Karachi.

"Shehary remained in coma for quite some time there after he collapsed on September 26. He was brought to the hospital in a critical state. He was anaemic and had a bloated belly and yellow eyes as his liver had failed, the toxins had hit his brain and he had to be airlifted to Delhi," Dr Subhash Gupta, chief liver transplant surgeon at the hospital, said.

"Within three days after he was admitted to the hospital here on October 3, we conducted a liver transplant. There was no hassle about the donor-recipient blood group compatibility as Shehary's mother was the donor. For the transplant, she donated a portion of her liver, which can regenerate itself in a span of eight to 12 weeks," said Dr Gupta.

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Depressed girl jumps off building; dies
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
A woman, reportedly suffering from depression, allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the top floor of her residential building in Vikas Puri, this morning.

The deceased has been identified as Sonali (27), who lived at A-2 Brotherhood Apartments. The police said about 6.30 am, it received the call regarding the incident. Her body was sent for postmortem to Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital.

Sonali had gone to the USA in July to study MBA at a university in West Corona. She returned to India in October.

According to sources, Sonali was undergoing treatment for depression at Fortis Hospital for the past few days. A source said that she was depressed because she could not complete her MBA and felt had let her parents down. Sources added that she felt inferior to her siblings, who were doing well in their lives.

Sonali's father, DD Nautiyal is the director of the Hindi department of the Delhi government. Her brother serves in the Indian Army and her elder sister works in the family business. 

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Crime branch gets Shobit case

New Delhi, November 4
The Delhi High Court today dismissed a plea seeking a CBI probe into the killing of 20-year-old student Shobit Modi in May and transferred the case to the crime branch of the Delhi police.

"The investigation to be carried out by the crime branch of the Delhi police under the direct supervision of the deputy commissioner of police concerned," Justice Mukta Gupta said, dismissing the plea of Shobit's father Suraj Modi for a CBI probe. IANS

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Man lured to drink, strangled in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad, November 4
A man in Loni town of this Uttar Pradesh district was lured to drink and then murdered by the brothers of a girl he had once eloped with but not married, the police said on Friday, adding that one of the assailants has been arrested.

Sonu, 21, a resident of Sirora area, had been missing since Wednesday evening. His family members tried to locate him but failed. However, later, they apprehended Bhola, 20, whom they suspected of being behind his disappearance and handed him to the local police.

During interrogation, Bhola confessed that he along with his brother, also named Sonu, 18, lured the victim to drink with them. After ensuring that he was drunk, they strangulated him with a rope, slit his throat to make sure he was dead, and threw the body into the Hindon river.

"He revealed that they were younger brothers of the girl with whom Sonu eloped but later was married at some other place. They wanted to settle their score, therefore they hatched a plan to lure him to drink since they knew that drinking was Sonu's weakness," said city police chief J.K. Shahi.

"Police recovered the rope with which Sonu was strangulated. A team is engaged in recovering the body from the river. The assistance of divers is being sought to recover the body," he added.--IANS

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Sarpanch held for being part of crime syndicate
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
The Outer district police arrested a village sarpanch, who is a member of an organized crime syndicate which includes robbers, contract killers, extortionists and land-grabbers.

The accused has been identified as Surender, alias Gullar (32).

The crime syndicate was headed by Amit, alias Babloo Ghogha.

The police said that 13 accused have been imprisoned. Chargesheets against the arrested have been filed before the designated court. Surender had been absconding for the last one and a half years. 

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