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Girl jumps off building to escape rape attempt
New Delhi, December 31
In an attempt to save herself from an alleged rapist, a student jumped off from the roof of a building in Begumpur, southeast Delhi, last night.

Student attempts suicide after her obscene MMS clip
New Delhi, December 31
A girl studying in class 12 allegedly attempted to commit suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan after she learnt that a 20-year-old youth residing in her neighbourhood at Nihal Vihar, West Delhi, made an obscene MMS clip of her and was using it to blackmail her into starting an illicit relationship.

New Year: Tight security to deal with rowdy crowd
New Delhi, December 31
The Delhi police keeping in view of the New Year revelries decided to prohibit vehicular movement at Connaught Place, where rowdy crowds are often caught dancing and stalling traffic on this day. While assuring the safety of women, the police will be targeting groups of drunken men.
Cops doing their duty at Janpath. Cops doing their duty at Janpath. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui




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Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Metro: Mangu Singh takes charge
New Delhi, December 31
The first Managing Director of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation E Sreedharan today handed over the reins of the Delhi Metro to Mangu Singh.

10 % hike in water tariff
New Delhi, December 31
The New Year has brought some bad news for Delhi. After the increase in CNG rates, electricity bills and parking charges, now water supply is going to pinch the Delhiites with the Delhi Jal Board eciding tohike the tariff by 10 %.

DU eco result too good to believe: Faculty
New Delhi, December 31
Delhi University on Tuesday announced the first batch of results for its first ever semester system examinations.

Noida file: Several welfare projects completed in 2011
Noida, December 31
The year 2011 saw many development projects taking shape in the city. UP Chief Minister Mayawati gifted the Dalit Prerna Sthal to the country. Though crime increased, the police managed to solve some kidnapping and other cases.

Police steps up vigil to check revellers
Faridabad, December 31
The police here has intensified patrolling duty and security arrangements in view of the New Year celebrations.

Delhiites spend a fortune for New Year celebrations
New Delhi, December 31
The New Year extravaganza this year has jumped up to new heights with city clubs charging up to as much as Rs 60,000 to 80,000 for a couple entry at some of the most expensive parties tonight.

Youngsters throng liquor shops
New Delhi, December 31
Huge rush was witnessed at the counters of liquor shops on the eve of New Year as the youngsters were purchasing the liquor bottles of their choice.

Statue of anti-caste crusader on the anvil
A statue of Swami Shraddhanand will be installed near Akshardham Temple. The place will be included in the list of Delhi Tourism so that the tourists from outside the city may find it convenient to visit there, said Delhi industries minister Ramakant Goswami.

Faridabad
BJP tries hard to regain its hold
Faridabad, December 31
The BJP will intensify its efforts to expand its base in Faridabad in the New Year, according to president of the Faridabad unit of the party Ajay Gaur.





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Girl jumps off building to escape rape attempt
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 31
In an attempt to save herself from an alleged rapist, a student jumped off from the roof of a building in Begumpur, southeast Delhi, last night.

Sources said that she did not register a police complaint.

The police said that she jumped off from the second floor of a building to save her honour. She fell unconscious upon landing on the ground.

The victim had gone to meet a friend, Vishal at his place in Begumpur last night.

Vishal went out for a while to drop his friend. Meanwhile, his other friend, Parvinder tried to molest her, according to sources.

In a bid to save herself, she allegedly jumped from the building. She was taken to the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital by Vishal and Parvinder.

While they were placing her inside their Wagon-R car, a passerby spotted her and made a call to the police.

The police apprehended Vishal and Parvinder when they were returning after admitting the victim to the hospital, according to sources.

The victim told the police that she fell off the stairs. Sources said that she refused to register a case.

Vishal and Parvinder were freed by the police after interrogation.

Sources added that the victim has been pursuing a lab technician course from a para-medical institute situated in New Ashok Nagar.

Both the victim and Vishal belong to Haryana.

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Student attempts suicide after her obscene MMS clip
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 31
A girl studying in class 12 allegedly attempted to commit suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan after she learnt that a 20-year-old youth residing in her neighbourhood at Nihal Vihar, West Delhi, made an obscene MMS clip of her and was using it to blackmail her into starting an illicit relationship.

The accused, Jeetu, a resident of Nihal Vihar, was apprehended by the police for making the MMS clip. The incident came to light when the victim tried to commit suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan last night. She was rushed to the Sanjay Gandhi hospital, where her condition is reportedly stable, according to sources.

The victim disclosed to the police on Saturday that Jeetu had made the MMS clip. He was using it to blackmail her into starting an illicit relationship with him. When she ignored Jeetu's threats, he sent the MMS to some of his friends.

After the victim learnt that Jeetu's friends had also received it, she attempted to commit suicide. Jeetu is presently being interrogated by the police, said sources.

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New Year: Tight security to deal with rowdy crowd
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 31
The Delhi police keeping in view of the New Year revelries decided to prohibit vehicular movement at Connaught Place, where rowdy crowds are often caught dancing and stalling traffic on this day. While assuring the safety of women, the police will be targeting groups of drunken men.

Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Dharmendra Kumar said, "Connaught Place has always been closed to traffic on New Year's Eve since 1992. We want to prevent major traffic jams that cause the stalling of vehicular movement in nearby areas. The jams are also caused by rowdy elements who start dancing on the streets."

According to the restrictions imposed by the traffic police beyond 7 pm till the end of the New Year's Eve celebrations, there was no vehicular movement towards Connaught Place beyond the roundabouts of Mandi House, Bengali Market and the north side of the Ranjit Singh flyover.

The areas near Connaught Place beyond the Minto Road-Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg crossing, Chelmsford Road near New Delhi Railway Station and RK Ashram Marg- Chitragupta Marg crossing were also out of bounds for revellers.

There were only limited parking lots available near Connaught Place. The areas available for motorists to park their vehicles were near Gole Dakkhana at Kali Bari Marg, Pt Pant Marg and Bhai Veer Singh Marg. The other spaces for vehicles were provided at Rakab Ganj Road near Patel Chowk, Copernicus Marg near Mandi House and DD Upadhaya Marg near Minto Road.

The police in order to ensure the safety of women directed their officials to only permit the entry of residents of a particular area, who carry their identity cards and the proof of residence.

The Special CP pointed out that they would keep vigil on groups of men. "We will target men, especially drunk and ensure that they don't indulge in eve-teasing," he said.

The police officer added that the security at and outside five-star hotels would be beefed up today. "Only people who have tickets for a particular event will be allowed to enter the hotel. We will permit only those people inside a hotel who have relatives staying there," he added.

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Metro: Mangu Singh takes charge
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 31
The first Managing Director of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation E Sreedharan today handed over the reins of the Delhi Metro to Mangu Singh.

Sreedharan had been associated with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for over 16 years and was fondly called the "Metro Man". He is credited to have changed the face of Indian public transport by his tireless work in building the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro. He was awarded the 'Padma Shree' in 2001 and the 'Man of the Year Award' by The Times of India in 2002. He was named as one of 'Asia's Heroes' by TIME in 2003.

Singh joined Delhi DMRC in 1997 as chief engineer and moved upwards to be executive director and then director. He has vast experience in construction of underground structures in urban areas and is one of the most experienced engineers in the field in India.

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10 % hike in water tariff
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 31
The New Year has brought some bad news for Delhi. After the increase in CNG rates, electricity bills and parking charges, now water supply is going to pinch the Delhiites with the Delhi Jal Board eciding tohike the tariff by 10 %.

Though, it was decided two years ago by the DJB to hike the tariff by 10 per cent annually, the decision to implement it was finalised lately. The augmented charges will be implemented from tomorrow. However, the DJB is not going to issue any notification regarding this as the move had been announced earlier.

As of now, consumers pay for water consumption according to three slabs. For consumption up to 10 kilolitres per month, consumers pay a charge of Rs 2.20 per kilolitre plus a surcharge of Rs 55. For consumption between 10 and 20 kilolitres, consumers shell out Rs 3.30 per kilolitre plus a surcharge of Rs 110. In the third slab, consumers pay Rs 16.50 per kilolitre for consumption between 20 and 30 kilolitres. The third slab attracts a surcharge of Rs 165.

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DU eco result too good to believe: Faculty
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 31
Delhi University on Tuesday announced the first batch of results for its first ever semester system examinations.

The results, which are for BCom (H) Part I (1st semester), have thrown some interesting trends, say teachers. According to them, the results, especially for economics, are too good to believe.

Out of the total 2,800 students who appeared for the first semester exam this time, 53 have scored 95 per cent and above and 170 have scored 90 per cent and above. In most cases, the students have scored significantly high in the theory papers conducted in November-end.

Over 40 students of economics (H) have scored above 96.66 per cent this time.

"Thirteen students have scored a perfect 75 in all three theory papers in economics and 31 students have scored 96.66 per cent. This has never happened before. Three students have scored 297 out 300 to achieve 99 per cent. They have jointly topped. This is probably the best result in for economics in the history of DU," said an economics teacher at Ramjas College.

The economics result has left teachers wondering if this batch is the best the university has got.

"Scoring even 65 to 70 per cent in economics at DU is valued across universities. But this year's result has certainly devalued the degree. There will be no co-relation between the undergraduate and postgraduate marks. It is unbelievable that so many students have scored such good marks. The university should come out clean on the principle of moderation," said Nandini Dutta, a senior economics teacher of Miranda House.

The university will declare the second batch of results by midnight today.

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Noida file: Several welfare projects completed in 2011
Parmindar Singh

Noida, December 31
The year 2011 saw many development projects taking shape in the city. UP Chief Minister Mayawati gifted the Dalit Prerna Sthal to the country. Though crime increased, the police managed to solve some kidnapping and other cases.

"Major crime in the city included house thefts, auto thefts and robberies. Locked houses were not safe even for a few hours. This year, kidnapping registered an increase though the police cracked a major case and recovered the Rs 4.5-crore ransom. In this case, the police arrested the kidnappers who had abducted an industrialist," said NP Singh, president, Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Association.

"Though crime against women increased, the police records showed decline in such cases at several police stations. This may be due to non-reporting of cases," said Aarti Sharma of Mahila Shakti Sammajik Sammittee, Greater Noida.

Though inaugurated in October, Dalit Prerna Sthal is yet to be open to the public as the work is still going on.

The multi-speciality Dr Bhim Rao Hospital at sector 30 could not be completed so far. On the birthday of Mayawati on January 15, the authorities plan to develop the hospital and open the Dalit park to the public.

On power front this year, Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam inaugurated the 220 KV substation at sector 129 and solved the problem of erratic power cuts to an extent. The online bill payment was introduced by the PVVNL. Several other 33 KV substations were made functional at various sectors.

In traffic and transportation, the authorities inaugurated the Rajnigandha underpass a few months ago and provided free flow of traffic from DND to Noida sectors. Another underpass and flyover were under construction at Sector 37 crossing. The flyover is expected to be operational by January 15. The underpass will take one more month.

The year saw farmers' agitations which were still affecting development. In October, the Allahabad High Court gave the balanced judgement, providing relief to the farmers and Noida Extension flat buyers. Several farmers groups were still agitating, affecting the development activity.

The Arushi murder case has remained a mystery. The Nithari victims' families did not perform a hawan ceremony at the D-5 house of horror this year.

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Police steps up vigil to check revellers
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 31
The police here has intensified patrolling duty and security arrangements in view of the New Year celebrations.

Kuldip Singh, DCP (crime), this evening said, "All senior officers are on the road to boost up the vigil against possible rowdiness. The patrolling force has been increased by three times."

According to him, the vigil has been especially stepped up at sensitive pockets, including places around malls and markets. Anyone found on the wrong side of the law would not be spared, he added.

Security has also been beefed up at the Faridabad-Delhi border.

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Delhiites spend a fortune for New Year celebrations
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 31
The New Year extravaganza this year has jumped up to new heights with city clubs charging up to as much as Rs 60,000 to 80,000 for a couple entry at some of the most expensive parties tonight.

Some of the ace hotels offering such packages are Hilton Mayur Vihar, Shangri-La, Le Meridien, ITC Maurya and even The Taj hotels.

"Ideally the 50,000+ package includes entry into the party, seating in the VIP lounge, personal service at the bar and later on a suite in the hotel. The package till some time back was mostly preferred by NRIs and other foreign delegates. But this year even these packages have been sold out to the Delhi crowd. The youngsters are not shy of paying for the New Year night this time. We had to hike our charges by almost Rs 30,000 to discourage any more calls about the premium package," said one of the event coordinators at Hilton Maurya.

Vikram Sinha, party organiser turned club owner, FUSION, said, "New Year Eve is the time when people from other cities as well drop in for celebrations. All the clubs are full beyond their capacity and the entry charges are hiked by the minute once the clock is about to strike 12 am. If entry to a club around 10 pm is anywhere around Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000, expect an entry fee of double the amount around midnight. Clubs recover their months' old losses in just this one night. The amazing thing is that most youngsters are more than happy to splurge."

Tonight, the city is hosting some of the best artists like rock bands, DJ Bally Sagoo, RDB and Hard Kaur as well. Other famous DJs of the city like DJ Mayank Saxena, Barkha Kaul, DJ Rafesy and DJ Monty are playing at clubs like Parikrama, Agni, F-Bar and Mojo's, respectively.

Entry to a normal New Year party in the city today is around Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000 per couple. All those who purchased their passes at the last minute, ended up paying much more.

DJ Barkha Kaul said, "A comfortable party for a couple tonight will cost them anywhere between Rs 20,000 and 30,000 at a top hotel. If one can spend this much on one single night celebrations, how would it matter if they pay some more and avail better service. The party scene at the capital is very class oriented. For every other addition to your services, charges are hiked. It's a status symbol in the capital to party expensively."

Event coordinator Priyanka Pandey said, "It's not just the parties at the clubs, the private parties are the bigger circuit. We are paid in lakhs of rupees just for the decorations of private farmhouse parties."

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Youngsters throng liquor shops
In comparison to sweet shops, more rush could be seen at the counters of liquor shops
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 31
Huge rush was witnessed at the counters of liquor shops on the eve of New Year as the youngsters were purchasing the liquor bottles of their choice.

An official of the excise department said that in comparison to sweet shops, more rush could be seen at the counters of liquor shops.

People were seen in long queues for purchasing bottles from the outlets of Delhi government at New Friends Colony, ITO, Darya Ganj and Seelampur. Youngsters were queuing up, demanding more than a couple of bottles.

There was hardly anyone who was purchasing a single bottle. Everybody was demanding more than one bottle.

When a shopkeeper made objections, a customer said that according to the government order, one person can purchase six bottles.

The shopkeepers should not have any objection, he said.

Shri Ram, who resides at Sarai Julaina, said I had a party with his friends at home.

One bottle will not be enough on the eve of New Year. We have to enjoy throughout night.

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Statue of anti-caste crusader on the anvil

A statue of Swami Shraddhanand will be installed near Akshardham Temple. The place will be included in the list of Delhi Tourism so that the tourists from outside the city may find it convenient to visit there, said Delhi industries minister Ramakant Goswami.

Swamiji was the first person in the country who had raised his voice against casteism. In his memory and his sacrifices for society, the Arya Kendriya Sabha brought out a procession from Naya Bazar recently. The students of Arya Samaj schools and eminent thinkers participated in the procession. They raised slogans against casteism.

When scribes crib

New Year's Eve created problems for the scribes who were assigned to make a news item on the security arrangements. It is believed that policemen are always on duty. Even Delhi police has a slogan, "We are with you, for you always." But when the scribes reached the police headquarters today to gather information about the security arrangements and the personnel deployed at vital installations, they were shocked to find that the officers were on leave.

Online reporting of hospital waste

Taking a major step for bringing transparency to work through e-governance, Swami Dayanand Municipal Hospital has initiated online reporting of hospital waste.

Under the project, all matters related to segregation, collection, transportation and treatment of hospital waste are being maintained and reported online by the hospital to the respective authorities.

A senior municipal official said that the data related to the medical waste being generated in different areas like intensive care unit, outpatient department, operation theatre and wards--all will be sent online to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).

(Contributed by Syed Ali Ahmed, Shaurya Karanbir Gurung, Himani Chandel)

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Faridabad
BJP tries hard to regain its hold
Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 31
The BJP will intensify its efforts to expand its base in Faridabad in the New Year, according to president of the Faridabad unit of the party Ajay Gaur.

Gaur said the ongoing enrolment drive of the party for "active members" had received a good response so far. "The number, which was about 400 in March-April, has now crossed the 1,200 mark. The membership was expected to cross 2,000 by coming March," he said.

According to him, the district unit had held its meeting on December 20 in which it was emphasised to prepare a road map to further expand the party's base in Faridabad.

The fact that the Haryana president of the BJP, Krishanpal Gurjaar, hails from this district, the party also wants to make a strong political statement by expanding its base in this urbanised district.

Leaders of the Opposition of the BJP notwithstanding, the party and its ally, the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), are wary of the Congress led by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. According to many, Hooda's "decent" image was acting in favour of the Congress.

Hence, the BJP has to strive hard to regain its ground, at least in its traditional support-base in urban pockets, where it lost its sheen after the rise of the Congress under Hooda.

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