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Auto Expo: Cop says sorry for traffic chaos
New Delhi, January 7
Joint commissioner of police (traffic) Satyendra Garg today made an online public apology for the traffic jams caused at India Gate and the surrounding areas yesterday due to the Auto Expo-2012.
The bullock cart on a Delhi road is in stark contrast to the Auto Expo-2012 going on in New Delhi on Saturday. The bullock cart on a Delhi road is in stark contrast to the Auto Expo-2012 going on in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Organisers open to shifting venue
New Delhi, January 7
A day after massive crowds caused chaos at the Auto Expo-2012 in Pragati Maidan and traffic jams outside, one of the organisers today said they were ready to shift the venue in the future as suggested by the Delhi police.


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Delhi buses to run on biogas soon
New Delhi, January 7
Delhi will have the distinction of becoming the county's first public transport fleet that runs on two types of clean fuel.

Labourers warm their hands around a bonfire on a cold Saturday in New Delhi. Chilly after overnight rains; showers likely again today
New Delhi January 7
The weather in the national capital today remained chilly after yesterday's light showers in some parts of the city. The snowfall in northern regions of the country has led to a drop in temperatures in the city.


Labourers warm their hands around a bonfire on a cold Saturday in New Delhi. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Woman gangraped at job interview venue in Noida
New Delhi, January 7
A 21-year-old married woman was allegedly gangraped in Noida by two men, who are clients of a placement agency based in Shakarpur, east Delhi, which had sent her there for a job offer.

The Indian Air Force Band performs for the general public at India Gate in New Delhi on Saturday.
The Indian Air Force Band performs for the general public at India Gate in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo

Four of family stabbed to death
Ghaziabad, January 7
Four members of a family were killed last night in Loni town of Ghaziabad district. The police said personal enmity was suspected as the motive.

Kidnapped boy rescued; 2 held
Faridabad, January 7
The police has rescued a kidnapped boy and arrested two alleged kidnappers. The victim, Nitin (20), was abducted from a market in the Surajkund area last Wednesday. The kidnappers had demanded Rs 5.5 crore for Nitin's release.

A kite flies on the India Gate lawns in New Delhi where more than 300 kite fliers from 13 countries gathered on Saturday during a preview of the upcoming 22nd International Kite Festival scheduled to happen in Ahmedabad. Kites of 300 fliers from 13 nations dazzle Delhi
New Delhi, January 7
On a dull, overcast Saturday, more than 300 kite fliers from 13 countries gathered at the India Gate lawns, brightening up the sky with kites of all shapes, sizes and colours.

A kite flies on the India Gate lawns in New Delhi where more than 300 kite fliers from 13 countries gathered on Saturday during a preview of the upcoming 22nd International Kite Festival scheduled to happen in Ahmedabad. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Metro provides shared cab for airport
New Delhi, January 7
Daily commuters of Airport Metro express have a reason to cheer. The Reliance Metro Airport Express has launched a pre-paid and shared cab service reducing the hassles of the commuters taking the high-speed corridor on daily basis and struggle for a taxi from outside the station.

IT ministry ex-pvt secy held for cheating
New Delhi, January 7
A man, who had been a private secretary with the ministry of communication and information technology, has been arrested for allegedly cheating people by posing as advocate, the police said today.

Pension files of agriculture ministry gutted
New Delhi, January 7
Pension records and several computers were destroyed in a fire that broke out at the office of the ministry of agriculture in Shastri Bhawan, today morning.

A view of water accumulation along NH-2 near Sector 20-A in Faridabad. Surprise! Members unaware of inclusion in minorities panel
The National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education (NMCME) announced by the HRD ministry surprised those who were included as its members as they had no knowledge of being taken in the high-profile panel.

A view of water accumulation along NH-2 near Sector 20-A in Faridabad. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

Cop booked for assaulting Dalit
Greater Noida, January 7
A sub-inspector was booked under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act last night. He had allegedly assaulted a Dalit man and robbed him a few days ago.

Man gets life term for killing sister for honour
Ghaziabad, January 7
A local court today sentenced a man to life imprisonment for murdering his sister in a case of honour killing.

Man crushed to death by vehicle
New Delhi, January 7
The body of a 38-year-old man, who was allegedly killed after a vehicle ran over him, was found at an isolated road in Saket, south Delhi, today.

3 kids hurt in house fire
New Delhi, January 7
Three children, aged between 2 and 10, received burns when a house in Delhi caught fire after some wet clothes on the roof came in the contact of a high-tension wire this morning at Kotla Phase II in the Ranhaula area of west Delhi.

Power thief caught in Bawana
New Delhi, January 7
The enforcement team of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, known earlier as NDPL, has caught a power thief running a water chilling plant in its distribution network in a raid at 3 am today in the Bawana area in northwest Delhi.

Teacher gets 2-yr jail term for fraud
Ghaziabad, January 7
A teacher has been sentenced to two years of jail term by a Central Bureau of Investigation court after it found him guilty of using fake schedule caste certificate for getting the job.





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Auto Expo: Cop says sorry for traffic chaos
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 7
Joint commissioner of police (traffic) Satyendra Garg today made an online public apology for the traffic jams caused at India Gate and the surrounding areas yesterday due to the Auto Expo-2012.

On the Facebook page of the Delhi traffic police, Garg had posted that after learning from yesterday's setback there was a smooth flow of traffic today.

"After what we went through yesterday, we made proper arrangements today. We also did not tolerate violations of people, who were unnecessarily stopping and crowding Mathura Road and Bhairon Marg. The traffic flow today was absolutely fine. We will continue with the smooth arrangements and strictness for the remaining period of the expo," said the police official.

Earlier, he had also apologised to the public on the same page. "There are no excuses for traffic congestion in New Delhi and its surrounding areas. It was a bad show on our part. We could have managed the difficult situation much better. I am aware of the extreme difficulties people underwent during the evening, particularly around India Gate and the interconnecting roads. We promise to do better in similar circumstances," he added.

There were major gridlocks at India Gate, Connaught Place, ITO, Ashoka Road and Lodhi Colony due to the sudden rush to the expo yesterday.

Sources added that the traffic jams were also caused by the arrangements made at India Gate.

These arrangements were meant to facilitate the movement of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Trinidad and Tobago counterpart Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Most of the followers of the traffic police Facebook page acknowledged the frankness of the joint commissioner of police.

"We all appreciate the fact that you are taking the responsibility for the mess yesterday. And we hope that the situation will be better from today," said Akash Dogra, a commuter.

Other people also pitched in their suggestions.

"There is sufficient space at Pragati Maidan to construct a large multi-level parking lot, if they do this, a lot of the chaos can be avoided," said a follower, Awini Ambuj Shanker.

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Organisers open to shifting venue

New Delhi, January 7
A day after massive crowds caused chaos at the Auto Expo-2012 in Pragati Maidan and traffic jams outside, one of the organisers today said they were ready to shift the venue in the future as suggested by the Delhi police.

Reacting to Delhi police's suggestion to shift the expo, the chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) steering committee for the 11th Auto Expo, Rajive Kaul told IANS: "The Delhi police is responsible for traffic management in the capital and we respect their decision. If they tell us to move out of Pragati Maidan, we will. We have other options as well, so it's not an issue."

The show is being co-hosted by the CII, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and Automotive Component Manufacturers Association.

Arguing that the Auto Expo alone could not be blamed for the jams as VIP movement at India Gate contributed to the chaos as well, Kaul said they were working closely with the police.

"We always work closely with the Delhi police during such important events and will continue to do so," said Kaul, citing "fruitful coordination" during the 2010 show despite several constructions going on in Delhi ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Delhi traffic police today said that in future no-objection certificates (NOC) might not be given to hold events like the Auto Expo in the heart of the city. IANS

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Delhi buses to run on biogas soon
Himani Chandel
Tribune news Service

New Delhi, January 7
Delhi will have the distinction of becoming the county's first public transport fleet that runs on two types of clean fuel.

After compressed natural gas (CNG), the city is all set to run its public transport fleet on biogas. The project of the Union government in collaboration with the Swedish government is setting up a biogas plant inside the Keshopur Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) complex in west Delhi. The plant will receive raw gas emitted by the STP and upgrade it so that it can be used to propel vehicles.

Giving information on the project, which is slated to be completed by next year, a senior official from Delhi Jal Board (DJB) said that the Keshopur STP was selected for the project because it was located close to a CNG-filling station and a CNG-fuelled power grid. With 10 per cent stake holding in the project, the city water authority would provide raw gas and land for setting up the biogas plant.

At full capacity, the STP will emit enough raw gas for the biogas plant to generate around 25,000 cubic metres of compressed biogas per day. This is enough to fuel 120 buses.

"The biogas formed can be directly injected into CNG cylinders for vehicular use or fed into CNG-fuelled power grid. It can be mixed with CNG and used. The STP is expected to generate enough biogas to fuel 120 buses a day," said the official.

According to Indraprastha Gas Ltd, a Delhi government undertaking and also the sole supplier of CNG in the capital, the city already boasts running the world's largest fleet of vehicles on CNG. Among the total of 4,50,000 vehicles that ply on the city roads, some 16,000 buses running on natural CNG.

Though, the pricing mechanism is yet to be worked out by the government. However, the biogas has long been largely confined to rural areas, where people produce biogas in their backyard and use it for cooking or electrification.

The STP, functioning partially, can treat 72 million litres of wastewater per day. The DJB is renovating it to make it fully functional as part of the Yamuna Action Plan.

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Chilly after overnight rains; showers likely again today
Cold claims first life in Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi January 7
The weather in the national capital today remained chilly after yesterday's light showers in some parts of the city.

The snowfall in northern regions of the country has led to a drop in temperatures in the city. The minimum temperature was recorded at 12.5 degree Celsius, five degrees above normal, while the maximum was recorded at 17.7 degree Celsius, three notches below normal, said officials of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

The rainy conditions are likely to prevail in the Capital as the officials have predicted thundershowers for tomorrow.

"There will fog in the morning and the sky will remain generally cloudy," said the official.

The maximum temperature will be around 17 degree Celsius. However, the minimum is expected to fall to 8 degrees, according to the officials.

Yesterday was also a cold day of the season, with the maximum temperature plummeting to 16.9 degree Celsius, four notches below normal. The minimum, however, was 12.4 degree Celsius, five degrees above normal.

Yesterday, the city reported the first cold-related death. A 35-year-old person, Bhim, was found dead on the Bara Hindurao Hospital premises.

He was the caretaker of the hospital's newly built parking lot. He used to sleep in the open area of the OPD.

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Woman gangraped at job interview venue in Noida
Tribune News Agency

New Delhi, January 7
A 21-year-old married woman was allegedly gangraped in Noida by two men, who are clients of a placement agency based in Shakarpur, east Delhi, which had sent her there for a job offer.

Sources said that yesterday the victim went with her sister-in-law to attend an interview in Sector 18, Noida. She was sent there by the placement agency that had telephoned her about the scheduled interview.

Both the women are residents of Loni Road, north-east Delhi.

The accused allegedly called her to an isolated room and gangraped her. When her sister-in-law became suspicious, she knocked at the door of the room. Upon opening it, the accused tried pulling her inside.

But, both the women managed to flee the place. They lodged a complaint at the Shakarpur police station.

The medical examination confirmed the raped.

The office of the placement agency has been raided. Deputy commissioner of police (east) Prabhakar said, "We are investigating the matter."

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Four of family stabbed to death

Ghaziabad, January 7
Four members of a family were killed last night in Loni town of Ghaziabad district. The police said personal enmity was suspected as the motive.

Some half a dozen men barged into the house of Nawab last night.

They stabbed Nawab's three children - elder daughter Shama (18), younger daughter Alia (9) and son Amreen (8) to death. After killing the three children, the assailants broke into Nawab's bedroom where they stabbed his wife Rukhsana (37) to death.

Meanwhile, Nawab slipped away from the house and rushed to the police station but the assailants fled before the police reached.

The police suspects personal enmity as the reason behind the carnage as Nawab had been arrested earlier for killing Asif in Sahibabad town over a dispute of Rs 200. After coming out on bail, Nawab had shifted his residence to Ram Park Extension, Loni.

"The police has taken two persons belonging to Asif's family in custody. The bodies have been sent for autopsy," said JK Shahi, superintendent of police (Ghaziabad city). IANS

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Kidnapped boy rescued; 2 held
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 7
The police has rescued a kidnapped boy and arrested two alleged kidnappers. The victim, Nitin (20), was abducted from a market in the Surajkund area last Wednesday. The kidnappers had demanded Rs 5.5 crore for Nitin's release.

The police commissioner of Faridabad, SS Kapur, today said that Nitin was yesterday rescued from Sector 21C of the Faridabad city.

"One of the accused was arrested in Noida and his accomplice was nabbed here. They are relatives. While one is a local resident, the other is a resident of Delhi," said Kapur.

Nitin, a resident of the posh EROS Colony in Surajkund, about 15 kms from here, was on Wednesday evening kidnapped from the market near his colony. The matter was reported to the police the same night.

According to the police, the kidnappers had used Nitin's cell phone to make the ransom call to his father Dharamveer Singh. They had also called up Nitin's other relatives. Dharamveer Singh is a native of Lakarpur village close to EROS Colony. The police zeroed in on the location of one of the accused on the basis of the calls made by him from Nitin's cell phone.

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Kites of 300 fliers from 13 nations dazzle Delhi

New Delhi, January 7
On a dull, overcast Saturday, more than 300 kite fliers from 13 countries gathered at the India Gate lawns, brightening up the sky with kites of all shapes, sizes and colours.

With kites shaped as dragons, butterflies, birds and even a parachute, the fliers participated in the curtain raiser to the International Kite Festival to be held in Ahmedabad from January 10-14.

An awestruck 15-year-old Tushar Baizal, though passionate about kites, was not sure if he could fly one, until the team from Indonesia handed him its kite.

"This feels so amazing. It is for the first time that I am flying such a huge kite," said the resident of the Old City, his eyes gleaming and his arms trying bravely to control the huge, red kite -- by far the biggest among the lot.

To ensure that the kite was not blown away by the wind, it was tied to a tree with a thick rope.

Indonesian flier Lily flew the parachute-shaped kite. With a slight tug, it billowed, turning into a kaleidoscope of colours.

First-time visitor to India Belgian Bert Maetens said he was excited about his upcoming Ahmedabad trip.

"I would love to see the traditional kite flying in the Indian villages, where the young and old alike engage in very competitive kite-fights and try to outdo each other," he said.

Among his repertoire was a huge black Rokkaku, a traditional Japanese fighting kite and a pair of Delta-wings which he claimed could "fly in no-air conditions".

His friend Bob Cruikshanks of Britain said kite-making had become an art in itself, with new materials being developed specially for the purpose.

"Our kites are crafted from Icarex, a special type of nylon, created in ripstop fashion which prevents tearing due to fast winds," he said.

A retired aeronautics engineer and a long-time kite enthusiast, he has been coming to India for six years now. IANS

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Metro provides shared cab for airport
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 7
Daily commuters of Airport Metro express have a reason to cheer. The Reliance Metro Airport Express has launched a pre-paid and shared cab service reducing the hassles of the commuters taking the high-speed corridor on daily basis and struggle for a taxi from outside the station.

The minimum fare for the shared cab service has been fixed for Rs 10. It will be operational at the Shivaji Stadium station. The service will be launched at the Delhi Aerocity station from Tuesday.

Fliers who have to reach the Terminal-1 D of Indira Gandhi International Airport can now get down at the Aerocity station and reach the terminal by the shared cabs.

The cabs will be available from 8 am to 8 pm everyday at these stations and the Reliance Metro has tied up with Iris Cab, which provides radio taxi facility, said a spokesperson for Reliance Infra. These cabs have radio connectivity and their movements are closely monitored by the control room, he said.

"We are continuously working towards enhancing the commuters' convenience. The radio cab service will further ensure a comfortable, safe and better travel experience for our commuters," the spokesperson said.

The facility would also be made available at the New Delhi station soon.

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IT ministry ex-pvt secy held for cheating
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 7
A man, who had been a private secretary with the ministry of communication and information technology, has been arrested for allegedly cheating people by posing as advocate, the police said today.

Twenty fake rubber stamps of high-ranking government officials and 20 forged official documents had been seized from his possession. One of documents was an identity card of the Bar Council of Delhi.

On January 4, a police team was patrolling the Neb Sarai area in south Delhi. An informer tipped the team about the accused, Jagbir Singh (58), who looked suspicious. Singh was standing near the office of the deputy commissioner (south) with illegal stamps of government officials. The informer had also told the police that Singh used to cheat people by giving them forged documents.

Upon frisking Singh, the police found 16 fake stamps of high-ranking government officials. When he could not give a satisfactory answer about the stamps, he was arrested.

Singh disclosed that he was helping a couple get its marriage certificate issued from the office of the DC. For this, he had allegedly used forged stamps in the names of the sub-divisional magistrate (south) and sub-divisional magistrate, Vivek Vihar.

At Singh's instance, the police seized two certificates for physically handicap persons from his house. The certificates were meant to be used to get concession in railway tickets. It also found four forged rubber stamps and a fake I-card of the Bar Council of Delhi. The identity card was issued in the name of an advocate practicing at the Dwarka court, according to the police. Singh accused used to introduce himself as advocate and always carried the forged ID card.

Deputy commissioner of police (south) Chhaya Sharma said, "Jasbir Singh has done his masters in economics, English and LLB. He was a private secretary in the ministry of communication and information technology.

He is married and has three children. Singh had been previously arrested for his involvement in similar cases of cheating. He was thereafter given compulsory retirement from his job in 2009."

Singh also confessed to have forged the seals of the SDM (south) and SDM (east).

He had allegedly used the seals to procure birth certificates, election cards, passports and marriage certificates from government organisations.

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Pension files of agriculture ministry gutted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 7
Pension records and several computers were destroyed in a fire that broke out at the office of the ministry of agriculture in Shastri Bhawan, today morning.

The fire was reportedly caused due to a short-circuit.

The office, which is usually closed over weekends, was open today due to some pension-related work at the accounts section of the agriculture ministry.

The ministry is located in the building of the directorate of economics and statistics in Shastri Bhawan.

The fire started about 9 am. The fire department reported that eight firefighting vehicles were sent to the spot.

"It probably started due short-circuit in a computer. The fire then spread to the other computers, cupboards and files in the room," said a fire department official.

A source said important pension records were destroyed in the fire.

"Pension files were gutted and most of the computers were destroyed," added the source.

An eyewitness, who didn't want to be named, said after the fire was doused, the whole floor on which the agriculture ministry is located was filled with water.

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Surprise! Members unaware of inclusion in minorities panel

The National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education (NMCME) announced by the HRD ministry surprised those who were included as its members as they had no knowledge of being taken in the high-profile panel.

When a scribe congratulated the chairman of Delhi Urdu Academy Prof Akhtarul Wase and sought his comment, Wase said that he had not received any information from the ministry of HRD.

The same happened in the case of a senior Urdu journalist whose name was on the list of 50-member committee.

A few NGOs who work for the welfare of minorities approached the Delhi Minorities Commission to find out the purpose of this committee as they wanted funds.

Sardar Pushpinder Singh who is also a member of this high-profile committee informed them that the committee would enquire about the funds given to the NGOs.

Pushpinder has been associated with the Delhi Minorities Commission for the last four years. He said the government has a policy to invest thousands of crores of rupees for the welfare of all the minorities in the country.

With fog, road preferred to air

With the frequent cancellation and delay of flights and trains to and from the Capital, many businessmen are travelling by road to make it to their meetings. Most business travellers who opt for a one-day travel to nearby cities are now hiring cabs from the railway station and the airport on finding out the status of their train or flight.

Cabbies parked outside the station and IGI airport are missing no chance to mint money. "We have been getting a lot of passengers to the cities like Kanpur, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Jaipur and many more. While there are many willing to wait out till their flight takes off, others are impatient and have to reach their destinations without delay. The number of people taking cabs has only been increasing day by day," said one of the cab service owners at IGI.

Incident-free New Year's Day

This New Year may have begun on a nice note for Delhiites with the city police claiming of no untoward incident on the night even as worries remained for many, including the top industry body ASSOCHAM.

The vocal body has opposed the government's latest move to widen the ambit of medicines under price control by including all 348 drugs under the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) in the new pharma policy.

According to it, the latest policy draft in tune with the Supreme Court's recommendations would not only discourage foreign investments and affect export prospects, but also make access of healthcare difficult for the common masses.

Inclement weather resulting in traffic havoc in the city, nursery admissions driving parents crazy, ill-managed autos dominated the talks during the New Year gatherings.

Police feast for scribes

At the Annual Press Conference of the Delhi police which was held yesterday, a crime reporter of an Urdu newspaper had made a few revealing statements to the police commissioner, BK Gupta.

He said that during the last conference, 'halal' meat was not served which annoyed most of the Muslims present. The food was also finished early. The reporter added that the present conference is held on a Friday which is the day of prayer for the Muslims.

The commissioner could only say that this time the feast would be sufficient for everyone.

After a while as a reporter was about to ask a question, a police official interrupted him by saying that the food might get spoilt as it was likely to rain. All those present in the conference hall then did justice to the meal.

(Syed Ali Ahmed, Jyoti Rai, Ananya Panda, Shaurya Karanbir Gurung)

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Cop booked for assaulting Dalit
Parmindar Singh

Greater Noida, January 7
A sub-inspector was booked under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act last night. He had allegedly assaulted a Dalit man and robbed him a few days ago.

The victim Chander Shekar had an altercation with some persons on December 30 at some eating joint in Jewar. Sub-inspector Ram Kumar went there after getting information on the clash between two groups. He intervened and the matter was resolved. However, Chander Shekar got injured in the brawl and was hospitalized. Later, when the victim tried to lodge an FIR, he was sent back. He then approached the IG Meerut.

"On victim's complaint, a case has been registered against sub-inspector Rakesh Kumar under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. He alleged that Kumar had robbed cash, a gold chain and a ring also," Harish Bhadoria, SHO, Jewar, said today.

"Slackness in duty or misbehavior with the public will not be tolerated. In the past too, I have booked several policemen on bribery and misbehaviour charges," said Jyoti Narayan, Senior Superintendent of Police.

"Dalits are being physically and mentally tortured by land mafias in the district. When they go to the police, their complaint is not heard," said Sunil Gautam, a Dalit leader.

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Man gets life term for killing sister for honour

Ghaziabad, January 7
A local court today sentenced a man to life imprisonment for murdering his sister in a case of honour killing.

According to the prosecution, the girl had married a boy against the wishes of her family in Kudiya Gadhi village in April 2006.

On November 21 last year, Dharam Bir visited his sister's house and shot her dead. PTI

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Man crushed to death by vehicle
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 7
The body of a 38-year-old man, who was allegedly killed after a vehicle ran over him, was found at an isolated road in Saket, south Delhi, today.

The police initially believed that the man, Rohtas, was murdered because there were several injuries inflicted on his body. But later, it learnt that he was crushed by a vehicle, which has not been identified.

He was rushed to the AIIMS hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

1 dies in wall collapse

A 62-year-old woman while returning back to her house this evening was killed after she came under a wall that had collapsed from a gurdwara situated at Krishna Market in Lajpat Nagar-I.

A police official said, "The MCD was doing construction work on a drain located near the gurdwara."

Kamlesh was taken to AIIMS Trauma Centre, where she died later.

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3 kids hurt in house fire

New Delhi, January 7
Three children, aged between 2 and 10, received burns when a house in Delhi caught fire after some wet clothes on the roof came in the contact of a high-tension wire this morning at Kotla Phase II in the Ranhaula area of west Delhi.

The injured have been identified as Pawan (10), Golu (6) and Somnath (2).

They were rushed to Safdarjung Hospital where Pawan's condition is stated to be critical with 75 per cent burns. The other two are out of danger," said a police official. IANS

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Power thief caught in Bawana
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 7
The enforcement team of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, known earlier as NDPL, has caught a power thief running a water chilling plant in its distribution network in a raid at 3 am today in the Bawana area in northwest Delhi.

The accused, Satish Kumar of village Bawana, had tapped the low voltage main line and was running the plant. The illegally connected load was found to be to the tune of 20 KW. An FIR has been registered at Bawana police station and the theft assessment amounted to over Rs 14 lakh, said a spokesperson of the discom.

The accused has been booked earlier also for theft of electricity. The discom has been conducting surprise raids in the morning in several localities in order to unearth illegal tapping of wires. A similar raid earlier had led to the arrest of the owner of an electroplating unit in Bawana.

"Theft of electricity is becoming a menace. We are trying to bring an end to this in our network and hope that the arrests and legal action against the culprits will send a strong message to other offenders," said the official.

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Teacher gets 2-yr jail term for fraud

Ghaziabad, January 7
A teacher has been sentenced to two years of jail term by a Central Bureau of Investigation court after it found him guilty of using fake schedule caste certificate for getting the job.

Awarding the jail term yesterday, CBI magistrate Priti Singh also slapped a fine of Rs 30,000 on Shiv Kumar Manda.

Manda had submitted fake schedule caste certificate for getting the job of a teacher in Kendriya Vidyalaya. PTI

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