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Masseur molests NRI at 5-star hotel
New Delhi, January 19
Priyanka (not her real name), a 21-year-old NRI woman based in the US, underwent an ordeal while she was staying at a five-star hotel in Vasant Vihar from January 12 to 14.

JNU union poll: Students go on indefinite strike
New Delhi, January 19
Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University are unhappy with the recent turn of events regarding the students' union elections.

No respite from chill
An old man wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold Thursday morning in New Delhi New Delhi, January 19
The weather conditions in Delhi continued to be tough as residents shivered throughout the day and braved the cold waves, which have thrown life out of gear here.


An old man wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold Thursday morning in New Delhi. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal


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Taxi driver rapes Manipuri girl
New Delhi, January 19
A 20-year-old Manipuri girl was allegedly raped last night at Dwarka, Sector 23, when she was returning home at Mahipalpur from her office in Gurgaon in a private taxi.

Call girl racket busted
New Delhi, January 19
The Crime Branch of the Delhi police busted a call girl racket with the arrest of six persons. The police said that the girls are from Jharkhand, Uttrakhand and Nepal.

Girl helps boyfriend burgle kinís house
New Delhi, January 19
The adage that love is blind holds true for 21-year-old Shruti Khosla, who has been arrested for allegedly helping her boyfriend to burgle her relative's house in order to help him financially.
A car turned turtle in a road mishap at Sector 39 near NH-8 in Gurgaon on Thursday
A car turned turtle in a road mishap at Sector 39 near NH-8 in Gurgaon on Thursday. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

DDA, Emaar told to check CWG flats
New Delhi, January 19
The Commonwealth Games (CWG) village developer Emaar MGF and the city's land owning agency DDA were asked today by the Delhi High Court to jointly check all CWG village flats for damages, seepage and other deficiencies before issuance of completion certificate for them.

NGO head detained, son held for rape of HIV+ girls
Gurgaon, January 19
The president of an NGO running a shelter home here for AIDS victims was detained and her son arrested today on the charge of raping two HIV positive minor girls.

Towering fraud: Two tele-callers among 3 held
New Delhi, January 19
Three persons, including two women tele-callers, were arrested for allegedly duping people of Rs 80 lakh on the pretext of installing mobile phone towers, according to police statements made today.

Noida videographers prefer profitable weddings to poll coverage
Noida, January 19

The election officers in Noida are in a fix as videographers hired by them have fled. The videgraphers say they cannot spare themselves for two months for the polls as it is marriage season and wedding functions are more paying.

DJB to lay sewerage to check Yamuna pollution
New Delhi, January 19
In a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) today decided to lay sewerage system in several parts of Delhi. The untreated sewer water currently flowing into the drains will be trapped which will help reduce pollution in the Yamuna.

 





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Masseur molests NRI at 5-star hotel
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
Priyanka (not her real name), a 21-year-old NRI woman based in the US, underwent an ordeal while she was staying at a five-star hotel in Vasant Vihar from January 12 to 14.

After falling asleep while a male masseur, Sanjay, was giving her a head massage at the spa of the hotel, she awoke to find that he was allegedly molesting her.

"On January 13, I went to the spa of the Jaypee Hotel to receive a head massage treatment. Although there were five chairs available in the room where my mother was, I was instead taken to a separate enclosure. The man started massaging my head and since I was extremely exhausted and suffering from a headache I fell asleep. I woke up to find that the masseur, Sanjay was all over me," said Priyanka.

She immediately asked him to stop and thereafter reported the incident to the hotel management.

Priyanka said that the reactions of the lobby manager, Amit and the general manager of the hotel, Anil Mohan, were "unsatisfactory".

"They fired the masseur, which was an appropriate action. But, they said that I should have taken precautions. I did not see any concern on their part, instead they pinned the blame on the spa, claiming it to be an outsource company. If a woman in Delhi is not safe in a five-star hotel with her parents, what will happen to a woman by herself in the streets," she said.

With her friends and family by her side, who consoled and supported her, Priyanka mustered the courage to inform the police about the incident.

"I first reported the incident to the Women and Child Development Minister, Kiran Walia, since I am acquainted with her through one of my friends. With her support I went to the Vasant Vihar police station on January 16 and informed the SHO about the incident. I received a good response from them," said Priyanka.

The police registered the case under Section 354 of the IPC. On January 17, police arrested the accused.

Sanjay said that he was merely massaging her head and shoulders, which he did with most of the customers. The woman believed that she was being molested and immediately asked him to stop, said a police official.

The official said that matter would be presented before the court.

Meanwhile, Priyanka left for the US, where she is studying. "I hope that if stringent action is taken in response to crimes against women, it would act like a deterrent against such men to not perform shameful acts," she said.

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JNU union poll: Students go on indefinite strike
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University are unhappy with the recent turn of events regarding the students' union elections.

Contrary to everyone's expectations, the electoral process is yet to be kicked off even as the Supreme Court has already given its nod to the elections.

After students participated in a mass deputation to the vice-chancellor in large numbers this afternoon, the joint struggle committee at its emergency meeting decided to go on an indefinite hunger strike on the issue.

"It is very unfortunate that in the discussion with representatives of the committee, the rector refused to give any commitment whatsoever on the constitution of the grievance redressal committee, so that the election process can be initiated. The rector further hinted that the administration of the university was thinking about following the DU model of elections, which would mean a rejection of the election committee's role in conducting elections," said Roshan Kishore, student leader, SFI.

"This shows the attitude of the JNU administration which is willing to take over the entire election process even bypassing the SC's order (December 8) and destroy the unique character of JNU students' union elections. By showing such an attitude, the administration has forced the student community for a confrontation, making all means of persuasion futile. Immediately after the deputation, the SFI-AISF proposed that the joint struggling committee should go for an indefinite hunger strike from tonight itself, which has been accepted in an emergency meeting," he added.

"Students will begin their strike with a massive procession which will start from Ganga Dhaba at 9.30 pm and would culminate at the administration block. The students would demand that the administration accepts the mandate of the union general body meeting held on January 9 and immediately constitutes the grievance redressal committee, so that the election committee can initiate the process of the elections," said another AISA leader.

The meeting on January 9, attended by all the students' organisations in the university, had put the matter to vote and resolved that the elections be conducted with the relaxed recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee that was a pre-condition set by the Supreme Court for lifting its ban, at least, for the time being.

According to the resolution, the elections were to be conducted within one month and the struggle against the Lyngdoh recommendations and the restoration of elections according to the university constitution was to be continued.

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No respite from chill
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
The weather conditions in Delhi continued to be tough as residents shivered throughout the day and braved the cold waves, which have thrown life out of gear here.

Dense fog enveloped the national capital this morning. As the visibility fell to the near-zero level, several flights and trains were cancelled and delayed. The maximum temperature was recorded at 17.7 degree Celsius, three degrees below normal, and the minimum was recorded at 4.8 degree Celsius, which is again two degrees below normal for this time of the season.

On Tuesday, the maximum temperature had plummeted to 14 degree Celsius, making it the coldest day of the winter.

Several domestic flights to and from Indira Gandhi Airport were delayed today due to the fog. More than a dozen flights were delayed and 10 cancelled due to bad weather at Delhi airport, said airport authority officials. The visibility at the runaway was around 220 to 370 metres.

Also, at least 17 trains were reported to be running behind schedule.

According to officials of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), not much respite can be expected in the coming days as well.

The minimum temperature tomorrow will hover around 5 degree Celsius and the maximum will be near 19 degrees.

"There will fog in the morning and mainly clear sky in the afternoon," said the official.

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Taxi driver rapes Manipuri girl
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
A 20-year-old Manipuri girl was allegedly raped last night at Dwarka, Sector 23, when she was returning home at Mahipalpur from her office in Gurgaon in a private taxi.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-West), AK Ojha said, "She was raped in an isolated and open area in front of Dwarka, Sector 23. The accused has been identified and will be nabbed soon."

Sources said that the girl had started working at a mall in Gurgaon three days ago.

The victim lodged a complaintwith the police.

The credit card of the accused was found at the place where he had raped her.

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Call girl racket busted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
The Crime Branch of the Delhi police busted a call girl racket with the arrest of six persons. The police said that the girls are from Jharkhand, Uttrakhand and Nepal.

The police was informed of the racket being run by a pimp, Gaurav Anand (30). He is a resident of Geeta Colony.

On January 18, a constable was sent as a decoy customer. When he reached Madhu Vihar, Mandawali, he met Anand, who took him to a Hyundai Accent car.

Another pimp known as Sonu Bangalan was waiting with four girls inside the car. The two pimps told the constable that the girls would be available on a payment of Rs 7,000. They struck a deal and the amount was paid.

Thereafter, the police immediately apprehended the six persons. A case was registered under appropriate sections of the law by the Crime Branch.

They learnt that Sonu belongs to West Bengal, but was residing at Madhu Vihar. The police interrogated both the pimps.

Anand said that he was employed as a driver with a call centre. He became acquainted with Sonu and then both started operating the racket.

They had been running it for the last three years, according to the police.

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Girl helps boyfriend burgle kinís house

New Delhi, January 19
The adage that love is blind holds true for 21-year-old Shruti Khosla, who has been arrested for allegedly helping her boyfriend to burgle her relative's house in order to help him financially.

Shruti wanted to help her boyfriend Rohit (25), a BSES employee, to tide over his financial difficulties and get his sisters married off.

She allegedly hatched a conspiracy with him and her relative's servant Pradeep (20) to burgle the house in central Delhi.

The trio was arrested after she was questioned following her relative Rajesh Puri raising suspicion about her conduct.

Shruti, who is doing her BCom from Delhi University through correspondence, works in a private company at Gurgaon. She is the adopted daughter of Jyoti Khosla, who is the aunt of the complainant's wife.

Puri had on January 16 approached the police and claimed that his house was burgled the day before when he and his wife were in Ambala to attend a marriage ceremony, additional commissioner of police (central) Devesh Srivastava said.

"His father, mother and son were present at the house. He received the call about the incident of burglary from his brother at Ambala. He found that jewellery worth about Rs 15 lakh, Rs 10 lakh and laptop were missing.

"During investigation, it came to light that there was no access to Puri's house except through the stairs of his own house or through the terrace of the adjoining house of his sister-in-law. Puri raised some suspicion over the activities of his niece Shruti," Srivastava said.

Surveillance revealed that Shruti was in continuous touch with Rohit and the servant during the night of the incident.

"Shruti told us that she had fallen in love with Rohit. Her boyfriend's financial condition was not good and he has three unmarried sisters.

"She wanted to help her boyfriend. Hence, she along with Rohit and Pradeep hatched a conspiracy to commit theft in the house of her uncle," Srivastava said.

On January 15, the trio went to the roof of her house and after scaling the wall, they cut the wire mess of the door, broke open the ventilator and opened the door of the complainant's house.

"They then stole jewellery worth Rs 15 lakh, cash about Rs 10 lakh, one laptop and other silver ornaments," Srivastava said. ó PTI

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DDA, Emaar told to check CWG flats

New Delhi, January 19
The Commonwealth Games (CWG) village developer Emaar MGF and the city's land owning agency DDA were asked today by the Delhi High Court to jointly check all CWG village flats for damages, seepage and other deficiencies before issuance of completion certificate for them.

"The flats in the complex remained unoccupied since December 2010. It is directed that the DDA and Emaar MGF will carry out join inspection in each flat, including the basement, and file the status report within three weeks," said Justice Hima Kohli in an order.

The court order came after DDA counsel Ajay Verma told it that the agency had proposed to issue completion certificate to the builder and the same was cleared by the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAT) on December 16 last year.

The lawyer said the DDA would issue the certificate once the developer cleared all dues and took care of the objections raised by the housing body.

He said the DDA would issue the certificate to only 32 towers and kept two towers with it to accommodate allottees in case any difficulty cropped up in getting some flats regularised due to construction in them beyond the sanctioned area. - PTI

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NGO head detained, son held for rape of HIV+ girls

Gurgaon, January 19
The president of an NGO running a shelter home here for AIDS victims was detained and her son arrested today on the charge of raping two HIV positive minor girls.

Sunita Gupta was detained for allegedly hiding facts of sexual harassment of the girls. Her son and board member Ankur Gupta (38), who too is said to be a HIV patient, was arrested on rape charge.

The victims were produced in the court of judicial magistrate Ashok Maan, where their statements were recorded.

On Wednesday, eight minor girls were rescued from Drone Foundation's shelter home at Maruti Kung Bhondsi and shifted to another NGO in Delhi.

Today, five more children were rescued.

Deputy commissioner of police Hamid Akhtar said: "Ankur Gupta was arrested today evening from his hideout in Gurgaon. Sunita Gupta wasn't arrested as inquiry against her is not yet complete." -- IANS

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Towering fraud: Two tele-callers among 3 held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
Three persons, including two women tele-callers, were arrested for allegedly duping people of Rs 80 lakh on the pretext of installing mobile phone towers, according to police statements made today.

DCP (Crime and Railways), Ashok Chand said that the kingpin, Ravi Kumar Kejriwal (29) and his two tele-callers, Preeti and Sonia were arrested from Triveni Complex at Laxmi Nagar on Monday.

Investigations into the case have revealed that two more women tele-callers were working for Kejriwal. The police is searching for them.

"We have discovered four bank accounts opened on fictitious names. They have cheated people of Rs 80 lakh," added the DCP.

They were arrested after their victim, a resident of Rohini, lodged a complaint against them. "The complainant said that he read an advertisement in a newspaper about the installation of mobile phone towers. He called the number provided in the advertisement. A woman picked up and informed him that he needed to first pay a registration amount of Rs 3,299," said the DCP.

After paying the amount, two people visited the proposed site at Nangloi and promised him that a mobile phone tower would be installed. They also told him that he would receive Rs 4 lakh and a monthly rent of about Rs 40,000.

"They then asked him to pay another amount of Rs 85,000," said Chand. However, after the complainant made the payment, he tried contacting them, but learnt that their mobile phone numbers were switched off.

The police raided their rented office at Triveni Complex in Jawahar Park at Laxmi Nagar. They were arrested from there.

Kejriwal employed two girls to attend to the calls from various people who telephoned on the numbers given in the advertisements. He also said that he had been running the racket since January 2010.

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Noida videographers prefer profitable weddings to poll coverage
Parmindar Singh

Noida, January 19
The election officers in Noida are in a fix as videographers hired by them have fled. The videgraphers say they cannot spare themselves for two months for the polls as it is marriage season and wedding functions are more paying.

The videographers have been hired to record all meetings of the candidates and their banners and posters, which will help the administration in ascertaining the expenditure made by each candidate.

Bobby, a videographer of Rabupura who has been listed by election officers for the polls, said," I don't have a video camera. I do only passport size photos. I have already told the police that I will not be able to do videography."

Another videographer Bijju of Badalpur too said similar things.

"I don't have video cameras, but the police has told me that I have to do it and should arrange a video camera. Moreover, I have told them that I will not be available in February due to marriage season."

However, some videographers claim they have already started working for the election, but were not sure if they would be paid for it.

Ravinder, a videographer at Greater Noida, said," So far, I have done two shoots. I am not sure whether I will be available for the whole two months."

Another videographber Shree Bahadur of Jarcha said," I have so far videographed an election meeting of a candidate at Pioli village and two police inspections."

Videographers claim that they earn Rs 5,000 at a marriage function, but are paid just Rs 810 for one election-related shoot.

Officials, meanwhile, feel that the district administration should have purchased video cameras from the Noida or Greater Noida Authorities funds and these cameras could have been used by the staff members during the election and there would have been no need to hire videgraphers.

The district administration, however, is not depending on the listed private videographers alone.

"We have prepared a list of other available videographers also. If needed, they will be called. There will not be a shortage of videographers even if the listed ones are not available," said Hridesh Kumar, district magistrate.

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DJB to lay sewerage to check Yamuna pollution
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
In a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) today decided to lay sewerage system in several parts of Delhi. The untreated sewer water currently flowing into the drains will be trapped which will help reduce pollution in the Yamuna.

The Board gave approval for Rs 135 crore for providing and laying the sewerage system. The scope of works includes renovation of waste water pumping station and construction of treatment plant at Ghitorni, said a senior DJB official.

For providing the sewerage system in the Batla House subzone, the Board gave approval for an amount of Rs 174 crore. The work will be executed under the command of Okhla Drainage Zone which includes Taimoor Nagar, Sarai Julena, Batla House, Okhla Village, Ghaffar Manzil, Khizrabad, Shaeen Bagh, Zakir Nagar, and Mehboob Nagar. The work will include construction of six sewage pumping stations in different areas and augmentation of the existing sstation at Batla House.

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