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HC orders action against vehicles on roads
New Delhi, February 18
The Delhi High Court has directed the traffic police to ensure that roads in Jangpura, Bhogal, Pant Nagar and parts of Defence Colony are not encroached by illegally parked vehicles after the residents filed a contempt plea for alleged non-compliance of its earlier order.


Plea to empower panels for follow-up

Participants at a recent function relating to minorities have demanded that commissions and committees constituted by the governments should be empowered to ensure follow-up action.

Beauty, nutrition is garden fest theme
New Delhi, February 18
The 'Garden of Five Senses' is celebrating the 25th Garden Tourism Festival with the theme of beauty and nutrition. An enchanting garden with healing colour of green in different hues is a source of peace, tranquility along with happiness and is what the festival aims to project.


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Visitors enjoy a character from the Amar Chitra Katha at an exhibition in Delhi Haat in New Delhi
Visitors enjoy a character from the Amar Chitra Katha at an exhibition in Delhi Haat in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

A uniform look for all govt schools
New Delhi, February 18
The Delhi Government is working on a project to give a uniform exterior look to all its school buildings across the city, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said today.

Sexual abuse case: 3 staffers of orphanage arrested 
New Delhi, February 18
Investigations into two cases of sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl and of the physical abuse of a nine-year-old boy have today led to the arrests of three members of Arya Anathalaya (orphanage).

Azhar issued non-bailable warrant
New Delhi, February 18
A Delhi court today issued non-bailable warrant against former Indian cricket team captain and MP Mohammed Azharuddin for not appearing in court on the day of final verdict in a cheque-bounce case, a lawyer said.

Slain gangsterís wife smells foul play in traderís death
Ghaziabad, February 18
A day after a Delhi-based trader was found hanging in a Lucknow hotel, wife of slain "history-sheeter" Ravinder Tyagi today alleged that the businessman was "murdered" by those bent on saving the skin of persons responsible of her husband's "fake encounter".

Minor raped by landlord
New Delhi, February 18
A 28-year-old drunk man has been arrested for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl, who is his tenant at Shahpur Jat, according to the police today.

Girl commits suicide after molestation
New Delhi, February 18
A minor girl, who was molested while returning from school, committed suicide here by taking poison, the police said today.

2 Air India staffers caught stealing at IGI airport
New Delhi, February 18
Two baggage assistants of Air India were apprehended while they were allegedly trying to steal laptops and mobile phones inside the Indira Gandhi International Airport here, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said today.

Man held for extortion bid using crude bomb
New Delhi, February 18
A man, who allegedly wanted to capitalise on the recent terror attack on a car of Israeli Embassy, used a crude bomb to frighten and attempt to extort money from a businessman.

Man dies in wall collapse
Ghaziabad, February 18
A 35-year-old man was killed when wall of the house he was sleeping in collapsed in the Kavinagar area of the city, the police said today.





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HC orders action against vehicles on roads
The traffic police has been told to ensure that illegally parked vehicles in Jangpura, Bhogal, Pant Nagar and Defence Colony are removed.

New Delhi, February 18
The Delhi High Court has directed the traffic police to ensure that roads in Jangpura, Bhogal, Pant Nagar and parts of Defence Colony are not encroached by illegally parked vehicles after the residents filed a contempt plea for alleged non-compliance of its earlier order.

Directing the police to challan and remove vehicles parked unauthorisedly on the roads and file a fresh status report by April 26, Justice Vipin Sanghi said the DCP traffic of the area concerned should be held responsible for non-compliance of its order to decongest the roads.

"The traffic police is directed to take action and remove the illegally parked vehicles/taxis on the link road between Hakkikat Rai Marg and Silver Oak Park as well as on Hospital Road and Silver Oak Park forthwith," the court said.

The court said, "The traffic police should also ensure that these illegally parked vehicles are removed. The DCP (traffic) of the area shall be held liable for non-compliance of these directions."

The Bench was hearing a petition filed by the Jangpura Residents' Welfare Association and Flyover Complex Welfare Association against the Delhi police, traffic police and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for allegedly not complying with the repeated directions of the court since 2002.

Lawyer RK Saini, arguing for Jangpura RWA, furnished recent photographs to the court and contended that the loading and unloading of vehicles was taking place at a tent house on the hospital road and some cars were parked illegally throughout the day, causing congestion.

According to the residents, encroachment by the Tehbazari rights holders was making it difficult for pedestrians to walk on the pavements. The residents urged the court to direct traffic police for the time being to deploy motor cycle-borne police personnel to ensure continuous and smooth running of traffic and removal of vehicles which have been parked on the said road.

The traffic police should in consultation with residents and the shop owners on Hospital Road work out a schedule for the period when commercial vehicles may enter the road for the purpose of loading and unloading of goods, they said.

The MCD, they demanded, should strictly comply with the court's earlier order and take action against car accessory dealers and car dealers who are using footpath and roads, thereby creating congestion for smooth flow of traffic. - PTI

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Plea to empower panels for follow-up

Participants at a recent function relating to minorities have demanded that commissions and committees constituted by the governments should be empowered to ensure follow-up action.

At present, they are powerless and just prepare reports but cannot force the government or its agencies to take action.

The function was organized by A. C. Michael, member of the Delhi Minorities Commission, to felicitate Dr John Dayal for becoming a member of the National Monitoring Committee for Minority Education under the umbrella of the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development. Dayal said commissions and committees should have the power to have their recommendations implemented.

Clemency issue still alive

The controversy over the clemency granted to Kishori Lal, an accused in the 1984 anti- Sikh riots, has not died down despite the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi reversing the decision to grant pardon.

This has also given mileage to the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) at a time when Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee election is round the corner. SAD has alliance with the BJP in Punjab as well as in Delhi.

Just after the announcement of the decision, the Badal group had staged a demonstration opposite the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and got the sympathy of the Sikh community. However, the Congress supported SAD (Delhi) at the Delhi Gurdwara Committee and led a three-member delegation to the LG but the community was not aware of this. The delegation consisted of Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely who is also in charge of the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections.

Dog menace on JNU poll agenda

The dog menace on the JNU campus has become an issue in the campaigning for the students' union elections.

The students hope that the union would at last take a note of the 40-year-old problem and deal with it seriously. All these years, student councils have failed to tackle the issue.

But the issue has finally found a place on manifestoes of the contesting candidates. A union aspirant told reporters at the Ganga Dhaba recently that the gravity of the menace could be gauged going by number of dogs surrounding the dhaba alone.

BJP optimistic

Bolstered by the victory in the Mumbai and Thane municipal polls, the Delhi BJP has become optimistic of retaining power in the MCD polls slated for April.

Senior BJP leaders said the Congress was in for a similar treatment at the hands of the electorate in Delhi as well. "Our campaign against corruption and price-rise has snowballed into a mass movement. The people of Delhi want complete change," BJP leaders maintain. The party's 15-day-long yatra entered the eighth day today.

(Contributed by Syed Ali Ahmed, Jyoti Rai and Himani Chandel) 

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Beauty, nutrition is garden fest theme
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 18
The 'Garden of Five Senses' is celebrating the 25th Garden Tourism Festival with the theme of beauty and nutrition.

An enchanting garden with healing colour of green in different hues is a source of peace, tranquility along with happiness and is what the festival aims to project.

The festival is highlighting mini gardens created in large trays, theme gardens based on annually decided subject, foliage, plants hanging from ceiling, flaura and fauna and new innovative gardens like vertical garden.

By combining aesthetics with comfort and functionality, it is showcasing new concepts of gardening.

Beauty and nutrition, the theme for this year's Garden Festival promotes the gardens that provide right nutritional and medicinal value keeping the mind and body healthy.

"These days a lot of life style diseases like diabetes, certain, heart diseases, cancer etc. are prevalent. The garden festival will help people by providing useful information on having plants with plants medicinal value befitting today's life style. People will have a know how of how to have a healthy bouquet of fresh and leafy vegetables and salad crops," said Manish Chatrath, Chairman Delhi Tourism. 

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A uniform look for all govt schools

New Delhi, February 18
The Delhi Government is working on a project to give a uniform exterior look to all its school buildings across the city, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said today.

Listing various initiatives to improve the educational infrastructure in the city, Dikshit said her government has been opening two new schools every month in the last two years.

Dikshit was speaking after laying the foundation stones of two new secondary schools - one for boys and the other for girls-- in the Nangloi area of the city.

The schools, to be commissioned within one year, will incur a cost of Rs 4.5 crore in construction.ó PTI 

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Sexual abuse case: 3 staffers of orphanage arrested 
Security guard, 2 caretakers arrested for molestation, physical abuse
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 18
Investigations into two cases of sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl and of the physical abuse of a nine-year-old boy have today led to the arrests of three members of Arya Anathalaya (orphanage).

Both the victims are inmates of the orphanage that is situated in Daryaganj.

A police official said that a security guard of the orphanage, Navratan, was arrested in the case of raping the 11-year-old girl. He was arrested after a classmate of the girl accused him of sexually abusing her friend in a toilet. She said that the 11-year-old girl was writhing in pain when she found her lying in the bathroom.

Two caretakers, Chauhan and Ramesh Maurya, were also arrested under Section 23 (punishment for cruelty to juvenile or child) of the Juvenile Justice Act. They had physically abused a nine-year-old boy, who was staying at the orphanage.

"Chauhan and Ramesh had beaten the boy's younger brother in front of his mother. She had approached them to complain about the abuse that her nine-year-old son underwent. But, they were apathetic to the issue," said the official.

On February 9, the police had also arrested a 13-year-old boy on charges of sexually abusing both the victims. The accused has been sent to an observation home of Prayas, a non-governmental organisation. The nine-year-old boy is kept at a shelter run by the same NGO.

On December 24, the girl was admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital after she complained of vomiting and loose motions.

Doctors at the hospital examined her and prescribed medicines for her treatment. She was thereafter brought back to the orphanage and kept at the dispensary.

The girl's condition worsened and she was again admitted to the same hospital at 12 noon. She later died around 5 pm.

A post-mortem report at Maulana Azad Medical College revealed that she was sexually abused.

A case under Section 376 (punishment for rape) and Section 377 (unnatural offences) of the IPC was registered at the Jama Masjid police station.

The police is further probing both the cases. "We are conducting medical check-ups of all the children staying at the orphanage. If we receive more complaints, we will investigate the matter and make more arrests if we have to," added the official.

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Azhar issued non-bailable warrant
in cheque bounce case

New Delhi, February 18
A Delhi court today issued non-bailable warrant against former Indian cricket team captain and MP Mohammed Azharuddin for not appearing in court on the day of final verdict in a cheque-bounce case, a lawyer said.

Metropolitan Magistrate Vikrant Vaid issued non-bailable warrant against Azhar, whose counsel Firoj Khan Ghazi said that he was busy campaigning in Uttar Pradesh for the ongoing assembly elections.

The court would next hear the case March 1.

According to complainant Sanjay Solanki, he helped Azhar in a deal to purchase a property in Bandra in Mumbai for Rs 1.5 crore.

As per the agreement to sell and purchase, Azhar agreed to pay double the amount of the initial amount of Rs.1.5 crore if the deal fell through due to his failure to comply with the terms.

When the deal did not mature due to Azhar's laxity, he refused to pay double the amount of the initial amount, the complainant's counsel Gurvinder Singh Talwar said.

Azhar issued two cheques for amount Rs.1.5 crore twice to the complainant, which were dishonoured.

Azhar during the framing of charge claimed innocence and told the court that he did not know the complainant personally and met him for the first time in court.

He added that he made the payment to the person who had set the deal as the agreement, carrying the MP's Delhi address, was made by another person.

"That person told me that he had paid the money to Solanki," Azhar told the court July 21, 2011. - IANS

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Slain gangsterís wife smells foul play in traderís death

Ghaziabad, February 18
A day after a Delhi-based trader was found hanging in a Lucknow hotel, wife of slain "history-sheeter" Ravinder Tyagi today alleged that the businessman was "murdered" by those bent on saving the skin of persons responsible of her husband's "fake encounter".

Deepa Tyagi, a district panchayat member, alleged that trader Ranjit Singh (45) was with her husband when the encounter took place in the Mohan Nagar area, Ghaziabad, on October 29, 2009.

Ranjit Singh, a businessman from Rajoury Garden of Delhi, has allegedly committed suicide in a hotel in the Nakka area of Lucknow on February 16.

She said that his brother in-law Vijay Pal Tyagi and trader Ranjit were called by the CBI in Lucknow and the next day Ranjit was found dead.

Deepa alleged that Ranjit was the only witness in the case and was "eliminated" and demanded investigation into the death of the trader.

Demanding the police security, she said that she would move to the high court for transfer of the case from Lucknow to Delhi.

In December last year, the Allahabad High Court had ordered a CBI inquiry into the death of Tyagi, who was killed in a police encounter.

Tyagi was a history-sheeter from Ghaziabad, carrying a cash reward of Rs 50,000 on his head.

The order was passed on a writ petition filed by Tyagi's wife Deepa, who had alleged that her husband was killed by policemen at the behest of a state minister. - PTI

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Minor raped by landlord
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 18
A 28-year-old drunk man has been arrested for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl, who is his tenant at Shahpur Jat, according to the police today.

Vinod is a resident of Shahpur Jat. He was arrested on Thursday after the girl's parents reported the incident at the Hauz Khas police station.

The victim and her parents stay as tenants at Vinod's residence. Her father works at a nearby restaurant.

On Wednesday evening, her parents had gone outside and she was alone at her home. Vinod, who was drunk, knocked at the door of the victim's house. She opened the door upon seeing her landlord, who barged inside and raped her, said the police.

Vinod threatened her of dire consequences if she reported the matter to anyone. When her parents came back after an hour, she narrated the incident to them. The girl and her parents then lodged a complaint.

A medical examination of the victim confirmed tat the girl was raped.

Vinod was presented at a court.

Sources said that he had confessed to his crime.

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Girl commits suicide after molestation

New Delhi, February 18
A minor girl, who was molested while returning from school, committed suicide here by taking poison, the police said today.

The victim was reportedly molested last evening in the Bhalswa Dairy area, west Delhi, when she was with one of her friends.

Deputy Commissioner of Police BS Jaiswal said the accused abducted two minor girls, but they molested only one.

The victim reached home around 8.30 pm yesterday and committed suicide within an hour, said Jaiswal.

The accused have been identified and "we are looking for them", Jaiswal said. - IANS

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2 Air India staffers caught stealing at IGI airport

New Delhi, February 18
Two baggage assistants of Air India were apprehended while they were allegedly trying to steal laptops and mobile phones inside the Indira Gandhi International Airport here, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said today.

The two AI employees have been identified as Deepak Nangia and Abhimanyu, a CISF official said, adding that one laptop and three mobile phones were recovered from the duo in separate cases.

While Nangia was handed over to the police on February 14, Abhimanyu was intercepted and later handed over to the Delhi police on February 15.

"Both were intercepted when they were exiting the Terminal 3 of the IGI. The police is probing whether the laptops and other valuable were stolen from the baggage of passengers," a CISF official said.

In yet another case, CISF troops today found a bag lying at the Dwarka Sector 21 station of the Airport Metro which contained more than Rs 2 lakh, a Blackberry mobile phone and an iPod.

"The owner of the bag was contacted and he was handed over his belongings after proper verification," the official added. ó PTI

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Man held for extortion bid using crude bomb
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 18
A man, who allegedly wanted to capitalise on the recent terror attack on a car of Israeli Embassy, used a crude bomb to frighten and attempt to extort money from a businessman.

Gyanender Kumar, alias Gyani, has been arrested. He runs a DVD rental service.

On February 15, Parmod Jain, a resident of Kapil Vihar in Pitampura, along with his family, was going to attend a function. He heard a noise of an explosion at the rear side of his Hyudai Verna car, which was parked near road number 44 at Lok Vihar.

Jain thought that it was a cracker thrown by a child. He did not report the matter to the police. The next evening, he received a telephone call followed by some SMSs from an unknown number. The caller demanded Rs 5 crore. He also sent Jain a text message which read that he could harm him and his family.

Jain reported the incident to the police and a case under Sections 384 (punishment for extortion) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) was registered .

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Man dies in wall collapse

Ghaziabad, February 18
A 35-year-old man was killed when wall of the house he was sleeping in collapsed in the Kavinagar area of the city, the police said today.

Sanjay, a balloon seller, came under the wall which fell following an impact of a car last night.

Sanjay was rushed to a hospital, however, he was declared brought dead.

The driver of the car was arrested and a case has been registered against him, the police added. - PTI

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