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Four injured in Nand Nagri cylinder blast
New Delhi, April 8
An explosion in an LPG cylinder in a house at Nand Nagri has severely injured four members of a family, including a seven-month-old girl this morning. According to the police, the injured are identified as Sobharam (36), his wife Asha (30) and their children Kunal (10) and Komal, an infant. They live at A-2/437, Nand Nagri in northeast Delhi. One of them lit a match that caused the explosion in the leaking cylinder this morning.

BJP promises pollution-free drainage
New Delhi, April 8
With the promise for all-round development of Delhi, the BJP releases its manifesto for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections. Releasing election manifesto for the MCD elections separately in four languages, BJP Delhi pradesh in charge and former national president M Venkaiah Naidu said that the party had done appreciable works for the people of Delhi through the MCD.
Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta (second from right) along with senior party leaders Venkaiah Naidu, VK Malhotra, Arti Mehra and Harsh Vardhan releases the election manifesto in New Delhi on Sunday Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta (second from right) along with senior party leaders Venkaiah Naidu, VK Malhotra, Arti Mehra and Harsh Vardhan releases the election manifesto in New Delhi on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui


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Cong big names finally pitch in for canvassing
New Delhi, April 8
Senior leaders of the Congress have finally pitched in to campaign for the municipal elections. Big names in the party are now accompanying candidates on their canvassing tours.

Mail grievances to councillorís post office
New Delhi, April 8
For the neck and neck competition in the municipal elections, candidates are working out innovative ideas to woo the maximum number of voters. While on one side where all candidates are busy meeting people and asking for their support, Satish Upadhyay, a candidate from ward number 161, has proposed a new concept of setting up councillor's post office.

4 cops hurt in accident
New Delhi, April 8
Four police officials, who were on their way to arrest an accused in a murder case, had an accident when a speeding truck rammed into the Gypsy car they were travelling in at a traffic light in Dwarka last night.

Realtor cheated of Rs 75 lakh
New Delhi, April 8
A man was arrested after a Haryana-based property dealer complained to the Delhi police that he was duped of Rs 75 lakh on the pretext of a loan of Rs 7 crore. The police took action after one, Gajender Singh, a resident of Palwal in Haryana, lodged a complaint at the Sarita Vihar police station.

DELHI DIARY
Def Colony case: Chinks in police armour
The Delhi police should be praised for its speedy investigation of the mysterious death of a Defence officer in his residence at Defence Colony last week, said a few experts of other security agencies rather sarcastically.

Easter celebrated
New Delhi, April 8
It was a Sunday of joy and fervour as Delhi celebrated Easter with special prayer services and feasts. The day marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion.

Held for robbery
New Delhi, April 8
Three youths have been held for robbing a collection agent at Punjabi Bagh. Deepak Singh, Mahender Narayan and Tulsi Ram were held after Dev Vart, a Tata Indicom agent, yesterday approached a PCR van.





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Four injured in Nand Nagri cylinder blast
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
An explosion in an LPG cylinder in a house at Nand Nagri has severely injured four members of a family, including a seven-month-old girl this morning. According to the police, the injured are identified as Sobharam (36), his wife Asha (30) and their children Kunal (10) and Komal, an infant. They live at A-2/437, Nand Nagri in northeast Delhi. One of them lit a match that caused the explosion in the leaking cylinder this morning.

Soon the fire engulfed their residence. The fire brigade was immediately informed at 6.30 am. Three fire tenders were sent to their residence. The fire was doused in about an hour.

The four injured persons were rushed to the Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital. They are being treated for their injuries.

Dr Rajpal, the medical superintendent of GTB Hospital, said, "Sobharam and his wife suffered more than 75 per cent burn injuries. Their younger son is also critical. We are trying our best to treat the patients."

Sohbharam and his family stay on the ground floor of a residential building. Their neighbour, Noor Islam, who stays on the first floor of the building, was present in his residence at the time of the incident.

"I heard an explosion on the ground floor of the building. When I went downstairs, I saw that a wall and the main door of Sohbharam's house were completely broken. Smoke emitted from their residence. I immediately called the fire department," said Islam.

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BJP promises pollution-free drainage
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
With the promise for all-round development of Delhi, the BJP releases its manifesto for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections. Releasing election manifesto for the MCD elections separately in four languages, BJP Delhi pradesh in charge and former national president M Venkaiah Naidu said that the party had done appreciable works for the people of Delhi through the MCD.

In the policy plan for the next five years, the party has promised to hike Rs 1,000 to 1,500 in the pension for elders along with expanding the number of pensioners from Rs 2 lakh to 3.

While releasing the manifesto, Naidu said that the party would clear piles of garbage at landfill sites and clear 700 acre of land for the development works. He announced plans to manufacture tiles and organic manure from the garbage.

"This year, we will open a new medical college under the MCD and pave the way for producing thousands of doctors," he said. Promising a master plan for making pollution-free drainage system in the city, he said that the lanes and roads would be constructed with ready-mix concrete.

Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta said that social security cards for under- privileged would be taken care of. In order to woo voters, he announced Rs 5,000 in bank for Class V girl students, a more transparent and accountable system, simplification of the process of getting building plans and bylaws by introducing an online system.

The party has also tried to lure the vote bank of Bihar people by promising Chhat Pooja as a holiday, besides providing washrooms and changing rooms in pooja sites. On the issue of unauthorised colonies, Gupta said that the Delhi government misled people on the occasion of elections and starts series of false promises and announcements.

In order to mislead the voters, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit got provisional certificates of regularisation of the unauthorised colonies having population of 50 lakh people distributed through Sonia Gandhi with the promise to provide the basic amenities. People should ask them as to when would these certificates be converted into permanent documents, said Gupta.

"They have not kept the promises. The Congress does not have the moral right to seek votes. They are destroying the country. We would not allow that. See the performance of the BJP in the MCD for the past five years and vote for us," Naidu appealed to the voters.

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Cong big names finally pitch in for canvassing
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
Senior leaders of the Congress have finally pitched in to campaign for the municipal elections. Big names in the party are now accompanying candidates on their canvassing tours.

To overcome the speculations of in-fighting, the party is trying to present a united front. Campaigning for Safdarjung Enclave candidate Aman Arora, Union youth and sports affairs minister Ajay Maken along with Delhi health minister Kiran Walia today took out a padyatra in South Delhi's Hauz Khas village area.

"Arora has been living here for the past 40 years and he is the kind of leaders we need. Let us all unite to ensure that he wins," said Maken.

Attacking the BJP-ruled Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Walia, the MLA from the area, talked about disconnection between the state government and the corporation.

"We approve budgets for development works in the Assembly, but they get stuck at the implementation level in wards. If the MP, MLA and councillor are from the same area, the works will be carried out without any political roadblock," he said.

The party candidate from the area, Aman Arora, has proposed a participatory model of governance for his constituency.

"I think our governance should be based on consensus building. I have proposed the formation of an area committee comprising residents. The committee will set the agenda for the councillor on almost all civic issues," said Arora.

The Congress party is trying to make the most of anti-incumbency factor against the BJP. The party is riding high on the twin moves of the trifurcation of the MCD as well as women's reservation in the corporation. The BJP on its part is hoping to cash in on the rising prices and a spate of corruption allegations against the Congress-led Central government.

But it is infighting within the ranks that has emerged as the biggest cause of worry for both the sides.

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Mail grievances to councillorís post office
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
For the neck and neck competition in the municipal elections, candidates are working out innovative ideas to woo the maximum number of voters. While on one side where all candidates are busy meeting people and asking for their support, Satish Upadhyay, a candidate from ward number 161, has proposed a new concept of setting up councillor's post office.

He has suggested putting up of letter boxes in various areas of the ward in which the residents would be able to post their complaints, suggestions or grievances. The post would be collected and sent to the councillor's office where he would try to sort out the issues as soon as possible.

In addition to that, he has proposed pre-printed post cards identifying various problems faced by residents. And for this, all the complainant would have to do is to put a tick mark against his problem, put his name and phone number and the complaint would be taken care of. "I plan to print post cards which will have a list of issues printed on it. People can tick against the problem they are facing, write their mobile number and sent directly to me," said Upadhyay.

While meeting the residents of Shivalik and Sarvodaya Enclave, he asked people to come up with the ideas, which he would look forward to implement after winning the election. "People were really keen to know the manifesto of the candidates," he said.

Having lived in the area for a long time, Upadhyay said that he was well aware of the problems of the area and its residents. He said being a political science graduate he was not only aware of the system, but also knew how to deal with it.

He wants to make his ward one of the best in Delhi. "The most import things I would like to focus upon are the issue of safety and security of all, especially of children and women. It is not that difficult for a councillor to make his ward problem free provided he intends to do so. I would bring multi-level parking, give importance to maintenance of roads and streetlights, proper drainage, clean and tidy surrounding for healthy environment," he added.

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4 cops hurt in accident
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
Four police officials, who were on their way to arrest an accused in a murder case, had an accident when a speeding truck rammed into the Gypsy car they were travelling in at a traffic light in Dwarka last night.

The officials were identified as sub-inspector Sunil Kumar, head constable Nawab Singh and two constables Kuldeep and Laxmi Chand. They were travelling from the Chawla police station and were heading towards Sagarpur.

"They were passing by a traffic light at Sector 16 of Dwarka at 10.40 pm when a speeding tempo rammed into the side of their vehicle. The car overturned due to the impact of the accident. During the time of the incident, the traffic lights were blinking," said a police official.

A Police Control Room (PCR) vehicle that was parked a few meters away immediately reached the site of the accident. The truck driver, Ramashish (38), who was standing next to the overturned Gypsy car, was arrested.

A passerby had dialed 100 and the police from the Dwarka (north) police station also reached the spot.

The police officials were taken to Ayushman Hospital at Sector 12 in Dwarka. Chand, who was driving the police car, and Kumar, who was sitting on the co-driver's seat, got minor injuries. They were discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment for their injuries.

Singh and Kuldeep, who were sitting at the backseat of the car, are in critical condition. Singh, who is presently being treated at Ayushman Hospital, will be discharged soon. Kuldeep, however, has been kept at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Chanan Devi Hospital in Janakpuri for the past 48 hours.

"The police officials were rushing towards Sagarpur to arrest an accused in a case of murder that occurred in the jurisdiction of the Chawla police station last morning," added the official.

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Realtor cheated of Rs 75 lakh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
A man was arrested after a Haryana-based property dealer complained to the Delhi police that he was duped of Rs 75 lakh on the pretext of a loan of Rs 7 crore. The police took action after one, Gajender Singh, a resident of Palwal in Haryana, lodged a complaint at the Sarita Vihar police station.

"Gajender claimed that a few months ago, one of his acquaintances, Surat Singh had informed him about his plan to buy a plot at Malviya Nagar. For that purpose he needed a loan of Rs 7 crore," said Additional Commissioner of Police (South East District), Ajay Chaudhry.

Surat told Gajender that one, Devender Chauhan had promised to get the loan sanctioned from a bank with the help of Sarfaraz Alam and Maulana Aslam.

"But, Sarfaraz and Aslam were demanding Rs 2 crore to get the loan sanctioned and Surat did not have that money. So, he (Surat) requested the complainant, Gajender, to arrange for half of the money," said Chaudhry.

Later, Gajender with Surat met Sarfaraz, Devender and Aslam at Sarfaraz's office at Living Style Mall in Sarita Vihar. They negotiated and agreed to an amount of Rs 1.5 crore. It was decided that Rs 75 lakhs would be paid by the complainant.

Gajender thereafter sold his agricultural land and paid Rs 75 lakh at Sarfaraz's office.

"Sarfaraz gave Gajender a loan sanction letter purportedly issued by India Bulls Housing Finance. After a verification process, the letter was found to be forged. Sarfaraz, Devender and Aslam cheated the complainant," Chaudhry added.

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DELHI DIARY
Def Colony case: Chinks in police armour

Delhiites looked for cover as the temperature went up to 36.6 degrees on Sunday
Delhiites looked for cover as the temperature went up to 36.6 degrees on Sunday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

The Delhi police should be praised for its speedy investigation of the mysterious death of a Defence officer in his residence at Defence Colony last week, said a few experts of other security agencies rather sarcastically.

The police during its investigations discovered that the Defence officer, Kumar Yashkar, had covered himself with a blanket and set himself ablaze. Interestingly though, the police did not find any combustible material to start the fire that raised a point of doubt in the investigation report of the Delhi police.

The second point that made the police theory of suicide weak is that Kumar committed suicide due to financial crunch. The experts say that he was an officer who had no major liability and his family members had never seen facing financial problems.

The Delhi police made it an open and shut case; the experts are laughing in their sleeve.

Book bank largesse

The distribution of books among some students of primary classes by the book bank of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi-UK) has disproved the claim of certain Delhi-based Sikh politicians who say that the president of the SAD Delhi-UK Jasjit Singh is migratory like a bird. He has come from the UK and will fly back to that country. He does not keep his word. These politicians often make uncharitable remarks about Jasjit Singh.

However, the man distributed books among the students of primary classes in Punjabi Bagh last week to strengthen the position of his party in the community. He had announced a few months ago that he would open a book bank to provide free books to poor children.

Break from grinding routine

Away from the mental stress of daily OPDs and classes this week, faculty, residents and students of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences had some fitness run between the wickets during a five-day cricket tourney here.

All thanks to the extended weekend that not only made it possible for them to take a break from the otherwise grinding schedule but also served as an occasion for comradeship.

More so, at a time when the faculty-student relations had taken a beating owing to favouritism at times or recently due to the concerns raised over the lack of communication between the faculty and students in the wake of MBBS student's suicide.

The prime purpose of the tournament, concluding today, was to foster goodwill and build a bridge of togetherness among the sections within the institute where such matches and fun-fests would be frequently organised, said Dr Shivani Pahwa from the AIIMS Resident Doctors' Association.

Causing bad blood in family

Expulsion of Congress office-bearers became an issue at a meeting when the DPCC president requested the media not to discuss the matter further. It happened when DPCC president J. P. Agarwal announced the expulsion of four office-bearers whose wives were contesting the election as independent candidates or as candidates of other parties.

The media persons had told the DPPC president that the party decision would create bad blood between the spouses of the Congress office-bearers. It was not the office-bearers who were contesting. Their wives were contesting and they had every right to fight election.

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

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Easter celebrated

New Delhi, April 8
It was a Sunday of joy and fervour as Delhi celebrated Easter with special prayer services and feasts. The day marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion.

Huge crowds gathered at churches to attend the midnight Easter mass.

"While Good Friday is the day of sorrow, Easter is all about joy and celebration. It marks the end of the period of Lent or suffering," said Joy Matthew, a marketing professional. ó IANS

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Held for robbery

New Delhi, April 8
Three youths have been held for robbing a collection agent at Punjabi Bagh. Deepak Singh, Mahender Narayan and Tulsi Ram were held after Dev Vart, a Tata Indicom agent, yesterday approached a PCR van.

"They robbed him of Rs 21,129, five Tata Telly cheques and a mobile phone. They fled to Peeragarhi," said ACP V Renganathan.

They were chased and and nabbed by cops. ó TNS

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