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City dry as stalemate with Haryana continues
New Delhi, June 15
Many areas of west, north-west and south-west Delhi are facing water crisis due to shortage of supply of raw water from Haryana to the national capital.
BJP leader Vijay Goel, along with party activists, protests against water shortage outside the CMís residence in New Delhi on Friday. BJP leader Vijay Goel, along with party activists, protests against water shortage outside the CMís residence in New Delhi on Friday. Tribune photo

People take to streets; 3 injured in lathicharge, stone pelting
New Delhi, June 15
Three persons, including a policeman, today sustained injuries at Alipur village during a protest against shortage of water supply and power cuts.


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Power demand reaches all-time high
New Delhi, June 15
The power supply in Delhi hit another record today with demand touching 5,265 MW around 2.30 pm, which is the maximum demand attained so far, said officials of the Delhi power distribution companies (discoms).

Foreigners allege bias in AIIMS counselling
New Delhi, June 15
Even as the counselling of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for the postgraduate and super-specialty courses in 30 disciplines (MD/MS/MDS) and two subjects at M.Ch level went smooth, there seemed to have emerged a general dissatisfaction among the foreign nationals who appeared for the counselling yesterday.

For Fatherís Day gift, man flees with test drive car
New Delhi, June 15
A 39-year-old man was arrested today for allegedly stealing an SUV to present it to his father as a birthday gift on Father's Day. The father of the accused is a retired Army Colonel.

73-yr-old lawyer held for 90 car thefts
New Delhi, June 15
A practicing lawyer has been arrested for allegedly committing over 90 motor vehicle thefts and forgeries.

Trader found dead in car
New Delhi, June 15
A 21-year-old businessman was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his car at IP Estate today. Two persons have been held.





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City dry as stalemate with Haryana continues
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 15
Many areas of west, north-west and south-west Delhi are facing water crisis due to shortage of supply of raw water from Haryana to the national capital.

Production at the Haiderpur Water Treatment Plant continues to be reduced by 15 MGD. In addition, the pond level at Wazirabad for the third day today continues to be 2 ft below normal, affecting production at the Wazirabad and Chandrawal Water Treatment Plants. This will affect the following areas: central, north, south-west, part of MES and the NDMC areas.

The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) authority said that stalemate with Haryana continued over the sharing of water saving as a result of the new carrier lined channel (CLC) from Munak to Haiderpur for which Delhi has already paid Rs 414 crore for the construction of the canal which Haryana took up as a deposit work. The water savings due to reduced seepage losses in the CLC amount to 80 million gallons per day, which would enable Delhi to operationalise its new water treatment plants at Dwarka, Bawana and Okhla.

Apart from regulating the direct tapping, the DJB is attempting to mitigate the situation by ensuring that areas within the command of the affected water treatment plant receive supply every alternate day.

A fleet of 1,000 tankers has also been deployed and their services are being closely monitored. Any irregularities in the tanker services may be intimated via SMS on the cell phone number 9650290707 or on email at cvodjb@gmail.com.

Any complaint or information given on the cell phone and e-mail will be treated as confidential and immediate action will be taken.

As per the directions of competent authority, random checking of water filling stations was carried out. The contracts of 31 private tankers were suspended and the penalty has been imposed on all the defaulter tanker operators and a penalty amount of Rs 4.60 lakh was recovered.

However, the media advisor to the Chief Minister of Haryana, Shiv Bhatia said, "We have always been giving 15 to 20 per cent additional water to Delhi. But the Delhi government has made an attitude to criticise the Haryana government."

Delhiites fume

The residents of areas like Kirti Nagar, Patel Nagar, Moti Nagar, Narela, Bawana Wazirabad, Khayala and Old Delhi localities are bearing the maximum brunt of the water crisis in the city.

The current average demand of potable water in the city is around 1,100 mgd (million gallons per day), but at present, the Delhi Jal Board is supplying only around 750 mgd.

Also, several areas are facing frequent power cuts, some lasting for 10-12 hours, also leading to water shortage.

"We are thinking of rationing water," said sources in the DJB.

The water shortage has left Delhiites restless.

"There has been no water supply for the past three days here. If we do not get water soon, we will be forced to take to the streets," said Mathu Kutty, a Kirti Nagar resident.

"It has become so difficult to do the routine chores. For the past one week, we have been buying distilled water and using it for bathing and washing utensils. There is no tanker facility," said an angry housewife Poornima Singh.

In fact, the situation is so bad that some people are planning to shift to their relative's place.

"If the situation prevails, I will move to my sister's house in east Delhi for three days. I will stay with her till the water supply resumes," said college student Anjuman Sharma.

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People take to streets; 3 injured in lathicharge, stone pelting
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 15
Three persons, including a policeman, today sustained injuries at Alipur village during a protest against shortage of water supply and power cuts.

When the protestors started disrupting traffic movement, the police tried to control them. The police also reportedly lathicharged the crowd during which two persons sustained injuries. Later, the protesters pelted stones on policemen, leaving a cop injured.

The protest was controlled after a senior official called for more police force.

Meanwhile, the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, today asserted that due to the shortage of water supply, condition has become intolerable in unauthorised settlements and J J Colonies, where people were being forced to remain awake till late in the night to fill drinking water.

He said that it was ironical that even the available water was not being distributed properly and approximately 40 per cent of the potable water was being wasted. 

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Power demand reaches all-time high
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 15
The power supply in Delhi hit another record today with demand touching 5,265 MW around 2.30 pm, which is the maximum demand attained so far, said officials of the Delhi power distribution companies (discoms).

The power demand in the BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) area was 1,341 MW, while in the BRPL area it was recorded at 2,132 MW, said the officials. The power generating stations in Delhi provided 1,211 MW and the drawal from central sector stations was to the tune of 4,054 MW.

"The total demand in Delhi in 24 hours from mid-night of June 13 till midnight of 14 was 102.571 million units out of which 101.517 million units was successfully met and 0.223 million units shed due to transmission and discoms and 0.831 million units shed to restrict over drawal during low frequency regime," said Transco officials.

The loadshedding continued in most parts of the city because of the widening gap between demand and supply. Addressing to the problem of power cuts in east Delhi, Mayor Annapura Mishra today held a meeting with the officials of BYPL. She asked the discom officials to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the residents of the area. Special emphasis was given to check the stealing of power in industrial areas.

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Foreigners allege bias in AIIMS counselling
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 15
Even as the counselling of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for the postgraduate and super-specialty courses in 30 disciplines (MD/MS/MDS) and two subjects at M.Ch level went smooth, there seemed to have emerged a general dissatisfaction among the foreign nationals who appeared for the counselling yesterday.

The fact that they are bound to take admission in the subject or discipline as specified by them in the online application form and if seats are available as per the merit list of such candidates, it limits their chance to get a better considered stream.

However, for Indian students, there is no need to submit a chosen discipline and following the selection in the entrance examination, they are offered subjects on the basis of personal counselling when they can make the choice. This gives them an edge not due to the higher number of seats but due to the set criterion.

"Indian students get the opportunity to choose a discipline, but for the foreign students the counselling is just a formality. Most of the times they have to come low on their list of subjects as most of the preferred and better considered subjects are exhausted in the top ranking," said Dilip Kumar from Nepal, who was lucky to bag the sole seat in obstetrics and gynaecology.

According to several other foreign candidates, it is an unfair criterion to limit the choice at the application stage as this deprives them of having their dream discipline.

"The counselling for the students from neighbouring countries was done as per norms of the AIIMS rulebook. They should get concessions as enjoyed by the Indian candidates but it is a matter of policy," said a senior administrative official of AIIMS.

On the first day of its counselling yesterday, with the majority going for provisional seats, under the unreserved category the counselling ended at 225 rank with a total of 640 qualifying candidates called for it.

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For Fatherís Day gift, man flees with test drive car
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 15
A 39-year-old man was arrested today for allegedly stealing an SUV to present it to his father as a birthday gift on Father's Day. The father of the accused is a retired Army Colonel.

Rahul was arrested for allegedly stealing a Renault-Koleos car on May 30 after taking it for a test drive with sales consultant Sunil Kumar. The incident happened at Divine Autotech Private Limited showroom at Moti Nagar.

According to Sunil, on May 29, Rahul approached the showroom as Mukesh Kumar.

"I told me to bring the car to Khan Market for a test drive. He drove the car for 25 minutes at Lodhi Road. But he was not satisfied and told me to get the car serviced," said Sunil.

The next day, when Sunil telephoned Rahul, the latter told him to bring Koleos and a Renault Fluence car to Khan Market. After driving Renault Fluence, Rahul decided to drive Koleos again for a couple of minutes at Lodhi Road.

He brought the car back to Khan Market and told Sunil that he had to show the car to his wife. They both went towards Noida Expressway via the DND flyover. After driving for nearly an hour, Rahul told Sunil that his wife would be late.

"Then he stopped the car and told Sunil that he felt that there was a malfunction at the rear of the car. When Sunil got out to check the vehicle, Rahul drove the car away," added the official.

"Since my phone was gone with the car, I borrowed a phone and informed my sales manager about the incident. I then met a police team at Khan Market," added Sunil.

A case under Indian Penal Code Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) was registered at the Tughlak Road police station on the day of the incident.

Rahul was traced through technical surveillance.

"We procured the IMEI number his phone. He had used a fake SIM to telephone the showroom. We traced his location when he used his original SIM. He was arrested from his residence in Sector 29 in Noida where he lived with his parents. The car was recovered from there," added the official.

According to a police official, Rahul Pandey did his schooling from Army Public School at Secunderabad in Andhra Pradesh. He then completed a three-year course in aeronautics and went on to do MBA from Australia.

"He started working for BMW, but resigned when he was diagnosed with chikungunya. He is presently unemployed," said the official. 

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73-yr-old lawyer held for 90 car thefts
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 15
A practicing lawyer has been arrested for allegedly committing over 90 motor vehicle thefts and forgeries.

According to ADCP P Karunakaran, the accused is Dhani Ram Mittal (73). He was arrested with a stolen Maruti Zen car yesterday.

"Mittal disclosed that the car was stolen by him from Paschim Vihar about 15 to 20 days ago. At his instance, a motorcycle stolen from North Rohini was recovered.," said Karunakaran.

"He is involved in 89 cases of cheating, forgery and motor vehicle theft," added Karunakaran.

According to the official, Mittal disclosed to the police that he used to park his car near other cars and used a master key for stealing them. If caught, he would use his age to shield himself.

"He would concoct a story that he was trying to open the car thinking that it was his car," added the official. 

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Trader found dead in car

New Delhi, June 15
A 21-year-old businessman was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his car at IP Estate today. Two persons have been held.

Sources said that the victim is Zubair, a resident of Turkman Gate. He ran a business of mobile phones and accessories.

According to the sources, Zubair's neck appears to have been slashed with a sharp-edged weapon and was "half-cut".

Zubair and Yaasir had gone for a deal with Rs 5 lakh. Yaasir returned home, but Zubair didn't. ó TNS

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