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Work to privatise S Delhi water supply starts
New Delhi, July 3
As part of the Delhi government's effort to privatise water supply in the city, it has decided to begin with south Delhi by enrolling private players for water distribution in areas like Malviya Nagar, Mehrauli, Nangaloi, Vasant Vihar, Vasant Enclave, Anand Niketan and Western Colony.

HC upholds Thampuís appointment
New Delhi, July 3
The Delhi High Court today upheld the appointment of Valson Thampu as the principal of St Stephen's College, observing that he had a valid PhD degree. Thampu's appointment was challenged by former vice-principal of the college MS Frank. Justice Siddharth Mridul pointed out that the University Grants Commission (UGC) had approved the PhD degree obtained by Thampu from Allahabad Agriculture University.

121 bodies found in N district last month
New Delhi, July 3
In June, according to the police, 121 bodies, mostly of men, were found in the north district. Eighteen more bodies were found in the same district from Sunday till today. Out of the 121 bodies, only 15 have been identified so far.


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Get ready to pay more
Work to privatise S Delhi water supply starts
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 3
As part of the Delhi government's effort to privatise water supply in the city, it has decided to begin with south Delhi by enrolling private players for water distribution in areas like Malviya Nagar, Mehrauli, Nangaloi, Vasant Vihar, Vasant Enclave, Anand Niketan and Western Colony.

Though it was decided in the board meeting of Delhi Jal Board (DJB), chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, in November to involve private sector in water distribution, no action was taken in this regard. The board meeting had decided to privatise management and maintenance of the DJB's infrastructure in the south Delhi areas.

According to source in the department, the DJB had to invite tenders for the same by June end. The move is expected to increase in rates and add to the woes of Delhiites who are already burdened with a steep hike in power tariffs.

"Privatisation is necessary in the water distribution sector. We want to replicate the same model for the water distribution that we adopted in the power sector," said Dikshit when asked whether her government has decided to privatise the water sector.

Criticising Dikshit's comments, senior BJP leader VK Malhotra warned the government against privatising the water sector, alleging it is being initiated to benefit the vested interests. "There seems to be a method in madness in this move because it is blatantly meant to help the water mafia and their supporters. They will not only hike the charges, but will also systematically grab the land worth hundreds of crores of rupees belonging to the DJB," said Malhotra.

Dikshit had been pushing for initiating "reforms" in water sector, arguing that private entities must be involved to improve water distribution and that people must be made to "pay for every drop" of water they use so that they know the value of the scarce resource.

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HC upholds Thampuís appointment
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, July 3
The Delhi High Court today upheld the appointment of Valson Thampu as the principal of St Stephen's College, observing that he had a valid PhD degree. Thampu's appointment was challenged by former vice-principal of the college MS Frank. Justice Siddharth Mridul pointed out that the University Grants Commission (UGC) had approved the PhD degree obtained by Thampu from Allahabad Agriculture University.

The high court would not like to interfere with the decision taken by experts from the UGC and Delhi University that Thampu had all essential qualifications for the post, Justice Mridul held.

Thampu was appointed the principal by the selection committee of the college on September 12, 2008, while Frank challenged it in 2009, contending that under the DU norms, the principal must have a PhD degree in any of the subjects taught at the university. Thampu had done PhD in theology from Allahabad Agriculture Institute. And since theology was not taught at DU, Thampu's appointment was not valid, Frank had contended.

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121 bodies found in N district last month
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 3
In June, according to the police, 121 bodies, mostly of men, were found in the north district. Eighteen more bodies were found in the same district from Sunday till today. Out of the 121 bodies, only 15 have been identified so far.

DCP Sindhu Pillai said, "They probably died due to heat stroke or other natural causes such as old age. None of them were murdered. Since the summer is at its peak, we find bodies almost everyday."

Today, three bodies of men were recovered at Sarai Rohilla. In the first instance, The body of a 45-year-old man, who had reportedly suffered head injuries, but didn't die due to it. The postmortem suggested that he was possibly died of a long-lasting disease.

The autopsy of the two other bodies suggested that they died due to "natural causes".

On Sunday, 11 bodies were found in the north district, including Kashmiri Gate, Kotwali, Sarai Rohilla and Civil Lines. Yesterday, four bodies were found in the same locations. "Most of the people whose bodies we found are homeless," she said.

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