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Food poisoning
70 hotel staffers in hospital
New Delhi, July 4
More than 70 staff members of the five-star Shangri La's-Eros Hotel located in New Delhi were hospitalized and diagnosed with food poisoning after eating at the hotel's canteen this afternoon.

SC/ST, OBC candidates protest bias in DU admissions
New Delhi, July 4
Students, who belong to SC/ST and OBC category, today held protest against the discriminatory admission policies being adopted by Delhi University (DU). Union Minister for Human and Resource Development (HRD) Kapil Sibal will meet a delegation of these students on July 6 in this regard.

Youth found strangled in West Delhi
New Delhi, July 4
A 26-year-old youth was found strangled in his house at Manak Vihar, West Delhi this afternoon and the police suspects that he was killed by two of his acquaintances.

7,400 houses to be built for slum dwellers
New Delhi, July 4
The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board today nodded its approval for the construction of 7,400 economically weaker section houses at pocket-II, Bhalaswa-Jahangirpuri in North Delhi.


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Plan to run three water treatment plants
New Delhi, July 4
To meet the water crisis in Delhi, the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that the city government was planning to commission Munak Canal and make three water treatment plants functional. If Munak Canal is commissioned, the Delhi Jal Board will save 80 MGD water.

 

 





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Food poisoning
70 hotel staffers in hospital
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 4
More than 70 staff members of the five-star Shangri La's-Eros Hotel located in New Delhi were hospitalized and diagnosed with food poisoning after eating at the hotel's canteen this afternoon.

A hotel employee said that about 70 people were sent to the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital and the Moolchand Hospital. "The incident occurred at 4 pm today at the staff canteen. Our in-house doctor attended to the staff members, while the others were rushed to the two hospitals. Most of them have been discharged," the employee said.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Central Range) Taj Hassan said, "About 50 hotel staff members were hospitalzed. They complained of stomachaches and vomiting. The rest may have come there for a check-up and were later discharged, as their condition may not have been very serious," said the officer.

He added that a case under Indian Penal Code section 337 (endangering life or personal safety of others) against the canteen manager and the cook. "We are yet to make any arrest. We are trying to ascertain the role of these two persons in the case," said Hassan.

He added that the canteen was for staff members only and there were no guests there.

According to the hotel's press statement, At 4 pm today, more than 70 colleagues reported feeling unwell. The hotel's in-house doctor attended to them. The hotel is extending its cooperation with the health authorities and will conduct an internal investigation as well.

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SC/ST, OBC candidates protest bias in DU admissions
Sibal to meet students tomorrow

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 4
Students, who belong to SC/ST and OBC category, today held protest against the discriminatory admission policies being adopted by Delhi University (DU). Union Minister for Human and Resource Development (HRD) Kapil Sibal will meet a delegation of these students on July 6 in this regard.

Students raised slogans outside Shastri Bhavan which houses the office of HRD Minister and said Ramjas College affiliated to DU was not allotting admissions to OBC candidates even if they had met the required course cutoffs.

"Whereas candidates of the general category, who meet cutoffs, are being accommodated beyond the sanctioned strength in a given course, OBC candidates are being inducted only as per the allotted strength. Even those OBC candidates who are above the cutoffs are being ignored, if they don't make it within the merit prepared to fill the pre-allotted seats. If all general category candidates can be included despite dearth of seats, why are OBCs being left out?" students asked in a memorandum submitted to the ministry today.

They alleged that this way DU was diluting the mandated 15%, 7.5% and 27% of reservation for SC, ST and OBC, respectively.

The RTI data shows that just in 37 colleges 16,600 general candidates were admitted in place of the sanctioned strength of 11,900 (i.e. more than 30% excess), but OBC candidates are refused admissions once the sanctioned seats are filled as per merit.

DU does not allow the ST/SC students to try for their admission in the second and third cut-off lists, if they fail to collect their admission slip for any reason during the time of first list. The timing of opening of the counter where these slips are to be collected is just three hours (10 am to 1 pm).

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Youth found strangled in West Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 4
A 26-year-old youth was found strangled in his house at Manak Vihar, West Delhi this afternoon and the police suspects that he was killed by two of his acquaintances.

The youth has been identified as Ashok Kumar, who belonged to Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. Unofficial sources said that the two killers strangled him with a refrigerator's cable and then fled with Rs 1.5 lakh and valuables from the house.

According to the police, Kumar stayed with his cousin, Vinod at their Manak Vihar apartment. He dealt in the dairy products.

The police said that the matter came to light at 2 pm, when Vinod arrived at the apartment and found the main door ajar. He saw Kumar lying unconscious on the floor. He immediately informed the police.

Investigators said that the house was ransacked and Kumar had a scuffle with his killers before he was strangulated by a refrigerator cable.

A case of murder has been registered at the Hari Nagar police station and the police is looking for the suspects.

The investigators claim that there are CCTVs installed at the entry and exit points of the residential colony, where the victim stayed. According to the police, the video footage was shown to the victim's family who identified one of the suspects as Vipin, who is reportedly Kumar's friend.

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7,400 houses to be built for slum dwellers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 4
The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) today nodded its approval for the construction of 7,400 economically weaker section (EWS) houses at pocket-II, Bhalaswa-Jahangirpuri in North Delhi.

The DSUIB also decided to grant approval for the construction of a community hall at Trilokpuri at an estimated amount of Rs 3.75 crore. The DUSIB's budget for the year 2012-13 was approved in its seventh meeting. It will be sent to the city government for the necessary action.

These decisions were taken in the board meeting presided over by its Chairperson, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. The meeting was also attended by Delhi Urban Development Minister A.K. Walia, MLAs P.S. Sahaney, S.S. Bittoo and S.P. Ratawal, Chief Secretary P.K. Tripathi and others.

This is the second lot of EWS houses. The first lot of 10,000 low-cost houses was built at Bawana. Those houses were for the factory workers who worked in nearby industrial areas. But as far the EWS houses at Bhalswa-Jahangirpuri, they may be allotted to poor people whether they are factory workers or not, said an official.

The government had announced in 2008 before the assembly election that it would build the low-cost houses. It could not meet the deadline for completion of the houses at Bawana.

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Plan to run three water treatment plants
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 4
To meet the water crisis in Delhi, the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that the city government was planning to commission Munak Canal and make three water treatment plants functional. If Munak Canal is commissioned, the Delhi Jal Board will save 80 MGD water.

This water could then run three treatment plants which are lying non-functional at Dwarka, Okhla and Bawana. If these plants are made functional, the South West Delhi and parts of South Delhi will get a major relief, the Chief Minister said.

She said she has instructed the South MCD to construct more public utilities in the markets and crowded places under its jurisdiction.

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