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Govt to give cylinder under kerosene-free scheme
New Delhi, November 7
The Delhi cabinet today decided to provide an LPG cylinder free of charge for the first time to the beneficiaries under the Kerosene-free Delhi Government Scheme. The cabinet also decided to grant subsidy on three additional cylinders to all the 3,56,395 beneficiaries under the scheme.

Trade fair ticket rates hiked
New Delhi, November 7
The India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) has increased the rate of tickets for the visitors this year.

Environment Secy asked to explain smog causes
New Delhi, November 7
Expressing concern over the unprecedented smog over Delhi, the cabinet today instructed the Environment Secretary to explain its causes in the Capital.
A blanket of fog covered Rajpath near India Gate in New Delhi on Wednesday. A blanket of fog covered Rajpath near India Gate in New Delhi on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui




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Gurdwara Bangla Sahib illuminated in blue colour for diabetes awareness under the ongoing campaign 'Sanofi Diabetes Blue Fortnight 2012' where the four major  religions of the country are coming together to fight against diabetes, which has affected more than 60 million people in India.
Gurdwara Bangla Sahib illuminated in blue colour for diabetes awareness under the ongoing campaign 'Sanofi Diabetes Blue Fortnight 2012' where the four major religions of the country are coming together to fight against diabetes, which has affected more than 60 million people in India. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

DTC staff get Divali gift
New Delhi, November 7
As a Divali bonanza, the government has accepted all the demands of the DTC union which include bonus (both for the regular and contractual employees), arrears of dearness allowance (DA), new uniform for drivers, conductors and ticket checkers, and enhancement of washing allowance.

2 killed, one hurt in accidents
New Delhi, November 7
Two people were killed and one was injured in two road accidents at Pragati Maidan and Shankar Road.

Wanted criminal in police net
New Delhi, November 7
A 32-year-old man, wanted by the Haryana police in an attempt-to-murder case, has been arrested by the Crime Branch, the police said today.





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Govt to give cylinder under kerosene-free scheme
Tribune News service

New Delhi, November 7
The Delhi cabinet today decided to provide an LPG cylinder free of charge for the first time to the beneficiaries under the Kerosene-free Delhi Government Scheme. The cabinet also decided to grant subsidy on three additional cylinders to all the 3,56,395 beneficiaries under the scheme.

It has also decided to hike honorarium of 22,300 Anganwadi workers and helpers. Besides, the cabinet gave its nod for the construction of two roads from Mangolpuri to Auchandi and from Ghevra More to Singh Border with an estimated cost of Rs 238 crore.

While briefing the media after the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit stated that Delhi would become the first kerosene-free state in the country with the implementation of kerosene-free scheme, which was earlier approved by the cabinet on June 26. In all, 3,56,395 beneficiaries are being provided LPG cylinders, two burner gas stoves, suraksha rubber pipes and blue booklets. The government would have to release an amount of Rs 14.22 crore more for this purpose as a filled-in cylinder costs Rs 399. The total expenditure of the Delhi Government would go up from Rs 71.69 crore to Rs 85.91 crore.

The government has further decided to grant subsidy on three additional LPG cylinders to the beneficiaries.

Dikshit stated that the cabinet has decided to hike the honorarium of 11,150 Anganwadi workers and 11,150 Anganwadi helpers with immediate effect. The cabinet has also directed the department to ensure payment of hiked honorarium before Divali.

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Trade fair ticket rates hiked
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 7
The India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) has increased the rate of tickets for the visitors this year.

The Chief Managing Director of the ITPO, Rita Menon said that the ticket during the visitor hours will be Rs 50 for adult and Rs 30 for child on a working day and Rs 80 and Rs 50 respectively on weekends and holidays. However, there is no change in the rate of tickets for business hours, that is Rs 400 from November 14 to 27. Last year, the rate of tickets during the visitor hours was Rs 30 for adult and Rs 20 for child.

Menon said that this year the ITPO would charge Rs 20 for an announcement which would discourage those people who want announcements to be made just for fun.

She said that the trade fair would be inaugurated on November 14 by President Pranab Mukherjee while Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Textiles Anand Sharma would preside over the function.

Menon has appealed to the Delhi Metro to open a special window for trade fair tickets. The ITPO has opened a special gate to facilitate the visitors who come by Metro rail.

It has also shifted the protocol section from the gate number three to gate number one.

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Environment Secy asked to explain smog causes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 7
Expressing concern over the unprecedented smog over Delhi, the cabinet today instructed the Environment Secretary to explain its causes in the Capital.

While briefing the media after the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that its primary reasons are slow wind speed, low temperature and high humidity. These conditions appear to have led to high-dust concentration and higher concentration of oxides of nitrogen.

Besides, burning of rice husk, straw in agricultural fields in Punjab, Haryana and UP has also contributed to the smog. With the change in wind speed, it is likely to disperse.

She stated that there is no increase in pollution load from the sources of air emission in Delhi as compared to the previous years. Delhi has stringent air pollution norms. There are no polluting industries in the city as they have been shifted to the NCR region, she said.

The Environment Department has decided to get a comprehensive study done for knowing various air pollutants and their role in causing pollution. The study will also suggest measures to improve the quality of air. The IIT Kanpur will conduct the study.

What's more, Delhi Pollution Control Committee has established real-time air monitoring stations and the data is available in public domain.

The cabinet also directed the Environment Department to take up the matter with the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests and the NCR Planning Board in order to find out the sources of pollution and its movement towards Delhi.

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DTC staff get Divali gift
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 7
As a Divali bonanza, the government has accepted all the demands of the DTC union which include bonus (both for the regular and contractual employees), arrears of dearness allowance (DA), new uniform for drivers, conductors and ticket checkers, and enhancement of washing allowance.

Delhi Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said that the government has sanctioned the required amount to the DTC for its employees on account of bonus, DA arrears, etc. The amount along with the salaries will be disbursed before the festival.

Giving a break-up of the amount, the Minister said that Rs 13 crore is being sanctioned for the bonus; Rs 21.65 crore for DA arrears; Rs 22 crore for the arrears on account of increment done in 2006; Rs 8 crore for new uniforms, Rs 73 lakh for the payment of pending overtime bills; and Rs 48 lakh for the enhanced washing allowance.

The Minister also instructed the corporation to renovate the rest rooms and canteens of 20 depots--Hasanpur, Yamuna Vihar, Seemapuri, Gazipur, Peera Garhi, Nangloi, Rohini-I, Rohini-III, Subhash Place, GTK, Hari Nagar-I, II, Naraina, Central Workshop-I, BBM Depot-I, BBM Depot-II, Shadipur, Keshopur, I.P. Depot and DTC headquarters.

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2 killed, one hurt in accidents
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 7
Two people were killed and one was injured in two road accidents at Pragati Maidan and Shankar Road.

In the first incident, a man was killed after he was hit by an unknown vehicle while he was crossing a road near Pragati Maidan Metro station late on Monday night.

The deceased is yet to be identified, but he is believed to be in his fifties. "It is believed that the victim was crossing Ring Road opposite Pragati Power Station when the accident took place," a police official said.

In the second incident, a 25-year-old helper of a tractor was killed and its driver injured after the vehicle overturned at Shankar Road.

According to the police, Shahid and Sundar were going towards Inderpuri when the mishap took place on Ridge Road at around 1.30 am today.

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Wanted criminal in police net

New Delhi, November 7
A 32-year-old man, wanted by the Haryana police in an attempt-to-murder case, has been arrested by the Crime Branch, the police said today.

"Basanta, alias Magga, a resident of Arjun Nagar in Panipat, was arrested from near the Indraprastha Metro station on Monday on specific inputs. A country-made pistol and two live rounds were seized from his possession," said DCP SBS Tyagi.

With his arrest, a sensational case of attempt to murder in Bahadurgarh district, Haryana, has been worked out, said the DCP. TNS

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