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BJP opposes FDI; Cong says no going back
New Delhi, December 11
Initiating a debate on the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-retail brand on the first day of the Delhi Assembly winter session, the Opposition opposed the move, saying that the policy is 'anti-national' and will adversely affect the small traders of the city.

Braving the cold: Girls cover themselves with scarves in a chilly day as Delhi received scattered showers on Tuesday.
Braving the cold: Girls cover themselves with scarves in a chilly day as Delhi received scattered showers on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal 




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Govt adds 20 more public services to time-bound delivery act
New Delhi, December 11
In view of the success of services under the Time Bound Delivery Act, the Delhi government today brought 20 more public services under the purview of a new law that makes officials liable to pay penalty to citizens for delay in delivering desired services within the prescribed time limit.

Cong, BJP play blame game
New Delhi, December 11
The Opposition today created pandemonium on the first day of the winter session of the Delhi Assembly over the issue of five deaths in the Sushruta Trauma Centre last week, while the ruling Congress tried to sweep the matter under the carpet saying that much more people die of dengue every year.

Foreign nationals held with Rs 3-cr drugs
New Delhi, December 11
Two Zimbabwean nationals with a South African woman were arrested at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport today for allegedly carrying a huge haul of methaqulane and pseudo-ephedrine drugs worth over Rs 3 crore in the international market.

Govt all set to roll out cash transfere scheme
New Delhi, December 11
The Delhi government is all set to roll out its ambitious Aadhaar-enabled direct cash transfer scheme "Dilli Annshri Yojana" that with allocation of Rs 150 crore will cover in its first phase at least two lakh poor.

Woman dies of burn injuries, family alleges dowry death
New Delhi, December 11
A 24-year-old married woman died of burn injuries at Lok Nayak Hospital last night, a month after a stove exploded at her house in Rohini.

32 child labourers rescued
New Delhi, December 11
In the last two days, as many as 32 children were rescued from hazardous occupation from the areas of north and central Delhi from bangle-making industry, hotels, dhabas, ring-chain and paper-making factories.

 

Leader of the Opposition in the assembly VK Malhotra, along with his party members, speaks to mediapersons outside Vidhan Sabha. The BJP staged a walkout from the assembly on the first day of winter session in Delhi on Tuesday.
Leader of the Opposition in the assembly VK Malhotra, along with his party members, speaks to mediapersons outside Vidhan Sabha. The BJP staged a walkout from the assembly on the first day of winter session in Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

 

 





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BJP opposes FDI; Cong says no going back
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
Initiating a debate on the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-retail brand on the first day of the Delhi Assembly winter session, the Opposition opposed the move, saying that the policy is 'anti-national' and will adversely affect the small traders of the city.

The matter was moved by Leader of the Opposition V.K. Malhotra on a short-notice discussion. Stating that the Dikshit government was the first to announce implementation of the FDI in Delhi, Malhotra said that when the issue was raised 10 years ago in 2002, Congress leaders had called the FDI an 'anti-national'.

"The then chief whip of the Congress, Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi had described the FDI in retail as anti-national. Now the same Congress is allowing it," said Malhotra. On the prospects of creating huge amount of employment, he said that it will not create position other than for "sale girls and sales boys". "Even if the multi brands employ 100 people per store, there will be only 10,000 jobs if they open 100 stores in Delhi, which is maximum estimate," he said.

He alleged that, according to the reports filed by WalMart with the US Senate, the company has spent close to Rs 125 crore since 2008 on its various lobbying activities for investment in India. "It has spent Rs 125 crore to influence the law-makers in our country. This is the reason why the government wants to bring the FDI," added Malhotra.

In his reply to the discussion, Delhi Development Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan stated that the city government is firm on its commitment to implement the FDI in Delhi and there is no question of going back.

Parliamentary Secretary to Chief Minister Mukesh Sharma stated that it is wrong to state that the FDI will eliminate small traders, apart from bringing unemployment. "The BJP is creating confusion by doing false propaganda. The party has never supported any forward-looking steps as it is a conservative entity," said. Giving examples of computerization technology, functioning of KFC and Domino Pizza, Sharma said that they have not affected any trader.

"Even with coming up of Reliance Fresh, the shops situated in the lanes are flourishing and income of small traders have gone up substantially. The BJP is against economic development of Delhi and the country," said Sharma.

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Govt adds 20 more public services to time-bound delivery act
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
In view of the success of services under the Time Bound Delivery Act, the Delhi government today brought 20 more public services under the purview of a new law that makes officials liable to pay penalty to citizens for delay in delivering desired services within the prescribed time limit.

The government has included six services being provided by the Directorate of Employment, five by Department of Revenue and three services each by Department of Labour, Transport and Irrigation and Flood Control.

The total number of services brought under the Delhi Right of Citizen to Time Bound Delivery of Services Act, has gone up to 116 with addition of these new services.

Currently, 96 services offered by over 20 departments are in the ambit of the Act which went into force on September 15 last year.

A time limit of 45 days has been fixed for the Revenue Department for mutation of land record and a period of seven days for registration of marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act have been prescribed.

As per provisions of the legislation, officials are liable to pay financial penalty of Rs 10 per day up to a maximum of Rs 200 to applicants if they fail to deliver services like issuance of ration card, driving license and electricity connection within the stipulated time-frame.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said a large number of citizens have been availing themselves various services as per provision of the Act.

Under the provision of the Act, citizens can file an application online to get the services which are being provided under electronic Service Level Agreement (eSLA).

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Cong, BJP play blame game
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
The Opposition today created pandemonium on the first day of the winter session of the Delhi Assembly over the issue of five deaths in the Sushruta Trauma Centre last week, while the ruling Congress tried to sweep the matter under the carpet saying that much more people die of dengue every year.

Leader of the Opposition in the House VK Malhotra, along with his party members, shouted slogans against the Delhi government, before walking out of the House.

Whereas, targeting all three corporations controlled by the BJP, Heath Minister AK Walia said that thousands of people die of dengue in the city due to failure of the civic agencies in checking mosquito breeding. "Who is responsible for these deaths which is maximum in the whole world," said Walia.

Though the BJP objected to the outsourcing of the oxygen supply to the trauma centre, the Health Minister said that the hospital was built during the BJP government in 1994.

"The trauma centre was built when the BJP was in power. The contractor was appointed during that time and it was not renewed since then," said the Health Minister.

However, members of the BJP raised questions over the non-revision of the contract in the past 18 years and the appointment of under-qualified staff operating the equipment of the hospital.

However, the BJP kept demanding the ruling party to table the findings of the report in the House that was prepared after investigating the matter.

Four critically ill patients had died in the trauma centre allegedly due to malfunctioning of an oxygen supply machine, prompting the Delhi government to order a probe into the incident.

The government has constituted a committee which includes senior physician of GTB Pant Hospital AK Sethi and head of the Anaesthesia Department, GTB Pant Hospital, Deepak Tempe to probe the incident.

Taking serious note of the incident, the government had announced Rs 2 lakh compensation to the next kin of the victim.

Two persons of PSE, the firm managing the oxygen supply in the gas plant of the hospital, have been arrested and a case of negligence has been registered against the company.

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Foreign nationals held with Rs 3-cr drugs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
Two Zimbabwean nationals with a South African woman were arrested at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport today for allegedly carrying a huge haul of methaqulane and pseudo-ephedrine drugs worth over Rs 3 crore in the international market.

Deputy Commandant Hemendra Singh, the Public Relations Officer of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), said that the accused named as Karimazondo Mike (35) and Ncube Ellah (45) and Khumalo Shila (41), both women. Mike and Ellah are allegedly from Zimbabwe and Shila is from South Africa. They were identified from their passports.

Singh said, "We found about 25 kg of methaqulane drug in Mike's baggage. It is worth Rs 1.23 crore in the international market. His women associates, Ellah and Shila, were carrying 65 kg of the pseudo-ephedrine drug in their four baggages. The drug is internationally valued at Rs 2.34 crore." They were headed to Johannesburg via Abu Dhabi this morning via an Etihad Airways flight, according to the officer.

At 2.35 am today, Mike arrived at terminal 3 of the IGI Aiport. The CISF staff found him suspicious. They checked his baggage and seized 25.7 kg of methaqulane drug. Ellah and Shila who had boarded the Etihad Airways flight were taken out. Their baggages were also checked and 65 kg of pseudo-ephedrine was seized.

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Govt all set to roll out cash transfere scheme
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
The Delhi government is all set to roll out its ambitious Aadhaar-enabled direct cash transfer scheme "Dilli Annshri Yojana" that with allocation of Rs 150 crore will cover in its first phase at least two lakh poor.

With the scheme, which is based on the learning obtained from a pilot-project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and SEWA Bharat, while the Sheila-Dikshit led Congress government hopes to extend the ambit of the food subsidy benefit from the extant four lakh households with BPL/AAY ration card holders to six lakh vulnerable households, the concerns remain given the fact in the city there are many who may not be eligible for the UID card in absence of any valid identity proof such as a voter card etc.

The two lakh households are those who currently are deprived of any Public Delivery System benefit identified from the total 13 lakh families surveyed.

"The national benchmark for the BPL category is 24,000 which is too less for Delhi with an average annual family income of Rs 1.8 lakh. So, on the request of the Central government a pilot project supported by the UNDP was undertaken. Collecting the data of 13 lakh households, comprising those engaged in unoragnised sector, such as construction work etc, a total of 4.8 lakh families were found to be really vulnerable. Of these again one lakh families getting subsidies through PDS were eliminated and then the remaining 3.8 lakh were listed for the cash transfer scheme," said Mission Director of Mission Convergence or Samajik Suvidha Sangam Santosh Vaidya.

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Woman dies of burn injuries, family alleges dowry death

New Delhi, December 11
A 24-year-old married woman died of burn injuries at Lok Nayak Hospital last night, a month after a stove exploded at her house in Rohini.

Sukhvinder Kaur stayed with her husband, Amarjeet Singh, and in-laws at Sardar Colony in Sector 16, Rohini. She had allegedly told the police that the stove exploded on November 10 when she was cooking.

Kaur's husband and in-laws allegedly harassed her for dowry. She allegedly didn't deny that her in-laws could be behind the stove explosion. Her statement was recorded by the police in front of a SDM on November 11.

In her statement to the police, Kaur alleged that Amarjeet and his mother, Sindoor Kaur, would beat her and demand dowry. They demanded a car and a portion of the property owned by her father.

She mentioned that her husband had allegedly left her after she had given birth to a daughter in 2011. He had later accepted her following a panchayat's decision. TNS

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32 child labourers rescued
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
In the last two days, as many as 32 children were rescued from hazardous occupation from the areas of north and central Delhi from bangle-making industry, hotels, dhabas, ring-chain and paper-making factories.

Today, a joint raid was conducted by NGOs Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Child Line and Prayas and the Labour Department and the Delhi Police and rescued 14 children from Jahangirpuri. These children were trafficked from Bihar over six months ago.

In a similar operation yesterday, six employers were apprehended following the rescue of 18 children from hotels, dhabas, ring-chain and paper-making industry in central district of Delhi.

They were allured by the agent at different time from villages of UP, Bihar and Assam and employed in hazardous work for more than 12-15 hours a day. In both the cases, most of the children, between 10-14 years of age, belonging to poor families, were forced to work for hours together for Rs 50 to 100 a week.

One among them said, "I work from 9 am till 11 pm without a break. Although I was promised a monthly salary of Rs 3,000, I have not been paid anything till now."

Sharing a similar story another 10-year-old boy said, "I came to visit Delhi a few months back with my father but I was made to work in this factory against my wish. I do not want to work and want to go to school."

Chairperson of Bachpan Bachao Andolan R.S. Chaurasia said: "Children in large numbers are working in organised industrial sectors in Delhi. The way these children are being hired from hazardous occupations, it goes to show that the employers are not afraid of laws. The Labour Department is mainly responsible for this as it is not implementing the directions of the Delhi High Court in releasing arrear wages to the children and Rs 20,000 as compensation from the employers."

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