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CWC director held for rape of motherís caretaker
New Delhi, January 19
A director of the Central Water Commission (CWC) was arrested today for allegedly raping a 34-year-old woman, who was his mother's caretaker. The victim has allegedly disclosed to the police that he had been raping her for the last one year. He threatened to kill her eight-year-old daughter if she reported the incident to anyone.

Cop dies in celebratory firing
New Delhi, January 19
A 54-year-old sub-inspector in the Delhi Police was accidentally shot dead when a businessman was checking his own revolver during a celebratory firing at a wedding ceremony in Anand Vihar, East Delhi, last night.

Bands of the Indian military rehearse for the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi on Saturday.
Bands of the Indian military rehearse for the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal


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Cattle thief shot in encounter
New Delhi, January 19
A cattle thief was allegedly shot dead while his four accomplices were apprehended during a chase by the police that took place early this morning in the national Capital.

Upbeat Youth Congress workers beat drums outside Sonia's house
New Delhi, January 19
Just with the announcement of Rahul Gandhi being elevated to the post of vice-president in the All India Congress Committee, Youth Congress workers set off firecrackers and beat drums on Saturday evening outside the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's residence.

Schoolchildren perform a street play to spread awareness of the importance of saving water in New Delhi on Saturday.
Schoolchildren perform a street play to spread awareness of the importance of saving water in New Delhi on Saturday. tribune photo: mukesh Aggarwal

DSGMC POLL 2013
Health facilities in a sorry state
New Delhi, January 19
Charity from benevolent Sikhs enables the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) to earmark about Rs 60 crore a year for expenditure on religious shrines, educational and health institutions in the national Capital.

SAD (Delhi) candidate joins Badal party
New Delhi, January 19
A candidate of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) from the Greater Kailash ward of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Gurpreet Singh Jassa, today withdrew his candidature in favour of the SAD (Badal). A few other senior members of the SAD (Delhi) also joined the Badal party.

Civic bodies for all-round development of city: BJP 
New Delhi, January 19
Delhi State BJP president Vijender Gupta said that all the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi are committed to all-round development of the Capital. The BJP wants that every family in Delhi get the amenities provided by the corporations and every person becomes prosperous.





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CWC director held for rape of motherís caretaker
According to the police, the woman is pregnant. The man reportedly saw her profile on shaadi.com and wanted to marry her
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
A director of the Central Water Commission (CWC) was arrested today for allegedly raping a 34-year-old woman, who was his mother's caretaker. The victim has allegedly disclosed to the police that he had been raping her for the last one year. He threatened to kill her eight-year-old daughter if she reported the incident to anyone.

A case under Indian Penal Code sections 376 (punishment for rape) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) was registered on the victim's complaint against Manjeet Singh Dhillo (51), a director of the CWC. He was thereafter arrested.

A police officer on the condition of anonymity said that the woman, a divorcee, reportedly wanted to marry him.

"He had agreed, but he was yet to take a divorce from his wife, who had been living separately with their children for the last five years. He also claimed that he had consensual sex with the victim and never forced himself upon her. According to Dhillo, he had placed Rs 22 lakh in her bank account," said the officer.

The woman disclosed to the police that she is a graduate.

"Before she came to us, she met an advocate who informed her of the legal procedure," said the officer.

According to the police, the woman is one and a half months pregnant, which is a vital fact that indicts Dhillo for the alleged rape.

Investigators claim that Dhillo saw the woman's profile on shaadi.com. The woman belongs to Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. On January 26, 2012, Dhillo made a three-year agreement with her for making her the caretaker of his ageing mother, Laxmi.

"The woman had agreed as she was financially weak," said the officer.

The victim initially started living with Dhillo and his mother at L-2 block in New Malviya Nagar. "Dhillo said that he wanted to marry her as their views matched," added the officer.

About three months ago, she started living with her eight-year-old daughter at another location in Delhi.

"She alleges that when she started living with Dhillo and his mother, he would often rape her. He would threaten to kill her eight-year-old daughter, if she reported the incident to anyone," said another investigating officer, who didn't want to be named either.

Dhillo, however, refutes the allegation and asserts that she wanted to marry him. About three months ago, his mother had registered a case at the Tilak Marg police station against the victim for allegedly trying to seize her property. "Laxmi's other children had advised her that the victim might grab the property. Laxmi also felt that her son was becoming protective of the victim," said the officer.

About three days ago, Laxmi went to Himachal Pradesh. The police is waiting to question her with regard to the matter.

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Cop dies in celebratory firing
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
A 54-year-old sub-inspector in the Delhi Police was accidentally shot dead when a businessman was checking his own revolver during a celebratory firing at a wedding ceremony in Anand Vihar, East Delhi, last night.

Ombir Singh Dhama was posted with the Delhi Police Security Wing. According to the police, the incident took place at the CBT Ground in Anand Vihar at 10 pm.

The police has arrested the businessman, Pankaj Kumar, from Shahdara today. His revolver has not been seized.

A police official said, "Dhama had gone to attend a wedding ceremony of his relative's son. During celebratory firing, Kumar was checking his revolver when it accidentally went off." The bullet hit Dhama on the right side of his chest. He was rushed to Dr Hedgewar Hospital by his relatives, but was declared brought dead.

The hospital authorities informed the police that Dhama also sustained two more bullet wounds, including one on his right hand.

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Cattle thief shot in encounter
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
A cattle thief was allegedly shot dead while his four accomplices were apprehended during a chase by the police that took place early this morning in the national Capital.

The 25-minute-long chase began as the police received a tip-off that the gang had allegedly stolen cattle from K N Katju Marg on the outskirts of Delhi.

The gang consisting of eight members was travelling with the stolen cattle in a mini-truck (Tata 407).

According to the police, they have the same modus operandi as the one employed by Mewati (Haryana) gangs, who mostly indulge in theft of cattle.

The police intercepted the truck at Pitampura in northwest Delhi, after bursting its tyres. Five gang members named as Sanwar (25), Khalid (22), Anwar (20), Ankur (22) and Yakub were apprehended from the spot. They all are residents of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.

Yakub who was shot at during the chase succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Investigators claim that he was earlier involved in five cases under the Arms Act.

The police has rescued the stolen cattle and recovered three countrymade weapons. Delhi police constable Balkar Singh, who was driving a Gypsy during the chase, sustained a bullet wound on his shoulder.

Three more suspects are on the run. "The suspects in custody have agreed to their involvement in some more cases of cattle-theft in Delhi. We are interrogating them to learn about their associates, the receivers of stolen property and their modus operandi," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer District), B S Jaiswal.

At 2 am today, the police was informed of the theft of cattle. A police party then spotted the truck and tried to stop it. But it sped away, jumping the traffic signals. Soon the gang started firing at the chasing police vehicles. Later, two more police teams joined the hot pursuit and fired back at them. At Pitampura in north Delhi, the police fired at its tyres. Five men were then overpowered, including one of them who later died.

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Upbeat Youth Congress workers beat drums outside Sonia's house
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
Just with the announcement of Rahul Gandhi being elevated to the post of vice-president in the All India Congress Committee, Youth Congress workers set off firecrackers and beat drums on Saturday evening outside the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's residence.

Hundreds of youths, including women, danced to the beat of drums outside 10 Janpath.

They also set off firecrackers.

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DSGMC POLL 2013
Health facilities in a sorry state
Community prefers to visit govt hospitals
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
Charity from benevolent Sikhs enables the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) to earmark about Rs 60 crore a year for expenditure on religious shrines, educational and health institutions in the national Capital.

The health facilities of the DSGMC are stagnant. The Sikh population in Delhi still depends on 
the DSGMC-run seven dispensaries, polyclinics and the Guru Harkrishan Singh Hospital (GHSH) at Bala Sahib Gurdwara which is the committee's only hospital.

The community prefers to visit government hospitals or nearby private centres.

Increased costs of the OPD fee at the 45-bed GHSH, technically a polyclinic, has not gone down well with the people. The DSGMC's move to lease the new GHSH building having 400-bed multi-specialty facility has led to acrimony with sections among the community protesting against the leasing of Gurdwara land to private parties.

A resident of Bhagwan Nagar, Kulbir Singh Raina, said, "Hospital management and services have deteriorated over the past 10 years. Patients are referred to private labs. There should be an audit on how these hospitals are running and where the huge funds are going."

All the dispensaries and polyclinics have daycare facilities for preliminary treatment. The GHSH has four deluxe and one semi-private rooms. An ICU unit functions with just two beds.

The regular cost of admission to the ward is Rs 900 per day, including the charges for the room, bed, consultation besides the charges for X-ray and lab tests if needed. The charges go up for the private rooms, based on whether it is a semi-private or deluxe room. The OPD card is available for Rs 10 and Rs 75-100 is the consultation fee.

The Paramjit Singh Sarna-led ruling group has promised a 'Guru Harkrishan Medical Insurance Scheme', a cashless facility launched last January for the poor Sikhs.

Sarna said, "We want to make the Guru Harkrishan Singh Hospital a multi-superspecialty hospital with 25 per cent OPD and 10 per cent of indoor facilities being free services for the poor at par with other big private hospitals. The new building is ready and the hospital would start functioning in one year."

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SAD (Delhi) candidate joins Badal party
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
A candidate of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) from the Greater Kailash ward of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Gurpreet Singh Jassa, today withdrew his candidature in favour of the SAD (Badal). A few other senior members of the SAD (Delhi) also joined the Badal party.

Jassa, who has been contesting the DSGMC election for the past three times from Greater Kailash against the SAD (Badal) Delhi unit president Manjit Singh (GK), said that the reason for withdrawing his candidature was bad behaviour of the SAD (Delhi) president Paramjit Singh Sarna.

He joined the SAD Badal in presence of Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal, who offered him a Saropa and assured him that he would get a senior post in the party. Jassa also promised to help Manjit Singh (GK) in the election. Manjit is probable president of the DSGMC if the SAD (Badal) is voted to power.

Besides Jassa, others who joined the SAD (Badal) are Inderjeet Kaur, Manpreet Kaur of Youth Congress, Manwinder Singh of Youth Congress, spokesman for Sarana's party Jaswinder Singh, Hardeep Singh and Jas Simran Singh.

In a joint statement they said that they were fed up with the dictatorship of Sarna.

Welcoming them into the fold of SAD (Badal), Sukhbir Singh said that Sarna damaged the Sikh institution and mismanaged the "Guru Ki Golak".

In a statement, Sarna condemned Sukhbir Singh's allegations. He said that these allegations had been levelled for the past many years by the Badal party, but it could not prove these charges even in the court.

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Civic bodies for all-round development of city: BJP 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
Delhi State BJP president Vijender Gupta said that all the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi are committed to all-round development of the Capital. The BJP wants that every family in Delhi get the amenities provided by the corporations and every person becomes prosperous.

Inaugurating a construction work of South Delhi at Lajpat Nagar, Gupta said that due to price spiral, now 70 per cent of the people do not get sufficient nutritious food. Prices of all the food items are skyrocketing. In place of reducing the burden of taxes the way in which the Central and Delhi governments have deregulated diesel and edible oil, price rise will become uncontrolled.

Mayor of the South MCD Savita Gupta said that she is worried as to how Delhi would become a capital enjoying all the civic amenities. The Congress government is treating the corporations in a step-motherly way.

"We want that every child is educated, every citizen is healthy and every woman is safe," she said.

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