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Govt increases minimum wages
New Delhi, April 15
Labour Minister Dr A.K. Walia today stated that the government has decided to implement the new hiked rates of minimum wages in respect of unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled categories in all scheduled employments from April 1.

Imams seek hike in salary
New Delhi, April 15
A large number of imams, who exercise religious practices in mosques managed by the Delhi Wakf Board, today protested outside Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's residence, demanding increment in their salaries.

AAP invites nominations for assembly poll
New Delhi, April 15
Assuring Delhiites of ushering in new era electoral politics, the Aam Aadmi Party today invited applications from probable clean candidates among people for the 70 constituencies of the Delhi Assembly.
Spokesperson for the Aam Aadmi Party Manish Sisodia (R), along with Kumar Vishwas (L), address a press conference in New Delhi on Monday Spokesperson for the Aam Aadmi Party Manish Sisodia (R), along with Kumar Vishwas (L), address a press conference in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal


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People try to fill up bottles with drinking water from a NDMC tanker. Delhiites face acute shortage of water during summers, in New Delhi on Monday
People try to fill up bottles with drinking water from a NDMC tanker. Delhiites face acute shortage of water during summers, in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

10-yr-old raped by neighbour
New Delhi, April 15
A 10-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour in the Parliament Street area. The accused identified as Gulab Kant Sahay who was arrested on Sunday, said a police official today. He is a cook and resides in a servant quarter near Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Bomb scare on SpiceJet flight
New Delhi, April 15
Security agencies were placed on alert after a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer posted at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) received a hoax SMS about a bomb inside a Kolkata-Delhi-Srinagar SpiceJet flight today.





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Govt increases minimum wages
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 15
Labour Minister Dr A.K. Walia today stated that the government has decided to implement the new hiked rates of minimum wages in respect of unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled categories in all scheduled employments from April 1.

The new rates have been worked out after the adjustment of dearness allowance and will become applicable in respect of clerical and non-technical supervisory staff in all scheduled employments.

As per the new rates, the monthly minimum wages of unskilled workers has been fixed at Rs. 7,722 against earlier Rs. 7,254. The daily wages has gone up from Rs 279 to 297. In respect of semi-skilled, non-matriculate staff but not graduate staff, the new monthly minimum wages have been fixed at Rs. 8,528 instead of Rs. 8,008 earlier. The daily wages for them has gone up from Rs. 308 to Rs. 328. And in respect of skilled, matriculates but not graduate staff the new monthly minimum wages has been fixed at Rs. 9,386 instead of Rs. 8,814 earlier with per day wages going up from Rs. 339 to Rs. 361. The new monthly minimum wages for graduates and above has been set at Rs. 10,218 instead of Rs. 9,594 earlier and daily wages has gone up from Rs. 369 to Rs. 393.

"We have been revising the minimum wages after making necessary adjustment of dearness allowance in order to ensure the minimum wages as per the latest inflationary trends. We have been maintaining the highest minimum rates of wages amongst all the states," said Dr Walia.

"All the employers are again directed to ensure payment to the workers through Electronic Clearance System or by cheque. Further, the workers have been asked to contact the district office of the Labour Department in case they are not paid wages as per the new hiked rates," he said.

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Imams seek hike in salary
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 15
A large number of imams, who exercise religious practices in mosques managed by the Delhi Wakf Board, today protested outside Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's residence, demanding increment in their salaries.

There are about 200 imams and equal number of caretakers in the mosques of the wakf board. The monthly salary of imams is Rs 6,000 while caretakers get Rs 5,000 per month. The imams wanted to meet the Dikshit today with an appeal that they should be given salary according to the Sixth Pay Commission Recommendations.

Maulana Sajid Rashidi, who led the imams, said that in 1993 the Supreme Court in its judgment said that "imams should be considered as government employees." Now, they should be given salary according to the pay commission recommendations.

They have been demanding for the hike in their salaries since February this year. Earlier, they had given ultimatum to the Chief Minister to hold protest, if their salaries have not been increased.

Today, when they insisted to the Chief Minister, her sister Rama Dhawan assured them to work out the issue.

The Chief Minister could not meet the imams as she was not well.

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AAP invites nominations for assembly poll
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 15
Assuring Delhiites of ushering in new era electoral politics, the Aam Aadmi Party today invited applications from probable clean candidates among people for the 70 constituencies of the Delhi Assembly.

In a bid to make the process fair and all inclusive, the party declared that the selection process for the same will be one which not only promotes new credible entrants, but also encourages people's participation in deciding the candidates for the election.

While the short-listing of the final pool for various areas will began on May 5, the party is yet to take a call who among the top leadership, apart from Arvind Kejriwal, will contest in the coming assembly polls.

"Kejriwal will fight the elections. But who among others in the top will contest is still a question. We are yet to decide," said AAP spokesperson Manish Sisodia, after giving out details of the four-stage process through which the candidates will be chosen.

"Political corruption basically starts from distribution of tickets when candidates get seats in exchange of money. This is for the first time in India that any party wants people to participate in the selection of candidates also giving an opportunity to clean candidates to come forward," said Sisodia.

He alleged that in the 2008 Delhi Assembly polls, of the total 875 candidates, 91 were those with tainted image, with 19 each fielded by the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party and 15 being given tickets by the Bahujan Samaj Party.

To do away with these concerns, Sisodia said, the candidates will have to declare their assets and submit an affidavit about the details furnished by them in the application form of the AAP and moreover this would further be authenticated through ground survey and public opinion on the candidates.

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10-yr-old raped by neighbour

New Delhi, April 15
A 10-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour in the Parliament Street area. The accused identified as Gulab Kant Sahay who was arrested on Sunday, said a police official today. He is a cook and resides in a servant quarter near Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The victim is a Class V student in a government school. She lives in one of the servant quarters with her parents.

Gulab was arrested after the victim's parents approached the Parliament Street police station on Sunday. It is alleged that Gulab sexually assaulted the girl around a month ago.

The victim was alone at her home when Gulab had allegedly barged into the house and raped her. He also threatened her with dire consequences, if she revealed the incident to anyone due to which she kept quiet.

A case of rape has been registered. TNS

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Bomb scare on SpiceJet flight
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 15
Security agencies were placed on alert after a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer posted at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) received a hoax SMS about a bomb inside a Kolkata-Delhi-Srinagar SpiceJet flight today.

The flight had taken off from Kolkata at 8 am today. It reached Delhi by noon. When it reached Srinagar, the CISF sub-inspector received a message. "The message read that there was a bomb like material kept inside the flight," said CISF sources.

The Bomb Threat Assessment Committee (BTAC) headed by the airport operator - DIAL and consisting of Delhi police and CISF officers - immediately held a meeting. "The BTAC declared the message threat to be "non-specific", meaning a hoax," said the sources.

The flight reached Delhi from Srinagar at 2.10 pm. Security agencies checked the plane, while passengers were sitting inside it. "We didn't take anyone out, because the message was a hoax. No bomb squads were called either," said the sources.

The Delhi police claimed the message to be a "mischief". Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGIA) J.S. Deswal said that a probe is being conducted to identify the person who sent the message to the mobile phone of the CISF sub-inspector.

While claiming that the matter was insignificant, he said no case has been registered.

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