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The heavens open
Flooded roads, uprooted trees, traffic jams test commuters' patience
New Delhi, July 20
Heavy rains lashed the national Capital today, causing massive traffic jams due to waterlogging as vehicles had to negotiate flooded roads which exposed the civic bodies' lack of preparedness. Waterlogging was reported in several low-lying areas of the city while in some parts, rainwater is said to have flooded the basements of the flats.

Waterlogging causes a traffic jam at ITO after a downpour in New Delhi on Saturday.
DEJA VU: Waterlogging causes a traffic jam at ITO after a downpour in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Mukesh Aggarwal


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Cong blames it on civic bodies
New Delhi, July 20
With heavy rains flooding the arterial roads and colonies across Delhi, the Congress today blamed the BJP-ruled municipal corporations for the chaos and demanded resignation of the three mayors for their 'total failure' to address the perennial problem of waterlogging in the city.

Senior Army officer's suicide note sent for forensic exam
New Delhi, July 20
A day after a serving Indian Army Major General was found hanging in his residence at Dwarka, Delhi Police have sent a suicide note, purportedly written by him, for forensic examination. Yesterday, the police had found the note in the residence of the deceased, Major General Rajpal (58). It reportedly read that Rajpal was unhappy with his final posting.

Traffic park for road safety promotion
New Delhi, July 20
Designed as the hub of road safety activities, the Traffic Training Park in Roshanara Bagh has got a makeover from the Honda company. Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar and president and CEO of Honda Motorcycle Keita Muramatsu today inaugurated the park for promotion of road safety in the national Capital. Special Commissioner of Police (Administration) Bhim Sain Bassi, who will take over as the new Delhi Police Commissioner on August 1, was also present on the occasion.

DSGMC makes sports directorate
New Delhi, July 20
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) today constituted a sports directorate. DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK made Swaranjit Singh Brar, former hockey player of national squad, as the honorary director.

Campus rumpus: Three held for damaging property
New Delhi, July 20
Three persons, including a 40-year-old woman have been arrested for allegedly creating a ruckus on north campus at Delhi University. They were part of about 400 applicants and their parents, who had gathered outside the office of the Non-Collegiate Women's Education Board (NCWEB) on Friday, police said.

Child falls into drain, dies
New Delhi, July 20
A five-year-old boy died this afternoon after he fell into an open drain because of the heavy rains in south Delhi's Mehrauli area. According to the police, Chirag and his friend were returning home from school when they fell into an open drain at about 1.30 pm. People saw the incident and dragged them out of the drain by 4.30 pm. They were rushed to the AIIMS Trauma Centre, where Chirag was declared dead. TNS





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The heavens open
Flooded roads, uprooted trees, traffic jams test commuters' patience
Autorickshaw and taxi drivers make a killing
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
Heavy rains lashed the national Capital today, causing massive traffic jams due to waterlogging as vehicles had to negotiate flooded roads which exposed the civic bodies' lack of preparedness. Waterlogging was reported in several low-lying areas of the city while in some parts, rainwater is said to have flooded the basements of the flats.

Within an hour of the showers, there was chaos on almost all the arterial roads as traffic signals did not function properly and choked drains flooded the streets. Trees in some parts of the city were uprooted in the heavy rainfall, causing disruption in power supply in some areas.

Bumper-to-bumper traffic was witnessed at major intersections such as ITO, Laxmi Nagar, Moti Bagh, Kashmere Gate, Munirka, Dwarka and Dhaula Kuan.

"There are reports of traffic jams from various areas in the city. We are collecting the data. Traffic jams have been observed due to waterlogging in South Delhi as well as New Delhi," said DCP (Traffic) Bharti Arora.

Commuters had a hard time navigating the roads in most parts of the city as visibility also dropped a bit. Pedestrians were seen wading through streets flooded by the rainwater and overflowing drains.

"It took me 40 minutes to reach the Akshardham Metro station from my home, a distance which I cover within five minutes every day. Traffic was moving very slow," said Ria Srivastav, who works at a private bank in Noida.

People were stuck at Metro stations and bus stops waiting for the showers to subside while autorickshaws and taxi drivers had a field day charging hefty sums from those in a hurry to reach office.

"I had to shell out Rs 180 (for an auto) from my home in Munirka to my office at Connaught Place today. On normal days, the fare is not more than Rs 100," said Sushant Kumar, who works at a telecom company. The weather office, too, said they were collecting data about the rainfall.

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Cong blames it on civic bodies
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
With heavy rains flooding the arterial roads and colonies across Delhi, the Congress today blamed the BJP-ruled municipal corporations for the chaos and demanded resignation of the three mayors for their 'total failure' to address the perennial problem of waterlogging in the city.

Holding the municipal corporations responsible for 'failing' to improve the drainage system, senior Congress leader and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's Parliamentary Secretary Mukesh Sharma said that the Delhi Government has been providing adequate funds to them in the last few years.

"All the three mayors must resign immediately owing responsibility for the flood-like situation in Delhi. The normal life has been severely affected as people were stranded on waterlogged roads for hours," said Sharma.

He said waterlogging has been a perennial problem in the city and the civic bodies should have improved the drainage system as the Delhi Government has been providing adequate funds to them in the last few years.

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Senior Army officer's suicide note sent for forensic exam
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
A day after a serving Indian Army Major General was found hanging in his residence at Dwarka, Delhi Police have sent a suicide note, purportedly written by him, for forensic examination. Yesterday, the police had found the note in the residence of the deceased, Major General Rajpal (58). It reportedly read that Rajpal was unhappy with his final posting.

To verify its authenticity, the note will be matched with other samples of Rajpal's writings. The police will proceed with its investigations after the analysis of the note.

Rajpal was posted as Additional Director General of the NCC, Bihar and Jharkhand. He was appointed the ADG on September, 2011. He was due to retire on August 31 this year.

He had come on leave to his residence at Dwarka yesterday afternoon. At about 5 pm yesterday, he allegedly hanged himself using his turban. The motive behind the extreme act is suspected to be marital discord, according to the Army sources.

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Traffic park for road safety promotion
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
Designed as the hub of road safety activities, the Traffic Training Park in Roshanara Bagh has got a makeover from the Honda company. Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar and president and CEO of Honda Motorcycle Keita Muramatsu today inaugurated the park for promotion of road safety in the national Capital. Special Commissioner of Police (Administration) Bhim Sain Bassi, who will take over as the new Delhi Police Commissioner on August 1, was also present on the occasion.

"At the traffic park, Honda will promote road safety in a specially designed and protected environment. Honda's skilled safety instructors will daily engage all the age groups starting from as young as five years old children to adults with a focus on female riders. Children will be encouraged to learn the dos and don'ts of road safety the 'fun way' through activities like cycling on test track dotted with miniature road signs and signals," said an official from Honda.

Theoretical sessions will aid the youth to experience several possible dangers on the road, according to the official.

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DSGMC makes sports directorate
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) today constituted a sports directorate. DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK made Swaranjit Singh Brar, former hockey player of national squad, as the honorary director.

Singh, who was flanked by DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa, announced a Khalsa Sports Meet in October at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Other than Brar as honorary director, the directorate inducted seven members-- hockey players and former Olympians Harbinder Singh and Ajit Pal Singh, athlete Harkamal Singh, former Delhi state champion and international badminton umpire Apinder Pal Singh, former table tennis player who represented India in different competitions, Manjit Singh Dua, treasurer of the Table Tennis Federation of India, MP Singh and Delhi state athletics coach SS Rai.

"By constituting a committee, we are fulfiling our promise of making the youth engage in sports and attain physical fitness. President of Shiromani Akali Dal Sukhbir Singh Badal also takes keen interest in sports, we are carrying forward his vision to make the youth physically fit and stay away from drugs," said Manjit Singh GK.

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Campus rumpus: Three held for damaging property
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
Three persons, including a 40-year-old woman have been arrested for allegedly creating a ruckus on north campus at Delhi University. They were part of about 400 applicants and their parents, who had gathered outside the office of the Non-Collegiate Women's Education Board (NCWEB) on Friday, police said.

The accused have been identified as Parvati, Ravi Kant Mutreja and Hashim Abbass Khan. NCWEB director Aarti Saxena in her complaint to the police said the applicants and their parents allegedly caused a noisy commotion despite being informed that the admission had been closed.

"They were insisting on giving them admission whereas the board had already announced the closure of admission by pasting it on the notice board," Saxena said in her complaint.

It is alleged that the group allegedly shouted slogans and damaged property.

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