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Bizman, servants, driver murdered in Vivek Vihar
New Delhi, August 19
A 62-year-old businessman with two servants and a driver were found brutally murdered at his residence in east Delhi's Vivek Vihar locality this morning. They were gagged and their hands and legs were bound with tape.

Only 3 MLAs spend 100% of welfare funds
New Delhi, August 19
If the amount of money spent by the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in their constituencies is an indication, there are only three members who can claim the credit for actually working for the people who elected them to power. There are three MLAs who have spent hundred per cent of the money allocated under the Local Areas Development fund in the past five years, which amounts to Rs 16 crore each.

Woman, daughter done to death at home
New Delhi, August 19
A 90-year-old woman and her daughter were found murdered with their throats slit and multiple stab wounds on their bodies, inside their house in Laxmi Nagar, east Delhi, today. The deceased have been identified as Rampati, a native of Rajasthan and her daughter Rajni Devi. They lived at Sri Durge Apartments in Laxmi Nagar J-Block.


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Sisters select rakhis on the eve of Raksha Bandhan at a market in New Delhi on Monday.
THE BOND OF LOVE: Sisters select rakhis on the eve of Raksha Bandhan at a market in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo

Dikshit slams BJP on onion issue
New Delhi, August 19

As the BJP attempts to use rocketing onion prices to its advantage in the Delhi poll, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today hit out at opposition parties for "politicizing" the issue and resorting to "gimmicks" after they started selling the kitchen staple at low rate.

Food security scheme, a political gimmick: BJP
New Delhi, August 19
The Food Security Scheme to be implemented in Delhi from tomorrow close on the heals of assembly elections is nothing more than a political gimmick, said the Delhi unit chief of the BJP, Vijay Goel.

Woman attempts suicide at Metro station
New Delhi, August 19
A 28-year-old woman allegedly attempted to commit suicide when she jumped in front of a moving train at the Janakpuri West Metro station this evening. "The woman has not been identified as yet. She is unconscious and has been admitted to the Mata Chanan Devi Hospital at Pankha Road. We will identify her once she regains consciousness," said the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railways), Sanjay Bhatia. The police have not found a suicide note or any identification of the woman. The incident took place at about 7.30 pm. She jumped in front of a train that runs from Rajiv Chowk to Dwarka. TNS

Photography workshop for streetkids
New Delhi, August 19
On the occasion of World Photography Day, street children took lessons on the basics of photography during a workshop organised by CRY-Child Rights and You. Children from all CRY projects in Delhi were invited to be part of this workshop. The idea behind it was to let them capture the thoughts and situations that they face in their day-to-day life. Select pictures clicked by the children in the workshop will be showcased at an exhibition. TNS

 





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Bizman, servants, driver murdered in Vivek Vihar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 19
A 62-year-old businessman with two servants and a driver were found brutally murdered at his residence in east Delhi's Vivek Vihar locality this morning. They were gagged and their hands and legs were bound with tape.

The deceased have been identified by the police as Bajrang Lal Bokadia, his driver, Vinod Dubey (40), his cook Bhola Singh (30) and another help, Anand (18). Bokadia was vice-president of a local religious centre, Oswal Bhavan and owned a rubber factory in east Delhi.

The incident came to light when Raghu, a staff member of Oswal Bhavan, arrived at Bokadia's residence to ask for food for the sadhvis (female sadhus). The religious centre is located opposite Bokadia's residence.

Raghu saw the main door of the victim's residence open. When he entered the house, he saw the bodies of the four victims. He called Bokadia's friend, Subhash Sethia, who manages Oswal Bhavan. Sethia rushed to the house and informed the police about the incident.

The police said they found the bodies in the same room. Bokadia was found gagged, stabbed, his hands and legs bound to a chair and his throat slit. The other three, Vinod, Bhola and Anand, were lying on the floor. There was blood everywhere in the room. The police saw that the house was ransacked. They also found four glasses and a drill near their bodies.

The police informed Bokadia's son, Pawan, his daughter, Preeti, who are married and settled in Mumbai. His wife, Pushpa, who was at Surajgarh in Rajasthan, was also informed about the incident.

Bokadia and Pushpa had gone to their native place in Rajasthan to attend a religious function. He returned to Delhi on Sunday and left his wife there for some ceremony.

Meanwhile, local residents gathered outside Bokadia's house and protested against the lack of police patrolling. They demanded better policing in their neighbourhood.

The protest were later taken over by the Aam Aadmi Party members, who shouted slogans against the police and Delhi government.

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Only 3 MLAs spend 100% of welfare funds
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 19
If the amount of money spent by the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in their constituencies is an indication, there are only three members who can claim the credit for actually working for the people who elected them to power. There are three MLAs who have spent hundred per cent of the money allocated under the Local Areas Development fund in the past five years, which amounts to Rs 16 crore each.

Raj Kumar Chauhan of Mangol Puri constituency, Balram Tanwar of Chattarpur and Subhash Sachdeva of Moti Nagar utilized hundred per cent of the funds, whereas MLAs like Shoaib Iqbal of Matia Mahal and Haroon Yusuf, Food and Supply Minister, have spent the least amount, Rs 10.25 crore which is 64 per cent and Rs 10.82 crore or 67 per cent respectively on carrying out developmental works in their areas.

A sum of Rs 16 crore was allocated to all the 70 MLAs in the past five years: Rs 2 crore each in the year 2009-10 and 2010-11 and Rs 4 crore each in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Other cabinet ministers, including Health Minister Dr AK Walia from Laxmi Nagar spent 97 per cent or Rs 15.55 crore, Women and Child Welfare Minister Prof Kiran Walia Rs 15.76 crore and Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami Rs 15.76 crore, i.e. 98 per cent each while Urban Development Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely exhausted almost 99 per cent which is Rs 15.97 crore of the fund.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit spent Rs 15.10 crore, i.e. 94 per cent of the allocated money.

Fifteen other MLAs have also spent almost 87 of their funds.

"There are many restraints in taking up projects as one has to go through a long process which requires acquiring multiple permissions and no-objection certificates," said Chauhan.

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Woman, daughter done to death at home
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 19
A 90-year-old woman and her daughter were found murdered with their throats slit and multiple stab wounds on their bodies, inside their house in Laxmi Nagar, east Delhi, today. The deceased have been identified as Rampati, a native of Rajasthan and her daughter Rajni Devi. They lived at Sri Durge Apartments in Laxmi Nagar J-Block.

The police suspect personal enmity to be the motive behind the murders. They have not ruled out robbery as being another motive, because the house was ransacked. Investigators said the house may have been ransacked to divert the attention of the police.

The police said that the killer had gained friendly entry into the house. "We have not found any evidence of forced entry or of a door or window being broken. The police team that inspected the site of the incident had found the television set and the air-conditioner switched on," said a police officer.

The murders came to light when Rampati's maid Anita reached the house for work at 9 am. She rang the doorbell, but there was no response. She enquired from the neighbours. One of them, Mausami Bannerjee, told Anita that her employers may be sleeping and suggested that she should ring the doorbell again.

When Anita returned to Rampati's house, she noticed that the main door was not bolted from the inside. She went inside and found the mother and daughter in a pool of blood.

"Their bodies had several stab wounds. Their throats had been slit. It was horrific," said the officer.

The police took the bodies to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital for postmortems. A murder case has been registered at the Shakarpur police station.

When the police questioned Mausami in connection with the case, she said she had last seen Rampati and Rajni about 6.30 pm on Sunday. She said that she did not see anything suspicious or heard shouts for help. Based on her statement, investigators suspect that the victims were murdered between 6.30 pm on Sunday and 9 am on Monday.

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Dikshit slams BJP on onion issue
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 19
As the BJP attempts to use rocketing onion prices to its advantage in the Delhi poll, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today hit out at opposition parties for "politicizing" the issue and resorting to "gimmicks" after they started selling the kitchen staple at low rate.

"One political party opened four outlets. Another party which is trying to be a political party opened two outlets. These parties are making gimmicks to gain political mileage," Dikshit said.

The BJP yesterday started selling the kitchen staple at Rs 25 a kg against the market rate of around Rs 80, and had demanded immediate removal of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Harun Yusuf for his "complete failure" to stabilise the rates.

Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Admi Party had also started selling the vegetable in some localities. The Delhi Government is selling onion between Rs 50 and 55 a kg at over 1,000 points across the city.

Slamming the BJP for "politicizing" the issue, Dikshit said her government was doing "everything possible" to stabilise the prices of onion by ensuring its adequate supply in the wholesale vegetable markets.

"We are not selling onions as a political party. We are selling onion at reasonable rates as a duty of the government. We are not politicising the issue. The government is doing everything possible to help people," Dikshit told mediapersons.

Asked whether she was worried about possible impact of high onion prices in the upcoming assembly polls as the BJP was ousted in 1998 following rise in its rate, Dikshit said unlike the then BJP regime, her government was making all required intervention bringing down the price.

"The BJP government was defeated in 1998 due to high onion prices. They (BJP) think it will happen to us. What will happen to us be known in the election," she added.

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Food security scheme, a political gimmick: BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 19
The Food Security Scheme to be implemented in Delhi from tomorrow close on the heals of assembly elections is nothing more than a political gimmick, said the Delhi unit chief of the BJP, Vijay Goel.

Goel said that the poor would lose out under the new criteria of this scheme which entitles 5 kg of foodgrain per person. If it is implemented, a family of four will only get 20 kg foodgrain while earlier they were entitled to 35 kg per household.

In protest against this, the BJP will hold a massive demonstration at Talkatora Stadium tomorrow, protesting the humiliation and duping of poor at the hands of the Congress.

Addressing a press conference, Goel said that the government is talking to issue smart cards for the scheme. But, the question is what will one do with the ration cards? What will be the role of Adhaar cards in this scheme?

With so many cards, there would be utter confusion. Also the Delhi Government has not clearly stated how many smart cards will be issued over the next three months. How much time will it take to implement this scheme fully and cover all prospective beneficiaries, asked Goel.

In fact, this scheme is nothing but an attempt to camouflage the Congress government's failure to control prices of all essential commodities which is pushing many families below poverty line and those already below poverty line are being pushed to even worse conditions, he said.

Goel said that the food scheme is being launched without an adequate ground work and issues such as proper identification of the beneficiaries. While existing schemes implemented through the Public Distribution System entitle the beneficiary families to 35 kg of foodgrain, the new food scheme may actually reduce the quantity of foodgrain as the scheme is person-based.

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