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Rally venue: Posters showing Goel, Modi together removed 
New Delhi, September 24
Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel unveils a timer at the state party office for the countdown of Modiís rally at Japanese Park, Rohini, in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Removing the posters that had photos of Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel along with Narendra Modi from the venue of the party rally is an indication that the saffron party has not decided the chief ministerial candidate so far, sources said.
Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel unveils a timer at the state party office for the countdown of Modiís rally at Japanese Park, Rohini, in New Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Delhi polls: Cong invites applications for tickets
New Delhi, September 24
Delhi Congress is all set to invite ticket seekers for the Delhi Assembly elections slated for November. The party has decided to initiate the distribution of forms today and the last date for submitting them has been fixed on September 30.



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Aadhar cards issued without proper verification: BJP
New Delhi, September 24
Favouring the Supreme Court's ruling that Aadhar card cannot be made necessary for availing the government welfare schemes, the Opposition BJP today accused the government of issuing the cards without any proper verification.

DU students stage a demonstration outside the HRD Ministry at Shastri Bhawan to protest against the lack of adequate and affordable hostel accommodation in New Delhi on Tuesday.
DU students stage a demonstration outside the HRD Ministry at Shastri Bhawan to protest against the lack of adequate and affordable hostel accommodation in New Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Christians protest killing in Pakistan
New Delhi, September 24
The Christians today protested at Pakistan High Commission against the killing of their brethren in Pakistan by a suicide bomber of Taliban in a historic white-stone All Saints Church in North Western city of Peshawar.

New Delhi District Congress Committee has new prez
New Delhi, September 24
After a series of changes in the top brass of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, some changes have also been effected at the district and block levels to consolidate party's position in the assembly elections.

Burari realtorís son killed soon after kidnap 
New Delhi, September 24
A 13-year-old boy was found brutally murdered in a drain on Monday night, two days after he had been kidnapped for ransom by his four neighbours from near his residence in north Delhi's Burari area.

Two killed in road accidents
New Delhi, September 24
Two persons, including a 50-year-old man, were killed in separate road accidents in Delhi on Monday. The first incident was reported from southwest Delhi's Chhawla area. A 50-year-old man, Ram Madhav, was killed and four were injured According to the police, they were hit by a speeding SUV at around 9.30 pm.

Woman, niece injured in acid attack
New Delhi, September 24
A 32-year-old woman and her niece suffered burn injuries when woman's husband attacked them in the Mandawali area yesterday. The victims have been identified as Bimla and her niece Rani (18). Bimla's husband Devender, who has been accused for the attack, is at large. Bimla lives with her husband and three children at Indira Gali in Mandawali.

 





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Rally venue: Posters showing Goel, Modi together removed 
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24
Removing the posters that had photos of Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel along with Narendra Modi from the venue of the party rally is an indication that the saffron party has not decided the chief ministerial candidate so far, sources said.

According to the sources, there were posters at the venue that had photos of only two leaders, the saffron party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel. When senior leaders of the national BJP visited the venue to observe the preparations, they issued instructions for removing them.

The posters apparently hinted that Goel would be the chief ministerial candidate. The national leaders did not approve of this as the party has still kept the Chief Minister's name under wraps, the sources said.

At the same time, preparations for the rally are in full swing. "Around 20,000 sq ft area will form the enclosure for the stage. There will be two giant screens behind the stage and 20 LED screens within the ground. The screens will ensure that those attending the rally can get a close view of the leaders at the stage," Goel said.

To make the stage come alive, there will be moving visuals that will carry the message in a subtle yet impressive manner. The stage is prepared in such a manner that those attending the rally would feel close to the speakers.

To ensure that the speeches are heard properly, the state-of-the-art 'Line Array' sound system is being used. With this system, even the last person standing or sitting gets to hear the message. 

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Delhi polls: Cong invites applications for tickets
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24
Delhi Congress is all set to invite ticket seekers for the Delhi Assembly elections slated for November. The party has decided to initiate the distribution of forms today and the last date for submitting them has been fixed on September 30.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Jai Prakash Agarwal said that it was decided in the meeting of the election committee.

"Those who want to seek tickets to contest the Delhi Assembly elections can get the forms from the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office. And the forms should be deposited at the office by September 30 and after that the forms will be scrutinized for the selection of the candidates," said Agarwal.

The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, All India Congress Committee general-secretary and in charge of Delhi affairs Dr Shakeel Ahmed and AICC secretary in charge of Delhi Kuljit Singh Nagra.

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Aadhar cards issued without proper verification: BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24
Favouring the Supreme Court's ruling that Aadhar card cannot be made necessary for availing the government welfare schemes, the Opposition BJP today accused the government of issuing the cards without any proper verification.

"The credentials were not checked by the government before making Aadhar cards. Illegal migrants, including Bangladeshis, are taking advantage of the system. This has increased the risk of bad elements getting registered in society," said VK Malhotra, Leader of Opposition.

"Even a person sleeping under flyover has been issued an Aadhar card," said Malhotra.

The Delhi Government claims to have accomplished a hundred per cent enrolments of Aadhar cards in the city with its major services, including the Food Security Scheme and Annashree Yojna, being operated on the basis of Aadhar cards.

The government seems to be clueless after the court ruling as revoking Aadhar linkage from the services may delay the delivery.

"We are yet to go through the ruling. We will see and think as to what can be done," said Delhi Food and Supply Minister Haroon Yusuf.

Under the Food Security Scheme alone, the government has claimed that 40 lakh people have submitted application forms, which have a special column for mentioning the Aadhar card number. The scheme was started with effect from September 1.

While for Dilli Annshree Yojana, launched on December 15, more than 1.20 lakh persons have been covered, said the minister.

In order to make the yojana broad-based, the cabinet today decided to dispense with the condition of submitting an annual income certificate from the SDMs.

"We decided that an affidavit or a certificate of MLA or MP concerned would be an admissible document for proof of income under the scheme. This would help ensuing beneficiaries to get covered under the scheme," said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

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Christians protest killing in Pakistan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24
The Christians today protested at Pakistan High Commission against the killing of their brethren in Pakistan by a suicide bomber of Taliban in a historic white-stone All Saints Church in North Western city of Peshawar.

The Christians led by a senior journalist John Dayal, general secretary of the All India Christian Council, submitted a memorandum to the Pakistan High Commission, demanding security for the members of their community in Pakistan. The protestors gathered at Carmel Convent School at Chanakyapuri from where they marched towards the High Commission.

Addressing the protestors, John Dayal said Talibans are killing innocent Christians in Pakistan. The Christians are peace-loving people.

It is duty of the Pakistan Government to provide security to the minorities in the country.

Bishop Karam Massiha said that no religion promotes terrorism. Those who indulge in terrorism have no religion. Violence breeds violence. The Christians in India sympathise with those killed in Peshawar.

The protestors carried placards bearing the messages like 'Stop killing humans in the name of religion'.

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New Delhi District Congress Committee has new prez

New Delhi, September 24
After a series of changes in the top brass of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, some changes have also been effected at the district and block levels to consolidate party's position in the assembly elections.

Businessman turned political worker Harish Arora has been appointed president, New Delhi District Congress Committee. ó TNS

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Burari realtorís son killed soon after kidnap 
Four neighbours had demanded Rs 40 lakh ransom
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24
A 13-year-old boy was found brutally murdered in a drain on Monday night, two days after he had been kidnapped for ransom by his four neighbours from near his residence in north Delhi's Burari area.

The boy has been identified as 13-year-old Jatin. His father is a property dealer.

The police had earlier detained and interrogated four neighbours of the deceased. They were arrested later and have been identified as Sandeep, Sandeep, alias Sunny, Mukesh and Gautam.

The police said that one of the accused is a freelance photographer, while the others run a medicine shop in the Sant Nagar area in north Delhi. The accused often indulged in gambling. They had allegedly kidnapped the boy to clear their debts and earn fast money.

"They have confessed to their involvement in the crime and told the police that they had demanded Rs 40 lakh ransom from Jatin's father," said a senior police officer.

The police said when the boy was playing outside his house on Saturday morning, the accused lured him and took him to an unidentified place. They offered him juice laced with sedatives.

"When the boy felt dizzy, they strangled him. At about 5.30 pm, they made a call to the boy's father and demanded Rs 40 lakh for his safe release," said a police officer. They allegedly disclosed to the police that they killed the boy as they feared that he might reveal their identity later.

"Last night, Jatin's body was found in a drain in outer Delhi's Alipur area," said the officer.

The police were informed about the body at about 8.30 pm on Monday. A police team reached the drain in Alipur and examined the crime scene. The police learnt that a boy with a similar description as that of the body had been missing from Burari since Saturday. A case of kidnapping for ransom was also registered at the Burari police station.

The Burari police station was informed about the body. A police team along with the parents reached Alipur to establish the identity of the body, kept at the morgue of a government hospital. The couple identified the boy and the police then added the murder section to the case.

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Two killed in road accidents
A 50-year-old man and a motorcyclist die 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24
Two persons, including a 50-year-old man, were killed in separate road accidents in Delhi on Monday. The first incident was reported from southwest Delhi's Chhawla area. A 50-year-old man, Ram Madhav, was killed and four were injured According to the police, they were hit by a speeding SUV at around 9.30 pm.

The errant driver had initially fled from the spot, leaving the vehicle behind. He was identified as Shambhu (32), a resident of Roshanpura, by his car registration certificate.

"Shambhu was arrested from his house hours after the accident," a police officer said.

The injured victims told the police that they were at their roadside stalls when Shambhu's speeding SUV hit them.

A passerby informed the police after which the injured were rushed to the Rao Tula Ram Memorial Hospital in Jaffarpur Kalan.

Ram, a resident of Najafgarh, was declared brought dead at the hospital.

A case of causing death due to negligence and rash driving has been registered against Shambhu at the Chhawla police station.

In another incident, a motorcyclist was crushed to death by an unknown vehicle in west Delhi's Punjabi Bagh area.

The victim has been identified as Sohaib who died on the spot. He lived with his family at Basai Darapur and was returning home from work at about 10.30 pm.

The police said a call was made at about 10.45 pm regarding a person lying in a pool of blood on the roadside.

"He was taken to the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Mangolpuri, but was declared dead," another police officer said. A case in regard to the incident has been registered at the Punjabi Bagh police station.

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Woman, niece injured in acid attack
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24
A 32-year-old woman and her niece suffered burn injuries when woman's husband attacked them in the Mandawali area yesterday. The victims have been identified as Bimla and her niece Rani (18). Bimla's husband Devender, who has been accused for the attack, is at large. Bimla lives with her husband and three children at Indira Gali in Mandawali.

Yesterday, Bimla's 18-year-old niece Rani was also at home. It is alleged that Devender returned home in an inebriated condition about 8 pm and got involved in a heated argument with Bimla.

"It is alleged that he was carrying a plastic bottle containing acid," said a police officer. During the argument, Devender told Bimla to stop arguing with him, while Bimla told him to stop drinking alcohol.

Devender, who was allegedly in a fit of rage, threw the acid on Bimla causing severe burns all over her body. Bimla raised the alarm on which Rani came to help and shielded her with her body. "Devender did not stop and emptied the bottle containing acid on Bimla and Rani," the officer added.

The victims were rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital.

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