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Dengue: CM blames civic bodies for negligence
New Delhi, September 26
The Delhi Government today held the local bodies responsible for the sudden spurt of dengue in the city. It accused the three civic agencies of not doing enough in order to check the menace. There has been an increase in the number of dengue cases in August and September this year as compared to the previous two years.

Avoid water storage at home: Union minister
In the backdrop of mounting cases of dengue, Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today asked the people of the city to avoid storage of water at homes.

Municipal corporation employee shot dead
New Delhi, September 26
A 45-year-old Municipal Corporation employee was shot dead by an unidentified person in Seemapuri this morning. The deceased has been identified as Manoj Kumar, who stayed with his family at G-Block in Seemapuri. Kumar was a class-IV employee in MCD's Shahdara zone.

Two held in ATM cash van loot case
New Delhi, September 26
Two men were arrested this morning for allegedly stealing Rs 49 lakh from a cash van that was replenishing ATMs across central Delhi with cash yesterday. They have been identified as Shailendra (26), who belongs to Firozabad district of UP and Satish Yadav (39) from Etah in UP.


 

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BJP invites Dikshit, foreign diplomats to Modiís rally
New Delhi, September 26
In an unusual move, Delhi BJP today invited Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to Narendra Modi's rally here to see for herself "peoples' anger" against policies of the Centre as well as her government.

JUNSU starts online campaign against UPSC excluding foreign languages
New Delhi, September 26
Jawaharlal Nehru Students' Union (JUNSU) has initiated an online campaign to mobilise people against the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) latest move to exclude "foreign languages", including Arabic and Persian that are widely taught as basic disciplines in several educational institutions and central universities, from the list of optional subjects in UPSC examinations.

 





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Dengue: CM blames civic bodies for negligence
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 26
The Delhi Government today held the local bodies responsible for the sudden spurt of dengue in the city. It accused the three civic agencies of not doing enough in order to check the menace.
There has been an increase in the number of dengue cases in August and September this year as compared to the previous two years.

"The three municipal corporations have not been able to fulfil their basic responsibility of providing sanitation services and overcoming the breeding of mosquitoes. The staff of around 3,500 domestic breeding checkers has been roaming here and there to perform duties other than their assigned duties," said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

She said that the number of cases during September this year is 1,567 against 52 in 2012 and 172 in 2011. The cases reported in August this year are 142 against just four in 2012 and 51 in 2011. The confirmed and suspected dengue death cases have also gone up in comparison to the cases last year.

"The government has increased allocation under public health head from Rs 76 crore last year to Rs 87.50 crore in 2013. Out of Rs 87.50 crore an amount of Rs 65 crore has been released whereas just Rs 14 crore has been utilized," said Dikshit.

Apart from this, the city government has released Rs 3 crore to the corporations from Delhi State Health Mission under Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme, she said.

The Urban Development Department has also released an amount of Rs 250 crore out of an allocation of Rs 389 crore for sanitation services.

"The hospitals have been directed to ensure that the dengue fever cases requiring hospitalization are not denied admission due to lack of beds. Additional laboratory technicians have also been deployed in different hospitals, especially for the dengue cases," she added.

The localities under Rohini municipal wards are badly affected by dengue fever. 

 

 

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Avoid water storage at home: Union minister

In the backdrop of mounting cases of dengue, Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today asked the people of the city to avoid storage of water at homes.

Emphasising on community participation to deal with the dengue menace he said a collective effort will from the people is vital to check the spread of the disease.

The minister held a meeting with Health Minister AK Walia, Mayors of three Municipal Corporations, their Commissioners, chairman of the New Delhi Municipal Council and Health Ministry officials and heads of some prominent city hospitals, including AIIMS, Safdarjung and RML to review the government's preparedness to tackle dengue.

"The larva of dengue causing mosquitoes breeds in fresh water. Half of the water tanks, water coolers are breeding grounds of mosquitoes and outdoor fogging is not effective in these cases," he said.

He said that during the review, some officials said that when they went for checking they found stored water of 15 days in some slums and parts of the city in the drums where mosquitoes were breeding. "

In some places, officials were successful in making them throw out the water but in some cases they were physically confronted as people didn't want to throw away the water," Azad said.

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Municipal corporation employee shot dead

New Delhi, September 26
A 45-year-old Municipal Corporation employee was shot dead by an unidentified person in Seemapuri this morning.
The deceased has been identified as Manoj Kumar, who stayed with his family at G-Block in Seemapuri. Kumar was a class-IV employee in MCD's Shahdara zone.

He left his house in the morning and was walking towards a bus stop. About 6.30 am, when he reached near the Seemapuri roundabout, an unidentified man came close to Kumar and shot at him from behind. The police suspect that personal rivalry may be the motive behind the attack.

Even after sustaining a bullet injury, Kumar overpowered assailant. The assailant placed the pistol on Kumar's head and fired another round. Manoj collapsed on the ground and the assailant ran away. ó TNS

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Two held in ATM cash van loot case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 26
Two men were arrested this morning for allegedly stealing Rs 49 lakh from a cash van that was replenishing ATMs across central Delhi with cash yesterday. They have been identified as Shailendra (26), who belongs to Firozabad district of UP and Satish Yadav (39) from Etah in UP.

The police said that Satish was working for Alliance Transcom Private Limited as a driver by using a fake name, Sanjay. He allegedly said that his cousin, Shailendra, worked as a driver in the Okhla branch of the company. He introduced Satish as a driver in the company about a month ago.

The company provides manpower to a cash replenishment agency called Cash Management Services (CMS). It was the cash van of CMS that was allegedly looted.

"The accused hatched a conspiracy. They also roped in Shailendra's younger brother, Chotu," said DCP (Central) Alok Kumar.

Shailendra and Chotu allegedly brought their motorcycle from Etah to Delhi. "When Satish would take the cash van for depositing the money, Chotu and Shailendra would follow him on the motorcycle," said Kumar.

Pheru Dutt Sharma, the guard of the van, with Amit Kumar Mishra, Kapil Kumar and Satish took about Rs 83 lakh cash from the company to replenish the ATMs. They first went to the Axis Bank ATM on Faiz Road and loaded Rs 5 lakh into it. They then went to load Rs 29 lakh in the ATM at Padam Singh Road.

The police also recovered Rs 49 lakh. Yesterday, the police claimed that Rs 54 lakh was stolen from the van. They retracted their statement today. After ascertaining the details from the cash replenishment agency, they announced that Rs 49 lakh was stolen.

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BJP invites Dikshit, foreign diplomats to Modiís rally
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 26
In an unusual move, Delhi BJP today invited Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to Narendra Modi's rally here to see for herself "peoples' anger" against policies of the Centre as well as her government.

Senior Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta said a formal communication has been sent to Dikshit, requesting her to attend the "historic" rally on Sundayat at Japanese Park in Rohini, which will be addressed among others by BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

"We have invited the Chief Minister to the rally. The idea to invite her was to make her understand about peoples' anger against her administration," Gupta, who is convenor of the rally.

The BJP has also invited foreign diplomats for its September 29 Vikas rally.

According to the party leaders, the invitations have been extended in the view of interest shown by countries in Modi's public speeches in the run up to the assembly polls and the general election scheduled for next year.

"Invitation cards have been sent to the embassies and high commissions inviting the foreign diplomats for the rally. The party is expecting confirmation on the invitation in a day or two," said Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel.

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JUNSU starts online campaign against UPSC excluding foreign languages
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 26
Jawaharlal Nehru Students' Union (JUNSU) has initiated an online campaign to mobilise people against the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) latest move to exclude "foreign languages", including Arabic and Persian that are widely taught as basic disciplines in several educational institutions and central universities, from the list of optional subjects in UPSC examinations.

Backing the campaign, students and faculty of many central universities, including Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi University, have demanded a rollback of the move terming it "an instance of exclusionary politics".

Several layers of arguments put forth by critics against the step are the fact that many of these languages are taught in more than 20 universities and in numerous colleges as basic discipline across the country and thus makes it discriminatory.

"We organised a public meeting today where faculty were here to put forth their views and the main purpose was to begin a debate a discourse regarding UPSC's decision. We are circulating an online petition to arise awareness in the coming days," said Omprasad a PhD history student of JNU.

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