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City areas turn red as trade unions protest
New Delhi, December 12
Workers from different states participate in a massive rally against the economic policies of the government, price rise and corruption, under the banner of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Thursday Following a massive demonstration on workers' concerns, representatives of 11 central trade unions today were assured by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister AK Antony that their long-pending grievances would be addressed soon.
Workers from different states participate in a massive rally against the economic policies of the government, price rise and corruption, under the banner of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Be ready to face fresh polls, Goel tells cadres
New Delhi, December 12
Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel today said that the party would work with a renewed vigour at the organisational level. Addressing a meeting of the party office bearers and leaders, Goel urged them to be ready to face any kind of political situation, including repolls for the Delhi Assembly.


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Shahbaz Sharif meets DMRC chief, briefed on Metro network
New Delhi, December 12
A delegation of Pakistan officials led by Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, younger brother of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province, today met Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Managing Director Mangu Singh at Metro Bhawan.

Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab state Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif (L) arrives at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station in New Delhi on Thursday. tribune Photo: Mukesh Aggarwal
Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab state Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif (L) arrives at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station in New Delhi on Thursday

Airline technician stabbed to death
New Delhi, December 12
A 35-year-old Indigo Airlines technician was murdered after he was stabbed multiple times by unidentified persons in the Palam area, southwest Delhi last night. The deceased has been identified as Manoj Kumar Sharma. He lived with his family at Sadh Nagar in Palam Colony.

Man booked for sodomising wife on honeymoon
New Delhi, December 12
A 23-year-old woman today alleged that her husband sodomised her on honeymoon in Bangkok. The incident came to light from the Palam area, south-west Delhi. The Delhi Police have registered a case under Section 377 (unnatural sex) and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and are investigating the matter.

Janata Dal (U) president Sharad Yadav (C) with the party members shout slogans during their protest against the UPSC chairman, demanding a change in the new pattern of the examination, at Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday
Janata Dal (U) president Sharad Yadav (C) with the party members shout slogans during their protest against the UPSC chairman, demanding a change in the new pattern of the examination, at Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Cheat held for selling 'Mughal artefacts'
New Delhi, December 12
A 25-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly cheating people by posing a labourer employed with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), who was willing to sell the Mughal era artefacts which he claimed to have found while the digging work was being done behind the Taj Mahal in Agra.

3-day meet on healthcare begins
New Delhi, December 12
In a bid to ensure patient safety, disaster mitigation and quality healthcare, the Association of Healthcare Providers (India) is hosting an international conference on 'Health System Design and Operations' at Hall No. 7 Pragati Maidan here.

Pleasant day with clear sky expected
New Delhi, December 12
The Capital experienced a pleasant Thursday morning with the maximum temperature settling one notch above average at 24.5 degree Celsius. The Met office forecasts similar weather Friday.

Woman found dead at home
New Delhi, December 12
A 26-year-old woman was found dead under mysterious circumstances at home in Okhla, south Delhi this evening. The deceased has been identified as Neetu. She was married four years ago.





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City areas turn red as trade unions protest
'Committee set up to look into their demands'
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
Following a massive demonstration on workers' concerns, representatives of 11 central trade unions today were assured by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister AK Antony that their long-pending grievances would be addressed soon.

It is learnt that the Prime Minister has informed the delegation that the Central government has set up a committee to look into their demands and the defence minister has promised that the minimum wages of workers would be raised at the national level, besides the pension under the Provident Fund Scheme would be increased to Rs 1,000 for all sectors.

Confirming this after the meeting in the evening, general secretary of All India Trade Union Congress and CPI parliamentary group leader Gurudas Dasgupta said, "The PM was sympathetic to our demands. He said that he has set up a committee to look into our demands. Earlier, we met the defence minister who assured us that the pension under PF scheme would be increased to Rs 1,000 and the minimum wages would me made uniform across the country. There has been an informal understanding within a Group of Ministers and he is likely to take a decision shortly on the matter."

AITUC's national secretary Amarjeet Kaur said in the coming days, trade union representatives are going to meet the Union health minister, women and child development minister on Asha and Aaganwadi workers.

The delegation that met the PM and the defence minister also comprised Tapan Sen of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Ashok Singh of the Indian National Trade Union Congress, Harbhajan Singh of the Hind Mazdoor Sabha and BN Rai of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh.

Earlier, employees of federations and associations cutting across sectors today marched to Parliament to push for their long-pending demands related to their remuneration, and protest against inflation, rampant violation of their rights in implementation of labour laws, plight of unorganised workers and unabated 'contractualisation' of employees.

As workers from across the country, including those belonging to the private, unorganised as well as public sector, joined the massive rally from Ram Lila Grounds to Parliament, there were red flags all around. The area resounded with the anti-Central government slogans, opposing reforms and disinvestment of public sector companies. The workers demanded control of price rise, universalisation of PDS, augmenting jobs, providing universal social security cover, minimum wages of not less than Rs 10,000, ban of contract labour and so on.

"It has been four years since the trade unions have come together and if the government is not going to listen to us in the coming days, we will intensify our agitation," added the AITUC's national secretary.

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Be ready to face fresh polls, Goel tells cadres
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel today said that the party would work with a renewed vigour at the organisational level. Addressing a meeting of the party office bearers and leaders, Goel urged them to be ready to face any kind of political situation, including repolls for the Delhi Assembly.

Thanking the party leaders and cadres for the relentless efforts during the polls, Goel said that the BJP had emerged as the single largest party. If it is not able to form the government in a democratic manner, the party stands ready to face the elections again to get an overwhelming mandate.

Goel said, "The BJP is a cadre-based party and its dedicated and committed cadres are its core strength which has been proved by the fact that the party has emerged as the first choice of Delhiites. We will work to strengthen our party base further in unauthorised colonies and rural areas which have voted overwhelmingly for BJP."

He said that it had been proved that the Congress and AAP were hand in glove as the former had clearly indicated that it was ready to support an AAP government in Delhi. With the Congress support, the AAP can form a government as it will then have the required number of MLAs. It is clear that the AAP will not be able to fulfil its promises and then get exposed. That is why it is trying to take a false moral ground, Goel said.

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Shahbaz Sharif meets DMRC chief, briefed on Metro network
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
A delegation of Pakistan officials led by Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, younger brother of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province, today met Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Managing Director Mangu Singh at Metro Bhawan.

The meeting was aimed at sharing the working and construction of expanding network of Metro trains in the national Capital.

The delegation also took a Metro ride from Patel Chowk station to Rajiv Chowk in Connaught Place at around 10.30 am. "They visited Metro's museum at Patel Chowk before boarding the train and went down to the Rajiv Chowk station," said sources in DMRC.

After deboarding at Rajiv Chowk station, he visited the Metro Bhawan at Barakhamba where he was given a warm welcome by Mangu Singh who later briefed Sharif about the Delhi Metro project as well as how it was providing quality service to lakhs of commuters daily.

In a meeting that lasted for around half an hour, the officials discussed the issues related to the Metro and the difficulties faced in the laying of Metro lines. "They wanted to know how it all began and how does it work. It was a general interaction about the whole experience of carrying out Metro projects," said the sources.

Sources said the Pakistani delegation was impressed with the functioning of the Metro services and complimented the DMRC officials on running the network efficiently.

Metro officials said the commuters did not face any inconvenience due to travel by the Pakistani delegation. "The commuters did not face any problem as the delegation travelled at around 11 am which is a non-peak hour," said a Metro official.

A number of top foreign leaders, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Britain's Prince Charles have taken a ride on Metro.

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Airline technician stabbed to death
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
A 35-year-old Indigo Airlines technician was murdered after he was stabbed multiple times by unidentified persons in the Palam area, southwest Delhi last night. The deceased has been identified as Manoj Kumar Sharma. He lived with his family at Sadh Nagar in Palam Colony.

He was working at Indira Gandhi International Airport. He was returning home from his work when he was murdered.

According to locals, Manoj was returning home about 10 pm. He saw some men molesting a girl. He intervened and the men then stabbed him several times before fleeing. One of the wounds is on his chest.

He fell down and was writhing in pain. Hearing his screams, the locals informed the police.

The police rushed him to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital in west Delhi, where doctors declared him dead. The police have registered a case of murder and are searching for the culprits.

Manoj is survived by his 72-year-old father, Hazarilal Sharma, wife and an 11-year-old son.

Man found dead in Shakarpur

A 35-year-old man was found dead with stab injuries near School Block in the Shakarpur area, east Delhi last night.

The deceased has been identified as Suraj who was a resident of School Block, an autorickshaw driver. The body was found at about 10 pm.

The initial investigations have revealed that the motive behind the murder is personal enmity between Suraj and his friends.

The name of one, Sonu, has come up in the investigations and the police are searching for him.

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Man booked for sodomising wife on honeymoon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
A 23-year-old woman today alleged that her husband sodomised her on honeymoon in Bangkok. The incident came to light from the Palam area, south-west Delhi. The Delhi Police have registered a case under Section 377 (unnatural sex) and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and are investigating the matter.

According to the police, the victim is pursuing an engineering course. On November 29 this year, she married Puneet Bhardwaj, who is a project manager with a multinational company.

They had an arranged marriage. Bhardwaj had allegedly told the victim's family that he would take her to the Maldives for honeymoon, but he took her to Bangkok.

The police said that the victim returned to India on December 6. She spent two days at her husband's house. She visited her parent's house on December 8 to attend a religious function. She informed her mother that Bhardwaj had lied and taken her to Bangkok, instead of the Maldives.

"She told her mother that Bhardwaj forced her to have unnatural sex. She was scared and did not tell anyone. Her mother discussed the matter with her family. They spoke to Bhardwaj over the phone. He denied the allegations and disconnected the phone call," said a police officer.

Victim's uncle, who is serving with the Delhi Police, informed her family to lodge a police complaint against Bhardwaj. The police said that the victim was taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital in west Delhi for a medical examination, which confirmed that she had been sodomised.

The police conducted a raid at Bhardwaj's house, but he managed to flee. They are presently searching for him.

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Cheat held for selling 'Mughal artefacts'
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
A 25-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly cheating people by posing a labourer employed with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), who was willing to sell the Mughal era artefacts which he claimed to have found while the digging work was being done behind the Taj Mahal in Agra.

The man has been identified as Mohammed Salim Khan, who is a resident of Bharatpur district in Rajasthan. The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police caught him near Rajokari in Delhi on December 10.

"Salim is the leader of 'Tatlu Gang', involved in luring people of Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir and cheating them by promising to sell genuine gold bricks and ancient treasure of the Mughal era at half the rates. He would tell his victims that the treasure was found while digging was carried out behind the Taj Mahal. After the victims approached him with money, Salim and his associates would rob them at gunpoint," said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav.

According to the officer, Salim has disclosed that he has been engaged in such crimes for the past one and a half years. He has allegedly cheated more than a dozen people of Rs 10 lakh. The police are also looking for his accomplices.

Explaining his modus operandi, Yadav said that Salim would randomly place calls to Orissa, Jammu and Kashmir and states that are far away from the region where he belongs to.

"He would introduce himself as Rahul Sharma, a poor labourer from Rajasthan who is involved in the digging work at different lands acquired by the ASI near the Yamuna behind the Taj Mahal. He would say that while digging with an excavator in these areas, he had discovered ancient treasure of the Mughal Era. He said he was willing to sell the treasure at half the rates of the open market. He lured his victims by saying that he has five gold bricks that weigh 800 g each," said Yadav.

When a victim was trapped, Salim would allegedly call that person to Delhi or Gurgaon to check the genuineness of the gold and clinch the deal. "Salim would cut a small part of the fake gold brick in front of the victim. By a sleight of hand, he would change the fake gold piece for an original one and hand it over to the victim. The victim would confirm the genuineness of the gold and would be ready to clinch the deal," explained Yadav.

Salim would then call his victims to the Mewat region, where he would loot them at gunpoint.

"Salim and his gang would call their victims 'Tatlu' and so they were called 'Tatlu Gang'," said Yadav.

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3-day meet on healthcare begins
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
In a bid to ensure patient safety, disaster mitigation and quality healthcare, the Association of Healthcare Providers (India) is hosting an international conference on 'Health System Design and Operations' at Hall No. 7 Pragati Maidan here.

The conference along with an exhibition on advanced medical technologies was inaugurated today by Dr Syeda Hameed, Member Planning Commission.

The three-day event is expected to witness a participation of more than 700 delegates from India and abroad, confirmed Major General (Retd) M Srivastava, chairman, international conference and exhibition organising committee.

Noting that the healthcare industry has a huge untapped potential, DG, AHPI Dr Girdhar Gyani said this conference is the first of its kind, integrating patient safety, disaster mitigation and quality of care. The outcome of conference will go long way in bridging the gap in up-to-date knowledge and the current practices, he added.

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Pleasant day with clear sky expected

New Delhi, December 12
The Capital experienced a pleasant Thursday morning with the maximum temperature settling one notch above average at 24.5 degree Celsius. The Met office forecasts similar weather Friday.

"The day will mainly witness a clear sky with shallow fog in the morning," said the India Meteorological Department (IMD) official.

The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 25 and 11 degree Celsius respectively.

The minimum temperature on Thursday was recorded three notches above average at 11.8 degree Celsius.

Wednesday's maximum temperature was recorded two notches above the season's average at 24.8 degree Celsius, while the minimum temperature settled at 9.1 degree Celsius, the season's average. IANS

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Woman found dead at home
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
A 26-year-old woman was found dead under mysterious circumstances at home in Okhla, south Delhi this evening. The deceased has been identified as Neetu. She was married four years ago.

"Her family alleges that she may have been killed by her husband and his family over their demands for dowry," said a police officer.

Neetu was taken to Safdarjung Hospital in south Delhi, where she was declared dead. Her mother-in-law said that she was ill and had died a natural death.

The police have started a sub-divisional magistrate inquiry into the matter.

They are awaiting the post-mortem report to ascertain if she was murdered or had a natural death.

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