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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
D E L H I   A N D   N E I G H B O U R H O O D

Fulfil promises now, Dikshit tells AAP
New Delhi, December 23
Giving her 'best wishes' to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit asked the party to fulfil the promises it had made to the people. "Our best wishes to them for fulfilling their promises. We gave outside support to them to form the government and will continue to give support till they fulfil the promises," Dikshit told the media.
The Congress activists shouting slogans during their protest against the decision of the party senior leaders to support the AAP for forming the Delhi Government, at DPCC office in New Delhi on Monday The Congress activists shouting slogans during their protest against the decision of the party senior leaders to support the AAP for forming the Delhi Government, at DPCC office in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

BJP doesn't believe in horse trading: Goel
New Delhi, December 23
Though the BJP has welcomed Arvind Kejriwal's announcement on forming the government, it said that people have unlimited hopes from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) because of the assurances which it had given to them in its election manifesto.


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ON SONG: Supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party jubilate in New Delhi on Monday after the party chief Arvind Kejriwal met Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung to stake claim to forming government in Delhi
ON SONG: Supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party jubilate in New Delhi on Monday after the party chief Arvind Kejriwal met Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung to stake claim to forming government in Delhi. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

BJP workers deserve credit for SAD win, says Manjit Singh
New Delhi, December 23
The Delhi chief of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Manjit Singh (GK), who is also DSGMC president, today said that the credit of the victory of SAD candidate in Kalkaji assembly constituency goes to local BJP workers.

Town Hall to be the hub of 'entertainment and learning'
New Delhi, December 23
The Capital's British-era Town Hall in Old Delhi will be converted into an international tourist destination with a museum, food court, souvenir shops, library and an open air theatre where families can have 'wholesome entertainment and learning'.

Nomadic Fair and Festival opens
New Delhi, December 23
Nomadic Fair and Festival having different features like exhibition, workshop, food and folk healing for visitors was today inaugurated by the chairperson of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Jalaj Shrivastava. It will be on till January 8.

The Sacred Heart Cathedral illuminated for Christmas near Gole Dak Khana in New Delhi on Monday
The Sacred Heart Cathedral illuminated for Christmas near Gole Dak Khana in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Delhi sees slightly less cold
New Delhi, December 23
The sun in the sky made for a slightly better Monday for Delhiites who experienced chilly days over the weekend. A cold wind blew all across the national Capital. The Met department has forecast foggy Tuesday morning.

Kidnapped baby saved, two held
New Delhi, December 23
The West district police today claimed to have arrested two accused-Kamlesh, alias Sandhya, and her sister-in-law Sunita--on charges of kidnapping a three-year-old baby from Nihak Vihar. The baby has been recovered from their possession.





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Fulfil promises now, Dikshit tells AAP
Cong extends outside support which is not unconditional. The former Chief Minister was critical of Aam Aadmi Party leaders as she accused them of using 'uncivilised' language
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
Giving her 'best wishes' to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit asked the party to fulfil the promises it had made to the people. "Our best wishes to them for fulfilling their promises. We gave outside support to them to form the government and will continue to give support till they fulfil the promises," Dikshit told the media.

Her comments came as AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal announced his party will form the government in Delhi. The AAP won 28 seats in the 70-member assembly and is assuming power with the support of eight Congress legislators.

"We know the promises (they made) are difficult to fulfil," said Dikshit, who was defeated by Kejriwal in her New Delhi constituency by over 25,000 votes.

Earlier, the AAP had decided to form the government in the city by taking outside support from the Congress. The party took the decision to form the government at a meeting of political affairs committee after analysing the results of the public referendum it had carried out in the last few days.

Dikshit was critical of AAP leaders as she accused them of using 'uncivilised' language against the Congress even after it announced support to the new party.

"Their language is not good. It is uncivilised. We can criticise each other but the language should be civil," she said.

Dikshit said Congress will continue its support to AAP as long it delivers but expressed doubts whether the party will be able to fulfil all its promises like cutting power tariff by 50 per cent and providing 700 litres of free water daily to each household.

Dikshit made clear that Congress has extended outside support which is not unconditional.

"We are supporting them only for the policies they are talking about. If they can provide relief to the people of Delhi, it is well and good. We will support them as long as they deliver. We already know that it is not possible to fulfil the kind of promises they made," the three-time Chief Minister said.

The Congress was trounced by the AAP in the December 4 polls as it managed to win only eight seats.

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BJP doesn't believe in horse trading: Goel
The Congress with just eight MLAs would be the 'tail that wags the dog', says Vardhan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
Though the BJP has welcomed Arvind Kejriwal's announcement on forming the government, it said that people have unlimited hopes from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) because of the assurances which it had given to them in its election manifesto.

"It is a good decision. But it is late. Had it been decided by the AAP just after the election results when the BJP refused to form the government, the party would have got more time to work," said Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel.

BJP is the single largest party. "We could have formed the government. But we do not believe in horse trading. We will sit in opposition," he said.

BJP leader Dr Harsh Vardhan said that AAP-Congress is an 'oxymoron'. This government is a contradiction in itself. How can a party which professed to cleanse Indian politics form an alliance with the party against which it had contested election, alleging that there was much corruption during its rule, he asked.

He said this cannot be accepted by the people of Delhi and India or wherever there is democracy. Its contradictions make the arrangement short-lived. It won't be long before a mid-term election is thrust on the people of Delhi.

"This government will be caught on the wrong foot. All talks of honesty, transparency, etc. would vanish soon. The Congress, with just eight MLAs, would be the 'tail that wags the dog'. Already three senior Congress leaders have made it clear that their party's support is 'not unconditional'," the BJP leader said.

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BJP workers deserve credit for SAD win, says Manjit Singh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
The Delhi chief of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Manjit Singh (GK), who is also DSGMC president, today said that the credit of the victory of SAD candidate in Kalkaji assembly constituency goes to local BJP workers.

Addressing a rally at Kalkaji, Manjit Singh said that the SAD candidate Harmit Singh Kalka had defeated the three-time Congress MLA, Subhash Chopra.

It was made possible due to the good work done by the BJP workers in the assembly. They paid a door-to-door visit to the electorate and convince them to vote for the BJP-SAD alliance candidate, said the Delhi chief of the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Earlier, people thought that winning assembly election in Delhi was not possible for SAD, but the BJP workers' hard work in Kalkaji proved it possible.

They also organised rallies attended by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.

The BJP workers also met people during morning walks appealing to them to vote for the BJP to throw the 15-year-old Congress government.

The rally was also addressed by BJP's Legislature Party leader Dr Harsh Vardhan and Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel.

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Town Hall to be the hub of 'entertainment and learning'
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
The Capital's British-era Town Hall in Old Delhi will be converted into an international tourist destination with a museum, food court, souvenir shops, library and an open air theatre where families can have 'wholesome entertainment and learning'.

The renovation of Town Hall has been divided into two phases, the first will include revamping and converting its Press Building into a hotel. The second phase will include redevelopment of small buildings in the vicinity.

"To Live the History is the tag line given to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation's ambitious project of renovating the 150-year-old landmark building in Chandni Chowk, close to the Red Fort. We don't want you to experience the space, but we want you to live the history," said an NDMC official.

"This will be the place where one can go with the family and spend an entire day. Children would go back to playing old games like 'kancha' and 'gilli danda'," he said.

The museum would showcase artefacts, jewellery and clothes from the Mughal era, and, according to Sharma, sourcing these items would initially involve active engagement with people from different museums.

"We will have experts from culture, history, museology, sculpture and art. They would make a plan on how and from where to source these artefacts from, or what all should be there in the museum," he said, adding these developments will take some time before they materialise.

"We don't want to make it your typical museum. It will be a bit different. Museum will be such that it looks like a gallery. The idea is to draw crowd and create curiosity and love for history amongst people, especially children," he added.

The building will also house children's activity rooms, an open air cafe, sound and light shows, food and 'haat bazaars' on a 16-acre spread to offer 'wholesome entertainment' to families.

"There isn't any place in the city where people can have wholesome entertainment. We have started this project catering to their needs and provide them space that is international by all standards," he said.

One of the best known landmarks of Chandni Chowk, Town Hall was built in1860 on the site of Begum ki Sarai and Bagh, which had been built by Jahanara, the daughter of Shahjahan and Mumtaz Mahal.

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Nomadic Fair and Festival opens
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
Nomadic Fair and Festival having different features like exhibition, workshop, food and folk healing for visitors was today inaugurated by the chairperson of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Jalaj Shrivastava. It will be on till January 8.

The festival is part of centenary celebration of the NDMC being organized at the rooftop of Palika Bazar. During the festival, nomadic craftsman, artists and musicians will perform till January 5.

Besides showcasing a refurbished Connaught Place, there will be something or the other for everyone, of all age groups, said Shrivastava.

The festival will cover Christmas as well as New Year. There will be bumper offers and attractive discounts. Visitors will savour the cuisine from different parts of the country, he said.

Shrivastava said there would be a re-launch of Connaught Place on December 30. Renowned singers and artists would perform during the occasion. There will also be cultural programmes every day besides a musical event by 'Ability Unlimited' and 'Chand Nizami' on January 2 and 3.

Vintage cars will be displayed on January 5. A kite festival will follow two days later.

Shrivastava said that the NDMC was born in 1913 as the Imperial Delhi Committee, two years after the British rulers moved the capital from Kolkata to Delhi.

In 1916, it was renamed Raisina Municipal Committee. In 1925, it was upgraded as a second class municipality under the Punjab Municipal Act.

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Delhi sees slightly less cold

New Delhi, December 23
The sun in the sky made for a slightly better Monday for Delhiites who experienced chilly days over the weekend. A cold wind blew all across the national Capital. The Met department has forecast foggy Tuesday morning.

Though there was a light mist in the morning, flight operations were normal in the Capital.

Over 35 trains were late, said an official of the Indian Railways.

While the fog cover in Delhi has thinned over the past couple of days allowing for smooth air operations, several trains continued to be affected because of heavy backlog and dense fog in other parts of north India.

Monday's minimum temperature was recorded five notches above average at 12.5 degrees Celsius, while maximum was 18.4 - three notches below average.

Tuesday's maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 19 and 10 degree Celsius, respectively. ó IANS

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Kidnapped baby saved, two held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
The West district police today claimed to have arrested two accused-Kamlesh, alias Sandhya, and her sister-in-law Sunita--on charges of kidnapping a three-year-old baby from Nihak Vihar. The baby has been recovered from their possession.

The police said that they received a complaint on December 16 by one Bablu that his son had been kidnapped by unknown persons when he was playing outside his house at about 2 pm. During investigation, the police came to know that the accused Kamlesh and Sunita had been missing from their houses after the incident. Kamlesh was traced and questioned who disclosed that to take revenge on Bablu, she with the help of her sister-in-law Sunita had kidnapped the baby.

The police said that Kamlesh caught the child and covered him with her shawl. She then gave him to Sunita at Shakur Basti Railway Station. The child was taken to Bisora Basti in UP.

The police conducted a raid at village Bisora Basti in UP and saved the child.

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