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Running a govt is not child's play: Sonia
New Delhi, March 30
Indicating towards Aam Aadmi Party leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Arvinder Kejriwal's 49-day stint in the Delhi government, Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said that running a government is not a "child's play".
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, along with party members, during an election rally at Karol Bagh in New Delhi on Sunday Congress president Sonia Gandhi, along with party members, during an election rally at Karol Bagh in New Delhi on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Malhotra seeks details of foreign funding of AAP
New Delhi, March 30 Chairman of the BJP Delhi Pradesh Lok Sabha Election Campaign Committee Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra today raised question over the funding of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).


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Tiwari blames Cong for North East's backwardness
New Delhi, March 30
Bhojpuri actor and BJP's North East candidate Manoj Tiwari today blame Congress' infighting for the reason behind the backwardness of constituency area. While addressing media, he blamed the government for ignoring the area and not providing the basic amenities to the people here.

DMRC to construct subway near Moti Bagh station
New Delhi, March 30
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is going to construct an underground subway near the upcoming Moti Bagh Metro station on the Ring Road to facilitate the station entry of passengers coming from localities like New Moti Bagh, Shanti Path, etc.

Delhi Metro train. A file photo

Delhi Metro train

50-yr-old woman's body found inside bed box
New Delhi, March 30
The body of a 50-year-old woman was found inside a bed box at her home in the Vikaspuri area, West Delhi, today. The woman has been identified as Somitra Devi. She lived with her husband and two sons at Vikaspuri. She worked as a maid while her husband Hari Mandal was doing odd jobs at various political rallies in Delhi.

An illuminated Jhandewalan Temple on the eve of Navratri in New Delhi on Sunday
An illuminated Jhandewalan Temple on the eve of Navratri in New Delhi on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Activists from AISA, JNUSU, AIPWA, Right to Water Campaign and other groups hold a protest march from the Mandi House Metro station to Jantar Mantar against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, in New Delhi on Sunday
Activists from AISA, JNUSU, AIPWA, Right to Water Campaign and other groups hold a protest march from the Mandi House Metro station to Jantar Mantar against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, in New Delhi on Sunday. Tribune photo

Woman gangraped on pretext of providing job, 4 held
New Delhi, March 30
A 40-year-old woman has alleged that she was gangraped in Hauz Khas yesterday by two men, including one who had promised to provide her employment as a security guard. The accused have been identified as Raj Narayan (40) and Dr Relia (75).

Constable dies after run over by truck
New Delhi, March 30
A 25-year-old Delhi Police constable was killed when he was run over by a truck in the Model Town area, Northwest Delhi, last night. The victim, Ajinder Singh, hails from Rajasthan and was staying at the Model Town police station.

Minor drowns in canal
New Delhi, March 30
A 14-year-old boy drowned while taking bath in a canal today in the Rajokri area, South Delhi, the police said. Hemant got carried away by the current in the canal. Locals alerted the police and the body of the boy was fished out after a five-hour-long search.





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Running a govt is not child's play: Sonia
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 30
Indicating towards Aam Aadmi Party leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Arvinder Kejriwal's 49-day stint in the Delhi government, Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said that running a government is not a "child's play".

"There are people who think that running a government is child's play. But it is not like that, you have seen yourself how people ran away from shouldering responsibilities in Delhi," she said, while addressing a rally at Ajmal Khan Park in Karol Bagh of the New Delhi Parliamentary constituency.

It was Sonia's first rally in Delhi ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. In Delhi the elections will be held on April 10.

Targeting the BJP, Sonia said that if people want to learn patriotism, they should learn from the sacrifices made by the Congress leaders.

"Those who talk about patriotism should learn from sacrifices made by the Congress leaders and those fighting at the borders. These BJP people should know that patriotism is in our blood. Those who do not accept the diversity of the country are talking about patriotism," Sonia said.

Recalling the Congress' achievement of the past 10 years, Sonia said the government took steps for betterment of people. "We have provided legal rights to those belonging to lower strata of society. We have given them power of the RTI and provided them food security.

Her speech listed party's efforts to work for unorganized sector, scavengers, bringing the Food Security Scheme, providing legal rights to those belonging to lower strata of society, recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission and constitution of the seventh.

She said the forthcoming elections will see a contest between two ideologies. One that is divisive while the other represented by the Congress that is aimed at unifying people. "The Congress is a party that unites people from all cultures while others are divisive," she said.

She said that most of the organisations are worried about grabbing the power and not doing anything for the welfare of the nation. "There are organizations that are more concerned with attaining power but that path will lead us to disaster. For me, preserving the Ganga-Yamuna culture is more important than attaining power," she said.

Congress candidate from the New Delhi constituency Ajay Maken, All India Congress Committee chairman Arvinder Singh Lovely and All India Congress Committee member Shakeel Ahmed were addressed the audience.

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Malhotra seeks details of foreign funding of AAP
Tribune News Service

Prof Vijay Kumar MalhotraNew Delhi, March 30
Chairman of the BJP Delhi Pradesh Lok Sabha Election Campaign Committee Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra today raised question over the funding of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

"According to a founder member of the AAP Ashwani Upadhaya, Arvind Kejriwal has connections with the American Intelligence Agency CIA, the AAP leaders have already received funds from the Ford Foundation," he said.

The Home Ministry has demanded for details of foreign donations from the AAP but the party has not replied as yet. Contesting elections with the help of foreign money is a danger to the national security, he said.

He said that AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal violated his promise and took the support of the Congress. "Kejriwal had promised that he will neither take the support of the Congress nor support the Congress for the purpose of forming the government. But later he broke his promise," he said.

Seeking explanation from the AAP, Malhotra said former Delhi minister Somnath Bharti was allegedly involved in selling domain names of porn websites at international level.

"Even after this fact being exposed, he continued to be the Law Minister and was backed by the AAP. He was also found guilty in judicial inquiry in a case of misbehaviour with foreign women during night hours and the judge has recommended action against him," Malhotra said.

Counting the number of times Kejriwal took U-turns after coming to power, Malhotra termed the AAP a party of "betrayal and lies". "In his election manifesto, Kejriwal has said that within 15 days of coming to power, he will send Sheila Dikshit in jail for corruption in the Commonwealth Games. But, after coming to power, he said that if the BJP provides proof against her, then he will take action," he said.

"Kejriwal cheated the people of Delhi on the Janlokpal Bill. He was aware of the fact that the Delhi Legislative Assembly cannot pass any bill without the permission of the Centre. He played drama of introducing the bill directly in the legislative assembly," added Malhotra.

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Tiwari blames Cong for North East's backwardness
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 30
Bhojpuri actor and BJP's North East candidate Manoj Tiwari today blame Congress' infighting for the reason behind the backwardness of constituency area. While addressing media, he blamed the government for ignoring the area and not providing the basic amenities to the people here.

"There was open infighting between Jai Parkash Aggrwal and former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit which caused suffering in the area and no proper development could he done in the area," Tiwari said.

The condition of electricity, water and sewer is very pitiable here. There is jam on roads and worst condition of unauthorised colonies in the area.

Accusing former DPCC chief and sitting MP from the area JP Aggrwal, Tiwari said his failure was proved when he was removed from DPCC presidentship after the assembly results. Seeking answer for delay in completion of Signature Bridge on the Yamuna, which he said, was planned 15 years before, Tiwari said he made no efforts to open big colleges or hospitals in the area.

"No attention was paid towards the polluted Yamuna. The hike of the price of petrol, diesel, CNG and rates of water and electricity are due to bad governance and policies and corruption in the Congress government," he said.

Talking confident of his victory in the Lok Sabha elections, Tiwari also critised AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal for his 49 days' rule and governance. "He ran away from his responsibilities, leaving the public in dilemma. The public of Delhi feels deceived," he said.

Assuring people of serving them with better resources and spending optimum funds for the welfare of the residents, he urged them to vote for him.

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DMRC to construct subway near Moti Bagh station
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 30
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is going to construct an underground subway near the upcoming Moti Bagh Metro station on the Ring Road to facilitate the station entry of passengers coming from localities like New Moti Bagh, Shanti Path, etc.

"The under construction Moti Bagh Metro station on the Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar corridor of Phase III, will be located on the intersection of Ring Road and Rao Tularam Marg. This pedestrian subway will facilitate the entry of passengers who will come to the station from the other side of the Ring Road," said a senior DMRC official.

The subway will be integrated with the Moti Bagh Metro station through lifts and staircases. As a result, commuters coming to the station from the other side of the Ring Road such as New Moti Bagh and Shanti Path will not have to bother about crossing the busy road above.

"As the Moti Bagh station is being constructed parallel to the Moti Bagh Flyover, no entry or exit point could be provided for the commuters on the New Moti Bagh station side and therefore this subway had to be planned," he said.

Apart from the Metro users, general pedestrians who wish to cross the Ring Road from the busy Rao Tularam Marg-Ring Road intersection to the opposite side of Ring Road will also be able to use this subway.

The work is expected to be started in May and will be completed in nine months. The condition of the road above will be monitored through various types of instrumentation methods like precise levelling studs on the pavement areas, settlement markers, etc., during the entire construction period.

The under-construction Moti Bagh Metro station has two entry and exits points towards Rao Tula Ram Marg and R.K. Puram Sector 12.

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50-yr-old woman's body found inside bed box
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 30
The body of a 50-year-old woman was found inside a bed box at her home in the Vikaspuri area, West Delhi, today. The woman has been identified as Somitra Devi. She lived with her husband and two sons at Vikaspuri. She worked as a maid while her husband Hari Mandal was doing odd jobs at various political rallies in Delhi.

The police said that about 4 pm today, one of Devi's sons, Bablu, called the police informing them that his mother's body was found inside the bed box. The police reached the spot and took out the body.

About 20 persons, including her one son and the husband, have been interrogated so far. Bablu has claimed that the victim went to bed at her usual time last night. "He claims the family could not find his mother and his brother in the house this morning. They searched a lot and were about to approach the police when they came across a foul smell emanating from the bed," said a police officer.

When the bed box was opened, they found the body inside it. There was a dupatta around her neck and she has marks of strangulation. No injury marks were found on other parts of the body.

"The victim's son is the primary suspect as he has been missing since morning. But we are also looking at the possibility of the involvement of other family members and searching for the missing son," the officer added.

The police suspect that the murder must have taken place at night. "Preliminary investigations show it to be a case of personal rivalry within the family. An outsider's hand is ruled out. The house has not been ransacked and nothing appears to be stolen from inside," the officer added.

A case has been registered in this regard and the body sent to the hospital for the postmortem.

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Woman gangraped on pretext of providing job, 4 held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 30
A 40-year-old woman has alleged that she was gangraped in Hauz Khas yesterday by two men, including one who had promised to provide her employment as a security guard. The accused have been identified as Raj Narayan (40) and Dr Relia (75).

The woman has alleged that the two men gangraped her in 80-year-old Kishore Chand Narang's house in Hauz Khas, South Delhi.

The police said that the woman has also alleged that about close to three years ago, four men, including Raj, Relia, Narang and Vikas (40), had gangraped her. Vikas, who is a resident of Khanpur, has been arrested. The others are yet to be arrested.

A police officer privy to the case's investigations said that according to the woman, Raj had promised to provide her a job as a security guard.

He took her to meet Relia near a Sai temple in Lodhi Road.

"The woman said that from Lodhi Road, they took her to Narang's house. Relia and Raj then gangraped her there," said the officer.

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Constable dies after run over by truck
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 30
A 25-year-old Delhi Police constable was killed when he was run over by a truck in the Model Town area, Northwest Delhi, last night. The victim, Ajinder Singh, hails from Rajasthan and was staying at the Model Town police station.

Before the accident took place, he had gone to a market at Model Town for a personal work. The police said that due to the limited public transportation in the area, Singh took lift from a 19-year-old boy on a scooty to return to the police station.

As the scooty was passing by Gurdwara Nanak Chowk, a speeding truck was trying to overtake the vehicle and ran over it. Singh came under the wheels of the truck and suffered injuries on his head. "He was dead by the time the police reached the accident site," said a police officer.

The scooty driver suffered minor injuries, because he fell away from the wheels of the truck. He was taken to a nearby hospital.

The truck driver, Rinku (35), tried to escape with his truck after the accident, but locals chased and caught him. They beat him before the police arrived and arrested him.

The police are trying to ascertain if Rinku was drunk at the time of the accident. They have registered a case in regard to the accident.

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Minor drowns in canal

New Delhi, March 30
A 14-year-old boy drowned while taking bath in a canal today in the Rajokri area, South Delhi, the police said. Hemant got carried away by the current in the canal. Locals alerted the police and the body of the boy was fished out after a five-hour-long search.

"One fire tender was rushed to the spot around 6.35 am. The rescue operation went on for about five hours after which the boy's body was traced," a fire official said.

He was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. PTI

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