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IPL betting syndicate smashed; four held
New Delhi, May 3
Four men, including a mechanical engineer, have been arrested for allegedly running a betting syndicate in outer Delhi's Rohini area during the ongoing Indian Premier League.

Missing youth found dead in Kondli canal
New Delhi, May 3
A 22-year-old youth who went missing on Thursday was found dead in the Kondli canal at east Delhi's Gazipur area this morning.

420 drunk drivers booked, get an earful
New Delhi, May 3
The Delhi Traffic Police prosecuted 420 drivers and impounded 363 vehicles during a drive against drunken driving in the national Capital on Friday.

Craze for leading schools leaves many parents distressed
New Delhi, May 3
Thousands of parents are undergoing a harrowing time as they battle to get their children into nursery classes of leading schools in the national Capital. But many are celebrating too.


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Students portray gender issues through paintings
New Delhi, May 3
A boy hides behind a veil, questioning his identity in a world filled with discrimination while a young girl refuses to sit passively and wants to spread her wings. Artwork such as these depicting the outlook of students towards gender issues in India are on display here.

RTI activist death: AAP demands action against police
New Delhi, May 3
Coming out in support of RTI activist Chandra Mohan Sharma, who was found dead in a car in Greater Noida yesterday, the Aam Aadmi Party has demanded action for the "laxity" shown by the police.

Thundery developments bring relief
New Delhi, May 3
Following thunderstorm and cloudy sky, citizens of Delhi have got some relief from sweltering heat today as mercury settled at 38.6 degree Celsius after hovering above 40 degree mark for the last several days.
Children frolicking in the Yamuna water on a balmy afternoon in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal
Children frolicking in the Yamuna water on a balmy afternoon in New Delhi on Saturday

Sibal's defeat imminent, says Vardhan
New Delhi, May 3
Congress leader Kapil Sibal's comment against BJP reflects his frustration as his defeat in election is imminent. He has gone into a state of depression, said Delhi BJP president Dr Harsh Vardhan who has contested election against Sibal in Chandni Chowk.

Bollywood actress beaten, robbed
New Delhi, May 3
A 25-year-old Bollywood actress was allegedly beaten and robbed by two people in east Delhi's Vishwas Nagar area where she was waiting for an autorickshaw to take her home on Friday night.

Man arrested for murder
New Delhi, May 3
A 33-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly murdering a 30-year-old man in east Delhi because he suspected the victim of having an affair with his sister-in-law.

'Robbery' bid in Asif Khan's house
New Delhi, May 3
Unidentified persons allegedly attempted to break into Congress MLA, Asif Muhammad Khan's residence in south Delhi's Okhla area this morning, police said.

The Delhi Police personnel near the collapsed three-storey building which was being constructed at Sawan Park, Ashok Vihar in North Delhi on Saturday Supporters of Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan during a protest rally against the Election Commission at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday
The Delhi Police personnel near the collapsed three-storey building which was being constructed at Sawan Park, Ashok Vihar in North Delhi on Saturday. Several labourers were injured in the mishap. Tribune photo Supporters of Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan during a protest rally against the Election Commission at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo





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IPL betting syndicate smashed; four held
The gang had accepted betting amount to the tune of Rs 1 crore
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 3
Four men, including a mechanical engineer, have been arrested for allegedly running a betting syndicate in outer Delhi's Rohini area during the ongoing Indian Premier League.

The four men have been identified by the police as Rakesh Sethi, alias Chaudhary (45), who belongs to Sonipat, Haryana and is a mechanical engineer, Sanjay Hasija (32), also from Sonipat, Bantu Nagpal (33), who is from Fazilka district in Punjab, and Vishu Sethi (22), also from Fazilka.

They were arrested by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police. According to the Crime Branch, Rakesh is allegedly the kingpin of the betting syndicate that was being run by the accused. Bantu is a school dropout and sold vegetables in Punjab. Sanjay earlier owned a mobile shop in Sonipat, but due to heavy losses in the business, he allegedly indulged in cricket betting. Vishu is a graduate from Punjab.

The Crime Branch was tipped off that there will be betting on the IPL cricket league match between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Mumbai Indians on April 30.

They learnt that the betting racket is being allegedly run from a house at Green Hill Apartment, Pocket-1 at sector-23, Rohini. The four accused, Rakesh, Bantu, Sanjay and Vishu were apprehended from there.

"Forty mobile phones, a television set, a voice recorder, a mobile signal booster, a laptop, two set top boxes and books being used in the bets were seized," said Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime).

The accused were allegedly accepting bets in person and through mobile phones. "The betting amount of the match until the raid at the house in Rohini was Rs 25 lakh and the gang had accepted betting amount to the tune of Rs 1 crore in the ongoing IPL season," said Yadav.

The officer added that the gang was earlier running their betting syndicate from Sonipat.

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Missing youth found dead in Kondli canal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 3
A 22-year-old youth who went missing on Thursday was found dead in the Kondli canal at east Delhi's Gazipur area this morning.

The deceased has been identified by the police as Deepak, who worked for a private firm. He went missing on Thursday after a meeting with his friends in Gazipur. A police officer privy to the details of the case said, "Deepak's family had filed a missing complaint at about 11 am on Friday. They alleged that his friends may have been responsible for his disappearance, but there is no concrete evidence backing this claim."

The officer said that Deepak had met his friends on Thursday evening and after their meeting, they dispersed from the area. His friends had last seen him at the canal.

"We questioned Deepak's friends on the allegations of his family and they said they had seen Deepak at the canal. We began a search operation and his family was also looking for him, but we could not find him. His body was found floating in the canal this morning. His relatives called the police after which the body was recovered and sent for a postmortem," explained the officer.

According to the police, the body was bloated, showing signs of being submerged in the water for a long time. They also revealed that that the skin in parts of victim's face had peeled off.

"Preliminary investigations have revealed the cause of death to be drowning. We are probing if the boy was in an inebriated state before falling into the water or if there is any foul play in his death. We are waiting for the postmortem report and will file a case accordingly," said the officer.

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420 drunk drivers booked, get an earful
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 3
The Delhi Traffic Police prosecuted 420 drivers and impounded 363 vehicles during a drive against drunken driving in the national Capital on Friday.

The traffic police had launched the drive from 7 pm to 12 am on Friday. "During the drive, 420 drunk drivers were prosecuted and 363 vehicles impounded," said Anil Shukla, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic).

The breakup of the prosecution is: 236 were drivers of scooters or motorcycles, 155 car drivers, eight autorickshaw drivers, six were drivers of medium goods vehicles, two were bus drivers, five were drivers of delivery vans, one driver was of a Gramin Sewa and seven were drivers of unclassified vehicles.

According to Shukla, the drive was held at about 130 vulnerable points across the city, where drunken driving takes place. "Six hundred and twenty officers were deployed with sufficient numbers of alcometers for intensive prosecution against drunk drivers," explained Shukla.

The people prosecuted for drunken driving were directed by the traffic police to report for a counselling session at the Traffic Police Headquarters at Dev Prakash Shastri Marg in Pusa at 4 pm today.

"They were subjected to educational lectures on drunken driving. The counselling was conducted by Rohit Sharma of an NGO called 'The Way to Happiness Foundation (India)'. A written pledge was also taken from the errant drives that in future they will not indulge in drunken driving. The vehicles were given to the owners who attended the session and signed the pledge," said the Additional Commissioner of Police.

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Craze for leading schools leaves many parents distressed

New Delhi, May 3
Thousands of parents are undergoing a harrowing time as they battle to get their children into nursery classes of leading schools in the national Capital. But many are celebrating too.

With a little over 20 private schools emerging as virtual status symbols, not getting admission in them leaves many families distraught. More so, when many parents are willing to shell out huge sums as "donation money".

One parent related her "harrowing experience" vis-a-vis the nursery struggle. And a doctor spoke of parents having "psycho-emotional turmoil" if their child failed to make the cut.

"I am may be one of the lucky few to have my son admitted to one of the reputed schools of Delhi without much hassle," said Nilanjana Bose, a relieved young mother.

But until it happened, she confessed she too was "stressed, worried and anxious".

For every Bose, there are many despairing parents.

A mother who failed to secure the school of her choice for her three-year-old son said: "It is a really very tough time that I am going through right now."

Delhi has nearly 5,000 schools, including those run by the government. However, parents vie to get their children admitted to some top 20 schools controlled by private bodies.

These include Vasant Valley School, The Shri Ram School, Sanskriti School, Delhi Public School, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Mothers International, Modern School, Springdales School, Air Force Bal Bharti School, Amity International School, Apeejay School, St Francis School and Mount Carmel School.

Sumit Vohra, who runs an online forum to help parents, says that every year some 400,000 applications pour in for around 100,000 nursery seats in Delhi.

A quarter of these are reserved for economically weaker sections, he said.

The leading schools don't come cheap. Their monthly fees, even at the nursery level, can range from Rs.2,000 to a whopping Rs.15,000.

If parents do not get a school of their choice, it can even trigger depression.

Sunil Kumar, a doctor at Ethos Body and Mind Care, said every year he and his colleagues get many such cases.

"Failure to get a seat in a reputed school leads to major psycho-emotional turmoil. It varies from frustration to depression. There is a feeling of rejection, failure or being left out," Kumar said.

He described the prestigious schools as a "status symbol". IANS

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Students portray gender issues through paintings

New Delhi, May 3
A boy hides behind a veil, questioning his identity in a world filled with discrimination while a young girl refuses to sit passively and wants to spread her wings. Artwork such as these depicting the outlook of students towards gender issues in India are on display here.

At an exhibition titled "The Gender Defined World", over 22 artworks by students of Class 11 and 12 - in the age group of 17-18 years - from various Indian states are mounted at the India Habitat Centre. It was inaugurated on Friday.

Organised by the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) of Britain, the exhibition is an offshoot of an international art competition titled "Who are you? In a Gender Defined World".

"The message one interprets through these paintings is that children are very sensitive about gender issues, and any opportunity to give them a different medium to express their opinions allows people to read their mind," said AUB Vice-Chancellor Stuart Bartholomew.

"Issues of identity and gender bias are enshrined in their minds. This opportunity allowed them to ask certain tough questions to perceive how individually they see gender biases and other issues plaguing the country," he said.

Muzammil Hussain, one of the top five winners, had painted eyes looking forward to a bias-free world, whereas Richa Jain painted a girl breaking free from her caged existence. IANS

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RTI activist death: AAP demands action against police

New Delhi, May 3
Coming out in support of RTI activist Chandra Mohan Sharma, who was found dead in a car in Greater Noida yesterday, the Aam Aadmi Party has demanded action for the "laxity" shown by the police.

"The AAP demands that the state government should seek an immediate report from the district administration about the entire facts of the case and the police should be pulled up for its laxity in first ignoring the complaint given to it by Sharma about the threat to his life, and now its extreme reluctance in investigating the case", the party said in a statement today.

"The family of Mr Sharma has clearly named those behind his murder and the police version that the death took place due to his car catching fire lacks credibility," it said.

AAP has also alleged that the police was reluctant to investigate the facts given by Sharma's family.

"The party is shocked at the police reluctance to investigate the case, particularly given the fact that the murdered activist had given a written complaint to the police on April 29 about the threats to his life which he was receiving from the land mafia.

"The family has named five persons who are behind the murder and the police cannot brush aside the family's version, the statement added. PTI

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Thundery developments bring relief
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 3
Following thunderstorm and cloudy sky, citizens of Delhi have got some relief from sweltering heat today as mercury settled at 38.6 degree Celsius after hovering above 40 degree mark for the last several days.

According to MeT department, due to partly cloudy sky and thunderstorm in some areas of the Capital, a dip in temperature was recorded. Some areas also witnessed light drizzling overnight.

Similar weather is expected to remain tomorrow as well. MeT department has predicted partly cloudy sky with possibility of very light rain and thunderstorm in some areas with maximum and minimum temperature expected to remain between 38 and 28 deg Celsius respectively.

In the morning, sky was clear and there was possibility of high temperature but in the afternoon clouds brought the temperature down. Maximum temperature had settled at 41.7 degree Celsius yesterday which was three degrees above normal.

Minimum temperature was recorded at 26.4 degree Celsius, a notch above normal.

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Sibal's defeat imminent, says Vardhan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 3
Congress leader Kapil Sibal's comment against BJP reflects his frustration as his defeat in election is imminent. He has gone into a state of depression, said Delhi BJP president Dr Harsh Vardhan who has contested election against Sibal in Chandni Chowk.

He said that people do not take Sibal seriously. The person who is going to become the Prime Minister of India is not perturbed by the statement of leader like Sibal. The people of the country have already accepted Narendra Modi as next Prime Minister.

In a statement, Vardhan said today Sibal has issued a very objectionable statement against BJP's prime ministerial candidate that indicates his frustration.

Vardhan said that perhaps the intelligence agencies have informed the Congress government that the election result on May 16 are going in favour of BJP and that is why the entire government machinery is trying all the tactics to defame Modi.

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Bollywood actress beaten, robbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 3
A 25-year-old Bollywood actress was allegedly beaten and robbed by two people in east Delhi's Vishwas Nagar area where she was waiting for an autorickshaw to take her home on Friday night.

The victim stays at Anand Vihar in east Delhi. While she was waiting for an autorickshaw, two people, in their early twenties, accosted her and without saying a word, they started beating her.

When she resisted, they pushed her on the street, overpowered her and snatched her i-phone and purse. The victim claimed that she was carrying Rs 5,000 and some credit cards when the incident took place.

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Man arrested for murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 3
A 33-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly murdering a 30-year-old man in east Delhi because he suspected the victim of having an affair with his sister-in-law.

The victim has been identified by the police as Kailash, who was a vegetable vendor at Shashi Garden in east Delhi. The accused who is named Anil works as a whitewasher.

A police officer said that on April 30, Anil allegedly stabbed Kailash. The incident took place at about 10 pm on that day. The police were informed about the incident. Kailash was taken to the Lal Bahadur Shastri where he succumbed to his injuries.

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'Robbery' bid in Asif Khan's house

New Delhi, May 3
Unidentified persons allegedly attempted to break into Congress MLA, Asif Muhammad Khan's residence in south Delhi's Okhla area this morning, police said.

The incident took place at around 3 am when about three persons tried to enter the residence of Khan who is an MLA.

A police officer said, "At around 3 am, we received a call that some men were trying to enter his home by cutting the barbed wire which was placed around his residence. We sent a police team and the intruders fled from the spot." The officer said that robbery may have been the motive behind the attempt. TNS

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