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Khan Market, Gole Market to don a new look
New Delhi, May 4
After giving Connaught Place a facelift, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to revamp its two other city landmarks, Khan Market and Gole Market. As per the plan, the civic body has appointed an architect-consultant for redeveloping the two markets into tourist and shopping hubs while adding cultural values to the city.

Wildlife smugglers' gang busted; 11 kg ivory seized
New Delhi, May 4
A gang of wildlife smugglers was busted with the arrest of two persons near the Red Fort area wherein the police seized 11 kg ivory worth Rs 70-75 lakh in international markets. Acting on a tip-off, Jaspal Singh (38), a resident of Jahangirpuri, and Mahender Kumar (54), a resident of Shalimar Bagh, were arrested yesterday near the Red Fort for selling pieces of ivory tusks, the police said adding the Wildlife Department was informed of the racket.

Old Delhi Metro stations to have five pedestrian subways
New Delhi, May 4
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will construct five station entry and exit points-cum-pedestrian subways in the Old Delhi area as part of its upcoming Central Secretariat-Kashmiri Gate corridor. According to a DMRC official, the five pedestrian subways will be built as part of three station structures in the Old Delhi area and will be operational, along with the Metro corridor by the end of 2015.


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AIIMS ex-director's son cons NRI woman
New Delhi, May 4
The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police has arrested the son of a former director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for allegedly duping an NRI woman of over Rs 10 lakh, said a senior police officer. The accused, Mukul Paul Taneja (50), a resident of Hauz Khas, was arrested on Thursday from a South Delhi market on the complaint of the NRI, Nisha Karavadra.

Lovelorn youth, minor girl found hanging
New Delhi, May 4
A 21-year-old factory worker and a 14-year-old girl were found hanging from a tree here on Sunday, the police said. Roshan, alias Suraj, and the teenaged girl whose name was withheld were found hanging at Bonta Park in Maurice Nagar of north Delhi around 9.30 am. Suraj's marriage was to be solemnised on May 24, according to the police.

An ice-cream vendor showing the spot where he found the bodies of a young boy and a 14-year-old girl at Bonta Park in Maurice Nagar on Sunday. Tribune photo

DU students to undertake peace tour to Pakistan
New Delhi, May 3
A group of students of Delhi University is planning to cycle for preaching the message of peace and brotherhood between India and Pakistan. The cycle expedition is scheduled to commence from Delhi University to Qaid-i-Azam University from August 1 2014 and will culminate at Wagha Border on Independence Day.


Firefighters try to douse the flames after a fire broke out in a shop at Sadar Bazar Market in New Delhi on Sunday. Tribune photo

A BJP supporter sits on his scooter which bears the slogans in favour of the party in New Delhi on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

DTC to hire 300 more drivers
New Delhi, May 4
The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will soon add 300 more drivers to its strength in a bid to increase frequency of its services on several routes. There are nearly 5,300 buses plying in Delhi. The corporation has as many as 13,136 drivers, including 9,003 permanent staffers. There are 6,668 conductors on permanent basis while 7,749 are working with the DTC on contract, a senior DTC official said.

'Career Mela' held, compendium of guidelines released
New Delhi, May 4
As a welfare activity, a 'Career Mela' for CISF wards studying in class IX to XII was organised under the aegis of CISF Wives Welfare Association 'Sanrakshika' at CISF Campus, Saket. About 600 wards from different CISF units located in Delhi and NCR region took part in the 'Career Mela' along with their parents. The objective of organising the Mela was to enable children to choose their career carefully as per their aptitude, ability and qualifications.

A dazzling show of fashion!
New Delhi, May 4
The evening was set to dazzle the viewers with red carpet, stars shining around, lights, cameras and the supermodels who stepped in wearing colourful couture. The fashion show, 'VISTA 2014', was organized by Satyam Fashion Institute (SFI), Noida.

Balmy weather continues
New Delhi, May 4
On the second consecutive day, the temperature in Delhi today stayed below 40 C, giving reprieve to the people who bore the brunt of heat wave last week. According to the Meteorological Department, the maximum temperature was 39.7 C which was one notch above the temperature recorded yesterday.

 





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Khan Market, Gole Market to don a new look
The two markets will turn tourist and shopping hubs, adding cultural values to the city
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
After giving Connaught Place a facelift, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to revamp its two other city landmarks, Khan Market and Gole Market. As per the plan, the civic body has appointed an architect-consultant for redeveloping the two markets into tourist and shopping hubs while adding cultural values to the city.

Khan Market will have a commercial community centre, an underground parking facility, a central AC plant and a common effluent treatment park.

For Khan Market, the civic body has asked its consultant to come up with a comprehensive plan to do away with the twin problems of parking and lack of a centralised air-conditioning system.

An underground parking lot which will be connected to the Metro station through a tunnel, a centralised AC plant, and a common effluent treatment plant are in the scheme of things in Khan Market, one of the most expensive retail locations in India.

The Khan Market Redevelopment Plan was commissioned in 2011, but has remained on paper so far.

"The new plan includes a community centre, and an efficient fire safety mechanism," said project consultant Sudhir Vohra.

Similarly, a 3D museum and a 10-storey shopping complex will come up in the Gole Market area.

The museum at Gole Market will present the history of Lutyens' Delhi and will include photographs and artefacts.

"The 3D format will be a visual treat to visitors. The museum will chronicle important events that took place in Lutyens' Delhi, said NDMC chairperson Jalaj Shrivastava.

The NDMC has also planned a 10-storey night bazaar on Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg. The multi-storey building will be a shopping complex on the lines of Mustafa Centre in Singapore - one of the 24x7 shopping malls.

"The complex will remain open all night. It will open up space which will be used to rehabilitate tehbaazaris (vendors)," an NDMC official said.

"The plan is to turn these markets into tourist and shopping hubs which will also add cultural values," Shrivastava added.

Revamp plan

  • A 3D museum and a 10-storey shopping complex will come up in the Gole Market area
  • A community centre, an efficient fire safety mechanism and a common effluent treatment plant are in the scheme of things in Khan Market

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Wildlife smugglers' gang busted; 11 kg ivory seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
A gang of wildlife smugglers was busted with the arrest of two persons near the Red Fort area wherein the police seized 11 kg ivory worth Rs 70-75 lakh in international markets. Acting on a tip-off, Jaspal Singh (38), a resident of Jahangirpuri, and Mahender Kumar (54), a resident of Shalimar Bagh, were arrested yesterday near the Red Fort for selling pieces of ivory tusks, the police said adding the Wildlife Department was informed of the racket.

The Kotwali police station informed the officials of the Wildlife Department and they laid a trap. Jaspal came there in the evening and was caught with a piece of ivory tusk.

On being questioned, Jaspal informed the officials that his aide Mahender, who was sitting in a car parked nearby had given the ivory to him for sale and he was also in the possession of three ivory pieces. Accordingly, the second accused was also arrested, the police said.

Mahender confessed that the ivory pieces were given to him about two months ago by the owner of a transport company located in Tri Nagar, Delhi, who had got them from Assam. They confessed that since then they had been trying to sell this material in the area around Red Fort to the passersby or foreign tourists.

Four pieces were recovered from them and the approximate price of Ivory in international markets was estimated to be around Rs 70-75 lakh, the police said. The accused were booked under various provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and investigation is under way.

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Old Delhi Metro stations to have five pedestrian subways
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will construct five station entry and exit points-cum-pedestrian subways in the Old Delhi area as part of its upcoming Central Secretariat-Kashmiri Gate corridor. According to a DMRC official, the five pedestrian subways will be built as part of three station structures in the Old Delhi area and will be operational, along with the Metro corridor by the end of 2015.

The five entry and exit points of the proposed Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Lal Quila Metro stations will be designed in such a manner that these will act as underground subways for pedestrians who intend to cross the busy roads above.

At Delhi Gate, the subway under Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg will be near Feroz Shah Kotla and Ambedkar stadiums. While under Asaf Ali Road and Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, the subway will connect Oriental Insurance Building with Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital.

At Jama Masjid station, a subway will connect Jama Masjid to the other side of Netaji Subhash Marg.

Two subways will be constructed under Netaji Subhash Marg connecting Red Fort to the other side of the road.

These subways will be a boon for the residents as the streets here are congested. This area is also frequented by tourists who visit landmarks like the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid, the official said.

Pedestrian subways and foot overbridges are limited in number and even some traffic signals have been put only to allow passage of the pedestrians.

Delhi Metro has tried to create such subways as part of the entry and exit structures of stations in Phase III. Similar facilities will be made available on several other stations on Ring Road and Outer Ring Road.

The Delhi Metro in its phase III project aims to cover over 138 km in the national Capital.

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AIIMS ex-director's son cons NRI woman
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police has arrested the son of a former director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for allegedly duping an NRI woman of over Rs 10 lakh, said a senior police officer. The accused, Mukul Paul Taneja (50), a resident of Hauz Khas, was arrested on Thursday from a South Delhi market on the complaint of the NRI, Nisha Karavadra.

Taneja duped the woman by selling her a luxury car for Rs 10.50 lakh without informing her about the pending loan taken against the vehicle.

Like her, the accused has also duped several people by selling them high-end cars that he purchased after taking loans from banks.

"Taneja assured the victims that there was no outstanding loan against these cars," the officer said.

"He fraudulently procured the registration certificates of these cars without mentioning the loan against those. There are huge loans from several banks against him," said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Yadav.

Nisha informed the police that she came in contact with Taneja through a newspaper advertisement.

"When the woman could not get the registration certificate of the car, she enquired about it from the transport office and was shocked to know there was Rs 9.99 lakh bank loan against the vehicle and its ownership cannot be transferred in her name," said the officer.

Taneja revealed he turned bankrupt due to heavy losses in his businesses. He then started cheating people by luring them through newspaper advertisements with attractive discounts on buying high-end cars.

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DU students to undertake peace tour to Pakistan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 3
A group of students of Delhi University is planning to cycle for preaching the message of peace and brotherhood between India and Pakistan. The cycle expedition is scheduled to commence from Delhi University to Qaid-i-Azam University from August 1 2014 and will culminate at Wagha Border on Independence Day.

"We will celebrate jointly with the students of Pakistan on August 14, Independence Day of Pakistan, and 15 August Independence Day of India at Wagha Border with the same spirit. Our objective is to bring the countries of our subcontinent as confederation on the lines of European Union. We could not after all substitute weapons for food or medicines or education," said Praveen Kumar Singh, convener of DU Students For Peace.

Representatives from the group said, "The idea is simple, Love thy Neighbour" [Bible]. By neighbour, we do not refer to only our neighbouring countries but also to neighbours in all possible senses. It also includes our next-door house, the village next to our village, a community that has a belief system different than ours but shares the physical space of the village or township with us."

They added, "The purpose behind this march is to sensitise people so that Muzaffarnagar-like situation could be avoided. Your hatred towards a section of people should not induce you to bring them injustice."

As part of the campaign ahead of the cycling for peace, students will run campaigns in June and July just after the semester examination when they would appeal to the new elected government, MPs and every colleges/institution to join the celebration of brotherhood of Pakistan and India at Wagha Border.

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Lovelorn youth, minor girl found hanging
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
A 21-year-old factory worker and a 14-year-old girl were found hanging from a tree here on Sunday, the police said. Roshan, alias Suraj, and the teenaged girl whose name was withheld were found hanging at Bonta Park in Maurice Nagar of north Delhi around 9.30 am. Suraj's marriage was to be solemnised on May 24, according to the police.

Delhi Police constable Raghuraj saw their bodies during patrolling. "They were in love and it seems they might have hanged themselves on Saturday night," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Sindhu Pillai.

"A suicide note was found in which they expressed fear that they may not be able to marry," Pillai said.

Initial inquiries revealed that both of them along with their family members lived in different flats in the same building in the Bharat Nagar area of north Delhi.

But, the official said, the family members denied any knowledge of their affair.

"The two had been missing from their houses since Saturday evening. The girl's family members had also filed a missing complaint," the police official said.

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DTC to hire 300 more drivers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will soon add 300 more drivers to its strength in a bid to increase frequency of its services on several routes. There are nearly 5,300 buses plying in Delhi. The corporation has as many as 13,136 drivers, including 9,003 permanent staffers. There are 6,668 conductors on permanent basis while 7,749 are working with the DTC on contract, a senior DTC official said.

"The DTC will soon rope in 300 more drivers following which the waiting time for buses will be less on several routes. These drivers will run buses on routes where ridership is high," the senior official said.

The official said that 300 drivers, hired on contractual basis, are now being given training and they will start driving buses soon.

"With the new recruitment, passengers will no longer have to spend long time on roads waiting for a bus," the official said.

He also said that the decision to hire drivers has been taken following the acute staff shortage.

"As many as 130 drivers and conductors are retiring every month. The recruitment process through DSSB takes more time to hire drivers and conductors due to which these new drivers have been hired on contractual basis," the official added.

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'Career Mela' held, compendium of guidelines released
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
As a welfare activity, a 'Career Mela' for CISF wards studying in class IX to XII was organised under the aegis of CISF Wives Welfare Association 'Sanrakshika' at CISF Campus, Saket. About 600 wards from different CISF units located in Delhi and NCR region took part in the 'Career Mela' along with their parents. The objective of organising the Mela was to enable children to choose their career carefully as per their aptitude, ability and qualifications.

Dr. Jitendra Nagpal and his team of counsellors from 'Expression India' conducted a thorough counselling of children by explaining various career opportunities in different branches and fields.

A 'Compendium of Guidelines' reflecting various career opportunities was also released.

Arvind Ranjan, DG, CISF said that the endeavour of giving love, support and guidance to children would help them in a real manner.

"The Mela would enable the children to reach a decision. This kind of activity would also be organised in others CISF sectors across the country," said Shubha Ranjan, president, 'Sanrakshika' while addressing the gathering. She also unveiled a logo of 'Sanrakshika'.

"The aim of 'Sanrakshika' is to help its members attain their full potential and thereby empowering them to contribute in a positive way to the growth of their family and society. The name 'Sanrakshika' has been derived from CISF Motto 'Protection and Security'," she added.

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A dazzling show of fashion!
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
The evening was set to dazzle the viewers with red carpet, stars shining around, lights, cameras and the supermodels who stepped in wearing colourful couture. The fashion show, 'VISTA 2014', was organized by Satyam Fashion Institute (SFI), Noida.

The show with a theme of 'Drape of Sadhus-Mahakumbh and 'Glimpses of Mughal Architecture was grounded to Indian culture.

It was choreographed by Anup Banerjee and also saw the presence of big names from the fashion industry such as Niket and Jainee Mishra, Rajdeep Ranawat, Geetanjali Ranawat, Aamir Zakir, Sonia Jetley and Varija Bajaj, Ravi Passi and R.K. Srivastava.

The glitterati of the event saw an interesting segment called 'Mahakumbh', a symbol of India's memorable past which has been flowing into the present and continues to do so. The assortment was a mix of thousand shades of saffron and to spice it up were accessories and headgear made of Rudraksha with a hint of feathers.

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Balmy weather continues
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
On the second consecutive day, the temperature in Delhi today stayed below 40 C, giving reprieve to the people who bore the brunt of heat wave last week. According to the Meteorological Department, the maximum temperature was 39.7 C which was one notch above the temperature recorded yesterday.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 24.5 C which was normal at this part of the year and was two degrees less than the previous day.

The weather department has predicted partly cloudy sky for tomorrow and thunderstorms may occur in some areas of the national Capital with maximum and minimum temperatures expected to remain between 39 and 25 C, respectively.

On Friday, the temperature in Delhi was recorded 41.7 C, while on Thursday it was season's highest at 42.1 C.

Humidity oscillated between 25 and 61 per cent during the past 24 hours.

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