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BJP workers go all out to greet Modi
New Delhi, May 17
A large number of BJP activists wearing saffron NaMo cap, Modi T-shirt with party flags and band that played different tunes waited for hours this morning at IGI Airport to welcome the future Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on the way to party headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on the way to party headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

DU student found dead, alleged harassment
New Delhi, May 17
A 19-year-old Delhi University student allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself and left a purported video message on her mobile phone accusing her neighbours of harassing her which forced her to take the extreme step, police said today. The deceased was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her room on the night of Wednesday.


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40 k voters choose NOTA
New Delhi, May 17
The 2014 Lok Sabha election results revealed that close to 40,000 voters in the national Capital opted for the NOTA (None of the Above) option. Out of the seven seats here, the North West Delhi constituency recorded the highest number of NOTA votes at 8,826 while the lowest was 3,824 recorded at the North East Delhi constituency.

Transport offices raided to rein in touts
New Delhi, May 17
The teams of Transport Department conducted raids on motor licensing offices in Delhi to check the presence of touts and harassment of people. The raids were conducted at zonal offices at Mayur Vihar and showrooms of two car dealers, Competent Motors and Koncept Mahindra, at Lajpat Nagar.

Jewellery worth Rs 1 cr robbed from near Rajghat
New Delhi, May 17
In yet another high-profile robbery, two bike-borne men robbed a jeweller of Rs 1 crore worth jewellery at Rajghat in central Delhi, police said today. The incident took place when 44-year-old Shubham, who has a jewellery shop in Chandni Chowk area, and his driver were going to Karol Bagh in his car yesterday evening.

56 k candidates to appear for B.Tech. entrance
New Delhi, May 17
Around 56,000 candidates are to appear for the common entrance test (CET) for B.Tech. programmes of IP University in Delhi tomorrow. One hundred eleven test centres have been made for the smooth conduct of the test.

DTC buses start on two more routes
New Delhi, May 17
Aiming to enhance connectivity in the national Capital, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) today introduced two new bus services. The two bus routes are No 130 and No 114-B, said a DTC official.

Temperature remains below normal
New Delhi, May 17
Weather continued to be mild in the national Capital today with mercury settling at 36.9 degree Celsius, two notches below normal. The minimum temperature was recorded at 24.1 degree Celsius, also two notches below normal, the MeT officials said.

Museum Day to be celebrated
New Delhi, May 17
National Museum will celebrate International Museum Day from Sunday with a five-week series of youth-centric summer workshops for developing talent in various fields.

Patient commits suicide
New Delhi, May 17
A 57-year-old patient today allegedly committed suicide after he jumped to death from the fifth floor of a government hospital building in West Delhi here today, police said.





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BJP workers go all out to greet Modi
Traffic diverted at many places; vehicles going to Gurgaon advised to go via Mehrauli
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
A large number of BJP activists wearing saffron NaMo cap, Modi T-shirt with party flags and band that played different tunes waited for hours this morning at IGI Airport to welcome the future Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

Besides, the party activists gathered at four other places en route the road show-Dhaula Kuan, Teen Murti, Patel Road and Windsor Place Road--to have a glimpse of their hero who landed at the airport from an Indian Airlines plane at about 10 am to attend the Parliamentary Board meeting of the party.

Modi had a road show from IGI Airport to BJP headquarters at Ashoka Road via Dhaula Kuan, Sardar Patel Marg, Mother Teresa Crescent, Teen Murti and Windsor Place Road.

When Modi along with the SPG security personnel came out of the airport, the activists many of them carrying bouquets rushed to have a glimpse of the next Prime Minister. But the majority of them failed to see their leader as Modi was in a moving car surrounded by security forces.

Modi showed a victory sign while standing at the footboard of the moving vehicle leaving for the party headquarters.

When he reached Dhaula Kuan, hundreds of party workers welcomed him with Punjabi and Gujarati dances. They were also seen waiting at Teen Murti and Windsor Place.

When Modi reached the BJP headquarters that turned into a fortress with the deployment of tight security, he was welcomed with flowers by a huge rush of people. As the party office was packed, Modi was escorted by party's national president Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and other senior leaders.

Prahlad Singh who came from Badarpur said that he had been working for the party for the last six months, hoping that the saffron party would come to power and Modi would be the Prime Minister. His hope was realised yesterday, but his wish to hand over a bouquet to Modi could not be fulfilled.

Keeping in view the jams, the police diverted traffic at different crossings. The vehicles going to Gurgaon were advised to go via Mehrauli.

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DU student found dead, alleged harassment

New Delhi, May 17
A 19-year-old Delhi University student allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself and left a purported video message on her mobile phone accusing her neighbours of harassing her which forced her to take the extreme step, police said today.

The deceased was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her room on the night of Wednesday.

"The girl's father, who works with a Hindi newspaper, found her body when he went to her room to call her for dinner on returning from office. She had left a suicide note on the table saying that the reason of her death is in a video message in her mobile phone," said a police official.

Police were informed about the incident at around 1 AM after which a team rushed to the spot. When police screened her mobile phone, it found a video in which she said she was depressed as two brothers and their sister living in her locality had been regularly harassing her.

Her father told police that the trio, identified as Joginder, Sonu and their sister Sonu used to harass her daughter who was studying B Com via correspondence of Delhi University.

"They had beaten up the girl in August last year after which a case under sections 354 (molestation), 452 (House-trespass after preparation for assault) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) after which Joginder and Sonu were arrested. However, they were later released on bail," said a police official.

However, in the latest case, after seeing the video, police have registered a case of abetment of suicide under section 306 IPC but nobody has been arrested so far.

"We are examining the claims made in the video by the girl and her family in their statements," said a police official associated with the probe in the case. PTI

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40 k voters choose NOTA
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
The 2014 Lok Sabha election results revealed that close to 40,000 voters in the national Capital opted for the NOTA (None of the Above) option. Out of the seven seats here, the North West Delhi constituency recorded the highest number of NOTA votes at 8,826 while the lowest was 3,824 recorded at the North East Delhi constituency.

The number of voters in Delhi who opted for the NOTA option was 39,690 or 0.5 per cent of the total turnout, which was less compared to the figure recorded during the state assembly election held in December 2012.

During the assembly election, 49,884 voters chose the NOTA option, which was 0.63 per cent of the total turnout.

"Such high number of voters opting for the NOTA option reflects the negativity and averseness people have towards the political system. However, it is appreciable that at least 99 per cent of the citizens still have faith that problems can be solved by voting for a better candidate," said a senior official of Delhi Chief Electoral Office.

The polls made the BJP the first non-Congress party since Independence to have won a comfortable majority on its own in the 545-member Lok Sabha.

The Election Commission had introduced the NOTA option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs) for those voters who did not wish to cast their ballot for any of the candidates during the 2012 assembly elections.

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Transport offices raided to rein in touts
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
The teams of Transport Department conducted raids on motor licensing offices in Delhi to check the presence of touts and harassment of people. The raids were conducted at zonal offices at Mayur Vihar and showrooms of two car dealers, Competent Motors and Koncept Mahindra, at Lajpat Nagar.

During the raid at Mayur Vihar zonal office, no undesirable element was noticed in the office.

Two teams carried out surprise inspections at the Lajpat Nagar showrooms of Competent Motors and Koncept Mahindra and certain irregularities have been detected like HSRP plates were found in the showroom of Competent Motors, which otherwise should only be available at the affixation centre authorized by the department.

It was also seen that these showrooms were not having trade certificates as required under Rule-33 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.

It was also found that the vehicles are being delivered to the customers without proper registration, which is otherwise mandatory under Rule-42 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.

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Jewellery worth Rs 1 cr robbed from near Rajghat

New Delhi, May 17
In yet another high-profile robbery, two bike-borne men robbed a jeweller of Rs 1 crore worth jewellery at Rajghat in central Delhi, police said today. The incident took place when 44-year-old Shubham, who has a jewellery shop in Chandni Chowk area, and his driver were going to Karol Bagh in his car yesterday evening.

When they reached near Rajghat, two bike-borne youth signalled them to stop saying their car's tyre had deflated.

When Shubham and his driver came out to check, the pillion rider picked a bag containing around 4 kg gold jewellery from the car, and the duo fled, a police officer said.

Shubham immediately informed the police who flashed message on the wireless. Later, a case was registered at I P Estate Police station and investigations are on, the officer said.

In another incident, a jeweller was robbed of some jewellery at knife point in his shop in East Delhi's Gandhi Nagar area last evening.

When locals tried to chase and nab the robber, he reportedly fired in the air to scare them.

A case in this regard was registered at the Gandhi Nagar police station.

On Thursday, a 55-year-old Mumbai-based diamond merchant and his associate were robbed of jewellery worth more than Rs 1 crore by two armed motorcycle-borne miscreants on Desh Bandhu Gupta road while a 38-year-old sales executive was robbed of Rs 29 lakh by three armed miscreants in the Kalyanpuri area of east Delhi on the same day. PTI

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56 k candidates to appear for B.Tech. entrance
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
Around 56,000 candidates are to appear for the common entrance test (CET) for B.Tech. programmes of IP University in Delhi tomorrow. One hundred eleven test centres have been made for the smooth conduct of the test.

Thirty-six test centres have been made in other cities-- Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Jaipur, Jallandhar, Kolkata and Lucknow. Around 16,000 candidates are appearing in outside Delhi centres. Elaborate arrangement has been made for the fair conduct of exams.

The online admit cards for the CET have already been put on the website of the university website - www.ipu.ac.in. The candidates are required to bring the copy of the admit card at the time of examination with their photograph affixed at designated space.

In case printed photographs on the admit card is not properly identifiable, the candidates must carry any photo ID with them in support of their identity. The applicants are advised to check the location of their test centres well so that they can reach their centres without delay.

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DTC buses start on two more routes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
Aiming to enhance connectivity in the national Capital, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) today introduced two new bus services. The two bus routes are No 130 and No 114-B, said a DTC official.

Buses on route No 130 will be operated between Ghoga village and Old Delhi Railway Station, he said.

"Theses buses will run via Ghoga Crossing, Ghoga Air Force Station, Bawana, Dhakewala, Pooth Khurd, Barwala, Prehlad Pur, Shahbad Dairy, Rohini Sec-16, Rohini Sec-18, GTK By Pass, Jahangirpuri Metro Station, Adarsh Nagar, Azadpur, Bara Bagh, Rana Pratap Bagh, Shakti Nagar, Clock Tower, Roshanara Road, Tis Hazari Court, ISBT Nityanand Marg and GPO Kashmere Gate," he said.

Route No 114-B has been introduced to operate between Katewra Village and Azadpur Terminal.

"This route will be operated via Katewra Crossing, Qutab Garh, Kanjhawla Chowk, Pooth Kalan, Mangol Pur School, Madhuban Chowk, JD Blk., Wazirpur Depot, Ring Road Azad Pur Terminal," he added.

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Temperature remains below normal

New Delhi, May 17
Weather continued to be mild in the national Capital today with mercury settling at 36.9 degree Celsius, two notches below normal. The minimum temperature was recorded at 24.1 degree Celsius, also two notches below normal, the MeT officials said.

No rainfall was recorded in the national capital in the last 24 hours even as humidity oscillated between 32 to 68 per cent.

The glaring sun made life a little tough for those who stepped out in the afternoon The weatherman has predicted partly cloudy sky tomorrow morning. PTI

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Museum Day to be celebrated
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
National Museum will celebrate International Museum Day from Sunday with a five-week series of youth-centric summer workshops for developing talent in various fields.

Painting workshops, story-telling sessions, clay-modelling and print-making, besides learning an ancient script form the core activities in 'Playtime at National Museum' sessions spanning from May 18 to June 25.

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Patient commits suicide

New Delhi, May 17
A 57-year-old patient today allegedly committed suicide after he jumped to death from the fifth floor of a government hospital building in West Delhi here today, police said.

According to the police, the deceased, identified as Vijay Kumar, a resident of Punjabi Bagh area was admitted to the Deen Dayal Upadhaya Hospital two days ago.

"He left his bed, reached the fifth floor of the building and jumped, a police official said. PTI

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