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AAP MPs meet Kejriwal to discuss future strategy
New Delhi, May 19
Punjab is going to be its focus for the AAm Adami Party (AAP) in view of its recent performance that stands as a pleasant surprise apart from Delhi wherein the party has started its work for fresh elections.

Cong fears of losing remaining seats in Delhi
New Delhi, May 19
Though all the three leading political parties - the BJP, AAP and the Congress - openly express their views for re-election in Delhi, but the Congress has fear to lose remaining seats of eight MLAs if the assembly election held as they feel that the Muslim voters that are in majority in a few constituencies may shift to the AAP.

4 cops injured in attack on check-point
New Delhi, May 19
Four policemen were injured, one of them critically, when they were attacked by around a dozen goons at a check-point in the Adarsh Nagar area of north-west Delhi, said a police officer.

Officers told to complete civic works before monsoon
New Delhi, May 19
Though more than a month is left for onset of monsoon, the Lieutenant Governor (LG), Najeeb Jung today instructed the agencies concerned to enhance the number of telephone lines in the control rooms for rainy season wherever felt necessary.


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Girls cover themselves with scarves to protect from scorching heat as the temperature rises to 38 C in New Delhi on Monday
Girls cover themselves with scarves to protect from scorching heat as the temperature rises to 38 C in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

DSGMC seeks apology from Sarna brothers, notice served
New Delhi, May 19
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) served a legal notice to former president of the committee Paramjit Singh Sarna and his brother Harvinder Singh Sarna, demanding an unconditional apology for hurting pride and honour of the committee, its office-bearers and members. The DSGMC has also claimed symbolic damages of Re 1.

Delhi CBSE Class X results to be declared today
New Delhi, May 19
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today announced the results 2014 of Secondary School Examination (X) for Chennai and Trivandrum region while results for other regions, including Delhi will be declared tomorrow. Besides, Class XII results will be announced shortly too.

HC refuses to entertain plea on nursery admission
New Delhi, May 19
The Delhi High Court today refused to entertain a plea of five parents from the inter-state transfer (IST) category seeking admission of their children to nursery classes here.

Maintain cleanliness in subways: LG tells officers
New Delhi, May 19
The Lieutenant Governor (LG), Najeeb Jung instructed that necessary steps be initiated by all concerned to auction 103 shops in the subways maintained by the PWD and the New Delhi Municipal Council, on the pattern of auction of the DDA, DSIIDC, DIMTS, etc., so that the subways are more frequently used by the general public.





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AAP MPs meet Kejriwal to discuss future strategy
Punjab and Delhi will be on top priority
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
Punjab is going to be its focus for the AAm Adami Party (AAP) in view of its recent performance that stands as a pleasant surprise apart from Delhi wherein the party has started its work for fresh elections.

Party chief Arvind Kejriwal today told the party leaders in the northern state and the four newly-elected MPs - Bhagwant Mann (Sangrur), Sadhu Singh (Faridkot), Dharam Vira Gandhi (Patiala) and Harinder Singh Khalsa (Fatehgarh Sahib), whom he met today at his residence - to engage actively towards organisation-building and create district units.

Kejriwal asked them to take the party's message of a clean system to people, identify the local issues that can be raised in Parliament and upright candidates for the next assembly elections.

The future course of action of the party in the state was discussed today in the said meeting attended by the party's top leadership as well as the party's political affairs committee meetings over the last two days, said AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai.

"The entire team of Punjab met the party's top leaders and discussed how to go about our new role in Parliament. A team of experts would be set up in Delhi to guide in the House. We respect people's mandate and unlike other political parties we would not criticise the government but behave as responsible parliamentarians. Punjab would steer the party during this second freedom struggle from corrupt forces," asserted Mann.

"Punjab will be our focus and the state leaders have been asked to work towards strengthening the party locally so that we can contest the assembly polls. We have enough time in hand," said Bajpai.

Party leaders said Delhi remains a top priority following its rout here five months after its spectacular show in the Delhi Assembly polls when the party secured 28 seats.

So after the initial dejection due to especially the recent blow of Delhi and Varanasi - the places where the AAP had channelised major chunk of its resources and two days of introspection and analysis, the party considers the recent Lok Sabha elections results as a learning experience and an opportunity that has not only resulted with four of its representatives a space in Parliament where they can voice concerns of people of Punjab, but also a situation that enabled it to create a one lakh volunteer base.

AAP member Prof Anand Kumar maintained that with the recently concluded spree of elections the AAP has left a mark in the country's national map having attained 2 per cent vote share leaving behind the CPI and many regional parties, including RJD, BJD, DMK, JD (U), TRS.

Kejriwal would be visiting Golden Temple in Amritsar this week, he added.

Bags four seats in Punjab

The party won four seats in Punjab Bhagwant Mann from Sangrur, Sadhu Singh from Faridkot, Dharam Vira Gandhi from Patiala and Harinder Singh Khalsa won the Fatehgarh Sahib seat

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Cong fears of losing remaining seats in Delhi
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
Though all the three leading political parties - the BJP, AAP and the Congress - openly express their views for re-election in Delhi, but the Congress has fear to lose remaining seats of eight MLAs if the assembly election held as they feel that the Muslim voters that are in majority in a few constituencies may shift to the AAP.

Of the eight MLA six - Mateen Ahmed, Asif Mohammad Khan, Hasan Ahmed, Arvinder Singh and Parlad Singh Sahny - represent the assemblies where the Muslim votes are deciding factors. Two MLAs - Devinder Yadav and Jai Kishan - represents the constituencies where Dalits and other backwards are in respectable numbers.

The fear of losing the remaining seats has increased following the result of the Lok Sabha elections as in all the seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi the Congress was on third position and the AAP was on second position. Three Congress candidates, Mahabal Mishra, Jai Prakash Agarwal and Krishna Tirath have lost their security deposits, said a senior leader of the DPCC on condition of anonymity.

Elaborating the reason for decreasing its vote share in Delhi, he said vote bank of the Congress - Muslims and Dalits - shifted to the AAP. Earlier, they did not have alternative party. With the emergence the AAP, they have got alternative. The shifting of vote bank was obvious but the Congress did not care taking everything lightly.

He said that announcement for approval of unauthorised colonies was another reason for shifting its vote bank. People in Delhi are well aware. They know if the colonies are approved, police or administration cannot take action against the construction. In sale purchase of the property legal documents are required that is not happening in case of unauthorised colonies in Delhi.

The third treason for its shifting the vote bank is limiting LPG cylinder, inflation, highlighting of scams in the union government, scam pointed out in the CWG by a CAG report etc. But the Congress never took it seriously, he said.

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4 cops injured in attack on check-point

New Delhi, May 19
Four policemen were injured, one of them critically, when they were attacked by around a dozen goons at a check-point in the Adarsh Nagar area of north-west Delhi, said a police officer.

The police arrested four of the attackers, who also fired five shots at them in the incident last night, although none of the bullets found their target. The other assailants managed to flee in their car.

The arrested persons have been identified as Anil, Arvind, Sanjay, alias Sanju, and Kamal.

"The attackers fled after snatching a service revolver from a policeman and even hit head constable Rajinder with their car. Rajinder's condition is said to be critical and he is in ICU. His colleagues, constable Dinesh, Shishram and Amit were also injured in the attack," the officer said.

The incident took place at around 2 am when the policemen were checking vehicles at the check-post. Three youths arrived in a car and soon got into an argument with the policemen over checking. The youths then called up their friends who reached the spot on their motorcycles and proceeded to attack the policemen.

The group thrashed the policemen and even fired five shots at them, one from a pistol and four from a country-made revolver.

Meanwhile, a general patrol team reached the spot and managed to catch four of the assailants. One pistol and a country-made revolver were recovered from them.

A case in the matter has been registered at the Adarsh Nagar police station and several teams are on the look-out for the remaining attackers, the officer added. PTI

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Officers told to complete civic works before monsoon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
Though more than a month is left for onset of monsoon, the Lieutenant Governor (LG), Najeeb Jung today instructed the agencies concerned to enhance the number of telephone lines in the control rooms for rainy season wherever felt necessary.

He also instructed that staff should be available round-the-clock to operate the pumps placed at vulnerable points, during the monsoon period.

Addressing the officers concerned in a review meeting of monsoon preparations, he instructed the DMRC not to leave debris at their construction sites and to improve their traffic management at sites. He also instructed the BSES and the TPDDL to ensure that no digging is done during the monsoon period.

The LG urged to take strict criminal proceedings against those dumping debris at unauthorized sites within the city.

He also instructed all Delhi Municipal Corporations to carry out the desilting work of drains less than 4 ft in all unauthorized colonies, irrespective of the agency dealing with the development works there. He informed that suitable land would be allocated by the DDA for dumping sites very soon.

He also instructed them to maintain better coordination amongst agencies and urged the Deputy Commissioners of the corporations to identify the areas where work needs to be got executed and to be in touch directly with the Commissioners of the corporations and PWD Secretary to get the work done in their respective districts.

The LG reiterated that the work of desliting and lifting of the debris should be completed by May end and will again review the status in the first week of June.

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DSGMC seeks apology from Sarna brothers, notice served
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) served a legal notice to former president of the committee Paramjit Singh Sarna and his brother Harvinder Singh Sarna, demanding an unconditional apology for hurting pride and honour of the committee, its office-bearers and members. The DSGMC has also claimed symbolic damages of Re 1.

Referring to the news item published in a section of newspapers, the legal notice alleged that the allegation leveled by Sarna brothers in a press conference on May 12, were below dignity of the religious institution and were without any basis.

"Baseless allegations leveled by Sarna brothers was part of well thought about plan which was an attempt to lower the image of the DSGMC and its president Manjit Singh GK, office-bearers and members," said the notice sent under the provisions of Section 499 of the IPC.

The notice demanded unconditional apology in three days and deposit damages of Re 1 within seven days after receiving the notice. Through the notice it was also conveyed that in case Sarna brothers failed to tender unconditional apology, action would be initiated against them under the provisions of Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC.

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Delhi CBSE Class X results to be declared today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today announced the results 2014 of Secondary School Examination (X) for Chennai and Trivandrum region while results for other regions, including Delhi will be declared tomorrow. Besides, Class XII results will be announced shortly too.

This year Class X exams of CBSE board were held in March and April. Schools under the Delhi region are advised to collect the result from the office of the respective deputy director of education and private candidates are supposed to collect their result from their examinations centres.

Due to the Lok Sabha elections the exams got postponed. A total of 13,28,970 students had registered themselves for the exams, out of which 7,93,940 were boys and 5,35,030 were girls. This is an increase of 5.54 per cent in the number of candidates who took the exams this year as compared to last year.

Last year the number of students appeared for Class X exams were 12,57,893 numbers and the results were declared on two dates May 26 for the Chennai region and May 30 for other parts of the country.

The candidates can check the results online. Those who had registered can get the scores via SMS or email too.

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HC refuses to entertain plea on nursery admission

New Delhi, May 19
The Delhi High Court today refused to entertain a plea of five parents from the inter-state transfer (IST) category seeking admission of their children to nursery classes here.

Moving the high court, the parents sought parity with the 24 students belonging IST category who were given relief by the Supreme Court on May 7.

The apex court, giving the nod for nursery admission process here, had quashed February 27 notification of the Delhi government scrapping the IST category for nursery admission.

Justice Manmohan told the parents to approach the Supreme Court with their demands as it has already decided a similar plea of 24 parents.

The Supreme Court upheld the government's earlier notification issued on December 18 last year by which it allotted five points to the IST category. IANS

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Maintain cleanliness in subways: LG tells officers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
The Lieutenant Governor (LG), Najeeb Jung instructed that necessary steps be initiated by all concerned to auction 103 shops in the subways maintained by the PWD and the New Delhi Municipal Council, on the pattern of auction of the DDA, DSIIDC, DIMTS, etc., so that the subways are more frequently used by the general public.

He stressed the need for maintenance of cleanliness and security in the 39 subways so that more people are encouraged to use them. He desired that in three months time a road map be got prepared and after auction of the shops the remaining space should be used for advertisements as well as beautification.

The LG gave theses instructions during a meeting held on the issue of maintenance, cleanliness and optimum utilization of sub-ways in Delhi.

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