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Over 6,000 personnel to keep vigil during Modi's swearing-in
New Delhi, May 25
The Delhi Police have deployed a tight security in the New Delhi area to avoid any untoward incident during Narendra Modi's swearing-in as India's 15th Prime Minister at forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow. The ceremony will be witnessed by nearly 4,000 invitees, including the heads of state and government of SAARC nations.


BIG DAY IS HERE! Workers clean the fountain in front of Parliament House on the eve of the swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

SDMC plans to get ISO-9000 for health services in one year
New Delhi, May 25
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation is seeking international standardisation certifications for all the health services provided by it. "We are focusing on streamlining health and education facilities offered by the SDMC and bring in quality services for the people.


EARLIER EDITIONS



Click and complain about poor civic amenity in NDMC area!
New Delhi, May 25
One can soon alert the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) about the malfunctioning of streetlights or garbage on streets by clicking the site and sending the image to the agency using a photo-based mobile application. The app will be launched soon to improve the grievance redressal system in the areas under the jurisdiction of NDMC, a top agency official said.

Realty firm cons buyers
New Delhi, May 25
The Delhi Police have registered a case where a real estate firm in its promotional documents allegedly used projects executed by some other entity to gain investors' trust. An FIR in the case has been lodged by one Surrinder Kumar Bangla, a former Assistant General Manager of State Bank of India, against the promoters of Cosmic Structures Ltd at Janakpuri police station of West Delhi under relevant provisions like Sections 420, 120B, etc.

Six rapes in Delhi every day, says police data
New Delhi, May 25
Six rapes and 14 molestation cases have been reported every day in the first four months of 2014, according to Delhi Police figures. Police however claimed to have solved almost 90 per cent of the cases and arrested the accused.

Narcotics worth Rs 100 crore seized, four arrested
New Delhi, May 25
With the arrest of four accused, the Special Cell of Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a transnational drug syndicate involved in mass trafficking of narcotics across Kuwait, Dubai, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Sri Lanka.

Gang of carjackers, robbers smashed
New Delhi, May 25
The Delhi Police have busted a gang of carjackers and robbers operating in southwest Delhi for allegedly robbing people by posing as police officials. With the arrest of three accused in the case, the police claimed to have solved four cases of carjacking and robbery.

Harmeet, SAD secy general
New Delhi, May 25
Harmeet Singh Kalka, an MLA from Kalkaji assembly, has been nominated as secretary general of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Delhi unit. He had won the assembly election on a BJP ticket. TNS





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Over 6,000 personnel to keep vigil during Modi's swearing-in
Ground-to-air security system at par with the one placed during the Republic Day parade has been put in place to avoid any untoward incident
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 25
The Delhi Police have deployed a tight security in the New Delhi area to avoid any untoward incident during Narendra Modi's swearing-in as India's 15th Prime Minister at forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow. The ceremony will be witnessed by nearly 4,000 invitees, including the heads of state and government of SAARC nations. The security will be deployed after 10.30 o'clock this evening and continued tomorrow till the ceremony ends, said Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi Range) Mukesh Kumar Meena.

More than 6,000 security personnel will keep a hawk-eyed vigil even as a ground-to-air security system at par with the one placed during the Republic Day parade has been put in place, he said.

"We have made elaborate security arrangements for the ceremony. Prohibitory orders have been put in place in the New Delhi district. Full air defence grid is in place. Any airborne activity, including hot air balloons will not be allowed. We are on guard against any terror act," said the Joint Commissioner of Police.

The IAF has put in place an air defence system to secure the skies. Anti-aircraft guns have been placed at classified locations. Snipers will be deployed at all the high-rise buildings-North Block, South Block, Shastri Bhawan, Rail Bhawan, Krishi Bhawan, Air Force Headquarters-- before the ceremony begins at 6 pm at forecourt lawns of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, he said.

Mobile hit teams, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) have been deployed besides paramilitary and Delhi Police commandos to secure the area. Dog and bomb-disposal squads have already sanitised the venue, but the drill will be repeated several times tomorrow. NSG commandos will be responsible for the inner layer of security.

"In the restricted areas, only official vehicles and bona fide residents will be allowed. Commandos and local police will strengthen the operations of traffic police. Till the time all the invitees leave the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the security blanket will be operational," Meena said.

"Prohibitory orders are in place in the New Delhi area till Tuesday. No protest and dharna will be allowed at Jantar Mantar tomorrow," he said.

Strict traffic restrictions have been put in place for the ceremony. Roads to Rajpath, Vijay Chowk and its North and South Fountain area, South Avenue Marg, North Avenue Marg, Dalhousie Road and Church Road will be closed between 4.00 pm and 8.00 pm tomorrow.

President Pranab Mukherjee will administer the oath of office and secrecy to 63-year-old Modi and his Council of Ministers in the presence of a host of leaders, including outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, besides leaders of various other parties and chief ministers of a number of states.

Senior police and other security officials will be on ground as well as in the command room to monitor the situation.

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SDMC plans to get ISO-9000 for health services in one year
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 25
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is seeking international standardisation certifications for all the health services provided by it. "We are focusing on streamlining health and education facilities offered by the SDMC and bring in quality services for the people. And, in that direction, we have a target to achieve ISO-9000 certifications for all our health services in the next one year," said SDMC's Standing Committee chairman Satish Upadhyay.

After taking charge as the new chairman of the Standing Committee on Friday, Upadhyay has plans lined up for the corporation.

"We want to focus on health and education. Among others, our priority is also to streamline issuing of trade licences," he said.

"As per trade licences, we want to reach out either to the traders and get it done with minimum hassles or route it through an online process to make it completely hassle-free. We also want to do clearance of maps online, or with minimum human intervention," he said.

"And, for streamlining the clearance, we might even have to abolish some old laws, and if need be, we will do that as well," he said.

On heritage buildings falling under its jurisdiction, Upadhyay said work will also be done to create awareness about them.

"South Delhi has a lot of heritage buildings and therefore we wish to create awareness about the monuments, old structures and houses situated there through heritage walks and other programmes," Upadhyay said.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has planned to redevelop the nearly 150-year-old Town Hall in the Walled City's Chandni Chowk area into a heritage complex with the Union Tourism Ministry having cleared the Rs 50-crore funding for the ambitious project.

The South Corporation too would like to think in that direction of heritage conservation for buildings falling in its jurisdiction, he said.

Upadhyay, who earlier served as the chairman of SDMC's Education Committee, was instrumental in the installation of CCTV cameras in SDMC's mid-day meal kitchens, the first municipal corporation to have done so.

Among other plans are delivery of birth and death certificates at people's doorsteps with the cost being borne by the corporation itself and dhalao-free zones to keep away ragpickers from the city. "And, we want to deliver the certificates within two working days," he said.

On the issue of garbage collection, he said the idea now is to introduce dhalao-free zones in the city for better cleanliness.

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Click and complain about poor civic amenity in NDMC area!
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 25
One can soon alert the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) about the malfunctioning of streetlights or garbage on streets by clicking the site and sending the image to the agency using a photo-based mobile application. The app will be launched soon to improve the grievance redressal system in the areas under the jurisdiction of NDMC, a top agency official said.

"This is one of the best practices being launched to improve the quality of life in the NDMC area for residents and tourists with the help of state-of-the-art and globally competitive technology," said NDMC chairperson Jalaj Shrivastava.

The residents can download the app, click if they see any poor civic amenity and send it to the civic agency. The app is in line with the wi-fi facility to be launched in some of the popular markets in the area.

Khan Market will be the first in the next 15 days to have the facility provided by Vodafone India and it will soon be followed by Connaught Place, Dilli Haat and Sarojini Nagar, he said.

The Internet speed will be around 5 Mbps and the bandwidth will be set only after a month of observation, Shrivastava said. Users will be allowed to access the Internet using the wi-fi service free of cost for up to 15 minutes. Nominal charges would be levied after that.

Among other measures in the pipeline are a smart card that can be used to pay for parking, water and electricity in the NDMC area, and setting up of pay-and-use drinking water ATMs.

Using the smart cards which can be recharged at a minimum rate of Rs 100, people can avail a 10 per cent discount at parking facilities. Also, NDMC will set up water ATMs in public places, government staff colony, slums, and government schools. In the pilot phase, up to 10 purifiers will come up at one location.

People can use either a token or a card to purchase drinking water from these purifiers. The rates for the same are yet to be finalised. Last year, the civic body had set up a Hindi and English 24x7 call centre to handle customer queries and complaints as well as feedback regarding issues in the area.

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Realty firm cons buyers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 25
The Delhi Police have registered a case where a real estate firm in its promotional documents allegedly used projects executed by some other entity to gain investors' trust. An FIR in the case has been lodged by one Surrinder Kumar Bangla, a former Assistant General Manager of State Bank of India, against the promoters of Cosmic Structures Ltd at Janakpuri police station of West Delhi under relevant provisions like Sections 420, 120B, etc.

According to Bangla's complaint, in October last year, he had paid around Rs 70,000 to Cosmic Structures Ltd, which has its offices in a five-star hotel in Janpath, to book a virtual space in an upcoming tower in Noida.

The decision to invest in the property was taken by him after the company's promoters provided him with a list of projects they claimed to have developed, constructed and delivered across the country.

It was also represented to him that the necessary permissions as required under the law had already been obtained from the competent authorities for the construction, the police said.

"However, after paying the money, Bangla came to learn that the past projects printed in the brochure of the company were actually constructed, developed or delivered by another company, namely Quality Constructions.

"He also learnt that neither had the company obtained any official permission for construction nor did it have any land with itself," said a police official.

Thereafter, he asked the company for a refund of his money, but having failed to obtain a credible response, he decided to approach the law. An FIR in the matter was then registered following a court order at Janak Puri police station.

"We have registered an FIR and the inquiry is on. We have asked both the parties to submit some documents," said a senior police official.

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Six rapes in Delhi every day, says police data

New Delhi, May 25
Six rapes and 14 molestation cases have been reported every day in the first four months of 2014, according to Delhi Police figures. Police however claimed to have solved almost 90 per cent of the cases and arrested the accused.

According to a recent compilation of data by the Delhi Police, 616 rapes and 1,336 molestation cases were registered in the period from January 1 till April 30 this year - a 36 per cent increase in rape cases compared to around 450 cases registered in the same period last year.

Cases of molestation recorded in the same corresponding period show a similar rise with over 1,000 registered cases.

Police said over 89 per cent cases of rape and molestation reported in the first four months have been solved and the accused have been arrested.

In 2013, a total of 1,559 rape and 3,347 molestation cases were registered as compared to 680 rape and 653 incidents of molestation in 2012.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ashok Chand said the increase in the number of cases against women is due to police following the "zero tolerance policy".

"Every case against women is being registered on priority basis," Chand said.

According to data of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Delhi registered the highest 568 cases of rape in the country followed by 218 in Mumbai in 2011.

Delhi, which earned the infamous tag of 'rape capital', saw street campaigns, especially by the young, in 2012 after a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was gang raped by six people, including a minor, and died later of grievous injuries.

Following the shocking incident, Delhi Police took several steps to ensure safety of women. IANS

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Narcotics worth Rs 100 crore seized, four arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 25
With the arrest of four accused, the Special Cell of Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a transnational drug syndicate involved in mass trafficking of narcotics across Kuwait, Dubai, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Sri Lanka.

According to the police, two of the accused Mohammad Sajid Zubair of Mumbai and Noushad Abdul Rahiman of Trivandrum were arrested on May 20 from Millennium Park near Sarai Kale Khan. The remaining two Shahjahan Mohammad Yasin and Abdul Sattar, both of Mumbai, were arrested on May 24 from Punjabi Bagh roundabout. The police recovered 30 kg contraband worth Rs 100 crore from their possession.

The police came to know about the syndicate in December last year and were trying to bust the racket. The effort yielded result on May 20 when Sajid and Noushad were nabbed. They were given the contraband by someone at Attari border.

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Gang of carjackers, robbers smashed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 25
The Delhi Police have busted a gang of carjackers and robbers operating in southwest Delhi for allegedly robbing people by posing as police officials. With the arrest of three accused in the case, the police claimed to have solved four cases of carjacking and robbery.

The accused Rahul (21), resident of Jhajhar Haryana, Anil (21), resident of Nazafgarh, Delhi, and Rahul (21), resident of Bhadani, Haryana, were arrested from the area of Goyla-Rewala Chowk main Nazafgarh Road.

On sustained interrogation, they disclosed their involvement in the four cases of carjacking. They also said that they had planned to commit a robbery near Piragarhi Chowk and for this they robbed these cars.

"They also disclosed that they used to wear police uniforms as car drivers then easily stopped their vehicles. They said they undressed the victims so that they could not make a complaint of the incident on time," said a senior police official.

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