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FPS owners booked for diversion of grain
New Delhi, May 27
Ten FIRS were lodged and two vehicles impounded during a massive crackdown by the department of Food and Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Delhi government, on transporters and Fair Price Shop (FPS) owners involved in the diversion and black-marketing of subsidized grain issued under the Public Distribution System (PDS).

Students protest against attack on lawyer from Northeast
New Delhi, May 27
Scores of students and people from the Northeast today staged a protest outside the office of the Bar Council of India, demanding action against some lawyers who had allegedly assaulted one of their colleagues from the region and some activists at Tis Hazari Court last week.
People from the Northeast protest outside the Bar Council of India building in New Delhi on Tuesday People from the Northeast protest outside the Bar Council of India building in New Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo


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11 child labourers saved from inhuman conditions
New Delhi, May 27
In two separate raids conducted by the Delhi Police on a complaint filed by child rights NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan, eight children were rescued from a shoe-stitching factory in Amar Colony and three from Ashok Vihar, working as domestic helps.

Finance for 12 infra projects sanctioned
New Delhi, May 27
The Expenditure Finance Committee of Delhi government in its 1st meeting for the financial year 2014-15 held today sanctioned 12 infrastructure projects of four departments, costing Rs 321 crore. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary S. K. Shrivastava.

THE HEAVY BURDEN OF SURVIVAL
THE HEAVY BURDEN OF SURVIVAL. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Power supply hit in S. Delhi
New Delhi, May 27
The Badarpur-Mehrauli transmission line tripped this afternoon leading to a temporary disruption of power supply in the South Delhi area, according to Delhi Transco Limited.

SAD (Badal) activists greet Harsimrat
New Delhi, May 27
A large number of Delhi unit of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) activists performed bhangra and distributed sweets at the residence of Harsimrat Kaur Badal to express their happiness on her getting a Union ministry in the Narendra Modi government.

Online OPD registration starts in 24 hospitals
New Delhi, May 27
Taking a major initiative towards improving health care facilities, online registration for Out-Patient Department (OPD) was launched today by the Delhi government in 24 of its hospitals.

Custodial death: Crime Branch takes over
New Delhi, May 27
A day after a 30-year-old man died allegedly in police custody, station in-charge of the police station was sent to district police lines today and the case was handed over to the Crime Branch for investigation.

LG reviews progress of Signature Bridge
New Delhi, May 27
The Lieutenant Governor (LG), Najeeb Jung, today expressed displeasure at the delay in the construction of Signature Bridge being built at a cost of Rs 1,131 crore.





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FPS owners booked for diversion of grain
15 shops sealed for malpractices; as many as 10 FIRs lodged
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
Ten FIRS were lodged and two vehicles impounded during a massive crackdown by the department of Food and Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Delhi government, on transporters and Fair Price Shop (FPS) owners involved in the diversion and black-marketing of subsidized grain issued under the Public Distribution System (PDS).

The operation started on May 24 and continued till May 26, said Food Supply and Weights and Measures Commissioner S S Yadav.

The teams constituted by the department covertly followed the vehicles carrying PDS grain from the Food Corporation of India godowns to the Fair Price Shops.

"The teams were headed by the IAS officers with Delhi Police personnel in plain clothes. Simultaneously, a close vigil was maintained on the industrial areas at Lawrence Road, Narela and Bawana to track entry of any such vehicle diverting PDS grain to the flour mills located in these areas," said Yadav.

After the nightlong operation on May 24, two vehicles involved in the diversion have been seized and taken to the police station concerned. Criminal cases have been registered against the transporters under Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and the sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Yadav said that on May 25, 15 teams headed by SDMs were constituted to inspect the FPS where the grain lifted on May 24 was supposed to be delivered. The operation also continued on May 26.

"In the biggest-ever operation conducted by the department, 209 shops were inspected by these teams. The teams found that the grain had not reached eight shops. Besides, in four other shops, diversion was noticed by the teams. Criminal cases in the police stations concerned have been registered against the transporters and FPS owners," he said.

What's more, 15 shops have been sealed and investigations are going on for other malpractices. The department has asked the Delhi Police for a quick investigation of all the cases registered, he added.

Yadav said that this was the fourth such operation conducted by the department in one month. Earlier, the department had conducted similar raids on Fair Price Shops and flour mills across the city on May 1, 7 and 15.

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Students protest against attack on lawyer from Northeast

New Delhi, May 27
Scores of students and people from the Northeast today staged a protest outside the office of the Bar Council of India, demanding action against some lawyers who had allegedly assaulted one of their colleagues from the region and some activists at Tis Hazari Court last week.

The protesters, who were around 200-250 in number, took out a march from the Hindi Bhavanin Bal Bhavan Complex near ITO around 11 AM and reached the Bar Council of India's office on Rouse Avenue, where they were stopped by police barricades.

The demonstrators, including students from Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University, demanded an inquiry into the case and revoking of licence of the accused lawyers.

A delegation of protesters then met BCI office-bearers, who assured them of looking into the matter, after which the protest was called off.

A female lawyer and two activists were allegedly beaten up by some lawyers at Tis Hazari court on Friday, when they had gone there in connection with a molestation case filed against an advocate by a woman from the Northeast.

The incident took place when the 38-year-old woman from Nagaland, who was allegedly molested on Thursday by the lawyer outside Delhi Vishwavidyalay metro station, came to the court with her advocate and some activists to record her statement.

Police said that they had registered an FIR in this connection and investigations are on. PTI

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11 child labourers saved from inhuman conditions
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
In two separate raids conducted by the Delhi Police on a complaint filed by child rights NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan, eight children were rescued from a shoe-stitching factory in Amar Colony and three from Ashok Vihar, working as domestic helps.

Kids in the shoe-stitching factory were forced to work for long hours under extreme heat conditions. Two children among the rescued are girls.

"I have been working here along with my sister for more than a year. We were forced to work under bad conditions and not even a single fan was provided to us. Sometimes, we had to work among heavy machinery and hazardous chemical too. My mother packs food for me," said one among the rescued kids.

"I was always given extra work and there was no respite for even one day. An acquaintance from my area got me this job and told me that a good amount of money would be given to me," said the 14-year-old child.

All the children were between 12-17 years of age and some of the children belong to villages of Darbhanga and Kanpur. The rescue operation was led by Sub-Divisional Magistrate J.S Rana accompanied by the officials of Nangloi police station and BBA activists.

The second raid was a domestic rescue by officials of Ashok Vihar police station in H block after BBA complained to the police helpline no 1291. The children were 13 years of age and were not even given a single penny for their work. The three children were from Jharkand, Bihar and Assam.

"I worked for 16 hours and did every single thing in the house. They used to abuse me and never allowed me to meet my parents. I was not allowed to move out of the gate and told me that there are cameras outside the gate and everything is getting recorded," said one among the rescued.

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Finance for 12 infra projects sanctioned
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
The Expenditure Finance Committee of Delhi government in its 1st meeting for the financial year 2014-15 held today sanctioned 12 infrastructure projects of four departments, costing Rs 321 crore. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary S. K. Shrivastava.

The committee comprises Chief Secretary as its chairman, Principal Secretary (Finance and Planning), secretaries of respective departments, Director, Planning and Deputy Secretary, Finance (Expenditure) as members. The projects which have been sanctioned include NCC Bhawan at Rohini worth Rs 56 crore, school buildings in Dwarka, Sector 17 and 22, Madanpur, Khadar II and III and Hastsal Village, Delhi at the cost of Rs 89 crore, redevelopment and upgradation of roads and improvement of drainage in industrial areas at GT Karnal Road, Badli Road, Jhilmil and Wazirpur at Rs 86 crore and residential quarters (118) for judicial officers at Dwarka and Rohini at Rs 90 crore.

The Expenditure Finance Committee further directed the departments and DSIIDC to complete the work within the scheduled period and sanctioned cost. No escalation of cost or extension of period will be considered, the committee clarified.

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Power supply hit in S. Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
The Badarpur-Mehrauli transmission line tripped this afternoon leading to a temporary disruption of power supply in the South Delhi area, according to Delhi Transco Limited.

The incident occurred as somebody had illegally constructed a double-storey house just below the transmission line in Sangam Vihar. During the summer, the transmission wires elongate and sag downwards due to the power load and high temperature. If any unauthorised structure takes place below them, the line comes into contact with the structures and trips, said Arun Goel, CMD, Delhi Transco Limited.

In the past also, there have been several instances particularly in summer when the transmission lines tripped because of the unauthorised constructions under or in the vicinity of these lines. These constructions also create obstacles in proper maintenance of the lines, he said.

"The unauthorised constructions under the transmission lines are causing problems in the smooth transmission of power., the CMD said.

Delhi Transco has issued notices to around 10,000 people who have constructed buildings or structures under its lines.

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SAD (Badal) activists greet Harsimrat
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
A large number of Delhi unit of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) activists performed bhangra and distributed sweets at the residence of Harsimrat Kaur Badal to express their happiness on her getting a Union ministry in the Narendra Modi government.

Led by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh (GK), the activists gathered at her residence in the morning. They burst crackers also.

Congratulating Harsimrat, Manjit handed over a bouquet to her. SAD MPs Prem Singh Chandumajra and Sher Singh Ghubaya were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the party activists, Manjit said that for the last ten years, the UPA government had been having a discriminatory attitude towards Punjab, causing a financial crisis in the state. Now both Harsimrat and Arun Jaitley would help the state in getting out of this crisis.

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Online OPD registration starts in 24 hospitals
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
Taking a major initiative towards improving health care facilities, online registration for Out-Patient Department (OPD) was launched today by the Delhi government in 24 of its hospitals.

The facility was launched at a function organised by the government and attended by the country head of the United Nations Development Programme Jorn Sorenson, Special Secretary S B Shashank, Director Health Service M V Kamath and other senior government officials.

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Custodial death: Crime Branch takes over

New Delhi, May 27
A day after a 30-year-old man died allegedly in police custody, station in-charge of the police station was sent to district police lines today and the case was handed over to the Crime Branch for investigation.

The action was taken against Station House Officer (SHO) Kishor Kumar of Bindapur police station after Manoj died there yesterday.

The case was also handed over to Crime Branch after family of the deceased today met top brass of the Delhi Police at the Police Headquarters demanding strict action against the erring policemen and a thorough probe. PTI

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LG reviews progress of Signature Bridge
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
The Lieutenant Governor (LG), Najeeb Jung, today expressed displeasure at the delay in the construction of Signature Bridge being built at a cost of Rs 1,131 crore.

Jung who reviewed the progress of the project directed the officials to expedite all the processes.

The Chief Secretary was asked to hold a meeting within a week's time to sort out the matter.

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