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Girls outshine boys in Class 12 CBSE exams
New Delhi, May 29
Even as girls (88.52 per cent) have done it yet again in the class XII CBSE results, posting an overall higher pass percentage than boys (78.27 per cent), the top position across the 10 regions has been clinched by Sarthak Agarwal, a student of Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj, who has scored 99.6 per cent, surpassing last year's highest of 99 per cent.

Students of Class XII celebrate their success after announcement of CBSE results in New Delhi on Thursday.
Students of Class XII celebrate their success after announcement of CBSE results in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui


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Delhi region gets third position
New Delhi, May 29
The CBSE declared the results of Class XII examinations, 2014 today. The overall Delhi region got third position out of ten regions of CBSE with pass percentage of 86.78. The performance of government schools of Delhi is once again best in the country amongst all government schools with the national Capital registering an increase by 0.02 per cent from 88.65 per cent in the year 2013 to 88.67 per cent this year.

DJB sets up focus groups to improve services
New Delhi, May 29
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has taken some important steps in its endeavour to provide the best of water and wastewater services to the residents by setting up multiple focus groups on various issues pertaining to supply and sewerage.

Campaign to make Delhi a tobacco-free state soon
New Delhi, May 29
Delhi Chief Secretary SK Srivastava today convened the meeting of the state-level coordination committee for tobacco control to review its functioning. He issued strong instructions to discourage tobacco consumption in Delhi in order to make Delhi a tobacco-free state. Srivastava, who is the chairman of the committee, stressed the need for launching a massive campaign to make Delhi a tobacco-free state by taking the campaign to the densely populated areas, various colonies, markets, educational institutions, public places, slum areas and villages.

Carpenter held for double murder
New Delhi, May 29
Balwinder Singh, an accused involved in a double murder case of 36-year-old woman, Jasbir Kaur and her 14-year-old daughter Prabhjot Kaur on May 21, was arrested today by the West district police. The accused, a carpenter, lived at Shahadra and had come to the house of the deceased for doing some repairing in her kitchen.

Extortionist posing as underworld don arrested
New Delhi, May 29
The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police arrested an extortionist who posed as underworld don, Salim, and tried to extort money from a specialist doctor working with a reputed hospital in Delhi. He threatened the doctor that he should pay Rs 10 lakh or otherwise he and his family would be eliminated.


Activists of the Hindu Sena shout slogans against J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti during a demonstration against the Article 370 in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Two constables injured in accident
New Delhi, May 29
Two policemen were injured when a rashly driven car hit them at Mandir Marg area in New Delhi, a police officer said today. Rohit (27), who was behind the wheels, hit the barricades erected by the cops at Mandir Marg area yesterday evening before hitting the constables who were checking vehicles there. Rohit was nabbed soon after, the police officer said. The two constables Sunil (24) and Rakesh (25) were rushed to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and are stated to be out of danger. Rohit, said to be working with a crime news organisation in Gurgaon, has been booked for rash driving. He was not found to be drunk, the officer added. PTI

Scorching hot day as mercury touches 43.7 C
New Delhi, May 29
It was a scorching hot day in Delhi today with mercury rising to 43.7 degree Celsius, three notches above normal. Delhiites may not get respite from the sizzling heat in the next few days with weathermen predicting rise in the mercury. According to Met officials, the maximum temperature was today recorded at 43.7 degree Celsius, three points above normal while minimum temperature was recorded one notch below normal at 26.3 degree Celsius. Humidity levels were recorded between 22 and 80 per cent. Met officials forecast that tomorrow the maximum temperature would be around 45 degree Celsius while minimum temperature is likely to settle at 25 degree Celsius. However, later in the afternoon, there could be partly cloudy sky. PTI


DIVE MASTERS: Children jump into a pond near Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Jung meets Home Minister
New Delhi, May 29
Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung today met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, a day after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ministry officials described it a 'courtesy meeting'. "Since the Home Minister joined today, the LG came to convey his best wishes," said sources in the home ministry. Jung had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday at the South Block. Reports said the LG apprised him of the prevailing political situation in Delhi where the President's rule has been imposed and the Legislative Assembly is in a suspended animation. TNS

3 BJP MLAs elected to Lok Sabha resign
New Delhi, May 29
Three BJP MLAs, Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pravesh Verma who were elected to the Lok Sabha, today quit their membership of the Delhi assembly, Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana said. Within 15 days of election result, they had to resign. So today they submitted their resignation to the assembly Speaker, he said. With the resignation of the three MLAs, BJP's strength in the assembly has come down to 28 from 31. TNS






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Girls outshine boys in Class 12 CBSE exams
Top position goes to DPS boy who scores 99.6 per cent
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
Even as girls (88.52 per cent) have done it yet again in the class XII CBSE results, posting an overall higher pass percentage than boys (78.27 per cent), the top position across the 10 regions has been clinched by Sarthak Agarwal, a student of Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj, who has scored 99.6 per cent, surpassing last year's highest of 99 per cent.

Science stream student Sarthak fell short of two marks for the dream total in English language (98), securing 498/500 marks with 100 per cent each in remaining maths, physics, chemistry and economics subjects.

"I did not take any tuition and relied on school notes and my ability in self-study. The results were beyond my expectations.... I want to pursue economics either from Shri Ram College of Commerce or St. Stephen's College," said Sarthak, who aspires to be a civil servant and is an ardent supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's style of functioning. He is the only child of his parents residing in Gurgaon.

The overall second highest scorer and perhaps the highest in commerce discipline is G. Hari Shankar of Air Force Bal Bharti School, Lodhi Road of Delhi. He had perfect 100 each in maths, economics, business studies and 99 per cent marks in English and accountancy.

Hari Shankar hopes to clear the Common Law Admission Test, Bangalore. "Maths was my best subject and I practised it throughout the year so that by the end I had one less subject to study when I concentrated on the rest," he said.

A resident of Ayur Vigyan Nagar, he had not expected either to top and now wants to pursue LLB or B. Com and then later go for law. As far humanities stream in Delhi, Surbhi Sharma, a student of Government Girls Senior Secondary School in North Delhi's Roop Nagar, bagged the top position with 96.4 per cent and scoring 99 in psychology.

Overall the performance of boys this year (78.27 per cent) has bettered as compared to last year (77.78 per cent) vis-a-vis girls whose pass percentage saw a decline even as the total pass percentage for all stood at 82.66 per cent-a marginal increase of precisely 0.56 per cent over last year.

Statistics from the CBSE indicate that the national Capital recorded the maximum number of cases of using unfair means.

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Delhi region gets third position
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
The CBSE declared the results of Class XII examinations, 2014 today. The overall Delhi region got third position out of ten regions of CBSE with pass percentage of 86.78. The performance of government schools of Delhi is once again best in the country amongst all government schools with the national Capital registering an increase by 0.02 per cent from 88.65 per cent in the year 2013 to 88.67 per cent this year.

The pass percentage of government schools is 88.67 per cent whereas 111 government schools have achieved 100 per cent result against 108 government schools last year.

The girls of government schools have performed better than boys as the pass percentage of girls of government schools is 93.06 per cent whereas the boys' pass percentage is 83.05 per cent. The number of students appeared and passed in government schools of Delhi has increased by 27,254 and 24,196 respectively.

The result of Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalayas (RPVV) is 99.71 per cent which is more than that of Delhi Kendriya Vidhyalayas (98.02 per cent) and public schools of Delhi (92.09 per cent) which is a remarkable achievement for the state government schools.

Former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal 's daughter Harshita, a student of Delhi Public School, Noida, secured 96 per cent.

She likes physics and aspires to study in an IIT like his father.

Coming to various private schools, students who topped in Manav Sthali School, Rajendra Nagar, were Kamakshi Aggarwal in commerce (97.4 per cent), Yaman Arora scored 96.8 per cent and Shivani Aggarwal secured 96.4 per cent.

Parth Luthra stood first with 97.6 per cent (Commerce), Amity International School, Saket, Sanjana Garg has topped in Amity, Mayur Vihar, securing 97.6 per cent (Science) while Anurag Sarwagi scored the highest 97.4 per cent (Commerce) in Amity International School, Pushp Vihar .

In Apeejay School, Sheikh Sarai, the top three scorers are Vani Khattar (Commerce) 97.4 per cent, Kusha Sekhri (humanity) 97 per cent and Sagorika Das (Science) 96.4 per cent respectively.

Performance in government schools

  • The pass percentage is 88.67 while 111 government schools have achieved 100 per cent result
  • The girls of government schools have performed better than boys as the pass percentage of girls is 93.06 per cent whereas the boys' pass percentage is 83.05 per cent

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DJB sets up focus groups to improve services
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has taken some important steps in its endeavour to provide the best of water and wastewater services to the residents by setting up multiple focus groups on various issues pertaining to supply and sewerage.

These focus groups comprise senior officials of DJB and are chaired by the Chief Executive Officer. The objective of these groups is to deliberate on various subjects, identify gaps and propose practical and innovative solutions," said a DJB spokesperson.

The Focus Group on Sewerage Issues plans to provide DJB customers universal access to sewerage facility, and other services related to collection of sewage and its treatment into the required standard without affecting the environment.

In line with the plan, the DJB plans to commission five more Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), adding to the number of STPs which currently stands at 36 STPs at 21 different locations.

While the STPs at Yamuna Vihar (25 MGD), Pappan Kalan Phase II (20 MGD), Nilothi Phase II (20 MGD), Delhi Gate (15 MGD) and at Chilla (9 MGD) shall be commissioned by the end of this year in a phased manner, the trial run of the Chilla STP has already been initiated.

"Currently, the DJB has an installed capacity of around 600 MGD. The commissioning of these STPs would augment the total installed capacity to 684 MGD, thereby taking care of the 680 MGD of sewage generated in the city. This would result in DJB's self-sufficiency in treating the entire sewage generated in the city," said the official.

The Focus Group on Sewerage Issues has proposed to rectify conveyance system right from the households up to the STPs in a proactive and timebound manner. In the future, the DJB also plans to check pollution in the Yamuna by preventing the flow of sewage into the stormwater drains and diverting it to the regular sewerage network.

The DJB will install flow meters at all the strategic locations to measure the flow being pumped from the Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) and compare the draw at various points from conveyance line to different areas on the same lines as done in the command area of the Bhagirathi WTP.

All the chief engineers in-charge of maintenance will adopt a WTP for water auditing and draft plans of action in order to ensure better rationalization of water supply in their jurisdiction.

In the meeting of the Focus Group on Infrastructure Issues, it was decided that the creation of all new infrastructure will be taken up in a planned manner.

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Campaign to make Delhi a tobacco-free state soon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
Delhi Chief Secretary SK Srivastava today convened the meeting of the state-level coordination committee for tobacco control to review its functioning. He issued strong instructions to discourage tobacco consumption in Delhi in order to make Delhi a tobacco-free state. Srivastava, who is the chairman of the committee, stressed the need for launching a massive campaign to make Delhi a tobacco-free state by taking the campaign to the densely populated areas, various colonies, markets, educational institutions, public places, slum areas and villages.

He asked the Secretary (Health) to strengthen the tobacco control activities in Delhi state to reduce the morbidity and mortality after tobacco use.

The Chief Secretary directed the officers to take necessary steps for restriction of display of direct and indirect advertisement of tobacco products, especially through inter-state bus services. It was decided that the Commissioner (Transport), will take up this issue with the neighbouring states transport departments. It was also been decided to make all public transports, including autos, buses, radio taxis, as tobacco free and necessary sticklers and signages will be required to be pasted inside the vehicle.

The Chief Secretary also directed to take necessary steps to implement various provisions under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, and the Delhi Prohibition of Smoking and Non-Smokers Health Protection Act, 1996, in stringent manner including discouraging mushrooming growth of hookah bar, selling tobacco and nicotine products to minors.

The Food Safety Commissioner was directed to take necessary steps to ban all chewable tobacco products.

"In consultation with the Law Department a notification will be issued very soon. In the meeting there was anonymous decision in favour of enhancing tobacco taxes and it has been advised that this issue will be taken in front of the state empowered committee and accordingly decision will be taken later on," said senior Delhi government official. The concept of dry day for tobacco on last day of every month has been appreciated by all and was decided to be continued.

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Carpenter held for double murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
Balwinder Singh, an accused involved in a double murder case of 36-year-old woman, Jasbir Kaur and her 14-year-old daughter Prabhjot Kaur on May 21, was arrested today by the West district police. The accused, a carpenter, lived at Shahadra and had come to the house of the deceased for doing some repairing in her kitchen.

Balwinder knew that Jasbir had a parlour and was doing good business. While working in her house, he planned to commit theft and eliminate all the family members. When all the members went to sleep, he attacked one Babu Singh living in the house with a hammer injuring him seriously. Later, he smothered to death Jasbir and her daughter.

The police interrogated many relatives of the victims and also some criminals in the area.

As Balwinder was close to the family, his presence at the cremation was expected, but he did not turn up that day which aroused suspicion among the relatives and neighbours who informed the police.

During interrogation, Balwinder admitted to killing Jasbir and her daughter. The motive was theft.

The police recovered hammer, blood-stained clothes and a mobile phone.

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Extortionist posing as underworld don arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police arrested an extortionist who posed as underworld don, Salim, and tried to extort money from a specialist doctor working with a reputed hospital in Delhi. He threatened the doctor that he should pay Rs 10 lakh or otherwise he and his family would be eliminated.

The victim informed the Prasad Nagar police on May 20 about the call. He also reported that on May 19 an envelope containing photographs of his family members was received at his home.

The extortionists in order to avoid detention used to make calls to the victim from PCOs. However, through meticulous investigation, the Crime Branch team on the night of May 28 and 29 succeeded in locating the extortionist and apprehended him from the area of Najafgarh, Delhi. He was identified as Dheeraj Bhardwaj.

During interrogation, Bhardwaj revealed that he, along with his juvenile associate, had been making extortion calls. Bhardwaj while on a visit to the hospital for taking treatment identified the specialist doctor as his potential victim. He then shot photographs of the victim. He also trailed the doctor to his house and took photographs of his family members. He then made threatening calls for extorting money, said a police officer.

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