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Teen gangraped in Govindpuri
New Delhi, June 27
A 13-year-old was allegedly lured into a house in south-east Delhi's Govindpuri locality by her tenant for 'good food and valuables' during this month. The tenant and her female associate allegedly confined the victim to the house, where she was sexually assaulted by five men, the police said today.

Cong hints at Goel-discoms nexus
New Delhi, June 27
Delhi Congress leaders today allegedly hinted towards a nexus between Union Power Minister Piyush Goel and the power distribution companies, and demanded tariff reduction by 30 per cent as promised by the BJP before elections. "The understanding arrived at between the power companies and the Power Minister should be exposed," said Congress Legislative Party leader Haroon Yusuf.

Two-month-old mauled to death by stray dog
New Delhi, June 27
A two-month-old girl was mauled to death by a dog, which entered the third floor of a house in central Delhi's Nabi Karim area, where the infant was staying. The news of her death spread fast in the neighbourhood. Agitated locals chased the dog to an open area, where they surrounding it and beat it to death.


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UPSC aspirants shout slogans during a demonstration against Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) at Parliament Street in New Delhi on Friday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

DJB to promote rainwater harvesting
New Delhi, June 27
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has joined hands with the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) in order to promote rainwater harvesting system and propagate the mandate of water conservation, creating awareness in the people of Delhi.

Principal molested in Nihal Vihar school
New Delhi, June 27
A 55-year-old government school principal has alleged that she was molested by a 40-year-old Education Inspector during an inspection of the school in west Delhi's Nihal Vihar area on Thursday. The accused is named Mahipal Solanki. The name of the school and the principal has not been disclosed in order to protect her identity.

8 NDMC parking contractors fined
New Delhi, June 27
Eight parking contractors hired by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation have been fined over Rs 5 lakh for alleged violations in 12 parking sites in the Karol Bagh Zone, the civic body said today.

East Delhi residents to get first free copy of birth certificate
New Delhi, June 27
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation today launched the scheme of delivery of the first free copy of birth and death certificate on your doorstep. The scheme has been launched for the events taking place in the institution and opening of a special window in each zone.

Two held for baby's kidnapping
New Delhi, June 27
Two men have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a seven-month-old boy from the New Delhi railway station earlier this month. They have been identified as Manjeet Chauhan and Raju Prajapati (23). The police rescued the boy, Sajan, from Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. TNS





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Teen gangraped in Govindpuri
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
A 13-year-old was allegedly lured into a house in south-east Delhi's Govindpuri locality by her tenant for 'good food and valuables' during this month. The tenant and her female associate allegedly confined the victim to the house, where she was sexually assaulted by five men, the police said today.

The police rescued the girl from Govindpuri with the help of their informers and technical surveillance on June 25.

The accused identified as Seema, alias Sheela (40), and Laxmi, alias Pinki, have been arrested.

Savita (not her real name) reported to the police on June 18 that she with her 13-year-old daughter, Raveena (not her real name) and her tenant, Seema, went to Mayur Vihar Phase-III, where they work as maids. When Savita returned home, she found that her daughter and Seema had not come back.

A case of kidnapping was registered at the New Ashok Nagar police station.

After the victim was rescued by the police, she informed them that Seema had allegedly kidnapped her. "Seema had taken her away on the pretext of providing 'good food and other valuables'. Seema took her to a house in Govindpuri, where another woman was present. The two women confined her to a room. After a day, a man came there and sexually assaulted her. Later, five more men came and sexually assaulted her over the next four days, said Ajay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East District).

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Cong hints at Goel-discoms nexus
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
Delhi Congress leaders today allegedly hinted towards a nexus between Union Power Minister Piyush Goel and the power distribution companies, and demanded tariff reduction by 30 per cent as promised by the BJP before elections. "The understanding arrived at between the power companies and the Power Minister should be exposed," said Congress Legislative Party leader Haroon Yusuf.

Condemning Goel's statement that it would take at least two years to totally end power cuts, and if proper supply had to be ensured, it was imperative to hike the tariff, Yusuf said that BJP was trying to run away from its promises made to the people of Delhi.

The statement by the minister was delivered to help the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission hike the tariff, said Mukesh Sharma, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) spokesperson.

The DERC recently held a public hearing to invite suggestions on the tariff and would take a decision on the hike only after evaluating its interaction with the public.

The party also questioned the silence of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in the matter. Pointing finger at his collusion too, Sharma asked as to why the BJP and AAP leaders did not attend the DERC's public hearing this time.

"The manner in which the Power Minister was championing the cause of the power companies for hiking the tariff showed that the companies were in league with the BJP leaders, and the silence of Kejriwal in this matter indicates that he has also struck deals with the companies," he said.

"During the Congress rule in Delhi, people were getting 24-hour power supply," Yusuf added.

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Two-month-old mauled to death by stray dog
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
A two-month-old girl was mauled to death by a dog, which entered the third floor of a house in central Delhi's Nabi Karim area, where the infant was staying. The news of her death spread fast in the neighbourhood. Agitated locals chased the dog to an open area, where they surrounding it and beat it to death.

The infant, Shagun, was attacked at about 8.30 pm on Thursday when she was sleeping in a room on the third floor of the building at Amarpuri in Nabi Karim.

"I went downstairs to switch on the water motor and buy vegetables. While returning, I told a girl of the neighbouring house to look after my daughter while I would wash the clothes," Shagun's mother Renu said.

The girl, Seetu, climbed up the stairs of the house as Renu followed. Renu said that they were confronted by the dog, which allegedly attacked Seetu and her.

Seetu was bitten on her back while Renu stayed safe by shooing the dog away. The young girl then rushed into the room and immediately came out shouting that Shagun had been ripped apart by the dog.

The baby's head was torn and her ears were missing. The dog had allegedly attacked her face and injured her eyes. The face was unrecognizable as its parts had been eaten by the dog. Shagun was rushed to hospital where she was declared dead.

Meanwhile, hearing the mother cry, locals gathered outside the house. The dog then allegedly bit a 32-year-old man downstairs who was headed for Namaaz. "The dog was chased down to an open area, surrounded by scores of people who thrashed it with sticks and killed it. The dead dog was later retrieved by the police from the garbage," said Rajesh Pandey, an MCD official who was on the spot.

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DJB to promote rainwater harvesting
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has joined hands with the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) in order to promote rainwater harvesting system and propagate the mandate of water conservation, creating awareness in the people of Delhi. The DTC bus panels will be used for displaying advertisements on the issues like water conservation, recharge of tube wells, rainwater harvesting, etc. The campaign is expected to sensitise people towards the benefits of installing rainwater harvesting system and adopting various techniques of water conservation.

The initiative is being carried out by the DJB to educate the residents on the importance of saving water and using it judiciously.

The advertisements will carry 'Jal Dost'as DJB's mascot, which will talk about ways to conserve water.

"This will help in reaching out the maximum number of people in the city. The campaign has been carefully planned around those bus routes where the groundwater levels are very low," said a senior DJB official.

The DTC buses cover a thick web of routes in the city, therefore, it is expected that the advertisements would directly communicate the messages with the primary target audience, which is the daily commuter, the official said.

The advertisements majorly run in south, south-west, and west Delhi since the groundwater level in all these areas is extremely low and under the red alert zone.

"In order to maintain the equilibrium of the gap between the demand and supply during summers, judicious use of water is the only solution. Similarly, the people need to be educated with the alarming rate of depleting ground water levels," added the official.

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Principal molested in Nihal Vihar school
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
A 55-year-old government school principal has alleged that she was molested by a 40-year-old Education Inspector during an inspection of the school in west Delhi's Nihal Vihar area on Thursday. The accused is named Mahipal Solanki. The name of the school and the principal has not been disclosed in order to protect her identity.

On Thursday morning, Solanki reached the school for an inspection. While inspecting the basic amenities, he went to the principal's office.

In her complaint to the police, the principal has alleged that inside her office, he allegedly held her hand and said objectionable words. "When she objected, the accused allegedly threatened that he would submit a false report of the inspection. He told her that the false report might force the Deputy Director of Education to take action against the school," a police officer said, quoting the principal's allegations.

A case under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against Solanki. "On Thursday afternoon, he was arrested from his office at Sector-5, Rohini. He admitted to the crime and was produced at a local court today.

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8 NDMC parking contractors fined

New Delhi, June 27
Eight parking contractors hired by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation have been fined over Rs 5 lakh for alleged violations in 12 parking sites in the Karol Bagh Zone, the civic body said today.

During the inspection, it was found that contractors were not complying with the terms and conditions of the contract. The parking did not have proper demarcation with yellow paint for allotted parking area, parking staff was not wearing uniforms and parking fee receipts were not issued through hand handled devices, the NDMC said.

Eight contractors were fined a total of Rs 5.52 lakh for violations in managing the parking lots, it said in a statement.

Toughening its stand against "irregularities" in some of the parking lots under its jurisdiction, the Chairman of NDMC's Standing Committee on Wednesday had directed the officials to prepare a list of black-listed contractors. PTI

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East Delhi residents to get first free copy of birth certificate
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation today launched the scheme of delivery of the first free copy of birth and death certificate on your doorstep. The scheme has been launched for the events taking place in the institution and opening of a special window in each zone.

It will reduce the waiting time of citizens to get additional copies of the certificate. Services of postal department would also be used for its delivery. The total expenditure for implementation of the scheme is about Rs 37.20 lakh per annum.

Mayor Meenakshi said that EDMC is the first corporation to launch such a scheme. "The scheme will cover around 80 per cent of institutional events of births and deaths occurring in the jurisdiction of EDMC area," said the Mayor.

Around 120 institutions in EDMC register events of birth and death cases online.

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