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Kejriwal meets LG, demands assembly dissolution
New Delhi, July 21
Twenty-seven Aam Aadmi Party MLAs led by Arvind Kejriwal today met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and told him that the delay in dissolving the Delhi Assembly was 'encouraging horse-trading'.

Former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal pays tribute at Rajghat in New Delhi on Monday Former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal pays tribute at Rajghat in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Govt okays Delhi Fire Service action plan
New Delhi, July 21
The Delhi government has approved the action plan of Delhi Fire Service (DFS) for 2014-15 and asked it to be more transparent and efficient service provider to the people.


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CLOUDSCAPE: A view of the monsoon skies in New Delhi on Monday
CLOUDSCAPE: A view of the monsoon skies in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

SAD Delhi chief meets Shah, seeks SIT probe into 1984 riots
New Delhi, July 21
Picking up the thread from the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's representation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding an SIT probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Delhi unit of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today met BJP president Amit Shah and reiterated the demand.

DTC cluster buses to have CCTV cameras
New Delhi, July 21
The Delhi government has decided to install CCTV cameras in cluster buses (orange buses) plying on the roads of the national Capital in a bid to provide a secure environment to its passengers, especially women.

One dead in Paschim Vihar building collapse
New Delhi, July 21
A 58-year-old man died when the roof of a two-storey building in Paschim Vihar, west Delhi, collapsed on him when he was watching television last night. The man has been identified as Pardeep, who lived with his family in a single room flat on the second floor of the building.

Upadhyay asks mayors to make corporations free of graft
New Delhi, July 21
The BJP today asked all its mayors in the three municipal corporations in the national Capital to present within 10 days their vision documents for making the civic bodies transparent and corruption-free.

DU new session begins
New Delhi, July 21
After uncertainty and confusion over Delhi University's four-year under-graduate programme, its new session finally started on Monday with excited students stepping onto the campus for a new beginning in their young lives.


Freshers share lighter moments during the first day of the new academic session of Delhi University at Miranda College, North Campus on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Freshers share lighter moments during the first day of the new academic session of Delhi University at Miranda College, North Campus on Monday

2 held in false case of attempt to murder
New Delhi, July 21
Two persons were arrested in connection with a 'false' case of attempt to murder in Pul Prahladpur area of southeast district, police said today. The accused have been identified as Arun (22) and Robin (28), both residents of Pul Prahladpur area.

DPCC holds dist. observers' meet
New Delhi, July 21
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) today held a meeting of the recently appointed district observers, which was presided over by the unit chief Arvinder Singh.





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Kejriwal meets LG, demands assembly dissolution
Jung to speak to Congress, BJP and then send a report to the President
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
Twenty-seven Aam Aadmi Party MLAs led by Arvind Kejriwal today met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and told him that the delay in dissolving the Delhi Assembly was 'encouraging horse-trading'.

"We met the LG and explained to him the current political situation and also the horse-trading which may take place. Such a government will do no good," AAP MLA and former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti told reporters here.

Bharti said the LG told them that he would speak to both the Congress and BJP and soon send a report on the matter to the President.

"We met the LG today and held good discussions. He will now invite BJP for discussions. If the BJP claims that they can form the government, the LG will ask them to show the numbers. We told him that delay in dissolving the assembly was encouraging horse-trading," Kejriwal said.

The AAP had yesterday claimed that the BJP was 'running away' from fresh elections in the national Capital and also questioned the Congress's 'silence' over whether it wants the Delhi Assembly to be dissolved.

"The double-meaning statements and consistent U-turns by the BJP on the current political situation in Delhi makes it clear that it is running away from fresh elections and wants to resort to the 'Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram' culture, against which the Supreme Court had warned on April 17 this year," an AAP spokesperson had said.

On the other hand, the Congress's silence on whether it is willing to officially communicate in writing to the LG and the Supreme Court on the dissolution of the Delhi Assembly proves that the party is indirectly supporting BJP's 'Aya Ram, Gaya Ram' brand of politics, he had said.

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Govt okays Delhi Fire Service action plan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
The Delhi government has approved the action plan of Delhi Fire Service (DFS) for 2014-15 and asked it to be more transparent and efficient service provider to the people.

The Special Secretary (Home), G.L. Meena, today informed that under the plan, the government has approved opening of fire stations at Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar and Vasant Kunj District Centre.

The DFS will ensure works at Dwarka Sector 3 and 20, Jasola and Okhla Fire station soon. It has also been asked to take over land, construction of boundary wall, side development for its training centre.

Meena informed that DFS has been authorized to procure equipment and appliances which are required for providing the services in time apart from launching media campaigns for fire safety, conducting the lectures and demonstrations at 100 locations in Delhi to spread awareness amongst the people.

"The DFS will soon start online delivery of Fire Safety Certificates and also will start online service for standby duty. It will conduct two workshops to impart training to architects and engineers, local building authorities on techno-legal framework for submission of building plans," Meena said.

Meena informed that the Home Department has asked the DFS to actively enforce field inspections and also to establish "May I Help You" desk at headquarters.

"The department also authorized the DFS to peruse the DDA for allotment of more pieces of land for construction of fire stations. The DFS will aware people about fire prevention and safety guidelines. It will also give information to the people on its website regarding prevention and safety measures," he said.

The DFS will also impart training to its staff to sensitize them about fire and emergency response and to adopt citizen-friendly procedures. It has been asked to ensure uploading of fire reports within 72 hours.

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SAD Delhi chief meets Shah, seeks SIT probe into 1984 riots
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
Picking up the thread from the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's representation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding an SIT probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Delhi unit of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today met BJP president Amit Shah and reiterated the demand.

A delegation of the SAD led by its Delhi president Manjit Singh (GK) called on Shah and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe by the SIT.

Giving the details of his meeting with Shah, Manjit Singh said that the delegation also demanded action on FIRs registered related to the riots.

He said Shah assured him of calling a meeting of Sikh leaders soon to discuss a range of issues concerning the community.

Badal had recently met Modi as well as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and demanded the SIT probe.

He had alleged that the successive Congress-led governments at the Centre had stalled a demand for a full-fledged independent probe into the issues, including the role of Congress leaders and the government at the Centre.

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DTC cluster buses to have CCTV cameras
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
The Delhi government has decided to install CCTV cameras in cluster buses (orange buses) plying on the roads of the national Capital in a bid to provide a secure environment to its passengers, especially women.

The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has already started the process of installing CCTV cameras in 200 buses of its fleet in the first phase.

According to a Transport Department official, cluster buses have now become an important part of the public transport with a current fleet of 1,157 buses and the installation of CCTVs in these buses would be very helpful to keep a vigil on every passenger.

"The Transport department has decided to install CCTV cameras in cluster buses in a phased manner. In the first phase, around 150-200 buses will come under this project," said a senior department official.

The official also said that the work on this project will be started as soon as DTC completes the installation of cameras in 200 buses.

"Such a step will also prove useful for the women passengers who travel in corporation buses, especially at late night," he said.

Presently, there is a demand for 11,000 buses in the national Capital and as per an agreement between the DTC and DIMTS, both have to run 5,500 buses each.

The DTC currently operates around 5,000 buses, while DIMTS has only 1,157 buses, 4,343 fewer than the required number of 5,500 buses.

In the aftermath of the December 16 gang-rape case, the DTC had also started providing two home guards during the late-night services.

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One dead in Paschim Vihar building collapse
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
A 58-year-old man died when the roof of a two-storey building in Paschim Vihar, west Delhi, collapsed on him when he was watching television last night. The man has been identified as Pardeep, who lived with his family in a single room flat on the second floor of the building. He worked with a private company.

A police officer, privy to the details of the case, said that the incident took place at about 10 pm yesterday. "The building belongs to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). It was old, and it was raining. Pardeep was watching television when the roof of the second floor collapsed on him. He died at Balaji Hospital," said the officer.

Nobody was injured in the incident. "Pardeep's family was outside. Nobody was stuck under the debris," said the officer.

The police have registered a case under Section 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code against "unknown persons". "No arrests have been made as yet," said the officer.

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Upadhyay asks mayors to make corporations free of graft
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
The BJP today asked all its mayors in the three municipal corporations in the national Capital to present within 10 days their vision documents for making the civic bodies transparent and corruption-free.

In a meeting with the three mayors and senior leaders of the corporations, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay told them that negligence of any kind, especially in the sanitation department, would not be tolerated at any cost.

All three municipal bodies North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations are led by the BJP.

"All mayors should present their vision documents within 10 days with the objective of making the corporations corruption-free and transparent. We need to observe zero tolerance against negligence and corruption, especially in sanitation work," he said.

He asked the civic leaders to conduct surprise visits in their respective zones and maintain contact on this issue with resident welfare associations. The leaders of the House in the three civic bodies were also directed to regularly monitor sanitation work.

"The mayors should get vision documents prepared from the health, education and horticulture committees so that the people may be provided with excellent services," he said.

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DU new session begins

New Delhi, July 21
After uncertainty and confusion over Delhi University's four-year under-graduate programme, its new session finally started on Monday with excited students stepping onto the campus for a new beginning in their young lives.

Delhi University, one of the prestigious universities in the country, admits over 50,000 students under its under-graduate programme in 63 colleges.

The admissions started after a weeklong tussle between Delhi University and the University Grants Commission over the university's controversial four-year under-graduate programme (FYUP) started last year. It was rolled back on June 27.

"To my relief and much delay, the admissions have started. My expenses had doubled but now I have finally got a hostel," said Honiya, who came all the way from Arunachal Pradesh.

Honiya is a student of Geography Honours at Miranda House.

The new students were busy adjusting to the new environment on campus.

"I always wanted to study at north campus of the Delhi University and now I am here. I love the campus environment," said Rohan Verma, a political science student at Ramjas College.

Trying to make new friends and adjusting to the new area, the students were seen roaming around the campus, eating ice-creams to beat high humidity in the city.

"I am new to the city, so I am planning to explore the entire campus with my new friends," said Bhumika Singh, who came from Haryana. She took admission in B.Com. Pass course at Lady Shri Ram College.

Echoing similar feelings, Lukyir, a student at Miranda House, said: "It is a new life and days of independence in the college. I thoroughly want to enjoy my college life."

Lukyir came from Arunachal Pradesh to study at Delhi University.

In the midst of excitement, some students were also worried that their syllabus has still not been defined.

"There is confusion about the syllabus. We have been told not to follow the syllabus given on the website.

We would be informed about it later," said Kriti, who will be studying English Honours at Ramjas College.

"The delay in syllabus does not let us study on our own. So I will wait and enjoy till the final syllabus is given to us," said Rajat Sharma, who is studying at Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies. IANS

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2 held in false case of attempt to murder

New Delhi, July 21
Two persons were arrested in connection with a 'false' case of attempt to murder in Pul Prahladpur area of southeast district, police said today. The accused have been identified as Arun (22) and Robin (28), both residents of Pul Prahladpur area.

On July 11, the complainant-Parveen Chaprana, an associate of Arun, had filed a case of attempt to murder against the associates of his rival Raju Bhadana and Kaushal Bhardwaj.

"Parveen alleged that when he was going to Saket Court, he was stopped by associates of Raju and Kaushal and one of them shot at him with a country-made pistol and the bullet hit his right shoulder and the accused fled," a senior police officer said.

Officer said that during investigation, it was found that Kaushal Bhardwaj had recenlty deposed against complainant Praveen and his associate Arun, adding that Praveen wanted to implicate Kaushal in a false case, so that they could put pressure on the complainant party and negotiate for compromise with them. PTI

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DPCC holds dist. observers' meet
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) today held a meeting of the recently appointed district observers, which was presided over by the unit chief Arvinder Singh.

Singh exhorted all the observers to strengthen the party at the block and district levels, and for that they should hold meetings with the workers.

He said it was the observers' responsibility to reach out to devoted workers, and get them involved in the organizational work.

"It is now time for us to engage even the humblest of Congress workers for the party work at the booth level, and give them organizational responsibilities," he said after the meeting.

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