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Delhi smog: Emergency anti-pollution measures lifted

A court-mandated panel says air quality has improved from “severe” to “very poor”.

Delhi-NCR smog: Kejriwal and Khattar finally meet, resolve to put in ‘sustained efforts’ to check pollution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar today resolved to put in “sustained efforts” to check pollution and discussed measures to ensure smog does not envelop the national capital in the winter of 2018.Kejriwal held a nearly 90-minute meeting at Khattar’s residence here and it primarily centred around air pollution and stubble burning that is a major contributory factor to smog, which has engulfed the national capital and parts of Haryana and Punjab over the past nearly two weeks.A joint statement was issued after the meeting, in which their environment ministers and other top officials also participated.”We the chief ministers of Delhi and Haryana are happy to have had a very fruitful meeting at Chandigarh today. We recognised our deep and shared concern over the recent episode of heavy smog in our National Capital Region. We agreed upon the need for action on many measures aimed at preventing its re-occurrence in the winter of 2018,” according to the statement.It said that during the discussions, the two sides agreed that “serious health risks to which such episodes of smog expose one and all require concrete and quick action on a number of fronts.””In today’s meeting we covered crop residue burning and vehicular pollution issues. We resolve to put in sustained efforts in pursuance of the jointly identified action points in the coming days, weeks and months.”We look forward to covering other sources of air and water pollution in our future discussions.” The two chief ministers also briefly met the media later after their meeting.Kejriwal said that states may be separated by territorial boundaries, but nobody has control over air and joint efforts need to be put in by all stakeholders to check pollution.”Therefore, it is very important that the country’s top political executive, both of states and the Centre, everyone will have to collectively find a solution to this problem,” he said.”I believe today’s meeting is just a beginning. It is an indication that to deal with this problem, we are ready to take whatever steps are required to be taken. We had a discussion on crop burning, on vehicular pollution, as also on bypasses which are being built, we had a discussion on how we can introduce CNG vehicles.”They gave us suggestions that there are some stretches, like for example Delhi-Gurgaon has only one road stretch and if the Dwarka bypass can be expedited, likewise Badarpur- Ashram stretch…,” Kejriwal said touching upon steps that can be taken to decongest traffic and bring down pollution levels caused by vehicles.He also said “I believe that message should go out that at the top level whatever steps are needed to be taken we are ready to take those steps. This is an indication to governments of both the states that strict steps should be taken to curb pollution.”Khattar said there is really genuine concern about smog, which has engulfed northern states, especially in NCR.”It has been happening for the last two years. This problem is not related to only one state but it is a common concern. We are taking steps in our respective states whether it is stubble burning or vehicular pollution,” he said.He said his government has decided to give subsidy to farmers and government procurement agencies on the purchase of 8-9 implements in order to tackle stubble burning problem.”This year, the number of incidents of stubble burning has dropped in Haryana. Satellite pictures show that we have controlled it to a large extent in Haryana,” he said.He said Delhi is the capital of India and “we will collectively try to ensure smog does not envelop Delhi”.Kejriwal had earlier said that Khattar had invited him to Chandigarh today for the meeting as he could not meet him in Delhi because he was very busy.The Delhi chief minister had sought a meeting with his counterparts from Haryana and Punjab to find a solution to stubble burning in neighbouring states, a major source of high pollution levels in Delhi.The practice of burning of crop residue by farmers of Punjab and Haryana has been blamed for the toxic smog enveloping the region every winter.Kejriwal recently said the Centre, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi governments should keep political differences aside and come together to find a permanent solution to stubble burning.Yesterday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh again ruled out a meeting with Kejriwal, asking him not to “politicise” the serious matter.

Vegetable produce hit by tension, prices soar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Basic amenities were hit and normal life was thrown out of gear, especially when it came to vegetables. On Saturday, vegetable supply to Azadpur mandi — one of the main mandis of the Capital — was hit by 20 per cent as trucks from Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh could not reach their destinations.”There were fewer trucks in the mandi today since the ones coming from HP, Haryana and Punjab did not arrive. The same was the situation with fruits like apples as crops from Jammu and Kashmir and HP was less than normal,” said Ashok Kaushik, a wholesale trader.Apart from receiving less vegetables than normal, vegetable vendors also complained about their inability to send certain products outside Delhi. Cities like Panipat, Karnal, Sonepat and Ambala contribute to the Capital’s daily stock of vegetables and because of the crisis, capsicum, brinjal, gourd, cauliflower, beans were some of the products that had curtailed supply on Saturday.The lack of vegetables led to rising prices on Saturday. Prices of different vegetables skyrocketed. Tomatoes which have already been beyond the reach of common man for more than a month, commanded a price of Rs 80 for a kilogram in the wholesale market. While onions and potatoes remained unaffected, beans and capsicum were sold at Rs 80 and Rs 100 per kg respectively, in the retail market, a 20 percent jump from existing prices. Lemon which till Friday was available for Rs 50, touched Rs 60 for one kg on Saturday.Apart from the lack of produce was the security angle. The effect of Friday’s violence with arson incidents reported from areas such as Anand Vihar, Badarpur, Khyala and other areas in the north-east Delhi, ensured that some people looked to stay at home rather than go shopping.And with the verdict due on Monday, it is unlikely that the vegetable crisis will get resolved over the weekend.

After the mayhem, Delhi remains calm

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Capital remained on high alert with prohibitory orders continuing on Saturday. Sources in the police department stated that Section 144 would continue to be imposed in Delhi till September 8.Police also sought to provide a visible deterrent to those looking to indulge in hooliganism by organising flag marches in areas that had witnessed violence post the CBI court verdict against Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.Anand Vihar and Badarpur were the most prominent areas where the flag march was held along with reserved forces and senior police officials in attendance, during the day. This was followed in other areas including Trilokpuri, Jahangirpuri, Nand Nagari and other parts of the city.In another precautionary measure, QRT vans and SWAT teams were mobilised in disturbed areas. Police sources stated that Station House Officers and Assistant Commissioners have been instructed to put up barricades in strategic places. They have also been ordered them to increase patrolling in their respective areas.Special Commissioner(Law and Order) SBK Singh told DNA that all the security apparatus is in place and the police are prepared to handle any eventuality.”Feedback has been taken from all districts and no untoward incident was reported from any part. Normal life has gone on. The prohibitory orders will remain in place for miscreants and in no way will the common man be affected.”Sources claim that these followers may carry out violent activities in different parts of the Capital. This may include torching of DTC buses, parked public transport and markets. Following these inputs, security in these places has been beefed up. Police said that they shut down an ashram of the Dera Sacha Sauda located in the satellite town on Saturday. “The court has ordered us to seal the ashram. We have also deployed forces around the premises,” said Ravinder Kumar, Gurugram police spokesperson.ON HIGH ALERTAccording to intelligence inputs, supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh have started regrouping in areas of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab with the intent of causing trouble ahead of the announcement of the sentence against the godman.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Verdict: Violence in Delhi too, train bogies burnt at Anand Vihar Railway Station

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The tsunami of violence which has rocked Punjab and Haryana after the verdict in the rape case against Dera Saccha Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh holding him guilty in the rape case has now spread to the capital, New Delhi. A special CBI court in Panchkula today convicted flamboyant self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a 2002 rape case, triggering widespread violence and arosn by his supporters in Punjab and Haryana.At least 12 people were killed and more than 100 injured in the violence that left a trail of destruction and vandalism, officials said.
ALSO READ Dera chief convicted: Timeline of the rape case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim According to initial reports, two buses have been set ablaze in Nand Nagari in New Delhi. Two empty rakes of Rewa Express at Anand Vihar Terminal railway station have been set on fire. Buses have been set afire near Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital in New Delhi. In total, violence have been reported from 7 places from the capital. Dera followers are resorting to violence in North East Delhi. Reports of violence have been reported from Khayla, Shadara, Loni Borders, Badarpur. Two people are reportedly severely injured with 80% burn. In light of violence, security has been hiked at BJP HQ. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has appealed for calm.

Security tightens in Tripura

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security has been beefed up all over Tripura, particularly along the 856 km long border with neighbouring Bangladesh, ahead of the Independence-day celebrations. The strength of security forces was augmented in vital installations like Raj Bhavan, Civil Secretariat, Assembly House and vehicles entering the state capital from other places were being checked, SP, police Control, Harkumar Debbarma said. Some temporary check posts were also been built in all the district headquarters including the capital city here. All police stations in Tripura were put on maximum alert and BSF was alerted so that no insurgent could cross over the border from their hideout in Bangladesh. Patrolling by CRPF and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) was intensified in remote tribal and insurgency-prone areas. Police said bomb and dog squads were deployed in different parts of the state. Police said the Agartala airport and all the rail stations were also put under high alert and security was tightened. Meanwhile the rail police arrested one militant along with 305 rounds live cartridges from Badarpur rail station in neighbouring Assam on Saturday last. He had plan to incite violence before the Independence Day. Police said, he was moving towards Agartala and during interrogation he confessed that he had plan of sabotage before the Day. The SP said, the person would be brought to Agartala for interrogation and added the identity of his outfit was not yet known.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man slits wife’s throat in front of kids

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man allegedly murdered his 30-year-old wife on Saturday by smashing her face with an LPG cylinder before slitting her throat in front of their sons, aged 10 and 4 years. The accused suspected the victim of having an illicit relationship. He has been arrested.The incident took place in southeast Delhi’s Badarpur area. The woman, identified as Minakshi, had come to her maternal home in Gautampuri for Raksha Bandhan. Police said the man, Praveen, first smashed her face with an LPG cylinder and then slit her throat.”The woman’s body had multiple injury marks and deep cuts on her neck and head. Her body was sent for post-mortem and her husband was arrested from the spot. Questioning revealed that Praveen suspected Minakshi of having an illicit affair and the couple used to have frequent arguments over this, which often turned violent,” a senior police officer said.Praveen, a driver by profession, was living in a rented house in Molarband village of Badarpur. Police said the couple had been married for the last 12 years. DCP (southeast) Romil Baaniya said the police have registered a case of murder under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 302 and the matter is being probed. “Statements of the children and other family members are being recorded. A crime and forensics team has collected evidence from the the spot,” Baaniya said.

SDMC, PWD indulge in blame game as Delhi’s drains overflow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP-ruled South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Wednesday again blamed the AAP government’s Public Works Department (PWD) for the city being waterlogged with filthy water every other day it rains.The corporation’s Matiala ward Councillor had raised a short notice in the House meeting on the issue over the cleaning of PWD drains.South Delhi mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat claimed that most of the city’s roads get waterlogged for the drains falling under the jurisdiction of the PWD.”The PWD owns all the big drains of the city, including the Kushak Nallah and others. But the department does not clean the drains even during the monsoon, which leads to the overflowing of sewers,” the mayor said.While both the agencies – SDMC and PWD – claim that they have cleaned 90 per cent of the drains in their area, both blame each other regarding the de-silting of the choked drains resulting in waterlogging.”Even the state government has turned a blind eye towards issue while people suffer every monsoon. Though we have completed desilting at most of the major drains and roadside drains of four feet depth, the Delhi government has not even undertaken sewer cleaning in any part of the city. PWD has not taken care to ensure proper disposal of rain water at its vulnerable points,” she said.Drains up to 60 feet are under the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation while 60 feet and above fall under the PWD.In order to enable citizens to lodge complaints of waterlogging, the Corporation had launched a 24X7 helpline last month.The LG had this year directed the PWD to install pumps and fix the major 60 waterlogging flash points in the city including Kashmere Gate, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Mukarba Chowk and Andheria Mor, among others. However, waterlogging complaints are still pouring in from these areas.

Police take measures to ensure Kanwariyas don’t block traffic

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi police are gearing up to tackle the movements of Kanwariyas in the city to help inconvenience the public and cause obstruction in traffic flow. Traffic police on Monday issued an advisory in advance to make people aware of the routes which will witness heavy congestion during their movement and diversions to come up in order to decongest the Capital’s roads.Narendra Singh Bundela, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) said that the police have made elaborate arrangements to segregate the movement of Kanwariyas and the public on the roads to minimise hassle to both the general public and devotees.”Devotees and road users are advised to follow traffic rules and obey the directions of policemen on duty. During this period, traffic violations will be monitored and on the spot prosecutions will also be initiated. Photography and videography of violations will also be done,” Bundela said.According to the police, the main routes of the Kanwariyas in Delhi would be from the Apsara Border to Shahdara flyover and from Seelampur ‘T’ point towards ISBT Flyover. Also from Boulevard Road to Rani Jhansi Road to Faiz Road and to Vande Matram Marg towards Dhaula Kuan to NH-8 and exit from Rajokri Border to enter Haryana.Similarly from the Bhopra Border to Wazirabad Road to Loni Flyover and from Gokulpuri ‘T’ point to 66 Foota Road along with Seelampur ‘T’ point to NH-1 and further towards the new ISBT Bridge.Apart from this, a route via Maharajpur Border to Road number 56 to Ghazipur Border from NH-24 Ring Road via Mathura Road and exit from Badarpur Border to enter Haryana will also be followed. Kalindi Kunj–Mathura Road-Badarpur-Border-Maa Anand Mai Marg — MB Road is also a designated route for Kanwariyas with New Rohtak Road (From Kamal T-Point to Tikri Border) and in Najafgarh Road (From Zakhira to Najafgarh).”Heavy transport vehicles except city buses will not be allowed on GT Road towards Shahdara and Wazirabad Road from July 14 to July 21. Heavy commercial transport vehicles, except city buses, coming from GT Karnal Road at Outer Ring Road will be diverted straight towards NH-24 and will not be allowed to move on Wazirabad Road and GT Road towards Shahdara. Such traffic coming from internal areas like Sonia Vihar, PTS Wazirabad Pushta, Pushta Road will be diverted towards Outer Ring Road via Wazirabad Road to take NH-24,” Bundela said, adding that motorists are advised to plan their movement in advance to avoid inconvenience and delay.

IAF man falls from Metro feeder bus, killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 37-year-old man was killed on Sunday night when he fell off a Metro feeder bus on the Mehrauli-Badarpur road.The man was heading to Badarpur with his wife, father-in-law, and three-year-old daughter, whose birthday had been celebrated last month.The deceased has been identified as Ajay Kumar Gaurav, who worked as an Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC) at the Air Force’s Military Engineering Services office at Tughlakabad. According to Ajay’s father-in-law who witnessed the entire tragedy, the family had boarded the bus from Sangam Vihar to visit a relative’s place in Badarpur.”The bus had barely moved 50 metres, when the driver who was driving recklessly, suddenly applied brakes. Ajay, who was standing near the gate, lost his balance and slipped. He rolled out of the moving bus and sustained critical injuries on his face and head. We rushed him to Majidia hospital and then called up the police,” said Munna, Ajay’s father-in-law. He added that the doctors declared Ajay dead during treatment.Police however made no arrests and said that they’re trying to verify whose fault it was. DCP (Southeast) Romil Baaniya said that the police have registered a case of rash driving and causing death due to negligence under IPC section 304A.

Run destination buses despite loss: NGT tells Delhi government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal today took strong exception to the Delhi government’s submission that the destination buses run by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) were carrying “much less” passengers than their capacity, causing loss to the state transporter. A bench headed by NGT Chaiperson Justice Swatanter Kumar slammed the AAP government for not “effectively” advertising about these point-to-point buses and asked it to use mass media like radio and newspapers to inform the public about the services. “Why haven’t you advertised about the destination buses? That your buses are not getting sufficient passengers gets published in the newspapers, but your advertisements are not visible. “We are not going to stop this service. We will put this order down your throat. This service will not stop even if it is running at loss and you are not getting enough travellers. This order is to minimise the traffic of cars and lessen the congestion on roads and decrease pollution,” the bench said. The observation came after the counsel for the Delhi government told the tribunal that the occupancy rate of these buses was low. He also sought stoppage of these services on Sundays and national holidays saying that there were no office-goers on these days. However, the bench said “first show us what advertisements have you done in different areas to promote this service.” The DTC started running 20 point-to-point buses on as many routes starting from residential localities in the suburbs to office areas in central, south and northwest Delhi from May 1 after the NGT’s direction. Later, 20 more routes and buses were added to the list, taking the total number of destination buses to 40. In the two-month period, the operation has proved non-beneficial as the buses are running empty and passengers have demanded more stops for them, a senior DTC officer had said. Earlier, the green panel had directed the authorities to ensure that at least four buses each start on an experimental basis from far-off areas like Dwarka, Rohini, Janakpuri, Badarpur border and Patparganj and terminate at places like CGO complex, Nehru Place and Shastri Bhawan near Central Secretariat. It had also sought a detailed status report with regard to the impact of these buses on reduction in pollution in the city and directed the authorities not to stop this service unless directed by the tribunal. The apex environment watchdog had said the primary objective behind introduction of this service is to reduce the vehicular load including cars and two-wheelers on the roads. The green panel had said these services will start from spots where it is convenient for the public at large. The NGT had said it would facilitate an individual to opt for such a service, rather than driving a car alone on highly-congested roads. It had directed the Delhi Transport Corporation to depute special officers from their circle who would be responsible for cleaning and maintaining these vehicles and ensure that the staff treats the passengers with respect.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Dead’ baby comes to life before burial

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A newborn — declared dead in a shocking case of negligence by a team of doctors at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital — was found alive minutes before he was to be buried. The angry parents and family members created ruckus at the hospital and filed a complaint with the police.The family of South Delhi’s Badarpur area told the police that after the baby boy’s birth on Sunday morning, the nursing staff of the central government hospital found him unresponsive, and declared him dead. “When the child was given to the parents, the baby was wrapped and labelled. The child’s father, identified later as Rohit, took the baby home, while the mother, whose condition was not stable, remained admitted in the hospital,” said an officer.”It was when the child’s father along with his other family members started preparing for a burial that they realised there were some movements in the pack,” the officer said.When they opened the pack, they found that the child was moving. They immediately called the police, and the baby was rushed to Apollo Hospital. Once declared fit and stable, the baby was again shifted to Safdarjung Hospital for further treatment.The father told the police that if there had been even a 30-minute delay in movement, the family would have buried the child. “This is sheer negligence and legal action shall be taken against the hospital staff responsible,” he said.”An inquiry committee has been set up. It seems to be a case of abortion as the baby weighed just 400 grams. Any baby below 500 grams is not fit to survive,” said hospital superintendent Dr AK Rai.This is the third “baby controversy” case reported from the hospital this year. Earlier this month, a couple had alleged that doctors exchanged their baby boy with a girl. The mother also alleged that doctors used on her an intrauterine device — meant to prevent pregnancy — without her permission. A complaint was filed with the police.In January, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) issued a notice to the hospital and the Delhi police and sought an explanation on the complaint of a woman, who alleged that she delivered twins at the hospital but was handed over only one child.NICK OF TIMEThe father said that if there had been even a 30-minute delay in movement, the family would have buried the child.

Encroachment of water bodies in Delhi cannot be permitted: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court has made it clear that water bodies cannot be encroached upon in the national capital and have to be preserved. The observation by a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rekha Palli came during the hearing of a PIL seeking preservation of a ‘jauhad’ (water body) in the Badarpur area of south Delhi. The court said that a water body has to be “preserved, maintained and utilised as a water body”. It said that pictures filed along with the plea, showed “squatters”, besides deplorable condition and a large body of stagnant water. The bench noted that the Delhi government and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) “have completely abdicated their responsibility” with regard to the land in question and the water body. “The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi squarely absolves itself of any responsibility by stating that the land has been transferred to the DDA. “The DDA submits that this land is not a water body and is a JJ cluster. This submission is made despite the revenue record clearly reflecting that the land in question is a ‘jauhad’,” the court said in its recent order. It also said, “There can be no manner of doubt that a water body has to be preserved, maintained and utilised as a water body and nothing at all. No encroachment thereon can be permitted.” The bench directed the DDA to place an affidavit indicating the water body’s extent, contours and the steps the authority proposes to take for restoring it. The court said that if the squatters have to be relocated from the area, it would be done after an interaction with the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB). “Needless to say this matter brooks no delay and has to be implemented on a war footing especially, keeping the advent of the monsoon in mind,” it said while directing the DDA to file its affidavit before the next date of hearing on August two.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Petition Committee pulls up PWD officials over desilting work

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Petition Committee of Delhi Assembly today pulled up the Public Works Department (PWD) officials over the desilting work after it found one of the drains overflowing and causing heavy traffic jam on the Mehrauli-Badarpur (MB) road during an inspection. Irked by the desilting work by the PWD, it directed them to file a status report over the issue within one week. The move comes after members of the committee, headed by AAP MLA Sourabh Bharadwaj made an inspection and found a drain which was overflowing and causing heavy traffic jam on the MB road. “PWD officers were pulled by the Petition Committee for heavy traffic jams caused by overflowing drain on MB Road. Not acceptable,” Bharadwaj tweeted. The committee has sought a report within one week over the issue, the MLA said. The Petition Committee can take action on the complaints of general public. He said during the inspection, silt was also found in the drain on Guru Ravidas Marg towards Govindpuri area. “The ground reality was contrary to officers’ claim of desilting major drains when the committee members stepped out for the inspection,” he also said. In another tweet, the AAP alleged that municipal corporations declared 100 per cent of desilting in the Lt Governor’s meeting yesterday, but the situation was totally different. “Yesterday MCD has declared 100% desilting in LG’s Meeting. Today in inspection, Petition Committee found main MCD drains jam packed with silt,” Bharadwaj tweeted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

L-G approves action plan to curb pollution in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Anil Baijal today approved an action plan to convert entire municipal solid waste generated in Delhi to energy or recycled products, a move aimed at curbing pollution in the city. The L-G held a review meet on the levels of pollution in the national capital, which was attended by Delhi Environment Minister Miran Hussain, Chief Secretary M M Kutty, principal commissioner of the DDA, and commissioners of the three municipal corporations. During the meeting Baijal was informed that “the corporations are already working towards a solid waste management policy and bids have been invited for waste-to- energy plants, and construction of demolition plants to enable the processing of entire municipal solid waste generated in Delhi. “The Lt Governor asked for a system for incentivisation of the use of end products of recycled waste,” the L-G House said in a statement. The L-G also directed the corporations and the PWD to initiate mechanical sweeping of city roads, it said. The industrial associations have been asked to stop use of non-approved fuel with immediate effect, the statement said, adding, a plan for plantations on roadsides and central verges is to be finalised before the monsoon. During the meeting, it was also decided that for closure of Badarpur thermal power plant, operationalisation of Tughlaqabad sub-station by June, 2018 is to be ensured. NTPC Badarpur has to give a detailed time-bound plan for disposal of fly ash stored or generated at the site. Emphasising on community outreach, awareness-generation and public participation, the L-G asked all concerned to keep up efforts to make Delhi’s air clean on a permanent and sustainable basis. Chairman of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation, and Director General, Centre for Science and Environment, Sunita Narain, among others, also attended the meet. NDMC Chairman said a total of six mechanical sweeping machines will be in place by end of May 2017. SDMC Commissioner said 30 small mechanical sweeping machines have been finalised and trials are expected in the first week of May. Commissioner of EDMC said the corporation is also in process of procuring four sweeping machines. Secretary, PWD said a global tender has been floated for six additional machines. The L-G directed that all machines should be on the road between May-August, and a standard operating procedure for final disposal of dust collected by the sweeping machines must be evolved urgently. Special Commissioner (Transport), Delhi government said the department has audited or inspected 750 pollution checking centres (PCC) out of 968. The Chief Secretary was advised to coordinate with Transport Department and Traffic Police to suggest some corridors which can be developed for high-speed bus transit. “The DMRC informed that 420 additional coaches were under procurement, out of which induction of 30 coaches in Red, Yellow and Blue (Lines) and all 162 coaches on Green and Violet (Lines) have already been inducted. Remaining 228 coaches will be inducted by December,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cops arrest three for thrashing IAF corporal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police On Sunday arrested three people in connection with a case where an Indian Air Force (IAF) Corporal was thrashed and robbed by three men on Friday. The incident occurred after his motor-cycle brushed past their car in south-east Delhi’s Sangam Vihar area.According to the police, IAF Corporal Sujay Kumar Sikandar was riding his motorcycle, along with his colleague, when the incident took place. In his complaint, Sujay stated that while he was travelling near the Mehrauli-Badarpur road, close to Batra hospital, his motorcycle touched a Maruti Swift car. After a few minutes, the car overtook them and stopped. Two men came out of the car and started thrashing his colleague.Sikandar said that as he tried to save his colleague, a Santro car came up from behind and another person got out of the car. The three men then beat up by the corporal and his friend. Later on the accused took his identity card and registration certificate of the motorcycle and fled.Video footage of the incident, shot by a passer-by, confirms Sikandar’s claim. It showed the accused men abusing, slapping and thrashing the officer. The video footage, which went viral, also shows onlookers trying to intervene but they were threatened and abused.Following Sikandar’s complaint, a case under Section 392 (Punishment for robbery), 279 (Rash driving or riding on a public way) and 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) was registered at the Sangam Vihar Police Station. The accused have been identified as Nitin Gupta, Isa and Neeraj. The Delhi Police have recovered the robbed items and seized the two cars used in the commission of the crime.”Gupta is a supplier of Amul Milk in Malviya Nagar, Isa works as a storekeeper at Levas Hotel and Neeraj is a bouncer at RPM Club in Vasant Vihar. Further investigations are underway,” said Romil Baaniya, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South-East.

Not migrant, you are Delhi resident: Nitish woos Bihari voters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today played up the Bihari pride and identity card as he tried to woo Purvanchali voters ahead of the MCD polls saying they are not migrants to Delhi but are residents here. Lakhs of people from Bihar come to Delhi in search of jobs and they earn their livelhiood through hard work, he said addressing an election rally at south Delhi’s Badarpur. “They work hard to earn their livelihood, they do not beg. Still people say they are migrants. They are not migrants, they are residents of Delhi,” Kumar said. The influence of Biharis has grown in the country as work done by his government in Bihar have been acknowledged, he said. “Earlier, they used to hide their identity and felt subdued but now they claim to be from Bihar with pride as the government of Bihar has been recognised through its work,” he said addressing the gathering dominated by people from Bihar and Eastern Uttar Pradesh. Kumar said the Bihar government was working with the motto of “development with justice” for all sections of society and is “least bothered” about advertisements and media hype. “We believe in work, while some people just talk. We do not believe in advertisements and media hype for our work to be acknowledged. When the work has its impact it is appreciated automatically,” he said without naming any party. Highlighting “poor” civic conditions in parts of Delhi, he said the party (BJP) ruling MCD is responsible for it and hit out at the Centre for “neglect” of the national capital. “They talk about smart cities but let us ask them to at least make Delhi smart. Condition of most of the roads is very bad. I saw lack of proper drainage, sewage, and heaps of garbage in colonies,” he said as he cited his government’s project on developing drains, streets, and providing water and electricity supply to each house in Bihar. Kumar said JD(U) candidates will work with same spirit as his government is working in Bihar and asked people to vote for them. “They understand your pain, they will work as we have been working in Bihar. Do not get misguided by those who are talking on non-issues,” he said. Kumar batted for complete statehood to Delhi for better administration and improved law and order. “Delhi tops the list in number of crimes but the subject (Police) comes under the Centre’s jurisdiction. If Delhi had full statehood, the local government would be responsible for it,” he said. Elaborating on the effects of liquor ban in Bihar, Kumar said it should be imposed in Delhi and the whole of country. The Bihar CM also expressed concern over reprots that liquor shops closed on national highways after Supreme Court order were being shifted inside cities. Kumar also cited his government’s schemes of providing school uniforms and bicycles to girls and 50 per cent reservation to women in panchayats. “Some people talk about development in terms of double- digit GDP but we believe that unless everyone is benefited it can not be development,” he said. On “unauthorised” colonies, where a large chunk of Purvanchalis live, Kumar said the colonies should be regularised and provided with necessary civic facilities. “People come to Delhi for job. Where will they live, if they have been living in these so-called unauthorised colonies then it should be regularised and provided with basic facilities,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bangla paramilitary personnel killed in border clash

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of uniformed personnel from Bangladesh allegedly entered Muslimpara area in the district and threatened villagers leading to a clash in which a Bangladeshi paramilitary personnel was killed and six Indian villagers injured, a BSF official said today. Brajesh Kumar, DIG-BSF, who is camping in the area, told reporters that group of 12-14 armed uniformed personnel from Badarpur village of Bangladesh’s Feni district had allegedly entered Muslimpara at about 9 PM last night. They broke doors of several village houses, hurled slangs and threatened them, he said. When the locals put up a resistance, the armed personnel fired rubber bullets injuring six Indian villagers. Soon a mob attacked them with machetes and lathis leaving an ANSAR Bahini Lance Naik, identified as Nawsad Ali, dead, Kumar said. Bangladesh Ansar also known as Ansar Bahini is a paramilitary force of Bangladesh. The villagers also caught one Suman Miah (20) in plain clothes. BSF personnel rushed to the spot and recovered the body along with one assault rifle with five live cartridges. The body along with the arms and ammunition and Suman Miah were handed over to police, he said. The Commandant of 68 battalion of BSF guarding the areas have contacted their counterpart of BGB, 10 battalion and sought clarification on how the armed and uniformed personnel of Bangladesh entered Indian territory without permission, he said. The body of the deceased would be handed over to BGB after post-mortem today. The SP of South Tripura Tapan Debbarma is at the spot along with a heavy contingent of forces.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MCD polls: JDU to corner AAP on electricity, water issues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s party JD(U) will make a splash in national capital’s political arena by contesting MCD elections and cornering the AAP government on issues of electricity and water supply. The Delhi unit of JD(U) was constituted during Nitish Kumar’s visit and a meeting in Delhi, on December 3 last year. “In the convention, Nitish was suggested for allowing the party to contest MCD elections in view of sizeable number of people from Bihar and Purvanchal living in the city who are facing many problems including water and electricity supply,” said Raj Singh Mann, president of Delhi unit of the party. The party will fight elections on all the 272 wards of three municipal corporations and Kumar will address 3-5 election meetings, Mann said. “The first meeting will be held somewhere in Badarpur area around Holi. This area stretching from Badarpur to Sangam Vihar is thickly populated by people from Bihar and Eastern UP most of whom live in unauthorised colonies and slums.” The problems of supply of water and electricity as well as drainage are three important civic issues the JD(U) will focus on during municipal elections. “The condition of water and power supply in slums and unauthorised colonies is very poor. Water is being supplied through tankers and power cuts are common. We have received these complaints from those who voted for AAP in Assembly elections,” Mann said. Party organisation is being strengthened to contest the elections in an effective manner, he said. So far, 8 out of 14 district presidents and incharges of 70 blocks (coinciding with Assembly segments) have been appointed. Over hundred meetings were held since December 3 last year and next week another meeting will be organised for discussing appointment of ward presidents, he said. “We are not bothered about election results and our aim is to raise the issues of people from Bihar and Purvanchal in Delhi. They voted for AAP and now they are complaining that MLAs of the ruling party are not available,” Mann added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Collection agents arrested for staging bogus robbery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two collection agents of a wheat flour company have been arrested for staging a bogus robbery on DND flyway in east Delhi in order to steal Rs 13.84 lakh from their employer, police said today. The arrested accused told police that they were “emotionally blackmailed” by their sales manager boss to stage the bogus robbery, as he needed money for his daughter’s marriage, said Omvir Singh, DCP (east). A complaint was lodged at Mayur Vihar police station by the collection agent of the company, Bhanu Modi, that Rs 13.84 lakh was robbed from him by two bike-borne criminals on DND flyway in the area, at around 11.30 PM on February 15. During interrogation, Bhanu admitted that he was close to his boss Adesh Kumar, sales manager of the company, and around 15 days ago he persuaded him and another collection agent Dinesh to stage the robbery drama as he needed money for his daughter’s marriage, said the officer. During investigation, police scanned the CCTV footage of the areas near the spot of the robbery. They noticed that Dinesh was present in the area at the time of the robbery although he was supposed to be collecting money from shopkeepers in southeast Delhi’s Badarpur. After this lead, they grilled Bhanu but he did not crack. Afterwards, focus was shifted to Dinesh and he was apprehended and interrogated at which he revealed the whole drama, the officer said. Police managed to recover Rs 2.23 lakh after the duo were further grilled. The accused sales manager Adesh managed to escape along with his family when police raided his place. He is absconding with Rs 11.60 lakh of the money misappropriated by the trio, added the officer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Keep Badarpur power plant shut: EPCA to Delhi govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Delhi continues to battle ‘very poor’ air quality, the Supreme Court-empowered EPCA today asked the Delhi government to ensure that the Badarpur thermal power plant, a major source of air pollution in the city, continues to remain shut. Last November, the government had issued directions under section 31 A of Air Pollution (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981, for closure of all the units of the power plant till January 31. Sources said NTPC, which operates the plant, has received no fresh communication from the government to resume its operations. However, Environment Secretary Chandraker Bharti refused to comment on the issue. At the Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) meeting on January 20, he had made it clear that the plant will remain shut unless there is any power crisis in the city. The next meeting of EPCA will be held on February 3. “We want the plant to remain shut, especially since there is no power crisis in the city. Keeping it shut has helped considerably in keeping pollution in check. There is no need to run it,” EPCA Chairman Bhure Lal said. At the last meeting, EPCA member Sunita Narain had directed the Delhi government to take steps to transport the flyash at the plant using special containers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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