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AAP, NDMC reply sought on plea to seal illegal constructions in Chandni chowk

The Delhi High court has sought the reply of the AAP government and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) after a plea was filed to seal and demolish illegal construction in the historic Chandni Chowk area and prosecute violators.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the Delhi Government, North Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi Police Commissioner on the petition which said that an effective mechanism be devised to check rampant unauthorised construction in Chandni Chowk.The PIL filed by Himanshu Bansal, a trader in Chandni Chowk, gave details of seven properties where alleged illegal construction was carried out and said other similarly placed properties in the the area be also inspected.Appearing for Bansal, his counsel stated that despite various orders of the Supreme Court and High Court, it has not worked as a deterrence and unauthorised construction has become a continuous problem.The plea had sought direction to authorities to forthwith seal and demolish the unauthorised or illegal construction carried out in Chandni Chowk and to prosecute builders and those responsible for violating the law.It alleged that illegal construction activities are being carried out in complete violation of environment laws and has increased the congestion in the area, endangering life and properties of local inhabitants and public at large.It also contended that authorities be directed to ensure that the rich cultural heritage of Chandni Chowk area is preserved on the lines of the master plan Delhi 2021 by devising an effective mechanism of checking rampant unauthorised construction and illegal use of properties in the area as well as ensuring swift action against violators and offenders.THE PLEAThe plea sought direction to authorities to forthwith seal and demolish the unauthorised or illegal construction carried out in Chandni Chowk and to prosecute builders and those responsible for violating the law.

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‘Lack of faith’ keeps Good Samaritans away from police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite the Delhi Police’s repeated attempts to encourage good Samaritans, 57 per cent of the total witnesses to the crime did not step forward to inform. The analysis was on Thursday reported by Praja Foundation that also claimed that 76 per cent of the respondents, who reported a crime to the Delhi Police, were not satisfied with the police response.Releasing data on Thursday, Praja, a non-partisan organisation, stated that of the total of 24,301 respondents to crime, 15 per cent had witnessed crime in Delhi. Of these 15 per cent respondents, it said 57 per cent did not inform the Delhi Police. It also said that of 43 per cent respondents, who reported a crime to the police, 76 per cent were not satisfied with their response.The data collected by Praja claimed that respondents from North West Delhi and Chandni Chowk were the least satisfied respondents with 21 per cent each, from among those who witnessed and reported the crime to the Delhi Police.Chalking out the reason for the low turnout of good samaritans, the data stated that “No faith” in the police/legal system came out to be the biggest reason for not informing the police by respondents who witnessed a crime.”46 per cent of the respondents who witnessed crime reported the same reason. This lack of faith in the police/legal system clearly explains the fall in the registration of cases for almost all the major crimes in Delhi,” the data read.Further, 9. 11 per cent of respondents did not inform the police because they do not want to get involved in any trouble even after witnessing a crime, it said.”Comparing Delhi and Mumbai on the parameter ‘people’s faith’ in the police/legal system’, Mumbai does fairly well with 15 per cent of its residents not having faith to 46 per cent of Delhi residents, who do not have faith in the institutions of police and legal system,”the data suggested. The number of respondents who were satisfied with the response is a meager percentage, 21 per cent in Delhi as compared to Mumbai where 46 per cent people are satisfied.It also said, from the respondents who witnessed a crime in Delhi, 69 per cent preferred to use the police helpline numbers like 100/ 103 to alert them. The second most preferred medium of informing the police by respondents, who have witnessed crime, was calling on the local telephone number of the police station, which was 17 per cent.”No faith in the police/legal system came out to be the biggest reason for not informing the police by respondents who have faced crime. 32 per cent of the respondents who faced crime reported the same reason for not informing the police. This also has clear linkages with low reportage of crimes in 2016 for almost all the major crimes as compared to 2015. The second highest reason for not informing the police by respondents who faced crime was that they do not want to get involved in any trouble was 16 per cent,” Praja data stated.

DMRC to revamp 15 metro stations to combat rush

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 15 metro stations will soon be remodelled by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to combat the rising rush of commuters by each passing day. Based on different surveys done by the DMRC over the years, the strategic planning includes a slew of measures like shifting of ticket counters to constructing ramps and stairways.The Metro, which is a lifeline for the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), is used by around 28 lakh passengers every day. The stations are being worked upon depending on the number of commuters that each of them experiences during the day.The DMRC has been conducting regular studies on travellers’ rush to further their development model to ease pressure on the facility and make travelling more convenient for people.The metro stations that would undergo changes include Rithala, Uttam Nagar, Dwarka Sector 21, Dilshad Garden, Kashmere Gate, Pragati Maidan. Dilshad Garden, Jahangirpuri, Noida City Centre, Noida Sector 16, Sikanderpur, Tilak Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Karol Bagh, Hauz Khas, GTB Nagar among others. Similar work is already being done in 17 stations while the DMRC redeveloped five stations — Rajiv Chowk, New Delhi, Vaishali, Huda City Centre and Chandni Chowk in the recent past.According to a senior DMRC official, the security checkpoint in Laxmi Nagar will soon be shifted since the station witnesses a heavy rush of commuters every day.The official further shared that the security check and the ticket counter in Vaishali metro station were on the first floor which led to long queues during peak hours. Hence, they started selling tickets at the ground floor, while the security remained on the concourse. The metro which chugs on a system as long as 213 kilometres, recently found itself in the thick of controversy after its fares were increased for the second time in less than six months.METRO MENACEDelhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal called it a “conspiracy” to help radio cabs like Ola and Uber do business even as the common man suffered because of the fare hike. The metro recently found itself in the thick of controversy after its fares were increased for the second time in less than six months.

Taking a walk back in time

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Armed with insights into some of the hidden ruins in the Capital, the Delhi Walk Festival, in its third edition, will take Delhiites on a historical journey. The 11-day festival, which starts on November 2 and goes on till November 12, will provide an opportunity to help one learn more about the city, through 170 walks.Organised by SALT XP, the festival explores three major historical landmarks– Town Hall at Chandni Chowk, Gallery 1AQ at Mehrauli and the India Post’s head office at Lodhi Road. The walks will be led by renowned experts who will look to satiate the curiosity of Delhiites, create an appreciation for the unfamiliar, nostalgia for the past and even ponder new possibilities of a future Delhi.These experts include writer and historian William Dalrymple, author and activist Sadia Dehlvi, author Aanchal Malhotra, theatre thespian MK Raina, Bombay Natural History Society, Street Art Foundation, among others will take residents down memory lane during the event.Speaking about the concept, festival director Aastha Chauhan said,”The DWF is obviously about walking. Walk – to discover, to get lost, to learn, to unlearn, to know your city better. But mostly walk to find yourself through these myriad frameworks of urban existence.”Sumit Chandhoke, executive producer, DWF agreed and added, “The road not taken, the road less traveled, where the streets have no name – that’s where you find the real Delhi. To us, the walks are special and unique as it is not run-of-the-mill, other chips on the block. DWF is more inclusive and experiential for anyone who wishes to participate. The DWF enables you to truly touch, feel and experience this complex entity of Delhi through art, culture, heritage and food.”Delhiites are understandably proud of their heritage and the festival which celebrates the vibrancy and multiplicity of a fast transitioning city, while at the same time delving into its history, composite culture and various narratives, is something that will only be welcomed.ABOUT THE FESTOrganised by SALT XP, the festival explores three major historical landmarks– Town Hall at Chandni Chowk, Gallery 1AQ at Mehrauli and the India Post’s head office at Lodhi Road The walks will be led by renowned experts who will look to to satiate the curiosity of Delhiites, create an appreciation for the unfamiliar, nostalgia for the past
These experts will include William Dalrymple, Sadia Dehlvi

Finally, Town Hall renovation may take off next month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After several missed deadlines and years of delay, tenders for the redevelopment work of the iconic Town Hall building in the Walled City may finally be floated within next month.According to a senior civic body official, a “Draft Request For Proposal (RFP) has been prepared and sent to the departments of finance and RP Cell for vetting, after which tenders for the work will be floated”.However, the process may take around a month’s time, as it involves a number of technical specifications, he added.Civic officials blamed the Central government’s Union Ministry of Tourism for the delay, claiming that initially, the project had to be funded by them, but later it was decided that the historic building will be redeveloped in PPP mode.”The work had been delayed because of a number of factors, including changes in planning and funding. However, now the tender is in the process of being floated. The procedure may take longer, as it involves a number of technicalities including preserving the heritage character, deciding the revenue model and maintenance costs, among others,” the officer said.The north civic body, under which the work is being undertaken, in July, had set nine months to start work on the project to be completed in two years.While a plan for turning the building into a museum and a tourist attraction was proposed in 2013, it never took off.The 150-year-old yellow stone and brick building so far stands deserted in the middle of the bustling Chandni Chowk. The landmark structure has been the seat of power of the unified MCD till 2012 and has been in ruins since the MCD headquarters shifted to Central Delhi’s Minto Road.The place has been proposed to be turned into a museum – a centre of cultural and social heritage depicting the history of the Capital city. The museum will occupy an area of about 1574 square metre on the ground floor.The complex will have a craft bazaar, dancing fountain, the maze, light and sound programmes, street food, children activity area, boutique hotel, food court, courtyard, and sculpture garden, digital library, lecture rooms, a museum, and a fine dining area on the premises.IT WILL INCLUDE…Complex to have a craft bazaar, dancing fountain, maze, light and sound programmes, street food, children activity area, boutique hotel, food court, courtyard, sculpture garden, digital library, lecture rooms, museum, fine dining area.

Markets deserted after Supreme Court ban order on crackers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after the Supreme Court upheld the ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the NCR till November 1, local markets wore a deserted look. In a visit to various markets across the city, DNA saw various firecracker shops with shutters closed tight and dozens of traders complaining about how the ban had affected their livelihood ahead of the festive season.The owner of Kansal Fireworks in Jahangir Puri — who did not want to be named — summed up the general mood when he said,”Our shop is open round the year and this is our family business. However, just at the peak time the Supreme Court ban has ensured that I am sitting at home with my only source of livelihood taken away. The court has implemented the ban keeping pollution in mind but what about our families? Aren’t they supposed to have a good Diwali too?”But while many shops were shut there were some markets that were still selling crackers to Delhiites. On Esplanade Road near Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, street vendors continued to sell everything from sparklers and rockets to high-decibel ‘bombs’ to eager buyers. The vendors told DNA that every time there was a threat of an raid, their wares were hastily whisked away to a hiding place.The same was true on the streets of Chandni Chowk. The ever-crowded streets saw vendors openly peddling phooljhadis, anars, chakris and bombs .”This area used to host wholesalers feeding the high demand for fireworks till Diwali, but this year, the big vendors have distributed their stock to small vendors who continue to sell the stock they had purchased. Honestly, we do not care about the environment or the police patrolling the area. We only want to earn as that will support our livelihood,” said a vendor at Chandni Chowk.”Through our sources, we come to know about police raiding the area well in time. So we pack our stuff and vanish. We had stocked up on firecrackers much before the ban was announced so what should we do? Is it our fault that the pollution of Delhi is getting worse,” said another vendor.However when contacted, police said they are leaving no stone unturned to curb the illegal sale of firecrackers in their jurisdiction.”We have formed teams to keep a check on anybody illegally selling or purchasing firecrackers and take appropriate action. The teams are on the ground to monitor the situation and enforce the Supreme Court’s order,” said Madhur Verma, media spokesperson of the Delhi Police.HOME DELIVERYMany cracker shops may have been shut down following the SC order. However, shops are managing to do business by secretly supplying customers crackers through home delivery.

Fire breaks out in Chandni Chowk market

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A minor fire broke out at Naya Katra main market in Chandni Chowk on Wednesday evening.The fire department received a call around 5:40 pm after which eight fire tenders were rushed to the location. Officials suspect short-circuit as the reason behind the fire, however a final report of the incident will reveal the same. No one has been reported injured.In another incident reported from East Delhi area, a minor fire occurred due to a cylinder blast. Two fire tenders were rushed to the spot, however no one was injured in the incident.

Two held for duping people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons have been arrested for duping people by posing as courier agents in west Delhi’s Kirti Nagar area. The duo would replace the consignments with stone slabs and keep the original consignment with them.According to the police, the accused have been identified as Suraj, 20, and Yoginder, 28. The duo would pose as agents of a courier company and carry bonafide record books in order to dupe people.The police were informed about the incident by a man identified as Sanjeev Bhatia, who stated that he had ordered 63 high-end mobile handsets, but when he received the delivery, he found only bricks and stones in the boxes.”He booked the consignment through supreme express courier and cargo in Jaipur. Yogendra, an authorised representative of the company, passed on the consignment through the New Delhi office. When the said goods were not delivered, he realised that he had been duped by the courier company,” a senior police officer said.A case was then registered. During the investigation, it was revealed that the authorised agent was out of reach. Technical surveillance led the police to his location in Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area. Police carried out massive door-to-door search for the accused persons and finally manged to apprehend Yogendra and his co-accused Suraj. On their instance, 52 mobile handsets were recovered from a godown in west Delhi.The police suspect the involvement of more persons in the racket and are investigating as to how these persons would procure the sets and later go underground.

Delhi HC warns MCD, police of ‘serious action’ if encroachers continue to operate at Chandni Chowk

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Monday warned of serious action against the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the city police if they failed to stop encroachments at Chandni Chowk area in the walled city.A bench of Justices G S Sistani and Chander Shekhar said that despite the order of the Supreme Court that police would be held responsible for encroachments in the Chandni Chowk area, “we find that the orders are not being complied with”.The bench referred to an apex court order declaring Chandni Chowk as a no-vending zone.While hearing a petition filed by the Chandni Chowk Sarv Vyapar Mandal against encroachments in the area, the bench observed that the apex court order has to be complied with.”We make it clear that in case MCD and Delhi Police are not able to comply with the order passed by the Supreme Court, then we will be forced to call the senior officers from both the departments to court and initiate appropriate action,” the bench said.The court fixed the matter for October 26.The bench also took into account some photographs of the area submitted by the petitioner, which showed that the place was full of encroachments.Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. It is located close to the historic Red Fort.

Traffic restrictions on 13 Aug, I-day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Traffic restrictions will be in place for the Independence Day function at the Red Fort and on its full dress rehearsal on August 13. Half-a-dozen roads will remain closed while traffic will be diverted on some roads on these days. Six roads – Netaji Subhash Marg, Lothian Road, S P Mukherjee Marg, Chandni Chowk Road, Nishad Raj Marg and Esplanade Road – and its Link Road will be closed for general public from 5 am to 9 am on both the days, said Joint CP (Traffic) Garima Bhatnagar. Vehicles without parking labels for the rehearsal need to avoid Tilak Marg, Mathura Road, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Subhash Marg, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg and Ring Road between Nizamuddin Bridge and ISBT bridge and take alternative route. North-South traffic will follow alternative routes from Aurobindo Marg, Connaught Place-Minto Road, Ring Road-ISBT and Nizamuddin bridge. In the East-West corridor, the vehicular traffic will follow alternative routes of DND-NH24-Vikas Marg, Vikas Marg- DDU Marg, and Boulevard Road-Barfkhana. Movement of goods vehicles between Nizamuddin Bridge and Wazirabad bridge will be prohibited from August 12 midnight till 11 am on August 13. Inter-state buses will not be allowed between Maharana Pratap ISBT and Sarai Kale Khan ISBT from 5 am to 9 pm, the official said. Local city buses, including of DTC, will not move on Ring Road from 5 am to 9 am on August 13, between Hanuman Setu and Bhairon Road T-point and take alternative route. Buses ordinarily terminating at Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Delhi main railway station will be curtailed or diverted. Alternative routes will remain open to railway stations, bus stations and hospitals near the venue of Independence Day function, she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 held for robbing jeweller’s house in guise of CBI officers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons have been arrested for allegedly impersonating as CBI officers and carrying out a dacoity at a jeweller’s house in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh, the police said today. The accused were inspired by the Akshay Kumar-starrer heist film ‘Special 26’ and had taken the idea of impersonating as CBI officers from it, they said. On July 26, seven people, suspected to be members of Neeraj Bawania gang, had gone to the jeweller’s house. One of them entered the house wearing khakhi uniform on the pretext of a CBI raid, the police said. When an elderly woman opened the door, all the accused barged inside the house, overpowered the family members, held them at gunpoint and began searching for valuables, they said. A woman, who was on the top floor of the house, managed to raise an alarm and alerted the neighbours. The accused fled with some jewellery and electronic items, the police said. A team was constituted under Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) G Ramgopal Naik to solve the case. Following a tip-off, three of the accused, Narender Vesnav (30), Madan (28) and Neeraj (38) were nabbed near St Xavier School, Shahbad Dairy here when they had come to meet someone, the police said. During interrogation it was revealed that Vesnav had entered the house posing as a CBI officer. Their accomplices are still at large, they said. Neeraj used to run a jewellery shop in Bawana and owed money to several people. He is a relative of gangster Neeraj Bawania and had recently joined his gang, the police said. He used to visit Koocha Mahajani, Chandni Chowk, to buy ornaments where he learnt about one of the jewellers in the market and conveyed the information to other gang members following which a plan was hatched to carry out the dacoity, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DMRC’s heritage walk gives you a chance to relive old Delhi’s history

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhiites can look forward to learning about historical gems of the city as Delhi Metro will be organising special walks across old Delhi under its new initiative— Heritage Walk. Every weekend from August 5, people signing up for the walk will be taken around the walled city, and made aware of centuries’ old heritage and culture of the area. The walk will start from Chandni Chowk Metro station every weekend at 10.30 am.According to a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official, “The walks will start from Metro stations in the vicinity to portray the unique amalgamation of old world charm of these areas with the modern Metro system of the city.”The duration of the walk will be over an hour and it will cover Sair-o-Shajahanabad, the main street of Chandni Chowk, which is the living fabric of Old Delhi with each alley offering a unique flavour. The participants will also get to explore lanes like Dariba Kalan and Kinari Bazaar. For foodies, they can relish the delicacies at the oldest Jabeli Wala while treading through the lanes of Old Delhi. Other locations that will be covered in the heritage walk include Naughara, Nai Sarak, Town Hall, and Khari Baoli.

DPCC protests ‘wrong implementation’ of the GST, Maken says

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of Delhi Congress today held a demonstration outside the historic Town Hall in Chandni Chowk area to protest the “wrong implementation” of the GST. DPCC chief Ajay Maken said the Modi government was in a state of “deep slumber” as prices of all essential commodities have “soared sky-high”. An effigy of price rise and GST was also burnt by the protesters. The Delhi State Traders’ Congress, under the aegis of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, is organising week-long demonstrations at 42 major markets across Delhi to protest against “price rise as a fallout of the wrong implementation of GST,” the DPCC said in a statement. Tomorrow, a demonstration will be held at the Rani Bagh market in Adarsh Nagar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Plans to revamp Walled City still on hold

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ambitious Shahjahanabad redevelopment project, meant to revamp the Walled City area while preserving monuments, is expected to take some more time to see the light of the day as the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRDC), responsible for the development work of the area, is a non-staffer since its formation in 2008.”The involvement of multiple agencies is severely affecting the re-development work in the Walled City. The SRDC, which was formed to look after the development work, does not have adequate staff. Currently, it is working without a chairperson and a managing director. How then can we expect it to work efficiently?” asked Chandni Chowk MLA, Alka Lamba.”There are more than 20 positions lying vacant in the SRDC. The corporation requires engineers, architects and archaeologists to move forward but the files of their appointments are pending to be cleared by the LG office,” she added.Earlier, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal used to head the SRDC. The responsibility was later given to the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and subsequently to the Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendar Jain.Jain, had however, appointed PWD engineer-in-chief Sarvagya Srivastava in February last year. But the then LG subsequently struck down Srivastava’s appointment as PWD secretary “There is ambiguity as to who will head the SRDC. Due to this, development work has been affected in my constituency,” said Lamba.Recently, the Delhi High Court had pulled up the SRDC and asked it to remove all illegal encroachments from the Chandni Chowk area. Following this, Lt Governor Anil Baijal also sought a status report from the Delhi government on the development work.According to officials at North Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the iconic Town Hall, which was the seat of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi from 1866 till 2009, will soon be revamped under the Shahjahanabad redevelopment project.”A craft bazaar, a dancing fountain, a maze, light and sound programmes, street food, children activity area, digital library and lecture rooms will be constructed there as per the development plan,” a senior NDMC official said.& AnalysisMany beautification programs have been promised with regard to the Capital’s many monuments.But thanks to apathy, lack of a concrete plan and multiplicity of agencies, such projects have remained stalled.

Smoke in electric sub-stn disrupts power to Metro stations,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commuters of Metro Railway here had a harrowing time after services were suspended from Chandni Chowk to Tollygunge stations, due to disruption in power supply. At around 8:46 PM, smoke was seen coming out of a electric sub-station near Rabindra Sadan metro station, following which power supply to metro stations from Chandni Chowk to Tollygunge was switched off. “At around 9 PM we decided to stop Metro services from Chandni Chowk to Tollygunge. Up and Down services from Dum Dum to Central stations and Tollygunge to Kavi Subhas stations were kept normal,” an official of the Metro railway said. The engineers of Metro railway are at work to restore normal services, the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GST jitters: Cloth traders to open shop for only half a day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The imposition of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has not gone down well with a section of traders in the city. In fact, cloth traders in major wholesale and retail markets, including Chandni Chowk, Sadar Bazaar, Kamla Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Nehru Place, and Kirti Nagar, have decided to open their shops only for half a day for a week, starting Tuesday. The shops will be opened only after 1 pm.”What is the point of levying 5 per cent tax on cloth trade? There should not be any tax on items of basic necessity, such as food and clothing. Besides, the government has introduced so many formalities in the system that it will finish the small-time dealers,” said Roshan Lal, a trader in Chandni Chowk’s cloth market.The traders’ body also maintained that there should not be more than 15 per cent tax on any item. Under the newly implemented policy, however, the tax sometimes goes up to 28 per cent.

BJP files police complaint against Alka Lamba for ‘hindering operations’ of firefighters

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nupur Sharma on Tuesday filed a police complaint against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Alka Lamba for obstructing public servants from discharging their duties.Sharma, in her complaint, said that Lamba obstructed the firefighting efforts of the fire department officials when they were trying to douse fire in Moti Bazaar area of Chandni Chowk late Monday night. Sharma’s complaint is based on a video and newspaper reports which accused Lamba of creating a photo opportunity for her.Lamba reportedly climbed atop the firefighter crane and truck for the photo opportunity that hindered the firefighting. “This stunt and act of Ms Lamba hindered the operations of the firefighters and delayed the process thereby increasing the risk of spreading the raging fire which could have resulted in greater loss to property as well as life,”said Sharma in her complaint. (Image courtesy Zee News)

Fire breaks out in cloth shop in Delhi’s Moti Bazar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A major fire broke out in a cloth shop in Moti Bazar of Chandni Chowk this evening. A call was received at 9.30 PM about the fire and 29 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, a senior Delhi Fire Services officer said. He said that the fire spread to other shops and the firemen are still at work. No injuries or casualties have been reported till now. The cause of fire is suspected to be a short-circuit.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi Police now asks mosques to make announcements on Najeeb

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With JNU student Najeeb Ahmed missing for over 200 days now, the Delhi Police has approached mosques in the national capital and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh to make regular announcements on him in the hope of making some headway in the case. Najeeb went missing after a scuffle at his hostel allegedly with ABVP members on the night of October 14. A reward of Rs 10 lakh was announced by police for any information about him. The probe into his disapperanece has turned up no clue so far with police continuing to grope in the dark. A senior police officer summed it up succintly: “Despite so many teams working on the case, we have failed to make any headway.” Now, they they have turned to mosques for help. The investigating officers met the imam of Fatehpuri Masjid in Chandni Chowk and requested him to make announcements about Najeeb during prayers. “We asked them to request people to share any clues or information about Najeeb. We have even requested imams of other mosques in Delhi, neighbouring areas and some cities in Uttar Pradesh like Badaun, Bareilly where Najeeb has stayed to make regular announcements,” said a senior police officer. Police have also requested them to share information about the disappearance with “jamaats” who travel between mosques. Meanwhile, Najeeb’s family members say they have lost faith in police. “We are as clueless about Najeeb now, as we were on the first day,” said Najeeb’s brother Mujeeb. He said the police has done “little” in tracing his brother and has only “harassed” them. “It is very mysterious that every time the case is coming up for a hearing in the High Court, we get a fake call sharing information about him. The police, very conveniently, says in the court that they are working on the leads gained through the phone call,” he added. The Delhi High Court, while recently hearing a plea by Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees seeking whereabouts of her son, had rapped the Delhi Police over the manner of its probe. The court said that the agency appeared to be looking for an “escape route” and was “beating around the bush”. Amid all the gloom, the family is still hopeful of his return. Whenever his family members receive a call from an anonymous number, they always hope that it might be Najeeb. “We always try and pick calls and in case we miss any call, we call back on the numbers in the hope that someone might be calling to tell us about my brother,” said Mujeeb. Recently, the family received a call from a woman in Muzaffarnagar inquiring about their son but it later turned out that she had dialed their number by mistake since it was similar to her boyfriend’s number, police said. Najeeb’s mother, meanhwile, is trying to stay strong. However, there are times when she breaks down. Friday was one such instance. She broke down in front of DCP (Crime) G Ramgopal Naik, who is investigating the case, after the court hearing, pleading with him to find her son and bring him back. “I don’t cry in front of my children since they are also going through a difficult phase. But I cry whenever I am praying to God. I miss Najeeb a lot whenever his favourite dishes are prepared or some other anecdotes are discussed,” Fatima said. She said that she prays everyday to seek the almighty’s help in finding her son. “Police has projected a negative image of my son. He is very good-natured and unlike what he has been made out to be. I have full faith that he will come back.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 arrested, juvenile apprehended for killing of man

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested two men and apprehended a juvenile in connection with the killing of an employee of a garment trader in north Delhi’s Sarai Rohilla last month. The arrests were made yesterday. Amarchand was shot dead when he resisted a robbery bid near Shastri Nagar on the night of April 28, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Jatin Narwal. Amarchand, along with two co-workers, was returning to his employer in Gandhi Nagar after collecting Rs 3 lakh from Chandni Chowk traders when he was shot at, said the officer. During investigation, police scanned CCTV footage and found that Amarchand and his co-workers were being followed by three persons. Based on a tip-off, the two accused were arrested yesterday. A juvenile boy was also apprehended. A country-made pistol was seized from them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAP’s Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh resigns

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the firing line after the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) dismal show in the Punjab Assembly polls and the more-recently held MCD elections, party’s Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh and organisation-building head Durgesh Pathak have resigned from their respective posts. Singh took to Twitter to convey the same. “Maine Punjab ke prabhaari pad se apna isteefa rashtriya sanyojak Arvind Kejriwal ko de diya hai. Durgesh ne bhi sah-prabhaari pad chhoda,” he wrote. (I have handed over my resignation from the post of in-charge to party national president Arvind Kejriwal. Durgesh has also resigned from his post.) The AAP faced a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) twice over – in the Punjab Assembly polls and the MCD elections. The resignation phase started in the AAP with party convenor Dilip Pandey resigning following the election results. The AAP members have blamed the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) malpractice for its defeat. Following the BJP’s victory in the MCD polls, Congress leaders like Ajay Maken, Gurudas Kamat and P.C. Chacko also announced their resignations from their posts. The BJP has swept the polls to Delhi’s three municipal corporations, North, East and South winning 181 seats out of 270 seats. The party succeeded in retaining power in the three civic bodies for the third consecutive term. The AAP with 48 seats finished second, Congress with 29 seats third. 12 seats went to others including Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Independents. AAP leader Ashutosh dismissed the suggestions of Kejriwal’s resignation over the party’s defeat. AAP MLA Alka Lamba also offered to resign from Chandni Chowk assembly constituency on party’s poor show.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amid AAP’s allegations of EVM-tampering Arvind Kejriwal pledges to work with MCD for betterment of Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP juggernaut rolled into the national capital and headed towards a resounding mandate in the municipal polls, crushing the ruling AAP and relegating the Congress to the margins.The BJP’s grand entry in local politics comes two years after it suffered a shock defeat in the Assembly polls in which a near-absolute majority had catapulted the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP into the national stage.For the AAP, the rout comes after successive jolts in Punjab, Goa and the Rajouri Garden Assembly bypoll here, effectively plunging it into a crisis against the backdrop of the opposition treating it as a “referendum” on the Kejriwal government.Reacting to the BJP’s victory, Arvind Kejriwal wrote on Twitter: The saffron party is headed for a landslide victory in all the three civic corporations — North, South and East — with over 150 wards already in its kitty, more than its existing strength in the three bodies. The city has a total of 272 wards.With this, the AAP’s grip over the national capital will considerably weaken, in terms of perception if not numbers, as it will not dent its comfortable majority in the 70-member Delhi Assembly.The Congress, that was hoping to bounce back by putting up a creditable show, is staring at political oblivion. Ajay Maken, who has steered the party’s local unit over the last two years, has resigned as the Delhi Pradesh Congress chief.The AAP’s top leadership put up a brave front suggesting it was all expected due to tampering with EVMs, an allegation that has been rubbished by the Election Commission.”EVM tampering is the bitter truth of the country’s democracy. One can crack jokes on us initially, but fearing being made fun of, we cannot refrain from speaking the truth,” Deputy Chief minister Manish Sisodia told reporters.However, a section of the party, including senior leaders, privately distanced themselves from the official line on pinning the entire blame for its defeat on alleged EVM manipulation.The discontent within the party ranks is yet to come into the open. However, Chandni Chowk MLA Alka Lamba’s offer to resign owing “responsibility” for the debacle pointed towards an impending churning.Experts credited the BJP’s landslide victory to the “Modi wave”, while the AAP’s debacle was described as the bursting of a political bubble.Sanjay Kumar, Director of the Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), was of the view that the AAP’s defeat will “reduce its chances of survival”.”The way the AAP has been routed, its chances of survival have been reduced. Parties contest elections all the time, they win and they lose as well, it should not be too worrisome for them. But, the AAP’s case is different,” he said.

German youth stabbed six times; Sushma Swaraj assures action

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A rickshaw puller stabbed a 19-year-old German national six times in the Chandni Chowk area. The incident has caught the attention of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who has sought a report from the authorities concerned. Swaraj tweeted: “I have asked for a report on the attack on German national in Delhi. I have asked Delhi Government to provide him best medical treatment.”The incident took place at 11 pm on Friday when the youth, identified as Benjamin, hired a rickshaw from Chandni Chowk Metro station for ISBT Kashmere Gate. From there, he was to catch a bus to Amritsar. According to the police, the rickshaw puller apparently took a detour as they arrived at the Geeta Colony flyover and stopped to pick up another youth. When he objected to this, the rickshaw puller said that the man was his friend. They then headed towards ISBT.“The rickshaw puller cycled towards Yamuna Khadar under the Geeta Colony flyover on the pretext of taking a shorter route and then finding a secluded stretch, stopped the rickshaw. The man and his aide then threatened the German youth and asked him to hand over all the valuables. As he protested, they stabbed him, inflicting deep cuts on his body using a sharp blade-like object,” said a senior police officer. “While struggling with the duo, the man raised an alarm and somehow managed to call for help,” he added. Running to his aid, passersby alerted a police picket — located 700 metres from the spot — and Benjamin was rushed to the nearby Hedgewar Hospital. His condition is said to be stable.The accused have not been apprehended so far. Commenting on the incident, DCP (North) Jatin Narwal said, “The locals had informed the police picket and our teams rushed to the spot. But because it was a dark stretch, we could not apprehend the accused. The robbers stabbed him six times and stole his mobile phone and the Indian currency that he was carrying. We have registered a case for attempt to murder and robbery, and are confident that the duo will soon be arrested,” the officer said.Benjamin had come to India on March 12 on a tourist visa.

Congress appoints observers for 13 districts in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today appointed observers for 13 districts of the national capital which is heading for municipal polls on April 22. Kuldeep Bishnoi, an MLA from Mandi Adampur in Hisar district of Haryana and an ex-MP, has been appointed as observer for Kirari district while Jitu Patwari, an MLA from Rau constituency in Madhya Pradesh has been appointed as the observer for New Delhi and Karol Bagh districts. Dr MD Jawad, an MLA from Bihar, Dr Akhilesh Singh, a former MP and MLA from Bihar, Ramlal Jat, an MLA from Rajsthan and K N Tripathi, a former minister from Jharkhand have been chosen as observers for Chandni Chowk, Karawal Nagar, Mehrauli and Rohini respectively along with many others. Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken had yesterday written to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the State Election Commission, seeking use of ballot papers in the MCD polls. He also said that he has written to the city police commissioner, seeking filing of FIR against the then mayors of three municipal corporations alleging “carelessness and corruption” on part of the civic bodies that led to death of 409 people from dengue in 2015.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

8 people per day on average die in Delhi due to pollution: SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Every day eight people on an average are dying in Delhi due to air pollution-related diseases, the Supreme Court today said even as it directed the Centre to consider banning the use of fuels high in sulphur content– furnace oil and pet coke — by industries in NCR. A bench of Justices M B Lokur and P C Pant quoted a study of a Boston-based institute which said that every year around 3000 people die in Delhi due to air pollution-related diseases. “A 2010 study of the Boston-based institute on health effects estimates that at least 3000 pre-mature deaths take place annually in Delhi due to air pollution-related diseases. “The World Allergy Organisation’s journal published a report in 2013 on the high respiratory disorder symptoms which says that students living in Chandni Chowk in north delhi have 66 per cent such symptoms, west Delhi’s Mayapuri (59 per cent) and south Delhi’s Sarojini Nagar (46 per cent). “Heavy traffic movement has been found to be the factor responsible for the relative difference between the localities,” the bench said while quoting the report in the order. Refusing to grant eight weeks’ time to the Centre to talk to all stake holders using sulphur-heavy fuels, the bench said that eight weeks’ time is too long and granted four weeks. “One has to think are we doing the right thing. Eight people (on an average) are dying in Delhi due to air pollution,” the bench told Solicitor General (SG) Ranjit Kumar. The SG said that the Centre favours a ban on sulphur-heavy fuels used by industries in the National Capital Region (NCR) but “are we doing the right thing if we do not give enough time to the industry to switch over to alternative fuel”. The Centre told the court that there is hardly any alternative fuel which can be used by the industries which was refuted by the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), a statutory body. “There is alternative fuel and industries can use natural gas or electricity. Although electricity can be a problem in the NCR region but natural gas can be a feasible option,” the counsel for EPCA said. The bench also granted its nod to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to withdraw Rs 2.50 crore from Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) fund created on the direction of the apex court. (More)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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