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Two men held for raping teen

Two men allegedly raped a 19-year-old woman after offering her lift from Gurugram on Saturday. Police said the two men dropped the woman in Dwarka after the assault and sped away. Both have been arrested, they added.The incident took place when the woman, who works at a shopping mall in Gurugram, was returning home in the evening. She told the police that the two men offered her a lift, to which she agreed.”She said in her complaint that the men started touching her inappropriately. When she objected, they forced themselves upon her and raped her. After driving up to a Metro station in Dwarka, they dropped her and sped away,” a police officer said.Based on her complaint, a raid was conducted and the two accused were arrested, the police said. A medical examination of the victim was carried out and a counsellor has been arranged for her, the police said.HOW IT HAPPENEDThe two men had offered the girl a lift and then started touching her inappropriately. When she objected, they forced themselves upon her and later dropped her in Dwarka and fled away.

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Delhi: Woman raped, thrashed in Dwarka, 2 accused arrested

A 19-year-old woman was allegedly thrashed and raped by two men who then left her outside a metro station in Dwarka, following which the accused were arrested, the police said today.According to the police, the woman was found in unconscious state yesterday.In her complaint, the woman said she had taken a cab from Shiv Chowk area in Gurgaon late on Saturday night. Three persons were already in the cab then, they said.After one person got down near Rajokri border area, the the vehicle started to roam around in areas near Delhi-Haryana border, a police official said.The accused then took her to an isolated place, thrashed and raped her. They then threw her out of the car near a metro station in Dwarka, the police said.Following the complaint, a case a registered and the two accused were arrested, they said.

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Parents of kids born on March 31 at their wits’ end

Violation of Delhi government’s Directorate of Education’s (DoE) norms by several private schools in the national Capital is giving nightmares to parents seeking nursery admission for their tiny tots. And for those whose children were born on March 31, the confusion seems to have no end.The DoE had directed all unaided recognised private schools to set the lower age limit for students in nursery, KG, and Class I at three, four, and five years, as of March 31, 2018, respectively. It had also asked them to not implement any upper age limit. Flouting the directions, however, nearly 20 private schools have set an age bar in their criteria for nursery admissions. This has made many children eligible for admission in both nursery and KG.Some schools, including Fr. Peter Mermier Pre-School in Janakpuri, have issued a notice stating that “the child should complete 3 years of age by March 31, 2018. The upper limit is 4 years”. Some, including Venkateshwar International School in Dwarka, have stated that “children whose birth date falls between April 1, 2014 and March 21, 2015 are eligible for admission in nursery”.In the first case, a child born on March 31 will not be able to take admission in nursery. In the second case, the candidate will be eligible. Also, the child who turns four on March 31, 2019, can enroll in KG anywhere.Hassled by this confusing criteria, parents said they don’t know whether they should enroll their wards in nursery or KG. “My son will turn 4 on March 31, which makes him ineligible for admission in nursery in various schools. I don’t know what to do. I can’t enroll him directly in KG,” said Manisha Singh, a resident of east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar.Experts, at the same time, said the schools were not only violating the DoE norms by fixing the upper age criteria but also “misinterpreting” it. “Many schools have failed to comprehend the DoE’s upper age limit guideline set in 2015, which states that the candidate should be less than 4 years of age on March 31 of the year of admission. That makes the child born on March 31 not eligible for a nursery seat,” said Sumit Vohra, founder of admissions nursery.com.When contacted, DoE officials said they were not aware of the development and strict actions will be taken if any such violation of the order is found.THE CASEIn 2015, the Delhi government had declared that it would impose an upper age limit on nursery admissions. This part of the government notification was challenged in the High Court. Earlier this year, however, the court upheld the notification and allowed DoE to fix an upper limit for admission in entry level classes in private recognised unaided schools.

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Two Delhi judges suspended after graft complaints

The Delhi High court has suspended two judicial officers of the Dwarka district courts – Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Naveen Arora and Jitendra Mishra, Presiding Officer, Labour Court – on corruption charges. According to sources in the Delhi High Court, the issue was discussed at a full court meeting on Thursday, following which a team was sent from the High Court to Dwarka court to examine documents in the chambers of both the judges.It was later in the evening that the orders of suspension of Arora and Mishra were sent to the District and Sessions Judge for compliance.“A full court reference took the decision to suspend both the judges. An enquiry has been ordered and both the judicial officers will continue to be under suspension till the probe is complete,” a source said.Also readDel ADJ under scanner for disrespecting HC JudgeIt is alleged that Mishra, who was earlier posted as the Presiding Officer, Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal, Dwarka, had accepted a bribe for premature encashment and release of a fixed deposit. The charge against Arora is that he went on a foreign trip which was funded by an accused in a case pending case in his court. Documents accessed by DNA showed that there were three complaints against Mishra in the current year. In May this year, two verbatim unsigned complaints of Ram Lal, advocate, regarding unnecessary delay in disposal of cases were received and the same are pending before Inspecting Committee for the year 2017 headed by Justice Vipin Sanghi. In another instance, two complaints were filed by one Virendra Lamba, where he alleged that he was threatened by Mishra. The enquiry in the complaints is pending before the Vigilance Committee for DHJS & DJS headed by Justice S Muralidhar. The third and the last affidavit-cum complaint was filed on August 10 by advocate MP Shalli, alleging misbehaviour, and the probe in this case is pending with the Vigilance Committee headed by Justice S Muralidhar. Attempts to reach Mishra for his comments failed.

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Congress votes jumped sharply in Saurashtra

If there was any region in Gujarat that voted in a totally different way in 2017 as compared to 2012 was Saurashtra-Kutch. While both the major parties added voters to their previous tally, it was 27.43% gain on the part of Congress to remove the deficit of 21 seats over rival BJP in 2012 to take a seven-seat lead in recent elections.The results also witnessed the resurgent party to narrow the vote lead of 4,30,749 votes in 2012 to 49,351 votes. The prime reason is the addition of 8,14,614 votes by Congress as compared to 3,14,165 votes by BJP in terms of previous elections.The net result was that Congress increased its tally from 16 to 30, while BJP dropped its tally from a massive 35 to 23. Saurashtra region has 48 seats, while Kutch has six seats in the 182-seat Legislative Assembly of Gujarat. Congress was able to regain 16 seats from BJP by conceding only four seats in the region. Seats that Congress wrested from BJP include predominantly rural seats of Dhrangadhra, Morbi, Tankara, Chotila, Wankaner, Jasdan, Kalavad, Jamjodhpur, Khambhaliya, Junagadh, Mangrol, Kodinar, Una, Dhari, Gadhada and Talaja. While the four seats have more urban aspect to it. These include Rajkot-East, Jamnagar-North, Palitana and Jetpur.Saurashtra-Kutch region is the least urbanised among all the regions and this has been one of key reason why BJP suffered a severe setback. With predominantly agrarian economy, the region suffered two erratic monsoons in past three years. What added to the natural calamity was administrative indifference in terms of timely intervention, whether it was ensuring drought and flood relief or remunerative prices for crops like cotton and groundnut. Last minute move to declare MSP for groundnut was too late and too less for the farmers.This region also witnessed the most high profile contest between Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Congress rival Indranil Rajguru from Rajkot-West Constituency. What was supposed to be a keen contest saw Rupani winning by a healthy margin of 53,755 votes.However, former ministers Dilip Sanghani and Bavku Undhad lost their respective battle. Former Finance Minister Saurabh Patel managed to win from Botad by a narrow margin. While Koli heavyweight Purushottam Solanki won, his younger brother Hira Solanki suffered a setback.In fact then Congress vice-president had kicked off his campaign from religious place of Dwarka and his soft Hindutva got reception from the masses. In Amreli, Morbi and Gir Somnath, Congress swept and the contest was absolutely one sided.Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come to Saurashtra on multiple occasions to woo the voters. In Bhavnagar district, from where state BJP President Jitu Waghani had contested, Modi had addressed two rallies and just after Diwali, he had inaugurated the Dahej – Ghogha RO-RO service. BJP won in most the seats in the district.

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Metro’s technical audit is good news for Blue Line

The technical audit of Delhi Metro has spelt good news for Blue Line which sees maximum commuter traffic amongst all the other lines. Technical glitches in its Over Head wire (OHE) will not affect running of trains on this line as the Delhi Metro has invited tenders to install equipment to prevent break down of trains in case over head wire gives way.The installation will incur of a cost of around Rs three crore, with the DMRC looking forward to participation from countries other than India as well since the tenders are being invited on international platform. In the past one year, Blue Line which carries more than seven lakh commuters every day between Dwarka to Noida City and Vaishali in Ghaziabad, suffered technical break downs at least four times. Since most part of the 51 kilometre line is elevated, its OHE experiences glitches often. On September 20, services were affected for more than an hour when contact wire between Dwarka and Dwarka Mor broke down. The incident took place during evening peak hours, adding to woes of passengers,The snag prone Blue Line broke down again exactly a month later on October 21 when a pantograph of a train got entangled in the OHE between Rajiv Chowk and RK Ashram section on down line (from Dwarka towards Noida).Metro stations witnessed complete chaos since passenger rush was at its peak because of festival of Bhai Duj and the services remained either suspended or ran on single line for as much as 45 minutes.In June this year too, trains did not run for three hours when an OHE between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank snapped after being hit by a bird.The Blue Line ferries maximum passengers.

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Absconding budding cricketer ‘Dhoni’ held for murder

The Delhi Police have arrested Vijay, a district-level budding cricketer known by the name Dhoni for copying the player’s style, for his involvement in a murder last year. The Delhi University graduate has been evading arrest by changing his locations and cell phone numbers frequently, police said.According to senior police officers, Dhoni was arrested by a team of special staff, Dwarka, led by sub-inspector Naveen Kumar.On July 17 last year, a man was rushed to the AIIMS Trauma Centre with grievous injuries. He was later identified as Aakash, who succumbed to his injuries. His brother Sunny said that local criminals — Vijay alias Dhoni, Vishal, Ajeet, Lakshman, Gaurav, and Deepak — assaulted his brother with iron rods and sticks. During the probe, Dhoni and his brother Vishal managed to abscond while others were nabbed.Dwarka DCP Shibesh Singh said it that it has been ascertained that the criminals were active members of the infamous Gaurav Jhareda gang. Analysis of call details of several numbers linked to the absconding members were scanned to get a clue regarding their whereabouts.”Surveillance was also put in place and several persons were interrogated. The duo had switched off their mobile phones. Raids were conducted at all possible hideouts in Delhi-NCR and Haryana but the accused were constantly changing their locations and mobile numbers. On Sunday, acting on a tip-off that that both the accused would come near the Dwarka Metro station on a scooter to meet someone, a trap was laid and both were nabbed,” the DCP said.Interrogation revealed that Dhoni was fond of cricket and represented school and college teams at district level. He wanted to be a cricketer and was a fan of ex-Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni.”He adopted the cricketer’s and soon was known as Dhoni in the area. But when he could not enter the Delhi State Cricket Team, he joined his brother, who was already an active member of the Gaurav Jhareda gang. In 2014, he and Vishal were arrested with Gaurav Jhareda in a case of attempt to murder in Delhi Cantonment. He along with his associates assaulted and seriously injured one Amit alias Suraj Bhan in July 2016. A few days later, both the accused brutally murdered Aakash using iron rods and sticks with the help of their associates following an argument,” the officer added.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Final phase 1 turnout at 66.75%, says EC

A total of 66.75% voters cast their votes in the first phase of the state assembly elections held on Saturday, officials said on Sunday, a day after pegging the approximate turnout at 68%. The turnout in the 2012 assembly elections was 72.02%, which means the turnout in the first phase is more than 5% lower than the overall polling in the last elections.Voting statistics released by the State’s Chief Electoral Officer show that 1.42 crore out of 2.12 crore eligible voters exercised their right to vote in the elections to 89 assembly seats in Kutch, Saurashtra and South Gujarat.Out of 1.11 crore eligible male voters, 76.60 lakh cast their votes. In the case of female voters, 65.11 lakh cast their votes as against 1.02 crore eligible voters.”The male turnout in the first phase was 68.98%, and female turnout was 64.30%,” officials said.The statistics shows that out of the 247 third gender voters, only 89, or 36%, exercised their right to vote.As is the case in almost every election, tribal dominated districts reported the highest turnout. Narmada district recorded 79.15% turnout, and was followed by Tapi with 78.56% and Navsari with 73.19%.Morbi district in Saurashtra also recorded exactly 73.19% turnout in Saturday’s elections, and was the only district outside the tribal belt among the top three.As far as the other tribal dominated districts are concerned, Bharuch recorded 73.01% voter turnout, Valsad 72.69%, and Dangs 72.64%, the statistics show.Gir Somnath district of Saurashtra saw 68.61% voter turnout. Rajkot, the home town of chief minister Vijay Rupani, was eighth in terms of turnout with 66.78%.In Surat, which has 16 assembly seats, including five dominated by Patidar community, and three tribal reserved seats, the turnout was 66.39%. BJP had won all 12 assembly seats in Surat city in 2012, but a failure to repeat its performance, owing to the Patidar anger, could hurt its chances of forming the government again.Surendranagar saw 65.27% turnout, the tenth highest among the 19 districts, as per the data.Incidentally, Saurashtra, a traditional stronghold of BJP, where the BJP had won 33 out of 48 seats on offer, saw much lower voter turnout as compared with south Gujarat.Officials said that Devbhumi Dwarka recorded 59.39% voter turnout, which was the lowest among all 19 districts. It was followed by Amreli with 61.29% voting. Congress leaders Paresh Dhanani and Virji Thummar, and BJP leaders Dileep Sanghani and Bavku Undhad were among the candidates in fray from different seats in Patidar-dominated Amreli.Bhavnagar, from where state BJP president Jitu Vaghani was among the candidates, saw 61.56% turnout of voters, which was the third lowest among all the districts.Porbandar, the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, from where Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia, minister Babu Bokhiria and Godmother Santokben Jadeja’s son and NCP MLA Kandhal Jadeja were contesting, recorded the fourth lowest turnout at 61.86%.Botad district, from where former heavyweight minister Saurabh Patel and minister Atmaram Parmar were among the key contestants, saw 62.08% voting, the fifth lowest.Kutch, the second largest district in the country in terms of area, from where senior Congress MLA Shaktisinh Gohil and BJP MLA Nima Acharya were among the prominent contestants, recorded 63.95% turnout, the data showed.HIGHEST TURNOUTDistrict Voting (%)Narmada 79.15Tapi 78.56Navsari 73.19Morbi 73.19Bharuch 73.01LOWEST TURNOUTDistrict Voting (%)Devbhumi Dwarka 59.39Amreli 61.29Bhavnagar 61.56Porbandar 61.86Botad 62.08OVERALL VOTERSTotal Voters: 2,12,31,652Votes cast: 1,41,71,717Turnout: 66.75FemaleVoters: 1,01,25,472Votes Cast: 65,11,110Turnout: 64.30%Third GenderVoters: 247Votes Cast: 89Turnout: 36%(Source: Gujarat CEO)

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Cops nab arms supplier believed to be involved in RSS leader’s murder

Ghaziabad Police finally managed to nab Malook, believed to be involved in the killing of RSS leader, from his home in Ghaziabad on Thursday.”Malook was arrested from the Seemapuri border area in Sahibabad. A .32 bore revolver along with three live cartridges were recovered from him. Malook has over a dozen cases registered against him and is stated to be a prominent arms supplier,” said a senior police officer.Earlier, NIA and Uttar Pradesh officers had been attacked by a mob who tried to shield him when they had gone to raid his home on December 3. A constable was injured during the attempted raid to apprehend and question Malook in connection with the murder of Ludhiana RSS leader Ravinder Gosain.The raids were being carried out at Pilakhuwa Dehat village located on the outskirts of Ghaziabad.Police said that while investigating the murder case of Gosain, names of several arms suppliers, who had supplied the firearms to the accused in Punjab, had cropped up. A team of NIA officers, along with the help of the UP police, conducted a raid in the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday and apprehended the suspected arms dealers from Meerut.On gathering further information, the officers then raided the residence of another suspect Malook in Pilakhuwa Dehat, Ghaziabad on Sunday morning, which led to clashes with the mob.They managed to finally apprehend him on Thursday.In another incident, a 28-year old man who supplies arms to various criminals in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, NCR, and Haryana has been arrested by the Dwarka police. Mohammad Intezar has supplied over 400 pistols to several gangsters in the last six months.The gang members communicated in code words such as bhains and machine to escape the police dragnet. Twenty seven improvised pistols and a stolen Maruti car have been recovered from them. The recovered weapons were manufactured with high proficiency making it extremely difficult for anyone to identify them as imitations.
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Delhi Development Authority holds draw for 2017 scheme

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) held the draw of lots to its much-awaited 2017 housing scheme on Thursday. The housing authority allotted 12,617 flats across different income categories.The draw of lots was conducted for the 46,080 applications it had received for the houses on offer. With the draw concluded, the DDA is now planning to launch the 2018 housing scheme offering around 20,000 flats between March and June next year.Of the total flats on offer, over 11,000 were LIG (low-income group) houses which were surrendered during the 2014 housing scheme.”The draw was conducted in a transparent manner in which 12, 617 flats were allotted from the 46,080 eligible applicants. The allotment letters for the winners will be handed over within a month. After this, the winners will get three months duration to pay the full amount. We will now focus on our next 2018 housing scheme for which 90% construction has been completed,” said J P Aggarwal, Housing Commissioner, DDA.The 20,000 new flats under the upcoming scheme are part of the urban body’s plan to build 81,000 more flats in the Capital over the four years till 2021 under the Prime Minister’s Residential Scheme.Besides, new in-situ rehabilitation projects are also in the works, added Aggarwal.Of the total flats allotted — 11,757 are LIG, 403 are MIG (middle-income group), 372 are Janta flats (one-bedroom), while 85 are HIG (high-income group) flats.TOTAL HOUSES ALLOTTED -12, 617LIG – 11,757MIG – 403Janta – 372HIG – 85Total no.of eligible applicants — 46,080LOCATION OF FLATSThe HIG flats are located in Dwarka and Vasant Kunj while the other houses are spread across Rohini, Narela, Peetampura, Siraspur, Jasola and Paschim Vihar, among others.Nageshwar Rao, was the first winner of the lots, who was allotted an HIG flat in Dwarka.
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Gujarat elections 2017: Rahul Gandhi’s temple visits may not bear fruit in Dwarka

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the Dwarkadish temple in Dwarka before his three-day campaign of Saurashtra region in September is being viewed as an attempt to play the soft-Hindutva card to woo voters, it does not seem to have left much of an impact among voters here in the run-up to the Assembly polls. Pabubha Virambha Manek of the BJP, who quit the Congress in 2007, is seeking his seventh consecutive term from the Dwarka constituency, and is up against Congress candidate Meraman Goriya, who voters here largely perceive as an unknown quantity.The end of six consecutive terms brings with it the challenge of battling anti-incumbency, but Manek seems unfazed. “Even Amitabh Bachchan was a young man loved by everyone when he came onto the scene first. He’s grown older, but that has not affected his popularity, has it? He’s still doing good work, and enjoys a massive fan following. Similarly, I have been able to maintain my image over the years,” he says.“Meraman is not known here. He was an MLA in Khambalia, and was given a ticket here for the first time. He will not be able to spoil my chances,” added Manek.Manek won the Dwarka seat in 1990, 1995 and 1998 as an independent candidate, before emerging victorious on a Congress ticket in 2002. He was re- elected after switching over to the BJP in 2007.While he says he will be re-elected on the back of development in his constituency over the past two decades, and claims water supply, roads and healthcare facilities in Dwarka have improved significantly during his tenure, the Congress has been pointing to struggles faced by farmers in claiming crop insurance under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.“Farmers are facing a very bad situation here. Thousands are not being given their dues under the crop insurance scheme with payments stuck as their claims are not being processed. This is hurting them badly, and the present government has done nothing to solve their problems,” Goriya says. “Rahul ji’s visit to Dwarka certainly helped boost the morale of party workers and the assurances he made about solving farmers’ issues will certainly bring votes our way.”The general sentiment among locals, however, is that Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the Dwarkadish temple will not affect the fortunes of the Congress in Dwarka. Many feel the Congress should have fielded a stronger candidate to take on Manek.“He (Rahul) prayed at the temple, met a small group of people and then rode off on the highway for Hanjrapur. He did not have a proper rally in Dwarka town or meet people here. What difference will such visits make? People in Dwarka will vote for the BJP candidate Pabubha as people have seen him here for years,” says Batubhai Jakharia, the owner of a small bottling plant.There is palbable disappointment too among some voters over what they perceive as the growing complacency of the incumbent MLA.“Pabubha Manek has had six straight wins here, and this has made him over-confident. He no longer connects with people and has hardly carried out any work. Whatever work is carried out is simply under Central government schemes. People here will cast their votes for BJP because they believe in Narendra Modi, not Pabubha,” says Rajesh Vithlani, a grocery store owner.“Congress should have fielded a stronger candidate here rather than Goriya. In 2012, the Congress candidate Kandoriya Murubhai Ranmalbhai, who is also from the Ahir community like Goriya, was defeated by Manek by around 6,000 votes. Had he been given a ticket here again, he would have given the BJP a tough fight as Manek hardly has any new work to speak of,” says Bharat Jakhariya, a hardware store owner.

Child rights panel summons principal, staff

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) on Thursday has summoned the principal and three staff members of a private school in Dwarka where a four-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by her classmate.“The commission is in receipt of a complaint regarding the sexual assault of a minor in your school during school hours. Considering the seriousness of the matter you are asked to appear before the commission on November 27 and bring along the two teachers concerned and the aaya,” the commission said in its notice.The girl’s mother on Wednesday had approached the police and alleged that her daughter was “inappropriately touched” by a classmate. According to the mother, when the girl returned home from school she complained of pain in her private parts. She was taken to a hospital where the doctors confirmed sexual assault.Based on a complaint filed by the mother, a case was registered at the Dwarka (South) police station. The school administration was booked for negligence.The school authorities, however, denied the allegations of negligence and non-cooperation in the complaint filed by the mother.“We are cooperating with the police, and the video footage and other evidence sought from us have been provided to them. All necessary actions are being taken to help the investigating agency to probe the alleged incident,” the school’s legal adviser S Rajapa said.

Delhi: Shootout at Dwarka, five men arrested; arms recovered

Updated: Nov 21, 2017, 03:27 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five people were been arrested on Tuesday in a shootout between some miscreants and local and Punjab police (Mohali Team) here.The incident took place after the police team conducted a joint raid at Gudia Properties at Dwarka More to arrest the wanted criminals.A huge cache of arms and ammunition, which include 11 illegal arms and one pistol, and more than 100 cartridges have been recovered.No injuries have been reported yet.

Father of deceased 7-year-old pleads for justice as hospital bills Rs 16 lakhs in 2 weeks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gurgaon-based Fortis Hospital charged Dwarka resident Jayant Singh over a lakh rupees per day for fifteen days when they admitted their 7-year-old daughter to the hospital for treatment of dengue. Adya, Jayant’s daughter was declared dead on September 15. Her hospital bills soared close to Rs16 lakh in a fortnight, which Jayant paid upfront to the hospital. What Jayant feels dejected about is the arbitrary costs imposed by the hospital that soared by tens of thousands every single day. Meanwhile, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, JP Nadda came out in support of the family and tweeted “Please provide me details on [email protected] – We will take all necessary action.”Adya was burning under high fever on the night of August 27 and was admitted to Rockland Hospital of Dwarka Sector 12 by August 29. “Much to our horror, she was initially admitted into a room with a Swine Flu patient lying beside her. We protested and got her room changed,” said Jayant. On August 31, she was detected with Dengue Type IV and was asked by Rockland doctors to be shifted to another hospital which would have a paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) set up. “We shifted her to Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon where she was sedated and immediately put on a ventilator. For three days, she was under sedation. On the fourth and the fifth day, there was no doctor to talk to as it was a weekend. We stood clueless outside the ICU, staring at our sick baby through the glass window, wondering what to do,” said Jayant. However, the hospital has refuted the allegations levelled by the family. According to the hospital, the girl was admitted with dengue shock syndrome and her condition was extremely serious. “The girl came to us without the medical advice of the previous hospital. As soon as she came to us, we had incubated her. On September 14, she was put off the ventilator as suggested by the family and against the doctor’s advice,” said a senior doctor from Fortis hospital.Explaining the situation further, the doctor added that a multi-disciplinary team of doctors was formed to look into the case. “Clearly, everything is planned. The girl passed away on September 14 and the family is making the false allegations after two months,” added the doctor.Jayant ended up paying the highest for expensive branded drugs, close to Rs 4 lakh when cheaper options for drugs were available. Cost of Medical consumables including up to 2700 gloves billed at Rs 17,142 came up to a whopping Rs 2.73 lakh, while medical investigations including blood tests cost him another Rs 2.17 lakh. Diagnostics are though billed separately from investigations, adding another Rs 29, 290. AT A GLANCEBill detailsDescriptionAdmission Charge – Rs 1250 Blood Bank – Rs 61, 315 Diagnostics – Rs 29, 290 Doctor charges – Rs 53, 900 Drugs – Rs 3, 96, 732.48 Equipment Charge – Rs 71,000 Investigations – Rs 2, 17, 594 Medical and Surgical Procedures – Rs 2, 85, 797 Medical Consumables – Rs 2, 73, 394 Miscellaneous – Rs 15, 150 Room Rent – Rs 1, 74,000 Discount – Rs 20,000 Total Bill – Rs 15, 79, 322.48 Adya was jabbed on an average of forty syringes per day, a total of 660 syringes in fourteen days, show medical records, said Jayant. “Also the hospital procured 21 vials of the costlier brand of Meropenem injection, ‘Merocrit,’ by Cipla – per vial costing around Rs 3100 billed at Rs 65,362 and 9 vials of cheaper brand of the same Meropenem injection, ‘Merolan,’ by Mylan – per vial costing around Rs 500 billed at Rs 4,491. Both the brands were pumped into my baby’s body. Clearly, more vials of the expensive injection, up to seven times the price but said to have the same effect were administered. We were not even asked our preference for drugs which is an essential right of the citizen,” said Jayant. “Also, a blood sugar testing strip costs Rs 13, but we were charged Rs 200 per strip.”Every day as the bills soared while Adya fought for her life on the ventilator, the billing department would call Jayant to cough up more money. “We have an insurance cover of Rs 3 lakh. After it was overshot, the finance team would call up every day and ask me to deposit more money which I did,” said Jayant. It is not as much about the money as it is about the utterly insensitive approach of the hospital staff, Jayant recounts. For a family sitting 24×7 outside an ICU, each minute seems like a lifetime.On the seventh day of the admission to Fortis, doctors informed Jayant that her brain was in a critical shape and that her body organs had started failing. She was started on dialysis. “While on September 9, 10 and 11 she was undergoing dialysis, another weekend approached and we had no access to a doctor who would counsel us on her condition,” said Jayant. Adya was under still under heavy sedation and on September 14, the doctors told the family that they would conduct an MRI scan on her. “They later told me that up to 70-80% of her brain had been damaged and even if she were to recover she would not have normal function,” Jayant stated. What was more shocking was when a doctor walked up to Jayant’s wife and suggested a full body plasma transplant costing close to Rs 15-20 lakh as a last resort to save baby Adya. “On one hand, the doctors had declared that my baby’s brain was 70-80% damaged, while on the other hand, they suggested a full body plasma transplantation,” said Jayant.Giving up all hope, Jayant told the doctors at Fortis that he wanted to take his baby home. “They told me that I will have to seek Discharge Against Medical Advice (DAMA) and arrange for an ambulance myself. They took her off the ventilator, dialysis and stopped feeding her,” said Jayant. “At the end of two weeks in Fortis, on the last day, I was waiting to ferry my baby away since 2 pm. They only released her at 11:30 pm. We immediately took her back to Rockland Hospital and after much persuasion, they conducted an ECG, declared Adya dead and issued us a death certificate.” Fortis Hospital had refused to issue Jayant a death certificate for his deceased baby as they were seeking Discharge Against Medical Advice. All along Jayant had suspected that his baby had died in the Fortis ICU itself. “Her skin had turned blue and had crumpled. But the doctors kept telling me that this happens. I believe my baby had died while she was all wired up in the Fortis paediatric ICU itself,” said Jayant. “The nurses came up to me saying that as they were readying my baby to be shifted out of Fortis, her clothes don’t fit her. I asked her to be discharged in the medical gown. They asked me to go to the billing counter and pay for the gown as well.”Jayant had twin daughters – Adya and Anya. Anya constantly kept inquiring about her ailing sister Adya, while Jayant’s wife Deepti, who was six weeks pregnant at the time of Adya’s hospital admission, suffered a miscarriage. “I am still trying to hold my family together. My wife and my twin daughter Anya are reeling under an extreme shock. And we have lost our unborn child too,” sobbed Jayant. Jayant is contemplating suing Fortis Hospital in the court of law for the unimaginable trauma and mental harassment it has brought him and his family. Meanwhile, the family has taken to Facebook and Twitter to disseminate awareness about the commercialisation of health care. “We have started a Facebook page – Fight against healthcare corruption to make people aware of such commercialisation. I will soon move the court of law too against Fortis,” he said.The hospital has issued a statement.“We empathize with Baby Adya’s family in this difficult hour of sorrow and grief. Seven-year-old Baby Adya was brought in to Fortis Memorial Research Institute (Gurgaon), from another private hospital on the morning of 31st August 2017. She was admitted with Severe Dengue which progressed to Dengue shock syndrome and was managed on IV fluids and supportive treatment as there was a progressive fall in platelet count and hemoconcentration. As her condition deteriorated, she had to be put on ventilatory support within 48 hours. The family was kept informed of the critical condition of the child and the poor prognosis in these situations. As a process, we counselled the family daily on the condition of the child. On 14th September, 17, the family decided to take her away from the hospital against medical advice (LAMA – Leave Against Medical Advice) and she succumbed the same day. All standard medical protocols were followed in treating the patient and all clinical guidelines were adhered to.An itemized bill spread over 20 pages was explained and handed over to the family at the time of their departure from the hospital. The patient was treated in the Paediatric ICU (PICU) for 15 days and was critical right from the time of admission requiring Intensive monitoring. Treatment during these 15 days included mechanical ventilation, high-frequency ventilation, continuous renal replacement therapy, intravenous antibiotics, inotropes, sedation and analgesia. Care of ventilated patients in ICU requires a high number of consumables as per globally accepted infection control protocols. All consumables are transparently reflected in records and charged as per actuals.

Gujarat elections: BJP’s first list of candidates shows trust in old war horses, several sitting MLAs get ticket

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party put paid to at least some speculation as it came out with its first list of 70 candidates for the Gujarat assembly elections. The list shows both cautions as well as trust in old war horses of the party.Prima facie the list reflects party strategy to come out with its most trusted candidates or such that it feels would be in the safe zone in the polls. As just about half the seats have been taken care of, it also goes on to show that the party is still in the cautious and not a celebratory mood, taking its time to deliberate and read more signs from the ground and taking a last minute feedbacks.A cursory perusal shows that the party has more or less repeated its candidates, at least, on most if the symbolically significant seats.Chief minister Vijaybhai Rupani has been given ticket from the Rajkot West seat. While a couple of other seats in Rajkot have also been declared.Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Bhai Patel has once again given a chance from the hot seat of Mehsana which was one of the most disturbed during the Patidar agitation.Sitting MLA Jayeshbhai Radadiya too has got a ticket from Patidar dominated area of Jetpur. Radadiya is a fairly popular figure in the constituency.Sitting MLAs – Pabubha Virmbha Manek and Jashabhai Banabhai Bar have got tickets from the holy towns of Dwarka and Somnath respectively.In the controversial town of Godhra, the party has poised faith in a sitting BJP MLA and five-time legislator, KC Raulji.From Valsad sitting MLA Bharat Bhai Patel has once again got a chance.The expectant candidates of the party have been on the tenterhooks as sources said the party had decided to axe several sitting and non-performing MLAs, as well as a few sitting ministers. The Patidar question is one of the biggest for the party as there are 45 seats out of 182 that have Patidar majority. Patidars comprise nearly 17% of the population and BJP presently has 44 out of 45 Patidar-dominated seats.

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.

Hospitals witness spurt in e-payments

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A year after demonetization, which especially affected the health industry, various hospitals have confirmed that there has been an exponential rise in E-payments, leading to more transparency. Some private hospitals even said that nearly 95 per cent of the patients were making E-payments.The impact was mostly felt in hospitals located in Tier 2 and 3 cities, as these areas have low digital penetration and residents largely rely on cash to avail health treatments.”We witnessed a 20 per cent decline in patients paying in cash. The healthcare industry has been marred by financial, demographic, and regulatory limitations. Therefore, it is highly vulnerable to such policies. Immediately after the move, medical care across the country got affected, with many medical facilities and pharmacies not accepting old currency. It also sensitised people to the fact that bills could be paid online and health insurance was important,” said Dr Dharminder Nagar, Medical Director, Paras Healthcare.Echoing the sentiment, Kamal Solanki, CEO of Venkateshwar Hospital in Dwarka, said: “As many as 80 per cent of Indians do not possess health insurance. So, when demonetization happened, the healthcare industry faced an initial crisis due to cash crunch. But many private and government hospitals did not stop accepting cash.””Initially, there was a strain on medical tourism as well as hospitals did not want to accept old currency from off-shore clients. But with digitisation, patients would have a better track record of their medical profile,” he added.

Gang supplying drugs online in exchange of bitcoin busted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police have stumbled upon an internet network supplying contraband drugs to youths and parties in the Capital and NCR. Senior officer said the entire syndicate works online and the payments are done in the form of Bitcoins. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has been asked by the police to ensure such transactions are stopped.Police have arrested two men with drugs purchased online. They were circulating drugs including LSD, MDMA, MDA, Ketamine, Methamphetamine, and amphetamine, largely to rave parties.The syndicate came under the police radar after information was received by the Crime Branch’s Narcotics cell that such a gang was involved in supply of party drugs. On October 29, following a tip-off about a person named Kamal Kalra, a resident of Rohini, a raid was conducted and he was arrested with 100 pills of Ecstasy (MDMA), a psychotropic substance. The entire operation was conducted under the supervision of Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Alok Kumar.During interrogation, Kalra disclosed that he had procured the contraband from a person he contacted through phone. “Kalra said the man used to call him using different identity each time. The suspect’s mobile phone call details were then analysed and the police team zeroed in on one Mahesh Goyal, a resident of Dwarka. He was identified as the supplier of drugs and on Kalra’s instance, Goyal was arrested with 20 gm of raw MDMA,” said Rajesh Deo, DCP, Crime, adding that the commercial quantity of Ecstasy/MDMA is 10 g, as per the NDPS Act.Goyal disclosed that it was during a party in Chennai that he found out that such drugs could be obtained online. “Interrogation revealed there are sites on Deep Net where these drugs are available. Further, the payments are being received in the form of ‘Bitcoins’ – a worldwide currency system. One Bitcoin equals more than Rs 4.7 lakh. On payment of Indian rupees, the equivalent amount of ‘Bitcoin’ is provided to the Deep Net market places. The matter has been taken up with the Narcotics Control Bureau and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to ensure that such transactions are stopped,” Deo said.HOW THE SYNDICATE WORKS:On ‘Deep Net’ or hidden web, there are sites where drugs are available.
In order to access these websites, one needs a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
VPN can be used through software on a computer or mobile phone to encrypt all of the internet traffic.
It will also hide the information if one is using a ‘Tor browser’ to access the dark web.
To access the Deep Web, an encrypted network that exists between Tor servers and their clients, one needs a Tor browser.
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Most VPNs are simple to install and use, and can be downloaded in just 2 or 3 clicks. They can then be connected to a server using ‘OpenVPN’ protocol.

26-yr-old criminal involved in gambling, land grabbing held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 26-year-old man, who took to crimes to earn a quick buck in order to challenge his wife who had dumped him, has been arrested by the police. A stolen Audi car and a loaded revolver was also recovered from his possession.According to senior police officers, the man came under the police radar while they were working on other local criminals. Further intelligence about him was then gathered and his suspected hideouts were raided.DCP (southwest) Shibesh Singh said that on Saturday, information was received that criminal Amit Kumar, involved in gambling activities and previously arrested in under the Arms Act, was using a stolen Audi car. “It was intimated that the criminal roams with a sophisticated weapon and will come near the DPS School at Matiala Road in Dwarka around 6 pm. The team swiftly acted on the information and a trap was laid, following which he was arrested,” the DCP said.Kumar was driving a black Audi car with registration number HR 26 BE 4852 at the time of his arrest. A sophisticated revolver, loaded with two live rounds, was also seized from his possession.Kumar had purchased an Audi in 2013 as a status symbol.

Two ram into truck with stolen car, 1 dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a dramatic incident on Saturday, two auto-lifters who were fleeing after allegedly stealing a vehicle, rammed into a truck in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka Sector 23. The collision was such that one of them died on the spot while another managed to flee.The deceased has been identified as Ashok Danda, 20. According to the police, the accident took place on Saturday, around 12.25 am, when one Chander Pal, a driver with Ola cabs, was returning from Gurugram to his home in Durga Vihar, Dwarka.”When Pal reached near the traffic intersection at Dwarka, Sector 19, two youths approached him and asked him for a lift. When Pal refused, they whipped out a knife and asked him to surrender the cab, a Swift Dzire,” a senior police officer said.The two men were then fleeing with the stolen cab when just 4 km from the spot, they rammed into a truck parked on the roadside in the Dhul Siras Village area.”Locals gathered at the spot and found that one of the two youths was still stuck inside the damaged car. They then informed the Police Control Room, after which one of the accused was rushed to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival,” the officer said.”Looking at the condition of the car, we suspect that the accused were driving at more than 100 km per hour speed,” the officer said, adding that they have registered a case of rash driving under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 279, 304A for causing death due to negligence and other sections, at the Dwarka police station.

PM Modi to visit Gujarat on October 7-8, will also go to native Vadnagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his home state, Gujarat, on October 7 and 8. The PM will visit Jamnagar, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Mehsana and Bharuch districts during his two-day visit to his home state. After many years, Modi will also visit his native Vadnagar.The last time he arrived here was in 2013 and attended Tana Riri classical music festival. Modi will also inaugurate a medical college, townhall and other projects here.On October 07, the PM will reach Jamnagar airport around 10 am and will proceed to Dwarka. He will also offer pooja at the famous Dwarkadhish Temple here and perform groundbreaking ceremony of a cable-stay bridge construction at the Okha and Bet Dwarka linking road.He will reach Chotila in the afternoon and perform groundbreaking ceremony for the international airport project and address a public rally here. In the evening, the PM will open the IIT-Gandhinagar and will halt at Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar for the night.The next day, Modi will also go to his native Vadnagar for the inauguration of public projects, followed by a trip to Bharuch district for the inauguration of projects like Bhadbhoot vier on Narmada river.Modi will leave for Delhi in the evening from Vadodara airport. He is expected to come to Gujarat on October 16 also wherein he will remain present in the concluding ceremony of Gujarat Vikas Yatra to be taken out by BJP.HOME TRIPThe PM will visit Jamnagar, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Mehsana and Bharuch districts during his two-day visit to his home state.
In 2013, PM attended Tana Riri classical music festival.

Ahead of three-day campaign, Rahul Gandhi offers prayers at Dwarkadhish temple in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After his arrival at the Mithapur airstrip near here, Gandhi went straight to the famous Dwarkadhish temple to offer prayers. He was accompanied by Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki and state party in-charge Ashok Gehlot.The Patel quota agitation leader, Hardik Patel, welcomed Rahul Gandhi to Gujarat with a tweet.”Congress ke rashtriya upadhyaksh Rahulji ka Gujarat mae hardik swagat hai..Jay Shri Krishna (a warm welcome to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat…),” Hardik tweeted.Gandhi will later visit some of the villages near Dwarka before reaching Hanjrapar, where he is scheduled to lead a rally on a bullock cart.After the rally, Gandhi would interact with villagers through the platform of ‘gram sabha’. Several wooden cots have been arranged at Hanjrapar, so that Gandhi and other leaders can have a dialogue with villagers, a release issued by the Gujarat Congress said.On his way from Dwarka to Jamnagar city during the day, Gandhi will address the public at different locations and interact with locals, farmers and fishermen.In Jamnagar, Gandhi is also scheduled to hold a meeting with traders and business community, the release said.Tomorrow, Gandhi will cover towns such as Dhrol and Tankara by road before reaching Rajkot. He is also scheduled to meet local milk producers as well as cooperative leaders.He will interact with traders and businessmen at Hemu Gandhvi hall in Rajkot tomorrow evening.On September 27, he will cover Chotila, Jasdan, Virpur, Jetpur and other towns before concluding his campaign at Khodal Dham at Kagvad village.Party sources said Gandhi is expected to campaign in north, central and south Gujarat at later dates as part of the party’s poll campaign ahead of the assembly elections slated to be held later this year.

In Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi will campaign on bullock cart after permission for open-jeep roadshow denied

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will start his three-day election campaign in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region on Monday and will use a bullock cart after permission for open-jeep roadshow was denied to him.Gandhi will hit the road for a tour of the Saurashtra region as part of the party’s election campaign in Gujarat.In Hanjrapar village some 25 km from Dwarka, Gandhi will enter in a traditionally decked up bullock-cart after police refused him permission to cover the 135 km stretch from Dwarka to Jamnagar by an open jeep, reported IANS. From there, Gandhi would now be taking a specially done up luxury bus for him equipped with CCTV cameras.Rahul will then proceed for Jamnagar town where he will make a night halt. On September 26, he will cover towns such as Dhrol and Tankara by road before reaching Rajkot.He will interact with traders and industrialists after reaching Rajkot in the afternoon.The much awaited assembly elections in Gujarat will be held towards the end of 2017 or January, 2018. The dates will be announced officially by the Election Commission few months prior to it.

Rahul Gandhi to kick-start three-day tour of Gujarat on Monday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will kick-start a three-day campaign in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region tomorrow after offering prayers at a Krishna temple in Dwarka, a senior party leader said.Gandhi will visit the Lord Krishna temple after he lands at the Mithapur airstrip in the Devbhumi Dwarka district on Monday morning, senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil said.After offering prayers at the temple, Gandhi will hit the road for a tour of the Saurashtra region as part of the party’s election campaign in Gujarat, he said.”Rahul Gandhi will start his three-day road show from Dwarka in Saurashtra. He will address the public at different points and will interact with them along the way,” Gohil said.After a road show in Dwarka town, Gandhi will make brief halts where he will interact with farmers and traders before addressing a rally in the afternoon.The party vice president will then proceed for Jamnagar town where he will make a night halt. On September 26, he will cover towns such as Dhrol and Tankara by road before reaching Rajkot, Gohil said.He will interact with traders and industrialists after reaching Rajkot in the afternoon.”He will make a night stay in Rajkot. The next morning he will cover Chotila, Jasdan, Virpur, Jetpur and other towns before concluding the campaign at Khodaldham,” Gohil said.After covering Saurashtra, Gandhi will campaign in north, central and south Gujarat at later dates as part of the party’s poll campaign ahead of the assembly elections slated to be held later this year, party sources said.

Technical snag hits Blue Line of Delhi Metro

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commuters were left stranded when a technical glitch in the Blue Line of Delhi Metro ( Dwarka Sector 21-Vaishali/Noida City Centre) resulted in erratic train services. The technical snag happened at around 5.45 PM, when an over-head wire got snapped between Dwarka Mor and Dwarka section, according to officers quoted by IANS. The snag happened in the ‘Up-line’, so all trains had to be routed through the ‘Down-line’ to keep the system running. But it naturally lead to inordinate delay and harassment for the commuters during such busy hour in the evening. Since train services were infrequent, it lead to massive congestion in the coaches which further slowed down the trains. Technical team of Delhi Metro is currently at the spot to sort out the situation.

DDA all set with plan to build 81,000 flats by 2021

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) 2017 housing scheme is due for the draw of lots this November, the urban body is all set to build 81,000 more flats in the Capital by 2021.Senior officials said the flats will be bigger and have better facilities. Over 11,000 LIG flats from the 2014 housing scheme were returned for being too small and lacking basic civic amenities.”This time, the LIG flats will be in the range of 42-60 square meters, as against the 33 square meters as in the previous schemes,”an official said.DDA, the government’s housing body, has mapped these flats in the first phase of its scheme of making 1 lakh flats over five years. The scheme was announced by former union minister for urban development (MoUD), Venkaiah Naidu, on June 30, while launching the 2017 housing scheme. The flats were announced under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana to offer affordable housing in the city.”Of the total 81,000, we have already started work on 68,000 flats in different areas. Most of these are spread across outer Delhi and southwest areas. These are houses that we had conceptualised earlier and had already found land for. When the scheme was announced, construction on these had already begun,”the official said.Besides, the housing department is preparing a layout for 13,000 more flats. The flats on offer will cater mostly to the low and middle-income groups. A small number will be in the high-income category.Flats to come up by December-endAccording to sources, by December-end this year, nearly 20,980 flats are expected to be completed. Of these, around 3,622 will be Janta or for economically weaker sections (EWS), 16,298 will be for low-income groups (LIG), 579 will be for middle income groups (MIG), and 488 for high-income group (HIG) houses.Flats to come up by December, 2018:In the second edition, the urban body plans to ready 13,300 flats. Of these, 10,447 will be Janta/EWS flats, 1,528 MIG and 1,345 HIG flats. These flats will come up mostly in Rohini Sectors 34 and 35, various pockets of Narela, and Sector B of Vasant Kunj. These will come up in Dwarka, Narela, Kalkaji Extension, and Jasola.Flats to come up by December, 2019The Authority plans to come up with 28,930 flats, of which 12,083 are LIG, 4,375 MIG, and 1,954 HIG flats. These will be at Dwarka, Mongolpuri, and Kathputli Colony.”These also include nearly 4,400 flats being built in the slum clusters of Kathputli Colony and others,”sources said.Flats to come up by December, 2020A total of 4,663 flats are planned to be ready in 2020. Of these, 1,248 will be Janta flats, 2,455 MIG, and 960 HIG flats. These will be at Narela and Bakarwala.Flats to come up by December, 2021The urban body is working to ready 13,265 flats. Of these, 4,189 will be Janta/EWS flats, 2,635 LIG, 3,044 MIG, and 3,397 HIG flats. These flats will be built at Vasant Kunj, Rohini, Kondli, Preet Vihar, and Mandawali.HOUSING PUSHDDA mapped these flats in the first phase of its scheme to make1 lakh flats in 5 years.
It was announced by former union minister Venkaiah Naidu.

Alert teacher rescues Class VI student from playing the Blue Whale Challenge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another case of the Blue Whale challenge, a Class VI student of a private school was rescued from the clutches of the dreaded game on Tuesday after his teacher noticed a ‘fish-like’ figure on his arm.At around 9 am, the teacher overheard the 12-year-old discussing the game with his classmates. He was showing them the image of a whale drawn on his arm. “The teacher brought him to my office. When we asked the child about the image, he said that he drew it as he was playing the Blue Whale game. We immediately informed the police and his family about it,” said Anuradha Govind, Principal, JM International, Dwarka.”We received a call from the school when teachers heard some students discussing the Blue Whale game. One of them also had images on his hand made with a sketch pen, which was initially mistaken to be inflicted injuries. The child is being counselled,” said DCP (Southwest) Shibesh Singh.School authorities learned from the boy’s parents that he had been inquiring about the game in the last few days. They, however, ignored his queries.The browser history on the boy’s smartphone’s history confirmed that he had been searching for information on the game since the last few days.The student underwent a counselling session in the presence of his parents. According to school authorities, during the session, the teenager revealed that he learned about the game through media reports. “We think he was just curious to know about the game and that’s why he started playing it,” the principal said.Experts, however, have a word of caution. “Many a time, people who are drawn to play such games are going through psychological issues and behavioral challenges. Parents need to monitor their children closely in this internet age as children are more vulnerable to fall in these traps,” said Dr Jateen Ukrai, SR Psychiatry at Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital.

Man jailed, fined Rs57L for power theft

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Special Courts of Dwarka and Karkardooma have convicted residents of Nangloi (West Delhi) and Seelampur (East Delhi) of large scale power-theft .The residents have allegedly distributed stolen electricity to over 700 consumers in Bakkarwala, Nangloi.In West Delhi, the Special Court of Electricity – Dwarka, has convicted one Om Prakash, for distributing stolen electricity to over 700 consumers in Bakkarwala, Nangloi. He has been sentenced to two-year’s Simple Imprisonment (SI) and levied a penalty of Rs 57 lakh.Similarly, in the East Delhi case, the Special Court of Karkardooma, has convicted one Shiv Mangal, a resident of Seelampur, East Delhi of power-theft. He was caught stealing over 30 KW by way of direct theft for industrial purposes. BSES’ inspection team was accompanied by Delhi Police. Subsequently, a power-theft bill of Rs 1.24 lakh was raised, which the accused did not pay.According to the order of Additional Session Judge Naveen Arora, Special Court of Electricity, Dwarka the records proved by the complainant (BSES), the convict was by-passing the meter for 20 days on an average in a month and was running the meter for 10 days only. For this, he was getting a monthly bill of around Rs 1 lakh , meaning that for the remaining 20 days, the convict was committing electricity theft.“He caused loss of Rs 2 lakh per month to the complainant (BSES). His actual liability for one year would come to Rs 48 lakhs, which is a big loss to the exchequer of the company, causing burden to the overall society,” the order said.

Delhi Police arrests one in carjacking case, investigation underway to nab other

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Two armed men on Monday evening were chased by the Traffic Police in connection with a carjacking case, after which one of the accused was arrested, while the other managed to escape. The arrested accused is identified as Chetan, who is involved in several cases of murder and robbery in Delhi and neighbouring states. A pistol was recovered from him. According to reports, the accused were seen crossing Dwarka in a silver colour Swift car, when a resident of Gurgaon, Aman, noticed that and realised it was his car which was stolen a few months before. Aman took the help of the Traffic Police to look into the mattera. The police officers asked the suspects to get down from the car and on checking the dash board they found a pistol. There was exchange of gunshots between the police and the accused. The traffic police immediately alerted the Police Control Room and a police team soon reached the spot and nabbed one of the accused. The operation lasted for an hour. The police is interrogating Chetan and investigation is underway to nab the other accused. Further details are awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UFO spotted near Indira Gandhi International Airport twice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Less than a week after the security agencies raised concerns about terror threat from airborne devices, the sighting of an unidentified flying object (UFO) near the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Sunday triggered panic among the personnel. Officials said all flight operations to and from the airport had to be suspended for about an hour, till the security agencies declared the situation safe.The UFO was sighted twice, leading to closure of the runway concerned twice.The drone-like device was first spotted at 7.09 pm, when the pilot of an Air Asia flight, which was approaching the airport for landing, spotted a drone-like flying object in the vicinity and alerted the Air Traffic Control (ATC). The ATC then alerted the Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC), which roped in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel and the Delhi Police.Then another pilot, of a China Airlines flight, noticed a flying object at the time of landing and alerted the officials concerned. The flight landed safely and the runway was closed from 11. 20 am to 12.20pm.”As precaution, the ATC was asked to suspend all flight operations. The entire area was scanned. According to the pilot, the drone was seen on the approach path towards the Dwarka area near the airport. Local police were also alerted, while CISF commandos and Quick Response Teams (QRT) checked the entire area,” a senior CISF officer said.DCP (IGIA) Sanjay Bhatia said a case has been registered in this regard and teams and the local district police has been alerted to trace the drone owner.This, however, is not the first time that a UFO has been spotted near the airport. Three such incidents came to light in 2016, sending the security agencies into a tizzy. In 2015 as well, two such incidents were reported when on October 27 a suspicious object was spotted over runway 29 by the ATC officials and three days later again on Oct 30 a flying object was spotted over runway 27, thrice before it completely disappeared.UFO MENACE AT IGIAMarch 31, 2016: UFO spotted over the apron area, disappears before security forces arrive.
March 13, 2016: A balloon-like structure spotted close to an operational runway.
January 27, 2016: An unidentified item spotted flying in the vicinity of the airport but could not be traced.
October 30, 2015: A UFO spotted over runway 27, thrice, before disappearing.
October 27, 2015: A suspicious object spotted over runway 29 by the ATC officials

Three wanted in several cases arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police’s Special Cell today claimed to have arrested three people who were wanted in several cases, including murder. The arrested have been identified as Yogesh (30), a resident of Delhi’s Haridas Nagar, Parveen Kumar (25) and Praveen Kumar (33), residents of Palam Colony and Dwarka’s Sector 12, respectively, the police said. All the accused are members of the notorious Gaurav Jherera and Lagan Sharma gang, they said, adding that three pistols of 7.65 bore and 12 live cartridges have been seized from their possession. With their arrest, three cases including one case of murder, one case of attempt to murder have been solved, a police officer said. “A tip-off was received on August 10 that two notorious criminals of the Gaurav Jharera and Lagan Sharma gang namely Yogesh and Parveen Kumar, involved in some heinous cases, are hiding at different locations. “It was informed that they will travel through the golf course road in Dwarka on a scooty. Police laid a trap and arrested them. Following the arrest, the third accused was also nabbed,” the official said. Police said that the accused wanted to increase their dominance in Delhi and were planning to commit further crimes.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two held for killing former MLA Bharat Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Police today said it has arrested two persons for allegedly killing a former MLA in Delhi’s Najafgarh area two years ago. Fifteen pistols and 62 live cartridges were recovered from the two accused, who were nabbed last night, a spokesman of the police department said. During checking on Dwarka Expressway near Daulatabad in Gurgaon district, the police tried to stop a speeding car but its occupants opened fire on them in a bid to flee, the spokesman said. After a brief chase, the police apprehended the persons travelling in the car, who were identified as Hemant alias Pradhan and Narender alias Mintu, both residents of Delhi. During interrogation Hemant to killing Bharat Singh, a former MLA, and a witness of Singh’s murder case named Vipin Singh, the spokesman said, adding a bounty of Rs 1 lakh was announced on the accused after the killings. Bharat Singh was gunned down in southwest Delhi’s Najafgarh in 2015. The other accused, Narender, was involved in a case of a loot in Gurgaon and abduction of a businessman in Dwarka Sector 23 two months. He also confessed to be an accomplice of Hemant in the killing of the former MLA. A case has been lodged against the two accused and they were produced in a court today, the spokesman said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Soon, Metro’s Blue Line to have only 8-coach trains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will soon run only eight-coach trains on the Blue Line, keeping in view the heavy daily traffic on the corridor. The Blue Line runs between Dwarka and Noida City Centre, and is the busiest track of the Metro.Further, the Corporation plans to make old tracks robust by adding to the fleet of trains as well as coaches, once the Phase III work, which is on in full swing, is completed. At present, the total number of coaches available is 1,468, which would reach to nearly 2,158 after the completion of the Phase III.The DMRC also plans to increase the number of eight-coach trains on the Yellow Line, another busy route, which goes from Samaypur Badli to the Huda City Centre. As many as 56 six-coach and eight-coach trains ply on the Blue Line at present and there’s every possibility that once the Magenta Line starts operating, the load of passengers will shoot up as well. So, the DMRC will bring in more trains on the Blue Line, taking the total number up to 65.Similarly, the Yellow Line will soon have 52 trains instead of the present 32. The Red Line, from Rithala to Dilshad Garden, will also have only six-coach trains instead of the present four-coach ones.Currently, more than 220 trains, including four-coach, six-coach, and eight-coach rakes, ply on all Metro lines. According to sources, the Corporation is hoping to add more than 100 trains, bringing the number to nearly 338.Metro, the lifeline of Delhi-NCR, has a network of 212 km, and after the Magenta Line becomes operational, another 162 km will be added to it.BUSY ROUTESThe Blue Line runs between Dwarka and Noida City Centre, and is the busiest track of the Metro.
The Yellow Line is another busy route which goes from Samaypur Badli to the Huda City Centre.
Currently, as many as 56 six-coach and eight-coach trains ply on the Blue Line. The total number of trains will soon be increased to 65.

Cops nab 4 for killing dhaba owner, son

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after a father-son duo owners of a roadside dhaba in outer Delhi’s Najafgarh were shot dead by a group of men who had come to have dinner there— following an argument over the direction of coolers installed— police on Saturday arrested four men for the killing. The accused were traced with the help of a sports bike which they had left on the spot in their bid to flee from the spot.According to the police, they received a call on Wednesday night, reporting that two persons have been shot at in Sangeeta Dhaba near Nangli Sakrawti area in Najafgarh around 10 pm. When a police team reached the spot it was learnt that four unknown persons came to the dhaba for dinner on two bikes.”They had ordered dinner and after some time, one of them asked Mayank Verma, the son of the owner Shyam, to change the direction of the air cooler towards them. When Mayank refused their request saying that there were other customers at the eatery as well, one of them walked towards a cooler to change the direction himself,” said a senior police officer.On this, an argument started between Mayank and that man, which soon turned heated.”During argument, one of them pulled out a pistol and shot at Mayank in the neck. Bleeding profusely, Mayank fell down. On hearing gunshots, Shyam Verma, the dhaba owner who was present at the cash counter, ran towards Mayank and tried to overpower the culprits. The man then also shot at Shyam in his neck, after which the four men fled,” the police said.DCP (Outer) MN Tiwari said that a PCR van that had rushed to the spot, took Shyam to Vikas Hospital in Najafgarh, where he was declared brought dead. Meanwhile, locals had rushed Mayank to Tarak Hospital near Dwarka Mor, from where he was later referred to Venkateshwar Hospital in Dwarka. Mayank Verma also succumbed to his injuries the next morning.Tiwari said that during investigation police team found a sports KTM motorcycle, with registration number DL 9S AX-9501. “On the basis of technical surveillance and probe, the police team led by Inspector Sukbir Malik of special staff outer district arrested one Karim Khan and based on inputs received by him, his aide Raja Bihari was arrested on Saturday. Further intelligence led to the arrest of two more men, identified as Anil alias Monu and Amit Prajapati alias Mitha within a few hours of Bihari’s arrest,” the DCP said.Police have recovered from the assailants the pistol that they used in the crime. They also said that Monu has a criminal background and cases like attempt to murder, theft and molestation are registered against him.

Father strangles depressed girl in fit of rage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A father allegedly killed his daughter, as she tried to attack him in South-West Delhi’s Dwarka area.The family members did not inform the police but rushed her straight to hospital. Senior police officers said that they were called by the hospital authorities after it was revealed that rigor mortis had set in around eight hours back.When questioned, officers said that the father, Balwan, 53, was vague about the details. “When he was questioned as to why he took the girl to the hospital eight hours after her death, he had no response. He was arrested on Monday on charges of killing his daughter,” said a senior police officer.The victim has been identified as Shweta, 29. She was undergoing depression due to personal issues.On Friday night she attacked her father after a heated argument. In a fit of rage the father held her neck. He did not realise she had died until she collapsed on the floor.

Man commits suicide after being accused of sexual harrasment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 53-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka area after being accused by a colleague of sexual harassment, the police said today. The incident came to the fore on July 21. The deceased was working with an insurance company in Haryana’s Panipat, they said. A day before the alleged suicide, the man’s colleague in her complaint accused him of sexually harassing her, police said. The complainant has claimed that on his way home to Dwarka, the man used to drop her at Faridabad. She alleged that he had tried to molest her in his car, they said. Reportedly, he had been humiliated by a senior woman colleague for the incident and this seems to have put him under distress, the police said. In a purported suicide note, he said he was innocent and that he “said something” to the woman but never touched her inappropriately, they said. He said he was hurt by the humiliation at his workplace and had decided to end his life, police said, adding the note was handed over by the man’s family to the police. The police are probing the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Killers of Dwarka man involved in road rage incident: police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police today said those who had killed a 30-year-old man at Dwarka and left behind a note saying “justice had been served” were also involved in a road rage case in Kanjhawla. A 21-year-old man was killed and his elder brother injured after they were shot at by unidentified men yesterday, apparently for not letting their car pass. On Monday, Vikas (30) was shot dead at Dwarka with the killers leaving behind a note that read, “A revolution has begun. Justice has been served.” The police said the assailants were members of a gang who were posing as vigilantes against incidents of rape and harassment in the national capital region. They were involved in multiple killings in the NCR, the police said. They had also shot at one Hemant in Gurugram apparently because he was in a relationship with a cousin of one of the accused. Vikas was killed since he was in support of the relationship.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police identifies accused in killing of man in Dwarka

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police today said it has identified an accused in the killing of a 30-year-old person in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka last night. Police said the accused had thrown a piece of paper at the victim which said, “Justice has been served by killing you.” The motive of the killing is still under investigation. Vikas was shot dead last night by four to five men who were in a silver-coloured sedan. Around 12 bullets were fired at Vikas, the police said. The accused had earlier attacked one Hemant in Gurugram around three-four weeks back. Hemant who is currently in hospital, is friends with Vikas and it is suspected that the accused might have nursed a grudge against Vikas.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Late night Metro plan on airport line shelved for now

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Metro has dropped its plan of operating the overnight trains on its airport line, a proposal which was floated last year. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had conducted a survey last year to assess the feasibility of running trains beyond midnight, which was primarily aimed to serve passengers going abroad.”We do not plan to operate trains overnight at this point. In any case, we get only few hours at night for maintenance work,” DMRC chief Mangu Singh said.At present, trains operate between 4.45 am and 11.40 pm on the 23-km-long corridor, also known as the Orange Line.The Airport Line stretches between the New Delhi Metro Station and Dwarka Sector 21.The DMRC has recently invited bids for its extension till Dwarka Sector 25, where an international convention centre is being constructed.The high-speed corridor had struggled to attract commuters at one point. Trains run every 10 minutes between 8 am and 8.30 pm and it takes around 20 minutes to reach the IGI Airport here from the New Delhi station on this line.The Delhi Metro had been toying with the idea since 2008 but Singh’s words suggest that the plan has been shelved, at least for the time being. Worldwide, late night metro services are available in a few cities. It is still a rarity and there have been protests by workers in London, where late night tube services were launched only last year, against the move.

Ludhiana-based gangster’s aide arrested by Delhi Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police has arrested a man, allegedly associated with a Ludhiana-based gangster and wanted in several criminal cases in Punjab, it said today. Sandeep Jassal (26) was arrested on July 13 from near the Dwarka Sector 14 metro station here, said Madhur Verma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), adding that the accused was involved in a number of criminal cases, ranging from extortion to rioting, in Punjab. It is suspected that Jassal is associated with gangster Rajinder Singh Lovely, who is allegedly involved in running gambling and extortion rackets in Ludhiana. The police here have informed their counterparts in Ludhiana of Jassal’s arrest. “We have informed the police in Ludhiana of Jassal’s arrest and an order for his transit remand has been obtained from a court,” said the DCP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DDA staff to help prospective buyers in visiting housing sites

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seeking to facilitate visit by prospective buyers to different DDA flats being offered as part of its new housing scheme, the urban body has deputed dedicated representatives at various project sites to guide the visitors. The DDA 2017 housing scheme rolled out on June 30 by Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu offers 12,000 flats across four income categories. The flats are spread across Rohini, Dwarka, Narela, Vasant Kunj, Jasola, Pitampura, Paschim Vihar and Siraspur. “Prospective buyers can visit the flats. They can come and have a look at the facilities. And to facilitate their visits, we have deputed representatives at various flat sites, who will guide people, who are interested in applying for the DDA scheme,” a senior DDA official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt’s Dwarka hospital to be green, quake-resistant: Jain

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain today inspected the construction site of a hospital in Dwarka, which once completed would be a state-of-the-art building with eco-friendly and quake-resistance features. “The hospital would be one of the best in the capital, and we are trying to complete the work as soon as possible. It will have green features and proper garbage collection facilities,” he said. “It would also be earthquake-resistant,” the minister said. When asked about the delay in the completion of the project, Jain, who also holds the portfolio of PWD, said, “There has been no delay ever since AAP formed government.” The project was said to have been proposed during the late 90s. On hospitals which are being built in Ambedkar Nagar and Burari, he said, “Those would be completed in one year time.” There are 36 hospitals under the Delhi government, including Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital, the biggest among them, G B Pant Hospital, GTB Hospital, Dr B R Ambedkar Hospital and Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Buyers can visit DDA houses before applying

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a series of houses were surrendered by home buyers in the last few years, in a first, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will now let buyers visit the houses before applying for one, starting Monday.Also, under the 2017 DDA Housing Scheme, prospective buyers will be able to go online on the urban body’s website, where they can find the name and contact details of DDA officials in each area.”Applicants can access the list of flats, the area, and the category, against which contact details of engineers dealing in that zone will be provided. The buyers can take a slot from the officials and visit the house of their choice to decide whether they wish to apply,” a senior DDA official said.The government housing agency rolled out its new scheme with over 12,000 flats on offer earlier this month. Of these, over 10,000 houses are from the 2014 Housing Scheme, which were returned by the owners.So far, the agency has received over 15,000 applications for houses on offer, while around 1.25 lakh people have logged on to the DDA website to obtain information for the same, officials said.Of the 12,000 flats on offer, over 11,000 are LIG and Janta flats, 404 are MIG flats, and 87 are in the HIG category. The flats are scattered across Rohini, Narela, Dwarka, Jasola, Pashchim Vihar, Siraspur, and Vasant Kunj, among others.The urban body has tied up with 10 banks for the sale of application forms and related transactions, the kiosks for which are available at the DDA headquarters at Vikas Sadan, INA.HOME HOPECategory Price rangeHIG Rs 53.52-126.81 lakhMIG Rs 31.32-93.95 lakhLIG Rs 14.50- 30.30 lakhJanta flats Rs 7.07- 12.76 lakh

Airport Line to be extended till Dwarka Sec 25, bids invited

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Airport Line of the Delhi Metro will be extended till Dwarka Sector 25, where a new underground station will be built near an upcoming international convention centre. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has invited bids for the construction of the 1.5-km-long extension and the station. Currently, the high-speed corridor runs between THE New Delhi station and Dwarka Sector 21. The metro floated the tender recently while the feasibility survey of the project was undertaken last year, after the Centre proposed that the convention centre be brought under the fold of the high-speed metro network. A DMRC spokesperson said bids for the project would be accepted till August 14 and the tender opened on August 16. Last December, the Centre had approved the project master plan for the proposed Rs 26,000-crore international exhibition -cum-convention centre which, when completed, will be one of the biggest in Asia. The phase-I of the convention centre project is expected to be commissioned by June 2019. The 23-km-long Airport Corridor (Orange Line), which struggled to attract commuters at one point, has six stations. Trains run every 10 minutes between 8 am and 8.30 pm and it takes around 20 minutes to reach the IGI Airport from the New Delhi station on this line. The DMRC took over the operations of the Airport link in July 2013 after Reliance Infrastructure’s subsidiary Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Ltd (DAMEPL) terminated its concessionaire agreement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dengue: 91 challans issued to schools, hospitals, govt offices

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 90 challans have been issued by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to various government institutions and private establishments after breeding of mosquitoes were reported on their premises, the civic body today said. Stepping up its campaign to combat the vector-borne diseases, the SDMC has slapped 25,184 legal notices and launched 1,617 prosecutions against violators. According to the civic body, the challans have been issued to a number of Delhi government schools at Matiala, Chand Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Molarband, Meethapur, Supreme Court, Nizamuddin Parking, the Airport Authority of India guest house, Janakpuri Super Specialist Hospital and Mahila CRPF Battalion in Dwarka among other institutions. Indira Gandhi Hospital in Dwarka, ESI Dispensary Najafgarh, Tilak Nagar Metro Station, metro work site at Gulab Bagh near Nawada, CPWD Engineering Office at Nanakpura, G D Goenka Public School at Vasant Kunj, St Gregorios School at Dwarka, DTC Depot Keshopur, DTC Depot MB Road and HDFC Bank Saket were among other establishments challaned by the municipal corporation. “It has been decided to intensify checking of mosquito- breeding at big establishments, institutions and offices. Wherever breeding will be noticed, an appropriate action will be taken. The public health cannot be overlooked hence, all possible steps will be taken to prevent and control dengue and malaria,” the SDMC said. Malaria cases have risen in the national capital with 125 cases being reported this season while chikungunya has affected 153 people, according to a municipal report released by the SDMC yesterday. The number of dengue cases recorded till July 1 has touched 100. According to the report, of the total number of malaria cases, 63 of the affected people were residents of Delhi while the rest of the infection cases diagnosed here were traced to other states. Forty-one cases in the city were reported last month. Dengue and chikungunya are caused by the bite of aedes agypti mosquito, which breeds in clear water, while anopheles mosquito, which causes malaria, can breed in both fresh and muddy water. The SDMC has launched a pilot project whereby about 200 dengue breeding checkers (DBCs) in select vulnerable regions have been armed with tablets to record data during inspection of households and feed it to central control room in real time. All three municipal corporations have stepped up awareness drive, including through distribution of pamphlets and plying of vehicles carrying loudspeakers, issuing out dos and don’ts on prevention of vector-borne diseases.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Waterlogging brings city to a halt for 3rd day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rain and waterlogged roads brought trouble to commuters on the third day on Friday, bringing traffic to a halt. While the monsoon is expected to hit the capital from Saturday, what can already be seen is civic agencies have failed at their job of fixing the flash points prone to waterlogging.Over 200 complaints of waterlogging were received by the Capital’s various agencies including the Delhi government’s public works department (PWD) and the municipal corporations.Meanwhile, massive traffic jams were witnessed at various crucial stretches carrying commuters from one part of Delhi-NCR to another including parts of the Ring Road and Outer Ring Road.Besides, hour-long jams were witnessed at major intersections such as Ashram Chowk, Britannia Chowk, Moti Bagh Chowk and Kashmere Gate.”On normal days only Ashram Chowk remains jammed but today due to heavy rain, the route made vehicles crawl. It took me 30 minutes to reach Lajpat Nagar from Bhogal,” said Jatin Sharma, a commuter.The other affected areas include Aurobindo Marg, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Aurobindo Marg, and Nehru Place, Vikas Marg, Lakshmi Nagar, Dwarka underpass, Nirankari Road, Tilak Bridge, Kahsmere Gate, Punjabi Bagh flyover and Nehru Place flyover.Despite, the Lieutenant Governor’s instructions to clear silt from the city’s drains, the efforts by the civic authorities have not brought results. As a result, the blocked drains choked the city’s roads.Earlier this week, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that the city needed a separate body for the cleaning of drains, which becomes a major issue every monsoon. Also, the PWD, which had identified around 30 waterlogging-prone stretches, had claimed to have installed 1,000 pumps to drain out the water.Affected areasThe other affected areas include Aurobindo Marg, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Aurobindo Marg, and Nehru Place, Vikas Marg, Lakshmi Nagar, Dwarka underpass, Nirankari Road, Tilak Bridge, Kahsmere Gate, Punjabi Bagh flyover and Nehru Place

Snag-hit metro further cripples city grounded by waterlogging

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Technical glitches crippled metro services twice during the day, piling on the woes of people battling waterlogging and the consequent traffic congestion across the city. Trains on the Violet Line crawled during the morning rush hours due to a major signal failure, while services on Blue Line remained affected for over two hours due to flashing of the OHE (overhead wire) near the Karol Bagh station at around 2.40 pm. A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said services slowed down at around 8 am along the entire Violet Line, stretching between Faridabad and Kashmere Gate, after trains lost touch with the control centre. As the centralised control mechanism snapped, trains had to be manually controlled from each station on this section between 8 am and 9 am, leading to long delays. “The issue was resolved at 9 am and trains are now being regulated as per normal schedule on Line-6,” the official said. Later in the day, it was the turn of Blue Line, the metro’s longest and busiest corridor, which connects Noida and east Delhi’s Vaishali to west Delhi’s Dwarka. “Services on this line were affected between 2.40 pm and 4.13 pm due to point flashing — a signaling issue in which trains don’t attain normal speed and have to cross the point area with restricted speed as a safety measure. This led to bunching of trains during this period,” an official said. Earlier this year, following sudden power failures and the resulting loss of contact of trains with the control centre, services were crippled on the Blue Line for two successive days. The Operational Control Centre is considered the nerve- centre of the metro network, and following the incident, the alternative mechanism of station-level handling was activated.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DDA to announce lucky draw dates for flats after Eid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home buyers in the national capital can now prepare themselves for a lucky draw of over 13,000 flats which were on offer under the 2017 Housing Scheme of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), as the agency may announce the dates of the draw after Eid.The buyers who had applied for the houses and get lucky in the draw of lots can move into the new house by mid-August.”After Eid, we plan to come out with a notification for the final list of applicants and the dates of the lucky draw,” said a DDA officer.Under the housing scheme, 13,148 flats in all categories with the highest number being in the Low Income Group (LIG) and Janta flats. The scheme, which was initially set to be launched on January 26, had been delayed for multiple reasons, including demonetisation, lack of connectivity to areas where the flats were proposed, and MCD elections.Officials from the DDA maintained that they were waiting for lieutenant governor Anil Baijal’s nod before floating the scheme.Most of these flats are those which remained unoccupied in the 2014 scheme while over 2,000 others are those which have been vacated by people.The flats are available in different parts of the city including Dwarka in the southwest, Rohini and Pitampura in the northwest, Vasant Kunj, Jasola and Sarita Vihar.2017 HOUSING SCHEMETotal flats available: 13,148
Low Income Group: 11,671
Janta Flats: 437
Expandable Housing Scheme: 563
Middle Income Group: 398
Higher Income Group: 79

Man held for posing as IPS officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 31-year-old man has been arrested for posing as an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer in south-west Delhi’s Dwarka area. The accused, identified as Vimal Bhatt, told police that he was a 2010-batch officer and was currently posted at the CGO complex.According to police, Bhatt came to the Dwarka (South) police station on Sunday and started questioning the officers about a resident of Dwarka. He told police officers that he was investigating a money laundering case, lodged on the basis of a complaint by Pankaj Jain, a resident of Janakpuri. He then told the cops that he was looking for Santosh Kumar, a resident of Dwarka.Bhatt also had an Uttar Pradesh registered Scorpio car, with a police sticker on both front and rear windows, and also on the number plate. The vehicle was fitted with a siren and loud hailer.The police officers, however, found Bhatt’s body language and demeanour suspicious. Investigation revealed that he was carrying a fake identity card. His search revealed that he was carrying a wireless set. Cops said he might even be involved in a fake mark sheet case.

Court grants anticipatory bail to broker in cheating case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has granted anticipatory bail to a broker for allegedly cheating a woman by withdrawing cheques issued by her to a real estate firm for purchasing a farmhouse in Jaipur. Additional Sessions Judge R L Meena directed that the man, a Ghaziabad resident, not be arrested till the next date of hearing on June 20 after his counsel said that both the parties are likely to reach a settlement through mediation. “Heard. In view of the above facts and circumstances, interim protection be granted to the applicant(accused) with the direction that he will not be arrested till the next date of hearing. Put up on June 20,” the judge said while allowing the anticipatory bail application of the accused. In the application, advocate Milind Garg, counsel for the accused, submitted that the matter was being settled through mediation as per which the accused has to pay the woman Rs 3.21 lakh as full and final claim in three instalments, in return of which she would withdraw her complaint against him. Seeking the relief of protection from arrest, his counsel said the accused will not tamper with evidence and undertook to be present before the court as and when required. The accused contended he belonged to a good family and there was no criminal case pending against him. According to the complaint, Risal Kanwar, a resident of Dwarka here, had booked a farmhouse in 2012 in a project in Jaipur through the dealer/broker(accused) for Rs 7,18,724. She issued two cheques of Rs 1.01 lakh and Rs 1.17 lakh on July 5 and July 31, 2012 respectively, in the name of Shree Govind Real Structure Pvt Ltd against the booking amount, it said. She issued two more cheques of Rs 41,512 as EMIs to the firm and handed it over to the accused but he allegedly withdrew two cheques of Rs 41,512 each and one cheque of Rs 1.17 lakh issued in the name of the real estate firm. The woman then lodged a case of cheating and forgery under the IPC.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi Metro: the eagle has landed, thousands stranded!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Evening rush-hour services on Delhi Metro’s Blue Line were severely affected today as a portion of overhead wiring of the network sagged after being hit by an eagle, which also triggered a short circuit. As trains ran on a single line between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank stations, for nearly three hours, crowd swelled across stations of the busy corridor that connects Noida City Centre and Vaishali to west Delhi’s Dwarka. The incident happened around 4.55 pm, minutes before evening peak period, which sees thousands of home-bound commuters taking the rapid transit as office hours get over around this time. Necessary repair work, through regulation of train movement, was completed by 7.40 pm, a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said. “An eagle hit led to a short circuit of insulator resulting in sagging of catenary wire. The insulator flashed and broke. It caused OHE entanglement with a train passing under it. “Consequently, train movement was regulated on this line. Trains were run on a single line, alternatively in either direction, and repair work was carried out. The snag had hit the down line (that goes towards Noida/Vaishali),” the official said. The over 50-km-long Blue Line, DMRC’s longest corridor as of now, is extremely snag-prone due to a host of factors including its vulnerability to external factors as it is largely overground. DMRC’s network currently spans around 213 kms and it carries an average of 30 lakh passengers daily, with Blue Line being one of the busiest.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Volunteered to step down as AAP’s overseas fundraiser: Vishwas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said today he had volunteered to step down as the party’s overseas fundraiser, dispelling speculation that he was removed from the post. Vishwas said he is still the AAP’s overseas convenor. “I never tried to know about the funds and nor do I want to know. Other colleagues were looking after fund raising affairs. So, I requested the party leadership to relieve me of this responsibility so that I could focus more on Rajasthan,” he told reporters here on the sidelines of a meeting with party workers from the western state. “The AAP’s national executive accepted my request and I thank it for that,” Vishwas said. He was excused from the fund raising duty last week. Suspended AAP leader Kapil Mishra claimed that Vishwas quit as he was unhappy over the lack of transparency in the party’s funding. He quit because he was not kept in the loop as to from where did the money come or how was it spent. Most of the transactions were carried out in cash, Mishra said. The AAP’s overseas fund raising is being looked after by its Karnataka convenor Prithvi Reddy, Preeti Sharma Menon and Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri since September 2016.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Alert policemen on patrol nab robber in Dwarka

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Swift and alert police personnel, on patrolling duty, nabbed a robber who, along with his four other associates, had robbed a man at knifepoint in Dwarka on Friday.According to the police, the police control room was informed about the incident at 10:44 pm on Friday. Vishal Kumar told the police that he was on his way to a relative’s house in Sector-5 area in Madhu Vihar when around five persons, at knife point, robbed him off his mobile phone, wallet containing around Rs 7,200, and his bag.PCR van in-charge, ASI Subhash and Driver ASI Dharamveer Singh swung into action and took the complainant with them for identification of the robbers. The robbers were identified as Aman, Vijay and Sunni. The mobile phone was recovered from Aman.A case under appropriate sections was registered at Dwarka South police station. A manhunt has been launched to nab the other accused persons. The PCR Staff have been recommended for a suitable reward.

Buyers in Delhi-NCR prefer 2 BHK over builder floor apts, villas: Report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Delhi-NCR, the humble 2 BHK has left the swanky builder floor apartments and villas behind, as far as popularity among buyers is concerned. According to a real estate research firm’s survey, which was conducted in four other cities as well, home buyers in the Capital and nearby areas prefer affordable housing.The research was aimed at assisting home buyers in identifying top localities for property investment. The survey stated that while looking for a property, buyers usually preferred a perfect mix of great social and civic infrastructure along with proximity to key locations. The reason, according to experts, was that a huge number of migrants lived in the city because of the job opportunities available.Following the trend, many developers in Delhi-NCR have come up with affordable housing units. “A 2 BHK is not only less expensive but also has a good resale market. In case a person is transferred, the return on investment is ensured. This is the reason why Gurugram, known for an expensive market, is also teeming with affordable housing units these days,” experts added.The top localities to invest in Delhi-NCR emerged to be Rohini, Uttam Nagar, Dwarka, Sector 16/Palam Vihar, and Noida Extension.The report further stated that more than 50 per cent of Indians were interested in buying an apartment instead of villas or builder floor apartments. Surprisingly, the demand for apartments in Delhi-NCR was recorded at 54 per cent, lowest in the country. As many as 37 per cent preferred builder floor apartments in Delhi, while this number was extremely low in other cities.The overwhelming preference for apartments shows a growing acceptance of this property type among the urban population, who prefer a standard lifestyle with various amenities at a reasonable cost. 2 BHK housing units are the most preferred choice for more than 40 per cent of home buyers in Delhi.

Two die, five hurt after speeding SUV rams vendor’s cart

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two men were killed and five others were injured when a speeding SUV rammed a vegetable vendor’s cart and then smashed into a tree on the roadside in outer Delhi’s Baba Haridas Nagar area on Sunday. The impact was so powerful that the vehicle turned turtle and had to be cut into parts to pull out the people inside.The deceased have been identified as Ajay, 30, and Shivraj, 35. Three of the injured, who were sitting inside the SUV, were identified as Anil, Vivekanand, and Narendra. They were all residents of Jind in Haryana and their families have been informed. Some liquor bottles were also found in the car, hinting at a case of drunken driving. The police, however, said that could be ascertained only after medical examination.The accident took place around 11pm, when Ajay, who was driving the Nissan Terrano SUV, lost control over the vehicle and rammed a vegetable vendor’s cart. The vendor was pushed off the road and was injured critically.”Locals said the vehicle was in a very high speed and the driver could not stop it. A PCR call was made and the fire services personnel were also roped in to rescue the injured,” a senior police officer said.”All seven were rushed to the Rao Tula Ram Hospital, where Ajay and Shivraj were declared dead on arrival,” the police said.DCP (Outer) MN Tiwari said: “A case of rash driving and causing death due to negligence under relevant sections has been registered at the Baba Haridas Nagar police station and the matter is being looked into.”Risky roadsMay 14: Four college students died and two were injured after their car fell from the Punjabi Bagh flyover in west Delhi.
April 29: Two persons, including a woman, fell to their death from a flyover after their motorcycle was hit by a speeding car in south-east Delhi’s Sagarpur area.
January 20: A 65-year-old NRI woman, who had come from Australia to attend a family wedding, was killed in a road accident near AIIMS in south Delhi.
January 11: A 25-year-old woman was crushed to death under a DTC bus at the Dwarka intersection, after she fell from the vehicle’s front door.

Alert commuters prevent suicide bid on Metro line

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prompt action by commuters and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel saved a life at the Dwarka Metro station on Sunday morning. Otherwise, with two women jumping in front of the trains in the last one week, the Dwarka incident might have added to the grim record of suicides at the Metro stations.Around 11.40am, a commuter informed the then shift in-charge Sub-Inspector Archana Verma and Constable Rajnikant Kumar that a girl, later reported to be a minor, was hanging by the railing on platform number 2. The two personnel rushed to the spot, where some commuters were already pulling the girl who was hanging in the air.”She was trying to jump. Two commuters, who saw the girl scaling the railing, swung into action. While one of them held her tightly, another rushed to call for help,” a CISF officer said.Senior officers said the girl was saved in just the nick of time, and a delay of a few more seconds by the commuters could have cost her life. “The commuters acted very swiftly. While one of them kept holding on to her and distracted her till the help arrived, the other one rushed to CISF personnel deployed at the station and raised an alarm,” a senior officer said.Applauding the swift action by commuters and the CISF personnel, DG (CISF) OP Singh said it was unfortunate to see people committing suicide, and that all possible help should be extended to such victims.The rescued girl was later brought to the station’s control room and her family was informed about the incident. A counselling session was also arranged for her at the station. Her brother and father later arrived at the spot.On Friday, a 25-year-old woman jumped off the Delhi Metro foot-over bridge at the Sarita Vihar Metro station and succumbed to her injuries on the spot. In another incident on April 29, a man aged around 55 years, jumped from the Govindpuri Metro station and died on the spot.SIMILAR INCIDENTSOn Friday, a 25-year-old woman jumped off the foot-over bridge at the Sarita Vihar Metro station and succumbed to her injuries on the spot. In another incident on April 29, a 55-year-old man, jumped from the Govindpuri Metro station and died on the spot

MCD: Victorious BJP begins shortlisting names for mayoral posts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP has begun shortlisting names for mayoral posts in the three municipal corporations in Delhi, a day after it swept the MCD polls for a third time in a row.Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari will meet the newly elected councillors of the party tomorrow, said a senior party leader. The MCD Act stipulates the appointment of a woman councillor as the first mayor during the five-year term of the municipal corporations. The incumbent holds the post for one year. The BJP won 181 of the 270 wards in the three civic bodies — North, South, East Delhi Municipal Corporations — that went to poll on last Sunday.Half of the 104 wards each in NDMC and SDMC and 64 wards in EDMC are reserved for women. The BJP managed to win 80 seats reserved for women. Among the newly elected women councillors whose names are doing the rounds for the SDMC mayoral post include former Delhi BJP Mahila Morcha president Kamaljeet Sehrawat and Delhi BJP vice president Shikha Rai, party sources said.Sehrawat won from the Dwarka B ward in the SDMC with the highest margin. She defeated her nearest AAP rival by a margin of 9,866 votes. Shikha Rai, the councillor of Greater Kailash, too registered an impressive victory, defeating the AAP candidate by 8,163 votes. In the NDMC, women councillors being considered for the mayoral post include Mahila Morcha president Poonam Parashar Jha who has been elected from Mubarakpur Dabas ward.Delhi BJP secretary Preety Agarwal, the councillor from Rohin F Ward, is also a potential mayoral candidate, they said. Veena Virmani, who won from Ramesh Nagar ward, in also in the race. Her husband serves as an OSD to a Union minister, the sources said. In East Delhi, the names of Shakarpur councillor Neetu Tripathi and Neema Bhagat of Geeta Colony are doing the rounds, they added.The first meeting of the newly elected councillors will be held after the notification of winners in the election is issued. Mayors, deputy mayors and office-bearers of standing committees of the three corporations will be elected in the first meeting.

CRPF man killed in highway terror attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the third time in three days, terror revisited the Kashmir valley on Monday when terrorists attacked Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, killing one soldier and injuring six others, apart from a 10-year-old girl, near Sempora-Pantha Chowk on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.The incident took place in the afternoon when Charlie 97 (C/97) election company of the CRPF was on its way to Srinagar from Jammu for poll duties. Militants surfaced near Sempora in the Kashmir valley and fired indiscriminately on a civil bus carrying the CRPF men. Of the six soldiers who were wounded in the process, one later succumbed to his injuries while in hospital.“The militants targeted the vehicles of C/97 election company. Six of our jawans were injured. One of them later embraced martyrdom. Two others are critical and have been put on ventilator support. A civilian girl was also injured,” Rajesh Yadav, the CRPF spokesman for Kashmir, told DNA.The slain soldier has been identified as Head Constable Basappa. The injured soldiers are constables Bhoor Singh Meena, Bharat Bharti, Rambabu and Dwarka PD, and Head Constable Devidas Kawle.The CRPF exercised maximum restraint during the incident to avoid civilian casualties and other collateral damage. “There is a lot of civil transport and civilian movement and there is no point in firing when you do not know where to fire,” Yadav said.More than 250 companies of paramilitary forces are being deployed for poll-related duties in the Srinagar and Anantnag constituencies, where bypolls will be held on April 9 and April 12 respectively.

Modi said many girls drop out of school due to lack of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>toilet facilities. “To improve this situation, we started a movement in Gujarat to build toilets in schools and it was a success. Now, we are replicating it across the country. As a result, construction of separate toilets for girls in schools has begun. Now most schools have such facilities,” he said. “Though it was not a difficult task, it was somehow not initiated even after so many years of Independence,” Modi said taking a dig at the previous Congress governments. He said the Congress dispensation headed by Indira Gandhi nationalised banks in the country, saying “banks must serve the poor”. “But even after so many years, have you seen any poor standing on the threshold of a bank? Were poor citizens able to open bank accounts,” he asked. The Prime Minister said his NDA government started ‘Jan Dhan Yojna’ “to change this scenario and enabled opening crores of bank accounts”. “We compelled banks to serve the poor. Now, 21 crore poor citizens have Ru-Pay ATM card, a facility which was earlier restricted to the rich only,” he said. To boost religious tourism, Modi also announced construction of a bridge connecting Dwarka in Gujarat with Bet Dwarka, an island in the Arabian sea. “One of our projects is to build an iconic bridge between Dwarka and Bet Dwarka at a cost of Rs 500 crore. Design of the bridge is currently being finalised. We intend to do ground breaking ceremony for this project in near future,” the PM added. He also praised the Union territory for producing 10 MW of solar power against its electricity consumption oft 9 MW. Addressing a gathering at the courtyard of Somnath temple in Gujarat earlier in the day, Modi recalled his recent visit to his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi and said he was fortunate to have received the blessings of both Kashi Vishwanath and Somnath Mahadev. “Day before yesterday, I received the blessings of Vishwanath and today, I bowed down at the feet of Somnath. I am fortunate to have the blessings of both Somnath Mahadev and of Kashi Vishwanath,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

One year RI to a call centre owner for power theft

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special court has sentenced one year rigorous imprisonment to an owner of a call centre and also slapped with a penalty of Rs 25.5 lakh for the power theft. The Special Court of Electricity in Dwarka found one Vipin Sharma guilty of theft of power and sentenced him to one year rigorous imprisonment, besides directing him to pay the penalty of Rs 25.5 lakh, which include a fine of Rs 14.75 lakh plus a civil liability of Rs 9.83 lakh, said a power discom BSES spokesperson. Sharma was found indulging in direct theft of over 18 KW of electricity for running a mid-sized call centre at Mahavir Enclave in Palam Colony, the spokesperson said. A switch-board was found on the call-centre premises but no electricity meter was installed there. The accused was summoned for the offence of power theft under Electricity Act on the basis of pre-summoning evidence. A copy of the complaint and documents were supplied to him and a notice was served to him under Section 251 CrPC to which he had pleaded not guilty and had claimed trial, he said. Power theft is not only resulting in substantial revenue loss to the discoms, but is also increasing the number of trippings and local breakdowns. Efforts of discom enforcement teams to check the irregularities are thwarted by “organised gangs” on many occasions. “There are areas in Najafgargh, Jaffarpur, Mundka, Nangloi, Seelampur, Nand Nagari, Yamuna Vihar, Karawal Nagar, and Shaheen Bagh where power theft continues to be a concern. It is also rampant in some unauthorised colonies,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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