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DMRC celebrates 15 years by gifting new line to Delhiites

The lifeline of Delhi and National Capital Region, the Metro commemorated completion of 15 years of operation by gifting Magenta Line to the residents. The new corridor, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Noida on Monday, will increase connectivity of the satellite town with south Delhi by reducing the travel time between the two areas to 19 minutes.The new 12.64 km route, which has the first interchange station outside Delhi at Botanical Garden, will initially have nine stations. After extension, it would be 38.26 km long and will run upto Janakpuri (W) as well as the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).Commuters from Noida travelling to Faridabad and Gurugram will also be able to avail the benefits of this section and will be able to change trains at Kalkaji Mandir and Hauz Khas, respectively. It is also the first-ever corridor to be operated using the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology, which facilitates movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds. The new age Unattended Train Operation (UTO) enabled trains will also be operated for the first time on this section.In addition, the Magenta Line also has Metro’s first-ever bridge over Yamuna that directly connects Delhi with Noida. The bridge is located along the Okhla barrage after crossing Kalindi Kunj. Among the other feautures, the nine stations are designed with specific provisions for conservation of energy as well as water saving, waste management, energy management, and optimised building design to reduce the size of station box and use of construction material.Solar plants have been installed on roofs of the nine stations on this section. Further, as a pilot project, a plant of 25 KWP capacity has been installed on the Foot Over Bridge, providing connectivity between the Magenta and Violet Line stations of Kalkaji Mandir.The corridor will also have carbon dioxide sensors with VFD-based fresh air fans for optimum mixing of fresh air at Kalkaji Mandir. VRV/VRF type air conditioning systems have been used in elevated stations, with halon-free refrigerants, while energy-efficient air conditioning by use of variable frequency drives and chiller plant manager have been used at Kalkaji Mandir station.

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16-year-old to be tried as an adult for Ryan murder

The 16-year-old student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School, accused of killing 7-year-old Pradyuman Thakur on the campus, will be treated as an adult and undergo a regular court trial, the Juvenile Justice Board ruled on Wednesday.The board called the crime “heinous” and said the accused was mature enough to understand the consequences of his act. The boy’s IQ level was found to be 95. This means he was average.If convicted, the class XI student will stay at Faridabad’s observation home till he turns 21, and will be shifted to a jail thereafter. The teen will be produced before a court in Haryana on Friday. The juvenile’s lawyer said he would challenge the order in the sessions court.Parliament amended the Juvenile Justice Act in December 2015 to allow children aged between 16 and 18 to be tried as adults for heinous crimes like murder and rape.The class II student was found with his throat slit on September 8. The Haryana police first arrested a school bus conductor for the crime before the CBI took over the case and arrested the juvenile, saying he wanted to have exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed by killing his schoolmate. His father has alleged that the boy was tortured to confess. The victim’s family welcomed the move, while that of the accused expressed disappointment.The ruling came after a petition was filed by Pradyuman’s father Barun Thakur. The CBI had also asked the board to treat the juvenile as an adult.”I thank the judiciary for the decision. We always knew that the journey is long but we will go till the end to get justice for my child and all other children who might be vulnerable,” he said.Sushil Tekriwal, lawyer of the victim’s father, termed the ruling a “turning point” in the case. “The verdict is historic,” said Tekriwal, adding, the board broadly based its decision on the findings of a social investigation report and a psychological report of the juvenileThe Juvenile Justice Act was amended after the December 16 gang-rape case in Delhi in which a juvenile was among those involved and was released in 2015 in accordance with the law at the time.

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Metro rams wall during trial

Days ahead of its inauguration, the country’s first driverless train, meant for the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, rammed a depot wall during a trial run in south Delhi’s Kailindi Kunj on Tuesday.According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the incident took place because of the negligence of the staffers, who did not test the brake system before moving the train up the ramp for washing.No injuries were reported. The officials further said that such an incident will not happen once the train is operational as there are automatic signals on the Line to manage the run.The 13.5km Magenta Line, connecting south-southeast Delhi to satellite towns of Noida and Faridabad was to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25.The incident took place at 3.40 pm. After the trial, the train had been moved up a ramp for washing, but it rolled back and hit the adjacent boundary wall.”It appears that the brakes were not checked by the maintenance staff. We have ordered a high-level inquiry by a three-member committee of officers of the ranks of executive director. Appropriate action will be taken in the case,” said Anuj Dayal, DMRC’s chief spokesperson.As per procedure, when a train enters the workshop, the brakes are decommissioned so that the train and its systems, including the brakes, can be freely checked.Once the train is re-commissioned, the brakes should be tested by the maintenance staff in the depot. The train is moved inside the workshop area manually and not by the signalling system.WHAT AUTHORITIES HAVE TO SAY“It appears that the brakes were not checked by the maintenance staff. We have ordered a high-level inquiry by a three-member committee of officers of the ranks of executive director. Appropriate action will be taken in the case,” said Anuj Dayal, DMRC’s chief spokesperson. SALIENT FEATURESNo scope of human error Maximum speed of 95 kmphRoute maps available on each door panel Each coach can accommodate a maximum of 380 passengers Each coach has four 18.5 inch LCD screens

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Relief from pollution as rain lashes Capital, NCR

After rain lashed the city at 21.7 degrees Celsius, Delhiites finally felt the winter chill for the first time on Tuesday. It was the first coldest day in December with the maximum temperature going down, said officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).The rain that continued through Monday night also brought down temperatures in Delhi-NCR.The Capital could breathe better on Tuesday, as Monday’s rainfall brought the air quality index (AQI) down considerably from 366 units (very poor) to 219 (poor). According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality is set to improve further with the cold north-westerly winds in the coming days.The AQI also came down significantly in NCR towns of Ghaziabad and Noida, which had continuously remained in the ‘severe’ category with the AQI shooting past 400. While Gurgaon which was in ‘very poor’ category improved to ‘moderate’ at 192 units.The AQI units are measured against PM 2.5 — – the most prominent pollutant in Delhi -NCR (measured in microgram per cubic meters).The AQI recorded at Ghaziabad improved from ‘severe’ to ‘poor’ at 290 units while Noida too came down to ‘poor’ at 224 units.”The rain is likely to continue on Tuesday and will help washing down of pollutants hanging in the air. The cold wave from the northern region is to set in from 15-16 December, which will bring in clean air and help improve air quality further,” said a MET department official.After brief respite on December 6 and 7 which was tagged as ‘good air days’ in the month, pollution levels had spiked again on Friday with the AQI shooting up to 390 units.The permissible standards for PM 2.5 — most prominent pollutant in the city — are 60 units (measured in microgram per cubic meters). Last week, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had asked the Lieutenant Governor in a meeting to tell Delhi government to start patrolling of small industrial units using cheap fuels leading to pollution.AIR QUALITY Delhi: 219 (poor) Ghaziabad: 290 (poor) Noida: 224 (poor) Gurgaon: 192 (moderate) Faridabad: 229 (poor)

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Air quality improves to ‘poor’, relief temporary

The Capital breathed better with the air quality improving from ‘very poor’ to ‘poor’ category on Wednesday.The air quality index (AQI) improved to 282 units from 378 units yesterday. The sun showing up and winds picking up speed were attributed as factors behind the relief by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).Delhi-NCR is likely to receive rainfall on Thursday, which officials of the CPCB said, is expected to wash down the pollutants hanging in the air.The relief, however, is going to be temporary, as fog is set to return after this period with a sharp drop in temperatures.”The AQI improved because of sunlight and movement in the air. The air is going to get even better if the expected rainfall occurs on Thursday. We are expecting a complete washdown. The AQI is likely to remain better over the weekend.However, a further drop in temperatures is expected thereafter, which will bring more moisture resulting in fog and trapping of pollutants,” said Dipankar Saha, air lab chief, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).Delhi witnessed much hue and cry over bad air quality, as Sri Lankan cricketers wore anti-pollution masks during the Test match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. A player even threw up on the field during the match on Tuesday. ‘Very poor’ AQI comes with the warning that people may develop respiratory illness on prolonged exposure to air which affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing respiratory or cardiovascular diseases. The PM 2.5 — most prominent pollutant in Delhi NCR — has remained high in the NCR towns including Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Noida, which until Tuesday had’severe’levels of pollution.However, the wind speed helped clear the air with the AQI recorded as ‘very poor’ in these two towns with Noida (303), Faridabad (310) and Ghaziabad (347) units, respectively. While Gurugram was better off in ‘poor’ category — at 294 units. The units for pollution concentrations are measured in microgramms per cubic meters.
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City’s air quality gets worse, AQI at 360

The air quality in the Capital deteriorated to 360 units on Thursday from 334 on Wednesday, remaining in the ‘very poor’ category for the eleventh day. The air quality index (AQI) at 360 is six times more than the permissible standards of 60.However, even as officials of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said the air quality is likely to improve by Monday with the winter setting in, some Delhiites complained of breathing difficulties and irritation in eyes.CPCB officials said that an increase in moisture and humidity in the winds has been the trigger for the spike.”The winter is still to set with winds coming in from the north. So far winds have been fluctuating making it difficult for pollutants to be dispersed. At present south-easterly winds are bringing in humidity which is trapping the pollutants further deteriorating the air quality,” said D Saha, head of air laboratory, CPCB.The AQI is expected to hover from 320 to 360 units until this weekend, said Saha. The air quality is measured against PM 2.5 — the most prominent pollutant in Delhi-NCR — in units of micrograms per cubic metre.However, even as the average air quality index in the capital remained in the ‘very poor’ category, NCR towns such as Ghaziabad, which is an industrial hub, continued to reel under ‘severe’ pollution levels.The Delhi government had issued a health advisory on Monday asking schools to avoid all outdoor activities including assembly, sports and other physical activities that are held in the early morning hours. Besides this, it also advised people to reduce their exposure to the air and stay indoors as much as possible.AIR QUALITY INDEXDelhi: 360 (very poor)Ghaziabad: 453 (severe) Gurgaon: 312 (very poor) Noida: 359 ( very poor) Faridabad: 322 (very poor)
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Ryan school murder: Juvenile accused to be defended by Rajesh and Nupur Talwars’ lawyer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lawyer Tanveer Ahmed Mir, who successfully defended Rajesh and Nupur in the trial of their daughter Aarushi’s murder, has now been hired by the family of juvenile accused in the sensational Ryan International murder case.According to The Hindustan Times report, the father of the class 11 student, who is being accused by the CBI for murdering Pradyumn Thakur in the washroom inside Gurugram school, hired Mir on Friday. The lawyer has also confirmed the development.The juvenile has been accused of murdering the seven-year-old Thakur on September 8.
ALSO READ Ryan student murder: Conductor Ashok Kumar’s wife says cops thrashed him, hung upside downHe was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board after his custody ended on Wednesday. He was last produced before the board on November 11. He has since been put up at an observational home in Faridabad.Even as the mystery remains as to who killed the class II student, Ashok Kumar, the bus conductor who was accused by the Haryana Police for murdering Pradyamn walked free from Bhondsi Jail on November 22.
ALSO READ Ryan murder case: Pinto family get anticipatory bail, bus conductor Ashok considering filing defamation caseThe High Court judge had granted bail to the bus conductor due to ‘lack of evidence’. The decision was made after the CBI failed to submit incriminating evidence against Ashok that could directly connect him to the case.However, the victim’s family had opposed to giving bail to Kumar, stating that the investigation is not over yet. The CBI, which is now handling the probe, had also stated that they have not given a clean chit to anyone as of now.

Scale up public transport: EPCA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The war of words between the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) and the Delhi government intensified on Friday as EPCA chief Bhure Lal, retorting to Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot charges on Thursday, said that the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government “has done too little to improve public transport in the city.”In a letter to Gahlot on Friday, the EPCA chief wrote, “Delhi is in dire need of improved public transport, namely buses and last mile connectivity, but little action has been taken on this front,” said Lal. He further said, it is imperative that the government takes urgent and decisive steps to augment the bus fleet and improve itsfunctioning.”The EPCA’s response came after Gahlot’s charge that they “kept quiet over obligations of the National Capital Region (NCR) states to combat pollution. Gahlot had written to the EPCA chief on Thursday urging him to implement the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in neighbouring states as well in order to bring down pollution levels.On the issue of public transport, the AAP government had said that they are unable to move on bus procurement because of the unavailability of land for bus parking. However, Lal countered this saying that despite getting the required land to park 2,000 buses from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the government has still failed to procure these buses.”The lack of public transport also meant that the implementation of GRAP has been weakened. We have had to remove the parking charge hike, because of lack of public transport alternatives as well as for the lack of enforcement against illegal and unauthourised parking,” he wrote.Also, on the government’s insistence to make neighbouring states also implement Odd-Even road rationing scheme to improve air quality, Lal said, “Odd-Even is only an ’emergency’ and short-term measure while if the government takes the long-term measures, it may not need to take emergency action at all.”WHAT IS THE GRAP?The GRAP prepared by the EPCA — a Supreme Court mandated body — has the Odd-Even road rationing scheme listed as a measure to be taken during ‘emergency’ levels of air pollution. The first implementation of GRAP, he said, has resulted in up to 15-20 per cent of reduction in pollution.AQI IN DELHI-NCR ON FRIDAYDelhi 310 (very poor) Ghaziabad 378 (very poor) Gurgaon 307 (very poor) Noida 286 (poor)Faridabad 291(poor)

Ryan school murder: Father alleges CBI torturing son

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The father of the 16-year old juvenile accused in the Ryan school murder alleged that his son was tortured by the officers of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and was being framed in the murder of 7-year-old Pradyumn.The father of the juvenile said that his child was innocent and was being framed by the investigating agency after a Gurugram Court on Saturday sent the 16-year to the Faridabad juvenile home till November 22, 2017.”My son is innocent and is being framed by the CBI. You think a 16-year-old can murder someone and sit normally at home and behave normally for two months without anyone knowing about what he has done,” said the father of the child.He stated that they have been cooperating with the officials during the investigation. They had reached our house at 11.20 am. During their raid, the CBI officers took his shoes, books, bag and hard disk along with them. Even after they apprehended him, I was only allowed to meet my son for two minutes. He told me that he had not killed anyone. I appeal to the media persons also to show the truth,” added the father.As some section of the media speculated about the juvenile accused being a part of the blue whale challenge, the father rubbished such claims and said that his son was neither a part nor playing the blue whale challenge.”CBI officials wanted him to be sent to the juvenile home in Delhi but we fought against that because as per the jurisdiction he should be sent to the Faridabad juvenile home. The court will hear the matter on November 22, 2017,” said Sandeep Aneja, the lawyer of the accused

Ryan case: We erred, admit cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After facing flak from all quarters, the Haryana Police accepted on Saturday that omissions took place on their part during the probe into the murder of seven-year-old Ryan International School student, Pradyuman Thakur.Gurugram Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar called a meeting of the first investigating team, which had arrested bus conductor Ashok Kumar and declared him a paedophile, to pull the officers up. The team members admitted that they erred.The cops also admitted that they didn’t watch the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage carefully. The initial eight seconds of the footage shows the now accused teenager calling Pradyuman to the washroom. The team members, however, remained silent on exactly how they made this grave error.Khirwar then slammed the cops and sought an explanation for the botched-up probe. He also sought a complete inquiry report on the matter and the exact details of the police officers who analysed the CCTV footage. He further sought to know what circumstantial evidence led the team to declare Ashok as the murderer.Also, the Class XI student, now accused of having murdered Pradyuman, was taken to the scene of crime, where the incident was recreated. Another student, teachers, and staff were also called to the scene.”The CBI team used a giant stuffed teddy bear in place of Pradyuman and directed the accused student to recreate the entire sequence of events,” a senior CBI officer said, adding that teachers and staff members were interrogated about the murder. The agency sleuths remained in the premises for three-and-a-half hours to collect evidence and identify witnesses in the case.A juvenile court has sent the accused to the Faridabad observation home, where he will remain till November 22.Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started probing whether the first team deliberately implicated the bus conductor.The agency’s initial probe into the matter indicated that “evidences were planted” to make the it appear as if Ashok was the killer.According to the CBI investigation, the cops planted a blood-soaked knife in Ashok’s possession and also tortured bus driver Saurav Raghav, to make him accept that there was a knife in the bus tool box. In a statement before the CBI, Raghav had said that on September 6, he cleaned the toolbox and there was no knife in it. He had also pointed out that if someone kept a knife in the toolbox, it would have been captured by one of the two cameras in the bus.The Gurugram Police had further claimed that Ashok had taken the knife from the bus toolkit and was cleaning it in the school washroom when he chanced upon Pradyuman.Pradyuman was found dead inside the toilet of Ryan International School, with his throat slit, on September 8.Botched-up probe by haryana policeAccording to the CBI, the cops planted a blood-soaked knife in Ashok’s possession and also tortured bus driver Saurav RaghavThe cops had claimed that Ashok had taken the knife from the bus toolkit to clean when he chanced upon Pradyuman

Ryan school murder: ‘They thrashed my son,’ father of accused alleges torture, trashes CBI’s PTM theory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after CBI confirmed the confession of the 16-year-old accused in the sensational Ryan school murder case, the father of the class 11 student on Saturday claimed his son is innocent and has been ‘brutally’ tortured.”My son is being tortured, he was hung upside down and brutally thrashed. He is completely innocent,” the father told ANI.”Do you think such a young boy would behave normally for so many days had he committed such a serious crime,” he asked the authorities for making such a serious claim against his son.The father of the 16-year-old alleged murderer also ruled out any CBI’s theory of his son committing the crime to postpone the school exams and a parent-teacher meet. According to CBI, the teen was weak in studies and that the victim was a random target.”Only one PTM had happened till now and all teachers had praised my son’s performance and behaviour, I have his marksheets,” he said.Meanwhile, the special court have accepted a CBI’s plea to send the juvenile to an observation home till the next hearing. So, the accused has been sent to an observation home in Faridabad till November 22. The agency has also planned a psychological examination of the student after reconstructing the crime to know how he carried out the murder. The juvenile was arrested by the CBI on Tuesday for cold-blooded murder of class 2 student in Ryan International School in Gurgaon while school bus conductor Ashok Kumar is in jail after being arrested by the Haryana police. The bus conductor has now applied for bail.Seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was found dead in a pool of blood with his throat slit at the school’s washroom on September 8.

Transport Dept bans heavy vehicle entry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Transport Department banned the entry of heavy and medium goods vehicles in the Capital from Thursday 11pm to November 12, 11pm. The notification also stated that entry would be further banned if the air quality does not improve. The Delhi Traffic Police and the Municipal Corporations of Delhi have been directed and informed to comply with the notification. Delhi Traffic Police have made elaborate arrangements and deployed forces accordingly at border points. There are over 30 entry and exit points out of which 18 border points receive maximum number of trucks. The borders include Anand Vihar, Badarpur, Noida, Singhu border, Tughlakabad, Faridabad, GT Karnal road, Gurugram, Kalindi Kunj. Only trucks with essential commodities such as eggs, milk, petroleum, vegetables, etc, will be allowed.

Delhi pollution: NGT raps government, bans industrial activities, construction till next hearing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid concerns over alarming pollution levels in Delhi-NCR region, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday rapped the Delhi government and said that no construction activity will be carried out on structured until further orders, other than those that don’t need any construction material till next hearing.The NGT passed the directions while hearing the matter of air pollution and stubble burning.Stating that the labours would be paid daily wages and would not be affected by orders, the Tribunal added, “All industrial activity in NCR which is releasing emissions will also not carry on its activities till the next date of hearing. The Tribunal also said that there should be a sprinkling of water wherever ambient air quality of PM10 is found to be in excess of 600. “Helicopters or fire departments could carry out a sprinkling of water.”The next hearing is scheduled for Thursday.NGT has passed the following directions► All corporations, DDA, the public health department of MCD shall constitute teams of its officers or officials who will visit areas under their respective jurisdiction and ensure that there is no burning of waste in NCR Delhi. This will equally apply to authorities having jurisdiction over other areas of NCR such as Noida, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Manesar, Faridabad etc. ► These teams shall also inspect construction material that is lying in the open uncovered and unprotected. The same shall be seized by the corporation besides requiring to pay compensation to Tribunal. If there are any brick kilns or hot mix plants in Delhi NCR, the same shall be shut down till the next date of hearing.► There should be regular cleaning of roads preferably through vacuum cleaners so that particulate matter does not rise to the air.► The NCT Delhi and all authorities to ensure that the vehicles which are more than ten years old in diesel and 15 years in petrol are not permitted to ply. ► No trucks from outside stations or within NCT Delhi will be permitted to transport any construction material particularly sand, cement or bajri till the next date of hearing. This will be in addition to directions passed by NCT Delhi. ► No construction activity on roads and no digging. No fuel of waste would be used for the heating. ► The states shall ensure that no crop residue is burnt and incentives are provided to farmers. The directions passed in the case of Vikrant Tongad shall be complied by all states. GRAP shall be implemented by all states to protect and improve the ambient air quality. ► Delhi and NCR states would submit their action plans in relation to these orders two weeks from today.► By Monday they must submit the analysis reports and we direct the police authorities of NCR to cooperate for compliance of orders.

Pollution woes: Doctors advise Delhiites to stop morning walks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aarti Singh, 62, a fitness freak, has stopped going on her daily morning walks, after being advised by her doctors to do so. The toxic Delhi air has affected her lungs and forced her to stay indoors. “The morning walk had been a part of my daily routine for the last 30 years. But, in the last one week, my health has deteriorated rapidly. I started suffering from fever, bodyache, and continous cough,” Singh, who works with a government bank, said.As mercury starts to go down, like every year, the national Capital is witnessing high levels of pollution and a health crisis. Smog, a mixture of extremely hazardous smoke and fog, has descended on the city as doom for those with a history of respiratory illnesses, particularly children and heart patients. But even completely healthy people have been reporting sudden cardiac symptoms and viral fever.“People should completely stop going on morning walks. This is not the right time. We are receiving many complaints of itchy throat, bodyache, and fever. Those with a history of asthma should be extremely careful during this season,” said Dr SP Byotra, department of internal medicine, Sir Ganga Ram hospital. In fact, doctors in the Capital have witnessed a 20 per cent spike in the number of cases of respiratory illness. Cases of viral infection, cough, sneezing, respiratory tract infection, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) have also gone up. “This is the worst phase for those with prolonged illnesses. Even the number of viral fever cases has gone up. Those with a history of asthma and COPD are at their worst. Our out-patient department (OPD) is witnessing a large number of patients with this problem,” said Dr JC Suri, Professor and Head of Pulmonary Medicine at the Safdarjung hospital. Air pollution is responsible for 10,000-30,000 deaths in the national Capital every year, the CSE had stated in a report last year. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, on Sunday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) at Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad and Noida was 439 and 423, respectively, while at Rajasthan’s Bhiwadi, it was 407 , all considered “severe”.Delhi’s air quality was placed under “very poor” category with AQI recorded at 368 against 351 on Saturday. Meanwhile, at Haryana’s Gurugram, the AQI was 345 against 338 on Saturday and Faridabad had an AQI of 334 against 338 on Saturday.PEAKING PM 2.5According to DPCC data, PM 2.5 ranged between 317 and 492 microgramme per cubic metre at different locations between 10 am and 11.30 pm. The permissible range for PM2.5 is 60.
The worst PM 2.5 situation was at Anand Vihar in east Delhi, ranging between 410 and 492 between 10 and 11.30 am. PRECAUTIONSCover your face while going out.
Those with a history of asthma should avoid going on morning walks.
Drink hot water at regular intervals. Carry an inhaler.
Practise breathing exercises.

Govt mulls copter service from IGIA to NCR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It takes almost the same time to fly to Delhi from other metro cities and to travel on road from one spot to the other within the National Capital Region (NCR). Considering the size of the region as well as its traffic problems, the Centre is now exploring the possibility for air travellers to avail helicopter services from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) to satellite cities such as Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad.Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey has asked the airport operator, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), to explore the possibility of providing space for helicopters within the Delhi airports, so that direct connectivity can be provided to air travellers. The move will help commuters bypass the cumbersome traffic congestion and reach their respective destinations within a much shorter time.If successful, the plan will be replicated in three other metropolitan cities — Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata.”This will be a big relief for frequent flyers as many of them complain about missing their flights due to traffic chaos,” a source in the Ministry of Civil Aviation said. These choppers could also be used as air ambulances, and hospitals and patients could avail the facility on a regular basis. The service will particularly facilitate swifter organ transfer, as compared to green corridor. “A Detailed Project Report is being prepared and accordingly, changes will be made in building bylaws, wherein rooftop helipads might also be included,” the source added.Initially, however, the Centre will use unattended helipads in these satellite cities.In July this year, a study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) had revealed that there were no “non-peak hours” in Delhi anymore as there was almost no difference in the time taken to travel during peak and non-peak hours. The CSE had carried out the study on 13 arterial roads for 12 hours daily. It stated that on an average, the morning and evening peak traffic speeds were 28 kmph and 25 kmph, and the off-peak speed was 27 kmph.Expansion planPossibility to avail services from IGIA to satellite cities like Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad If successful, the plan will be replicated in three other cities — Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata

Cops nab Jai-Veeru for theft of auto-rickshaws

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi Police team has arrested two infamous men, popular as ‘Jai-Veeru’- famous characters from Bollywood blockbuster Sholay – and recovered from them thirteen auto-rickshaws that they had been stolen from across the National Capital Region (NCR).The duo, residents of Shiv Park area in south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar, was identified as Jamshed Alam alias Monu (18) and Irshad (21). Both Alam and Irshad are school dropouts and started off with petty offences, in order to earn easy money and live a lavish life. DCP south, Ishwar Singh said that in order to prevent incidents of vehicle theft in the area, a police team of special staff led by Inspector Jeet Singh received secret information about the movement of a gang involved in the theft of three-wheeler scooter rickshaws (TSRs).“The information was further developed and a trap was laid to nab the two suspects, identified as Jamshed and Irshad. They were arrested and a stolen two-wheeler was recovered from them. Further, on their instance, 13 auto-rickshaws stolen from different areas in Gurgaon and Delhi were also recovered,” Singh informed. During interrogation, Jai and Veeru confessed to having committed crimes, including vehicle theft in NCR. “Both of them are good friends and inspired by a famous Hindi movie‘Sholay’, both are known as Jai and Veeru in the locality, the protagonists of the movie. Initially, both were driving auto-rickshaw on rent to earn money. Later, they planned to steal auto-rickshaws from Gurgaon, Faridabad and Delhi in order to earn quick money by giving them on rent on daily basis,” the DCP said. They used to ply the stolen auto-rickshaws only in the local areas of Sangam Vihar, Devli and Khanpur to avoid checking by police on main roads. They also used to give the stolen auto-rickshaw on rent to needful persons on daily bases to earn regular money, Singh stated.DROPOUTSBoth, 18-year-old Alam and 21-year-old Irshad, residents of Shiv Park area in south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar, are school dropouts and started off with petty offences, in order to earn easy money and live a lavish life.

Delhi air quality remains ‘very poor’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Post Diwali there has been hardly any let up in the pollution level, as toxic air continues to batter the lungs of Delhiites. According to monitoring stations across the city the air quality dipped to “very poor”on Tuesday and according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (Safar) the levels of airborne particulate matter PM 10 touched 289 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3) and PM 2.5 touched 171 µg/m3 on Tuesday morning .The ‘safe limit’ set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is 100 µg/m3 for PM 10 and 60 µg/m3 for PM 2.5. Meanwhile, the air quality index recorded for Delhi by the CPCB, based on as many as 15 monitoring stations, on Tuesday, was 351 µg/m3. It also remained “very poor” for Noida and Gurgaon as well at 349 µg/m3 and 343 µg/m3 while neighbouring Ghaziabad and Faridabad had “severe” air quality with 439 µg/m3 and 410 µg/m3.Anything recorded beyond 400 µg/m3 indicates severe air quality, and between 300 and 400 µg/m3 is seen as very poor. Experts say that what is likely to make the situation worse is the drop in temperatures. And already the Capital is seeing a fall in temperature. The maximum temperature recorded by the weather department on Tuesday was 30 degrees while the minimum was 17 degrees Celsius.The mercury is likely to remain stable till Thursday when the minimum temperature drops by one degree to settle at 16 degrees Celsius. It will again rise to 17 degrees on the weekend.The drop in temperature is not good sign for air pollution. This is because a drop in temperature leads to reduced wind speed and a rise in air pollution. This ensures the pollutants suspended in the air are not able to disperse and thus remain hanging in the air.Of late, winters have become the harbinger of worse weather conditions as pollution increases severely due to concentration of toxic gases in the air. Stubble burning by farmers from neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana make matters worse for the Capital that has already been ranked as one of the worst polluted cities in the world.DEATH BY AIRThe ‘safe limit’ set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is 100 µg/m3 for PM 10 and 60 µg/m3 for PM 2.5. Anything recorded beyond 400 µg/m3 indicates severe air quality, and between 300 and 400 µg/m3 is seen as very poor.

Noida locals want landfill site to go

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Residents of sectors adjoining 123 in Noida on Saturday held a protest near the Faridabad-Noida-Ghaziabad (FNG) roundabout against the Noida Authority’s decision have a landfill site in the area.On October 17, the Noida authority informed the National Green Tribunal (NGT) of a 25-acre landfill site in Sector 123 after the tribunal banned dumping of waste in Sector 138A following complaints of pollution and health-related problems by residents. However, the plant at Sector 123 is close to five schools including a play school, several residential sectors and highly populated villages of Noida.”Our lives have been put at stake by the Noida Authority by initiating this plant that will process up to 600 metric tons of waste everyday. They don’t seem to care that this plant would emit poisonous gases, toxic fly ash and heavy metals causing air pollution and groundwater contamination,” said Ajay Kunwar, a resident of Gadi Chaukhandi.”The worst part is that the Noida Authority itself has given in writing that the said location is not suitable for garbage dumping or setting up any such plant and still have proposed the location to NGT,” said Varun Mehta, a resident of Sector 121.Meanwhile, the Noida Authority said it has sought help from the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to get environmental clearances for the site earmarked for a landfill at Sector 123.”In compliance with NGT’s orders, we met the pollution board officials and they have inspected the Sector 123 site. We have also started the process of roping in a central government consultant who will guide us in hiring a private agency for setting up a waste-to-energy plant,” said RK Mishra, additional CEO, Noida Authority.The Noida Authority had proposed to set up the landfill site in 2013, following which residents had moved the NGT against it. The tribunal directed the authority to seek necessary approvals for setting up a landfill so that residents could file their objections.On October 24, the NGT directed the Noida Authority and the state of Uttar Pradesh to complete the construction of a waste-to-energy plant within six months from the date of order. The tribunal said the Noida Authority can use Sector 123 land as a temporary site for dumping waste.

No alliance with SP? Congress to contest UP local body polls on its own, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress will contest the local body polls in Uttar Pradesh on its own, party general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad said in Aligarh on Sunday. “Our party will contest the forthcoming local body polls on its own,” Azad said while addressing a function to mark the birth centenary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. The notification for the local body polls is likely to be issued before month-end. Azad also said that the Congress was “optimistic regarding its prospects in the forthcoming Assembly polls especially in Gujarat, where BJP was in a panic mode.” “Modi government’s popularity graph is going down and recent strategy to use UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath was an indication of this. This desperate move has also flopped,” he claimed.Azad said if prime minister Modi was such a “vote catcher then why was Adityanath being pushed in the campaign in the prime minister’s home state.” He said the recent assault on a Muslim youth carrying buffalo meat by alleged cow vigilantes in Faridabad indicated that law enforcement in the country has gone out of the government’s hand. “Such incidents are continuing despite claims of the PM,” he said.Addressing the function, Congress’ state unit president Raj Babbar said that, “it was ironical that UP chief minister Yogi Adaityanath was campaigning on the plank of providing better law and order in Kerala and Gujarat states while law and order in his own state is collapsing”.

Faridabad cow vigilantism case: Three arrested for beating 5 people over suspicion of carrying beef

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Faridabad Police have arrested three people in connection with beating up an auto driver over suspicion of carrying beef on Friday in Haryana’s Faridabad.The arrested accused have been identified as Ram Kishore (21), Dilip (19) and Lakhan (24).The self-styled cow vigilantes assaulted five people and also thrashed an auto driver chanting ‘Jai Hanuman’.The victims were identified as brothers Isaan Mohammad and Shahzad, along with Shakeel, Sonu, and Azad Mohammad, all residents of Faridabad. The incident took place in the morning, when auto driver Azad was on his way to deliver the meat to a shop. He was accompanied by an employee of the meat supplier, Sonu, and three others.Last month, the Supreme Court directed all state governments to appoint a senior police officer as a nodal officer in each district to ensure that incidents of cow vigilantism are prevented and dealt with effectively.

Faridabad: 13-year-old ‘maid’ jumps off 11th floor to escape slavery and torture

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to escape slavery and torture, a 13-year-old girl on Wednesday attempted suicide by jumping off the 11th floor of a building in Faridabad.A minor girl took an extreme step after suffering for two years. However, she survived as she was caught in a bird net on the 10th floor balcony, reported news18.The girl, who hails from Bihar, was rescued after being stuck for several hours. The victim also has burn and injury marks all over her body.According to report, the victim was starved for sometime and was never allowed to step out of the house.”We would often hear cries. But the woman, who told us that she studies at a private university, would tell us to mind our own business,” said a neighbour at Kanishka Towers.The victim has been asked to be kept at a child protection centre, and an FIR will be filed soon.

Fewer GST slabs possible, says FM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday hinted that the number of slabs under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) can be reduced once there is revenue buoyancy. He also said that people who demand development of the nation need to pay their taxes honestly, in remarks that come amid a debate over the state of India’s economy.”We are in the first 2-3 months of GST implementation. We have almost by the day, space and scope for improvement to reduce compliance burden as far as small taxpayers are concerned,” he said at an event in Faridabad.Since July 1, GST has replaced around a dozen central and state taxes to be a single national tax. At present, there are four tax slabs of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent, plus a levy of cesses on luxury items like cars, aerated drinks and tobacco products to compensate states for any revenue losses in the first five years.”In a society which did not conventionally mind being a non-tax complaint one, people are realising the virtues of compliance which comes with passage of time. We have space for improvement, eventually once we become revenue neutral, to think in terms of bigger reforms such as lesser slabs, but for that we have to become revenue neutral…,” he said.The slab reduction, as and when it happens, will address a major concern. GST is meant to unify India’s economy as “one nation one tax”, and make it easier for companies to do business, but there have been complaints that too many slabs have made transactions complicated. However, an overwhelming 81 per cent of items under the GST regime attract tax of 18 per cent or below and only about 19 per cent of items are taxed at the highest rate of 28 per cent.Jaitley was addressing officers of the Indian Revenue Services (IRS) at the foundation day event of the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN).He said that “revenue is the lifeline of governance”, and would help in taking India from being a developing to a developed economy. He said that tax officers need to be firm and fair to ensure that those liable to pay are complying, and those not falling within the bracket are not unnecessarily burdened.He emphasised that indirect tax burden is borne by all sections of the society, and said it is always the endeavour of the government to bring down tax rates on mass consumption commodities.”Direct tax is paid by more by the more affluent, somewhat by the others and certainly not by the weaker section but the impact of indirect tax places burden on all. Therefore, an effort is always as part of the fiscal policy … to ensure that the commodities which are consumed more by the common people are least taxed compared to others,” he said.(With agency inputs)Current tax slabs under gstThere are four tax slabs of 5, 12, 18 and 28%, plus cesses on luxury items to compensate states for any revenue lossesAn overwhelming 81% of items under the GST regime attract tax of 18% or below and only about 19% of items are taxed at the highest rate of 28% Slab reduction, as and when it happens, will address a concern that too many slabs have made transactions complicated

Full-fledged electric fleet to hit roads by December: Nitin Gadkari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that the government is serious in promoting electric vehicles, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said an electric fleet comprising buses, taxis and autorickshaws will be on roads by the end of this year.”By the end of this year, we will have electric buses, taxis, autorickshaws… We are very serious about it and the automobile industry is also very serious about it,” Gadkari, who holds the portfolio of road transport and highways, said at an event to mark the rollout of a fleet at Gurgaon here.To provide last-mile connectivity to metro travellers in Gurgaon, Gadkari flagged off the fleet of first batch of 1,000 e-autorickshaws from the Huda City Centre metro station.The minister, who was also given the charge of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation in the latest Cabinet rejig, took Delhi Metro to travel to Huda City Centre, the venue of the event, and used the same mode way back.Terming himself as a “bulldozer”, the minister said his ministry and the government are constantly working towards electrification of vehicles. “I am a bulldozer I want to stop this petrol, diesel… I am very much committed to transport based on electricity. My mission, my dream is public transport on electricity,” he said. The government, he stressed, is striving to cut down huge import bill on crude and encouraging alternatives like bio- diesel, bio-methanol, ethanol, electricity and CNG.”The policy of our department is to encourage bio-fuel.Ethanol, bio-diesel, bio-CNG, methanol are the future of the country. Our approach is to become import substitute, cost- effective pollution free. Pollution is a big concern,” he said.He pointed out that the fleet will not just provide cost effective and pollution free substitute in transport system of Gurgaon, but will also generate employment opportunities for the marginalised youth.The electric fleet is being operated by Treasure Vase Ventures Private Ltd, in partnership with Delhi Metro, under the SmartE brand name.The e-autorickshaws have been manufactured in India and are fitted with GPS and tracking system.SmartE has formed strategic partnerships with the Haryana government and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to launch 1,000 such vehicles in Gurgaon and Faridabad in 2017.The e-autorickshaws, SmartE, are expected to provide “meaningful” self-employment to over 1,00,000 marginalised youth in the next 4-5 years.

Rain once again brings Capital to a standstill

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Incessant rain on Thursday afternoon brought the Capital to a standstill as massive waterlogging led to traffic jams across the city and the national capital region. Thunder and lightning brought sudden downpours to the entire region around 1 pm, catching commuters unaware.The Safdarjung Observatory recorded 59 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours with maximum temperature remaining 32 degree Celsius and minimum temperature at 27 degree Celsius. The Meteorological Department has predicted moderate rain activity on Friday as well which will bring down the minimum temperature by two degrees, at 25 degree Celsius, while the maximum temperature will remain unchanged.The forecast for the weekend also shows moderate to light rainfall. Parts of Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad received spells of rain on Wednesday evening.Meanwhile, Delhi once again bore the brunt of poor civic infrastructure as traffic snarls at major roads dampened the spirit of the monsoon. Even though the weather became pleasant and people got relief from humidity, heavy rainfall threw life out of gear.Main roads like Dhaula Kuan to Cariappa Vihar, Parade Road, Bhagwan Das Road, Lodhi Road saw traffic jams due to heavy rainfall in the afternoon. Parade Road reported slow traffic movement by 30 minutes in the afternoon while Savitri flyover on the way to Nehru Place and Modi Mill U-turn near Okhla suffered massive jams due to water logging.

Traffic cops work to decongest Mathura Road

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi traffic police has started work to decongest Mathura Road, a key link connecting the Capital to south Delhi and the satellite town of Faridabad. The road was identified, by the Lieutenant Governor and the AAP government, as one of the 29 major bottlenecks that needed to be smoothened.According to the overhaul plan, the 20 km stretch between Neela Gumbad and Badarpur flyover will be recarpeted to remove the patchwork on the road and hence increase the speed of vehicles.The police have also roped in the civic body to create a dedicated parking space before Nizamuddin police station and the Hazrat Nizamuddin dargah in order to remove the layers of vehicles parked. These vehicles cover half of the three-lane road.”There is a major chaos created by vehicles parked outside. All vehicles including four-wheelers, buses, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and two-wheelers crowd the entire stretch. A parking lot will help clear up the road space and reduce the jams here,” said a senior officer.The stretch witnesses heavy vehicular traffic as well as pedestrian movement throughout the day. Also, a number of industrial units and slum clusters are situated on both sides of the road adding to the congestion.The traffic police have asked the Public Works Department to construct foot-over bridges (FOB) at Aali Village and Ashram Chowk — the two major intersections on the stretch.”We have roped in the road owning agency to build FOBs to ease out pedestrian movement on the road. Pedestrians crossing over to other carriageway often hold up the traffic as well as cause accidents. The bridge will help remove obstructions and allow free flow of traffic,” the officer said.The Delhi government had last year proposed to build an underpass at Ashram Chowk as well as two elevated corridors or twin flyovers between Ashram Chowk and Aali Village near Badarpur. However, they are yet to start work.”Some roads are facing the problem of unauthorised parking, and some roads will see refurbishment or re-routing if needed. We have written to the government regarding the work, and have sent our recommendations. Since it is the road owning agencies which have to take up the engineering work, we hope to put the project on fast track,” the officer added.OTHER PILOT PROJECTSMathura Road Neela Gumbad to Badarpur flyover, Aurobindo Marg to Andheria Mor, Sardar Patel Marg from 11 Murti to Dhaula Kuan
Savitri Flyover (Chirag Delhi crossing to Savitri flyover), Dhaula Kuan flyover to CGR flyover Sanjay T-point

Cop suspended for failing to act on JNU student’s complaint

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A sub-inspector of Haryana Police has been suspended for allegedly failing to take note of a complaint filed by a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student, alleging that she was threatened with rape by a group of four to five people. In a complaint later filed at Vasant Kunj (North) police station in Delhi, the woman alleged that she was threatened with rape and six of her friends were roughed up by a group of locals near Bhardwaj Lake in Asola on August 14 evening. “Sub-inspector Suresh Kumar has been suspended for not taking cognisance of the complaint by the woman and necessary action. We have zeroed in on some suspects and arrests are likely to be made soon,” Surajkund police station in-charge Pankaj Kuamr said. The JNU Students Union today condemned the Haryana Police for allegedly harassing the students who had gone to file a complaint. JNUSU president Mohit Kumar Pandey also met the Faridabad Police Commissioner, along with the students who were harassed. “This reflects the environment of fear that is being created in the country. The goons openly threatened the woman and abused the men. Now see the pathetic condition of Haryana Police that instead of helping victims, they behaved in the same way these goons were behaving,” Pandey said. The woman said that she lodged her complaint at Vasant Kunj (North) police station in Delhi after the Haryana Police refused to take cognisance of her complaint. She also alleged that Haryana Police officials questioned her character and made her write an apology letter. On the basis of her complaint, a zero FIR was registered at Vasant Kunj (North) police station and the case was transferred to Surajkund police station in Haryana. A zero FIR is generally a complaint lodged with the police by the victim of a cognisable offence or by someone on his or her behalf. The complainant had gone to Surajkund with six of her friends. While she was on a motorcycle with two of her friends, an inebriated man asked them to stop, she said in her complaint. The man questioned them as to why they were roaming in the area till late in the night and raised aspersions on her character, the police said. The police added that the man then allegedly called his father and brother, and assaulted the woman and her friends. They also took her to a shed nearby where they threatened to rape her. In the meantime, the woman’s other friends arrived there and rescued her and her two friends, the police said. The woman in her complaint said that she approached some Haryana Police personnel who were there but they also raised doubts on her and took her to a police station and made her write an apology letter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rain brings down temp in Capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Capital on Tuesday remained cloudy with light rains in some parts making weather pleasant, said India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials.”The Safdarjung observatory, figure of which is considered official for the city, recorded 3.3 mm rainfall till 8.30 am and 1.1 mm till 5.30 pm,” a senior Met department official said.The maximum temperature settled at 32.5 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average, while the minimum was recorded at 26.6 degrees Celsius, a notch below the normal,the official added.Rains occurred in nearby areas such as Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad on Monday as well.The Met office has forecast overcast skies along with the possibility of light rain and thundershowers on Wednesday.

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.)

4 Hry chief parl secys resign, 2 weeks after HC set aside

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four BJP MLAs from Haryana, whose appointment as chief parliamentary secretaries (CPSes) were set aside by the Punjab and Haryana High Court nearly two weeks ago, today tendered their resignations as CPSes. All of them submitted their resignation to the chief minister, official sources said. A division bench of the high court had set aside their appointment on July 5 on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a lawyer, Jagmohan Singh Bhatti. The petitioner had filed the PIL shortly after the four were appointed chief parliamentary secretaries by the BJP government in Haryana in July, 2015. The four MLAs are Shyam Singh Rana, Bakhshish Singh Virk, Seema Trikha and Kamal Gupta. The government’s decision to appoint the four as CPSes was challenged by Bhatti on the ground that there were no such provisions in the Constitution and the appointments were thus, unconstitutional, and also a burden on the exchequer. The high court had given the four CPSes time to file an appeal against the order by keeping it in abeyance for three weeks, but today, Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala told reporters here that all four had resigned and there was no plan to challenge the HC verdict. Barala added that after the July 5 court verdict, the issue was discussed within the party, after which it was decided that all the four MLAs would tender their resignation as CPSes. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had administered oath to the four as CPSes on July 23, 2015. Rana is the MLA from Radaur in Yamunanagar district, Virk, representing Assandh in Karnal district, is the lone Sikh face among the BJP MLAs in Haryana, Trikha is the MLA from Badhkal in Faridabad and Gupta represents Hisar in the Assembly. MLAs are often appointed as CPSes by state governments as all of them cannot be accommodated in the cabinet due to a statutory 15-per cent ceiling on ministerial berths vis-a-vis the strength of the respective Assembly. Bhatti had contended that the state was spending lakhs of rupees of public money on the salaries, perks and facilities of these CPSes, who were de-facto ministers. However, the Haryana government had countered the claim saying the four CPS-es were not getting the salaries or allowances at par with the ministers and were also not included in the category of ministers. In August 2016, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had also quashed the appointment of the CPSes made by the erstwhile SAD-BJP government in Punjab in April, 2012. In that case too, Bhatti was one of the petitioners.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Locals slam move to develop waste plant in Bandhwari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The decision to develop an Integrated Solid Waste Management Plant in the Bandhwari area on the outskirts of Gurugram and Faridabad has come under sharp criticism from locals, who say the move will undo their own green ways of waste management.After it caught fire in 2013, the Bandhwari landfill was shut for operations. Most housing societies in nearby areas had then adopted a decentralised waste management model and started converting their wet waste into compost.Recently, in a meeting between civic authorities of Faridabad and Gurugram, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed. According to the MoU, a waste-to-energy plant, costing an estimated Rs 430 crore, will be developed in the area. As much as 28 acres of land has been earmarked for the project where a Chinese vendor, Ecogreen Energy, will be converting waste to energy for a concession period of 22 years.Residents are calling this an ‘undoing’ of their efforts towards the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Most Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) and housing complexes have installed compost plants in their premises to convert the wet waste into manure.Not only locals, environmental experts and activists have also condemned the move, stating that it will have serious ecological, health, and economic impact on the lives of citizens. “Incineration is not an eco-sustainable solution. It is a wasteful problem. It has been scientifically proven that it leads to more pollution as it releases toxic compounds in the air that we breathe,” city-based environmental activist Ruchika Sethi said.Echoing the sentiment, former Scientific Officer at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, NB Nair, said, “Incineration of waste leads to emission of dioxin, which is not visible but is extremely hazardous for the environment. May be an immediate effect will not be noticed, but the gradual decay in the quality of air will endanger both human beings and wildlife in the Aravallis.”Then there are financial implications as well. According to reports of the Ministry of Urban Development, municipal agencies in India spend 5-25 per cent of their budget on solid waste management, of which collection and transportation constitute 80-95 per cent. As Bandhwari is almost 16 km from the main Gurugram area, it requires a lot of investment.In addition, the livelihood of thousands of local rag-pickers will also be affected. For instance, more than 50 families collect waste and sell scrap metal near the popular Sheetla Mata temple. Many of them are not even aware of the latest developments.When told that a Chinese company will now be taking care of the waste, rag-picker Toufiq Alam said, “We work all day long to earn as little as Rs 200. Now, if someone else will have control over the waste, how are we going to survive?”Many such families have migrated from Bihar and West Bengal to make a living in Gurugram. “This decision is going to have many negative consequences. What is the point of hiring a foreign company to manage our waste when rag-pickers are not only segregating but helping in recycling of the waste?” Shashi Bhushan of the All India Kabadi Mazdoor Mahasang said.The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram staffers, however, claimed that it was a step towards a clean India. At the same time, the SWM rules of 2016 state that it is the duty of the urban local bodies to make its citizens aware and to promote segregation and decentralisation of waste. Despite multiple efforts, the officials could not be reached for comments.

Judges vulnerable, says court, awards 10-yr term to attackers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Judges are “vulnerable” to murderous assaults for their verdicts which always go against one of the parties in a case, a Delhi court has said while awarding 10-year jail term to three convicts for assaulting three trial court judges in a road rage case here in 2012. The incident has “shaken the conscience” of the society and sends a message that “nobody is safe”, the court said. Expressing concern over the safety of judicial officers who are mostly without any security cover, Additional Sessions Judge R K Tripathi handed down the 10-year rigorous jail term to the three for attempting to murder the judges by hurling bricks at their official car in a South Delhi locality. The attackers had forced the judges to come out of an official car and severely assaulted them. While sending Anil Raj, Prashant and Rohit to jail for ten years and imposing fines, the court asserted that stringent punishment was must and the “unscrupulous” convicts cannot be forgiven in any manner as their act was “deliberate” and “intentional”. “The act of the convicts has shaken the consicence of society and wrongful act of the convicts sends the message that nobody is safe,” it said. The court said “judges are more vulnerable to attacks as they pass judgements which may be in favour of a party or not. The aggrieved party may have grudge against a judge and may target him whenever they find a chance. “Nowadays, safety and security of judges and other public servants is a matter of grave concern. Public is expected to behave respectfully with such public servants, rather that acting violently to settle personal scores.” “It is a matter of grave concern that despite seeing the sticker of judges on the car and knowing fully well that they are judges, they did not show any sign of respect or restraint, rather became more violent and aggressive,” it said. The judge said the convicts had not only shown disrespect towards public servants but took law in their own hands. “The convicts have shown utmost disrespect to the public servants. They took the law in their own hands and tried to prove themselves that they are above the law. They not only damaged the government vehicle but also caused injuries to the victims,” the judge said. The court noted that the convicts had continuously pelted bricks on their car and pulled out a judge from the rear seat by grabbing his collar and tearing his clothes which shows that they had intention to kill the victims. “The unscrupulous persons like the convicts need to be awarded stringent punishment to send a strong message in the society. The action of the convicts cannot be forgiven in any manner. Strong message needs to be sent to society that in case any person will take law in his own hand, he will not be spared,” it said. The act of the convicts becomes graver when they, after coming to know that the victims were judges, became aggressive and violent and continuously pelted bricks towards them, the court said. Considering that they caused severe damage to the government vehicle, the court directed the convicts to collectively pay Rs 45,000 to the car owner, that is the office of the District and Sessions Judge. The court held the convicts, all Delhi residents, guilty of the offences including attempt to murder and assault on public servant to deter him from discharge of duty under IPC and relevant provisions of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. The then judges in Saket district court -Ajay Garg, M K Nagpal and Inderjeet Singh – were attacked by four persons in May 2012 while they were on their way home. While three accused faced trial, one was declared as proclaimed offender. According to the prosecution, the judges were headed to Faridabad on the evening of May 17, 2012 when the incident took place. It said that a bike with two of the accused hit the rear window of the judges’ car near Dakshinpuri in south Delhi due to which both fell down. When the accused got into a scuffle with the driver, the judges intervened and pacified them. But the accused after seeing a “Judge” sticker on the car, called two more persons to attack them, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Junaid lynching case: Main accused worked as security guard in Delhi, confesses to crime

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The prime accused in the killing of Junaid Khan on-board a Mathura-bound train was working as a security guard in Delhi and has confessed to having stabbed the Muslim youth, a senior police official said on Sunday.The accused, who was on the run since June 22, was arrested on Saturday from Dhule district of Maharashtra.The 30-year-old main accused, a resident of district Palwal in Haryana, worked as a private security guard in a firm in Delhi, Superintendent of Police (Railways) Kamaldeep Goyal said, addressing a press conference here.On the claim of the victim’s brothers that they were called “beef eaters” by the accused, Goyal said, “No such thing has come to the fore during the main accused’s questioning so far.”He said the accused, whose identity was being withheld pending completion of some legal procedure, had boarded the train from Shivaji bridge station in Delhi.”During his questioning so far, the main accused has confessed to having stabbed Junaid and attacking his brothers,” he claimed.He would be produced before a court here and his police remand would be sought.”His consent will be sought for Test Identification Parade before court,” Goyal said.The weapon has not been recovered so far, he said, adding the accused told the police that the knife, with which he attacked Junaid, was in his possession.”It is an open investigation and only after thorough interrogation of the accused will the complete sequence of events in the case come to fore,” Goyal said, replying to a question about sequence of events which led to Junaid’s killing.”Time limit for this investigation cannot be fixed.Whatever facts we could share have been shared, but in the interest of investigation revealing more facts at this stage will not be appropriate. We will share these facts as and when they become clear,” he added.The fight between the victim and his brothers and the accused in the train started at Okhla railway station in Delhi while the stabbing took place at a station Ballabgarh onwards, he said.When asked about the facts that have emerged with the arrest of five accused earlier, Goyal said the probe is ongoing.”The main accused has been arrested yesterday only… I am repeating that it is an open investigation, what was the sequence of events, what exactly led to murder of Junaid, will become known after main accused’s interrogation,” he said.Goyal said it was difficult for them to crack the case as thousands of people travel from Delhi to Mathura daily on the local train.”Different type of methodologies were adopted by the police department and it is culmination of all those continuous efforts by the police. Which technique exactly led to the arrest of this accused, I am not going to reveal, but a lot of aspects of investigation were touched by police..,” he said.He said the main accused will be taken on police remand and during further interrogation, many things will become clear.When asked where the main accused was hiding, Goyal said, “He spent a few days at his home. He went to Mathura and Vrindavan and later through a relative he worked at some unit in Dhule for a few days.”When asked if anymore accused were yet to be arrested in the case, the SP said, “During the main accused’s interrogation this should become clear.”He also said that statement of other arrested accused in the case has been recorded.Replying to a question, Goyal said the main fight had started between the victim and another man Rameshwar, who was earlier arrested in the case.The SP said the main accused also jumped into the fight, though he did not know Rameshwar.He said steps were being taken to strengthen security on trains, including having CCTV cameras, for which we have written to the Railway Ministry.He said the Government Railway Police (GRP) was also trying to have a databank of daily commuters from Faridabad and Palwal.”Often many things come to fore like some of these daily passengers occupy seats of others, play cards, sit in rail coaches meant for women etc. So, we will try to make them aware..,” he said.Junaid’s mother, meanwhile, has demanded capital punishment for the main accused.”My son was innocent. I lost him as no one came to his help. While exemplary punishment should be given to all accused involved in the case, I demand that the main accused who stabbed Junaid should be hanged,” she told reporters at her village in Ballabgarh today.A statement released by the GRP yesterday had said that a team was sent to Dhule following a tip-off that the accused was hiding there. The GRP claimed in the statement that during interrogation, the accused had “confessed” to having killed Junaid.The police had earlier arrested five persons, including a Delhi government employee.Junaid was stabbed to death while his brothers, Hashim and Sakir, were injured by a mob which also allegedly hurled communal slurs against them. His brothers had claimed the attackers had taunted and repeatedly called them “anti-nationals” and “beef eaters”.A reward of Rs two lakh had also been announced for information on identity of those involved in the killing.Junaid was stabbed to death when he, along with his brothers, was returning home to Khandawli village after shopping for Eid in Delhi. His body was dumped close to Asaoti village in Faridabad district.

Rains play hide-and-seek in Capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi experienced heavy off-season showers from mid June till the beginning of July and kept playing hide and seek with the locals. Even before the Southwest monsoon could hit, Delhi NCR was enjoying pre-monsoon showers. But soon after the monsoon’s arrival in Delhi NCR, the rain has been holding itself back. The hot and humid weather has taken over.The last time Delhiites enjoyed a drizzle was on July 6, after which the weather went on to become dry and the forecast predicted that it is most likely to remain dry.The showers that had settled the heat and had held the temperature at 31°C, rose to 35°C.As per Skymet, for the next two days, the weather is going to remain unpredictable. The westerly winds will prevail over Delhi NCR. In consideration of the same, dry weather is going to prevail over Delhi and the neighbouring areas of Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gurugram.Due to the dry weather, it is predicted that the temperature may rise and settle around 37°C-38°C. However, a trough has been seen extending from Uttarakhand to Northeast Bay of Bengal across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Hence, there is a chance of localised rainfall activity, that might bring relief to the national capital.The monthly average rainfall for Delhi as per Safdarjung Observatory stands at 187.3 mm. Till date, although Delhi has recorded 59 mm of rainfall, the forecasters explain that it is yet a wait and watch situation. We will have to wait to see if Delhi manages to transcend its monthly average.Meanwhile, Delhiites await the rains with impatience, hoping it would prove to be a relief for them from the scorching heat. There might be a spin in the weather, where the rain would help in reducing the temperature.Rising heatShowers in the city that had settled the heat and had held the temperature at 31°C, rose to 35°C.As per Skymet, for the next two days, the weather will remain unpredictable

HC sets aside appointment of four chief parl secys in Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a setback to the Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today set aside the appointment of four BJP MLAs as chief parliamentary secretaries. The judgment of a division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court came on a PIL filed by a lawyer, Jagmohan Singh Bhatti, who had filed the litigation shortly after the four were appointed chief parliamentary secretaries in July 2015. A division bench comprising Justices S S Saron and Darshan Singh, however, gave the four legislators – Shyam Singh Rana, Bakhshish Singh Virk, Seema Trikha and Kamal Gupta – time to file an appeal against the order by keeping it in abeyance for three weeks. The Haryana government’s decision to appoint the four was challenged by Bhatti on the ground that there were no such provisions in the Constitution and the appointments were thus, unconstitutional, and also a burden on the exchequer. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had administered oath to four party legislators as chief parliamentary secretaries on July 23, 2015. Rana is MLA from Radaur in Yamunanagar district, Virk, MLA from Assandh in Karnal district is the lone Sikh face among BJP MLAs, Trikha is a legislator from Badhkal in Faridabad and Gupta is an MLA from Hisar. Significantly, chief parliamentary secretaries are often appointed on these posts by various state governments to accommodate MLAs since all cannot be made ministers due to a statutory ceiling of 15 per cent on ministerial berths vis-a- vis the respective assembly strength. Bhatti had contended that the state was spending lakhs of rupees of public money on paying for the salaries, perks and facilities of these secretaries, who were de-facto ministers. However, the Haryana government had countered the claims saying the four chief parliamentary secretaries were not getting the salary or allowances provided to ministers and were also not included in the category of ministers. The government counsel had argued that they were not appointed as ministers on the advice of the chief minister, nor administered an oath of office and secrecy by the governor. The state had argued that the four were appointed in public interest to assist the ministers in view of their multifarious duties. Bhatti told reporters that the Bench observed that the appointments of chief parliamentary secretaries were contrary to the constitutional intent of limiting the number of ministers or the size of the cabinet. Earlier in August last year, Punjab and Haryana High Court had also quashed the appointment of the chief parliamentary secretaries made by the previous SAD-BJP government in April 2012. In that case too, Bhatti was one of the petitioners.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT refuses to stay tree felling in Aravalli

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday refused to stay the Haryana forest department’s order to fell mesquite trees, in the Aravalli forests, for a construction project of Bharti Land Limited. Instead, it directed the Haryana government and two real estate companies to respond by Tuesday, to the plea filed by ex-army man Lt Gen (retd) Sarvadaman Singh Oberoi. Oberoi’s petition alleges that the Haryana forest department allowed Bharti Land Limited and Ajay Enterprises Pvt Ltd permission to fell trees over 52 acres of deemed forest in Sarai Khawaja, Faridabad, without proper green clearances.The NGT bench, headed by Justice Jawad Rahim, passed the directions and will now hear the matter on Wednesday. During the hearing, appearing for Bharti Land Limited, senior advocate Pinaki Mishra argued that the company possessed all permissions to fell trees and added that it was willing to provide an undertaking to comply with conditions stated in the permissions.Counsel for Haryana government argued that the plea should be dismissed as it was not maintainable. He requested for time to file a detailed response. Environmentalists and activists have cried foul that despite NGT’s notice, thousands of trees were felled last week.According to Oberoi’s petition, Bharti Land Limited in collaboration with Ajay Enterprises sought permission to fell 1,000 trees over 52 acres of land in Sarai Khawaja village, Faridabad. Senior officials of the Haryana forest department such as the Deputy Conservator of Forests, Faridabad and Conservator of Forests, South Circle, Gurgaon, were not in favour of permitting tree felling. They stated that the land involved in the case was part of the Aravalli hills which are ecologically sensitive. Further, they put it on record that the land fell under the category of gair mumkin pahar (uncultivable land) of Aravalli hills, and it will be classified as such till the Supreme Court decided on the ‘definition’ of forests.Despite their opposition, SK Gulati, Additional Chief Secretary of Forests, Haryana Government wrote a letter on April 24 to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests directing him to grant necessary approval for felling of mesquite trees to Bharti Land Ltd. DNA has reviewed letters of all three forest officials.The plea has also requested the Tribunal to direct Haryana government to declare Aravalli hills, including the gair mumkin pahar, a part of the natural conservation zone.

Delhi Metro: Technical snag leaves hundreds stranded

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commuters travelling on the Delhi Metro’s Violet and Blue Lines had a hard time on Friday as a technical snag caused the services to come to a halt. During peak hours in the morning, a signalling glitch halted operations on the Violet Line (ITO to Faridabad) while commuters were stranded for almost an hour.Speaking on the issue, a DMRC official said, “Train services on Blue Line were affected today between 2:40 pm and 4:15 pm due to point flashing (signalling issue) at the entry of Karol Bagh station. This led to the other trains on the line being held back during this period. However, on the Violet Line, a signalling issue at Sarita Vihar caused the delay. Trains had to be controlled manually on this section.”Stranded in packed stations or outside in searing heat at dusk, passengers described the situation as ‘horrible’, ‘crazy’ and like a ‘circus’. Some took to Twitter to warn others from relying on the Metro.Services slowed down along the entire corridor stretching between Faridabad and Kashmere Gate after trains lost touch with the control centre, a metro official said. 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 glitch has been developing for hours starting from yesterday and nobody knows as to how long it will take to fix the problem,” tweeted Rachit Gupta, who was stuck for half an hour.

Motorists held for trying to run over SHO at checkpoint

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons have been arrested for allegedly trying to run over a station house officer with their SUV at a checkpoint, police said. Police officials at MG Road had indicated to the driver of the vehicle, which had tinted glasses, to pull over, but he instead accelerated and hit a barricade. “They tried to run over SHO Vikas Kaushik yesterday and injured two people while escaping from the spot,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Saharan said. Police said that one of the accused is resident of Tigaon in Faridabad and the other, his friend, is a resident of Noida. They were arrested last night from near the IFFCO Chowk area. The accused persons had visited a pub in Gurgaon on the intervening night of 23 and 24 June in their Scorpio car which had black tinted mirrors and was flagged down. A case was registered after a complaint from Kaushik. The accused were produced in the Gurgaon Civil court today and sent to judicial custody till July 14, Saharan said, adding that the SUV has been confiscated. The incident occurred at around 1:45 am and was captured in CCTV footage, when the police team, including Kaushik, was patrolling outside a mall on MG road.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Signalling glitch affects Delhi Metro’s Violet Line services

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Services on Delhi Metro’s Violet Line were severely hit during the morning rush hours today due to a major signalling glitch. Services slowed down along the entire corridor stretching between Faridabad and Kashmere Gate after trains lost touch with the control centre, a metro official said. 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,” a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said. Earlier this year, following power failures and subsequent loss of contact of trains with the control centre, services were crippled on the Blue Line for two successive days. Trains had lost contact with the Operational Control Centre, considered the nerve-centre of the metro network, due to sudden power failures, following which 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.)

Ballabgarh killing: Victim’s kin says four accused identified

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The brother of the teenaged Muslim youth, who was stabbed to death on-board a Mathura-bound train, said today that the family had identified the four accused persons who were arrested yesterday. The prime accused in the case, however, is still at large, according to the police. Junaid (17) was stabbed when he along with his brothers was returning home to Khandawli village in Ballabgarh after shopping for Eid in Delhi last week. His brothers – Hashim and Sakir – who were also travelling in the train with him, were injured by a mob which also allegedly hurled slurs against them. “The police called us for identifying the arrested persons. When we went there, we identified the four accused, who were involved in beating and jostling with us,” 20-year- old Hashim told reporters at his village here today. A 50-year-old Delhi government employee was among four persons arrested yesterday in connection with Junaid’s killing SP, GRP, Faridabad, Kamaldeep Goel had said yesterday. The “prime accused” is still at large, Deputy Superintendent of Police, GRP, Faridabad, Mohinder Singh said today. However, DSP Singh, said that when the accused were produced before a Magistrate today they refused to undergo a test identification parade. The four accused were produced before a court in Faridabad, which remanded them to two-day police remand, the DSP said. With the four arrests made yesterday, the number of those held in the case has climbed to five, he said. The four arrested accused belong to areas close to Hodal near Palwal in Faridabad and are believed to be regular commuters, police officials said. Junaid’s brothers had told reporters earlier that the attackers taunted and repeatedly called them “anti-nationals” and “beef eaters”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Khandwali mourns Junaid, wears black bands during Eid namaz

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eid has lost all its meaning, residents of Faridabad’s Khandwali village said today as they mourned the loss of their “son” Junaid by wearing black bands during the special morning namaz. Four days after 17-year-old Junaid was killed on his way back from Delhi after Eid shopping, despair hung like a shroud over the village with Muslim residents wondering if “the spate of lynchings” would ever end. “We could not have celebrated Eid with the usual sense of joy considering how Junaid was killed. So we decided to mark our protest by wearing black bands around our arms,” Shakeel, a resident of Khandawli in Ballabgarh near Delhi, told reporters. He claimed Muslims of neighbouring villages were also protesting the incident by wearing black bands during the Eid morning prayers. Junaid was stabbed to death on June 22 on a Mathura-bound train, which he had taken with his two brothers after shopping at Delhi’s Sadar Bazar. A group of men hurled communal slurs at the boys and attacked them after an altercation, allegedly over seats. “When will this stop? After every such incident, the government offers some compensation and people move on. But the question is, will it ever stop?” asked a villager in his 20s. He also questioned the efficacy of the administration in acting against the accused, wondering why only one arrest had been made in four days. Before being remanded to police custody by a court in Faridabad district on Saturday, the accused had told reporters that he was in an inebriated state at the time of the incident and had attacked the teenager after being allegedly instigated by fellow passengers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ballabhgarh victim’s brother recalls horrific train incident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police said investigations were on and they were hopeful of nabbing all the accused after a Muslim youth was stabbed to death by a group of people when an altercation over a train seat turned communal near Ballabhgarh in Haryana, even as the brother of the victim today narrated the harrowing experience. “One accused has already been arrested. He is being quizzed. Further investigations in the case are under progress,” a Government Railway Police official in Faridabad said over phone. He said some facts have come to light on the basis of which further investigations are going on. “The investigations have revealed that there was a dispute over a train seat. The complainant party has said the accused used some words which hurt their religious sentiments after which the issue flared up resulting in the incident,” the official said. Junaid (17) was stabbed to death while his three brothers – Hashim (20) and Sakir – were injured by a mob which also allegedly hurled slurs against them after the dispute over the seat onboard the Delhi-Mathura passenger train between Ballabgarh and Mathura stations on Thursday night. The arrested accused, before being remanded to police custody by a court in Faridabad district today, told reporters that he was in an inebriated state at during the incident. However, Hashim gave a different account indicating that there was no dispute over seats in the train. Giving details, he said that they finished their Eid shopping from Sadar Bazaar in Delhi and boarded a train from there on Thursday. “When we sat in the train, it was almost empty. When the train started running from Sadar station, a couple of stations came in between and from Okhla it was full. From there 20-25 persons boarded it. My brother Junaid was asked by an aged man who boarded the train to give seat to him. He got up and gave the seat to him. “All of a sudden the group of 20-25 persons who had boarded the train from Okhla station pushed us and my brother Junaid fell down. When I and Junaid told them why they were pushing they pointed to a skull cap on my head. They told us that we are ‘Muslims, anti-nationals, Pakistani, ate beef’ and then while hurling abuses at us they pulled my cap and threw it down. They also tried to pull my beard,” Hashim said recounting the harrowing experience. Hashim said that later the group started beating him and his brothers in the train. “I was the eldest at 20 years of age, rest all were younger ones,” he said. He said when the train reached Tughluqabad railway station in Delhi, he rang up his brother who was at home, for help. “I told him to reach Ballabgarh (Haryana). When it reached Ballabgarh, the train was full and my brother, whom I had asked for help, reached there. He too was pulled inside by this group of people and he was also beaten. When the train started from Ballabgarh for onward journey, the accused took out a knife and attacked Sakir. “Junaid tried to help him, but he too was stabbed. Four to five people were holding me and I was trying to free myself. In the meantime, both my brothers Sakir and Junaid fell down. They inflicted injuries on me as well. They thought both Sakir and Junaid had died..,” Hashim said. The complainant in the case, Hasib, said the police have assured them that all the culprits will be nabbed and justice will be done to them. “They asked us if we could identify the accused if they are paraded before us. We told the police that we can identify every single person. They have assured that action as per law will be taken in the case and we are hopeful that we will get justice,” he told reporters in Ballabgarh. Junaid’s father Jamaluddin said they were cooperating with investigators in the case. “Police asked us about the sequence of events, like from where the victims had boarded the train. We told them that they had gone to Sadar Bazaar in Delhi for Eid shopping and boarded the train from there and were returning home when they were attacked,” he said. Earlier, a CPI(M) delegation today visited the family of the victims. The delegation, which asked the police to ascertain the political affiliation of those involved in the “horrific mob lynching”, said the accused would not dare target the victims sans “political patronage” in the BJP-ruled state. CPI(M) politburo members Brinda Karat and Mohammed Salim reprimanded the Centre over the attack and rued that no government representative issued a statement on the incident or met the youths’ family.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana: Youth killed, brothers stabbed over train seat squabble

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A youth was stabbed to death and his two brothers were injured by a group of people who also allegedly passed slurs against them after a dispute over a train seat near Ballabhgarh in Haryana.The deceased has been identified as Junaid (17) while his brothers Hasim (21) and and Sakir (23) were injured, Singh said.”Sakir is serious,” the DSP said, adding that the GRP has registered a case of murder.Singh said the incident happened last night on board the Delhi-Mathura passenger train between Ballabgarh and Mathura stations.”An altercation took place between the three brothers and some 10 passengers over a seat. The passengers allegedly passed some remarks on the three brothers who are residents of Khandawali village in Faridabad,” he said.He said a passenger used a knife to stab one of the brothers to death.”The passengers thrashed the three brothers badly and attacked them with a knife,” he said.Noarrests have been made till now, the police added.

GST readiness: Haryana sets up district offices in 5 ranges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government is fully geared up for the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the state and has set up district offices in five ranges of Ambala, Gurugram, Faridabad, Hisar and Rohtak. Excise and Taxation Minister, Capt Abhimanyu, said here today that Joint Excise and Taxation Commissioner (JETC) has been made the range in-charge. He said that while Ambala range would comprise Panchkula, Ambala, Jagadhri, Kurukshetra, Kaithal and Karnal; Gurugram range would consist of Gurugram (East), Gurugram (West), Gurugram (North), Gurugram (South) and Nuh. Similarly, Faridabad range would cover Faridabad (East), Faridabad (West), Faridabad (North), Faridabad (South) and Palwal; Hisar Range would include Hisar, Bhiwani, Fatehabad, Sirsa and Jind and Rohtak Range would have Rohtak, Panipat, Sonipat, Rewari, Narnaul and Jhajjar. The minister said that there would be three First Appellate Authorities at Ambala, Rohtak and Faridabad headed by JETC (Appeal). Apart from this, there would be 27 Tax Districts headed by Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner (Sales Tax). While Gurugram district has been divided into Gurugram (East), Gurugram (West), Gurugram (North) and Gurugram (South); the Faridabad district will cover Faridabad (East), Faridabad (West), Faridabad (North) and Faridabad (South), the rest would be same as revenue districts, he added. Referring to the GST migration status as on June 21, Abhimanyu said that 1,90,234 applicants in different districts of the state have been logged in successfully, which constitutes about 77 per cent. Additional Chief Secretary, Excise and Taxation Department, Sanjeev Kaushal said that a meeting was held with the officers of state’s Central Excise and Service Tax administration recently to review the arrangements being made for implementation of GST in the state. Kaushal said that at present, Haryana State s Central Excise and Service Tax administration comes under Delhi Central Excise and Service Tax Zones with nine Administrative Commissionerates. “Now, Haryana GST Zone would be headed by a Chief Commissioner with office at Panchkula,” he said. He said that there would be four Administrative Commissionerates at Gurugram, Faridabad, Rohtak and Panchkula and two Audit Commissionerates and Appeal Commissionerates each at Gurugram and Panchkula. Referring to the jurisdiction of Administrative Commissionerates, Kaushal said that for Gurugram, the Administrative Commissionerates would have the jurisdiction of district Gurugram with eight divisions and 56 ranges whereas for Faridabad, they would have the jurisdiction of Faridabad district, Palwal, Nuh, Mahendragarh and Rewari (six divisions with four in Faridabad and one each at Palwal and Rewari and 34 ranges).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Citizens bring fake govt job appointment racket to light

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Krishna Kamulkar was sweetly surprised when his wife received an offer letter from the government for a forest guard’s position; but his excitement was short-lived when he realised that someone was trying to dupe him. “My wife never applied for a government job. When we received the letter, we were happy but we read the details and immediately realised that it is fake. The letter was asking us to pay Rs 15,200 before joining duty for training. This alarmed us,” says Krishna.Not just Kamulkar but citizens across Goa have received such letters. Reports are even coming in from Canacona, the southernmost taluka of Goa bordering with Karnataka.The fake offer letter has the central government emblem at the top but offers a job in the service of the government of Goa. It is posted from Faridabad and signed by a director of the department but doesn’t carry any name of the official. “We immediately informed authorities and requested them to alert people as someone may end up being a victim of it,” Kamulkar said.Police are currently looking into the matter and have advised people not to pay money if such a letter is received. “When I realised that people from my area were receiving these letters, I immediately contacted the forest department, asking for clarification. They told me that no vacancies for forest guards have been advertised. We then approached the police,” says Nilesh Narvekar, local councilor from Vasco.

Over 1 lakh sign up for Hry police’s initiative to check eve

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Haryana police initiative to rope in the youth to check the menace of eve-teasing has attracted over a lakh youth including actors, singers, graphic designers, engineers and others. The police are now looking for ways to use the talent and energy of these youngsters to launch a campaign against eve- teasing across the state. Launched about a month back by Haryana DGP, B S Sandhu, as many as 1,02,980 have signed up for the ‘Youth Against Sexual Harassment’ (YASH) initiative, Haryana ADGP, O P Singh said. It underlines the people’s enthusiasm to join hands with police in making streets, workplaces and homes safer for women, the officer said. In districts like Hisar, Jhajjar, Yamunanagar, Sonipat, Ambala, Bhiwani, Panchkula, Rohtak, Rewari, Faridabad and Sirsa, the number of volunteers crossed the 5,000 mark. “Interestingly 64 per cent of all those who have signed up are male, implying that a large number of men are worried about the situation and want to be agents of change. Around 32.9 per cent are over 30 years and have signed up as mentors,” Singh said. Out of those who have signed up, 124 are dramatists, 183 singers, 212 media persons, 253 artists, 533 IT professionals, 858 lawyers, 982 activists, 1,331 doctors, 1,519 engineers, 1,530 sports persons, 1,687 government officials, 1,870 businessman, 3,577 public representative, 5,956 teachers and 57,732 students. “They have ticked an astonishing range of skills as their area of interest. 1,255 are graphic designers, 1,377 are into documentary making, 1,446 are photographers, 2,537 want to help by way of social media management, 2771 by content writing. “Among others 2,919 want to be part of event management, 3,577 want to help through arts and theatre while 5,342 want to help through their knowledge in computer applications, 9,557 through public speaking and 20,239 through their sporting talent,” Singh said. He said that police station-wise data has been supplied to the district SPs with the guideline to structure mentor and volunteers into different working groups. They have been asked to hold an open house season at police station level to figure out events that can be organised and actions that can be taken to build public opinion against sexual harassment, the ADGP said. “With an average of 100 hours of their time in a year, the effort is like pumping in over 4,29,083 man-days into preventing and disrupting sexual harassment,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Journalist dies as teen rams bike into him at Govindpuri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A journalist was killed in southeast Delhi’s Govindpuri area when he sustained fatal injuries as a biker rammed into him near a market place on Sunday evening. Police have arrested the biker.According to the police, the incident took place when the deceased, identified as 46-year-old Raj Kumar Ray, a resident of Faridabad in Haryana, had gone to purchase fish from C Lal chowk market in Govindpuri area.”It was around 5:20 pm when Ray was hit by a bike, being driven rashly by a teenager named Dalip. As the bike hit Ray, he fell on the road and sustained a critical head injury. Soon, he started bleeding from his ears and fell unconscious. A PCR call was made and the victim was rushed to a nearby hospital from where he was shifted to AIIMS Trauma Centre where he was declared brought dead,” said Romil Baanya, DCP southeast.The accused Dalip is a school dropout and is 18-years-old. “The accused was arrested for causing death due to negligence and he was not found to be involved in any previous criminal case. A case against him has been registered at Govindpuri police station in this regard and his motorcycle was seized,” police said.IncidentRaj Kumar Ray was hit by a bike being driven rashly by a teenager in Govindpuri areaThe victim was rushed to a nearby hospitalHe was shifted to AIIMS Trauma Centre where he was declared brought dead

Visually impaired Pranjal Patil shines again in UPSC exam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite all the challenges that came her way, 29- year-old Pranjal Patil has achieved the feat of clearing the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam for the second time in a row with an impressive All India Rank (AIR) of 124.Patil, a visually-impaired student from Ulhasnagar had cleared the exam in 2016 with AIR of 773 and was allotted the Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS). In July 2016, Patil got a letter from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) that she has been allotted a job in the IRAS and that the training would begin in December 2016. After receiving no response, Patil approached the DoPT, a central body that does the allocations for all the selected candidates and was told that the railways had sent an email stating that a fully blind candidate cannot join the service in their department. The DoPT later allotted her the Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service, considered to be a lower cadre than the railway. She joined training at Faridabad but did not give up and applied for the exam again, making it to the top cadre-IAS. “I was determined to get a better cadre than what was allotted to me and reappeared for the UPSC. I gave my best, which is reflected in my rank,” said Patil, adding that, “I am confident about getting IAS this time. This is an answer to all those who doubted my potential,” she says.

Hry govt to conduct aerial surveys to check encroachments

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government has decided to conduct aerial surveys using drones to keep a check on encroachments and illegal constructions on government properties in the state. A pilot study of the project would be conducted in Karnal, Gurugram and Faridabad. The decision to employ the innovative solution to the encroachment problem was taken in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here today. “On success of this pilot run, the project would be implemented in the remaining districts also,” he said. The chief minister directed the urban local bodies department to prepare a roadmap, along with the timeline, for the implementation of the project, and to submit the report within a week. He also asked the department to take the assistance of Haryana Space Applications Centre (HARSAC) and National Remote Sensing Authority (NRSA) for the satellite imagery of the areas and also for setting up of ground control points necessary for conducting the survey. Khattar directed the departments concerned to gather complete information, within a month, about any illegal construction or encroachment on their land, so that action could be taken against those found guilty. He also asked various departments to ensure strict enforcement of laws for against illegal encroachments and construction in their respective areas.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BAPSA protests against invite to Union minister to JNU ABVP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA) today organised a three-hour-long protest against an event organised by the ABVP on the JNU campus where Union minister V K Singh was an invitee. The Union Minister of State for External Affairs, however, skipped the event organised near Sabarmati Hostel to mark World No Tobacco Day. The BAPSA criticised the BJP-led government at the Centre for its “anti-minority” policies, while the RSS-backed student wing ABVP condemned the former as “anti-national”. The BAPSA had called the protest for extending invite to Singh, who had allegedly made anti-dalit remarks last year in the backdrop of the Faridabad incident where two Dailt students were burnt alive. “Today’s government is anti-dalit and anti-Muslim,” BAPSA leader Rahul Sonpimple said and attacked the government over its recent notification to ban sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets. At the no-tobacco campaign, JNU ABVP president Lalit Pandey said, “Taliban was funded by selling tobacco in Afghanistan. We are launching this campaign in protest against such practices.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Making of developed India’ fest at 6 places in Punjab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ‘Making of developed India’ festival will be held at six districts of Punjab with an aim to highlight achievements and initiatives of the central government in the last three years. Disclosing this here today, an official spokesman said that the festival which began today will culminate on June 25. Besides, the festival will be held at 12 districts of Haryana and Union territory of Chandigarh. In Punjab, the event is scheduled to be held at Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar and Pathankot. In Haryana, the programme will be held at Rohtak, Karnal, Faridabad, Bhiwani, Sonipat, Kurukshetra, Gurugram, Hisar, Panipat, Ambala, Rewari and Sirsa. The festival is being organised by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The aim of the fest is to highlight the various flagship programmes and initiatives launched in the last three years by the Modi government, the spokesman said. The programme will have exhibitions spread over three days per event.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Heritage Line to be thrown open on Sunday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Come Sunday, commuters will be able to travel on Delhi Metro’s Heritage Line, which will bring the marvels of history, including the Red Fort, the iconic Jama Masjid, and the Delhi Gate closer. The corridor missed several deadlines but will now be finally thrown open to the public. Commuters can ride on the Heritage Line from Sunday, noon onwards.This will come as a major relief to regular commuters as well as tourists, who have to brave long traffic jams and congested roads to go to Old Delhi.Unlike at other stations, passengers will be able to enter the Heritage Line stations through ‘dream gates’ with the flick on their mobile phones. Initially, however, the facility will be available at only two entry points at Lal Qila and two exit points at Jama Masjid. The pilot project will be extended to other stations later.Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Chief Spokesperson Anuj Dayal said:”Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the line on Sunday.”From ITO to Kashmere Gate, the line would be an extension of the Violet Line, Escorts Mujesar (Faridabad) to ITO. The entirely underground 5.17km corridor will have four stations on it, making Kashmere Gate station, the biggest interchange point, with three lines — Red, Yellow, and Violet — crossing through it.”The Heritage Line will help decongest the Old Delhi routes to a large extent. Also, those coming from the satellite town of Faridabad will have direct access to workplaces and commercial centres falling on the Yellow Line, including Connaught Place, Janpath, and the Central Secretariat,” Dayal said.Besides Kashmere Gate, there will be five interchange stations on this Line — Mandi House, Central Secretariat, Kalkaji, and Lajpat Nagar.THE BIG FOURRed Fort stationThe facade of the station looks like Red Fort itself and has been done in red sandstone. The station has stone cladding in the interiors. The station is surrounded by Old and New Lajpat Rai Markets, buildings and kiosks of Subhash Marg, Angoori Bagh, Jain Temple, and the PG Market.Jama Masjid stationThe Jama Masjid station is close to the 17th century mosque. Its theme is historical and the look has been accentuated with metal work and stone cladding.Delhi Gate StationAdorned with panels that depict the history of the city, the Delhi Gate station will provide access to LNJP Hospital, Ambedkar Stadium, and Asaf Ali Park.Kashmere Gate interchange stationIt will be the first Metro station in the entire network to have three lines crossing through it. It is close to ISBT and the Old Delhi railway station as well.

Heritage Line trial run disrupts Metro services

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a difficult day for commuters on Delhi Metro’s Violet Line, as the trial run for the upcoming Heritage Line delayed the scheduled trips on Tuesday. Low frequency and extended time gaps between two stations on the 36km corridor left the passengers stranded.”I took the Violet Line from Mandi House to go to Lajpat Nagar Metro station at 2.30 pm. It took me more than 30 minutes to reach the destination. Normally, it doesn’t take more than 10 minutes,” Rachna Tyagi, a Delhi University (DU) student, said.According to commuters, there was a time gap of at least 10-15 minutes between two trains, instead of the usual five minutes.The new Heritage Line from ITO to Kashmere Gate is an extension of the Violet Line, which, at present, runs from Escorts Mujesar in Faridabad to ITO. The Heritage Line is expected to be opened soon and a safety inspection was being conducted on Tuesday.”As the Commission for Railway Safety (CMRS) inspection of the new line was going on, several trains had to be sent back from Mandi House, which was being used as a terminal station instead of ITO. The reversal of trains took time, for which other trains on the track had to be put on hold,” a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said.

Hr: Over 300 held with illegal arms in special campaign

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Police has arrested as many as 312 persons and lodged 285 cases during a 15-day state-wide special drive against possession of illegal arms, DGP B S Sandhu said today. He said 264 pistols, 12 revolvers, four rifles, 393 cartridges and 25 knives were recovered from the accused’s possession. A highest of 25 cases were lodged Jhajjar district, 23 in Faridabad, 19 in Rohtak, and 17 each in Hisar and Gurgaon, he said. Sandhu said strict directives have been given to all commissioners and superintendents of police to monitor of activities of suspects involved in illegal arms trade. “They have also been directed to activate informants and seek their assistance in nabbing such persons, besides carrying out special ‘nakabandi’ (checking) and patrolling of areas bordering neighbouring states,” the DGP said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Only 50 per cent students clear Class 10 Haryana Board exams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana recorded a dismal performance in Class 10 board examinations yet again, with more than 50 per cent unable to clear the examinations conducted by Board of School Education Haryana (BSEH).The state, which had recorded the highest pass percentage in northern region, for Class 10th results declared by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) last year, has been witnessing dismal results in state-board examinations conducted by BSEH year after year. The pass percentage for Class 10 in the state has not gone above 50 per cent in last three years.In 2015, only 41.28 per cent students in Class 10 passed the examinations while it was 48.88 per cent in 2016. This year, the pass percentage stood at 50.4 per cent. Faridabad district continued to remain at the bottom with the lowest pass percentage of 38.8 per cent. Mewat witnessed a major improvement from a pass percentage of 25 per cent in 2015 to 43 per cent in 2017.In a major faux pas, the department had to withdraw the results declared initially, after it erred in releasing the names of the toppers. The rectified results were uploaded later in the evening. In the rectified results, Yudhvir from Rania in Sirsa was declared as the topper.Out of total 3.15 lakh students who had appeared for the examinations, 1.39 lakh students could not pass the examinations and 16,738 will have to reappear in various subjects, with maximum in Mathematics and Sciences, followed by English.Schools in rural areas performed better than those in urban areas recording a pass percentage of 52.58 per cent as compared to 48.3 per cent in urban areas. However, government schools lagged behind the private schools with only 43 per cent students passing the exam which was 15 per cent less than that of private schools. The pass percentage in private schools was 58 per cent. Girls were a step ahead than boys with a pass percentage of 55.3, while boys remained at 46.5 per cent. While, teachers rued the non-detention policy under Right to Education (RTE) Act for bringing complacency among students, the shortage of teachers remained another core issue flagged by the department despite rationalisation of teachers done last year.

Metro’s ‘Heritage Line’ likely to be commissioned this week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This week, the Delhi Metro is likely to make a major foray into the Walled City of the national capital, the Mughal seat of power, with the launch of the ITO-Kashmere Gate ‘Heritage’ Line. The two-day safety inspection of the 5.17-km-long section, which has three stations — Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Red Fort — began here today and the DMRC authorities are hopeful of getting a clearance soon. A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said: “The line is likely to be thrown open this week provided no major issues are red-flagged during the safety inspection.” The new line, which is essentially an extension of the Violet Line that runs between Faridabad and ITO presently, will take considerable load off the Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar stations of Yellow Line. Once the section is launched, residents of old Delhi, made up of areas in and around the Mughal seat of power ‘Shahjahanabad’, will have direct access to commercial centres such as Connaught Place, Janpath, offices in Central Secretariat, and the satellite town of Faridabad. ‘Shahjahanabad’, with the Red Fort as its crowning glory, was founded by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the mid 17th century. The three stations of this line, all underground, have been designed in accordance with the heritage of the area to provide glimpses of its rich past and vibrant present. The DMRC had approached the commission for railway safety (CMRS), the nodal body that deals with matters pertaining to safety of rail travel and train operations in the country, for the inspection of the line in March. The DMRC has also submitted papers to the ISA (independent safety assessor) for safety certification of signalling systems of the section, where trial runs of trains had begun last August. CMRS declares any corridor fit for commercial operations after taking several civil and engineering aspects into consideration. DMRC chief Mangu Singh had said the line was well on course for launch last December but a labor crunch triggered by a ban on construction and demolition activities and demonetisation led to the delay.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘No Honking’ campaign held to spread awareness about noise

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To spread awareness about noise pollution caused by use of car horns without any reason, a No Honking campaign was held here today. Members of the Earth Saviours Foundation, an NGO, along with the city police held ‘No Honking Campaign’ at Gurgaon- Faridabad Toll plaza by displaying banners, posters and putting stickers on vehicles. “Honking without any reason on roads is most offending. At traffic signals drivers start honking without waiting for signals to turn green or for the traffic to move,” the founder president of the Earth Saviours Foundation, Ravi Kalra, said. He said drivers even honk at silent zones such as near hospitals, schools, religious places or residential complexes. “Vehicular honking in metropolitan cities has reached an alarming level. It contributes to about 70 per cent of the noise pollution in our environment,” Kalra said. “It has been proved that noise is a silent killer. It is not just a nuisance but a health hazard too. Besides causing irritation, it increases blood pressure, causes stress and cardio-vascular ailments,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hry govt to set up 15 solid waste management clusters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government would set up 15 integrated solid waste management clusters to deal with solid waste in urban areas in the state. Electricity would be generated from the solid waste in three clusters and manure from the remaining 12, an official spokesman said here today. The solid waste management plant being set up at Faridabad at a cost of Rs 330 crore would generate electricity from 1,236 tonnes of waste received from Gurugram and Faridabad every day. Its capacity would increase to 2,104 tonnes by 2035, he said. The spokesman said the work on the long pending cluster in Faridabad will being soon. Electricity would also be generated at the solid waste management plant to be set up in Sonipat, and the process has been completed to set up seven MW capacity plant, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 MoUs signed for solid waste management in Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union minister Venkaiah Naidu today signed two Memoranda of Understanding on solid waste management for Gurgaon-Faridabad and Sonipat clusters. The MoUs were signed during a meeting held under the chairmanship of Naidu to review various schemes of the Ministries of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, as well as Information and Broadcasting here, an official spokesman said. While the Gurgaon-Faridabad cluster would include Gurgaon and Faridabad town, Sonipat cluster would include Sonipat, Panipat, Samalkha and Ganaur towns. Later, Naidu and Khattar presented certificates to ten Open Defecation Free (ODF) cities. These included Thanesar, Shahbad, Ladwa and Pehowa of district Kurukshetra; Sirsa, Mandi Dabwali, Ellenabad, Rania and Kalanwali of district Sirsa and Panipat, the spokesman said. The remaining cities will be made ODF by September 25, 2017, Khattar announced. He also appreciated the ‘Swachh App’ launched by the state government in three cities namely Gurgaon, Karnal and Rohtak to encourage people towards cleanliness.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

My finances have nothing to do with my husband’s: Priyanka Gandhi issues clarification

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today said her finances had nothing to do with those of her husband Robert Vadra’s or his company Skylight Hospitality which is under Haryana government’s scanner over its land deals with realty major DLF.A statement from Gandhi’s office came after a media house purportedly made a query to Robert Vadra asking whether a portion of the money he had received from the DLF was used by his wife to buy properties in Faridabad in Haryana. The statement mentioned about Priyanka Gandhi having bought 5 acres of agricultural land in village Amipur in Faridabad district for Rs 15 lakh on April 28, 2006, six years prior to the purported land deal involving Skylight Hospitality.The statement said the land was resold to the original owner four years later on February 17, 2010 for Rs 80 lakh, the then prevailing market price. The money was accepted through cheque. The earlier owner was made the offer to allow him exercise the right of first refusal. “The source of funds for the aforesaid purchase was rental income of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from property inherited by her from her grandmother Indira Gandhi.”The source of funds for this or any other property acquired by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has no relationship whatsoever with Shri Robert Vadra s finances and/or Skylight Hospitality and no relationship whatsoever with DLF,” the statement said. It added that any insinuations made about the land deal were “false, baseless and defamatory” and represented “a deliberate, politically motivated and malicious campaign to besmirch and destroy her reputation”.

My finances have nothing to do with my husband’s: Priyanka

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today said her finances had nothing to do with those of her husband Robert Vadra’s or his company Skylight Hospitality which is under Haryana government’s scanner over its land deals with realty major DLF. A statement from Gandhi’s office came after a media house purportedly made a query to Robert Vadra asking whether a portion of the money he had received from the DLF was used by his wife to buy properties in Faridabad in Haryana. The statement mentioned about Priyanka Gandhi having bought 5 acres of agricultural land in village Amipur in Faridabad district for Rs 15 lakh on April 28, 2006, six years prior to the purported land deal involving Skylight Hospitality. The statement said the land was resold to the original owner four years later on February 17, 2010 for Rs 80 lakh, the then prevailing market price. The money was accepted through cheque. The earlier owner was made the offer to allow him exercise the right of first refusal. “The source of funds for the aforesaid purchase was rental income of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from property inherited by her from her grandmother Indira Gandhi. “The source of funds for this or any other property acquired by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has no relationship whatsoever with Shri Robert Vadra s finances and/or Skylight Hospitality and no relationship whatsoever with DLF,” the statement said. It added that any insinuations made about the land deal were “false, baseless and defamatory” and represented “a deliberate, politically motivated and malicious campaign to besmirch and destroy her reputation”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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