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A ‘Resurgent Rahul’, but will he last?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The biggest untold story of recent times is: Who or what is behind the resurgence (some calling it resurrection) of Mr Rahul Gandhi? From a foreign entity lurking in the Western Hemisphere to an unnamed genius working from a Lutyens’ bungalow to that distant laboratory which had injected an alloy into Logan to turn him into Wolverine — all possibilities are being considered, all angles being probed. In the midst of this worldwide hunt, the only person being largely ignored is the subject himself: Rahul Gandhi.So, what has changed in Rahul Gandhi? A more confident body language, well-written speeches with better delivery, sharper political timing and greater connect with the people. But is that all? No. What has actually changed for the Congress scion is that he is no longer the scion, he is now the Congress — pushed to the wall with no way out but forward. Years of being roasted, lampooned, ridiculed and criticised have helped add that right amount of thickness to his skin so essential for an Indian politician.There has also been another change with which Rahul doesn’t have much to do. It has to do with us. We have started looking at him differently, actually listening to what he has to say, separating him from his crushing legacy and lineage. He is being seen as an individual for the first time in his life – and that is a change far greater than his so-called “image makeover”.Public sentiments are short-lived. So, the window is narrow (in Rahul’s case, it is also the only one in the room). If he does not seize this opportunity to become his own politician, he will disappear like a hashtag that didn’t trend.However, Rahul Gandhi has an example to learn from – an individual who underwent the worst form of political trial-by-fire. It was lonely, more painful, with no shelter or sanctuary available… even among his own. Hence, his transformation or evolution was far greater. That gentleman is Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India.From his biggest rival, Rahul should learn how to rise like a Phoenix from the ashes of derogation. And more importantly, how to keep flying…(The author is editor-in-chief of DNA)

Protect peacocks, HC tells govt, agencies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High court on Wednesday lashed out at the authorities on the sorry state of the peacocks, who roam around helplessly on the streets without food.A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Harishankar issued a notice to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Delhi government, DDA and South Delhi Municipal Corporation directing them to submit a status report in 10 days.The observation comes on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a south Delhi resident Smita Kapil, who sought the protection of these birds.”You have to protect the birds and animals roaming on roads. We have seen peacocks on the roads of Delhi’s Lutyens’ zone. They are seen without food. Nothing is being done by the authorities,” the bench said.The petition, filed by Sumita Kapil, a resident of South Delhi, claimed that a large number of dogs, pigs and monkeys were threatening the peacocks, causing them to leave the park and come out on the roads.The plea also said the animals were harming the environment as their excreta makes it difficult for people to breathe or walk in the park. It also sought protection of stray animals by providing them shelter so that they do not harm each other or get hurt.”The excreta of dogs and pigs are surely not helping in ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’,” the plea said.While hearing the plea, the court observed that the animals and birds need proper shelter and protection thereby making Forest Department of Delhi one of the respondents.The PIL, filed through Pooja Swami, also contended that there were over 500 pigs and stray dogs in the Deer Park which have been forcing a restriction on the movement of the national bird. It also said that due to the felling of trees, the peacocks have no where to go which is the reason why they hide in the parks and subsequently are seen on the streets.”Peacocks get ample food in the monsoon. But is it correct that they are forced by the monkeys and stray dogs on streets,” a senior wildlife expert told DNA.

New home, new role for former President of India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Once the curtains came down on 10, Rajaji Marg and all the visitors left, former President Pranab Mukherjee sat down for a quiet Bengali meal late Tuesday night, incomplete without fish, with his closest family members.During the day, amidst intermittent downpours, the area outside the two-storeyed bungalow looked muted, belying the flurry of activities that went on inside.The building, among the few double-storeyed ones in Lutyens’ Delhi, was earlier occupied by former president APJ Abdul Kalam, who lived there after he remitted office till he passed away in 2015. After his demise, the 11,776 sq-feet bungalow was occupied for a few months by Union Minister of Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma, before he was asked to vacate it to accommodate the President once he retires.The former President’s daughter, Sharmistha Mukherjee, says that the major concern while moving into the new house was finding space for Mukherjee’s collection of books, which ran into thousands.”We have renovated the drawing room in the upper story to accommodate his huge collection of books, and there are lots of bookshelves around the house. We are now planning to categorise his books in different sections,” said Sharmistha, adding that several visitors dropped in to call on her father during the day.Apart from the extended library, a pathway that ran around the house was spruced up for the former president’s early morning walk. A black Toyota Camry, a secretarial staff of over five officers, phone lines and an internet connection are some of the retirement perks that the 81-year-old will enjoy.Mukherjee is also entitled to a monthly pension of Rs 75,000, free medical care, travel by the highest class across the country, and free electricity and water.Sharmistha says that her father’s hobbies — writing and reading — will fill up his days. And, that a book is definitely in the offing. “He will now concentrate on the third volume of his memoirs, and it will hopefully be out soon,” she said.

Draft Zonal Development Plan of Zone ‘D’ under MPD prepared

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The draft Zonal Development Plan of zone ‘D’, excluding the Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone, under the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2001, has been prepared, according to a government notification. Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone is a colonial-era enclave in the national capital where most of the government offices and official residences of ministers, among others, are located. According to the notification by the Centre, issued on July 19, any objection and suggestions with respect to this draft plan can be made by the people. “The objection or suggestion may be sent in writing to the Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Delhi Development Authority, ‘B’ Block, Vikas Sadan within a period of 45 days from the date of issue of this notice,” it said. A copy of the report and land use plan of the draft Zonal Development Plan of Zone ‘D’, excluding Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone, is available for inspection in Master Plan section, at DDA office housed in Vikas Minar in IP Estate, on all working days, it said. The information is also available on the website of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shots fired on car in Lutyens’ Delhi, no one injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four persons, including two women, had a narrow escape today as unidentified people fired on their car at the high-security Lutyens’ Delhi. The shots were fired on their car from a vehicle coming from the opposite side. The victim’s were returning from a birthday party at Connaught Place (CP), the police said. No one was injured in the incident, they said The four had lost their way and drove towards Bangla Sahib Gurdwara from CP, the police said, adding that the victims informed policemen at a picket. The police have registered a case and are scanning footage from a CCTV camera to trace the car from which the shot were fired. However, the camera could not capture the car’s number, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Houses of 2 police personnel burgled in Lutyens’ Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Burglars allegedly decamped with valuables worth Rs 10 lakh from the houses of two police personnel in high-security Chanakyapuri area in Lutyens’ Delhi. The incident took place on Tuesday night at the Ashoka Police Lines, which houses residences of many Delhi Police officers, police said today. The accused struck at the houses of Inspector Deep Sharma and constable Pradeep Singh, the police said. The officer were out of town with their families. The accused manage to take away two laptops, cash and jewellery from Sharma’s house. They also took away cash and jewellery from Singh’s house. Police was informed the next morning when their neighbours saw the broken locks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CM lays foundation of hsg complex for NDMC staffers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal laid the foundation stone of the Smart Housing Complex, meant for New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) employees, at Aliganj in Lodhi Colony area of Lutyens’ Delhi on Sunday. The redevelopment project is a part of the Smart City Mission, a flagship project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Aliganj Housing Complex was built in 1960. Under the redevelopment plan, a 10-storeyed building with 200 flats of type-two category will be constructed. “The scheme would allow construction of more housing complexes for NDMC employees this year,” NDMC Chairman Naresh Kumar said.After redevelopment, the complex will have special features, such as dual ping system for water conservation, a sewerage treatment plant, a solar plant, and sufficient parking space for all residents.”It is the prime and the foremost duty and responsibility of any organisation or department to provide better working atmosphere to its employees, not only in the office but also in the residential premises. The NDMC has undertaken a smart initiative towards this direction,” Kejriwal said.Once completed, the project will provide shelter to over 200 families working with the civic body.

As Meira Kumar prepares for Prez battle, father’s memorial lies neglected

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Inside bungalow number 6 at Lutyens Delhi’s Krishna Menon Marg, lies a quiet, nondescript room that houses a memorial of former deputy prime minister Babu Jagjivan Ram.Adorned with around 40 of his pictures — cutting across different time periods, with eminent personalities, children and family –and a statue alongside, this room is the lone corner of the sprawling bungalow dedicated to the towering late Dalit icon, also the longest serving central minister.With his daughter and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar fighting the race for Rashtrapati Bhavan as a nominee of the united opposition against NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind, the focus is back on Babu Jagjivan Ram Foundation. It is an autonomous body under the union social justice ministry — was set up in March 2008 on the request of Kumar.Over the years, the Foundation has failed to attract visitors or create adequate awareness about the memorial. The room, thus, remains locked on most days, a caretaker at the bungalow told DNA, adding that Kumar is not a frequent visitor to the bungalow either.An office of the Foundation, tasked with working and researching on the late Congress leader, is located at the main bungalow entrance. The memorial has a sanctioned strength of nine staff. However, it has only four people including a peon. While most part of the premise is locked and is largely underutilised, a section of it is occupied by its caretakers who have served Kumar’s family.However, on Friday afternoon, there are not more than three people present in the office. Babu Jagjivan Ram lived at the till his death in 1986. After his death, his wife Indrani Devi continued to live in the house till she passed away in 2002. After that, Kumar mooted a proposal to set up a Babu Jagjivan Ram memorial in the bungalow instead of handing it over to the urban development ministry.The bungalow was given on lease to the foundation in 2013 for 25 years, till 2038.Kumar had occupied the bungalow from 2002 to 2008 for which she had to pay a rent of Rs 1.98 crore to the ministry.However, the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government let her off from paying a rent for retaining two palatial houses in the Lutyen’s Bungalow area. However, the current government in 2014 slapped her a notice for a rent recovery of Rs 12 lakh. This led to a legal battle and a district court recently had set aside the matter.A number of RTIs filed by DNA revealed that during the NDA 1 tenure, the cabinet committee on accommodation in 2000, had taken a decision on not setting up any new memorials in the Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone. The note reads, “…such memorials have created an ‘acute shortage of such type of accommodation’ and couldn’t be given to those entitled. Ministers, senior most bureaucrats and officers of the armed forces get this type of accommodation, which are less than 200 in the entire Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone.”However, overpowering this decision, the urban development ministry in 2008 allotted the bungalow to Kumar for setting up a memorial in the bungalow.The current Narendra Modi government in 2016 was mulling to vacate the bungalow and shifting the memorial to another smaller premise. Marred with controversies of forced conversions and ghar wapsi, the government finally decided against touching this issue fearing it would earn them the ire of the Dalit community.Officials from the social justice ministry informed that the foundation had set up a Babu Jagjivan Ram Chair in 2013-14.The first chair was set up at the University of South Bihar in Gaya where Meira Kumar was the Chancellor. However, a year later, it was scrapped because it did not find any takers. The foundation in September 2016 had written to five universities, including Jawaharlal Nehru University, Patna University, Dr BR Ambedkar University of Social Science, and Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur to set up Jagjivan Ram Chairs, but is yet to receive a concrete response.”Unlike Ambedkar, there are no thoughts around Babu Jagjivan Ram. While Ambedkar wrote on varied issues, it is difficult to find research material around Jagjivan Ram,” professor Badri Narayana of GB Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad told DNA.In Chandwa village in Arra district, village councillor Chanda Devi bats for Kumar’s win, but complains that she doesn’t visit her village.”She visits village only at death and birth anniversary of Babu Jagjivan Ram and distributes food and clothes to poor,”Devi said.Even statues of her father Jagjivan Ram and mother Indrani Devi installed years ago are yet to be unveiled. Kumar had made it a point that the President of India will unveil them, but twice the President’s programme to come to the village got canceled.Another Congress leader from village Sridhar Tiwari said villagers are still feeling pain that Babu Jagjivan Ram could not become the PM. “Now if his daughter becomes the President, it will be offer some relief,”he said. However, he complained that Kumar has done little for her village, despite holding important positions.Former Union minister Ajit Singh to convert 12, Tuglaq Road bungalow in a memorial in the name of his father and former prime minister late Choudhary Charan SinghA brief historyThe Babu Jagjivan Ram Foundation — an autonomous body under the Union social justice ministry — was set up in 2008 on the request of Kumar.Over the years, the foundation has failed to create awareness about the memorial.

NDA’s Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind gets a new address – Mahesh Sharma’s Akbar Rd residence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma’s residence in Akbar Road will be the new temporary address of BJP’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind. Kovind will be staying at the expansive 10 Akbar Road bungalow in the heart of Lutyens Delhi for about a month till the presidential election on July 17, top sources said. The 71-year-old, who looks certain to be the next president, had earlier been allocated 144 North Avenue as Bihar governor. After his resignation as governor, top authorities in the Centre decided he should move to a bigger bungalow for security reasons, the sources added. Interestingly, this is not Sharma’s first tryst with presidents, former, would be and present. The Union culture and tourism minister had earlier been allocated 10 Rajaji Marg, the residence of former president A P J Abdul Kalam, but was asked to leave it for President Pranab Mukherjee who will be moving to the bungalow after his retirement. Kovind was picked as the ruling National Democratic Alliance’s candidate for president earlier this week. He has already got backing from several non-NDA parties, including the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and both factions of the AIADMK.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lutyens’ Delhi all set for Yoga Day, 18k to participate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hectic preparations are underway in Lutyens’ Delhi for the International Yoga Day, to be observed on June 21. The radial and circle roads of Connaught Place (CP), Nehru Park, Lodhi Garden, Talkatora Garden, and Children’s Park at India Gate are being decked up for the event, in which over 18,000 people are expected to participate on Wednesday.The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has set the stage at six radial circles of CP for the event., wherein Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal and Union Minister for Urban Development (MoUD) M Venkaiah Naidu, will do yoga.The civic body has been organising rehearsals for the event at all venues. Besides, week-long yoga classes have been organised in the morning at all subways, parks, and gardens in the area. The spots were also decorated with illustrations of yoga asanas or postures.”We had started the rehearsals for the event a week in advance. We are expecting over 18,000 people to turn up in Lutyens’ Delhi on the Yoga Day. The event is being organised at a large scale and we hope to see a large number of participants and enthusiasts,” a senior official said.Besides, in a tie-up with a graffiti organisation, the Council has been painting the walls of the area, including market places, with the theme being yoga postures. The International Yoga Day is being celebrated on June 21 since 2015.

NDMC to launch Skill Development Centre on June 25

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is all set to launch its Skill Development Centre, a Smart City project, on June 25. The event will mark two years of the Smart City Mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project that is spread across 20 cities, including Lutyens’ Delhi.The Council intends to impart skill training to over 1,080 students under its first phase, with the launch of health and solar energy courses at the NP Boys School, Mandir Marg, this month.”We will be starting with nine courses related to health and solar energy sectors. These will include for pharmacy assistants, dental assistants, vision technicians, home health aid and diabetic educators, among others. There will be 120 students per course. We are already flooded with applications,” Abhay Jain, Director of the project, said.In the second phase, the civic body will come up with next-generation skill courses, such as robotics, animation, augmented reality and virtual reality (ARVR), and 3D printing, among others.”The gen-next courses will be launched from the upcoming skill centre at Moti Bagh, which will have world-class facilities. We have got a 25 sqm plot there. We hope to lay the foundation stone for the new centre on June 25 itself,” he said.The Council aims at establishing a grid of skill centres across the area. For some of the courses, the Council is tying up with the Central government’s National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

1000 traffic cops deployed to ensure smooth Shab e Barat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Special traffic and security arrangements have been put in place to prevent stunt-biking and facilitate people in offering prayers on the occasion of Shab e Barat tonight. Devotees offer prayers at mosques and visit the graves of their ancestors on the night of Shab e Barat. “Around 1000 traffic policemen will be handling the arrangements along with local police in different parts of the city, especially in the south east, the central and the Lutyens’ Delhi areas,” said a senior Traffic police officer. The areas around the India Gate will be out-of-bounds for two wheelers with pickets on the roads to prevent stunt-biking by youngsters, said a police officer. “In the past, accidents involving stunt-biking took place on Delhi roads as scores of youth took to roads violating traffic rules,” said the officer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Seven people arrested for allegedly ransacking Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari’s house

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi police on Tuesday arrested seven people in connection with the ransacking of Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Manoj Tiwari’s house.Tiwari’s house in the national capital’s high security Lutyens’ zone was on Monday ransacked and his staff beaten up in the wee hours, following an argument between one of his his staff members and another person.The incident occurred as an outcome of road rage involving his car and another car outside his residence. Tiwari was neither present in the car nor in his North Avenue residence.Two men were seen beating up Tiwari’s staff Ashok in the CCTV footage and later entering his house armed with rods and sticks.Tiwari had alleged that there was a big conspiracy behind the attack, that too with police involvement.”Looks like the accused had pressured the police officer who had come to the location. If it was a simple road rage incident then how did so many persons suddenly come near my house and manage to enter it. One of them even had a sword with him,” added Tiwari. Earlier, the Delhi Police had arrested two persons involved in the incident. the accused were been identified as jay Kumar and Jaswant. They are brothers.CCTV cameras installed at his residence have captured the two men slapping his cook and other staff members. They are even seen entering the house along with a cop.

Prohibitory orders across Delhi to stop Jat agitators

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Entry of people to Lutyens’ Delhi will be restricted from tomorrow as Delhi Police has decided to impose prohibitory orders to prevent Jat community members from going ahead with their march to Parliament on Monday. Delhi Police has decided to impose prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144 across the national capital from tomorrow and put a strict vigil in Lutyens’ Delhi on Monday to prevent protesters. The All India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti (AIJASS), which is spearheading the agitation demanding reservations in education and government jobs, has given a call for a march to the national capital to gherao Parliament and to hold dharnas on the Delhi border blocking all highways to press for its demands. Delhi Police advised students and those appearing in various entrance examinations to start before time so that they do not get stuck owing to heavy checking and blockades. “Under no circumstances, any kind of dharna, violent protest will be allowed in Delhi. We have put adequate security and safety measures in place and tractor-trolleys will not be allowed to enter Delhi from border areas,” said Dependra Pathak, chief spokesperson of Delhi Police and Special Commissioner of Police (Operations). A three-tier security cover will be in place with 110 companies of external force assisting Delhi Police in maintaining vigil. “All the checkings will be in place and there might be inconvenience for children and entrance exam aspirants. It is advised that those who are appearing for CBSE exams or for other entrance exams should keep a track of time,” he said. From 11 PM tomorrow, entry to Lutyens’ Delhi will be restricted and persons fulfilling certain criterion will only be allowed entry after proper verification and checking. Bona fide residents, employees working in offices situated in Lutyens’ Delhi, emergency vehicles, entrance exam candidates, ambulance, hearse van, fire brigade, school buses and those who have come to the area for some work will only be allowed entry after furnishing proof, said another officer. “New Delhi will not be used as transit point for people going from north to south Delhi or vice-versa. Commuters wishing to travel from south Delhi to central Delhi are advised to use Ring Road,” said Delhi Traffic Police in an advisory. Roads like Kamal Ataturk Marg, Safdarjung Road, Kautilya Marg, Kautilaya T Point Near Bihar Bhawan, route from Teen Murti to Gole Methi roundabout and Zakir Hussain Road for the commuters coming from Nizamuddin to India Gate will be closed from 8 PM onwards tomorrow. Other routes between Ring Road and San Martin Marg, Amrita Shergill from Lodhi Road, Max Mueller Mag from Lodhi Road, Arch Bishop Macarious from Lodhi Road and all lanes leading to Panchkuia road except Mandir Marg, RK Ashram Marg and Hospital Road will be closed from tomorrow 11 PM onwards.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Taj Mansingh hotel auction stayed by Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Taj Mansingh approached the Supreme Court on Friday seeking a stay on the auctioning of its property located in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi. In pursuant to a civic body meeting held on Thursday, the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) decided to cancel the license awarded to Le Meridien and e-auction the luxury hotel over non-payment of dues.According to senior officials, the hotel has dues of Rs 526 crore (excluding taxes) as on January 2017, which they have not been able to clear despite several notices. The NDMC has also alleged major irregularities by the hotel.In an earlier hearing, when the Tata group-owned Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) had moved court against a Delhi High Court’s ruling allowing the auction of the luxury Hotel, the top court had asked the NDMC to reconsider its decision.Senior Advocate Rajiv Nayar objected to the auction submitting that the hotel had the right for first refusal. However, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain countered by saying, “NDMC is planning to hold an e-auction where all the bids are open as opposed to a conventional auction where the bids are made in a sealed cover.”Speaking to DNA, Jain added that in this way the hotel would have the right to bid first. It could also take advantage of the transparency afforded in an e-auction and outbid its competitors.In November 2016, the IHCL had moved the Supreme Court against a Delhi HC order allowing NDMC to auction Taj Hotel, arguing that there was no need to do so as it generates good revenue for the civic body.Challenging this decision by the HC, the Tatas moved the SC, where it was directed to reconsider its decision on extending the lease of the iconic hotel. The matter will be next heard on March 22.

2 women in wedding outfits target marriage party, decamp with

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two women, dressed in wedding finery, allegedly decamped with a bag containing jewellery and a high-end phone from a wedding at a five-star hotel in the Lutyens’ Delhi, police said today. The two women who allegedly entered the ballroom where the function was going on were captured in CCTV cameras and police are looking for them. The complainant, Shreeram Khaitan, hosted the marriage ceremony for his daughter at Hotel Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel on January 29 at its ballroom, police said. His wife, Rekha informed him around 11.30 PM, that the bag she was carrying that contained valuables was missing, they added. He told police the bag was with her while she was sitting on a sofa in the ballroom, police said. Later, his wife realised that the bag containing a gold chain, a diamond ring in gold, iphone-6 and 20-25 pieces of silver coins was missing, they added. Khaitan brought this to the notice of the hotel security staff, who told him they had seen two women going out with the same bag, police said. The hotel security made efforts to trace them or verify their identity but they could not, Khaitan told police. He filed a police complaint the next day. Police are now probing whether it was handiwork of the gang that targets wedding parties and had decamped with jewellery, Rs 7 lakh cash and a phone of a judicial officer in Juvenile Justice Board from his nephew’s wedding in Civil Lines area in December. The Inter State Cell of Crime Branch had been tasked with probing the matter but they haven’t been able to nab the accused. Last month, police had claimed to have busted a gang of thieves who would allegedly target marriage venues with the help of their juvenile assistants whom they had kept as a bonded labour.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Saradha: ED attaches Matang Sinh’s assets worth Rs 100cr in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Enforcement Directorate (ED) today attached two flats worth Rs 100 crore in the posh Lutyens zone area of the national capital belonging to former Union minister Matang Sinh in connection with its money laundering probe in the Saradha chit fund ponzi scam case. The agency identified the assets as “7B and C, Doctor’s Lane, Gole Market” and said they have been provisionally attached under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The immovable assets belong to Sinh and his estranged wife Manoranjana, officials said. Sinh is in judicial custody at present in this case. “The value of the attached immovable properties as on April, 2013 is worth approximately Rs 63 crore. However, the present market value of the properties is more than Rs 100 crore. “Sinh and Manoranjana Sinh are facing trial in the money laundering case before the special court under PMLA at Kolkata,” the agency said. This is the fifth attachment order issued by the agency in the case where gullible investors from West Bengal and Assam were allegedly cheated of their hard-earned money worth crores. With the latest action, ED has so far attached properties worth Rs 700 crore in this case. An attachment under PMLA is aimed to deprive the accused from obtaining benefits of their ill-gotten wealth and such an order can be appealed before the Adjudicating Authority of the said Act within 180 days.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Watches worth 1.30 cr stolen from Connaught Place showroom

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time when the city was on high alert and police patrolling in Lutyens Delhi intensified, thieves struck a watch showroom in Connaught Place and allegedly decamped with “680 watches worth Rs 1.30 crore”. The incident took place on January 28 at the showroom located in Regal Building, police said. According to the complainant, Mayank Barodia, “When we came to the shop in the morning, the guard informed us about the theft last night. We found that watches of brands like Seiko, Casio, Guess, Fossil, Titan, Omega, Longines, Rado, etc, had been stolen. “They also took away Rs 1.5-2 lakh in cash and all the watches that had come for repair… about 680 watches were stolen in all.” The clasp on the shutter was found broken. The guard was not on duty that night since he was not feeling well and had gone to sleep, said Barodia. “We do not keep the CCTV cameras switched on since it’s an old shop and the wiring is weak. The cameras are switched off at night,” he added. Meanwhile, police are trying to scan CCTV footage of the nearby shops and bank ATMs to gain clues to the accused. It is suspected to be the handiwork of a gang that had also struck the showroom of an electronics major. Police are also questioning the employees of the showroom. “The accused haven’t been identified yet but we are investigating the matter. They haven’t yet shared the list of the items that have been stolen,” said a senior police officer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Traffic to be banned on India’s iconic Connaught Place

The iconic Connaught Place area in India’s capital, Delhi, will be pedestrianised for three months.

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