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Noida Juvenile Home staff suspended for abuse

The Uttar Pradesh government has suspended a care taker of the Noida Juvenile Home, after the media reported torture, abuse, and prevalence of disease in the home. A committee was earlier set up and three people were accused of being involved in the abuse. The government team, however, found the allegations true against only one employee, Prakash Chandra, and suspended him on Saturday.According to a senior official, the commission observed that the objective of a juvenile home was to guide youngsters found involved in criminal activities towards the correct direction for introspection and improvement. This juvenile home, however, was pushing these youngsters towards crime-oriented activities by treating them in a grossly negligent and cruel manner.“We found allegations against Chandra to be true. So, we have suspended him of his duties,” a senior official said.The affairs inside the juvenile home, located in the Old Court building in Noida’s Phase 2, came to light after a District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) inspection on October 7, in which the authority noted several serious issues, such as torture, extortion by senior inmates, and skin problems among the juveniles.During inspection, the inmates showed their injury marks and named seven “seniors” who were in cahoots with certain officials of the Home.

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26-year-old woman found dead with throat slit

A 26-year-old woman was found dead with her throat slit inside her house in Chhajarsi village of Sector 63 in Noida on Thursday afternoon.According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Shweta Singh, a housewife, who was found dead in her house at around 12.30 pm with her body lying on the floor. She was discovered by her son, who had returned from school and found the house bolted from outside.”When Shweta failed to show up at the school to receive her son, a neighbour took him back to his house. He found the house bolted. With the help of the neighbours, he entered the house. Shweta was found dead with a quilt on her body. The throat was slit open with a sharp weapon and her right arm was also cut. I reached the spot when the neighbours called me,” said Moni Singh, Shweta’s aunty.The police were informed by the locals. “When we reached the spot, the body was lying in a pool of blood. All the belongings in her room were scattered. The body was taken into possession and sent for post-mortem,” said Rajeev Kumar, circle officer -2, Noida.Police said Shweta’s husband, Pankaj Singh has named Vinod (30), their neighbour as the prime accused in the murder as he claimed that Vinod had wrong intentions towards his wife. Police have registered a case of murder against Vinod and he is absconding.”Vinod lives just next to their room in the same building. He works in a sports goods company in Sector 63. He is absconding at the moment and it is also stated that he had taken an off today from office,” Kumar added.Shweta belongs to Dharhora village in Ambedkar Nagar of Faizabad and she was staying in Chhajarsi colony for the past three years with her husband Pankaj Singh (30) and 4-year-old son, Pranjal Singh.Shweta’s phone is missing after the incident and no weapon was discovered from the crime spot.

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Drive to end encroachment on Noida Expressway

The local administration, along with the Indian Air Force (IAF) officials, conducted a massive anti-encroachment drive against 35 illegal farmhouses spread over several acres of government land, in the Nagla-Nagli village along the Noida Expressway on Wednesday, following an Allahabad High Court (HC) order.According to the IAF officials, they bulldozed unauthorised construction on 40 acres of land in the village. The HC, in July, 2017, had directed the district administration to identify the IAF land allotted decades ago and to initiate criminal proceedings against the accused. Several acres of land was grabbed by colonisers and illegal colonies were developed. The 482-acre land belongs to the Ministry of Defence, given to the IAF for a bombing range in 1950.”Several notices issued were not taken seriously. The encroachers were served show cause notices on November 8 and then eviction notices on December 1. Several encroachers came to the spot after knowing about the eviction drive,” said A K Shrivastava, in-charge of anti-encroachment drive and group captain in the IAF.

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PM Modi’s Noida visit: 2 cops suspended for negligence

The multi-layered security, set up specially for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Noida visit, was seriously breached on Monday when when his cavalcade suddenly left the “sanitised” route and took a wrong turn, before being stuck in traffic. The Gautam Budh Nagar police have now suspended a sub-inspector and a constable, for negligence in duty. The PM had come to inaugurate a section of the Magenta Line of Metro.Reportedly, Modi’s security was compromised when his convoy lost its way while heading to the helipad from a public meeting at the Amity University. A departmental inquiry against two other circle officers has also been ordered by the Uttar Pradesh Police. CM Yogi also slammed the senior police officers for this mishap.According to the police, the two cops have been identified as sub-inspector Dilip Singh, posted at Dankaur police station, and constable Dayanand. The convoy in which Modi was travelling, along with the UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, lost its way on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, while going to helipad at the Botanical Garden from the Amity University.The other two circle officers against whom a departmental inquiry has been ordered have been identified as Sanjeev Deshwaal and Ram Karan Singh of Meerut.”The troop of VIP vehicles left the Amity University at 2.35 pm and used the service road at the Expressway to proceed towards Botanical Garden, from where the PM was supposed to board his plane. One of the security vehicles that was directing the troop took a turn before the designated one. There was no security arrangement on that path,” said Luv Kumar Singh, Senior Superintendent Of Police, Gautam Budh Nagar.Police said this is considered a security breach and two police officers have been pulled up for the same.”The VVIP troop was caught in a traffic snarl at the Mahamaya flyover. Also, a motorcycle and a bus came very close to the fleet. After being stuck in the jam for three minutes, the convoy proceeded and the police officers rushed to the spot to clear the bottleneck,” Kumar added.On Monday, PM Modi flagged off the much-awaited Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, connecting Noida to south Delhi. The PM boarded the Metro train at the Botanical station and deboarded at Okhla Bird Sanctuary station.CM Adityanath accompanied the PM during the maiden trip on the Magenta Line. BJP member Mahendra Nath Pandey and state governor Ram Naik also attended the inauguration ceremony.

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Samajwadi Party workers protest at station, slam PM Modi, CM Yogi Adityanath for taking credit

Nearly 200 workers of the Samajwadi Party (SP) stormed into the Botanical Garden Metro station in Noida on Monday and boarded a train as a mark of protest against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for taking all the credit for the newly inaugurated Magenta Line. The line was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.Nearly a 100 SP workers led by party leader Surendra Singh Nagar reached the Metro station in the evening to stage the protest. They alleged that the work on the project was started by former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, but the PM and the present CM were taking credit for it.”We travelled by Metro train to Kalindi Kunj and returned and told people that the Magenta Line was started by the SP government. Instead taking full credit, the current government should have praised Yadav for the gift of Metro that he gave to the people,” Nagar said.On Monday, PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Delhi Metro Magenta Line, which connects Noida to Kalkaji Temple. The PM was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who made his maiden visit to Noida and broke the much-hyped “jinx”of CMs not visiting the district.

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1,000 homebuyers stage protest, stopped from taking out march

Around 1,000 Noida homebuyers staged a silent protest against the Noida Authority and the UP government at Sector 18 on Monday, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Noida for inauguration of the Magenta Metro rail link.The homebuyers, who are yet to get the possession of their flats in projects such as Jaypee Wish Town Noida, Amrapali, Supertech, and Unitech, gathered near Sector 18 Metro station, from where they were to march towards the Botanical Garden Metro station and the Amity University in Sector 125. They were, however, stopped by the police at the Sector 18 Metro station. Some people still managed to reach the Amity ground in bits and pieces. “We have reached out to all officials and the state government but nothing has been done. So, we planned to communicate our plight to PM Modi. We were stopped by the police, which is a shame for us. As citizens, we cannot make our voices heard,” said Shweta Bharti, General Secretary of the Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (NEFOWA).Meanwhile, on Saturday, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath had met the distressed homebuyers and pulled up the Noida Authority for lapses in handling of the matter. Adityanath had directed officials to hand over 40,000 flats by December 31, while another 40,000 have to be handed over by March.The UP CM also asked the Noida Authority to draw up a list of defaulter builders, categorising them as per their position — those who will be able to deliver the flats on time, those who would need help of co-developers to finish their projects, and those who won’t be able to complete their projects at all.The irked homebuyers, however, termed Adityanath’s promise of delivery of 80,000 homes in Noida, Greater Noida, and Yamuna Expressway areas by March-end an “eyewash” and demanded that the government come up with an action plan for projects.”We want the PM to intervene. The co-developer policy should be implemented. The units that have been delivered in Noida or are about to be delivered do not have the occupancy or completion certificates,” Bharti said.The protesters pointed out that despite several assurances and various announcements, nothing much has changed on the ground. It was also pointed out that despite a committee being set up to resolve the homebuyers’ issues, nothing has happened.Some other buyers alleged that even the much-touted RERA did not bring them any relief. “The Central government-notified RERA should be implemented in letter and in spirit, and no dilution should be done by the state government,” they said.According to members of the association, during the UP elections, the BJP candidates had promised flat buyers of GB Nagar that they would be given all possible support in securing possession of the homes. But after the BJP victory, the politicians forgot about the homebuyers, the protesters alleged.As many as 94 projects in Noida and nearly 190 projects in Greater Noida are stuck due to financial reasons. In a high-level meeting held in September this year, UP CM had ordered the officials to ensure that 50,000 homebuyers got their homes in Noida and Greater Noida.On December 4, a ministerial panel, during the course of a meeting with builders and officials of the Noida Authority, Greater Noida Authority, and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), had declared that 32,500 flats would be delivered by the end of this month.

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PM Modi takes a driverless Metro ride on Magenta Line

Scores of locals swarmed the Botanical Garden Metro station in Noida on Monday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived to inaugurate the much awaited Magenta Line.Breaking the infamous “Noida jinx”, Modi arrived with UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, whose predecessors have always avoided visiting the state’s urban hub as it is widely believed that whoever visits Noida loses power.The PM inaugurated a section of the Magenta Line and even took a ride in the new driverless Metro around 1 pm. He was accompanied by Adityanath and UP governor Ram Naik. Amid heavy security, the trio travelled from Botanical Garden to Okhla. The PM then reached the Amity University ground to address the public.The Metro was ready for public use from 5 pm onwards.Talking to DNA, Ambrish Kuhar, a government employee and a resident of Noida Sector 37, said the Magenta Line was an answer to their long pending prayers. “It was so cumbersome going all the way to Mandi House and then boarding Violet Line to reach south Delhi. The new route will ease our commuting woes,” he said.Echoing the sentiment, Himanshu Kukreja, who lives in East of Kailash and works with an MNC in Noida, said: “I am very relieved that the travel time to my office and home will be lesser with this new train. It was long overdue.”The 12.64 km Magenta Line will connect Noida to Kalkaji Mandir and will be extended till Janakpuri by March next year. The stretch runs between Kalkaji and Noida’s Botanical Garden and would cut the travel time to 19 minutes, thus facilitating easy access for commuters from south Delhi to Noida and vice versa.The Magenta Line has automated platform screen doors at every station, which will open only when the trains arrive at the platform. The coaches will reportedly have LED display, power charging capacity, and colourful seats, while the stations will portray themes of nature, yoga, and cultural landmarks.Further, the driverless trains will be run on Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology, which will facilitate the movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds.The new trains will also offer lumbar support and backrests near the wheelchair areas, so that even if a commuter is standing, he or she can do so comfortably. While most Metro trains have power outlets, the new trains on the Magenta Line will also feature USB ports to connect phone charging cables directly, without a power adapter.The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has stated that trains on the Magenta Line will have Wi-Fi connectivity for seamless internet browsing. This feature, however, may not be available immediately, the officials added. Besides all this, fully programmable LCD screens will display videos, graphics, and other information on the trains.YOGA THEMEThe Magenta Line has automated platform screen doors at every station, which will open only when the trains arrive at the platform. The coaches will reportedly have LED display, power charging capacity, and colourful seats, while the stations will portray themes of nature, yoga, and cultural landmarks. Further, the driverless trains will be run on Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology, which will facilitate the movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds.

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Multi-layered security marks PM Modi’s visit

From lone wolf attacks to suicide bombers, in face of varied threat perceptions, the Noida police and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) managed to secure the Prime Minister’s Monday visit to the “jinxed city” quite successfully.Heavy security arrangements with police dogs, bomb detectors, and snipers keeping a hawk-eye vigil, were ensured.Senior CISF officers and Delhi Metro guards said multi-layered security was ensured by the SPG, CISF, local police, and other related agencies. They said repeated sanitisation of the to-be-inaugurated Metro line was carried out with the help of dog squads and anti-sabotage teams.”Armed Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) and commandos were deployed along the line for immediate reaction to any possible mishap. Spotters were also placed at critical locations and a tight vigil was maintained in cooperation with other agencies concerned. We were prepared for every suspected threat perception,” a senior officer said.Also, as many as 5,155 security personnel were on duty across Noida. The area was divided into 15 zones and additional security personnel were brought in from Meerut, Hapur, Ghaziabad, and other parts of the state.”The route, through which the PM’s convoy was scheduled to pass, had traffic restrictions from 7 am till evening. Additional traffic cops were deployed to regulate traffic for smooth flow. The contingent of forces included eight superintendents of police (SPs), 20 additional superintendents of police (ASPs), 65 deputy superintendents of police (DSPs), 140 inspectors, 440 sub-inspectors, 150 head constables, 1,750 constables, 17 traffic inspectors, 130 traffic sub-inspectors, 102 traffic head constables, and 333 traffic constables,” said Suniti, Superintendent of Police (Rural), Gautam Budh Nagar.Besides, 10 companies of the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (UP-PAC) and 10 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were also deployed, she said.DOG SQUADSenior CISF officers and Delhi Metro guards said multi-layered security was ensured by the SPG, CISF, local police, and other related agencies. They said repeated sanitisation of the to-be-inaugurated Metro line was carried out with the help of dog squads and anti-sabotage teams.

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PM Modi pitches for infra, transport

Launching a 12-km stretch of Delhi Metro’s newly built Magenta Line, Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly pitched for use of public transport and took potshots at previous Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh for not visiting Noida due to superstition.Flagging the importance of connectivity, the PM said on Monday that the Metro line is not only for the present but also for future generations, and emphasised the need to reduce petrol imports by increasing the use of state-of-the-art mass transit systems.Modi did not name either SP’s Akhilesh Yadav or BSP’s Mayawati but lauded UP CM Yogi Adityanath for breaking the Noida jinx. “Due to his dress, some people find it fashionable to believe that CM Yogi Adityanath is not ‘modern enough’ but what he has done today is something which was never done by any of the previous CMs of Uttar Pradesh. Faith is important but blind faith is not desirable,” the Prime Minster said.Adityanath, sharing the dais with the Prime Minister, was all smiles as the latter praised him.Modi also slammed previous Chief Ministers for their “corrupt” activities and alleged they were only “spreading superstition” about political leaders losing power if they visited Noida.”If anybody thinks not going to a place will prolong their CM tenure and visiting a place will curtail it, such a person does not deserve to be a Chief Minister. Unfortunately, there were superstitions associated with Noida and in his own style, Yogi Adityanath has risen above it,” he said.Adityanath’s chief ministerial visits to Noida came eight years after the last by then CM Mayawati. Before the 2012 UP polls, she had visited Noida and the BSP had lost. Her successor Akhilesh Yadav never visited Noida and skipped inaugurating a key development project’s inauguration just before the Assembly polls in UP early this year. Samajwadi Party, however, lost the elections.The Prime Minister recalled that when he became the Chief Minister of Gujarat, people told him about a few inauspicious places, but he was clear that he would go there in the first year itself.”Driven by blind faith and superstition, leaders never went to places for decades. How unfortunate is that,” Modi said, reminding that he remained Chief Minister for four terms in Gujarat.Pitching for use of public transport to save on fuel and petroleum import costs, the Prime Minister said travelling on a Metro train should be a “prestige” issue.Lamenting that development is seen through the prism of politics based on the interest of parties many times, the Prime Minister said governance cannot happen when the dominant thought process begins at ‘Mera Kya’ and ends at ‘Mujhe Kya.'”We have changed these mindsets. For us, decisions are about national interest and not political gains,” he said. Countering the allegations of Opposition parties that his government was not working for the poor, Modi said, “the top ten industrialists would not travel on Metro. You will”.Terming NDA’s first Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee the ‘Bharat Marg Vidhata, the Prime Minister said that it was on December 24 in 2002 when he took a ride on Metro and since then, the Metro network in NCR has expanded considerably.He said that the work on railway infrastructure and road network expansion are happening at a historic pace under the NDA government, and that the country is making strides in the renewable energy sector.

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PM Narendra Modi inaugurates much-awaited Magenta Line of Delhi Metro

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the much-awaited Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro. The Delhi Metro’s magenta line will cut down the travel time from south Delhi to Noida to just 45 minutes. At present the metro takes around 52 minutes to commute on the mentioned route. Magenta line, a mainstay of Delhi Metro’s Phase-3, runs 12.64km section from Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden. However, with the time, more metro trains will be added to Janakpuri West on this line. Currently on the Blue Line (Dwarka Sector 21-Noida City Centre), the station will now perform as a junction between Yellow and the upcoming Magenta Line (Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden). According to Delhi Metro, the Botanical Garden station will bear an interchange load of 97,780 passengers per day from the Yellow and Magenta lines, which is projected to increase up to 123,020 by 2021.The Botanical Garden-Kalkaji section will comprise of nine stations. Apart from Kalkaji Mandir, all other stations will be elevated.Also readHere’s why Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line will set new trends: 5 things you should know Launching a 12-km stretch of Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line here, he said governments incur a lot of cost in creating infrastructure but when it is ready it benefits generations to come. Addressing a public meeting, Modi said by 2022, when India celebrates its 75 years of Independence, he wants to cut down on imported petroleum products. He said a multi-modal transportation system will ensure that use of fuel is cut down, which will help the common man save money and also be useful for the environment.On December 24, 2002 then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee took a ride on the metro, Modi recalled. “It was a historic moment. Since then, the Metro network in NCR has expanded considerably,” he said. We live in an era in which connectivity is all important, the prime minister said. “Without connectivity, life comes to a standstill. This Metro… is not only for the present but also for future generations,” he said. There was need to change the mindset so that people prefer using public transport than their private vehicles. He said travelling on a metro should be a “prestige issue”.With agency inputs

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Delhi Metro LIVE: Magenta Line will be a milestone in UP’s development story, says CM Yogi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro. Seen as Christmas gift for commuters, the Magenta Line is expected to make commuting between South Delhi and Noida hassle-free.13:52 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: We are going to bring new metro lines in Kanpur and Agra, says UP Yogi13:51 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: PM Modi has given a new meaning to politics of this nation. He is always telling us one thing – we have to move ahead on the path of development, says CM Yogi.13:49 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: Breaking the ‘Noida jinx’, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath travelled with PM Modi on during the inaugural ride of Magenta Line. He also addressed a public rally in Noida and said that the Magenta Line will be the milestone in UP’s development story.13:31 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: After inaugurating the Magenta Line, PM Modi will address a public rally in Noida shortly.13:24 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: Inside visuals of PM Modi’s inaugural ride on Magenta Line:13:22 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: From LED display to colourful seats, the Magenta Line will have host of new features. The stations will also portray themes of nature, yoga, and cultural landmarks.13:15 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: PM Narendra Modi onboard Delhi Metro after inauguration of a stretch of the new Magenta line.13:09 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: The Magenta Line connects Botanical Garden in Noida with Kalkaji Mandir in Delhi.13:07 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: PM Modi inaugurated Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line at the Botanical Garden Metro Station.

Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line to be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday will inaugurate the Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro, which is expected to make commuting between South Delhi and Noida hassle-free.PM Modi will reportedly address the gathering at the Botanical Garden Metro Station after taking a ride along the new section of the transport network.The 12.64-km stretch runs between Kalkaji and Noida’s Botanical Garden and accounts for a travel time of 19 minutes, thus facilitating easy access for commuters from South Delhi to Noida, and vice versa.The coaches will reportedly have LED display, power charging capacity and colourful seats, while the stations will portray themes of nature, yoga, and cultural landmarks.Further, driverless trains are to be introduced along with the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology, which facilitate the movement of trains within a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds.Also readHere’s why Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line will set new trends: 5 things you should know The Magenta Line also marks the usage of the first platform screen doors (PSDs), which are glass-made screens installed near the edge of platforms that open only when a train arrives and shut after it departs.On a related note, a driverless metro train on Tuesday rammed into a nearby boundary wall during a trial run, due to alleged negligence by the maintenance officials.The accident, which occurred at the Kalindi Kunj Metro depot along the Magenta Line, reportedly happened when the train was being moved from the workshop without testing the brake system. As a result, when the train was moved up the ramp for washing, it rolled back and hit the adjacent boundary wall.However, no casualties were reported.

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Yogi Adityanath meets distressed homebuyers, promises quick action

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met distressed homebuyers and pulled up Noida Authority for lapses in the handling of the matter. Adityanath has directed officials to hand over 40,000 flats by December 31, while another 40,000 to be handed over by March, 2018.The UP CM also asked the Noida Authority to draw up a list of defaulter builders categorising them as per their position on the properties — one, who will be able to deliver the flats on time; two, those who need help of co-developers to complete their projects; three, those who won’t be able to complete their projects.Adityanath met distressed homebuyers at Amity University where officials of all the three authorities — Noida authority, Greater Noida Authority, and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority were present along with the heads of many home buyers’ associations.During the meeting, the distressed homebuyers kept their issues in front of Yogi and he made a note of all of them. After this, he promised the homebuyers that the 40,000 flats will be handed over to the buyers December 31, while another 40,000 would be handed over by March 31.However, the homebuyers were not satisfied with the promises made as they said the CM needed to check the ground reality. The buyers invovled in different projects in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway — such as Jaypee, Amrapali, Supertech, Unitech, Pan Oasis — also announced that they will protest against the government on Sunday at the Film City in Sector 16A.According to members of the association, during the UP elections, BJP candidates had promised flat buyers of GB Nagar that they would be giving all possible support in securing possession of homes. But, they alleged, after the BJP victory in the UP elections nothing was done for them.”We have been getting such promises from the past many years but no work on the ground has been done. All the people are just coming and giving hope but nothing is done. We are left hopeless,”said Shweta Bharti, General Secretary, NEFOWA (Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association).The UP CM also attacked previous state governments saying that all corruption had been done in their era, but the BJP government was working for the benefit of the people. He further directed the authorities to hand over a list to the three-minister panel of the builders categorising them into three lists so that they knew who needed help and against whom do they have to take action.Ninety-four projects in Noida and around 190 projects in Greater Noida are stuck owing to financial reasons. In a high-level meeting held in September this year, UP chief minister ordered officials to ensure that 50,000 homebuyers got their homes in Noida and Greater Noida areas.On December 4, the ministerial panel — during the course of a meeting with builders and officials of Noida Authority, Greater Noida Authority and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) — had declared that 32,500 flats would be delivered by the end of this month.NO HOMESAs many as 1.6 lakh homes are delayed in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway put together and homebuyers who are burdened withboth equated monthly instalments and rent said that delivery of flats being promised by authorities comprise projects that were, in any case, nearing completion and do not include the big builders in Noida, whose projects have been delayed for years or against whom insolvency proceedings are currently on. None of those projects have been revived.

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Kejriwal not invited for inauguration of Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line; PM Modi, Yogi Adityanath to attend event

A section of the much-awaited Magenta line of Delhi Metro, connecting Kalkaji Mandir in the national capital to Botanical Garden in Noida, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on December 25.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, however, has not been invited for the inauguration ceremony, media reports claimed today. Kejriwal’s name does not appear on the list of VIP invitees for the inauguration, India Today reported. Yogi Adityanath will visit Noida today to check security and other arrangements ahead of Modi’s visit.Also readMetro suspends 4 officials for train crash during trial runAround 1,300 police and paramilitary personnels have been deployed for Adityanath’s security during his visit. Over 5,000 police and paramilitary personnels would be deployed for Modi’s visit on Monday.Traffic police has advised commuters to avoid the Botanical Garden to Okhla Barrage road this afternoon. Traffic would be blocked during the movement of Aditynath’s cavalcade from Helipad to Okhla Birds Sanctuary and then till Amity University campus.Also readDelhi Metro: Magenta Line driverless train crashes into boundary wall during trial runThe 12.64-km Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden section of Magenta Line (Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West) will considerably reduce travel time between Noida and south Delhi. The section was granted safety approval by the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) last month.The Botanical Garden has been developed as the metro’s first-ever inter-change station outside the boundaries of Delhi.Also readPM Modi to launch Magenta line section on Dec 25Besides Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden, the section will have 7 stations namely – Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Kalindi Kunj, Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, Okhla Vihar, Jamia Millia Islamia, Sukhdev Vihar, Okhla NSIC and Kalkaji Mandir.

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16-year-old girl shot at by friend dies

A 16-year-old girl, who was allegedly shot in her head by a 17-year-old boy, succumbed to her injuries at a private hospital in Noida late on Thursday night. The body has been sent for post-mortem. The accused boy, who shot himself as well, is yet to gain conciousness, the police said, while adding murder charges against him.”Two bullets had pierced the girl’s skull and caused major damage to her brain. She was brought in a state of coma and her chances of survival were very less. We tried our best to save her but could not,” a senior doctor said.Police said the boy and the girl were friends and had had an altercation. The boy, son of a property dealer, and the girl, daughter of an engineer, studied at the same tuition centre in Vasundhara’s Sector-2C.

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Wanted sharpshooter nabbed for killing BJP worker, 2 others

The Noida Special Task Force (STF) arrested a sharpshooter in connection with triple murders of BJP worker Shiv Kumar Yadav and his two gunners last month, from the Bisrakh area of Greater Noida on Friday.According to the police, the accused has been identified as Anirudh Bharadwaj, 25, who was working as a collection agent at MCD toll in Mayur Vihar. He reportedly works for Anil Bhati, the nephew of gangster Sunder Bhati.”Bharadwaj was arrested at 12.30 am after we received a tip off. He was carrying a reward of Rs 25,000 on his head,” Deputy Superintendent of Police, STF, Raj Kumar Mishra said.Police said Anirudh, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, has been involved in criminal activities since 2011. He first came in touch with gangster Anil Bhati a year ago. Bhati’s uncle Sushil Shukla is serving a life sentence after murdering timber merchant Satish Tyagi in 2008.”Before going to jail, Shukla was an active member of the Vicky Tyagi gang in western Uttar Pradesh. He also roped in Bharadwaj, who later started working with Tyagi himself,” Mishra said.In 2011, following Tyagi’s directions, Anirudh murdered a youngster in Muzafarnagar and came out on bail after six months and 10 days. He then fled to Meerut and became friends with a criminal, Amar Singh, 28, and lived with him in a temple. Police said Amar was in touch with Bhati and introduced Anirudh to him in 2016.”Four months ago, Bhati helped Anirudh, Naresh Teotia, and Amar Singh in getting them jobs at the MCD toll plaza in Mayur Vihar. The trio worked as collection agents. Nearly 40 men work at the toll plaza,” Mishra said.He added that Teotia was arrested on December 4 in Bisrakh area during an encounter. The trio was roped in by Bhati to kill BJP worker Shiv Kumar.

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Trial run on Magenta Line held for media

A trial run for the media was held on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line on Friday, after a driverless train rammed through a wall during the trial run three days ago. The corridor, which will reduce travel time between south Delhi and Noida to 19 minutes, will be using the Communication Based Train Control System (CBTC) for the first time, and will be thrown open to public at 5 pm on Monday, after inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The 12.6 km line between Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir, with nine stations en route, is being touted as an engineering marvel by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). Among the many firsts are glass gates and screen doors at all nine platforms, a feature used only on the Airport Line till now.The Magenta Line, which will run through stations such as Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Kalindi Kunj, Jasola Vihar, and Kalkaji Mandir, will also be the first ever interchange station in the National Capital Region outside Delhi. Trains chugging on the route will have backrests for those standing, with colourful seats adding to the decor. A departure from the drab grey in all trains, women’s coach on the Magenta Line trains will be bright pink while seats in general coaches will be painted orange and blue. Red is the colour for reserved seats in general coaches.Trains will run at a frequency of 5 minutes and 14 seconds. A total of 10 trains will be pressed into service and two more trains (one each at Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden) will be kept on standby for peak hours’ traffic. One of the engineering challenges that the DMRC handled was the tunnel work between Kalkaji Mandir and Okhla NSIC, using the New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) .The tunnel between Kalkaji Mandir and NSIC Okhla passes below piers 135 and 136 of the Violet Line and the distance between the two piers is 28 metres, making it difficult to construct twin tunnels within such a short space. Hence, the DMRC decided to construct a single tube twin tunnel through which both tracks could pass using the NATM technology.MORE ON MAGENTAThe corridor will use the Communication based Train Control System for the first time. The line will reduce travel time between south Delhi and Noida to 19 minutes. It will open to public from 5 pm on Monday. It is a 12.6 km line between Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir.

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Metro’s technical audit is good news for Blue Line

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

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Yogi Adityanath may finally break ‘Noida jinx’ by joining PM Modi there on Dec 25

Almost all Indians are superstitious by nature but none more so than politicians. Given the precarious nature of power almost every politician has a superstition that does not change over time. In fact, if anything, it increases till it turns into their minds as “fact.” This is the case of the self-imposed ban by many UP politicians on visiting Noida. Whether it has been the BJP, Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) or Samajwadi Party (SP), all UP chief ministers have avoided visiting this area, as it is believed that whoever did so would lose power.This powerful jinx though may see its end with the current BJP dispensation. According to sources, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath may visit Noida for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inauguration of the Magenta line of the Delhi Metro which goes from Botanical Garden to Kalkaji. If the Chief Minister really does do so it may finally signal the end of the jinx.If Adityanath really does break this jinx he will be breaking a superstition that goes back all the way to 1988 (see box). In 1988 then UP Chief Minister Vir Bahadur Singh lost power days after visiting Noida. The theory of a jinx then took hold and has held firm since then. BSP leader Mayawati did try to break the jinx when she visited Noida four times as chief minister. However, she lost the 2012 assembly election, and one of the factors that was blamed was the ‘Noida jinx.’The fear of a jinx was so strong, that during his entire five-year term, then CM Akhilesh Yadav stayed away from the area. This fear was all the more ironic as Akhilesh was considered the modern face of the Samajwadi Party. But while he may have used video calls to inaugurate or launch projects in Noida and Greater Noida, he never visited. In August 2012, Akhilesh inaugurated the Yamuna Expressway from Lucknow and avoided travelling to Noida. The following year too, he inaugurated many infrastructure projects in Gautam Budh Nagar without visiting the city.But the fact that Akhilesh stayed away from Noida but still lost the election may help the current UP CM make up his mind. In any case, he still has a few days to decide. Prime Minister Modi’s Noida visit is only on December 25.However, people around Adityanath believe that he will break the jinx and visit Noida. Says a source, “Yogi is a modern age leader and does not believe in any superstition.” The proof of that will be seen on December 25.UP CMS & THE NOIDA JINX1988 Vir Bahadur Singh lost power days after visiting Noida. 1989 ND Tiwari lost power after visiting Noida 1995 Mulayam Singh was out of power within months of his Noida visit.1997 Mayawati lost power after visiting Noida. 1999 Kalyan Singh lost power after visiting Noida 2001 Rajnath Singh inaugurated the DND flyover from Delhi.2012 Mayawati went to Noida in October 2011 to inaugurate the memorial Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal. She lost the 2012 Assembly Elections.

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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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Delhi Metro: Magenta Line train crashes into boundary wall during trial run

A train belonging to Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line that will be officially inaugurated on Christmas Day, crashed through a wall during a test run.Fortunately, nobody was hurt, NDTV reported on Tursday.As per information, the train, which was empty, went through a wall at the Kalindi Kunj depot and barely missed crashing into the ground.The 12.64-km section, which will reduce travel time between Noida and south Delhi, was granted safety approval by the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) last month.The 12.64 km section, part of metro’s upcoming Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West (Magenta) Line, was granted safety approval by the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) last month.Also readDMRC’s Magenta line: New metro to cut off travel time to 45 minutes from Noida to South DelhiMetro’s new generation trains, which can run without drivers, will run on this section where an advanced Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology that will facilitate the movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds will also be pressed into service.However, for an initial period of two-three years, the trains will have drivers. Currently, for travelling to South Delhi areas, commuters from Noida have to change trains — from Blue Line to Violet Line- at Mandi House Metro Station.After this new section of the Delhi Metro is opened, commuters will be able to travel directly to Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station, which is on the Violet Line, cutting the travel time by about 45 minutes.Once the entire corridor from Botanical Garden till Janakpuri West (38.23 km) is opened, commuters from Noida will be able to go to Gurugram by changing trains at Hauz Khas station.The Botanical Garden has been developed as the metro’s first-ever inter-change station outside the boundaries of Delhi.

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24-yr-old raped by colleague, friend in Noida

A 24-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by her colleague and his friend at his residence in Noida’s Sector 58 area in the intervening night on Thursday.According to the police, the woman and one of the accused worked in the same office. The victim had sought financial assistance from him as she had to pay her rent following which he told her that she could collect the cash from his residence in Sector 58 area.The duo then left for his residence on his two-wheeler. Investigating officials revealed that the woman had asked for around Rs 15,000-20,000 as her landlord had called her demanding the rent amount, and she was in urgent need of the money. When they reached his residence the woman was told that his friend would also join them. The two men then allegedly forced themselves on her and took turns to rape her.The duo then fled after the incident leaving the victim stranded.”The incident occurred in the intervening night of December 14 and 15. The victim left the office along with her colleague post midnight. They then reached the residence at around 1 am following which the incident occurred. She informed the police who reached the location but the accused had fled by then. A medical examination of the victim confirmed rape. A case of gang-rape has been registered. We have dedicated teams working on leads to arrest the two accused,” said Arun Kumar, Superintendent of Police (City), Gautam Buddha Nagar.In another incident, a 24- year-old man was arrested on charges of attempting to rape an eight-year-old girl in the Barola area of Noida on Friday evening.According to the police, the accused has been identified as Sandeep, a labourer by profession. He took the girl to an isolated area, on the pretext of giving her chocolates, and then tried to rape her. When she resisted, the accused slapped her.On hearing the girl’s cry, the neighbours reached the spot and thrashed him. Later, a call was made and he was handed over to the police.SEQUENCE OF EVENTSThe victim sought financial assistance from her colleague and went to his home to get the money At the accused’s residence, the man and his friend allegedly gang-raped the woman and fled after the incident Police have registered a case of gangrape

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Noida, Greater Noida don’t need a municipal corporation

Noida and Greater Noida do not have their own municipal corporations. This is despite the fact that the Industrial Development Act of 1976 mandated that every city must have a municipal corporation of its own.What’s even more surprising is that the two cities, located in Gautam Budh Nagar district, may still not get their own municipal corporations, as stakeholders, at a meeting convened by the Noida Authority on Saturday, concluded that the two cities did not need them.The stakeholders comprised members of the Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations (FONRWA), Confederation of NCR Residents Welfare Associations (CONRWA), Noida Entrepreneurs Association (NEA), Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) and various MLAs. Most of them felt that Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Authority authorities were working well enough to maintain the city.According to Meerut Commissioner Prabhat Kumar, most of the suggestions declined the need for a municipal corporation for GB Nagar. Instead, he said, people wanted civic bylaws to be put in place to fix the accountability of residents and the Authority towards the city.“The majority of stakeholders in GB Nagar do not want a separate municipal body,” Kumar said The Meerut Commissioner had been appointed to look into this matter when on September 4 this year, the GB Nagar district magistrate BN Singh recommended that the municipal functions be withdrawn from the purview of Noida Authority and handed over to the Uttar Pradesh government. In October, a public notice was issued, inviting all stakeholders to submit their views on the matter. Thereafter, a government committee including BN Singh, GB Nagar district magistrate; RK Mishra, additional CEO of Noida Authority; BK Tripathi, additional CEO of Greater Noida, VP Pathak, chief law adviser of Noida Authority and CP Singh, municipal commissioner of Ghaziabad, was set up under the leadership of Prabhat Kumar, commissioner of Meerut. Kumar is now the in-charge on this matterOn other issues raised in the meeting, Kumar said they also received suggestions on parking issues and the need for a railway station in GB Nagar and an IIT college in Yamuna Expressway.No corp in noidaThe Industrial Development Act of 1976 mandated that every city must have a municipal corporation of its own.At a meeting convened by the Noida Authority, stakeholders concluded that Noida and Greater Noida did not need one.

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Noida: Man robbed of his motorcycle at gunpoint near Okhla Bird Sanctuary

A man was robbed of his motorcycle at gunpoint near Okhla Bird Sanctuary in Noida, police said on .<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>Also read’Molested’ woman claims cops forced her to file ‘robbery’ complaintR Dogra, a resident of Sector 78, in his complaint to the police said two armed men robbed his motorbike at gunpoint last night near the bird sanctuary.In another incident, two thieves struck at two shops on Salarpur Road in Dankaur area and looted goods worth lakhs of rupees.Also readMan shot dead, friend injured for resisting robberyNaresh Nagar’s garment shop was looted, while the thieves also struck at the adjacent mobilephone-and-accessory shop.

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Drunken man kills friend by mistake

A 28-year-old salesman at a liquor shop was shot dead by his co-worker who was under the influence of alcohol, in Surajpur area of Greater Noida, late on Thursday night.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Anant Singh, 28, a native of Kaushambi in Allahabad. Singh was consuming alcohol with two of his friends — Parimal Bahadur and Deepak Kumar — outside their shop.”The incident took place around 11 pm when the three were drinking. One of the three salesmen had a country-made pistol with him. All of them started playing with the revolver, pointing it at each other, and asking the other to shoot him for fun. However, Kumar allegedly shot at Singh and he was fatally wounded,”said Amit Kishor Shrivastava, Circle Officer- 1, Greater Noida.Police said, the two men then rushed Singh to a nearby hospital. According to the doctors of the local hospital, Singh had a bullet injury on his left chest and since his case was critical, they referred him to Kailash Hospital. He was declared brought dead there.”The local hospital informed us about the incident and we reached the spot and detained Bahadur and launched a search for Kumar,”said Shrivastava.During investigation, Bahadur revealed that they were all having fun with the country-made pistol that Deepak possessed and under that Singh was shot at by mistake,” Shrivastava said.Later, a search was conducted and Deepak was arrested. Police have detained both of them and are investigating the matter further.

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Realty check: Buyers are sinking in negative equity

More than two lakh property-buyers are facing ‘negative equity’ (when an asset’s value plunges below the outstanding balance on the loan used to purchase that asset) due to delayed home projects in the National Capital Region (NCR). To most of them, these units had been sold with the promised of ‘price protection’, but prices are dropping so fast that the value of the ‘dream home’ is now lesser than the loan.Nishant (38), had bought a flat in 2013 at Godavari in Mahagunpuram society in Ghaziabad, but is still awaiting possession. He is one among the hundreds of buyers who are waiting for their “dream home” from the last four years. The builder, Mahagun Group, has already collected 100 per cent of cost from him. His flat had cost about Rs 44 lakh, but is now worth just Rs 27 lakh due to price correction. Nishant told DNA: “It’s been more than four years that I am paying home loan EMI and rent every month. The builder had promised us that we would be offered possession by last year, but that did not happen.”DNA found that Mahagun had agreed to pay the buyers a penalty of Rs 10 per sq feet, but nothing has happened till date. To queries from DNA, the Mahagun management evaded response saying that “our directors are travelling right now.” Almost all prominent builders of Delhi-NCR – from Amrapali to Supertech to Mahagun – have hundreds of delayed projects.By November 2017, average NCR housing prices had declined by over 30%-50% from its 2012 peak. Negative equity on the property will is leading to huge financial stress on buyers.These buyers are already paying rent for living in an alternate accommodation in addition to the EMI for the undelivered homes.Banks are also facing the heat of negative equity and delayed projects. Buyers have started threatening to stop or hold the EMI of delayed projects. “It is requested that the delivery of my flat, complete in every respect as per the agreement, may kindly be ensured within a period of two (02) months, or else I will be constrained to stop/hold my EMIs of the home loan to the banks, as I can see that I am the only loser in this tripartite agreement,” a buyer wrote in a letter to a prominent bank, a copy of which is with DNA. He was allotted a flat in the Greater Noida project of Amrapali in 2012.”Ultimately, I have to see the parity of our asset value and the loan amount. If it were 10% then I would manage, but how could I service (the loan) if my undelivered property is valued 20 to 30 per cent less than the ongoing loan amount,” another Noida Extension home-buyer Akshay Sharma told DNA.The delay in delivery by the builders imposes numerous direct and indirect monetary costs on the buyers. Sanjay Sharma, MD of Qubrex realty exchange, said, “If delays take place, the costs also rise for the builder who then extracts the same from the buyers as increased saleable area, escalation costs, inferior specifications, delayed construction of common facilities, and any other charges that they can extract from the buyers even if it was not explicitly stated in the builder-buyer agreement”.A recent report of the real estate research firm Liases Foras revealed that almost 33 lakh families across 50 cities in India are suffering due to delays in housing projects. In Delhi-NCR 1,97,302 units are delayed for more than two years.Anuj Puri, chairman of Anarock Property Consultants, said that “assessment of average prices for the past five years (Q3 2012 to Q3 2017) reveals that Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bengaluru were the front-runners in capital value appreciation, bucking the trends of larger areas such as Mumbai Metropolitan Region and NCR”.Lose-lose propositionBy November 2017, average NCR housing prices had declined by over 30%-50% from its 2012 peak The delay in delivery by the builders imposes numerous direct and indirect monetary costs on the buyers

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Aarushi-Hemraj murder case: Hemraj’s wife moves SC, challenging acquittal of Talwars

On Friday, Hemraj’s wife Khumkala moved SC, challenging the acquittal of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.The Talwars have been lodged in Dasna jail since November 2013 in connection with the twin murders from where they walked free. The Allahabad High Court had acquitted the Talwars in the case, saying neither the circumstances nor the evidence was enough to hold them guilty.The verdict ends, at least for now, the nine-year ordeal of the Noida couple who were sentenced to life by a Ghaziabad CBI court on November 28, 2013 for the double murders that not only transfixed but also shook the nation with its element of filicide.With the acquittal, the central question in the bizarre mystery resurfaces – who killed the 14-year-old girl and the 45-year-old man. “There is a strong possibility that (the) incident was caused by some outsider,” a bench comprising justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra had said, upholding the Talwars’ appeal against the CBI court verdict.

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Plaints on Noida’s stray dog menace fall on deaf ears

While the stray animal menace tops the civic woes of residents across the city, residents of Noida also are no stranger to the problem. In fact, they are now claiming that the number of cases of attacks by dog have gone up and despite repeated complaints, the Noida Authority refuses to even acknowledge the scenario.”We have been continuously holding meetings in the society campus against the nuisance being created by street dogs. We have knocked the doors of the Authority to take this matter seriously. They always take a written statement form us but do not act on it,” said AN Dhawan, secretary, Federation of Noida RWAs (FONRWA).According to the police, they are just helpless as when some residents register a complaint about the nuisance, some dog lovers cross register another FIR.”Last month, while shopping in Sector 37, my wife had to face a stray dog attack. She fell and broke her arm, and had to be taken for surgery. Ever since, I have been following the issue of sterilisation of street dogs with the Noida Authority, but nothing is really happening on that front,” said PR Chandna, RWA secretary of Mecon Apartments in Sector 62.Currently, according to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, you can get away with being cruel to most animals by paying a fine of anything between Rs 10 and Rs 50 in India. For repeat offenders, the penalty may go up to anything between Rs 25 and Rs 100. You could also be thrown in jail for three months. But that’s about it.”Every sector has about 20 stray dogs. This number should be checked,” a resident said.According to the chief veterinary officer (CVO) of Gautam Budh Nagar, routine sterilisation of stray dogs is very important in all urban and rural areas to control their burgeoning population. Also, it calms them down and prevents them from getting violent with other dogs and humans.Noida has an estimated 13,600 stray dogs, and the mating season, when they get territorial and aggressive, is from August to December. This has got the animal lovers worried.On September 26 this year, the Noida Authority appointed Delhi-based Dr Chawla’s Pet Hospital for the sterilisation project.Dr Nischal Chaudhary, a vet at the shelter in Sector 94, said the sterilisation drive had begun in October. “The Noida Authority asked us to sterilise at least 25 stray dogs every day, and so far, we have operated on 380 dogs. The dogs are kept in the hospital for about seven days for post-surgery care. After that, they are released in their home territory,” he added.Only time will tell whether this sterilisation drive will help normalise the man-animal conflict in the city.

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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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Criminal carrying Rs 65,000 reward on his head killed in encounter in Dadri area

A criminal wanted in several cases of attempt to murder and dacoity was shot dead after a brief encounter in the Dadri area of Greater Noida on Saturday night.Police said the deceased was identified as Aslam, 30, who was carrying a reward of Rs 65,000 on his head. Two police personnel were also injured during the encounter while one other criminal managed to escape.According to the police, they had received a tip off that two men on a bike were coming towards the Dadri area to execute a big crime, following which a trap was laid.”The incident took place at 8 pm. We had placed a police barrier at the Aamka road. We spotted two men coming on a bike and asked them to stop. Instead of stopping, they opened fired at the police personnel,” Circle Officer Nishank Sharma said.The duo tried to escape by continuously firing. In return, the police party also fired at them and after a brief encounter, the cops managed to overpower Aslam. His accomplice managed to escape.”Aslam received a bullet injury on his chest and succumbed to death while on his way to hospital. Two constables were also injured in the crossfire and are being treated at the district hospital,” Sharma said.Police said that after confirming his address, they found that Aslam was a resident of Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh and was a wanted interstate criminal. He was booked under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), among others.”On checking his criminal history, we found out that he was carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 from the Uttar Pradesh police and Rs 15,000 from the Uttarakhand police. Efforts are being made to nab other criminals,” a senior police officer said.Police further revealed that he had been allegedly involved in crimes such as murder, attempt to murder, robbery, and extortion in Noida and Greater Noida.

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After brief respite, Delhi air quality very poor again

After a brief respite, the air quality index (AQI) in Delhi-NCR again entered the’very poor’ category at 377 units, with the most polluted sites being industrial towns of Ghaziabad and areas near the Delhi Technological University (DTU) in Rohini. The air quality may further deteriorate with a drop in temperature and low wind speed, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) officials said.Low wind speed and humidity brought in by a drop in temperature have spiked the pollution levels, officials said. The AQI at Delhi’s pollution hotspot Anand Vihar was recorded at 393 units, while DTU stood in the ‘severe’ level at 595. The NCR towns of Ghaziabad and Noida, too, reeled under the’severe’ levels at 448 and 415 units, respectively.”The wind pattern is still fluctuating with south-westerly winds bringing in moisture, leading to trapping of pollutants. The wind speed is low, below 10 kmph, which does not help in disbursal of pollutants,” a senior CPCB scientist said.Earlier this week, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had asked the Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) in a meeting to tell the Delhi government to start patrolling of small industrial units using cheap fuels leading to pollution.The DTU, surrounded by Narela, Bawana, and Badli in outer Delhi, has been witnessing massive pollution levels. It was discussed in a review meeting with L-G Anil Baijal on Thursday.Anand Vihar is surrounded by two industrial areas — Sahibabad and Patparganj. These areas use non-approved fuels to run their industries and burn the industrial waste thereafter. Similarly, DTU where over 2,000 students are enrolled, is located near Badli and Bawana, which have a number of unauthorised small factories and industries. The poor quality fuels used by them go unchecked. There are around 10,000 rubber units in operation and need to be checked.Besides, the Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar is in a bad condition, as there are no pavements or road carpeting in the area, the official said.The L-G had advised the city’s environment department, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), and other agencies to devise a mechanism for door-to-door checking and patrolling in these areas for better enforcement of non-usage of non-permitted fuels.AQI READINGSDelhi: 377 (very poor)Ghaziabad: 448 (severe)Noida: 415 (severe)Gurugram: 332 (very poor)Faridabad: 312 (very poor)

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Noida double murder case: Cops detain juvenile from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh

The main accused in the double murder case in Gaur City 2 in Noida Extension was apprehended by Gautam Buddha Nagar police from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh late on Friday night. According to police, the juvenile who is suspected of murdering his mother and sister was hiding in Varanasi.”With the help of technical evidence, the minor was located near Dashashvamedh Ghat in Varanasi and on Friday evening, he was nabbed by our team,” said a senior police officer.Sources said, the minor, who was on the run after allegedly committing the murder had called his father on Friday afternoon from an unknown number. The father immediately informed the police after which a team reached the location and found him.Police also requested the mobile owner to keep a close eye on the minor and Varanasi police was informed. The minor was located by the local police walking near Dashashwmedh Ghat and was immediately apprehended.Sources said the minor had travelled in a train to Varanasi on his own and there was no conspiracy behind his disappearance.On Tuesday night, a 42-year-old mother and her 11-year-old daughter were found murdered in their Greater Noida. Their bodies were found in the bedroom of their flat in the 11th avenue of Gaur City-2. The father was out of station for work when the incident took place.According to the CCTV footage accessed by the team of officials probing the case, Anjali and her children were last seen entering the society around 8 pm on a fateful night and the boy was seen leaving the building at around 11:30 with a phone and the bag.The incident came to light when the boy’s father asked his relatives to check on his family as she was not answering his constant calls.

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Mum-daughter murder: Suspect son’s last location traced at Chandni Chowk

A joint team of more than 100 policemen from Gautam Budh Nagar are on the hunt for the juvenile who allegedly stabbed his mother and sister to death in their Greater Noida apartment.Sources told DNA that the boy was located last in Chandni Chowk area. Therefore, Delhi Police has been approached to try and find him there. Family members have also appealed to the son, who has been missing since the incident, to return home.A senior officer of the Greater Noida police said, “After the incident came to light, we had put the phone, which the boy had taken along with him, on surveillance. That’s how we found out his last location on Monday night.””However, the phone has been switched off thereafter. Pictures and details of the boy have been posted at various platforms to seek public assistance in tracing him. We have also announced a reward for any information regarding his location.”The police did not announce the reward amount, but sources said it is between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000.”We have formed four teams to trace the boy and hope to find him soon. Only he can tell the truth about what happened inside the apartment,” said Luv Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police.On Tuesday night, a mother-daughter duo was found dead with multiple stab wounds on their bodies at their residence in Gaur City area of Greater Noida. The prime suspect in the case is their 16-year old son, who was the only one present in the house when the incident took place.

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Mum-daughter stabbed, cops suspect son

A mother-daughter duo was found dead with multiple stab wounds on their bodies at their residence in the Gaur City area of Greater Noida on Tuesday night. The prime suspect in the double murder case is their 16-year-old son who was the only one present in the house when the incident took place. The family of six reside in the 11th Avenue of Gaur City-2 in Greater Noida. The grandparents were away for a wedding while their father was on a business trip to Surat.Anjali Agarwal (42) and Manikarnika (11) were found lying in a pool of blood wrapped in a blanket on their bed on Tuesday night. Anjali’s 16-year-old son Prakhar who was the only one along with them when the incident occurred, is missing. The murder was discovered by Anjali’s husband, Soumya’s cousin Virat who had reached the residence after Soumya informed him that his wife and children had not been answering the phone since Monday night. Later on their phones were switched off.Ajay Kumar Sharma, Station House Officer (SHO) of Bisrakh police station told DNA that Soumya made several calls to his wife on Monday after 10:30pm, but there was no response.“I felt there was something wrong and then informed the police who then reached the house and broke open the door,” said Virat.The mother-daughter duo was found lying on the bed with multiple stab wounds; a blood soaked scissor and a blood stained cricket bat. It seems that they were killed on Monday night as they had been unreachable since Monday night.“Prima facie it appears that their juvenile son has committed the murder as he can be seen leaving the house with a bag in one of the CCTV footages. Soumya also informed us that Rs 2 lakhs are missing from the locker. No one entered or exited the flat after that,” added Sharma.Soumya Agarwal, a businessman who deals in tiles in Barola village of Noida, had gone to Surat in Gujarat early morning on December 3.
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Air quality may turn ‘severe’

The Capital’s air came close to’severe’category on Monday with the air quality index (AQI) at 390 units. Though still in the’very poor’category, the index bordered the ‘severe’ air pollution levels, over six times above the prescribed standards of 60 units.The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) — a Supreme Court mandated body — said if pollution levels enter’severe plus (500+)’ category in the next 48 hours, it will issue emergency directions.No movement in the air and emissions from the NCR towns led to the spike in pollutants, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said. This comes a day after much hue an cry was raised as Sri Lankan cricketers wore anti-pollution masks during the test match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Sunday.The PM 2.5 — most prominent pollutant in Delhi NCR — had reached past 400 during the day. NCR towns, including Ghaziabad, Noida had’severe’levels of pollution at 467 units and 415 units, respectively.Gurugram and Faridabad remained high up in the’very poor’category — at 323 and 394 units, respectively. The units for pollution concentrations are measured in microgramms per cubic meters. “Meteorological conditions, in particular, no wind speed coupled with fuel emissions from vehicles and industries in NCR towns is resulting in foul air. If the wind speed picks up the pace in the coming days, it will get better. However, if conditions reach ‘severe plus’ category for 48 hours, we will issue fresh emergency directions,” said Bhure Lal, EPCA chairman.The monitoring stations under the CPCB and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) recorded high PM 2.5 concentrations above 300-400 units — R K Puram (442), Anand Vihar (476), DTU (390), NSIT Dwarka (367) and Mother Dairy Plant, Patparganj shooting up to (515).”There is a depression in the south and west with no movement of air on the Indo-Gangetic plains. There is a condition of complete calm, which means there are no winds to disperse the pollutants. However, light rain is expected in Delhi on Thursday, which will help clear the air and improve the air quality,” said Dipankar Saha, chief of Air Laboratory, CPCB. ‘Very poor’ AQI comes with the warning that people may develop respiratory illness on prolonged exposure air affects healthy people and seriously impact those with existing respiratory or cardiovascular diseases.GASPING ALREADYNCR towns, including Ghaziabad, Noida had ‘severe’ levels at 467 and 415 units, respectively.
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Good news at last for Noida homebuyers

It’s good news for the homebuyers of Gaursons project located in Sector 22 of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) as YEIDA has issued completion certificate for 1,041 residential units of flats on Thursday.According to an official of YEIDA, they now plan to issue more completion certificates for other projects in the Yamuna area to make home buyers happy.”The work is going at full pace and with giving away the certificates, we also started the process of registration of property. Till date we have registered 2,970 flats, which are allotted to homebuyers of different projects,” said Arunvir Singh, chief executive officer of YEIDA.About 2.5 lakh homebuyers in Gautam Buddha Nagar have not been able to get possession despite depositing money to the tune of over 60% to 70% of the value of their property. Moany of them have been waiting for almost four to five years on average.”We will deliver 50,000 flats before the deadline set by CM Yogi. Three authorities in GB Nagar will soon approve more completion certificates in coming days because these projects are almost ready and builders will arrange funds to deliver flats,” said Manoj Gaur, President of CREDAI Delhi-NCR.Earlier, in a meeting held in Lucknow on September 12, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed the officials of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Authority to deliver 50,000 flats to buyers before December 31 this year.The three-minister committee formed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath earlier this year to solve builder-buyer issues is scheduled to meet builders and officials of Noida, Greater Noida and the Yamuna authority in Delhi on December 4.The committee, comprising of State Industries Minister Satish Mahana, Urban Housing Minister Suresh Khanna and state minister Suresh Rana, was formed on August 22.According to an official of GNIDA, about 25,000 homebuyers will get their flats before the year ends. An official of Noida Authority said they had already given occupancy and completion certificates to builders of about 8,000 flats, and planned to do so for 10,000 more in the coming days.Three ministers will take a complete review and status of the ordered of UP CM to deliver the 50,000 flats to home buyers, who invested their life savings into various housing projects before the new year. Projects will be provided by the officials to the three-minister panel on December 4.HOMES ARE HEREAccording to an official of GNIDA, about 25,000 homebuyers will get their flats before the year ends. An official of Noida Authority said they had already given occupancy and completion certificates to builders of about 8,000 flats, and planned to do so for 10,000 more in the coming days.
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Cops nab three gang members in Greater Noida

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gautam Budh Police have arrested six criminals after a brief encounter from Kasna area of Greater Noida on Monday afternoon. Three out of the six criminals have received bullet injuries and are admitted in the district hospital.According to police, they got information that a gang was going to execute a crime in the Greater Noida area.” Following the information, we had laid a trap near Chuhadpur underpass in Kasna area. We spotted two bikes and one car coming towards us,” said Suniti, Superintendent of Police (Rural), Gautam Buddha Nagar.On spotting the police, the criminals opened fired at them. Around 30 bullets were fired.”The encounter lasted for around 40 minutes after which we managed to overpower them and arrested all six of them,” Suniti added.The accused have been identified as Kuldeep Singh , Narendra Singh, Ravendra , Surjeet, Sunil and Jitendra. Kuldeep, Ravendra and Narendra received bullet injuries while a police officer also received bullet injuries during the cross fire.”All the injured have been admitted to the district hospital,” said a senior police officer.The accused have been booked under sections 307(attempt to murder), 147 (Punishment for rioting), 148( Rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (. Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the Indian Penal Code and Central Government Act Section 25 in Arms Act 25.During interrogation, the accused revealed that they are part of a professional gang which were involved in interstate robberies, attempt to murder etc cases.

Police nab accused who gunned down BJP worker

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gautam Budh Nagar Police have arrested the main accused, in connection with the murder of the Bharatiya Janata Party worker, from the Salarpur underpass in the Noida area of Gautam Budh Nagar on Wednesday morning.According to the police, the accused has been identified as Deepak Verma, a relative of a person contesting the municipal elections scheduled later in November. Deepak allegedly shot Sagar Sharma with his licensed revolver.”Yesterday (on Tuesday) we had formed different teams to nab the accused as he was absconding. We had got information that he is trying to escape the city. A team was formed and he was nabbed from the Salarpur underpass in the morning at around 7 am,” said Piyush Kumar Singh, Circle Officer – 2, Greater Noida.During interrogation, the accused revealed that he was drunk and had gone to meet Sagar. Later, the two had an argument in which he lost his cool and shot Sagar.”He said that he didn’t have any intentions to kill Sagar as the two were good friends. He had gone to meet Sagar along with his brother, Manoj. While talking, the two disagreed on something due to which Sagar abused him. He then lost his cool and took out his revolver and shot him,” Singh added.On Monday night at around 11.30 pm, according to the complaint filed by Sharma’s brother, Abhimanyu, both of them were sitting at a tent house near their house. Later on, they got a call from their family and left for their homes.”While heading back Manoj and Deepak came from behind and took Sharma about 200 meters away on the pretext of some work. They had an argument and later the argument got ugly. Suddenly, Manoj held him from behind and Deepak took out his revolver and shot him. The two then fled the spot,” said Abhimanyu.”Sharma was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries during treatment. “Deepak was produced before the court and have been sent to jail while Manoj was arrested on Monday and sent to jail on Tuesday,” said a senior police officer.Police have recovered the pistol used in the crime from his possession and police have dismissed the reports of the incident of being a fallout of political rivalry.COP SUSPENDED AFTER MURDERA controversy has emerged as police stated Deepak had used his licenced pistol to kill Sagar Sharma. As a result, following the killing, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Gautam Budh Nagar Love Kumar ordered the suspension of sub-inspector Pritam Singh. A probe has also been ordered to find out why Deepak’s licenced arms were not deposited with the authorities in view of the upcoming local body polls.

Buyers protest outside BJP office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of buyers who had invested in different residential projects of the Amrapali Group, Supertech, Jaypee, and many others in Noida and Greater Noida staged a protest outside the BJP office at Ashoka Road in New Delhi on Saturday.Shouting slogans the buyers demanded answers from the government as to how and when they would get their houses. Police detained the protesters for three hours.The flat buyers claimed that during elections a number of BJP candidates had promised homebuyers of Gautam Buddha Nagar that they would give them all possible assistance in securing possession. However, they alleged that nothing has been done about it yet.”We have met with state and central ministers several times and returned with verbal assurances that have not been manifested in deeds till date. I have lost all hopes of getting my dream house,” said Kamal Kaushal, a buyer.Currently, there are around 95 projects in Noida and around 190 projects in Greater Noida which are stuck due to the financial crunch.Shweta Bharti, General Secretary of Noida Extension Flat Owners’ Welfare Association (NEFOWA) said that the primary demand of the buyers was the change in the definition of ongoing projects in the Uttar Pradesh Real Estate Regulation and Development (RERA) rules.”The Central RERA says that a project is to be considered ‘ongoing’ until the possession of flats in it starts. However, the state RERA differs, saying that if a builder has applied for a completion or an occupancy certificate, the project will not be considered ‘ongoing’. Noida and Greater Noida authorities have even issued certificates to some projects without proper inspection,”she said.BUYERS’ DEMANDSIf construction work of any builder is delayed or stopped, the local government body should step in to complete it.
When complaints are lodged against builders, action should be taken by the authorities. Further, if the authorities slacken on this mandate, the government should take action on the officiating authorities.

Delhi Cops grill cabbies over allegations of gang-rape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police are checking several private cabs and taxi drivers in the area where a woman allegedly had been gang-raped after boarding the cab.Earlier the woman had alleged that she was abducted from near Ansal Plaza while waiting for a cab, late night on Tuesday and dropped in Greater Noida after she was gang-raped by a cab driver and his accomplice. An FIR was registered in this regard on Thursday evening.Police said every CCTV camera installed in the area from where she had boarded the cab is being checked to find out the accused car. Several cabs have been checked and the drivers questioned in order to nab the accused and his aide. The complainant’s help is also being taken to get a sketch of the accused made so that they can be identified.”Through technical surveillance and local intelligence we are trying to identify the accused. A case has been registered at Hauz Khas police station and the matter is being probed from all the possible angles,” a senior police officer probing the incident said.However, sources in police told DNA that some contradictions have appeared in woman’s statement which is being verified to ascertain the sequence of events.According to the police, a PCR call alleging rape was made by the complainant on Wednesday in the area of PS K N Katju Marg, reporting that late night on Tuesday she had taken a taxi from near Ansal Plaza to go to Rohini.According to the complaint, the taxi driver, after driving a few kilometres, allowed another person to board the taxi and soon, both these persons started misbehaving with her. When she tried to raise an alarm, she was threatened and they took her to the Greater Noida area and allegedly raped her.The accused also took away her gold ornaments, mangalsutra, cellphone and cash worth Rs 12,000, the woman alleged in her complaint to the police.It was then around 6 am on Wednesday that the duo dropped her near a secluded stretch in Greater Noida and drove away, the woman claimed

Woman abducted, gang-raped and robbed in South Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman was allegedly abducted from south Delhi by a cab driver and his accomplice and gangraped before being dropped at a deserted location in Greater Noida, during the early hours on Wednesday. The woman, police said, was also robbed if her jewellery and cash before being freed.According to senior police officers, a PCR call alleging rape was made by the complainant on Wednesday in the area of PS K N Katju Marg, reporting that late night on Tuesday she had taken a taxi from near Ansal Plaza to go to Rohini.”According to her complaint, the taxi driver, after driving a few kilometres, allowed another person to board the taxi and soon, both these persons started misbehaving with her. When she tried to raise alarm, she was threatened, and they took her to Greater Noida area and allegedly committed rape. The accused also took away her gold ornaments, mangal sutra, cell phone and cash Rs 12,000,” said a senior police officer.It was then around 6 am on Wednesday that the duo dropped her near a secluded stretch in Greater Noida and drove away.”Since the area from where she was allegedly taken in the taxi falls in south Delhi’s Hauz Khas area, a case has been registered and investigation has been started with no delay. CCTV footages are being checked to ascertain sequence of incidents and identify the vehicle used by two,” the officer said.The woman was also taken to a hospital for her medical examination and she is being counselled. Police teams are meanwhile raiding taxi booths in order to zero down on the area used and his accomplice.

Notice to hospital linked to minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time when Delhi is battling toxic smog, Kailash Healthcare Limited, linked to Union Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma, has been served a notice by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) regarding violation of its orders.The tribunal, on Tuesday, sought a response on a plea that has accused the hospital authorities of illegal construction, encroachment on a green belt plot, violation of NGT orders, and dust pollution in Noida, Sector-71, right besides a police station. Uma Sharma, the minsiter’s wife, is the chairman of Kailash Healthcare.According to the plea, filed by environmental activist Vikrant Tongad, a private hospital was being built on a plot marked as a ‘utility and facility’ in the Master Plan. But three months ago, the company encroached an adjacent green belt plot and felled over 10-year-old trees. The plea stated that the hospital’s construction was violating the NGT orders on dust pollution control at building sites and extraction of groundwater.Based on these primary grounds, Tongad has sought removal of the encroachment and compensation for damaging the green belt and alleged violation of the tribunal’s orders. It has also sought directions to stop extraction of groundwater and action for alleged illegal felling of trees.In an order dated December 4, 2014, the tribunal had directed that builders had to ensure that dust does not fly outside the plot, by raising wind breakers of appropriate height.In an earlier order, dated January 11, 2013, the NGT had restrained the builders from using groundwater in Noida and Greater Noida, the plea stated.Tongad told DNA that the plea was filed after he had already filed a complaint with the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) against dust pollution. Acting on his complaint, the UPPCB members visited the hospital site and found that there was no provision of sprinkling water or tarpaulins to cover the construction material, as ordered by the NGT.The UPPCB conveyed this to Dynacon Private Limited, the project developer, and asked it to comply with the NGT orders. The tribunal has ordered that those not complying with its directions on dust pollution control should be penalised.DNA’s calls and messages to Sharma, seeking his response on the issue, went unanswered. The Kailash Healthcare Limited runs a 325-bed super specialty hospital in Sector 27, Noida, and a 250-bed multi specialty hospital in Greater Noida, according to its website. It also runs hospitals in Behror, Rajasthan, Jewar and Khurja, Uttar Pradesh, Karkardooma, Delhi, and Dehradun in Uttarakhand.

Defunct cams, apathy mar Noida parking

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noida’s prime market area, Sector 18, might have all shops and spots for all necessities, but it lacks a proper parking management system. In fact, the double-lane parallel parking leaves very little room for pedestrians to even walk. Also, most of the 60 CCTV cameras installed in the complex are non-functional, while 13 that work have no recording facility.All these issues were tragically highlighted on Sunday evening, when a car being driven by a minor parking attendant ran over a 26-year-old pregnant woman, killing her instantly. The woman’s husband is reportedly in a critical condition.The car was allegedly being driven by a juvenile who was filling in for another attendant and did not even know how to drive. ‘He was a child… 14 years of age. He was probably driving for the first time,” said Rakesh Singhpuria, a parking attendant.A day after the shocking incident, instead of being more stringently managed, the parking area was left unattended. Commuters had to park cars on their own risk. Rajesh Mishra, manager of parking attendants in the area, said they did not show up, fearing that if any such incident takes place again, they would be held responsible.”We work very carefully. But if anything happens, then Mishra has to come in,” said Pappu Kumar Singh, a parking attendant. When tried to reach him again, he had switched off his phone.The Noida Authority authorises parking lots in the market. The manager refused to talk when a car, driven by the parking attendant, hit a couple Sunday night killing the pregnant women on the spot.Also, the CCTV cameras installed in the area have not been working for a long time, and those that work don’t have the recording facility. Of the 60 CCTV cameras, only 13 were found functioning, but without a recording facility. In the afternoon, two persons were seen repairing a camera. The technicians revealed that the locals cut the wires.The juvenile attendant was trying to park the car when he lost control. The car first hit other cars, before slamming into the couple walking on the footpath. The woman, who was 8-month pregnant, died on the spot and her husband was admitted to the hospital. The accused was nabbed from the spot, where he was being beaten by a crowd. The car was removed from the accident spot on Monday afternoon.

FIR registered against Air India’s former ED for stealing Jatin Das painting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An FIR has been registered against a former executive director of Air India for allegedly stealing a painting by renowned artist Jatin Das which was part of the airline’s collection,the police said.The FIR follows an internal inquiry conducted by Air India, which found that former executive director (ED) Rohita Jaidka removed the painting from Air India’s possession between 2004 and 2009.”The airline approached the police and an FIR was registered on November 11 against Jaidka and other unidentified persons,” the police said.The issue of the stolen painting came to light when Das, a Padma Bhushan awardee, wrote to the airline in June claiming that one of his paintings had gone missing and was available in the open market. The letter prompted Air India to launch an internal probe.The horizontal oil painting is titled ‘Flying Apsara’. It was commissioned in 1991 by Air India.After the incident came to light, the painting was returned to the airline headquarters “in a torn condition” from a fake address in Noida.Air India in its complaint also pegs the value of the painting at Rs 25,00,000 “as per evaluations by an art historian”.Jatin Das has himself refused to attach a value to the piece of art.

Odd-even scheme called off for now, says Arvind Kejriwal government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after the National Green Tribunal gave nod to the odd-even scheme in Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal government announced that the car-rationing plan has been put on hold for now.Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Saturday made the announcement after the emergency meeting called by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.He said that in view of the two pre-conditions set by the NGT — no exemption for two-wheelers and women drivers — the Delhi government has decided to file a review petition on Monday.Earlier on Saturday, the National Green Tribunal gave it’s order for the car rationing scheme from November 13-November 17 saying no women drivers, government servants and two-wheelers will be exempted. They also said only emergency services and CNG vehicles will be exempted from the odd-even scheme. The green board also said that the odd-even scheme will come into force by default in future if the PM2.5 level crosses 300 and PM10 goes above 500.The NGT also asked Delhi government why the car rationing scheme was not applied before and why the AAP government did not take any steps to reduce pollution before in the national capital.The board said that Delhi government should reconsider the hike of parking charges by four times.“Won’t the hike of parking fees only benefit the parking lots, and would stress people even further, thereby encouraging them to park vehicles on the roads instead, choking them in the process?” NGT asked Arvind Kejriwal’s government.The top green court also asked the Uttar Pradesh governnment for details on the number of challans in Greater Noida and Noida. Meanwhile, the Central Pollution Control Board CPCB) submitted a report to NGT saying the possibility of rain in the next 2-3 days.

Fake number plate racket likely to see an increase

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Starting Monday, the odd-even formula will be tougher to implement than imagined. As a reality check by DNA showed, if one drops in at any of the numerous shops at the outer circle of Connaught Place, central Delhi or NCR, and anywhere between 15 minutes and two hours, you can easily walk out with a new number plate for your vehicle — that too without producing the registration certificate (RC) or any other documents. Traffic cops say a close watch will be kept on the menace.Fake number plates top the list of the many challenges the government and traffic police are going to face in implementing its clean-up plan for the Capital. According to norms, a number plate can be procured only from an authorised dealer and after producing the RC of the vehicle and other related documents.However, when DNA accessed the black market, the reality seemed different. Shops providing fake registration number plates not only put on display a number of designs and styles but also did not bother to ask for document or ID proof.”We have number plates starting from Rs 250 and the costliest is Rs 3,500. While the cheapest one has sticker digits, styles vary from stylish embossed fonts to illuminated digits with custom-made logos,” said a dealer who owns a shop in Noida’s sector 16 car market.Another dealer, who has a shop in Connaught Place, says that a simple number plate would cost Rs 800 while a legal one with holograms can only be made after the customer provides transport authority’s approval. “Last year, during the scheme, demand for fake number plates was high, the same is expected this year,” he said.When asked about the flourishing hidden business of fake registration number plates — which can lead to a severe national security threat — a senior traffic police officer said, “The only way this market can be curbed is to conduct raids on such shops and take legal action.”Price rangeRs 250 to 500 with sticker digits, simple, non-styledRs 500 to 1000 embossed stylish digits, custom made designs, change of languageRs 1200 to 3500 number plates with fancy lights, golden silver design, change of fontsHidden BusinessShops at Connaught Place, Kashmere Gate, Karol Bagh and NCR provide fake number platesPrice range varies from Rs 250 to 3500 depending upon styleNo vehicle-related document or ID proof required

NCR hosp sees 30% hike in patients with breathing trouble

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The district hospital of Gautam Buddha Nagar has registered a 30 per cent hike in the number of cases with respiratory problems over the past two days, with the pollution levels touching ‘severe’ in the Delhi-NCR region.According to Anurag Bhargava, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), the district hospital has seen a 40 per cent increase in the OPD footfall of patient with respiratory stress, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the last 48 hours.”Earlier, the respiratory disorders were common in people of age above 55 years, but with the increase in pollutants, such problems are now common in people as young as 25 years,” Bhargava said.He added, “Earlier, we used to have around 350 people visiting us daily for such problems after Diwali, but now on an average we are getting 470 people from the past two days which is dangerous. We have noticed that most of the first-timers are coming from construction site areas, from Sectors- 46, 76, 77, 78, 125, and 126.Asked as to what symptoms he was witnessing, Bhargava said, “Most of the patients are complaining of irritation in the eyes. I’d suggest people stay at home and not go for morning walks, or yoga classes in the open. Pollution levels are the highest early in the day due to low wind movement.”On Thursday morning, the AQI level was recorded at 678 in Noida. The air quality is marked ‘severe’ if the index is above 400. It has been hovering between ‘very poor’ — 301 to 400 — and ‘severe’ over the last week.Considering the alarming levels of air pollution in the city, the Noida Authority has asked all construction activities to be stopped. All hot mix plants, industries doing any emissions, all transportation of building materials has been stopped immediate effect.”We have made a note of all the activities which lead to pollution to be stopped immediately. No crop residue burning in the open will take place for the few days,” said a senior authority officer.However, there is a fallout to all these efforts. Sources say that construction work is stopped, how will home-buyers get their promised flats on time?

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.

WATCH: Low visibility, smog result in vehicles crashing into each other on Yamuna Expressway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A video was circulated on social media on Wednesday that showed several vehicles piled together due to low visibility on the Yamuna Expressway. However, no casualties have been reported.According to police, the incident took place around 8:30 am near Eastern Peripheral Expressway over bridge leading towards Noida from Agra. Around seven cars smashed into each other as there was zero visibility on the roads.”A Scorpio dashed into sacks placed on the roadside after which the other cars smashed into the SUV. There were no casualties,” said Farmood Ali Pundir, station house officer of Dankaur police station.Four people were injured and rushed to the nearby hospital.According to the drivers, they couldn’t see anything on the roads which led to the mishap.”The drivers stated that they were not even driving fast as they couldn’t spot anything even 20 meters distant from their car,” Pundir added.Earlier, actor Arjun Kapoor shared the video on his Twitter page

Noida’s ‘Traffic Baba’ dies at 81

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Retired Indian Air Force (IAF) wing commander Mukul Chandra Joshi, popularly known as the ‘Traffic Baba’, died on Monday. He was 81. Joshi had been aiding the traffic police by managing traffic and creating awareness about traffic rules at various locations in Noida and Ghaziabad for the last 14 years, and had won several accolades for his selfless contribution.In a tribute to the man, Traffic Inspector (Noida) Layak Singh said: “The services of Joshi have become an example for others. He stood for hours and managed traffic, only to help people avoid inconvenience. If every one of us makes our own little contribution, things would be better. He set an example for others with his social work for the city. We were disappointed by his death. Now, we will never see him on the busy roads managing the traffic anymore.”Wearing a white gown with traffic advisories written on it and a cap to go along with it, Joshi was often seen at the intersections around the Spice Mall in Noida, distributing traffic rules related pamphlets to commuters. Every day, he gave away nearly 250 pamphlets, printed at his own expense.”He was always armed with a loudspeaker and a microphone. Often, his loudspeaker would blare, ‘Aye bhai, zara dekh ke chalo’, in a bid to convey road safety message through music. This will be missed the most on the streets of Noida. He has set an example by spreading awareness, which we don’t see often nowadays,” Singh added.Joshi was a resident of Jalvayu Vihar in Sector 25 of Noida, where he lived with his wife and son.

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

Noida builders told to follow NGT air pollution guidelines

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Noida Authority has ordered all the builders in Gautam Buddha Nagar area to strictly follow the National Green Tribunal (NGT) guidelines on air pollution around their construction sites. In this regard, the officials of the Noida Authority had called a meeting with the CREDAI members and builders on Wednesday.The meeting was held after expressing concerns over rising air pollution in Noida by Bhure Lal, Chairman of Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA), a Supreme Court-appointed body, who had asked the Noida Authority to crack down on builders flouting environment norms.”The guidelines released by the NGT said that a realtor, individual or contractor needs to take many precautions during construction activity. Some of the guidelines included protection of vegetation around a construction site, sprinkling water to settle the dust, and covering debris with a sheet to prevent spreading of dust. The NGT order directed all authorities to implement these guidelines. We have warned the builders that if they do not follow the NGT norms, they will have to face severe consequences,” said Lal.Lal undertook an inspection in Noida on Saturday morning last week with the officials of the Noida Authority. He expressed his displeasure at the working of the authority. He visited various construction sites in sectors 125,126, 75, 76, 77 and 78 and found that environmental and building norms set by the national bodies are being openly flouted. Many projects were going on without safety measures — there was no screening for dust control, water was not sprinkled on soil, and debris was kept on the roadside.On Monday, Bhure Lal wrote a letter to the Uttar Pradesh chief secretary to ensure dug-up roads, unpaved stretches and other public spaces in Noida are refurbished to reduce air pollution.The letter also states that Noida’s air monitoring station located at Amity University along the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway needs to be calibrated because it is showing a high level of pollution, which is incorrect, a UPPCB officials said.EPCA chairman also asked the state government to calibrate the automatic air quality monitoring system as it is “not giving correct analysis” of the air quality index (AQI). In 1998, the Central government, acting on the order of the Supreme Court, had constituted the EPCA, which has the mandate to work on mitigating pollution in Delhi-NCR. After Lal asked the officials to calibrate the automatic air monitoring station at the Amity University, the updates on AQI have been suspended.

Cop kills self by jumping in front of Metro in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 50-year-old policeman — broken by his deteriorating health – ended his life on Wednesday by jumping in front of a metro train at Uttam Nagar metro station. A suicide note found in Sub Inspector Hans Ram Barala’s shirt pocket said his prolonged illness had driven him to take the extreme step. The incident occurred at around 11 am; Barala is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Metro) Pankaj Kumar Singh, Barala – who originally hailed from Rajathan and resided in Uttam Nagar — had been on leave for three months after being diagnosed for stomach tuberculosis. “He had been under heavy medical treatment and was also admitted to a hospital,” he added.”He jumped in front of a metro train going to Noida,” said a senior CISF officer. “The shift in-charge Sub Inspector Pankaj Patwari and Controller Shailender Singh pulled up Barala’s body with the help of the other staff. It was taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital for post mortem.”

DMRC to revamp 15 metro stations to combat rush

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

‘Bhakt’ auto driver names newborn ‘GST’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While people, in general, want to name their kids after famous people and celebrities, a 26-year-old auto driver has named his son as GST. Yes, you heard it right!In July, India’s biggest tax reform GST (Goods and Services Tax) after independence came into effect after 17 tumultuous years of debate, unifying more than a dozen central and state levies, but doubts remained if the transition to a national sales tax will be without any glitches.Yaswant Singh, the auto-driver who lives in Noida Sector -63 got so much influenced with the unified tax that he named his newborn son as GST Singh Pal.Speaking to DNA, Singh stated, “I was very much influenced by Prime Minister’ Narendra Modis GST system. I also like his speeches, they are really inspirational. I wanted my son’s name to be unique. None of the parents must have ever thought of naming their child as GST. I like this name very much and this will remain forever. I want my son to achieve a good education and will do everything a father can. So, what could be better than this name, so we named our newly born baby as GST,” he added.”Last year, demonetisation took place and we suffered a lot from it but now we have overcome that and have realised that the moves made by PM Modi only affected rich people. It is for the country and we support him in every way.Earlier, I had to take a loan from my relatives also due to demonetisation but I am happy. We think demonetisation and GST will definitely be good for our country,” he further added.”We were mocked by our relatives for keeping this name but we are not going to change it. As GST brought a lot of good changes to the country, in a similar way, our son will also bring good changes to our family,” he said.

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.

Aarushi Talwar case: Acquitted parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar break silence, say ‘it was very emotional moment, we were missing her’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Exactly a fortnight after the Allahabad High Court acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar for the murder of their only daughter Aarushi Talwar, the dentist couple finally broke their silence on Saturday.In an almost 20-minute long interview released on Hotstar, the couple spoke about those moments when they heard that they would walk freed from the Dasna Jail in Ghaziabad.’It was a very emotional moment for us, we were thinking about Aarushi at that time, were missing her,’ mother Nupur spoke emotionally about the fateful day the verdict came.In the video statement titled ‘Unsolved Aarushi Murder: The Talwars Break Their Silence’ available on the video streaming app and site, Rajesh Talwar talks about going back to the society. The dentist says ‘it would be scary to face the world’.The parents spoke about their 14-year-old daughter who was found murdered in a pool of blood inside her bedroom in Noida’s Jalvayu Vihar.’Losing Aarushi is completely irreparable, this void can’t be filled in this lifetime people,’ the parents said.On biggest question that ‘who killed Aarushi,’ Nupur said ‘God is the biggest judge’.On their stay in the jail, they spoke about their struggle and their work as jail dentists. They said that the work helped them to cope with the situation.’We just survived,’ Talwars said. On their life after the October 12 acquittal, Talwars said that people’s perception has changed.Talking about an incident at the Golden Temple, where they went after the verdict, Rajesh Talwar said, ‘a sevadar helped us.”He recognised us and allowed us to go without line…he said wrong has been done to you,’Rajesh Talwar said.On the court’s acquittal, they said that a wrong has been righted. ‘It’s almost like complete exoneration.’On future life, Rajesh said that ‘now we want to live with Aarushi’s memories and work for her.’Talking about Krishna, the compounder at their Noida clinic, Talwars said that they had very limited interaction with him.However, they didn’t say a word on ‘who killed Hemraj’, the domestic help, whose body was found on their flat’s terrace two days after Aarushi’s murder.But Rajesh Talwar added, ‘he (Hemraj) was working for us, he was a victim, I feel for him.’

Class fight turns fatal in city school, 14-year-old boy dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 14-year-old boy was killed after he got into a fight with his classmate during school, on Thursday morning. The police said that the boy fell unconscious after he was pushed and hit against a desk in his classroom. The accused boy has been apprehended.The incident took place around 11:45 am in northeast Delhi’s Karawal Nagar. According to senior police officers, the victim, Avdhesh, a student of seventh standard in Saraswati Vidhya Public School, who lived with his parents in Shiv Vihar, got into a quarrel with his classmate.”As told by the school authorities, during the fight, the other boy pushed Avdhesh and hit him against a desk, after which he fell unconscious. Other students of the class then informed the teachers and the boy was rushed a nearby nursing home in Indra Puri, Loni, where the doctors declared him brought dead,” informed a police officer.The police said the body was sent for a post-mortem examination, however, no injury marks were visible on the victim’s body. Parents were informed and a case was registered under relevant sections.DCP northeast, Ajit Singla said,”We have registered a case and the boy who had indulged in a fight with the deceased child has been apprehended. The matter is being probed, and teachers and other students, who are believed to have witnessed the incident, are being questioned to establish the sequence of incidents.”This, however, is not the only incident which has claimed the life of a student in a school. In August this year, a nine-year-old boy, studying in a private school in Ghaziabad, died under suspicious circumstances after he allegedly slipped and fell in the corridor of the second floor of the school. In July, a minor girl was raped in a private school cab in west Delhi by its driver and in January, a class two student died mysteriously in her school in Noida, after she fell unconscious while participating in a karate competition.The family of Avdhesh, however, claims that their child was beaten to death and the delay in providing immediate medical care led to his demise.”My younger son and Avdhesh both left for school normally. I got a call around 12:30 pm from school informing that my child is serious. When I reached the nursing home, I saw my child was dead. My younger son, who was in the classroom right next to where the incident took place saw his brother unconscious and raised an alarm,” said the child’s father, Arvind, who works as a labourer.He further alleged, the teachers and students were sent out of school and my child was not rushed to hospital as the school administration tried to treat him in school, on their own.”After failing, he was taken to a nursing home on a bike when my younger son pleaded with them. My son can identify the accused and we want police to arrest all the accused,” the father added.SCHOOL OF HORRORSAugust 2017A nine-year-old boy, studying in a private school in Ghaziabad, died under suspicious circumstances after he allegedly slipped and fell in a corridor of the school buildingJuly 2017A minor girl was raped in a private school cab in west Delhi by its driverJanuary 2017A class two student died mysteriously in her school in Noida after she fell unconscious while participating in a karate competitionSeptember 2016A four-year-old was sexually assaulted inside her school in West Delhi’s Vikaspuri areaJuly 2017A four-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her school van driver in outer Delhi’s Baba Haridass Nagar areaJune 2016A 17-year-old girl was gang raped by two men in a private school in Jagatpuri area of DelhiJanuary 2016A six-year-old boy was found dead in his school’s water reservoir in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj

Commuters stranded due to snag on Metro’s Blue Line

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Metro’s Blue Line —Dwarka to Noida City Centre — became a nightmare for commuters on Saturday, when the services remained affected for over 40 minutes due to a technical glitch. The snag occurred at the time when the stations were witnessing a festive rush on the occasion of Bhai Dooj.The technical snag occurred at 9.20 am, at a time when metro stations usually witness heavy footfall.Afterwards, train services were suspended with commuters complaining that no prior announcement was made about it.”There was a massive crowd at the Rajiv Chowk metro station, which created a stampede-like situation. Entry to the stations was stopped and those inside were not allowed to go out,” said Sanjay Tyagi, a commuter.Commuters also faced hardship at other busy metro stations, including Yamuna Bank, Mayur Vihar Phase-1, Noida Sector 16 and 18, among others.According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the snag occurred when the pantograph, which supplies power from the overhead wire to the train, got entangled in overhead equipment (OHE) of a train between Rajiv Chowk and R K Ashram section. This happened while the metro was approaching Rajiv Chowk station.”As a result, train services were regulated on Line-3 between 9.20 to 10.05 am in the short loop between Yamuna Bank and Noida/Vaishali, between Karol Bagh and Dwarka Sector 21 and in single line between Karol Bagh and Yamuna Bank section,” the DMRC said in a statement.The DMRC informed the OHE team who then undertook the restoration work at the affected section on the downline and the train was removed from service at 10.05 am, after which the train movement was restored.”Till then, the crowd at the metro station swelled up. The first metro that came at around 10.08 am was heavily overcrowded,” said Ritwik Singh, a student.BREAKDOWNAccording to the DMRC, the snag occurred when the pantograph, which supplies power from the overhead wire to the train, got entangled in overhead equipment of a train between Rajiv Chowk and RK Ashram section.

Girl falls into silo, burns to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 12-year old girl met a tragic end after she was engulfed in a hot silo while searching for cow dung in order to perform Govardhan Puja at her village in Noida’s sector- 63 area. The bitumen-concrete mixing plant has a mixture of various materials and the girl was trying to reach the other side to pick up cow dung when she fell in the hot mixture, and was charred to death.According to the police, the victim has been identified as 12 year-old Kritika Mishra, a resident of Chhajarsi and a Class 8 student in a private school in the neighbourhood.Narrating the ordeal, Himanshu Mishra, who had accompanied Kritika told DNA, “I went along with Kritika to fetch cow dung. While returning we were walking on a mound alongside the plant, when she accidentally slipped into the silo containing molten tar,” he said.An alarmed Himanshu immediately ran to inform Kritika’s family. “I was preparing for the puja, when Himanshu came running and informed us that Kritika had slipped into a hot silo. We immediately rushed to the spot to rescue her, but by then she was completely charred to death. We tried to enter the silo using a ladder, but the temperature in the silo was too high for anyone to enter it. Finally the body was recovered using a JCB machine,” said Alka Mishra, the deceased’s mother.“I work as a maid but I always dreamed of making her a teacher. She was a bright student. I had been saving money for her education all the time. Now, she is no more and the house would not be the same without her,” she said.After the accident, locals held a demonstration at the plant and alleged that the bitumen-concrete hot-mix plant was being illegally operated in the area, and is a source of noise and air pollution in the locality.COMMON MAN PAYS THE PRICEAccording to locals, despite a ban put into place, by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in August 2015, prohibiting use of hot mix plants, which are being operated without proper environmental protection, these plants continue to operate in Noida.
With the authorities turning a blind eye to them, the common man is the once always paying the price.

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