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ED files charge sheet against Misa Bharti, husband

More trouble lay in store for Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Yadav’s family on Saturday with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filing a charge sheet against his daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Misa Bharti and her husband in a money laundering case. The ED action came on a day a Ranchi court convicted Yadav in a fodder scam case.Bharti, her husband Shailesh Kumar and their company Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd, among others, were named in the charge sheet filed in a Delhi court for allegedly laundering Rs 1.20 crore.The case was registered by the ED following investigations into a complaint filed by Serious Fraud Investigating Office (SFIO) about a Rs 8,000 crore money-laundering racket involving two Delhi-based brothers, Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain, who were accused of using shell companies to help others route money.The ED had earlier attached a farmhouse ‘Palam Farms’ in south-west Delhi belonging to the couple in connection with the case.The Jain brothers, who were arrested, were accused of laundering unaccounted money through the process of placement of funds, layering of transactions and final integration of laundering money into the banking channel camouflaged as legitimate share premium transactions, the ED said.The ED investigation found that 1.20 lakh shares of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd were bought during 2007-08 and 2008-09 at Rs 100 per share by four shell companies, three of which were managed by the Jain brothers. These shares were later bought by Bharti at Rs 12 per share in 2009.It said a chartered accountant Rajesh Agrawal, who “mediated and provided” Rs 90 lakh to the Jain brothers in advance so as to invest in Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd as share premium while another has provided Rs 30 lakh to Santosh Kumar Shah, who was running the fourth shell company.According to the ED, the couple have “laundered unaccounted money of Rs 1.20 crore by taking accommodation entries from Jain Brothers and Shah, through mediators, in the form of share capital and share premium by various shell companies controlled by them.”The agency later conducted searches in several places. “Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd was registered at the address 25, Tuglak Road, New Delhi till the shares were brought by Bharti. It was only during the year 2009-10 that the address was changed to Farm No. 26 Palam Farms. Misa Bharti and Shailesh Kumar were the directors of the company during the relevant period,” an ED statement said

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Failed actor, Khalnayak gangster nabbed in raid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An ardent Sanjay Dutt fan inspired by the actor’s Khalnayak character, wanted for a series of attempts to murder, thefts, robberies and snatching, was arrested on Sunday by the Delhi Police in a raid.Senior officials said that the accused told them he wanted to earn quick money to become influential enough to try his luck at the Bollywood but failed. A pistol and a stolen motorcycle was recovered from him.According to police officers, the accused landed in the trap when a special drive to curb the menace of auto lifting and snatching was initiated in southwest district by a team from the district special staff led by Sub Inspector Naveen Kumar. DCP South-West, Shibesh Singh said that various gangs active in the area were brought under the police radar and their modus operandi was analysed.”During this exercise the team received a specific tip-off that one criminal Deepak alias Pradeep, known as Sanju Baba in his friends circle — previously involved in several cases of chain snatching, auto-thefts and also wanted in eight cases of attempt to murder — is active in the district. It was learnt that the criminal would come to Ganda Nala road near Kakrola Mod on Saturday. Keeping this in mind, a trap was laid and the accused Deepak was arrested. One loaded country made pistol and a stolen motorcycle was recovered from him at the time of arrest,” the DCP said.Police said the accused is a permanent resident of Pataudi in Haryana. He has studied upto Class VII and fell in bad company, when he got addicted to drugs.”Since his adolescence he wanted to become a Bollywood star and was inspired by Sanjay Dutt and his role of a gangster in films like Khalnayak and Vastav. He started copying the actor and soon became famous as Sanju Baba in his friend circle. He started committing chain snatchings and auto-theft with his younger brother Nitin. He was first arrested with Nitin in 2008 in an attempt to murder case of Palam Village. After getting released from jail, his brother Nitin started committing robberies and snatchings and a reward of Rs. 50,000 was declared for his arrest. He was also involved in criminal activities with his brother,” the officer said.Singh added that Deepak went to Mumbai in 2013 to start his dream career in films but ended up spending all his money without success. He returned to Delhi and became addicted to drugs which further pushed him into the crime-world.

Misa’s farmhouse attached in money laundering case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major setback for Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday, attached a farmhouse in New Delhi in connection with its money laundering investigation against her and husband Shailesh Kumar.Palam Farms, located in south-west Delhi’s Bijwasan, has been attached provisionally under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and it was purchased allegedly using Rs 1.2 crore laundered in 2008-09, the ED said.It belongs to Bharti, a Rajya Sabha MP, and her husband Shailesh Kumar and is “held in the name of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd”.The ED had conducted raids at three farmhouses owned by Bharti and Kumar on July 8 following the arrest of two brothers, Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain, who alleged laundered around Rs 8,000 crore using shell companies.The agency had also arrested a chartered accountant Rajesh Agrawal who allegedly provided “Rs 90 lakh to the Jain brothers in advance to invest in Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd as share premium”. Bharti and Kumar are alleged to have been directors of this firm in the past.”Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd was registered at the address 25, Tuglak Road, New Delhi till the shares were bought by Bharti. It was only in 2009-10 that the address was changed to 26, Palam Farms, VPO Bijwasan. Bharti and Kumar were the directors of the company during the relevant period,” the ED said.According to the ED, one of the beneficiaries of Jain brothers was Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd, which laundered unaccounted money of Rs. 1.20 crore by “taking accommodation entries in the form of share capital and share premium by various shell companies controlled by the Jains. This laundered money was utilised for purchase of a farm house at Bijwasan.”The ED claimed that 1.20 lakh shares of Mishail Packers and Printers were bought during 2007-08 and 2008-09 at Rs 100 per share by four shell companies — Shalini Holdings Ltd, Ad-Fin Capital Services(India) Pvt Ltd, Mani Mala Delhi Properties Pvt Ltd and Diamond Vinimay Pvt Ltd. The first three were controlled by the Jains while the fourth was managed by S K Shah. “The 1.20 lakh shares were bought by Misa Bharti at the price of Rs 12 per share in 2009,” the ED said.PALAM FARMSED had conducted raids at three farmhouses owned by Bharti and Kumar on July 8
Palam Farms is held in the name of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd
ED says it was purchased using Rs 1.2 crore laundered in 2008-09

Benami case: Tejashwi Yadav, mother Rabri Devi quizzed by Income Tax officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD Chief Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav were question by the Income Tax department in connection with the alleged Benami property case in Patna on Tuesday.The I-T department and the Investigating Officer (IO) of the Rs 1,000 crore case recorded their statements.A special I-T team from Delhi has flown to Bihar capital to assist the IO of the case and take the probe forward, the offcials said.The department had earlier questioned Lalu Prasad’s MP daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar in the case.The department had served notices of attachment of assets in June to Lalu, Rabri, Tejashwi ( former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister) and Lalu’s daughters Chanda, Ragini Yadav, Bharti and son-in-law Kumar.It had attached about a dozen plots and buildings in Delhi and Bihar including a farm house and land in the Palam Vihar area, a residential building in the upmarket New Friends Colony area of south Delhi, nine plots on a 256.75 decimal land area in Phulwari Sharif area in Patna, where a shopping mall was being constructed, among few others in the same area in Bihar’s capital.The department has said these alleged benami assets bear a “deed” value of about Rs 9.32 crore but the taxman has estimated their current market value at Rs 170-180 crore.Benami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name the property has been purchased.The Lalu family has called these cases to be borne out of “political vendetta” againt them. The department is also expected to file a complaint in a competent court against the Lalu Prasad family in this case.

Overcast sky in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhiites today woke up to partly cloudy sky with the minimum temperature settling at 26.5 degree Celsius. According to MeT department, humidity recorded at 8.30 am was 85 per cent even as it did not cause discomfort to the people of Delhi. The weatherman has predicted light rains in some areas later in the day. “The skies will remain partly cloudy and the maximum temperature is expected to hover around 33 degree Celsius,” an said. Yesterday, rains lashed the national capital, bringing much needed respite from hot conditions. The Safdarjung observatory, figures of which are considered official for the city, had received 26 mm rainfall, while areas under Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar recorded 23.6 mm, 19.4 mm, 4.4 mm and 2 mm rainfall respectively. The minimum temperature was yesterday recorded at 26 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature settled at 29.6 degree Celsius.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman files complaint against senior employee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 30-year-old woman, working in a multinational company in Sector 21, lodged a sexual harassment complaint on Friday against a senior official in her company.The victim mentioned in her statement to the police, “We became friends while working together. He was quite upset with his wife. After a few days, he told me that he was going to divorce his wife and then forced me to get into a physical relationship with him. When I resisted, he threatened me that he would hamper my professional life. He even said that if I talk about this to anyone then he will make sure that I lose my job.”Praveen Malik, SHO, Palam Vihar police station said,”The accused has been identified and the investigation is underway. Hopefully, we will be able to arrest him soon.” An FIR has been registered under Section 345 A at Palam Vihar police station.

More trouble for Lalu Prasad Yadav and family, as I-T to file criminal prosecution against family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax Department will soon file a prosecution complaint against some family members of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, including his daughter Misa Bharti, in connection with its probe into land deals worth Rs 1,000 crore, officials privy to the investigation said.They said the agency will file the complaint in a competent court against at least six family members of Lalu, against whom it recently slapped charges under the new and stringent anti-benami assets act.Some of them, including Bharti and her husband Shailesh, may also be summoned again for further questioning in the case, they said.
ALSO READ Breakup blues: How Lalu Prasad is getting back at Nitish Kumar with Srijan scam The department had served notices of attachment of assets in June to Lalu, his wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi, son and former Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, daughters Chanda and Ragini Yadav, MP daughter Bharti and son-in-law Kumar.The I-T department had attached about a dozen plots and buildings in Delhi and Bihar including a farm house and land in the Palam Vihar area, a residential building in the upmarket New Friends Colony area of south Delhi, nine plots on a 256.75 decimal land area in Phulwari Sharif area in Patna, where a shopping mall was being constructed, among few others in the same area in Bihar’s capital.The department has said these alleged benami assets bear a “deed” value of about Rs 9.32 crore but the taxman has estimated their current market value at Rs 170-180 crore.Benami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name (benamidar) the property has been purchased.The Lalu family has called these cases to be borne out of “political vendetta” againt them.

Another mysterious braid chopping incident reported from Uttarakhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Another incident of braid chopping under mysterious circumstances has been reported from the Udham Singh Nagar’s Kichha area. A woman identified as Shyama Devi fell unconscious on the road outside her house and as she regaining consciousness, her braid was found lying on the ground. Shyama was later rushed to the nearby hospital where she is being treated and a case has been registered in a nearby Police station. ?We came from her brother home. She went inside our house first and later I called her out for some work. As soon as she came out, she fell consciousness on the road outside our house and when she regains consciousness, her braid were chopped off. Lots of people were there in that area when the incident took place,? said Mewaram Kashyap, husband of the victim. Earlier on August 4, three more cases of braid chopping were reported from Begumpur and Prashant Vihar areas in New Delhi. A case was also registered in connection with the incident that took place in Delhi’s Begumpur area. In another similar case, a woman in Delhi’s Palam claimed to have become the victim of the hair chopping twice. She said that her hair was chopped off when she was on her way to the bank and again when she went to the washroom. Earlier last week, three similar cases were reported where a woman and her three daughters have complained that their hair was cut mysteriously.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DDA ‘declined’ proposal for solid waste management site in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly and DDA member Vijender Gupta today claimed that the urban body has declined the proposal for setting up a solid waste management facility in Maidan Gari area in south Delhi. In a statement, Gupta said the South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s proposal for setting up the facility near IGNOU campus, was rejected, because the proposed site was “near a heavily built-up area”. “It is near the IGNOU campus, the proposed South Asian University campus, the Asola Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary and the DDA’s proposed Tilpat Valley Biodiversity Park; water bodies, catchment and water recharged areas of water sources, an old and famous religious place and air tunnel of Palam Airport,” Gupta said in the statement. However, senior DDA officials, when contacted, could not immediately confirm the claim. Gupta further said residents of nearby villages have been “opposing the establishment of the facility at the proposed site, since long”. “The DDA, upon considering the demand of the villagers and residents, had constituted a board of inquiry…on December last year. “The inquiry board after going through the ground realities and representation by people opposing the solid waste management plant at the proposed site, recommended in its report to the DDA, for rejection of the proposal,” Gupta said, adding he was part of the board of inquiry.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

1 held for duping people in the name of govt’s Ladli Scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man has been arrested for allegedly duping people on the pretext of speeding up their application process for the Ladli Scheme of the Delhi government. Deputy Commissioner of Police (south-west) Surender Kumar said following a complaint, the accused, Raj Gupta (34), was arrested on June 25 from the Palam area. According to the police, the accused had duped many by taking money from them in the name of the scheme. He used to take the money on the pretext of getting their work done. Soon after taking money from the people, the accused used to shift his base. Gupta used to take anywhere between Rs 1,000 and Rs 7,000 from the people. He had recently shifted his office from Vikaspuri to Noida. Around 200 forms of the scheme have been seized from his possession, the police said. Under the scheme, a financial aid is provided to girls in term deposits — Rs 11,000 if she was born in a hospital or Rs 10,000 if the delivery took place at home and subsequently, an amount of Rs 5,000 is deposited to her account whenever she crosses any of the following milestones — classes I, VI, IX, XI and XII.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Humid day in Delhi, no rain in sight: Weather office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a humid day in the national capital today with the maximum temperature hovering around 42 degrees Celsius in parts of the city. The Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered official for the city, registered a maximum temperature of 39.6 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year. The minimum temperature recorded by it settled at 28.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above the normal. The areas under Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Aayangar recorded a maximum temperature of 42, 39.8, 40.8 and 41.0 degrees, respectively, said a MeT department official. The humidity level oscillated between 58 and 29 per cent. The MeT office has predicted overcast conditions with a possibility of thunderstorm and dust storm in some areas for tomorrow. “The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 39 and 28 degrees Celsius, respectively,” the weatherman said. Yesterday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 41.6 and 29 degrees Celsius, respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Light rains in parts of Delhi, mercury down by 7 notches

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Light rains and thunderstorm occurred in parts of the national capital in the evening bringing the mercury down by seven notches. The temperature fell by seven notches at 9 PM and settled at 31.2 degrees Celsius, a MeT department official said. The Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered official for the city, registered a maximum temperature of 38.3 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, while the minimum temperature was 23.8 degrees Celsius, a notch above the normal. The Palam observatory registered a high of 38.8 degrees Celsius, while areas under Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar recorded day temperatures of 38 degrees Celsius, 39 degrees Celsius and 38.4 degrees Celsius, respectively, the official said. Humidity levels oscillated between 55 and 22 per cent. The MeT office has predicted overcast conditions along with the possibility of thunder and lightning for tomorrow. “The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 38 degrees Celsius and 23 degrees Celsius, respectively,” the MeT official said. Yesterday, the maximum and minimum temperatures had settled at 37.8 degrees Celsius and 25.6 degrees Celsius, respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Heat wave across North, Western India set to abate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The prolonged April heat wave that has blazed over North, Northwest and Western India for the past week is set to abate. A Western Disturbance (WD), currently over Jammu and Kashmir, will infuse cool air over these regions, bringing down day-time temperatures, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said.The drop in temperatures will come as a relief for those in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) which has seen weather records tumble last week. The Palam observatory recorded 44.9 degree Celsius last week and it was the highest temperature recorded in the past decade.The impact of the WD was felt on Saturday as parts of Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) saw thundershowers, dust storms and a drop in temperatures. Even Churu in Rajasthan, that was the hottest place in India on Friday at 46 degree Celsius, recorded a two-degree drop in temperatures.A WD is a low-pressure system that originates over the Mediterranean, Caspian and Black Seas and moves eastward and usually passes over the Himalayas. The impact of these WD’s is spread as far as Central India.”A WD is over Jammu and Kashmir and another one is over Afghanistan as an upper air cyclonic circulation. This will help in a gradual temperature drop. Also, the heat wave across the Northern and North Western parts is as good as over. We are not likely to see another heat wave in these parts till May,” said a senior IMD official. Odisha is the only place that is likely to see heat wave conditions in isolated pockets, the IMD said in its bulletin on Saturday.In IMD parlance, it is a heat wave if the maximum temperature is four to five degrees above normal for two or more days while a severe heat wave is declared if maximum temperature is seven degrees above normal or above 47 degree Celsius. For the hills, daytime temperatures touching 30 degree Celsius or above is considered as heat wave conditions. The IMD had said in February that Northwest India was going to be hotter than the rest of the country this summer, with temperatures “likely to be more than 1 degree Celsius above normal.”Meanwhile, across most of Northeast, there will be moderate to heavy rainfall as an upper air cyclonic circulation prevails. The IMD said on Saturday that Assam and Meghalaya will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the coming days while Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura will see heavy rains.

Delhi reels under heat wave, mercury soars to 44 deg C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The national capital today reeled under a heat wave with the mercury soaring to 44 degrees in some parts of the city. The maximum temperature as recorded by the Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered the official figure for the city, stood at 42.5 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season’s average, making it the hottest day in April since 2010 when the temperature had settled at 43.7 degrees Celsius. The Palam observatory registered a high of 44.4 degrees, while areas under Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar recorded a maximum temperature of 42.2, 43.4 and 43.4 degrees Celsius respectively, a MeT department official said. The minimum temperature was recorded at 25.4 degrees Celsius, four notches above the normal, the official said. Humidity levels oscillated between 47 and 15 per cent. The Met office predicted overcast conditions for tomorrow. “The skies will be partly cloudy. The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 41 and 25 degrees Celsius, respectively,” the official said. Yesterday, maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 42.5 and 24.9 degrees Celsius, respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Theft of oil from transformers: BSES seeks police help

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Private power distribution company BSES has sought help of police to prevent theft of oil from its transformers after such cases spurted in the past few weeks leading to power outage in many areas in the national capital. Such incidents had taken place earlier too, but the number was substantially less. There has been a sudden spurt in such cases in the past few weeks when oil was stolen from 70 transformers in different areas covered by BSES, said a spokesperson of the discom. “The company has written to senior police officers seeking action against gang of oil thieves. On its part, BSES too has increased surveillance and deployed teams to keep an eye on such thefts,” he said. In the wee hours today, oil was stolen from a transformer in Chander Vihar near IP Extension. Cases of theft of oil from transformers have been reported from Neb Sarai, Sarita Vihar, Palam, Raghubir Nagar, R K Puram, Baldev Park, Nirman Vihar and some other areas, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi receives Bangladesh PM Hasina in New Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today landed in New Delhi to kickstart her four-day visit to the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi received his counterpart at the Palam Technical Airport. Officials from Prime Minister Hasina’s entourage took selfies with Prime Minister Modi. The two leaders are expected to hold official talks on a range of issues including an inter-governmental agreement on civil nuclear energy. According to Dhaka Tribune, India and Bangladesh may sign around 35 deals and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on trade and commerce, economy and connectivity, and on defence related issues. The MoUs will include prevention of human trafficking, blue economy and maritime cooperation in the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean, use of Chittagong and Mongla seaports, Indian economic zone, and joint research on oceanography of the Bay of Bengal. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Joint Secretary Sripriya Ranganathan on Thursday said that India was expecting to sign over 20 agreements with Bangladesh during this visit. The Bangladesh Government on Monday approved the draft of a proposal to establish a new passenger bus service between Dhaka in Bangladesh and Kolkata in India via Khulna. The draft of the proposal was approved in a weekly Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Hasina. The visit will be aimed at expanding bilateral trade, boosting investment, connectivity and sub-regional assistance. India is likely to offer USD 500 million Line of Credit to Bangladesh for defence exports from the country during the visit. It is unlikely that the Teesta water sharing agreement would be signed. During her stay in New Delhi, Prime Minister Hasina will call on President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari. The Bangladesh Prime Minister will be staying at the President House as a special guest during her stay.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Light rains, overcast skies bring heat down in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Light scattered rains accompanied by thunderstorms and overcast skies for most of the day gave respite to Delhi’ites from the heat today. The Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered as official for the city, noted the maximum temperature settling at 36.3 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s normal, a Met department said. The minimum temperature was recorded at 21.8 degrees Celsius, also three notches above the season’s average, the official said. The Palam observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 39.1 degrees Celsius. “Traces of rainfall were recorded in some parts of the city,” the official added. The humidity level oscillated between 62 to 24 per cent. The weather department has forecast likelihood of rain, dust storm and thunderstorm due to an active western disturbance across northwest India across the Delhi and NCR for tomorrow. “The skies will be partly cloudy. There is a possibility of rain accompanied by dust storm and thunderstorm for tomorrow. “The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover at 35 and 23 degrees Celsius, respectively,” the weatherman said. Yesterday, the city had registered a maximum temperature of 39 degrees Celsius, seven notches above the season’s average, while the minimum temperature settled at 21.4 degrees Celsius.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi records season’s hottest morning at 23.9 deg C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi recorded the hottest morning of the season today with the minimum temperature settling at 23.9 degrees Celsius. The Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered as official for the city, registered a minimum temperature of 23.9 degrees Celsius, five notches above the normal, making it the hottest morning of the season, said a MeT department official. The Palam observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 23 degrees Celsius, he said. Humidity level was recorded at 55 per cent. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 38 degrees Celsius, he said. The weatherman has predicted that the mercury will see a dip after April 4.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM pays homage to soldiers, says their valour will be

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid homage to four army men, including a Major, who died fighting militants in two encounters in Kashmir and said the country will always remember their valour and sacrifice. He laid wreaths on the bodies of the soldiers at the Palam Airport here where the mortal remains were brought today from Srinagar. On the occasion, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat briefed the Prime Minister on the encounters in which the casualties took place. “Paid tributes to the brave men who lost their lives fighting terrorists in J&K. India will always remember their valour & sacrifice,” Modi tweeted later. The Prime Minister was returning from Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh after addressing an election rally there when he paid his last respects to the bravehearts. Major S Dahiya and three other soldiers were killed yesterday in two encounters in Kashmir. Dahiya was killed in an encounter in Kralgund area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district where security forces gunned down three militants hiding in a residential house. Three other army men were killed in an encounter in Hajin area of Bandipora district after security forces cordoned off the area following information about presence of militants there.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman lodges rape case after 8 yrs, court discharges man

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 59-year-old man, who was accused of raping a woman in 1999 on the pretext of marrying her, has been discharged by a Delhi court which said there was an unexplained delay of nearly eight years in lodging an FIR. The court said neither the 47-year-old woman raised any alarm, nor did she lodge a report with the police against alleged forcible sex by the man in Rajasthan at the time of the alleged incident. “The delay of one or two days in lodging the FIR may be bonafide, reasonable and justified in the facts and circumstances of a given case. However, in the present case there is a delay of about eight years in lodging the FIR,” Additional Sessions Judge Praveen Kumar said. However, the court, while discharging the man, said mere delay cannot be a ground to disbelieve the entire case of the police, but the effect of delay has to be understood in light of the explanation forthcoming. It noted that even after returning to Delhi, the woman had not lodged the FIR and had approached the police only in March last year after considerable unexplained delay. It noted that the woman was taken to hospital for medical examination in March 2016 when she lodged the FIR, but there was no medical evidence to support her version. The court discharged the accused, saying it was of the opinion that the material placed before it does not disclose grave suspicion against the man for framing charges against him for the offences of rape and criminal intimidation. The woman had lodged an FIR with Palam Village police station alleging that in 1999, she had come in contact with the man who claimed to be a religious figure. He took her to Ajmer on the pretext of performing rituals, stayed in a hotel where the accused repeatedly raped her, she alleged, adding the accused continued raping her for the next four years on the pretext of marriage and also threatened her of dire consequences. Advocate S K Gupta, who was representing the man, argued that there were improvements in the woman’s statements and the accused has been falsely implicated with malafide intention. He further contended that there was delay in lodging the FIR and no prima facie case for the alleged offence was made out against the accused.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mainly clear skies in capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mainly clear skies prevailed in the national capital today even as foggy conditions in the morning hours delayed a few flights and 45 north-bound trains while 24 others were rescheduled. There were some minor delays in flight operations because of the weather but there was no cancellation or diversion due to visibility, said an airport official. The visibility was recorded at 450 metres at 5.30 AM at Safdarjung which after three hours reduced to 150 metres before significantly improving to 1,400 metres at 11.30 AM. At Palam, the visibility was 50 metres at 5.30 AM and was recorded below 50 meters at 8.30 AM. It improved to 800 metres at 11.30 AM, said a MeT department official. The minimum temperature was recorded at 8.6 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, while the maximum temperature settled at 23.2 degrees Celsius, a notch above season’s average. The humidity oscillated between 100 and 45 per cent. The MeT office has predicted partly cloudy skies for tomorrow with the likelihood of moderate to dense fog in the morning. “The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 22 and 8 degrees Celsius, respectively,” said the weatherman. Yesterday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 22.3 degrees and 9.4 degrees Celsius respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dense fog disrupts rail, air services in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Windy conditions today prevailed in the national capital where dense fog in the morning hours caused cancellation of eights flights and delay of 139 others, even as 35 trains were running behind schedule. The visibility was recorded at 300 metres at 5.30 AM at Safdarjung which after three hours dropped to around 50 metres before significantly improving to 1500 metres at 11.30 AM. At Palam, the visibility was constant at 50 metres both at 5.30 AM and 8.30 AM. It improved to 600 metres at 11.30 AM, said a Met department official. The minimum temperature was recorded at 9.5 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average, while the maximum temperature settled at 22.5 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year. The humidity oscillated between 100 and 52 per cent. According to a senior Railway official, 35 north-bound trains were running late by several hours, while 28 others were rescheduled. The dense foggy conditions also impacted the flight operations at Delhi airport. While eight flights were cancelled as the runway visibility dropped to below 50 metres, another 139 were delayed due to bad weather. Low visibility procedure (LVP) remain in force from 2326 hours from last night to 1201 hours today, a Delhi Airport statement said. The Met office has predicted clear skies for tomorrow with the likelihood of moderate to dense fog in the morning. “The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 23 and 10 degrees Celsius, respectively,” said the weatherman. Yesterday, the maximum and minimum temperature were recorded at 21.5 degree and 10.6 degrees respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Wednesday was Delhi’s coldest day this season, mercury dips to 2.3 degree C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The national capital on Wednesday experienced the coldest day of the season with the mercury plunging to 2.3 degrees Celsius in parts of the city.The Safdarjung observatory, whose reading is considered the official one for the city, recorded a minimum temperature of 4 degrees Celsius, three notches below the normal.Lodhi Road recorded a minimum of 2.3 degrees Celsius, the MeT official said. At Palam the minimum temperature settled at 4.7 degrees Celsius and it was 5 and 5.3 degrees Celsius at Ayangar and Ridge respectively.The maximum temperature settled at 17.2 degrees, three notches below season’s average at Safdarjung, the official said.The visibility was recorded at 500 mt at 5:30 AM at Safdarjung which improved to 1,200 mt at 8:30 AM and significantly improved to 2,000 mt at 11:30 AM.At Palam, the visibility was 800 mt both at 5:30 AM and 8:30 AM. It improved to 1,000 mt at 11:30 AM, the official said.According to a senior Railway official, 11 north-bound trains were cancelled while 26 were delayed due to fog. However, flight operations were normal except for little delays.The humidity oscillated between 100 and 54%.The weatherman has forecast a mainly clear skies for Thursday with mist and shallow fog in the morning. “The maximum and minimum temperatures tomorrow are likely to hover around 17 and 4 degrees Celsius, respectively,” the weatherman said.On Tuesday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 17.8 degrees Celsius and 5.2 degrees Celsius.

Train, flight services disrupted due to thick fog in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dense fog shrouded the national capital on Tuesday morning, leading to cancellation of two flights and delaying 10 other flights and 55 trains.According to the weatherman, the minimum temperature was recorded at 9.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average.The weatherman said visibility recorded at Safdarjung and Palam observatories was less than 50 meters at 8:30 am which affected both flight and train operations.Flight operations at Delhi Airport were severely hit after the visibility dropped below minima level. As many as two flights were cancelled and over 10 flights delayed due to dense fog which engulfed the runway, airport sources said.According to Air India, due to dense fog, the visibility has fallen drastically. “The flight services in and out of Delhi has been affected. Flights are holding up in different airports from one to four hours,” the airline said.Due to bad weather, 55 trains were running late by several hours while 22 had to be rescheduled.The MeT department said that humidity level recorded at 8:30 am was 100%, adding that skies will remain partly cloudy throughout the day. “The maximum temperature is expected to settle at 24degrees Celsius,” an official of the department said.On Monday, the maximum and minimum temperature were recorded at 24.3 degrees Celsius and 9.3 degrees Celsius respectively.

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