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Noida sisters’ death suicide: Post-mortem

Post mortem reports of the two teengaged girls found hanged in Barola village, Noida, suggest that their death is a case of suicide, not murder. Preliminary investigations suggested this to be a case of honour killing.Following a complaint made by the father, the Gautam Budh Nagar police registered an FIR against three relatives, accusing them of killing his daughters, police said.The girls were found hanging outside their house in Barola village, Sector 49 on Tuesday morning. They were aged 13 and 18. According to post-mortem reports, which were out late on Tuesday night, death was caused by hanging and no other injury marks were found on the body.”Prima Facie, it looked like a case of suicide,” said Luv Kumar, senior superintendent of police, Gautam Budh Nagar. “Besides a mark from the noose, no other injury marks were found on the bodies. An FIR has been lodged against Ravi, his father and uncle under Section 302 for the murder, sections 504 and 507 of the Indian Penal Code.”The mother of the girls had said her elder daughter was in love with their distant relative Ravi and the two had eloped recently. They were coerced to return by their family.Police say that though the family insisted the girls were murdered, there were gaps in their narration of the sequence of events. It suggested that they were hiding some things. “The family said that the door of their one-room set was bolted from outside; they made no attempt to open it from the only window of the room — which is right next to the door. The phone which the father had broken a day earlier was also not found,” said a senior police officer.Neighbours said none of the family members responded despite the many of them shouting when the girls’ bodies were found. While the police is convinced of the suicide theory, they are now working out the reason behind the suicide.They had detained the father for questioning. “During interrogation, he said a few days ago, two men from Ravi’s family had come to their house, searching for Ravi. Then on Monday, the father broke his daughter’s phone in anger. The younger daughter was close to her elder sister,” a senior police officer said.

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Noida: Bodies of two teenage sisters found hanging from tree outside their house

Bodies of two teenage sisters were on Tuesday found hanging from a tree outside their house in Baraula here, police said.SP City Arun Kumar Singh said the girls were were identified as Laxmi (18) and Nisha (14). Their father hailed from Bulandshahr and the family was living in a rented house here in Sector 49. The police received information about the sisters this morning following which a team reached their house. They pulled down the bodies and sent them for post-mortem, he said. While Nisha was studying in a school, Laxmi was working with a private company.The police detained Kulbhusan for questioning who claimed that his elder daughter was in love with a youth, Prem, and She had eloped with him ten days ago. However, she returned home a few days ago following which he had scolded her. Kulbhusan alleged that the girls had bolted the room, where he and his wife were sleeping, from outside last night and committed suicide by hanging themselves with stoles, the SP said. The official said the matter was being investigated from all possible angles, including murder and honour killing.

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2 pupils critical after boy turns gun on girl

Panicked parents of the 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, waited for news of their children’s health which is stated to be critical. The girl had been shot by the boy in the Vasundhara area of Ghaziabad who then turned the gun on himself. Police have registered an FIR in this matter against the boy, following a complaint by the girl’s uncle.According to police, the girl sustained two bullet injuries to her head. The boy later shot at himself with the same weapon and had left the spot. He was later found injured state just 100 meters away from the girl’s body.”The doctors have removed the two bullets from the girl’s head and a bullet from the boy’s body. However, both of them are still critical and have not gained consciousness. They both are still in Intensive Care Unit, the girl is more critical as her wounds are stated to be deeper,” said a senior police officer.On Wednesday, around 7 pm the two were going for tuitions at Vasundhara Sector 4 on a scooter when the boy shot her after an altercation, with his father’s licensed weapon, police said. The minors are residents of Vasundhara.The boy studies in class 11 at a private school in Vasundhara while the girl, police said, is a class 10 student at a Geeta Colony school in east Delhi.Initial investigation has revealed that the boy fired two bullets at the girl and she fell unconscious. He then went to a nearby place and shot himself. The two were rushed to a hospital where both underwent operations.Police also said that the crime seemed planned as the boy had taken his father’s licensed weapon in his bag.”The weapon is licensed in the name of the boy’s father and he has joined us for questioning. We have registered an FIR against the boy on the basis of the girl’s uncle’s complaint. We will initiate the investigation once the boy gains consciousness,” an officer added.Police said the boy stole the gun from his father’s almirah. His father is a property dealer while the girl’s father is an engineer with a private firm.MODUS OPERANDIOn Wednesday, around 7 pm the two were going for tuitions at Vasundhara Sector 4 on a scooter when the boy shot her after an altercation, with his father’s licensed weapon, police said. The minors are residents of Vasundhara. The boy is in class 11 and the girl in class 10

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Bizman shot dead, robbers flee with money

A 45-year-old businessman was shot dead on Tuesday for resisting a robbery bid in Dwarka Sector 17. Police are yet to make arrest in the case while a few suspects have been detained, police said.According to senior officers, the deceased has been identified as Rajendra Garg, a resident of Uttam Nagar and was a wholesale dealer of a chocolate brand. It was around 10 pm when Garg was reaching his residence in his car that he was approached by two men on a bike.”The moment he reached Kakrola Mod in Dwarka, two men on bike intercepted him and asked him to hand over his bag with cash. When Garg tried to escape, one of the two men pulled out a pistol and aimed it at Garg while the other started snatching the bag from him. On this, Garg held his bag tight and started shouting for help. Seeing that Garg would soon find help from locals, the man shot him in his head and fled with the bag,” said a senior police officer.Hearing the gunshots, locals gathered on the spot and informed the police. Garg was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. A case of murder was then registered and the body was sent for post-mortem examination.”CCTV footages from the area are being scanned to identify the assailants. We are also trying to find out how much money did the accused manage to flee with. Family members are also being questioned to find if Garg had enmity with anyone. Involvement of people known to him is also being looked at,” police informed.

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Complaint of overcharging against Fortis Gurgaon and the Park Hospital

A Gurgaon patient’s family today lodged a complaint of wrong treatment and overcharging against the Fortis Memorial and Research Institute (FMRI) and the Park hospital here, a senior health department official said.Civil Surgeon BK Rajora confirmed the receipt of a complaint against both the hospitals and added that it was being looked into.The complaint filed with Rajora alleged that FMRI charged Bhim Singh (60) Rs 36.68 lakh after he was referred there with abdominal pain due to a stone in his gall bladder by Park hospital.Singh underwent treatment at the FMRI for 42 days, following which he was left bed-ridden. The treatment also affected his intestine and a kidney, the complainant alleged.Singh was initially admitted to Park hospital in Sector 47 here on April 27, 2016, with severe stomach pain. He was then referred to Fortis hospital on May 1, 2016, after his condition deteriorated, his son Jagdish said, adding that doctors found a 14-mm stone in his gall bladder. Jagdish works in the defence sector and he took his father to Park hospital as it was on the panel of insurance.But he was referred to Fortis, which was not on the panel, and hence the family had to bear the entire treatment cost.”My father had been admitted in the hospital for 42 days and the hospital gave us a bill of Rs 36.68 lakh which we paid by selling a piece of land. Despite the costly treatment, my father is still unable to walk,” Jagdish said.Rejecting the allegations, the FMRI, in its statement, said the patient was brought in a critical state and admitted directly to the ICU, where he underwent prolonged treatment for life-threatening complications.”The complications arose due to a faulty procedure performed earlier at a different hospital… which were managed astutely at FMRI,” it added.The patient had since been under regular follow-up of the treating physician at FMRI with the last follow-up being as recent as October 13,2017, it said.”The final billed amount of Rs 23.27 lakh for the patient Bhim Singh, who continues to be under follow-up at the hospital, is not for management of a simple renal stone as is being erroneously reported.”Rather, it is reflective of the effective clinical management of multiple life threating complications which arose due to procedures carried out at another hospital, requiring intensive treatment, surgical and non-surgical procedures, multi-disciplinary involvement and extended ICU stay of 42 days,” the statement added.

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Gurgaon: Woman allegedly molested, thrown out of a moving cab

A woman has alleged that she was molested and thrown out of a moving cab by three men on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway here but the police ‘forced’ her to file a case of robbery only.However, Gurgaon Police Chief PRO Manish Sehgal, while reacting to the allegation, said the woman had only filed a complaint related to robbery and there was no mention of rape attempt and molestation.An SHO and a woman counsellor have approached the complainant again to know the details of the incident, the PRO said.The woman (30), a native of Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district who works, said the incident took place on Thursday around 8 pm after she left office and took a private cab from busy Shankar Chowk of neighbouring Gurgaon for Hero Honda Chowk.”While I was waiting for a cab, a taxi stopped near me. I asked the cab driver to drop me at Hero Honda Chowk. I didn’t suspect on the intention of two persons already sitting in it as they appeared as passengers,” She said.”Near Jharsa Chowk, the three men, including the driver, started molesting me. When I resisted their attempts and tried to raise alarm, they tied my hands and legs and choked me,” the woman who works as an executive said.They attempted to rape her too, she said.”In the meantime, two bike-borne police personnel appeared near the spot. After which the trio panicked and sped towards Rajiv Chowk. They then snatched my phone and wallet and threw me out of the moving cab near Rajiv Chowk. They then escaped from the spot,” the victim said.With the help of a passerby, she informed her husband and the couple later approached the Sector-40 police station.”Initially, the police officers did not file FIR of molestation and relevant charges and tried to hush-up the matter by saying that they will visit the spot,” the victim said.”They made us to wait for nearly two hours at the police station and asked to show evidence of molestation. They then forced us to give a complaint of robbery and registered an FIR on the basis of it,” she added.ACP Manish Sehgal told PTI, “The couple gave complaint of mobile and cash theft and we have registered the FIR accordingly. They are satisfied with the police probe.He claimed that the couple in the complaint did not mention any use of force, molestation, rape attempt by the accused.”We have no knowledge of use of any force or molestation.The SHO and woman counsellor also approached and counselled her today asking her to narrate if she was molested.”We are investigating all the angles of the case,” the ACP said.

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Thirty-year-old woman found dead at bldg site

A 30-year old woman was allegedly found dead at an underconstruction building with her two-month-old daughter crying next to her in Rohini’s Sector 28 area on Thursday morning. Her husband who is the prime suspect in the case and was with them was found missing in the morning.According to the police the couple along with their child had come to the underconstruction building on Wednesday night. They asked the watchman of the building to provide them shelter and some food to stay the night. “The watchman of the building provided the couple some food and a tripal to spend the night on the first floor, keeping in mind the cold and the child along with them,” said a senior police officer.Around 9.30 am the watchman heard the cries of the child and reached the first floor to check. The watchman saw the little child crying next to her mother who was not responding at all whereas the husband was no where to be seen. The child was taken down by the guards and the police was informed. There were signs of vomitting near the woman’s mouth.Cops are probing all angles including food being stuck in the wind pipe or the possibility of being given stale food by the watchman.The husband has been identified as Shiv whose portrait has been made and circulated.
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Buyer dies waiting for his dream flat in Amrapali

A homebuyer of Amrapali Dream Valley in Noida Extension died on November 22 in the wait for his dream flat. The deceased was identified as Yogesh Singh, who was suffering from cancer but fought for his flat even during his treatment.Singh and his family were living in a rented accommodation in Sector-11 and he was working for a private company in Sector-62 on a monthly salary of around Rs 55,000. He is survived by an eight-year-old son and wife.He had booked a flat in Amrapali Project in 2010 and was waiting for his dream flat for the past seven years. According to the family members, if the builder had returned Singh’s hard earned money, then they would have invested that for the best treatment as he died due because he could not get full treatment due to the shortage of money.When all the homebuyers of various projects of Amrapali in GB Nagar protested outside the Amrapali office in Sector-62, Singh also participated in that for 45 days and demanded to get his money back, but neither the builder nor the government listened to them.”The builder had promised to deliver the flat within three years. For the flat, my husband took a loan of Rs 10 lakh to pay to the builder and the down payment was made from our savings. But till now, the builders have not kept their promise,” said Kavita, Singh’s wife.Kavita also said that they requested the officials of Amrapali to return their money but they didn’t and in August, she also protested with her husband and other homebuyers but nothing happened.Grieving Kavita also questioned the state and Central government that if there is no value of a common man, then why do they come to us during election time for votes? “The government is sleeping and people dying like this,” she added.”I have nothing left now because my husband is no more, but now I will fight for his dream till my last breath,” she said.
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School minibus turns turtle, 12 students escape death

A man was injured when a mini school bus, Force Traveller, carrying around 12 students of Vishwa Bharti School in Sector 28, turned turtle near Golf Course Metro station in Noida on Wednesday morning.According to the police, the incident took place at around 7 am while it was heading towards the school to drop the children. Police said, the driver, a 31-year-old man identified as Matand, a resident of Mamura, was seriously injured and is undergoing treatment at a nearby private hospital.“With the help of the locals, we have come to know that the bus was moving towards the school side when an auto-rickshaw suddenly appeared in front of it. The driver, in his effort to prevent a head-on collision, lost control of the vehicle and turned the steering immediately to save the collision after which the bus turned turtle. The impact could have been even worse but all the children escaped unhurt,” said Layak Singh, Traffic Inspector, Gautam Buddha Nagar.Locals rescued the children and the teachers by breaking the windows of the bus and rushed them to a nearby hospital for first-aid.“This minibus was a private arrangement done by some parents. It had 12 children and two school teachers. Thankfully, only two children received minor injuries and the school’s medical officer attended to them promptly,” said Anjali Rajdhan, Principal of the school.
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IIT-B students bag pre-placement jobs, software leads the numbers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), are looking forward to having a great placement season this year with 137 pre-placement offers (PPOs) already in the institute’s kitty. The number has seen a good increase as compared to 2016 wherein the institute had got 119 offers.The IT or Software sector has attracted the most number of offers like the last few year with 37 offers followed by core engineering and technology companies with 32 offers. This is followed by the Finance Sector from which the institute has got 29 offers so far. Tom Mathews, professor in Charge of Placements, at the institute, said overall pre-placement scene at the institute is better as compared to that of last year. “We are getting more offers this year and are hoping to get a good number of companies during the placement season” added Mathews.So far, seven Fast Moving Consumers Goods (FMCG) firms have come up with PPOs at the institute. When asked about startups and Public Sector Undertakings, Mathews said many companies from both these sectors have shown interest but refused to share any further details. Mathews also confirmed that some offshore companies have shown interest this year. A member of the institute placement committee said that after the ban on startups was lifted, a good number of startups have shown interest in participating this year.

FIR filed against Noida society for throwing out newborn pups

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The People for Animals (PFA) has registered an FIR at Noida Sector 49 police station against the builder of Prateek Wisteria in Sector 77, the Apartment Owners Association (AOA), secretary of the society, and even the security agency involved for mercilessly separating weeks-old puppies from their mothers and throwing them out of the premises.According to a PFA member, two female dogs gave birth to 12 puppies in the Prateek Wisteria last week. On November 19, they were thrown out of the society. When some residents informed PFA member Kaveri Rana Bharadwaj, she lodged a police complaint.Police confirmed that an FIR has been lodged under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act (PCA) 1960, and sections 428 (mandates a punishment of two years’ imprisonment or fine, or both, for killing or maiming an animal of value of Rs 10 or more) and 429 (mandates a punishment of up to five years’ imprisonment or fine, or both, for killing or maiming an animal of value of Rs 50 or more) of the Indian Penal Code.”When residents informed me about the step taken by the AOA, I was shocked. So, I immediately spoke to the AOA secretary. She told me she was thinking about taking some steps as the puppies were a nuisance. Later, a society member informed me that the puppies have already been thrown out,” Bharadwaj said.Then Bharadwaj and resident Pragati Khanna visited the society only to find that nine of the 12 puppies were living on a vacant plot near the society while three had gone missing.She added that the security guard at the building’s gate admitted to the incident. Now, a search has been launched for the missing ones.In response, the secretary of the society also lodged an FIR against the PFA and a resident at the same police station, under IPC Sections 289 (negligent conduct with respect to animals) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation).”Last Sunday, the AOA called a meeting that was attended by all residents. The decision was taken unanimously as everyone agreed that the puppies were creating a lot of nuisance. We took this decision after a general agreement,” said society secretary Nisha Rai.She also said that as many as eight people have been bitten by dogs in a week, and their medical reports have been submitted to the police station. Investigating officer Padam Singh said: ” Initial investigation suggests the dogs had become a menace. We can say more only after a complete probe.”

21-year-old girl gang-raped in Chandigarh

Updated: Nov 18, 2017, 01:55 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 21-year-old girl has allegedly been gang-raped and dumped in an isolated place at Sector 53 of Chandigarh.As per reports, the victim was returning home in an auto-rickshaw from Sector 37 on Friday evening when she was gangraped and dumped at Sector 53.The Chandigarh Police have confirmed the incident and registered a case in this regard.”She was gang-raped late evening, a case has been registered after medical investigation of the victim,” said PRO Chandigarh Police.

Minister pats Raj for skills initiative

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister for petroleum and natural gas, and skill development and entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, who was in the city on Friday, appreciated Rajasthan for a healthy eco-system of skill development.He also added that there is a huge demand of workers from the state, not only in India, but also worldwide. Hence, the focus should be laid on promoting skill training in the indigenous trades of Rajasthan.“I have taken an overview of all the initiatives being taken by the Rajasthan Government in skill sector. Rajasthan has developed a good eco-system. Rajasthan is the country’s first state to develop two universities – one private and one government, for skill development,” Pradhan said.“I believe the system can be developed further if everyone contributes to it. It is our duty to develop a network of employment by training the youth and skill-oriented workers of the state in the near future,” he added.The minister also suggested for manpower mapping, recognition of prior learning, drivers training, and apprenticeship for enhancing the skill training programs.He also visited Bhartiya Skill Development University (BSDU), a private skill university established by the Government of Rajasthan which imparts skill education through Swiss Dual System of Training. “Really appreciate the venture of creating such an educational Skill university. Salute the vision of Dr Rajendra Joshi for creating such a world class skilling centre. Many more such institutes are needed to meet the skilling requirement of the nation,” Pradhan tweeted on Friday. While attending the 12th Biennial International Conference on “Energy through Synergy” organised by the Society of Petroleum Geophysicist, Pradhan further said that India is gearing up for claiming the title of a leading partner in Industrial Revolution 4.0. Role of Oil & Gas Sector will be critical in providing affordable energy to supplement the rapid Industrial Growth. “Benefits of innovations in this sector must also reach to the masses,” Pradhan said. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan asked geo-scientific community to reduce oil and gas import dependency by at least 10% and ensure energy accessibility as well as affordability for entire spectrum of people to fulfill the vision of prime minister Narendra Modi. Pradhan said the country ranks third in energy consumption in the world and with the efforts of scientists, exploration and production (E&P)industry is growing. Pradhan said the sector is a priority of the government and the time is ripe for ‘energy to synergy’.

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.

Pregnant woman crushed to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 24-week pregnant woman was killed and her husband injured after a car rammed into them in Noida’s sector 18 market on Sunday night. The couple was heading back to their car when a parking attendant lost control of a car that he was trying to park. He first hit two other cars and then mowed down the woman and finally hit a pole. The couple was expecting their first child.The couple Mansi Singhal, 29, and Prateek Singhal, 32, had come to the mall to watch a movie and after eating at a restaurant in Sector-18 were walking towards their car. Meanwhile, a person in his Honda City car, who was visiting one of the shops, handed over his car keys to a parking attendant due to lack of parking space.The 18-year-old parking attendant identified as Abhishek sat behind the wheels and while trying to park the car, accidentally pressed the accelerator. The impact was such that he hit two cars ahead, mowed down the pregnant woman and dragged her for few meters before ramming into a pole.The police were informed immediately who rushed to the spot and took the duo to the hospital. While Mansi was declared dead on arrival, her husband was treated for injuries and later discharged. The doctors at Kailash hospital stated that the woman was 24-week pregnant and due to excessive blood loss could not survive.The body was handed over to the family members who have taken it to Bareilly for the last rites. “The couple was expecting their first child and we rushed the woman as soon as possible. However, we could not save her and the child. It is a really unfortunate incident,” said a police officer.According to the other parking attendants, Abhishek had come as a replacement for someone and did not know how to drive. “The medical examination of the boy was conducted where he was found to be 18 years of age. He does not have a driving license. We will take strict action against the contractor who had employed him without a background check,” said Arun Kumar, SP City, Gautam Budh Nagar.

Noida: 26-year-old pregnant woman run over by minor parking attendant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 26-year old pregnant woman was run over by a minor parking attendant at Noida’s Sector-18 market on Sunday night.A woman identified as Mansi Singhal succumbed to injuries while the condition of her husband who was also hit by the car is stated to be critical.The police have started investigating the matter and have taken the parking attendant into custody.The relatives of the woman have demanded a strict action against the culprit.”The couple was out for shopping on Sunday evening in the market of Noida Sector-18, when a parking attendant, who lost control of his car, rammed into them,? Shevtambar Pandey, Circle Officer (CO) of Noida Police, told ANI.She was eight months pregnant. She and her husband were carrying a cake when the incident happened.

School bus hits 15-year-old student, drags him to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 15-year-old student died on Thursday afternoon he was hit from behind by his school bus! The teenager was on a scooty. The boy was dragged for nearly 15 feet resulting in severe injuries. He finally succumbed.Harshit Jain was a student of a local school at Mansarover area. He lived in Swarn path area of Sector 11 of Mansarover. “On Thursday, Harshit returned from school and after slight refreshments, he left on his scooty to meet his friend in Patrakaar colony. He was about to cross the Manyawaas area when disaster struck,” said Sajjan Singh-sub-inspector, accident south police station.The accident occurred around 2 pm near a pre-school building located in Manyawaas.“The accident spot falls in a colony where a small crossing is located, Harshit had almost crossed the point when the bus, according to eyewitnesses, was at a high speed, crashed into the scooty from the left side. The impact was so much that the vehicle got stuck with the bus and the vehicle along with the rider was dragged for some distance. Even as the bus driver came to a grinding halt, but by then the irreparable loss was done,” Sajjan Singh said.Locals rushed Harshit to the hospital where he was declared dead. “A case has been registered while the body was handed over to the family. Further action is being taken,” the SI informed.

Accused in Akshardham case held after 15 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At 3.45 am on Saturday, crime branch officers arrested Abdul Rashid Ajmeri, a key accused in the Akshardham temple terror attack case, from Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhai Patel International terminal.Abdul was flying in from Saudi Arabia, and is accused of being the prime conspirator in the terror attack in Gandhinagar that left 34 people dead and 84 injured in 2002. According to a crime branch officer, Abdul is supposed to have planned the attack and helped the two terrorists who stormed the temple. “The accused has links with the banned terrorist organizations such as Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba,” said ACP Rajdeep Zala of Crime branch.His brother, Adam Ajmeri, once an accused, was acquitted by the Supreme Court in 2014. He now lives with his family in Ahmedabad.According to a senior police official, they had received specific information about Abdul and three others involved in the case arriving at Ahmedabad, and had been on the lookout for six months. They had staked out at the airport four times in the past six months. This time, they believe that the three other accused found out that the team was waiting for them and canceled their plans to come to Ahmedabad at the last minute.A senior Crime branch officer says ill-health and sentimentality brought Abdul back, who had been living in Saudi Arabia for two decades. “He has grown old and suffers from several illnesses, and wanted to spend the rest of his life with his family in Ahmedabad, even at the risk of being caught” said the officer. He had informed his brother Adam, who was supposed to receive him at the airport.On September 24, 2002, two terrorists entered Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar with automatic weapons and hand grenades and fired indiscriminately, killing 34 people including devotees and police personals, while injuring 84 others. National Security Guard commandos ended the 14-hour seige by killing both terrorists.Of the 34 people named in the attack, Abdul is the ninth accused to be arrested. In 2003, an FIR was lodged against Ajmeri and others at the Sector 21 police station in Gandhinagar under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy, waging war against the government, sedition, murder, attempt to murder among others. They were also booked under relevant sections of the POTA Act, the Explosive Substance Act and the Gujarat Police Act. In May 2014, the Supreme Court acquitted all six convicts convicted earlier, including three facing death sentence. (With agency inputs)

FIR against Maria Sharapova for endorsing Gurugram hsg project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has directed the police to register an FIR against Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova and real estate builder Homestead Infrastructure Development Pvt Ltd. for endorsing a Gurugram-based luxury housing project which never took off.The FIR has been lodged against the company, its office bearers and Sharapova for the offence of cheating and collecting Rs 53 lakh from investors on the pretext of a project named ‘Ace by Sharapova.’ The complaint said the money was collected despite property not even being acquired for the said project.The complainant also alleged that the project proposed a tennis academy and commercial space for clothing and sportswear which had lured her interest. None of this materialised.Sharapova is accused number four in the 156 (3) CRPC application which was filed before the Rohini Court by a homebuyer, who invested in the luxury housing project.”If the alleged persons have no licence or sanction to raise the residential flats in the name of ‘Ace by Sharapova’, Sector 73, Gurgaon, and accepted Rs 53 lakh to book a flat of unit area of 2,500 sq ft, then they have undoubtedly committed a criminal offence,” the court said.

BSF jawan killed in Pakistan’s cross-border firing in J&K’s Samba

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BSF constable was killed in a cross-border firing by Pakistan on Thursday.The Pakistan Rangers started firing indiscriminately at the patrol party across the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district in morning around 9:30 am.“BSF carried out calibrated retributive action against Pak Rangers in Samba Sector and caused serious damage to 2-3 Pak Posts and caused grievous injuries to minimum two Pak Rangers,” the official statement said.Constable Tapan Mondal suffered serious injuries in the firing and later died.On October 31, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing from small arms along the Line of Control (LoC) in Karmara belt of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, resulting in injuries to a girl.There was another incident on October 26, when Pakistani troops fired at Sher Shakti and Mandhar areas of Kerni sector but there was no casualty.On October 18, eight civilians, including a two-year-old child, were injured in heavy Pakistani shelling.(With PTI inputs)

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.

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.

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.

Dharavi redevelopment brought back to table

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a failed attempt last year, the government has brought the Dharavi redevelopment project back to the table. Senior bureaucrats in the state secretariat have confirmed that the tenders for the project will be floated once again by November. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis confirmed to DNA that the government is working on it. From four, Dharavi would now be divided into 12 small clusters. Sector number five is already being redeveloped by MHADA.In January 2016, the government had floated a tender for redevelopment. It was a global tender but even after several extensions, the government was unable to find any takers for redevelopment of the one of the biggest slums in the world.The estimated cost of last year’s global tender was Rs 21,936 crore — it included rehabilitation of residents, providing amenities and maintenance of the buildings for the next five years. Once the tender was awarded, the project would have to be completed within seven years. Recently, the National Building Construction Company (NBCC) had also shown interest in the project.”One problem that many developers faced was that there were just too many slums and the area was too expansive to clear encroachment,” says a government official.”To make it easy, the clusters are further divided into 12 sections; slum density in each cluster will reduce because of this. We are hoping that this move will attract developers and we are hopeful that by next month we will be able to float the tender.”There were several other issues also – residents of sector one claimed they lived in proper homes, not shanties and hence be given larger homes. They had even protested against the tenders, which was cited as one of the reasons why some developers backed off.In September, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had discussed the issue his public outreach program Mi Mukhyamantri Boltoy. The government is also buoyed by the success of the BDD chawl redevelopment. “All the BDD chawl redevelopment tenders got a good response from the developers,” said one official “It was also a global tender and we are hopeful that this time, after all precautions are taken, Dharavi will also generate a good response.”

Labourer held for raping 4-year-old in Noida

A 24-year-old labourer allegedly raped a four-year-old girl near her home in a village adjoining Sector 49 of Noida on Thursday afternoon. The accused, identified as Prem Deep, has been arrested. He was not only closely acquainted with the child’s family but even lived in the same house.A shocked father of the child told DNA: “She was alone at home on Thursday when Deep came home from work. On finding her alone, he locked the house and raped her.”He then fled from the house.When the family returned home, they found the girl in a corner of the house. “I came back around 7 in the evening and found her crying in a corner of a room. I tried to talk to her. She then narrated the entire ordeal to us,” he said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>The child was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors confirmed sexual assault.The victim’s father, who works as a labourer, said: “We had good relations with Deep. Our daughter often went out with him. We never expected such kind of an act from him. He had been living with us for the last six months.” On the basis of the police complaint, Deep was traced and arrested on Thursday night. He confessed to the crime during questioning.”The traced him to the Barola village. He has been taken into custody and a case of rape has been registered against him,” Vinay Kumar Singh, Station House Officer, Sector 49, said. The police produced the accused before the court and sent him to jail on Friday.Comments 20Next storyAuto-lifting gang targeting scrap dealers busted, 11 held

Police staged encounter to kill our son: Manveer Singh Gurjar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A high voltage drama was witnessed on the roads of Noida following the encounter of 27-year-old wanted criminal Sumit Gurjar who was shot dead in an encounter in Greater Noida later Tuesday night.Family members of the criminal Sumit Gurjar, staged a protest on Mahamaya Flyover on Wednesday, alleging the Gautam Buddha Nagar cops carried out a fake encounter.Mahamaya flyover is an important surface link that connects Noida with parts of South Delhi. So the protest led to chock-a-block traffic with vehicles all the way up to Noida and Greater Noida Expressway.The family has arrived in city around 10pm from their native place Baghpat to have the last glimpse of Gurjar, whose body had been kept at mortuary in Sector 94 but refused to take it.Later, they then moved to the Mahamaya Flyover and blocked the traffic movement of vehicles from Noida to Delhi. In the backdrop of the traffic jam, police teams from Sector 39, Sector 20 and Expressway police stations swung into action along with traffic personnel to divert the traffic.While protesting, Manveer Singh Gurjar, Sumeet’s uncle, alleged the encounter by police was staged.”Sumit was in the market when a police team picked him up from there. Someone told us about it and we went to the local police station and feigned ignorance about it. We had no clue about where he had gone and why police took him into custody,” he said.He said that later following day they were informed that the Noida police has taken him into custody.”We had approached the Noida police and informed the senior police officers about the illegal detention of Sumit Gurjar. The police officers did not bother to take the matter seriously,”It was only when television broke the news that the family knew about the encounter.”We have promised a fair probe into the matter to the family. But we have all the evidences against him,” said Love Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Budh Nagar.

Fighting terror can wait, but not cleanliness

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For a change, the battle hardened security forces replaced their guns with brooms on Monday to realise Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of clean India.From Dal Lake to the famed winter resort of Gulmarg, security forces joined the nation in ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ under the Swachh Bharat campaign.Troops of Indian Army embarked on cleanliness drive in the famed resort of Gulmarg in coordination with locals and service providers including ponywalls and others.”Under Swachh Bharat Mission, we created awareness and launched many programmes involving schools and local people. Painting and poster competitions were held in schools. Gujar Bakerwal dhok (nomads’ homes) competition was held. We also held programmes in coordination with Pony Owners Association and Hotel Owners Association in Gulmarg,” said Major General RP Kalita, General Officer Commanding 19 Infantry Division.Continuing with the commitment of serving the public, the CRPF organised a cleanliness drive under the Swachh Bharat Mission in which all the Battalions of the Srinagar sector participated.”It was ensured that the local public and the schoolchildren also participate in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan so that awareness is generated and the message is spread amongst the general public to help the civic bodies in keeping the city clean and beautiful,” said Rajesh Yadav, CRPF spokesman for Kashmir.’Swachhta Hi Sewa’ campaign was launched by CRPF from September 15 to October 2, during which special emphasis was given on the cleanliness and beautification of the camps and the surrounding areas.On the last day of campaign, the Srinagar Sector CRPF led by IGP Ravideep Singh Sahi carried out a special cleanliness drive along the Dal Lake on the Boulevard and the Shankaracharya Hill. Around 500 officers and jawans from all the units of the sector participated.Addressing the troops Sahi emphasized the CRPF men to help the local public in the best possible manner.Jammu and Kashmir Police also completed the campaign across the valley on Monday. The drive was conducted in every district of the valley, in which all the officers and officials participated and cleaned their premises and adjacent areas with commitment and devotion. The drive was held in Anantnag, Ganderbal, Shopian, Budgam, Bandipora, Kulgam and other districts of the valley.

BSF-IAF Joint Women Camel Expedition-2017 completes its journey across border villages

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BSF-IAF Joint Women Camel Expedition-2017, which passed through various border villages in three states of the country and covered a distance of 1,368 kilometers, today culminated at the JCP Attari here.The expedition passed through border villages and towns of Gujarat (443 kms), Rajasthan (609 kms) and Punjab (316 kms).It was flagged-off from the IAF Station in Uttarlai, Rajasthan on August 15.The aim of the expedition was to promote awareness regarding the campaigns like ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, ‘Gender Equality’ and ‘Women Empowerment’ among the border population, said BSF DIG (Punjab Frontier) R S Kataria.The expedition comprised 20 women representatives of both the BSF and IAF.The BSF 11-member contingent was led by Tanushree Pareek, AC, (the first lady officer in BSF), whereas SQN LDR Anioushka Lomas was leading the nine-member contingent of the IAF.It entered Punjab on September 23 at Border Out Post Nejeke, Sector BSF Abohar, where it was accorded a grand reception.The joint expedition covered 316 kms in the state and passed through border areas as well as towns of Sector Abohar, Ferozepur and Amritsar.The expedition also aimed to build a positive image of the BSF and to promote the spirit of adventure and enterprise among the population, especially youth and women in the country, Kataria said.

BSF issues warning to Pak; says provocative action wil be responded with ‘equal and more measure’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Any provocative action by the Pakistani forces will be responded to with “equal and more measures”, BSF told Pakistan Rangers today as their senior commanders held a meeting against the backdrop of cross-border firing incidents.The Sector commanders of BSF and Pakistan Rangers held a flag meeting, after a gap of about seven months, a BSF spokesman said here.The meeting in Suchetgarh sector of the International Border, which lasted for about 105 minutes, took place on the request of Pakistan Rangers, the spokesman told PTI.Both sides agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity along the International Border, the spokesman said.”The meeting was held in a cordial and positive atmosphere and both sides agreed to expedite the implementation of the decisions taken in an earlier meeting,” he said.However, the Indian side made it clear to the Pakistani delegation that “any provocative action would be responded to with equal or stronger responses.”The BSF strongly objected to the sniper fire from the Pakistani side in which its two soldiers — constables Brijendra Bahadur and K K Appa Rao — were killed, the spokesman said.”The BSF also protested the unprovoked cross-border firing and shelling on a number of Indian border villages leading to the death of a woman in Arnia sector on September 4,” he said.Infiltration attempts at night were also discussed, the spokesman said.”The Pakistan Rangers assured to take measures to maintain peace at border with a request that the BSF should also exercise restraint to ensure minimum loss of civilian lives on the Pakistani side,” the spokesman said.He said the two sides decided to re-energise instant communication between the field commanders to resolve petty matters.The Indian delegation, comprising 17 officers, was led by BSF DIG (Jammu Sector) P S Dhiman, while the 14-member Pakistani side was led by Sector Commander of Chenab Rangers (Sialkot Punjab) Brig Amjad Hussain.The last Sector Commander-level meeting between the two forces was held on March 9.

Woman files rape plaint, withdraws it hours later

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two incidents of rape were reported within hours from the national Capital, police said on Saturday. In the first case, a 25-year-old nurse was raped near the Raj Nagar Extension in Ghaziabad, while she was returning home on Friday night.Two men dragged her into a roadside bush near NH-58 and took turns to rape her. They also snatched her mobile phone and filmed the assault. Police said the woman was admitted to a private hospital, with injuries on her face and other body parts.”She saw the two men following her on the isolated road. She tried calling up her family but the call did not go through,” said RS Khoda, Station House Officer of the Sihani Gate police station.The incident took place at around 10 pm, barely 200 mts from the locality where the woman lives. It was raining heavily when the assault took place, police added.”She told us that initially she thought that the two accused, 22-23 years old, were trying to snatch her mobile. She handed over her phone but they slapped and punched her multiple times. She said both were drunk at the time,” an officer said.In the second incident, two men allegedly abducted and raped a 25-year-old woman in a moving car for hours on Friday evening. The woman, however, refused to undergo a medical examination and later withdrew the case.According to the police, two men pulled the woman inside an SUV from outside the Noida Golf Course Metro station at around 6 pm. They raped her for hours before dumping her near Delhi’s Akshardham at 2 am the next morning. The woman then called up the police, who took her to the police station and registered a case.While narrating her ordeal to DNA, the traumatised woman said she was waiting for an autorickshaw at the Metro station when the two men approached her in a Mahindra Scorpio and asked for the way to Sector 18. While she was explaining the route to them, one of them dragged her inside the SUV and drove away, she said.The woman was taken to various areas in Noida and Delhi, while the accused took turns to rape her. “I was scared. They threw me on the road. I immediately dialled 100. A Delhi Police team reached the spot and brought me to Noida Sector 39 police station,” she told DNA.

Over 500 meat and chicken shops forcefully shut down in Gurgaon by Shiv Sainiks for Navratri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Over 500 meat and chicken shops here today were allegedly shut down by Shiv Sena workers for Navratri festival.”We have served notices to every meat and chicken shop.This time we have not served notices to restaurants, such as KFC and other food chains which serve chicken in their restaurants as it is not seen openly.One will have to face consequences in case he does not follow instructions,” general secretary and spokesperson of Shiv Sena Gurgaon wing Ritu Raj told PTI.The sainiks also served notices to owners of non- vegetarian food outlets, asking them to close down their shops till nine-day Navratra is over.The Shiv Sena workers assembled at Palam Vihar and forced shut down of meat markets in Surat Nagar, Ashok Vihar, Sector 5 and 9, Pataudi Chowk, Jacobpura, Sadar Bazaar, Khandsa Anaj Mandi, bus stand, DLF area, Sohna and Sector 14 market.”We had on Tuesday served a memorandum to Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh demanding shutting down of raw meat shops for the next 9 days in view of Navratras but the district administration did not direct the meat shop owners to shut down,” Raj said.A senior police officer told PTI, “We are looking into the matter and no one is authorised to take law into his own hands. If the shops were forcefully shut down by the workers of Shiv Sena, we will take strict against them and are awaiting for the complaint to be registered in this regard.”

Technical snag hits Blue Line of Delhi Metro

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

Shaken parents create ruckus at other branches

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shaken by the death of a seven-year-old student in the premises of Ryan International School in Gurugram, a group of parents filed a police complaint against the school’s Vasant Kunj branch on Monday, citing “major” security lapses at the school.In the complaint, parents said they inspected the school campus and found major negligence regarding students’ safety and security. “A lot of security cameras are not working. Main water tank and garbage tank are often unlocked. Security guards do not have proper uniform,”the complaint read.Earlier in January, 2016, six-year-old Devansh Kakora had died at Ryan’s Vasant Kunj branch, after allegedly falling into an open water tank.Meanwhile, heavy security was deployed outside Ryan schools in Vasant Kunj, Noida, Greater Noida, and Faridabad, where groups of parents had started gathering around 8 am. The parents continued to create a ruckus and demanded that the principals meet them and address their concerns.Situation took a turn for the worse at Ryan’s Noida Sector- 39 branch, where parents caught hold of two contractual conductors, who were allegedly drunk. The duo, however, were released later after police gave them a clean chit.Similarly, a group of parents created chaos outside the school’s Faridabad branch, after they found a house-keeping staffer drunk. “How can we trust the school authorities with the safety of our children when there are so many security lapses here?”asked Rishi Sharma, a parent.The authorities, however, blamed parents for “unnecessarily” creating scenes to malign the name of the school. “It has become really difficult for us to convince the parents now. They are levelling false allegations against us to bring a bad name to the school,” said a principal, requesting anonymity.The Ryan management has been under immense pressure after major security lapses were revealed by the police, including non-functional CCTV cameras and non-staffers sharing toilets with students.

Chandigarh: Cop slaps man who interrupted him talking on phone while driving, suspended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a rare incident, a policeman assaulted a man not because the citizen was involved in any crime or violation of law but rather opposite. The policeman was caught while violating a law.No, the policeman was not involved in any bribing incident but wait-for-it, he was busy talking to his wife over the phone while driving! Ouch!When a resident in Chandigarh decided to be a man-of-the-hour and question the Chandigarh police head constable, who was using mobile phone while driving, he was responded with a slap across his face. Yes, you heard it right! The policeman slapped the resident for interrupting him while he was on the phone talking to his wife while riding a motorbike.“When I confronted him about the traffic rule violation, he slapped me,” the victim said.Sumit Kumar spotted the Chandigarh police head constable Surinder Singh riding a motorcycle with helmet sporting it like a King’s crown, rather than a head protector, and talking on the phone.“When a common man does the same, he is challaned. But if a policemen does it, he slaps the complainant!,” the victim later said.Kumar, who works as an event manager, said the video was shot at Sector 36/37 road in Chandigarh.The 29-year-old resident filed a complaint about the incident.As the video went viral in social media, Chandigarh residents slammed the city police. Taking note of the incident, Congress leader Manish Tewari urged Chandigarh DGP to take strict action against the offender. “DGP Chandigarh Tejinder LUTHRA ji if video in this tweet is true plz suspend this police official for assaulting a Citizen (sic),” Tewari tweeted.;Soon after, Chandigarh traffic police on Saturday challaned him for not wearing a helmet and also talking on the phone while driving. He was immediately suspended after the incident.“The driving licence has been seized and we have written to the transport authority that his licence be suspended for 3 months. He has been placed under suspension,” Chandigarh traffic SSP Shashank Anand said.

Massive blaze breaks out at Haldiram’s Noida factory, 6 fire engines reach spot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fire broke out at Haldiram’s factor in Noida’s Sector 68 on Wednesday.According to news agency ANI, six fire engines have reach the spot.“Massive fire broke out at around 7 pm at Haldiram factory. We have been trying to douse the blaze for two hours now,” Chief Fire Officer Arun Singh was quoted as saying to the First Post.Singh said that strong winds are proving to be a deterrent in dousing the fire.All workers working at the factor have been evacuated. The cause of the fire is yet not known. No casualties have been reported so far.

Man booked for molesting stepdaughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gurugram police have arrested a man on Sunday night for allegedly molesting and sexually assaulting his minor stepdaughter.According to the police, the incident took place at around 1:30 am on August 30, but the FIR was lodged by the girl only on Sunday, thereafter the police arrested the accused.The 13-year-old victim told the police that her stepfather molested her and tried to rape her during midnight on August 30.She added that she used to sleep with her mother and other siblings on the bed, while her stepfather used to sleep on the floor.At midnight, the accused went up to the bed and started touching her private parts and allegedly began molesting her. In the meantime, her mother woke up and rescued her daughter from her husband. The accused was then immediately thrown out of the house thereafter.According to the girl’s statement, she spoke about this incident to her grandmother who then advised her to approach the police to lodge an FIR against her stepfather. As a result, she approached the police on Sunday.The family of the victim lives in a rented home in Laxman Vihar, Gurugram. She has four siblings, which include two daughters of her stepfather too. The victim is a student of Class IX in a government school near her home.The police confirmed that the 45-year-old accused originally belongs to Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. He works as a labourer in a private company in Sector 23, Gurugram.On receiving the complaint, the girl has been sent for medical examination. An FIR has been lodged under Section 8 of POSCO Act at Sector 9A police station.”We have arrested the accused from Laxman Vihar area on the day the FIR was lodged. In the course of investigation he has confessed his guilt. He has been produced in a city court on Monday. The magistrate has remanded him to judicial custody for 14 days as of now,” said the investigating officer Krishan Kumar.

OBC reservation benefits extended to PSUs and other financial institutions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to the norms for establishing equivalence of posts in Government and posts in PSUs, PSBs etc. for claiming benefit of OBC reservations. This addresses an issue pending for nearly 24 years. This will ensure that the children of those serving in lower categories in PSUs and other institutions can get the benefit of OBC reservations, on par with children of people serving in lower categories in Government. This will also prevent children of those in senior positions in such institutions, who, owing to absence of equivalence of posts, may have been treated as non Creamy Layer by virtue of wrong interpretation of income standards from cornering government posts reserved for OBCs and denying the genuine non creamy layer candidates a level playing field.The Union Cabinet also approved the increase in the present income criterion of Rs. 6 lakh per annum for applying the Creamy Layer restriction throughout the country, for excluding Socially Advanced Persons/Sections (Creamy Layer) from the purview of reservation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs).The new income criterion will be Rs. 8 lakh per annum. The increase in the income limit to exclude the Creamy Layer is in keeping with the increase in the Consumer Price Index and will enable more persons to take advantage of reservation benefits extended to OBCs in government services and admission to central educational institutions.These measures are a part of the Government’s efforts to ensure greater social justice and inclusion for members of the Other Backward Classes. The Government has already introduced in Parliament, a bill to provide Constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes. It has also decided to set up a Commission, under section 340 of the Constitution, to sub categorize the OBCs, so that the more backward among the OBC communities can also access the benefits of reservation for educational institutions and government jobs.All these decisions, taken together, are expected to ensure greater representation of OBCs in educational institutions and jobs, while also ensuring that the more under-privileged within the category are not denied their chance of social mobility.Background:In its judgment dated 16.11.1992 in WP(C) 930/1990 (IndraSawhney case) the Supreme Court had directed the Government to specify the basis, for exclusion of socially and economically advanced persons from Other Backward Classes by applying the relevant and requisite socioeconomic criteria.An Expert Committee was constituted in February 1993 which submitted its report on 10.03.1993 specifying the criteria for identification of socially advanced persons among OBCs i.e. the Creamy Layer. The report was accepted by the then Ministry of Welfare and forwarded to DoPT which issued an OM dated 08.09.1993 on exclusion from the Creamy Layer.The OM of 08.09.1993 specifies six categories for identifying Creamy Layer (a) Constitutional/Statutory post (b) Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ Officers of Central and State Governments, employees of PSUs and Statutory bodies, universities, (c) Colonel and above in armed forces and equivalent in paramilitary forces (d) professionals like Doctors, Lawyers, Management Consultants, Engineers etc. (e) Property owners with agricultural holdings or vacant land and/or buildings and (f) income/wealth tax asessee.The OM further stipulates that the said parameters would apply mutatis mutandis to officers holding equivalent or comparable posts in PSUs, Banks, Insurance Organisations, Universities, etc. and Government was required to determine equivalence of positions in these organisations with those in Government. Pending the equivalence to the established in these institutions Income criteria would apply for the officers in these Institutions. However, this exercise of determining the equivalence of posts in Government and posts in PSUs, PSBs etc. had not been initiated. The determination of equivalence of posts has been thus pending for almost 24 years.The matter of formulating equivalence has since been examined in detail. In PSUs, all Executive level posts i.e. Board level executives and managerial level posts would be treated as equivalent to group ‘A’ posts in Government and will be considered Creamy Layer. Junior Management Grade Scale–1 and above of Public Sector Banks, Financial Institutions and Public Sector Insurance Corporations will be treated as equivalent to Group ‘A’ in the Government of India and considered as Creamy Layer. For Clerks and Peons in PSBs, FIs and PSICs, the Income Test as revised from time to time will be applicable. These are the broad guidelines and each individual Bank, PSU, Insurance Company would place the matter before their respective board to identify individual posts.

‘Who is responsible for this,’ angry Panchkula demands answers after Dera violence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Panchkula is limping back to normalcy a day after unprecedented violence engulfed the planned city and changed everything.Though there is an uneasy calm on the streets, the residents of this beautiful city overlooking Shivalik hills are asking some tough questions.A resident of Sector 4, who refused to be named, told DNA how mob torched his car parked right outside his house.“Why didn’t they call Army earlier? Why did they wait till 11th hour,” he asked questioning the way the Panchkula administration reacted to the violence that erupted soon after the CBI Court convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case.Most of the residents, who had virtually locked themselves in their houses on Friday, called the Dera violence a nightmare.Many question how despite orders, thousands of Dera supporters swarmed Panchkula and brought the city to its knees.”We were held like captives inside our homes because of the situation, which in the first place could have been avoided. Our children are still in a state of fear, they are scared to come out now. Who is responsible for this,” a senior citizen of the city asked.While administration maintains situation is under control, residents are worried about what will happen on Monday when the Court announces quantum of punishment after the verdict.Though the police has removed all the torched vehicles, the burnt down buildings are stark reminder of system’s utter failure in Panchkula.

Dera chief verdict: Thousands of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh followers camp in Panchkula; Punjab, Haryana on high alert

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tension prevailed in normally peaceful Panchkula today, a day ahead of the expected verdict in a sexual exploitation case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, thousands of whose followers have descended on this Haryana town.Fearing trouble, especially if the verdict goes against the controversial Dera chief, thousands of jawans, including 15,000 paramilitary troops, have been deployed in sensitive areas across Punjab and Haryana.Dera Sacha Sauda has a huge following in Punjab as well as Haryana and both the states are on a high alert.Mobile internet services have also been suspended for 72 hours in both the states and their joint capital Chandigarh while authorities are keeping a close watch on social media posts also, officials said. The authorities also restricted movement of trains and buses towards Panchkula.Road leading to the CBI Court – Srishti Choudhary/DNAHowever, in what appeared to be some relief for a stretched administrative machinery, Ram Rahim Singh said today that he would appear in person before the special CBI court tomorrow while appealing to his followers to maintain peace.”I have always respected the law. Even though I am having a backache, still abiding by law, I will go to court (tomorrow). I have full faith in God. Everyone should maintain peace,” the sect chief tweeted.The sexual exploitation case was registered against the Dera chief in 2002 by the CBI on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after anonymous letters were circulated about the alleged sexual exploitation of two ‘sadhvis’ (female followers) by Ram Rahim Singh.The Dera chief, however, has denied these charges.In Panchkula near Chandigarh, thousands of Dera supporters, including women and elderly, arrived and were camping in parks and open spaces. More ‘premis’, as the Dera followers are known, were pouring in.To ensure there is no trouble, there was heavy police deployment as well.Dera followers have also been arriving in great numbers at the sect headquarters at Sirsa in Haryana.CENTRE RUSHES PARAMILITARY FORCESThe Centre has rushed as many as 150 companies of paramilitary forces to Punjab and Haryana to assist the police forces in maintaining law and order, a senior Union home ministry official said. One paramilitary company comprises over 100 personnel.”The central government has assured all possible help to the two state governments in dealing with any situation as a large number of followers of the Dera chief have started arriving in Panchkula, Chandigarh and nearby areas,” said another home ministry official.We are in constant touch with the governments of Punjab and Haryana and have given them adequate forces, he added.Flag marches were carried out by security forces in Panchkula, Sirsa, Hissar and other places while many hospitals were also put on alert as a precautionary measure, the official said.The police were keeping a close watch on social media, particularly WhatsApp groups, Facebook and Twitter, and have asked people not to spread rumours, he said.Bus services on many routes was also suspended as a precautionary measure.As many as 25 train services cancelled after bus services were called off as well – Srishti Choudhary/DNAMeanwhile in Chandigarh, a decision to suspend mobile Internet services was taken in a coordination committee meeting chaired by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, V P Singh Badnore.”Mobile Internet and data services have been suspended for 72 hours in Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh with immediate effect,” Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas said.A notification in this regard was being issued, he added.Niwas said that the ministry of railways had been requested to immediately stop the train movement towards Chandigarh for two days.Similarly, buses of Haryana Roadways coming to Chandigarh and Panchkula had already been stopped for two days, he added added.A joint control room of Haryana and Punjab would be set up in sector-9, Chandigarh where a police officer each from both the states would be deployed for better coordination, he said.Niwas said that as per earlier orders, Section 144 was imposed in all districts.He added that Dera followers were being flushed out from sensitive areas, he said.Niwas said that ten senior IPS officers had been deployed and two Director General level officers of the police department were also focusing to ensure peace and maintaining law and order in the state.Security agencies in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have been on toes in the wake of Dera followers flocking Panchkula where the special court is to pronounce verdict tomorrow.Prohibitory orders have already been clamped in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.STADIUMS IN PANCHKULA, SIRSA DECLARED SPECIAL JAILSMeanwhile, the Haryana government declared the Chaudhary Tau Devi Lal stadium complex, Sector-3, Panchkula and Dalbir Singh Indoor stadium, Sirsa as ‘special jails’.Earlier, the Chandigarh home department had declared the cricket stadium in Sector 16, which is associated with early training days of legendary Kapil Dev, as a ‘temporary jail on August 25’, the day of the verdict.PUNJAB GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN CHANDIGARH TO STAY CLOSEDThe Punjab government today declared that government offices situated at Chandigarh would be closed on August 25.Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Haryana CM Khattar, and assured him of adequate forces for security in the state, ahead of the trial.

Speeding school bus crushes 68-year-old to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 68-year-old man was crushed under the wheels of a private school bus in Sector 53 of Noida on Monday morning. The errant bus driver has been arrested.The victim was identified as Vipin Bihari Verma, a resident of Shiv Niwas Apartment in Sector 53. The incident took place near the Kanchanjunga market around 6.30am.”My father had gone to buy milk as usual. Around 7 am, we received a call from the government hospital. The authorities informed us that a body had been brought in,” Kumar Mayank, son of the deceased, said.He added: “When we made inquiries about the incident, locals told us that the school bus was overspeeding and my father got stuck under its left back tyre. The bus ran all over him. Within seconds, he was lying on the road in a pool of blood.”The bus belonged to the Evergreen School in Vasundhara Enclave. The school authorities said they had no clue about the driver as all buses were being operated by a private travel agency, working on a contract basis.Eyewitnesses said the driver tried to flee from the spot but was nabbed by the police. The victim was rushed to a Super Speciality Hospital, where doctors declared him dead on arrival.Rajeev, Circle Officer-2, said a case has been registered against the driver. “The body has been sent for post-mortem,” he said.

2 gangsters arrested in Chandigarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police arrested two suspected gangsters from near a school in Sector 45 here. Saraj (30) and Arjun (22), members of the Jaipal gang, were arrested based on a tip-off, a police officer said today. The duo travelling in a vehicle were stopped at a police picket. One of them tried to run away. But policemen nabbed both the accused, hailing from Ferozepur in Punjab. A country-made pistol and 304 grams of heroin were seized from them, the police officer said. Saraj had been facing eight criminal cases, while Arjun was booked in five criminal cases, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT notice to Centre, UP govt over garbage dump yard at Noida

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A plea alleging that reckless dumping of municipal solid waste in Noida was polluting the air, has led the National Green Tribunal to seek responses from the Centre and the UP government on the issue. A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim issued notices to the Ministry of Urban Development, the Yogi Adityanath government, Noida authority and others while seeking their replies before September 14. “Heard. On preliminary hearing satisfied, matter requires consideration. Application is admitted. Issue notice to the respondents,” the bench said. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Noida resident Abhisht Kusum Gupta seeking action against increasing heap of open garbage dump at Sector 138-140. Solid waste was being brought to the site through trucks by Noida authority on regular basis and dumped in a careless manner leading to a nauseating smell, the petition said. “Residents in the nearby apartments across the street can’t keep their balcony doors open as stench from the dump yard reaches straight into their apartments. We have taken our complaints to the Noida authority but no solution has come forth on this,” the plea alleged. The garbage dump in the region was created as a temporary garbage dump by the Noida authority two years ago, the plea said. The plea has sought directions to immediately stop dumping of waste on the site and that no construction should be allowed in the area until a designated place for waste disposal is earmarked. “The authority was supposed to transfer its solid wastes to Astoli, a spot identified for garbage recycling, 50 kilometers away from Noida. No real solution for solid waste management has transpired in the city over 40 years of its existence,” the plea said. Noida alone generates close to 700 metric tons of solid waste on a daily basis.(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.

Schoolgirl strangulated to death in park

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A class 12 student was allegedly strangulated to death by a man at a park in north-west Delhi’s Rohini area as he did not approve her talking to her other male friends, the police said today. The incident was reported yesterday. The accused, Sarthak Kapoor (18), was not in favour of the girl talking to her other friends, they said. He used to often visit her school and fight with her friends, too, the police said. The 17-year-old girl was a bright student and had secured 10 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in Class 10. The accused was the victim’s senior at school. He passed out this year, they said. Yesterday, Kapoor picked up the girl from her coaching institute at Rohini’s Sector 17 as he wanted to “talk to her”, the police said. He took her to a lane near a housing society where they had a scuffle over some issue and he strangulated her, they said, adding that the accused panicked and fled the spot. When the girl did not return home, her father called up her friends, but could not trace his daughter. He also tried to reach Kapoor, but he did not respond, the police said. They said that he then reached the accused’s residence and asked him whether he was aware about his the girl’s whereabouts. Kapoor pretended to look for her by asking help from her other friends. However, the police grew suspicious and questioned him about the girl’s whereabouts, they said. Initially, he hesitated, but later confessed to killing the girl, the police claimed, adding that he has been arrested. He also took the police to the spot where he had strangulated her, they said. The victim’s father told the police that Kapoor would often harass the girl, and even though she tried to maintain distance from him, he would keep on approaching her. Kapoor is pursuing Bachelor in Computer Application (BCA) from an institute in Rohini.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan violates ceasefire in J-K’s Poonch, Indian Army retaliates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir in the wee hours of Wednesday. It is reported that the Pakistani Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 05:34 hours in the region. The Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively. Further details are awaited. Yesterday, Pakistan violated the ceasefire in Baaz and Nambla areas of Uri Sector in Baramulla District of the state. Earlier on August 13, the Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire four times along the LoC in Poonch, Rajouri and Baramulla districts, injuring three Army jawans. Last Saturday, a junior commissioned officer (JCO) of the Indian Army and a civilian woman were killed in separate cases of ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court awards Rs 7.78 L compensation to accident victim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court here has awarded a compensation of over Rs 7 lakh to a man, who was injured in an accident in 2011 and could not work for nine months. Additional Sessions Judge Shivani Jaiswal awarded the compensation of Rs 7.78 lakh to Deepak Kumar Verma last week, government counsel Chaman Prakash Sharma said today. “The New India Assurance Company has been directed to pay the amount,” he said. On October 25, 2011, Verma was injured when his motorcycle was hit by a car near the Sector-34 central park. He suffered “grievous” injuries and was in hospital for 12 days. Deepak’s uncle Ashok Verma had lodged a police complaint. The victim was 40 years old at the time of accident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man sexually assaults a minor girl in Chandigarh park on I-Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A teenage girl returning home after attending the Independence Day function at her school here was allegedly sexually assaulted by a man in a park here today, the police said. The incident happened at the children’s traffic park, located in the heart of the city, this morning. “The accused, aged around 40 years, forcibly took the 12 -year-old girl to the park, sexually assaulted her and fled,” Investigating Officer in the case, Sub-Inspector Kuldeep said. The victim, a student of Class 8 of a government school, was taken to a government hospital in Sector 16 for a medical examination, the officer said, adding a case has been registered. When contacted, Chandigarh Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Eish Singhal said further probe in the case was under progress. Today’s incident comes barely over a week after the 29- year-old daughter of a senior IAS officer was stalked by the son of Haryana BJP chief and his friend.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chandigarh women reclaim Geri route

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Exactly a week after 29-year-old Varnika Kundu’s car was chased by two drunken men in Chandigarh, women from across the city gathered to reclaim the streets.The ‘Bekhauf Azaadi’ march started at 10 pm on the Geri route in Sector 10, passing through Sector 11. The demand was for freedom from patriarchial norms which restrict women under the pretext of safety. “Sadke bhi hamari, galiyan bhi hamari, raatein bhi hamari, aur raat ke chand sitare bhi hamare. (The streets are ours, so are the alleys. The night is ours and so are the moon and the stars),” they chanted.”The Geri route is considered unsafe for women, so we decided to start from here at 10 pm – the time when girls are not supposed to go out,” says 29-year-old Amarjot, one of the organizers. The route, where high incidences of sexual harassment and stalking are reported, passes through various colleges.”Geri culture thrives on harassment of women,” says Amy Singh, who led the online campaign. “Boys roam in cars, drinking alcohol, playing songs that reek of misogyny and comment on girls passing by. This seems to have become the norm here, which is what we want to fight against.””The resentment has been brewing for a while, but the recent incident of stalking and the rape of a ten-year-old girl left us in jitters. We cannot be locked inside our homes just because the police cannot do its duty to make streets safe for us,” said another organizer, social worker Sharmita Binder.Men and women participated in the march and many performed street plays, recited poetry and delivered speeches.”Until we raise our voice, we will not know whether we are being heard,” said Amarjot. “All we want is that next time a woman is seen out late at night, she is not subjected to ruthless questioning, name-calling or stereotypes.”Chandigarh police, who were pulled up for shoddy investigation in the recent stalking case allegedly involving Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar, extended their support to the march, organizers said.In one voiceThe march started on the Geri route in Sector 10, through Sector 11. The demand was for freedom from patriarchial norms.

No reason for opposition to seek Barala’s resignation: Vij

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Haryana minister Anil Vij said today that there was no reason for opposition parties to demand the resignation of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, whose son is an accused in the Chandigarh woman stalking case. “Why should Subhash Barala resign, what wrong has he committed? A case has been registered under the sections just as the victim wanted. Subhash Barala’s son and another person have been arrested. The victim says they have full faith in the police investigation,” the outspoken health and sports minister said. He said the woman’s father had said that there was no pressure on the family. “Then for what reason is the opposition seeking Subhash Barala’s resignation? What wrong has he done?,” Vij asked while speaking to reporters here. He said when the police had summoned Vikas Barala, the accused in the case, his father Subhash Barala himself asked his son to visit the police station at Sector 26 here and cooperate with the police investigations. “Subhash Barala is a law abiding, he respects law. He even said that the victim is like her daughter…opposition is doing cheap politics over this issue, they have no other issue. They are just fighting for their existence,” Vij said. Subhash Barala’s son Vikas and another accused were re-arrested in the stalking case involving the 29-year-old daughter of a IAS officer, here on Wednesday after they were charged with the non-bailable offence of attempted abduction under section 365 of the IPC and section 511, which relates to an attempt to commit an offence punishable with life or other imprisonment.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three men try to abduct woman in Noida Sector 49

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three men on Thursday allegedly tried to abduct a woman by pulling her into their car at Sector 49 of Noida, but were forced to release her after the locals gathered around.They also allegedly fired at her but she escaped, which drew attention of the people.Reportedly, the culprits had been harassing the woman since for a long time.The woman filed a complaint in the Sector 49 Police Station.She stated in the complaint that the culprits had threatened to kill her.Investigation is underway. Further details are awaited.

Vikas Barala, his friend sent to two-day police custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after he was arrested for stalking and trying to kidnap an IAS officer’s daughter in Chandigarh last week, Vikas Barala confessed to having driven his SUV on the same route where the alleged crime took place.The son of Haryana BJP?chief Subhash Barala, who was arrested along with his friend Ashish Kumar, however, said in a local court on Thursday that they did not know the victim before.Vikas, 23, and Ashish, 27, were hustled into the court amid heavy security even as they struggled to hide their faces from the media. The court sent the two in two days of police remand till August 12.He also confessed that they had bought beer bottles from Sector 8 and drove towards Sector 26, also corroborated by CCTV footage, but denied any attempt to kidnap the woman. Barala’s counsel argued that the accused have been co-operating with the police, but the court allowed the plea for custody for further investigation. They had been arrested soon after the incident on August 4 but were let off on bail hours later, amid allegations by the Congress that both BJP-ruled governments at the Centre and in Haryana were trying to dilute the probe. The charge of kidnapping attempt was added on Wednesday. It’s is a non-bailable offence, and the two now face up to seven years in jail.Barala’s counsel Surya Prakash said the charge of kidnapping attempt was added by the police due to media pressure and was based on the ‘victim’s apprehensions’.NEED TO KNOWThe accused were arrested on August 4, on charges of stalking. Cellphone locations of the two accused have also corroborated the allegations that the accused were allegedly chasing the victim’s car on the night of the incident, the police said.

Haryana stalking case: Vikas Barala arrested by Chandigarh police, to be charged with attempt of abduction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Vikas, the son of Haryana BJP Chief Subhash Barala, today appeared before the Chandigarh police for questioning in connection with the alleged stalking case filed against him by a 29-year-old woman in Chandigarh. After few hours of questioning, the police decided to formally arrest him. Speaking to the media, Chandigarh DGPTejinder Singh Luthra confirmed that Vikas Barala and other accused Ashish Kumar have been arrested. They will be charged with attempt of abduction under section 365 and 511. The accused will be produced in court tomorrow, said Chandigarh DGP. Earlier Vikas Barala eached the Sector 26 police station in a white SUV at around 2:30 pm along with the other accused Ashish Kumar. The two had been arrested after the woman accused them of chasing her car and trying to kidnap her on Friday night but were later granted bail. A large possse of policemen was deployed at the sector-26 police station, where both the accused were asked to appear.Vikas Barala reached the police station shortly after his father told reporters that “he (Vikas) will cooperate with the police investigation”. Earlier in the day, DGP Luthra said Vikas refused to receive the notice so the police pasted it outside his house here.
ALSO READ Haryana Girl Stalking Case: Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar appear before police, being interrogatedAddressing a press conference, the DGP said the CCTV footage from different places indicated that the accused were chasing the girl. “Our investigations are at critical stage and we are taking it to the next level,” DGP said. The DGP said Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar (27) had refused to give blood and urine samples for medical examination which could go against them during prosecution. With the Chandigarh Police facing questions over its handling of the case, Luthra stressed they will do “everything under the sun” to ensure the 29-year-old complainant gets justice.

Woman commits suicide on Raksha Bandhan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself in her brother’s apartment after Raksha Bandhan celebrations here, the police said today. It seems she hanged herself last night. The victim, a resident of Lucknow, had come to celebrate the festival with her brother here, they said. Her brother has claimed that yesterday after the celebrations she had gone to a room to sleep and today her body was found hanging from the ceiling fan, the police said. Sector 49 Police Station in-charge Parshu Ram said, “The body has been sent for post mortem. Prima facie, it appears to be a suicide.” The matter is being investigated, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Infiltration bid foiled in J&K, 5 terrorists killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five terrorists were killed on Monday when the Army foiled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) at the Machil sector in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.The incident occurred in the afternoon, when the troops guarding the LoC noticed some suspicious movement near Z-Gali in the Machil Sector along the LoC and immediately swung into action. Sources said when the terrorists were attempting to sneak in, they were challenged by the alert troops.”A major infiltration bid has been foiled in the Machil sector. Five terrorists have been killed and their weapons recovered,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, a defence spokesperson in Srinagar.The operation is still underway, with troops busy in combing and sanitising the area. “The operation is still continuing,” said Colonel Kalia.Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army violated a ceasefire on Monday evening, when they fired at an Indian forward posts on the LoC in the Uri sector, leaving one soldier injured.

Sikkim stand-off: India junks China’s claim on troops reduction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China’s claim of Indian troops reducing their strength from 400 to 40 at the point of a prolonged standoff between the two nations in the Sikkim sector was rejected on Wednesday by government officials in New Delhi who said there was no change in the situation and 300-350 soldiers were still stationed there.China on Wednesday again urged India to “withdraw its trespassing border troops” and conduct a thorough investigation into the “illegal trespass” to appropriately resolve dispute and restore peace and tranquillity between the two countries.Since mid-June, a military standoff continues in Doklam — a disputed tri-junction where the borders of India (Sikkim), China and Bhutan converge.”There is status quo and the standoff continues as of now. There has been no withdrawal of troops by us till now,” said government sources here. Sources indicated the Indian Army was ready for a prolonged row to consolidate its position.Indian troops are also getting continuous supplies, making it very clear that they will not back off till there is a diplomatic solution to the confrontation. After PLA troops entered the plateau in Bhutanese territory to build a road, Indian soldiers had intervened, citing agreements between the three countries to maintain a status quo in the region.The Indian Army is resisting the building of the road as it will give China greater access to India’s strategically vulnerable Siliguri corridor that links the seven north-eastern states to the Indian mainland.In a 15-page statement with maps and background details, Beijing on Wednesday accused Indian troops of advancing more than 100 metres into Chinese territory on June 16. “On 18 June, over 270 Indian border troops, carrying weapons and driving two bulldozers, crossed the boundary in the Sikkim Sector at the Duo Ka La (Doka La) pass,” it said.In New Delhi, the Ministry Of External Affairs spokesperson said that India’s position on this issue and related facts have been articulated in a statement on June 30. “India considers that peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas is an important prerequisite for smooth development of our bilateral relations with China,” the spokesperson said in response to a query on China’s document.The Chinese statement added that at one point of time there more than 400 troops who had pitched tents and advanced over 180 meters into the Chinese territory. “As of the end of July, there were still over 40 Indian border troops and one bulldozer illegally staying in the Chinese territory,” the statement added. India has maintained that the standoff can only end through diplomatic channels.

Man shot dead in Gurgaon in road rage incident: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an apparent case of road rage, a man was allegedly shot dead by four persons on the Jharsa Road in Sector-15 here, police said. They said Jitendra Rana’s SUV was overtaken by four people who were in another car at the Royal Green liquor shop. “The accused had allegedly blocked the way of the SUV and involved in an altercation with Rana. It reached to such a level that four of them snatched the license pistol of Rana and shot him,” they said. Gurgaon Police chief PRO ACP Manish Sehgal said Rana was taken to the civil hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. An FIR under section 302 (punishment for murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC has been registered with the civil line police station, police said. They said Rana was associated with a private TV news channel for the past one month and had also taken distribution franchisee for a tea company in Gurgaon. Police have procured CCTV footage of the area for further robe.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT summons Ghaziabad official for non-compliance of order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal has taken exception to non-compliance of its order for maintaining roads and pavements with sufficient green cover in Ghaziabad and summoned the municipal commissioner there for explaining the delay in the implementation of the directive. A bench headed by Justice R S Rathore slammed the corporation for not executing its order despite giving an unconditional undertaking and assurance to the tribunal. It also took exception to the affidavit filed by the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) stating that the green panel’s direction of May 16, 2016 order had been complied with. “There is no dispute about the fact that the compliance of the said order has not been fully made so far. More over an undertaking was given by the respondent namely the civic body on November 15, 2016 whereby they sought two month’s time to comply with the order. “Now even after seven months, the compliance has not been made. Therefore before proceeding further, we direct the GMC commissioner to remain present before the tribunal on the next date of hearing (July 24),” the bench said. The tribunal had earlier imposed a fine of Rs one lakh on three officials of the Ghaziabad for non-compliance of its order on maintenance of roads and pavements with green cover in one of the sectors. It had said that municipal commissioner, chief engineer and the executive engineer were responsible for the lapses in Sector 3 of Vasundhara and directed that the fine be recovered from them. The tribunal’s order came on a plea filed by Ghaziabad- resident Nayan Agrawal seeking execution of the NGT’s direction to repair and carry out maintenance of the roads and pavements with sufficient green cover in Sector 3 in Vasundhra area of the district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

North Delhi Mayor visits civic-run schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to take stake of the situation pertaining to sanitation and infrastructure at the schools, North Delhi Mayor, Preeti Agarwal made a surprise visit to three civic-run primary schools at Sector-15, Rohini on Tuesday. Various other senior officials of different departments also accompanied her.Pointing out that cleanliness was not up to the mark, Mayor ordered the Principal and the officials of DEMS department to improve sanitation level in the schools. She further said, “The toilets should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, specially the girls toilets. Priority should be to provide clean toilet and drinking water to students.”

J&K: Army jawan, nine-year-old girl killed in Pakistan firing along LoC in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Army jawan, and a nine-year-old girl was killed on Monday as Pakistani troops shelled areas along Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch.Naik Muddasar Ahmed (37) was grievously injured when mortar shells landed on his bunker. He was evacuated to the medical inspection room where he succumbed to his injuries. Muddasar Ahmed​ belonged to Village Duchoo of Tral Tehsil in Pulwama. He is survived by his wife Shaheena Muddasar and two children.The Pakistan Army violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch’s Balakote and Rajouri’s Manjakote and Bhimber Gali sector.The Indian Army is strongly retaliating to it.Meanwhile, the Indian Army rejected and rebutted the Pakistan Army’s charge of its soldiers targeting Pakistan Army troops and civilians, which had resulted in the death of four Pakistani soldiers’, and one civilian in Athmuqam Sector of Pakistan occupied Kashmir opposite India’s Keran Sector in Kupwara District.On July 12, two soldiers were killed after Pakistan violated ceasefire in Kupwara sector of Jammu and Kashmir.On July 9, the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector along the LoC.Reportedly, 23 cease fire violations have occurred so far in June alone.On June 29, two Indian Army jawans were injured when the Pakistani troops initiated firing along the LOC in Poonch.

Late night Metro plan on airport line shelved for now

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

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