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

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

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PWD has only three machines to clean roads: Delhi government to Delhi High court

There are “only” three mechanised vacuum cleaning machines with the Delhi government’s Public Works Department (PWD) to sweep the roads. These submissions were made in the High Court in the wake of the failure of the Delhi government to curtail the increasing air pollution in the Capital. In an affidavit filed in the Delhi High court through its standing counsel Naushad Ahmed Khan, the AAP government informed the court that there are three vacuum cleaning machines which have been used to clean the roads of posh South Delhi. “Three numbers mechanised sweeping machines have been deployed on various roads of the PWD in South Delhi only. The PWD is making efforts to increase the number of machines, by re-tendering for procurement on hiring basis the mechanized sweeping machines,” the government said in the affidavit filed on November 29.The length of the PWD roads’ measures is 1,270 km and each machine can cover not more than five-six km of the road at a time. Sources said that the action would just end up cleaning 15 per cent of the roads while 85 per cent of the roads are yet to becovered. However, when asked about the machines, an official in the PWD stated that they do not own the machines and the same have been hired or procured from a third party.“We do not have a single vacuum cleaning machine to sweep the roads. The three machines have been hired. Also it is not our responsibility to procure the machines. It is the municipal bodies who are responsible to the get the machines. We are just entrusted with the construction and maintenance of the roads,” the official said on the condition of anonymity. According to an IIT Kanpur report, a big contributor to Delhi’s air pollution is road dust that accounts for about 35 per cent of tiny particles known as PM 2.5 in the air, followed by vehicles.The High Court has also noted that there should be appropriate cleaning and washing of roads so as to ensure that the dust settles down. In an order dated November 9, the court also directed water sprinkling on the roads to prevent dust contamination, which is the biggest reason for pollution in the city. However, the suggestions have not been properly complied with major roads of the Capital remaining uncovered. WHEN DUST MATTERSAccording to an IIT Kanpur report, road dust accounts for about 35 per cent of tiny particles known as PM 2.5 in the air, followed by vehicles. The length of the PWD roads’ measures is 1,270 km and each machine can cover not more than five-six km of the road at a time. In an order dated November 9, the court also directed water sprinkling on the roads to prevent dust contamination
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145 cases against policemen in 2015, no arrest: Survey

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a surprising revelation, despite over 12,000 complaints received against the Delhi Police officers in 2015, of which 346 were declared false, only 145 criminal cases were registered, according to the data released by Praja Foundation on Thursday. It further stated despite 145 criminal cases, no policeman was arrested.The foundation revealed that the number of complaints received in 2015 against the police was 12,913 of which 346 were declared false. Only 145 criminal cases were registered but no police personnel got arrested. The Same year, of 1,057 cases registered against the police, 62% were either withdrawn or disposed of, while 69 were dismissed and in 292 cases major punishment was awarded, it said.A number of incidents were reported in 2016 where rogue policing also came to light. In December 2016, a head constable was suspended after allegedly helping women pickpockets at a metro station when the act was caught in a CCTV camera. In the same month, a constable and five others, including three women were arrested for allegedly honey-trapping businessmen and government employees in Burari area. Two months ahead of this, in October, an inspector was suspended for his alleged involvement in a corruption case of fake coin manufacturing.Apart from this, while in September, three cops from the Delhi Police’s Special Cell were dismissed for extorting money, in August a head constable and two others were booked for carrying out unauthorised construction in Hari Nagar.The data also mentioned that 50% of the respondents to crime do not feel secure in Delhi, whereas 60% do not feel that Delhi is secure for women, children and senior citizens.”67% respondents from Chandni Chowk and South Delhi find Delhi to be unsafe/not secure for women, children and senior citizens. South district of Delhi Police recorded very high occurrence of molestation with women,” it read.57% of the respondents do not feel secure while travelling in Delhi, of which the highest number of respondents was of North East Delhi i.e. 63%, Praja data stated.”A comparison between Delhi and Mumbai numbers (Annual Survey of Households), strictly going on people’s perceptions, Delhi is not considered to be as secure by its residents,” it stated.

Robber fires at petrol pump owner, steals Rs 15L

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A petrol pump owner was shot at outside a bank while he was walking towards it in order to deposit the cash in South Delhi’s Malviya nagar area on Tuesday morning. The auto-rickshaw driver who was present at the location intervened to save the victim but was hit by the accused men.Kamal Jeet Singh Sethi, owner of a petrol pump in the Lado Sarai area reached the federal bank in Malviya Nagar in his Swift car to deposit the cash. He was carrying the cash collected during the weekend from the petrol pump. The robbed amount is stated to be around Rs 15 lakhs.The entire incident has been captured on CCTV cameras which showed Jeet walking towards the co-driver’s seat in order to pick up the black bag full of cash. He then picked up the bag and walk towards the bank. Suddenly the attacker came running behind him and fired at him after which he picked up the bag.An auto-rickshaw driver identified as Pankaj intervened to save the man but was hit by the accused. “I had dropped my wife and was passing through the road when I saw the man screaming for help. I stopped and rushed to save him but the accused hit me we the butt of the gun. I felt dizzy and fell on the floor. He ran with the bag alone,” said Pankaj.Jeet sustained injuries and was later discharged and is undergoing treatment at Max hospital.Prima facie it appears that the attackers were three in number and were trailing the accused from Lado Sarai. While one of them was stationed near the bank the others stood at a distance in order to help him flee.A case under appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was regsitered. Further investigations are underway.

Children’s Day Horror: 18-month-old girl allegedly raped by caretaker in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A one-and-half-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her caretaker in Shahpur Jat village area in South Delhi on Monday.The condition of the girl is stated to be critical and currently, she is recuperating at a city hospital.The police said that the accused was hired to be the caretaker of the girl.The victim’s father had hired him from an established placement agency. On Monday afternoon when the mother of the child returned home she saw her daughter bleeding from her private parts. Following which, she informed her husband and even questioned the accused after which she shut him in a room and informed the police.The girl was rushed to Safdarjung Hospital where she is undergoing treatment. The Accused was arrested from their house. A case of rape has been registered at Hauz Khas police station.

Filthy pond makes teen move High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fed up with the foul smell of garbage and sewer water in a pond adjacent to a government school, a 16-year-old girl has knocked the Delhi High Court’s door, seeking directions to the authorities to clean the water body.Simran, a student of Class IX in Sarvodya Kanya Vidyalaya, Aya Nagar, in south Delhi, has highlighted the plight of all her friends, teachers, and residents of the area, who have been falling sick because of the garbage that is being dumped in a nearby pond in the absence of ‘dhalaos’.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar expressed concerns over the condition and the health of individuals because of the pond. The court ordered immediate inspection of the area, directing the Delhi government, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to do so.The court also asked the petitioner, Simran, to point out the area to the authorities, who would have to file a status report about the garbage and the sewer issues in the area.Speaking to DNA, Simran said she has been facing the issue for the last one year. “I have been studying in this school for the last six years. But from the last one year, the situation has become intolerable. Many of my friends have fallen sick. Also, there is a mosquito menace because of the garbage,” she said.She further said that several complaints have been made in this regard, but no action has been taken to solve the issues. “Both me and my parents had told the principal, who assured us that she will complain to the authorities. But, nothing happened. Teachers and students, all face the same problem,” she added.The court said that if the allegations were found to be correct, rectification measures will be taken immediately.Meanwhile, councillor of Aya Nagar, Ved Pal, told DNA that students have been facing this problem as there is not even a single dhalao in the area. “We are waiting for the dhalao land for Aya Nagar and Jonapur. As soon as we get the land from the Delhi government, the problem would be solved,” he said.The court has fixed the next date of hearing on February 5.

Nigerian held after Africans clash in hosp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 38-year old Nigerian national has been arrested in the Ashok Vihar area after a video of clash between two groups of Nigerians at a nursing home in South Delhi’s Saket went viral on Monday. The accused Bello Leonard was arrested after the police identified him through the CCTV footage.As per the CCTV footage, a group of Nigerians are seen following another injured Nigerian person. The footage shows them breaking the door thrashing him, removing his shirt and hitting him with a shoe. The hospital staffer who had hid himself to save him later can be seen walking out.During the clash the furniture at the nursing home broke as well. Leonard told the police that he had come to India in 2015 and works as an export agent. He exports clothes to African countries as per his claims; however he has no documents to support the same.Leonard further added that there were some monetary disputes among Nigerians residing in South-West Delhi and Dwarka. The dispute is also because of the working area where some Nigerians.According to the police, on Saturday around 4:40am they was informed about a ruckus being created by some Nigerian nationals at the Neelu Angel nursing home in Saket area.Chinmoy Biswal, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, South said that a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered at Saket police station.”Investigations revealed that a fight between two separate groups of foreign nationals first occurred at Eboma Kitchen near Mehrauli church. Some of them were injured in that clash and had come to the hospital for treatment and hence the fight from the kitchen continued at the hospital,” added Biswal.CRIME SHEETAs per the CCTV footage, a group of Nigerians are seen following another injured Nigerian person. The footage shows them breaking the door thrashing him, removing his shirt and hitting him with a shoe.

Class 11 boy killed by friends in Mehrauli

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 17-year-old boy was strangled to death by his friend and two others after he tried to initiate friendship with his friend’s girlfriend studying along with him at school. The incident was reported from South Delhi’s Mehrauli area and three persons have been apprehended in the case.Jaideep alias Jatin Goyal was killed by his friend Navin Singh (20), Akash Chaudhary alias Ashu (23) and another friend of theirs. The accused person had taken the help of a crime show on television to commit the crime. According to the police, it was Singh’s girlfriend who studied with Goyal. The girl had told Singh that around two months back Goyal had tried to speak to her but she avoided; later Singh asked her to stop talking to him but a few days back she informed Singh about Goyal following her and initiating friendship, following which he hatched a conspiracy along with his associates to kill him.Goyal’s mother said that he returned home happily from school on Saturday as he had won a trophy. Every Saturday, Goyal went to the Shani temple in Jasola known by everyone.”He left for the temple around 6:30 pm and when he did not return home till 8 pm, I asked my daughter to call him. When we called on his number, someone else picked up the phone and said that they would kill my son, if I did not fulfill their demands of a ransom of Rs 20 lakh. I agreed to pay as well,” said the mother.While all this was happening Akash was sitting at Goyal’s house and misleading the investigators. At the same time, he was also informing his friends about the situation at Goyal’s house and their actions.The family members then informed the police, who registered a case of kidnapping. The police traced the location from where the ransom call was made and also found Goyal’s scooty dumped there. After scanning various CCTV footages in the area, one of them showed three boys with faces covered going on a bullet motorcycle. The police showed the grab of the CCTV footage to various friends of Goyal. One of them identified the bullet as that of Akash, following which he was apprehended.After sustained interrogation, he broke down and confessed to the crime. At his instance, two of his other friends were also apprehended.

Delhi HC: Review move to trifurcate MCD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking note of the discrimination in basic facilities to the citizens of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the Delhi High Court has asked the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and the Ministry of Urban Development to review the move to trifurcate the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi.The directions come after a bunch of petitions were filed challenging a notice issued by the NDMC on June 21. The notice directed the petitioners to vacate the staff quarters occupied by them after the Standing Committee passed a resolution “to develop 10 such projects for revenue generation”.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Harishankar noted that the lack of funds has always been a grievance of the NDMCand the EDMC. However, no such complains have been made by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).”This matter deserves the attention of the L-G and Ministry of Urban Development. A view needs to be taken by the L-G and Ministry of Urban Development as to why citizens in NDMC and EDMC are being deprived of several advantages and facilities which are available to the residents of south Delhi. A view also needs to be taken with regard to efficacy and utility of the division of the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi in three corporations,” the court said in its order.The court held that rationalisation has to be undertaken of the allocation of funds/availability of finances to these municipal corporations.”The residents of East Delhi Municipal Corporation or North Delhi Municipal Corporation cannot be placed at adjacent advantage vis-a-vis the residents of South Delhi,” the bench noted. The bench also put a stay on the notice issued by the NDMC to vacate the staff quarters thereby listing the matter for January 15 next year.The trifurcation of MCD that took place in 2012 had made north and east corporations financially weaker than their southern counterpart due to uneven distribution of assets. Both north and east civic bodies have been struggling to release salaries to their employees for the past two years. There have been multiple strikes by the sanitation staff during this period.

Friend who chopped up bartender’s body nabbed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police has arrested the friend and co-worker of the man whose body was found chopped and stored in a refrigerator in South Delhi’s Said-Ul-Azaib area. Police officers told DNA that Vipin Joshi’s head and torso was cut in two parts and stuffed inside the fridge at his friend Badal Mandal alias Swapan Singra’s rented flat in the same area.Mandal who was the prime suspect in the case told police that he had killed Joshi because he suspected him of having an affair with his wife. Vipin Joshi and Badal Mandal worked together at the FIO Country Kitchen & Bar at the Garden of Five Senses. Joshi had gone missing on October 9 and his body was discovered at Badal’s rented flat on October 15. Badal was arrested on Wednesday from Rourkela in Odisha after one of his relatives revealed his location to police officers who were hunting for him.Initially Badal tried to misguide the investigating officials and tried to conceal his identity but later confessed to the crime. During his interrogation he told police that he had a couple of times seen Joshi enter his house in his absence.”He suspected his wife of having an illicit affair with Joshi and after seeing Joshi walk out of his house on one occasion he had planned to eliminate him. He planned the murder in such a way that he applied for leave earlier only before killing Joshi so as to no one suspects him of the murder,” said a senior police officer.On the day of the incident Badal took the meat cleaver from the restaurant and took Joshi along with him to his flat where both of them drank alcohol and then later on Badal attacked him. After this, he dragged his body to the washroom and cut it into pieces. He later removed the trays from the fridge and stuffed the pieces of the body inside it. He then went back to the washroom and cleaned it and later fled for his in-laws house in Kolkata.A team of police officers reached Kolkata, after tracing his mobile, which showed his location to be Purulia village. However, he was not found there. The police team later found him in Rourkela from where he was arrested.

Doctor rapes 25-year-old woman in clinic

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 25 year old woman was allegedly raped by a doctor at a clinic in the Kotla Mubarakpur area of South Delhi district on Wednesday evening. The accused has been identified as Sunil Sethi (52) who has been absconding ever since the incident.According to the police, the victim works at a clinic in Punjabi Bazaar and in her complaint has alleged that she was raped by a doctor working in the same clinic. “In her complaint the woman has alleged that on Wednesday night, the accused locked the clinic and forced himself on her. She was later threatened to death if she discloses it to anyone,” said an officer.The victim somehow escaped and narrated the ordeal to her family. Following the complaint, the victim was sent for a medical check up at AIIMS trauma center where the doctor’s confirmed her story. “The police registered a case under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code. The accused have been absconding since the incident took place. We have formed several teams to nab him,” the officer added.

Cops hunting for victim bartender’s friend for murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Horror and shock gripped a team of Delhi Police when its search for a missing 30-year-old bartender lead it to his colleague’s South Delhi house where his body was found chopped in three pieces and stored inside a refrigerator on Saturday night.Vipin Joshi had been missing since Monday. The police suspected his chef friend Badal Mandal’s role in the disappearance as he also went missing the same day. “The house door was locked. When we got inside, we found the refrigerator’s door slightly ajar. We saw signs of blood that had dripped out. We also noticed a trouser, soaked in blood, kept nearby,” said a police officer. The police suspect that the crime might have been committed a couple of days ago.The team found Joshi’s head, and also his torso cut into two pieces and stuffed inside the refrigerator. A meat cleaver suspected to be used in the ghastly crime was recovered from the house and sent for forensic examination. Some liquor bottles were also found from the rented accommodation located in Said-Ul-Azaib, an urban village in upscale Saket area.Joshi lived with his brother in a rented house in the adjacent lane. He worked at FIO Country Kitchen & Bar at the Garden of Five Senses, a 20-acre leisure space run by the Delhi government for the public to socialise and unwind.Mandal worked at the same restaurant where they were called “best friends”. A police team will be sent to Kolkata where his mobile phone’s last location was seen. His phone is now switched off. Mandal had sent his wife and children to their home in West Bengal last month. The police said that the motive behind the gruesome murder was not clear. The sequence of the crime is to be established. The police is questioning other workers at the restaurant.”The trays in the fridge had been removed to fit the body pieces.,” said a police officer.”We informed the police after we noticed a strong stench coming from the house. I did not know Mandal personally but had seen him once drinking at our house along with my brother. My brother came to Delhi in 2007 and started working as a bartender,” said Mahesh, the victim’s brother.HORROR IN SOUTH DELHI HOUSEVipin Joshi had been missing for a week. His body pieces found in chef friend’s fridge
A meat cleaver, a blood-soaked trouser recovered from Badal Mandal’s house
Accused likely to have fled to Kolkata. A police team is being sent to arrest him

DCW seeks school’s reply to notice by Oct 10

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a housekeeping staffer raped a six-year-old girl in a private school in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar area, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) issued a show cause notice to the school on Friday.”Considering the gravity of the matter, your reply should reach the Commission not later than October 10, 3 pm, in a sealed cover,” the DCW stated.The Commission has also instituted an inquiry into the matter and directed the school to provide required information to it. “It has come to the Commission’s notice that the minor girl had gone to the washroom and sought help. But, instead of a woman staffer, the accused came in and allegedly sexually assaulted her,” the DCW said in a statement.The accused was later arrested and booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The panel has now directed the school to provide recruitment details of the accused, in case he was on the payroll.”If the accused person was an employee of the school, please inform the role assigned to him and his date of appointment,” it stated.The Commission also inquired whether police verification of employees, including the accused, had been conducted? And if it had been, then the school has to provide details of the verification of the accused.”The DCW has also sought details on why women staffers had not been deployed to attend to minor students and how a male staffer accessed toilets meant for girls,” the Commission said.It has also asked for a detailed report of the incident, including the sequence of events and a copy of the entire CCTV footage of the day of the incident.The caseThe girl was raped in her South Delhi school’s toilet by a housekeeping staff on Wednesday. The accused was arrested soon after. The class 1 student, despite being told by accused Rakesh to keep quiet, narrated her ordeal to her mother. Doctors confirmed rape.

SDMC picks firm for toll tax collection

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Among the six companies that submitted their tender for collection of toll tax, South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s (SDMC) standing committee gave its nod to the company offering Rs 126 crore of M/S MEP infrastructure. This company has given a guarantee of Rs 23 crore.The company will be free to surrender after a year of the contract although the contract is for five years. 25 per cent of performance security deposit will be forfeited and the remaining amount will be released after 90 days.Toll tax received will be distributed in the ratio of 1:1 and 0.6 between the SDMC, NDMC and EMDC. SDMC will be getting an annual amount of Rs 478 crore which is almost double the amount being received in the earlier contract of three years.ECC will be collected by the selected company from all vehicles entering Delhi and the collected amount will then be transferred to the city Government.

Fashion designer Rohit Bal detained by Delhi police after late night scuffle with neighbour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fashion designer Rohit Bal, along with 3 of his employees, was detained by Delhi Police on Friday after he was embroiled in a scuffle with his neighbour.The incident happened at 1 AM Thursday night at his defence colony residence in South Delhi. FIR is registered under sections IPC 427, 451and 506.The reports also said that the designer was allegedly drunk at the time.Bal recently designed the outfits of the musicians for a special concert curated by Shubha Mudgal called ‘Living Traditions.’More details awaited.

Mobile app for parking, higher penalties on anvil

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vehicle-owners in south Delhi will soon be able to scout, book, and pay for a parking slot through a mobile application. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is working on a mobile app through which people can find a parking slot at a particular lot and even make the payment.Besides, all three municipal corporations are planning to implement higher parking penalties and provide for automated and hi-tech parking spaces, as the Delhi government plans to notify its new Parking Rules, 2017, by September-end.The city transport department has kept the parking policy open for suggestions from the civic bodies, after which it will be sent for approval to the L-G.The draft policy recommends parking controls with charges for night and day hours and a limit on the number of vehicles to be accommodated on residential and commercial streets in the city.”Work on the application has already started. We are holding consultations for its features. The app will help streamline parking issues, as vehicle-owners will be assured of a parking space once they book a slot. This will help reduce the haphazard parking as well parking on roadsides,” a senior civic body official said.The civic body has already identified land for building stack parkings. These lots will have a digital map of the parking area and the slots available for four-wheeler and two-wheeler vehicles.”We have 103 parking lots in commercial areas. All of these and the upcoming parking lots will be synced under the system to book parking space through the app. We are currently having discussions and the proposal will soon be put up in the House for approval. We have a plan ready and are waiting for the government to tell civic bodies when to submit it,” south Delhi Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said.Most parking spaces across the city, including surface and multi-level lots, are being maintained by the three corporations, which are now focusing on building stack parkings that are more user-friendly and take less time to build.The north and east MCDs are also planning to hike parking fee and penalties. On a pilot basis, the north corporation had started a drive on September 1 against roadside parking, with penalty being five times the usual rate, in two areas — Kamla Nagar and Model Town.”The pilot project is on. We will review the progress of the programme next month. We can see a change in parking patterns already. There are multi-level parking lots at both markets. People still parked on streets as there was no fear of law. Now that the penalty has become five times, there has been a change in people’s habits,” a senior north civic body official said.

Man injured after a brawl over car parking

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 38-year-old man sustained injuries after he he had an argument with another man over car parking in South Delhi’s Saket area. The police arrested the accused Rahul Rai (65)According to the police on Sunday around 5:48pm the police was informed regarding a firing incident at Saket. Rahul Rai (65) a resident of Chattarpur was on his way home from Nainital in his car bearing number no HR-26-DG-3267 along with his driver Khusvinder Singh.As the car was passing through Khokha Market a white Swift car bearing a Delhi number was parked in an incorrect manner due to which Singh could not pass his car. He honked several times and then managed to take his car out his car. During this time an argument ensued between Rai and Amit. While Rai and Singh started moving towards their residence, Amit reached near the State Bank of India (SBI), Saket and overtook their car.”Amit got out of his car and started fighting with them again. In order to scare him Rai pointed a pistol at him. But Amit tried to snatch the gun and in the meantime the revolver fired a round.

MTP Act ought to reflect modern times, needs: Sneha Mukherjee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sneha Mukherjee’s office at the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in South Delhi’s Bhogal area is as busy and chaotic as the bazaar outside. However, Mukherjee is an oasis of calm amid the mountains of paper.Through her, HRLN has handled over a dozen cases seeking medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) in the Supreme Court, and won all except one. “I saved another woman’s life,” she once excitedly told this reporter, when they bumped into each other in SC’s corridors.The 26-year-old, who hails from Kolkata, says she took up law by chance. “I was a science student, and like all parents, mine too wanted me to pursue engineering. But I decided to take a chance and study law to figure out what I want,” she says.As a first-year law student, Mukherjee interned with an NGO, which helped her gain an insight into how her work impact someone’s life for the better, she tells us. This year, SC decided the fate of more than a dozen cases on medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) including that of two minors. Except in two, the top court gave its nod in all cases for MTP.“I try to interact as much as I can with my clients. These women are from all over the country. I still worry about that woman for whom I could not secure an abortion,” she says.Mukherjee’s first MTP case was in December 2016. “I was new to the issue of abortion rights. But then you interact with the petitioners; you realise how situations like these affect them. I spoke to gynaecologists, did as much research I could to understand more about the issue and what is the right way to address it.”The young lawyer has been instrumental in helping these women and a minor regain some amount of rights over their bodies. “After the media’s attention to MTP cases, I have been getting a lot of calls. We are now going to publish common queries online and make access to us more systematic,” says the lawyer.Working on these cases, one thing is clear to her; the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act needs to be discussed. Urgently. It needs to be amended to reflect the modern times, and the changes in science that are better equipped to deal with pregnancies at an advanced stage.

Protect peacocks, HC tells govt, agencies

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

Casino-cum-bar bust in South Delhi: Police suspends 5 officials for negligence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Delhi Police has suspended five officials of the Fatehpur Beri Police Station for negligence on their part over an illegal casino-cum-bar at a farmhouse in South Delhi, which was busted in a late evening raid on Tuesday. The suspended police personnel are Inspector Govind Chauhan, the SHO, Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASI) Brij Kishore and Rajender, Head Constable (HC) Ravinder and Constable Puran. According to sources, at least 30 persons, including 14 players and five female casino-cum-bar attendants, were apprehended and 13 luxury cars were seized from 36, Raj Mahal, Dera Mandi Road in Fatehpur Beri area during the raid. The police also seized a roulette machine, gambling tables, casino tokens worth crore, playing cards and liquor bottles from the farmhouse. Last year, the South District Police, acting on a tip, had raided an illegal casino in the Sainik Farm and arrested 36 persons.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dengue claims first life in Delhi this season, 325 hit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi authorities on Monday confirmed the first reported dengue death in the capital this year. Civic officials have identified the deceased as 12-year-old Nitish Kumar, a resident of Safdarjung development area in the city, who died of ‘dengue shock syndrome’ on August 1, 36 hours after he was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.According to the municipal report, 325 people have been affected by the vector-borne disease this monsoon season in Delhi alone.“The patient was brought to us 4-5 days after he was infected. He had the dengue shock syndrome and his blood pressure was not recordable. There was fluid collection in his chest and abdomen,” said Dr Anil Sachdeva, paediatrician, Sir Gangaram Hospital. “Kumar hailed from Bihar,” said South Delhi Mayor, Kamaljeet Sehrawat.Of the total 657 dengue cases reported this year, 325 have been in Delhi and 332 from other states.

Girl screams her way out of kidnap bid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Quick-thinking saved a 21-year-old who was being kidnapped by a driver and his accomplice. The youngster saved herself by alerting locals in South-Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area on Saturday evening and was eventually safely dropped back home by the police.The girl, who works as a beautician in Pocket B and C of Vasant Kunj was walking on her way home around 7.30 pm when a car stopped to ask for an address.Once she close enough, the driver grabbed her and pulled her towards the car. He was accompanied by another friend. The victim used all her might to scream and protest, and a crowd began to gather.The car fled due to the increasing crowd and the girl called the police. The case of attempt to kidnap was lodged at the Vasant Kunj North police station and the police swung into action.Investigation at the location and CCTV footage revealed that the car had a Haryana number. “The accused has been identified as Rohit Chaudhary (22). He is a resident of Ghitorni area and was subsequently arrested. The car used in the commission of the crime has also been recovered,” said a senior police officer. Rohit’s associate has also been identified and efforts are being made to nab him.

Four students injured after attack in Mehrauli park

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A quarrel over playing a game of cricket at a park in South Delhi’s Mehrauli area led to the stabbing of two persons on Tuesday evening. According to the police a call was received informing them about a quarrel around 6 pm on Tuesday. When the police reached the Jamali Kamali Park four boys were injured who were then rushed to various hospitals in South Delhi.The injured were identified as Abdul Samad (18), Sandeep (21), Nikhil (21) and Gokul (21).Sandeep who was present at the location told the police that they had taken beer to celebrate birthday of their friend Narender and play cricket with a tennis ball at the park.Later on, around five local boys came and stated that they would play cricket on this ground. On this an argument broke out and one of the boys, Abdul Samad, opened a kit containing a small knife. He then started thrashing Sandeep and other friends and even inflicted stab wounds on them.

SDMC, PWD indulge in blame game as Delhi’s drains overflow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP-ruled South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Wednesday again blamed the AAP government’s Public Works Department (PWD) for the city being waterlogged with filthy water every other day it rains.The corporation’s Matiala ward Councillor had raised a short notice in the House meeting on the issue over the cleaning of PWD drains.South Delhi mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat claimed that most of the city’s roads get waterlogged for the drains falling under the jurisdiction of the PWD.”The PWD owns all the big drains of the city, including the Kushak Nallah and others. But the department does not clean the drains even during the monsoon, which leads to the overflowing of sewers,” the mayor said.While both the agencies – SDMC and PWD – claim that they have cleaned 90 per cent of the drains in their area, both blame each other regarding the de-silting of the choked drains resulting in waterlogging.”Even the state government has turned a blind eye towards issue while people suffer every monsoon. Though we have completed desilting at most of the major drains and roadside drains of four feet depth, the Delhi government has not even undertaken sewer cleaning in any part of the city. PWD has not taken care to ensure proper disposal of rain water at its vulnerable points,” she said.Drains up to 60 feet are under the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation while 60 feet and above fall under the PWD.In order to enable citizens to lodge complaints of waterlogging, the Corporation had launched a 24X7 helpline last month.The LG had this year directed the PWD to install pumps and fix the major 60 waterlogging flash points in the city including Kashmere Gate, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Mukarba Chowk and Andheria Mor, among others. However, waterlogging complaints are still pouring in from these areas.

HC pulls up civic bodies for Kushak drain’s dismal condition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The condition of the Kushak drain near South Extension II “paints a dismal picture” and shows “utter disregard to court orders”, the Delhi High Court today said after it was shown the photographs of the site filled with heaps of debris. “The photos (of the drain) paint a dismal picture and show utter disregard to court order,” a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and S P Garg said and directed the Delhi government, Public Works Department (PWD), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to ensure that the rubble is removed within three days. The bench also appointed a lawyer as a local commissioner and asked her to visit the site and file a status report. “The commissioner will visit Kushak/Barapullah drain within a week. The Delhi government must ensure debris and obstructions in the smooth flow of the nullah are removed within three days,” the bench said. The court’s directions came on a PIL initiated by it in 2012 on the issue of water-logging in the South Extension Part II area and in which it has passed orders from time to time to the PWD to clear rubble from the Kushak nullah. Today, the court also took objection to the authorities blaming each other and said, “Don’t come with excuses. Whether one or the other agency is responsible is not the matter of dispute here. It is the primary responsibility of the GNCTD to comply with the order.” The bench posted the matter for hearing on August 9 while directing the civic bodies to file an affidavit within a week indicating who is responsible for the work and disclosing the amount of money spent so far in this regard. During the hearing, petitioner Ankush Vohra showed the photographs of the nullah to the court and sought that the authorities be penalised for “failing” to work. Earlier, the high court was informed that the PWD has begun the work to clean up the Kushak drain while submitting a status report before a bench which had noted that while the department started clearing the rubble, substantial work remains to be done. The PWD had submitted the report pursuant to the court’s warning on June 16 that the department’s officials would be sent to jail for claiming to have cleaned the drain when no such work had been done on the ground. It had asked the department to show it was working to clear the drain of construction rubble and carry out de- silting. Manjeet Singh Chugh, a resident of the area, had contended that hardly any work has been done by the civic agency.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court refuses leniency in 20 years old negligent driving case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two decades after an accident that claimed the life of a 23-year-old man, a Delhi court has upheld the conviction of a bus driver saying he has “snuffed a life” even before it could bloom, but reduced his sentence from a year to six months considering the prolonged trial. The accident occured on September 5, 1997 when passenger Puran Chand was alighting from the bus near Fatehpur Beri in South Delhi and the driver negligently drove the bus ahead. The victim fell down and was crushed by its rear wheels. A magisterial court had in 2015 awarded the driver Ramesh Chand a year in jail for the death and another six months for rash driving. The driver had challenged the order in the sessions court. Partly allowing his appeal, District and Sessions Judge Asha Menon reduced the one year jail term awarded to him for the offence of causing death by negligence to six months imprisonment, noting that he has faced a long trial. “Certainly, this is not a case calling for probation. The deceased was a young man of 23 years. The negligent act of the appellant (convict) snuffed a life even before it could bloom properly,” the judge said, adding that his plea for a lighter sentence only because his family was dependent on him “is not acceptable”. Possibly, the only fact in his favour would be that he has been facing trial since 1999 and has been regularly attending the court during this period, the court said. While upholding the conviction of the driver for the offences under sections 279 (rash driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC, the court relied on the testimonies of prosecution witnesses. “The testimonies of the witnesses show the complete negligence of the appellant in driving the vehicle… He had, clearly, not taken the ordinary care that is necessary and expected of a bus driver,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three is a mess, not just a crowd

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In 2012, the then Congress government in Delhi headed by Sheila Dikshit trifurcated the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), creating three new entities – East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation. The ostensible rationale behind the move was to “improve administrative efficiency” and also make the civic body more people-friendly. The unified MCD was responsible for the civic upkeep of almost 94 per cent of the national capital.Five years later, the BJP, which now controls all the three civic bodies after sweeping the elections held in April this year, is mulling unifying the three. The reason? Improving administrative efficiency and dealing with financial woes of the three bodies.Never-ending woesThe corporations, governing eight of the eleven districts of the national capital, have been marred by shortage of funds, corruption and lack of resources. There are a total of 272 wards in the city. The South and North have 104 wards and the East has 64 wards.According to civic officials, the civic services provided to lakhs of citizens started deteriorating after the trifurcation, when the civic bodies came under the Delhi government, which is responsible to give grants to the bodies for basic functioning.In 2015, the North Corporation had moved a proposal for unifying the civic bodies, but it could not be carried through. Now, despite the renewed clamour, it remains uncertain if the unification will eventually happen or not.Proposal for reunificationAccording to sources, some time ago, the Delhi BJP-led by actor-turned-politician Manoj Tiwari moved a proposal for reunifying the three corporations and sent it to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. His party colleague and East Delhi MP Maheish Girri also raised the matter in Parliament.Earlier this year, despite massive anti-incumbency, the BJP riding on the Narendra Modi wave managed to hold on to power in the three municipal corporations. But, BJP leadership believes delivering on the promises would remain a challenge – unless the reunification happens.Sources say a proposal to reunify the three bodies could be tabled in the Monsoon Session of the Delhi Assembly starting on August 8. However, before that, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) would have to give its assent to the plan. The Aam Aadmi Party government, however, claims it has no idea of any such proposal.Fund crunchOf the three corporations, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation with a better division of assets is better off, while North and East have remained on the margins. The East Corporation, which is the smallest of the three civic bodies, with limited assets and sources to generate revenue, remains the worse-hit. In December 2015, on account of not being able to pay salaries to its staff, the city faced a big strike by sanitation workers who converted the capital into a garbage dump. The East Corporation, which had a loan of around Rs 100 crore at the time of the trifurcation, payable to the state government, hasn’t been able to repay yet. The East Corporation has the largest number of unauthorised colonies and slum clusters, making it even more difficult for this Corporation to manage with limited funds.The demand for funds has also been the reason for the continuous tussle between the corporations and the Delhi government.Post-trifurcation, the corporations spend four times the budget compared to what used to be the total budget earlier. According to Corporation officials, the last budget of the unified MCD for the financial year 2012-13 was Rs 6200 crore.But, North Corporation’s 2017-18 budget alone is Rs 7200 crore while the East Corporation’s expenditure for the year is estimated to be Rs 3800 crore. The South Corporation’s budget for 2017 is Rs 4500 crore. A senior Corporation official, on the condition of anonymity, said, North MCD’s budget alone has surpassed what used to be the unified MCD’s budget. Even if we calculate the increase in cost over five years, it might become twice the total budget.”The trifurcation, he said, led to an unequal and unfair division of sources of revenue.”While the South got all the Type A and B properties for which the property taxes are much higher, the North and East Corporations got left with mid-level and lower property rates. The condition is such that the staff doesn’t get salaries for two months at a stretch,” he added.Vijender Gupta, former corporator and leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly, said, “The party has to take a stand on it. There have certainly been problems in the functioning and administration of the civic bodies after the trifurcation.”Subhash Arya, senior BJP leader and former leader of the House, South Corporation, said, “Trifurcation has made the administration more complicated. Also, it has increased the multiplicity of authority thereby reducing the powers of the civic body. There must be a motion again for unifying the three bodies in order to offer better amenities to the city.”Meanwhile, senior Congress leaders still maintain that trifurcation was in favour of Delhi.The idea of unification can only work if the BJP-led MCDs can change their way of functioning. This existing unification does not cater to the reforms required in the municipal corporation. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is the only civic body which is performing well. All the issues — solid waste management, parking charges, toll tax, all have been a major failure. They are just trying to deviate their failure. —Ajay Maken, Congress leader

Husband kills wife over suspected affair

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 35-year old woman was strangulated to death by her husband as he suspected her of having an affair. The couple have two children and resided in South Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur.The husband, Taiyyab, was later nabbed from Noida.According to the police, Shabnam had constant fights with her husband as he suspected her of having an illicit relationship. Taiyyab had recently returned from Saudi Arabia where he had gone for some work.Police officials stated that on the day of the incident on Friday the couple again had an argument.The other tenants informed the landlord who then reached their house in order to speak to them. As he entered the house he saw that the door was open. He peeped inside and saw Shabnam lying on the bed. The children were out of the house when the crime took place. “The deceased has been identified as Shabnam, wife of Taiyyab. She is survived by two children. An investigation into the case reveals that the accused had returned to the city recently from Saudi Arabia. The couple had since been fighting over infidelity issues,” said a police officer.A case of murder was registered at Kotla Mubarakpur police station. Further investigations are underway.

2008 BMW hit-&-run case:2-yr RI to Haryana industrialist’s son

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A city court today awarded two years of rigorous imprisonment to Utsav Bhasin, the son of a Haryana-based industrialist, convicted of ramming his BMW car into a motorcycle and killing a man in 2008. Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Kumar also asked Bhasin to pay Rs 10 lakh to the kin of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh to a journalist who was riding pillion on the two-wheeler and was injured. The court had on May 5 held Bhasin guilty of offences under sections 304A (causing death by negligence), 279 (driving rashly which could endanger human life) and 338 (causing grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code. The court had while convicting him dropped the charges of 304(II)(culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC. Bhasin was driving his BMW car when he had hit the two- wheeler on Moolchand flyover in South Delhi, killing Anuj Singh on September 11, 2008. A journalist of a TV channel was also injured in the incident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DDA moves NGT agst stay on construction at Qutab Golf Course

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) today moved the National Green Tribunal against its order staying the construction of five artificial lakes in South Delhi allegedly by concretising the pits. On July 12, a bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim had restrained DDA from carrying out any activity after it had failed to respond to an NGO’s plea alleging that concretisation of the lakes would adversely affect recharge of ground water in the Qutab Golf Course at the Lado Sarai area. Seeking vacaction of the stay, DDA told the green panel that if the order was not vacated, it would cause a great loss to the public exchequer. In its plea, filed through advocate Kush Sharma, DDA has contended that the five lakes, as alleged by the NGO, were already in existence since the inception of the golf course in 2000. “Hence, the allegation that DDA is constructing new artificial lakes is outrageously false and the same is a figment of the petitioner’s imagination having publicity- centric mind and have been made with a sole motive of just to gain publicity by interfering in the smooth operation of DDA’s plan for renovation of the Qutub Golf Course. “The renovation has been framed with a view to stop the wastage of water during watering on turf, for getting rid of contaminated grass and weeds, for planting variety of hybrid grass and to further ensure that sufficient green area is maintained within the Golf Course premises,” the plea said. DDA has contended that it tried to file its reply in the case which had annexures including certain maps of the site in question but had failed to do so due to non-conversion of maps in PDF format. “Due to the new NGT guidelines for e-filing of documents, DDA tried to contact various photostat vendors to convert the maps to PDF format as required by the registry but due to non-availability of the technology in the nearby area, the maps could not be converted to PDF format and the reply could not be filed on time,” it said. The stay order of the green panel had come during the hearing of the plea by NGO CHETNA seeking a stay on such construction activity and asking the DDA to place on record the source of water that is intended to be used for the lakes. The NGO had claimed that due to insufficient rainfall in Delhi, the artificial water bodies proposed to be constructed, cannot possibly be filled up on a sustainable basis by rainwater. It said it had written a letter to DDA and the Chief Secretary of Delhi government informing them about the ongoing work to create five artificial lakes and requesting them to intervene and immediately stop the “ill-conceived project and criminal waste of public money.” “However, there has been no response to the said letters till date and the applicant is constrained to approach this tribunal,” the plea had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC seeks report from SDMC on ‘illegal’ mobile tower

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten-year-old Arjun Vats is a cancer survivor. At the age of two, he was operated at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital for a tumour on the right side of his heart. Since then Arjun’s mother, and father, Naveen Mishra, are doing all they can to keep their son away from symptoms that may lead to a recurrence, or introduce other potentially harmful diseases.With this in mind, Mishra, a resident of south-west Delhi, has knocked at the door of the Delhi High Court (HC) to stop the construction of a mobile tower — by one Ravinder Sharma — on the roof of a neighbourhood house. According to Mishra’s petition, the mobile tower, if constructed, would adversely affect his son’s health.”My son is a survivor and because of cancer, there are several other ailments for which he is undergoing treatment. The installation would further hamper the health of my son,” Mishra said.The petitioner also alleged that no sanctions or permissions have been taken for the construction and hence it was illegal. Mishra has been fighting a long legal battle to get the construction of the mobile tower stopped.”Six months back I got to know that a mobile tower is being illegally constructed. Since then I have made all efforts, both verbally and through written complaints, to stop the construction.It would stop for a brief time after the complaints, but would resume again after some days,” Mishra said.Mishra added that he had written complaints to the Station House Officer (SHO), Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) against the constructions but received no response. After this, he had decided to approach the court.Following Mishra’s petition, the Delhi High Court on Thursday issued a notice to the SDMC and has asked them to file a status report in this regard.

Cops wear body cameras to check crime

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Traffic Police beefed up security arrangements and carried out a special drive in order to curb the menace of drunken driving in South Delhi areas. The police were acting after a woman, in a series of tweets, complained about lack of security arrangements and police presence in South Delhi’s most happening party area, Hauz Khas, “The traffic police prosecuted 234 persons during the last weekend on Saturday, Sunday as well as Monday. The checking was carried out with the help of the local police at various locations including Nehru Place, Hauz Khas, Greater Kailash and others. Out of 234 prosecutions, 51 were reported in the area of South District and 183 in the area of South-East District,” said Vijay Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic (Southern Range). In order to make sure that traffic violators do not cry foul, traffic police personnel were deployed with body worn cameras. The traffic and district police will carry out such drives in the future, especially over the weekends, in order to make sure law and order is maintained at such places in the area. The woman, in a thread of tweets on July 6, narrated about a horrific incident she had witnessed while she was walkking out of Hauz Khas village. She had stated that a group of men in a car attempted to abduct another woman and even threatened her when she tried to intervene. Known for its cafe and restaurants, Hauz Khas Village is popular for its happening night life. But recent incidents have brought into question the safety and security of people in this area.

Illegal encroachments cannot be allowed anywhere: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Illegal encroachments or unauthorised construction cannot be allowed anywhere in the national capital, whether it is a temple, a mosque or a church, the Delhi High Court today said. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also ordered that only preserve the old structures would be preserved and the new ones will have to be demolished. “Even if there are illegal encroachments or unauthorised constructions in mandir (temple), masjid (mosque) or church, they cannot be allowed to continue. Law has to be enforced and only the old structures will be preserved,” the high court said, adding that “no old structures will be touched”. The court’s observation came during hearing of a plea by an Imam of masjid Ilahi Khan, inside the Amir Khusro Park near Sundar Nagar in South Delhi, who sought a stay on demolition of the structure on the ground that it was an old mosque. Taking note of this, the bench said it will ask the authorities to do chemical testing to find out since when the mosque has been there. “We are painfully ensuring that the law is enforced,” the bench said and asked the agencies to file an affidavit stating when was the last repair work done for masjid Ilahi Khan at Amir Khusro park located within the Nizamuddin Dargah complex. It also sought details about its existence and said if it was notified as a Waqf property, it will be protected. The Acting Chief Justice further said the court was making every endeavour to restore the glory of the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah as it was “when we use to visit that place”. The court asked the police and the civic bodies to ensure that all encroachers are removed from the pavements and dividers near and opposite the Amir Khusro park. Earlier, the bench had made it clear to the authorities and the encroachers that the park has to be preserved and no one will be allowed to do any illegal construction inside it. The court had refused to grant relief to a man against an anti-encroachment drive in parks of the national capital, observing that “squatters” cannot be allowed to stay inside. The high court had in April this year issued directions to the authorities to remove encroachments inside and around the 12.8-acre historic park.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC junks ACI plea against eviction from Safadarjung Airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today dismissed a plea of the Aero Club of India (ACI) challenging its eviction from land belonging to the Safdarjung Airport here, saying it had already “overstayed” for four years. Justice Vibhu Bakhru denied any relief to ACI, the apex body of all Flying Clubs/Institutions engaged in Flying Training and Aero-Sports in the country, after the Airports Authority of India (AAI) submitted that it needed the land for its own use. “Your (ACI) license expired in 2013. You have overstayed for four years. They are right to ask you for eviction. What is your legal right to occupy the land,” the court asked. The ACI had claimed that AAI had acted in an arbitrary manner in cancelling the lease. Advocate Digvijay Rai, appearing for AAI, opposed the petition, saying that the licence for the 17,400 square feet land opposite Jor Bagh colony in South Delhi, located opposite the airport, was given to the ACI in 1983 for 30 years and it had expired in 2013. As the ACI did not agree to pay the revised fee for the license, the lease was cancelled, he said. The ACI had moved the high court against the eviction order passed by Eviction Officer on June 16 asking it to vacate the premises within 15 days. Its petition claimed that the eviction order was arbitrary, discriminatory, unconstitutional and erroneous in law as well as on facts.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Illegal construction needs to be stopped in Delhi: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is “high time” that illegal construction, rampant in the national capital, needs to be stopped, the Delhi High Court has observed. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said the people of Delhi and the public officials have to be made to ensure that the law has to be strictly complied with. “Judicial notice can be taken of the fact that when a building is illegally constructed, it impacts not only the physical enjoyment of the property of the neighbours but also results in unwarranted and illegal intervention in water circulation and the sewage system, which has been rampant in the city,” the bench said. It said that “development has to abide by the statutory Master Plan of the city”. The court observed this during the hearing of a PIL by the All India Anti Corruption and Crime Prevention Society seeking direction to the authorities to demolish 75 illegally constructed units under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. The NGO sought direction to the CBI to register cases and initiate enquiries against the officials of the municipal corporations under whose jurisdiction illegal construction were allowed. It also urged the court to order a demolition of the illegal properties in question. The court declined to order a CBI probe and demolition of illegal construction, observing that it would do so only when the correct and complete picture is brought before it. It said the court commissioners, appointed by it to physically inspect such properties, should file reports regarding the illegal constructions under the three municipal corporations. Acting on the PIL, the bench on May 16 had appointed the court commissioners after it found that illegal constructions were rampant in Delhi. Though the petitioner had complained about the properties in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the bench had asked its commissioners — former CBI director D R Karthikeyan, former India Habitat Centre Director R M S Liberhan and retired trial court judge Ravinder Kaur — to conduct physical inspection of such constructions in the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and East Delhi Municipal Corporation as well. It had also directed the municipal bodies to appoint nodal officers to provide assistance to court commissioners. During the hearing, it noted that there is substance in the grievance raised by the petitioner, as such unauthorised construction has severe impact on the sanitation and health conditions in the city. “Such unauthorised constructions have changed the density projections of the city putting extreme pressures on public streets impacting mobility and pollution. “It is therefore, high time that meaningful order can be passed on the unauthorised and illegal constructions which are rampant and require to be stopped. Rather it should be stated that the citizens of Delhi as well as public officials are to be made to ensure that the provisions of law are strictly complied with,” the bench added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Dead’ baby comes to life before burial

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A newborn — declared dead in a shocking case of negligence by a team of doctors at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital — was found alive minutes before he was to be buried. The angry parents and family members created ruckus at the hospital and filed a complaint with the police.The family of South Delhi’s Badarpur area told the police that after the baby boy’s birth on Sunday morning, the nursing staff of the central government hospital found him unresponsive, and declared him dead. “When the child was given to the parents, the baby was wrapped and labelled. The child’s father, identified later as Rohit, took the baby home, while the mother, whose condition was not stable, remained admitted in the hospital,” said an officer.”It was when the child’s father along with his other family members started preparing for a burial that they realised there were some movements in the pack,” the officer said.When they opened the pack, they found that the child was moving. They immediately called the police, and the baby was rushed to Apollo Hospital. Once declared fit and stable, the baby was again shifted to Safdarjung Hospital for further treatment.The father told the police that if there had been even a 30-minute delay in movement, the family would have buried the child. “This is sheer negligence and legal action shall be taken against the hospital staff responsible,” he said.”An inquiry committee has been set up. It seems to be a case of abortion as the baby weighed just 400 grams. Any baby below 500 grams is not fit to survive,” said hospital superintendent Dr AK Rai.This is the third “baby controversy” case reported from the hospital this year. Earlier this month, a couple had alleged that doctors exchanged their baby boy with a girl. The mother also alleged that doctors used on her an intrauterine device — meant to prevent pregnancy — without her permission. A complaint was filed with the police.In January, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) issued a notice to the hospital and the Delhi police and sought an explanation on the complaint of a woman, who alleged that she delivered twins at the hospital but was handed over only one child.NICK OF TIMEThe father said that if there had been even a 30-minute delay in movement, the family would have buried the child.

DNA Micro Edit: Are we ready to deal with the mosquito-menace?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi has so far witnessed 45 cases of dengue and 98 cases of chikungunya. The national capital in 2016 had reported just four cases of dengue and not a single case of chikungunya was reported till this month of the year. The figures compiled by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) reflects a manifold rise in the cases of vector-borne diseases.As the cases began to rise, the Delhi government pulled up the civic bodies for not taking enough prevent measures. The civic authorities then swung into action and regular updates on intensive fogging drive began to pour in. Notices were slapped to the departments for non-performing and suddenly the graph of the cases started to go down.But even after all the measures, the figures reported by the authorities cannot be called totally correct. With an aim to cover up the issues, many cases go unreported and hence the figures go down. Like every year, there is a huge difference between the number of cases which are reported and the cases that actually take place.With the onset of monsoon, the cases are expected to go up. But are we ready to deal with the mosquito-menace? A proper mechanism has to be put in place to ensure that all the figures are reported correctly.The government has also directed all the government hospitals to increase the beds by up to 20 per cent for the treatment of fever patients. A call centre has also been set up by the government where people can get information about the availability of beds in a particular hospital.

Restaurant faces flack for hiring band with casteist name

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A popular restaurant in South Delhi found itself in the thick of controversy after an event promoted by them got them brickbats and criticism for being “casteist”. The management, however, cancelled the musical performance which was scheduled for Monday night, and offered an apology for ‘hurting people’.The Piano Man Jazz Club (TPMJC) had announced the performance by a band called Bhangijumping for Monday, 9 pm. Soon after the post was put up on its official Facebook page, it brought the establishment in the direct line of fire of FB users who castigated it for using a ‘racial slur’ in the name.Claiming that Bhangijumping has clear reference to people belonging to one caste, many of them termed the band’s name as “offensive, demeaning and hurting.” In the comments that followed the post, many accused the organisers for being insensitive towards the feelings of people belonging to that caste and being openly racist.One comment read, “This is a casteist place, which perpetuates caste violence and suffers from a Savarna superiority complex. This place needs to be booked under SC ST atrocities Act ASAP.” Another comment ranted that the place was “dehumanising” and made her “cringe,” while a few others even demanded that the outlet should be boycotted altogether for the alleged insensitivity shown towards people belonging to that particular caste.Meanwhile, the owner of TPMJC, Arjun Sagar Gupta, told DNA that he was not aware of that the name of the band had any caste reference to it. He claimed that he came to know only late last evening that the name was inappropriate after a friend texted him. Gupta added that they decided to cancel the performance because they did not intend to hurt anyone’s feelings.”I think I failed to understand the extent of how deeply this has affected some people,” he said adding that the place was never elitist or casteist, and was sorry for causing pain.The FB post publicising the event was removed by TPMJC soon after the controversy broke out. The Twitter handle of Bhangijumping and its Instagram account too was found to be deactivated later.

1 shot, five injured following argument in Vasant Kunj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There was high drama in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area when one person was shot at and five others were injured following an altercation between two groups. Police said that the argument was sparked off over the entry of a truck loaded with building materials to which some of the area’s residents had objected.According to the police, the incident took place late on Wednesday night when a truck full of building material, which was entering Shantikunj locality, was stopped by some residents. On seeing this, a local resident identified as Harpal, claimed that he had called the truck for some construction work. The other group of residents, however, said that the road on which the truck was to pass from, was built with the money collected by all of them and that the road would break if the truck passed through it.“This sparked an argument between two groups of residents and soon turned violent. One of the men, identified as Naresh, claimed that he was shot at by one of Harpal’s men and beaten brutally. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he is under treatment,” said a senior police officer. Police said that a case of assault, attempt to murder and under other relevant sections has been registered and efforts are on to identify the miscreants. Police also said that they are checking CCTV footage to ascertain the identity of those involved.

Hauz Khas village under HC lens for illegal construction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hauz Khas Village, a hub of commercial establishments, is under the radar of the Delhi High Court for illegal construction and encroachments. Following PILs on the unlawful existence of restaurants, pubs, fashion studios, bars serving liquor without licence, art galleries and other buildings in the village, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rekha Palli today asked the authorities to explain how these establishments could run without permit. It issued notice to the Centre, Delhi government, Delhi Police and South Delhi municipal corporation, in whose area the village falls, to file their status report. It asked the authorities to ensure strict enforcement of law in the area. It also asked the police and chief fire engineer to inspect the village and submit a report whether any emergency vehicle can enter in an emergent situation. The court also asked concerned officials to carry out a survey and find the exact number of restaurants operating illegally without the approval from the corporation. The petition filed by Pankaj Sharma, social activist, has alleged that there are over 120 restaurants and pubs running without building plan approval from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) in the last 10 years. Another plea by advocate Anuja Kapur said that such pubs and bars do not have no objection certificates (NOC) from the authorities concerned, leading to violation of the law. Kapur alleged in her plea that the cops are not seen in that area, due to which several other illegal activities are carried on by the pub owners. While seeking direction to impose a complete ban on such pubs and bars, the plea alleged that their owners were running those activities in connivance with the local police. She also claimed she had written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and senior police officials but no action was taken against the violators. “The restaurants are not only operating without legal permission, but are violating the instructions of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) barring any construction within 100 metres of its protected monuments,” the plea by Sharma added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Misrepresentations and outright lies’: Shashi Tharoor slams new reports on Sunanda Pushkar’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress MP Shashi Tharoor tonight termed reports appearing in a television channel in connection with the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar as “misrepresentations and outright lies”.”Exasperating farrago of distortions, misrepresentations and outright lies being broadcast by an unprincipled showman masquerading as a journalist,” Tharoor said in a Facebook post. “I am angered that someone would exploit a human tragedy for personal gain and TRPs. I challenge him to prove his false claims in a court of law,” the former UN diplomat said. Sunanda Pushkar was found dead at a suite in a five star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014

Full faith in judicial system, confident that SC will announce death sentence: Nirbhaya’s parents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court will deliver the much-awaited verdict in the December 16 Nirbhaya gang rape at around 2 PM on Friday.Though the four death row convicts have filed appeals against the death penalty, the parents of the victim said they are sure that the apex court will award death sentence to the guilty.Nirbhaya’s mother said that she has full faith in the judiciary and is sure that the apex court, through its ruling, will give justice to her daughter. “We have full faith in the judicial system and I am sure that the Supreme Court will announce death sentence in its verdict for the guilty. I am sure the Supreme Court will give justice to my daughter. This will set an example for the world,” said Nirbhaya’s mother.Nirbhaya’s father also said that he is sure of the fact that the apex court will award death sentence to the convicts. “They will be awarded death sentence. Leave Supreme Court, even God will not forgive such people,” said Nirbhaya’s father .The matter is being heard by the apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and consisting of Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan. The convicts – Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh – challenged the Delhi High Court order which had sentenced them to the gallows.
ALSO READ Use her real name for museum, Nirbhaya’s parents urge MayorEarlier, the trial court also had sentenced all the four convicts to death penalty. It is being expected that the Supreme Court would not grant relief to the accused as Justice Dipak Misra doesn’t hesitate to give a death sentence and is exceedingly sensitive to women’s rights and liberties. He has upheld rape as depravity and not curable and recently, passed a woman friendly judgement saying that “no woman can be compelled to love; she always has right to say no”.One of the accused, Ram Singh hanged himself in prison, while another person, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted in August last year and will serve the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home.The brutal crime against Nirbhaya had created public furore for a more stringent law to deal with sex crimes against women. The 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was brutally assaulted and raped by six persons on a moving bus in South Delhi and thrown out of the vehicle with her male friend on the night of December 16, 2012. She died days later in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012.

It is govt’s job to monitor unauthorised construction in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today said it is the job of the Union urban development minister to monitor the situation arising out of unauthorised construction in the national capital and not that of the judiciary. The court made the remarks while hearing several PILs filed by NGO Paardarshita and some individuals alleging illegal construction in the upscale Sainik Farms colony. “We do not want any affidavit from the Urban development minister. We want to inform the minister that this is the situation of unauthorised construction in Delhi and you have to monitor it. It not our job to monitor it,” a bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Yogesh Khanna said. Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, appearing for the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, said there is a need to find a solution in this regard and he will take instruction as to how it can be structurised. Senior standing counsel of the Delhi government Rajiv Mehra said there should be a time-frame within which both the AAP government and the Centre should sit together and find a solution to the problem of unauthorised construction. During the hearing, the court inquired about the number of unauthorised constructions across Delhi and how many people live in such buildings. To this, the court was informed that as per the 2011 census figure, there were around 1800 to 2000 illegal colonies in the city in which about 40 lakh people live. The bench had earlier questioned the Centre whether it was “sitting on the scheme” forwarded by the Delhi government for regularising the posh south Delhi colony. It had said that it was considering handing over the probe to the CBI as the SDMC had not taken any action against its errant officials. The corporation had later placed before the bench a roadmap on steps the civic body proposed to take to identify and penalise the officials who permitted illegal construction. The court had, however, said, “Just because people of Sainik Farms are rich, why should we differentiate between them and those in Neb Sarai (where the CBI is probing unauthorised construction)?” It had said, “Why should honest people pay a premium for buying land, while people in Sainik Farms get it for a song? Go and penalise them and collect your money.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

War veteran BJP’s BK Oberoi wins political battle in Rajouri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A septuagenarian war veteran, Col (retd) BK Oberoi, the BJP’s candidate from the Rajouri Garden ward has won another battle, albeit on a different turf. Oberoi, 70, trounced the AAP’s Manpreet Singh by a margin of 3,237 votes to secure a seat in the South Delhi Municipal Council. He said he had been working with former South Delhi mayor Subhash Arya for the last 23 years and knows the area and its problems well. “I have been working with Subhash Arya since 1994 and the people in the area know me by my name. But I never thought I would fight an election. “Arya told me to prepare my biodata after he could not contest (as the BJP had decided against giving tickets to its sitting councillors) and that is how I jumped into the poll fray,” he said. Oberoi, who has a degree in civil engineering from Pune University, said he will carry forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swacch Bharat message and ensure that the issues related to cleanliness are addressed. “I know that ‘Safai'(cleanliness) is the top priority of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I will see how we can utilise the limited manpower in a better manner for ensuring cleanliness in the area,” he said. “A lot of work has been done but there is always scope for improvement. The work pertaining to cleaning of drains can always be improved,” he added. Calling the elections a referendum on the AAP, he said, “Things have changed completely for them.” He also credited Modi’s vision and his image for the BJP’s sweeping victory. Oberoi said he was part of the 1971 Indo-Pak war and despite losing his father that time, he did not leave the battlefield. The war had started on December 3, 1971 and I had entered East Pakistan, he recalled. “After I finished the operation I was part of, the first message I got was that I have lost my father. My commanding officer asked me to leave but I refused to go. I told him I am not going to leave the battlefield,” he said. It was only on December 14 after 95,000 prisoners of war had surrendered that I returned to my mother, he recalled.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SDMC area saw fall in vote percentage against 2012 MCD polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wards falling under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation have witnessed a slight fall in voting percentage this year vis-a-vis 2012 when civic polls were held for the first time after trifurcation of the MCD. The polls held on April 23 saw a voter turnout of 53.58 per cent, with the final tally of votes coming in just before midnight, as a ward in south Delhi had witnessed “extremely brisk voting” late that evening. As many as 71,39,994 votes were polled on Sunday for elections to 270 of the 272 wards, spanning over the three corporations. The election to two wards, one each in the NDMC and EDMC, has been postponed due to the death of candidates. An electorate of over 1.32 crore were eligible to vote in the polls. While the male vote share stood at 54.04 per cent, the figure for women was pegged at 53.02. As many as 93 votes were polled by people belonging to the other category. A total of 1,32,10,206 voters were entitled to exercise their franchise in electing councillors for the 272 wards falling under the three corporations – NDMC (104), SDMC (104) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (64). In 2012, MCD elections, the turnout was 53.43 per cent, according to records of the Delhi State Election Commission. “This year, north Delhi (54.08) and east Delhi (56.08) have registered a higher voting percentage in their respective areas, but areas in south Delhi (51.59) have witnessed a slight fall, compared to last polls. “In 2012, areas in NDMC and EDMC had registered 53.37 per cent and 55.56 per cent voter turnout respectively, while areas in SDMC had recorded 52.14 per cent,” a senior official said. However, in terms of the total votes polled this year, South Delhi recorded a maximum, with 26,87,685 votes, followed by North Delhi at 26,80,011 and East Delhi polled 17,72,298 votes. North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Bakhtawarpur ward recorded the highest voter turnout at over 68 per cent, while South Delhi’s Lado Sarai registered the lowest turnout at 39 per cent in Sunday’s polls. In the 2012 polls, Bakhtawarpur ward had polled the highest in north Delhi (69.33 per cent), while Raghuver Vihar in south Delhi polled 80.99 per cent, the highest across the wards in the three corporations, while Mandawali in East Delhi saw the lowest at 48.15 per cent across the 272 wards.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sluggish start to MCD polls; just over 1% polling till 10 AM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Voting for all the three municipal corporations started at a sluggish pace with only 1.16 per cent of the total 1.33 crore voters casting their votes by 10 AM across the city. Polling for 270 wards of municipal corporations in East, North and South Delhi commenced at 8 AM. Voting was the slowest in East Delhi as compared to North and South Delhi. In North Delhi, 73,051 votes out of 49.55 lakh were polled with the voting percentage being 1.47. In South Delhi, out of 52,09,933, 57,330 votes were polled which was 1.1 per cent of the total. Voting was the slowest in East Delhi where out of a total of 31,60,325, only 24,759 votes were polled. The voting percentage was 0.78. Voters were seen in queues at polling stations with Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal casting their votes. Kejriwal, accompanied by his parents, wife and daughter, reached a polling booth in North Delhi’s Civil Lines area to cast vote. Kejriwal’s daughter, Harshita, voted for the first time. Out of the 13,022 polling stations, the police have declared 3,284 as sensitive and 1,464 as hyper-sensitive. There are over 1.1 lakh first-time voters. Also, for the first time in the MCD elections, None Of The Above (NOTA) option has been made available. There are a total of 1,32,10,206 voters entitled to exercise their franchise in electing councillors for the wards falling under the three civic bodies–North Delhi Municipal Corporation (104), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (104) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (64).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Green chilli, scissors, AC: Quirky symbols in MCD polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Almirah, cauliflower, spectacles, auto-rickshaw and sewing machine are some of the symbols used by Independent candidates, adding colour and humour to the municipal polls in Delhi. If the ‘Broom’ symbol of the AAP, one of the three key players in contest, had made headlines when the party had launched it, the Independent candidates in this election are being represented by a whole catalogue of catchy symbols. So, in north Delhi, green chilli, buckets, bottle, bat and battery torch are some of the symbols. The ‘bat’ symbol has been used by a candidate of a ward in Naraina village while ‘sewing machine’ has been picked up by the one in Dasghara Village. Other quirky symbols used in NDMC areas are — Gas cylinder, candle, table tractor-riding farmer, pressure cooker, cot, to name a few. In South Delhi Municipal Corporation area, spectacle symbol has been used by candidates of Basidara Pur and a ward in Sangam Vihar. Almirah symbol has been used by a candidate in Tilak Naga, Diamond symbol by one in Vikas Puri. Then there are symbols ranging from coat, flute chessboard to binoculars and gramophone in SDMC wards. In the EDMC area, some of symbols used by Independent candidates are school bag, batsman, matchbox, blackboard, glass tumbler, air-conditioner, envelope, besides gas cylinders and auto-rickshaw symbols. The high-octane MCD elections will test the fortune of 2,537 candidates — 1,004 in NDMC, 985 in SDMC and 548 in EDMC areas. The AAP, which is seeking to replicate its stellar performance in 2005 Assembly polls, has fielded candidates in all 272 wards. The BJP, which is seeking to retain the turf it has held for the last 10 years, has fielded all fresh faces in 267 wards it is contesting. The Congress, which finished second in the Rajouri Garden bypoll, is hoping for a resurgence and banked on its big guns during campaigns to shore up its fortune, despite unabated infighting. It has fielded 271 candidates. The BSP, the JD (U) and the SP, banking on Purvanchali vote bank has fielded 211, 95 and 28 candidates respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Baby dies as ambulance runs out of fuel, probe ordered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a toddler died when he could not be taken to a Delhi hospital in time as the civil hospital ambulance ferrying him ran out of fuel, authorities here have constituted a high-level committee to probe the incident. Gurgaon civil surgeon Pushpa Bishnoi constituted the probe. “The matter is under investigation by a high-level committee and action will be taken after it submits its report,” said Kanta Goyal, the principal medical officer of Gurgaon Civil Hospital. Three-month-old Avel was referred by the civil hospital for specialised treatment to Safdarjung hospital in South Delhi at 11 a.m. yesterday. He was on basic life support system but the ambulance ran out of fuel and developed some snag and he died on the way. The Gurgaon health department has 16 ambulances for two civil hospitals catering to over 25 lakh population and all of them are old and have run more than 2 lakh KM. Goyal, however, said the servicing of ambulances take place in a time-bound manner.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NDMC presents report card on its achievements in last 5 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The leaders in BJP-ruled North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) presented their report card on the works carried out by it in the past five years. NDMC Mayor Sanjiv Nayyar, Chairman of Standing Committee Parvesh Wahi and Leader of House Vijay Prakash Pandey enumerated the work done in areas of primary health and education, street lighting, garbage collection. In the run up to the MCD polls, the three municipal corporations ruled by BJP are presenting their report cards for the work done by them during 2012-2017. They, however, ducked questions on development of parking facilities, house tax and delay in completion of Rani Laxmi Bai flyover that come under the purview of the civic body. The leaders claimed that the municipal corporation endeavoured to provide the best civic services to the people despite financial problems. “Although we serve those areas that contribute to maximum revenue but the Delhi government did not increase our share in it,” Pandey claimed in a press conference at the Delhi BJP office. A report card was presented a few days ago by leaders of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) which is also ruled by the BJP. The election for 104 wards each in the NDMC and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), and 64 in the EDMC, will be held on April 3.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

The arguments remained inconclusive and will continue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>tomorrow. The bench was hearing pleas filed by NGOs challenging the poll panel’s February 6 notification, announcing the election for 272 wards of the three municipal corporations here. The elections are scheduled to be held on April 22. Many social activist had earlier also approached the high court seeking stalling of the MCD polls, but the plea was declined by the bench. In its pleas, the NGOs said the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) in 2011 was divided into three zone — North Delhi Municipal Corporation, East Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation. The petitioners sought quashing of the January 13 order with regard to delimitation of 272 wards. They said while the number of wards in each of the three corporations 104 each in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and 64 in East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has remained the same, the number of wards in a few assembly segments has changed, ranging from three to seven. In 2012, ahead of the MCD elections, a notification was issued regarding allocation of wards amongst schedule caste, women and general category, the pleas stated. Claiming that the present notification was contrary to the Constitution as well as Section 3 of the DMC Act, one of the pleas demanded that it should be quashed and a fresh circular issued in accordance with the law. It has sought direction to identify and determine the municipal wards for the purpose of reservation for schedule caste, women and general category in terms of Article 243 of the Constitution. The Article provides for reservation of seats for the schedule castes in the municipal area by rotation to different constituency in the municipality. The pleas have alleged that the poll panel, government and others agencies have not made reservation to different constituencies in a municipality by rotation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JNU scholar died due to hanging, no injury marks found: Docs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIIMS doctors today said the Dalit research scholar at JNU who had allegedly hanged himself at his friend’s residence in south Delhi’s Munirka died due to asphyxia and no injury mark was found on the body. Muthu Krishnan (28), an M Phil student at JNU’s Centre for Historical studies, had hanged himself from a ceiling fan at his friend’s residence in South Delhi’s Munirka area on Monday. The five-member medical board constituted to conduct the autopsy, in its preliminary report, has stated that the death was due to hanging and no injury marks were present on the body. “The death was due to asphyxia (a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body due to abnormal breathing) as a result of ante-mortem hanging. No injury mark has been found in any part of the body,” Dr Sudhir Gupta, Head of AIIMS Forensic Department, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC seeks poll panel reply on pleas against MCD election

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today sought reply of the poll panel on pleas seeking to quash the notification laying down the manner of allocation of wards for reserved categories and women in the upcoming MCD polls. A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar issued notice to the Delhi State Election Commission and directed them to file their affidavit explaining the manner in which they have allotted the seats for the reserved category. The matter has now been fixed for further hearing on March 16, the next date of hearing. The bench was hearing pleas filed by NGOs challenging the poll panel’s February 6 notification, announcing the election for 272 wards of the three municipal corporations here. The election are scheduled to be held in April. Many social activist have also approached the high court seeking stalling of the MCD polls, which was declined by the bench today. In its pleas, the NGOs said the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) in 2011 was divided into three zone — North Delhi Municipal Corporation, East Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation. The petitioners have sought quashing of the January 13 order with regard to delimitation of 272 wards with the composition of wards in each Assembly constituency. It said while the number of wards in each of the three corporations 104 each in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and 64 in East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has remained the same, the number of wards in a few assembly segments has changed, ranging from three to seven. In 2012, ahead of the MCD elections, a notification was issued regarding allocation of wards amongst schedule caste, women and general category, the pleas stated. Claiming that the present notification was contrary to the Constitution as well as Section 3 of the DMC Act, one of the plea demanded that it should be quashed and a fresh circular issued in accordance with the law. It sought direction to identify and determine the municipal wards for the purpose of reservation for schedule caste, women and general category in terms of Article 243 of the Constitution. The Article provides for reservation of seats for the schedule castes in the municipal area by rotation to different constituency in the municipality. The pleas have alleged that the poll panel, government and others agencies have not made reservation to different constituencies in a municipality by rotation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SDMC to transfer Purnima Sethi Hospital to Safdarjung Hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Facing “paucity of funds”, the SDMC has decided to transfer a 60-year-old municipal hospital in Kalkaji to Safdarjung Hospital, seeking a revamp of the health facility languishing with “incomplete redevelopment”. The move to hand over the 157-bed Purnima Sethi Multi-specialty Hospital to the Centre-run hospital comes ahead of the civic body elections likely to be held in April. Talks between the two sides to transfer the hospital on “perpetual lease” has been going on for some time, and the Standing Committee of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) today cleared the proposal. “The Safdarjung Hospital has agreed in-principle to take up this hospital and very soon an MoU will be signed to officially hand over the hospital,” a senior SDMC official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gift before MCD Polls: AAP govt to start free bus rides for senior citizens, students up to 21 years old

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The AAP government today said it would soon roll out free rides in DTC and cluster buses for senior citizens and students up to 21 years of age, as well as a hefty concession in monthly passes for women commuters.The move is being seen as a bid to woo voters ahead of municipal elections in April. Transport Minister Satyendar Jain said a DTC monthly bus pass would be available for women commuters at Rs 250 Presently it is priced at Rs 850 for non-AC and Rs 1,000 for AC buses. Speaking at a function in South Delhi, Jain also said that people with monthly income of up to Rs 20,000 would also be provided bus passes at Rs 250.Sources said that the proposal, recently sent to Lt Governor Anil Baijal, also advocates free rides for MLAs. “Delhi government will soon provide free ride for senior citizens (above 60 years of age) and students up to 21 years of age, in DTC and cluster buses,” Jain said at a gathering here. The decision is aimed at encouraging people to use public transport to reduce air pollution in the national capital, he said.The Lt Governor had returned the file of Delhi government’s ambitious proposal to slash fares of DTC buses by 75 per cent, asking the city administration to reconsider it.

Work in harmony for cleanliness of Kalkaji temple, says SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today asked the government agencies to work in harmony to create facilities to maintain cleanliness at the Kalkaji temple in South Delhi. A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra directed senior officials of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to hold a meeting to deliberate on issues like construction of toilet blocks and sewage line in the premises there. Regarding barricading for security reasons and controlling the rush of devotees, the apex court asked the Delhi Police Commissioner to take a call on it after consulting competent authorities of disaster management and fire department. “We want the authorities to work in harmony and give us a complete picture within six weeks,” the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, said. The bench observed that a report given by a three-member court-appointed committee pertains to three aspects — construction of three toilets blocks, construction of a sewage line by the DJB and taking appropriate steps for barricading, which would also include emergency evacuation. The committee had told the court that three toilet blocks were maintained by the SDMC and three more such blocks are needed. “Considering these aspects, we direct that there should be a meeting between the high level officials of the DDA, SDMC and DJB,” the bench said. The panel also told the court that regarding barricading at and near the temple, senior police official should monitor the situation. The bench, which posted the matter for further hearing on April 24, said, “The temple (and the premises) must look clean and in proper shape. It is in public interest.” The apex court also directed the authorities to submit their reports within six weeks on the issues raised by the committee. The committee had earlier told the court that there was no proper signage at five entry points of the temple and there was a huge rush of devotees which had the potential to create an unhealthy atmosphere and could lead to a stampede any time. The bench had earlier also passed a slew of directions to DDA, SDMC and DJB regarding cleanliness at the temple, fencing and leakage of pipes. The court had in 2013 stayed the Delhi High Court’s order directing demolition of unauthorised constructions in the Kalkaji temple premises.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SDMC opens multi-level car parking in Rajouri Garden

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A multi-level car parking facility in the Rajouri Garden area with a capacity to accommodate 234 vehicles was inaugurated today. Spread over an area of around 8,496 sqm at ground level, and two levels in basement, it has been built at a cost of Rs 21.66 crore, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation said. “This facility consists of a sprinkle system to control fire, exhaust fans and ducts for fresh air,” South Delhi Mayor Shyam Sharma said after dedicating the facility to the public at a function organised by the SDMC. Local BJP MP Parvesh Verma presided over the function. Sharma said this parking facility will benefit the residents and traders of Rajouri Garden and nearby colonies. The mayor also said that he will inaugurate a few such parking lots in coming days. Leader of SDMC House Subhas Arya said the project has come up under the JNNURM scheme. “As per scheme, the SDMC has to contribute 50 per cent of the cost, but it spent thrice the money decided under the scheme to make the parking convenient, safe and long-lasting for the benefit of the residents. On February 17, the mayor had inaugurated a multi-level car parking facility in south Delhi’s Kalkaji area with a capacity to accommodate 406 vehicles. The new projects are coming up a few months ahead of the municipal elections in Delhi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Plea against clubbing of CWSN with EWS: HC seeks govt reply

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The clubbing of children with special needs with those from poor and disadvantaged groups by many private schools here has been challenged by an autistic boy, leading the Delhi High Court to seek the responses of the Lieutenant Governor and the AAP government on the issue. Justice V K Rao was hearing a plea moved on behalf of a autistic boy seeking directions to the Directorate of Education (DoE) of Delhi government to earmark separate quota for children with special needs (CWSN) out of the 25 per cent seats reserved for economically weaker section (EWS) and disadvantageous group (DG). The court issued notice to the LG’s office and DoE and sought their replies by February 28, the next date of hearing. The plea, filed through advocate R K Kapoor, has challenged DoE’s January 9 circular laying down the guidelines for admission of EWS/DG category at entry level classes in private unaided recognised schools of Delhi for the academic session 2017-2018. The petition claims that the circular “arbitrarily” clubs CWSN category with EWS and DG categories. In another matter alleging lack of special educators in government schools, the same bench directed the Delhi government and South Delhi Municipal Corporation to place on record within six weeks the details of children with disabilities in schools run by them and the nature of their disabilty. The direction of the court came on a woman’s plea, filed through advocate Ashok Agarwal, claiming that the schools where her two sons study do not have any special educators. Her sons fall under the CWSN category. The court listed the matter for hearing on July 15.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lack of cleanliness due to no garbage removal system: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The failure of municipal corporations to provide an efficient garbage removal mechanism was one of the main reasons for lack of cleanliness in the national capital, especially in the sub-city of Dwarka, the Delhi High Court today said. A bench of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Ashutosh Kumar, however, did not lay the entire blame at the doorstep of the municipal bodies as it said even the general public was also at fault for not having civic sense and for littering on the roads. “What is wrong with the people of India?” the court remarked after perusing photographs depicting large-scale dumping of garbage in open land or over drains in Dwarka and added, “The problem is there is no garbage removal mechanism.” “What is your action plan? How do you clean Delhi? The municipal corporations have failed to provide an efficient garbage removal system. The performance of general public and the MCDs are not upto the mark,” the bench said. It also sought presence of the deputy commissioner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation, incharge of entire Dwarka, and a senior DDA official, on the next date of hearing on February 22. The court was hearing a PIL filed by law student and Dwarka resident, Ebbani Aggarwal, on the issue of lack of cleanliness in the sub-city. In November last year, the court had asked senior officials of the police department, municipal corporation and DDA to show cause why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for not cleaning up Dwarka despite judicial orders.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JNU student alleges she was gang-raped, two Afghan nationals arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A JNU student, 21, was allegedly gang raped by two persons. The incident allegedly took place in Green Park, a South Delhi area. The perpetrators were allegedly two Afghan nationals, Sulaiman and Twaab. The victim is in her second year of BA (Hons) at JNU and had gone to a pub in Hauz Khas village last week with a friend of hers. There she met Twaab. He invited both of them to his friend’s house in Green Park for a party. According to the police, Twaab’s friend Sulaiman, Siddhant and Pratyusha were present at the house as well. Later in the night, her friend was dropped off at JNU and the girl came back to Twaab’s house. “A case was registered in this regard on January 12, under section 376/34. The two accused persons namely Twaab Ahmed, 27 and Sulaiman Ahmadi, 31 were arrested on the same day. Both are from Afghanistan and were living in Delhi on UNHCR card. The two were sent to judicial custody” said a senior police officer. He further added Twaab was residing in the country for the last 10 years and Sulaiman was for the last 2 years.In her complaint, the victim alleged that Sulaiman was forcing himself on her in the morning. She was later told that while she was not in her senses, she was sexually assaulted by the duo. Once she reached her hostel she narrated her ordeal to her friends and informed the police.

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