A year after demonetisation situation is still grim as businessmen particularly builders and jewelers are on the verge of defaulting on loan and interest repayments.The local financial market is in a tizzy after rumour of a handicraft businessman defaulting on loan repayment of Rs 585 crore even after a year. He said to have sought more time in a meeting held at his residence last Sunday.Similarly, a jeweller on JLN Marg owes Rs 70 crore. There are reports that he settled dues by selling his property to the creditors at throwaway prices. But, not everyone is a gentleman as a builder said to have hired bouncers to keep lenders and brokers away. He reportedly owed Rs 150 crore. Some other real estate developers who have business across the country and borrowed billions are unable to pay installments on time. Same goes for jewelers in C-Scheme, shyam Nagar, Bani Park, Vaishali Nagar and in the walled city. The jewelers are not even paying interest leave alone principal. A side effect of this crisis is that some jewelers are now resorting to cheating by selling synthetic colour stones in the name of real ones. One jeweller is now facing a police case. There was a time when these businessmen because of their goodwill used to get concession on the prevailing interest rates in the parallel financial market. Now, instead of getting fresh loans, they are being pressurized for repayment. The lenders are now putting pressure on the brokers for the recovery.Those in the trade said that there is nothing lenders can do but to wait. Business is bound to get affected when money is squeezed out of circulation. The problem is that the situation has not normalized even a year after demonetisation. “Unless the property market improves there is no possibility for the creditors to get their money back,” a broker said.There are at least 20 finance brokers operating without any registration in Jaipur. Transaction trickEntire money transaction is being done in cash and based on trust and verbal commitment. However, the business is kept away from prying eyes of income tax department. To avoid trouble from income tax department, the actual transaction is many times more than shown on the slip.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Barely three weeks after four persons died in hooch tragedy in Rohtas district, three more deaths were reported due to suspected consumption of spurious liquor in dry Bihar’s Vaishali district on Thursday.The incident took place at Basauli village in Vaishali on Wednesday night. The locals said the deceased — Arun Patel, Lal Babu Paswan and Devendra Paswan — all in their 40s, had consumed spurious liquor along with some other men at a local villager’s place on Monday evening.”They complained of nausea, vomiting etc and were taken to a local hospital where the three died. Two of them died on Tuesday and were immediately cremated by their family members while Arun’s body has been sent for postmortem,” said a local police officer.Vaishali superintendent of police Rakesh Kumar said, “It will only be clear after the postmortem reports are received whether they died due to hooch or some other illness. We were told by the family members that they were also suffering from other ailments. An investigation has been launched into it.”Sources said the police are also on the lookout for those who have taken ill after allegedly consuming liquor, though no headway has been made on that front. “One person has been detained for interrogation,” the source added.The locals, however, alleged that the police want to cover up the hooch deaths. “The local chowkidar used to sell liquor and the cops never took any action against him,” said a resident of Basauli village.This is the third hooch tragedy in Bihar, where total alcohol prohibition was enforced on April 5, 2016. Earlier, on October 28, four persons died and two others took ill after consuming spurious liquor in Danwar village of Rohtas while over 15 persons died due to illicit liquor in Gopalganj’s Khajurbani district in August last year.THIRD TRAGEDYThis is the third hooch tragedy in Bihar, where total prohibition was enforced on April 5, 2016.
On October 28, four died and two took ill after taking spurious liquor in Rohtas.
15 persons had died taking illicit liquor in Kha-jurbani in August 2016.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 15 metro stations will soon be remodelled by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to combat the rising rush of commuters by each passing day. Based on different surveys done by the DMRC over the years, the strategic planning includes a slew of measures like shifting of ticket counters to constructing ramps and stairways.The Metro, which is a lifeline for the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), is used by around 28 lakh passengers every day. The stations are being worked upon depending on the number of commuters that each of them experiences during the day.The DMRC has been conducting regular studies on travellers’ rush to further their development model to ease pressure on the facility and make travelling more convenient for people.The metro stations that would undergo changes include Rithala, Uttam Nagar, Dwarka Sector 21, Dilshad Garden, Kashmere Gate, Pragati Maidan. Dilshad Garden, Jahangirpuri, Noida City Centre, Noida Sector 16, Sikanderpur, Tilak Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Karol Bagh, Hauz Khas, GTB Nagar among others. Similar work is already being done in 17 stations while the DMRC redeveloped five stations — Rajiv Chowk, New Delhi, Vaishali, Huda City Centre and Chandni Chowk in the recent past.According to a senior DMRC official, the security checkpoint in Laxmi Nagar will soon be shifted since the station witnesses a heavy rush of commuters every day.The official further shared that the security check and the ticket counter in Vaishali metro station were on the first floor which led to long queues during peak hours. Hence, they started selling tickets at the ground floor, while the security remained on the concourse. The metro which chugs on a system as long as 213 kilometres, recently found itself in the thick of controversy after its fares were increased for the second time in less than six months.METRO MENACEDelhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal called it a “conspiracy” to help radio cabs like Ola and Uber do business even as the common man suffered because of the fare hike. The metro recently found itself in the thick of controversy after its fares were increased for the second time in less than six months.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 28-year-old collection agent was shot at outside the Spice World Mall in Noida’s Sector 25A on Wednesday. The two assailants decamped with his bag. One of them was later arrested after a brief encounter in Ghaziabad’s Vaishali area. The victim’s condition was reported to be critical and he was undergoing an operation at the time of filing this report.According to the police, the incident took place around noon, when the victim, Krishna Om Prakash, a native of Aligarh and a resident of Khoda Colony in Noida, was about to enter the mall to collect money from some business establishments. He worked as a collection agent with the Brinks India Private Limited, which collects money from different business establishments and deposits them in banks.The miscreants had parked their two-wheeler on the road connecting the Noida Stadium and the Elevated Road opposite Spice World Mall. They entered the mall’s parking area, intercepted Krishna, and tried to snatch his bag. When he resisted, one of them opened fire at Krishna and fled with the bag.After the incident, the police informed nearby stations about the two miscreants who were heading towards Indirapuram. “We were checking in Vaishali and saw the miscreants coming towards us. When we signalled them to stop, they opened fire at us,” said Akash Tomar, Superintendent of Police (City), Ghaziabad.Shahrukh, one of the accused, was nabbed while his partner managed to flee from the spot.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Metro’s Blue Line —Dwarka to Noida City Centre — became a nightmare for commuters on Saturday, when the services remained affected for over 40 minutes due to a technical glitch. The snag occurred at the time when the stations were witnessing a festive rush on the occasion of Bhai Dooj.The technical snag occurred at 9.20 am, at a time when metro stations usually witness heavy footfall.Afterwards, train services were suspended with commuters complaining that no prior announcement was made about it.”There was a massive crowd at the Rajiv Chowk metro station, which created a stampede-like situation. Entry to the stations was stopped and those inside were not allowed to go out,” said Sanjay Tyagi, a commuter.Commuters also faced hardship at other busy metro stations, including Yamuna Bank, Mayur Vihar Phase-1, Noida Sector 16 and 18, among others.According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the snag occurred when the pantograph, which supplies power from the overhead wire to the train, got entangled in overhead equipment (OHE) of a train between Rajiv Chowk and R K Ashram section. This happened while the metro was approaching Rajiv Chowk station.”As a result, train services were regulated on Line-3 between 9.20 to 10.05 am in the short loop between Yamuna Bank and Noida/Vaishali, between Karol Bagh and Dwarka Sector 21 and in single line between Karol Bagh and Yamuna Bank section,” the DMRC said in a statement.The DMRC informed the OHE team who then undertook the restoration work at the affected section on the downline and the train was removed from service at 10.05 am, after which the train movement was restored.”Till then, the crowd at the metro station swelled up. The first metro that came at around 10.08 am was heavily overcrowded,” said Ritwik Singh, a student.BREAKDOWNAccording to the DMRC, the snag occurred when the pantograph, which supplies power from the overhead wire to the train, got entangled in overhead equipment of a train between Rajiv Chowk and RK Ashram section.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commuters were left stranded when a technical glitch in the Blue Line of Delhi Metro ( Dwarka Sector 21-Vaishali/Noida City Centre) resulted in erratic train services. The technical snag happened at around 5.45 PM, when an over-head wire got snapped between Dwarka Mor and Dwarka section, according to officers quoted by IANS. The snag happened in the ‘Up-line’, so all trains had to be routed through the ‘Down-line’ to keep the system running. But it naturally lead to inordinate delay and harassment for the commuters during such busy hour in the evening. Since train services were infrequent, it lead to massive congestion in the coaches which further slowed down the trains. Technical team of Delhi Metro is currently at the spot to sort out the situation.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An alleged history sheeter from city, who had averted the traps laid by cops till now has allegedly fled with a luxury car on the pretext of buying it. “A case in the matter has been registered in Shyam Nagar police station.On Monday evening, he had approached a car dealer in Vaishali Nagar who deals in only high-end cars. Posing as a customer interested in buying the car, he asked the salesman for a drive and to show his car to his mechanic in Shyam Nagar.The duo travelled to Shyam Nagar where after showing the car to a mechanic, he asked the salesman to head back. However, before the salesman could get in the car, Choudhary fled with the expensive vehicle. The police is investigating the matter,” officials said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two children reportedly went missing while on their way to the tuition class in the Vaishali area of Ghaziabad on Saturday evening. Siblings Tina, 12, and Aniket, 14, had left home for tuition around 4 pm, their mother Shreya Roy said.”They usually return by 5.30pm. When they didn’t return by 6pm, I called their tuition teacher. She told me that they did not come for the class,” she said. A shocked Shreya then immediately started looking for them in the locality. She had scolded them in the morning and thought that they might be hiding in the vicinity to get back at her.”Their school had a parent-teacher meeting on Saturday, but they didn’t inform me. I came to know about the meet from someone else. Their performance was also not good, so I shouted at them for not studying. I am worried that this might have led them to disappear,” she said.When the children could not be located after 2-3 hours of search, a missing FIR was lodged. “We are trying to trace the children. The family has said they do not suspect anyone,” Circle Officer (Indirapuram) Rajesh Kumar said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unidentified persons today attacked Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi’s car near Kala Pahar village in Vaishali district, but the BJP leader escaped unhurt. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad dismissed speculations that any of his partymen was behind the incident, which took place in an area known to be an RJD stronghold. It also occurred minutes after Leader of Opposition in the Assembly and Lalu’s son Tejaswi Prasad Yadav’s motorcade had passed through the area. According to Ritesh Mandal, the officer in-charge of the Bidupur police station, unidentified persons hurled stones at Modi’s car when he was on his way to the village this evening. Preliminary information suggests that the car received some damage but there was no injury to the deputy chief minister, who proceeded to attend the funeral ceremony of ex- BJP MLA Achutanand Singh’s mother. His escort party informed the police about the incident, Mandal said. Vaishali Superintendent of Police (SP) Rakesh Kumar said Modi was being escorted back to Patna under heavy police protection. He added that the police would lodge an FIR on the basis of a complaint from either the deputy chief minister himself or from someone from his escort party or anyone else. The incident took place a few minutes after Tejaswi’s motorcade passed through the area. The RJD leader was on his way to Samastipur to launch the second stage of his programme against the “disintegration” of the erstwhile Grand Alliance government in the state from tomorrow. The area where Modi’s car was attacked is known to be a stronghold of the RJD, the workers and supporters of which are particularly angry with the BJP leader for levelling a series of corruption allegations against Lalu and his family. Lalu, however, denied an “RJD hand” in the incident and alleged that it was Modi who “orchestrated” it. “RJD workers do not believe in violence…it (the attack) must have been orchestrated by Sushil Modi with the help of his supporters for political gains,” he said. The RJD chief alleged that the BJP leader was known for his “habit of enacting such dramas”. “Once he had alleged an attack on him by the RJD and put a bandage. When we insisted that he showed the injury by removing the bandage, he did not do as he would get exposed,” he said. Lalu also blamed the district administration for the incident. “Why did they take Modi through the same place which was just crossed by Tejaswi Yadav? They could have taken him through an alternate route,” he said. The RJD supremo alleged that the BJP leader might have orchestrated the event to divert the attention of the people from his name cropping up in a scam related to swindling of government money by an NGO in Bhagalpur.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Delhi border would be sealed at around midnight on account of Independence Day celebrations in the national capital tomorrow, the police said today. Security has been beefed up and a day-long search operation was carried out in malls, multiplex cinema halls and public places, they said, adding metro stations at Vaishali and Kaushamibi were also thoroughly checked. SP (City) Akash Tomar said the search operation was conducted with help of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, CISF and bomb squad. Sniffer dogs were also pressed into service, he said, adding that barricades have been put up across the UP Delhi border at Anand Vihar, Apsara cinema, Tulsi Niketan and Loni Shahdara. Tomar said vehicles and suspicious pedestrians will be frisked at the entry points. Registers of hotels and lodges were monitored to check stay of strangers, he said, adding the hotel owners were asked to deny permission to passengers who do not carry valid identity details.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea, lodged in Byculla jail here, `instigated’ inmates to stage a protest to seek legal and media access inside the prison after the death of a woman convict, a prison official claimed today. Indrani has been named as an accused in a case of rioting and unlawful assembly inside the jail along with Divya Pahuja, an accused in Haryana gangster Sandeep Gadholi encounter case, and others. Indrani and Divya were behind the protest inside the jail, the official claimed. Manju Shette, a woman inmate, was allegedly beaten up on June 23 by jail staff for failing to account for two eggs and five ‘paav’ (bread loaves) meant for distribution to inmates as she was assisting jail staff as a warden. After Manju’s death, Indrani, Divya and other inmates including Shahnaz Maniyar, Vaishali Mudle, Hasina Shaikh, Mariam Shaikh and around 200 others began a protest on June 24 for their demands, which included making available a lawyer and allowing media access inside the jail, police said. On June 26 Indrani complained of body pain and was taken to hospital, the prison official said. There was nothing abnormal in her medical reports and she was sent back after being given some tablets, he said. Manju, sentenced to 14 years’ rigorous imprisonment in a murder case, had served around 13 years. She had requested jail authorities to shift her to Kalyan prison in adjoining Thane district, the official added. The special CBI court today allowed Indrani to approach the police to lodge her complaint that she was beaten up and threatened of sexual assault by jail officials for joining the protest over Shette’s death. Indrani told the court that she was threatened and assaulted after she said that she would give a statement in connection with Shette’s death.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several parts of the state including the capital Jaipur witnessed light to moderate rainfall on Thursday.The fresh spell of showers brought minimum temperature below normal. But blistering sun post noon surged the temperature once again to above 40 degrees mark.Thursday morning in city was welcomed by moderate to light rains accompanied by wind and lightning. Showers soaked Vidyadhar Nagar, Murlipura, Vaishali Nagar, Nirman Nagar, Ajemr Road, Gopalpura byepass, Malviya Nagar, Jagatpura, Tonk Road, JLN Marg, Shastri Nagar and many area in Walled City. The rain resulted in water logging in low-lying areas of the city that affected traffic including offices goers.This was the third spell of rains in Jaipur during the last 10 days. As per the MeT report, rainfall of 17.6 mm was recorded in city on Thursday. Maximum temperature, though, recorded at 39 degrees celsius but minimum temperature fell to 18.4 degrees celsius, 10 degrees below normal.According to MeT forecast, dust storm or thunderstorm with rain likely to occur while maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 40 and 26 degrees celsius respectively during the next 24 hours.As per MeT report, light to moderate rainfall occurred at isolated places in Jaipur, Bharatpur and Bikaner divisions during last 24 hours. Surajgarh, Pilani and Anupgarh each received 30 mm rainfall while Sikar, Chirawa, Kaman and Karanpur each observed 20 mm rainfall.The highest maximum temperature of 43.8 degrees celsius was recorded at Churu in the state followed by Barmer at 42.8 degrees celsius. Maximum temperature at Bikaner, Jaislamer, and Kota recorded at 42.5, 42.4 and 42.1 degrees respectively.As per weathermen, dust storm or thunderstorm with rain very likely to occur at isolated places in the state during the next 24 hours.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The passengers of the Delhi blue line metro service today faced a technical snag as the line that connects Noida and Vaishali to Dwarka ran at a snail?s pace around 5 p.m. There seem to be a technical problem which caused chaos at the metro stations. Officials say that the problem started when an overhead electrical (OHE) wire snapped at 4.55 p. m between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank metro stations after a bird hit. Busy stations like Rajiv Chowk and Mandi House were packed with people trying to board metro. Several commuters started leaving to try other modes of transports.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The results for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Service Exam were declared last week, and 26-year-old Vaishali Sharma couldn’t be happier. An MBBS from Aligarh Muslim University, Vaishali never let her hearing impairment hold her back. Despite an 80% hearing impairment, Vaishali has emerged as a topper in the physical disability category for two years in a row now.She scoring a brilliant 824 out of 2,025 in last year’s examination and was ranked second, but was not selected on the grounds of being ‘physically unfit’ as the examiners found her ‘overweight’. Apart from a good academic score another criteria for being selected is passing a medical examination where a person’s BMI is measured.But Vaishali, being the winner she is, did not let this affect her and shed weight with the pure determination to reach her goal this year. Her efforts bore fruit as she scored a whooping 970 marks, thus coming first in the special category this year. Speaking about not being selected last year, Vaishali said she was shocked and disappointed after not making the cut despite getting herself certified by the government’s health department.
ALSO READ UPSC discloses marks, topper scored just 55.3%Vaishali uses hearing aids but it’s still not easy. In an interview with TOI, she said, “I spent long hours in the AMU library studying by myself. I started lip reading and observed people keenly to understand their body language and expressions.”She aced the interview round this year with an excellent 170 marks out of 275.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seeking to provide last-mile connectivity in cities neighbouring the national capital, DMRC today launched a dedicated e-rickshaw service for the commuters, beginning at the Vaishali station in Ghaziabad. “The specially designed e-rickshaws with covered cabin and full-size front windscreen will provide last-mile connectivity within an area of 3-4 km around metro stations. They are also equipped with CCTV camera and GPS,” a senior official said. The eco-friendly service was formally launched by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) MD Mangu Singh at the Metro Bhawan here on the occasion of World Environment Day. “The first fleet of five e-rickshaws inaugurated today will operate from Vaishali Metro Station. The facility will be extended at stations in Gurgaon and Faridabad very shortly by another operator,” the senior official said. One of the operators aims to introduce 610 e-rickshaws at earmarked eight operational metro stations in Noida and Ghaziabad within a year, DMRC said. “On successful implementation of the e-rickshaw services in the NCR, services on a similar format would be replicated in Delhi subject to its feasibility,” the official said. Commuters in Noida and Ghaziabad can relevant information regarding this facility on the helpline — 011-39595468. “DMRC tries to incorporate eco-friendly initiatives in all its spheres of functioning. So, ensuring dedicated e- rickshaw service at the metro stations will enable the commuters to prefer non-polluting public transport modes over personal vehicles,” Singh said. As on date, DMRC operates 291 feeder buses on 42 routes connecting 54 metro stations in Delhi, DMRC said in a statement. “Around two lakh people use the feeder bus service on a daily basis. DMRC also encourages the use of bicycles by commuters, to and from metro stations. The Delhi Metro network spans two major cities each in Haryana — Gurgaon and Faridabad; Noida and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. The Vaishali station falls on the Blue Line (Dwarka Vaishali/Noida City Centre) of the network.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two armed motorcycle borne miscreants shot at and injured a businessman and looted Rs 4 lakh from him near Dakbungalow square in Bihar’s Vaishali district today. Town police station SHO Sunil Kumar said the incident occurred when a businessman, who deals in fish business, identified as Vinod Singh was going to the fish market. The bike borne two miscreants, first tried to snatch a bag containing Rs 4 lakh from him but when he resisted, they shot at him, the SHO said adding the injured businessman was admitted to sadar hospital from where he was referred to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Patna. Angry businessmen and local people blocked Dakbungalow road in protest against the incident. Later, the blockade was lifted after the police intervened and pacified the protesting people, he said. An FIR has been lodged in this regard, he said and added that police are conducting raids to nab the culprits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Delhi Metro witnessing frequent glitches causing inconvenience to commuters, the central government today asked DMRC to submit a report on such incidents with an analysis of reasons and measures to be taken to address the same. “At the behest of Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, senior officials of the ministry today asked Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to examine the recent snags that occurred on metro sections causing inconvenience to passengers for necessary interventions,” a source said. DMRC has been asked to submit a detailed report on such incidents at different sections with an analysis of reasons and measures to be taken to address the same, the source said. The ministry officials has also sought details about the snag that occurred on the Blue Line (Dwarka-Noida/Vaishali) yesterday. DMRC has been asked by the ministry to undertake a detailed analysis of the measures to be taken to address such snags and to minimise inconvenience to passengers and submit a report, the source said. Last month, DMRC had apologised to the people after a major glitch led to trains losing contact with the Operational Control Centre for two successive days, triggering long delays and outrage.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 26-year-old security guard has been apprehended in connection with the murder of a 23-year-old woman IT professional from Infosys, who was found dead last night in a conference room of the company in Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park at Hinjawadi here, police said today. “On the basis of the CCTV footage from the company premises and other clues, we zeroed down on a security guard from Assam, who after the incident, fled and now has been held in Mumbai,” said Arun Waikar, the senior police inspector with Hinjawadi Police Station. The suspect has been identified as Bhabhen Saikia, who was deployed as a guard at the Infosys unit, and is being brought to Pune, he said. OP Rasila from Kerala, who was working as a system engineer with Infosys was found dead after she was allegedly strangulated with the help of a computer cord and was hit hard on the face, police said. According to police, the incident might have taken place at around 5 PM, but police received the call around 8 PM last night. ACP Vaishali Jadhav-Mane had told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)