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DTC bus runs over 5 in Delhi, kills 1, injures 4

New Delhi, Sept 18: It seems dengue deaths were not enough for the national capital, as a Delhi Transport Corporation bus ran over five people in a heavily crowded area of Chandni Chowk, killing one and injuring four. Not much of the details are not known yet, however, it has been said that the injured have been rushed into the nearest hospital.
This is the first incident after September 4, 2015 when an overspeeding DTC bus mowed down three members of a family, including a four-year-old boy, who were in their motorcycle in south Delhi’s Moti Bagh area. The deceased — Ashish, 24, his mother Shakuntala, 55 and his son Raghav, 4 — were going to AIIMS to meet Ashish’s sister-in-law who was admitted there.


Ministers from South-East Asia meet in Delhi to set health priorities

New Delhi , 1 September 2015: Health Ministers of the 11 countries of WHO’s South-East Asia Region are meeting in Dili, Timor-Leste, from 7-11 September to set health priorities and discuss the health agenda for the Region.

Coming close on the heels of the earthquakes in Nepal and the spread of MERS Coronavirus, strengthening response to emergencies and outbreaks and building capacities under the International Health Regulation (IHR) 2005 will be one of the key areas for discussion at the Sixty-eighth Session of the Regional Committee Meeting of WHO South-East Asia.

The Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Dr Rui Maria de Araújo, will inaugurate the meeting. WHO South-East Asia Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO experts and senior officials from health ministries of member countries will be present.


AAP law minister removed three days after suggesting FIR against Sheila Dixit

Three days after he recommended filing of an FIR against former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and expressed apprehension over possible attempts to "remove" him as Delhi Law Minister, Kapil Mishra was divested of the portfolio which was given to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

While the government downplayed it as routine "reallocation" of work, questions are being raised over the move which comes two months into Mishra's appointment after former Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar's resignation over charges of possessing fake degrees.

"This is a big expose and I am afraid that immediately after this, there will be attempts to destablise our government in Delhi and also to remove me from this chair," Mishra had stated in a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.


371 arrested in 20 days for harassing women on Delhi streets

The arrest of over 370 persons and detention of around 2,400 - who are alleged to be habitual eve-teasers and stalkers - in just 20 days under an initiative launched by Delhi Police, has once again thrown light on the extent of harassment women have to face in the streets of the national capital.

Areas around shopping malls, university campus and the ones with large migrant population have turned out to be the vulnerable zones with the most number of offenders held from such places, said a senior police official.

The southern part of Delhi, which happens to be a hub of posh localities, topped the list of detention with as many as 831 persons detained between August 3 and 23 for allegedly harassing woman on streets, as per Delhi Police records.


South Delhi residents soon to get pet dog licences online

For residents of south Delhi, getting a pet dog licence is set to become easier, as the SDMC is working on making the registration process online soon.

"After making online the process to get birth and death certificates and building plans cleared, we are now working on making online the process to get pet licences also... And, we should positively be able to launch the service in 30-35 days," South Delhi Mayor Subhash Arya told PTI.

Prime properties and plush bungalows and farmhouses are located in south Delhi, like Defence Colony, Lajpat Nagar, Chhatarpur farmhouses, Dwarka, where several residents keep pet dogs.

"The idea is to also make the process, simpler, more transparent and hassle-free and end the licence inspector raj," he said.

South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has four zones -- Central, South, West and Najafgarh, and according to Arya, the most number of pets have been found in the "South Zone".


Award to ex-wrestling coach: HC sets aside single judge order

Delhi High Court today set aside an order of its single judge which had directed the Centre to confer Dronacharya Award 2015 on former chief national wrestling coach Vinod Kumar.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini asked the single judge to look afresh into the plea by Kumar, who had moved the high court against Dronacharya Award selection committee for ignoring him for the prestigious honour.

The court's direction came on the plea filed by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports challenging a single judge order which was passed yesterday.

The Ministry had sought an urgent hearing as the award ceremony is scheduled to be held today.

The bench asked the single judge to conclude the matter within six weeks, adding that if the judge finds Kumar to be deserving, then the Ministry will have to give him the award.


Water tanker scam: FIR recommended against Sheila Dikshit,

Delhi Law Minister Kapil Mishra today urged Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to order an FIR against former chief minister Sheila Dikshit and others in connection with an alleged scam in hiring water tankers which caused a loss of Rs 400 crore to the state exchequer.

Mishra, who also holds the charge of Chairman of Delhi Jal Board, had on June 19 formed a 'Fact-Finding Committee' to look into the hiring of around 385 stainless steel water tankers from private companies during the Sheila Dikshit government in 2012.

The move comes after the committee submitted its report to DJB. In the report, the committee allegedly found irregularities in the tendering process, leading to a loss of Rs 400 crore for the government.


HC asks Centre to give Dronacharya award to ex-wrestling coach

Delhi High Court today directed the Centre to confer Dronacharya award on former chief national wrestling coach Vinod Kumar.

The high court allowed the plea of Kumar, who had moved the high court against Dronacharya Award selection committee for ignoring him for the prestigious honour.

The Dronacharya Award selection committee had recommended Anoop Singh Dahiya's name for this award.

"The award shall be given to the petitioner Vinod Kumar," Justice V P Vaish said.

The award ceremony is scheduled to be held tomorrow at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Vinod, who was the chief national men's team coach from November 2010 to April 2015, had claimed that he had earned more points for his achievements of his wards at international tournaments than Anoop.

Kumar had said that he had the highest points amongst all the nominees and better qualification for getting the award.

Kumar was conferred with Dhyan Chand award in 2012.


Nulwalla moves SC for reduction of five year jail term

Yusuf Mohsin Nulwalla, co-convict and close friend of Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt who is serving a five-year jail term for destroying a AK-56 rifle of the actor, today moved the Supreme Court seeking reduction of his sentence claiming that the gun was not an automatic one as held by all the courts.

A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Prafulla C Pant asked senior lawyer Harish Salve, appearing for Nulwalla, to file a curative petition to raise the alleged new ground for seeking reduction in sentence.

The bench said the convict should have filed a curative petition as this remedy was yet to be exhausted.

Nulwalla has claimed he has wrongly been convicted and sentenced for possessing a prohibited automatic AK-56 assault gun while he was shown to be possessing a non-prohibited semi -automatic AK-56 and the fact has remained unnoticed.


Theme for Delhi Book Fair - Skill Development

The 21st edition of the Delhi Book Fair that begins here tomorrow is based on the theme of skill development.

The theme of the event jointly organised by the Federation of Indian Publishers and Indian Trade Promotion Organisation follows the Skill India campaign launched recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The nine-day fair includes numerous literary seminars and conferences besides activities for children, book launches and author interactions with participation by leading publishers.

"We have got plenty of books to be exhibited at a dedicated lounge to give an idea to the book lovers what skill development can do and how this skill development can change the life of the youth. We are very hopeful that after going back from the Fair, these youth will be charged enough to support the industry not only in India but will spread the message of skill development through out the world," Ashok Gupta, President, FIP said.


Urdu doyen Firaq Gorakhpuri's maverick bohemian life

'Firaq' - one of the greatest names in Urdu literature in India - once admonished a stray dog who happened to be sleeping on a sofa at his Bank Road house in Allahabad when a friend came visiting.

"Ghar mein mehmaan aaye hain aur aap so rahe hain! Jaaiye andar jaake let jaaiye." (A guest has come to the house and look at you, sunk in slothful slumber/ Take yourself inside and lie down there.)

The friend, like others who heard this tale, was left amused at the way the literary stalwart - known for his eccentricities and bohemian nature -- reacted on seeing the canine up on his couch.


Gangrape of minor: Father gets life, youth given 12 yrs jail

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for gangraping his nine-year-old daughter, by a Delhi court which refused to take a lenient view observing that he gave his daughter such a betrayal of faith of relationship that would really be difficult for her to forget.

The court also awarded 12 years rigorous jail term to Akash, a 20-year-old accomplice of victim's father, observing that "the accused despite being the father of the victim has not only sexually assaulted her but also allowed another boy to sexually abuse his daughter".

"Children are entitled to expect the best from their parents, in terms of care and parental love, that they can possibly receive. But the convict gave her daughter such a betrayal of faith of relationship that would really be difficult for her to forget," Additional Sessions Judge Gautam Manan said.


Kejriwal meets PM, seeks cooperation irrespective of political

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and took up a host of issues, including his government's tussle with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, as he sought the Centre's cooperation irrespective of the differences in "political ideologies".

The chief minister, who was accompanied by his deputy Manish Sisodia for the meeting with Modi, also raised the issue of "Delhi Police being at war with his government" and touched upon the row over the appointment of the Delhi Anti- Corruption Bureau.

"We met the Prime Minister and told him that for the development of Delhi and benefit of its people, the Centre and the state government should work in tandem.

"But it is important that the political ideologies of the two governments should not interfere with the work," Kejriwal told reporters after meeting the prime minister.


Cab driver held for molesting 10-year-old girl

A cab driver was arrested today for allegedly molesting a 10-year-old girl whom he used to drop home after school in south-west Delhi's Dwarka area.

The 26-year-old driver, Shiv Kumar, used to show the girl obscene video clips on his mobile phone for the past three months, said a police official.

Kumar even threatened the girl of dire consequences if she told anyone about it, he said.

The matter came to light when the traumatised girl refused to board the cab following which the school administration called her parents, he said, adding, the girl then told her parents about it after which the driver was arrested from his residence at Som Vihar area.

The accused has been booked under relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, police said.

Meanwhile, in another incident, a school attendant was apprehended for allegedly molesting a six-year-old boy in west Delhi's Uttam Nagar area.


Humid weather in Delhi after heavy overnight showers

Humidity levels soared today morning and the minimum temperature settled at 23.6 degrees Celsius after heavy rains lashed the national capital overnight.

"The minimum temperature recorded at 8.30 AM was 23.6 degrees celsius, two notches below normal. The humidity level was 89 per cent," a MeT official said.

The rainfall recorded overnight was 56 mm, he added.

The weatherman has predicted moderate to heavy showers during the evening.

"Sky will turn cloudy afternoon onwards and moderate to heavy showers could occur in some areas," the official said.

The minimum and maximum temperatures are likely to settle at 24 and 35 degrees Celsius.

Yesterday, maximum temperature was recorded at 35.2 degrees Celsius, whereas minimum settled at 26.2, both one notches above normal for this time of the year.



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