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  Delhi Beautiful Pics
Posted by: Black Dog - 18-10-2015, 07:09 PM - Forum: Photos Delhi-NCR - Replies (143)

[Image: 17067185444_30ed6b8b21_b.jpg]view of India Gate in night by prakash thakur, on Flickr

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  National News BJP
Posted by: Black Dog - 18-10-2015, 06:48 PM - Forum: Tracking and Monitoring BJP - Replies (1)

PM Upset Over BJP Leaders' Beef Remarks, Amit Shah Summons Them: Sources

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New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "angry" with party leaders who made incendiary statements in the aftermath of the Dadri killing over beef rumours and party chief Amit Shah today pulled up those involved, sources told NDTV.

Mr Shah reportedly warned them against making such comments and conveyed the PM's views to them, sources said.

Those summoned included Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma, party lawmaker Sangeet Som and controversial party leaders Sakshi Maharaj and Sanjay Baliyan. The leaders' words had triggered controversy, with 42 authors returning their Sahitya Akademi Awards, blaming the mood of "intolerance" in the country.  

The leaders however maintained it was a routine engagement."I came to discuss regional issues and was not asked for any clarification," said Sakshi Maharaj. But when pressed about the agenda, he added, "Every action has a reaction, I had taken action so there was a reaction".

The Prime Minister, who was criticised by the opposition for his silence on the issue, had spoken out  at a rally in Bihar on October 8, a day after President Pranab Mukherjee called for amity. While the PM did not mention Dadri, he had referred to the President's words and underscored that Hindus and Muslims should fight poverty and not each other.

"For politics and petty gains, people are making irresponsible statements. Don't take them seriously. Even if Narendra Modi himself says something like that, don't listen to him," he had said. A day later, he had mentioned Dadri, calling the incident "unfortunate".

But yesterday, key BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal had demanded that the party leadership must take strict action against those have made "irresponsible statements" on Dadri.

On September 28, a 52-year-old Muslim man was lynched by a mob in Dadri over rumours of cow slaughter and beef consumption. Forensic tests later proved that the meat found stored in his home was mutton and not beef.  

But in the aftermath of the incident, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma described the lynching as an "accident". Party lawmaker Sangeet Som had visited Dadri, where he claimed that "cow killers" were rescued by the Akhilesh Yadav government. Mr Khattar was quoted as saying that Muslims here must give up beef and Sakshi Maharaj had demanded death penalty for cow slaughter.

The opposition Congress mocked the BJP's move, with party spokesperson Sanjay Jha tweeting,

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BJP must be the only political party that makes PR out of exercising the whip on their bad boys. It just proves one thing; it's all PR!

source: http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/pm-modi-u...es-1233497

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  Bigg Boss 9
Posted by: Black Dog - 18-10-2015, 06:27 PM - Forum: Entertainment Quarter Delhi-NCR - Replies (4)

Who will out today? what do you think?

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  Delhi's lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung calls meeting to choose next Lokayukta
Posted by: Silent Admirer - 17-10-2015, 04:32 PM - Forum: Current news alert Delhi-NCR - No Replies


Delhi's lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung calls meeting to choose next Lokayukta

NEW DELHI: The city may finally get its Lokayukta by the end of this month. Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung has convened a meeting on October 20 to decide on the post of the Lokayukta lying vacant since November 2013. It will be attended by the chief justice of the Delhi high court, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and leader of the opposition Vijender Gupta.

TOI reported on Friday that the AAP government, which has been slammed by the opposition BJP and under the scrutiny of HC for the delay, has proposed the names of three retired judges for the post. The government had told HC the state would take all steps to ensure the Lokayukta is appointed by October 28.

The leader of the opposition and the chief justice may recommend changes to the list. The government's panel includes the names of Bilal Nazki, a retired chief justice of the Odisha high court; Jasbir Singh, a retired chief justice of the Haryana and Punjab high court; and Reva Khetrapal, a retired judge of the Delhi HC.

The name of Kehtrapal was proposed earlier too but the proposal was returned by the chief justice on procedural grounds. A controversy erupted soon with BJP's Gupta alleging he was not consulted by the state government. Gupta then went to HC.

Under Section 3 of Delhi Lokayukta and Uplokayukta Act 1995, a person will not be qualified for appointment as the Lokayukta unless he is or has been chief justice of any high court in India or a judge of a high court for seven years.

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  Baby electrocuted in East Delhi
Posted by: Silent Admirer - 17-10-2015, 04:28 PM - Forum: Patparganj - No Replies

Baby electrocuted in East Delhi

NEW DELHI: A one-year-old boy died after he came in contact with the live wire of a flooring machine at an under-construction community centre in east Delhi's Patparganj area.

Anshul belonged to Mahoba village in Uttar Pradesh and had come with his parents to the capital on a visit. The accident happened around 11.30am on Thursday. While his parents were visiting a relative, Anshul's uncle, who works as a labourer, had taken him along to the construction site.

"A flooring machine that was switched on occupied a corner of the terrace. The child crawled up to the machine and came in contact with a live wire. He received a shock and fell unconscious," said a senior official.

Anshul was spotted by other workers at the site who raised an alarm. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.

A case under Section 304A IPC (causing death by negligence) against unknown persons has been registered at Pandav Nagar police station.

Very sad incidence RIP to poor soul Angel

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  Faulty design of Delhi's Dwarka-Palam flyover makes it deadly spot
Posted by: Silent Admirer - 17-10-2015, 04:20 PM - Forum: Palam - No Replies

Faulty design of Delhi's Dwarka-Palam flyover makes it deadly spot

NEW DELHI: The Dwarka-Palam flyover, which was described on Friday by additional sessions judge Kamini Lau as one of the "deadliest accidents spots" in Delhi, has seen 30 mishaps this year alone with five fatalities, according to police records. The court's view that its "faulty" design will continue to lead to accidents is backed by statistics that show around 90 road accidents have occurred on this stretch in the last three years.

Though the number of accidents on this stretch has gone down after 2008, when there were 20 fatal accidents on there, the numbers remain alarming. The court's observations came while directing the flyover's maker, DDA, to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the family of 21-year-old Chingliensang Buhril of Manipur, who became the eighth victim of a road mishap on the flyover within a week in March 2009.

"The flyover is a man-made urban death trap and is one of the deadliest accident spots of Delhi, a fact which is confirmed from the number of deaths that have taken place over a short span fo time," the court said. On the day of Buhril's accident, the court pointed out, there were no "speed-calming signage or signage indicating the sharp S-shaped curve on this flyover".

The judge also noted that DDA, which had constructed this flyover in 2006, had admitted it had not provided any safety measures like warning signs till 2012.

In its arguments before the judge, DDA had claimed that the Delhi Police had never asked the civic body for any assistance in curbing accidents on the flyover. The court, however, disagreed and pointed out that there had been several instances when the Delhi Traffic Police had expressed concern but and an "indifferent" DDA had done nothing about it.

Even six years after the deadly stretch claimed Buhril's life and those of many others, the situation has not changed. Accidents continue to take place there although some signboards and speed barriers have now been put up there. It is easy to see that the stretch requires glow studs to help motorists in low-light conditions.

The judge has asked the government to review the design of the flyover and come up with a permanent solution for the problem. The court said that the installation of retro-reflective tapes, glow studs and spring posts by DDA, that too "on the repeated prodding of the Delhi Traffic Police", constituted only temporary measures when the problem needed a long-term solution.

"The question of the design being flawed having arisen and certain structural deficiencies having been noticed, there is a need for the Government of NCT of Delhi to intervene and a re-look by an independent expert committee is needed to remedy the situation permanently," the judge suggested.

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  Delhi gets stuck on the road as rain, repairs play spoilsport
Posted by: Silent Admirer - 17-10-2015, 04:11 PM - Forum: Citytalk and Urban Issues - No Replies

Delhi gets stuck on the road as rain, repairs play spoilsport

NEW DELHI: An evening shower followed by four vehicle breakdowns on Outer Ring Road and Ring Road led to massive traffic jams in most parts of east and south Delhi on Wednesday. Police said alerts were issued on the social networking websites but the festive traffic added to the commuters' peak hour woes. 

The trouble began around 6pm in east Delhi when PWD construction workers relaying a footpath near the Akshardham temple left some of their raw materials on the road blocking the Noida-Delhi carriageway of NH-24. This led to a massive jam stretching till Film City in Noida. Though the construction materials were removed soon, the backlog took more than two hours to clear. 

A similar jam was reported from the Jasola-Kalindi Kunj stretch after a truck broke down on it around the same time. Another vehicle breakdown was reported at the Chirag Dilli flyover. "I managed to wade through the Kalindi Kunj traffic but got stuck at Nehru Place due to the traffic snarl caused by the breakdown. It took me nearly one hour to drive from Jamia Nagar to Saket," said Ankush Garg, a manager with a garments store. 

Though this snarl was cleared by 7pm, a DTC bus broke down at the mouth of the flyover near Safdurjung Hospital around the same time. The evening shower led to waterlogging which stretched the snarl till the South Extension market. "The festive traffic added to the tailback," said a traffic police officer. 

Dhaula Kuan too was choked during this time as another bus broke down near the Moti Bagh flyover. Police said it took nearly an hour for the DTC workers to reach the spot as the approach route was already choked. 

Throughout the evening, a large number of commuters remained stuck in the jams on several stretches connecting Noida to Delhi. The traffic was slow at Kalindi Kunj, Noida-Greater Noida Expressway and also at DND Flyway. "The road narrows down at the Kalindi Kunj bridge from four lanes to two lanes. MCD also collects toll from heavy vehicles there," said Dharmendra Yadav, traffic inspector (Noida). 

Many commuters said they had been caught in the jam for almost two hours without any help. "I am returning from my office in Noida Special Economic Zone to Sarita Vihar. I am stuck in the jam from 6.30pm. It has not cleared till 8.30pm. There is no traffic police to help," said Virendra Kumar, an IT professional. 

The traffic was also slow on DND Flyway. Anwar Abbasi, spokesperson of its operator NTBCL, said there was a traffic jam in Ashram in Delhi that affected the flyway traffic as well. "It started around 7pm. The traffic flow towards Delhi is slow," he said. 

A monster traffic hold-up also left large portions of NH-8 in Gurgaon chock-a-block for almost two hours.

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  34 embassy delegates give NDMC suggestions on smart city
Posted by: Silent Admirer - 17-10-2015, 04:07 PM - Forum: Projects and Development DELHI - Replies (1)


34 embassy delegates give NDMC suggestions on smart city

NEW DELHI: Delegates from 34 embassies in the national capital on Friday put forward their ideas and suggestions for a smart city in an interactive session organized by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). 

From safety of women to menace of stray dogs and monkeys in the posh Lutyens' zone, the delegates highlighted a series of issues faced by them. 

Delegates from 34 countries participated in the event which served as a perfect platform for them to point out major irritants in the area under the jurisdiction of the council, apart from giving suggestions to develop it as a smart city. 

NDMC had qualified as Delhi's smart city, according to the list of 98 smart cities released by the Centre in August. 

The major problem areas that were echoed by almost all the delegates were traffic congestion and safety of women. 

There should be a strict enforcement of traffic rules. Everyone is driving as rash as possible these days, said the delegate from Romania. "I have faced traffic jams due to cows on roads," the Ugandan diplomat mentioned. 

Others drew NDMC's attention towards safety of women. Some of them said that their wives fear going out at the night due to lack of functioning street-lights in the area. 

While the Romanian delegate, highlighting the menace of stray animals, told the session that his daughter was bitten by a monkey recently, the diplomat from Japan brought to the council's notice the water-logging problem in the area during the rainy season and requested NDMC to focus on it. 

The capital's air quality was another area the embassies were worried about. 

The Belgium representative suggested of taking a long view of the the smart city project and bring in advanced facilities which will be useful five years from now. 

Addressing the meet, NDMC chairperson Naresh Kumar said the agency shall set global benchmark in providing efficient, sustainable civic amenities, to provide world-class quality of life to all residents and visitors in a truly participative and democratic environment enabled through technology. 

Assuring the delegates that their suggestions will be considered, Kumar said that the embassies will be sent a copy of the draft proposal on smart city. 

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  Forget fasting, it's feasting all the way at Delhi's Durga Puja pandals
Posted by: Silent Admirer - 17-10-2015, 04:03 PM - Forum: Social and cultural events Delhi-NCR - Replies (2)

Forget fasting, it's feasting all the way at Delhi's Durga Puja pandals
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NEW DELHI: It's almost a sin to look at the array of food before you, particularly because it is Navratri and the nine nights of worshipping goddess Durga enjoins devotees to partake of ritually ascetic fare. Could this be divine balance? Actually, it's because this is Chittaranjan Park in south Delhi, the hub of Bengali culture, where Pujo melds the adoration of Shakti with the celebration of food. So there they are, juicy sweets like Madhumita, chum chum and rasogulla, fragrant biryani and mutton chops, pungent fish curries and gooey chocolate confections.

For the Bengalis, Durga Puja, besides being the visit of Maa every year, is also an annual pilgrimage to culinary paradise. All religious ceremonies are preceded by the Anando Mela for which Bengali women, and now an increasing number of non-Bengalis, pore over ancient recipes and cut, grind and fry their way to the puja pandals. "Anando Mela is a celebration of our culinary treasures," gushes Joyita Goswami, who participates in the one organized by Dakshin Palli Puja Samity in Pocket 52 of CR Park. "It roots you to your beliefs when you are so far away from your culture."

The event also give the diaspora a sense of oneness. "It is more for fun than for commerce," explains says Aarti Battacharjee, president of Purbanchal Durga Puja Samity, CR Park. The mela, she adds, gives housewives the opportunity to pit their skills against each other in cooking competitions to the eternal gratitude of those who will polish off their creations.

This unique romance with good food marks the gusto with which people indulge during the Pujo days, requiring restaurants serving Bengali dishes to lay out their tables on the roads and hire temporary helpers to keep surging clients sated. "Our regular menu showcasing a huge variety of authentic Bengali dishes is difficult to serve during the Pujas," says the much-experienced Shiv Shankar Chowdhury, who has run Annapurna Hotel in the area for 45 years. To cope, he puts out a limited menu, but the beloved fish preparations — ilish macher jhol, rui sorse, pabda jhal and bhetki paturi — run out in no time.

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  Delhi University sets up panel to examine complaints against DUTA president
Posted by: Silent Admirer - 17-10-2015, 03:58 PM - Forum: Delhi University - No Replies


Delhi University sets up panel to examine complaints against DUTA president

NEW DELHI: Delhi University has instituted a fact-finding committee to examine complaints against Nandita Narain, president of the varsity's teachers' body, even as she claimed it was a vindictive move by the outgoing VC. 

"The university has constituted a Fact Finding Committee (FFC)... to ascertain whether the alleged acts of Narain prima facie amount to an act of misconduct under the statutes and ordinances of DU," said a notice issued by DU to Narain, who was last month re-elected as the president of Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA). 

Narain, a mathematics professor at St Stephen's college has been asked to appear before the FFC on October 19. 

Delhi University had in May this year written to St Stephen's, where Narain is a part of the faculty, highlighting the complaints against her, but the college had contended that the charges were not specific to it. 

Therefore, DU would be the appropriate authority for initiating any action in the matter, it had said. 

Some DU-affiliated institutions like Kalindi College, Deshbandhu College and the School of Open Learning (SOL) had complained to the varsity administration that Narain was interfering in their functioning. 

Narain, meanwhile, cried foul over the constitution of the FFC, saying it was an orchestrated move by the outgoing Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh, against whom DUTA has raised issues. 

"It is strange that an inquiry has been instituted after over an year has passed since these incidents. This is an act of vindictiveness and not an attack on me but on DUTA. This is an orchestrated move by the VC whose removal has been demanded by us time and again," she said. 

Narain has been at loggerheads with Singh and was leading a campaign demanding his removal from office over allegations of financial and administrative irregularities. 

While DUTA had strongly campaigned against the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), which was rolled back last year, it had also released a white paper against Singh and sought the HRD ministry and the President's intervention in the matter. 

Teachers have come out in Narain's support saying she has been teaching at Stephen's for over two decades and has actively highlighted alleged loopholes in the varsity's functioning and the authorities are deliberately trying to target her. 

"This is just an attempt to reduce teachers' bodies into superficial bodies. We criticise such a move on the varsity or the college's part. No one can be penalised for raising the right issues," a varsity teacher said.

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