Residents rescue elderly couple from burning flat in Gzb

GHAZIABAD, Jan. 20 -- Timely intervention by the residents and maintenance staff of Exotica Elegance highrise in Ahinsa Khand, Indirapuram saved the lives of two senior citizens when the balcony of their second floor flat caught fire on Thursday morning.

Fire department officials suspect a diya (lamp) that was lit in the puja room in the balcony of flat number E-204 started the fire.

"The other occupants of the flat are working. The fire starte... Read More

Cops nab 3 vehicle thieves, find 17 bikes

NEW DELHI, Jan. 20 -- Delhi police arrested three auto lifters and recovered 17 stolen bikes from their possession, on Thursday.

The accused have been identified as Raj, 22, Imam, 33 and Johnson, 30.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Nupur Prasad said that they received information about an auto-lifter who was supposed to arrive at the Shiv Mandir near Taj Enclave in Rani Garden, based on which they caught them.... Read More

Office lights go off as PM enters for meeting

NEW DELHI, Jan. 20 -- It got embarrassing for the office bearers of the BJP when lights at the party office in Ashoka road went off as soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi entered the premises on Thursday.

The PM had come for an important meeting to discuss the elections when power supply in parts of Central Delhi maintained by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) snapped at around 8:45 pm.

Apart from Ashoka road areas around Feroze Shah Road... Read More

Govt school students hit the roads to assess city's pollution

NEW DELHI, Jan. 20 -- A group of 30 middle school students hit the roads of south Delhi's Vasant Vihar with potable air quality monitors and censors, recording the pollution levels and assessing the causes.

Clean Asia in partnership with the US Embassy and Delhi government held a pollution sensitisation programme at Vasant Vihar's Sarvodaya Vidyalaya.

The two-day workshop,which started on Wednesday, aimed at creating awareness among students on... Read More

Chilly Thursday, expect some respite from Sunday

NEW DELHI, Jan. 20 -- Thursday was a chilly day in the Capital with minimum temperature settling at 6.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal, with early morning fog disrupted rail services.

It was bright and sunny the rest of the day and maximum temperature was 21.3 degrees Celsius, a notch above the normal, a Met official said.

"From Sunday, the maximum temperature is expected to rise a bit. However, winter is far from over in the city," said... Read More

Lok Nayak's kitchen serves meal to staff, patients' kin for Rs 10

NEW DELHI, Jan. 20 -- Apart from providing three meals a day to its patients free of cost, relatives of patients and the staff at Lok Nayak hospital can now have nutritious lunch from Delhi's first automated kitchen for just Rs 10.

"We wanted to provide the food free of cost to the staff as well.However,there would have been problems in implementation like checking the I-card or providing a coupon before every meal. The cost of implementation wo... Read More

Can't force rules on minority schools: HC

NEW DELHI, Jan. 20 -- The Delhi high court on Thursday told the Delhi government that it cannot force private minority unaided schools to follow a January 7 circular, which makes it mandatory for these schools to admit students in nursery, in the unreserved category, on the basis of neighbourhood criteria.

Justice Manmohan was of the view that minority schools,which have been given more autonomy on how they run and function, cannot be told to fo... Read More

Move may affect development work, areas will be ignored, say voters

NEW DELHI, Jan. 20 -- After restructuring of 272 municipal wards in the city, the population in many assembly constituencies, where the number of wards has decreased to three from four,has increased.

The development has upset the voters as they fear that their areas would be neglected and they may lose their identity. They also claim that the restructuring would impact the development works as limited funds would be available for each colony now... Read More

Delimitation is of no help for Mustafabad

NEW DELHI, Jan. 20 -- The delimitation of municipal wards in the Capital has cleared the speculation that east Delhi's Mustafabad assembly constituency, with a total population of 3,11,501, may be divided into five wards. It will continue to have four wards with each one having an average population of 77,875 - the highest in all 272 wards in Delhi.

Of the total number of wards, the North and South Delhi Municipal Corporations have 104 wards eac... Read More

BJP stands divided ahead of MCD polls

NEW DELHI, Jan. 20 -- Two months ahead of the crucial MCD polls in the Capital, fault lines in the Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) grew prominent on Thursday with a section of alleged 'disgruntled' leaders seeking appointment with party's national president Amit Shah to air their grievances.

Sources in the party said some "long-serving members" were not happy over the recent appointment of office bearers.

Delhi BJP president Mano... Read More