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Act on your own plan to decongest Delhi traffic: Supreme Court

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New Delhi, Feb 6: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rapped Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government and the police for not acting on their own action plan for decongesting traffic in the national capital, stating they have taken up only five of the 77 sites identified by the Task Force to ease the situation.

The action plan for easing traffic in the national capital was submitted to the apex court last year and was prepared by a Task Force comprising representatives of the state government and Delhi Police.

Terming the statement by the lawyer Wasim Qadri, appearing for both the Centre and Delhi government, as “bald”, a bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta said, “You are not following your own plans.”

In a bid to decongest city’s traffic, the Task Force had identified 77 sites but the government acted only on five VIP zones in the NDMC area, including Dhaula Kuan, Sardar Patel Marg, Giayarah Murti (11 Murti) and Pachsheel Marg.

Taking a dim view of the way government and police was acting on their own plan, Justice Gupta said there was no planning where metro lines would commence functioning. There would be battery rickshaws and three-wheelers at the metro stations.

Observing that there was a scientific diversion of traffic whereby certain roads are made one way, the court stated: “You will remove them (encroachments) today or tomorrow; they will come back.”

The court observed that the bus stops were not properly located, and at some places, they were close to traffic signal lights.

Having stated its reservation over the manner in which action plan to decongest the traffic in the national capital was being implemented, the court merged the hearing of the matter with that of the Comprehensive Action Plan to deal with the alarming level of air-pollution.

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Congress summons Telangana leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy miffed over ticket denial

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Hyderabad, Nov 17 : The Congress party’s central leadership on Saturday summoned senior leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy to New Delhi hours after he expressed resentment over being denied ticket to contest next month’s elections to Telangana Assembly.

With his name missing from the third list of the candidates released by the party on Saturday, Shashidhar Reddy blamed party’s state president Uttam Kumar Reddy. He alleged that Uttam Kumar misled the screening committee by stating that he will not win the election.

Addressing a news conference, Shashidhar expressed surprise over reports that Congress has left Sanathnagar seat to its ally Telugu Desam Party (TDP) under the seat-sharing agreement. He said TDP never demanded this seat.

Shashidhar Reddy urged the leadership to reconsider its decision before Monday. He also said that he will take a decision in tune with the wishes of his supporters and people of the constituency.

Son of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Marri Chenna Reddy, Shashidhar was elected to the assembly four times from Sanathnagar. He had lost 2014 election.

Earlier in the day, Congress announced third list of candidates for December 7 election to 119-member Assembly. The list comprising 13 candidates include former minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah, who was miffed at being ignored in the first two lists.

The leadership announced his name after persuading its ally Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) to give up its claim for Jangaon, a constituency Ponnala had been contesting from for last three decades.

With the third list, Congress has so far announced 88 candidates. It is likely to declare six more candidates on Sunday as the party has agreed to leave remaining 25 seats for its allies – 14 for TDP, 8 for TJS and 3 for Communist Party of India (CPI).

In a related development, TJS on Saturday announced four candidates.

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Delhi University expels Ankiv Baisoya

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New Delhi, Nov 17: Delhi University top officials are tight-lipped, but Delhi Police have confirmed receiving communication from the university saying that it has expelled Ankiv Baisoya after he was found guilty of faking his educational certificates.

“We got the information from Delhi University that his (Baisoya) admission has been cancelled. We wrote to the university asking them to send us a verification report that they got from the Thiruvalluvar University and told them to lodge a proper complaint so that we can proceed further,” a senior police officer said.

“We sent the letter to the Registrar the same day. We got the letter in the evening on November 15, the day Baisoya’s admission was cancelled,” the officer told IANS.

He said he was forwarded the letter sent to the Registrar by the head of the Buddist Department where Baisoya was admitted.

Sources said the police was informed of the cancellation after the university got a letter from the Thiruvalluvar University Registrar confirming that Baisoya was never a student of that university.

Delhi University Registrar Tarun Das and Proctor Neeta Sehgal could not be contacted for confirmation.

Baisoya, who was elected as the DU students union President two months back, said on Facebook on November 15, the day he was expelled, that he was resigning his post.

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student group to which he belonged, too, suspended Baisoya on November 15, asking him to step down from the DUSU post.

Baisoya has been expelled for submitting fake documents from Thiruvalluvar University at Vellore in Tamil Nadu to secure admission in Delhi University where he was a student of Buddhist Studies.

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Cyclone Gaja: Death toll in Tamil Nadu reaches to 33

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Chennai, Nov 17: The death toll due to cyclonic storm Gaja, which hit coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, has reached to 33, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said on Saturday.

Addressing media at Salem, Palaniswami stated that 20 men, 11 women, and 2 children died due to the cyclone that crossed the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam districts between 12.30 a.m. and 2.30 a.m. on Friday.

The cyclone left a trail of destruction in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Cuddalore, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts.

Due to the cyclone, 70 livestock and several goats, poultry and deer have also died.

Some 127,000 trees were uprooted by the strong cyclonic winds that touched a maximum speed of about 120 kmph, the Chief Minister added.

The state government is distributing water, milk and food to the people affected by the calamity.

About 177,500 people are staying in 351 relief camps in the cyclone-affected areas.

According to the Chief Minister, about 30,000 electricity poles were broken, and 105 power sub-stations affected.

About 10,000 personnel have deployed in the cyclone-affected coastal districts to repair the installations.

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