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Delhi government orders measures for discoms

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New Delhi, June 6: As sizzling summer heat pushed mercury to 44.6 degrees Celsius and power demand to a record 6,361 Megawatt in Delhi on Monday, the city government asked the discoms to raise the number of call centre attendants and inform the citizens of any unscheduled outages through SMS.

Addressing a press conference, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced a series of steps the discoms have been asked to take, which would give relief to the national capital’s power consumers.

In a significant measure, Sisodia also talked of reviving an aborted clause in the Delhi Electricity Act which required discoms to pay compensation to the consumers for power-cuts exceeding two hours.

“The court had shot it down earlier, saying that we did not have approval of the Lt. Governor… I am meeting him (LG) tomorrow (Wednesday) and would talk to him about bringing it in practice,” Sisodia said.

At 6,361 Megawatt (MW), the Education Minister acknowledged Monday saw the highest demand for power “in the entire history of the city”.

However, with the capacity of producing 8,000 MW, Delhi has no shortage of power, Sisodia assured, and said the national capital is only second to Mumbai in terms of sustained supply of electricity.

“Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, after analysing the power demand situation of past few days, has given directions to his Chief Secretary to ask all three discoms to increase the number of seats in their call centres,” Sisodia told the media here.

“All their phone numbers for complaints should be publicised diligently so that people get to know where to call in case of power failure,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said.

All such calls for the day need to be transcribed, analysed and reported to the Chief Minister every morning at 11 a.m., Sisodia said.

He also said any scheduled power-cuts should be displayed on the discoms’ websites and in case of any unscheduled cut, the information has be to sent through SMS to the consumers.

He requested the discoms to mend the faults in the supply line if there is any and ensure a continuous supply.

(IANS)

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Hindu group attacks Christmas carol singers in MP

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Satna (Madhya Pradesh), Dec 15 : Alleging religious conversion, a mob linked to a right-wing Hindu group attacked Catholic carol singers in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district and also set a priest’s car ablaze.

The incident occurred on Thursday evening. Instead of taking action against the attackers, the police detained the Christian singers, a priest said.

Father Rene Verghese told IANS on Friday: “A group of students training to become priests was moving around Satna town, visiting Christian institutions and singing carols.

“Some 15 km from here in Dara Kalan village church they were getting ready for the Christmas celebrations, when a group of people attacked them, accusing them of carrying out religious conversion.”

Verghese said the Hindu group raised slogans and called the Civil Lines police station.

All 32 carollers, accompanied by two priests, who were singing carols were picked up and taken to the police station. Eight priests who later went to the police station to enquire into the matter were also taken into custody, he said.

The agitating mob attacked the Christian students inside the police station, and set fire to the priest’s car parked outside.

Verghese denied any attempt at religious conversion. He said singing carols is a common practice around the time of Christmas. “We were just doing that and preparing for the Christmas celebrations.”

However, City Superintendent of Police D.D. Pande told IANS: “One Dharmendra Dohad has registered a complaint with us that he was paid Rs 5,000 and converted to a Christian.

“He was given a holy dip in a pond and his name was changed to Dharmendra Thomas, the complainant said. They also asked him to pray to Lord Christ,” he said.

A case has been registered against one identified person and five unknown persons in the conversion case, Pande said.

They are also investigating the vandalism carried out by the mob.

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One-way traffic restored on Jammu-Srinagar highway

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Jammu, Dec 15: Authorities allowed only one way-traffic movements on the strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Friday due of bad road conditions, officials said.

“One-way traffic will be allowed on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. Vehicles will be allowed to move from Srinagar to Jammu and no vehicle will be allowed to move from the opposite direction,” news agency IANS quoted an official of the traffic department was saying.

“This precaution has been taken keeping the safety of the commuters in mind,” he added.

Since all essentials of life are connected to the landlocked Kashmir Valley through this highway, temporary closures because of snowfall and landslides often result in profiteers and black marketeers hoarding goods to hike prices.

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Delhi Govt reserves 50% beds for Delhiites at GB Pant Hospital

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New Delhi, Dec 15: Half of beds at the Delhi government’s flagship super-specialty G B Pant Hospital will be reserved for the city’s residents in a bid to provide timely and best available treatment to the patients. 

The order was issued by the Delhi government ‘s Health and Family Welfare Department on December 12.

“To provide timely and best available treatment for patients who are resident of Delhi, in GB Pant Hopsital (GIPMER), which is the flagship Super-speciality hospital of GNCTD, it has been decided that 50% of the total beds shall be reserved for the patients, particularly residents of Delhi”, the order said.

To avail this facility, patient should have been referred by another Delhi government hospital and admission should be required for only special treatment or for planned surgeries.

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