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Delhi sealing drive: Traders stage protest, Kejriwal convenes all party meeting

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Protest against sealing drive

New Delhi, March 13: Traders staged a protest against the ongoing sealing drive and observed a day-long bandh in the national capital on Tuesday. 

This is the third trade bandh being organised in the last two months.

“Over seven lakh traders from about 2,500 trade associations of Delhi are participating in a trade bandh on Tuesday on the call of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). Both wholesale and retail markets will also observe the bandh,” stated Praveen Khandelwal, general secretary of CAIT.

In the meantime, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal convened an all-party meeting at his residence.

Ajay Maken and Arvinder Singh Lovely from Congress present. BJP’s Manoj Tiwari was also invited but BJP members did not attend the meeting.

The sealing drive is underway against business establishments using residential areas for commercial purposes without paying conversion charges.

It is being conducted by a Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee.

So far more than 1500 1,500 commercial establishments have been sealed across the national capital.

The apex court fixed April 2 for the final hearing in the ongoing sealing drive.

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Bengal town tension: ABVP burns Mamata’s effigy

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Kolkata, Sep 25 : The BJP’s students wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad on Tuesday torched an effigy of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and demanded resignation of state education minister in protest against the killing of two students in Islampur last week allegedly in police firing.

It also demanded a CBI probe into the killings.

ABVP activists assembled outside Swami Vivekananda’s ancestral home in north Kolkata’s Simla street and marched to the Dharamtolla crossing, where they were stopped by the police.

Some ABVP workers were allegedly injured when the police tried to disperse the agitators.

The police forcibly dispersed the crowd.

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Delhi: Bodies of two sisters found in drain

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New Delhi, Sep 25: In a shocking incident, bodies of two sisters, who had been missing since September 19, have been recovered from a drain, the police said on Tuesday. 

“After their parents could not find them for two days, they lodged a missing complaint on September 21,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajneesh Gupta told media, adding that they belonged to Seelampur area in Northeast Delhi.

The bodies of the two young girls, aged 19 and 22, were found on Monday evening in the Alipur drain of North Delhi’s Rohini area.

“There weren’t any visible injury marks on their bodies. The cause of death can only be ascertained after the post-mortem report,” the officer said.

In another incident, a Body of a woman was found in Nizamuddin area. Head was found in one bag and rest of body in another bag.

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Yamuna in spate, flowing above danger mark in Delhi

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New Delhi, Sep 25: The Yamuna river is flowing above the danger level in the national capital following the release of water from Haryana’s Hathnikund barrage due to heavy rains and flash floods in parts of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.

Since last few days, the north Indian states have been witnessing downpours resulting in an increase rivers water level.

The warning level mark of the Yamuna is 204 metres and the danger level mark is 204.83 metres.

“The water level of river Yamuna at Delhi Railway Bridge at 11 a.m. was 205.12 meters,” a Flood and Control Department official told IANS.

“The water is showing a rising trend and is expected to go up as Delhi is witnessing rains and more water is being released every hour from the barrage,” he added.

The water discharged from Hathnikund barrage, which provides drinking water to Delhi, normally takes 72 hours to reach the city, he said.

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