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Delhi’s first automated commercial vehicle fitness testing centre will be opened during the current month, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said.

All commercial vehicles, including buses, taxis, autorickshaws, heavy and light commercial vehicle, among others, have to undergo testing and get a fitness certificate.

The testing centre at Jhuljhuli of west Delhi would be better compared to visual inspection currently done at the testing facility in Burari of North Delhi, according to officials.

New commercial vehicles have to be tested and also every year after the first two years, for the vehicle’s overall performance and its condition.

“For the past one month, we have been doing fitness testing of school buses and AITP (All India Tourist Permit) buses at the Jhuljhuli centre on a pilot basis,” Delhi Transport Department Special Commissioner K.K. Dahiya told IANS.

The testing of different parts of a vehicle like brakes and headlights will be done by machines and a test result would be generated.

Dahiya said that the new centre would take pressure off the only vehicle fitness testing centre in Burari.

The Jhuljhuli centre, set up in three acres of land, is a joint venture between the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the Delhi government.

Dahiya said that the Burari centre will continue to function and they plan to automate the centre by the end of the current year.

A Transport Department official told IANS that the automated centre would end corruption as it would not be up to the inspecting officer to give the fitness certificate and the whole process would be more transparent.

“If the vehicles are in a better condition it would also decrease road accidents,” the officer said.

According to officials, the drivers waiting area of the centre is under construction.


Parents to get real-time access of CCTV footage in classrooms




New Delhi, Jan 17: Parents whose children study in Delhi government schools will have real-time access to CCTV footage of classrooms to ensure transparency and safety of children, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Wednesday. 

Kejriwal tweeted that he reviewed the progress of installation of CCTV cameras in each class in all government schools.

“Each parent will be given access to see his child studying in class on real-time basis on his phone. This will make the whole system transparent and accountable. It will ensure safety of kids,” he said.


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Uttar Pradesh: Class I student stabbed by senior girl in Lucknow school, critical



Lucknow, Jan 17: A class 1 student of a local school was found in a critical condition after he was stabbed by senior girl student, police said on Wednesday.

Hrithik was found bleeding profusely and unconscious at Brightland school in Triveni Nagar on Tuesday.

School Principal Reena Manas stated the crime took place after the morning assembly and that the boy was rushed to the Trauma Centre at King George’s Medical University.

The boy told police that a ‘didi’ sporting a boy-cut hair style first took him to the bathroom, thrashed him, and then stabbed him with a knife. He told his parents and police that he could identify the girl, news agency IANS reported.

Officials asserted the bathroom on the second floor was sealed on Wednesday and police were looking for the accused.

A teacher said that though all closed-circuit televisions in the school were operational, there was no CCTV near the bathroom and hence it was becoming difficult to zero in on the accused girl.


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Twist in Haryana rape-murder; body of suspect found



Haryana rape

Chandigarh, Jan 17: The Haryana Police has been left baffled after recovering the body of a 19-year-old youth who was until now the prime suspect in the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Dalit girl in Kurukshetra district.

Police said on Wednesday that the body of Gulshan, who was considered the prime suspect in the killing of the Class 10 student, was found on Tuesday night from the Bhakra irrigation canal near Jyotisar in Kurukshetra district, about 110 km from here.

The body was in a decomposed state.

Gulshan’s name was mentioned in the FIR as an accused.

Family members of the deceased youth on Wednesday started a protest outside the office of the Kurukshetra Superintendent of Police Abhishek Garg demanding justice.

Garg confirmed the recovery of Gulshan’s body. “We are investigating the murders,” he said.

Police sources said they could not rule out “honour killing” as a reason behind the twin murders.

The Haryana Police, based on the complaint of the victim girl’s family, had listed Gulshan, a Class 12 student, as the prime suspect in the kidnapping, rape and murder of the girl.

Some people were even detained for questioning and raids were conducted to nab Gulshan.

The girl had gone for her tuition class on January 9 and went missing. Her half-naked body was found near a canal in Jind district on Saturday.

Police and forensic officials said the girl was brutally raped and inflicted wounds on her private parts and internal organs. She was murdered by her tormentors.

Haryana has been rocked with five incidents of rape and gang-rape in the past four days. These were reported from Kurukshetra/Jind, Panipat, Pinjore and Faridabad (two). In three of these, the victims were brutally murdered.


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