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Petrol pump owner shot, robbed in Delhi

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New Delhi, Nov 14 : In an audacious robbery, a gunman on Tuesday shot a 63-year-old petrol pump owner going to deposit Rs 15 lakh cash in a bank here and escaped with the money, police said.

An auto-rickshaw driver who tried to resist the robber was injured in the incident.

Police said the crime occurred at around 9.30 a.m. when Kamaljeet Sethi was going to the Federal Bank at Malviya Nagar in south Delhi.

A man tried to snatch the bag containing the cash at gunpoint from Sethi when he stepped out of his car.

As Sethi resisted, the man fired a gunshot around his waist and escaped with the cash, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Chinmoy Biswal said.

“An auto-rickshaw driver tried to stop the criminal but he too received a head injury,” the officer said. The robber escaped on a bike with his associates who had been waiting for him on a street corner.

Sethi, who owns a petrol pump on Aurobindo Marg and lives in Maharani Bagh, was rushed to the Max hospital in Saket where he was said to be out of danger.

The officer said preliminary investigation revealed the accused had been keeping an eye on Sethi, who was on Tuesday carrying three days of cash collection at the petrol pump.

“We are examining CCTV cameras to ascertain the identity of the accused,” he said, adding the police suspect that an employee of Sethi may be involved in the crime.

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Delhi will be world’s most populous city by 2028, says UN report

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New Delhi, May 17 : The Indian capital will be the most populous city on the planet by 2028, says a new UN report.

Currently, Tokyo is the worlds most populated city, with an agglomeration of 37 million inhabitants, followed by New Delhi (29 million), and Shanghai (26 million). Mexico City and Paulo, come next; each with around 22 million inhabitants.

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) report projects that by 2050, two out of every three people are likely to be living in cities or other urban centres, highlighting the need for more sustainable urban planning and public services.

Owing to both demographic shifts and overall population growth, that means that around 2.5 billion people could be added to urban areas by the middle of the century, predicts DESA.

Most of the increase is expected to be highly-concentrated in just a handful of countries.

Together, India, China and Nigeria will account for 35 per cent of the projected growth of the worlds urban population between 2018 and 2050. It is projected that India will have added 416 million urban dwellers, China 255 million and Nigeria 189 million, said DESA, announcing the findings on Wednesday.

The report also estimates that by 2030, the world could have 43 so-called megacities (up from 31 today, according to reports) – those with more than 10 million inhabitants – most of them in developing countries.

These swelling populations will place extra demands on both resources and services in urban areas, notes the report.

Many countries will face challenges in meeting the needs of their growing urban populations, including for housing, transportation, energy systems and other infrastructure; as well as for employment and basic services such as education and health care, said DESA, urging governments adopt better integrated policies to improve the lives of both urban and rural dwellers.

At the same time, linkages between urban and rural areas will need to be strengthened, building on their existing economic, social and environmental ties, the report concludes.

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Tejaswi accuses Nitish of supporting BJP`s ‘bare corruption’ in Karnataka

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Patna, May 20 : Senior RJD leader and Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejaswi Yadav today fired a fresh salvo at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by accusing him of supporting BJP`s alleged democratic hooliganism and bare corruption in Karnataka.

Reacting on his official Facebook account to target the chief minister, Mr. Kumar said, Self-proclaimed crusader of morality and a person of conscience is silent on BJP`s alleged democratic hooliganism, act of snatching, mafiadom and open horse trading of MLAs in new India.

Carrying out his attack on BJP in the backdrop of latest political developments in Karnataka, Mr Yadav said, They are ready to feed but nobody is ready to eat, making an oblique reference to alleged attempt of horse trading in Karnataka.

Nitish is giving his full support to such bare corruption, he further remarks.

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Rain, thunderstorms likely in Delhi

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New Delhi, May 19: It was a partly cloudy morning here on Saturday and the weather office forecasts rains later, with warning of thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds at isolated places in the city.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 26.4 degrees Celsius, normal for the season.

“It was partly cloudy sky in the morning and rains or thundershowers are likely to occur towards the afternoon orevening,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 41 degrees Celsius and the humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 51 per cent.

Friday’s maximum temperature settled at 40.6 and the minimum temperature was recorded at 26.7 degrees Celsius, the season’s average.

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