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Second metro fare hike in year is against law, says Kejriwal

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New Delhi, Oct 2: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that Delhi Metro’s proposed fare hike, the second in a year  is against the law and appealed the centre to put the hike on hold.

Kejriwal asserted the increase in fares will be clear violation of the Fare Fixation Committee’s (FFC) recommendation which states that “there shall be a gap of at least one year between two fare hikes”, an official statement from the Chief Minister’s office said.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has claimed it follows recommendations of the FFC on fare hike, but by ignoring the time gap between two fare hikes the FFC recommendations are being “selectively implemented” by DMRC, it added.

“Delhi government has never interfered in functioning of DMRC, but when it comes to commuters who would face problems, then it can’t remain quite, ,” Kejriwal said.

“Delhi government appeals to the central government to invoke its powers under Section 86 of the Delhi Metro Railway (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002 to put on hold any fare hike till the entire matter is reviewed jointly by the central and Delhi governments,” the statement read.

However , new fares are slated to be implemented  from October 10 for second time in a year.

The last increase was in May when the minimum fare climbed from Rs 8 to Rs 10 and the maximum from Rs 30 to Rs 50.

DMRC and the AAP-led Delhi government are witnessing tussle over fare hike for the past one week.

On Saturday, Kejriwal urged Union Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri to direct DMRC to withhold the fair hike and following this, yesterday he called for an independent audit of the DMRC’s accounts.

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One killed as roof of Tiruchendur temple collapses in Tamil Nadu

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The roof of Giri Prahara Mandapam of Tiruchendur Subramania Swamy temple came crashing down on Thursday. (PC- The New Indian Express)

Chennai, Dec 14: A woman was killed and two men were injured when a portion of the roof fell on Thursday around 9.45 am. at the Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy temple in Thiruchendur in Tamil Nadu, police said.

The roof suddenly caved in, killing Peechiammal and injuring Kandaswamy and Senthil Arumugham. All were devotees. Thiruchendur is around 640 km from here in Tuticorin district.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami announced a solatium of Rs 500,000 to the woman’s family and Rs 100,000 each to the injured. It would be paid out of temple funds.

The 2000-year-old Thiruchendur temple, located in southern Tamil Nadu, is considered as one of the important pilgrimage places in the state and draws devotees throughout the year. It was patronaged by the Pandiya and Chera kings.

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Jammu & Kashmir: Gang of fraudsters busted in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Dec 14: A gang of fraudsters has been busted here, that cheated over 30 business establishments in the Kashmir Valley, police said on Thursday. 

Two persons, identified as Tahir Amin and Waheed Bhat, have been arrested. The duo, along with a woman, have been cheating people for the last six months, news agency IANS quoted, a police officer was saying.

The gang used social media applications and websites like OLX.com to cheat gullible customers. They used to buy electronic articles like cell phones, LED TVs and ovens against fake bank cheques, he added.

“Similarly, they used to purchase items such as electric wires, bath fittings, clothing from renowned showrooms in the valley using bank cheques to make the payments.

“On the complaint of a businessman, an FIR was lodged in Ram Munshibagh after which the arrests were made. More arrests are likely,” he stated.

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Foggy Thursday morning in Delhi, 17 trains cancelled

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New Delhi, Dec 14: It was a foggy morning here on Thursday with clouds in some parts of the city, the weather office said.

The visibility stood at 700 meters. Around 17 trains were canceled, 24 delayed while five others were rescheduled due to fog in the northern region.

The minimum temperature in the morning was recorded at 11.2 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average.

The MeT has predicted a mainly clear sky.

“It will be a mainly clear sky in the day ahead. Moderate to shallow fog is likely to occur towards the evening,” an India Meteorological Department official said.

The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 22 degrees Celsius.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 95 percent.

Wednesday’s minimum temperature was recorded at 12 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average, and the maximum temperature settled at 23.3 degrees Celsius, two notches below the average.

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