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Delhi Police arrest 3 for Chandigarh jewellery store robbery

The Delhi Police yesterday claimed to have arrested three members of the gang which robbed jewellery worth about Rs 10 crore from a Tanishq showroom in Chandigarh on January 12.


According to police sources, the accused were nabbed from the Vaishali area in Ghaziabad near here by the Delhi Police's Anti Auto Theft Squad (AATS) yesterday night. Police also recovered a major portion of the booty.


They said CCTV footage available from the showroom helped in cracking the case.


A gang of 10-15 robbers dressed in police uniforms looted jewellery worth over Rs 10 crore from the Tanishq showroom in Manimajra town, police said.


The accused overpowered two security guards and gained entry into the showroom after breaking its locks Tuesday night.


Police said the accused wore masks on entering the premises and dismantled the CCTV cameras. Further investigation was on, they added.


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NDPL files PIL in HC to ask DERC to finalise tariff for 2010-11

North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) has filed a petition in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) to finalise the tariff for 2010-2011.


NDPL, which filed an additional petition before the bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan, said the company was in a financial crisis due to the ongoing litigation.


A case is already going on in the court filed by a consumer that the Delhi government was favouring power distribution companies and directing the DERC not to issue a new tariff order for 2010-11.


According to NDPL, a joint venture of Tata Power company and the Delhi Government, about 60-70 per cent of finance goes towards power distribution and 10-12 per cent goes towards maintenance, salaries of staff and administrative expenses.


The court had earlier snubbed the Delhi Government for hiking the price of electricity when a case relating to the tariff was pending in the court and had directed the government not to raise any tariff till the pendency of the case.


The case is scheduled for hearing on January 21.


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Delhi wakes up to warmer morning , min. temp. rises to 6.1 degrees

People in Delhi woke up to a warmer morning today in comparison to the severe cold conditions of the past many days, with the minimum temperature in the past 24 hours rising to 6.1 degrees Celsius, up from yesterday's 5.3 degrees but still a degree below normal.


The maximum temperature in the past 24 hours rose to 24.6 degrees Celsius, up from yesterday's 21.3 degrees and four degrees above normal for this time of the year.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a generally cloudy sky over the capital today with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. It said the maximum and minimum temperatures today would be around 22 and 9 degrees Celsisus.


The IMD said the maximum and minimum temperatures were likely to be 21 and 8 degrees Celsius tomorrow and 19 and 5 degrees Celsius on Sunday.


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Delhi Metro's Sarita Vihar-Badarpur section to open for public from Friday

The Sarita Vihar – Badarpur section of the Delhi Metro will be opened for the public from 8 am tomorrow after the statutory safety clearance, necessary for opening the line, was accorded to it by Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) R.K Kardam today.


This five kilometres stretch comprises three elevated stations - Mohan Estate, Tughlakabad and Badarpur.


A spokesmnan for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said the opening of the stretch would be of great benefit to the commuters of south Delhi localities such as Mohan Estate, Tughlakabad, Kalindi Kunj and so on as well as the satellite town of Faridabad in Haryana, which is just adjacent to Badarpur.


The footfall of the entire Central Secretariat (CTST) – Badarpur corridor is expected to increase by another one lakh after the opening of the section. Currently, the total footfall on the Central Secretariat – Sarita Vihar corridor is approximately 1.25 lakh.


Four additional standard gauge trains with a peak hour frequency of four minutes will be pressed into service, thereby, increasing the total number of trains to 20 for catering to the increased rush on the corridor. Presently, 16 trains are providing Metro services to the commuters between the Central Secretariat and Sarita Vihar corridor.


With the opening of this stretch, the Central Secretariat – Badarpur corridor will now be 20.16 kilometres long with 16 Metro stations. The DMRC will now have a total operational Metro network of approximately 161 kilometres with 135 Metro stations.


While services on the first day will commence from 8 am, the regular commencement timings will be from 6 am onwards from January 15, the spokesman added.


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Delhi has pleasant day on Thursday, with slight increase in temperatures

Delhi and its surrounding areas experienced mild fog in the early hours of today even as there was a slight increase in the temperature, providing some respite from the severe cold conditions of the past many days.


The maximum temperature in the past 24 hours rose to 21.3 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, up from yesterday's 19.2 degrees.


The minimum temperature was also higher at 5.3 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal but higher than the 3.9 degrees of yesterday.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that the maximum temperature today would be around 22 degrees Celsius.


It said the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 21 and 7 degrees tomorrow, with a partly cloudy sky and possibility of rain or thunderstorm.


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Delhi wakes up to cold morning, min. temp. in past 24 hours at 3.9 degrees


It was another cold morning in Delhi as the minimum temperature in the past 24 hours dropped to 3.9 degrees Celsius, the second lowest this winter, down from 4.6 degrees yesterday and three degrees below normal for this time of the year.


But there was some respite from the severe cold conditions of the past many days, with the sun shining through the clear skies by mid-morning.


The maximum temperature in the past 24 hours was 19.2 degrees Celsius, up from yesterday's level of 15.6 degrees, but two degrees below normal.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the capital would have a mainly clear sky for the rest of the day, with the maximum temperature at around 20 degrees Celsius.


It said the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 20 and 7 degrees Celsius tomorrow and 19 and 8 degrees on Friday.


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Delhi has bright, sunny morning on Tuesday; cold conditions persist

People in Delhi woke up to a bright and sunny morning today, though the severe cold conditions grippig the region continued.


The minimum temperature in the past 24 hours remained at 4.6 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal for this time of the year.


The maximum temperature in the past 24 hours rose to 15.6 degrees Celsius, five degrees below normal and up from Sunday's 11 degrees.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that there would be chilly winds during the day today. The maximum and minimum temperatures today were expected to be 17 and 5 degrees Celsius, it said.


The IMD said the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 19 and 6 degrees Celsius tomorrow and 19 and 7 degrees Celsius on Thursday.


With the skies over the capital remaining clear, flight operations at the Delhi airport remained normal for the second day running today.


Northern Railway sources said that, due to foggy conditions in the region, 11 trains had been cancelled till January 31, four till January 15 and two for the day. Two trains have been diverted, eight rescheduled and as many as 25 trains were running late by between four and 23 hours.


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Sale of tickets begins for Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat Ceremony

The sale of tickets for the general public to witness the Republic Day Parade on Rajpath on January 26 and the Beating Retreat Ceremony (Full Dress Rehearsal) on January 28 at Vijay Chowk in the capital has commenced.


The prices of tickets for the Republic Day Parade are Rs. 300 and Rs 150 for reserved seats and Rs. 50 and Rs. 10 for unreserved seats.


The tickets for the Beating Retreat Ceremony (Full Dress Rehearsal) are for Rs 50 and Rs 20. They will not have reserved seats.

The sale counters have been set up for this purpose at ITDC Travel Counters at Ashok and Janpath Hotels, DTDC Counters at Coffee Home, Baba Kharag Singh Marg and Food and Craft Bazar, Dilli Haat, opposite INA Market and Shri Gandhi Ashram, Chandni Chowk. Tickets at these counters will be available only on working days.

Tickets will also be available at nine Departmental Sale Counters on all days between 1000 – 1730 hrs (without lunch break). These counters are located at North Block round about, South Block round about, Pragati Maidan (Gate No. 1, Bhairon Road), Jantar Mantar (Main Gate), Shastri Bhawan (near Gate No. 1), India Gate (near Jamnagar House), Red Fort (near police picket) and Parliament House (Reception Office).


The tickets at Parliament House Reception will be available from January 19 to January 28, 2011 from 1100 hrs to 1600 hrs (Saturday/Sunday/Holiday closed). The tickets are also available at Government of India Tourist Office, 88, Janpath (Sunday closed), an official press release said.

The Sale Counters at Jantar Mantar, South Block round about, Shashtri Bhawan (near Gate No. 1) and India Gate will function from 1000 hrs to 1930 hrs from January 23 to January 25, 2011, the release added.


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Delhi continues to face cold conditions, Sunday was coldest in years

People in Delhi continued to shiver as icy winds kept the temperature at low levels though the sun was shining mildly this morning over the capital.


Yesterday, the maximum temperature had fallen to 11 degrees Celsius, ten degrees below normal, the lowest day-time temperature in five years and the coldest January 9 in the capital in two decades.


The minimum temperature also fell slightly to 4.7 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal for this time of the year.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the capital would experience chilly winds during the day today. The maximum temperature would be around 14 degrees Celsius.


It said the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 15 and 7 degrees Celsius tomorrow and 17 and 6 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.


All of North India has been reeling under a severe cold wave for the past many days and the foggy weather has disrupted flights and train services in the region.


In view of the severe cold conditions, the Delhi Government had last week ordered all schools in the capital to extend their holidays till January 13, which means they will reopen on Monday after a long weekend.


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Dense fog disrupts flights, trains as cold conditions persist in Delhi

Overnight fog over Delhi and surrounding areas disrupted flights and trains to and from the capital as people in the region continued to endure cold day conditions.

In Delhi, the maximum temperature in the past 24 hours was 12.4 degrees Celsius, the lowest in this season so far and nine degrees below normal for this time of the year.


According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the minimum temperature in the past 24 hours was 5 degrees Celsius, 2 degrees below normal.


The IMD predicted that the cold day conditions were likely to continue over Delhi, with chilly winds during the day and fog in the morning in the next two days.


It said the maximum temperature today was likely to be around 9 degrees Celsius though the maximum felt temperature was likely to be 8 degrees Celsius.


The IMD predicted that the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 10 and 5 degrees Celsius tomorrow and 12 and 6 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.


At the Indira Gandhi International Airport, a blanket of dense fog for about 12 hours from last night till this morning led to the cancellation of two flights and the diversion of seven incoming flights to other airports in the country. Three flights were rescheduled, sources said.


They said low visibility procedures were implemented from 2031 hours to 0835 hours on runway 11/29 and from 2238 hours to 0640 hours on runway 10/28. During this period, a total of 151 arrivals and departures were operated using various categories of instrument landing systems (ILS).


The IMD has forecast that visibility might reduce again to below 500 metres in fog from 2030 hours today and to below 200 metres in dense fog from midnight tonight.


Northern Railway sources said seven trains had been cancelled, 33 had been rescheduled and 64 were delayed by between two and 27 hours because of the foggy conditions in the region.


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153 Bangalore Metro personnel complete training at Delhi Metro

As many as 153 personnel of the Bangalore Metro have completed training at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) training school as part of the preparations by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) to start its Metro operations very soon.

The young professionals, including station controllers, train operators, section engineers, junior engineers and maintainers, underwent training in custom made training modules.


The training modules included sessions on train/ station operation, signaling, telecommunication, automatic fare collection gate operation, rolling stock maintenance and so on, a spokesman for DMRC said here tday.


The training session of these professionals had begun with a batch of 82 station controllers/ train operators in August last year. The DMRC had also imparted training to some BMRCL engineers in 2008.


Executives from Mumbai Metro Rail and Jaipur Metro have also taken training at the Shastri Park Training Institute, the only one of its kind in the country.


Delhi Metro is the only Metro organization in India with a specialized training Institute with advanced Metro technology with specialized faculties in the areas of Telecommunication, Signaling, Train Operation - Automatic Train Protection (ATP) and Automatic Train Operation (ATO) mode, Track Engineering, Automatic Fare Collection (AFC), Emergency Services and Emergency Communication, Disaster Management, Communication within Metro train, Rolling Stock (coaches), Station Design and Layout, Security & Safety system, Property Development around the station areas, Fire detection and suppression system, and so on.


The institute has also received ISO 9001:2008 certification, a validation from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for maintaining standards in Quality Management System in Training, the spokesman added.


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Severe cold forces Delhi Govt. to extend school holidays, fog affects train services

As people in the capital continued to shiver in severe cold conditions, the Delhi Government today extended the holidays in all private and public schools till January 13 instead of January 10 as announced earlier.

Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said all municipal, private and other schools had been directed to remain closed till January 13 in a fresh order, the United News of India (UNI) reported.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the maximum temperature in the capital in the past 24 hours was 12.4 degrees Celsius, the lowest so far this season and nine degrees lower than normal for this time of the year.


The minimum temperature in the past 24 hours was 4.3 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal.


The IMD said there would be thick fog over the capital and nearby areas tomorrow morning, after which the skies would clear. The cold day conditions were likely to continue tomorrow, with the maximum and minimum temperatures around 12 and 3 degrees Celsius. The likely felt minimum temperature would be around 2 degrees Celsius, it said.


A thick blanket of fog over Delhi forced authorities at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here to implement low visibility procedures (LVP) for more than 12 hours from late last night and caused delays ranging from 28 hours to 2 hours in the running of as many as 97 trains.


Northern Railway sources said 42 trains had been rescheduled and three were cancelled because of the foggy conditions in the region.


Most of North India has been experiencing cold wave conditioons for the past many days.


A spokesman for the IGIA said LVP were implemented from 2320 hours last night until 1148 hours today for a total of 12 hours and 28 minutes. During this period, a total of 297 flights were operated under various categories of instrument landing systems (ILS).


One flight was diverted to Ahmedabad during this period, but there were no cancellations, the spokesman said.


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Fog disrupts train services as cold day conditions continue in Delhi

A thick blanket of fog over Delhi forced authorities at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here to implement low visibility procedures (LVP) for more than 12 hours from late last night and caused delays of more than onen hour in the running of more than 80 trains.

The capital continued to experience cold day conditions, with the minimum temperature in the past 24 hours remaining at yesterday's level of 4.3 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal for this time of the year.


The maximum temperature in the past 24 hours was 15.6 degrees Celsius, five degrees below normal, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.


Most of North India has been experiencing cold wave conditioons for the past many days.


The IMD said the cold day conditions were likely to continue and forecast the maximum temperature for today would be around 11 degrees Celsius. It said the maximum and minimum temperatures were likely to be 12 and 5 degrees Celsius tomorrow and 14 and 5 degrees on Monday.


A spokesman for the IGIA said LVP were implemented from 2320 hours last night until 1148 hours today for a total of 12 hours and 28 minutes. During this period, a total of 208 flights were operated under various categories of instrument landing systems (ILS).


One flight was diverted to Ahmedabad during this period, but there were no cancellations, the spokesman said.


The Northern Railway said 83 trains were running late by more than one hour because of the fog in the region, while 9 trains had been rescheduled and one train cancelled.


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HC asks Delhi Govt to provide free heart surgery to 18-year-old

The Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi Government and the Medical Superintendent, G B Pant Hospital, to consider providing free treatment to an 18-year-old boy who needs immediate heart surgery and replacement of his two valves.

Directing the Delhi Government to provide immediate treatment to the boy, Justice S Muralidhar said it was the duty of the Government to take care of every citizen's health. The court said the Government was legally bound to preserve the life of every citizen, irrespective of his financial status as no person should die for want of medical treatment.


A petition was filed by lawyer Ashok Agrawal, a rights activist, in the court, seeking directions to the Government hospital to provide treatment to 18-year-old Furkan, who is suffering from a heart ailment as two of his valves are damaged and need immediate replacement.


The father of the boy cannot afford the cost of such an operation on his child which required more than Rs 200,000 and has to be done immediately, the lawyer said.


The court directed the Delhi government to consider Furkan's case who needs immediate heart surgery and to provide him treatment free of cost.


Mr Agrawal said father of the boy was very poor and did not have a Below Poverty Line (BPL) card either. Denying treatment to poor on these grounds is a gross violation of his fundamental Right, the petitioner said.


Justice Muralidhar directed the government to consider the case of the petitioner and provide free treatment including after care, without insisting upon him to produce a BPL card.


Posting the next date of hearing for January 18, the court directed the government that the child must be operated by then.


Mr Agarwal told the court that though the father of the ailing child had submitted an income certificate from the Tehsildar which indicated that he has a meagre income of less than Rs 2,000 per month and belonged to economically weaker section, the government was not satisfied and insisted that a BPL card was mandatory to avail medical aid.


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4 flights to Delhi diverted to other airports due to fog


Four flights to Delhi were diverted to other airports in the country because of a heavy blanket of fog that had enveloped the capital since late last night, sources at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) said.


They said a flight from Vadodara was diverted to Jaipur and one from Singapore was diverted to Kolkata. A flight from Jaipur and another from Bangalore returned to their points of origin because of the poor visibility at the airport here, they said.


Low visibility procedures (LVP) were implemented at the airport from 2230 hours on runway 11/29 and from 2329 hours on runway 10/28 yesterday until 0700 hours this morning.


During this period, a total of 119 arrivals and departures of flights were operated under various categories of instrument landing systems (ILS). However, no flights were cancelled during this period, they said.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that no fog was expected from noon today till midnight.


All the same, the airport authorities have advised passengers to leave for the airport only after reconfirming the departure times of their flights with the airlines concerned.


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Cold day conditions continue in Delhi, min. temp.at 4.3 degrees Celsius


Delhi and nearby areas continued to experience cold day conditions, with the minimum temperature in the past 24 hours falling to 4.3 degrees Celsius, down from yesterday's 5.3 degrees and three degrees below normal for this time of the year.


According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the maximum temperature in the past 24 hours in the capital was 14.5 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal.


The IMD has said that cold day conditions were likely to continue in the city today, with the sky clearing up after the mornig fog. The maximum temperature would be around 15 degrees Celsius today, it said.


The IMD said the maximum and minimum temperatures were likely to be 17 and 5 degrees Celsius tomorrow and 18 and 5 degrees Celsius on Sunday.


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Cold day conditions continue in Delhi, min. temp. rises to 5.3 degrees

It was another cold and foggy morning in the capital today but the skies had cleared by noon and the sun shone mildly over the city.


Overall, cold day conditions continued in the region, with the maximum temperature in the capital in the past 24 hours at 13 degrees Celsius, eight degrees below normal, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.


The minimum temperature in the past 24 hours rose to 5.3 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal but up from yesterday' 4.2 degrees and the 3.7 degrees of the day before.


The IMD said cold day conditions were likely to continue in the capital today and that the maximum temperatures would be around 14 degrees Celsius.


It said foggy conditions were likely in the mornings tomorrow and on Saturday. It said the maximum and minimum temperatures were likely to be 14 and 6 degrees Celsius tomorrow and 15 and 7 degrees Celsius on Saturday.


Officials at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here said low visibility procedures (LVP) were implemented for 3 hours and 17 minutes upto 0245 hours this morning, during which period six flights were operated under instrument landing systems (ILS). No flights were cancelled or diverted during this period, they said.


The airport authorities advised all travellers to leave for the airport only after reconfirming the departure time of their flights with the airlines concerned.


The IMD said ground frost would occur over isolated pockets of Punjab, Haryaana, north Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, north Madhya Pradesh and north Chhattisgarh during the next two nights.


It said cold wave conditions would prevail over parts of Punjab, Haryana, north Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh during the next 24 hours and over Madhya Pradesh, north Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and interior Orissa during the next 48 hours.


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R C Mishra to hold additional charge as DDA Vice-Chairman

Mr R C Mishra, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Urban Development, will hold additional charge of the post of Vice-Chairman, Delhi Development Authority (DDA), an official press release said here today.


Mr Mishra is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1978 batch (Manipr-Tripura cadre).


Similarly, Mr A E Ahmed, Secretary (Border Management) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, will hold additional charge of the post of Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the release said.


Mr Ahmed is an IAS officer of the 1976 batch (Manipur-Tripura cadre).


The arrangements will be for a period of thre months or until further orders, whichever is earlier, the release added.


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Delhiites shiver as maximum drops to 12.7 degrees Celsius

People in Delhi had a slight respite with the minimum temperature in the past 24 hours rising to 4.2 degrees Celsius, up from 3.7 degrees yesterday but still three degrees below normal.


Yesterday was the coldest day of this season so far in the capital, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.


But, overall, cold day conditions continued to prevail in the city, with the maximum temperature dropping to 12.7 degrees Celsius, eight degrees below normal, in the past 24 hours.


The IMD said the city would have a mainly clear sky later in the day today after slight fog in the morning, with maximum and minimum temperatures around 14 degrees and 4 degrees Celsius.


It predicted the maximum and minimum temperatures would be 13 and 4 degrees Celsisus tomorrow and 14 and 4 degrees Celsius on Friday. It also forecast that there would be foggy conditions in the morning on both days.


The IMD said ground frost would occur over isolated pockets of Punjab, Haryana, north Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, north Madhya Pradesh and north Chhattisgarh during the next two nights.


Cold wave conditions would prevail over parts of Punjab, Haryana, north Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh during the next 24 hours and over north Madhya Pradesh, north Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and interior Orissa during the next 48 hours.


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Delhi has coldest day of winter, max. temp. at 12.7 degrees

Delhi experienced the coldest day of this winter today with the maximum temperature in the past 24 hours dropping to 12.7 degrees Celsius, eight degrees below normal and against yesterday's 14.7 degrees.


The minimum temperature during the past 24 hours was 3.7 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal for this time of the year, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.


The IMD said cold day conditions were prevailing over the capital and that the city would experience fog in the morning tomorrow. It said the city would have a mainly clear sky later in the day tomorrow, with maximum and minimum temperatures around 12 degrees and 2 degrees Celsius.


It predicted the maximum and minimum temperatures would be 13 and 3 degrees Celsisus on Thursday and 14 and 4 degrees Celsius on Friday. It also forecast that there would be foggy conditions in the morning on both days.


Meanwhile, officials at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) said that, due to foggy conditions, low visibility procedures had to be enforced at the airport from 0343 hours till 1045 hours on runway 11/29 and till 0845 hours on runway 10/28.


During this period, a total 127 flights were operated using various instrument landing systems (ILS), they said. However, there were no cancellations or diversions of any flights, they said.


The airport authorities have advised all travellers to leave for the airport only after reconfirming the departure times of their flights with the airlines concerned.


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Delhi records coldest day of winter, with min. temp. at 3.7 degrees

People in Delhi woke up to a chilly morning as the minimum temperature in the past 24 hours dropped to 3.7 degrees Celsius, the lowest in this winter and three degrees below normal for this time of the year.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the maximum temperature in the past 24 hours was 14.7 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal.


The IMD has said that cold day conditions were likely to continue today, with the maximum temperature around 14 degrees Celsius.

It said similar conditions were likely to continue for the next two days, with fog in the morning hours.


Meanwhile, officials at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) said that, due to foggy conditions, low visibility procedures had to be enforced at the airport from 0343 hours till 1045 hours on runway 11/29 and till 0845 hours on runway 10/28.


During this period, a total 127 flights were operated using various instrument landing systems (ILS), they said. However, there were no cancellations or diversions of any flights, they said.


The IMD has forecast that visibility was likely to remain 800 metres in shallow fog till 1230 hours and improve to above 1000 metres in mist fog from 1330 hours today.


The airport authorities have advised all travellers to leave for the airport only after reconfirming the departure times of their flights with the airlines concerned.


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Delhi has another cold day on Monday, max. temp. at 14.7 degrees


It was another cold day in Delhi today, with the maximum temperature in the past 24 hours at 14.7 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal.


According to the India Meteorological Department, the minimum temperature in the past 24 hours was 8.2 degrees Celsius, one degree above the normal for this time of the year.


The IMD has forecast thick fog for tomorrow morning in the capital and said that cold day conditions were likely to continue. The maximum and minimum temperatures tomorrow are expected to be 16 and 6 degrees Celsius. The next two days are also expected to witness similar conditions.


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Delhi experiences cold, misty conditions on Sunday, max. temp. at 14.6 degrees C

People in Delhi experienced cold day conditions today, with the maximum temperature in the past 24 hours dipping to 14.6 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal.


The day started on a cold and misty note, with clouds keeping the sun hidden till about noon before the skies cleared. But cold winds brought the temperature down.


The minimum temperature in the past 24 hours was 7.8 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said cold conditions were likely in some parts of the capital tomorrow. There will be mist and shallow fog in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperature will be 16 and 6 degrees Celsius, it said.


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CBI court to consider closure report in Aarushi case on Monday


A special court in Ghaziabad, near here, will consider tomorrow the closure report filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the sensational Aarushi Talwar murder case, sources said today.


The CBI has come under sharp criticism for filing the closure report in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case due to lack of "sufficient evidence" after a 30-month long investigation.


Aarushi, 14 was found brutally murdered on the intervening night of May 15-16, 2008 in her parents' apartment in Noida near here. The body of their domestic help Hemraj was found on the terrace of the building the following day. Both had similar injuries, with their throats slit.


The Special CBI Judge, Ghaziabad will consider the closure report and could order further investigation if he is not satisfied with the investigation conducted by the agency, the sources said.


The CBI report has stated that Dr Rajesh Talwar, father of Aarushi, is the main suspect in the case but he could not be chargesheeted due to insufficient evidence. The report has specifically stated that the killer was surgically trained. Dr Talwar and his wife, Nupur, are both dentists. The Talwars are also suspected of destroying the evidence.


On Friday, Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily met CBI Director A P Singh to express his concern and had reportedly told him that such a serious case must be re-investigated and the investigation must reach the logical conclusion.


The doctor couple have, however, rubbished the claim of the CBI that Rajesh Talwar is the prime suspect in the case.


"The CBI has been making false allegations to shield its inefficiency. This is an unscientific investigation," Ms Nupur Talwar said.


The CBI had arrested three suspects - Raj Kumar, Vijay Mandal and Krishna- in the case, but they were released later.


The report also stated that there was no forced entry into the Talwar's house in Noida near here on the night of the murder.


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Former Lok Sabha Speaker Baliram Bhagat passes away

Bali Ram BhagatFormer Speaker Balim Ram Bhagat

Former Lok Sabha Speaker and veteran Congress leader Bali Ram Bhagat, who also served as Union Minister and as Governor of Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan, passed away at a hospital here early today, family sources said.

He was 88. He is survived by his wife, Vidhya Bhagat, a son and a daughter. His body will be cremated in Patna tomorrow, the sources said.

The end came at around 2.30 am at the Indraprastha Hospital here, where Mr Bhagat was undergoing treatment for kidney and liver ailments, they added.

A veteran freedom fighter who had rich Parliamentary experience and deep knowledge of parliamentary procedures and practices, Mr Bhagat was elected Speaker of the fifth Lok Sabha on January 5, 1976 when the country was under Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Having been elected towards the scheduled end of the House's life, he remained in that position for less than 14 months, the shortest tenure anyone has had as Speaker since independence.

Mr Bhagat was born on October 7, 1922 in Patna and did his graduation from the Patna college and then took a Master's degree in Economics from Patna University.

He plunged into the freedom struggle in his student days and joined the Indian National Congress in 1939. In 1942, he left College to join the "Quit India" movement and remained underground for two years.

He was a founder member of the All India Students Congress in 1944 and was also the General Secretary of the Bihar Pradesh Students Congress during 1946-47.

Mr Bhagat was elected in 1950 to the Provisional Parliament and then to the first, second, third, fourth and fifth Lok Sabhas. During this period, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance from 1952 to 1956. In 1956, he became the Deputy Minister of Finance and continued in that position for a period of seven years, holding the same portfolio during three consecutive Lok Sabhas.

In 1963, Mr Bhagat became the Minister of State for Planning and held that post till January 1966. During 1963-1967, he was the Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance. He also had the opportunity to serve as the Minister in the Ministry of Defence for a short while in 1967 before he became the Minister of State for External Affairs the same year.

He was elevated to the Cabinet rank in 1969 as the Minister of Foreign Trade and Supply. Later, he also served as the Minister of Steel and Heavy Engineering for a period of eight months.

Mr Bhagat was elected Speaker on January 5, 1976 against the vacancy caused by the resignation of Dr G S Dhillon. He is credited with having taken several steps during his tenure to improve the functioning of the House and its various Committees.

He was an active participant in the preparatory meetings of the Asian Development Bank in 1964 and 1965 culminating in the setting the Bank in Manila where he signed the Charter as the special Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the President of India.

He also had the privilege of attending the inaugural session of the Asian Development Bank as its Governor in Tokyo in 1966.

He was the Alternate Governor to the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in 1954 and again in 1958.

Besides chairing the UN Sub-Commission on the action of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities in 1972, Mr Bhagat was its member from 1972 to 1977. He was the Leader of Indian Delegation to the Conference of UN Economic Commission for Asia and Far-East (ECAFE) held in Tokyo in 1955 and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held in Delhi in 1968. He also led the Indian delegation to the UN General Assembly Session in 1968 and again in 1985.

He was the Deputy Leader of the Indian Delegation that attended the inaugural meetings of ECAFE and UNCTAD in Bangkok and in Geneva in 1956 and 1964, respectively, and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit held in London 1969 and in Nassau (The Bahamas) in 1985.

Mr Bhagat led the Indian Delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights which was held in Geneva in 1982-83.

He returned to the seventh Lok Sabha in 1980 and to the eighth Lok Sabha. For a short spell, he was the Minister of External Affairs in the Rajiv Gandhi Government in 1985-86.

Mr Bhagat was appointed the Governor of Himachal Pradesh in February 1993, a post he held for four months. Later, he served as the Governor of Rajasthan from 30 June 1993 till 1 May 1998.

During the Quit India movement, he edited two underground weeklies - Our Struggle and Non-Violent Revolution. In 1947, he started Rashtra Doot, a Hindi weekly from Patna. He authored two books: Non-Alignment -- Present and Future and Commonwealth Today.

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