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Three golfers emerge joint leaders after opening round of Tata Steel PGTI Feeder Tour

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Lucknow’s Rajesh Rawat, Jalandhar’s Victor Hans and Gurugram’s Abhishek Kuhar shot identical six-under 61 to emerge joint first-round leaders at the Tata Steel PGTI Feeder Golf Tour at  Jaypee Greens Wish Town here on Tuesday.
 
Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, the Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader, Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh and Delhi’s Wasim Khan were in joint fourth with rounds of five-under-62 at the par-67 course.
 
Rawat, a two-time winner on the Feeder Tour, came up with a bogey-free effort on Tuesday to jointly lead the field of 90 players. Rawat’s four early birdies from the second to the fifth set the tone for his round as he added two more birdies to his card on the back-nine.
 
Victor Hans played his approach shots and wedges to perfection as he collected seven birdies at the cost of a lone bogey. Hans’ best shot of the day was a fantastic gap-wedge approach from 120 yards on the 18th that landed a foot from the flag and resulted in a birdie.
 
Victor, a joint runner-up at the Feeder Tour event in Lucknow last year, said, “I’ve not done well on the Feeder Tour this year after a good season in 2018. I, therefore, want to make the most of this terrific start.”
 
Abhishek Kuhar scored eight birdies in exchange for a double-bogey. Kuhar produced some spectacular wedge shots to set up two birdie putts within a foot and three more within six feet. Abhishek drove the green on the par-4 sixth for a two-putt birdie. “It was a great ball-striking day for me. I’m delighted with the way that I played despite missing out the practice round,” he said
 
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Fire in Spice Mall in Noida, no casualties

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A fire broke out on Monday inside a prominent shopping mall in Sector 25 in Noida, with the smoke entering four cinema halls in the complex, the fire department said. No casualties have been reported.
 
According to the Fire Department, the blaze started on the third floor of Spice Mall.
 
After a fire alert around 1.30 p.m., around four fire tenders rushed to the spot, said a senior official.
 
A fireman at the spot told IANS: "The fire was caused by a spark from the exhaust fan of a kitchen on the third floor. A spark landed on a garbage which caught fire." 
 
According to fire officer Arun Kumar Singh, although it was not a major fire, the smoke entered the four picture halls in the Mall. "We had the halls vacated in time to avoid any casualty."
 
"Prima facie, the fire was caused by a spark from the exhaust," he added. 
 
Senior Superintendent of Police of Gautam Budhh Nagar Vaibhab Krishna told IANS: "Our staff from Sector 20 and Sector 24 police stations rushed to the spot. The cause of the fire is being investigated. We will take strict action against anyone found negligent." 
 
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Major fire in Spice Mall in Noida, no casualties

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A major fire broke out on Monday inside a prominent shopping mall in Sector 25 of Noida, the fire department said. No casualties have been reported.
 
According to the fire department, the blaze started on the fourth floor.
 
"We got a call around 1.30 p.m. Around four fire tenders rushed to the spot and the cooling down process is on," said a senior official.
 
The exact reason for the fire is not known.
 
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UP officer's midnight visit startles police officers

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The Principal Secretary (Home) of Uttar Pradesh, Avanish Awasthi, made a surprise midnight visit to a police station in Noida on Saturday.
 
The news of his visit to the station in Sector 20 spread like wildfire in the Noida police department, sending the officers in a tizzy. 
 
The Senior Superintendent of Police, the Superintendent of Police, the station in-charge and other officers reached the police station in no time. 
 
During the hour-long visit, Awasthi inspected the lock-up, barrack, store room and residential premises meant for the staff and found many irregularities. 
 
Awasthi directed the authorities to take remedial measures and sought a detailed report from the Gautam Buddha Nagar SSP. 
 
Police sources said the Home Secretary may have wanted to know first hand how prepared is the city of Noida in case of any eventuality in the aftermath of removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. 
 
Awasthi gave directions to the authorities to tighten the security across Noida. 
 
Awasthi was appointed the Principal Secretary (Home) on July 30. He suspended the Bulandshahr SSP recently after finding him allegedly involved in a racket of transfers and postings.

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ED attaches property worth Rs. 89 lakh of former NOIDA chief engineer Yadav Singh, family

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Friday that it had attached properties worth Rs. 89 lakhs belonging to former NOIDA chief engineer Yadav Singh and his family under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA).
 
A press release from ED said the attached assets include one residential and commercial property each, one agricultural land and bank balances.
 
Investigation under PMLA, 2002 was initiated on the basis of an F.I.R. registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Yadav Singh, the then chief engineer of the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) and his associates.
 
"CBI has filed charge sheet against the Yadav Singh and his family members revealing accumulation of disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 23.15 crores which was 512.66% to his known source of income during the period i.e from 01.04.2004 to 04.08.2015.
 
"Investigation under PMLA revealed that funds related to income from illegal earning/unexplained sources were routed to the trust under control of Yadav Singh in guise of corpus donations. The same fund was routed to the bank accounts of his family members in guise of sale proceeds of properties which was further used for purchasing commercial/residential properties at Delhi and Noida and maintaining bank balances. It is also revealed that the funds were also routed to companies in form of commission, income etc. which have been attached under PMLA.
 
"Earlier properties worth Rs 20.5 Crores pertaining to Yadav Singh, his family members and companies/trusts under their control were also attached under PMLA. So far, ED has attached properties worth Rs 21.5 Crores in this case and has already filed chargesheet against Yadav Singh and others under PMLA. Further investigation in this case is under progress," the release added.
 
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One dead, 3 hurt as land caves in at Noida

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One person died while three others were injured after a portion of land caved in at a construction site in Noida on Monday, the police said.
 
The police said the incident occurred in the basement of a building in Sector 62.
 
"We received information that at around 10 a.m. an accident occurred at a construction site in Noida's Sector 62 area. It appears that a large part of the earth had been dug and a pit was being constructed. 
 
"At some point during the construction work, the sand caved in, trapping the labourers. By the time they were rescued, one of the laborers received fatal injuries while the others survived. We are investigating the incident," said an officer from the Sector 58 police station.
 
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Software engineer jumps to death in Noida

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A 30-year-old software engineer living in Sector 121 here on Saturday jumped to his death from a high-rise residential building where he lived with friends, police said.
 
Speaking to IANS, Akhiliesh Tripathi, Station House Officer of Phase 3, said that Ravi Heliwal hailed from Jharkhand and worked with a multinational company.
 
"He jumped from the 16th floor in the morning," Tripathi said. "His family has been informed."
 
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Delhi Metro begins trial runs between Noida City Centre and Electronic City

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Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today began initial runs on the 6.8 km long stretch between Noida City Centre and Noida Electronic City, which is an extension of the operational Dwarka Sector 21--Noida City Centre (Line 3), known as the Blue Line.
 
"These trials are just preliminary and the signalling trials will begin soon," a press release from DMRC said.
 
This entirely elevated section will comprise six stations: Sector 34, Sector 52, Sector 61, Sector 59, Sector 62 and Electronic City.
 
During the trial runs, the interaction of the train with physical infringements (civil structures) will be checked to ensure that there is no physical blockage during the movement of the train on the track. The entire signaling system will also undergo rigorous testing, the release said.
 
In addition, the response of the train at different speeds, braking of the train and the interconnection with the Operations Control Centre (OCC) will also be monitored during the trials. The behavior of the track system and the overhead electrification (OHE) will be checked repeatedly during all the trials, it said.
 
"Construction of this corridor was a major challenge as the alignment is close to the busy NH 24. The entire corridor has been constructed on the central verge and passes through extremely busy and congested residential as well as commercial areas of Noida which also has non-stop traffic running throughout the day. Only the Noida Electronic City station, which falls on the border of Noida and Ghaziabad is off the road," it said.
 
This would be DMRC’s third Metro Line in Noida after Noida Sector 15 – Noida City Centre and Botanical Garden – Kalindi Kunj. Vaishali. The Noida – Greater Noida Line of Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) is also going to be opened soon for the public. 
 
Noida’s Sector 62 is an established commercial area with a number of commercial establishments and offices. This area sees a lot of people coming from Delhi for work. The opening of this corridor will reduce the travel time for people commuting from Delhi to Noida Sector 62, besides facilitating ease of commute and improving connectivity.
 
Currently the 49.93 kms long Blue Line (Line 3) operates between Dwarka Sector 21 and Noida City Centre. After opening of this 6.8 km long section, the entire Blue Line (Line 3) will become 56.73 kms in length which will be the second longest corridor of Delhi Metro after the Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar corridor (Pink Line) which is 59 kms long, the release added.
 
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Boy killed in Noida celebratory firing

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A 14-year-old boy was killed during celebratory firing at a wedding function in Noida, police said on Thursday.
 
The incident took place on Wednesday night at Ghodi Bacheda village in Jarcha area. 
 
To mark the occasion, someone from the groom's side opened fire in the air and a bullet hit the victim identified as Gaurav, who died on the spot, according to the police.
 
His father Jagdish has filed a complaint with the police, naming four persons, including the groom, for being responsible for the death of his son.
 
"A complaint has been filed and we are gathering video and other evidences based on which action will be taken," police official Ramsen Singh said.
 
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IGL crosses one million domestic PNG connections in Delhi, NCR

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Public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), the supplier of compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Rewari, has said that it has crossed the one million-mark for domestic PNG connections in the National Capital Region (NCR).
 
A press release from the company said it had connected one million domestic kitchens through its network in Delhi and the other towns in NCR.
 
This was part of the Government's vision for expansion of the PNG network in the country in a mission mode, it said.
 
IGL is a joint venture of public sector GAIL (India) Limited and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
 
Mr. E.S. Ranganathan, Managing Director, IGL reiterated the commitment of IGL towards maintaining highest level of safety standards in its operations and appealed to all the customers to strictly follow the safety precautions as disseminated by IGL from time to time. 
 
He said it would be endeavor of IGL to better its record of having already provided over 1,50,000 new PNG connections in 2017-18 by expanding the network into new geographies, covering new colonies and increasing PNG penetration in the already covered colonies in the current financial year. 
 
"IGL is well on course for the same having already connected over one lakh new domestic kitchens in less than seven months in the ongoing financial year," he added.
 
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CNG prices up marginally in Delhi, Rewari, down in Uttar Pradesh

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today announced a marginal hike in the selling prices of compressed natural gas (CNG) in Delhi and Rewari in Haryana from midnight tonight to offset the impact on its input costs as a result of recent revision in proportions of domestic gas allocation and increase in operating expenses.
 
In Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, due to revocation of additional 2% VAT in Uttar Pradesh, the net impact will be a decrease in prices to the consumers in the state, a press release from IGL said.
 
The adjustment in prices would result in an increase of 40 paise per kg in the consumer prices of CNG in Delhi and Rewari with new consumer price of CNG to be Rs 44.70 per kg in Delhi and Rs 54.45 per kg in Rewari.
 
However, the consumer price of CNG in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh is being reduced by 45 paise per kg from tonight. The new consumer price of CNG will be Rs 50.80 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida an Ghaziabad, it said.
 
IGL will continue to offer a discount of Rs 1.50 per kg in the selling prices of CNG for filling between 12.00 am and 6.00 am at select outlets. Thus, the consumer price of CNG would be Rs. 43.20 per kg in Delhi and Rs 49.30 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad during 12.00 am to 6.00 am at the select CNG stations across the region.
 
"This marginal adjustment in prices of CNG has been necessitated due to increase in input cost of gas as a result of recent revision in proportions of different types of gases in domestic gas allocation for supply as CNG and increase in operating expenses since last price revision. However, the decrease in price of CNG in Uttar Pradesh is a result of passing the net impact of revocation of additional 2% VAT in the state to the consumers after adjusting the increase in costs.
 
"With the revised price, CNG would still offer over 58% savings towards the running cost when compared to petrol driven vehicles at the current level of prices. When compared to diesel driven vehicles, the economics in favour of CNG at revised price would be over 37%," the release added.
 
IGL is a joint venture of GAIL (India) Ltd., BPCL and Government of NCT of Delhi.
 
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12 students injured in Noida schoolbus accident

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At least 12 students were injured on Saturday in Noida when the schoolbus they were travelling in hit a pillar in an underpass, police said.
 
Two students were said to be seriously injured and have been admitted to the Kailash Hospital.
 
The police said prima facie information suggested that the bus hit a mound of concrete lying on the roadside at the Rajnigandha underpass in Sector-20 and the driver lost control and hit the pillar. 
 
The bus belonged to the APJ school. 
 
The driver Gagan Saran has received serious injuries and is being treated. 
 
School authorities have blamed the Noida authorities for the construction material littered on the road for the mishap. 
 
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Akshay Sharma pulls off career-best seven-under-65 to win QA InfoTech Open

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Chandigarh’s Akshay Sharma pulled off a career-best seven-under-65 to post his breakthrough QA InfoTech Open title win with a huge six-shot margin at the Noida Golf Course on Friday.
 
The 28-year-old Akshay, who turned professional in 2011, shot scores of 73, 70, 69 and 65 to end the Rs. 50 lakh event with a total score of 11-under-277.
 
The title win fetched Akshay a cheque of Rs. 8,08,250. He has now moved from 26th place to fifth position in the PGTI Order of Merit
 
His error-free fourth round of 65 was also the best round of the tournament.
 
Sri Lankan Mithun Perera (69-71-73-70) finished a distant second at five-under-283.
 
Akshay began the day in second place, trailing leader Angad Cheema by two shots. He soon emerged as the top contender making a dream start with birdies on the first three holes even as his nearest rivals Angad Cheema and Mithun Perera stumbled with bogeys.
 
He sank a 10-footer on the second and followed that up with a terrific tee shot on the par-3 third that landed three feet from the pin.
 
Sharma continued the fireworks on the front-nine, adding birdies on the sixth and seventh by landing his wedge shots within two feet of the flag on both holes. He played some solid golf on the back-nine by sinking two long birdie putts on the 13th and 17th and making seven pars to come home the champion.
 
Akshay said, “I’m overjoyed. I’ve waited for my first PGTI win for almost eight years. All aspects of my game clicked today as I produced my career-best score. It couldn’t have come at a better time.
 
“My game picked up in the last two seasons thanks to Jeev Milkha Singh. I started playing rounds with Jeev Sir in Chandigarh about two years back in order to improve my game," he said.
 
Mithun Perera had a late surge of four birdies on the last five holes that saw him sign off with a 70 to finish runner-up. Delhi’s Arjun Prasad (71) claimed third place at four-under-284.
 
Angad Cheema, the round three leader, carded a last round of 77 to finish tied 11th at one-under-287. Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh performed the best among the local golfers as he secured tied 18th place at one-over-289.
 
Veteran Jeev Milkha Singh finished tied 45th place at eight-over-296. He posted a 78 in the final round.
 
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Cheema shoots 69 to go into lead, Jeev Milkha Singh tied 21st

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Panchkula’s Angad Cheema shot a three-under-69 in the third round that gave him a two-shot lead at six-under-210 in the QA InfoTech Open at the Noida Golf Course on Thursday.
 
Chandigarh’s Akshay Sharma was placed second at four-under-212 after he too carded a 69 on day three of the Rs. 50 lakh event.
 
Veteran Jeev Milkha Singh closed the day in tied 21st with a total of two-over-218. He returned a one-over-73 in round three.
 
Cheema (71-70-69), one of only two players to shoot under-par scores in all three rounds of the tournament so far, made his way from overnight tied third to the top of the leaderboard on Thursday. With his 69, Cheema put behind the disappointment of an ordinary finish in round two where he dropped two bogeys on the last four holes.
 
The 28-year-old Angad, who won on the PGTI in his rookie season in 2013 and as a result finished a creditable third on the PGTI Order of Merit that year, mixed five birdies with two bogeys in the third round.
 
Cheema sank two long birdie putts on the second and seventh before dropping a bogey on the eighth. 
 
The tall and lanky golfer, who had an Asian Tour card in 2015, had a comparatively better back-nine leaving himself two four-footers on the 11thand 12thand a tap-in on the 14th, all of which he converted into birdies.
 
Angad, looking to revive a season where he hasn’t posted any top-10, recovered well for a bogey on the 13th and drained an important 25-feet par putt on the 15th.
 
Cheema, currently placed 39th in the PGTI Order of Merit, said, “I’ve played well on all three days and kept myself out of trouble. My ball-striking has been great and putting has been consistent in the last two days. That par save from 25 feet on the 15th today really lifted my confidence.
 
"I was the halfway leader by four shots in Hyderabad earlier this year but couldn’t take advantage of that and finally finished outside the top 20. I feel I can now turn the tide this week,” added Angad, whose last top-10 finish came at the Pune Open 2017 where he was joint runner-up.
 
Akshay Sharma (73-70-69) climbed up seven places to second position thanks to his 69 on Thursday. Akshay, the man with four top-10s this year, produced four birdies and a bogey and 15 greens in regulation in the third round to move into contention.
 
Akshay, placed 26th in the PGTI Order of Merit, said, “I’m carrying the good form from last week’s event in Jaipur where I had a five-under on the final day. I’ve been in good rhythm since the latter half of last year but have not fully capitalized on the opportunities that have come my way. I’d like to change that this week.”
 
Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh fired a third straight 71 to become only the second player other than the leader Cheema to register three under-par scores in the tournament. Gaurav thus moved up two spots into tied third at three-under-213.
 
Second round leaders Arjun Prasad of Delhi and Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka dropped to tied third as both shot scores of 73 on Thursday.
 
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Golf: Arjun Prasad, Mithun Perera enjoy slender lead in round two

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Delhi teenager Arjun Prasad and Sri Lanka’s Mithun Perera maintained their place atop the leaderboard in round two of the QA InfoTech Open 2018 at the Noida Golf Course on Wednesday.
 
Both Prasad and Perera, who shot scores of three-under-69 to be part of the five-way lead on day one of the Rs. 50 lakh event, once again came up with matching scores of one-under-71 on day two to stay in the lead with totals of four-under-140.
 
Panchkula’s Angad Cheema (70) and Sri Lankan Anura Rohana (71) were one shot behind the leaders in tied third.
 
Veteran Jeev Milkha Singh ended the day in tied 17th with a total of one-over-145 after he shot a score of two-over-74 in round two.
 
The cut went at five-over-149. Fifty-nine professionals and one amateur made the cut.
 
Arjun Prasad (69-71), playing only his second season as a professional, had a steady start as he made pars on the first six holes. Prasad, who became the youngest Indian to earn an Asian Tour card at age 17 in early 2017, made a terrific par save with a chip-in on the fourth.
 
Mithun Perera (69-71) mixed four birdies with three bogeys during his round of 71. Perera landed it within five feet on three occasions. 
 
Angad Cheema was four-under for the day through 14 holes and was looking good for the sole lead. However, his two bogeys on the last four holes pushed him back to tied third at three-under-141. Anura Rohana was also tied for third.
 
There was a four-way tie in fifth place at two-under-142 between overnight joint leader Chiragh Kumar (73) of Delhi, C Muniyappa (70) of Bengaluru, Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (68) and Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh (71).
 
Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, who finished fourth in Jaipur last week, was the only amateur to make the cut. He was placed tied 17th at one-over-145.
 
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Infosys setting development centre in Noida

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Global software major Infosys is setting up a software development centre in Uttar Pradesh's Noida at a cost of Rs 750 crore, the company said on Sunday.
 
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated our project at Noida with Rs 750-crore investment in phase-I which will have seats for 5,000 techies," said the Bengaluru-based IT major in a statement here.
 
Modi has hailed Infosys for expanding its presence to Uttar Pradesh as part of the 'Rising Uttar Pradesh, Powering New India' event in Lucknow, held to boost infrastructure capability in the state.
 
The state government has allocated 27.5 acres of land for the facility in Sector-85, Noida.
 
"We are honoured that Modi has felicitated our upcoming Noida facility, which is a part of our effort to enhance our presence in the National Capital Region and leverage the talent pool available in this market," said Infosys Chief Executive Salil Parekh on the occasion.
 
Singapore-based RSP Design Consultants will design the facility which will have a LEED Platinum rating, the highest certification for a green building, given by the US Green Building Council.
 
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One killed, 3 injured in wall collapse in Noida

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A 4-year-old boy was killed and three others, including his parents, both labourers, injured when the basement wall of an under construction building collapsed here, police said on Saturday.
 
The incident took place in Sector 63 on Friday.
 
"An FIR has been filed," a senior police official told IANS.
 
Those injured include Prakash and his wife, who were working as labourers at the site, while their son, who was also near the wall, died.
 
The third labourer has been shifted to AIIMS as his condition was critical.
 
"We are investigating the matter," the officer said.
 
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Samsung to make India a global export hub: Modi

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The world's largest mobile factory unveiled by South Korean tech giant Samsung in Noida will not only generate more jobs but also make India a global export hub, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.
 
Inaugurating the new facility spread over 129,000 sq metres at Sector 81 here, Modi said Samsung will export 30 per cent of the handsets made at the Noida factory to other markets.
 
"India is currently second in terms of phone manufacturing. Out of 120 mobile factories, 50 are in Noida only. Altogether, over 400,000 people are working in those units and Samsung is spearheading this with a workforce of 70,000 people.
 
"The new facility with give direct jobs to 1,000 people, taking the existing workforce at this plant to 6,000. The best part is that the company will export 30 per cent of the handsets made here to other markets," Modi told the gathering here.
 
The Prime Minister said the new mobile manufacturing unit will make India-South Korea relations stronger as Samsung's biggest global R&D centre was already here.
 
"Almost every middle class Indian family is using at least one Korean product. Samsung has a distinct space in India. India is going through digital transformation and I encourage more companies from South Korea to come and invest here," Modi noted.
 
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Launched in the presence of Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in who took the Metro to reach the facility, the plant will help Samsung India double its annual mobile production capacity to 120 million units by 2020.
 
All Samsung mobile phones, including the flagship Galaxy S9, S9+ and Galaxy Note 8, are being manufactured at the Noida plant.
 
"We are aligned with government policies and will continue to seek their support to achieve our dream of making India a global export hub for mobile phones," said HC Hong, Chief Executive Officer, Samsung India.
 
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and senior Samsung officials including including Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee.
 
President Moon Jae-in said the new facility will create a new era for India-Korea ties. 
 
"I am happy to see Korean companies participating in India's digital transformation and I have full support for them," the South Korean President told the gathering.
 
Adityanath also invited more South Korean firms to come and invest in the state.
 
"I fell proud as an Indian today. This is a great milestone in the history of Samsung India which will take our country's manufacturing abilities to newer heights," Asim Warsi, Global Vice President, Samsung India, told IANS on the sidelines of the event.
 
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Cabinet nod for extension of Delhi Metro corridor from Noida City Centre to Sector 62, Noida

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The Union Cabinet today approved the extension of the Delhi Metro corridor from Noida City Centre to Sector 62, Noida, covering a length of 6.675 km at a total completion cost of Rs. 1,1967 crore.
 
The decision is expected to provide a major boost to public transport infrastructure in Noida in Uttar Pradesh, an official press release said.
 
The Government of India's liability would be Rs. 340.60 crore on account of Grant and Subordinate Debt, it said.
 
The project will be implemented by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC), the existing Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) of the Government of India and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi.
 
"The extension of Delhi Metro corridor from Noida City Centre to Noida Sector 62 is the extension to Dwarka-Noida City Centre line of Delhi Metro system which will result into people being assured about their mobility and thus more people will like to move to this satellite town of Delhi, thus decongesting Delhi. As a result, more residential and commercial complexes will develop in this region. With metro rail in place, there will be less vehicular traffic on roads leading to less congestion, less time and cost of journey, less consumption of fossil fuel and less environmental pollution.
 
"The population of Noida and people of surrounding areas will be greatly benefitted by the extended line. At the project site, approximately 800 staff including engineers and other staff have been engaged. Further, DMRC has started the procedure for recruitment of around 200 employees for Operation & Maintenance of this corridor.
 
"About 81% progress of civil work and 55% of overall financial progress of the project have been achieved," the release added.
 
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Woman alleges rape, Ola driver arrested in Greater Noida

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A woman employee of a private firm in Noida in Uttar Pradesh has accused an Ola cab driver's accomplice of raping her here. The two men were arrested on Friday, police said.
 
The woman told the police that at around 4.30 p.m. on Thursday she had booked an Ola cab from Sector 37 in Noida to go to the adjoining Greater Noida area.
 
There was a man along with the driver on the front seat of the car when they started the ride, she told the police. The driver, Ashok, had told her that the man was his friend, Praveen, who was to be dropped on the way.
 
The two men consumed beer on the way, she said. Later Ashok took her to the thickets around the Dayanagar village. But left as he had an errand to run.
 
Praveen raped her and fled, she said in her statement. The woman had briefly lost consciousness after the attack. When she came to her senses, she raised an alarm.
 
With the help of the villagers she was able to reach the nearest police station and file a complaint.
 
Circle Officer (CO) of Dadri, Nishank Sharma told IANS that the case was registered late on Thursday and acting promptly the cab driver and his accomplice were arrested.
 
The police has sent her for a medical examination to confirm the rape.
 
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CNG price to reduce by Rs. 3.15/kg in UP due to decrease in VAT

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today announced a reduction of Rs. 3.15 per kg in the selling price of compressed natural gas (CNG) being supplied by it in the cities of Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad of Uttar Pradesh from midnight tonight.
 
This is due to a decrease in the Value Added Tax (VAT) in Uttar Pradesh on natural gas, which is used as input for CNG, a press release from GAIL said.
 
The release said the consumer price of CNG in these cities would reduce tonight from existing Rs. 49.20 per kg to Rs. 46.05 per kg as a result of the recent notification of Uttar Pradesh government. 
 
Since natural gas is out of the ambit of GST, therefore UP state VAT continues to be effective on purchases of natural gas within the state. Also, there is no input tax credit benefit on CNG in UP. 
 
IGL will continue to offer a discount of Rs 1.50 per kg in the selling prices of CNG for filling between 12.30 am and 5.30 am at select outlets. Thus, the consumer price of CNG would be Rs 44.55 per kg during 12.30 am to 5.30 am at the select CNG stations in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, the release said.
 
IGL is a joint venture of public sector companies GAIL (India) Ltd. and BPCL.
 
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Foundation stone laid for redevelopment of Okhla Bird Sanctuary

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Urging people to make a collective effort to protect the environment, flora and fauna, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan has said that environmental issues are not technical issues, but moral issues. 
 
Laying the foundation stone for redevelopment and upgradation of Okhla Bird Sanctuary to mark the International Day of Forest at Noida near here on March 21, the Minister said on completion of the ambitious project, the Bird Sanctuary will become a place worth visiting. 
 
Minister of State Mahesh Sharma said that, after redevelopment, Okhla Bird Sanctuary will have a watch tower of international standards, a relaid cycle track for tourists, CCTV network for improved security and electric vehicles for mobility.
 
The sanctuary is located close to New Delhi and is one of the 467 Important Bird Areas (IBA) of the country and is home to a large number of resident as well as migratory birds like grey-headed fish eagle, Baikal teal, Baer’s Pochard and Sarus Crane.
 
It is home to 32 species of reptiles, 7 species of amphibians and 186 plant species. The sanctuary, belonging to the State of Uttar Pradesh, has an area of 400 ha, out of which 120 ha falls within the National Capital Region of Delhi.   Located on the road connecting Delhi and Noida, there is a huge scope to promote Conservation Education and Eco-Tourism in the Sanctuary, an official press release said.
 
Being well-connected with the metro network through Okhla Bird Sanctuary station, many schools in NCR can now participate in nature camps and eco-club activities, it said.
 
The Eco-sensitive Zone of Okhla Bird Sanctuary has also been notified for better management of the Protected Area.
 
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IIMA ties up with NTPC to create world class research institute

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Public sector power producer NTPC and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), the country's top business school, today announced a joint initiative to create a world class research institute at NTPC School of Business for policy prescription and churn out management graduates with focus on energy sector.
 
"We are proud to have entered an agreement, under which India's marquee business school -- Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad - will hand hold NTPC School of Business to replicate its management degree courses beginning this year with special focus on energy verticals not only for NTPC but for the entire power sector," Mr Saptarshi Roy, Human Resource Director, NTPC, said.
 
"This is the first time we are tying up with a leading academic institution for degree and other specialised courses on the lines of IIM-A. We were blessed with handholding from IIM-A for five years and we are proud of it. We will be doing the same with NTPC School of Business (NSB) and hand hold it for five years, create a top class faculty like our own and offer a host of specialised electives for various aspects related to energy and power sectors," IIM-A's HRM Area Chair and Strategic Management Professor Sunil Kumar Maheshwari said.
 
"We wish to create a strong research and policy centre. To create manpower for this centre, NSB shall be ideal institute to take lead and this will become Centre of excellence for policy research and policy documentation," Mr Maheshwari said.
 
Under the scheme of arrangement, NSB, guided and shepherded by IIM-A specialists, will seek applications from aspirants for MBA degree from April this year for a two-year degree course with specialisation in energy sector.
 
IIM, apart from bringing professionals from the parent organisation, will gradually create NSB's own faculty by the end of the fifth year.
 
Mr Roy, who also holds additional charge as Director Finance, said that NTPC is focused on creating robust leadership for the future of the organisation that accounts for 16 per cent of the country's total power generation capacity. He added that NTPC's budget for learning and development has significantly gone up this year.
 
"The NSB tie-up is the latest in the series of learning and development initiatives at NTPC. We also have tied up with Harvard Business School and other Ivy League institutions under which a total of 180 senior executives are being given global exposure for the first hand learning of leadership modules and best business practices as part of efforts to create future leadership for the organisation that is supplementing the national economic growth by way of meeting electricity requirement," he said.
 
“We have the entire infrastructure at our NSB’s Noida campus ready to start the courses from the academic year including residential facility for the students.  We intend to enrol 120 students in the first year,” said Mr. A.K. Bhatnagar, Executive Director, Head of Power Management Institute & NSB, Noida.
 
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Delhi Metro conducts first test run on Noida-Greater Noida corridor

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today conducted the first test run on the Noida-Greater Noida corridor.
 
DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh and Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) Managing Director Alok Tandon flagged off the test run in the presence of senior officials of DMRC and NMRC.
 
A press release from DMRC said full-fledged oscillation trials would  commence later after completion of full internal testing of the train.
 
The train with four coaches had arrived at Mundra Port, Gujarat on November 23, 2017 and reached the depot in Greater Noida on December 14. 
 
Basic movement trials and validations were done over the last fortnight against stringent timelines to ensure that the train is ready to go onto the viaduct in the New Year, the release said.
 
With the arrival of this train, DMRC has moved one step closer to the commissioning of the Noida – Greater Noida corridor. Greater Noida has today become a residential and commercial hub. A number of residential colonies and apartments have come up in the area and all major schools and hospitals have opened their branches in Greater Noida. 
 
Being directly connected to Noida through the expressway, Greater Noida has become a popular destinations for corporates who have set up offices there. The Noida – Greater Noida Metro Corridor will provide greater connectivity and transport solutions to this area, the release said.
 
The rolling stock for the corridor is being procured from CRRC Limited, a State-owned Chinese rolling stock manufacturer. DMRC had signed the MoU on behalf of Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) Ltd. with CRRC Corporation Limited in March 2016. The standard gauge trains are being manufactured in the company's Nanjing plant.
 
Each train will comprise four coaches. The corridor will have a total of 19 train sets (76 coaches). The trains are expected to arrive every fortnight. 
 
Each four-coach train will have a seating capacity of 186. The total passenger capacity will be about 1000, inclusive of standing passengers.
 
Each train has two Driving Trailer Cars and two Motor Cars and the total number of seats in both are 43 and 50, respectively. Adequate amount of seat reservation through different coloured seats has been done in the coaches for ladies, senior citizens  and differently abled persons. The train has been designed with an  aqua blue colour theme.
 
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The trains are designed to run at a maximum speed of 80 kmph, clocking  an average  speed of 37.5 kmph which is a shade better than the contemporary networks around. All trains are well lit with energy efficient LED lights both in the interiors and exteriors.
 
Each coach has ports for mobile and USB charging, 6 backlit LCDs (Liquid Crystal Displays)  and 4 Dynamic Route Maps. The train is designed with end evacuation doors for emergencies. 
 
Dedicated space has been provided for wheel chair based commuters in Driving Trailer cars at both the ends of the trains. For visually impaired passengers, Digital Voice announcements regarding train and route information and announcement of station will be made in both Hindi and  English. Chime sound indicating opening and closing of doors is also in-built.
 
The Operational Control Centre (OCC) can communicate directly with the passengers in case of important andemergency announcements through speakers installed in each coach. Similarly the Train Operator can also communicate directly with the passengers through mikes.
 
The civil work of this 29.7 km corridor having 21 stations was completed in November 2017 with the erection of the last girder. Track laying and system works are in progress, the release said.
 
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Two teen sisters found hanging from tree in Noida village

 
Two sisters found hanging from tree in Noida
Two teenaged sisters were found hanging from a tree in Barola village in Sector 49 here early this morning.
 
Police said they were investigating all angles, including suicide and murder, while the girls' family blamed a distant relative for their death.
 
Sources said the mother of the girls, aged 18 and 13, told police they were sleeping when she checked at around 3 am. When she woke up around 4.30 am, however, they were not in their bed and she assumed they had gone out to answer nature's call.
 
A little later, she heard neighbours raising a hue and cry, shouting that the girls had been found hanging.
 
The family, comprising the parents, five daughters and a son, lived in a rented room in the village for the past one year. The elder girl was working as a cook in some apartments while the younger girl was studying in school.
 
The bodies were sent for post-mortem examination, police sources added.
 
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