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Akshay Sharma pulls off career-best seven-under-65 to win QA InfoTech Open

Akshay Sharma
Akshay Sharma
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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Talwars return home, after acquittal in murder of their daughter Arushi, help Hemraj

Four days after the Allahabad High Court acquitted them of the sensational murder of their 14-year-old daughter Arushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade on the night of May 15-16, 2008, dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar walked out free from the Dasna jail and returned home to Noida on Monday.

 
Rajesh, Nupur Talwar return home after acquittal in Arushi muder case
Four days after the Allahabad High Court acquitted them of the sensational murder of their 14-year-old daughter Arushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade on the night of May 15-16, 2008, dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar walked out free from the Dasna jail near here and returned home to Noida.
 
The High Court, while acquitting the Talwars, who had spent four years in prison after being convicted by the trial court, had said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had not been able to conclusively prove their guilty.
 
The much-awaited judgement overturned the verdict of a special CBI court in Ghaziabad which had, on November 26, 2013, sentenced the couple to life imprisonment after holding them guilty of the twin murders.
 
The release of the Talwars took some days as the jail authorities had to receive a copy of the court verdict, delivered on October 12, and complete various other formalities.
 
The Talwars' release was delayed because a copy of that verdict had not been delivered to the jail last week. The Talwars have asked for police protection, citing an earlier attack on Rajesh Talwar at the Ghaziabad court.
 
There was a large crowd waiting outside the Dasna prison  in Ghaziabad as Dr. Rajesh Talwar and his wife Nupur stepped out of jail, holding bags, even as scores of cameras recorded the moment in a case that has captured the imagination of people across the country.
 
From the prison, the Talwars drove straight to Dr. Nupur Talwar's parents' home in Noida, not far from their own flat where Arushi and Hemraj were found with their throats slit on May 16, 2008. Police had provided tight security to them in view of an earlier attack on Dr. Rajesh Talwar at the Ghaziabad court. There was a large crowd outside their Noida home this evening when  they arrived from jail.
 
Members of the Talwars' family as well as their lawyers pleaded with journalists to respect their privacy so that they could rebuid their lives after nine years of suffering.
 
Media reports said the couple had promised to visit the prison every fortnight to treat prisoners. During their four years in prison, they had helped revive the dental department at the prison hospital and treated other prisoners as well as the staff, police officers and their families without charging anything.
 
However, the mystery continues about who murdered the teenager and Hemraj in a case that has evoked tremendous interest across the nation and has been the subject of a book and also a Hindi movie.
 
The two-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court, comprising Justices B. K. Narayana and A. K. Mishra, upheld the appeals filed by the Talwars against the Ghaziabad court's order, saying they could not be held guilty on the basis of the evidence on record.
 
They said the prosecution's hypothesis that the parents were the only other people in the house at the time of the murder and nobody else had entered or left the house during that period could not be proved.
 
“Nupur and Rajesh Talwar should be forthwith released because the entire evidence supplied by the prosecution counsel was not sufficient and the chain of circumstances could not be established,” Justice Narayana said in his verdict.
 
The Ghaziabad court had given Dr. Rajesh Talwar and Dr. Nupur Talwar life imprisonment under section 302 and five years in jail under section 201 (destruction of evidence).
 
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Dr Rajesh Talwar was also sentenced to one year in prison under section 203 for misleading the police by filing a "fake" first information report (FIR) about his daughter's murder.
 
Aarushi was found murdered in her room in the Talwars' residence at Jal Vayu Vihar in Noida, near here, in the morning of May 16, 2008 after being killed sometime during the previous night, just days before her 14th birthday.
 
Initially, Hemraj, who was missing, was suspected to be behind the murder but the case took a major twist when, on the next day, his body was found on the terrace of the Talwars' apartment building. Hemraj had clearly been murdered in the same way as Aarushi was, and at the same time.
 
After initially being investigated by the Noida police, the case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which accused the Talwars of commiting the murder and destruction of evidence.
 
The couple had always maintained they were held for a crime they had not committed and had said at that time they would appeal in the Allahabad High Court against the Ghaziabad court's verdict.
 
The case, which has witnessed several twists and turns over the past nine years, had also attracted unprecedented media attention. In August 2009, the Supreme Court had restrained the media from sensational or scandalous reporting of the case.
 
Dr Rajesh Talwar had, immediately after the discovery of the body of Aarushi, lodged a complaint with the police in which he said he suspected the missing servant Hemraj of the murder. Both Aarushi's and Hemraj's bodies had injuries caused by a blunt weapon and their throats had been slit in a similar manner.
 
In December 2010, the CBI had filed a closure report, in which it ruled out involvement of the Talwar's other employees and making it clear that they suspected the dentist-couple of having killed their ddaughter. They cited various circumstantial evidence in this regard, but said there was an absence of a clear motive and an incomplete understanding of the sequence of events on that fateful night.
 
The agency urged special judicial magistrate Priti Singh to close the case, but she rejected the closure report and summoned Aarushi's parents as accused.
 
The Talwars moved petitions against the magistrate's orders before the Allahabad High Court and the Supreme Court and they also filed a review petition, which were all rejected.
 
The CBI said the manner which the throats of Aarushi and Hemraji had been slit pointed to the use of a surgical knife. It also said the injuries on their bodies were most likely caused by a golf club. Both these factors pointed to the Talwars, it said.
 
The Talwars, on the other hand, have been saying that their daughter was killed by three of their helpers who knew Hemraj well and often visited him at their home.
 
The CBI arrested the three men -- Krishna, Rajkumar, the domestic help of Talwars' neighbour and Vijay Mandal, the driver of the Talwars' neighbour --  in 2008 but released them later, saying it had found nothing against them.
 
In the initial investigation conducted by the Uttar Pradesh police, they suspected the dentist couple and had arrested Dr Rajesh Talwar on May 23, 2008.
 
Dr Rajesh Talwar is a dental surgeon, while his wife, who was born to a Maharashtrian family, is an orthodontist. They had met while studying at the Maulana Azad Medical College here and got married later. They had a fairly successful practice. Aarushi was their only daughter.
 
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Delhi Metro completes trials, testing on Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden section

A view of the Delhi Metro's Botanical Garden station in Noida
A view of the Delhi Metro's Botanical Garden station in Noida
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has said that its Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden section was ready for commissioning, with the trials and testing on the 12.64 km route on Phase 3 of DMRC's network successfully completed.
 
A press release from DMRC said that most of the mandatory clearances required for inviting the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) to inspect, including Fire Safety Clearance, License for Working Lifts, Preliminary Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) Reports for Signalling and Platform Screen Doors, and clearances from the Department of Telecommunications, had been received by it.
 
"The papers for scrutiny and detailed examination by CMRS are under submission to his office and after these are cross-checked, examined and scrutinised in depth by the office of CMRS, further action is expected. In addition, since the application involves voluminous data of civil, electrical, signalling and track, DMRC may also have to supply any additional information further sought by the office of CMRS. After this entire process, it is expected that a suitable date for inspection of the section will be indicated," it said.
 
This section will be Delhi Metro’s first corridor to be operated using the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology which will facilitate movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds.
 
With the opening of this section, the people of NOIDA will get additional connectivity to south Delhi. Currently for travelling to south Delhi areas, they have to change trains at Mandi House (from Blue Line to Violet Line). However, with this new section, they will be able to travel directly to Kalkaji Mandir and save on travelling time. 
 
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Botanical Garden has been developed as the first interchange station in the National Capital Region (NCR).
 
Once the entire corridor from Botanical Garden till Janakpuri West (38.23 kms) is opened, commuters from Noida will be able to go to Gurgoan by changing trains at Hauz Khas. This will help immensely in decongesting Rajiv Chowk, which is currently the interchange point for travellers between Noida and Gurgaon.
 
The Botanical Garden – Kalkaji Mandir section has nine stations -- Kalkaji Mandir, Okhla NSIC, Sukhdev Vihar, Jamia Milia Islamia, Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, Kalindi Kunj, Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Botanical Garden. While Kalkaji Mandir is underground, all other stations are elevated. 
 
The section will also cater to two major educational institutions – Jamia Milia Islamia University and Amity University, Noida and a major super speciality hospital – Fortis Escorts Heart Institute.
 
On this section, Delhi Metro’s third bridge over the river Yamuna has come up at Kalindi Kunj between the Kalindi Kunj and Okhla Bird Sanctuary stations. It is a 574 metre long bridge with 14 spans (41 metres each) and 15 piers. It has come up about 85 metres downstream of the existing Okhla bridge over the river Yamuna, the release added.
 
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IGL hikes selling prices of CNG, PNG in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Rewari

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today hiked the selling prices of compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Rewari from midnight tonight following the recent notification of the Government of India increasing the prices of domestically produced natural gas.
 
This revision in prices would result in an increase of 95 paise per kg in the consumer price of CNG in Delhi and Rs 1.26 per kg in the consumer price of CNG in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, a press release from IGL said.
 
The new consumer price of Rs. 39.71 per kg in Delhi and Rs 49.20 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida & Ghaziabad would be effective from midnight tonight.  The price of CNG being supplied in Rewari as a part of trial run is being increased by Re 1 per kg from Rs 49.67 per kg to Rs 50.67 per kg, it said.
 
The release said IGL would 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. 38.21 per kg in Delhi and Rs 47.70 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida & Ghaziabad during 12.30 am to 5.30 am at the select CNG stations across the region.
 
 IGL has also announced increase in its domestic PNG prices from tomorrow. The consumer price of PNG to the households in Delhi has been increased by 80 paise per scm from Rs 25.19 per scm to Rs. 25.99 per scm. Due to differential tax structure in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the applicable price of domestic PNG to households in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad would be Rs 27.64 per scm, which has been increased by 91 paise per scm from existing Rs 26.73 per scm.
 
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In Rewari, the applicable price of domestic PNG would be Rs 27.63 per scm. IGL is supplying PNG to nearly 5.5 lakh households in Delhi and nearly 2.5 lakh households in Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Rewari.
 
"The revision in retail prices of CNG and domestic PNG has been effected after taking into account the overall impact on the cost as a result of the increase in prices of domestically produced natural gas notified by the government.
 
"However, this increase would have a marginal impact on the per km running cost of vehicles. For autos, the increase would be 2 paise per km, for taxi it would be 5 paise per km and in case of buses, the increase would be 27 paise per km," the release said.
 
"With the revised price, CNG would still offer over 59% 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 32%," it said.
 
IGL is meeting fuel requirements of over 9.75 lakh vehicles running on CNG in NCR through a network of 425 CNG stations. 
 
IGL is a joint venture of GAIL (India) Ltd., BPCL and Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
 
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IGL hikes CNG, PNG prices to offset impact after transition to GST regime

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today hiked the selling prices of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) with  effect from midnight tonight in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad.
 
A press release from the company said the revision was meant to offset the overall impact on its costs after transition to the Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime.
 
The revision in prices would result in an increase of Rs 1.11 per kg in the consumer price of CNG in Delhi and Rs 1.27 per kg in the consumer price of CNG in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad.
 
The new consumer price of Rs. 38.76 per kg in Delhi and Rs 44.42 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida & Ghaziabad would be effective from midnight tonight.
 
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. 37.26 per kg in Delhi and Rs 42.92 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad during 12.30 am to 5.30 am at the select CNG stations across the region.
 
The consumer price of PNG to the households in Delhi has been revised by 33 paise per scm from Rs 24.86 per scm to Rs. 25.19 per scm.  Due to differential tax structure in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the applicable price of domestic PNG to households in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad would be Rs 26.73 per scm, which has been increased by 36 paise per scm from existing Rs 26.37 per scm. 
 
Under the previous indirect tax regime, IGL was entitled to avail input credits against excise duty and service tax paid on certain goods and services purchased. Since natural gas has been kept outside the ambit of GST, such input tax credits which were earlier available, have been discontinued now, leading to additional costs, the release said.
 
In addition, GST has become applicable on transportation charges of input natural gas being purchased post 30th June 2017, which was not the case earlier, it said.
 
"However, this increase would have a marginal impact on the per km running cost of vehicles. For autos, the increase would be 3 paise per km, for taxi it would be 5 paise per km and in case of buses, the increase would be 32 paise per km.
 
"With the revised price, CNG would still offer over 57% 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 nearly 30%," the release added.
 
IGL is a joint venture of GAIL (India) Ltd., BPCL and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi.
 
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Eminent scientist and educator Yash Pal passes away

File photo of Prof. Yash Pal
File photo of Prof. Yash Pal
Well-known scientist and educator Yash Pal, who had served as Secretary, Department of Science and Technology and as Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) passed away at a hospital in Noida, near here, last night.
 
He was 90. He is survived by  his wife Nirmal Pal and two sons, Anil Pal and Rahul Pal.
 
His body will be cremated at the Lodhi Road electric crematorium in New Delhi this afternoon, his family said.
 
They said Prof. Yash Pal had been admitted to the hospital briefly for treatment of complications related to old age and breathed his last around 8 pm yesterday.
 
Born on November 26, 1926, in Jhang, now in Pakistan, Prof. Yash Pal was known for his contributions to the study of cosmic rays, as well as for being an institution-builder. In his later years, he has become one of the leading science communicators of the country.
 
He took a degree in Physics from the Punjab University in 1949 and started his career at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, as a member of the Cosmic Rays group. Later, he went to the Masachussets Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States and completed his Ph. D. there in 1958. He also served at the Niels Bohr Institute, the California Institute of Technology and the Danish Space Research Institute. 
 
In 1973, Prof. Yash Pal took charge as the first Director of the newly set up Space Applications Centre (SAC) in Ahmedabad, even as he continued to be associated with the TIFR.
 
He was appointed as the Secretary General of the Second United Nations Conference on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (1981–82). He worked as Chief Consultant, Planning Commission (1983–84) and Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (1984–1986), after which he was appointed as Chairman  of UGC.
 
During his tenure as UGC chairman, he advocated the setting up of Inter-University Centres funded by the UGC, on the model of the Nuclear Science Centre (now Inter-University Accelerator Centre), New Delhi. Institutions such as the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) emerged from this vision.
 
He also headed a committee that submitted a report on "Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education" in the country to the Government in 2009.
 
The Government had honoured him with the Padma Vibhushan, the nation's second highest civilian honour, in 2013. Earlier, in 1976, he had been awarded the Padma Bhushan.
 
Prof. Yash Pal was also involved with school education from the early 1970s, starting with the pathbreaking Hoshangabad Science Teaching Programme.
 
In 1993, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, set up a National Advisory Committee, with Yash Pal as chairman, to go into the issue of overburdening of school children. The report of the committee, entitled "Learning without Burden", is now regarded as a seminal document in Indian education.
 
When the National Council of Educational Research and Training embarked on the exercise of drawing up the National Curriculum Framework, Prof. Yash Pal was asked to chair its Steering Committee.
 
Prof. Yash Pal also appeared regularly on television programmes such as Turning point on Doordarshan, in which he explained scientific concepts in language that a layman would understand. He also contributed regularly to newspapers and had a column in The Tribune in which he answered questions from readers.
Prof. Yash Pal served as the Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi from March 2007 to March 2012.
 
He received the Marconi International Fellowship Award (1980), GP Chatterjee Memorial Award (Indian Science Congress Association) (1987), and Association of Space Explorers Award (1989).
 
He was President, Indian Physics Association, and had been elected Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad, Gujarat Science Academy, and Indian Astronomical Society. He was National Fellow, National Institute of Education.
 
In 2009, Prof. Yash Pal was awarded UNESCO's prestigious Kalinga Prize for the Popularisation of Science in Budapest on Thursday jointly with Prof Trinh Xuan Thuan of Vietnam.
 
The Kalinga Prize, established in 1951, is given annually to a person who has helped interpret science, research and technology for the general public.
 
Prof. Yash Pal was chosen for the award for helping to develop the concept of a number of television shows that popularise science, such as the "Science is Everywhere" series for rural children in India. The citation for prize also noted that he had contributed to the development of several institutions in India, including the University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune and the Centre for Educational Communication in Ahmedabad.
 
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Municipal solid waste segregation at source in National Capital Region to be launched on Monday

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Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu will launch a campaign for segregation of municipal solid waste at source -- households, hotels, restaurants and so on -- in Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad tomorrow.
 
Under the new system, wet waste will be collected in green bins and dry waste in blue bins, an official press release said.
 
This major new initiative to address the problem of solid waste management will be launched in 130 cities where waste-to-compost plants are either functional or under construction, it said.
 
Mr. Naidu will launch the segregation campaign in National Capital Region covering a total of nine urban local bodies including five of Delhi by flagging off segregated waste collection vehicles from Talkatora Indore Stadium in the national capital. Residential Welfare Associations, Hotels and Restaurants who have taken commendable initiatives in this regard will also be felicitated. 
 
In the National Capital Region, about 15,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste is being generated every day while about 65 million tones of such waste is produced every day in urban areas of the country. 
 
Launch of waste segregation at source is being done in the backdrop of 145 waste-to-compost plants becoming functional across the country, increasing compost production from 1.50 lakh tonnes in March, 2016 to 13.13 lakh tonnes at present. Another 150 compost making plants are under construction with total compost production capacity of 95 lakh tonnes per year. 
 
Incorrect disposal and burning of solid waste results in emission of climate change causing greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide to the tune of 12.69 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in the country per year, i
 
A recent study revealed that improper solid waste management causes 15 diseases including hepatitis, cholera and malaria. Segregation of dry and wet waste at source leads to removal of carcinogenic and heavy metals from organic waste resulting in production of good quality compost. Segregation also assists in conversion of non-recyclable dry waste to RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) or energy through Waste-to-Energy/RDF Plants, with minimal amount of inert waste going to landfills. 
 
Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu is the only city so far to have ensured 100% segregation of solid waste at source, the release said.
 
Mr. Naidu will also launch the waste segregation at Indore tomorrow. In other States, Governors and Chief Ministers will be doing the same. 
 
Under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), 100% door-to-door collection, transportation and processing of solid waste is targeted by October, 2019. While 100% door-to-door collection and transport of solid waste has been achieved in over 41,000 of the total 81,000 urban wards in the country, processing of such waste is about 22%, the release added.
 
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Noida girl Raksha Gopal tops CBSE Class XII exam, Chandigarh students bag next two slots

 
Raksha Gopal of Amity International School tops CBSE Class XII exam
Raksha Gopal, a student of Amity School, Noida has topped the Senior School Certificate Examination (Class XII) 2017 held by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) held by it from March 9 to April 29, the results of which were announced here today.
 
Ms. Gopal secured 498 marks out of a possible 500. The second rank went to Bhoomi Sawant of DAV School, Chandigarh, who got 497 marks.
 
The third rank was shared by two boys studying in the same school, Bhavan's, also in Chandigarh. They secured 496 marks.
 
Students can see their results on the following websites: www.results.nic.in, 
www.cbseresults.nic.in and www.cbse.nic.in.
 
As many as 10,20,762 students appeared for the examination this year at 3504 centres acrosss the country and 8,37,229 of them passed, making for a pass percentage of 82.02% this year, lower than 83.05% recorded last year.
 
The Trivandrum region registered the highest pass percentage at 95.62%, followed by Chennai with 92.60% and Delhi with 88.37%.
 
Girls outperformed boys, with a pass percentage of 87.50% this year as compared to 78% for boys.
 
A press release from CBSE said as many as 10,091 students had secured more than 95% marks in the examination, while 63,247 students got more than 90% marks.
 
The release said the post-result CBSE Counselling would begin on May 28 and continue till June 11, from 8 am to 10 pm.
 
As many as 65 Volunteer Principals, trained counsellors, Special Educators from CBSE-affiliated government and private schools and a few psychologists will be available for tele-counselling.
 
Students can dial a toll free number 1800 11 8004 from any part of the country and get in touch with operators for general queries related to results or with counsellors for one-to-one telephonic counselling.
 
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Cabinet approves Noida-Greater Noida Metro Rail Project

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The Union Cabinet today approved the Noida - Greater Noida Metro Rail Project covering a length of 29.707 km at a total completion cost of Rs. 5,503 crore.
 
An official press release said the metro connection between Noida and Greater Noida would result in people being assured about their mobility and encourage more people to move into these satellite towns of Delhi, thus decongesting the national capital.
 
"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.  People of Noida-Greater Noida, which has a population of approximately 7.50 lakh and people of surrounding areas will be benefitted with this metro link," the release said.
 
The project will be implemented by Noida Metro Rail Corporation Limited, which will be a 50:50 jointly owned company of Government of India and Government of Uttar Pradesh.  The existing Noida Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) which is a State-owned Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will be converted into a joint SPV of Government of India (Gol) and Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP) for implementation of the project.
 
The project will generate significant direct and indirect employment of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workforce.  Substantial indirect employment will also be generated during construction and operation phases, the release said.
 
The project is scheduled to be completed by April, 2018 as per the Detailed Project Report (DPR).   About 70% progress of civil work and 40% of overall financial progress of the project have been achieved.
 
The project will be covered under the legal framework of Central Metro Acts, Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Act, 1978 and the Metro Railways (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002, as amended from time to time.
 
Noida city, located in Gautam Buddha Nagar District of Uttar Pradesh State, was created under the Uttar Pradesh Industrial Area Development Act. It possesses all modern amenities and is considered to be one of the most modern suburbs of Delhi in the National Capital Region (NCR). The population of Noida and Greater Noida as per 2011 Census of India is about 7,50,000 and is projected to grow to 19,00,000 by the year 2021. 
 
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Many people from Delhi and surrounding areas prefer to settle down in Noida. The city has a potential of about 10,000 industrial units and presently about 7,500 are developed and functional. Noida provides employment to over 2,00,000 in the region with these industrial units. Noida mainly has road linkages with Delhi and the adjoining areas of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana State. Noida does not have a railway station and the nearest railway station is Hazarat Nizamuddin, which is at a distance of about 15 km. The nearest airport Delhi is at about 30 km from Noida.
 
Greater Noida, also envisaged as a satellite town to control the migration to Delhi, is planned to have a population of 12,00,000 and employment potential of 4,50,000 by 2021. While settlements have started coming up in Greater Noida, it is still in the developing stage and needs greater connectivity with Noida and Delhi. Considering the relatively lower costs of housing at Greater Noida, people prefer staying in Greater Noida and commute to Noida / Delhi for employment. Greater Noida also mainly depends on road linkages for intra city traffic and connection with Noida and Delhi. Greater Noida does not have a railway station and the nearest railway station is Boraki, which is at 3 km from the proposed terminal metro station at Greater Noida. The nearest airport is Delhi at about 45 km from Greater Noida. The population is expected to grow exponentially in Noida -Greater Noida region in the coming years, the release added.
 
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Delhi Metro installs India’s highest monopole towers on Noida Corridor

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has, for the first time,  installed six monopole towers for Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (UPPTCL) at Noida Sector – 34 on its under-construction corridor from Noida Sector 34 to Electronic City. 
 
These towers are 61.2 mts high, the highest for any monopole tower in India, a press release from DMRC said.
 
A monopole tower is a new type of electricity and wi – fi transmission tower which takes up less space as compared to the conventional lattice tower.
 
The electricity transmission lines of UPPTCL were infringing the alignment of the corridor in Sector 34, hence DMRC decided to raise the height of these transmission lines. The area is heavily populated and also sees a great volume of traffic on a daily basis, hence raising the height of the towers was not an easy task, the release said.
 
The decision to install monopole towers was taken to reduce land requirement and save land cost. The space required by a conventional transmission tower was 245 sq mts per tower, whereas one monopole tower required only 33.26 sq mts land. Each monopole tower weighs around 40 tonnes. To further curtail the requirement of land, two transmission lines were clubbed into one monopole tower, it said.
 
The monopole towers were erected using heavy duty cranes of 400 tonnes capacity. Heavy machinery and trailers were also used in the erection of these towers, which was extremely difficult considering the densely populated area. DMRC took adequate safety precautions while erecting the towers. Testing of the entire structure was done by experts from IIT Mumbai and IIT Roorkee, the release said.
 
This completely elevated corridor from Noida Sector 34 to Electronic City is approximately 6.8 kms long and comprises six stations.
 
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IGL hikes CNG, PNG prices in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today hiked the selling prices of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) from midnight tonight in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad due to increase in its input gas cost effected by gas suppliers as a result of reduction of input tax credit to them.
 
A press release from IGL said the revision in prices would result in an increase of Rs 1.85 per kg in the consumer price of CNG in Delhi and Rs 2.15 per kg in the consumer price of CNG in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad. 
 
The new consumer price of Rs.37.30 per kg in Delhi and Rs 42.75 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad would be effective from midnight tonight, the release said.
 
To boost CNG refueling during non-peak hours, 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. 35.80 per kg in Delhi and Rs 41.25 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad between 12.30 am and 5.30 am at the select CNG stations across the region.
 
The new consumer price of PNG to the households in Delhi is also being revised by Rs 1.05 per scm from Rs 23 per scm to Rs. 24.05 per scm with effect from December 4.
 
Due to differential tax structure in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the applicable price of domestic PNG to households in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad would be Rs 25.56 per scm, an increase of Rs 1.21 per scm over the existing price of Rs 24.35 per scm. 
 
An IGL spokesperson said the increase in retail prices of CNG and PNG is to the extent of increase in its input gas cost. 
 
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"IGL has been informed about the increase in gas cost by its natural gas suppliers due to reduction in input tax credit to them in course of inter-state trade and commerce. The suppliers have passed on the entire impact of the tax variation to IGL in respect of the gas supplied to it. 
 
"However, this increase would not have a major impact on the per km running cost of vehicles. For autos, the increase would be 5 paise per km, for taxi it would be 9 paise per km and in case of buses, the increase would be 53 paise per km, which translates to just around one paisa per passenger - km," he said.
 
"With the revised price, CNG would still offer nearly 60% 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 31%. IGL is currently catering to over 9,50,000 CNG vehicles in the capital, which include nearly 5,50,000 private cars. IGL is augmenting its CNG refueling infrastructure to meet the rapidly growing demand as a result of increased number of vehicles switching to CNG mode," the spokesperson added.
 
IGL is a joint venture of the public sector GAIL (India) Ltd. and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
 
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IGL cuts CNG, PNG prices after govt. reduces prices of domestic natural gas

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Public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today announced a reduction in the selling prices of compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) in Delhi and the Uttar Pradesh cities of Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad with effect from midnight tonight.
 
This follows the notification by the Government of India reducing prices of domestically produced natural gas, a press release from the company said.
 
This is the third time in the last one year that prices have been reduced by IGL, it said.
 
The revision in prices would result in a decrease of Rs 1.40 per kg in the consumer price of CNG in Delhi and Rs 1.60 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad. 
 
The new consumer price of Rs. 35.45 per kg in Delhi and Rs 40.60 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad would be effective from midnight tonight, the release said.
 
"The price of CNG in Delhi remains lowest in the entire country. 
With the objective to boost CNG refueling during non-peak hours, IGL will continue to offer a discount of Rs 1.50 per kg in the selling prices of CNG for filling between 12 am to 5 am at select outlets. Thus, the consumer price of CNG would be Rs.33.95 per kg in Delhi and Rs 39.10 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida & Ghaziabad during 12 am to 5 am at the select CNG stations across the region," it said.
 
IGL has also announced reduction in its domestic PNG prices from tomorrow. The consumer price of PNG to the households in Delhi is being reduced by Re 1 per scm from Rs 24 per scm to Rs. 23 per scm. 
 
Due to differential tax structure in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the applicable price of domestic PNG to households in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad would be Rs 24.35 per scm, down Rs 1.15 per scm from existing Rs 25.50 per scm. IGL is supplying PNG to nearly 4.8 lakh households in Delhi and over 1.9 lakh households in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad.
 
"The revision in retail prices of CNG and domestic PNG has been effected after taking into account the overall impact on the cost as a result of the reduction in prices of domestically produced natural gas notified by the government.
 
"With the revised price, CNG would offer over 60% 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 32%. IGL is currently catering to over 8,50,000 CNG vehicles in the capital, which include nearly 5,50,000 private cars. IGL is augmenting its CNG refueling infrastructure to meet the rapidly growing demand as a result of increased number of vehicles switching to CNG mode," the release added.
 
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IGL says CNG fuelling facilities in Delhi, NCR enough to meet increased demand

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today said the currently installed compressed natural gas (CNG) compressed capacity, totaling above 70 lakh kg per day, in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad was enough to meet the growth in demand of CNG in these cities as a result of the recent decision of Supreme Court of India mandating usage of CNG in all taxis operating in the region.
 
Addressing the concerns reported in a section of media about lack of CNG refuelling infrastructure in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR), Mr. Narendra Kumar, Managing Director, said that while the current average daily CNG sale of IGL is over 25 lakh kg per day, the existing CNG refueling infrastructure of IGL is enough to dispense over 35 lakh kg per day through a comfortable fuelling experience to its customers in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad. 
 
Other cities in the NCR region like Gurgaon and Faridabad are being supplied CNG by other companies.
 
A press release from IGL said a record number of 73 new CNG filling facilities had been set up by the company at the retail outlets of oil marketing companies (OMC) like Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum since January 2016 on the directives of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) at a cost of Rs 250 crore.
 
While 52 out of these fuelling facilities are located in Delhi, 21 are located in NCR towns of Greater Noida and Ghaziabad. Another 17 CNG fuelling would be set up by end of this month thereby taking the total number of CNG fuelling facilities of IGL to 414.
 
IGL is the largest CNG distribution company of the country fuelling over 8.5 lakh vehicles in the region while catering to the largest road based public transport fleet of buses in the world, the release added.
 
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