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Man kills wife, 3 kids before ending life

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A man allegedly killed his wife and three children and later committed suicide in Ghaziabad, the police said on Friday.
 
Police have recovered a suicide note in which the man has stated that he suspected his wife of having an illicit affair due to which there were frequent quarrels between the two.
 
"The note says tired of the fights, he poisoned his wife and children choked them by tieing tapes around their face," said SSP Ghaziabad Sudhir Kumar.
 
Police said neighbours informed them about the tragedy after which a team was sent to the spot. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem examination.
 
Further investigation is underway.
 
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Jobless man kills wife, three children; goes missing

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A man allegedly killed his wife and three children and is missing after telling a relative that he was going to do away with himself, police said on Sunday.
 
According to police, Sumit Kumar was in dire economic straits after losing his job in Bengaluru in January this year and this may have been the reason for the crime. 
 
The incident came to light on Sunday evening in Gyan Khand area of Indirapuram locality bordering Delhi. 
 
Superintendent of Police, City, Shlok Kumar from the spot said Sumit Kumar killed his wife Ashnu Bala (32), son Permesh (5), and twins Akriti (4) and Aru (4) by administering them sleeping pills in some liquid. Before fleeing, he informed his brother-in-law that he had killed his wife and children and was going to kill himself. He is yet to be traced. 
 
The forensic team's primary investigation suggests the incident occurred early on Sunday but came to light at about 8 p.m., the SP said, adding that the bodies had been sent for autopsy and investigations are on. 
 
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Priyanka urges people to be serious about politics

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With hundreds of activists holding Congress flags and shouting "Chowkidar Chor Hai", Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday urged people to get "serious about politics" as it was a serious issue.
 
Vadra's road show in support of party's candidate Dolly Sharma here started from Jawahar Gate and continued for about two kilometres before ending on Ambedkar Road in Nehru Nagar.
 
"It is in your hand if you want to do politics of caste or politics where your representatives work for you earnestly," she said. "A representative who will help you to raise your voice or one who will beat you up for speaking. 
 
"Those in power (right now) have never let people raise their issues, be it farmers or others."
 
Priyanka Gandhi asked people to question those who come to them seeking votes.
 
"No one is doing a favour by working for you... You are superior, not the leaders... Those in power have forgotten that you have the power. You have let them forget that you are superior."
 
She slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not talking to people even in his constituency Varanasi while "he roamed around the world hugging people".
 
"Every time he went to Varanasi, he gave only speeches, never went to a single house to meet people."
 
Speaking to IANS, Vadra said the Modi government has repeatedly lied to the people on various fronts.
 
"He (Modi) always says Nehru did this, Indira did that. Can he speak about what he has done in the five years? After being in power for five years, he has nothing to count as his achievement," she said.
 
She received a boisterous welcome during the road show.
 
Vadra, the party in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, stood with Dolly Sharma in her car with the sunroof open, while constantly waving at people.
 
She stepped out of her car to meet a group of women standing outside their house. One of them was 18-year-old Shivangi Gupta.
 
"I told her about the congestion in the area and lack of security. I also told her that the area is not usually this clean. It was only because she was coming that it is clean," Gupta told IANS after speaking to Vadra.
 
The Congress is campaigning hard to give a tough fight to BJP's sitting MP and 2019 candidate from Ghaziabad V. K. Singh, a former Army chief, for the elections to be held on April 11.
 
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Modi launches development projects in Ghaziabad, Kanpur

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched various development projects in Ghaziabad and Kanpur and attended the National Women Livelihood Meet 2019 in his constituency Varanasi during a day's visit to Uttar Pradesh.
 
In Ghaziabad, Modi unveiled a plaque to mark the inauguration of the Civil Terminal of Hindon Airport. He then visited Sikandarpur and laid the foundation stone of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System. 
 
He also launched various other development projects and distributed certificates to the beneficiaries of various Government schemes.
 
The Prime Minister visited the Shaheed Sthal (New Bus terminus) Metro Station in Ghaziabad and flagged off the metro rail service from Shaheed Sthal Station to Dilshad Garden. He also took a ride in the train.
 
Addressing a public meeting at Sikandarpur in Ghaziabad, he said Ghaziabad was today know by three Cs: Connectivity, Cleanliness and Capital. In this context, he mentioned about increased road and metro connectivity, the city’s 13th rank in Swachh Survekshan rankings and its stature as a business hub of Uttar Pradesh.
 
With the new Civil Terminal in Hindon Airport, people of Ghaziabad can take off to other cities from Ghaziabad itself, instead of going to Delhi. The new metro service from Shaheed Sthal will reduce the sufferings of travellers between Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
 
Being built at a cost of Rs 30,000 crore, the Delhi-Meerut RRTS system will be the first such transport system in India. Once completed, it will considerably reduce the travel time between Delhi and Meerut. 
 
About the benefits of the newly-launched Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan Yojana, he said the scheme will provide financial security for informal sector workers during their old age. More than two crore farmers have received their first instalment under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, he added.
 
During his visit to Kanpur, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Lucknow Metro Rail project and laid the foundation stone of Agra Metro Rail project. He also laid the foundation stone of Panki Thermal Power plant and unveiled plaques to mark the launch of various development projects at Niralanagar.
 
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Addressing the gathering, Modi said Kanpur was the birthplace of many brave leaders who have contributed immensely for the country. The Panki Thermal power plant, once completed, will end the power deficit situation in Kanpur and Uttar Pradesh. Under the Saubhagya scheme, more than 76 lakh free electricity connections have been provided in the State.
 
About the initiatives taken by the Union Government to clean the River Ganga, he said that it was earlier thought to be an impossible task. Due to several measures taken by the government, including the blocking of drains that discharged waste into the Ganga and treatment of sewage, the water quality has improved. 
 
Referring to the Defence Corridor coming up in Uttar Pradesh, he said it will greatly benefit the people of Kanpur. Major infrastructure development was taking place in the State in the form of roads, air and rail connectivity, besides the various metro rail projects in the cities. 
 
He reiterated that by 2022, every single family in the country will have a house. Under PM Awas Yojana, around 1.5 crore houses have been built in the country so far.
 
Modi paid respects to the brave soldiers from Kanpur who lost their lives in Pulwama attack and Budgam plane crash. He said the Union Government was taking strong action against terrorism.
 
The Prime Minister said that it is important to maintain an atmosphere of unity in the country. He appreciated the quick action taken by the Uttar Pradesh Government against those who had attacked Kashmiris recently. He urged all the State Governments to take stern action against anyone who perpetrated such acts.
 
Later, in Varanasi, Modi attended the National Women Livelihood Meet-2019, held at Deendayal Hastkala Sankul on International Women’s Day.
 
He visited the exhibition on products manufactured by Self Help Groups aided by Uttar Pradesh Rural Livelihood Mission. He distributed Electric Chaak, Solar Charkha and Honey Warp to women beneficiaries and appreciation letters to five women Self Help Groups. 
 
Various women Self Help Groups supported by Deendayal Anthodia Yojana, NRLM-Uttar Pradesh, handed over a cheque of Rs.21 lakh to the Prime Minister as their contribution towards ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ Fund.
 
Paying his respect to all women on International Women’s Day, Modi said the women have an important role in creating a New India. He expressed happiness that more than 65 lakh women from around 75,000 locations were participating in the event through video conference. He added that Varanasi was a shining example of women empowerment.
 
Reiterating the Government’s total commitment towards the empowerment of women, he listed the various schemes initiated by the Union Government for the welfare of women and girl children. These covered the fields of health, nutrition, sanitation, education, skill development, self-employment, new gas connections and also on ensuring the safety and security of women. The maternity leave of six months introduced by the government is one of the best in the world.
 
Women were being given priority in all Union Government schemes. They have been beneficiaries in 11 crores out of the 15 crores Mudra Loans given so far, he added.
 
Appreciating the exceptional work done by Self Help Groups (SHGs) in India, he said their work was not only resulting in the betterment of their family but also leading to the development of the nation. The government was giving new energy to the SHGs in terms of better bank loans and support systems. Around 50 lakh SHGs covering around six crore women were now present in the country. He said that the vision of his government was to connect at least one women member in every family with an SHG.
 
The Prime Minister urged the SHGs to be innovative and understand their market better. He asked them to utilize the GEM portal to sell their products to the Government. 
 
He asked women to fully utilize the recently launched Pradhan Mantri Shram Maan-Dhan Yojana, as it provides financial security during old age. He mentioned about the benefits of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi and Ayushman Bharat Yojana. Later, he also interacted with the members of the Self Help Groups in Varanasi.
 
During the visit, Modi offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple. Addressing a gathering at the temple after a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony, he said he was blessed to be associated with the project of Kashi Vishwanath Dham. 
 
He complimented the officers involved with the project, for performing their task with devotion. He thanked all the people who had property around the temple, and have allowed its acquisition for the project.
 
He said the Kashi Vishwanath Temple has survived the vicissitudes of centuries. He praised Queen Ahiyabai Holkar for her work on the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, over two centuries ago. Since then, not much thought had been given by those in power, to the entire area around the temple.
 
About 40 temples near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple had encroached upon over time, have now been freed of that encroachment. The entire Temple complex is now in the process of rejuvenation, and the results are becoming visible. A direct link is being established between the River Ganga and Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
 
This project will become a model for similar projects elsewhere and provide a new global identity to Kashi, he added.
 
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Cabinet okays extension of Delhi Metro corridor from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda Ghaziabad

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The Union Cabinet today approved the extension of the Delhi Metro corridor from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda Ghaziabad.  
 
The total distance of the extended line will be 9.41 km. The Cabinet has also approved contribution of Rs. 324.87 crore as central financial assistance for extension at the total completion cost of Rs. 1,781.21 crore, an official press release said.
 
The implementation of the project would provide the much needed additional public transport infrastructure to the National Capital Region (NCR).
 
The project is being implemented by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (DMRC), the existing Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) of the Government of India and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD), it added.
 
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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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16 ex-PAC troopers get life imprisonment for 1987 Hashimpura massacre

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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment 16 former troopers of the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) for killing 38 people in 1987, calling it a targeted massacre of unarmed and innocent people from a community.
 
Justices S. Muralidhar and Vinod Goel reversed a 2005 judgment of the trial court, which had acquitted the 16 men on charges of murder and other crimes, and held them responsible for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, murder and disappearance of evidence.
 
The High Court was hearing pleas challenging the trial court decision.
 
"The present case is yet another instance of custodial killing where the legal system has been unable to effectively prosecute the perpetrators of gross human rights abuses," the court said. 
 
"The prolongation of the trial for over two decades, compounded by the endemic systemic delays, have frustrated the attempts at securing effective justice for the victims."
 
The High Court held that this amounted to targeted killings by an armed force "of the unarmed, innocent and defenceless members of a particular community" and called it a disturbing aspect of the case.
 
There were originally 19 accused but three died during the prolonged trial. All the 16 from the PAC are now retired.
 
The High Court directed the convicts to surrender on or before November 22. If they failed, then the concerned Station House Officer (SHO) were ordered to take them into custody.
 
Vibhuti Narain Rai, the then Superintendent of Police in Ghaziabad who registered the first FIR in the case on the night of May 22-23, 1987, told IANS: "This was the first and biggest custodial massacre in independent India. 
 
"There was a similar carnage in Nellie (Assam) but that was not in police custody unlike this."
 
The Hashimpura victims, all Muslims, were picked up from the Hashimpura neighbourhood by the 41st Battalion of the PAC during a search operation, taken away in trucks, lined up and shot dead in cold blood. The bodies were dumped in a canal.
 
The men shot at were said to be 42 but four of them escaped by pretending to be dead.
 
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The charge sheet was filed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Ghaziabad in 1996. 
 
The case was transferred to Delhi in September 2002 on the Supreme Court's orders following a petition by the families of the victims and the survivors.
 
A sessions court here in July 2006 framed charges of murder, attempt to murder, tampering with evidence and conspiracy against all the accused.
 
The Delhi High Court said: "...the relatives of the victims who died as a result of the brutal and bone-chilling action of the PAC remained in the dark about not only the fate of the victims themselves but also about the steps taken to investigate the case and unearth the truth. 
 
"Indeed, their 31 years of waiting for justice may have eroded their faith in the state machinery.
 
"This case involves the killing of around 38 innocent persons in cold blood by members of an armed force, the PAC. The gravity of the crime is obvious.
 
"We are conscious that for the families of those killed, this (punishment) is perhaps too little, too late," the court said, adding that they were reversing the acquittal by the trial court of the accused.
 
Observing that compensation they have received cannot make up for the lives lost, the court recommended state legal services authority to address the needs of the victim families in the case of custodial killings or state excesses.
 
The killings took place amid communal riots in Meerut. 
 
Former police officer Rai, who later brought out an investigative book on the massacre, recalled that it was one and a half hours after the killings that they got to know about the mass killings by the PAC. 
 
"We could rescue one person, Babudin. It was on his description of the massacre that we registered the FIR." 
 
He said the Muslim youngsters were randomly picked up from the Hashimpura locality, taken through Ghaziabad and thrown into water canals after being indiscriminately shot at. 
 
"It was a chilling, shocking massacre. Before I could launch my investigation, the case was handed over to the Crime Branch of the CID," said Rai, who retired as Director General of the Uttar Pradesh Police (Vigilance) and later served as Vice Chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi Hindi Vishwavidyalaya at Wardha. 
 
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Train kills man trying to cross tracks in Ghaziabad

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One man was killed and three others suffered injuries when they tried to cross the tracks in front of an approaching train near  Ghaziabad railway yard in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, an official said.
 
The four were hit by an EMU train around 8 a.m. near a manned level crossing when they tried to cross the tracks after the gates were closed for the approaching train, Northern Railway Spokesperson Deepak Kumar said.
 
"They failed to cross over as swiftly as they expected and instead were hit by the train," he said. 
 
The injured were shifted to MMG Civil Hospital here. A case was registered.
 
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One dead, eight injured in building collapse in Ghaziabad

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One person was killed and eight others were injured when a five-storeyed building collapsed here on Sunday when workers were giving finishing touches to it.
 
The dead man was identified as a Rahul from a tattoo on his right hand. But investigation is on to know more details about him, police said.
 
The incident occurred at 3.30 p.m. in Akash Nagar, a residential colony.
 
When Senior Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Krishna reached the spot, the locals said that the building was a shelter for labourers since it was yet to be completed. 
 
The first to be rescued from the rubble were five labourers and a five-year-old child, said Krishna. Three more workers were rescued later. 
 
Police sources say the building was being constructed in violation of rules without the approval of the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA). 
 
"The rescue operation has speeded up," said a spokesman for Krishna.
 
The Ghaziabad District Magistrate has announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured. 
 
An inquiry has been ordered and a report will be submitted by the Divisional Commissioner, Anita C. Meshram.
 
An FIR was filed against the building owner, who fled along with his family after the tragedy.
 
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Three killed by noxious gas at Ghaziabad town's STP plant

 
3 workers stuck in sewage plant in Ghaziabad
 
 
Three persons were choked to death on Sunday at a sewage treatment plant (STP) in Loni town of Ghaziabad district, police said.
 
STP pump operator Mahesh Kasana of Baghpat entered a 40-feet-deep tank in the Dabur Talab Colony to clean it but did not come out. Another operator Roshan Lal of Saharanpur descended into the tank but he too perished. An unidentified third person also met the same fate. 
 
Loni police later called a National Disaster Relief Force team from Noida that brought out the bodies. 
 
District Magistrate Ritu Maheswari ordered an inquiry and announced a compensation of Rs 30,000 each to the kin of deceased. 
 
Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam officials have since filed a police complaint against contractor Rakesh Chauhan. 
 
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Seven members of wedding party die as SUV falls into ditch in Ghaziabad

 
Seven dead after car falls into ditch in Ghaziabad
 
 
As many as seven members of a wedding party died and an equal number  suffered injuries when their sports utility vehicle (SUV) slipped into a 15-feet ditch while the driver was reversing the vehicle in the Vijay Nagar area of Ghaziabad near here yesterday evening.
 
The group, who belonged to the same family, were on their way to a wedding in Khoda near here from Rudrapur in Uttarakhand and had stopped at a restaurant off National Highway (NH)-24 for some time.
 
The mishap occurred when the passengers got into the vehicle to resume their journey and the driver was trying to reverse the vehicle.
 
The SUV slipped off the road and fell into the ditch, about 15 feet below the road, and it was submerged in the water, sources said.
 
Local people rushed to the spot and extricated the passengers from the vehicle, several of whom had suffered serious injuries. They were rushed to a nearby hospital, where seven were declared dead. The deceased included four women and a child.
 
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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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Rajnath directs CAPFs to launch special recruitment drive for women

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called upon the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to launch special recruitment drives for women to achieve the goal of 33% reservation for women.
 
Addressing the 49th Raising Day Parade of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) here yesterday, he also asked the force to prepare and strengthen its Cyber Security Plan.
 
Mr. Rajnath Singh said data theft, hacking and cybercrimes had added a fourth dimension to industrial security. Considering the changing security scenario, he said the Cyber & Information Security (CIS) Division has been recently created under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
 
Quoting the CISF motto “Duty with a smile”, the Union Home Minister said air travellers have lavished praise on the CISF personnel for their politeness while ensuring fool-proof security at airports. However, calling upon the CISF personnel not to lower guard and always remain vigilant, the Union Home Minister, in a lighter vein, said being too courteous should not mean lax security.
 
He said as India’s economy will surpass the $5 trillion mark in a few years, the country will need to boost critical infrastructure including airports, metro and high-speed railways. Since security to such vital infrastructure and strategic installations including space research and nuclear power plants lies in the safe hands of the CISF, he said the force is thus contributing to India’s development and nation-building.
 
The Home Minister noted that the CISF has also been providing consultancy services in industrial security to the corporate sector.
 
He asked the CISF to roll out its Mission 2020 ahead of the “Amrut Mahotsav” (75th Anniversary) celebrations of India’s Independence in 2022. As the CISF enters its golden jubilee Year, he lauded the world’s largest industrial security force for its multi-dimensional roles including internal security in combating Left-wing extremism.
 
On the occasion, the Minister presented awards and medals to CISF personnel and took the salute of an impressive parade. He also released the a coffee table book on the CISF.
 
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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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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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IAF wants public help to avoid bird hits during air display on October 8

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) today appealed to the people not to throw eatables out in the open as such practices attract birds that could pose threat to aircraft during air displays.
 
In a press release ahead of the air display on the occasion of its 85th anniversary on October 8, the IAF said birds pose a very serious threat to flying aircraft, especially at low levels as during air displays.
 
“To ensure the safety of the aircraft, pilots and people on the ground, the Indian Air Force requests all citizens of Delhi, Ghaziabad and its neighbourhood not to throw eatables and garbage in the open.
 
“Also, if they find any carcasses/dead animals lying out in open, they must report to the nearest air force unit/police station to arrange for its disposal. They could call/SMS the officer in charge bird hazard combat team (BHCT) on mobile number 8376049624,” the release added.
    
The air display will be among the highlights of the Air Force Day Parade cum Investiture Ceremony at Air Force Station Hindan (Ghaziabad).  
 
Rehearsals for the air display will commence from  October 1.  The general area over which aircraft will be flying at low levels are Wazirpur bridge, Karwalnagar, Afzalpur, Hindan, Shamli, Jiwana, Chandinagar, Hapur, Philkua and Ghaziabad.
 
The air display will commence with flag bearing skydivers of famous Akash Ganga Team dropping out of AN-32 aircraft in their colourful canopies, at 0800 hours.
 
The flypast would include vintage aircraft, modern transport aircraft and frontline fighter aircraft. The ceremony will conclude at 1052 hours with an aerobatic display. 
 
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Buxar DM found dead on railway tracks near Ghaziabad, suicide suspected

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Mukesh Pandey, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 2012 batch (Bihar cadre) who took over only a week ago as the district magistrate of Buxar in Bihar, was found dead on the railway tracks near Ghaziabad station, near here, last night, police sources said.
 
The sources said Pandey's mutilated body was discovered on the tracks near the railway yard. His identity was established through a suicide note as well as his identity card and wallet found on his person, they said.
 
Police said that it appeared prima facie to be a case of suicide and that the IAS officer had been run over by a train. 
 
The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination that will be conducted today.
 
Pandey was previously serving as Deputy Development Commissioner in Katihar district before being transferred on July 31 as district magistrate in Buxar. He had taken charge on August 4. He was married and the couple have a three-month-old daughter.
 
According to the sources, Pandey, who hailed from Chhapra district of Bihar, had travelled to Delhi yesterday morning after taking leave and handing over charge to the Buxar deputy development commissioner, saying that he had to visit an ailing relative. He had checked into a local hotel here, they said.
 
The sources said Pandey had posted a message on a WhatsApp group of his friends saying that he planned to commit suicide.
 
“I am committing suicide in district centre area of janakpuri west delhi near hotel Piccadilly by jumping off the 10th floor of the building (sic),” he wrote in that message. “I am fed up with life and my belief on human existence has gone, my suicide note is kept in Nike bag in room 742 of Leela Palace Hotel in delhi! I am sorry I love you all! Plz forgive me!” he added.
 
 
Buxar DM found dead on railway tracks in Ghaziabad
His friends informed the Delhi Police, which sent teams to the location mentioned in the message but did not find him. On checking the CCTV footage in the area, the found that he had left the West End Mall in the area around 5.55 pm. More CCTV footage showed that he had then moved towards a Delhi Metro station.
 
Police said that around 9 pm they were informed that his body had been found on the tracks near the Ghaziabad railway station in Uttar Pradesh.
 
A note found on his person said: "I am Mukesh Pandey IAS 2012 batch Bihar cadre, currently posted as DM Buxar. I am committing suicide of my own volition and after my death please inform my relatives about my suicide. I am residing in room 742 of Leela Palace, Delhi. Detailed suicide note in my bag."
 
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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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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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Ghaziabad: Four killed as speeding Audi hits autorickshaw

 
4 killed as car rams into autorickshaw in Ghaziabad
Four persons were killed when a speeding Audi car rammed into an autorickshaw in the Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad, near here, in Uttar Pradesh on Friday night, official sources said.
 
Ghaziabad police officials said the four occupants of the three-wheeler -- two men, a woman and the driver -- died on the spot.
 
Two persons in the car also suffered minor injuries in the incident, they said.
 
The police are making efforts to trace the driver of the car, who fled from the scene, they added.
 
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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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IGL sets up 72 new CNG refuelling facilities in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) set up a record 72 new compressed natural gas (CNG) filing facilities in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) regions of Ghaziabad and Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh since January 2016.
 
A press release from IGL said these facilities were set up at the retail outlets of oil marketing companies such as Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum.
 
While 51 out of these 72 CNG fuelling facilities are located in Delhi, 21 are in Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, it said.
 
IGL, a joint venture of GAIL (India) Ltd. and Bharat Petroleum along with Government of Delhi, is the largest CNG distribution company in the country.
 
IGL Managing Director Narendra Umar said the company hoped to set up another 18 CNG fuelling facilities in May to meet the growing demand.
 
The release said the augmentation of CNG infrastructure by IGL along with an increase in the number of commercial as well as private vehicles running on CNG has resulted in increase in the demand for CNG. While all the taxis running in Delhi and NCR have been mandated to run on CNG by the Supreme Court of India, there has also been a spurt in conversion of private cars to CNG mode in the last few months due to initiatives aimed at curbing pollution in the region. 
 
IGL is currently selling CNG to over 8 lakh CNG driven vehicles, while catering to the largest road based public transport fleet of buses in the world.
 
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There has been a growth of around 8% in average daily CNG sales since January 2016 with IGL recording peak CNG sale of 27.26 lakh kg per day. IGL has been registering average sale of over 26 lakh kg per day on working days in the last fortnight. With the recent expansion of IGL’s CNG refuelling infrastructure at a cost of over Rs 250 crore, its installed compression capacity has crossed 70 lakh kg per day, which is enough to dispense over 35 lakh kg per day through a comfortable fuelling experience.
 
With the objective of incentivizing CNG refueling during non-peak hours, IGL has already introduced differential pricing by offering a discount of Rs 1.50 per kg on the selling price CNG for filling between 12 am to 5 am at its select 230 outlets. 
 
Apart from being a clean fuel, CNG also offers economical fuel solutions for the transport sector. At the current level prices in Delhi, CNG offers over 57% savings towards the running cost when compared to petrol driven vehicles. When compared to diesel driven vehicles, the economics in favour of CNG at revised price would be over 28%. The price of CNG being charged by IGL in Delhi is currently lowest in the country, the release added.
 
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