Delhi-UP bus row may be solved soon
The six-month-old transport dispute between Uttar Pradesh and Delhi is expected to be solved on May 18. A high-level delegation of officials from the neighbouring state would discuss the issue with their Delhi counterpart and sort out the issues.
Delhi Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf on Wednesday said that the transport officials from UP would talk to the officials of Delhi and find a solution. “We could not move ahead in the previous government of UP due to its intransigent stand. We hope, the people of Delhi and the NCR towns would soon get relief,” said Yusuf.
As there is no agreement on plying of buses between the two states, the talks on Friday is also expected to finalise the ground rules. In the previous regime of the Samajwadi party in UP, the then government wanted the number of kilometres plied in each state as the basis of an agreement. Delhi, however, wants the agreement to be based on the trips taken and not km. “Delhi is a small state and the buses of UP hardly travel in Delhi so number of kms plied cannot be a scientific basis of an agreement,” said the minister.
Transport officials hoped that if a deal is signed between the two states, normal bus services between Delhi and UP could resume as early as May 19. For the last six months, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has stopped plying its buses to destinations in UP and Uttarakhand. The UP Transport Corporation buses too are not entering the borders of Delhi and terminate their services in Kaushambi, Ghaziabad.
Three more witnesses, including two policemen, were examined in the Gauri Lankesh murder trial at the special court for Karnataka Control of Organised Crime on Thursday. Trial Judge CM Joshi presided over the trial. Police inspector Shiva Reddy, who arrived at the murder scene was examined by the special public prosecutor and also questioned by the defence. The second witness who was examined on Thursday was Public Works Department, assistant engineer, VN Kalageri.
Compensation against land acquired for the Ambala ring road project will be disbursed to land owners from next week, officials of the district administration said on Thursday. “NHAI has already released ₹150 crore for land compensation. Further process for disbursement will be initiated by the district revenue officer,” said Kuldeep Chand, an official from the technical branch of NHAI's Ambala zone office.
While the first decade of 2000s began with the launch of several self-financed courses at Panjab University, envisaging them as money-spinners, not all courses have managed financial viability in the long run. University Institute of Applied Management Sciences and University Institute of Legal Studies are generating surplus revenue. Even in the next near, the income of ₹7.05 crore fell short of the expenditure of ₹20.55 crore.
Thieves broke into a house in Sector 8-C while the family was away at Shimla, and decamped with ₹3.5 lakh in cash and some gold jewellery. On returning home on August 10, they found the cupboards in their house ransacked and ₹3.5 lakh in cash, along with gold jewellery, missing. On The complainant, a retired bank officer's complaint, Jagdeep Singh, police lodged an FIR under Sections 380 (theft) and 457 (house-trespass) of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector-3 police station.
Cheaper booze in Punjab has left the liquor contractors in Chandigarh in red, as Bacchus lovers have turned to neighbouring Mohali for their liquor fix. After the recent cut in liquor prices in Punjab under its new excise policy, liquor vend contractors in Chandigarh claim their sales have declined by 40% to 50% within days and unless, the tax rate in Chandigarh is brought on par with Punjab, the slump in their sales will continue.