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Fire broke out in a shoe shop in Connaught Place on Sunday morning. The blaze was reported at Baluja Shoes in the Inner Circle around 11.15 am.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 19, 2010 2:26:03 am

Connaught Place shoe shop gutted
NEW DELHI: fire broke out in a shoe shop in Connaught Place on Sunday morning. The blaze was reported at Baluja Shoes in the Inner Circle around 11.15 am. Fire tenders which rushed to the spot brought the blaze under control within an hour. Officials said the fire could have been triggered by a short circuit. Since the fire occurred when the shop was still not open,no one was injured,said the fire officials.

4-yr-old who fell in Gurgaon manhole dies
GURGAON: Sandeep Saini,the four-year-old boy who had fallen in an uncovered manhole in Sector 5,on Wednesday morning died at a private hospital here on Sunday afternoon. Though the child had been rescued from the sewer 1.5 km away from where he had fallen,he had inhaled toxic fumes and taken in sewage water leaving him in a serious state. Sandeep was a nursery student at Atul Kataria Memorial School. A police case was registered at the Sector 5 police station against HUDA officials under section 338 (Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code. However,no action has been taken since.

Three of family arrested for road scuffle
NEW DELHI: Three members of a family were arrested after they roughed up two occupants of a Santro car which brushed against their Chevrolet in West Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh on Saturday evening. Sarfaraz and Chirag,who were in the Santro,both received minor injuries in the incident,while Amrish Gupta,who owned the other car,and his sons Vipul and Anshul have been arrested. The accused later told the police that the two were beaten up as they passed lewd comments against the women present in their car.

Monuments to have food outlets for Games
NEW DELHI: In a major policy shift,food outlets will be allowed to be set up inside some of the monuments in Delhi to attract visitors during the Commonwealth Games. Though a total of 13 monuments are being illuminated for the Games,only five — Red Fort,Purana Qila,Humayun’s Tomb,Qutab Minar and Jantar Mantar — will be allowed to have the temporary eating joints. No cooking will be allowed in the cafeteria and only packed food will be permitted,a senior ASI official said.

‘Minister-resort nexus’: BJP chief to meet L-G today
NEW DELHI: Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta will meet the Lieutenant-Governor on Monday to discuss reports that a Delhi Cabinet minister was trying to protect a leading resort which allegedly evaded local taxes,adding up to crores of rupees. The Cabinet minister along with a Delhi MP allegedly pressured officials of the Department of Trade and Taxes not to pursue the tax survey against Tivoli Garden Resort Hotel in South Delhi. In a confidential report to top officials,Delhi’s Commissioner of Trade and Tax Jalaj Shrivastava has reportedly said the minister told him to “intervene” in the case. Tivoli CEO Rohit Gupta,however,rejected the allegations and called them “completely baseless”.

25-yr-old murdered over Rs 200
NEW DELHI: A pavement dweller was allegedly killed by another on Saturday evening in Chandni Chowk over Rs 200 which the deceased owed the accused. Officials said Daya Shankar Mishra had been trying to get back his money from Imran (25) for some months now,but the latter had been ignoring him. On Saturday,Mishra noticed Imran on Kodia Pul and asked him to return the money. When Imran said he did not have any money with him,an argument ensued. Later,an infuriated Mishra took a heavy object and bludgeoned Imran,who was declared brought dead at a city hospital. Mishra,who has confessed to the crime,has been arrested.

17-yr-old boy kills self after tiff with father
NEW DELHI: A 17-year-old student of Maharaja Agrasen School reportedly killed himself following a tiff with his father over getting a motor-cycle,the police said. The police suspect Samar Gupta,a resident of Multani Mohalla in Maharani Bagh,consumed a poisonous substance. A case of suicide has been registered and the body sent for post mortem.

‘Crack down on violators of plastic ban ’
NEW DELHI: The Environment department has directed the MCD and the NDMC to crack down on those who sell plastic bags in small shops and weekly vegetable markets. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) officials have also been asked to conduct inspections and raids twice a week at wholesale shops in Sadar Bazar and Khurshid Market of Old Delhi. The ban on sale of plastic bags,or their use while selling products,is more than a year old,but has largely failed so far with just 200 people being fined,that too in the big markets.

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