Delhi Rewind: How Dilshad Garden started out as a slice of Lahore

When Sushil Mishra (70) set out from his home in Unnao in 1968, he had a single purpose in mind — that of being a journalist in the national capital. With lofty dreams of being a news reader some day and meeting the high and mighty of Indian politics, he moved into his first home in the capital — a room in the Seemapuri slum of East Delhi. Mishra remembers those early days of struggle when he spent the days running from pillar to post to find a job in news offices, while the evenings went by in writing poetry.
As days went by, he saw his dream of being a journalist slowly slipping away, as he started taking up odd jobs in transport, construction and the like. On one such occasion, sometime in the late 1970s, he came across some officials from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) who had started developing the nearby colony of Dilshad Garden. As he took up some contractual jobs with the DDA during this time, he saw with great enthusiasm the area around his slum developing with the best of facilities. “These were well-built flats, surrounded by parks and markets,” he recalled.
Soon after, by 1985, Mishra had managed to earn a decent amount to rent his first accommodation in Dilshad Garden, a janta flat for which he paid Rs 250 as monthly rent. “For many living in the slums of Seemapuri, the making of Dilshad Garden signalled a new hope for their lives,” he said. “Some of us who somehow made a little money hoped to get an accommodation here.”
Dilshad Garden was in fact built at a time that ushered in a new phase in the development of the capital. Casually called ‘Jamna paar’ or the east side of the Yamuna, it was up until the 1970s considered unfit for development. “Originally East Delhi was avoided because about five or six kilometres eastwards from the river consisted of floodplains,” explained Professor K T Ravindran, who served as head of urban design in the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi and was former chairperson of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission.
The first time the DDA turned its attention towards this area was during Sanjay Gandhi’s urban renewal plan of the mid 1970s when close to 2 lakh people from the slums of Old Delhi were moved to the resettlement colonies like Jahangirpuri, Seelampur and Dakshinpuri, built by the authority in the peripheral areas of East Delhi.

Delhi: Two African men apprehended for ‘making fake Indian visas’

Two African men were apprehended by the Crime Branch police Friday in Delhi’s outer district after they were allegedly caught making fake Indian visas, officers said.
Officers said they received information about two African individuals in a flat in Guru Nanak Enclave who were allegedly engaged in cheating and making fake visas. Based on this, they raided the third-floor residence and found them working on a laptop that showed a blank Indian visa. The police said the two immediately closed the laptop and gave evasive answers when questioned about their activities. They also attempted to leave the flat after which the police apprehended the two.
A colour printer was also found near the laptop, along with the passports of four Africans and 20 sheets allegedly used to print fake visas, along with a printed visa slip for one of the passports, officers said. The laptop had several files containing blank formats of Indian visas and had files of Indian visas for seven passports, along with several other suspicious files, they added.
When asked, the accused gave their passports to the police and allegedly admitted that they had made fake visas for their own passports. The police said the two would enter passport numbers and other details along with a photograph in a blank visa and print it.
Investigators added that six of the 17 ATM cards recovered had the names of Indian customers. A case has been filed under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for cheating), 471 (using forged documents as genuine) and 34 (common intention.)

Delhi weather today: Rainfall on forecast, maximum temperature to settle at 32 degrees

The weekend is likely to be rainy in Delhi with light rainfall on the forecast on Saturday and moderate rainfall likely on Sunday. The maximum temperature on Saturday is likely to be around 32 degrees Celsius.
Rainfall is not on the forecast for most of the next week, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). While cloudy skies are likely to persist from August 9 to 12, rainfall is unlikely in Delhi, it said. The maximum temperature is also set to increase to around 36 degrees Celsius by August 9.
The monsoon trough lies south of its normal position and is likely to remain in the same position for the next four to five days, it added. The position of the trough is likely to bring intense rainfall in Maharashtra, Goa, Chhattisgarh and Odisha on August 8 and 9.
So far this month, the Safdarjung weather station in Delhi has recorded 17.4 mm of rainfall, 66% short of the normal of 51.7 mm for the month till August 6. The weather observatory at Lodhi Road has a larger deficit of around 78% for the month so far.
Over the past 24 hours, Safdarjung recorded 8.8 mm of rainfall, while Lodhi Road recorded 6.8 mm. The weather observatory at Aya Nagar recorded the highest amount of rainfall in the past 24 hours – 24.5 mm. Aya Nagar has also recorded the highest amount of rainfall this month, which is around 52.3 mm.

IMEI blocking, better tech: How Delhi Police plan to deter phone thefts and robbery

With Delhi seeing an increase in street crime, especially phone snatching cases, the Delhi Police is planning to team up with internet service providers and the department of telecommunications to block stolen or robbed phones through the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number.
According to police, a total of 4,660 snatching cases have been reported in the city this year between January 1 and June 28. There has been an 11-15% increase in street crimes as compared to last year, with interstate gangs targeting mostly senior citizens and women, police said. The robbed phones are sold to “receivers” in and around Delhi who then resell them in other states, they added.
“It’s a menace and we have come up with the idea to immediately register data of all stolen phones and upload it on our servers and Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS). In a testing period of one month, we were able to block more than 950 IMEI numbers/phones. This way, the phone is of no use to the accused and the receiver will not be able to make money,” said a senior officer at the Delhi Police headquarters.
In March, the former police chief at a crime-review meeting had encouraged DCPs to upload IMEI details of stolen phones on CCTNS and the Delhi Police website.
“The gangs thrive on profits they make by selling stolen phones every day. If we block the IMEI with help from internet service providers and our servers, the thieves will be left clueless and will have to discard the phone. Soon, receivers will also stop buying phones from thieves,” added the officer.

In Delhi, officials keep eye on Yamuna level

Pre-empting an increase in the Yamuna water level amid rain, the Northeast Delhi district magistrate has asked Delhi Police to increase police deployment round-the-clock around flood-prone areas.
There are a total of nine flood-prone and low-lying areas in Delhi — Old Iron Bridge, Kisan Basti towards ISBT, Kisan Basti towards Seelampur, Usmanpur Pusta, Garhi Mandu village, MCD toll at Sonia Vihar, Annapurna Mandir, Sabhapur bus terminal and Badarpur Khadar Village.
Sharma also directed all district SDMs to deploy sufficient civil defence volunteers at vulnerable locations to coordinate with police.
Officials added that all districts have also prepared district-wise disaster management plans for evacuation and to prevent incidents like fire emergencies and flooding.

4 ‘dummy IEDs’ planted in Central Delhi to check police alertness ahead of I-Day, all found

To check alertness of staff ahead of Independence Day, senior officers in Delhi’s Central District planted four ‘dummy improvised explosive devices (IEDs)’ in markets and high footfall areas, said police Sunday.
The decision to conduct the ‘dummy IED’ drive was taken in light of a warning issued by Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) that it would orchestrate suicide bombings in Delhi, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat over controversial comments against the Prophet. Last month, the Special Cell had planted ’30 dummy IEDs’ of which only 12 were detected — by the public, private security guards and local police.
DCP (Central) Shweta Chauhan said the operation was a mock exercise conducted over the weekend to check alertness of staff in the district. “We even implemented a ‘Red Alert’ scheme across the district for three hours in the evening. Intensive checking, picketing and patrolling were initiated in congested areas and markets that see high footfall. The red alert was issued about the dummies and all four were recovered by staff in time” she said.
Bomb detection teams, patrolling officers and dog squads were sent to markets and areas to look for tiffin boxes lying unattended. Visuals shared by police show dogs sniffing around streets and markets for the dummies. Bomb detection teams then identify the ‘dummy IEDs’ and barricade the area.
Another mock drill exercise was conducted in Jama Masjid area where a fake ‘bomb blast’ alert was sent out to check preparedness of staff. “The drill was conducted successfully as staff was alert and quick…,” said the DCP.

SpiceJet flyers walk on Delhi airport’s tarmac after waiting for bus for 45 min; DGCA probe begins

A significant number of passengers who disembarked from SpiceJet’s Hyderabad-Delhi flight on Saturday night walked on the airport’s tarmac as the airline could not provide a bus for around 45 minutes to take them to the terminal, sources said.
Spicejet, however, said there was a brief delay in the arrival of coaches, and once the buses came, all the passengers, including those who had started walking, travelled on them from the tarmac to the terminal building.
Passengers are not allowed to walk on the Delhi airport’s tarmac area as it is a security risk. There is a demarcated path on the tarmac for vehicles only. Therefore, the airlines use buses to take passengers from terminal to aircraft or vice versa using the demarcated path.
Currently, SpiceJet is operating not more than 50 per cent of its flights as per the orders of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The regulator had in July imposed the curb on the airline’s flights for a period of eight weeks as its planes were involved in at least eight incidents of technical malfunction in the June 19-July 5 period.

Man with ‘Islamic State links’ arrested by NIA from Delhi’s Batla House

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Saturday arrested a man from Batla House on charges of being an alleged active member of the Islamic State (IS). The accused has been identified as Mohsin Ahmad, a resident of Bihar’s Patna.
“Accused Mohsin Ahmad is a radicalised and active member of ISIS. He has been arrested for his involvement in collection of funds for ISIS from sympathisers in India as well as abroad. He was sending these funds to Syria and other places in the form of cryptocurrency in order to further the activities of ISIS,” the NIA claimed in a statement Sunday.
Last Sunday, the agency conducted searches at 13 locations across six states in the case. “NIA conducted searches at 13 premises of suspects in six states viz. Bhopal and Raisen districts in Madhya Pradesh; Bharuch, Surat, Navsari and Ahmedabad districts in Gujarat; Araria district in Bihar; Bhatkal and Tumkur City districts in Karnataka; Kolhapur and Nanded districts in Maharashtra; and Deoband district in Uttar Pradesh in the case pertaining to activities of ISIS,” the NIA had said in a statement then.
The agency had said searches conducted had led to the seizure of “incriminating documents/ material”.
On the same day, the NIA had also conducted searches in Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala in the case pertaining to the arrest of one Sathik Batcha, who was arrested in February along with four others in Tamil Nadu.

BMW ‘driven by ex-MLA’ hits multiple vehicles on Geeta Flyover in Delhi, at least three injured

A BMW car, allegedly driven by a former MLA from Madhya Pradesh, hit three to four vehicles late on Saturday night on Geeta Colony Flyover in Delhi, injuring at least three people, the police said Sunday. The injured were taken to a hospital, officers said, adding that no arrests have been made yet following the accident.
Sagar Singh Kalsi, DCP (North) said, “The incident took place around 10.45 pm. The driver of the WagonR car and the scooter riders sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital. They had minor abrasions and were discharged immediately. A DD (daily diary) entry was filed and a case has been registered under sections of rash driving at Kotwali police station.”
“Jain was driving. His daughter, who lives in Vivek Vihar, was with him. The driver was sitting in the backseat as he did not know the route,” the DCP added. The police said none of the injured people have lodged a complaint yet. “There’s no complaint. It seems they reconciled the matter among themselves. However, legal proceedings have been initiated,” Kalsi said.
Jain lives with his family in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar and had fought the elections in 2008 as an Independent candidate.

Delhi This Week: Watch landmark films from each decade since 1947, attend talk on Partition to seep in the spirit of Independence

Celebrating the celluloid
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Study the works of the 1919-born twin sisters, Debalina Mazumder and Manobina Roy, who were not only among the first Indian women to use a camera but were also pioneers in candid photography. The photographs at the exhibition are curated by historians Tapati Guha-Thakurta and Mallika Leuzinger and author Sabeena Gadihoke. From August 12 to 27, 11 am to 7 pm. At India International Centre, New Delhi.

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