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Delhi Man Killed For Protesting Daughter’s Harassment, Locals Made Videos

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New Delhi: A 51-year-old businessman was stabbed to death allegedly by four people when he confronted them for harassing his daughter in Delhi’s Moti Nagar area on Saturday night. The victim’s family members claimed that passersby remained apathetic through it all, shooting the incident on their mobile phones instead of trying to help him.

Police have taken the four accused – two of them minors – into custody. The businessman’s 21-year-old son, who was also injured in the incident, has been admitted to a local hospital in a critical condition.

Police said the victim and his 26-year-old daughter were returning from a hospital on a scooter that night when the four accused – who reside in the neighbourhood – passed lewd comments at her. He dropped her home and went back to the spot to confront the accused. Concerned about his safety, the daughter sent her brother after him.

When the daughter did not hear from them for a while, she rushed to the spot only to find that a fight had erupted. “I found them attacking my father and brother with stones… they even threatened to get a gun and shoot us all. I begged them to stop, but they grabbed me by the neck and pulled my hair. I saw them stabbing my father and brother with knives,” she recalled.

Nobody, with the exception of a sole neighbour, tried to intervene. “I rescued the daughter first. There were other people at the spot too – watching, taking videos on their mobile phones – but none of them wanted to help. I somehow managed to take the father to the hospital, but it was too late already,” he said.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned the incident in a tweet. “The Delhi Police must take strongest action against the guilty,” he said.

The victim, who owned a electronics business, leaves behind his elderly parents, his wife aged 50 and three children. “The two daughters are yet to be married off, and the son – who is still in college – is even younger. It will be difficult to manage things in the household, given that he had invested money in the market that cannot be recovered now. He was the sole breadwinner for the family, and we are very concerned,” a relative said.

A local resident complained that the area gets very unsafe at night. “I don’t like this area. After 9 pm, people get drunk and come out on the streets. I always make sure I get home before eight,” she said.

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More services at your doorstep in Delhi by month-end

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The Delhi government is going to offer 30 new services under its ambitious ‘doorstep delivery of services’ scheme by the end of this month, according to revenue minister Kailash Gahlot. Delayed by six months, the launch of the scheme’s second phase will allow Delhiites to make changes in their driving license or get a bus pass, among other services, without stepping out of their home.

Once opened to public, the total number of government services provided through the doorstep delivery of services initiative will increase to 70, from the existing 40. The 30 new services that will be added involve 10 departments, including labour, SC/ST welfare, tourism, drugs control, higher education, transport and food, and supplies departments.

“Under the second phase of the scheme, we are going to launch 30 new services by the end of this month. This will also help ration card holders as they will be able to add names of beneficiaries and make other changes in their cards. People will also be able to pay their motor vehicle tax or add a new category of vehicle in their driving license,” said Gahlot.

The scheme was launched by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on September 10 last year. The government had announced that the second phase would be launched on February 1. But, Gahlot said, the launch was deferred because of the Model Code of Conduct that came into effect during the Lok Sabha polls.

Officials in the administrative reforms (AR) department running the scheme, however, said the launch was deferred as the back-end team had to be strengthened. “The software used to crash almost every time due to the demand. Over the past six months, we have worked on developing a completely new software. Besides, earlier there was no linkage between the mobile sahayaks and the call centres and both verticals were operating in silos. We have now linked the two branches,” a senior official said.

Each service costs ₹50 and documents are collected from the applicant’s home through government agents or ‘mobile sahayaks’. The final document will be delivered either by hand or post.

Another official said that in the first three months, the AR department and the private concessionaire handling the back-end team faced difficulties in increasing the number of mobile sahayaks and retaining them. “In October and November, over 50 mobile sahayaks left the job as they were dissatisfied with the pay. Recruiting new employees was a problem, as only those who had a two-wheeler could apply, because the job required for them to travel a lot. These issues have now been sorted,” the official said.

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With 60 minutes to go, ISRO calls off Chandrayaan 2 launch due to snag

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With the countdown clock freezing minutes before 2 am, the launch of Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to moon, was called off 56 minutes before the scheduled time early Monday morning.

The GSLV Mark III carrying the orbiter, lander, and rover was to take off at 02:51 am from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, the country’s only launch site.

The launch was aborted as an “abundant precaution” after a technical snag was noticed in the launch vehicle systems after filling liquid hydrogen in the cryogenic upper stage of the rocket.

“A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at 1 hour before the launch. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later,” a statement from the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said.

There were four suitable window periods for the launch of Chandrayaan 2 in the month of July – July 15 and 16 and then again during new moon on July 29 and 30. The launch window on July 15, which is just days before the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong first walking on moon, was missed.

The launch is unlikely to happen during the next three windows in July.

“The stages will now have to be drained to see what went wrong,” said an official, on condition of anonymity.

The next window for launch will be in September.

The indigenous mission was first scheduled for March 2018 and delayed four times for making changes in the design of the lander and the orbit in which it would reach the surface of the moon. The July 2019 launch date was decided after a design change to the lander, a change in the orbit, and the new GSLV Mark III launch vehicle to carry the now heavier satellite.

India’s second mission to moon had been approved by the cabinet in 2008 just after Chandrayaan 1. Initially, Russia’s Roscosmos was supposed to develop the lander and the mission had to be postponed when Russia was unable to develop the lander on time and later withdrew after the failure of its mission to Phobos, the moon of Mars, prompting India to develop the entire mission on its own.

Chandrayaan 2 mission will make India the fourth country after the US, USSR, and China to land on moon. It will also be the first mission in the world to land near the lunar South Pole to look for water and cold traps with history of the solar system.

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Suspecting her ‘character’, man crushes 19-yr-old girlfriend’s face: Cops

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A 19-year-old aspiring model was allegedly killed by her boyfriend on suspicion of her “character” in Maharashtra’s Nagpur district, police said Sunday, adding that the accused has been arrested.

The victim is identified as Khushi Parihar, a resident of Nagpur, and the accused as Ashraf Sheikh.

A Nagpur police official said they received information on Saturday morning about the body of a woman with her face crushed lying along Pandhurna-Nagpur highway.

Police identified the victim through social media, he said, adding that Parihar used to participate in local fashion shows and was aspiring to become a model.

Sheikh was later arrested, he said.

According to the official, Sheikh has “confessed” that he killed Parihar because he suspected her character and “closeness” with some youths.

Prima facie, Sheikh travelled with Parihar in his car on July 12 and later allegedly killed her by crushing her head at Savli Fata near Pandhurna-Nagpur highway, the official said.

A case of murder has been registered by Nagpur (Rural) police and further investigation is underway.

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