Surajpur a wetland, can’t allow constructions, says NGT

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NOIDA: It’s official. Surajpur, a major green lung for Greater Noida, is now a wetland. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has granted wetland status to Surajpur, which was earlier termed as a reserved forest. This legal acknowledgement formally brings into effect all wetland conservation and management rules to protect the 60 hectare low-lying area within the 308 hectare reserve forest in Surajpur. An NGT bench headed by Justice Raghuvendra Singh Rathod and expert member Satyawan Singh Garbyal issued the order on September 14, which was uploaded on Monday. However, the…

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Special ID-cards for Jewar airport farmers

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NOIDA: The district administration plans to issue special identity cards to farmers affected by the Jewar airport project, which can be used to avail different government facilities. The farm owners will also be given priority and concession after producing these cards. Sources said the the cards will enable farmers to avail medical facilities in government and private hospitals as well as also ensure admission of their children in schools. This will be similar to identity cards issued to farmers who had given land for Yamuna Expressway, who don’t have to…

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Halfway into academic year, Gautam Budh Nagar yet to implement fee order

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NOIDA: Six months into the academic year and the district administration is yet to implement an ordinance on fee that schools can charge. While the district magistrate says he’s yet to receive a copy of the UP school ordinance, the education minister claims the same is already in effect. The Uttar Pradesh Government Self-Financed Schools (Fixation of Fee) ordnance was cleared by Yogi Adityanath government on April 3, 2018, and was signed by the governor on April 9. As per the provisions of the ordinance, which covers all private CBSE,…

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STF arrests 4 in ration scam

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GREATER NOIDA: The Noida unit of the Special Task Force (STF) arrested four men in Surajpur on Monday for their involvement in the ration scam, in which large-scale pilferage of rations was orchestrated by dealers across the state by rigging the public distribution system (PDS) to replace data of real beneficiaries with fake ones. The accused have been identified as Nem Singh (32), a data entry operator, Sonu (24), the driver of an area ration officer, Gaurav Joshi (30), a ration dealer, and Saurabh Singh (30), the son of a…

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Ration dealers call off protest after 10 days

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GREATER NOIDA: Ration dealers called off a 10-day long protest at the collectorate office in Surajpur on Saturday after the Jewar MLA intervened and gave them assurance that he would convey their demands to the government before September 20. The dealers have said they will resume distribution from Tuesday. MLA Dhirendra Singh reached the collectorate around 2.30pm and played the morality card, telling the ration dealers to get back to work not just because it’s their job but that their protest was affecting common people. “Distribution of food among the…

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‘Friend’ plotted robbery of cloth trader with two others, arrested

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GREATER NOIDA: A friend of a trader, who was robbed of his scooter and Rs 3.5 lakh in cash on September 4, was arrested for allegedly plotting the robbery. Police said Abhay Tomar, a resident of Gandhi Nagar in Delhi, was riding pillion on the scooter of Anshul Jain, who lives in Geeta Colony, when the latter was robbed. While Abhay and an accomplice were picked up Sunday, a third accused is untraceable. Both Abhay and Anshul own textile showrooms. Police said Abhay had befriended Anshul to rob him as…

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Athlete breaks ankle at ‘daring event’, accuses organiser of negligence

NOIDA: A Delhi-based former air hostess and now an athlete has lodged a police complaint against the organiser of a “daring competition” in Noida where she broke her ankle and was left confined to the bed for six months Anjana Bora Jain, a resident of Aurobindo Marg in Delhi, said she had visited three hospitals over the past six months but her injury was not cured fully. She has accused the event organiser of criminal negligence and non-compliance of safety standards. Jain said she had taken part in the competition…

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Neighbours you know little about

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Greater Noida: A near-threatened species of antelopes is present in several spots in Gautam Budh Nagar, say officials, but the forest department does not have any data on their numbers since 2013. A census of the animals is due in the district only in October. Though blackbucks find a place on the red list of threatened animals prepared by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the state still waits to be recognised as a habitat for the species despite having 122 of them as of 2013. The forest…

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19-year-old pregnant woman dies due to ‘fever’

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GREATER NOIDA: A 19-year-old pregnant woman, staying with her live-in partner in Eco Village 2 in Bisrakh, died in mysterious circumstances on Wednesday. Her health deteriorated after she suffered a miscarriage, doctors in a hospital said. Her body has been sent for autopsy. According to police, the woman, an original resident of Guwahati, Assam, was pursuing BSc in biotechnology through distance learning. She was staying with a 20-year-old man, who works in a technology firm as an engineer and an original resident of Muzaffarnagar. They had been staying in a…

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Concern over voter list anomalies in NCR

NOIDA/GHAZIABAD: A number of residents in Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad have said their names are either missing from voters’ list prepared last year or have errors in them, at a time the administration has started a two-month long drive for verification. The numbers vary: while residents maintain that up to 30% of names on the voters’ list has anomalies, the district election offices in both districts claim the figure to be less than 5%. The reason for the mistakes, admit officials, is that booth-level officers (BLOs) hardly visit the…

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