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IRCTC to soon run a multi-cuisine eatery

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In an attempt to make the National Rail Museum as a prominent tourist destination in the national capital, by 2017, a multi-cuisine restaurant is going to be operational there.

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has been entrusted with the task of running the restaurant, said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the heritage wing of the public transporter.

“The aim is to develop the museum as a cultural and heritage destination. The plans are afoot to develop light and sound show and vintage hotels on ‘Palace on Wheel’ coaches at the museum,” he added.

Spread over an area of 11 acres amidst the lush green landscaping, currently, the museum has an Indoor Gallery, Outdoor Exhibits, a toy train ride, and gardens.

The Toy Train, going around the museum is an exciting ride for kids and adults alike. The Patiala State Monorail (PSMR) and the John Morris Fire Engine are other operational exhibits in the museum.The museum houses a maximum number of Rail Simulator anywhere in the world. State-of-art 3D virtual reality technology takes visitors back in time, the official said.

He said the museum also has an array of mobile apps and websites that allows a train lover to interact with the exhibit remotely. 3D Virtual tours and indoor positioning system to help the visitors to find their way and access content selectively is on cards.

NGO rescues 64-year-old tortured by kin

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Sixty four-year-old Balvinder Kaur finally has a place to call home. A room, a television set, proper meals and friends to chat with is all she needs. Kaur who is a widow, was being tortured by her brother-in-law and his wife. She was rescued last month by the Senior Citizens Association of Delhi an umbrella body of 11 lakh senior citizens along with Help Age India.

Living in south Delhi’s Arjun Nagar at the mercy of her brother in law’s family, Kaur was allegedly cheated of her share in the family property and deprived of food and medical aid for years. A call about her condition by some vigilant neighbours to the association resulted in her rescue.

“The moment we got a call from one of her neighbours, we called the police. With the help of the SHO we rescued the woman. She was frail and needed immediate medical attention. She had been living in deplorable conditions, beaten up and tortured by the family. She is now in a happy space,” said JR Gupta, chairperson, Senior Citizens Association of Delhi and a resident of Safdarjung Enclave.

Recalling her ordeal, Kaur says that had it not been for the association she would have continued to suffer.

“After my husband died six years ago, I was left all alone at their mercy. I was supposed to get my husband’s share of property. They cheated me with the paperwork and took my share as well,” said Kaur at her new home in an old age home based in south Delhi’s Aya Nagar.

She does not have any children. “I am much better now. I would have still been living in that hell if these people from the Senior Citizens Association had not freed me,” she added.

Over the past month, Kaur has made friends with the other members here, similarly abandoned and cheated. She sits happily in the verandah with other housemates soaking in the winter sun.

“I am at peace now. The best thing is that I have people to talk to. Most of them have similar stories of either being thrown away by their children or dispossessed by in-laws. I get to eat properly and my medical ailments get looked after,” said Kaur.

The association has now filed a plea in the High Court against Kaur’s in-laws in order to get her right to the property back. They have rescued 11 such abandoned senior citizens this year.

Santa’s secret gift of communal harmony to Delhi

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For the past 15 years, Mohammad Ahsaan has been unknowingly playing secret Santa for thousands of people in the Capital as his decoration items lighten up their houses every time Christmas arrives.

“Earlier, I used to sell only party decoration items at the shop throughout the year but 2001 onwards I had started selling only Christmas items in the month of December,” says the 50-year-old.

Ahsaan is among several wholesalers of decorative items from the Muslim community who have been spreading cheer specifically during festive seasons, at old Delhi’s Sadar Bazar.

“Lot of people prefer to buy decorative items directly from us,” he said, adding the feeling of lighting up other people’s houses fills him with happiness.

From Christmas tree skeletons to tree skirts, ornaments to tinsel, caps and socks for Santa to ribbon bows for gift decoration, everything is available at Ahsaan’s shop. “Initially, I didn’t know much about Christmas decoration items but gradually I have learned a lot from my customers,” he said.

A few steps ahead of Ahsaan’s shop is Mohammad Muneer who specifically sells Christmas bells and Santa costumes during the festive season. “Many people who play Santa on Christmas come to me to buy dresses and bells for themselves,” he said.

Muneer, who originally hails from Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh, said that before moving to Delhi he had no idea about Christmas.

“In our area, Christmas is not celebrated with as much zeal as here in Delhi. The only thing I knew about the festival was that a man with white beard comes and distributes gifts to everyone and with his arrival everyone’s wishes come true,” said the 42-year-old.

“I am happy to know that I contribute in making other people’s festivals a little more colourful”.

Bag containing Rs 2 lakh in Indian, foreign currency found in T3

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Bomb disposal and detection teams rushed to Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), after an unattended bag was reported on Friday. The bag contained over Rs 2 lakh both in Indian and foreign currency.

The incident took place last night at around eight o’clock when a CISF jawan detected the unattended bag lying near a pillar at arrival area of T3, officials at the airport said.

Soon after, they said, CISF called in the bomb disposal and detection teams for anti-sabotage checks on the bag and assorted currencies worth over Rs 2 lakh in Indian and foreign currency– from Europe Thailand, Bhutan, Indonesian, Hong Kong, China, Singaporean and Canada — were recovered.

Later, a person, identified as W Dorji, came to the airport and claimed the bag, saying he forgot it there after receiving a friend who came to India from Sydney.

The bag was restored to Dorji after due verification, they said.

Post leopard sighting, park to be ‘fenced’ off

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After a leopard was spotted last month, a 12-feet high fence is to come up along four kilometres of the capital’s Yamuna Biodiversity Park. The fence will safeguard residents of Jagatpur Village that shares its boundary with the park by preventing wild animals from straying in there.

The park authorities have sent a plan of the area for chain-link fencing to be installed by the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) engineering department. The park has been developed on DDA land.

“The technical department of the DDA including senior officers would be visiting the area on Sunday for a site visit. The fence has to be put up as soon as possible since the park is expected to have wild animals coming into it including both herbivores and carnivores due to its thriving eco-system. We need to ensure the villagers security first,” said, a senior official at the park.

The leopard, who had made the park its home for some time during November-end, was translocated to a sanctuary in Saharanpur later. However, wildlife experts too had objected to the shifting out of the animal, as high carnivores are seen as crucial to the eco-system of a forest area. This has led to the creation of a fence. Located in north Delhi’s Wazirabad area close to the Yamuna river bed, the Park spread across 457 acres is close to human habitation with a population of over 5,500 residents in the adjoining village and parts of other settlements such as Baba Colony.

However, segments of the river corridor will be kept open to facilitate the movement of animals. The Park is divided into phase I and II, the leopard had come in from the wetland region in phase II, supposedly from Kalesar National Park in Haryana. “We need to connect the two phases as well as the river corridor in order to have a rich wildlife in the Park” said Prof CR Babu, head of Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems.

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