Today in pics: December 30, 2013

Mon Dec 30 2013, 17:02 hrs
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Monday flagged off the trial run on the first section of the Phase III route between Central Secretariat and Mandi House stations, a distance of 3km. The first train for the trial run was flagged off at the Central Secretariat station at 11.27am. Completed in 24 months, this section is the fastest section that the DMRC has constructed. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Monday flagged off the trial run on the first section of the Phase III route between Central Secretariat and Mandi House stations, a distance of 3km. The first train for the trial run was flagged off at the Central Secretariat station at 11.27am. Completed in 24 months, this section is the fastest section that the DMRC has constructed. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
This section runs from under various important buildings, and also has the deepest curves. After the trial run for a few months, the Metro line will open for commuters by the end of March 2014, six months ahead of the October 2014 schedule. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
This section runs from under various important buildings, and also has the deepest curves. After the trial run for a few months, the Metro line will open for commuters by the end of March 2014, six months ahead of the October 2014 schedule. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
This line is expected to decongest Rajiv Chowk metro station as commuters on the Badarpur-Central Secratariat line bound for Noida and Vaishali will be able to change trains at the Mandi House station itself. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
This line is expected to decongest Rajiv Chowk metro station as commuters on the Badarpur-Central Secratariat line bound for Noida and Vaishali will be able to change trains at the Mandi House station itself. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is unwell and skipped office on Monday, a day he planned to make major announcements such as providing 700 litres of free water to each household. Doctors attending on him said Kejriwal was suffering from high fever and diarrhoea and was responding to treatment.Gate No. 4 of Delhi Secretariat, which will be open for Kejriwal's Janta Darbar. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is unwell and skipped office on Monday, a day he planned to make major announcements such as providing 700 litres of free water to each household. Doctors attending on him said Kejriwal was suffering from high fever and diarrhoea and was responding to treatment.
Gate No. 4 of Delhi Secretariat, which will be open for Kejriwal's Janta Darbar. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Meanwhile, the other six ministers attended office at Delhi Secretariat and held meetings with officials of their departments. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Meanwhile, the other six ministers attended office at Delhi Secretariat and held meetings with officials of their departments. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Manish Sisodia, Minister for Education, Urban Development and PWD, reached the secretariat at 9:30 AM and held a series of meetings with officials. Workers attach Manish Sisodia's name plate outside his office in the Delhi Secretariat. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Manish Sisodia, Minister for Education, Urban Development and PWD, reached the secretariat at 9:30 AM and held a series of meetings with officials.
Workers attach Manish Sisodia's name plate outside his office in the Delhi Secretariat. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
He said the government would soon announce steps to provide relief to residents of unauthorised colonies. Sisodia also promised to streamline the nursery admission process. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
He said the government would soon announce steps to provide relief to residents of unauthorised colonies. Sisodia also promised to streamline the nursery admission process. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
"We will not allow private schools to charge hefty fees for admission in nursery class. We will streamline the process," he said. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
"We will not allow private schools to charge hefty fees for admission in nursery class. We will streamline the process," he said. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav at his New Delhi residence. He was released on bail recently in fodder scam. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav at his New Delhi residence. He was released on bail recently in fodder scam. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
After Rahul Gandhi, it was RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's turn to visit the camps of Muzaffarnagar riot victims December 29. From the moment he arrived at the relief camp in Loi at about 2.25 pm, till he left about 40 minutes later, a frail Lalu Prasad, just out of hospital and recently out of jail, and politically reduced to a shadow of himself in Bihar, was the man in charge, even a raja holding court. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
After Rahul Gandhi, it was RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's turn to visit the camps of Muzaffarnagar riot victims December 29. From the moment he arrived at the relief camp in Loi at about 2.25 pm, till he left about 40 minutes later, a frail Lalu Prasad, just out of hospital and recently out of jail, and politically reduced to a shadow of himself in Bihar, was the man in charge, even a raja holding court. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
 On a raised platform outside the house of a local villager, overlooking the sprawl of unbearably fragile-looking tents, he addressed the crowd that gathered to hear him with a peremptory tone and a single, simple message: everything will be ok, he was here, he was looking into the matter. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
On a raised platform outside the house of a local villager, overlooking the sprawl of unbearably fragile-looking tents, he addressed the crowd that gathered to hear him with a peremptory tone and a single, simple message: everything will be ok, he was here, he was looking into the matter. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
 He asked questions of a former pradhan, who stood next to him, and of the crowd. What do the people need? So there are enough blankets here? You don't want to go back to your own village? You want a home where there is a guarantee of security? (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
He asked questions of a former pradhan, who stood next to him, and of the crowd. What do the people need? So there are enough blankets here? You don't want to go back to your own village? You want a home where there is a guarantee of security? (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
 He announced he would talk to the UP Chief Minister, and took a mobile phone and called Akhilesh Yadav. "Make a team, a committee. Send it to Loi, people need help," Lalu could be heard saying. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
He announced he would talk to the UP Chief Minister, and took a mobile phone and called Akhilesh Yadav. "Make a team, a committee. Send it to Loi, people need help," Lalu could be heard saying. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
Later, he told The Indian Express that he had advised Akhilesh that "You should have come here, or sent someone, people are in a bad condition here. It is your duty, your priority". And what did Akhilesh say in response? "He told me that I can make assurances and he would ensure they are implemented," said Lalu. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
Later, he told The Indian Express that he had advised Akhilesh that "You should have come here, or sent someone, people are in a bad condition here. It is your duty, your priority". And what did Akhilesh say in response? "He told me that I can make assurances and he would ensure they are implemented," said Lalu. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
"I know what happened here," said the RJD chief, turning back to his audience. "And I know too what will happen in the future. I understand the design." Things are bad, not just at Loi, but everywhere, he said. "But we will not let them succeed. Don't get scared, stay united, don't bow or bend before anyone. Bhagane waale ko hum bhagaa chuke hain, I have sent many tyrants packing. No one can push you out from here. I just spoke to Akhilesh. Now, I'm here." (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
"I know what happened here," said the RJD chief, turning back to his audience. "And I know too what will happen in the future. I understand the design." Things are bad, not just at Loi, but everywhere, he said. "But we will not let them succeed. Don't get scared, stay united, don't bow or bend before anyone. Bhagane waale ko hum bhagaa chuke hain, I have sent many tyrants packing. No one can push you out from here. I just spoke to Akhilesh. Now, I'm here." (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
 He spoke in euphemisms, didn't name any villains at Loi. But en route, during a halt at a roadside resort, Lalu had taken names. Western UP, and India, was being targeted by "communal forces", he said, and alleged that it was all because of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. They are the forces that seek to "communalise"  those who feed milk to Ganeshji, those that support Modi. Amit Shah, he said, caused trouble wherever he went, and that was his "portfolio". But, "Hastinapur is ours, no Modi-Vodi can take it away, sit on its throne". (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
He spoke in euphemisms, didn't name any villains at Loi. But en route, during a halt at a roadside resort, Lalu had taken names. Western UP, and India, was being targeted by "communal forces", he said, and alleged that it was all because of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. They are the forces that seek to "communalise" those who feed milk to Ganeshji, those that support Modi. Amit Shah, he said, caused trouble wherever he went, and that was his "portfolio". But, "Hastinapur is ours, no Modi-Vodi can take it away, sit on its throne". (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
He was guarded and held his punches on Mulayam-Akhilesh, "I am not criticising anyone, but it should not have been said there are BJP agents, no victims, in relief camps." He announced an impending tie-up with the Congress, "After all, it is an all-India party", and paid a grudging compliment to the man who was single-handedly responsible for the withdrawal of the ordinance that might have helped Lalu keep his Lok Sabha seat despite his fodder scam conviction, "There is nothing wrong with Rahul Gandhi." (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
He was guarded and held his punches on Mulayam-Akhilesh, "I am not criticising anyone, but it should not have been said there are BJP agents, no victims, in relief camps." He announced an impending tie-up with the Congress, "After all, it is an all-India party", and paid a grudging compliment to the man who was single-handedly responsible for the withdrawal of the ordinance that might have helped Lalu keep his Lok Sabha seat despite his fodder scam conviction, "There is nothing wrong with Rahul Gandhi." (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
"Tumhara ladai hum ladenge, I will fight your fight," said Lalu, in his parting shot at Loi. In the camp at Loi, where blankets and rations are now aplenty mainly because of the efforts of local charitable organisations, but where they say they have counted 20-25 dead in the past four months, the new problem is forced eviction. The bulldozers/excavators arrived a couple of days ago, many tents were uprooted. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
"Tumhara ladai hum ladenge, I will fight your fight," said Lalu, in his parting shot at Loi. In the camp at Loi, where blankets and rations are now aplenty mainly because of the efforts of local charitable organisations, but where they say they have counted 20-25 dead in the past four months, the new problem is forced eviction. The bulldozers/excavators arrived a couple of days ago, many tents were uprooted. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)

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