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MLAs’ salary hike first on agenda
Delhi Assembly session begins today
New Delhi, December 17
The four-day session of the Delhi Assembly that begins on Tuesday may see the introduction of only one Bill, which would pave the way for a hike in salary and allowances of the elected representatives.

Brother-in-law behind Rohini gang rape
New Delhi, December 17
With the arrest of six persons, the North-West district police claim to have solved the sensational Rohini daylight dacoity and gang rape case. All the six have confessed to their crime. While five have been sent to judicial custody, after being produced before the High Court, the sixth person has been remanded in police custody for three days.

Chandni Chowk through the historical kaleidoscope
New Delhi, December 17
The historical streets of Chandni Chowk would regain their pristine glory during the one-day utsav to be held on Sunday. The festival would highlight the rich cultural and secular heritage of the area, said Mr Vijay Goel, Minister of State in Prime Minister Office, this evening.



Delhi’s winter power blues may be thing of the past
New Delhi, December 17
With the completion of the first phase of Pragati Power Project in January next year, the NCT of Delhi would get an additional 104 MW of power that would help tide over the demand this winter. And if that were not good enough, the government claims that load shedding, which was pegged at 300 MW last year, would be reduced considerably after the 330 MW capacity power project becomes fully operational by November-end.

Stray animals dog Faridabad
Faridabad, December 17
The number of stray animals is on the rise in the town. They pose a serious hazard to road safety besides endangering human lives, at times. A person was killed in an accident recently, caused by a stray bull in Chawla Colony of Ballabgarh town.

Despite the shootout in Parliament and the resultant security measures across the Capital, Muslims turned out in large numbers at various mosques to offer special prayers on the occasion of Eid-ul Fitr, which marks the culmination of the Holy month of Ramzan. People from all walks of life, attired in their best, thronged various mosques and idgahs, offered prayers, and greeted one another with the traditional embrace. The biggest congregation was at the historical Jama Masjid, where thousands of Muslims offered prayers. A large gathering was also seen at the Chandni Chowk Masjid. The overall depressing mood in the wake of the recent terrorist strikes did not act as a dampener.  — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

The same old Kingsway Camp, after 35 years of ‘redevelopment’
HANGING the agency midway to undertake the redevelopment scheme that was launched 35 years back hasn’t helped Kingsway Camp get a new look. It remains the old Kingsway Camp even today to a large extent. The Kingsway Camp Redevelopment Scheme was introduced in 1966 by the Government of India for the rehabilitation of refugees from West Pakistan.
PROMISES, PROMISES... : A view of one of the streets in Kingsway Camp, one of the oldest colonies in the Capital.

Ritu Beri with fashion guru Claude Challe at a press conference in the Capital on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

PAKISTAN DOWN DOWN: An ABVP activist protesting against Pakistan’s alleged involvement in the December 13 terrorist attack on Parliament House in the Capital on Monday. — Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal 

Getting a licence, with a tout in driving seat
New Delhi, December 17
If you require a driving licence or a passport, who do you think of? Touts, of course. South Delhi’s Sheikh Sarai driving licence office is swarming with touts. They promise to deliver the licence within a fortnight whereas the time taken through the official rigmarole is not less than 30 to 60 days.

Karan Singh flays NDA govt
Sonepat, December 17
A former Union Minister and senior Congress leader, Dr Karan Singh, has strongly criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government at the Centre for not tackling terrorism in the country, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir, in an effective manner.

Body of woman found in canal
Faridabad, December 17
The police have seized the body of an unidentified woman from nearby Agra canal today. The body of the victim aged about 40 years was fished out from near Sector 25 this morning. It is suspected that the woman could have been murdered and thrown in the canal. The police are investigating into it.
  • Child falls
  • Boy missing
Martyr’s family builds health centre
Sonepat, December 17
Mr Ajay Chautala, an MP, inaugurated a Rs 25-lakh primary health centre built in the memory of a martyr, Flight Lt Surinder Singh Rana, at Ferozpur Bangar village, about 25 km from here, yesterday.

  • One dies in mishap
  • Camp at jail
  • 2 commit suicide
  • Body on track
  • Youth held
  • Science teachers
  • Id celebrated
  • Vend looted
  • Dreaded criminal held

Mandala Pooja a big draw
New Delhi, December 17
The Mandala pooja celebrations in the Capital reached its peak with hundreds of North Indians joining Keralites in the traditional “ezhunnallipu” (procession) in Mayur Vihar Phase II in East Delhi last evening.

Youth stabs neighbour
New Delhi, December 17
A school student, Mohammad Umer, was allegedly stabbed by his neighbour after a heated argument between the two about the Imam of the mosque in the Krishan Ganj area of North Delhi late yesterday night. The police said the victim was out of danger.

  • Two die in mishap

Delhi Police beat retreat, not allowed to raid factory
Sonepat, December 17
Officials of the Crime Branch of Delhi Police were not allowed to enter a factory in the HSIDC complex at Kundli village along the Haryana-Delhi border, about 30 km from here, by the employees yesterday.


Mr Arun Kapu‘Need to look beyond competitive populism’
NCONSISTENT government policies, a laid-back attitude, partisan interests, and competitive populism among states are the main reasons for the country’s imbalanced development. This is most perceptible in the development of northern region vis-a-vis south India. States in northern India are lagging behind their southern counterparts in terms of most development parameters.

Vendor programme for small units
Faridabad, December 17
A vendor development programme for small industries was organised jointly by the Faridabad Small Industries Association and Small Industries Service Institute, Okhla, at Sector 24 here recently.


Another medical college in Capital
New Delhi, December 17
The medical research in the country must strive to be at par with the international standards, the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, said here today and lamented the inadequate medical research in the country. Inaugurating the Vardhman Mahavir Medical College at Safdarjung Hospital, Mr Vajpayee said, “We have not been able to give attention to medical research.
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee lighting the lamp at the inaugural ceremony of Vardhman Mahavir Medical College at Safdarjang Hospital, in New Delhi on Monday. (Extreme left) Director General of Health Services S. P. Agarwal is also seen in the picture. — PTI photo

Theatre couple gets Dhaliwal Award
New Delhi, December 17
The Union Minister of Law, Mr Arun Jaitley, yesterday presented the National Dhaliwal Award to Punjab’s theatre couple Pran Sabharwal and Sunita Sabharwal along with other noted personalities for their life-time achievements.

Personalities who received the Dhaliwal Awards at the function in New Delhi on Sunday.

Delhi Soccer League now from Dec 24
New Delhi, December 17
The Delhi Soccer Association Senior Division League, which was to start on December 20, will now be held from December 24. DSA vice-president and convenor of the league N K Bhatia said the League had to be rescheduled by four days as the clubs wanted a week’s break after the Id celebrations.

CNN to premier World Sport special
New Delhi, December 17
CNN will premier a World Sport special on December 25 and 26, anchored by Pedro Pinto. The half-hour show takes a look back at the world of sports in 2001, and relives the moments that defined the years in sports around the globe. Along with the highlights of 2001, super stars Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong and Michael Schumacher will give an account of their success stories.

Top players for Tata Open Tennis
New Delhi, December 17
Top players will take part in the $ 400,000 prize money Tata Open Tennis Championship 2002, will be held in Chennai from December 31 to January 6.


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