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They could take the bullets, but not the neglect
New Delhi, January 24
The five Delhi policemen, who sustained serious injuries while trying to foil the terrorists’ attempt to sneak into Parliament a month ago, are now recuperating in isolation. They are virtually forgotten. There has been little financial assistance and support either from the force or government agencies. The four Delhi Police personnel, who were injured and admitted to the RML Hospital, are footing the bill for their treatment from their own limited resources.

New DVB mantra: Be consumer-friendly
New Delhi, January 24
With a month to go for the privatisation of the power distribution sector in the National Capital Territory, the Delhi Vidyut Board is embarking on a major consumer-friendly exercise and the state government is finalising plans for mega power projects in the neighbouring states.


No strand of history has been diluted, says NCERT
New Delhi, January 24
Taking exception to media reports that Medieval History has been diluted in the recently released syllabi, the NCERT Director, Prof. J.S. Rajput, termed the allegations as incorrect.

Lottery stockists cry foul against Gurgaon cops 
Gurgaon, January 24
The stockists of lotteries, operating in Gurgaon city, are extremely agitated over the alleged police crackdown during business hours on January 16, causing the members of their fraternity and the customers considerable harassment.

Capital is under siege, biggest deployment ever
New Delhi, January 24
In the backdrop of the terrorist attack on Parliament last year and in Kolkata recently, the Delhi Police have deployed 10,000 additional paramilitary forces to ensure safe conduct of the Republic Day parade and other related celebrations.

Humanity at its callous best
Jhajjar, January 24
The death of an ill-fated couple in an accident on Tuesday night on the Jhajjar-Delhi Road near Noona-Majra village of the district, diminished humanity at large. Darshna Devi and her husband Jai Singh lost their lives, leaving their two kids behind. The accident exposed the waning human values and the lack of respect for life in society.

MCF panels dissolved
Faridabad, January 24
The Mayor, Mrs Anita Goswami, has dissolved all the 11 committees of the Municipal Corporation, Faridabad, constituted by the previous mayor about 17 months ago.


Farmers told to switch over to cash crops
Sonepat, January 24
The Haryana Financial Commissioner-cum-Agriculture Secretary, Mr Naseem Ahmad, inaugurated an agricultural training camp at the farm of Mr Ramesh Dagar, former chairman of the Sonepat Zila Parishad. More than 1,500 farmers and members of the Kisan clubs are participating in the camp near Shafiabad village, 8 km from here, yesterday.

PARADISE LOST: A float of Jammu & Kashmir at the dress rehearsal of Republic Day Parade in the Capital on Wednesday.

THAPPATAM: This folk dance is performed by men in Tamil Nadu. The dancers beat the thappu and perform the dance during fairs and festivals. It will be a part of the Republic Day folk dance festival at Talkatora Stadium in the Capital on Thursday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Press Enclave suffers as MCD refuses to mess with underground drain
New Delhi, January 24
It is ironical that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, which has constructed a ‘state-of-the-art’ garbage dump at the crossing on the Press Enclave road in Saket, has ignored the deteriorating condition of the same road.

Home Guards in Republic Day parade after 16 years
New Delhi, January 24
Dressed in khaki, Berry cap and white sleeves with red cuffs and white gloves - ready to fight for you in an emergency. Do not mistake the jawans in the dress for the Delhi Police. They are jawans of the Home Guards, a voluntary organisation for local defence. This time, the Republic Day will have a unique feature, as Home Guards are participating in the parade after 16 years.

No ‘apna dhan’ for ‘apni beti’
Faridabad, January 24
The ‘Apni Beti Apna Dhan’ Yojna, a prominent scheme launched for the welfare of the girl child and women in Haryana, is facing `failure’ in the district due to shortage of funds. As a result, a large number of beneficiaries are awaiting the certificate of the fixed deposit of Rs 2,500 the state government was supposed to have made in the name of the girl child as part of the scheme.
Milkman from Anand given lifetime achievement award
New Delhi, January 24
There are no parameters to gauge courage: acts of bravery stand out and stand tall. Yet, when it comes to appreciating and applauding those who risk their lives to save others, it requires no awards, but genuine gratitude. The 10th Red and White Bravery Awards ceremony that took place in the Capital today had the Father of White Revolution, Dr Verghese Kurien, being felicitated for his social service. 

Dr V. Kurien, the father of the White Revolution, after receiving the lifetime achievement award in the Capital on Thursday.

Poison mixed in pond, fish worth Rs 2 lakh killed 
Faridabad, January 24
Fishes worth about Rs 2 lakh were killed in a pond at Urithal village of Hathin subdivision in the district yesterday, when someone reportedly mixed poison in the pond maintained by a contractor.

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The sculpture “Aiming For Excellence” by Amar Nath Sehgal, installed at the DDA Yamuna Sports Complex in the Capital. 

Old age pension enhanced to Rs 300
New Delhi, January 24
The Government of NCT of Delhi has enhanced the old age pension to Rs 300 per month. The amendments to the Delhi Administration Old Age Assistance Rules 1973 enhancing the pension was notified in the Gazette today.

Crutches, blankets distributed
Gurgaon, January 24
The Haryana Governor, Mr Babu Parmanand, distributed crutches, tricycles, sewing machines, blankets, school bags etc among over 350 person at a programme organised by the District Red Cross Society at John Hall here today. The Governor lauded the role of the branches of the Red Cross Society, Child Welfare Council, Bharatiya Gramin Sangh and voluntary bodies spread all over the state.

PNB adopts Bainsi village
Rohtak, January 24
The Punjab National Bank yesterday announced that it had adopted Bainsi in the Meham subdivision and it would develop it as a ‘model village’. The village has a population of nearly 10,000 and has two high schools, one of them for girls.

‘Today’s patriotism bad for peace’
Faridabad, January 24
Dr Lal Singh, senior vice-president of the Buddhist Society of India and a medical practitioner, flayed the concept of patriotism preached by various political parties and leaders.


Drug racket busted, British woman held
New Delhi, January 24
With the arrest of a British national from Goa, the Delhi zone unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau today claimed to have busted a racket of drug smuggling from India to London.


MDU teachers’ union fears favouritism
Rohtak, January 24
The Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers’ Association has appealed to the Governor, who is the Chancellor of the university, to intervene to prevent favouritism in the matter of giving benefits to teachers under the career advancement scheme.


The Shah clan makes an art of story-telling
N the world of cinema, flaunting skimpy outfits and showing melodrama that is just short of scenes, making you cry or smile, can a simple narration of a story has any significance? Maybe yes. That is what has happened. A well-known family of three theater personalities has proved it.

A cornucopia of artistic talent offers a visual treat
HE last week of the year 2001 saw a spate of activities in the realm of art. There was ‘Bengal Art, Past and Present’ at Visual Art Gallery with a host of artists from West Bengal participating in it. Contemporary West Bengal was sought to be portrayed through widows with shaven heads; Durga, the goddess of power and energy; domestic affairs through love, care and the degeneration in values. A visual treat, the exhibition was an enriching journey to the world of West Bengal today.

A wire work by a student from Mayo College, Ajmer, exhibited at the IHC.


Cream of Asian golf for Hero Honda Masters
New Delhi, January 24
The cream of Asian golf will assemble at the DLF Golf and Country Club for the fifth edition of the Hero Honda Masters, starting on February 14, which will carry an increased prize purse of US $300,000 this year.

Delhi schools have field day
New Delhi, January 24
Delhi schools had a field day in the 30th Nehru-Nestle Junior Hockey Tournament when V. S. Agricultural Senior Secondary School, Khera Garhi beat CAB Inter-College, Meerut 3-1 while Union Academy Senior Secondary School trounced Shah Satnamji Boys School, Sirsa (Haryana) 9-1, at the Shivaji Stadium in the Capital on Thursday.

Ujas Kumar hits 73 in Dronacharya’s victory
New Delhi, January 24
Ujas Kumar cracked a stroke-filled 73 (12x4, 1x6, 77b) to play the star role in Dronacharya Cricket Foundation’s 35 runs victory against Shakti Club in a limited-over cricket match played at the Yamuna Vihar Sports Complex. Shakti won the toss and elected to field, which proved to be an unwise decision, as Dronacharya utilised their batting might to score 202 in 35.4 overs, and then restrict Shakti for 167 for 9 in 45 overs.


Municipal panel opposes fire tax
Rohtak, January 24
The local municipal committee, at its meeting held here today, opposed the imposition of fire tax in addition to the house tax on the citizens of the town. The meeting was presided over by the vice president of the committee, Mr Om Parkash Bagri.


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