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Ban on trucks a smokescreen?
New Delhi, July 27
If the day-old ban on the entry of trucks has already put road users to avoidable inconvenience, what has confounded experts is Delhi Traffic Police’s utter disregard for the elementary. The ban came into force on Friday.
Trucks being turned away at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border
Trucks being turned away at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border. — Photo by Anil Sharma

4 students suspended for sacrilege
Meerut, July 27
The Ch. Charan Singh University on Friday suspended four students and ordered them to vacate the hostel by 4 pm today, taking suo motu cognizance of a sacrilegious incident. The students had allegedly shown disrespect to the turban of a Sikh student. The VC said that he had barred the guilty ex-student Mukesh Pehalwan from entering the campus and suspended four other students.



CBI cracks cyber crime
New Delhi, July 27
With the arrest of a resident of Aligarh for allegedly defrauding an American national of $ 578 by misusing her credit card through the web, the Central Bureau of Investigation today claimed to have worked out a cyber crime case. The suspect, Arif Azim, was arrested on July 24. He had allegedly misused credit card details of Barbara Campa, to order a colour television and a cordless phone worth $ 578 through an online shopping site, a CBI spokesman said.

Transfers or musical chairs?
Faridabad, July 27
The state government has again started transferring villages, panchayats, sub-tehsils, tehsils and even police stations from one block or subdivision to another. While the authorities claim that it is being done on the demand of panchayats to improve functioning, experts feel that it is a ‘futile’ exercise meant to divert the attention of people from the real issues. The whole game of transfers is not worth the candle, they opine.

NCB wants more teeth, ministry drags its feet
New Delhi, July 27
One year after the Revenue department in the Ministry of Finance had given a nod to implement some proposals in order to give more teeth to the Narcotics Control Bureau, the bureau officials say that the ministry is yet to implement them. The delay is now affecting the functioning of the bureau entrusted with the onerous responsibility of tackling the menace of narcotics and its fall-out.

Livleen Sharma Bohemian belle promotes objects d’art with elan
New Delhi, July 27
The gypsy queen in her flamboyant accoutrements sweeps past the artifacts, attracting attention. A bright yellow lehnga and a black backless choli with colourful tassels braided into her brown hair, make up and jewellery, all in place and a sleek mobile phone in hand, the gypsy Livleen Sharma is all set to take you on a tour of the country.

Fake money changers had links in RBI
Meerut, July 27
The Meerut police today arrested four persons, including a municipal clerk, and seized fake currency notes to the tune of Rs 29,000. Intelligence sleuths have descended on the city as the accused have reportedly said that they have links in the Reserve Bank of India through a broker.


Kharif crops withering, water rationed
Jhajjar, July 27
Following the failure of the monsoon, the standing kharif crops in the district have almost withered and the people are facing an acute shortage of drinking water. The district administration has introduced rationing of water supply in the town so as to overcome the situation.

Declare south Haryana drought-hit: JD (U)
Faridabad, July 27
The president of the Haryana unit of the Janata Dal (United), Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has asked the state government to declare southern districts of Haryana as drought-hit immediately so that relief measures could be taken up.

Takes its toll on cattle fair too
Jhajjar, July 27
The prevailing drought-like conditions here and neighbouring states seem to have hit badly the cattle fair being organised at Bahadurgarh here. The prices of cattle have come down by half of the normal prices and the business is at a low at the fair.

Can atheism withstand religion?
HE three great apostles of practical atheism that make converts without persecuting and retain them without preaching are health, wealth and power,’’ wrote Caleb .C. Colton, an English clergyman (1780—1832). When everything goes well, people are liable to be indifferent to the question whether there is God or not; it is often disasters which shake them out of their complacence.

Dhanaulti: A perfect hideaway off Mussoorie
REAMY, picturesque forests and heights, Dhanaulti is all this and more. A mountain retreat in the enchanting Garhwal hills and at a distance of about 24 kms from Mussoorie, Dhanaulti is surrounded by deep forests abounding in oaks, conifers and tall deodars.

The splendour of the night sky.
The splendour of the night sky

Binalakshmi Nepram
A budding author who deviates from the beaten track
New Delhi, July 27
“South Asia’s Fractured Frontier” is the name of the first book, which is ready for launch on the 10th August 2002, by debutante author Binalakshmi Nepram. This 27-year-old author from Manipur who did her Masters in Modern Indian History from Hindu College is presently working on her Ph.D thesis on the ‘Mizo and the Chittagong Hill Tract Accords.’

Bansi for unemployment allowance to youth
Rohtak, July 27
Former Chief Minister and HVP supremo, Mr Bansi Lal has said that if voted to power, he would introduce unemployment allowance to educated unemployed youth in Haryana. Addressing newsmen here today, Mr Bansi Lal said that all intermediate and matriculate registered with the employment exchanges in Haryana would get Rs 200 per month and graduates and postgraduates would receive Rs 250 per month.

Passengers to get receipts for pre-paid taxi
New Delhi, July 27
In a move to prevent gullible tourists from being cheated by taxi drivers the moment they land in the city, the Centre has decided to issue the pre-paid taxi charge receipts in triplicate to enable the tourists to have a proof of payment.

All human beings are equal
All human beings are equal" from Sikh Heritage in Painting based on Punjab & Sind Bank collections

SDMs asked to monitor traffic on Mathura Road
Faridabad, July 27
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, has directed his officials to personally supervise the traffic movement on the National Highway - 2 (Mathura Road) passing through the town and the district.


Gang of truck hijackers smashed
New Delhi, July 27
With the arrest of four persons after a brief exchange of fire, the special staff of the West district police today claimed to have smashed a gang, which specialised in hijacking loaded trucks and then selling off the goods after getting rid of the truck driver and other staff.

  • Held for rioting

Kidnapping-cum-murder solved
New Delhi, July 27
The East district police arrested Satyajit alias Lovely, his wife Sapna and their friend, Yunis, and worked out a kidnapping-cum-murder that took place in the second week of this month. Satyajit and Sapna had allegedly kidnapped Vijay Bajaj from Mansarovar Park area to take revenge.

  • Held for murder

  • Stabbed to death

Huge heroin haul, 6 arrested
Ghaziabad, July 27
The Ghaziabad police have busted a gang of heroin smugglers and arrested six persons. The police have also seized high quality heroin worth Rs one crore from them. The gang leader is said to be a district level leader of the Rashtriya Parivartan Dal. An Indica car, two country-made revolvers and a knife were seized from them by the police.

Delhi cop shot at by scooter-borne criminals
New Delhi, July 27
A Delhi Police Constable, Anil Kumar, posted at a picket in the Seemapuri area, was injured after he was shot at by two scooter-borne persons, who were stopped for routine checking. The Constable has been admitted to a hospital where he is reported to be progressing well.


Industries may flee Noida due to power crisis
Noida, July 27
The entrepreneurs and businessmen of Noida organised a protest rally and sat at a dharna at the office of the Deputy General Manager of UP Power Corporation. They raised slogans and criticised the mismanagement of the state government and the Electricity Department on the power front.


Delhi HC raps IAF Vocational College
New Delhi, July 27
The Delhi High Court has rapped the Air Force Vocational College for conducting the Nursery Teachers’ Training Course for the past 10 years despite failing to get the course recognised.


Dr M. MahadevappaBODY & MIND
He’s determined to weed out a deadly plant
R M. Mahadevappa, agricultural scientist and former Vice-Chancellor of University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka, has suggested modification of the integrated approach successfully tried in Karnataka to suit different parthenium infested situations in the country.


Shamim Khan, Gaurav Diwan get ‘Passion’ for holes-in-one
New Delhi, July 27
In a magnanimous gesture, Hero Honda Motors Limited, the umbrella sponsors of the Indian Golf Tour, have decided to award a Passion motorcycle each to Gaurav Diwan and Shamim Khan, who recorded a hole-in-one each during the Royal Springs Open, which concluded at the Royal Springs Golf Course in Srinagar last Sunday.

Gyan Bharti crush Mont Fort School
New Delhi, July 27
Gyan Bharti School, Saket recorded a stunning 9-0 victory against Mont Fort School to earn full points in a junior division league match of the Bro Mahony Inter-School Football Tournament at the Mount St. Mary’s School ground in the Capital.

Salwan Boys record stunning win
New Delhi, July 27
Salwan Boys School scored a stunning 10-wicket victory against National Stadium Coaching Centre in the first Prabhu Dayal Memorial Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the Ashok Vihar ground.


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