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High Court judge accuses CBI of “interference’’
Judge was told to handle petition of former ED official with care
New Delhi, May 2
In the backdrop of the arrest of former Delhi High Court judge Shamit Mukherjee for his alleged involvement in the DDA scam by the CBI, a sitting judge of the high court today alleged an official of the agency had asked him to be “careful” while dealing with the petition by former Enforcement Deputy Director Ashok Agarwal, who is facing a corruption case.

Mukherjee seeks bail, pleads wife, mother are ill
New Delhi, May 2
Former Delhi High Court Judge Shamit Mukherjee, who was arrested by the CBI for his alleged involvement in the DDA scam, today moved an application in the high court, seeking bail on the ground that his wife and mother are ill.

Egg on face, FRRO seeks changes in emigration laws
New Delhi, May 2
The Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO) has expressed serious concern over the growing nexus between travel agents and emigrants travelling on forged documents and has sought additional teeth to deal with such offences.



Carrier channel from Haryana to meet Delhi’s water needs
Panipat, May 2
In order to meet the drinking water requirements of Delhi residents, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, will lay the foundation stone of a carrier channel on West Yamuna Canal (WJC) near Binjhol village here on May 4. The Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, will also be present on the occasion.

The scramble for water in East Delhi.
— Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal
The scramble for water in East Delhi.

Kids could run into Pizza Pooch, if they happen to walk into a Pizza Hut this season.
Kids could run into Pizza Pooch, if they happen to walk into a Pizza Hut this season. — Tribune Photo 

BJP dismisses high-capacity buses as Cong pipedream
New Delhi, May 2
The BJP has dismissed the much-hyped Transport Policy of the Government of NCT of Delhi as a gimmick and said the decision to introduce high capacity bus system was an eyewash.

One can get away with anything in Panipat
Panipat, May 2
Even as big-time crime staged a comeback with a daring daylight robbery here on Wednesday, Panipat district seems to have become a haven for criminals. The spiralling crime graph has spread panic among residents of the affluent industrial city even as the police grope in the dark.


Haryana Cong leader clamours for workers’ rights
Rewari, May 2
The Rewari District Masons and Labourers Union organised a special convention on May Day here on Thursday. It was attended by several hundred masons and labourers from various parts of the district.

  • Somany remembered


Activists demand release of abducted minor girl
Sonepat, May 2
Large number of activists of different trade unions, including CITU, UTUC (Lanin Sarni), Bhatta Vikas Manch and Janwadi Mahila Samiti staged a protest march in the town on Thursday evening and submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police demanding the immediate release of an abducted minor girl of a brick kiln worker, identified as Bhanwar Singh, working at Gayatri Bhatta Company at village Nahri in Sonepat district.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Health Minister Dr A. K. Walia during the inauguration of a special ward at Lok Nayak Hospital in the Capital on Friday.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Health Minister Dr A. K. Walia during the inauguration of a special ward at Lok Nayak Hospital in the Capital on Friday. — Tribune Photo
A deserted Parliament Street branch of the State Bank of India during the one-day bank strike in the Capital on Friday.
A deserted Parliament Street branch of the State Bank of India during the one-day bank strike in the Capital on Friday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal 

May Day cry: Do care for labour laws
Sonepat, May 2
Like previous years, this May Day on Thursday was observed by the activists of various trade unions who raised slogans and organised rallies against the government and factory management, and submitted memorandums of their demands to the authorities in the district.

Farmers sit on dharna for sugarcane dues
Noida/Bulandshahar, May 2
The farmers of Kisan Sabha, Bulandshahar, sat on dharna against the delay in the disposal of wheat crops and payment of dues of sugarcane.

UP farmer wins Haryana ‘uphaar’
Faridabad, May 2
“The scheme was for the farmers of Haryana, but one of the winners is from the neighboring state of UP. Hard to believe! But it is so, according to the results declared by the Haryana State Agriculture Marketing Board, here yesterday.

16 people injured in bus accident 
New Delhi, May 2
Sixteen people, including the driver and the conductor of a private bus plying between Sarai Kale and Ghaziabad, were injured when it collided with a tree while making a U turn near Chandgi Ram Akhara this morning. The injured were admitted to the Trauma Centre. 

Samiti threatens agitation
Rohtak, May 2
The members of the Haryana Karamchari Sanyukta Sangharsh Samiti have threatened to go on a strike on May 21 if their demands, including that of adjustment of the retrenched employees of Haryana State Minor Irrigation and Tubewell Corporation (HSMITC) to other departments, were not conceded.

Action plans making no difference to Yamuna

New Delhi, May 2
There has been no improvement of the water quality of the Yamuna river along the Capital despite a series of action plans and enormous funds allocated for cleaning the Yamuna river, the Rajya Sabha was told today. It was pointed out that Yammuna Action Plan Phase I had not resulted into an appreciable improvement of the water quality.

Man shot dead in mysterious circumstances
Ghaziabad, May 2
A man was reportedly shot dead in Shahpur Chaudhry village under Garh Muktesshwar Police Station in mysterious circumstances at 11: 30 pm on Thursday night.

  • Sonepat depot betters its revenue collection

'Baseless’ report on court proceedings
E are surprised to read your article based on a story of the court proceedings. Under the garb of publishing the court proceedings, your report has given false and baseless facts which do not form part of the court record. We request you to refer to the last three paragraphs.


  • No male teacher please, it’s a women college!

  • Kindly review house tax formula

  • Racket in sale of children

  • Kudos to DFS for sealing high-risk buildings

  • Banish the virus of red tape

  • After rain, the chaos



Case registered in connection with looting
Sonepat, May 2
The police have registered a case against three persons, including a woman, in connection with the looting case reported from Sewli village in this district on Wednesday night.

  • Scooter stolen
  • Rail traffic disrupted
  • Body recovered
  • Looting bid foiled

ISI agent involved in train crimes arrested
New Delhi, May 2
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police today claimed to have worked out several heinous cases with the arrest of an inter-state criminal who reportedly worked for the Pakistan’s ISI. The arrested criminal was involved in bomb blasts in Siliguri in West Bengal. The suspect, identified as Salim alias Bacchan Mian alias Sharifuddin was arrested from the Nizamuddin Railway Station where he alighted to meet his associates to advise them of the modus operandi of the gang, the police said.


Plea for filing cases against SHO, lawyer
Rohtak, May 2
A jeep owner of Bhaini Maharajpur village in Meham town has filed an ‘istgasa’ in the court of Dr Abdul Majeed, SDJM, Meham, to register cases under various sections of the IPC against his Reader, an SHO and certain other policemen and a lawyer.


Sonnet advance in Shera Pandit tourney
New Delhi, May 2
Attractive batting displays by Devender Sharma (71) and Pankaj Sharma (66) helped Sonnet Club beat DSI by three wickets to enter the quarter-final of the 12th Shera Pandit Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Mohan Meakins ground, Ghaziabad. Devender Sharma was named the man of the match.

Gill bowls AIIMS into final
New Delhi, May 2
A devastating wicket-taking spree of 4 for 27 by B S Gill helped the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) defeat Gyan Bharti South Delhi Academy by eight wickets to enter the final of the second Rajdhani Cup Cricket Tournament at the Najafgarh Sports Club ground.

Ganga School honours sports winners
New Delhi, May 2
Ganga School, Hiran Kudna, honoured 181 students for their achievements in sports during the Annual Day prize distribution function on Thursday. Lt Governor Vijai Kapoor gave away the prizes.

Shri Ram School record two wins
New Delhi, May 2
Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, went down to Shri Ram School, Delhi, 55-60 in the Afzal Khan Memorial Basketball Tournament at the Doon School courts, Dehra Dun. In a close match, G Dolo scored 22 points for DPS while Chadha top-scored with 24 points for Shri Ram School.


Rs 50 lakh for repair of watercourses in each district
Sonepat, May 2
The Haryana Government has earmarked a sum of Rs 50 lakh for each district to repair watercourses used for irrigating the cultivable land of the farmers in the state.

New General Manager of Panipat NFL takes over
Panipat, May 2
Mr V. K. Bansal has taken over as t he General Manager of Panipat unit of the National Fertilizers Limited on May 1.


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