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Taps run dry in rain-drenched Faridabad
Faridabad, July 31
There is rainwater everywhere. But there is no drinking water in some colonies of this industrial town. As a result, residents of these areas are forced to buy water from private tankers.

Wettest July in 100 years in Capital
New Delhi, July 31
The monsoon this year has set a new record. Delhi has experienced the wettest July in the past 100 years, recording over 63 cm of rain, close to the whole season’s average of 65 cm. The Meteorological Department said here today that since 1901the city had never experienced such an active monsoon. 

Traditional dancers celebrating Teej festival at Appu Ghar in the Capital Traditional dancers celebrating Teej festival at Appu Ghar in the Capital on Thursday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal


CMD of plantation company held for taking 30,000 investors for a ride
New Delhi, July 31
The Delhi Police Economic Offences Wing has arrested the CMD of a plantation company for defrauding 30,000 investors of Rs 22 crore. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Economic Offences Wing) said Ashwani Sood, CMD of M/s Timber World Resorts and Plantation India Ltd, was arrested from a house in Anupam Gardens in Sainik Farms in the Capital.

Mehndi rang layegi
Mehndi rang layegi: A young lady is getting her hand decorated during the Teej festival at Dilli Haat in the Capital on Thursday. — Photo Kamal Singh 

MCD makes even leader of Opp cool his heels
New Delhi, July 31
Close on the heels of the controversy with regard to Parivartan, an NGO, which was refused information by the Slum Department of the MCD, the Leader of the Opposition in the corporation, Mr Subhash Arya, has now taken up the cudgels for getting relevant information from the civic body. The NGO was refused information by the slum wing about material used in the construction of a pavement in the Sundar Nagari area which was in clear violation of the Right to Information Act. 

Break-in at dawn: Couple shot at
New Delhi, July 31
In an early morning break-in, four unidentified youths, armed with pistols, entered the house of a resident of Alipur village, injuring a couple seriously. Narender was admitted to LNJP Hospital while his wife Veermati was in the Sushrut Trauma Centre.

First rehabilitation centre for mentally challenged adults in Haryana
Rohtak, July 31
A rehabilitation centre for mentally challenged adult persons, which is being set up here, is likely to become operational in a couple of months. This is the first such centre in northern India and the sixth in the country which will provide sheltered care, vocational training and medical facilities to mentally challenged persons above the age of 18 years.

Kidnapping foiled, three nabbed
Sonepat, July 31
With the arrest of three youths, the police foiled an attempt to kidnap a youth, Rakesh, of Kheri Dahiya village in an Indica car from the Kakroi chowk here last night.


Functioning of Anganwadi unit called in question
Daulah (Gurgaon), July 31
All is not well with the functioning of an Anganwadi unit in this village as the targeted beneficiaries have informed the village panchayat that it was depriving them of the benefits of schemes devised by the government.

Delhi Police Commissioner R.S. Gupta during a function to distribute appointment letters to the widows of police personnel
Delhi Police Commissioner R.S. Gupta during a function to distribute appointment letters to the widows of police personnel in the Capital on Thursday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal 

Bottled water sold at price higher than MRP
New Delhi, July 31
Bottled water is being sold in hotels in NCT of Delhi at a price that ranges from Rs 15 to Rs 55 when the maximum retail price (MRP) is only Rs 10 or Rs 12. In a written reply, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Sharad Yadav on Thursday told the Rajya Sabha that selling of the package at a price higher than the MRP is prohibited under the Standards of Weights and Measures (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 1977 but this was not a price control mechanism and that the quantum of MRP so declared is left to the manufacturer and the Union Government had no say in the matter

Highrises in Sonepat are  death traps
Sonepat, July 31
There have been rapid growth of the multi-storeyed buildings in and around Sonepat town during last one decade, but none of the owners of the buildings have provided fire safety measures in the buildings.


Cane growers threaten to intensify stir
Rohtak, July 31
The cane growers of Rohtak and Meham region have threatened to intensify the agitation if their dues were not cleared by the co-operative sugar mills of the region timely.

Rs 9 cr earmarked for welfare works
Rohtak, July 31
An amount of nearly Rs 9 crore has been granted from MP Local Area Development (LAD) fund to carry out various development works in Rohtak during the past five years.

Power pilferage rampant in villages
Sonepat, July 31
Electricity worth several lakhs of rupees is being stolen not only by the owners of dhabas, hotels and restaurants on the National Highway No 1 between Kundli and Haldana border, but also by the rural and industrial consumers in the district every month.

Civic bodies told to launch special campaigns for house tax
Sonepat, July 31
The Deputy Commissioner of Sonepat, Mr Balwan Singh, has directed the civic bodies of Sonepat, Gohana, Ganaur and Kharkhauda to launch special campaigns for the recovery of the house tax and other taxes to tide over their financial structures and complete the on-going development works in their areas.

Woman run  over by bus
Faridabad, July 31
A middle-aged woman was killed after a Haryana Roadways bus ran over her at BadarpurBorder here yesterday. The deceased identified as Pushpa, wife of Hazari, was a resident of Rajasthan and had come here to meet one of her relatives.
  • Villagers block traffic to protest youth’s death
  • Couple assaulted
  • Blood bank reopens
  • 93 trolleys for garbage removal
Third Front demands probe into  damaged flyovers


Lovelorn boy beaten up by girl’s kin
Noida, July 31
The relatives of a girl have beaten up a boy so severely that he had to be admitted to a hospital. The duo were said to be having an affair for the last five years. Someone had reportedly told the boy that his beloved was in love with another guy also. This angered the boy who scolded his beloved. The girl’s family then beat up the boy and later even stabbed him.

ICs worth Rs 60 lakh seized from IGIA, six held 
New Delhi, July 31
The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested six persons involved in stealing high quality ICs from the Indira Gandhi International Airport. ICs worth Rs 60 lakh were seized from their possession.


Industrialists tell BSNL to improve lines
Faridabad, July 31
The members of the Manufacturers Association Faridabad (MAF) have said the BSNL authorities here to upgrade the phone services, so as the entrepreneurs do not face harassment and inconveniences due to disruption in the phone lines.

GIA takes up cudgels for small-scale units
Gurgaon, July 31
The Gurgaon Industrial Association (GIA) has once again come out in defence of the small-scale units, which are on the ‘firing range’ of the municipality and are fighting a legal battle against a move for their relocation.


Peeved students launch signature drive against fee hike 
Bhiwani, July 31
Hike in the fees for medical, engineering and other technical courses in the state has upset the students, making them launch a signature campaign against the move. Under the drive launched by an organisation, All India Democratic Students Organisation, signatures of the students are being collected for withdrawal of the hike and they will be submitted to the Chief Minister with a memorandum.


HC notice to DMC on doctor’s plea against punishment
New Delhi, July 31
The Delhi High Court has sought a reply from the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) on a petition by an orthopaedic surgeon. The DMC in an order on June 23 had debarred the surgeon from practising for six weeks for allegedly not registering himself with the council.


Celebrating the historic heritage of Indian textiles
Earth Shastra, an opus exhibition celebrating the historic heritage of Indian textiles, will be presented by Utsav in the Capital. A unique collection of handlooms inspired by the colours of the earth, beiges, browns, ochres, madder, maroon and vivid shades of green have been integrated by textile visualiser Shashiv Chandran in both weaves and prints.

Down-to-earth ‘Dil Wali Gal’

fter his last successful album, ‘India Da Munda’, Jaswinder Singh Paras is now ready to leave people spell bound with his performance in his latest album ‘Dil Wali Gal’, released by T-series. His latest album has melodious music by Anand Raj Anand and lyrics by Shyam Balka.

Jaswinder Singh Paras is ready with his new album ‘Dil Wali Gal’.
Jaswinder Singh Paras is ready with his new album ‘Dil Wali Gal’

Threshold: A portrayal of life’s complex issues

hreshold, a painting exhibition by Preeti Verma, which concluded on Thursday, was not about farfetched utopian dreams, nor about baseless optimism and fairy tales. But about consolidation, the merging of the human spirit, the crossing over of limitations, boundaries set by political, religious, geographical divides.


Young Boys record facile victory in DSA League
New Delhi, July 31
Young Boys trounced Youngsters 5-0 in a Group C match of the Delhi Soccer Association-SAIL A Division Football League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium on Thursday. Young Boys led by 2-0 at half time.

Formula I race live on Star
New Delhi, July 31
The Formula 1 season continues to intrigue, throwing up surprises in every race, and providing just the sort of competitive racing that the fans look forward to.

Jeev Milkha shows spectacular form
New Delhi, July 31
Jeev Milkha Singh produced a spectacular opening round of six under-66 to be tied for the third place in the $120 million yen Aiful Cup, which started at the par-72 Twinfields Golf Club in Ishikawa on Thursday.

Top school teams for Jindal basketball tournament
New Delhi, July 31
Twelve top schools from Delhi will be among those vying for honours in the Jindal Photo Films Basketball Tournament, to be organised at the Master Prithvi Nath Basketball Stadium, Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh from August 2 to 17.


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