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Power blackout in villages a ruse to recover dues?
Faridabad, August 20
There seems to be an unofficial power blackout in several villages of the district. Although the Power Department cites various reasons for the disruption, it is believed that non-payment of electricity bills has a direct bearing on the matter.

Rebate revoked, society residents to
pay more

New Delhi, August 20
Thousands of people living in group housing society flats across the Capital will now have to pay higher property tax as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has withdrawn the 15 per cent tax rebate, claiming that this was against the prevailing law.

Ragging: IIT expels five from hostel
New Delhi, August 20
The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, has expelled five students from the Aravalli hostel; the action came in the wake of the inquiry committee submitting its report on the allegation of ragging of a freshman, Prakash Rajpurohit. The decision to expel the students from the hostel was taken at a meeting of the IIT disciplinary committee here yesterday.

Blueline gutted at CNG pump, blaze at Vivek
New Delhi, August 20
Two fire incidents were reported in the city in the last 24 hours. In the first incident, a fire broke out at a CNG station in the wee hours, gutting a Blueline in Mahipalpur on the Delhi-Gurgaon national highway.

Firemen trying to douse the blaze at Vivek cinema in Patel Nagar on Wednesday morning.
— A Tribune photograph
Firemen trying to douse the blaze at Vivek cinema in Patel Nagar

A tiny supporter waits for Sonia Gandhi at her residence in the Capital on the 59th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi

A tiny supporter waits for Sonia Gandhi at her residence in the Capital on the 59th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi.
— Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal 

Sheila backtracking on statehood: Khurana
New Delhi, August 20
Recriminations over the issue of statehood for Delhi intensified today with the BJP accusing Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit of “deliberately creating doubts” over the Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha and offering to discuss any suggestions or changes mooted by the Congress.

Man shot dead outside school
Ghaziabad, August 20
A man, who had gone to fetch his children from school, was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne assailants in broad daylight in Harvansh Nagar under the Sihani Gate police station yesterday, spreading panic in the busy locality. 

Resist the urge, popping pills at will could be killing
New Delhi, August 20
Akhilesh, a South Delhi-based software engineer, felt severe pain in the stomach recently. He went to a nearby druggist and bought a painkiller. Two hours after he took the tablet, he fell unconscious.


Justice Party promises jobs to Dalits, migrants in Delhi
New Delhi, August 20
The Justice Party, which claims to be emerging as an alternative to the existing Dalit leadership, today launched its election campaign for the coming Delhi Assembly poll, promising to solve the problem of housing and employment for Dalits, minorities and migrants in the Capital.
Justice Party kicks off its election campaign at Talkatora Stadium in the Capital on Wednesday.
Justice Party kicks off its election campaign at Talkatora Stadium in the Capital on Wednesday

Chautala failed to adjust retrenched employees: HSMITC
Rohtak, August 20
The All Employees Association of Haryana State Minor Irrigation and Tubewell Corporation (HSMITC) has charged the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, with backtracking on his promise to adjust the retrenched employees of HSMITC to other departments.


An illuminated Birla temple on the occasion of Janamashtmi in the Capital

An illuminated Birla temple on the occasion of Janamashtmi in the Capital.
— Tribue photo Mukesh Aggarwal 

HUDA administrator directed to appear before Forum
Sonepat, August 20
The District Consumer Forum has issued summons to the administrator of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Faridabad, and has directed him to appear before the Forum on August 21, in a case of related to refund for non-construction to a plot holder.

Sonia hands over house keys to MCD karamcharis
New Delhi, August 20
Ms Sonia Gandhi, Leader of the Opposition, today distributed possession letters and keys of residential quarters to the safai karamcharis of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi at her residence, on 10 Janpath, on the occasion of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary.

Stage set for battle for Uniform Civil Code: Manch
Panipat, August 20
“The stage has been set for the fourth Battle of Panipat on conservatism versus progressivism and fanaticism versus tolerance issues, which would also be fought for a common cause like the previous three battles.” 

Flying squad forages for records in fair price shops 
Sonepat, August 20
In a bid to check the irregularities and malpractices in the distribution of wheat flour (atta) among the families living below the poverty line (BPL) in the this city and other parts of the district, officials of the Chief Minister’s flying squad have started recording statements of the owners of the fair price shops and seeking photostat copies of the records from them.

List of loan defaulters to be published
Meerut, August 20
A list of defaulters, who were sanctioned loans out of the term loan issued by the state government for improving the status of minority communities, will be published in newspapers and displayed at public places. 

Evolve parliamentary management education course
for MPs: Arya

New Delhi, August 20
The All India Citizens Committee secretary general, Mr Pramod Arya, today urged the Union Government to evolve a postgraduate parliamentary management education course for MPs.

Sugar worth Rs 300 crore lying in godowns
Rohtak, August 20
Prof Virender Singh, president, District Congress Committee (rural) and a former chairman of Haryana Sugar Fed, has cautioned the government that the co-operative sugar mills and the cane growers in the state would be ruined if the government did not change its policy towards them.

Power crisis throws normal life out of gear
Sonepat, August 20
The on-going power crisis has worsened in the city and its suburbs following the loadsheddings enforced by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) at night.

Cong organises race in memory of Rajiv Gandhi
New Delhi, August 20
On the occasion of 59th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the Delhi Youth Congress today organised a race, ‘Run for the Country’, in the Capital.

Six booked for dowry
Faridabad, August 20
Six members of a family, including the husband, have been booked under Dowry Act for allegedly beating up and harassing the victim for not fulfilling the dowry demand. The complainant, resident of Sanjay Colony in Sector 23, alleged that her husband and other in-laws had been responsible for her fleeing to her parents’ house.

  • Youth waylaid, shot
  • Rotary Health camp
  • Workers allege excesses

Spurious milk product units unearthed
Ghaziabad, August 20
The Ghaziabad police have arrested 13 persons for running two milk product units, which were churning out duplicates of popular brands in Charanjiv Vihar and Loni. According to the police, one Anuj Garg of Shastri Nagar was operating from House No. 2/356 in Charanjiv Vihar and duplicating a popular brand of ghee for the last six months. 

  • Gang of auto thieves busted


Gupta is Nigam’s new president
Rohtak, August 20
Mr C. M. Gupta, SDE, Gurgaon, and Mr Arvind Pal Dahya, JTO, Rohtak, have been elected president and circle secretary respectively of the newly constituted ‘Sanchar Nigam Executive’s Association (India).


Candidates of various political outfits are out to woo the students in DUCAMPUS
Poll fever catching on at Delhi University
he zest and the hullabaloo that Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections entail, make it hard even for the most obscure to escape without being affected. Even if you swear non-allegiance to any political outfit, it is hard to be indifferent to the student “leaders”, who insists on shaking hands and sometimes greeting you with an embrace.
Candidates of various political outfits are out to woo the students in DU. — A file Photo

  • Alliance in Multimedia programme
  • Independence Day  celebration
  • CS Results on August 25
  • Mashelkar honoured

No medicines for eye flu in Dadri hospital
Noida, August 20
Hundreds of people have become victims to conjunctivitis and fever in Dadri town as well as in rural areas, as no medicines to treat these ailments are available in the Government Hospital, Dadri.


Suresh Kalmadi Kalmadi adds another plume to his cap
New Delhi, August 20
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Suresh Kalmadi has added another plume to his cap with his re-election as a Council Member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), election to which was held in Paris on Tuesday.

Karun Chandhok drives to third place
New Delhi, August 20
Karun Chandhok scored a pair of third places in rounds 17 and 18 of the British Formula 3 Championship (Scholarship Class). The races over the weekend were held at the Thruxton circuit in Hampshire, where average speeds over a single lap exceed 195 kmph.


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