Thursday, October 25, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Noida bridge takes toll of Okhla sanctuary
New Delhi, October 24
The rapid and unbridled urbanisation in the Capital has claimed yet another ecological victim, the Okhla Bird Sanctuary connecting the city with Noida in Uttar Padesh. According to ecological experts, the culprit this time is the recently constructed Noida Toll Bridge.

A great piece of architecture, the Noida toll bridge is proving to be a death trap for a rare species of migratory birds, which make Okhla their sanctuary every year. — A Tribune photo






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Most samples in wholesale drug market turn out fake
New Delhi, October 24
Spurious drugs and injections, including life-saving drugs, analgesics and antibiotics, of leading brands are being sold in Bhagirath Palace, the largest wholesale drug market of northern India. The practice came to light after 49 of the 76 samples lifted recently from the market on the directions of the Drug Controller of Delhi were found to be spurious. Some of these drugs are prescribed during pregnancy and for anthrax fever.

When MLAs have their cake and eat it too
Noida, October 24
A 9,750 square metre plot, allotted to Uttar Pradesh Legislators Cooperative Housing Society (UP Vidhayak Sehkari Avas Samiti) for construction of flats on the instructions of the government, has become a thorn in the flesh of the Noida Authority.

Kidnapped boy rescued
Faridabad, October 24
An attempt to kidnap a minor boy for ransom was foiled by alert parents and vigilant cops in Sector 29 here. The boy, son of a garment manufacturer, was rescued within two hours; the four culprits have been arrested.

A profound friendship
Moti Bagh Gurdwara:
It is situated near Dhaula Kuan. Guru Gobind Singh helped Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah in ascending the throne after the death of Aurangazeb. The Guru also helped the ruler in the fight against Azam Shah, one of the son’s of Aurangazeb. The friendship between the Mughal emperor and the Guru became deep and profound after the military campaign. A number of meetings between the Guru and Emperor Bahadur Shah were also held at the present site.
 Moti Bagh Gurdwara

 
COMMUNITY

Malviya Nagar residents on the warpath

Bone of contention opposite a temple
New Delhi, October 24
The residents of South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar are up in arms against a meat shop that is situated barely 15 feet away bang opposite a Hanuman Temple in the main market and today they threatened to move court if the authorities did not relocate the shop.
Dubious use of park in question
New Delhi, October 24
Even as Food and Civil Supplies Minister inaugurated a by-lane of a park here today, the ‘park war’ in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar continues in full flow. And this park between Block G-11 and G-12, the by-lane of which was inaugurated is no ordinary park, at least for the residents. They call it a ‘win’.

WHAT I MISS MOST
Even nostalgia is not what nostalgia used to be
I
T has been accepted by most of the people that Punjabis are go-getters. Credited with being the most progressive, adaptive and resourceful of all communities, they carve out a niche for themselves wherever they go. At the same time, they cannot break away from their home state which is rich in culture and cuisine and long to return to its green surroundings. Their attitude to life is enviable yet inimitable.

SAD presses for probe into sacrilege
New Delhi, October 24
The Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi today stated that a religious committee formed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee should probe the Guru Granth Sahib burning issue as it is a matter concerning the Sikh community.

 
CRIME

Sedative used to rob family
New Delhi, October 24
The Delhi Police have launched a hunt to trace down a domestic servant who escaped with valuables worth over a lakh of rupees after administering a strong sedative to the employer, Mr R. C. Kapoor, and his family in the Paschim Vihar area of West Delhi yesterday.

  • Murder solved

Woman tortured for dowry
New Delhi, October 24
A 23-year-old woman, Sushi Garg, who was married three years back to a businessman of Delhi, was allegedly given tranquillisers to kill her when she did not yield to the dowry demands of her husband and in-laws.

Heroin worth Rs 5 cr seized from Nigerian
New Delhi, October 24
The police today claimed to have seized heroin worth Rs 5 crore in the international market with the arrest of a Nigerian national at the Indira Gandhi International Airport The Nigerian national, Bata, who had reportedly links with the drug cartel of Delhi’s cocktail circuit, had kept the consignment in his bag.

 
EDUCATION

CAMPUS
DU students left without the hot cuppa as winter nears
A
S the autumn mist sets in the Capital, the students of Delhi University, North Campus, are left without a major hangout – the University Coffee House, right on Chaatra Marg. The coffee house, a favourite stopover for all those who wanted to have a quick sip of invigorating hot coffee, could accommodate 150 persons at any point of time and catered to several departments, including the Arts Faculty, which has students running into several hundreds.
  • Dance competition
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  • Khalsa College 50th year
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  • Parking blues
  • Simian threat

Jamia to produce budding watchdogs
New Delhi, October 24
Arguably for the fist time in India, four departments of studies have come together to support a course of study introduced by Jamia Milia Islamia. The course is a postgraduate diploma in journalism, initiated by its Department of Hindi in September 2001.

 
SPORTS


Give Punjab its due, insists CM
New Delhi, October 24
The Indian junior team’s cup victory in the seventh edition of the Junior World Cup Hockey Championship at Hobart was sweet music for Punjab as 10 of the team members belonged to the State. But Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal lamented that “Punjab ke saath bahut beinsafi ho rahi hai. Punjab ko majboot rakho, desh majboot ho jayega”. Mr Badal was voicing his inner thoughts for the consumption of Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Uma Bharati when the junior hockey team was felicitated.



Mr Parkash Singh Badal is flanked by Ms Uma Bharati and Mr K P S Gill at a ceremony held to felicitate the junior hockey team. — A Tribune photo

Irina Brar to lead the field in Northern India Ladies’ Golf
New Delhi, October 24
Defending champion Irina Brar of Chandigarh, who is also the country’s number one junior girls’ player, will lead a packed field in the 34th Ladies’ Northern India Open Golf Championship, to be played at the Delhi Golf Club course here from November 6 to 9. Siel Ltd. will sponsor the championship for a record 14th year.

Indian boxers secure 3rd position in Finland
New Delhi, October 24
The six-member Indian boxing team put up a spectacular performance to secure the third position in the 22nd International Tammer Boxing Championship held at Tampere in Finland from October 18 to 21. This is a major boxing tournament in Europe in which 61 boxers from 11 countries had participated.

Uttarakhand gets a thrashing
New Delhi, October 24
Simla Youngs defeated Uttarakhand 2-0 in the Delhi Soccer Association-SAIL ‘A’ Division Super League Football Championship at the Delhi University grounds here today. With this victory, Simla Youngs, who collected 11 points from five matches, qualified for the Senior Division league. Uttarakhand completed their engagements on two points.

Ajit Pal Singh wins bronze
Gurgaon, October 24
Ajit Pal Singh of India won the bronze medal in the light welterweight category in the first world Boxing Cadet Championship held at Baku in Azerbaijan from October 13 to 21.

ADMINISTRATION

2 ministers may lose job in reshuffle
New Delhi, October 24
Two ministers are likely to be dropped even as a third is learnt to have got a ‘reprieve’ ahead of a Cabinet reshuffle by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. According to reliable sources, portfolios may also be re-allocated given the Chief Minister’s desire to install a “clean” government and deliver on her promise of “good governance”. However, a section of the party dismisses all these as baseless and speculative.

Solar-powered traffic signals
New Delhi, October 24
The Delhi Police traffic officials are working on a pilot project to introduce solar-powered signals and blinkers at important intersections in the city. The site work which would begin early next month on National Highway – 8, towards Indira Gandhi International Airport, is aimed at increasing the efficiency and to reduce the burden on traffic police personnel.

Plan to install crash barriers on flyovers
New Delhi, October 24
The Delhi Traffic Police have formulated several schemes to streamline traffic and ensure public safety on roads. In fact, the increase in number of flyover’s around the city, which was aimed at easing traffic, is proving to be more dangerous as the vehicles go at a maximum speed resulting in more fatal accidents in the recent time, according to the traffic police officials in the city.

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