Friday, October 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India

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Same old alibi for bad report card
Delhi Govt blames lack of statehood
New Delhi, October 25
The Sheila Dikshit-led Congress government of the National Capital Territory is not at all happy with its performance as it has been unable to deliver the most crucial and basic promise made in its election manifesto – to make Delhi a better place to live in.
Bonhomie on the eve of bonfire: Ram Leela artistes – Ram, Hanuman and Ravan – caught off guard exchanging pleasantries. Bonhomie on the eve of bonfire: Ram Leela artistes – Ram, Hanuman and Ravan – caught off guard exchanging pleasantries. — Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal



Severe shortage of babus adds to Delhi Govt’s woes
New Delhi, October 25
Even as all eyes are on the expected reshuffle of the Cabinet by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, indications are that a similar shake-up of the bureaucracy is also on the cards. There is a severe shortfall of administrative officers, resulting in several posts remaining vacant on account of either promotions, transfers of officers to the Union Government or shifting of officers on deputation.

Keep your hands off Ravan this year
New Delhi, October 25
The police in Delhi and neighbouring states has issued specific instructions to the organisers of Ram Lilas and Durga Pujas to take adequate precautions and ensure proper use of crackers, lest the terrorists take advantage of the festival season to plant explosives.

Kamal Gujjar shot dead by friends
Ghaziabad, October 25
Kamal Gujjar, alias Bunty, a notorious criminal of western Uttar Pradesh who was allegedly involved in the Capital’s Personal Point murder case, was shot dead by two of his friends on the highway near Link Road police station here last night.

No takers for Gurgaon plea for train halt
Gurgaon, October 25
Train passengers and local residents from Gurgaon are cut up with Railway authorities for not allowing a stop for Jaipur-Jammu Tawi Pooja Express here despite several assurances.

Mystical garden
Gurdwara Nanak Piyao Gurdwara Nanak Piyao:
It is situated on the GT Road, near Rana Pratap Bagh. Guru Nanak on his missionary journey to the East stopped in a garden on the outskirts of Delhi. Here he delivered inspiring sermons on his religious and mystical experiences through music and songs. Pundits, mullahs, yogis and sanyasis of Delhi came and debated with him on many religious issues of their interest and felt inspired by his thoughts and experiences. The owner of the garden built a shrine in memory of his visit, which was earlier called Pau Sahib, but is now known as Nanak Piyao. The well from which water was offered to wayfarers is still there. In the hot summer months, cool water is served to quench the thirst of travellers and food is given to the needy.


Adopting a child to complete the family
Noida, October, 25
A young Vasundhra Enclave couple in East Delhi, married for eight years, with a six-year-old son of their own, by adopting a girl have shown the way to happiness and fulfilment through adoption.

Their begging bowl is not full of woes
New Delhi, October 25
For Pappu Pinji, 34, begging outside the city’s temples has helped him regain a lot of lost pride.
Branded a good-for-nothing man by his family, Pinji left his village in Rajasthan 12 years ago for Delhi in search of a better living. He found one and does not regret his move one bit.

Forced to flee homes, now hustled out of shops
New Delhi, October 25
The 60-odd Kashmiri vendors in INA Market are a worried lot these days. Their shops were removed recently as they came within the site space for the flyover being constructed near the All India Institute of Medical Science.

All are painting the town red, Bhadralok or otherwise
New Delhi, October 25
Bhadralok in the Capital extend beyond the Bengali gentry. People cutting across regional disparities are celebrating the return of Maa Durga to her maternal home for four days.

Traffic cops pay a hefty price for manning polluted roads
New Delhi, October 25
In a startling revelation, an increasing number of Delhi Police traffic personnel posted for long hours on roads, are becoming an easy victim to scorching sun, harmful pollutants, and toxins. They suffer from bronchial ailments, irritation and cancer which often turn fatal.

DSGMC to meet on census issue next week
New Delhi, October 25
A high-level team constituted by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee would meet in the Capital next week to discuss the issue of under representation of the community in Census 2001.

Bonanza for MCD medicos
New Delhi, October 25
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has given a Diwali gift to the medical officers working with its health centres by enhancing their Post Graduate Allowance with retrospective effect. The decision was taken at a recent meeting of the Standing Committee of the MCD.


Talcum  lands youth in custody
New Delhi, October 25
In yet another hoax call related to an anthrax envelope, Delhi Police crime branch officials on Wednesday arrested 22-year-old Vikas Sharma, a commercial pilot licence holder, trained in Canada.

Man stumbles to death
New Delhi, October 25
A 25-year-old man, Virender Nath Pandey, died after falling from a moving DTC bus in Trilokpuri in East district last evening. The accident occurred when the man tried to alight from the moving bus and came under the rear wheel. He died on the spot.


An enticing evening
AWWALI has an important role to play in the musical kaleidoscope. It entices audience from all walks of life and largely owes its popularity to Hindi films. Recall Hai agar dushman zamana from Hum kisi se kum nahin and Ae meri zohra jabin from super-hit Waqt? Even though the puritans among qawwals find such digressions disgusting.

Qawwali duo Ghulam Sabri and Ghulam Warsi at Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi
Qawwali duo Ghulam Sabri and Ghulam Warsi at Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi

The follies of an old flirt
HAT if our senior citizens fall in love and let the younger generation suffer because of their flirtatious tendencies? They might find their heart and house devoid of all values and valuables by the time they realise their folly.

Shades of woman in different strokes
EVER have been various facets of human life so widely portrayed, depicted and written about as in the 19th century. The period has been a source of inspiration for most of the painters too. This inspiration is revealed in the 20 beautiful paintings (of his total 300 works) by famous Krishna Shamrao Kulkarni (1916—1994) on view at Kumar’s Art Gallery at Sundar Nagar, New Delhi.


Dope-testing lab still miles away
New Delhi, October 25
The key equipment for dope-testing - Gas Cromatograph Mass Spectrometry Detector (GC-MSD)- imported by the Sports Authority of India at a cost of Rs 45 lakh from the United States, has arrived, but the setting up of the dope testing lab at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is still some distance away.

Amn-Amro Bank cruises through in Gold Vase polo
New Delhi, October 25
Amn-Amro Bank beat Sahgal Stud by eight goals to five and Aravali Polo beat South Delhi by eight goals to five in the last quarter-final matches of the Radha Mohan Rajinder Mohan Gold Vase (ten goals) tournament at the Jaipur Polo ground here today.

Bhandari cracks course record to lead in Noida Golf
New Delhi, October 25
Vivek Bhandari blasted an opening round seven-under 65 to claim both the course record and the lead in the Rs 7 lakh prize money Noida Open Golf Championship 2001, the ninth leg of the 2001-02 Hero Honda Golf Tour, being played at the par-72, 6,940-yard Noida Golf Course here today. 

Robin Singh’s day out with kids
New Delhi, October 25
Former Test cricketer Robin Singh will spend a day out with young kids at the Modern School grounds here on Saturday, which will be known as the “Atlas Cricket -Team Up with Robin Singh”.

ESPN bags Sharjah TV rights
New Delhi, October 25
ESPN Star Sports announced today the acquisition of exclusive telecast rights for the Champions Trophy tournament to be played in Sharjah. Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe will participate in the triangular tournament, starting on October 26. The deal was struck between Sharjah Cricket Club LLC and ESPN Star Sports.


Delhi secretariat virtually unguarded
New Delhi, October 25
Even weeks after the Delhi Government decided to terminate the contract given to a private security agency to guard the New Secretariat complex and deploy personnel drawn from the Central Industrial Security Force for the purpose, the CISF has not been approached yet thanks to administrative delays.


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