Tuesday, October 30, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Illegal units thrive as HUDA acts coy
Gurgaon, October 29
If the government can allow hundreds of illegal commercial structures in the prohibited area near the Ammunition Depot of the Army here, why demolish our houses, demand residents of unauthorised colonies in the city.

Body of abducted 8-yr-old boy fished out of canal
Ghaziabad, October 29
The body of the eight-year-old boy abducted on October 24 for a ransom of Rs 30 lakh was fished out from Ganga Canal today by the police. 

Another minor feared kidnapped
Faridabad, October 29
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of a a minor boy from a colony of Ballabgarh town. While the family claims that it is a case of kidnapping for ransom, the police believe that it may be only a case of harassment by some anti-social elements. 




Pelicans, among the first migratory birds of the season, descend at Delhi Zoo on Monday. 
— Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Sop for minority institutions
New Delhi, October 29
Fulfilling a long-standing demand of the minorities, the Delhi Government yesterday granted minority status to educational institutions established by them. Following the government decision, 50 per cent of the seats in professional and technical institutes established by them would be reserved for students of these communities.

Dikshit lashes out at Rs100 cr aid to MCD
New Delhi, October 29
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today slammed the Centre for giving the Rs 100 crore grant directly to Municipal Corporation of Delhi as it had set a “wrong precedent” and was “undermining the authority” of the elected government.

MCD gets part of Rs 100 crore grant
New Delhi, October 29
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi today received the first instalment of Rs 100 crore for development works from the central government amid rising controversy between the Bharatiya Janata Party-led civic body and the Congress government of the National Capital Territory.

Mr Sahib Singh VermaDelhi has a problem of plenty: Sahib Singh
HE multiplicity of authorities is the “problem number one” in the Capital and this can be tackled only by according full statehood to Delhi. This is the view of Mr Sahib Singh Verma, former Delhi Chief Minister and a stalwart of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

How about a Sanskrit doctorate in English?
New Delhi, October 29
You don’t have to know Sanskrit to get a doctorate in this ancient language, at least not in the Delhi University. Despite elaborate schemes and active institutional and government support, the efforts to popularise Sanskrit do not appear to have made much headway in this prestigious University.




How safe are the hands on the wheels?
New Delhi, October 29
Road safety is one major aspect that is given importance in today’s medical world. A number of seminars and debates are being conducted across the country to ensure to ensure safety and spread awareness among the people about road safety.

A protest in New Delhi on Monday against US policies in the sub-continent.
— Tribune photo

Five killed in accidents
New Delhi, October 29
Five persons, including a girl, were killed in accidents in different areas of the Capital today. Udaibhan Singh, a resident of Gurgaon, was hit by a speeding truck in Udhyog Vihar in the Najafgarh area of North-West district this morning. He died on the spot.

NCC auditorium gets upgraded
New Delhi, October 29
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today inaugurated a state-of-the-art stage lighting, projection and sound system at the National Cadet Corps auditorium in Delhi Cantonment.

IEC bags MCD contract
New Delhi, October 29
The MCD will soon have IT-savvy employees. At least 300 officers and staff members of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi will be provided IT training by IEC Software Ltd., a software company. 

Shahi Imam’s remarks flayed
New Delhi, October 29
Members of the Human Rights Welfare and Social Welfare Society, Shuruaat, demonstrated at Jantar Mantar in protest against the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Delhi, for making derogatory remarks against Ms Shabana Azmi, Rajya Sabha MP.



Scooterist killed in mishap
Faridabad, October 29
A scooterist was killed and his brother injured in an accident on Mathura Road here last night. According to the police, a tanker hit the scooter near the Sector 29 crossing, which resulted in the death of Rajender. His brother Naresh was injured. 



Task forces for IGNOU
New Delhi, October 29
Indira Gandhi National Open University has constituted several high level task forces to look into the issue of enhancing the efficiency of its various activities. In all, eight task forces have been set up, covering the entire range of activities of the university. 

Career guidance camp organised
New Delhi, October 29
A free career guidance-cum-employment assistance camp was held under the aegis of Gyan Ganga, a free employment centre in the society office of Jagritri Enclave. Hundreds of students, youth and job seeker participated in the programme.



An artist delves for life under the sea, casts spell on connoisseurs
New Delhi, October 29
For most of us, the realm underneath the waters is still shrouded in mystery. Dhananjay, an art student from Rabindra Bharti University, Kolkata, tries to unveil the same in his works of art. His solo exhibition at Fresco Gallery, Lalit Kala Academy, last week gave many an art lover a chance to explore the life under the sea. Interestingly, both ordinary persons as well as connoisseurs of art could appreciate his works alike.

Soods catch up with each other at mela
New Delhi, October 29
Fun and festivity marked the 38th Sood Mela held here yesterday with large participation from children in various sports and cultural events held on the occasion.

Crafts museum to show films
New Delhi, October 29
Mr Kashiram Rana, Minister for Textiles, today said a new gallery and a multipurpose hall would be added to the present crafts museum in Pragati Maidan next year. He said this while addressing the sixth meeting of the Advisory Committee of Crafts Museum in the Capital.


UP law against illegal abortions
Noida, October 29
The Principal Health Secretary, UP Government, Mr Sumriti Banerji, said the state government would soon enact a stricter law to stop the illegal termination of pregnancies in private hospitals. He said provision would be made for stringent punishment under the law so that deaths in the name of research become a thing of the past.



Sarandeep SinghTwo states vie for top-notch cricketer’s services
New Delhi, October 29
Off-spinner Sarandeep Singh, who now resides in Delhi by virtue of being employed with the Oil and Natural Gas Commission, wants to turn out for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy Championship this season, but his parent association, Punjab, would have none of it. Punjab wants Sarandeep to play for the State, but Delhi too is keen to have Sarandeep in their ranks, to bolster their depleted bowling attack.

Randhawa, Atwal move to second stage
New Delhi, October 29
Twice Hero Honda Masters champion Jyoti Randhawa and reigning champion Arjun Atwal made it to the second stage of the US PGA Tour Qualifying School tournament with exceptional performances at their respective venues in the first stage. Randhawa tied for the third place at the Martin Down Country Club in Stuart, Florida, while Atwal was joint eighth in the National Golf Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Karthik, Arvind win Karting finals
New Delhi, October 29
In an action-filled event at the Hyderabad leg of the JK Tyre National Karting Championship, Karthik Kancherla and Arvind emerged champions. After sweating it out through 64 laps of sheer endurance and alacrity, Karthik Kancherla and Arvind bagged the titles. 

North Zone TT packed to brim
New Delhi, October 29
On a crowded opening day's programme, 260 matches were played and the rest 50 matches were postponed, as the players didn't turn up in the North Zone Ranking Table Tennis Tournament at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium here today.

Super Selector winner today
New Delhi, October 29
ESPN-STAR will announce the first-ever ‘Super Selector’ winner from among the world record 1,18,000, who participated in the game played for the month of October, in Delhi tomorrow. 


Divali bonanza for homoeopaths
New Delhi, October 29
The Delhi Government today approved the revised pay scales of physicians and teachers in the Indian system of medicine and homoeopathy (ISM & H) bringing them on a par with doctors practising modern medicine (allopathy). The decision, which was taken during a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, gives the doctors and teaching staff in ISM & H parity in pay scales and allowances with their counterparts in the modern system of medicine.

Move to disband Hodal depot opposed
Faridabad October 29
The reported move by the state government to ‘disband’ the sub-depot of the Haryana Roadways at Hodal town in the district, has evoked ‘opposition’ from both the local residents and the transport staff.

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