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Victims of riots then, of apathy now
New Delhi, October 30
Seventeen years have passed since 1984 riots, that erupted after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, turning the lives of hundreds of Sikhs in the Capital topsy-turvy. After several court orders and tall promises, families of the deceased and the maimed in the ignominious riots are still grappling with the same old problems and some new ones.

Posh DLF residents getting a raw deal
Gurgaon, October 30
Residents of the posh DLF Qutab Enclave are a bitter lot these days. Despite tall claims by the DLF group that it provides the best facilities in its colonies, residents lament that they have to cope with insufficient amenities. That too when only 25 per cent of the colony is occupied.

NDMC determined to end parking blues
New Delhi, October 30
The New Delhi Municipal Corporation is working on a new parking policy, which is likely to bring great relief to the beleaguered vehicle owners in Lutyens’ Delhi.



Mumbai lad is ‘Super Selector’
New Delhi, October 30
Twentyeight-year-old Amit Walinjkar, a die-hard cricket fan from Nai Mumbai, emerged the ‘Super Selector’ for October in the ESPN STAR Sports' ‘Super Selector’ game show. He chose the best team and mustered a Super Score of 3704 points. Walinjkar has earned a free trip to South Africa and an opportunity to comment on the game along with Sunil Gavaskar, Geoffrey Boycott and Harsha Bhogle.

Security for MNCs beefed up
Gurgaon, October 30
The security has been strengthened for American and British multi-national companies here. Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Singh Siag informed newspersons that various measures had been taken to provide fool-proof security to America's establishments and their foreign and Indian staff.

Gul PanagGul-e-Gulshan  
HE came, she saw and she launched. Not a thousands ships though, but a collection of jewellery titled “The Imperial Collection, poetry in 22 karat gold” manufactured and presented by Lalsons Jewellers. And the lady in question is the beautiful former Miss India, Gul Panag.

A do-it-yourself nirvana kit for yuppies
New Delhi, October 30
In an age of instant gratification – be it coffee or two-minute noodles – you need not wait for the hitherto-indispensable PanditJi to perform Lakshmi Puja before venturing out to celebrate Divali.

CM ‘cut off’
The New Secretariat today remained ‘incommunicado’, albeit briefly, courtesy MTNL. Reason? MTNL’s dedicated exchange at the Players Building went bust early morning.


Delhi pregnant with teenage troubles
New Delhi, October 30
Moments of reckless passion – sometimes coupled with ignorance - have unleashed a social problem - adolescent abortions. The Parivar Seva Sanstha (Marie Stopes), one of the top abortion clinics in the country, says on an average 1,560 teenage abortions take place in the Capital every month and there are many more that go unreported.

At long last, Ashram Chowk breathes easy
New Delhi, October 30
Travel time between Noida and Delhi has been reduced after the flyover on Mahatma Gandhi Marg at Ashram Chowk was opened for commuters today. While earlier it took anywhere between 30 and 45 minutes to reach Delhi, people from Noida will be able to make it in about 10 minutes.

Guns and bombs alone don’t make a terrorist...
New Delhi, October 30
To state that the September 11 attacks in the United States have stirred the collective conscience of comity of nations would not be wholly inappropriate given the debate that is engaging the attention of policy and opinion-makers worldwide.

Progressive solutions focus of Punjabi literature
New Delhi, October 30
Noted Punjabi author Gurbachan Singh Bhullar has bagged this year’s premier Sahitya Satkar Award of the Punjabi Academy.Mr Bhullar has written 14 books and translated more than 30 books. He has also edited more than two dozen books.

Sarna opposes funding by DSGMC
New Delhi, October 30
Shiromani Akali Dal, Delhi, president Paramjit Singh Sarna today opposed the proposed move by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee to contribute Rs 1 crore for the bicentennial celebrations of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in November.

Call for foreign funds in tourism
New Delhi, October 30
Demanding “corrective measures” to bring about a change in the tourism sector, Delhi Tourism Minister Narendra Nath said today there was a requirement for greater analysis and insight for the state to emerge as a facilitator of gigantic economic turnover in the tourism sector.


DPS boy’s murder shatters family
Ghazibad, October 30
Jatinder, who had abducted Vishal Chaudhri and later murdered the innocent boy of eight, has snatched the darling son from the Chaudhri family. He has committed the most heinous crime, for Vishal would have turned 6 February next.

Kalkaji businessman robbed of Rs 1 lakh
New Delhi, October 30
A businessman was robbed of Rs 1 lakh in the Kalkaji area of South Delhi last night. When Rajender, a wholesale dealer, after closing his shop in Kalkaji market, headed for the parking lot, a youth in his early twenties snatched the bag containing the money, police sources said.

  • Murder solved

  • Death on bridge

  • 2 mowed down

Escape foiled
The escorting policemen foiled an escape attempt by an undertrial when he was being brought back after his appearance in the court here on Tuesday. According to police sources, Ramdhari ,alias Bali, was an accused in several dacoity cases. He was brought to Rohtak on Monday night from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan where he is in judicial custody. He was brought to the local court here on Tuesday, escorted by Mr Gurdyal Singh an ASI in Rajasthan Police, along with three other policemen.

  • Scooterist hit


Pulsating with energy
HAT makes Michael Jackson, Madonna, George Michael and Bryan Adams so dear to their fans? Not only are they brilliant singers but they are terrific performers also. Their live wire performances mesmerise concert-goers, making them cry, sing and laugh. The concert culture is yet to pick up in India. Of course, most wannabe Indi-pop stars are unable to move the audience with their rhythm. Now, there is a new star on the horizon, who, fans and critics alike, are hailing as an electrifying performer. Ashok Mastie, indeed, stands apart in the world of Indian pop stars, who depend solely on their videos to catapult them to fame.

Ashok Mastie is known for his on-stage rapport with audience.


Soya milk one-up on cow milk: cardiologist
New Delhi, October 30
Soya milk is superior to cow milk. Such a statement coming from the land of cows would surprise many. However, the claim is based on scientific research done globally. “Soya milk is superior to cow’s milk. It is a heart-healthy drink without saturated fat and cholesterol of dairy,” said Dr S C Manchanda, head of the cardiology unit of All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Session on hypnotherapy
Gurgaon, October 30
International Cultural Center, a local organisation, held a talk on `hypnotherapy’, a revolutionary self-healing technique for the benefit of the stressed-out urban Indians. The mind-healing process is based on the premise that mind is the ultimate healer of the body, explained the key speaker, Dr Vanit Nalwa.


Delhi announces Ranji team sans Sarandeep
New Delhi, October 30
Punjab off-spinner Sarandeep Singh has been kept out of the Delhi Ranji Trophy team, which will be led by Mithun Minhas, though provision has been kept for his inclusion as and when he gets the necessary permission from the Board of Control for Cricket in India to shift from his parent association, Punjab, to Delhi.

Uma Bharti congratulates Humpy
New Delhi, October 30
Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Uma Bharti has congratulated Junior World Chess Champion Koneru Humpy, who has become the first Indian woman to achieve two Grandmaster norms.


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