Tuesday, November 13, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Second status for Punjabi in question
New Delhi, November 12
The under-representation of the Sikhs in Delhi in Census 2001 has claimed its first victim – Punjabi’s second language status in the Capital. The Lt-Governor, Mr Vijai Kapoor, has reportedly written to the Delhi Government questioning the grant of second language status to Punjabi when the Sikhs in the Capital were about six lakh in a population of over one crore.

Mewat women come out of the closet
Nuh (Gurgaon), November 12
Ramzani Ahmad of village Jaisinghpur in Nuh Block, which is Mewat’s political, social and cultural nerve centre, could not believe her good fortune: She was participating in a one-day `Mahilla Sammelan’(women assembly).

Businessman robbed of Rs 5 lakh
New Delhi, November 12
The police have launched a hunt to trace two armed desperadoes who escaped after robbing a Gandhi Nagar businessman of Rs. 5. 5 lakh cash and his two-wheeler near Anand Vihar last night.


Ravishing Diya Mirza strikes a pose at a function in the Capital on Monday. —Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Decks cleared for annual trade ritual
New Delhi, November 12
Starting November 14, all roads in Delhi will lead to Pragati Maidan – literally – and throw up a daily fare of traffic snarls and related problems.
Thousands of Delhiites are expected to throng the sprawling Pragati Maidan complex to catch a glimpse of products both avant garde and commonplace  which will be on display during the two-week annual India International Trade Fair (IITF) that gets under way from Wednesday.

‘DSGMC has only negative achievements’
One faction or the other of the Shiromani Akali Dal has managed the gurdwaras in the Capital. A split in the parent organisation or merger directly affects the political affiliations of the Sikh leaders in Delhi. Paramjit Singh Sarna who heads the Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi owes his allegiance to former head of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, Gurcharan Singh Tohra. Sarna headed the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee before the present committee took over. 

Former DSGMC chief Paramjit Singh Sarna

Nothing available at PDS shops except despair
Sonepat, November 12
The public distribution system (PDS) seems to have become a subject of public criticism in this city and elsewhere in the district as a large quantity of rationed foodgrains, levy sugar and kerosene supplied to about 400-odd fair price shops find their way into the black market instead of reaching the ration card holders, particularly those families living below the poverty line(BPL) and holding yellow cards.

  • 9 plaints settled at monthly meeting

  • Crushing season

  • Seed sale centre

Dalits oppose widening of road in park
Sonepat, November 12
Two parallel meetings of Dalits were held here yesterday to discuss the future course of action on the district administration’s decision to use part of the Dr Ambedkar Park land near the general bus stand for widening the roads in the area.

Road show on power reforms a big draw
Sonepat, November 12
Presentations on power sector development, energy conservation and curbing power thefts were made at a road show organised here yesterday as part of the nationwide awareness campaign on power reforms being run the Union Government.

Samagam ends, Baba decries violence
New Delhi, November 12
The three-day Nirankari Samagam in Delhi concluded today with Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh stating that violence in the name of religion deserves to be condemned as it shows man’s ignorance, ego and narrow-mindedness.

Empower women spiritually: Sheila
New Delhi, November 12
The spiritual empowerment of women could serve as a potent force for ending differences and restoring harmonious relationships in the family and society, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said here yesterday.

INLD open to electoral pact in UP
Gurgaon, November 12
The Indian National Lok Dal has all its options open and can have an electoral tie-up with any political party for the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, Mr Ajay Chautala, president of the youth wing of the INLD, said.

Flats ready ahead of time: DLF
New Delhi, November 12
The DLF Universal Limited has claimed that it has completed the construction of its Oakwood Estate Complex eight months ahead and Ridgewood Estate Complex four months before the deadline.


Betting racket unearthed
New Delhi, November 12
The Delhi Police today claimed to have unearthed a satta racket with the arrest of three persons involved in betting over the ongoing first cricket Test match between Australia and New Zealand in Brisbane.

  • Youth arrested

  • Gangsters held


Cultural boost for literacy
New Delhi, November 12
Public Educational and Social Welfare Society, a prominent social service organisation of East Delhi, today celebrated its seventh annual function at Trilok Puri- based Basti Vikas Kendra. The Leader of the Opposition in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Mr Ram Babu Sharma, inaugurated this event.

Children’s Day show begins at Talkatora
New Delhi, November 12
A two-day mega show, “Children’s Day”, to coincide with former Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth anniversary was inaugurated by the Delhi Industries Minister, Mr Narender Nath, at Talkatora Stadium in the Capital today.

A mega children’s show began at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on Monday.


Shun negative approach: doctor
Faridabad, November 12
Eminent heart surgeon and executive director of the Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre Dr Naresh Trehan has emphasised upon proper awareness among people to prevent heart disorders.


Navy sink Jharkhand XI in Nehru Hockey
New Delhi, November 12
The newly-created State of Jharkhand learnt their lessons the hard way, that playing politics is one thing and playing hockey is another. Indian Navy gave them a 7-3 pasting in a Group V match of the 38th Nehru Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium here today, to record an emphatic victory.

Senior National Volleyball in Raipur
New Delhi, November 12
The Senior National Volleyball Championship will be held in Raipur, the capital city of the newly-created State of Jharkhand, from December 23 to 30. The Indian spikers have a hectic schedule this year as a number of tournaments have been lined up.

New Delhi to host Grand Prix Chess 
New Delhi, November 12
New Delhi will host the Grand Prix Chess Championship in March, 2002. The 2002 chess schedule is packed to the brim as the $2.5 million Rapid Chess Grand Prix will be held in the United Arab Emirates in February, in New Delhi in March, Croatia in April, Moscow in May and Rio de Janeiro in September/October.


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