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Tussle for VC’s post at JNU
Sangh Parivar jockeying for position
New Delhi, November 15
Perhaps for the first time since its inception more than three decades ago, the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University is in a state of uncertainty as the government has been unable to achieve a unanimity so far on the choice of the successor to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Asis Datta, whose tenure ended yesterday.

Cracker order lost in the din
New Delhi, November 15
It was a noisy Divali as usual with crackers’ keeping the Capital’s decibel level unusually high throughout the night and atmospheric pollution level scaling a new high despite the Supreme Court orders curtailing the time allowed for bursting of crackers.

Arms cache seized from woman ‘pradhan’
Ghaziabad, November 15
The Babugarh police have seized illegal firearms and a large number of cartridges of different bores from the house of a woman ‘pradhan’ of village Datyana. A sum of Rs 86,000 was also recovered during the police campaign to unearth illegal factories of crackers and firearms on the eve of Divali.


CM okays funds for MCD in patch-up bid
New Delhi, November 15
In a move aimed at rapprochement, the Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, on Thursday assured a delegation of councillors of the Bharatiya Janata Party-dominated Municipal Corporation of Delhi that the government will release the second installment of about Rs 80 crore for carrying out development works in various wards. The councilors had called at her office.

Robbery victim dead
Faridabad, November 15
Mr Ram Naresh, a cashier-cum-clerk of the Canara Bank (Main Branch), from whom Rs 5 lakh was looted by four car-borne youth on November 10, succumbed to his bullet injuries in the hospital here last night. He was shot at by the robbers when he and another employee were taking the cash from the main branch to an extension counter at a factory near the thermal power station. 

Statistics don’t tell the tale, but neither do women
New Delhi, November 15
Is the Capital a safe place for the fair sex? This question is being repeatedly asked as more and more women are coming out to join the work force to supplement the family income in the urban areas.

Can fencing or self-defence tactics like karate, being taught to women at Delhi University, help stem the rising incidence of eve-teasing in the Capital?

Ex-minister in dock for swindling trust
Vigilance case for bungling of Rs 75 lakh
Gurgaon, November 15
The State Vigilance Bureau has registered a case against a former minister in the Bansi Lal cabinet, Dr Dharambir Yadav, and three others in a land-related forgery case.

Divali: fire-fighters kept on their toes
New Delhi, November 15
Even as the general public was celebrating Divali in high spirits, the personnel of the Delhi Fire Service were on a high alert, to avoid any kind of untoward incident in the Capital.



An apology for a house, but this flyover will do
New Delhi, November 15
At a time when the construction of flyovers after flyovers is causing traffic jams at every curve and corner of the Capital, the homeless have something to smile about. They have found shelter under them.

Sharmila Tagore takes up the cudgels for dibetics in the Capital on Thursday. 
— Tribune Photo

Life-size dolls outside the Punjab pavilion at the India International Trade Fair 2001 at Pragati Maidan draws a curious onlooker who tries his hand at chapatis. 
— Tribune photo 

Minister hopes Ghaziabad will be no-power-cut zone
Ghaziabad, November 15
Ghaziabad will soon be declared a `no-power cut region’. The UP Government will conduct a study to improve the power situation, the UP Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Power, Mr Hukam Singh, stated this and said that things would improve after the rules were made more flexible. This would also reduce corruption.

Railways set up booking counter at trade fair
New Delhi, November 15
A computerised railway reservation counter has been set up by the Railways at the India International Trade Fair 2001(IITF) for the benefit of trade representatives and people visiting the fair.

Gaiety sweeps Sonepat on Divali
aiety swept the city as Divali festivities reached their climax with a loud bang yesterday night. The entire city and its suburbs were lit up with candles, earthen lamps and colourful bulbs. And the more affluent the area, the brighter it burned. 

  • Series of fire

  • Chacha Day

  • Arya Samaj

  • Water crisis

  • Man murdered

  • Manhunt

  • Pension probe

  • Four injured

  • Leaders flayed

  • Water supply

Paddy season in Sonepat  reeks of a racket
Sonepat, November 15
The Haryana Government has been suffering a huge loss of revenue on account of irregularities committed in the purchase of paddy by certain traders and owners of rice mills in the city and other parts of the district.



3 killed in brawl over village land
Noida, November 15
Four persons have been killed in two separate incidents in rural parts of Noida in the past 24 hours. Two persons were shot dead in Shahpur Kala village under the Dankaur police station. The duo was killed after a brawl started between two factions to wrest control of the village society land. 

Labourer shot dead by neighbour
New Delhi, November 15
Two persons have been reportedly murdered in different areas of the Capital for the last 24 hours. In the first incident, a 40-year-old labourer, Vishwanath, was allegedly shot by his neighbour, Ram Parvesh, after an argument last evening in the Roop Nagar area of North Delhi. 

Youth falls to friend’s bullets
Faridabad, November 15
A 22-year-old man of Dabua Colony here was allegedly shot dead by his friend and two others near the Air Force road last night. The deceased identified as Sudhir, son of Bengali Singh, had gone to a place on the Air Force road at about 8.30 pm where he met one of his friends, Sonu, and two others.



ARTSCAPE ‘Art is not meant for the masses, but for the classes’
OR a man who was born in the land of scenic beauty and animated environs of Goa, love of nature, is but natural. So does it invariably shows in the paintings of Laxman Pai. 


A mela for ‘perfect health’ from Nov 17
New Delhi, November 15
Faced with the growing number of fatal diseases including AIDS and heart ailments among its population, the Delhi Government in association with the Union Ministry of Science and Technology is hosting a nine-day Perfect Health Mela from November 17.



Air India fly past Bengal XI in Nehru Hockey
New Delhi, November 15
Air India went on a goal-blitz in the first half to strike home four goals without reply, to rout Bengal XI 4-0 in a Pool D Super League match of the 38th Nehru Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium here today.

Shiva, Deepak to lead soccer teams
New Delhi, November 15
Shiva and Deepak will lead the Under-14 and Under-17 teams respectively of the Mamta Modern Senior Secondary School in the Subroto Mukherjee Cup Football Tournament to be held at the Ambedkar Stadium from November 17. Harbal Ways, Ratna Sagar and Delhi Sportsmen Association are sponsoring these teams.

Daniel Chopra finishes 4th in Q-School Golf
New Delhi, November 15
Indian-born Daniel Chopra, now based in Sweden, was placed fourth with a tally of five-under 139 after two rounds of the second stage of the US PGA Tour Qualifying School Tournament, which started at various venues across the United States, according to information available here.

Half-done stadium ready to play host
New Delhi, November 15
The spruced up Ambedkar Stadium will play host to the Subroto Mukherjee Cup Football Tournament, starting on November 17. But the stadium still sport a half-done look as the postponement of the Afro-Asian Games brought a sudden halt to the renovation work.


Permits of 32 PDS shops cancelled
Faridabad, November 15
Permits of as many as 32 ration depots in the district have been cancelled on charges of irregularities in the past month. According to district authorities, 29 ration shops operating in the rural areas have been closed while only three `defaulting’ shops were located in the urban areas.

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