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Displaced foursome fret and fume
Nothing is amiss, says Sheila

New Delhi, December 6
That the ‘new look’ Cabinet has not gone down well with a section of Congressmen was apparent in Thursday morning’s swearing-in of four new ministers. Barring a handful, the Congress legislators boycott the function. The four ministers to get the axe were particularly conspicuous by their absence.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit with the four newly inducted ministers.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit with the four newly inducted ministers. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Haroon Yusuf bags plum portfolios,
Saathi loses revenue
New Delhi, December 6
The four new faces in the Sheila Dikshit Ministry were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Lieutenant-Governor Vijai Kapoor on Thursday morning. All the four ministers – Deep Chand Bandhu, Ajay Maken, Raj Kumar Chauhan and Haroon Yusuf – took the oath in Hindi in the presence of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and her Cabinet colleagues. Senior Congressmen and leaders of the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party graced the function, held at Raj Niwas.

 

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NOBLEMEN WHO FOLLOWED NOBEL

Schoolchildren at the the month-long exhibition titled ‘100 Years of Nobel Prize’ being organised by the National Council of Science Museums at Pragati Maidan from Thursday
Schoolchildren at the the month-long exhibition titled ‘100 Years of Nobel Prize’ being organised by the National Council of Science Museums at Pragati Maidan from Thursday to commemorate the centenary of the institution of the Prize. — Tribune photo

MCD eyes toll tax on road to election
New Delhi, December 6
As expected, there is no fresh tax in the annual budget of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) presented here today. The total allocations have seen an increase of 42 per cent, including Rs 15 crore set aside for the corporation polls, scheduled to be held in February next year.

Private publishers sore with NCERT
Delay in publication of reference books due to change in syllabus
New Delhi, December 6
The change in syllabus, initiated by the NCERT, which is bothering the academicians, is receiving flak from the publishers as well.

14 chargesheeted in Noida pipe scam
Noida, December 6
Noida is learnt to have taken the decision to serve the chargesheet to 14 suspended employees, found involved in what was known as the ‘pipe scam’ six years ago. The decision is understood to have been taken on the orders of the state government.

 
COMMUNITY

Water is scarce, but alcohol overflows
New Delhi, December 6
South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj– known for its water shortage is brimming with liquid of a different kind–alcohol. There are at least five places in Vasant Kunj where the alcohol, popularly referred to as Theili Masaledar, is sold illegally. Everyone knows of these illegal liquor joints s “except the police”.

Who takes Janata Darbars seriously?
Sonepat, December 6
A majority of government officers in this city and elsewhere in the district are public servants only in name. Their unresponsive attitude towards the people has caused resentment among the public.

Sonia unveils Ambedkar’s statue in assembly
New Delhi, December 6
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday unveiled the statue of Dr B. R. Ambedkar in the Delhi Legislative Assembly. She conferred the Ambedkar Ratna Awards and also gave away awards to the best legislators and journalists for the year 2000-2001 and two preceding years.

Kalandars find it tough to keep wolf from the door
Faridabad, December 6
Hundreds of families of the Kalandar (madari) community here are facing starvation due to the lack of work, after their animals were taken away under the provisions of ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act’. While the majority of them have now taken to part-time work like collecting garbage and waste, several of their children have taken to begging.

SONEPAT
Cong leader wants Hooda replaced
Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, a former minister and a senior Congress leader, on Thursday urged the party high command to replace the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, with some other prominent leader who enjoys the confidence of all other factions in the state unit.

  • Four hurt in group clash

  • House looted in daylight

  • NCP leaders resign

  • Grievances panel on Dec 9

ROHTAK
540 complaints settled at darbar
As many as 540 complaints out of a total of 614 were settled on the spot during an open darbar held under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, at Sampla town on Thursday.

  • Boy crushed to death

Lightning can strike thrice
Faridabad, December 6
Dub it `misfortune’ or sheer `bad luck’. Three youth were snatched by death just a few days before their marriage in the last one week in Palwal sub-division of the town. Ishwar Singh of Jatola village died in a road accident yesterday near Alhapur village in the sub-division. 

Telephone on demand soon in Sonepat
Sonepat, December 6
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has increased the capacity of Sonepat main telephone exchange by 2,000 lines and it would give new telephone connections on demand by the end of the current financial year.

 
CRIME

Burglary FOLLOW-UP
MTNL probe being stalled?

New Delhi, December 6
Even though a week has passed since Rs 1 crore was looted from the Preet Vihar exchange of the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) in the wee hours of November 28, the Delhi Police are yet to make any significant breakthrough. But what is intriguing is the stance taken by the MTNL top brass vis a vis police investigation.

The woman behind flesh trade
Amidst reports that flesh trade is flourishing in the district, a young woman has lodged a complaint with the Kotwali police about how she was forced into the nefarious trade by the proprietor of one such den. The woman has named the proprietor, Sharda, who has been in the news for quite some time, and a youth as the agents who forced her into the ‘profession’.

  • Petrol station looted

Two die in road mishaps
New Delhi, December 6
Two persons lost their lives in separate road accidents in the Capital late last night. The first accident occurred when a scooterist, identified as Shiv Singh (32), resident of Block 8, Trilokpuri, was reportedly hit by an unknown vehicle in Trilokpuri. He died on the spot.

 
EDUCATION

Multimedia gives IGNOU the reach
New Delhi, December 6
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has expanded its multimedia approach to education in order to reach the remotest corners of the country using all available modes of communication.

 
CULTURE


ARTSCAPE
The fall of a shooting star
W
ATCH a movie on a contemporary sepoy and witness him emerge a winner in the end despite the countless sins he commits. Even if he happens to be from an old film, he will not meet a tragic fate in the end for a tragic conclusion is not acceptable to the audience! Call it coloured or moulded to suit the audience’s demand, today’s films on a warrior, small or big, end quite predictably.




Scenes captured in time from Ghasiram Kotwaal, a many-splendoured play by Vijay Tendulkar


Scenes captured in time from Ghasiram Kotwaal, a many-splendoured play by Vijay Tendulkar
An enigmatic work from a self-taught artist
T
HE language of painting is formal. It is also opaque. It is a language of cognition and not one of analytical apprehension, thus said J. Swaminathan, a renowned painter. The sentence seems to hold much water if seen through his son S. Harsha Vardhana’s recent paintings on view (till December 12) at Gallery Espace at New Friends Colony, New Delhi.


Untitled abstract works by S. Harsha Vardhana talk of the reality of the image which a painting ought to project, as propounded by his father, the legendary J. Swaminathan.

Untitled abstract works by S. Harsha Vardhana talk of the reality of the image which a painting ought to project, as propounded by his father, the legendary J. Swaminathan.
HEALTH

Ex-CJI dwells on patients’ rights
New Delhi, December 6
The former Chief Justice of India, Justice M. N. Venkatacheliah, has suggested that a chart of patients’ rights must be displayed at every hospital in the country and called for renewing the role of the family physician.

Dental Health Mela begins at MAMC
New Delhi, December 6
The five-day Dental Health Mela was inaugurated by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today on the premises of Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) in the Capital. The mela is being organised jointly by the Delhi Government and the dental wing of MAMC. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister expressed deep concern at the increasing incidents of oral diseases in the Capital and other parts of the country.


A student being checked during the five-day Dental Health Mela, which began at the Maulana Azad Medical College in the Capital.
 — Tribune Photo

 
SPORTS

Cyril Ekka scores hattrick for CISF in Shastri Hockey

New Delhi, December 6
Three goals in a row by Cyril Ekka propelled Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to a facile 5-1 victory against Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) in the Shastri Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium here on Thursday. In another one-sided match, Punjab and Sind Bank crushed Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) Juniors 4-1. In a Group A match, Cyril Ekka’s goal-scoring magic was the high-point of CISF’s huge victory.

An exciting moment during the match between CISF and BPCL in the Shahstri Hockey Tournament at the Shvaji Stadium in Delhi on Thursday. — Tribune photo

An exciting moment during the match between CISF and BPCL in the Shahstri Hockey Tournament at the Shvaji Stadium in Delhi on Thursday.

Punjabi varsity record big win
New Delhi, December 6
Punjabi University, Patiala, made mincemeat of Dr B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra, when they recorded a 15-0 victory in the Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College Golden Jubilee North Zone Inter-University Hockey (Men) Championship at the Khalsa College ground here on Thursday.

ADMINISTRATION

Permits must for school buses: DC
Rohtak, December 6
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, has ordered the management of various schools in the district to get permits for plying their buses and other vehicles for carrying children to the schools.

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