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7 roasted alive in fire at PVC unit
Factory was relocated on SC orders
New Delhi, December 8
Seven persons were killed, most of them teenagers, and at least six others injured, including two seriously, when a fire engulfed the first floor of a PVC factory building in the Madipur area of West Delhi late last night.
The charred remains of the PVC factory
The charred remains of the PVC factory

Dead men tell no tales; who will tell DSGMC?
Gurdwara staff suspended on basis of lapsed report
New Delhi, December 8
The suspension of two employees of Bala Sahib Gurdwara is turning into a major controversy as the action taken by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president, Mr Avtar Singh Hit, is stated to be based on a report submitted last month by a committee that did not exist as its chief died eight months back. The report, in other words, has no legal standing.


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Arrest of lady teacher opens can of worms
Ghaziabad, December 8
With the arrest of a woman teacher, who had secured a job in a Modinagar inter college on the basis of a letter, purportedly issued by the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Teachers Selection Board, the police claim to have unearthed a state-level racket in the appointment of teachers.

Overseas manpower racket unearthed
New Delhi, December 8
The Fraud and Cheating section of the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police Crime Branch has busted a manpower racket and arrested four persons.

Sanskrit slokas are child’s play for these twins
New Delhi, December 8
If you think that only three-year-olds can find their way into your heart with their playful, often incongruent banter, think again. Dhruva Arya and Waiga Arya, both three years and nine months old, besides winning hearts may soon win a place in the Limca Book of Records for having memorised Astadhyayi of Panini containing 4,000 rules of Sanskrit grammar.

Twins Dhruv Arya and Waiga Arya, both 3-yr-old.

Lokayukta report could be a blessing in disguise for CM
New Delhi, December 8
All eyes are now on the report of the Lokayukta that is to be released on Monday. The report, which was submitted to the L-G on Friday, pertains to Delhi Jal Board contracts on “trenchless technology.”


Irrigation officials ‘fudging’ muster-rolls
Sonepat, December 8
The Haryana Government has been suffering a huge financial loss due to the preparation of bogus muster-rolls allegedly by officials of the Rai Water Service Division and the Samalkha Sub-Division of the Irrigation Department. The matter came to light in the recent weekly darbar held by the sub-divisional magistrate of Ganaur, Mr Jeet Singh Mehra, when several labourers complained about the non-payment of wages.

INLD legislator’s son manhandles SDE
R Dalbir Singh Dhanda, a Sub-Divisional Engineer of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), was allegedly manhandled by the son of a legislator of the ruling INLD at his office in Sector 15 here on Friday.

  • HBVN staff beaten

  • Two held for gambling

  • Woman crushed to death

  • Five injured in road mishaps

  • School founder electrocuted

  • Couple attacked for water

  • Mass marriage today

  • DC securitymen beat up two

  • Science quiz competition

Sonepat rice shellers thrive on poor offtake of paddy
Sonepat, December 8
The paddy growers of Sonepat district, particularly at Ganaur mandi, are worried over the extremely small quantity of procurements of their produce by the official agencies. Moreover, the indifferent attitude of officials concerned has forced them either to divert their produce to the nearby Narela (Delhi) market or to sell it at throw-away price to the traders and owners of rice shellers.

Driving down to the medicinal springs of Sohna hills
RIVING down the road on the way to the Sohna hills is a nice and an enchanting experience. From the concrete jungle of the National Capital Territory, the road meanders through lanes and by-lanes of rural Haryana, with trees and the cool serene atmosphere providing a visual treat as one nears the hill station.

Swan song of ‘Naini Jheel’ in Model Town?
New Delhi, December 8
Chirping birds, a lush green backdrop, children enjoying a boat ride, and ducks wading in water. This is the image that `Naini Jheel’ in Model Town, modelled on the Nainital lake, still conjures.

Naini Jheel, modelled on the Nainital lake, is at the mercy of authorities. 

Happiness is along the road, not at the end
F you listen to conversations among the youth these days, you will discover they find pleasure discussing the latest in cars, in computers or whatever represents trendiness in fashion and comfort. And they learn to yearn for the best and the costliest, adding and accumulating a mountain of frustrations in the days to come.

Vaish community peeved at reshuffle
New Delhi, December 8
Up in arms over the exclusion of the Vaish community from the reconstituted Sheila Dikshit Cabinet, the Akhil Bharatiya Aggarwal Sammelan on Saturday announced the convening of an emergency meeting of the community leaders in Delhi next week to chalk out a strategy for the impending Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections. 

27 govt creches in Rohtak district
Rohtak, December 8
There are as many as 27 government creches functioning in the district, the District Child Welfare Officer, Sandeep Dahiya, has informed. While 21 creches are in operation in rural areas, six are in the urban region.

Surcharge waiver scheme extended
Rohtak, December 8
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has extended the surcharge waiver scheme for power consumers who have defaulted the payment of bills till December 31.


Gang of pickpockets busted, six held
New Delhi, December 8
The Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a desperate gang of pickpockets and dacoits with the arrest of six persons, who were active in the Mangolpuri area of West Delhi.

  • Man robbed of Rs 2 lakh


CM asks cos to transact electronically
New Delhi, December 8
Expressing her resolve to make Delhi an e-city, the Chief Minister, Mr Sheila Dikshit, today said that her government was planning to make it mandatory for businesses having a turnover of more than Rs 10 million to transact electronically with the state governments.


UK eyeing Indian nurses
THE Indo-UK Nurses Association (INUKNA), a membership-based, non-profit organisation, has entered into strategic marketing tie-up with, a marketing solutions organisation, to promote its recruitment services targeted exclusively at the nursing fraternity in India.
  • Paediatric Cancer

  • Psychiatry Meet

  • Trauma centre

  • Sure Weight loss

Delhi Health Minister A.K. Walia lights the traditional lamp at the inauguration of Cure and Curve Clinic in Saraswati Vihar.


PSB to meet Indian Airlines in Shastri Hockey final
New Delhi, December 8
Punjab and Sind Bank (PSB) will take on Indian Airlines in the final of the Shastri Hockey Tournament tomorrow. In the semifinals at Shivaji Stadium in Delhi on Saturday, Punjab and Sind Bank edged past the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) 2-1 while Indian Airlines lowered Air India with an emphatic 3-0 victory.

Delhi, Chandigarh enter last four
New Delhi, December 8
Delhi University scored an impressive 6-1 victory against Kumaon University in the SGTB Khalsa College Golden Jubilee North Zone Inter-University Hockey (Men) Championship at the Khalsa College ground here on Saturday.


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