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Scam report rocks House
Ms Sheila DikshitLokayukta indicted CM, claims Opposition
New Delhi, December 18
Treasury benches and the Opposition members traded charges on the final report of the Lokayukta, which was tabled in the House today on the Delhi Jal Board scam, marking a stormy beginning of the four-day winter session of Delhi Assembly.

No leave for Delhi cops on Id
New Delhi, December 18
The Delhi Police is braced up for any untoward incident in the Capital. It has cancelled all leave to its personnel and officers, following the terrorist attack in Parliament House compound on December 13, in which nine security guards were killed and several others injured.
Delhi policemen could not join their families on Id this time. 
— Tribune Photo





Sheila blames shootout on security lapse
New Delhi, December 18
The December 13 carnage at Parliament House reverberated in the Delhi Assembly with the ruling Congress expressing grave concern at the serious lapse that occurred despite prior information and intelligence about the likelihood of an attack on Parliament.

Restricted holiday on Martyrdom Day
New Delhi, December 18
Succumbing to the pressures from the Sikh community in the Capital, the Delhi Government has decided to continue with the restricted holiday on the martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur, which would be observed on Wednesday.

Old Yamuna bridge to be replaced
New Delhi, December 18
The government plans to replace the rail-cum-road Old Yamuna Bridge as it has outlived its life, the Union Minister for Railways, Mr Nitish Kumar, has informed the Lok Sabha. The preparation of preliminary details and designing of the bridge was in progress and the work was expected to be completed in 2005-6, subject to the availability of funds, he said.


Ram Babu Gupta’s ‘chole bhature’ may not be the Epicurean delight that will elicit rave reviews from the gourmets. But an innocent parrot, perched on the roadside vendor’s nondescript food stall across the road from Shastri Bhawan, seems to certify the taste of all that is sold. This official taster sips tea, chews chillies and munches other snacks, endorsing their edibility. Whatever the distractions, it has not yet looked for the greener pastures. It dives to nibble at eats offered by bystanders once in a blue moon only. On a mundane afternoon four winters ago, an injured parrot, unable to fly, perched itself on the vendor’s stall – little knowing that a good Samaritan in Ram Babu Gupta was waiting in the wings. Today, four years later, the parrot is an integral part of the vendor’s paraphernalia. As Gupta says, the bird has taught him what co-existence is all about. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Spate of thefts in Faridabad 
Faridabad, December 18
There have been a spate of thefts in the town. At least half a dozen thefts have been reported from in the last few days. A couple of days ago, thieves decamped with a safe weighing about 350 kg from a shop in Anajmandi in Ballabgarh town. The safe contained about Rs 85,000. The same night, they stole some cash and grocery items from another shop in the neighbourhood.

Gurgaon to have an ESI hospital, finally
Gurgaon, December 18
The Employees State Insurance Corporation has finally decided to construct an ESI general hospital here, fulfilling a long-standing demand of local industrialists.


WINTER OF DISCONTENT : A destitute woman at Jantar Mantar in the Capital.
WINTER OF DISCONTENT : A destitute woman at Jantar Mantar in the Capital.
 — Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal

A basket of endless woes
New Delhi, December 18
Is there no end to Saket’s myriad woes? Take the parks? They are more often used for wedding receptions and religious congregations. While consenting to such get-togethers, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) levies scavenging charges, but it does not bother to have the parks cleaned after the function is over, lament residents.

Committees aplenty, but who cares for people’s grievances?
Sonepat, December 18
The district-level Public Relations and Grievances Committees formed by the state government seem to have lost their purpose. Though presided over by a Minister and attended by all heads of the departments in the district, meetings of these committees have become a ritual to be performed every month.


A demonstration organised by the Congress against terrorism at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday. — Tribune Photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Dalits in Haryana warn of statewide stir
Sonepat, December 18
The representatives of various Dalit organisations, including the Balmiki Samaj, have urged the state government to order an immediate withdrawal of ‘false’ criminal cases instituted against some of the leaders of the Balmiki Samaj.

Law and order in Ghaziabad is OK: minister
Ghaziabad, December 18
The Rajnath Singh government in Uttar Pradesh has been able to contain the scourge of corruption to a great extent, the Minister of State for Public Works and in charge of Ghaziabad district, Mr Ram Prasad Kamal, has said.

Delhi Govt plans workshops on VAT
New Delhi, December 18
The Government of NCT of Delhi is planning a series of workshops on value added tax (VAT) for better participation by stakeholders like dealers, traders, exporters, re-exporters, wholesalers and retailers.

Privatisation of civic duties angers MCF staff
Faridabad, December 18
Employees of the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF) affiliated to the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh staged a demonstration outside the corporation office today in protest against the decision to hand over the work of tubewell operation to private contractors. 

  • Four die in mishaps

  • CIA takes over cases

  • Rally postponed

Decision to delete passages hailed


Fatal attraction ends in murder
Noida, December 18
In a case of unrequited love, a man killed his beloved with a sharp-edged weapon in a brutal manner yesterday. The killer is absconding. Raj Kumar from Bihar, according to police, was having a one-sided affair with Nisha, daughter of late Raju, a resident of sector 5 in Harolla village, which falls under Sector 20 police station. He would often harass Nisha. 

Mishaps claim three lives
New Delhi, December 18
Three persons were killed and one person was injured in separate accidents in the Capital during last 24 hours.


The Memsaab’s maya extends beyond acting
OR all of you left wondering as to what happened to the beautiful and talented Maya Memsaab, here is good news. The Memsaab is back with a brand new hairdo and some really exciting stuff. She has announced the launch of Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC).

  • Little dream girl

  • Audio-Visual Fete

Couple plan theatre drive against foeticide
New Delhi, December 18
Punjabi theatre couple Sunita and Pran Sabharwal, who were conferred the K. S. Dhaliwal Theatre Award the other day, plan to launch a theatre campaign against female foeticide in Punjab and Delhi.


National Stadium hums with cricket coaching once again
New Delhi, December 18
The cricket trainees of National Stadium are back at their home ground, after cramming it out with other trainees at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium cricket centre for several months. The National Stadium was out of bounds for the cricket trainees when it was handed over to the Public Works Department for renovation works in preparation of the inaugural Afro-Asian Games.

Jadeja Fans Club demands his recall

New Delhi, December 18
With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sending out no positive signal for the immediate recall of Ajay Jadeja, whose name had figured in the match-fixing scandal, into the Indian team, the “Ajay Jadeja Fans Club” has made a representation to the Board for the immediate recall of the dashing batsman.

‘Ajay Jadeja Fans Club’ president Deepak Tanwar presenting a representation to BCCI vice-president C. K Khanna for the immediate recall of Jadeja into the Indian team.

‘Ajay Jadeja Fans Club’ president Deepak Tanwar presenting a representation to BCCI vice-president C. K Khanna for the immediate recall of Jadeja into the Indian team.

Delhi dismiss J & K for paltry 194
New Delhi, December 18
Delhi were sitting pretty at 72 for four after dismissing Jammu and Kashmir for 194 in 64.4 overs on the first day of the North Zone Under-22 Cricket League match at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in the Capital on Tuesday.


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