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BJP decides to gag dissidents
New Delhi, December 24
Madan Lal KhuranaSahib Singh Verma
Concerned over the growing differences between the so-called stalwarts of the Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the central leadership has finally intervened and made it mandatory for the party MPs to inform the party and the RSS unit before holding any programme in different localities of the National Capital Territory.

House-owners can breathe easy
Verification for new tenancies only
New Delhi, December 24
Relief has finally come for the harried house-owners in the Capital with the Lt-Governor, Mr Vijai Kapoor, intervening in the issue to stop their harassment in the ongoing tenant-verification campaign of Delhi Police. The police have already arrested over 100 house-owners for the violations.

Senior citizens may soon have smart cards
New Delhi, December 24
The Government of NCT of Delhi is toying with the idea of smart cards for senior citizens and bringing general category applicants under the purview of the SC/ST loan scheme, so that below poverty line (BPL) families living in resettlement colonies or JJ clusters also stand to benefit.



Messiah’s message: Archbishop of Delhi Vincent M Concessao greeted people on the eve of Christmas, emphasising Jesus Christ’s message of peace and love. ‘’Christ came to this world 2000 years ago with the message of peace, non-violence and embracing the world in love,” the Archbishop said. The message has ‘’never been more relevant and urgently felt than now when the clouds of war seem to dart the horizon in the subcontinent’’. ‘’The people of the region undoubtedly desire peace,’’ he said. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Triple abduction, murder case solved
New Delhi, December 24
The anti-homicide section of the Crime Branch of Delhi Police today claimed to have solved a sensational case of abduction and triple murder of husband, wife and minor son with the arrest of three persons. The police have also recovered the skeleton of one of the victims from a sugarcane field.

CNG school buses can jump queue for fuel
New Delhi, December 24
CNG-driven school buses now need not wait in queues at filling stations. Such buses, owned and registered in the name of schools, would be given “priority” and would not be required to wait for their turn. The decision was taken at the meeting of CNG vehicle manufacturers, CNG kit manufacturers, transport operators and the representatives of Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) last week.

Cops had not cleared passport applicants
New Delhi, December 24
The applications for the passports of Gurjit Singh and Sukhchain Singh, arrested from the IGI Airport a few days back while trying to board a flight for France, were rejected by the special cell of the Delhi Police.


Noida pips Gurgaon in the rush for dream house
Noida, December 24
Noida appears to have emerged as the most favoured residential destination of professionals. Reasonable costs and the considerable commuting advantage have helped position Noida as the better suburban option, especially for those working in Connaught Place, CGO Complex and Nehru Place in New Delhi.

Delhi Mayor Shanti DesaiPerformance is the poll plank of this mayor
T has been a rather long innings for Mayor Shanti Desai in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. Mr Desai’s association with the MCD dates back to 1973 when he was elected as the Chairman of the Education Committee. Almost a quarter century later, he was elected Chairman of the all-powerful Standing Committee in 1997. In between, he has served in different capacities, including that of the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition.

The former Prime Minister, Mr I. K. Gujral, released four pictorial books published by the National Institute of Panjab Studies under the Panjab Heritage Series. Standing with him are Prof V. N. Datta and Dr Manmohan Singh.

Police face farmers’ wrath
Sonepat, December 24
Hundreds of people from the Saroha community hailing from nearly 12 villages, held a peaceful demonstration outside the residence of the Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat. The demonstration was in protest against the failure of the police to arrest the culprits involved in the murder of a 19-year-old youth Ravinder Kumar in his house near the police post set up on the Sonepat-Rathdhanna Road in the evening of December 17.

Foot-and-mouth disease attacks seven cattle in Ghaziabad
Ghaziabad, December 24
Seven cattle of the Shiv Gaushala have succumbed to the foot-and-mouth disease in the last two days. Yet, the veterinary doctors in the area has not paid any attention to the problem, alleges gaushala manager Thakur Sangram Singh. Among the dead animals, there were four cows, two calves and a buffalo.

BKU leader arrested for instigating farmers against government
Sonepat, December 24
Mr Braham Singh Dahiya, a leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, was arrested by the police here yesterday on the charge of instigating people and farmers against the state government and the police. A case under Sections 153 and 147 of the IPC has been registered against Mr Dahiya.

Hospital owner threatens team
Faridabad, December 24
The owner of a private hospital at Ballabgarh has been booked by the police in connection with threatening a team of health officials, who had gone to conduct a checking for alleged violation of the Pre-Natal Determination Test Act recently.


Girl raped by tenant’s relative
New Delhi, December 24
A 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped at her house in the Saraswati Vihar area in North-West district by a relative of her tenant yesterday. The suspect, Ganesh, has been arrested.


North’s biggest flower market in Delhi
New Delhi, December 24
North India’s biggest flower market is proposed to be built in south Delhi on the land reclaimed after covering a drain in the heart of the National Capital Territory. The New Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to build a flower market opposite Dilli Haat on the land reclaimed by covering the Khushak Nallah.


Govt schools devoid of rooms, headmasters...
Faridabad, December 24
The shortage of basic infrastructure, including staff and classrooms, bedevils a majority of the government schools in the region. Absenteeism of staff adds to the woes of such schools leading to further deterioration in the standard of education. The deteriorating state of education in the region has paved the way for the mushrooming growth of private and public schools.

‘Teachers must develop habit of thinking’
Teachers must develop the habit of thinking, and in turn, must provoke the students to think, Prof M. H. Qureshi of Jawahar Lal Nehru University has said. In his valedictory address to the batch of the second UGC refresher course in Geography in Maharshi Dayanand University here today, Prof Qureshi said that theories, especially social and geographical theories, were necessary for developing our capacity to generalise and understand patterns. He said a right method was required for theoretical format, and as such, method could not be independent of theoretical framework.



An alarming 3.84 lakh leprosy patients
New Delhi, December 24
Representatives of the South-East Asian region will meet in the Capital next month to discuss about various measures to be taken to bring down the number of leprosy cases in the region. Though many states in the country have achieved tremendous progress in eradicating the disease, it still has a considerable number of patients in the country.


Coach Sunita Sharma on the job of moulding another young talent at her coaching centre at the National Stadium in the Capital. — Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal

This lady has harnessed Deep Das Gupta’s latent talent
EEP Das Gupta would not have become a cricketer if his parents had not enrolled him for gymnastics at the National Stadium. In the early eighties - circa ‘84, to be precise – National Stadium did not have elaborate facilities for many sports. The main stadium was exclusively reserved for hockey and athletics, and all other disciplines were bunched together on a medium-sized ground at the main gate. Basketball, cricket, gymnastics, volleyball, kho-kho, kabaddi et al co-existed cheek by jowl.

Tarun off to winning start in DSA
New Delhi, December 24
Tarun Sangha got off to a winning start when they beat Garhwal Heroes 1-0 in a Group B match of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)-SAIL Senior Division Football League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi on Monday. The victory earned Tarun Sangha three points.

Delhi Zone down MP Zone in PNB Meet
New Delhi, December 24
Delhi Zone defeated MP Zone 3-0 in the badminton event of the 19th All-India Punjab National Bank Sports Meet at the Karnail Singh stadium in Delhi on Monday. The West UP Zone defeated Rajasthan Zone 3-1 in another badminton tie.


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