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Sikh census ploy to delay DSGMC polls?
New Delhi, December 27
The much-publicised enumeration of Sikhs in the Capital by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has come under criticism for its alleged technical flaws and also due to doubts that it is another attempt to delay the long overdue DSGMC polls.

Yamuna pollution: Onus on six Haryana towns
Faridabad, December 27
Six out of the 15 main towns responsible for polluting the Yamuna are located in Haryana, the vice-president of Sulabh International, the NGO which has been asked to run the awareness campaign under the Yamuna Action Plan, has said. The Japan Government has allocated Rs 211.56 crore for cleaning the river under the plan. The vice-president of Sulabh said that the Yamuna, the lifeline for lakhs of people, had turned into a big “drain of sewer.”



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Maken to give pictorial proof of CNG queues
New Delhi, December 27
The Transport Minister has sought physical verification of the CNG filling stations and ordered that photographs be taken of the “long queues” to impress upon the Centre the “ground realities” and also apprise the Union Petroleum Ministry of the Government of NCT of Delhi’s “genuine” concerns.
A file picture of CNG autos at a filling station. 
— Tribune Photo

Dacoit gang busted at Sainik Farms
New Delhi, December 27
With the arrest of five dacoits, the South District police today claimed to have solved a dacoity at Sanik Farms and averted another in the farm house area of Mehrauli. 

Armed youth loot train passengers
Sonepat, December 27
Passengers of a New-Delhi passenger train were reportedly looted between Rajlu Garhi and Sandal Kalan railway stations, 8 km from here, by four unidentified armed youth last night.

Driver succumbs to burns
Sonepat, December 27
The tempo driver, Krishan, who tried to immolate himself on Monday here, succumbed to his injuries at a Delhi hospital yesterday. 

Delhi to be touted as favoured tourist spot
New Delhi, December 3
Hinting at a substantial hike in the tourism budget for the year 2002-03, the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, has said the Delhi Government is making concerted efforts to promote the National Capital Territory as the most-favoured tourist destination in the country.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit releasing a diary and calendar 2002, brought out by the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation in New Delhi on Thursday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal


Martyrdom day observed
New Delhi, December 27
The martyrdom day of Guru Gobind Singh’s son was observed in the Capital with large number of Sikhs congregating at Gurudwara Mata Sundari and offering prayers. Guru Gobind Singh’s four sons were Ajit Singh, Jhujhar Singh, Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh.

 


COMMUNITY

Water contamination raises fear of epidemic in Sonepat
Sonepat, December 27
Certain areas, particularly the Prabhu Nagar locality in this city are facing an acute problem of contaminated drinking water for the past three weeks. The sewage water has been mixed up with the tap water, leading to the contamination of the drinking water in the city. Effectively, there is a major water crisis, particularly for cooking and bathing.

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No drinking water in Lajpat Nagar pocket for a decade!
New Delhi, December 27
Ms Deepa Gupta, a resident of Lajpat Nagar IV, has been buying mineral water everyday to quench her thirst for the last three years, ever since she started living there. The reason is that drinking water has not flowed through the taps of this flourishing colony of south Delhi for “almost a decade” now.

Rs 500 cr WB loan for UP Power Corporation
Noida, December 27
A hefty loan of Rs 500 crore from the World Bank has enabled the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation to take a number of steps to improve the availability of power and its distribution in the state. 

MCD budget is BJP poll stunt: Cong
New Delhi, December 27
The Congress today dismissed the budget proposals of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi as “election oriented” at the Standing Committee meeting. Lambasting the Standing Committee of the MCD, Mr Ram Babu Sharma, Congress Councillor, said, “It is a tax-free budget, which pointed out that there was political pressure on the Commissioner to make it so.”

BJP cell wants stern action against Pak
New Delhi, Dec 27
The minority cell of the Bharatiya Janata Party today demanded stern action against Pakistan for its alleged role in Dec 13 attack on Indian Parliament and the recent spurt in cross-border terrorism.

What’s in a name? For weatherman, Kolkata is still Calcutta
New Delhi, December 27
It has been more than a year since Calcutta has had its name changed to Kolkata and Madras to Chennai, but our Weather Department seems oblivious of the fact.

NCR BRIEF
Rs 10.88 lakh recovered from 333 challaned vehicles
Rohtak, December 27
The district administration has recovered an amount of Rs 10.88 lakh from 333 vehicles challaned for plying illegally. A spokesman of the district administration said on Thursday that 14 cooperative buses, 3 private buses and 224 maxi cabs plying illegally were challaned under the campaign started by the Transport Department. He said 3 FIRs were also registered in this regard. 

  • Man found dead

  • Employee injured

  • foundation day

  • Minor raped, murdered

  • MCF owes Rs 10 crore

 

CRIME

Youth knocked down by  truck on Nizamuddin bridge
New Delhi, December 27
A youth was reportedly knocked down by a truck on the Nizamuddin bridge between Ashram Chowk and Bhogal last night. 

BUSINESS

Lord Krishna Bank opens branch
New Delhi, December 27
A new branch of Lord Krishna Bank Ltd was inaugurated at Preet Vihar by Mr Vijay Goel, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, today. 

 

CULTURE

ARTSCAPE
A plethora of problems afflicts Hindi theatre
T
he year 2001 will soon get dubbed the ‘last year.’ A year that gave us Ghulam Ali and Gulzar’s album ‘Visaal,’ several musical concerts at India Gate, a pulsating utsav at Chandni Chowk, the first ever Picasso show…The list is endless.

Of silent creations & unseen shapesOf silent creations & unseen shapes
N
o one would have thought that art camps could be a huge success before Misha Vadera of Hans Group, an avid art collector, and Camp Director Vinod Sharma, joined hands to conduct the same at Coco Palm Hotel in Puri, Orissa, early this year. To bring the sweet fruit of success to the Delhi art lovers, the Hans Group chose Shridharani Art Gallery as its venue. Thus, the group exhibition of 20 artists, both reputed and obscure, embellish the gallery environs under the title, Exchanging Territories, on view till the 30th of this month.

HEALTH

No child specialist at civil hospital
Faridabad, December 27
The local Bhadshah Khan Civil Hospital, which receives hundreds of patients in its OPD daily, does not have a full time specialist doctor for children. The post is lying vacant since the suspension of the child specialist here about a month ago.

 
SPORTS

Air Force fly past Goans; DSA League hit by withdrawals
New Delhi, December 27
Former Delhi Soccer Association champions Indian Air Force, New Delhi, recorded a solitary goal victory against Goan Sports Club to earn three full points in the Delhi Soccer Association-SAIL Senior Division Football League Championship at Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital today.

Delhi enter cricket semis in PNB Meet
New Delhi, December 27
Delhi Zone beat Rajasthan Zone by 44 runs to enter the cricket semi-final of the 19th All-India Punjab National Bank Inter-Zone Sports Meet at the Karnail Singh Stadium in the Capital on Thursday.

SAI to organise Sports Medicine Programme
New Delhi, December 27
The Sports Authority of India will organise Sports Medicine Programme at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, in January 2002.

Kapoor wins carrom title
New Delhi, December 27
S.K. Kapoor beat Narinder Kalsi 25-24, 25-7 to win the men’s singles carrom title in the Delhi Development Authority Annual Indoor Games at Vikas Sadan in the Capital today.
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