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Goods worth lakhs gutted at Sadar Bazar

New Delhi, January 1
At least several hundred shops and goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a fire, which devastated the Swadeshi Market in the congested Sadar Bazar area of central Delhi late last night.

Proper security at last for ‘sitting ducks’
New Delhi, January 1
To meet the security challenges posed by the December 13 storming of Parliament by terrorists, the Government of NCT of Delhi has finally drafted an action plan for “de-inducting” the private security guards and reinforcing the security set-up in the Secretariat.



DSGMC to be made more transparent
Panel to review Gurudwara Act
New Delhi, January 1
The Delhi Government has finally decided to set up a committee to review the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Act, 1971, aimed at ushering in democracy and bringing about transparency in the functioning of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.


People light bonfires to keep themselves warm in the Capital.
— Tribune photo

Former BJP office bearer shot dead
Noida, January 1
BJP’s former zonal president, Suraj Bhan Sharma, was shot dead yesterday by unidentified persons in his farm when he was watering his fields. The farm falls under Rabupura police station.

Foggy Delhi tightens seat belts, laminated windshield next
New Delhi, January 1
Delhiites woke up to a misty morning on the New Year day as a thick blanket of fog engulfed the Capital and its periphery areas, throwing air and rail traffic out of gear due to poor visibility which, at one point of time, was less than 100 meters. For the second time in less than a week, the air-traffic schedule went haywire, since 4 am today.



Jawans at Amar Jeevan Jyoti. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Yet another year in fool’s paradise?
New Delhi, January 1
Even as the year gone by had been eventful, there is little cheer for the common man in the Capital. As Delhiites usher in another year of the century amidst war cry in the region, and violence and chaos around the world, they are more bothered about the garbage that stinks outside their homes. They have little to rejoice as they fail to get even potable water. Creature comforts continue to elude the common man.

Lotteries: Hankering after a mirage
Sonepat, January 1
Thousands of people, mostly from the lower classes, have taken to gambling and betting in Sonepat district. Many of them, who dreamt of making a fortune, have turned just beggars.

Tubewell operations in Faridabad privatised
Faridabad, January 1
Close on heels of handing over cleanliness work of the eastern part of the town, the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF) on Tuesday, handed over the work of operating its water supply tubewells to a private company.

A special kirtan in Bangla Sahib Gurdwara to usher in the New Year. 

Vehicle pollution in Capital up 8%
New Delhi, January 1
The vehicular pollution in Delhi has registered an increase in the last decade, which is supplemented by a phenomenal increase in petrol and diesel consumption, a study conducted by Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), said.

House tax policy mired in controversy
Rohtak, January 1
The ‘passage’ of the resolution on the new house tax policy, at a recent meeting of the local Municipal Council, has been embroiled in controversy. Srikrishan Kharab and Om Prakash Bagri, Executive Officer and officiating Chairman respectively, of the council claimed that the resolution was passed unanimously at the meeting held on December 28.

HFC cuts interest rates on loans to industries
Sonepat, January 1
The Haryana Financial Corporation (HFC) has announced a reduction in the interest rates on term loans, advanced to the industrial units in the small-scale sector. According to official sources, the rate of interest for loans up to Rs 25 lakh has been reduced by 0.5 per cent and for loans above Rs 25 lakh, the interest rate has been reduced by 0.25 per cent.
  • Power generation

  • Development works

  • Free operation

  • Group fracas

  • Jeweller burgled


‘Satya’ behind the saga of designing
HINK about Satya Paul, and you are transported to a land of colourful hues. Ties, Sarees, Scarves adroitly designed to coax and lure even the hard to please eye. Not so long ago, three musketeers met. 

  • Babita’s collection

  • Apno Ghar

Journey from Management to music
RMED with a master’s degree in Business Management, this youngster chose to move away from the conventional. Instead of the black and white world of numbers, he stepped into the colourful world of music.


Spurious henna factory unearthed
Faridabad, January 1
The drug control authorities today raided a factory allegedly preparing spurious henna powder of a well-known brand at a nearby village. Samples of the product were lifted and the machines and raw material were seized by the authorities. A case has been registered against the owner of the factory.

Auto-lifters held, vehicles seized
New Delhi, January 1
The Anti-Auto theft squad of North District has arrested a gang of three auto-lifters including a dismissed BSF jawan, and recovered eight vehicles from their possession: two Maruti Zen cars, one Maruti Esteem, one Wagon R, two Maruti 800s, one Eisher tempo and one scooter.

Thieves find a happy hunting ground
Ghaziabad, January 1
The increasing incidents of theft during the past three days have shaken the residents of Ghaziabad. Four incidents of theft were reported in the city, three of them in Vijay Nagar area alone during last 24 hours.

Fake medicine unit unravelled
New Delhi, January 1
The North-West district police today located a spurious medicine manufacturing unit, making duplicate Jhandu Balm and Iodex in Samaypur Badli. Owner of the factory, Rajender Kumar and his accomplices Raju and Ajay were arrested.

  • Man Killed


IMA health suffers due to melas
Noida, January 1
The bills for the expenditure incurred on the health melas, organised by the Indian Medical Association during the last year (1999-2000), remain unpaid till date. One such bill amounting to a huge sum of Rs 7,00,000 is now being claimed by Pavilion and Interior (I) Pvt. Ltd. A-63, Sector-57, Noida, for erecting a structure for the mela held in November 2000.


Athletic track ready for Afro-Asian Games

New Delhi, January 1
Though the fate of the inaugural Afro-Asian Games hangs in balance, the infrastructural facilities for the games are very much in place. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the show piece of Delhi, has acquired a brand new Polyurethane athletic track. Though the old track had not completed its expected life span, the possibility of hosting the Afro-Asian Games from November 3 to 11, necessitated the relaying of the track, to be in conformity with international standards.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has acquired a flashy new look after getting a partial face-lift, in preparation for the inaugural Afro-Asian Games, which have now been “postponed” to March. The main attraction of the stadium is the new synthetic athletic track. — Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal.

15 teams for Nehru Girls Hockey Tournament
New Delhi, January 1
Fifteen school teams from all over India will participate in the eighth Nehru-NDMC Girls Hockey Tournament to be held at the Shivaji Stadium from January 3 to 10.

Frontiers snatch points from City Club in DSA League
New Delhi, January 1
Former champions City Club dropped two valuable points when they were held to a goalless draw by Frontiers Club in a Group A preliminary league match of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)-SAIL Senior Division Football League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Tuesday.

Suresh Rohilla upsets Nanda
New Delhi, January 1
Suresh Rohilla knocked out top seed Bhaskar Nand 80-100, 102-96, 100-90 to enter the billiards final of the DDA Annual Sports and Games held at Hari Nagar Sports Complex on Tuesday.


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