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Pak-trained ultra held with RDX
New Delhi, February 14
The Delhi Police yesterday arrested a Pak-trained terrorist of the Hizb-e-Islamia, a newly formed militant outfit, and recovered two improvised electronic devices (IEDs) and nine kg of RDX from his possession in Kotwali area in the walled city.

Task Force to redress woes of rehabilitation colonies
New Delhi, February 14
The Centre has set up a task force to redress the problems faced by the residents of the rehabilitation colonies ranging from ownership rights to building by-laws in the National Capital Territory.

MCD adds to problem of policing the lodges
New Delhi, February 14
The Delhi Police have taken umbrage at the Municipal Corporation of Delhi issuing licences to various guesthouses, lodging houses and restaurants in the sensitive areas of the Capital. The police had repeatedly opposed the idea of giving licences to any more guesthouses in the Capital as these places were often used as hideouts by the terrorists’ organisations and other subversive elements.


Take a stroll in President’s backyard
New Delhi, February 14
Designed by the man who was mesmerised by the beauty and bounty of nature, Sir Edward Lutyens, the Mughal Gardens bears testimony to the eras gone by. From the colonial rule to our nascent democracy, it has seen the pages of history being written. 

Sainiks urge Delhiites not to play cupid
New Delhi, February 14
The police today detained eight Shiv Sena activists even as hundreds of them opposed the Valentine’s Day celebrations in the Capital today by lighting bonfires of greeting cards and distributing handbills urging people not to celebrate the ‘western festival’ of love.

Delhi Police keep a vigil outside Wimpy restaurant at Cannaught Place, in view of the anti-Valentine’s Day protest by the Shiv Sena in the Capital on Thursday. —Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal
Delhi Police keep a vigil outside Wimpy restaurant at Cannaught Place, in view of the anti-Valentine’s Day protest by the Shiv Sena

SAYING IT WITH FLOWERS: Couples thronged flower stalls on the Valentine’s Day in the Capital.
SAYING IT WITH FLOWERS: Couples thronged flower stalls on the Valentine’s Day in the Capital. —Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal 

Even Crocin is fake here
Faridabad, February 14
The Drug Control authorities have tightened the noose around those dealing in spurious, adulterated and sub-standard medicines in the district. At least, six criminal prosecution cases have been filed in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) here. The CJM, Mr Y.S. Rathore, has issued summons to the accused. These cases were filed after detection and seizure of fake drugs of reputed brands of multinational companies. 

Family feud claims three lives
Rohtak, February 14
An old enmity between two families has claimed three lives at Karor village in the district. The families of Chhaju Ram and Jai Narain had been at loggerheads for sometime. Jai Narain, Ram Chander and Ramesh, son of Ram Kumar, were shot dead yesterday evening allegedly by Dilbag, Dharam Pal, Phoola, sons of Chhaju, and Gandu, grandson of Neeta.


IDPL follows two sets of rules on retirement age
Gurgaon, February 14
Senior officials of Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd (IDPL) have failed to implement the Cabinet Committee’s decision to reduce the retirement age from 60 years to 58 years of all categories of employees of PSUs allegedly to fulfil their vested interests. 

Polling passes off peacefully
Ghaziabad & Noida, February 14
It was by and large a peaceful poll today in both the districts where the elections were held amidst the tightest possible security arrangements by the authorities. Missing names from the voters’ list in Noida and lack of interest of voters in Ghaziabad were the other major features of the elections.

Khurana wants CAG to undertake DVB valuation
New Delhi, February 14
The former Delhi Chief Minister and BJP MP, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, today demanded valuation of the Delhi Vidyut Board by the CAG before the distribution of the power sector is sold to private parties.

Bitta pleads for national govt
Rewari, February 14
Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, a former president of the All India Youth Congress and now chairman of the All Indian Anti-Terrorists Front, has decried the presence of film stars at the on-going election rallies of various political parties and called for a national government at the Centre. He also unveiled the names of members he would have in this national government.

Youth urged to imbibe India’s rich culture
Sonepat, February 14
The Commissioner of Rohtak division, Mrs Anita Chaudhary, has called upon the youth not to forget the rich culture of our country, acknowledged around the world. The commissioner was presiding over the inter-college cultural and academic meet, “Spectrum”, organised at the Hindu Girls College here yesterday.

Development is foreign to Manoli
Sonepat, February 14
Manoli Tonki, a tiny village, has the distinction of not having any pucca house even after 55 years of Independence! Here, the people have been living in huts. It seems the Government has totally ignored any development work in this part of the Sonepat district.

He provides water to an entire village
Rewari, February 14
By providing drinking water free of charge to thousands of residents of Siha village and bus passengers of various surrounding villages, Swami Prem Das, a mahant of the illustrious saint Baba Ram Swarup’s Dadu Dwara (Dadu Temple), has evinced a rare philanthropic trait. Thereby, he has also earned the sobriquet of `Water donor mahant’ among the villagers.

Huge house tax arrears burden council
Jhajjar, February 14
The Municipal Council of Bahadurgarh has a heavy cross to carry, for the house tax arrears to the tune of over Rs 16 lakh have been lying with more than a dozen important state government buildings in the town. The 13 buildings of various government departments had not paid the house tax amounting to Rs 16,53,778, due to them.

HPCC leader sees BJP debacle in UP
Faridabad, February 14
The secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), Ms Sharda Rathaur, has said that the ruling BJP government in Uttar Pradesh would suffer a massive defeat in the assembly elections there.
  • Darbar held
  • Beef seized
  • Woman among 6 held
  • Minor girl missing
  • Abortion clinics
  • Cable operators held

One dead, 25 hurt as bus  overturns
Jhajjar, February 14
One person was killed and over 25 others were injured, some of them seriously, when a private transport bus overturned near Silani village of the district this evening. Nearly 100 passengers were in the bus when the accident occurred.


Gang of vehicle robbers busted, four held 
New Delhi, February 14
The South-West district police today claimed to have busted a gang of auto-lifters and receivers of stolen vehicles with the arrest of four persons. One trailer truck, one half-body truck, one Maruti Esteem and instruments used to tamper with engines and chasis numbers were recovered from their possession.

Fraud falls in police net
New Delhi, February 14
A fraud who had duped several persons by promising jobs, Mange Ram Acharya, fell in the police net yesterday. When he was stopped at the Timar Pur intersection yesterday by the police for using a red beacon car, he tried to wriggle out by posing as the chairman of national human rights cell of the All India Congress Committee.


Women of today painting a vivid picture of topical themes

It’s the women who dominated the world of art this time, be in a trio, a group or solo. They have left an imprint and a fan following. There are varied themes which they have painted — nature, mythology, abstract and wildlife. “The earlier impression of the women artists was that they could paint only softer themes but now they have excelled in almost all topical themes that we can explore under the sun,” says Renu Modi, a curator.

The changing expression of a Santiniketan artist
The changing expression of a Santiniketan artist - Joydeep S. Gupta

A beautiful dream that remains a mirage
he world in dreams always swims in a rosy mist. It remains a happy hunting-ground till one confronts the reality. A man till he really discovers himself, labours under the delusion of being the best in the world. An anonymous writer rightly says about this social animal: a man has three characters—the first that he exhibits, the second that he has and the third that he thinks he has. All these characters and a lot more were successfully derived out in ‘Swapan Sundaram’, a satirical play, conceived and directed by a promising budding director, Uday Singh Baghail at the LTG Auditorium recently.

Scenes from the play Swapan Sundaram.
Scenes from the play Swapan Sundaram.

This dancer does a Sudha Chandran
Remember Sudha Chandran? The lady with magical feet. The famous dancer of ‘Naache Mayuri’, whose classical dance broke records. Admirable all the more, for one of her feet is artificial. She is now playing a vampish mom in the serial ‘Kahin Kisi Roz’. After Sudha performed on stage, many aspiring dancers, especially the physically challenged, might have tried to step in her shoes. But all cannot become a Sudha. And not all have the same degree of disability. It’s been long since any other dancer performed with false feet or rather taught those with learning disabilities. But Prity Patel did it last week.
Prity Patel giving a heart-rending performance at the US Educational Foundation.
Prity Patel giving a heart-rending performance at the US Educational Foundation.


DMA flays processing fee on blood
New Delhi, February 14
The Delhi Medical Association today condemned the Delhi Government’s decision to charge processing fee for blood and blood products issued to patients in private hospitals, nursing homes and private rooms in government hospitals. 


Cavalry canter away with Sawai Man Singh Gold Vase
New Delhi, February 14
61 Cavalry ‘B’ beat Sahgal Stud by eight and half goals to eight in the final of the Sawai Man Singh (eight goals) Gold Vase Polo Tournament at the Jaipur Polo Ground in the Capital on Thursday. In an exciting final, played at a fast pace, underdogs Cavalry ‘B’showed their true mettle to outwit Sahgal Stud. 

Saurabh, Ashwat help Modern School win title
New Delhi, February 14
Modern School, Barakhamba Road beat Hans Raj Model School by 43 runs to lift the title in the final match of the National Bal Bhavan Inter-School Cricket Tournament at Bal Bhavan ground in the Capital. Saurabh Srivastava played a brilliant all-round role in Modern’s victory.

The Modern School cricket team won the National Bal Bhavan Cricket Tournament.
The Modern School cricket team won the National Bal Bhavan Cricket Tournament.

Ajmal Khan Cricket Coaching Centre win 
New Delhi, February 14
Ajmal Khan Cricket Coaching Centre beat Delhi Colts by four wickets in an A-II Division match of the DDCA League at Kotla-II ground in the Capital. A fine knock of 75 by Anirudh Tripathi went in vain for the losers.

  • Oberoi beat Taj Air Caterers

India go down to Australia in korfball
New Delhi, February 14
Hosts India suffered their first defeat when they went down to Australia 13-30 on the second day of the fifth Asian-Oceanian Korfball Championship at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in the Capital on Thursday.

Amresh Pradhan stars in SAR Group’s victory
New Delhi, February 14
Amresh Pradhan played a fine all-round role, scoring a stroke-filled 50 and claiming 2 for 2, to help SAR Group beat Hero Honda by 102 runs in the ninth Teri Cup Cricket Tournament organised by TERI (Tata Energy Research Institute) at the Teri Oval, Gurgaon.


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