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Cop found shot dead on RSS premises
New Delhi, February 18
The police were today trying to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of Constable Virender Singh, the Personal Security Officer of the former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ( RSS) chief, Mr. Rajinder Singh, popularly known as Rajju Bhaiya, in the guard room of the RSS offices in Jhandewalan, late last night.
The body of Virender Singh, the PSO of former RSS chief Rajju Bhiaya, outside a mortuary in New Delhi on Monday.
The body of Virender Singh, the PSO of former RSS chief Rajju Bhiaya, outside a mortuary in New Delhi on Monday. —Tribune Photo

DLF takes Gurgaon police for a ride
Gurgaon, February 18
According to residents of the DLF City, the developer, with 3000 acres at his disposal, has failed to earmark proper sites for the police department and its outposts.


A kalash worth its weight in gold (27 kg) was installed at the new building of Bala Sahib Gurdwara here today. The kalash had been prepared under the guidance of Baba Harbans Singh Kar Sewa Wale. This gurdwara is named after the eighth Guru, Harkrishan Sahib. Hundreds of devotees and members of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee participated in the lifting of the kalash.

Hit seeks Akal Takht help, Sarna wants I-T audit 
New Delhi, February 18
The tussle between the two Akali factions in the Capital took an interesting turn today with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president and Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) chief, Mr Avtar Singh Hit, seeking the intervention of the Akal Takht and the head of the pro-Tohra group, Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi, Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, demanding an audit of the accounts of the gurdwara-run institutions by auditors and the Income Tax department.

A festival for green fingers
New Delhi, February 18
The spring season has been ushered in with flowers in full bloom and the incessant buzz of honeybees. Flowers in a riot of colours and lush green environs provide a magnificent backdrop for exploring the mystique of nature.

Our feathered friends in fine fettle
Our feathered friends in fine fettle

Polluting units refuse to budge, served notices
Faridabad, February 18
Hundreds of electroplating units operating in non-conforming and residential areas in Faridabad town have failed to move out despite several notices issued to them. Result: The pollution of underground water has assumed alarming proportions.

English from primary level in Govt schools
New Delhi, February 18
In a move aimed at bridging the gap between students of government and public schools, the Delhi Government today announced that English would be taught from the primary level from the next academic session in all the schools run by it.


ASI has Hauz Rani residents on tenterhooks
New Delhi, February 18
After Lajpat Nagar, it is the turn of Hauz Rani village to face action. The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has sent show cause notices to most of the residents and shopkeepers of the village “for removal of unauthorised construction in protected area”.

Farmers languish as water theft cases mount
Sonepat, February 18
The cases of canal cut have been on the increase in the Rai Water Service Division of the district for the last few months due to the failure of the authorities to check them. Some farmers alleged that the officials of the irrigation department were hand in glove with the unscrupulous and influential farmers.

Sugar mill commissioned at Ahulana
Sonepat, February 18
The newly-constructed sugar mill, named after Chaudhary Devi Lal, was commissioned at Ahulana village about 40 km from here yesterday. A large number of officials of various government departments, employees of the sugar mills and the farmers of the area, offered their ‘purnahutis’ in the Yajna, organised on the occasion.

‘I have taken up the cause of the riot victims at different forums’
hey are a husband and wife team working for the welfare of the Sikh community in West Delhi. While Rajinder Kaur represents the Tilak Nagar ward in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, her husband, Nirwair Singh, is a member of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

Foreign liquor vend plan evokes ire
New Delhi, February 18
The Government of NCT of Delhi’s plan to liberalise the excise policy by opening 18 new foreign-liquor vends has drawn the ire of the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

IT revolution yet to touch MLAs
New Delhi, February 18
While the Delhi government has provided laptop to all its 70 legislators, it is primarily an item of display for many as they have little knowledge about its functionality. Even the training programme by the state government to initiate them to immense potentials of computers, seems to have evoked little interest amongst the MLAs as only a handful of legislators completed the fortnight-long basic computer course.

PHD officials fiddle while Sonepat thirsts for water
Sonepat, February 18
Thousands of residents had to go without water for the whole day yesterday after a major breakdown in the supply of drinking water. Many residents alleged that the officials of the Public Health Department did not bother to tell them the cause of disruption.
  • Bikes recovered
  • Poor sewerage system
  • Man assaulted
  • Undertrial dies
  • Five hurt
  • Girl injured
  • Brahmin Sammelan
  • Two die in mishap
  • Suspect slips away


Gang of highway robbers busted
New Delhi, February 18
The Delhi Police Crime Branch has apprehended four members of Shahid alias Munna gang, which was involved in a number of highway robberies. With the arrest, the Crime Branch today claimed to have solved two cases and recovered one loaded truck with goods worth Rs 8.5 lakh, which was looted from National Highway No 8.

Jeweller stabbed, robbed of gold ornaments
New Delhi, February 18
Two cases of robbery were reported in the Capital yesterday in different areas of the city. The first incident took place when a 30-year-old jeweller was stabbed and robbed of his bag containing gold jewellery worth thousands in the Gokulpuri area of North-East, late last night.

Racket in spurious drugs unearthed, four held
New Delhi, February 18
The East district police today claimed to have busted an organised racket of manufacturing and distribution of spurious drugs with the arrest of four persons from the Capital and Ghaziabad. The drugs valued around Rs 1.5 crore were seized from their possession.

Alarming rise in Rewari crime cases
Rewari, February 18
Capt. Ajay Singh Yadav, Deputy Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party (HCLP), has expressed concern at the alarming rise in the incidents of crime in the Rewari region. 


Coaching centre for IAS aspirants in Gurgaon
Gurgaon, February 18
The Chhotu Ram Educational and Cultural Society here has decided to set up a coaching centre for the prospective examinees for civil and defence service exams in the “Sir Chhotu Ram Bhawan”.


Blood donation camp for victims of terrorism
New Delhi, February 18
“Do not shed your blood on the street in the name of religion,
 caste, language or religion. Donate it for the nation, the poor and the needy,” said a 102-year-old freedom fighter, Ashanandji, after inauguration of an Anti-Terrorism Blood Donation Camp at the Mansarovar Park in North-East Delhi. The camp was organised today by the National People’s Right Front (NPRF).


Nationals, City win in DSA League
New Delhi, February 18
Defending champions SAIL-Indian Nationals and popular club from the Walled City, City Club, registered comfortable victories when they beat Frontier Club 5-0 and Garhwal Heroes 3-1 in Group B Super League matches of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)-SAIL Senior Division Football League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Monday.

Hotel Hill View eclipse Bright Club
New Delhi, February 18
Hotel Hill View, Faridabad stunned star-studded Bright Club, Delhi by ten runs in a well-contested match of the 11th All-India Davinder Singh Memorial Cricket Tournament played in the Capital. Bright Club won the toss and put Hill View into bat. Kshitji and Bhuvnesh Punni indulged in lusty hittings to score 79 and 26 runs respectively to bolster Hill View’s run-gathering to keep in check former Delhi player Akash Malhotra, who captured 4 for 42 for Bright.

RBI rout Oriental Bank in Inter-Bank Cricket
New Delhi, February 18
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) beat Oriental Bank of Commerce by eight wickets in the opening match of the eighth Inter-Bank (Northern Region) Cricket Tournament, organised by the Banks’ Sports Board, under the aegis of the Indian Banks’ Association, at the Karnail Singh Stadium in the Capital on Monday.
Mr S.S. Kohli, chairman and managing director of Punjab National Bank, inaugurating the cricket tournament of the 8th Banks’ Sports Meet at the Karnail Singh Stadium in the Capital on Monday.
Mr S.S. Kohli, chairman and managing director of Punjab National Bank, inaugurating the cricket tournament of the 8th Banks’ Sports Meet at the Karnail Singh Stadium in the Capital on Monday.

5 top teams for polo championship
New Delhi, February 18
Five top teams—Jindal Steel/Royal Kashmir, Oberoi Blues, McDowell’s Signature, Army Red and Army Green—will participate in the prestigious Northern India Open Polo Championship, starting at the Jaipur Polo Ground in the Capital on Tuesday. 

Mumbai-Pune Cycle Race on March 17
New Delhi, February 18
The All-India Balsara Advanced Odomos Cream 23rd Mumbai-Pune Cycle Race, India’s toughest and most prestigious long distance cycle race, will be held on Sunday, March 17.

Asif Nazir creates racing history
New Delhi, February 18
India’s first-ever JK Tyre National Karting champion and Formula Asia runner-up Asif Nazir created history when he became the first and only Indian to drive in the prestigious CART Junior Barber Dodge Series, which runs in the United States and Canada alongside the main CAART racing series.

Motorola win in Cry Cadence Cricket
New Delhi, February 18
Motorola defeated net4India by two wickets in the second Cry Cadence Corporate Cricket Challenge held at the PGDAV College ground in the Capital. Soumen of Motorola was declared the Man of the Match.


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