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Gurgaon ritzy flats put Beverly Hills to shame
Gurgaon, May 2
A house is not just four walls, these days it is all the modern conveniences in one place. Sounds Eden-like! Well, that is what is happening in Gurgaon. It is called the condominium culture, which essentially means that the residents get all facilities within the complex. And it has come here to stay.

End of the tunnel for Tubewell Corporation
Rs 80 cr could go down the drain, but who cares?
Faridabad, May 2
The reported decision of the Haryana Government to wind up the Minor Irrigation Tubewell Corporation (MITC) may prove a major setback to the irrigation schemes in the thirsty Mewat region here.

No takers for power dues waiver scheme 
Rohtak, May 2
The Haryana Government has waived the electricity bills of agricultural tubewell consumers for 1995, the year the state witnessed unprecedented floods.




Tata to offer basic telephony from Sept
New Delhi, May 2
The telecom battle in the Capital is hotting up with Tata Teleservices (TTL) today announcing its plans to launch its basic telephone services from September. The monopoly of the PSU, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, was recently breached with the entry of Touchtel of Bharti. However, the MTNL continues to have the largest share of city’s phone subscribers.

Kutch handicrafts set to outclass lifestyle stores
An artisan of Kutch displaying her oeuvre.New Delhi, May 2
The resilient artisans of the Kutch region of Gujarat are now experimenting with the new and contemporary designs to improve the saleability of their handicrafts on the domestic and international market. ‘Kolors of Kutch’, showcasing handicrafts, metal work and terracotta, was inaugurated at Federation House, FICCI by Development Commissioner, Handicrafts, Tinoo Joshi here on Thursday.

An artisan of Kutch displaying her oeuvre.

DVB gets extra power
New Delhi, May 2
The Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) has secured 100 MW of additional power from Uttaranchal to tide over the anticipated peak demand in the summer months ahead.

BMC, traders at loggerheads on illegal structures
Jhajjar, May 2
The Bahadurgarh Municipal Council’s move to issue notices to the traders in the grain market to raze the structures on the land in front of the shops, which was supposed to be left open, has snowballed into a major confrontation with the traders’ association dragging the matter to the courts and the Deputy Commissioner’s office.


Traffic was held up due to a rally organised by the Save India Front, protesting against the Gujarat carnage, at the Ramlila Maidan in the Capital on Thursday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Grandma’s dive to fame

Rachel Thomas of the Northern Railway became the first Indian woman and the first grandmother ever to skydive over the North Pole. She achieved this feat on April 20 when she dived down from a MI-8 helicopter from a height of 6,000 ft when the temperature was hovering at a freezing minus 40 Degree Celsius. The event was part of the celebrations of the 150th year of Indian Railways. It was organised by the Expedition Centre ‘Arctic’, Russian Geographic Society and promoted by the UN International Drug Control Programme. The theme of the expedition was ‘A Drug Free Planet’ and ‘Dialogue Between Civilisations’.

Cop’s role in Arora’s murder comes under scanner
New Delhi, May 2
The Delhi Police have raised their finger of doubt at a police official, who was with Parvinder Arora alias Titoo who was killed in front of his Gola and North Restaurant at Gujranwala in Model Town in North district. The official was being questioned from the day one, police sources said.

CNG price hike: Panel’s report today
New Delhi, May 2
The three-member committee constituted to look into the “economic implications” of the hike in the price of CNG will submit its report tomorrow.

Left on the roads after milking them dry
Noida, May 2
Four things strike any visitor to Noida town – broad and well-carpeted roads, elegant boulevards, imposing buildings and a large number of stray cattle, mostly cows, roaming freely and posing a hazard to traffic as well as to the pedestrians. Quite often one would come across such animals lying on pavements and roads incapacitated by either accidents or sheer age or disease.

Delhi has highest accident deaths
New Delhi, May 2
The national Capital accounts for the highest number of accident deaths among the metropolitan cities in the country, Rajya Sabha was told today. However, there was a decline in the number of road accidents in Delhi, since the year 2000, the Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Mr B.C.Khandri said in a written reply.

Cong MLA’s SOS to Sonia on SYL canal
Rewari, May 2
In an effort to secure the much needed irrigation water for the Ahirwal region, Congress legislators of Ahirwal, made common cause with the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, who has been vociferously calling for the completion of the canal, as stipulated by the Supreme Court verdict.

Fields turning barren without canal water
Sonepat, May 2
More than 1,500 acres of agricultural land in the villages of Ridhao, Mauzam Nagar, Farmana, Jasrana and Gorar have become unfit for cultivation on account of the non-supply of canal water, even during the rotation period, by the Irrigation Department.

Gujarat relief: SAD draws parallel with ’84 riots
New Delhi, May 2
While political parties are giving a healing touch to the riot victims in Gujarat, the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots have been left to fend for themselves, charged Delhi unit president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Mr Avtar Singh Hit, here today.

Merge DRDAs with zila parishads: Cong leader
Rewari, May 2
Mr Rao Vijay Singh, the newly appointed co-chairman of the panchayati raj cell of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, has pleaded for the merger of the district rural development agencies (DRDA) into the zila parishads in Haryana.

Shopkeeper robbed of Rs 6,000 at gunpoint in Rohtak 
Rohtak, May 2
Three armed youths, robbed a shopkeeper of Rs 6,000 at gun point at Subhash Nagar locality here on Wednesday evening.

  • MDU cat on June 16
  • Chain snatched
  • Minor sodomised
  • UP wheat seized Faridabad
  • Man shot at Sonepat
  • 2 persons injured
  • Jat Maha Sabha



PT college proprietors in admission racket
New Delhi, May 2
With the arrest of B. K. Singh, proprietor of Chug P. T. College in Nehru Nagar, and his associate, Manoj Kumar, who teaches in Saraswati Bal Vidya Mandir, the South district police today claimed to have unearthed an admission racket which had ruined the careers of several innocent students. Another suspect, Ms Rakhi Gupta, is absconding.

  • Woman killed

  • Fake notes seized

Gunman of SDM arrested


After the glut, insects plague mandis
Sonepat, May 2
Even as the glut in the grain markets of the district continues, the procurement agencies and farmers are unnerved by another problem. Insects are having a field day at the markets where procured wheat is lying in the open due to the lack of space in the godowns of agencies.



Sedition charges framed against Okhla Councillor
New Delhi, May 2
Charges of sedition and causing communal disharmony were today framed against the controversial MCD Councillor from Okhla, Asif Mohammad Khan, by a Delhi court.



Young art frat show love for tradition and spirituality
his time it is the young art fraternity whose works are drawing attention in the Capital. Interestingly, most of them are first-timers, who are not full-fledged artists. They pursue different professions simultaneously.

Artists join hands for Gujarat cause
n God we trust,” says the painter Mohd Shakil while another artist Josh P S dedicates his work to the “silence of people, who became fading numerals in the historical documents under the name of holocaust.” While Nina Nakra can feel “benign souls sunk in peace.”

Irfan Khan in Pratha.An actor turns director with a brave subject
oes the name Raja Bundela remind you of anything? Maybe, a smiling face in a few TV serials and some small though strong role in films like Ankur, Vijayata, Shola aur Shabnam etc? The actor has now hit the big screen with a brave subject: religious leader and their exploitation of the gullible masses, especially in villages and how the political leaders and local goons use the religion to their personal benefit.

Irfan Khan in Pratha


Authorities wake up to waterborne diseases
Faridabad, May 2
Faced with the rise in waterborne diseases, the district authorities claimed to have started a campaign to contain them. As many as eight persons were admitted in the government hospital at Ballabgarh on Wednesday with such diseases. About 15 patients are in Bhadshah Khan Civil Hospital here undergoing treatment for diseases like diarrhoea. Besides, several patients have reported at private clinics with similar symptoms.

Employees in hospitals hold agitation, disrupt work
New Delhi, May 2
More than 75,000 health employees of various hospitals in the Capital today observed a two-hour strike, leaving normal operations, mainly in the Out-Patient Department (OPD), crippled and causing inconvenience to thousands of patients.



Man of the MatchA R Gym, Brighto share cricket title
New Delhi, May 2
Abhay Ram Gymkhana and Brighto Club played a “tied” match to be declared the joint winners of the third Abhay Ram Gymkhana Cricket Tournament for the BDM Trophy played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Ghaziabad.

Robin Bisth stars for Poorvi Delhi
New Delhi, May 2
A unbeaten knock of 70 by Delhi Under-16 player Robin Bisth and deadly bowling of 3 for 22 by Rachit Pathak helped Poorvi Delhi Club defeat Madan Lal Cricket Academy by eight wickets to enter the quarter-final of the Jayanti Devi Memorial Under-15 Cricket Tournament, organised by the Maharaja Sports Club at the Mohan Meakin ground. Rachit Pathak’s bowling had a big contribution in their win.

Fine knockSiddarth shines in Chand Khanna’s 8th win
New Delhi, May 2
Siddarth Verma fired a strokeful, unbeaten 82 to help Chand Khanna record their eighth consecutive victory when they beat Central Bank by four wickets in an A-I Division match of the DDCA league at the DAV College ground.

Clive Lloyd
Clive Lloyd, the former West Indian cricket captain, during the launch of Wisden Cricketer of the Century contest in the Capital on Thursday.
— Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Mixed luck for Sri Ram School in B’ball
New Delhi, May 2
Sri Ram School of New Delhi recorded yet another impressive victory while the other two prominent Delhi schools, Delhi Public School and Modern School, suffered defeats in the Afzal Khan Memorial Basketball Tournament being played at Doon School, Dehra Doon, according to information available here.

Team MRF for Canberra Rally
eam MRF’s dynamic duo are all set to create history with their debut in the challenging Asia Pacific Rally Championship. Reigning Asia Zone champions V Naren Kumar and co-driver D Ramkumar along with Arjun Balu and co-driver R Kumar, both representing Team MRF, will match their driving skills against some of the best rallyists in the world.

IOB, Bangalore  Club advance
Indian Overseas Bank trounced South Central Railway in straight games at 29-27,25-22, 26-19 in just 64 minutes in the fifth National League Volleyball Championships for men and women being played at the textile town of Tiruppur in Tamilnadu, according to information available in Delhi.

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