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‘Cheeky’ cop gets the court stick
Panipat, May 10
A police inspector, who had been ignoring the summons of a local court in connection with the challan of a lawyer of the district courts here for quite sometime now, had to face the ignominy of being punished like a schoolboy by the court today.

Naik says CNG not enough, IGL begs to differ
New Delhi, May 10
In what is being perceived as yet another attempt to delay the implementation of the apex court order on CNG conversion, the two key players, the Union Petroleum Ministry and the Indraprastha Gas Limited, appear to be speaking in different tongues.

Govt unit exploited loopholes, evaded tax on sales
Ghaziabad, May 10
The special intelligence wing of the trade tax department has detected tax evasion on sales worth Rs 300 crore by a government undertaking, Indian Petrochemical Ltd. According to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr A K Gupta, IPCL, had been evading the tax for the last many years, exploiting several loopholes.


A watering hole for a parched tongue
A watering hole for a parched tongue. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Weather god still in a scorching mood
New Delhi, May 10
Even as Delhiites continue to wilt under the searing heat, the weatherman held out no assurance of any respite, claiming that there was nothing unusual about mercury hovering in the mid 40s at this time of the year.

Holiday camps to promote Punjabi
New Delhi, May 10
Even though a question mark hangs over the second language status of Punjabi, spirited individuals, with institutional help, have taken upon themselves the task of promoting the language, lest it dies a natural death in the Capital. 

Will Lady Luck smile ‘ab ke baras’
New Delhi, May 10
Arya Babbar is a chip off the old block. The son of actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar, he has made his debut with the release of ‘Ab Ke Baras’. This Raj Kanwar’s film is a musical love story and a thriller based on the theme of reincarnation and supernatural elements.  Besides debutante Amrita Rao, the film also stars Danny Denzongpa, Shakti Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana and Asish Vidhyarathi. Arya or Gorky as his sister and friends call him, grew up on the stage as both his parents, particularly his mother, Nadira Babbar, were active in theatre. Arya was with his mother’s Theatre Group. He was also in her first children’s play `Aao Picnic Chalen’ when he was minus ten.
Arya Babbar

Ex-serviceman killed, house ransacked
New Delhi, May 10
At least 10 members of the dreaded 'Kaccha Baniyan' gang raided the houses an ex-serviceman in the Najafgarh area in the early hours of today, beat to death him and seriously injured his family members and escaped with unspecified amount of cash and valuables.


No plan to absorb Super Bazar staff
New Delhi, May 10
The government was not contemplating to absorb the employees of Super Bazar, the Lok Sabha was informed today. The Super Bazar had reported that the dues of suppliers as on March 31, 2001 were Rs 32.50 crore (unaudited), Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution V. Sreenivasa Prasad said in a written reply.

SAD wants DSGMC polls postponed
New Delhi, May 10
In a last-ditch attempt to delay the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee polls, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) members today met the Delhi Minister in charge of Gurdwara Elections, Mr Mahinder Singh Saathi, and pointed out the discrepancies in the electoral rolls.

SAD (Badal) president Avtar Singh Hit and other members of the party meeting officials of the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections in the Capital on Friday.
SAD (Badal) president Avtar Singh Hit and other members of the party

Recovery of power dues
Waiver scheme fails to click
Faridabad, May 10
After one week of the special drive to recover power dues, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) was able to recover only Rs 35.95 lakh from the defaulters in the rural areas of the district. The special scheme of waiving of 75 per cent of the pending power dues, if 25 per cent of it was paid in a single instalment, is valid up to May 15.

Power consumers to protest against lathi-charge
Sonepat, May 10
The action committee of the Electricity Consumers’ Association decided to hold a massive demonstration on May 16 at Kharkhauda town in the district in protest against the alleged lathi-charge made by the police on the electricity consumers who were protesting against the replacing of old electricity meters with the electronic ones on Thursday.

  • Policemen transferred

‘Follow SC guidelines on poll candidates’
Sonepat, May 10
The president of the Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal (U), Mr Ved Parkash Vidrohi, today called upon all political parties in the country to follow the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court regarding the right of the people to know about the antecedents of candidates seeking elections to the state assemblies and Lok Sabha.

60 jhuggis gutted in Koshambi
Ghaziabad, May 10
Over 60 jhuggis in a huge slum cluster on G.T. Road opposite the head quarters of 41 Battalion of PAC, under the Indirapuram police station, were reduced to ashes in a fire that broke out on Thursday. A five-year-old girl, Laxmi, who received serious burns was rushed to a nursing home in Koshambi.

Speaking out
ften, there are easy solutions available for very complicated problems. But we simply tend to ignore them? It can be said that a similar scenario prevails about the grossly under-utilisation of the Badli railway station by the residents of Rohini.

  • There’s no lockout in factory 
  • Human misery
  • Two-party system
  • Basic amenities
  • Birth registration
  • Vacation
  • Potholed city
  • TA payment
DTC services on two new routes
New Delhi, May 10
The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) today introduced its services on two new routes. Bus No 857 that was terminating at Paharganj police station will now originate at N Block of Raghubir Nagar and terminate at Vivekananda Bus Terminal (Anand Vihar).

Streetlights in Hodal town unlit for years 
Faridabad, May 10
Streetlights of Hodal, a sub-divisional town of the district, have been out of order for the past several years. The reason: Non-payment of electricity bills by the Municipal Committee. According to information, the majority of streetlights of this town, situated on the border, are non-functional.
  • 237 Sodium lights
  • Water charges
  • Houses gutted
  • Labour dispute
Two drown in drain
New Delhi, May 10
Two school students drowned in a drain in the Rohini area of North Delhi, the police said here today. Nishant Aggarwal (13) and Rohit Katoch (14), both residents of Budh Vihar, were understood to have entered the drain for a swim on Thursday but drowned, the police said.


4 carjackers nabbed after chase 
Sonepat, May 10
The Kundli police arrested four armed robbers after an exchange of fire from Pio Munyari-Nangal villages along the G. T. Road. Giving this information, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, Superintendent of Police, told mediapersons here today that the arrested were Arvind alias Annu Jat of Gautam Colony, Narela (Delhi), Shaukinder Jat of Jaunmana village under the Barot police station (UP), Subhash alias Hani Brahmin and Ajat Jat, both residents of Sanaut village in Delhi.

3,500 quintals of wheat seized
Noida, May 10
The UP Trade Tax Department has seized the biggest-ever consignment of grains, 3,500 quintals of wheat, being smuggled into Delhi. The wheat worth Rs 35 lakh was being transported in 41 tractor-trolleys and four trucks.

Shot by uncle, kin over land row
Jhajjar, May 10
One person was shot dead reportedly by his uncle and family members in Dubaldhan village of the district today. A policeman posted as his security guard was also injured in the attack.

Four held in pig farm murder
New Delhi, May 10
With the arrest of four persons, the Delhi Police today claimed to have worked out a case of murder that took place at Jindpur village in the Alipur police station area. The suspects were identified as Anil Kumar (24), Parveen (20), Gulab Singh alias Hathi (20) and Anil (19).


SC ban takes thousands of miners close to the breadline
Faridabad, May 10
The Supreme Court’s interim order to ban mining in the five km belt of the Delhi border has not only shocked the Haryana government, it has also dealt a stunning blow to thousands of workers in the area for whom it was a source of their two square meals.


Farman Ahmed’s knock helps Chand Khanna win
New Delhi, May 10
Farman Ahmed blasted a brilliant 99 with eleven boundaries and three sixes off 78 balls to help Chand Khanna Cricket Club beat District Cricket Association, Faridabad by four wickets to enter the quarter-final of the 29th Goswami Ganesh Dutt Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Sant Harchand Singh Longowal Sports Complex, Khalsa College ground, in the Capital on Friday.

IABF to honour Arjuna, Dronacharya awardees
New Delhi, May 10
The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), in association with Hercules HealthCare Products Ltd, will organise a one-day boxing tournament to commemorate the Boxing Founder’s Day on May 13, 2002 at Gurgaon. Boxers from all over Haryana will participate in the tournament.

Coulthard vs Schumacher: A clash of the titans
New Delhi, May 10
In a clash of the titans, F-I Austrian Grand Prix hosts the battle royal over who controls the track as David Coulthard challenges Michael Schumacher once again. ESPN will bring the thrilling action on the track live from the AI Ring on May 12.

Harris in “one-on-one” with Raageshwari
New Delhi, May 10
New Zealand cricket all-rounder Chris Harris will have a tete-a-tete with Raageshwari in the “One-on-One” programme at TEN Sports on May 16 (Thursday) at 7.30 pm. Raageshwari, in her usual bubbly self, uses her gift of the gab to the hilt to get the best out of one of the top all-rounders and New Zealand’s ace card, Chris Harris. Chris, in the entertaining programme, reminisces how he would be beaten up by his brothers whenever he misfielded or dropped a catch; when his only job in the game was to field; and how that acted as a catalyst for him to become a perfect fielder.

New Zealand all-rounder Chris Harris will feature on TEN Sports.
New Zealand all-rounder Chris Harris


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