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Supporters descend in hordes on Capital
New Delhi, June 29
Amidst rising tension and strident rhetoric, the 3.17 lakh Sikh electorate in the Capital will exercise their franchise to elect the 46-member Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee on Sunday. The election to the religious body is taking place after a gap of seven years, almost three years behind schedule.

  • Elaborate security

Curtains for Delhi Vidyut Board
New Delhi, June 29
At the stroke of midnight on June 30, the Delhi Vidyut Board will cease to exist. July 1 will instead see private companies setting up shop in the Capital and distributing electricity to several millions of consumers.

Can private players unravel the power knot?
Can private players unravel the power knot?



  • Post-July 1 scenario

  • Gains of privatisation

  • No anti-theft law

  • Why the amendment

  • The role of DERC

  • About private players

Metro break
Metro break. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal 

Bhondsi land returned, now the pay-off
Gurgaon, June 29
Fifty-two acres of land, buildings, parks, lakes, temples, conference rooms, etc, which were developed over a period of 15 years by the former Prime Minister Chander Shekhar-led Bharat Yatra Kendra Trust, were handed over to the Haryana government today as per the Supreme Court’s orders.

Free-for-all at midnight in MDU
Rohtak, June 29
Time/place: A midnight show on the campus of Maharshi Dayanand University which, in the tradition of a Bollywood film, lasted for three hours from 1 AM to 4 AM on Saturday.

Noida Dy CEO detained at Palam with cartridges
Noida, June 29
A senior officer of the State Government, who has recently joined the Noida Authority as the Dy Chief Executive Officer, was detained at the Indira Gandhi Airport by the security staff when he was about to board a flight for Lucknow on June 27.


Houses to all in the Capital by 2006
New Delhi, June 29
The Union Home Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, today said that unemployment was the biggest challenge the government was facing and claimed that the Centre had launched several projects to generate additional job opportunities in the country.

Home Minister L.K. Advani handing over an allotment letter to an owner of a DDA flat at Dwaraka in South-West Delhi. — A Tribune Photograph

Home Minister L.K. Advani handing over an allotment letter to an owner of a DDA flat at Dwaraka

Solid waste: Onus of managing it must be on units
New Delhi, June 29
Uncrushed bottles of mineral water and soft drinks are bought many times for Re 1 per bottle for refilling them illegally, reveals a study by Srishti, an NGO.

Leaders flay govt for retrenching PSU staff
Faridabad, June 29
The state government’s move to close down the Minor Irrigation Tubewell Corporation and Small Industries and Export Corporation Limited has evoked criticism from certain political and trade union leaders. They have demanded absorption of the retrenched staff in other state government departments.

Patnitop – A quiet hilltop where the breeze does the talking
ESTED between the picturesque city of Kashmir and the historic city of Jammu, Patnitop with its salubrious climate and tranquil environs is a mesmerising creation of a poetic and an imaginative author that nature is.

  Bhai Manjit Singh  Trust welcomes proposed maintenance law changes
New Delhi, June 29
The Human Rights Trust has welcomed the decision of the Law Ministry to amend Section 125 of the Cr. P.C. to include those women as being entitled to maintenance whose marriages may not be considered strictly legal as their spouse had a wife living at the time of marriage.

Bainda in race for Cabinet berth
Faridabad, June 29
The move by the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, to reshuffle and expand his Cabinet on July 1 seems to have kindled hope among a section of the state BJP leaders and activists, who believes that representation of Haryana could go up this time.

Circle of Animal Lovers: Taking care of the uncared
New Delhi, June 29
Ten years ago when Putul Mukherjee died in Kolkata, Baga, a dog of desi pedigree, did not allow her body to be lifted for cremation. Furious and depressed, Baga had to pay with its life to allow people touch its owner’s body. The Municipal Corporation had to shoot it down and its death gave birth to the Circle of Animal Lovers. Since that day, the CAL has been serving and taking care of stray animals.

Fatal victims of the success race
IX students committed suicide in Delhi alone, depressed over their poor performance in the examinations. If you add the numbers for the whole country it may even touch an alarming figure. In Kerala, the impact of such suicides even led the government to consider the grading system for examinations in future so that painful comparisons could be avoided.

 ‘Bhagat Kabir’ from Sikh Heritage in Painting
‘Bhagat Kabir’ from Sikh Heritage in Painting based on Punjab & Sind Bank collections

Commissioner unearths coupon racket by trucks
New Delhi, June 29
Municipal Commissioner Rakesh Mehta conducted surprise midnight raids at the Singhu Border toll tax post and at Hindu Rao Hospital. He was accompanied by a team of officials from the Vigilance Department of the MCD and the Anti-corruption Branch. During the raids, trucks and other commercial vehicles coming from Haryana and Punjab via Singhu Border were checked.

  • Govt offering free HIV testing at 13 centres

Date for submission of forms for LLM course extended
Rohtak, June 29
Maharshi Dayanand University has extended the last date for submission of application forms for LLM course to July 5. Earlier, the last date for submission of application forms was June 22.

  • Minister on Left Front
  • Medical Conference
  • 12 sex workers held

Gang of dacoits busted, six nabbed
Jhajjar, June 29
The district police have busted a gang involved in several cases of looting, dacoity and murder with the arrest of six of its members in Dabodha village last night. A district police spokesman said here today that a team of the Crime Branch, Bahadurgarh, on routine patrolling near Dabodha Chowk naka on the Bahadurgarh-Jhajjar road received a tip off that six armed miscreants had gathered in a deserted place outside the village and were planning a robbery.

Dealer shot dead in Naraina Mandi
New Delhi, June 29
A dealer in Loha Mandi of Naraina in South-West district died after unidentified assailants shot at him last evening. The assailants managed to run away after the attack under the cover of darkness.

  • Tiff over CNG

  • Medicine pilferage

  • Pak national held


List brings smile to disabled, tears to SC/ST applicants
New Delhi, June 29
The announcement of the admission list of SC/ST and physically challenged applicants today didn’t bring much of a smile to the faces of at least SC/ST candidates as most of them could not even get into the desired colleges of Delhi University. However, many physically challenged applicants had some pleasant surprises.


Mother’s touchParenthood classes for couples
HERE is good news for would-be mothers. Max Medcentre in Pitampura (North Delhi) has recently taken the welcome initiative of starting ante-natal classes to prepare pregnant women and their husbands for parenthood.






‘Election fever’ grips Delhi Soccer Association
New Delhi, June 29
The Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) is in the grip of a severe “soccer fever”, not the World Cup variety, but the election type! Over a decade ago, the DSA was in the doghouse, with various factions putting a spoke in the works. But a dedicated band of soccer lovers and officials joined hands to put the game back on rails with great effort.

ITBP honours sportspersons
New Delhi, June 29
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police held a felicitation function to honour their sportspersons who have brought laurels to the organisation. Deserving sportspersons were given promotion under the 10 per cent unqualified quota category.

Sonnet Club beat Rajdhani Sports
New Delhi, June 29
A fine unbeaten knock of 47 by Haryana Ranji Trophy player Sumit Sharma and 48 by Delhi Under-22 player Dhruvmohan helped Sonnet Club defeat Rajdhani Sports by seven wickets in the fourth Varun Mahajan Trans Yamuna Cricket Association Super League at the Venkateshwara College ground in the Capital.


Nagar Nigam sells prime GDA land
Ghaziabad, June 29
A piece of prime land (165 sq mt) near the old bus stand police post, which belonged to the Ghaziabad Development Authority, has been sold for Rs 28 lakhs by the Nagar Nigam (City Municipal Committee) by showing it as its own. The district administration had quietly got the land measured and conducted an inquiry. Now, it has sent its report to the State Government, it is learnt.

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