Friday, July 5, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Judicial watchdog for DSGMC
New Delhi, July 4
In a bid to bring about transparency and professionalism in the functioning of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, the victorious pro-Tohra Shiromani Akali Dal, Delhi, today pledged to appoint former Delhi High Court Judge, Justice Jaspal Singh, as the head of the Gurdwara Judicial Board, revamp the educational council and retrench excess staff.

Don’t expect miracles in three days: Sheila
New Delhi, July 4
Pushed into a corner by the public outrage over the erratic supply of electricity, a beleaguered Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday appealed to Delhiites to give time to the private distributors to settle down.

NDMC refuses to renew Chanakya’s licence
New Delhi, July 4
The New Delhi Municipal Council, at its monthly meeting held here today, decided not to renew the licence of Chanakya Cinema. Besides, it agreed to opening up of tax collection counters and organisation of camps, reduction in fee for using public conveniences, settlement of shops’ licences at one time, construction of footpaths, and improvement in housing complexes.




Cable operators, RWAs in fight to finish over rates
Faridabad, July 4
The Residents Welfare Associations and the cable TV operators here seem to be locked in a fight to the finish over the subscription rates. While the cable TV operators are on an indefinite strike since Wednesday noon, blacking out the channels in the process, the federation of various Residents Welfare Associations of the town has declared that it will not pay more than Rs 150 (per connection) per month.

Two labourers die in factory fire
Jhajjar, July 4
Two labourers were charred to death and two others received serious burn injuries in a devastating fire which broke out in a factory in the Modern Industrial Estate in Bahadurgarh town of the district today morning.

Residents quench thirst after week-long ordeal
Rewari, July 4
Thanks to the drying up of the canal-based storage tanks of the town, about one lakh residents of Rewari have had to grapple with a severe drinking water crisis in the past one week.


BKU leaders may hold parleys with CM today
Rohtak, July 4
Leaders of the Bharatiya Kisan Union are likely to meet Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala tomorrow in Chandigarh to discuss issues concerning farmers, including the waiver of the outstanding electricity bills. The Finance Minister, Prof Sampat Singh, told newspersons here today that the BKU leaders had expressed the desire to meet the Chief Minister after his return from abroad to discuss their pending demands.

Katha: A beacon of hope for slum children
New Delhi, July 4
For two-and-a-half years old Sharada, daughter of a domestic help, playing with toys, playing music and generally having a good time is not a distant dream. Unlike many other children like her whose parents come in the lower income group bracket, Sharada is exposed to a childhood, which her parents could otherwise have not afforded.

Kathashala, the innovative non-formal education centre, lays emphasis on life skills.
Kathashala, the innovative non-formal education centre, lays emphasis on life skills.

Kashmiri Samiti registers its woes with CM
New Delhi, July 4
Registering their protest at being denied the “right to life,” the Kashmiri Samiti on Thursday met the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, and sought her government’s help to solve the problems facing the Kashmiri Pandits from the valley.

Kudos to district admn for desilting drive
Rohtak, July 4
Residents of Rohtak have heaved a sigh of relief as the long-pending problems of traffic congestion and accumulation of flood water in several busy markets are likely to be reduced considerably following the demolition and desilting drive launched by the district administration recently.

 Mr Gurmeet Singh THE ACHIEVERS
This crusader envisions a drug-free world
New Delhi, July 4
The battle against drugs begins as soon as an initiative is launched. Yet, to keep that battle going is no easy task. Gurmeet Singh began the battle more than a decade ago and continues to wage a full-scale war against drugs, saving many a live from abuse and death.

President K. R. Narayanan, along with the Vice-President, Prime Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker, Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister and leaders of political parties, after unveiling the life-size statue of Jayaprakash Narain in the Parliament House premises.
President K. R. Narayanan, along with the Vice-President, Prime Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker, Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister and leaders of political parties, after unveiling the life-size statue of Jayaprakash Narain in the Parliament House premises. 

SDM denies role of brokers
Faridabad, July 4
The Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Faridabad, Mr Jitender Dahiya, has claimed that there were no agents or brokers operating in his office to issue driving licences. Reacting to an item published in a section of the press recently, Mr Dahiya said, since the computerisation of the licencing process in Faridabad and Ballabgarh sub-divisions, there was no scope for any role of brokers. He said if a person wants to get a licence, he has to be present at the office. As such, there was no role for an agent in the process.

  • Three killed
  • Steps to Increase Revenue
  • Pension scheme

Monsoon fails to keep its date
New Delhi
The rendezvous, which the Capital had with the monsoon, will have to wait as the rain-bearing clouds, which were likely to hit the Capital today, have failed to keep the promise.

Budgetary allocation for SC/ST welfare schemes increased
New Delhi, July 4
The Delhi Government has announced an increase in the budget allocation for the welfare schemes related to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.


Youth killed in hail of bullets to avenge murder
Ghaziabad, July 4
A youth, Azhar Ansari, alias Sonu (24), was felled in a hail of bullets in Kela Bhatta area in broad daylight on Wednesday in a clear case of revenge killing. Azhar himself is an accused in the murder of a youth, Shamim, and had been out on a bail. The police have not been able to arrest the alleged killers so far though they have been identified as the brothers of Shamim. The sensational attack has sent panic wave in the area.

DTC bus passengers robbed at gunpoint
Ghaziabad, July 4
Four armed criminals looted thousands of rupees and jewellery from passengers and Rs 7,000 from the conductor of a DTC bus, going from Rampur to Delhi, between Hapur and Pilkhua, on Wednesday night. Some passengers were beaten up for resisting the criminals.

Inter-state gang of mobike lifters busted
Meerut, July 4
The city police today busted an inter-state gang of motorcycle robbers operating in Western UP and Delhi and arrested two members. During routine checking, Sub Inspector Promod Kumar of Nauchandi police station stopped two persons, Narendra of Gandhi Nagar, Ghaziabad and Dhopal Sharma of T. P. Nagar here, coming on a Hero Honda motorcycle (UP-15M-3282) at Sector 6/7 crossing.

Call girl racket unearthed in Vasant Kunj
New Delhi, July 4
Eleven call girls and three touts were arrested today by the Anti-Extortion Cell of the Crime Branch for their alleged involvement in prostitution racket in Vasant Kunj area in South-West district.

Call girls arrested from Vasant Kunj being produced in the Patiala House in the Capital on Thursday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal
Call girls arrested from Vasant Kunj being produced in the Patiala House in the Capital


Degrees still elude graduates
New Delhi, July 4
Even as prospective students are trying hard to get into the college of their choice, the alumni of various colleges affiliated to the Delhi University, including the School of Correspondence Studies, are complaining that they still have not got their official degree from the university. The problem is particularly galling for those students who are seeking admissions abroad where the institutions insist on the original degree.

MDU court meet postponed to July 22
Rohtak, July 4
The 27th meeting of the court of Maharshi Dayanand University, scheduled to be held on July 8, will now be held on July 22. No reason has been given for postponing the meeting, which was to be chaired by Haryana Governor-cum-Chancellor of the university Babu Parmanand. An official handout said that the meeting would be held from 10 am in the Senior Teachers’ Common Room of Indira Gandhi Vidya Bhawan of the university on July 22.


Govt can revoke suspension of NBB Director: HC
New Delhi, July 4
The Centre’s decision to revoke the suspension of National Bal Bhawan Director, Ms Madhu Pant, has been validated by the Delhi High Court. “The government can disagree with the views of the Chairperson and the Board of Management of National Bal Bhawan. Consequently, it can overrule a decision taken by the Chairperson or the board, as it has done in the present case,” a Division Bench comprising Justice A. D. Singh and Justice Madan B. Lokur said.


He conquered the darkness of Ajanta with his camera
THE exhibition on ‘Ajanta - The Unseen Jewel’, photographed by Benoy K. Behl, is on display these days at the National Museum, New Delhi. Benoy has “conquered the darkness” of the Ajanta caves with his technique of accurate photography in dim light. Through these breathtaking photographs, the world gets a chance to discover the still bright colours of the Ajanta paintings, regarded as one of the most exquisite exposition of art worldwide. Visu Vantara Jataka Cave 17, Ajanta.
Visu Vantara Jataka Cave 17, Ajanta.

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

A mirror to the world around
HE play, ‘Cleansing’, directed by Sanjay Kumar and staged by Pandies’ theatre at the Shri Ram Centre in the Capital, is an acute response to what is happening around the world — violence, destruction, oppression. In a world fast losing its sanity, the play foregrounds and focuses on conflict and its resolution. Does nationhood and evolution of a national identity mean the submergence of the other? This is the question that is raised by the group..

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DDCA to start work on new stadium
New Delhi, July 4
The Delhi and District Cricket Association has got down to the business of constructing a brand new cricket stadium at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground, now that no international match is scheduled to be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground for the next twelve months.
DDCA president Arun Jaitley (second from left), architect Roopak Kothari, BCCI vice-president C. K. Khanna and sports secretary Sunil Dev, taking a round of the Ferozeshah Kotla ground, to finalise the plans for a new stadium.
DDCA president Arun Jaitley (second from left), architect Roopak Kothari, BCCI vice-president C. K. Khanna and sports secretary Sunil Dev, taking a round of the Ferozeshah Kotla ground, to finalise the plans for a new stadium.

Doll Gurang powers R K Puram Club to victory
New Delhi, July 4
A fierce bowling spell of 6 for 46 by Doll Gurang and a smashing knock of 67, off 30 balls studded with seven fours and four sixes, by Shashi Kant, helped R K Puram Club beat Poorvi Delhi Academy by seven wickets in a league match of the first Shiv Narain Khinchi Memorial Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the Tyagi Public School ground. Doll Gurang was declared the Man of the Match. for his allround performance.

  • Gyan Bharti tournament

  • Maharaja Agarsen tourney

Football player drowns in Hindon river
New Delhi, July 4
Young Delhi footballer Sabyachanchi Mitha died following an accident at Hindon river in Ghaziabad. Mitha, who represented Delhi in the Under-19 Junior National Football Championship for the Dr B C Roy Trophy held in Shillong recently, drowned in the river while taking bath. He had gone there along with friends for a birthday party.

Indian spikers stun Tunisia
New Delhi, July 4
Indian senior men’s volleyball team avenged their loss in the first “Test” to Tunisia when they scored an identical five-set victory at 27-25,22,25, 23-25,25-22,15-10 in the second match of the five-Test series.


Panipat administration gears up for monsoon
Panipat, July 4
Elaborate arrangements have been made in the district to face any eventuality during the approaching monsoon season. Giving this information, the officiating Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, said that instructions had been given to the Irrigation Department as well as to other officers concerned that all required arrangements for flood prevention should be in place before the monsoon begins.


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