Sunday, July 14, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Khurana crowns himself CM-in-waiting
BJP leader’s mantra: Take to the streets
New Delhi, July 13
The newly appointed Delhi BJP president, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, today proclaimed himself as the “chief minister-in-waiting” and threatened to take to the streets to highlight the power and water crises faced by the people of the Capital.
Delhi BJP chief Madan Lal Khurana and BJP president Venkaiah Naidu during a felicitation function organised by the Gramin Sabha in the Capital on Saturday.

Minor daughter sold for Rs 40,000
Rewari, July 13
Filthy lucre lured one Madu Ram Yadav, son of Ram Pat Yadav, in Lohana village, about 20 km from Rewari, to such an extent that he allegedly gave his 11-year-old daughter Pinki in marriage to Hanuman Yadav, 30, son of Sedhu Ram Yadav, resident of Akoda village in Mahendragarh district on July 5 for Rs 40,000.


Amnesia grips Delhi Govt on DTC reforms
New Delhi, July 13
After outlining her government’s commitment to undertake “institutional reform and restructuring” of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Delhi Jal Board (DJB), and incorporating the same in the Lieutenant-Governor’s address to the budget session of Delhi Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday categorically denied any move on her government’s part to privatise the transport utility.

CBI to probe ad agency contract
New Delhi, July 13
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a preliminary enquiry against Greenline Advertising and unknown officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the Public Works Department (PWD) for awarding a contract to the company for putting up hoardings on tree guards, electric poles and central verges of roads and causing a loss to the exchequer of several crores of rupees.

A fountain turns into fount of refuse
New Delhi, July 13
Two decades ago, this fountain was a visual delight for the residents of Bhola Nath Nagar in Shahdara, East Delhi, and an oasis for many who thronged the place till late hours in the hot and muggy summer nights. It was also a hub of the area hawkers. But the visual treat lasted a few months and then the official apathy set in.

A defunct fountain that has turned into a garbage dump. — Photo by Anil Sharma
A defunct fountain that has turned into a garbage dump

25 illegal houses on govt hospital land razed
Ghaziabad, July 13
District Administration has demolished 25 houses illegally built on the Government Hospital land in Loni and freed two acres of public land worth over Rs 1 crore from encroachment.

Tussle for co-option intensifies
New Delhi, July 13
The election for the two co-opted members in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee is turning out to be an interesting contest with only one person withdrawing his candidature, leaving the field wide open for hectic lobbying amongst the seven contestants.


Assembly session to be tumultuous
New Delhi, July 13
The monsoon session of Delhi Legislative Assembly that begins Monday is likely to be a tumultuous one. With enough ammunition in hand, what with the Capital battling an erratic supply of electricity, the liberalisation of excise policy and the acute shortage of compressed natural gas, the Opposition will seek to box the Sheila Dikshit Government into a corner.

Loans at doorsteps of poor: Dikshit
New Delhi, July 13
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today announced that financial aid and loans would now be distributed at the doorsteps of beneficiaries belonging to weaker sections of society.

Chief Secy unhappy over revenue collection
Meerut, July 13
The Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, Mr Davendra Singh Bagga, has expressed unhappiness over the revenue collection in the five divisions of Meerut, Moradabad, Bareilly, Agra and Saharanpur. He was speaking after reviewing the revenue collection (tax and non-tax) of these divisions on Friday.

Shivpuri: Where rare wildlife survived the royal hunt
Shivpuri is steeped in the royal legacy of its past. It was the summer capital of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior. And earlier, its dense forests were the hunting grounds of the Mughal emperors. Great herds of elephants were captured by Emperor Akbar. Much later, it was the tiger that roamed the wooded hills and many a magnificent beast was ‘bagged’ by royal Shikaris.
The wildlife safari is one of the attractions of Madhav National Park.
The wildlife safari is one of the attractions of Madhav National Park
  • Madhav National Park
  • Chhatris of Scindias
  • Madhav Vilas Palace
  • Sakhya Sagar
  • Bhadaiya Kund
  • George Castle

Life is a precious gift, celebrate it
The appalling futility so much of human life in pursuit of happiness does not become evident to most because they are all in an endless rat race. Hither and thither they keep rushing, restlessly preoccupied, driven to and fro by strong, conflicting hungers and instincts and desires, pursuing now one prize and now another and at the end of it all totally dissatisfied, bored and unhappy.

PVR Anupam residents get unauthorised parking removed
New Delhi, July 13
One and one makes eleven. The residents of Saket have lived up to this dictum. They have done a commendable job by getting an unauthorised parking removed on the main road to PVR Anupam.

Villages getting only contaminated water
Narnaul, July 13
Thanks to the apathy of the Public Health Department, villages falling under the Nangal Chaudhry development block in Mahendragarh district have been getting only contaminated water for a long time. 

Drought-like condition in Mahendragarh
Narnaul, July 13
As the monsoon still hiding behind the clouds over other parts of the country, Mahendragarh district bordering Rajasthan is reeling under severe drought-like condition. Starved and thirsty animals can be seen moving about on the barren fields of the district in search of green fodder and water these days.

Women empowerment still a distant dream
Faridabad, July 13
A seminar held for women empowerment and development concluded that ‘Women still need better opportunities and environment in order to improve their social status in the society’.

Lt-Governor reviews power crisis in the Capital 
New Delhi, July 13
The Lt-Governor of Delhi, Mr Vijai Kapoor, today reviewed the ongoing power crisis in the Capital and asked BSES and Tata Power to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the MCD and the Delhi Jal Board.

YMCA honours school principal
Rewari, July 13
Mr Dewan Singh, principal of the local Swami Uma Bharati Public Senior Secondary School, was honoured for his outstanding contribution in the domain of school education in the Rewari region, by the Young Men’s Association of India (YMCA) at a simple function here today.
  • Lawyer dead
  • Dowry death
  • Students agitated


Husband plotted woman’s murder
Ghaziabad, July 13
The police have cracked the murder of a housewife, Neera, and looting of Rs 1 lakh from her house at Dahna village in Dholana on July 1 with the arrest of her husband and two others. The police have confirmed that Ashok Kumar, the husband of the woman, had got the crime executed.

Attempt to rob  businessman foiled
New Delhi, July 13
Five persons were arrested last night by the West district police in Janak Puri who were allegedly planning to rob a businessman. The arrested persons were identified as Ved Pal, Ranbir Singh, Manjit Kumar, Kanhya Lal and Ganga Ram. Knives and iron rods were recovered from their possession.

Dreaded gangster handed over to cops by parents
Jhajjar, July 13
The district police have arrested a dreaded gangster involved in several cases of murder, loot and rape in Gurgaon, Rohtak and Jhajjar districts and in Delhi. According to the police spokesman, his parents handed him over to the police here today.


Registration to small units in unapproved sectors sought
Faridabad, July 13
The Faridabad Small Industries Association (FSIA), a leading organisation of small industrial units in Haryana, has asked the state government to provide registration to the manufacturing units operating in unapproved areas.


Foundation stone of health centre laid 
Faridabad, July 13
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, laid the foundation stone of a Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Nangal Jat village of the Hathin subdivision in the district yesterday. It will be built on the land provided by the village panchayat at a cost of 31.58 lakh.

‘Population explosion stares India in face’
Development is the best contraception in the world and holds the key to population control,” said Dr Sanjiv Malik, secretary-general of the Indian Medical Association at a seminar at DMA Hall on World Population Day on July 11. Over 200 doctors from all over Delhi attended the seminar.
  • New IMA president
  • Special Olympics
  • NBE screening test
  • Girl child’s education


MRF to promote Asia Pacific Rally Championship
New Delhi, July 13
MRF Limited, the largest sponsors of motor sports in India, will promote the Indian round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). This was announced in the Capital on Saturday by president of the Motorsport Authority of India Nazir Hoosein.
President of the Motorsport Authority of India Nazir Hoosein and Antony Rodriques of MRF Ltd announcing MRF’s decision to sponsor the MRF India Cup, in the Capital on Saturday.
President of the Motorsport Authority of India Nazir Hoosein and Antony Rodriques of MRF Ltd announcing MRF’s decision to sponsor the MRF India Cup

Beijing’s Olympic bid opposed
New Delhi, July 13
Tibetans and Tibet Support Group, Human Rights Organisations and other concerned individuals throughout the world observed Saturday as “No Olympic for China Day” to oppose Beijing’s bid to host the Olympic Games in the year 2008.

Yougesh, Nakul star in Salwan’s win
New Delhi, July 13
A fine half century by Yougesh Nagar (58) and 55 by Nakul Chopra enabled defending champions Salwan Boys defeat St. Mark School, Meera Bagh in the second Raman Lamba Memorial Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the Salwan School ground.


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