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CM steps in to blunt attack
New Delhi, July 19
The concluding day of monsoon session of Delhi Legislative Assembly saw a combative Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit holding the floor. And having the last word, almost. In a meticulously crafted response timed to blunt the Bharatiya Janata Party’s campaign and the Monday’s bandh called by Madan Lal Khurana, the chief minister announced a slew of measures to woo Delhiites in general and the trading community in particular.

Khurana says he won’t let Sheila sit in peace
New Delhi, July 19
Dubbing the Monday’s bandh called by the Bharatiya Janata Party as the “first step” towards eliminating the injustice inflicted on Delhiites, the newly appointed Delhi BJP president, Mr Madan Lal Khurana on Friday said he would not allow the Sheila Dikshit government to “sit in peace”.

Sex education in schools, at last
New Delhi, July 19
Adolescence brings with it questions and doubts, a vulnerable state of mind and a body that is perplexed with the changes it undergoes. To address questions as simple as changes in the body structure to the more complex ones like sexually transmitted diseases, the NCERT has brought out a series of five handbooks.


Suburban train derails
New Delhi, July 19
Passengers of suburban train GDK-1, running between Kosi Kalan and Ghaziabad, had a miraculous escape when seven coaches, including two motor coaches, of the train derailed near Harkesh Nagar just after it passed the Tughlakabad station at 9.52 am today.

The derailment near Tughlakabad. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal
The derailment near Tughlakabad.

From mangoes to desi ghee, a gala life in jail
Meerut, July 19
The inmates of Meerut District Jail are having a gala time. In a surprise raid officials found some inmates cooking special foods, taking smack and getting clothes washed by a specially hired person on the jail premises. One of them was found making an omelette and some others were seen frying ‘dal’ in pure desi ghee. There was no shortage of mangoes either.

Few takers for excise policy within Cong
New Delhi
The chief minister’s statement notwithstanding, the excise policy does not seem to have many takers in the Congress yet. Question Hour saw Congress legislators taking on Finance Minister Mahender Singh Saathi for “reneging” from his assurance to the Congress Legislature Party that liquor vends will not be opened in a constituency against the legislator’s wishes.

Sons of top families held, 10 cars seized
Noida, July 19
The Noida Police claim to have smashed a gang of young car thieves who hail from respectable upper class families of the town and are studying in top public schools in Noida. One of the gang members is a son of an army colonel, the other a son of a doctor working in the Apollo Hospital and yet another the grandson of a Punjab DIG.

MDU to sack executive engineer
Rohtak, July 19
The Executive Council of Maharshi Dayanand University today recommended the removal of Mr H L Virmani, executive engineer, from the service of the university on charges of corruption.


Power cuts leave DLF residents sleepless
Gurgaon, July 19
The power situation in DLF City here has been taking a turn for the worse with each passing day with long hours of cuts and shutdowns as a result of mismanagement of DLF Universal Ltd, allege residents. Instead of making attempts to improve the situation, the DLF authorities lodged an FIR against representatives of the DLF Qutab Enclave Residents’ Welfare Association and certain residents when they protested against the irregularities committed by the private developer, said the general secretary of the association, Mr T. K. Satheesan.

‘Dara Shikoh Cured’ from Sikh Heritage in Painting
‘Dara Shikoh Cured’ from Sikh Heritage in Painting based on Punjab & Sind Bank collections

No move to have re-evaluation in CBSE exams
New Delhi, July 19
There is no proposal to re-evaluate answer books of a candidate taking Central Board of Secondary Education examinations and it would be “too simplistic” to assume suicides occur due to non-availability of this facility, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Meeting with CM fails to enthuse entrepreneurs
Faridabad, July 19
While the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, is scheduled to meet people from the industry here on July 23, as part of the state government’s new action plan of taking up the grievances of those from the business and industry sector, entrepreneurs do not seem to be very optimistic about any immediate solution to their problems. They believe that unless the issues are taken up seriously and a timeframe fixed for each of the projects the industrial scenario may not change for the better.

Going up in smoke.
Going up in smoke. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Man hacks wife to death
Faridabad, July 19
A resident of Dabua Colony here allegedly murdered his pregnant wife on Thursday. Subsequently, the accused surrendered before the police. The accused identified as Vipin Kumar 'hacked' his wife 'Gudia' to death in his house after he suspected her of having illicit marital relationship with another man.

NHRC seeks report on torture of 18-yr-old boy
New Delhi, July 19
Taking suo motu cognizance of an alleged “unimaginable torture” of a 18-year-old boy by the Delhi Police, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today issued notice to the Police Commissioner. He has been asked to submit a report on the incident. The commission’s investigation officer has been directed to probe the matter.

Govt may tap power from non-conventional sources
New Delhi, July 19
The government is contemplating buying power produced by the non-conventional energy sources to promote and protect the environment and also to develop remote villages in the Himalyan region.

A visitor at the ongoing 29th India International Garment Fair at the Pragati Maidan
A visitor at the ongoing 29th India International Garment Fair at the Pragati Maidan in the Capital on Friday. Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Admission counselling session at MDU
Rohtak, July 19
Maharshi Dayanand University will hold the counselling for admission to Bachelor of Pharmacy course in universities and educational institutions of the state for the session 2002-2003 on July 30,31 and August 1, in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the university.

  • Suicide pact

  • Youth strangled

Case against Sunita
New Delhi
Keshav Puram police have registered a case of cheating against Congress Councillor from Hari Nagar, Sunita, for allegedly furnishing false information in the scheduled caste certificate. The case was registered following the direction of SDM Rajouri Garden, Mr Vijay Khanna. The certificate was issued on March 5, 2002 by the West district Municipal Deputy Commissioner.

  • Dissolution stayed

  • Sisters commit suicide

INDI medium examinees get a raw deal and Hindi medium students seem to come way down on the priority list of Delhi University (DU) officials.” Thus runs a news report.

  • The truth behind excellent results!

  • Think twice before privatising

  • Remove time bar in litigation

  • Pensioners pushed down the ladder


Pak national with fake currency to be deported
New Delhi, July 19
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police have arrested a Pakistani national who had come to India with counterfeit Indian currency and was staying illegally here. The Special Cell sleuths arrested Mohammad Sulaiman (52), from Matia Mahal area of walled city on a tip-off and will be deported back to Pakistan.

Pregnant woman commits suicide
Rewari, July 19
A young married woman, Ms Sushila Devi, who was reportedly pregnant, committed suicide by hanging herself in Jhal village under Kosli police station in Rewari district. It is stated that Ms Sushila, the daughter of Mr Ram Chander, resident of Chadhwana village, about 40 km from here, was married to Mr Umed Singh, the son of Uttam Singh, resident of Jhal village in May, 2001.

Graphic: Cases of murder in Delhi


Units decry DHBVN move on slab structure
Gurgaon, July 19
Reeling under the present spell of recession, the issuance of notices to the industrial units by the electricity authorities for clubbing together the load of more than one meter installed in one single premises for categorising the slab of tariff and for structural changes has raised a few hackles.


Rotary International to adopt MCD, NDMC schools
New Delhi, July 19
The Rotary International’s India chapter has launched a war against illiteracy. A part of their ‘crusade against illiteracy’ is the plan to adopt Municipal Corporation of Delhi and New Delhi Municipal Council primary schools.

CBSE AIIEEE 2002 list declared
New Delhi, July 19
The Central Counselling Board has announced the first list of allocations for the central quota for the eligible rank holders of AIEEE 2002. The counselling for the total 7,109 seats took place from the 5th to the 7th of July.


200 units collected at PNB blood donation camps
New Delhi, July 19
Mr S.S. Kohli, Chairman and Director, Punjab National Bank, inaugurated the blood donation camps organised by the bank at its head office on July 18 and 19. Employees of the bank voluntarily donated over 200 units of blood. The camps were organised in association with the Red Cross Society.
Mr S. S. Kohli, CMD, PNB, and Mr T. S. Narayanasami, Executive Director, PNB, on the occasion of a blood donation camp organised by the bank at New Delhi with the help of Red Cross.
Mr S. S. Kohli, CMD, PNB, and Mr T. S. Narayanasami, Executive Director, PNB, on the occasion of a blood donation camp organised by the bank at New Delhi with the help of Red Cross.

Hemant stars in Ravindera School’s victory
New Delhi, July 19
An all-round performance by Hemant Singh (2 for 14 and 66 not out) and deadly bowling by Vipul Gupta (4 for 33) helped Ravindera Public School defeat Poorvi Delhi Club by nine wickets in a league match of the first Shiv Narain Khinchi Memorial Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the Tyagi Public School ground.

  • Amit Ghuman shines

Record entries in Manav Sthali Table Tennis
New Delhi, July 19
A record number of 1150 players will compete in the 30th Smt. Chandravati Bhatnagar Manav Sthali Open Table Tennis Tournament, which was inaugurated at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium by Mr Shashi Kant Mehrotra, deputy commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, in the Capital on Friday.

Mohit Batra claims 5 for 20
New Delhi, July 19
A devastating bowling performance of 5 for 20 by Mohit Batra helped DAV School, Shalimar Bagh beat Blue Star Club by eight wickets in the first Prabhu Dayal Memorial Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the Ashok Vihar Picknichut ground.

  • Hasan, Naveen excel

Stunning knockManu John slams century
New Delhi, July 19
Manu John slammed a stroke-filled century to help Dhananjai Academy beat Cambridge Club by 100 runs in a Tri-Series Cricket Tournament, organised by Sh Malik Sarkar Sports Trust.


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