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Delhi declared drought-hit
New Delhi, July 31
The National Capital Territory of Delhi was today declared drought-hit by the state government, which has sought an assistance of Rs 30 crore from the Centre. The estimated loss on account of failure of monsoon is put at Rs 200 crore.

Haryana seeks Rs 615 cr in drought relief
Jhajjar, July 31
The Union Government has declared all the districts of Haryana drought-hit and the state government has demanded a relief package of Rs 615 crore. This was announced by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, while addressing industrialists during the interactive session with them at Bahadurgarh here today.

Romance in the Air Romance in the Air: Even as Sheila Dikshit Government declared Delhi drought-hit, rain lashed the Capital on Wednesday, much to the delight of couples who converged at India Gate. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal



RAF, PAC deployed on
Meerut College campus
Meerut, July 31
The district administration has deployed Rapid Action Force and Provincial Armed Constabulary in the Ch Charan Singh University and Meerut College, taking a serious view of the violent quarrels between two groups of students recently.

Yuvraj Singh shares a joke with television actress Mandira Bedi
Yuvraj Singh shares a joke with television actress Mandira Bedi in the Capital on Wednesday. 
— Tribune Photo

Drive against roadside Romeos
Meerut, July 31
Taking suo motu cognisance of the increasing incidents of eve-teasing, the staff of Inspector General of Police (Meerut range) Dr Vikram Singh have launched a crackdown on ‘roadside Romeos’. Five youths were arrested by the staff of the IG from different parts of the city today on the charges of eve-teasing.

Father, child succumb to diarrhoea
Panipat, July 31
The annual diarrhoea ritual has begun in the district with the death of a man and his daughter in Thirana village on Wednesday. However, the district administration is yet to get its act together.

Meham cries foul over house tax; DC orders probe
Rohtak, July 31
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, has ordered an inquiry into the house tax assessments made by Meham Municipal Committee. He ordered the inquiry when a large number of residents of Meham town today complained to the Deputy Commissioner at his ‘open darbar’ that the civic body had not assessed the house tax properly.

DTC, MCD spat on hoardings
New Delhi, July 31
The Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi today accused the Delhi Transport Corporation of not giving its 50 per cent share of revenue earned from hoardings installed at bus shelters.

Truck ban hits NCR industrial linkages
Faridabad, July 31
In view of the loss to the industry due to the ban on the entry of goods trucks in Delhi, the Punjab, Haryana and Delhi Chambers of Commerce and Industry has shot off letters to the Haryana and UP governments, urging them to immediately take up the upgradation and construction of roads linking industrial towns of the two states.

An El Dorado of hopes and aspirations
Gurgaon, July 31
Tell somebody that Gurgaon has made rapid strides in all fields. Tell him that it is a hip and happening place for investors to pitch up their tents. Tell him to commence his business here, and ten to one, the person will snub the learned advisor in just one line: tell it to the marines! The situation is the same in Old Gurgaon. The basic services like water and electricity are missing.


19,205 CGHC beneficiaries in Faridabad
New Delhi, July 31
The CGHS beneficiaries residing in Faridabad can avail of medical facilities in central and state government hospitals, including Badshah Khan Hospital, in addition to 63 private hospitals and diagnostic centres, which have been recognised under CGHS Delhi, the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Mr A. Raja informed the Lok Sabha, in a written reply.

Preity Zinta is mobbed by fans
Preity Zinta is mobbed by fans outside Wimpy’s at Connaught Place in the Capital on Wednesday. Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Tips to avoid electric shocks during monsoon
New Delhi, July 31
Proper awareness about the dangers inherent while using electrical equipment and safety methods while using such appliances will help reduce the number of casualties due to electric shocks during monsoon months, Dr K. K. Aggarwal, president of the Indian Medical Association, New Delhi branch, has said.

Celebs recount experiences with cops
New Delhi, July 31
The Community Liaison Programme of the Delhi Police was launched today in South district amidst a galaxy of personalities. Launching the scheme, Delhi Police Commissioner R. S. Gupta said that the Capital’s police always served the society with the right perspective aimed at peace and security and this was why they had decided to have a partnership programme with the public.

Drug addicts: To the brink and back
Jhajjar, July 31
“It is the most auspicious moment of my life. My husband has got a new lease of life as he has taken an oath never to touch drugs again,” says Mahendri, a mother of five children, with tears of joy rolling down her cheeks. Her husband, Anil, who has successfully got rid of addiction after undergoing a six-month course at Navjiwan, a de-addiction centre at Bahadurgarh, was also with her and the kids.

And now, cops are organising mahila meets
Rewari, July 31
Women from various walks of life participated in a mahila sammelan held under the auspices of the District Public-Police Coordination Committee in connection with Operation Social Security Fortnight in the community hall here yesterday.

Two nabbed for murder of former sarpanch
Rewari, July 31
The Rewari city police have arrested Harendra Kumar alias Chitku, resident of Chandawas village near here, and Rakesh alias Raju, resident of Vikas Nagar, in connection with the gruesome murder of Vijay Singh (40), a former sarpanch of Chandawas village.

  • Dental college
  • Cyclist killed

Cellular helpline for Ghaziabad residents
New Delhi, July 31
Hutch, the new pan-India services brand of Hutchison Essar, together with the Department of Police in Ghaziabad, is setting up a cellular helpline for all residents of Ghaziabad but particularly for industrialists and women in the area. This helpline will provide 24 hours a day, seven days a week instant accessibility to the Ghaziabad Police for the residents of Ghaziabad, thereby significantly enhancing the security perception in the area.

H. K. Saxena, president of Youth Hostel Fed
New Delhi, July 31
Dr Harish K. Saxena, national chairman of the Youth Hostels’ Association of India, has been elected president of the International Youth Hostel Federation at its 44th conference at Budapest, Hungary recently.

Delhi BJP plans conclave to prepare for Assembly poll
New Delhi, July 31
In an effort to rejuvenate the cadres ahead of next year’s Assembly elections and hone up a strategy that would catapult them into power, the Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party is planning to organise a political conference here on August 17. It will be addressed among others by Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani and its BJP national president Venkaiah Naidu.


Srinagar businessman held with cobra venom
New Delhi, July 31
The East district police arrested a businessman of Srinagar, who is reportedly have gone bankrupt, and seized two pouches of cobra venom worth Rs 5 crore on Tuesday.

  • Held for taking bribe

  • Two cases cracked

2 cops suspended for letting off smuggler
Ghaziabad, July 31
Two constables of the Indira Puram police station have been suspended while a gazetted police officer has been ordered to probe the matter by the SSP, Mr Chander Prakash.

  • Death condoled


Oxemberg wins best stall award
New Delhi, July 31
Oxemberg has won the best stall award in the International Trade Fair for Brand Apparel & Retailers held in Pragati Maidan from July 28 to 31. The award was given by Mr L.V. Saptrishi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, to Mr Prasad Shetty, GM, Marketing, Oxemberg.


Students and teachers of Delhi University and other educational institutions campaign against female foeticide through a street play in the Capital
Students and teachers of Delhi University and other educational institutions campaign against female foeticide through a street play in the Capital on Wednesday.

Prospective DUSU candidates jump the gun
ARELY a fortnight has passed since the opening of the new academic session in Delhi University, prospective candidates have already started covert campaigning for the polls of the Delhi University Students Union. Conventionally, the DUSU elections are held during the second week of September just before the 15-day autumn break begins. Already bills, posters and banners can be seen plastered all over the campus carrying portrait-sized photographs of prospective candidates.

  • Entrance Test

  • Post-graduate course

  • DYFI’s ire

  • SPM fellowships

DUTA dharna in front of UGC office on Aug 5
New Delhi, July 31
The Delhi University Teachers Union today decided to observe a strike and hold a dharna outside the office of the University Grants Commission in the Capital on August 5 to protest against the UGC’s orders “affecting” the employment avenues of university teachers. The UGC in its recent communication had directed freezing all recruitment, putting restriction of 80 per cent on appointment against vacant posts, reducing total staff strength by 10 per cent and abolishing all vacant posts that are older than a year.

  • Book released


New vistas open up for tribal artists
New Delhi, July 31
Paintings by three tribal women artists, Putli Ganju, Rukmani Devi and Chamni Ganju, were on display at Max Mueller Bhavan here much to the delight of visitors who hardly get a chance to see tribal art first hand. No wonder, the exhibition got such a tremendous response.


Saini School beat St George, annex Bro Mahony title
New Delhi, July 31
In a nerve-wracking contest, Saini School, Rewari pipped St. George College, Mussoorie 5-4 via tie-breaker shoot-out to clinch the senior division title of the Bro Mahony Inter-School Football Tournament, which concluded at the Mount St. Mary’s School ground, Delhi Cantonment, in the Capital on Wednesday.

Boris Becker show on Ten Sports
New Delhi, July 31
Boris Becker’s sparring match, in the company of Aamir “Bhuvan” Khan, against Vijay Amritraj and Kapil Dev, staged at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association courts in the Capital on Tuesday, will be telecast in all its glory and mood swings by Ten Sports on August 3 (Saturday) at 8 pm. The show will be repeated on August 6 at 5.30 pm.

Soumik slams century for DAV School
Soumik Chattarji New Delhi, July 31
A brilliant unbeaten hundred by Delhi Under-14 batsman Soumik Chattarji (101, 15x4) and a fierce bowling spell of 3 for 22 by Abhishek Sakuja helped DAV School, Shalimar Bagh defeat Delhi University Coaching Centre by eight wickets and entered the semi-final of the first Prabhu Dayal Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Bharat Nagar ground.

Delhi Club to tour UK
New Delhi, July 31
The Delhi Blues Cricket Club will embark on a three-week tour of the United Kingdom from August 5. The tour will conclude on August 31. This will be Delhi Blues Club’s eighth tour to the United Kingdom.

Top teams for Ramjas Cricket Tournament
New Delhi, July 31
Sixteen top school teams of the National Capital Region of Delhi will participate in the first Ramjas Inter-School Under-17 Cricket Tournament to be held from August 12 to September 20. The matches will be played on a league-cum-knock out basis. The matches will be of 40 overs a side, to be played on a turf wicket.


UP largesse for SCs: Encroachments regularised
Ghaziabad, July 31
The UP Government has come forth with another dose of generosity for members of the Scheduled Castes and other backward classes. They will not be dislodged from the illegal encroachments of gram (village) sabha land if it had been occupied before May 1, 2002. These encroachments will be deemed to have been legally made, according to rules.


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