Monday, August 19, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Saga of a doughty villager & liquor mafia
Rewari, August 18
A complaint has been made against the alleged high-handedness of Mr Ajit Singh Bhatotia, DGP (Prisons), Haryana, and his younger brother, Mr Virender Singh Bhatotia, to Mr V. N. Vittal, Commisisoner, Central Vigilance Commission, Delhi.

Two dozen villages submerged
Meerut, August 18
At least two dozen villages of Khadar have been submerged in the surging waters of the Ganges. The river has also breached a road connecting village Jalalpur to Mawana town. The District Administration has sounded an alert and is mobilising its employees in flood relief works. 

Metered gas in Faridabad by 2003
Faridabad, August 18
Here is the good news for residents of Faridabad. The menace of pollution, power cuts, overall recession and industrial sickness may be a thing of the past in the city, if a project taken up by an LPG equipment and appliances manufacturing company gets through.

Yet another Khan:
Yet another Khan: Sohail and Sameera Reddy at a press conference held to introduce the debut pair.
— Photo by Anil Sharma

Minister skips CM’s rally
Samalkha (Panipat), August 18
The absence of Mr Kartar Singh Bhadana, Cooperation Minister and Samalkha MLA, from a rally of the Jat Dharmarth Sabha, which was addressed by the Haryana Chief Minsiter, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, here today, is being interpreted differently by political observers.

Haryana gears up for another stir
Rohtak, August 18
The Haryana government is bracing up for another agitation with the government teachers hardening their stance on the rationalisation policy. The teachers are clamouring for its withdrawal.

Three women murdered in East Delhi
New Delhi, August 18
Unidentified armed assailants barged into DDA flats, Jhilmil colony, East Delhi, and after stabbing to death three women escaped undetected. The daylight murder of the three women created panic in the area. After the incident, hundreds of residents gathered around the house of the deceased.

Tax evasion worth 5 lakh detected
Noida, August 18
The Trade Tax Department of Noida has detected tax evasion worth Rs 4.89 lakh by the carrying and forwarding agency of a leading skimmed milk powder manufacturing firm of Aligarh. The agents had been fudging the sale of large quantities of milk powder and showing it as stock transfers to evade tax.


Commissioner demands report over disrespect to Ambedkar
Meerut August 18
A grievous matter of showing disrespect to the portrait of Dr B.R.Ambedkar has come to light here. A portrait of Bharat Ratna, Dr B.R. Ambedkar, was found hanging in the lavatory of the Government Inter College, Hastinapur.

Don’t equate us with Met Dept: Astrologers
New Delhi, August 18
At least 100 astrologers from all parts of the country today lambasted the double standards of those who ignore the wrong predictions of the Meteorological Department but make all kinds of adverse comments against astrologers when their predictions go wrong.

Dr Jaiprakash Laldhagewale presents his paper at an astrology conference held in the Capital on Sunday.

Dr Jaiprakash Laldhagewale presents his paper at an astrology conference held in the Capital on Sunday.

Power supply of defaulters to be cut
Ghaziabad, August 18
The chronic problems of power thefts and non-payment of bills has plagued Uttar Pradesh and has adversely affected the efficiency and financial health of the UP Power Corporation.

Making an effort to transform society
Rewari, August 18
With an enviable record of social service in the last decade, the Rashtriya Navchetna, a voluntary organisation, has carved out a prominent place for itself in South Haryana.

NH blocked to protest youth’s disappearance
Rohtak, August 18
The residents of Gandhra village blocked vehicular traffic on National Highway 10 for nearly four hours today in protest against the mysterious disappearance of a youth from police custody.

Rekindle the romance of a bygone era
Rewari, August 18
The steam loco shed at the railway junction of this sleepy town, once famous for being the largest metre gauge junction in Asia, has come alive with the clang of steel against steel as several retired loco drivers and technicians have been re-employed to service and some of the oldest steam engines have been restored to keep them chugging.

A bus stand remains unattended days after a vehicle rammed into it in the Chirag Dilli area in the Capital.
A bus stand remains unattended days after a vehicle rammed into it in the Chirag Dilli area in the Capital. — Photo by AS

Fudging receipts: Case against DTI
Jhajjar, August 18
The district police have registered a case of fudging the receipts of fine imposed on those travelling without ticket in Haryana Roadways buses. The case was registered against a Deputy Ticket Inspector (DTI) of the Roadways Department. The case, registered under Sections 409, 468 and 120B, was detected by the Chief Minister’s flying squad at Faridabad.

Shiv Sena demands ban on Gutka
New Delhi, August 18
The state unit of the Shiv Sena today demanded that the Delhi Government take immediate steps to ban the sale of gutka as had been done in several other states in view of adverse affects that it has on the health of citizens.

Rotary Club organises blood camp

New Delhi, August 18
Rotary Blood Bank, New Delhi, in collaboration with Rotary Club of Dhampur, organised a voluntary blood donation camp on Friday, August 16, at Lohia Industrial area, Dhampur, Uttar Pradesh. The camp brought together as many as 200 voluntary donors from every walk of life and 167 units of blood was collected.


Time for Indians to experience high quality entertainment
ATIONAL Panasonic India, a subsidiary of one of world’s leading electronics major, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., has launched its unique new series of CTVs with built-in FM receiver in India.
  • Digital multi-players

  • Eye-Fi TV

  • Digital minilab

  • Exotic bouquets

  • Black Magic

  • Talking cheap

  • Auto gas burner

  • Flavoured manjan


DU official, two others convicted for forging marks
New Delhi, August 18
A city court today convicted three persons, who had allegedly forged the MBBS entrance test marks in 1984. The accused, along with her husband and the candidate’s father, was found guilty of criminal conspiracy and forgery. The forgery incident took place on the intervening night of June 26-27 when a Senior Computer Programmer of Delhi University, Ms Usha Subramanian, illegally increased a candidate’s marks in the MBBS entrance test.

Tiny-tots trot to the beat of patriotic songs
TUDENTS celebrated Independence Day with much fanfare. The ceremonial hoisting of the Tricolour, singing the National Anthem and pledging to serve the country were dutifully followed.
  • Heritage School

  • Children’s Valley

  • Dreamland School

  • Birla Vidya Niketan

  • GHPS, India Gate

  • Bal Bhavan

  • DPS, Shiksha Kendra

  • DPS, R K Puram

‘Give life your best shot’
ESTERDAY, while strolling down the market, I overheard two gentlemen conversing about their lives. The first one said, “I believe that I am a born loser. Whatever I try, I seem to yield no luck”. The other man, who looked more confident said, “Not that I am always successful, but my endeavour is always to deliver the best shot”. This attitude shows commitment.


Mehandi look-alike is a dholak and tabla maestro
New Delhi, August 18
The resemblance is uncanny. Those not familiar with the faces on the horizon of Punjabi Pop could well mistake Shamsher for his better known younger brother Daler Mehandi. But the similarity does not end there. He too is no mean singer and has carved a niche in the music world with his expertise on dholak and tabla. Dholak has been his first love.

Shamsher, the eldest of the Mehandi trio. — Photo by Anil Sharma
Shamsher, the eldest of the Mehandi trio.


Abhigaya, Gaurav shine in swimming
New Delhi, August 18
Abhigaya and Gaurav Kohli dominated the show on the concluding day of the East Delhi Swimming Championship held at the Babu Ram Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya Swimming Pool in the Capital. The championship was organised by the Shakarpur Swimming Club.

Enhanced prize money for bowling event
New Delhi, August 18
The “ColorPlus” National Bowling Championships, with an enhanced prize money of over Rs six lakh, have added 10 more cities with the finals scheduled to be held in Bangalore from September 24 to 29.

Michael race live on Star Sports
New Delhi, August 18
Every time Michael Schumacher straps himself into the cockpit, and puts his pedal to the metal, he seems to pass another FI milestone and this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix gives him the opportunity to do just that again. Catch all the record-breaking moments live on Star Sports.

Puneet powers Ramjas School to victory
New Delhi, August 18
A brilliant knock of 68 by Delhi Under-16 player, Puneet Bisth, powered Ramjas School No 2 to a nine-wicket victory against Meera Model School in a league match of the Ramjas Inter-School Under-17 Cricket Tournament at the Ramjas Sports Complex ground in the Capital.


Vivekanand Park opens
New Delhi, August 18
Mr Jagmohan, Union Minister for Tourism and Culture, inaugurated Swami Vivekanand Park and unveiled the statue of Swami Vivekanand this morning during a function organised by the New Delhi Municipal Council at Brig Hoshiar Singh Marg, near Sarojini Nagar Market, to commemorate a great philosopher, ageless thinker and social reformer. The park has been developed along with installation of the statue in a plot area of 1.5 acres at an estimated cost of Rs 14 lakh within a short period of three months.


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