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First round to BJP on Metro
New Delhi, September 17
With the inauguration of the trial run of the Delhi Metro by none other than the Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart and Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, today the first round in the game of one-upmanship over the ambitious project has clearly gone to the Delhi BJP.

ON THE SIDELINES ON THE SIDELINES: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit caught in a rather pensive mood even as Lt-Governor Vijai Kapoor confabulates with Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani at the trial run of Metro in the Capital on Tuesday.
— Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Pre-paid card swindler takes MTNL for a ride
New Delhi, September 17
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police has registered a case of fraud against the proprietor of the World Callnet, O.P. Nimani as he, in connivance with M/s Bharti Telnet (Touchtel), allegedly sold fake pre-paid STD/ISD cards of various denominations in Delhi and its surrounding areas.


HC stays MCF dissolution
Faridabad, September 17
The decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to stay the dissolution of the Municipal Corporation, Faridabad, the biggest civic body in Haryana, is seen as a major setback for the state government, even though it has brought much cheer to the `rebel’ councillors.


The Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Tuesday carried out a major drive to demolish unauthorised constructions and encroachments
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Tuesday carried out a major drive to demolish unauthorised constructions and encroachments in the congested Ajmal Khan Road in Karol Bagh, clearing most of the pavements .The operation, which started early in the morning, continued all day in the presence of police personnel. Officials said that the drive was carried out after a large number of complaints were received from the area. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Corporators want pregnant colleague dismissed
New Delhi, September 17
Even as the Leader of the Opposition in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi today demanded the dismissal of Mrs Sumiti Maggo, a corporator from Ramesh Nagar, as she had been absent in the corporation meetings for the last three months, her husband, Mr Anil Kumar, has pointed out that she had submitted an application for maternity leave and that her due date was September 10.

Abducted student killed by captors
Meerut, September 17
An 18-year-old student of an engineering institute in Greater Noida, Ankit, who was kidnapped yesterday from Meerut city, was shot dead in Muradnagar by his captors today. Following a tip-off, the police swooped down in the Rabari area, where the abductors were reportedly hiding with their victim in a pipeline.

Wrestler gets killed during nocturnal visit
New Delhi, September 17
A wrestler, who sneaked into his lady love’s house for a nocturnal tryst, was murdered by members of the girl’s family. The police have arrested Om Prakash Kaushik, the girl’s father, an assistant in the Foreign Ministry, and are on the look out for the girl’s brothers who were allegedly accomplices in the crime.

Cleanliness drive: A feeling of deja vu
Gurgaon, September 17
The local administration is in a tizzy with the Chief Minister’s office considering launching the fortnight-long state cleanliness drive from here on October 2, the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation. Although a final decision is yet to be taken, the scales appear to be heavily tipped in favour of Gurgaon.


Action against 3,248 for breeding dengue mosquitoes
New Delhi, September 17
The Delhi Health Minister, Dr A.K. Walia, said that although not a single case of Dengue has been reported in the Capital so far, yet as precautionary measure, prosecution has been launched against 3,248 persons for allowing breeding Aedes mosquitoes causing the disease.

Haryana institutes award in scribe’s memory
Rewari, September 17
Babu Balmukund Gupt, whose 95th death anniversary falls tomorrow, was indeed a superb journalist, a thoughtful and reflective essayist, a robust satirist, a well-versed translator and an epoch-making Hindi writer of the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

Babu Balmukund Gupt (inset) and his haveli at his native village. 

Babu Balmukund Gupt (inset) and his haveli at his native village

Sonepat gifts itself Rs 80 lakh Habitat Club
Sonepat, September 17
Sonepat will soon have a “Habitat Club” which has been constructed at a cost of Rs 80 lakh. This includes the price of land. It is going to be the most wanted place not only in and around Sonepat but also in this part of the country.

Villagers stage rally against Tyagi’s arrest
Ghaziabad, September 17
Farmers from dozens of villages, including Makkanpur, held a protest rally in front of the Collectorate here on Monday in protest against the arrest of Prahlad Tyagi by the Indirapuram police for the alleged murder of Rajat Chaudhary.

Chautala calls upon workers to strengthen party
Jhajjar, September 17
The Indian National Lok Dal supremo and Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today called upon party workers to play a proactive role for strengthening the organisation and the state and to be prepared to make any sacrifice in the interest of the party.

Jat Mahasabha demands reservations
New Delhi, September 17
The spokesman of the All India Jat Mahasabha, Mr Tara Chand Mor, has congratulated Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for inducting Mr Vikram Verma, a Jat Leader of Madhya Pradesh, into the Union Cabinet.

Harrowing time for train passengers
Ghaziabad, September 17
Commuters in Hapur and Ghaziabad had a harrowing time as they were stranded due to the cancellation of trains or change in their routes after the sudden rise in water level in the Yamuna river.

Youth electrocuted
Sonepat, September 17
A youth died on the spot and three others, including two women, sustained burn injuries when they were electrocuted at Sisana village, about 25 km from here last evening.

Petrol pump owner robbed of 1.75 lakh
Sonepat, September 17
Mr Devinder Mahajan, an petrol pump of a petrol pump was allegedly robbed of Rs 1.75 lakh by some unidentified armed robbers on the Sonepat-Murthal road near Sector 14, a residential colony of the Haryana Urban Development Authority here last night.

  • Prisoner injured

  • Two crushed by truck



Three held for auto accessories’ theft
New Delhi, September 17
With the arrest of three persons identified as Surinder, Jitender and Jitender Singh, the Delhi Police today claimed to have worked out theft cases of auto accessories and one case of robbery.

  • Liquor seized

  • Pickpockets held

  • 4 thieves arrested

  • Pirated cassettes


DUTA steps up pressure with relay hunger strike
New Delhi, September 17
The resolve of the Delhi University Teachers’ Association to intensify pressure on the Vice-Chancellor came forth today in the form of a relay hunger strike outside his office.

‘Emotions’ showcases talent of young jewellery designers
New Delhi, September 17
Jewellery Design and Technology Institute, Noida, recently organised its second jewellery showcase, ‘Emotions 2002’. The event presented the collections of JDTI’s second batch of young jewellery designers.

Participants at the ‘Emotions 2002’ organised by the Jewellery Design and Technology Institute, Noida.

Participants at the ‘Emotions 2002’ organised by the  Jewellery Design and Technology Institute, Noida

Education yatra by primary teachers
New Delhi, September 17
With what they claim has been the “abject failure” of the government’s ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ that was meant for achieving universal primary education, the All India Primary Teachers’ Federation has announced to launch a ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Yatra’.



A waft of French fragrance drifts into Delhi air
The word French perfume conjures an image of a classy designed bottle with all the works and a price tag that makes your heart skip a beat. But Emmanuel Balayer, the executive director of Paris Elysees, a 70 million-dollar French perfume major, is determined to change that.
  • For Gujarat victims

  • Jhule Lal

  • Moods of a man

FRENCH CONNECTION: Paris Elysees executive director Emmanuel Balayer at the launch of a new range of perfumes in India.



Take heart, Gurgaon now has a cathlab
Gurgaon, September 17
A full-fledged heart unit is now in place at the local Umkal Hospital with the inauguration of the first Cardiac Catheterization Lab (Cathlab) for coronary angiographies, angioplasties, sents etc in Gurgaon.


Hukam’s writ runs in Delhi table tennis
Hukam Singh: Mr Table TennisNew Delhi, September 17
Hukam Singh Phokela has the unique distinction of umpiring table tennis matches before he wielded a racket to turn a player himself at the ripe age of 29 years. In the early fifties, sports facilities in Delhi were very minimal. No wonder, when a table tennis table was acquired at the newly-constructed Akashvani Bhavan in 1956, it was considered as a prized possession.

Academy Club beat Brothers
New Delhi, September 17
Academy Club beat Brothers Club by 3-2 in a Super League match of the Delhi State Hockey League at the Shivaji Stadium in the Capital. Surinder scored the first and third goal in the second and 23rd minutes. Shish Ram scored the second goal in the 12th minute when he converted a penalty corner.

Ravi bowls Rajdhani Club to victory
New Delhi, September 17
A devastating bowling spell of 6 for 27, off just 7.2 overs by Ravi Yadav, helped Rajdhani Sports Club beat State Bank of India by six wickets to enter the quarter-final of the second C L Gupta Memorial Cricket Tournament for the Prem Lata Trophy at the Mohan Meakins ground, Mohan Nagaar.


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