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There’s a chink in Raisina Hill’s armour
New Delhi, October 25
Different procedures to control parking in the high security zone comprising Parliament House and the North Block-South Block-Rashtrapati Bhavan complex have created a loophole on Raisina Hill which a terrorist can use to wreak havoc.
Cars are allowed to be parked on both sides of the slope leading up to the seat of the Government of India. — Tribune Photo

DFS gifts itself high-tech vans
New Delhi, October 25
The ‘archaic’ Delhi Fire Service, which is mandated to maintain disaster management centres (DMCs), will go hi-tech after a HazMat (Hazardous Material) van each is commissioned in the DMCs at Nehru Place, Rohini and Laxmi Nagar.


Fire-safety steps in highrises under scanner
New Delhi, October 25
The Delhi High Court on Friday ordered the Delhi Fire Service and the municipal agencies to inspect 1,200-odd high-rise buildings to ascertain whether they had the necessary fire safety approval and were complying with requisite norms. 
Fire officials demonstrate the many uses of the high-tech vans, equipped with rapid response appliances and varied sophisticated gadgets, at Delhi Fire Services headquarters in the Capital on Friday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal
Fire officials demonstrate the many uses of the high-tech vans, equipped with rapid response appliances and varied sophisticated gadgets, at Delhi Fire Services headquarters

Condolence meet turns into condemnation rally
Rewari, October 25
A citizens’ meeting, organised in the complex of Guru Ravi Das Hostel here today to condole the death of five Dalits recently near Jhajjar, turned into a ‘condemnation rally’ when one speaker after the other flayed the lynching incident. A number of resolutions were passed in the meeting, demanding a CBI probe into the killings and a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased.

Signature dishes from marketing gurus this Divali
New Delhi, October 25
The festive season in India is turning out to be a helluva marketing opportunity which nobody is willing to forgo. And this has manifested itself in an almost thundering crescendo of creative imagination and innovative marketing of gift items during Divali. Objets d’art, mouth-watering sweets, cookies, cakes, silverware, kitchenware, pop religiosity has penetrated everywhere. Thus Episode, a silverware outlet, is offering a ‘complete Divali range” consisting of silver diyas, silver coins, Om bell and Ganesha in different forms.

Inspector’s widow runs amok at Police HQ
New Delhi, October 25
A commotion was caused at the Police Headquarters here when a widow of a Delhi Police inspector went berserk after she had been made to wait for hours and then denied access to the Joint Commissioner of Police, New Delhi Range. Overcome by rage, she ripped her clothes much to the discomfort of the cops.

11 engineers suspended for ‘lese-majeste’
Ghaziabad, October 25
Eleven engineers of the UP Public Works Department, including an executive engineer, have been suspended by the Chief Minister, Ms Mayawati, for delay in constructing a guest house in Badal Pur village, her parental village. 


Pick of the day 

'Dream Woman' by Prithvi Soni, from
The Harvest 2002

Noida misses SC deadline on water plant
Noida, October 25
Though the authorities in Uttar Pradesh are known to go back on their assurances, promises and targets fixed for achievement in various fields, it is also not uncommon here that the directions of the courts are also taken rather casually.

PM’s self-employment scheme ‘ridden with corruption’
Sonepat, October 25
Thanks to the lack of proper planning and flaws in the processing of payments, the Prime Minister’s self-employment scheme has been rendered a failure as far as this district is concerned.

Metro has not disrupted traffic for a single day
New Delhi, October 25
The DMRC has adopted a new method of construction at busy traffic junctions without stopping the flow of regular traffic for even a single day. This technique, called the in-situ (on spot) cantilever technique, enables construction to take place at both ends of the roads. The construction advances to the central median of the road through special bridge builders.

Talks fail, telecom officers to intensify stir
Rohtak, October 25
The negotiations between the management of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and its agitating telecom officers held yesterday in Delhi have failed to resolve the issue. The telecom officers have now decided to intensify their agitation.

Speaking out
his is with reference to the news `Judge raps MDU for flouting its own rules’ (NCR Tribune dated October 19, 2002). At the outset, I would like to mention that in the past, one avoided going to a court of law, as far as possible, but now the tendency of the litigants, including students, has changed.

  • Should exams be given the go-by?
  • Homespun teachers
  • Cracker menace
  • Does crime beget punishment?
  • Plea for aid
  • Gratifying news
  • People’s character
Children demonstrate in the Capital in support of their demand for equity in climate change negotiations
Children demonstrate in the Capital in support of their demand for equity in climate change negotiations. 

Faridabad women’s hostel in disrepair
Faridabad, October 25
The Working Women’s Hostel, run by the District Red Cross Society in Sector-16 here, is in dilapidated condition needing an urgent repair. Although the hostel, built up in 1980-81, has about 41 rooms for housing 80 incumbents, it is learnt that several cubicles have become unfit for living. The problems are leakage and seepage from the roof and walls and poor maintenance.

Legal camp focuses on women 
New Delhi, October 25
The Crime Against Women Cell in West district on Thursday organised a legal awareness camp to create awareness on various women-related problems among the students, teachers, principals, NGOs like Lawyers Collective and Mahila Dakshata Samiti, police personnel and officials.

Plan for 1 lakh new phone connections 
Sonepat, October 25
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to provide more than 1 lakh new telephone connections in Haryana during the current financial year. This was stated by Mr A.K.Nagpal, Chief General Manager of the BSNL at a function here last evening. He also announced that the mobile telephone service would begin from October 28 next in two phases.
  • Ban on cracker sale
  • Dowry case registered

Load shedding in north Delhi 
New Delhi, October 25
The North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) has announced scheduled load shedding for urgent maintenance work on October 26 and October 28. A series of maintenance work is being carried out at 11 KV sub stations at Vivekanand Puri, 66/33/11 KV sub station at Rewari Line on October 26 and at 33 KV I/C at Narela and Jahangirpuri on October 28.

Applications for ‘Best Farmer’ award
Faridabad: The Haryana government has invited applications for choosing the ‘Best Farmer’ of the State and district levels. While the State level award would carry Rs 9 lakh, Rs 25,000 each will be given to the winners at the district level.


MTNL official held for accepting bribe 
New Delhi, October 25
The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Government arrested Ashok Kumar Rohilla, a Technical Telecom Assistant of MTNL posted at West Patel Nagar office, for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 300. The complainant, Rajesh Rana, a resident of West Baljit Nagar, reported the matter to the Anti-Corruption Branch.


Battle lines drawn for JNU poll, Left unity on
New Delhi, October 25
Final battle lines have been drawn for the JNU Students Union elections with the last date for withdrawal of nominations ending last evening. A total of 24 contenders are vying for the four posts on the central panel of the union, of which eight are aspiring to lead the union by acquiring the coveted post of president.


Shivalik edge past Pandara Road school
New Delhi, October 25
Shivalik School, Chandigarh edged past Government Senior Secondary School, Pandara Road 3-1 in the 31st Nehru Junior Boys Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Friday.


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