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Clerical staff to be put on night patrol
New Delhi, October 26
For the first time in the history of the Delhi Police, the ministerial staff (clerical), attached to various departments, are being deployed for night patrolling during the current festival season. The orders, which have caused considerable consternation among the 2000-odd ministerial staffers, were issued by the police commissioner, Mr. R. S. Gupta, on Friday, apparently to supplement the 55,000-strong city police force in the run-up to the festival of lights.

Punjabi, Urdu second status: Notification soon
New Delhi, October 26
The Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, said that the Government of NCT of Delhi had agreed to confer status of second official language on Punjabi and Urdu. The Chief Minister was addressing a news conference on Saturday. According to officials in the Government of NCT of Delhi, the notification could be issued soon.




In India, like Indians
In India, like Indians. — Tribune Photo

Dye units threaten to close shop
Panipat, October 26
The tug-of-war between the district administration and the dye house owners over the shifting of about 500 dyeing units from the residential areas to the Sector 29 Industrial Area has entered the final stage with the latter deciding to shut down their units in protest against what they call the apathetic attitude of administration.

MCD gets net-savvy
New Delhi, October 26
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi is launching a mega project to electronically deliver municipal services to the citizens of Delhi in an easy and affordable manner over the net. The facility would be available at Citizen Service Points to be set up in all the 12 zones and major crematoria of the MCD.

Dues vs infrastructure row in Faridabad drags on
Faridabad, October 26
A tussle is on between the industrialists and the Municipal Corporation Faridabad regarding infrastructure development in the industrial sectors here. While the MCF authorities have asked the industrial units to deposit their house tax and other dues, so that development work could be taken up, the entrepreneurs insist that failure of the authorities to maintain the infrastructure had been one of major hurdles in industrial development in Faridabad.

Villages pay price for industrialisation
Bhiwadi (Alwar), October 26
Residents of a cluster of 17 villages around Bhiwadi are up in arms against the Rajasthan Government’s decision to increase the rate of conversion of land use.


Reflections by Ompal, 2002 from The Harvest 2002
Reflections by Ompal, 2002 from The Harvest 2002

Gohana farmers thirst for water
Sonepat, October 26
A large number of ponds in the villages falling under the jurisdiction of the Gohana Water Service Division in this district have dried up. As a result, the residents of these villages have been unable to give water to the milch animals. Poor farmers are also paying a heavy price for the shortage.

Communist parties protest Dulina killings
Sonepat, October 26
The workers of the Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) took out a rally here on Friday to register their protest against the Dulina incident in which five Dalits were lynched.

Reliving history in the fort of gods
ON the banks of the river Betwa, stands Deogarh, the fort of gods. Owing to its strategic location, on the main route to the Deccan, the place was a bone of contention in the past, and figures in the great history of the Guptas, the Gurjara-Pratiharas, the Gondas, the Muslim rulers of Delhi, the Marathas and the British.

Heaven’s last and best gift to man
ARRIED men are very common. They may be in great numbers in any large assembly, and even in the public streets. They are known by having sad looks, bad clothes and irritable tempers. I once saw one who had a good temper, but his wife was dead. Married men always know the price of potatoes and onions. They are generally red in the face, and don’t wear moustaches. They are fond of dining at their friend’s houses, and like mustard and onions. They have wives either living or dead.

Kidney cure: He leaves no stone unturned
Panipat, October 26
Dr Pawan GuptaGetting a paper published in the prestigious ‘British Journal of Urology, International’ is a matter of pride. Such an honour has come to a local urosurgeon, Dr Pawan Gupta, director of the RP Stone Clinic Private Limited. The honour came following the removal of a fungal ball from the kidney of a patient through uretero-renoscopy for the first time in the world. Earlier, fungal balls from kidneys were being treated by percutaneous surgery - by making a hole on the back of the patient - or by open surgery.

Phone services disrupted for three days
Faridabad, October 26
Telecom services being provided by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited have been disrupted in the district for the past three days. Local and STD lines have been adversely affected, leading to inconvenience to lakhs of phone users.

  • One held for embezzlement
  • Electronic shop burgled
  • Police blamed for lynching
  • Encroachments removed
FUN APLENTY: Delhi’s Devils, the hottest pub in town, plays host to a colourful bash. 

Builders must pay 1 pc of cost to workers’ Welfare Fund
New Delhi, October 26
The Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers’ Advisory Committee will start collecting Welfare Cess from builders for the benefit of construction workers from November. The Government of NCT of Delhi has told a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court, comprising justices Dalveer Bhandhari and H. R. Malhotra, that the committee would be chaired by the Minister of Labour and would comprise two legislators and 13 others.

  • PHDCCI on auditors

A dream to prove oneself when government fails
New Delhi, October 26
In a country like India where many argue that the government leaves much for the asking, the role of NGOs is supposed to be of great importance. That’s what the Great Indian Dream Foundation is set to prove.

Banks told to extend loans to SHGs
Narnaul, October 26
The Lead Development Officer of the Reserve Bank of India, Mr V. K. Wadhwan, has advised bank officers to take keen interest in advancing adequate loans to the self-help groups as the recovery rate of such loans is appreciable. Moreover, the money was being utilised in a proper way, he said. The District Development Manager of the NABARD, Mrs K. Gehlawat, urged the bank officers not to keep loan applications of entrepreneurs pending with them.

  • 29 schools start computer education
  • Sweeper misbehaves with doctor

Three vehicle thieves nabbed
Noida, October 26
The Special Operations Group and the police of Sector 24, in a joint operation, seized five vehicles and arrested three members of an inter-state gang of vehicle thieves on Friday. The gang is reported to have stolen over 50 vehicles so far. According to SP City Vijay Bhushan, SOG in charge Alok Kumar learnt through an informer that six criminals were to pass Morna Crossing in a white Tata Sumo. Two police teams, one under Alok KUmar and another under D. K. Tiwari, SO of the Sector 24 police station, were organised.


A festive bonanza for shoppers
New Delhi, October 26
The festive season spells a bonanza for shoppers: heavy discounts, freebies and what not. Delhi Tourism in association with the Santushti Entrepreneur Association is organising a Santushti Shopping Festival today.


Disney painting competition held

New Delhi, October 26
Walt Disney and Kores India Limited organised a national-level spot painting competition for the kids today at Kendriya Vidyalaya, JNU-Mehrauli Road. The event, called ‘Good Morning Disney’s Little Artists’, was organised to mark the completion of Walt Disney’s 100 years of comic entertainment for children and also to mark their association with Kores India Limited as the official Disney art material licencee in India.

Schoolchildren at the Disney painting competition in the Capital

Schoolchildren at the Disney painting competition in the Capital on Saturday.


SC sets aside HC order, grants bail to mahant
Rohtak, October 26
Setting aside the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Supreme Court has granted anticipatory bail to Mahant Chand Nath Yogi, head of Sri Baba Mast Nath Math, Asthal Bohar, near here.


Dr Mahipal Sachdev
Dr Mahipal Sachdev

Not looking far for better eye care
R Mahipal Sachdev, medical director of Centre for Sight and senior consultant, Ophthalmologist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, has introduced ultra-modern cataract surgery and glaucoma treatment at Centre for Sight in Green Park, East Delhi and Faridabad.

  • Workshop on visually disabled
  • Health insurance for mechanics
  • Hi-tech linear accelerator
  • Congress of child psychiatry

Wanna check heart attack? Keep your cool: Health gurus
New Delhi, October 26
Uncontrolled anger has been identified as a major risk factor for heart attack and paralytic stroke as negative emotions cause narrowing of arteries supplying blood to heart or brain in the long run, experts said here on Friday.

‘Men not taking enough AIDS prevention steps’
New Delhi, October 26
The fast growing number of HIV positive cases is causing great concern to the government, AIDS-prevention organisations and medical professionals. Despite the awareness about AIDS prevention, the men visiting the red light areas are not in the habit of sufficient measures.


BSF annex water polo title
New Delhi, October 26
Border Security Force defeated Central Reserve Police Force 13-7 in the water polo final of the 51st All-India Police Aquatic Championship at the Talkatora swimming pool. Punjab Police defeated Central Industrial Security Force to take the third position.

Former Indian captain Bishan Singh Bedi, who resumed his charge as the Delhi coach, with his deputy Yashpal Sharma, Virender Sehwag, DDCA president Arun Jaitley and vice-president C. K. Khanna at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground
Former Indian captain Bishan Singh Bedi, who resumed his charge as the Delhi coach, with his deputy Yashpal Sharma, Virender Sehwag, DDCA president Arun Jaitley and vice-president C. K. Khanna at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground.

Youngmen drub Hans in league
New Delhi, October 26
Youngmen drubbed Hans Club 3-0 in an A Division match of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)-SAIL Open Clubs Football League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital. Inside-right Mukesh opened the account in the seventh minute. Sanjay Sidhu scored two goals in the second half to complete the tally.

  • NR win in DDA v'ball

  • PHD-GPI bridge tourney

Pandara Road school rout Ropar
New Delhi, October 26
Government Senior Secondary School, Pandara Road, trounced NCC, Ropar (Punjab) 4-0, after leading by 2-0 at half time, in the 31st Nehru Junior Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Saturday. Pramod Kumar, Sandeep Antil and Rajesh Yadav were the goal-scorers. Rajesh converted a penalty corner to get the third goal and then shot home a penalty stroke for the fourth goal. NCC, Bangalore routed CRZ Senior Secondary School, Sonepat (Haryana) 4-0. P M Kushalappa, Nanaiha I G, Cheeyanna A B and K M Changappa were the goal-scorers.

Jaggi appointed manager
Maninder Singh JaggiNew Delhi, October 26
Former coach of the Delhi Ranji Trophy cricket team Maninder Singh Jaggi has been appointed manager of the Rest of India XI cricket team for the Irani Trophy match, to be played against Ranji Trophy champions Railways, at the Karnail Singh Stadium from October 29 to November 2, by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.


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