Tuesday, December 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Three criminals shot in encounters
Meerut, December 9
Three dreaded criminals were killed in two separate encounters near here today. Two of them were history-sheeters while efforts are on to establish the status of the third person.

Two killed in Qureshi-Ansari clash
Noida, December 9
It turned out to be a bloody Sunday for Secunderabad, Bulandshahr district, where, in clashes between Qureshi and Ansari clans in Chaudhri Wara Mohalla, two persons were shot dead and several others injured. Some shops were also looted and prolonged stone-pelting was witnessed in the clash between supporters of the two clans. When the police came to restore order they were also beaten up by the rioters.

Is Rahul a boy or man? It is  in the Act
New Delhi, December 9
A major debate is raging in the police, legal and bureaucratic circles here over when a boy attains manhood. The debate has obviously been triggered off over the confusion surrounding the age of Rahul, who was arrested in connection with the rape of a medical college student on the terrace of Khooni Darwaza in the heart of the city recently.

Members of a dance troupe from Karnataka performing during Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s birthday celebrations
Members of a dance troupe from Karnataka performing during Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s birthday celebrations at her residence in the Capital on Monday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Malwa Express to stop at Sonepat
Sonepat, December 9
The Union Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, has announced the stoppage of Malwa Express at Sonepat railway station, construction of a small flyover at the railway track near the Hindu Vidyapeeth by the Railways, expansion of the railway platforms at Sonepat railway station, construction of a new gate and opening of ticket windows on the mandi side of the city for the benefit of passengers in general and commuters in particular.

Criminals loot truckload of plastic grain
But Police beat up driver, helpers
Noida, December 9
Criminals looted a truck loaded with plastic grain worth Rs 15 lakh from near the Kote police post in Dadri today. The driver and his two companions tried to resist the attempt but were beaten up. The miscreants tied their hands and feet with a rope and threw them in a ditch before driving away with the truck.

Plan to ease out 200 unfit cops in Meerut
Meerut, December 9
Senior officials of the district police are all set to give forcible retirement to more than 200 police personnel who have been found incompetent or ill-suited for police jobs. These police personnel have been identified and screening of their records by a high-powered committee is in the last stage.

Milap Bhavan evacuated after hoax bomb call
New Delhi, December 9
Two multi-storeyed office buildings on the busy Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg at a stone’s throw from the Delhi Police Headquarters in Central Delhi were evacuated and a search mounted after bomb threats this morning.

Cops with sniffer dogs at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg after the hoax bomb call in the Capital on Monday. — Tribune Photo
Cops with sniffer dogs at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg after the hoax bomb call

Autos off the roads again
New Delhi, December 9
Commuters in the Capital had a face a harrowing time today as the autorickshaw drivers are protesting against the installation of electronic meters. The autorickshaws drivers had also gone on a one-day token strike on December 2, demanding a fare hike and protesting the Delhi Government’s ‘’high-handedness’’ in implementing the use of electronic meters.


HVP holds fifth rally against Casino Bill
Rewari, December 9
The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) organised a massive demonstration against the Casino Bill of the Chautala government here today. Thousands of party activists from various parts of the district participated in the demonstration, which was led by its general secretaries Surender Singh and Mr Anil Rao.

HVP leaders at the protest rally against casinos in Rewari. — Photo by Nawal Kishore Rastogi
HVP leaders at the protest rally against casinos in Rewari

A new lease of life as mining activity grinds to a halt
Faridabad, December 9
The mining activity in the district has been reduced drastically following the Supreme Court’s order banning mining in reserve forest area of Aravalli Hills. The court passed the interim order to stop mining within the five-kilometre area of the Delhi border in Faridabad and Gurgaon districts in May last.

Chautala announces new bridge over Gurgaon, Agra canals
Faridabad, December 9
The Haryana Government has acceded to the long-pending demand for the construction of a new bridge over Gurgaon and Agra canals passing through the district. While there has been a demand to construct about half a dozen bridges linking people residing across these canals, the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today announced that a new four-lane bridge, costing about Rs 5 crores, will be constructed near Palla village in the coming year.

Chautala’s Iftar bash a political gimmick: JD(U)
Faridabad, December 9
The president of the Janata Dal (U), Haryana, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has described the recent Iftar party organised by Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, as wastage of funds and an attempt to woo the Muslims of the Mewat region.

Ex-MP’s resignation from HPCC post accepted
Sonepat, December 9
The Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has accepted the resignation of the veteran Congress leader and a former Member of Parliament Chiranji Lal Sharma from the post of the senior vice-president and appointed Mr Vivek Chand Sharma, a former Vice-chancellor of the Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU), in his place with immediate effect.

Virodhi writes to Sonia on SYL canal
Rewari, December 9
The Haryana Janata Dal (U) president, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has made a written representation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, urging her to give a directive immediately to the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, that he should honour the January 1, 2002 verdict of the Supreme Court and get the construction work of the SYL canal completed and also make it functional without any further delay.

Recommendation to liberate DMS from govt ‘shackles’
New Delhi, December 9
The Standing Committee on Agriculture has recommended today in Parliament that the Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS) be liberated from the “shackles” of government control. The Committee in its 32-page report on Demands for Grants (2002-03) stated that it would be better to liberate the DMS from government control and allow it to find its own ground in view of the changed circumstances owing to liberalisation, automation, sanitary awareness and downsizing, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Mr Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav, said in a written reply.

‘Women, go for regular check-up to detect cancer early’
eading gynaecologist of Delhi and well-known academician and pioneer in anti-foeticide movement Dr Sharda Jain is the president of the East Delhi Gynaecologist Forum, a social service organisation engaged in different types of community services for more than two years. She has worked for two decades as a faculty member of PGIMER, Chandigarh and Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi.

Mathur honoured with Vishishta Kriti Samman
New Delhi, December 9
The Hindi Academy will confer the Vishishta Kriti Samman posthumously on Rajendra Mathur for his work “Bharat Ek Antheen Yatra.” The vice-chairman of the Hindi Academy Janardan Dwivedi on Monday said the Vishishta Kriti Samman, conferred on Mathur for the year 2001-2002, carries Rs 21,000, a shawl and a citation. The Hindi Academy is funded by the Government of NCT of Delhi.

Workshop on Citizen’s Charter begins
New Delhi, December 9
The Government of NCT of Delhi is hosting a workshop to identify ways of effectively implementing the Citizen’s Charter in the states. Delegates to the capacity building workshop began deliberations today. Over the next four days, they would be sharing ideas and their experiences to formulate a “people-friendly” Citizen’s Charter and assist the governments in overcoming obstacles in the way of its effective implementation.

Martyrdom day functions conclude in Capital 
New Delhi, December 9
Functions connected with the martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur concluded today. A huge congregation was witnessed at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj on the concluding day of the functions, organised under the supervision of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

Ex-servicemen hold rally at Jantar Mantar
New Delhi, December 9
The Indian Ex-Services League organised a rally at the Jantar Mantar after the Centre failed to fulfill their demands. “We need the removal of 33 years service condition to earn full pension for personnel below officer rank (PBOR), adequate family pension, full medical cover to ex-servicemen and their families, ensured voting rights, separate pay commission for the defence personnel and restoration of “Izzat” of the soldier,” demanded Brig (Retd) Mohinder Singh, the president of the league.
Ex-servicemen protesting against the non-fulfilment of their demands

Ex-servicemen protesting against the non-fulfilment of their demands by the Centre. — Tribune Photo

Hodal traders down shutters
Faridabad, December 9
Several shopkeepers in Hodal, a subdivisional town of the district, kept their shutters down today in protest against a theft in one of the leading electronic showroom last night. Goods worth several lakhs of rupees were reportedly stolen last night.


Wife, paramour kill husband
New Delhi, December 9
The South district police today claimed to have arrested a woman who allegedly killed her husband in connivance with her paramour in Meethapur area of Badarpur. The victim, Kanhaiya Lal (33), who was a resident of Meethapur extension and an electrician by profession, was murdered by the duo. The body was found in a septic tank last night.


Class X students take part in exam rehearsal
New Delhi, December 9
Students preparing for Class X CBSE examinations had a taste of what to expect at a special rehearsal organised by PIE Education. The rehearsal for the actual examinations were conducted in two subjects –Mathematics and Science-which are normally the cause of considerable tension among the students.


Chemists not to buy medicines from Haryana manufacturers
Sonepat, December 9
The Haryana Chemists and Druggists Association has decided not to purchase medicines from the manufacturers in the state in protest against the levying of tax on medicines manufactured in Haryana.


Uma flags off goodwill caravan for players

New Delhi, December 9
“Sona Chandi Ka Nara World Cup Hamara”, a caravan to collect good wishes and support for the Indian cricket team for their success in the forthcoming World Cup, reached New Delhi on Saturday. It was flagged off by Ms Uma Bharti, Union Minister of Coals and Mines, amidst a lot of fanfare and excitement.

Union Minister of Coals and Mines Uma Bharti depositing her best wishes card after flagging off the caravan in the Capital.

Union Minister of Coals and Mines Uma Bharti depositing her best wishes card

Asian stars to vie with Mukesh at Noida Open golf
New Delhi, December 9
A host of Asian PGA Tour stars will lock horns with Mukesh Kumar, the undisputed numero uno on the Hero Honda Golf Tour, at the Noida Open 2002, which commences at the par-72, Noida Golf Course on December 10.

Deb Sen Gupta’s effort goes in vain
New Delhi, December 9
All-round efforts of Deb Sen Gupta went in vain as J R A defeated Spectramind by 3 runs in the fifth pre-quarter final match of 2nd Eventus Cup played at Airport Authority ground. He was also declared the Man of the Match. Lots of ups and down happened in this match, but eventually JRA won by 3 runs.

New Delhi Heroes thrash Tarun Sangha
New Delhi, December 9
New Delhi Heroes recorded their second straight win when they defeated Tarun Sangha by a solitary goal in group A preliminary league match of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)- SAIL Annual open Clubs Senior Division Football League Championship being played at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium (East) ground here today.

Bhanu powers Ganga to victory
New Delhi, December 9
The cracking half-century by Bhanu Sharma (77 run 8/4 2/6) and fine batting by Manas Malhotra (61 run 7/4 1/6) and deadly bowling by Abhisekh Sakuja (3/28) helped DAV school Shalimar Bagh beat Hansraj Model School, Punjabi Bagh, by eight wickets and win the final of 2nd Ganga International Inter School Cricket Tournament at Ganga school.

Workshop on ‘sports for all’
New Delhi:
The NOIDA College of Physical Education will organise three-day workshop jointly with Prajna Foundation on “Sports for All” from December 11. The workshop will be organised in association with the National Olympic Committee for Germany. The “Sports for All” expert Ms Jessie Bohr from Germany will conduct an advanced skills, sports for all workshop at the NOIDA Stadium, Sector 21-A, a press release said.


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