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Sheila in full cry at BJP’s Metro ‘rally’
New Delhi, December 24
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s acknowledgment of the Government of NCT of Delhi’s role in shaping the Delhi Metro may have warmed the cockles of the Congress’ rank and file who gathered at Seelampur Metro Station on a chilly Tuesday morning but it was a forlorn Sheila Dikshit who held fort amidst a bevy of high-profile BJP ministers and parliamentarians.

A view of the Metro train Taking a cue from New York Metro

A view of the Metro train and the VVIP passengers during the inaugural run in the Capital on Tuesday. 
— Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal 


The Metro during its inaugural run
The Metro during its inaugural run in the Capital on Tuesday. — Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal

DNA sample taken in MAMC rape case
New Delhi, December 24
The doctors at Safdarjung hospital today took the blood samples of Rahul, the prime accused in the Maulana Azad Medical College rape case, following the orders of a Delhi court.

Rs 5.5 cr project to revamp power distribution
Rewari, December 24
The Union Government has sanctioned a Rs 5.50 crore project for the revamp of the power distribution system in Rewari city. The project will be implemented in phases by March 2004.

Farmer shot dead in village feud
Noida, December 24
In an outcome of a running feud between two villages in Bulandshahr, a farmer of Korali was shot dead in a hail of bullets by three residents of Bhatola village yesterday. 

Warrants out for GDA Secretary
Ghaziabad, December 24
The District Consumer Forum has sentenced Secretary of the Ghaziabad Development Authority U. N. Thakur to six months’ simple imprisonment for disobeying the forum’s orders. This is the fifth time Mr Thakur has been punished with imprisonment in three-and-a-half months. 

Two killed as Panipat bus stand roof collapses
Panipat, December 24
Two persons were killed and two others injured when a beam of the roof of the local bus stand collapsed this afternoon. While Kaushalya Devi, a resident of Samar Gopalpur village in Rohtak district, died on the spot, an unidentified youth died later in the local civil hospital. 



Special scheme to install tubewells
Sonepat, December 24
Mr S. N. Roy, Deputy Commissioner, told mediapersons here today that the Government of Haryana had launched a special scheme for the installation of tubewells at a lower cost, their repairs and construction of water tank through the engineers of the Agriculture Department in the state.

Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash at the launch party of Majo
Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash at the launch party of Majo at DLF City.

Widow killed by unknown assailant
Sonepat, December 24
Quite a sensation was caused when some armed miscreants forced their way into the house of a widow, Mrs Usha Devi, in Parathawali Gali of Arya Nagar here late last evening and inflicted injuries with sharp-edged weapons on her before they escaped.

Four injured as truck overturns
Bhiwani, December 24
Four persons sustained injuries when a Tata-407 vehicle, in which they were travelling, overturned near Devsar village today. The vehicle was on its way to Bhiwani from Malwas village.

Lawyer’s detention: Police chief denies allegation
Gurgaon, December 24
The district police chief, Mr Kuldip Singh Sihag, today rebutted the allegation that Supreme Court lawyer and state leader of the Congress Khazan Singh was detained and threatened by HUDA officers. Investigations into the allegation revealed that there was no substance in it, he said.

Consumer Day observed in city
Gurgaon, December 24
Grahak Sahayak Gurgaon, a voluntary consumer association, conducted a consumer awareness programme on the occasion of Consumer Day, here, today.

Delhi shivers in cold wave
New Delhi, December 24
A cold wave from across the northern plains is sweeping the Capital, which has resulted in a perceptible drop in the temperature. The city also received showers today, which the Met office attributes to the snowfall in the higher reaches of the country.

BJP nominee elected Rohtak MC chief
Rohtak, December 24
Ms Pratibha Suman, a BJP councillor, has been elected unanimously president of the Municipal Council in the elections held here this evening.

INLD implicating rivals in cases: HVP
Sonepat, December 24
Mr Rajiv Jain, general secretary of the Haryana Vikas Party, and Mr Jagbir Malik, a former Haryana minister, today accused the Indian National Lok Dal MLA, Mr Padam Singh Dahiya, of harassing his political rivals and trying to implicate them in false criminal cases.

1 killed in mishap
Jhajjar, December 24
Deepak, a resident of Maharana village, was killed when a jeep collided with a motorcycle on the Jhajjar road near ITE in Bahadurgarh last evening. According to information, Deepak along with Ravinder were going on a motorcycle when a jeep coming from Jhajjar collided with their vehicle.



Inter-state gang of forgers busted
New Delhi, December 24
The South-West district police have arrested two inter-state cheats, who were involved in preparing fake driving licences and medical certificates of Hisar and Gurgaon Transport Authority.


Garment units in Udyog Vihar suffer official apathy
Gurgaon, December 24
The industrial units in Udyog Vihar, engaged in manufacturing and export of garments, have felt let down by the Haryana Pollution Control Board and has urged the government to intervene at the earliest.

‘Change in work culture must to survive’
Folk dancers regale visitorsFaridabad, December 24
Industry and business management experts have reiterated that the Indian manufacturers will have to adopt radical changes in their work culture and overall environment to ensure their survival in the upcoming global market. Though the transformation phase is challenging and laborious, it is not impossible, feel management gurus.

Folk dancers regale visitors at Surajkund Trade Fest.

UP traders to down shutters on Dec 28
Noida, December 24
Traders and businessmen of Uttar Pradesh will keep their establishments closed on December 28 in protest against the imposing of Form 49 on steel merchants, the enforcement of VAT from April 2003 and Form D on the entry of sugar into the state.

Mehandi producer awarded
New Delhi

Shanti Prakash Gupta of Henna Export Corporation (manufacturers and exporters of popular Black Rose Kali Mehandi), has been felicitated with ‘Quality Consciousness Award’. 



Results for post of MCD teachers declared
New Delhi, December 24
The Education Department of the MCD today declared the result of the candidates who had applied for the post of teachers in MCD schools. List of the selected candidates would be pasted at the office of all Zonal Deputy Education Officers or Assistant Officers of all the 12 zones of the Corporation. 

English refresher course ends
Rohtak, December 24
The UGC refresher course organised by the English Department of Maharshi Dayanand University concluded here today. Prof C.M.Sharma, Dean, Academic Affairs of the university, congratulated the participants for successfully completing the course.

  • Academic council

Society holds child art exhibition
Gurgaon, December 24
Kshitij, a Gurgaon-based art society, organised its seventh national level child art competition. More than 1,000 select paintings, collected from all over the country, were displayed on December 22 and December 23 at Bal Bhawan in Sector 4 here.



A melange of bridals from a specialist
Indrani experiences the warmth of Essma shawls.D
esigner Preeti Meshram Kapoor has come out with her range for the wedding season. Designing for the brides is Preeti’s forte and has also done trousseau for the who’s who. The collection has been done in bright colours like orange, fuchsia, green and red. The inspiration has been drawn from Indian craft and European textiles. The cuts are neat and straight with elaborate embroidery.

           Indrani experiences the warmth of Essma shawls.

  • A foodies’ delight
    The romance with the Raj continues. Refusing to call it a colonial hangover, for die-hard Brit lovers, the time stands for charm and grandeur. 

  • Street wear
    A trio of femme fatales with curves and sassy looks engineered by a painter’s brush drew attention to a grand ‘only girls street party’. 

  • Indian carpet
    With their aesthetic and exquisite looks, carpets have gained ground, flooring the onlookers.

  • Winter warmth
    The Essma woolen mills have brought out their winter collection.



Sonnet Club clinch cricket title
The Sonnet Club team, which won the St Giri Under-15 cricket title
New Delhi, December 24
Yogesh Nagar played a fine all-round role (58 and 3 for 25) and Rushil Bhaskar hit a strokeful 51 as Sonnet Club beat Ravindra Public School by 23 runs to win the first St Giri Under-15 cricket title at the Central School ground.

The Sonnet Club team, which won the St Giri Under-15 cricket title, with team official Bhaskar Pillai and others.

Meerut varsity lift title
New Delhi, December 24
Sudhir Shisodiya gave a brilliant all-round performance (130 and 3 for 34) and off-spinner Nazar Khan played the role of a wrecker in chief with a remarkable haul of 6 for 61 to help Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, beat Panjab University, Chandigarh on the basis of their first innings lead in the three-day final of the North Zone Inter-Varsity Cricket Tournament played at the Victoria Park ground in Meerut.

Tarun Sangha hold Mughals
New Delhi, December 24
Tarun Sangha held former league champions Mughals Club to a goalless draw in a Group A preliminary league match of the Delhi Soccer Association -SAIL Open Clubs Senior Division Football League Championship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium East ground.

St Columba’s bag cricket crown
New Delhi, December 24
An unbeaten knock of 53 by Tushar Pant helped St Columba’s School defeat Frank Anthony Public School by 111 runs and annex the first Frank Anthony Under-13 Cricket Tournament title at the Frank Anthony school ground.

Rain plays spoilsport
New Delhi, December 24
Rain played spoilsport as only 120 minutes of play was possible between Uttar Pradesh and Haryana on the third day of the Cooch-Behar Trophy Under-19 Cricket Tournament on Tuesday.

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