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No electronic meter, no hike: Maken
Govt dangles bait, auto drivers yet to bite
New Delhi, December 27
The Department of Transport on Friday reiterated autorickshaws would have to come installed with electronic meters for revision of fares. Transport Minister Ajay Maken told media persons the three-member committee constituted to recommend a suitable tariff structure has recommended a hike.

Crime Spiral Dadri: A murder every fourth day
Noida, December 27
Ninety-one persons, including 22 women, were murdered in Gautam Budh Nagar district in 2002. Some of them were victims of incidents of loot and dacoities. Dadri accounted for 25 murders out of the 91 in the district. Incidentally, Dadri is one of the 16 police stations in G B Nagar. On an average there was a murder every fourth day.

Ahulana arson: Relook at cases against villagers
Sonepat, December 27
The district administration would review the criminal cases registered against 36 persons of Ahulana village in connection with arson, violence, assault on police officials and burning of four government jeeps during their protest against the recruitment made by the management of the Ch Devi Lal Sugar Mills at the village on December 10 and 11.


Khurana will only shuttle
New Delhi, December 27
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Chairman Madan Lal Khurana on Friday assured Managing Director E Sreedharan and his team there would be no political interference in administering the Delhi Metro. He, will, however act as a buffer between DMRC and political parties.

Joyrider: Madan Lal Khurana takes a ride in the Metro on Friday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal
Joyrider: Madan Lal Khurana takes a ride in the Metro

Metro has many fathers, a trifle too many
New Delhi, December 27
Who built the Taj Mahal? Think again before you blurt “Shah Jahan” for Delhi Pradesh BJP President Madan Lal Khurana thinks otherwise. “It was built by the artisans …. Artisans built Taj Mahal which Shah Jahan claimed as his own,” Khurana said on Friday referring to the Congress’ attempts to claim credit for inauguration of Delhi Metro.

Civic limits of Rohtak being extended
Rohtak, December 27
The municipal limits of Rohtak are being extended to facilitate formation of a municipal corporation in this ancient town. The municipal committee, Rohtak, which is likely to be replaced soon by a municipal corporation, is among the oldest civic bodies constituted in 1885 under the Punjab Municipal Act, 1884.

Central heating
Central heating. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Fog forces school closure
Sonepat, December 27
The District Magistrate of Sonepat, Mr S N Roy, has issued an order under Section 144 CrPC ordering the closure of all schools within Sonepat district till January 4. According to official sources, the District Magistrate has, however, allowed excursion trips, picnic and cultural programmes which are generally organised during the vacation.


Change cropping pattern: Chautala
Gurgaon, December 27
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala today urged the farmers to go in for a change in the cropping pattern as it would help lift their economic condition. Mr Chautala, addressing a gathering at a public function in Mohammadpur Ahir village near here, stressed that under the changed circumstances, the traditional crops like wheat and paddy were not paying rich dividends. Hence, the farmers would be well advised to go in for floriculture, horticulture and vegetables as well as taking up dairy farming and fisheries.


APROPOS Virender Sharma’s letter, “When will the exploitation end?” (December 14, 2002), I wish to add that the Haryana Education Directorate enacted the Haryana School Education Act 1995, which received the assent of the President of India on May 4, 1999. It was published in Haryana Government Gazette (Extra) of June 4, 1999.

This hospital speaks volumes of govt attitude
Jhajjar, December 27
The civil hospital here is a telling example of the state government’s apathetic attitude towards the essential service of health care. The building of the only government hospital of the town at this district headquarters is in such a dilapidated condition that it can come down at any moment. Also, required facilities like toilets, drinking water, sufficient medicines and beds are not available in the hospital.

DCC chief ‘ignorant’ of Bhajan’s rally
Jhajjar, December 27
Preparations for the Congress rally, being organised in the district and will be attended by Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief Bhajan Lal, are in full swing. However, factionalism in the party has surfaced again with the District Congress Committee chief saying that he did not have any information about the rally.

Big HVP rally against Casino Bill
Sonepat, December 27
The Haryana Vikas Party organised a massive rally here today against passing the Casino Bill by the Chautala Government. According to a report, braving the chilly winds and foggy weather conditions, thousands of party workers and supporters from various parts of the district took part in the demonstration which was led by its general secretaries, Mr Surinder Singh, and Mr Rajiv Jain.

IRS officer Prakash DubeyPhotography’s his scene!
New Delhi, December 27
Imagination is a powerful tool, that it can help us achieve results even in unconventional ways, is a fact less known. Ask Prakash Dubey who was laughed at for trying to capture wildlife with his 500-mm mirror lens. However, for the man who had first not just visualised his shot, but also developed it in his mind, the end justified his means.

Haryana fails to set up human rights panel
Sonepat, December 27
Mr Justice Ranganathan Misra, MP and Chairman of the Human Rights Department of the All India Congress Committee, said that the Supreme Court had directed the National Human Rights Commission to set up the state-level branches in all the states of the country, but the government of Haryana failed to constitute such a commission.

Haj Camp to be set up at Ram Lila Ground
New Delhi, December 27
The Government of NCT of Delhi will set up a Haj Camp at Ram Lila Ground for the benefit of pilgrims reaching Delhi from the neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan.

Govt misleading farmers on drought: HPCC
Rohtak, December 27
Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, a former minister and spokesman of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, has charged the state government with misleading the farmers about the recently announced compensation for the drought-affected farmers.

Uttaranchal Govt told not to construct road
Sonepat, December 27
Mr Ashok Bhardwaj, president of Vanasthali Wild Life India, has urged the Government of Uttaranchal not to build the Govind Ghat Ghagharia road in the interest of the people of the area. In a signed press statement issued here today, Mr Bhardwaj stated that the construction of this road would not only affect the environment but it would have a disastrous impact on the glaciers there.


Four members of Santa gang nabbed
Ghaziabad, December 27
With the arrest of four members of the notorious Santa gang, which specialised in robberies, loots and dacoites, the Kotwali police have claimed to have solved cases related to a murder, a loot, the murder of a driver and snatching of a taxi in the Sihani Gate police station area. The criminals were arrested after an encounter near the city bus stand on the evening of December 25.

Couple booked for kidnapping girl’s brother while eloping
New Delhi, December 27
A young couple, who eloped taking a seven-year-old brother of the girl along with them, were booked on the charges of kidnapping a minor after the girl’s father reportedly lodged a complaint with the police.

Anganwadi worker strangled
Noida, December 27
A woman was strangled to death with her sari and her body thrown in a field. Mrs Guni Devi of Maqsood Pur village used to work for an anganwadi. Four days ago, she left Maqsood Pur village to participate in an anganwadi meeting in Javer. On her way back home after the meeting, she reportedly went missing. When her relatives went to the Rabupura police station to lodge a missing person’s report, the police allegedly did not register it.

Heroin worth Rs 15 cr seized
New Delhi, December 27
With the arrest of four youths, the Narcotics Branch of the Delhi Police today claimed to have seized heroin worth Rs 15 crore, the biggest catch in the last few years.

Case against two cops registered
The police have registered a case today against two fellow policemen who had barged into the house of one Mukesh in Khora Colony and assaulted him 15 days ago. The guilty policemen have not been suspended yet, which could influence the inquiry report, it is feared.

6,000 fake Rs 5 coins seized
New Delhi, December 27
The North district police today claimed to have seized 6,000 counterfeit coins of Rs 5 denomination with the arrest of Mohammad Sadiq, Mohammad Nizamuddin, Jagpal and Arvind Mehta.

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Ageing a matter of choice: Dr Chopra
New Delhi, December 27
According to statistics, in the next 50 years the expectancy of life at birth may well surpass 80 years. A national survey conducted reveals 45 per cent of the older people in India have chronic diseases.

President of HelpAge India M. M. Sabharwal lighting the lamp at the seminar.
President of HelpAge India M. M. Sabharwal lighting the lamp at the seminar

Ankur, Rohit bowl Delhi to victory
New Delhi, December 27
Deadly bowling performances by Ankur Julka (3 for 16) and Rohit Saini (3 for 17) helped Delhi beat Karnataka by eight wickets and entered the final of the 48th National School Games Under-16 Vinoo Mankad Cricket Tournament at the Bharat Nagar ground. Delhi will take on Chandigarh in the final.

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Rahul Dravid Rahul Dravid all set to hit top spot
New Delhi, December 27
Rahul Dravid is poised to regain the top spot in the 2002-03 CEAT Cricket Rating that he lost to Chris Gayle three weeks ago. Dravid won two fielding points for his smart catching in the second Test and first one-dayer (as the wicket-keeper) against New Zealand.

Moonlight shine in clubs league
New Delhi, December 27
Former league champions Moonlight Club prevailed over Goans by a solitary goal to earn full points in a Group B preliminary league match of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)-SAIL Annual Open Clubs Senior Division Football Championship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium East ground on Friday.

The Frank Anthony School team which annexed the inaugural Frank Anthony Memorial Cricket trophy
The Frank Anthony School team which annexed the inaugural Frank Anthony Memorial Cricket trophy.

Aniruddha hits ton for Delhi Colts
New Delhi, December 27
A swashbuckling 135 by Aniruddha Tripathi helped Delhi Colts beat Raghuvir Willowers by nine runs in an A-II Division League match of the DDCA League at Kotla II ground.

Murtuza races to victory in MRF Formule
New Delhi, December 27
Murtuza Bootwala of Mumbai raced to victory in the 14-lap Indian Karting Senior Championship in a time of 9:54.492 in the MRF-MAI Formule Mondiale Championship at Freeway 19, Palace Ground.

Najafgarh beat Shanti Sports
New Delhi, December 27
Jitender Pal(50 and 3 for 21) and Vishwas Sehrawat (36 and 3 for 18) played star roles as Najafgarh Sports Club beat Shanti Sports by six runs in a league match of the first Shanti Memorial Under-14 Cricket Tournament, organised by Shanti Gyan Niketan School, at Najafgarh Sports Complex ground.


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