Thursday, January 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Traders restive, won’t settle for VAT
Ghaziabad/Noida, January 1
Traders in Noida, Ghaziabad and other towns in these two districts took out rallies against the VAT system, which is going to come into force shortly.

Crime dips in G B Nagar
Noida, January 1
The overall crime rate has declined in Gautam Budh Nagar in 2002 compared to the previous year, claimed SSP Rajiv Krishen today.

A peck for 2003
A peck for 2003. Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal


Khemka group’s land use under scanner
Ghaziabad, January 1
An inquiry has been initiated into the misuse of residential land allotted to the Khemka Group. Instances of high-handedness in the use of land had come to the notice of the authorities, prompting them to order a probe into the whole affair.

Cold fails to take fizz out of New Year
New Delhi, January 1
Delhiites bid adieu to an eventful 2002 by bursting crackers and welcomed 2003 with gay abandon, dancing in clubs and pubs to tantalizing numbers. Police had made elaborate arrangements and cordoned off the inner circle of the upmarket Connaught Place to foil any attempt by disruptive elements even as revelers made a beeline for the heart of the Capital to welcome the third year of the millennium.

Not all is fine in the finest address south of Delhi
Gurgaon, January 1
Not happy on several fronts, especially when it comes to civic amenities, the lack of security in the DLF City has now got the goat of the residents. Many of them doubt the wisdom of legal squabbles between the DLF Qutab Enclave Residents’ Welfare Association and the DLF management, giving the latter a chance to abdicate the responsibility for arranging the security cover for the City.

Lord of the Road
Lord of the Road: A Blue Line bus driver insists on making a statement on the New Year’s day in the Capital on Wednesday. — Tribune Photo

Fake notes worth Rs 1.5 lakh seized
Ghaziabad, January 1
The city police have busted a gang of six criminals who were trading in fake currency notes. Fake notes worth Rs 1.50 lakh have been seized from them. 

Electronic auction for Azadpur Mandi
New Delhi, January 1
The vegetable and fruit market in Azadpur will become the first market in the country to have an electronic auction system when Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurates it on January 6.

Employees cheat firm of Rs 33 lakh
Noida, January 1
The police are trying to ferret out the three criminals who had, over a period of time, fraudulently withdrawn Rs 33 lakh from the bank account of their company in Phase II here.


After rain, stench grips Sonepat city 
Sonepat, January 1
Widespread winter rain that lashed the city during the past 24 hours has left behind a trail of un-cleared garbage and waterlogged roads. Conditions are appalling in slum clusters, particularly on the banks of Drain 6 where many pockets are submerged with rainwater. Nearly 10,000 people live in unauthorised slum clusters and resettlement colonies where planned development has taken the backseat.

Chautala calls for Opposition unity 
Jhajjar, January 1
Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala urged the political parties of the state to close ranks on the issue of SYL canal. Addressing a meeting of the members of panchayats, block samitis and zila parishad and Village Development Council at Jahanara Stadium here today, Mr Chautala said that although the opposition parties had every right to criticise the government policies, they should co-operate on the issue in the interest of the state.

Samiti formed to lead stir on SYL
Rewari, January 1
The Rashtriya Nav Chetna, a prominent voluntary organisation of south Haryana, organised a ‘maha sammelan’ here today to finalise its strategy on the SYL canal, increasing unemployment and certain other issues. Thousands of people, including a large number of women, attended the meeting.

Rashtriya Nav Chetna leaders at the ‘maha sammelan’ in Rewari on Wednesday.
Rashtriya Nav Chetna leaders at the ‘maha sammelan’ in Rewari

Mahatma’s statue installed at renamed ‘D’ park
Rohtak, January 1
Following the installation of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the so-called `D’ park situated at the entrance of Model Town, has now been officially named Bapu Park by the district administration. The people of the town have been calling it `D’ Park because of its shape, though the civic body has not given any name.

Vaccination camp for Haj pilgrims
New Delhi, January 1
In a bid to provide better healthcare facilities to Haj pilgrims, the Delhi State Haj Committee on Wednesday launched a week-long vaccination camp. Inaugurating the camp, the chairman of the Delhi State Haj Committee, Mr Abdul Sami Salmani, said round-the-clock medical facilities and other essential services would be provided to the pilgrims. 

Rs 28.38 lakh sanctioned for education
Panipat, January 1
With a view to bring the children in the age group of 6-12 years to school, the Haryana Government has sanctioned Rs 28.38 lakh to the district under an ambitious plan. According to official sources, 242 primary schools in the district has been sanctioned Rs 2,000 each to upgrade the infrastructural facilities. And 1,109 teachers has been granted Rs 500 each under the ‘Sarab Shiksha Abhiyan’.


Four extortionists nabbed 
New Delhi, January 1
Four members of the Kishan-Pahelwan gang, who were involved in extortion cases, were nabbed by the North district police on the New Year’s eve. The police team spotted a Maruti Van (No DL-3C-K-9993) with four persons near Nagia Park and when they tried to stop it, the car sped away.


PM’s proposal annoys DUTA
he Prime Minister’s suggestion to increase the fees and reduce subsidy on higher education has not been well-received by the teacher’s community. The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has expressed its displeasure over the suggestions mooted by Mr Vajpayee at a function organised to mark the golden jubilee of University Grants Commission.
  • Donations from ex-students
  • Marketing  Congress
Blood donation camp
A new institute of acting
n affiliate group of the union financial corporation of America (films funding division), Indoscreen Film and Television Academy, has opened a state-of-the-art institute for acting courses in Model Town.
Distinguished members of the Indoscreen Film and Television Academy.
Distinguished members of the Indoscreen Film and Television Academy


Army Medical Corps celebrates anniversary
Meerut, January 1
The anniversary of the 239th Army Medical Corps (AMC) was celebrated by Military Hospital Meerut. Several cultural and sports events were organised on the occasion. The Commandant of the hospital, Brig Surjeet Singh, wished all officers, JCOs, NCOs, jawans and families. He also distributed fruits to the patients at the hospital.

Irregularities in polio drive alleged
Panipat, January 1
Even as the district administration gears up for another drive against polio on January 5, the flying squad of the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, raided offices of the Health Department on Tuesday in connection with alleged irregularities during the pulse polio drive last year.

Seminar focuses on making medicinal plants cash crops
Bajhera, January 1
Herbo 2002, the four-day seminar-cum-exhibition on organic farming of herbal medicine that had the objective of making medicinal plants a viable cash crop for the farmers, concluded here on Tuesday. The event was organised by The Herbal Bio-Med Foundation (HBMF), an NGO dedicated to creating public awareness about the benefits, achievements and potentialities of herbs, biotechnology medicinal sciences, food, agriculture, and environment management.


Punjab Police ground  Air-India
New Delhi, January 1
Punjab Police grounded Air -India 3-2 in a Pool A quarter-final league match of the fifth Chhattrapati Shivaji All-India Hockey Tournament for the Dhyan Chand Cup, sponsored by the New Delhi Municipal Committee, at the Shivaji Stadium on Wednesday. In Pool B matches, Border Security force beat Northern Railway 4-2 while Indian Airlines edged past Delhi XI 3-2.

Ruchika beats Parul in title clash
New Delhi, January 1
Ruchika Gupta beat Parul Gupta in the women’s Under-30 title clash in the table tennis tournament organised by the Rajasthan Club at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium. In other finals, Shyam Gopal beat Vijay Kumar Gupta (men above 50), Anil Jindal beat Mayak J Gupta (men 30-50), Paraj Singhal beat Ankit Gupta (men under-30), Himanshu Rathi beat Tarun Modi (boys under 18), Prateek Gupta beat Jatin Poddar (boys under-12), Anuj Prakash beat Monika Jindal (women above 30) and Mr and Mrs Anil Jindal beat Mr and Mrs Prabodh Gupta (mixed doubles).
Former table tennis international Indu Puri honouring Rajasthan Club president Govind Kedia and convenor J P Modi at the prize distribution function
Former table tennis international Indu Puri honouring Rajasthan Club president Govind Kedia and convenor J P Modi at the prize distribution function of the table tennis tournament at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium.

Anil Bara to lead Delhi U-19 team
New Delhi, January 1
Defender Anil Bara of Glorious Club will lead a 20-member Delhi State team in the Junior National Under-19 Football Championship for the Dr B C Roy Trophy to be held in Jammu and Kashmir from January 2 for 12. Striker Christopher D’Costa of Glorious will be the vice-captain.

Sarthak, Piyush move up in TT
New Delhi, January 1
Sarthak Gandhi and Piyush Diwedi entered the semi-finals of cadet boys singles in the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Memorial All-India Open Table Tennis Tournament at the Talkatora indoor stadium on Wednesday.

Vidur Sethi powers Gyan Bharti Academy win
New Delhi, January 1
A dashing knock of 41 by Vidur Sethi helped Gyan Bharti South Delhi Cricket Academy defeat Sonnet Club by two wickets in the second Mata Durga Devi Under-12 Cricket Tournament, organised by the Bharat National Public School at its ground.
  • Rakesh stars in Richa’s victory
  • Neeraj Academy enter semis
  • Masonik advance

PNB Inter-Zone Sports Meet from Jan 4
New Delhi, January 1
The 20th All-India Punjab National Bank Inter-Zone Sports Meet will be held at the Karnail Singh Stadium from January 4 to 11. About 545 sportspersons from all the 17 zones of PNB will compete in 11 disciplines, including cricket, football, badminton, table tennis and carrom.
  • R P Academy beat Janakpuri
  • Ankit shines


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