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Raid on tantrik nets Rs 3 cr in assets
Meerut, January 7
In a raid on two houses of a tantrik, the income tax officials seized Rs 20 lakh, fixed deposit receipts of Rs 80 lakh, and gold and diamond ornaments worth crores of rupees. In the operation that went on till late Monday night, the income tax sleuths seized the property worth Rs 3.5 crore, imported cloths, electronics items and valuable showpieces.

Property owners, watch out for new tax regime
New Delhi, January 7
The Government of NCT of Delhi on Tuesday unveiled the Unit Area System for assessing property tax from April 1. The new tax regime will entail amendment to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Act. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit told a news conference the Council of Ministers would discuss the matter before taking it up in the Assembly. 

Hitchhike proves fatal for five kids 
Meerut, January 7
Five children were killed and four others injured in a tractor trolley-train collision at the unmanned Nizampur Railway crossing, near Khurja railway station, five km from here, last night.

Workers giving final touches to a lamp-post at Rajpath for the Republic Day parade in the Capital
Workers giving final touches to a lamp-post at Rajpath for the Republic Day parade in the Capital. Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Lid off spurious fertiliser unit
Ghaziabad, January 7
The police unearthed a fertiliser factory in Ekta Vihar Colony which had been making spurious fertilisers of popular brands for about a year or so. Four persons have been arrested in the raid. 

Guru Gobind Singh’s relics on rare display in Capital
New Delhi, January 7
The Prakash Purv anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh on Thursday would be different. The Sikh devotees in the Capital will have a rare purview of the relics of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru and Mata Sundari. The relics would be part of the nagar kirtan procession.

Villagers turn captors of protected animals
Meerut, January 7
A joint team of the forest officials and the officials of the civil administration conducted raids in several villages of the Mawana tehsil within the limit of Hastinapur wildlife sanctuary on Monday, following reports that some villagers had confined several protected animals.

Japanese soft loan for 3rd Metro corridor
New Delhi, January 7
The Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC) will extend another tranche of soft loan to the tune of Rs 580 crore to cover the revised cost-estimates for extending the third Metro corridor from Dwarka to Barakhamba Road. The Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Mr E. Sreedharan, on Tuesday told mediapersons that an Integrated Rail Bus Transit (IRBT) for the National Capital Region (NCR) was under consideration.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi poses for a photograph before  entering a Metro  Rail coach  at Kashmiri Gate station  in New Delhi on Tuesday. — PTI photo

Only one CGHS dispensary for whole of Noida
Pensioners wait for Shatrughan Sinha to take their call 
Noida, January 7
The central government pensioners living in different sectors of Noida are angry at the alleged step-motherly treatment being meted out to them by the authorities under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). There are about 7,000 such pensioners and their dependents in Noida, but there is only one CGHS dispensary in Sector 36, which caters to a total of 34,000 beneficiaries including the serving and retired government officials and their families.

Delhiites snuggle deeper into the quilt
New Delhi, January 7
The Capital faced braved yet another chilly day with temperatures dipping further. Chilly winds blowing in from the higher reaches in the northern part of the country resulted in continuos drop in night temperature. The Met office recorded a night temperature of 6.1degree Celsius, which is one degree below normal. The dense fog, which has been disrupting the traffic, persists. School and office goers faced commuting problems as fog made driving tedious.

Labourers huddle around a bonfire in the Raisina Hill area. — Tribune Photo

Labourers huddle around a bonfire in the Raisina Hill area


EC not convening delimitation panel meeting: BJP
Sonepat, January 7
Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, MP and vice-president of the Haryana BJP, has alleged that the Election Commission had not convened any meeting of the committee constituted about six months ago for the delimitation of the assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies in the state.

SYL project was Bansi Lal’s brainchild: HVP
Gurgaon, January 7
The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) headed by former Haryana Chief Minister Bansi Lal kept up the pressure today on the raging Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue and projected its leader as the progenitor of the project.

Youth Congress to launch stir against NDA govt
Sonepat, January 7
The Indian Youth Congress (IYC) has decided to launch a nationwide struggle to put pressure on the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre to take bold decisions for protecting national security, honour and character.

Schemes aplenty for women’s uplift
New Delhi, January 7
‘An educated man means a single person educated and a woman educated means the entire family educated’ is perhaps an apt saying particularly in the context of the situation in the National Capital Territory of Delhi. It has been said that a woman can make or mar the destiny of her children. If she is educated, she can make the nation prosper.

Policing in VVIP New Delhi district is quite a task! 
New Delhi, January 7
Policing in the New Delhi district, often referred to as the VIP district, has never been an easy task. Given the sensitive nature of this district, the police chiefs posted here have often received only brickbats instead of bouquets for discharging their duties efficiently.

Services of Jagdish Kapur recalled
Sonepat, January 7
Leaders of various political parties, trade unions, social organisations and industries associations paid rich tributes to Mr Jagdish Kapur, Joint President of Atlas Cycle Industries, the largest bicycle manufacturing company in the country, at a condolence meeting organised here last evening.

Delhi Govt to file SLP on relocation
New Delhi, January 7
The Government of NCT of Delhi today said it would file a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court order disallowing alternate plots to people living in slums that came up after January 1990.
  • Out-of-turn promotion for courageous constable
  • IRS veteran passes away


ASI held for son’s murder
New Delhi, January 7
An Assistant Sub-Inspector attached with the Delhi Police was arrested last morning on charges of murdering his 14-year-old son, who had reportedly fought over some minor issue with his step-mother.

1 killed, 14 hurt as statue crumbles
Gurgaon, January 7
One person was killed and more than 14 were injured when a 100-ft-high statue of Lord Krishna being constructed at National Highway 8 at Narsinghpur village fell on them yesterday.

Murder bid in broad daylight
New Delhi, January 7
In a daring daylight murder attempt, four armed assailants in a white Maruti car attacked a person this afternoon in the Civil Lines area in North district. The victim, Bhachu Singh, alias Billa (34), resident of Old Chandravel, however, survived with a bullet on his right chest and another on his shoulder.


Schoolkids roped in for Road Safety Club
New Delhi, January 7
Schoolchildren have ventured into yet another operation with a social message. These students have been roped in to teach the lessons of road safety. Hero Honda and the Society of Indian Automobiles Manufacturers (SIAM) today announced the launch of a major initiative with the help of the city government and the Traffic Police to take forward the message of road safety.


AKS: A reflection beyond the obvious
he steel facade of an industrial town may not be an inspiration for many, but for designer Amit Kumar Singh, the steel town of Rourkela provided a peek into what he describes as, “veritable spring of rural tones”.  Confessing that he draws inspiration from his rooted existence as a child, AKS as he is popularly known, recalls women all around rushing to work in the factory wearing bright fluorescent colours. A memory that he has sought to recreate in his creations. The designer likes to think of it as a combination of yesterday with today and describes it as a whole new perspective towards wearable fashion. AKS is a line that wants its clients to look beyond the obvious.

The spark in the step: Models showcase the sensuality of an Amit Kumar’s creation.

The spark in the step
  • Sitaron Ki Raat
  • Kutch embroidery
  • Road to Ladakh

A debutante with elan
new singer, Sangeeta Kopalkar, has entered the world of music with her debut album ‘Hamnasheen’, a Punjabi music one. Despite being a Marathi, she has sung all the Punjabi songs with great expertise. The album was released by T- series. Besides the tittle song ‘Ae mere humnasheen’, the album has seven other sonorous songs.


R R Gym enter Ajit Singh cricket q-final
New Delhi, January 7
Deadly leg-spin bowling by Narender (3 for 29) and 2 for 20 by Sandeep Angurala helped Rohtak Road Gymkhana beat Indian Air Force by four wickets and entered the quarter-final of the seventh Sahibzada Ajit Singh Cricket Tournament, organised by Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, at its ground in Pitampura (West Delhi).

Saroya lifts gold in PNB meet
New Delhi, January 7
J P Saroya of Punjab Zone won the 5000m race to add to the 1500m gold and 800m silver he had won earlier in the 20th All-India Punjab National Bank Inter-Zone Sports Meet at the Karnail Singh Stadium on Tuesday.

New Era bag badminton title
New Delhi, January 7
Hosts New Era School, Mayapuri Road, won the boys under-16 title, defeating Hansraj School, Panchkula 2-0 in the fourth Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Badminton Tournament held at the New Era School courts.

Puneet bowls R P Academy to victory
New Delhi, January 7
Ten-year-old Puneet Walia produced a deadly 4 for 8 bowling spell and Mukul Dangar hit an unbeaten half-century as R P Academy defeated GMCA by nine wickets in the second Mata Durga Devi Under-12 Cricket Tournament at the Bharat National Public School ground, Ram Vihar. Puneet Walia was adjudged the Man of the Match.
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  • Sarthak, Parikshit slam centuries

Nehru Stadium enter semis
New Delhi, January 7
An all-round display by Dinesh Kaushik (83 and 2 for 2) and useful knocks by Amit Tiwari (31) and Sourav (33) helped JNS Cricket Club beat Delhi University Cricket Coaching Centre by 34 runs and entered the semi-final of the SPM Cricket Tournament at the SPM College ground.

  • SPCNL, NIIT play tied match

Delphi Auto win


Police verification of domestics, tenants to be intensified
Gurgaon, January 7
The police have decided to intensify its campaign to verify the identities of the domestic workers and tenants. The police have reintroduced this campaign with a new vigour, as it believes that sieving of domestic workers having dubious antecedents would check a potential source of crime.


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