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Restore powers, if not statehood, CM tells Centre
New Delhi, January 11
“The Union Government should restore the powers of the duly elected Government of NCT of Delhi if it is not keen on granting statehood,” Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today told delegates who attended a workshop held to evolve a suitable dispensation for the Capital.

Divorcee held for NRI’s murder
Gurgaon, January 11
The District police claim to have arrested a lady and her friend who had allegedly murdered an NRI, Ashok Jain, and dumped his body in a remote village. Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Kuldeep Singh Siag, informed media persons today that the police arrested Ms Shivani Chopra and her friend Mr Munish Mubar for allegedly murdering Ashok Jain.

Floor area ratio raised for units along NH
Gurgaon, January 11
The Haryana Government has finally conceded to a demand of the industrialists to increase the floor area ratio (FAR) for the units, which are set up following conversion of land on stretches along the national highway/scheduled roads in the urbanised areas in the state.

The good news is the slight rise in minimum temperature has given some respite to Delhiites reeling under the cold wave for over a week.
The good news is the slight rise in minimum temperature has given some respite to Delhiites reeling under the cold wave for over a week. The minimum temperature rose from Friday’s bone-chilling 3.5 degree Celsius to 5.1 degree Celsius on Saturday. The bad news is the weatherman has forecast a dip in the minimum temperature over the next 24 hours.

The maximum temperature remained at Friday’s 12.3 degree Celsius, nine degree Celsius below normal and the third lowest day temperature of the season. On January 7, the maximum temperature recorded was 12 degree Celsius. That was the second lowest of the season.

The Meteorological Department says cold wave conditions also prevailed in Punjab and parts of Haryana where minimum temperatures were four to six degree Celsius below normal and maximum temperatures 16 degree Celsius below normal.

The cold wave conditions in the northern region are likely to persist for two days.
— Photo by Anil Sharma

74 held for rioting on Modi Cloth Mills premises
Ghaziabad, January 11
Seventy-four workers of the Dehat Morcha, including its national president, Kesri Singh Gujjar, were arrested yesterday by the Modi Nagar police for indulging in violence and damaging the Modi Cloth Mills property by setting it on fire. The workers were irked by the attitude of the mill management and the district administration.

Raids on three Noida iron & steel mills
Noida, January 11
Tax evasions amounting to crores of rupees have been detected in raids on three iron and steel mills on G T Road near Chhapraula in Gautam Budh Nagar by Trade Tax Department teams. The officials have seized a large number of bills and other documents as proof of tax evasion.

A technology marvel bruised by its patrons
New Delhi, January 11
Delhi’s most expensive Christmas gift, the Metro Rail, was torn open and ‘bruised’ soon after the inauguration as over-enthusiastic crowds forced themselves inside the stations and trains.

DTTDC eco park
New Delhi, January 11
The Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) in cooperation with the Irrigation Department of the Delhi government has taken up an ambitious project to develop the area between Chhawla and Kanganheri in South West Delhi into a major tourist and picnic spot.


Ahirwal outfit gives call to boycott Cong rally
Rewari, January 11
Former legislator and president of the Sarva Jati Janata Panchayat, a political outfit of Ahirwal, Mr Raghu Yadav, who along with thousands of his party activists, had faced bullets and brutal police lathi charge at Narnaul on August 10, 1993, at the hands of the then Congress government led by Mr Bhajan Lal over the issue of equitable distribution of available canal water in Haryana, has fervently called on the people of Ahirwal to boycott tomorrow’s Rewari rally.

11 booths set up for Kharkhauda MC poll
Sonepat, January 11
The district administration has made elaborate arrangements for holding elections to the Kharkhauda Municipal Committee on January 19 next. According to a report, as many as 11 polling booths have been set up for this purpose where the electorate would be able to cast their franchise without any fear.

Demand for probe into erratic supply of canal water
Sonepat, January 11
Representatives of various farmer organisations today criticised the inefficient and unsatisfactory working of the Gohana Water Service Division of the Irrigation Department. The farmers urged the state government to order a high-level probe into the complaints of the farmers about the inadequate and erratic supply of canal water in the tail-end villages falling in its jurisdiction.

Land of temples and forts, now attracting global visitors
F the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, Brahma the creator is worshipped in the land of Pushkar. Legend goes that in a battle, Lord Brahma killed the demon Vajra Nabh with a lotus flower, whose petals floated down to earth and landed in three places in and around Pushkar where lakes sprang up.

Traffic cops put up a good show in 2002: Pereira
New Delhi, January 11
Despite the increasing number of vehicles in the national Capital on the roads and the resources remaining the same, the Delhi Traffic Police today claimed that the force had done extremely good work during the year 2002 to bring about traffic discipline and a smooth flow of traffic on the roads.

People’s role in water management must: Mehta
New Delhi, January 11
Involvement of local people is a must for decentralisation of wastewater management and the civic bodies can look at incentives to residents like rebate of property tax to ensure greater public participation, Municipal Commissioner Rakesh Mehta said.

Hostels, hotel, cyber café – all flourish in this graveyard
New Delhi, January 11
It is a dead man’s land in Delhi’s dictionary, supposedly not suitable for human habitation. But multi-storeyed structures on the premises of Rajpura cemetery not only tell a sad story of human greed but also apathy of authorities for the past 19 years. 

Thousands stranded as trains cancelled
Sonepat, January 11
Train services on the DUK section of the Northern Railway remained disrupted today, following late running of almost all long-distance mail and express trains. Although the dense fog has disappeared, the long distance and suburban trains were running behind schedule, stranding thousands of passengers at Sonepat and nearby railway stations.

Children rehearsing for the Republic Day parade on Rajpath in the Capital on Saturday.
Children rehearsing for the Republic Day parade on Rajpath in the Capital on Saturday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Villagers seek probe into Sarpanch’s dealings
Bhiwani, January 11
Residents of Prem Nagar village have sought an inquiry into the construction of a school building there. A deputation of villagers met the Deputy Commissioner and complained that the Sarpanch and Panchayat Secretary were misappropriating funds on the pretext of spending money on the construction of the school building at the village. 

Let go of all that you cling to for perfect happiness
NE of the prayers that you see hung in some elite drawing rooms and religious places irrespective of the occupant’s creed or religion is a prayer by St Francis of Assisi. It was also the favourite of Mother Teresa of Kolkata. The prayer makes such an impact on the human soul and is so reflective of noble human aspirations, that it is worthy of repetition here:


Booty worth lakhs recovered, three held
New Delhi, January 11
The Mandir Marg police arrested three youths who were allegedly involved in a number of robbery cases. They were identified as Shyam Sunder (22), Kishore (30) and Karan (30). Robbed goods worth lakhs of rupees were recovered from their possession. A scooter which was used for the purpose of committing robberies by the suspects was seized, the police said.


Four-star hotel comes up in Pitampura
New Delhi, January 11
There is good news for visiting businessmen and traders from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Hotel City Park, the first four-star hotel in North West Delhi, is ready with 60 well-equipped rooms that have luxurious facilities.


Leprosy patients cured with drugs honoured
New Delhi, January 11
The Department of Health on Saturday honoured 18 persons who were successfully treated for leprosy using Multi Drugs Therapy (MDT.) Showcasing their recovery as proof of efficacy of the MDT, the Delhi Health Minister, Mr A K Walia, said the Leprosy Cell of the Directorate of Health Services had treated 20 thousand odd patients over the last four years.

Biswaroop R. Chowdhary Memory king with a Guinness dream
OW many numerals and telephone numbers can you remember at a time? Is it possible to remember all the 80,000 words listed in the 2,000 pages of the Oxford dictionary and the page where the word is mentioned? Or memorise the value of Pi up to 7400th place?

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Kusum, J P adjudged best athletes

New Delhi, January 11
Kusum Lata of West UP Zone and J P Sharma of Punjab Zone were adjudged the best athletes in the women’s and men’s sections respectively in the 20th All-India Punjab National Bank Inter-Zone Sports Meet, which concluded at the Karnail Singh stadium on Saturday.

Punjab National Bank general manager S. K. Awasthi and deputy general manager P. L. Madan with the winners of the PNB Inter-Zone Sports Meet at the Karnail Singh Stadium on Saturday.

Punjab National Bank general manager S. K. Awasthi and deputy general manager P. L. Madan with the winners of the PNB Inter-Zone Sports Meet at the Karnail Singh Stadium on Saturday.

Ten teams for DSA Clubs Super League
New Delhi, January 11
Ten top teams, including defending champions Hindustan Club and runners-up Indian National, will vie for top honours in the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)-SAIL Open Clubs Senior Division Super League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium from January 14.

Delhi Colts beat MTNL
New Delhi, January 11
Delhi Colts defeated MTNL by 39 runs in an A Division match of the DDCA League at the Yamuna Sports Complex ground.


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