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Safe passage for intruder car
Gurgaon, January 29
The Maruti Esteem car, which strayed into the path of the motorcade of the Prime Minister and disappeared when the security forces fired at it, reached its destination in Gurgaon without being intercepted for 20 minutes.
The Maruti Esteem car which strayed into the path of the Prime Minister’s motorcade The Maruti Esteem car that strayed into the path of the Prime Minister’s motorcade and sped away towards Gurgaon. — Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Security breach: Only questions, no answers
New Delhi, January 29
Even while officially it is being proclaimed that there was no breach of security when the white Maruti Esteem car strayed onto the sanitised route of the Prime Minister, the top brass of the Delhi police went into a huddle here to find out what went wrong and why the vehicle could not intercepted even as it sped towards the neighbouring state of Haryana.


Murdered child’s parents had paid ransom
Sonepat, January 29
A large number of residents and parents of Ankit, a Class VI student of Rishikul Vidyapeeth, Sonepat, called on the Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, here yesterday and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the ghastly murder of Ankit after his kidnapping. 

Notices to VIPs for keeping horses, cattle at home
New Delhi, January 29
Senior politicians, including Union Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma, have been served notices by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) for keeping cattle and horses in their bungalows illegally.

Delhi’s seismic network being reinforced
New Delhi, January 29
As Delhi falls in the high-risk seismic zone and the Capital could witness a high-intensity earthquake, the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) is installing 12 more digital strong motion accelerographs in areas not adequately covered before.

Encroachment drive: A bumpy road for authorities
Faridabad, January 29
With the deadline of removing encroachments and evicting illegally occupied government land just a month away, the campaign may not only leave the district administration unusually busy but also leave a trail of unrest and resentment among the affected people.


Aid to drought-hit farmers a sick joke: LJP
Sonepat, January 29
A large number of Lok Janashakti Party workers, led by Mr Samsher Singh Malik, president of the state unit, took out a procession here yesterday to register their protest against grant of meagre compensation by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government headed by Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala to the drought-affected farmers of Haryana in general and Sonepat district in particular.

Braving the cold, they cycled to garner funds for riot-hit 
New Delhi, January 29
While the northern part of the country continued to grapple with what seemed to be an unrelenting cold wave, six bikers rode across the country, covering 12,000 kilometres and 19 states. These bikers of ActionAid on an ‘Aman Yatra’ were received in the Capital on Monday.

Delhi to have 9 retail fruit & veg mandis 
New Delhi, January 29
Nine new retail fruit and vegetable markets will be established in the coming years where, as Development Minister Haroon Yusuf puts it, farmers will be able to sell their produce at wholesale prices, thus benefiting households who would otherwise have to shell out more money to buy the same from weekly markets or shops in colonies.

Poor kids go on the merry-go-round
New Delhi, January 29
It was a day of fun, laughter, lots of free rides, a good meal and something to cherish throughout life for the 400 underprivileged children from CRY-supported projects who turned up at Appu Ghar on Tuesday. The inclement weather and the fact that the programme was almost cancelled did not dip their enthusiasm. 

TRYST WITH HAPPINESS: Children from Delhi slums enjoy rides at Appu Ghar on Tuesday.

Land of contention: Legal notice to MC chief
Panipat, January 29
The row over the ownership of a stretch of prime commercial land in the Taraf Rajputan area has snowballed into a major controversy with two local residents serving a legal notice on the Municipal Committee (MC) president, Mr Sanjay Bhatia.

Electrical gadgets burnt in Huda Colony
Panipat, January 29
Electrical appliances worth several lakhs of rupees were burnt in Huda Colony due to fluctuating voltage late on Tuesday night. Electrical appliances, including colour TVs sets, washing machines, water pumps, fridges, bulbs and tubes were burnt when the voltage suddenly became high.

DPCC sit-in against hike in telephony tariff
New Delhi, January 29
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Wednesday held a sit-in to protest against the hike in tariff of basic telephony and sought its withdrawal. DPCC president Subhash Chopra told media persons that the BJP-led Government at the Centre was arbitrarily hiking the charges of essential public utilities thereby hitting the common man the hardest.

Sarpanch sacked
Bhiwani, January 29
The sarpanch of Serla village in the district has been removed from his post with immediate effect. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr H S Malik, said the sarpanch was incompetent. The DC using power provided in section 177 of The Haryana Panchayati Raj Act, 1994, declared the post as vacant.

Day of death registration
Faridabad, January 29
The work of registration of deaths in the state has not been satisfactory. Only 73 per cent of the deaths were registered and the rules were bypassed in several cases. This has been stated in a report of the Census Department of Haryana.


Passport & visa racket busted
New Delhi, January 29
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police yesterday claimed to have busted a passport and visa racket with the arrest of five persons, including a woman. The suspects were identified as Pawan Kumar Garg, Deepak Garg, Vivek Wadhawan, Usha Devi, all residents of Vikaspuri, and Arun Kumar of Lajpat Nagar.

‘Barati’ found tied to electric pole
Rewari, January 29
Close on the heels of the gruesome murder of a young rickshaw-puller, Lal Singh, who was allegedly stoned to death and whose body was then thrown into a village field near here by unidentified killers on the night of January 14, another grisly murder of a young ‘barati’ (member of a marriage party) has now been reported from Lisan village under Jatusana police station of the district.

Inter-state gang of dacoits busted 
Ghaziabad, January 29
Goods worth lakhs of rupees were recovered from an inter-state gang of dacoits. One Marshal jeep, two trucks, colour TV sets, Rs 70,000 looted from a petroleum employee, 10 countrymade revolvers, 110 bags of plaster grain and a large number of live cartridges have been recovered from the gang.

Girl abducted, cops accused of inaction
Rohtak, January 29
A Dalit widow has charged the district police authorities with adopting a casual attitude towards her complaint regarding the abduction of her young daughter by a neighbour on Tuesday.


IOC to build world’s largest petrochemical project
Panipat, January 29
The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the only Fortune 500 company of the country, will complete the world’s largest petrochemical project at Bal Jattan village, near here, by next year.


Career options: Putting the students on the fast track 
he need for job oriented courses has been high on the agenda. Through the introduction of vocational courses, students have been given the chance to empower themselves. In this regard, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has proposed simultaneous registration in more than one university for students to enhance their employment opportunities.
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17 students injured as bus overturns
Sonepat, January 29
At least 17 students, both boys and girls, were injured, three of them seriously when a mini bus on which they were travelling skidded the Sonepat-Gohana Road and overturned near Garhi village about 15 km from here last evening.

‘Sur Puraskar’ to MDU professor
Rohtak, January 29
Dr Baij Nath Singhal, professor, Hindi Department, Maharshi Dayanand University has been awarded the highest literary award ‘Sur Puraskar’ in a state level function recently held at Panchkula.


HC notice on foreign equipment
New Delhi, January 29
A leading dental equipment manufacturer has moved the Delhi High Court challenging the Delhi government’s decision to call for bids to supply dental equipment of foreign origin only in hospitals. The petition stated that the government should consider the equipment on merit and imported equipment would attract high custom duty, thereby make dental treatment costlier.


Northern Rly to meet Western in hockey final
New Delhi, January 29
Northern Railway will clash against Western Railway in the women’s final of the PNB-All India Railway Hockey Championship at the Shivaji Stadium. In the semi-finals on Wednesday, Northern Railway rolled past North-Eastern Railway 5-0 while Western Railway also scored an identical 5-0 victory against Central Railway.

Kamla Nehru blank Daulat Ram in college soccer
New Delhi, January 29
Defending champions Kamla Nehru College blanked Daulat Ram College 3-0 in the opening match of the Inter-College Women’s Football Championship at the Janaki Devi Mahavidyalaya ground.

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Ravi Uniyal bowls PBL to victory
New Delhi, January 29
A devastating bowling spell (4 for 22) by Ravi Uniyal and an unbeaten half century by Rakesh Rawat helped PBL defeat HDFC Bank by 11 runs and entered the final of the first Turf Sports Management Cup Cricket Tournament at the Palam ground. Ravi Uniyal was named the man of the match.
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Ganga School excel in judo
New Delhi, January 29
Students of Ganga School won five gold, one silver and three bronze medals in the first Darbari Lal Memorial Judo Championship, organised by DAV Public School, Rohini, Sector 7. The Ganga School students struck it rich in the mini sub-junior category.

Manvinder BislaManvinder Bisla to lead
New Delhi, January 29
Manvinder Bisla of Haryana will lead a 15-member North Zone team in the Col. C K Nayudu Trophy Inter-Zonal Under-19 One-day Limited-over Cricket Tournament to be held in Nagpur in February. North Zone will take on South on February 10.


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