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Honk, honk, this is PM’s motorcade
Yet another intrusion on sanitised route
New Delhi, January 30
For the second time in less than three days, the security on the sanitised route of the prime minister was breached when a motor cyclist suddenly appeared before the motorcade on Mathura Road in Kaka Nagar area.
Wiser after the event
Wiser after the event: The security in the Capital was stepped up on Thursday following incidents of breach of the Prime Minister’s security. A Maruti Esteem car had strayed onto the sanitised route of the Prime Minister on Tuesday night. A similar incident involving a motor bike was reported on Thursday. Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

SPG frowns at faux pas
New Delhi, January 30
The Commissioner of Delhi Police called a meeting of senior officers on Thursday evening to review the security arrangements for VVIPs after the SPG submitted a report on Tuesday night’s faux pas to the Ministry of Home affairs.


Shoppers’ Stop weans away Sadar Bazaar crowd
Gurgaon, January 30
The mushrooming of international brand retail outlets in the shopping malls that now dot the Gurgaon landscape has warmed the hearts of the consumers, but rung an alarm bell in the old bazaars of the city.

Khoon bhari maang and that too in the classroom
Sonepat, January 30
A Bollywood scene was enacted by a youth when he slashed his thumb with a blade and filled the `maang’ of his beloved with blood streaming down his wrist. The youth is a student of Class XI and studying in the non-government Senior Secondary School at Gohana town, 35 km from here.

Rich haul of mongoose hair, 5 held
Gurgaon, January 30
The district police have seized around 25 kg of mongoose hair and arrested five persons, including the owner of the factory engaged in making brushes used for painting and white-washing.

Retrieving childhood through class libraries
New Delhi, January 30
If you thought that unconventional ways of learning find favour with just the students, sample what a MCD teacher has to say. “I feel like a six-year-old on a picnic. I must have read these stories a hundred times over in my career, but never had so much fun.

41 held for hospital arson 
Bhiwani, January 30
The police have arrested 41 persons in connection with the arson and damage caused to property at Sangwan Hospital in Badhra on December 29. The police had registered cases under Sections 452, 427 and 437 of the IPC against 49 persons.

Manmohan denies getting notice from NDMC
New Delhi, January 30
Senior Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, today categorically denied receiving any notice or challan from NDMC for illegally keeping cattle in the backyard of his bungalow.


Endeavour to preserve Delhi’s heritage & ethos
New Delhi, January 30
Delhi without any doubt has a rich heritage. The best way to know the heritage of the city is to know its monuments. These monuments stretch from Wazirabad in the north to the Qutab. Between these two points, the history of this ancient city lies.

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam inaugurating the ‘Anti-Leprosy Seal Campaign’
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam inaugurating the ‘Anti-Leprosy Seal Campaign’ on Anti-Leprosy Day in the Capital on Thursday.

Labour leaders deny sending memo to CM
Sonepat, January 30
Mr Ram Swaroop Lakra, a leader of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), and Mr Howa Singh, vice-president of the Haryana unit of CITU, have denied sending a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, demanding an inquiry into the functioning of the Labour Department and suspension of the District Labour and Conciliation Officer as well as the inspectorate staff of the department.

Power tariff being pocketed
New Delhi, January 30
The BJP has sought a clarification from the Government of NCT of Delhi on the allegedly illegal collection and pocketing of electricity bills by private contractors from people living in unauthorised colonies, resettlement colonies and slums.

Bijli Sabha gets 25 complaints in Rohtak
Rohtak, January 30
As many as 25 complaints of electricity consumers were received at a Bijli Sabha organised by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) here. A spokesman of the UHBVN said that the nigam had decided to arrange for bijli sabha in all towns under its command area comprising Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonepat, Panchkula, Kaithal, Ambala, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Yamuna Nagar, Jind and Panipat districts.

PM to lay foundation stone of Rs 100-crore Aastha Kunj
New Delhi, January 30
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will lay the foundation stone of the Rs 100-crore Aastha Kunj on February 1. Aastha Kunj is a project for developing and transforming the Lotus Temple and Kalkaji Temple into a cultural complex.

CPM flays increase in phone tariff
Rohtak, January 30
The Haryana unit of the CPM has strongly criticised the substantial enhancement in basic telephone tariff by Telephone Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Mr Inderjit Singh, state secretary of the party, has charged the Vajpayee government of forcibly pushing the ordinary telephone consumers towards the multinational companies.

Delhi Tourism Folk Festival at Dilli Haat
New Delhi, January 30
The second Delhi Tourism Folk Festival, in association with SPIC MACAY, began in the Capital’s Dilli Haat today. On the occasion of Martyr’s Day today, bhajans, kirtans and folk songs were presented by Meeta Pandit and Deepmala Mohan. The festival, which will continue for a fortnight, will showcase a series of performances including one by noted Pandvani singer, Teejan Bai on the January 31.

Girl student killed in road accident 
Sonepat, January 30
A girl student of Sir Chhotu Ram Modern Senior Secondary School at Rattangarh Majra village in this district was killed in a road accident. According to a report, she sustained serious injuries when a mini bus in which she was travelling, overturned on the Sonepat-Gohana road near Garhi village, about 15 km from here on Tuesday evening.


Mass murderer held
Ghaziabad, January 30
The Vijay Nagar Police today claimed to have arrested a dreaded criminal of UP, who is a member of the Jatan Sirohi gang, after an encounter in the morning. Jatinder, who is allegedly behind 10 murders, is the right hand man of the notorious Jatan Sirohi.

Criminal escapes police dragnet
New Delhi, January 30
North district police have launched a hunt to arrest an alleged criminal, Suresh, alias Pawwa (35), who managed to escape from police dragnet after a brief encounter near Shakti Nagar. The criminal was on his way to attend a marriage, along with his associates and family members.


Hindu Girls College alumni have get-together 
Sonepat, January 30
As many as 250-odd students took part in the one-day alumni meeting organised at Hindu Girls College here yesterday. According to a report, the main aim of this kind of a meeting is to maintain cordial relations between the old students and the college. Ms Krishna Dhamija, a former Vice-Principal of the college, presided and Dr Lajja Goel, Principal, inaugurated it by lighting a candle on this occasion.

University College: On the path of excellence 
Rohtak, January 30
The five-volume self-study report submitted by Maharshi Dayanand University to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, for accreditation of the university briefly traces the development of the present day University College.


Forum asks finance company to return money
Ghaziabad, January 30
The District Consumer Forum has ordered the DCM Financial Services to pay back Rs 50,000 with 18 per cent interest accrued on the amount to a depositor who had given money under its various schemes.

14-day judicial custody for assault  on scribe 
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.B. Sheoran today remanded two youths to judicial custody for 14 days who had allegedly abducted and beaten up an employee of a Hindi daily on January 22.


Prutha DesaiARTSCAPE
She learnt to live again for the sake of art
he saying goes: ‘Courage defies all odds’. And this maxim is true of 15-year-old Prutha Desai, who was born on August 15, 1988, and reborn on January 26, 2001, when she was rescued from the debris of the Sangemarmar Apartment, 36 hours after the earthquake struck Gujarat. Her right arm was amputated, but her spirit was not crushed.
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Doc’s fellowship mired in controversy on PGIMS campus 
Rohtak, January 30
The SICOT fellowship given by the World Orthopaedic Concern (WOC) to Dr R.C.Siwach, an Assistant professor of Pt B.D.Sharma PGIMS, has created a controversy on the campus. Dr Siwach was among the 15 doctors from all over the world who was selected for the WOC-SICOT fellowship, for attending a meeting at San Diego, USA, recently. Dr Siwach described this fellowship as an international honour and a matter of great pride for the institute.

Authorities gear up for next phase of pulse polio campaign 
Faridabad, January 30
The complete eradication of polio through pulse polio programmes is a ‘challenge’ for the authorities in the district. Reports of atleast two suspected cases of polio in the past few months in the district have put the officials in an embarrassing situation.


Northern crush ICF, enter final
New Delhi, January 30
Northern Railway ran over Integral Coach Factory with an emphatic 5-0 victory to set up a title clash against Western Railway in the PNB-All India Railway Hockey Championship for men at the Shivaji Stadium.

Air Force land in semis
New Delhi, January 30
Indian Air Force hit back to shoot down Tarun Sangha 5-2 in their last Pool A match, and qualified for the semi-final of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)-SAIL Senior Division Super League at the Ambedkar Stadium on Thursday.

Cricket fever at Pizza Hut
New Delhi, January 30
Cricket fever is catching up in Delhi with the World Cup in South Africa only a calling distance away. Pizza Hut is the latest to be hit by the cricket fever, as the fast food joint has introduced a “Tandoori” range of pizzas for the first time in India.

Nirmal Bora honoured
New Delhi, January 30
Nirmal Bora, who won a gold medal in the sixth National Free Style Wrestling Championship held at Ranchi (Jharkhand), defeating six times champion and international Sumel Khan, was felicitated by Sushil Gupta, chairman and Rajinder Singh Goila, general secretary, of the NCR Wrestling Association, at the Ganga School premises, Hiran Kudna.

BSES annex Turf cricket crown
New Delhi, January 30
A quickfire 49 by Ajeet Chaudhary and all-round display by Manoj Kumar (32 and 3 for 31) helped BSES Rajdhani Yamuna Power Limited defeat PBL by 15 runs and annexed the first Turf Sports Management Cup Cricket Tournament at the Jamia Milia ground.


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