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A cocktail of pesticides in mineral water bottles
New Delhi, February 4
Mineral water bottles may contain a cocktail of pesticides, if the findings of a study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment are to be believed.

When petrol stations cheat you drop by drop
Faridabad, February 4
Despite the increase in the number of petrol and diesel outlets and claims of oil companies about offering undiluted products and the specified quantity, complaints of adulteration and irregularities in measurement are still rampant.

Winsome threesome
Winsome threesome: (From left) Nikita Anand, Miss India Universe, Ami Vashi, Miss India World and Shweta Vijay, Miss Earth at a press conference in the Capital on Tuesday. 

Justice on her mind
New Delhi, February 4
Poise, perfection and being politically correct, pre-requisites for a beauty queen, have percolated their way up in the newly crowned Miss India, Nikita Anand. While Indian Culture scores with this 19-year-old, it is the judiciary that has not found favour. In a meeting with the media persons here today, Ms. Anand opted to change, “our legal system”.  For, “ I strongly believe that justice delayed is justice denied and, if given one thing to change, would certainly take steps to make it (judicial system) more effective and fast”. 
Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal
Nikita Anand

Auction of shopping sites: Too late for taxpayers’ comfort
Gurgaon, February 4
The local municipality is on a high after mopping up a huge sum of money from the latest auction of its 14 booth sites in its ambitious Vyapar Sadan shopping complex on the Delhi-Mehrauli road. As much as Rs 1.3 crore was collected from the auction, held a couple of days back.


Former Delhi Chief Ministers Sahib Singh Verma and Madan Lal Khurana
Former Delhi Chief Ministers Sahib Singh Verma and Madan Lal Khurana at a rally in the Capital on Tuesday. — Tribune Photo

Truckers to have no truck with stingy MCD 
New Delhi, February 4
Private transporters, whose trucks are hired by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to cart away garbage from “dhalao” to landfill sites, have threatened to stop work if their dues amounting to several lakhs are not cleared by the civic body immediately. The transporters claim they have not been paid the agreed amount for the past one year despite having repeatedly approached the authorities concerned.

PCR ferried DCP to office, did not rush victims to hospital
Vigilance probe ordered
New Delhi, February 4
A vigilance inquiry has been ordered into the Azadpur accident in which the official vehicle of Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Police Control Room) was involved. One person was killed while another is fighting for his life in the Hindu Rao Hospital.

HUDA dashes residents’ plans
Rohtak, February 4
The district administration today shattered the hopes of those who had made unsuccessful attempts to retain their residential plots acquired by HUDA in Tau Devi Lal Nagar and Vishal Nagar localities behind the new bus stand. HUDA is acquiring land for Sector 4.


LPG suppliers hoarding cylinders, charging extra
Gurgaon, February 4
Following the recent announcement by the central government that the rates of the LPG cylinder for domestic use could be increased in the near future, the suppliers of different gas agencies here have allegedly hoarded the cylinders and have created an artificial shortage.

70 per cent politicians are corrupt: Bitta
Gurgaon, February 4
The president of the All India Anti-Terrorists Front, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, exhorted politicians to shun petty politics and work for the welfare of the country. He said that more than 70 per cent politicians of the country in all political parties have become absolutely corrupt. Their self-interest gets priority putting even national integration at stake.

One out of 10 senior citizens in the world is an Indian
New Delhi, February 4
Believe it or not, of all the senior citizens in the world, one out of 10 is an Indian. By official estimates, there are 77 million senior citizens and this is expected to grow up to 150 million in the next 25 years.

UHBVN power bills can be paid in post office
Sonepat, February 4
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has introduced a new scheme on an experimental basis for depositing the amount of electricity bills in the post offices from the current month in this district.

Illegal buildings to be razed in board colonies
Faridabad, February 4
The district authorities have decided to start the work of demolishing the illegal structures and encroachments done in various housing board colonies of the town from February 10.
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Five highway robbers nabbed
New Delhi, February 4
With the arrest of five youths, the Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a gang of highway robbers who had let loose a reign of terror along the Delhi-Haryana-Uttar Pradesh-Rajasthan belt for the past five years.

‘Rainbow-2003’ from Feb 10 to 15
Rohtak, February 4
The University College will organise a state-level literary and cultural meet ‘Rainbow-2003’ from February 10 to 15. This literary and cultural festival will have psycho-exhibition, social sciences declamation contest and women cell’s declamation contest on February 10; fine arts competition and commerce quiz on February 11; science exhibition and literary quiz on February 13; general knowledge quiz contest on February 14; and dance competition on February 15.


Gang offering drug-laced ‘halwa’ busted
New Delhi, February 4
The West district police today claimed to have busted a gang of dacoits who used to rob women in front of gurdwaras and TSR drivers at railway stations after offering them ‘halwa’ and other eatables laced with intoxicants.

‘Health inspector’ held for taking bribe
Bhiwani, February 4
An impersonator was caught red-handed while taking bribe from a nurse. The accused, impersonating as ‘health inspector’ on duty of the Government of India, charged the nurse at primary health centre, Pur village near Buwani Khera tehsil with reaching late on duty.

Inter-state gang busted, five held
Sonepat, February 4
With the arrest of five persons, the Sonepat police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of criminals operating in parts of Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. According to a report, the arrested persons include a dreaded criminal Satynder who is stated to be the ring leader of the gang and he carried a reward of Rs 10,000 on his head.


Dreary industrial landscape? Sonepat fits the bill
Sonepat, February 4
The appalling civic conditions and poor infrastructure facilities in the industrial area here are not only retarding Sonepat’s industrial growth but also tarnishing the image of Indian industry abroad.

BHEL comes to IETF with ‘total solutions’
New Delhi, February 4
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is participating in the four-day exhibition, `India Infrastructure Show - IETF 2003’, opening here tomorrow at Pragati Maidan. Catering to most of the infrastructure sectors of the country, BHEL has exhibited its capabilities in providing `total solutions from a single source’ in its various business areas, viz power, industry, transmission, transportation, telecom, oil and gas and renewable energy sources.

Conference & expo on satellite broadcasting from today
New Delhi, February 4
A three-day International Conference and Exhibition on Terrestrial and Satellite Broadcasting will be held here from tomorrow to February 7. The mega event is being organised by the Broadcast Engineering Society (India), the apex body in the field of broadcast engineering in the country.


Furniture in sync with your sun signs
Tastes define décor that was what we believed until we were told a person’s sun sign is just as crucial in deciding the look for your dream house. Sample this; A Virgo is very fussy about all furniture at home from the small side table to the large dining table. They would not want a room cluttered with furniture, but a clean mix of fancy and solid pieces. However, while some of the furniture they choose looks very good, some of it is not that useful around the house. Durian furniture
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Doctor to pay for overlooking complications in patient
Rewari, February 4
The Rewari District Consumer Disputes Redressal forum has directed the respondent Dr Narendra Singh Yadav of the Yadav General Hospital, a private hospital of the town to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 to the complainant, Mrs Deepa, wife of Rajnish, resident of the Old Tehsil Road locality here.


Sunita Rani getting a kiss from her niece after she got back her medals at a function
Sunita Rani getting a kiss from her niece after she got back her medals at a function in the Capital on Tuesday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Hindustan, Air Force enter final
New Delhi, February 4
Defending champions Hindustan and Indian Air Force (New Delhi) will clash in the final of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) Super League at the Ambedkar Stadium on Friday.

Pan Business enter semi-final
New Delhi, February 4
Fine knocks by man of the match Subodh Badola (46 n.o off 11 balls, 2x6, 8x4) and Ravinder (47, 6x4) helped Pan Business Ltd defeat Criswim Academy by 73 runs and entered the semi-final of the Criswim Inter-Corporate Cup Cricket Tournament (seven a side) at the Netaji Subhash Sports Complex ground, Jasola, New Delhi. Pan Business made 171 for 3 .

DDCA felicitates R. S. Gupta
New Delhi, February 4
The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) felicitated Police Commissioner R S Gupta during the concluding day of the Ranji Trophy cricket match between Delhi and Hyderabad at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground.

DDCA vice-president C K Khanna presenting a tie to Police Commissioner R. S Gupta, as senior officials Dr S. S. Sareen and Anil Khanna look on, at a function on Tuesday.
DDCA vice-president C K Khanna presenting a tie to Police Commissioner R. S Gupta, as senior officials Dr S. S. Sareen and Anil Khanna look on


Sarpanch under suspension for embezzling funds
Sonepat, February 4
The Deputy Commissioner has placed Mr Satpal, sarpanch of Manoli Tonki village, under suspension on the charge of embezzling public funds and taking bribe from people at the time of allotment of newly built houses.


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