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Flip-flop on pre-paid auto booths
Sheila hits out at back-seat driving by L-G
New Delhi, February 13
The ‘pro-activism’ of Lieutenant Governor Vijai Kapoor has ruffled the feathers of the Council of Ministers yet again. Joining issue with Raj Niwas for, first, raising objections to the upward revision of autorickshaw fares and, second, ordering the closure of pre-paid booths only to re-open them later, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit says its “intervention” was unwarranted.

Delhi-bound bus looted at gunpoint
Noida, February 13
A Delhi-bound UP Roadways bus of Etawa depot, coming from Secunderabad, was looted at gunpoint at Chhapraula village by three desperadoes. Before snatching conductor Hari Kumar Sharma’s moneybag, the criminals assaulted him and a few other passengers. There were a little over 12 passengers in the late evening bus.

  • Dreaded gangster gunned down near Shipra sun city

Sainiks at it again
Valentine’s Day ritual
New Delhi, February 13
Shiv Sainiks today attacked an Archies gallery in East Delhi and destroyed Valentine’s Day cards and other items stocked in the shop. The group later claimed that Valentine’s Day was an “attack on Indian cultural heritage as it propagated obscenity”.


Jama Masjid denies entry to disabled, NHRC moved
New Delhi, February 13
Disturbed at being prohibited from entering the holy minar at the Jama Masjid, Manoj Kumar, a disabled person, has approached the National Human Rights Commission. Kumar was refused entry into the holy minar at the Jama Masjid because of his physical handicap. This was done despite the assurance given to the management committee of his ability to climb the steps.

Additional BSNL phone connection for just Rs 50
Faridabad, February 13
Dismissed as not so `customer-friendly’, the government-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has announced a slew of schemes and services in the district.

Anand SharmaThis do-gooder helps sex workers return to the mainstream
New Delhi, February 13
For 38-year-old Anand Sharma, a resident of Central Delhi, rescuing women trapped in prostitution has become a faithful pursuit. Aware that most of them are victims of adverse circumstances, he scours the red light areas in his sincere efforts geared towards identifying victims.


Juhi Babbar at a Press conference for the promotion of her debut film ‘Kash Aap Hamare Hote’
MAIDEN’S MOVIE: Juhi Babbar at a Press conference for the promotion of her debut film ‘Kash Aap Hamare Hote’ in the Capital on Thursday.
— Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

DURA rally against delay in fellowship revision
New Delhi, February 13
The Delhi University Researchers Union (DURA) staged a demonstration outside the UGC office here today. The scholars were protesting against the delay in the implementation of the enhanced fellowship amounts and the denial of the fifth year fellowship.

MDU Merit Promotion Scheme: Confounding academic confusion
Rohtak, February 13
The more one tries to understand the academic system, the more confused one becomes. If we take the case of the Merit Promotion Scheme (MPS) at Maharshi Dayanand University, one finds that there are 20 Readers presently trapped in the pay scale of Rs 3,000-5,000.

  • 56 truant employees
  • Anesthesiologists meet

Merchant’s car recovered
Jhajjar, February 13
The car of a cloth merchant, Naresh Agrawal, that was looted by five robbers at pistol-point near the railway bridge in Ismail village on the night of February 9 was recovered from the main bazaar here today. The car was abandoned by the robbers in a narrow street adjacent to the market.

SC to decide soon on extending mining ban 
Faridabad, February 13
A decision regarding continuing the ban on mining within five kms radius of the Delhi border in the NCR or its withdrawal, is likely to be taken soon by the Supreme Court.

  • One killed, 8 injured in accident
  • Students robbed
  • Complaint against INLD leader
  • Man badly burnt

Two shot dead
New Delhi, February 13
Two persons were allegedly shot dead in the Capital in two different incidents since last night. In the first incident, one person Jaivir Singh Pawar (40), resident of Shah Pur Jat who runs a security agency, was shot dead at his house last night by some unknown assailants.

  • Robber nabbed
  • Blind students’ rally



Thefts in eight places cause panic in city
Sonepat, February 13
The law and order situation seems to have collapsed in and around Sonepat city following a spate of thefts committed by the anti-social elements.

  • Body found

  • ‘Jal Yudh’ flayed

Farmer hacks kids to death
Jhajjar, February 13
In a tragic incident, a 35-year-old farmer allegedly hacked his three children to death in Badsa village of the district today.



An artist not limited by the confines of his paintings 
An exhibition of the paintings of the master painter of yesteryear’s, Abani Sen (1905-1972), was inaugurated at gallery Art Indus at Santushti Shopping Arcade. Abani Sen is regarded as one of the old masters of modern Indian painting who had mastery over several media, including pencil and crayon, water colour and oil.

  • Italian Vistas

  • Painter with a difference

  • World through woman’s eye



Chennai college down SGTB Khalsa
New Delhi, February 13
Pachaiyappa’s College (Chennai) defeated SGTB Khalsa College 5-2 in the 10th Nehru Champion Colleges Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Thursday.

Winners of Autocross 2003 Rally at the India Gate in the Capital on Thursday.Maruti Suzuki Autocross in Noida
New Delhi, February 13
The Maruti Suzuki Autocross, organised by the Northern Motorsport, will be held at the Sector 18 ground, Noida on February 15 and 16. The two-day event is a skill-driving test wherein drivers negotiate a prescribed course consisting of sharp twists and turns to evaluate their skills in manoeuvring and controlling their cars.

Winners of Autocross 2003 Rally at the India Gate in the Capital on Thursday. — Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Southern to meet Western in final
New Delhi, February 13
Seeded teams Southern and Western will clash in the team final of the 49th All-India Railway Tennis Championship. In the semi-finals played at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association courts, Southern Railway defeated Integral Coach Factory (ICF) 2-0 while Western Railway got the better of Eastern Railway by a similar margin. The finals will be held on Friday at 10 am.

Spin of coin favours Youngsters
New Delhi, February 13
Youngsters Club nosed out Air Force through the spin of coin after their match ended in a tie in the third Rajdhani Sports Cricket Tournament. Youngsters entered the quarter-final. Jitender Solanki was adjudged the Man of the Match.

  • GAIL win in Teri Cup

  • Nilesh shines

Former India captain Kapil Dev inaugurating the Guru Gobind Singh Cricket AcademyKapil opens Guru Gobind Singh Cricket Academy
New Delhi, February 13
Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev inaugurated the Guru Gobind Singh Cricket Academy at the Guru Gobind Singh College ground, Pitampura, in North Delhi. The academy will be run by former Ranji Trophy player Maninder Singh Jaggi.

Former India captain Kapil Dev inaugurating the Guru Gobind Singh Cricket Academy, watched by Guru Gobind Singh College principal Dr Jaspal Singh, Maninder Singh Jaggi and Sunil Khanna.

DGACR Delhi annex soccer title
New Delhi, February 13
Director-General of Audit, Central Revenues, New Delhi edged out Accountant-General of Haryana by a solitary second half goal to annex the North Zone Audit Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium on Thursday.

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