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HC asks government to list steps taken to enforce obligation
Are city hospitals sticking to their free treatment vow?
New Delhi, March 8
Having failed to elicit a reply to its earlier orders, the High court has asked the Central and Delhi governments to list within two weeks the steps being taken to enforce the obligation of the city hospitals to provide a certain percentage of free treatment in lieu of government land, received either free or at a discounted rate.

Leaders mull over issue of Sikh identity
New Delhi, March 8
The issue of Sikh identify, a matter of grave concern for the community, was discussed by political leaders and intellectuals in the Capital today. The issue figured at a meet convened by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee at Bhai Veer Singh Sadan.

It is a pain to be old, and not able to say it
New Delhi, March 8
Picture a wrinkled but radiant face, silver-gray hair, ‘dadi maa ke nuskhe’, solemn hymns and all other attributes that are identified with age. For most of us, our grandma (or the grandpa!) would be the wisest, most experienced person we have ever come across in our entire life. But has it ever occurred to you that even behind this sublime aura may lie hidden some untold misery?



WB to assist in gender sensitisation of cops

New Delhi, March 8
To mark the International Women’s Day, the Delhi Police, along with the World Bank, have announced an initiative for gender sensitisation involving 52 workshops for all levels of Delhi Police personnel. As part of the initiative, 6,000 police personnel will interact with social activists and experts on empowering women and issues of child development in the 21st century.
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Lower tax on houses in women’s name
New Delhi, March 8
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday reminded women of the Government of NCT of Delhi’s proposal to introduce a new property tax regime whereby residential properties in the name of women in Delhi would get house tax benefits by way of lower taxation rates.

Section 144 fails to rein in copying
Sonepat, March 8
Contrary to claims and despite the imposition of Section 144, there was mass-scale copying at various centres set up by the Board of School Education, Haryana, for the plus two examinations in this district.

Two nabbed for bid to extort Rs 15 lakh in the name of CBI
New Delhi, March 8
Two of the three suspects, who tried to extort a sum of Rs 15 lakh from a Paschim Vihar-based transporter by posing as officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation, were nabbed in Gurgaon yesterday.



Vidrohi raps Chautala for frittering away funds
Sonepat, March 8
The Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal (U) president, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has criticised the celebrations by the Indian National Lok Dal to highlight the achievements of the Chautala government in the state during the past three years.


Revival of ‘Jal Yudh’ in Ahirwal by Congress hailed
Rewari, March 8
The former legislator, Mr Raghu Yadav, who had spearheaded the “Jal Yudh” in Ahirwal in August 1993, has hailed the revival of the “Jal Yudh” by the leaders of the Congress Party in Haryana. An announcement to this effect was made at a massive Congress rally at Jhajjar on March 2. 

I’m a BSP neta. How dare you ask me to pay!
Noida, March 8
“How dare you demand stitching charges from me. Don’t you know who I am?” A BSP office-bearer in Dadri, who had got certain clothes stitched from some tailors and then threatened to send them to jail for insulting him by demanding the stitching charges, has got his deserts.

Activists of the Swastik Mahila Samiti demanding 33 per cent reservation
Activists of the Swastik Mahila Samiti demanding 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and Assembly at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Saturday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal 

A TREAT FOR RUSSOPHILES: Russian folk dancers performing during the Days of St. Petersburg Festival in the Capital. Tribune Photo 

NEA welcomes VAT, irked at ESI mismanagement
Noida, March 8
The tenure of the Noida Entrepreneurs Association has been increased by three months. This decision was taken at the general body meeting of the NEA. The issue of mismanagement in the ESI hospital and dispensaries under this hospital was raised at the general body meeting of the association although it did not form part of the agenda. 

Bus overturns at Gita Bhawan Chowk, traffic disrupted
Sonepat, March 8
Traffic in the prime commercial area of Gita Bhawan Chowk remained disrupted for about three hours last evening when a Haryana Roadways bus dashed against a police booth and overturned in the middle of the road. According to a report, the police brought a crane and cleared the road after removing the bus.

Watergate: Farmers hit hard in tail-end villages
Sonepat, March 8
Farmers in the villages of Gohana Water Service Division in this district have been deprived of their legitimate share of irrigation water for the past few months due to the erratic and inadequate canal water supply. The farmers alleged that the theft of irrigation water had led to the non-availability of water in the tail-end villages.

They deserve a better deal
he Supreme Court, in one of its judgements in a dowry death case in January this year, has expressed serious anguish over the increasing incidence of dowry deaths and has asked all trial courts and high courts in the country to deal firmly with such cases and ensure deterrent punishment for such crimes.

Criminals ransack MCD employee’s house
Ghaziabad, March 8
Criminals barged into the house of an Assistant Engineer of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi in Patel Nagar here after breaking the padlocks and decamped with valuables worth lakhs of rupees. Mr Mangu Singh, Assistant Engineer in the MCD, lives in House No 13 in C Block of Patel Nagar along with his wife and three daughters.

Sanitation work in unauthorised colonies
New Delhi, March 8
The Municipal Corporation Delhi will carry out sanitation work in unauthorised colonies in the Capital from next month. The corporation is committed to providing better civic services to the residents of the Capital.



Youth’s ear sliced off in brawl

Four persons allegedly sliced off an ear of a youth during a brawl that took place at a marriage party in the NIT area here last night.


Hello! Connections at your doorstep, thanks to BSNL
Faridabad, March 8
The consumers of the government-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited may not be quite satisfied with the services provided by the department, especially when it comes to rectification of faults, yet the Nigam keeps devising strategies to face the competition provided by the private players in the field.

Panipat textile units rally against excise duty
Panipat, March 8
Nearly 3,000 units of the textile industry along with the commercial establishments of Blanket Market today observed strike in protest against the imposition of excise duty on blankets and shoddy-yarn in the recent budget proposal by the Union Finance Minister.

Save energy, SSIs told
Faridabad, March 8
“The small scale industrial units must concentrate on saving energy and bringing efficiency to cut down the production costs and meet the required standards in the field,” this point was stressed by the entrepreneurs at a ‘Training programme on energy efficiency for SSIs’, organised by the Faridabad Small Industries Association, here on Friday.



Private schools proliferate, patronised by villagers
Sonepat, March 8
Notwithstanding the fact that the government has opened schools, mainly primary ones, in every village of the district, there has been a mushroom growth of schools which are neither recognised by the government nor have trained teachers on their rolls. The sad fact is that parents are all too keen to get their children admitted to these schools.

Law college for women sanctioned
Sonepat, March 8
The vice-chairman of the Bar Council of India, Mr A.C.Aggarwal, today announced that a law college for women has been sanctioned for Kanya Gurukul Khanpur Kalan by the Central government.



Helping addicts kick cancer sticks
r Karl Olov Fagerstrom, known the world over as an authority on NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy), was in Delhi recently to address the medical fraternity on the benefits of NRT at a seminar on the ‘Menace of Tobacco’. 

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Criss-crossing India on a cycle
Cyclist Bhau Saheb Bhawar being given gifts by Indian Oil chief managerNew Delhi, March 8
A frail, but strong-willed lad from the village of Ajanta and Ellora in Maharashtra, Bhau Saheb Bhawar, criss-crossed the country on a cycle in 3650 days to get a feel of the real India. The rough and tough journey was a revealing experience for the young man who set out on his odyssey on May 19, 1993 with meagre rations and very little money in his pocket.

Cyclist Bhau Saheb Bhawar being given gifts by Indian Oil chief manager S. B. Singh at Noida.

Udat stars for Central Bank
New Delhi, March 8
A dashing knock of 67 by Udat Bhatia was the highlight of Central Bank of India’s 16 runs victory against Municipal Corporation of Delhi in an A-I Division match of the DDCA League at the Ramjas ground.

India rout Scotland in Cairo hockey
New Delhi, March 8

The Indian hockey team beat Scotland 3-1 in the fifth Akhbar El-Yom International Hockey Tournament being held in Cairo (Egypt). Rajpal Singh scored the first goal while Gurcharan Singh and Tushar Khandkar scored the other two goals.

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