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Ban on shakhas in parks since 1983; BJP never revoked it 
New Delhi, March 17
The controversy over the reported ban on RSS shakhas in municipal parks in the Capital took a twist today with the Leader of the House in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Ram Babu Sharma, claiming that the shakhas had been banned way back in 1983. The order was never revoked even during the five-year rule of the BJP.

L-G tom-toms Delhi Govt’s achievements
New Delhi, March 17
The Union Government and the governments of Haryana, the NCT of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh will enter into a memorandum of understanding to pursue the Regional Rail Network Project so that the travel time from Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Sahibabad is reduced and the commuters get inter-changes for the Metro.
Ministers Dr A. K. Walia, Mr Mahender Singh Saathi and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on the first day of the Budget session
Ministers Dr A. K. Walia, Mr Mahender Singh Saathi and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on the first day of the Budget session of the Delhi Assembly. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal


Tax on bus  commuters  in Haryana
Sonepat, March 17
The Haryana Transport Department has imposed toll-cum-road users tax without prior notice. The department has started charging the tax from passengers of Haryana Roadways buses with immediate effect.

Demolition acquiring political hue
Faridabad, March 17
Faridabad is perhaps the first district in Haryana where the demolition drive against encroachers has acquired a political hue, straining the ties between the ruling INLD and the BJP.

NCP general secretary robbed of  Ford Ikon
Ghaziabad, March 17
General secretary of the Nationalist Congress Party and former president of the JNU Students’ Union, D. P. Tripathi, was injured grievously and robbed of his Ford Ikon car at Vasundhara township under the Indirapuram police station on Friday night. Mr Tripathi was rushed to Walia Nursing Home, Vikas Marg, New Delhi with a broken arm.

SGPC blamed for alienation of youth
New Delhi, March 17
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) dominated by Badal faction came in for sharp criticism from the pro-Tohra Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) for its failure to check the growing alienation of youth from the basic tenets of Sikhism.

Highway patrols will be on the prowl
Sonepat, March 17
The Haryana Highway Patrol and Road Safety Police have geared up to carry out a special campaign during Holi against drunken driving on the national highways in the state. The patrol parties will carry out surprise checks after every 30 km from 6 am to 6 pm.

Holi shopping at Sadar Bazar in the Capital on Monday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal
Holi shopping at Sadar Bazar in the Capital on Monday


Hooda asks BJP to withdraw support to Chautala govt
Rohtak, March 17
Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, a former minister and spokesman of the HPCC, has alleged that the cane charge on leaders and activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party at Faridabad recently has once again proved that Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala has been using state police force as a tool for serving his political interest.


Delhi traffic policemen to check ‘unholy’ high jinks
New Delhi, March 17
The cops have decided to rein in Holi revellers. The Capital’s roads will be watched by the Delhi traffic policemen, who have been given strict orders to ensure the maintenance of law and order in the city. Bacchanalian buffs would have to check their spirits in particular.

Delhiites treated to a spectacular early morning musical 
New Delhi, March 17
It was a mosaic as vibrant as it was serene: the colours of Holi, rich and brilliant, amalgamated with the colours of the rising sun and notes of music. Taking the audience on a musical high were the duo, Rajan and Sajan Mishra, as a part of the New Delhi Municipal Council’s (NDMC) endeavour of treating Delhiites to a spectacular early morning musical.

Demand to reassess drought relief 
Gurgaon, March 17
The severe impact of the recent drought in the state, particularly on the farmers of South Haryana, was raised during the current Budget Session of the Lok Sabha. The districts of Rewari, Mahendergarh and some parts of Gurgaon district constituting the Mahendergarh Lok Sabha seat, which also forms the core of the Ahirwal belt, was most affected during last year’s drought.

Dharna against gang rape of Dalit woman
Rohtak, March 17
Several persons staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner in protest against the abduction and gang rape of a Dalit woman at Kharkara village recently.

Deepak Nayar An economist with a passion for excellence
s a student of economics in St Stephens, it might not have crossed his mind that one day he will be occupying the most important chair in the hierarchy of Delhi University, he was enrolled in. For Deepak Nayar, his modest hostel room may have housed his dreams of making it big in his chosen field, but perhaps never foretold that destiny would bring him back to his alma mater, only this time as the man on the top.

Unit shut down, workers cry foul
Sonepat, March 17
The management of the Jesh Industries Limited, situated on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road, has shut down its unit for five days for repair work. Stating this, Mr Hari Parkash, the president of the UTUC Lenin Sarani, told mediapersons here today that as many as 250 workers are working in this factory and have been rendered jobless on account of the closure of the factory.

CBSE urged to give grace marks in Maths exam
Sonepat, March 17
The Haryana Students Welfare Association has urged the authorities of the Central Board School Education (CBSE) to grant the grace marks to the students appeared in the Class X Mathematics board examination on Saturday last. In a press release, it pointed out that many students may not score a cent per cent following a printed error in the question paper.
  • Seven Bangladeshis held
  • 600 bottles of liquor seized

Assembly mourns death of Kalpana
New Delhi, March 17
The Delhi Legislative Assembly condoled the death of India-born American astronaut Kalpana Chawla who perished in the space ship Columbia mishap on February 1. “We are grief-stricken at the death of Kalpana but we are also proud of her achievements. She has made women and youth of this country proud,” Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said.


Chhota Shakeel’s four aides nabbed
New Delhi, March 17
Four associates of underworld don Chhota Shakeel, who were in Delhi on specific assignment to kill someone were apprehended by the Delhi Police Special Cell yesterday in Dwarka in South-West district. Some pistols seized from them.

IN POLICE NET: Tariq, Jawed, Almas and Ajmal being produced at Tis Hazari courts in the Capital on Monday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Hoax caller at it
New Delhi, March 17
The police and the railway authorities went into a tizzy when a hoax call was received in the New Delhi Railway Station this morning that some explosives had been planted in the station. The call was received around 7.45 am. The railway protection force, railway police, bomb disposal squad, fire service and forensic experts immediately rushed to the spot and after two hours of search, the officials dismissed it as a hoax call.

Son kills mother over her illicit ties
Jhajjar, March 17
A woman and her paramour were reportedly murdered by her three relatives, including her 17-year-old son, in Raiyya village of the district. The son, Satyawan, and his two uncles, Sunder and Rohtas, have been arrested by the district police. The bodies were cremated after the post-mortem examination today.

Rs 30,000 snatched from salesmen
Sonepat, March 17
Four unidentified armed youths are reported to have snatched Rs 30,000 from salesmen of a petrol pump on the Sonepat-Rohtak road, near Kalupur octroi post here last night and managed to escape.

Body dumped near Amarpali drain
Noida, March 17
Some miscreants shot dead a youth on Friday night and threw his body near Amarpali drain before fleeing. A love affair is said to be the cause of the murder, according to police.


Water-borne infections on the rise 
Faridabad March 17
The district has witnessed a marked increase in cases of jaundice and water borne infections in the past few months. As per reports received from various diagnostic centres and laboratories, hundreds of such cases have been detected at both private and government hospitals.


PNB honours hockey player
New Delhi, March 17
The Punjab National Bank (PNB) honoured Indian junior hockey player Pramod Kumar, who was a member of the Indian team who won the Asian Junior Hockey Championship held in Bangladesh last week. Indian won the title, beating hosts Bangladesh in the final.
Junior India hockey player Pramod Kumar with the memento, presented to him by PNB chairman and managing director S. S. Kohli, at a felicitation ceremony in the Capital.
Junior India hockey player Pramod Kumar with the memento, presented to him by PNB chairman and managing director S. S. Kohli

Cheema, Kaliraman shine in wrestling championship
Sonepat, March 17
At a two-day Wrestling Championship, concluded on Sunday at Khakhoda in Sonepat district, DSP Palwinder Cheema of Punjab Police and Sonika Kaliraman bagged the Bharat Kesri title in men and women section respectively.

TYCA hails India’s winning streak
New Delhi, March 17
The Trans Yamuna Cricket Association (TYCA) dedicated their “Holi Milan” function, held at the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) premises, to the seventh consecutive victory of the Indian cricket team in the on-going World Cup Cricket Championship in South Africa.

MCD Standing Committee chairman Ram Babu Sharma greets former Delhi Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana at a function organised by the Trans Yamuna Cricket Association.
MCD Standing Committee chairman Ram Babu Sharma greets former Delhi Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana

Collage Sports down Roshanara Club
New Delhi, March 17
A devastating bowling performance by Sanjeev Sharma (6 for 42) and a strokeful 83 (1x6, 17x4, 38) by Farman Ahmed enabled Collage Sports Management defeat Roshanara Club by eight wickets and entered the semi-final of the fourth Roshanara Cricket Tournament at the Roshanara Club ground.

Hockey team fail  to get clearance
New Delhi, March 17
The Government has not cleared the Indian hockey team to play in the 12th Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament to be held in Malaysia from March 22 to 30 due to the recent developments concerning harassment of Indian IT professionals in Malaysia.

Inborn beat Century
New Delhi, March 17
Inborn Cricketers beat Century Club by 125 runs in an A-I Division match of the DDCA League at the Ramjas Sports Complex ground.

Zaheer Abbas presents trophy
New Delhi, March 17
Former Pakistani Test cricketer Zaheer Abbas gave away the 12th Media Transasia Cup awards at a function held in the Capital. Percept won the winners’ trophy. Fifteen top advertising agencies from the country like J Walter Thompson, FCB Ulka, Contract, O and M, Mudra, R. K. Swamy, Dhar and Hoon, Capital, Triton, TLG, Bates and Publicis had participated in the tournament.
Former Pakistani cricketer Zaheer Abbas presents the Media Transasia Cup to the winning team
Former Pakistani cricketer Zaheer Abbas presents the Media Transasia Cup to the winning team at a function held in the Capital.


HC seeks report on beggars around temples
New Delhi, March 17
The Delhi High Court today took a serious note of beggars around temples in the Capital, asking the authorities concerned to visit the shrines and file an affidavit giving details about how to eradicate the problem.


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