Saturday, March 22, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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A flurry of financial frauds, mostly unsolved
Noida, March 21
Though there has been a slight decline in the number of crimes in Noida compared to last year, cases of financial frauds and cheating are on the increase. According to police sources, in Noida alone, the four police stations have registered at least 72 cases of financial frauds and cheating.

India won’t miss the IT bus: Jaswant
Rohtak, March 21
Although India had missed the industrial revolution under colonial rule, it will not miss the ongoing knowledge revolution. This was stated by Union Finance Minister Jaswant Singh while delivering the keynote address at the 11th Convocation of Maharshi Dayanand University here today.

Khurana to meet Jaswant on VAT
New Delhi, March 21
Delhi Pradesh BJP president Madan Lal Khurana will be making another attempt to stall the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) in NCT of Delhi when he calls on Union Finance Minister Jaswant Singh on Saturday.

Tina Chattwal, Miss India 2002, at the inauguration of a jewellery exhibition at Pragati Maidan
Tina Chattwal, Miss India 2002, at the inauguration of a jewellery exhibition at Pragati Maidan in the Capital on Friday. — Photo by Anil Sharma

HAND IN HAND: CPI (ML) workers demonstrate at Jantar Mantar in protest against the US attack on Iraq in the Capital on Friday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Police looking into ex-husband’s role in murder
Noida, March 21
The Noida police are looking into the role of Mahavir Dalal, former husband of Alpana (37), in her murder that took place yesterday night near Film City. One of the brothers of Mahavir Dalal, Sunil, has been already arrested. Mahavir works in the US and the police are now trying to find out whether he has arrived in India.

Finance panel’s recommendations getting the go-by?
New Delhi, March 21
The Delhi Government has made a mockery of the constitutional provisions by withholding the recommendations of the Second Finance Commission, which had proposed that the net proceeds of taxes, duties, tolls and fees ‘leviable’ by the NCT of Delhi might be divided between the corporation and the state government. This was stated by BJP councillor Bijender Gupta and member of the Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

‘Alert’ operation gives police something to cheer about
Sonepat, March 21
The `Operation Alert’ campaign, launched by the police, has yielded good results as far as Sonepat district is concerned. The Superintendent of police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told mediapersons here today that the police had arrested three criminals wanted in different cases, 11 proclaimed offenders and 30 bail jumpers during the campaign, thereby creating a record in the history of this district.

Nagar Nigam washes its hands of garbage
Ghaziabad, March 21
Over the years, the Nagar Nigam has failed to evolve a systematic and scientific plan to deal with 500 tonnes of domestic garbage generated by the Ghaziabad town daily. The result: Garbage either lies strewn on roads and streets or in small mounds on street corners.

Abducted 22-yr-old freed
New Delhi, March 21
A 22-year old girl, who was kidnapped by four persons from her house in Ambedkar Nagar, was later rescued by cops from Green Park. The victim, who was due to marry next month, was kidnapped by one Ranjeet, a resident of JJ Colony, Khanpur who wanted to marry her against her wishes.


Authorities pass the buck as drain remains choked and life becomes unbearable
Jhajjar, March 21
Life has become “hell” for the residents of Bahadurgarh residing along the 3 km stretch of the drain running through the town. The drain has remained blocked by heaps of garbage, including polythene bags, which have been dumped in it by the resident of the town and the sweepers of the Municipal Council. The drain is also used for discharging sewerage water and effluents from the nearby localities. The people here said the sewerage system in the town is almost non-existent.

Killer road: Residents nonplussed 
New Delhi, March 21
The Mehrauli-Badarpur road has proved to be a “killer road” for the residents of Saket. R. S Mathur, a 76-year old senior citizen living in Saket, was killed in January while crossing the Mehrauli-Badarpur road. He would have never imagined that his “obsession for regular walk” in the nearby Hauz Rani city forest would lead to his death.

Gupta stresses inter-state coordination for better policing
New Delhi, March 21
Inter-state coordination mechanism based on an exchange of information, expertise and knowledge needs to be strengthened for effective policing, said Delhi Police Commissioner R S Gupta.

Children enjoy in rainwater
Children enjoy in rainwater. 

Protect advocate’s rights, NHRC  urges police
Gurgaon, March 21
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has intervened on behalf of a complainant, a Supreme Court advocate and Congress leader, Mr Khazan Singh, directing the Haryana Police to take suitable action against the officials of the state government for allegedly violating his human rights.

‘Sector 14 no better than an unauthorised colony’ 
Sonepat, March 21
For the residents of Sector 14, a prime residential area developed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority in Sonepat, there is “very little difference between an unauthorised colony and an authorised one”. The residents feel that just as in any unauthorised colony, damaged roads, blocked sewerage, encroachments, improper drainage, garbage dumps and loitering of stray animals are visible everywhere.

Jal Utsav to create awareness about water conservation
New Delhi, March 21
Water is essential and so is its conservation. A lesson that children and adults are learning world over. To commemorate the International Year of Freshwater, the Ministry of Water Resources is organising a series of activities and programmes across the country to create a greater awareness about the water conservation and related issues.

Women protest with samples of dirty water

Doctors: Angels turned demons
Whatever may be the field of his or her work, a doctor’s profession is one of the noblest ones. He is an angel of God when he gets permission to deal with His creation. He, therefore, is highly revered. In the Ramayana, we find Ram standing with folded hands before the noble ‘vaid’, a doctor of Ayurveda, for reviving his brother Lakshmna from deep coma. He rushes his dedicated disciple Hanuman at odd hours for ‘Sanjivani’ (life saving herb). Icy delights for summer days. ICy delights for summer days
  • The old business of looking good
  • Kudos to the hotel employee
  • Remove ‘bhattis’  from Uttam Nagar
  • Celebrate Nav Varsh  in April

An ‘aged’ dancer cry for justice
New Delhi, March 21
While others of her age are still enjoying their moments under the arc light, dancer Komala Varadan claims that she has been ‘singled out’ for injustice for the last 25 years.

Cash and jewellery looted
Faridabad, March 21
At least two cases of burglary and an incident of chain- snatching have been reported in the town in past 24 hours. Thieves struck a house in Sector 9 here and took away cash and jewellery worth Rs 25,000, belonging to one Ms Sushila Sharma. A complaint has been launched at police station of Sector-7 in this regard.
  • DTC cutting into Haryana Roadways revenue
  • Complaint against in-laws
  • Youth attacked

NDMC students to get mid-day meal
New Delhi, March 21
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to provide mid-day meal to the students studying in schools run by the council. The decision was announced by the Vice Chairperson, Mr Ram Bhaj, who said that over 29,489 children would be covered under the scheme and each child would get cooked meal. The meal incidentally will cost the council Rs 4 per child.

Cloth merchants observe strike
Sonepat, March 21
On the call of the Haryana Vyapar Mandal, hundreds of cloth merchants observed a half-day strike in the city and elsewhere in the district to protest against the introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT) by the government from April 1.

Holla Mohalla Purab held
New Delhi, March 21
The Holla Mohalla Purab was held at Gurdwara Damdama Sahib, near Humayun Tomb in the Capital. The function organised by the DSGMC began with the recitation of Sukhmani Sahib and Nitnem. Asa Di Vaar with Shabad Kirtan was performed by Principal Baldev Singh.


Trucker held for rape of minor
New Delhi, March 21
The Vasant Kunj police claimed today to have worked out a rape case with the arrest of a suspect, Billo, a truck driver. The suspect was arrested from Rewari . He allegedly raped a four-year-old girl at Rajokari village on March 17.


Stage set for direct contest in Sonepat Bar Council elections
Sonepat, March 21
Following withdrawal of nominations by five candidates in the Sonepat Bar Council elections, the stage is set for a direct contest for the posts of president and vice-president and triangular fight for the post of secretary.


A Mahayagna in progress to wish the Indian cricket team luck for the World Cup finals
A Mahayagna in progress to wish the Indian cricket team luck for the World Cup finals in Najafgarh on Friday. Virender Sehwag's mother and brother Vinod Sehwag took part in the yagna. 

Ravneet Rickey hits century 
for IA
New Delhi, March 21
A dashing unbeaten knock of 136 by Ravneet Rickey and an unbeaten 62 by Ishan Ganda helped Indian Airlines trounce Collage Sports Management XI by nine wickets and entered the final of the fourth Roshanara Cricket Tournament at the Roshanara Club ground on Friday.

Youngsters down South Delhi
New Delhi, March 21
A fine all-round performance by Jitender Solanki (3 for 24 and 40) and deadly bowling by off-spinner Savit Chaudhary (4 for 28) helped Youngsters Club beat South Delhi by six wickets in a Super A Division match of the DDCA League at the Kotla No I ground.

Sahara cancels trip to SA
New Delhi, March 21
Sahara India, the main sponsor of the Indian cricket team, has cancelled its decision to take a planeload of VVIPs to witness the World Cup final between India and Australia to be played in South Africa on Sunday due to the US military intervention in Iraq, as the Sahara aircraft refuelling point at D’Jibouti falls in the war zone.


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