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Panipat gangwar spills on to court premises
Panipat, April 8
The sensational daylight murder of notorious gangster Kuldip Kalwa in the district courts here today, allegedly by two members of the rival Surinder Kala gang, has again set off the gang war in the region.

Boss out for dinner, porter controls rail traffic!
Meerut, April 8
Strange are the ways of the Indian Railways. On one hand, the government spends a fortune on high-tech signals; and, on the other, a nondescript porter holds the fort for an assistant station master, controls the traffic for hours and gives the green signal to the passing trains. The lives of thousands of passengers were thus endangered. The saving grace is that the incident came to light before it could wreak havoc.

Only 30 minutes wasted this time in Budget session
New Delhi, April 8
The Budget Session of the Delhi Assembly, which concluded yesterday, was the longest one so far with a number of records created in terms of utilisation of floor time, business transacted and time spent on discussion on the motion of thanks on the Lt-Governor’s Address, Speaker Prem Singh said today.

Traders protesting against VAT at a rally in Ramlila Ground
Traders protesting against VAT at a rally in Ramlila Ground in the Capital on Tuesday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

A child protests against US action in Iraq in the Capital
A child protests against US action in Iraq in the Capital on Tuesday. Tribune Photo

Did he die due to head injuries or official apathy?
Faridabad, April 8
Even five months of intensive treatment at a top hospital of the country could not save the life of a bubbling youth, who became the victim of not only a road mishap but also lack of proper care at the initial stage. Anuraag Lamba (22), a fourth year student of law, was the only son of his parents residing here.

Stabbing spree in moving train
Ghaziabad, April 8
Five criminals on a stabbing spree killed one passenger and injured two others in a passenger train going from Ghaziabad to Delhi. The criminals targeted three youths with whom they had an altercation three days ago in the same train, it is learnt. The incident spread panic and led to commotion among other passengers. 

NRI elopes with sister-in-law, ends in jail
Bulandshahr (Noida), April 8
More than a month ago an NRI dazzled his minor sister-in-law with his lavish lifestyle, which made the young girl elope with her sister’s husband. But the law does not take kindly to such acts, especially when a minor is involved, and the brother-in-law has been sent to jail by the police.  A case of seduction and rape has been registered against him. The NRI had reportedly squandered Rs 2 lakh on his romantic sojourn in Goa where a five-star hotel has reportedly confiscated his baggage as he still owes them Rs 63,000.

Judge makes accused do sit-ups in court
New Delhi:
An accused learnt has a hard lesson for trying to pull political strings and getting himself a favourable judgement. A Delhi court, vexed by the gimmick, ordered the accused to do sit-ups, holding his ears, for allegedly exerting pressure on a judge through a Union Cabinet Minister.


DDAgate: Thirty-eight officials booked in three years
New Delhi, April 8
As many as 32 cases, involving 38 DDA officials, have been registered by the CBI and the Crime Branch in the last three years even as the Authority’s Vigilance Wing initiated departmental proceedings against 373 officials during the same period, the Lok Sabha was told today.

Delhi Govt should hold the reins of DDA: Subhash Chopra
New Delhi, April 8
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Subhash Chopra has demanded that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) be put under the government of NCT of Delhi.

Activists of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee sitting on dharna to protest against the corrupt practices of DDA officials at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Tuesday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal
Activists of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee sitting on dharna to protest against the corrupt practices

Anil Baijal is DDA vice-chairman
New Delhi:
Anil Baijal of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) has been appointed vice chairman of the Delhi Development Authority. He replaces Suman Swarup. Swarup was appointed vice chairman last week and shunted out in less than 48 hours.

Industry-govt project on waste disposal hailed
Gurgaon, April 8
A two-day training programme, organised by the recently constituted Haryana Environmental Management Society (HEMS), on the ‘management of hazardous waste from industrial units’ voted for extensive awareness campaign on the issue.

Centre gives with one hand, state takes back with the other
Sonepat, April 8
The central government has enhanced the monthly honorarium of thousands of anganwadi workers and helpers working in the villages and towns under the Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) Scheme by Rs 500 and Rs 240 respectively with effect from April 2002.

Two held, nine theft cases solved 
Sonepat, April 8
With the arrest of two youths, the special staff of the Sonepat police claimed to have solved as many as nine cases of theft committed in the city during the past few months.
  • Youth falls into well
  • Life term for murder
  • INLD nominee elected MC chief

Delhi Police transfers
New Delhi, April 8
The Delhi Police today announced the transfer of five officials under the level of Assistant Commissioners of Police. Mahesh C Bharadwaj, SDPO, Vasant Vihar, has been transferred as ACP (Operations), South district, Ranbir Singh, ACP (Operations), has been asked to take over as SDPO, Vasant Vihar. 

Directive on markets


Sarpanch arrested for embezzlement
Faridabad, April 8
The sarpanch of Mitrol village in the district was arrested on the directions of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, who was told during the `Sarkar Aapke Dwar’ programme at Hathin yesterday that the accused had misappropriated Rs 35 lakh. The sarpanch, identified as Tarachand, was reportedly present at the programme.

Gang of vehicle thieves smashed, 152 cases solved
New Delhi, April 8
With the arrest of five members of a vehicle thief gang, the South district police today claimed to have solved more than 152 cases of auto-lifting in Delhi and Noida. The police also recovered three cars and forged documents and stamps of the transport authority, registration number plates, forged driving licences and drilling machines, which were used to steal the vehicles.

Minor girl abducted from her house
Sonepat, April 8
A 16-year-old girl is reported to have been kidnapped by a youth from her house in the Housing Board Colony here yesterday. According to a report, the police have registered the case against a youth Monu of Sainipura village and launched a hunt for him. 


Experts lay stress on adopting Indian management principles
Gurgaon, April 8
Experts speaking at a seminar organised here by Amity Business School stressed on adopting business paradigms, modules and management principles that have moorings in the country’s ethos.

Simultaneous Board exams from next year
Sonepat, April 8
The Board of School Education, Haryana, has decided to conduct the middle, high and higher secondary examinations simultaneously from next year to check the menace of copying by the examinees, which has assumed alarming proportions in the state.


Toasting to style, designer duo pay tributes to brides
n this summer, designer duo Ashima and Leena are paying tributes to the brides. The two have stolen a march over their counterparts who remained content designing for brides last winter. The idea of having a collection for the ‘summer brides’ came from the Hindu calendar that marks the period between July and October as inauspicious for solemnising weddings. ‘Brides of Spring’, a spring summer collection, offers brides a melange of bridal suited for the scorching summer.

Hary is a heady remix buff
ith two mega hit albums, Kanta Laga and Kaliyon Ka Chaman, singer Hary Anand has now become the much-talked in the field of remix music. A new Punjabi album, Hai Rabba from T-Series, well-known musician Anand Raj Anand’s younger brother, Hary Anand claims that the album would certainly leave an impression.

A musical nite that heals everyone
From the celebrated stars of Hollywood to our never-ageing Rekha, the list of people who vouch for the therapeutic attributes of yoga can run into miles. Nivedita Joshi, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi’s daughter, has gone public about her experience with the age-old healing technique.
Noted lyricist Gulzar, Union Minister Murli Manohar Joshi, Jagjit Singh and Nivedita Joshi at Yog Sur Aur Sangeet Ka, a musical nite, organised by the Indian Heritage Society in the Capital.
Noted lyricist Gulzar, Union Minister Murli Manohar Joshi, Jagjit Singh and Nivedita Joshi at Yog Sur Aur Sangeet Ka
  • Green miniatures hold them spellbound
  • Body sculpting for the fitness freaks
  • VLCC gets executive director


Delhi Police upset Chand Khanna
New Delhi, April 8
In a remarkable fight back, Delhi Police chased an impossible-looking target of 271 and succeeded in getting it to stun Chand Khanna Club by five wickets and entered the quarter-final of the 13th All-India Om Nath Sood Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Harchand Singh Longowal Sports Complex, Khalsa College, on Tuesday.

Ajit Singh Gold  Cup Hockey
New Delhi, April 8
The first All-India Sahibzada Ajit Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, conducted under the aegis of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, will be held at the Shivaji Stadium from April 14 to 23.

BSF emerge wrestling champs
New Delhi, April 8
Border Security Force (BSF) emerged the champions in the senior section in both the free style and Greco-Roman events of the Delhi State Wrestling Championship, which concluded at the BSF Campus in Chhawla.

Sonnet advance into semis
New Delhi, April 8
Crafty off-spin bowling by Sohail Sharma, who claimed three wickets for 27 runs, helped Sonnet Club shock defending champions Trans-Yamuna Cricket Association (TYCA) by three wickets and entered the semi-final of the 13th SAIL Trophy Cricket Tournament at the Mohan Meakins ground, Mohan Nagar.

DSA to hold open trials
New Delhi, April 8
The Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) will hold open trials-cum-coaching camp from April 10 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium warm-up ground (East) to select the Delhi team for the Under-21 National Football Championship, to be held at Ballia (Uttar Pradesh) from April 27.

Vikram, Sagar shine for Ganga School


Shopkeepers’ names to be  registered in Haryana
The Haryana Labour Department has taken a series of measures to register the names of shopkeepers and owners of commercial establishments under the Shops Act.


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