Tuesday, April 15, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Special prayers mark Baisakhi celebrations
New Delhi, April 14
Baisakhi was celebrated with great enthusiasm across the city today. On the occasion of the birth celebrations of the Khalsa, special prayer meetings were held in gurdwaras.
A huge poster under the aegis of Guru Panth De Dass outside the historic Gurdwara Bangla Sahib urges the devotees to wake up and work for the bettermen A huge poster under the aegis of Guru Panth De Dass outside the historic Gurdwara Bangla Sahib urges the devotees to wake up and work for the betterment of the panth on the occasion of Baisakhi on Monday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Residents caught in the crossfire between civic body chief and councillors
Mahnedragarh, April 14
The residents of this town bear the brunt of poor civic amenities as the tussle between the councillors and the president of the local municipality continues.


Farmers resent non-purchase of wheat at support price
Sonepat, April 14
Resentment prevails among the farmers of this district against the non-purchase of wheat at the support price for the last three days by the officials of the procurement agencies.

Transport strike likely to hike prices of essential commodities
New Delhi, April 14
The All India Motor Transport Congress’ decision to refrain from plying trucks in protest against the frequent hike in diesel prices and Value Added Tax (VAT) is likely to put pressure on the prices of essential commodities like milk and vegetables as also other household products as the supply chain would be severely affected.

TOPIC OF THE DAY: A transport operator catches up on the latest as transporters go on a strike to protest against the levy on diesel on Monday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Haryana varsities face a mire of anarchy 
Rohtak, April 14
Confusion and anarchy will beset the universities of Haryana in the days to come. Reason? Consequent upon the abolishment of the post of pro-vice-chancellors, there is no one to administer the university in the absence of the vice-chancellor.

Congress threatens protest over ‘illegal construction’
Jhajjar, April 14
The state unit of the Congress has threatened to organise a demonstration in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner if the administration fails to take action within 15 days against the owners of the Shyam Complex in Bahadurgarh and the MC officials, who allowed the unauthorised construction, which caved in on Friday.

Traffic blocked in protest against robbery
Modi Nagar/Ghaziabad, April 14
Hundreds of villagers blocked the Raj crossing at Khanjerpur village road in protest against the police failure to arrest the criminals involved in the robbery two days ago.


Advani calls upon youths to maintain country’s unity 
Sonepat, April 14
The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L.K.Advani called upon the students to maintain the unity and integrity of the country. Speaking at a function of the Apollo International School at Bari village, about 15 km from here yesterday, he said it is the school that shapes the real personality of the children.

‘Official apathy’ disrupts water supply
Sonepat, April 14
With the onset of the summer season, the residents of this city have been facing an acute shortage of drinking water for the last couple of weeks. It has caused inconvenience to thousands of residents, particularly women who have to fetch water from far-off places to meet their daily requirements.

Foundation stone laid for Ambedkar Awas Yojna
Faridabad, April 14
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, laid the foundation stone of a housing scheme with usual official fanfare for the backward sections at Budhena village in the district today. The housing scheme will be known as Ambedkar Awas Yojna and it would provide residential facilities for about 976 allottees, which are to be selected from the SC/STs, physically handicapped and other Backward Classes.
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala laying the foundation stone of Ambedkar Housing Scheme
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala laying the foundation stone of Ambedkar Housing Scheme at village Budhena on Monday in Faridabad.

Padayatra marks Ambedkar’s anniversary
New Delhi, April 14
The Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress on Monday took out a padayatra to mark the 112th birth anniversary of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar. The padayatra originated at the party’s office and culminated at 10 Janpath. The party had made arrangements for a bhandara near Parliament House for distribution of prasad to people.

Fleecing the gullible with false promises
Ghaziabad, April 14
Certain travel agents are having a field day in exploiting the gullible people with the promise of getting them visa and highly lucrative jobs in foreign countries. Despite the intelligence agencies having full knowledge about the fraud committed by such travel agents, who have proliferated all over the city, no solid action has been taken against them.

CPM to contest Fatehabad bypoll
Rohtak, April 14
The Communist Party (Marxist) has decided to contest the forthcoming byelection to the Fatehabad assembly constituency slated for May 21. The party has convened a meeting of its Fatehabad district unit on April 18 to prepare its electoral strategy and name its candidate. The proposal will be finalised in the party’s state committee meeting to be held here on April 20.

Withdraw anti-farmer order: BJP
Bhiwani, April 14
The Bharatiya Janata Party has called the orders of the state government regarding registration of tractor-trailers and making issuance of permit for transportation purposes of these as mandatory an anti-farmer step. The party has demanded immediate withdrawal of these orders.

‘Most of our gross national product is trapped in black market’
Vijay Shankar PandeyH
is name stands out in the prestigious row of famous bureaucrats like Khairnar and Alphonse. An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the I979 batch of UP cadre, Mr Vijay Shankar Pandey, has had an eventful career in the country’s bureaucracy. Right from his first assignment as a sub-divisional officer to the present responsibility as a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India, he has come a long way.

Couple leave newborn in hospital
Ghaziabad, April 14
An example of how far human feelings have become dead in this stressful world was provided by a couple who fled after leaving their newly born baby boy in Hira Lal Hospital where the mother had got admitted. The man had given his name as Raju, a resident of Dasna.

Celebrating 28 years of social service 
Faridabad, April 14
The `R K M Educational and Charitable Trust’, located in Sector 15, today observed its 28th year of service. The Trust distributed bedsheets among poor persons on the occasion.

Sensitisation workshops for cops on Saturdays 
New Delhi, April 14
In order the sensitise the Delhi Police personnel about the problems of women and children, the police have planned to have two workshops on every Saturday involving police officials from all 124 police stations, including traffic, PCR and Crime Against Women Cell. 

Four held for looting petrol station
Sonepat, April 14
The CIA staff has arrested four miscreants in connection with the looting of a petrol station on the Sonepat-Rohtak road near the Kalupur octroi post on the night of March 5 last in this city.
  • Fire in fields
  • Caught for impersonation
  • Body found on rail track
  • Wheat crop destroyed
  • Phone tariff hike flayed

National integration camp held
New Delhi, April 14
A seven-day national integration camp organised by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Youth Centre in association with the Sports Ministry concluded here today. Youth from across the country had gathered to participate in the camp that sought to encourage unity and patriotism.


Five Bawaria gangsters held after encounter
New Delhi, April 14
Five members of the desperate Bawaria inter-state gang of dacoits involved in a spate of dacoities were arrested after a brief encounter by the North-West district police. The gangsters were planning to commit dacoity at Kashmiri Colony in Alipur in the early hours. Country-made pistols, knives and rods were recovered from them.

Murder case solved with arrest of four
New Delhi, April 14
With the arrest of four persons the South district police today claimed to have solved a murder case of a local Congress worker of Nizamuddin, who was murdered over a property dispute.


Board to conduct exams in double shift
Sonepat, April 14
The Board of School Education Haryana is thinking of conducting the annual school examination in double shift from the next academic session. According to a report, this system, if implemented, would reduce the number of examination centres and the staff members needed for examination duty.


Two new Lal diagnostic centres opened in SDA, Preet Vihar
New Delhi, April 14
In its endeavour to provide world-class diagnostic facilities to every Indian, Dr Lal Path Labs, India’s largest pathology chain, has now opened two new state-of-the-art diagnostic centres in Safdarjung Development Area (SDA) and Preet Vihar.


Jaitley opens library at DDCA
New Delhi, April 14
In a welcome move, a well-stocked library was inaugurated at the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) premises on Monday. DDCA president and Union Minister Arun Jaitly lit a lamp to inaugurate the library.

DDCA president and Union Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurating the library set up on the DDCA premises in the presence of vice-presidents C. K. Khanna and Suresh Chopra, general secretary S. P. Bansal and Ravi Jain.
DDCA president and Union Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurating the library set up

Dalip hits ton in Shastri Club’s victory
New Delhi, April 14
A sparkling century knock of 109, studded with one six and 12 fours, off 113 balls, by Dalip T T enabled Lal Bahadur Shastri Club beat Indian Air Force by seven wickets in the 13th All-India Om Nath Sood Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Khalsa College ground.

Mohit, Sagar star for Hans Raj Academy
New Delhi, April 14
A fine knock of 71 by Mohit Sharma and an all-round performance by Sagar Midda (37 and 3 for 27) helped Hans Raj Academy (HRA) beat Dronacharya Academy by 99 runs in the first All-India GMCA Under-14 Cricket Tournament at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

DDA lift Teri Badminton Cup


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