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Migratory birds find sanctuary at oil refinery
Panipat, April 18
Birds in sanctuaries are a routine affair but when the winged visitors visit an oil refinery it speaks volumes of the efforts made towards environment management.

Bar-headed geese at the pond in Panipat Refinery
Bar-headed geese at the pond in Panipat Refinery.

Power distribution cos told to get their act together
New Delhi, April 18
The Union Ministry of Power says the NCT of Delhi will receive 200 megawatt of electricity more to offset the surge in consumption in the summer. The Government of NCT of Delhi is anticipating a peak demand of 3,600 megawatt; it will now have 200 megawatt more to distribute.


Offender injured in shootout now owes his life to captors
New Delhi, April 18
A proclaimed offender, who was seriously injured in an encounter with the Delhi Police Crime Branch officials last night in Punth Kalan in the Sultanpuri area, ironically, owes his life to his captors. 

10 years’ RI for former Air Force man
New Delhi, April 18
A Delhi court today sentenced a former Air Force personnel to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined him Rs 50,000 for raping a girl. The court’s verdict came despite the fact that the girl had refused to identify the accused in the court.

Cheap blankets may soon be out of reach
Panipat, April 18
The cheap Panipat blanket may soon be a thing of the past following the imposition of central excise duties of 13.8 per cent on the shoddy industry and 11.5 per cent on the blankets in the recent Union Budget.

A conducted tour through mohallas for diplomats
New Delhi, April 18
Diplomats from Germany, France, Japan and Australia joined the “Heritage Walk” along with the Mayor, Mr Ashok Kumar Jain, and the Leader of the House, Mr Ram Babu Sharma, here today.

Students not to cough up money for re-exam
Sonepat, April 18
The Board of School Education, Haryana, has decided not to charge any amount from the examinees for the expenses incurred by the board on the re-examination of middle and matric standard following the leak and cancellation of the question papers on various grounds.


Admn waits for report on rickety bridge even as traffic continues to ply as usual 
Ghaziabad, April 18
The bridge on middle Ganga canal at Garh Mukteshwar, damaged for about last three months, seems to be crying out for restoration and repairs. However, repair work has not been started yet, putting traffic on the busy road to great inconvenience and endangering the lives of the passengers.

Ajit Singh likens Chautala to Saddam, calls for regime change 
Panipat, April 18
Accusing successive governments of giving raw deal to the farming community, the Union Agriculture Minister, Mr Ajit Singh, today once again opposed the income tax on farm income, as recommended by the Kelkar Committee.

Wheat procurement dips due to sluggish arrivals 
Faridabad, April 18
The procurement of wheat in the various mandis in the district is likely to be on the lower side this season, following a shortfall in arrival from the neighbouring state of UP.

Jhajjar without fire station, dependent on neighbouring towns 
Jhajjar, April 18
Even after six years of its formation as a district headquarter, Jhajjar town is without adequate facilities to cop with a fire emergency in and around the town. Jhajjar, unfortunately, still does not have a fire station. According to sources, there is only one fire tender in the fire station at Bahadurgarh district.

Flight of fancy Flight of fancy. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Schools fleecing  poor parents

propos Sonepat correspondent’s report ‘Private schools begin enrolment drive’ (NCR Tribune, March 23), it is common knowledge that public school education, even at pre-nursery, nursery and K.G level, has become a big business. With parents hankering after English medium education for their children, privately owned public schools are springing up like mushrooms in big cities, small towns and even villages.
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Army land abuse: DPCC seeks CBI probe
New Delhi, April 18
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) said that the BJP-led Government at the Centre threw all constitutional norms to the wind and encouraged encroachment of land in Cantonment Board, Naraina in South Delhi.
A mire of land scam: Congress leaders Kiran Chaudhary, Subhash Chopra, Jagdish Tytler and Ram Babu Sharma addressing a press conference on the Army land encroachment in the Capital on Friday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal
A mire of land scam: Congress leaders Kiran Chaudhary, Subhash Chopra, Jagdish Tytler and Ram Babu Sharma addressing a press conference

Two bodies found 
Ghaziabad, April 18
One youth was killed by slitting his throat with a sharp-edged weapon by criminals on Wednesday night in Murad Nagar. In another instance, the police recovered a body from a minaret in Sambhawali police station. Both the victims could not be identified.

Shokimbi Anthony, who was arrested by the Narcotics Bureau on the charge of possessing 70 gm of cocaine
Shokimbi Anthony, who was arrested by the Narcotics Bureau on the charge of possessing 70 gm of cocaine worth Rs 70 lakh in the international market. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Jeweller robbed 
New Delhi, April 18
Four unidentified armed assailants today robbed the house of a jeweller of Rs 15,000 and some jewellery in Bhajanpura area in the North-East district.

Man, wife suffer burn injuries 
Sonepat, April 18
Three members of a family, including a woman and her husband, sustained burn injuries at Bhigan village about 10 km from here last evening. According to a report, all the three persons were rushed to the local civil hospital wherefrom two persons were sent to Safdarjang Hospital in Delhi for treatment.

Computerised sub-registrar’s office
New Delhi, April 18
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday inaugurated the first computerised sub-registrar’s office in Mehrauli. The sub-registrar’s office deals with the transaction and registration of property.


Burglars draw a blank at bank


Sonnet clip Shastri Club’s wings
New Delhi, April 18
Devastating bowling performances by Chetanya Nanda, who claimed four wickets for 12 runs off just eight overs and Karan Harit, who took three wickets for 29 runs off eight overs, helped Sonnet Club clip the wings of Lal Bahadur Shastri Club by 11 runs in a low-scoring match of the 13th All-India Om Nath Sood Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Khalsa College ground on Friday.

MCD beat K N Colts
New Delhi, April 18
Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) defeated K N Colts by 16 runs in the opening match of the 12th Shera Pandit Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Mohan Meakins ground today.


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