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HC judge declines to hear bail plea in DDA scam
New Delhi, May 16
In a twist to the DDA scam case, a Delhi High Court judge, who had granted interim bail to former judge Shamit Mukherjee, an accused in the case, today declined to hear the bail petitions filed by three others.

Doctor arrested for putting 
price on post-mortem report
New Delhi, May 16
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a doctor working with the DDU hospital in the Capital for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 10,000 to give a post-mortem examination report.

Water bed
Water bed.—  Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal


Ex-GM gets 5-year RI for wringing Rs 2 lakh out of milk coops
New Delhi, May 16
A special judge today sentenced former Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS) General Manager Ram Singh to five years’ rigorous imprisonment and asked him to pay a fine for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 2,00,000 from milk cooperatives more than ten years ago.

TIME-OUT: Hrithik Roshan at the launch of a new bike from Hero Honda in the Capital on Thursday night. — Photo by Kamal Singh

Clerk stashes Rs 4 lakh in cupboard, goes on leave 
Mahendragarh, May 16
A clerk in the office of Sub Divisional Magistrate Sandeep Singh allegedly stacked Rs 4 lakh — received against receipts for registering vehicles and issuing licences — in the office cupboard and proceeded on leave with the keys. That, too, on the day the audit of the office records was to start.

Leaf through your favourite newspaper miles away from home
New Delhi, May 16
Foreign tourists sitting miles away from home can now leaf through the latest editions of their favourite newspaper by accessing it from a fully automated newspaper vending machine installed at Intercontinental Parkroyal hotel in Nehru Place. The technology friendly hotel has taken the lead in setting up the international newspaper kiosk.

Yet another summit for Sir Edmund Hillary
New Delhi, May 16
Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to annex Mount Everest, will commemorate the 50th year of the scaling of the highest mountain by putting his signature on the world’s largest painting of Mount Everest next week.

Illegal outfits: Residents to file affidavits
New Delhi, May 16
The Delhi High Court today directed 398 residents of South Delhi’s South Extension Part-1, who had allegedly undertaken illegal constructions or unlawfully put their residential property to commercial use, to file the current status of their properties on affidavit.

Turning away patients is the norm in this hospital 
Sonepat, May 16
The 100-bed Civil Hospital in this city has virtually turned into a referral hospital as it lacks the basic medical facilities which a hospital should normally have. According to a report, the doctors on duty in the emergency ward have fallen in the habit of getting rid of serious medical cases as they refer the patients to either the PGI at Rohtak or to Delhi for further treatment.


Relatives of one of the victims of the fire in Frontier Mail unloading the coffin as it arrived
Relatives of one of the victims of the fire in Frontier Mail unloading the coffin as it arrived at New Delhi Railway Station on Friday.  — Tribune Photo

Waterlogged, saline land to be reclaimed 
Jhajjar, May 16
The problem of waterlogging and salinity in the soil, which has rendered 836 hectare agriculture land in the district useless, will no longer haunt the farmers as their fields will be ready for cultivation again soon as the district administration is embarking on an ambitious plan for reclamation of such land. The project, funded and guided by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, was launched for the reclamation of agricultural, waterlogged and saline soil land. 

Vets engaged in survey while livestock cries for attention
Sonepat, May 16
Though there have been reports of the occurrence of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in a number of villages in the district there are hardly any staff members available in the veterinary hospitals and dispensaries to take care of infected livestock as they have reportedly been put on duty to survey the below poverty line families (BPL) in the district.

Anti-dowry drive among Gujjar  community gathers steam
Panipat, May 16
Despite certain violations by vested interests the ambitious anti-dowry campaign launched by the Rawal gotra of the Gujjar community in the district with much fanfare early last year is going from strength to strength.

Apropos the news item, ‘Poser to MDU
o army officers make better VCs’ (NCR Tribune, May 6), wherein it is stated that: “The tenure of three vice-chancellors in the state is scheduled to expire in the next few months. The All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO) has appealed to the Governor and the state government to appoint educationists as vice-chancellors.”
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B. K. Panigrahi dies
Faridabad, May 16
Mr B. K. Panigrahi, an IAS officer of Haryana cadre and at present posted as Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Power on deputation, died at the local Escorts Hospital last night. He was suffering from cancer.

One killed, five hurt as truck rams tree
Faridabad, May 16
One person was killed and five others were injured when a mini-truck collided against a tree near Mewla Maharajpur crossing here this morning. According to the police, one person, identified as Ram Krishan of Alapur, died on the spot while five others travelling in a Tata 407 carrying wheat hit a tree after its driver lost control over the vehicle.
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  • New civil surgeon
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  • Bid to self-immolate

Fire in IA office on Parliament Street 
New Delhi, May 16
A few computers and important files were gutted in a fire that broke out in the Indian Airlines office located behind Akashvani Bhawan on Parliament Street early this morning. No casualty was reported in the incident, a spokesman of the Delhi Fire Service said.

Mining near Delhi border still on
Faridabad, May 16
Despite a ban on mining in the five-km area along the Delhi border, illegal mining has not come to an end totally. The authorities yesterday conducted a raid near Gurukul in Aravalli Hills and arrested some persons in this connection. A case has been booked against one contractor for illegal mining.


Gang of Bangladeshi robbers busted
New Delhi, May 16
The East district police today claimed to have busted a gang of Bangladeshi robbers who were involved in a number of burglaries and robberies in North-West district and the trans-Yamuna area. Jewellery worth lakhs of rupees, television sets, VCDs, VCRs, wristwatches and household items have been seized.

Commotion after thug shoots at lottery seller
Sonepat, May 16
Quite a stir was caused when a notorious criminal fired shots at a lottery seller on the premises of the Sarang cinema house here last evening. However, no one was injured in this shoot-out.


NHPC to avoid high-cost foreign currency loans, to tap only 
local sources
Faridabad, May 16
The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited (NHPC), which has posted an increase of 8.6 per cent in its net profit in the year 2002-03, has decided to depend mainly on Indian sources for raising funds for its projects rather than going for high cost foreign currency loans.


Teachers flay degeneration in universities
Rohtak, May 16
Leaders of various university teachers’ associations expressed serious concern over the rampant degeneration in the realm of higher learning due to utter lack of democratic ethos in the matter of appointment of key functionaries in various universities in the state.

MDU plans to offer MEd, MLib courses thru distance education 
Rohtak, May 16
Maharshi Dayanand University is planning to introduce MEd, MLib Science and Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication courses through distance education from the current academic session.


UNDP workshop stresses on women’s role in eradicating AIDS 
New Delhi, May 16
It was a workshop with a difference. There were print and television journalists, filmmakers, artists, cartoonists and others. The ‘arts and media workshop’ organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in exotic Goa from May 9 to May 12 was aimed at one goal: ‘Eradicate the AIDS epidemic from the subcontinent’.


Shastri Club stun Indian Airlines, enter final
New Delhi, May 16
Lal Bahadur Shastri Club stunned eleven times champions Indian Airlines by five wickets and entered the semi-final of the Goswami Ganesh Dutt Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Khalsa College ground on Friday.

Top players to be on view in Hari Ram Cricket
New Delhi, May 16
Prominent India players like VVS Laxman, Amit Mishra, Nikhil Chopra, Sarandeep Singh and Gautam Gambhir are likely to be seen in action in the seventh edition of the Lala Hari Ram Aggarwal Memorial Day-Night Cricket Carnival, to be held under flood-light at the Karnail Singh stadium from May 25 to June 8.

Mr Ashok Aggarwal and Mr Suresh Chopra announcing the details of the Lala Hari Ram Charan Aggarwal Day-Night Cricket Tournament in the Capital on Friday.
Mr Ashok Aggarwal and Mr Suresh Chopra announcing the details of the Lala Hari Ram Charan Aggarwal Day-Night Cricket Tournament

Vidarbha enter veterans cricket final
New Delhi, May 16
A devastating 4 for 14 bowling performance by Hemant Wasu and an all-round display by Praveen Hingnikar (2 for 22 and 46) enabled Vidarbha beat Assam by six wickets and entered the final of the fifth National Inter-State Veterans Cricket Championship at the Delhi University ground.
Delhi and District Cricket Association sports secretary Sunil Dev meeting the players of the Veterans Cricket Championship match between Vidarbha and Assam at the Delhi University ground.
Delhi and District Cricket Association sports secretary Sunil Dev meeting the players of the Veterans Cricket Championship match between Vidarbha and Assam

DDA teams record facile wins
New Delhi, May 16
Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Academy teams had a field day when they recorded facile victories in the third Ambuja Cup Five-a-Side Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium on Friday.

J K Tyre gets Formula I rights
New Delhi, May 16
J K Tyre, one of the pioneers of motorsport, has acquired the terrestrial television rights of Formula I races from FI Management, UK (which owns the entire FI event property) and has passed it on to DD Metro-World of Motorsports.

Piyush stars for Jaat Heroes
New Delhi, May 16
Piyush Singh struck a strokeful 78 to help Jaat Heroes beat Modern School, Vasant Vihar by one wicket in the DDCA Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the Modern School ground, Vasant Vihar.

DSA to hold open trials
New Delhi:
The Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) will hold open trials-cum-coaching camp to select the Delhi State team for the 11th Senior National Football Championship for women, to be held in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) from June 8 to 22).


Samples lifted from petrol stations
Sonepat, May 16
On the instructions of Deputy Commissioner Balwan Singh, a team of officials, headed by Mr Sujan Singh Yadav, carried out surprise raids on three petrol pumps situated on the Sonepat-Meerut inter-state road near Khewra village, 13 km from here, last evening and lifted samples of petrol and diesel.


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