Friday, May 30, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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HC cracks the whip: Fire safety in high-rises
New Delhi, May 29
Expressing concern over the combined failure of the Delhi Government, the MCD and the DDA to enforce fire safety norms in the high-rise buildings in the Capital, the Delhi High Court today imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on each of them and directed that the building owners should be made to comply with the safety measures within four months.

Salesgirl found stabbed to death by roadside 
New Delhi, May 29
Sapna, 21, who worked as a salesgirl with a card shop in East of Kailash, was found stabbed to death by unidentified assailants by the roadside in Block D late last night.

Honours for three women who dared 
to say ‘no’
New Delhi, May 29
Three women, who took the courageous step of calling off their weddings, were today honoured by the Delhi Social Welfare Board. These women, Nisha Sharma, Anupama Singh and Farzana, recounted the tales of their harassment by greedy grooms and vowed to help eradicate dowry.

Time-keeper: Mandira Bedi at the Timex Billennium celebrations in the Capital
Time-keeper: Mandira Bedi at the Timex Billennium celebrations in the Capital on Thursday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Firm owner ‘drugs staffer’s wife, 
rapes her’
New Delhi, May 29
The police are on the lookout for an owner of a firm in Gurgaon, who allegedly raped his employee’s wife on May 24 after offering her a cold drink mixed with sedatives. The victim’s husband was employed with Multi Engineering Service, which is owned by the accused, N. A. Makawana. On the fateful night, the 24-year-old victim rang up the office of her husband at Palam Vihar as he had not returned home till late evening.

Truck driver among two killed in mishap
Sonepat, May 29
Two persons were killed and five others injured, some of them seriously, in three different accidents on National Highway 1, near here, last evening. According to a report, the victims were identified as Roopinder Singh, a truck driver of Ghaziabad (UP), and Mrs Shamo Devi of Trilokpuri in Delhi.

Three kids die as mound caves in
Noida, May 29
Three girls were buried alive and four other children were injured as mud mounds caved in yesterday. The earth mafia has been active in this area, which falls under Sector 49 police station. Often, the mafia leaves behind a trail of craters and mounds of mud.


Rs 124-crore project to fortify Faridabad power distribution
Faridabad, May 29
The Government of India had sanctioned a Rs 124-crore project under its Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP), for strengthening power distribution and metering system in Faridabad district, according to Mr V Umashankar Managing Director, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN).

When illiterate foremen man sub-centres, UHBVN needs 
no enemies
Rohtak, May 29
It may sound incredible. Most of the foremen posted to maintain power supply by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) at its rural feeders in the district are either illiterate or non-technical. The UHBVN is in fact facing an acute shortage of qualified personnel to man its subdivisions and sub-centres in the rural areas, where the transmission losses are as high as 55 per cent.

Water melons help beat the heat, but cut fruits are not always safe
Water melons help beat the heat, but cut fruits are not always safe. 
— Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Two computer centres on verge of closure
Sonepat, May 29
The computer training centres at Ganaur and Bahalgare, run by the district computer society with financial assistance from the district administration to impart computer training to the wards of the poor and backward families, are reportedly on the verge of closure. This follows the non-payment of salaries of the trainers and reimbursement of other expenses of the centres for the last six months.

Drains with low capacity main cause of floods
Sonepat, May 29
Adequate arrangements have not yet been made to check floods, which are a recurring menace in this district, every year. The main sources of the floods are the Yamuna, which traverses along the entire eastern boundary of the district, Drain 8, Diversion Drain 8 and some other drains passing through the district.

Rs 769.44-lakh projects to beautify Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri
Bhiwani, May 29
Bhiwani and Charkhi Dadri towns would soon get a facelift. Projects worth Rs 769.44 lakh have been sanctioned under the solid waste management. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Harpal Singh, disclosed this to the newsmen here on Wednesday.

Man shot dead in Jhajjar
Jhajjar, May 29
One person was reportedly shot dead by three car-borne assailants in Issarheri village of the district last evening. The murder is stated to be the outcome of an old rivalry, which had in fact claimed several lives already.
  • Prabhu Dayal society honoured
  • Tiff over money turns into group clash; four held
  • Three autolifters held
  • Prayer for Tohra’s recovery

NDMC programme on ‘How to quit smoking’
New Delhi, May 29
The NDMC in collaboration with the Indian Cancer Society organised a cultural programme as part of the, ‘No Tobacco and Smoke Free Office’ awareness campaign. Artists from the ICS performed at Palika Kendra and stressed the need to quit tobacco, gutka, zarda and pan masaala. T

Selling medicines without licence, held
Sonepat, May 29
Mr Padam Singh Rathi, District Drugs Inspector of the Health Department, conducted a surprise raid at a chemist shop on Sonepat-Bahalgarh Road here last evening and caught the ‘chemist’ red-handed while he was selling the medicines to the customers without licence. According to a report, Mr Rathi also seized the samples of some medicines and sealed them on the spot.


One killed, liquor shops looted in backlash
Bhiwani, May 29
One person died and two others were injured in a bizarre incident involving a liquor contractor near Behal, about 50 km from here today. The injured have been admitted to civil hospital here whereas the body was handed over to the relatives after a post-mortem. An irate mob looted liquor shops and the shopkeepers observed bandh in protest against the incident.

Murder at juice shop
A vendor of plastic items was killed by a juice seller in the NH-2 area of the NIT locality here last night. The accused is reported to be absconding. According to information, the victim identified as Dhaiamire had gone to the shop of the juice seller and had a dispute with him over an issue.


SBI scheme to finance ‘arthias’
Panipat, May 29
The State Bank of India (SBI) yesterday launched a scheme, Arthias Plus, specially designed for financing the ‘arthias’ against their receivables from farmers. According to a press note, a meeting was organised by the bank in which over 50 arthias participated, including the president of the Arthias Association, Mr Jai Bhagwan Goel.

Co-op bank gives loans worth Rs 244 crore
Sonepat, May 29
The Central Co-operative Bank disbursed loans to the tune of Rs 244.1 crore for various purposes in the district during the last financial year. Speaking to the media persons here today, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, said a major portion of the loans disbursed, worth over Rs 177 crore, had been advanced for a short term to the farmers as crop loans. Besides, the bank also disbursed Rs 4.1 crore as medium-term loans to the agricultural sector.


UNDP, lawyers agree on roadmap for speedier justice
New Delhi, May 29
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and an association of Supreme Court lawyers have formulated guidelines for advocates for improving the working of the judiciary in the country, burdened with more than 2.50 crore pending case.


Haku Shah bags Visual Arts Gallery annual award
he Visual Arts Gallery at the India Habitat Centre here announced its second annual arts awards. The gallery had instituted these awards in 2001 to recognise and appreciate excellence and distinction in the field of creative arts. As befitting the awards, the announcement was made at a glittering function presided over by the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and a former Finance Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.
  • The craft of toys & puppets
  • A roving artist who can make portraits of deities in minutes
  • An evening in honour of women
  • Retail outlet for devotees


Some tips to ward off diseases this summer
New Delhi, May 29
The summer is back and so are summer diseases. Some precautions may help us ward off these diseases, which are mostly water-borne. Accumulation of water on the roads and outside the houses promotes the growth of mosquitoes that spread diseases like malaria and dengue fever. Consumption of cut fruits or food from the roadside can prove disastrous.

Doctors, health officials play truant
Sonepat, May 29
During a surprise inspection of the Health Department institutions in the villages conducted by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Mr Sujan Singh Yadav, seven officials including two doctors were found absent from duty on Wednesday.


Team TVS Racing take honours in Supercross
New Delhi, May 29
Team TVS Racing emerged triumphant in the Goan Supercross Championship with C Vijay Kumar producing a class act. Guts, glory, technique and skill, were all on display during the finals and Vijay Kumar stood out amongst the rest.

ESIC, Bank of India earn full points
New Delhi, May 29
Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) came from behind to prevail over Oriental Bank of Commerce 3-1 in a Group A match in the Senior Division of the Delhi Soccer Association Institutional League at the Ambedkar Stadium on Thursday.

Amit Sharma hits century for ONGC
New Delhi, May 29
A stroke-filled unbeaten century by Amit Sharma helped Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) defeat Air Sahara by 29 runs and enter the semi-final of the 27th Lala Raghubir Singh Cricket Tournament on the Modern School ground today.

Sidhu presents cash award to ‘Super Selector’
New Delhi, May 29
Former Indian cricket star Navjot Singh Sidhu presented Kingshuk Ghosh of Kolkata a cheque of Rs 20 lakh for winning the ‘Super Selector South Africa 2003’contest. Kinghsuk won the interactive and integrated game Show, on ESPN Star Sports, ‘Super Selector South Africa 2003’ with an astounding score of 7213.

Tarun, Hari star for Chand Khanna
New Delhi, May 29
A brilliant century by Tarun Astha, whose 100 contained 17 fours and seven sixes, and a deadly bowling spell of 5 for 33 by Hari Om Chaudhary helped Chand Khanna Club beat Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan by eight wickets in the DDCA Under-15 Cricket Tournament on the Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan ground.


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