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Coming Akali events cast their shadows before
New Delhi, June 13
The merging of the two major Akali factions, the Badal and the Tohra group, could well have a fallout on the political scenario of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi which goes to polls later this year, thanks to the sizeable electorate the Akalis claim to represent.

In all her glory
In all her glory: A model wearing an outfit of
‘Hawaiian Muu Muu’ collection during a fashion show in the Capital on Friday. —  Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Cong UP secretary shot dead
Ghaziabad, June 13
Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Congress Satinder Sharma (45) was shot dead in a hail of bullets by two assailants last night in Nai Basti under the Kotwali police station. A property dispute is stated to be the reason behind the murder.

18 parolees vanish into thin air
Sonepat, June 13
The district police have so far failed to rearrest as many as 18 prisoners of the district jail who had been released on parole but did not show up.




Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

4 killed in bus-truck collision

Ghaziabad, June 13
Four persons were killed and 20 injured in a head-on collision between a UP roadways bus and a truck near Sakheda village on Ghaziabad-Grh Mukteshwar section of G T Road on Thursday.

That’s not cricket: Rai students
Sonepat, June 13
The Board of Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai, one of the premier sports institutions in the state, has withdrawn cricket from the list of sports with immediate effect. According to a report, this has caused resentment among 64 students as their dream to become another Tendulkar has come to an end with the decision of the Board.

Uphaar-scarred families go down agonising memory lane
New Delhi, June 13
The day brought back memories of an agonising incident that claimed 59 lives and left behind scars that will probably never heal. Family members and friends of those who perished in the fire that broke out in the Uphaar cinema six years ago today gathered to attend a special prayer meeting organised by the Association of the Victims of Uphaar Tragedy.

Relatives of those who had lost their lives six years ago in Uphaar fire tragedy, during a Havan and Shanti Path opposite Uphaar cinema in the Capital on Friday. — Photo by Kamal Singh
Relatives of those who had lost their lives six years ago in Uphaar fire tragedy, during a Havan and Shanti Path opposite Uphaar cinema in the Capital on Friday.
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Delhiites on cloud nine
New Delhi, June 13
The Capital had a slight relief from the heat towards the end of the day as patches of clouds appeared, blocking the scorching sunrays.


HPCC to take up excesses on Dalits at national level
Sonepat, June 13
The Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) is planning to take up cases of excesses on Dalits at the national level to expose the “anti-Dalit policies” of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government, headed by Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

INLD MLA charged with shady land deals
Jhajjar, June 13
Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, spokesman for the state Congress, accused the INLD MLA from Bahadurgarh, Mr Nafe Singh Rathee, of indulging in a land scam worth crores of rupees by carving out unauthorised colonies in Bahadurgarh with the connivance of the state government.


Cops spoil the movie dream of five children
New Delhi, June 13
Cops entered unannounced in the dream of a movie career of five children from Sultanpuri in North-West district. The children, aged between 16 and eight years, had left their homes with bag and baggage to board a train to the tinsel town of Mumbai. Four of them were from the same family while the fifth one was from their neighbourhood.

Men and animals in this drought-affected district struggle for survival

Jhajjar, June 13
A waterless summer in this drought-affected district has not only put the residents on trial, but even the cattle are feeling the pinch of the scorching heat. This rural based district, which has about 265 villages in five blocks, is basically a drought prone region where two of its blocks, Salawas and Matanhale, are situated in sandy areas where canal water is unavailable.

Plan to ease power supply norms
Rohtak, June 13
Appealing to the defaulting rural consumers to clear outstanding electricity bills, the Chairman, Haryana Vidyut Parsarn Nigam (HVPN), Maj-Gen (Retd) Bhoop Singh Rathi said that the government was considering proposals to make the electricity supply rules consumer-friendly.

Union ministers Sharad Yadav and Dr C. P. Thakur flank Governor of Gujarat Kailashpati Mishra at the release of audio cassettes containing the poems by the latter in the Capital.
Union ministers Sharad Yadav and Dr C. P. Thakur flank Governor of Gujarat Kailashpati Mishra at the release of audio cassettes containing the poems by the latter in the Capital.

FIA asks DHBVN to simplify procedures, check corruption
Faridabad, June 13
The Faridabad Industries Association (FIA) has demanded simplification of procedure and transparency in the release of new connections and the norms related to power supply process for both industrial and domestic consumers.

Delhi BJP opposes ‘anti-consumer’ CAS
New Delhi, June 13
After stalling the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) in NCT of Delhi because of the fear of a backlash from the trading community, the Delhi Pradesh BJP has decided to oppose the Union Government’s move to implement the Conditional Access System (CAS) for satellite television channels from July 15 in New Delhi and the three other metros and sought its postponement.

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Woman among four killed in Sonepat
Sonepat, June 13
Four persons, including a woman, lost their lives in different incidents in the district today. According to information, two youths, identified as Naresh of village Jatheri and Virender of Narela in Delhi, were killed on the spot and two others, identified as Praveen and Balbir of Jatheri, were injured in a road accident near Kundli Barrier on the G T Road today.

Man hurt in building collapse
New Delhi, June 13
An eighteen-year-old man was injured when a building under construction collapsed in the Motia Khan area in Paharganj this morning. The injured, Manoj, has been admitted in Lady Hardinge Hospital.

The debris of the building that collapsed in Motia Khan on Friday. — Tribune Photo
The debris of the building that collapsed in Motia Khan on Friday.

Nine resign from MDU staff association panel
Rohtak, June 13
As many as nine members of the 16-member executive committee of the Maharshi Dayanand University Non-teaching Employees’ Association have resigned from their membership in protest against not holding elections to different posts of the association even after the one-year-term expired three months ago.

DTC to introduce Grameen Mudrika
New Delhi, June 13
The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will introduce the Grameen (rural) Mudrika and the Najafgarh-Zakhira circular service for the benefit of the people living on the periphery of the NCT of Delhi. No timetable has been drawn up. Transport Minister Ajay Maken today told mediapersons that the Grameen Mudrika is modelled on the Mudrika services that are plying on the Ring Road and the Outer Ring Road.

Man falls to death from train
Faridabad, June 13
Three persons have been killed in separate incidents in the town since yesterday. An Air Force recruit, who was on his way to Nizamuddin from Belgaum after training, was killed after he fell from the train between Faridabad and Tughlakabad.

IMLA Patil in the article “ Are celebrity icons puppets in the hands of promoters?” (Spectrum June 8) has rightly observed that many celebrities earn more money from their endorsement contracts and appearances than from their main profession and most icons charge money even to appear at charity functions. In this connection, I wish to say that due to the growth of consumerism among the neo-rich Indian middle class and the entry of many MNCs producing consumer items into India there has been a sea change in the field of advertising in the country. 
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  • Standing ovation for DMA

  • Harnessing water resources

Waiting for rain
Waiting for rain. Photo by Kamal Singh


Looting spree: Criminals rob 20 on one night
Sonepat, June 13
The Ganaur police have launched a massive hunt for around 10 armed miscreants, who reportedly looted at least 20 persons including a couple on the Western Yamuna Canal embankment near Khubru fall, about 25 km from here on Wednesday night.


AIIMS dismisses three professors
New Delhi, June 13
Perhaps for the first time in its recent history, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences has reportedly dismissed three senior academics, including a Professor of Nuclear Medicine, who had gone on foreign assignments and not reported back despite reminders.

Modern lifestyle aggravating problem of kidney stone
New Delhi, June 13
Problem of kidney stone is spreading fast among people. Urologists have warned that if food habits and lifestyle are not changed, the problem will be aggravated in the coming days.


Dahiya, Sodhi star in Airlines’ victory
New Delhi, June 13
Defending champions Indian Airlines beat Sonnet Club by 46 runs to enter the final of the seventh Lala Hari Ram Aggarwal Memorial Day-Night Cricket Tournament at Karnail Singh Stadium. A breezy century by skipper Vijay Dahiya and a hurricane knock of 89 by Reetender Singh Sodhi were the highlights of Airlines’ victory.

Reetender Singh Sodhi receiving the man of the match award from Prof Vijay Kumar Malhotra in the Lala Hari Ram Aggarwal Memorial Day-Night Cricket Tournament
at Karnail Singh Stadium.
Reetender Singh Sodhi receiving the man of the match award from Prof Vijay Kumar Malhotra

NSCC draw with Shastri
New Delhi
National Stadium Cricket Club (NSCC) drew with Lal Bahadur Shastri Club to earn ten points in the second Gyan Bharati South Delhi Under-13 Cricket Tournament at the National Stadium. Scores: National Stadium (first innings): 228 for 7 in 72 overs (Hitesh Rai 52, Sachin Aggarwal 48, Savinay Chaudhary 43, Shivam Sharma 30, Saurav Arora 5 for 70).

C K Khanna appointed observer
New Delhi, June 13
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmia has appointed Delhi and District Cricket Association vice-president C K Khanna as observer for the annual general meeting of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association to be held at Jammu on June 14.

Doordarshan to telecast World Rally Championship
New Delhi, June 13
The thrills and spills of FIA World Rally Championship will be brought to the drawing rooms of the Indian television viewers as the International Sportsworld Communicators (ISC), the Television and commercial rights holders of the World Rally Championship, has entered into an agreement with the country’s leading terrestrial “free to air” broadcaster Doordarshan.

AIIMS, RBI and ESIC earn full points
New Delhi, June 13
The All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) earned full points in the Delhi Soccer Association Institutional League Championship at Ambedkar Stadium.

Mohit Vohra downs Sudhir Mehtani
New Delhi, June 13
Mohit Vohra downed Sudhir Mehtani at 11-5, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9 after an interesting duel in the 41st Summer Open Table Tennis Tournament at the Talkatora indoor stadium on Friday.


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