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When claimants draw medical expenses at will
Sonepat, July 12
Owing to the connivance of doctors and DDOs (Drawing and Disbursement Officials), the medical expenses being claimed by serving as well as retired government employees, including those of State-controlled boards and nigams, is a continuous drain on the State exchequer.

Guard electrocuted while wading through flooded street
Thank God, Rajpath is not waterloggedNew Delhi, July 12
The heavy rain, which continued to lash the Capital for the third consecutive day today, claimed two more lives when a person was electrocuted in Model Town and a teenager fell into a drain in Jharoda in North-West District. The rain so far has claimed 12 lives in the Capital.
Even though the traffic chaos had eased considerably today with fewer jams being reported in the city, water logging continued to create problems.
Thank God, Rajpath is not waterlogged. — Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal


MDU to slash migration fee 
Rohtak, July 12
A Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) committee, which was constituted by the vice-chancellor, has recommended reduction in the fee for migration of students to various professional courses like MBA/MCA/B.Pharma/B.Tech/LL.B etc from Rs. 20,000 to Rs 5000.

Two NGOs recreate the thrill of love ‘at first sight’

New Delhi, July 12
Most of them are old and infirm. They hail from slums and villages around Delhi. Survival is a daily struggle, living as they do, below the poverty line. Within the family they get little consideration and even less respect. They are treated like a burden owing to their poor eyesight because of advancing cataract.
Ms Seema Verma and her team of artists, who painted the ceilings of the charitable wards of Venu Eye Institute.

Ms Seema Verma and her team of artists, who painted the ceilings of the charitable wards of Venu Eye Institute

15-year-old promised the moon, raped
New Delhi, July 12
The North-West district police today arrested a resident of Prashant Vihar on the charge of abduction and rape. He had allegedly taken a 15-year-old girl to Chandigarh on the pretext of providing her a role in a TV serial.

WHEN LIFE IS A BALL! — Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Late trains: For once, Railways has a good excuse
Sonepat, July 12
Train services on the Sonepat-Delhi section of the Northern Railways remained disrupted for several hours yesterday owing to heavy rain. According to railway officials, some slum dwellers near Azadpur and Subzimandi had dug a drain underneath the tracks for draining out the rain water. They had also dug up the embankments, which caused a major disruption in rail traffic.

Rs 16 lakh seized from NDMC official’s locker
New Delhi, July 12
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today claimed to have seized several lakhs of rupees in cash from the bank locker of an official of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC).


Miffed with INLD, BJP says it’ll contest on its own
Sonepat, July 12
The State Vice-President of the BJP and MP, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, today categorically said that the party would present itself before the people in the state as an alternative in the next Assembly elections by contesting the elections on its own.


Day is observed but population is going through the roof
Faridabad, July 12
Observing the World Population Day, which was yesterday, seems to have become a ceremonial practice but it has nothing to do with the efforts required to check the growth of population in actual terms, at least in the district. One of the shocking revelations made during the ceremonial meeting to commemorate the day here yesterday was that the population of Faridabad had been growing at the rate of 47.8 persons per 1000 of the population per year. This is certainly more than double the national average, which is pegged at around 22 per thousand. It is also a reflection of the functioning of the Health Department.

Leaders flay govt for ‘fleecing’ youths seeking jobs
Faridabad, July 12
Leaders of opposition parties have alleged that jobless youths in Haryana were being fleeced by the state government in the name of employment process. In separate but identical statements, these leaders condemned the increase in the application fee against various posts advertised recently.

Family of daily-wage earner rendered homeless by rain
Jhajjar, July 12
Incessant rains have been a blessing for the people who were reeling under scorching summer heat, but the poor are still at the receiving end. It was a heart-rending scene at the two-room house of Ramanand, which collapsed due to heavy rain yesterday morning, in Kharmaan village.

White revolution on its head!
White revolution on its head! — A Tribune photograph

Health centre’s refusal to conduct autopsy of decomposed body causes tension
Rewari, July 12
The body of a college student, Sanjiv Saini who committed suicide a fortnight ago, was cremated this morning at Bawal, thus diffusing the tension that was building up in the area following the refusal of the local Community Health Centre to conduct a post-mortem examination. The body, in fact, was found in a well on July 10 and was in a highly decomposed state.

Living our faith in our daily life
ou need to read your scriptures along with the daily newspaper to interpret current events in the light of the Truth one has learnt from the ancient books. Unearthing of 100 kg of spurious medicines bearing the labels of prestigious multinational companies must have sent shivers down the spines of many when they came to know that the life-saving drugs they had consumed could often turn out to be life threatening.

BJP demands probe into MCD ‘lapse’
New Delhi, July 12
Mr Mewa Ram Arya, chief spokesperson of the Delhi Pradesh BJP demanded a probe into the “negligence and callousness” in cleaning the storm water drains and sewerage and repairing the boundary walls, which had resulted in huge losses to the people of the Pandav Nagar area.

Four booked in dowry death case
Faridabad, July 12
Four persons have been booked under the Dowry Act in connection with the death of a young woman at Jharsentli village in the district. According to police sources, a 21-year-old woman, married to one Surjit, died under mysterious circumstances at her in-laws’ house yesterday.
  • Man electrocuted
  • Seminar on culture
  • Army maintenance workshop held
  • Protest by shopkeepers


One killed, eight hurt as jeep rams into truck
Sonepat, July 12
One person was killed and eight persons were injured, some of them seriously, when a jeep rammed into a stationary truck on G T Road near Devilal Park at Bahalgarh village, 10 km from here, last evening.

Man stabs son over money dispute, surrenders
New Delhi, July 12
A man who stabbed his son over an altercation over money has surrendered to the North-East district police. The police received a call on June 27 that one Kishan Swaroop alias Thekedar (52), a resident of Gokalpur, had stabbed his son. The police on reaching the spot found nothing and even the neighbours could not provide any valuable information in this regard.

Criminal killed in Ghaziabad encounter
Ghaziabad, July 12
Kamal Bhatia, a notorious criminal of Faridabad who was carrying a cash reward of Rs. 2000 on his head, was killed in an encounter with the Ghaziabad police at Syana Chopla Garh village in the early hours of the morning today. Four of his alleged accomplices managed to escape.

46 persons arrested for gambling
Sonepat, July 12
The police have arrested 46 persons engaged in gambling during raids conducted on lottery shops on the Railway road and on the premises of Garang cinema here last evening.

ITDC trainee killed in brawl
New Delhi, July 12
A trainee of the Manpower Training Development Institute in Qutab Institutional was killed following a fight with another trainee today. While the deceased has been identified as Surender (28), the suspect, Vijender, has been arrested.


Geography, English most sought after PG subjects
Rohtak, July 12
Geography has emerged as the most sought-after subject among the postgraduate courses in Maharshi Dayanand University when the number of available seats is taken into account. As many as 311 candidates have applied for mere 30 seats in MA (Geography) course.

Textbooks distributed free to poor students
Sonepat, July 12
Atlas Cycle Industries Limited, the largest manufacturers of bicycle in India, provided free textbooks to more than 1,000 poor students at a function organised by the Dewan Harnam Das Saraswati Devi Trust here last evening.


Bar Association mourns Justice Yadav’s death
Rohtak, July 12
The District Bar Association has mourned the death of Justice Birender Singh Yadav who died at Gurgaon on July 1, following a cardiac arrest. Born on July 16, 1924, at village Bharawas in district Rewari, Justice Yadav was posted at Rohtak as District and Sessions Judge from 1971 to 1974.


No value of human life in national Capital
f quacks in the National Capital are incorrigible, the Delhi Medical Association is also determined to chase them away. To draw the Delhi Government’s attention once again to the menace of quackery and the need to pass the Anti Quackery Bill, the DMA is mobilising doctors from the Delhi north zone branch of the Indian Medical Association.
  • Medical air evacuations
  • Free Health Camps


Punjab Heroes qualify for Super Six
New Delhi, July 12
Punjab Heroes qualified for the Super Six stage when they came from behind to beat Shakti Club by 4-2 in a Group A match of the Delhi Soccer Association Open Clubs Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium on Saturday.

Indian supporters during a basket ball match between India and Uzbekistan in the round-robin league at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium
Indian supporters during a basket ball match between India and Uzbekistan in the round-robin league at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium in the Capital on Saturday. — Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal 

14-member Indian blind team for World Meet
New Delhi, July 12
The Indian Blind Sports Association will field a 14-member contingent to represent the country in the second IBSA World Championships and Games for the Blind to be held in Quebec, Canada, from August 1 to 12.

Weider to sponsor Uttaranchal Heroes Football Club 
New Delhi, July 12
In these cash crunch days, when even reputed clubs are finding it difficult to rope in a sponsor to support their activities, the Uttaranchal Heroes Football Club have enlisted the help of Weider, an American food supplement company, as their sponsors. Weider will sponsor Uttaranchal Club in the current season by providing kits and other necessary items to the players.

Northern India golf at Army course
New Delhi, July 12
The Northern India Junior and Sub-Junior Golf Championship will be held at the Army Golf Course from July 15 to 18. The Indian Golf Union-recognised championship will be conducted in four weight categories—15 to 17 years with a handicap of 9 and lower, 13-14 years with a handicap of 12 and lower, 11-12 years with a handicap of 18 and lower and under-10 with a handicap of 30 and lower.


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