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Counters manned by cops for
passport seekers

New Delhi, August 12
The Delhi Police, in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs, have decided to set up two special computerised passport counters at convenient places in Delhi, for the benefit of fresh passport seekers. The experiment, which is the first of its kind in the country, if successful, will be replicated in other states.

PM plays big brother to spl kids
New Delhi, August 12
It was a memorable Raksha Bandhan for the special children. Not only did they spend time with the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, but also got an opportunity to tie him a rakhi.

Contractors miffed as MCD cheques bounce
New Delhi, August 12
Strange as it may seem, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has no money in its account in the Oriental Bank of Commerce. Result: The cheques issued by it to the contractors are bouncing. This has caused a flutter among the contractors.



Health check-up comes in smart packages in Faridabad
Faridabad, August 12
It is an open secret that services in civil hospitals and health centres are nothing to write home about. Result: The patients, rich and poor alike, play into the hands of private clinics and diagnostic centres, which have mushroomed in the city and elsewhere in the district.

Khurana to hit the road with five daily posers
New Delhi, August 12
After Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani kicked off Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party’s campaign by addressing the Parivartan Rally over the weekend, it is the turn of Delhi unit President Madan Lal Khurana to undertake the Parivartan Yatra.

Panchayat demands just compensation from HUDA
Gurgaon, August 12
A panchayat of several villages adopted half a dozen resolutions, including one seeking adequate compensation for those whose agricultural land was being acquired by the Haryana Urban Development Authority for setting up New Gurgaon.

Deficient service: Citibank told to refund money
New Delhi, August 12
A Delhi consumer court has ordered Citibank to refund Rs 12,292 along with interest and also pay the litigation cost of Rs 10,000 to a consumer for wrong cheque encashment.

Shop owner’s assailant lynched
Dadri (Noida), August 12
One of the three youths, who were fleeing after shooting at and wounding a medical store owner in broad daylight in Bisohada village in Dadri, was caught by angry villagers and beaten to death. His other two companions succeeded in fleeing.


HVP aims to storm Congress bastion
Rewari, August 12
The Haryana Vikas Party is leaving no stone unturned for the success of its August 25 rally here. The rally is aimed at extending its influence in the traditional stronghold of the Congress party.


Fallout of waterlogging: Paddy, jowar crops wither away
Sonepat, August 12
Amid reports of waterlogging in different low-lying areas of the district due to heavy rains during the past one month standing crops of paddy and jowar as well as vegetables have reportedly been destroyed.

A girl tying rakhi on the wrist of Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani at his residence on Raksha Bandhan in the Capital on Tuesday.
A girl tying rakhi on the wrist of Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani at his residence on Raksha Bandhan in the Capital on Tuesday. — Photo by Kamal Singh

Cane growers castigate government for liberalisation policy
Rohtak, August 12
The Sugarcane Growers Action Committee has severely criticised the Vajpayee government for its policy of liberalisation of agriculture which was harming the peasantry in a big way. The committee has urged the Centre to make allocation from the Rs 609 crore package for sugarcane growers to Haryana state also.

Stray cattle the biggest hazard on Sonepat roads
Sonepat, August 12
The biggest terror on the city roads these days are stray cattle that suddenly appear in the middle in the midst of speeding vehicles. A large number of cows and buffaloes, which should have been confined to the sheds in dairy colonies, are unleashed to roam about the streets or graze on the lush lawns of the parks and public gardens in various residential colonies. They urinate and defecate on the roads.

PFA welcomes Bill banning cow slaughter
Gurgaon, August 12
The Haryana chapter of the People for Animals has welcomed the decision of the Cabinet committee that has decided to put up legislation for banning the slaughter of cows throughout the country.

She laboured for 32 yrs to keep her husband’s memory alive
Sonepat, August 12
“My husband became a martyr in the 1971 Indo-Pak war and in his memory I have got a room constructed in the village girls’ school.” These are the words of Arootri Devi of Nangal Kalan village in Sonepat district whose husband Munshi Jatsi sacrificed his life in the Indo-Pak war of 1971.

"The Great Indian Dream", co-authored by Dr Malay Chaudhuri and Arindam Chaudhuri, was released by Tarun Tejpal in the Capital on Tuesday
“The Great Indian Dream”, co-authored by Dr Malay Chaudhuri and Arindam Chaudhuri, was released by Tarun Tejpal in the Capital on Tuesday.

Jains to gather at Talkatora for ‘parivar parichay’
New Delhi, August 12
The All India Khandelwal Digambar Jain Mahasabha is organising the first ever All India Parivar Parichay Sammelan and Parivar Sneh Milan (family familiarisation programme) here on Friday, August 15, at Talkatora Stadium. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit along with Union Minister of State Vijay Goel have consented to grace the occasion and extend their support to this grand social event.

Licence for GK godown, drugs stored in Noida
The Noida police have confiscated a large quantity of medicines in a raid on a godown here, where they were stored illegally, and arrested the licence-holder. The licence was for a godown in Greater Kailash in New Delhi but dealer Rakesh Jain had stored these medicines in a factory here, violating the norms.

Body of 3 kids fished out from pond
Faridabad, August 12
The police have recovered the bodies of three children, aged between 10 to 12 years, who had drowned in the historic Surdass Park pond near Sector-8 here. These boys had gone for swimming in the pond on Saturday last and were untraceable since then.

  • Minister charges officials with callousness
  • Separate lane for rickshaw-pullers sought
  • Woman crushed

Sanitation drive to commemorate August Kranti Divas
New Delhi, August 12
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has launched a sanitation-cum-cleanliness drive in the Capital to commemorate the August Kranti Divas. Giving this information, the Mayor, Mr Ashok Kumar Jain, said the drive has been launched in each of the 12 zones of the corporation so that the Capital could be given an aesthetic look. This drive was formally launched on August 10 from the historic Red Fort. It was launched at Shahdara North and South Zones yesterday.

  • Musical evening
  • Herbal medicine for cancer

Rs 47.54 crore spent on development works
Sonepat, August 12
The Haryana Government has spent Rs 47.54 crore on the execution of development works in connection with the ‘Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar’ programme in Sonepat district.


Four nabbed for duping businessmen
New Delhi, August 12
With the arrest of four persons including an advocate, the Economic Offences Wing today claimed to have smashed an organised gang, which used to dupe businessmen. The gang had duped several businessmen saying that their money could be doubled by using scientific methods.

  • Cell snatcher arrested
  • Train rams van, two hurt

Man murdered by unidentified criminals
Muradnagar (Ghaziabad), August 12
A person, identified as Meherdin of Abupur village, was strangled to death. Meherdin had taken his cattle to the jungle for grazing near the Jalalapur road.


Present credit scenario not conducive to growth of SSIs: Sikdar
New Delhi, August 12
The Union Minister of State for Small Scale Industries, Mr Tapan Sikdar, said that the present credit scenario was not conducive to the growth of small-scale industries.


Haryana School Board reduces pass percentage to 33
Bhiwani, August 12
The Board of School Education, Haryana, has decided to reduce the minimum pass percentage from 35 to 33. Chairman of the Board, Mr OP Chaudhry, informed that the decision was taken by the members of the Board in a meeting held recently.

Measures to curb unfair means
Sonepat, August 12
The Board of School Education Haryana has taken a series of measures to curb the menace of copying in the annual and supplementary examinations in the state.


HC awards compensation to Delhi farmers for acquired land
New Delhi, August 12
The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Government to pay compensation to the farmers of Nagal Rai in Sagar Pur village on the outskirt of the national Capital for acquiring their 309 bighas of land for public purposes.


Krishna and Radha to doll up in designer clothes
O design for the master Designer himself is no easy task. Ask the designers who have spent countless hours contriving the colours and the textures to get the right look for the Creator who has to his credit an infinite creation, varied as it is and also awe-inspiring.

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  • Daler Mehndi wields the knife

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Eye flu spreading in Faridabad
Faridabad, August 12
Doctors and eye specialists here have sounded an alert about the fast-spreading eye flu. The District Eye Surgeon and Head of the Eye Department of B K Civil Hospital here, Dr Ravinder Mathur, disclosed that there had been a steep increase in the incidence of conjunctivitis in the town.


Manavsthali to meet Sachdeva in final
New Delhi, August 12
Manavsthali School will take on Sachdeva Public School in the final of the Inter-School Boys Team Championship on Wednesday. In the semi-finals played at the Talkatora indoor stadium on Tuesday, Manavsthali defeated N K Bagrodia 3-1 while Sachdeva School scored an identical 3-1 victory against Delhi Public School, Mathura Road.

Laurels won by his trainees speak volumes of this coach
Faridabad, August 12
Credit for bringing laurels in sports and games not only goes to the players but also to the persons behind the achievement. A coach is one such person who often remains in the background but definitely plays a crucial role that cannot be overlooked.
Neeraj Sharma
Neeraj Sharma

Chand Khanna club felicitates players
New Delhi, August 12
The Chand Khanna Cricket Club felicitated Indian players Ashish Nehra, Amit Bhandari, Gautam Gambhir, Sarandeep Singh and Amit Mishra at a function held at Pragati Maidan on Monday.

Union Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma with C. K. Khanna, Dr S. S. Sareen, Suresh Chopra and Mukesh Gupta at a function to felicitate Delhi cricketers Sarandeep Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Amit Bhandari and Ashish Nehra in the Capital on Monday.
Union Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma with C. K. Khanna, Dr S. S. Sareen, Suresh Chopra and Mukesh Gupta at a function to felicitate Delhi cricketers Sarandeep Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Amit Bhandari and Ashish Nehra in the Capital on Monday


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