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Newsreader enacts suicide drama atop tower
New Delhi, August 14
Frustrated over not being regularised and properly compensated for his work for the past 14 years, a casual newsreader of  AIR today climbed atop a TV-radio reception tower in the high-security Akashwani Bhawan in New Delhi district, threatening to commit suicide unless Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assured him that he would look into his case.
Bhaskar Bora, a casual news reader of AIR, threatens to jump from the tower
Bhaskar Bora, a casual news reader of AIR, threatens to jump from the tower, if his demands are not met. — Photo Kamal Singh 

Cops look the other way as dogs feast on corpse
Ghaziabad (Hapur), August 14
It can perhaps happen only in western UP. Stray dogs nibbled at a body in Hapur village with policemen looking the other way. Cops from a police station had reportedly dumped the body in the jurisdiction of another police station during the night. 

Schoolchildren at India Gate
Schoolchildren at India Gate.

ON THE ALERT: Armed policemen at India Gate, sealed before the Independence Day function. — Tribune photos Mukesh Aggarwal

Another transformer blast needed to rouse HVPN?
Panipat, August 14
Almost one month after the transformer blast here which killed 12 persons and injured several others, other such prospective blasts are staring the residents in the face with no remedial steps being taken by the authorities concerned. With a majority of the transformers in the district in a bad condition, a major tragedy is waiting to strike. In fact, the authorities seem to have failed to learn a lesson from the tragedy. A visit to several areas revealed that sparking in the transformers was a routine affair.

IIT probe panel shortlists suspects
New Delhi, August 14
The committee, which was formed to investigate the allegations of ragging in IIT, Delhi, has begun questioning the students. The committee, following a preliminary inquiry, has shortlisted some students who could have been involved in the incident. He added, “ We are still waiting for Prakash to identify the students.

SP’s gunman ‘assaults’ PT instructor

Panipat, August 14
A physical training instructor (PTI), Mr Ran Singh, was allegedly assaulted by a gunman of the SP, Dr Suman Manjari, at Shivaji Stadium here this morning. According to information, Dr Manjari arrived in the stadium well for the rehearsal of the police for the Independence Day function. 

11 Delhi Police officers get President’s Medal
New Delhi, August 14
On the eve of 57th Independence Day celebrations, 11 Delhi Police officers have been awarded the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services and Police Medal for Meritorious Services.


Haryana Govt completes 4,253 welfare works
Sonepat, August 14
The Haryana Government has completed as many as 4,253 development works at a cost of Rs 14.68 crore in Sonepat district under Food for work and Sampuran Gramin Rozgar Karyakram launched by it during the current financial year.

Villagers smell foul play in family’s murder
Bhiwani, August 14
The bodies of Darya Singh and his brother Jogender were cremated at Berla village and those of his daughter Ompati and her son Anil were cremated at Zahazgarh Mazra village on Tuesday evening. All of them were allegedly axed to death by the son of Jogender in the wee hours on Monday.

Faridabad records highest rainfall
Faridabad, August 14
The district has recorded a rainfall of 570 mm this season so far, which has been the highest since the creation of the district 24 years ago. If the present trend continues, the rainfall could touch the 800 mm mark this monsoon, believe experts.

Vehicle owners in a jam over spurious petrol
Faridabad, August 14
The fear of adulterated supply of petro-products haunts the majority of vehicle owners whenever they go for a refill even though the number of petrol and diesel sale outlets has been going up in the district.

Demo against erratic power supply
Sonepat, August 14
Large number of residents of Nahri, Nahra, Majra, Halalpur and Shafiabad held a massive demonstration in front of the office of the Superintending Engineer (Operation) of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) here yesterday to register their strong protest against the non-supply of electricity between 7 pm and midnight everyday, as well as low voltage in the supply of power.

Telecom bodies form Sanchar Nigam Association
Rohtak, August 14
The Telecom Engineering Officers Association and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd Executive Association of Haryana Telecom Circle have decided to merge. The Circle Executive Committees of both the associations will meet tomorrow at Panchayat Bhavan, Karnal, where both will adopt resolution separately about merger of both the associations.

Fire in power station 
Sonepat, August 14
Two employees fell unconscious and three sustained injuries when a fire broke out in the control room of 33 KV power sub-station situated on the Old DC Road near Anand Cinema House here last evening.

Boy dies of poisoning
Sonepat, August 14
One Ashok, son of Hukam Singh of Hasangarh village has died of poisoning today in local civil hospital while being treated by the doctors. According to information, he was found lying unconscious near the bus stop of Pinana village on Gohana-Sonepat Highway in the morning by the villagers. He was immediately brought to the hospital.
  • Two labourers attacked by shopkeeper
  • RI for jeep driver

CM visits Harijan Basti
New Delhi, August 14
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Diskhit inspected the Harijan Basti, Mandir Marg here today. She reviewed the sanitation drive and planted a sapling of ‘peepal’ at the Balmiki mandir.

Case of misbehaviour: Police officer granted bail
Bhiwani, August 14
A local court granted bail to a police officer in a case of misbehaviour with a leader of the Samajwadi Party. The Samajwadi Party vice-president, Mr Ramesh Verma, had filed a suit in the court seeking action against the then DSP Maharaj Singh who had misbehaved with the former when he had gone to meet the officer for a public grievance about seven months ago.


Boy kills elder brother in Lajpat Nagar
New Delhi, August 14
South district police have arrested Ajay (18), a resident of Lajpat Nagar who allegedly slit to death his elder brother last night. The deceased was identified as Chet Ram, alias Chanchal (22). The brothers did not have cordial relations. In the evening yesterday, they slept on the ground floor while their parents were on the first floor. Late at night, they argued on some trivial issue. Later, Ajay beat up the victim with a stick and then slit his neck. Chet Ram died on the spot.

Advocate named for widow’s murder
Greater Noida, August 14
The Bisarakh Police have solved the mystery of the murder of a woman whose body was found near Patwari in Greater Noida. The woman, a widow, was reportedly involved in illicit relations with an advocate in Ghaziabad. On August 8, she had reportedly returned from Dubai.

Lovelorn couple end it all
A lovelorn couple ended their lives by consuming some poisonous liquid in Asaudha village of the district last evening. According to information, Rajkumar (22) and Savita (19) had been carrying an affair for some years. Both were neighbours and residents of Asaudha village.

Additional SHO seeks Rs 2 lakh bribe, falls in CBI trap


A spiritual trilogy that celebrates immortal love
Geeta Chandran will present Shringara Vaibhavam through the prism of NavadarshanamI
t is an art exhibit that transcends beyond the real. Taking aesthetics to a spiritual realm, Nitin and Anjali Bhalla of Nitanjali Art Gallary present “Harmonious Chant”, a group show by 3 artists, Sujata Dere, Madhuri Phalnikar Bhaduri and Sachindra Nath Jha, featuring soulful canvases that sing an ode to the forces above. Starting from August 20 to 22 at Visual Arts Gallary, India Habitat Centre, the exhibition travels to the sublime, the unachievable. It nurtures a state of the highest aesthetics. Form translates a concept. A notion that of God, or the power who gently take us to an unknown future, blindfolded with their ethereal love. All three artists capture this immortal love. The omnipresence. The sheer purity of His aura.

Geeta Chandran will present Shringara Vaibhavam through the prism of Navadarshanam, a contemporary vision of tradition.
  • Shringara Vaibhavam
  • Ek Shaam Rashtra Ke Naam
  • Cultural programme

UB Group to host theatre festival in Capital
New Delhi, August 14
The ever struggling, yet zealous theatre actors and directors, who animate the stage despite shoestring budgets, have reason to smile at last. Inspired by the overwhelming response to its theatre initiative in Bangalore last year, the UB Group Spirits Division has decided to hold a theatre festival across four cities in the country.

Theatre lovers in the Capital can now watch ‘The Good, The Bad & The Googly’ directed by Dinyar Contractor. 
Theatre lovers in the Capital can now watch ‘The Good, The Bad & The Googly’


Youngmen struggle to beat Uttarakhand
New Delhi, August 14
Youngmen Club struggled to beat Uttarakhand 2-0 in a decisive match to decide the second berth for the Super Six from Group C preliminary league in the Delhi Soccer Association-SAIL A Division Football League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium on Thursday.


Raids reveal clandestine sale of LPG cylinders
Sonepat, August 14
The Food and Supplies Department and the police have launched a joint campaign against the sale of LPG cylinders by a large number of shopkeepers without procuring any licence here and in other parts of the district.


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