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Delhi Statehood Bill is a dud: Sonia
AICC president Sonia Gandhi during the inaugural ceremony of Rajiv Gandhi Stadium at BawanaNew Delhi, August 23
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday dismissed the Delhi State Bill, 2003, which was tabled in the Lok Sabha earlier this week, as “worthless” and said the BJP had played a dirty trick on the people.

AICC president Sonia Gandhi during the inaugural ceremony of Rajiv Gandhi Stadium at Bawana on Saturday. — Photo Kamal Singh

Hoardings stay put in Mayawati land despite SC ban
Noida, August 23
In spite of the ban imposed by the Supreme Court on display of hoardings and billboards on main roads and highways in the NCR, work is in progress for putting up large hoardings at about a dozen places around the Noida Toll Bridge. The Noida Authority has, however, in a letter to the ad agencies, objected to hoardings fixed on land owned by the UP Irrigation Department.


Models during the 4th Lehenga festival organised by CTC Plaza in the Capital on Friday.  — Tribune Photos Mukesh Aggarwal

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Selection Board denies it made no effort to ensure zero vacancy
New Delhi, August 23
The Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board has denied allegations that it made no efforts to stick to the time limit fixed by the Delhi High Court for ensuring ‘zero vacancy’ in Delhi Government and Municipal Corporation of Delhi schools before the commencement of the academic session this year.

UPPC cannot forcibly install electronic meters
Noida, August 23
The District Consumer Protection Forum has upheld the allegation of the Resident Welfare Association of Sector 27 that the UP Power Corporation had been dumping electronic meters on consumers in an autocratic and high-handed way. Upholding the charge preferred in the suit, the forum has directed the UP Corporation to form a specific plan for installing electronic meters and also ensuring and checking the quality of these meters before installation.

LIC told to make amends to widow
Bhiwani, August 22
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Bhiwani branch of the Life Insurance Corporation to clear the payment for two policies to a widow. The policies were made on the life of her husband. The corporation had earlier refused to make payments against the policy. Following this, she had filed a complaint with the forum. The decision was given jointly by the forum chairman Pradeep Kumar Mehta, members Prem Singh Ola and Raj Bala Sheoran today.

Visit Dadri, see what a pigsty looks like
Noida (Dadri), August 23
For the past three months, Dadri town is in a shambles. Heaps of garbage greet people everywhere, on every street and corner. The town has converted into a veritable breeding ground for flies and mosquitoes, exposing the residents to the risk of an epidemic.


Guga Bhedi wrestling match hijacked out of village on leaders’ whim
Gurgaon, August 23
Using official machinery to suit one’s convenience is an in-thing with leaders of the ruling political party of the day. A recent case in Gurgaon gives further credence to this theory.

Swabhiman Rally to be a political springboard for Rao Narbir Singh?
Rewari, August 23
After senior Congress leader Rao Inderjit Singh, deputy leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party Capt Ajay Singh Yadav and HVP general secretary Anil Rao, Ahirwal is trying to make his presence felt as a rally organiser of the region.

Shabana Azmi at the release of the book, ‘The Marginals’
Shabana Azmi at the release of the book, ‘The Marginals’, in the Capital on Saturday. — Photo Kamal Singh

Parties rally behind journalists, condemn assault
Rohtak, August 23
Different political parties and apolitical organisations have condemned the barbarous attack on scribes by the police during the elections to the office-bearers of Maharshi Dayanand University Non-teaching Employees Association (MDUNTEA) on Wednesday.

Human problems are spiritual at their roots

hy can’t men live in peace with one another?” You are bound to ask this question yourself if you happen to visit the corridors of the district courts in Delhi (Tis Hazari). Lawyers in their black coats, litigants, policemen and witnesses besides others associated with the legal profession such as stamp vendors, clerks and typists, are seen hurrying hither and thither, anxiety writ large on their faces. It is almost like being inside a beehive. Perhaps, it is a picture of humanity in miniature.

Barsi of Kripal Singh observed
New Delhi, August 23
On the occasion of the 29th Barsi Bhandara of Param Sant Kripal Singh Ji Maharaj, thousands of people paid rich tributes to him at Kirpal Bagh today. Social and religious leaders spoke of his vision of spiritually enlightened world society and of a Golden Age, which he had said at the first Human Unity Conference in 1974, at the Red Fort Grounds. 

Ninth Delhi Book Fair opens
New Delhi, August 23
The Ninth Delhi Book Fair, with a special focus on children, was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Satyabrata Mookherjee here today. Speaking at the inauguration, the minister called upon the publishers to reduce the prices of books to make them accessible to a vast majority of people. He said the publishers should ensure that knowledge is available cheaper to a vast majority of people who want to read, by reducing prices of the books.

Sonepat power pangs persist
Sonepat, August 23
Sonepat city and its suburbs continue to be in the grip of power crisis for the past few months. The authorities of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) have failed to maintain regular power supply in the domestic, industrial and agriculture sectors.

Three killed in road mishap
Bhiwani, August 23
Three persons have been killed in the city and suburbs since yesterday. A person was killed when a jeep hit him at village Khapadwas yesterday. According to report, the deceased, identified as Ramanand, was hit by the jeep owned by a liquor contractor when it was being turned after delivering the liquor to a vend at village Khapadwas. Ramanand died on the spot.
  • Woman among two crushed
  • Five vehicles stolen
  • Land inundated
  • Fire station building opened
  • Congress leader bereaved
  • One killed in head-on train collision
  • Polish commando hospitalised with stab injuries
  • Team raids hospitals

Goel opens Agrasen Marg
New Delhi, August 23
The Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr Vijay Goel, unveiled the road name plaque of Maharaja Agrasen Marg at Laxmibai Nagar this morning in a simple function organised by New Delhi Municipal Council.

Rain catches govt agencies napping


Fake notes seized
Meerut, August 23
The Meerut police have claimed to have busted a gang engaged in printing fake currency with the arrest of a person, Sharafat. Fake notes of Rs 100 and Rs 50 denominations worth Rs 2,000 were seized from his possession.

Blackmailer killed
New Delhi, August 23
Blackmailing led to the murder of a youth, whose body was recovered from a deserted place in Rohini area in North-West district a few days back. He was residence of Mangolpuri.

JE attacked by sarpanch
Sonepat, August 23
Mr S.P.Singh, a Junior Engineer with the Public Health Department, was allegedly attacked and injured by the sarpanch and his son at Rohat village, about 5 km from here yesterday.


Hindu College girls top in MSc exams 
Sonepat, August 23
Girl students of local Hindu College have set a record by grabbing the first five positions in the MSc Chemistry (Previous) and first three top positions in MSc Physics (Final) examinations of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, this year.

SFI, Chhatra  Lok Janshakti to jointly fight DUSU polls
New Delhi, August 23
The Students Federation of India (SFI) and the Chhatra Lok Janshakti (CLJ) today announced their decision to take on the “communal” Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the “ideologically inconsistent” National Students Union of India (NSUI) in the coming Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections.


Novel way of feeding mentally challenged newborn
ir Ganga Ram Hospital has overtaken other hospitals in the country in performing Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) on a newborn. Four months after Dr Neelam Mohan, Consultant Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Therapeutic Endoscopist, took up the challenge of trying the procedure on a newborn for the first time, she has reason to compliment herself for her bold decision.


Hindustan rally to hold Shahdara
New Delhi, August 23
Drawn matches were the order of the day at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the Delhi Soccer Association-SAIL Senior Division Football League Championship on Saturday.

Arjun Singh sets a course record, lifts title
New Delhi, August 23
Arjun Singh of Delhi shot a superb eight-under 64 on the final day for a four-day total of 20-under 268 to win the TNGF-KONE Open 2003, the third leg of the Hero Honda Indian Golf Tour on Saturday.

Rajat, Manoj bowl Ramjas School to victory
New Delhi, August 23
Devastating bowling performances by leg-spinner Rajat Sharma (4 for 1) and Manoj Gupta (4 for 14) enabled Ramjas School No 2 defeat Diwan Chand Arya School by 117 runs in the opening match of the third Ramjas Inter-School Under-17 Cricket Tournament at the Ramjas Sports Complex ground.

Players being introduced to the chief guest before the start of the Ramjas School Cricket Tournament.
Players being introduced to the chief guest before the start of the Ramjas School Cricket Tournament

School kids take to  karate-do
New Delhi, August 23
Children Valley School at Preet Vihar has taken the initiate to promote karate-do in the school for all age groups, in a move designed to equip the children adept at self defence in these uncertain times.

Children practising karate-do under the supervision of chief instructor Naval.
Children practising karate-do under the supervision of chief instructor Naval


Govt sets deadline for completing road repairs
New Delhi, August 23
The Government of NCT of Delhi has set a deadline of September 30 for completing the work of repairing the roads that have developed cracks and potholes this monsoon.


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