Tuesday, September 9, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Poll Polemics
Sheila ups the ante, may slap defamation suit on Khurana
New Delhi, September 8
With the expiry of the deadline — set for BJP unit chief Madan Lal Khurana to tender an apology for charges levelled against the Chief Minister, Mrs. Sheila Dikshit — it was indicated that the latter may file a defamation suit against him tomorrow.

Ban on invites to MPs raises hackles 
New Delhi, September 8
The Bharatiya Janata Party members of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today disrupted the proceedings of the house for more than 15 minutes and squatted in the well to protest against the recent decision of the Mayor, Mr. Ashok Jain, that no Member of Parliament from Delhi should be invited to official functions of the corporation.

Opp blamed for raking up varsity row
Rohtak, September 8
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today traded charges on the issue of affiliation of colleges with the Sirsa university.

Triumphant NSUI candidates call on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at her residence in the Capital on Monday.

This is my Victory: Triumphant NSUI candidates call on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at her residence in the Capital on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal 

SC admits appeals against HC verdict in Uphaar case
New Delhi
The Supreme Court today admitted appeals filed by the Delhi Police and the Delhi Municipal Corporation challenging a judgement of the Delhi High Court in the Uphaar cinema tragedy in which 59 people were killed by a devastating fire in June 1997.

A model at the launch of Amaris, a new diamond collection from Khanna Jewellers, at a fashion show in the Capital on Monday.
A model at the launch of Amaris, a new diamond collection from Khanna Jewellers, at a fashion show in the Capital on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal


Hospital rape: Ward boy held
New Delhi, September 8
The East district police today arrested Bhura (22), a ward boy who had allegedly raped an attendant of a patient at Shanti Mukand Hospital yesterday. A resident of a slum cluster in Seemapuri, the suspect was absconding ever since he committed the crime. Finally, his acquaintances led the police to his hideout, from where he was arrested.

Dreaded criminal escapes from custody of cops
Ghaziabad, September 8
Dreaded criminal Gurjit Singh, wanted in a number of cases, including attempt to murder, theft and loot, in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttaranchal, has escaped from police custody.

Move over Harry Potter, the real-life wizards are here
New Delhi, September 8
Not all wonders are confined to the pages of a Harry Potter. Some feats — like wriggling your ears for 18 hours at a stretch or passing the body through a handcuff — have been performed by talented people without wizardry.


National literacy campaign may come to naught in Faridabad
Faridabad, September 8
On the occasion of World Literacy Day today, an NGO engaged in various developmental works, has cast doubt over the success of the nationwide ‘Sarva Siksha Abhiyan’ (SSN), a national level literacy campaign in the district.

Eight lakh kids not enrolled in Delhi schools
New Delhi, September 8
Despite various attempts and programmes to educate children and take them to school, there are at least 8.48 lakh children in the age group of 0-14 who are still not enrolled in schools in the Capital.

Understanding the universe through our ancient scriptures
espite the recent advances, cosmology is an area of science, which continues to be in the realm of mystery for the common man.

Lest we forget
Thousands pay homage to Rewari hero V.K. Govil
Rewari, September 8
Glowing tributes were paid to Brig. V.K. Govil at a Shradhanjali Samaroh held at Data’s house in Model Town here yesterday.

Pratap Jyoti Yatra to foster spirit of nationality
Sonepat, September 8
The Pratap Jyoti Yatra, undertaken by the Rashtriya Gaurav Chetna Abhiyan Samiti from Chittorgarh in Rajasthan on August 31, reached Sonepat on Sunday evening. It was accorded a warm welcome by many social organisations, including Sonepat Rajput Kalyan Samiti.

She is creating new opportunities for poor children
Namrata SinghF
or the 30-year-old housewife and resident of Race Course area of the Capital, social work is part of her inheritance. Daughter of Kameshwar Singh, a well-known social worker and a former minister of Bihar, Namrata Singh, virtually grew up with social work as she often accompanied her father on his trips to the villages to alleviate the suffering of thousands of those living below the poverty line in extremely piteous conditions.

Special Focus on Faridabad
Heavy rain leaves a trail of craters
Faridabad, September 8
The extended monsoon rainfall has had its adverse impact on the city roads and elsewhere in the district. Many of the roads have been so badly damaged that accidents are feared.

NCR Briefs
Youth killed by speeding car
Sonepat, September 8
Dharminder, a youth of Bad Khalsa village was knocked down and killed by a speedy car on the G T Road near Bad Khalsa village about 13 km from here last night.

Delhi Digest
Global expo on water sector 
New Delhi, September 8
The Fifth Water Asia, International Conference and Exhibition focusing on water and waste management, is scheduled from September 10 to 12 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.



Crime wave envelops Meerut, nearby areas
Meerut, September 8
A dacoity for Rs 7.31 lakh at the Punjab National Bank at Machhra, robbery in a UPSRTC bus on the busy Meerut-Baraut Road and the robbery of Rs 1.94 lakh from a cigarette trader on the Sharda Road—all happening the same day have left people scared. They are not feeling safe anywhere. On September 4, criminals looted several vehicles on Delhi-Hapur Road bypass.


HelpAge cards to bring smile on old and weary faces
New Delhi, September 8
To mark the 15 years of their association, HelpAge India and Archies Limited today unveiled a range of greeting cards, diaries and calendars for the year 2003-04.

21 cities to be linked with mobile phone service from Oct 2 
Sonepat, September 8
The Haryana Circle of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to link as many as 21 cities and towns with mobile phone service from October 2.


DMC unable to check quackery: DMA
New Delhi, September 8
The Delhi Medical Association today welcomed Lt-Governor Vijai Kapoor’s decision to hold elections to the Delhi Medical Council and pointed a finger at the Council for being ineffective in tackling quackery and improving the standard of medical practice in the Capital.


Amway team annex Prayas Golf Tournament
New Delhi, September 8
Team Amway put up a splendid performance to win the Daksh Prayas Golf Tournament at the Classic Golf Resort in Gurgaon. Amway were aided by the fine display of William Pickney and Prithviraj Bijlani, who aggregated a winning tally of 49 team stableford points.

BSF Director-General Ajay Raj Sharma, who emerged the winner in the individual stableford category of the Daksh Prayas Golf, with film actors Arjun Rampal, Javed Jaffri, Kapil Dev and Suresh Oberoi at the prize distribution function.

Rachana Govil...shooting star.Rachana shoots a gold
New Delhi, September 8
Rachana Govil is back with a bang, her guns blazing! She has once again hit the golden trail in shooting with a consistent performance in the air pistol event.

Indian National win
New Delhi, September 8
Indian National beat Shastri Club 4-2 in a Group A match of the Delhi Soccer Association Senior Division Football League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium on Monday.

Govt considering tax exemption for sports investment
New Delhi, September 8
The Government is considering to exempt tax on investment of sports sponsorship for the corporate sector.

Karun Chandhok races to second position
New Delhi, September 8
Karun Chandhok recovered from a disappointing non-finish on Saturday to end up at the second place in the Round 22 of the British Formula 3 Championship (scholarship class).

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