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Sheila lashes out at ‘political charade’ on Metro
New Delhi, September 17
Apparently upset over the sudden change in the schedule of the inauguration of the Tis Hazari-Trinagar section of Delhi Metro, the Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs. Sheila Dikshit, today dashed off angry letters to Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. L K Advani, and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Chairman and president of Delhi Pradesh BJP, Mr. Madan Lal Khurana, claiming that the Delhi government was kept in the dark about the ‘’unilateral decision’’ to advance the programme.

BJP spells out issues, but keeps trump cards close to chest
New Delhi, September 17
The Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party will make basic amenities, rampant corruption and failure of the Sheila Dikshit-led Congress government the main plank during the campaign for the November Assembly elections in Delhi, senior party leader Pramod Mahajan said today.

SP throws hat in the ring, keen on pact with Cong
New Delhi, September 17
The Samajwadi Party is considering having an electoral understanding with the Congress for the coming Delhi Assembly polls, and parleys on the issue have begun. The state SP chief, Mahendra Singh Yadav, talking to media persons, said that the ball is now in the Congress court and that talks with the party at the national level were on.

MCD workers demolishing an unauthorised construction near Mazar-e-Zauq, following the Supreme Court order in the Capital
MCD workers demolishing an unauthorised construction near Mazar-e-Zauq, following the Supreme Court order in the Capital on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by  Mukesh Aggarwal

The scene outside the LIC building, the site of a bomb scare in the Capital on Wednesday. — Tribune photo

Centre seeks time to verify CAS status in other metros
New Delhi, September 17
The Delhi High Court today fixed for hearing a petition challenging deferment of the Conditional Access Systems for cable TV in Delhi after the Union Government sought time to verify whether it was also being deferred in Mumbai and Kolkata.

Charmed by the man with the golden wand
Faridabad, September 17
Dhanraj Pillai, the captain of the Indian team, has a tough exterior, but beneath the outer crust there is a golden heart. No wonder he has been dubbed the golden boy of Indian hockey.

Cheats flick cheque from bank collection box
Noida, September 17
Cheats have withdrawn Rs 35,000 from a Noida bank by stealing a cheque from the collection box kept at the branch. One Manoj Kumar of Delhi is running a firm, Power Tech Engineering Services. Manoj had provided technical services to Shipra Hotel in Sector-18, for which he received a payment of Rs 35,564 through cheque on August 25, 2003.

Property dealer shot dead
Ghaziabad, September 17
Four miscreants shot dead a property dealer in Vasundhra Colony under Indira Puram police station in broad daylight yesterday when the Ghaziabad police was controlling the riots in Hapur. The killers escaped, using the Zen car of the slain property dealer. Later, they abandoned the car in Sector-14.

Notice on Khurana’s defamation suit
New Delhi:
A city court today issued a notice to Delhi Pradesh Congress President Chaudhary Prem Singh on a defamation suit filed against him by city BJP Chief Madan Lal Khurana.


8-year-old water scheme caught in bureaucratic snarl
Sonepat, September 17
Though a Rs 1.24 crore water supply scheme was sanctioned about eight years back for village Purkhas, the villagers are yet to receive even a drop of water. In the meanwhile, the women of the village are forced to carry drinking water from distance as much as one kilometre everyday.

A visitor at the Health and Beauty Fair 2003 at Dilli Haat
A visitor at the Health and Beauty Fair 2003 at Dilli Haat in the Capital on Wednesday. — Photo by Kamal Singh

Beautification drive brings citizens, officials together in unique joint venture
Panipat, September 17
Even as construction works on a number of parks in the city is progressing well, the only park and a lake therein being developed in the name of the famous Urdu poet Altaf Hussain Hali is languishing. Now, however, an association under the name of ‘Hali Lake and Park Association’ has been formed with eight official and five non-official members under the Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. R. Anand, to oversee the completion of the park.

Non-plan fund must for MCD: BJP
New Delhi, September 17
The BJP councillor and Leader of Opposition in the Standing Committee, MCD, today said that the corporation could be a viable civic body if the Delhi Government released its due non-plan fund.

Simians giving goose-flesh to Rabupura residents
Noida, September 17
Monkeys are at it once again in Rabupura area. Dozens of people have been bitten recently. The residents are mortally afraid of stepping out of their houses. The victims include a pregnant woman, some youths and children on September 12. Some of the simians reportedly suffer from a contagious disease, exposing their victims to fatal consequences.

Issueless widow cries for her share of land 
Noida, September 17
Some persons have conspired to get 11-bigha land of an issueless widow transferred to their name in Dhanauri village under Sadar Tehsil. The woman, in her petition to the district magistrate, has stated that she was the second wife of Lakshmi Chand who had married her after the death of his first wife.

Buddhists demand representation in Delhi Minorities Commission
New Delhi, September 17
The Buddhist Society of India today put forth a demand seeking Buddhist representation in the Delhi State Minorities Commission to resolve their problems. The society has written a letter to the Chief Minister, Ms. Sheila Dikshit, asking her to provide representation to the nearly half a million Buddhists of the Capital on the lines of National Commission for Minorities. Expressing regret that despite having a huge population and 200 ‘Viharas’ in the Capital, Buddhists were the only minorities who have not been given any representation in the Delhi Commission.

Women rally against blockage of sewers
Sonepat, September 17
A large number of women held a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today to register their protest against the blockage of sewers in Ashok Vihar, a residential colony of the city.

Brothers held for abducting girl
Faridabad, September 17
Two brothers have been arrested in connection with the abduction of a teenaged girl from a village in Palwal sub-division. The accused identified as Sunder and Prem Chand had allegedly kidnapped a 18-year-old girl and kept her confined to a house in Pinghor village.
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‘NRI’ held for cheating
New Delhi, September 17
The Economic Offences Wing has arrested a person who was posing as an NRI and swindled the personal assistant of an MP. Based on the complaint from one A C Jose, that one person identified as Damodar, cheated him, the police swung into actin and caught the accused.


Kidnapping case solved, four held
New Delhi, September 17
With the arrest of four persons including a woman, the North-West district police today claimed to have solved a kidnapping case within 24 hours. The victim Manoj (24), resident of Budh Vihar, was rescued safely.


Traders demand withdrawal of VAT
Sonepat, September 17
The one-day visit of the state president of the Beopar Cell of the INLD, Niranjan Lal Bansal at Sonepat and Kharkhoda on Tuesday was dominated by the demands of the traders to abolish the value-added tax (VAT) from the state.


Sexual harassment at work: National conference begins
o draw attention to the severity of sexual harassment at work and to various related issues that range from public apathy to social ostracism, the School of Law and Legal Studies, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), has organised a national conference, which began here today.
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  • Knowledge  millennium
  • Seminar on success
  • Amity students for Moot Court event
  • Kurian joins  Sylvan as India head


BHEL officer acquitted in bribery case 
New Delhi, September 17
A Delhi court today acquitted a senior officer of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) of corruption charges after finding that there was no substantial evidence against him.


Cancer awareness camp held
Meerut, September 17
In a series of programmes to celebrate the raising day of the Military Nursing Service (MNS) on October 2, a detailed “Cancer Awareness Campaign and Health Check-up” camp was held here in Military Hospital Meerut.


Anju Bobby George, who won a long jump bronze medal in the World Athletic Championship in France, and her husband with Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel
Anju Bobby George, who won a long jump bronze medal in the World Athletic Championship in France, and her husband with Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel, when they called on him in the Capital on Wednesday.

Shahdara,  Air Force  enter semis
New Delhi, September 17
Shahdara Club and defending champions Indian Air Force, New Delhi qualified for the semi-finals from Group B in the Delhi Soccer Association Senior Division Football League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium on Wednesday.

Flurry of sports activities at MDU
Rohtak, September 17
The sports activities of the colleges affiliated to Maharshi Dayanand University Rohtak (MDU) are set to gain momentum this month with start of the various inter-college championships.

Shiv Sunder Das, Mohanty star for NALCO
New Delhi, September 17
An all-round display by India player Shiv Sundar Das and a deadly bowling spell by another India player, Debashish Mohanty, enabled National Aluminium Company (NALCO) defeat MTNL by six wickets and entered the quarter-final of the All-India Public Sector Cricket Tournament at the Central Secretariat ground.

TVS to sponsor Irani Trophy
New Delhi, September 17
TVS, after sponsoring the just-concluded Challenger Series in Bangalore, will also sponsor the Irani Cup, to be played between Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai and Rest of India in Chennai from September 18 to 22. With this sponsorship, TVS is poised to play a major role in sponsorship.

Nikhil shines in DPS victory
New Delhi, September 17
A fine all-round display by Nikhil Iyer, who claimed four wickets for 21 runs and scored an unbeaten 18, helped Delhi Public School (DPS), R K Puram defeat Cambridge Foundation by five wickets in the 14th Radha Kishan Cricket Tournament at the Cambridge Foundation School ground on Wednesday.


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