Thursday, October 9, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Dengue cases cross 1000-mark
All blood banks to function round the clock
New Delhi, October 8
The authorities here have stepped up their efforts to deal with the dengue cases as the number of those suspected of the disease continued to mount in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

Dengue tightens grip in Faridabad, Noida
Faridabad, October 8
The cleanliness drive launched by the state government this year has coincided with an outbreak of suspected dengue cases and fever related diseases in the district. There is hardly any colony or village, where no such case has been reported. At least five dengue cases have been confirmed and the suspected ones have crossed 50 so far.

  • False claims of health department

  • 15 die of malaria in Javer

Tenants may breathe easy thanks to SC
New Delhi, October 8
In what is being perceived as a major relief to lakhs of tenants in the National Capital Territory of Delhi in the election year, the Supreme Court today refused to give any direction to the Union Government to notify the Delhi Rent Control Act, which has been lying unimplemented since 1995 despite the President’s assent to it.


MDU fails to allot seats to dental college despite court directive 
Rohtak, October 8
Shri Baba Mastnath Dental College, Asthal Bohar, which was permitted to admit 60 students in the first BDS course during the 2003-04 academic session by the Union Health Ministry in July last has not been allotted any seat by Maharshi Dayanand University. Instead, the dental colleges, which were cleared on the midnight of the last date of counselling, September 29, have been allotted seats.

Illegal arms sale triggers gang wars
Ghaziabad, October 8
The sale of illegal arms manufactured in Ghaziabad is in full swing these days. The police have failed to tighten its dragnet on manufacturers of firearms. Though police show the arrest of criminals with country-made revolvers or knives from time to time, the manufacturers of these illegal arms manage to go off scot-free.

Four armymen held for rape of DU student
New Delhi, October 8
The police today claimed to have arrested four armymen, posted in the President’s cavalry on charges of raping a Delhi University student in a park near Dhaula Kuan in South-West district on October 6. The accused Manish, Satinder, Kuldeep and Harpreet, posted as Presidential ‘swaars’ (horsemen), were arrested after the victim reported to the police that she was raped by them when she had gone to Budhha Park near Dhaula Kuan along with her friend.

Two of the armymen, allegedly involved in the rape of JMC student, being produced at Patiala Courts in the Capital on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Two of the armymen, allegedly involved in the rape of JMC student, being produced at Patiala Courts

deadly bite
After cola and chocolates, it’s biscuits now!
Jhajjar, October 8
After contaminated bottled water, chocolates and soft drinks, it is the turn of biscuits now. They have been found adulterated. The redressal forum has directed Parle Biscuit Limited to pay a compensation of Rs 25,000 and litigation charges of Rs 1,000 to the complainant, who found a piece of polythene wrapper in a biscuit of the company.

Delhi BJP president Madan Lal Khurana takes time out for a short rest on Wednesday on the second day of the three-day Pardafash dharna Delhi BJP president Madan Lal Khurana takes time out for a short rest on Wednesday on the second day of the three-day Pardafash dharna to expose the misdeeds of the Congress government in the Capital. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal


Model code of conduct puts a stop to new schemes and projects
New Delhi, October 8
The constant endeavours of the ruling Congress and its opposition BJP, the two main contenders for power in Delhi, which were inaugurating projects and announcing schemes to woo voters’ support, have come to a stop with the Election Commission recently announcing the poll schedule along with the model code of conduct.

Heavy bajra arrival throws things out of gear at mandi
Rewari, October 8
The continuous heavy arrival of bajra seems to have made things almost topsy-turvy in the new grain market here. On one hand the arrival of bajra from various villages of the neighbouring Kot Kasim, Bhiwadi and the other areas of Alwar district of Rajasthan has added new dimensions to these hefty arrivals of bajra here whereas the routine purchases made by the Hafed authorities coupled with the seemingly tardy pace of lifting of the purchased bags of bajra from the market place have further aggravated the situation.

Platforms at Sonepat railway station to get more length
Sonepat, October 8
The Railways has commenced work on extension of the length of the platforms at Sonepat railway station in order to accommodate 24-coach trains on the platforms. The extension work of platform number one and two is in progress and it is likely to involve an expenditure of around Rs 55 lakh.

disability sector
National Trust breaks digital divide
New Delhi, October 8
In an effort to break the information barrier, the National Trust has developed 22 types of booklets, books, CDs and cassettes, translated into 13 languages with over 90,000 copies sold or disseminated for the benefit of those affected by autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities.

Training session of Panchayati Raj institutions concludes 
Jhajjar, October 8
The training session of the Panchayati Raj institutions concluded at Chotu Ram Dharamshala here yesterday. The two days’ training session was organised by the Haryana Navyuvak Kala Sangam, an NGO, in association with the Panchayati Raj institutions of the Centre and the state government.

Suraj Mohan DassSpecial congregation to pay homage to Nirankari sant
New Delhi, October 8
Vice-chairman of the Sant Nirankari Mandal, Suraj Mohan Dass passed away on October 6. The cremation took place here yesterday at the Lodhi Road crematorium. A procession was organised earlier, joined by the devotees of the mission, to pay homage to the departed religious leader.

ncr briefs
Ten injured as bus overturns 
Sonepat, October 8
At least 10 persons were injured when a bus carrying the passengers overturned near the Haryana-Delhi border, about 30 km from here, last night. According to a report, the injured included Jaswinder Kaur (30) of Kapurthala, Param Singh (35) of Moga, San Kapoor (30) and his wife Shobha Kapoor (25) of Sangrur, Balwinder Singh (40), Jamil Qurishi and Mahboob Khan of Ludhiana and Sarvan Kumar of Anand Parbat, Delhi.
  • Two robbery cases come to light
  • Panchayat donates 19 acres to sabha
  • PGIMS timings revised
  • Chem Prof in charge of library


Man opposing illicit relations shot dead
Noida, October 8
An employee of a restaurant who saw two young men in a compromising position with a woman made a fatal mistake. He objected to their manner of sitting and thus paid the price with his life. He was shot dead by the two drunk men. in Navada village yesterday.

Toy factory owner, son robbed by armed men
New Delhi, October 8
Five dacoits armed with countrymade weapons and knives entered a toy factory in the Ashok Vihar area and robbed the owner and his son last night. The police said that the desperadoes entered the factory of one Raghuwans Arora (55) when he was present along with his son Anjum (30). Later, they fled with Rs 5,800, a wristwatch and a gold chain.


Special Focus on panipat
Subscribers find BSNL services nothing to write home about
Panipat, October 8
The BSNL at Panipat might be happy as it entered its third year on October 1, but the Nigam authorities are least bothered about the difficulties faced by the subscribers. The problems, especially delay in the refund of securities, have multiplied their sufferings.


JNU election scene hots up
Slowly, but steadily the momentum for the forthcoming elections to the students union in Jawaharlal Nehru University seem to be building. The disagreement over the dates of the elections resolved, it is time for the parties to pick their candidates and work out the strategy. With the elections scheduled for the 20th of this month, candidates are mulling over what can be their winning card.
Lady Irwin students spreading their sunshine spirit during the festive season. — A Tribune photograph
Lady Irwin students spreading their sunshine spirit during the festive season
  • Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • IIPM students’ initiative
  • IGNOU to establish research centre


14-day theatre festival from today
New Delhi, October 8
A fortnight-long theatre festival aiming to showcase a wide spectrum of Indian theatre, being organised by the Sangeet Natak Akademi will begin here tomorrow. Eminent artists, playwrights and performers from across the country will participate in the event titled, “Rang Swarn’. 


Harikrishna joins the top spot
New Delhi, October 8
Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna moved into the top spot when he beat S. S. Ganguly in the ninth round of the Parsvnath International Rating Chess Tournament at the Bapu Sewa Samaj on Wednesday. Harikrishna joined Ramesh and Fominyh at the top of the table, with 7.5 points.

Gurbax Singh is no more
New Delhi, October 8
Veteran volleyball coach Gurbax Singh Dhingra died in Delhi after a prolonged illness. He was 82. Gurbax Singh was a former international and played for Delhi and Railways.

Inter-School Roller Skating from Oct 10
New Delhi, October 8
The Roller Skating School of India will organise the 12th Inter-School Roller Skating Championship at the Talkatora Skating Rink from October 10 to 12. Organising secretary Naresh Sharma said the championship will comprise of artistic skating, speed skating and roller hockey.

Sports Authority of India director-general Shekhar Dutt being welcomed Cambridge Foundation principal Shiela Verma giving away the Radha Kishan Cricket Tournament trophy
Sports Authority of India director-general Shekhar Dutt being welcomed during the opening ceremony of the SAI Boxing Tournament at the Indira Gandhi indoor stadium. Cambridge Foundation principal Shiela Verma giving away the Radha Kishan Cricket Tournament trophy to Ravindra School captain Sawej Khan, watched by former Test player Salim Durrani and Subhash Arya.

Don Bosco down Lovely School
New Delhi, October 8
Don Bosco defeated Lovely Public School by eight wickets in a Group B match of the first Invitational Sardar Patel Vidyalaya (SPV) Under-15 Cricket Tournament for the M L Sharma Cup at the SPV ground.

Ravindra School annex title
New Delhi, October 8
Ravindra Public School, Pitampura defeated Delhi Public School (DPS), R K Puram by seven wickets and annexed the 14th Radha Kishan Cricket Tournament at the Cambridge Foundation School ground. Former Indian Test star Salim Durrani gave away the prizes.

Yogesh, Rohit star for Salwan School
New Delhi, October 8
A fine knock of 76 by Yogesh Nagar and deadly bowling of 5 for 26 by Rohit Saini helped defending champions Salwan Boys defeat Meera Model School by 131 runs in a league match of the Parle Cup Inter-School Cricket Tournament at the Bharat Nagar ground.


Shilly-shallying on shifting cracker godowns
Ghaziabad, October 8
With Diwali roughly a fortnight away, the Ghaziabad administration seems to be dragging its feet in shifting the cracker godowns from the thickly populated residential areas to outside the city limits.


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