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Are women only good for canvassing?
A child supporter with a cut-out of Sonia Gandhi New Delhi, November 28
Despite statistical evidence that women fare better in elections not many political parties are willing to acknowledge this, but when it comes to canvassing it is women who are asked to lead. From the small screen saas and bahus to the silver screen dream girls, women have been a canvassing staple for the political parties.

A child supporter with a cut-out of Sonia Gandhi in the Capital on Friday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Two candidates withdraw from Gole Market
New Delhi, November 28
Two candidates have withdrawn themselves from the assembly elections in the Gole Market constituency held by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. The two, Indian National Congress (INC) rebel Romesh Sabharwal and Mr Nand Kishore Bhatt of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), withdrew in her favour on Friday, the penultimate day of campaign before the polling on December 1.


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Last lap of campaigning gets aggressive
New Delhi, November 28
The countdown for the D-Day having begun, the last lap of campaigning is becoming aggressive. Candidates are trying all that they can to woo and win. Poll planks and star campaigners in place, both the Congress and the BJP are engaged in a constant battle of trying to be one up on their opponents.
The BJP candidate from Minto Road constituency, Mr Manoj Jain, with his supporters Actress Bhagyashree campaigning for the BJP candidate from Kamla Nagar
The BJP candidate from Minto Road constituency, Mr Manoj Jain, with his supporters in the Capital on Friday. Actress Bhagyashree campaigning for the BJP candidate from Kamla Nagar, Mr Surya Prakash.

Call for boycotting BJP and Congress in Dec poll
New Delhi, November 28
The All India Gurdwara Sewadar Committee at a meeting held here has decided to boycott the BJP and the Congress in the December 1 elections. The meeting, which was presided over by Mr Raja Singh Sethi, held that Section 144 should be implemented in the country and not more than four persons should be allowed to gather anywhere. It also pointed out that the central government would be responsible for any untoward event.

The cast of Janasheen at a press conference in the Capital on Friday. — Photo by Kamal Singh

Model Nayanika Chatterjee during the jewellery exhibition, Naqaashi
Model Nayanika Chatterjee during the jewellery exhibition, Naqaashi, in the Capital on Friday. — Tribune photo by  Mukesh Aggarwal

Park Residency owner killed near residence
New Delhi, November 28
Two unidentified assailants shot dead a restaurant owner this morning in the Safdarjung Enclave area of South West district. The victim, Dalip Sultani, (50), a resident of Safdarjung Enclave and owner of Park Residency restaurant, who also owns several acres of land in Haryana, was shot dead in his car close to his house. He has two restaurants in Delhi, including the Park Residency in the Green Park area.

Panipat skips Heritage Week celebrations
Panipat, November 28
Caring two hoots for the directive of the Haryana Chief Secretary, Mr A N Mathur, on preservation of cultural and historical heritage, the district administration has failed to hold any World Heritage Week (November 19-25) celebrations this year.

There are blackbuck in your backyard
New Delhi, November 28
If you ask villagers and shopkeepers at Tughlakhabad about the whereabouts of the Asola-Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, either they shake their head in bewilderment or give you blank stares.

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Yet another murder bid in Tis Hazari courts
New Delhi, November 28
Panic prevailed on the Tiz Hazari Court premises in the East district this morning after an undertrial was shot at by a person.


Protest march by Sena against vandalism
Gurgaon, November 28
The district unit of the Shiv Sena today took out a procession in protest against large-scale vandalism and arson by an assembly of people who had gathered to offer namaz on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr in Udoog Vihar area last Wednesday.

Special Focus on jhajjar/Bahadurgarh
Most ZSB secretaries’ posts are lying vacant
Jhajjar, November 28
Most of the posts of secretaries in the Zila Sainik Boards (ZSB) in the state are lying vacant, which is adversely affecting the work in the offices. The state government has already abolished the posts of the assistant secretaries and now the ZSB are being run by the clerks.

Sonepat continues to suffer water pangs
Sonepat, November 28
The drinking water supply and the sewerage in the entire city of Sonepat are plagued with a plethora of problems. According to a report, despite several protests made to the authorities concerned from time to time, the residents of Mohalla Kalan and its adjoining areas continue to get the supply of the contaminated water for the past seven or eight months.

Three billion people are devoid of basic facilities: Jagmohan
Noida, November 28
Three billion people are still deprived of basic facilities, the Union Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mr Jagmohan said. Our Parliament is going astray from its purpose and has been reduced to the level of meaningless discussions.

Draw for allotment of Noida plots in December
Noida, November 28
The draw for the allotment of plots under the Noida Residential Scheme 2003 will be taken out during the first week of December, it is learnt. According to Noida Authority sources the forms of the applicants are being processed these days.

Unauthorised workshops on main arteries create traffic hazards
Sonepat, November 28
Unauthorised makeshift workshops and parking encroachments on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh, Sonepat-Gohana, Sonepat-Rohtak and other main roads, especially the telephone exchange and the railway roads, have created a serious traffic hazard on these busy roads in this city which is a district headquarters.

The Indian cricket team’s poor and lackluster performance in the final of the triangular series against Australia in the Eden Gardens before a massive crowd of about 1,25,000 on November 18 has once again proved that the Indian team consists mostly of paper tigers, especially when they are pitted against formidable rivals in finals.
Slice of life. Photo by Kamal Singh
Slice of life

Employees oppose  privatisation
Faridabad, November 28
The employees of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), who are opposed to the policies of contractual system in the department, have claimed that round-the-clock power supply at reduced rates could be realised if the state government give up the privatisation of the department in the present manner.

DSGMC announces anniversary dates
New Delhi, November 28
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee today announced the birth anniversary of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji would be observed on January 5 instead of December 27 this year, the martyrdom day of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib on December 24, 2004, and the birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji would be celebrated on November 26, 2004. This is according to the Nanak Shahi calendar, a spokesman of the DSGMC said.

Two die as bus dashes against truck 
Two persons died and five other were injured, two of them seriously, in a road accident on the GT road near Rai this morning when a Haryana Roadways bus dashed against a truck. The seriously injured have been referred to a trauma centre in Delhi and the police have registered a case.


Blind murder case worked out
New Delhi, November 28
With the arrest of two youths, the East district police today claimed to have worked out a blind murder case of an employee of T-Series that took place in School Block, Shakarpur. The suspects were identified as Raju Jha and Chandan. Their two associates are still absconding.


Focus on quality, minister urges exporters
Panipat, November 28
The Minister of State for Textiles, Mr G. N. Ramachandran, yesterday urged handloom manufacturers and exporters to focus on quality to compete in the globalised economy.


MDU VC appoints two to Academic Council 
Rohtak, November 28
The Vice-Chancellor, Maharshi Dayanand University, Maj-Gen Bhim Singh Suhag (retd), has nominated Dr Binu Sangwan, Lecturer, Geography Department, as a member of the Academic Council for two years with effect from November 27, 2003, to November 26, 2005.


Guru Gobind Singh go down without fight
New Delhi, November 28
Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) suffered a crushing 0-6 defeat at the hands of M M Rabanni High School, Nagpur (Maharashtra) in the Subroto Mukherjee Cup Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium on Friday.
Mrs Neelam Pratap Rudy is being introduced to the Pakistan hockey team at the venue of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Friday.
Mrs Neelam Pratap Rudy is being introduced to the Pakistan hockey team

BCCI enters platinum jubilee year
New Delhi, November 28
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will celebrate its platinum jubilee when it completes 75 years of existence on December 1. From Ranjit Singhji to Sachin Tendulkar, the exploits of India’s cricketing greats will come alive on ESPN Star Sports in the Sportsline Special on December 1.

National Stadium sail into final
New Delhi, November 28
Deadly bowling by Nial Dobral (4 for 29) and Sourav Kumar (4 for 20) and dashing batting displays by Kunal Srivastav (53, 4x4) and Akash Yadav (42, 7x4) helped National Stadium Coaching Centre defeat K N Colts by 81 runs and entered the final of the Bhavan Under-12 Cricket Tournament at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan ground. Nial Dobral was named the man of the match.

Kuldeep Rawat hattricks for Delhi
New Delhi, November 28
Three wickets in a row by medium-pacer and captain Kuldeep Rawat helped the Delhi Under-22 team beat Himachal Pradesh Under-22 team by nine wickets in the BCCI Under-22 Cricket Tournament played at Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh). Delhi won the toss and elected to field.


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