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Lazy Monday perks up at noon

New Delhi, December 1
The NCT of Delhi recorded a voter turnout between 48 per cent and 50 per cent by the close of polling on Monday. The corresponding figure in the 1998 Assembly election was 48.99 per cent and 65.75 per cent in 1993. The highest turnout was recorded in North East District at 50 per cent and the lowest — nearly 40 per cent — in the North and Central districts.

A ten-year-old child helps his grandfather to the polling booth in the Capital on Monday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

A ten-year-old child helps his grandfather to the polling booth

Age-old woe

THE journey to the ballot box was not very easy for the elderly and the physically challenged. Many among them complained of problems in reaching the booths. The aged complained that there should have been special arrangements for the old and the frail, so that they did not have to trudge a long distance to cast their votes.



Bloomers without bias
No hiccups for Khurana
Mystery of missing name
Left out in the cold

BJP, Cong supporters clash amid claims, counter-claims
New Delhi, December 1
Despite the tightest security arrangements made for the Delhi Assembly elections by the Delhi Police and other Central police organisations, election related violence has been reported across the city.

Nation page
Exit polls predict victory for Congress in Delhi

An old woman comes out of the booth after casting her vote
An old woman comes out of the booth after casting her vote in the Capital on Monday.
A young girl exercises her franchise
A young girl exercises her franchise.
— Tribune photos by Mukesh Aggarwal

Apparent rural-urban divide
New Delhi, December 1
A rural-urban divide became apparent as polling drew to a close with more voters exercising their franchise in the rural areas of NCT of Delhi. An INC sympathiser said the holidays over the weekend may have impacted the polling percentage in South Delhi. “People are out holidaying … they have three days of leave since Saturday,” he reasoned.

HIV cases on the rise, figures don’t show in records
Sonepat, December 1
If reports of established private laboratories functioning in the town are to be believed, the number of HIV positive cases in the district has gone up to 129. However, there are only six aids patients in the official records of the local health authorities.

UP has its own home-spun stamp paper scam
Ghaziabad, December 1
If Abdul Karim Telgi’s stamp paper scam, running into hundreds of crores of rupees, is making headlines in the national news, the UP Government has also been found to be mired in a similar fraud. As many as 482 fake stamp papers have been found in the files of the Executive Engineer, Irrigation Department, here. This scam is worth Rs 3.11 lakh.

Jeweller duped with chilli powder
A miscreant, who came posing as a customer in the jewellery shop of Sandeep under Nagar Kotwali, decamped with jewellery from his shop by throwing chilli powder in his eyes.


Vidrohi alleges irregularities in supply of flour to BPL families
Rewari, December 1
The president of the Haryana Janata Dal (U), Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has criticised the distribution of flour instead of wheat through the government-sponsored ration depots to families living below the poverty line (BPL) in Rewari district.


Funds flow in, but will health services improve?
Faridabad, December 1
The European Commission’s decision to release special aid of Rs 18 lakh for health services in the district may be music to the ears of many, but will these funds be put to proper use or go down the drain as usual?

5 women among 10 injured in road accident
Sonepat, December 1
At least 10 persons, including five women, were injured when a maxi jeep in which they were travelling overturned on the Sonepat-Gohana road near Barwasni village, about 5 km from here late last evening.

  • Ration supply suspended to 22 fair price shops

  • Two Remanded to Judicial Custody

Escapee continues to give police the slip
Sonepat, December 1
The Gohana police have failed to achieve a breakthrough to rearrest a dreaded criminal Sunil, involved in a number of criminal cases. He had escaped from the police custody while being taken to Gohana for appearing before a judicial magistrate there last week.

  • Man attempts suicide

  • Girl kidnapped

  • Dalits’ complaint

Draft of Education Bill put under scanner
Faridabad, December 1
While the Union Government is likely to take up a new Bill on ‘Free and Compulsory Education of Children’ in the coming session of Parliament, a debate on the draft and its proposals seems to have taken off in the NCR. Several social and educational organisations and experts from these fields deliberated over some of the proposals at a meeting organised by Ashok Aggarwal, an advocate and social jurist, at Delhi recently.

CM to dedicate centre for mentally retarded
Rohtak, December 1
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, will dedicate a newly constructed centre for mentally retarded here on the occasion of ‘World Disabled Day’ on December 3. The centre, named as ‘Shravan’, has been constructed by the District Red Cross Society at a cost of Rs 85 lakh.

‘Strike a weapon of freedom fighters’
Rohtak, December 1
Delivering the keynote address in the inter-departmental debate on the ‘Right to strike’ in the Maharshi Dayanand University here today, Prof S C Srivastva, of the Indian Law Institute, Delhi said that it was not necessary on the part of the Supreme Court to comment upon the moral and equitable right to strike.

Door-to-door billing
Noida, December 1
The UP Power Corporation has decided to launch a door-to-door billing and payment of power bills for domestic and commercial consumers with a load less than 25 kilowatts in Noida from the first week of December.


Massive haul of poppy husk; three held
Jhajjar, December 1
The district police seized the biggest haul of puppy husk from two Punjab-bound trucks which were detained near the town on Rohtak Road and arrested three persons from them today. The market cost of the seizure is estimated around Rs 10 lakh.


Big rally by students to mark World AIDS Day
Meerut, December 1
World AIDS Awareness Day was observed here today. To mark the occasion, a massive rally including thousands of students was organised by the 2 UP Armed SQN, NCC here in conjunction with the district administration students and the NCC cadets from various educational institutions.


Donate an organ and live beyond death!

New Delhi, December 1
The city-based Indraprastha Apollo Hospital organised a unique celebration of the Apollo Liver Week in the Capital. The week commemorated the 5th anniversary of India’s First Successful Liver Transplantation. Hundreds of Delhi school students displayed their canvases on the theme of “Healthy Liver for Healthy Living” on the occasion.

Former Prime Minister V.P. Singh and artist Jatin Das during the Apollo Liver Week in the Capital on Monday.

Former Prime Minister V. P. Singh, artist Jatin Das during the celebration of the Apollo Liver Week in the Capital today.

Dr Naval Bhatia FACE TO FACE
Joining the joints
R Naval Bhatia is one of the leading orthopaedics surgeons who specialises in treatment of the joint disorders. He practises at the Central Institute of Orthopaedics, Safdarjung Hospital. His expertise in joint pains and other orthopaedic problems has given a new life to a number of persons, including a Kargil war victim and an 80-year-old man of the royal family of Afghanistan.

Sinus can be cured by endoscopic surgery
Noida, December 1
The latest medical science advances have raised a hope for the chronic patients of sinus problem who can now be cured by the endoscopic surgery, said Dr V.P. Sood, an eminent ENT Surgeon here on Sunday.


India tread treacherous path Down Under
New Delhi, December 1
India’s four-Test series against Australia will be telecast live by ESPN Star Sports, which will also beam the triangular series, featuring Zimbabwe also.

Star Hockey Club, Pakistan, and Air India battle it out for a semi-final berth in the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey Tournament
Star Hockey Club, Pakistan, and Air India battle it out for a semi-final berth in the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium in the Capital on Monday. — Photo by Kamal Singh

Mamta School draw with Tripura
New Delhi, December 1
Mamta Modern School, Delhi drew with Kabiraj Tilla High School, Badharghat (Tripura) 2-2 in a crucial Group VI match of the Subroto Mukherjee Cup Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium here today.

Varun Sood stars in Madras Club’s victory
New Delhi, December 1
An outstanding all-round performance by Varun Sood, who claimed four wickets for 33 runs and cracked 57, helped Madras Club defeat Patel Nagar Gymkhana by nine wickets in a DDCA A-I Division League match at the RSC ground.

Sachi Patel drives to glory
New Delhi, December 1
Sachi A Patel scored a comfortable victory in the ladies finals, for the third time in a row, in the National Karting Championship. Ashutosh Kale won the men’s event, with Nikki Adwani at the second position and Pavan Patel finishing third.

Vijaykumar steals the limelight in National Supercross
New Delhi, December 1
Defending national motocross champion C. Vijaykumar hogged the limelight, taking top position in three out of four races he participated in the second round of the National Supercross Championship held at the Gomes Race Track, Calangute in Goa.


Rs 43 cr for sanitation
Sonepat, December 1
The Central Government has approved a pilot project for the implementation of total sanitation campaign in eight districts of Haryana and sanctioned Rs 43.65 crore for this purpose.


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