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Water tariff: LS polls hold up inevitable hike
New Delhi, January 2
After introducing reforms in the power and transport sectors, the Government of NCT of Delhi is planning to restructure the Delhi Jal Board. The first visible and tangible outcome of the restructuring of the water utility could be in the form of rationalisation of water tariff.

—  Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Opposition frets: Betterment tax or anti-people levy
New Delhi, January 2
The leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Mr Vijender Kumar Gupta, today criticised the proposal of levying new taxes and increasing some of the existing ones.


More money for evaluators, more choice for examinees
New Delhi, January 2
The Central Board of Secondary Examinations (CBSE) has good news for examinees as well as evaluators: the allowance of evaluators is being hiked and the number of questions in some Class X papers is being reduced.

Fire in Ashok Vihar commercial complex
New Delhi: Property worth lakhs was destroyed this morning when a fire broke out in a commercial building located in the Central Market in Ashok Vihar area of North-West Delhi. However, there were no reports of any casualty or any one being injured. The incident took place at around 5.30 am in the Deep Cinema complex.

Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal
Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Public angst/ Faridabad cries for proper civic care
Faridabad, January 2
Faridabad is one of the largest industrial and urban populated towns of Haryana. However, when it comes to the civic amenities, the picture is not that rosy.

Air traffic grinds to a halt
New Delhi: Delhiites woke up to an intensely cold and foggy morning as the mercury plummeted to season’s lowest at 4.2 degree Celsius today. The city experienced the coldest night of the season and dense fog continued to affect air, rail and road services.

Bid to plant Rs 10,000 in CM’s office drawer
New Delhi: The security in and around the Mathura Road residence of the Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Shiela Dikshit, has been tightened: A person tried to plant Rs 10,000 in a drawer in her residential office block today.


Rs 8.22 cr spent on poverty alleviation schemes

Jhajjar, January 2
The District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) has been implementing various schemes of poverty alleviation and rural development in the district. The DRDA has so far spent about Rs 8.22 crore on various programmes launched by it.

‘Love should permeate every day of the year’
New Delhi, January 2
People exchange greetings and express their love and good wishes on every New Year day and the Year - 2004 too dawns in the same pleasant environment. We should, however, not confine this gesture of goodwill to our own relatives and friends but to all human beings.

Foggy weather damaging crops, too
Sonepat, January 2
The continuous foggy weather conditions have reportedly damaged the gram, mustard and vegetable crops in the district.

Sonepat continues to shiver in cold
Sonepat, January 2
There has been no let-up in the cold wave sweeping the region for the past two weeks on account of heavy snowfall in the hilly areas of Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir as well as the foggy weather conditions.

Girl stabs ‘romeo’ in Vasant Kunj park
New Delhi, January 2
The South-West district police today claimed to have solved a stabbing case of one Arunesh Shukla, a property dealer based in Pandav Nagar.

Holistic centre for ‘personal fulfilment’ inaugurated
New Delhi, January 2
The Union Minister for Human Resources and Development, Dr M. M Joshi, today inaugurated a holistic center at Satbari in the Capital. The centre built in the suburbs of the city is being touted to provide the guests a “mini world of tranquility, relaxation, exotic, but specifically formulated professional products and treatments”.
Union Minister Murli Manhor Joshi, L.M.Singhvi and Ashok Singhal at the inauguration of ‘The Holistic Centre’ near Chattarpur in the Capital on Friday.
Union Minister Murli Manhor Joshi, L.M.Singhvi and Ashok Singhal at the inauguration of ‘The Holistic Centre’ near Chattarpur in the Capital on Friday. — Photo by Kamal Singh.

Individuals can be transformed through yoga, says Swami
New Delhi, January 2
Delivering the “O. P. Ghai Memorial Lecture”, at the India International Centre, Swami Kriyananda (J Donald Walters) expressed the view that “India has the solution to the problems that the world faces today”.

Criminals making a killing
Jhajjar, January 2
The image of the district police seems to have taken a beating while the criminals are having a field day. In most of the cases recently, the desperadoes committed the crime and escaped. The SP who assumed office about two months ago, made claims of checking the crime rate.

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HVP launches ‘Mission 2004’ in Ahirwal
Rewari, January 2
The Haryana Vikas Party led by the former Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, launched its ‘Mission 2004’ with renewed zeal in Ahirwal. It envisages a replication of the phenomenal electoral success in Ahirwal, which the party had earlier achieved in 1996.

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Britannia Chowk flyover to be ready by May
New Delhi, January 2
The flyover at Britannia Chowk will be thrown open to traffic in May. The PWD Minister, Mr AK Walia, who visited the site on Friday, attributed the delay in construction work to the non-availability of adequate land for the slip road.

HENEVER we talk about pension, old age immediately comes to our mind. Pension is always associated with old age security/some sort of income in the old age. The basic purpose is to provide economic security during the retired life of an individual. What do we mean by security? Does this mean some kind of a guarantee, an assurance or more uncertainty?
A HOLE FOR A ROOM. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

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Trust racket busted, one held
New Delhi, January 2
The Economic Offences Wing claimed to have busted a gang involved in the registration of a fake trust, collecting donations without any authorization and issuing income tax exemption certificates to the donors.


Conclave to explore investment potential in power sector
New Delhi, January 2
Coming on the heels of the Indian Electricity Act, 2003, the ‘Power Conclave’ 2004, promises to raise burning issues concerning the power sector.

Builders for reduction of stamp duty fee to give push to real estate business
Gurgaon, January 2
A majority of the private builders are of the view that the state government should reduce the stamp duty fee in order to give a push to the already existing momentum in the real estate business, especially in Gurgaon city.


SA toy with Bangladesh
New Delhi, January 2
South Africa, helped by a dashing unbeaten knock of 71 off 83 balls with one six and ten fours, defeated Bangladesh by six wickets in the Under-19 Commonwealth Cricket Championship at the Devi Lal Sports Complex, Gurgaon.

UK Cricket World record thrilling victory
New Delhi, January 2
A delightful 84 by Gagan Preet Singh and 71 by Savinay Choudhary helped UK Cricket World defeat Madan Lal Cricket Academy by one run in the fifth R G Williams Memorial Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the Frank Anthony School ground.

P & S Bank, Punjab Police enter semis
New Delhi, January 2
Punjab and Sind Bank and Punjab Police stormed into the semi-finals of the 6th Chatrapati Shivaji All-India Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Friday.

Udam Singh stars in CVS win
New Delhi, January 2
An all-round display by Udam Singh (79 and 2 for 19) helped College of Vocational Studies (CVS) defeat Desh Bandhu College by five runs in the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Inter-College Cricket Tournament at the Bhagat Singh College ground.

Jheel score second victory
New Delhi, January 2
Govt School, Jheel Khuranji recorded their second victory when they defeated Dronacharya Cricket Foundation by 23 runs in the fourth Shakuntala Devi Memorial Under-19 Cricket Tournament at the Dogra Academy ground.


DC urged to hold regular monthly press meet
Sonepat, January 2
The Press club of Sonepat has urged the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, to convene the monthly press conference regularly as has been directed by the state government.


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