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CAStaway for good?
Sheila writes to Minister, seeks CAS watchdog
New Delhi, January 3
The set-top box could become a CAStaway after Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday dashed of a letter to the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting that raises certain queries about the conditional access system.

PM urged to take up turban issue with French Govt
New Delhi, January 3
Perturbed by media reports over the implementation of the French Law that prohibits Sikhs in France to wear turbans, the president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Mr Harbhajan Singh Matharoo, has written to various leaders to seek their intervention.

Dalai Lama giving a discourse on Human Values at a function organised by Sathya Sai International Centre

Dalai Lama giving a discourse on Human Values at a function organised by Sathya Sai International Centre for Study and Research in Human Values in the Capital on Saturday. 
ó Photo by Kamal Singh





EARLIER STORIES
 

Arya calls for proper break-up of colonies
New Delhi, January 3
The Leader of Opposition in the MCD, Mr Subhash Arya, alleged that the Unit Area Method report presented by the Kelkar Committee had no proper categorisation of colonies.

Sheila gives special touch to Pulse Polio drive
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit administers polio drops to a child during the formal launch of the drive at her residenceNew Delhi, January 3
The next phase of Pulse Polio Immunization Programme will be organised in the NCT of Delhi on Sunday, under which all children upto five years will be administered pulse polio drops. 

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit administers polio drops to a child during the formal launch of the drive at her residence in the Capital on Saturday, as Kapil Dev looks on. 
ó Photo by Kamal Singh 

Helping cancer kids forget their pain momentarily
New Delhi, January 3
This New Year the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, along with the Indian Cancer Society, plans to bring smiles on the faces of thousands of children who are valiantly fighting cancer.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit along with Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely and
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit along with Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely and 
DSGPC president Parlhad Singh Chandok at a felicitation function organised by the Punjabi Industrial Society in the Capital on Saturday. 
ó Tribune photo

Six hurt as vehicles stack up near Kundli
Sonepat, January 3
At least six persons were injured when five vehicles, including a tourist bus, got involved in an accident on G T Road near Kundli village, about 35 km from here yesterday. According to a report, this led to a traffic jam on the road, leaving a large number of vehicles stranded for hours. 

Third murder in family in ten months
Sonepat, January 3
One person was shot dead and another seriously injured when a car-borne gang fired indiscriminately at them this morning on the outskirts of village Butana under Baroda police station in Gohana sub-division of the district. The injured has been referred to PGIMS Rohtak and is stated to be serious.

 

POLITICS

Donít fall for BJP, Vidrohi tells political parties
Sonepat, January 3
The Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal (U) president, Mr Ved Parkash Vidrohi, has called upon all the political parties not to fall in the trap of the BJP whose only aim was to get power at any cost. He said that on many occasions in the past, the BJP has betrayed his allies and entered electoral alliance with some political parties whose activities were not in the interest of the country.

COMMUNITY

SPECIAL FOCUS ON REWARI
Ahirwal: Who will exorcise the demon of neglect?
Rewari, January 3
The former legislator, Mr Raghu Yadav, who is also the president of the Sarva Jati Janata Panchayat, a prominent political outfit of Haryana, has expressed profound anguish at the sorry state of affairs of Ahirwal. He said that it was all the more agonising that this doomed and downtrodden region of Ahirwal was an integral part of that Haryana, which is now reckoned as one of the most progressive states of the country.

SEARCH WITHIN
Martyrdom and the issue of overcoming evil
I
n the annals of the history of the Sikh gurus, there is an example that is worth celebrating even today: the spirit of sacrifice exemplified in the life and death of Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621-1675) whose martyrdom was observed recently.

Simian entertainers
Simian entertainers:
ó Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

No let-up in cold weather conditions
Sonepat, January 3
Sonepat city and its surrounding areas experienced severe cold on account of falling temperature today. According to a report, most of the people kept themselves indoor and the main bazars and the shopping centres presented a deserted look till noon.

Felicitation function organised by traders association
New Delhi, January 3
The Gandhi Market Traders Association felicitated a number of people with siropas and kirpans on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

NCR BRIEFS
Mystery caller: CMís staff may be questioned
New Delhi, January 3
The mystery caller at the Mathura Road residence of the chief minister has been formally arrested. He was allegedly trying to plant Rs 10,000 in a drawer when he was nabbed.

  • Kidnapped girl found

  • Cong rules out poll alliance

DELHI DIGEST
Traffic arrangements for procession
New Delhi, January 3
The Delhi Traffic Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements for the procession from Gurdwara Rakab Ganj to Gurdwara Bangla Sahib to mark the birth anniversary of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee on January 4.

  • loadshedding announced

  • Nagar Kirtan celebration

Fault in phone exchange
Sonepat, January 3
The New Year began on a bad note for the telephone subscriber in Jain Bagh colony here. Almost all the abiana in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of RSU telephone exchange in Jain Bagh colony remained dead on January 1 on account of a major fault.

4,100 apply for VRS
New Delhi, January 3
The golden handshake offered by BSES Yamuna Power Limited and BSES Rajdhani Power Limited-Special Voluntary Retirement Scheme has attracted over 4,100, nearly 42 per cent of eligible strength. The SVRS scheme commenced on December 22, 2003 and was valid till December 31, 2003. 

 

CRIME

Manager charged with duping bank of Rs 1.65 cr
New Delhi, January 3
The CBI has filed a charge- sheet against five persons, including a Branch Manager of the Punjab and Sindh Bank for cheating the bank of Rs 1.65 crore in pursuance of a criminal conspiracy.

International betting racket busted
New Delhi, January 3
With the arrest of four persons, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police claimed to have busted a multi-crore international betting racket in the Tilak Nagar area of West district.

 
COURTS

Three sentenced to seven years RI  for robbing cash, jewellery
New Delhi, January 3
A city court has sentenced three persons to rigorous imprisonment of seven years for robbing cash, jewellery and a brand new car from a house in North Delhi a decade ago after threatening its residents with gun and knife.


 
HEALTH

BODY&MIND
BODY&MIND
One is never too old to fight cancer
A
91-year-old Gurgaon-based woman suffering from an advanced stage of ovarian cancer has succeeded in combating the disease with a radical and challenging surgery lasting two and a half hours and chemotherapy at Batra Hospital here.

 
SPORTS

Hero Honda West Open heralds New Year
New Delhi, January 3
The Hero Honda Indian Golf Tour will step into year 2004 with the West Open, starting at the Poona Golf Club course, from January 6. The cream of Indian golf is expected to battle it out for the Rs 1.62 lakh winnerís cheque out of a total purse of Rs 10 lakh.

Sonepat rout Kurukshetra
Sonepat, January 3
On the first day of the 25th Haryana State Senior Football Championship, the host Sonepat trounced Kurukshetra by 4-0 and the tie between Ambala and Yamunanagar was decided through tiebreaker in favour of Ambala.

Drawn matches in Shivaji Hockey
New Delhi, January 3
Indian Oil and Central Reserve Police Force joined Punjab Police and Punjab and Sind Bank in the semi-finals of the sixth Chatrapati Shivaji Hockey Tournament for the Dhyan Chand Cup at the Shivaji Stadium on Saturday.

Commonwealth cricket
India crush Kenya
New Delhi, January 3
A fierce 5 for 20 bowling spell by left-arm spinner Ashutosh and stylish batting displays by Rahul Parmar (67, 6x4, 87b) and skipper Vikram Dhariwal (60 n o, 3x4, 53b) helped India beat Kenya by 116 runs in a Group A match of the Commonwealth Under-19 Cricket Championship at the K D Singh Babu Stadium in Lucknow.
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