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BJP ‘Abhiyan’ sends traffic for a toss
New Delhi, February 6
Traffic was disrupted today in Central Delhi and Trans-Yamuna areas due to the Sankalp Abhiyan rally of the Bharatiya Janata Party and a few religious programmes, organised near Ambedkar Stadium, Ram Lila Ground and the Red Fort.

A BJP activist from North East participating in the Vijay Sankalp rally in the Capital on Friday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal 
A BJP activist from North East participating in the Vijay Sankalp rally

Corruption is an election issue: BJP 
Sonepat, January 6
The former Haryana Minister and BJP leader, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, said that terrorism and rampant corruption in the state administration would be the two major issues that his party would raise in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Addressing a party workers meeting at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, he said that a state-level BJP ‘Shankhand rally’ will be held on February 8 at Gohana town in this district.

Assorted AK rifles at the Russian pavilion in the Defexpo India 2004
Assorted AK rifles at the Russian pavilion in the Defexpo India 2004, organised at Pragati Maidan in the Capital. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

RAF posse to ferret out militants in Sonepat 
Sonepat, February 6
The Union Home Ministry has deputed a posse of the Rapid Action force (RAF) in Sonepat with immediate effect to curb the activities of the militants who are reported to be taking shelter in this district before entering Delhi. According to a report, this posse No. 103 headed by the Deputy Commander, Mr J B Tushan, has been shifted from Wazirabad (Delhi) to Sonepat. According to a report, this posse No. 103 headed by the Deputy Commander, Mr J B Tushan, has been shifted from Wazirabad (Delhi) to Sonepat.

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Unfair means in DU exams: V-C yet to take action
New Delhi, February 6
The Delhi University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Deepak Nayyar, is being accused of ‘hushing up a major examination scandal’. The allegation comes in the wake of a charge that the university has failed to take action on a complaint filed in November last year pertaining to irregularities during the examinations. “At a centre where the supplementary examinations were being conducted, the flying squad found that instead of two invigilators in one room, there was just one invigilator for four rooms, allowing the students to cheat,” said a university employee.

Conman posing as scribe held, fake ID cards seized
Meerut, February 6
The Meerut police today claimed to have busted a racket of artful dodgers posing as journalists. They were allegedly operating in connivance with the district information officer of Muzaffarnagar.

Over 700 died on Ghaziabad’s killer roads last year
Ghaziabad, February 6
More than 700 people lost their lives in road accidents in Ghaziabad during 2003. While the rising graph of victims in the Ghaziabad district has once again highlighted the poor state of roads, lax traffic management and drunken driving, it has also increased the worries of the police officers.

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No plan to regularise Sainik Farms
New Delhi, February 6
The Union Government on Friday clarified that Sainik Farms, the posh South Delhi colony spread over 300 acres, is not included in its plan to regularise the unauthorised colonies in NCT of Delhi that have come up till March 2002. Union Urban Development Minister Bandaru Dattatreya denied any plan to regularise the farm houses that exist in gross violation of civic and revenue laws.


Special Focus on jhajjar/Bahadurgarh
Development at a snail’s pace here
Jhajjar, February 6
The historic township of Jhajjar, which was upgraded to a district headquarter seven years back, lacks almost all the facilities needed in a town. The growth of the town has been literally nil after its new upgraded status in 1997.

A fleet of outdated govt vehicles still on road
Sonepat, February 6
Outdated vehicles, which ought to have been declared condemned, are still a part of the fleet of official vehicles of the state government machinery in the district. This has resulted not only in frequent breakdowns but increase in the expenses required for their upkeep.

Fernandes releases Indian Defence Yearbook
New Delhi, February 6
Defence Minister George Fernandes released the Indian Defence Yearbook 2004 at the DEFEXPO here yesterday. Describing the book as extremely useful, Mr Fernandes said it is a good reference tool. The yearbook has been edited by former Lt-Gen R. K. Jasbir Singh, who was the commander of the Srinagar based 15 corps and military secretary.

Defence Minister George Fernandes releasing the Indian Defence Book at a function at Pragati Maidan in the Capital.
Defence Minister George Fernandes releasing the Indian Defence Book at a function at Pragati Maidan in the Capital

Action against cola companies sought 
New Delhi, February 6
Why are soft drinks available in the markets when they have been banned in the canteen of the Parliament House? Why has no action been taken against the soft drinks companies yet? What does the government intend to do with the report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee?

Activists of National Akali Dal protesting against Cola companies at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Friday. — A Tribune Photograph

Activists of National Akali Dal protesting against Cola companies at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Friday

Poetic symphony Speaking out
he ‘Heads I win, tails you lose’ attitude of the Union Government has caused much bitterness among senior pensioners.

Poetic symphony. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

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Divisional office of ESIC inaugurated at Okhla
New Delhi, February 6
A new divisional office of the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Labour, Dr Sahib Singh, at Okhla today. This office will cater to the social security needs of about two lakh insured persons covered under the ESI scheme in South Delhi, particularly the Okhla Industrial Area, besides servicing over ten thousand employers.

Mayor inaugurates gymnasium 
New Delhi, February 6
A newly constructed gymnasium was dedicated to the residents of Walled City today by the Mayor, Mr Ashok Kumar Jain. It has been constructed at the Old Shah Burj, Kucha Mohttaram Khan.


5 inter-state Nepali burglars held  after encounter 
New Delhi, February 6
The Delhi Police Crime Branch claimed to have apprehended five inter-state Nepali burglars after an encounter in the Paschim Vihar area. One English revolver, one country-made weapon and three live cartridges along with one laptop were seized from their possession.

2 arrested with duplicate spare parts of Mercedes Benz worth Rs 30 lakh
New Delhi, February 6
With the arrest of two suspects, the Delhi Police today claimed to have seized duplicate auto spare parts of Daimler Chrysler AG (Mercedes Benz). The suspects were identified as Sandeep Munjal and Parveen Bajaj.


Business and pleasure go hand in hand at Elecrama 2004
New Delhi, February 6
Elecrama 2004 organized a cultural evening at Pragati Maidan, where the Indipop sensation Euphoria mesmerised the audience by playing Bollywood hits and special remix versions of R D Burman. The band also performed their original hits such as ‘Dhoom Pichuk Dhoom’, ‘Maaeri’, ‘Aana Meri Gully’, ‘Ab Na Jaa’ and ‘Mantra’ amongst many others. The performance was part of the cultural evenings being organized at Elecrama 2004.


Elaborate security arrangements to check unfair means in exams
Faridabad, February 6
As many as 59 centres, where examinations for the matric and senior secondary level would be held by the Haryana State Education Board in the district, have been identified as ‘sensitive’ and ‘supersensitive’.

Governor puts more thrust on English
Sonepat, February 6
The Governor of Haryana, Babu Parmanand, asserted that English has a significant place in the linguistic arena of the world. Being an international language, English has succeeded in establishing a strong rapport between different nations of the world.


Okhla ESI Hospital holds health mela
New Delhi, February 6
The ESI Hospital Okhla is organising a three-day Health Check-up Camp cum Health Mela from February 6 to 8 on its premises. Union Minister of Labour Dr Sahib Singh inaugurated a new female ward, a geriatric clinic, a special ocular lab and computerised registration system for OPD patients in the hospital.


Sonia Gaur to lead Delhi women’s  soccer team
New Delhi, February 6
Forward Sonia Gaur of Motilal Nehru College will lead a 20-member Delhi State Women’s Football team in the 12th Senior National Women’s Football Championship to be held in Bhopal from February 10. Madhulika Singh of Kamla Nehru College has been named the vice-captain.

Divij and Tushar annex doubles crown
New Delhi, February 6
Divij Sharan and Tushar Liberhan disposed of Sanam K Singh and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 7-5, 6-4 to annex the boys doubles title in the Adidas ITF Grade II Junior Tennis Tournament at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association deco-turf court on Friday.

Vandana regains golf title
New Delhi, February 6
Vandana Aggarwal regained the Navision All-India Ladies Amateur Golf Championship at the Karnataka Golf Association course. She defeated Meghna Bal 3 and 2 to win on the 16th hole to regain the title which she had last won in 1997.

Rajiv Gandhi Judo at Lucknow
New Delhi, February 6
Judokas from eleven countries, including India, will participate in the Rajiv Gandhi International Judo Championship to be held at the City Montessori Degree College auditorium. Lucknow, from February 7 to 9.

Khalsa College sail into final
New Delhi, February 6
A superb knock of 82 (1x6, 4x4, 95 balls) by Agnesh Surya enabled Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College defeat Ramlal Anand College by 61 runs in the semi-final of the Inter-College Cricket Tournament at the Delhi University Sports Complex ground on Friday.

Former soccer  player dead
New Delhi, February 6
Former Delhi State soccer team captain Jamaluddin Qureshi died in Delhi on Thursday night following cardiac failure. Qureshi, who was 49 years old, leaves behind his wife, three sons and four daughters.

Salwan advance in Ganga cricket


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