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TU stir sends work in banks, FIs
for a toss
New Delhi, February 24
The one-day strike called by the workers’ unions paralysed the working of public sector banks, financial institutions and undertakings in Delhi today. The employees of these organisations struck work as part of the countrywide protests, demanding, among other things, a review of the Supreme Court order barring the government employees from going on strike.

Delhi Home Guard Welfare Association holding a demonstration against the NDA government in the Capital on Tuesday.
Delhi Home Guard Welfare Association holding a demonstration against the NDA government in the Capital on Tuesday. — Photo by Kamal Singh

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Prahlad Singh Chandok distributing ‘langar’ in the Capital.
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Prahlad Singh Chandok distributing ‘langar’ in the Capital.

Students protesting against the privatisation and commercialisation of education in the Capital on Tuesday.
— Photos by Kamal Singh

Public suffers as essential services succumb to strike call
Faridabad, February 24
The nationwide strike observed by the state government employees had a paralysing effect on several services in the district. The most affected were the passengers who had to cool their heels for hours for want of any bus as the Roadways staff had joined the strike en masse in the district.

Sonepat goes without water
Sonepat, February 24
The entire city with a population of more than 2 lakh people did not get water throughout the day today following the strike by the employees of the Public Health Department along with the employees of other departments like Haryana Roadways, Irrigation, Forest Department, Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Anganwadi workers and the helpers in protest against the anti-employee and anti-worker attitude of the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in Haryana, headed by Mr Om Parkash Chautala.

Expulsion of nine councillors revoked
New Delhi:
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr Prem Singh, revoked the suspension and expulsion order of nine Municipal Councillors.

Discom row
L-G urged to look into transfer of govt shareholding
New Delhi, February 24
Mr Vijender Gupta, Member, Standing Committee, MCD and secretary, Delhi Pradesh BJP, has demanded that the Lt-Governor should intervene in the matter of transferring the government shareholding to DISCOMS.

Arya seeks probe into toll tax tender controversy
New Delhi, February 24
The Leader of Opposition in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Mr Subhash Arya, in a letter to Lt Governor Vijai Kapoor, has demanded a CBI inquiry into the awarding of tenders for collection of toll tax.

Gurgaon cops to man 50 key points
Gurgaon, February 24
The new police chief of Gurgaon district, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, will focus on the ‘strategic’ visibility of police in the key areas of the city in order to deter criminals.

Uphaar case
Bid to implead Kanth: CBI gets time to reply 
New Delhi, February 24
A Delhi court gave the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) more time to reply to a plea by the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy for making Joint Commissioner of Police Amod Kanth an accused in the case.

  • Couple commit suicide, leave behind infant

Poll fever may overtake Lakme Fashion Week.
(28k, 56k)


NSUI defends active support to Cong in polls
Bhiwani, February 24
The national president of National Students Union of India (NSUI), Mr Ashok Tanwar has endorsed the role of the active members of NSUI in publicising the policies of the Congress party even to the remote areas and maintained that efforts will be done to get tickets for those who have actively been a part of such campaigns.

  • Owners told to cover their trollies


Farmers miffed at govt’s inaction on de-weeding issue
Sonepat, February 24
Resentment prevails among the farmers of the district as the state government has not undertaken repair and desilting of minors and distributaries for the past few years.

Passengers have a field day in the absence of TTE
Sonepat, February 24
The Sonepat railway station is fast turning into a haven for the ticketless passengers, thanks to the failure of the ticket collectors to check them.

Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj during the Guru Puja Diwas function.Devotees participate in Guru Puja Diwas
New Delhi, February 24
Addressing a mammoth gathering on the occasion of Guru Puja Diwas, Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj said those who find the company of saints are fortunate because it provides spiritual strength.

Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj during the Guru Puja Diwas function.

NCR briefs
Rs 5,000 fine imposed on BSNL
Jhajjar, February 24
The district consumer disputes redressal forum imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on a BSNL employee for negligence in Majra Dubaldhan village of the district.

  • Strike against privatisation policy

  • Question papers reevaluated

Delhi digest
Medical centres to be upgraded to cut rush at hospitals
New Delhi, February 24
The Delhi Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr Yoganand Shastri, said that all the medical centers under the Delhi Government would be provided with basic infrastructure so that there would be less rush in the city hospitals. He was speaking today at the inauguration of a health centre in Vasundhara Enclave.

  • Boycott call by DSGMC



Unidentified body found from bushes near Hindu College
Sonepat, February 24
The body of a youth was found from the bushes near the railway crossing in the Hindu College area here yesterday.

  • Brothers injured over plot dispute

  • Country-made pistol, gold ornaments seized

Accountant, associate held for siphoning off Rs 35 lakh
New Delhi, February 24
The Economic Offences Wing of the Crime Branch today claimed to have arrested a former accountant of the NAFED Thrift and Credit Society along with his associate for siphoning off Rs 35 lakh from the society account.

2 youths held for stealing Rs 50,000
Sonepat, February 24
The Ganaur police have arrested two youths for allegedly stealing Rs 50,000 from a farmer of Zaffarpur village. The police have registered a case against them.

  • Man crushed on GT Road

  • Electrician receives burn injuries

Travel agent held human trafficking
New Delhi, February 24
The Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested a travel agent on charges of human trafficking. The accused was identified as Sukhvinder Singh, alias Billa.

  • Langar organised

  • NTPC film bags award

Youth killed as truck rams motorcycle
Sonepat, February 24
A youth was killed and another injured when a motorcycle was hit by a truck on the G T Road near Pipli Khera village, about 15 km from here last evening.

  • Woman commits suicide

  • Smuggled liquor seized


Man sentenced to 7-yr RI for attempt to murder
New Delhi, February 24
A Delhi court has sentenced a man to seven years rigorous imprisonment for attempting to murder a factory owner who had resisted his demands for extortion money.



An evening dedicated to fashion
he 4th Lycra Images Fashion Awards (LIFA) was organised on February 12 at Hotel Ashoka. The event was packed with pulsating entertainment, a live fashion show and audio-visuals, and an award presentation by industry celebrities from India and abroad.

Arum Chadha, who got the Best Documentary Award at the Mumbai International Documentary Film Festival 2004.Golden Conch for Swayam
he Open Frame, a two-year-old initiative of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) and the Doordarshan, won its 20th award with presentation of the Golden Conch at Mumbai International Documentary Film Festival 2004.

Arum Chadha, who got the Best Documentary Award at the Mumbai International Documentary Film Festival 2004.

Junior rampdolls during IFF 2004.Kids come of age, so does kids’ wear
f you thought you could get away with simple clothes for your kids and not pay much attention to the latest trends, you were absolutely mistaken. Your smart ones also want to change their wardrobe with every flash of the latest in vogue.

Junior rampdolls during IFF 2004.

Cheer up, vodka lovers
he world’s leading vodka brand, Smirnoff, donned a new avatar with a sharp and distinctive look after almost a century. Smirnoff called upon India’s leading house, DJ Ivan and VJ Yudi, to celebrate this landmark event.

Darshan Bagga's new venture.A musical thriller from Bagga
Punjabi film director, Darshan Bagga, is going to direct a Hindi feature film, ‘Shikar – the musical thriller,’ produced by Surjeet S. Pandekar. Jaz Pandekar and Kaniska will be the lead pair in this crime thriller. Unlike most thrillers, Shikar’s plus point will be its music and lyrics.

Shikar: Darshan Bagga's new venture.

With Renu Dadlani here, your wait is over
ere is good news for people who have a penchant for designer clothes. Renu Dadlani, a renowned fashion designer, will unveil her exclusive creation, “Prateeksha”, at Aga Khan Hall from February 23 to 27 in the city. Renu has focused on innovative designs, new concepts, classic cuts and unusual colour combinations.


Suraj Lata Devi imparts hockey tips to kids
New Delhi, February 24
It was a revealing experience for the students of Heritage School, Vasant Kunj, when captain of the Indian women’s hockey team Suraj Lata Devi held a two-hour hockey clinic at the school ground on Tuesday.

Indian women’s hockey team captain Suraj Lata Devi conducting a hockey clinic at the Heritage School in Vasant Kunj on Tuesday.

Dyal Singh College annual day today
New Delhi, February 24
The Dyal Singh College Annual Day will be held on Wednesday, February 25, at the College premises at Lodi Road, near the Sai Baba Mandir.

  • Abraham shines

  • Suntan Cup Cricket

Madras Club beat K N Colts in DDCA league
New Delhi, February 24
Madras Club defeated K N Colts by 76 runs in an A-II Division match of the DDCA League at the Yamuna complex ground.

HDFC Bank advance in Turf Corporate Cricket
New Delhi, February 24
HDFC Bank defeated G E Consumer Finance by 33 runs in a league match of the fourth Turf Corporate Cricket Tournament at the Guru Gobind Singh College ground.

  • Kaushik Memorial Tourney


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