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10 cops hurt in Yamuna Pushta demolition drive
New Delhi, March 24
As many as 10 policemen were injured in a clash in the Yamuna Pushta this morning during an MCD demolition campaign. The injured were taken to the Jayaprakash Narayan Hospital where they were given a first-aid. One Sub-Inspector Lal Chand has been kept under observation as he sustained serious injuries on his face.

  • Deliveryman killed in cylinder blast

SPARKLING NIGHT: Activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Muslim Yuva Ekta Committee celebrating the Indian victory at the fifth One Day International cricket match against Pakistan in the Capital on Wednesday. SPARKLING NIGHT: Activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Muslim Yuva Ekta Committee celebrating the Indian victory at the fifth One Day International cricket match against Pakistan in the Capital on Wednesday. —  Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal



EARLIER STORIES

 

Colony gets full ration for first time
New Delhi, March 24
For the first time, residents of Welcome Colony in East Delhi are receiving their full quota of ration, at right prices, from the Public Distribution System shops. Until now, almost 90 per cent of the food meant to be distributed to the poor under the PDS in Delhi was being siphoned off.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Vidhan Sabha Speaker Ajay Maken going to attend the House in the Capital
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Vidhan Sabha Speaker Ajay Maken going to attend the House in the Capital on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Need of the hour
NCERT draft ready on environment as subject
New Delhi, March 24
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is ready to submit its draft on the possible syllabus for Environment Education and its implementation as a compulsory subject in schools.

Man crying for kidnapped daughter for 7 long years
Sonepat March 24
“I have been knocking at every door, trying to elicit help from a police sepoy to the Prime Minister, for the past seven years for the recovery of my kidnapped daughter. I have not got anything except assurances. Despite giving the names of the accused, the police have not even registered an FIR against them.

Truck driver killed, five held
Muradnagar, March 24
Five persons have been arrested for looting a truck with 100 bags of cotton thread after killing the driver. The criminals had unloaded the bags of cotton thread worth lakhs of rupees in a powerloom factory in Malik Nagar, Muradabad in Ghaziabad district.

MCD norms ‘bypassed’ for toll tax contract
New Delhi, March 24
The Leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Mr Subhash Arya, today demanded the resignation of the Chairman of the all-powerful Standing Committee as the corporation had awarded contract of toll tax collection defying the guidelines of the corporation.

Sheila supports unit area method
New Delhi, March 24
The Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, today defended the unit area method of assessing the property tax. She was speaking in the Assembly today. She said that it was a historic step towards bringing transparency in the government functioning and ending the Inspector Raj.

Delhi Metro likely to increase fare
New Delhi, March 24
The news is not good for the commuters who use the Metro. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is contemplating increase in the fare of Metro trains.

 
COMMUNITY

Umpteen power cuts, a daily routine in Faridabad
Faridabad, March 24
The abnormal rise in the temperature seems to have caught the Power Department on the wrong foot. Succumbing to the growing demand, the department has started imposing severe cuts in the supply for the past few days, perhaps giving a clue of what was in store for people for the coming summer season. This has led not only to inconvenience but heavy resentment among the residents.

Misappropriation of funds alleged in Slum and JJ Department
New Delhi, March 24
The secretary of the Delhi Unit of the BJP and member of the Standing Committee, MCD, Mr Vijender Kumar Gupta, in a letter written to the Lt-Governor, Mr Vijai Kapoor, has demanded a detailed probe in the alleged bungling of funds to the tune of Rs 50 lakh during the last one and a half years in the Slum and JJ Department of the corporation.

Bhajan singer Narender Chanchal at a Navratra Mahotsav, organised by Indraprastha Kala and Sanskritik Parishad at Pitampura in the Capital.
Bhajan singer Narender Chanchal at a Navratra Mahotsav, organised by Indraprastha Kala and Sanskritik Parishad at Pitampura in the Capital.

DELHI DIGEST
Physically challenged seek support for their candidate
New Delhi, March 24
A delegation of the physically challenged and the hearing impaired on Wednesday called on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to seek her party’s support to the candidature of Javed Abidi from the New Delhi Parliamentary constituency.

  • Anita Arya highlights shortage of water, electricity

Residents threaten stir over disruption of water supply
Sonepat, March 24
Thousands of residents protested against the disruption in water supply in the various part of the city. According to a report, the protestors raised slogans against the government and the Public Health Department and warned the authorities that if the water supply was not improved they would have no alternative but to gherao the waterworks and boosting stations as well as the officials of the PHD.

  • HVP blames BJP for supporting INLD govt

  • Compensation awarded

  • Man beaten up by wife

  • Boy sodomised

  • Dharna by chowkidars

  • Marriage party members injured

NCR BRIEFS
ESI Hospital refuses to admit sick child
Noida, March 24
The doctors at the Employees State Insurance (ESI) hospital in sector-24 Noida, refused to admit a 10-month-old child for treatment. They even threatened the hapless parents “to keep away from the hospital”.
  • 170 fake CDs seized in raid

  • Youth Burnt

  • Man assaulted

  • Samiti member released

  • Sports Commissioner visits MNSS

 

CRIME

Job racket busted, two arrested
New Delhi, March 24
The Crime Branch claimed to have busted a job racket and arrested two persons from the Daryaganj area. The sleuths also claimed to have seized postal orders, 33 application forms and 49 appointment letters from their possession.

  • Man held for forging documents

  • Wrestler arrested

  • Dismissed constable caught by Special Cell

Youths snatch car from Delhi resident
Sonepat, March 24
Two armed youths reportedly snatched a car from Mr Khushhal, a resident of Delhi on the G T Road near the Ganaur police post, about 20 km from here last night.

BUSINESS


Labour Dept, GCCI issue 440 factory licences at camp
Gurgaon, March 24
The Labour Department issued factory licences to 440 industrialists in the first ever factory clearance camp organised here by it along with the Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce and Industry to expedite solving pending cases. The beneficiaries were those who have their business base in Gurgaon.
(From left) Mr K. S. Chehl, Assistant Director, Industrial Safety and Health, Mr Ravi Yadav, Assistant Director, Industrial Safety and Health, Mr Arun Jain, President, GCCI, Mr P. K. Jain, founder President of the GCCI, Mr K. S. Sheoran, Deputy Director, Industrial Safety, Mr R. S. Dhariwal, Sr Assistant Director, Industrial Safety and Health at the factory licence clearance camp.
(From left) Mr K. S. Chehl, Assistant Director, Industrial Safety and Health, Mr Ravi Yadav, Assistant Director, Industrial Safety and Health, Mr Arun Jain, President, GCCI, Mr P. K. Jain, founder President of the GCCI, Mr K. S. Sheoran, Deputy Director, Industrial Safety, Mr R. S. Dhariwal, Sr Assistant Director, Industrial Safety and Health at the factory licence clearance camp.

Working hours at NDPL cash collection centres increased
New Delhi, March 24
The NDPL has increased the working hours for all its cash collection centers from March 25 to March 31 upto 8 pm. It also announced that no late payment surcharge (pertaining to current demand only) will be levied on electricity bills due for payment in the month of March 2004 if it is paid before the end of the month.

Sehgal Foundation implemented projects worth Rs 1.24 cr in 2003
New Delhi, March 24
Sehgal Foundation, an NGO working for rural development, has spent about Rs 1.24 crore on various projects which are being implemented in rural parts of Gurgaon for the past one year.

 
EDUCATION

Campus
A dream programme in Human Resource
T
he Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, has signed an MoU with the National HRD Network to offer postgraduate programme in Human Resource. The programme is scheduled to be launched in July 2004 with an intake of 40 students. Dr Pritam Singh of MDI said that the programme was a dream-come-true for him and for the MDI.
Winners of the annual sports meet with Mr Sushil Kumar Rajput, Chairman, NCPE, Noida.
Winners of the annual sports meet with Mr Sushil Kumar Rajput, Chairman, NCPE, Noida.
  • NRI visits Noida Film City

  • Annual Sports Meet

  • Faculty programme

  • GIS for Engineers

  • The IACM, considered best

 

CULTURE

Experimanta 2004 gets under way on March 26
New Delhi, March 24
A film festival, which brings into limelight the seminal experimental films made in India, Germany and the UK, is being organised in the city from March 26.

Delhiites to savour music for soul on Friday
New Delhi, March 24
Sufi music will be set to the tune of peace and harmony at the Amir Khusrau festival to be held in the backdrop of the historical Humayun’s Tomb from Friday.

 
SPORTS
New Delhi, March 24
Delhi looked like a ghost town on Wednesday afternoon. Very few people ventured out on the street. Offices reported thin attendance. Those who reported for work in the morning, bolted from offices after noon. The normally clogged Delhi roads were free of traffic congestion. The Government had not declared any holiday.
Fans glued to a television set to watch the India-Pakistan ODI final in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Fans glued to a television set to watch the India-Pakistan ODI final in New Delhi on Wednesday. — Photo by Kamal Singh.

Robin Bisht stars in Winsom victory
New Delhi, March 24
A delightful knock of 95 by Robin Bisht and deadly bowling of 4 for 39 by Pankaj Kumar helped Winsom Club defeat Subhania Club by 52 runs in a Super A Division match of the DDCA League at the University polo ground.

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