Monday, May 13, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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DJB wants a ‘waste not, want not’ water policy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 12
Here’s a question that you won’t hear on quiz shows. Only individuals who have got a drinking water connection are eligible.

How much do you pay for the water you consume at home?

a) 50 paise per litre

b) 30 paise per kilolitre

c) Rs 2 per kilolitre

d) Re 1 per litre

The next one is for those who have not secured a proper connection and wonder why the government is so lax.

What percentage of water supplied in Delhi is lost?

a) 140 million gallons per day

b) 410 million gallons per day

c) 200 million gallons per day

d) 260 million gallons per day

“Water today is so cheap, no one is bothered,” sulks Chief Executive Officer of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) PK Tripathi. What he actually wants to say is that few would be knowing the answers to those questions.

Apportioning the blame on societal trends for all the ills that plague the delivery of water to the households, Mr Tripathi says anything that comes cheap is understood to be of little or no value. “Water today is so cheap, no one is bothered about the need to use it judiciously. A kilolitre of mineral water costs Rs 10,000 and the municipality tap water 35 paise to Rs 3.”

Although he wants to hike the water tariff in order to make investments for future projects, Mr Tripathi says his immediate concern is not to waste water and conserve as much as possible. “The Board needs to make investments of several hundred crores in the next three years to meet the demand. This can be made only by increasing the tariff,” Mr Tripathi told the ‘NCR Tribune’.

Increasing the cost of water beyond the current tariff of Rs 2 per kilolitre, he knows, will go a long way in inculcating the attitude of conservation but if that does not happen immediately “the next best thing,” he explains, “is to drive home the message of using water with care and conserve…. One has to realise that there is no way water can be produced. Water today is a scarce commodity not only in India but all over the world.”

To the cynics who wonder why there is an acute shortage of water, Mr Tripathi quotes statistics to prove a point. “Out of the 650 million gallons per day supplied in Delhi, 260 is lost.” The loss is nearly double the current shortfall: the demand is for 800 million gallons per day. While acknowledging the propensity of the have-nots for pilfering water, Mr Tripathi holds the haves equally responsible for the mess. “Simple things like automatic closure of tank valve once it is full and not throwing the filled water daily can go a long way in conserving water.”

Water harvesting, he says, is not a bad idea to conserve water but since Delhi gets a scanty rainfall in a year, it cannot be a primary method of conserving water. “It could at best be a measure to increase the depleting water table.” That does not mean, he hastens to add, alternative measures to meet the demand should not be explored as an estimated five lakh persons move in to Delhi every year.

Future projections? “About 300 cusecs of raw water will be available from the Tehri dam for the Sonia Vihar water treatment. To carry this raw water, the UP Jal Board is laying a 3,250 mm diameter conduit between Murad Nagar and Sonia Vihar.

The project is estimated to cost Rs 110 crore. “Work,” he says, “is expected to be completed in December 2003. To save the 30 per cent of raw water discharged from the Tajewala barrage that is lost in transit, a 102-km-long parallel pucca canal system from Munak to Haiderpur will be constructed by the Government of Haryana. This should take three years.”

Water woes in Delhi, Mr Tripathi surmises, are more because of inequitable distribution than actual shortage. Returning to his original premise, he says if the water cannot be made costlier, it should not be so cheap either that it loses its value. That probably explains why electricity tariff is budgeted by many households but not water tariff!



HC seeks report on treatment for poor
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 12
The Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi Government to file a status report on the action taken on the Justice Qureshi Committee report, set up to review the free treatment facilities for the poor patients extended by the hospitals which had been allotted land on concessional rates or gratis.

A division bench, comprising Justice Devinder Gupta and Shameet Mukherje, asked the state government to file the status report before July 10, the next date of hearing.

The court was hearing a public interest petition filed by a lawyers group, “Social Jurists”, through its counsel Ashok Agarwal, against the failure of the Delhi Government to ensure that all charitable institutions, hospitals and nursing homes which had been allotted land at throwaway prices should comply with the conditions of allotment in regard to free treatment to the poor and indigent patients.

The PIL said that the Central Government, the Delhi Development Authority and the Delhi Government had failed to take action against the erring hospitals for not complying with the allotment agreements.

The petition sought that all the hospitals, which received land on concessional terms, should be identified and the respondents be directed to ensure that the allotment conditions were complied with by such institutions.

It also sought directions to take action against the erring hospitals in accordance with law and that the Delhi Government should take appropriate action on the recommendations of the Justice Qureshi Committee.

It further prayed that the state government should initiate high-level inquiry to find out the names of the persons/authorities who were responsible for not ensuring the adherence of the allotment conditions.

The Justice Qureshi Committee was constituted by the Delhi Government through a notification dated June 12, 2000, to review the free treatment facilities for the needy, suggest suitable policy guidelines to specify the diagnostic, treatment, lodging, surgery, medicines and other facilities that were to be given free or partially free, suggest proper referral system for the optimum utilisation of free treatment by deserving patients, and suggest suitable enforcement and monitoring mechanism for the above including legal framework.



Mayawati’s hamlet becomes ‘the observed 
of all observers’
Parmindar Singh

Noida, May 12
All roads seem to lead to Badalpur village now, a destination which has almost overnight assumed the importance and sanctity of a pilgrimage centre.

There appears to be an undeclared race among the officials not only to visit Badalpur but to be seen and known to have done it as well. Badalpur is the sleepy hamlet that has the distinction of having sent the present Chief Minister Mayawati to the state’s throne in Lucknow.

The observers feel that the day is not far when the hamlet will match the glory and splendour that once belonged to Amethi town-the stronghold of the Nehru-Gandhi clan.

So, Divisional Commissioner Deepak Singhal lost no time in holding a meeting at the hallowed spot recently along with his retinue of officials to assess the pace of development in the village.

A deadline of May 30 has been given for the completion of a 30-bed hospital building in the village, reportedly the first of its type in any village in the state.

The hospital is scheduled to start functioning by June 1, 2002. Ms Mayawati, during her previous avatars as Chief Minister had approved a 30-bed hospital, a women polytechnical, a veterinary hospital, a government college and a market in the Badalpur village. But, some of these schemes are far from complete even today.

Commissioner Deepak Singhal was accompanied by District Magistrate Deepak Kumar, Chief Development Officer A K Vajpayee, Additional DM (Finance) Dr Arun Vir Singh and Additional DM, Land, Lalji Prasad, to inspect the development works in Badalpur.

According to Mr Deepak Singhal, a sum of Rs 3.65 crore has been sanctioned for the women’s polytechnic and Rs 22 lakh has been spent on the veterinary hospital. But the progress of works is not satisfactory.

The department handling this project has reportedly been closed down by the administration. Now the demand for the funds is being made afresh to the state government.

A new power house of 132 KVA has already been sanctioned for Badalpur under the national capital region. The work on this project will be started soon.



Corporate giants do philanthropic work in a ‘businesslike’ way
Abhay Jain

Gurgaon, May 12
The corporate entities here are engaged in the social sector in a big way. Perhaps, it makes good business sense. Possibly, a quid pro quo is involved. At least, that is the general perception. But the fact is that more and more companies are taking a leaf out of their philanthropic book. Hero Honda, which has plants in Gurgaon and Rewari, has set up the Raman Kant Foundation. Spread on a vast tract on the Gurgaon-Rewari border on National Highway No 8, the update 30-bed Raman Kant Memorial Hospital was set up by the trust to cater to the rural areas. The hospital also provides 24-hour trauma and accidental facilities. It will soon be upgraded to a 100-bed hospital.

Under its Rural Development Project, the trust also runs a higher secondary school, providing convent education to the rural children in the same complex.

Various vocational training programmes for the poor women are conducted regularly in the complex. More than 100 villages of the nearby areas have benefited. “We consider it our duty to engage in social activities in areas where we have production units,” said Mr Pareek, deputy manager, HR, Hero Honda. Social responsibility has always been a high priority at Hughes Software Systems (HSS), said Mr Aadesh Goyal, vice-president, Human Resources.

The company supports projects in children’s education, health care and environment as part of its commitment to give back to society, said Mr Goyal. Having adopted a high school in Carterpuri village, HSS has contributed Rs 13 lakh for constructing classrooms, maintaining facilities and imparting infotech education.

The company also supports vocational training courses for the womenfolk. It donated five computers to Dronacharya Government College recently. “Our company has framed a policy to encourage its staff to donate generously. For every contribution by its employee to the Carterpuri village cause, HSS is adding an equal amount and spends it for the welfare of the village,” informed the vice-president. Mr Goyal said that of the 1,650 employees of the company, 250 responded to the scheme and donated Rs 4 lakh to the cause.

Its other sister concern, Hughes Network Systems, India, gave Rs 6 lakh to the Institute of Environment Management and Social Development (IEMSD), an NGO, to set up a paper recycling plant at Sri Ram School, Gurgaon.

Maruti Udyog Ltd (MUL) supports different causes in the district. The company recently handed over four Gypsies to the district police. It did electrification and sanitation work in two villages, Sarhaul and Carterpuri. Two years ago, the MUL made a 5-km stretch on Old Gurgaon-Delhi Road spending a handsome amount from its kitty. The MUL is maintaining a green belt around the factory. Besides, it shares its personal fire tenders with the local administration.

Being based in Gurgaon, Maruti has always been alive to its role as a responsible corporate, said an MUL spokesperson. In its role to protect the environment, the company has installed pollution monitoring stations within a radius of 3 kilometres around the factory.

Following the humanitarian work done by the corporates, Engineers India Limited (EIL), a Government of India Undertaking, adopted a state government-run deaf and dumb school, which was passing through a critical phase at that time. Spending lakhs of rupees, in its first phase, the EIL has constructed a workshop and a classroom for the students. Besides other equipment, the company has also given two computers and one air-conditioner to the institute.

The Anand Group of Companies which has a numerous plants in Gurgaon, established a charitable organisation, SNS Foundation. The foundation is trying to ensure the enrolment of all working children in different schools for the formal education. The foundation is running programmes in health care, adult education, movements for the rights of women and children, training centres for slum-dwellers and weaker sections of society.



Land mafia eyeing college land
Our Correspondent

Noida, May 12
Seventy-year-old Swami Dhadesh Giri Maharaj, founder of Bhawani Shankar Inter-College, Hajipur village and manager of Boda Mahadev Mandir, is a worried man today. In a written letter to the District Magistrate (DM) of Gautam Budh Nagar, he has alleged that some anti-social elements are bent upon usurping the land belonging to the inter-college and the temple in Hajipur village. He has asked the DM to take action against these ‘criminals’.

Swami Dhadesh Giri Maharaj stated that four bigha nine biswa land under Khasra No 334, 335 and 386 in Khatauni No 43 in Hajipur village were in his name on which Boda Mahadev Temple has been built. Adjoining it is the land of Bhaswani Shankar College. Some land mafia now wants to occupy both these pieces of land illegally.

The swamiji informed the DM that some unscrupulous people had submitted a false affidavit to the Tehsildar of Dadri saying that Swami Dhadesh Giri had long left this area and his whereabouts were not known. This was despite the fact that he had been living in the area since 1962 and had set up Bhawani Shankar Inter-College and the temple and he continued to be its manager and very much lived here, the swamiji said.

He also alleged that the land sharks had threatened to kill him if did not leave the college and temple for good. He requested the DM to provide safety and security to him.

Swamiji told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that he would prefer to lay down his life for the land of the college and the temple than abandon these institutions which he had built with his sweat.

The SDM of Dadri, Mr Sheshmani Pandey, has clarified that Swami Dhadesh Giri Mahajraj’s “claim about the land of the inter-college and temple is valid”. Therefore, there was no question of anybody else claiming this land and the administration would soon take effective action in this matter, the SDM said.



Gangsters rape two women, loot wheat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 12
Faridabad witnessed a few gruesome incidents in the past 24 hours. While criminals struck in a big way at two places in the district looting cash and goods worth over Rs 3.5 lakh, two women of a family were gang raped and another woman hacked her son to death with an axe.

The residents of Malokhera village of Hathin subdivision were shocked when a group of 12 to 14 persons attacked members of a family while they were working in their field. The criminals took away about 200 quintals of wheat kept there.

However, the most telling blow was that some of them gang raped two women of the family at gunpoint before fleeing the spot. The victims were an old woman and her daughter-in-law. The criminals attacked the women after tying all the male members of the family and locking them up in a room. No arrest has been made so far.

In another incident, a mother in the Barkhandi locality of Palwal town in the district allegedly hacked her two-and-a-half-year-old boy to death on Saturday evening. The accused is reported to have been mentally disturbed for the past few months.

The woman, identified as Rani, wife of Suresh, a resident of Peepli village of Bharatpur district of Rajasthan, had come to her parents’ house with her family in connection with her treatment. The accused chopped off the head of the boy while she was with him in a room. The body of the boy lying in a pool of blood was found by her husband. The woman reportedly used an axe to attack the child. The woman has been arrested.

Another incident of looting took place near Palwal. Two employees of a steel trader of Faridabad were robbed of Rs 2.6 lakh and a scooter near Palwal in broad daylight by three armed youths. The victims, working with `Laxmi’ industry at Nehru Ground here, were returning after getting the payment for the material supplied to some firms located at Hodal, Punhana, Pingawan, Hathin and Palwal.

It is learnt that while they were on the way to Faridabad, three motorcycle-borne youths intercepted them near a restaurant and pulled out a revolver and asked them to stop. While the employees did not stop, the criminals pushed them to the ground. The gangsters then overpowered the duo and drove away on their scooter. The cash was kept in the toolbox of the scooter. A case has been registered but no arrest has been made. 



Wheatgate costing Haryana dear 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 12
The Haryana Government has been suffering a huge loss of revenue on account of ‘benami’ purchases of wheat by certain traders and ‘arhtias’ in the city and other parts of the district. According to a report, the racket has been going on with the alleged collusion between the officials of the procurement agencies and unscrupulous traders and ‘arhtias’ of the grain markets and the purchasing centres.

During the current procurement season, most of the traders and ‘arhtias’ had made direct purchases of wheat from the farmers and sold the bulk stock to the official procurement agencies without entering it in their stock registers, thereby evading the market fee and the sales tax. Some officials of the procurement agencies are said to be involved in the racket.

Informed sources also said that some unscrupulous ‘arhtias’ adopted a strategy to dupe the officials by showing less weight of wheat marketed by the farmers. The informed revealed that some traders had been reportedly exporting the wheat to other states without showing the quantity in their stock registers.

Official sources, however, revealed that 82,619 tonnes of more wheat had arrived in the markets of the district as compared to the last procurement season. 



‘Baniyan’ gang strikes at Baba Colony 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 12
A gang of four unidentified persons, believed to be members of the dreaded ‘Kachha Baniyan’ gang, raided a house in Baba Colony, Sant Nagar Burari in North Delhi, in the early hours of this morning and escaped with unspecified amount of cash and valuables after injuring all four family members, including two women. The victims, house owner Raju (24), his brother Bahadur (32), Bhadur’s wife Poonam (29) and their mother Krishna (52) have been admitted to the Trauma Centre with head injuries.

This is the fourth incident where members of the infamous ‘Kachha Baniyan’ gang had struck at houses in the last few days. The police said that special teams had been formed to trace the suspects and patrolling was being intensified. Several persons have been detained for questioning but no one has been arrested so far.

According to the police, the suspects struck in the wee hours of today. They reportedly knocked on the door of the house in the A-Block of Baba Colony and when Raju opened the door attacked him with a blunt weapon. They then attacked the others who were sleeping inside and ransacked the house.



No need to hate plastic waste, it makes roads 
last longer
R. Suryamurthy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 12
The moment one hears about plastic wastes, especially bags, the picture that comes to one’s mind is that they clog the drains, choke the throat of gullible animals, become an eyesore to the city and picturesque environment and are bio non-degradable.

With such features, plastic wastes, especially plastic bags, are being banned in different parts of the country, including in the National Capital Territory. But, do not be surprised if plastic wastes reappear in other forms, which would be welcomed by many.

Yes, the plastic wastes could be used in road construction, which would increase the road life and also solve the problem of disposing this bio non-degradable product.

Sounds quite crazy that plastics could be used in the road construction sector. This is what many delegates at the recently organised meet on plastics by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) felt. Initial field tests of the concept have proved what the scientists in the lab had envisaged.

Presenting the success story of transforming plastic wastes into useful a ingredient in road construction, Mr K. Ahmed Khan of K K Polyflex caught the attention of the delegates by elucidating the achievement of the innovative experiment.

“We conceived the idea of using plastic wastes after proper processing as an additive with bitumen used for construction of roads,” he said.

Mr Khan said the company commissioned the research project by eminent road construction experts, Prof Justo and Dr Veeraragavan.

Their vigorous tests at the laboratory level proved that the bituminous concrete mixes prepared using the treated bitumen binder fulfilled all the specified Marshall mix design criteria for surface course of road pavement.

This was a substantial increase in Marshall Stability value of the BC mix, in the order of two to three times higher value in comparison with the untreated or ordinary bitumen, he said.

Another important observation was that the bituminous mixes prepared using the treated binder could withstand adverse soaking conditions under water for longer duration, he said.

Mr Khan said the laboratory tests indicated that the use of the innovative technology not only strengthened the road construction but also increased the road life.

The company chief said that the Karnataka Government was impressed by the success of the experiment and the state Chief Minister himself inaugurated the field test of construction 500 metres of road in three places in and around Bangalore with the help of PWD using the innovative technology.

“The field tests withstood the stress and proved that plastic wastes used after proper processing as an additive would enhance the life of the roads and also solve environmental problems,” he said.



Chautala for tough line on power defaulters 
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, May 12
Taking a tough line on the issue of outstanding power bills, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala today asked the defaulting consumers to clear their arrears by May 15 under the waiver scheme.

He indicated that his government would take a tough line against those consumers who did not pay the arrears by the said date. Mr Chautala was addressing a public meeting after laying the foundation stone of a four crore water augmentation scheme in Beri village of the district.

He said that his government had been persuading and impressing upon the defaulters the need to pay the arrears. However, he said, the strategy now had changed for the people who refused to pay their arrears.

He informed that Rs 900 crore have been recovered from the defaulting consumers under the ongoing waiver scheme.

The Chief Minister also distributed cheques worth Rs two crore to 26 village panchayats for completing development works announced under the second phase of ‘Sarkar Apke Dwar’ programme.

Giving details of his just concluded country wide tour to invite industrialists to invest in Haryana, the Chief Minister hoped that the state would become the industrial hub of the country in the coming days. He said more and more industrialist are showing interest in settling down in Haryana due to the policies of the government and the friendly attitude of the people.

He said that 117 more units have been set up in the state during his tenure, with the total investment of Rs 27000 crore and employment to 40,000 persons.

Mr Chautala claimed that export had reached Rs 7000 crores, adding Rs 500 crore as revenue to the state exchequer.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the construction of Beri-Dighal, Beri-Jhajjar and Beri-Jahajgarh roads at the cost of Rs 4.29 crore. Mr Chautala called upon the farmers to apply diversification in cultivation of crops, adding that the continuous and excessive sowing of wheat had resulted in the glut of grain, as all the godowns of the official procurement agencies were packed to its capacity. 



Auditors agitated over pay disparity
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 12
Senior auditors in the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) here have planned to observe a day-long dharna and demonstration on May 14 before the CAG office, to press for their demand for the implementation of new pay scales.

They are agitated over the non-implementation of the award for pay parity with assistants of the Central Secretariat Service, given by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Guwahati and Chandigarh.

Despite the Guwahati High Court’s order for the implementation of the award, the Finance Ministry has yet to take any positive step in this direction.

According to senior auditors of CAG, they were at par with assistants’ grade employees of the central secretariat service till January 1, 1986. Both were getting the same pay scales till that time. However, central secretariat assistants’ scales were revised upwardly after the CAT, (Delhi) in July 1990, had asked the government to implement the new pay scales for them with retrospective effect of January 1, 1986.

Senior auditors at the office of the Accountant General and Senior Deputy Accountant General in Himachal Pradesh filed a petition with the Chandigarh Bench of the CAT in 1992, urging the Bench to provide pay parity with that of Assistants of the Central Secretariat Service.

A few senior auditors at CAG knocked the door of Cat and approached the Guwahati Bench for redressal to provide them parity in pay scales in 1997.

Both the Simla and Guwahati benches in their directions upheld the senior auditors “plea for pay-party.

On November 2, 1994, the Guwahati Bench of the CAT asked the Union Government, “and CAG to review their decision for not providing pay party to senior auditors at CAG.

The Union Government, however, said there was no direction from the CAT to implement the pay parity clause and turned down the appeal by senior auditors. The employees again knocked the door of the Guwahati Bench urging it to direct the Union Government to provide pay parity.

In its judgement dated September 14, 1999, the Guwahati Bench of CAT directed the Union Government, the CAG and the Finance Ministry, “to consider the true spirit in the judgement dated November 2, 1994,” passed in OA 45/92 and to pass “necessary and appropriate orders regarding the parity of pay.

This must be done as early as possible, at any rate, within a period of four months from the date of receipt of this.” On October 10, 2001, the learned Guwahati High Court, giving a stay on the issue of “arrears, asked the government to implement the new pay scales for senior auditors with effect from November 2001.” Further, the High Court in its subsequent order on March 23, 2002, turning down the “government’s plea for giving more time for implementation of new pay scales, observed, "it is needless to say that no further time shall be granted” .However, the Union Government had failed to implement the order of the CAT, Guwahati. 



250 BPL houses to be built in Sonepat and Bhiwani
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 12
The Central Government has selected Sonepat and Bhiwani district in Haryana for the construction of 250 houses during the current financial year for the families living below the poverty line (BPL).

Giving this information, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, a BJP MP and the vice-president of the Haryana BJP, told mediapersons here today that the Central Government has allocated Rs 37.50 lakh for this purpose and released the first instalment for the construction work.

He opposed the replacement of old electricity meters with electronic meters at Kharkhauda and other places in the district. He condemned the police lathi charge on the people protesting against the installation of electronic meters there.

He said that there was no rationale for the replacement of the old meters which was functioning well. However, he said if the Uttar

Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) was bent upon the installation of electronic meters, the authorities should discuss the issue with the consumers and satisfy them of the need for the replacement of meters.

He was against the forceful tactics used by the Power Department.

Mr Sangwan demanded stern action against the police officials responsible for the lathi charge on the innocent electricity consumers at Kharkhauda town.

Phone woes

There is growing sense of resentment among the telephone subscribers whose offices and houses are on the Sonepat-Mehlana road. Their telephones continues to be dysfunctional for the last three weeks, after the damage caused to the underground cables by the JCB machines, which were pressed into service to remove the encroachments. The special anti-encroachment drive was undertaken to give a face-lift to the city. Many subscribers alleged that all their complaints made to the BSNL authorities, have fallen on deaf ears.

House gutted

A house of a woman was burnt in a fire broke that broke out in the Dhobiwara area here on Saturday evening. According to a report, the fire brigade brought the fire under control after three hours. The loss was yet to be ascertained by the owner of the house. A short-circuit was stated to be the cause of fire.

Driver killed

One person was killed on the spot and three others, including two women, sustained serious injuries when the car in which they were travelling overturned on the Sonepat-Meerut inter-state road near Palri village, about 15 km from here on Saturday evening.

According to a report, the car was on its way from Meerut to Chandigarh. The person killed was identified as Dharminder, the car driver.

The injured persons included Mr Baljit Singh, his wife, Mrs Devinder Mohan and a girl Meena. All the injured persons were hospitalised and they were stated to be out of danger.

Vehicles collide

Two youths, Ajay and Vikram were seriously injured when their motorcycle collided with a three-wheeler coming from the opposite direction on the Kharkhauda-Narela road near Kanwali village, about 25 km from here last evening. Both the injured youths were hospitalised.

The police have registered a case of rash and negligent driving against Surinder, the driver of the three-wheeler. Further investigations were in progress.

Car falls in canal

A Maruti car fell into a canal near the Bhambewa village, about 50 km from here last evening. Even as the car driver was still unable to come out of the wreckage, three others managed to come out from it safely.

The car was on its way from Delhi to Jind. The name of the missing youth is Rajiv.

A truck driver, who was driving past the canal, gave the information about the car accident to the officials of a police post at Butana village.

The police officials helped to rescue the three youths from the canal. The fourth person was still missing.

Dowry harassment

The Kharkhauda police have registered a case of dowry harassment against Mr Tejvir and his other family members on the report of his wife, Mrs Mukesh, the daughter of Mr Partap Singh of Rohna village.

Mrs Mukesh had accused her husband of mentally torturing her. The police have started investigations in the matter. However, no arrest was made in this connection.



Three of inter-state gang of car thieves arrested
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 12
With the arrest of three criminals, the special staff of the Sonepat police has busted an inter-state gang of car thieves operating in parts of Haryana and the neighbouring states for the past few months.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told mediapersons here today that the arrested persons were Ravinder Jat, Devinder Jat, both residents of Udesipur village, and Sompal Jat of Bhawar village under the Ganaur police station in this district. The police, he said, also recovered four stolen Maruti cars and a motorcycle besides fake documents from the culprits.

Giving details of the arrests, the SP said that the special staff was checking the incoming and outgoing vehicles on the Sonepat-Kami road when the culprits arrived in a car there. While searching the car, the police found fake number-plates and registration numbers and other documents. The culprits finally confessed that they had stolen the car from Delhi. They also confessed to their involvement in a number of auto theft cases in the areas of Uttam Nagar, Shalimar Bagh, Janakpuri etc.

According to the SP, the culprits used to change the engines, chassis and registration numbers and sell the vehicles after preparing the fake documents. The stolen cars and motorcycle recovered from the criminals cost Rs 6 lakh.

He disclosed that the police had registered a case against them and further investigations were in progress. More cases of auto theft cases were likely to be solved during their further interrogation.

The SP further disclosed that the police had also arrested a youth under the Indian Arms Act following the alleged recovery of a country-made pistol from his possession. He said that the youth had been identified as Anil, son of Satpal Dhobi of Dev Nagar area in the city. Further investigations are in progress.



Three runaway killers arrested 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 12
Three youths, who had carried out sensational killings in different districts of Haryana, including a murder in court premises in Panipat and declared proclaimed offenders by the state, have been arrested, the Delhi Police said here today.

The three accused, Sunil Kumar alias Shilay Pahalwan, Shri Krishan alias Bhanu and Suni, all in their mid-twenties and resident of Sonepat district, have been arrested by the Operation Cell of the Delhi Police’s North-West district.

The police said that the three youth allegedly murdered Dalbir Singh, a notorious criminal of Rohtak in 1999. Sunil Kumar was arrested in the case, but he jumped the parole. He was again arrested for the forcible possession of a piece of land in Bhiwani district. He escaped from the custody of Bhiwani police.

In April this year, Sunil Kumar allegedly killed Jagbir Singh, the elder brother of Dalbir Singh, and his wife in Jind district. He was also involved in the sensational murder of Joginder Kaur, who was killed in the court’s premises at Panipat, the police said.

Shri Kishan had killed one Kuldeep Singh and his mother in Gohna in Sonepat district and was also involved in the forcible possession of land along with Sunil Kumar, the police added.

The police said Sunil, during the course of interrogation, stated that he had committed the murder of Zile Singh in his village and had also robbed more than Rs 3.5 lakh in Panipat. He along with his associates had also looted cash and jewellery worth more than three lakhs from a property dealer in Sonepat and was also involved in robberies and dacoities in Anaj Mandi at Gohana and Baroda. All three of them had been declared proclaimed offender in the state, the police said. Meanwhile, the Special Staff of the North-West district have arrested the Gautam Budh Nagar residents, Ramesh alias Bittoo and his associate Ravi Kant alias Shintoo, for their alleged involvement in murder case.

The police said the two youth were moving in suspicious circumstances in Rohini area and were stopped for questioning. The special staff personnel found that the youth were carrying a country made revolver along with live cartridges and a spring actuated knife.

Following interrogation, the police said the two youth stated that they had killed Manoj of Dujana village last year. They had jumped the bail in the case. In April this year, they along with their associates had attacked with firearms and killed Narender and Jeet Ram of Nangla village in Gautam Budh Nagar to settle old scores. In the exchange of fire, one of their associates was also killed. They had come to Delhi in search of a hideout, the police added.



Former employer beats youth black and blue
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 12
The only fault of poor Salluddin, a youth lying on a bed of the Bhadshah Khan Civil Hospital with severe injuries, was that he dared to leave his job at a furniture shop at Tikona Park in the NIT area here.

The victim said that he had been working at a furniture shop for years but the owner failed to raise his wages accordingly. Finally, he decided to work at another shop situated nearby. But this angered the former employer. The latter called him to his shop for some work recently. The owner of the furniture shop and his son then took Salluddin to the basement of the shop and started abusing and beating him for leaving the work at their shop.

According to Salluddin, he was tied to a chair and was given blows on his body, including his private parts. After he fell unconscious, he was admitted in the hospital. The police have booked a case.



Pirated VCD manufacturing unit unearthed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 12
No sooner have the Bollywood blockbusters been released in theatre, it is there on the cable network and in the showcase of shops at a throwaway price. Even as the multi-crore mega star movies flopped at the box offices, pirated VCD manufacturers went to the bank laughing.

The Economic Offences Wing of the Crime Branch of Delhi Police unearthed one such unit in Kalkaji.

Deepak Sharma of Deep Colony, near the Rohtak by-pass, was arrested in this connection, the police said.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Dinesh Bhatt, said the accused was in the midst of a piracy work when the police team raided the pirated VCD manufacturing unit in Govindpuri, Kalkaji.

During the raid, 1120 Hindi, English and blank VCD’s were recovered.

Among the VCD’s recovered included movies such as 16 December, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam, Ansh, Yeh Raste Hai Pyar Ke, Asoka, Indian, Spiderman, The One and Jurassic Park-III.

The Crime Branch team recovered 10 CD writers, 1049 Inlay cards, two computer monitors, two CPUs along with its accessories, he said.

Deepak, who was booked under the Copy Rights Act, told the police that he received orders from various shopkeepers in Palika Bazaar, Nehru Place and Lajpat Rai Market for manufacturing of pirated VCDs. 



Herbal sunscreen lotion for peaches and cream complexion
Tribune News Service

A player in the herbal cosmetic industry, Ayur introduces sunscreen lotion to offer protection from the sun. After researching for the cause of sunburn and skin damage, it has come up with two special formulations with SPF (sun protection factor) 5 and 15. While SPF 5 is best for dark complexion, SPF 15 is for fairer skin.

Stain remover

Hindustan Lever launches Vim dishwash bar with stain cutter – an ingredient that provides superior dishwash cleaning and removes the toughest stains such as burnt milk and ghee stains.

Fab watches

For the smart and savvy, Timex launches its “big, bold and beautiful” collection of watches. A fusion of the latest international colours, designs and stainless steel, the trendy range is an extension of the Matrix collection that was launched last year and heralds the entry of Timex into the fashion segment. The BBB collection, as it has come to be known, has a total of 39 styles, 27 for men and 12 for women across 13 cases. A brand new, very upmarket packaging has been used to accentuate the looks of the watches.

Fastest CD-RW

The 40x12x40 internal CD-RW from Iomega Corporation is dubbed as the company’s fastest available CD-RW. With a 40x record and 12x write speed, the CD-RW boasts higher-speed and breakthrough performance that further reduces CD-RW times. As with its predecessor 32x10x40 internal drive, the new drive also incorporates overburn technology that enables liberating as much as 870 MB from a standard CD-R for up to 99 minutes of recording. It is available at the Iomega authorised dealers.

Digital inverters

Consumer durable marketing company Usha International has come out with the Usha Zentar brand of digital inverters with lower running cost and which saves up to 70 per cent in electricity bills. The two models – 650 VA and 1250 VA – come with consistent back-up time, higher efficiency battery charging with increased battery life. Available in a range of colours, the models also come equipped with a trolley.


Dhall Group launches Areena Premium, the “zero per cent calorie” packaged drinking water. Available in sizes of 150 ml, 175 ml, 250 ml, 350 ml, 500 ml, 1 litre, 2 litre, 10 litre and 20 litre, this “diet” packaged drinking water is certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the Indian Standards Institute (ISI). The group claims that Areena Premium is meant also for those who are a freak in losing weight or burning those extra calories.

For children

Archies Greetings and Gifts Limited launches kids stationery like crayons, pencils, erasers, rulers and pencil boxes. The crayons range is available in two variations – wax and plastic. The product, being child-friendly, is easy to hold, non-toxic and can be erased and sharpened easily.

Guide to painting

Every woman is her own interior designer for her home. With this belief, Nerolac has launched Nerolac Allscapes Your Home Guide booklet to make women understand the characteristics of colour like temperature, movement, associations, texture and how to create or remove elements for a desirable balanced effect for the living space. Lilacs for a refreshing change, reds for the kitchen, blues for the bedrooms, yellows for that bright feel, greens for tranquillity to browns for warmth and solitude, the guide helps homemakers decide the perfect colours for homes. It also explains the effects of colour on psychology to creatively enhance the feel of home. The booklet also has step-by-step guidelines to painting walls and the paint calculator that helps to calculate the exact amount of paint and the cost for painting a specified area. An innovation in the booklet is the colour combination chart that enables the homemaker to explore unique colour schemes for her home.


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