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Medical Officer seeks stay on arrest
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 5
Apprehending his arrest by the officials of the Rohtak branch of the State Vigilance Bureau (SVB), Dr Om Parkash Yadav, Medical Officer posted at Civil Hospital, Bhiwani, filed a petition in a special court here on Tuesday seeking a stay on his arrest till the disposal of the case pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard.

The Special Judge, Mr Shiva Sharma, has fixed June 7 as the next date for arguments and issued notices to the Rohtak branch of the SVB to appear in the court for arguments.

Dr Yadav said in his petition that he did his MBBS from Sardar Patel Medical College, Bikaner and thereafter had served in HCMS from 1986 to 1997. He said that he had topped the written examination for MD but was not given any subject in his postgraduate course due to the ‘autocratic’ style of functioning of the officials of the PGIMS and the Health Department. He said that he had filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which quashed admissions of all students that were made in utter violation of rules and regulations and he was allotted a subject, ie MD in the Department of Paediatrics.

The petitioner said that he had joined the MD course in July 1997 and Dr Geeta Gathwal was appointed his guide. During the three-year tenure, he was given a unit of Neonatology, which was established in ‘utter violation’ of the rules and regulations of the government. He said he had filed another petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which ‘annoyed’ the PGIMS administration.

Dr Yadav said certain medicos of the PGIMS made a written complaint against Dr A. D. Tewari, Head of the Paediatrics Department, alleging harassment and exploitation at the hands of Dr Tewari in August 2000. He alleged that his name was clubbed with Dr Tewari by his opponent doctors whereas he had no reason to be thick with Dr Tewari. He said the complaint against Dr Tewari was entrusted with the Rohtak unit of SVB and he was directed by his guide, Dr Geeta Gathwal, to register a complaint against Dr Tewari. However, he did not oblige his guide and as a result, he was failed in the examinations on two or three occasions.

He further alleged that the officials of the SVB recently reached his office in his absence and told members of the staff that they intended to arrest the petitioner in connection with the case pending against Dr Tewari. The petitioner prayed to the court to issue necessary directions to the officials of the SVB to release him on bail in the event of arrest or a stay on his arrest till the decision was taken in his case pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. 


Chand Khanna sail into final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 5
Chand Khanna stunned last year’s champions Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) by four wickets to sail into the final of the sixth Lala Raghubir Singh Hot Weather Cricket Tournament at the Modern School ground, Barakhamba Road.

A brilliant knock of 82 by Sumit Dogra, and his 125-run fifth-wicket partnership with Sachin Choudhary, helped Chand Khanna race to victory after ONGC had setup a challenging total of 254 for 4 made in 40 overs.

Sumit Dogra was given the Reebok man of the match award for his match-winning knock. The award was presented to Sumit by Dr J. M. Hans, who is the government nominee in the DDCA.

Chand Khanna will take on the winners of the match between Indian Airlines and Collage Group, in the final.

Indian Airlines will clash against Collage Group in the second semi-final on Thursday.


ONGC: 254 for 9 wickets in 40 overs (Rizwan Shamsad 61, 7x4, 1x6, 61b; Mohd Kaif 45, 3x4, 2x6, 42b; Virender Sehwag 43, 5x4, 1x6, 33b; Manoj Mudgil 27 n.o., 2x4, 1x6; Raja Sharma 2 for 49; Farman Ahmed 2 for 58; Dinesh Yadav 2 for 56).

Chand Khanna Club: 255 for 6 wickets in 37.2 overs (Sumit Dogra 82, 8x4, 5x6, 57b; Sachin Choudhary 71 n.o., 6x4, 4x6, 52b; Farman Ahmed 59, 5x4, 5x6, 39b; Amit Bhandari 1 for 51; Feroz Ghyas 1 for 49; Virender Sehwag 2 for 54; Mithun Minhas 1 for 53).


16 top teams for Hari Ram cricket 

New Delhi
The sixth edition of the Lala Hari Ram Aggarwal Memorial Day-Night Prize Money Cricket Carnival will be held from June 8 to 23 at the Karnail Singh Stadium (Railway Stadium). The participating teams include Indian Airlines, Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC), Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association, Chand Khanna Club, Collage Group, Steel Authority of India Ltd., Sonnet and Food Corporation of India. The winners of the title will pocket a whopping cash prize of Rs 1,11000 while the runners-up will be awarded Rs 51,000. The losing semi-finalists will be given Rs 21,000 each. The organisers will also provide coloured clothing to all the participants. The tournament will be played on knock-out basis. Special prizes will be also be given to the teams and players.

Several current and past Test and Ranji Trophy cricketers like Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Mohd. Kaif, Dinesh Mongia, Ashish Nehra, Ajay Ratra, Harbhajan Singh, Sharandeep Singh, Vijay Dhaiya, Rahul Sanghvi, Amit Bhandari, Nikhil Chopra, Gursharan Singh and Gyanender Pandey will be seen in action during the 15-day tournament. Mr Anil Choudhary, convenor of the umpiring committee, said top-grade umpires like S. K. Bansal, Hari Haran, Devendra Sharma, Vijay Chopra, Arun Bharadwaj, Satish Gupta, Kamal Juneja, Desraj and Rajan Seth will umpire the matches.

The matches will be of 35 overs a side upto the quarter-final stage, and for the semi-finals and final, the matches will be 40 overs each side. The tournament will be played under Board of Control for Cricket in India rules. The tournament will be inaugurated by Union Minister for Food, Chaman Lal Gupta. OSR


3 MCD to set up 952 community toilets by June-end
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, June 5
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today announced that 952 new pay-for-use Community Toilet Complexes (CTCs) would be made functional in the walled city, unauthorised colonies and JJ clusters by the end of this month.

This was part of the World Environment Day announcements today. This is also part of the first phase of the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP). The MCD announced that these CTCs would be maintained by NGOs registered with the corporation and not the MCD staff.

The Additional Commissioner, Slums and Jhuggis (S&JJ), Mr Manjit Singh, said here today that the MCD was expected to collect approximately Rs 28 lakh a month from the licence fee given by these NGOs and the money would be utilised for further maintenance work.

It was pointed out that of the 952 CTCs, 503 had already been completed, while 113 were nearing completion and 336 would be completed by the end of the month.

The CTCs would charge Re 1 per entry and the service would be free for children below 12 years. They would be located in the JJ clusters, walled city area, Harijan and Valmiki colonies, urbanised villages, unauthorised colonies and resettlement colonies spread around 12 zones under the MCD.

Apart from the construction of the new CTCs, the MCD also plans to replace existing old and dilapidated toilet complexes. The corporation is going to provide mobile toilets in those areas where the repair work is on.

The MCD has also proposed the setting up of a Rs 414.04-lakh electric crematorium at Sarai Kale Khan and one at Lodhi Road to reduce the pollution caused by the dumping of half-burnt bodies in the Yamuna. Such crematoria also prevent air pollution and respiratory diseases, which are caused by burning wood for the cremation of bodies.

The Chairman of the project’s standing committee, Mr Ram Babu Sharma, said Delhi also needed to develop a plan for the disposal of religious materials. He added that the proportion of this waste was significant as people from different parts of the country inhabited the capital region and they all had their own festivities.

It is estimated that the MCD would be spending Rs 2.16 crore for public participation and awareness programmes. NGOs like the Asian Centre for Organisation Research and Development (ACCORD), Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), the Joint Assistance Centre (JAC) and the All India Centre for Urban and Rural Development (AICURD) would assist the MCD in these programmes.

Another significant contributor in polluting the Yamuna is the lack of Sewerage Treatment Plants (STPs) and ancillaries at places where about 7,500 jhuggis have been relocated.

The MCD officials said that there was little possibility of development of traditional sewerage facilities for next eight to 10 years in these areas. Five mini STPs would be set up at places like Bhalswa, Holambi, Bakkarwala, Tikri Khurd and Molar Band where Jhuggis have been relocated. The costs incurred for the setting up of these STPs would be around Rs 5 crore. About 8,500 families are expected to benefit from these STPs.

These STPs would utilise emerging technologies like Submerged Aerobic Fixed Film (SAFF) reactors and Fluidised Aerobic Bio-reactor (FAB) technology, which have lower power and land requirement than the conventional activated sludge process.

Besides these, 10 micro STPs would also be set up at Dwarka, Hastsaal, Sultanpuri, Anand Parbat and Baljeet Nagar, the MCD added.


Delhi cops to step up drive against fake drugs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 5
The sale of fake medicines is a “crime against humanity” as it concerns the lives of the masses, the Commissioner of Delhi Police, Mr Ajai Raj Sharma, said at a function to honour police personnel who recently unearthed a spurious drug racket worth Rs 2.2 crore in East Delhi. Inaugurating the function, he announced that the cops would step up drives to prevent the racket of fake medicines in the Capital. Police officials would be asked to keep a watch in the areas of their operation and carry out raids at any suspected place, he said.

Former Punjab Police chief Julius Ribeiro, currently associated with the pharmaceutical industry in its fight against the practice, said the illiterate people and members of the lower class were the most vulnerable sections of the society to this practice. “Those engaged in this business usually sell their drugs near the slum clusters, municipal hospitals and other such areas to target the poor and illiterate people as they cannot expose their misdeeds,” Mr Ribeiro said. He termed it as an “immoral practice” and impressed upon the police to perform the “social obligation” of curbing it.

The pharmaceutical industry was willing to reward the policemen who catch the people engaged in such business as a token of encouragement, he said, adding that some states, however, were reluctant to accept the rewards. Former CBI Director Vijay Karan, who is also associated with the pharmaceutical industry, said the crime committed by the persons engaged in such business was “unforgivable”.


Administrative row over ‘catch the corrupt’ drive
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 5
The tussle between the civil and the police administration over ‘catch the corrupt’ drive seems to be getting sharper.

While the Deputy Commissioner has announced the stoppage of incentive scheme of Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000 to those helping the administration catch the corrupt officials, the police have started a parallel drive on their own.

The Deputy Commissioner in a statement here said that the scheme was dropped after reports that some vested interests had started taking undue advantage of it and started a move to harass even the innocent people.

He said that some persons tried to entrap even an 85-year-old chowkidar of a village in Palwal subdivision by making him accept Rs 50 as bribe.

He said that the administration would compensate those persons who incurred expenses while helping nab the tainted officials.

The Deputy Commissioner said that the ‘anti-corruption drive’ would continue in full swing. While the residents of the district had become aware of the drive, a warning had also been given to the officials to mend their ways.

The administration has given cheques of Rs 10,000 to as many as six persons so far as incentive money.


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