Monday, November 18, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Suicide at 22, for no rhyme or reason
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, November 17
“We had always fulfilled all her desires and demands. She never had a cause for grievance or complaint. When Neha talked to her mother Uma on phone on Friday, she had asked us both to come to her institute on Sunday. We never even could dream that she was inviting us to come to take her dead body”, said the grief-stricken father Promod, whose daughter committed suicide in her hostel room on the IMM campus in Ghaziabad yesterday.

Neha, a student of Institute of Marketing Management, Ghaziabad, and daughter of a Khurja businessman had committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan in her hostel room.

The institute has been closed indefinitely as a result of this tragedy.

Neha, 22, daughter of Promod Pandya, a resident of Hanuman Tilla, Khurja, was an MBA student at IMM. Neha used to share her Room no. 115 in the girls hostel with another student, Pallavi, a resident of Delhi’s South Extension.

On the fateful, only Pallavi went to the institute to attend her classes in the morning. On her return, Pallavi did not get any response to her persistent knocks on the door. Unable to get the room door opened, she informed hostel warden Sunita Srivastava who in turn called in the Mussourie police.

When policemen finally broke a window pane and peeped into the room, they found Neha hanging from the ceiling fan with blood oozing from her mouth and nose. The body was sent for post-mortem and the parents were informed.

There was no suicide note, but some letters written to a “friend” whose name and address were not to be found. An overseas telephone number and one of Ghaziabad were also found. The police said it appeared to be a case of depression. The girls in the hostel were also shocked. The institute has been closed indefinitely.

Neha was the darling child of the family and had completed her education up to 10+2 at Ghaziabad while she was living with her maternal uncle, Ashok Sharma. After 10+2, she had graduated from Delhi’s Miranda House and later joined IMM for an MBA. She was the second daughter, her elder sister Sadhna having been married recently. Her younger brother, Tanuj, is eight-years-old. The inconsolable parents and family members were at a loss to explain why their daughter had taken the extreme step. When she returned home to celebrate Divali, she appeared very happy, the family members said.


Knock, knock, the Metro instructor is here
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 17
Are Delhiites savvy enough to commute by Metro rail? Do Delhiites have the etiquette of travelling by a Metro? Maybe not, feel the bosses at Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

To address that concern, the DMRC plans to educate Delhiites, inform them. And if you think no one needs to “teach” you how to travel by a train you might still get a knock on the door from somebody who wants to “educate” you about the modern variant of this mode of transport.

A programme will soon be launched to inform people about the working of the Metro rail before its first train takes to the tracks at the end of this year. “DMRC is going to undertake a public education programme to acquaint people about the methods of using the Metro rail and its peripherals with an emphasis on door-to-door efforts,” the DMRC said.

“The Metro rail is a very modern transport vehicle and is almost 30 years ahead of time. Most of the people have not even seen these modern technologies, leave aside availing themselves of these facilities and hence it is essential to inform people about their functioning and safety,” said an official.

According to the plan, DMRC will start “personalised education” programme from next month in colonies, schools and colleges between Shahdara and Tees Hazari. The six stations – Shahdara, Welcome, Seelampur, Shastri Park, ISBT and Tees Hazari – to be operational in the first phase would be opened to public viewing from December 16 to 20, so that people could learn,” he said.

Visitors would be informed about the ticketing system, the first entirely contactless fare collection system in the world, he added. 


Bid to rob families of their flats
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, November 17
Think twice before purchasing a flat in Gurgaon. Your image of Gurgaon being an oasis of peace may prove illusory. There are occasions when someone may grab your flat by forging documents and even threaten to liquidate you.

The families of Mr Uma Datt Kaushik, a retired defence person, and Mr Mani Tiwari have been virtually dispossessed of their flats in Jal Vayu Vihar in Sector 31. This has been done allegedly through a combination of theft of property documents, forgery and intimidation. The ‘inaction’ on the part of the police in Gurgaon, Delhi and Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh has only aggravated the situation.

In a letter to Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Singh Chautala, MP, Mr Tiwari has pointed out that one of the culprits is also dropping their names in an effort to dispossess his wife of her flat.

Mr Kaushik and Mr Tiwari met newsmen here and produced all the supportive documents to substantiate their charges. They said that though the FIR was eventually registered at the behest of the court, the police were not pursuing the case seriously.

According to them, though the case started in 1997, the latest development is that the thieves wanted to grab flat No D-178 by evicting the tenant, Mr K.S.Joshan, who is the General Manager, Industry Development Corporation, Gurgaon.

Mr Kaushik’s wife and son had flats against their names, P-504 and Q-545, respectively, in Jal Vayu Vihar. Wife of Mr Tiwari, a retired schoolteacher under the Delhi government, and relative of Mr Kaushil, owns flat No D-178.

The family members of Mr Kaushik and Mr Tiwari had kept the original property documents relating to the three flats in flat No P-504. A portion of the flat was let out to one Ms Sunita.

According to Mr Kaushik and Mr Tiwari, a theft took place in the flat and the original property documents were stolen, along with cash, chequebook and other valuables on January 1, 1997. The thieves, with the complicity of the lady tenant, have allegedly forged documents and taken possession of the two flats, and are now making moves to grab the third one (D-178). The lady tenant continues to stay in the colony.

In a letter to the Director General of Police, Haryana, Mr Uma Datt Kaushik has given the sequence of events with regard to the theft at the flat and the subsequent ruses to dispossess the owners of their ownerships.

As per the letter, the local police did not register the FIR relating to the theft in spite of his best efforts. Nonetheless, the complaint was lodged with the police station, Sadar Gurgaon, which is dated January 3, 1997. While one room of the flat was given on rent to Mrs Sunita, the rest of the portion was used as his personal office from which the three documents were stolen.

As per the letter, the theft was allegedly committed by Mrs Sunita along with the help of her relatives, Mr Devraj Singh and Mr Jagbir Singh, natives of Muzaffarnagar.

According to the letter, there is a dispute among the three now on sharing the booty. A report has been lodged in the DLF police station. Besides, flat No Q-545 has been occupied by the thieves with the help of the original allottee, Mr Balraj Singh, and some police personnel of the police station Sadar, the letter said.


Traders up the ante on MRP surcharge
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, November 17
The Haryana Beopar Mandal has decided to launch an agitation to demand the withdrawal of the sales tax imposed on the maximum retail price (MRP) by the government. The tax has been imposed on 60 consumer items and is in force since November 1.

The state-level meeting of the Mandal, held here under the presidentship of Mr Lakshmi Chand Gupta, called upon the traders in Haryana to wear black badges from December 1 and hold demonstrations on December 3 at each district headquarter in the state to demand the withdrawal of the sales tax.

Mr Gupta told the NCR Tribune that if the government did not withdraw the tax, the Mandal would be forced to give a call for a state-level bandh. He disclosed that the All India Chemists Association was also planning to observe a state-wide bandh on the issue. The latter would take a final decision on the date in its two-day meeting at Delhi from November 23. The Beopar Mandal, he said, would also observe a bandh on the same date.

The Mandal chief said that in case the government did not withdraw the anti-people tax, the chamber would call upon the traders to defer the payment of sales tax. The sales tax for the quarter ending December is paid in January and, if the government refuses to withdraw the tax, the Mandal may ask the traders to withhold payments till further decision, Mr Gupta said.

Instead of reducing the market fees on cotton from four per cent to one per cent, the government has turned a Nelson’s eye to the plight of the farmers. The cotton grower could have earned between Rs 60 and Rs 70 per quintal had the government reduced the marked fees to one per cent, the resolution said. It regretted that the government has not even exempted life-saving drugs from the purview of the sales tax.

With the imposition of the sales tax at a flat rate of 12 per cent, consumer items of daily use would cost more than in neighbouring states of Delhi, Rajasthan Chandigarh and Punjab. This would give a fillip to black-marketing and spurious items in the market. It would also provide the officials an excuse to fleece the traders, the Mandal alleged.


No arrests yet in MAMC assault case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 17
Two days after the alleged criminal assault on a third year medical student of the Maulana Azad Medical College in broad daylight by three persons, the police are yet to make any arrests in the case and maintained that the search is on to nab the suspects.

The police however, claimed that though three persons were present at the time of the incident, only one person criminally assaulted the girl. “We have identified the person involved in the crime and a hunt is on,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Arvind Deep.

The delay in nabbing the suspect has created considerable resentment among the students of the medical college who have now approached the higher authorities. A section of students is also unhappy with the way the police are handling the case. “Since the suspect belonged to an influential family, the police are trying to shield him and are yet to make a breakthrough in the case,” the students alleged.


Chemists violate bandh call, provide
life-saving drugs
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 17
Despite the statewide bandh organised yesterday by the Haryana State Chemists and Druggists Association to register its protest against the levying of 10 per cent sales tax on the MRP by the state government, chemists here saved the lives of two patients, including a pregnant woman, by opening their shops and selling life saving drugs to the families of these patients.

According to a report, one case was related to the birth of a child and the other concerned an aged woman, a patient of diabetes, who was in danger.

Meanwhile, members of a specially constituted flying squad detected as many as 14 cases relating to the opening of medicine shops in private nursing homes in different parts of the city. The squad imposed a penalty between Rs 1,000 and Rs 5,000 on the owners of the shops who were found violating the bandh call. The members of the flying squad described the amount of the penalty as donation towards the association’s fund.


Sugarcane growers’ agitation snowballs
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 17
With the Uttar Pradesh government hardening its stand vis-à-vis agitating sugarcane growers in Western UP, the patience of the farmers seems to be running out. The Bhartiya Kisan Union has put the government on notice, warning that the crackdown on farmers could create a serious law and order problem.

Already, there are daily reports of farmers resorting to traffic blockades. Only the other day farmers led by Chander Pal Fauji, a BKU leader, had set on fire sugarcane in five bighas in Daulatpur village.

During a five-hour highway blockade in Muzaffarnagar in front of the police station yesterday, the farmers led their cattle into the police complex.

One farmer, Prithipal Singh, of Nangli village, had even tried to set himself on fire at the police station. When Tehsildar Mohinder Partap Singh reached the site of the dharna, he was detained and held captive by the protestors.

At Budana, tehsil premises were locked by the farmers. MP Harinder Malik, while addressing the farmers sitting on dharna outside Titawi Sugar Mill, said that if the owners forced them to burn down their sugarcane crop, then the mills would also meet the same fate. Meanwhile, the farmers’ dharna at Bhora Kalan police station has entered the seventh day.

In the escalating row, the BKU has further warned that if the sugarcane mills in the state are not reopened within a week, the farmers will be constrained to sit on dharna outside Rashtrapati Bhawan and the Prime Minister’s residence.

BKU president Mahinder Singh Tikait has also announced that Minister of State Om Vaish will not be allowed to enter Sisauli.

The BKU leaders have accused Chief Minister Mayawati of being anti-farmer. The mill owners, they allege, have been pussyfooting on reopening the sugarcane mills at the Chief Minister’s behest.

The government has, after the recent Cabinet meeting, given a free hand to the district administration to crack down on the protestors with an iron hand.

“The law and order situation should in no case be allowed to get out of hand and any such attempt should be put down sternly,” the DMs have been told by the Chief Secretary, D S Bagha, who was reportedly reviewing the law and order condition in Meerut, Saharanpur, Agra, Barielly and Moradabad divisions in a meeting at Lucknow.

The discussions between sugar mill owners and the Chief Secretary in Lucknow have not produced any tangible results.

The strong mill owners’ lobby is reportedly not agreeing to release payments to the sugarcane farmers as per the rates decided by the government.


Sugarcane farmers’ stir spreads to Bulandshahr
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 17
After Bijnore, Meerut and Saharanpur, the agitation of UP sugarcane farmers has spread to Bulandshahr district. The farmers’ stand seems to have become rigid after the state government decided to suppress their stir with an iron hand.

Farmers held a rally in front of the Jahingirabad Sugarcane Mill where they had brunt sugarcanes also. In Bijnore, during farmers’ protest on Block premises, Block employees were made captive for four hours on Saturday.

The protestors had also blocked Haridwar Road for over two hours. At Muzzafarnagar, Enoli MP has started a fast at Titavi Mill.

BKU president Mahinder Singh Tikait has warned that if sugarcane mills do not start rolling soon, it will result in anarchy in the state.

Those on dharna at Hahingirabad Mill also called upon the authorities to make payment of pending Rs 10 crore to farmers and start the mill immediately.

The farmers also made a bonfire of sugarcane crop at the Mill gate in protest against the state government’s attitude to ‘neglect’ the interests of farmers and ‘ignore’ sugarcane crop.

In view of dharna, the government has deployed a large police force and PAC jawans at the Mill gate and in the complex.


PCC member quits, joins HVP
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, November 17
The Congress in Haryana got a jolt today when Mr Yoginder Singh Dahiya, member, Pradesh Congress Committee, quit the party and joined the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) along with two dozen prominent Congress workers of Rohtak and Sonepat districts. Mr Dahiya was, incidentally, a member of the Congress disciplinary committee.

Among others who resigned from the Congress and joined the HVP included Mr Dilbag Singh Dahiya, Vice President, Block Congress Committee, Kharkhauda, and its General Secretary, Mr Jai Kishan. Mr Kishan Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Congress Beopar Cell, Mr Rajinder Singh, Ex-Secretary, Intellectual Cell, Ch Dayanand Singh, former Director, Land Mortgage Bank, and Mr Bhopal Singh Nandal, advocate, too have joined the HVP.

Mr Yoginder Singh Dahiya told newsmen that after Mr Bhajan Lal took over as the pradesh Congress chief, they were feeling suffocated in the party. Mr Bhajan Lal, he alleged, was identified with corruption. He further accused the former of having a tactical understanding with INLD supremo and Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala.

On the other hand, the HVP supremo was identified with development, he pointed out.

Welcoming the Congressmen into HVP, its Principal General Secretary, Mr Surinder Singh, claimed that his party was the only one to highlight the problems faced by the people. The HVP, he said, was gaining ground with every passing day and in the future elections to the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, the contest would be between the HVP and the Congress. The ruling INLD would no where in the picture, he said.

Mr Surinder Singh said that only the HVP has organised mass protests against the setting up of casinos in Haryana. The party has already held demonstrations at Rohtak on November 11 against the Casino Bill and announced similar demonstrations at Hisar on November 20 and Gurgaon on November 27. Mr Kanwal Singh, chairman, HVP Parliamentary Board, was also present on the occasion.


No-trust move against Zila Parishad chief
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, November 17
Charging the Chairman, Zila Parishad (ZP) with committing various irregularities during his nearly three-year tenure, nine out of 13 members of the parishad have submitted affidavits to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, expressing lack of confidence in the Chairman. They requested the Deputy Commissioner to convene a meeting of the parishad to put forward no-confidence motion.

The Deputy Commissioner fixed the meeting for December 3 to prove majority in favour of the motion.

The ZP has 11 INLD-backed members and two members owing allegiance to the Congress. Nine INLD-backed members have reportedly submitted affidavits against the Chairman. It is learnt, they took the decision after discussing the issue with the ruling INLD leadership.

According to sources, the opponent members of the ZP alleged in the affidavits that the Chairman, Mr Dharampal Makrauli, had been trying to shield certain sarpanches against whom charges of embezzlement of funds had been proved in the inquiries.

One of the dissatisfied members, Mr Suresh Nandal, alleged in the affidavit that the Chairman had been functioning in an autocratic style since he assumed charge. He alleged that the members of the parishad were not taken into confidence while passing any resolution.

Mr Nandal said a meeting of the dissatisfied members of the parishad was recently convened which resolved that the ‘faulty’ style of functioning of the Chairman had tarnished the image of the ruling INLD and it had now become inevitable to remove him from the chair in the larger interest.

He alleged that the Chairman had done nothing to fulfil the promises regarding various developmental works made by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.


Close shave for passengers as buses collide 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 17
All passengers travelling in two Haryana Roadways buses escaped unhurt when they collided on the GT Road near Larsauli village, about 12 km from here, last evening.

According to a report, one of the drivers Jagdish and conductor Subhash, however, sustained injuries and were admitted to the civil hospital at Sonepat. They were stated to be out of danger. Both the injured driver and conductor belonged to Sonepat depot of the Haryana Roadways and the bus was on its way from Delhi to Panipat.

The bus of the Kaithal depot of the Haryana Roadways was going ahead of the bus belonging to the Sonepat depot. Its driver applied the brakes to save a cow which appeared all of a sudden on the road.

The bus of the Sonepat depot which was being driven at full speed rammed into it, resulting in the accident.

According to another report, four youths: Sandeep, Pradeep, Manish and Jatinder were injured when a tractor on which they were travelling turned turtle near Purkhas village about 19 km from here last night. All the injured youths were hospitalised and they were stated to be out of danger.


Co-operative Societies Bill to be tabled
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 17
The Co-operative Societies Bill would be introduced in the Budget session of the Delhi Legislative Assembly. The Bill endeavours to simplify the procedure and lessen the administrative interference in the functioning of societies. Development Minister Haroon Yusuf yesterday said that the Bill when enacted would go a long way toward strengthening the co-operative movement.

The Minister told mediapersons that the Delhi State Co-operative Bank would offer education loans to students of Delhi in general and rural areas in particular. The bank had also decided to reduce the rate of interest on agriculture loans. Agriculture loans of up to Rs 2 lakh will be provided at 11 per cent interest per year, he added.

The Delhi State Co-operative Bank had recorded a profit of Rs 27.49 crore for the year ending March 2002 and the deposits of the bank stood at a shade above Rs 500 crore.

The minister said 1,183 Kisan Credit Cards and Rs 4.33 crore had been provided to farmers. Similarly, Employees Credit Cards had been issued to 3,500 Government of NCT of Delhi employees and its allied agencies and an amount of Rs 12.17 crore provided to them.

Under the drought package, the Government of NCT of Delhi had waived of loans amounting to Rs 57.13 lakh through the bank in respect of small and marginal farmers. Two Kisan Clubs had been functioning at Bakhtawarpur in North Delhi and Kutubgarh in North-West Delhi. The Kisan Clubs had been set up for involving rural people in developmental activities of the bank. The minister said five more clubs would be set up this fiscal year.


Illegal workshops throw traffic out of gear
R D Sapra

Sonepat, November 17
Makeshift workshops and parking encroachments on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh, Sonepat-Gohana, Sonepat-Rohtak roads, especially on the telephone exchange and the railway roads, have caused serious traffic hazards on these busy roads in the city.

According to a report, scores of automobile spare parts shops and motor repair workshops have mushroomed. Almost all of them are unauthorised. Hundreds of vehicles can be seen parked on the main roads virtually from 8 am till late in the evening,

Most of the vehicles are there for repair. The Atlas Road and the stretch of the Railway Road between the PWD (B&R) rest house and the railway station are worse hit.

Local mechanics along with those who come from other areas have turned the main road into veritable workshops. These roadside repair workshops are completely unauthorised.

The automobile parts shops and the makeshift workshops run a brisk business together much to the chagrin of the motorists.

The Sonepat-Bahalgarh and the Sonepat-Murthal roads were initially meant to accommodate fast-moving traffic. With these parking and repair work encroachments, they have been reduced to a narrow corridor of slow-moving traffic.

During the peak hours, the traffic results in bumper-to-bumper driving.

The civic authorities and the traffic police seem to be ineffective in curbing the flourishing unauthorised workshops or the illegal parking on the roads.

These law-breakers thrive on the three-km stretch between the railway crossing near the Hindu College and the ECE factory roundabout. At any time of the day, scores of trucks are parked on the main roads along this stretch.

Some of the shopkeepers said this is the biggest truck repair centre in the city. They admitted it was completely unauthorised.

After the city had grown in a haphazard manner, the state government enacted the Country and Town Planning Act to regulate the development.

It is felt that once construction is done even though unauthorised, it stays for all times.

When such constructions are brought to the notice of the municipal council’s authorities, the builders are served with notices. Further construction is stayed. But, everything is regularised finally with the owner paying a penalty.

All this has made a mockery of the rules governing the construction of buildings in and around Sonepat. An expression has gone round that any construction can be done without sanction and later regularised.

The provisions of the Country and Town Planning Act have not been enforced effectively and the purpose of the Act has been defeated because of the lukewarm attitude of the authorities.

In any cases, the Act has been openly flouted. The construction activity goes on unabated even in these days when the district authorities are alert and demolish the unauthorised constructions without delay. But the well-connected do not face any difficulty. Buildings are completed in record time to be rented out to various government departments.

The Tenants’ Association has demanded effective implementation of the Rent Control Act and urged the state government to amend it to safeguard the interests of the tenants.


Employees sore over disinvestment policy
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 17
Undercurrents of opposition and resentment are quite visible among various employees’ organisations and industrial workers over the policies of disinvestment, liberalisation, privatisation and economic policies of the government. Some of the prominent organisations have decided to carry on their agitation programme. The United Trade Union Council of Faridabad region has announced it will participate in the nationwide `arrest programme’ on January 8 next year and protests outside Parliament House on January 26 next. This was decided at a meeting of the trade union council held here yesterday, which was presided over by Mr Prem Singh. Nagesh Singh of the Hind Majdoor Sangh (HMS), Mohan Lal of CITU, Bhagwati Prasad and Birenderpal of the Sarva.

Karamchari Sangh (SKS), Bachu Giri of AITUC and Lal Babu of CITU also took part in the meeting. The participants said that members of various unions would also take part in a state-level rally of the Haryana Government employees’ associations at Hisar on December 1. Mr Subhash Lamba of the Sarva Karamchari Sangh said employees’ unions would not accept the anti-labour policies and decisions of the government which, he claimed, were being taken to promote multinational culture in the country. He said the so-called privatisation of the Haryana State Electricity Board and renaming it as Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) had only resulted in more chaos and the consumers had failed to get any benefit in any way. The Karamchari Sangh leaders also assailed some of the right wing organisations for allegedly playing on communal sentiments and hurting the social fabric in the name of religion. 


One killed, nine hurt in head-on collision
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 17
One person was killed and nine others injured when a Tata Sumo collided head on with a Santro car near the bridge crossing on Saturday night. Soon after the accident, another car the hit Santro and sped away. Mukesh Sharma of Rohini was returning to his home along with his family after attending a marriage in Sector-56, Noida. The car was hit in the front by a Santro car, coming at a high speed from Atta side in Sector-19.

Murderous assault

Sonepat: The Rai police have arrested a youth, Om Prakash, alias Kukku, of Deepalpur village in connection with the murderous assault on Kuldeep, an employee of a finance company.

Eight-yr-old dies

Faridabad: An eight-year-old boy, a resident of Patel Nagar here, who was injured in a road accident about 20 days ago, succumbed to his injuries in a Delhi hospital on Saturday. The deceased, identified as Rahul, was hit by a speeding autorickshaw.

Meanwhile, two persons riding a scooter were injured when a Jeep hit their two-wheeler on the Mohna Road here on Saturday evening.


Phase 2 of Pulse Polio ends
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 17
Phase two of Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme concluded on Sunday. Health Minister A. K. Walia told mediapersons 7,000 Polio Kendras (centres) were set up in the NCT of Delhi.

The vaccine was also administered to children at railway stations, inter-state bus terminuses (ISBTs), entertainment complexes, entry points of national highways and at airports. Some 30,000 volunteers and employees of the Department of Health were put on duty for the day. All children immunised were marked with blue medicine on the little finger of their left hand so that the children not administered the drops on Sunday could be identified. To reach more numbers of children volunteers will move from door to door over the next five days. The minister said 7,300 teams comprising two volunteers each had been formed for the door-to-door campaign. Over 1,200 supervisors had been deputed to monitor the progress over the five days. The next phase of Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme is slated for January 5.

Martyrdom day of Lajpat Rai observed

New Delhi: The Servant of the People Society observed Lala Lajpat Rai’s 74th martyrdom day at Lajpat Bhavan today. Former Prime Minister I. K. Gujral released the first volume of his collected works while various distinguished speakers recalled the heroic efforts made by him.

Chief Editor of the volume, Mr B.R.Nanda, described Lalaji as one of the tallest political figures of the 20th century. He highlighted that the first volume throws light on Lalaji’’s life and contribution till the year 1900. Lalaji’s contribution ranges from the promotion of philosophy of the Arya Samaj, spreading education by establishing DAV schools, institution of orphanages and helping distressed women and children. In the opinion of Mr Gujral the greatest contribution of the selfless leader was the constitution of a team of selfless volunteers who willingly sacrificed their lives in the interest of the nation. He also advised that the Servants of People Society should take up the responsibility of conducting research on people who have served in the interest of the people of the nation and maintain appropriate records on their lives. 


These heaters are designed to warm the cockles of your heart
Tribune News Service

Singer has introduced new efficient E3 series water heaters which are safe to install and available in 15 and 25 litres’ storage capacity in no corrosive ABC body as well as in powder-coated metal body. Instant ABS-1 litre model is also available. Built with superior quality rustproof high gloss ABS body with an innovative design and ISI marked, Singer water heaters also have a host of safety devices which makes them all the more safe to use.

Ethnic chic that caresses windows

Vista Natural Ethineeks are an eco-friendly way of window coverings that are customised as per the size of the window. Vista Ethineeks comprise fabric with an intelligent blend of bamboo sticks and are available with tab top or with rod pocket. Ethineeks, which use traditional mechanism like roll ups, Romans and buttons up, are available in four stunning shades —- natural, sage, linen and charcoal with three types of trim options.

Food supplement for all ages

Surya Herbal has launched its Chywanprash Special, a unique and the first microbiological approved, pathogenic free steam processed Chywanprash in the country for complete health and high energy.

The new Chywanprash is an excellent dietary supplement for all ages. It is prepared with pure saffron, fresh amla, pure ghee and natural sandalwood oil. It also combines some of the best natural herbs and minerals like Muktashukti pistee, Ashtwarg, Makardhwaj, Sringbhashma and Abhrakbhashma.

Multi-hued shirts reminiscent of 70s

Indigo Nation has launched “Micron Collection,” a fabulous range of shirts inspired by the mood and colours of the 1970s. Made of seven different kinds of micro fibres that are hundred times finer than human hair, the Micron shirts are incredibly lightweight and wrinkle-resistant. And moreover, the shirts with a luxurious drape and body come in several colours and cross dyes that achieve a great festive look.

Feel snug as a bug in these jackets

Woodland has introduced an incredible range of jackets and this new collection of jackets in different fabrics covers all categories starting from basics, classics, sports, denim, W2 and young. Imported material and accessories have been used for the jackets.

These jackets are 100 per cent cotton canvas fabric having inside of cotton polyfil and enzyme washed to give that used and soft feel look.

Go bold with these snazzy stilettos

Metro has something to celebrate the bold new face this season for the fashion-conscious trendsetters of tomorrow. Metro has launched a stunning collection of formal and casual shoes.

Ms Farah Malik, Director, Marketing, said “Metro Shoes believe that shoes are an extension to a person’s personality. The new range tries to appeal to every mood, be it the casual range or the formal, and is sure to make you feel on top of the world once you step into them.”

Glitzy apparel for festival season

Wearit, a western brand for women, has launched three new lines for the festival season. These are Hues, Aspire and Glitz. Hues is the casual line which captures the spirit of fun and frolic, Aspire is a classic line of formal western wear which is appropriate for the working woman. Glitz is for the celebration of life and a partywear collection. It comprises ensembles which have stylish cuts, vibrant hues and is embellished with imported sequins and crystals.

Professional aid for the kitchen

Braun has introduced most powerful 500-watt hand blenders in the market. The Braun Multiquick Professional MR 5550 CA delivers exceptional quality results in minimal time and with minimum effort. This model comes with attachments like the exclusive anti-splash shaft, turbo feature, stainless steel whisk and a high performance chopper to facilitate faster and convenient cooking.

To delight your little angel

Lifespring, the health and beauty chain, has recently introduced a new line of international brand-The First Years collection - to its already existing baby care range. These are available in Lifespring stores at South Extension, Greater Kailash, Vasant Vihar, Karol Bagh, Rajouri Garden and IP extension.

The First Years range includes feeding accessories and colourful toys, designed to help a child develop basic senses of touching, seeing and smelling the world around him.

Shirts in keeping with you star sign

Cantabil, menswear label from Italy, has launched Astro, a range of premium shirts for men. Ideal for every occasion, Cantabil’s Astro range offers a wide array of colours according to one’s star sign.

Mr Vijay Bansal, CEO, Cantabil International, said, “In today’s time when people are opening their eyes and mind towards the ‘forty facts’ and theories like Feng Shui and Vaastu, Cantabil offers a gift of Astro, a collection to strengthen their belief for the theories in apparel too.”

Fashion fiesta of Italian brands

Pall Mall brings home the Italian trends that are in vogue in the fashion cities of the world. Pall Mall is a fashion fiesta of the choicest Italian brands available worldwide. The Fall Winter Fashion 2002 at Pall Mall has a cross section of whatever’s new, unusual and unexplored for the active and dynamic lifestyles.

Safe & affordable drinking water

Zero B has inaugurated its first water vending station and has extended free water testing facility to Delhi’ites through its Water Mart at the IIFT-2002 at Pragati Maidan. The vending station is a boon to the several lakhs of daily visitors to this annual international exhibition, making safe drinking water available to them at an affordable price.

Savouring melodies in your car

Indo Silicon Electronics Limited has introduced a range of car audios in the market.

Music to suit every taste

Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans gives voice to Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s immortal in “Ghama di Raat” and Sanjeev-Darshan are behind the music of Indra Kumar directed movie “Rishtey”. Both cassettes were released in the Capital recently.



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