Monday, June 30, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Posters drumming up Akali unity removed on the sly
Ravi Bhatia
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
Huge posters hailing the historic merger of the two major factions of the Shiromani Akali Dal, which had been put up outside some of the Delhi gurdwaras last week, were removed mysteriously last night, causing considerable consternation among the members of the community.

The posters were put up by some public spirited youths, who call themselves `Guru Panth De Dass’ (servants of the community). The posters carried huge photographs of the two Akali leaders, Parkash Singh Badal and Gurcharan Singh Tohra, exchanging sweets when the merger was announced in Patiala earlier this month. The posters had become a big draw among thousands of devotees who visit the gurdwaras every day.

A large number of devotees were surprised when they found the posters gone this morning. What is intriguing is that none of the office bearers of the gurdwaras were aware of the disappearance of the posters. When contacted, they expressed ignorance.

Volunteers of the ‘Guru Panth De Dass’ were equally surprised and unable to extract any plausible explanation from the members and office bearers of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), which controls various gurdwaras and educational institutes in the National Capital territory of Delhi. Volunteers of the ‘Guru Panth De Dass’ have been regularly putting up posters outside gurdwaras to motivate the members of the community.

However, sources in the DSGMC said that the posters could not have been removed without the directions of the top leaders of the committee who are averse to the unity of the Akali factions.

The DSGMC president, Mr. Paramjit Singh Sarna, who is facing rebellion from some members of the 51-strong committee, has so far refused to merge his United Akali Dal- Delhi with the United Shiromani Akali Dal.

Mr. Sarna, who had wrested control of the committee from Mr. Avtar Singh Hit of the erstwhile Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) last year in the general elections of the committee with the blessings of Mr. Tohra, is known to be close to the Congress. His one-year term ends on July 24 this year, which had been declared the election date by senior vice president Mr. S. S. Sandhu recently while he was officiating as the president of the committee in the absence of Mr. Sarna who was on a business trip abroad.

The rebellion is seen here as an attempt by the United Akali Dal to once again seek control of the cash-rich committee as Mr. Sarna and his faction have refused to associate themselves with the new united party.

Meanwhile, a former close aide of Mr. Gurcharan Singh Tohra and member of the all-powerful Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), Mr. Harinderpal Singh, has appealed to all the members of the DSGMC to support the United Akali Dal in order to strengthen the “ Panthic unity”. 


Little respite in DU second cut-off list
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
There seems to be little hope for students who could not meet the eligibility norms of the first cut-off list released here last week by the Delhi University as the second cut-off list is only marginally lower than the first one.

Though admission for some courses in a few colleges is already closed, there is very little difference between the first and the second list. In some colleges the cut off for some courses has been lowered by a mere one percent. Take, for instance, the Hindu College, where the cut off for B A Pass has slipped from 83.5 to 82.5 per cent. Similarly, in Gargi, the cut off for Zoology Hons. has dipped from 80 per cent to 79.3 per cent.

The admission to Economics Honours has closed in Hindu College, Janki Devi Memorial, Kirori Mal, Kamla Nehru and Sri Venkateshwar colleges. In Hansraj College, the eligibility has come down to 88 per cent aggregate and 91 per cent marks in the subject.

The admission to English Honours, which is a popular course, has also been wound up in colleges like Dayal Singh, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce and Janki Devi while students have to take an entrance test in most other colleges. In Hindu, the cut off for the course has come down to 70.88 and in Hansraj the cut off is 83 per cent.

In Lady Sri Ram College for Women (LSR), the minimum cut off for economics is 91 per cent and for Political Science 84 per cent. As far as commerce is concerned, the cut off at Sri Ram College of Commerce for B.Com (Hons) is 90.50 per cent and 90 per cent for economics.

A minimum mark of 85 percent is required for admission in economics at Miranda House. In S.G.T.B Khalsa, the admission to Mathematics Honours is closed, but for B.Com Hons. the cut off is 84 per cent.

For science courses, admission to Physics Hons. is already over in Hansraj, Hindu, Kirori Mal, and Sri Venkateshwar colleges. Seats for Maths Hons. in Dayal Singh, ARSD, Hansraj, Ramjas and Hindu are already taken.

The cut off for Chemistry Hons. in Hansraj has come down to 80.66 and in Sri Venkateshwar it has come down to 78 per cent.

Students who have managed to meet the requirements of the second cut-off list can seek admission to the college of their choice till the third of July. The second list will be put out in all colleges tomorrow. Depending on the availability of seats, a third cut-off list will be put out on July 4.

In another development, the Executive Council of the university, which met here yesterday, has approved an increase in the fees for the School of Correspondence Courses from the academic session 2003-04. However, students enrolled in the past will continue to pay fees at the previous rates till they complete the course.

According to the new fee structure, students will have to pay Rs. 3,000 now. The EC has also approved a scheme for need based rebates for 20 per cent male students and 25 per cent female students. The fee for foreign students has also been increased.


Innocuous on surface, effects of ragging may
linger for life
Smriti Kak
Tribune News Service

The ragging ritual in Delhi University
The ragging ritual in Delhi University.
 (File Photo)

New Delhi, June 29
In a college compound, a boy is being made to give birth to a baby, (the helmet is stuffed into his shirt for effect), a girl with lipstick is dancing like Madhuri Dixit, and a nervous couple is getting married. Sounds familiar? For most of us, such incidents are an exercise in levity, a reminder of the fresher’s initial days in college, when ragging rules the roost.

While to most, the aforesaid may seem innocuous, yet there are many for whom the frustration and pain of those harrowing few minutes last for a lifetime.

“The psychological impact of ragging, when the intention is to harass, is far greater than when it is done for mutual fun”, says Dr. Samir Parikh, a psychiatrist.

He adds: “Ragging is harmful if it is physical, with sexual overtones. Verbal insults, innuendoes and harassment are the kinds that can totally ruin a student’s personality. So, these should be thrown out of the system”.

Dr Parikh has grim views on the long-term impact of ragging. He says: “It is during physical ragging that the junior undergoes intense fear, a sense of horror and helplessness, and in the long run he has a high chance of having anxiety disorder, and even post traumatic stress disorder in the future”. He adds: “Sexual ragging also has a similar impact on the psyche as sexual self-esteem is a very important part of a young adult’s life. The memories of the incident can impinge on the long-term social and sexual life of the victim”.

Conceding that ragging could be pernicious — suicides and freak accidents resulting in death being some examples — the authorities have done their bit by ordering a ban. In the last academic session the Delhi University made its view on the subject clear by issuing guidelines to all college principals, Deans of Faculties and Provosts of halls/ hostels, to ensure that incidents of ragging and eve teasing are addressed with firmness.

The guidelines stipulate that all matters relating to discipline in the Delhi University or affiliated colleges and institutions will be governed by Ordinance XV (B), which defines acts of gross indiscipline. The guidelines also underscore that special care must be taken to avoid harassment of any student on the basis of caste, sex and religion.

“The Supreme Court, in its orders, clearly says that there should not be any ragging on college premises. To ensure compliance with the apex court’s orders, these guidelines have been issued by the Delhi University,’’ said an official. Though authorities maintain the colleges have significantly curbed cases of ragging, students have a different tale to tell. “We were humiliated in the hostel, is all I can say. It just disturbs me too much to think of it,” says Punit (name changed), who had to leave the hostel because he “refused to strip”.

Though the debate on ragging in colleges drags on, with even the students polarised, health experts are anxious about the damage to the psyche of the recipient.

Doctors warn that when students take the line that ragging is for fun and that it helps juniors know seniors better, they need to understand the effects of their actions, especially in the future.

While there have been cases of ragging resulting in suicide, health experts point out that aggression, anxiety disorders, depression and prejudice are also a fallout of ragging. “Many students drop out of colleges as they are unable to handle the pressure of ragging. The effort the student had put in to enter the college is wasted and the effects linger life-long,” points out Dr. Parikh.



Youths detained for straying on PM’s route
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
Two youths were detained near Teen Murti today for trying to cross the security barricade on the route of the convoy of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The incident occurred five minutes before the Prime Minister’s convoy passed through the area. The prime minister had gone to the Army Referral Hospital for a minor eye surgery.

The police said the motorcycle-borne youth did not stop despite the police asking them to do so. They were detained and questioned by a joint team of Intelligence and police officials before being released.

They were later identified as Bhupinder Singh and Ravinder. They hail from Garhwal and are currently living as tenants in Gole Market and Mandir Marg area, respectively. They have said that they were unaware of the security restrictions. Their antecedents were being checked.

The security procedure on the VVIP routes was reviewed following several such incidents in the Capital earlier this year. It was then emphasized that VVIP security called for better coordination and communication between the various agencies involved.

Turkman Gate mishap: Builders, owner held

New Delhi: The police today claimed to have arrested the owner and two builders of the collapsed building in Turkman Gate. Two lives were lost in the mishap yesterday.

While the owner, Basheer Ahmed (70), has been sent to judicial custody the two builders, Saleem and Mehtab, were remanded in police custody. However, the police said the third builder, identified as Munna, is absconding. The police have launched an intensive search to ferret out the third builder.

The building, situated in the Bulbuli Khana area of Turkman Gate in the walled city, collapsed at about 9.15 am on Friday, trapping many under tonnes of debris. Preliminary examination of the site indicated that the building was very old and in a dilapidated condition.

The police said that the building collapsed due to substandard construction and a weak base. A case of negligence has been registered against the owner of the building. The Delhi government has announced a high-level inquiry into the mishap. The inquiry would be conducted by Deputy Commissioner, Central District, to ascertain the cause of the collapse and any other issue linked to it. The DC has been asked to submit the report within seven days for any follow-up action.


No band, no dhol, and just 11 baratis
Parmindar Singh

Noida, June 29
The Gujjar community, generally perceived to be conservative, has taken a bold step which, if emulated by others, could help exorcise the scourge of dowry.

Taking a cue from the decision taken by the Gujjar community in a `maha panchayat’ last month, Hari Kishen Bhatti of Palla village and Hoshiar Singh of Raipur village in Dadri married off their sons to the daughters of Jai Pal of Dairy Muchh village.

The marriage parties went without the usual paraphernalia of a band or beating of drums. In fact, only 11 baratis accompanied the groom to the venue. And, for once, the marriage was solemnised without any dowry or gifts exchanging hands.

A prominent Gujjar activist, Bir Singh, who is spearheading the drive, has vowed to honour those families which went in for simple marriages and did not accept dowry.

Recently, a few girls like Nisha Sharma of Noida and Anupama and Farzana of New Delhi have taken up cudgels against dowry, teaching the dowry-seekers a lesson.

The Gujjar Samaj had announced the start of a campaign against dowry in a `maha panchayat’ last month. Those who sought dowry would be excommunicated from the society, the congregation had decided.

Now, Hari Kishen and Hoshiar Singh have taken a lead in this direction. Incidentally, the marriage was solemnised in four hours.


Indo-Danish power house runs aground
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, June 29
A unique power house, installed about 17 years back by the Non Conventional Energy Resources Ministry at Nehru Vihar near Wazirabad in North East Delhi, has been reduced to junk, thanks to the negligence of the authorities.

This power house was installed by the ministry in collaboration with a leading power company of Denmark, Wolund, with an initial investment of Rs 20 crore to produce energy from garbage. In March 1987, it was inaugurated with fanfare by the then Prime minister of Denmark. At the time of its inauguration, it was claimed that the project would generate 3.75 MW of electricity from 300 tonnes of garbage every day. But that claim never saw the light of the day and the power house failed in its maiden trial run.

At that time the engineers from Denmark associated with this project claimed that because of the “very low quality” of garbage available, it was difficult to run the machines in the power house. The minimum requirement was 1465 calorie per kg of garbage. But despite efforts by the Indian engineers associated with the project, they could not organise any garbage from the NCR area with a calorie level of more than 600. And ultimately, in June 1990, it was closed down.

Now, the ministry is toying with the idea of selling off this power house but there are no takers. Sources close to the ministry said, had a feasibility report been taken before the installation, the project would not have met such a fate.



Yuva Samata Party gears up to enrol 20,000 active members in Haryana
Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 29
The Haryana unit of the Yuva Samata Party (YSP), the youth wing of the Samata party, has decided to enroll 20,000 active members in Haryana.

Addressing a press conference here yesterday the party’s state president Mr. Amit Lamba informed that the YSP membership drive would be formally launched at Rohtak by Mr Shiv Kumar, National General Secretary of the Samata Party.

The YSP will also start its ‘Sangathan Yatra’ (organizational march) in the second week of August. The 27-day-long ‘yatra’, which will start from Narnaul, would cover 11 districts of Haryana and would culminate at Panchkula. It would mobilize youths and would mainly concentrate on their efficacious participation in politics.

Fidayeen attack condemned

Rewari: The Rezangla Shaurya Samiti has condemned the suicidal Fidayeen attack, by two terrorists, on the military station at Sanjivan bypass, on Saturday, in which 12 armymen were killed and seven others were injured .

In the meeting held here today, the association members observed a two-minute silence in memory of the soldiers.

The meeting, chaired by the Samiti’s President, Col (Retd) Ranbir Singh, was attended, among others, by its chief patron and former union minister Col Ram Singh and General Secretary Mr Naresh Chauhan.

The association reiterated its longstanding demand pertaining to the creation of an ‘Ahir’ regiment in the Indian Army, pointing out that a ‘Gujjar’ regiment has also been raised.

The chairman informed that the ‘samiti’ would also make written representation in this regard to the President of India, the Chief of the Army Staff as well as the Prime Minister of India.


CM ‘misleading’ people on SYL
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 29
Mr Samsher Singh Surjewala, a former Haryana minister and a senior Congress leader accused the Chief Minister of making false statements on the issue of the construction and completion of the SYL canal in the Punjab territory.

Speaking to this correspondent here today, he alleged that Mr Chautala was misleading the people of the state by stating that this canal would be completed within a year or so.

He said that if Mr Chautala had ever visited the canal in the Punjab territory, he could have avoided such statements as the canal cannot be completed within a year. This canal, he said, could be completed in three years if the Punjab Government agreed to it.

Mr Surjewala asked Mr Chautala to put pressure on the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for the completion of this canal.

He said that Mr Chautala was out to make political capital of the issue.

He said that if the Congress comes to power in the state after the Assembly elections, it would definitely bring the water of this canal to Haryana and meeting the long-standing demand of the farmers.


National meet to zero in on citizen-friendly governance
Tribune News Services

New Delhi, June 29
The Institute of Marketing and Management in collaboration with IIPA and NIUA is organising a unique and first of its kind national conference on “Management and Marketing of Municipal Services in India”.

Padma Bhushan Dr Abid Hussain is the Chairman and Professor Jagjit Singh Ph.D. (USA) who is Executive President of the IMM, is the Conference Convenor.

The aim of holding the conference is to inject the technology of marketing at the municipal level and create conditions for efficiency, economy and competitiveness to improve the quality of life in urban India. Besides, its goal is to reduce migration to metros.

The thrust areas at the conference include good and citizen-friendly governance and better delivery of services; learning from success stories and capacity building in municipalities; finding ways of increasing revenue and ways of improving public and private sector partnership.

The conference will be addressed by Dr EAS Sarma, Director ASCI; Dr. P.L. Sanjeev Reddy, Director, IIPA; Dr. Vinod Tewari, Director, NIUA; representatives from the World Bank, Australian Agency for International Development and other international agencies, senior government officials, Mayor and Municipal Commissioner.


White paper sought on civic amenities in JJ colonies
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
The All India Citizens Committee today demanded a white paper on the civic amenities in the J.J. and resettlement colonies in the Capital.

Addressing a meeting here in Tilak Nagar, Sardar Raja Singh Sethi, secretary of the Citizens Committee, alleged that the government had failed to provide the basic civic amenities to Delhiites.

He demanded the construction of link roads and streets besides adequate supply of drinking water and electricity to the citizens of Delhi.

Mr Sethi criticised the working conditions of the government schools and urged to upgrade the educational facilities of the students.

Tarun Mitra Parishad

Ashok Jain has been re-elected president of the Tarun Mitra Parishad on June 27 while P.K. Jain, vice-president; Manoj Jain, secretary; Ajay Jain, organising secretary; J.L. Mutreja, joint secretary; Rakesh Jain, treasurer were elected first time. Other office-bearers are Alok Jain, Anil Jain, Anand Jain, Devendra Aggarwal, Mahesh Jain, Partap Jain, Phool Chand Jain, Ram Avtar Sharma and Subhash Jain.

Chairman, Founder’s Committee and election officer Partap Jain administered the oath to all office bearers.

Camp for kidney problems

R. G. Stone Urological Research Institute has been holding free camps for check-ups of kidney problems on no-profit no-loss basis. It has also started a helpline for stone and prostrate problems. Free consultation is offered at the mobile number 9810026456. According to an official spokesman of the RG Stone, Lithotripsy was the latest technique for getting rid of kidney stones. It is a totally non-invasive procedure. It requires minimal hospital stay as against the open surgery which requires long incision.

He said that Holmium Laser was introduced at the institute in 1998. At each of its centres, the R.G. Stone has so far treated 1,000 patients.

The institute had presented more than 50 papers in India as well as abroad on urological problems and their treatment. The papers have been published in reputed medical journals.


Reserve old civil hospital land for social
functions, says HVP
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 29
The General Secretary of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) Mr Rajiv Jain has demanded reservation of the old civil hospital land for holding public rallies and social functions instead of establishing a shopping complex there.

In a signed press statement issued here today, he said the city lacks space for holding political rallies and other social functions.

The residents here are left with no other option than to hire banquet halls at exorbitant rents even for smaller functions, he said.

He pointed out that there was no dearth of shopping complexes in the city and in most of them, the shops had been lying vacant without giving any revenue to the municipal council and the owners of these complexes.

Mr Jain said that all the political rallies are held in the Municipal parks and the grounds of educational institutions, causing great inconvenience to the people who came for morning and evening walks or playing there.

He also demanded regular parking places for the taxis and three wheelers.

Talking about bungling in the recruitments of police constables and sub-inspectors, Mr Jain alleged that unemployment had risen in the regime of Mr Chautala.

He announced that the HVP has decided to hold district level rallies in the state for airing the grievances of the unemployed youths.

The first such rally would be held in this city on July 7 next which will be addressed, among others, by Mr Surinder Singh, Secretary General of the HVP.


Fertilisers: Govt gives with one hand, takes away with the other
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 29
The state owned co-operative institutions have increased the urea and DAP prices, despite the Chief Minister intending to give relief to the farmers by announcing withdrawal of VAT on fertilisers.

According to information, the price of a DAP bag has been increased by Rs 46.20 and that of a urea bag by Rs 21.16.

Before April, a DAP bag was being sold by the co-operative societies for Rs 440 and a urea bag for Rs 230.

After the government announced implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the state, from April 1 this year, the fertiliser prices had increased. The increase was opposed by the farmers, ‘kisan’ unions and political parties as well. Several memorandums were sent to the CM for withdrawal of the increase.

About three days back, the CM, in a programme of the HAU at Hisar, announced the withdrawal of the increase.

But before the ‘kisan’ unions could thank the CM, the largest cooperative institution, HAFED, sent a letter to mini-banks and the co-operative societies to sell a DAP bag at the price of Rs 467 and a urea bag for Rs 241.50. The HAFED authorities also directed to charge four per cent VAT on the new prices.

As a consequence, the price of a DAP bag has now gone up to Rs 486.20 and that of a urea bag to Rs 251.16.

The fertiliser distributing agencies of the Government have already started charging new prices from the farmers.

The farmers are now left with no other option than to purchase the fertilisers at the new increased prices as, it is the peak time for paddy plantation and sowing of other kharif crops.


Insufficient canal water adds to farmers’ woes
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 29
The state government has failed to honour its promises of providing sufficient canal water for irrigation to farmers in this district.

Despite several complaints to the authorities, the farmers here are facing acute shortage of canal water. The supply of canal water is insufficient even during rotation period, the farmers say.

Many farmers alleged that the repeated announcements made by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, regarding the supply of canal water at the tail-end villages, had only proved a hoax. The authorities of the irrigation department have failed to ensure the supply of canal water at the tail-end fields, the farmers said. They also said that all their complaints made to the authorities concerned in this regard have fallen on deaf ears.

Secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, Azad Singh Nehra, blamed the CM for adopting a discriminatory attitude towards the farmers of Sonepat and Rohtak district not only on the issue of canal water supply but also development works.

Talking to mediapersons here today, he alleged that the people and farmers of these districts have been facing water and power crisis for the past three decades and this has caused strong resentment among them. The farmers, he said, have been suffering huge financial losses on account of power and water crisis.

He urged the Chief Minister to take immediate and effective steps for augmenting the supply of water and power in these districts so that the farmers could get adequate canal water for irrigation purposes.

He said if the government failed to tackle this problem, the farmers in these districts would revolt against the present government.


10 hurt in dispute over land
Our Correspondent

Noida, June 29
Ten persons were injured in a clash between two groups concerning the division of land in Rabupura village.

According to police, the land in Syana village was being divided between Chattar Singh, S/O Ram Singh and Brahmpal Singh S/o Ram Singh yesterday.

When lines were being drawn, a dispute arose and both the parties clashed in which lathi, sarya etc were freely used.

Ten persons including women were injured from both the groups.

Mahesh, Seena, Satvir, Suman and Sadhna from one side and Sohan Singh, Madan Singh, Saroj and Poonam were injured from the other group. They were rushed to Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi. Chattar Singh and Brahmpal have lodged separate reports with the police, blaming each other.

The police have registered the FIRs of both the parties and are investigating the matter.

Sirohi villagers thirst for water

Narnaul: Residents of Sirohi Bahali village are sore over the shortage of potable water round the year. The only tubewell is not sufficient to solve the water problems of the lower area. Inquiries reveal, few influential persons have connected their supply lines with the main charging line (main line) of the only tubewell.

Bus impounded

During an intensive checking, district Transport Officer Suraj Bhan has impounded one bus and eight jeeps, having no legal documents and driving licences were also not with the drivers of few vehicles.

Mr Bhan warned the illegal operators of private vehicles not to ply in the area.

Primary voters’ list

Publication of primary voters’ list has been completed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (Board) for 2003. Objections can be filed before August 22, 2003. They can be filed before the City Magistrate, Narnaul.

Kanyadan Yojna

A sum of Rs 3 lakh was disbursed under Kanyadan Yojna in Mahendragarh district among 56 eligible family units for the marriage of Scheduled Caste girls, during the current financial year. This was stated by Mr O P Indora D C Narnaul.


CRPF jawan cremated with full honours
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 29
A CRPF jawan Sanjeev Kumar, who had sacrificed his life in an encounter while fighting the terrorists in a sensitive area of Tripura, was cremated with full honours here.

Sanjeev Kumar was a native of Madasyana village at Bahadurgarh in Ghaziabad district.

SP (Rural) Anil Kumar said Sanjeev Kumar was a constable in the Central Reserve Police Force and belonged to 72 Bn of CRPF.

He was presently posted in Tripura and made the supreme sacrifice in the defence of the country in an encounter with terrorists in a sensitive area of Tripura state in the North East.

Sanjeev’s body was brought by a special helicopter to his native village Madasyana in the morning.

It was received by police circle officer Garh I C Sharma and SO Incharge Bahadurgarh police station, among others.

The brave son of Syana was later cremated in the village where hundreds of villagers had come to pay their last respects to the hero.


‘Dahej Virodhi Manch’ set up
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 29
The district unit of Akhil Bhartiya Janwadi Mahila Samiti has constituted a ‘Dahej Virodhi Manch’ (anti-dowry platform) with a view to curbing this malpractice.

The manch was constituted during a meeting held here today which was attended by several activists of social and apolitical organisations.

Ms Savita, district president of the samiti conducted the stage. She said the manch had been constituted as part of nationwide campaign of the samiti against the menace of dowry.

She said conventions had been organised in eight districts in this regard.

Ms Manjit Rathi, state secretary of the samiti said the reason of the exploitation of women was the tradition of dowry.

She urged the people to educate their daughters so as to make them self-reliant.



Student ends life after failure in exam
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 29
A 16-year-old class X student Urmila was reported to have committed suicide by hanging herself with a ‘chunni’ in the house of a relative at Saboli village about 15 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, she took the extreme step after she had been declared unsuccessful in the matriculation examination. The result was declared yesterday by the Board of School Education Haryana.

The girl was alone in the house and her relatives had gone outside. After their return, they found the room locked from inside.

The police have sent the body for a post-mortem.

Further investigations are on.

Man found murdered

Dharminder aka Bitoo (32) was found murdered in a room constructed near the ‘samadhi’ of his grandfather at Bad Khalsa village about 15 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the Rai police have taken into custody three youths Guddo, Manjit and Rajbir for interrogation.

All the four persons consumed liquor on Friday night and then dispersed after a while.

Dharminder went to sleep in the room and his body was found in a pool of blood on Saturday morning.

The police have registered the case of murder on the complaint of victim’s brother Narinder Singh.

Two women attacked

Two women sustained injuries when they were attacked by the members of the rival group at Bajana village about 25 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the injured women were hospitalised. They are stated to be out of danger. The police are investigating the case. An old enmity is stated to be the cause of the attack.


One killed, 10 injured as truck hits canter
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 29
One person was killed and 10 including five women were injured when a truck hit a canter from the rear side on G T Road near Garhi Kalan village about 30 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the injured were on their way to Karnal by a canter. The canter was stopped near Garhi Kalan village for taking more people on it.

In the meantime, a speedy truck rammed it from the rear side killing one and injuring 10. The injured

persons include five women: Ms Manisha, Ms Sheela Devi, Ms Sushma, Ms Savitri and Ms Pinki.

They were immediately hospitalised at Ganaur town and are stated to be out of danger. They belonged to Garhi Jhinjhara village in this district. The victim was identified as Ram.

The police have registered the case and investigations are on. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

According to another report, at least six persons were injured when two auto vehicles including a canter were collided with each other on G T Road near Biswan Meel about 16 km from here last evening. The canter, loaded with vegetables, was on its way from Teha village to Azadpur Mandi (Delhi).

The injured include canter driver Krishan, Attar Singh, Pale Ram, Mor Singh, Rajeshwar and Siri Ram. The injured were rushed to the local civil hospital from where one Pale Ram was referred to a trauma centre in Delhi for further treatment.

The police are still investigating the case.

Meanwhile, two persons Maginder Singh and Dharminder were injured when they were hit by an unknown vehicle while crossing G T Road near Bahalgarh village about 10 km from here last night. Both the injured were immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger.

The police have registered the case.


Bon appetite! It’s time to tickle your tastebuds with this delectable fare

Le Bon, a specialty cheese brand has launched a delicious range of Cheddar Processed Cheese. This cheese has an authentic taste of cheddar and its firm texture makes it suitable for grating. The cheese can be used for a variety of preparations such as sandwiches, cocktail canapes, salads and soups.

The cheese is available in two convenient forms – cubes and blocks.

Say cheese!

National Panasonic has launched its top-of-the-line mobile camera phone – the Panasonic GD88. Widely appreciated for its smart designs and leadership in digital picture quality, the stylish gadget is clam shell-shaped with an in-built digital zoom camera and a magnificent 65,536 colour display for the clearest, sharpest images in vivid life-like colours.

The colour of fashion

Elle 18 has come up with new Trend#2 “Ice Cremes” in new colours. New textures are available in 12 rich creamy shades. So show off your trendiest fashion statement this summer with nails dipped in Dark Chocolate Brows, Glossy Mauves, Strawberry Reds, English Pinks and many more.

Something to write home about

Nightingale, a brand of paper products has launched the ‘Five Subject Wire-O Notebooks’ in India for the college-going students and professionals. A unique feature of the product is that it is environment-friendly and made out of wood-free paper. The notebook has been wire-o-wire bound with metallic-coated wire.

The notebook has been divided into various sections to facilitate organised notes for different subjects and the inner pages of the book have been printed in single colour. It is available with standard ruling.

Empress of Teas

The British Heritage brand DAKS, brought into India by Forbes Gokak, now comes the most exotic Empress of Teas – Aura, the bud only tea. In contrast to the traditional “two leaves and a bud”, Daks tea is manufactured from only the fresh, mature and unopened buds, that are plucked during special harvesting seasons.

The latest in men’s fashion

Oxemberg has come up with “Slub” collection of blended cotton formal shirts, a design innovation in tune with the latest, international trend in men’s fashion.

The fibre for these exquisite shirts is specially spun to club the yarn so as to engineer an unevenness that is almost double in thickness of the adjacent one.

Listen with both ears!

Logitech, a leader in personal interface devices, now offers PC and music enthusiasts an all new audio experience with the launch of its Z-640 speakers in India.

The 50-watts five-piece system includes a patented subwoofer design that delivers twice the bass energy of conventional designs and four stylish satellite speakers that can be mounted on the desk or wall.

Bold and Beautiful

Timex watches has launched its new Big, Bold and Beautiful (BBB) collection ‘2003’. The new BBB collection 2003 is oversized, jingly, jangly, in steel and colours.

The new collection has a total of 29 styles – 14 for men and 15 for women in nine casings and a heavy metal look. The new collection comes in steel – is big, chunky, rectangular, domed – with sculpted cases and bright, shiny, high-polished surfaces adding glamour and sheen.

Wanna give a tinkle?

Beetel, a leading telephone brand has launched phones with different colours. The Blue Clip, Beetel’s latest offering, comes with an ocean blue LCD display.

This marks a distinct departure from the ubiquitous white LCD that landline telephones unfailingly sport. The Blue Clip is a speaker phone with a host of features like programmable volume control setting, caller line identification and programmable alarm clock settings.

Light, rainproof footwear

Action has launched flotters for rainy season using new technology and lightweight material. Action shoes have used Eva technology in Flotters, which has made flotters a very light, soft and comfortable footwear.

Ajay Aggarwal, Director, Action Shoes said, “The purpose of any footwear is to make walking a comfortable process, and we have designed our products keeping that in mind.”

Rugged batteries

Arrow International has launched the Okaya batteries – a complete range for inverters and generators. These batteries are extremely rugged and especially designed to suit Indian power conditions. They are manufactured in world renowned and trusted QS 9000 certified plants and exported to more than 40 countries around the world.

Safe, comfy shave

Gillette has introduced Mach3 Cool Blue razor. Mach3 provides men with the closest shave in few strokes with less irritation, while the ergonomic handle provides a secure grip for a fast, safe shave.

“Our research has repeatedly shown that colour, when combined with superior performance, can play an important role in a man’s choice of razor,” said Manoj Kumar, Regional Business Director, Gillette.

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