Monday, September 22, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Muslim caste clash: One killed in exchange of fire
Our Correspondent

Meerut, September 21
At least one person was killed and six were injured when rival castes of Muslims clashed and exchanged fire in the congested Lasari Gate area of the city today.

The two groups indulged in heavy brickbatting and arson, setting ablaze three vehicles including the one belonging to a TV news channel, Aaj Tak before the police managed to disperse them. The entire area has been cordoned off and armed policemen have been deployed to check violence. In all, 30 persons from both the factions have been arrested so far.

Senior police officers, including the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Gurudarshan Singh, and the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Mukul Goel, are supervising the arrangements.

The station house officer of the Lasari Gate police station, Inspector Rampal Singh was also placed under suspension for dereliction of duty. An inquiry has also been ordered into the incident.

According to the District Magistrate, Mr Amit Mohan, the trouble arose this morning after one Rahim was reportedly killed by the rival caste members in the weekly leather market area on Hapur Road following an altercation. As the news of the killing spread, mobs took to the streets and indulged in brickbatting and arson. They set fire to the three vehicles and a two-wheeler showroom in the area.

Some of the miscreants also entrenched themselves on top of the roof of buildings lining the street and threw stones at the rivals as well as the police. As soon as the information of the clash was received, a strong contingent of policemen was rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. A number of policemen also sustained injuries in the brickbatting, the police said.

The vehicles and the showroom were completely gutted as the fire brigade was prevented initially from reaching the street.

There was panic as traders who had come to sell their wares in the weekly market scurried for cover. The entire street was littered with bricks, stones and hastily discarded leather goods.

Senior police officers at the site said that the situation was under control but tension persisted. A meeting of the leaders of the two factions was also being called to help bring about normalcy. Meanwhile, the body of Rahim has been sent for a postmortem examination and a case of murder registered. The police said that further investigations were in progress.


DSGMC elections: Wordy war hots up
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 21
The ongoing war of words between top Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi (SADD) leaders escalated today ahead of Wednesday’s scheduled elections to the executive of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC).

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief secretary Manjit Singh Calcutta, who is camping here, came down heavily on the defiant president of the DSGMC Paramjit Singh Sarna, for his reported remarks that the community leaders from Punjab should stay away from the Sikh affairs in the Capital.

“It constitutes an attempt to divide the Sikhs on geographical lines and is condemnable,” he said.

Both the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Parkash Singh Badal and SGPC head Gurcharan Singh Tohra have put their prestige at stake against Mr Sarna in the annual executive elections.

The DSGMC president has persistently refused to merge his faction (SADD) with the SAD, prompting both Mr Badal and Mr Tohra to make a joint bid to unseat him in order to wrest control of the powerful religious administration ahead of the November Assembly elections in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

The control of the committee is considered very important for the SAD, severely fragmented in Delhi despite the Badal-Tohra patch-up in Punjab three months ago, to extract political concessions in its alliance with the BJP here.

“The Sikhs want a united Akali Dal the world over. But Mr Sarna, whom I pity now, is acting under Congress pressure to weaken the community by playing the Delhi-Punjab card for his personal political promotion,” Mr Calcutta, a former Punjab Minister and a close lieutenant of Mr Tohra, said.

Incidentally, Mr Sarna had wrested control of the DSGMC from Mr Avtar Singh Hit of the SAD last year with the blessings of Mr Tohra.

Mr Calcutta, whose efforts to facilitate Akali unity in Delhi failed because of Mr Sarna’s rejection of Mr Tohra’s advice to dissolve his faction, expressed fears that the statement of DSGMC president yesterday could encourage the vested interests to derive advantage from the divisions among the community.


Demonic disease
Number of dengue patients goes up to 16
Parmindar Singh

Noida, September 21
Dengue has caused an alarm in Noida with the number of patients having risen from 7 to 16 now. The health department has confirmed the cases. The patients are being treated in three reputed hospitals of Noida.

According to reliable sources, hundreds of patients are suffering from dengue in the rural areas of the district.

Sadly enough, blame game is on. So, a proper action has not been taken to check the disease. The health department by simply despatching letters to the Noida administration, feels that it has discharged its responsibility.

In Noida administration, there is no one to take an action as the health officer’s post has been abolished.

Vishal Srivastava who holds the additional charge of the health officer, is hardly in a position to take action. Fearing the situation was getting out of control, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr M A Huq, has requested the Addl CEO Noida K M Pande to ask the Noida Health Officer’s staff to work in conjunction with the staff in the office of the Chief Medical Officer, Noida.

Seven dengue patients had been confirmed by Noida hospitals. Two are from Delhi and one from Ghaziabad.

Blood samples of dengue patients are sent for analysis to the communicable diseases hospital in New Delhi. On the basis of the blood report, it is determined whether a patient is suffering from dengue, Dr Huq Said.

Paracetamol tablets have been made available at all the primary health centres in rural areas, Dr Huq added.

Dadri accountant sacked for fraud, sent to jail

Noida: Accountant, Sunderlal Sharma of Laharli Development Block in Dadri, has not only been dismissed from the service but has also landed behind bars for defrauding the government of Rs 5.60 lakh.

A secretary of the co-operative has also been suspended for dereliction of duty and a probe ordered against him.

He has also been charged with willfully withholding the information about the fraud from the government. Sunderlal Sharma was responsible for the sale of fertilisers and keeping the accounts. However, instead of depositing the cash into the government account, Sunderlal had chosen to keep the government money with himself.

Thus, he had cheated the government out of Rs 5.61 lakh. But when the fraud came to the knowledge of the District Co-Operative secretary, Mr Rameshwar Prasad, he ordered an inquiry into the matter and suspended the guilty official.

The probe conducted by the Addl District Co-operative officer, Dadri, found Sunderlal Sharma had usurped Rs 561,000. An FIR was lodged in the Dadri police station against the accountant in January 2003.

But Sunderlal had been absconding since the filing of FIR against him. He was nabbed only this month by the police on the basis of a tip-off. On the receipt of the inquiry report, the accountant was dismissed from service. OC


Contractors, officials pocket funds meant for roads

Jhajjar, September 21
Even though a nexus between the contractors and the municipality officials inflicted heavy losses on the exchequer, the District Administration is still not prepared to take appropriate measures against the persons involved in the misappropriation of funds. The funds were meant for laying the roads in the town.

The District Administration let off the guilty contractors with minor penalty even after it was proved that they had used substandard material in construction of eight roads here.

The District Administration has imposed a minor fine of Rs 5.35 lakh on six contractors for siphoning off the funds to the tune of Rs 40 lakh.

The DC assured last week to take action against the guilty contractors and the MC officials, including the option of registering criminal cases, when the sample report was released, but the administration decided to serve penalty notices to them. Among the contractors, Prem was fined with Rs 84,000 for embezzling funds of Rs 3.24 lakh; Sunil, who has a contract of Rs 6 lakh was fined Rs 69,000; Sajjan Kumar was fined Rs 1.98 lakh for swindling Rs 10.50 lakh and a penalty of Rs 1.14 lakh was imposed on Subhash for siphoning off the funds of Rs 6.05 lakh. Omkar Saini and Sanjeev kumar were fined Rs 53,000 and Rs 61,000 respectively, for misappropriation of Rs 3.70 lakh and Rs 3.29 lakh. In this open loot of the public funds, the district officials acted like puppets of the local political leaders linked with the ruling party and remained mute spectators.


Man kills his daughter
Our Correspondent

Noida, September 21
The continuing discord between the parents on the marriage of their daughter has resulted in her death.

According to 58-Sector Police, Deen Dayal Sharma along with his two brothers Subhash and Balli shot dead his own 20-year-old daughter Sapna, near the culvert of Khanjarpur village.

Sapna’s only fault was that she was in love with a youth who belonged to a different caste. Her father was against this marriage while her mother, Lata was in its favour. This infuriated the father so much so that he planned to kill his own daughter.

According to villagers of Behlolpur, it was simply a case of poor versus the rich.

Deen Dayal’s wife Lata Sharma belonged to a well-to-do family, while the man himself was not so well-off and lived in a rented house in Ghaziabad in view of Lata’s refusal to live in the joint family.

When their daughter Sapna attained marriageable age, her mother Lata wanted to marry her daughter to a youth of her own choice who belonged to a different caste.

Deen Dayal and Lata used to clash almost daily on the issue of Sapna’s marriage. Things came to a boil one day when Deen Dayal decided to kill his own daughter than to agree to this match.

Deen Dayal and his brothers have been absconding for the last three days after the crime.


Woman killed in group clash
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 21
A woman was killed and 14 were injured in a clash between two groups at Nasirpur Bangar village about 20 km from here late last evening.

A dispute over the land is stated to be the main cause of the clash.

According to a report, lathis and other weapons including swords were used in the clash. The victim was identified as Mrs Vidya Devi (50) and the police has sent the body for the postmortem examinations. The injured persons include Mr Lal Chand and his son Anil who were sent to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment. Other injured persons are undergoing treatment in the local civil hospital.

The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress. However, no assailant has been arrested so far in this connection.

Nirula’s to pay for spilling curry on lawyer

New Delhi: Sixteen years after a waiter at Nirula’s Snack Bar in the heart of the Capital spilt hot curry on an advocate, a Delhi court has held the restaurant guilty of deficiency in service and ordered it to pay him token damages of rupee one.

Additional Sessions Judge Narottam Kaushal held that the server and the restaurant were jointly and severally liable to pay damages of one rupee to the lawyer “towards deficiency in service, subsequent defiant attitude and for injuries suffered by the complainant”.

Complainant Jitender Mohan Gupta had alleged that in the evening of June 9, 1987, a server at Nirula’s at Connaught Circus spilt a bowl of curry (sambar) on his legs while he along with his family went there on an outing.

Mr Gupta, an advocate claimed that the curry spoilt his trousers and caused itching on his legs. The restaurant did not allow him to enter the incident in their complaint book, he alleged.

While admitting that he was employed with Nirula’s, the server denied that any such incident took place. The court took note of a letter dated October 29, 1987, inviting Mr Gupta for a meeting to have free lunch in any of their outlets, and said it was indicative of the fact that Nirula’s attempted a settlement with him. However, Mr Gupta had declined the offer. TNS


Lid off massive evasion of trade tax

Ghaziabad: The mobile teams of Trade Tax department have detected tax evasion on goods worth Rs 30 lakh. This included ‘katha’ worth Rs 17 lakh. It was being transported without payment of tax. A penalty of Rs 5 lakh has been calculated on these goods.

According to Joint Trade Tax Commissioner, S P Singh, a mobile trade tax team had stopped a vehicle for inspection yesterday. A scrutiny of documents raised the team’s suspicion. The vehicle was loaded with katha. The goods were released on payment of Rs 5 lakh as penalty. In another case, vehicle Asstt Commissioner, Tej Pal Singh found Methon oil worth Rs 9 lakh. The accompanying documents were full of cuttings and overwritings.

The Asstt Commissioner also confiscated goods worth Rs 3 lakh in another vehicle which were being transported without payment of trade tax.

In the inspection of a private bus, 35 boxes of dry fruit worth Rs 1.50 lakh was also confiscated. The goods were detained for inspection and tax payment. OC


Desist from narrow party politics: Chautala
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 21
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has appealed to the people to desist from narrow party politics and positively contribute towards the overall development of the state.

Mr Chautala was speaking at a meeting held to redress the grievances of the people of Kalana Assembly constituency under the third phase of ‘Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar’ programme in Sonepat today.

Mr Chautala was on a two-day tour of the constituency to redress the grievances of the people and see for himself the developmental works undertaken under the two phases of the ‘Sarkar App Ke Dwar’ programme.

Referring to the developmental works undertaken in Ladsoli, Lalheri, Rajpur and Piplikhera village, Mr Chautala said that a number of works amounting to lakhs of rupees had been undertaken here. He announced a number of new projects for these villages.

On the demand of the people of the area, he also announced the construct of a road between Ladsoli and Sonepat Sugar mill.

Mr Chautala addressed the villagers at Bigan, Badi and Bay and announced the construction of houses under the Indira Awas Yojna.

He also addressed a number of small gatherings at other villages and announced a number of developmental works for the area.

He urged them to attend in large numbers the ‘Samman Diwas’ function to be held at Karnal on September 25 to mark the birthday of ‘Jan Nayak’ Ch. Devi Lal.

He said that a number of senior leaders from various parts of the country would address the function.


Investigation by Vigilance Bureau opposed

Rohtak: The Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has opposed the state government’s decision to hand over the investigation into the murder of Kaithal-based journalist Parmanand Goyal to the state Vigilance Bureau. In a statement here today, Mr Krishan Murit Hooda, a former minister said the members of the victim’s family had indicted the Chief Minister and the Kaithal SP Yogender Nehra in the crime. He demanded registration of an FIR against Mr Nehra.

Mr Hooda said the Chief Minister had been using the state police to victimise his opponents.

He alleged that the crime graph. OC


CM urges partymen to inform masses of development works
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, September 21
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, urged his party workers to educate the people about the various development works completed by his government.

Addressing party workers of Gurgaon district yesterday, Mr Chautala raised the issue of the SYL canal and said that his government had pleaded with the Supreme Court to get the remaining works of the canal completed by some other agency it deemed fit. The Centre, which will be directed by the Apex court on the issue, will soon follow it up with positive action, he added.

He criticised his political opponents saying that had become unnerved with the pace of development works undertaken by his government. He said they were spreading canards against the functioning of the government simply to malign it.

He said that his government will provide jobs to 50,000 youths in the current year. He said while 25,000 jobs would be in the government and its various agencies, the remaining jobs would be created in other sectors.

The CM said his government had decided to set up a separate force in the state on the pattern of the Central Industrial Security

Force (CISF) for providing security cover to industrial and commercial institutions.

The proposed force would provide jobs to more than 10,000 personnel.

According to him, the government had also decided to create a post of village development assistant in every village to act as intermediaries between the government and the villages.

Raising the issue of power supply in the state, he said the situation would improve after the completion of seventh and eighth units of the power plant at Panipat. He said he aimed to make Haryana a power surplus state.

The INLD has decided to organise “Samman Diwas” on September 25 at Karnal as part of the celebration of the birth anniversary of former Deputy Prime Minister late Devi Lal.

Mr Chautala asked the party workers to make the rally a grand success.

He urged the party workers to participate in large numbers in the public meeting being organised in Nasibur in Mahendergarh district on September 23 to commemorate “Martyr’s Day”.


Two-day Qutub Festival from September 27
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 21
The Delhi Tourism Department will organise the 11th Qutub Festival here at the Qutub Complex on September 27 and 28.

The department will also organise another event during the Navratras, the ‘Dandia Masti’, a Gujarati cultural event at the Garden of Five Senses from September 26 to October 5, a release today said here.

The department had planned a series of cultural events for the promotion of tourism. A three-day ‘Food Durbar’ concluded at the Garden of Five Senses today, the release said.

Vidya Ratan award

Prof. Naval Kishore Ambasht, former Chairman of the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), has been honoured with the Vidya Ratan award.

The award, instituted by the Nehru Bal Samiti and the Indian Adult Education Association, was given to Prof Ambasht at a function here yesterday.

Nehru Bal Samiti Director S P Govil recalled Prof. Ambasht’s contribution to non-formal and adult education. Prof Ambasht, who had been NIOS Chairman for five years from 1999, is credited with introducing Open Basic Education in co-operation with NGOs.


‘Focus on positive mysticism to find God’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 21
The ‘13th Global Conference on Mysticism’ concluded here today. In his address, Sant Rajinder Singh said it is occasions like this that one gets to learn about mystic and spiritual life.

He said many people believe that we can find God only by austerities and leaving the world. Sant Rajinder Singh said that this is negative mysticism. He instead focussed on positive mysticism, where one can find God within oneself. Governor of Haryana, Babu Parmanand, who was present on the occasion, said mystic powers of God are truly universal and unite all of us.

Quoting from the Bible, he said Christ beacons us to peep within the kingdom of God. A blood donation camp was also organised on the occasion in collaboration with the Red Cross Society at Kirpal Bagh.


Delhi digest
Ustad Rahimfahimuddin Dagar honoured
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 21
Renowned Dhrupad singer ustad Rahimfahimuddin Dagar has been conferred with the prestigious ‘Sangeet Bhushan Award 2003’. The award, instituted by the Ustad Ashique Ali Khan Music Society, was presented to the maestro yesterday at the ‘Fourth Annual Music Festival’ of the society, a release said here.

The principal of Delhi Public School (Vasant Kunj), Vinay Kumar, gave away the award to Dagar at a function presided over by Delhi Health Minister A K Walia, who is the president of the society named after the sarangi maestro of Kairana Gharana.

Poet awarded

Manavta Abhiyan, an NGO, awarded ‘Aditya Puruskar’ to poet Ved Prakash on the occasion of its annual function here today. The award was distributed by Congress leader Ms Meira Kumar and Mr Anil Shastri, secretary of AICC, chaired the function.

A kavi sammelan was also organised by the NGO aimed at promoting Hindi and Urdu language. Ms Meira Kumar also honoured 15 volunteers of the organisation.

Speaking on the occasion, she said that poets were the mirrors of the society and their composition reflected the pain and the agony of the masses. She also recited a poem on the occasion. Anil Shastri highlighted the contribution of poets in our freedom struggle and also highlighted their role in the modern era.

Yoga camp concludes

A free yoga camp organised by the Divya Yoga Mandir Trust, Haridwar, concluded today. According to the convenor of the camp, Mr Sudhir Garg, more than 20,000 people attended the yoga camp from all over country.

The camp organised at the Model Town based Chhattrasal Stadium was held under the guidance of Swami Randev Maharaj ji.

Apart from the basic yoga exercises, participants were also intimated about dietry changes to ward off common ailments. The Union Labour Minister, Mr Sahib Singh Verma, was also present during the concluding ceremony.


Special Focus on SONEPAT
Bansi Lal to revoke ‘controversial’ govt decisions
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 21
The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) led by the former Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, today announced that it would scrap or amend all ‘controversial’ policy decisions of the INLD government if voted to power.

Talking to mediapersons at the PWD (B&R) Rest House at Rai, about 13 km from here, the HVP supremo said that his party would not have any tie-up with any party for the Vidhan Sabha elections.

He said his party had a bitter experience of coalition politics when it had aligned with the BJP in 1996.

He asserted that the HVP would get majority in the next Vidhan Sabha on its own. “When we go to the villages, there is an overwhelming response from the people and it seems a ‘HVP wave’ is sweeping all over Haryana,” he said.

Mr Bansi Lal said that all the statues of Mr Devi Lal installed at public places in the state would be removed once his party assumed power in the state. He said that he was in favour of the installation of statues of great leaders, freedom fighters and martyrs, but the late Devi Lal never fell in either of these categories. He said that there was no justification in installing Devi Lal’s statues all over the state.

He promised that power rates for all types categories-agriculture, domestic, commercial and industrial- would be reduced to provide relief to the financially overburdened people of the state. He took exception to the naming of the Sirsa university after the late Devi Lal, stating that the affiliation of a number of colleges with this university was a cruel joke on students.

Mr Bansi Lal accused the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala of misleading the people by giving exaggerated figures of power generation in the state. He assured that all house owners would be granted exemption from house tax and the tax levied on other properties would also be rationalised.

The HVP leader strongly condemned the ghastly murder of Kaithal-based journalist, Mr Parmanand Goel, and demanded a CBI probe into the allegations levelled by his family against politicians and bureaucrats. Expressing grave concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state and alleged that “jungle raj” was prevailing in the state.

Mr Rajiv Jain, general-secretary of the HVP and other leaders were also present on this occasion.


NCR Briefs
Ghee racket busted
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, September 21
The police have reportedly seized a large number of ghee tins and other materials used in the manufacturing of fake ghee following a surprise raid conducted at a factory in the industrial estate of Murthal.

According to a report, the police have also seized as many as 189 tins of fake ghee weighing 15 kg each in another raid conducted at nearby Dewru village in this district. Similarly, the Ganaur police has also recovered 40 tins of fake desi ghee and arrested three dairy owners in this connection. The Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told mediapersons here today that the police has seized fake drugs worth about Rs 26 lakh and arrested two Persons in this connection.

He, however, blamed the authorities of the Health Department for not checking the sale of fake drugs and fake desi ghee.

2 persons killed

Baljit Singh, a resident of Jatwara Mohalla of Sonepat was killed when he was hit by a vehicle on the Sonepat-Rathdhana road here last evening. According to another report, the Kundli police has recovered an unidentified body lying on the G.T. Road and sent it for a postmortem examination.

Stir threatened

Rohtak: A district level Sanyukta Chhatra Sangharsh Samiti has been constituted at a meeting of different students’ organisations convened by the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) on the university campus today. The samiti warned the Maharshi Dayanand University administration that it would participate in the state level agitation slated for September 30, the call for which was given by its state unit, and stage a demonstration at the office of Vice-Chancellor.


Suraj Kund Fest
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 21
The Haryana Industries Department has decided to select the industrial units of Sonepat district which will display their products in the “Suraj Kund Fest” commencing from October 3 to October 12 next in the Suraj Kund tourist complex of Faridabad district.

According to a report, a number of industrial units from all over the state are likely to take part in this festival.

So far six industrial units have been selected in this district which will be allowed to put their stalls and exhibit their products in them.

These are: LT Overseas, Sunstar Overseas, Chaudhary Enterprises, Minda industries, Nikhi Footwear and Homemade Bakers.

The department has also selected as many as 13 industrial units of Sonepat district which would display their products in the IITF commencing from November 14 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

The selected industries include the Atlas Cycles (Haryana) Limited and Satnam Overseas. These industries would be authorised to get the contract from the entrepreneurs of India and abroad.

Meanwhile, many entrepreneurs have alleged that they are being harassed by the officials of the District Industries Centre (DIC) in a bid to mint money from them.

They also alleged that their applications for displaying their products in the forthcoming IITF were rejected on flimsy ground by the officials of the DIC, as they were encouraging their favourite units the owners of which had been obliging them from time to time. A high-level inquiry is likely to expose the misdeeds of the officials in this regard, they said.


Ahmedabad industrialists visit HSIDC complex
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 21
Several leading industrialists of Ahmedabad, headed by Mr Dayabhai Patel, president of the Ahmedabad Manufacturers Association, visited the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) complex at Kundli village along the Haryana-Delhi border about 25 km from here on Friday.

According to a report, Mr R. N. Malik, Engineer-in-chief of the HSIDC, provided all relevant information to the entrepreneurs of Gujarat and claimed that they would be provided an all-out assistance and infrastructures by the state government and the HSIDC for establishing their units in the state. He also highlighted various schemes of the state government for accelerating the pace of development of industries.

Mr Patel was quite impressed by the infrastructures and other concessions offered to them for the establishment of industries in Haryana.

He also hailed the power tariff and water rate which, he said, were much below than those prevailing in Gujarat. The power tariff was being charged at the rate of Rs 4.15 per unit in Haryana as compared to Rs 4.75 per unit in Gujarat.

Similarly, the water rate is Rs 6 per one thousand litres in Haryana as compared to Rs 10 per one thousand litres in Gujarat.

He also said that there were about 235 industrial units in Ahmedabad and the air pollution has gripped the entire city of Ahmedabad. He also complained against the hard water supply. Moreover, the industrial units are coal-based which has polluted the city of Ahmedabad.

Mr Patel promised that the entrepreneurs of Ahmedabad who had come here at the invitation of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, would set up industries in Haryana very soon. 


One Touch enough for global connection

Alcatel has unveiled its ‘One Touch’ 320 feature rich mobile for the first level buyers in the Indian market. This phone captures the simplicity and is easy to use and fun to communicate with. The phone is available in two colours–silver grey and blue and offers a good degree of voice clarity and comes with a loud speaker for hands-free calls.

“India has witnessed a proliferation in the number of mobile phone subscribers as well as in the usage pattern of mobile phones,” said Ravi Sharma, managing director, Alcatel.

Caterpillar heavy construction

Caterpillar, the leader in engines, earthmoving and construction products has launched the backhoe loader. The product is now being manufactured at CIPL. The development of 424 series through the unique Caterpillar new product introduction process is truly an example of the expertise Caterpillar uses to bring in the right product, consistent with its product line all over the world.

Backhoe loaders are used in segments such as heavy construction, general construction, quarry and aggregates and industries.

Marathon printer

TVS Electronics, leaders in dot matrix printer segment, has launched their ‘MSP 255 MARATHON’. The target segment for this product would be the small and medium businesses such as distribution agencies, banks, transport and educational institutions on the lookout for high-speed printer.

With a tagline “Prints Faster, Lasts Longer”, the product has the highest printing speed of 432 CPS in its category and gives faster prints and better output, thereby increasing the productivity.

Extra life batteries

Arrow International has launched new imported “dry-charged”, Japanese batteries for tractors. Made in QS 9000 certified plants, Okaya world class batteries made from Japanese technology are trusted worldwide by auto giants such as Honda, Toyota, Suzuki, Isuzu, Nissan and Yamaha. These very batteries are also being exported to more than 40 countries and are acknowledged for their extra long life and cutting edge technology.

Snacky cheese

Le Bon has launched delicious ‘Creamy ‘n’ Snacky’ cheese that can be eaten as snack. This yummy and creamy ready-to-eat cheese is an exciting ‘melting-in-mouth’ treat for all cheese lovers and a healthy addition to children’s tiffin boxes. Le Bon cheese is rich in calcium and protein and are individually packed in an easy-to-open pack.

Home theatre performance

VIA technologies, a PC platform provider, has launched the VIA Envy24HT-S audio controller with support for eight channel Digital Video Discs (DVD) tracks to enable perfect home theatre performance in personal computers.

The product has been designed to provide the highest level of format support, lightning-gaming performance and stellar audio quality for PC users.

Innovation in adhesive tapes

Pidilite Industries has introduced a new range of adhesive tapes in the market. The tape branded, ‘Prime Eezytear Clear Tape’, is the country’s first ever indigenous innovation in adhesive tapes market. The product is India’s first ever brand of adhesive tapes to be promoted on such a large scale. Simple use of fingers can tear the tape smoothly.

Philips mobile phone

Philips has launched its new Philips 530 mobile phones. The “MTV Whatever Things”, programme was jointly created in response to the umbrella theme of Philips’ global personal expression campaign, “Things to do your thing.”

The Philips campaign is targeted at empowering today’s youth to do things their way through stylish and intuitively-designed innovations that form the essential “things” in their lives.

Double battery watch

Maxima has introduced a revolutionary concept of a “Double Battery” watch. This unique range of watches will incorporate two batteries and enhance the battery change over time. Maxima’s in house research and development has worked painstakingly to develop a patented design that uses a special circuit that houses two batteries within the watch case, and runs them concurrently, thereby, doubling the battery life.

Navratra thali

Nirulas chain of restaurant has introduced a delicious ‘Navratra Thali’, that consists of three vegetable dishes, salad, raita, sawak rice and a yummy dessert. No onion or garlic is used to prepare these dishes.

What makes it even more interesting is the daily change of the vegetable curry, raita and the dessert, chosen from a wide selection of satvik delicacies.

Multisol Plus for soft contact lenses

Gaymed Labs has manufactured Multisol Plus, a multipurpose solution for cleaning, rinsing and soaking of soft contact lenses. Multisol Plus is an internationally approved formula with wide anti-microbial activity and low toxicity. It removes dirt, fatty deposits and protein deposits, which settles on the lens during daily wear.

It is available in three packs like 100 ml, 210 ml and 350 ml at all the leading optical counters and chemist shops in Delhi.

Gillette shave foam

Gillette has launched the new international shave foam in India. The new Gillette Shave Foam with international look and packaging is enriched with a comfort glide formula for a modern and convenient shave. The foam is available in four variants like ‘Regular’, ‘Lemon’, ‘Lime’, ‘Sensitive Skin’, and ‘Moisturizing’. The foam will be manufactured and imported from Europe.

Drinking delight

Godrej Foods has launched a milk drink called “So Ya Treat”, in the leading stores of Delhi, Bombay and Bangalore. Besides being rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, the ‘So Ya Treat’ is truly a drinking delight. Available in plain, malt and kesar pista flavour for the Indian palate, ‘So Ya Treat’ is economical, lactose free and highly digestible. Free from cholesterol and preservatives, ‘So Ya Treat’ has a high proportion of poly and mono unsaturated fatty acids and very low saturated fatty acids.

Natural face wash

Lotus Herbals, “Tea Tree”, face wash is an innovative product, which contains wonderful natural ingredients such as tea tree oil, cinnamon bark and oak bark extracts.

The company claims that the natural agents present in the face wash, like tea tree oil, is an excellent anti-septic, anti-bacterial, and helps in removing excessive oil building on the skin.

Workout apparel

Nike has introduced its new apparel collection for workouts that need smooth and stable movement. Created for the athlete in all of us, the range offers performance technology with well-articulated designs, vibrant colours and technical fabrications that perform when you perform.

International footwear

Sprandi, the footwear and apparel brand in Europe has entered India with a well-diversified product basket at an affordable price. Targeted at the street-smart urban youths ready to pick up anything international with a reasonable price, Sprandi has recently launched ‘Eternal’ range of trekking shoes. Available in three attractive colour combinations of anthracite–pearl gold, metallic navy–silver–yellow and metallic black – burgundy, the shoes offer the perfect cushioning to the feet and support to the heels.

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