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12-yr-old held captive, assaulted for 7 hours

Meerut, October 31
A student of the sixth standard was illegally confined in a room for over 7 hours by her neighbour, stripped down, shown a blue film and sexually assaulted. The victim was also beaten up.

Even the area police did not take note of the incident for over four days. On Thursday evening, the victim’s family and some neighbours approached the DIG, Meerut range, and produced the victim before him. Only then, the accused could be arrested and the case of eve-teasing converted into that of rape.

According to the victim’s mother, she and her 12-year-old daughter work as house maids in the house of one Satyendra Sharma. Satyendra’s wife gives free tuition to the girl in exchange for the work done by her. On last Tuesday, Satyendra’s family alleged that the girl had stolen their ornaments. Satyendra allegedly brought the girl home from school and locked her in a room; he then thrashed her with a leather belt, stripped her and showed her a blue film, it is further charged.

The girl was then repeatedly raped for seven hours.

The girl’s eyes and face were swollen with bruises when she returned to her house. When some neighbours came to know of the incident on Thursday, they approached the DIG, who immediately asked the SSP Meerut to take action in the matter. An FIR under Section 376 was lodged and the girl was sent for medical examination. Once the rape was confirmed, the cops wasted no time in arresting the accused.

20-yr-old daughter raped by stepfather for 5 months

A stepfather raped his 20-year-old daughter for over 5 months, and the girl is now pregnant. A panchayat was called when the neighbours learnt of the incident, the stepfather was beaten up in public and taken out in a procession. Later the panchayat reported the matter to the police who have arrested the accused. The girl has been sent for a medical examination.

The 20-yr-old daughter of late Imamuddin told the police that she was living with her stepfather for several years in a rented house.

Four months back her stepfather had raped her in an inebriated condition when her mother was away. When she protested, he had beaten her and threatened to kill her if she spilled the beans.

On Wednesday evening, he again assaulted her sexually, gave her a thrashing and pressed her to get married to him.

The hapless girl informed the neighbours and the panchayat was called, which found the stepfather guilty. The latter was publicly beaten up and handed over to the police, who arrested him immediately under section 376 of the IPC. The girl has also reiterated her allegations against her father in a written statement to the SHO, Mawana.


MDU new posts get nod
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 31
At last, the Haryana government has granted permission to the Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) to appoint seven professors, 16 readers and 64 lecturers.

These appointments would reinforce the strength of the teaching faculty: their number would increase from 190 to 278.

The Bio-Sciences Department, which runs six M.Sc courses, is the biggest beneficiary. It has been given one post of professor, five posts of readers and 17 posts of lecturers.

The Department of Pharmaceutical gets one post of professor, two posts of readers and eight posts of lecturers.

The Institute of Management Studies and Research (IMSAR) would also be strengthened further with the appointment of another professor, three readers and five lecturers. The Department of Computer Sciences also gets one professor, two readers and seven lecturers.

The Department of Education gets one post of professor, three posts of readers and four posts of lecturers. The Department of Defence and Strategic Studies and Department of Public Administration each get one post of professor. The Department of Law gets three readers and nine lecturers.

The already strong departments of Economics, Psychology, Fine Arts and English have also got some posts of lecturers and readers.

The Post Graduate Regional Centre of the university at Rewari has been given two posts of readers in commerce and two posts of lecturers; also one post each in the departments of English and Commerce are to be filled up. Similarly, three posts of lecturers in Computer Science in the University College are to be filled up.

Significantly, the government has allowed the university to appoint full time professors, readers and lecturers against the administrative posts. As regards the surplus six lecturers of the University College, the government has asked the latter to adjust them in the Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) or transfer them to the government’s Department of Education. There are five lecturers in Hindi in the University College, which has no workload for the past several years.


Mother, son shot dead at residence
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, October 31
A woman and her son were shot dead in their house yesterday. The assailants had tried to stuff the body of the son in a sack. Surprisingly, no one in the neighbourhood noticed anything amiss.

Incidentally, the woman’s husband, Om Prakash, a property dealer, had been murdered about five months ago outside this house. The killing was attributed to a property dispute. Earlier, in 1997, his elder son had been kidnapped.

According to police, Sushila Devi, 50, lived in Sahibabad village. As there were shops on the ground floor, the family resided on the first floor. Om Prakash’s son, Mukesh, 28, who had assumed the role of head of the family after his father’s death, was alone in the house with his mother at the time of the attack. Younger sister Mamta had returned to her fashion designing institute in New Delhi with brother Kishen, after celebrating Diwali with the family.

On his return, Kishen found his mother’s body lying in a pool of blood outside the kitchen. She had been shot in the head at point blank range. When he raised the alarm, neighbours rushed to their house. Link Road police were informed, who found Mukesh’s body stuffed in a bag on the second floor near the stairs. He had been shot in the forehead. His hand and feet had been tied and his body was stuffed in a jute bag. It seems that the assailants had wanted to dispose of Mukesh’s body. His head was tied with a polythene strip to stem the blood flow. Incidentally, Mukesh’s wife Manju was at her parent’s house as she had given birth to a son a fortnight ago. Sushila was last seen taking milk from the vendor at 8 am, the neighbours said. Even Dharm Raj, a security guard in a nearby factory, did not hear the gun shots. A factory owner said he heard a bang at about 9.30 am but thought someone was bursting crackers. Nobody was seen hanging around either; nor was any noise heard.

Shoe shop looted

Dankaur (Noida): Three armed criminals on a motor bike looted thousands of rupees from the shop of a shoe trader in Dankaur market at 3 p.m. on October 29. The daylight incident of loot in Anurag Goel’s shop at gun point rattled the shopkeepers to such an extent that many of them fled, leaving their shops open. Later, they downed their shutters and organised a protest rally.


Traffic violations: Fine collection computerised
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31
The Delhi Traffic Police have introduced three centres for computerised fine collection, for the first time in the city’s history.

The computerised fine collection centres have been opened at Teen Murti Traffic Lines, Old Police Lines and Traffic Police Headquarters at R.K. Puram police station. To start with, five computerised collection machines have been installed at Teen Murti Traffic lines and two at Traffic Police Office in Old Police Lines. Computerised collection machines will be operational at Traffic Police Headquarters, R. K. Puram, in a few days, the Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Mr Qamar Ahmed, said.

With a click of the mouse, the entire data regarding a particular violation can be displayed on the monitor, and with another click, the receipt can be downloaded on a printer. With this, all manual work has been eliminated. The motorists will also save a lot of time and energy, which was earlier frittered away.

This year, 13, 67, 337 violation slips had been received in the computer centre, which is 15 per cent higher compared to the previous year. This year the police have collected Rs 5, 46, 60, 707 as fine for violation of traffic rules as against Rs 6, 74, 79, 030 last year.

Mr Ahmed disclosed that the collection machines have the latest features. The machines are also linked to the central computer of the traffic police and the transaction details are immediately stored in the central data base. The Delhi Traffic Police have been making relentless efforts to cope with the problems thrown up by the quantum jump in the volume of traffic in Delhi.

He disclosed that constables and head constables were not allowed to stop vehicles and check the documents, unless they were accompanied by an officer. However, to check the traffic violations, they were authorised to note the violation on a prescribed slip which contains date and time, nature of violation and registration particulars of the offending vehicle.

Every day an average of 8,000 to 9,000 traffic violation slips are received by the traffic police. These are dispatched through general post office to the registered address of the owner of the vehicle. 


BJP to get fresh coat of paint
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31
Many new faces are likely in the list of candidates to be announced by the Delhi Pradesh BJP for the December 1 Assembly election in NCT of Delhi. Besides not giving tickets to applicants with a criminal record, the party is also likely to decide against fielding councillors and others who unsuccessfully contested the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD’s) elections last year.

Ahead of the crucial meeting scheduled for next week, in which the names of the candidates will be firmed up, the sources said, besides giving due representation to the applicants from Purvanchal (eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar), the election committee of the Delhi Pradesh BJP had decided not to field councillors.

The decision could effectively put an end to the aspirations of several sitting councillors. It would also mean the BJP will field new candidates for the majority of seats as the party controls only 14 Assembly segments. The meeting of the election committee was chaired by Delhi BJP President Madan Lal Khurana.

A number of sitting councillors and also those who lost marginally were expecting nominations from the party, considering that the BJP leadership was in favour of pumping in new blood in its attempt to oust the ruling Congress in the elections.

The party had performed miserably in the MCD elections, winning a mere 17 of the 134 seats. The election committee is also learnt to have decided that applicants with serious criminal cases against them would not be given party ticket for the elections.

On the possibility of alliances with other political groups, the committee decided not to have any truck with any political party, except the Akali Dal. However, under special circumstances, Chairman of the Party’s Election Campaign Committee Vijay Kumar Malhotra would consider a tie-up “for one or two seats.”


Protest over teacher’s conduct snowballs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31
Students of Dyal Singh College have threatened to go on a hunger strike if the enquiry committee appointed by the college does not submit its report on the alleged misbehaviour by a teacher within the next few days.

The students have been on an indefinite strike since Wednesday, demanding action against a teacher in the Botany department who had allegedly misbehaved with some girl students while on a trip to Darjeeling.

“The teacher not only passed lewd comments, he also failed to arrange accommodation and confirmed rail reservation for the students during the trip”, alleged the members of the students union. While the students are unhappy with the college authorities for taking too long, the authorities claim that they are awaiting the report of the enquiry committee.

“We constituted the enquiry committee, comprising four staff members and a member of the governing body, on the day the students filed the complaint. We have been asking the students to call of the strike, since the committee will take some time to frame its report”, said the Vice-Principal of the college, Dr. Radhey Shyam.

The students, however, are unrelenting, “Why are they taking this long? We filed the complaint on the 13th of October, the committee had enough time on its hands”, complained the President of the Union Jitendra Baisoya.

The students allege that 204 students were taken to Darjeeling for a trip where the only male teacher accompanying them misbehaved with the female students. 


Art auctioneers’ plea to quash FIR rejected

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a plea by Bowing Fine Art Auctioneers, seeking to quash an FIR registered against it after 10 century-old Raja Ravi Verma oil paintings, allegedly meant to be smuggled out of the country, were seized in NCT of Delhi in March this year.

Justice JD Kapoor dismissed the petition, which also sought a stay on trial court proceedings, saying it was premature as the investigations were still on, chargesheet was still to be filed and the lower court was yet to take cognizance of the matter.

The petitioner, through counsel Rajiv Nayar, had challenged the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registering the FIR under the provisions of the Antiquities Act, which prohibits trade (buying or selling) in antiques. Petitioner’s counsel Rajiv Nayar claimed the petitioner was only an auction house and it was neither in the business of buying or selling such items, hence the provisions of the Act could not be attracted in their case.

The investigating agency, on the other hand, alleged that the auction house was operating without a proper licence. The judge directed the trial court to consider the petitioner’s arguments at the time of taking cognizance. TNS


Cong issues 10-day ultimatum to govt
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 31
The district unit of the Congress today issued a 10-day ultimatum to the Haryana Government to release the former Union Minister and party MLA, Mr Jai Prakash from Hisar district, failing which it will intensify its agitation.

Senior party leaders of the district staged a dharna in the district Jail the complex along with party workers. The meeting condemned the Haryana Government for the action against its leaders.

Addressing the assembled party workers on the occasion, Rao Dharam Pal and Mr Khazan Singh alleged that the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala was getting unnerved at the growing popularity of the Congress party.

The Congress leaders cautioned the INLD government to desist from such politics, which could vitiate the political system in the state.

However, the event also had elements of drama. The Congress leaders gave the district authorities a slip and managed to stage a dharna in the premises of the jail. This has come as major embarrassment to the district authorities.

After more than an hour, the jail authorities intervened and tried to remove the party flags hung at the site.

The Congress leaders also paid rich tributes to the former Prime Minister, late Indira Gandhi, on her death anniversary. They praised the welfare projects like “Garibi Hatao” and the 20-point programme devised and implemented by her government.


Woman sarpanch in the dock for financial irregularities
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, October 31
A woman sarpanch of Nindana Tigri village in Meham sub-division, who was removed from the post nearly two months ago on the charge of having more than two kids, has allegedly embezzled an amount in several lakhs in connivance with some officials and employees of Panchayat Department.

According to information, the officiating sarpanch, along with some panches of the village panchayat, lodged a complaint with the Deputy Commissioner recently after inspecting the record concerned. The Deputy Commissioner handed over the probe to the District Panchayat Development Officer.

Misri Devi, sarpanch of Nindana Tigri village, allegedly made several financial irregularities during the last four years in connivance with the officials at block level.

It is learnt that several panches of the village panchayat had repeatedly complained against such irregularities to the authorities at block level, but no action was taken.

According to sources, several lakhs of rupees were released for the panchayat to carry out various development works under different schemes during the last four years. The then sarpanch, Misri Devi, allegedly withdrew the amount without completing the development works and marked the completion of these works in the measurement book.

In another case of embezzlement, Misri Devi allegedly got registered the sanding work on a kuttcha road from Nindana Tigri to Farmana villages in the measurement book of village panchayat, while the work was carried out by Zila Parishad about a year ago. An amount of Rs 1.21 lakh for this work was estimated. Similarly, a street in the village was constructed only in the papers and an amount of Rs 38,000 was taken out by the sarpanch. Some villagers had got dug a village pond by collecting donations from the villagers, while the erring sarpanch Misri Devi took out a sum of Rs 22,400, which was released by District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) under the Sampurna Gramin Rojgar Yojna.

It is learnt that the panches had repeatedly complained to the Block Development Officer, Meham, but in vain. Mr Vazir Singh, after taking over as sarpanch, detected the misappropriation, amounting to Rs 1.82 lakh after examining the government records and reported the matter to the Deputy Commissioner.


Residents to petition CM on theft cases
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 31
Enraged over the indifferent attitude of the police in taking preventive measures against the repeated incidents of thefts by the miscreants from Uttar Pradesh in Bega village near Yamuna, the residents have decided to meet the Chief Minister for redressal of their grievances.

Number of villagers who have come to the police chawki on the G T Road near Gannaur with their demand for setting up a police post in and around the village. As the water in the river Yamuna was very less and the miscreants from the UP villages - Mandi, Kakor, Kutana, Badar Khan and Chhaproli, easily cross Yamuna on foot and easily escape after committing thefts in the village and tubewell huts in the fields. “The miscreants come armed with weapons creating a terror among the villagers,” the villagers remarked.

Akhtar, Irshad and Chander Bhan stated that thousands of residents of Bega and other adjoining villages have become victims of the activities of the miscreants and despite several complaints with the police, no action has been taken by the police so far. Even the miscreants have been named in the complaints, but nothing has been done to cure the menace, they alleged.

According to villagers, the gangsters have stolen agriculture implements worth thousands of rupees from the fields of Krishan, Umar Singh, Mool Chand, Om Prakash and Itma of village Bega. Besides, they have also damaged the crops in several acres of area owned by Akhtar, Yunus, Ikbal, Rajpal, Chander Bhan and Irshad.

On the other hand, the police authorities claimed that the police patrolling has been continuing in the area and number of theft cases have also been traced and solved.

The villagers have also been suggested to introduce ‘Thikri Pehra’ in the villages.



ITI ad hoc instructors want to be absorbed
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 31
As many as 136 part-time instructors working in the government-run Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) of the state are waiting to be regularised.

These instructors had been appointed by a committee of the principals of ITIs on February 15, 1999, as guest or part-time faculty. An instructor on condition of anonymity said that although the High Court in response to their petition had provided a ‘status quo’ as the authorities wanted to end up these posts created initially for about five months. But it said that despite the workload and requirement of teaching faculty in these institutes, the state government had been deliberately delaying their confirmation. A spokesman of the ‘Sarva Karamchari Sangh’, Haryana, said that although a new policy of regularisation had been announced recently, but he said that there was no move yet to regularise hundreds of employees on various grounds. He said the new policy was of no use and it was only a part of political stunt. He said the part-time instructors of the ITI ought to be regularised as they had completed over four years of service and delaying their regularisation would only expose the “double standards” of the state government. The part time staff in various departments was unorganised and the government was taking an undue advantage, the spokesman said. Citing an example of the irregular staff of the power department, he said over 1,500 employees were still awaiting regularisation despite the fact that they had over 10 years of service.


Govt to reconstruct main bus stand
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, October 31
The state government has decided to re-construct the bus stand at the district headquarters, which is in dilapidated condition.

According to the General Manager, Roadways, Mr S. K. Katyal, the Roadways Department has finalised the plan by demolishing the old building here. An architect of the department has surveyed the bus stand site and work is expected to start soon.

The bus stand, which was built about 25 years ago, is in bed shape. Most of the facilities for the travellers are not available and the low-lying area submerged with water every time rains occurred, which added to the woes of the passengers.

However, with the numbers of bus and passengers increasing day by day, the old and small building of the bus stand was unable to adjust the growing needs. They are so many inadequacies in terms of minimum needs, like space for parking of buses on separate booths as per their routs, waiting room for the passengers, toilets and other required facilities for the roadways staff. Even the workshop of the bus stand is in scarcity of space for the buses arrived here for repair.

However, the GM said that in stead of building a new bus stand outside the town, which is being speculated by the resident, the existing one would be given a new shape. He assured that construction work would started soon after the other necessary formalities of clearance of the project and release of funds.


Murder over loan worked out, accused held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31
With the arrest of three persons, Daan Singh, Mahipal and Raj Kumar, the South district police today claimed to have worked out a murder case of a resident of Molar Bandh, whose body was recovered from Sarita Vihar area a few days back. The victim was identified as Rama Kant.

Police investigation led to the identification of Daan Singh as the prime suspect in the case. He was arrested from his house in Jaitpur.

His interrogation led to the arrest of other suspects. During the interrogation Daan Singh disclosed that he had taken a loan of Rs 30, 000 from the victim. He had killed Rama Kant as he was demanding his money back from him, the police said.

Birth anniversary

The NDMC celebrated the 129th birth anniversary of Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Patel Chowk this morning. Mr Ramesh Narayanaswami, Chairman of the NDMC, along with senior officers of the civic body paid floral tributes at the statue of Sardar Patel. Students of various schools of the NDMC sang patriotic songs on the occasion. Fruits were also distributed among the children.

Disruption in water supply

Filtered water supply will remain suspended on Saturday in the areas of Moti Bagh, R.K. Puram Sector 13, Netaji Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Laxmibai Nagar, West and East Kidwai Nagar, diplomatic areas, Vinay Nagar and adjoining areas due to repair works.

Supply will be available at low pressure the next day and the consumers are advised to keep the taps open for a while some time as supply may be muddy. During the period of non-supply of water, the consumers can demand for water tankers on telephone numbers 23360683 and 23743642.


25 students injured in group clash in Model Town
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 31
At least 25 students were injured in a clash between two rival groups in the Model Town area here last evening. According to a report, the clash followed a case of eve teasing by a student, reportedly belonging to Barwasni village.

The rival groups of ITI students belonged to Rathdhanna and Harswana villages. Lathis and other weapons were used freely in the clash, which lasted for more than half an hour. At least 50 students were involved in the cash. On receipt of information, the police officials arrived on the scene, but the students managed to escape from the spot.

Interestingly, no one dared to disclose the identities of the students involved in the clash. The injured students were treated in various private hospitals. No case has been registered so far.

Drive to check adulteration

The Health Department has intensified its campaign to check adulteration in foodstuffs in this city. According to a report, the officials of the department, headed by Dr Sita Ram and Food Inspector, Mr Surinder Punia, went round the city yesterday and seized as many as eight samples of milk, ghee, salt, tea and other food items from the shops situated in the areas of Ashok Nagar (kutche quarter), old DC road, Model Town and Gohana road. The seized samples were sent for laboratory tests.

The news of the raid spread like a wild fire and the shopkeepers kept their shutter down.

Disruption in bajra procurement

Resentment prevails among the farmers against the stoppage of bajra purchases by the official procurement agencies from the foodgrain markets of Sonepat, Gohana and Ganaur in this district.

Many farmers alleged that the officials of the Food and Supplies Department had failed to provide the reason for the stoppage of bajra purchases.

Meanwhile, Mr Dalip Singh, chairman of the Sonepat Market Committee, has assured the farmers that the bajra purchases would continue as usual in the Kharkhauda foodgrains market. The official procurement agencies, he maintained, would buy bajra marketed by the farmers in this market.

He also claimed that arrangements for the supply of gunny bags have already been made and there is no shortage of gunny bags in this market. He also stated that he would take up the matter of the stoppage of bajra purchases by the official procurement agencies from the foodgrain markets of Sonepat, Ganaur and Gohana with the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

Blood donation camp

At least 63 students donated blood voluntarily at a one-day blood donation camp organised by the District Red Cross Society here yesterday.

According to a report, Mr Anil Sharma, City Magistrate, inaugurated the camp. All the blood donors were honoured with gifts by the Lions Club of Sonepat.

The members of the Lions Club, including Mr Rajinder Goel, its president, were present on the occasion.

RI for issuing bogus tax receipt

The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate of Sonepat, Mr A. D. Gaur, sentenced Braham Dev, an official of the Sonepat Municipal Council to seven years rigorous imprisonment on the charge of issuing bogus tax receipt.

According to a report, Braham Dev was arrested in the courtroom and sent to the district jail yesterday. The case was pending since 1988 and the accused was suspended after the registration of the case. Braham Dev was due to retire in about five months.

Convention of trade unions

A one-day state-level convention of various trade unions will be held on November 9 at Karnal in protest against the ‘anti-people’, ‘anti-worker’ and ‘anti-farmer’ policies of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and the INLD government, headed by Mr Om Prakash Chautala in Haryana.


DMA seeks increase in health allocation
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31
To ensure that healthcare is available to the common man, the Delhi Medical Association, the biggest NGO comprising 1,000 qualified doctors, has demanded that the Union health budget be immediately raised and Indian Medical Service be established.

The Association has prepared a ‘Health Agenda’, which calls for an increase in health allocation to 10 per cent of GDP from two per cent at present. The DMA has sought the aid of all political parties and has asked for the inclusion of these demands in their election manifestos. The ‘Health Agenda’ includes the demand for the eradication of quacks, provision of quality healthcare and effective steps to tackle the menace of fake drugs sale.

The DMA has demanded that the government provide rent-free accommodation or interest-free loan to new graduate and young unemployed or under-employed doctors to set up their clinics or nursing homes in villages and resettlement colonies.

Sardar Patel remembered

Homage was paid to Sardar Patel, the Iron Man of India, at the Sardar Patel Public Senior Secondary School, Karwal Nagar, here today. The Member Parliament from the national Capital, Mr Lal Behari Tiwari, was the chief guest at the function. Addressing the students, he called Sardar Patel a great freedom fighter and a nationalist, and highlighted his great service to the nation.

Also present on the occasion were Vice- Chairperson of the Labour Advisory Board, Mr. Vijendra Khari, historian Khursheed Bhati and Ram Pal Karhana. A cultural programme was also put up by the students on the occasion.


Anti-encroachment drive in Rewari
Our Correspondents

Rewari, October 31
The demolition squad of the Municipal Corporation was pressed into service to remove encroachments in the markets here today. The demolition squad, accompanied by senior officials of the Municipal Corporation, conducted the operation under orders of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) as well as the City Magistrate.

A heavy contingent of police force, headed by Mr Jag Pravesh Dhaiya, DSP, Rewari, provided protective assistance to the squad. The demolition started from Moti Chowk, where encroachments by shops, hotels and restaurants were removed. The subdued shopkeepers seemed to be in a state of helplessness and despair.

However, when the demolition squad moved to the Dharuhera Chowk, Congress legislator Capt. Ajay Singh Yadav, along with his supporters and irate shopkeepers, protested against such abrupt removal of encroachments. He said that the shopkeepers ought to have been given some advance notice before launching the demolition operations. Later, the officials suspended the operation, allowing the shopkeepers to voluntarily remove the encroachments by Monday.

Development works reviewed

Jhajjar: The Finance Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Mrs Asha Sharma, directed the district officials to make coordinated efforts to raise the standard of education in the district.

The Finance Commissioner held a meeting of the district official at PWD Rest House here recently to review the development activities here. She expressed concern over the low rate of literacy, especially among women. She stressed the need to improve the situation by making special efforts and to impart quality education to the students.

Mrs Sharma also asked the local bodies, Panchayat Samities and Zila Parishads to cooperate in the repair works of damaged school building in the villages.

She directed the district official to speed up the various development projects in the district.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mohinder Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Mr H. S. Doon, SDM Jhajjar, Pankaj Aggarwal, SDM Bahadurgarh Sultan Singh and Special Collector Rajpal Singh were also present in the meeting.

Inauguration of Baba Jagannath Udyan

Rohtak: The Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr B K Roy, would inaugurate Baba Jagannath Udyan, located at the samadhi of Baba Jagannath at Lohari Jatu village on November 1.

Giving this information, Mr K. C. Sharma, Finance Commissioner, said Justice V. K. Bali of Punjab and Haryana High Court, would preside over the function and Justice Amar Datta of Punjab and Haryana High Court would be the special invitee.

Mr Sharma said the samadhi of Baba Jagannath was a secular ‘siddhapeeth’, where devotees of all religion offered prayers.

MDUTA elections

Dr Vazir Nehra of the Department of Commerce, University College, was elected unopposed as the president of Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers’ Association (MDUTA) today. The Returning Officer, Dr P. K. Garg, said today was the last day for the withdrawal of nominations for the various posts of MDUTA.

He said Dr Ajmer Singh Kajal from the Law Faculty of the university was unanimously elected secretary.


Katyal chosen president of Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha
Tribune News Service

Dr B. S. KatyalNew Delhi, October 31
The office bearers of the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, C-Block, Vikaspuri, have been appointed following the elections held on October 12.

The names of the new office bearers are: Dr B. S. Katyal- president; Narinderpal Singh- vice-president; Satvinder Singh Laadi- general- secretary; A S Chhatwal- joint-secretary and Ajit Singh- treasurer.


12 students hurt in mishap

Sonepat: At least 12 students, both boys and girls, were injured when a Maruti van carrying them dashed against a tree near Khanda village, about 20 km from here today.

According to a report, the driver and the helper of the Maruti van also sustained injuries and all of them were rushed to a private hospital at Kharkhauda town, where the condition of two students is stated to be serious. The remaining injured students were discharged after first aid. The driver of the three-wheeler tried to overtake the bus when it was hit by the Maruti van. OC


Speaking out


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Since I am a lecturer working in an affiliated college of MDU I read the front-page news with the headline “MDU VC suspends lecturer for `lese-majeste” (NCR Tribune dated October 18, 2003) with pain.

The Vice-Chancellor has suspended Mr Himmat Singh, Lecturer in Economics and a member of the Academic Council, because of his unbecoming behaviour during the discussion of the 52nd and 53rd items, which were the first and second items of the day.

After going through the news twice over, I could understand the unduly confident behaviour of this Academic Council member and the simultaneous mishandling of the situation on the part of the Presiding Officer-cum-Chairman of the Academic Council.

I would like to mention here that Indian universities have a three-tier system of authorities: 1) The Court (or Senate), ii) the Executive Council (or Syndicate) and iii) the Academic Council.

The Senate is a supreme governing body, which consists of members (academicians and non-academicians) representing different segments of the university and society. It usually consists of 100-150 members. It is presided over by the Chancellor. The meeting is held usually once in a year.

The Syndicate is a principal governing body. It consists of roughly 15-20 members (nominees of the Chancellor, ex-officio members eg Secretaries of Education and Finance of the State, Deans of Faculties, Professor, teachers of the university teaching departments, teachers of a college elected by the Senate, etc). In fact, the Senate is constitutionally the supreme governing body whereas the Syndicate is in reality the supreme governing body.

As its name suggests, the Academic Council is the council of academicians. The strength of members of this council varies from university to university. Normally, it consists of 100-150 members. The members are lecturers, Principals of government and non-government colleges, teachers (professors, readers and lecturers) of the university.

It is, in fact, a large body and therefore, for practical reasons it is not possible to have frequent

meetings of this council. Normally, this council meets twice a year. The MDU has held meetings of this council on October 9 and 18, 2003, respectively, and may conduct another meeting in this month or up to the end of the year.

Holding the meeting of this council consumes sufficient money of the university (public and students’ money) exchequer and precious time of the academicians.

Nevertheless, what happened in MDU is very unfortunate.

On the face of it, Mr Ratnoo seems to have crossed the limits of the decorum at the meeting. The Chairman too seems to have taken a hasty decision in postponing the meeting indefinitely. The Chairman, Academic Council, would have allowed him (Mr Ratnoo) to speak and the matter could have been addressed to the house to decide. Raising of hands by the members could have been done. The item could be approved, disapproved or deferred.

The Vice-Chancellor, Marathwada University, had dismissed the services of Controller of Examinations on the recommendation of a one-man inquiry commission. Appointing and dismissing powers of the officers of the university lies with the Executive Council. The Vice-Chancellor is the ex-officio Chairman of the Council.

The Controller of Examinations filed a petition in the high court of the state. The high court quashed the orders of termination of his services. The university went in appeal to the Supreme Court.

The apex court held that “Marathwada University Act provided the power of appointment and hence dismissal in the plural Executive Council because it wanted such administrative (appointment of staff) and quasi-judicial functions (dismissal of a staff) to be reposed in collective wisdom. In case of administrative function of appointment of a staff, the delegation is possible with general power of delegation. But a quasi-judicial function will require specific delegatory power because such a delegation distorts the power allocation, and such a function involves the individual’s right to seek justice from a body having exercised collective wisdom”.

It was an excellent opportunity for the Vice-Chancellor-cum-Chairman of the Academic Council to put the matter before collective wisdom. A collective decision would have been accepted by all, Mr Ratnoo, the Vice-Chancellor and all other concerned.

O. P. Wadhwa, Gohana, Sonepat

Finding one’s own source of peace a necessity

This is with reference to Mr M. P. K. Kutty’s article “Peace, the essence of the divine verses”, (NCR Tribune dated October 18).

It may seem almost useless to talk about peace when all around us we see a continued state of peacelessness. It is this state that forces on us the necessity of finding our own source of peace to draw upon. When we realise that the original nature of our soul is that of peace and that peace of mind comes only from within then why not combine these and so become the embodiment of peace.7

Many eminent writers, philosophers and religious leaders have written thus about peace:

* Be the magnet of peace, so that you can attract priceless souls.

* If man cannot find peace within himself, can there be peace in this world?

* The unbelieving man can have no peace, and how can there be happiness for one who lacks peace of mind?

* Peace is hard to find because it is under your nose.

* If we realise that wars are born in the minds of men, we should make greater efforts for peace of mind.

* To have the use of the eyes is a very special gift. Why not give love, peace and happiness to others through your eyes?

* The account of peace and happiness is credited when god is remembered, but debited when he is forgotten.”

O. P. Sharma, Faridabad

Success springs from calmness

Apropos of Principal Madhu Chandra’s write-up “The True Success Story” (NCR Tribune dated October 20), I wish to say that when there is faith and victory in mind success can be gained but if the thoughts are weak there is defeat. Success springs from calmness of mind. It is cold iron which cuts and bends hot iron. Determination, tenacity and honesty are essential for success.

To achieve success, we must analyse our behaviour and try to remove the causes of failure i.e. we should stop crying and start trying.

Some one has aptly said that success is not the result of chance or luck. No one has even fallen into success. It is not gained by tricks and schemes. It is the result of sticking to a problem until it is solved. It is the result of such a careful discharge of every duty that a clear conscience makes days happy and nights restful.

Ritu Sharma, Faridabad

Ram lives in our hearts

It is a matter of solace that nothing untoward happened on October 17, the proposed Sankalp Sammelan day organised by the VHP in Ayodhya. There are many other problems that our country is faced with, like overpopulation, unemployment, corruption, poverty, communalism and terrorism etc. Leaders of any organisation along with its followers should take such steps and start campaigns which can alleviate the pain faced by our countrymen owing to the said problems. Raising the Ram Mandir issue time and again only aggravates the problems. Ram or God lives in our hearts and not in mandirs built with bricks or stones. Ideally, religion should not divide but unite man and man. But in actual practice religion has caused a deep gulf between man and man due to misinterpretation and the chauvinistic attitude in the minds of the people of different religions. When the temple issue is sub judice, it should be abandoned and left to the judgement of the court.

Karan Singh Bawwa, Rewari

Unity of souls in a dream world

God, representing a compassionate function in Universe, has created various faces of human beings having different mien for recognition in their life. In spite of all these religious differences, we all share one basic and ubiquitous “soul”. Each one of us possesses a soul of tranquility, love and truth, given to us by god. The soul is one but is shared by all people of our universe. This unity of souls can be very well witnessed during times of festivity. In India, Divali is one of the most popular religious festivals, an icon of purity, extirpating all evil and radiating brightness of truth, peace and love.

Let’s rise above all differences, leaving no soul’ a cappella’, and radiate light from within our heart where God resides, a light of knowledge, benevolence, love, peace, purity and truth. Let’s not celebrate this festival just for the sake of traditions. Let’s meticulously make an endeavour by overcoming our weaknesses and thereby advocating “peace” as the only life-saving word. Everyday is a new day. We can brighten our hearts even in the midst of burning crackers, therewith burning out all evil thoughts from our mind and giving place to newer ones, ones possessing loads of optimism, love, peace, joie de vivre and complacency, thereby reverberating, “Together we can and we will resuscitate our dream world.”

Akanksha Chaudhary, Rohtak


FIA launches export bulletin
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 31
The Faridabad Industries Association (FIA) has come out with an export bulletin for the first time. The bulletin is a periodical and will be brought out after every three months.

The first bulletin covers about six topics besides the message from the president and chairman of the FIA respectively. It carries a profile of Kazakhstan, adding that since 1998, the economic conditions and environment the country had improved and offered good revenues of foreign trade. It is reported that Kazakhstan imports about 82 per cent of consumer goods and the main trading partners of that country include Russia, China, Korea, Turkey, UAE and India. It is stated that since Kazakistan required goods, including auto parts and accessories, electronics, foodstuff, furniture, houseware, leather goods, textiles and tea, but there was a problem of contacting the right supplier and knowledge of the local language. According to profile, the rate of GDP growth in Kazakhstan was about seven per cent and unemployment was about three per cent.

The ‘Export Forum’, set up by the FIA a few months ago, and which has started the bulletin also, had an interactive meeting with Union Joint Secretary (Textiles) Mr K. K. Jalan at FIA house recently. Mr Jalan offered financial assistance to FIA, in case the latter proposed to send a delegation of exporters abroad for looking new markets.

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