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CAS Ordinance may be Centre’s escape route
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 4
The Centre is considering promulgating an Ordinance scrapping the conditional access system (CAS) “in its present form” that would appease consumers and also not invite an adverse comment from the judiciary.
The Delhi High Court has given a direction that the CAS “experiment” be persisted with for three months after the Union Government decided to introduce the technology in four metros.

The ordinance will be a part of the exit strategy being worked out by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting after consumers gave CAS a thumbs down.

The ordinance could cite the “numerous problems” faced by consumers as mentioned in Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s letter to the Ministry yesterday.

Appended to the letter was a report prepared by Government of NCT of Delhi that lists the reservations by certain resident welfare associations of south Delhi where CAS was introduced on December 15.

The Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry is apparently consulting the Union Ministry of Law on legal aspects of the ordinance that is expected to be promulgated sometime next week.

The report, sent by the Government of NCT of Delhi to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, mentions that consumers were wary of adopting the CAS.

The report dwels on “confusion” and “uncertainty” about obsolescence of set-top box (STB) technology after introduction of better technologies like Direct-to-Home (DTH).

The non-transferability of STB on change of residence, after-sale service and the tariff for free-to-air channels and pay channels was also cited in the report.

The report wanted the Centre to come out with an advertisement policy for pay channels. “If any channel is put in the pay channel category, it should also have restrictions on advertisement time,” it said.

The option of promulgating an ordinance also followed meetings of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and VK Malhotra of the Bharatiya Janata Party with Prasad.

Malhotra is a Member of Lok Sabha from the South Delhi parliamentary constituency. His party has sought a review of CAS, so that consumers are not put to inconvenience.

After that meeting, Prasad had said CAS would be reviewed as he was anguished by the way cable operators and multi-service operators (MSOs) were “fleecing” consumers.

The government, he had said then, would “not remain a silent spectator in a situation of exploit and fleece” and a suitable decision would be taken to stop the harassment of consumers.



Sheila rewards Sikhs with heritage centre 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 4
The Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs. Sheila Dikshit, has rewarded the Capital’s Sikhs with a string of privileges, including the setting up of a heritage centre, for what she called their overwhelming support in the December Assembly elections.

Addressing Sikh entrepreneurs here last evening, Mrs Dikshit said her government would erect a memorial to the martyred ninth Guru, Teg Bahadur, in Delhi.’’Its foundation will be laid by next month. The government will begin construction as soon as the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) submits the design of the proposed memorial,’’ she told the Punjabi Industrial Society which felicitated her for her re-election as Chief Minister.

Mrs Dikshit also accepted a spot request for a Punjabi Heritage Centre, which she said would become a key attraction for tourists. ‘’Without Sikh support we could not have won so many seats both in the 1998 and 2003 elections. I also promise setting up of a chair after the tenth Guru, Gobind Singh, at the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University,’’ she said.

Besides, the Delhi government would mark the 400 years of compilation of the Guru Granth Sahib, the primary Sikh scripture, across the Capital, Mrs Dikshit added.

In his address, DSGMC president Prehlad Singh Chandok said Sikhs overwhelmingly supported the Congress because of their ‘’disenchantment’’ with the BJP. ‘’Almost 98 per cent Sikhs voted for the Congress in the December elections. This happened because the BJP had refused to accept the community as a minority,’’ Mr Chandok, a close associate of then President Giani Zail Singh, said.

He also praised the Congress for what he called its recognition of minority character of the Sikh community outside Punjab. Mr Chandok, whose election as DSGMC president in September last year ended the Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD)’s hold on Sikh religious affairs in the Capital, warned party leaders from Punjab against interference in the community matters in Delhi. The Sikh entrepreneurs also honoured Delhi’s new Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely.



Tenth Guru’s birth anniversary observed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 4
Celebrations marked the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh on Sunday. Shri Sukhmani Sahib and Nitnem were recited at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib followed by Asa-Di-Var with Shabad Kirtan by Hazoori Ragi Bhai Avtar Singh Gurcharan Singh.

Head Granthi Giani Hem Singh delivered Shabad Vichar, recounting the Sikh history and the life and achievements of Sarvansh Dani Sahib Guru Gobind Singh.

The Nagar Kirtan was taken out in the morning from Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, which was led by Nagara and followed by Panj Piaras and Guru Granth Sahib decorated in Palki Sahib. Office bearers and members of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) participated in the Nagar Kirtan.

Also participating were the students from all the branches of Guru Harkrishan Public School and other Khalsa-aided schools.

The procession passed through Pandit Pant Marg, Ashok Road, Parliament Street, Connaught Circus, Regal Building, Panchkuian Road, Kalawati Hospital, Gole Market before terminating at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib in the evening.

On the occasion, DSGMC President Prehlad Singh Chandok exhorted the devotees present at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib to follow the teachings of Sikh Guru Sahiban.



Three generations dedicated to dance 
and a surprise guest
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 4
It was an evening of emotions, movements, expressions, appreciation and dance at the Alfa Laval Corporate get-together, which was held the Kamal Mahal Hall of Hotel Maurya Sheraton yesterday.

Three generations of the legendary Sarabhai family presented their dance ballet, `Two lives in dance & two more’ with Mrinalini and Mallika Sarabhai’s extraordinary performance along with that of Mallika’s children, Revanta and Anahita.

The surprise guest of the evening was President APJ Abdul Kalam. He sat throughout the presentation and gave a standing ovation to the performers. Along with the president, the audience clapped and cheered the Sarabhais not only for the presentation but also for contributing to Indian classical dancing and culture.

The dance ballet was based on the story of the three generations, down the years, and their fight to keep alive the spirit of dance. The President and the audience felt nostalgic when Mrinalini Sarabhai (wife of the late Mr Vikram Sarabhai) performed on stage and recounted how she took up dancing. It was an evening to cheer and feel blessed with talents like Anahita and Revanta. Both the children of Mallika have kept the flag flying high and given a continuity to the legacy of the Sarabhais.

The party was well attended by top corporates, ambassadors and VIPs from diverse fields. Singing exponent Shubha Mudgal, Bollywood star Suresh Oberoi, young politician Alka Lamba and the Swedish Ambassador were some of the guests at the party.

The party witnessed the leading stars of the corporate cosmos swinging to the hot and happening music belted out by the DJ. The number of guests swelled as the evening proceeded over wine and cheese. Mr Satish Tandon, MD Alfa Laval, was very enthusiastic about the success of the show. He thanked all his corporate counterparts for attending the party and making it an eventful evening.



Scribe’s husband claims Rs 1.5 cr in damages 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 4
The husband of deceased Amar Ujala journalist, Mrs. Kanchana, who died here after a road accident in September last, has filed a Rs 1.5 crore compensation claim in a city court against the driver and owner of a car that allegedly caused the mishap.

Taking cognizance of the petition filed by Avadesh Kumar, the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal has issued notices to Joginder Singh, who was allegedly driving the Santro car and its owner Gurcharan Singh.

Both are residents of Jangpura in South Delhi.

Mrs. Kanchana was reportedly hit by a Santro car on September 26, 2003, while crossing the road on foot near Pragati Maidan, where she had gone to file her income-tax return. A day later, she succumbed to her injuries at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. She was more than six months pregnant at the time of death.

The petition, filed through counsel Anurag Kasana, claimed that Kanchana was an “extraordinary young journalist with a flourishing career” and that Kumar had become handicapped without her. She had become pregnant 13 years after their marriage, he said and grieved that she could not deliver the baby. Kumar prayed to the court for an award of Rs 1.5 crore along with interest, considering the irreparable loss caused.



Max temp still six degrees below normal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 4
Delhiites today received no respite from severe cold wave conditions as the minimum temperature plummeted by 1.2 degrees to 5.0 degree Celsius with cold winds contributing to the chill. The sun came out by forenoon, but its effect was curtailed by the chilly winds. The minimum temperature was two degrees below normal while the maximum temperature recorded at 15.9 degrees was about six degrees below normal, Met office sources said. Though not much change in temperature is expected during the next few days, a partly cloudy sky is predicted for tomorrow, the weather office said.

Budhajayanti park still not safe for couples

New Delhi: The police are hunting for two unidentified youths and their associates who reportedly molested two girls, who had came to Budhajayanti Garden along with their boy friends.

The victims and their friends, Manoj and Chandra Ballabh, were in the reserved forest area when they lost their way. They met two youths who demanded Rs 50 to help them find their way out of the jungle, the police sources said.

On the way the other associates of the suspects joined them and forced the girls to accompany them. Manoj and Chandra resisted, but they were overpowered.

After they stepped out of the jungle, Chandra made a call to a PCR with the help of a passer-by. The police immediately cordoned of the area and combed it, but the youths were not to be found.

The girls have now returned to their residence in Gurgaon. According to one of them, she was molested by the youths. However, she freed herself from the clutches of her captors and reached Gurgaon.

A case of molestation has been registered and is being investigated, the sources said. TNS



Short shrift
LG presides over transport dept meeting, minister not invited 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 4
A number of decisions pertaining to the Department of Transport were taken on Sunday at a “high-level review meeting” of officials drawn from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). Only the minister concerned was not present. Lieutenant Governor Vijai Kapoor chaired the meeting.

When contacted, Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf said he had neither been invited nor informed. “I have no knowledge about such a meeting,” he told this newspaper. “This has not happened before,” he added in response to queries about his being kept in the dark and the ‘interference’ of Raj Nivas in the affairs of the Government of NCT of Delhi.

It was decided in the meeting that the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will re-deploy the buses plying on the Shahdara – Tis Hazari – Trinagar route in areas hitherto not connected by public transport to ensure optimum utilisation of the Metro. Also, more buses would be pressed into service to fetch commuters to the Trinagar Metro Station.

The meeting was called ostensibly to optimise public transport in the Capital by achieving better integration of the Metro with the road transport network. Accordingly, the Lieutenant Governor asked the officials to draw up a plan to fully utilise the Metro by weaning away commuters from time-consuming road transport to the clean and efficient Metro.

The Lieutenant Governor also asked the officials present to avoid the duplication and wastage of resources involved in having bus routes parallel to the 12.8-km-long Shahdara – Tis Hazari – Trinagar corridor of the Metro. He also stressed the need for augmenting bus connectivity to the Trinagar Metro station.

This was not the first instance when the Lieutenant Governor summoned the officials concerned. On an earlier occasion, on the directions of the Lieutenant Governor, both DMRC and DTC had jointly identified 20 bus routes along the operational Metro track which have since been modified to suit the needs of the Metro.



Special Focus on SONEPAT
Fair price shop owners’ unfair practices
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 4
Non-supply of rationed commodities particularly, levy sugar, kerosene, wheat and flour to a large number of families living below the poverty line (BPL) by certain depot holders has caused widespread resentment among the holders of yellow, pink and other categories of ration cards in this city and elsewhere in the district.

Many consumers alleged that the bulk quantity of the rationed commodities supplied to nearly 341 fair price shops in the urban and rural areas of the district finds its way into the black market instead of reaching the poor and downtrodden families for which it is meant.

It is estimated that around 25 per cent of the ration cards in the district are bogus while another 20 to 25 per cent card holders do not draw their rations regularly. Thus, the supplies of rationed commodities for about 60 per cent ration cards are at the disposal of the fair price shops owners who sell them off in the open market at high profit.

Thanks to the nexus between unscrupulous ration shop owners and corrupt officials of the department concerned, the massive racket in the Sonepat’s Public Distribution System (PDS) is flourishing while the poor keep making endless trips to the ration shops only to be often turned away on some pretext or the other.

Some of ration card holders also complain that most of the depot holders keep the commodities stored in their godowns and sell them at profit in the market. They have time and again made complaints to the authorities but no action has yet been taken against the erring depot holders.

It is also alleged that periodical artificial shortages, created by the diversion of ration items lead to the harassment of the masses.

It is common knowledge of the authorities that whenever the prices of rationed items go up in the open market, most of the depot holders divert them for sale in the black market in connivance with certain officials.

The state government and the district administration have failed to evolve any formidable system of enforcement which could ensure that the subsidised ration supply reaches the people for whom it is meant.

Another problem plaguing the Public Distribution System of this district is the large number of bogus ration cards that are in circulation but the authorities go on issuing new cards. The beneficiaries of the bogus ration cards are the owners of the fair price shops who sell off in the open market the bulk quantity of rationed commodities which are not drawn by the BPL families.

While the department concerned is plagued with malpractices, the higher authorities do not bother to conduct the raids on the depots functioning in the urban and rural areas of the district.

Kerosene is perhaps the most thriving racket. The bulk quantity of the kerosene is being sold to the halwais and commercial establishments in the black by most of the depot holders and surprise raids on the halwais and other commercial establishments are likely to expose the scandalous working of the department and misdeeds of the officials as well as owners of the fair price shops.

It is also alleged that the whole system of the fair price shops is based on the motive of blackmarketing. The modus operandi of the fair price shop owners is to earn profit from the subsidised ration items which they can sell off at the market rates. The amount thus earned by distributing supplies of the commodities at the fair rice shops is too meagre to attract them.



Louis Braille’s birth anniversary celebrated
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 4
The All India Confederation of the Blind today celebrated 195 birth anniversary of Louis Braille, the inventor of the uncontested system of reading and writing for the blind. The function was attended by more than 500 people.

Mr Rami Rabbi, Assistant Information Officer, American Embassy was the chief guest.

While paying homage to the inventor, Mr J. L. Kaul, Secretary General of the Confederation, said that Louis Braille made the written words accessible to the blind and the system this benefactor had created was magical by virtue of the fluency with which the blind person is able to move his or her fingers on the Braille Line.

He further said that the education of the blind could only be promoted through providing Braille Text Books promptly to blind students and stressed that it was the responsibility of the national and state governments to take necessary steps towards this end, which they are not fulfilling. This could be achieved if the government agencies like National Book Trust, Children Book Trust and the NCERT took a policy decision to make available to the blind students Braille Textbook.

He regretted the indifferent attitude of the various government agencies and appealed to the government to take immediate steps to remedy the solution.

On this occasion, the Braille editions of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s “Meri Ikyavan Kavitaen” together with his embossed photograph as well as “Louis Braille Kaa Vyaktitva Aur Krititva” by Dr V.P. Verma were released.

Aids and appliances were distributed amongst the needy blind persons and quarterly pensions to the tune of Rs 1,200 were also given away to elderly blind persons by courtesy of the Helpage India.



Sarpanch arrested for misappropriating wheat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 4
The sarpanch of Larsauli village, Mr Lehna Singh, was arrested by the Murthal police near Bhigan village, about 10 km from here last evening for misappropriating wheat meant for ‘Food for Work Programme’.

He was arrested while transferring 30 quintals of wheat in a tractor-trolley to the Sonepat foodgrains market for sale.

According to a report, the police have registered the case under the various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and further investigations were in progress.

It is stated that the Station House Officer, Mr Ishwar Singh, received a secret information about the transfer of wheat meant for the ‘Food for Work Programme’ to the foodgrains market by the sarpanch. He organised a `nakabandi’ to apprehend him.

When the tractor trolley loaded with wheat passed through the area of the nakabandi, it was impounded and the sarpanch was taken into custody.

Case registered against liquor vend: The Rai police have registered a case against the owner of a liquor vend on the complaint of a woman of Khewra village for selling sub-standard liquor and causing the death of her husband on Friday evening.

According to a report, the police are still investigating into the case and no arrest had been made in this connection so far.

It is stated that Mr Satyavan, a resident of Khewra village, was an alcoholic. On Friday evening, he fell down in the street after consuming liquor. The residents informed his parents about his condition and was later, rushed to the local civil hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

According to another report, the police have arrested one Phool Kunwar, a resident of Ahulana village, under the Excise Act and recovered 15 bottles of country-made liquor from his possession. The police have registered a case against him.

Prisoner held: The Baroda police have arrested a prisoner, Vijay alias Kal, who had escaped from the Hisar Jail on December 28,2003. According to a report, the culprit belonged to Chhichhrana village in this district and had come to his house from where he was arrested by the police after receiving a secret information.

According to another report, Mr Mange Ram, a resident of Pinana village was run over and killed near Gohana Railway Station, about 35 km from here yesterday. The GRP has sent the body for the postmortem examination.

Building Inaugurated: Mr Ved Singh Malik, a former Haryana Minister, inaugurated a building of a veterinary hospital, a chaupal and two rooms of a government school at Udesipur village, about 20 km from here yesterday.

Theft: Thieves are reported to have entered a store of an iron merchant at Ganaur town, 16 km from here last night, and escaped with goods worth several thousands of rupees from it.

Agitation threatened: The Haryana Private School Sanchalak Association has threatened to launch a statewide agitation if the state government failed to liberalise the rules and regulations of ‘Shikhsha Niyamawali, 2003’ immediately.

According to a report, a decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the association held here yesterday.

Representatives of the privately managed schools from all districts in the state took part in this meeting.

The meeting urged the state government not to closedown schools, which were unable to fulfil all the rules and regulations at present.

If such schools were ready to fulfil the conditions set by the government they should be granted temporary recognition. 



delhi digest 
Food and hospitality exhibition from Jan 7
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 4
The International Food, Drink & Hospitality Exhibition (IFDE India 2004) will be held from January 7 to 9 at Pragati Maidan here. Hindustan Lever Limited, L T Overseas, Cadbury, Kellogg, Rasna, Venkys Food, M D H, Dhampur Sugar Mills (Mawana),Nathu’s and Bikanerwala, etc are just a few names to reckon with. With over 60 Indian and foreign companies participating, IFDE 2004 will bring forth an array of food products, beverages and latest machinery in the food sector.

Spread over an area of 1500 sq mts, the exhibition would include various categories of food-both raw and processed,

beverages-both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, as well as the equipment industry.

Among the major attractions of IFDE India 2004 will be the ‘Spirit Club’ which comprises national and international alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage companies promoting their products among the visitors and offering them samples to test the beverages. Ensuring that this show continues to reflect the market it serves, live demonstrations highlighting new products from the show and sector specific tasting of products are sure to be the hub of the activities. Concurrent with the exhibition, seminars and

conferences highlighting the most topical subjects facing the industry have been lined up concurrently to create public awareness about the products and encourage food aficionados to take a perfect rip down to the gourmet lane.

Khurana felicitated: The Central Arya Youth Council today felicitated the former Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr Madan Lal Khurana on being appointed as the Governor of Rajasthan. The function was presided over by the leader of the Youth Arya Council, Mr Ravinder Mehta. Thanking the members of the council, Mr Khurana said that he had been serving the Delhiites for the last 40 years. “Now the party high command had appointed me as Governor of Rajasthan. I will carry out my duty with full responsibilities,” he said.

He said, “I am grateful to the citizens of the Capital who had supported me over the years. I won the Assembly election with heavy margin this time also. I am indebted to them. If I get a chance, I will work for them again,” he said.

The function was attended by leaders of the Arya community including Baljit Singh, Aditya, Dr J.P. Gupta, Arya Mitrabajaj, Captain Ashok Gulati, Vikas Gogia, Ved Prakash, Om Prakash Mahendru, Shankar Dev Arya and Anivash Arya.

The organiser of the function, Mr Anil Arya, assured that the Arya community would always support Mr Khurana in all his activities. 



sonepat briefs 
Good response to anti-polio campaign
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 4
A large number of children up to 5 years were administered anti-polio drops by the employees of the Health Department and the volunteers of various social and voluntary organisations at different booths created specially for the purpose in this city and other parts of the district.

According to a report, there was a tremendous response to the immunisation programme. People lined up braving the biting cold before the medical centres and make shifts units since morning to get their children immunised. Launching the campaign, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, said that special emphasis would be on the areas with low routine coverage, urban slums, areas having confirmed polio cases and areas having large influx of migrant population this year.

For covering the children in these areas, mobile teams had been pressed into service and supervision of these areas had also been strengthened.

Employees of the Health Department would go from house to house in the afternoon to find out whether the polio drops had been given to all the children below five years.

Trains delayed: A number of trains ran behind schedule on the Delhi-Ambala-Kalka (DuK) section of the Northern Railway today on account of dense fog and cold wave sweeping the region for the past two weeks The Delhi-bound Jammu mail ran behind schedule for more than two hours. All other trains also passed through Sonepat behind schedule thereby stranding thousands of passengers at Sonepat and nearby railway stations. The passengers had tough time waiting for the delayed trains in the biting cold. The poor visibility and thick blanket of fog were the main reason for the late running of the trains. Two long distance trains were cancelled at the eleventh hour, which caused inconvenience to the passengers.

Traffic on the National highway No 1 and other state highways also remained disrupted for several hours. Vehicles plied at slow speed and the drivers used headlights in the thick morning fog. The District Magistrate of Sonepat, Mr Balwan Singh, promulgated prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC and closed down all schools till January 10 throughout the district on account of continuing cold and chilly weather conditions.



Dacoity at petrol pump foiled 
Tribune New Service

New Delhi, January 4
With the arrest of five suspects, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police today claimed to have foiled a dacoity at a petrol pump in North-East district. The suspects were arrested from near Bhairon Temple in Kalkaji.

The suspects were identified as Ajay, Shahid, Shafik, Sameer and Amin. The police arrested them while they were planning a dacoity at a petrol pump near Bhairon Temple.

The police had information that Ajai, a notorious robber, was active in South Delhi. A special team was constituted to arrest him and the members of his gang.

The arrested criminals had fixed a meeting in the MCD park near Bhairon Temple. The police team was strategically posted and managed to arrest them after a brief chase.

A country-made pistol and two live cartridges were recovered from Ajai’s possession. Shafik and Sameer were carrying knives.

During interrogation they disclosed that they had assembled there with an intention to commit dacoity at a petrol pump. The arrested suspects have previous records of criminal activities. They were also involved in committing robbery in running buses, the police said.



This chemical-free traditional sweetener also has medicinal value 

Dhampur Sugar Mills has introduced branded pure, natural and chemical-free Gur in the market. Made from fully mature and select varieties of sugarcane, Dhampure Gur is packed through an automatic pack and seal plant at the site of manufacture without any manual handling. Hence, it is cleaner and healthier with its original taste, flavour, colour and purity.

Apart from being a traditional sweetener, Gur also has medicinal value as it contains the goodness of minerals and vitamins inherently present in sugarcane.

Airtight Tea Containers: Godrej’s two tea brands, ‘Godrej Noble House’ and ‘Godrej Chai House’ takes a giant leap in value added packaging in the tea industry with the launch of their new unbreakable ‘airtight containers.’

This innovative packaging, which is the first of its kind in packaged tea, helps retain the aroma and freshness of tea for a longer period. Unlike ordinary packaging, which is thrown away after use – these new environmentally friendly containers give the consumers an opportunity to create an interesting and colorful collection of “airtight containers,” for their kitchen.

Wet look styling gel: Brylcreem, a Sara Lee household and body care brand has introduced its popular ‘Wet Look Hairstyling Gel,’ in a new handy 15 grams tube. The new tube will now be available, making it both affordable and convenient to carry.

The Brylcreem range of products include ‘Wet Look’ styling gel for a sleek wet shine, ‘Ultra Strong’ styling gel for a very firm hold, ‘Protein Plus’ hair creams and ‘Dandruff Control’ creams and gels with climbazole, which fights dandruff.

Destination for taste hunters: Piante, an exclusive store for mouth-watering variety of pickle, chutney and murabba, is a favourite destination for the taste hunters and quality seekers. After their success in the Shalimar Bagh area, Piante has launched another outlet in the Rajouri Garden area main market.

The manager of Piante, Mr Manish, says “At Piante we have completely replicated the old traditional flavours and have given our customers the taste of home made achaar, murabbas and chutnies.”

For a wrinkle-free skin: Elizabeth Arden has launched its highly successful and world-renowned ‘Ceramide Plump Perfect Moisture Cream’. “Elizabeth Arden’s ‘Ceramide Plump Perfect Moisture Cream SPF 30’ delivers a potent and effective cosmetic alternative based on the superior based on the superior Ceramide technology wherein the skin looks wrinkle-free and is always glowing,” said Tony Vargas.

Cholesterol free ghee: Le Bon, has introduced ‘Healthier Ghee’–with 80 per cent cholesterol removed. Le Bon ‘Healthier Ghee’ is made from pure cow milk and has all the goodness of traditional ghee intact–the nutrition, flavour and the rich taste. Le Bon is manufactured by SA, Corman, Belgium, the No 1 concentrated dairy-fat company. The company uses a natural process called ‘decholesterolization,’ which removes cholesterol from butter and ghee without using chemicals or altering taste and preserves its culinary qualities.

Cooktops: Sunflame, the kitchen appliances brand, has introduced the ‘Euro’ and ‘Astra’ range. Highly ‘Space-Friendly,’ these stylish ranges of newly introduced Sunflame cooktops, are aesthetically contoured and come with imported triple ring burners, which ensure uniform heating and faster cooking.

Spectra, Euro and Astra, Sunflames three variants of the premium range of cooktops have spring-loaded tempered glass top for extra safety. Flawless in performance, Spectra cooktops are ISI marked and have detachable drip trays that collect any spillage while cooking.

Dil Se Dil Milao Offer: Samsung India Electronics has launched a special ‘Dil Se Dil Milao Offer,’ to promote the sale of its washing machines in the winter months. Mr R. Zutshi, director, Sales, said, “In the second half of 2003, we had strengthened our washing machine product lineup as well as launched a new ‘Tumse Hai Zindagi,’ advertising campaign directed at the key target group for this product category namely, women. Now with this promotion, we are seeking to add to the excitement around this product category, especially during the high selling winter period.” This promotion commences on an All India basis from January 5.

Digital inverters: Xe-Bec Electronics, manufacturers of ‘Xe-Bec Digital’ inverters, launched the new range of digital inverters with unique features. This ISO 9001 company’s new range come in attractive colours like black, grey and white.

With their “No Tension, No Fikar,” concept, Xe-Bec digital inverters promises to be the best option during those electricity scarcity days.

Range of pepper sauces: Tabasco, the original South Louisiana pepper sauce, has launched their hot and spicy range of pepper sauces at Mumbai. Getting rid of bland and boring food since 1868, Tabasco, the fiery condiment, has already set the heat on in Indian homes.

In addition to the red and the green pepper sauce, three newer Tabasco sauces, ‘Garlic’ pepper sauce, ‘Chipotle’ pepper sauce and ‘Habanero’ pepper sauce are going to be marketed in India.

LPG-based products: Padmini Appliances, the kitchen and home appliances has launched its new range of ‘Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG)’ based products, including room heaters and water heaters suited to Indian weather and power cut conditions.

The new gas-based room heaters chimney has been developed to provide immediate heating using the kitchen gas cylinder. It is fitted with wheels and slot for gas cylinder to make it potable without wires or pipes. It has a multi-spark battery operated ignition switch.

For music lovers: Casio India has launched an array of musical instruments for music lovers. The new range includes WK-3500, WK-3000 and CTK-691 models. This range has a host of unmatched features and new enhancements, which makes better than before by using the ZPI sound source, thereby providing professional sounds for all keyboard effects. These models are ideal instruments for musicians interested in creating their own music as they are equipped with a unique internet data expansion system, which makes it possible to download tone waveforms from the Internet.

Tracksuits for winters: Duke Fashions is now offering a wide range of tracksuits, jogging suits and lowers. Besides jogging and running purposes, these suits and lowers can also be used at home.

Made from finest fabrics like PC fleece, micro, nylon, polyster and pure cotton, the material is a perfect shield from shivering cold by maintaining body temperature at the required level.


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