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Sheila dumps NCERT books, pupils stumped
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
What the Delhi Government sees as immediate steps to ‘de-saffronise’ education may well turn out to be an ordeal for the students, with the government having announced its intention to implement the new textbooks from this academic session itself.

The Delhi Government today announced to replace the ‘distorted’ curriculum of NCERT with that of State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) in the government-run schools of the Capital.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who met Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh to apprise him of the changed curriculum, said the new textbooks will be introduced from this session and applicable up to VIII standard.

However, standard IX and above, for which examinations are held on an all-India level, will continue to have NCERT books to avert disharmony in syllabus, she said.

“Over the years, distortion of facts had occurred in textbooks and education was being tilted towards a particular ideology, affecting the secular ethos of the country,” Ms Dikshit told reporters citing the cause behind the move to shift.

On the books being introduced, the Chief Minister said these were “strong on facts of history, reinforcing secular ethos of the country” and “nothing had been done to distort history”.

The decision to introduce this curriculum was taken a year ago, she said, adding the go-ahead was given after ‘good feedback’ from experts and students.

She hoped that with the Congress-led government taking over, ‘distortions’ in the higher education would also be done away with.

Mr Singh, while hailing Dikshit for the step, said these books were good and could be used by NCERT also.

He said he would make a suggestion in this regard during his forthcoming meeting with the NCERT officials.

“My work has become easy. These books are attractive and their content is good,” said Mr Singh, who reiterated his ministry’s plan to remove the ‘distortions’ in the textbooks.

The new SCERT books will be taught in the city’s government schools, but the private schools will have the option of choosing between SCERT and NCERT books. Mr Singh said his ministry would soon take a decision on removing ‘distortions’ in school textbooks in the ‘interest of the students’ and to present the ‘real India’ before them.

What remains to be seen is the impact of the implementation of the new books on students and teachers. With the academic session having already begun, the change in syllabi midway will certainly throw up a few challenges.

Brick kiln owner murdered

Ghaziabad: About a dozen masked gangsters under Mussori police station raided a brick kiln, killed the owner and indulged in loot and assault, last night. The dacoity has created panic in the area.

Later, the criminals herded labourers, including women, to a nearby school building where they were all thrashed with hockey sticks and ‘saryas’ and locked in a room. The raiders had allegedly harassed women workers also.


Naqvi throws SAD man out of meeting
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which has been extending unconditional support to the BJP for over two decades, has alleged that BJP general secretary Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi humiliated their representative by telling him to ‘get out’ of a meeting called to discuss the BJP’s performance in the Lok Sabha election.

“Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary Onkar Singh Thapar, also the MCD’s Deputy Leader of Opposition, was denied opportunity to express his views on the BJP’s electoral debacle in Delhi and when he wished to speak at the meeting, Mr Naqvi told him to get out,” SAD Delhi president Avtar Singh Hit told a news conference.

Mr Hit, a close lieutenant of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, said the Akalis would meet with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Deputy Prime Minister L.K Advani and BJP president Venkaiah Naidu to lodge their protest against Mr Naqvi.

SAD secretary general Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who looks after the party affairs in the Capital, has already been informed of Monday’s incident and so will be Mr Badal soon, he added.

In a virtual acceptance of Opposition criticism against the SAD, Mr Hit acknowledged that the Akalis were allowing themselves to be used by the BJP for votes. “We have been supporting the BJP without any conditions since 1984. But the episode involving Mr Naqvi proved that the BJP leaders have been using us only for votes.”

He said the alleged insult of Mr Thapar amounted to an affront to the Sikh Panth (community). “Mr Naqvi should either seek apology from the Sikh Panth for his action or quit his post,” he said.

In the recent general elections, Mr Badal campaigned for the BJP in Delhi and addressed a public meeting organised by Mr Thapar himself at Shiv Nagar in support of BJP candidate Vijay Kumar Malhotra, the only winner from the party in the Capital.



Lover hanged by girl’s family

Noida: The parents of a young girl tried to hang her lover here recently. As they were committing the brutal act, someone informed the police. So, they developed cold feet and fled from the spot. The police rushed the youth to a hospital in a serious condition. Sanjeev, son of Jay Prakash of Sector-22, was having an affair with a girl in Sector-12. The girl’s family had warned Sanjeev to desist from meeting their daughter. However, Sanjeev ignored their pleas and went to see his beloved on Tuesday.

The girl’s family reportedly caught them in a compromising position. They beat up Sanjeev and then took him to their house and hanged him from a noose. At this point, someone knocked. Thinking that it was police, the family panicked and fled. Sanjeev was able to free himself from the noose around his neck. The young man was taken to hospital by the police. He is still being treated in the ICU. — OC


Five children of family go missing
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, May 27
Five children of a family in Vijay Nagar Colony, Ghaziabad, have been missing in a mysterious manner and it is after nine days of the incident that the police have registered the case.

Geeta, mother of the missing children, is shattered. Her husband, Herralal of Gopal Ganj in Bihar, was a truck driver. He died in an accident 12 years ago. Geeta had two daughters, Saroj and Manoj.

Later, she married Shiv Kumar, younger brother of her husband and gave birth to three children, Shalu, Babli and Deepak.

Geeta who lives in House No. 1125 in Vijay Nagar said, all the children were playing in the house on May 5.

At about 6 pm that day, her two daughters Manoj, 12, and Saroj, 6, had gone to take bath on the ground floor. When they did not return for quite sometime, Geeta went down to check and found that they were not there.

Shiv Kumar informed the Vijay Nagar police. However, there was another hard knock for the couple after a couple of days.

On May 10, Geeta and Shiv Kumar went out of the house, leaving their three children Babli, 9, Shalu, 2, and Deepak, 4, at home.

When they came back at 3 pm, they found them missing. Shocked, they rushed to the Vijay Nagar police station, but the police were not of any help.

The missing report of five children was registered nine days after their disappearance. 


Prostitution racket kingpin held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
Satbir Singh, alias Professor, main accused in the Karol Bagh prostitution racket involving foreign women, surrendered before a Delhi court today. He surrendered after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the Delhi High Court. He has been remanded in police custody for seven days.

The Metropolitan Magistrate, Mr A K Gauhar, remanded 55-year-old Singh in police custody to facilitate custodial interrogation, ‘’keeping in view the serious nature of the offence’’.

Earlier, pointing to the need for custodial interrogation, Chief Prosecutor T. N. Puri submitted that intensive questioning of the accused was necessary to find out his modus operandi. Mr Puri further said that the police would also look into other activities of the accused. On the defence plea that Singh was willing to cooperate in the investigation, Mr Puri pointed out that while rejecting his anticipatory bail pleas by the accused, the sessions court and the High Court had also stressed that ‘’custodial interrogation’’ was necessary.

Allowing the remand application, the court directed the police to get the accused medically examined after every 48 hours.

The police had named Singh in the FIR registered on April 1 after arresting several Azerbaijani girls from Hotel Regeant in Karol Bagh. Earlier on April 5, Mr Gauhar had issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Singh, absconding since his involvement in the crime came to light after the arrest of nine Azerbaijani girls. The police had earlier moved an application for sealing the hotel and a notice had been issued to Singh in this regard.

They had also sought to open a locker in the hotel for laying their hands on some incriminating documents. A charge-sheet has already been filed against all those arrested earlier in the case. While 11, including Singh who surrendered today, are in custody, a hotel manager, Rohit, is on bail.


Parched Saket residents hold sit-in for water

New Delhi: Residents of Saket held a sit-in at the Jhandewalan headquarters of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to highlight the acute shortage of potable water in their homes.

The Residents’ Welfare Associations of Saket said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who is also chairperson of DJB, ought to take urgent steps to address the matter.

They said that water had become scarce since the beginning of this month and that 20 colonies were affected by it. Seeking the Chief Minister’s intervention, they said there was a need to restructure and reorganise the water utility so that the residents did not suffer in summer. The Saket legislator, Mr Vijay Jolly, submitted a memorandum.

Mr Jolly, in his memorandum, said the Summer Action Plan 2004 of the DJB had failed to take off with the Complaints Redressal Cell unable to tackle emergency requirements of citizens. TNS


Welcome rain, but is not yet the real thing
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
Parts of northern India, including the Capital today received showers that brought relief after a decrease in the temperatures. These showers, however, are not pre-monsoon rains, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) clarified.

The showers brought down the temperature by eight degrees to 36 degrees Celsius in Delhi, the IMD officials said. The rains are a result of upper-air cyclonic circulation over northern Rajasthan induced by western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, it was pointed out.

Other parts of north India like Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana have also been affected by the western disturbances.

However, these are not pre-monsoon showers which usually occur around the second week of June in the region, the officials said.

The system is likely to bring more showers and thunderstorm for one-two days.

It was also pointed out that the monsoon has not advanced further and it is still over southern peninsula. There are no indications that it would advance further in a day or two.

The officials said that there was no cause of worry as the monsoon was ahead of schedule. The monsoon set over India on May 18, much ahead of its usual date of June 1.

It has covered Kerala, south coastal Karnataka, most parts of Tamil Nadu, all north-eastern states and Gangetic West Bengal.


BJP blames alliance with INLD for poll debacle
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 27
The BJP in Haryana has ruled out any poll alliance with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in the next Assembly elections in the state.

Talking to mediapersons at a farmhouse near Larsauli village yesterday, the President of the Haryana BJP, Prof. Ganeshi Lal, said that the BJP had been defeated in the Lok Sabha elections in Haryana on account of its alliance with the INLD, which has pursued ‘anti-farmer’ policies.

He alleged that the people in Haryana were fed up with the present INLD government headed by Mr Om Prakash Chautala, who had instituted false criminal cases against his political opponents, particularly against the farmers.

Regarding the possibility of a poll alliance with the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP), he said it would be only be decided at a later stage.

Earlier, the Haryana BJP reviewed the party’s debacle in the recent Lok Sabha elections in the state at a two-day meeting of its office-bearers held at a farmhouse near Larsauli village.

It was attended among others by Mr I. D. Swami, former Union Minister of State for Home, Mr Ganeshi Lal, President of the Haryana BJP, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, the newly elected BJP MP from Sonepat, Mr Veer Kumar Yadav, Mr Narvir Singh Rao, Mr Sarvadanand Arya, Mr Inshwar Singh Chauhan, Mr Shanti Ranga, Mr Ram Pyare Pandey and Capt. Abhimanyu.

The meeting also decided to continue its struggle against the anti-people policies of the Chautala government in the state.

Meanwhile, the Haryana BJP has decided to hold a demonstration at Chandigarh on June 6.

Giving this information, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, MP, and the spokesman of the Haryana BJP told mediapersons here today that thousands of party workers from all over the state would take part in this demonstration.

Later, a memorandum listing the demands of the party would be submitted to the Governor Babu Parmanand.

The main demands of the party among other things include the withdrawal of false criminal cases against the BJP leaders and activists, early completion of the SYL canal in the Punjab territory and end to power cuts in all the sectors.

He alleged that the law and order situation had deteriorated in the state. He further alleged that criminals were being released on parole, which would affect the law and order in the state.

He also disclosed that demonstrations were planed at Sirsa and Ambala (June 11), Hissar and Yamunanagar (June 14), Bhiwani and Sonepat (June 15), Rohtak and Kurukshetra (June 16) Faridabad and Fatehabad (June 17), Karnal and Mahindergarh (June 18), Kaithal and Rewari (June 21), Panipat and Gurgaon (June 22) and Jhajjar and Jind (June 23).

According to Mr Sangwan, the BJP would organise padyatras in all the Assembly constituencies for strengthening the base of the party.

A ‘Mahila Sammelan’ would be held on May 28 at Rohtak and ‘Yuva Sammelan’ on May 31 at Rohtak.

He also disclosed that the party would release its election manifesto for the Assembly elections on June 6.


Hooda says he is still in the race for Haryana chief ministership
Our Correspondent

Rewari, May 27
The newly elected MP from Rohtak, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has asserted he is a strong contender for the chief ministership of Haryana and his claim to the coveted post had not been diminished in any way was even after his election to the Lok Sabha.

He made this assertion while talking to the newspersons here today. Simultaneously, he also made it known that in the event of the Congress being voted to power after the coming Haryana Vidhan Sabha elections the decision about the new Chief Minister of the state would very much lie in the hands of the elected legislators as well as the Congress president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

As regards the most vital issue on his agenda, Mr Hooda explained that he along with his party colleagues had been persistently espousing their long-standing demand for equitable distribution of available canal water as well as the availability of its rightful share of the canal water to the farmers of South Haryana. He went on to say that this had also prominently figured in their election manifesto issued on the eve of the previous Haryana Vidhan Sabha elections of February 2000. He further said they would continue their struggle till the implementation of this demand in toto.

Regarding early completion of the SYL canal, Mr Hooda exuded confidence saying that after the apex court’s verdict, which favoured Haryana, it would be expeditiously accomplished without any interruption from any quarter whatsoever. He also reiterated his allegation asserting that the performance of the Chautala regime in this regard had always been lopsided.

When queried about his reaction to the CBI raids conducted on the houses of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala’s aides throughout the state, Mr Hooda wanted the Chief Minister to quit his post immediately to ensure a free and fair probe into the alleged irregularities in the recruitment of JBT teachers in 2000. He also said that the Chief Minister had forfeited his moral right to be in the saddle.

Mr Hooda further said that in spite of such things if Mr Chautala failed to tender his resignation and continued his adherence to the saddle they would vigorously pursue their demand of seeking immediate dismissal of the Chautala government, the strategy for which would be spelt out shortly.

Meanwhile, hundreds of party workers, including numerous women, participated in the shradhanjali samaroh organised today on the premises of DAV Public School near here to mark the 40th death anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister, Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, as well as the 2nd death anniversary of Rao Abhey Singh, the grand old man of Rewari politics and father of the officiating leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav.

Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda (who was the chief guest of the samaroh), three Congress legislators—Rao Narender Singh (Ateli), Capt Ajay Singh Yadav (Rewari), Mrs Anita Yadav (Salhawas), former minister Shakuntala Bhagwaria, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi and a host of others paid rich tributes to Pt Nehru as well as Rao Abhey Singh.

Making a specific mention of the valuable services rendered by Rao Abhey Singh, they said that the coincidence of his death with the death anniversary of the great Indian Prime Minister tended to lend some sort of historicity to the shradhanjali samaroh .

Earlier, they also placed garlands round Rao Abhey Singh’s statue in the vicinity of the pandal.


ESIC to draw road map for social security
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
The Union Labour Secretary, Dr P. D. Shenoy, stressed on the need for undertaking a massive business process re-engineering programme for making the scheme more user-friendly. He said this at a two-day annual conference of the regional directors and state medical commissioners of the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) here today.

The conference aims at drawing a roadmap for widening the social security net through implementation of the scheme in new geographical areas and its extension to new sectors of employment besides intensive surveys and thus widening the mass base of its clientele.

While addressing the conference, Dr Shenoy advocated the deep analysis of strength and weakness of the scheme and introducing corrective measures wherever necessary for its healthy growth. He also laid specific emphasis on building a responsible work culture in coordination with the state government besides transparency and accountability at all levels.

He remarked that the huge infrastructure and competent professional manpower were the major strengths of the scheme on which it could bank upon for enhancing its social usefulness.

The Director-General of ESIC, Dr Ajay Dua, disclosed that some of the state governments had already issued preliminary notifications for coverage of educational institutions and the rest were likely to follow shortly.

He said that private hospitals and nursing homes could be the next in line for extension of the ESI Act. Dr Dua appreciated the efforts of the officers in taking the scheme nearer to the doorstep of the employees and employers through speedy implementation of the corporate policy of setting up of over a dozen new regional offices, sub-regional offices and model hospitals in states.


Stoppage of development works in unauthorised colonies flayed
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 27
The General-Secretary of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP), Mr Rajiv Jain, criticised the decision of the government to halt all development works in the unauthorised residential colonies.

In a press statement issued here today, he alleged that the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, was “taking revenge” against those who had voted against his party in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

He also criticised the Haryana Government for directing the Public Health Department to return Rs 6 crore, which had already been sanctioned under the National Capital Region (NCR) scheme for development works in this district.

Mr Jain disclosed that the previous HVP government in Haryana led by Mr Bansi Lal had sanctioned an amount Rs. 4.50 crore for the canal based water supply scheme in HUDA Sector 23 and the mandi area of this city.

He accused the Chautala-led INLD government of slowing down the work on this scheme by halting all development works in the unauthorised colonies.

He also accused the government of stopping water and power supply to these colonies, which had been restored after the residents had protested against these decisions.

He disclosed that a meeting of the residents of these colonies would be convened shortly to chalk out the future course of action against the government.

He stated his party’s decision not allow the government to halt development works in the unauthorised colonies and launch an agitation on this issue.


DC directs police to speed up probe into wheat scandal
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 27
The Ganaur police have registered a case in connection with the alleged theft of 772 bags of wheat from the godown of the Food and Supplies Department at Ganaur.

According to a report, both the Assistant Food and Supplies Officer and an inspector have made allegations and counter allegations against each other in their complaints to the police.

The police are investigating into the case.

A team of officials were expected to reach here today to conduct a probe into the scandal.

The Deputy Commissioner and the SDM, Ganaur, have directed the police to speed up the investigations work and arrest the culprit involved in this scandal.

Xen, SDO to oversee public works

With an aim to check corrupt practices, the Haryana Government has appointed Mr D. S. Joon, Executive Engineer and Mr J. P. Garg, SDO, Vigilance, to supervise the works relating to the maintenance of canals, minors and distributaries. They have also been directed to keep an eye on the utilisation of public funds by the officials of the Irrigation Department in Sonepat district.

Meanwhile, the representatives of various farmer organisations have expressed their satisfaction at the functioning of the vigilance wing of the Irrigation Department and have urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to encourage honest officials by honouring them.

According to another report, the state government has also appointed a SDO, Vigilance, in the Construction Division of the Irrigation Department in Sonepat.


HVPN assures employees of regularisation of service
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 27
The Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) authorities have assured that the services of all part- time employees working for over ten years would be regularised.

The HVPN has also promised to look into the other pending demands of the staff.

Stating this, Mr Subhash Lamba, the state convenor and main organiser of the ‘All Haryana Power Corporations Union’ (AHPCU) claimed here today that the chairman of the HVPN, Mr B. S. Rathi, had assured a delegation of the workers union that all part-time workers, who had spent at least ten years, would be regularised.

He said that hundreds of employees working as RTM, RCM and Helper grade II were still awaiting regularisation due to non-availability of adequate number of posts, though many of them had completed 15 to 20 years of service in the department.

The workers union was told that the government had sanctioned about 435 upper grade posts due to increased workload.

The HVPN authorities assured that this move will provide opportunities to several employees.

According to Mr Lamba, the HVPN Chairman accepted various other demands, including the clearing of employment on ex-gratia basis.

He said the authorities had agreed to prepare the seniority list so as to provide promotion opportunities to them.

It may be recalled that the employees union had raised the issue of staff shortage and undue harassment by the HVPN officials on the pretext of disciplinary action.

The meeting was attended by top officials, including Mr Samir Mathur, MD, HVPN, Mrs Jyoti Arora, MD, Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Mr Vidhyadhar Kaushik, representing the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited.

Mr Devender Hooda, Mr Subhash Lamba, S. K. Singla, Satbir Sharma, R. C. Jagga and Ranbir Singh were among those who represented the employees union.


DTTDC to showcase ethnic drinks at Sharbat Mela
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
To promote traditional cold drinks, the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) has announced the decision to organise Sharbat Mela, a unique drinks festival that will showcase the ethnic drinks from across the country from tomorrow.

“Our purpose is to promote our traditional drinks. Fruits and traditional drinks are an integral part of our culture and tradition. This is a small effort in highlighting the culinary vastness and therapeutic quality of Indian drinks,” Mr Ramesh Negi, Managing Director of the DTTDC, said here today.

The Corporation, which organised a day-long event at the Delhi Secretariat for mediapersons and office-goers, would hold the three-day mela in Dilli Haat and Garden of Five Senses from May 28 and June 4, respectively.

A blend of traditional ethnic drinks and modern drinks in various colours, the festival will have famous drinks like ‘Thandai’, ‘Jaljeera’, ‘Aam ka Panna’ as well as organic drinks made out of Ladakh Himalayan berries, Seabuckthorn and Rhododendron drinks which have medicinal value for display and sale.

Traditional products like ‘Mehendi’, ‘Ittar’ and ‘Gulab Jal’ will also be on sale during the mela that will also feature cultural programmes.


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NBWs issued against two who gave sureties for accused
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 27
The Additional Sessions Judge of Sonepat, Mr J. S. Jangra, today issued non-bailable warrants against two persons, namely Mahinder and Dharamvir, and directed them to appear before the court on May 5 next.

Both the persons had submitted their sureties before the court in favour of an accused, Mohammad Tayub, who was released on the interim bail on January 3 this year.

The Judge also ordered that Lambardar Ramesh, who is now lodged in the district jail, should be produced before the court on June 6. The Judge also issued summons to the piada of the court and the patwaris of the villages of Mahinder and Dharambir, directing them to appear before the court on June 5 for verification of the documents relating to the bail of the accused.

The accused, Mohammad Tayab, had failed to appear before the court on the dates of hearing in the case after being released on interim bail. The accused is involved in a fake currency racket. The case was in the court.

Civic employee acquitted

The Additional Sessions Judge of Sonepat, Ms Anita Chaudhary, has acquitted Mr Braham Dev, an employee of the Sonepat Municipal Council, against whom a case had been registered in the city police station on August 31, 1988.

Mr Braham Dev was sentenced to imprisonment on October 9 last year by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr A. D. Gaur, and he had filed an appeal before the court against his sentence.

One killed on GT Road

One person was killed and another seriously injured when the motorcycle which they were riding was hit by a truck on the G T Road near Bahalgarh Chowk, about 10 km from here, on Wednesday evening.

The deceased was identified as Naveen and the injured as Subodh. He was referred to the PGIMS at Rohtak for further treatment. It is stated that both the victim and the injured were returning to Ganaur after visiting Delhi. The police have registered a case and sent the body for a post-mortem examination. A massive hunt is on to apprehend the truck driver who escaped.

Man hit by JCB machine

Kishan, a resident of Barauta village, was injured when he was hit by a JCB machine on the Gohana-Kharkhauda road, about 20 km from here, on Wednesday evening.

The injured was rushed to a hospital where he was stated to be out of danger. However, no case has been registered against the driver of the JCB machine.

Three hurt in blast at scrap dealer’s house

Faridabad: Three persons, including a woman and a young girl, were injured after an explosion in the house of a scrap (kabadi) dealer in a colony in Ballabgarh town this afternoon.

According to information, the explosion took place after Shyam Lal, a scrap dealer, was trying to open a mettalled object by beating it with a hammer at about 2.30 pm. The aluminum-covered object was collected by him recently. While Shyam Lal was injured grievously, Saroj, wife of one Atma Ram, and her daughter Nirmala, who were standing nearby, also received injuries. The house where the explosion took place belongs to Atma Ram and is located in Trikha Colony. The women have been admitted to the civil hospital, Ballabgarh while Shyam Lal has been shifted to Delhi. The police is trying to ascertain the reason behind the explosion. TNS


DUTA to hold dharna today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
The DUTA Executive today has decided to hold a dharna in protest against the undemocratic and arbitrary functioning of the Vice-Chancellor in all matters, academic, financial and administrative. The dharna will be held outside the venue of the meeting of the DU Academic Council scheduled for tomorrow. DUTA strongly resents the way the VC has listed some of the items on the agenda of the Academic Council meeting, the DUTA president, Mr Aditya Narayan Misra, said.

Power shutdown

The NDPL on Thursday announced power shutdown for tomorrow due to maintenance work at sub stations in Shakti Nagar, Pitampura, Narela and Civil Lines districts. In Shakti Nagar district part of Manakpura, Gali Nale Wali from 10 am to 4 pm in Pitampura – Chanderlok and MP Enclave from 10 am to 5 pm and Navin City Apartments from 9 am to 6 pm, in Narela- Singhu, Singhola, Tikkri, Ganga Ram Colony, Tikkri Sewage Plant, Tikkri Khurd, Swaran Jyanti Vihar from 10 am to 4 pm, in Civil Lines district the affected areas will be part of R.P. Bagh from 11 am to 4.30 pm.

Musical evening with Manna Dey

In aid of children of Prayas, an institute of juvenile justice, a musical evening with the legendary singer, Manna Dey, will be held at Sri Fort Auditorium on May 30 from 7 pm onwards. Manna Dey stands apart in Hindi film scenario because of his deep voice and a wide repertoire from qawwali to light romantic duets to classical numbers. For over five decades he has regaled Hindi films with his songs.

The event is the first of its kind in Delhi where Manna Dey will perform to sensitise the old and the younger generation for the cause Prayas is working for the past 15 years in Delhi, Gujarat and Bihar.


Heroin worth Rs 8 cr seized from six drug traffickers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
The Delhi Police Narcotics Branch claimed to have arrested six inter-state drug traffickers in three different cases and seized eight kilograms of heroin worth Rs 8 crore in the international market.

In the first case, the sleuths received secret information that an inter-state gang of drug traffickers was active in Delhi and would come near the ISBT Anand Vihar to deliver the consignment on May 24 at around 4.30 pm.

Accordingly, a trap was laid and at around 4.25 pm the sleuths spotted two persons waiting for someone and soon they were found delivering a packet to one person who came from the Maharajpur border side.

Soon, the sleuths swung into action and nabbed the three persons who were identified as Mustaq (36) and Mohammad Alam (27), residents of Bareilly, and Mohammad Imran (21), resident of Ghaziabad. The sleuths also seized 2.4 grams of heroin from Mustaq and 100 grams of heroin from Imran delivered by Mustaq.

During interrogation the accused persons disclosed that they working for a notorious drug trafficker, Samir, resident of Rampur, who was also arrested on May 25.

In the second case, the sleuths received secret information that a gang involved in drug trafficking would come near Hanuman Mandi, Yamuna Bazar, for supplying heroin. Accordingly, at around 7.15 pm the sleuths spotted two persons in a Tata Sumo vehicle. Soon, they were overpowered. They were identified as Akil Ahmed, alias Raju (35), resident of Etah, and Sushil Kumar (40), also of Etah.

The sleuths seized five kilograms of heroin packed in a black bag from their possession. During interrogation the duo revealed that they were supplying heroin in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan and using the vehicle for this purpose.

In the third case, half kilogram of heroin was seized from Dalip Gupta, alias Raju, (27), resident of GPO Kashmere Gate. 


Fake visa racket busted, three held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
With the arrest of three persons the Crime Branch claimed to have busted an international fake visa racket. The sleuths also claimed to have recovered fake Canadian visa stickers and passports from their possession.

The accused persons who were nabbed have been identified as Ravinder Singh Ahluwalia, alias Raju (35), resident of Jalandhar, Baldev Singh (40), resident of Gurdaspur, and Paramjit Singh (44), resident of Nawanshahr, Punjab.

The sleuths received secret information that certain persons were involved in duping innocent people desirous of visiting foreign countries by issuing them fake visa stickers.

Accordingly, a decoy customer struck a deal with the two persons for Rs 1.5 lakh near Shipra Hotel in Laxmi Nagar. The two were identified as Ravinder Singh and Baldev Singh.

During interrogation the duo revealed that they used to get the fake visa stickers from one Paramjit Singh, a professional carrier and a frequent visitor to Thailand.

Accordingly, Paramjit was nabbed and during interrogation he disclosed that the stickers were supplied to him by Ali, a Pakistani national in Bangkok.

Paramjit told the sleuths that he used to visit Bangkok on the pretext of carrying garments from Delhi. For this purpose Paramjit used to take the garment items from one Bhogal-based businessman.


Govt urged to foster growth of small-scale sector
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
The All India Manufacturers’ Organisation (AIMO) has urged the government to adopt appropriate fiscal management policies for the growth of the small-scale sector in the country.

The Chairman of AIMO, DHP Regional Board, Mr Sudarshan Sareen, in a statement issued here today called upon the government to create a Marketing Development Fund to enable the small scale sector to compete on a global scale.

The sector had tremendous employment generation potential and the government should exercise caution in determining the tax structure on various products to ensure that it does not hinder the growth of the industry, Mr Sareen said.

While the policies of the government were aimed at ensuring higher growth in the sector the delays in execution of these policies continued to remain an area of concern. Adequate steps should be taken to hasten the process of implementation of the various policy prescriptions, Mr Sareen said.

He said that the government should also keep in mind the contribution of the small-scale industry in the development of the country’s export industry and steps should be taken to further leverage this intrinsic area of growth.

Mr Sareen said the adoption of suitable growth-oriented policies backed by speedy implementation was the need of the hour for pitch-forking India’s small scale sector into a high-growth trajectory.


Suniel Shetty, Sania Mirza to be Atlas Cycles’ brand ambassadors
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
Atlas Cycles (Haryana) Ltd, India’s leading bicycle maker, has signed on noted filmstar Suniel Shetty and Wimbledon Junior champion Sania Mirza as brand ambassadors for its range of bicycles. Suniel Shetty with his mass appeal will endorse the company’s Standard Roadster range of bicycles. Sania Mirza who will be seen for the first time in an advertisement will be endorsing the Atlas women’s range of bicycles.

Commenting on signing on the two brand ambassadors, Mr Gautam Kapoor, Joint President, Atlas Cycles (Haryana) Ltd, said, “Atlas Cycles is proud to be associated with Suniel Shetty and Sania Mirza. Both are extremely talented and highly regarded role models who are continually striving to excel further in their respective fields. We at Atlas Cycles also believe in the same values and hope that this association will help us to further reach out to our customers across all age groups and segments.”

The print and electronic advertising campaigns with Suniel Shetty are being created by India’s leading advertising agency Leo Burnett. The first series of ads for the company’s new range of roadster Samrat would be unveiled later this month. The advertising campaign for the women’s bicycle range with Sania Mirza, namely Atlas Swan, would be viewed very shortly.

Commenting on his association with Atlas Cycles, Suniel Shetty said, “The first bicycle I rode as a child was an Atlas and the brand has been close to my heart since then.

It feels good to be associated with such an enduring brand with the ability to positively touch millions of people around India. I believe in Atlas’s commitment to blend the traditional and the modern by offering affordable bicycles in all categories.”

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