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Lawyers caution against haste in retail sector FDI
New Delhi, November 25
Expressing concern over the government’s policies, a group of Supreme Court lawyers today called for the setting up of regulations ahead of foreign direct investment in the retail sector and setting up of Special Economic Zones in the country. They cautioned that in the haste to allow both FDI in the retail sector and in the setting up of SEZs, the government had overlooked the need for having rules and regulations in place to ensure the welfare of smaller traders.

MC Faridabad's move against towers in houses
There are 100 towers in residential areas 
Faridabad, November 25
The Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) has initiated an action against telecom or mobile towers in the residential areas here. It has issued notices to the companies and owners of houses to remove the towers within stipulated time or face action. The move was in response to the legal notice served by some residents, who have threatened to take the authorities to court as the permission granted by the civic body had been in gross violation of the rule regarding such towers.



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2,000 kiosks to be constructed in East Delhi
New Delhi, November 25
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said that the Delhi Government would construct 2,000 small kiosks or stalls in East Delhi. This would go a long way in providing a solution to the sealing tangle.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurating the construction work of roads and drains at Dilshad Colony in East Delhi under ‘Bhagidari Yojna’. East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit and area MLA Veer Singh Dhingan are also seen in the picture. Tribune Photograph
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurating the construction work of roads and drains at Dilshad Colony in East Delhi under ‘Bhagidari Yojna’.

Enforcement teams keep watch on UP buses at CNG stations
New Delhi, November 25
The transport department of the Delhi Government today deployed enforcement teams at all CNG filling stations located on the UP border to take care that the buses from Noida and Ghaziabad did not venture inside the national Capital’s CNG filling stations.

Land worth crores saved from encroachers
Noida, November 25
About 235 hectare land in Nalagada village worth Rs 2,350 crore has been saved from being encroached on by land mafia, according to reports.

Illegal colonies coming up in flood zone of Hindon
Noida, November 25
Land sharks in connivance with officials have established residential colonies in flood zone of Hindon riverbed.

Insurance co to pay Rs 31,723 for repudiating mediclaim
New Delhi, November 25
An insurance company, which denied reimbursement to a person under its mediclaim scheme, has been directed by a consumer court to pay Rs 31,723 to him towards medical expenses.

Cyber crime: ASSOCHAM approaches Hooda
Gurgaon, November 25
Not satisfied with the trajectory of police investigation and follow up to a cyber crime committed by one-time employee of its member ACME Telepower Ltd (ACME) here, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) has urged upon Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to intervene and get the matter referred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

ABVP boycotts DUSU function 
New Delhi, November 25
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad today boycotted a function organised by the Delhi University Students’ Union where Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh was the Chief Guest.



Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh in a pensive mood at a DUSU oath-ceremony function in the Capital on Saturday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh in a pensive mood at a DUSU oath-ceremony function in the Capital

Centre to provide relief to schools in residential areas
New Delhi, November 25
The Centre today promised that it would come out with ways to provide permanent relief to schools that have been allowed to function in residential areas till May 2007.

School celebrates sports day
Gurgaon, November 25
The sports day is an important event in a school calendar. To spread the message of sportsmanship, Meenakshi Public School recently celebrated its annual sports day here.

Move to set up fashion district draws flak
New Delhi, November 25
The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) national secretary Mr Vijay Goel today lashed out at the Union Minister of State for Urban Development, Mr Ajay Maken, for his proposal to set up a fashion district here to resettle elite designers, whose stores were closed during sealing.

Scooter dealer fined Rs 35,000 by consumer forum
New Delhi, November 25
An automobile dealer has been asked to pay Rs 35,000 compensation by a consumer forum to a customer for non-delivery of a scooter given for repairs over two years ago.

‘Crime on the rise in Gurgaon’ 
Gurgaon, November 25
Parliamentarian Kuldeep Bishnoi alleged that the law and order situation has been deteriorating in the state since Bhupinder Singh Hooda took charge of the state government.

Four hurt in fire in Tilak Nagar house 
New Delhi, November 25
Four persons were injured in a fire which broke out in a house in West Delhi’s Tilak Nagar area.

Gang leader arrested
New Delhi, November 25
The leader of the Bawaria gang, allegedly involved in a number of crimes, has been arrested in south Delhi.

Noida toys going places
Noida, November 25
Noida toy industry seems to have captured the domestic as well as foreign markets. There are in all 40 big and small units of toy manufacturers out of which over half a dozen big units are exporting 100 per cent of their total production.

Jewellery exhibition held in Noida
Noida, November 25
A three-day exhibition of gold enamelled, diamond and emerald jewellery studded with various precious gemstones, organized by the international “Surana Jewellers of Jaipur” at the Radisson Hotel, Sector-18, Noida last week impressed the connoisseurs with its range, exquisite designs and unique workmanship.

 

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Lawyers caution against haste in retail sector FDI
Tribune New Service

New Delhi, November 25
Expressing concern over the government’s policies, a group of Supreme Court lawyers today called for the setting up of regulations ahead of foreign direct investment in the retail sector and setting up of Special Economic Zones in the country.

They cautioned that in the haste to allow both FDI in the retail sector and in the setting up of SEZs, the government had overlooked the need for having rules and regulations in place to ensure the welfare of smaller traders.

Ms Sonia Raj Sood, a Supreme Court lawyer, said, “We are not opposed to FDI, but we want the government to ascertain how much FDI is coming into the country, how much of it will be utilised for producing agrarian products; we want them to find out how much of the annual turnover is going to be sourced from India, how many jobs will be provided…”

She pointed out, “Walmart will give jobs to the educated few…what about the illiterate, who could till now earn their living by setting up a cart or a small store. Walmart’s coming to India will increase transportation, we will have more cold storages and the agricultural produce that goes waste will be saved, but what about unemployment? Unemployment in the country will increase and consequently socio-economic problems and crime will also increase.”

She went on to add, “It is incomprehensible how our Prime Minister reversed his stand after a single meeting with the Walmart representatives in India and allowed 51 per cent equity for FDI in retail”.

Making a case for having stringent rules before the SEZs were earmarked, Ms Sood said, “How can there be just one act? The SEZs are as of now regulated by just one SEZ Act. There has to be job security and health insurance for workers”.

Flaying the policy of indiscriminately allowing SEZs to be set up on land fit for cultivation, she said, “Only barren land should be taken. Indian farmers are already feeling the pinch of the government’s SEZ policy and are losing their farmlands to the government for a song.”

Speaking on the issue, Mr Anil Kumat Jha, a Supreme Court advocate, said, “We agree that development is taking place, but at the same time we have to see that such policies (FDI) will not lead to economic slavery. India is the biggest spot for FDI because we are poor. Economic help is necessary, but not at the cost of economic slavery”.

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MCF move against towers in houses 
There are 100 towers in residential areas 
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 25
The Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) has initiated an action against telecom or mobile towers in the residential areas here.

It has issued notices to the companies and owners of houses to remove the towers within stipulated time or face action.

The move was in response to the legal notice served by some residents, who have threatened to take the authorities to court as the permission granted by the civic body had been in gross violation of the rule regarding such towers. Notices have been issued against at least 17 towers operating in the NIT area, though the total number of these towers has been around 100 at present.

Some of the notices issued to the leading telecom companies date back to August, in which the MCF officials have mentioned that they were returning the money deposited by the companies and directing them to remove the tower themselves, or the corporation would remove them at the cost of the companies or the owners of the house.

It is stated in these letters that granting of permission for such towers in residential area had been a violation of the rules. The office of the Joint Commissioner, MCF of the NIT region, in a letter dated August 3, has returned as many as seven pay orders of Tata Tele Services. The value of each of the pay order has been Rs 15,000. Pay orders of Idea Cellular and Reliance Infocomm have also been returned on the same date and the company was asked to remove the towers within seven days.

Despite the notices issued about five months ago, the authorities perhaps failed to take up a follow-up action after the period of the notice was over and the towers kept operating as usual, claims K.L Gera, who is among those who have served a legal notice to the MCF authorities about 15 days back.

He said perhaps the inefficiency and vested interests of certain persons had been the reason for lack of action against the defaulters.

He said he would file a PIL in the Punjab and Haryana High Court if the department concerned did not remove the towers which, he claimed, had been posing a danger to the lives of people.

According to a report, notices were being issued in all the three regions falling under the limits of the MCF which include Old Faridabad and Ballabgarh zones besides the NIT.

Though no official survey about such towers has been done, it is stated that there could be at least 100 such towers in the city.

It may be recalled that the issue had been taken up by a resident of Green Fields Colony here, a few months ago in which she had written several letters and reminders to the office of the District Town Planner(DTP), Enforcement , a wing of the Haryana Urban Development Authority, to remove one such tower installed on a residential building in the colony. The complainant issued a legal notice after the officials took no action.

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2,000 kiosks to be constructed in East Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 25
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said that the Delhi Government would construct 2,000 small kiosks or stalls in East Delhi. This would go a long way in providing a solution to the sealing tangle.

Speaking at a function after inaugurating the construction work of roads and drains at Dilshad Colony in East Delhi, she said that this policy would help the small-time traders.

Local MP Sandeep Dikshit, MLA Veer Singh Dhingan, Councillors Kiranwati Tak, Ajit Chaudhary and general secretary of Dilshad Colony Residents Welfare Association S. Hassan were also present on the occasion.

Out of an estimated cost of Rs 2.83 crore, Rs 98.5 lakh has been deposited by the residents of Dilshad Colony for the construction of roads and drains, which would be completed within five months. This is a unique example of public participation in which the RWA has deposited a huge amount with the Government Department under ‘Bhagidari’ scheme.

Addressing the local residents, the Chief Minister said that in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games in 2010, the Capital, especially East Delhi will witness tremendous infrastructural development. Construction of the Games villages in the Trans-Yamuna area will not only catalyse all-round development of the area but would also ensure civic services and civic infrastructure at par with the most developed localities of New Delhi.

Ms Dikshit said that her government was fully conscious of developmental needed of the Trans-Yamuna area and was committed to fulfilling them in right earnest.

She informed that the past few years had witnessed coming up of several hospitals, community centres and a cultural centre in the area and with the growth catalyzed by the proposed construction of the Commonwealth Games Village in the area, East Delhi was expected to be at par with any other developed area of the Capital.

With the commissioning of new Wazirabad Bridge and Commonwealth Games Village, East Delhi would receive commendable recognition in the national Capital.

The Chief Minister said that Public Works Department of Delhi had been entrusted a number of projects relating to construction of flyovers and widening of roads in East Delhi, which would go a long way in decongesting traffic. Local MP Sandeep Dikshit also expressed his views and reiterated his commitment to develop East Delhi on the lines of New Delhi and South Delhi.

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Enforcement teams keep watch on UP buses at CNG stations
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 25
The transport department of the Delhi Government today deployed enforcement teams at all CNG filling stations located on the UP border to take care that the buses from Noida and Ghaziabad did not venture inside the national Capital’s CNG filling stations.

The team members had also been directed not to allow UP buses to pick up passengers, sources said.

The Delhi High Court had yesterday permitted the CNG buses of UP to purchase CNG from filling stations located on the border. Since the beginning of the bus service row between the states, the Delhi Government had banned the filling of CNG for buses registered with the transport authorities of Noida and Ghaziabad.

As the border districts of Uttar Pradesh do not have CNG facilities, bus operators of these cities get gas from Delhi.

The buses had been parked since several days because of the unavailability of gas, resulting in daily commuters facing a lot of trouble. The transport department of Uttar Pradesh filed an application before the Delhi High Court for CNG facility.

The UP Government had approached the Centre for this facility. Now, the Centre has accepted its demand and assured the state government of providing the gas by December.

The Delhi Government is also waiting for a plan to be submitted by its counterpart to restart bus services to the national Capital. The plan will be submitted before the Delhi High Court. If the plan is not submitted within the given period, senior officers of the transport department of both the states would appear before the court to put across their point, sources said.

However, daily commuters, particularly school students and their parents, are still suffering due to unavailability of bus services. Parents drop and pick up their children from the school. Long queues of private vehicles can be seen near all schools in Noida and Ghaziabad where children from Delhi are enrolled.

Some parents have hired private vans or taxis for transportation. 

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Land worth crores saved from encroachers
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 25
About 235 hectare land in Nalagada village worth Rs 2,350 crore has been saved from being encroached on by land mafia, according to reports.

Consolidation Officer (CO) Modi Nagar issued orders for transfer of this land to 61 persons. Now order for filing an FIR against the CO for having issued orders against rules, has been issued.

The market value of the land at the lowest market rate of Rs 10,000 comes to Rs 2,350 crore. The SDM has been ordered to include and register the land again in Gram Samaj land.

The land of Nalgada village, being adjacent to Expressway is considered to the highly valuable. Over 60 people have filed a case in a court to occupy this government land. During 2004, hearing of consolidation of holding had been started by CO consolidation Dadri, but the title holders had managed to get this hearing transferred to CO Modi Nagar from CO Dadri.

The District Magistrate, Ghaziabad, has been informed about it. Even according to rate of compensation of Rs 458 per sq yd, the total price of the land adds up to Rs 2,350 crore. A number of cases have come to notice when aspirants are trying to get compensation by registering their names in the list of illegal claimants, it is learnt.

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Illegal colonies coming up in flood zone of Hindon
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 25
Land sharks in connivance with officials have established residential colonies in flood zone of Hindon riverbed.

After the administration had issued the notification for acquiring farmland is Chhajarsi village, the construction work in illegal colonies has been speeded up. The officials of irrigation department, (tehsil) revenue department and police are allegedly conniving in this illegal work. The land mafia has torn into shreds the court order banning construction of building within 200 metres of river bank. The land sharks have exploited the people keen on building dwelling units by sinking their life’s saving here.

The mafia has kept the people completely in dark about the legal position and the court orders on it. Once the colonies are built, the administration dare not demolish them. This despite complete non-availability of power and water supply in the colony.

According to rules, no residential building can be constructed in flood zone of the riverbed nor the registry of a building constructed in such zones is permissible. A dam has been constructed here to protect the area from flood waters. On one side, Chhajarsi village is situated but on the other side, illegal colony of Chotpur is being developed where construction work is progressing apace.

The administration had issued the notification for acquiring the Chhajarsi village land on October 29. Under clause No. 6 of land acquisition, land from Khasra No. 361 to 557 was acquired. With printing of this notification in the newspapers, the construction work in the area had picked up speed.

According to a realtor, land mafia has sold land between Rs 2000 and Rs 5000 per sq yd. The work for building a colony on riverbank was taken in hand about two years ago, but now the construction work is being carried on round the clock.

Tehsil staff, police and Hindon irrigation department are fully aware of the development, but the land mafia has apparently greased the palm of all the officials so that they do not face any resistance. Even some cops have also built their houses there. The registry department finds itself completely helpless.

Assistant Commissioner, Stamp Duty, O.P. Awasthi says his department is only interested in plugging the revenue loss. Those who build their houses there, they set them registered on Abadi and agricultural land. “So our department has no power to interfere in this,” he adds. 

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Insurance co to pay Rs 31,723 for repudiating mediclaim
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 25
An insurance company, which denied reimbursement to a person under its mediclaim scheme, has been directed by a consumer court to pay Rs 31,723 to him towards medical expenses.

The reoccurrence of a cured disease, after a considerably long period, did not bring it within the definition of ‘pre-existing disease’ and thus could not be a ground for rejection of one’s mediclaim, said the Central District Consumer Forum allowing the complaint of one Mukesh Gupta.

The forum, headed by president M. S. Sabharwal, found United India Insurance Company Ltd (UIICL) “guilty of deficiency in service” and ordered it to pay the amount incurred by the complainant for the treatment of his wife Deepti.

The Bench said a pre-existing disease would mean “a disease which existed at the time of obtaining the mediclaim policy.” The complaint disclosed the Guptas had obtained a joint mediclaim policy from the UIICL in 2002 and had thereafter renewed it.

Deepti, who suffered from Thyrodlossal Fistula, was hospitalised at Max Health Care in March 2004. According to the complaint, while purchasing the policy they had disclosed Deepti had earlier undergone a surgery for the same disease in 2001, but had completely recovered.

The forum rejected the contention of the insurance company that any ailment, which may surface after some time, was pre-existing and hence not eligible for reimbursement.

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Cyber crime: ASSOCHAM approaches Hooda
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, November 25
Not satisfied with the trajectory of police investigation and follow up to a cyber crime committed by one-time employee of its member ACME Telepower Ltd (ACME) here, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) has urged upon Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to intervene and get the matter referred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

In a letter to Mr Hooda, the ASSOCHAM lamented that since nothing ‘substantial’ has been done to the satisfaction of the complainant, necessary direction be given to the officials concerned to refer the case to the CBI.

ACME, a technology and R and D driven company, claming to have many patented products in power electronics, airconditioning and sewage treatment, has charged that one Mr Sachidanand Patnaik, employed with the R and D of the firm, had indulged in theft of ‘confidential’ data software developed by it and passed on to his new employer, M/s Lambda. The case was registered at Manesar Police Station, Manesar, Gurgaon on October 6 under Sections 379, 406, 420, 109 of Indian Penal Code and under Sections of 65 and 72 of Information Technology Act, 2000.

Mr Patnaik and two top personnel of M/s Lambda were named in the FIR.

The complaint is that the accused employee, entrusted with the Computer Source Codes of the software project—a strategic position, stopped coming to work from April 2 without information..

On April 2006, he sent in his resignation without handing over the work that he had been doing. Later, it was found that he had damaged the Computer Source Codes. Subsequently, it was found that M/s Lambda where he took up job had used the same data developed by ACME.

However, the district police chief, Mr Hanif Qureshi, when contacted said that the accused was arrested in the case, but was on bail now. The investigation is on. The computer and software found on him has been sent to CFSL Chandigarh for investigation. The line of investigation would be pursued in right earnest following the report. Presently, the case is open-ended, he added.

With regard to the charge of abetment on the part of M/s Lambda, he said that there seems to be rivalry between the management of the two firms, and presently there was nothing to suggest that the management of Lambda was involved in the crime. However, the case is still being investigated, and nothing could be said at present, the district police chief added.

In its correspondence to ASSOCHAM, ACME management alleged that at first the police acknowledged the data theft and then told the press that there was no value of the data that has been transferred. The police have also given clean chit to all the three against whom FIR was registered, it added.

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ABVP boycotts DUSU function 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 25
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad today boycotted a function organised by the Delhi University Students’ Union where Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh was the Chief Guest.

ABVP candidate Vikas Dahiya who is part of the union walked off the stage waving a black flag to register his protest.

“We are unhappy that Mr Singh was asked to be the Chief Guest at the inaugural function of the DUSU. Inviting Mr Singh who has polarised the students’ community by announcing reservation in education smacks of sycophancy,” said Nakul Bhardwaj, State general secretary of the ABVP.

He said the ABVP had opposed the move to organise the function three months after the DUSU assumed office and inviting Mr Singh to be the Chief Guest.

“The function was a waste of money that could be put to better use. And at a time when the whole students’ community is agitated by the reservation policy that is the brainchild of Arjun Singh, how can the representatives of students invite him. He should be condemned for his anti students policies,” said Bhardwaj.

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Centre to provide relief to schools in residential areas
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 25
The Centre today promised that it would come out with ways to provide permanent relief to schools that have been allowed to function in residential areas till May 2007.

“Schools have been given time till May 2007. We will come out with an alternative solution by then,” Union Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy said.

He, however, remained non-committal about announcing a time-frame for the notification of Delhi’s much-delayed 2021 master plan, saying the government was awaiting report of a couple of panels on unauthorised constructions.

“But efforts are on to enforce it by the earliest,” Mr Reddy said as he ruled out the possibility of filing any new petition with the Supreme Court to seek permanent relief.

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School celebrates sports day

Gurgaon, November 25
The sports day is an important event in a school calendar. To spread the message of sportsmanship, Meenakshi Public School recently celebrated its annual sports day here.

The sports meet began with the arrival of chief guest Ms Rita Sharma, District Education Officer, Gurgaon.

The highlights of the function were mass P.T. display, dumble display and saree drill.—TNS

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Move to set up fashion district draws flak
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 25
The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) national secretary Mr Vijay Goel today lashed out at the Union Minister of State for Urban Development, Mr Ajay Maken, for his proposal to set up a fashion district here to resettle elite designers, whose stores were closed during sealing.

Mr Goel alleged that Mr Maken’s move revealed the Congress party was concerned for the betterment of the rich and mighty and cared little for small traders, who had lost their livelihood because of the government’s apathetic attitude. This attitude of the government is highly condemnable, Mr Goel said.

He added that Mr Maken had convened a meeting of designers to offer them resettlement in Dwaraka.

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Scooter dealer fined Rs 35,000 by consumer forum
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, November 25
An automobile dealer has been asked to pay Rs 35,000 compensation by a consumer forum to a customer for non-delivery of a scooter given for repairs over two years ago.

Holding that such an action amounted to “unfair trade practice” and “deficiency in service,” the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (South-I) directed Dewan Automobiles to return the scooter in perfect running condition without claiming any charges from the customer.

“The act of the dealer amounts to unfair trade practice in not preparing the estimate of the required repairs and keeping the matter vague and then demanding an unjust sum suddenly,” the forum Bench, headed by Mr G. D. Dhanuka and Members S. C. Kaushik and N. Rajkumar said.

Mr Binod Chandra Prasad, a resident of Madangir in South Delhi, had given a two-wheeler scooter for repairs on June 27, 2004, to Dewan Automobiles at Lajpat Nagar, but the delivery was delayed on some pretext or the other for more than two years.

The forum further took strong exception to the fact that Prasad was never made aware of the cost of repairs any time before the present complaint was filed.

It also rejected the contention of the dealer that Prasad was intimated through letters to take delivery of his scooter after making the required payment. He termed the act of placing on record “fake” courier receipts to prove its case as “highly deplorable.”

“The forum is convinced that these letters were never sent to Prasad and the courier receipts filed are fake,” it said. 

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‘Crime on the rise in Gurgaon’ 
Abhay Jain

Gurgaon, November 25
Parliamentarian Kuldeep Bishnoi alleged that the law and order situation has been deteriorating in the state since Bhupinder Singh Hooda took charge of the state government.

Lamenting over the murder of nearly 29 people by a gang of nine members, he said these 29-odd people were murdered after they took lift from a maxicab.

The MP visited the residence of Sunil Jain whose 19-year-old son was murdered by the gang. It was shocking that the government had not announced any compensation package for the families of the deceased, he said.

The government should be held responsible for the failure of transport system in the district that forces commuters to take lift in the private illegal maxicabs. The district police are equally guilty, opined Mr Bishnoi. The ruling party MP exhorted the state government to provide financial and other assistance to the kin of the deceased. 

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Four hurt in fire in Tilak Nagar house 
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, November 25
Four persons were injured in a fire which broke out in a house in West Delhi’s Tilak Nagar area.

Fire Department officials said the injured, Raj Babbal (18), Jitender (18), Pappu (25) and Sushant (34), were immediately rushed to hospital.

The blaze broke out in the house in Vishnu Garden locality at about 1.35 pm and was controlled after an hour by four fire engines.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

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Gang leader arrested

New Delhi, November 25
The leader of the Bawaria gang, allegedly involved in a number of crimes, has been arrested in south Delhi.

Hawa Singh, alias Rakesh, was arrested yesterday in Dabri area and a countrymade pistol was recovered from him, police said today.

He had allegedly committed a number of dacoities in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh.—PTI

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Noida toys going places
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 25
Noida toy industry seems to have captured the domestic as well as foreign markets. There are in all 40 big and small units of toy manufacturers out of which over half a dozen big units are exporting 100 per cent of their total production.

Toys, says Ashok Kumar Bansal, MD of Toy India Industries in NEZ, toy industry in Noida gives employment to 20,000 persons besides being a profitable line.

Out of 40 toy units, over half a dozen manufacturers are exporting their output while quite a few are exporting roughly 50 per cent of their total production of toys. Rest of their output meets the needs of domestic market. Cloth for use in toys is available from Delhi and Ludhiana, but for quality toys, it has to be imported from China.

Noida toys are generally considered a branded commodity in foreign countries like the USA, France, Portugal, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Italy, etc. Some 25 countries have good demand for Indian toys. Mr Ashok Bansal’s unit had been recipient of awards by the state government and SSI for excellent performance in export for four years from 1999 to 2003. Even the Union Ministry of Commerce had also awarded a merit certificate to it.

Noida-based industries specialize in soft toys, animal cushion, teddy bear, puzzles and educational toys, board games, family games, Hanuman, Krishna, craft kids, etc.

The Noida toy industry manufactures a large variety of toys—over 4,000 types. 

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Jewellery exhibition held in Noida

Noida, November 25
A three-day exhibition of gold enamelled, diamond and emerald jewellery studded with various precious gemstones, organized by the international “Surana Jewellers of Jaipur” at the Radisson Hotel, Sector-18, Noida last week impressed the connoisseurs with its range, exquisite designs and unique workmanship.

This exhibition held in Noida for the first time had drawn viewers and buyers not only from Noida but also of New Delhi and parts of NCR.

Handmade gold, Kundan-enamelled jewellery embedded with diamonds and awe-inspiring designs were the main attraction of this exhibition.—OC

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