Wednesday, November 21, 2001, Chandigarh, India

 

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HUDA, residents lock horns
HUDA wants security gates open at daytime
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 20
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) officials and the residents of various colonies are locked in a battle over the gates, built to keep the intruders out. The officials have directed the residents of welfare associations to keep the gates open during daytime. They have also threatened to pull them down.

The gates were erected at a considerable cost by the residents. The agitated denizens claimed that they were constructed as a security measure since the crime graph had soared in this industrial hub. Cases of robbery, theft, abduction and rape are being reported every day.

Hundreds of gates on the entrance and exit points of various localities in the urban sectors have been constructed to maintain security and keep outsiders at bay. While the resident welfare associations claim that the security has improved after the construction of the gates, the HUDA officials have termed them as illegal.

The HUDA administrator, Mr Vijayender Kumar, said that the permission had not been sought before building the gates. They were totally illegal. Instructions had been issued and notices pasted, asking the associations to keep open all the gates up to 11 pm.

It is stated that the gates could be closed from 11 pm to 6 am only. Gates of several pockets and localities in Sectors 3,7,8,9,10, 14, 15, 15-A, 16, 16-A, 18, 19, 28, 29 and 37 have been closed down permanently. Access to a particular locality has been possible through one (single) gate only. A person has to go a kilometre or more to get in or come out on the main road.

According to residents’ associations, such a measure was taken to check the movement of unwanted elements. The situation had improved since, the associations claim.

However, the office of the administrator and estate officer received several complaints against the closing down of gates even during daytime.

The authorities point out that the maintenance of law and order has been the duty of the police. A number of police posts or stations have been provided to the sectors. The construction of the gates is illegal, the officials opine.
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Experts blame mishaps on roads
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 20
As is its wont, the Delhi Traffic Police have ordered a crackdown on drunken driving after yet another accident, reportedly attributed to the inebriated state of motorists. The accident claimed four lives and injured three others.

The list of accidents caused by drunken driving has increased by a digit, and the recent incident has been dismissed as a ‘spirited’ late night spree. The scientific community, however, claims that the accidents cannot be attributed to a single cause and that in the absence of scientific recording and analysis of accidents, drunken driving or human error is indiscriminately quoted. Besides, the rights of pedestrians that have been infringed upon, have to be restored for the sake of road safety and safe traffic environment.

According to a study conducted by the scientists of the Central Road Research Institute, Mathura Road, “defects in road geometry” and “mechanical failure” account for over 60 per cent of the fatalities. Human error is but a small component of the spectrum and more people are losing their lives to causes other than drunken driving.

According to Dr Nishi Mittal of the institute, the increasing incidence of fatal accidents can also be attributed to the fact that 10 per cent of the country’s vehicle fleet are here – more than the combined vehicle fleet of Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Every year, 85,000 people die in road accidents countrywide, of which an estimated 2,000 perish in Delhi – the highest among the four metros. There has not been an appreciable drop in mishaps after the flyovers were introduced in the Capital.

On the contrary, the absence of proper reinforcements on the curbs on flyovers, coupled with the tendency of accelerating on the approach, have caused a spurt in avoidable deaths.

Another study conducted by the institute on the use and misuse of road signs on Delhi roads reveals that the design characteristics and the placement of road signs are both faulty. Intersection modifications are often without basic traffic engineering principles. Furthermore, footpaths in Delhi are encroached 40 to 50 per cent of the available road capacity. Road safety is adversely affected as pedestrians are forced to walk on the main roads due to encroachment of footpaths.

The death of two bystanders in the accident over the weekend has exposed the vulnerability of pedestrians. Maximum fatalities occur among the pedestrians, accounting for 40 per cent of fatalities. Non-motorised users (read cyclists) generally form around 60-65 per cent of the total road traffic fatalities.

Dr R.K. Bajpai, also of the institute, says that the lack of pedestrian facilities like footpaths and disrespect for pedestrians at zebra crossings, keeps pedestrians permanently exposed to danger. Dr Mittal adds: Our Constitution provides certain fundamental rights to citizens, which have far-reaching effects on promoting road traffic safety. However, these basic rights are being infringed.
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Smokers take your last puff, the flying squad is coming
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 20
Suspicions about its implementation notwithstanding, the Government of NCT of Delhi has formulated elaborate plans to check smoking in public places and catch offenders as per the Supreme Court’s directive in this regard.

On the anvil are promulgation of the Delhi Prohibition of Smoking and Non-Smokers Protection Act and constitution of squads comprising administrative and police officials for the express purpose of arresting violators.

These squads, as the official communique stresses, would be placed under the charge of additional chief medical officers. Similar squads comprising police officials would be constituted at the district level. All the teams would be mandated to raid buses, restaurants, hotels and cinemas and arrest smokers.

Furthermore, ‘Special Officers’ would be nominated to implement the Act sternly in public offices, hospitals and educational institutions. They would be authorised to summarily challan the offender.

Briefing reporters after convening a meeting of Director (Health Services) Dr R.N. Baishya and Deputy Commissioner of Police (HQ) T.N. Mohan, Health Minister A.K. Walia said that during the last two months, action had been taken against 187 persons found guilty of storing or selling tobacco products within a 100-metre radius of educational institutions.

He said that five shops had been shut down and 40 shopkeepers hauled up for selling tobacco products to children under 18 years of age. Reeling out figures, the minister added, 211 persons had been arrested for violating the Anti-Smoking Act. Besides, as many as 58 cases are pending trial in the courts while 25 cases are pending investigation.

No matter if the law enforcement agencies are at their wits’ end, trying to implement the Supreme Court’s directive, banning smoking in public places, the Government has gone ahead and acted on the apex court’s directive. The decision to constitute special teams is similar to the ones, designated for upholding the ban on the premises of New Secretariat.

Officials say cigarette butts and paan stains spoil the aesthetics of what has come to be acknowledged as a posh office space for the law-makers. The move has been prompted by the express inability of PWD to keep the building clean and also save expenses that would otherwise go towards whitewashing, etc. The PWD shells out a handsome amount annually on sprucing up the complex.

Scepticism is not limited to law enforcement officials alone. The students of the Delhi University, for instance, say the move gives the policemen yet another chance to fleece the unsuspecting smokers. Instead of catching criminals and maintaining the law and order, the police would now be required to catch smokers who cause no law and order hassle as such, they add.
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Drunken drivers to be punished on the spot
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 20
All cases of drunken driving will attract an unprecedented penalty from now on, including immediate arrest, the city traffic police officials have said after the gory accident near Chirag Dilli on Sunday night, which claimed four lives.

The traffic police will be more stringent in their action as the incidence of uncouth behaviour on roads seems to be increasing. Those driving under the influence of alcohol will not be tolerated and would be punished on the spot, said the Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Mr Maxwell Pereira.

“As there is an increasing tendency of the college students and other rash drivers to speed up during night, the police will increase their vigil and book such persons. They really need to be taught a lesson. Winter also adds to the Delhi’s traffic problem,” said the official.

According to police sources, the call for stringent punishment came after the accident near Chirag Dilli flyover. The police disclosed that the three occupants of the ill-fated car, after having a gala time at a discotheque in a five-star hotel, drove the Maruti Esteem at a high speed, allegedly under the influence of alcohol. The car veered out of control and it clambered on to a pavement. Police also claimed to have recovered four beer bottles from the car wreckage.

Experts feel that drunken driving is a serious matter as an intoxicated person seldom realises the speed at which he is moving.

Police sources say that they will not allow the roads to be strewn with bodies, simply because someone believes that drinking does not impair his driving ability. If a group wants to drink, it should have a teetotaler driver, otherwise the consequences would be severe.
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Feel the ladies’ touch in Noida buses
Parmindar Singh

Noida, November 20
Beware of their winsome faces and nimble fingers. Many Noidaites have succumbed to their deft fingers. Women pickpockets are making their presence felt in Noida in a big way.

They usually target passengers in buses plying on the Delhi-Noida and Dadri-Ghaziabad routes and have spread their tentacles far and wide. Accompanied by young boys, these dainty damsels, well-manicured and attired in mod ensemble, operate in a group of four or five in buses on different routes. They can impress anyone with their fluent English.

As soon as any young man dares to ‘come close’ to them, their deft fingers show their craft. The girls alight from the bus immediately and by the time you regain your senses and discover the loss, they are already on the scent of another prey, another bus, another route.

Honsla Prasad Tiwari of Trilokpuri, employed in a factory in Sector-4, cannot ever forget the ride to his house after collecting his wages and bonus on Diwali-eve. Three or four well-groomed girls had forced their way into the bus after him. Hovering over him, they seem to cast a spell, which broke only when he realised girls had decamped with his bonus.

In another incident, an employee of the Greater Noida Authority was deprived of Rs 30,000 by a bevy of girls on November 7. Sunil Singh was carrying cash for the repair his house. When he reached Sector-37, after crossing Sector 12 and 22, his packet of money had vanished

Although he filed a report on November 7 in Sector-39 police station, the police are still clueless.

These pickpockets operate in over-crowded buses, where passengers are huddled together, holding overhead bars with one hand and with the other their effects, thus offering their monies to the pickpockets on a platter.

A leader of these pickpockets lives in New Ashok Nagar near Noida. He has been nabbed by the Noida police many times, but on each occasion, he managed to escape from the police dragnet.

A pickpocket don, Dharam Raj alias Dharma of Ghaziabad, who carried an award of Rs 10,000 on his head, died recently. Since then, the pickpockets, who were earlier operating in Ghaziabad, have shifted their base to Noida.

Golechakkar, Atta Pir, Sector 12-22 crossing and Sector-27 are the turf of the nimble-fingered gentry. They reportedly grease the palm of beat constables to remain in business.

The SP City, Umesh Kumar Singh, has said that the driver and conductor of the bus would henceforth be held responsible for incidents of pick-pocketing in their buses. How effective this proves to be, only time will tell. The incidence of pick pocketing is largely related to the over crowding of buses. As the light-fingered gentry move in buses packed like a tin of sardines, the measures of the long arm of the law may come a cropper if the other commuters continue to turn a Nelson’s eye to the nimble fingers.
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IN PARLIAMENT
Scores of complaints against cops
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 20
The problems faced by Delhiites at the hands of police personnel figured in Parliament today. As many as 2,727 complaints have been received against police personnel in the Capital, the Union Minister of State for Home, Mr Vidyasagar Rao, informed the Lok Sabha today.

In a written reply, he said 2,861 complaints against police personnel were received last year. While the vigilance branch was investigating 241 complaints against police personnel, the district police branches were looking into the complaints of 2,486 people against the men in uniform.

During 2001 (up to October 31), 44,626 crime cases were reported as against 46,799 cases reported in the corresponding period of the preceding year, he said. The data showed a decline of 4.64 per cent.

While the citizens cry foul of the police high-handedness, Delhiites continue to flout the rules and many are not even aware of them.

Playing loud music while driving a vehicle is prohibited in the Capital and many have violated this regulation unknowingly or otherwise. More than 5,000 vehicles had been challaned by the police till last month for playing loud music.

Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha was also informed that one more fire station would become functional by the end of this year. With the addition of this, the number of fire stations in the Capital would go up to 36.

The minister informed the House that the response time of Delhi Fire Service normally ranged from three to five minutes in urban areas and eight to 10 minutes in rural areas.

Besides, security arrangements for embassies and other vital installations in Delhi had been strengthened by deploying additional forces keeping in view of the intelligence inputs available, he said.

While the anthrax scare continues to haunt the US and other countries, the Lok Sabha was informed that the country was prepared to combat biological attack.

The Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mr Bachi Singh Rawat, said the country was self-sufficient in combating biological attack in view of the ongoing worldwide terrorist activities.

The minister said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had prepared a list of biological agents used as weapons by terrorist groups.

The list had been circulated to the Health Secretary and Directors of Health available Services of all states and Union Territories and central government hospitals advising precautionary steps.

The Prime Minister had expressed “serious concern” over the rampant corruption, lack of accountability and absence of redressal mechanism in the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the State Minister for Urban Development, Mr Bandaru Dattatreya, said.

The government had considered restructuring of the DDA through modernisation and rationalisation in different spheres of its activities so that it became more result oriented, he said.

Of the total 1,553 farmhouses surveyed by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) till October 15 this year, 1,426 were found to have violated sanctioned plan, Mr Dattatreya said.

The DDA’s survey on 407 farmhouses found violation of the sanctioned plan in 250 cases, he added.

The MCD and DDA had taken action on illegal constructions as per the relevant Act and rules, the Minister said. As many as 57 buildings in the Capital, including Gole Market, Gole Dak Khana, Connaught Place Lady Harding Medical College and Sacred Heart Cathedral had been identified as heritage buildings by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Mr Dattatreya said. 
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No groupism in Congress, says Surjewala
R. D. Sapra

Sonepat, November 20
Mr Samsher Singh Surjewala, a former president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) and a former minister, has ruled out any groupism in the state unit of the party. Addressing a press conference here last evening, he said that every party worker should have freedom to express his views and such an action should not be regarded as groupism.

He also informed that working committees would be constituted at all the district headquarters for strengthening the party base in the state. They should have been constituted a year ago but the state leadership failed to implement the decision of the party high command, he said.

Referring to the November 2 bandh for which the HPCC president, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had given a call, Mr Surjewala admitted that it evoked only a partial response and the party workers were responsible for its failure.

He said the present policies of the central and state governments were anti-farmer and anti-people and these policies were responsible for the suicides by farmers in different states. Most of the farmers, he said, were under debt and they were unable to repay the instalments.

Regarding the POTO, Mr Surjewala expressed apprehension that some provisions of the ordinance would be misused by the ruling party. He suggested that some alternative methods should be explored by the Union Government to check terrorism in the country. He claimed that the Congress had succeeded in curbing terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir by using the TADA but the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre had failed to check it.

He declared that the Congress would continue its struggle to oppose the POTO as it was against the democratic set up in the country. Mr Surjewala also criticised the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for interfering in the affairs in Uttar Pradesh and misleading the farmers of the state by making false promises to them.

He alleged that even after the eight-month period, the state government had not paid the amount of compensation to the farmers whose crops were damaged by the hailstorms. The party would continue its struggle to safeguard the interests of the farmers, he said.

Only the Congress Party could provide a stable government at the Centre and safeguard the unity and integrity of the country, he said and added that the Mrs

Sonia Gandhi was the only leader who could provide an alternative government at this juncture as the people were fed up with the functioning of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.

Mr Surjewala also lashed out at the Chief Minister who, he alleged, had backed out of the promises he made to the people at the time of the assembly elections. He appealed to the people of the state to rally behind the Congress and continue their struggle against the Chautala government which had levied taxes and put burden on them.

There was deep resentment among people against the Chautala government on the heavy dose of taxes put on them. He alleged that there was a jungle raj in Haryana making the people insecure, he added. The Congress, he said, had already launched a relentless struggle to dislodge this government from power.

Mrs Sumitra Chauhan, a member of the HPCC, also said that the people of the state wanted a change of the government in the state as the present one had failed to come up to their expectations.

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GLITZ & GLAMOUR
How about capris with short kurtas and chikan on chiffon?
Smriti Kak

SHE started her career as a fashion designer eight years back. Thus began her love affair with sequins and sarwoski. Rosy Suri's Boutique Rozelle is a statement of style. From the aesthetically rich interiors to the tastefully embroidered clothes, Rosy's Boutique reflects her creative genius.

"I have done up the interiors myself. Everything in this boutique is my creation", says the talented designer who has to her credit a number of fashion shows.

Rosy believes her strength lies in her ability to blend the west with the east, "I fuse the traditional with the modern. For instance, I give the sarees the look of a sarong or I team capris with short embroidered kurtas. This enables a modern, fashion conscious woman to get the best out of both styles". Her latest creation is the chikankari collection. "I have tried to give chikan a formal look. By using it on materials like chiffon and georgette, I have changed the look of the embroidery".

A favourite with brides, Rosy has showcased her talent in the Bridal Asia 2001, where she presented 50-60 dresses, including a trousseau collection for ceremonies like cocktails and engagements. For someone who became a mother at 18, she is planning to have another baby, only this time it will be in her new avatar as an accessory designer. "I keep getting calls from people about what jewellery to wear and how to design it. People are so fond of my designs, that most of the times they are borrowing mine. It's time I did something in that department as well", said the multi-faceted lady. Rosy is planning to organise a fashion show in the Capital as well as in Dubai, "I am not sure when exactly, but it will be soon". We'll wait for that Rosy.

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The metal with mettle

IN the late 1800s, a platinum wave swept the Czars of Russia, the Emperors of the West and the Maharajas of the East off their feet. In the 90s, it made waves as the reigning queens of Hollywood, with their 'platinum blonde' looks, captivated hearts. Now, in the 21st century, it has resurfaced as the metal with the mettle.

Platinum has always been identified with the glittering hue of diamonds. Think diamonds and you think of platinum. Traditionally diamonds are set in the white metal, which enhances their look and adds to their worth. And what's more, celebrities across continents have been very kind to this expensive white metal.

With divas like Madonna, Brooke Shields, Catherine Zeta Jones and Jennifer Lopez seen wearing platinum jewellery, the fashion die-hards are following suit.

Back home the Platinum Guild India (PGI) has announced the launch of 'The India Ogawa Line,' a collection of jewellery designed exclusively for India by renowned Japanese designer Kazuo Ogawa.

The India Ogawa Line is being manufactured here by Shrenuj, InterGold and Kama, a part of the PGI programme in India.

With a breathtaking variety of designs, the collection is aimed at appealing to the urban women, who consider jewellery as an extension of their personality. The collection will include several motif-based ranges.

The designer Kazuo Ogawa adds: "Platinum is timeless and bridges gaps between traditional and contemporary jewellery". Even royalty has a soft corner for it. The coronation crown that rests on the royal head of the queen Mother is carved from Platinum.

Divali bash

To celebrate the launch of India's first Superplex- AEZ Square in Vikaspuri,

Sanjeev Aerens, Managing Director, AEZ, hosted a party in the Bimal Deep Farms.

For the music lovers, Ahsan Bharti and his troop were flown in from Meerut to entertain the guests with the evergreen Qawalli.

The place had been thematically done up by Deekays and it sure did look like 'the fairy tale world'

The guest list included the Ambassador of Lebanon, Mr. Daneelall Seewoo, the High commissioner of Mauritius, Mr. Clairance S. Chinniah, deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, the Additional Commissioner of Police, Mr. R. Tiwari, and Management Councillor Mr. Jean Daniel.

Only for the rich and elite

Here is the good news for the 'elite and the upwardly mobile': A lifestyle store called Memoirs, offering lifestyle products, has opened its doors. Located in Mehrauli, the store offers antique furniture and fashion accessories. From antique Tibetan furniture -- which Memoirs claims was built by Monks in Tibetan monasteries -- to Pashmina shawls, there is plenty to catch the eye. The store is open only to the rich, says the Managing Director, Sandeep Aggarwal, "We are targeting the upper segment of the city, which is affluent and has class. Items showcased at Memoirs should not be compared to purchases of apparel or furniture.

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She has nannied four generations
Rajeev Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 20
When 19-year-old Timsy Khanna gave birth to a girl child on October 22, 2001, the entire clan rejoiced. Not because it was the first child in their house. Not because they, being a liberated lot, do not indulge in gender discrimination. The fact was that Timsy's baby had created a record of sorts in their household.

Timsy's baby, who is yet to be named, happens to be the 70th descendant of her great grandmother, Indira Devi. And all 70 are alive and together.

The baby also meant another record of sorts—five generations living together.

This record eclipsed another enviable record of Timsy's charming mother -Dolly- who became a granny at the age of just 42.

Timsy had broken a family record last year when she married Sumit Khanna, a Punjabi. Before this, no one in Timsy's Gupta family had ever married outside its caste.

But times have changed. When Timsy's great grandmother Indira Devi, now 78, got married she was only 14.Obviously, in 1937 society was much different.

"I had to remain in purdah all the time. It was decades before the purdah was lifted," says Indira Devi, still an agile woman, who washes her own clothes and cooks her own food despite a battery of servants at her disposal. She recalls endless rounds of persuasions from her daughter Radha Rani and Timsy's mother Dolly pleading for her consent for the Timsy-Sumit love marriage. Indira Devi ultimately gave up. After all, times have changed.

Indira Devi is now optimistic of achieving yet another record – remaining around when the sixth generation starts. At her today's level of fitness it is not difficult. To achieve this record, her descendants too would have to remain in the world for another 20 years.
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THE ACHIEVERS
Demolition man gives Meerut a face-lift
Priyanka Gupta

THE Abu Nullah is being cleaned for the first time in the history of Meerut. The Bombay Bazaar has a central parking and all encroachments have been removed. The chatwallas in Abu Lane have a new identity in 40 years with a separate chat bazaar being set up. All encroachments from Shiv Chowk are being removed and a ‘thela’ zone is being made for the vendors. Plastic bags have been banned completely and a fine of Rs250 imposed on violation. The Mall Road has been beautified and the process is still on. Painth Bazaar will soon be shifted to Bakery Lines and Lal Kurti will have more space. And the man behind this is none other than Brig K. T. G. Nambiar, the President of Meerut Cantonment Board and the Station Commander, a well-known figure by now and popular as the Demolition Man in league with the likes of Jagmohan and Khairnar.

Brigadier Nambiar took over as Sub Area Commander in Meerut on December 15last year and in a tenure that’s just nine months’ old, this fiery brigadier with a foresightedness that envisions “a Meerut 40 years from now” is set to achieve what no other promise maker has. He doesn’t merely say all this.. He acts and makes things possible- something the people of Meerut had never come across earlier.

“And therefore, faith was slow to come by. But it did. And once people have faith and they know whatever you are doing is for their good there’s nothing that can stop them. Resistance to change is obvious but barriers break when the change is for the better”, he says in a soft voice that is in sharp contrast with the usual Army baritone.

With internal security and administration of 14 districts of UP under him, Brigadier Nambiar has chalked out a plan for the betterment of the cantonment. He has approached the Ministry of Defence for a separate enforcement agency “that will help me to carry on my work and assist me in implementing the zoning of the cantonment area,” he said. He has asked for a magistrate, four deputy superintendents of police and a platoon of PACs to be dedicated to the cantonment, who will be paid by the cantonment.

Also, Brigadier Nambiar says that the land mafia and the political pressure had led to unauthorised construction in the entire cantonment. area. “It is because of this that a separate tribunal with the powers of a high court is being set up in Delhi to handle land cases and they are treating Meerut as a pilot case. And I believe in cooperative management whereby each member of the team has a target oriented task to perform. A sense of achievement is therefore enhanced,” he added.

Brigadier Nambiar proved his statement when he turned a dilapidated Upper Primary Government School building in Savrinj village in Jodhpur district into a beautiful model school. “We involved children and the people of the village in the extensive repair and maintenance of the building. Toilets and staff rooms were constructed and blackboards, tables and benches were provided. We got 100 trees planted and each tree was put entirely under the care of one child.”

Apart from all this demolition and settlement, he also organised medical camps in Jaisalmer and then in Meerut.

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BKU plans to hold dharnas on Dec 2
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November20
The Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union has decided to organise dharnas in front of the residences of Members of the Lok Sabha in Haryana on December 2 next to focus their attention on the deteriorating financial position of the farmers in view of not being given remunerative price for their produce by the government.

A spokesman of the union told mediapersons here today that the union leaders would also submit a charter of demands to them, urging them to raise their voice in the Lok Sabha regarding the problems faced by farmers in the light of anti-farmer policies pursued by the central and the state governments.

He also decried the arrests of the farmers by the authorities of the Revenue Department for their failure to repay the amount of instalments of the loans given to them by various financial agencies. He also strongly condemned the action of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam for registering false power theft cases against the farmers and warned that the union would launch a direct action if the registration of such cases was not stopped immediately.

The spokesman disclosed that a meeting of the union would be held on November 28 next at Ladwa to chalk out the future course of action for launching a struggle against the government.

He also disclosed that a two-day training camp commencing from December 4 would be held at Kurukshetra in which farmers of all districts would take part. The union would organise a function on November 24 next to honour all farmers who were arrested by the police on some pretext or the other in a bid to boost their morale.

Hauled up

At least 50 passengers were hauled up by a party of Railway officials at Gohana railway station, about 35 km from here, on Monday as they were found travelling without ticket on the Kalka-bound Ekta Express.

According to a report, the ticketless passengers were tried on the spot and those who could not pay the fare and the fine were taken to Panipat.
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SONEPAT
Team to meet Governor on park demolition
Our Correspondent

A deputation of the Dr Ambedkar Vichardhara Sangathan will meet the Haryana Governor, Mr Babu Parmanand, on November 22 in Chandigarh to lodge its protest against the demolition of Dr Ambedkar Park in the city by the district administration recently.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the organisation held here on Monday on the call of the Dr B R Ambedkar Park Bachao Sangharsh Samiti. Representatives of a number of Dalit organisations took part in the meeting.

The meeting also decided to launch an agitation against the state government if the Governor failed to take stern action against the officials responsible for the demolition of the park.

The meeting demanded that the bus stand chowk should be constructed after the name of Dr Ambedkar where a big statue of the constitutional stalwart should be installed. Mr Aman Kumar Nagar, a former MP, and Mr Rajiv Jain, general secretary of the Haryana Vikas Party, were among those who were present at the meeting.

Mobike stolen

Two unidentified miscreants allegedly robbed Mr Balraj, a resident of Israna village, of his motorcycle at pistol point near Pugthala village, about 25 km from here, Monday night.

According to a report, Mr Balraj was going on his motorcycle from Ganaur to his village when he was waylaid by the culprits who forcibly snatched the vehicle from him and fled.

Mr Balraj lodged an FIR with the police post at Khuburu. The police swung into action and chased the miscreants but failed to apprehend them.

Woman burnt

A labourer woman, Ram Bai, sustained serious burns when her clothes caught fire at a brick-kiln of Sehoti village, about 25 km from here, Monday night. The cause of the fire was not known. She was rushed to the local civil hospital from where she was sent to a Delhi hospital for further treatment, where her condition was described as critical.

Falls from train

Mr Dev Chander, a resident of the city, was injured seriously when he fell down from a moving train while getting down from it at the Gharaunda railway station, about 70 km from here, on Monday. He was admitted to the local civil hospital. According to reports, he belonged to Darbhanga (Bihar) and has been working in a rice sheller at Gharaunda.

8 pleas settled

As many as eight complaints were received at an open weekly darbar held by Mr Jeet Singh Mehra, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, at Ganaur, a sub-divisional town 16 km from here, on Monday.

According to official sources, all the complaints were disposed of on the spot.

Transferred

Mr S. N. Roy, Deputy Commissioner, has ordered the transfer of all the registration clerks, arms licensing clerks and driving licensing clerks at Sonepat, Gohana and Ganaur with immediate effect following the orders of the state government. The step has been taken to curb the corruption prevalent in the administration.

Free woollens

Mr Satpal Singh Chauhan, a veteran Congress leader, on Monday gave away woollen goods and text-books to students from poor families at a function organised by the Gram Vikas Sangathan at Jatheri village, about 8 km from here. A colourful cultural programme was presented by students on the occasion.
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Govt schools to have councils
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 20
To bring on par with public schools and also to ensure better standards, the Government of the National Capital Region of Delhi will constitute governing councils in government-run schools.

Announcing this decision after laying the foundation stone of a school in Anand Vihar in East Delhi today, the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, said that such councils would prove beneficial in improving the quality of education in government-run schools and offer students better avenues.

Education Minister Narendra Nath who was present on the occasion said that the building of the school would be constructed within two years. He also said that the school would be extended up to senior secondary level at a later stage.

Bawana plots

In a concession to allottees of industrial plots in Bawana, the Industry Minister, Mr Narendra Nath, today said that the Delhi Financial Corporation would realise only 7.5 per cent on the loan amount. The Corporation had earlier proposed a rate of 15 per cent on the amount.

Also, allottees would not have to produce two guarantors for the purpose. He added that the government had already extended the deadline of securing loan from the Delhi Financial Corporation to November 29.
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Water supply to be hit
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 20
Water supply will be affected tomorrow evening in Sector 3 in Rohini and EU Block in Pitampura due to annual flushing of booster pumping stations at C-12, Sector 3, Rohini and EU Block, Pitampura. Water tankers will be available at telephone number 7464656.

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Envy led to colleague’s killing
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 20
The North-West district police today claimed to have solved the mystery behind a murder that had taken place at Samrat Enclave in the night of Divali with the arrest of two persons, including the victim’s colleague who allegedly planned the killing.

The arrested were Anil Rao Gulao Kokar Dey (19), son of Gulab Rao Kohar Dey from Maharashtra, and Sanjay (20), son of Ram Narain and resident of the Wazirpur Industrial Area. Meanwhile, another accused, Deepu, has absconded and the district police have launched a manhunt for him.

The highly decomposed body of Suresh Kumar, alias Pandit (35), was found from building no 1, Samrat Enclave, in Uttar Pradesh. Suresh used to work in C-58/2 in the Wazirpur Industrial Area. He also used to work as a guard at C-2/28 in the same area and was residing at the house of his employer, Mr Ashok Gupta, at Samrat Enclave.

Suresh with his good salary and meagre expenditure had saved a good amount of money, which had reportedly aroused the envy of his co-worker in the factory, Anil Rao.

Anil and his friend Sanjay, also from the same area, allegedly hatched a conspiracy and decided to take away the money by killing Suresh. For this, they hired one more person, Deepu, who belonged to Rai Bareilly district. On the fateful night, Deepu managed to stay with Suresh in his room in Samrat Enclave. Suresh had planned to go to his native village to celebrate Divali the next day.

However, after Suresh fell asleep, Deepu hit him with a brick and strangled him with a wire. Immediately after killing Suresh, he searched the baggage but was unlucky to find only Rs 500, a kurta, a jacket and a sari, as Suresh had kept his Rs 15,000 with his employer. All these fetched Deepu only a paltry sum.
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Mother-son duo held for duping
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 20
Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police arrested a woman and her son for cheating lakhs of rupees from hundreds of people.

The suspects, Kitabunnisa and her son, Anwar Azad, were arrested from Shakarpur area of East Delhi where they had been hiding. The suspects had a finance company, `Shreshth Priya Finance’ in Shakarpur and lured people into investing their money in the company on the pretext of giving more interest. About Rs 80 lakh were deposited in the company. The suspects and their accomplices ran away after closing the company as people had started withdrawing their money. Their accomplices are still absconding. 
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One held with 1.5 kg heroin
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 20
With the arrest of a person, the Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a racket in drug trafficking and seized 1.5 kg heroin.

The suspect, Dinesh Kumar, who came from Jhalawar district in Rajasthan, was arrested by the narcotics branch of the Delhi Police. Jhalawar is known to produce indigenous heroin, police said. The narcotics branch received a tip-off that the suspect would reach Delhi to deliver a sizeable consignment to someone in Dhaula Kuan. A raiding party, deployed there, arrested the suspect and recovered the heroin from him. During interrogation, the suspect disclosed that he had been lured into drug trafficking to make money for his marriage and honeymoon.

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