Wednesday, December 5, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Four inducted in ‘new-look’ Cabinet
Ramesh Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 4
Putting to rest seemingly endless six days of speculation over the composition of the “new-look” Council of Ministers, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday finally forwarded four names to the Rashtrapati Bhawan for the approval of the President.

The four new faces to be included in the revamped Cabinet are Ajay Maken, Haroon Yousuf, Deep Chand Bandhu and Raj Kumar Chauhan, whose names were handed over to Lieutenant-Governor Vijai Kapoor in the morning. While Mr Maken was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister, Yousuf occupied the post of Chairman, State Waqf Board. Bandhu is a former Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President.

The quartet are to replace Mr Narendra Nath, Mr Yoganand Shastri, Mr Pervez Hashmi and Ms Krishna Tirath. Only two ministers from the old team find place in the Cabinet. They are Mr Mahender Singh Saathi and Dr Ashok Kumar Walia.

The decision was arrived late on Monday night after the Chief Minister and All India Congress Committee General Secretary in-charge of Delhi affairs Kamal Nath sat together to iron out differences.

Soon after leaving 10 Janpath, the duo drove down to the 1 Tughlak Road residence of Mr Kamal Nath where the blueprint was drafted. And it was communicated to the party high command which gave the go-ahead. Chief Secretary P.S. Bhatnagar called on the Lieutenant-Governor on Tuesday and handed over sealed envelopes containing the names of the four ministers-designate.

Ms Dikshit and Mr Kamal Nath had held meetings with Congress President Sonia Gandhi over the past couple of days to hammer out a consensus over the names in the fractious party unit in the city. The meeting on Monday night was a last-ditch attempt at just that. Though Mr Nath denied any dissension within the party on the composition of the Cabinet, serious differences had reportedly cropped up between him and the Chief Minister on the number of ministers to be dropped. While Mr Kamal Nath favoured a radical departure, Ms Dikshit preferred the removal of only two ministers – Social Welfare Minister Krishna Tirath and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Yoganand Shastri.

In its endeavour to strike the right balance of youth and experience in the Cabinet, the party high command seems to have given caste considerations the go-by. The Vaish community has gone unrepresented in the new Council of Ministers. There is a minister each representing the Sikh, Muslim, Jat and Scheduled Caste communities and two from the Punjabi community. A new Cabinet was precipitated by the en masse resignations on November 28 of all the six ministers, ostensibly to give a free hand to the Chief Minister to infuse dynamism into the ministry.

The Chief Minister has requested the Lieutenant-Governor for an early date for the swearing-in ceremony.

Mr Rama Kant Goswami has been made the Parliamentary Secretary in place of Mr Maken. Mr Mangat Ram Singhal continues to be the chief party whip in the assembly.


Nath dubs it a ‘generational change’

Haroon Yusuf: Yusuf, like Maken, started his political career with the All India Youth Congress of which he is a former general secretary. He represents the Ballimaran constituency in Chandni Chowk in the Delhi Assembly, from where he has won twice. He was holding the post of chairman, Delhi Waqf Board, before being inducted into the Cabinet.

Ajay Maken: A former president of the Delhi University Students Union, Ajay Maken (37) was also general secretary of the All India Youth Congress. He was made office bearer of the youth wing in 1985-86. He represents the Rajouri Garden Assembly constituency and is a second-time MLA.

Deep Chand Bandhu: A former Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president, Bandhu was also a member of the party’s central election committee which oversaw the selection of candidates for the general elections. A Jat, he also fought the civic elections and was a councillor in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. He brings with him over 3 decades of political experience.

Raj Kumar Chauhan: A second-time legislator representing the Mangolpuri (reserved) constituency, Raj Kumar Chauhan has been the president of the Najafgarh District Congress Committee. The 40-year-old Chauhan was also general secretary of Outer Delhi unit of the party. He is the Dalit face in the Cabinet.


This round goes to Kamal Nath
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 4
It was an engrossing match that engaged the attention of Delhiites for six days. There were no winners or losers, though rival teams claimed their respective victories.

Precipitated by the en masse resignations of the six ministers on Wednesday last, the discussions on Cabinet formation stretched into ‘extra time.’ Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s endless rounds of talks with All India General Secretary Kamal Nath on the nature and shape of her Council of Ministers could be resolved only after the party high command intervened.

A “new-look” Cabinet is now in place. Described as “a generational change” by Mr Kamal Nath, the four ministers-designate are all second-time MLAs and, except for Mr Deep Chand Bandhu, represent the youthful face of the Congress. The biggest casualty of the revamp, however, has been the erosion of the chief minister’s stamp of authority and prerogative of constituting her Council of Ministers. The tug-of-war over composition of the ministry seems to have gone in Mr Nath’s favour, who reportedly favoured a radical revamp with retention of only two ministers.

Whatever doubts there may have been on this count were dispelled by Mr Kamal Nath himself, who made it known that it was a “Congress Ministry” and that the party high command took the decision keeping the best interests of the party in mind. (While Ms Dikshit was in favour of dropping only two ministers, the party high command insisted on a radical departure and got four new faces inducted.) Post-reshuffle, it might be the chief minister’s neck on the block more than anybody else’s, given that the dissident camp has shown no signs of relenting just as yet.

Amid all this there is also the need to put up a united front ahead of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi polls, slated for February next year. The battle may be over, but there’s still a war ahead as control of the civic body is considered crucial for the electoral prospects of the Congress in the next Assembly elections slated for 2003. While the pro-Sheila camp grudgingly acknowledges that four ministers were dropped against her wishes, they claim the chief minister has scored a victory by getting her loyalists inducted into the Cabinet.

Already, a fresh bout of dissidence seems to be brewing. Prominent leaders in the trading community, to which Nath belonged, said the removal of Nath would cost the party dear in the ensuing civic polls. Meanwhile, rejecting the contention of corruption cases against Shastri, sources close to him said that he had been made a “scapegoat” for no fault of his. They also warned of a tough time ahead for the party in the civic polls. Party sources said that Dikshit might have a tough time ahead in keeping her flock together.


Akali factions trade charges over DSGMC fiscal ‘mess’
R. Suryamurthy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 4
The Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi (Tohra faction) today alleged that the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal)-run Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee had committed severe financial irregularities.

“Funds worth several crores have been misappropriated by the present committee. An independent agency should audit the accounts and criminal proceedings should be initiated against those found guilty,” Paramjit Singh Sarna, president of the SAD-Delhi, said here today.

He said: “Funds of the gurdwaras have been misused, resulting in the non-payment of cheques worth Rs 2 crore to different persons.”

Mr Sarna alleged that the DSGMC held fixed deposits worth Rs 14.5 crore in its accounts 18 months ago when Mr Avtar Singh Hit took over as the president.

“Today, it holds a fixed deposit of only about Rs 2.5 crore. The rest of the amount has been misused by the DSGMC,” he charged.

Apart from this, the committee has accepted premature payment of fixed deposits, held in the names of Sikh institutions of management and engineering.

Mr Sarna, who headed the committee before Mr Hit took over, said, “When I came to power, there was a fixed deposit of Rs 2.5 crore in the gurdwara accounts. When my committee left, there was a fixed deposit worth Rs 9.5 crore.”

Countering the allegations, Mr Avtar Singh Hit told the NCR Tribune, “Every rupee spent has been accounted for.”

“The gurdwaras have been computerised to ward off such allegations. The collection in gurdwaras has gone up by Rs 10 lakh after computerisation,” he said.

The DSGMC president claimed that “there was no pending payment to any person and the premature payment was taken for hospital, college and other institutional functions, which were approved by the executive committee.”

Stating that he was ready for an audit by an independent agency into the accounts of the DSGMC, Mr Hit said: “I would not let the accounts of the committee be shown merely to please my political opponents.”

Mr Sarna has also made allegations of irregularities in the gurdwara computerisation. He had charged that the committee spent over Rs 1 crore on computerisation, a task that could have been achieved with a few lakhs of rupees.

The DSGMC had countered the allegation, stating that his committee had computerised the gurdwara financial accounts to make the system transparent. The process of computerisation by linking all gurdwaras and schools would continue despite the allegations by political rivals, he added.


Motorists, beware of dainty ‘damsels in distress’
J T Vishnu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 4
Car-owners, or those planning to buy a car, watch out! Think twice before giving a lift to seemingly charming ladies, lest you invite trouble through your door. This is the special plea of police authorities to the motorists in the city.

In the latest modus operandi, the gangsters are increasingly using pretty women to rob car-owners.

This is what happened to Ramesh Agarwal, a Karol Bagh businessman. While returning from his shop on Saturday night a beautiful girl asked him for a lift at Keshavpuram. He stopped the car, and invited her inside. As they reached the Punjabi Bagh flyover, three youngmen armed with knives signalled the car to stop.

When the car came to a halt, the woman politely asked him to hand over all the valuables. She threatened to shout and inform the police that he had kidnapped her and tried to molest her. Aggarwal promptly handed over Rs 1,000 and his wristwatch. But they asked for more. She further threatened that she would tell his wife that he had illicit relations with her.

They demanded Rs 20,000 and asked him to meet them at Raja Garden the next day. However, the businessman informed the police and the culprits were nabbed.

The lady accomplice hailed from Panipat. She confessed to her involvement in as many as 56 such cases of extortion.

The police authorities have asked the public to be careful before giving a lift to anyone. On their part, the police will set up special teams to nab such women on the prowl.

These ‘princesses of darkness’ find it easy to operate at night. Most of them join some gang and are paid handsomely.

Incidentally, a number of college girls were also found thumbing for lift at different places. They often find themselves in a jam when they are molested. One can see them at places like South Campus, Andrews Ganj, Rao Tula Ram Marg, near cinema halls and, of course, near their colleges.

“We take lifts as we don’t have cars. Buses are normally jam-packed during peak hours and auto-drivers charge hefty amounts. So, we try to take lift when we move in groups,” says Mona an undergraduate in South Campus.

However, that proves to be their funeral. They pay a hefty price for enjoying free rides. A college girl once took lift from a diplomat who turned out to be a wolf. He took the girl home and molested her.


NGO strives to make Gurgaon more liveable
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, December 4
A recently formed voluntay organisation, Society for Urban Regeneration of Gurgaon (SURGE), headed by the country’s former Foreign Secretary, Mr J.N.Dixit, today donated seven Hero Honda CBZ motorcycles to the Haryana Police to help maintain law and order in Gurgaon.

The members of the SURGE, include the Managing Director of an English daily, Asian Age, Mr M.J.Akbar; the former Air Marshal, Mr S.K.Sareen; the President of Pepsi Foods Limited, Mr P.M.Sinha; the Chairman and Managing Director of Inapex Limited, Mr Mr Vijay Mathur; and the Director of Indian Investment Centre, Mr N.N.Vohra besides Mr Ashok Nehru. Several top executives of multinational companies are also associated with it.

The dignitaries from various walks of life formed SURGE to address the issues related to the development of urban Gurgaon. After its formation a year back, SURGE has taken up various issues with the functionaries of the Haryana Government.

Handing over the keys of the motorcycles to the IG, Gurgaon Range, Mr Ranjeev Dalal, the SURGE delegation said that three more motorcycles would be donated to the Haryana Police shortly. They also promised logistical help to the police to ensure better law and order.

Gurgaon is in a melting pot, the members said, as it is fast developing into a destination for corporates and individuals. Thus, it becomes necessary to address the security concerns of the city.

“Providing transportation to the police department will greatly facilitate patrolling, and thereby, increase the visibility of security enforcers in the areas,” they said.

SURGE has recommended certain measures to make Gurgaon a still better place. It advocates for the police commissioner system and demands more police stations. Besides, it has asked for modern transport and weapon system. It has also recommended water-harvesting, better sewerage, management of solid waste and commercialisation of residential areas.


Residents livid at DDA follies
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, December 4
The residents of south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj are only getting angrier with each passing day as the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) continues to turn a blind eye to the area’s problems and all the residents’ requests and complaints seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

The residents are now threatening to take agitational methods if the track record of the DDA does not improve soon.

The development of Rajiv Vatika is hardly visible, even after repeated promises made by a number of politicians. Let alone improving, Rajiv Vatika is deteriorating with the passage of time.

Sources said the DDA is using debris, instead of mud, to fill up the vatika. And the reason for this is that a truck full of debris costs only Rs 100 whereas the same amount of mud would cost Rs 1,500. Obviously, the DDA is making a lot of money. But, what purpose will it serve for the residents? Can trees grow on debris?

Moreover, the DDA seems to be an expert in changing land use.

Just a look at the Vasant Kunj area will show how extensively land use has been drastically modified. In Sector C-8, there stands a school where there should have been a park according to the original Master Plan. On Nelson Mandela Road, there are institutions on land meant for Other Common Facilities (OCF), as marked in the Master Plan.

DDA approved a Zonal Development Layout Plan for the entire Vasant Kunj in 1988, whereby a total area of 97.5 hectares of land was earmarked for Vasant Kunj. Of this, an area of 18.55 acres was earmarked as Green Area for Sector C.

India International Rural Cultural Centre, Institute of Social Sciences and International Bhajan Sikh-a Sewa Mission, all three of them situated on Nelson Mandela Road, bang opposite the DDA office, have allegedly encroached upon a part of a park of Sector C-1, developed by the DDA at the time of the allotment of flats.

“There was a proper boundary wall in between the park and the area now allotted to the various associations and institutes at concessional rates,” said Yogesh Khanna, president of the Forum of RWAs of Vasant Kunj.

The allotment of land to these so-called institutions is, allegedly, illegal and without jurisdiction as they do not fall within the parameters of OCF, as defined under the Delhi Apartment Ownership Act, 1986. The term OCF clearly denotes Other Common Facilities, which are meant for the residents.

Junior Engineer, Brahma Dutt admitted there was something “fishy going on” but said he had “no clue” about it. “Definitely, some changes have been made from the original Master Plan but I am not aware of them,” he said.

Another senior DDA official told NCR Tribune, on condition of anonymity: “No one has the power to tamper with the Master Plan. We cannot do it. Whatever building stands today is marked in the Master Plan. We can’t just change the Master Plan. We are doing our job. Residents just need something to talk about.”

To add to the residents’ woes, there has been no civil work on the Masoodpur drain that carries all the waste from the dairy.

The roads in the area are pathetic. About a couple of years ago, when the then Urban Development Minister, Jagmohan came to inaugurate the park in front of B-8, the authorities just spread tar on the road to show that they were in fine shape.


Haryana BKU gets restive, warns of agitation on SYL
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 4
The Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has decided to intensifying its agitation to press the demand for the construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal in the Punjab territory.

A spokesman of the BKU told mediapersons here today that if it became necessary, the union would launch a non-Cupertino agitation against both the state and Central governments to force them to take immediate steps for the early completion of this canal that is considered the lifeline for the farmers of Haryana.

The spokesman said that the non-completion of this canal had led to shortage of canal water in southern parts of the state and ruined its crops.

The continuous drought conditions, lack of winter rains and scarcity of power and canal water had also hit the sowings of the rabi crops particularly wheat making the farmers worried about the prevailing situation in the state.

He also decried the increase in the rates of certified seeds, fertilisers, pesticides, abiana, diesel, power and water rates and regretted that the government had utterly failed to give appropriate remunerative price to the farmers for their produce marketed by them every year.

The spokesman also criticised the state government for its failure to enhance the support price of sugarcane and said that the sugarcane growers were feeling distressed on account of non-payment of arrears by the owners of sugar mills.

He warned that if immediate steps were not taken by the government to safeguard the interests of the farmers, they would have no alternative but to launch a statewide agitation against it.

The spokesman urged the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee to immediately intervene in the matter and resolve the dispute with Punjab on the SYL canal and river waters.

This, he said, would provide justice to the people of Haryana who were agitating for the last 35 years or so. He charged both the Haryana and the Punjab governments with adopting delaying tactics in resolving the on going disputes and fooling the people on one pretext or the other. The farmers are in a mood to take on the government if it doesn’t accept its demand.


Joshi defends deletions
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 4
The Human Resource Development Minister, Mr Murli Manohar Joshi, today said here today that the use of offensive language against and misleading information about Jainism or other religious must be deleted from the text books without any delay. He was addressing a delegation of the Jain Samaj.

He also referred to a conference held by UNESCO during which he had stated that Jainism could prove to be the solution to the existing violence. Thus the Jain Samaj, which has always served the society selflessly, should come forward to provide nutritious diet to the deprived and under-privileged children.

The delegation of the Jain Samaj under the leadership of Chakresh Jain submitted a memorandum, explaining the objectionable and wrong information inserted in NCERT textbooks being taught in schools. The memorandum further stated that in spite of the orders issued by the CBSE for the deletion of certain references about Tirthankaras of Jains, still the very fundamental fact of Jainism being established or started by Lord Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara, remains in the books.


MCF legalises 922 water connections
Tribune News Service

As many as 922 illegal connections of water supply have been regularised in the NIT zone here so far in the special drive launched last month.

The Municipal Corporation of Faridabad here has reportedly earned a revenue of about Rs 1.11 crore from the regularisation process. The corporation proposes to hold similar camps in Old Faridabad and Ballabgarh zones also.

Tax bill with no issue date

Municipal corporation authorities here have issued a house tax bill without any date of issue on it to a consumer in the NH-I locality of NIT area here.

The bill number 4447042 charges the consumer Rs 4,000 and mentions that if it is paid within 15 days, he could avail a rebate benefit of 10 per cent. The bill is for the year 2000-2001, but it has no issuing date.

A marriage that improved road

The marriage of a kin of a senior official of the Haryana Government saw the condition of a road improved in a colony of Sector 7 here recently.

It is reported that lanes of the colony, which had been lying “unattended” for long, was re-carpeted just a couple of days before the marriage of the daughter of a senior official residing in the colony. Several visitors to the locality were surprised to see the change, and one of them commented that “such occasions do have an affect on the neighbourhood”.


‘Re-open access gate to post office’
Our Correspondent

The Friends Colony Residents Welfare Association has appealed to the district administration to urge the zila parishad to reopen the access gate to the sub-post office from the colony side. As the gate from the colony is closed by the Zila Parishad, thousands of residents of nearby colonies such as Friends Colony, Housing Board Colony, Kirti Nagar, Patel Nagar etc have been inconvenienced. Residents of these colonies have requested the administration to reopen the gate at least from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on every working day.

Cartoons from Japan, India

An exhibition of cartoons from Japan and India, Smile a While, is being held at Gallerie Selections, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon. The show will be on till December 12.

A former union minister, Mr Vasant Sathe, and the Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan, Mr Wataru Nishigahira, inaugurated the exhibition on Sunday.

The participating cartoonists include Padmashree Mario de Miranda, who received the “Man of the Year” award from Goa in 1998, Mr Morita Kenji of Japan, who was awarded the 20th Japan Cartoonists Association Grand Prize 1991, and Knokke Heist Cartoon Contest in Belgium in 1992. Eight paintings of Dr K. T. Raja, the scientist and educationist, on the “Turning Points in Ramayana” are on display in the show. Suhel Khan, a cartoonist in `Aftab Daily’ of Kashmir has also exhibited some of his works. The organiser of the exhibition, Ms Madhu Jain, said that she intended to exhibit the artworks of the selected artists for the selected persons.

Computer quiz contest held

Leading schools of Gurgaon participated in an Inter-School Computer Quiz Contest, organised by S D Adarsh Vidyalaya (SADV), Tikri, Gurgaon. The quiz witnessed several interesting rounds of which the last, the rapid fire round, saw many twists and turns


SP slams police sammelans
Our Correspondent

The state president of women’s wing of the Samajwadi Party, Mrs Kanta Aldia, has described the Sadbhavna Sammelans organised by the police in Haryana as a farce and has advised the police administration to restore law and order instead of playing gimmicks. Mrs Aldia said in a statement here today that the law and order enforcing machinery in the state had collapsed and murders were being committed in broad daylight even on the court premises. She said that the police had failed to arrest those persons who had misbehaved with her one-and-a-half months back because of the police-criminal nexus. On the other hand, the police and the district administration were busy in hushing up the case registered by her with the police.

BSNL officers defer dharna

The Telecom Engineering Officers Association has deferred its one-day dharna at all the offices of General Managers (Telecom) in the country scheduled for tomorrow in view of the assurances given by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

The association said here today that the BSNL had assured it that proportionate Sub Divisional Engineers (SDE) posts would be sanctioned in the India Mobile Personal Communication Service (IMPCS) projects. The BSNL had also assured the association that it was willing to provide opportunity for the Junior Telecom Officers and SDEs to work in IMPCS projects by giving suitable in-service training if required.

The association also expressed apprehension on the much-expected mobile services by the BSNL. The services might not be introduced in the current financial year.

It also felt that the BSNL’s entry into cellular service was getting delayed due to one or the other objections.

Illegal clusters demolished

The demolition squad of the district administration on Tuesday demolished roads and boundary walls illegally constructed in a privately established locality near HUDA Sector 2,3 and 4. The drive was also carried out in two similar localities on the Sunarian road.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, said that notices were issued to the plot holders by the Town and Country Planning Department 45 days ago. He said a team of district officials carried out the drive when the plot holders did not clear the unauthorised structures themselves. The Deputy Commissioner also appealed to the colony builders to get regularised their localities well in time so as to protect the residents form undue harassment.


Recruitment of constables: last date for receiving applications extended
Our Correspondent

The Haryana Government has extended the last date for the receipt of application forms for the recruitment of 675 constables, including technical constables, for the first India Reserve Battalion sanctioned for the state up to December 18.

According to an official press release, the candidates must submit their application forms before December 17 at the offices of the SPs in Ambala, Rohtak, Hisar and Gurgaon but they must contact the recruitment board concerned on December 18 for further details of the recruitment.

The candidates can also appear before the recruitment boards at any of the above-mentioned centres with the application forms on December 18 up to 5 pm.

The candidates should not be over 27 years and younger than 18 years on November 1 this year. However, there is a relaxation of five years of age for the Scheduled Castes and backward classes candidates. While the general candidates should be 5’9” tall except those from reserve category as they have a relaxation of one inch in height and chest measurements.

Drama contest for publicity

The Haryana Public Relations Department has decided to organise a state-level drama competition for its 10 drama parties on January 8 and 9 at Karnal in a bid to improve the functioning of this important publicity medium.

According to an official press release, it would also help in improving the acting talent of the artistes and giving effective publicity to the government schemes and programmes.

The competitions of bhajan parties and block publicity workers would also be held at the divisional level on December 12 to adjudge their performance in the bhajan reciting and speech making. Such competitions will be held at Ambala, Gurgaon, Hisar and Rohtak under the supervision of the senior officers of the department.

The winners securing first, second and third positions in the drama competition would be given a cash award of Rs 2,100, Rs 1,100 and Rs 500, respectively. Similarly, the winners of the first three positions of the bhajan parties would be given a cash award of Rs 1,200, Rs 600 and Rs 300 and of the block publicity party Rs 500, Rs 250 and Rs 150, respectively.

CM condoles Dahiya’s death

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, condoled the death of Hukam Singh Dahiya, a former minister and Congress leader and visited his residence in the West Ram Nagar area here today to express his sympathy with the members of the bereaved family.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion, Mr Chautala paid rich tributes to Mr Dahiya and described him as a social activist. Mr Dahiya had done commendable work for the welfare of the downtrodden and weaker sections of the society, he said.

Students given prizes

Mr I. D. Chugh, Director of the Atlas Cycle Industries Ltd, gave away the prizes and trophies to the meritorious students of Jankidas Kapur Public School at its annual day and prize distribution function held here on Tuesday.

Earlier, a colourful cultural programme was presented on the occasion. Hindi, Sanskrit and English plays, songs, instrument music, Qawalis etc were the main attraction of the audience. The programme ended with a Shiv Pooja dance by Alisha, a student of Class VII.

Elected chief of handball body

Mr Hardeep Singh Doon, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Headquarters), was unanimously elected president of the Handball Association of Sonepat district here on Monday.

Mr Ram Mehar Chhikara, secretary of the district Handball Association, told mediapersons here on Monday that the names of other office-bearers would be announced shortly.

Housewife commits suicide

A young housewife, Mrs Pushpa, is reported to have committed suicide by taking insecticide tablets at her house at Juan village, about 15 km from here, on Monday. The police believe it to be a case of dowry harassment and have started investigations. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

‘Suspend two hospital staff’

Residents of Khewra village on Tuesday sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, demanding the immediate suspension of two employees of the local civil hospital responsible for the alleged beating up of the husband and neighbour of a woman patient in the night of December 1.

The memorandum also alleged that the woman patient was not provided medicines by the duty staff and all her medicines had to be purchased from the market by the relatives of the patient.

It also warned that if no action was taken by the authorities concerned against these employees, the residents would gherao them and stage demonstrations.

Two thefts in city

Thieves have once again become active in and around the city for the past few days and a series of thefts have caused resentment among local residents.

According to a report, thieves broke open the locks of a dental clinic in the Gita Bhawan area in the wee hours on Tuesday and decamped with goods worth several thousands of rupees from it. The police immediately swung into action and deployed a dog squad but failed to trace the culprits.

According to another report, the thieves also entered a teashop on the Mehlana road here Monday night and took away a LPG cylinder and other goods.


Power workers observe protest day
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 4
Members of the All Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union wore black badges and staged demonstration as part of the protest day observed here against the present attitude and policies of the state government towards the demands of its employees.

Dharnas were staged at all the sub-divisional offices of the Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam in the district.


Mother of five found murdered
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 4
Two murders and one attempt to murder were reported from different areas of the Capital today.

In the first incident, Rukhsana (38), who was a mother of five children, was found dead at her house in the Sunder Nagari area of North-East district this morning. Strangulation marks were visible on her neck.

She reportedly did not have good relation with her husband, Lal Khan, a TSR driver. They used to fight often on trivial matters and had a fight last night too, the police said. A case of murder had been registered and a manhunt launched to trace Lal Khan, police said.

In the second incident, Amit (25), a resident of Munirka, was reportedly found murdered in a jungle near Jawharlal Nehru University, opposite DDA flats. His face was crushed with stone. A case of murder had been registered, the police said.


Woman, infant thrown out for dowry
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, December 4
A married woman along with her six-month-old son was reportedly forced out of the house by her husband and in-laws in Bhiwani for not fulfilling their demand for dowry.

Devi, daughter of Raj Singh of Dubaldhan village here, in a written complaint to the police, said that her husband, Lalit Kumar, used to beat her for not bringing enough dowry at the time of marriage. Ten days ago, they threw her and the child out of the house, asking her to bring Rs 50,000.

She alleged that after her marriage in April 2000, her in-laws had sent her to her parental home several times, demanding more portion. On every occasion, her father had to fulfil their demand. The district police have registered a case. 

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