Thursday, December 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Haryana cops’ SOS to Delhi
Easing traffic congestion on Delhi-Gurgaon border
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, December 5
The public outcry against the frequent traffic jams on Delhi-Jaipur highway has forced the Haryana Police to take up the issue with their counterpart in Delhi.

On account of the frequent jams on the Delhi-Gurgaon border on the highway, the ongoing exercise of the Haryana Police to ease the flow of traffic in Gurgaon has come to naught.

The Inspector-General of Police, Gurgaon Range, Mr Ranjeev Dalal, told a delegation of Society for Urban Regeneration of Gurgaon (SURGE), a voluntary organisation, that he had spoken to Mr Maxwell Periera, Joint Commissioner, Traffic, Delhi, about the issue. As a follow-up measure, the Delhi Police personnel held a meeting with their counterparts in Haryana Police in Gurgaon a few days ago. The Haryana Police have suggested that the Delhi Police should find a way-out, so that unnecessary hold-up of the vehicles is avoided on the highway.

The problem has increased on account of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi levying a tax on the vehicles entering the Capital. There are reports that long distance vehicles, especially truck drivers, take more time to clear out when they stop for paying the entry tax at the MCD checkpoint on the border.

Mr Dalal was responding to the problem of chaos, raised by the delegation of SURGE. The feeling is that the national highway, especially the 15-km stretch from Gurgaon to the border, has virtually become a state highway with commuters stuck for long hours. The authorities reason that the process of eight-laning the highway has started, but it does not seem to hold water for the commuters. People feel disgusted with the present position and want remedial measures forthwith.

According to experts, the density of the traffic on the highway has increased manyfold in the past five years. The highway is linked to seven states of the country. Gurgaon has virtually become an extension of congested Delhi. Thousands of people have houses in Gurgaon, but have their workplace in Delhi. Added to the rush of the office-goers are the trucks and long distance vehicles plying on the road. Consequently, there is no respite for the commuters. There have been numerous reports of people having missed their flights.

There is another angle to the traffic chaos. The serpentine queues, sometimes stretching to more than a kilometre, emit fuel emission, threatening the pollution-free environment of Gurgaon city.

Forced by public pressure and faced with a number of protests, the Gurgaon police have initiated a number of measures to smoothen the flow of traffic. It includes regulating the vehicle movement at the intersections on the highway and other places of the city.

There is also a law and order angle, catching the eye of the police. VIPs often take this route. Chaos that prevails on the road increases their threat perception. The Haryana Government also apprehends that such chaos may frighten the investors in Gurgaon, especially the foreigners. Besides, Gurgaon’s USP of being close to the international airport is also in peril. Dwelling on the law and order issue, Mr Dalal said that the Gurgaon police did not have the required manpower in view of the fast expansion of the city. However, he said that the problem has been accentuated on account of setting up of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) in Gurgaon.

On account of the RAF, Gurgaon police force has got 250 more personnel. He said that the law and order situation had improved, not only in Gurgaon, but in the whole of South Haryana, encompassing Gurgaon, Faridabad, Rewari and Mahendergarh districts. He urged the public to play a more proactive role in helping the police maintain the law and order.


Inspector, SI suspended for gambler nexus
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, December 5
The Inspector incharge of Modinagar police station, Ranbir Singh, and the SI incharge of Govind Puri police post in Modinagar, Raminder Singh, have been suspended for taking Rs 60,000 from gamblers and stock speculators every month.

Mr Arun Kumar, Deputy Inspector-General of police, Meerut Range, has ordered the suspension. He has also ordered the removal of Indirapuram police station incharge P K Singh.

The kingpin of the gang of stock speculators was sent to jail, though he obtained the bail later.

The DIG has asked the SP (Traffic) Ghaziabad, Mr Krishen, to conduct a departmental inquiry into the matter. The DIG said that the gamblers were paying Rs 60,000 to Modinagar police every month for the illegal activity. They were also paying a specific monthly amount to the Govindpuri police post incharge.

The official has been placed under suspension on the basis of specific information obtained by the DIG in this connection.

Mr Arun Kumar said that the special raiding team sent by him had not come across any proof that Indirapuram police were also involved in receiving illegal gratification from the stock speculators. It was shameful, he said, that the stock gamblers and speculators were indulging in all this under the nose of the police in Ghaziabad. Mr P K Singh has not been suspended as Indirapuram police’s relation with stock speculators could not be proved. He has just been removed from Indirapuram since he could not control the speculative gambling.

On receipt of the information about the speculative gambling in area under Modinagar and Ghaziabad police stations, DIG Arun Kumar had ordered raids in Bramhapuri police area. Four accused were arrested in this raid.

The police sniffed out the gambling dons of Modinagar and Indirapuram police station areas. Raids were subsequently conducted in Dramhapuri police station area, Mohalla Harsukhpuri under Govindpuri police post of Modinagar and in Vaishali Colony under Indirapuram police station area of Ghaziabad. 


Haryana co in the dock for damaging telecom cables 
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, December 5
The Rohtak Telecom District has claimed a compensation of Rs. 19.50 lakhs from Haryana Cybernet Ltd for damaging its cables and disrupting the telephone services in the town.

Haryana Cybernet was engaged by Reliance for laying the cables between Bahadurgarh and Rohtak. While laying the cables, Haryana Cybernet allegedly damaged the underground cables of the Telecom Department near Ashoka Cinema Chowk.

The General Manager, BSNL, Rohtak Telecom District, Mr Suresh Bhargava, today told Presspersons that he was planning to file a civil suit against Haryana Cybernet to recover the damages.

Mr Bhargava said that he plans to provide over 25,000 new telephone connections by increasing the capacity of the exchanges. He plans to make phones available on demand in all major towns covered by the Rohtak telecom district.

He said that the aim was to bring the entire telecom district network under optical fibre cable in the current financial year, so that there is 100 per cent media connectivity. Fifteen new exchanges, including 13 in the rural areas, are proposed to be opened in the current financial year. All these exchanges will be on optical fibre cable.

Mr Bhargava disclosed that two new exchanges would be opened in Rohtak City; these exchanges would be in Model Town and Shivaji Colony.

He said that five main C-DOT exchanges, each of 2000-line capacity, were being installed at Sampla, Kalanaur, Bawani-Khera, Tosham and Loharu.

A main exchange of 6000 lines was proposed at Sector 2 and 3 in Rohtak City, and this will replace the existing one operational at Ambedkar chowk.

Since April, the capacity of 31 exchanges in rural areas and three exchanges in urban areas has been augmented by 7246 lines, taking the total capacity to 1,28,828 lines. The district has also provided 13186 net telephone connections, thereby taking the total working connections to 1,05,075.

The Intelligent Network (IN) services have been extended to subscribers of all exchanges in Rohtak, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Bahadurgarh, Charkhi Dadri and Meham.

Mr Bhargava said that the new edition of English Telephone directory was under print and would be made available to subscribers in January next.


Corporate honchos take time off to discuss cricket
Gaurav Choudhury
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 5
Cricket is a contagious game; it afflicts all and sundry. Yet one does not expect corporate gentlemen – honchos, as they prefer to be called these days – to take time out and discuss in the boardroom a game discovered by their counterparts of the Victorian era.

Far from the madding crowd in Mohali, where the English and Indian cricket teams are slugging it out, the glittering Taj Palace hotel in the Capital was host to the India Economic Summit of the World economic forum. Obviously bored of the economic jargon, a top industrialist, after exiting from one such brainstorming session, announced what sounded to the uninitiated like a brilliant piece of corporate strategy: “It’s time for some cricket now”.

Acting, as if on cue, the organisers had already installed television sets, just in case somebody wanted to catch the latest on the match. The industrialist’s call was well heeded: In what can be dubbed a herd instinct of the primeval kind, corporate bigwigs, attired in their snazziest of suits, made the beeline for the TV sets. Then followed a brainstorming session devoted entirely to the nitty-gritty of the cricket match, but steeped in business argot.

“We should notch up at least 500 runs, so that we have enough runs in the kitty and then go for the kill over the next two days”, said one banker smacking his lips, as if deep in thought over a financial killing in the securities market.

Soon, other corporate delegates converged at the site, putting the attendance in the VIP enclosure at the Mohali stadium to shame, dropping nuggets of wisdom that would make the cricket experts on DD: Wisden panel blush. “I think we are scoring a bit too slowly. More aggression is required as you never know when the downslide (read recession) might start”, said another industry captain emerging out of a discussion.

There were, however, different opinions on the nature of the Mohali wicket. While some thought it might turn (not round the corner) from the second day, others thought it was placid wicket with batsmen-friendly characteristics.

Others preferred to delve deeper into the finer nuances of cricketing tactics. “The Mohali wicket is the greenest in the country. I wonder why Zaheer Khan, the fastest bowler available, was not picked up. Consistency of policy is the need of the hour and we should invest more in scouting talent (a la human resource management). A piecemeal approach would not do and results should be expected only after a few years”, said one of the delegates.

But why was India performing so poorly abroad, somebody asked. “ Oh, its not a level-playing field,” pat came the reply.

Alas! The same old story of an un-competitive Indian industry, which is getting flabbier by the day owing to molly-coddling by the government. For the cricket team, though, the issues are different. Moreover, the game is settled in the ground, not in the boardroom or the marketplace.


Youth denied drink, attack hotel owner
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, December 5
A proprietor of a restaurant, his son and two customers, partaking their dinner in the premises, were attacked with swords and seriously injured by four youths. The restaurant is located at the Samrat Sagar crossing of Vijay Nagar.

The provocation for the attack was reportedly the refusal of the restaurant management to oblige the youth who wanted glasses to consume liquor in the premises.

The local youths have been named in the FIR while the police have registered a case against eight persons. At about 10.30 pm, four youth walked into the restaurant and asked the owner, Sajjan Kumar, for glasses. When Mr Kumar refused to give glasses, contending that drinking was not allowed in the premises, an argument ensued between the visitors and the staff.

The youths left the place, only to return soon, armed with swords. The intruders straightway attacked Kumar. When a customer, Jagdish, came to his help, he was also attacked and seriously injured on the head, arm and back.

When Sajjan’s son, Chhotu, intervened, he, too, was attacked and seriously injured. All the injured were rushed to district hospital. Sajjan Kumar (60) is reported to be serious.

None of the accused has been arrested so far.

S.O. Incharge, Vijay Nagar police station, A P Bhardwaj, however, said that Sajjan Kumar and his son Sanjay were not attacked with swords, but with lathis and spades and this was just a minor scuffle. 


Bride’s family sends ‘drunk’ groom back 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 5
A marriage party of Raidasaka village near Palwal sub-division in the district had to return ‘empty handed’ from Noujheel village of Mathura district recently, when the brides’ family declined to marry the girl to the ‘groom,’ who was allegedly under influence of liquor at that time.

According to information, there was a ‘scuffle’ and a heated exchanges between both sides when the bride’s family said ‘no’ to marriage. This created an uproar and furious members of the marriage party even came to blows. But following the intervention of village elders, the ‘baraat’ agreed to return without the bride.

The groom’s family later fixed the marriage elsewhere.


Rs 4 crore pending in power bills
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 5
An amount of Rs four crore is pending against power bills in the Hathin sub-division of the Faridabad district.

Although the department had announced waiver of surcharge on such bills, the move has not yielded the desired results.

Under the surcharge waiver scheme, the consumers had been asked to deposit the original amount, but less than 500 consumer came forward to avail the benefit. About 4000 consumers of the sub division are in the defaulter list. It is reported that only those persons came forward to clear their pending bills who wanted to obtain a `no dues’ certificate from the power department.

The State Government has made it compulsory for consumers to obtain a `no dues’ certificate from the electricity board for the purpose of getting land or property registered and even when applying for a loan.

The state government has gone into an overdrive to arrest the heavy defaults on payment of power bills.


CM announces five new welfare schemes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 5
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday said that the Government of NCT of Delhi announced the launch of five new programmes under the Bhagidari programme that would be personally monitored by the minister concerned.

Releasing the Bhagidari “citizen – government partnership” documentation at the India Habitat Centre, Ms Dikshit said, “Reforms in hospital management and appointment of visitors’ committees for government schools would constitute the five-point programme that also includes anti-littering and anti-plastic bag campaign; water conservation and water harvesting; and a special scheme for the welfare of senior citizens.”

To make the Bhagidari movement more interactive and productive, the government had also drafted three financial schemes for Bhagidars: rainwater harvesting, printing of newsletters, and environment related activities.

Also on the anvil, she said, was a special health care scheme for women. The scheme would not only provide for health education but also render necessary counselling, health check-ups, diagnostic facilities, referral services, follow-up treatment and availability of medicines in the 500 dispensaries and 130 hospitals of the Government of NCT of Delhi. A Gender Resources Centre was also planned in the nine districts and starting of a Women Co-operative Bank for making loan facility available at low interest rates. Such infrastructure facilities focussing on women, she added, would help promote self-help groups and micro enterprise.

The Chief Minister said that the Bhagidari movement had reached a level of success and now resident welfare associations should act as a peoples’ pressure group in various departments. “You should also actively participate in all actions of government that directly or indirectly affect you,” she told the gathering. “You are the eyes and ears of the government. I request you all to give feedback of various schemes of the government in your areas as to how they are being implemented,” she added.

Appealing the resident welfare associations to act as a watch group for instilling a sense of belonging in the peoples’ representatives and officers, Ms Dikshit said that since they were a cohesive group of 500 associations they should have informal consultations amongst themselves to formulate a common action plan such that the Bhagidari movement could be carried forward “away from the hands of the government and into the Bhagidars hands.”

On the occasion, the Chief Minister also released the Bhagidari working Report of phase I, which is to be circulated to all the resident welfare associations as well as government departments besides Union Government. And she also released the inaugural issue of the Bhagidari Masik Patrika, a monthly newsletter dedicated to Bhagidari. 


Govt has given nod to FBI office in the Capital
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, December 5
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of United States has been permitted to open its office in the capital informed the Minister of External Affairs, Mr. Jaswant Singh. The minister said it was decided by mutual consent to allow the U.S. Embassy in Delhi to augment its strength for opening a Legal Attaché Office. The decision was taken in the context of growing Indo-US bilateral co-operation on counter-terrorism.

Mr. Singh told the house that the office functions within parameters laid down by the government and acts in coordination with the Indian law enforcement agencies without carrying out independent investigations.

In a written reply Mr. Jaswant Singh pointed out that during the Durban conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance Pakistan continued to justify its support to terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian delegation had, however effectively portrayed the situation in J&K as the consequence of cross border terrorism sponsored by Pakistan.

An allocation of Rs. 17758.82 crore has been made so far during the ninth five year plan for the development of National Highways against the projected requirement of Rs. 23,000, crore informed the Minister of Road Transport and Highway, Maj. Gen. B.C. Khanduri. Priority will be given to widening of national Highways connecting the major metropolitan cities of Delhi- Kolkatta-Chennai-Mumbai-Delhi. Improvement in riding quality, construction of bridges and other safety works will be undertaken.

The minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr. Vidyasagar Rao informed the Rajya Sabha that during the current year, Delhi Police has apprehended the members of a gang involved in the printing and circulation of fake notes. They have also apprehended 14 members of another gang involved in the same crime.

It was reported that fake currency seized in seven cases was recovered from people having links with ISI, terrorist organisations and underworld gangsters.

Mr. Vidyasagar Rao added that a total expenditure of Rs. 48 lakh has been incurred on installing 64 computers at the Delhi Police Headquarters in the capital.

Referring to the problem faced by pedestrians in the capital during festival times the Minister pointed out that The Delhi police has taken steps to ensure proper traffic management during the festive season. The steps include removal of vehicles obstructing traffic, deployment of extra manpower and segregation of pedestrian and motorised traffic to allow free movement of pedestrians.

The Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. C.P. Thakur told the Lok Sabha that the percentage of patients who had contracted AIDS through blood transfusion in hospitals has come down from eight per cent in 1991 to three per cent in 2001. Out of the 55,695 AIDS cases reported during the last three years, 456 cases had contracted the disease through blood transfusion, and these cases got infected before the mandatory HIV testing was in place.

The minister also informed the house that an ultra modern trauma center would be set up in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. The proposed Trauma Centre would be multi-disciplinary, apart from providing holistic trauma care services it would also serve as a role model for other centers in terms of conceptualisation, project formulation, training and operation. The project, which is expected to be complete by 2002, will be evolved into the National Institute of Traumatology.

Referring to the free medicine entitlement to those patients who are admitted in the General Ward of AIIMS, Dr. Thakur said that these patients are provided free medicines along with surgical items. Only those who are able to afford medicines not available in the hospital are asked to purchase them for outside. The expenditure incurred by AIIMS for procuring medicines and surgical items for hospitalised patients for the financial year 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 is Rs. 9.67 crore.



Swearing-in today

New Delhi: The four new faces in the new-look Cabinet of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit would be sworn in on Thursday. The quartet of Ajay Maken, Deep Chand Bandhu, Haroon Yusuf and Raj Kumar Chauhan would be administered the oath of office and secrecy by Lieutenant Governor Vijai Kapoor at Raj Niwas. The portfolios would be announced thereafter.

Four crushed to death

New Delhi: In a bizarre incident, four persons, including two girls, were crushed to death and two injured by a speeding tempo in Sarasawati Vihar area in North-West district last evening. The deceased was identified as Raju, a road side vendor. The three other deceased, including two girls who were begging on road, could not be identified. The injured, Raju and Nageshwar, have been admitted to a nearby hospital. The injured were also road side vendors. The driver of the tempo (TATA 407) is absconding. Registration number of the tempo is DL1LA-6814. The police have registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against tempo driver.

Racket in currency busted, 5 held

New Delhi: With the arrest of five persons, the North District police of Delhi today claimed to have busted a racket in counterfeit currency. The suspects, Rajbir, alias Raju Langra, Sanjay Punjabi, Surender Singhal, Vinod Mittal and Anil Jain, have been arrested from different places in the Capital. Raju and Sanjay are auto-lifters and Surender Singhal, Vinod Mittal and Anil Jain have been working as international agents dealing in counterfeit currency. TNS


DSGMC flays Cong double-speak
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 5
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Avtar Singh Hit today accused the Congress party of adopting double standards over changes in NCERT textbooks.

The party had voiced for the deletion of the objectionable portions in Delhi Assembly and in the Parliament has joined hands with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to retain religiously insulting contents in textbooks, he told newspersons here on Wednesday.

Mr Hit said, “ It’s utterly absurd that on the one hand the Congress government in Delhi has adopted a resolution against Prof. Satish Chandra’s Medieval India, but on the other it is lending support to Left parties that want to retain religiously insulting contents in the Class XI textbook.” Threatening to launch an agitation in case no action was taken against the author soon, the DSGMC president demanded an immediate removal of the entire chapter on the Sikhs in the controversial textbook.

The history book has been criticised by a section of the community as it contains denigrating remarks about the Sikh Gurus. The author has denied the allegation.

The CBSE has directed the school not to teach the objectionable portions and asked the schools not to ask questions from those sections.

The new NCERT textbooks being written by authors, whose names have not been disclosed, would not contain anything, which would hurt the sentiments of any religious community, the government had stated. 


Pedestrians just walk over subways in the Capital
Rohit Wadhwaney

New Delhi, December 5
Blaming the government is always the favourite game of a citizen. But when the authorities do some good work, we fail to take a note of it and continue to find flaws.

An old saying holds true: “As a rule, a man is a fool. When it’s hot, he wants it cold, when it’s cold, he wants it hot, always wanting what is not.”

Take the case of subways in Delhi. Most of them remain isolated throughout the day. At almost every major crossing in the Capital there are subways, yet you would find people jumping railings on the roads and running to reach the other end.

“It is so irritating,” said Ravi Chhabra, a businessman, who drives through the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) crossing every day to reach his office in Connaught Place. “There is a subway at the AIIMS crossing. These people (pedestrians) just won’t use it. In fact, even after the subway was constructed a couple of years ago, they still broke a hole in the railing on the divider to get through it. They just don’t want to climb up and down the subway. We all have a habit of doing things the easy way and in the process make life tough for others. And then if there is an accident, only the person sitting in a car is blamed,” an agitated Mr Chhabra reacted.

Probably the only subways that are used are the ones in the Connaught Place circle, where crossing the road is virtually impossible because of the flow of traffic. Even then, there are people who try their best not to go through with that little extra work to walk through the subway.

Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Commissioner, S.P. Aggarwal told the NCR Tribune: “We Indians have a habit of cribbing for things that are not there. But we will never use what is there because people just cannot be bothered about the law. We get a thrill in doing things differently.”

Mr Aggarwal said the citizens always have enough excuses to blame the city government and authorities for all sorts of problems like traffic, encroachments and what not, but the “fact of the matter is that they are not really bothered about any problems, they just want excuses to shift the blame.”

Mr Aggarwal said the MCD went “on a spree” to build subways so that crossing roads would become easier for the pedestrians as well as helping the flow of traffic, but just a look at the subways revealed the “lack of education” in the country.

“The subway would be just 10 yards away from him (pedestrian) but he will still try to dodge vehicles on the road to touch the other end. Will he use the subway? No, he won’t,” Mr Aggarwal said. “We are making a lot more subways, just in the hope that people will realise their use.”

The MCD Commissioner’s statement proved so true when, Prakash, who had brought his brother to the AIIMS hospital for a check-up, stood on the main road trying to dodge the city buses to cross the road, with the subway right behind him.

“I don’t have that much time to go down and come up. What is the problem if I cross the road like everybody else does it?” he replied.

Gomti, another pedestrian at the crossing said she never went through the subways because they were extremely dirty and dark, which made them dangerous as well. “It is scary. There are no lights down there. It stinks and what if someone robs me, or kills me. I can’t even scream out to help because it is so isolated.”

The only reason the city subways are dirty and dark, an MCD official said, was because they were not being used.

“All the lights in the AIIMS, INA and many other subways have been stolen. Obviously, what else do you expect? The thieves know that no one comes inside the subways. And the reason they are dirty because there is no motivation for the karamcharis to clean them. When they know no one would enter inside, why would they clean it?”

Apart from the “disgusting sight” of pedestrians running haywire on the city roads with subways at the stretch of their hand, there is another problem that has risen, this one inside the subways.

In the hope of doing good business, after looking at subways in Connaught Place, shopkeepers opened their shops inside many other subways in Delhi only to fall flat on their faces.

Sanjay Gupta, a shop owner inside the AIIMS subway said he had made the biggest mistake of his life to expect good business from there. “I regret opening my shop here. When I was allotted a shop under this subway, I was very happy because I had seen so many people using the subway in the Connaught Place and had great hope of making good money. However, no one comes here,” he cried.

Moreover, because of the isolation many subways in the city have become a hub of anti-social elements like drug peddlers and illegal alcohol sellers. Most of them have made the subways their home and use them for sleeping and “all sorts of illegal activities.”

An Assistant Commissioner of Police, also gave the same reason that “when places remain isolated, they naturally become a place for illegal activities for goons.” The official said though the police are doing their bit to regularly patrol the subways, the people must use them for crossing roads.

“The minute people realise this and start going through subways, all illegal activities will automatically stop,” the official said


Sitting ducks for nimble fingers 
R. D. Sapra

Sonepat, December 5
It is an ordeal to visit the railway station and the bus stand in this fast growing industrial city and a district headquarter in Haryana. While the traffic snarls on the roads leading to the railway station as well as the bus stand are a nuisance, the roaming pickpockets and the luggage-lifters are a menace for the commuters.

In fact, the police accord top priority to this crime. Most of the crimes committed were either pickpocketing or luggage-lifting besides chain-snatching and these crimes bothered the police a lot.

The criminals take advantage of crowds thronging the railway station and the bus stand in the last-minute rush to board or get down from trains and buses.

They wait and strike when the passenger is already tense with the process of embarking upon or ending his journey. They decamp with precious luggage and pickpockets in the melee. By the time, the passenger comes to know he has been looted, it is too late.

Many professional luggage-lifters board the train or the bus from a station or stop earlier and get down with other passengers at the Sonepat railway station or the bus stand.

They jostle about and exploit the confusion. Surely, many passengers must have undergone such a nightmare.

Another common crime committed at the railway station or the bus stand is chain-snatching. The miscreants wait till the train or a bus picks up speed and chugs out of the railway station or the bus stand. The snatchers pounce and snatch necklaces and ear-rings from women sitting next to the window. Sometimes, serious injuries are also caused in the process.

Though the police have taken certain measures to curb the menace but the activities of these anti-social elements remain unchecked. Fights amongst the passengers are the main cause of the nuisance. The arguments sometimes lead to serious fights and even attempt to murder.

Fight normally breaks out for seats and the police have to intervene to prevent them from graduating into serious crime.

Vagabonds and beggars are routinely picked up by the police. The boundaries of the railway station are breached with impunity and the railway authorities have not taken adequate steps to check this.

The vagabonds stray into the railway stations for shelter and the police regularly round them up and send them to lock-up. Jail sentences are also passed, but it does not deter the vagabonds.


Bhai Vir Singh’s role in Sikh renaissance recalled
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 5
The birth anniversary of Bhai Vir Singh, who played a significant role in the Sikh renaissance, was celebrated in the Capital on Wednesday.

Union Minister for Tourism and Culture, Jagmohan, highlighted the contribution made by Bhai Vir Singh to the Punjabi literature and his contribution indicated the clear concept of life he had about life.

The poem, “What is life” written by Bhai Vir Singh, the minister said brought out the practical, pragmatic and optimistic attitude towards life. On the occasion, Mr Jagmohan released four books – The Golden Temple, Anandpur: The City of Bliss, Pilgrimage to Hemkunt and Maharaja Ranjit Singh – brought out by the National Institute of Panjab Studies.

Several functions were organised by the Bhai Vir Singh Sadan including the kirtan by Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar, and Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib. The people gathered on the occasion with rapt attention heard the recital of Gurbani by the Jathedar. It was informed on the occasion that the government has provided a grant of Rs 10 lakh for the translation of all the works of Bhai Vir Singh. Among those present at the function included Dr S P Singh, vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.


Up-to-date call centre at DLF
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, December 5
DLF has completed a state-of-art Call Centre, DLF Atria, at the National Highway no. 8 in a record time of nine months whereas it was slated to be finished in 18 months.

Mr T. C. Goyal, Managing Director, DLF Universal Limited stated in a press note that the demand for value added, internationally designed complexes is on the rise. He said that multinationals were venturing in the Indian market for decor, ambience and infrastructure as also world-class facilities and amenities.

Spread over an area of about two acres, DLF Atria derives its name from the six level high atrium with clear glass curtain wall on all sides, said Mr Goyal. He added that 30 metres high inclined structure designed by Hafeez contractor has cantilevered lift lobbies overlooking the Atrium which was constructed in a record time of two and a half months by working round the clock. Multiple staging and stepped construction methodology was used to reduce slab cycle.

Speed post service

Speed post passport service has been introduced in the speed post business office, head post office, Gurgaon from December 3. Speed post business office manager, Jagdish Chander informed that the services would be available to the residents of Gurgaon, Rewari and Mohindergarh. Persons keen to apply for the passport could get the passport form for Rs 20 from the head post office, Gurgaon. Passport form will be accepted on behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs and Rs 100 will be charged as processing fee of passport.

The fee for passport is Rs 300 for 36 pages passport, Rs 500 for 60 pages passport and Rs 200 for children.


Haryana to have fire brigades in all towns
Our Correspondent

Sonepat December 5
The Haryana Government has decided to provide fire brigades in all the towns of the state to control the cases of fire and loss to the property. This was stated by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, while handing over the keys of a fire brigade to Mr Krishan Kumar Goel, President of the Ganaur Municipal Committee at a public ceremony held at the PWD rest house, Larsauli village here on Tuesday.

The Chief Minister disclosed that the Board of National Capital Region (NCR) has given a financial assistance of Rs 7 crores for strengthening the fire services in 16 towns and cities of Haryana this year. The state government, he said, has also planned to augment the fire services in all 68 civic bodies in the state.

Youth crushed

A youth was crushed to death and another two were injured seriously when their scooter was hit by a truck on the Sonepat-Meerut inter-state road near Khewra village about 13 km from here last evening. According to a report, the victim has been identified as Yogesh of Karmu Garhi village of U.P. The injured persons include Kamal a scooterist, who was going to Barot a town in Baghpat district of U.P.

Mazdoor rally

The Forest Department Mazdoor Union and Forest Karamchari Sangh, Haryana are jointly holding a rally on December 20 in Chandigarh to press for their long -standing demands


Security for Phoolan case eyewitness
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 5
The Delhi Police have provided round-the-clock security to Balinder Singh, after his discharge from the hospital. He is the sole eyewitness in the Phoolan Devi murder case.

Balinder, a constable posted with VI battalion of the Delhi Police, was deployed as a personal security guard of Phoolan Devi. He received serious bullet injuries when Phoolan Devi was shot dead. He was admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where his statement was recorded.

He has been allotted a house on an out-of-turn basis and provided a security cover akin to what Phoolan enjoyed, sources said. 


Four held for racket in book piracy
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, December 5
The Economic Offences Wing of the Crime Branch on Monday last arrested four persons for allegedly dealing in pirated international novels and books in the capital. Acting on a complaint of Publishers Association, Association of American Publishers and their member companies including Harcourt, Persons, Prentice Hall Inc., the Economic Offences Wing, led by ACP Ravi Sehgal and Inspr. S.S. Sharma raided at M/s. Friends News Agency Shop No. 82, Community Centre, NF Colony, New Delhi and recovered pirated novel/books in huge quantity.

The owner of the shop, Sheikh Nizamuddin was arrested who disclosed several other sale outlets assisting him in the racket in selling pirated books. The police have raided shop No.82, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, Delhi, Footpath Community Centre, New Friends Colony, Shop No.870, Gali Joothe Wali, Nai Sadak, Shop No. 4240, Gali Pathli Wali, Nai Sadak, and recovered books including “Computers and Novels” titles written by foreign authors. 
Police have seized The Class and Love Story by Eric Sehgal, A time to kill and A painted house by John Grism, A brief history of time by Stephen Hawking, Grenny Dan and Irrestible forces Denielle Steel, Abduction by Robin Hook, The evening news and hotel by Arthur Harley, Data base system concept Korth Operating system concepts by Silber Schatz, Object oriented programming with C++ E Bala Guru Swami, the naked face and Nothing lasts for ever by Sidney Sheldon and Lajja by Taslima Nasrin.

 Woman murdered

Santosh Kumari (31), resident of Rajpur Village, Mehrauli was reportedly found shot dead at her residence last night. Her husband Surender (51), is a driver in a Private Company in Sarai Julena. Police said that when he came back from duty around 10 p m yesterday, he found his wife was shot dead with one bullet injury in chest. Mehrauli police have registered a case of murder and investigation is on.

Attempt to kill

A youth was reportedly stabbed by a person following an altercation in Yadav Nagar, on Tuesday night. Police said Parveen (23), resident of Kamruddin Nagar was reportedly stabbed by Babu Khan and two of his sons Aslam and Pinki also were involved in the stabbing. Nangloi Police have registered a case of attempt to murder and arrested Babu Khan and Aslam.

Police have launched a manhunt for the prime accused Pinki who is absconding.

Traffic instructions

The Delhi Traffic Police have issued instructions to commuters following the Radha Soami Satsang Beas, which will be held at Chhattarpur – Bhatti Mines Complex from December 7 – 9. No Heavy Traffic Vehicles, will be allowed to ply on Bhatti Mines Raod between Chhattarpur Gurgoan Road T-point and Satsand complex from 6.30am – 4 pm on ll the three days. Moreover, the stretch between the Dera Morh to Nahata Farms has been declared as “No Parking Zone,” during the satsang period as large number of devotees are expected to attend the Satsang.

Employee robbed

An organised gang of robbers took away Rs 1.7 lakh from an employee of a private company after intercepting him near Ohkla Sabzi Mandi in south district this afternoon.

The victim, Surender Gupta (30), was on the way to his office on his two wheeler after withdrawing money from the Canara Bank when he was intercepted by two youth on a motor cycle. While they were grappling with the victim, another associate came in a car and snatched the bag containing the money.

The police said it could be an organised gang who specialised in bank related robberies in south district. A case of robbery had been registered in Okhla police station. 


Expo to zero in on security needs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 5
In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in the New York city and the Pentagon in Washington, the security agencies are seeming to be geared up to face any kind of eventuality.

Security seems to be the primary concern of our premier government agencies, security service providers and companies making security devices. Moreover, the private security agencies are also getting equipped and specialising in various security aspects to ensure a better environment. In fact, to encourage more public participation in the security related aspects, the India Trade Promotion Organization in collaboration with Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), is organising an International Security, Safety and Fire exhibition from December 7 - 11 at Pragati Maidan.

According to the General Manager of the India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), S C Mouskar, "There is lack of special gadgets in the market and people are not aware of the security measures. So, this exhibition would provide a wide range of such gadgets for public.

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