Thursday, December 13, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Minority status for Sikh schools
R. Suryamurthy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
The Government of National Capital Territory has granted minority status to 66 state government-aided schools, including 25 schools run by the Sikh community. It has thus become the first ‘state’ to have done so.

The decision comes weeks after several colleges in the national Capital had been granted minority status, a demand pending for several years.

The decision is seen as an attempt by the Congress Government of the NCT to appease the minority communities in view of the elections to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, which are about eight weeks away, political pundits observe.

It is also being seen as an attempt to extend an olive branch to the minorities, particularly the Sikhs, who have taken umbrage at the proposal of the NCT Government, cancelling the public holiday on Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day on December 19.

The Sikh community has reacted sharply to this move and pleaded with the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, to reconsider her decision. The matter, according to official sources, is now pending with the Chief Secretary, Mr P. S. Bhatnagar.

The granting of minority status to these educational institutes would enable them to have complete control over their affairs and also enable them to reserve 50 per cent of the seats for the members of the communities.

“This measure would give the minority communities full protection as provided under the Constitution,” Mr Tarlochan Singh, Vice-Chairman of National Commission for Minorities, said.

“This has been a longstanding demand of the minority communities. The Delhi government has become the first state in the country to take a lead in this respect,” Mr Tarlochan Singh said.

Article 30 (1) of the Constitution guarantees that “all minorities, whether based on religion or language, shall have the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice”.

The new minority status would be applicable to those schools, which receive 90 per cent aid from the Government.

“Those schools run by the minority community, but whose names do not figure in the list of 66 government-aided schools, could send in their representation for consideration,” he added.

The schools of the minority community had expressed concern that the government representatives used to dictate terms in these institutions, as they controlled the purse.

The Delhi Government has agreed that the education department would nominate two members to the managing committees of these schools. However, they would act as “only advisors and observers and will not have the power to veto or have the actual control over the selection of employees in that school.”

The state government has agreed that “all the managing committee members, who are as a rule elected, will be nominated from now on by the society or trust which run the minority schools.”

In addition, the Government has agreed that there is “no need of approval of the Director of Education for carrying out its affairs”. At present, all the schools under the existing rules need the approval of the education department for carrying out their affairs.

The Delhi Government in October had granted the minority status to educational institutions and technical institutions. Currently, there are about five institutions affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and they offer professional and technical courses.

These institutions would have the right to reserve 50 per cent of seats for students of their respective communities.


Capital to showcase Picasso’s works
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, December 12
For art buffs and connoisseurs, it was a much-awaited event. The legendary painter and poet (few know that he was one, too) Pablo Picasso’s most important art collections, which he personally treasured, have been brought to India with the joint effort of Department of Culture, Government of India, and the Embassy of France. This first-ever exhibition in India starts from December 14 till January 31 at National Gallery of Modern Art. Mr Jagmohan, the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mrs Marie-Laure Bernadac, curator of the exhibition, Dr Saryu Doshi, Honorary Director, NGMA, Mumbai, Mr Bernard de Montferrand, Ambassador of France, Mr K N Srivastva, Minister of Culture, and Mr Rajiv Lochan, Joint Director, NGMA, were present at the Press briefing at the Press Information Bureau (PIB) today.

Speaking about the collections, Mrs Bernadac said that the choice of the works was difficult, for they had to be selected from “thousands of his treasured possessions” that he never sold, and many of them had not been displayed either. Picasso: Metamorphoses 1900–1972 will showcase 122 works from his various French collections. The exhibition will also exhibit his sculptures, ceramics, drawings, engravings, graphics and collages.

“It would have been a great injustice to the legendary artist had we not chosen works from each facet of his life. Thus, his creations of rejection, anger, fear, destruction, love, ravages (of world war) and women who influenced him find a place in the exhibition,” said Dr Doshi, who is also an art historian and an authority on ancient and contemporary Indian Art forms.

She added that this “album of Picasso” tried to show the artist in “his totality,” though his work never “evolved simultaneously”. He was always interrupted by his fancy during his work.

On being asked why Delhi and Mumbai, and not Calcutta, was the venue of the great collections, Mr Montferrand said that there was no bias in the selection of the place. “Maybe, next time,” he assured while Mr Jagmohan added that the decision on the venue had been taken long back.

Asked why Indian museums and other artistic resorts like Ajanta Alora are not being given due attention, Mr Jagmohan said that he was conscious of his limitations, but still he would do his best in the matter.

He also added that works of the Gupta period would soon be presented before a global audience; also, many “tourists circuits” are in the process of effectuation to promote the Indian art and artists around the globe. The exhibition will have a fee of Rs 50. Many objected to this ‘high’ fee. “The amount is not much keeping in view the stature of the artist,” said the minister. He also added that concessions would be made to school or college students, who come in “big groups” to visit the gallery.


Voter photo I-cards gather dust, literally
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, December 12
A campaign for photo identity cards for voters has been on in UP for sometime. However, the recovery of some cards thrown in the dustbin in Modinagar area has sent a shockwave among the residents and officials.

Additional DM, Ghaziabad, Usha Raman Tripathi has ordered a probe into the matter, to be conducted by the SDM, Modinagar, Umesh Pratap Singh.

Mr Tripathi said that strict action would be taken against the guilty officials. Instead of distributing the cards to the voters, throwing them in the dustbins was a serious crime, amounting to cheating the government system as well as the voters, Mr Tripathi added.

About 250 cards of the residents of Didoli village, found in the dustbin, have been handed over to the district election office. They have been handed over to Harivilas in the Modinagar Tehsil office, for distributing and informing the office.

This is not the first time, such a shameful event has happened. In a somewhat similar development in Ghaziabad sometime ago, the administration had demanded the full list of the voters and the identity cards made in all the tehsils, cities and towns.

As a result, a large number of cards could not be distributed in Nagger Nigam, Hapur and Modinagar, Mr Tripathi said.

The DM had given 45 days during which all the cards were to be a distributed. After this exercise, a compliance report was to be made, showing that all the cards had been distributed.

Meanwhile, some workers of Rashtryia Parvartan Dal have alleged that the officials have been biased against the voters of the backward classes and their cards have not been made properly. They have demanded that the cards of all the citizens should be made without any bias.


JD (U) activist shot
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
There was virtual panic when four unidentified occupants of a three-wheeler intercepted Mohammad Bilal, 40, a small-time local worker of Janata Dal (United) and pradhan of Nangla Machi jhuggi cluster and shot him dead on the busy Bhairon Road-Outer Ring Road crossing under the Tilak Marg police station this afternoon. The murderers escaped after the shooting.

Traffic on the busy Outer Ring Road and Bhairon Road had to be diverted to enable the police carry out the investigations. The police said that the suspects, described as young and simply dressed, fired just one shot at Bilal who was riding on the pillion of a two-wheeler being driven by his friend, Naseem. Naseem was unharmed.

A large number of motorists were witness to the daylight murder, but no one tried to stop the suspects who fled in the three-wheeler. The police said that a case had been registered and the description of the suspects has been flashed to all the police stations and the border check posts. Enmity may be the motive of the killing. According to the police, the incident occurred around 3.10 pm when the deceased was on his way back home after buying sugar from the market. When the duo reached the crossing near Bhairon Marg, the assailants, who were in the three-wheeler, came near and fired at him from a point-blank range. He was immediately rushed to RML Hospital but was declared brought dead, police said.

Nasim, who was driving the two-wheeler, told police that the assailants had fled immediately after the shoot-out. According to him, there were four assailants, including the driver of the TSR. The police suspect that the incident occurred as a result of political rivalry.


Plan to spruce up Gurgaon
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, December 12
The Haryana Government has decided to clean up Gaurgaon on a war-footing and the district administration is exploring avenues to launch a sustained drive for this purpose. This was disclosed here today by the Commissioner, Gurgaon Division, Mr L. S. M. Silens. The administration plans to tap and integrate its resources to intensify the campaign in the city. According to authorities, the National Capital Region Planning Board has sanctioned Rs 8.17 crore for Gurgaon for disposal of solid waste and other refuse. The board is said to have already released Rs 55 lakh. Significantly, the money will be in the form of 75 per cent grant. The state government has to invest the rest, which will be diverted to the local municipal council for various works. The clean up drive is prompted by the fact that the Yamuna Action Plan, which is being implemented in six districts along the Yamuna, does not cover Gurgaon. Mr Silens was addressing a function in connection with the launch of a public participation and awareness programme organised by the Public Health Department and the Sulabh International, a leading voluntary organisation dealing in sanitation works.

Mr Silens said the administration was examining the feasibility of various projects and measures in this context. The Japanese Government has already given Rs 250 crore to the State for cleaning the Yamuna under the Yamuna Action Plan. The State government has roped in the Sulabh International for ensuring public participation and spreading awareness in Gurgaon and Faridabad districts. The programme has already been launched in Faridabad. The project for Gurgaon and Faridabad alone is worth Rs 10 lakh. It includes training residents in matters of sanitation and holding seminars, conferences and publicity campaigns. Among the other initiatives to make the city clean, the administration has decided to dig up pits in Gairatpur Baas village near here, where all the garbage from the city will be dumped.


Budding scientist who loves Helen Hunt
Smriti Kak

New Delhi, December 12
Rebel, bully and fatuous are some of the expletives youngsters have to hear. However, as if to vindicate themselves, some have not only excelled in studies, but have also left a trail of success in their chosen fields.

Take the case of Anjul Patni, a class XI student of Apeejay School, Pitampura. This young boy has been awarded the title of ‘Kishore Vaigyanik’ by the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.

Anjul won the coveted position following his meritorious performance in the examination conducted by the IISc, as part of its exercise to encourage students to augment their interest in science.

“I took the examination, which had both objective as well as subjective questions related to science. Then I was called for an interview, which was basically to know me better. I had to clear the written exam as well as the interview to win the scholarship,” says the Kishore Vaigyanik.

The scholarship entitles Anjul to a whole lot of facilities. He can access libraries, research and development laboratories, their hostels and have an opportunity of meeting research scientists for discussions. These are apart from Rs 4,000 for books and stationery and Rs 2,000 per month for other expenses. “I will also have to attend camps and workshops in summer. These are a must and I hope they will be interesting,” says the topper.

He doesn’t have airs of being one. “I top the class, but I am not the star student as such. Everyone treats me normally,” comes the modest reply.

What does this ‘vaigyanik’ see himself doing after school? “I want to be a computer engineer. I love computers and spend hours playing on it. My parents don’t approve of it, even though they don’t scold me. I can make it out. So, I try to cut down a bit,” says the boy who dreams to join the Mecca of all engineering aspirants, the IIT.

Apart from the scholarship, he has also qualified the National Talent Search Examination organised by the NCERT, won a first prize at the Annual Space Quiz Contest held at the Nehru Planetarium and came fifth in the second National Science Olympiad.

“In my spare time, I mostly play games on the computer. Occasionally, I sweat it out on the field and play cricket,” adds the boy who prefers Stephen Hawking to Asterix. “I love reading Hawking, he’s a bit difficult, but very interesting. I also read Isaac Isomov, he is much easier than Hawking. I read them because I love astronomy,” chips in this Libran who feels: “I’m bad at decision making”.

He has an opinion on Bollywood too. “Our Bollywood films have weird scripts. They are all unreal. The last film I saw was Laagan and thankfully it was good,” says the Aamir Khan fan, who prefers Hollywood both for the flicks as well as the chicks. “We don’t have a single talented actress here, Helen Hunt is my favourite, because she’s so good”. A big fan of Backstreet Boys and J.Lo, Anjul has certainly set an example for his peers, by his achievements.


CM launches drive against child trafficking
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
Calling for an end to the menace of child trafficking, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today urged the civil society in general and NGOs in particular to tackle the problem in a sensitive and humane manner.

Launching the ‘Campaign Against Child Trafficking’, Ms Dikshit said the trafficking of children was mainly done for economic purpose and alternatives should be provided to the families and children to deter them from falling into the trap.

“Poverty forces some families to voluntarily send their daughters into prostitution. At the same time, some castes/tribes believe that there is nothing wrong in such practice.

Many a times, children rescued from prostitution or begging run away from remand homes as they become used to living free and stop liking learning the skills taught in such institutions,” she pointed out.

The arrangements in such government institutions were such that they preferred prostitution or begging to staying there, she said, and added that there was a need to assess the situation and improve it.

“This could only be done by involving a large number of NGOs in such activities as they could improve the situation by being motivated and working with a feeling.”

The Chief Minister assured all help of the government in making the campaign successful.

Besides financial help, the government would also consider the suggestion to introduce police pickets on railway stations and bus terminals to nab the child traffickers, she said.

On the occasion, the National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson, Ms Vibha Parthasarthy, said that the problem of child trafficking, which includes child prostitution, paedophilia and agricultural and domestic labour, was the result of children being turned into a commodity because of widespread poverty and ignorance. Child trafficking had become lucrative to those who had no consciousness and were not sensitive.

She said that a campaign against the menace was long awaited as it would act as a precursor to a movement that would find its own way without stopping.

“However, for the success of such a campaign, convergence of everybody and every organisation, including law enforcing agencies, NGOs and civil society, was required so that it could reach to each and every corner of the country,” she said. The NCW chairperson said that NGOs should counsel families trapped in the menace while the government, which controlled both the law enforcing agents and civil society, should play a proactive role. A sensitive and action-oriented government could contribute to the welfare of these unfortunate children, she added. A number of plans have been chalked out earlier for children’s welfare, but in vain.

First phase of Metro Rail by 2003
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
The first phase of the Metro Rail project would become operational by 2003, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said. Also, power reforms in the NCT of Delhi would be put in place by February next year.

She was addressing the Fourth International Conference-cum-Exposition on Infrastructure Development, which was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), here today. There was a great multiplicity of civic authorities which hampered the infrastructure development, Ms Dikshit said.Back


Who does not milk the slum-dwellers?
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 12
The slum areas and colonies lacking proper civic amenities seem to be proving a ‘blessing’ in disguise to the administration as well the politicians. While employees of departments like Electricity Board and the police ‘target’ the residents of slum colonies for extra income on various pretexts, the jhuggi dwellers come ‘handy’ for attendance in political rallies and as vote bank in elections.

It is estimated that a large chunk of the population of this industrial town reside in such colonies. While there are hardly any civic amenities in these colonies, some of the employees of the Power Department try to ‘milk’ these areas by getting graft from the residents for using ‘kundi’ connections. It is reported that only 15 per cent of the power connections in these areas are legal and the rest are illegal, leading to power theft. But ‘setting’ and ‘alliances’ with linemen and other ‘employees’ help in the smooth supply of electricity through ‘kundi’ connections.

Policemen are also not far behind when it comes to taking advantage of these slum dwellers in the name of ‘crime’ and law and order. As most of the residents living here are poor and uneducated, many of their children turn to petty crimes including thefts. These incidents of crime, apart from many fictitious ones give the police the much needed alibi to enter the jhuggis and such colonies. Majority of the cases booked by the police are concerned with residents of such areas, according to some police officials.

In many cases, policemen are ‘bribed’ both by complainant and the accused, it is alleged. Some of the policemen also get regular ‘monthly’ from roadside shopkeepers, stall owners and rehriwalas, claimed a local resident. For the politicians, jhuggis and slum areas have great value as vote bank. These colonies not only supply participants in political rallies, but have became the prime target for collecting votes during election time.

Although schemes are announced from time to time for improving the standard of life of ‘slum dwellers,’ the jhuggis also become the victim of anti-encroachment drive. Thousands of jhuggis have been demolished in the district in the past two years, which came up ‘illegally’ on government land.


Haryana Roadways posts net profit in November
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 12
The Sonepat depot of the Haryana Roadways has created a record in Haryana by earning a net profit of Rs 24.78 lakh during last month alone. Mr H. C. Jain, General Manager of the Haryana Roadways, Sonepat depot, told mediapersons here today that the depot had remained in a loss of Rs 22.08 lakh during the corresponding period last year.

The depot, he said, has earned a revenue of Rs 1,9,43,000 during the last month as against Rs 54.49 lakh earned during the corresponding period last year. Hence, there is an income of 101 per cent more than the corresponding period of last year. He disclosed that the Sonepat depot had a fleet of 208 buses in the month of November which covered a distance of 19.96 lakh km during the period under review. The depot, he said, had earned a traffic receipt of Rs 22.73 lakh at the rate of Rs 11.51 per km during the last month alone. This was considered the highest in the entire state of Haryana, he added.

Mr Jain also disclosed that Sonepat depot had covered a distance of 17.48 lakh km with 200 buses last year during the month of November and earned a revenue of Rs 188.36 lakh at the rate of Rs 10.78 per km.

He told mediapersons that 203 buses had covered a distance of 153.41 lakh km and earned a revenue of Rs 16,52,57,000 during the first eight months–from April to November) of the current financial year against a revenue of Rs 15,29,90,000 during the corresponding period last year.

This depot had a fleet of 200 buses which had covered a distance of 148.20 lakh km. The income of this depot had remained at Rs 10.77 per km against Rs 10.32 per km during the corresponding period last year.

Mr Jain claimed that the income of this depot is 34 per cent more this year than the last year’s income during the period under review.


Spare parts, repair shops obstruct Sonepat traffic
R. D. Sapra

Sonepat, December 12
Unauthorised spare parts, motor workshops and parking at busy places, including the Sonepat-Gohana, Sonepat-Rohtak, Railway road and the telephone exchange road, have created a serious traffic problem in this fast growing industrial city.

The traffic congestion is at its worst between the railway crossing near Hindu College and Mamoon-Bhanja Chowk and the railway station and Gita Bhawan (City).

From 8 am till late in the evening, hundreds of vehicles can be seen parked along this stretch, occupying nearly half of the road.

The Sonepat-Bahalgarh road which was initially meant to cater to the fast moving traffic has been reduced to a narrow corridor with the traffic moving at a slow pace.

The authorities concerned, as well as the traffic police are unable to either curb the flourishing unauthorised workshops or the illegal parking.

The condition of the Atlas road has become worse on account of illegal occupation of the roadsides by the owners of these workshops. Shopkeepers admit that though it is the biggest truck repair centre in the city, it is unauthorised. Adding to the traffic congestion are stray cattle that are proving to be another traffic hazard.

Effectively, the tall claims of the official agencies have proved a hoax. A majority of the roads in the city have developed cracks, potholes and uneven surfaces. Even the freshly carpeted roads have now become the bane of motorists and other road users as they have to put up with bumpy and uneven roads.

Lack of drains on both sides of the roads was the main factor for the damage caused to the roads. Meanwhile, the official agencies have merely passed the buck of poor road maintenance to each other, be it the Sonepat Municipal Council, the Market Committee, the PWD (B and R), the HUDA or the Haryana Housing Board.

The officials of these agencies also accuse the Telecom Department and the Public Health Department for digging up roads for laying cables and pipelines and then not filling up the trenches properly.


Trust celebrates five years of charity
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, December 12
A large number of senior citizens gathered here today to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Human Care Charitable Trust, known for its philanthropic activities. In a function organised to mark the celebrations, speakers stressed the need for encouraging the formation of similar trusts.

Mr N. P. Thareja, founder and managing trustee, reiterated the need for mobilising more resources to help the trust provide more services to more people.

The trust provides aid to the helpless and the needy, runs two charitable dispensaries in nearby villages and supplies free medicines for TB and cancer patients . It also provides assistance by means of clothes, blankets, quilts and woollens.

“We do not want to stop at this. There is plenty to do. In fact, we should all endeavour to work for the betterment of the entire nation,” said Mr Thareja. The trust, which was established in 1996, aims at establishing and maintaining schools, colleges and other educational institutions. It also has a plan to set up crèches for the children of poor families and assist and rehabilitate those women who have been victims of social injustice. Armed with the desire to give something back to society, Mr Thareja, with his humane approach, has set an example of receiving joy through giving. 


Kargil coffins rattle MCD, too
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
The issue of alleged corruption in the procurement of coffins for Kargil martyrs which rocked Parliament has its echo today in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) with the Congress calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Defence Minster, Mr George Fernandes.

The Opposition leader in the MCD, Mr Ram Babu Sharma, moved a condemnation proposal before the chairman of the Standing Committee, which led to a lot of hullabaloo in the House.

The corporation also witnessed a slanging match between BJP and Congress councillors.

Mr Ram Babu Sharma said that the Mr Vajpayee and Mr Fernandes had no right to remain in office and demanded their resignation.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee adjourned the House saying that this issue had nothing to do with the corporation. 


7-year jail term for rapist
Tribune News service

Faridabad, December 12
One person was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs 6,000 today by the district court here for raping a minor girl of a village in the Hodal subdivision. The convict will have to undergo a term of another 21 months in jail if he fails to pay the fine.

According to the case, Lakhmi (58) had raped the victim, aged about eight years, in March this year after he took the girl to a room of his house on the pretext of giving her `prasad’ brought from a temple.

The accused than had hidden in a religious building after the crime. The Hodal police nabbed him later.


A district-level committee set up to take up the cases of crime against women will start holding meetings on the last Tuesday of every month on a regular basis.

According to the convenor of the programme, the petitions in this regard will be acceptable at the office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner. The committee will take up cases related to crimes of various nature and exploitation against women.


As many as 21 units of blood were collected at a donation camp organised by the district Red Cross Society at the Red Cross Bhavan at Sector-12 here today. Trainees of the primary health training camp were the donors and the blood collected has been sent to blood bank of the B K Civil Hospital here, according to the society.


A Qualis jeep coming from a marriage function crashed into a tree near Dayalpur village last night killing the driver of the vehicle, identified as Parveen of local Adarsh Colony. The accident took place at about 9 pm when the vehicle reportedly lost balance and hit a tree.


Car registration forged, 1 held
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, December 12
The district police on Wednesday arrested a youth on the charge of having forged the registration card of a Maruti car. The accused has been identified as Pawan Kumar of nearby Lakhan Majra village.

According to sources, a police party intercepted a Maruti car following a tip off. During interrogation, the driver of the vehicle admitted that the car was registered in Delhi with a number, DL 2CL-8322, and he he got it registered again at the SDM Office at Meham. He admitted that a fake registration number (HR 15-5528) was obtained in connivance with registration authorities. The police have registered a case under Sections 420, 467, 411 and 101-B of the IPC. A spokesman of the police said several cases of fake registration cards of vehicles might be detected after investigation into this case.


The driver of an autorickshaw was killed on the spot when a speeding bus hit the vehicle near Tilyar Tourist Complex here Tuesday evening.

The deceased has been identified as Satender of Garhi Bohar village. According to information, the accident took place at around 8 pm. The police have registered a case against the bus driver, Rajesh, a resident of Bhiwani district.


The police have registered a case against a youth of nearby Madana village on the charge of having beaten up his real brother in a monetary dispute.

The complainant, Mr Kapoor singh, stated in the FIR that he was watering his field around noon on Tuesday when his brother Rajbir and his wife approached him and demanded money.

He alleged that his brother beat him up when he refused to give the money. The police have registered a case under Sections 323,325 and 34 of the IPC.


District gets Rs 1.31 crore
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 12
The Haryana Government has released an amount of Rs 1.31 crore under the Sampuran Gramin Rozgar Yojana, launched by it this year, for the completion of at least one development scheme in each village of the district during the current financial year.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S. N. Roy, told mediapersons here on Wednesday that the state government had also placed 29,900 quintals of foodgrains at the disposal of the district administration for giving it against the creation of mandays. As much as 7 kg of foodgrains plus Rs 38 would be given to a labourer against each manday under the programme.

The scheme included digging ponds, making watercourses from the canals to the village tanks and construction and repairs of ring bunds against the `Food for Work’ programme. In all, 343 village ponds would be dug and the earth would be used for the construction of retaining walls and other works, he added.


Thousands of residents in areas of the old city did not get drinking water Tuesday evening. According to a report, no reason has been given by the Public Health Department for the non-supply of water. Several residents allege that the key-man on duty always keeps the residents on ransom on account of the failure of the authorities concerned to check him. The residents also threatened to launch an agitation if the water supply was not ensured in everyday without fail.


Ajmer, a student of local CRA College, sustained serious injuries when he was attacked by a group of youths with swords in the mandi area here Tuesday evening.

According to a report, the police have registered a case of assault against five youths, including two students of Hindu Engineering College, and further investigations are in progress. 


Foggy days will persist
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
As a thick fog enveloped the NCT, Delhiites finally got a taste of the usual winter morning. The Met office has predicted foggy mornings for another couple of days.


Tanzanian arrested under NDPS Act
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12
The Pharganj police arrested a Tanzanian national and seized 200 grams of charas on the Raj Guru road yesterday night.

Acting on a secret information, the police arrested Antony Juma (31) from opposite Cama Hotel on the Raj Guru Road. Though he disclosed that he was a Tanzanian national during interrogation, he did not possess any legal travel documents to prove his claim. He has reportedly been staying as a tenant in Beedonpura, Karol Bagh, for the last four months.

He used to supply the contraband to foreign tourists. The Tanzanian High commission is being contacted to confirm his identity and nationality.

A case was registered under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act at the Paharganj police station.


The police have arrested three persons for allegedly running a satta racket and seized two mobile phones and one MTNL land phone from them.

Acting on a specific information, a special team of the crime branch led by Inspector Ashok Kumar conducted a raid at a house in Ambika Apartments, Rohini yesterday night and arrested Ashok Kumar (40), resident of A-block, Janak Puri, Hem Raj (40), resident of G-block, Vikas Puri, and Vishal (26), resident of Ambika Apartments, Rohini. The police said that the trio was running a satta on a match of the Triangular Series in Sri Lanka.

They had booked satta to the tune of Rs 1.54 lakh by the time they were arrested by the police. The Prashant Vihar police have registered a case under the Gambling Act against the accused and are investigating further to nab the others involved in the racket.


An 80-year-old woman, who was reportedly suffering from blindness, high blood pressure, hearing impairment and acute constipation had committed suicide by hanging at her house yesterday morning.

The police said Meneka Dey (80), resident of N-554, Sector-8, R K Puram, was found hanging at around 11.30 am when his son, Mr Arun Kumar Dey, an ATO in SPG, returned from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he had gone for his daughter’s treatment.

According to the police, the old woman hanged herself from the window rods. She had been undergoing treatment in the AIIMS for the last two years. The R K Puram police have registered a case of suicide and are investigating the case. 

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