Monday, December 24, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Udyog Vihar fire toll rises to six
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, December 23
With three more persons succumbing to their burns in the hospital today, the toll in the last night’s devastating fire in a lamination factory in Udyog Vihar Phase V here rose to six. The condition of four others is stated to be serious.

The deceased, all workers of the factory, were identified as Dhan Singh, Surinder Pal Sharma, Saroj Sahu, Anil Kumar, Pradhuman and P. K. Jain.

The police have registered a case of causing death by negligence against the two directors of the firm, Mrs Kanta Goel and Mr Rakesh Goel, and the factory manager, Mr P. Sarkar.

According to eyewitnesses, a fire broke out in the factory following an explosion in a boiler at the rear portion around 6.30 pm last evening. Within minutes, the fire engulfed the entire premises and a huge portion of a temporary shed caved in, trapping 20-odd employees inside. While some managed to extricate themselves, the others fell victim to the flames.

The fire brigade, which was informed by some employees, reached the spot within minutes and launched fire fighting and rescue operations. Mr R. M. Bharatwaj, District Fire Officer, said that nine fire tenders fought with the flames for several hours before containing the blaze. At around 2 am today, the fire was brought under control and the debris were being removed from the premises, he said.

The police said more than 70 persons were employed in the factory, but most of them had left after finishing their duty at 5.30 pm. Only 30-odd workers were on duty at the time of the fire in the double-storeyed factory.

According to district officials, this was the second major fire in the Udyog Vihar area in the past few years. In 1996, a huge fire, which broke out in a chemical factory in phase IV, claimed seven lives. An officer of the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation claimed that most of the factory owners were violating rules and regulations of the building plans.

Rules stipulate that a factory owner cannot build more than 60 per cent of the main building on the ground floor and 55 per cent on other floors with five per cent reserved for ancillaries like security and electricity metre. However, because of the lack of regular inspection, many factory owners were guilty of violating the building plans, thus giving the go-by to the required safety measures.

A district police officer said that they would investigate into all aspects of the cause of the fire and the subsequent deaths in the factory.


Centre’s order on MCD’s seats challenged
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
The Union Government’s move to stay the rotation of seats for the forthcoming polls to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has been challenged in the Delhi High Court.

Issuing notice to the Centre and Election Commission, Mr Justice S. K. Mahajan directed the respondents to reply by January 23. However, the court declined to grant interim stay on the government notification, saying let the reply of the Centre come on record.

The petition has challenged the November 27 notification issued by the Union Home Ministry superseding the March 1994 order providing for the rotation of reserved seats after every six years. The notification was challenged by Mr Brajesh Kumar, who claimed that his chance for contesting elections from Ward No. 6 of the Bhogal assembly constituency for the MCD polls in February next year had been hampered as the notification had stalled the chances of this reserved seat becoming an open seat.

The counsel for the petitioner informed the court that the notification did not only violate the March 1994 order of the Centre providing for the rotation of reserved seats in the MCD polls, but was also contrary to the provisions of Article 243(t) of the Constitution, which provides for reservation as well as rotation of reserved seats.

“The reservation by allotment of seats for women, members of the Scheduled Castes and women belonging to Scheduled Tribes and the manner of reservation for rotation of reserved seats in different wards for the next election to the MCD shall remain the same as it was for the earlier MCD,” the notification issued by the Union Home Minister said. “It shall continue to apply till fresh delimitation of wards takes place,” it added.

The Centre said it had frozen the seat rotation “as the fresh delimitation of wards shall take place on the completion of the Census 2001 which is unlikely to be completed before the next elections to the MCD.”

The MCD had recently passed a resolution demanding a freeze on the rotation of seats as it would adversely affect the poll prospects of the corporators. In the 134-member MCD, the BJP has 87 members and the Congress 45. As per the MCD Act, one-third of the seats has to be reserved for women and would be rotated after every election.


Unpaid bills: DHBVN cuts power to six villages
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 23
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) authorities have reportedly disconnected power supply to six villages in the district due to non-payment of outstanding bills. These villages owe about Rs 44 lakh to the nigam.

The villages whose supply has been cut are located in the Kheri Kalan sub-division of the nigam. They are Kamra village (Rs 17 lakh), Mahavatpur (Rs 11 lakh) Amipur (Rs 7 lakh) Alipur (Rs 4 Lakh), Amipur (Rs 3 lakh) and Tajpur (Rs 2 lakh).

It is reported that the power officials had contacted the villagers to clear the old bills, but a majority of defaulters expressed their inability to do so. The authorities claimed that the negative approach and uncooperative attitude on the part of villagers had made them take such a step. The nigam had reportedly “disrupted” the supply to the region a few days ago to serve as a warning. The UHBVN has pending bills to the tune of about Rs 7 crore from villagers of the Kheri Kalan power sub-division in the district.


Tenants’ police verification forms in black
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
Thousands of harried landlords in the Capital are literally running from pillar to post to procure ‘tenant verification forms’, a must now after the sensational storming of Parliament by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists.

Even while the police claimed that thousands of forms were sent to various police stations to be distributed free of charge to the landlords and prospective landlords, sources alleged that there was a dearth of these forms and these were being sold at a premium.

More than 100 landlords have been charged with non-compliance and what is even more worrying to the landlords and their relatives is the fact that many are being rounded up under the provisions of POTO which even deny them the legal protection of seeking bail. When contacted, a senior police officer said that some reports had been received and they were being verified. “The forms are supposed to be distributed free and if anyone is charging money for them they shall be disciplined,” he said.

A rush of people can be seen in the police station in South Delhi and North-East Delhi where people go for verification of their tenants, but they are not given forms. An estimated 30 lakh people live in rented accommodation in the Capital.

The orders for such stringent scrutiny of tenants were issued by the Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr Ajay Raj Sharma, earlier this year when a large number of criminals were found staying as tenants in various localities of the Capital under assumed identities.

The orders, however, were never strictly enforced. It is only after the December 13 shoot-out that the Delhi Police have decided to crack down on erring landlords.

The verification form includes particulars of tenants such as name and permanent address. Occupation should be verified with valid documents like voter’s card, passport, driving licence, etc.

Delhi has become a safe hideout for terrorists and criminals of western Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Two of the recently arrested accomplices of the terrorists who attacked Parliament lived in different areas of the Capital.

Meanwhile, prospective tenants are facing a difficult time, finding a house for themselves in the aftermath of the recent developments.


This Utsav also goes down in history
Tribune News Service

A securityman keeping a tight vigil during the Chandni Chowk Utsav in the Walled City area on Sunday.
A securityman keeping a tight vigil during the Chandni Chowk Utsav in the Walled City area on Sunday.
— Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, December 23
The narrow bylanes and alleys of the congested Walled City today reverberated with the lilting notes of classical Indian music, reminiscent of the rich cultural heritage of the bygone medieval era, as the one-day Chandni Chowk Utsav was held amidst traditional pomp and gaiety. Despite tight security and apprehensions following the carnage at Parliament, thousands thronged the area to witness history in rewind.

The Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Communications and Information Technology, Mr Pramod Mahajan, inaugurated the cultural extravaganza at a special function which was also attended by the a number of prominent personalities, including the area MP and Minister of State in the PMO, Mr Vijay Goel, and the Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, today.

The Delhi Tourism Minister, Mr Ajay Maken, said that an amount of Rs 25 lakh had been spent on the utsav, which is being organised by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC).

Crowds at the Utsav venue on Sunday.
Crowds at the Utsav venue on Sunday. — Tribune Photo

Despite heavy security bandobast, people in large numbers from several parts of the city thronged the area which was part of the greater Shahjahanabad of yesteryears. For some, it was virtual homecoming, as they had moved to newer parts of the expanding Capital because of congestion in the recent years.

According Mr Goel, today’s Chandni Chowk has the distinction of being the only true secular street in the world. It has a Hindu temple, a church, a gurdwara and a mosque on a single stretch of street.

The aura of Chandni Chowk was recreated by using special effects, cultural performances, special audio-visual shows and exhibitions especially of the old havelis which are still intact.

Mr Goel said the rich and diverse culture was embedded in the lifestyle of the people of the area. History flows down this street where even today one could find shops, which have been serving there since last 100 years, be it Shahi Ghantewala halwai or Johri Mal Itrawala.

Certain old buildings were specially illuminated because of their association with the historical past. As each street in Chandni Chowk has its own unique character, stalls set up there provided the visitors a glimpse of their own unique cuisine with food courts serving special and authentic old Delhi specialties.

Bahi Mati Das Chowk popularly known as ‘Fawara’ had a special collage depicting the life in Punjab with its vibrancy. This provided the backdrop to a Sufi performance by the Wadali brothers and Barkat Sidhu.

Meanwhile, Ghanta Ghar Chowk had a beautiful and lively floral decoration. The majestic building of Town Hall was specially illuminated, which also served as the backdrop for a special performance by Kiran Sehgal and Prof Rita Ganguly. A special screening of the film, `Shahajahanabad’, by Sanjoy Roy was screened near Town Hall.

Ghalib is the sole of Chandni Chowk and at Ballimaran, near Ghalib’s haveli, there was a ghazal performance by Kavita Seth and Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan.

The area also has one of the oldest post offices and a stamp exhibition was held highlighting the history of philately. The Fatehpuri Masjid was decorated and the whole area had a look of the ancient times when Begums in all their splendour used to visit Shahjahanabad.


CBI chargesheets ACP in graft case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has chargesheeted an Assistant Commissioner of Delhi Police for allegedly possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income during 1990-98. The CBI accused ACP Mohinderjit Singh Matto, in the chargesheet filed in a designated court here, of abusing his official position as public servant to acquire disproportionate assets of over Rs 13.35 lakh.

The agency filed the chargesheet after the Deputy Home Secretary of the Delhi Government granted sanction for launching prosecution against the police official as required under the Prevention of Corruption Act, CBI sources said. The case against Mohinderjit Singh, who was posted as ACP, 9th Battalion, DAP, Delhi during 1990-98, was registered in September 1998 and searches were also conducted on his Gopi Nath Bazar residential premises.

His income from all lawful sources during the check period was calculated at Rs 15.31 lakh and the likely expenditure was around Rs 7.83 lakh, which meant his savings came only to Rs 7.48 lakh. However, after investigating the case, the CBI found him to be in possession of assets worth Rs 20.83 lakh, which was disproportionate to the tune of Rs 13.35 lakh, they said.


When ‘Saint of Santoor’ performs, they are all ears
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
Classical music lovers in the Capital today were treated to an enthralling performance by santoor maestro Pandit Bhajan Sopori with chirping of birds, providing a perfect symphony in the backdrop of a lush green serenity of the sprawling Nehru Park here.

This was the 32nd programme of ‘Morning Ragas’ organised by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) under the ongoing series of classical music concert.

Pandit Sopori held centre-stage as the music lovers braved the elements of nature to reach the venue on a chilly December morning to listen to the maestro’s concert which began with the recital of Rag Basant Mukhari. This was followed by Alaap-Jod Jhalla Gat in Japtaal, Gat in Madhya Laya. The concert concluded with Gat in Dhrut Laya.

Pt Sopori, often referred to by the connoisseurs as the “Saint of Santoor” and the “King of Strings”, had been a pioneer in developing santoor as a complete solo instrument, bringing it at par with sitar and sarod.

Rendition of Dhrupad Ang on santoor, accompanied with Pakhawaj, is also a part of Pt Sopori contributions to the development of the instrument as a major Indian classical instrument.

As a part of NDMC’s campaign to promote art and culture in order to perpetuate the traditions of the city, the corporation began organising these open-air concerts. The objective being to upgrade the urban life, which is increasingly being drawn away from the cultural ethos, the country is so proud of.

It is also seen as a move to bridge the gap that has crept between art and culture and the masses at large and at the same time provide some moments of peace and tranquillity in an otherwise stressful life in the national Capital.

The general perception that the stalwarts perform only in high-profile auditoriums and cater to a niche audience has long been expunged, thanks to these performances.

For the regular morning-walkers, this musical interlude has come as a relief to break their monotony. Some of them even try to time their steps in tune with the music.

Veterans like Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pt. Jasraj, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Dr L Subramaniuam, Pt Bhimsen Joshi and Shubha Mudgal have already performed in concerts, organised by the civic body.

Whether it is the heat of summers or the piercing chill or the pleasing drizzle, concerts will continue to add meaning to the noisy environs of the capital.


Friend shot

New Delhi
One person was murdered last night, near Picnic Hut, Loni Road, when he and his friend, after a drinking session, started fighting with each other as to who would arrange for more alcohol. The deceased was identified as Pramod (28), of Shiv Vihar. TNS


Chautala lists his govt’s achievements
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 23
The Haryana Government has spent Rs 135.44 crore on the repairs of 3,678.47 km of roads in different parts of the state during the past two years.

This was stated by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, while inaugurating a Rs 30-lakh Kisan Rest House on the premises of the new foodgrain market at Gohana town, 35 km from here, yesterday. The rest house consists of two sleeping suits, a big hall, a dining hall and other modern facilities for the farmers of the area.

Mr Chautala also disclosed that Rs 192.61 crore had been spent on the construction of link roads in different parts of the state after his government was installed. In Sonepat district alone, Rs 7.94 crore had been spent on ‘metalling’ 114 metre of roads and another Rs 6.22 crore on special repairs of 147.27 km of roads during the past two years.

He further said that the state government had spent Rs 1.86 crore on the development of various foodgrain markets in Sonepat district. The work on the construction of new grain market at Gohana had been speeded up whereas the construction of roads with concrete materials was in progress in Sonepat vegetable market. The construction work on the covered platforms in Sonepat and Kharkhauda towns had already been completed, he claimed.

Mr Chautala also highlighted the concessions given by his government in various sectors and said that it had decreased from four per cent to two per cent the market fee on 21 agricultural products. Even then, the income from the market fee had touched Rs 134.70 crore during the current financial year against Rs 112.50 crore recovered during the corresponding period of last year. The increase was estimated at 19.70 per cent.

The Chief Minister also said that the state government had implemented a scheme to grant financial assistance to the persons involved in the agriculture-related accidents. The state government, he said, had given Rs 4.07 crore to 2,026 persons involved in such accidents under the scheme during the current financial year.


HVP criticises govt action against farmers
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, December 23
The Haryana Vikas Party has alleged that the unfulfilled pre-poll promises of the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), related to the free supply of power and water were largely responsible for the growing unrest among the farmers of the state.

The general secretary of the Youth HVP, Kultaz Singh alleged that the farming community had been the main target of exploitation during the ‘misrule’ of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. He visited the PGIMS here to meet the people, including a woman and a child, who had been seriously injured in the police firing at Kandela in Jind on December 21.

The HVP leader said the INLD, which had garnered the farmers support by promising the free supply of power and water, had backtracked on these promises after coming to power.

This, he alleged, had infuriated the farmers. He suggested the Chief Minister should settle the dispute through negotiation instead of adopting dictatorial tactics to crush the farmers discontent.

He also charged the PGIMS authorities with adopting a casual attitude towards the injured farmers.

During his visit to the PGIMS, he found that almost all the patients were lying unattended for several hours.

Meanwhile, the state committee of the CPM also condemned the firing on the farmers. Mr Inderjit Singh, secretary, state committee of the party, said the indiscriminate firing on the farmers sitting on a dharna was quite unjust.

He said the farmers were protesting peacefully against cutting off the power supply to the village for non-payment of power dues. He said a CPM team visited the village and found that the incident could have been averted had the police dealt with the situation judiciously.

The party demanded withdrawal of cases registered against farmers, free treatment of the injured at the PGIMS and restoration of power supply to the village.


Piles of garbage line bus terminal
Rohit Wadhwaney

New Delhi, December 23
It is the Malviya Nagar bus terminal that has the residents of the area fuming. It has been almost a decade and the condition of the terminal has seen no improvement whatsoever. Leave alone improvement, it’s going from bad to worse with each passing day.

To begin with, the bus terminal is situated at the roundabout, which is about 100 yards from village Hauz Rani. Not only the approach road from Hauz Rani, but all sides of Malviya Nagar to the roundabout are in a shabby condition. The residents of the areas have complained to the authorities. But, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has not paid any heed to their complaints so far.

After Partition, Malviya Nagar was one of the colonies in south Delhi, formed for rehabilitating the refugees that had fled home in areas across the border in the newly formed Pakistan.

Now one of the most flourishing colonies of south Delhi, Malviya Nagar is witnessing rampant encroachments and abuse of building bylaws, which is only worsening the condition of the roads.

The residents said that they dreaded taking a bus from there even though it was the starting point. “I would walk a kilometre to the next bus stop rather than stand at the bus terminal for even a minute. The sight is disgusting,” said Naresh Malik, secretary of the Malviya Nagar Residents Welfare Association.

The terminal is dotted with dhabas, tea stalls and juice vendors on all sides of the roundabout. A look at the surrounding makes one wonder how so many drivers and conductors sit and eat there.

Right behind the dhabas is a garbage dump where one could stray dogs and cattle. They are the only ones who clear a bit of the garbage from the dump. None of the MCD officials is ever seen near there.

The residents said that it was almost impossible for the girls of the area to even think of moving out alone. “These drivers and conductors invariably get drunk at nights and make a lot of noise. During the day, they loiter around the colony, sit in the parks and just gamble,” says R L Jhingan, a resident.

And Mr Jhingan rightly points out: “The court rule is that you cannot smoke in a public place. Isn’t a bus stand a public place? These drivers are always smoking bidis. If we are not scared of the Supreme Court, anything happen in this country.”

Besides, the residents say the public toilet at the terminal is just a stinkpot. “The toilet is cleaned once a month. It is just disgusting,” said S P Malkani, another resident.

Almost a hundred people use the toilet every day. And the fact that the eating joints are right behind the toilet, makes the look even more disgusting.

“Then they expect us to stand and wait for the buses at the terminal. I would prefer to walk a little bit and take bus from somewhere else,” said Mr Malkani.

An MCD official denied the allegation that the toilet is cleaned just once a month. He said: “The toilet is cleaned every day. The garbage dump remains dirty as the residents of Hauz Rani throw all sorts of litter 24 hours a day. But we still get the dump cleaned regularly.”

The official further added that the encroachers at the terminal would soon get the marching orders. “We have given a proposal to our senior officers. These dhabas, vendors and conductors at the terminal no doubt create a nuisance. However, we will not spare them.”

The residents said that the authorities promised them a number of times that they would remove the encroachments and make the area more liveable. But, the promises have remained on paper only.


Charan Singh remembered
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 23
The former Prime Minister Charan Singh was remembered by his followers and admirers on the occasion of his 99th birth anniversary, in the district, on Sunday.

A function was organised at Sihi village by activists of Rashtriya Yuva Lok Dal, in which a large number of participants paid tributes to the ‘Kisan leader.’

The participants garlanded the statue of the late leader and organised a hawan.

A former minister of Haryana, Mr Mahender Pratap Singh, described Chaudhary Charan Singh as a true farmer leader, who had worked tirelessly for improving the ‘lot’ of the farming community and getting a better deal for the agriculture sector, on which the economy of the country dependent.



Speaking out on life partners

A large number of young men and women belonging to the Jain community today participated in the mid-year Parichay Sammelan organised by the Akhil Bharatiyavarsh Digamber Jain Parishad in the Capital on Sunday.

According to the organisers, the sammelan gave an opportunity to young men and women to express their views on the type of life partners they would like to have. The sammelan was inaugurated by Mr Pushp Jain, Member of Parliament, who commended the youth for speaking out their mind. He also urged them to participate in the affairs of the community as well as the country and set an example for others to follow.

Mr Sahib Singh Verma, former Chief Minister and MP who was the chief guest, said that charity was the utmost need of the hour and the Jain community had earned the reputation of always rising to the need of the hour and helping those in need.

Sahu Ramesh Chandra Jain, national president of the parishad, said that the organisation was established in 1923 to rid the society of some of the blemishes. He said that if the majority of the people volunteered to participate in mass marriages and share the expenses, the society would be rid of many of the evils related to dowry.

He said that it was encouraging that a majority of the youth participating in the sammelan were professionals and highly educated and had come from far-off places because of their commitment. TNS



Domestic quarrel leads couple to attempt suicide
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 23
Fed up with regular ‘quarrels’ between themselves, a young couple of Dabua Colony here attempted suicide by consuming a poisonous substance yesterday. Both of them have been admitted to the Escorts Hospital here in a serious condition.

The couple identified as Pawan and his wife, Rani, had been married about two years ago. However, ‘tensions’ between them had developed on some domestic and financial issues, which led them to take this extreme step of attempting suicide, according to sources.

Three killed

Three youths were killed and one dozen injured in different road accidents in the district on Sunday. According to information, Gobind Ram and Jai Kishan of Hisar were killed and Geeta, Jyoti and Preeti were injured in three road accidents on the Rohtak-Hisar road. Besides, Silakram, a bus driver of a cooperative society was seriously injured when the vehicle was hit by a truck on Hisar road.

In a separate incident, Tara Chand of Makrauli Kalan village was killed and Raj, Dharmender and Rishi Raj got injured in an accident on Rohtak-Gohana road. Besides, six passengers sustained injuries following a collision between a truck and a bus on the Rohtak-Gohana road.

Youth arrested

The police on Sunday arrested a youth of Ismaila village and recovered 2.7 kg of poppy husk from his possession. A case was registered under NDPS Act against him by the Sampla police. He was produced in the court and remanded to 14-day judicial custody.

Probe demanded

A BJP MP and the Vice-President of the Haryana BJP, Kishan Singh Sangwan, on Sunday decried the police firing on the activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union and other farmers organisations at Kandela village in Jind district. Mr Sangwan demanded a judicial inquiry into the circumstances which led to the incident.

Talking to mediapersons here, he described the incident as unfortunate and said that it reflects the anti-farmer policies of the Indian National Lok Dal government, headed by Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

The BJP MP alleged that the INLD had instigated the farmers by asking them not to pay the arrears of the electricity bills before coming into power in the state. Now it had started punitive action against the farmers who had failed to pay the electricity bills and their arrears to the government.

Traffic held up

Traffic on the Sonepat-Rohtak road was held up for more than three hours following the breakdown of a truck which was part of an Army convoy. The incident took place near the bridge on the WYC near Rohat village about 5 km from here on Saturday. 


Spy case solved, absconding suspect held
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, December 23
The Ghaziabad police have worked out a spy case by arresting one of the two suspects who had been absconding for the last two years. The duo had reportedly passed on secret information to a Pakistani national.

The suspect, Ram Vir, a resident of Etah, had been absconding since June 28, 1999 when Jeet Singh, a deserter from the Border Security Force (BSF), was arrested. In fact, it was found subsequently that Jeet Singh was actually an officer in the 16 Azad Kashmir Fauj of Pakistan and had been posted at Pakistan Embassy.

The police had seized some confidential documents of the Indian Army and Rs 10,000 from him.

The documents included maps of Jammu and Kashmir, No. 52B Kargil-Ladakh District Registered and China Jammu and Kashmir No. 52A K-1 Registered. The maps contained point marks at 23 places. A register was also seized which contained some important information about the deployment of Indian troops in Nainital, Jaisalmer, Ganganagar and Agra. The register had vital information from a strategic point of view.

Jeet Singh was arrested from a bus stop near the Hindon Air Force station red-handed when he was handing over the secret documents to another man. On being interrogated, he told the police that his name was Anil Kumar Sharma and that he was a resident of Meerut. However, on sustained questioning, he changed his version and disclosed that his real name was Dil Fayyaz and that he was a resident of Sector 9A-II, Islamabad, Pakistan.

He was an officer in 16 Azad Kashmir Fauj and was posted at the Pakistan Embassy in New Delhi as an upper division clerk (UDC). He had been assigned the work of collecting secret information about the activities of the Indian Army from India and passing it on to Pakistan. His identity was later verified from the Pakistan Embassy.

According to the FIR, Jeet Singh and Ram Vir were standing near the bus stop at Pasonda when a person approached them. Jeet Singh then gave him a yellow-coloured plastic bag containing the secret documents. The person, in return, handed over a black-coloured bag to Jeet Singh.

The Sub-Inspector, Mr C.B. Singh, and his team caught both Jeet Singh and Ram Vir red-handed. While Jeet Singh was sent to jail under sections of the Official Secrets Act and 120B of the IPC, Ram Vir escaped from custody later.



Third generation speakers for authentic sound

Britain’s most famous brand of speakers, Wharfedale, has launched its diamond 8 series of hi-end speakers in the country. The series is equipped with the latest in 3-G technology of sound reproduction, Kevlar drive units, double-layer voice coils, MDF cabinets, precision crossovers and bi-wireable gold-plated terminal for a pure, balanced and natural sound.

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The series represent a significant advance in the third generation 3G sound technology. It comprises several variants of the same technology customised for an individual’s personal acoustic needs.


A leader in the ready-to-eat food segment, Tasty Bite Eatables, has made its foray into the ready-to-eat desserts segment with the launch of the traditional South Indian delicacy, Madurai Kesari halwa.

The halwa, a simple melt-in-the-mouth dessert, is made of sweetened rava with fragrant saffron, cardamom, nuts and raisins. Like any halwa, it is delicious when served hot.

The company says the efforts have been made to match the wholesome goodness, authentic flavour and inimitable blend of ingredients and aroma.


Internationally acclaimed for its high technology in the field of polarisation and superior performance, Megalube engine oil is formulated with a unique performance combination, as it is an ionic polarised polymer fluid.

It is guaranteed to give any vehicle better performance – a marked reduction in fuel consumption, better mileage, an extended drain period, protection of the engine’s component part and a noticeable reduction in smoke emission.


Faber Heatkraft Industries has launched its international quality premium cooking range with self-cleaning oven for the first time in the country. This world class easy-to-maintain and easy-to-handle cooking range has various other unique features which makes it an integral part of every modern kitchen.

Specially designed for the Indian kitchen and Indian way of cooking, as it involves use of a lot of oil and spices, the self-cleaning oven helps in keeping the food nutritious by keeping the oven chamber clean and insect free.

Other features include white powder-coated body, brass burner with black enameled cover, toughened glass lid, stainless steel work top, double glass in the oven door and electronic ignition.


The herbal beauty products of Nature’s Wealth bring the beneficial effects of age-old therapies and remedies which have been tried and trusted over generations based on ayurvedic concepts.

The company has launched a range of products, which includes herbal hair oil, pain oil, herbal balm, amla shikakai shampoo, neem druff shampoo, mehandi herbal powder, morning drop moisturiser, la fruit face gel, la fruit pack, facial la vita cold cream, pimple care, walnut scrub, ubtan pack, almond cream, aloevera sun screen lotion and breast oil.

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Jibilant Organosys Ltd has launched Jivanjor, the new consumer product brand to replace Vamicol, and which will straddle across products ranging from adhesives and wood finishes to a number of agro-chemical products.

The Jivanjor range currently consists of white wood adhesive, rubber-based adhesive, polyurethene adhesive and wood finishes.

The brand values embodied by the name jivanjor seek to go beyond the products themselves and be identified with the everyday lives of the actual user community of artisans, be they in wood-working, surface finishing, interiors, shoe-making, soft furnishing or leather work.


To cater to the needs of Indian women, Black Diamond has launched Shikha Mehandi, a superb mehandi for hands and feet. This mehandi doesn’t have to be mixed with any other material — no chemicals, mustard oil or coffee water. For better results, prepare a thick paste of Shikha mehandi with water, leave this paste for 2-3 hours before applying it on hands and feet.

While applying mehandi, use a solution of sugar and lime juice on the part where mehandi dries up. After drying for two hours, scrap the mehandi with a knife. Then apply mustard oil on mehandi to get a deeper colour, rub your hands after three four hours.


Charlie Creations, the manufacturers of Koutons and Charlie denimwear, have opened two new exclusive showrooms called Koutons Gallery in Lajpat Nagar and Malviya Nagar. The complete range of Koutons and Charlie casuals and semi-formals for men and women is now available under one single roof. Koutons Gallery also houses other lifestyle products including leather products, imported perfumes, socks and ties.

Koutons is positioned as a tension-free clothing for high-flying executive and its partywear segment is a collection of partywear shirts and trousers. These are specially made up of polynosics and micropolyesters.


The one single dress form that the Indian woman is irrevocably bound to is the six yards of unstitched fluid fabric, the sari. It is like India herself, even when it is so varied, threads of similarity run crisscross, horizontal and vertical, making it stronger and all the more beautiful.

Karol Bagh Saree House has its new collection range, which includes Kanchipuram saris crafted by master weavers, embroidered designer saris made by in-house designers and Oriya collection by master weaver Chaturbhuj.

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