Monday, January 7, 2002, Chandigarh, India 


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Revision of gurdwara rolls ordered
R. Suryamurthy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 6
Acceding to the demand of the Sikh community in the Capital, the Government of the National Capital Territory (NCT) has ordered the revision of the electoral rolls for the general elections to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee. The exercise will begin on Tuesday.

“The revision of electoral rolls would be carried out for 21 days, that is from January 8 till January 29,” the Director in the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections, Mr Manpreet Singh, told the NCR Tribune.

The rolls for the gurdwara polls were last revised in 1999. As per that list, there are 2.67 lakh registered voters in 46 wards

He said, “Those who have attained the age of 21 years up to January 1, 2002, will be eligible to register as a voter for the polls. However, they would have to bring proof of at least 180 residency in the ward they seek to register themselves.”

The rolls, Mr Manpreet Singh said, would be revised in 16 centres across the Capital. Those Sikhs who wish to register themselves as voters, could collect the forms from the centres and submit them with the requisite proof.

Asked whether there was a move to revise the wards, as the territorial boundaries of each ward has not been changed since the last polls in 1995, he said, “Revision of wards is a long-drawn process and there is paucity of time.”

The two main political groups vying for power in DSGMC, the Shiromani Akali Dal – the Badal faction and the Tohra faction - have drawn up plans to play their part during the electoral revisions.

“We would educate the voters on the need to register themselves for the polls as the committee tries to protect the interests of the community,” said the SAD (Badal) Delhi unit chief and the sitting president of the DSGMC, Mr Avtar Singh Hit.

The head of the Tohra faction, Mr Parmjit Singh Sarna, said, “The electoral revision would provide an opportunity to those, who have attained 21 years, to exercise their franchise. The election to the new committee would be democratic as it would provide the voting right to the young voters.”

Observers said that the electoral revision would give an opportunity to the political parties to register their supporters in their respective wards. It also helps them woo the voters to their fold.

“It provides them an opportunity to know the exact status of the electorate in each ward, which would help them formulate the poll strategy,” an observer said.

The last election to the committee was held in 1995 after 17 years. The committee is elected for four years and the existing committee had completed its term more than two year ago.

The DSGMC comprises 56 members and the general elections are held for 46 wards in the National Capital Territory. Four members from the Singh Sabhas, one from the SGPC and five Jathedars of the five Takhts in the country, are members of the committee. All others have voting right except the five Jathedars.

Meanwhile, the row between the DSGMC and the employees continues with the management suspending 10 persons, including three women for taking part in union activities.

The committee has, however, reinstated three women employees who were suspended from Gurdwara Majnu ka Tila after they signed a bond that they would not take part in the union activities. The suspension of these three women had affected the ritual langar at the Gurdwara.

Mr Iqbal Singh, president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee Employee’s Union, said that as the general elections to the DSGMC were now almost certain to be held before March 15, they would launch a campaign to highlight the “real” role played by the committee members since 1995.

“We would appeal to the voters to exercise their franchise in favour of only those candidates who promise to take up the cause of the employees,” said Mr Iqbal Singh, who heads a union of 700 employees out of the 1300 employed by the DSGMC.


Six arms units unearthed
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, January 6
The Police in Bulandshahar have unearthed six factories manufacturing country-made pistols and arrested over a dozen persons in this connection.

According to the police, the arms were being manufactured with an eye on the coming elections. A former storekeeper of the Army is among those arrested for their involvement in the racket, which has been thriving for the last 10 years.

Following the unravelling of the racket, SSP Rajiv Krishna has ordered a strict drive for ferreting out illegal arms in the district.

The Kotwali Police arrested Sabir in village Sutari on January 3 in connection with sale and purchase of revolvers. A former storekeeper of Army Service Corps in Jammu, Sabir was brought to Kotwali by the police for interrogation.

He is reported to have confessed that the revolvers were being readied for unleashing violence during the polls. He had purchased the revolvers for Rs 1,000 each from Zalim Singh of Govindpuri Mohalla in Hirapur in Eta district.

The Kotwali police later arrested Zalim Singh along with his two sons during a raid in Hirapur. The police recovered one machine gun, fully finished revolvers and semi manufactured weapons from the factory there. Zalim Singh is ostensibly running a lock manufacturing unit in Aligarh.

During interrogation, Zalim Singh reportedly told the police that two factories manufacturing revolvers were operating in village Bijalipur in Khurja Dehat and in Shastri Nagar of Aligarh City.

A large number of pistols manufactured there were being supplied to anti-social elements, the police said.

Subsequently, during a raid in Shastri Nagar in Aligarh City, police arrested SPA leader Shiv Ram and his son Gopal Sharma and unearthed a pistol-making factory. But the ring leader, who ran the factory, dodged the police.

The police also arrested Rambir Sharma from village Nethala Hasanpur in the Kotwali Dehat area, Chanderpal Kumar from village Palla Sahibabad under Sasani Gate police station area, Guru Dev of Mohalla Raman Dev in Aigarh and Ram Kumar Sharma from Mohalla Naurangabad, also in Aligarh.

All the arrested persons were questioned by Additional S P, City, Durga Charan Mishra. Later, police said three more arms factories had been unearthed. One factory was functioning in a closed cold storage in Nayagaon. Here, the police claims to have arrested

Gopal, Shiv Ram and Rambir. The second factory was running in a garden on the road from railway station to Bahlimpura.

Here, the police said, they had nabbed Chanderpal, Guru Dev, Ram Kumar and Naresh while they were engaged in the task of making revolvers.

According to the police sources the raids were conducted on the information supplied by some of the intelligence agencies that certain vested groups were planning to unleash violence during the run up to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. All the district headquarters have been asked to step up vigilance and to ensure that the lucrative trade in illicit arms in the areas of western Uttar Pradesh was smashed.

The areas surrounding Bulendshehar, Meerut and Aligarh have been notorious for the sale and manufacture of illicit arms and are known to be the main suppliers to underworld gangs. The illicit arms factories are mostly located in remote villages from where the finished products are smuggled into the cities and sold through agents.

While no clear statistics are available, police sources claim that the arms seized during raids and from criminals are only a fraction of those manufactured and sold. Some of these factories are known to be running under the patronage of local landlords with political connections.


Rajnath hopes to lift UP with jumbo Noida project
Parmindar Singh

Noida, January 6
India’s first world-class special economic zone project costing a stupendous Rs 40,000 crore ($ 8 billion), the ambitious dream project of Uttar Pradesh, is slated to materialise soon. Linked by rail, road and expressway, the project is slated to soon give Uttar Pradesh (UP) a pride of place on the economic map of international tourism, trade and commerce.

The brainchild of the Chief Minister, Mr Rajnath Singh, he has asked the authorities to complete the technical feasibility report on the project within four months, so that investors’ interest is maintained.

An international airport, aviation hub, multi-transport complex, eight-lane Delhi-Agra Taj Expressway, an agro-processing zone, hotel-restaurant chains, export promotion projects, facilities for meetings, seminars, recreation and holiday shopping etc will be the salient features of the project. Close to the proposed Taj international airport will be located non-aviation facilities such as repairs, servicing, maintenance and aviation fuel for international flights.

A mini-town, known as the Taj City, shall be built nearby incorporating all these features. The proposed project will be the biggest ever among India’s all ventures, and almost the entire financial outlay is proposed to be attracted from private capital investors, says Mr Brajesh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of Greater Noida Development Authority (GIDA).

The special economic zone project will also herald the beginning of a new era for the development of agriculture, industry and commerce. Its ultra-modern features will be of international standards — on par with Kansal (Japan), C.L.K. (Hong Kong), K.L.I.A. (Malaysia), New Seoul Airport, Dubai, Washington and Bangkok.

According to the CEO, it will be a boon for fresh fruits, flowers and vegetables grown by the farmers of the state which will be flown to the markets in the Gulf, Arabian countries and even some of the famous European markets just in a matter of few hours.

Automatic cargo handling facilities will also be available for fresh farm products like vegetables, fruits, flowers and similar items arriving from neighbouring states of Haryana and Rajasthan to be preserved for several days. The government has also decided to develop an agro-export zone close to the special project area. It would have a revolutionary impact on farming and thus on the prosperity of the farmers of these states.

The farmers of western UP will drive special benefits in modernising their techniques of agriculture and growing cash crops, for a ready international market. Besides, soil testing and other facilities for increasing the farm yield will also be accessible to the farmers of the area.

The proposed international airport shall fill this vacuum. The state government has plans to build a separate complex for farmers and their products as a part of the special economic project.

The state government envisages the proposed airport and the aviation hub, together with the areas adjoining the up-coming expressway to Agra, as a special economic zone (SEZ). Noida, Greater Noida and Noida Export Promotion Zone (NEPZ) have witnessed rapid industrialisation but the absence of a direct air link with international markets had been seriously affecting their prospects. In such a context, the construction of the airport and the aviation hub would be very significant.

The Union Commerce Ministry has already given a go ahead to the project on October 15, 2001 at a meeting held in the Prime Ministers’ Office subject to the technical clearance from the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Indian Airport Authority for the proposed international airport.

Work on the technical feasibility report has already been started. As was decided at a meeting on October 22 last year under the chairmanship of the Indian Airport Authority, the acquisition of 2,500 acres of land in the first phase for the airport and allied schemes shall start soon.

The construction of the airport has been undertaken after the non-aviation revenue model while its neighbouring counterpart, the Delhi airport, is of the aviation model. The Taj airport will be equipped with high-speed, multi-model access facilities. It would thus countervail the features lacking at the Delhi airport.

The proposed airport has also been envisaged as a multi-disciplinary capital-intensive infrastructure project complex accessible by rail, road and national highway. The designing, development and expansion of the project are expected to entail from five to 10 years, according to Mr Brejesh Kumar.

Conceptualised by the Chief Minister, Mr Rajnath Singh, the Noida international airport and the aviation hub are estimated to generate growth in passenger traffic at an annual rate of eight per cent. It is learnt that once the airport comes up, India shall derive the optimum benefit of her geographical positioning easing competition with the nearest aviation hub for the movement of 3.60 crore international air passengers and 22 lakh tonnes of cargo per year.

The airport will also ease the traffic and cargo pressures on the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi which caters to about 79 lakh domestic and international passengers but many of whom are not international transit passengers.

It may be interesting to note that of the 100 passengers in most of the airports, 75 are in for transit traffic on an average. Airports earn huge revenue from these passengers. The hub-airport here would give a three-fold increase in the number of such passengers.

The state also proposes to link up the conduit of transit traffic profits. This would also facilitate the foreigners, bound for UP’s top tourist attraction - Taj Mahal - to travel to other tourist spots in Avadh and Bundelkhand circuits along with Fatehpur Sikri, Sikandara, Mathura and Vrindavan.

Thus, the Taj express highway, conforming to international standards, will bring in the much-fancied transit linked to the airport, while the expressway will make travelling between Delhi and Taj much easier and faster.

A committee under the chairmanship of the state Chief Secretary will take all policy decisions in regard to the project and shall include the Additional Chief Secretary, Agricultural Production Commissioner (APC), Industrial Development Commissioner (IDC), Principal Secretaries of Finance, Housing, Civil Aviation and Justice and Chief Executive Officer Noida/Greater Noida.

This landmark project, apart from promoting industry, would also set into motion a process of co-ordination between the investors and the industry in the state. And it also envisages a parallel process of resources development in the adjoining areas of the national Capital. By constructing a bridge over the Yamuna, as a part of the project, Haryana and Rajasthan would also be linked via National Highway 2 and 8 with Uttar Pradesh.


Haryana hands over Cyber City to DLF
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, January 6
The Haryana Government has deputed a private builder, DLF Universal Ltd, to develop its much-hyped Cyber City in Gurgaon, the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has said. According to the government, the Cyber City, to be built on a sprawling 85 acres, will be developed at an estimated cost of Rs 1,500 crore.

Earlier the government had decided to develop the City. According to many, the sudden change of heart and the decision to rope in a private builder remains shrouded in mystery.

However, it is apparent that the government is keen to give a further boost to the information technology sector in Gurgaon. This is part of its drive to make Haryana the IT capital of India.

The government’s optimism is not without basis. Earlier, the export of software items from Gurgaon alone was to the extent of Rs 400 crore. According to the official version, it has now touched Rs 3,500 crore.

The Chief Minister further said that the government was determined to set up the proposed Medi-city in Gurgaon at the earliest. The proposed city will be set up on 50 acres and it will have various specialities under one roof.

Mr Chautala was here to inaugurate a police station in Sector 29. The station was constructed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). While HUDA had already set up two stations, it plans to construct another two.

Mr Chautala also inaugurated a 66 KV power sub-station in Sector 34. Moreover, he laid the foundation stone of a degree college in Sector 9. He announced the government’s intention of setting up a hospital and polytechnic institute in Sector 9. The proposed college is to be set up in 10 acres and at a cost of Rs 2 crore.

He further said that the government was determined to solve the water problem of Gurgaon city shortly. According to him, the process of laying pipelines was on.


Home alone, this 10-yr-old sent the intruders scurrying
Smriti Kak

New Delhi, January 6
He is set to receive the golden opinions of the whole country when he rides on an elephant along with 24 other brave children on this Republic Day. Meet Akash Sabharwal, Delhi’s brave boy, who showed courage even as three intruders stabbed him, causing serious injury.

Early last year, Akash was alone in his house when two persons rang the doorbell of their first floor house in Siddharth Extension.

“They told me that they knew my father and that they had come to give him some money. I didn’t know them so I told them to wait, while I rang up my father at work,” said Akash who had, however, opened the door. While the two men forced their way in, a third accomplice stood guard.

“They asked me for the keys of the cupboards. I told them ‘there is no money in the house’. But they began their search. They ransacked the house and searched everything,” adds the 10-year-old Akash.

The intruders tore apart almost everything, not sparing even the upholstery. While they continued to threaten Akash, he did not let fear paralyse his thinking.

“ They asked me to show them the cupboards. As I was showing them the drawers, I unintentionally opened the one which had valuables. There were a mobile phone, a camera and some jewellery of my mother. But, I immediately shut it. Thankfully, they had not seen the items,” says the class four student of Birla Vidya Niketan.

After a while, Akash tried to scare the intruders by raising an alarm. The intruders then took out their knife and stabbed the boy. “They stabbed me near the right lung, near the heart and on the left thigh. Blood started oozing out of my body. Meanwhile, the third accomplice also came up.” The incident took place in the evening when Akash’s father was away at work and his mother and twin brother Akshay was not in the house either.

“After stabbing me, they tied up my hands and left. But I struggled with the knots and eventually freed myself. I ran to the balcony and shouted for help. The intruders managed to flee. Hearing me screaming, the neighbours rushed up,” says Akash.

He was taken to the nearby Holy Family Hospital where he had been kept for six days. The Delhi Police presented him with a trophy. “Mr Praveen Rajan, Additional DCP, South District, gave the trophy to me.”

The boy wants to be a doctor and also dabbles in painting. Though tennis and swimming keep him occupied, he is determined to become a doctor. “It is a noble profession,” says the braveheart .

Akash will receive the bravery award from the President on the Republic Day this month. “It feels nice,” is all that he has to say after being chosen for the award.


Traffic cops to observe safety week from today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 6
The Delhi Traffic Police will observe a road safety week from tomorrow. On the occasion, the Loss Prevention Association of India has recommended certain tips for pedestrians and cyclists, as also vehicle users, in order to reduce casualties and injuries due to negligence or ignorance of simple, yet effective, safety guidelines.

Sensitising road and vehicle users to the loss of thousands of lives every year in road accidents, the association has suggested pedestrians to walk on the edge of the road facing the incoming traffic if there is no footpath or if the footpath cannot be used. Also, pedestrians must avoid crossing the road at a blind curve or behind stationary or parked vehicles.

Similarly, cyclists are suggested to use cycle tracks only or ride as close to the footpath as possible. They have also been told to stay away from heavy vehicle lanes since wind turbulence created by the passing of heavy vehicles can throw a cyclist off balance. Furthermore, reflectors and headlights are a must for bicycles also in order to make them more visible from a distance and to caution motorists, particularly after dusk.

The association further suggests that two-wheelers and motorists should adhere to a safe “following distance” (between two vehicles) to avoid collision. Overtake only from the right. (Overtaking from the left is allowed when the vehicle in front indicates it is turning right.)


Van with jail inmates falls into ditch
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 6
A police van carrying prisoners fell down into a ditch on the Sonepat-Rohtak Road near Kanwali village about 15 km from here yesterday. None was injured in the accident. The driver of the van lost control because of dense fog in the area. The police officials arrived on the scene and retrieved the van from the ditch with the help of a crane, taking almost three hours. The van was on its way to Rohtak.

According to another report, a truck driver received injuries when his truck overturned on the G.T. Road near Bahalgarh village about 10 km from here yesterday.

The bursting of truck’s tyre was the main cause of the accident. The injured was immediately hospitalised. He is stated to be out of danger. The driver belonged to Kaithal and the truckload of maize was on its way to Delhi. A youth, Anand of Mokhra village (Rohtak), was seriously injured when a Tata 407 collided with a jeep on the Gohana Road here yesterday. The youth was immediately taken to a hospital. He is out of danger.


Excise officials get a thrashing
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 6
A team of excise officials and policemen, which chased a Maruti car, reportedly carrying illicit liquor in Palwal sub-division, was assaulted and beaten up by some persons near Mahespur village. The jeep of the officials was damaged in the attack. Six persons have been booked by the police in this connection.

According to reports, the incident took place as the excise officials who were carrying out a ‘naka’ near Maheshpur village, asked a Maruti to stop. However, the occupants of the car tried to speed away, forcing the officials to chase it. After some distance, the police jeep was attacked by lathi-wielding persons. They broke the wind shield and window-panes. They also hit the officials with sticks.


Drive to create database for outstation vehicles
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 6
The Delhi Police are initiating a weeklong drive beginning tomorrow to create an ownership database of outstation registered vehicles in an effort to reduce offences involving such vehicles and their possible use by terrorists.

“Due to the lack of records, vehicles, which come to the Capital from other places, cannot be penalised for offences. Now with an aim to keep a check on these vehicles, the traffic police have decided to have a database of all these vehicles,” the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Mr Sanjay Singh, said here today.

He said it was generally noticed that the driver or owner of such vehicles show scant regard for traffic rules and indulge in rampant violations. But the police found it extremely difficult to prosecute such offending vehicles because of non-availability of ownership records with the Delhi Transport Department.

The need for creating such a database was felt keeping the prevailing scenario in mind where the threat from terrorist outfits was increasing and the anti-nationals could use these non-Delhi vehicles for crimes.

He said the owners of vehicles having outstation registration certificates would have to carry the original documents with them while driving in the capital city. In case of attested photocopies, the owner would have to show original registration certificate within two days from the date of checking. He said the step was being taken in view of the threat from terrorist outfits and criminals, who have been using outstation registered vehicles for carrying out their strikes in the Capital.

The owners and drivers of outstation vehicles, if they stay in Delhi for more than two weeks, henceforth would have to intimate the transport authority their names, permanent and local addresses, the registration marks of the vehicle, the marks and description of the vehicle and, in case of transport vehicle, the date on which the permit has been issued or countersigned within the state.


Govt victimising village: ex-minister
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, January 6
Thousands of residents of Sanghi village in the Kiloi assembly segment, the native village of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, have been facing acute hardship due to the `apathy’ of the state government. He said the government had been victimising the village on political grounds.

A former minister, Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, alleged after visiting the village last evening, that the government had been apathetic to the local residents. He was invited by the aggrieved villagers to highlight their long-pending problems.

The former minister alleged that while the residents of Sanghi had been victimised by the ruling Indian National Lok Dal government, the Congress state chief had been indifferent to the problems of the villagers of his own constituency and rarely acknowledged their sufferings by visiting them. Mr Krishan Murti Hooda said it was strange to note that Sanghi had not been provided with piped water so far. He said several smaller villages had been enjoying the facility of piped water while this `victimised’ village was overlooked by the government on political grounds.

He said the villagers also complained about unscheduled power cuts and scarcity of irrigation water. While the villagers were getting canal water at least once in 21 days during the previous regimes, they now had been getting it only once in 42 days, he added. The prolonged power cuts and very low voltage had adversely affected the studies of the children of the villagers, he said and added that over 30 graduates and postgraduates in the village were rendered jobless by the ban imposed by the state government on the plying of unauthorised vehicles.


High-call subscribers to get bills every month
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 6
The high-caller subscribers who make more than 3,000 calls per month will receive the telephone bills on a monthly basis from now, Mr R. C. Hooda, General Manager of Sonepat Telecom District of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), has said.

He also disclosed that the BSNL had increased the capacity of Sector 15 RSU exchange by 1,500 lines to meet the demand of the subscribers in the district.

He told mediapersons here today that all applicants in the waiting list of this exchange had already been given connections and now the new connections were being given on demand in the area.

He also disclosed that the capacity of the Sonepat SSA had also been increased by 13,432 lines and the BSNL had provided as many as 7,346 new telephone connections so far during the current financial year.

Mr Hooda further said that a 1,000-line RSU exchange had been installed at the telephone exchange in Saidpur village replacing the C-DOT RAX 256 and new telephone connections would be available within a month.

Similarly, a 1,000-line telephone exchange had been commissioned at Lath village in the district.


Senior telecom officials transferred
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 6
With a view to improving the functioning of the department, the General Manager of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) here, Mr Y. P. Kataria, has transferred several senior officials, with immediate effect.

The Deputy General Manager (DGM), Rural, Mr B. K. Singh, has been made as the DGM (East) with his office at Sector-23. He has been asked to look after the work of Hodal and Palwal offices.

The DGM (main office), Mr Balkram, has been asked to take over the charge of the DGM, West Zone office. The area of his jurisdiction will be from Badarpur to Ballabgarh town. The DGM, Planning, Mr A. K. Mittal, has been shifted to the Development Office as the DGM.


Factory workers fear retrenchment
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 6
About 40 employees of Machine Tool Factory located on the Mathura road here are concerned over their job, as the management of the private limited company has allegedly withdrawn several facilities to its employees, besides sending signals of its possible closure.

Claiming this, the employees union of the factory in a statement alleged that the management had started the process of selling machines and other assets including the land, without taking the union or employees into confidence.

In an application sent to the Deputy Commissioner seeking his intervention, the union stated that while there had been no raise in their wages for the past two years, the owners of company had also `failed’ to deposit EPF and ESI fees of its staff for the past one year. The union has appealed to the Labour Commissioner to prevent the management from `closing down’ the factory in the interest of workers and their families.

Purse snatched

Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a purse containing Rs 7,500 from a woman near HUDA Sector 1 today. According to information, Ms Rachna Malhotra was coming back from Bahadurgarh when two youths on a motorcycle snatched her purse as she arrived near Sector 1 and sped away. The police have registered a case.

Man stabbed

A man was stabbed by an unidentified assailant near local ITI yesterday night. According to the police sources, Mr Ram Avtar, a resident of the new grain market, was going on foot when he was attacked with a knife. He was rushed to the PGIMS. The motive of the crime could not be ascertained, as the victim was not in a position to make a statement to the police.

Crops destroyed

Crops, including wheat, in several acres were destroyed when water spilled over the embankment of a canal near Bayyanpur village, about two km from here on Saturday.

According to a report, officials of the department have so far failed to take necessary steps to check the overflow of the water from the embankment.

Obviously, it has caused resentment among the farmers whose crops have been submerged with the canal water. Many farmers alleged that their repeated complaints to the concerned authorities have fallen on deaf ears. They said that if no action was taken to check the spill over of the water, it would adversely affect the remaining crops in this area. They urged the district authorities to take a serious note of the case and take stern action against the officials found guilty.

Telephones dead

More than 2,000 telephone lines have been out of order for the last two weeks in Sonepat on account of foggy weather conditions. It has caused widespread resentment among the telephone subscribers.

According to a report, unavailability of the required number of linesmen is stated to be the main cause for continuing problems to the subscribers. As a result, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has been suffering a huge loss of revenue. The Sonepat Telephone Subscribers Association has urged the authorities to take immediate steps for the repairs of the telephone lines and restoration of telephone connections.

Bailed out

The three policemen, Niwas, Rajbir Singh and Raj Kumar, arrested in a loot case, were released on bail by a Judicial Magistrate here yesterday. These policemen had roughed up an owner of a dhaba, his son and his nephew. They had also snatched cash from the owner of the hotel.

Workers’ protest

Representatives of various organisations on Sunday protested against the retrenchments of seven safai workers by the management of the Kanak Garden hotel on the National Highway No. 1. They urged the District Labour Officer to launch proceedings under the law against the management.

In a press release, they pointed out that these workers had worked in the hotel since it was opened but were paid meagre salary from Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,500 per month. However, when these workers demanded salary in accordance with the Minimum Wages Act enforced by the Government, they were retrenched from service without giving any prior notice and salary.

They also urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala to intervene and direct the authorities concerned to take legal action against the management of the hotel if it failed to take back the retrenched employees and pay their salary.


3 pickpocket gangs busted, 19 held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 6
With the arrest of 19 persons involved in pick-pocketing, the South-West district police today claimed to have busted three different gangs of pick-pockets — Pawan Langra Gang, Billa Gang and Ganga Ram Gang — operating in Munirka and R. K. Puram. The police have seized four knives from the accused.

The police officials claimed that the arrests were made as a result of a special drive launched in the last two months. The criminals nabbed by the special team from different parts of South and South-West district included Pawan Kumar, alias Langra, resident of East Uttam Nagar, Ganga Ram of Palam Colony, Ram Pal of Uttam Nagar, Harvinder of Tilak Nagar, Vicky, alias Chottu of Sangam Vihar, Kishan, alias Gumri, resident of Tigri Khan Pur, Baggi Singh of Kalkaji, Charanjeet Singh, alias Billa, resident of Sangam Vihar, Gopi Kishan Kushwaha of Sarojini Nagar, Hari Om of Munirka, Chandu of Raghubir Nagar, Satnam Singh, alias Pinto, resident of Rohini, Mani Ram of Janak Puri, Rahul and Pawan Kumar Rana of R. K. Puram, Attar Singh and Kalwa of Shakarpur, Heeramuddin of Dakshin Puri and Lalit Joshi of Sangam Vihar.

Their interrogation revealed that they used to carry knives and move around in a group of seven to eight. One person, called the ‘Machine,’ used to pick pocket while two or three associates, ‘Thek,’ used to divert the attention of the victim.

Meanwhile, other associates used to keep a watch on other passengers and in case, they encounter any problem from the victim or from the passengers, the associates used their knives to threaten them.

It was also revealed that they used sophisticated code words for their operations like danda for bus, mudda for victim, nachka for police and phool was the place where they assembled.

It was further revealed that they used to operate in bus route number 727, 764 and Munirka. And to make their escape easy, after committing their crimes, they had selected specific routes like Palam village, Dhaula Kuan and Safdarjang.


Husband stabbed, wife arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 6
The Rajouri Garden police have arrested a woman yesterday night for allegedly killing her husband with the help of three accomplices in the Beri Wala Bagh area of West Delhi.

The police said that Bawana was married to the victim, Sonu (30), three years ago and was living in Hari Nagar. But yesterday night, Sonu was brutally stabbed to death by his wife in which three others were allegedly involved. The police took Bawana into custody and during interrogation, she disclosed that her husband was in love with another woman, Sonia, and had plans of marrying her. Sonu conveyed this to her on the fateful night which aroused jealousy in her.

To take revenge, Bawana planned the murder of her husband along with the three criminals. Meanwhile, the Rajouri Garden police have registered a case of murder and have launched a manhunt to trace the three absconding suspects.

One killed

One person was killed and a woman injured when a bus (DL-1V-7384) hit their scooter at the redlight near Majnoo Ka Tila Gurdwara yesterday night. The police said that the scooterist, Mr C. K. Gupta (35), resident of West Patel Nagar, was coming from the Wazirabad side when the incident occurred. While Mr Gupta died on the spot, Ms Sonia (22), who was the pillion rider, sustained injuries.


Motorist rapes married woman

Faridabad, January 6
A married woman was allegedly raped near Palwal. According to a complaint lodged with the police, the accused had offered the woman a lift while she was waiting for a passenger vehicle on the national highway. The man took her to a godown and raped her. No arrest has been made so far. The victim belongs to Baans Mohalla locality of Palwal. TNS


Kodak opens shutters to print and share digital photos
Tribune News Service

KODAK has launched a unique line of cameras and docking system called EashShare, making it easier than ever for consumers to print and share digital pictures. The Kodak EasyShare system features a camera dock and two new digital camera models – the DX3900 digital camera and the DX3600 zoom digital camera.

The camera dock addresses two of the biggest objections to digital cameras – difficulty in connection and charging. Once the camera is placed in the dock, the pictures are automatically uploaded to the computer and the dock recharges the camera’s rechargeable battery pack.

The system also includes software, which allows the user to connect to the Internet to email or print their pictures. The system makes picture sharing as easy as picture taking – it only requires the push of a button.

Suits for club life

The European designer suits from Givo have been launched for the first time in the country. These exquisite and exclusive suits are ideal for club wear and leisurewear. They combine different propositions like comfort, style, feel and the look to make the wearer stand out and spell a fashion statement for himself.

The suits available in various attractive colours, cuts and designs such as single breast zip opening shirt collar, five-button front yoke and two-inseam pockets shirt collar. Made on the state-of-the-art fully mechanised machines from finely crafted handpicked Italian poly-viscose, wool and wool blend fabrics, these suits are a perfect blend of comfort, style and quality.

Music to the ears

Philips India has launched the lifestyle micro music system, MC 70, which has an attractive European design together with the internationally patented wOOx technology and features of response to the bass acoustic/bass frequencies.

The system is capable of a sound output of 1500w PMPO. With its wOOx technology, the system is capable of producing superior bass results.

The human ear is insensitive to sound frequency around the range of 50 Hz. However, the wOOx technology, which works on the concept of duel suspension radiator, amplifies this frequency without distortions to provide an enriching musical experience.

Sonalika Tractors

International Tractor Limited has launched Sonalika’s super powerful DI-740 tractor in the 25 HP range. The company now has 11 models from 25 to 60 HP categories to offer the farmers with small and big holdings.

Backed by the world class technology of Renault Agriculture, France, Sonalika Tractors have established their superiority over other brands in the market. The company registered a sales growth of 36 per cent inspite of around 17 per cent negative growth in the tractors market.

Auto oil in sachets

Motorol Speciality Oils Ltd has drawn up plans to further strengthen its presence in the retail segment. Following the launch of its premium grade oil, Insta 2T in 40 ml sachet for two-wheelers, the company has revamped its entire range of product packaging to make fresh inroads into the retail segment and to fit into its overall retail visual identity programme.

Based on the positive consumer response, the company has set for itself a target of selling one crore sachets of Insta 2T every month during the fiscal 2001-02. The company also plans to launch a slew of products in pilfer proof and customer friendly packaging.

Magic in trousers

Oxemberg has launched the black magic collection, a range of formal black trousers. The collection is a medley of well-crafted formal trousers in black and it signifies confidence and underlines the authoritative image of the person who wears it.

It has varied tones in black and fine textures with intricate weaves and designs, meticulously sourced and made from 100 per cent cotton and premium cotton blends, which is breathable and most ideal for Indian climatic conditions. Featuring expert craftsmanship with pleated cross pockets and in comfort fits, these trousers are ideal for any occasion and looks all set to cause a fashion phenomenon this season.

Supercar game

Milestone Interactive software has launched supercar street challenger computer game. It sets a new standard for arcade-style racing games and challenges asking to master nine of the most exotic vehicles in the world on 23 fantasy courses set in London, Paris, Monaco, Los Angeles, Munich, Turin and Rome.

The game for the first time offers the players to design and race their own dream machines. Once behind the wheel, players can gain an edge over the competition by taking elaborate shortcuts over sidewalks and through obstacles and buildings. In addition, the game offers the traditional arcade-style features, which allows the players to rub fenders or even smash into blockades without slowing down the action.

Caring detergents

Modicare in the laundry care segment has launched its Washmate detergent powder sachets, which are available in 12 sachets of 15 grams each.

The company has introduced sachets in the auto care segment with auto wash, the international quality automobile shampoo, which comes in 9 ml sachets, and auto glow, the auto polish that comes in 9 ml sachets.

In the home care category, the company has introduced Duz All, Stericlean and One-Der-Drop in 9 ml sachets.

Salt in granules

Cargil Food has launched Naturefresh salt, the most granular salts available in the market. Enriched with iodine, calcium and magnesium, Naturefresh salt is devoid of any impurities and is specially processed to make it free flowing under all weather conditions.

The foolproof test of purity is its granulation where unseen particles cannot mix easily with granules like they do with finer salts.

The company had already launched its brand of atta, maida, suji, besan and oils in the country, which are targeted at the conscious consumers, who consistently demand high quality, hygiene and safe foods.

Swords for shave

Wilkinson Sword, the fastest growing blade brand in the Indian market, has introduced a new Wilkinson premium 3s pack for a special price.

The blades are manufactured using imported steel and have specially coated edges for smoother and closer shaves. The special price offer is a strategic initiative from the company to expand its market.

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