Monday, January 21, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Sheila has a recipe for traffic woes
Prefers a high capacity bus system to metro
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 20
The option of introducing a High Capacity Bus System in order to solve the increasing problems of transportation in the Capital should be seriously considered, since it would cheaper than a metro system and just as effective, according to Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs Sheila Dikshit.

She was addressing an international workshop on High Capacity Bus System organised by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), IDFC, SIAM and IIT- Delhi on occasion of the sixth Auto Expo 2002, organised jointly by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (SIAM).

While a metro system would cost around Rs 300 crore per km, a high capacity bus system would cost a mere Rs 2 crore per km. The basic problem that Delhi faced was that it did not have an efficient public transport system, she added.

Delhi alone had experienced a nine-fold increase in its motor vehicle population in the last three decades, with the road network increasing only by 2.6 times in capacity terms. She further said that due to high traffic density and inefficiently designed urban transport systems, there have been significant environmental, safety and health implications and, consequently, most of the cities continue to face the problem of environment pollution, slow vehicular speed, traffic congestion accompanied by unacceptable accident rates. As a result, urban India is facing an acute transport crisis as well as deteriorating air environment.

In its quest for a better public transport system, one of the challenges that India had to overcome was to implement the process of modernisation without reiterating the blunders made by the developed nations with regard to environmental degradation and over congestion of traffic.

Re-emphasising the need for an efficient public transport system, Mrs Sheila Dikshit stated that construction of additional roads and flyovers in the absence of a public transport system that would cater to all sections of the population would be a short-term solution, since the rapidly increasing density of automobiles would soon negate the increase of in road area. Enticing passenger car owners to use a public transport system would be one of the largest challenges that the government would face, she said. Preferential right of way for buses along with priority for pedestrians and cyclists, intelligent transport systems, cleaner fuels and vehicle technologies could be the way forward for meeting the transport needs of cities in the future.

Mr Rakesh Mehta, Chairman, DTC, in his address stated that the involvement of a large number of experts on public transportation at the seminar would ensure that a roadmap for the solution of the transportation woes of Delhi would be ready in the near future.

The day-long workshop deliberated on the integration of high capacity bus systems with the information and communication technologies as a viable public transit system, implication of high capacity bus stem based on international experience, leveraging of public or private capital for implementation and operation of such bus systems, and evolving options of institutional structure and finance.



Garh Mukteshwar: A holy city in the making
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, January 20
The Garh Braj Ghat Development Project is making headway and the holy city will soon start taking visible shape. Dr Ramesh Chand Tomar, Ghaiziabad MP and Chairman of the Lok Sabha Housing Committee, disclosed that the work of beautification of the Garh Mukteshwar Braj Ghat is proceeding apace. The Uttar Pradesh Government’s decision to develop Garh Mukteshwar into a holy city on the pattern of Hardwar, after the latter’s inclusion in Uttaranchal, was announced by UP Housing and Urban Development Minister Lalji Tandon last year.

Apart from meeting the aspirations of devotees as a centre of pilgrimage, Garh Mukteshwar will also attract a sizeable tourist traffic. All this should go a long way in the economic development of the area and help generate revenue for the State government. The holy city will attract lakhs of devotees and tourists annually. A Garh Mukteshwar Braj Ghat Development Authority has been constituted with Divisional Commissioner, Meerut, Mr Deepak Shinghal, as Chairman, and DM Ghaziabad as its Vice Chairman. The project, it is learnt, will cost upto Rs 300 crore and take about 3 to 4 years to complete.

According to plans, a barrage will be constructed on river Ganga so that the water is diverted to the historic Shiv Temple and the Ganga Temple; thereafter, the water will again flow into the main river, about five km downstream. A Garh Mukteshwar mela ground will be developed over a 5000 sq m area; Navin Ghat will be the separate bathing ghat for ladies. An eight-to-10-km-long Braj Ghat will also be developed on the right bank of the Ganga, Dr Tomar said. A bus stand, taxi stands, a post office, banks, hospital, electric sub-station, tube wells, dharamashallas (rest houses) and mandirs will also be developed in the town. A 92-km-long express highway will be constructed from Delhi to Garh, so that people can return to the Capital the same day.

The Delhi-Hapur road and other link roads will also be broadened. The Hapur bypass will be ready by April 2002. Roads are also being developed for the convenience of pilgrims from Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and other nearby places. The Hapur-Braj Ghat road is also being converted into a 4-lane road. Eight new ghats are being developed. The project will result in considerable development of the Garh town, particularly the infrastructure, which will generate employment opportunities.

The Development Authority will be headed by Meerut Divisional Commissioner, Mr S K Singhal, with D M Ghaziabad as its Chairman. The authority will include the Chairman of Engineers Projects India Ltd and the local MLA, Mr Ram Naresh Yadav, among others. The project has been be awarded to the Engineering Projects India Ltd, a Government of India undertaking.



MLAs air their grievances, but not before Chautala
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 20
While the BJP MLA from Mewla Maharajpur constituency here, Mr Krishan Pal Gurjar, chose to stay away from the monthly meeting of the district grievances and redressal committee held here today, a former minister and MLA from Palwal, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, alleged that he was not invited to the meeting. The meeting was chaired by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

Both the MLA’s, who are outspoken in their criticism of the Chautala Government, are considered to be the `beta noire’ of the Chief Minister.

Mr Gurjar said that the chief minister’s decision to chair the meeting was only a political stunt and it would not help mitigate the problems of the locals. He claimed that their biggest woe was the house tax and the government was least interested in doing away with that.

On other hand, Mr Dalal claimed that `no invitation’ was extended to him for the meeting and said that it was a violation of his democratic and legislative rights. He said he was prepared to attend the meeting, but the chief minister’s men were not ready to see him (Dalal) putting the `facts’ before the committee. He said such moves could not stop him from criticising the government. While there were several residents who had a `grouse’ against the committee for not being able to air their grievances, one minister was able to draw the attention of the chief minister to his problem, but after the meeting.

It is learnt that the minister went to Mr Chautala and said: “CM Sahib, please ask the District Administration to provide an NOC for a petrol pump. The chief minister called the Deputy Commissioner by name and reportedly said: ``Is

my recommendation required for giving an NOC for a petrol pump (application) of a minister? The Deputy Commissioner immediately responded by saying that the matter will be taken care of. The alacrity with which the DC had responded to the CM’s query stunned those present. One of them remarked: “The meeting was at least able to do justice to the grievance of a minister.”

Several people had to wait for their complaint to be taken up; many went back without being able to access the committee. Local activists of the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) party were busy trying to air the complaints of their near and dear ones. In fact, the police and CID officials present at the venue did not allow any commoner to enter the hall. It is reported that complaints brought up in the meeting were screened by officials at various levels.



After the elusive monkey man, experience the real thing
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 20
Having been traumitised by the elusive and mysterious monkey man last year, the residents of three neighbouring colonies of Vivek Vihar, Jhilmil Colony and Shahdara in East Delhi are facing the real thing. A gang of four ferocious monkeys has virtually unleashed panic among the residents, attacking all and sundry without provocation. So far, they have left a trail of 25 injured, including women and children.

According to some of the victims, the monkeys do not scare easily and if you try to shoo them away by brandishing a lathi or some other handy weapon, they retaliate, as a resident of the Police Colony, Vivek Vihar, found to her dismay.

The housewife emerged from her house on hearing the screams of her five-year-old daughter, Farzana, who was attacked by the Simian gang while she was playing outside her house. The mother, at that time, was about to heat water for her bath. On hearing the screams, she rushed out with the immersion rod in her hand and tried to shoo away the attackers, who had already bitten the terrified child on the arm.

Angry at the rebuff, the leader of the simian gang snatched the rod and attacked the shell-shocked mother. It was only when half a dozen neighbours rushed to their aid that the monkeys retreated.

Another case is that of a resident of Jhilmil Colony, who was trying to catch forty winks in the afternoon sun outside his house last week. He lost not only sleep, but a piece of his ear lobe as well. According to eye-witnesses, the man, who wants to remain anonynmous for some inexplicable reason, had lugged a cot outside his house and settled comfortably, covering himself with a sheet. To breathe easy, he had left his face uncovered.

Suddenly, he found someone wrenching his ear . He woke up with a start, only to find a huge monkey hovering over him. He raised an alarm and threw the sheet away, but not before the monkey leapt away with a piece of his ear lobe.

The gang of four, as they are now being referred to by the residents, are known to have a roving eye as well, as the residents of Shahdara discovered recently. A young, comely lass of the area was out on an errand when the monkeys appeared from nowhere and gave her an affectionate pat on the cheek. It is a different matter that the playful pat left several deep scratches on her face. Mercifully, some youth came to the aid of the damsel in distress.

But this in no way is the end of the monkey business. The Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, where the victims went for an anti rabies shot, were told that the much-in-demand vaccine was out of stock. The hospital authorities referred them to the private doctors in the area, who in turn told them that they normally get their stocks of the vaccine from the hospital itself.

Meanwhile, the police said, the patrolling in the area was being intensified. But the residents have raised their own posse to hunt for the simian marauders.



Now, polio drops at doorstep
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 20
After getting as many parents as they could to bring their newborn to the vaccination centres, health workers will now be taking the polio drops to the infants. According to Health Minister Dr AK Walia, the nuanced approach is targeted to achieve 100 per cent immunisation by making the drops available to children not covered still after the third phase of Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme concluded on Sunday. (Nearly 21 lakh children were administered polio drops under the third phase of the programme.) And just so that children already administered the drops are not targeted again, the infants who were brought to the vaccination centres or booths were marked with a blue dye on the little finger of left hand ! Walia told media persons a few percentage of children remain deprived of the drops after every phase due to one reason or the other. In order to plug this loophole as it were, health workers would now be visiting door-to-door. Their brief: To reach every household in the National Capital Territory of Delhi in the next five days so that not a single child is left without the drops. Accordingly, 7,200 teams comprising two personnel each have been constituted and 1,400 supervisors deployed to monitor the house-to-house immunisation.

As for the third phase of Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme that concluded on Sunday, the minister said 7,000 booths were set up all over the Capital, including 300 mobile booths and 50 transit centres at railway stations, bus terminuses, entry points on national highways, airports and entertainment complexes.



Nagar kirtan evokes huge response
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 20
Members of the Sikh community and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee today took out a procession (nagar kirtan) in connection with the birth anniversary of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. The nagar kirtan started at 10.30 am from Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, led by Panj Piyaras (five beloved Sant Sipahi) followed by beautifully decorated Palki Sahib with Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

Children praying in front of Bangla Sahib Gurdwara on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Ji on Sunday. — Tribune Photo

Office-bearers of the DSGMC like president Jathedar Avtar Singh Hit, general secretary Kulmohan Singh, senior vice-president Dilwinder Singh, junior vice-president Shamsher Singh Sandhu, and joint secretary Jasbir Singh Kaka, chairman of the Dharam Prachar Committee Jathedar Inderpal Singh Khalsa, chairman of the Nagar Kirtan Jathedar Surjit Singh, and other prominent members took part in the procession.

The procession also included schoolchildren from different branches of Guru Harkrishan Public Schools and other Sikh educational institutions, private bands, elephants, horses, gatka parties and numberless Sikh devotees with their families.

Guru Gobind Singh, an unparalleled prophet, became the tenth guru of the Sikhs at a tender age of nine years, consequent upon the martyrdom of his father Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur at Chandni Chowk in November 1675, who sacrificed his life defending freedom of religious worship. In the short span of 42 years, Guru Gobind Singh created the `order of the Khalsa’ in 1699 and with his unrelenting fighting spirit started the movement of nationalism.

The nagar kirtan passed through Pandit Pant Marg, Gole Post Office, Ashoka Road, Patel Chowk, Connaught Place, Gole Market, Panchkuian Road, Bangla Sahib and terminated in the evening at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib.

A huge congregation has been arranged for tomorrow on the occasion of the birth anniversary, which will start at 4 am with meditation, shabat kirtan, lectures etc. The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, has confirmed that he will attend the congregation to pay his respects to the Guru. In the evening, there will be a kavi darbar, deep mala and fireworks.

Mr Subhash Sharma, Chairman, New Delhi Municipal Council, felicitated Panch Piyaras” who were leading the procession of Guru Govind Singh’s birthday this morning opposite Palika Kendra. He was presented a saropa by Dr G. S. Thind, Deputy Medical Officer of Health, NDMC. A langar was also organised by the NDMC Employees Nagar Kirtan Swagat Samiti on the occasion.



She notches success of a verse kind
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 20
Nineteen-year-old Sukhda Dhanda of Faridabad is ecstatic. Some of her poems have been chosen by, a website of the International Library of Poetry of United States of America (USA), to be included in the poetry album to be released and distributed worldwide this year.

Her poems titled `Time will come”, `Life is a struggle’ and `Dreams’ will be recorded in the forthcoming album and would be released on both compact discs (CD) and audiocassettes. The special edition to be brought out by is titled as `The Best Poems and Poets of 2001’, and her poem `Dream’ is part of it.

Nominated for the `2001 - World Champion Amateur Poet’ competition at Washington D.C, she was invited to read her poetry at the most prestigious gathering of poets in the world. Unfortunately, that was not to be, as the terrorist attack on the World Trade Towers (WTC) at New York and other places in September last year led to the cancellation of her proposed trip. She was also offered to take part in the International Open Amateur Poetry Contest which has prizes up to $ 10,000.

Although Sukhda, a third-year student of LLB (five year integrated course after plus II) of the Maharshi Dayanand University, felt a little disappointed when she could not participate personally in the competition, she was happy to have been selected among 30 poets from the world by the library. She is perhaps the first girl from North India and Haryana whose poems have been selected.

Daughter of a District and Sessions Judge, Mr Pritam Pal, Sukhda is also an excellent student. While she topped in the university in the first year (law), she had been adjudged as the best speaker and orator in various debate and declamation contests in the recent past. Not only this, she is also an active sportsperson. She represented Haryana thrice in the National Baseball Championships.

With already 21 poems under her belt, Sukhda plans to come out with a book on her poetry collection in the near future. Her parents, especially her father, feel that the talent exhibited by their daughter was natural and hoped that she would take it to glorifying heights.



Sonepat thirsting for water
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 20
The drinking water supply and sewerage system in this fast-growing industrial city and a district headquarters in Haryana seem to have collapsed due to inefficient working of the Public Health Department.

The residents alleged that there was a shortage of water not only in summer but in winter also.

There was no supply throughout the day sometimes.

The supply in the evening is quite erratic and the residents do not get the supply for several days in succession.

The people living on the first and second floors are having a harrowing time. Many residents have installed booster pumps directly on the water mains. Booster pumps add to the consumption of power besides drawing muddy water. The contaminated water thus causes several diseases.

The residents alleged that the sewers in the city were two-decade-old. They had been badly damaged because of poor maintenance and misuse. They got clogged frequently, flooding the roads. The desilting of sewer lines was not done as a matter of course. As a result, the sewerage flowed back into the houses.

The authorities of the Public Health Department as well as the district administration are not bothered about the complaints regarding the erratic supply of water and poor sewerage system.

The main waterworks at Murthal and the boosting stations in the city do not function properly, leading to the frequent disruption in the supply.

Many residents pointed out that there was no schedule for the supply and they continued to wait for hours to get water. The keymen on duty kept the residents on hold almost daily thanks to the failure of the authorities to check them.

The representatives of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations as well as trade unions today expressed concern over the unsatisfactory working of the Public Health Department and demanded stern action against the officials, responsible for the crisis. They also warned that if steps were not taken against the officials, they would launch an agitation against the department authorities.



Enhanced house tax stayed
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 20
The recovery of house tax by the municipal authorities here has come to a standstill following the recent decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to grant a stay on it at the enhanced rates.

The interim order had been issued by a two-member bench comprising Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mahanta on a writ petition filed by a former minister, Mr A. C. Chaudhary, pleading to stop the authorities from collecting house tax at the new rates. The court has fixed May 15, 2002 as the next date of hearing in this regard and asked the state government to file its reply by then.

In the petition, Mr Chaudhary had cited several reasons for describing the house tax hike as unjustified. The total income of the municipal corporation here was likely to increase by about 10 times from the revenue collected earlier through the tax. This might, however, lead to an acute financial crisis in the corporation.

Moreover, the state government had come under sharp criticism from various sections of the society for the hike in the house tax and keeping Faridabad out of the purview from the amended structure of the tax.

Expressing happiness over the court’s decision, Mr Chaudhary said here yesterday that it would provide a major relief to the residents of Faridabad, as they had to pay house tax only at the older rates. He said that he had filed the petition in the high court only after all efforts to get relief from the authorities failed.



Undertrial dies under mysterious circumstances
Our Correspondent

Noida, January 20
An alleged criminal, Vinode, who was arrested by the Jarcha police and lodged in Dasna jail in Ghaziabad, died at MMG Hospital, Ghaziabad last night under mysterious circumstances. Another suspect lodged with him is also admitted to the hospital in an unconscious state.

Vinode, son of Prabhu Dayal of to Salarpur village in Gautam Budh Nagar district, and Sanjeev were brought to the hospital in a serious condition. Vinode was said to have complained of pain in the chest in the jail. The doctors at MMG Hospital declared him “ brought dead”.

Meanwhile, Sanjeev is still lying unconscious in the hospital. Jail authorities said that both prisoners were removed to the hospital at 8.30 pm last night when their condition started deteriorating. Both of them were lodged in the jail under the Gangster Act in connection with a looting case. Their case was supposed to come up for hearing one of these days, it is learnt.



Smart cards for senior citizens from April 1
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 20
Smart Cards that promise benefits for senior citizens would become available from April 1, 2002.

The Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, today said that special counters would be set up for the old persons at all Delhi Government hospitals for facilitating their treatment. The smart card holder would also have seats reserved on government-run buses.

She announced the same after inaugurating the commencement of work for laying of internal sewers in Brahmpuri X Block and Gautam Vihar in trans-Yamuna. The Chief Minister said the rights of the senior citizens would be protected by the government.



BJP leaders meet

New Delhi, January 20
Notwithstanding the demands for deferring the civic polls, a host of senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party came together today to address a convention of party workers organised by the party’s Karol Bagh unit.

Present on the occasion were MP Anita Arya, Opposition Leader in the Assembly Prof Jagdish Mukhi, Delhi BJP president Mange Ram Garg,. TNS



Train passengers looted
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 20
The Government Railway Police (GRP) have launched a massive hunt to apprehend the unidentified armed miscreants who had looted passengers of the 4648 (down) Flying Mail between Sonepat and Delhi on the night of January 18.

According to a delayed report, a group of armed youths boarded the New Delhi-bound Flying Mail at Sonepat. When the train moved, they brandished the arms, including knives, and started looting passengers.

While some of the passengers readily handed over the cash and other valuables to them, those who offered resistance were assaulted and injured by the miscreants. The miscreants pulled the emergency chain of the train on the way and got down and escaped under the cover of darkness.

On reaching Delhi, the injured passengers informed the GRP officials about the incident. The incident has caused resentment among the travelling public as similar incidents had taken place earlier too on this train.

Cops in the dock

The city police have registered a case under the Excise Act and under Sections 510, 283, 323 and 34 of the IPC against two policemen, including a Head Constable, and started investigations into the complaint lodged by Mr Darshan Singh, a rehriwala, alleging that he was beaten up by them when he refused to give them a liquor bottle he was carrying.

According to a report, Mr Hardeep Singh Doon, DSP (Headquarters) arrived on the scene and the duo were medically examined and they were found to be under the influence of liquor

Fire in factory

A fire broke out in a factory near Sewli village, about 15 km from here, last night. It was brought under control by two fire brigades after about eight hours. According to a report, the cause of the fire is not immediately known and the loss is still being ascertained by the management of the factory. This is the third fire in the factory in the past few months.

Plaints settled

The Haryana Agriculture Minister, Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, disposed of 10 complaints received by the complaint cell of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S. N. Roy. The Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, and the MLA, Mr Dev Raj Dewan, were among those who were present at the meeting. The minister directed the district officials to take immediate and effective steps for redressing the grievances of the people on a priority basis. This, he hoped, would satisfy the people who are approaching them with their complaints.

Folk musician remembered

Mr S. Y. Quraishi, Director General, Doordarshan, has said that the people should learn from the educative ragnis of Pt Lakhmi Chand, a legend in folk music in Haryana. He was speaking at the two-day centenary celebrations of Pt Lakhmi Chand at HSIDC Complex, Rai in Sonepat district today. The celebrations would conclude tomorrow. Mr Quraishi said the ragnis of Pt Lakhmi Chand were full of social values and ethics and we must follow the principles laid down by him through his ragnis.



Three of robbers’ gang nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 20
The North-West district police have arrested three persons who were allegedly involved in the Ashok Vihar robbery and claimed to have busted a gang of burglars. The police seized eight wristwatches, gold and diamond jewellery, including chains, necklaces, bangles and button-actuated knives, from them.

The arrested were Rashid alias Jonny of Khajuri, Saguriddin alias Sekhu of Wazirpur and Rakesh alias Rockey of Wazirpur. During interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crimes.

The police patrol team on January 18 had found two boys moving in a suspicious manner. On spotting the police team, the boys tried to escape. But the cops chased and overpowered them. During interrogation, they divulged the name of one of their associates, Rakesh, who was subsequently nabbed.

The suspects also disclosed that they sold the stolen gold jewellery in Uttar Pradesh. A police team had been sent to recover the jewellery, said the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West), Mr Anil Kumar Ojha. The police also revealed that Rashid was involved in more than seven cases of theft and burglary.



Case against ASI for beating up shopkeeper
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, January 20
The Police have registered a case against an ASI, two cops and three wine contractors on the charge of hrassing a shop keeper and snatching Rs 17,000 from him. The case was registered last evening, following directions by a local court. The complainant Prahlad, a resident of Balambha village, had alleged that his shop was raided by the Excise officials on January 3 and 4, but they failed to find anything objectionable. However, he said he was taken to Rohtak and beaten up mercilessly. He alleged that the police also snatched Rs 17,000, which he had earned after the sale of a buffalo. He said he was released after he have a bribe of Rs 6,000. He filed a complaint in the court in this connection on January 17. On the basis of the FIR, a case was registered against ASI Maha Singh, Head constable Punjab Singh, Constable Ramesh and Contractors Ram Kawar, Jitender and Cheeni under section 148,149,323, 325, 365, 402 and 506 of the IPC.



Harvester that filters oil from run-off water

EverythingAboutWater Pvt Ltd launches rainwater harvester based on a European design that ensures a larger quantum of recharge. It uses pressure filters for filtering the rainwater run-off before it is discharged into the ground water aquifer. For collecting the run-off from roads and other surfaces that have vehicular traffic, it provides an add-on oil and grease trap that separates the mobile fluids from the run-off waters.

Rooms for sauna

Silver Spark Pvt Ltd introduces sauna rooms from Tylo of Sweden that are available in a wide choice of sizes and designs from small cabins to luxurious sauna rooms with complete sauna fittings and accessories like benches, backrests and skirting panels, lighting, vents etc. The company also acts as an agent for Tylo panels for supplying to contractors and hotels.

Colourful watches

For young and sporty generationX, Bentex introduces exclusive and trendy collection of plastic wristwatches. Available in analog and digital ranges, the collection blends attractive designs, elegant styles and international quality for both men and women. It is available in various attractive colours in combinations like blue, black, transparent white, grey etc.

Speaker in wooden cabinet

Sony India launches the Micro Hifis range of audio systems that include three models – CMT-EP30, CMT-CP100 and CMT-EX100 sporting a wood and steel look. The speaker system offers both fine acoustic performance as well as excellent vibration absorption as they come encased in a wooden cabinet.

Cooking on Kaff

Kaff presents for the first time in the country a Built-in-Hob with special Vitroceramic plates. Ergonomically designed with a stainless steel body, the Hob comes equipped with two vitroceramic hot plates and three gas burners including one triple-ring burner. It also comes with a range of features like gas burners with pilot flame, electronic ignition with sparking plug integrated with the burner, knob protection bar, enamelled steel pan-support, enamelled burner caps, and electric supply of AC 230 V 5-6- Hz. The Hob has a triple flame system for even distribution of heat and scientifically designed flat surface that eliminates waste accumulation in cavities.

Desktop timepieces

Contemporary timepieces from Newage Concepts offer a range of small desktop pieces to six-foot pedestal clock made of materials like porcelain, steel, glass and wood. These timepieces do not confirm to a particular setting but can blend in with any décor and are useful for either office or home.

DVD player with Surround

LG Electronics launches E-Max DVD Player in two models – DV4721P and DK4741P — having playable disc format, DTS digital stream out and twin turner 3D surround system with unique 3D spatializer sound. Another unique feature is the Dolby Digital Decoder/MPEG II audio that reads Dolby Digital and MPEG II, the latest digital compression formats in sound. The set-up memory recalls the last scene viewed as well as tune and recall set-up and operation conditions like Dolby, sub-titles and audio set-up up to 15 DVDs. The E-Max DK4741P is packed with a range of karaoke features and two wired microphones and versatile echo.

Regulator battery

The Third Amaron Pitstop has been opened by Amara Raja Batteries Ltd in North Delhi and the first Amaron Pitstop in Ghaziabad. At a Pitstop, a customer can buy an Amaron battery and avail themselves of the company’s value-added alternator regulator battery and starter diagnostic programme. The programme is a unique diagnostic system that combines microprocessor intelligence with knowledge of lead-acid battery technology. In a single cycle of measurement, it can test the alternator, regulator, battery and starter and advise instantly on the state of health of the vehicle’s electrical equipment.


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