Friday, February 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Kotla slams doors on ticket holders
Tribune News Service

Spectators hit the road in droves after the one-day match.

New Delhi, January 31
Hundreds of genuine ticket holders were denied admission to the Ferozeshah Kotla grounds here, the venue of the one-day cricket match between India and England, as utter chaos prevailed outside the gates since early morning.

Even while there were several thousand policemen deployed at the stadium for security, there were hardly any to supervise the smooth entry of fans and genuine ticket holders.

“The policemen were there but they for some inexplicable reason looked the other way. It was very disappointing that despite the fact that I and my son were holding genuine tickets of Rs. 250 each, we could not see the match. It is disgusting”, said a visibly perturbed cricket enthusiast.

This sentiment was echoed by scores of others who had queued up outside the gates of the stadium from early this morning, only to be told three hours later that the stadium was full and the gates had been shut. There was total chaos as people pleaded with officials manning the gates to let them in. Some even tried to drop names of VIPs to impress the officials but to no avail. There were also several incidents of exchange of hot words but “ since the ticket holders understandably were law abiding citizens, ugly scenes were averted”.

The ticket holders claimed that they had queued up outside the gates from 7 a.m. onwards to avoid any problems. But to their surprise they found the queue hardly moving. Hours went by and suddenly around 10.10 a.m., the officials announced that the stadium was full and the gates had been locked. While many rushed back home to watch the match on the television, others lingered on in the hope that some how the officials would relent and allow them in.

Some of the genuine ticket holders wondered why the stadium was bursting at the seams with many of them still outside. It was apparent that a large number of unauthorised persons had managed to sneak in, possibly in connivance with the officials. Another story doing the round was that the DDCA officials had issued more complimentary passes than necessary to oblige VIPs and all that at the cost of genuine ticket holders. No one had a good word for the organisers.

On a day when all roads led to Kotla, the Traffic Police were found woefully wanting in their efforts to streamline the vehicular movement around the Ferozeshah Kotla. Motorists were seen frantically waiving to cops in order to seek directions to the parking lots, often causing traffic snarls in the process. After the Kotla ground authorities slammed the gates shut, the cops had to brandish lathis in the air to disperse the disgruntled ticket holders, forcing them to spill onto the already clogged roads. The chaos continued till afternoon only to recur in the evening, when the spectators hit the road in droves.

The DDCA and the Delhi Traffic Police have already crossed swords with the latter accusing the DDCA of forging their emblem on the parking stickers issued by them without prior consultation or permission. The Delhi Traffic police is contemplating lodging a formal complaint against the DDCA.



Crime data pool with FBI help on the anvil
J. T. Vishnu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 31
Following the attacks on Parliament and the American Centre in Kolkata, the premier National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is in the process of sharing its vast data about criminals with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States to track down those involved in nefarious activities.

Senior officials of the NCRB said the Indian authorities would also have access to the data available with the FBI, which would help them track down criminals.

“There is a proposal to link the databank of criminal records in the two countries, which would speed up the process of accessing information available with the agencies,” said an official.

The NCRB has a collection of more than a million fingerprints of convicts in the country and the database can be accessed by a click of a button. The bureau is also considering a proposal to link all state fingerprints bureaux and districts in the country to the Central Fingerprints Bureau. Then, more than 15,000 police stations across the country with an estimated three lakh computers will have access to the data pool. The proposals are part of the Crime Criminal Investigation System (CCIS), a comprehensive package formed by the NCRB. Under the CCIS, a number of proposals to standardise computerisation of the police stations across the country and to make the police personnel more computer savvy have been suggested. The CCIS is a multi-faceted system and has a vital role to play in solving the cases and to help the police in tracking down criminals.

Under the CCIS, the NCRB has already distributed 740 computers and software to the State Crime Records Bureau and districts to record crime online. By this, any crime committed anywhere in the country will be available on the computers.

A senior official in the NCRB said, “No two fingerprints are alike in the world, and we can produce conclusive proof of a criminal’s involvement in any case. The fingerprint records of convicts from both India and other countries will be available in the system.”

Presently, more than three lakh fingerprints of convicted persons have been stored in the system and the process of storing is still on. “Once the system is implemented, the data will be available on your computer and accessing will become easier,” said the official. The Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory will also be linked to the system of the fingerprint bureau.

The NCRB has also been planning to involve the state transport authorities, as they take fingerprints of persons while issuing licenses to them. This will be useful in preventing duplication of licences and help identify persons applying for the second time. Plus, plans of roping in the Regional Passport Offices are on the anvil, as this would avoid the duplication in passports.

Also to prevent stolen vehicles from being driven across the borders, the NCRB is working on a proposal to set up ‘check gates’ on the roads leading to North-East, Jammu and Kashmir and Nepal. The computer systems at the check gates will be directly linked to the NCRB.

The Directorate of Co-ordination of Police Wireless (DPCW) and Bharat Electronics Limited have been working on this system. The official said: “The problem in other states is that the policemen are only filing FIRs in their regional languages and are reluctant to work on the computers. The NCRB, at present, is working on resolving this problem, in order to have complete networking across the country.”



Hospitals: Another Delhi Govt, MCD flashpoint
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 31
Patients are languishing in wards as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the Delhi Government exchange hot air over financial assistance needed for the modernisation of four hospitals in the National Capital Territory.

While the MCD has accused the State government of with-holding financial aid of Rs 115 crore for the modernisation of these hospitals, Delhi Health Minister, Dr A K Walia, categorically denied any request for a financial grant was pending with them.

As the two authorities slug it out over financial grants, the outdoor patients at the civic hospitals in Kalkaji, Lajpat Nagar, Tilak Nagar and Timarpur are constrained to get the crucial tests done from outside as the hospitals lack such facilities.

The MCD has been pressing the State government to release funds for the installation of a new machine for the X-ray unit and a laboratory with the latest equipment for conducting various tests. The MCD also wants to appoint specialists for providing quality health care to the patients, Mr Prithvi Raj Sahni, Chairman of the MCD Standing Committee, told the NCR Tribune.

These four hospitals, which were earlier under the control of the Delhi Government, were transferred to the corporation after a protracted tussle between the two authorities.

Mr Chauhan claimed that the Delhi Government was dithering over the financial aid of Rs 115 crore for the modernisation of corporation hospitals with an eye on the forthcoming civic body polls.

He said the state government had not even released the fourth installment of the plan money, which is adversely affecting the financial position of the MCD.

Dr Walia, however, countered that no financial aid dues were pending with the state government. He said when these hospitals were transferred to the corporation, the Delhi government had not made any financial commitment.

“Why did the MCD seek control of these hospital when it did not have the financial resources to modernise them,” he asked, and pointed out that the state government has three hospitals – in Moti Nagar, Patel Nagar and Malviya Nagar – and they were completely modernised.

The MCD councillors had even petitioned the Delhi Health Minister, in order to exert pressure on the state government.

Despite the resource crunch, the corporation has drawn an action plan, dubbed PREVENT, to tackle water-borne diseases in a big way. This was being done in consultation with eminent public health experts.

The Municipal Commissioner, Mr S.P. Aggarwal, said that the corporation would spend a record sum of Rs 208 crores on the health sector this year. Out of this, Rs 152 crores would be spent on medical relief and Rs 56 crore on public health.



Postgrad centre in Rewari crying for building of its own 
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, January 31.
Owing to the tardy pace of development as well as general apathy, the post-graduate regional centre of the M D University, Rohtak, at Rewari has been functioning from a rented accommodation since its inception in October 1988. Besides no new classes/courses of study have been appended to the departments of English, Mathematics, History and Commerce in the last 13 years. Rewari has got a raw deal in the area of higher Education. In November 1978, the local Rewari MLA, Col. Ram Singh, became the Education Minister of Haryana. But even then no postgraduate regional centre could be started in the city; and all this, despite the fact that a grant of Rs. 50 lakh could be obtained from the UGC for the asking. When Mr Devi Lal came to power, Mr Raghu Yadav was elected the local MLA in 1987, and things began to take a turn for the better. The former conceded a long-standing demand – which had been assiduously pursued by its firebrand legislator — for a P.G Centre, which was started here in October 1988.

There was jubilation. Now the demand for a building began to gain momentum. However, the process got derailed following the end of the Devi Lal-Chautala regime in May 1990.

Later, in the 1990’s, the then legislator, Capt. Ajay Singh Yadav, who was also a minister, took up the matter, following which the Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal, laid the foundation stone of the P.G. Centre at Meerpur village (about 10 km from Rewari) on a 100-acre plot which was donated by the village panchayat. A sum of Rs. one crore, which was provided in two instalments by the government, was spent on building a boundary wall and approach roads to the centre. However, the matter got bogged down in a row over the selection of the site.

Now, with Mr Om Prakash Chautala in the saddle, the abandoned project has received a new impetus. Two committees – one headed by the Vice-Chancellor of the M D University, Rohtak, and the other headed by Mrs. Anuradha Gupta, Director of Higher Education Haryana, have submitted their reports to the state government, recommending the selection of a new site on the main Rewari-Narnaul road for this purpose. The old site at Meerpur village now stands abandoned, reportedly on account of its aloofness from Rewari town as well as its vulnerability to floods. However, things are moving at a snail’s pace again and there is an urgent need to accelerate the pace of development to ensure the launching of the PG Centre classes in its own building at the new site.



Near free-for-all at Jhajjar civic body meeting 
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, January 31
Unruly scenes were witnessed in the monthly meeting of the local Municipal Committee held here today as the rival groups almost came to blows. The president of the committee, Mrs Usha Bansal, called the police to save the situation which was slipping out of control amid sloganeering and overturning of tables in the conference hall. The things came to a boil when some members of the opposition group demanded a discussion on the problems of their wards before proceeding with other items on the agenda.

They contended that the problem of the wards should also be included on the agenda by passing a resolution in this regard. However, the president maintained that their problems would be discussed after other items were taken up. Irked at the president’s stance, the opposition members went ballistic and started overturning the tables. They said that she had completely ignored the problems of the town during her two-year tenure. They also pointed out the cases of corruption in floating tenders of different works.

Defending herself, the president said that various development activities had been completed during her tenure. The situation took a violent turn after a spate of allegations and counter-allegations from both the camps. In the meantime, a police party led by Mr Narender Singh, DSP, reached the committee premises. Seeing the police, the opposition members led by vice-president Rajbir Suhag boycotted the meeting and came out of the hall.

They demanded that the cops must leave the place immediately. Later, the six policemen went back, but the DSP remained. The meeting was still in progress.



CM averse to putting city on single fuel

New Delhi, January 31
Even as the Supreme Court deadline for conversion of diesel buses into CNG expired today, the Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, voiced concerns about adopting a single fuel mode for public transportation.

“In fact, Delhi is perhaps the only city in the world which has been asked to switch over to clean technologies without examining the ground realities,’’ the Chief Minister said. “There is no doubt that CNG is a clean fuel. However, there are still some complex issues that need to be tackled before running all buses on the fuel,’’ she said, after inaugurating a seminar on `Issues in public transport- Future fuels and technologies’. She pointed out that Delhi did not have adequate CNG to meet the requirement of about one lakh CNG vehicles, which were likely to be on the roads in near future. Depending entirely on any single fuel was asking for trouble, specially considering the fact that CNG, as an auto fuel, was still in a nascent stage. Addressing the seminar, Delhi’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Power, Ajay Maken said, “The work done in the last three years to improve the environment in Delhi has been more that what has been done anywhere else in the country.’’ “However, relying entirely on a single fuel is unwise. TNS



Licence racket smashed

Faridabad, January 31
With the arrest of one person, the crime branch of local police has claimed to have busted a racket of issuing licences and road permits.

The accused identified as Kedarnath had allegedly been operating from his house in Gandhi Colony here. The police have recovered about 14 fake licences, two national permits and about 135 licences of Uttar Pradesh state, besides several documents. The accused used to charge anywhere between Rs 200 and Rs 3,000 for a licence and national permits, required for the commercial vehicles. The racket got exposed when one Devinder Kumar of Padam Nagar went to get a licence from Kedarnath. It is stated that the matter was reported to the crime branch, which later raided the office of the accused.

It may be recalled that the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, has directed all the SDMs in the district to check the role of brokers in getting the licences prepared. TNS



An (un)employment exchange 

Jhajjar, January 31
If you think that the employment office situated in your town provides you with a government job, think again. It has failed to provide even a single job in the whole of last year. In fact, it would be appropriate to call it “unemployment office” now.

According to the local employment exchange sources, 22261 employment-seekers had been registered in the official rolls here. Besides, 8457 persons are registered at the Bahadurgarh sub-divisional office.

The most interesting fact, however, is that out of this long list of candidates, not a single person was fortunate enough to get a job during the whole of last year at Jhajjar and Bahadurgarh sub-divisions.

Data collected from the local office tell the complete story. Among the people who had enrolled themselves at the Jhajjar sub- division, 7490 had passed the matric examination, 583 had passed the intermediate examination (Plus Two), 439 were graduates and 239 had obtained postgraduate degree.

More than 1000 people had also registered themselves for teaching jobs after obtaining the essential degree or training.

Normally, there is a yearly increase of 10 per cent in the number of registered candidates.

Local officials said that the office received hardly five notifications throughout the last year, and a couple of candidates, who were called for the interviews failed to get the job.

It was learnt from the sources that only four persons could get job in the year 2000.

Praveen Kumar, a resident of a nearby village said that he had got his name entered in the employment exchange in 1987 after completing his graduation.

Since then, he had received only one call, for which several candidates had been called from throughout the state.

With the aim to facilitating the youth in the country to gain jobs, these employment exchanges had socio-economic objectives.

The names were registered in three different categories according to their educational qualifications at the matric, senior secondary and graduation levels. However, it has completely failed to serve its real purpose and the long queue in front of these offices continues to grow as the government prefers to fill vacancies directly instead of recruiting them through the employment exchanges set up at the tehsil level.

The failure of the employment exchanges to live up to their goals, has led to the emergence of many social problems, including frustrated unemployed youth succumbing to anti-social activities.

The decision of the state government to close down its employment exchanges at the tehsil level and transfer the enrolled names to the sub-divisional and district offices, has further lower its significance.

Keeping in view the fact that these offices have hardly proved helpful for either the state government or the registered candidates, these are being appropriately described as “white elephants”.

Interestingly, the state government provides unemployment allowances of Rs 50, Rs 75 and Rs 100 in the three categories, subject to various conditions including that the gross annual income of the immediate relative of the candidates must not exceed to Rs ten thousand.

Departmental sources disclose that out of the nearly 30 thousand unemployed registered here, only 169 candidates are getting unemployment allowance at both these sub-division of the district.

Information collected from sources indicated that due to many impractical conditions attached, the number of persons getting allowances had come down to just one third since 1989, when the scheme was initiated.

Officials said that the proposal to increase the allowance to Rs 150, Rs 200 and Rs 250 for all categories is under consideration and is likely to be implemented in the near future.

Some officials on condition of anonymity, however, alleged that a handful of corrupt officials in the department along with a culture of favouritism and nepotism in providing jobs, particularly by the politicians and bureaucrats, had brought a bad name to the department.

Mr Dariav Singh Rajoa, the local MLA, when asked to react, said that there is already a shortage of government jobs and advised the jobless youth to look for opportunities in the private sector or to start their own business, for which the state government is providing sufficient help. Ironically, he said that even his two sons were without jobs and he could not help them in getting employment. Could there be any stronger statement to show that the employment exchanges had outlived their utility. 



DMRC’s dream is residents’ nightmare
Priyanka Gupta

New Delhi, January 31
A dream coming true, that’s the punch line of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. No doubt, it has promised to solve the problems of traffic jams, but at the same time, it has also hurt the sentiments of many a resident in Delhi. After the relocation work of jhuggi cluster from Khyber Pass, the corporation has now focused on Cavalry Lines, Mall Road.

The DMRC has occupied a few residential premises, giving a compensation to the original owners. However, it would remain painful for the owners, who were forced to leave their ancestral houses to let the project go on.

The Vishwavidyalaya Station has been planned on the Mall Road with a tunnel from one station to another of Old Secretariat. Three families have been relocated to different places. The Mehra family is one of them. The Mehras have originally migrated from Pakistan in 1985 and since then, Mall Road has been their nest, where the rest of the Mehra members were nurtured.

As per the DMRC, the Government of the NCT of Delhi, gave a resettlement package and a compensation was given as per the Land Acquisition Act. However, the families that have been given compensation, do not seem to be happy. They have suffered a lot and crying for justice. Acres of land was taken away from them.

Divendra Mehra lamented, “We have been given a raw deal. We were ready to give them a complementary land of more than an acre and a half without asking them a single penny, but they refused. In the court also, I told them that we have been uprooted from Pakistan and have maintained a very beautiful garden. The place is being used for parking slots and toilets. It makes no sense. They did not give us time to shift properly and when we asked for temporary premises, as my parents are too old to commute, they offered us a place in an unauthorised colony. Our belongings were lying on the road when our neighbours offered us shelter.”

He added, “My parents are too old to move. They are really depressed. But I appreciate the efforts of the judge, who gave me a patient hearing.” Almost 11, 5000 sq meters of land has been snatched without any notice or fault. Kiran Mehra said, “We used to enjoy the ambience. We would feed parrots, peacocks, snakes and other beautiful animals and birds. Morning was always refreshing and night was all the more beautiful. We have lost our paradise. We used to enjoy so much. If at all it was related to Metro, we would not have objected, but it was taken away for parking and toilets. It was hurting. This is the reward that we have got for our efforts and love for nature.”

Besides, the families residing in Cavalry Lines do not sound enthusiastic or comfortable with the development of Metro by their side. One of the residents said, “Though it’s good that the Metro project is progressing fast but we feel disturbed as regular work for hours disturbs our peace. It was a silent, peaceful and very green area. Our neighbours were maintaining a beautiful garden. Now it is all barren. We can just hear drilling machines, even our premises vibrate as if it would crack down anytime.”

Though the DMRC has taken a lot of precautions including barricading all working areas for safety and environment. Major works like mixing of concrete and fabrication of steel have been prohibited on the site. Besides, a lot of water is sprinkled to control dust regularly.

DMRC Chief Public Relation Officer Anuj Dayal said, “We have been taking all precautions to maintain peace and decorum in the colony. The heavy vehicles carrying material/equipment for construction are restricted to night only. Besides, no labour huts have been allowed in the area and the low noise machines are being used. Apart from this, we are monitoring the environment like noise and dust. The work is scheduled to be completed by March, 2005 including restoration of roads.”

Nearly 50-60 men have been working on the site to make it a success. Also a depot planned near Khyber Pass would link to Vishwavidalaya Station, meant for receiving and dispatching empty trains.

The station would be situated below Mall Road between Chhatra Marg and Cavalry Lines. It would have two side platforms.

Booking and technical area will be provided on both sides of the road in the land, acquired by DMRC. Parking for buses, taxis, cars and other two-wheelers has also been planned to facilitate the interchange between road and Metro.



Cong threatens to gherao EC for MCD poll in Feb
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 31
Adopting a confrontationist pose, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee today threatened to `gherao’ the office of the state Election Commissioner to demand elections to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi in February.

“We would gherao the office of Election Commissioner in Kashmiri Gate tomorrow to demand holding of MCD polls in February,” the DPCC president, Mr Subhash Chopra said here today.

He said, “in case the elections are not held by the end of February, it would adversely affect the studies of students who would be sitting for exams in March.”

As a word of wisdom, Mr Chopra said “if the BJP postpones the polls, it will have to face the anger of the students as well as the electorates of Delhi.”

The Congress leaders voiced the demand for the MCD poll despite the fact that the Union Home Minister has categorically ruled out polls in February, as the Centre would not be in a position to spare security personnel for election duty.

Even the Delhi government is considering alternative dates in March, which would be suitable for holding the polls.

The DPCC president said the state government had suggested poll dates in February as adequate security personnel would be available for poll duty and minimum disturbance would be caused to the students.

Mr Mukesh Sharma, the DPCC spokesperson, alleged that the Centre had put pressure on the Election Commissioner not to issue the notification for the MCD polls.



Shoot at sight powers to police on poll day
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, January 31
The police on poll duty will not hesitate to shoot those tampering with the electronic voting machines on election day. This was stated by the District Magistrate and District Election Officer, Mr Debasish Panda, here today.

He said that strict and foolproof arrangements had been made to ensure fair, impartial and peaceful poll in the district. The administration was very careful because electronic machines were being used for the first time, he said.

The presiding officers had been given magisterial powers so that they could order shoot at sight at those indulging in violence or interfering in the voting process in any way. Zonal and sector magistrates had also been given special powers for the day.

Apart from ensuring fair and orderly voting, magistrates on duty would also keep an eye on the law and order situation. Vehicles with special passes for duty would be allowed to ply on the election day, the DM said, and added that private vehicles would be strictly banned.

Borders with other districts or states would be fully sealed. Each assembly constituency would have vehicle permits of different colours. Vehicles violating these instructions could be seized.

Apart from the candidates, his agent and security guard could travel in his vehicles. Use of loudspeakers for election campaign would need special permission.

Writing of slogans or pasting of posters on all public buildings was banned. The agents would be kept segregated from the control rooms or ballot units. Agents could only watch the voting from a distance.



Huda raises civic services charges 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 31
The Haryana Government has increased the charges for water and sewer connections as well as other fees in the residential colonies of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) in the state with immediate effect.

According to official sources, the residents of these colonies will have to deposit Rs 200 as security money on four-marla plots, Rs 300 for six-marla plots, Rs 500 for eight-marla plots and Rs 1,000 for 10-marla plots whereas Huda was charging only Rs 300 from the residents of all the categories.

The state government has also increased the charges from Rs 50 to Rs 135 and from Rs 60 to Rs 180 for the defective water meters. These charges will be recovered as flat charges.

The state government has also increased the fee for the construction of houses which will be Rs 300 for six-marla plots (old rate Rs 60); Rs 500 for eight-marla plots (old rate Rs 80); Rs 800 for 10-marla plots (old rate Rs. 150); Rs 1,000 for 14-marla plots (old rate Rs 135) and Rs 1,200 for one-kanal plots (old rate Rs 175).

Official sources also revealed that the state government had also increased the security amount for sewer connections in the residential colonies maintained by Huda. The new rates are Rs 200 for four-marla plots; Rs 300 for six-marla plots; Rs 500 for 10-marla plots and Rs 1,000 for the bigger plots. Previously, there was no security money for such connection.

The charges for sewer connections have also been increased and the residents have to pay Rs 300 as compared to Rs 100 up to 10-marla plots and Rs 500 from the residents of bigger plots. The monthly charges of per seat have been increased from Rs 5 to Rs 8.

The state government’s decision has caused widespread resentment among residents of the colonies of Huda and they are planning to resort to a united agitation on the issue.

Meanwhile, Mr Rajiv Jain, general secretary of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP), has strongly condemned the decision of the state government and demanded immediate withdrawal of the increased charges for water and sewer connections.

In a press statement, he warned that if the government failed to withdraw the charges, the party would extend its support to the residents on the issue.


Police launch drive against illicit liquor 
Abhay Jain

Gurgaon, January 31
The police have launched a special drive to check the consumption of illicit liquor throughout the district. According to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Kuldeep Singh Siag, the police had raided more than 20 places and seized a large quantity of illegal country-made and Indian-made foreign liquor sold in full, half and quarter bottles and pouches.

He informed that the services of the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) were also being used to trace the places where illicit liquor was being sold. The CIA was formed in each district of the state to deal with hardcore criminals.

Mr Siag said that a team of CIA and Excise and Taxation Department (prohibition) raided Plaza Building at Badshapur and seized 648 full, 264 half and 1,800 quarter bottles of country-made liquor and 33 full bottles, 40 half and 426 quarter bottles of Indian-made foreign liquor.

On a tip off, the police arrested Musmi Basir at Pataudi bus stand and seized 30 pouches and 11 bottles of country-made liquor. The police also seized 24 bottles of beer from Om Prakash in the DLF area. The SSP further informed that the police recently seized 90 pouches of country-made liquor at a house from Arjun Nagar.

Sources revealed that Jharsa village, Gurgaon village, Arjun Nagar, Bhim Nagar, Jacobpura, Om Nagar, New Colony, Subhash Nagar, railway station and Rajiv Nagar were some of the places in the city where fixed customers could buy country-made and IMFL of selected brands at about 40 to 60 per cent cheaper rates comparing to the standard market rate.

They further informed that there were a number of distilleries in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh which are supplying these illegal liquor in Haryana. They can arrange labels, corks and bottles of all brands on demand. These distillers are also capable of manufacturing pouches of all country-made liquor.

However, Mr Siag said that various teams, formed for the purpose, would not allow anyone to sell illicit liquor. He made an appeal to the people to inform the police about the persons who are engaged in this business. He also said that the public should stop consuming illicit liquor.



Army recruitment camp for Rewari, Bhiwani at Ambala on Feb 5 
Our Correspondent

Rewari, January 31
The recruitment camp of the Indian Army for the candidates belonging to Bhiwani, Rewari and Mahendargarh districts will be conducted on the military ground at Ambala Cantonment on February 5, according to Mr Vineet Garg, Deputy Commissioner.

He informed that the minimum academic qualification needed for Sikh (M and R) will be matriculation while for Gorkhas, it will be middle pass. Besides, the candidates should be less than 21 years of age on March 31, 2002. The candidates are required to report for recruitment at the branch recruiting office at Ambala Cantonment from 5 am to 7 am.

Solar lights

Solar lanterns, solar domestic light and disc-type solar cookers are being supplied at subsidised rates under the integrated rural energy programme, which is being conducted in the Rewari and Jatusana blocks of the district.

Giving information in this regard, Mrs Neerja Shekhar, ADC, said that the solar cooker which was priced at Rs 5,200 and which carried a subsidy of Rs 2,700 had been in great demand.

One dies in mishap

The driver of a Maruti car was killed when a truck coming from the opposite direction collided with the car near Krishan Akhara on National Highway No 10 at Bahadurgarh here last night. The deceased, Suresh Kumar of Dharampura Colony of the town, was returning from Delhi. He was rushed to community health centre here where he succumbed to the injuries. The driver of the truck absconded after the accident.

Bid to molest woman

Three persons allegedly tried to molest a housewife when her husband was away at work during night at a farmhouse outside Badli village of the district.

A district police spokesman said today that Santosh, wife of Ramavatar, hailing from Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, was sleeping along with her children when Randhir of Jafarpur village and Vikram and Hansu of Badli entered the room and tried to sexually harass her. The trio fled after she raised an alarm. The police, however, arrested the accused and registered cases under Sections 354 and 452 of the IPC.

Cyclist mowed down

A cyclist was crushed to death by a speeding TATA 608 when he was returning from Somani factory, where he was employed, yesterday night near Sankhol village on the National Highway No. 10. A police press note said here today that the deceased, Shyam Lal of Bihar, was hit by the vehicle from behind. He was rushed to civil hospital at Bahadurgarh, where he died later. A case under Sections 278 and 304-A of the IPC has been registered in this connection.

Dowry harassment

Seema, daughter of Deshraj, resident of Beri village, alleged that her husband and family had been harassing her for dowry after her marriage with Dhanesh of Dubaldhan village on June 19, 1998.

In a written complaint lodged with the police, she said her husband and his family started harassing her demanding a Maruti car and a plot in the town along with Rs 2.50 lakh. Her parents had given Rs 1.50 lakh in December 1998, but could not fulfill the other demands, on which her husband’s family expelled her from their house on August 1999.

However, she returned to the house with her husband in May 2000 but they continued to demand dowry and thrashed her. She further accused that her in-laws and husband are misusing her belongings and also threatening to kill her. The police have registered a case under sections 323\406\498-A\506 and 34 of the IPC.

Blood donation camp

As many as 85 volunteers of the NSS donated blood at a one-day blood donation camp organised in Hindu College here yesterday. According to a report, Mr S. K. Jain, a member of the governing body of the management and president of the Jain Samaj, inaugurated the camp. Dr Puran Mal Gaur, the programme officer of the NSS unit, donated blood for the 35th time whereas Prof S. K. Jawa was doing it for the eighth and Mr Dinesh Madan for the seventh time. According to another report, similar blood donation camps were also organised in different parts of the city where more than 100 persons donated blood voluntarily.

Halwais raided

The inspectorate staff and officials of the Health Department carried out joint raids at the halwai shops at Ganaur town, 16 km from here, yesterday and seized three samples of milk.

According to a report, the raids caused panic among the halwais and other shopkeepers and they immediately downed the shutters of shops to save themselves from being subjected to harassment. The raids followed a series of public complaints alleging the sale of adulterated milk and other foodstuffs.

Motorcycle stolen

A motorcycle was allegedly stolen by two unidentified youths from the old foodgrain market at Ganaur last night. According to a report, the motorcycle was parked outside a house when it was stolen. The owner alleged that there was no electricity at that time and hence he could not see the culprits.

Strike called off

The indefinite strike by students of Hindu Engineering College was called off yesterday following the warden of the hostel expressing his regret for the threat he issued against students. He assured the students that he would not repeat the threats of dire consequences to them. According to a report, the management of the college also accepted the other demands of the agitating students residing in the hostel.

SDO staff assaulted

At least seven unidentified armed youths forced their way into a sub-divisional office and assaulted an employee, Jitender, with lathis and injured him before they managed to escape at Gohana town, 35 km from here, yesterday. According to a report, a large number of people, including women, assembled at the site and they pelted stones and bricks on the alleged assailants who immediately fled. The injured employee was immediately hospitalised. He is stated to be out of danger. The injured youth has informed the police about the incident but no case has been registered so far.

Transformer stolen

Two transformers were allegedly stolen from the fields at Rajlu Garhi village, about 10 km from here, last night. The transformer thefts have caused panic among farmers of the village.

According to another report, a gang of thieves who steal only stereos of cars and other vehicles has become active in different parts of the city now. Thieves have reportedly stolen the stereo from the car of Mr Anil Malik of Rohtak while it was parked on the Gohana road here last night. Mr Malik has lodged a report with the police in this connection.

Contract to catch pigs

The Sonepat Municipal Council has given a contract to private contractors for the capturing of pigs roaming in different parts of the city. According to a report, this followed an order of the Deputy Commissioner who had empowered the civic authorities to seize the pigs roam around in the town.

Market fee collection

The market committee here has received Rs 1.94 crore during the current financial year as market fee against the corresponding amount of Rs 1.1 crore last year.

Stating this here today, officiating Deputy Commissioner, T. K. Sharma said the market committee would aim to provide better facilities to the farmers and the traders. He said five water coolers had been purchased and a covered shed had been constructed in the fodder market. Besides, he said, a large amount of money was being spent on the repair of roads connecting different villages to the grain market to avoid difficulty in the transportation of goods.


Haryana Scheduled Caste Finance and Development Corporation has enabled 260 persons in the district to get employment by distributing a loan of Rs 88.91 lakh during the current financial year.



PHDCCI asks govt to review decision on CETPs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 31
The PHDCCI yesterday asked the Delhi Government to review its decision of issuing notices to the industrial units asking them to surrender their plots for not paying contribution towards setting up of the Central Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs).

“It is just another way of harassing factory owners,” the chamber president, Mr Arun Kapur, said.

Individual units had already spent substantial amounts in installation of ETPs. There was no rationale for incurring huge amounts of expenditure on the construction of CETPs. Further, the construction of the CETP would not solve any purpose as the standard of the treatment would be the same as that undertaken by the ETPs, he said.

The industry in Delhi consisting of small units was facing acute recession, besides its inherent limited paying capacity. The escalation of project cost by more than 300 per cent from the earlier estimated cost of Rs 7.65 crore to Rs 22.18 crore was putting an additional burden on the factory owners, the chamber said. Apart from the recession, the industry as a whole and the SSI sector in particular had been facing a serious threat due to the global competition, particularly the easy import route in terms of the WTO regime.



Professional jealousy behind double murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 31
With the arrest of one Sushil Kumar, the South District police today claimed to have solved a double murder case in which a woman and her two-year-old daughter, Megha, were brutally killed on January 28.

The police have recovered the bloodstained clothes but are yet to find the weapon used in the murder. Another accused, Amlesh, is still at large. The motive of the murder was found to be business rivalry, where the victim’s husband, Mr Anil Kumar, and the accused were both contractors.

The accused, Sushil Kumar, resident of Okhla Phase-II, was given a contract from Naresh industries. However, since the industry was not satisfied with the work, it withdrew the contract and gave it to Mr Anil Kumar. Since Mr Anil did it with much dedication, the contract remained with him, and this aroused jealousy in Sushil.

On the fateful evening, Sushil with the help of his associate, Amlesh, entered Mr Anil’s house and first threatened his wife Anita and their child with a knife. Later they assaulted Anita. When the child raised an alarm, they stabbed both the mother and the child and left them in a pool of blood.

When Mr Anil entered the house, he found both his wife and child lying on the floor and immediately informed the police. The police then constituted a special team and on investigation found out Sushil’s involvement and kept a vigil on him. When the police team reached near his house, he tried to escape. But he was immediately overpowered by the team and taken into custody. During interrogation, he confessed to have committed the murder.

4 held with arms

The Nangloi police have arrested four persons — Munna Lal of Aligarh, Kishan of Mohan Garden, Ravi Singh of Aligarh and Prem Lal of Jammu — on charges under the Arms Act from the Nihal Vihar area. All the suspects were found carrying .12 bore single barrel gun without valid licenses.

Charas seized

The Vivek Vihar police have apprehended Jitender Verma (26), resident of New Hardwar Colony, Hardwar from near Shivam Enclave Nullah near Jhilmil colony yesterday evening and seized 1.8 kg charas.

The police, acting on a secret information, nabbed the suspect when he was about to deliver the consignment to another person. A case under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act has been registered against the suspect and investigation is on.

Rs 75,000 robbed

Two unidentified youths robbed Rs 75,000 from Pushpa Mehra (54) at Gautam Colony in the Najafgarh area of North-West Delhi.

The incident occurred in the afternoon when the victim was returning from Syndicate Bank after withdrawing money. The robbers slapped her from behind when she reached near her house and snatched the bag in which she was carrying the cash. A case of robbery had been registered, police said.



Surajkund mela begins under tight security
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 31
Surajkund is all ready to host the 16th National Craft Mela here from tomorrow. Sikkim will be the theme state for the 15-day extravaganza, which is now internationally acclaimed, this time.

The authorities are quite excited and hopeful that the fair will be able to attract a record number of visitors, despite the tension on the border and the mela ground will have maximum security in view of the risk. The authorities are not prepared to take any chance as the mela has already acquired a national status and especially when it is held so near the national Capital.

Although there are hundreds of huts prepared for the artisans and weavers to display their work, it will be perhaps for the first time that no joyrides (jhulas) will be available for the visitors. The decision to disallow jhulas has been taken in view of the tragic incident which took place last year when four persons lost their lives and several others got injured when one of the ride got stuck and turned turtle at a height of about 40 metres. That accident had put the authorities in a spot. This time, they are not prepared to take such a risk again. However, the decision could deprive the mela organisers of an income of around Rs 10 lakh, which was earned from the private contractors who set the joyrides.

Without joyrides, cultural programmes and dances could be the main attractions for visitors other than the crafts displayed, claimed an official. A large number of invitation cards and passes have been issued to officials and dignitaries. However, schoolchildren visiting on weekdays (except holidays and Sundays) will be provided free entry. The mela, jointly organised by the Departments of Tourism of the Government of India and the Haryana Government, attract lakhs of visitors, including foreign tourists, every year.


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