Monday, February 11, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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500 jhuggis reduced to ashes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 10
More than 500 jhuggis were destroyed in a fire, which ravaged the sprawling jhuggi jhonpri cluster in Yamuna Pushta just across the ITO bridge today. No one was reported injured in the fire, which lasted for over two hours before it was brought under control and prevented from spreading to other jhuggis. The traffic on the bridge was disrupted for a couple of hours as the stretch of road was blocked by the authorities to facilitate fire-fighting operations. The police said that while investigations were on to ascertain the cause of the fire, the possibility of some sparks from an open hearth having caused it could not be ruled out.

According to the Delhi Fire Service, the fire broke out in one of the jhuggis at around 4. 30 p.m. and within minutes spread to the adjoining ones. There was complete panic in the area as the occupants scurried for safety, trying to retrieve whatever they could from being engulfed by the flames. Many of the occupants, including women and children, abandoned their jhuggis and gathered on the main road overlooking the vast cluster.

Fifteen fire tenders were rushed to the spot as soon as the call was received. The firemen battled the flames for over an hour before it was brought under control, though several pockets continued to smoulder till much later. Fires in the jhuggi clusters in the Yamuna Pushta area are quite common.



Servant strangles HC lawyer’s 6-yr-old son
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 10
The domestic help of a high court lawyer and a Congress leader reportedly strangulated his six-year-old son at Gohana, 35 km from here, and buried the body in a field.

Rajesh, the domestic servant, allegedly killed Prashant, son of Mr Ranbir Saini, yesterday. He then dug a hole in a field and buried the body. The police have registered a case of murder against the servant and arrested him. The cops have also recovered the body.

The news of the killing spread like wildfire in the town and residents held up traffic at Fawara Chowk. The blockade was lifted only after the police assured them that the culprit had been arrested.

Rajesh, who belonged to Deltonganj in Bihar, had been working in the house of the lawyer for the last few months. He was keen to visit his native place and had demanded Rs 5,000 from the lawyer, who refused to oblige. An infuriated Rajesh decided to take revenge. He lured the boy into a nearby field and strangled him. He then dug a hole and buried the body.

As the boy did not return home for a long time, the parents began to look for him, but could not find him. Suspicious, they questioned the domestic help who did not reveal the facts initially, but when the police were called, he confessed to the murder.

In another incident, at least six unidentified armed miscreants struck at a truck body builders’ workshop opposite the truck union’s office on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh Road here last night and escaped with goods worth about Rs 2 lakh.

According to preliminary reports, the miscreants threatened the servant Gopi Chand and asked him to open the main gate of the workshop. Even though he obliged, he was allegedly beaten up mercilessly by the miscreants. They beat up four other mechanics also who were sleeping there.

All of them were taken to a room and tied up with a rope. After locking the door, the culprits took away goods worth about Rs 2 lakh form the workshop.

When the mechanics noticed that the wrong-doers had fled, one of them succeeded in freeing himself. He freed others as well. The owner of the shop was informed of the incident who lodged an FIR.

The culprits had cut off the telephone wires before fleeing.

The police have registered a case against them and launched a hunt for them.

According to yet another report, thieves ransacked the house of Mr Mohinder Singh, a policeman, situated in Krishna Nagar area of Kath Mandi near the city police station in a broad daylight, yesterday.

Mr Mohinder Singh is posted at Sirsa and his wife Mrs Rajpati is an employee in the Hindu Girls College of the city. Two daughters of the policeman are students. They were also away from the house at the time of the incident.

On receipt of information, the police swung into action and a dog squad was summoned to trace the culprits, but of no avail.

Thieves are reported to have taken away cash and gold ornaments worth several lakhs of rupees. The police have launched a massive hunt to apprehend the thieves.

All these incidents have caused a panic among the residents of the city.



It is back to business in demolished stalls 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 10
After four days of demonstrations, rancor, frayed tempers and general disruption, it was back to business today in Lajpat Nagar IV and Amar Colony , the scene of Wednesday’s demolition drive by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

More than 3,000 illegal structures were removed following the orders of the Supreme Court in the former refugee colonies in the heart of South Delhi.

The residents, who had for two days blocked traffic on the Ring Road and generally protested by taking out processions in the area, were seen repairing the structures left standing and generally going about their usual business.

Many illegal shops which were razed by the MCD bulldozers have started doing business under makeshift structures, apparently not ready to give up the lien on the site in the hope that these would be regularised under the Second Phase of the recommendations of the Malhotra Committee report as promised by some politicians.

The residents were generally optimistic of this happening because of the municipal corporation elections next month, which would give them some bargaining power. The setting up of another eight-member committee by the Union Urban Development Ministry on Friday is also seen as a sign of thaw in the otherwise unfeeling officialdom.

The demolition has already taken a political hue with the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee planning to hold a series of demonstrations to highlight the alleged corruption in the BJP dominated civic body which allowed such brazen and blatant encroachments right under its nose.

The DPCC plans to highlight the charge of the residents that they paid hefty sums to the officials of the Central Zone to carry out the constructions on the assurance that these would soon be regularised. The residents also claim to have prepared a detailed list of sums paid to civic officials over the years.

Once a sleepy refugee colony, the Lajpat Nagar IV and Amar Colony areas were transformed into a humming commercial hub of the Capital with shops selling any thing from a needle to a refrigerator.

Meanwhile, the police continued to maintain a vigil in the area to prevent any untoward incident with senior officers monitoring the situation. “ The situation is still volatile though calm,’’ a senior police officer said.



Soliciting in the open, even if you’re not open to it
Priyanka Gupta

New Delhi, February 10
Dressed in gaudy salwar suits with heavy make up, they solicit customers unabashed. For these women of questionable virtue, the streets are the hunting ground where they often stalk their victims and talk in a loud and vulgar manner to entice customers. And all this under the very eyes of the authorities and in full view of the public. These prostitutes, euphemistically referred to as sex workers, can be seen operating at bus stops and market places. At the Capital’s Model Town II bus stop, women, particularly girls, are increasingly harassed and embarrassed.

“I was waiting for a friend at the bus stop when someone approached me and said, ‘Kya Leti hai?’ I did not understand what he meant and asked him what he was referring to, but after he repeated the question for the second time I moved away. Realising his mistake, he did take the trouble to apologise and go away, but it was very embarrassing,” recalls Subha, a 16-year-old who was mistaken for a sex worker. These hookers generally stand at the bus stop in groups. Residents allege that they have a nexus with the rickshaw pullers and auto-drivers, who often ferry them to their pre-determined destinations. Though the police are aware of this, there seems to be no attempt to check the activity.

Suprabha Aggarwal, a resident, says: “We often see these women soliciting customers. In turn, we cannot even walk up to the bus stop without being accosted”.

A similar problem had surfaced near Chattrasaal Stadium; after a great deal of effort the situation was finally brought under control. Wishing for similar results, the residents of this troubled area are hoping that they will be spared the agony of watching the oldest profession being practiced outside their houses. Residents further complain that the rickshaw pullers are often reluctant to accept passengers as they are waiting for their more lucrative customers.

The ACP of Model Town, Mr. P.N. Arora, when contacted for his version, said: “We have not received any complaint from the residents. They should come forward. But I will make surprise visits to the area and check it out. I will definitely look into the matter. We have been able to solve a similar problem in Model Town III, we shall solve it here as well”.

The residents, however, are not satisfied with his response and would like to see police pickets and regular patrolling in the area. A number of residents have taken up the matter with their respective welfare associations.



When creative juices flow in the midst of betel nuts and paan
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, February 10
At a glance, one may pass him off for a paanwalla. The cardamom pouches, the innocuous packets of cigarettes and the nondescript rack does suggest that. But a closer look reveals neatly stacked books among the paan accessories. Meet Laxman Rao, who runs a paan-cum-tea kiosk on Vishnu Digambar Marg near Rouse Avenue.

The 48-year-old paanwalla cannot be clubbed with the rest of his tribe. Sitting cross-legged in the kiosk, Laxman’s loves to observe people and their little foibles. The idiosyncrasies manifest in his writings, in which Laxman Rao examines the vagaries of human relationships. Born in a farmer’s family in Amarvati district, eastern Maharashtra, Laxman began writing at an early age. A tragedy spurred him to write: When Laxman was in the seventh standard, one of his close friends, Ramdas, drowned in a rivulet. Laxman decided that instant to script his life story – a dream that took some time to be realised.

After clearing his matriculation from Nagpur, he stated working in a spinning mill in Amarvati. He was dissatisfied, but with no other job in hand, he slogged for five years. In March, 1975 the spinning mill declared a lockout and a dejected Laxman returned to his village. Laxman did not want to stifle the author in him and the fear of losing his creative instincts always troubled him. Two months later, he took Rs 40 from his father and quietly left the village. But by the time he reached Bhopal, he had spent the entire amount. Perforce, he had to take up petty jobs and, when he could save enough, left for Delhi.

He recalls: “I boarded the G.T. Express and came to Delhi on July 31, 1975. Initially I stayed at a dharamshalla.’’ For someone hailing from a nondescript village, Delhi was a somersault. “But I was determined to survive. I took up odd jobs that came my way – from working att construction sites to cleaning dishes at roadside dhabas.

Whenever I had a little cash, I would go to Daryaganj and buy old, tattered books,’’ says Laxman. But all this while he was itching to start something on his own. Realising that education is a must, he cleared the senior secondary board exam conducted by the Delhi Board and later graduated from the Delhi University.

A cherished moment was the meeting with the late prime minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, at Teen Murti Bhavan. The play ‘Pradhan Mantri’ was an outcome of that encounter, he says. ``I completed it in three months, but by the time it was published, she died”. He had wanted to give her the first copy. So far, Laxman has authored two plays, seven novels and three literary essays; his eighth novel, ‘Narmada,’ has also hit the stands. He draws his inspiration from the writings of Sane Guruji – a renowned social reformer from Maharashtra, Premchand, Lenin, Marx, Gandhi, Nehru and Savarkar. His books find a place in a number of government and public schools of the Capital and in a few public libraries. Rao markets his own books, visiting schools, colleges and libraries in the city. As a result, 1,300 copies of ‘Ramdas’ have been already sold.

Clear about his marketing strategy, Rao refuses to give manuscripts to a publisher. His logic is: “Established publishers will not touch my work. If they do, they will print only 200 copies and I will have to pay them for that.’’ Rao, therefore, started his own publishing house – Bharatiya Sahitya Kala Prakashan – that would publish works of other authors soon.

Rao manages to earn a modest Rs 5000 to Rs 6000 a month from the sales of his books. While all this money goes into the maintenance of the publishing house, it is the sale of tea and paan masala that helps him support his family.



Record rush at Surajkund
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 10
Visitors converged at Surajkund in droves on the tenth day of the annual crafts fair today. Breaking all records, the ticket collections crossed Rs 5.50 lakh today. The total number of visitors to the mela so far is put at a mind-boggling 3.20 lakh. Today being Sunday, the turnout was the maximum. In anticipation, the Mela authorities were on their toes. Security was on their minds as all visitors and their belongings were checked at the entrances. Policemen were stationed at vantage points; some of them in civvies had mingled with the crowd.

A stall owner, who was hawking artificial jewellery items, remarked that the sale was the maximum today and he had not been able to take a break even for ten minutes. The owner of another stall of handloom items echoed the view that “It was the best day of the mela so far.’’

Even the stalls outside the village were seen doing brisk business. The food and refreshment stalls inside the village had long queues. The rush reached its peak at about 2 p.m. Visitors could be seen thronging the public address enclosure, wanting to get in announcements about ‘missing’ children or kin. Mahesh Dalal, a young and upcoming painter from Rohtak who had set up a stall near the Chaupal, the centre point of the village, said that almost all visitors made trade inquiries. A businessman from Delhi boasted that the crafts fair was only next to the IITF.



Asian open varsities to meet in Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 10
The three-day conference of Asian Association of Open Universities would be held in the Capital from February 21. The conference would focus on distance learning in the new era of Information Technology. ‘’The main objective of the conference is to collectively reflect upon the philosophy, theory and practice of open and distance learning, which has grown exponentially in Asia,” said the conference secretary, Prof Suresh Garg. He said that the conference would provide an opportunity to discuss the best practices for social interventions and development of our people.

The Vice-President, Mr Krishan Kant, will inaugurate the conference, having its theme as ‘’Access and Equity: Challenges for Open and Distance Learning,’’ and organised by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).



Some monuments make history, others become just history

The mausoleum of the Mughal Emperor Humayun is situated on the Delhi-Mathura Road
The mausoleum of the Mughal Emperor Humayun is situated on the Delhi-Mathura Road

Delhi has a number of monuments to the delight of visitors to the national capital. They are part of the rich heritage of the country and generally looked after well by the authorities. There has also been a move to illuminate them to show them in good light. However, there are monuments and monuments. While the monuments in Delhi continue to make history, many of them in the national capital region become just a part of history for want of care. The region has a number of monuments which are of considerable interest to the tourists and those interested in heritage. They are in a state of neglect as they are not in the capital and away from the limelight. Besides, the governments of the neighbouring states do not have enough funds to restore them or develop their surroundings. There is no awareness about their historical importance or architectural beauty.

Of course, nothing can be done at the same time to improve things, but they could be restored one by one and made accessible with better surroundings and tourist facilities by the joint efforts of the Central and state governments and voluntary bodies.

INTACH is one of the organizations interested in restoring the neglected monuments. It identified recently some monuments at Taoru, a small tehsil town in Mewat area, about 70 kms from Delhi, between Sohna and Pataudi.

Experts say that there is an evidence of old buildings here, of historical and architectural significance. There is a jail built in the early 19th century. There are also havelis, tombs and temples. The most important of them are just outside the town which is a congested place.

The monuments which INTACH feels are good enough for restoration includes several tombs which show Tughlaq and Lodhi influences. The complex is spread over three to four acres and includes five tomb buildings, a mosque structure, some walls and enclosures with two graves.

Recently, a group of INTACH members visited the place to assess the feasibility of restoring the monuments. It is still a proposal and has yet to be studied in detail. This place used to be part of the Bharatpur state once and was possibly on a trade route. The surroundings of the monuments are rather bad. A drain of dirty water flows beside the complex and there is stagnant water around. The structures are in a bad shape with cowdung cakes littered all over. The approach to the complex is just tolerable. There are hardly any facilities to attract the visitors. All the same, the high spot is the design of the structures and a possible history woven around them. Of course, the residents’ enthusiasm in the development of the complex and its surroundings is worthy of note. They say that they will offer all help if a restoration project is taken up.

Another favourable factor is the closeness to Sohna tourist resort which is quite popular with the tourists. Pataudi which has a heritage hotel is also not far off. The place can be part of a tour package. But it will be a long way before a project is prepared and the work starts on it. Apart from INTACH, the Haryana Tourism Department should also show interest in it.

Tiger Pataudi

Who does not know him? It was interesting to see him accompanying the INTACH team visiting Taoru to explore the monuments. Pataudi is close by and he drove from there to see the place himself. And he brought sumptuous lunch from home for the team members who enjoyed it on the lawns of nearby Sohna tourist resort. Some college students who happened to be there for a picnic, recognised the Tiger and accosted him for autographs and photo sessions. He obliged all of them.

Mr Pataudi strongly favours the restoration of the monuments like those at Taoru. Some member of the INTACH team had invited him to join them in the exploration of the area. He agreed and found the move enlightening.

He said that the country was full of monuments and it had to be explored as to which of them could be restored. The government could not take care of all of them. NGOs and the people themselves have to take the initiative. The help of the corporate sector should also be sought to preserve heritage.

On his part, he said that he would try to find sponsors and would readily led his name to any movement in this regard. The restoration of monuments and improvement of their surroundings had to be a people’s movement, he said.

Subscription scam

Delhi citizens are flooded with the promotional campaigns of the manufacturers of various goods. Generally, there is a package. You buy a washing machine and you may get a kitchen gadget free with it. Buy a shirt and you get another free. There is a gift to go with almost everything—a computer, TV set, music system, bag of wheat flour, even bread. The journals have joined the trend. If you subscribe to a magazine, you may get a travelling bag, a timepiece, pen set, a calculator or even a jogging suit.

Most of them are prompt in delivery of the gift items, sometimes they arrive before the subscribed magazine. But there are problems at times. We have this bit of information from Daljit Wig of Safdarjung Enclave who had subscribed to A&M Spectra Magazine and was to get a jogging suit as a gift. This was in March last year. He had waited for it with bated breath, but was told after some weeks that he would have to wait a little more or opt for some other gift. He stuck to his original choice. Seven months passed and he did not hear from them. He wrote to them and tried to speak to them on phone. Nothing helped. Fed up, but he did not give up. That is why, we mention his case here.

In a strong reminder in the fourth week of October last year, he wrote to them, “Since all my efforts have had no effect on you and your company, I will continue faxing you my letter daily till you wake up and respond.” We spoke to him some days ago. Even his faxed letters had not helped.

Herbal park

Herbal medicines, herbal teas and anything herbal are the rage these days. Indigenous systems of medicine and therapy which depend heavily on herbs are getting popular every day. They are no longer the preserve of the street vendors and practitioners but are available in posh places and patronized by the elite. It is in this context that one may be interested to know a new project of the Haryana Government to develop a herbal park at Yamuna Nagar, a well-known industrial town not far from Delhi.

A young divisional forest officer thought of it and the State Government lapped up the idea—Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala is a supporter of indigenous systems of medicine. Another young officer Deputy Commissioner Rajiv Sharma too got interested and joined in the effort whole-heartedly. They were able to overcome the red tape. A lecturer of botany in the local college helped in identifying the plants. With proper landscaping, the herbal park has turned into a beautiful spot. Already a few hundred medicinal plant species have been planted and are growing well. The place is going to be developed as a source of education for students and others who are interested in the cultivation of plants which will be in demand by the manufacturers of medicines. Incidentally, the herbal park has come up without discussions, planning or funds.

Art centre

Dhundahera used to be a small village on the way to Gurgaon from Delhi. It developed into an industrial estate by degrees. It was one of the first industrial estates developed by the Haryana Government. The place was also known because of the Maruti factory.

A village lad, Roop Chand, was born and brought up here. He got educated and did well in the field of art. He has to his credit a number of paintings. He had been an art teacher in a college and university at Chandigarh.

He also did a stint at Kurukshetra University and Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is much travelled and has spent quite some time in Denmark. He is a grand old man of the art world. He could have spent the rest of his life in Europe, minted money and earned fame there. But he decided to come back to his village, Dhundahera.

Some years ago, he had tried to set up a Kalagram (Art Village) in his home state and had been promised financial help from Denmark for the purpose. It did not work due to bureaucratic problems. Consequently, his dream of an art village never materialized. He, however, did not give up and has set up an art centre. This centre is used to hold workshops, teach young artists, some of them sponsored by the NGOs and some others by educational institutions or corporate units. Of course, he has not forgotten his pet task of painting.

Semi-lit road

Vasant Kunj is a vast colony in South Delhi. Among its residents include retired civil servants. There is a road connecting Vasant Kunj with the Outer Ring Road, passing in a stretch between Vasant Vihar and Munirka Enclave.

This is one of the most used roads, virtually round the clock. However, it has remained without light mostly. The light poles had been provided long ago, but the lights were never fitted. A well-meaning retired civil servant wanted to do something about it. He chased officers of the Delhi Vidyut Board and managed to get a hearing. He found that they could not help as it was the charge of Central Public Works Department. He started chasing the department. After a while, he succeeded in persuading them to provide street light on the stretch. The authorities agreed and provided lights on the poles. The man was happy.

But, this writer while travelling on this stretch still finds the road ill-lit or inadequately lit. The lights have been provided only on a part of the road and wherever they are, they do not provide sufficient light on both sides of the central verge. A single row of lights is supposed to serve both the sides.

Prem Kumar



Cong wants shifting of slums suspended
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 10
With the Municipal Corporation of Delhi polls round the corner,
 the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee today demanded an immediate ban on the relocation of slum clusters in the National Capital Territory.

The DPCC president, Mr Subhash Chopra, in a letter to the Lt-Governor, Mr Vijai Kapoor, has urged him to direct the civic authorities to immediately stop the relocation of slum-dwellers till the MCD polls.

Mr Chopra alleged that the Delhi Development Authority and the slum wing of the MCD were under pressure from the Centre to relocate the slum-dwellers.

There should be an end to the relocation in view of the MCD polls and the forthcoming exams. Such relocation would severely affect the studies of the students and rob them of the right to exercise their franchise, Mr Chopra in his letter the Lt-Governor said.

Stating that the slum-dwellers have been relocated to Narela, Hastsaal and other places, Mr Chopra said, “Hardly any civic amenities exist in these places and the slum-dwellers are forced to stay in inhuman conditions.”

Threatening to launch an agitation if the basic civic amenities are not provided to the slum-dwellers, the DPCC president said, “The Lt-Governor should ensure that those who have been relocated should be provided an opportunity to register their name in the voter’s list to enable them to exercise the franchise.”

The Congress party spokesperson, Mr Mukesh Sharma, urged the Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, to intervene in the relocation issue and said the state government should take up this issue with the Lt-Governor.

He asked the party workers to take a close look at the polling stations notified by the state election commission.



HVP demands CRPF for Yamunanagar poll
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, February 10
Charging the Haryana Chief Minister , Mr Om Parkash Chautala, with violating the election code of conduct in the ensuing Yamunanagar by-election, the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has demanded deployment of Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) at Yamunanagar for smooth and fair conduct of poll.

The youth HVP state general secretary, Kultaz Singh, apprehended that Mr Chautala could adopt any sort of unfair means during the election as his reputation was at stake in this ‘decisive’ election. He said that the election commission had already taken a strict note of the undesirable tactics of using official machinery by Mr Chautala in the election in Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Kultaz Singh claimed that the ruling INLD government would not take any punitive action against the government officials and employees, who were engaged in canvassing in Uttar Pradesh as they were put on this ‘special duty’ by the government itself. The HVP leader warned that any undemocratic move would be sharply reacted by the HVP activists at Yamunanagar.

Youth hit

A youth was killed when his car collided head on with a Tata 407 vehicle near Rohad village on NH 10 today.

According to a report, Arun Sharma, a resident of Delhi was going to Jind in his Fiat car, which was hit by a Tata 407. He got seriously injured and was rushed to the PGIMS where he succumbed to his injuries.

Blood camp

As many as 40 units of blood were collected at a blood donation camp, organised by the Vaish Education Society, Sampla at Sampla town today. Mr Anoop Bansal, organiser of the camp said the camp was organised with the help of district Red Cross Society at the Shri Ram Bharti School at Sampla. He said that SSP, A S Ahlawat, inaugurated the camp and himself donated the blood. Besides, the schoolteachers also took part in the camp by donating blood, he added.

Governor’s reception

Haryana Governor Babu Parmanand was given a rousing reception by Mr S N Roy, Deputy Commissioner, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, Superintendent of Police, Mr Ashok Yadav, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Hardeep Singh Doon, Deputy Superintendent of Police and other officials of various departments when he arrived here today for a day’s visit.

According to official sources, none of the member of the Dr Ambedkar Samaj Sewa Samiti was present on the occasion to greet the Governor. The leaders of this samiti have invited the Governor to take part in the annual function of Dr Ambedkar Shikhsha Sadan Hostel and distribute the prizes among the meritorious students of the institution.

Informed sources said that the members of the samiti arrived at the PWD (B & R) rest house one hour behind schedule to receive the Governor. Later, the Governor arrived at the venue of the function and gave away the prizes to the students of the institution at the function.

Dowry death

The Ganaur Police have registered a case of dowry death against a youth, Rajesh, the son of Mr Ram Narain of Pugthala village in this district and started investigations into the allegations.

According to a report, this followed after the lodging of an FIR by Mr Om Parkash, the father of a 23-year-old married girl, Sunita. The father alleged that Sunita was burnt by her husband.

Samiti meeting

The Anti-House Tax Sangharsh Samiti will hold its general meeting on February 24 next in this city to chalk out the future course of action for launching an agitation against the new house tax policy adopted by the state government.

The meeting, which was to be held here today, had been postponed on account of the visit of the Governor to this city.

Youth shot at

Bijender, a youth of Shivpuri colony was shot at and wounded by some armed persons while he was on his way from Kundli village to Narela town (Delhi) last night. According to a report, the injured youth was immediately hospitalised and later on he was referred to a Delhi hospital for further treatment.

The Police have registered a case of attempt to murder and launched a manhunt to apprehend the culprits, who are still at

large. A long-standing enmity is stated to be the cause of the incident.



Noida earns Rs 3 cr from sale of residential forms
Our Correspondent

Noida, February 10
Noida has reportedly earned Rs 300 crore from the latest residential scheme announced by it. Some 60,000 application forms have been sold for this which have fetched the authority Rs 3 crore.

Over 42,000 people have aplied for 2060 plots in the scheme announced by Noida. The forms were sold through various public sector banks at the rate of Rs 500 a form.

A large number of plots are reserved and about 2500 people have applied for the reserved quota who will be given the first preference in allotment. After the reserved quota allottees, a list of second category of allottees will be made. The whole process in likely to take over a month. The allotment will be made on the basis of a computerised draw, the Noida sources said.



Two killed as van overturns
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 10
Two persons died when a milk van overturned yesterday near Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital in Outer Ring Road at Samaipur Badli.

The deceased were Mahesh (30), hailing from Baghpat and another person who is in his thirties is yet to be identified. The Samaipur police registered a case and the investigation is on. In another incident, one person died and one sustained minor injuries when a bus No. DL 1PA 5581 hit two youths near Nizamuddin flyover when they were on a motorcycle. The pillion-rider Latesh Kumarm, a resident of Mayur Vihar-III, died on the spot.



Energy efficient water heaters to warm your winters
Tribune News Service

Silver Spark Pvt. Ltd. has introduced water heaters from Idropi Italy. These heaters are energy efficient as compared to conventional water heaters. A gas fired heater saves almost one-fourth of the cost as compared to an electric water heater.

Both electric-fired and gas-fired water heaters are storage type and available for both domestic as well as commercial purposes. The capacities for an electric-fired heater ranges from 10 liters to 500 liters and for gas-fired ones it ranges from 50 liters to 500 liters. The heaters also have replaceable sacrificial magnesium anodes, which reduces the effect of scaling on elements. A unique glass-lined tank to protect the heater from any kind of corrosion.

The price range for electric ones is between Rs 5,000 to Rs 1,25,000 and for the gas fired it is between Rs 28,000 to Rs 1,50,000.

Fashion stitch

The Usha International has launched its stylish and compact sewing machines, fashion stitch.

The sewing machine with the most sophisticated technology at an affordable price from Japan is ideal for those who like to create their own stuff.

The machine has three dials for adjusting stitch length, stitch width and stitch patterns. There is a special provision for stretch stitch, embroidery, picot, blind stitch, over edging and buttonholing which can be neatly performed in a few easy steps on fashion stitch. With a built-in motor to give a smart look, this machine costs Rs 9,500.

Women’s wear

Givo Donna, a woman’s formal range of engineered garments has been introduced for those with an eye for quality and taste.

The range includes Ladies Western Suits, Corporate Wear and stylish eveningwear.

Manufactured on state-of-art machines from crafted fabrics like wool, Poly wool, polyviscose, polynosic and cupro the clothes are pre-shrunk. Marzotto, its Italian collaborator, has provided all designs for Givo Donna.

The range is available in 20 different shades in various fabrics and is priced between Rs 3,498 and Rs 4,498 for suits and Rs 2,698 and
Rs 3,298 for jackets.

Sport shoes

Skechers, a global brand in the lifestyle footwear industry has been launched with its new range of sneakers and joggers for men and women. The range consists of lifestyle sporty shoes for style-conscious youth. The range will be available at all Planet sports outlets.

The collection includes Gators, slip on joggers for comfort, Quantum, a trubuck and breathable sneakers are priced between Rs 449 to Rs 4699 and Tectonics, Open-backed dressed up approach for joggers cost Rs 3999.

Kali mehndi

After the successful launch of “Diamond Herbal Henna”, Black Diamond, a company manufacturing kali mehndi in new attractive easy to use pack. This is for the first time that henna-based kali mehndi has hit the stands.

This herbal-based kali mehndi contains Para-Phenylene Diamine, which has been neutralised, henna powder and herbals like shikakai, amla, reetha to make hair shiny and strong.

The pouches are available in a size of Rs 10 gms each and the whole pack is priced at Rs 25. The company has introduced new packing for two pouches. This packing is also very convenient to use. Priced at Rs 12, the packet is available at all leading stores.

CD- RW Drive

Iomega Corporation has introduced its fastest internal CD-RW drive to date, the 32x10x40 internal CD-RW drive.

High-speed performance that reduces CD-RW times is an attraction. Overburn technology makes its appearance in the product, liberating as much as 870MB from a standard CD-R for up to 99 minutes of recording. Other features include support for VCD data extraction and a buffer Underrun protection that prevents the inadvertent destruction of blank CDs during CD-R sessions.

The new 32x10x40 internal CD-RW drive is currently shipping and available at the suggested retail price of Rs 8,000 from all Iomega authorised resellers.

Vacuum cleaners

NUVAC is a brand known for its international quality vacuum cleaners and water purifiers. It has also pioneered the concept of handy vacuum cleaners.

But NUVAC has launched a new range of state-of-art multi purpose handy vacuum cleaners.

The new system is equipped with turbo power and unique dusting indicator. It is ideal for cleaning sofas, curtains, wardrobes, showcases, TV, electronic gadgets.

The three different models of NUVAC handy cleaner, Gobbler, Gobbler delux and Multi Vac are available in special carry bags and priced at Rs 3490, Rs 3790 and Rs 2690.



Carpet Expo, window to finest heritage
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 10
The four-day Carpet Expo India 2002, organised by the All India Carpet Trade Fair Committee, began today.

It was formally declared open jointly by five eminent foreign buyers, M Cherlyhne Schulvz, Toni White, Phillip Laun, Antony Benzamin and Mohan Govindasamy. The expo, 18th edition in the series, is spread over the areas of hall no 2 and 4 of Pragati Maidan.

The fair is international in character with value-added services to the visitors and the participants. This time, it is expected that the number of foreign buyers and importers visiting Carpet Expo 2002, would increase tremendously and may cross 1500-mark on a conservative estimate.

According to the authorities, the expo is a rare opportunity to display the best creations to the world and make handsome business deals for over 150 leading manufacturers and exporters. This includes global players, who are slated to display an awesome spread of carpets from all production centres in India. The fair is a window to India’s finest heritage and craftsmanship, skillfully adapted to the latest technology. All types of carpets – hand-knitted, hand-tufted, Indo-Tibetan, Durries, Chain-stitched, Rugs, Namdhas and all kinds of floor and wall coverings from all production centres in India. The exhibits are from Bhadohi-Mirzapur, Varanasi, Jaipur, Kashmir, Agra, Panipat and even from South India.


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