Wednesday, March 6, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Medical college churns out outlandish degrees
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 5
Want a medical degree? How about MBBS, BAMS, DAMS or even MD and that too without clearing any entrance exam or PMT test! Then, come to Faridabad, where a `self-styled’ medical college offers such professional degrees and more.

The college even makes a rather profound claim that a “Doctor who has passed out from here is entitled to practise in any state without any restriction…’’

As an afterthought, it adds a rather cryptic proviso: “But the degrees are not for a government job.’’ But a closer look reveals that the degrees offered by the ‘college’ do not measure up to the acronyms. The stream of medicine that is taught here is neither allopathic nor ayurvedic. Nor, for that matter, is it any known strand recognised in this country.

In fact, MBBS here stands for `Bachelor of Medicine in Biochenic System’, BAMS stands for `Bachelor of Allopathy patent Medical Specialities and for `Bachelor of Allopathy patent Medicine and Surgery’. The all-time favourite MD (a one-year course) stands for `Doctor of Medicine in patent/Biochenic system of Alternative Medicine.

The ‘medical college’ offering these degrees is located in the NIT area and is affiliated to the `Council of Patent Medicine, Patna, and the Medical Board of Biochenic System, also based at Patna. The college authorities claim that the system of medicine taught in the premises is an `alternative system’ of medicine; it is further contended that there are 153 alternative systems, which are duly recognised in various parts of the world.

However, the Drug Control authorities are not in agreement. They came to know about the existence of the college a few months ago and have initiated action against the institute.

According to the health authorities, enquiries with the Union Health Department and various recognised bodies like the Medical Council of India (MCI), the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) and the Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH) reveal that the courses or degrees offered by the `college’ are not only unauthorised but also illegal and unrecognised.

In response to a letter written by the Assistant State Drug Controller, Haryana, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that the qualifications or degrees being awarded by the institute were not recognised by the CCIM, which is an appropriate authority of supervision at the national level. CCIM also lays down the education norms in the Indian systems of medicine, i.e Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha.

The Health Ministry has also informed the state of Haryana that “As far as recognition of any system of medicine was concerned, only three councils under the Government of India — namely MCI, CCIM and CCH — are authorised to do so. No other council has any authority to recognise any degree related to medical sciences or register the medical practitioners and no other council can issue any registration certificate to practise any type of medicine anywhere in Indiaia”. The ministry has requested the state authorities to take appropriate action against the defaulters who had been awarding such degrees illegally.

This ‘medical college’ came into existence about four years ago and is awarding degrees in six courses. The Institute is located in a rented accommodation. The duration of the two BAMS courses is three and four years, respectively, MBBS three years, BIAMS three years and DAMS three years. The fees charged are between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 per year and Rs 40,000 for the fourth year. Half of the fee is taken on admission and the balance in the ninth week after the course commences.

When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Arun Kumar said the matter had been brought to his notice and action was likely to be taken soon. He said he had ordered the health officials to lodge an FIR against the accused.



Promises, promises... Parties at it again
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
While the BJP promises to bring the areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council under the purview of MCD and unbundle the civic body for better administration, the Congress promises to bring in efficient administrative mechanism for the development of the wards in the Capital. The two main political parties of the Capital – the BJP and the Congress – held closed-door meetings to give final touches to their respective manifestos. While the Congress would release its manifesto on March 7, the BJP would release it on March 9, the last day of the withdrawal of nominations. “The NDMC is headed by bureaucrats and comprises nominated representatives. For effective administration and development of the areas under the NDMC, these areas should be under the control of the MCD which consists of democratically elected persons.,” said the Delhi unit BJP president, Mr Mange Ram Garg.

He said the party promises to unbundle the MCD into five corporations and one for East Delhi for better administration and development of the areas. Mr Garg said: “The party also promises to make the corporation autonomous, so that it does not depend on the state government for funds and approval of its policies.” On the other hand, the Congress promises to provide a better administrative set up for raising the living standards of the citizens. Contrary to the general perception, the two main parties have so far refrained from playing the communal card during the campaign. “The manifesto would focus on clean and good administration,” said the party spokesperson, Mr Mukesh Sharma. He said the party is giving final touches to the manifesto and it would be released on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the two parties tried to persuade the party workers, who have been denied tickets, to withdraw their candidature. The Election Commission said there were 2188 candidates who had filed their papers for the 134 wards. While there are six rebel Congressmen in the fray, the cadre-based BJP too has its ahare of seven rebels, including a sitting councillor. About half a dozen Congress workers have joined the Nationalist Congress Party as they were denied tickets.

Both the parties said the talks with the rebels were on and they would withdraw their nominations. “It is their initial reaction to the party’s decision. They would come back to the fold, we are talking to them and they would abide by the party’s decision,” Mr Garg said. With the political fever gaining momentum, mudslinging has also started with the BJP accusing the Congress of fielding people with criminal record.

Mr Garg alleged that the Congress has given tickets to persons with criminal records in the wards of South Patel Nagar, Jaffrabad, R K Puram and Sewa Nagar. The party is closely studying the profiles of other Congress candidates and would highlight their background, he said, claiming that the BJP has not fielded any person with a criminal record.

He referred to the recent cases filed against Congress MLA, Jaspal Singh, and the party’s state unit office bearer, Jaiveer Nagar. Mr Sharma, however, alleged that there were several BJP candidates with criminal records and their names would be disclosed in the coming days.



‘See you in the new corporation in April’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
The last sitting of the current Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today perhaps was the shortest one as it lasted for only half-an-hour and the corporators used that time to have an impromptu get together.

It was bonhomie all around, as members of the BJP-dominated corporation, whose term expires on March 31, forgot their party affiliations for a while and exchanged chit-chat and banter with their counterparts from other parties. There were beaming faces as well as sullen ones.

The ones who managed to get party tickets were rearing to go for campaigning in their respective wards while those who were denied party tickets walked around complaining of discrimination. The leaders of the two major parties in the corporation – the BJP and Congress – tried their diplomatic best to smoothen ruffled feathers, lest the discontented ones worked against the interest of their candidates.

They were assured that denying of party ticket was not the end. There was, after all, party work to be taken up. They were offered juices, the favourite drink of the city’s corporators, to cool them down.

While the BJP corporators were on the defensive, for obvious reasons, the ones belonging to the Congress were upbeat, thanks to their party’s recent successes in the assembly elections. Corruption, of course, was discussed animatedly. After all, both the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court had passed strictures against the civic body for turning a blind eye to encroachments.

Those who were confident of returning to the corporation left with a hurried “ See you in the new corporation in April”.



Greens fear budget will fuel car rush on
 Capital’s roads
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
If the fiscal jugglery resorted to for balancing the country’s Budget poses a threat to public health, environmentalists believe they have a reason to complain to Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha. Their cause for concern? The hike in excise duty on CNG in the Budget and reduction in excise duty on automobiles and two-wheelers may trigger a spurt in the number of private vehicles on the Capital’s roads. And that is not a good omen, if you are keen on bringing the air pollution-level down.

According to the green lobby, the hike in price of compressed natural gas (CNG) by 90 paise per kg and the reduction in that of diesel by Re 0.50 per litre might lead to a sharp rise in the numbers of cars and two-wheelers. That, and the recent Supreme Court order declining permission to the Government of NCT of Delhi to renew permits of 5,569 diesel-run buses in the Capital (which expired on Thursday), suggest that taking these buses off the roads would result in an immediate transport crisis of the kind witnessed on April 1 last year – resulting in an increasing number of commuters resorting to use of private vehicles.

According to a study carried out by Dr Dinesh Mohan, a transport researcher at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the Capital, three per cent of the city bus service passengers own cars and 18 per cent own scooters and motorcycles. About 11 per cent of the bus users travel by private chartered buses in return for monthly contract tickets and on an average have higher incomes than those using the city bus service.

Eleven per cent among them own cars and another 44 per cent own motorcycles and scooters. The average cost for these commuters is about Rs 10 per trip at present and there is a possibility that they may decide to bring their own vehicles in case there is any increase in fares.

The Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) says personalised transport meets 99.5 per cent of the total travel demand in Delhi. The number of vehicles in the Capital has gone up more than nine times in the last three decades, while the road length has increased by 2.6 times only. The vehicle population has increased to 2.63 million in 1996 and is expected to touch six million in 2011. Vehicular emissions contribute to 70 per cent of the total air pollution load (approximately 3,000 mt per day) in the Capital.

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), for instance, feels the Budget is another example of fiscal instruments acting to the detriment of public health rather than protecting it. Ironically, the minister has also proposed to set up a new insurance scheme to protect the health of rural populations. But the impact of favouring a dirty fuel like diesel will claim more lives than he is supposedly trying to save through his insurance policy.

The number of buses currently plying in the Capital – about 3,500 privately operated Blue Line buses and about 3,000 Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses besides the chartered buses ferrying office goers – falls far short of the total requirement of 15,000 buses needed to cater to the peak passenger traffic.

Delhi Transport Minister Ajay Maken’s recent announcement that bus fares would have to be increased in case of a hike in CNG prices will create more complications. The fare raise by the DTC could lead to private operators, including those running chartered buses, hiking their rates.



Developer vows to provide water to DLF City
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, March 5
The management of the DLF City, the DLF Universals Ltd, today stressed that it was committed to providing sufficient potable water and other facilities to the residents in its colony. In a related development, a delegation of the DLF Qutab Enclave Residents’ Welfare Association met the Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, Mr A. K. Singh, this evening and alleged that the supply to some blocks was erratic. The Deputy Commissioner assured the delegation that all phases would soon be connected to the supply lines provided by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). The delegation raised a number of other issues, including frequent power breakdown and provision of a recreation centre. The administration assured them of affirmative action.

In an informal discussion with newsmen today, the Director and Chief Executive of DLF Services Ltd, Maj-General(Retd) S. P. Jain, said that measures were afoot to augment the water supply to DLF City. The DLF management was in touch with the HUDA for provision of more water, he added.

This paper had recently raised the issue of erratic water supply to houses in some of the blocks of DLF City. Major-General Jain said that while ample water was being supplied to Phases I and IV, the DLF management was trying to ameliorate the situation in Phases II and III. More pipelines were being laid in these two Phases and the works would be completed by the middle of this year. He also said that the DLF management was in constant touch with the Haryana Government to improve the infrastructure in and around DLF City for the benefit of its residents. “The management is convinced of the sincerity of the government and the administration on the issues affecting both itself and its residents,” he added. However, he evaded a direct reply when asked if the HUDA was shirking its responsibility in providing water to DLF City.

Responding to allegation of the DLF Qutab Enclave Residents’ Welfare Association that the management has floated a parallel residents’ association, Major-General Jain said that the management would help all those organisations and associations which sought help from it in the interest of the residents. After all, the management also wanted to ensure the safety and comfort of the residents, he added.



Jamia staff made 1 crore from fake college 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
The police today claimed to have arrested three persons, including two employees of Jamia Milia Islamia, here for allegedly running a fake medical college in South Delhi and collecting over Rs 1 crore from more than 40 unwitting students. The police said the anti-forgery section of the Crime Branch had arrested the suspects. According to the police, Prof Syed Riaz Munir of Jamia Milia Islamia University had formed a society in his name — the SRM Education Society — and it had applied to the Uttar Pradesh Government in 1999 for opening a medical college. According to the Indian Medical Council Act, no person can open a medical college without the permission of the central government. “They have not only cheated the students but also caused a loss of two years to them,” the police said. They said Prof Munir conspired with V. H. Siddiqui, a lecturer in the Department of Art Education in Jamia Milia Islamia, and Dr Syed Jamaluddin, a graduate from Jamia Hamdard University, in this crime. A total of 46 students, each of whom had paid Rs 1.25 lakh as annual tuition fee and Rs 23,000 as annual hostel fee, were admitted in the first year for the MBBS course in the ‘medical college’, located at Sarai Jullena in South Delhi. A search on the college premises revealed that the accused had collected more than Rs 1 crore from the students. Investigations are on and some more arrests are likely.



MBA chucks job with MNC to lead jobless
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, March 5
Since his school days, he used to think about doing something for the betterment of society. But destiny had other plans. Armed with an MBA degree from a prestigious institute and given his affluent background, it was a matter of time before he was picked up by a multinational company. Anyone else would have been content, but not this young man. When he looked back, he saw many of his colleagues writhing in unemployment, they had obviously not been lucky like him.

On seeing the plight of these qualified young people, he decided to do something out of the ordinary. He quit his lucrative job and started a social service organisation under the banner Berojagar Sena (Army of Unemployed) for these youth. It was October 2, 2002. To mark this day in the record book, a symbolic ‘Berojagar Yatra’ was organised in Laxmi Nagar area in which thousands of unemployed youth participated.

Twenty-five-year-old youth Rajeev Kumar has never looked back since then and many programmes dedicated to the unemployed youth have been held under the aegis of this organisation.

This outfit has also played a vital role in streamlining the East Delhi employment exchange. In fact, it has recently entered into a tie up with another social service organisation engaged in providing free employment to the needy.

Following this collaboration, hundreds of job seekers have secured employment in the last few months. Due to the effort of this organisation, the Delhi Government is considering a proposal to pay unemployment stipend on the lines of other states like Bihar and Punjab. This organisation has a national presence and sub-offices in almost every state. Rajeev Kumar (as he prefers to call himself) is a recipient of many awards from different institutions for outstanding contribution in this field.



Contractor, Xen spat over payment
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 5
Mr Satish Kumar, a government contractor here, has alleged that the Executive Engineer of the Rai Water Service Division, Mr Gulab Singh Narwal, had withheld his payment to the tune of Rs 1.17 lakh as he had “failed to pay Rs 5,000 to him as bribe”.

In a complaint along with an affidavit sent to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, a copy of which was released to the press here today, the contractor said that he had completed the repair of the canal rest house at Kakroi village in 1998-1999 and submitted his bill of Rs 1.17 lakh to the office of the Executive Engineer concerned.

However, the Executive Engineer demanded Rs 5,000 as bribe to release the payment. Thereupon, he approached the Superintending Engineer, (YWS), Feeder GC Circle, Delhi who had ordered the officer concerned to release the payment without any further delay. However, the Executive Engineer declined to release the same unless he was paid Rs 5,000. The contractor also pointed out that he had suffered a huge financial loss on account of the non-release of the payment. He also demanded stern action against the officer concerned and a high-level probe into the inefficient and unsatisfactory working of the division.

Meanwhile, representatives of various farmers’ organisations have also demanded a vigilance inquiry into the working of the Rai Water Service Division and the Samalkha sub-division. Such an inquiry was likely to expose the misdeeds of the Xen and the SDO concerned, they said. They also demanded the transfers of both the officers to ensure that inquiry was independent and impartial. They said that the farmers at the tail-end were facing erratic supply of canal water for irrigation purposes even during the rotation period. The maintenance of the canals, distributaries and minors in the division continued to remain a major problem despite heavy expenditure incurred on them.



Sonepat civic body presides over empty coffers
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 5
The Municipal Council of Sonepat, which earns more than Rs 5 crore per annum, is facing its worst-ever financial crisis. Its coffers are almost empty and the payment of salaries to the staff is on hold for the last few months. The disgruntled employees can do little, except staging demonstrations from time to time.

According to official sources, the Municipal Council subsists on the revenue accruing from various sources, particularly the House Tax. It needs at least Rs 15 lakh every month to pay electricity and telephone bills besides the salary of the staff. The abolition of octroi by the state government was largely responsible for the fiscal mess. Another reason was the unproductive and unforeseen expenditure, in excess of the budgetary provisions. The newspaper agents, for instance, had been crying themselves hoarse for payment of their dues, which have piled up for the last many months. But they had not been paid despite repeated representations to the authorities from time to time.

Similarly, payments have not been made to some commercial establishments and shopkeepers for the goods purchased by the municipal council. In a press release, the Municipal Employees Union has alleged that the civic authorities had not deposited the mandatory GP fund amount in the accounts of the employees for the last many years. This, it says, amounts to violation of government rules and the guilty officials should be punished accordingly. In the absence of any monitoring, the office of the Sonepat Municipal Council always look deserted. Most staff members do not report for duty on time and the authorities concerned never bother to check the staff and take action against erratic employees. Some officers are always on furlough leave, yet they are paid their salaries regularly. It is further alleged that most of the development works were sub-standard this year and allotted under political pressure, which accentuated the financial crisis.



Charity is season’s favourite with movers and shakers 
Smriti Kak

When the movers and the shakers decide to put their heads together for a noble cause, the masses are moved to sit up and take note. This is precisely what happened at the charity fund-raiser, where fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani showcased his Spring-Summer 2002 collection.

The charity fund-raiser-cum-fashion show was held in the Capital last week, where the charming Tom Alter played emcee and the darling of the Indian Cricket Team, Sachin Tendulkar, made an appearance.

Funds from the gala event would go to an NGO, Pugmarks SOS. The NGO has been started by Ms Manju Bawa to help conserve the forests.

Pugmarks SOS aims at saving tigers by saving their environment. “Pugmarks is striving to save the forest in a holistic manner and not just a particular breed of animal. It is my pleasure to be associated with a cause such as forest conservation,” said Tahiliani.

The event showcased five separate looks for the Indian woman — Indian Summer, Contemporary Swarovski Collection, Structured Drape, Holi Hand Painted Collection and Fluted Collection.

The Indian Summer Collection comprises crinkled garments in vibrant hues of mango, pumpkin, teal and navy with pale coordinates. The liberal use of ‘Ari’, ‘Resham’ and ‘Kasab’ with jewelled necklines in three-dimensional effects gives it a sensual look.

The Contemporary Swarovski Collection consists of eveningwear to enhance the looks of a woman. It has kurtas, saris and tunics of multi-layered chiffon in pale summer colours.

The Holi Hand Painted garments are in vibrant shades. The floral burst of Holi colours like red, orange, green and blue are used in pants, saris and tunics.

Hand-painted saris, clubbed with fluted or lycra cholis, is what makes the Fluted Collection. The clothes are highlighted with sequins, Swarovski crystals and feathers. Turquoise, emerald, red, orange, black and yellow are the colours of the collection.

For the men, a line inspired by the Maharaja era was on display. The clothes have been styled to make them relevant in the modern context.

Sherwanis, bandhgalas, chogas and short kurtas are combined with trousers, jodhpurs and kamarbandhs.

The materials used are handloom textiles treated with satin tapes of varied widths and are textured to create a new surface. The colours are in different shades of ivory, bordeaux and blue.

Indo-Western collection

A designer outfit from B’ Bass.
A designer outfit from B’ Bass.

B’ Bass, a designer boutique, has created a special line of Indo-Western collection.

Extensively researched from the vast tradition of Indian designs, the collection is made up of lehngas, churidars, salwar kurtas, odhnis and pants.

Romi Makan, the designer behind the creations, has used zardozi to create a sophisticated and understated look without robbing the garment of the look and feel of glamour. The variegated collection ranges from heavily worked lehngas in silk to delicate nets.

The collection is a blend of interesting styles, embroidery, drapes and cuts.

Romi refuses to compromise on anything, so from processing of the fabric to the final stage, to deciding the threads used for embroidery to the sewing machine, everything is taken care of by the designer herself.

Romi’s aim is to create a classic and timeless clothing that can be passed on from one generation to another.

Bridal wear is another segment where the designer has carved quite a name for herself.

Tips to save skin

A lotion containing the correct SPF may save the skin from the scorching summer sun.
A lotion containing the correct SPF may save the skin from the scorching summer sun.

The scorching summer sun is almost here, and so is that time of the year when the golden rays of the brilliant sun are a little too harsh for the skin.

So, for those who would rather have their peaches and cream complexion, out comes the UV blocks and umbrellas, not to forget the sunglasses.

Even though Mother Nature has provided the Asian skin the ability to save itself from the harmful sun rays (dark skin produces more melanin to counter the effects of the sun rays), we still need to bank on the tried and tested ways to save us from looking like dried vegetables or in some cases, half-burnt err… half-caked faces.

So here are some tips to save yourself from the agonies mentioned above.

The first and the foremost being stay out of the sun as much as you can. If you can’t afford that, remember to equip yourself with sun blocks, umbrellas, sun caps and sunglasses. The market is flooded with UV blocks, and for the Indian summers that can be really hot, a lotion containing SPF of 15 to 20 is a must. For the fairer ones, SPF of 40 and above is required.TPI or Tan Protection Index of 70 is required to save yourself from getting that tan. Our western counterparts spend megabucks and hours trying to tan themselves, but that is another story.

For the ones who believe grandma’s recipes can give the cosmetologists of the world a run for their money, you could just be right. Try soothing those jarring facial cells with a face pack made from grated cucumber and tomatoes.

You could try placing cold and used tea bags for reducing puffy eyes. Multani Mitti and sandalwood paste is another effective way of getting rid of the tan. And to keep that skin glowing like a 60watt bulb, drink plenty of water and eat healthy food. The one thing that you must wear all the time to make you look beautiful is a smile.



Traders picket SDO’s office on power bills
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, March 5
Hundreds of members of the Vyapar Mandal of Shani Chowk, Lajpat Nagger, today picketed the SDO’s office in Shyam Park, Sahibabad in protest against the ‘arbitrary collection of charges for installation of electronic meters’.

Residents and traders were irked by a number of practices like refusal to accept cash while paying electricity bills, charging for 104 units of power in an arbitrary manner and charging Rs 150 as fine for late payment of bills or disconnection of the supply by linesmen.

Linesmen were making a fast buck under the new dispensation, the traders alleged. The linesmen take away the cable and charge an exorbitant service charge for restoring the connection.

The president of the Vyapar Mandal, Mr S. K. Gautam, accused the SDO and linesmen for arbitrarily charging exorbitant amounts for installing new electronic meters which develop some snag or the other within four-five days after the installation.

The consumer was made to pay through his nose for the inefficiency and faulty meters, he alleged.

The new meters should be replaced without any charge during the guarantee period, Mr Gautam said.

He said the staff of the electricity department were making illegal collections from shopkeepers and were inflating power units for payment of bills.

Above all, a penalty of Rs 150 was charged from the consumers. He also alleged that large-scale power thefts were going on in the area to which the power staff had been turning a blind eye.



Bar Association members boycott courts
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 5
Members of the District Bar Association Sonepat today started their two-day boycott of the courts in protest against the alleged police lathi charge on the people and the arrest of the activists of the Bharat Naujawan Sabha at Shahzadpur village in the district on Sunday last.

According to a report, they described the action of the district and police administration as unjust and unwarranted and maintained that the Bharat Naujawan Sabha had convened a Maha Panchayat of 20 villages for pressing the demand of the repair of the Purkhas road. But the police intervened and foiled the holding of the Maha Panchayat by resorting to the lathi charge on the people and arrested the activists of the Sabha.

The members alleged that as many as 53 persons were rounded up by the police and 43 of them were let off later on. However, a case under Sections 148, 149, 332, 353, and 506 IPC were registered against 10 activists namely Sandeep, Sonu, Kashmir, Parmil, Kuldeep, Satbir, Kuldeep Singh, Chhatar Singh, Sunil Kumar and Pankaj by the police and they were arrested.

They also alleged that the district and police administration had murdered the democracy and their action was against the rights of the people. They demanded immediate withdrawal of the criminal case against the arrested youths and their release.

Meanwhile, all the arrested youths were produced before a Civil Judge Meenakshi Girdhar here on Monday, who ordered their release after furnishing the bail bonds of Rs 10,000 each.

Youth shot at

A youth Deepak (18) was shot at and wounded as he was standing outside an examination centre set up by the Board of School Education, Haryana at the Shiv Shakti Senior Secondary School on the Sonepat-Mehlana road here on Monday.

According to a report, the injured youth was immediately rushed to the local civil hospital, where from he was shifted to a Delhi hospital for further treatment. The condition of the injured youth was stated to be serious.

The police have registered the case and launched a hunt to arrest the alleged assailants involved in this incident.

It is stated that Deepak has gone to the examination centre for rendering help to one of his friends, where some other youths objected his presence. This led to the clash.

Meanwhile, three cases of unfair means used in the examinations were detected by the members of the flying squads. A superintendent of an examination centre was also replaced at Ganaur as he has failed to check the copying menace in the examinations.

According to another report, there has been no let-up in the ongoing mass scale copying in the annual examinations conducted by the Board. Large crowds of anti-social elements were seen outside the examination centres in violation of the prohibitory orders under Section 144 Cr. P.C., enforced by the District Magistrate of Sonepat, banning the assembly of five or more persons within the radius of 200 meters of the examination centres.

Man arrested

Kaptan Singh, a resident of Patra village (Punjab) was arrested while he was stealing a car in the Model Town area here ON Monday. According to a report, Sarvjit Singh, a resident of Tilak Nagar (Delhi) was also arrested for selling the stolen car.

Scooter stolen

A scooter of Mr Rajinder Prasad, an employee of the Atlas cycle Industries outside a bank in the Model Town area here on Monday. According to a report, the owner parked his scooter and went into the bank for withdrawal of money.

Conductor thrashed

Jagbir, a conductor of the Haryana Roadways bus, was allegedly beaten up by three students at Kharkhauda town on Monday.

According to a report, these students boarded the bus and declined to purchase the tickets. This led to altercations and assault on the conductor. The Kharkhauda police have registered the case and launched a hunt to apprehend the alleged culprits who are still at large.

Dowry death

A youth and his father here have been booked by the police in connection with a dowry death. According to the complaint, Surajmati (20), wife of Karan Singh of Rajiv colony here was found dead in her house. While her body was hanging from the ceiling, it is alleged that she was murdered and hanged from a ceiling fan to show that she committed a suicide. Married about two years ago, Dowry is reported to be the main cause behind the incident. Karan Singh and his father have been booked under Dowry Act.

Three beaten up

Three persons injured when they were allegedly beaten up by certain persons in the Bharat Nagar area here today.

According to the information, Vijay, Satbir and Zile Singh were allegedly beaten up by a number of persons, all residents of same locality, over some minor dispute. The victims alleged that they were attacked with lathies and belts. Later, they were admitted to the Civil Hospital, EOM.

Free treatment

The Ayurveda Department has treated 8,360 patients with free of cost during February.

According to an official press note, 206 blood samples were sent for examination for determining malaria. With a view to checking adulteration in foodgrain and other eatables, the Health Department took 15 samples during February. The results of 10 samples, which had been received so far, found satisfactory.

Khula darbar

A Khula darbar will be organised at Israna on March 13. The DC, Mr M. R. Anand, will preside over the darbar, to redress the grievances of the people on the spot.

MLA’s grouse

Alleging the ‘step-motherly’ treatment with the areas represented by the Congress MLA, Mr Raghubir Kadian in the Beri Assembly constituency, today blamed that the Central and the Haryana Governments for the plight of the farmers.

Addressing reporters here, Mr Kadian alleged that the government, under pressure from the WTO, were out to harm the interests of the farming community, which formed the backbone of the Indian economy.

Coming down heavily on the Gujarat and Central Governments for the communal riots, Mr Kadian alleged that this was the result of the exploitation of the religious sentiments by the RSS, VHP, Shiv Sena and the BJP.

Students arrested

The police arrested six college students, including three girls, who were allegedly in a compromising situation at a hotel located on Delhi by pass here Monday night.

According to information, the police raided a hotel following a tip-off at nearly 10.30 pm on Monday. Three boys and three girls, who were studying in a college at Bhiwani, were taken into custody and a case under section 109 of the IPC was registered against them.

Those arrested are Ashok, Vikram and Bharat Singh of Bhiwani and three girls of Sisar village. Meanwhile, the police functioning in this connection came under a cloud as no case was registered against the owner of the hotel which was used in ‘making merry’ by the accused.

Demonstration held

The activists of the district unit of Haryana Sarv Karamchari Sangh held a demonstration in the town today against the ‘anti-employee’ provisions made in the Union budget.

Mr Devender Singh Hooda, district president of the Sangh alleged that the interest of the capitalists, that constituted only 5 per cent of the society, was considered while preparing budget and the interest of the common man was ignored.

Flower festival

Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) will organise the second flower festival in Harit Vatika at Section 1 on March 9.

A spokesman for the district administration said that the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik would inaugurate the festival at 11 am, which would conclude at 4 pm in the same day. He said the Town and Country Planning Minister, Mr Dhirpal Singh would give away the prizes to the winners.

He said that the main attractions of the festival were flower arrangements, pot plants, painting and Rangoli competitions. Besides, he maintained that the magic show, puppet show, Jumping Micky mouse, big air balloons etc. would entertain the visitors.

New ground rent for shopkeepers

New Delhi
The shopkeepers of 10 markets in the Capital will be charged ground rent at the rate of 2.5 per cent of the concessional premium actually charged from them and not on the 100 per cent premium of the land.

This was decided at the Union Cabinet meeting held here this evening. The shopkeepers in these 10 markets have been given ownership rights through a Cabinet decision on October 20, 1989 by charging 50 to 80 per cent of the premium of the land. The markets which would be covered by today’s decision are Mehar Chand market, Babu market, INA market, Ali Ganj market, Kasturba Nagar market, Sectors VI, VIII, IX and XII of Kasturba Nagar market and INA platforms.

Decision on Vikas’ police remand today

Ghaziabad: The arguments over the police remand of the main accused in the Nitish Katara case taken up in the District Court, Ghaziabad, today could not be concluded. The accused, Vikas Yadav and Vishal Yadav, who are on judicial remand, were not produced in the court today.

According the SP, City, Dr Ashok Kumar Raghav, the arguments would be concluded tomorrow and the court would give its decision then. “We have requested for a 10-day police remand of the main accused to complete our interrogation in this important case.”

Our teams have also gone to various places to nab the third accused, Sukhdev alias Pehalwan, who has been declared a proclaimed offender by the court,” Dr Raghav added.

The police said that the report of the DNA test was still awaited from Hyderabad. The High Court had recently directed the police to get the report within 10 days.



Hardcore criminal held, arms recovered
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
Praveen alias Pappu, a dreaded criminal involved in more than eight cases of robbery, attempt to murder and theft was nabbed by the PCR staff posted at Bomdola bus stand near Kapashera in Nazafgarh road on Monday.

A Chinese pistol with five live cartridges was recovered from his possession. The accused along with two of his associates was found in a Cielo car (No. DL-9C-B0875), coming from Bijaswasan to Nazafgarh road. When the police team tried to stop the car, it sped without stopping. But the PCR staff managed to stop the car after giving a chase.

Two of his associates immediately fled from the spot, however, Praveen was apprehended and the police also found he was booked in a murder case in Vasant Kunj police station.

The police also found that the Cielo car in which the accused were moving, was a stolen one with a fake number plate. The police are interrogating the accused and also have launched a massive hunt to trace the absconding duo.

In another incident, the PCR van rescued an 18-year-old man, who was kidnapped in a Tata sumo from his residence in Tikona Park in Shahdara area.

The car (No. HR-36C-3763) was intercepted near Loni road and the four kidnappers identified as Arun, Gautam, Ajay and Dayaram, were arrested and the PCR staff had rescued the youth.

Driver arrested: A driver of a blue-line bus was arrested by the Chandni Chowk police on Monday for reportedly applying sudden brake, following which an 50-year-old man fell off from the bus and died on the spot. The victim was taken to the Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital where he was declared brought dead by the doctors.

The driver identified as Sunil Kumar (32), was arrested and a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving, was registered against him. The police said that the blue-line bus was plying between Hyderpur and Old Delhi railway station when the incident had occurred.

Helper killed: Jitender (20), a helper was killed and Kishanpal, a truck driver injured seriously when their vehicle (TATA 407) hit a tree near village Sultanpur in South district this morning. Kishanpal was reportedly driving the truck speedily. The driver has been admitted to a nearby hospital. The victims were going from NOIDA to Gurgaon when the incident occurred. When they reached near Sultanpur village, Kishanpal could not control the truck due to its break failure.

The truck hit the tree on the road which had damaged the front portion of the vehicle completely, police said.



Gang of auto-lifters busted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
With the arrest of four auto-lifters, the South district police claimed to have solved six cases of auto-theft. The gang was also receiver of stolen vehicles.

The accused Haider Ali, Nasir, Anish Khan and Kallu, all residents of Savitri Nagar, were specialists in stealing Yamaha motorcycles.

Keeping in view of the increasing motor thefts in the district, the police had set up a special team, whose personnel were deployed at various points in the district to identify the auto-lifters.

The police also found that mostly the vehicles were stolen from Khirki and Savitri Nagar, which were old models (between 90 to 95).

Acting on an information, the motor mechanics were involved in the theft, the police team while checking vehicles at Savitri Nagar T-point on February 27, apprehended Hyder Ali and Nasir with a stolen Yamaha, No. DL-4SC 1943, which was a stolen one.

The police also found some parts of the motorcycle. During the interrogation the accused disclosed that they had stolen six Yamaha motorcycles from the Malviya Nagar area.

The accused also confessed that after lifting the vehicles they dismantled its parts and were sold to Kabaries namely Anish and Kallu for Rs 800 to Rs 1000.

Anish and Kallu were also arrested and different parts of five motorcycles were recovered from them.

The accused were sent to judicial custody and a motorcycle was recovered from them.



Cash, valuables stolen from two houses
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 5
Criminals broke into two houses in Sector 19 and 58 here and decamped with Rs 50,000, jewellery and other valuables. The total losses have been estimated to be around Rs 2 lakh.

According to Sector 20 police, Mr Viney Kumar Gupta, resident of Sector 19, had gone out of station for 10 days with his family members. When he returned on Monday, he found that his house had been burgled. Thieves had entered his house by removing the grills of a window and broken open the almirah and decamped with jewellery, cash and other valuables. He has filed an FIR in Sector 20 police station. The second incident occurred in Kala Enclave in Sector 58. Thieves were alleged to have entered the house of Mr Daya Shankar when he and other family members were asleep. The thieves decamped with Rs 20,000 and other valuables. When they woke up hearing some disturbance, they saw three intruders running away. The total value of the missing articles has been estimated at over Rs 1 lakh, the police said.


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