Monday, March 11, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


The MCD roadshow has begun
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 10
It was a Sunday with a difference. For the political parties and the candidates, it was a hectic day and for Delhiites, it was a chance to meet the candidates vying to be their corporators.

Padyatra and people to people contact is the strategy the two main political parties – the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party – have adopted to convince the voters why they should exercise their franchise in their favour.

With the Election Commission imposing restrictions on the use of posters and banners, it is the people to people contact, which would clinch the battle of ballots this time.

The candidates in the all the 134 wards of the Capital were out in the streets since early in the morning and were ready to greet the residents, who were relaxing on a holiday.

Accompanied by supporters and party workers, the candidates tried hard to establish a rapport with the residents and understand the problems faced by them. The sitting corporators obviously were looked sheepish when the residents complained against the lack of civic amenities, particularly in the East Delhi areas. Many tried to explain it away on the all-encompassing “multiplicity of authorities”.

As several candidates of both the parties are residents of the wards in which they are contesting, they could empathize with the woes of the electorate. Water, power, bad roads, sewerage, inadequate green area were some of the problems uppermost in the minds of the voters and they wanted concrete assurance from the candidates on these fronts.

As Sunday being the first day of the campaigning, after the withdrawal of names, the candidates and the workers were brimming with confidence. Accompanied by senior Delhi unit leaders and district level heads, the candidates fine-tuned themselves in the art of promise-making and convincing the voters that what ailed the ward would be resolved once they were voted to power.

The former Delhi Chief Minister and BJP MP, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, who made himself scarce in the campaign launch rally last evening, did not venture out in support of party’s candidates in the streets and by-lanes of the wards.

The wards where the contest is expected to be interesting are Janak Puri where sitting BJP corporator Prithivi Raj Sahwney is pitted against Congress first-timer Sanjay Puri. In Rajouri Garden, sitting BJP corporator Subhash Arya is contesting against Congress nominee Ramesh Lamba.

Delhi Mayor Shanti Desai, contesting from Chandni Chowk ward, is facing a challenge from Congress nominee Brij Mohan Sharma. In Kishanganj, sitting BJP corporator Mahesh Chand Sharma is contesting against the Congress nominee Satbir Sharma.

As 46 wards are reserved for the women candidates and the next mayor is likely to be from the fair sex, it would be interesting to witness the contest in the reserved wards. Some of the key wards going to witness interesting contest were Gulmohar Park where the BJP nominee Arti Mehra is contesting against the Congress nominee Gurvinder Kaur Lamba. In Subhash Nagar, BJP candidate Meera Kawariya is contesting against the Congress candidate Sunita Bharti.

In Kanjhawana, BJP candidate Shashi Bala is pitted against Congress nominee Kanwaljeet Kaur. In Ashok Vihar, Congress nominee Prem Lata Goel is contesting against BJP candidate Kanak Aggarwal. In Civil Lines, Nitu Verma is contesting against the BJP nominee Geeta Sharma and in Shastri Nagger, the Congress nominee Shalu Mallik is contesting against BJP candidate Poonam Parashar Jha.

For the garland-sellers, it is a peak demand season with the candidates being welcomed by the local supporters. However, for the shops which were set up in the party offices to sell campaign material, the business has been rather dull. Khadi seems to be the favourite cloth as usual and a politician without a khadi attire, is no politician at all.

With women contesting the polls from the reserved wards, it would be interesting to see the new fashion statements being made by them in the coming days. As there are several young and first-timers in the fray, it would be interesting to see, whether they continue to follow the ‘bahu-beti’ tradition or adopt a ‘liberated’ woman strategy.



A Thai Rajaguru in quest of Vedic roots 
Ramesh Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 10
He’s a man in search of his Indian roots.
After his ancestors left Indian shores for Thailand centuries ago, he is back ‘home’ on a mission. To find a suitable place where children of Thai Brahmins (“Brahmanas,” he corrects) can learn ancient Vedic texts and scriptures.

Attired in white with his lock of hair tied neatly behind in a bun, Var Rajaguru Vamadeva Muni is a picture of serenity seated amidst his aides and well-wishers. “I am here to scout for a suitable place to send Brahmana children for pursuing Vedic studies. I want to send Brahmana boys from Thailand so that they would learn more about priest craft, philosophy, etc,” he says while sharing the overriding purpose of his visit. “The root of Thai Brahmanas,” he says, “is in south India, our ancestors come from that place, and having their children study Vedic scriptures here would enable the younger generation to go deep into their roots.”

The Rajaguru (Royal Court Chief Brahmin) to King Bhumibal Atulyatej of Thailand, Vamadeva Muni is the purveyor of all things religious, as it were, for the Royal Family. The Rajaguru coronates the King in a strictly Brahminical ceremony. Also, presides over the ploughing ceremony when the land is tilled in the presence of the King. In ancient days, says Var Rajaguru Vamadeva Muni, the plougher was supposed to be King and tradition has it that the King chooses the person who tills the land for the ceremony.

In India on a personal visit, the Rajaguru on Sunday met with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. On his itinerary are meetings with Union Minister of Home Affairs LK Advani and Union Human Resource Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi. During his stay in India, the Rajaguru would also call on Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham Jayendra Saraswati. His aides say visits to Tirupati, Mahabalipuram, Trichy, Chidambaram, Rameshwaram and Thanjavur are also planned.

Thais, says the Muni, practise Buddhism but it was not so in ancient times when Hinduism flourished. Today the Hinduism “indigenised” by the Thais has a Buddhist influence and that he attributes to the “confluence of cultures.” That Hinduism still holds a special place in the religious and cultural history of that country, he says, can be appreciated by the fact that ceremonies like the Tiru Vempavai and Sankranti have survived centuries and are observed to this day. While Tiru Vempavai, or the Mundan ceremony, is observed for a fortnight every January, Sankranti is celebrated nationwide on April 13 not only by the Brahmanas but by other sections of society.

Recalling his prior visits to India, the Rajaguru says the last time he was here was at the invitation of Swami Lokeshananda Giriji Maharaj, the Peethadheesh of Juna Akhara. “That was for the Kumbh Mela thirteen years ago,” he remembers fondly. Reminiscing about his “umbilical cord” with mainland India, he says there is a lot to be learnt from ancient Hindu traditions and beliefs. Prodded into sharing his lineage, he says : “It is difficult to trace my ancestry because there are few records,” he says. “They came from south India and settled in southern Thailand. I come from the province of Pattalung and am the fourth generation of Rajagurus serving the King.

He has a word of advice though for all. “Using religion for selfish gains creates problems,” says the Rajaguru, “On the contrary, if one thinks religion is for the well-being of all then problems will be solved.”



Chautala makes sure charity begins at home
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 10
Residents of Mandaura village in Sonepat district have set a fine example of self-help by constructing 22 additional rooms in the government girls high school in the village with public contributions, for the purpose of upgrading it to a girls’ college.

According to a report, the residents took this initiative on the advice of Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautla, who had promised to give a grant of Rs 5 lakh if they could collect an equal amount for the construction of additional rooms in the school.

Now, the residents of the village are eagerly waiting for Mr Chautala’s visit to the village and his announcement on the upgradation of the school.

The Chief Minister, Mr Chautala, it may be recalled, had visited Mandaura on February 23 last year for unveiling the statue of an eminent educationist of the region, Chaudhary Tikka Ram. He had, then, promised to give a matching grant of Rs 5 lakh for the institution, if the residents collect an equal amount through constructions.

Institute at Hathin Headless since it came into being

Faridabad: The Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Hathin, a sub-divisional town in the district, is headless. The post of the principal here has been lying vacant since it came into being, according to institute sources.

It is also reported that besides the Principal’s post, other posts like that of the head clerk, the clerk, the fitter and the welder are also lying vacant for the last many years. The strength of students here has touched 250 and the staff numbers 21.While institutes having less number of students in some parts of the state are having a full-time principal, the vacancy here is causing day-to-day administrative problems, it is learnt. Other issues confronting the institute include absence of staff quarters, poor water supply and non-availability of public transport for students on the campus. TNS



When we make a mockery of what we cherish
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, March 10
‘Sewa, suraksha aur sahyog.’ The profound claim articulated in this slogan coined by the Rohtak police is an exercise in delusion, given the general apathy of the cops towards the plight of the common man. But it is not inaction alone that the right-thinking citizens find appalling; what bothers them is the barbaric treatment of innocents that has no place in a decent and civilized society.

Parivartan, a 25-year-old youth, who runs a readymade garment shop in ‘D’ park here, naturally feels disgusted with such banalities as voiced in the slogan. Recently he was allegedly picked up from his rented house along with four friends at around 11 p.m. by some cops. They were forcibly taken to Shivaji Colony police chowky, where the policemen grilled them about a teenaged girl of Ambedkar Colony, who had been missing from her house for the last few days.

According to Parivartan, the cops told them that the father of the girl suspected the involvement of Deepak, one of the group, in the ‘abduction’ of the girl.

Parivartan further alleges that when all his friends disclaimed knowledge about the girl’s whereabouts, the cops ordered them to take off their clothes and started beating them mercilessly. The cops, he alleged, treated them worse than animals and continued to inflict the barbarities till 3 in the morning. None of his friends was permitted to ring up their parents or relatives. The policemen also snatched Rs 4,800 and a mobile phone from him.

Next morning, they learnt that the missing girl had returned home at 2 am. The youths heaved a sigh of relief and were released by the police. Parivartan said his cash and the mobile were also returned, but the cops charged him Rs 500 for ‘pleasing’ their ‘saab’ (officer). All attempts to contact the SSP, Mr A S Ahlawat, proved futile as he was busy with the arrangements for the visit of Ajay Singh Chautala.

However, the Press statement released later today by the district police stated categorically that the police had arrested one Mukesh from Sampla railway station and freed the missing girl from his custody. The accused has been put in judicial remand till March 23 by a local court today.



IGNOU pays for excessive delay in exam result
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 10
A consumer court in the Capital has asked the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to pay a compensation of Rs 2000 to a student for undue delay in publication of his examination result.

Finding the IGNOU of guilty of “deficiency in service,” the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, North District, also directed the University to pay an extra amount of Rs 1,000 as cost of litigation to complainant Mahavir Prasad. Prasad, a resident of West Delhi, had enrolled himself with IGNOU for a Certificate Course in Consumer Protection in 2000. According to the complaint, he also took the term-end papers on December 5-6, 2000. When his result was not declared in the next few months, Prasad personally enquired from the University about the same in April and June last year.

The complainant was informed that the result of only one paper had been declared in which he had secured 60 per cent marks and the other paper’s result would be declared soon. He even sent two legal notices to IGNOU — one on June 15 and the other on August 23 last year. He finally approached the Forum seeking compensation of Rs one lakh for the delay..

IGNOU denied before the Forum that Prasad’s result was delayed and clarified that the complainant submitted Project report on December one, 2000, which was evaluated on March 29, and the result declared thereafter was communicated to him. On the basis of documents filed by the parties, the Forum held IGNOU guilty of deficiency in service as the examination was held in December 2000 and the result was declared in November 2001 after an unduly long period of 11 months. 



HC notice to DU on re-employment of teachers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 10
The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the Delhi University and the University Grants Commission on a public interest litigation challenging the university’s scheme of granting re-employment to its retired teachers in a routine manner.

Taking cognisance of a PIL filed by former High Court Chief Justice T P S Chawla, a Bench comprising Justice Devinder Gupta and justice S Mukherjee issued notices to the UGC, Delhi University and its Vice Chancellor.

The notices were also issued to DU’s Moti Lal Nehru and Kalindi colleges where some retired teachers had allegedly been re-employed without approval of their governing bodies in violation of the rules. All the respondents were directed to file their replies by April 8. Justice Chawla, who has been a member of the governing body of Moti Lal Nehru and Kalindi Colleges, said the DU Ordinance-XII rules prohibit granting of re-employment to every teacher in a routine and automatic manner.

The DU Ordinance-XII Rule III (3-A)(2) says re-employment could be given to retired teachers in rare cases only on the approval of the governing body, the PIL said.

The retirement age for teachers had been fixed at 62 and many of them were being re-employed for three more years, Justice Chawla said, adding that despite his lodging a protest with the Vice Chancellor on the issue, it had no effect.

Senior Advocate Ravinder Sethi, appearing for Justice Chawla, said grant of re-employment to retired teachers in this manner virtually negated the provisions of the law.



Put ecology on political agenda: Jaitley
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 10
The Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has added another dimension to environmental studies by launching the Centre for Environment Law and Management (CELAM) with the specific objective of undertaking research and training programmes alongside project works in the field of environment management.

To mark the occasion, the School of Law and Legal Studies in association with the School of Environment Management, hosted a two-day seminar on social auditing of environmental laws in India, which concluded on Sunday.

Inaugurating the seminar, the Supreme Court judge Justice R. C Lahoti dwelled on various principles that courts take into account in deciding the matters related to environment. Lieutenant-Governor Vijai Kapoor in his presidential address emphasised the need to understand the interplay of issues of poverty and unemployment in solving matters related to environment.

Union Law Minister Arun Jaitley, who was the chief guest for Sunday’s technical session, called for the inclusion of environment-related issues in the mainstream of political agenda and devising of a policy after thorough discussion with the parties concerned. Delivering the keynote address, the Supreme Court lawyer, Dr Abhishek Singhvi, underlined the need to sensitise people about sustainable development and do away with bureaucratic and technical bottlenecks. The need to blend of law and environmental management with inputs from people from the grassroots was appreciated by them.

The two technical sessions dealt with the issues of competing rights in relation to Article 21 and sustainable development and specific legislation relating to environment. Among the panelists for the sessions were academics, lawyers, jurists and activists in the field of environmental laws.

The inauguration of the seminar on Saturday was preceded by a training session, organised for the students belonging to the streams of law, environment management and environment sciences to acquaint them with various facets of law relating to environment management.



Solid waste disposal defies solution in 
Haryana towns

Various towns in the National Capital Region, most of them in Haryana state, have problems similar to those experienced in Delhi. A major problem is that of disposal of solid waste which defies solution. The civic authorities in Delhi have been struggling to solve it for a long time. The solid waste management is becoming more difficult as the days pass because the population has been increasing, vacant land is reducing in size and the authorities just do not have the resources to cope with the increased load of sold waste management. The Haryana Government too is alive to the problem and have come up with a comprehensive plan to manage things in this respect. The urban development department of the state has prepared a detailed plan for solid waste management in the towns neighbouring Delhi. Among them, Gurgaon and Faridabad are on the priority list as these two have been sharing the population burden with Delhi the most. But there are many others which too will feel the pinch in the near future.

Keeping the experience of the authorities in Delhi, the urban development department of Haryana has prepared a three-pronged strategy to deal with the problem. The first part is the one which is most common all over the country, that is, identifying landfill sites and dumping the waste there. Fortunately, these towns will have more such landfill sites as compared to Delhi. But the authorities don’t want to depend on this mode only. Simultaneously, they have gone in for the other option – that of preparing compost from the biodegradable waste.

Haryana is predominantly agricultural state and a lot of compost can be utilised there. Of course, it will mean separating the degradable and non-degradable waste for which arrangements are being made. Preferably, it will be done at the collection point itself. Efforts are being made to involve private sector for converting waste into compost. The authorities are aware of the problem of marketing compost which was experienced by the civic authorities of Delhi.

Haryana will keep this in mind, says Mr Sanjiv Kaushal, Director of Urban Development, and make arrangements for marketing. The farmer will look at the price as well as usefulness of the compost as compared to chemical fertilizer. An awareness campaign will be needed to promote its marketing. Interestingly, greater consciousness against chemical fertilizer has been seen among the consumer of vegetables and agricultural products. Also, the government agencies like the forest department, horticultural department and even municipal bodies and urban development agencies can be persuaded to opt for the compost prepared from solid waste.

Stolen goods

The other day, a person who looked like a salesman called on a friend in his house and showed him expensive woollen suit lengths. He generally quoted Rs 800 or so as the price which my friend felt was too low for the cloth. He did not need to buy it for he is a khadi-wearing person. The visitor insisted that he should buy it and reduced the price to Rs 400. My friend asked jokingly if it was stolen stuff. The visitor hesitated for a moment and then said it was so. He was prepared to lower the price still further but could not sell it. My friend, who lives in a central part of Delhi, says that he had a similar experience with another salesman who was selling electric iron and mixer in a similar fashion and at very low prices even though they were of a good brand.

Then, there are some traffic intersections where teenagers come to motorists in a discreet manner and ask if they want to buy new car tyres at very low price. Surely, there must be something fishy about such offering, possibly they are stolen. This friend felt that some of the stuff is stolen from trucks when they are parked at the barriers on way to Delhi. Or maybe there is some other route for theft. And unlike this friend, who has no use for such goods, there must be other consumers who benefit from such sales.

For slum children

That the official agencies alone are not enough to solve all problems of the people of the Capital has been realised by many well-meaning citizens who have floated genuine public service organisations which have been engaged in good work for years. One such NGO is Deepalaya which was started way back in 1979 by seven good citizens. They had collected just about Rs17,000, engaged three teachers and started education of slum children. They began with five children for pre-school education.

The number increased to 133 students with seven teachers in 1985, the level was raised to primary education and the budget rose to Rs.1,00,000. The beneficiary students were 13,000 with 400 teachers in 1992 and the nature of facility was integrated education and development of the child. By now, the organisation is benefiting 35,000 children, their families and the communities in an integrated development programme and the annual budget is over Rs.3 crore.

Here is an example of how things started in a small way, of course with dedication, can rise to great heights in course of time. Though the activity begins with a child, the long-term strategy is to emancipate the whole community through interventions at three levels, that is, child, family and community. The areas of activity are education, health, skill training and income enhancement, community organisation, linkages, issue-based programmes and special areas. Talking of linkages, Deepalaya networks with at least 52 other organisations, help them and being helped in the process. Some of the objectives for the next five years include branding and franchising the educational model and the social entrepreneur concept, strengthening the human resource development systems, establishing and documentation system to become a resource and support organisation and achieving organisational sustainability.

Kaman Serai

Ms Nandita Lahiri is an energetic lady who has been keen to make Gurgaon chapter of INTACH instrumental in restoration and preservation of old monuments in and around Gurgaon. One such monument is Kaman Serai in Gurgaon. She, along with her other colleagues, has been pressing the authorities concerned to transfer it from Haryana Urban Development Authority to the deputy commissioner’s charge so that they could start work on its improvement. Some funds have already been collected for the purpose and there is every hope that the district administration will chip in its share to complete the task.

The task has been undertaken at local level because it may not be considered significant from historical and architectural points of view but it is connected with the history of the city of Gurgaon. The district administration will also come into the picture because the improvement work involves removal of some encroachments. The INTACH chapter, on its part, is ready with architectural drawings. It also has plans to set up a museum within the premises where artifacts collected from different parts of the district will be displayed.

Terrorism & youth

This was the topic of a lecture at the Government College, Faridabad and interestingly, it was organized by its history department. The lecture was obviously about the nature and causes of terrorism and how the youth got lured into it but what was most interesting was the keenness and seriousness with which the students listened to it and participated in the interaction after it.

Many among them agreed that there were factors which led to the youth getting into this phenomenon. But a common question posed by them was that the youth were often blamed for being part of it and as to why those who misled them or utilised them for this purpose, often political leaders and other vested interests, are neither criticised nor stopped from luring youth into terrorism. Instead, they were treated as heroes while the average youth died for them. Yet another question concerned parents and teachers, even the society in general, who did not groom them in a way that they are not attracted towards it.

Maybe, such interaction and discussions in schools and colleges more often will help.

Deluxe buses

Somebody who wanted to take a deluxe bus of Haryana Roadways at Inter-State Bus Terminal had a pleasant surprise in store for him.

He got into such a bus but was charged for an ordinary bus fare, which is almost half of the other fare. And this was no mistake of the booking clerk. Under some formula, it had to charge the way it was done, he said. On the bus itself, beside the entrance, it was written “Ordinary bus fare” and also “Deluxe bus fare”. The latter line had a tape over it. It was explained that sometimes, the latter mentioned fare was charged and the earlier text had the tape over it.

Whatever be the reason or the formula of fare determination, one thing is certain that the difference between the ordinary and deluxe buses is gradually disappearing. While the former are improving, the latter are deteriorating in quality of service. The seats are less comfortable, the leg space is cramped, the windowpanes rattle, the video sets do not work or are erratic, etc. as far as the deluxe buses are concerned. It is a pity for they were once the pride of Haryana Roadways.

Prem Kumar



‘HVP would form the next government
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, March 10
Mr Surender Singh, former MP and Secretary-general, Haryana Vikas Party (HVP), has said today that the recent by-election at Yamunanagar proved that the HVP would form the next government in the state. Talking to the mediapersons here, the HVP leader alleged that the official machinery was grossly misused to gain victory by the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) at Yamunanagar by-election. Moreover, he said that the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala along with his two sons, MLAs, MPs and other government officials stayed at Yamunanagar for nearly one month before the election and adopted all sorts of unfair means to win the seat.

However, Mr Surender Singh said the HVP remained on second position in the by-election, which he claimed was an ‘indirect triumph’ for the party. He said the conquest of INLD candidate in the election was not a ‘political win’ but it was a victory of misuse of government machinery and funds.

He alleged that a former Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal and Mr Chautala had a secret political alliance and both the leaders had assisted each other on different occasions. Later, he addressed a state level meeting of the party workers.



Press Enclave road closed again
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, March 10
The “killer” Press Enclave road that witnessed two deaths in separate accidents earlier this year has been closed to traffic yet again for repairs after it was opened last week. For almost two years, one side of the road was blocked because of the “lack of coordination” between various governmental agencies. The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) had dug up the road to fix underground sewers. After the work was completed, the road remained dug up because the DJB refused to accept the responsibility of covering the trench on the road. They said it was the responsibility of the Public Works Department (PWD). While the controversy was on, two major accidents took place on the road in which two people – one school kid and a company executive – were killed.

“Though the trench was covered in two weeks of the accidents, proper repairs were not done. Yet, the road was opened to vehicular traffic, which was plying only on one side. The road was strewn with mud and stones, which was clearly visible, as the road was full of potholes and stones jutting out of it,” a motorist said. The news spread fast in the nearby areas that one side of the road had been closed to traffic again. Most residents seemed confused when they said, “How long does it take to lay tar on the road? Why couldn’t the authorities just finish the work and then open the road to traffic?” When the PWD refused to complete the unfinished job of the DJB, sources said, the Jal Board opened the road without completing the work on it.


Twenty-two students booked for copying
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 10
As many as 22 students were booked for copying and using unfair means in the maths paper of the ongoing board examinations of matriculation in the district on Saturday.

The majority of the accused had brought answer slips along with them while the outside interference was reported to be less due to strict supervision. Over 50 students have been booked by Education Board for using unfair means in the papers held so far. According to board sources, two youths were also arrested for appearing illegally against two candidates in the town on Saturday. They were identified as Pravesh of Dabua colony and Sudhir of Maroti village. The youths had been appearing for Amit (Roll No. 545324) and Puryesh (Roll No. 361489) in the maths paper. The paper was held on 80 examination centres and 18 flying squads, including one, led by the SDM, had been deputed to check copying.

Security goof-up

Panic was created near the bus stand here on Saturday, when a security guard of the Deputy Commissioner acted in a hurry and caught three persons going on a motorcycle carrying with them the plastic pistols for their children.

According to a report, on seeing the plastic pistols, the Deputy Commissioner was surprised and reportedly snubbed the security guard for the mistake. Three persons were identified as Rajvinder, Hirender and Rajinder - all were employees of the Income Tax Department at Delhi. They had purchased these plastic pistols for their children.

Constable hurt

Two persons including a police constable were injured when they were hit by a speedy motorcycle on the Sonepat-murthal road near Rewli village about six km from here on Saturday.

According to a report, the injured persons were identified as Mr Azad Singh, a police constable and Mr Ravinder of Mohalla Mashad in the city. Both the injured persons were immediately hospitalised and they were stated to be out of danger.

The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress.

According to another report, a youth travelling in an overcrowded bus fell down and sustained serious injuries on the Old DC road here on Saturday.

The youth was immediately rushed to the local civil hospital where from he was shifted to the PGI Rohtak for further treatment. The police have registered a case for investigations.

Body recovered

The Murthal police recovered the body of a youth Daya Nand, lying in a field at Mehndipur village about 10 km from here on Saturday and sent it for the post-mortem.

According to a report he has gone to the field for irrigating the land. A case has been registered in this connection. Further investigations were in progress.

Polio camp

Dr K C Bangar, Chairman of the Haryana Public Service Commission, inaugurated a three-day free polio corrective surgery camp, organised jointly by the District Red Cross Society, the Jain Milan and the Bhagwan Mahavira Handicapped Aid Samiti, on the premises of the Shiva Hospital in the Dev Nagar area of the city on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion, he lauded the missionary zeal of the samiti and said that it has shown a way to the society how to help the handicapped persons and provide relief to the suffering and disabled human being.

He also appealed to the social and voluntary organisations to come forward and help in this noble task.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S. N Roy, disclosed that there were 15,000 to 20,000 handicapped persons in this district and they would be provided the foot-limb and callipers by the Samiti.

Mr H. C Jain, General Manager of the Haryana Roadways and the convenor of the samiti gave the details of the it’s programme for giving relief to the handicapped persons and said that this was the third camp organised by the samiti in the city.

The samiti, he said, was providing foot limbs and callipers free of cost to the handicapped persons during the camp.



Robbery case solved, property recovered
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 10
With the arrest of four persons, the Delhi Police today claimed to have worked out a robbery case that took place on Friday in North district. The robbed property has also been recovered.

The suspects were identified as Rajeev Dass alias Raju, Narain Chaupal, Jai Narain and Mohan Lal Chaupal. Raju was a domestic servant of the victim, Geeta Narula. Raju was employed only a week ago and the house owner did not consider it worth to get his antecedents verified by the police.

The victim Geeta Narula was alone in the house in Mukherjee Nagar on Friday when the incident occurred. At around 11.30 am, the accomplices of the servant came to meet him. They entered in the bedroom of the victim where she was busy with her six months old daughter. Two of them wiped out knives and asked to hand over whatever she had in her house. She tried to shout for help but she was forced to keep mum. The servant also joined with the intruders in searching cash and jewellery. They looted cash Rs 10,000, jewellery metal coins, walk-man and escaped through the front gate, police said.

During the investigation the suspects disclosed that Raju made himself planning for robbery. All the suspects belonged to Bihar. They had planned to go back to their homeland to celebrate Shivratri after robbing the landlady, the police said.



Youth shot dead 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 10
A person was shot dead by some unidentified persons at his house in Jawahar Colony here last night. The assailants fled away after the crime.

The victim Karamveer (30) was having dinner when some persons entered his house and fired at him with a gun. The youth died on the spot. The reason behind the murder is not known. The police have registered a case.

In another incident, Rambir of Rahladpur village was attacked with a knife by a youth. The victim was seriously injured and referred to Safdurgjung Hospital in Delhi. An old enmity is stated to be the cause behind the attack.


Tiger Fair offers a kaleidoscope of events
Tribune News Service

Sawai Madhopur, March 10
The district administration of Sawai Madhopur recently hosted the Industrial and Tourism Tiger Fair. Organised for the first time three years back, the fair has grown in popularity to become a regular feature on the tourism calendar of Sawai Madhopur and Rajasthan. Held in mid-February, the fair plays host to scores of visitors from home and abroad.

The district collector of Sawai Madhopur, Mr Alok, said that the thought of hosting the fair had come up because of the “imperative” of making people aware of the importance of the tiger and forest and to encourage their participation in the upkeep of the habitat. He said that the fair had started on a positive note and grown along the way in terms of response from the local populace as well as appeal among tourists. And his optimism is not entirely misplaced. Sawai Madhopur, the sleepy little town nestled among the Aravalli and the Vindhya mountain ranges, comes alive in February. It becomes chock-a-block with visitors during the week-long fair. And it’s showing off too, in the comparative figures collated by the Rajasthan Tourism. While the number of tourists has risen from 8,869 in 2000 to 10,034 last year, that of visitors from different states also has registered an increase from 89,391 in 2000 to 90,598 last year. For the duration of five days, the fair plays host to cultural shows complete with Rajasthani flavour – folk dance, camel race, sport events and the works. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) also chipped in with contributions to make the fair a success. One such NGO, the Heritage Society, is actively pursuing the goal of preserving the heritage monuments and the tiger. “In our interactions with the local populace, we impress upon them the need for protecting the forest and the tiger. They do realise that tourism offers them their livelihood but what we tell them is that they remain if the habitat remains,” says Mr Kailash, the chairman of Heritage Society.

Complementing these efforts is the World Bank-sponsored eco-development plan. According to Mr G. Vishwanath Reddy of the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, the main activities undertaken by the project relate to pasture development, animal husbandry, watershed development, non-conventional sources of energy – particularly bio-gas fodder development – horticulture on private land. “It aims to reduce dependence of the local people on forest resources and develop substitute methods of meeting their biomass and income needs,” Mr Reddy said.

In the last two months, 8,000 cooking gas connections have been provided to 30-odd villages adjoining the sanctuary by investing about Rs 1.2 crore. “By this, we have reduced per capita fuel consumption by a little less than a kilogram,” Mr Reddy noted. It also attempts to increasingly involve local communities in the management of the tiger reserve and its surroundings. Mr Reddy said that they would keep a vigil on poachers for a year. Besides, a series of training programmes for the forest staff were being taken.



Bahadurgarh pottery industry facing bleak future

Jhajjar, March 10
The pottery industry, once an established and flourishing industry that brought Bahadurgarh on the industrial map, has become a victim of the callous attitude of the governments and adverse circumstances arising all of a sudden. The industry had been providing employment to more than 9,000 people in the town during its heyday.

According to the sources, around 60 large and small-scale units were operating in the town till the late eighties, manufacturing different kinds of pots, cups, plates, dishes and sanitary ware made of baked clay. These units had been suffering from a lack of basic necessities like water, power and raw material. It became more vulnerable with the arrival of crockery made of steel and melamine in the market. Moreover, inspector raj and procedural complexities made this industry impossible to survive, which needed governmental patronage and a bailout package for its survival.

The roots of this manufacturing enterprise started laying here around second half of 1960’s when three units — Sunrise, Hindustan and Penguin ceramics set up their units here. The annual turnover of Penguin ceramics reportedly touched Rs 20 lakh in its peak times. This industry started consolidating and reached the pinnacle of its business around 1980, when besides more than 30 big factories, an equal number of small-scale units were running here.

Mr Narendra Sharma, owner of Penguin ceramics, recalled that apart from Somani and Hindustan Sanitary ware, which have gained ISO 9002 trademark, there were many established units in the name of Simco, Friends, Prabhat, Sachdeva, Varun Sarnam, Mahavir, Suraj potteries etc. He said that not fewer than 9,000 people were working in these units manufacturing crockery and sanitary ware.

“But things started changing for the contrary after 1984 and the industry had to face tumultuous situation which now has come to such a pass that apart from Somani and H S I, which are big industrial houses, only three other pottery units are running here now,” concluded Mr Sharma. Giving the reasons of such a turnaround, he stated that first and foremost was unaffordable freight charges and higher coal prices after nationalisation of coalmines. As a result, traders and wholesalers failed to turn up to the manufacturers as the business gave them nominal margin in terms of profit in the market. The demand for pottery also went down because of competitive stuff made of steel and melamine and the beginning of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.

In such a scenario, Mr Sharma said, it was difficult for the industry to carry on which was already in tatters, for the lack of adequate water, electricity and raw material. Mr Subhash Arora, an office-bearer of the Bahadurgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, advocated the waiving of complexities like ST form- 38, 16 per cent central tax and a cut in the excise and sales taxes.

Stating that such industries could not survive without government protection, he demanded similar facilities as being provided by the ‘Central Glass and Pottery Research Institute in Khurja, here also.



A detergent that helps wash even the 
toughest stains

Vanessa Herbals has launched Snowhite Ultra matic detergent in the premium segment for machine washing. With its low lather formulation, it allows the clothes to tumble freely, and the power of enzyme and active oxygen helps in pulling out even the toughest stains.

Snowhite Ultra matic cleans your clothes gleaming bright, giving them fresh new look wash after wash.

Vanessa Herbals also has Snowhite ultra, which is meant for hand wash and washing machines.

Put one spoon of detergent for full washing load. And, for best results use warm water.

Shoe time

Nike Timeware has unveiled for this season two hot models – Cover and Reveal. Engineered to meet the needs of fitness enthusiasts, these watches offer quick readability with digital precision and timing accuracy to 100th of a second.

The models also offer simultaneous running display of two time zones, one touch back lighting and a stainless steel bezel for impact resistant durability.

The covert additionally features a visor to protect the mineral glass lens and help reduce outdoor glare. The watches also stand distinct in the use of a pre-curved polyurethane strap offering superior fit and greater durability than the conventionally used PVC straps.

All-steel range

Maxima Quartz watches provide solutions to the needs of both segments – the majority of Indian consumers who still look at a watch as a utility product as well as those who perceive it as a fashion accessory.

Maxima, keeping the current market trend and its fashion conscious customers in mind have further expanded their metal range. An all-steel range is being introduced in the metal watch segment – Maxima metal collection comes in both gold with one-year guarantee on gold plating and white steel.

Over 250 models are introduced every year. This year too the plastic range has new exciting value additions to the current product mix. Maxima’s three sub brands – aqua, scuba and gold cater to individual with different preferences as well as the individual who wishes to have a watch for different occasions and different moods.

Men’s perfumes

Recto-Verso is the evident and enigmatic name chosen by Ulric de Varens for his new line of perfumes for men, a line clearly expressing the duality inherent in all of us. This simple and contrasting name evokes all temperatures.

The company has launched three distinct fragrances to adapt to a man’s desires, passions and characteristic. A perfume for adventure, Blue Atoll, a feeling of freshness stays on memory even after the voyage of the blue lagoon.

Masculine style sensitivity, absolute musk, the fragrance opening with a whiff of herbaceous freshness while the delicate floralcy of lily of the valley harmonises with the tasty milky aroma of sandalwood sprinkled with coriander and cardamom endowing the fragrance with fantasy.

For spic virility, tea tobacco, an exhilarating and sparkling freshness conveyed by citrus fruits and clary sage, which put into light the smoky scent of black tea somewhat tempered with floral and enlivened with fusing spices while amber rounds off a virile base of cedarwood and snuff.

Feminine touch

Citizen has introduced a new ladies dress watches range. This delicately feminine collection has been especially designed for the Indian woman who leans towards ornamental elegance, especially with formal clothing.

Flowing curved lines dominate the bracelets and the crowns are jewelled. With this, Citizen offers a wide spectrum of options for the Indian woman in addition to the quartz range – the high technology, eco-friendly look of the eco-drive, the sophistication of the femme collection.

Nutritious milk

Param Milk, the name itself is a mark of genuineness. Most of the milk polypacks contain preservatives, but Param Milk is pure and fresh with natural taste having all the essential nutrients in it.

The company has also maintained the composition as fat 6.2 per cent and SNF 9.5 per cent, which other companies rarely consider.

To maintain natural taste, it undergoes a large number of stringent quality checks, to ensure to get hygienic milk of the highest quality. The company is offering 25 per cent extra milk without any compromise in quality and at the same price.

The milk with consistent quality and thickness reminds you of mother’s love and ensure you of having the taste of mother’s milk.


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