Monday, April 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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2,500 houses razed for golf course
‘Encroacher’ sets himself ablaze in protest, succumbs in hospital
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 31
In one of the biggest demolitions in recent times, the District Administration razed on Sunday about 2,500 houses and other constructions in Rahul Colony here. One person even attempted self-immolation in protest against the demolition. Later, he succumbed to his injuries in the Safdurjung hospital, where he was admitted in a critical state.

The administration had claimed that the colony was illegal and had come up on the land of the Tourism Department. Now, there is a proposal to build a 15-acre golf course here. The site is located in the NH-3 area of the NIT zone.

The colony had about 3,000 to 3,500 houses of which several were about 25 to 30 years old, claimed a resident. He disclosed that the majority of residents had proper ration and identity cards. He estimated that about 6,000 persons, including women and small children, had become homeless following the demolition.

A youth identified as Manoj (32), who ran a shop in the colony, was critically burnt in mysterious circumstances. While the Police and the Administration officials – who were supervising thee demolition – claimed that the victim climbed on thee roof of a house with a kerosene can and set himself afire, some bystanders alleged that the youth was set ablaze by the policemen, after he refused to budge from the demolition site. The police officials have denied the charge. The youth sustained 90 per cent burns and was admitted in the Safdurjung hospital in New Delhi. The district administration has now announced an ex gratia grant of Rs 21,000 for the deceased. The District Authorities claimed that the land valued at about Rs 15 crore belonged to the Tourism Department. The authorities disclosed that 75 percent of the encroached land was recovered today and the rest would soon be set free. The authorities admitted that the colony had about 3000 houses and a large number of people had been affected by the demolition, but said that the anti-encroachment drive would continue. The police had to disperse several residents of the colony who had assembled at B K Chowk to protest against the demolition. The authorities had demolished about 1,000 jhuggis and kutcha houses in Ambedkar Nagar here (Sector-25) last Sunday.

The demolition, the second in a week, has caused considerable tension in this industrial city. While so far the police and other law enforcement authorities have managed to keep the crowd at bay, senior police officers said that they had reports that the affected families were planning protest demonstrations.

Senior administration officers said that police pickets had been posted in most of the sensitive areas and patrolling had been intensified.

3 children missing

Three minor children have gone missing in Faridabad in the last four days. According to reports, two 15-year-old students have been missing from their houses in Sector 16 here. The children, it is learnt, had gone to a nearby park. When they failed to return, a complaint was lodged with the police. The cycle of one of the boys was recovered later.

In another incident, a six-year-old boy went missing in Badrola village on Saturday. His father, Ranjit, suspects that it is a case of kidnapping.



Murder or suicide: wheels within wheels
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 31
Even two weeks after Natasha Singh, the estranged 31-year-old daughter-in-law of Congress leader, K. Natwar Singh, was found dead in mysterious circumstances on the first floor terrace garden of the Hyatt Regency hotel here, the police are not sure whether it was a case of suicide or murder.

This, despite the fact that senior police officers, including the police commissioner Ajai Raj Sharma, had indicated a few days after the second post-mortem that it appeared to be a suicide and a clear picture would emerge in “two to three days”.

With the South West District Police failing to draw any definite conclusions, the investigation into the death was handed over to the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police. Prior to this, such was the interest and intrigue, that two post-mortems were conducted on the body, which was found with multiple injuries in the early hours of the morning on March 17.

Sources close to the investigators indicated that the reluctance of the police to come to a definite conclusion stemmed from the fact that the experts consulted by the investigating officers were divided in their opinion on whether a person, who had consumed a large number of sedatives and topped it with a large amount of alcohol, was capable of climbing the ledge near the air-conditioning unit on the top floor of the hotel.

Natasha is believed to have either jumped or was pushed from the ledge to her death. “The report of the viscera, which has been sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), could provide an answer to this”, a senior police officer claimed.

Also, the investigators have so far been unable to ascertain whether Natasha went to the hotel late on Saturday night on impulse or was summoned by someone. An examination of the transcripts of phone calls received by her has not helped in unravelling the mystery.

The police, meanwhile, claimed that they had talked to a large number of hotel employees and guests, to ascertain her state of mind prior to her death. “Once we are certain of these two details, we would be able to conclude whether it was a suicide or murder”, the officer claimed.

Then, there is the mystery shrouding the mobile found intact in Natasha’s handbag. It apparently survived the fall from the ledge. Also, it is a trifle surprising that the bag did not get disentangled mid-air and remained draped around her shoulder.



CAG greets new corporators with dismal findings
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 31
Stunned by the spurt in unauthorised constructions, the flaying of demolition orders, the heap of uncollected garbage in the streets and the ever-increasing staff strength and expenditure, the Comptroller and Auditor General, in its latest report, has called for a comprehensive review of the functioning of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

The report, tabled in the Delhi Assembly, would give an idea of the state of affairs in the civic body to the new corporators. The body is due to elect its new woman Mayor on Monday. Attacking the MCD for renouncing its duties while enforcing building regulations and maintaining sanitary conditions in the national Capital, the CAG said the Building Department of the MCD had failed to contain the growth of unauthorised constructions.

Such constructions increased five-fold in the period 1996-2000 (base year 1995) in six zones checked by the CAG. In its report for the year ended March 2001, the CAG said in 68 to 93 per cent of unauthorised constructions, ordered to be demolished during 1995-2000, the officers concerned did not raze the unauthorised structures.

The unauthorised constructions ordered to be sealed by the competent authority were not sealed in more than 50 per cent cases, the report said, adding that inadequate action against unauthorised construction resulted in payment of infructuous wages of Rs 31 lakh per annum to 64 additional daily wagers engaged for demolition action.

Stressing the need for MCD to urgently review its garbage removal and sanitation management in an integrated manner, to ensure more effective and efficient utilisation of available resources, the Audit review revealed that it failed to perform these functions efficiently despite having surplus safai karamcharis. “The cleaning and removal of garbage is far from satisfactory as revealed from the inspection reports of the officers of the MCD and the feedback from resident association,” the CAG said. MCD takes two to 15 days to attend to the complaints regarding garbage removal, it said.

The working of the corporation left much to be desired, even though the expenditure on these services increased by more than 100 per cent over five years, it said, adding that the deficient purchase and maintenance system resulted in procurement of tipper trucks of incorrect specifications. The idling of trucks and bulldozers consequently also caused monetary loss.

The MCD incurred avoidable expenditure of Rs 12.67 crore on hiring of trucks for removing garbage, though its own fleet was operational and sufficient, the CAG said.



Woman alleges gang rape in police station
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, March 31
A woman in Dasna town has alleged that a sub-inspector and a constable posted in Babugarh Cantt police station had held her captive and gang raped her in the police station premises.

When she went to the hospital the doctors on duty refused to examine her. She has now, in her complaint to the DM, asked for action against the guilty police officials.

The woman happens to be the wife of a blind man who lives in ward no. 1 of Dasna town.

She has alleged that on March 18 Babugarh Police had come to her house and forcibly took her away in a jeep.

An SI and a constable had quizzed her about the whereabouts of her son Kishan. When she failed to give satisfactory answers, she was allegedly beaten up and later gang-raped by the police officials in the police station; later, she was dropped near her house.

The police also threatened that if she reported the incident, her entire family would be wiped out. Rani Nafisa Pasha, the district Congress chief, took her to the DM’s office and lodged a written complaint.

Later, in the women’s district hospital, when she accused the police officials of having gang-raped her, the doctors informed the kotwali police. A police inspector visited the hospital and made inquiries from the woman and her blind husband. The doctors, it is reported, refused to medically examine the victim in the absence of the police officials.

According to SSP Ghaziabad, Mr Prashant Kumar, the rape charge does not appear to be logical. However, Circle Officer, Hapur, I.C. Sharma, has been asked to inquire into the matter.

A few days ago a woman was murdered in village Kucheser Chopala under Babugarh police station. The police were looking for the blind man’s son in this connection, the SSP disclosed.



Gaping holes in MDU accounts
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, March 31
The accounts of the Maharshi Dayanand University are in a mess. The annual audit report of the university for the year ending March 2001 has revealed that the general cash book of the university for the period November 1993 to March 1997 has not been reconciled as yet despite repeated reminders from time to time.

The annual audit report was placed before the university court in its meeting held on March 26 but consideration of the report was postponed without assigning any reason. The Haryana Governor and Chancellor of the university, Babu Parmanand, had presided over the court meeting.

The audit report has time and again warned the university administration that “in the absence of reconciliation of the cash book with accounts, there is every possibility of bogus credits and fraudulent debits in the banks and cash accounts”.

The report points out that 30154 candidates enrolled in B. Ed (CC) during 1988-89 and the fee recoverable from these candidates worked out to Rs6,67,91,110. But as per income register and cash book, only Rs 6,08,90,836.50 was recovered. Thus, there was a shortfall of Rs 59,00,273.50 .

As per the report, advances worth Rs 18958296 have been shown adjusted as on March 31, 2001. These include an advance of Rs 34,59,633 against university officials and departments and Rs 41,79,511 against the Engineering cell. This figure might have gone up during the year ending March 31.

The audit report has not commented on the accounts of various heads of departments and institutions. The report has also made no observations on the man-power audit in the light of the implementation of the revised teaching work load.

The audit report says that the university administration is not taking the audit objections seriously. “ The disposal of audit objections was not satisfactory. Provisional payments were yet to be adjusted Huge amounts of temporary advances were outstanding. Likely cases of misappropriation of stores, short recovery of revenue and infructuous expenditure were noticed. The university main cash book and other mini cash books were not reconciled”, the report pointed out.

The audit report further revealed that during the physical verification of stores for the year 1999-2000 by the Estate Officer, various items like cycles, tables, chairs, steel cots, colours television, steel almirah, ceiling fans, teleprinter, air-conditioners with stabilisers, carpets, steel and other utencils and so many other costly items worth lakhs of rupees were found less.

The report said that the matter needs to be investigated and the cost of the missing goods recovered from the defaulters.



Insect-infested water raises CM’s hackles
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 31
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, took a serious note of the supply of contaminated water to the PWD (B&R) rest house here. The water was muddy and contained insects.

He summoned the authorities of the Public Health Department immediately after his arrival on Saturday. However, none of the officials could be located by the personal staff of the Chief Minister. It is only in the morning today that the executive engineer and other subordinate officials reached the rest house. They were ordered to inquire into the supply. The Chief Minister is reported to have sought the names of the Xen, the SDO and the junior engineer for taking action against them.



Chautala reaffirms pro-farmer policies
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 31
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, said that the leaders of the Opposition parties were misleading the people by levelling baseless charges against his government. Addressing a party workers’ meeting here today, he declared that his government was committed to improving the lot of the people, particularly the farmers and the downtrodden in the state. Farmers would get adequate remunerative price for their produce. He asked the party workers to visit the grain markets in their areas during the procurement season and ensure that every grain of wheat brought by the farmers to the markets was lifted by the procurement agencies.

He claimed that there was sufficient storage capacity and if need be, more godowns would be built. Referring to the communal disturbances in various parts of the country, Mr Chautala claimed that there was a complete communal harmony among the people in the state and every effort would be made to maintain it at all costs. He, however, warned that any attempt to create disharmony among the different communities would be dealt with a strong hand. He claimed that he had translated the dream of Chaudhary Devi Lal and made every effort to take the state on the road of progress.

He said that on account of his pro-people policies, the party candidate had won the Yamunanagar assembly by-election and it was a clear proof that his policies had been endorsed by not only the rural people but by the people of urban areas also. The Chief Minister said that the incidents of migration of the rural people to the urban areas had come down considerably as all the basic amenities like drinking water, power, medical facilities and education had been provided in the villages. He said that during the last two and a half years, as many as 37 big and 3,000 medium and small scale industries had been set up in the state and the state government had earned additional revenue of crores of rupees.

He also said that the market fee had been reduced and the tax structure simplified. There was no harassment of the traders or the industrialists by the government agencies. He claimed that the recruitments for the government jobs were being made on merit basis and there was no interference from any quarter in the recruitments.

Mr Chautala said that his party believed in secularism and criticised the Congress for dividing the people on caste lines. He said that on the death anniversary of Chaudhary Devi Lal on April 6, prayers meeting and blood donation camps would be held all over state.

He asked the party workers to take part in these programmes and make them success. Referring to the construction of SYL canal in the Punjab territory, Mr Chautala said that every effort would be made to get it completed in accordance with the verdict of the Supreme Court. He also said that his government was struggling hard to tide over the power crisis in the state. He said that there was no alternative to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, and he hoped that on account of the assurance given by the Prime Minister, POTO would not be misused.



Farmers seek higher MSP for wheat
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 31
Delay in the announcement of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the wheat and rabi crops have left the farmers worried. Some of the farmers and political leaders have criticised the delay and demanded a higher rate this year.

A spokesman of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) said that the NDA government and its allies had put the farmers interest on backburner and the delay had been the part of ‘anti-farmer’ policy of the government.

He said although the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, claimed to have written to the Prime Minister for a higher MSP, the government seemed to be least concerned.

Claiming that agriculture had become a loss-making enterprise for the small farmers, he said that the costs of inputs and especially prices of fertilisers had gone up several times in the past few years, the decision about the rate at which one farmer would sell in Mandi was taken by the senior officials in the government. The chief of Janata Dal (United), Haryana wing, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, also condemned the delay in the announcement of wheat MSP. In a statement here today, Mr Vidrohi said that the delay had been surprising amidst the fact that partners in the NDA government including JD, Samata Party, Lok Janshakti, INLD and Akali Dal (Badal) claim to be farmer-friendly.

He asked leaders of these parties to build up pressure on the Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister to announce a proper rate immediately as the harvesting of some of the crops had already started.

He also asked the government agencies and authorities concerned to ensure the purchase of all the rabi items brought in the mandis, especially mustard and jowar grown extensively in southern Haryana. Mr Karan Singh Dalal, MLA from Palwal constituency and rural (district) unit leaders of Congress party have also demanded a MSP of over Rs 700 for wheat.



CM, Raveena to take part in ‘Run for Cancer’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 31
In a move to spread awareness about the dread disease, the first ever “Run for Cancer” is being organised on April 6, which several leading personalities from different fields would come together to take part in the event.

Among those to take part in the run from the historic India Gate include cine actress Raveena Tandon, danseuse Shovana Narayan, cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

The celebrities including film star Jackie Shroff would also express their solidarity with the cause by forming a human chain at the venue along with over a thousand school children, cancer survivors and other common citizens, its organisers said, adding the theme of the event is ‘The best way to manage cancer is to conquer its fear.’

The run is being organised by Delhi-based health organisation, Health Ventures India, along with Indian Cooperative Oncology Network, Cancer Sahyog and Safe Blood Organisation as a prelude to ‘Cancer Mystique 2002’, claimed to be the biggest and most comprehensive cancer awareness event in North India.

To be organised from April 20, the two-day ‘Cancer Mystique 2002’ at the Banarasidas Chandiwala Estate in Kalkaji, South Delhi, is “aimed at educating the people about various facets of cancer, its causes, prevention and medication.”

Sheila turns 64

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit turned 64 on Sunday. Cabinet ministers, legislators and newly elected councillors called on her at her residence and wished her. Ms Dikshit cut a cake weighing 64 kg to celebrate the occasion.

Ms Dikshit has been heading the Congress government in Delhi since the landslide win in the 1998 Assembly elections; the party has just got a massive mandate in the MCD elections.

Ms Dikshit took over as the chief minister of the Government of NCT of Delhi on December 3, 1998.

She is the second woman chief minister of Delhi. She represents Gole Market constituency in the Assembly.



HVP only option: Bansi Lal
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 31
The former Chief Minister of Haryana and the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) supremo, Mr Bansi Lal, has claimed that his party has emerged as a single political alternative to the ‘misrule’ of the Chautala government in Haryana.

Speaking at a Public meeting, organised at Sector-12 ground here today, Mr Bansi Lal said that the present government had been riding safely due to divided opposition but the HVP had started regaining its lost ground and the masses had started looking up to his party to provide relief from the ‘misrule’ of present government. He said that the HVP would fight the next assembly elections alone and would not enter into any alliance with any other party. He admitted that alliance with the BJP in 1996 had been the biggest mistake and it would not be repeated. He charged the state government of ignoring the interest of farmers and not taking up the issue of SYL construction seriously. Claiming that a large number of development works including setting up of power generation plants had taken place during his regime as chief minister, but said that Mr Chautala had been trying to give all the credit to his father Ch Devi Lal. Mr Bansi Lal said that installation of statues of Devi Lal at every possible place was wrong and causing resentment among people. Mr Bansi Lal’s son, Surender Singh declared that he would contest the next election against the sons of Mr Chautala from any place .



Panipat reeks of filth dumped by dairies
Our Correspondent

Panipat, March 31
Municipality is the oldest institution of local democracy in which the powers vest with the people who exercise them through their directly elected representatives from the municipal wards. After the commencement of the 74th Constitutional (amendment) Act 1994, the municipalities have been assigned a large number of functions and responsibilities. Sanitation improvement is one of the main responsibilities of the municipality.

“Milk dairies located within the populated areas of Panipat town are a big nuisance, affecting the sanitation in the town. Existing dairies are around 200 and are situated in the interior of the town which is quite congested,” this was stated by Sanjay Bhatia, president of Municipal Council Panipat in an interview with the ‘NCR Tribune’ on Saturday.

Mr Bhatia said that these dairies were health hazard and spread diseases besides causing insanitary conditions and pollution. The dairies caused a lot of inconvenience to the residents of nearby localities due to the unrestricted movement of cattle in streets, he added.

He said that the dairies discharged cowdung and filth into drains and sewer which often got choked. In fact, some of the underground sewers in the town had been completely blocked. This problem worsened in rainy season. Talking about beautification drive in Panipat, Mr Bhatia said that a remedial measure had been proposed by the Panipat Municipal Council. A plan was prepared to keep the town clean, green and healthy under which all dairies were to be shifted outside the town. The plan would be beneficial to the dairy owners also as it would have the concentration of units at one place where the infrastructure for further development could be easily created. Provision of suitable habitat to the cattle would also indirectly help their owners, said the president of the Municipal Council.

Meanwhile, the Executive officer (EO) of Municipal Council Panipat, Mr Shiv Kumar Vats said that as per survey conducted by the Council, there were 197 dairies within the municipal limit. Of which 181 dairies with 5 to 15 cattle category were of 250 square yards, 12 dairies with 15 to 25 cattle category were in 350 square yards and four dairies with more than 25 cattle category were in 500 square yards plots.

Mr Vats confirmed that the site selection committee had been constituted under the charge of Deputy Commissioner along with District Town Planner, District Revenue Officer and president of Municipal Council to monitor the implementation of the scheme.

He said that the Committee had identified the land for shifting the dairies in Binjhol and Khotpura. The land belonged to the panchayats. Project had been prepared to shift the dairies located on the western side of G.T. Road, Mr Vats added.

The EO confirmed that Khotpura land had been identified and case forwarded to the Director Panchayat for the transfer of land to Municipal Council, Panipat. Both the lands, Binjhol and Khotpura, required for dairy development were inspected by the Site Selection Committee on February 20 and 21.

The proposed land of Binjhol is two km from Panipat on Panipat-Jatal Road and was used for mining for the last 30 years. The Binjhol Gram Panchayat has given the land for five years on lease and was developed with two submersible pumps and building for cultivation.

Regarding the civic amenities to be provided to the dairy owners, the Executive Officer said that in the layout plan, provision has been made for 30 feet wide main road, 20 feet wide side roads, dry feed store, gobar gas plant and pond with open area all around has also been provided at each site. It is also proposed to provide metalled roads, surface drains, piped water supply with independent tubewell, street lighting and proper sanitation facilities, he added. The EO further said that this project had been drawn up by the Central Government under its NCR development programme.

But the cost had not been estimated so far as the collectorate rate of land at Binjhol and Khotpura was around Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh per acre and the gram panchayats were interested to have the market rates, Mr Vats added. The cost of the project for shifting of dairies from the urban areas was estimated to be more than Rs 8 crore and 25 per cent land cost of the plot would be recovered as an advance from the dairy owners before the allotment and the balance in five equal half yearly instalments, he added.

Mr Vats also clarified that the scheme would be implemented through the local bodies and the funds would be arranged by the Haryana Slum Clearance Board which was proposed to be declared the Nodal Agency with a provision of 10 per cent in the estimates to meet administrative, supervision and training charges.



About 2,000 Rohtak phones in coma
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, March 31
Nearly 2,000 telephone connections in the town have been out of order since Saturday. Reason: The carelessness on the part of safai karamcharis who overdid the things during cleanliness and beautification drive launched by the official machinery in view of the proposed Chief Minister’s visit today.

According to the information, the telephone subscribers who fell victim to laxity of the government employees, mainly belong to Sector 14,Tilak Nagar, Kamla Nagar and power house area. It is learnt that a team of ‘enthusiastic’ employees started a cleanliness drive near the venue of the Cheif Minister’s visit. Some of them dug a deep pit probably for erecting a pole.

However, they left the exercise when they noticed a primary telephone cable burried underground. They left the pit as it is and dug the ground at a nearby place. After some time, the safai karamcharis collected the litter, filled it in the pit and set it ablaze. This negligent activity damaged the telephone cable severely. As a result, nearly 2,000 telephone connections went out of order causing acute hardship to the subscribers.

The employees of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have been engaged in rectifying the fault since Saturday. They said the task could be completed not before than Tuesday if they continued it even during the night.



6,000-line exchange commissioned in Rewari
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, March 31
Dr Sudha Yadav, MP, accompanied by Mr G. Jethwani, Chief General Manager of Haryana Telecom Circle of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), commissioned the 6000 lines CDOT Max-XL Exchange near the Narnaul Chowk here on Saturday.

Earlier, Mr Jethwani laid the foundation stone of the Telecom District Manager’s Administrative Complex near the Civil Hospital here, which would be constructed at a cost of Rs 65 lakh and would be ready by June, 2003.

At a function held at the Yadav Samaroh Sthal here, Rao Man Singh, Member of the Rajya Sabha, along with Dr Sudha Yadav, released the District’s Telephone Directory - 2001.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief General Manager Mr Jethwani said that the subscribers in the urban areas of Rewari, Narnaul and Mahendragarh would now soon be able to receive a telephone connection on demand. Similarly, this facility would also be made available to subscribers in the rural areas of Bawal, Jatusana and Kosli by the end of March, 2003, he added.

He further informed that the BSNL would release 68000 cellular phone connections throughout Haryana in the next twelve months. Out of these, three thousand such connections would be for Rewari city.

Complimenting the Telecom Staff for rapid provision of the modern telecom facilities in the Rewari region Dr Yadav said that it was a matter of pride that the Rewari region, which was virtually a backward region in various other spheres of development, was enjoying fruits of advance in the telecom technology.

Simultaneously, she urged Mr Ravi Goel, Telecom District Manager, Rewari, to increase the frequency of the Telecom Lok Adalats for expeditious redressal of genuine grievances of the Telephone subscribers.

On the occasion various officials of Rewari, Narnaul, Mahendragarh and other telephone exchanges of the district were also awarded mementoes, cash prizes and citation certificates for their distinguished work done under the stewardship of the TDM Mr Ravi Goel.



A shoppers’ stop in a historical town 
Our Correspondent

Panipat, March 31
The Municipal Council Panipat has planned to develop shopping complexes in the town to generate its sources of income which became quite low after the abolition of octroi duty. The Executive Officer, Mr Shiv Kumar Vats, told the mediapersons that to begin with the Municipal council had developed two complexes in Model Town and Court Road complex near Head Post Office, comprising 70 shops and four big halls.

Construction of these double-storey complexes will be completed soon as the construction of ground floor shops had already been completed and first floor work was being completed speedily, he said. He said that as many as 13 shops in Model Town complex were put to auction on Saturday which fetched an amount of Rs 39 lakh as deposit with the Council. Besides this income of Rs. 39 lakh, the Council will continue to get about Rs 75,000 a month as rent of these shops.

When asked about the allegations that the Municipal Council had not given possession to the tenants despite receiving Rs 33 lakh as deposit for 11 shops in the same complex during October last year, the EO said it happened as the construction of 1st floor had been continuing. Besides, there was leakage of water in the ground floor shops. The possession would be given immediately after the completion of first floor shops, he clarified.


Insurance scheme for Vaish Secondary School students
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, March 31
In a unique initiative, Vaish Senior Secondary School here has introduced an insurance scheme for its students.

Announcing the annual results in the school premises today Mr Vinay Arya, Manager of the School, said that the insurance scheme would be implemented with effect from next academic session. He declared that education would be imparted free of cost to the students of third, fourth and fifth classes. Besides, he said the students scoring above 75 per cent marks or those excelling in sports would also be imparted free education. Addressing to the gathering he said the school was established by father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi in February 1921 and was being run by the Vaish Education Society.

Two arrested

New Delhi
The North-East district police today arrested two youths, Anand and Joginder who reportedly stabbed to death a resident of Welcome Colony, Sanajy over a trivial matter last evening. Their third accomplice Raju is absconding.

According to police, Sanjay's brother Arun and his friends Anand and Sunil were playing snake and ladder in front of a temple in Welcome. Arun and Anand had an argument over a trivial issue and left their houses leaving the game in between. A few minutes after Anand along with his two brothers, Raju and Joginder who were armed with sticks went to Anand's house and beat him and his other family members. Sanjay received serious injuries and fell down. He was rushed to GTB hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. A case of murder has been registered in police station Welcome.

Women injured

Two women were injured at Ganaur railway station about 16 km from here on Friday. According to a report, one of them tried to get down from the running train and she fell down and injured. Another woman sustained injuries while boarding the moving train there. Both the injured women were immediately hospitalised and they were stated to be out of danger.

Massive hunt

The police have launched a massive hunt for some unidentified armed miscreants, who had fired shots on a youth, Sanjay Rana, on the Sonepat-Rathdhana road near the ITI here on Thursday evening last.

According to a report, the youth who sustained bullet injuries succumbed to his injuries later on. It is stated that the alleged assailants had come in cars and started indiscriminate firing on the youth. All the alleged assailants were masked and they chased the youth when he tried to enter a nearby shop to save himself. On hearing the sound of shots, the shopkeepers kept their shutter down in panic. According to the Police, a long-standing enmity is stated to be the main cause.

Candidate elected

Mr Prem Atrey, an INLD-sponsored candidate was declared elected as the president of the District Bar Association, Sonepat, by defeating his nearest rival Mr Jaipal Singh Machhriwala, former president of the District Bar Association, by a margin of 12 votes. According to a report, Mr Atrey secured 127 votes and Mr Machhriwala 115 votes. The third candidate Mr Ram Chander Dahiya received 46 votes.

Computers stolen

The thieves are reported to have stolen three CPU computers worth several lakhs of rupees from the Government Girls Senior Secondary School in broad day light here on Saturday.



Elusive driver arrested after dramatic chase
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 31
A recalcitrant truck driver who tried to speed away after assaulting a traffic police constable and throwing him out of the moving vehicle to avoid being challaned, was finally arrested after a dramatic 10 kilometre high speed chase by an Assistant Sub Inspector of the Traffic Police on a motor cycle this afternoon.

ASI Shiv Kumar had to fire five rounds from his moving motor cycle to puncture the rear tyres of the truck to force the driver, Kulwant Singh, 30 of Hoshiarpur to stop. The police said that he has been arrested for assaulting a public servant on duty. The constable Sunil Rattan was not seriously injured. He was taken to a hospital and discharged after the first aid.

The high noon drama started when the traffic police constable spotted the truck driving recklessly, changing lanes without indicating near the New Police Lines in the Kingsway Camp area. The driver stopped and there ensued an argument. Dutifully, a challan was issued but the driver refused to sign it. The ASI then directed his subordinate to take the driver and the truck to the traffic police zonal office.

As soon as the truck reached a spot near Majnu Ka Tilla, the driver and the helper attacked the constable with a stick and threw him out of the vehicle.

The ASI who was following the vehicle on his motor cycle saw the incident and then chased the truck. When the driver refused to heed his signals, the ASI whipped out his service revolver and fired five shots bursting both the rear tyres of the truck and forcing it to stop near Seelampur, a trans Yamuna colony.

According to the police, the driver then jumped out of the vehicle and armed with a hockey stick tried to attack the ASI who, however, managed to over power him. He finally arrested the driver with the help of the local police and his vehicle impounded. The police said that further investigations were continuing to ascertain if the truck driver had any other cases pending against him.



Five killed in accidents
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 31
Five persons lost their lives while six were injured seriously in road accidents in Noida on Saturday. Some labourers set a truck on fire and jammed the traffic on the main road in Sector 58. One of the labourers had been crushed under the wheels of the truck.

The truck was coming from Dasna, Ghaziabad with some labourers, when the driver

asked them to get down quickly. He tried to drive on before everyone could get off the truck, with the result that one worker fell down and was crushed under the wheels near Mamura petro station.

In another accident under police station 39, a motorcyclist and a five-year-old girl were killed by a Tata 407. The unidentified M. bike riders died on the spot.

Tata 407 driver fled with his vehicle.

In Dankaur, two motorcyclists coming from the opposite directions collided near Norunagpur village.

Both the riders were killed while some others were seriously injured and rushed to government hospital in Noida.



Panch attacked

Panipat, March 31
A panch Mahender Singh of Balana village was attacked with lathis and sharp-edged weapons by some persons who were allegedly selling illicit liquor in the village. The Panch opposed it. Sustaining head injuries, Mahender Singh has been admitted in Civil Hospital. In another incident in local Idgah Colony, three youths were injured in the incident of stabbing when two groups picked a quarrel. One of the injured identified as Manoj has been admitted in the hospital with serious injuries.



Swish furnishings for a modern, working woman’s home

Linum, a leading European home furnishing brand, has launched a full line of bedroom furnishings. Lenum is a premium designer brand of home furnishing aimed at the modern woman, be it a housewife or a working professional, who seeks elegant designs to create a well-coordinated beautiful home.

The fabrics are made from the finest yarns, dyes and needlework and are made to withstand repeated use and washing and still maintain a fresh, crisp, new look. All the articles can withstand a 60 degree Celsius machine wash.

The furnishing launched include bed sheets, bedspreads, pillow covers, carpets, cushion covers and pyjamas.

Widescreen CTV

Philips India has launched a 36 in widescreen CTV – 36PW9525 with a 100 Hz digital natural motion. The CTV offers the perfect amalgamation of excellent picture and sound quality for the viewers.

Widescreen technology facilitates a 33 per cent increase in horizontal and vertical resolution that results in a sharper, more stable and a less flickering picture.

It has a beautiful design and top digital technology like digital natural motion, DNM 100 HZ video processing and powerful 76 watts RMS of Dolby pro logic sound delivered through 8 speakers, which gives the viewers excellent viewing and listening enjoyment.

Rozana from Rasna

Rasna Limited has launched “Rozana”, a healthy refreshing line of drinks across the country. Rozana amrit, fruit booster and Ras are all natural, healthy, ready to drink products.

The Rozana Ras drinks are available in orange, mango pineapple and nimbu pani flavours. The product congtains fruit powder, glucose/lactose, Vitamin A, C, B2, B6 as well as Niacin, Folic acid, calcium and phosphorus.

Smart casuals For kids

Weekender Kids, known for its smart casuals for children, have launched their summer wear collection. The distinctive feature of the entire collection is the use of merry and animated colours. The Weekender Kids’ boys summer collection has easy, casual, trendy and colourful clothes that reflect attitude. The collection has essentials in four themes – yank, alien siege, rookie league and formula.

The Weekender Kids’ girls summer collection has as its main feature tinting effects, rainbow colour blocks, patchwork, topstitching, embroidery and prints in a variety of styles.

Pretty legs eleven

With summers around the corner, its time again to show off those beautiful smooth arms and legs. Barun shows women how to, with their latest range of Silk-`epil EverSoft epilators. Launched worldwide, the new generatin epilators feature the unique EverSoft system for the epilation experience like never before. The EverSoft system stimulates and relaxes the skin before removing the hair, reducing the pulling sensation to the minimum. The sleek new epilators are available in eye catching fashion colours – silver grey and lilac, appealing to young adults.

The two distinct models launched are Barun Silk-’epil Body System for regular users and Barun Silk-’epil EverSoft start for first timers

The ergonomically designed epilator for regular users is comfortable to use. The unique skin stimulator has tiny micro-wheels that gently stimulate the skin. Even very short hair is raised for removal by independent multi-tweezers which adjust to individual hair type. The model comes with an additional all new shaver head, specially designed for hair removal from sensitive areas like underarms and bikini line.

Signature scents

S T Dupont, leaders in luxury craftsmanship, has launched its premier range of fragrances – S T Dupont Pour Homme and S T Dupont Pour Femme. It is a new accessory that can be used as a personal signature, an expression of one’s values of redefined, modern luxury. S T Dupont was intent on creating fragrances that were classics from their inception, imbued with a timeless sense of elegance, perfection and quality, signature scents with understated original appeal.


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