Wednesday, April 3, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Who will demolish the mafia?
Officials who winked at Rahul Colony encroachments yet 
to be nailed
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 2
Even though the Faridabad Authorities succeeded in demolishing a number of illegal clusters in the ill-fated Rahul Colony on Sunday, the encroachment mafia, which is largely responsible for developing such unauthorised colonies, is still at large. Such is its stranglehold that the Authorities have not been able to clear several encroachments in the area.

At least 16 to 18 acres of prime land is reportedly under illegal possession of some persons in the shooting range and in the vicinity of the Suraj Kund Tourist Complex. The land worth several crores is the property of the Municipal Corporation, Faridabad (MCF) but allegedly in possession of some influential persons, who use the site for storage of silica sand, blue stone and other building material.

The authorities had recently sent some JCB’s and bulldozers to remove the encroachments, but failed to make much headway. A former mayor of Faridabad, Mr Devender Bhadana, had raised the issue in the meeting of the MCF and demanded the removal of such encroachments. He had reportedly charged that a Minister of Haryana was involved in the activity.

The majority of the members of the MCF had `boycotted’ the meeting of MCF in January last, when the matter was not included in the agenda of the meeting. The residents of sectors 46, 21 and 21-C have complained of heavy pollution in the area due to ‘illegal’ mining.

Although no commercial activity is allowed in the Surajkund and Bhadkhal complex, within one km of the main road, some buildings and resorts have come up in the area in an illegal manner.

A resident of Rahul Colony, which bore the brunt of the demolition on Sunday, claimed that many houses had been built after plots of land were sold for a song by some persons on the assurance that the colony would be regularised in due course.

Several other unauthorised colonies have come up in a similar manner. Around 3000 houses and jhuggis were razed by the Authorities near Ballabgarh bus stand last year. Several parts of Dabua colony and Parvatiya colony situated near the Air Force base in NIT Zone could face the fury of the demolition squad soon.

The Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee member, Ms Sharda Rathaur, and Dr Lal Singh, chairman, Parliamentary Board of the Lok Jan Shakti Party, have demanded strict enforcement of the law. They have alleged that officials turn a blind eye when such colonies come up with the blessings of the `mafia’, but demolish the houses later, either under political pressure or on the directive of the court, taking the plea that the land had been usurped. Criticising the recent demolition in Rahul Colony, they demanded that the officials who allowed the encroachments be punished.

Robbed at gun point

Faridabad: Jewellery worth about Rs. 50,000 was looted at gunpoint by some youths in a posh locality of Sector-14 here.

The accused entered the house posing as employees of a courier company. According to a complaint lodged with the police, three youths pushed the call bell of House No 746 and said that they had come from a courier company to deliver a packet.

A young woman opened the door and asked them to wait in the verandah as her mother was in the bathroom. But the youths pulled out a pistol and a knife and asked the girl to hand over the jewellery and cash. They fled away after collecting jewellery worth about Rs. 50000. The owner of the house was out of town in connection with his business. A case under section 382 has been registered. No arrest has been made so far.



Coffee homes are not DTTDC’s cup of tea
Tribune News Service


* Plan to recast the coffee home menu, so that it suits urbane tastes. 

* Popular cuisine, traditional fare may be added.

* Interiors to be embellished to attract yuppies.

* Outdoor catering, downsizing, contracting on the cards.

New Delhi, April 2
The Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation’s (DTTDC’s) ambitious plan of opening coffee homes in Paschim Vihar and elsewhere, and reinventing the existing outlets to suit the modern palate, has come under a cloud after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in his report for the year ending March 2001 pulled up the Corporation for the “injudicious” decision to open a coffee home at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGAI) and shutting shop in under four years, resulting in accumulated losses and locking up of funds.

The Coffee Home was commissioned in May 1996. The capital expenditure incurred on it was Rs 91.24 lakh, including expenditure of Rs 67.13 lakh on building and electrical fittings, as against the estimated cost of Rs 90 lakh. Owing to poor sales, the coffee home started incurring loss since its inception. Consequently, it was closed on June 16, 2000. By that time it had accumulated a loss of Rs 69.17 lakh.

The CAG Report says in spite of the “limitations” – of running the coffee home on no-profit-no-loss basis and without any control over the rates of items charged from customers – the DTTDC took up the project. “Setting up the coffee home involving huge investment without any return was not financially prudent action and is not expected from a commercial organisation,” the report says and notes further that “[all] aspects should have been examined in detail before taking up the project.”

Undeterred by the mounting losses (three of the four coffee homes are incurring losses) or the observations by the CAG, Tourism Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday told the Legislative Assembly that the DTTDC had approached the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for allotment of a suitable plot in Paschim Vihar. The DTTDC runs four coffee homes. These are located on Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Place and Vikas Marg in Laxmi Nagar, in RK Puram and the sub-way on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg. Incidentally, all the coffee homes, except for the one in Connaught Place, are incurring losses.

The corporation, Mr Maken told the members, was working on reinventing the menu to suit urbane tastes, embellishing the interiors to project a contemporary look and reorienting its character to attract yuppies. The plan envisages outdoor catering, downsizing of staff, adding popular cuisine, including fast food, contracting private players selling traditional fare to open outlets on the premises, and permitting the hosting of parties and receptions.



Cops indicted for illegal detention
Parmindar Singh

Noida, April 2
A probe report by the anti-corruption wing has found that a former Staff Officer, two SIs and two others of the Surajpur police station here had accepted Rs 50,000 as bribe and detained a person in the police lockup illegally. The incident occurred last year. The report has created panic among the police force in the district.

According to the police, Mrs Surjit Kaur, a resident of Surajpur town who lost her husband Kuldev Singh in 2000, had inherited 300 bighas of land from her husband. Mrs Kaur struck a deal to sell the land for Rs 5 crore. However, her relatives, Sarwan Singh and Gurbhed Singh, when they came to know of it, somehow managed to stall the deal.

On February 18 last year, say the police, Mrs Kaur lodged a complaint in the Surajpur police station that some people were out to usurp her land. On her complaint, the then SO, Omkar Nath Sharma, and other police officials arrested Gurbhed Singh and confined him in the police lock-up in an illegal way. For this, the in-charge of the police station and his colleagues allegedly took a bribe of Rs 50,000.

On being released from jail, Gurbhed Singh lodged a complaint with the then SSP, Mr Anand Kumar, who shifted Omkar Nath from the Surjapur police station. The initial inquiry was conducted by the police department and district administration. However, it did not satisfy the complainant. The inquiry had found that the amount paid as bribe to the SO and others was withdrawn from a bank account in Dadri belonging to Gurbhed Singh’s brother’s wife.

Later the anti-corruption wing conducted another inquiry. The SP, Bareilly, Mr J. P. Singh, of the wing presented his report to the SSP, Mr Nasser Kamal, who immediately ordered the Surajpur police to register a case against the former Staff Officer, Omkar Nath Sharma, SIs Ramesh Chander and Rajinder Rathi and two other police officials. Mr J. P. Singh will conduct further inquiry into the matter, it is learnt. 



City grinds to a halt, to pave the way for CM
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, April 2
The visit of Haryana Chief Minister and the INLD chief, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to the city today created problems for the motorists on G.T. Road and Assandh Road even as the PWD Rest House was virtually converted into a police cantonment.

The motorists and the slow-moving traffic bore the brunt as the police in the name of regulating traffic and making way for the VVIP cavalcade allegedly vexed the motorists. The road users had a harrowing experience when the Chief Minister’s Mercedes accompanied by about 20 cars and vehicles, along with the pilot jeep, whizzed past the G.T. Road and turned towards the Model Town area on the Assandh Road towards the residence of Mr Katar Singh Chhokkar, INLD district unit chief and former Haryana Finance Minister.

Even as the hooters of the pilot jeep announced the cavalcade entry, the traffic on the two roads came to a standstill. It was only after the motorcade entered the Model Town area that the lesser motorists and other slow-moving traffic were allowed to proceed.

The situation was no different when the cavalcade came back to the rest house to address the conference of district-level workers. The same drama was enacted. So much so that no vehicle was allowed to halt from the Lal Batti Chowk to the Rest House. An NRI, Mr G.S. Chhina, who stopped briefly to confirm the route to a village in Panipat district, had to face the wrath of the policemen, who showered choicest Haryanvi abuses on him.

Speaking to the ‘NCR Tribune’, Mr Chhina wondered why the traffic had been blocked to make way for the Chief Minister. Cannot the Indians follow the West where such forcible blockades are rare even when the President of the country passes through a particular road, a harassed Mr Chhina asked.

To top it all, the rest house was guarded like a fort. Only the Chief Minister’s cavalcade and the official vehicles of senior police and administration were allowed into the complex. Middle rung officials and party leaders were seen exchanging hot words with the police personnel over the parking of their vehicles on the service lane alongside the rest house. In fact, the service lane was virtually closed to the traffic, putting the slow-moving traffic like horse-drawn carts, rickshaws and autorickshaws to a lot of inconvenience. As the service lane was “closed” to traffic, the slow-moving traffic spilled over to the GT Road, creating traffic snarls for sometime. It may be recalled that in his recent order, the district administration had banned the parking of vehicles on service lanes. However, the ‘kutcha’ area along the service lanes could be used to park vehicles. Today even this area was allegedly not allowed for parking.



Haryana farmers told to fend for themselves
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune New Service

Panipat, April 2
In a decision that could spell doom for the farmers, the Haryana Government has decided not be procure paddy from them in the next kharif season. The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, gave an indication to this effect while addressing the district-level workers convention here today. It is the last season that the government agencies would procure wheat. The farmers would have to sell their crops in open market afterwards, Mr Chautala said. Stressing the need for the diversification of the crops, Mr Chautala urged the farmers to break the wheat-paddy cycle if they wanted to prosper.

Reiterating Haryana’s stand on the SYL issue, Mr Chautala urged the Punjab Government to complete the SYL canal within the remaining nine and a half months as per the Supreme Court direction. “We are not seeking alms but demanding our rightful share of the river water,” Mr Chautala said, adding that an area of seven and a half acres would get the irrigation facilities and the state would generate Rs 500 additional revenue a year.

Speaking about the major decisions of the government, the Chief Minister said that the 7th and 8th units, intended to generate 250 MW power, of the local Tau Devi Lal Thermal Power Station, would be commissioned in 29 and 31 months respectively as work had already been allotted to BHEL. And in a bid to generate electricity, an MoU with the Panipat refinery had been signed for the generation of 360 MW power. The latter had been exempted from the Local Area Development Tax. The local sugar mill would also be shifted shortly. On the dismal performance of the INLD in the recent UP elections, Mr Chautala claimed that the party’s organisational set-up had been strengthened in 22 districts of the western UP. Any way, the elections are likely to be conducted soon and the party would then prove its worth. Coming down heavily on the Opposition for its tirade against the government, Mr Chautala denied the allegations that Haryana’s money was spent in the UP electioneering.

He said that the government had to perform the role of the Opposition also as the weak opposition rarely resorted to “healthy criticism”. He claimed that his government would last the five-year term and there was no threat to the government.



CNG car drivers told to notify changes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 2
The owners and operators of CNG-retrofitted cars have to get the necessary changes made in their certificate of registration till April-end. Transport Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday told the Legislative Assembly that the registered owners and operators of private non-commercial vehicles (cars) are required to obtain approval in regard to installation of approved CNG kit and change of fuel from petrol to bifuel (CNG and petrol) under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988.

The minister said that the law provided that in case any registered owner has not obtained the approval in this regard from the zonal registering authority (with whom the vehicle is registered), they shall within 14 days of making alteration, report the changes to the registering authority and submit the certificate of registration to that authority together with the prescribed fee of Rs 50 and composition fee of Rs 90.



Haryana has no need for POTA, says Chautala
Our Correspondent

Rewari, April 2
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has asserted that the state government would not have to resort to the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) as communal harmony and peace prevailed throughout Haryana. He made this assertion at a press conference here on Monday evening. However, he said that the miscreants, who had indulged in acts of arson and desecration at Loharu and Kaithal, were a blot on the fair name of Haryana which had been free from communal tension and disharmony. Asserting that the miscreants had been taught a lesson, the Chief Minister warned that all such elements would be ruthlessly dealt with in future too, as the protection of the life and property of all people of the state was the topmost priority of his government.

He also informed that all the affected members of the minority community had been adequately compensated and rehabilitated and their damaged place of worship fully renovated at Loharu.

Making a special mention of the apex court verdict on the SYL canal issue, the Chief Minister, who arrived here after attending the meeting of the National Water Resources Council chaired by the Prime Minister in Delhi, said that he was now quite confident that the SYL canal would be constructed and completed in Punjab within the stipulated period of one year. Simultaneous repair work of the canal would be carried out in Haryana after which its share of Ravi-Beas (Sutlej) water would flow into the state. This would provide irrigation facility to 7.5 lakh acres fetching an additional annual revenue of Rs 500 crore to the state exchequer, he added. The Chief Minister also disclosed that he had urged the Prime Minister at the council’s meeting that if the Union Government made proper and adequate arrangements for the availability of additional power and water, Punjab and Haryana, which had been making major contributions to the central pool of foodgrains, could go in for diversification of the present crop pattern. Then farmers of the two states could adopt cultivation and production of vegetables, fruits and cattle fodder on a large scale. This would enrich the peasantry.



All police stations to be linked to NCRB 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 2
All police stations in the country would be linked to the National Crime Records Bureau, New Delhi, to keep up-to-date records of various crimes committed in the states.

Stating this, the Union Minister of State for Home, Mr I. D. Swami, told mediapersons at Gohana, 35 km from here, on Monday that every FIR lodged at any police station in the country would also be reported to the bureau. Previously, the district headquarters used to send these reports to the bureau.

He disclosed that the central government had earmarked Rs 1,000 crore for providing financial assistance to the state governments for the modernisation of the police force to tackle the crimes. He also said that the central government would also give adequate financial assistance to the states for checking the menace of terrorism. Haryana, he said, had remained free from terrorist menace so far.

The Minister said that the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) would be enforced in all the states with due safeguards as it had been passed after intensive consultations with the Opposition parties and taking into consideration the pros and cons. He said that the possibility of its misuse was more in the Congress-ruled states than in other states. He, however, rejected the criticism of the Congress against the POTA and said that 14 states were ruled by the Congress and if any misuse of the Act were made, the party would be responsible.

The Minister declared that the train and bus services between India and Pakistan would not be resumed till the end of terrorism across the border. The central government would not enter into any negotiations with Pakistan unless 20 terrorists, the list of whom had already been supplied to Pakistan, were not handed over by Pakistan, he said.

The Minister also criticised the Pakistan President, Gen Pervez Musharraf, for his speech on Pakistan Television on January 12 and said that Mr Musharraf had not taken any effective step to check the cross-border terrorism and he was only misleading the international community.

He maintained that India had provided full proof to Pakistan against 20 terrorists and there was no reason why Pakistan should not hand over them to India. The names of these terrorists had been included by the Interpol in its red-corner notices.

The Minister rejected the demand of Pakistan to withdraw the forces from the border and said that the Indian forces would remain at the border till Pakistan checked cross-border terrorism.



He soldiered on despite polio-stricken leg
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, April 2
In 1994, this man came into limelight with a free career guidance-cum-employment assistance camp which had been organised in the open at Jagriti Enclave, Vikas Marg. More then a thousand job-seekers participated in the camp and the national media covered the event in a big way.

The man behind the move was Lokesh Gupta. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then. Mr Gupta has been organising this camp regularly on the last Sunday of every month. The camp is the first of its kind in Delhi.

He said, “We are like placement service centres. The only difference is that we take nothing from the participants. In fact, we often give some gift hampers to them.”

The placement service operators in the area tried hard to wind up our camp, but could not succeed, Mr Gupta said.

Outlining the details about the camp, he said, “It starts with ‘Select your career’ programme in which the participants are provided with career counselling, based on their educational qualifications and interests. Our society ‘Gyan Ganga’ also compiles a monthly directory of the government jobs and the details about the latest jobs in public as well as private sectors under ‘Rozgar Sarita’.” Both the booklets are distributed free to the participants in camp.

To provide an immediate employment to the needy people, society has recently launched ‘Vipatti Sahayak’ programme. Effort is made to give employment to the needy people within 10 days.

The society also runs employment Helpline every Saturday at number 5705758 for the benefit of those who cannot attend the monthly camp.

Mr Gupta is a man of substance. When he was barely four, severe polio left his left leg useless. However, he soldiered on and graduated in commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce and established himself as a well-known tax consultant.

In India, there is general apathy towards career counselling whereas in Germany, it is an integral part of even the school curriculum.



Govt gears up for procurement
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, April 2
The state government has advised the district authorities to make elaborate arrangements for the procurement of the golden crop in the coming harvesting season.

The harvesting of the wheat crop is likely to start in a few days and the grain will start coming to the markets. Last year, the Centre had announced Rs 610 per quintal as the minimum support price and had purchased the entire crop marketed by the farmers. This year, the government has raised the MSP by Rs 10 per quintal. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, today held a meeting of the government agencies that were involved in the procurement of wheat last year, besides the Sub-Divisional Magistrates of Meham and Rohtak. Officials of the Market Committee too participated in the meeting.

Mr Malik said that nearly 1.95 lakh metric tonnes of wheat had arrived in the different mandis in the district and various government agencies like Hafed, Warehousing, Food and Supply and Food Corporation of India had purchased over 1.63 lakh metric tonnes. He believed that this year too, the arrivals would be around 1.94 lakh metric tonnes and the government agencies might purchase 1.57 lakh tonnes, nearly six thousand tonnes less than last year.



Put a tinge of colour to your crowning glory
Smriti Kak

Hair colour is not something that you are born with and stuck up with for the rest of your life. Thanks to the invention called hair colour, you can now sport the tinge and the look you so adore.

Unlike our skin tones, the colour of hair is much easier to change. Just a bottle of the required liquid and we are ready to shock with our mop.

Fashion trends have played a vital role in choosing the colour of the crowning glory. While a white streak of hair running across the front was popularised by late Mrs Gandhi whose style became a signature, the Yankees and the gypsies swept the bold and the young with their vibrant purples, reds and even a mix of various colours.

Occasionally, we have swayed between the silver white and the salt and pepper intellectual look. Streaking the hair at the ends or bleaching certain portions have lately become very popular.

A saunter through the city will make you lose count of the pale heads you have encountered. Mind you, this is our city we are talking about, not LA. Giving into the compelling fashion trends, black is being readily changed to fake blond, outrageous red and even shocking purple.

But fashion is not the only culprit that makes you head for the bottle or the tube. Age,

pollution or illness that turn give you the silver locks that you could do without have also popularised the hair colours what were in a very down market lingo called dyes.

The market is flooded with products that promise to give your hair the look it deserves, from L’Oreal to Godrej and from henna to kali mehndi.

There are two ways to colour your hair: go for colouring or depend on natural herbs like henna. Chemical dyes are normally used to cover a lot of white hair and require re-applying after 3-4 weeks. However, it is essential to conduct a patch test before using chemical dyes. This is to check for allergic reaction before carrying out the colouring process. This should be done at least 24-28 hours in advance.

Herbs like mehndi have been used for a long time. They have fewer side-effects. Henna can do more than just colour the hair. It coats the hair shaft but does not penetrate it. Due to this coat, the hair is conditioned as well.

And for those who have coloured their hair, it is vital to preserve it as well. This includes regular touch-ups, using the right shampoos and avoiding too many chemicals-based products. Too much exposure to the sun, sea and chlorine has to be avoided. Special shampoos meant for those with coloured hair have to be used. Shampoos, which contain Ionene-G, help keep colour locked in with frequent use.

Frequent shampooing is again a no-no. So one has to wait till the colour is washed off completely.

For the ones who want to go in for the fad, but are not sure, here is what experts suggest. First understand your face cuts and your skin tone, they are also vital in deciding the colour that will suit the face. For those with square faces light colours are better as they tend to soften features.

Dark or strong colours are ideal for those with round faces. For those with a heart-shaped face, colour has to take away from the focal points of a wider forehead and small chin, so build the illusion of body near the chin by going from light to a darker colour in the same family.

There are shades of blacks, browns, reds and blondes mostly, which those with lighter skin tones can opt for. Normally the shades of reds, Burgundies, plums, mahoganies are suited for those with dark, tanned skin tones. The coppers and the dark blondes are ideal for those with a wheatish complexion.

Talk of making things simpler, our hair and beauty experts have done just that. Now that you have been initiated about your face cut and skin tone coupled with your preference it is time to sink into the dresser’s chair and wait for her to turn in from a dark-haired Gollywog to Goldilocks.

For entrepreneurs

Shailesh Khaitan, Chairman and MD, Khaitan Chemicals and Fertilisers, regaling the crowd with his vocal chords.
Shailesh Khaitan, Chairman and MD, Khaitan Chemicals and Fertilisers, regaling the crowd with his vocal chords.

It was for entrepreneurs. Samagam, a society conceptualised and formed by a body of eminent industrialists, organised a function ‘Purnimanjali’ to celebrate the festival of colours, Holi.

Industrialists took time off to exercise their vocal chords. So the audience had a chance to lend their ear to a ‘Nakhrewala’ Shailesh Khaitan, Chairman and MD, Khaitan Chemicals and Fertilisers to a ‘Khoya Khoya Chand’, Rajesh Sanghi, industrialist.

The participants representing various business houses, sang old Hindi numbers under the silver of the full moon.

A colourful stage was set with a projector for a background on which three live video cameras projected the singer. During the interlude scenes from the film of which the song had been taken were shown along with the details of the film.

The second part of the programme was based on the theme of Holi and Chand (moon). The old film songs with the words Chand were sung. The chosen theme-based songs were connected by ‘shairies” so as to complete the storyline with the existing songs.

The evening saw entrepreneurs redefine entertainment to enhance the festive spirit.

Outfits a la mode

A model sitting pretty
A model sitting pretty

Here is a store that asks you to leave the copycats behind and lay hands after spending the moolah on some designer originals. It invites you to “woo your satanical desires with Trillium…”.

Trillium, a one-stop store offers clothes outsourced from the fashion houses like Afra (Italy), Bianca (Spain), and Explosion. The proprietors maintain the outfits are pocket- friendly. While short dresses start from Rs 1,700, stoles can be purchased from Rs 800 onwards.

A brainchild of entrepreneurs like Deep Rastogi, Gopal Chandra, Rakesh Gupta and

Sushil Aggarwal, Trillium is situated in Vasant Kunj and speaks of pampering the Indian woman’s psyche.

Photo Exhibition

Art has found its patron in the corporate sector. Of late, those with the acumen for numbers have joined forces with those blessed with the gift of creativity. ‘When seeing stops’, a photo exhibition of Bandeep Singh’s work, currently on at the India Habitat Centre, is a manifestation of the corporate bigwigs, showing their inclination to associate themselves with the world of creative genius. The exhibition is being presented by Daikin Air conditioner and Usha Hunter Fans.

The corporate houses see this, as an effort on their part to encourage talent, as for the talent itself, it is needless to say that encouragement such as this is welcome.

Coming back to the exhibition, Bandeep’s work has emerged from an attempt to explore the most vital part of the visual process, seeing.

Haiku, a form of Zen poetry is the theme of the exhibition. The work aims at capturing the essence of Haiku poetry, ‘less is more’.

Taking his cue from silence, the photographer has tried to explore the spirit of Zen.



Sheila reviews power situation
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 2
The Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday asked the senior officer of the Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) to continuously monitor the power situation in the Capital during the ensuing summer months.

She also directed these officials to maintain a constant liaison with the various Residents Welfare Associations under the Bhagidari programme to ensure adequate street lighting.

Reviewing the power supply situation with the Principal Secretary (Power), chairman and members of the Delhi Vidyut Board, the Chief Minister directed them to make adequate power supply arrangements for the summer. The Chief Minister also urged the officials to publicise the new call centres and monitor the operations at the service centres.

Holla Mohalla celebrated

A large number of people attended the Holla Mohalla that was celebrated in the Gurdwara Damdama Sahib, Nizamuddin last week. The celebration began with the recitation of Sri Sukhmani Sahib and Nitnem and also had Ragi Jathas perform the Shabad Kirtan.

Among those present were Jathedar Avtar Singh Hit, S. Kulmohan Singh, S. Dalwinder Singh Ayur, S. Shamsher Singh Sandhu, S. Jasbir Singh Kaka, S. Kuldip Singh Bhogal, and Jathedar Inderpal Singh Khalsa.

Jathedar Santok Singh, member of the DSGMC, also released a cassette of Shabad Kirtan on the occasion. Jathedar Hit briefed the gathering about the sanctity and the history of Holla Mohalla Purab, which was started by Guru Gobind Singh ji.

New Haj panel chief

Mr Abdul Sammi Salmani was today appointed Chairman of the Delhi Haj Committee replacing Mr Anis Durrani from the coveted post. Mr Durrani had been the chairman for the last three years.



Five killed in truck-Sumo collision
Our Correspondent

Noida, April 2
Five persons were killed and three, including a father-son duo were injured in a head-on collision between a truck and a Sumo near Kote village in Dadri.

Sumo was going from Delhi to Etah carrying some people for a wedding. The injured have been admitted to the government hospital. According to police, those who lost their lives, included Sameer Ahmed from Etah, Islam M. of Raghubir Nagar, Delhi, Saqool Ahmed from Badayoon, Vimal of Delhi, Santosh from Etah while the injured included Sumo driver Shiv Kumar of Delhi and Amir Ali. These people had started at about 10 am from Delhi to go to Etah to attend the wedding. As Sumo reached Loharli village after crossing Kote bridge, it was hit by a truck going from Bulandshahr to Delhi.

As both the vehicle were being driven at a high speed, Sumo was blown into shreds. The truck driver and the cleaner fled from the spot. The dead and the injured were pulled out from the vehicles by the villagers and rushed to the hospital.



Haryana Education Board to hold Class 10 Maths paper on April 6
Our Correspondent

Faridabad, April 2
The Haryana Education Board has decided to hold the Matric Maths paper on April 6. The paper was cancelled after it had leaked and was reportedly sold at various places on March 25. According to the district education officials, the paper in the district would be held between 2 pm and 5 pm at various centres.

Bank loan

A loan plan of Rs 382.47 crore has been approved by different banks and financial institutions in the district for the year 2002-2003. According to a press note issued by the Lead Bank Office of the Punjab National Bank (PNB), the target was 16 per cent more in comparison to the last financial year. While the agricultural sector gets Rs 196.10 crore, small scale industry (SSI) will be disbursed Rs 144.47 crore. The other priority sectors will get Rs 41.66 crore. As compared to the last year, there has been a hike of 15 per cent in the agriculture outlay, 9 per cent in the small scale industry and 53 per cent in other sectors.

Car accident

Dharam Vir, a resident of Ashok Nagar in Bahadurgarh, was injured seriously when his motorcycle collided with a Ciello car in the town, a police spokesman said here on Tuesday.

Liquor seized

The district police have seized 12 bottles of foreign made liquor from one Uday Prakash of Shekhu Pura village of the district. A police spokesman said here on Tuesday that he was arrested by a police party near Purani Chowki here with illicit liquor under the Excise Act.

CM’s visit

In a bid to save themselves from the wrath of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, the officials of the Public Health Department (PHD), from the Superintending Engineer to the Junior Engineers, were alert and remained at the PWD (B and R) rest house here on Monday for most of the day. They checked all the water pipelines of each suite of the rest house.

This action followed the reports about the presence of insects and mud in the water pipeline in a VVIP room allotted to the personal staff of the Chief Minister for a night stay on March 30. Reportedly, the Chief Minister was also staying in the adjacent room when this incident took place. Subsequently, the incident was brought to the notice of the Chief Minister, who took a serious note of the matter and ordered an inquiry into the incident.

The district administration, when informed about the unfortunate incident, directed the officials of the Public Health Department to take immediate and concrete steps to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in the rest house.

Power crisis

The president of the Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal (U), Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, today urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to take up the matter of getting its share of power from the Ranjit Singh Sagar Dam with the central government to tide over the power crisis in the state.

In a signed press statement issued here, he was strongly critical of Mr Chautala and blamed him for not taking a positive stand on the SYL canal and the river water issue.

Referring to the non-declaration of Minimum Support Price for wheat and other rabi crops by the central government so far, Mr Vidrohi said that this had caused discontentment among the farmers of the country.

He said that the produce would soon be brought by the farmers to the markets and in the absence of any MSP, the traders would exploit them and they would be forced to sell their produce at throw-away prices.

Water supply disrupted

The supply of drinking water in Sector 23, a residential colony of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), continued to remain disrupted following a fault in the pipeline. Mr Jagdish Malik, president of the Welfare Association of Sector 23m told mediapersons here on today that all the complaints made to the authorities in this regard had fallen on deaf ears. He warned that if the authorities failed to restore the supply of drinking water, the association would have no alternative but to launch an agitation and gherao the officials concerned.

Student killed

An 18-year-old girl student, Yachna Sharma, sustained serious injuries when she fell down while boarding a train at the railway station here on Monday. According to a report, she was immediately rushed to a hospital for treatment but she succumbed to her injuries. The victim belonged to the Housing Board Colony in this city. She was a student of an engineering college at Faridabad and had come to the railway station to board the train which was already overcrowded.

Student assaulted

Manoj, a student, was waylaid and attacked with lathis by four youths at Kakroi village, about 10 km from here, on Monday.

According to a report, Manoj was on his way to the school when he was attacked. The police have registered a case against the alleged assailants and further investigations are in progress. No arrest has been made in this connection.

According to another report, a warden was roughed up by one of his colleagues in a senior secondary school near the Panchayat Bhawan here on Monday.

A dispute over the non-payment of a loan instalment is said to be the main cause of the alleged incident.

In Braham Nagar area, three persons, including a woman, were reported to have attacked one Anand Parkash, a neighbour, and caused multiple injuries. The police have registered a case and launched a manhunt to apprehend the alleged assailants.

According to a report, the police have registered a case against some people of Kurar village on the report of one Paleram, who was allegedly attacked by them. Further investigations are in progress.



Head of pilgrim smashed by truck
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 2
The head of an 18-year-old girl, Rinku, who was part of a group that came from Patiala to visit gurdwaras in the Capital and nearby areas, was reportedly smashed by a truck in the Badarpur area in south Delhi this afternoon.

The accident occurred when she was looking outside through the window of the stationary Tata Sumo in which she was travelling. The victim and her group mates were going to Bangla Sahib Gurdwara in a Tata Sumo.

The driver of the erring truck, Gyan Singh, has been arrested on charges of rash and negligent driving. The driver of the Tata Sumo had parked the vehicle at a petrol station in Badarpur to fill the fuel. As the victim brought her head from the window of her vehicle, the truck smashed it. She died on the spot, the police said.

Headache forces her to commit suicide

A senior secondary student of Open School, Prabha (18) reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her house in the Trilokpuri area in East district this morning. She had been suffering from headache for the last six months. A signed suicide note was recovered from her in which she had written, “ I am taking this step due to extreme headache.”

Prabha was alone in the house as her parents had gone out for some household work. When they returned, they found that Prabha’s room was bolted from inside.

They knocked at the door repeatedly. When they did not find any response, they broke open the door and found her hanging from the ceiling fan, the police said.



Car borrowed by tehsildar seized in Delhi
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, April 2
A Maruti car, owned by a local property dealer and allegedly taken away by suspended Tehsildar Mohinder Singh Kadiyan, was seized today by the Delhi Police as ‘unclaimed property’.

Property dealer Chander Bhan had alleged in his FIR lodged with Civil Lines police station here on March 16 that Tehsildar Mohinder Singh had borrowed his Maruti car (HR12E-0117) for a day and refused to return it back. The police registered a case under Section 406 of the IPC against the tehsildar, who is under suspension on charges of corruption.

Following the registration of the FIR, the suspended tehsildar applied for bail and the District Sessions Judge, Mr R. S. Madan, had ordered not to arrest him till April 15.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Atar Singh Ahlawat, told NCR Tribune that the Parliament Street police of Delhi had seized the car under Section 25 of the Police Act (unclaimed property). He said that the Delhi police informed the Rohtak police today about the seizure of the car and a police party had been sent to the union Capital to bring the car here.

Held for power theft: A team of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) officials caught two consumers ‘red-handed’ while stealing power at Mandhauti village in Kalanaur subdivision on Monday. A fine of Rs 32,000 was imposed on the erring consumers.

According to information, a UHBVN team led by Assistant Executive Engineer conducted a raid at the village and caught Ram Narayan and Meer Singh stealing power directly from the transmission wires.

It is learnt that a large number of consumers have been stealing power in the rural areas for the past several years. The raiding teams of power officials had been stoned and attacked by the villagers where the power theft had reached alarming proportions during the last year.

Scooters stolen: Two scooters were stolen from different parts of the town today. Mr Panna Lal Jain, an Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) activist, said in his complaint that his scooter was parked in front of his house located at Janta Colony here. He said he found it missing after sometime.

Mr Shyam Sunder Arora, a resident of Model Town, alleged that his scooter was stolen from the Central Bank premises near Jat College here.

Women hurt in clash: Four women were injured, two of them seriously, in a group clash over the ‘encroachment’ on panchayat land at Jasorkheri village today.

According to information, two groups quarrelled over a piece of panchayat land. Sticks and sharp-edged weapons were used freely during the scuffle. The seriously injured Satwanti and Jalo were admitted to the PGIMS while Veero and Kamlesh were admitted to the community health centre at Bahadurgarh. 



Junk dealer, wife stabbed to death in Bawana
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 2
Three unidentified persons intruded into the house of a junk dealer, Raj Kumar Gupta (30), at Shiv Vihar in Bawana in the wee hours of today and stabbed him and his 28-year-old wife, Neelam, to death. The assailants escaped under the cover of darkness.

The police said that the incident was discovered in the morning when some neighbours spotted the couple lying in the courtyard bleeding profusely from multiple stab wounds. Both of them were alive when the police arrived but succumbed to their injuries later.

The police said that a case of murder had been registered and efforts were being made to trace the suspects. The police said that the motive was not yet clear as nothing was taken from the rooms where the two young daughters of the couple, Radha (6) and Roshni (4), were sleeping.

According to the statement made by Raj Kumar Gupta before he died at the trauma centre, he heard some noise and came out of the house to find out what was going on. His wife had gone out of the house earlier to respond to the call of nature. As soon as he stepped out, he was attacked with knives. His wife was already attacked by the suspects.

Meanwhile, the two children remained unaware of the incident. A neighbour claimed that he heard a scream and came out only to find the couple lying in a pool of blood in the courtyard.

The police said that further investigations were on and efforts were being made to ascertain the identity of the suspects. The police have not ruled out business rivalry as the reason behind the attack.

Gang busted: The Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of three youths from Moti Nagar in West Delhi. They were reportedly involved in a number of robbery and murder cases reported in different districts.

The police seized a country-made revolver, a knife and a scooter from the suspects who were identified as Pawan, Sanjeev alias Happy and Ashwini. Their three accomplices, including the owner of a factory making car accessories in Jwalapuri, Sunil, have absconded.

Sunil used to collect information about the financial position of his business parties, pass on the same to his accomplices who would rob them later. They had robbed Rs 1.5 lakh from a person at Raja Garden Crossing, Rs 4.19 lakh from another victim who had withdrawn the amount from a bank in Mayapuri last year, gold jewellery worth lakhs of rupees from a residence in Rajouri Garden, Rs 18,000 from Vikaspuri and jewellery from a shop in Mukherjee Nagar. Besides, they were also involved in a murder case in Rewari, the police said.

Abductors held: The Paharganj police arrested four pickpockets on the charge of abducting a 10-year-old child, Amit. They abducted the child from Paharganj where he had gone to buy something. The victim has been rescued from the hideout of the suspects. The suspects were identified as Kulwant, Ved Prakash, Rakesh and Vinod, the police said. 



Businessmen assaulted, robbed of car at red light
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 2
In a shocking incident, four youths dragged two businessmen brothers out of their Maruti car at the red light signal at Guru Nanak Chowk near Ram Lila Ground in front of several onlookers, hit them on the heads with a revolver butt and sped away with the vehicle and Rs 1.5 lakh. The incident occurred on Monday evening.

The victims, Vijai Kumar Aggarwal and his brother, were on their way home after closing their shop at Turkman Gate in the walled city. The assailants had been following them from Turkman Gate on two motorcycles. As they stopped the car at the red light signal at Guru Nanak Chowk, the youths dragged both the brothers out of the vehicle and hit them with the butt of a revolver. They began bleeding and finally fell down. The incident occurred in front of a number of people who gathered there but none of them came forward to help the victims.

In the meantime, the suspects left their motorcycles at the crossing and drove away with the car. The cash was kept inside the car. The victims were taken to the hospital by the local police. The Central district police have registered a case of robbery and launched a hunt for the four assailants.



Mines generate Rs 87 crore for Haryana

Faridabad, April 2
Mines and related activities in the district contributed a revenue of Rs 87.34 crore to the state exchequer during the financial year 2001-2002. The revenue collected as royalty was approximately 23.21 crore more than the previous year. According to the district administration, the district had contributed an amount of Rs 64.13 crore as royalty last year. He said a penalty of Rs 37 lakh was recovered for violating mining norms. About 941 vehicles had been challaned during the period.

According to the district administration, the monetary collection was Rs 60 per metric tonne on Badarpur sand, Rs 24 per metric tonne on stones and Rs 15 for silica sand. The district authorities have set up a ‘Task force’ which include the SDM, Mr Jitender Dahiya, ASP Sanjay Kumar, DETC (west) U.S. Dahiya and other mining officials to check the illegal mining in the region. Accordingly, several check posts have been set up in the area. TNS


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