Sunday, April 7, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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CM gearing up for Operation CNG
Tribune News Service

All hands on board

* Delhi Govt might close schools, so that 1,000 CNG-driven school buses are available to meet rush of commuters.

* Fares may be hiked as quid pro quo, if operators agree to ply diesel buses and pay the penalty.

* Around 2,500-odd RTVs and mini-vans would be pressed into service to augment DTC’s fleet.

* DTC Board will meet on Tuesday to ratify Cabinet’s decision to purchase 700 to 1,000 new CNG buses. However, the buses would be added to the DTC’s fleet by July-end only.

* Vehicles with wireless sets would fan out in the Capital and keep the control room posted on rush in a particular area and the type of reinforcement required.

* A helpline would become operational on Monday for registering complaints of over-charging of fares, etc.

New Delhi, April 6
After spending the better part of Friday and Saturday morning “studying” the Supreme Court’s order and “examining” the implications thereof, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit – in a hurriedly convened news conference at her residence – said the Government of NCT of Delhi might order closure of schools so that the 1,000 CNG-driven school buses operated by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) could be available to meet the rush of commuters.

Not ruling out a hike in bus fares, the chief minister said private transporters’ associations had raised no such demand. A hike in fares, she hastened to add, could be considered if private operators agreed to ply diesel buses and pay the penalty from the income thus generated. Penalty, she was categorical, shall have to be paid by the owners as per the government’s interpretation of the apex court order. The penalty, she clarified, was Rs 500 per day for 30 days from now and Rs 1,000 thereafter. Elaborating on the contingency plan worked out by the government, Ms Dikshit said the 2,500-odd RTVs and mini-vans would be pressed into service to augment the DTC’s fleet of 2,200 CNG buses and 1,200 others run by private operators. Here again the Government of NCT of Delhi has tied itself in knots for it would have to make suitable amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act allowing RTVs (a contract carriage) to ply on stage carriage permits.

The DTC Board would in the meantime be meeting on Tuesday to ratify the Cabinet’s decision to purchase 700 to 1,000 new CNG buses. The surplus staff would be adjusted in allied departments in order to man these newer buses. However, as the chief minister acknowledged reluctantly, the buses would be added to the DTC’s fleet latest by July-end only.

To rationalise the routes and ensure that fewer commuters are stranded in transit, 40 ticket checking vehicles equipped with wireless sets would fan out into the Capital and keep the control room posted on the rush in a particular area and the type of reinforcement required. A Helpline would become operational Monday for registering complaints of over-charging of fares, etc. Acknowledging that the rush of office-goers on Monday could give a more accurate estimate of the anticipated crisis, Ms Dikshit said she was “worried” but not “panicky” as 6,700 buses had plied on Saturday, including 37 diesel-driven ones whose operators had paid the requisite penalty. Perhaps on an optimistic note, she asserted private operators might still choose to ply buses as the penalty imposed by the court was manageable.

“The government has extended them an attractive loan scheme to buy CNG buses on easy instalments … So, they should not have much of a problem,” she said tongue-in-cheek. “They are trying to bargain with us … Much depends on their staying capacity,” she added, referring to the losses that would otherwise accrue.

Defending the optimistic note struck by the chief minister, Transport Minister Ajay Maken said under the agreement entered into by operators of Kilometre (KM) Scheme buses, they were issued permits that makes it binding on them to ply buses (“essential services”) till the permits expire. About 5,600 buses, he said, had been issued permits by the Transport Department. For the private operators, caught between the terms of agreement with the DTC and the penalty imposed by the apex court, it is a double blow. 



Delhiites brace up for chaos
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 6
The commuters in the Capital had a harrowing time with about half the public transport buses on diesel going off the roads of the National Capital Territory, following the Supreme Court order imposing hefty fines on the violators. Despite Saturday being a holiday in most schools and office establishments, people were stranded at the bus stops for several hours and auto rickshaws had a good time fleecing the commuters. The complete effect of the depleted fleet would be visible on Monday when most of the schools and offices would reopen after the weekend. In a move to avert chaos, Ms Sheila Dikshit and Transport Minister, Mr Ajay Maken, held meeting with the transporters. On the BJP side, the Delhi MP and former Delhi Chief Minister, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, held talks with the Union Petroleum Minister, Mr Ram Naik, to find a way out of the impasse. Even as the political leaders and transporters hobnobbed in meetings, the commuters had to sweat it out in the scorching heat.

R K Chawla, a resident of East Delhi, said: ‘With my two children going to school on diesel-run buses and both me and my wife using chartered buses to reach office, only God knows how we will manage in the coming days,’’ said Rakesh Agarwal, a resident of East Delhi.

Another resident, Ms Asha, an officegoer, complained that the auto rickshaws were overcharging. ‘’As it is, they over charge. Now, since the people have no other option, the fleecing has increased,’’ she said. Ravinder Raj, a West Delhi resident and an advocate, observed that the “Court could have given due weightage to the ground realities before passing such an order by ensuring that the remedy is not worse than the disease.” Spurred by the crisis, several residents have started discussing contingency measures like car pool, hiring of private vehicles for taking children to school etc. ‘’We have arranged a private van to take my children and those residing in the neighbourhood to school. Though it is more expensive, at least there won’t be any uncertainty,’’ said Ms Uma Jain. However, for millions of lower and middle class commuters, who depend solely on public transport, commuting would bee a traumatic experience in the days to come.

Transporters’ woes

The transporters operating under the KM scheme found themselves in a Catch-22 situation as they can neither abide by the Apex Court order nor violate it. The operators under the schemes, as per the terms of the agreement, were clubbed under the Essential Services Maintenance Act and the holders of the route permit must run the service. However, most of the operators have diesel buses and they would have to cough up the fine, if they violate the court directive. As a way out, the Delhi Government today stated that the KM scheme operators could surrender the permit by Monday evening. The state government said the enforcement wing of the transport department and the Delhi Traffic Police would challan all those diesel buses violating the Supreme Court directive. The members of the Joint Action Committee of Transport met the Delhi Chief Minister and the state transport minister to find a way out. The transporters urged the government to file a review petition, seeking relaxation of the fine, extension of time frame for the implementation of the order, urge the Centre to supply more CNG fuel, etc. Mr Harish Sabharwal of the committee said the transporters and the government also discussed the possibility of hiking the bus fares to meet the fine imposed by the court. A meeting of all transporters is being held here on Sunday to discuss the strategy to be adopted in the coming days. Among other things, the transporters would discuss the possibility of resorting to chaka jam and a strike by all public operators.

Political comeback

With the CNG issue back in attention, the oblivious Delhi MP and former Delhi Chief Minister, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, is all out to encash it and make up for the losses for his indifferent approach to the civic polls, in which the BJP fared poorly. Mr Khurana held a telephonic conversation with the Union Petroleum Minister, Mr Ram Naik, to urge him to come to the rescue of the transporters. He said the minister has assured that a way out would be discussed on Monday with the Union Law Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley.

Green voice

But, for the environmental activists it was time to rejoice and celebrate as the Supreme Court has ruled in their favour. Terming the Apex Court order as “momentous and innovative” Ms Sunita Narain, Director of the Centre for Science and Environment, said they are jubilant over the order as it has scotched all controversy. She said the court has broadened the jurisdiction of the case beyond Delhi.


To the commuters

* Will have to sweat it out at bus stops for hours.

* End up paying through their nose to auto rickshaw drivers.

* Need to work out contingency steps like car pool, hiring of private vehicles for taking children to school etc.

* Working couples will have to make special arrangements for the children to be picked up from school.

* Daily wage earners, who travel long distances to earn their livelihood, would be the worst hit.

To the transporters

* KM scheme operators in Catch-22 situation as they can neither abide by the Apex Court order nor violate it. The operators are deemed to be providing an essential service and must run the buses. But that would invite the fine.

* Transporters may be allowed to hike the bus fares to meet the fine imposed by the court. Discussions on.

* May resort to chaka jam and call for a strike, if they fail to break the impasse.

To the Greens

* Green activists dub court ruling as “momentous and innovative”.

* Feels court has broadened the jurisdiction of the case beyond Delhi. It has now given a direction on alternative fuel strategy for the whole country.

* The government will now have to give priority to the transport sector over all other sectors with regard to allocation of CNG.

* The government will have to prepare a schedule for introducing clean fuels.



‘IAS’ officer with ISI links is SP’s guest
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 6
Abhikar Raj, who tried to impersonate an IAS officer and availed the PWD guest house facilities in Sonepat and the hospitality of the Panipat SP, was produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ms Ritu Tagore, who remanded him to police custody for six days. The accused is suspected to have ISI links. The police had recovered a tape-recorder, a diary and about Rs. 43,000 in cash from his possession.

The police suspects that he has ISI links as the diary lists Pak phone numbers. The accused had visited Pakistan for a week and met the Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Rawalpindi.

It is also alleged that he chatted with his Pakistani friends on his mobile many times during his stay in Panipat and Sonepat.

The authorities of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) have also arrived here to interrogate the accused and confirm his ISI links.

Abhikar Raj reportedly resides in Defence Colony, New Delhi. He had presented the I-card of a lawyer in the Delhi High Court, but it was found to be bogus. He also claims to have passed the LLB examination from London.

It is stated that the accused arrived in Sonepat in a red-coloured Zen car (No. DL-3CQ/6889) from Panipat on Wednesday and checked in at the PWD (B and R) rest house in the city. He was allotted Room No. 12 on the request of SP, Sonepat, who after receiving a message from Panipat booked the suite for his stay. The accused was also given a pilot car by the Panipat SP, when he stayed in the city for four days as latter’s guest.

In Sonepat, the accused was given all facilities in the rest house, including telephone. When he reached the camp office of the SP for a meeting on Thursday evening, the SP got suspicious, especially about his IAS credentials. He immediately rang up Deputy Commissioner S N Roy and asked him to come over and meet his batch mate. When the DC arrived, the accused panicked and admitted to the charade. He was immediately handed over to the police for further investigations. A case has been registered.



Probe into gang-rape of detainee
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, April 6
The allegation of gang rape of a woman by Babugarh police on the police station premises took a new turn with the Commissioner, Meerut Division, Deepak Singhal, ordering a magisterial inquiry into the incident, obviously not satisfied with the report of the Hapur Circle Officer Ishwer Chand Sharma. In the meantime, the SSP Prashant Kumar transferred the SO, Babugarh police station, to the lines. These decisions have reportedly been taken even before the formal submission of the Circle Officer’s inquiry report. The officer’s version was seen to be an attempt to save the guilty.

Besides, a formal FIR has been registered against the guilty SO, Jeev Ram, and his colleagues for having kidnapped the woman, wife of a visually challenged person, Azad, from her house, detained her in the police station, beaten her up and committed a gang rape on her in the police station precincts. The police version is that on March 28, they had gone to the residence of the victim in Dasna town in search of her son Kishen who was wanted in a murder case.

The woman in a written complaint to the SSP, Ghaziabad, had demanded action against the guilty police officials. A probe by the Circle Officer, Hapur, was then ordered by the SSP. The decision of Divisional Commissioner Deepak Singhal to order a magisterial inquiry into the matter seems to be the result of the interest being taken by an NGO Marg, committed to the welfare of women victims.

Its executive Director, Dr Vasudha Dhagamwar, has reportedly written to the National Commission for Women about the case. The woman was picked up from her house by the police officials, beaten up and detained and raped in the police station. To cap it, her medical examination at the government hospital was not properly done, Dr Dhagamwar had written. Some social leaders of Ghaziabad and Dehat Morcha officials also took up the matter.



Faridabad water woes have begun

Faridabad, April 6.
With the onset of summer begins the water crisis. And that brings in its wake protests and demonstrations. The office of the Municipal Corporation, Faridabad, has witnessed three demonstrations in the last few days over water. Residents of the NH-5 colony of NIT laid siege to the mayor’s office on April 3. They alleged that it was bad enough that there was no supply during daytime; now, even the supply at night-time was erratic. The protesting women also asked the Mayor, Mrs Anita Goswami, to direct the department to improve the civic conditions and fix the sewerage system.

Hundreds of residents of Mewla Maharajpur village and nearby areas also staged a demonstration at the MCF office yesterday, demanding restoration of water supply. Several other parts of the town, which fall in the NIT zone and in the so-called posh sectors, have been reporting an acute water shortage for the last fortnight. A few months back, the MCF authorities had entrusted the upkeep of water tubewells in the HUDA sectors to a private company, with a view to improve their functioning. However, the work on the Renniwell water augmentation scheme is proceeding at a tardy pace. The Rs 42-crore project entrusted to HUDA was due to be completed last year, but it seems that ‘Renniwell’ water will be available only after the summer is over. 



Gurgaon part of Haryana cellular circle
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, April 6
The Department of Telecom has clarified that Gurgaon is an integral part of the Haryana cellular circle. The DoT, in its latest correspondence to the private cellular operators in Haryana and Delhi, has upheld its earlier order of February 28, 2000 with regard to the territorial jurisdictions of Delhi Metro Cellular Service Area and the Haryana Circle Cellular Area. M/s Aircell Digilink India Ltd and M/s Escotel Mobile Communications (Pvt) Ltd were the authorised operators for providing cellular services in the Haryana cellular circle.

The Gurgaon clientele of authorised operators in Haryana Circle can now do away with the roaming card facilities.



The ‘Lake District of India’ is scenically stunning 
Tribune News Service

General information

Season : Accessible round the year.

Area : 11.73 sq. kms.

Population : 30,951 (1991 Census)

Altitude : 1938 mts.

Clothing :

Summer : Cottons/ light woollens

Winter : Heavy Woollens

Languages : Hindi, Kumaoni and English 

As temperature begins to soar in the Capital and its surroundings and as the holiday season sets in, people are packing their bags to beat the heat by retreating into the cooler climes. Nainital in Uttaranchal is one such location.

Within the panoramic Kumaon lies the district of Nainital. Its snow-capped peaks, verdant valleys, green meadows and crystal lakes have beckoned lovers of nature for ages. Dotted with lakes, Nainital has earned the epithet of ‘Lake District of India’. The most prominent of the lakes is Naini ringed by hills and named after the Goddess Naini.

The first recorded discovery of the place goes back to the year 1841 when Mr P. Barron of Shahajahanpur was so moved by the scenic splendour of the place that he had a house constructed by the name ‘Pilgrim Cottage’ and gradually a township sprung up around the lake.


Situated at an altitude of 1789 metres on the Bhowali-Mukteshwar Road, Ramgarh is known for a variety of Himalayan fruits and the spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges. Famous poets Rabindranath Tagore and Mahadevi Verma have praised the serenity of this place. While Tagore composed ‘Geetanjali’ here, Mahadevi Verma’s ‘Sandhya Geet’ also took shape here. Ramgarh also houses a fruit processing factory run by the government.


Mukteshwar is a small hill station situated at an altitude of 2286 metres on the Bhowali-Devidhura Road and is covered with a thick wooded forest. It offers a majestic view of the Himalayas. Near Mukteshwar is a stone hole of Chauli Ki Jali, dedicated to Lord Shiva. On a moonlit night, the place offers a spectacular view of the sparkling town of Almora and the majestic peaks of Adi Nampa of Nepal stretching up to the Chaukhamba Peaks of Garhwal. It is also famous for the 100-year-old Indian Veterinary Research Institute campus.

Harishtal and Lokhantal

These lakes are situated at a distance of 72 km from Nainital in the Okalkanda development block near Gotia village. The two lakes are at a distance of 1 km from each other and both have a surface area of about 2 sq km each. One has to walk 5 km from Khansyu in order to reach these lakes.


Ramnagar is situated on the banks of the river Kosi and was set up by Commissioner H. Ramsay (1856-1884). With the coming of the broad gauge railway line, Ramnagar became an important town. One can visit the archaeological ruins of Dhikuli, the Garjia Devi temple and Sitabani while one is at Ramnagar. Ten km from Ramnagar are the ruins of Kotabagh, which date back to the Chand rulers. Kaladhungi has been part of Jim Corbett’s house, which now houses the Corbett museum.

The spread over the districts of Nainital, Bijnor and Pauri. Before Kaladhungi, at Kamola, ‘ the Thimayya Farm’ of the Kumaon Regiment is situated.

Corbett Waterfall

The Corbett Waterfall is situated 36 km from Nainital on the Kaladhungi-Ramnagar motorable road falling under the Ramnagar Forest Division. The waterfall stands at a distance of 3 km from the Kaladhungi main road. The fall with a drop of 20 mtrs. is surrounded by a forest belt and camping sites with an abundance of bird life and plant life. Some other added attractions for the visitors are the ‘Nature Walk’, museum, the adventurous camping sites etc. The easy availability of parking facilities makes the place an ideal picnic spot. Accommodation: Private Corbett Resort.

Boats add to the beauty of the Naini Lake.

Naina Peak

Naina peak, the highest peak around Nainital, is at a height of 2610 mtrs., 5.5 kms. from Nainital, commands a captivating view of the snow-clad Himalayan ranges. On a clear day, a wide range of the snow-clad Himalayas is visible and one can have a bird’s-eye view of Nainital. One can either trek or go on horseback.

Snow View

A scenic spot - it offers a panoramic view of 250 km of the Himalayan ranges. The Snow View Peak, 2270 mts. is a popular vantage point in Nainital, accessible by a ropeway by horse and on foot.

High Altitude Zoo

Perched at an altitude of 2075 mtrs., 1.5 km away from the bus station, the zoo is famous for housing a variety of species of animals living at higher altitudes.


Five km from Nainital, the lake is a haven for anglers, and is inhabited by a number of fish. It is situated on Nainital-Ramnagar motorable road.


At an altitude of 2528 mtrs., an ideal place for a quite weekend holiday and picnic, Kilbury is a part of a forest reserve and is rich in flora and bird life. Forest Rest House is available for accommodation with the permission of D.F.O. Nainital.


1951 mtrs. above and 3.22 kms. from Nainital, it is a place of religious interest, and is also famous for a spectacular view of the sunset.

Lands End

A 4.08 km trek from Nainital, 2118 mtrs. high, this hill offers a panoramic view of Khurpatal and the terraced fields on the side of the hill. It is accessible by horse also.

Kainchi Temple

On the Almora-Ranikhet Road one can also visit the temple complex of Kainchi.

State Observatory

Situated at a height of 1951 mtrs., 4.4 kms. from Nainital, the state observatory undertakes astronomical studies and optical tracking of artificial earth satellites.



Worship the Lord with the flowers of good deeds

Slums anywhere are a sad commentary on man’s indifference to the plight of fellow beings. In many cases, they are located near skyscrapers and elite suburbs where the fortunate few live in the lap of luxury. Delhi has more than 1,100 slums inhabited by three million people. These ugly unhygienic dwellings, not even fit for pigs and cattle, house precious lives entitled to a life of dignity. Much has been written about this tragic existence and several NGOs are today active to improve the situation. But the magnitude of the poverty and misery is so overwhelming as to be frustrating.

The Arpana movement, inspired by a woman of great spiritual vision and addressed by her disciples as Param Pujya Ma, has shown that reformation is not an impossible task. Her ashram located at Madhuban in Karnal 114 km from Delhi, has sought to make faith a vehicle to serve the less fortunate members of the society. Her experiment, for individuals and families drawn from different faiths, backgrounds and professions, undertook social work among the poor in nearby areas and achieved a measure of success in improving the lot of several thousands through education and self-help schemes.

Three Arpana volunteers, led by Mrs Usha Seth, and inspired by the love and selfless service of Param Pujya Ma, ventured into poverty-stricken hutments of Indira Camp in Delhi in 1992. Overcoming initial suspicion and antagonism from the inhabitants, they struggled on to win their confidence and enlist their cooperation in several self-help schemes for development. They also enlisted professionals from the well-to-do classes, such as teachers, doctors and artistes to employ their time and talents in serving the deprived women and children. Their selfless toil improved the socio-economic and health conditions of the inhabitants. These efforts were so successful that the slum commissioner Manjit Singh hailed the Indira Camp as a model community.

The Delhi Government has relocated the slum-dwellers of Indira camp at an area known as Molar Band near Vasant Vihar (Delhi). It is proposed to shift more members of the weaker sections from other parts to this locality — around 20,000 people in the next few years.

Arpana has opened a community welfare center at Vasant Vihar for the people of Molar Band with a variety of services to improve their educational and health standards. At the inaugural function held at the Modern School auditorium on March 31, slum children gave a brilliant display of their artistic talents. Such children admitted to some public schools are also topping the classes. Arpana has proved beyond doubt that given proper environment and opportunities the slum children are capable of as brilliant a performance as children of the affluent sections.

When Sunita, an elderly woman of the Indira camp, testified how her family had to do without toilet and proper drinking water until the Arpana volunteers entered the scene, it was very moving. For her and thousands of children, Mrs Usha Seth is a mother figure. Though herself in poor health, Ms Seth is the moving spirit behind the Delhi centre.

The Arpana movement has attained international recognition and won several awards. Many foreign dignitaries, senior officials, businessmen and social activists were present at the Vasant Vihar function in which the call had gone out for more volunteers and funds to serve the cause of the poor at the new location.

The Arpana Ashram in Karnal has among its members highly accomplished and talented people who share a common desire to serve God and fellowmen. Pujya Ma, a former director of physical education with Punjab University, promotes a kind of practical spirituality that expresses itself in harmony among people of various faiths and concern for the less fortunate members of society.

The movement has created awareness in the middle classes of the challenges and opportunities posed by the existence of slums in the neighbourhood. Its success lay in mobilising members of the middle class and motivating them to care and share.

The slum commissioner Manjit Singh did well to remind the audience of the “writing on the wall..’’ while commending the good work done by Arpana. He warned that if nothing is done to improve the lot of the urban poor and if the middle class remained indifferent to the plight of the millions, there will be a serious threat to peace in society soon.

Pujya Ma, it may be recalled, began her search for truth after witnessing the conflicts and tensions in society as well as the superstitions practised in the name of religion. She researched the scriptures for about five years and subsequently wrote several books on matters of faith. If all of us are children of one father, how can we bear to see anyone suffer, she asks. All the prophets and scriptures had emphasised that the love for God should be accompanied by love for fellow beings.

When Jesus said, “What you have done to these, the least of my brethren, you have done it unto Me,’’ he meant the wretched of the earth, some of whom inhabit the urban slums.

When Prophet Mohammed lays down that we must first “love our fellow beings’’ before making any claim of loving the Creator, He is pointing to our priorities.

“The Lord is most pleased if worshipped with the flowers of good deeds,’’ observed Saint Jnaneshwar and the same maxim is implied when Lord Krishna says: “I am the recipient of your deeds.’’

M P K Kutty



Green light to green belt in Noida
Parmindar Singh

Noida, April 6
The Noida Authority has drawn up an ambitious plan to convert the area into an extensive green belt. In each sector of the town, at least one ‘A’ class park
will be developed with lights, fountains, good quality grass, concrete paths for taking a stroll, benches, springs for children etc.

Besides, one children’s park will also be developed in each sector. A total of 32 new parks will be developed during this year, says the Chief of Forest and Horticulture Department of Noida, Mr Vasu Mitra Arora. Parks in Sectors 17, 23, 40, 55, 56 and 61 have already been developed according to the plan.

The parks have been divided into five categories according to their size. ‘A’ class parks have maximum facilities like paths, fountains, lights, benches, quality grass etc followed by ‘B’ class parks which will not have lights and fountains. Meanwhile, ‘C’ class parks will not have springs for kids and `D’ category will not have springs, lights and footpaths. The Noida Authority has fixed 550 benches in various parks, Mr Arora says.

In children’s parks, tall trees and shrubs will be planted on all four sides so that when children play, balls and other articles don’t damage the window panes of nearby houses. The children’s parks have especially been planned to provide them with paddy grounds for games, sports etc as grown ups and senior citizens object to their playing games in public parks. Children’s parks will have fully grass-covered lawns.

In the current year, five parks in Sector 34, nine in Sector 61, seven in Sector 52, two each in Sectors 50, 51 and 20 and one each in Sectors 44, 19, 23 and 56 are being developed. Mr Arora says Rs 3.50 crore has been spent from the last year’s budget of Rs 4.5 crore. The department has a budget of Rs 7 crore for the new financial year.

This year, the authority will take up development of parks in industrial sectors too. The authority also encourages the Residents Welfare Associations and industrial houses to come forward to share the responsibility of developing and maintaining parks and greenbelts.

As such, 90 parks have been handed over to RWAs and industrial houses viz DS Group, R. Systems Internet, Permit India, Rohan Motors, Steel Strip and Tubes ATS Green GSCF Toughened Glass etc.



Cops learning to give a fair deal to the fair sex
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 6
Twenty Delhi Police officers were made to perform various roles, from the tortured daughter-in-law to the alcoholic husband, concerned station house officer to the anguished father.

The unique spectacle was part of the five-day workshop on the ‘gender sensitisation for the Delhi Police personnel’, organised by the Gender Training Institute (GTI) of the Centre for Social Research (CSR) to make the police personnel understand the “traditional man-woman relationship”.

The workshop, aptly titled ‘Training for Trainers’ (TOT), was aimed at sensitising the police on the crucial issues of gender and the changes that will follow thereafter. The workshop was attended by Delhi Police officials who came out with their modules for training. These modules will be evaluated by a team of researchers from the CSR and implemented in their future sessions.

“As a law-enforcing agency, it is of immense importance for the police to be the vehicle of change. They are not only entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining law but it is also their bounden duty to instil values,” said Ms Ranjana Kumari, Director, CSR.

The other issues like trafficking of women and children, the rampant problem of dowry, child marriages and child rape were not only discussed in respect of the existing laws but also in terms of the attitude of the police in handling such cases.

“In cases involving women, the police need to follow a certain method of behaviour and investigation. However, the reality is otherwise. Women shy away from approaching the police fearing further humiliation,” added Ms Kumari.

The “participatory programme”, which consisted of group discussions, role-play and games, was one of the means for the police officers not only to express their views on the sensitive issues and the police’s handling of them, but also an opportunity for “self-introspection”, she added.

The participants were divided into groups of four each of which took up separate issues and presented their reports. “Gender as an issue has been wrongly identified as a woman’s issue only. It involves both the man and the woman,” said Ms Aparajita Mukherji, a senior trainer.

The workshop that commenced on April 1 was inaugurated by Dr Kiran Bedi, Joint Commissioner of Police (Training).



Man asks SSP to save him from ASI

Rohtak, April 6
Charging the Meham police with committing barbarities, Mr Anant Ram, a resident of Indira Colony here, has appealed to the SSP, Mr A. S. Ahlawat, to intervene and save him from an ASI. In a letter written to the SSP on Friday, he alleged that ASI Mahender Singh, posted at the Meham police station, along with his two sons - Sunil and Naresh, made a murderous attack on him with knives and hockey sticks at his house on March 28.

However, the neighbours intervened and protected the members of his family. He alleged the assailants used abusive language and threatened to kill his family. He alleged that ASI Mahender Singh was under the influence of alcohol. Even though he asked the police to medically examine the ASI, they refused to listen to him. He alleged that the police were shielding the ASI. He sought action against the “erring” police official and protection for the members of his family. OC



Body of woman found near rail tracks
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 6
The police recovered the body of a young woman from the railway tracks near NIT Railway Station on Friday. It is suspected that harassment and victimisation over dowry might have been behind the death. The kin of the victim, identified as Sonia Bhatia, have alleged that she was `murdered’ and thrown near the railway tracks to show that she had committed suicide. She was married to one Sanjiv Bhatia of Sector 7 here on October 25 last year. A case under the Dowry Act has been booked.

Life imprisonment

A fast-track court here has sentenced an accused of murder to life imprisonment. The accused, Ganga Ram of Chhainsa village, had attacked the victim, Om Prakash of the same village, with a sharp-edged weapon after a quarrel between them over an issue. The victim succumbed to his injuries in Civil Hospital here in December 2000. 

New DC takes over

Mr Anurag Rastaugi took over the charge as Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner on Friday. He replaced Mr Apoorva Kumar Singh who has been shifted as Managing Director, Haryana Dairy Development, at Chandigarh. Mr Rastaugi has been transferred from Hisar where he was holding the same post.

Hospital opened

The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today inaugurated the civil hospital constructed at a cost of Rs 3.62 crore here. He said the three-storeyed hospital was well equipped with the latest health facilities. He said an amount of Rs 5.6 crore would be spent for construction of hospitals, community health centres and primary health centres by the Health Department in the state.

Later in the day, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of a ‘Yog dhyan sadhna kendra’ and a library at Bhagwan Mahavira Park here on the 2,600th ‘janmotsava’ of Bhagwan Mahavira. He said no shops of liquor and meat would be allowed to function in the periphery of 200 metres of this religious spot.

Blood camp

A blood donation camp was organised in Maharshi Dayanand University here today to commemorate the first death anniversary of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal. Dr Satpal Singh Dahiya, Registrar of the university, inaugurated the camp and planted a sapling in the premises of the university health centre on the occasion. The officials of the university, non-teaching employees and students were present at the function.

3 get life term

The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Hari Paran Singh, today awarded life imprisonment to three persons on the charges of murdering a resident of Ward 2 here over four years ago. According to information, the convicts — Tilak Raj, Bhagwati and Ram Singh — had abducted Vinod and later killed him. The body was later thrown into a nearby canal here.

Body unidentified

An unidentified body of a man was found from near the Panipat Refinery bridge here on Friday. The body bore multiple injuries. The exact cause of the death could not be ascertained immediately.

Cop suspended

A police head constable was suspended today for allegedly misbehaving with a woman and one of her relatives.

Power workers

The Sarv Karamchari Sangh Haryana and the All Haryana Power Corporation Employees Union will take part in the proposed nation-wide strike on April 16. This was announced by Mr R. K. Nagar, assistant secretary of the Sarv Karamchari Sangh, and Mr Rajinder Singh Rathi, a leader of the All Haryana Power Corporation Employees Union, while addressing a joint meeting here last evening.

They said that the strike had been called in protest against the anti-employee policies of both the central and state governments. The leaders of all the Leftist parties and the trade unions were extending their full support to this strike, they added. The leaders also announced that the members of these unions would also take part in the state-level rally being organised on April 7 at Rohtak.



Study on using more flyash in making 
concrete roads
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 6
A detailed study on the possibility of using higher amounts of flyash in the construction of concrete roads in rural areas forms part of an extensive project programme for the year 2002-03. Various aspects of the programme were finalised at a recent meeting of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of the National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCB), a national-level research body devoted to research, technology development and industrial services working under the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry, here.

The study will concentrate on finding ways and means of making concrete roads using about 40 to 45 per cent flyash. The possibility of using Fujibeton, the wonder material already in use in Japan and other countries, will also be explored for using in road-making in the rural areas, according to Mr S. C. Sharma, general manager, industrial information services of NCB laboratory at Ballabgarh here. 



Jagjit Singh sings for Prayas’ children

New Delhi, April 6
A singer, a cricketer and a cop. No this isn’t the title of a thriller, but the coming together of three stalwarts for the cause of children. Adding to the glamour was a Bollywood star-turned politician. The Capital played host to a special event on Friday, organised to raise funds for the children of Prayas, an NGO working for underprivileged children. While ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh enthralled the audience with his soul-stirring numbers, Kapil Dev, the chief guest for the evening, and Joint Commissioner of Police Amod Kanth, also the founder of the organisation, reeled under the incantation of music. Rajya Sabha Member Shatrughan Sinha inaugurated the event that was sponsored by the MTNL.

This was not the first time the maestro has lent his voice for the cause. He has on pervious two occasions held shows to help raise funds for the organisation that has been working towards providing a shelter to street children. ‘’I appreciate the efforts put in by Prayas... it is a good cause. I hope events like this help them spread awareness and raise funds,’’ he said. OC



Two held, robbery bid foiled
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 6
The Delhi Police Special Cell today apprehended two desperate inter-state criminals involved in highway robberies and murders in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and claimed to have solved more than 16 cases of murder, attempt to murder, robbery, motor vehicle thefts and offences under the Arms Act.

One US-made loaded revolver, one pistol, 10 live cartridges and one stolen Yamaha motorcycle have been seized from the arrested criminals.

The special cell sleuths received a tip-off that some criminals were active in the Trans-Yamuna area and would be assembling near a Reebok showroom to commit a robbery at the Hyundai showroom on Vikash Marg.

On Friday, the police team spotted two criminals on a black Yamaha motorcycle (No DL-4S-W-7737). One of the criminals on noticing the police party immediately whipped out a revolver and tried to fire at the cops. But before he could fire, the police overpowered him.

The duo were identified as Vijay Kumar alias Rajesh (24), resident of Mangolpuri, and Raghubir alias Jamir Ahmad alias Sahil (23), resident of Kurukshetra, Haryana. On sustained interrogation, they confessed to their involvement in several sensational crimes in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Youth set on fire in sleep by friend: A youth was set on fire when he was asleep by his friend over a dispute on some minor issue on Friday night at a jhuggi in Okhla modh in South district. The victim, Mangal Singh (22), sustained major burns and was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital.

The victim, an autorickshaw driver, and his friend, Baikam Singh, who runs a tea stall in the Okhla modh area, used to stay together in the same jhuggi. Both are residents of Kathiyar district in Bihar. Mangal told the police in the hospital that they had some dispute over a minor issue and on Friday night when he was fast asleep, the accused poured kerosene on him and burnt him.

The police have registered a case of attempt to murder and launched a massive hunt to trace the Bikam.



Four officials of Education Department held 
for graft

Panipat, April 6
The Vigilance Department arrested four officials of the Education Department on corruption charges on Friday. According to information, the arrested persons are Sub-divisional Primary Education Officer Sushila Jain, Superintendent of the BR Hindu Vidyapeeth, Matlauda, Suraj Mal Jaglan and two teachers Sultan Singh and Sher Singh. Acting on a complaint of Mr Krishan, a resident of Ahmedpur village, a vigilance team raided the office of Ms Jain and recovered Rs 1,000 which she had demanded from the complainant for preparing an experience certificate.

Similarly, the other three persons were reportedly caught red-handed while accepting bribe to help students in copying in the ongoing Class VIII examinations. TNS


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