Monday, April 22, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Effluent plants told to pay dues
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 21
The Combine Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) societies that have not paid their dues to the Government of NCT of Delhi have been issued notices to pay up or face penal action. According to sources, the Government of NCT of Delhi is considering initiating action against defaulting CETP societies in the Capital’s various industrial estates that have not paid up their dues so far. Notices have already been sent to the defaulters under the CETP Act to immediately settle the outstanding amounts which they are liable to pay towards their share of construction cost of the CETPs in the Capital’s various industrial areas, according to sources in the administration.

The non-payment of dues was tantamount to violation of the Supreme Court order also in this regard and the onus shall be on the defaulters, the sources pointed out. The Government of NCT of Delhi and the Centre each contribute 25 per cent of the CETP-construction-cost while the respective societies of the industrial areas are expected to chip in the remaining 50 per cent share. Whereas both the Centre and Government of NCT of Delhi have come up with their individual shares, the societies have been lagging “and, therefore, the initiating of action for payment collection,” the sources said.

In accordance with a Supreme Court directive, the Government of NCT of Delhi is in the process of setting up as many as 15 CETPs in various industrial areas in the Capital. Of these, three have already been commissioned while the remaining are scheduled to be ready by the year-end much ahead of schedule.

The sources said that the CETP societies in the already-commissioned areas of Wazirpur, Mangolpuri and Mayapuri – commissioned ahead of schedule – as well as in areas where CETPs are under construction have been defaulting in the payment of their share. A joint director in the Delhi Industries Department has been appointed as a “Competent Authority” under the CETP Act to effect the recovery of dues. In case dues are still not recovered, the authority will then ask the Deputy Commissioner of Revenue in each district concerned to “recover them as land revenue”, the sources added.

Meanwhile, the CETP societies claim that they have not paid up because of “tremendous escalation in construction cost” of the CETPs. The Government of NCT of Delhi sources, however, point out that while calculating costs for construction of the CETPs, the National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) – which conducted surveys in 1996 in this regard – had not taken into consideration various factors like building chemical houses, offices, laboratories, and constructing roads and pathways besides other essentials.

“Besides, cost escalation is bound to be there if there is a long time-gap between survey and implementation,” the sources observed. The CETP societies are expected to maintain and operate the forthcoming CETPs after the facilities have been handed over to them. The Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (DSIDC), the construction agency, appointed by the apex court and building 14 of the 15 CETPs proposed for the Capital, is understood to be “ahead of schedule, provided funds are released on time,” the sources said. The Rs 254-crore CETP construction project is being undertaken in line with the Supreme Court order to rid Delhi of environmentally-unsafe industrial units.



Spurious mineral water floods Faridabad
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 21
Spurious mineral water is being sold at several places in the town and district, especially at public places like railway stations and bus stands.

According to information, several youths and children are involved in the racket. They collect the empty water bottles from the kabaris or from garbage dumps, clean them with detergent and supply to the persons who refill the bottles with simple tap water and supply to vendors after putting an adhesive tape around the cap of the bottle. Such refilled bottles are sold at railway stations and bus stands to the passengers.

In a recent incident, a resident of Sector 16 here who happened to travel by a train to Sonepat purchased a bottle of `mineral’ water from the old Faridabad Railway Station. When he opened the bottle, he found the taste of water just similar to the water he had taken from the public tap at the platform.

According to the railway police sources, a large number of children aged between 8 and 15 years had been involved in bottling ordinary tap water in empty mineral water bottles and later selling it to passengers of the trains which halt at the station. The refilled water bottles are kept in buckets having ice-cubes.

It is also learnt that such bottles are sold at prices ranging from Rs 7 to Rs 12, depending upon the time and bargaining by the customer. According to an official, action could be taken against the persons selling spurious water by the health department which had, however, `failed’ to test the purity of water sold through sealed bottles so far. How could a policeman or official stop one from getting water from a public tap in an empty bottle, when it was not known whether it was for personal consumption or resale? he asked. These refilled bottles were sealed secretly and a proper campaign was required to catch the real culprits, he added.

The demand for mineral water in Faridabad has been ever increasing as the normal tap water supplied in the town is `heavy’ and contain ‘salts’ exceeding the acceptable limit. Thus the supply of mineral water has been a roaring business here. A large number of households depend on such water regularly. 



Nostalgic Sheila Dikshit walks down 
Punjabiyat lane
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 21
It was a faux pas that brought out the true identity of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. When the Union Chemicals and Fertilizer Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, addressed Ms Dikshit as the “Punjab Chief Minister”, the Congress leader accepted the “larger” role and “true” identity with a smile.

While the defeat of the SAD (Badal) at the hands of the Congress in Punjab might have confused the Union minister, for Ms Dikshit, it was an encounter with her nostalgic past.

As far as “Punjabiyat” was concerned, Ms Dikshit said that she had “80 per cent of it in her blood”. “I was born in Punjab and had my initial schooling there. And yes, I owe my success as the Chief Minister to Delhi’s large Punjabi population,” she said.

Despite her marriage into a political family in Uttar Pradesh, she never lost touch with the “Punjabi” culture as a large number of migrants, who had settled down in Delhi after Partition, always acted as a link for Ms Dikshit to remind her of her roots.

The two leaders were attending a function organised by the International Council of Punjabis (ICP). Several Punjabi organisations at the function pledged a total on-the-spot aid of Rs 15 lakh for the riot-affected people of Gujarat.

The former Prime Minister, Mr I. K. Gujral, presented the ICP-instituted Jathedar Santokh Singh Awards to renowned cardiologist Naresh Trehan, internationally acclaimed Singh Bandhu duo of classical music and novelist Bhajan Singh.

Cricketer Harbhajan, who was also chosen for the award, could not collect it as he is in West Indies now. The ICP would honour him at a later date, Mr Manjit Singh, the head of the ICP and a member of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), said.



He strikes terror into law-breakers 
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, April 21
Barely a month after he had donned the khaki uniform of a Delhi policeman, Constable Rajendra Prasad Joshi found himself in what he describes as a “critical situation”.

It was January 1986 when some unidentified persons had looted Rs 3.25 lakh from the Vaish Cooperative Bank on the main Vikas Marg after stabbing the guard and threatening the cashier in broad daylight.

The guard was not seriously injured, but the brazen robbery in the heart of the congested commercial area of East Delhi had caused panic among the traders and businessmen. The news of robbery was particularly galling to the young constable as the incident had occurred in his beat area.

Joshi was furious. He had worked hard during the first month by building a rapport with the residents of the stretch of Vikas Marg and come to know most of the shopkeepers, traders and vendors thronging the busy road.

Without waiting for the formal instructions, the constable, who had wanted to be a policeman since his childhood, went to work, contacted his sources and informants. Five hours of strenuous work paid off. One of the informants indicated that this could be the handiwork of one Bharat Bhushan alias Chotu who used to run a small shop near the bank.

Another contact also tipped off on the residential address of Chotu. A raid was organised, and lo and behold! The entire looted amount and the knife were recovered from the suspect who had been hiding in the house.

Thanks to this beat constable’s dedication, the sensational robbery case was solved in fewer than 24 hours, much to the relief of the senior police officers of the area.

Chotu confessed that he used to watch the movement of the cash to and from the bank and waited for an opportunity to strike. He had apparently planned the robbery along with his brother, Prabhat Bhushan, several months in advance.

The strapping, strongly built beat constable is also credited with single-handedly nabbing some of the dreaded criminals of the area like Dhyan Singh alias Dhyanu, Devendra Singh alias Balli and Mahinder Gujjar.

It is no surprise that all the Investigating Officers (IOs) of the district want him in their raiding parties and often rely on him for picking up crucial information from the street.

Happily married, with two daughters, Rajendra Prasad is a God-fearing man. And perhaps this is the reason that he prefers to do the right thing whatever the consequences. “I want to be a friend of the law-abiding citizens and a terror for the law-breakers,” the beat constable told the ‘NCR Tribune’.



Cellphone thieves in gentleman’s clothing
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 21
Beware mobile phone owners! If you are in a party or a social gathering, don’t hand over your cellphone to any unknown person, acting as a gentleman, to let him make “just one call”. That could be the end of what you see of your phone. A gang of cellphone thieves seems to have become active in the region. At the recently concluded sixth summit of the chief secretaries of the northern states at Surajkund here, an unidentified person fled away with the cellphone of the commerce secretary of Chandigarh. The person had borrowed the cellphone from the official, who thought that he was an officer participating in the conference, for making a call. Later, there was no trace of the gentleman. This is not an isolated case. A few days ago, a well-dressed person decamped with a phone he had borrowed from a young businessman at a function here.

The businessman got the shock of his life when he found that the ‘gentleman’ had fled with his mobile set. It is reported that the thieves dump the cellphone card immediately and the instrument would reach the “grey market” for resale. 



Agencies refuse to buy ‘small’ wheat, farmers blame government
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, April 21
Farmers of this district have been severely affected by the condition prevailing at the various grain markets and the refusal by procurement agencies to buy wheat on the plea that the grain is of smaller size. They allege that the failure of the government to provide enough irrigation water had resulted in the smaller size of the grain.

Thanks to the hard stance of the agencies, farmers are forced to wait for several days in scorching heat at different grain markets to sell the stocks. A visit to the various grain markets in the district revealed that huge piles of wheat were lying on the road, while aggrieved farmers were seen waiting for the procurement of their wheat. A large number of farmers alleged that the government officials were reluctant to procure their wheat on flimsy grounds, such as the small size of the grains and excessive barley in the crop. The agitated farmers alleged that it was the inadequate supply of irrigation water that had resulted in the smaller size of the grains. As such, they pleaded that they should not be made to pay for the ‘incompetence’ of the government. Leaders from different political parties who visited the grain markets charged the government with harassing the farmers.

After visiting the grain market at Sanghi village today, Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, a former minister, said a large number of farmers expressed their anguish about the “dual standards” adopted by the government. He claimed that farmers of Sanghi, Khidwali, Katwara, Ghuskani, jindran etc had registered several complaints against the officials of the procurement agencies. The farmers had also alleged that the authorities were not providing sufficient sacks for the storage of their wheat. He appealed to the Chief Minister to make a surprise visit to these grain markets to understand the sufferings of the farmers.

Prof Virender Singh, president, District Congress Committee (rural), alleged that the government had intentionally set high standards for the procurement that could not be fulfilled by the majority of farmers in the region.



Compensation for gutted crop demanded

Sonepat, April 21
Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, a BJP MP, expressed his grave concern over the frequent incidence of fire in the fields and huge loss to the standing wheat crops. He demanded the immediate payment of compensation to the tune of Rs 10,000 per acre to the affected farmers.

Talking to the ‘NCR Tribune’ here today, he said that the farmers of at least 15 villages in the district had suffered huge losses by the growing incidence of fire, caused by sparks from electricity transformers and transmission lines passing through the fields. He blamed the authorities of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitrtan Nigam (who had failed to remove the transmission lines and replace the old wires. Referring to the wheat procurement, Mr Sangwan alleged that the farmers were not given the minimum support price (MSP) by the officials of the procurement agencies, when they brought their produce to the mandis. OC



Why do grandparents lose sleep?

My reference to the relationship between elders and their grandchildren in one of the earlier columns has evoked an interesting response from a friend in that age group. He says that it is difficult to keep communication even with grandchildren, the ones who have reached high school or college stage. This is particularly so in a place like Delhi which has all kinds of distractions and temptations for the young people.

This friend has an idea about the education environment in some of the other cities like Chandigarh, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai and even Mumbai and says that it is so different in Delhi. The National Capital, he says, has some of the finest educational institutions as is indicated by various surveys. Still, the environment for serious study is not the same as in the other cities mentioned above. It is a pity that the young boys and girls do not take full advantage of the facilities here but spend their time in other pursuits which are not so conducive for studies. This, naturally, creates a kind of a wedge between parents and children, more so in case of grandchildren.

The greater communication mentioned by me in the earlier column might be all right in the case of nursery students but not in the case of senior students in schools and colleges. The seniors do aim high but without working hard for those heights. They think that they are wise enough and do not consider it necessary to heed the advice of elders. There would be late nights for them without a thought for the grandparents who keep awake — especially if it is in the case of a granddaughter but generally in the case of both grandsons and granddaughters — till midnight waiting for them and awake even after they come because the time for them to get sleep is upset. It literally means sleepless nights. .

Then, there is the fear of drugs and a different kind of parties and interaction which the grandparents are not used to. The young people’s lure for money is understandable in the place where some of the neo-rich parents permit extravagant habits of their wards and set the trend for others. These other students either pester their parents for that kind of money or take to dubious ways for acquiring it to keep pace with others. They also get ideas like going abroad for studies without caring if their parents can afford it or not. This lure for studies abroad has been given a boost by many foreign universities and institutes carrying on campaigns for enrolling Indian students. This attitude becomes a real problem when the job market is tight and it is a question of continuing studies for the sake of studies only.

It may come as a shock for most readers to know — at least it was a shock for me — that there are senior students in some of the high-profile schools who get hundreds of rupees, even a thousand rupees per day as pocket money. At least one teacher wanted to confirm the spendthrift habits of a student and subsequent inquiries showed that he had Rs 10,000 in his locker. .

One can often find groups of students in school uniforms at some of the expensive restaurants and fast food joints. There are many more things which could be said in the context of the young persons in Delhi but column space is always limited and those things are kept back to be conveyed later. One thing, however, is sure. The environment results in arguments between parents and grandparents and the generation gap among them increases while the young persons are amused as to why they should be fighting over them.

Time for discourse

The newspapers and TV channels have been busy with Gujarat. The people in the National Capital have been feeling the heat, at least the heat of exchange of comments on the situation. It is the time when most people are on one side or the other. There seems to be a direct confrontation between those who stand for Hindutva and those against it. There is already a polarisation on — should one say on communal — rigid lines. .

Religion is being brought in the debate without many people realising the meaning for real religion. There are not enough people to counsel sane and cool discussion on the subject. The exception is a two-man army of Swami Agnivesh and Rev Valson Thampu who have joined hands in the past for many social-spiritual campaigns. This time, they have decided to create awareness among the people on the role of true religion in uniting the people rather than dividing them on communal lines. They are trying in all earnest to mobilise religious leaders in their effort and are hopeful that they will find some to join them in the campaign to cool tempers in this regard. They want to keep it out of politics, a purely religious programme.

They believe that there have been occasions in the past when spiritual leaders of different faiths have got together on one platform for the good of the people. Today, such an occasion has arisen in the country and that they should respond to the call of the mankind. They hope to reach all types of audience with their message. They want to have young people as the target audience in particular. Already, they are in tough with some prominent public schools in Delhi in this regard. In fact, principals of some of these schools had met recently and decided to create awareness among their students about the need for communal harmony. They prepared a programme of lectures by Swami Agnivesh and Rev Valson Thumpu who had volunteered for this task. So far, they have been to three schools to interact with students and hope to visit more in this connection. It is surely a good initiative and more schools, even colleges, can seek the help from such lecturers to interact with their students.

For the disabled

In Noida, there is an office which has been monitoring work in the field of the disabled. This office, shifted from near Rouse Avenue in New Delhi, is that of Chief Commissioner for Disabled Persons. It surely is more prominent and visible in Noida than at its old location where it was almost lost in the large building which served as a medical facility. To make it more visible — and transparent, a term which is very popular these days — it has been decided to publish a quarterly newsletter to inform the interested people about what is going on in the world of the disabled. .

By the time, this column is read, the first issue of the newsletter would have been ready. An eight-page newsletter, it is aimed at creating awareness about various activities in the country which would interest the disabled as well as those official and non-government organisations working in this field. It is planned to include success stories as well as achievements of the disabled, the efforts to rehabilitate them and the problems facing them in different parts of the country. Apparently, the idea is to involve more persons and organisations in the work.

Bon appetite!

Not many people of the present generation would be familiar with the word, Dhingri. It is a mushroom type stuff which was very popular in old days and was often part of the food in an average household in Punjab. Now, it is a delicacy which is seen among the fare at weddings and other important occasions. It tastes almost like a non-vegetarian dish and has a peculiar taste. It is rich in minerals and has very low calories, something which would appeal to the present generation. The idea in writing about it is that some experts feel that it can be grown in a big way in parts of Haryana which fall in the National Capital Region. Mushroom is already being grown in this area successfully. It does not need sunlight to grow, calls for relative humidity which can be provided artificially as in the case of mushroom. There are easy sources of spawn or seed. It can be marketed in Delhi itself where the major hotels, restaurants and eateries would want it in good quantities. In case of it being in surplus, it can be exported to countries in the Middle East and the South East Asia. It can be dried easily for this purpose. Incidentally, it is good for the diabetics and heart patients.

Fire Services Week

Gurgaon, like the rest of Haryana, was observing the Fire Services Week last week. It is nice of the Fire Services of Haryana Urban Development Authority to make their presence felt on such occasions. It is natural that they remind the people about the precautions they should take to prevent fires or to control them. Handbills with these points were distributed in the town and nearby settlements.

What struck me important in the handbill was an advice that those putting up pandals should not locate the kitchen near the pandal and that electric wiring should not be loose or bared in the pandals. I have been to several such pandals put up on the occasion of a wedding or a social function and find the instruction flouted invariably. That it has not resulted in many cases of fire is God’s kindness. I do not know if there is a mechanism to keep track of these pandals — Gurgaon seems to be popular for weddings, religious discourses and a variety of social functions because of the wide open spaces here — and how effective this mechanism is. . One wishes the authorities to be more vigilant in this regard and also with regard to the mandatory anti-fire measures required to be taken by large buildings of which many are coming up in the area. As many of the new buildings, both residential and commercial, are multi-storey structures, it may be in order for the Fire Service to be better equipped to tackle cases of fire in high-rise buildings.

Prem Kumar



He drums up fan following in a unique way 
Rana A Siddiqui

Sandeep Salariya had an ear for music ever since he was a kid. By the time he reached adolescence, he took a fancy to drums. He would keenly observe orchestra on television and his seniors at St. Xavier’s school, play the drums. A regular, close watch made him imbibe set beat patterns he had otherwise no knowledge of.

By the time he reached Xth standard, his fancy had transformed into a passion. Now, a young Sandeep Salariya knew he wanted to practise and play drums only but he was not able to afford it. Moreover, he was not sure either whether his passion would last. Hence, he decided to invent his own set of drums – out of waste material at home. To begin with, he looked for items that could create similar sounds that of drums. He tried on sofa sets, layers of bricks, boxes made out of card- boards but nothing would suffice. This time he took a big plastic bucket, filled some clothes in it and hit it softly..

It emitted the required resonance. A happy Salariya kept it aside for a ‘side bass’. Now he went for a plastic stool, spread a cloth on it and beat it with a stick—it gave forth the similar ‘snair’ sound. An encouraged Sandeep collected two plastic boxes from his kitchen that produced ‘tongs’ echo. Now he needed ‘high hat’ for his near completion drum set. He took several hangers, tied them to avoid unnecessary shrilling. To make a ‘foot paddle’, he twisted all rods and collected broken bangles, bracelets, and anklets, tied them on different hangers for ‘symbol’ sounds and supported them with ‘mops’ made out of bricks. He beat them with a rod and lo! He was very close to the expensive drum set that he had in his school and saw on the TV. His joy knew no bounds. His two years of toil had borne the desired results. His own homemade band was ready. Now, Sandeep plays to explore new possibilities in drum music.

“I never liked hard metal sounds that are more noise than music. Hence, I am exploring the possibility of creating light sounds out of it that are ear-friendly and could be enumerated in soft music,” says the Best Student Award winner of his school. Sandeep is not only a music lover but also a web wizard, sportsperson, painter, writer, debater and an accomplished violinist.

The Gold Medallist and captain of basket ball team at school, Sandeep also won accolade as ‘Master of Ceremony’ for anchoring the Christmas Celebration Programme before the President, Mr R K Narayan, the First Lady, the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, the Home Minister, Mr L K Advani, other distinguished members of Parliament and several ambassadors at Rashtrapati Bhawan last year. Sandeep has also won countless prizes in elocution, quiz, group discussion and international letter writing competitions. He has also been a prefect of his school in 1996-97. He likes Jim Carey and Zeta Jones and also goes gaga over Indian classical music, Hari Prasad Chaurasia, the flute maestro and Shuba Mudgal.

This young boy who has just taken XII standard exams from St. Xavier’s School, Delhi, has plans to go for creative advertising in future and put his musical talent to best use through this field.



CM urged to probe Sonepat water crisis
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 21
Thousands of residents in this city continue to experience an acute water scarcity owing to the lack of control by the officials of the Public Health Department on the operators of the main waterworks at Murthal and the keymen at the boosting stations in the city. The representatives of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations and trade unions today urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to order a high-level probe and the suspension of the officials responsible for the water crisis. According to a report, the residents always remain at the mercy of the tubewell operators and keymen who are said to be responsible for the supply of drinking water. Although the authorities have fixed the timings for the supply of potable water, these are observed only on paper. The result is that the residents have to wait for hours daily for the water to trickle out of taps. Non-supply of water in the evening in the city has become a routine causing a lot of hardship.

Many residents alleged that repeated complaints made to the junior engineers, the SDO, the executive engineer and the superintending engineer in this regard have not brought any result.

The superintending engineer of the PHD is due to retire from service on April 30 and the subordinate officials ignore his directives for ensuring regular supply of water in the city, particularly in the evening. The worst affected are people living on the first and second floors.



300 bags of fake cement seized
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, April 21
The Loni police have seized 300 bags of fake cement during a raid at a godown in Gulab Vatika colony. Acting on a tip-off that fake cement was being mixed and packed in a godown in Gulab Vatika in Loni, the police raided the place. Two persons were arrested on the spot but six others, who were involved in the illegal trade, escaped from the scene. The arrested persons are identified as Rakesh of Shahdara and Ram Kumar of Muzzafarnagar. A Tata 407, which was used for transporting the illegal cement to nearby localities, was also seized from the godown.

Mobike stolen

A motorcycle was stolen from the town today. Mr Ravinder Saxena, a resident of Kewal Ganj, here stated in an FIR that unidentified thieves took away his vehicle from in front of a banquet hall here. The police have registered a case in this connection.

Phones dead

Sonepat city remained cut off from other parts of the country for most of the day on Saturday following a major defect developed in the main telephone exchange. According to a report, thousands of telephones remained dead and this caused great inconvenience to the telephone subscribers. The authorities of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) succeeded in rectifying the defect only after 9 pm. Many subscribers alleged that faults in this telephone exchange had become common and the authorities had to be called in to rectify them.

Body found in well

The Gohana police today claimed to have recovered the body of a boy from a well at Khandrai village in the district. According to a report, this boy had been missing from his house for the last two days. The victim was the son of an employee of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited at Butana telephone exchange. The parents of the victim have alleged that the boy was murdered by a youth. The police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

Labourer killed

Ram, a youth, was crushed to death by a vehicle while he was working in the sand dunes at Janti Kalan village, about 25 km from here, today. The victim belonged to West Bengal and was working as a labourer in the village.

Farm gutted

A mushroom farm and some other goods were reduced to ashes in a fire that broke out in a factory at Nagar village, about 30 km from here, on Saturday evening. According to a report, the fire brigades from Sonepat and Gohana towns rushed to the site and brought the fire under control after five hours. The loss is still being ascertained by the owner of the factory.

Ram Navmi

Ram Navmi, the birthday of Lord Rama, was celebrated in the city and other parts of the district with great enthusiasm today. According to a report, a large number of devotees thronged the temples and offered prayers there. Almost all the temples were tastefully decorated to attract the devotees. Shobha yatras and bhandaras were the main attractions.



60 schoolkids hurt

Sixty students of APJ School in Sector 16-A here were injured when its two buses were involved in an accident with a third bus on Saturday. Twelve children, who sustained serious injuries, were admitted in Noida Medicare Centre Hospital in Sector 30. A bus took a wrong turn and also applied brakes suddenly near Sector 15-A as a result of which it collided with the school buses. Many children fell down from their seats due to the impact. The glass panes of the buses were smashed. Weeping children were rushed to NMC Hospital by some good Samaritans in their cars. Most of the children sustained minor injuries while Shreedhar, Varun and Vishesh had serious injuries. They are all out of danger. The private bus driver sped away after the accident OC



Man falls from jeep, dies

Jhajjar, April 21
One person was killed after he fell from a speeding jeep today. He, along with his family members, was returning from a fair at Beri village in the jeep.

Dharampal, brother of the deceased, Ajmer Singh, in his complaint to the district police reported that his family came to visit the fair. They were returning to their house in Chiri village in a jeep.

He alleged that the driver of the jeep was driving at a high speed. He reportedly requested the driver to slow down the jeep, but he did not listen. In the meantime, his brother Ajmer Singh who was sitting on the back door of the jeep fell from the speeding vehicle. He was rushed to the hospital where he died later. A case has been registered against the jeep driver .OC



Parents of Panipat refinery GM killed

Sonepat, April 21
Two persons, including a woman, were killed and two others injured seriously when their car collided with a road-roller on the G. T. Road near Hasanpur Kurar village, about 10 km from here, on Saturday evening.

According to a report, the car carrying Mr Ajay Kumar, chief manager of the Panipat refinery, and his family members was on its way from Panipat to Delhi. All of them belonged to Panipat.

The deceased were parents of Mr Ajay Kumar, Mr Navin and Mrs Sushila Devi. Besides, Mr Ajay Kumar, the other injured was Ms Rita. The injured were rushed to the local civil hospital from where they were referred to a Delhi hospital for further treatment. The police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress.

According to another report, a cyclist was killed when he was hit by a speeding vehicle on the G. T. Road near Bari village, about 15 km from here, on Saturday evening. The victim was identified as Mr Ram Chander Saini who belonged to Bari village.

He was crossing the road when the accident occurred. OC 



Racket in CNG certification busted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 21
With the arrest of three officials of the M/S Green Fuel Engineering Company, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a CNG kit certification racket.

The EOW of the Delhi Police claimed that Green Fuel Engineering Company issued fake certificates that showed that the vehicle had installed the requisite CNG kit after charging Rs 5,000. Interestingly, the company has been authorised to install CNG kits in the vehicles of the Capital.

The suspected officials were identified as Rahul Goyal, Rajender Pal Singh and Venkat Rao. They were arrested after a raid on the company’s office in Safdarjung Enclave by sleuths of the EOW. They allegedly conspired in order to make money by unfair means, the police said.

When the EOW received secret information that Green Fuel Engineering Company was issuing false certificates about the installation of CNG kits in vehicles after charging Rs 5,000, they sent a decoy customer to its office. Predictably, the decoy was issued the false certificate after paying the cash.

A raid was conducted in the office and many computer floppies were seized which detailed the ongoing racket, the police said.

Employee killed: An employee of an electroplating unit in Sadar Bazar, Nasim (16), was stabbed to death by unidentified assailants who also robbed Rs 40,000 from the locker of the factory. The unit was owned by Mr Mohammad Hanif. The victim was working in the packaging section and living inside the factory premises. The Sadar Bazar police have registered a case of murder.

Pirated CDs seized: The Delhi Police seized infringed In-Lay cards, CDs and videos worth Rs 37 lakh after raids conducted in Shastri Nagar and Shakti Vihar.

During the raids, CDs, videos and In-Lay cards were seized and an employee, Shiv Raj Singh, working with the unit, was arrested.

However, the other suspects involved in the manufacture of the infringed CDs, videos and cards were absconding.

They were identified as Dilip Kumar Malik and Mukesh Kumar Hora.



A lotion that shields skin from environmental damage, melanin formation

Lotus Herbal has launched Fairness UV Block lotion, under its Sufe Sun brand. This lotion provides maximum protection for the skin against skin darkening.

Fairness UV Block lotion, the company said is the only sunscreen lotion that provides protection from infrared rays, in addition to UVA and UVB (ultra violet rays) to help shield skin from environmental damage and melanin formation.

The company said the lotion has been prepared specifically keeping the skin texture of Indians and the summer in mind. It contains ingredients mainly imported from France, which give synergic effect in combating darkening effect of sun-rays.

Decorative veneer

Greenply Industries has launched a new revolutionising version of decorative veneer for the first time in the country. This product will totally change the way veneer is used by designers and consumers, the company said.

A high-pressure decorative veneer, Duets combines the beauty and natural feel of wood with the flexibility of a laminate.

Duets is made up of natural veneers, reinforced with unbleached absorbent kraft paper impregnated with phenolic resin. The advance high pressure bonding that goes into this processing results in high density of product.

Ice cool shirts

Gujralsons has launched an exclusive range of Italian linen shirts for the season. The range has very good breath-ability and is ideal for Indian summer. The range is available in different cuts, design and a wide plethora of bright and pastel colour. This designer range is ideal for party wear that gives you clean, casual and smart look.

The company has also introduced ice cool shirts. The uniqueness of this product is that it lowers the temperature of the body by 2 to 3 degree celsius. This happening range is made up of blended fabric and available in both formal and party wear.

Pocket manager

Casio has launched Cassiopeia – the pocket manager BE 300 – which is an easy to use and carry pocket PC, packed with a host of unmatched features, making it truly unique.

The Cassiopeia is based on the Windows CE, which makes it compatible with a PC and enables the downloading of Outlook email messages. It has a quick view plus function, which allows the user view Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point data by transferring the data from the PC and thereby, enables access to important files anywhere and anytime.

It has optional accessories such as “bluetooth” function or wireless LAN card, which can facilitate wireless email, while its digital camera card can take digital snapshots and can view image files.

Pool accessories

It is time to get your pool started. Apart from getting other things in place like filtration pumps, pool cleaners and other accessories, one can also opt for an economical gas fired pool heater this season.

Introduced in the country for the first time by Silver Sparks, these pool/spa heaters not only reduces the initial cost but also the running cost of the heaters. They also come with an in-built filtration system, which further reduces the cost of a separate filtration system.

Cotton for summer

Givo in its relentless effort to provide its customers with innovative clothing options, has introduced a new range of shirts which are made of pure cotton, linen, cotton blend and polynosic fabrics, which are ideal for Indian summer.

The pure cotton range is made of high quality premium 2 ply 100 per cent cotton, giving a superior feel and finish to the garment. Use of double count fabrics in 80s and 100s, give the garments inherent strength and longevity. Available in stunning array of colours that gives you a calm, confident look and is ideal for the Indian summers.

Linen range of shirts have a good breathing ability, allowing easy passage of air, which makes it perfect formal wear for summers.

Up-to-second watch

Tissot has launched two new versions of its popular PRS 200 in the country. The company has introduced bicolour and yellow watches.

The two variants not only speak for themselves but also for the person who wears them. The two variants are unique in their looks. The bicolour model with 10 micron gold plated, with distinctive silver and black index and the yellow model with a blue index, will be a perfect companion for a man of all occasions.

The chronograph features of the watch include the add-and-split functions of 30 minute and 1/10 of a second counter as well as a central 60 second chronograph hand. Doted with an anti-clockwise rotating bezel, the watch has an up-to-the-minute look.

Tempest range

Prax from the Raymond Group has launched its brand new and exciting range of polo’s for the season called the “Tempest Collection”. The range of polo’s is in cotton and blends imbued with the four elements – cloud, storm, rain and rainbow.

The collection has been designed keeping in mind style and comfort. There is a wide range of polos to choose from – classic polos, crew neck with ribs, stylised Johnny collar, open V-neck, comfortable Ranglan fits.

The basic pattern has been developed to create room across the shoulders, sleeve and chest for that extra comfort of movement to the wearer. Clothing that compartments every mood, emotion and expression.


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