Wednesday, April 24, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Allottees threaten to return plots
HUDA move to recover enhanced rate boomerangs
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 23
The decision to recover the enhanced cost of residential plots, already allotted by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in Sector-2 at Ballabgarh and Palwal, has taken the majority of allottees by surprise. Several allottees have decided to surrender their plots to the authorities and seek a refund of the money deposited.

The HUDA office has started issuing notices for recovering the enhanced rate, it is learnt. The HUDA decision followed a recent high court ruling. As per this ruling, the HUDA has to release a higher compensation to those farmers whose land had been acquired for developing these sectors. The authorities have apparently decided to pass on the `hike’ to the plot holders. But this step has rattled a large number of allottees, who are now reluctant to retain their plots at the enhanced rate.

It is also alleged that the pace of development is sluggish in these sectors; and the situation in Sector-2 at Ballabgarh is reported to be ‘worse’ due to the large-scale encroachments in the area and the growth of an unauthorised colony. The HUDA officials is not in a position to evict the encroachers as some of them have obtained a stay order from the court.

It is reported that if the enhanced rate is recovered, Sector 2 at Ballabgarh and Palwal will become one of most expensive sectors developed by HUDA. According to sources, about 30 per cent of the plot holders have already applied for a refund and many others are considering doing the same.

In any case, the allottees will suffer as the authorities do not refund the entire amount; 10 per cent of the deposited amount is deducted in the case of a refund.



6,000 people lost homes in Noida slum fire
Our Correspondent

Noida, April 23
The administration has announced an immediate relief of Rs 1,500 to all those whose jhuggis have been destroyed in a devastating fire in Sector 44, Noida.

A relief of Rs 50,000 has also been announced for the families of those who lost a member in the tragedy.

A compensation of Rs 25,000, announced earlier to be given to the families of the kids died in the fire, has been raised to Rs 50,000. The authorities have since been trying to rehabilitate the victims.

An inquiry into the tragedy has been ordered by the Divisional Commissioner, Meerut, Deepak Singhal. The Additional DM, Dr Arunveer Singh, will conduct it.

Apart from the local voluntary organisations, an NGO Sarve Bharati has taken on itself the task of providing relief. They have brought cooked food and put up a makeshift stall by the roadside. People have lined up to get the meals.

Meanwhile, the SP, Mr Umesh Kumar Singh, said that there had been no addition to the toll of last night, though some of the injured continue to be serious. Besides, there were no further reports of any missing persons from the jhuggi-dwellers. The debris had been thoroughly searched, he said.

According to the administration, some 6,000 people have lost their homes in the blaze.

The Divisional Commissioner, Mr Deepak Singhal, said that such tragic happenings called for the best of management skills on the part of the administration so that they could cope with the ground realities.

He lamented that the much-touted Sectors 18 and 62 of Noida had not been planned properly. There are no fire hydrants in these sectors. In case of mishaps, fire tenders cannot find their way to the spot. To cap it, they cannot be supplied with water to put out the flames.



Gurdwara election notification in May
R. Suryamurthy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 23
The notification for elections to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee is likely to be issued in the first week of May and the polls would be held in early June.

The state government had informed the Delhi High Court that it would hold the polls before June 16. The court had asked the state government to complete the electoral process by mid-June.

Sources in the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections said the revision of voters’ list, including the names of those above 18 years, has been completed and the directorate is in the process of printing the final list. Given the progress, the notification could be issued any time in the first week of May.

As per the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1971, one-month time is given for completion of the electoral process.

There will be about 3.07 lakh registered voters after the final round of enlisting of names. As per the 1999 electoral rolls, there were 2.67 lakh registered voters in 46 wards - the number of constituencies into which the National Capital Territory has been divided.

The new voters were added to the electoral rolls following the presidential assent to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwaras, Act 1971, (Amendment) Bill, reducing the voting age for the DSGMC elections from 21 to 18 years.

The last general election to the committee was held in 1995 after a gap of 17 years. The committee is elected for four years and the existing committee completed its term more than two year ago.

The elections were postponed in the past as there was a clash of interest among the political parties. As the polls are unlikely to be postponed now, questions are being raised about the process adopted in the upgradation of the voters’ list.

“No door-to-door Sikh voter-list review – especially in the wake of an ordinance calling for voting-age reduction from 21 to 18 for DSGMC elections— has so far been carried out by the Delhi Government, as required under law,’’ said DSGMC chief Avtar Singh Hit, President of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal)’s Delhi Unit.

While the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) claimed that the directorate should have done house-to-house survey, Mr Manpreet Singh, the head of the directorate, stated that “House-to-house survey is only carried out when there is intensive revision of the electoral roll. Such a revision was carried out in 1999 and the number of voters in the Capital had come down.

A number of Akali leaders said mere notification of the places, where the voters can register themselves, does not result in the registration of all the eligible Sikhs.

“I would only take those eligible voter to the registration centre, whom I think would vote for me. Electorally, it would be suicidal to enlist those who are likely to vote against me,” said a DSGMC member, who would contest the polls this time, too.



Weirdo creates scare in school
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 23
Teachers and parents of the students of the Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Jehangirpuri spent tense moments after an unidentified person reportedly intruded into the school premises this morning. All kinds of rumours floated. Many thought that the man had managed to kidnap a girl from there. Hundreds of anxious parents rushed to the school after the news of the alleged kidnapping spread in the area only to be told that the intruder was mentally unbalanced and was taken away by the police.

According to the students and teachers, the incident occurred soon after the school began this morning. The intruder, described as young, well built, but shabbily clad, just barged into the school and entered one of the class rooms, shouting obscenities and singing film songs.

The teachers and the students were taken aback. Many students rushed out of the class screaming, triggering a chain reaction from other classes. Some of the teachers and other employees of the school tried to overpower the intruder and shoo him away but he managed to evade them. The drama lasted a few minutes as the man went rushing from class to class. The police finally arrived and took the suspect away.

In the meantime, the news of the intrusion spread to the nearby residential colony from where most of the students come to the school. With no concrete information, the concerned parents gathered outside the gate. Later, the police assured the parents that none the girls had been kidnapped or molested. A senior police officer dismissed it as a minor incident and claimed that the intruder was mentally unbalanced though his antecedents were being verified.

The police said that security was being provided to the school to prevent such incidents in future. 



DM cancels licences of five ‘arhtiyas’
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, April 23
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, today cancelled the licences of five ‘arhtiyas’ in different grain markets in the district on the charge of committing irregularities in procuring wheat from the farmers.

Ms Anita Chaudhary, Commissioner, Rohtak Division, along with the Deputy Commissioner, visited different grain markets at Madina, Meham and Lakhan Majra villages and inspected the procurement of wheat. They also heard the grievances of the farmers gathered in these markets.

It is learnt that the district administration had been receiving complaints of various irregularities in the procurement process and mismanagement by the authorities in the grain markets for the last several days. Leaders of different political parties had also visited the various grain markets in the district and appealed to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to pay a surprise visit to these markets in view of the sufferings of the farmers, who were forced to wait for several days in the scorching sun for the agencies to lift their wheat.

The Deputy Commissioner cancelled the licences of two brokers in the grain market at Rohtak and of three brokers in Sanghi village. He appealed to the farmers to bring their wheat stock in the markets only after proper sifting. He said 19,000 metric tonnes of wheat had been procured by different procurement agencies in the district so far.



Delhi watch

New Delhi
Foreign countries take five months to construct a flyover. Mumbai seven to eight months. And Delhi anything between 18 and 24 months.

Making the point while delivering the inaugural address of a day-long seminar, attended by the delegates from home and abroad, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday said for the country’s political capital to live up to expectations, time taken for the construction should be condensed to the minimum.

Her cabinet colleague and Public Works Minister Ashok K Walia impressed upon the engineers of the need to adhere to the timetable.

He said that 20 flyovers had been constructed in Delhi, 12 were being constructed and another 25 were on the drawing board. TNS



DU gets second chance to prove ‘potential’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 23
Delhi University (DU), which had failed to make it to the list of “University with a potential for excellence”, has been given a second chance to make its presentation, informed the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Ms Rita Verma, in the Lok Sabha. Replying to a question, the minister said the University Grants Commission (UGC) had informed that the expert committee did not recommend the proposals of the University of Delhi.

However, the UGC, at its meeting had resolved to invite DU again to make presentation of its proposals.

The Minister of State for Urban Development, Mr Bandaru Dattatreya, informed the Rajya Sabha that the expert sub-group of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) found that about two lakh persons were migrating to Delhi each year.

During the decade 1981-91, NCT of Delhi received about 15.86 lakh migrants and of these, 31.29 per cent migrated for better employment opportunities. Mr Dattatreya, in reply to another question, said that three railway projects — Shahadara-Ghaziabad, Sahibabad-Minto Bridge and Dayabasti-Gurgaon — were being taken up on a priority basis by the Railway Ministry to facilitate commuter travel in the NCR. In reply to another question, the minister said the new Master Plan for Delhi was under formulation with a perspective up to the year 2021. The Lt-Governor of Delhi had indicated some of the possible policy alternatives being considered by the DDA. The proposed Master Plan for Delhi 2021was expected to cater to the needs of the city population, as well as the projected population of 23 million by the year 2021, the minister added.

Mr Dattatreya, replying to another question, said cinema houses to be converted into multiplexes in the Capital were Grandley, Savitri, Alankar, Satyam, Kumar, Sonia and Plaza.

According to the Master Plan of Delhi 2001, cinema was permitted in central business district, district centres and commercial centres.

The uses permitted in the cinema house were cinema, watch and ward residence, administrative office, soft drink and snack stall, retail shop and commercial office, the minister said. The minister said the government had finalised the project for providing access to the Dwarka sub-city from the National Highway 8.

Two linkages have been considered – construction of link road from NH-8 to Dwarka along the southern boundary of the Airport Authority and the construction of approach road to Dwarka from the Old NH-8 through the Cantonment to Dwarka Dwar Sectors 1 and 7.

The number of suicides reported from the lower income group people was higher than the number of such cases from the middle and higher income groups, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Replying to written questions, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr Vidyasagar Rao, said though the number of suicide cases had fallen in 2001, the trend was most common within the low income group.

He rejected any role of the police in preventing suicide and said “a person is driven to take the extreme step of suicide because of complex psychological and socio-economic which police do not have to have much role to play”.

Replying to a separate question about the death of four persons at the Sarojni Nagar market in South Delhi recently, Mr Rao said the NDMC had taken steps to remove obstacles on the paved area to facilitate the entry of fire tenders. Regarding the construction of basements by the shopkeepers in the area, he said that action was being taken against such unauthorised construction.



Prime Jhajjar land embroiled in legal row

Jhajjar, April 23
The controversy about the prime land owned by the Delhi Milk Scheme in Bahadurgarh resurfaced today. The land had allegedly been encroached upon by the Deen Bandhu Sir Chhotu Ram Dharamshala.

However, the SDM, Bahadurgarh, Mr Dinesh Yadav, in its inquiry report ruled out the ownership of the DMS, an enterprise of the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, on this land measuring two acres. The market value of the land is being stated around Rs 50 crore and it is situated on the National Highway No 10, adjacent to the SDM office.

The SDM in its report said that the issue of encroachment on this land was taken up in the district grievances committee and the DMS was asked to present its version. However, the DMS did not turn up to present a documentary proof.

The SDM report concluded that after going into the details about the land, it is found that around 12 acres of land – revenue survey No 2323, 2324, 2325 and 2340— belongs to the Ministry of Defence, Delhi circle. It said that the revenue record of this land is in the name of military estate officer and there is no mention of the DMS.

The DMS had filed a civil suit against the Deen Bandhu Chhotu Ram Dharamshala for grabbing the land in September last year, alleging that the Dharamshala Committee with the involvement of the local ruling politicians, has raised a 8-feet wall around the land, after its written complaints to the state government and the district administration went unnoticed.

On the other hand, when contacted Mr J S Rathore, Manager, Procurement, DMS, said today that two acres out of total around 12 acres, was purchased by the Ministry of Agriculture for the DMS, its subordinate office, from the Ministry of Defence in 1958.

He stated that subsequently, the transfer of the land by the Military Estate Officer, Delhi Cantt was confirmed in favour of the DMS, agriculture ministry, vide letter number 10/115/l/lfc/55/6466 l/d (cfl), dated 18.11.1961, issued by

the Government of India after taking the necessary permission from the President of India, subject to payment of Rs 8,120 vide receipt/voucher number-cc-18/1/ Rohtak/167, dated 6.2.1962.

The photocopies of the transfer letter and the cash receipt are with the ‘NCR Tribune’. He stated that all the necessary documents had been submitted with the civil court to ascertain its ownership on the land.

Mr Rathore informed that the land was the camping ground of the Ministry of Defence. The two acres, purchased by the DMS through the Ministry of Agriculture, are meant to set up a milk collection and chilling centre in Bahadurgarh.

The DMS had constructed a building and set up chilling machines and other equipment here. They are non-functional now. However, the Dharamshala Committee attempted to grab it last year.

Later, the DMS filed a civil suit demanding the possession of the land. However, the Dharamshala Committee in a written response denied having encroached upon the land. But again, on the night of August 25, Dharamshala Committee raised an 8-feet wall around the land and put up a hoarding, bearing the name of Dharamshala.



Delhi industrialists keen to set up units in 
Haryana: Chautala
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 23
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has claimed that a large number of Delhi industrialists were inclined to set up their units in different parts of the state, particularly in the districts of Gurgaon, Faridabad and Sonepat.

He was speaking at a function here during his one-day visit on Monday when he also made surprise visits at mandis in the city and elsewhere in the district. He inspected the arrangements made at the markets and heard grievances of farmers.

At the function, he said that no development work would be allowed to suffer in the state for want of funds. The revenue collections from all sources had gone up manifold and the state was not facing any over-draft problem now, he claimed. The important feature of his present tenure was the continuance of development works everywhere in the state during the past about three years, he added.

He also invited the industrialists of other states to come to Haryana and set up their units without any fear. Haryana, he said, was free from labour trouble with peaceful conditions prevailing everywhere. He assured them that the state government would provide them all-out assistance, including granting of loans, for setting up industries.

Mr Chautala referred to the progress being made by the state in various walks of life and said that the state government would give top priority to the construction of the SYL canal in the Punjab territory and providing water and power to the people, particularly the farmers and industrialists.

He announced that the government was contemplating about constructing mini-secretariats at all the sub-divisional headquarters to bring all the government offices under one roof for the benefit of the people.

Earlier, the Chief Minister also visited the grain markets of Beeswan Meel, Rai, new and old markets in the city as well as the mandis of Mohana, Gohana and Mundlana, and heard the grievances of the farmers about wheat procurement during his one-day visit on Monday.

Mr Chautala, who was on his way to Gohana, suddenly stopped at the grain markets and inquired with farmers about the procurement process. Mr Chautala himself inspected the quality of wheat being marketed by the farmers. He also inquired about the facilities being provided to the farmers such as drinking water, pucca platforms, streetlights, toilets etc at the mandis.

The farmers complained about the non-lifting of procured wheat from the mandis and purchasing centres. They also alle3ged that they were forced to sit atop heaps of wheat the whole day because of non-availability of space and delay in the auction of wheat. On the other hand, the traders said that non-lifting of procured wheat has led to a glut in the markets and a large number of wheat bags were already stocked in front of their shops.

Mr Chautala directed the officials of the procurement agencies to ensure the auction of wheat at least twice everyday and provide all-out assistance to the farmers. He also asked them to take immediate steps for the lifting of the procured wheat from the grain markets and purchasing centres.

He asked the farmers not to show haste in bringing their produce to the mandis. He said though there were reports that wheat from UP was being brought to Haryana, the government would prefer farmers of its own state at every cost.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S. N. Roy, said that 72,111 tonnes of wheat had so far arrived in the mandis of this district.

The Chief Minister was greeted with closure of shops when he arrived at Gohana to unveil the statue of former Deputy Prime Minister late Devi Lal. On the call of the traders’ action committee, the shopkeepers from Fawara Chowk to the Mini Stadium, observed a complete bandh in protest against the failure of the police to nab the culprits behind the murder and robbing of two traders, Mr Phool Singh Saini and Mr Pawan Jain, on April 15.

The Chief Minister met the members of the bereaved families and assured them that the culprits would be arrested soon. The state government, he also assured, would give government jobs to one member of the both families on humanitarian ground. The Chief Minister, however, declined to give any financial assistance to the next kith and kin of the victims.

Earlier, Mr Chautala unveiled the statue of Ch Devi Lal near Sabzimandi Chowk and announced that a large-size statue would be installed soon at the same place. 



UP farmers dodge cops, harvest wheat under 
fire cover
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, April 23
The ongoing tug-of-war between farmers of Mirzapur village in Panipat district and Sapat village in Muzaffarnagar district over the harvesting of wheat from the “disputed land” on the Haryana-UP border has ended in favour of Sapat farmers.

According to reports reaching here, UP farmers harvested the bumper wheat crop from the disputed land on the night of April 21 by adopting a novel method to dodge the police and the Haryana farmers: They set the wild vegetative growth in nearby sugarcane fields on fire and harvested the crop with the help of harvesting machines. The smoke from the fire protected them from the prying eyes of the Haryana farmers and the police.

In fact, since the April 19 incident when three Haryana police personnel, who had gone to the disputed land with a view to harvesting the crop, were injured in an attack, the police seem to have conceded its defeat against the UP farmers. For the last three days, hardly any Haryana policemen were deployed to deter the farmers from harvesting the crops.

Panic gripped the Mirzapur farmers and a sense of insecurity prevailed among them in the absence of security to them. The Haryana farmers are feeling cheated, as they claimed that the disputed land was theirs, with the UP farmers harvesting the crop. They have lost wheat worth thousands of rupees, they claimed.

On the other hand, residents of Mirzapur village alleged that the UP policemen were present in strength on the UP side and openly shielded the Sapat farmers in harvesting the crop on the night of the April 21. It may mentioned that none of the UP police personnel was present when the farmers attacked the Haryana police personnel on April 19 injuring three cops.

It may be recalled that the Yamuna, which changes its course every year, is to be blamed for the bloody clashes between the farmers on both the sides. The change of course of the river ensures that several acres of land were transferred to the jurisdiction of either Panipat district or Muzzafarnagar district. About 72 acres of land were disputed this year of which 25 acres of land were the bone of contention between the Sapat and Mirzapur villages.

However, the harvesting of crop by the UP farmers, despite a ban by the authorities concerned, has once again brought the issue of “might is right” to the fore. The question being asked in Mirzapur village is that if the Sapat farmers could terrorise the Haryana police, what is the security of their land and property. Meanwhile, a permanent solution to the problem is not in sight yet.



Gujarat needs a messianic figure like Raja Rattan
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, April 23
The recent communal violence in Gujarat has sent shock waves that rivet the human heart. With the people condemning the Government for being inefficient and failing to fulfil their duty and the Government shifting the blame, the common man seems to have been caught in a dilemma.

Who is responsible and who will take pains to help restore normalcy are the questions staring the humanity in its face. But in the maze of unanswered questions, there are voices that claim to have the solution.

Princess Rajan Singh, daughter of the late Maharaja of Buriya, a princely state of Punjab, recalls the time when the late Raja Rattan Anmol Singh risked his own life to save the Muslims while the whole state of Punjab witnessed communal riots.

Hammering the point that all it takes is an initiative to set things right, the princess recollects that during the riots that broke out in east Punjab when Muslim had to face the wrath of communal forces, the Raja promised to protect the Muslims as well as the non-Muslims.

He declared, “In my estate, Muslims have lived as Muslims and I am going to see that so long as I am alive.” And he lived up to his promise.

When a mob of Sikh and Hindu refugees descended on his estate baying for revenge, Raja Rattan brought 1,5000 Muslim families residing in Buriya and gave them shelter and aid in his ancient fort. He stood by these Muslims risking his own life and that of his brother Kanwar Lal Anmol Singh.

His act of courage saved thousands of Muslim lives. This was perhaps the reason that in November 1947 when a Pakistan special came to town to help the Muslims migrate to Pakistan, only 100 people agreed to go.

His daughter today questions the inefficiency and the inability of the Government to stop the communal forces from operating in the city. “How is it possible that with such military and political power, the Chief Minister is not able to stop innocents from being murdered?” she asks.



Europe-inspired Ragini is timeless in her designs
Smriti Kak

Racy pop numbers, fast cars and a good road make her day, claims Kanpur-based designer Ragini. Introducing her as the daughter-in-law of the illustrious Singhania family will be undermining her individuality as a designer. Married to Deepak Singhania of the LML group, Ragini turned her hubby’s business trips to her advantage.

“While my husband was on business trips I roamed around Italy, imbibing the beauty and creative art of the smaller towns like Tuscany, Pisa and Bolterra where culture beckons every home you see.”

Influenced by the European and Italian schools of design and armed with a mind full of designs, Ragini began her work to create for women of all ages. “I am inspired by the nature and my work has soft flowery designs. I want to give the client a garment, which is timeless in its appeal and combines grace and elegance in a single blend. They are not seasonal buy, but classic pieces,” says the designer whose works can be seen at the recently opened store, Ose.

For the lady who had to wait for her children to grow before she could launch her own label Attiraante, having started out with a budget of Rs 30,000 was not a deterrent. Within a span of five years, she has acquired herself not just a name, but also an assured clientele.

Having set up her base in Kanpur has its own reasons, “Kanpur is a wonderful market and there is a very good class of people here. Most people rush off to metros for their shopping, so I felt that I should offer them tasteful creations here itself,” she offers.

Ragini makes it a point to know the client she is designing for. She also likes doing special something for her clients. Once she had them all dressed in her creations and organised a photo shoot and gave them the photos as mementos.

Her collection at Ose is about bringing freshness and vitality to every garment. She is working with glass nylon saris with brocade and hand worked blouses.

The range also includes trouser kurta sets and churidar sets. The line is shimmery and sequined with intricate embroidery.

Ragini sums up her work saying, “I lay emphasis on unique and exquisite ensembles, which can be worn by a woman who is self-assured and has a definite style statement.” This designer sure has her designs set right.

For your eyes

A nice eyeful
A nice eyeful

The blazing, blinding rays of the sun can inflict harm to our eyes, warn ophthalmologists. With the coming of summer, doctors advice against staying in the sun for too long. Umbrellas or sunshades that can protect our eyes against the harmful ultraviolet radiations of the sun become must-haves.

However, shades or sunglasses that are sold without the protective UV filters can do more harm than good. Ophthalmologists caution that they can cause loss of sight in extreme cases.

Dark glasses interfere with the amount of light that enters the eye, the pupils then expand to allow more light to enter. This leads to serious damage.

Overexposure to UV rays can cause serious eye problems such as damage to the cornea, lens and retina. UA V rays can cause wrinkles and sagging skin and UV B can cause burning, snow blindness, cataracts and even skin cancer.

So, pick up a pair that enables you to protect your eyes from the harmful ultraviolet rays. The market is flooded with brands like Bon Ton and Ray Ban that offer the UV protection. But make sure that your pair provides adequate protection. It must absorb at least 99% of UV radiation.

While Ray Ban offers a range priced between Rs 1,000 to Rs. 3,000, Bon Ton is priced at Rs 185 onwards.

Bon Ton with its varied shapes and designs and pocket-friendly prices has managed to attract the youngsters. Apart from their own collection, Bon Ton also offers an array of well-known international brands like Calvin Klein, Armani, YSL, Vogue, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren and Christian Dior.

To boost its objective of providing eye care, Bon Ton has a team of eight optometrists working at their outlets. Choosing the style of the glasses is as necessary as is choosing the comfort and functionality.

A pair that suits your face cut can accentuate your looks. For those with a square face should go in for slightly rounded or curved frames with height on top.

They can also try large oval frames or those with road rim and a curved design.

The long faces should go for frames that add width and emphasise the cheekbones. Slightly wide frames with rounded sides and straight bottoms will also look good.

Oval faces are lucky as they can sport any shape provided it is not too pronounced. However, those with a round face can try geometric frames that are straight across the top.

Once you have invested in the right shade, remember to take care of them.

It is necessary to keep them protected in their case when not in use. Do not place the lenses directly on a surface, this is to protect them from being scratched.

Rinse lenses with warm water, using your fingertips dab mild soap to loosen dirt and to remove fingerprints.

And remember it is better to have the glasses perch on your nose than crown your head, after all they were designed to cover the eyes.

Marwah studio

Sridevi steals many a heart at the Marwah do.
Sridevi steals many a heart at the Marwah do.

What is common to films Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai and Sirf Tum? No we are not talking of their star cast or production team or even the most vital of all the box office performance.

Both these films and the controversial Shekhar Kapur flick The Bandit Queen were shot at Marwah studio.

And why are we taking about this studio? Well, it has just turned 11. The entire Kapoor clan (Anil and his brothers) attended the birthday bash hosted by Sandeep Marwah.

The Marwah studio has seen over 3,000 films and television programmes being shot inside its well-planned and magnificent insides. From the rib-tickling Ji Mantriji to the breakfast shows like Good Morning India, the corridors of the studios are witnesses to the histrionics of scores of superstars.

Seen at the birthday bash were former Governor of UP, Dr B Satyanarayana Reddy, Rajya Sabha member, Mr T S Reddy, music composer Jawahar Wattal and a host of movers and shakers in a jolly mood.

Pret-a-porter line

Designer Ritu Beri will showcase her creations at Be:, the pret-a-porter line from Raymond. Lavanya, Beri’s collection for 2002 will be available at all the Be: outlets. The collection has been derived from three distinct lines-smart daywear, semi formal and a casual fusion line. The designer describes her clothes as a mix of feminine and romantic. Says Beri, “My collection for Be: bridges the age and the attitude gaps and is a synthesis of style, subtlety and sensuousness. Designing has never been such an enjoyable experience, as now I have to just focus on the creativity and leave the rest to Be: to provide the necessary branding, retailing and distribution support.”



4 crore trees to green Haryana 
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, April 23
To keep Haryana green and pollution-free, the government has decided to plant more than 4 crore trees during the current financial year.

This was stated by the Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr D S Dhesi, while speaking in a programme organised on the World Earth Day here. Mr Dhesi said that not only the state government departments but also the industrial units, mine lease holders, private parties, non-government organisations (NGOs) and others would be encouraged to participate in the movement.

Last year, more than 2.5 crore plants were planted in the state, the officer said. Later, speaking to the mediapersons, Mr Dhesi said that all mine lease holders throughout the state have been directed to plant the trees in 20 per cent of the total lease area. They have been suggested to plant trees as the ratio of 500 trees per acre, said the officer.

He said that there are a total of 72 mine lease holders in Gurgaon district. According to an estimate, they would plant more than 4 lakh plants in the lease area.



Admn warns of action against striking employees
Tribune News Service

Panipat, April 23
The district administration has decided to act tough against the striking Haryana Roadways employees, who have proposed to go on a one-day token strike tomorrow. According to information, the striking employees would be considered absent from duty and action as per rules will be taken against them. Any attempt by the striking employees to disrupt the plying of buses will be sternly dealt with. Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements have been made in the district to ensure that buses ply normally and there is no inconvenience caused to the general public.

Love behind suicide

Two children who committed suicide by jumping before a moving train near Samalkha have been identified as Vinod and Pramila. They were the residents of Malpur village and were reportedly in love with each other. The father of the girl had reportedly lodged a complaint with the police saying that Vinod had abducted the girl.

Molester arrested

The police arrested a youth, who allegedly sodomised a seven-year-old boy at Samayan village, a few days ago, on Monday evening. The accused, Neel, a resident of the same village, had lured the boy on some pretext and committed the crime in a field.

Dowry death

A married woman hanged herself to death at Atali village in the district on Monday. She was reportedly a victim of dowry harassment.
The victim, identified as Sunita, was the daughter of Rati Ram of Madnaka village and was married to Kanwarpal about two years ago. According to a kin of the deceased, she was harassed regularly by her in-laws for dowry, which finally drove her to commit suicide. A case had been registered. Meanwhile, some youths of Khori village have been booked for gang raping a seven-year-old girl in the village. No arrest has been made so far.

Power theft

As many as 21 persons, working as commission agents at Hathin Mandi in the district, were caught red-handed by the officials of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) stealing power on Monday. A penalty of Rs 50,000 was imposed on the defaulters. It is reported that the accused had been drawing power directly from the main service line (power) passing overhead. Interestingly, the mandi is still to get regular power connections.

Residents protest

A large number of residents staged a demonstration in front of the office of the SDO of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, today. According to a report, the residents reached the office in a procession and submitted a memorandum opposing the replacement of electricity meters in the town. Subsequently, they sat on a dharna and announced that their agitation would continue till the meter replacement operation was halted. According to another report, a large number of women hailing from Mashad Mohalla and Jandi road held a demonstration in front of the complaint centre at the PWD (B and R) Rest House here today in protest against the disruption in the supply of drinking water for the last five days.

Dowry harassment

The police have registered a case of dowry harassment against six persons, including two women from the family of Mrs Jagwanti Devi. The police have started investigations into the allegations levelled against them. According to a report, Mr Ram Prasad, a resident of Bali Qutabpur village and father of the girl, lodged an FIR with the police alleging that his daughter was being harassed to bring Rs 2 lakh from her parents.

Tributes paid to Imtiyaz Khan

The New Delhi Municipal Council paid tributes to its late Chairman Imtiyaz Khan on his fourth death anniversary at Palika Kendra today. A two-minute silence was observed in his memory. The Chairman of the NDMC, Mr Subhash Sharma, the MLA and Vice-Chairman, Mr Ram Bhaj, members of the council, Mr M. P. Chawla and Mohini Giri, paid floral tributes to the departed soul.



5 kg heroin seized, 3 nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 23
The Delhi Police Narcotics Branch, in two different operations, apprehended three drug traffickers and seized 5 kg of fine quality heroin worth Rs 5 crore in the international market.

In the first incident, the officials in the narcotics cell received a secret information that a person would come to supply some contraband near Chand Cinema in Kalyan Puri. When the officials spotted the person delivering some packets, they swung into action and nabbed both the receiver and supplier. The supplier was later identified as Krishan Kumar Saxena (49), resident of Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh, and the receiver as Duli Chand. Both were booked under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

Kishan confessed to the police that he had been in this trade for more than four years and was supplying to another receiver Sharafat Sheikh. Since there was some problem in the financial transaction with Sharafat, he started supplying the “stuff” to Duli.

In another incident, the staff of narcotics cell received a tip-off that two persons would be supplying heroin near the Trans-Yamuna area. The police spotted two persons on a Hero Honda motorcycle and found the pillion rider moving towards the contact to supply the stuff.

He was nabbed while the rider of the motorcycle, Ravi Pandey, managed to escape. Some packets of contraband were recovered from the arrested person who was identified as Manoj Joshi. The police have launched a hunt to trace Ravi Pandey. Manoj told the police that he had been staying with his friend Rahul at a house in Krishna Nagar. The police seized 1.5 kilograms of heroin from the house during a raid.



Petrol pump robbery case cracked

Rewari, April 23
The Rewari police have achieved a major breakthrough in solving the Rs 11.92 lakh robbery committed at the Jubilee Petrol Station on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway near Bawal on January 28, 2002. They have arrested almost all the robbers: Jeemni alias Rajbir, son of Nepal Singh; Leelu, son of Hari Chand; Jai Raj, son of Har Chand; Dinesh, son of Gajraj; Amar Singh, son of Fakira (all from Gurgaon district); Rajendra, son of Jagan Nath (Jhajjar district); and Aas Mohammad, son of Kalu (Muzaffarnagar district in UP). Another member of this gang, Raghbir, son of Dalla Ram (Kurukshetra district), had been arrested earlier by the police.

Mr Manjit Singh Ahlawat, Superintendent of Police, Rewari, told newsmen here today that out of the booty, the police have recovered Rs 1.85 lakh and also seized a revolver, four countrymade pistols and 16 live cartridges. Besides, the police have also impounded a Tata 407 vehicle (HR 36A-5056) and a motor cycle (DL1 SP 2215) which were reportedly used in the robbery.

The district police chief informed that three other members of the gang: Yasin, son of Akbar(Delhi); Mehtab, son of Ilias; and Sajid, son of Nizamu (Barant in UP), were at large. The police would arrest them soon, he said. OC



Travel agents held on cheating charge 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 23
The Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport Police today arrested three travel agents on the charge of cheating a youth who wanted to go abroad. The arrests were made following a complaint registered at the airport by the victim, Parminder Singh, a resident of Kanpur Bhent village in Ropar district.

The suspects were identified as Devinder Singh, a Ropar-based travel agent, his associates, Ashish Wig, who has his travel agency in Sector 15-B in Chandigarh in the name of New India Tour and Travels, and Rajender Prasad, a resident of Chandigarh who but claimed that he was a resident of Fiji.

In the complaint, Parminder reported that he had contacted Devinder Singh in Ropar for going abroad who referred him to Ashish in Chandigarh.

The complainant was assured by Ashish that ticket for abroad would be arranged and their another friend, Rajender Prasad, who was a Fiji national, would carry him to Japan.

The deal was fixed for Rs 7 lakh and Rs 1.3 lakh were paid in advance.

Ashish told the victim that there was no visa required by an Indian to go to Fiji. Parminder was also told that he would go to Fiji via Japan and there was two or three days transit stay in Japan. Rajender Prasad would help him for stay there during the transit period.

As per the plan, the three agents booked a ticket for Parminder Singh in flight number AI-307 and brought him to IGI Airport for boarding the flight. Parminder alone went inside the airport while the agents stood outside. The complainant was refused permission to board the flight as his documents were not genuine. He then reported the matter to the airport police which arrested the accused from the airport itself.

In another case, Manish Kumar Purohit, a resident of Nadiad in Gujarat who wanted to go to Sydney, was arrested at the airport as he was carrying a forged arrival stamp on his passport.

During interrogation, he disclosed that the forged stamp was arranged by one Jignesh Padiyar of Mumbai on the payment of Rs 20,00. Jignesh had also been arrested, the police said.

Two crushed: Karan Singh (23), a resident of Punjabi Basti, and Parwinder Singh (23) were reportedly crushed to death by an unknown vehicle near Bara Hindu Rao Hospital on Monday night. The victims were travelling on a two-wheeler. When they reached near the hospital, they lost balance and fell down. While they were trying to get up, a speeding vehicle coming from behind crushed them. The victims were rushed to Sushrut Trauma Centre where they were declared brought dead, the police said.

Auto thief nabbed: The South-West district police today claimed to have worked out 40 auto theft cases with the arrest of Dharam Pal alias Pale, a resident of Gopal Nagar in the Capital. He was arrested this morning from Priya Cinema where he was going in an allegedly stolen Maruti Zen car. During a routine checking of vehicles, the police found that the registration number of his vehicle was fake. During questioning, he disclosed that his vehicle was stolen from Model Town. He had been involved in the motor theft cases since 1993, the police said.

RI for graft: Former Assistant Director of the Enforcement Directorate (Delhi zone), Jagdish Chander Makhija, was today convicted of abusing his power by demanding an illegal gratification of Rs 50,000 from a complainant for dropping a FERA case. The special court convicted Makhija and sentenced him to five-year rigorous imprisonment.

He was asked to pay a fine of Rs 5,000.Makhija had allegedly asked the complainant to pay Rs 50,000 in two instalments for favoring him. The complainant expressed his inability to pay such a huge amount. Later, he reported the matter to the CBI.

The CBI caught Makhija red-handed while he was receiving the first instalment of Rs 25,000 at his residence.



Kiss costs threesome dear
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 23
Two youth, who dared to kiss a woman in public, had to pay for their indiscretion. They were arrested and produced in a court which imposed a fine of Rs. 1000 on each.

According to a report, the youth, identified as Mohan and Nandu, were nabbed as soon as they planted a kiss on a woman known to them. The police told them that it was an offence and that they had committed a crime. The accused, including the woman, were taken into custody and produced before a judicial magistrate. In all fairness, the judicial officer also asked the lady to pay a fine of Rs 500. The incident occurred on the Railway Road in Ballabgarh recently.



Principal held

The principal of a private school in the NIT area of the town was arrested today in connection with the death of an employee of the school a few days ago. According to police, Seema, a clerk, committed suicide in the school by consuming a poisonous substance. She was allegedly harassed by the principal which was the cause of her death. The accused was arrested today. TNS



Bank deposits to ‘grow by 1,000 pc by 2025’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 23
The Amity Business School held a daylong seminar on “the Changing Scenario of Indian Banking: Vision 2025”, during which heads of top financial institutions, policy makers and experts from academia came together to deliberate on contemporary issues afflicting the sector and to chalk out the path ahead.

The seminar was attended by Mr N. K. Singh, member of the Planning Commission, Mr Ramesh Chandra, Regional Director, Reserve Bank of India, Mr P. S. Shenoy, CMD, Bank of Baroda, Mr Madhukar, CMD, Union Bank of India, Mr M. S. Verma, Chairman, IDBI, Mr K. Subbaraman, zonal manager, Bank of India, and Mr Pradeep Pant, vice-president, Citibank, among others.

Mr Shenoy said bank deposits would see a growth of over 1,000 per cent by the year 2025 from the present Rs 10 lakh crore, as the sector was growing at a rapid pace. He also pointed out that the current market capitalisation of all listed Indian banks totalled US $ 10 billion, whereas the net profit of a single foreign bank like Citibank was US $ 14 billion.

He said banks were undergoing an identity crisis and were in for a lot of evolution over the next 25 years as opposed to the role of an intermediary that they had been performing for the last 10 centuries. Hinting at an impending era of substantial mergers and acquisitions in the sector, he said a few bigger banks would emerge in the future.

Dr Ashok K. Chauhan, founder president, Ritnand Balved Education Foundation (an umbrella body for 34 Amity institutions and Amity IT University), aired the concerns of bankers and called for a reduction in the bank rate in the forthcoming credit policy. Most bankers were of the view that the bank rate should be reduced.

Speaking in the technical session on “the Paradigm Shift in Banking”, Mr Madhukar struck a note of warning against blind acceptance of global diktats in policies and concepts. He urged that more thought be given to the acceptance of concepts like stiffer provisions and accounting norms.

On the topic of ‘Technical Advancements and Changing Role of Banks’, bankers expressed the view that the current computerisation of banks was not as user friendly as desirable. Customers could expect better services in the future, as no bank would be able to survive unless it adapted and maintained a technological edge.

Mr N. K. Singh spoke on the strategic vision for the future and outlined the profound irreversible changes that the global monetary system was undergoing with respect to the introduction of new currencies and advent of e-banking. He said Indian banks should learn from the changes and pro-actively frame strategies to face future challenges.


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