Thursday, April 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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5 friends killed in car-truck collision
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
Five young occupants of a car, including two girls, were killed when their car collided head-on with a dumper truck near a crossing in the Lodhi Road area in the wee hours of the morning. The five friends, all from well-to-do families, were returning after having a late night coffee at one of the South Delhi hotels.

They were identified as Pooja Mukherjee (20) of Udai Park, Shivali Malhotra (22) of Alkananda, Ashish Puri (25) of Noida, Nishit Sharan (26) also of Noida and Pankaj Kakkar (25). The bodies have been sent for post-mortem examinations.

Pooja, a second year student of English literature at Lady Shri Ram College, was Channel (V) VJ. She compered the show “What Woman Want” on Channel (V). She had featured in campaigns for Pepsi, Hyundai, Santro, Samsung and LG Electronics and also did two music videos. In her programmes, she interviewed several celebrities, including Madhu Sapre, Pooja Batra, Raveena Tandon, Nandita Das, Rinkie Khan and Meghna Gulzar.

Shivali had graduated from the same college and was staying alone as her parents were abroad. All of them were friends and had known one another for the last couple of years. Ashish and Nishit were photographers and the car belonged to Nishit. Nishit had directed a documentary on gay rights which was widely acclaimed.

The police said that a case had been registered and efforts were being made to track down the driver of the truck who ran away after the accident. The owner of the truck, a resident of Jaunpur, is being contacted to identify the driver.

Such was the impact of the collision that the Maruti car had broken into several pieces. While there were no eyewitnesses, the staff of a PCR van stationed some distance away, heard the loud bang around 2 am and rushed to investigate only to find the five occupants dead and sprawled on the road, tangled in the mangled vehicle. The driver had fled the spot by the time.

Preliminary inquiries by the police have revealed that all the five had dinner at Pooja’s Udai Park house and had gone out to have coffee at the Park Hotel. In fact, Pooja’s family members told the police that she had called up a few minutes before the accident, telling them that she would be home in a short while.

According to the police, the dumper truck was apparently coming from Nizamuddin while the car was coming from Bhishm Pitamah Road when the accident occurred. It was apparent that the impact was very powerful as the car was dragged by the truck for almost 50 metres before it came to a halt. By that time, the car had virtually disintegrated by the impact. The families of the five were inconsolable and were unable to believe that all of them had died. The police said that investigations were in progress.



Prof G. K. Chadha appointed V-C of JNU
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
The distinguished economist and present Chairman of the Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP), Prof G. K. Chadha, has been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Prof Chadha has been appointed as V-C of JNU by the President of India “in his capacity as the Visitor of the university, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him under Statute 3 of the Statutes of Jawaharlal Nehru University,” an official statement said here today.

Prof Chadha succeeds Prof Asis Datta, whose tenure as the V-C of the university had ended on November 14, 2001. Prof Datta, however, continued to hold the administrative reigns. The appointment of Prof Chadha follows more than six months of head-hunting by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD). The ministry was believed to have appointed a three-member search committee comprising former Director of Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Dr S. K. Joshi, former Chief Justice of India Justice J. S. Verma and noted historian Prof D. P. Chattopadhaya.

Knowledgeable sources in the government said that names of several personalities, including eminent academicians and bureaucrats, had been discussed before Prof Chadha was finally selected for the coveted post.

Sources said that among the names discussed were those of Secretary, HRD, Mr M. K. Kaw, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Dr Manju Sharma, and present Director of the Central Institute of Foreign Language, Prof P. Talgiri. Sources said that Prof Kapil Kapoor, one of the three Rectors in JNU at present, was also discussed by the search committee.

Sources said that the main reason for this indecision by the government was the fact that while the HRD Ministry wanted someone sympathetic to the Sangh Parivar, the so-called intellectual lobby was opposed to this move and wanted someone “with a more open mind to be at the helm of affairs”.

Sources said that the government was believed to have been under pressure from the Sangh Parivar, especially in the context of the appointment of Prof Deepak Nayyar as the V-C of University of Delhi which is being seen within the parivar as an “act of betrayal”, as Prof Nayyar is reportedly inclined towards to the Left politically.

The Prime Minister’s Office, it is reliably learnt, had cautioned the Ministry of HRD of staying clear from any political backlash that might eventually boomerang on the government. The Ministry of HRD is already embroiled in a major controversy regarding the rewriting of history textbooks prescribed in schools. It is alleged that the new syllabus being formulated for schools is being done in a very hush-hush manner, and that no one is being shown the drafts of the new contents of the syllabus. Knowledgeable sources said that Prof Chadha was not believed to have any perceptible political predilections.

If the recent students union elections are any indication, there appears to be a resurgence of Leftism on the campus with the Students Federation of India-All India Students Federation (SFI-AISF) combine completing a clean sweep in all the posts of the Central Council.

Importantly, for the first time in the history of the University, all the five councillors’ posts were wrested by the SFI-AISF combine in the School of Languages. In all, the combine won 21 (including seats of the central panel) of the total 29 councillor posts in the recently concluded polls by defeating their nearest rivals of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) by comfortable margins.



Steps to curb inflow of illegal wheat from UP
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 24
While the arrival of wheat and its procurement is going on full swing at various mandis in the district, the administration has taken measures to check the inflow of wheat from Uttar Pradesh brought here by traders and commission agents.

The Food and Supplies Department on Tuesday caught about 1,600 quintals of wheat brought illegally from UP for sale at Tigaon market. However, the authorities have claimed that there was no ban on the direct sale of wheat by a farmer of any state, including UP, at any of the mandis here. It may be recalled that thousands of metric tonnes of wheat by UP farmers are procured in the mandis here every year. Hodal, Palwal and Hassanpur are main markets where such wheat is procured. This led to a record arrival and procurement of wheat in the district last year.

While a little over three lakh metric tonnes of wheat have already arrived in various mandis this season so far, the administration had been directed by the state government to check the resale of wheat in the mandis by traders and commission agents. This followed reports that a large number of persons had been engaged in purchasing wheat from UP farmers at a rate less than Rs 580 per quintal and had been earning profits by selling it in mandis at the procurement price of Rs 620 per quintal.

Teams of district officials, including those of the police and Food and Supplies Department, have been deputed to conduct raids and checks at all the mandis. A senior official of the Haryana Warehousing Corporation and the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Mr Mehtab Singh, visited some of the mandis on Tuesday.

Farmers and commission agents at various mandis complained of slow lifting of wheat by various agencies. The officials assured that the grain would be lifted quickly.

It is reported that almost all the space in the mandis have been occupied by the procured wheat and the farmers are finding it difficult to bring their produce to the markets. As a result, the tractor-trolleys have been parked on the roads approaching the mandis and the wheat unloaded on open space on the side of roads leading to numerous problems to both the residents and farmers. It is claimed that a large quantity of wheat could get damaged in the event of any rain.



…and they live happily thereafter thanks 
to this cell
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, April 24
The women cell of Ghaziabad police, comprising six policewomen, has acquitted itself quite well despite the constraints of having short staff and other basic facilities. After resolving many a dowry dispute, the cell can rightly take credit for putting 60 couples back on the rails of domestic bliss.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr D.N. Samal, has also found the work of the women police cell satisfactory. He has decided to honour the policewomen for their exemplary work.

All the same, 76 women lost their lives and 607 were injured in the district in heinous as well as minor crimes during the last 15 months.

“Policewomen cells are being set up in all the districts of UP to check the crimes against women and bring the criminals to book. Even all-woman police stations have been established at the zonal headquarters,” Mr Samal said.

With the women becoming aware of their rights, the number of complaints received in women cells, have also increased manifold. All women cells are entrusted with the responsibility to investigate such complaints.

During the past 15 months, Ghaziabad policewomen cell has been able to resolve 94 cases pertaining to dowry victims.

Agreements involving the husbands were secured in 60 cases. All these couples are now leading a happy married life, thanks to the tireless efforts of the members of this cell.

Ironically, the record of the past 15 months of crime against women is not quite commendable.

Some 76 women were murdered in the district from January to December 2001, while another 500 were injured. This year, there were 33 dowry murders, 43 general murders, 79 kidnappings, 31 rape cases. Besides, 140 women were victims of dowry related torture. About 140 incidents of teasing and molestation were also recorded.

Till 31 March this year, the crime against women listed eight general murders, three dowry murders, 15 kidnappings, five rapes, 29 dowry torture and 24 incidents of teasing and molestation.

Nonetheless, the women cell deserves a pat for the yeoman service which has created a lot of goodwill all around the district.

However, despite the good results, the special women cell feels handicapped because of insufficient staff, vehicles and other basic facilities.



Forgery charge against MDU staff
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, April 24
A student of the Certificate in Physical Education (CPEd) course being run by the local University College affiliated to Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) today filed a petition at the Sessions Court here seeking registration of a criminal case against some officials and employees of the university for allegedly producing forged documents in the court in connection with a case.

The complainant, Satpal Singh, whose admission was cancelled by University College for not fulfilling the condition of 75 per cent attendance during the course, today alleged that the college authorities in connivance with some teachers and employees of the university misinformed the court by producing a fake attendance register. He sought the registration of a criminal case under Sections 195 and 340 of the CrPC and Sections 464, 470 and 471 of the IPC against Mr Dharam Sukh Dahiya, principal, University College, Mr Satvir Singh, Head, Physical Education Department, and Mr Mange Ram, in charge of the Hawa Singh house in CPEd Department.

Satpal had filed a suit in the court of Ms Kanchan Nariala, Civil Judge (senior division), stating that the college authorities had cancelled the admissions of 37 students of the CPEd course for not completing 75 per cent attendance. He said 34 students, including himself, had applied for readmission, adding that the college authorities readmitted all of them excluding him because of mala fide intention. However, he was not permitted by the court to appear in the examination.

Satpal challenged the decision of the lower court in the Sessions Court on April 20 and today filed an application alleging that the college authorities produced a bogus attendance register in the court. He alleged that the whole attendance register appeared to be filled with the same pen at one time. He argued that the students were marked present on November 31 (having 30 days) while the attendance of only 30 days had been marked in the month of October having 31 days. Moreover, he said five students whose admission was cancelled for not completing the required number of attendance had got 80 per cent attendance in the ‘fake’ register produced in the court.



Irate residents gherao DVB officials
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
As prolonged power cuts in the Capital continue to put people in extreme situations, the angry residents of Jama Masjid and nearby areas gheraoed the sub-station in Daryaganj and manhandled officials on Tuesday night in protest against 12-18 hour power cuts in the area.

Even though the Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) officials tried to explain to the agitated residents that the power cut in the area was due to the tripping at the Raj Ghat station, the residents demanded immediate rectification of the problem and asked the officials to switch off the lights and fans to understand the problems of a normal person.

The worst was the sight of some persons, who were grieving because of a death in their family, went in groups and started hurling stones at the officials and the office for immediate rectification of the problem.

Power cuts were also reported in several other parts of the city like in Rohini of West district and Vikas Puri in North-West district. Besides, many parts of East district also witnessed power cuts.

About 140 MW power was affected, triggering power cuts for some time in Parliament House, Supreme Court and some other important buildings other than Cannaught Place, Tilak Marg, Electric Lane and Nirman Bhavan.

As the temperature has soured up to over 40 degrees Celsius over the past few days in the Capital, the demand for power has considerably gone up from 2,200 MW to 2,800 MW.



Fires destroy clothes, crops
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 24
Goods and clothes worth several thousands of rupees were reduced to ashes in a devastating fire that broke out in a textile mill on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road, 8 km from here, on Tuesday evening.

According to a report, the municipal fire brigade rushed to the site and brought the fire under control within a few hours. The fire caused panic among the workers who ran out of the factory. The cause of the fire and the estimated loss are being ascertained.

According to another report, household goods worth over Rs 2 lakh were burnt in a fire that broke out in a truck which was on its way from Sonepat to Gurgaon. The incident occurred on the Sonepat-Rohtak road near Kanwali village and the municipal fire brigade returning to Sonepat from Jataula village brought the fire under control. A spark from the battery of an invertor was the main cause of the fire.

In another incident, standing crops in 18 acres were reduced to ashes in a fire which started in the fields of a farmer at Juan village in this district. 



Landfill for hazardous wastes in Gurgaon mooted
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, April 24
The need to identify and develop a scientifically designed landfill facility to handle hazardous wastes was stressed by speakers at a workshop organised by the Haryana Environmental Management Society (HEMS) today. The workshop on the effective handling of the hazardous wastes was aimed at sensitising the industry in Gurgaon, billed to be the fast-emerging commercial and industrial hub of North India, on the issue.

The workshop, attended by a large number of local industrialists and personnel from the Haryana State Pollution Control Board, focused on specialised awareness programme on effective implementation of the ‘Hazardous Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 1989/2000’ and ‘Setting, Operation and Maintenance of a Common Hazardous Waste Management Landfill Facility’ in Haryana. Although the banner purported wider canvass, the target audiences were industrialists of Gurgaon.

Making their presentations, the scientists from the HEMS emphasised the importance of effective management of hazardous solid wastes. The thrust of the presentations was that landfill sites for storing and treatment of hazardous wastes should be scientifically designed and monitored.



1,129 Indians in Pakistan jails
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, April 24
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh said there are 812 Indian civilians and 263 Indian fishermen languishing in Pakistan’s custody. He added Pakistan is also believed to have in its custody 54 Indian Prisoners Of War (POWs) and the Government was taking all possible steps for early release and repatriation of all Indian prisoners in Pakistan’s custody.

The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr Vidyasagar Rao, said the Centre has decided to take over 23 immigration check posts in the country, which will handle about 95per cent of international traffic.

He also informed the Rajya Sabha that the roads in Delhi were in reasonably good condition and that strengthening and repairing of roads was carried out on regular basis within the budgetary constraints. Mr Rao said that even the Delhi Police identified roads in bad shape and took up the matter with the civic bodies.

Referring to the question about the alleged transportation of arms along with fruits from Kashmir, Mr Rao said the Delhi Police detected two cases in which arms and explosives were smuggled into Delhi in trucks coming from J&K. Intelligence agencies were on full alert so as to check the activities of the terrorists organisations in Delhi, informed the minister.

The Minister of State for Public Grievances and Pensions, Ms Vasundhara Raje, informed the Lok Sabha that between 19th April 2001 and 19th April 2002, the Anti-Corruption Cell had received 857 complaints concerning state governments and central ministries.

She added that all complaints were being pursued and the ones related to the state governments were forwarded to the Chief Ministers of the respective states.

In Delhi alone, there was 217 complaints lodged, of which 69 cases were closed, 41 were in the process and there was no feedback for the rest of the 107 cases.

Twenty-seven deaths had been reported during the year 2001 in the national Capital due to AIDS, informed the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Mr A. Raja. In a written reply to the Lok Sabha he said that 358 cases of AIDS had been reported in the same year, as against 64 cases reported in 2000.

He also pointed out that all the patients who are admitted in the general ward in AIIMS were provided with common and emergency surgical items and medicines. Those patients who can afford to buy the medicines, not available in the hospital, were asked to purchase them from outside. Mr Raja said that the total expenditure incurred by AIIMS in procuring medicines for the hospitalised patients for the financial year 2001-2001 was Rs 14.10 crore.

The minister also informed the Lok Sabha that the Delhi and UP Government have forwarded proposals for augmentation of their infrastructure and manpower, in respect of drugs control administration and drugs testing facilities under the capacity building project, assisted by the World Bank.

In this project, the Central Government had provisioned an approximate amount of Rs 133 lakh for Delhi and Rs 440 lakh for UP, to upgrade their drug testing facility.



Sheila apprises Centre of Capital’s water needs 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
To apprise the Central Government about the growing water scarcity in the city, a delegation led by Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, along with Urban Development Minister A. K. Walia, Chief Secretary Shailaja Chandra and Secretary, Urban Development S. B. Aggarwal, today met the Union Water Resources Minister Arjun Charan Sethi and other ministry officials.

The Chief Minister informed him about the summer action plan implemented by Delhi Jal Board and various measures taken by the government, over the last three years, to improve the water situation in the national Capital. She also informed him about the commissioning of tube wells, replacement of 719 km of old pipelines and laying of 507 km of new pipelines.

Besides, 11 underground reservoirs and booster pumping stations had also been commissioned.

She also informed the Union minister about the limitation of the Delhi Jal Board in operationalizing the Nangloi Water Treatment Plant. Though the capacity of the Nangloi plant was 40 million gallons per day, the board was able to produce only 25 million gallons due to water constraint. Mrs Dikshit also requested the minister to prevail upon the Government of Haryana to divert 51 cubecs of water, which would help the Bawana Water Treatment Plant to be functional and meet the drinking water needs of the Capital.

While appreciating the need to conserve the underground water resources, she requested that a special exemption be made for the Delhi Jal Board to redevelop and commission new tube wells.



Growing pollution scourges Panipat residents
Our Correspondent

Panipat, April 24
The residents of the industrial town of Panipat and villages around it are aggrieved due to the increase in all types of pollution – chemical, water, noise, smoke and air.

The noise pollution alone has increased from five decibels to 10 decibels since a few years back. The contamination of water has been caused by over 500 dyeing and printing factories whereas the atmospheric pollution is the consequence of heavy vehicular traffic on the main G. T. Road and thousands of spinning mills emitting clouds of smoke.

Even though the authorities are trying to enforce the rules to reduce pollution by taking strict action and the big units adopting measures to abide by the rules, the smaller and medium units have done pretty little in this respect as the expenses involved are beyond their capacity. The district administration has been taking action against such units by disconnecting water and electricity supply but the result is still unsatisfactory.

In Panipat city, the water available to the residents is highly contaminated on account of the spread of industrial waste as also by the release of acidic wastes in the borings in dyeing and printing units. The sub-soil water of Panipat has also been contaminated by the discharge of dyes and wastewater on the open land. The underground water is already coloured and stinks. Water from hand pumps is found to be dirty and having a foul smell like that of petrol. The residents have, therefore, preferred to have water from tube wells but here too the amount of fluoride content is comparatively huge.

Besides the dyeing and printing units, the local Nagar Parishad is equally responsible for the water contamination as it has not paid proper attention to the issue of disposal of wastewater through proper sewerage. Wastewater stagnated in open plots in the colonies has resulted in the increased saline content in the drinking water drawn from hand pumps. Besides the city population, residents of villages like Raja Kheri, Ugrakheri etc also are forced to use contaminated water.

In industrial Sectors 25 and 29 also, the water is contaminated. Although big units have taken some steps to reduce water pollution, small units have done little in this regard. The installation of joint water treatment plant by the industrial units in the old industrial area has been a big flop as the disposal of domestic and industrial wastewater of this area has been hit by the inadequate number of pipes to carry it to the plant. This is despite spending Rs 2 crore for setting up the plant.

Besides water pollution, air and noise pollution has also become a cause of concern. The proximity of the town to G. T. Road has made it difficult to contain this type of pollution. The huge quantity of smoke emitted, particularly by the three-wheelers, maxi-cabs, tractors and spinning mills, is the main cause of concern. The generator sets of spinning mills add to the misery of residents. The pollution controlling authority appears to have failed to check this menace.

After Partition, numerous handlooms were installed by the refugees to manufacture bed sheets, carpets and rugs here. Pollution was almost nil. Times changed and handlooms gave way to power looms. While the number of handlooms came down from 15,000 to under 2,000, there are over 5,250 power looms emitting tons of carbon, lead and other obnoxious gases thus worsening the atmosphere day by day.

Thanks to these factors, most of the local residents suffer from respiratory diseases such as tuberculosis (TB), asthma etc. In the local hospitals, the number of such patients has increased manifold.

Both private and public sector units are equally responsible for the pollution. The National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) plant is one of the culprits contributing to the pollution. The residents of the town, as also the employees of the plant residing in official colonies, are greatly perturbed due to the ash and smoke emitted by the plant. The upper layer of the adjoining land has been very badly damaged by the ash emitted by the plant. It has become unfit for agriculture.

Similarly, despite the steps taken by the authorities, the Cooperative Panipat Sugar Mill is also responsible for spreading pollution. The Tata Devi Lal Thermal Power Station is no less guilty in polluting the atmosphere around the town. Yet another public sector undertaking, Indian Oil Panipat Refinery, will add to the polluted atmosphere as and when its cent per cent production starts even though it is claimed that the company has spent about Rs 150 crore to keep it under check. Only time will tell how far its claim is justified.

Reacting to these factors, the Environmental Engineer (EE), Mr R. K. Sharma, said that the administration was trying to shift the existing dyeing units to a new industrial sector to be developed in phase II of Sector 29. Talking to the ‘NCR Tribune’, the EE said that there must be a plan that new industries should utilise the water waste discharge in a proper manner.

He further said that the HUDA should concentrate on providing sewerage to fully discharge all wastewater. For instance, the sewage lines in old Sector 29 were inadequate resulting in overflowing of the disposed wastewater on to the roads, he said.

Credit went to the Chairman of the Pollution Control Board for creating proper awareness among schoolchildren, he said and added in the future, these children would be in a position to teach others and act as per the norms of the board.

A zone-based atlas must be prepared mapping the areas where industries could be set up taking into consideration the environmental impact of such units. The Central Pollution Control Board in consultation with the state pollution control boards was preparing such an atlas for setting up industries in some selected districts, he said and added that it would be completed by the end of this year. The implementation of the guidelines according to such maps would be achieved through the District Industries Centre.

The Environmental Engineer stated that Haryana State Pollution Control Board has requested the Central Pollution Control Board to include the district of Panipat along with districts of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Sonepat and Rohtak for preparing the map.



Accent on management pattern suited to 
Indian situations
Our Correspondent

Noida, April 24
Mr Deepak Singhal, Commissioner of Meerut Division, has stressed the need for evolving an appropriate management pattern for the Indian conditions. The western management concepts were not completely applicable to the Indian situations, he said while addressing the Noida Management Association here on Monday.

A pan shop manager who earned Rs 15,000 a day was perhaps a better manager than many of the highly qualified managers. All that was needed was a change in the work culture here. “The fire that destroyed hundreds of jhuggis in Noida today has thrown up a big challenge to the management ability of the administration when they have to provide relief, rehabilitation and food to thousands of people who were not only rendered homeless but were emotionally broke at the tragedy of having lost home and hearth as well as members of their families,” he said.

Leadership and management, Mr Singhal felt, were synonymous. “Here in Noida we pride at having created Sectors 18 and 62 which are among the most posh sectors where land rates range between Rs 15,000 and Rs 18,000 per sq m. But they are a planning blunder. There are no fire hydrants in these sectors and in case of such mishaps, fire tenders can neither find their way to the spot nor supply water to douse the fire,” he said.

The Noida Management Association celebrated its 13th Foundation Day on Monday. On the occasion, the NMA conferred the NMA leadership award that was constituted two years ago. This year, the NMA leadership award was conferred on Dr Ashok K. Chauhan, founder president of the Ritnand Balved Education Foundation and chairman of the AKC Group of Companies. The award was presented by Mr Som Pal, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India who was also the chief guest on the occasion. Mr Som Pal lauded the NMA’s efforts in bringing the best management principles and practices to the Noida-based Industry. He emphasised that in the current turmoil and global recession, industries must adopt better management practices for the better productivity and quality.

On the occasion, the NMA also gave the best student management award also. A large number of Noida-based management institutions participated in the competition. Ms Niharika Mishra of Apeejay Institute of Technology bagged the first place, while Ms Manu Sharma of Amity Business School and Ms Devika Srivastava of IMS were declared second and third, respectively.

In her progress report, Dr (Mrs) B. Shukla, the first woman president of the NMA, said that the objective of constituting these awards was to encourage corporates and leaders to bring ethical and best management practices. The Best Management Student Award was also to recognise and encourage the talent among the students.



Monumental plan to save archaeological legacy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
The Delhi Government’s Department of Archaeology announced a plan for undertaking conservation of five historically important monuments every year as part of its efforts to preserve the Capital’s rich archaeological legacy.

The decision to undertake such a project is the result of concerted efforts by the conservationists following reports that some of the historically important monuments were in a state of utter neglect and others were being perennially vandalised or encroached upon.

Delhi’s Secretary for Art and Culture Nita Bali said on Monday that the Department of Archaeology had identified the tomb opposite Baradari at Sadhana Enclave, Bijri Khan Tomb at R K Puram, Dara Shikoh Library building and two guard houses on the Northern Ridge for conservation this year.

She said that a museum was also being set up at Dara Shikoh Library building, Kashmere gate to showcase antiquities, sculptures and excavated material during this year.

“Special efforts are being made to rope in corporates, resident welfare associations, PSUs and NGOs for the upkeep and maintenance of the monuments under the overall supervision of the Department of Archaeology,” she said.

Commenting on the issue of a good number of heritage sites and monuments being under private possession, she said, "We hope the proposed Preservation of Ancient Monuments Bill gives us more teeth.”



Kanchi Shankaracharya to inaugurate Katha Kunj
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
A new Katha Kunj, which has been constructed near Hanuman Mandir of Marghat Wale Baba Temple in Chandni Chowk, would be inaugurated by Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati on Saturday. The kunj comprise of katha manch and a canopy and the entire area has been made green. The katha manch is a unique architectural design, with Lord Hanuman installed and four kalash fixed on the canopy. Nearly 1000 person could listen to sermons in Katha Kunj. Katha manch would also be used for performance of dharmik leela. An exhibition of Lord Hanuman, as portrayed in different parts of the country over the centuries, would also be on display. From the Pancha Mukhi Hanuman of Mysore to the 19th century Kangra School Hanuman, based on tantrik text of Goddess Kali, would be on display.

The paintings display the mythical role of Lord Hanuman with regional interpretation. The artists, using bright colours, multiple heads, hands, weapons etc, convey that the Pawan putra was a power to reckon with.

The MP from Chandni Chowk and Minister of State in the PMO, Mr Vijay Goel, said the entire Hanuman temple project would cost Rs 2.80 crore and the first phase of the re-development of the Hanuman temple had been completed at a cost of Rs 150 lakh. 



Recruitment of armymen from May 12
Our correspondent

Rewari, April 24
Open recruitment of jawans in the Indian Army will be held at Kharga Stadium in Ambala Cantt from May 12 to May 16. Recruitment of jawans of Mahendragarh, Bhiwani and Rewari districts will be held on May 12, May 13 and May 14 respectively. Similarly, recruitment of the wards of army personnel, ex-servicemen and widows (of army personnel) will take place on May 15.

Candidates for the post of Soldier GD should be above 16 years on May 11, 2002 and below 21 years of age on July 31, 2002. However, for the posts of clerk and Soldier Technical, candidates should be above 16 years and below 23 years of age on the above dates. Candidates possessing qualifications of NCC, ITI Civil, state, national or international sportsmanship, computer and 10 plus 2 class will be given preference in recruitment, according to Mr R. K. Bali, Recruiting Officer, Army Recruiting Office, Charkhi Dadri.



Guru’s anniversary today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
The anniversary of Guru Harkrishan would be observed in the Capital tomorrow with a congregation at Gurdwara Bala Sahib and recitation of Sukhmani Sahib and nitnem.

On the occasion, a health check-up camp will be organised at Guru Harkrishan Sahib Hospital, where specialists would carry out free medical check-up.

The DSGMC has also arranged for the amrit sanchar in connection with baptism of Gurusikhs.

A number of speakers would deliver lecture highlighting the life, teachings and social work done by the Guru.

Mahavir Jayanti procession today: A procession will be taken out tomorrow at 8 am on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti through Model Basti, Filmistan, Rani Jhansi Road, Pahari Dhiraj, Sadar Bazar, Qutab Road, Khari Baoli, Chandni Chowk, Dariba Kalan, Kuan Nathi Wala, Esplanade Road and culminating at Parade Ground.

All motorists and other commuters are advised to avoid journey on the route and roads leading to the route of procession for their own convenience and take alternate routes, DCP Traffic (VIP), Mr S. B. S. Tyagi said.



42 Faridabad dairy owners challaned 
Our correspondent

Faridabad, April 24
The Municipal Corporation authorities have initiated action against those dairy owners of Ballabgarh town, who had been delaying the relocation of their dairies.

Fourty-two dairy owners were challaned under Section 133 of the Civic Act on Tuesday . It was reported that these dairy owners had failed to begin their construction work at the plots allotted to them for relocation at Mirzapur village. The authorities warned of action against the dairy owners who fail to move out within the allotted time period.

Power staff

The All Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union’ will take part in the proposed state level rally to be organised at Hisar on May 12. The rally, to be organised by the Sarva Karamchari Sangh, Haryana, in protest against `privatisation’ and policies regarding contract system of employment and retrenchment of staff. According to Mr Subhash Lamba, spokesman of the union, the state government had failed to adopt a favourable stance towards several pending demands of employees. Consequently, the staff was agitated over the alleged privatisation move of departments like the Haryana roadways.

Tehsildars in dock

The district police have registered criminal cases under Section 465/467 and 420 against five persons including the tahsildars of Jhajjar and Bahadurgarh on charges of selling land belonging to a trust situated along the Badli road here.

According to the police sources, the land measuring 1 canal and 6 marlas belong to the Durga Wala Talaab Mandir Trust, set up by one Lala Durga Dutt around a century ago.

However, the name of the trust was changed to Shiwala trust by the incumbent head of the trust, Mr Shadi Ram.

Later, with the involvement of the tahsildars of Jhajjar, Mr Yad Ram and Bahadurgarh, Mr Hanuman Singh, he sold the land to Shamshar Singh, resident of Jhajjar and Chander Mani of Kablana village by forgoing the documents.

However, on the basis of a complaint lodged, the flying squad took up the case for investigation.

The district police registered a case against Shamshar, Chander Mani, Om Prakash and the two Tahsildars on the basis of the report by the CM flying Squad.

Strike threat

Taking strong exception to Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala’s statement regarding the procurement of wheat from the Uttar Pradesh farmers, Mr Manphoole Singh, senior vice-president of the Haryana Vikas Party, warned that he would launch an agitation if the state government went ahead with it.

Mr Manphoole Singh, while addressing a press conference here, alleged large-scale irregularities in the procurement process. He said that the farmers were facing difficulties in the mandis, as the local administration had failed to make the necessary arrangements.

He stated that after visiting the various mandis in the district, he found that less than 50 per cent of the wheat being brought to the mandis were procured by the government and other authorized agencies.

Wheat arrivals

The total arrival of wheat in various mandis of Rewari district has now reached 12,813 metric tonnes. Of this, the Food and Supplies Department has purchased 3,148 metric tonnes, Hafed 5,662 metric tonnes and the rest by the Food Corporation of India at the support price announced by the government.

Similarly, of the total arrivals of 16,285 metric tonnes of sarson, Hafed has purchased 5,611 metric tonnes while 10,674 metric tonnes have been purchased by private traders, according to Mr Vineet Garg, Deputy Commissioner, Rewari.

Simultaneously, the DC has again directed the procurement agencies to ensure the purchase of wheat at the MSP and the expeditious payment of money to the farmers.

Contrary to this, the Haryana Pradesh JD(U) president, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, who along with activists of the JD(U) and Lok Jan Shakti Party had met and heard the farmers’ grievances in the mandis here on Monday, has alleged that sarson-growers were being exploited by the private traders, who were taking an undue advantage of their compulsion and were buying their sarson at rates much below the MSP. He demanded effective measures to eliminate this menace as well as establishment of more procurement centres for sarson in the mandi here.

Housewife killed

A young housewife, Mrs Mamta, was killed on when she was hit by a tractor trolley at Gohana town, 35 km from here today. According to a report, she was returning to her home after visiting a temple in the morning. The police have registered a case against the tractor driver.

According to another report, a youth, Satpal of Adarsh Nagar, was seriously injured in a road accident here today. The injured was immediately hospitalised.

Goods looted

Thieves are reported to have escaped with cloth and other valuables worth about Rs 3.50 lakh from Sunny Emporium on the Baroda road in Gohana town, 35 km from here last night.

According to another report, thieves also entered the shop of another cloth merchant on Fawara Chowk and escaped with cloth worth over Rs 40,000 from it.

The growing number of thefts in the town have caused resentment among the residents and shopkeepers of the town who have demanded intensive night patrolling by the police.

The owners have lodged FIRs with the police and further investigations were in progress.

According to another report, thieves are reported to have broken the ‘diggi’ of a motorcycle parked outside a bank at Gohana town and escaped with Rs 90,000 cash.

The motorcycle belonged to one Mr Dalpat Singh of Mahra village who had gone inside the bank to make a demand draft. When he came out of bank to collect the amount, he found the cash missing from his motorcycle.

Mass marriages

The Samaj Sewa Samiti, a social welfare organisation of this city, organised a mass-marriage function on the premises of the Arya Samaj Shanti Nagar (four-marla colony) here on Tuesday. According to a report, the marriages of three poor girls were performed in accordance with the Arya Samaj rites. The girls were given dowry by three social activities-Mr Ramesh Kumar Hasija, Mr Vijay Chaudhary and Mr Sudesh Sharma. Large number of residents, prominent citizens and the members of the samiti were present on the occasion.

The ‘dolis’ of each girl were seen of in the evening by the people and the members of the samiti present on the occasion.

Two injured

Two persons were seriously injured when a private bus collided with a tanker on the G.T.Road near Murthal village, 8km from here late on Tuesday evening. According to a report, the bus was carrying a marriage party from Panipat to Delhi.

The injured persons were identified as Rakesh and Radhey Shyam.

On receiving information, the highway police rushed to the site and took the injured persons to the local civil hospital where they are stated to be out of danger. The police are investigating the case.



235 cases of power theft detected 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 24
The anti-power theft campaign, launched by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), has yielded good results in Sonepat circle of the Nigam.

The Deputy Commissioner told mediapersons here today that the Nigam officials had checked as many as 1,113 premises of the consumers and detected 235 cases of power theft during the campaign. The officials, he said, imposed a penalty of Rs 13.04 lakh on the erring consumers and recovered Rs 10.48 lakh on the spot from them.

The officials also lodged FIRs against 35 consumers who failed to deposit the penalty amount during the stipulated period.

He disclosed that the officials of the Nigam had checked 276 power connections and detected 44 cases of power theft in the urban areas of the circle. A sum of Rs 3.98 lakh was imposed as penalty on the erring consumers and Rs 6.73 lakh was recovered on the spot from them.

According to the DC, the officials of the Nigam had checked the premises of 516 consumers and detected as many as 75 cases of power theft in the rural areas of the circle during the campaign. The officials also imposed a penalty of Rs 3.09 lakh on the erring consumers and recovered Rs 1.63 lakh on the spot from them.

The DC also disclosed that the officials of the Nigam had checked 321 power connections in Gohana division and detected 116 cases of power theft. The officials also imposed a penalty of Rs 6.33 lakh on the erring consumers and recovered Rs 2.12 lakh.

He said that the officials also lodged FIRs against 35 consumers who failed to deposit the penalty amount during the stipulated period.



Nepali national arrested for supplying fake passport
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) police on Tuesday arrested two people from Nepal, including a travel agent, who allegedly provided a fake British passport to his client.

The agent, Raj Kumar Ban, allegedly provided a fake British passport to his client, Lal Doj Gurang, who wanted to travel abroad. The travel agent was arrested while trying to return to Nepal by the Nepal Royal Airways flight.

During interrogation, the travel agent disclosed that he charged Rs 7 lakh from Gurang for providing the fake British passport.

The fake passport was issued from Hong Kong on the name of Vimal Kumar Limpoo.

Gurang was escorted by Ban to Delhi from Katmandu via Kolkata.

He was arrested after immigration officials checked his passport while he was attempting to board the flight for Britain. His interrogation led to the arrest of the agent, police said.

Stoned to death: A dhaba owner was stoned to death by an unidentified youth, Avdhesh Kumar, on the Roshanara Road on Tuesday evening. The incident occurred while the victim was closing his dhaba. An unknown person hit him with a stone on his head, making him unconsciousness. The victim was taken to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police said that it could be a case of revenge and had registered a case of murder.

Cash awards: The Delhi Police announced an award of Rs 10,000 for information about the whereabouts of two girls, reportedly kidnapped from Farsh Bazar and Gandhi Nagar areas of East district. The award was announced after all effort of the police to trace the victims had failed.

The police announced the cash award for providing information in tracing Menakshi Sharma (17), who was abducted from Farsh Bazar last year by Rajesh and his wife Savita, residents of village Gourgarh, district Muzaffar Nagar in UP. The victim was resident of Rajpuri Colony in Ghaziabad.

Another cash award of Rs 5000 was also announced for supplying information in tracing Shipra Jain (17), who was allegedly kidnapped by Vipin Sharma, a resident of Devi Ka Than, Kalghar, Moradabad. She was abducted from the police station in Gandhi Nagar.


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