Saturday, May 4, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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A virtual classroom & the schoolmaster is abroad
Abhay Jain

Academic feast at Gurgaon

* The prominent institutes in Gurgaon are: the Management Development Institute, the Institute for International Management and Technology, the Institute of Technology and Management, the Amity Business School at Manesar and the Haryana Institute of Public Administration.

 * These bodies, in turn, have tied up with world-class academic institutes such as the Oxford Brooks University (UK), the Queensland University of Technology (Australia), the London School of Economics (UK), the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), the School of Management (France), the Warsaw School of Economics (Poland).

Gurgaon, May 3
Education of global standards has arrived in Gurgaon. The city has become a virtual classroom, where world-class academic courses are on offer, via global tie-ups. Only, the schoolmaster is abroad.

Gurgaon is churning out undergraduate and post-graduate courses of international standards in information technology, management, finance management, hotel management, hospitality and tourism management, marketing, human recourse management and entrepreneurship, etc.

The Management Development Institute (MDI), the Institute for International Management and Technology (IIMT), the Institute of Technology and Management (ITM), the Amity Business School at Manesar and the Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) are some of the prominent academic institutes in the district.

These bodies, in turn, have tied up with world-class academic institutes such as the Oxford Brookes University, UK, the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, the School of Management, France, the Warsaw School of Economics, Poland, etc.

An important feature in the Management Development Institute is the emphasis on globalisation. The institute has tied up with ESCP-EAP, Paris, for a dual degree scheme in which a student of MDI is allowed to pursue one year of the management degree in India and one year at Paris and he will be awarded a dual degree from both the institutes. MDI director Dr Devi Singh said that the institute had realigned its courses’ content, undertaking a thorough revamping in line with the top Lvy League management institutes in the world. The institute’s philosophy is to train and churn out business leaders to manage the change in a global environment.

The institute has set a target, whereby at least one-third of the students, in three years, would undertake at least one semester overseas under the student exchange programme, informed Dr Singh.

The MDI, established in 1973, with the support of the Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI), has an agreement with the leading institutes of Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Thailand, Denmark, Canada and Belgium for providing world-class education to its students. The residential facilities include 152 executive suites, 138 graduate students’ room and 90 staff residences. There are various recreational facilities like a mini-golf course, flood-lit badminton and tennis courts and a well-equipped gymnasium on the campus.

The Institute for International Management and Technology (IIMT) was set up to provide internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study in the professional areas of hospitality and tourism management, information technology and business management. IIMT, Gurgaon, is owned and supported by the world leading corporations, Radisson Hotels International (a fully owned subsidiary of Carlson Hospitality Worldwide, USA), Unitect Ltd, India, and the Edwardian Group, the UK.

Oxford Brooks University, Oxford UK has recently validated the School of Management and Entrepreneurship at the IIMT.

“We are very excited to bring the business programme to India. Both Carlson Hospitality, USA and Unitech Ltd, India, are committed to imparting quality education,” said its managing director, Mr K B Kachru. We intend to prepare the students to be contributing members of society, added Mr Kachru.

The Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA), an institute run by the state government, trains the bureaucrats, police personnel, entrepreneurs and the like in e-governance, foreign languages, rural and urban development, human and financial management and other day-to-day management-specific courses.

A senior IAS, Dr H S Anand, director, HIPA informed the ‘NCR Tribune’ that besides the Haryana officials, the offices of the Central Civil Services and other state Civil Services also attend different seminar/courses organised by the HIPA regularly. The Institute of Technology and Management (ITM), an ISO 9002 certified institute, is the only institute in India (outside Kolkata) which has the unique distinction of being recognised by the London School of Economics and Political Science.

ITM’s chairman, Vijay Daulet Singh, informed that the ITM has a partnership with the University of Warwick, UK. ITM also has an exclusive alliance with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in the area of student industrial professional attachment, added Mr Singh. The Amity Business School (ABS), having a beautiful 110-acre campus in the midst of Arvalli Hills at Manesar, is another prominent institute which provides courses in Masters of Business Administration.

The ABS at Manesar is one of the Amity Group of Institutes which is run by Ritnand Balved Education Foundation (RBEF). The students, after passing the courses at the ABS, would be the real go-getters in the corporate world and prove to be an asset for the organisation, claims the school.


More students plump for private books
Smriti Kak

New Delhi, May 3
The students of class X and XII in particular are investing both time and money in expanding their knowledge through the books written and brought out by the private publishers. For them, the NCERT texts are merely the means of getting acquainted with the syllabus as prescribed by the board.

“For maths, I use R S Aggarwal because it covers every topic extensively. The NCERT text is used only in the classroom, but for practice and self-study, we all use either Manjeet Singh or R S Aggarwal. Even for other subjects like chemistry and physics, we use books other than those of NCERT. Besides our tutors also suggest these books if we have to clear the competitive examinations,” said Sharad, who is currently preparing for his entrance exams.

Like Sharad, there are thousands of school students who swear by the books brought out by the private publishers. “The basic problem with the NCERT books is that they do not give details. Like in case of science, the derivation of a formula is an important portion, yet they hardly explain it. Whereas the private publishers provide detailed explanation and also offer more variety in terms of numerical problems,” said Sam, a class XII student.

Anapurna, a class XII commerce student, reiterates, “In the business studies text, there is a chapter on Principles of Management, where they have described the levels of management in just two or three lines. But from the examination point of view, we have to elaborate and to be able to do that, we have to refer to the extra book where these points are explained in great detail.”

The schools are aware of the limitations of these NCERT texts. The Principal of Birla Vidya Niketan, Ms Madhu Chandra told this correspondent, “We cannot dissuade the students from referring to these books. It is the choice of the students and there is nothing objectionable if the students want to use these books for gaining more knowledge. Besides, a teacher is meant to collect information from all sources and pass it onto the students, which somehow is not followed so the students will automatically gather the information themselves. We must also look at it from the point of view of competition. The intelligent students will naturally refer to more books and read more to acquire information. This helps generate a healthy competition between the students.”

The private publishers claim that authors who are masters of their subjects write their books. “Our books are written by highly competent authors and there is no reason why anyone at all should place them below the NCERT texts. The fact that

we sell more than the NCERT books, vouches for the quality of our books,” said the president of the Federation of Private Publishers, Mr. R K Gupta.

He added that the CBSE itself has recommended five to 10 books published by them in each subject for class X and XII students. Mr Gupta also reiterated that the private publishers should be encouraged by the government agencies.

CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly described the books as means of motivating self-study in students. He said, “We cannot stop students from using these books because we do not wish knowledge to be limited.”

The teachers and students are unanimous that the books written by private publishers are a boon when it comes to preparing for competitive exams. Said Ms Anuradha Sharma, a maths teacher, “We have to refer to the private books because the NCERT is just not enough. There are so many things that need to be emphasised and explained in detail and this is where the private books score over the NCERT texts.”

The NCERT, however, is content with its work. The head of the Science Department, Prof R Shukla said, “We have received positive response to our books. Many science and maths teachers have praised the content and the production of the books.”


Fare hangs in balance, commuter in the lurch
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 3
The Government of NCT of Delhi has deferred till Monday a decision on the quantum of hike in bus and autorickshaw fares when the Cabinet would meet to deliberate on the recommendations of the three-member committee constituted to consider the economic implications of the CNG price hike. Indications are revised fares would come into force by next weekend.

The three-member committee, comprising Transport Commissioner Sindhushree Khullar, Principal Secretary (Finance) Ramesh Chandra, and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) Chairman KS Baidwan, was to submit its report by Friday ahead of Saturday’s Cabinet meeting. Mr Maken said the Cabinet would now meet after the weekend on Monday to deliberate on the issue. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had on Monday said the decision on fare structure would be taken at the Cabinet meeting on Saturday on the basis of the recommendations of a high-power three-member committee. According to well placed sources, the committee will recommend an upward revision of fares after taking into account the impact the CNG hike would have on the operational efficiency of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), the fuel consumption pattern and the total variable (recurring) cost. The final draft of the report, they said, would be submitted by Saturday afternoon.

Over the past week, the three-member committee held consultations with bus and auto operators as also the DTC. DTC Chairman KS Baidwan conducted a “preliminary exercise” for devising a mechanism to balance the impact of CNG hike on the corporation and maintaining operational efficiency. Mr Baidwan told the NCR Tribune that he had had held talks with Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) Managing Director AK De in this regard.

The transporters are demanding doubling of the current fare, citing losses due to insufficient supply of CNG in Delhi. They say if the public transport fares are not increased to their satisfaction, they would not be able to pay the Rs 1000 per day fine, as directed by the Supreme Court, for plying their diesel-run buses and would be forced to withdraw their vehicles from Monday. The Supreme Court had last month imposed a hefty fine of Rs 500 per day on transporters as a pre-condition for running diesel buses till May 5 and Rs 1,000 per day thereafter.

The Capital could once again witness a transport chaos if the diesel-run buses move out of roads from Monday as the Government of NCT of Delhi has also failed to fulfil its promise of bringing in another 1000 CNG buses by the first week of this month. Convenor of the Joint Action Committee of Delhi Bus Operators Harish Sabharwal said majority of the private buses were running on non-profitable routes and the operators of these vehicles would withdraw their services if the fare hike was not to their satisfaction.

Asked if the transporters were justified in causing inconvenience to the commuters, Mr Sabharwal said, “People should also be prepared to share the burden if they want a pure and clean environment for Delhi.” He blamed the state and central governments for not adopting a clear cut approach on the CNG issue when the Supreme Court had given a categorical order. 


Triple murder: Faridabad cops groping in the dark
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 3
While the residents of Sector 31 here are in a `state of shock’ over the cold-blooded murder of three persons, including an eight-year-old girl, that took place here on Thursday, the police is clueless about the suspects and the cause of the killings. The SSP, Mr Ranbir Sharma, disclosed that although the police had interrogated some persons, including the husband of one of the victims, they had no clue about the assailants and their motive.

The police had recovered three bodies from a jhuggi colony in sector-31 last evening. The deceased have been identified as Munni Bai (40), her daughter Usha (8) and their neighbour Kalpana (32).

It is reported that the accused were two or three in number. They walked into the jhuggi of Munni Bai while she was with her daughter. Her husband, who is a mason, had been away on work. The accused lynched Munni Bai first with a sharp edged weapon and then slit the throat of the minor girl. They also crossed over into a neighbouring plot and killed Kalpana, who was alone in a half-built house. It is learnt that Munni Bai was the second wife of the mason Jigarnath. The police is working on all theories, including the possibility of an illicit relationship and an old enmity. A case has been booked in this connection.

Mystery death

Residents of the sub-divisional town of Palwal are `puzzled’ over the death of a person identified as Suresh. Some of the residents have blamed the police for his death.

It is reported that the deceased consumed poison after he learnt about the arrest of his son Raju, aged 21. Raju, allegedly a drug addict, was rounded up by a police party near the bus stand in connection with a criminal case. It is claimed that Suresh, Raju’s father, went to the police station to demand his son’s release. Disappointed over his failure to secure the release of his son, Suresh committed suicide. However, there are conflicting reports about where he committed suicide. According to some locals, he committed suicide in the police station, an allegation that is vehemently denied by the cops. The SSP, Mr Ranbir Sharma, said that the victim consumed poison in his house, following a quarrel with his father, Gyasi Ram, over property. He said that Suresh had threatened his father that he would consume poison, and the matter was reported to the police. The latter had even booked a complaint in this regard. He reiterated that Suresh had died in his house and that the police had no role in the matter.

Sarpanch removed

Faridabad: The Deputy Commissioner has ordered the removal of the Sarpanch of Bhupani village of the district, Mrs Sharda Devi, on the charge that she has sired more than two children. The Haryana Panchayati Raj Act bans the appointment of any such person to the post of Sarpanch, Panch or any other local body, who has sired three or more children. Mrs Sharda Devi gave birth to her third child on July 17, 2000. An enquiry led to the above action.


Residents feel pigged off, Section 144 clamped
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, May 3
Those who want to settle in the dream city of Gurgaon should put on their thinking cap. It is quite possible that they may have to live cheek by jowl with the porcine species. In fact, all towns in the district are plagued by pigs. The newcomers to the city had better be careful as the animals would not only engage them, but might give them a good bite to boot. This would come as a bad news to many, especially when Gurgaon, considered a peaceful area once, is already infested with land-grabbers and criminals creating a law and order problem from time to time.

The menace is now official with the new District Magistrate, Gurgaon, Mr Aurag Rastogi, invoking emergency power of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPc) vested with his office, directing the individuals and institutes within the limits of the municipalities of Gurgaon, Sohna, Nuh, Ferojepur Jhirka, Tauru, Pataudi and Haily Mandi, to keep the pigs in confinement within their premises. The order to be effective from May 21, will also be applicable to the managements of the institutes owning pigs. They have also been directed to keep the pigs within their own premises in hygienic and humane conditions.

The municipalities have been served with the edict to capture the pigs, found wandering within the limits of their jurisdictions and dispose them of in a manner so as to ensure that they do not in any case manage to come back or are brought back within the limits of any of the municipalities of Gurgaon district.

The order is prefaced with the declaration that in the urban areas, the number of wandering pigs was increasing and has reached an alarming proportion. Their movements result in frequent accidents. To cap it, they also bite, causing a health hazard. The declaration justifies the order saying that it was necessary to prevent danger to human life, health and safety.


Computer being made compulsory in Sanskrit education
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, May 3
Shri Lal Bahadur Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, a deemed university in the Capital, has prescribed computer application courses as a vocational subject for Shastri (BA) classes, the Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Prof Rita Verma, told the Rajya Sabha today.

She said the government had taken several steps to promote the use of computers in the development of Sanskrit education. It had been proposed to make computer applications a compulsory subject for all the students of Shastri course for the academic session 2002-03. The Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, an autonomous body of the ministry, had also devised graduation and secondary school level programmes on the computer for all its eight Sanskrit vidyapeeths located in different parts of the country.

In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Prof Verma said the Department of Secondary and Higher Education had launched a revised ‘computer literacy and studies in schools’ (CLASS) scheme in the government-aided and run schools to impart computer learning. While 210 schools had been covered under the revised CLASS scheme in the NCT of Delhi, the Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas would be granted funds at the rate of Rs 15,000 per neighbourhood school to impart computer literacy to 10 neighbourhood schools to cover 10,000 such schools over a period of three years.

The Minister of Environment, Mr T. R. Baalu, informed the Rajya Sabha that seven peafowls had been found dead in the Capital during 2000-01. It was reported that these deaths had been caused by the consumption of pesticides and chemically treated seeds. Mr Baalu said Integrated Pest Management (IPM) concept was being promoted to minimise indiscriminate and injudicious use of chemicals and pesticides to prevent health hazards to humans, animals and environment.

Apart from this, the animal husbandry departments had been advised to provide immediate veterinary care to affected birds and the forest field staff had been instructed to maintain vigil in sensitive areas and monitor the incidences of such nature. 


Tourism chief’s bid to browbeat roadways staff
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, May 3
The impounding of a Tata Sumo (HR 35B 5540) by the Haryana Roadways authorities here on April 30 led to an uproarious confrontation between the roadways employees and a prominent INLD leader and Chairman of Haryana Tourism, Mr Rao Inder Pal Singh, who is stated to be the incognito owner of the vehicle which had been illegally plying as a maxi-cab (taxi) between Rewari and Dharuhera for a long time.

Following a vigorous drive launched by the Haryana Roadways authorities against all such vehicles, which had been plying as maxi-cabs/taxis illegally, the Tata Sumo was challaned here on Tuesday by Mr Dharam Pal Singh Rohilla, Traffic Manager, Haryana Roadways, Rewari. It was also impounded by the authorities because it had no “valid documents” and, moreover because “its driver adopted a defiant posture towards the checking staff.

Later in the evening, when the checking squad was about to lay its hands on the second Tata Sumo of the same proprietor, its driver slipped away and sped away to Dharuhera, where he apprised the proprietor of the entire episode.

Apparently irked by all this, Mr Rao Inder Pal Singh, chairman of the Haryana Tourism and president of the Rewari district unit of the INLD, along with his men, came to the Haryana Roadways workshop at about 10 pm, where they reportedly created an “ugly” scene. Some of them also used threatening language against the workshop employees.

On the following day (May 1), while Mr Rao Inder Pal Singh and his men met Deputy Commissioner Vineet Garg, leaders of the Haryana Roadways Workers Union and several dozen employees held a demonstration at the DC’s office, where they also submitted a memorandum to him seeking action against the “guilty”.

The DC today said that the veracity of the matter was being ascertained. Meanwhile, Mr Baldev Singh, state president of the Haryana Roadways Workers Union, has warned that if the “guilty” were not penalised and if mala fide action was taken against any roadways employee, they would resort to direct action. 


Rohtak IG asks police to keep tabs on ‘deras’
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, May 3
The IG Police (Rohtak Range), Mr Resham Singh, has ordered immediate verification of the antecedents of the occupants of the ‘deras’ which have come up near many towns along the G. T. Road in the range.

Talking to the ‘NCR Tribune’, Mr Resham Singh disclosed that tribal persons with criminal tendencies have set up ‘deras’ (temporary hutments) on the outskirts of many towns. He feared that the occupants of such ‘deras’ were either committing crimes or abetting criminals.

Mr Resham Singh disclosed that all SHOs in the range, comprising the districts of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Panipat and Karnal, have been directed to identify the criminals in their respective jurisdictions. They have been advised to visit every village and find out the names of persons missing from their area of control and locate their suspected hideouts.

The SHOs have also been told to prepare a list of respectable persons in each village and also that of the criminals. An eye should be kept on the movement of unwanted persons in the villages, he said. These measures, he added, would help the police in effectively maintaining law and order.

Mr Resham Singh claimed that the law and order situation in the range was under control. He further assured that the criminals involved in the murders at Panipat would be arrested shortly. A special campaign, he said, has been launched to nab these assailants.

The range police has arrested 65 proclaimed offenders and 614 bail-jumpers since January this year. The police has been directed to verify the activities of the criminals who have been released on bail. Strict watch should be maintained on their movement, he advised the police in the range.

The police has busted 38 gangs of burglars and dacoits and arrested 132 persons involved in criminals activities of these gangs.

The police has solved 156 cases of theft since January and recovered stolen property worth Rs. 1.05 crore.

Besides, the police has also seized 81 country-made pistols, two guns, three country-made revolvers and 91 cartridges since January this year, he said.


3,000 phones go phut in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 3
More than 3,000 telephones went dead and the drinking water supply to the entire city of Sonepat remained paralysed for several hours when the district administration pressed into service JCB machines to remove encroachments and unauthorised structures on the public land near the Murthal Adda here today. As usual, the JCB machines not only razed illegal structures but also dug up water pipes, sewerage lines and power and telephone cables in the process.

This caused widespread resentment among telephone subscribers and the city residents who could not get drinking water from dawn to dusk. They demanded immediate registration of a case of criminal negligence against the erring drivers of the JCB machines as they had been caused such inconveniences to the public several times during the past few months.

The anti-encroachment campaign also caused panic among the shopkeepers of the area who kept their shutters down when the officials along with the JCB machines arrived in the locality. The campaign is part of the face-lifting programme launched in the city by the district and civic administration.

Meanwhile, the representatives of various political parties, social organisations and trade unions today expressed their anguish over the repeated digging up of water pipes, sewerage pipes, underground telephone cables and uprooting of power and telephone poles by the drivers of the JCB machines. They regretted that the district authorities had failed to take any action against them.

Instead, they had put the residents in trouble every time, as the latter had to face all the problems such as non-supply of drinking water for long hours, non-repairing of underground cables for days together and non-supply of power.

They also urged the state government to order a high-level probe into the public complaints and punish the officials found guilty of digging up telephone cables, water and sewerage lines and power and telephone poles in different parts of the city.


Cong govt hounding Akalis: Hit
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 3
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Avtar Singh Hit today sprang to the defence of his political mentor, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, echoing his charge that Punjab’s Congress government was implicating Akalis in “false cases”.

Mr Hit, president of the Delhi unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), also alleged that even Akali opponents of Mr Badal were “supporting newly-elected Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in his witch-hunt against his predecessor in order to wrest control of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)”.

However, Mr Hit chose not to plead clemency for tainted Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) chief Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu. “If Sidhu is found involved in corruption, he should not be spared. But at the same time, his case should not be used as a tool to settle political scores against Akalis,” he said.

The DSGMC chief alleged that the Capt Amarinder Singh government was enlisting “Sehajdharis” (shorn Sikhs) as SGPC voters. “The SGPC and the DSGMC have been Sikh bodies and no person defying Sikh principles — physically and spiritually – will be allowed to interfere in their affairs,” Mr Hit said.


Need to spread awareness on plastic usage: Bandhu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 3
The Delhi Minister for Environment and Forest, Mr Deep Chand Bandhu, today emphasised the need to spread awareness on the environmental and economic aspect of plastic usage, more so for the fact that its use has spread to the rural area.

Delivering the inaugural address at the two-day National Seminar on Economy and Ecology Moving Together with Plastics, Mr Bandhu stressed the need for balancing the economic benefits and the ecological impact of plastics usage.

He stressed the need for environmental consciousness vis-à-vis plastics, while acknowledging its increasing importance in daily life.

The seminar organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, (CII) (NR) jointly with the Indian Plastics Institute (Delhi Chapter) began here today.

Delivering the keynote address, at the Seminar, Mr Proshanto Banerjee, Chairman and Managing Director, Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL) stated that environment and ecology are important components of our developmental strategy. These aspects require as much foresight and planning as any other industrial or business venture.

He noted that many times, there is a tendency to focus on the cure after the damage is done, especially when it comes to the environment. It would be better to be safe than sorry as the environmental issues badly need a kiss of life.

Commenting on the growing usage of plastics in the economy, Mr Banerjee cited a study where it had been projected that India would be the third largest polymer consumer in the world by 2010.

He noted that polymer consumption growth in the past few years had consistently been in double digits.

In his address, Mr Banerjee mooted the setting up of two centres – one for model cities in major disposal zones and another for recycled products – to deal with waste disposal.

In his address, Mr Arvind Mehta, Treasurer, PlastIndia Foundation expressed the need to integrate downstream industries into the value chain.

In his welcome address, Mr Jagdish Khattar, Chairman, CII (Northern Region), stressed the need to focus on the 5R strategy for waste reduction of plastics – Refine, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover to energy.

The National Seminar is being attended by a wide cross-section of participants from industry, R&D institutes, the government officials and other key stakeholders.


Plan to improve water tables in Mahendragarh
Our Correspondent

Narnaul, May 3
The Haryana Government has formulated a time-bound project to improve the water tables of nearby villages of Hamidpur in Mahendragarh district by pumping canal water from the Hasanpur distributary into the dry Hamidpur Dam in the Narnaul subdivision before June 30, 2002. This will cost an estimated Rs 32 lakh. Apart from this, three deep boring outlets will also be activated near the link channel connecting Hasanpur and Hamidpur at two places and one at the dam site. This will cost another Rs 29.41 lakh.

This was stated by Dr Ram Bhagat Langyan, Deputy Commissioner of Mahendragarh, at Narnaul today. He said with this project, the water table of nearby villages of Hamidpur would improve. The total expenditure of the project would be Rs 61.41 lakh. Apart from canal water, rain and storm water would also help in filling the dam.

In reply to a question, the DC said the long-standing demands of rural people were being met. He conceded that farmers of 25 villages had been demanding water. Agitated farmers had also been involved in protests and demonstration following which the Chief Minister, Mr O. P. Chautala, granted a 5-km long connecting channel from Hasanpur to Hamidpur to improve the water table, which had gone down too deep in this area. He said 90 per cent of the project had been completed with an estimated cost of Rs 32 lakh. The work will be completed by June 30, Dr Langyan added.


Mafia felling trees

The fields in Mahendragarh district, the driest district of the state, are wearing a deserted look these days. Not a soul is seen in seen in the fields as the harvesting process has been completed. Taking advantage of this, the ‘forest mafia’ has become active and started felling trees on the roadsides.

The modus operandi is simple. The members of this group arrive at a pre-planned area armed with sawing machines, labourers and tractor-trolleys and cut green trees, load them in the trolley and escape with the booty. The trees are later transported to Faridabad and Delhi and sold to the factory owners there. It is alleged that this happens with the connivance of the Forest Department.

The indiscriminate felling of trees is playing havoc with the already dry and barren fields of Mahendragarh. The most affected among the trees is jandi, known as ‘sandal of Ahirwal’ which is used mostly by farmers. 


Agencies stop procurement
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 3
Even as the arrivals of wheat at the grain markets in the district are continuing, reports say that the authorities of the procurement agencies have already stopped purchasing the stocks creating a glut. This has caused resentment not only among the farmers but also arhtias, who are now reluctant to buy the wheat marketed by the farmers.

The result is that the farmers are now forced to take their produce to the nearby Narela mandi in Delhi for getting a better price there. This followed the sudden stoppage of purchase by the official procurement agencies five days ago.

The farmers are forced to sell their wheat at Rs 580 per quintal here even though the minimum support price (MSP) has been fixed at Rs 620 per quintal. Despite this, some influential arhtias and traders, allegedly in connivance with the officials of the procurement agencies, are selling their wheat at the support price of Rs 620 per quintal, thereby duping the government.

Most of the farmers hailing from nearby villages of the city have been waiting for the last five days to unload wheat from their tractor-trolleys and mule carts. The mandis and the purchasing centres are already overcrowded with wheat.

Thousands of bags of procured wheat are still lying in the open due to the slow lifting of the same by the official procurement agencies. 


Farmers told not to bring wheat to mandis
till May 8
Our Correspondent

Narnaul, May 3
Mr R. B. Langyan, Deputy Commissioner, has urged the farmers of the district to not to bring their wheat and mustard to mandis till next Wednesday in the light of the devastating fore that broke out at Ateli Mandi destroying over 9,000 bags of wheat. He said an inquiry into the matter had been ordered and the half-burnt bags and samples of the bags had been sent to Mr Ram Lab for chemical examination.



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Having served as a member of the Flying Squad of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak, for a number of years, I read with curiosity, the news titled “Flying squad asks examiner ‘to wink’ at copying” (NCR Tribune, April 30).

Earlier, in this very month, the ‘NCR Tribune’ had reported that the girls of the MDU college damaged the cars of the flying squad.(8th April 2002).

I had expressed my views, which were published in the ‘NCR Tribune’ on 20th April.

Again, I would like to express my views and some suggestions related to this matter.

In 1992, as a lecturer at the Government Post Graduate College, Kalka, I was appointed as an Assistant Superintendent (Invigilator) at the Arya College, Panipat for the B.A./B.Sc./B.Com. examinations, conducted by the Kurukshetra University.

One day, a police officer and two members of the flying squad entered the examination hall and started a conversation with an examinee.

When I objected to the ongoing conversation, one of the members of the squad said that the examinee is the daughter of a DIG.

To cut a long story short, the point I would like to make is that members of the flying squad did not have the guts to stop the policeman from intervening in the examination process.

Last week, on the basis of a verbal instruction of a visiting flying squad, a head examiner at an evaluation centre of a Sonepat college, directed her sub-examiner, to do lenient marking.

The head examiner, even asked one of the sub-examiners to revise the marks given by her on an answer copy.

As such, without going into details, I would like to make some suggestions.

The assistant Registrar of MDU, who is responsible for the appointment of the members of the flying squad, centre superintendents, deputy centre superintendents and assistant superintendents must have at least 10 years of experience in dealing with the examination branch.

Moreover, the members of the squad must have at least 10 years experience as college lecturer so that they are bold enough to deal with all kinds of students. They should be able to take quick decisions in case of an emergency.


Lecturer, Govt. College,

Gohana (Sonepat)

Son missing for 8 years

I have gone through your articles that appeared in the column ‘Crime Buster’ of the ‘NCR Tribune’. Praising the police officers in the media, without doubt, proves a morale-booster to them.

After a tenure of about 39 years, I retired as an Inspector from the Delhi Police in 1990. Unfortunately, my eldest son, Satish Malik (age 47 years, height 5’9”, round face, stout body) has been missing since 26-1-1994 from New Delhi. Despite all efforts, there has been no clue about him for the last eight years.

He was employed with Bombay Mercantile Cooperative Bank, Darya Ganj, in New Delhi. During my tenure with the Delhi Police, I investigated a number of cases but somehow, in the case of my son, I could not get any success.

Since your paper has a large circulation in the NCR, I hope to get some clue about my son.

If anyone has any information, he may contact me over the hone.(3675921;3636188)

H B L Malik,

78/3, Faiz Road, 
Karol Bagh, New Delhi

Thank you, NCR

I thank you very much for publishing my views in your esteemed newspaper. (‘Mamma Mia! Let me unburden myself’, NCR Tribune, April 29, 2002).

It is a great honour that some of my views were published in your popular newspaper.

Since its introduction, the NCR supplement has provided rich reading material to The Tribune fans. I also like the Log-in Tribune.

I thank you for accepting my contribution in one of the oldest newspapers of the country.


Principal, Vidya Niketan, NIT, Faridabad.

Refugees at home

It is a matter of great concern that the Kashmiri Pandits, who were forced to leave Jammu and Kashmir 12 years back and live in tents in different parts of the country, including in the national Capital, are not in a position to go back to their homes.

They are known as migrants, not refugees. The government of India has invited the Hurriyat leaders for talks but have shamelessly ignored those Kashmiris,

who are the greatest sufferer of this human tragedy.

Twelve years is a long period, and everyone wants to go back to their homes. The state government and the Central government must take immediate steps to create the necessary conditions for the Kashmiri Pandits to return back to their homes as soon as possible.



‘Power terrorists’

Delhi’s essential civic services are badly hit by utter lack of cooperation at every step. Be it the DVB, the DTC or the DDA, all seem to take a sadistic pleasure in adding to the woes of the citizens. Maybe, all of them want their palms greased sufficiently.

Let’s take the DVB, which is too well known for its mischievous functioning.

The DVB has a number of ways to harass the innocent citizens. One way is by over-billing, for which serpentine queues can be seen in any regional centre.

The other is tampering with the meters by the technical field staff to generate income called “ooper ki amadni” by sheer manipulation.

Even if the house owner has intimated the DVB that the house is empty and nobody lives there and so they should be charged the barest minimum, they will not let you rest.

When the DVB officials find that the meter has not registered any consumption, they will take the easy way-out and declare the meter defective or moving in the reverse direction.

The consumer is left wondering how could the static meter register consumption of power when no one was living in the house. Subsequently, the poor consumer will have to run from one official to another to get the billing fault rectified.

I have my own example to cite. We received a hefty bill for the month of December 2001 in respect of our flat 12-D P/C, Phase2, Jhilmil.

We received a bill for Rs 1,710, on the ground that the meter was faulty.

I challenged their contention, giving all the factual details that was published in a national newspaper.

The DVB responded positively and informed me vide their letter No. XEN (D) JLM 16 A/2037 dated 12.2.2001 by revising the payable amount to Rs.518, saying that it was the minimum charge.

I did not agree with the DVB’s definition of minimum which ought to be charged for the lowest minimum of 1 KW.

Subsequently, they played the same trick and sent another bill in February 2002 for the same amount of Rs 1,700, saying that the meter was showing reverse reading.

Actually, the bill showed the same reading as in the bill of December 2001.

On approaching the officials in the Shakti Kiran building in Karkardooma on 19.04.02, we were told to wait for the status report on the meter. It did not cut any ice with the authorities that the issue hardly concerned the meter, for no body was living in the flat. At the old age when I am 62,and my husband is 68, we fail to understand why senior citizens like us are being tortured for absolutely no rhyme or reason.

Instead of solving the matter, no stone is left unturned to make the issue as complicated as possible by the DVB.

Can anyone in the DVB show some magnanimity and wriggle us out of the malaise? Or will the DVB choose to be ‘power terrorists’ and terrorise innocent consumers?

Needless to reiterate, we have told the authorities that there is no one living in the flat, and so there was no consumption of power. Even then we are ready to pay the so-called minimum bill.

We don’t understand, why they cannot get this simple logic?

Has anyone ever tried to analyse as to how many cases of such harassment are arising out of wrong billings? Certainly, it will expose the DVB threadbare and falsify their tall claim of being consumer-friendly.

But the million-dollar question is whether anyone will ever try to come to the rescue of the afflicted and aggrieved senior citizens?


Lodhi Colony,

New Delhi

Diesel buses

Has the aim of the authorities to control air pollution by stopping diesel buses been achieved?

A fine of Rs 500 a day was levied for each diesel bus that will ply on Delhi’s road till 30 April, which will be increased to Rs 1,000 a day from May 1. Thus, virtually all the buses are back on the road. But who is actually going to pay the money? Obviously, not the transporters. It is the common man who is paying this fine by way of enhanced fare.

Those who sit in AC cabins, travel by AC cars cannot understand the plight of a common man. The authorities can see that the pollution level has not come down. It has rather been aggravated by coming of more private vehicles on the road. Thus, instead of sending the diesel buses off the road they should run ultra low sulphur diesel and lead free petrol for reducing the level of pollution.

The Governments at the Centre and in Delhi can do a lot in the matter. In this difficult situation, the Centre and

the state governments should join hands to fight for a common man of Delhi. It is pathetic that the faith of the common man eroding very fast. There is need to take quick and favourable actions.


Shahdara, Delhi


Wage war on Pak to end terrorism: AIATF
Tribune News Service

Panipat, May 3
Blaming the ISI for the Gujarat riots, the president of the Haryana unit of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF), Dr Viresh Shandilya, today advocated war against Pakistan to curb cross-border terrorism. “Until and unless there was a decisive war against Pakistan, the scourge of terrorism will continue to torment India,” he said, adding that a 51-member jatha of the AIATF would hold a week-long demonstration in Srinagar from May 14 in protest against the Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

2 women commit suicide

Two women committed suicide in the district on Thursday. In the first incident, Suman (22), a resident of Akhu Buana, hanged herself to death. Another woman, Kamlesh (35), a resident of Atta, dies after consuming some poisonous substance. Though the exact reasons could not be ascertained immediately, domestic tension is stated to be what has forced these women to take the extreme step.

Two die in mishaps

Two persons, including a child, were killed in different road accidents during the past 24 hours in the district. Mr Ram Kishan, a resident of Dobh village, stated in an FIR that Surender of the same village was going on a bicycle which was hit by a speeding jeep. The cyclist succumbed to his injuries while being taken to a hospital. The police have registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC.

In a separate incident, a child, Chhotu, was run over by a Rajasthan Roadways bus near the Mata Darwaja chowk here. Another child, Azad, a resident of Shora Kothi locality, sustained injuries in the accident and has been admitted to a hospital.

Water works inaugurated

Mr Ajay Chautala, Member of Parliament from Bhiwani, today inaugurated a water works with a storage capacity of five lakh gallons that would cost the exchequer Rs 25 lakh to augment the water supply in Bahadurgarh town of the district. Mr Chautala also laid the foundation stone of a Rs 115-lakh water treatment plant having a capacity of 30 lakh gallons and a Rs 30-lakh water works with a capacity of 6.5 lakh gallons.


Cars, US pistol seized from Bunty’s hideouts
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 3
The Delhi Police recovered sophisticated weapons, cars and electronic goods worth Rs 45 lakh from the hideouts of Devinder Singh alias Bunty, nicknamed Super Chor, who was arrested a few days ago. Five pistols, including a US-made pistol used by the US Army, along with 409 live cartridges were recovered from the hideouts of Bunty. Besides, two Lancer and two Honda City cars, a laptop computer, a table computer with all accessories and a music system were seized, the police said.

He was arrested by the South district police on April 29 from his flat in Upkar Apartments. Property worth Rs 4 crore was recovered from his possession. He was produced today before a city court which remanded him in police custody for another five days, the police said.


Bijli Nigam clerk nabbed for graft
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 3
In yet another case of graft, the district officials arrested a clerk of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) at Ballabgarh, after he was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000. The accused, identified as Suresh, working in the SDO’s office of the DHBVN at Ballabgarh, had demanded the money for releasing a power connection. The complainant, Mr Satish Kataria, had paid (deposited) Rs 1,600, while the official expenditure was Rs 1,262. But it is learnt that another Rs 1,000 was demanded for the work.

As the matter came up before the district authorities, a team, including the SDM and DSP of Ballabgarh, was deputed and the applicant was given powdered notes to give them to the clerk. The latter was arrested soon after he took the money. A case under the Corruption Act has been booked. This is the fifth such case that has been exposed by the authorities in the past about three weeks .


Housewife commits suicide
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 3
Mamta Chopra (27), a resident of Chowk Handi in the Tilak Nagar area of West district, reportedly committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling fan today. She took the extreme step when she was alone in the house. The victim was married and had two children. No suicide note was recovered from her possession. She was married five-and-a-half years ago. The SDM of the area is conducting an inquest, the police said.

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