Sunday, May 12, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Delhi Akali factions cross swords
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 11
With the elections to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee almost certain to be held next month, the political climate in the Capital is hotting up with the two rival factions of the Shiromani Akali Dal trading charges and making last-minute attempts to postpone the polls. While the pro-Tohra faction, Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi, alleged that the SAD (Badal) group was making all-out efforts to have the polls postponed, the Badal faction, which controls the DSGMC, said that it was the pro-Tohra group which had been practising double standards — speaking for polls in public and lobbying for their postponement in private..

The Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi president, Mr Paramjit Singh Sara, alleged the Badal faction’s chief, Mr Avtar Singh Hit, had been trying to postpone elections to perpetuate his rule “by hook or by crook”.

“The Akali Dal (Badal) is trying to evade elections for their misdeeds,” he charged. Mr Sarna said, “They have managed to avoid the elections for quite sometime on one pretext or the other before the court. It is high time the authorities took note of this and issued notification for the polls.”

On the other hand, the SAD (Badal) chief, Mr Avtar Singh Hit, said that their party was ready to face the electorate any time. “Our performance during my tenure speaks volumes of the work done by the committee for the welfare of the community,” he said.

While Mr Sarna blamed the Badal group for making an issue out of nothing by raising the discrepancies in the voters’ list, Mr Avtar Singh Hit said if the polls were held with large sections of the population devoid of their franchise, it would be a blow to the democratic process itself.

“We fought for securing voting rights to the persons above 18 years and now we find that only a few names have been added to the electoral roll. The names of several voters are missing. The voters’ list is not available either in Hindi or Punjabi, which would hamper the poll process,” Mr Avtar Singh Hit said.

While the Tohra faction is planning to rake up the issue of corruption in Punjab during the tenure of Mr Parkash Singh Badal and misappropriation of DSGMC funds, the Badal faction has chalked out a list of anti-Sikh activities by the pro-Tohra faction, including its pro-Congress stance.

“The statements by the former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, about the good performance of the Congress rule in Punjab, speaks volumes of the leaders sympathies with the party, which was behind the 1984 riots,” Mr Avtar Singh Hit said. On the other hand, the multi-crore Sidhu scam and the involvement of so many personalities in the case was enough to damage the reputation of the Badal faction and this issue would be highlighted prominently, Mr Sarna said.

The elections to the 46 wards, the number of constituencies into which the National Capital Territory has been divided into for the elections to the DSGMC, are long due. The last general elections to the committee were held in July 1995 and the committee completed its four-year term in 1999.

More than three years have passed since the elections to the committee became due, which has control over a number of schools, hospitals and other institutions and an annual budget worth crores of rupees.

There are about 3.07 lakh registered electorate after the final round of enlisting of names. As per 1999 electoral rolls for the gurdwara polls, there were 2.67 lakh registered voters in these wards.

The DSGMC comprises 56 members, though the elections are held for only 46 wards in the National Capital Territory. Four members from the Singh Sabhas, one from the SGPC and five Jathedars of the five Takhts in the country are members of the committee.



Khurana lends steam to BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 11
Known for his street theatrics, former Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana, who has been made BJP’s in charge of Delhi, re-entered the hot political arena of the Capital today afternoon by leading a noisy demonstration, which resulted in the police force using water cannons to disperse the party workers, against the hike in the transportation fare.

As the BJP workers tried to break the barricade, the police used water cannons to disperse them. No one was injured in the incident. BJP national vice-president Madan Lal Khurana and Delhi unit president Mange Ram Garg were taken into preventive custody by the police.

A large number of party workers demonstrated against the steep hike in transport fares made by the Congress-led Delhi Government following the hike in the rates of the CNG made by the monopoly supplier, Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).

Today’s demonstration marks the beginning of the agitational programme of the BJP, which faced a rout in the recent civic polls, forcing the central leadership of the party to appoint Mr Khurana as in charge of the state unit, to revive the party’s poll prospects before the assembly polls, due next year.

Led by BJP national vice-president Khurana and Delhi unit president Mange Ram Garg, the protestors attempted to take out a march towards the Delhi Secretariat after staging a demonstration but were prevented by the police.



Woman dies, 150 jhuggis gutted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 11
One person was charred to death and eight others were injured in a fire that broke out in a slum cluster in the Shastri Park area of North-East district early this morning. Over 150 jhuggis were gutted in the fire. The deceased has been identified as Umar Jahan (55).

The fire broke out at 2.50 am when residents of the slum cluster were asleep. The Delhi Fire Service rushed 21 fire-tenders which managed to douse the fire by 4.35 am.

Besides jhuggis, a few makeshift shops selling vegetables and other goods were also gutted. All these were made of tarpaulin and wood. The woman who was charred to death was asleep when the fire broke out while her other family members managed to escape. The fire spread so swiftly they did not get a chance to wake her up.

Among the injured, a few were factory workers who were working during the night. They ran away from the cluster when they noticed the fire. According to preliminary inquiry, a short circuit had sparked the fire. It was being inquired whether the fire broke out in a shop or a residence, the Delhi Fire Service spokesman said. 



Mamma mia! Mamma manna for marketing men
Smriti Kak

New Delhi, May 11
The marketing man is given one simple brief – to sell. The method is immaterial. Amidst the din of voices of protest and cultural transgression, a publicity blitzkrieg appears to be sweeping the metropolises — all in the name of selling. The product profile – anything under the sun, well almost.

This is probably the reason why Mother’s Day or, for that matter, Father’s Day or Teacher’s Day has emerged as great marketing opportunities. Pushed to the wall by plummeting sales, the promotion gurus are hoping that Mother’s Day on Sunday will shore up their sales. The promo honchos are trying to strike an emotional chord to juxtapose an ostensibly alien custom into the ‘desi’ scheme of things.

Take the case of Ebony, a lifestyle store for the upwardly mobile. To make Mother’s Day special, it has decided to provide ‘the young and the old alike an opportunity to indulge their mothers and make them feel special’.

The winner chosen from a lucky draw can take ‘mommie dearest’ to a five star dinner in a shiny chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. For the mothers, there will also be roses when they walk into any of the Ebony showrooms in the city. A message to the mom will fetch the winner a hamper.

And it doesn’t stop here. For those who are short of ideas, the store also offers ‘Gifting ideas for Mother’s Day’.

Then there are many who are aiming to “ bridge the gap between the mother and the child by enabling them to enjoy shopping together”, offers Inder Madhan, general manager, Lifespring, a chain of health and beauty stores. It has focussed on making the mothers feel special by treating them with meals, beauty treatments and exotic gifts.

The greeting card industry, one of the main players, are equally gung-ho about such occasions. The industry has grown at a rate of 20 per cent per annum and has diversified from the earlier bulk sales of seasonal cards for wedding, anniversaries, birthdays and seasons’ greetings to the millennium cards now.

There are about 40,000 designs produced each year in the country and the market size of the cards and gifts sector in the organised sector accounts for Rs 100 crore. The unorganised sector accounts for about Rs 150 crore, a study says.

Cynics, however, aren’t pleased. “The fact that we need a Mother’s Day to tell our mothers that they are special is absurd. Why must we pick one day to do what we must do everyday?” asks Sarita Kumar, a schoolteacher. “And the hype that is created by these greeting card companies and gift stores is ridiculous. Are we trying to say that if we do not go and buy the exorbitantly priced knick-knacks, we do not love our mothers?” asks Ms Sarita.

Whichever side of the fence one happens to be, on Sunday, ‘To-mom-with-love’ promotions will reach a crescendo. The occasion, after all, manages to emotionally charge even the toughest of them and has always found its patrons. That probably explains why former US President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming that the Mother’s Day was to be held each year on the second Sunday of May.

So what began in the spring of ancient Greece is today a custom that has spanned the boundaries of the geographical as well as the mental divide. The Mother’s Day, meant as a tribute to Rhea, the Mother of Gods, by the Greek, has acquired a significance that cannot be belittled.

Thanks to the invention called marketing, visuals like a small boy who rushes to his mother with a hand-made card or a grown-up man who remembers to send flowers to his old mother are being put to effective use by the honchos who take pride in selling almost anything.

The fact that the occasions of emotional appeal are being encashed by the marketing strategists is making many see red. “This concept of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is alien to the Indian culture. What is the need to ape these essentially western customs? In fact, the way the product sellers are promoting their ware by applying a bit of thoughtful advertising is not short of emotional blackmail,” asserts Mohan Dass, a bank employee.



Delhiites flocking to Badarpur to marry 
Dame Fortune
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 11
Faridabad is fast becoming a haven for the lottery players and operators. Thousands of persons, including a large number of Delhiites, try their luck in the lottery bazaars of the town.

Over half a dozen lottery markets have come up here especially after the ban on single-digit lottery in Delhi. Several of the lottery operators have set up their markets on the border, inside Haryana. One such spot is Badarpur Border where a huge lottery bazaar welcomes the travellers from Delhi. Known as the ‘Crorepati Bazaar’, it is an open sesame to fortune-seekers, so to say. The bazaar has over 300 stalls and counters where one can purchase a lottery and could get the result within an hour. While similar markets have come up at other places here, including NIT, Bata Chowk, Sector-11, Ballabgarh and Palwal towns, the market at Badarpur Border draws maximum rush as a large number of persons from Delhi come here to try their luck.

According to the sources, satta is quite common here and it is alleged that the ‘protection’ fee received by the police station concerned was around Rs 2 lakh per month. However, this charge is vehemently denied by the district police chief, Mr Ranbir Sharma, who claims to have checked satta operators.

He said that he had ordered strict action against satta operators and gamblers and during the `Operation Speed Breaker’, which ended recently, 700 persons playing lottery were arrested in just 15 days and a sum of Rs 1.91 lakh was seized.

Recently, the purview of the lottery market got expanded with the introduction of online lottery by a business firm. While a total of eight machines (online) have been installed at various places in the town, at least three of them have been placed at the border market.

The allegations of irregularities in the online lottery have also surfaced. As the state government gets revenue from the sale of each such ticket, some of the organisers of online lottery have reportedly started selling hand-written slips, instead of issuing properly printed tickets to wagers, in order to evade sales tax.

According to the figures, Faridabad tops the business today as lotteries worth Rs 55 lakh are sold here daily.

The BJP leader and MLA from the Mewla Maharajpur assembly segment, Mr Krishan Pal Gurjar, has alleged that the state government has been patronising the lottery mafia in the state since the ban on lottery in Delhi.

Claiming that lottery and gambling were a menace and had pushed thousands of poor people to the brink of starvation, he charged that single-digit lottery was being played under the guise of multi-digits printed on the tickets. He claimed that the second last digit of the number printed on the lottery ticket was a deciding factor of the result and the purchaser of the lottery was told orally by the seller in this regard. Moreover, he said that the lottery operators and sellers were duping the common man by selling a ticket for Rs 11.50, while it had a printed price of Rs 11, including the sales tax. He alleged that the extra money collected in such a manner went to influential persons, who had been providing shelter to the lottery and satta operators, he said.



Part of historical Teen Burji razed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 11
The lack of coordination among the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage (INTACH), the Department of Archaeology, the Government of Delhi, and the MCD led to the demolition of a part of Teen Burji, a monument at Mohammadpur village in South Delhi.

The monument was demolished by the dwellers of the slum clusters that had come up around Teen Burji. The historical mosque falls under the jurisdiction of the MCD, Mr Rakesh Mehta, Commissioner of the corporation, said.

He said that he visited the site along with other senior officers of the corporation and found that it was not demolished by the corporation. An inquiry has been ordered in the case. It would also be inquired how illegal constructions were allowed to come up around the heritage.

Mr Mehta said that in order to check such incidents in the future and exercise more effective control over monuments of historical importance in the city, there should be a better coordination among the agencies concerned. The agencies should work together to compile a common list of heritage sites for taking coordinated action with regard to protection of the monuments and structures in the Capital. There should be a common list of protected and non-protected heritage. Responsibilities of different agencies should also be defined, he demanded. At present, there was a lot of confusion as to which agency is responsible for preserving the monuments, the Commissioner said.



3 pc reservation for disabled in the offing
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 11
In what appears to be a major victory for the physically challenged persons, the Delhi Government has stated that it will take immediate steps to provide three per cent reservation to the physically challenged persons in employment.

“The Delhi Government would take immediate steps to implement three per cent reservation norms for physically challenged persons in the Delhi Government departments and its autonomous bodies as envisaged under the Disability Act of 1995,” the Delhi Labour Minister, Mr Deep Chand Bandhu, said while addressing a seminar organised by the Labour Law Association on Friday evening. Despite the legislation, the ground reality was quite disturbing that the physically challenged persons had not been provided with the reservation as envisaged in the Act, Mr Bandhu said. “The approval of the Cabinet would be taken in providing the reservation, if needed,” he said.

“Till date, no incentive schemes formulated for the private sector and reservation in government jobs as well as educational institutions have been effectively implemented,” he said. He said free education should be imparted to the physically challenged children in the government and private schools in Delhi. Transportation facilities also must be provided free of cost to them. Mr Javed Abidi, an activist for the physically challenged persons, and others had recently demonstrated in the Capital urging the government to implement the provisions in the Act like reservation for the physically challenged persons in employment and education, better access to different places and disabled friendly structures.



Mahoba: A melange of historical & 
architectural marvels
Tribune News Service

Travel Info

Air: Nearest airport is Khajuraho - 65 km.

Rail: Mahoba is connected by broad gauge railway lines. Bundelkhand Exp (Gwalior- Varanasi); Mahakaushal Exp (Delhi-Jabalpur); Chambal Exp.

Road: Mahoba is connected by road to all major cities. State Highway No. 44 also passes through Mahoba. Some major road distances are: Chitrakoot - 125 km. Kanpur - 155 km, Jhansi 165 km, Allahabad - 245 km, Lucknow - 240 km, Khajuraho - 65 km, Banda - 52 km and Kalinjar - 130 km.

Mahoba, in Uttar Pradesh, is associated with the Chandela kings who ruled over Bundelkhand between the 9th and the 12th centuries. Situated about 140 km from Jhansi, Mahoba derives its name from ‘mahotsava’, which stands for the great celebration performed by its founder Chandravarman, around AD 800. In the following century, Mahoba became the Chandela capital in preference over Khajuraho.

The Chandelas, remembered for the now world-famous temples they built at Khajuraho, were also great warriors. At Mahoba, the impregnable hilltop fort and the lakes they created are considered engineering feats and their water management systems can still be seen.

This one-time capital is now a small town comprising three distinct areas—the old fort lying to the north of a low granite hill, the inner fort on top of the hill, and dariba or the betel market on the south. Apart from several picturesque lakes, there are also many places of historical and archaeological interest.

Mahoba was also a great cultural centre. Ballads praise its days of glory and narrate the inspiring saga of Alha and Udal, two brothers who sacrificed their lives for the honour of their land.

Today, the town is known for its fine betel leaf cultivation and granite rocks. There are many places of historical and archaeological interest as well as scenic lakes dotted with rocky islets. The temples of Mahoba are built in the same style as the Khajuraho temples. There are also a number of Buddhist and Jain shrines at Mahoba

Kakramath temple

This well-preserved granite temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located at the Madan Sagar. Its basic plan is similar to the temples of Khajuraho. The Madan Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu stands nearby.

Pakshi Vihar

About 5 km from town, this picturesque bird sanctuary has been developed on the shores of Vijay-Sagar, built by Vijay Pal Chandela (AD 1035-1060)

Sun temple

The majestic Sun Temple at Rahila Sagar.
The majestic Sun Temple at Rahila Sagar.

This 9th century granite Sun Temple lies to the west of Rahila Sagar and was built by Chandela ruler Rahila who ruled between AD 890 and 910. Though in a ruined state today, it still stands as the finest example of early Pratihara architecture in the area.

Kirat Sagar

Built by Kirtivarman between AD 1060 and 1100, it has fine embankments with granite steps. Madan Sagar, built by Madan Verma between AD 1128 and 1165, is very picturesque. Other lakes include Kalyan Sagar, Vijay Sagar and Rahila Sagar.

Gokhar hill

This is the hill where Guru Gorakhnath resided with his disciples. It has dramatic granite rock formations with caves and waterfalls. The spot is ideal for climbing and picnics.

Manaiya Devi temple

This is the temple of the tutelary deity of the Chandelas and stands on the shores of Madan Sagar near the fort. In front of the fort is a monolithic granite pillar, 18 ft. high and 1.75 ft wide at the base. The shrine of Pir Mubarak Shah, a Muslim saint who came from Arabia in AD 1252 stands nearby.

Other places of interest include the Jain and Buddhist shrines, the Alha Udal Chowk, Barichandrika Devi Temple, Ram Kurd, Suraj Kurd and Shiva Temple at Katheswar. The Betel Research Centre at Chhattarpur Road, a branch of NBRI Lucknow, is interesting as betel farming can be viewed in various stages of development here.


61 km. Site of the now world-famous temples built between AD 950 and 1050 by the Chandelas. Only 25 temples survive, but they are masterpieces of architecture. Dedicated to the Lord Shiva, these temples celebrate the human form and man’s spiritual and physical aspects.


109 km. Famous for its mighty fort, which was of great importance between the19th and 15th centuries. Among the remains within the fort is Raja Aman Singh Palace, which is being converted into a museum to house the fine and rare sculptures found at the site. Other places of interest within the fort include the Neelkantha Temple, Sita Sej, Patal Ganga, Pandu Kurd, Koti Tirth and Bhairon Ki Jhariad.


127 km. Celebrated in ballads and the scriptures for its natural beauty and closely associated with the epic Ramayana, Chitrakoot is a hallowed centre of pilgrimage. Lord Rama and Sita are believed to have spent their 14-years exile here.

The town is situated on the banks of the river Mandakini, the ghats of which are lined with numerous temples.



Mewati women begin to spread their wings
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Nagina (Mewat), May 11
The male dominance in Mewati society appears to be crumbling, albeit in bits. The womenfolk have made a mark on the male psyche that they had the guts and gumption for entrepreneurship.

The attitudinal change seems to be coming about following the women empowerment drive launched by the Mewat Development Agency (MDA), a nodal body of the Haryana Government, for the overall development of the region. The vital components, which appear to have given a sense of empowerment to the women, are the self-help group (SHG) scheme, dairy scheme etc, all under the micro-financing scheme.

Mewat is considered to be one of the most backward areas of Haryana. It spans across Gurgaon and Faridabad districts. The major chunk of Mewat, however, falls in Gurgaon district. With the given level of poverty and illiteracy, the women empowerment scheme has come as a boon to the fair sex.

Rasheedan, a sarpanch of Multhan village, falling in Nagina revenue block, said that earlier the women involved with the SHGs were questioned by their menfolk whenever they crossed the threshold of their household. Many of them had also been dubbed as immoral by men. But with the schemes paying dividends and money coming home, though in small measures, the men had started coming out of their mental block, she added.

The SHG scheme entails women (on an average 10) forming a group. There could be any number of groups in a village. The members of the groups are trained in some trade or vocation. After they are trained, they are initiated to the banking transactions. The groups (members) are then helped to procure loans. The MDA, of course, stands guarantee for the groups to procure loans to start the business in the trade in which they are trained. The MDA undertakes such exercise with the help of the assigned non-voluntary organisations. The same is the case with the dairy scheme. The women form groups. Either its members could have their own buffaloes or they can purchase one through the help of bank loans. The milk collected from the groups is purchased by an agency roped in by the MDA from various centres. According to the Chairman of the MDA, Mr S. A. Khan, this helps the women to sell their milk virtually at their doorsteps and get instant money.

According to the official statistics, there are more than 16,000 SHG members in 491 villages of Mewat, at present. In the dairy cooperatives, there are about 12,000 members.

Besides, the MDA has also launched various other schemes focussing on the education of the girl child. There are components of health programmes like mobile health services implemented with the help of the MDA. A team of doctors, including specialists, visits the villages on a daily basis on rotation.

Mr Haroon Mohammad said that the women in Mewat had, in a small way, started showing a sense of independence. However, they still had limitations and they could not become breadwinners of the family, he said. The Mewati society might not allow total freedom of women. There are many among men in Mewat who feel the same like Mr Haroon Mohammad.



God could not be everywhere and so, 
He made mothers!

Mother! That word conjures up before us, all that is best and noble in humans; the embodiment of sacrifice and kindness in a woman.

Mother! How many delightful memories surround that word! Memories of infancy, sound counsel, great expectations and deep concerns! Whoever has missed the mother’s touch has missed a lot in life. But when did you last tell your mother that you love her?

“A father may turn his back on his child; brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies; husbands may desert their wives, and wives their husbands. But a mother’s love endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute, in the face of the world’s condemnation, a mother still loves on, and still hopes that her child may turn from his evil ways, and repent; still she remembers the infant smiles that once filled her bosom with rapture, the merry laugh, the joyful shout of his childhood, the opening promise of his youth; and; she can never be brought to think him all unworthy.” This fine tribute to motherhood is from the pen of Washington Irving and who will not say amen to that?

If only we go through the written and unwritten biographies of men who mattered and those who did not, most of them might have something to say about their good mother, her maternal love and sacrificial life and comforting care.

“Let France have good mothers and she will have good sons,” proclaimed Napolean. The far-reaching impact of mothers upon families and society is the reason why woman’s education is so much stressed in the underdeveloped nations. When a mother is educated it tells upon the health and hygiene of the family, on nutrition and on the good conduct of the whole family.

All these must be sufficient justification for the Jewish saying: “God could not be everywhere and therefore, He made mothers!”

Keen observers of human nature have concluded that women are God’s special creation embedded with certain virtues different from those of men: intuition, modesty and the sacrificial spirit are among them. Virtue and genius and all natural good qualities which men possess are derived from their mothers.

“All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother,” wrote Abraham Lincoln, of whom we read that he waived the extreme punishment imposed on an army deserter because his mother came to plead for him.

We have read of the great mother of Lord Rama, the mother of Shankaracharya of Kaladi, and the mother of Mahatma Gandhi. In many lands, great saints have attributed the genesis of their faith to their devout mothers.

John Wesley’s mother, it is said, brought up a large family of 18 children and every night she used to pray separately with each of her children.

One can never pay the debt to a mother who introduces a child into the world risking her own life. Then think of the agonies she undergoes in nurturing, protecting and instructing and building up her child. A questioner once approached Prophet Mohammad and said: “O Messenger of God! Verily I have done great crime; is there any act by which I may repent?”

“Have you a mother?” inquired Mohammad. “No,” said the questioner. “Have you an aunt?” he inquired again. “Yes, I have,” was the reply. The Prophet said, “Go, do good to her, and your crime will be pardoned.”

Lindsey O’Connor has brought out a book, ‘Moms Who Changed the World’, to prove that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Three examples of great mothers mentioned in that book is that of Monica, mother of St Augustine, a fourth century scholar and theologian, born in the then Carthage (now Algeria); Catherine, mother of Amy Carmichael, a great poet and hymn writer, Mary Ball Washington, mother of George Washington.

Augustine was given to immoral living and wallowed in carnal pleasures causing great pain to his mother. But her prayers prevailed. The same son, becoming a bishop, later prayed to God: “My mother, your faithful servant, wept to you for me, shedding more tears for my spiritual death than others shed for the bodily death of a son. You heard her.”

Time and again in our nation, sociologists, writers, literacy workers and population experts have concluded that mothers hold the key to the future of the country. The well-educated and healthy mothers ensure that the nation has a good future.

Look at your mother, her aged wrinkled face reflecting the cares and worries of this world. The wrinkles tell a story of a careworn face, of years of sacrifice patiently borne so that her children might be built up and made fit for the world. That was the most lovable face you once delighted to watch as a child.

She is perhaps weak in health and so dependent on others today. When you were a child, lisping and helpless, she provided you with all the love and cares. Is it too much today if she expects you to love her?

M P K Kutty



Trans-Yamuna ills discussed
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, May 11
An apex body of societies of trans-Yamuna Federation of Indraprastha Residents today organised a seminar on ‘Development of trans-Yamuna’ at Jagriti Enclave.

It was presided over by the president of this organisation, Mr Shivraj Bansal. In the day-long seminar, various problems of the trans-Yamuna area were discussed and their solutions sought from the participants. According to the convenor of this organisation, Mr Lokash Gupta, another link road like the Vikas Marg should be constructed parallel to the railway line from Anand Vihar to ITO, to mitigate the traffic problems of the residents of the area.

Apart from this, he felt that a toll bridge should be constructed from Shantivan to Bhario Marg. Mr Gupta thought it ironical that out of 46 flyovers in Delhi, only two were in the trans-Yamuna area.

The participants in the seminar also raised the problem of drinking water in the trans-Yamuna area. They also felt that the small bridge connecting Preet Vihar to Dayanand Vihar was very narrow.

Due to this, traffic jams had become the order of the day in the area. The situation of electricity in the area was no better. The participants felt old transformers needs to be removed and replaced by new ones.

The disposal of garbage was a big problem here.

The state of DDA and MCD run parks was hardly satisfactory. They residents demanded that it should be properly maintained.

Moreover, even though thousands of students from the trans-Yamuna area were enrolled at the Delhi University, not a single bus U-special bus operated from here. 



A model road made of wonder material

Faridabad May 11
As part of the National Technology Day celebrations, the National Council for Cement and Building materials (NCB) laid down a demonstration road stretch, made with fujibeton-a wonder material devised and developed in Japan, at a function in Ballabgarh yesterday. According to the director general of NCB, Mr S.J Raina, fujibeton is the material for constructing roads in the future.

He said while it was a cost effective and environment friendly, the material also enhanced the life of the road considerably.

The demonstration road was inaugurated by Mr S.Jagdeesan, Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Mr V Suresh, Chairman and Managing Director of Housing and Urban Development Corporation, (HUDCO) gave a keynote address on ‘Technology Thrust for India’s Building and Construction Sector’ on the occasion. The address covered the emerging innovations in the building materials and technologies, which are environment friendly and ecologically appropriate. TNS



Sarpanch booked for embezzlement
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, May 11
The District Police have registered a case of embezzlement of Rs 6.10 lakh of Panchayat fund against Satpal, the suspended Sarpanch of Asaudah village today. The sources said that an administrative enquiry has been initiated against the sarpanch for fraudulently usurping the money, which was withdrawn from Punjab National Bank branch of Asaudha village. The case was registered on the complained of B.D.P.O. and recommended by the Deputy Commissioner.

Exhibition opened

Mr Pradeep Bakshi, Retail Manager of the Voltas Limited for North and Eastern India, today inaugurated a three-day exhibition of airconditrioners, coolers, household items and books and stationery here today. According to Mr Mr Anoop Kumar, the organiser, a wide variety of consumer durable had were on the display to provide a better choice to the consumers under one roof.

Meanwhile, the book exhibition organised by the Akshar Dham Samiti,Kaithal, was a big draw.


The functioning of the Rewari branch of the Central Bank of India has been completely computerised. It was recently inaugurated by its Regional Manager Mr A P Shukla. The branch manger Mr R.S. Dahiya said that it would now provide more efficient and expeditious services to the customers.

Gang busted

With the arrest of two youths, the Rai police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of car thieves operating in parts of Haryana and Delhi for the last about one year.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told mediapersons here today that the arrested youths were identified as Jasbir, a Jat of Barahi village under the police station of Bahadurgarh in Jhajjar district and Jatinder a jat of Chhara village under the Sadar police station at Bahadurgarh in Jhajjar district. The police, he said, has recovered a stolen Maruti car (no. D.L.4 CF/1249) and another Maruti car without any number plate from the possession of the arrested youths.

He also disclosed that a police party was engaged in checking the incoming and outgoing vehicles near Garh Mirakhpur village when the duo came in a car coming from the Bahadurgarh side. The police party, he said, gave a signal to stop and asked the youths to show the relevant papers of the car. But they have no relevant papers of the car.

According to the SP, the duo, during the course of interrogation, told the police party that they had stolen the car from Bahadurgarh about 5 days ago and another car from Punjabi Bagh Delhi about two and a half months ago. Acting on this information, the Rai police also recovered this car.

The SP disclosed that the culprits also told the police that they had stolen a jeep from Balyana village in Rohtak district about a year ago and another car from the Punjabi Bagh area of Delhi nine months ago.

He further disclosed that the police have registered a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and further investigations were in progress.

Bike snatched

Two unidentified armed miscreants are reported to have snatched a motorcycle from a youth, Ajmer, near Banwasa village about 45 km from here on Friday evening.

According to a report, the duo stopped his motorcycle and started beating him. When he raised an alarm, one of them showed his pistol and snatched the motorcycle from him. Thereafter, both the miscreants fled on the looted motorcycle.

The police have registered a case and launched a hunt to apprehend them.

However, no arrest has been made in this connection so far.

According to another report, three armed miscreants have also snatched a motorcycle from Mr Dhanpat and Mr Romesh near the cooperative sugar mill here on Friday evening. Both the youths were returning from Ganaur to Sonepat on this motorcycle.

Robbery case

The police today claimed to have solved a case of robbery committed on the Sonepat-Rathdhanna road on May 6 last following the arrest of two youths and an owner of a PCO at Baraut in UP.

According to a report, a sum of Rs 10 lakh was looted from Mr Vijay Jindal an arhtia of Narela (Delhi) when he was going in his car to Narela after withdrawing the amount of Rs. 27 lakh from a Nationalised Bank in the city. Further investigations were in progress in this case.

Girl killed

A 17-year-old girl was killed when she was trapped in a tractor-trolley at Gopalpur village about 25 km from here this morning. According to another report, a youth sustained serious injuries when he was hit by a car near the railway over-bridge here today. He was immediately hospitalised.



BSF constable cremated with full honours
Our Correspondent

Rewari, May 11
The body of Sandeep Yadav (22), a constable of the 58 battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF), was cremated with military honours at his native Phideri village on Friday evening.

Prior to this, Mr Vineet Garg, Deputy Commissioner, Rewari, Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, Deputy leader of the Haryana

Congress Legislature Party, and several other officials and prominent local leaders placed wreaths on the body.

Earlier, the body of Sandeep Yadav, who was killed in an encounter with militants at Pahalgam in Anantnag sector of Jammu and Kashmir on May 9, was flown to New Delhi, from where it was brought to Phideri.

Sandeep Yadav, married in December 2001, is survived by his young wife Renu, his father Sher singh, mother Sona Devi and brother Pradeep.

His father Sher Singh Yadav, is a head constable in the 23 battalion of BSF while his father-in-law, Virender Singh Yadav, is an assistant Sub Inspector in the 58 battalion of the BSF.



Cong leaders booked for damaging govt property
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 11
On the complaint of Mr K. C. Narwal, a Sub-Divisional Engineer (SDE) of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), the Kharkhauda police have registered a criminal case against 91 electricity consumers, including eight Congress leaders, on the charge of damaging government property and instigating the people against the installation of electronic meters in place of old meters.

According to a report, the Congress leaders booked included Mr Rampal Dahiya, Mr Joginder Singh, Mr Surinder Sharma, Mr Rajbir Dahiya, Mr Kuldeep Pahalwan and Mrs Chander Prabha. The police action followed the announcement made by the 31-member action committee of the residents for holding a massive demonstration on May 16 against the installation of electronic meters. However, no arrest has been made by the police in this connection.



‘Kachha Baniyan’ gang at it again 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 11
Two residents of Tajpur Colony Extension in Chawla area of Najafgarh were once again attacked by the ‘kachha baniyan’ gang.

The residents were beaten up and robbed of Rs 3000. They entered the house of Shiv Murti and his neighbour Hari Shankar at night while they were all asleep.

All the family members were tied up and robbed of all the valuables in the house.

Reportedly, the incident occurred when the local police, including DCP, were on patrolling duty in the area. A resident of the area informed the police control room about the incident, following which officers of the district police reached the spot.

The police have been asked to be on the alert to nab the members of the notorious ‘kacha baniyan’ gang.

The gang was active two years back. They have started operating again on the outskirts of the Capital. The police believe that the members of the gang leave the Capital after committing the crime and enter the neighbouring states.

The gang, which had been active couple of years back, had been involved in many sensational robberies and murder cases in the national Capita land cities around it.

Worker killed: A daily wage worker, Balraj (40), was found dead in his room in Timarpur area on Saturday morning. The victim lived there along with two other room-mates. One of the room-mate was Rubi Bengali (23), while the third one could not be identified.

When the third room-mate got up in the morning, he found Balraj dead and Rubi missing. He found Rubi’s towel tied around the neck of the victim and his Rs 1000 missing.

Incidentally, few days back, Balraj and Rubi had fought over a trivial matter. A case of murder was registered and efforts were being made to trace out Rubi, the police said.

Suicide attempt: An examinee, Nishant Kumar (20), sitting for a Chartered Accountancy Foundation Course examination, reportedly attempted to commit suicide at Arvachin Bharati School in East Delhi.

He was admitted to the GTB Hospital. During the course of the examination, he went to the toilet and jumped down from the window on the first floor.

In a statement to the police, he said he took the extreme step to avoid the examination, as the questions were beyond his comprehension.

He belongs to West Champaran in Bihar and was staying with his sister in Delhi, the police said.

Dacoity case: Five youths armed with sophisticated weapons and iron rods entered the house of Saira Bao in Kashmiri Gate area and asked her to hand over all the valuables in the house.

When she refused, they locked her in a room along with other members of the house and ransacked it. They decamped with 250 gram of silver, 100 gram of gold and other valuables. A case of dacoity was registered, the police said.


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