Monday, May 27, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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DSGMC polls now mired in legal row
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 26
Barely two days before the Delhi government was scheduled to issue the notification for the much-awaited polls to the Delhi Sikh Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee, a petition has been filed in the high court that could well derail the elections. A Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) worker, Mr Tej Pal Singh, has moved the court, urging it to postpone the general elections as the process of enlisting of voters would be complete only on May 27. The case would come up for hearing tomorrow.

Mr Tej Pal Singh, in his petition, has questioned whether the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections can possibly prepare the electoral rolls in time, if the notification is issued on Tuesday for the June 30 polls.

The last general elections to the DSGMC was held in 1995 after a gap of 17 years. The members are elected for a term of four years and the present committee had completed its term in 1999.

The directorate had asked the members of the community, who had turned 18 and above, to register themselves for the DSGMC polls and had given them time till Monday. The petitioner submitted that a large number of persons had registered themselves and the directorate, which would have to verify the electoral rolls, should not issue the notification without coming out with a foolproof voters’ list.

The Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi alleged that the rival faction, SAD (Badal), as a part of a larger game plan, had first enlisted voters and then moved the court, merely to delay the polls.

Stating that most of the voters enlisted by the SAD (Badal) were bogus, Mr Paramjeet Singh Sarna, the president of the Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi, said the party has made a written complaint to the Delhi Government and the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections.

Mr Sarna, in the complaint, voiced fears that the rival faction, which presently controls the DSGMC, could move the court with a plea that new names had been added to the electoral rolls and that the general elections should not be held until the voters list is verified. Mr Sarna stated that his party would favour the appointment of an administrator to oversee the functioning of the DSGMC till the time elections are not held.

The SAD (Badal) leaders, however, stated that they were only helping the authorities in enlisting new voters, who have turned 18 and above.

The SAD (Badal) secretary general, Mr Kuldip Singh Bhogal, said only 10,000 new names had been added to the electoral rolls after the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections started enlisting those who had attained 18 and above, following the Presidential assent to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1971. Mr Bhogal added that according to their estimate at least 50,000 names should have been added to the list.

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

The DSGMC comprises 56 members and the general elections are held for 46 wards in the National Capital Territory. Four members from the Singh Sabhas, one from the SGPC and the five Jathedars of the five Takhts in the country are members of the committee. Except for the five Jathedars, all others have voting rights.



Faridabad: No let-up in waterborne diseases
Bijendra Ahlawat

Faridabad, May 26
Faridabad is still in the grip of waterborne diseases. A three-year-old girl of Bhagat Singh Colony here died in the Bhadshah Khan Civil Hospital on Saturday. The toll of the persons dying of such diseases has risen to 10, according to sources.

A large number of patients are undergoing treatment for the diseases. About 12 of them got admitted in various government hospitals on Saturday. Three years old Rano, daughter of Puran Singh of Bhagat Singh Colony, was admitted in the B.K. Civil Hospital on May 24 but she passed away on Saturday.

However, the authorities do not admit that the problem has assumed an alarming proportion. The official record says that no death has been caused by diarrhoea, cholera or typhoid so far in the town, but unofficial figures show that several persons, the majority of whom are children, have become victim of waterborne diseases in the past few months.

This gets substantiated with the reports available from various microbiological and pathological laboratories.

According to studies conducted at Vibles Specialised Microbiology Laboratory (VSML) here which has the state-of-the-art testing facilities, there has been an increase in the incidence of diseases such as cholera, typhoid and bloody dysentery in Faridabad.

As per Dr Vinod Kaul, chief consultant microbiologist of the VSML, a total of 4,000 patients were referred to VSML in the past five months for various infections.

Of them, 55 patients carried ‘salmonella typhi’ and ‘salmonella typhimurium’, (typhoid causing bacteria) from blood and stool samples. `Vibrio choperae’ (cholera causing bacteria) and ‘shigella dysentry’ (dysentery causing bacteria) were isolated from 20 patients.

It is stated that the isolation of cholera producing bacteria has almost risen by four to five times this year since April.

Dr Kaul stated that typhoid and cholera were caused mainly by the use of contaminated water. Typhoid is associated with high temperature, low heart beat with constipation or diarrhoea and if the patient does not get proper treatment with antibiotics, it may lead to perforation of intestines and the patient may pass into coma and die finally. Cholera is characterised by severe diarrhoea followed by vomiting. Unless fluids and electrolytes are replaced, the patient may die.

He claimed that the indiscriminate use of antibiotics by medical practitioners should be checked as it had led to typhoid and cholera bacteria becoming drug-resistant. He has advised the doctors to prescribe antibiotics only after thoroughly establishing the cause of infections.

He said that the time required to identify disease-causing bacteria had been reduced to only 18 hours with the latest techniques available in various centres.



MLA veto robs govt of crores in excise duties
Archaic clause on liquor vends
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 26
The Department of Excise is losing crores of rupees worth of revenue every year because of the Government of NCT of Delhi’s reluctance to do away with the legislators’ “veto” of preventing a licensed liquor vend to open in their respective constituencies by not issuing a `No Objection Certificate’ (NOC.) Consequently, monies that would have otherwise gone into the State coffers are being pilfered by the “liquor mafia” operating allegedly in collusion with, and patronage of, law makers and law enforcers alike. All this as seizures of illicit liquor continue and the unsuspecting fall victim to the spurious spirits.

Excise Minister MS Saathi says that the provision could stay for now in spite of no such stipulation in the Punjab Excise Act that is in vogue in Delhi. (The new Excise Policy is to come into force in July.) While the minister favours a “non-confrontationist” approach to the issue, a section of the Congress legislators are seeking the abolition of the provision. Bangalore has 520 country liquor vends and 856 Indian Made Foreign Liquior (IMFL) vends and Mumbai 325 country liquor vends and 601 IMFL vends. “In Delhi,” says a party leader, “there are not even six country liquor vends in the six districts of South, South West, North West, West, Central and New Delhi !”

Officials of the Department of Excise told The NCR Tribune that the provision is “violative of principles of natural justice and incongruent with the provisions of the Act.” The provision, sources say, has led to allegations of certain legislators receiving kickbacks from Haryana- and Uttar Pradesh-based manufacturers of illicit countrymade liquor for preventing a licensed vend from coming up in their Assembly constituencies. Such is the stranglehold of the “liquor mafia,” sources add, “that a certain legislator gave a `No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) to open a liquor vend in his constituency but withdrew it soon because its opening apparently affected the manufacturer’s sale of country liquor from Uttar Pradesh.”

Sources say the revenue accruing from sale of country liquor is estimated at Rs 113 crore and Rs 487 crore from Indian Made Foreign Liquior (IMFL.) The ratio, they say, is 1:4 when it should be a healthy 1:1. Furthermore, Section 35 (2) of the Punjab Excise Act clearly lays down that public opinion is to be ascertained only for consumption on any premises and this will not be applicable for off-site retail sale vends. Debunking the minister’s contention, the source goes on to say Section 5 of the Delhi Intoxicants Licence and Sale Rules reads : “No licence for sale of liquor / drugs may be given unless either there is an ascertained demand of such liquor in locality concerned or it is granted to counteract illicit supply of liquor / drugs in that locality.”

The Government of NCT of Delhi’s ambivalent stand is in the meantime proving to be a boon for bootleggers and others engaged in the trade of illicit liquor. Prompted by the spate of hooch-related deaths, a non-government organisation has moved the courts. A Public Interest Litigation filed by Common Cause is pending before the Delhi High Court (CWP No 1810/2002) against Government of India and Government of NCT of Delhi to take effective steps to prevent a hooch tragedy in Delhi.



Plumpness on the rise in Capital’s public schools
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 26
Every 15th public school child in the high or middle-income group is obese in the Capital, according to the latest study by a team of scientists from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

All these children will be prone to hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease and overall morbidity during adult life, the study said.

Dr Umesh Kapil, additional professor from the Department of Human Nutrition and Biostatistics at AIIMS, who along with his team conducted the study, has stated that the increasing incidence of obesity was because of decreased physical activity, sedentary lifestyle, altered eating patterns with more fat content in the diet.

The research, involving 870 children, was carried out in a public school of Delhi catering to the affluent segment of population. It reported overall prevalence of obesity as 7.4 per cent. An earlier study in 1990 had reported almost similar incidence of obesity, according to a paper published in the science journal `Indian Pediatrics’

Only 19 per cent of the school children were found to be engaged in outdoor activities while 90 per cent of the obese children did not engage in any outdoor activity at all, the study said.

The study found that children from affluent sections were frequenting fast food joints more often, were engaged in indoor activities like watching television and playing computer games. With affluence, there is a tendency to enhance the consumption of costly fatty items and oil. This led to positive calorific balance with children consuming more calories than they were burning. Five decades back, children used to engage in more of outdoor activity.

A large number of children in the study had high calorific intake and visited fast food joints. Besides, most of the children had to skip their morning breakfast, as they had to leave for schools early. In the school, they would consume oily canteen stuff. About 28 per cent of the children visited fast food joints once a week and 18 per cent visited twice a week.

Only 19 per cent of all children were engaged in outdoor activities - 38 per cent entertained through TV, 21 per cent through computer, 10 per cent by music and eight were engaged in reading.

The study also found that 65 per cent of the children in the study were from nuclear families, where there is no dearth of funds which might lead to children spending money on fatty food.

The maximum prevalence of obesity was found during the puberty period, between 10 and 12 years. This may be associated with the increase in fat tissues and overall weight gain during the puberty growth spurt, the study found.

The researchers said that one factor for this may be that children at this age start getting independent pocket money, which they might be spending on fatty eatables in school canteens. The problem was that children were unaware of their nutritional needs. Therefore, adolescent education programmes should be introduced in schools.



Engineers blame IAS lobby for UP power ills
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, May 26
The All India Power Engineers Federation said that the IAS lobby was responsible for the power crisis in UP. “The IAS officers are bent upon destroying the power sector in the state,” said Shailender Dubey, the AIPEF’s general secretary.

Mr Dubey said that all the power engineers of the state would participate in an agitation in Lucknow on June 12 to protest against the conspiracy to destroy the power sector in the state. Afterwards, they would present their resignation en mass to the Chief Minister, Ms Mayawati.

Before the culmination of the agitation, the engineers will launch a three-stage attention campaign from May 29, aimed at attracting the attention of the government and people. After the trification of the UPSEB, the condition has deteriorated. The power corporation has suffered a loss of Rs 57,000 crore within two years, Mr Dubey said.

Even the government departments alone owe Rs 2,400 crore to the power corporation. The private sector companies too have emerged heavy defaulters in payment of their bills.

In a meeting with the World Bank team on April 18, it has been decided to set up four new companies and achieve privatisation of Kesco by June 15.



Student flunks, hangs self
Our Correspondent

Noida, May 26
Saurabh Talwar, son of Daulat Ram Talwar, an engineer and resident of N-33 in Sector-25 Noida, had appeared for the Class XII examination. He got plucked. However, his family members gave him all the moral support in his hour of distress. They persuaded him to take his dinner and breathe easy, Sector-20 police said.

But, around midnight, he hanged himself with a rope tied from a ceiling fan in his bedroom. Next morning, his parents knocked at his door. As there was no response, they tried to see through. What they saw was shocking. Saurabh’s body was hanging from the fan hook. The police have sent the body for the post-mortem examination.



Moral education camp stresses non-violence
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 26
A week long moral education camp, to inculcate ethics, respect for their teachers, parents and religious culture in children, concluded here today with a rally. Around 550 children took part in the camp, which was organised by Jain Paath Samiti, Dharampura, in association with Digamber Jain-Naitik Shiksha Samiti at Shri Digamber Jain Mehar Mandir in Dharampura.

According to the joint secretary of the Samiti, Ashok Jain, the rally was organised to convey the importance of vegetarianism, moral-obligations and maintaining the ecological balance for the betterment of the society.

Apart from the children, their parents also took part in the rally, which started from Digamber Jain Mehar Mandir, Dharampura and concluded at the Digamber Jain Lal Mandir, Chandni Chowk.

The children raised slogans in support of moral values, vegetarianism and ecological balance. At the mandir, the participants took a vow to remain vegetarian. Several teachers were honoured and children who stood first, second and third in their examinations, were given prizes.

Books and stationery, free of cost, were distributed at the camp. Municipal Councillor Brij Mohan Sharma, along with other leaders of the Jain community, were also present on this occasion.



Cabbies pulling a fast one on passengers
Cecil Victor

New Delhi, May 26
Deprived of an efficient public transport system by the CNG/diesel imbroglio, the citizens of the National Capital Territory of Delhi who can afford to hire autorickshaws and taxis are being ripped off every time they hire these vehicles.

For more than two years now — since the penultimate hike in fuel prices — drivers no longer clock their meters and passengers have to pay whatever they demand. A case in point: for the New Delhi Railway Station-Super Bazar (Connaught Circus) segment, the demand is Rs 20 whereas the fare as per the pre-paid taxi system is no more than Rs 11 (inclusive of the Rs 2 service charge).

For longer distances, the demand is usually one-and-a-half times what would have shown on the meter if it were functional as per the official calibration. Only a very few meters have not been tampered with. In the period since the fuel prices were raised about two years ago and the Supreme Court ruling that all vehicles must install electronic meters, tampered meters have become a way of life. Regular travellers between two points in the Capital who knew what the actual rates were paid could cajol or threaten the driver with police action but they eventually paid what the driver demanded because the threats had no effect.

Clips on television of autorickshaws and taxis in long queues for CNG fuel underscored a social dilemma wherein complaining against the drivers for overcharging would have been heartless and most citizens understood why the police did not act on complaints made at the heat of the moment.

Then came the Supreme Court mandate to install electronic meters and there was total anarchy: It was no use going by the readings on the old meters even if they were not tampered with because they had not been officially recalibrated to the new rates and the few thousand (a fraction of the total fleet) electronic meters that were installed are dysfunctional for any one of several reasons.

Each driver has a different tale to tell and some will try and demonstrate that a pothole in the road will bring the reading back to the starting point.

Now that the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi has announced a new fare rate in the wake of a rise in fuel prices, it is incumbent upon it to begin recalibration of meters (both the old ones as well as the extant electronic ones) so that there is an end to the daily fleecing of the travelling public. Since recalibration of all meters on autorickshaws and taxis will take time, the Government and the Delhi Police can help by publicising charts of chargeable fares for given destinations and distances as per the ‘pre-paid’ system it has set up at several points in the Capital like the ones at the railway stations and the airport.

The system has proved to be useful against refusal by drivers to pick up passengers for inconvenient destinations and also ensures that there is no overcharging of those who are entering Delhi by rail or air. The current crisis has shown up that the pre-paid service stations are too few and far apart. Their numbers could be increased to include all hospitals, cinemas, hotels and places of public congregation.

In publicising the chargeable fares, the authorities must ensure that there is an element of authenticity included in the chart like the hologram on the Election Commission’s voter identity card because often it has been seen that counterfeit fare charts replete with rubber stamps of official organisations are sold at traffic lights at crossroads and drivers rely on such charts to charge exorbitant fares.

As an immediate measure, the fares can be advertised through the newspapers. Armed with such charts, the daily commuter can put up some resistance against the rapacious driver. It must also be conceded, and recorded, that there are some who have not tampered with their meters to show a higher reading and there are others, albeit in minuscule numbers, who will accept whatever the regular commuter says in the correct rate. May their tribe increase!



A city cursed with power breakdowns
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 26
Frequent power breakdowns, trippings and loadshedding and erratic supply of drinking water are causing resentment among the residents of this city having a population of more than two lakh.

The authorities of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), unable to do anything about the civic problems have become the target of people’s ire.

The entire city of Sonepat barring the Mandi area remained waterless throughout the day on Saturday and the supply of drinking water was restored only after 6 pm.

The Superintending Engineer of the Public Health Department, Mr Beniwal, blamed the UHBVN for not supplying power throughout night on Friday after the stoppage of its supply from Panipat Thermal Power Sub-Station.

He said that he remained till midnight at the main Murthal waterworks and made a series of attempts to get the power supply but failed. This, he said, has resulted in the disruption of drinking water supply system because the officials could not store the water in the boosting stations of the city.

Mr Beniwal also denied the press reports that the SDO had stopped the supply of drinking water in the old section of the city.

Meanwhile, the residents of various areas are also protesting against the power problem faced by them. There is no time schedule for power cuts and the authorities have failed to adhere to the power cut scheduled enforced from time to time. The main waterworks at Murthal and the boosting stations in this city are the worst hit.



Security measures tightened to check anti-social activities
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 26
The police have tightened security measures in this city and other parts of the district in view of the prevailing tension along the Indo-Pak border, after Pakistani shelling on Indian positions in various sectors of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to official sources, the police have also intensified patrolling round the clock and are keeping a close watch on incoming and outgoing vehicles in the district. These steps have been taken as the police are apprehensive that the anti-national forces may try to disrupt communal harmony in the district.

All the vulnerable points in the district are heavily guarded by the police. Similarly, night patrolling has also been stepped up and there has been no let up in the arrangements made for the security of vital installations to check the anti-social activities of terrorists.

Meanwhile, at least 60 police personnel, headed by Mr Satbir Singh Sherian, SHO, left for Kandela village in Jind district today, for maintaining law and order there.

According to reports, this step was taken on the orders of the state government, which is inclined to deal strictly with the situation.

Moreover, additional police force was rushed to Kandela village.

The Inspector General of Police, Rohtak Range, Mr Resham Singh arrived here on Saturday and reviewed the law and order situation with the police authorities.

He was satisfied with the steps taken to curb the activities of the anti-social elements in the district.

Meanwhile, the representatives of various farmer organisations, including the BKU, have condemned the reign of terror let loose on the farmers of Kandela village by the government and warned that if the harassment of the farmers and people of Kandela village continued, they would launch a direct action against the government.

In a joint press statement, they also appealed to the state government to order the release of the leaders of the BKU and avoid the ongoing confrontation with the agitating farmers.

They also demanded the waiving of the total electricity arrears of those farmers who had failed to deposit the bills so far.



Sonepat becoming a hell-hole
R.D. Sapra

Sonepat, May 26
The historical and industrial city of Sonepat is stinking due to the neglect and insensitivity of the authorities towards the basic needs of the people.

Petty politicking by the officials makes them least concerned about providing civic amenities. Nobody is bothered about the miseries of the people. With the onset of rains, they are left to cope with diseases spreading due to unhygienic conditions.

Sanitary conditions are worse in the walled city. The residents cannot remember the last time the roads and lanes of the interior city were cleaned or repaired. The safai workers of the Sonepat Municipal Council are hardly seen.

With the formation of an elected body of members in the Municipal Council, there was a hope that things would take a turn for the better. But sadly, most of the members have been busy politicking from day one.

Most of the sewerage pipes have stayed choked for years together. The drains are not cleaned and the piles of garbage are left on the roads aggravating the problem. Those living in the slums are in a bad shape. Heaps of garbage, pot-holed roads and the absence of drainage facilities have resulted in malaria, dengue and other water-borne diseases.

Though the sanitation work in the vegetable market has improved, stray cattle add to the misery of the ‘arhtias’, vegetable growers and the retailers.

There is hardly any traffic regulation in the city. In the absence of a road-divider, there is a free-for-all on the main roads. The encroachments on the government and municipal land with the help of certain unscrupulous elements in the administration, have become the order of the day.

The condition of the roads do not seem to bother either the PWD (B&R), or the Municipal Council or Huda, as almost all the main roads and the inner ones are equally bad. Though they are repaired from time to time, the work is of poor quality and lasts only a few months.

Moreover, because of poor planning, the roads get damaged frequently. They are laid lower than the surrounding areas, contrary to the rules. So, they get clogged with dirt and water. Frequent diggings for laying the underground cables by different departments also damage the roads. At times, the earth is not properly strengthened before the concrete premix is put on it, so it gives way soon.

The biggest industrial township of the state has a population of more than two lakh, but it has about seven tubewells only for the supply of drinking water which cover only 50 per cent of the population.

Moreover, most of the water supplied is not fit for drinking. Hardly 10 per cent of the city is covered with a proper open or underground drainage system.

The unplanned growth of the city has created a very serious storm drainage problem. In most of the area, the storm water is disposed of through underground sanitary sewers which not only take a long tie to do so but often get choked with silt and dirt. The covers of the manholes at most places are missing and in the absence of proper street-lighting, they become death traps. The silt which has been piled on to the roads due to rains, stays put thus narrowing the road and causing problems for the free flow of traffic.

The areas earmarked for the development of parks have gradually become dumping grounds for the garbage due to the failure of the authorities to maintain these parks. Such a situation persists in Sector 14 and 15, the residential colonies of Huda and the Haryana Housing

Board. The increase in the number of dairies and transport companies in congested areas has added to the problem.

The mushrooming of unauthorised colonies on the periphery is seriously affecting the development of the city. There are about 50 such unauthorised colonies within the municipal limits which are fast growing into slums.

The embankments of Drain No 6 passing through the city have been illegally occupied by the squatters. Big residential houses and shops have been constructed on either sides of the embankments of the drain in the absence of any action taken against the land grabbers.

The residential sectors developed by Huda and Haryana Housing Board present a pathetic picture. As the roads are in a bad shape.



BKU’s Kandela stir may spawn terrorism: AICC member
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 26
Mr Sultan Singh, a former Governor of Tripura and a member of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) today condemned the Kandela movement launched by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) and apprehended that if it was not checked effectively, it would lead to terrorism in Haryana.

In a signed press statement issued here, he said that the people who took part in this agitation, were armed with spears, swords and lathis, etc.

Moreover, they were keeping the government officials and their families including women as hostages. This, he said, was the most dangerous movement and would result in deteriorating law and order situation.

He criticised those Congressmen of Haryana who were extending their support to this agitation and said that if they were pro-farmer, they must start their own movement like Bardoli and Champara rather than hijacking the violent movement.

Recalling the situation in Punjab caused by Bhinderwala’s movement supported by some Congressmen, the Congress leader warned that a similar situation would prevail and spoil the whole of Haryana.

He alleged that the BKU leader Ghasi Ram Nain was trying to become Bhinderwala of Haryana and would create problems not only for his own village but for the innocent people of Kandela village.

Mr Singh appealed to the Congressmen to keep themselves from this agitation and remain united for launching own movement in order to safeguard the interests of the farmers.

If such an agitation was launched under the control of the Congress, he would be the first man to go to jail.

He said that the path of non-violence shown by Mahatma Gandhi was the best to end terrorism in the state.



Delhi to share experiences with Ulan Bator
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 26
The National Capital Territory of Delhi and Ulan Bator, the Capital of Mongolia, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to exchange expertise and experiences in the fields of planning and management, health, education, civic amenities and information technology.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Governor and Mayor of Ulan Bator M. Enkhbold signed the papers in the presence of top officials of both the countries. It was also agreed to encourage cultural exchanges between the two cities. Even cooperation in the fields of sports and tourism would be initiated, the MOU said.

The long-term exchanges between the two cities would contribute to developing better understanding and friendship between the peoples of India and Mongolia, the agreement said.



Call for level-playing field
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 26
There was an unanimous view that the government had to provide much better infrastructure and reduce red-tapism in order to unable the domestic manufacturers to compete with the multi-national companies which were establishing their base in the country.

`The manufacturers need better infrastructure and lesser restraints to enable them to compete globally and to improve the overall quality and standard of indigenous products”, was the over all conclusion of the Annual General Meeting of the Manufacturers Association Faridabad (MAF) here last evening.

Mr Vasant Sathe, the former Union Minister, who was the chief guest on the occasion, frankly discussed the various hurdles facing the entrepreneurs in the country.

He said at the time when the economy of the country had been opened to multinational companies and foreign players, the restraints facing the local industries and manufacturers must go, if a level playing field was to be provided for local units. He said production cost was very low in countries like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China, despite the fact that they had no raw material. He said unless restrictions and rules governing business and manufacturing were not reduced to the minimum, the production of goods and its quality in the country would not improve or match the international level.

He appealed to the industrialists to focus on creating their own infrastructure, technology and environment, so that the multinationals do not ‘milk’ the resources and siphon off the hard-earned money of the people of our country.

Mr Navdeep Chawla, general secretary of the MAF said that the `mantra’ for success in the present global environment was to reduce the cost of manufacturing and improve the quality and service.

He said while subsidy in India was transparent, it was hidden in several other countries.

The president of the association, Mr Jagat Madan, called for finding a proper way to face the onslaught of foreign companies, especially the companies supplying consumer items at cheaper rate. Mr S.K. Jain, Mr Ramnik Prabhakar and Mr Vidur Bhaskar were among others who addressed the meeting.



Storm disrupts life in Rewari
Our Correspondent

Rewari, MAY 26
The storm that hit most parts of the Rewari region on Saturday evening, put normal life out of gear. According to reports available here, it had done extensive damage to property and taken toll of four lives.

In Daroli village, about 20km from here, a woman was killed when a thatched wall collapsed. The deceased was identified as the wife of Pohap Singh of PhideriVillage.

Similarly Jagdish alias Billu, a resident of Anand Nagar here, also died in a wall collapse in a dilapidated house on the Rewari-Patuadi road.

It was stated that he had taken shelter in the house along with three other persons.

It was also reported that two workers who had taken shelter near an iron girder during the storm, was killed when they were suddenly hit by it, in an industrial area near Dharuhera. The bodies were yet to be identified.

The storm has done colossal property damage in the region. According

to reports here, tin-sheds, thatched roofs and walls of large number of houses have been blown over in numerous villages of the district.

Reportedly, two mules were also killed when they were struck by lightening in avillage near Kosli.

Thousands of trees have been uprooted. A large number of uprooted trees have disrupted rail traffic between Rewari and Jaipur. Several long distance mail and express trains were running several hours behind schedule, causing considerable hardship to thousands Of passengers.

Similarly, goods lying near the parcel office at the station here were blown away and scattered all over the railway-track here, causing disruption in the rail-traffic plying on the Rewari-Delhi route.

A large number of electric polls at various places were also uprooted by the storm.

On the one hand, it plunged large parts of the Rewari region in total darkness, while the citizens had to go without water on account of total collapse of the town’s water supply.

Circus fire

Hundreds of people ran out in panic from a circus pandal, when a fire broke out due to a short circuit in Sector 12 in the evening.

According to a report, none was hurt as Municipal fire brigade brought the fire under control very soon. It was estimated that the loss caused by the fire was around Rs one lakh.



Bansi demands President’s rule
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, May 26
Claiming that the law and order situation has virtually collapsed in the state, the former Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, demanded the immediate imposition of the President’s rule.

Addressing newsmen here this afternoon, the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) supremo alleged that every section of the society had a feeling of insecurity in the state.

He said the law and order situation in the state was much better during the time when he was the Chief Minister.

However, the rule of the former Chief Minister, Mr Devi Lal and his son, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had taught the people unlawful ways to protest against the government such as blocking the road by felling trees, cutting off the nose or ear of the ‘erring’ officials.

Resultantly, the people who used to be afraid of a Constable, had turned daredevil to the extent of holding captive even DSPs.

Describing the offensive attitude of the people towards the police as ill omen for the state, the HVP leader said the Chautala government was bound to reap what it sowed.

Commenting on the ‘steep rise’ in the criminal incidents in the region, he alleged, the criminals were enjoying the patronage of the government.

Seth Siri Kishan Dass, a former minister, Mr Ram Chander Jangra, general secretary of the HVP were present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, a two-day camp of the party workers started here today. Nearly 800 workers from Rohtak, Sonepat and Jhajjar districts were participating in the camp.



Pleasant weather may persist

New Delhi
Saturday night’s gale and sharp showers brought weekend cheer to the Delhiites who had been reeling under a prolonged heat spell with the temperature plummeting to 33.4 degrees Celsius today which, according to the weather man, was eight degrees below normal. And to add to the cheer, the Met office has predicted that the temperature would continue to hover around 35 degrees Celsius during the next 24 hours with a cloudy sky as a bonus.

The sudden drop in the temperature to comfortable levels provided an opportunity to the Delhiites to leave the closed confines of their homes and venture outside. Parks and picnic areas in the Capital and its vicinity were thronging with people who did not want to miss out on the bounty from the skies. TNS



MUL opens outlet for second-hand cars 

Faridabad, May 26
Mr Jagish Khattar, managing director of the Maruti Udyog Limited, today inaugurated the first authorised Maruti dealership here at Vipul Motors for dealing in used cars (pre-owned) of the company. This is the ninth such outlet of the company in the country and third in the NCR.

Talking to mediapersons after the inauguration, Mr Khattar said the business would be conducted under the brand name of `Maruti True Value’, which he said was one of the four fields that Maruti had ventured in, with a view to building a strong customer base and relationship on long-term basis. He said the MUL had already launched business of Auto Insurance, Auto Finance, and Lease and Fleet Management throughout the country.

He disclosed that under the value scheme, Maruti cars, as old as even four years and not more than two ownership old, would be accepted for purchase.

Designated engineers of the company would conduct a 120 point check of the vehicle brought to the outlet through a transparent and fair evaluation process which was `currently missing’ in the large unorganised sector of second-hand cars. He said the process would ensure that the seller and buyer of such cars did get the right deal in a confident manner.

He added that to provide reassurance and confidence to the customer, every vehicle, under the scheme, would be inspected and certified by Maruti engineers and the car would carry a one year/15,000 km warranty and three free services with attractive finance options. TNS



Now, an electric chimney to smoke out the heat from your kitchen

HOME appliances maker Sunflame has launched Cooker Hoods, an electric chimney for smoking out kitchen fumes. It is fitted with specially designed high efficiency motors for optimum performance. It has a very low noise even at maximum speed. The cooker hood is equipped with thermo-protection that protects the motor from burnout due to over heating. It has also been provided with long lasting multi-layered washable metal grease filter. Activated carbon filters are also available which are required whenever cooker hood is installed in the recirculation mode. Cooker Hoods are available in a wide variety.

Millennium Ornamental

After launching its Princess range of premium fans, Ortem has introduced a decorative range called Millennium Ornamental for the mid-segment. These fans have been aesthetically designed and come equipped with state of art technology for saving power without compromising on performance or output. The dynamically balanced and meticulously angled wider blades ensure wider and uniform disbursement of air with excellent air delivery. The fan has high quality double ball bearing for life long smoothness and silent operations. It is available in attractive colour combinations like beige brown and silver blue.

Power solution

From Stabiline Systems is servo voltage stabiliser upto 2,000 KVA, online UPS upto 10 KVA, line-interactive UPS upto 5 KVA, automatic voltage stabiliser upto 50 KVA and more. Offering “total power solution”, the company also manufactures inverter upto 5 KVA, high voltage breakdown tester, spike suppressor and buster.

Football legends

Luxor Writing Instruments launches The Football Legends Parker Vector range that pays tribute to the greatest footballers of our times. With a black and white football print, Football Legends features the graceful Flying Dutchman Johann Cryuff, legendary French midfielder Michel Platini, enigmatic Argentinean powerhouse Maradona and masterful Brazilian Pele.

Calendar pen

Submarine Pens launches new range of Lifetime Calendar pen that has a miniaturised version of Any Year Calendar, which gives the user the date and day of any month in the year.

Trend-setting chimneys

Home appliances and accessories maker Kaff offers chimneys that are fitted with a special aluminium motor and a higher suction capability for Indian cooking conditions. Chimneys with pressure die cast aluminium (PDCA) give benefits like high suction capacity, low noise disturbance, high static pressure that creates a powerful ventilating action, bigger air outlet and fans that offer high centrifugal action and fire resistance. Kaff chimneys are available in various trend-setting designs with different air capacities.

Natural care

Health and personal care products manufacturer Himalaya Drug Company introduces Fairness Cream that has 100 per cent natural actives that improve complexion and keep the skin soft and fresh. The natural goodness of rose in the cream improves complexion and orange works towards removing blemishes. The presence of aloe soothes and moisturises the skin and walnut provides the necessary nourishment to the skin.

Tamper-proof dahi

Manufacturer of dairy products Paras has launched Paras Dahi (curd.) Manufactured from toned milk that is pasteurised and standardised in its state of art manufacturing plant in Sahibabad, Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh), Paras Dahi packed in virgin, opaque, reusable cups in an automatic filling and sealing machine to deliver it as a “tamper proof and devoid of human touch.”

Mediterranean collection

Zodiac launches the spring-summer Mediterranean collection. It is available in 40 designs in checks and stripes, solid colours, contemporary styling and different collar options – semi cut away collar, florentine collar with two buttons on the collar band and cut away cuffs, Kent collar and button down collar. It comes in cool linen and comfortable cotton and in the international fashion colours of the season – sky, coral, mint, ecru and beige.Back

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