Wednesday, May 29, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Delhi tops in cheating, compartment
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, May 28
The Capital boasts of quality education and a high concentration of public schools. Now, it has also earned the dubious distinction of topping in cheating cases recorded in the CBSE class X examinations held in March this year.

Out of the 187 cases of cheating reported in the six regions, 131 were from Delhi alone. The Capital had another `high’ — the number of compartment cases. Out of 88,650 students, who have been placed under compartment, Delhi accounted for a whopping 34.68 per cent..

The CBSE class X results were declared last night, a good four hours prior to the scheduled time. While there has been an increase of 2.93 percent in the overall result, Delhi has recorded a pass percentage of 69.53 as against last year’s 66.90 per cent.

The results in the Capital were in consonance with the overall national trend of boys outshining girls for the third consecutive time. The margin is a paltry 0.50 per cent, but that is immaterial.

The independent schools have notched 85.63 per cent while the government-aided schools have scored 56.50 per cent as against last years 51.3 percent. The government schools have improved by 4.75 per cent over the results last year; the KVS have risen from 81.0 to 85.47 per cent. The JNVs are the top scorers with 88.65 per cent while the Private and Patrachar Vidyalayas have an abysmally low 32.27 per cent.

This year, 202026 students took the class X board exams in the Capital out of which 92365 were girls. The total number of candidates who took the exams stood at 358613.

The first chance for those appearing for the compartment exams is July 29. The list of those students who have been placed under compartment would be sent to individual schools by June 21. Students can also apply for re-evaluation of their answer sheets within 25 days of the declaration of results from institutions listed by each regional centre.


No parties or TV for this topper
Abhay Jain

Gurgaon, May 28
Attending school regularly and taking in-house tests seriously are the basic mantras for doing well in the final board examinations, feels Kanupriya Bhardwaj who has topped in the Class XII examination, conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, this year.

Kanupriya, a resident of Gurgaon, who secured 100 marks in Maths, 98 each in Chemistry and Computer, 97 in Physics and 92 in English, said: “I work hard and then leave everything to God”.

“On an average, I studied about four to five hours on a normal school day and nine to 10 hours on a holiday,” said the candid and confident Kanupriya. The students must take their studies seriously and realise that they are studying for their own benefit, said Kanupriya who never thought she would top the exams.

Giving credit to her school and teachers, she said that DPS, R. K. Puram, and her teachers had played a key role in her accomplishment. The weekly in-house tests ensured proper revision of lessons, explained the topper. They also gave her a through understanding of the subjects. She did not have to go in for any outside tuition. Her parents also did not teach her. She has studied herself with the help of her schoolteachers.

She also thanked Blue Bells Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 4, where she studied from nursery to class X (except class VII) for providing her a good platform. She had topped in Gurgaon in the matriculation exams, securing 94.2 per cent marks. Wishing to pursue a career in software engineering, Kanupriya has also appeared in IIT and other common engineering entrance tests this year. Asked why she wants to become an engineer and not a doctor, a bureaucrat or a teacher, she observed that engineering was a field where one could learn a lot and do something for the society and for the country.

Not averse to the idea of going abroad after the completion of her studies, she said that she would learn from the advanced countries and come back with more knowledge and experiences to India. She does not want to be a bureaucrat as red tape and corruption rule the roost. One does not get a free hand, she opined. Her mother, Usha Bhardwaj, agreed with her daughter.

Mrs Bhardwaj said that parents had to often make sacrifices for the education of their children. They would often not watch TV as it might disturb Kanupriya and her younger sister Chhavi and brother Devesh who are studying in class VII and class 1V, respectively. Mrs Bhardwaj, who is a Home Science teacher in a government school in Delhi, said that they didn’t have a cable connection as the programmes might have a negative impact on the children.

“We also avoid going for outings and shun parties and functions,” said the proud lady.

She and her husband, who works in the State Bank of India Academy, had inculcated the importance of education in her children successfully. That is why, her children studied on their own. Kanupriya has very few hobbies, such as reading fiction and writing poetry. She used to play badminton till class X.


Jawan shoots brother’s killer in court
Our Correspondent

Noida, May 28
An accused in a murder case brought to attend the proceedings in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court at Bulandshahar was gunned down by a jawan of the CISF and brother of the person killed by the accused in the court premises today. The CISF jawan was, in turn, shot down by a policeman, Mohar Singh. The DIG, Mr Arun Kumar, has announced an award of Rs 5,000 for the cop.

Ranbeer, a resident of Sukhlalpur village, was gunned down on his way to the village on February 15 this year. Sajjan Lal, a BJP worker, and his brothers,

Jagbeer and Azad, are in jail in this connection. The three brothers were brought to the court for a hearing and were being escorted by three constables, Mohar Singh, Bheem Singh and Rameshwar.

When they were coming out of the court premises after attending the proceedings, Jagbeer Singh and Manbeer, brothers of Ranbeer who was murdered on February 15, were standing there along with three other associates. On seeing the trio leave the court premises for the Sadar lock-up, Jagbeer Singh fired at Sajjan Lal from his licensed double barrel gun. The bullet hit the victim in the chest and he died on the spot.

The gunfire created a ruckus and it was panic stations in the court complex. Everyone started running helter-skelter. The assailant, Jagbeer Singh, also ran towards the court premises. On seeing this, Constable Mohar Singh loaded his rifle and chased him. Meanwhile, Jagbeer began to reload his gun on the run. Mohar Singh fired at him. The bullet hit him in the stomach. As Jagbeer fell down, Mohar Singh snatched his rifle and a belt of 19 cartridges from him.

For a while, there was utter chaos as people thought that the assailant had killed another person. When they realised that a police constable had gunned down the murderer, they were all praise for Constable Mohar Singh. District Judge R. P. Yadav, SP City Rajeev Kishan and others rushed the spot. SSP Rajeev Kishan recommended Rs 2,500 as reward for the constable, which was increased to Rs 5,000 by the DIG, Meerut.


Gurdwara poll: Acid test for Akali bigwigs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 28
The battle for ballot has begun with the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections notifying the dates of the general elections to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee today.

The poll is an acid test for Akali leaders, who have been trounced by the electorate in the Punjab assembly and municipal polls. The outcome of the DSGMC poll would provide an idea about which way the Sikh masses are going and give a direction for the mother of all battles, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) poll, the highest body which controls the affairs of the community, scheduled for later this year.

Considering the significance of the DSGMC poll, senior Akali leaders like the former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, former Jathedar of Akal Takht, Bhai Ranjit Singh, and the irrepressible Mr Simranjit Singh Mann are all personally overseeing the election process and giving fine touches to the whole process – from selection to poll strategy.

While the selection committee of the pro-Tohra Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi is meeting in the Capital tomorrow to finalise the first list of candidates, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) is meeting on Thursday to give finishing touches to the first list. The SAD (Mann) would also come out with its first list of candidates on Friday.

As per the notification issued by the directorate, June 4 is the last date for filing the nomination. On the first day of the filing of nomination today, none filed their papers. The candidates can file their papers before 16 notified electoral officers.

While Bhai Ranjit Singh has been given the final say in the selection of candidates by Mr Tohra himself, the SAD (Mann) group has made the Punjab-based leader, Prof Jagmohan Singh, to head the selection committee. Though SAD (Badal) has made the state unit president, Mr Avtar Singh Hit, as the head of the selection committee, party sources said the former Punjab Chief Minister would have the final say.

With the poll process beginning, game of defections and expulsions has begun. The SAD (Badal) today expelled its party secretary, Mr Kulwant Singh Arora, for anti-party activities. Indications are that he could be accommodated by the pro-Tohra faction.

While the two main Akali factions have decided to contest all the 46 wards, the SAD (Mann) said it would contest about 30 seats on its own and would give the rest of the seats to those groups who are eager to break the Badal-Tohra stranglehold over the DSGMC.

The notification by the directorate came in for sharp criticism from the SAD (Badal) as the party viewed it as an act in haste and this would deprive thousands of new voters from exercising their franchise.

Mr Kuldip Singh Bhogal, party general secretary, said, “The notification indicates the high-handedness of the authorities as they have not followed the letter and spirit of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1971.”

“The directorate invited voters to register themselves till May 27 and have notified the date for the polls without preparing a complete electoral roll. They also did not wait for the court order,” he said.

The Delhi High Court has reserved its orders on a petition filed by SAD (Badal) member, Mr Tej Pal Singh, urging the court to restrain the directorate from going ahead with the poll process before the final list of voters were prepared.

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


At 14, an unofficial guide to ethical hacking
Garima Pant

New Delhi, May 28
Picture this:

  • A book at the age of 14.
  • The next sequel already submitted.
  • Working on 4 major national and international projects.
  • Still not out of school.

Meet Ankit Fadia, just 18 years of age and the author of “The Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking” which gives one an in-depth analysis into hacking techniques. The youngest author associated with McMillan’s in their 110 years of fabulous history, Ankit’s book has added more feathers to it. His book had sold 5000 copies on the internet before it actually reached the book stands, and is still doing strong business. A student of Delhi Public School, R.K Puram, Ankit had been an ardent cricket fan and follower like any young Indian boy. Cricket was and still is his passion. But all this changed when his parents bought him a computer at the age of 11. Initially it was just games that inspired him, but gradually other activities too in it started to attract his attention. According to him no one actually forced him into learning and experimenting with computers. It was his own interests that made him follow it.

The idea of the book had long been taking its shape in Ankit’s mind. He had done extensive research and loads of experiments months before he started writing the book. And in ‘the summer of ‘99’ with all the material available with him, he wrote the book in 15 days flat. And amazingly, all this was done in perfect secrecy without even his parents knowing anything about it. He says that initially nobody in his family or at school believed that he could do such a thing. Initial reaction of surprise slowly faded away once he actually showed his manuscript to his parents. His parents provided him full support to him at every stage after he had written the book. His mother went with him to the publishers and he says that as a matter of fact he was the only one to go along with his mother to approach McMillan’s.

The legalities associated with the issue of hacking prevented an early release of the book. After thorough reviewing by various known authors and legal experts, the book was finally released after two long years of waiting. A Sabeer Bhatia admirer, Ankit also idolizes Mr. Vijay Fadia, his uncle who is a well- known author and has written more than 200 books. To achieve so much at such a tender age is a great feeling, according to Ankit. But there is still a long way to go in his life ahead. He wants to continue writing books for the rest of his life and set up a computer security firm after his studies get completed. Life has not changed for him after having so many achievements in his kitty. His friends at school meet him the same way as they used to before. He is the same guy next door and one can easily be mistaken and take him to be just any other teenage boy with his very pleasant and simple attitude towards all. Success has not reached his head at all.

At present he is preparing for his SAT exam and simultaneously studying for his XII standard. His second book, a sequel to the first one, will be out by the month of June and is a much more detailed and informative version. Handling major national and international projects along with studies and continue writing is truly a commendable job.

This ardent cricket fan is also a music lover with Latino music being his favorite. He was a big time sci- fiction fan. But currently he says he is more into reality shows.


Squall sends civic amenities for a toss
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 28
The rain and the squall, which lashed the Capital last night, provided much-needed relief to Delhiites. However, it also claimed one life, caused considerable damage, uprooted hundreds of trees and snapped overhead electric cables, resulting in breakdowns in many parts of the city.

Crews of the Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB), the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the New Delhi Municipal Council were on Tuesday engaged in restoring power connections and clearing the snapped branches of the trees strewn all over.

The Capital experienced freak weather condition, with about 42.6 mm rain and a squall with wind speed of 78km per hour accompanied with hailstorm.

Two women sustained minor injuries when a tree fell on their vehicle in Seelampur area of East Delhi late last night. They have been admitted to the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Fire Brigade sources said.

One man was electrocuted in Kingsway Camp area of North Delhi when he came in contact with a live wire, which snapped during the squall. The incident was reported near the Golaba restaurant.

Two persons had a miraculous escape when a tree fell on a Maruti van near Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital during the storm. Though the men escaped, the car was flattened, causing a traffic jam near the hospital.

According to officials, the squall uprooted hundreds of trees and electric poles, plunging several areas of the Capital into darkness. About 106 cases of wire-snapping were reported during the last 24 hours, of which 42 were registered between 9 pm and midnight, which left several localities without power throughout the night.

People in Defence Colony and Lajpat Nagar in South Delhi and many areas of central Delhi had no power till Tuesday morning. For them, the only relief was the drop in temperature because of the heavy rain and the squall.

“I have counted as many as 65 trees uprooted completely or partially between Defence Colony and Parliament Street this morning,” said a resident of South Delhi. The roots of trees generally get cut when pavements are being laid, weakening the trees in the process. That possibly explains the high incidence of tree fall during the storm.


Wheat stocks damaged in downpour
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 28
Wheat worth several lakhs of rupees stocked in gunny bags at various mandis of the district and lying uncovered in the plinths hired by various procurement agencies has been damaged due to the unseasonal rain.

According to a report, wheat procured by the state and the Central government agencies could not be lifted and was soaked. It will not be possible to unpack the heavy stocks and dry them. These bags were to be lifted and sent to godowns and plinths hired by the procurement agencies but the authorities were caught unawares by the sudden showers. Moreover, a large number of gunny bags were also damaged in the rain.

At the new grain market here, representatives of some agencies have failed to make arrangements for lifting the wheat stocks procured by them. Similar reports have also been pouring in from some other purchase centres.


Rewari looks for a fair deal in judicial facilities
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, May 28
It is unfortunate that Rewari, which is the native town of the Late Sir Shadi Lal, who was the first Indian Chief Justice of the then Lahore High Court during the British Rule in India, has been crying for adequate judicial facilities since long without any result.

Rewari, which became a district in November, 1989, has now four upper (district level) courts, four lower courts and one District Consumer Protection and Redressal Forum. At present, there are 437 lawyers on the rolls of the

District Bar Association. Besides, there are 11 police stations, along with four police posts in the district.

Under these circumstances, there is an urgent need for the setting up of a sessions court at Rewari to expeditiously deal with the increasing load of relevant administrative as well as judicial matters. At present, the District and Sessions Judge of Narnaul visits Rewari once or twice a month. Needless to say that this arrangement leaves much to be desired as well as required.

The District Bar Association has been persistently demanding the establishment of a sessions court as well as the appointment of a district and sessions judge at Rewari for a long time. Let us hope that now, when the new building (complex) of the district courts is ready for inauguration, the high court too will expedite the acceptance of the above demand of the Bar.

Secondly, the paucity in the number of lower courts here has constantly led to a hike in the workload following which the number of cases pending in the lower courts here has now risen to a staggering 12,324 (as it stood on April 30, 2002), which is quite hefty.

The number of cases pending in the court of the Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), Mr M. M. Dhonchak (who was recently transferred from Rewari to Sirsa), are 3,238 while in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Civil Judge (Senior Division), Mrs Bimlesh Tanwar, 3,893 are pending. The number of cases pending in the court of Mr A. K. Singhal, Civil Judge (Senior District), stands at 3,991 and in the court of Mr J. S. Yadav, Special Judicial Magistrate, at 1,202.

Hence, Rewari virtually needs at least half a dozen more lower courts to cope with this ever-increasing workload to bring relief to the desperate litigants.

Similarly, the total pendency of cases in the courts of Mr S. P. Singh, Mr D. V. Singh, Mr Kuldip Jain and Mr V. P. Gupta, all Additional Sessions Judges, stands at 3,433 as on April 30.

Likewise, the number of cases pending in the District Consumer Protection and Redressal Forum, the additional charge of which is now being held by Mr P. S. Ranga, president of the District Consumer Protection and Redressal Forum, Jhajjar, are 555.

Thirdly, Kosli is perhaps the only subdivision which stands devoid of a civil court, in spite of the policy guidelines laid down by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to this effect. The Rewari District Bar Association too has been demanding the setting up of a civil court at Kosli, which, it says, would go a long way in decreasing the workload in the civil courts at Rewari.

Another inadequacy relates to the jails. The District Jail at Rewari, which has a capacity to host only 30 inmates, is now virtually in a shambles on account of about 200 undertrials being lodged in it. The inhuman conditions prevailing in this jail cannot be described. Thus, there is an urgency for constructing a new spacious building to house the district jail.

Finally, the courts here have been running in a number of rooms, most of which had been declared unsafe as well as unfit by the PWD. This is despite the fact that the new complex of the district courts, constructed at a cost of about Rs 3 crore in the vicinity of the district secretariat, has been waiting for its inauguration for the past several months.


MCF a hotbed of politics and bickering
Bijendra Ahlawat

Faridabad, May 28
The Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF), which is the largest civic body in Haryana, seems to have become a hotbed of unhealthy politics.

As a result, unprecedented delay in the implementation of various developmental works and poor civic amenities, has become the order of the day.

The state of affairs could be gauged from the fact that three elected members of the corporation, including a former Deputy mayor, have been booked for criminal cases.

According to some, this is mainly due to the political rivalry between the various groups in the corporation.

Dr Ramanand Rastogi, the corporator from Ward No.four, along with about nine persons, were booked under various sections of the IPC, for allegedly creating obstruction in official work and inciting people to violence during the anti-encroachment drive.

Dr Rastogi, who is a practicing physician, told the NCR Tribune here on Tuesday that he had been `falsely implicated’ in the case. He said he had neither incited anyone or had taken the law into his hand.

He said as the people’s representative, he had wanted to know why the demolition was being carried out without any prior notice. He said that cases were registered against him on the instance of a MLA and a bureaucrat. He said this was done mainly to prepare the ground to get him suspended from the corporation, as he had `dared’ to lodge a complaint against some officials of MCF for creating unusual delay and hurdle in implementing development schemes in his ward. He said he had raised this issue in the meeting of the Development Committee of the MCF, chaired by the Commissioner, Gurgaon division, four days ago.

He claimed that a local politician and a senior MCF official got together and `pressured’ the officials supervising the demolition to lodge an FIR against him. He said he now feared his suspension from the corporation.

Earlier, Mr Shiv Charan Lal Sharma, a senior member and a former Deputy mayor of the MCF and his wife, who are the corporators from Ward No 5 and 6, respectively, had been booked for irregularities in a work executed in September, 2000. Both of them were placed under suspension.

Moreover, many see the murder of the Congress Party activist, Mr Amarjeet Singh on May 23, in the same context.

It is reported that about a dozen corporators were the supporters of Amarjeet Singh, and he had played an important role in the mayor election last year.

A corporator, on condition of anonymity, said that the murder of Mr Amarjeet Singh had created a panic and terror among the corporators, especially those who do not belong to ruling party.

Mr Shiv Charan Lal Sharma alleged that a `chaos’ like situation prevailed in the MCF, as various ‘power centres’ had emerged in the corporation.

He said there was no proper communication and coordination between the elected members and the officials of MCF. As a result, hardly any work gets completed on time.

Another member of the corporation said their suggestions and demands were overlooked and sidelined, as there were several `bosses’ in the body.

According to members of the Resident Welfare Associations of various sectors and colonies, the MCF which is in charge of the maintenance of basic amenities like roads, water, sewer and street lights, had failed to deliver.

They complained of choked sewer lines, shortage of drinking water and contaminated water supply. Moreover, a sharp rise in cases of waterborne diseases and several deaths due to `diarrhoea’ bear testimony to the fact that the MCF has become a hotbed of politics.


Haryana BJP to launch membership drive
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 28
The Haryana unit of the BJP will soon launch a two-phased programme with a view to strengthening the party base in the state. The party not only targets to emerge as a stronger political force in Haryana but also wants to erase the losses suffered by the party in the recent elections in various parts of the country.

Stating this, the states party president, Mr Rattan Lal Kataria, said here today that the party would soon start a membership drive. He said active as well as life members would be recruited in the party and the drive would be completed in two phases. Besides, he said the party activists would create awareness and highlight the achievements of the government at the Centre at various platforms.

He said several programmes and schemes launched during the BJP-led NDA coalition government had been very successful and the economy had been put on the rails as a result. Detailing some of the achievements, he said while access to loans had become easier, the Union Government had got built over 88 lakh houses in the past few years.

About the power bill waiver scheme launched in Haryana, he said it was a good move and appealed to the people to clear their pending bills. He said his party was not in favour of free supply of power to any section of the consumers. Regarding the BKU agitation and the incidents at Kandela village in Jind district recently, the BJP leader said that no one should be allowed to take law in his or her hand, and if people resort to violence, then the state would be pushed towards a ‘jungle raj’. He said people had a right to protest and oppose, but it should be peaceful and within the norms of the Constitution.

About the developments on the border and increasing tension with Pakistan, Mr Kataria said that his personal view was that “India should go ahead and destroy the training camps of terrorists in Pakistan”. He said all political ties with that country must be severed and no talks must be held till it ended support to terrorists crossing the border. It was time to teach Pakistan a lesson, he added.


Grand old man of Rewari politics passes away
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, May 28
The Congress stalwart of Ahirwal and the grand old-man of Rewari politics, Rao Abhey Singh, passed away due to heart failure on Monday. Rao Abhey Singh virtually dominated the political scene in the Rewari region for three long decades from 1952 to 1977. Subsequently, his son has been at the helm of Rewari politics.

He is presently the deputy leader of the Haryana Congress legislature party and occupies a pivotal position in the Congress party. The body of Rao Abhey Singh was consigned to the flames on Tuesday in the compound of the Rao Abhey Singh D.A.V. Public School, near his native Saharanwas village on the Rewari-Narnaul road, six km from here.

Besides thousands of citizens, local and state leaders of various political parties and other voluntary organisations, attended his funeral.

Among the prominent political leaders who attended included the former Haryana Chief Minister and leader of the Haryana Congress legislature party, Mr Bhajan Lal, the Haryana Health Minister, Dr M.L.Ranga, the HPCC(I) president, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal(U)president, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi.

Earlier, the flower-bedecked body of Rao Abhey Singh was taken in a procession from his Rewari residence to his village residence at Saharanwas.

Abhey Singh was born in a farmer’s family 1923 to Kesar Devi and Bhagat Sher Singh. He was later adopted by Smt Raj Kaur, wife of Salig Ram, a landlord of Saharanwas village. On the death of his adopted parents, he came to posses vast landed-property.

He graduated from St Stephens College, Delhi, and then finished his law from Lahore and Simla. But the legal profession did not hold much interest for him. He contested the Assembly election as a Congress nominee in 1952 and defeated his rival Rao Birender Singh, who is now a father figure of Ahir politics.

He was also elected to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha from Jatusana constituency in 1957 and to the Haryana Vidhan Sabha from Rewari constituency in 1972 as a nominee of the Congress party.

He remained the chairman of Rewari Improvement Trust from 1972 to 1977 during the Bansi Lal regime. He had donated the land for the construction a D.A.V. school named after him. Besides, he has distributed land to the poor and the landless peasants in the region.

On the political front, he was a close associate of the late Feroz Gandhi, the husband of the late Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, former Chief Minister of Punjab, the late Pratap Singh Kairon and former Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal.


Power scene in Gurgaon grim
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, May 28
The power situation is turning from bad to worse in the district. Power is hardly available for 10 to 12 hours on any given day and some residential areas don’t get the supply through the night at least two to three times in a week.

The industrial sector is the worst hit as the voltage keeps fluctuating and is often too low for their requirement. “All our entrepreneurs have been complaining. Sometimes, they find the supply switched off at the substations, for reasons best known to the authorities,” says the general secretary of the Udyog Vihar Industries Association, Mr A. P. Jain.

On one hand, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) is increasing the tariff and, on the other, it has completely failed to fulfil its promise to provide uninterrupted power supply, lamented Mr Jain.

The most worrisome aspect is that there is no time schedule for load-shedding. The power comes and goes, says Mr Manoj Kumar, an industrialist. He adds that if they are informed about the schedule, they could plan things at their end.

The residential areas are equally cut up. Residents of some of the colonies complained to the ‘NCR Tribune’ that they go without power all night at least two or three times in a week.

Mr Jagminder Dass, a resident of Laxmi Garden colony, said that the power distribution network in his and the adjoining 10 colonies had collapsed. The voltage is very low most of the time. There is no question of running electric motors, even electric tubes and fans do not function. He complained that the department officials did not listen to their problems, claiming that they are busy serving the agriculture sector.

(Incidentally, the farming community, too, is unhappy with the power situation.)

Mr Dushyant Sharma, a resident of Ashok Vihar, said that the power supply has been erratic at night-time in his colony for the last fortnight. They cannot sleep properly and it affects their working the next day, lamented the residents.


Parmanand Yadav’s killers identified
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, May 28
Property dispute could be the main cause for the murder of Rashtrya Parvartan Dal vice-president, Mr Parmanand Yadav, in Raj Nagar yesterday morning, the police said.

According to SSP Chander Prakash, there has been a link between the April 23 murderous attack on Mr Yadav and Mondays murder. They have almost identified the culprits.

Meanwhile, police have developed the computer sketches of the assailants as per description given by Jatinder and Omkar, the driver and the domestic help of Mr Parmanand Yadav.

According to the police, Mr Yadav was a marked man. He had survived three murderous

attacks- the first in October 1984 when he was attacked with knives in Kela Bhatta area of Ghaziabad.

In 1986, he was again fired upon near the old court complex in Model Town. Then, on April 23 this year, motorcycle-borne assailants had injured him while an innocent three wheeler driver was killed in Vijay Nagar.

Mr Parmanand Yadav, leaves behind his wife, Sarla and his one-year-old adopted child.

Originally a resident of village Behlolpur, Noida, Mr Yadav had stopped visiting his native village. Of the 48 total cases registered against him, 34 cases were in Noida, Ghaziabad, Delhi, Haryana and Bulandshahar.


A reflection of Kutch’s embroidery in ‘Aaina’
Smriti Kak

INSPIRED by the vibrant red and gold of the ‘Rabari’ attire that breaks the monotony of the Kutch landscape, Ritu Kumar has launched a collection titled ‘Aaina’.

Ritu Kumar’s apparels mark the revival of an Indian craft.
Ritu Kumar’s apparels mark the revival of an Indian craft.

The look of the Bandhini patterns is enhanced by the use of golden ‘Ari’. Small and big mirrors are used effectively to catch the eye with their glittering impact. These designs have been derived from the traditional Rabari embroidery.

With contemporary and stylish silhouettes, the collection has trousers teemed with spaghetti tops and halter necks.

There are blouses for saris and lehengas that can be worn for the Peshwa look of the Lohar community.

Ritu aims it for the modern woman with a discerning and ethnic taste.


Brothers’ brand

Brothers in arms, Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra have pooled their imagination and aesthetic skills to come up with a creative whole. As a Shantanu & Nikhil team, they have come to be recognised as masters of stylish wear.

DESIGNER BROTHERS: Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra.
DESIGNER BROTHERS: Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra.

While Nikhil, a product of Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, believes design is a sensibility that has to be delicately played with to create a balance, Shantanu, an MBA from Ohio, dabbles with colour aesthetics and visualising designs with precision.

Together, the brothers aim at making the brand a success all over the world. To achieve this, they have clearly demarcated their roles. While Nikhil takes care of the special projects using his talents to develop the business of fashion, Shantanu looks after the business development and management aspects.

Nikhil who is also the more talkative of the two has had a lifelong passion for designing. His clothes are aimed at exuding a sense of freedom in creativity. Apart from designing, he has also toyed with the stage. Having played his part with artistes such as Lillette Dubey and Sita Raina, he wishes to act in a movie based on fashion and, no points for guessing, conceptualised by him. Designing for the young, trendy and the confident Indian youth is his forte.

Shantanu on his part introduced the Indian ethnic men’s wear as a line in 1999. His thoughts, he feels, are given a complete shape by brother Nikhil. A tennis player, sports activities have retained their hold on the man who can be seen playing in various tournaments in the city.

“Style for me is the body and it talks to you the expression that your mind has created to complete the body,” says Nikhil.

The latest that the duo has offered is a summer collection inspired by luxury and subdued glamour. The collection for men has been designed specifically to spell out style and bring out the vogue look of the Indian man. Contemporary shirts and trousers are a part of this range that also has sherwanis and kurtas.

Bell bottoms and hipsters have made a comeback. There is an extensive use of hand-crushed linen and broken hand-woven cotton for shirts. Linen and silk blends have been deftly used to make the trousers and leather trimmings. For the summer, the crinkled cotton pants have also been included.

The ingenious use of colours for the kurtas makes them appealing. Tasteful embroidery on some pieces is also something to look out for. Stones, sequins and silk threads go on to recreate the magic of the 1970s. The brothers feel that the mens wear collection oozes the feel good factor.

Spidey’s web

Here is a spider that will not scare the Miss Muffets’ of the world away. Rather, this has inched up or should we say zoomed ahead to grab everyone’s attention and has captured the awe-struck audience in the confines of his captivating web.

Spiderman toys.
Spiderman toys.

Yes, we are talking of the same Spiderman, who had us glued to the idiot box many moons ago when DD with its dose of cartoons on a Sunday morning was something to look forward to.

The film, Spiderman, which was released in the country barely days after it had the western audiences going ga-ga, has become the ‘must-see’ for the film buffs in the Capital. From students to professionals, everyone seems to be eager to grab the ticket of the movie of the season. Check out the serpentine queue outside the movie halls if you don’t believe me.

It is being reported that 225 prints of the movie have been released across the country. And the buzz is that for the desi audiences, the superhero Spiderman may speak their lingo. Which means that the film may soon be released in the regional languages as well.

And like all good flicks that rake in the moolah from anything and everything related to the film, this one too has invaded markets and supermarkets with the paraphernalia. Spiderman masks and shoes, among other things, have been launched to make the necessary promos and of course the green wads. So, what are you watching this summer? Or should we say we know what you watched this summer?

Coke[v] discoveries

The five members of Coke [V] Popstars Mahua Kamat, Seema Ramchandani, Anushka Manchanda, Neha Bhasin and Pratichee Mahapatra.
The five members of Coke [V] Popstars Mahua Kamat, Seema Ramchandani, Anushka Manchanda, Neha Bhasin and Pratichee Mahapatra.

They are finally ready. After being groomed, the Viva divas are ready to make the Delhities dance to their grooves. India’s answer to the Spice Girls, these five young girls — Pratichee Mohapatra, Neha Bhasin, Seema Ramchandani, Mahua Kamath and Anuskha Manchanda — the Coke [V] discoveries, are set to perform live in Modern School, Barakhamba grounds next week.

The band members have been extensively trained in music, dancing and vocal. Needless to say, they had a difficult fitness regime to put up with too. Here’s wishing that the band doesn’t go bland.

Hunt for VJ

All you kids who have been playing VJs locked in your rooms, here is your chance to come out in the open. Nickelodeon is looking for a pint-sized (that’s how they describe it) VJ to host ‘Nick Masala’ on Nickelodeon and the two hour Nickelodeon block on Zee TV.

So, if you are under 14 with the ability to talk in front of the camera and grow up into another Cyrus Broacha, rush your entries and start practising.

For your skin

Models sporting Esprit’s Spring Summer wear.
Models sporting Esprit’s Spring Summer wear.

Clarins has launched a complete range of high performance products to meet all needs of skin care. Clarins multi-matte skincare has been launched to address each particular problem. It is tailored for all age groups and skin types. The products regulate the skin to reduce the excess of oil, bacteria, inflammation and build up of dead skin cells. It also promotes a long-lasting complexion, claim its makers.

Esprit time wear has launched its Esprit Spring Summer collection. The collection captures the spirit of the season and mixes emotional influences of the past with an innovative outlook. The core collection comprises 82 models with an aim of capturing the eye of those who remain young at heart.



Armyman killed on border cremated with honour
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 28
The body of Mr Vijinder Singh (26), an officer in the Indian Army was cremated in his native village at Rohna village, about 25 km from here on Monday evening.

According to a report, a large number of residents of the village were present on the occasion. Mr Balwant Singh Mayana, MLA and other panches, members of the Block Samitis and Zila Parishad also attended the cremation.

However, there was no representation from the state government or the district administration.

Mr Singh leaves behind his wife and two sons. He was posted at Wagah along the India-Pakistan border and he was killed in the Pakistani shelling on May 25.

4 injured in clash

Four persons including a woman were injured in a clash that took place between two rival groups at Saboli village, about 20 km from here on Monday night.

According to a report, all the injured persons were rushed to the local Civil Hospital and they are stated to be out danger. Lathis, bricks and other sharp-edged weapons were freely used in the clash.

A dispute over some land was stated to be the main cause of the clash. The police have registered a case in this connection. Further investigations were in progress. However, no arrests were made in this connection so far.

Open Durbar

Mr Jeet Singh Mehra, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, held an open darbar at Ganaur, 16 km from here on Monday. According to a report, the SDM heard the public complaints and directed the authorities concerned to redress them. Most of the complaints were related to the non distribution of yellow and pink ration cards to the families living below the poverty line (BPL), erratic water and power supply, removal of encroachments on public and shamlat land and electricity motors from the main water pipelines.

Road accident

One person was killed and another injured seriously when a tractor trolley and a three-wheeler collided with each other on the G.T.Road near Murthal Chowk, 8 km from here on Monday evening. According to a report, the tractor was on its way to Sonepat while the three-wheeler was going to Murthal. The injured person was hospitalised and he was stated to be out of danger.

The police have registered the case and further investigation was in progress.

According to another report, at least six persons were injured, two of them seriously when an Indica car collided with a three-wheeler on the G.T.Road near Rai village, 13 km from here on Monday evening.

The injured persons were rushed to the Civil Hospital here from where two of them were referred to the PGI Rohtak for further treatment.

The injured persons were identified as Yaseen, Veer Bhan, Sardar Singh, Babu Ram and Howa Singh. The police have registered the case and investigations were in progress. However, no arrest had been made in this connection so far


Manjeet, a youth was seriously injured when he was attacked by his brother, near Kalupur octroi post, here on Monday night. According to a report, the injured youth was rushed to the local Civil Hospital from where he was shifted to the PGI Rohtak for further treatment.

A family feud was stated to be the main cause of the assault. However, the injured youth has not yet lodged any FIR against his brother.

Idol installed

An idol of Lord Shiva was installed on the premises of a police post at Saidpur village, about 25 km from here on Monday. Earlier, a large number of people joined a procession in which the idol was taken round the village.


SIMI activists nabbed, pamphlets recovered
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 28
Special Cell sleuths today arrested two activists of the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) from the Capital and recovered 43 pamphlets of the outfit. They were identified as Mohammad Yaseen Patel, a resident of Kalupura Tower in Ahmedabad, and Mohammad Ashraf Jafri of Bijnore.

During interrogation, Yaseen Patel disclosed that he graduated from Jamiat-ul-Falah in Azamgarh and then joined the SIMI. He edited ‘Islamic Movement’, SIMI’s organ in Urdu. He also remained as secretary of the outfit.

He was previously involved in three cases in Gujarat and in one case in Rajasthan for promoting enmity between different groups on the ground of religion.

Ashraf disclosed hat he was a postgraduate and had been the president of the SIMI for two terms as well as the editor of Urdu edition of the ‘Movement’. A case of promoting enmity between different groups on the ground of religion had also been registered against him, the police said.

Rs 85,000 robbed

Four unidentified car-borne youths robbed Rs 85,000 from a businessman, Ishwar Singh, who was going to his house in Prashant Vihar in his Santro car, on Monday evening.

As he reached near Timarpur patrol pump, his vehicle was intercepted by a white Maruti car. One person remained in the car while three others stepped outside. They robbed the cash from at gunpoint, the police said.

Hoax caller held

The Delhi Police arrested a resident of Faridabad for making a hoax call about a terrorist attack on Parliament on Sunday. Being a juvenile, his identity was not disclosed.

During interrogation, he disclosed that he was a school dropout. He had read in the newspapers about the attack on the Parliament House.

He had gone to his friend’s house on Sunday to attend a party and he dialed from his mobile phone from the party stating that Parliament was being attacked “for fun”, the police said.


M. L. Sharma new president of FSIA
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 28
Mr M. L. Sharma and Mr Rajiv Chawla have been unanimously elected president and general secretary respectively of the Faridabad Small Industries Association (FSIA) for the next term.

The 16 members who filed their nominations for the membership of the executive body also got elected unopposed.

These include Pradeep Sethi, H. L. Chandra, Anand Mehta, Gurmukh Singh, O. P. Taneja, Charanjit Sachdeva, Arvind Cheema, Yogi Nagpal Bhupender Pal Singh, Navin Sud, I. P. Dhingra, G. S. Tyagi, Sanjay Gulati, Darshan Bhatia, Ravi Vasudeva, K. S. Majeshea and Mahender Gupta.

Mr Rajiv Chawla has been re-elected for the sixth consecutive term. The FSIA is a leading body of the small scale industrial units of Faridabad and has been actively taking up the issues concerning the business, trade and manufacturing of such industrial units of the district at various levels.

Eminent industrialist K. C. Lakhani, who is the patron of the association, has congratulated the new team of the industries association.


HDFC Bank opens branch in Rohtak
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, May 28
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, today inaugurated the first branch of the HDFC Bank, promoted by India’s premier housing finance company, here. It is the 57th branch in the North and 10th in Haryana.

The regional business manager (North) of the bank, Mrs Neena Singh, said that the HDFC Bank had a network of 181 branches and over 500 ATMs across 85 cities making it convenient for its customers to operate their accounts from anywhere, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. The Rohtak branch of the bank would also provide ATM facilities to its customers, she said.

“We also offer our customers a full range of financial products and services, giving the customers a one-stop window for all banking requirements with technology being the prime enabler for a convenient banking experience,” she said.

She claimed that in the financial year ending March 31, 2002, the HDFC Bank had reported a 41 per cent rise in net profit, 42 per cent growth in total income at Rs 2,036 crore and a 51 per cent rise in the deposit base of Rs 17,654 crore.

Ms Singh said that the HDFC Bank had got an advanced Internet banking facility, called Net Banking facility, of its kind. The bank had also launched its international debit card in association with both Maestro and Visa Electron. It is accepted at over 10,000 outlets in India and eight million outlets across the world.

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