Sunday, June 9, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Gurdwara Polls
Riot victims: Good for votes, not for ticket?
R. Suryamurthy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 8
The victims of the 1984 riots have taken umbrage at the fact that the two main Akali factions have completed ignored them while distributing tickets for the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee elections.

To add insult to injury, these parties have exploited their plight for political leverage.

Agitated over the apathy, some of the riot victims have filed their nominations as Independents. Others have decided to campaign against the party nominees, especially in areas where they could swing the fortunes.

One such riot victim, Jasbir Singh of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), has filed his papers in the Rohini ward. He would be contesting as an Independent against the party nominee, Bakshish Singh.

“The plight of the riot victims has always been the focus of the Akali factions, but when it came to sharing political power, we have been left out and the tickets have gone to others…’’ he said.

Some other riot victims who are contesting as Independent are: Baghwant Singh from Tagore Garden, Brijender Singh from Mukherjee Nagar and Puran Singh from Shahpura.

The rebuff by the Tohra and Badal factions has shocked many members of the community, especially in Delhi as the city was one of the worst affected in the riots.

While several members of the Sikh community lost property worth several crores of rupees in the riots, none of the persons who lost their near and dear ones has been given a ticket.

The Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi chief, Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, said the party sympathises with the riot victims and it would do the needful to ameliorate their sufferings.

“Party tickets are given after taking into consideration various factors. Firstly, we did not get a good winning candidate, who is also a riot victim. Secondly, we have to see the profile of the ward and work out the political arithmetic before giving a ticket to a candidate,” he said.

Mr Manjit Singh, a member of the SAD (Badal) candidate selection committee and a candidate for the Greater Kailash ward, said that he was not happy with the way riot victims had been politically sidelined.

Party sources said several members of the selection committee had protested against a ticket being given to Mr Atma Singh Lubana from the Sahib Pura ward.

The head of the Carnage Justice Committee, Mr H. S. Phoolka, has threatened to resign from the committee to protest against the SAD (Badal) backtracking on its commitment not to give a ticket to Mr Lubana.

Mr Phoolka, who has been fighting for the rights of the riot victims for the past 17 years, said: “The SAD (Badal) chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had assured me that Mr Lubana would not be given a ticket as he had worked against the interests of the riot victims. But, the party has gone back on its commitment, which is forcing me to consider taking such a serious step.”

The leading advocate has been appearing on the behalf of the riot victims before the Justice Nanavati Commission, which is probing the 1984-riots cases afresh.

However, former Indian High Commissioner and a member of the outgoing DSGMC, Prof Jaspal Singh, said it had been almost two decades, but “we still continue to see them as riot victims only”. “We should see them as individuals and not categorise them as one group. The stigma should now go; the teenagers then are now middle-aged, they should face the society as individuals and not just as riot victims”.

“The political parties should strive to secure the conviction of those who perpetrated the riots than continue to use or misuse the emotive issue of 1984-riots,” he said.

However, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), which today released the list of 13 candidates, said the party had given ticket to three persons who had been directly affected by the riots. (They had lost several family members in the riots.)



Delhi flyovers go for a toss
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 8
“We propose to construct 42 flyovers.”

– Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, addressing a rally ahead of civic elections

“The Congress-ruled Government of NCT of Delhi will identify more places where flyovers and subways are required so that quality of traffic is improved and Delhi becomes the Capital of flyovers in Asia.”

– Transport Minister Ajay Maken, speaking at a public function on January 2

All that could remain a pipe dream if the pace of construction of flyovers continues to lag. Ask Urban Development Minister Ashok Kumar Walia.

For one who was given the portfolio of public works department (PWD) after the Cabinet was reshuffled late last year, Walia eagerly flips through the heap of files to reel off data of the flyovers under construction. He shifts uncomfortably in his swivel chair when it is mentioned none of those flyovers have been opened for commuters in spite of the passage of several years. “It is true construction work is progressing slowly and is behind schedule,” he says sheepishly, “but a few of them will be dedicated to the public later this year.”

The five flyovers under construction are at Andrewsganj, Punjabi Bagh, Mayapuri, Safdarjung and Dhaula Kuan. The flyover at Andrewsganj (estimated cost 45 crore) was supposed to have been completed by March 2001. Mayapuri by February and Punjabi Bagh by November last year. Work on the flyover at Safdarjung should have been completed by June this year. The delay has led to cost escalation and the Government of NCT of Delhi is estimated to have incurred a loss of Rs 50 crore on account of those projects overshooting their deadline.

The minister attributes the delay to “dispute” between the PWD and the agencies executing the construction. Three of the five flyovers are being constructed by Afcons that is in the private sector and the remaining by Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation. “In the case of the flyover being constructed at Dhaula Kuan there is a disagreement with the UP State Bridge Corporation over the revised cost of the project,” which he says is the reason for the delay. PWD officials also mention the delay in reaching equipment to the site for the slow pace of progress.

The last flyover to be inaugurated was the one at Peeragarhi. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had dedicated that to the public in January. That project too was delayed. The Uttar Pradesh Bridge Construction Corporation in association with the Engineering Cell of the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC) completed constructing the flyover at the intersection of Outer Ring Road and Rohtak Road at Peeragarhi nine months behind schedule. Rummaging through the files, some ingenuous officials have since come up with a suitable explanation : they cite the status of the flyovers being constructed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to claim a better job done by the PWD. (PWD is run by the Government of NCT of Delhi; DDA has Lieutenant Governor as its chairman and comes under the Central government.) The flyovers being constructed by the DDA, they say, are running more months behind schedule than those being constructed by the PWD. Among the flyovers being constructed by the DDA is the one at Wazirpur.

Lieutenant Governor Vijai Kapoor has inspected a couple of flyovers being constructed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). DDA is constructing two flyovers at the Jail Road – Mayapuri crossing and on the Ring Road at Wazirpur. The two are among the seven flyovers being constructed by the DDA. The eight more flyovers to be constructed by it are in different stages of execution.


Status of flyovers under construction 


Initial cost



45 crore

March 2001

Punjabi Bagh

72 crore

November 2001

Maya puri

25 crore

February 2001


68 crore

June 2002

Dhaula Kuan

42 crore

March 2003



Chautala unfazed as south Haryana 
lukewarm to BKU stir
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 8
Though the ongoing farmer’s agitation led by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has somewhat dented the Chautala government’s farmer-friendly image, the fact that the stir has been unable to garner active support of the peasantry in a majority of the districts, especially in southern Haryana, could be a source of some solace to the authorities.

This view is getting credence because farmers of southern and western parts of Haryana had always nursed a grouse against the various governments in the state over their alleged failure to provide the basic infrastructure, including adequate water and power, in these areas. Residents of the districts like Faridabad, Gurgaon, Rewari, Mahendragarh, Jhajjar and even Rohtak have often complained about the discrimination faced by them in matters of water distribution, disbursement of development funds and employment opportunities. The farmers’ agitation at Mandiali (Mahendragarh) and Badru (Bhiwani) had then rattled the state governments.

The BKU agitation, which had its nerve centre at Kandela (Jind), has not fanned to other parts, as was expected initially. It is concentrated in Jind district and has affected parts of Rohtak district.

Farmers of other agriculture dominated areas like Bhiwani, Sonepat, Kaithal, Sirsa and Kurukshetra districts have remained unaffected, besides southern Haryana. Although several organisations and farmers of these districts have expressed their ‘moral’ support to the agitation, the farmers have not come out in the open and adopted the methods used by the BKU in Rohtak and Jind districts. This enabled the government to take a harsh line and crack down on the protestors.

The decision of the government to deploy CRPF companies to clear the blockades set up on the highways and roads was aided by this fact.

The support announced by the Congress Party, the main opposition in the state, seems to have been affected by the internal differences in the party. Although a dharna is being staged daily in Jind by Congress activists, the party is yet to prevail over its supporters in the peasantry to intensify and broad base the agitation.

An INLD leader claimed that the present agitation had been limited to only two or three assembly constituencies out of the 90 in Haryana and thus it could not be described as a state-level stir. The other aspect that has been highlighted in the context of the agitation is that senior leaders of the opposition parties, including some former Chief Ministers, have not been vociferous about the stand taken by the Chautala government even though they have condemned the police firing on farmers.



INLD to activate party activists to counter BKU stir
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, June 8
In a belated move, the district unit of the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) decided to activate the party activists to counter the ‘false propaganda’ made by the opposition parties and the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) against the government in connection with the ongoing farmers agitation.

A meeting of the district unit of the party has been convened here on June 10. Mr Narender Rathi, president district youth wing of the party said that Mr Balwant Singh Maina, MLA, would be the chief guest at the meeting while several senior leaders would also attend the meeting.

Meanwhile, Mr Dharampal Makrauli, Chairman, Zila Parishad, charged the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief Bhupinder Singh Hooda with misleading the agitating farmers for his own political interest.

Mr Makrauli said here on Saturday that the commotion during the recent HPCC meeting held at Jind had once again proved that the Congress was still suffering from infighting. He alleged that the Congress was not interested in resolving the farmers’ dispute with the government and it was only using the innocent farmers as a tool for spreading unrest in the region.

The Indian National Lok Dal leader, Mr Makrauli, alleged that the HPCC chief was in a habit of making announcements of agitation whenever he faced threat to his chair. He claimed that a majority of the farmers had cleared their power dues and the rest also intended to pay the electricity bills but he alleged that the Congress was inciting them not to pay the power bills.

Mr Makrauli also appealed to the agitating farmers to settle the dispute through negotiations instead of blocking the highways as it caused acute hardship to the passengers and loss in several crores to the Haryana Roadways.



Ten PROs for Maya Memsahib
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, June 8
Prime Ministers and Chief Ministers have presided over jumbo Cabinets and monolith ministries. But public relations officers (PROs) never seemed to be a part of their scheme of things. PROs were generally perceived as wheeler-dealers, who were best left to the confines of some nondescript directorate.

It, therefore, took a leader with an ear to the ground — Chief Minister Mayawati – to amble along and appoint not one but 10 PROs in her office.

Possibly, the thought that she has to deal with the people of the most populated state in the country carried the day.

Each PRO will be paid a salary of Rs 16,000 from the State exchequer, which is incidentally bone-dry. Unmindful of the fiscal squeeze, most of the PROs have gone into overdrive, requisitioning cars, telephones, cell phones and the requisite staff to provide the necessary PR support to their leader.

One of the PROs in the CM’s charmed circle was reportedly working as a driver until recently and another was the caretaker of the BSP supremo’s residence in New Delhi.

It is, perhaps, for the first time in the history of Uttar Pradesh that a Chief Minister has appointed 10 PROs in her office; all the erstwhile chief ministers had managed with one or two PROs.

Apart from the PROs, five OSDs have been appointed in the Chief Minister’s office. One of them sits in the main building, another in the Secretariat and three are at her beck and call at her residence. Perhaps, our ‘neta’ believes in doing things a little differently, observers say. Only a king can fancy a paraphernalia of this kind. Perhaps, hers is yet another kingdom!



Gang dupes exporters with arranged LCs 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 8
With the arrest of three suspects, the economic offences wing of the Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a gang involved in cheating Indian exporters using arranged letters of credit (LCs). The suspects, Vijay Kumar Jasra (48), Nitin Mathur (34) and Alok Aggarwal (33), were arrested after a complaint was lodged by Mr Lalit Kumar Gupta, a readymade garment manufacturer.

Another suspect, Sharan, is absconding. The complainant alleged that Vijay and his associates had cheated him of Rs 25 lakh, the police said. The modus operandi of the suspects was to approach the victims through advertisements in newspapers. They used to introduce themselves as importers and buying agents having their office at E-5, South Extension where the victims were invited to meet owner Vijay Kumar Jasra and his associates, Nitin Mathur and Sharan. They assured the victims of lucrative export orders.

The complainant reportedly got an export order from M/S Jupiter and Export Limited, Gambia (West Africa) signed by Mr Vijay Kumar Jasra. An agreement and letter of indemnity were signed between the complainant and Vijay Kumar Jasra for the export of 12,500 pieces of women’s long dresses made of Rayon worth US 50, 000 dollars. As per the agreement, the complainant paid Rs 2 lakh to Vijay Kumar Jasra through a draft and some cash towards his commission. A letter of credit (LC) in favour of the complainant with one clause that authenticated message from the LC opening bank to beneficiary bank stating “goods are according to our specification” was required for negotiating the LC, the police said.

When the complainant asked Vijay Kumar Jasra to amend the condition, he said that it would be changed later. Subsequently, the complainant exported goods worth Rs 23 lakh. The condition had not been amended and he had to reportedly suffer a loss of Rs 25 lakh. Similar complaints were also received from Yash Paul of M/S Knit and Fit Exports, M/S Max International, M/S Winner Mills against Vijay Kumar Jasra.

Sleuths of the economic offences wing conducted a raid a few days back at the office of the suspects and seized several incriminating documents like 26 Indian passports. Eleven Philippine passports of infants were also recovered during the search.

Nitin Mathur was arrested on the charge of conspiracy with Jasra. He used to arrange LC from Alok Aggarwal, who is a chartered accountant, on three per cent brokerage commission. Raid was also conducted at the office of Alok Aggarwal in Lajpat Nagar. Alok was also arrested and several incriminating documents like draft LC formats of banks in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan were recovered from his office. Alok also had a contact in Singapore who was a commission agent and he was being paid commission through hawala channels. The LCs were never encashed because of certain specific clauses. They were meant to induce exporters to export readymade garments. Exporters never got the payment of the goods from the African buyers since it was taken away by the suspects. 



70 shops of HVP leader on Delhi-Haryana 
border razed
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 8
At least 70 shops, built “illegally” on public land along the Haryana-Delhi border near Kundli village, were razed jointly by the officials of the Town and Country Planning Department and the Public Works Department (Buildings and Roads) with the help of a strong contingent of police today.

According to a report, the demolitions started around 5 am and continued for several hours. Dr Sultan Singh, SDM, and Mr Hardeep Singh Doon, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Headquarters), led the operations. At least four JCB machines were pressed into service.

The officials maintained that these shops were built illegally and all the cases pending in the courts had already been dismissed. The occupants of the shops were given a week’s notice on May 29 followed by a 24-hour notice, but they failed to comply with the orders.

These shops, it may be recalled, belonged to Mr Rajiv Jain, general secretary of the Haryana Vikas Party and a former press advisor to the Chief Minister and his associates.

Reacting sharply to the demolitions, Mr Jain maintained that the cases were pending with the Scheduled Road Act Tribunal, Chandigarh, as well as the Supreme Court, which had issued notices to the authorities. The authorities had acted in violation of these notices, he said. The issue is likely to snowball in the future.



Action by alert staff averts blast in plant
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 8
Prompt action taken by officials of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) averted a big explosion in the 33-KV power substation near the old DC road on Friday. A serious fault had developed in the substation all of a sudden.

Fortunately, the employees on duty noticed the fault and switched off the power supply to the entire city and its suburbs immediately. If they had failed to switch off the supply, there might have been a big explosion, leading to power breakdown for a long time.

On the receipt of information, the Superintending Engineer (Operation) of the Sonepat circle, Mr R. K. Gupta, and other officials rushed to the site. The fault was rectified and the power supply restored partially within an hour. In the evening again, the power supply had to be switched off following a fault in the 132-KV grid power substation at Fazilpur village. The entire city and its suburbs remained powerless for more than an hour. This also led to the disruption in the drinking water supply system. The power supply was finally restored around 5.45 pm.



SC/ST group calls for reservation in promotion
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, June 8
The Haryana Government should implement the reservation policy for Scheduled Castes and Schedule Tribes in promotion (while in service) as being implemented in other parts of country, demanded the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisation.

The spokesperson of the Haryana unit of the organisation, Mr Satyaprakash Jrawta, informed that all states, union territories of the country and the Central Government had executed the recommendations of the Supreme Court regarding the implementation of reservation in promotion for the SC, ST and Backward Classes.

It is unfortunate that the state government had not cared for these castes. The erstwhile rulers of the state, Mr Bansi Lal, Mr Devi Lal and Mr Bhajan Lal, and now Mr Om Prakash Chautala had only made lip services to these communities, complained Mr Jrawta. These leaders had not done anything concrete for these communities.

He further revealed that 919 posts reserved for SCs and 1,253 posts for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) had been lying vacant in Class 1 category in the state. In Class II category, 2,300 posts reserved for SCs and 3,260 posts for BCs had not been filled by the state government. Over 24,800 posts for SCs and 62,000 for BCs in Class III category had also been lying vacant, he said.

Mr Jrawta, who is also the president of Lord Budha Club of the state unit, informed that there were just 241 SC and 137 BC persons out of total 5,150 Class 1 filled posts in the state.

In the Class II category, in a total occupied post of 14,836, just there were only 1,040 SC persons and 745 BC persons in the state. In the Class III category, of the total 2,63,108 posts, only 34,412 and 9,028 posts were being held by the SCs and BCs respectively, said the spokesperson.

He further lamented that out of 17 MLAs and two Members of Parliament belonging to these castes in the state, just a couple of leaders were raising the genuine demands of their communities.

He further said that lakhs of people from throughout the state would assemble in Kurukshetra on June 9 and join Buddhism. He claimed that the people belonging to these communities had realised that the different political parties had used them to serve their vested interests.



Rs 219 cr budget for GDA
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 8
A total budget of Rs 219 crore has been allocated for the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) for 2002—2003. Along with the approval of the budget, the GDA Board also approved 42 important development proposals today. A total off 44 proposals were presented to the board.

While budget provision has been Rs 219 crore for the year, the income for the year has been estimated at Rs 206 crore. The board meeting was presided over by UP Secretary (Housing) Jai Shankar Prasad Mishra.

While Rs 54 crore has been earmarked for the 50-cusec Ganga water project, Rs 6 crore will be spent on providing sewage in 18-storey towers in Kaushambi.

The GDA Board approved the proposals regarding upgrading of primary schools to high schools, procurement of land for establishment of 16 new schools, providing fire fighting equipment for Kaushambi’s multi-storey structures, allotment of land for Maharashi Dayanand Education Prasar Samiti in Govindpuri and allotment of 410 sq m land to IMA. The allotment of land for judges’ residential colony in Indirapuram and the sale of 19,795 sq m land in Pratap Vihar were also okayed.

GDA vice-president Prashant Kumar Chaturvedi said that building estimates of Rs 2 crore and above would be accepted only after scrutiny by an independent agency. A committee would be constituted for the evaluation of buildings. The committee would include experts and engineers from the PWD, besides the GDA, Mr Mishra added.

Priority would be given to clear GDA’s debts. The GDA would enter into agreements with nationalised banks for securing loans for its allottees, Mr Mishra said.



Morality implies reverence for life

The Ayodhya issue and the communal incidents in Gujarat have served to establish the danger of mixing religion with politics. The resulting conflicts can pose a threat to the secular fabric of the country and its Constitution. What is religion about? What are the ends it is supposed to serve? Why has it fallen into disrepute today? These are some of the issues that need to agitate the minds of concerned citizens.

It is a paradox that religion which is supposed to establish the brotherhood of man and fatherhood of God should become an instrument for dividing people, filling the world with hatred, conflicts and wars.  India has seen religious passions leading to death and destruction right at the time of its birth—the bloodbath that accompanied Partition. The anti-Sikh riots of 1984 in the wake of the assassination of Mrs Indira Gandhi, the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, the communalisation of politics in the wake of the Ayodhya issue, the recent carnage resulting from communal conflict in Gujarat have all brought a bad name to religion in this country. At the international level too, most conflicts have a religious angle.

The famous Russian author and thinker, Count Leo Tolstoy, in his prodigious works, had provided valuable insights into the history of religion. He does not agree that man’s religiosity could be traced to a fear of the unknown forces of Nature, but from man’s consciousness of his own insignificance, loneliness and guilt. Man’s consciousness of his finiteness amid the infinite universe and of his sinfulness (i.e of his not having done all he might and should have done) has always existed and will exist as long as man remains man.

The essence of religion consists solely in the answer to the question, “Why do I live, and what is my relation to the infinite universe around me?’’ In the initial stages of man’s development, man considered himself to be a self motivated being, living in the world to obtain the greatest possible personal happiness, regardless of the suffering such attainment may cause to others. The next stage of development of religion consisted in seeing the meaning of life not in the welfare of one separate individual, but in the welfare of a group of individuals: a family, clan, nation, empire or even of all humanity.

According to Tolstoy, humanity has entered a third stage. Now the meaning of life no longer lie in the attainment of personal aims or the aims of any association of individuals but solely in serving that Will which has produced man and the entire universe. The religious comprehension of the meaning of life does not come from study; it is given to everyone, even to the most limited and ignorant of men. There is greater awareness of this knowledge in those who seek sincerely, and are able, at least for a time, to renounce the cares of the world, to have a consciousness of his material insignificance Morality can not be independent of religion, for not only is it a consequence of religion but it is implied in religion. Every religion is an answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?’’ Again a person’s morality may depend on the three answers: ‘The meaning of my life lies in my personal enjoyment for that is the object of man’s existence; or `The meaning of my life lies in serving the group of which I consider myself a member, for that is my destiny,’ or `The meaning of my life lies in the service of God, for that is my destiny.’

Thus majority of men could be classified as belonging to the three categories: those who seek to enjoy themselves by self development (whatever that might mean in terms of possessions or acquisition of virtues); those who find joy in serving family, caste village or a larger group like nation; then there are those who serve the humanity in obedience to a God who commands them to love the whole human race. Fixing of such goals implies general rules for living, which we can call morals. And it is common knowledge that most religions agree on general moral standards: no religion will support hatred or malice and all would emphasise the gospel of love. Similarly, every religion will emphasise on the need for peace and harmony.

The man who seeks his own pleasure cannot live in conflict with the society of which he is a part. So too all others who aim at their own happiness by making others happy will be inclined to sacrifice their own comforts for the sake of others. And those who love God most can be expected to live in obedience to His commandments and His one great commandment is to love fellow beings. “How can you love God whom you have not seen, if you cannot love your brother whom you have seen?’’

Our religion thus should compel us to be moral. And reverence for life, all religions agree, is a fundamental principle of morality. This in turn implies that good consists in maintaining, assisting and enhancing life. Conversely, it is evil to destroy, to harm or to hinder life.

The newspapers proclaim to us that we live in times of spiritual decadence. They tell us that the world is full of misery and suffering. As a people who are known as religious, we have to focus on life-affirming actions and shun the path that cause evil. Let “reverence for life’’ be our slogan, the motto of every action.

M P K Kutty 



Alluring landscape makes Kasauli 
nature’s special child
Smriti Kak

Situated at a height of 1927 metres above sea level, Kasauli retains the charm of eastern mysticism alongside the colonial influence it witnessed during the British regime. Kasauli is nature’s special child. Bestowed with an alluring landscape and a pervasive calm it has for long remained a favourite getaway.

Legend has it that Kasauli came into being when Lord Hanuman, on his way to get the Sanjeevani herb, stepped here for jumping on to the Sanjeevani hill. A 300-metre high hillock, called Monkey Point, which also houses a mandir, is where Hanuman is supposed to have rested his feet.

This picturesque hill station is replete with tall Deodar, wild flowers, rhododendrons, wild roses, and Kichnar in the summers while the winters with their pristine snow are alluring.

Kasauli was developed as a cantonment-sanatorium over 20 years, after the British had based themselves at Shimla. Its main attraction lies in its overall cleanliness and its accessibility. A seven -hour drive from Delhi, the best way to reach Kasauli is to take a train. The nearest railhead is Kalka, from where one can take a cab to Kasauli, which is an hour’s drive. By road it is 315 km from Delhi and there are plenty of buses and taxis made available for travel. Major domestic airlines fly between Delhi and Chandigarh.

The beautiful town can be explored on foot. Some of the places to visit are the Hanuman Temple, which is also the highest point at Kasauli, known as Monkey Point. Monkey Point commands a panoramic view of the hills, valleys and plains below and far away, the city of Chandigarh.

Kasauli is famous for its gardens adorned with the most beautiful and colourful flowers. The pine-shaded winding paths carpeted with resin needles are ideal for walks. Needless to say that it is also a romantic delight.

The hill station abounds in flora and fauna. From oaks to rhododendron, from firs to horse chestnuts, there is plenty for a nature lover to admire. Springtime is the best time to visit Kasauli, when the shades of pink and green paint the town. In summers it offers a retreat from the scorching sun. The best time to visit Kasauli is between April and June, and September and November.

While you are there try and take out time to visit the cottage called Sunnyside, which was built by Sir Henry Sanawar and his wife paving way for the settlement in Kasauli.

The two main walks around Kasauli, the Upper and Lower Mall are beautiful. Others places to visit are the Kasauli Club founded in 1880 as the ‘Kasauli Reading and Assembly Rooms’. The club, which was initially not open for women, is famous for its six tennis courts, and ‘tennis teas’ apart from the gala Saturday nights.

The best place to stay and eat in are the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation’s (HPTDC) hotels apart from the rest houses. Since it is a cantonment town, entry to Kasauli is restricted. Foreign citizens are required to carry their passports.



Power board to launch awareness drive
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 8
Mr M. P. Seth, Director (Operations), Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, has said the nigam proposed to launch an awareness campaign to apprise the consumers of the hazards of electricity and the precautions to be taken.

Mr Seth was speaking at a seminar on ‘ Mishaps caused by power and remedial measures’ organised here on Thursday afternoon. He said several people and animals lost their lives in such accidents and the nigam had to suffer a loss of nearly Rs 40 lakh by providing compensation to kin of those killed every year. He said the occurrence of such accidents could be reduced to a large extent by observing safety measures. He stressed that the power consumers and employees should have a proper knowledge of the safety rules before operating electrical appliances or working with the live transmission wires.

Mr Seth observed that most of the accidents occur when the consumers operate electrical gadgets under stress, in a drunken state or without using the requisite safety equipment. He suggested that such accidents could be reduced considerably by proper earthing.

At least 200 power employees attended the seminar.

Later, Mr Seth discussed different problems being faced by the consumers at a meeting with representatives of the Industries Association of Rohtak, Bahdurgarh and Sampla towns.



Stress must be on medieval history: Jagmohan
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, June 8
The Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mr Jagmohan, yesterday advocated that history must be studied in proper light and with broader perspective.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony of Maharaja Prithviraj Chauhan’s statute in the Conservation Complex at Qila Rai Pithora in the Capital, Mr Jagmohan stressed the need to project history in a proper light and to highlight the various aspects being ignored in the textbooks. “One can hardly read much about Prithviraj Chauhan in the textbooks as well as in the other History books in the country,” he said.

The Lt-Governor of Delhi, Mr Vijay Kapoor, who was also present on the occasion said that history before the 12th century had been ignored and one could not read much about great Hindu kings before the 12th century. “The available history is very brief.”

Mr Kapoor maintained that by ignoring the ancient and medieval history, we were committing a crime by denying students the right to get appropriate and adequate knowledge about the subject. He added that the state government was planning to set up information centres at heritage buildings and complexes.

Speaking at the function, former Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma said that there was a need to teach students about the historical aspects, which were are not contained in the texts. There was a need to preserve the cultural heritage of the country, he added. He also pointed out that the centre was planning to select one centre in each state for the promotion of the cultural heritage of the country.

Focusing on the many old forts and historical monuments, Mr Jagmohan said that their condition was pathetic and they needed to be restored. “There is an ideology and philosophy behind setting up projects like the complex at this venue to preserve the heritage and make it relevant to the urban needs,” he said.



Workshop held on ‘i’ management
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, June 8
A workshop focusing on the principles and practices of ‘i’Management was held in the Capital today by management guru and economist Arindam Chaudhuri.

Stressing that the theory of ‘i’Management had its roots in India-centric management principles which, according to Chaudhuri, holds the key to India attaining a growth rate beyond that of China. The theory emphasises that Indian firms cannot succeed by blindly following and importing the management principles of the Western world. He also cited among other reasons the inability to develop an indigenous management style, which revolves around our cultural roots and upbringing.

Among those who attended the workshop were business giants like ITDC, Timex, American Express, Max Healthcare, ABB and Bharati Telecom.

The workshop began with an ice-breaking session to initiate and facilitate uninhibited interactions among the participants. This was followed by a guided tour of the macro cultures across the world and their significance and implications on the respective management practices.



Meerut to have only four hours of power cut
Our Correspondent

Meerut, June 8
The UP Power Minister, Mr Ramvir Upadhyay, today announced that Meerut would have only four hours of power cut everyday from now.

He was here to conduct raids on several factories in a move to check power theft and other irregularities. On his way to Meerut, Mr Upadhyay made a surprise stop at Madhav Cold Storage on the Garh road and found that power was being stolen systematically by the storage and other shops on its premises. The minister also sealed another cold storage, Kiran Cold Storage, and suspended the SDO of the area with immediate effect.

Speaking to mediapersons here, he said that the Chief Minister, Ms Mayawati, had instructed all the Commissioners, DMs and SSPs of the state to cooperate with the Power Department to stem power theft.

Old-age homes

In Mahendragarh district the construction work on 13 old-age homes will be completed by July-end. The funds for this had already been provided and instructions given to the BDPOs get the old-age homes constructed in time, the Deputy Commissioner of Narnaul said.

He said Rs 1.5 lakh had been provided for the construction of old-age homes. According to sources, the Haryana Chief Minister had made an announcement during the `Apke Dwar Karyakram’ that 38 old-age homes would be constructed in Mahendragarh district.

Free yoga camp

An 11-day free yoga and acupressure treatment camp, organised by Gramin Vikas Samiti, Haryana, was inaugurated by the Deputy commissioner of Narnaul, Dr Ram Bhagat Langyan, on Friday.

Addressing the participants, Mr Langyan said all kinds of diseases could be curable through yoga and its ancient therapy. A healthy man should practise yoga daily, which leaves meagre chances of developing any disease. The special feature is that a man becomes smart and active only by practising yoga.

He said that yoga could cure even mental anxiety, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and arthritis etc. The president of the Gramin Vikas Samiti, Mr Ranjit Singh, called upon the residents of the district to make use of the free yoga camp and learn to get rid of diseases by adopting and learning techniques taught by the experts of acupressure.

Blood donation

A blood donation camp was organised at the Civil Hospital here.

On a visit to the camp, the Deputy Commissioner, Dr R.B. Langyan, urged the inhabitants of the area, especially those having O positive blood, to voluntarily donate blood as it could be transfused to anyone. Mr Langyan directed the Civil Surgeon, Dr P.P Lekha, to construct slabs in the waiting hall.

The Deputy Commissioner also banned the use and sale of ice lollies, rotten fruits etc in the district with immediate effect.

Sapling plant

In Mahendragarh district a total of 15 lakh saplings will be planted and 30`Tarun Triveni’ forest areas will be developed. Every block, which has at least five villages, will be selected. The Deputy commissioner instructed officers to be vigilant about the development of the saplings and their survival. Panchayats had been instructed to plant at least 500 saplings in a village.

Youth held

The police yesterday arrested a youth of Patna in Bihar on the charge of impersonation during the entrance test of LL.B conducted by Maharshi Dayanand University.

According to police sources, Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Patna, was caught red -handed while taking the examination in place of Ashish Nandal, a resident of Bohar village. A case under Sections 419, 420, and 120-B of the IPC was registered against Rakesh following a complaint by Mr Y. R. Rathi, centre superintendent.

Four hurt in clash

Four persons, including two women, were injured in a clash between two groups at Juan Mahra village, about 15 km from here, on Friday night. According to a report, the clash followed an assault made on a youth, Rajesh, when he was returning to the village on his motorcycle.

All the injured persons were immediately hospitalised and they are stated to be out of danger. The police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress.

According to another report, three persons, including a woman, sustained injuries in another group clash at Bari village, about 15 km from here, on Friday evening. All the injured persons were rushed to the hospital for treatment. They are stated to be out of danger. Lathis and other weapons were used freely in the clash. The police are still investigating into the cause of the clash. In another case of assault, a girl, Jyoti, was injured in Sector 14 here on Friday.

Gun goes off

A youth, Omi, sustained bullet injuries when his licenced gun went off accidentally in his house at Adarsh Nagar here on Friday night. He was cleaning his gun and accidentally pulled the trigger. He was immediately hospitalised and he is now out of danger.

Old-age pension

The Social and Welfare Department has decided to undertake a fresh survey from June 10 to June 29 to identify the aged persons entitled for receiving the old-age pension from the state government, according to the Deputy Commissioner. He told mediapersons here today that this step followed a state government’s decision in this regard.



Couple fights over who killed mother
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 8
In an interesting case, a husband and wife of Shastri Nagar locality here indulged in serious allegations and counter-allegations against each other. The police booked the duo today.

According to information, Anand Jain,a resident of Shastri Nagger, stated in an FIR that his wife Meghna ,alias Lakshmi, gave poison to his mother, Mrs Bharti ,who died on April 23.The police have registered a case against Meghna Jain under Section 306 of the IPC.

On the other hand, Mr Ram Avtar, brother of Meghna Jain, alleged in another FIR that the in-laws of his sister had been harassing her for bringing inadequate dowry. The police have also registered a case against Anand Jain, his father, Ganpat Rai, Pawan, Seema and others under Sections 498-A and 406 of the IPC following the complaint.

Meanwhile, neighbours of the couple expressed surprise over the ‘belated’ allegation made by Anand Jain. They said Ms Bharti died on April 23 and was hurriedly cremated the same day at about 8 pm against religious norms.



Cops recover kidnapped girl, suspect held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 8
The Anti-kidnapping Section of the Delhi Police today claimed to have recovered a girl, Rekha, who was allegedly kidnapped by one Hare Krishan two years back. A suspect has also been arrested.

The victim was recovered from Bangalore. The suspect used to work as daily wage worker and used to call victim’s parents from a PCO booth there for ransom.

The victim’s father, Dulichand reported the Malviya Nagar Police on August 2, 2000 that Hare Krishan had kidnapped his daughter. Later, he filed a Habeas Corpus case in the Delhi High Court and the case was subsequently transferred to Anti-kidnapping Section of the crime Branch of Delhi Police.

The sleuths of the Anti-kidnapping Section put the telephone of the victim father under observation and tapped all the calls coming from there. When it was found that the ransom calls came from Bangalore, a police team went there, recovered the victim and arrested the suspect, the police said.

The Commissioner of Police, Ajai Raj Sharma, declared a reward of Rs 5,000 for the team succeeded in working out the case, the police said.



BSNL comes under fire for inefficiency
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 8
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) came under heavy fire for its inefficient and unsatisfactory working at a meeting of telephone subscribers, which was especially convened for the redressal of their grievances, here yesterday. According to a report, only representatives of the industrial units and the owners of the STD PCOs were called for attending this meeting. This meeting was a part of the welcome to open house programme launched by the BSNL for the redressal of grievances of the telephone subscribers.

Most of the subscribers made scathing criticism about the inefficient and unsatisfactory working of the department. They blamed the nigam authorities for this. They alleged that their telephones had become mere showpieces as they continued to remain dead for days together.

The authorities concerned, they further alleged, had miserably failed to take steps for the repair of their telephones.

Many subscribers also said that they had been suffering a huge financial loss on account of dead telephones and all their complaints made to the authorities concerned in this regard had fallen on deaf ears. They further alleged that they did not receive the telephone bills on time. When these were received they turned out to be fake.

Mr R.C. Hodda, General Manager, Telecom, Sonepat district, took serious note of these complaints and assured that he would ensure prompt action in removing the complaints on priority basis.

He also listed the achievements of the nigam at this meeting and said that mobile telephone service would start from next month. For this purpose, a new telephone exchange had been set up. This would improve the telephone services in the district.

He said that as many as 352 new telephone connections had so far been released since the beginning of the current year. The capacity of the main telephone exchange had been increased by 912 lines.


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