Monday, June 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


An experiment in filth and stench, perhaps!
Animal house of research lab in 
Maulana Azad Medical College in a mess
Tripti Nath
Tribune News Service

The members of the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experimentation on Animals (CPCSEA) came across “underfed’’ animals in ``unsanitary conditions’’ in the “filthy’’ animal house of the research laboratory of Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) during their recent visit.

The CPCSEA nominee, Sonya Ghosh, who visited the MAMC animal house on May 30 along with Veena Upadhyaya, CPCSEA member and Joint Secretary in the Animal Welfare division of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, told the NCR Tribune that the animal house lacks basic hygiene. “Experimentation rooms are supposed to be aseptic and sterile. Basic hygiene is not met, let alone sterile conditions which is a far cry,’’ she observed.

In its report, the CPCSEA has reported on the deplorable condition of rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits and sheep. The CPCSEA inspection team has reported that rats have been kept in overcrowded and unimaginably filthy cages with sawdust bedding instead of paddy husk bedding. As if this were not enough, the faecal matter has been mixed with the sawdust, leaving very little room for the rats and mice to reach the pellet feed, if put in the hoopers. The feed is thrown into the sawdust mixed with the faecal matter and food is given in measured doses.

The rabbit rooms were no better. The CPCSE team found that rabbits are left to wander and reproduce on the floor caked with straw and sawdust and discoloured with urine. “There is no attempt to identify and separate pregnant rabbits.’’

The team further found that straw had been stuffed into the cages and trays of breeding rabbits. ``Trays were infested with mites and full of fungus, stale feed and rotten vegetables. Experiments were being done on the rabbits in filthy conditions. As on previous visits, we found rabbits in a filthy condition with faecal matter plastered on their legs. Rabbits appeared to be suffering from dermatitis,’’ the report reads.

The guinea pigs were also infected with dermatitis. “Food and faecal matter lay mingled in troughs,’’ said the report.

Pointing out infrastructural lapses, the team has reported that the concept of sanitation does not exist even remotely in this animal house. “Staff and visitors are not required to wear sterile masks, lab coats and shoe coverings. The animal rooms have a strong smell of ammonia from uncleaned cages, festooned with cobwebs and windows ingrained with dirt and dust,’’ the report reads.

The team found that no animal keeper had been appointed in the animal house for eight years to attend to sick animals. The team was not shown health record of any animal. The team found that the rooms in the animal house meant for surgery and post-operative care were locked. There was no facility for washing and sterilization of equipment and supplies, no place for storing wastes before incineration or removal. While some rooms were poorly lit, others did not have any tubelights.

The team has reported that the central air-conditioning is barely functional and the ducts are coated with rabbit fur, dust and cobwebs. Some ducts have missing grills, providing an easy passage for wild rodents.

Commenting on the state of animal houses, animal rights activist, Maneka Gandhi who also heads the Animal Welfare division in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, told the NCR Tribune, ``Badly kept animal houses lead to bad research. It is not a coincidence that all the research laboratories that have badly run animal houses have not produced any research of any significance.’’

The Member Secretary, CPCSEA, Mr R K Jain, told the NRC Tribune that they have taken up the matter with the MAMC authorities.

The CPCSEA has been interacting with scientific establishments/organisations throughout the country to implement the `Breeding of and Experiments on Animals (Control and Supervision) Rules 1998’ and `Experiments on Animals (Control and Supervision) (Amendment) rules, 1998’.


An apology for a salary from DTC: Rs 90 a month
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi. June 9
Strange but true! In the times we live in, there is hardly anyone who does not take home a four-figure salary on the 30th day of each month. However, Kirpal Singh, 50, who looks older due to the years spent roughing it out in the metropolis, gets a meagre Rs 3 a day. Less than a hundred rupees a month. Thus, he is not able to earn his bread even with the sweat of his brow.

Kirpal is not alone. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) employs an estimated 1,768 people like Kirpal on daily wages and pays Rs 3 for eight hours of work despite the fact that most of them are literate. Many even passed high school.

This is not a recent phenomenon but has been in practice for more than a decade. Violating the prescribed minimum wages, the DTC pays Rs 3 a day as salary to the daily-wage workers, employed as bus conductors and staff in various depots. About 1,769 such conductors have no option than to continue in service. For over 15 years, they have been working in the hope that one day they would be absorbed by the corporation but that seems to be an elusive dream. One of the many daily-wagers, Kirpal Singh (Batch No 25450) says he gets Rs 87 only for 29 working days a month.

When contacted, a DTC officer said: “What can be done…?” Three thousands of them, he says, were inducted in the early 80s. In 1988, the Congress removed some of them but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) re-inducted them the same year. Since then, their fate is hanging in the balance.

“We are not in a position to absorb them as permanent employees,” the officer says. By position, he clarifies, he is referring to the poor fiscal health of the corporation. “The DTC is incurring a loss of Rs 200 crore per year.”

When confronted with the status of Kirpal Singh and others, Transport Minister Ajay Maken said that the DTC was trying to accommodate them elsewhere. “They could be employed as drivers,” he said not quite sure of how many of the 50-plus age group daily-wagers would be up to the task.

The hitch, he explained, is that all the drivers have to have experience of driving heavy vehicles for not fewer than three years before they could be inducted as drivers in the DTC’s fleet.

Even as the Government of NCT of Delhi takes hesitant steps towards regularising the services of daily-wagers, Kirpal Singh has not given up hope. “If only the government spares a thought for us, I and others like me could still hope to lead a better life,” he sighs before being overcome by the worries about how to manage his household with the apology for a salary that he earns.



High stakes for Akali factions in DSGMC polls
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 9
The stakes are high for the two main Akali factions, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi, in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee polls, as this would be the first direct contest between them since the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1971, came into being.

As the elections are being held in the backdrop of the recent Assembly and municipal polls in Punjab, where the Akali parties faced defeat at the hands of the Congress, the poll outcome in the Capital would provide an idea as to which Akali faction the Sikh community favours.

Considering the importance of the DSGMC polls, the candidates began their campaign today by paying obeisance in gurdwaras, opening party offices, addressing street corner meetings and undertaking door- to-door visits.

For the 46-ward DSGMC, 387 candidates are in the fray, the main contest being between the two main Akali parties – Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi. Apart from these two parties, there are 13 other parties registered with the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections, which have put up their candidates in some of the wards. A large number of Independents are also in the fray to test their political fortunes.

The campaigning would witness the direct involvement of senior Akali leaders from Punjab, including the former Jathedar of Akal Takht, Bhai Ranjit Singh, former Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the irrepressible leader with the dissenting voice, Mr Simranjeet Singh Mann. While the Union Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, launched the SAD (Badal) campaign by addressing street corner meetings, parallel SAD Delhi campaign was launched by the party chief, Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna.

As the poll fever is yet to pick up momentum, the parties are giving final touches to the manifestos and the campaign strategy. As most wards have an average 6,500 voters, the focus would be primarily on door-to-door campaign, in a move to establish a personal rapport with the electorate.

The electorate is complacent about the polls so far, as the parties have not come out with the issues in the open. Indications are that the tussle between the two Akali factions could get murkier with candidates washing the dirty linen of the opponents in the open.

While the intelligentsia within the community frowns upon the fact that the DSGMC as body and the standards in the institutions run by it have deteriorated over the years, political leaders, admitting that all is not well with the body, have stated that things cannot change if good people do not come forward.

And, ordinary voters’ feels that the DSGMC has become a full-fledged political body with little concern about the overall welfare of the Sikh community that it claims to represent in the Capital.


Panchayat wants an end to mining
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Teekli (Gurgaon), June 9
A ‘panchayat’ of about 50 villages from Gurgaon and bordering districts today expressed concern over the mining in this village which had led to the death of cows in a ‘Gaushala’ here besides damaging the environment.

The panchayat was convened by the Aadarsh Gaushala Samiti and presided over by the Haryana Gaushala Sangh president, Acharya Baldev Singh. Leaders from various political parties, including Congress MLA Rao Dharam Pal and former minister Rao Narbir Singh took part in it.

This village lies at the foothills of the Aravalli Hills and the Gaushala nestles between the plains of the village and the hills. About 500 abandoned and aged cows stay in the Gaushala. The Aravalli Hills and the rocks are imploded to facilitate mining. In the process, splinters sometimes hit the cows. Several cows have been injured in the past, it is alleged.

Besides, pulverised rocks block the crevices and creeks in the hills which allow the rain water to run to the plains and accumulate in the village pond. Apart from providing drinking water to the cows, the accumulation of water helps raise the water table of the village.

The panchayat constituted a committee to impress upon the state government to get the mining stopped. The state is understood to have given this portion of the Aravalli Hills on lease for 20 years to a private miner.

Speaking on the occasion, the speakers urged that all options, including approaching the court, should be exhausted before launching an attack on the state government on the issue.

Mr Khazan Singh, a former sarpanch of Jharsa village and prominent political leader, charged that the elected representatives of the present government were trying to abet illegal mining in various parts of the state.

Mr Singh, who is also the president of Dhakhini Kisan Sangarsh Samiti, referred to the recent police firing leading to the death of some farmers in Jind. The INLD had backed out from its electoral promises, he said.


Posh Rohtak colony thirsts for water
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, June 9
The residents of Adarsh Nagar here have been thirsting for potable water for ages. They have been consuming contaminated water for several years now and the public health authorities say that a solution could be found only by the district administration. They have already made enough efforts to solve the problem, claim the authorities.

The posh colony residents today appealed to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, to take measures in order to protect them from the water-borne diseases.

In a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, they said that the problem started several years back when the denizens of an unauthorised locality, adjacent to Adarsh Nagar, started taking illegal connections for piped water.

They alleged that the people of this locality laid their own pipes and connected them with the government pipes and sewer lines in gross violation of rules.

The pipes were substandard and got cracked at several places, causing seepage and intermixing of piped water with the sewer water, the residents said.

Many in this unauthorised locality even laid PVC (plastic) pipes.

Similarly, narrow cement pipes were laid to get sewer connection. The pipes often get chocked and the stinking sewer water poses a serious health as well as traffic hazard.

The residents of Adarsh Nagar claimed that at least one person in each house in the locality had been suffering from jaundice, diarrhoea or vomiting. They demanded an immediate removal of the unauthorised connections to check the contamination of piped water.

They also suggested that a few public stand pipes could be installed for supply of potable water and a Sulabh Shauchalaya be constructed for the residents of the unauthorised locality.


Diarrhoea claims lives of two children
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, June 9
Two children have died of diarrhoea in Sapanawat village while 12 are serious. A team of government doctors has been despatched to the rural areas to control cholera in villages. The survey team has taken water samples from two villages for analysis. In city areas also, more than a dozen diarrhoea patients are admitted to the government hospital. Doctors claim that cholera has not spread despite several cases.

Eleven patients of diarrhoea have been admitted to district hospital in the past two days which makes a total of 211 patients during the season. Dozens of them are in private nursing homes and clinics. In Sapanawat village of Dholana block, Vikram Singh’s three-year-old daughter Mansi and Ahsok’s 10-year-old son Gaurav vomited and had loose motions on June 8.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Vinode Kumar, has sent a medical team under senior physician Dr R K Singhal. The team has administered medicine to over a dozen of children affected by the disease, including Amrinder, one-month-old son of Moolchand; Sonu, one-year-old daughter of Raj Singh. Some patients were admitted to community health centres while others to private clinics. Six-month-old Nargis, daughter of Kalid of Vijay Nagger; one-year-old Sameena, daughter of Rafique of Kela Chowk; Urmilla, wife of Prem Singh of Dasna; the 60-year-old Ashok Kumar of Vivekanand Nagger; and half a dozen other patients are reportedly coping with the ailment.


Four killed in road accidents

Sonepat, June 9
Four persons were killed and five injured in different accidents on G T Road and Sonepat-Gohana Road near here on Saturday.

According to a report, a Tata 407 carrying vegetables overturned on G T Road near Biswan Meel Stone about 15 kms from here on Saturday, injuring two persons, Sandeep and Suraj Bhan seriously. The duo were rushed to the hospital but they succumbed to the injuries on the way. Both the victims belonged to Gwalra village in Panipat district.

According to another report, two youths Rajnish and Ravinder alias Vikkis were killed on the spot and two others, Joginder Pal and Vikka, sustained serious injuries when their car rammed a stationary tanker on Dehradun-Mussouri Road on Saturday.

Both the victims belonged to Sector 15, a residential colony of Huda in the city. Another accident occurred on G T Road near Rai village when a Tata 407 was hit by a three-wheeler, injuring two persons identified as Mr Dharampal of Rai village and Satish Kumar of Delhi camp area in the city. Both the injured were hospitalised. They are stated to be out of danger. The police have registered the case. The driver managed to escape after the accident. Another accident took place on Sonepat-Gohana Road near Machhri village wherein a five-year-old girl was injured when she was hit by a truck while she was crossing the road.

The police have registered the case and a hunt is on to apprehend the truck driver who managed to flee after the accident. OC


Underweight LPG cylinders: Surprise checks ordered
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 9
Irregularities in cooking gas supply and the problem of underweight cylinders have caught the attention of the district authorities, who have ordered the Food and Supplies officials to conduct surprise checking of vehicles of agencies carrying gas cylinders.

The order came in the wake of complaints that some persons had been illegally filling empty cylinders from the cylinders being delivered at the consumer point by the delivery vans of agencies.

Normally, one gas cylinder is filled by taking out gas from six or seven full cylinders during the delivery process, it is alleged. And the cylinders thus filled illegally were being sold in the black market. The officials of the Food and Supplies Department were asked to check the weight of the cylinders taken for delivery and take strict action if any irregularity was detected. The empty cylinder having a weight of 16.7 kg is required to have 14.2 kg of gas when it is delivered to the consumer.

Health camp held

Hundreds of patients visited the free Health Camp organised at Sector 10 by Kautish Medicare Centre here today. About nine physicians from various fields conducted health check-ups and diagnosed various disorders.

According to Dr Yogesh Kautish, director of the centre, various test facilities, including blood sugar test within 15 seconds, blood pressure examination and chest screening, and free vaccination for infants and cholera and free consultation in all specialities, was provided by a panel of doctors. The doctors included Dr N. K. Sharma, Dr (Mrs) Avinash Shamra, Dr S. K. Manocha, Dr Tarun Kashyap, Dr (Mrs) A. Kakkar, Dr Ashok Shamra, Dr S. C. Jain and Dr Vijay Sharma. The camp was inaugurated by Mr M. L. Sharma, a retired Additional Chief Engineer of the Haryana State Electricity Board.


Here farmers get water for a week in a month
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 9
Repeated announcements made by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for ensuring the supply of canal water to the tail-end villages have assumed farcical overtones as far as Sonepat district, particularly the Rai water service division in the Irrigation Department, is concerned.

According to a report, acute shortage of canal water for irrigation in the villages falling under the jurisdiction of the Rai water service division and Samalkha subdivision has caused strong resentment among the farmers. The water is being released in various channels for just one week in a month, which is not adequate in meeting the irrigation needs of the farmers who are busy preparing their fields for paddy plantation and sowing of fodder.

The local officials of the Irrigation Department pointed out that since they were not getting sufficient water from the main source they were unable to meet the demand of the farmers.

The farmers at the tail-end villages are the worst sufferers. Complaints about the non-availability of canal water are a common occurrence.

They have demanded that the authorities should take steps to ensure more water supply in the channels of the district.

Meanwhile, the cases of canal cuts have been on the increase in the Rai water service division and the Samalkha subdivision for the past few months, thanks to the failure of the authorities concerned in keeping a check.

Many farmers alleged that officials of the Irrigation Department were hand in glove with certain unscrupulous, influential farmers and were instrumental in hushing up the cases of canal water theft.

Informed sources have revealed that whenever canal cuts are made by some unscrupulous farmers, backed by some ruling party politicians, these are hushed up by showing mishaps. In this way, the officials find an opportunity to dupe the government and they misappropriate the public funds by preparing bogus muster rolls in connection with the repair works and pocket the money on this account.

According to many farmers, they had not received the supply of canal water for the past three months even during the rotation periods and this had ruined their standing crops.

Expressing grave concern over the inadequate and erratic supply of canal water, farmers of many villages blamed the SDOs and the JEs of the Rai water service division and the Samalkha subdivision for not cleaning the canals, distributaries and minors properly despite clear instructions given by the state government.

The farmers whose fields are situated at the tail end have demanded an inquiry into the allegedly scandalous working of the officials and sought stern action against those found guilty of misappropriating public funds. Such an inquiry is likely to expose the misdeeds of certain SDOs and JEs, they hold.

The transfers of all SDOs and the JEs would ensure an independent and impartial inquiry, they added. The farmers also criticised the local authorities of the Irrigation Department for their failure to redress their grievances about the shortage of canal water even during the rotation period. They also said the plantation of paddy crop would be hit badly if the supply of canal water was not ensured.

Representatives of various farmers’ organisations have refuted the claim of the department authorities that the canal water had reached the tail-end villages during the rotation period fixed by the government. They also maintained that the farmers were still facing erratic supply of canal water for irrigation purposes and the state government should take erring officials to task. The maintenance of canals, distributaries and minors continues to remain a major problem despite heavy expenditure incurred on them in this district. Though the state government had spent crores of rupees on the desilting and deweeding of the canal network there has hardly been any improvement as water does not reach the tail-end fields of the farmers.

The farmers alleged that the embankments of various canals and distributaries were facing the problem of siltation, resulting in waterlogging in large areas. Many farmers alleged that certain officials were minting money by preparing bogus muster rolls. They were in the process cheating the state exchequer.


‘Strike against Pak if ground situation does not alter’
Our Correspondent

Meerut, June 9
India would no longer endure the terrorism sponsored directly by Pakistan and was ready to take any steps if the infiltration did not come to an end as assured by the Pakistan President, General Pervez Musharraf. The Defence Secretary, Mr Yogendra Narayan, made this statement while briefing the media after a meeting with Brig K. T. G. Nambiar (Sub Area Commander). He was here on an official visit to the Meerut cantonment. He said the time was ripe for action now as President Musharraf had been cautioned since January.

When this correspondent asked him about the situation on the Line of Control, he said the number of troops had witnessed a decrease last week. When asked why there had been a delay in striking terrorist camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, he emphasised that India was integrated to the global economy and that is why India was going ahead in a very responsible manner. He said according to the physical assessment on the LoC, infiltration had been on the wane in the past three days. Mr Narayan said there had been reports in the Western media that India was planning to make a strike in mid-June. That is why most diplomats from Western countries had helped India. He told this correspondent that strikes could take place if the ground situation on the LoC did not change.

Mr Narayan also reviewed various plans and development works at a meeting of the cantonment board with Brig K. T. G Nambiar here. Asked about the encroachments in the cantonment area, he told this correspondent that the cantonment area formed part of the National Capital Region and as this land was very costly this lay at the root of the problem. He promised the anti-encroachment drive against the land mafia would be carried on in a systematic manner.


Parched throats cry for deliverance
Our Correspondent

Narnaul, June 9
Mahendragarh with its headquarters at Narnaul has been facing acute scarcity of potable water. With summer at its scorching peak and the situation showing no signs of improvement, a large number of news items have also been published in this regard. Admittedly, various governments have been taking care in formulating prospective schemes but till date no permanent solution has been found.

In Narnaul town there are more then half a dozen localities where there is practically no piped supply even for half an hour. Water contamination is so commonplace that people have now learnt to live with it. A few days before the district health authorities had sent water samples from different localities for testing. Out of these, two samples had failed the test. The sample of Muhalla Rao Ka is on of them.

With the sweltering heat the demand for drinking water has also increased. Milch animals, which like swimming in village ponds, hardly get a bucket of water for drinking.

In Mohindergarh town the most affected areas are Muhalla Bidhatan and Gali Dargian. Residents wait day in and day out for a drop of water. They count themselves lucky if it comes out in a trickle. There are no fixed hours so that one may make plans accordingly.

In ward no 7 in Muhalla Khajwara, residents are literally crying for drinking water. The Public Health Department had formulated a scheme to sink deep tubewells to cater to the needs of Bhamhchari road inhabitants but that has also not brought forth any positive results.

In ward no 10 the supply is poor. Residents are left with no alternative but to activate boosters. Same is the state of affairs in ward no 13. Residents clutching buckets, pitchers perched on the heads of girls as well as old and infirm women can also be seen wandering in search of water. Rather, they manage to get water from the nearby farmers’ wells. This is possible only when there is power supply for the booster pumps to function.

On a visit to the town, Mr Narender Mehta, president of the Vyapar Mandal, Mahendragarh, requested the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to immediately formulate some water supply scheme for this deserted area.

In fact Mahendragarh district is backward in different ways but the water problem has only added to its backwardness. It is learnt that farmers have been selling their milch animals at a very low price or shifting to some other parts.

Agitations were also held during election time by a few leaders, including Mr Naresh Yadav, but that also did not produce the desired result.

In Narnaul subdivision people from 25 villages had earlier boycotted elections because of the severe water crunch.

The Haryana Government has formulated a scheme for collecting storm and canal water to fill the Hanidpur dam near Narnaul. This was disclosed by the Deputy Commissioner, Narnaul. He said very shortly the water channel connecting Hanidpur dam would be completed. Canal water would be filled in the dam in order to charge the underground water.


Two booked for duping people
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, June 9
The district police booked two persons under various sections of the IPC for allegedly duping people in the name of an anti-corruption agency.

A police spokesman said here today that Randhir of Matanhale village stated in an affidavit that Rajesh Bharti of Teha village in Sonepat and Ramphal of Matanhale village have fraudulently floated an anti-corruption agency in Delhi. A letter pad in the name of the agency with Rajesh Bharti as its national president was also printed. The Duo reportedly used to defraud people in the name of the agency. The police have registered a case under Sections 420, 469, 500, 501, 505, 168, 171 and 120-B of the IPC on the instructions from the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate.

Power theft

An SDO of the HBVN lodged a complaint with the police that Satbir of Tumba Heri village was caught by the nigam official while stealing power. The nigam alleged that he had inflicted a loss of Rs 30,000 by stealing electricity. A case has been registered under Section 379 of the IPC and 39 of the Electricity Act against the accused.

Ambulance gifted

The District Red Cross Society has donated an ambulance van to Bhadshah Khan Civil Hospital here. This is the second ambulance van provided by the society to the hospital to provide service on no profit, no loss basis.

Killed in mishap

Mahabir Singh, son of Budh Ram of Bhankri village, was killed on the spot after he was hit by a jeep while going on his motorcycle today near Bachaud village. He was coming to Narnaul. The Narnaul police have registered a case of rash and negligence driving under Section 304 A of the IPC. The jeep driver has absconded.

SUCI rallies

The Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI), Haryana unit, has decided to organise demonstrations and rallies on June 10 at all the districts headquarters in the state to register its protest against the hike in prices of petroleum products made by the central government.

Strike called off

The 40-day-old agitation and dharna were called off by the agitating workers of Hindustan Tin Workers Limited, G T Road, following an agreement between the management and leaders of the workers’ union on Saturday. According to a report, the management has agreed to reinstate three suspended workers and transfer two employees from Ghaziabad unit to the G. T. Road (Sonepat) unit. Four other employees transferred from Sonepat to Ghaziabad will have to work there.

Couple assaulted

Mr Ram Pal and his wife, Mrs Neelam, sustained serious injuries when they were attacked by a group of persons in their house at Jasrana village, about 40 km from here, on Saturday evening.

According to a report, both of them were immediately hospitalised. They are stated to be out of danger. The police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress. However, no arrest has been made in this connection so far.

Jot Mahotsava

The Mahavir Dal of Sonepat decided to organise a Jot Mahotsava on August 18 at Hardwar. According to a report, the pilgrims from Pakistan and other states of the country will take part in it.


Manch takes birth to fight for south Haryana
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, June 9
A non-political organisation to work for the development of south Haryana was launched here today. Called the Dakshini Haryana Vikas Manch (South Haryana Development Front), it will fight against the `step-motherly’ treatment being meted out to the region in the matter of development by the successive state governments.

Addressing the first press conference of the manch here today, its convenor, Dr Arvind Yadav, said that the organisation would cover the five districts of Rewari, Mahendragarh, Jhajjar, Gurgaon and Faridabad and a major part of Bhiwani district. Functionaries of its state-level unit, the constitution of which is on the anvil, would be announced shortly, he added.

Dr Yadav said that it was ironical that this neglected region was a part of the Haryana state which was now one of the most progressive states of the country. Expressing concern about the lot of the hapless farmers, he said that barring south Haryana and particularly the three districts of Rewari, Mahendragarh and Gurgaon, most of the remaining districts of the state had been regularly getting plenty of canal water for irrigation. It was agonising that successive chief ministers had been trying to assuage the sentiments of the farmers of south Haryana with the “lollypop” of SYL Canal, which, for all intent and purpose, now seemed to be a mirage. He asserted that the residents of South Haryana could not be made to wait endlessly for the water to flow here from the SYL Canal. The manch wanted the present government to devise ways and means for an equitable district-wise distribution of available canal water to ensure its regular supply to south Haryana on the pattern of the other parts of the state, he said.


Defacement of property: 447 convicted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 9
As many as 447 men have been convicted since December for defacing government property. With tonnes of posters, banners, tin plates and kiosks off buildings and public spaces removed, Urban Development Minister A. K. Walia says the city is looking cleaner now.

As many as 2,324 First Information Reports (FIRs) have been registered and 1,105 persons put behind bars since December when Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit launched a special drive to enforce the West Bengal Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1976. In the six months since then, 2.8 lakh posters/stickers, 8,556 banners, 2,095 tin plates and 1,181 kiosks have been removed.

Besides the convictions, 438 cases are under trial and the remaining FIRs are being investigated into.

According to officials who attended a meeting over the weekend to review the progress of the remove-poster campaign, electric poles, streets and lanes will come for special attention this month.

Committing an offence under the Act could invite a jail sentence of up to six months and a fine of up to Rs 1,000 or both. Being a cognizable offence, offenders can be arrested summarily.


Woman dies of burns

Two persons, including a woman, died and some others were injured in various incidents in the town since Saturday. Poonam (25), wife of Vijay Kumar, resident of Shiv Durga Vihar in Lakadpur village, died of burns in Bhadshah Khan Civil Hospital this morning. She had sustained burns under mysterious circumstances. In another case, Mahavir (30) of Rajiv Colony died after he consumed some poisonous substance on Saturday. In other incidents, Anand Kumar of Ismailpur Extension Colony, Rajjan Khan of Sarai Khawaja and Naresh Kumar of A C Nagar were injured in separate road mishaps. TNS


Timber merchant shoots down carpenter
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 9
A carpenter was shot dead allegedly by a timber merchant on the Jhajjar road here this morning. The deceased was identified as Ramesh, resident of Vijay Nagar locality here.

Mr Naresh Kumar, brother of the victim, stated in the FIR that he along with his brother, Ramesh, were carrying a wooden frame on a bicycle. He said that the frame fell on the ground in front of a timber merchant’s godown in Kath Mandi area. Pappu, owner of the godown, mistook the frame to be his own and asked the duo not to pick it up. However, both the brothers picked up the frame and went to a house for the job.

The complainant alleged that Rajal, brother of Pappu, reached there after sometime with an iron rod in his hand. Rajal started abusing them. Meanwhile, Rajal allegedly asked Pappu, who was standing on the way, to open fire on both the brothers. Then, Pappu allegedly fired on Ramesh who was killed on the spot.

The police registered a case under Sections 302, 148, 149 and 323 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. No arrest has been made in this connection so far.

Charas seized

The district police seized 4 kg of charas and arrested three persons smuggling the contraband from Sampla on Saturday. According to the police, the Sampla police recovered 3 kg of charas from Satpal and 500 grams each from Balwan and Surender, all residents of Ismaila village. Separate cases under Section 20 of the NDPS Act were registered at Sampla police station against the suspects.

The police also recovered 24 bottles of country-made liquor from Satbir, resident of Ladhaut village, from Humayunpur on Saturday. He was arrested and a case under Section 61-1-14 of the Excise Act was registered against him.


Skins of panther, leopard seized

New Delhi
The Delhi Police arrested a man carrying leopard and panther skins worth Rs 2.50 lakh. Following a tip-off, the police nabbed Kuldeep Singh (44) from the Mayur Vihar area of East Delhi and seized the skins. The skins of the endangered species have bullet marks on them, which indicate that they have been poached. According to the police, two of the confiscated skins belong to fully-grown animals. OC



Rs 1.10 lakh snatched from foreman
Our Correspondent

Noida, June 9
Two scooter-borne criminals looted Rs 1.10 lakh from the foreman of a company in Sector 27, which falls under Sector 20 police station, in broad daylight on Saturday. The foreman had withdrawn the cash from Punjab National Bank, Sector 27, for disbursement of salary. According to the police, Mr Shankar Singh, a foreman of a factory in Sector 8 was given a cheque for Rs 1.50 lakh. He went to the bank on his bicycle and withdrew the amount. He put the bundles of Rs 100 amounting to Rs 1.10 lakh in a bag and the remaining Rs 500 notes in his pockets.

When he reached the D Block in Sector 27, two scooter-borne youth followed him. One of them pulled the bag from the cycle and escaped, leaving 55-year-old Mr Shankar Singh shell-shocked.

Mr Shankar informed the police. The news was flashed to all police stations, roadblocks were erected on all exit points and all vehicles were searched but there was no trace of the culprits. This is the third such incident when cash withdrawn from banks has been snatched by scooter-borne criminals in Noida in recent months. Similar incidents had taken place in front of DPS and in Sector 26 earlier.


The ‘Banana Watch’ of the 1920s makes appearance with all the curves intact
Our Correspondent

SWISS watchmakers Tissot has reviewed the avant grade Classic Prince model and has launched it again 85 years after it was first produced. The Classic Prince draws upon the Art Deco style of the 1920s and 1930s that infused the everyday world with elegance.

Referred to as the ‘Banana Watch’ because of the curve of the case that follows the curve of the wrist, these watches were illustrative and innovative of their time, embracing the new Art Deco style. The exclusive and elegant watch is priced at Rs 13,200 upwards.

For cool air

Hitachi has now offered “an intelligent air conditioning to home users” with the launch of their Microcool multiprocessor-controlled air-conditioning system.

Microcool offers intelligent controls providing high degree of flexibility in open working space environments. Its features include customised cooling and high cost savings to the tune of 35 per cent with benefits like run-time equalisation and part-load operation of the microprocessor-controlled compressor. It also offers features like automatic operation and compressor load tracking.

Woofer system

Microtek International Limited, an IT peripherals company, has launched a three-piece ‘Maxpower’ sub woofer system with built-in amplifier and speakers and an output of 1,400 W PMPO.

The system is magnetically shielded to prevent interference with the display quality on the user’s monitor or corrupting data on magnetic media such as floppy disks or hard disks. Its 3D surround sound and pure spruce cone diaphragm is designed to give a very well balanced sonic output. It is priced at Rs 990.

Natural mehndi

Godrej has launched Nupur, a 100 per cent natural mehndi. The Nupur mehndi has a unique blend, which offers natural colouring of hair along with the natural goodness of Amla, Brahmi and Bhringraj to keep the hair healthy and beautiful.

It is available in pouches of 80 gm and is priced at Rs 12 each.

Comfort wear

Indigo Nation has launched Ambrosia, a collection that is styled to provide comfort. The collection is made from high quality fabric, featuring a palette of 46 shades. The price ranges from Rs 499 to Rs 799.

Gem of jewellery

Oyzterbay, a company that has redefined jewellery, has launched its summer 2002 collection comprising over 50 designs in white gold embellished with natural gemstones in myriad colours and cuts.

Priced between Rs 900 and Rs 500, it is in line with the international fashion trends. So for the Indian summer, the collection offers vivid splashes of colours — from fiery red rhododendrons to the electric pink of the cassias. The designs have been inspired by the free flowing forms and geometrical representations of nature by the famous painter Piet Mondriaan..

Face wash gel

Lotus Herbal, cosmetics major, has launched a sunscreen face wash gel to provide protection from the sun. The new product provides protection from the ultra violet rays of the sun and shields the skin from environmental damage. The product is available in a 60-ml tube priced at Rs 58.

New CNG bus

Eicher Motors is launching SKYLINE–CNG, a commercial vehicle made using the latest technology, which will not only save the environment but also provide comfort to the travellers. The features of this specially designed bus include a multi-point injection with the latest in technology worldwide instead of the carburetor. Provision for five cylinders of CNG, online diagnostics with visual display on dashboard or identification of faults in the engine, a three-way catalytic converter add to its merits.

Soft shirts

ZOD!, India’s trendiest brand of club wear shirts, has launched the Ivy Collection, designed and styled keeping in mind the latest trends. The collection comprises shirts made from the latest micro-peached fabric, which gives the shirts a soft feel. Available in an array of colours, including aubergine, blue and black, these shirts are priced at Rs 795.

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