Tuesday, June 11, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Gurdwara Polls
Khurana throws a spanner in works
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 10
The rift between the two allies, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and the Bharatiya Janata Party, has come out in the open with the former today accusing the latter of backing the candidates of the rival Akali faction for the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee polls.

The ties between the two came under strain after the debacle in the Punjab Assembly elections and the rout in the Delhi Municipal Corporation elections.

“Senior BJP leaders Madan Lal Khurana and former Delhi Minister Harcharan Singh Balli are backing Tohra loyalist and DSGMC Opposition leader Paramjit Singh Sarna in complete disregard of the alliance,” said the SAD (Badal) Delhi unit chief, Mr Avtar Singh Hit, here today.

He said: “Ironically, Mr Tohra and his loyalists are also being backed by the Congress. But, it is rather strange that the BJP leaders, who have always supported us, are backing our opponents.”

Mr Avtar Singh Hit said: ``We urge the BJP leadership to take note of our displeasure with Mr Khurana and Mr Balli.”

The SAD (Badal) has an alliance with the BJP and the two parties in coalition governed Punjab till the last Assembly polls. The Akali faction has been extending unconditional support to the Vajpayee government at the Centre.

Though the BJP and the Congress do not contest the DSGMC polls directly, the Akali factions have accommodated several sympathisers of these two parties.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Administration has initiated strict steps to tackle disorder in the run-up to the elections.

‘’The Lieutenant Governor has asked the Delhi Police Commissioner to ensure order in view of the June 30 elections to the DSGMC,’’ Delhi Divisional Commissioner G S Patnaik told a news conference today.

There are 387 candidates in the fray, including a number of Independents; on an average, there are nine candidates contesting each ward.

For the first time, the Gurdwara Elections Director has issued a Code of Conduct to ensure free and fair elections, Mr Patnaik said.

The violation of the code, a copy of which has been supplied to all candidates, will attract action in accordance with the law.

Also, observers will be appointed to ensure that Returning Officers followed the election law and conducted the poll and count without fear or favour, the Divisional Commissioner added.

But fear of violence has constrained candidates belonging to both the Akali factions to seek special police patrols in several wards.

‘’Subhash Nagar, Navin Shahdra, Defence Colony, Hari Nagar and Punjabi Bagh are particularly sensitive,’’ said SAD (Badal) Delhi chief Avtar Singh Hit.

DSGMC Opposition leader Paramjit Singh Sarna, a close Tohra aide, also said police patrolling should be intensified in Hari Nagar, Punjabi Bagh, Vasant Vihar and Dilshad Garden.

The campaigning today gained momentum with both Badal and Tohra factions holding public meetings in several parts of Delhi.

The Badal faction is attacking the ‘’newness’’ of the Sarna-headed and Tohra-backed Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi. For the Tohra group, corruption and fall in academic standards in the DSGMC-run schools are the key election issues.



MNC personnel to stay put despite war cries
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 10
Foreign countries’ advisory to their citizens to leave India in view of the cross-border tension and hovering Indo-Pak war does not appear to have much impact on the expatriates-personnel in the corporate offices of their multinational companies.

Dr D.K. Ghosh, an executive director of Siemens Public Communications Networks Ltd, a German company, said that although the Germany Government had issued advisory, the personnel at the corporate office here had ignored it, by and large.

He said that the expatriates felt that India was one of the safest places. As they had the feel of the ground reality, the wordy war on both sides of the border had not swayed them.

Dr Ghosh said that a German national had come all the way to India to take charge as the head of the mobile phone division of the corporate office operations here today. He reached to take charge in the midst of the surcharged atmosphere on the borders, Dr Ghosh added.

The governments of all countries perform their sovereign duty by taking precautionary measures, like issuing advisories, to protect the lives and property of their subjects. However, it depends on the targeted audiences (the subjects) to respond to the advisory in the manner they best think fit, keeping in view the ground reality.

An Indian executive of Seagram Manufacturing Private Ltd, a joint venture, having its corporate office here, did not agree that war was imminent. A French firm has 90 per cent holding in the joint venture firm.

According to him, the business inquiries from France keep pouring in the midst of war slogans.

A senior personnel of the Coca-Cola India, a USA company, was forthright in dismissing any frightening response from the expatriates posted here.

Similar sentiment was echoed by a senior functionary of Silicon Graphic (SGI), a USA company. There is certainly much hype on the possibility of a war, but business does not seem to have been affected at all. Life is as usual, she added. However, the response appeared to be guarded from the personnel at Motorola India Private Ltd, a USA firm.

According to unofficial sources, some USA expatriates working here have sent away their family members.



Corporator’s suspension: Lid off infighting 
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 10
The suspension of a corporator from ward nine of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF), Mrs Rena Bhatia, has caused much resentment in the MCF members, besides taking the lid off infighting among the BJP activists here.

The district unit of the party had been paying a heavy price for the divergent views of its party leaders.

While the BJP legislator and leader of the party in the state assembly, Mr Krishan Pal Gurjar, has been one of the most vociferous critics of the Chautala Government; Mr Chander Bhatia, MLA from NIT here, is stated to be quite close to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala. Mr Bhatia is seen attending every programme of the Chief Minister here. The opposing stance of the two senior leaders has embarrassed the BJP workers.

The suspension of Mrs Bhatia has raised the hackles of her supporters as she is seen as the future leader of the party in the region. Her supporters have openly criticised the alleged role of a BJP MLA behind her suspension.

In a meeting held here on Sunday, several BJP workers took pot-shots at the party MLA and even demanded disciplinary action against him. The meeting was chaired by Mr Krishan Pal Gurjar and attended by several office-bearers, including the president of the district unit.

Mrs Bhatia had been placed under suspension by the Commissioner, Gurgaon division, recently for her alleged involvement in a criminal case which was booked by the police last year.

She is the third corporator placed under suspension in the past six months. The majority of the MCF members met the Commissioner today and made their protest against the suspension of members booked in several cases.

They said that the suspension was illegal till it was proved in the court and taking such an action against an elected member of the MCF just on the basis of the booking of a case, was unjustified and unwarranted.

Several BJP leaders have alleged that the suspension was a ‘weapon’ being used to harass the members who dare oppose the policies of the leaders of the ruling party.

Mr Shiv Charan Lal Sharma, senior Deputy Mayor and his wife Maya Sharma, who represent ward five and six in MCF, have already challenged their suspension in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.



A dog’s life for beagles in drug company’s 
research lab
Tripti Nath
Tribune News Service

 Withdrawal symptoms in a pup
Withdrawal symptoms in a pup.

New Delhi, June 10
Thirty-six beagles, including 14 pups in the doghouse of the research laboratory of Ranbaxy Pharmaceutical Ltd here in Satbari near Andheria Mor, are leading a dog’s life. Although the scientists at Ranbaxy claim that they are committed to animal welfare, the dogs are subjected to extreme cruelty.

A two-member team of the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Animals (CPCSEA), which recently inspected the doghouse, found that the dogs were moving about on wire mesh. Apart from clear veterinary neglect, the team found that the dogs had a high mortality rate, a history of infectious diseases and inbreeding defects.

CPCSEA Expert Consultant and co-founder of PFA, Chennai,

Shiranee Pereira told the ‘NCR Tribune’ here on Monday that Ranbaxy Pharmaceutical Ltd. did not show them the doghouse for two years. “We got to see it only in April 2002.”

Ms Shiranee said that the dogs tested for toxicity of pesticides had side-effects such as bleeding through eyes and nose.

Citing an example of futility of testing on the animals, Ms Shiranee said that Thalidomide, a drug launched in Germany in the 80s for preventing nausea during pregnancy, was the “biggest tragedy of animal research. Mothers who had taken the drug delivered babies without limbs”.

CPCSEA nominee Sonya Ghosh explained that under Schedule Y of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, Indian scientists were required to try out a newly discovered drug on a rodent (rat) and a non-rodent species as part of regulatory research. “What is actually wrong with the Ranbaxy beagles is that they are inbred and show signs of inbreeding defects as corneal ulcers, dermatitis and scabies.”

Sonya said that they found all kinds of evidence of illegal testing of animals. “It seemed that toxicology tests had already been carried out on them.”

CPCSEA nominee for Ranbaxy Pharmaceutical Ltd, JNU and other research laboratories, Sonya said that the committee was trying to negotiate the release of the beagles. The matter is likely to be taken up in the meeting of the ethics committee of Ranbaxy Pharmaceutical Ltd scheduled on June 19.

If the CPCSEA intervention is successful, every dog in the doghouse might actually have its day. “Ranbaxy Pharmaceutical Ltd. has promised to improve the condition of the doghouse. Previously, the floor was of wire mesh and the dogs had to walk on them. They changed it within two days of my visit. They have joined four kennels as dogs are very gregarious,” said Sonya Ghosh.

The CPCSEA nominee said that the dogs are given either milk or pellet feed. “You cannot feed a dog milk or pellet all his life.”

Dr Venkatesh Uduppa, a senior scientist who represented Ranbaxy Pharmaceutical Ltd. on behalf of Dr Vyas Shingetgeri at the seminar on the “State of Animal Houses” in India here today asserted Ranbaxy’s commitment to animal welfare.

Denying the allegation of random breeding and inbreeding defects, Dr Uduppa said, “We are not breeding our dogs at all. It is only accidental breeding that takes places in the dog-run area.”

He said that the dogs might have developed dermatitis as a result of exposure to wire mesh. Asked if he was in favour of releasing the dogs, Dr Udupa said, “The management has to decide that.”

Interestingly, the photographs of the kennels for housing dogs in pairs in Dr Uduppa’s slide presentation were “underexposed”.



Tops exam, but name missing in revised merit list
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, June 10
Strange, but true. Anil Kumar of Government College, Nahar (Rewari), who had topped the BA (part-1) examination of the Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) on June 1, does not find a mention even among the top 22 students after the revision of the merit list on June 10.

As per the revised merit list, Shailesh Kumar of Government College, Hodal (Faridabad), has secured the first position in the BA (part1) examination of the MDU held in April. The result was declared on June 1.

Interestingly, Anju Bala, who had secured the third position when the result was declared on June 1, also does not figure anywhere in the revised merit list. She is also a student of Government College, Nahar.

According to the Controller of Examinations, Dr K. C. Bhardwaj, the discrepancy is due to mischief played by the computer. The result of the students of Government College, Nahar, was withheld owing to certain procedural snags. But the Examination Branch failed to give a command to the computer to withhold the result of the students of Nahar College.

Explaining the difficulties, Dr Bhardwaj said that the UGC had, for the first time, introduced a new subject — `Functional Hindii’ – only in Nahar College in the last academic session.

The UGC subject carries 200 marks as against 100 marks in the Hindi paper prescribed by the MDU. The result of Anil Kumar and other students of Nahar College was, thus, wrongly tabulated.



Five lose lives in Ganga’s embrace
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 10
Four children and a young girl of Chansi village who had gone for a dip in the Ganga were drowned while in another incident two sisters were also reportedly drowned in a canal near Jhajhar village under the Ahar police station in Bulandshahar. Kavita and Monica, residents of Delhi, Sheetal, Saurav, Arjun, son of Om Prakash, Ritu, daughter of Jagdish Singh, and Rashmi, daughter of Suresh of Chansi village, had all gone to the Ganga Ghat to have a dip in the holy Ganga, which flows just a kilometre away.

While bathing Monica, Saurav, Arjun, Ritu and Rashmi were all caught in a whirlpool and in no time drowned. Police circle officer Mohinder Kumar and SHO Rishi Ram Katharya besides Additional DM Harvir Singh reached the scene of the tragedy.

The search for the drowned kids was launched but only the body of Monica could be recovered. Her body was brought out of the river with the help of divers and villagers. The bodies of the rest of the children could not be located although DM Sudhir Garg and SSP Avinash Chandra were supervising search operations till late in the night.



Rush for DU forms sends traffic for a toss
Tarun Gill

New Delhi, June 10
The rush of applicants thronging the university campus has reduced considerably, with Delhi University selling only around one lakh admission forms on its fourth day compared to more than five lakh forms sold on the first day of the admission process.

“It has been a tradition of Delhi University every year. On the first day, it creates a new record in the number of forms sold, as students want to collect the form at the earliest. But slowly the excitement dies down and the number comes down to as low a thousand forms a day,” says one of the DU official.

For collecting admission forms, students prefer the Dean’s Student Welfare (DSW) Office because it is not only centrally located but also is close to some of the best colleges of Delhi like St Stephens College, Hindu College and Sri Ram College Of Commerce.

“I prefer to come to the DSW Office, because it is not only very close to all the colleges but also has a college feel to it,” says one of the prospective students.

Despite special arrangements being made for physically challenged candidates such as the appointment of a counsellor to help these applicants fill up admission forms, there were not many students availing of the facility these days. Only 57 candidates have come to collect the forms till date.

“Most of the physically challenged students don’t know about the facility, but more and more students are coming everyday,” said one of the DU official.

Though the total number of students coming to collect the forms is coming down, the number of SC/ST candidates seems to be on the rise. “The SC/ST students prefer to apply a little late, as they want to avoid the jostling crowd in the initial days. That is why the number of SC/ST admission forms sold has gone up to more than 1,000 compared to hardly 200 on the first day,” said the DU official.

In addition, the flood of prospective students has turned towards South Campus with the Dean’s office selling more than 80 thousand forms.

Another noted feature this time is the interest shown by students for colleges on the South Campus. “The mindset is changing. It was once thought that colleges on the North Campus are the best. Now, colleges on the South Campus are also attracting students with Sri Venkateshwera College topping the list. Though the exact figures are not available, South Campus sold almost one lakh forms, which is quite huge,” says the principal of one of the colleges on the South Campus.

“More and more people are crowding the South Campus because it is very near to their houses. Students who reside in South Delhi won’t prefer to go to North Campus as it is too far. It takes almost an hour to reach North Campus,” says Karan, one of the prospective students.

Though there are not many information centres to help students because the area is quite congested, it has not restricted students from crowding the South Campus. Shradhanand College, due to its seclusion from the campus, sold hardly 1,000 forms, the lowest in the list of 16 admission centres.



HVP attacks demolitions on Delhi-Haryana border
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 10
Mr Jagbir Singh Malik, a former Haryana minister, and several other leaders of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) today strongly deplored the action of the district authorities in demolishing at least 70 shops belonging to the HVP leader, Mr Rajiv Jain, and his three other associates along the Delhi-Haryana border, near Kundli village, and charged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, with adopting undemocratic means to crush the voice of his political opponents.

In a joint press statement issued here, they maintained that the shops were legally built on the land owned by Mr Jain and his associates. They refuted the claim of the authorities that it was public land and the shops had been constructed illegally.

The HVP leaders also lashed out at the Chief Minister who, they alleged, had become a dictator. They listed the names of the Opposition leaders who had been the victims of Mr Chautala’s wrath and alleged that the state government had registered false criminal cases against Mr Jain and others in a bid to take revenge.

They also said that when the case was pending in the Supreme Court there was no justification in demolishing the shops. They appealed to the party workers to remain united and continue to fight against the misrule of the Chautala government. They warned that the voice of the people and political opponents could not be crushed through autocratic rule.

The HVP leaders also opposed the hike in power tariff, petroleum products and taxes on halwais and other shopkeepers and announced that the party would not rest till Mr Chautala was dislodged from power. They expressed their concern over the continuing agitation of the farmers and held Mr Chautala responsible for it. They asked Mr Chautala not to make it a prestige issue and immediately start negotiations with the farmers to sort their problems.

The present situation, they said, was the creation of Mr Chautala.



Running after a pipe dream, reduced to penury
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 10
Sonepat has turned into a gambling and betting hub, resulting in thousands of persons, mostly from the lower classes, becoming paupers. A win on a lottery, whether being run by the government or private parties, is a pipe dream.

Men, women and even schoolgoing kids buy lottery tickets and scan newspapers and drawsheets, dished out every day, to find their fate. Several shops have mushroomed in different parts of various towns in this district to sell dreams that inevitably go sour.

It is big business for the government, the private lottery sellers and their agents but a loss for buyers who are largely labourers, small businessmen and professionals and sections of the middle class. Boys and elders can be seen selling tickets at bus stands, railway roads and markets.

Several organisations want the Centre to enact a law to stop the growth of lotteries and check gambling in the garb of lotteries. The lottery business is becoming brisker day by day. This may augur well for those in the trade but has threatened to become a menace and cast an evil spell on greenhorns keen on making a quick buck. Persons who buy lottery tickets gradually become die-hard gambling addicts and consequently ruin themselves. They generally comprise poor rickshaw-pullers, labourers and schoolchildren. The most popular lottery is the single digit which has a draw daily. It is pertinent to mention here that no ticket is sold at these stalls, only the numbers are booked.

Lottery tickets are displayed just to attract customers. According to sources, certain lotteries, which are not authorised as the parties running them are not paying tax to the state government, are also being sold. The areas in Sonepat city where the lottery trade is flourishing are Gita Bhawan Chowk, Tarana Road, Railway Road, Subzimandi, main markets of Sectors 14 and 15.

Residents allege that the lottery business has been flourishing with the connivance of the police. Police officials are said to be collecting money from stallholders daily and those who decline to give money are roughed up and challaned.

The police authorities always remain silent spectators When they receive public complaints in this regard. A high-level inquiry, if instituted, may expose the racket and misdeeds of the police officials.



Rs 1.83 cr NDMC plan to improve services 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 10
The New Delhi Municipal Council has sanctioned Rs 1.83 crore to augment its services. A decision to this effect was taken at its monthly meeting today. The services include application of trenchless technology in road making, augmentation of LT distribution at Sarojini Nagar, replacement of old sewer lines and augmentation of the sewer system, conversion of ACC sheet roofs of shops of Suvidha Markets of the NDMC into RCC roofs and also permitting verandahs of the shops in Sarojini Nagar Market as part of the shops besides revising the parking rates of the underground car parking.

Giving details of the services, Mr Ram Bhaj, area MLA and Vice-Chairperson of the NDMC, said that to ensure the longevity and keeping in view the traffic flow on the roads, the civic body had decided to apply trenchless technology at the time of strengthening and resurfacing of roads. A sum of Rs 34.52 lakh had been sanctioned for the same at today’s meeting.

The existing rates for parking in Underground Palika Parking, Connaught Place had been revised and brought on par with the surface parking rates. The rates are Rs 10 and Rs 5 for car and scooter, respectively, from 8.00 am to 10.00

pm and the monthly rates had been revised as Rs 400 and Rs 175 for car and scooter, respectively. The unregistered vehicles would have to pay Rs 1,000 per month per vehicle as parking charges. Owners failing to collect their vehicles beyond the specified timings would have to pay Rs 2.50 for each hour of parking as penalty. Earlier, the rates for car and scooter were Rs 5 and Rs 3; Rs 7 and Rs; and Rs 10 and Rs 6 for a duration of two hours, five hours and 10 hours respectively and monthly rates were the same as proposed now.

He said that the civic body had also sanctioned Rs 11.43 lakh for constructing a boundary wall and improving the area around HC and FC type police quarters at Tilak Lane.

The verandahs in front of the shops in Sarojini Nagar Market had also been declared as part of the shops at today’s meeting. The sewerage at 3rd and 6th cross roads in Sarojini Nagar would be augmented by making house line connections to the newly laid main branch sewer line. A sum of Rs 13.91 lakh had been earmarked for the same and also the old sewer line at Dr Rajender Prasad Road will be replaced by a new one at a cost of Rs 17.43 lakh.

A decision was also taken to convert ACC sheet roofs of shops in Suvidha Markets of the NDMC into RCC roofs. To meet the additional demand of K-Block, Sarojini Nagar and also to ensure continuity, reliability and flexibility of electricity supply, a sum of Rs 20.97 lakh would be spent to provide five feeders of 400 sq mm in the existing pillars to augment LT distribution. The Malcha Marg Market would be redeveloped by providing grass paver, putting vitreous tiles around market and giving special attention to the greenery of the area.



He strives to make the CBSE a 
student-friendly organisation
Smriti Kak

As the Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education, Mr Ashok Ganguly, has adroitly laid out his blueprint for ensuring the success of the organisation that holds a key position in the top echelons of education in our country.

From introducing new ideas to giving shape to what will eventually translate into meaningful education, Mr Ganguly strives to make the CBSE a student-friendly organisation.

As Deputy Secretary and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Uttar Pradesh, he handled policy matters related to the secondary education, distance education, computer literacy and management of vocational education.

As a part of the Non-Formal Education Policy Implementation Programme, he pooled in his resources and expertise to ensure the successful implementation of ‘Education for all’ programme for the primary education sector.

Now as the Chairman of the CBSE, he is striving to reduce the stress and strain among the students and is hammering the need to do away with the race for numbers. Keeping this in mind, a grading module is being mooted by the CBSE.

With a vision to focus on the three Cs—competence, confidence and commitment, steps have been taken to make the curriculum relevant and communicative in approach.

Mr Ganguly also has to his credit the introduction of the All India Entrance Examinations for engineering, pharmacy and architecture.

In a face to face with the Chairman of the CBSE, we find out more about his vision for secondary education in the country.

Brief us about the structure and the function of the CBSE.

The CBSE was established in 1929 with a view to conduct examinations at the class X and XII level. It was also meant to prescribe and update the course for instruction. The board is focussed about providing quality education and innovative means of imparting education.

We at the CBSE are also updating pedagogical skills of teachers by conducting in-service training programmes, workshops and also empowering the head of institutions. Right now, more than 6,100 schools are affiliated to the CBSE across the country, while as many as 18 schools outside India are affiliated to the CBSE.

How soon are you going to implement the grading system that has been evolved by the CBSE?

As we are aware, the National Policy of Education and its subsequent Programme of Action, 1992, contains a directive for introduction of grading in our examination system.

The CBSE is seriously considering the implementation of the grading system for the last two years and different models were proposed during this period.

As the grading system in evaluation is going to drastically change our examination system in schools, naturally, it has to be implemented slowly so that various stake-holders are taken into confidence.

During this period, different models prepared by the CBSE have been disseminated to the schools affiliated to the CBSE. The latest model of the board is based on absolute marks, through direct conversion of marks into grades. In all probability, we are going to implement this system up to the class IX level from the current academic session, so that it is implemented for class X students of the 2004 batch.

Are you satisfied with the results this year? Do you think making modifications like appointing a head examiner and segregating copies of the mentally challenged children have made any difference?

One cannot be satisfied with the results when we have miles to go. The only positive aspect is that there were no hassles at the nodal centres during the evaluation process.

As far the pass percentage is concerned, there is a definite improvement in the results of the government schools. If this trend continues and much more focused attention is paid to the classroom transactions, we can also provide quality education to the poor and the disadvantaged sections of our society.

As for segregating the answer scripts of the mentally challenged, the decision was taken to provide them with other benefits. Their answer scripts were checked at a separate nodal centre and the pass percentage of these children has risen from 50.7 per cent to 74.4 per cent.

Is there any change in the pattern for verification of marks this year? Is there any plan to hand over the answer scripts to the students so that they can see their mistakes for themselves?

In the verification process, the marks are tallied and if there are any answers left unmarked, it is also rectified. It is also seen in the verification process that all the answer scripts used by the students are intact and evaluated by the examiner.

The CBSE evaluates all the answer sheets objectively and takes all precautions regarding the examiner variability and other factors. There is an additional head examiner to recheck the answer scripts already evaluated by the examiners in a random manner.

At the moment, there is no plan to hand over the answer sheets to the students because of several administrative complications. It is going to help neither the students nor the CBSE.

What does the CBSE have in the pipeline for students and schools this year?

The CBSE has implemented certain innovative practices in the teaching–learning approach. The Front Line Curriculum Approach at the 10+ 2 level has been implemented in economics, business studies, physics and biology. The new textual matter of physics is ready and the students of the 2003 batch will study it for the first time.

The CBSE has already implemented the communicative approach in English and Sanskrit in class IX and X and a similar approach in the French language will be introduced in the current academic session. The board is making preparation for implementation of communicative approach in Hindi. It is also looking for functional or business approach in teaching of languages at + 2 level.

Biotechnology as an elective subject at +2 level is also being introduced from the current session. Entrepreneurship as an elective subject has already been implemented. The board has also prepared the textual material for class XI and XII.

As new curriculum and textbooks have been implemented in most of the subjects of class IX and XI, a massive teacher’s training programme in different subjects is being undertaken by the board across the country and outside.

The empowerment of the heads of institutions is also an important issue. Besides empowering principals, the board is contemplating a two-day reorientation programme for the heads of the newly affiliated institutions at various places across the country.

Are you satisfied with the present education scenario in the country? What are your recommendations?

The present scenario of education revolves around the examination system and so the focus is on rote learning instead of laying stress on creativity and critical thinking. Our evaluation system is also taking care of only cognitive
domain, thus ignoring the two other important domains of human personality–psycho motor and affective.

We are seized with these issues and have already made a modest beginning by introducing Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in class X examinations from the year 2000.

The CCE needs to be further strengthened and expanded in the sense that it is to be implemented across the entire spectrum of school education. We must also give a second look to our 10 years’ compulsory core curriculum approach.

With globalisation as a reality and the increasing stress and strain amongst the students, there is a need to introduce certain skill-based courses including Fine Arts at the class IX and X level. We need to evolve a system wherein the natural talents of children are brought out instead of asking every one of them to pass in mathematics and science up to the class X level.

Moreover, there is a need to introduce certain life skills like self-awareness, creative thinking, decision-making, critical thinking and empathy.



Bar Association polls: Canvassing reaches 
feverish pitch
Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 10
With only 48 hours left for the polling to start here for the elections to various posts of the Rewari District Bar Association, canvassing by the candidates and their supporters has reached a feverish pitch.

Seemingly, the elections are nothing short of a prestigious assembly election.

Four candidates - Mr Satish Yadav, Mr Shri Bhagwan, Mr Sat Narain Vashishtha and Mr Yogendra Yadav - are in the fray for the presidential post. Mr Satish Yadav, who is the sitting president of the Bar, is seeking re-election.

Similarly, with Mr Sachin Malik, Rao Tara Chand, Mr Suresh Chand Sharma and Mr Yogendra Chauhan in the electoral arena, the contest for the vice-president’s post is also going to be a four-cornered one.

There is three-cornered fight for the secretarial post, which is being contested by Mr Vir Sen Arya, Mr Gopal Singh and Mr Jagdish Chand. In contrast to the above three posts, there will be a direct fight between Mr Dinesh Rao and Mr Shiv Kumar Sharma for the joint secretary’s post. Similarly, the treasurer’s post will also witness a direct contest between Mr Moti Lal Nainwat and Mr Ram Vir Bhardwaj.

As many as 434 members of the Bar Association are expected to exercise their franchise in the above polls, which will be held here on June 12. Mr Hawa Singh will be the Returning Officer while Mr Sheo Singh will act as Assistant Returning Officer.



Tributes paid to Rao Abhay Singh
Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 10
Glowing tributes were paid to Rao Abhay Singh, the grand old man of Rewari politics, at a shradhanjali samaroh organised to mourn his death here yesterday. He died here on May 27.

The deceased was also the father of Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, Deputy Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party.

Prominent among those who spoke in appreciation of Rao Abhay Singh’s utter simplicity and mild-mannered attitude in life as well as in politics include Mr Bhajan Lal, former Chief Minister and leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, President of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Anil Shastri, Secretary of the All-India Congress Committee, Dr M. L. Ranga, Haryana Health Minister, Mrs Rama Pilot, MP, several legislators, former ministers and other senior politicians of Haryana.

The Congress President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, conveyed her condolences through a written message. Besides, condolence messages were also received from over three dozen voluntary, trade and other organisations of Rewari region.



30 hurt as bus overturns on Badli Road
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, June 10
Over 30 people were injured, two of them seriously, when a private transport bus overturned on Badli Road, 2 km away from here, today. According to information, the ill-fated bus, carrying around 80 passengers was coming from Dhansa Border to Jhajjar, overturned when a tractor hit its side while overtaking it. Two of the passengers were rushed to PGIMS in serious condition while 28 others were admitted to local civil hospitals.

Man shot dead

One person was shot dead and his brother sustained serious bullet injuries when they were attacked by some members of their own family at Rathdhanna village, about 5 km from here, on Sunday evening. According to a report, the deceased was identified as Mr Raj Singh (50) and the injured as Mr Ram Kumar (38). The incident followed a dispute over the possession of a plot. The alleged assailants, however, managed to escape. The police have registered A case against them and launched a hunt to apprehend them. The injured Ram Kumar was immediately hospitalised and he is stated to be out of danger.

Girls killed

Two girls were killed on the spot and three other persons were injured, two of them seriously, when a canter In which they were travelling overturned on the G. T. Road near Garh village, about 15 km from here, today.

According to a report, the deceased were identified as Priyanka (8) and Lalita (14), and the injured as Manoj (20), Parvesh (17) and Rajinder (28). All of them belonged to Khewra village and they were going to the Yamuna for taking a holy dip on the occasion of Somavati Amavasya. Two of the seriously injured persons, Manoj and Parvesh, were referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak for further treatment. The police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress.

Corporator takes oath

Mr L. S. M Salins, Commissioner, Gurgaon division, today administered the oath of office to the newly elected corporator from ward No. 18, Rao Mahender Singh, at a function held at the Municipal Corporation auditorium here.

Rao Mahender Singh was elected from the ward in a recent by-election. There are a total of 25 elected members in the MCF, but three of them have been placed under suspension. Mr Salins also addressed a meeting of the district and MCF officials.

50 kg beef seized

The police have seized 50 kg of beef from a person in the Hathin sub-division. The meat was kept in his house when the raid was conducted. A case under the Cow Slaughter Act has been booked. About 100 kg of beef had been seized by the police a few days ago when it was being taken for supply in Delhi. In another case, the two youths have been arrested from different places on charges of eve-teasing in the district.

Operation check

Stolen property worth Rs 9.36 lakh had been recovered, 1,320 vehicles had been impounded during ‘Operation Check’ so far, the SP, Mr C. S. Rao, told ‘NCR Tribune’ today. Mr Rao claimed that in Mahendragarh district, `Operation Check’ had proved a success. A total of 139 culprits were arrested in different cases. He said use of ganja was prevalent in the area. The police had seized 600 gm of ganja from one person recently. As many as 37 cases had been booked under the Excise Act during the campaign, he said. As many as 187 bottles of IMFL and 1,151 bottles of country-made liquor had been seized. In addition, 156 bottles of beer had been recovered during the period. The police had also seized a Marshal Jeep, one pistol and cartridges.

DUTA meet

The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) met today to discuss the two committees namely committee on academic reforms and accountability and committee on adhoc appointments of teachers constituted recently, cannot function effectively if it does not bring into its ambit all sections of the University community. 



Livid villagers block traffic
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, June 10
The residents of Fortpura and Tamas Pura villages of the district blocked the Jhajjar-Dadri Road today in protest against the non-supply of power in their villages for the last three days. The villagers, above 50 in number, gathered near Jahajgarh power sub-station around 9 am and blocked the traffic.

They complained that the electricity supply had been disconnected in the village due to some fault in the main power line.

The villagers alleged that despite the repeated complaints to the power officials, the damaged wires were not replaced. As a result, their life had been disrupted since the non-supply of electricity also affected the water supply. When the villagers reached the sub-station and started blocking the traffic, the employees made themselves scarce after locking up the office.

Later, an SDO of the department reached the spot to pacify the villagers. 



Sarpanch, aides shoot down youth near district jail
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 10
A youth of Karor village was shot dead by three assailants, including the sarpanch of the same village, near the district jail here at around 6.30 this evening. The deceased has been identified as Ram Niwas who had come to see somebody in the jail along with his two aides.

According to eyewitnesses, Ram Niwas was about to sit on a motorcycle behind his two friends when three assailants sprayed bullets on him from behind. As he fell from the vehicle, the assailants also fired on his aides who sustained bullet injuries in hips and hands but managed to escape. The assailants then opened fire from point blank range on Ram Niwas lying on the ground. Ram Niwas received eight bullets in his back and head and died on the spot while his friend, Kanwarpal, was admitted to the PGIMS.

According to police sources, the assailants have been identified as Sri Bhagwan, sarpanch of Karor village, and Dilbag and Anand of Mandhauti village. The deceased had a criminal background. Old enmity is said to be the cause of the crime. No arrest has been made in this connection so far.

Teleserial: People in Haryana will once again get to watch ‘Haryana Darpan’, a teleserial based on the multifarious activities that took place in the state. The director and producer of the programme, Mr Anand Hooda, said here today that the serial used to be transmitted through the news satellite channel, Jain TV, had to be temporarily discontinued. It would be telecast from July 7 onwards at 6.30 pm on the channel on every Sunday.

Mr Hooda said ‘Haryana Darpan ‘, as the name signified, vividly reflected the current scenario prevailing in the state. It was the first video newsmagazine based on different happenings in the state, he added. He further stated that the weekly programme of a duration of 30 minutes would embrace various segments, i.e. an analytical review of incidents and activities happened during the preceding week and face-to-face exposure of people’s representatives. Besides, he said the budding personalities would be encouraged by presenting them in ‘Ubharte Sitare’ and satirical depiction of the utterances of leaders and bureaucrats and their style of functioning would also be portrayed in accordance with the sentiments of the public.

Dharna staged: Activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha, CPM, All India Krishak Khet Mazdoor Sangathan and Socialist Unity Centre of India SUCI) jointly staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner this afternoon in protest against the recent hike in the prices of petrol and diesel and ‘suppressive tactics’ adopted by the state government against the agitating farmers in the region.

Addressing the protestors, various leaders described the hike in the petroleum product prices as unjustified and demanded its withdrawal. They also sought the withdrawal of cases registered against the agitating farmers and adequate compensation to the kin of those killed and injured in police firing.



Engineer shot at, robbed
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, June 10
Two scooter-borne criminals today shot at a Power Corporation Engineer, Mr Ved Prakash Sharma, near Sihani Gate police station and snatched a bag containing Rs 1.70 lakh in broad daylight.

The daring crime has created panic in the city. The injured engineer was rushed to Santosh Medical Hospital with head injury. Mr Ved Prakash Sharma, a Junior Engineer in UP Power Corporation, lives in house No 34 of Raj Nagar, Sector 10. He is posted at the power sub-station in the Bulandshahr industrial area. He was on his way to deposit the cash in Canara Bank in Maliwara.

According to the SP City, Mr Srivastava, the criminals accosted Mr Sharma at Sihani Gate flyover. When he resisted their efforts to snatch the moneybag, they shot at and injured him in the head. But he was saved because he was wearing a helmet, the SP City said.

Mr Sharma himself reached the police post at main bus stand and informed the police of the loot.

As the bullet had pierced through Sharma’s helmet into his head, he had lost considerable blood. He was rushed to Santosh Hospital by the police. The police have not been able to identify the criminals. Mr Sharma’s condition is stated to be serious.



Co manager robbed of Rs 1.20 lakh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 10
Three unidentified motorcycles borne youths robbed Rs 1.20 lakh from an official of Kashish Enterprises, a readymade garment manufacturing unit, near Kalkaji temple this afternoon.

The incident occurred when Vijay Singh (48), who worked as a manager in the garment unit, was coming from Nehru Place after withdrawing Rs 1.22 lakh from the State Bank of Mysore on his scooter to disburse the salary of the employees. He was along with his friend, Dinesh.

The victim had kept Rs 2,000 in his pocket and the rest of the amount in a bag. When he reached near the T-point of Kalkaji temple, the robbers who were on a motorcycle intercepted his vehicle. They were stoutly built. The robbers snatched the bag in which he was carrying the money at gunpoint.

The Kalkaji police have registered a case of robbery and investigating the case from different angles.

50 jhuggis gutted: At least 50 jhuggis were gutted in a fire that broke out in a slum cluster in the Geeta Colony area in East district on Sunday evening. No loss of life was reported. Thirteen fire fighters were rushed to douse the fire who took half-an-hour to control it. The cause of the fire is yet not clear, Delhi Fire Service spokesman said.

Double murder: With the arrest of Mehtab (30) and his brother, Naushad (27), residents of Baghpat in UP, the Delhi Police today claimed to have worked out a murder case of two truck drivers, who were reportedly abducted and then killed. The truck drivers were missing from March 15 this year. Initially, the police suspected that the drivers were playing trick to avoid paying instalments of the truck. However, during investigation, the police found that there was more to it. The police arrested the suspects who had confessed to have killed the drivers, the police said.

Man murdered: Deepak (60), a businessman and resident of Sant Nagar, was found murdered in Timarpur area here this afternoon. His body, which was completely naked, was found in fields at Sant Nagar and his neck was tied with a cycle chain. There was a number of injury marks in the upper part of the body. A case of murder had been registered, the police said.

Robbers arrested: The Special Cell of the Delhi Police arrested six robbers, Pankaj Luthra alias Monty, Rajiv Luthra alias Raju, Rajinder Kumar, Ajit Singh alias Jeeta, Siya Ram Sharma alias Sumit and Veer Singh. During search, the police seized two country-made pistols, seven live cartridges and three spring-actuated knives. During interrogation, they confessed to have committed robberies recently in Bawana and Saraswati Vihar, the police said.



Truckload of rice looted

Sonepat, June 10
Five unidentified armed miscreants wearing `pugris’ on their heads are reported to have looted a truckload of rice on the Sonepat-Rohtak road near Rohtak village, about 5 km from here, on Sunday.

According to a report, the miscreants also beat up three foreign students who had taken a lift in the truck for going to Rohtak before they were forced to take some poisonous stance. When the students come to consciousness, they were pushed out of the truck in the nearby field. The miscreants have also taken away Rs 34,000 in cash from the occupants of the truck. The truck was on its way from Kurukshetra to Gujarat, via Panipat and Rohtak. The Panipat-Rohtak road was blocked by the agitating farmers and the driver diverted his truck via Sonepat for Rohtak. The students belonged to Kenya and are studying in Guru Nanak College Yamunanagar. They got a lift at Murthal Chowk for going to Rohtak. The police have registered a case and launched a hunt to apprehend the culprits. According to a report, three of the five miscreants were armed with pistols and another two with knive.



Bill-duplicating machine at BSNL in coma
Bijendra Ahlawat

Faridabad, June 10
A new fully automatic bill-duplicating machine installed by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) at the Central Telegraph Office (CTO) in Nehru Ground here about six months ago has been lying idle as it has stopped functioning. The machine cost the department about Rs 3.5 lakh and was installed to print duplicate telephone bills of the consumers.

The machine, which was installed in front of the CTO, soon went of order due to a technical fault. It is learnt that it produced only 250 bills before it stopped functioning. Although it was sent for repairs, the machine could not be put in working order. While the actual cost of the machine is reported to be Rs 2.75 lakh the department had to set up a UPS costing Rs 70,000. Another such machine was installed at the main office of the BSNL in Sector 16 here.

As the machine has been lying in the open and collecting dust, a special chamber got manufactured by the department for putting the machine has also been lying unused just outside the CTO.

Another problem causing inconvenience to the consumers here is the fax machine, which is about 10 years’ old. The machine either remains on the blink or fails to provide transmission report of the fax messages sent by it.

More than 200 fax pages are sent daily from this machine by mediapersons and other local residents. Although the BSNL authorities have been requested on many occasions to replace it with a new automatic fax machine, the decision to do the needful has been pending for over a year. The local residents have also demanded lowering of fax rates in view of slashing of STD and ISD charges by the BSNL earlier this year.



High-tech hotel coming up in Gurgaon

Gurgaon, June 10
Carlson Hotels Worldwide has entered into an agreement with a construction company, Bestech India Pvt Ltd, to build its first Park Plaza Hotel in Gurgaon, the first of its kind in the National Capital Region (NCR).

After signing the agreement, the senior vice-president of Carlson Hospitality India, Mr K. B. Kachru, informed mediapersons that the hotel, which is expected to be functional by early 2004, would have 50 well-equipped luxurious rooms. OC


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