Saturday, June 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Pvt agency to recruit constables for Delhi
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 14
The Delhi Police have hired a private New Delhi-based agency for recruiting over 2000 constables. The task was earlier assigned to senior officers posted with the Armed Police battalions.

The agency, Centre For Police Research, has apparently been given the charter with strict instructions that the candidates should conform to the minimum physical and educational qualifications laid down by the force.

According to senior Delhi Police officers, the decision to hire a private agency was taken following reports that most of the qualified officers were either too busy or engaged in sensitive security duties and were unable to take on the responsibility of recruitment.

Sources, however, maintain that the decision was the result of lengthy deliberations among the top brass over the allegations of corrupt practices in recruitments. The recruitment of constables over the years has been mired in controversy owing to charges of heavy bribing in the selection of candidates for the post of constables.

In some cases, the charges emanated from those who claimed to have paid heavy amounts to the selectors. At least half a dozen vigilance inquiries were ordered into what came to be known as recruitment rackets.

Mr. Sewa Dass, Joint Commissioner, Establishment, Delhi Police, when contacted by the NCR Tribune, admitted that the private firm had been hired to carry out the recruitments. He said that there was nothing wrong in this and several other police forces had also utilised corporate expertise in recruitment. He, however, was reluctant to divulge how much the Delhi Police was paying the company for the purpose.

Meanwhile, sources said that more than one lakh forms at Rs. 50 each had been sold for the 2000-odd vacancies of constables. Mr. Dass said that the entire amount collected from the sale of forms would be handed over to the Delhi Police, which in turn will pay a lumpsum to the private firm for carrying out the recruitment.

Some senior police officers, however, have questioned the decision of using a private agency, since they claim that it may not be possible for them to adhere to the strict government guidelines for recruitment of policemen who subsequently would be posted in sensitive areas on security duties.

The agency, on its part, has hired the services of several retired Delhi Police officers, including some very senior ones, to lead the recruitment team. “Since they have served the police force for many years, they are all familiar with the guidelines”, a senior officer said.



Tough going in 12 wards
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 14
In a crucial meeting presided over by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the SAD (Badal) today discussed the strengths and weakness of the candidates in each of the 46 wards and has formed a five-member committee to come out with a strategy to tilt the scales in these wards, party sources told the NCR Tribune.

Over a dozen wards were today identified by the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) where the party would find the going tough.

Some of the `weak’ seats include Safdarjung Enclave, Janakpuri, Vasant Vihar, Kalkaji, Rajinder Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Gandhi Nagar, Vivek Vihar, Khureji Khas, Model Town, Pitampura and Tibia College.

All the nine members of the election committee attended the meet. However, the meeting was disrupted for sometime by Mr Atma Singh Lubana, the SAD (Badal) candidate from Sahib Pura, who has been expelled from the party.

Mr Lubana protested against his expulsion, stating that he has been victim of a conspiracy.

Sources said heated words were exchanged between senior SAD leaders and Mr Lubana, who had come with a large number of his supporters.

The party has decided to support Mr Satpal Singh, an Independent candidate from the seat, sources added. The former Punjab Chief Minister also met senior BJP leaders from the Capital, who assured them that the party cadre will extend support to the SAD candidates in their respective wards.

However, the rival Akali faction, Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi, has described the move of the Badal faction to seek support from the BJP as an open invitation to political parties to interfere in the affairs of the gurdwaras.

Party president, Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, said, “The political parties should not have any role in the religious affairs of the community. The invitation extended to the BJP, by seeking their support, would harm the interest of the community in the long run.”

On the allegation levelled by the Union Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, that SAD Delhi was seeking the support of the Congress, Mr Sarna termed the allegation as “baseless” and “mischievous.”

“I challenge him to prove his claims within two days. If he does not do so, he should step down from the post. If the Union Minister can prove his claims, then I would withdraw from the contest,” Mr Sarna said, adding, “if the claims are not withdrawn within the next 48 hours, I would file a defamation suit against him.”

Veteran political analyst Jaswant Singh Phull today cautioned non-Akali parties against interference in Sikh religious affairs, saying such a move would cause ‘’incalculable’’ damage to their political standing.

‘’Any explicit or implicit support from a national party in Sikh religious affairs will never be tolerated by the community,’’ Prof Phull, a former chief political adviser to the late Akali leader Master Tara Singh, told a news conference here.

The Akalis and the BJP shared a political alliance and it should not be extended to gurdwara elections, according to Prof Phull, who was instrumental in the enactment of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act of 1971.



Next on Delhi govt’s chopping block: Sale of liquor
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, 14
After exiting from the distribution of electricity, and readying to divest its stake in certain civic utilities like the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), next on the Government of NCT of Delhi’s chopping block is sale of liquor. The Cabinet met on Friday evening to discuss the draft excise policy that is to come into force next month.

Though the deliberations remained inconclusive (“The Cabinet will meet again,” Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit told media persons) indications are the Government of NCT of Delhi is agreed on inviting private players to distribute liquor and also open vends. That, sources say, could effectively sound the death knell for the legislators’ “veto” of stalling the opening of liquor vend in their respective constituencies by choosing not to issue a No Objection Certificate (NOC.)

Explaining the government’s position on this, and other contentious issues, sources said agencies like the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC) and the Delhi State Industries Development Corporation (DSIDC) could redirect their resources to their respective areas of operation if distribution of liquor were to be handed over to private players.

“If the government can privatise distribution of electricity why not liquor ?” an official retorted in response to queries. “DTTDC can do a better job promoting tourism if it were to exit from the distribution of liquor. Same goes for DSIDC,” he said. The discussions by the Cabinet remained inconclusive, said another official, also on account of certain queries on whom to hand over the distribution network to what with manufacturers, multi-national corporations and others in the fray.

Sources said the Department of Excise is losing crores of Rupees worth of revenue every year because of the Government of NCT of Delhi’s reluctance to do away with the legislators’ “veto” of preventing a licensed liquor vend to open in their respective constituencies by not issuing NOC. Consequently, monies that could otherwise go into the State coffers are being pilfered by the “liquor mafia” operating allegedly in collusion with, and patronage of, law makers and law enforcers alike.

While some favour a “non-confrontationist” approach to the issue of scrapping the “veto,” a section of the Congress legislators are seeking the abolition of the provision. In support of their contention, they cite the practice in other states. Bangalore, they say, has 520 country liquor vends and 856 Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) vends and Mumbai 325 country liquor vends and 601 IMFL vends. “In Delhi,” they say, “there are not even six country liquor vends in the six districts of South, South West, North West, West, Central and New Delhi !”

Sources say the revenue accruing from sale of country liquor is estimated at Rs 113 crore and Rs 487 crore from Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL.) The ratio, they say, is 1:4 when it should be a healthy 1:1. The Government of NCT of Delhi’s ambivalent stand thus far has proved to be a boon for bootleggers and others engaged in the trade of illicit liquor. Prompted by the spate of hooch-related deaths, a non-government organisation had even moved the courts.



SURGE goes to court for faster development
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 14
Upset with the ‘slow pace’ of development in Gurgaon and the ‘apathy’ of the officialdom, the Society for Urban Regeneration of Gurgaon and its Environs (SURGE), an NGO, has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court to set things right. The organisation was floated more than a year ago under the chairmanship of the country’s former foreign Secretary, Mr J.N. Dixit. The organisation’s expression of no-confidence against the government on the issue of development works in the city and lack of transparency in the utilisation of the External Development Charge (EDC) has caused embarrassment to the government.

The fact that it has moved the High Court is also likely to put the concerned quarters on the tenterhooks. The motive behind floating SURGE was to foster ‘sustainable development’ and ‘community living’ in Gurgaon and its environs.

SURGE, in trying to hold the government to account, has linked the collection of huge funds by the government in Gurgaon Urban Estate under the head of EDC and their utilisation for the specified purpose. Gurgaon Urban Estate is considered an example of self-financing of urban infrastructure. Here is a pioneering model of citizen involvement in urban development, in which the external infrastructure is to be funded and paid for by the property owners.

In keeping with this, the governmental agencies like the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation charge EDC. The private colonisers like the DLF, Ansals and Unitech are also authorized to collect the EDC from the ultimate property owners. The EDC is supposed to form a corpus to fund coordinated infrastructure development in the city. SURGE feels that under the EDC head, a sum of about Rs 600-1200 crore is estimated to have been collected. According to it as there are no accounts available, there was no confirmation from the government on this figure. Infrastructure development to be financed through these charges include water supply, sewerage, storm water drainage roads, street lighting, community buildings, hortilculture, public health maintenance, road maintenance and street lighting maintenance.

SURGE expressed the view that the infrastructure development had not been keeping pace with the increasing needs of Gurgaon. Moreover, there had been no transparency in the utilisation of these funds. According to it, it repeatedly took up the development related issue with the functionaries in several related agencies of the government. Receiving no satisfactory response and no estimate of the funds collected or used, it moved the court for help in this matter.

It is also of the view that the existing business establishments in Gurgaon are contemplating relocation due to inadequate infrastructure development.



Airtel’s entry has rivals’ phones tinkling
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, June 14
Come June 15 and the mobile phone scene in Haryana will not be the same. With the private sector telecom giant—Airtel—launching the mobile service in Haryana tomorrow, a mobile war is in the offing and the customer is set to be king even as the alarm bells ring for the other competitors.

In fact, the cut-throat competition is likely to see a further decline in the tariff rate for the mobile users. Currently, two cellular companies, Escotel and Essar are operating in the state. While these two companies are having a tough competition for providing mobile services for the home state (Haryana), the Escotel is virtually ruling the roost as far as roaming facilities are concerned.

All that may be a thing of the past. It is clear that Airtel which took Delhi, Punjab and Chandigarh by storm earlier this year, means business and wants to take the fight into the competitors’ area. The company has carried out aggressive advertisement campaigns and door-to-door surveys.

If its success in the other states is any indication, it is going to give a tough competition to other competitors, particularly Escotel. However, Escotel with a base of over 84,000 customers in Haryana is not likely to take the things lying down and was already contemplating further concessions to its users.

And for that Airtel has kept its tariff comparable to the other competitors while keeping the monthly rentals lower to attract customers to its fold at least in the beginning. And it is also keeping the option of lowering the roaming charges open which in turn could set the stage for the price war among the mobile operators. This would ultimately benefit the mobile users which would now have a wider choice, industry sources told the ‘NCR Tribune’ here today.

With competition and better services the buzz word, each company is bracing itself for the days to come to attract the ever-expanding mobile phone network of mobile users. It is learnt that Airtel, like its counterpart in Punjab and Chandigarh, is providing regional roaming facility covering Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Western UP, Chandigarh and the Himachal Pradesh. This would prove to be a boon for the mobile users operating in North India.

It may be recalled that the public sector telecom giant—the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited—had already announced that its mobile service in Haryana was likely to start by August 15. In fact, work on its mobile switch and the installation of the other infrastructure was going on in full swing. Given its huge infrastructure and reach, the BSNL, often accused of providing poor services, could pose a serious challenge to other private sector telecom service providers.



More users giving go-by to BSNL
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 14
The consumers of the private phone service are growing in Faridabad. Within the first six months of its launch, the connections have crossed 5,000 and the company targets to have at least 15,000 by the end of this year.

While the growth of such connections has been on the increase, the government-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) seems to be sitting pretty, not worrying about the tough competition it might face in future.

“The functioning of the department had failed to improve in the matters regarding complaint handling and providing satisfactory services,” said a resident of Sector-16 A who has now gone in for the private connection after relinquishing the BSNL.

Although the BSNL has about 1.35 lakh subscribers in the district, the fault rate is equally high. Thousands of phones remain out of order any given day.

A resident of Sector-14, who had booked several complaints about his connection, has alleged that the problem has persisted for the past six months. There are hundreds of such complaints in various parts of the town. “The poor and inefficient service had been the main reason, why I have gone in for a private connection,”
said Rajkumar, a resident of Sector-15A.



Armed men strike for 3rd time in NW Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 14
Armed desperadoes struck for the third time in less than a week in the North West area of Saraswati Vihar and after beating up the inmates of a house in Kapil Vihar escaped with cash and jewellery worth several thousand rupees.

The house owner, Anand Prakash Goyal and his family received minor injuries. They were taken to an area hospital and discharged after first-aid. The police said that a case had been registered and efforts were being made to trace the suspects. Patrolling in the area was also being intensified to instil a sense of security among the residents.

According to the police, the incident occurred in the wee hours of the morning when half a dozen robbers intruded into the house by cutting through an outer iron grill. They rounded up the family and deprived them of their valuables on the point of a gun. They also attacked the house owner, a timber merchant, his wife and the children when they tried to resist.

The desperadoes had on the night of June 10, intruded into the house of a retired scientist in the area and escaped with valuables after attacking him and his wife. Again on June 12 night, the suspects, believed to be the members of the same gang, had intruded into the house of a contractor, Ramesh Aggarwal and looted cash and jewellery.

The three incidents have caused considerable panic in the middle class locality mostly inhabited by businessmen and retired professionals. Further investigations were continuing.



With Health Department headless, water crisis deepens
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 14
The administration of the Public Health Department in this city seems to have collapsed since the retirement of the Superintending Engineer and the transfer of the Executive Engineer from here. This has resulted in a water crisis, causing inconvenience to thousands of residents as a result of disruption in water supply system almost every day.

According to a report, though the department has fixed the timings of water supply for each zone the residents still have to wait for hours together to get the supply from the taps. Moreover, locating the SDO and the junior engineer has become a problem for the residents who have to visit the office frequently to lodge protests but they are not found there even during duty hours.

The shifting of the complaint centre from the PWD (B and R) rest house to the old boosting station near the Murthal Adda has also added to the woes of the residents who have to travel one to 2 km from their destinations for lodging the complaints about the non-supply of water, inadequate and erratic supply and the low pressure. Most of the complainants have to return disappointed as no one is present there to register their complaints.

Meanwhile, water supply in this city, especially in the old section, is plagued by a plethora of problems. The residents alleged there was shortage of water supply in the city and sometimes there was no supply throughout the day for a number of times in a week.

Many residents said the water comes at very low pressure. Even people living on the ground floor don’t get water. They have to fill up their underground tanks and then pump the water to the overhead tank. For the maximum requirement of water, residents have installed booster pumps directly on the water mains. Booster pumps, besides further adding to the consumption of power, draw muddy and contaminated water, which causes water-borne diseases.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.N. Roy has approached the local legislators to press the state government for the appointment of the Superintending Engineer and Executive Engineer immediately so that they can monitor and regulate the water supply system in the city.



Boycott Hooda’s padayatra: HKU
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 14
Mr Dharampal Deswal, president of the Haryana Kisan Union, today appealed to farmers of the state to boycott the padayatra undertaken by the president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, as Mr Hooda had no sympathy for them.

In a signed press statement issued here, he said that Mr Hooda had started his padayatra only to save himself from being removed from the post of the HPCC president as Congressmen had been pressing for his removal from the post. He alleged that the state Congress under the leadership of Mr Hooda had failed in not only exposing the misdeeds of the Chautala government but was also falling short of espousing the cause of the common man.

He alleged that the Chautala government had lost its popularity in a short span of about three years because of the deterioration in the law and order situation, imposition of heavy house tax, firing on farmers, installation of fast electricity meters and many other acts of commission and omission.

Mr Deswal regretted that the Congress, which was the main opposition party in the state, could not put the Chautala government on the mat because of the weak and directionless leadership of Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda. This, he said, was the main reason for the continuance of the Chautala government in the state.

He said that the non-performance of the central and state governments would have ensured the victory of the Congress candidate in the Yamunanagar Assembly byelection. Mr Hooda’s leadership had put a question mark on the prospects of the Congress nominee. The party, he said, had lost all elections it had contested under the leadership of Mr Hooda.

Mr Deswal appealed to the farmers of Haryana to teach a lesson to Mr Hooda who was responsible for making the Chautala government a strong one in the state. The Chautala government, he said, could not be dislodged till Mr Hooda remained the HPCC president as he had failed to announce that the Congress government would ensure free water and power to the farmers.



Sonepat gears up for floods
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 14
The Commissioner-cum-Secretary of the Irrigation Department, Haryana, Mr Chander Singh, reviewed the progress of flood protection works in Sonepat district with the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S. N. Roy, and other district officials here last evening.

According to a report, he also directed the officials of the Irrigation Department to speed up the work and complete it before the onset of the monsoon.

He also made an inspection tour of the flood protection works undertaken on the Yamuna to check the floods and the erosion of agricultural land on the Haryana side.

The Commissioner also visited Bega village, situated on the Yamuna river, where the construction of stone studs was in progress. The work was started only on May 31 last and it must be completed before this month-end.

The officials told the Commissioner that the contractor started the work very late after he was served with a number of notices. Work on the Memarpur complex would be started soon as it had been allotted to another contractor.

The Commissioner reportedly took serious note about the delay in starting the work and directed the officials to complete the work by June 30 positively.

Referring to the threat of the leaders of the Bharatiya Kisan Union that they would stop the supply of canal water to Delhi, he directed the officials to start round- the-clock patrolling of the embankments of the canal network and foil any attempts made by the BKU leaders to disrupt the supply of canal water to Delhi.

Meanwhile, the district and police authorities have tightened the security arrangements and stepped up police patrolling on the embankments of the western Yamuna canal.

The Deputy Commissioner said that no one would be allowed to stop the supply of canal water to Delhi. The administration, he said, would deal sternly with the anti-social elements who try to create disturbance in the district.

He also directed the officials of the Irrigation Department to take immediate and effective steps to maintain the supply of canal water to Delhi.



BSF soldier cremated with full honours
Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 14
The body of Naresh Kumar Yadav, Assistant Commandant of BSF (Border Security Force), was cremated with military honours, at his native village Nandrampur Bas, about 20 km from here, today.

Mr Naresh Yadav, who suffered splinter injuries due to Pak shelling at Nayoda border outpost in the Akknoor Sector of Jammu on Wednesday (June 12), had succumbed to his injuries the same day. His body was brought by a contingent of the BSF to Nandrampur Bas village this morning.

Besides his newly-wed wife Bimla Yadav, who was residing there with him (her husband Naresh Yadav) his father Balbir Singh Yadav (a retired Army Havildar) and his mother Sharwani Devi Yadav had also accompanied the body from Jammu to Nandrampur Bas.

After retirement his father Balbir Singh Yadav had joined the Hindustan Aeronantics Ltd. As a driver at Nasik and he, along with his wife Sharwan Devi, had been living at Nasik since then. When they got the sad news of their son’s demise they rushed from Nasik to Jammu from where they accompanied the body to Nandrampur Bas.

The deceased was the only son of his parents. He was given a touching and tearful adieu by thousands of villagers. A contingent of the BSF reversed its arms while senior district officials and several prominent citizens placed wreaths on the body.



Units suffer due to sewer line blockage

New Delhi, June 14
The units in the Capital's largest industrial area, Okhla, are faced with a peculiar problem of sewer line blockage, which is affecting the work.

Apart from long hours of power cut and water shortage, the units here were facing the problem of blocked sewer lines, which was creating unhealthy atmosphere in the area, industrial unit owners said today. Stating that the authorities had turned a deaf ear to the problems faced by the industrial units here, Mr Rajeev Vikram of Pravar Electronics, said they had complained to the authorities and a fortnight had passed but the situation remained the same. The head of the Diamond Group of Publications, Mr Narendra Kumar, said the roads were flooded with foul smelling water. This had led to poor condition of the roads. “No action has been taken to improve the situation despite repeated complaints to the authorities concerned,” he added. TNS



Residents block traffic to protest power cuts
Tribune News Service

New Delhi June 14
Irate residents of several East Delhi colonies on either side of the busy Vikas Marg took to the streets and blocked traffic for over an hour on Thursday night to protest against frequent power cuts even as the Delhi Vidyut Board top brass continued to maintain that the situation was normal.

The demonstrators dispersed only after the police arrived in sizeable number and persuaded them to disperse. But before that, some of the residents pelted stones at vehicles and smashed the window-panes of a bus.

Shouting slogans against the Delhi Vidyut Board, the residents demanded that the NCT Government’s Power Minister, Mr Ajay Maken, come there and see the situation for himself. Mr Maken last week had taken upon himself the task of conducting surprise checks to ensure that the residents were getting enough power.

However, Mr Maken was not available last night and this infuriated the residents with a section going on the rampage. The demonstration disrupted the traffic on the congested Vikas Marg and it took the traffic police over an hour to restore order.

Meanwhile, the reports of power cuts, both scheduled and unscheduled, were received from different parts of the Capital, putting strain on the already chafed nerves of the residents because of the intense heat and humidity.



TV has become one of the most popular mediums of education today. No wonder, the viewing of TV has registered a spectacular increase. Be it a student or an old man, one can find them glued to the ‘small screen’. For hours, sitting in front of the `idiot box’ has become a fad.


Do you have a grouse against the apathetic attitude of the authorities? Are you fed up with the dilly-dallying tactics of officialdom and the stranglehold of red tapism? If so, please write to us. We have a full half page every week reserved just for you. The letters should be clearly marked, Speaking out, NCR Tribune, First Floor, Dyal Singh Library Building, 1 Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg, New Delhi-110002.

There were times when family members and friends were interested in personal interaction. However, that is an old story now. Little wonder, our daily life has become listless and monotonous. Amazingly, while most of us are aware of this problem in our society, few can stay away from the temptation.

Be it Shastriya sangeet, business or sports channel, every one likes to watch TV for the sake of it. Many of them watch programmes for hours, whether related to cricket, football, business or politics, without knowing about the various intricacies of the issues.

Our younger generation bears the brunt of the ill-effects of TV.

Issues pertaining to sex and romance are openly discussed.

Clearly, this madness about TV is not good. Too many films and serials on TV have played havoc with the family life and turned the house into a cinema hall. The Prasar Bharati must exercise its moral obligation in this sphere.

R.L. PATHAK, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi

Sick units

It was shocking to observe that 9,000 workers of various sick units of Faridabad are on the verge of starvation as they have not got their salary and other benefits for the last 52 months.

As a matter of fact, several sick units adopted by the Board of Industrial Finance and Reconstruction (BIFR) are out of the purview of labour laws.

In my view, the law should be amended so that the workers do not suffer. After all, the workers also have to face his family who are dependent on his salary. I appeal to the authorities concerned to release their salaries and other benefits without further delay.

S.C.TANEJA, Rohtak

Results’ anomaly

I read the news “Tops exam, but name missing in revised merit list” (NCR Tribune, June 11, 2002).

As per the news, the discrepancy occurred because of the computer problem, plus the failure of the examination branch to give the appropriate command to the computer.

Both the versions of Dr K.C.Bhardwaj, the Controller of Examinations of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) are true.

I feel the officials of the examination branch did not have reasonable time at their disposal, receive the answer-books from the examination centres, get them stapled by the officials of the secrecy branch, get them evaluated, receiving award lists, de-coding and forwarding the award lists to the computer section.

There are several studies on examination schedule. For example, normally three weeks were given to the examiners to evaluate about 300-400 answer books.

Up to 1994, it was also a rule, as per the MDU calendar, that an examiner would evaluate 17 answer books per day. Subsequently, the MDU introduced a system of spot evaluation and made a rule of getting 40 answer books evaluated from an examiner per day.

Without going into details, it is submitted that the schedule be prepared in such a way that the examinations must be conducted in 30-35 days at the most.

Moreover, a period of at least four weeks be allocated for coding, evaluating answer books, decoding, compiling, tabulating and declaring results. At present, the time allocated for these purposes was about 16 days.

O.P.WADHWA, Lecturer, Govt College, Gohana

Role of media

The recent communal violence in Gujarat has also raised a finger towards the role of the media.

The media is the watchdog of society. It has a tremendous responsibility.

However, a watchdog also has to realise its responsibility and limitations.

There are ways to show restraint while reporting on highly inflammable issues like communal riots. Even though the visual media has to depend on the coverage of the events, it does not mean that there should be a “live telecast”, or in the case of print media, publish horrifying pictures of riots and violence.

Reporting all the gory details in their entirety may lead to adverse reactions. There are genuine apprehensions that this may become a medium for spreading rumours. For a country like India, where it is easy to arouse passions, this may cause outburst of more anger and violence.

Further, it should also not appear that the media is projecting the viewpoint of a particular community or giving undue coverage to a particular set of personalities.

In this way, the media is used

for the wrong purpose. Media can exercise the right to criticise and perform the necessary post-mortem examination of the situation a little later.

In the immediate context, it should act in such a way that its coverage should not add fuel to the fire.

TISH MALHOTRA, Rohini, Delhi

Sports stadium needed

I want to draw the attention of the Haryana Government and district administration, Sonepat, to the genuine demand of many talented players.

For the sports lover of the district, it is quite amazing that there is no modern sports stadium worth its name in Sonepat. And that too at a time when the Haryana Government, according to its new Sports Policy, is to construct stadiums even in villages having more than 10,000 population.

If we go through the various sports results of Haryana, we find that Sonepat district has produced quite a few national and international players, especially in kabaddi, hockey and athletics. Some of the talented players from the district have earned name and fame by working hard under the guidance of their able coaches, even without having the basic facilities. The so-called sports stadium in the district hardly provides any facilities to the players.

This stadium does not have any playground, swimming pool, cycling track, and it lacks hostel facilities for the players. During the monsoon, this stadium is full of water because it is low-lying and has inadequate drainage system.

If the Haryana Government wants to construct a sports stadium according to its new Sports Policy, there is an ideal piece of land, nearly 30 to 40 acres, lying vacant with Huda in Sector 23 on Mehlana Road.

The players of this district will greatly benefit from this step and will definitely bring laurels to Haryana both at the national and international level.

RAM MEHAR CHHIKARA, Secretary, District Handball Association, Sonepat

Thank you, NCR Tribune

This is a small note to say a big thank you for the wonderful article in The Tribune. We need sensitive people like you so that our services reach those who deserve the most but cannot afford it. We hope we will have your support all along.

PREETI MONGA, Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, New Delhi



Fake audio cassettes seized, two arrested
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 14
The police arrested two youths on Thursday evening who were allegedly indulged in preparing fake audio cassettes at a house located in Indira Colony locality here.

According to police sources, a raid was conducted on the house following a complaint lodged by Mr Sansar Chand Sharma, proprietor of Indian Music Industries, at Nijamuddin in Delhi. Rakesh Kumar, resident of Indira Colony and Praveen, resident of Nehru Colony here were arrested along with several fake cassettes of popular brands. A case under Section 51,52,63,66 and 68-A of the Copy Right Act was registered against the duo.

Parole breach

A case was registered on Friday against a prisoner who was lodged in the district jail here for breaking parole.

The prisoner, Raju, a resident of Jasia village, had gone on parole on April 13 and was to report back on May 26. However, the prisoner did not return till the stipulated period. The police registered a case under Section 8 and 9 of the HGCP Act.

Vehicle stolen

A Tata Sumo was stolen from Jhang Colony here on Thursday night.

The complainant, Bijender Sharma, stated in an FIR that he had parked the vehicle outside his house, which was stolen by some unidentified thieves. A case was registered under Section 379 of the IPC in this connection.

Gang busted

The District Police claim to have busted a gang involved in theft of various goods including tyres, Tvs. The police also seized the goods worth Rs 4 lakh.

According to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Kuldeep Singh Siag, the Punhana Police Station got the information that some residents of Mewat area were engaged in theft of various items. On the specific information, the police party raided the houses of Alam, son of Ashraf and Saleem, son of Abdul and recovered 18 tyres from these houses.

The accused, Alam and Saleem confessed to the police that they had stolen these tyres from a godown in Nagpur.

Woman stabbed

A working woman, who was going to her home on Thursday night, was attacked and snatched her bag (purse) by an assailant. The victim identified as Kaushalya, who was on her way to her house in Jawahar colony, was intercepted and assaulted by a knife wielding youth. The woman was injured and admitted in the hospital. It is learnt that the robber took away the cash kept in the bag and threw it away before vanishing.

Commits suicide

An 18 year old youth committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance in Jawahar colony here on Thursday night.

The victim identified as Ravinder, was reportedly having an affair with a girl and out of frustration, he took to this step. The police are investigating into the matter.

Baby dies

A six months old boy died of water borne disease. He had been brought to a private nursing home where he was declared brought dead. The victim could not be identified but belonged to Hathin Sub-division of the district. He was reportedly suffering from diarrohea.

The district has seen a surge in patients suffering from such disorders. Several of the patients reported in the hospitals are suffering from high fever and symptoms related to water borne diseases.

Man run over

One person was killed and two others injured seriously in two separate road accident in the district today.

According to the police sources, deceased Dinesh, son of Swaroop Singh, was standing at the bus stop of Machhrouly village, when a tractor run over him. He was rushed to the PGIMS at Rohtak where doctors declared him as brought dead.

In another incident, two brother, Rishiram and Vinod were going to Bahadurgarh when a Maruti car coming from opposite direction collided with their vehicle, near Kablana village. Both the victims were hospitalised in serious condition.

Effigy burnt

An effigy of the Pakistan President, General Pervez Musharraf, was burnt by the Youth Congress workers here today to register their protest against the cross-border terrorism.

According to a report, a meeting was also held by the party and it was addressed by the leaders of the Youth Congress including Mr Sudesh Sharma vice-president of the Haryana Youth Congress.

Later, a procession was taken out in the city, which passed through the main bazars of the city. Carrying placards and raising anti-Pakistan slogans, the workers also protested the role of USA on the issue.

Martyrdom day

The martyrdom day of the Sikh, fifth Guru Arjun Dev was celebrated in the city and other parts of the district today with great enthusiasm.

According to a report, `chhabils’ were organised throughout the city where the cold and sweet water was served to the passers-by religious congregations were also held in Gurdwaras and these were attended by a large number of people belonging to all sections of the society. All the government offices in the city remained closed on this occasion.

Case registered

Mr Rameshwar, an employee of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), has lodged a report against the wife of his brother alleging that she had made an attempt to kill his son by throwing him in a well at Khandrai village in the district.

According to a report, the police investigations were in progress.

However, no arrest has been made in this connection so far.

Youth kills himself

A youth, Anil, was reported to have committed suicide by taking sulphas tablets in his house at Khewra village about 13 km from here on Thursday.

According to a report, a family feud is stated to be the main cause of the suicide.

According to another report, a young housewife Mrs Kiran was reported to have taken sulphas tablets in her house in Sector 12 here on Thursday night in a bid to commit suicide after a family quarrel.

She was immediately removed to the hospital and she is stated to be out of danger. The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress.


The residents of Ram Bazar and Mohalla Kalan remained waterless again following the non-supply of water by the Public Health Department. Many residents alleged that they had not been supplied water in the evening for the last one-week.



City traffic cops held for taking bribe
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 14
The anti-corruption branch of the Delhi Police arrested four traffic officials on charges of demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 800 from a private bus operator. They were arrested from JNU T-point where they were posted. The traffic police personnel were identified as sub-inspector, Chhote Lal Dwivedi, constables, Duryodhan Singh, Ashok Singh and Harender Singh.

The private bus operator, Rakesh Kumar, lodged a complaint with the anti- corruption branch that the police personnel harassed him and demanded the bribe for allowing his diesel bus to ply on the road. The personnel allegedly threatened him if he would not pay the bribe, his bus would be impounded, police said.

The sleuths of the anti-corruption branch conducted a raid and the constables were arrested red-handed, the police said.

Cheat arrested

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police, arrested a man, who claimed that he was a direct sales associate (DSA) of multi-national banks and cheated people on the pretext of getting loans from American Express Bank, ICICI and Citi banks. The police had secret information that one Sudhir Kumar Sinha run an office at E-484, GK-II in the name of M/S Global Finance Services and he allegedly misrepresented that his company was a DSA of the multinational banks. He allegedly cheated the prospective loan seekers.

Three persons, Mrs Nelam Grover, Pradeep Khanna and Vijender Jain had lodged the complaint against the suspect. The police raided the office of the suspect where he was found. His real name was Sudhir Tyagi. During interrogation he could not produced any authorisation of being DSA of multi-national banks. During search of his office, a number of rubber stamps of different companies, several cheques, certificates of companies, loan-processing files of customers and several other incriminating documents were recovered.
The investigation of the case disclosed that he had cheated several persons making forgeries in cheques issued and collected lakhs of rupees, the police said.

Bid to sell minor

Central district police arrested an alleged trafficker, Noor Alam alias Jalaluddin, while he was trying to strike a deal with a sex worker for selling a minor girl at the G B road. The deal was fixed for Rs 20, 000. While he had leave the place, the sex worker informed the local police and he was arrested from there. During interrogation, he disclosed that he had lured the girl and brought her from Bihar on the pretext of getting her good job in the Capital. He kept the girl somewhere in Red Fort area and came to the G B road to strike the deal.



Graft cases against inspector, SIs

Ghaziabad, June 14
The CBCID today registered a case under various sections against the inspector of Pilkhua Police Station, two SIs, four constables and a police jeep driver for having arrested and kept in illegal detention two persons in the police station and for demanding bribe from them.

Anti-corruption clauses have also been invoked in the case. According to police sources, CBCID sector officer, in Pilkhua police station, Sahib Rashid Khan has filed a case in Pilkhua police station against the then inspector incharge S P Singh, SI, V K Singh and R B Kaul, four constables and a driver under Section 343, 218, 323.

The sources said that in 1998 at Pilkhua Police Station tri-junction, one Prem Pal was murdered. The police had arrested the brother-in-law and father of the killer Nagender and demanded Rs 1 lakh for releasing them.

This case was sent to the Human Rights Commission, which later sent it to the CBCID for probe and necessary action. CBCID, after completing the probe, filed the case against the guilty inspector, SIs and constables, the police said. OC



Four killed in road mishaps
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 14
A motorcyclist died on the spot while saving a woman on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road here on Thursday evening.

According to a report, the victim was identified as Sandeep of Mandothi village. The woman also sustained injuries and she was immediately hospitalised. In this accident, another motorcyclist was injured and he was rushed to the hospital and stated to be out of danger.

According to another report, an unknown man was crushed to death by an unknown vehicle on the G T Road near Rai village about 13 km from here on Thursday.

The body still remains unidentified and was sent for the postmortem examination.

Meanwhile, a youth, Sushil of Gian Nagar, was run over and killed by a train near the railway station here last evening.

Similarly, another youth, Anuj, was killed when he was hit by a train while crossing the railway track near Rathdhanna railway station about 8 km from here on Thursday.

The victim belonged to Shafiabad village in the district. The police is trying to ascertain the identity of the deceased.



3 Zen occupants killed in accident

Noida, June 14
A dumper driver hit a Zen car resulting in an on-the-spot death of three persons, including the mother-son duo in Greater Noida on Thursday night. The driver had lost control when a cow came in front of the vehicle.

The police have sent all the three bodies for autopsy. The dumper driver fled from the scene after the accident. The dead included 30-year-old Mrs Satyawati of Sirsa, her three-month-old son and a cousin, Satish. The accident occurred at 11 pm. Mrs Satyawati and her cousin Satish were on their way to Sirsa from Noida in the car. A cow suddenly appeared on the road from the fields near Dara village.

To avoid hitting the cow, the driver of the truck, which was coming at a high speed, hit the Zen car head on. Under the impact of the collision, the car was broken into pieces and Mrs Satyawati, Satish and the baby died on the spot. The car driver was seriously injured. On getting the information of the accident, Kasna Police Station incharge Mahesh Chand reached the spot and rushed the injured to the hospital. OC


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