Monday, June 24, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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DVB: All set for formal hand-over
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
The countdown to handing over the distribution of electricity to private hands begins tomorrow when the last batch of the 24,500-strong workforce of the Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) report for duties at their new places of work.

DVB Chairman Jagdish Sagar told ‘NCR Tribune’ that once the 1,500-odd employees took up their new assignments tomorrow, the redistribution of workforce and reallocation of duties would have been completed before the formal hand-over at the stroke of midnight on June 30.

“Most of them have already been assigned to their respective places of work. After the last batch of employees are re-designated, the government would have fulfilled the last of few remaining commitments,” he said. They, he added, would have to report to the nodal officers concerned. Nodal officers, he explained, had been put in place in the establishments of the distribution companies concerned.

The list of transfers of the staff to any of the six companies – one holding company, one generation company, one transmission company and three distribution companies – had been drawn up late last year. Since then, the power utility has been engaged in rationalising the workforce to suit the demands of each of the six companies.

“Although the employees were not given the option of choosing the company of their choice, a committee comprising representatives of the employees’ unions and others had been constituted to entertain their representations. The representations of certain employees who had reservations on joining a particular company were heard and they have been re-designated elsewhere,” Mr Sagar said.

A sizeable chunk out of the workforce, estimated to be 20,000, will be reporting to the three new distribution companies owned and managed by corporates. The remaining will be transferred to the government-owned generation and transmission companies. Accordingly, the Member (Technical) I, Mr S. R Sethi, will join Transco, the transmission company. The Member (Technical) II, Mr R. C. Kher, will report to Genco, the generation company while Member (Finance) Bindu Agnihotri and the Member (Administration) will be with Transco.

Under the terms of the agreement reached between the Government of NCT of Delhi and Tata Power and Brihanmumbai Electric Supply Limited (BSES) on May 31, the employees will take up their designated postings a week ahead of the formal change-over.

The share acquisition agreements, signed by Principal Secretary (Finance) Ramesh Chandra, Managing Director of Tata Power Adi J. Engineer and BSES Chairman and Managing Director S. S. Dua on May 31, states that the private players will take over the management of the distribution companies by June 30.

BSES will have a controlling interest in two distribution companies covering South and West Delhi and Central and East Delhi. The third distribution company covering North and North-West will be managed by Tata Power. Under the terms of the agreement, the six companies replacing the DVB will become operational from July 1.

The private players have been allowed 16 per cent return on the issued and paid-up capital and free reserves subject to the companies reducing the Aggregate and Technical (AT&C) loss by 17 per cent in five years (in the case of South-West and North-Northwest zones) and 17.25 per cent (in the case of Central-East zone).

Sources in the DVB said the privatisation of distribution of electricity had been initiated only after it had been stated unambiguously that all legitimate interests of the employees would be protected as part of the restructuring. Accordingly, they asserted, all outstanding matters were resolved in consultation with the unions and employees. 



A historical perspective 

Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) traces its origins to 1905 when M/s John Fleming Company were given the licence to produce and distribute power in Delhi under the Indian Electricity Act, 1903. It was replaced by the Delhi Tramway and Lighting Co, later renamed the Delhi Electricity Supply & Traction Company. On July 1, 1939, Delhi Central Electric Power Authority was formed to engage in the business of generation and supply of electricity, including supply in bulk to consumers in Delhi.

In March 1951, the management of the Delhi Central Electric Power Authority was taken over by the Delhi State Electricity Board, constituted under the Indian Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948. On the formation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on April 7, 1958, the electric supply business was transferred to the Delhi Electric Supply Undertaking (DESU) and the DSEB ceased to exist. The new body was governed by the provisions of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957. Since the areas under the New Delhi Municipal Committee (later, Council) and the Delhi Cantonment Board were outside the jurisdiction of the new Municipal Corporation, the Act provided for bulk supply to them; they looked after their own local distribution.

The Delhi Vidyut Board came into being by a notification dated February 24, 1997, on the dissolution of DESU in pursuance of a subsequent (1993) amendment of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act.



DSGMC poll: It is Badal vs Tohra
Tribune News Service

Parkash Singh Badal being welcomed at a public meeting
Parkash Singh Badal being welcomed at a public meeting.

New Delhi, June 23
With less than a week left for the DSGMC polls, veteran Akali leaders Parkash Singh Badal and Gurcharan Singh Tohra have taken charge of the campaigning.

The two leaders hit the road on Sunday, accompanied by hordes of supporters and candidates. With the stalwarts out on the street, the contest is no longer confined to Delhi leaders vying for control of the 46-member DSGMC. Instead, it is a battle royal between the two stalwarts.

From the padyatra in the morning, to the street corner meetings in the evening with a mandatory visit to the local gurdwaras during the course of the day, Sunday’s campaigning set the pace for the high-pitched battle that lies ahead.

While Badal accused the rival faction of joining hands with the Congress in the state and in the civic polls, Tohra alluded to the multi-crore scams that rocked the Akali government in Punjab.

The former Chief Minister harped on the irregularities committed by the Congress and the former SGPC chief hobnobbing with the Congress, which ``would never be accepted by the members of the Sikh community’’.

On the other hand, Tohra highlighted the manner in which the dignity of the Akal Takht was allegedly “lowered by Badal” by “illegally” removing the then Akal Takht Jathedar and “appointing his own” crony.

While the two leaders accused each other of misdeeds, they sought the electorate’s support for providing a clean, good and corruption-free administration, to maintain the sanctity of the religious body.

Apart from these two leaders, a number of politicians and religious heads from the state have arrived in the Capital to woo the electorate.

As Delhi has the largest Sikh population in a city, the outcome of the DSGMC polls could influence the prospects of the two parties in the SGPC elections scheduled to be held later this year.



And now, a CD on ’84 riots
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
Almost two decades after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee is coming out with a CD, which would provide complete information about the riots, the findings of different commissions and the names of the victims. The CD, prepared by a team of professionals, contains details of FIRs lodged by the riot victims, reports by human rights groups, affidavits filed by prominent persons before various commissions and judgements in cases involving Congress leaders. The CD, which was the brainchild of the DSGMC general secretary, Mr Kulmohan Singh, would be released early next month. A noted advocate, Mr H. S. Phoolka, who was instrumental in the preparation of the CD, said it would be a useful material for both the common man and researchers. Since the release of the CD would violate the code of conduct, it was showcased at Majnu Ka Tilla Gurdwara on Sunday, he added.

“Perhaps, this would be the first attempt to present the events which took place following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in an easy-to-access format,” he said. Mr Phoolka said: “The CD has been prepared with a legal perspective. Researchers from other fields could use the material as a primary source to probe different sociological, psychological, and political aspects of riots.”



NCR Board gets stick for failing to cap population
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
The Standing Committee of Parliament on Urban and Rural Development has criticised the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) for failing to achieve its target of containing Delhi’s population at about 11 million by 2001 and described its explanation in this regard as unacceptable. In its latest report, the Standing Committee said it was “distressed” to note the NCRPB’s clarification that the Regional Plan, which pegged Delhi’s population at 11.2 million by 2001, was basically a “policy document” that gave direction for the future growth of the region.

“This explanation of the government is unacceptable to the committee,” it said and directed the board to immediately inform the committee about the corrective steps proposed to be taken by it during 2002-03 to achieve in letter and spirit the targets set in the Regional Plan. The Standing Committee noted that as against a target of 11.2 million, Delhi’s population had reached 13.7 million, according to the Census of India, 2001. “The committee members are concerned to note that the NCRPB has failed in its task to achieve the target of containing the growth of NCT-Delhi within a manageable population size of 11.2 million by the year 2001,” it added.

The NCR area, spread over 30,242 km, has 11 priority towns and five ‘Counter Magnet Areas’, which are to be developed to attract people away from Delhi. The 11 ‘priority towns’ are Panipat, Rohtak, Palwal, Rewari and Dharuhera in Haryana, Bhiwadi and Alwar in Rajasthan, and Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr and Khurja in Uttar Pradesh. In addition, the five ‘Counter Magnet Areas’ are Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, Patiala in Punjab, Hisar in Haryana, Kota in Rajasthan and Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.

The Standing Committee noted that only Rs 200 crore was allocated for the NCRPB in the 9th Five Year Plan as against a recommendation of Rs 800 crore made by the Planning Commission’s sub-group on NCR. Finally, Rs 224 crore was actually released by the government. It also observed that except for the Ministries of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation and Communication, other ministries such as Surface Transport and Railways were yet to earmark funds for NCR in their respective budgets. The Standing Committee sought to impress upon the Planning Commission to substantially step up the allocation for the NCRPB in the 10th Five Year Plan and also persuade the ministries concerned to earmark their contribution for the NCR in their budgets.



Police Chief says he has criminals on the run
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
The Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr Ajai Raj Sharma, who completes his three-year term at the end of the month, has claimed that the “carrot and stick” policy pursued by him had succeeded to some extent as the image of the force had improved considerably and it had managed to keep the terrorists and other criminals on the run.

Mr. Sharma, in an informal chat with newsmen recently, claimed that “unscrupulous” activities of the police personnel were not tolerated and action, including dismissal, had been taken against more than 500 personnel during the last three years. At the same time, officers and personnel who performed honestly had been suitably rewarded.

The Capital’s top cop said that more than 500 personnel had been dismissed because of their criminal activities and nexus with criminals. Several hundred were also demoted and service tenure of many reduced, which was a major punishment in itself.

“In several cases, we have recommended punishment against Indian Police Service (IPS) officials also,” said Mr Sharma, whose name is being considered for the post of Director General of Border Security Force (BSF). He claimed that several cops were even arrested “when their behaviour was found to be hurting the image of Delhi Police.”

“Performers and honest personnel, on the other hand, were encouraged through out-of-turn promotions and rewards,” Mr Sharma said, adding cash awards worth several lakhs were given to outstanding policemen.

He recalled that the morale of the Delhi Police personnel was very low when he took over in July 1999 after several policemen were arrested following the killing of two businessmen in Connaught Place in a case of mistaken identity. Subsequently, several corrective measures were taken to raise the morale.

He stressed the need to modernise the police force and revealed that a scheme to computerise all police stations in the Capital and linking them with the Police Headquarters was under way and 1,600 personnel had been trained for this purpose.

Mr. Sharma said that the biggest challenge facing the Capital’s police force was to provide security to various government institutions and vital installations. ``There is no room for complacency and the effort has to be to stay one step ahead of the criminals and anti-social elements”, he said.



Action against 5 SOG cops for detaining old man
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, June 23
Action is being taken against an inspector and four other policemen for having illegally detained and tortured an old man and his two sons. Cases have been registered against the five cops, who were posted in the Special Operations Group, in Kavi Nagar and Vijay Nagar Police Station.

Usha, daughter of Ram Sharan, a resident of Vijay Nagar, had complained to the National Human Rights Commission that her father and her two brothers, Ravinder and Jatinder, were whisked away on midnight of November 1, 2001, by the accused. It was alleged that they were detained and tortured in the Industrial Area Police Post under Kavi Nagar Police Station.

The police finally released Ram Sharan on November 9, Jatinder on November 7 and Ravinder on November 13 after allegedly accepting a fat sum as bribe.

Taking cognisance of the complaint, the NHR Commission had ordered that a gazetted police officer should probe the allegations. As per the NHRC directive, the then SSP, Prashant Kumar, had asked CO Dr Dharam Veer Singh to conduct the probe. DSP Dharam Veer Singh had found the allegations correct. The present SSP, acting on the recommendation of DSP Dharam Veer Singh, has ordered the filing of criminal cases against the guilty police personnel.

In another instance, too, criminal cases have been registered against three cops of the Special Operations Group. The case pertains to the arrest of one Tarun Sengar, son of R S Sengar, a teacher in the Science Department of MM College and a resident of Kavi Nagar, by the Special Operations Group.

Tarun was arrested on November 9, 2001, on the suspicion that he was a member of a gang which forged marks sheets.

Tarun’s father had complained to the HRC that the SOG had illegally whisked away his son on November 7 from his residence. He was also detained in the industrial area police post for two days. The inquiry in this case was also handed over to Dharam Veer Singh, who found the cops guilty and recommended that cases be filed against them in Kavi Nagar Police Station.



Cop arrested for assaulting Dy Commissioner
Our Correspondent

Noida, June 23
A police constable has been arrested for assaulting a Deputy Commissioner of Customs and Central Excise in her office in Sector-5 here.

According to the Sector-20 police, Deputy Commissioner Customs and Central Excise, Ms Neelam Kumar, was sitting in her office of Noida Circle. A constable, Tilak Singh, posted in the Sector 5 office, barged into her chamber.

It is alleged that on being rebuked and reprimanded, he tried to manhandle and assault the Deputy Commissioner. The situation was finally brought under control following the intervention of some staff members.

On her complaint, the police have arrested the accused.

Action may be taken against the constable for assaulting a government officer and preventing her from discharging her duty, it is learnt.



Unauthorised colonies: DSIDC to build roads
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
The state government has awarded a Rs 10-crore project to the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (DSIDC) to construct roads in unauthorised colonies of the Capital.

Addressing newspersons here today, the DSIDC chairman, Mr Hassan Ahmed, said, “The corporation has the requisite manpower and technical expertise that can be made use of in developing the infrastructure in the metro.”

Senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who was also present on the occasion, expressed the hope that under the leadership of the new Chairman, the DSIDC would take up more projects that would directly benefit the weaker sections.

The construction of new roads and those requiring upgradation would be completed within a short span of time, Mr Ahmed said. The DSIDC had several projects in the pipeline, including building schools, housing colonies and flyovers, he said. He urged the government to expedite the modalities for the realisation of these projects.

“The Bawana industrial estate constructed by the DSIDC is an ideal example of how the projects are being taken up by the corporation”, he said while laying down the foundation stone of the Indar Enclave 2— Mubarakpur road..

All 16,300 plots at the Bawana industrial estate had been developed and were ready for possession, he said adding that the DSIDC had spent Rs 1,100 crore in developing these plots.

In fact, the allotment work was already in progress and possession letters had been issued to 2,026 allottees. Of these, 750 had taken physical possession of their plots, Mr Ahmed said.

The Chairman said the Municipal Corporation of Delhi had already approved the standard plan for building the industrial units. The allottees would be getting the best possible facilities for the amount (Rs 4,200) that they were paying for each sq mt, Mr Ahmed claimed.

The industrial estate had been divided into five sectors and 77 clusters with a total road length of 143 km, which included master plan roads and sectoral roads. Bawana was on its way to become Asia’s largest industrial estate, Mr Ahmed claimed.

Mr Ahmad pointed out that the construction of housing colonies for the laborers were in progress. “With the success of Bawana, we are firm of taking up major projects,” he said. The Indar enclave2—Mubarak road was being built at a cost of 43 lakh. 



Delhi slums breed young mothers, frail kids
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
The slum clusters in the Capital have a high mortality rate as almost 75 per cent of the mothers are under 18 years and about 18 per cent of them are just 12 years.

More than 75 per cent of women in various slums of Delhi were married before the age of 18 and 90 per cent of the mothers had three or more children as against 32.1 per cent in Delhi city, said a study by an NGO.

The study by the Society for Development Studies said while the child mortality rate stood at 111 per 1000 in the slum areas as against 45 in Delhi city, miscarriage figures too were high at six per cent in the former as against 2.2 per cent in the latter.

Apart from the well-known reasons of poverty, illiteracy, and lack of awareness, the NGO, which studied 100 households in six slum settlements, said one of the important reasons for high birth rate in slums was premature death or persistently unhealthy children and inaccessibility to basic services.

While the rate of contraception use was as high as 70.8 per cent in Delhi, only 36 per cent in the slum areas use the methods regularly, almost at par with the female literacy rate – 75 per cent in the former and 48 per cent in the latter.

It was also important to shift the entirely women-centric approach to a couple-centric approach and establish a full-fledged monitoring and evaluation centre for greater success of family planning initiatives, it added.

Delhi’s population has grown by five per cent per annum and is projected to cross the two crore mark in 2012. 



JD(U) takes up cudgels for urban power consumers
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 23
The Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal (United) has appealed to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to consider the interests of the urban consumers before deciding on the proposal to waive the power dues of the rural consumers in view of the Bharatiya Kisan Union agitation.

In a statement here today, Dr Parshant Shukla, spokesman of state unit of the JD(U), said that the urban consumers had been paying their electricity bills regularly. However, he alleged, the government had focussed its attention on the rural consumers, especially on the defaulters who had not been paying the power bills for the last several years. He said different surcharge waiving schemes were introduced from time to time to benefit those defaulters only while the urban consumers were ignored for political reasons.

Dr Shukla alleged that even the opposition parties expressed solidarity for the defaulting consumers, which had hurt the sentiments of the urban consumers who had been facing hardship in view of the agitation recently launched by the BKU.

Moreover, the JD(U) leader said, it was the constitutional responsibility of the government to maintain uniformity in framing policies for the urban and rural consumers. He alleged that it would be a violation of the rights of the urban consumers if the 75 per cent surcharge waiving scheme was introduced for only the rural consumers by the government. He said the activists of the JD(U) would soon meet the Governor in this regard.



Water supply thrown out of gear in old Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 23
The drinking water supply system in the old section of the city has been thrown out of gear allegedly due to lack of the control on the operators of tubewells and boosting stations as well as the keymen. According to a report, the areas of Ram Bazar and Mohalla Kalan are being supplied water at very low pressure.

There has been no water in certain places for several days. The public outcry against the erratic and insufficient water supply has failed to force the authorities of the Public Health Department to take any steps to improve the system.

Though the state government has appointed a Superintending Engineer in the city, the post of which had been lying vacant for the past two months after the retirement of Mr R. C. Goel, it has failed to appoint an Executive Engineer in place of Mr Beniwal who has been transferred from here. Similarly, the post of the SDO (Civil) has been lying vacant for the past several months.

The SDO (Mechanical) has been given the additional charge of monitoring the supply of drinking water in the city. However, he seems to have failed to regulate the supply till. Instead, he has allegedly created problems for the residents of the city as he had shifted the complaint centre from the PWD (B & R) rest house to the old boosting station, which is 2 km away from the rest house, where no employee is available for the registration of complaints.

Residents, by and large, get only a trickle of water daily. In certain areas, even that trickle is not there. Those living on the first and second floors are having a harrowing time. Due to the low pressure, several residents have installed booster pumps to draw water directly from the water mains.

Representatives of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations and trade unions have demanded immediate suspension of the officials found responsible for the water crisis in the city.



Nirankari missionary passes away
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
A veteran missionary of the Sant Nirankari Mission, Mr Joginder Singh Nirankari, popularly known as `Rishi Kamal Ji’ among the Nirankari devotees, left for his eternal abode on Saturday. Thousands of people gathered at his residence at Andha Mughal, North Delhi to pay their last respects. His mortal remains were consigned to the flames at the electric crematorium with full honour here this morning in the presence of senior functionaries of the Mission. He was 76.

Earlier, the body was taken out in an open carriage, bedecked with flowers, followed by devotees of the Nirankari Mission and others in a caravan of vehicles from his residence to the crematorium.

Rishi Kamal Ji was associated with the Mission over 55 years and was also known for his dedication, humility and serenity. He loved the rich and poor alike and was always interested in their welfare. Being a missionary, he travelled far and wide in India and abroad to spread the Mission’s message of love, peace, tranquillity and universal brotherhood based on spiritual enlightenment.



Youth stabbed to death
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 23
An 18-year-old youth was stabbed to death at Jatola village in the district on Saturday night. According to police sources, Dinesh, son of Kartar Singh, was stabbed allegedly by Ravinder and Surender, both sons of Naresh Chand.

The victim died on the way to hospital. An old enmity was stated to be the main reason behind the murder. The police have registered the case.

Cleanliness drive

The Sonepat Municipal Council has decided to launch a cleanliness campaign from Monday in this city. According to a report, all the storm water drains and nullahs will be cleaned so that no drain clogging takes place during the monsoon season.

The Deputy Commissioner has approved the deputation of 12 labourers for this purpose. The Public Health Department will also clean the sewers and reopen the blocked sewers during this campaign.

Peace march

The Communist Party of India (CPI) has decided to organise a peace march on July 4 to spread the message of communal harmony in the city. According to a report, large number of party workers will take part in this march.

Four injured

Four persons including a woman were inured in clashes that took place between rival groups at Silana and Jagdishpur villages in this district on Saturday. According to a report, the injured persons were immediately hospitalised and were stated to be out of danger. The police are still investigating the cases. However, no arrest had been made so far.

Affidavits demanded

The Haryana Education Department has issued instructions to the heads of all educational institutions to file affidavits by June 30 regarding the construction of latrines and availability of drinking water in their institutions. According to a report, the instruction has caused panic among the heads of the educational institutions, as they had failed to utilise the funds allotted to their schools for the purpose so far. The instructions followed the directive of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, making it obligatory for all the schools to provide drinking water and toilets facilities by July 31.

Man crushed

A 35-year-old man was crushed to death by an unknown vehicle near Kassar village on the national highway No. 1 on Sunday. The body of the deceased which could not be identified, was sent for a post-mortem examination. 



Prisoner arrested with charas in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 23
The police have arrested a prisoner, Subhash, following the alleged recovery of one kilogram of charas, worth several thousands rupees, from his possession. The Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told mediapersons here on Sunday that the arrested prisoner was undergoing life imprisonment in the district jail, Sonepat, and was released on two-week parole on June 6.

When he returned to the district jail after the expiry of the parole period on June 21, the jail warden, Mr Sham Sunder, found the charas hidden under his clothes. The SP disclosed that the Jail Superintendent informed the city police station about the recovery of the

contraband charas from the possession of the prisoner and he was consequently arrested. A case under the NPDS Act was registered against him and further investigation into the case was in progress. The prisoner belonged to the old Subzimandi, Sonepat.

The SP further disclosed that the Sadar police has arrested a youth, Dinesh alias Papoo of Bhatgaon village and recovered a .315 bore country-made pistol from his possession.

Giving the details of the arrest, the SP disclosed that a police party was on a routine patrolling on the Bhatgaon-Nakloi road when the police arrested him. On seeing the police, the culprit tried to run away but was overpowered by the police party. When the police searched him, they recovered the pistol from his possession. According to the SP, a case under the Indian Arms Act was registered against him.



Minor among six hurt as cops, dacoits exchange fire
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 23
Six persons, including a minor girl, were injured in a shootout between a police party and a gang of dacoits in Ali Meo village of Hathin subdivision of the district this morning. The police managed to capture three members of the gang while three others escaped.

The encounter took place after a police team, which included the SHOs of Hathin, Hodal and Palwal police stations, raided the village after receiving information that some dacoits involved in a number of cases in Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan were hiding in the village. As per the police sources, the dacoits opened fire on the cops when they were asked to surrender. Mehram (12), daughter of Bashir, and Alam, son of Ishaq of the same village, were injured as splinters from the shots hit them. Both have been admitted to the civil hospital at Palwal and their condition is stated to be out of danger. Four policemen — Randhir Singh, Vijender Kumar, Abhay Singh and Virender Kumar — also suffered minor injuries. They were discharged after being administered first aid. .

Three gang members, identified as Salim, Sahida and Kanjja, residents of Rajasthan and allegedly involved in a number of dacoities and burglaries, have been arrested by the police. However, three of their associates reportedly escaped.

New train soon

The Union Ministry of Railways has agreed to run a new passenger train on the Sonepat-Delhi route to meet the rush of commuters. The move comes after the Railways received a slew of petitions in this regard.

Stating this, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, MP from Sonepat and vice-president of the Haryana BJP, told mediaperson here today that this train would be introduced shortly for the benefit of the commuters, mostly government servants, teachers, students and milk vendors, from here.

Referring to the demand about the construction of a flyover near Hindu College, Mr Sangwan disclosed that the Railways had already approved the construction of flyovers at Sonepat, Ganaur and Bahadurgarh but the state government was not ready to give its 50 per cent share of the cost. 



3 rob businessman in Timarpur

New Delhi, June 23
Three unidentified persons robbed a businessman of Timarpur, who was a manufacturer of TV kits. The robbers went to his factory on the pretext of buying spare parts for their TV. However, when they sensed that the victim was alone in the factory, the robbers tied his hands and legs and robbed him of his three gold rings, one gold chain, one mobile phone and TV kits, the police said.

Pirated CDs seized

During a drive launched to curb piracy menace in the Capital, the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police today claimed to have seized a large number of pirated CDs worth Rs 50 lakh.

The drive was launched following a complaint lodged by Kuldeep Jain, an authorised representative of ARCHIBEL S.A. Belgium, for taking action against those who were involved in this racket. The police recovered a total of 921 pirated software programme CDs of title namely RADAR, Autocol 2000, photoshop 7.0, Adobe 2002 Jasva Power new, the police said.TNS



Race for revolutionising mobile computing for the 21st century begins 

IBM India has launched three models of its new ThinkPad notebook computers powered by Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor M – the newest processor for the mobile computing platform.

The ThinkPad offers users advanced security in form of security chips, a revolutionary data recovery and management system, advanced system migration tools and support for advanced wireless technologies that combined with the high end computing power makes it an ideal combination for corporates.

With the Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor M, users can tale advantage of the latest computing trends such as digital music, wireless gaming, photography, movies and graphic-intensive applications. Also, the flexibility to enjoy them anytime, anywhere.

The processor also has a new mobile chipset, the Intel 845MP that offers external AGP 4X graphics support, a 400MHz processor system bus and DDR 266 MHz SDRAM for up to 1GB memory support.

The T30 range of ThinkPad offers UltraNav, a multipointing system that combines the latest full-function TrackPoint device with a new programmable touch pad. The UltraNav includes designed wrap-around buttons that have the same touch and feel as the IBM TrackPoint for maximum usability. The touch pad corners can be used as hot buttons to launch up to four software applications or web sites for users who have internet access and the entire touch pad can be used as a scrolling device.

All-season tyre

MRF introduces a new tyre, specially for Toyota Qualis. The special tube type tyre, steel belted radial tyre called ZQT, falls in the category of a broad tyre size– LT 195/70 R14 dedicated for the Toyota Qualis users.

The MRF ZQT has an all-season tread pattern and lays special emphasis on its side wall construction that is optimised for enhanced cushioning / comfort and superior handling. High speed cornering and braking under severe conditions are undertaken easily. The five rib construction with sipes features ensures that the required grip is achieved, both on wet and dry roads.

Both the petrol and diesel versions of the Toyota Qualis can be easily fitted with this new size LT 195 / 70 R14 MRF ZQT tyre.

Iodine stabilising salt

From the Hindustan Lever’s (HLL) stable comes Annapurna iodised salt with K-15 technology to preserve iodine in the salt.

The K-15 technique has the advantage of stabilising iodine as compared to the other techniques where most of the iodine is lost either in transit, storage or cooking. According to a study carried out by Central Salt and Marine Chemical Research Institute (CSMCRI), some of the brands of iodised salt lose up to 40 per cent of it in cooking. HLL claims Annapurna with its K-15 technology, preserves iodine in the salt so it reaches the consumers at the time of food intake.

Deficiency of iodine not only leads to goiter but also has an adverse impact on the mental development of growing children. It is the leading cause of preventable mental deficiency among children in the world today. An estimated 278 million Indians are at risk of Iodine Deficiency Disorders.

Pocketed Mattresses

The Softech range of Pocketed Spring Mattresses from Springwel promise a good night’s sleep. For maximum relief, it provides a perfect S shape to the spine. The Softech series have the highest coil count of finely tempered steel springs, covered in individual pockets, luxurious pockets and upholstery, and superior workmanship.

The Softech series has four ranges – Supersoft, Primasoft, Megasoft and Ultrasoft. The lowest costing mattress of the series is the Supersoft 72 / 30 inches.

Bathing Beauty

Aquaplus presents Bathing Beauty–double shelled, Victorian bathtub that is a combination of old world charm, modern technology and jet age material. It has acrylic sheet on the inner as well as on the outer side making it one of the strongest yet bathtubs. Scratch resistant, corrosion proof and non-fading, these bathtubs are available in a choice of shapes, sizes and colours.

Total protection

The only toothpaste to contain Gantrez, a copolymer that combines with the active germ-fighting ingredients to form a shield of protection for as long as 12 hours after brushing, Colgate Total offers protection from plaque, cavities, tartar build-up and bad breath.

User-friendly SEAL

Schenectady-Beck India, an affiliate of Schenectady International Inc, USA, has increased the offer basket of Beck Bond Construction Chemicals in the retail hardware market. In a bid to offer truly user-friendly products, the company has unveiled a new range of BeckSeal epoxy putties namely BeckSeal in canister packs and BeckSeal Aqua.

The new BeckSeal range includes BeckSeal Regular and BeckSeal fast, both ideal for sealing, filling, repairs and insulation, which come in 100 gram and 250 gram canisters. Also part of the new range, BeckSeal White comes in a canister pack of 50 grams and is ideal for white finishing and crafts.

BeckSeal Insta quick setting putty sets in less than eight minutes and can work effectively even on damp surfaces and wet conditions. It is ideal for emergency repairs, sealing of cracks, leaks in radiators, boats, pumps and pipelines. This canister is available in 50 gram packing.

Skincare sachets

Aviance, the international range of customised beauty solutions by HLL, announces the launch of easy-to-use skincare sachets and trial packs. Women would now be able to try out the products before moving on to the main packs. The Aviance range includes skin care, hair care, colour cosmetics and fragrances. With over 90 products, Aviance also offers trained beauty consultants through a unique interactive module called Personal Consultancy.

In six ml, 50 ml or 15 ml sizes, the skincare sachets and trial packs will be available in Skinergize cleansing gel, Shine Control cleansing gel, Moisturising Cleanser, Moisturising Bodywash, Intensive Moisturiser for feet, SPF 15 Moisturising Sunscreen, Intensive Moisture Complex 18 hour, Moisture Complex with vitamin E 12 hour, Skin Rejuvenating System, Complexion Enhancement System and Visible Effect under eye cream.

Electric chimneys

Faber Heatkraft has launched a new range of electric kitchen chimneys with revolutionary technology developed and patented by Faber SpA of Italy. It has various user-friendly hi-tech features like unique stainless steel Baffle Filter and complete metal pro extractor for higher suction along with Easy Cube for low noise levels at higher extraction levels and remote control for easy operation.

The Baffle Filter is made of stainless steel that avoids clogging and ensures complete suction. The unique structural design of curves and cups like strips ensures that all the oily and heavy grease particles get trapped at the bottom while hot oil in vapour form condense and deposit in the next curve. Being hollow, the filter can be washed easily using detergent in lukewarm water.

Automatic pump

Anupam Industries offer Anupam self-priming monoblock pump set in 0.5 horsepower and one horsepower. It has a unique automatic shut system that stops working in the case of the pump getting excessively heated. It also saves on electricity bills because of its specially insulated copper wirings inside.

Heart shaped soap

A new toilet soap called Duke has been launched that are packed in a big-sized jar without a wrapper and come in varied colours. They are available in the shape of a heart, star, fish, golf ball, etc.

Baby perfumes

Kaloo, the children’s brand of fragrances, introduces perfumes for children that have been specially developed for sensitive, baby-like skin. Four ‘Eaux de Senteur’ have been created to soften baby’s skin and for massaging after each nursery change. The fragrances are alcohol-free.

Kaloo Blue comes in a blue bottle with a bear head as the cap and has a citrus fragrance. Kaloo Sherpa is a fruity fragrance with a mix of peach, grapefruit, raspberry and musk. Kaloo Dragee, the candy fragrance, comes in a snow-white round bottle that has a cute long-eared rabbit’s head as its cap. 


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