Wednesday, June 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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L-G, CM are on collision course
Tribune News Service

Cong MLA in dock

* The LG has asked the Chief Secretary to forward a copy of the Lokayukta’s report to the Commissioner of Police for registration of a case, which should be investigated by the Crime Branch

* Further, Jaspal Singh be delivered the bill by June 29 and he be asked to pay the outstanding amount within seven days thereafter

* If property tax is not paid, coercive action as prescribed in law be taken

* DVB Chairman will immediately initiate departmental inquiries against the staff concerned

* Ravinder Balwani be restored to the position of Assistant Engineer (zone 1203) in Punjabi Bagh and be paid Rs 10,000 as cost

New Delhi, June 25
After his inquiry into the gross irregularities in the dealings of the Delhi Consumer Co-operative Wholesale Store Limited led to the dropping of Yoganand Shastri from the Sheila Dikshit Ministry, Lokayukta Justice RN Aggarwal’s adverse remarks this time round against Congress legislator Jaspal Singh have put the chief minister again on a veritable collision course with Lieutenant Governor Vijai Kapoor.

Lokayukta Justice RN Aggarwal has in his June 14 order held Jaspal Singh guilty of large-scale power theft, meter-tampering and manipulation of electricity bills. Also of failing to maintain the norms, integrity and conduct that ought to have been followed by a public functionary. The legislator, the report states, is found to have misused electricity connection at his Rajouri Garden residence for commercial purposes by using it to run a school, a wine shop and a hotel.

Referring to a “deep nexus” between the DVB officials and defaulters, the Lokyaukta says DVB Chairman Jagdish Sagar has acted in gross violation of the Board’s transfer policy by shunting off the engineer concerned. The Government of NCT of Delhi, the order reads, can look into the matter of “engineers behaving like puppets [who] develop such a relationship with a high dignitary or a political personality that they are willing to go to any length to oblige him.” That order also asks the Lieutenant Governor to direct the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to further investigate the matter.

Acting on the Lokayukta’s report, the Lieutenant Governor on Monday issued certain directions to the Government of NCT of Delhi that ask the chief secretary to forward a copy of the Lokayukta’s report to the Commissioner of Police for registration of a case against Jaspal Singh and which should be investigated by the Crime Branch.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday confabulated with Jaspal Singh even as Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Jagdish Mukhi engaged the attention of media persons to demand the legislator’ dismissal. And with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) upping the ante, the Congress leadership has gone into huddle to stave off the Opposition’s designs. Breaking her silence on the prickly issue, the chief minister told the NCR Tribune that the issue “smacks of political vendetta.” Preposterous, is how sources close to Ms Dikshit quoted her as saying soon after the dispatch from Raj Niwas landed on the chief secretary’s table.

The chief minister’s aides described the developments as unfortunate. “The legislator had written to the Lieutenant Governor seeking an audience with him. It was communicated to him that the personal hearing was scheduled for this morning but for reasons best known to them, the Raj Niwas chose to issue the directions yesterday,” said a source. Jaspal Singh, in turn, said the chief minister would be holding further discussions in this regard. His lawyer said the Lokayukta’s order could be challenged in the High Court.

The BJP has nevertheless seized the opportunity to queer the pitch for the Congress. Referring to the Lieutenant Governor’s directions and the Lokayukta’s order, Jagdish Mukhi said the Congress president should remove Jaspal Singh from the primary membership of the party. The DVB chairman too, he said, was equally guilty and cannot escape responsibility. Mukhi said he has written to the Speaker of the Delhi Legislative Assembly in this regard and added that Jaspal Singh should not remain a member of the Assembly. 



DSGMC poll: The more the murkier
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 25
With three days left for campaigning, the DSGMC poll scene got murkier today with allegations flying thick and fast. The latest to join the fray is the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee president, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, who today came out openly in support of the SAD (Badal) and accused the former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, of violating the Sikh traditions during his tenure as the head of the religious body for about two decades.

“The primary function of the SGPC is to promote the cause of Sikhism. However, during the tenure of Mr Tohra, this task was completely ignored, resulting in a large number of youth deviating from the basic tenets of the religion,” Mr Badungar alleged.

Accusing the former SGPC chief of being a “good manipulator”, Mr Badungar said “the members of the community were deeply hurt when Mr Tohra allowed the British Queen to enter the Golden Temple with her socks on and she was presented a siropa inside the Harmandir Sahib.”

“Siropas have never been presented to anyone inside the Harmandir Sahib and such an act deeply hurt the Sikhs,” he said. Asked whether Mr Tohra was summoned by the Akal Takht Jathedar for his acts or whether any hukumnama was issued for showing “considerations” to the British Queen, Mr Badungar said: “For each act, Akal Takht does not summon a person or issue a hukumnama. But, that does not mean that the community has taken the issue lightly.”

Mr Badungar defended the removal of Bhai Ranjit Singh as Akal Takht Jathedar by stating that the SGPC representatives have the right to appoint and remove the Jathedar as long as the due procedure laid down in the Act is followed. On the other hand, Mr Tohra alleged that the former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, “has always used the Sikhs outside Punjab for promoting his personal and parochial political interests.”

He said the former Chief Minister had played with the sentiments of the Sikhs in the Capital, rattled by Operation Blue Star and the anti-Sikh riots, by tagging them with the BJP. The BJP, which came to power with the help of minority votes, did not punish the guilty of 1984 riots or compensate the riot victims. Nor did it adopt a resolution condemning the riots, Mr Tohra said, adding that the former Chief Minister, by hobnobbing with the BJP, had secured a Cabinet berth for his son. Mr Tohra further alleged that the former Chief Minister had bartered away the rights of the Sikhs in the Terai area in UP, in Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

“Badal had supported the POTA, an anti-minority statute, favoured retention of Article 356 and had voted for the Water Disputes Bill, which would rob the states of their exclusive right to their water resources,” he added.

The outgoing DSGMC President and SAD (Badal) Delhi unit head, Mr Avtar Singh Hit, today dismissed allegations that he had diverted funds.



MDU plans to set up medical college in Gurgaon with MNC’s help
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, June 25
The Maharshi Dayanand University is planning to set up a medical college and hospital in Gurgaon in collaboration with a multi-national company.

The Vice Chancellor, Major Gen (reted) B. S. Suhag, told the NCR Tribune here today that the proposal has informally been discussed at the highest level in the state government. It will be submitted formally when the university finalises the tie-up plan. He, however, refused to disclose the name of the MNC.

The project is likely to cost Rs 100 crore, but the vice chancellor believes that finances will not be a problem once it is cleared by the state government and the Medical Council of India. The institute would generate its own funds and the university would ensure that it maintains international standards.

Nor will availability of land pose a problem, feels Major Gen Suhag. The HUDA has already earmarked 50 acres of land for establishing a ‘medi-city’ at Gurgaon and the university needs just 30 acres for its proposed medical college and super-speciality hospital. The university has also approached the state government for allotment of 25 acres on the Rewari-Narnaul highway for relocating the Post-Graduate Regional Centre (PGRC). The PGRC is presently located in rented buildings. After constructing its own PGRC campus, the university plans to set up a professional college there. The government, he said, was inclined to allot the required land.

The Vice Chancellor disclosed that teaching in post- graduate classes would commence from July 11 by which time the admission process would be over. The results of the entrance tests for admission to the law department have already been declared and the counselling process has started from today. The results of the MBA and B. Pharmacy entrance tests are expected any day.

He said that owing to a shortage of teachers in the compulsory subjects, seats have not been increased in degree colleges. Maj Gen Suhag hinted that the university would come down heavily on institutions which lack infrastructure. He said that show-cause notices of disassociation had been issued to at least 25 institutions. These bodies had been accorded status of `Associate Institute’ by the university and were running Prabhakar and Sanskrit courses. Some of these institutions existed only on paper and a few had two to three students on their rolls. The university would now run the Prabhakar and Sanskrit courses through the Distance Mode of Education.

The procedure for registration of research scholars has been also streamlined. The candidate will now give presentation of synopsis before the faculty members who will then decide the registration. The progress of the research scholar will also be closely watched after registration.



Students left high and dry in battle of books
Smriti Kak

New Delhi, June 25
For the students of class XI who have opted for Humanities, History texts will be elusive this academic session. When schools reopen next month, students will find it difficult to procure History textbooks. With the Supreme Court having issued a stay order on the revised History texts brought out by the NCERT, and the NCERT expressing its inability in reprinting the old texts, it is the students and their teachers who seem to be caught in a piquant situation.

NCERT officials, who have of late been accused of failing to provide the textbooks on time, repudiate the claim by asserting that the court’s stay order has to be honoured and hence the delay. “We would have printed all the books on time, but we had to abide by the Supreme Court’s decision to stop the printing of the new books. Though the court has now allowed us to print the books, except Social Studies for class six and nine and Hindi for classes one, three, six, nine and 11, we are now working round the clock to meet the deadline. As for the History texts we cannot print them because we cannot violate the Supreme Court’s directive, but we cannot also reprint the old texts. It is not possible to print so many new text books at such a short time span and simultaneously carry out the reprinting of the old texts”, said an NCERT official.

The schools meanwhile have been put on the job to procure old books. “ We have decided to stick to the old syllabus, therefore we have told our students to share the books. The students who have passed out of classes IX and XI have been told to hand over their texts to the new students. There is too much confusion, but since classes IX and XI are internal examinations we are somehow managing the teaching part. We have also decided to teach those portions first that are overlapping in both the old and the new course”, said, Mrs. Rita Bhatia, a History Teacher in Cambridge School.

It is also being reported that the NCERT’s inability to provide the old texts spells a boon for the private publishers, some of whom have already started supplying the History texts based on the old NCERT syllabus. “I am not sure how many publishers have done this, but there are some who have reprinted their old texts. The texts based on the new syllabus cannot be printed because of the stay order, but we can reprint the old ones”, said the Secretary General of the Federation of Educational Publishers in India, Mr. Kamla Arora.

He added, “Even if the court’s decision is to go ahead with the new syllabus, it seems unlikely that schools will implement the new syllabus from this academic session. The schools will reopen in July and the directive will come after that. What will the schools do in the meantime? They have to continue with the old syllabus”.

The NECRT claims that the books for class XI are almost ready. “ By the 30th of June we will have Accounts, Statistics, Chemistry, Mandakini of Sanskrit, Business Studies and Mathematics texts available in the markets. In the first week of July we will provide Political Science, Psychology, Economics and Geography followed by Biology. The Hindi versions will follow the English version”, pointed out the NCERT official.

The CBSE officials could not be contacted for their comment.



Only 3-hr notice needed to raid power thieves

New Delhi, June 25
The Cabinet on Tuesday approved the expansion of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) by creating two more posts on the panel, thereby turning it into a multi-member body.

It also approved certain amendments to the Delhi Electricity Act. One such amendment entails that post-privatisation the distribution companies owned and managed by private players will have to issue a notice only three hours prior to conducting a raid instead of the 24 hours.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit told media persons that the amendment was warranted because the government’s plans to introduce an anti-theft legislation were hanging fire. “Bringing about a legislation,” she said, “would have meant further delay…. Since the distribution of electricity is to be handed over to the private companies next month, an amendment to the Act was necessary.”

Prior to the signing of the share acquisition agreement with the government, Tata Power and Brihanmumbai Electric Supply Limited (BSES) had insisted on a suitable legislation to curb pilferage. Although the decision to amend the Act virtually puts an end to enactment of such a legislation, sources said the anti-theft legislation could still be on the cards as discussions were on with the Centre in this regard.

On the expansion of DERC into a three-member body, sources said Justice Lokeshwar Prasad’s name was being considered for one of the two new posts. The third member would be representing the Government of India. The DERC will come into play after the private players gain a controlling stake in the distribution of electricity and regulation of tariff will be its exclusive domain. TNS



With a litany of woes, HVP clamours for 
govt’s dismissal
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 25
The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) of former Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, today urged for the dismissal of the Haryana Government in view of its discriminatory public policies and the farmers’ agitation in the state.

In a memorandum to the Haryana Governor, Babu Parmanand, the HVP made an inventory of the flaws in the policies pursued by the INLD government and pleaded that he should recommend imposition of President’s rule in the state. The memorandum was submitted to the Governor by a large delegation of HVP workers led by Mr Surender Singh, general secretary of the party and a son of Mr Bansi Lal, through the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, Mr Anurag Rastogi.

The HVP submitted the memorandum after holding an impressive demonstration against the state government, the focus of which was its policy of concession to the farming community for collection of the tariff dues, the inequitable distribution of irrigation water in the state and the farmers’ agitation. Although the representation to the Governor espoused the case of the entire state, the centre of gravity of today’s agitation programme was Gurgaon and other areas of the Ahirwal belt of south Haryana.

A former minister from the state, Mr Harsh Kumar, Mr Mukesh Sharma and Mr Ram Chander Yadav also took part in the demonstration.

Earlier, talking to mediapersons, Mr Surender Singh said the areas of the Ahirwal belt were worst affected due to scarcity of water and power and they needed immediate attention.

Taking offence at the government’s policy of extending concessions to the farming community in payment of arrears of power tariff, the HVP said that it was highly discriminatory against those law abiding consumers who had paid dues to the last nickel. To restore a semblance of equality, rule-obedient farmers should be refunded the money along with interest to become beneficiaries of the faulty concession policy. The farmers of south Haryana had been paying the dues. They had suffered on account of the policy of the state, he added.

The HVP alleged discrimination in matter of distribution of available water to the areas of the Ahirwal belt of south Haryana. The areas are facing acute shortage of potable and irrigation water, disrupting normal life in the process.

Referring to the farmers’ agitation in some pockets of the state, Mr Surender Singh took a potshot at the ruling INLD, especially the party supremo and Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, holding him responsible for it. When Mr Chautala was in the opposition he had counseled farmers not to pay the power tariff dues. He had goaded them to the path of violence and confrontation with the then government. The INLD misled the farmers and garnered their votes in the last assembly and parliamentary elections in the state on the false promise of providing free power and water. Now when it had come to power the problem had hit it hard. But the Chief Minister was trying to belittle the farmers’ agitation, which had disturbed peace in some areas of the state and threatened to engulf the entire state.

The HVP also demanded that the policy of slab system, especially for the areas in the Ahirwal belt devised by the Bansi Lal government, which has been scrapped by the present establishment, should be restored. The slab system was enforced for assessment of power tariff.

In the memorandum as well as the address to party workers by Mr Surender Singh, the HVP pooh-poohed the visit of Mr Chautala to foreign countries to woo investors, saying that it was ironical that the extant industries were in the process of fleeing from the state. He attributed the alleged flight of industrial units from the state since the INLD assumed power to the deteriorating law and order situation and extortion from industrialists and traders.

The HVP also alleged large-scale grabbing of land by anti-social elements in collusion with higher-ups in the ruling establishment.

He alleged the Congress was not playing the role of the main opposition party in the state.

Responding to a specific question, he debunked the theory that he would join the Congress.



Police ‘excesses’ mar operation
Bijendra Ahlawat

Faridabad, June 25
Several complaints of police excesses and harassment have surfaced in the district ever since `Operation blunder’ was launched to track down vehicles which use unauthorised beacon lights.

The latest case of harassment is the alleged beating up of an industrialist and his son by policemen near Sector-23 yesterday. The incident, not the first of its kind, has spurred a debate over the general style of police functioning. The lesson seems to be that if one reasons with the cops, one could not only get a thrashing but also get booked in a criminal case.

Although the police officials have accused the industrialist and his son of assaulting the men in uniform when the latter demanded their vehicle documents, the incident has rattled the residents here.

Rajesh Kumar, a resident of sector-16, said that he had not taken out his vehicle for the last so many days as he feels intimidated. He claimed that one of his relatives had to bribe some policemen recently at Mathura Road even though his papers were in order. (The police has challaned hundreds of vehicles in the operation launched since June 20.)

The SSP, Mr Ranbir Sharma, when contacted, said that the crackdown on vehicles carrying unauthorised beacon lights had been a success. He claimed that all illegal beacon lights had been either removed or vehicles carrying them had been challaned. The illegal plying of maxi cabs and

private commercial vehicles had also been checked. However, about incidents of harassment and misbehaviour by policemen, he said people might be feeling some inconvenience, but insisted that the operation was in the larger interest of the public.

He felt that the alleged beating up of the industrialist and his son had been overplayed by the media and claimed that the accused had assaulted the policeman first. Also, the driver of the car did not have any papers.

Mr Sharma has asked the people to co- operate with the police and inform him of any excess or misuse of authority by the cops.



Jagmohan launches India Travel Mart brochure 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 25
The Tourism and Culture Minister, Mr Jagmohan, today launched the new brochure of India Travel Mart (ITM) for 2002-2003 in the presence of people from the tourism, travel, aviation and hospitality trade to boost tourism awareness in the country.

India Travel Mart is the country’s prestigious travel and tourism exhibitions to be organised in six cities of India at Jaipur, Mumbai, Indore, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Chandigarh.

ITM is a prominent event of its kind in India, showcasing the best from the travel, tourism and hospitality industry to promote inbound, outbound and domestic tourism. The three-day exhibition will provide detailed information to choose perfect holiday destinations and packages around the country and abroad. The theme of the ITM is “Welcome to My Land”.

According to Mr Ajay Gupta, managing director, India Travel Mart, ITM will provide an advantage and rare opportunity to many countries, states, tourism and hospitality industry to showcase their destinations and packages to delegates and visitors.

The main aim is to add to the tourist figure, as also to spread awareness of the tourism industry and its capable growth.

This prestigious exhibition will focus on favourite and popular national and international destinations, airlines, travel and tourism, hospitality industry, health tourism, heritage properties, leisure and other related industries from India and abroad.

The basic purpose behind holding these events is to provide a platform to interact directly with their prospective clients/customers.

It will provide an opportunity to international and national organisations, entrepreneurs, potential investors, government and private institutions, decision-makers from different fields of the industry to come together and provide suggestions and solutions for the development of the tourism industry.

ITM will also act as a business platform for businessman to exchange their ideas, improving their business contacts, finding potential joint venture partners, publicity of new packages, product and services, direct meeting and booking with the customers. ITM offer unlimited opportunities for everyone to explore, promote, market and publicise their destination/product/organisation at one place.



Come rain, give a sheen to your wanton locks
Smriti Kak

Tina and Indrani in Ritu Kumar’s Monsoon Collection
Tina and Indrani in Ritu Kumar’s Monsoon Collection.

Monsoon is here, almost. It is also a season when you must choose the right make-up, hairstyle and clothes to save from looking like a dishevelled cocker spaniel.

Using the right fabrics and the correct cuts and design are just as necessary as picking up the right footwear and the right hairstyle.

Especially, hair becomes brittle and unmanageable during the rains. Wetting your locks in the rain seems harmless, but the damage that the rain does to your hair is another story.

Hair experts counsel that one should never let one’s hair get wet in the rains. Because of the pollution, suspended particles in the air are harmful to the skin as well as the hair. They settle on the hair along with the rainwater. So, cover your hair with a cap or take along an umbrella.

Wash your hair using mild shampoo and condition it thereafter. Rinsing the dirt that has accumulated is necessary, otherwise it leads to itching. Preferably, keep your hair tied in the monsoons. Beauty and hair care experts suggest that one should go in for a shorter hair cut. Style your hair when it is dry. Wet hair breaks easily. Avoid using a hair dryer. Instead, let hair dry on its own. Wet hair is like elastic and it stretches easily and snaps. Towel-dry gently and don’t pull. So, combing wet hair is an absolute no-no. Use your fingers to brush hair when it’s wet until it is just slightly damp. Now pick up your styling brushes.

And if you have been caught in a sudden downpour first de-tangle your hair using a wide-tooth comb. Blow-dry if the water is still dripping from your hair. If you’re at work, let hair air-dry. You can braid your hair or tie it into a knot when it’s dry. If your hair is curly then twirl it around your fingers and leave it open.

Beauty expert Blossom Kocchar hands down these must-follow steps for the summer and the monsoon.

A quick self-help massage is always the best pick-me-up in the course of a busy day. To counter fatigue, massage the inner pads of the eyebrows and move in circular motion till your temples. This will help give you immense relief.

Freshen up the atmosphere around your desk with aromatherapy, which works well in humid weather. Fill a small bowl of potpourri with essential oils like lavender and basil to feel energised and fresh.

Shampoo your hair everyday as it helps you stay clean and also feel fresh. If you are worried about over shampooing, dilute the shampoo with water.

A very quick feel-fresh tip is to dab a little drinking soda on your face for a healthy glow. This removes the shiny look one gets from sweating on face.

Always use a cream rinse or conditioner after shampooing, so you do not pull too much hair. Also, when blow-drying the hair use the coolest temperature as too much heat dries out the hair.

Monsoon collection

The celebrated monsoon is here and there is plenty of inspiration for the designers to create a flutter during the rains. A riot of colours and prints will be unleashed to match the exuberance of the season.

To celebrate this season, fashion diva Ritu Kumar introduces a monsoon collection to mirror the unique tones and textures of this season.

The doyen of the fashion world has chosen to use and reflect the layered hues, the colours of the sky and the earth to create textures on all surfaces. Khakis, petrol blues, prunes and blacks have been chosen as a reflection of the season.

There is a common grain accentuating the features of fabric and the depth of colour. On offer are a collection of printed crepes, organza and denims. New shapes have been added with utmost consideration to quality and finishing. Cuts and fabrics have been carefully constructed with attention paid to the palate and concept of the theme. The denims are striking in their chosen tones, which have been manipulated through many processes and make them a must have this season.

The collection also includes a sequence of embroidered blouses in a light check fabric. They have a soft oriental look, fashioned in minimal cuts and accentuated by floral motifs, which are blended into the base colours. The colours include white, sky blue, navy, burgundy and black. Ecru trousers and capris accompany these in blended cotton lycra fabric, smooth and comfortable. This line is clean and very feminine.

In the traditional suit line, an eveningwear line is being introduced in a dark formal palate of indigo, burgundy and navy. The look is delicate with its fine cut work and lace detailing, embellished with minute seed pearls and net inserts. The mood reflects dappled light and is set for wet monsoon evenings.

Crepe sherwanis

Renu Nigam, the designer with a penchant for sherwanis, has unveiled her summer collection. Crafted out of cotton and crepe, the summer collection is ideal for the summers.

Natural fabric, which allows the body to cool and breath in the scorching summer

Heat, has been extensively used. The collection showcases jodhpuris, which can be worn with anything from trousers to a waistcoat. There is the wedding sherwani, with antique embroidery and careful handiwork. Crushed tissue clothing is used as the inner for the sherwani.

The crepe sherwani is light in weight with a lot of pin tacks on the sleeve and the inner part. These crepe sherwanis are ideal for weddings in the summer.

The evening westerns are based on shirts and trousers with waistcoat to add elegance in the summers. Made from natural fibres, they are very comfortable. A sherwani in pristine white with a matching stole is the trendiest of the sherwani collection, which is priced at Rs 5,000 onwards.

Art interiors

Furniture and home accessories at the Cottage Emporium
Furniture and home accessories at the Cottage Emporium. 

Living Concepts, an art interior exhibition, is currently on at the Cottage Emporium. The exhibition is a stylised presentation of art-inspired interiors by interior designer Payal Kapoor, who has constructed interesting cameos of modern homes.

Making use of art, furniture and artefacts from the emporium, Kapoor has put together a cottage way of life for the modern home.

“The cottage has a wide and versatile range of furniture and home accessories. All it takes is a creative sense of imagination to put it together to create a perfect harmonious blend in interiors,” says the designer.

Kapoor has left impressions of her creative zest on the Umaid Bhavan Palace Hotel and the Palace on Wheels among others.

In the cottage, you can catch her using chairs resplendent with Kishangarh miniatures, carved pidhis from Shekhavati, solid wood consoles and settees from Kashmir and Chhattisgarh.

The exhibition is on till the 29th of this month.

The visiting Sudanese Minister, Mr Siddik Mugataba
The visiting Sudanese Minister, Mr Siddik Mugataba, with Mr Sandeep Marwah who has been appointed the chairperson of the Indian chapter of the Sudanese Cultural Forum.

Cultural forum

Mr Siddik Mugataba, visiting Sudanese Minister, announced the setting up of the Indo-Sudanese Cultural Forum and appointed Mr Sandeep Marwah as the chairperson of its Indian chapter.

The visiting dignitary was addressing students of AAFT and said Indian movies depicted realism in adequate measure. Paying rich tributes to the genius of Indian cinema, he said that Indian films were popular in Sudan. He sought the cooperation of AAFT in the training of Sudanese film and television personnel.

Silver artefacts

For world class décor, d’Mart, a store offering silver products, has culled artefacts from reputed and internationally renowned brand manufacturers like Tiche, Linea Argenti, Olri, Cevik and Ebano.

Beautiful sculpted silverware that is priced for the high-end consumer can be found at the store. Right from the wedding trousseau to containers for food or objects of beauty, d’Mart is a treasure trove of silverware.



Two arrested for murdering mother-in-law 
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 25
The police arrested two women on the charge of murdering their mother-in-law at Hari Singh Colony here on Monday evening. Those arrested were identified as Poonam, wife of Rajesh and Sunita, wife of Sanjay, residents of Hari Singh Colony.

Mr Sher Singh, a resident of Kakrana village in Kalanaur town stated in the FIR that he found his sister, Ompati, lying in a pool of blood on the ground. He charged Poonam and Sunita with murdering their mother-in-law. The body was handed over to the family of the deceased after a post-mortem examination.

Meter replacement

The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has identified six feeders in the town for replacement of the old mechanical meters with new electronic ones.

According to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, these feeders have been identified on the basis of line loss. The feeders include Faridabad urban, Sector-15, Sector-15-A, NH-I, township, Sector-22, Sector-23 and Sector 7 here. He said the messing system would be checked and repaired wherever required.

Shop looted

Thieves reportedly struck a cold drinks agency near the bus stand in Bahadurgarh town and decamped with Rs 70,000 on Monday night. According to the owner of agency, Mr Jaisingh, when he arrived at the shop in the morning, he found the back door broken. Later, he also discovered that all the cash in the cupboard was missing.

Later, the police arrived on the spot with dogs and finger print experts from Rohtak. However, the police could not give any clue about the robbery so far.

Ticket checking

The railway magistrate, Ambala, along with other staff of the Northern Railway, hauled up more than 250 passengers travelling without tickets in a day-long checking of incoming mail, express and passenger trains at the railway station here yesterday.

According to a report, the checking started at 9 a.m. with the arrival of the Delhi bound Jhelum Express and continued until 6 p.m.

All the passengers without ticket were produced before the Railway Magistrate who imposed fines ranging between Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 on them.

Those passengers without valid ticket, who paid their fines, were let off by the magistrate.

As many as 100 such passengers who could not pay the fine, were arrested and taken to Ambala jail.

It was stated that some of the passengers caught without ticket, used their mobile telephones to call up friends and relatives to help them in the payment of the fine. It was unique in itself. For the first time passengers without ticket used their mobile telephones to save themselves from the wrath of the checking staff and the police.

It was remarkable that during the period of the checking, the sale of platform tickets went up. Moreover, many passengers who generally travelled without ticket to their destinations, today purchased tickets. Obviously, the railways earned a huge income from the sale of tickets.

2 injured

Two youths were injured when a speeding jeep collided with a mule cart on the Sonepat-Gohana road near here on Monday.

According to a report, the injured were identified as Raj Singh and Dayanand of Jaji village. They were sitting on the mule cart.

Both were immediately hospitalised and they were stated to be out of danger. The police have registered the case. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

Youth arrested

The special staff of Sonepat police has arrested a youth Rajesh, the son of Ram Kumar Jat of Bhatgaon village following the alleged recovery of a fake number plate and a fake engine number of a car from his possession.

Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told mediapersons here that a patrolling police party arrested the culprit as a result of a nakabandi organaised near Bhatagon village.

During the inspection, the police Discovered the fake number plate and the engine number. The Superintendent of Police disclosed that the culprit, during the course of interrogation, told the police that he along with his brother, Satish Kumar and one Narinder, the son of Daryao Singh, were engaged in the work of changing number plates and engine number of vehicles and the car was stolen by Narinder.

According to the SP, a case has been registered against the culprits and further investigations were in progress.

The SP further disclosed that the police have also arrested a youth, Krishan, the son of Dayanand of Butana village and recovered a pistol and five live cartridges from his possession.

A case against him was registered with the Rai police under the Indian Arms Act.

Car taken away

Three armed youths took away a car from its driver, Parneel, of Thana Kalan village near Rampur Kundal village, along the Haryana-Delhi border about 25 km from here.

According to a report, the miscreants had hired the car and asked the driver to accompany them.

When the car reached Rampur Kundal village, one of the miscreants took out a pistol and threatened the driver. They also beat up the driver.

Thereafter, they pushed him out of the car and fled away with the car. The car driver lodged an FIR at the Kharkhauda police station.



Toll tax leaves operators fuming
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 25
The Union Ministry of Surface Transport and the National Highway Authority of India have not only levied a huge toll tax on the heavy, medium and light vehicles but also started recovering it from operators at a focal point on the GT Road, near the Oasis tourist complex at Karnal. According to a report, the rate of the toll tax has been fixed as follows: light goods vehicle (Rs 900),truck (Rs 175), heavy vehicle(Rs 375),car/jeep (Rs 75), truck driver (Rs 262), heavy goods vehicle (Rs 562).

The recovery of this toll tax was made effective from the midnight of Sunday. It was recovered yesterday from the vehicles passing through this point for Chandigarh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

A strong police contingent was posted at this focal point as a precautionary measure.



Passenger hurt in shootout over fare 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi June 25
A resident of Abul Fazal Enclave, Raju (32), was injured when a helper of Rural Transport Vehicle (RTV), plying between Kalindi Kunj and Jama Masjid, shot at a passenger after an argument on travel fare.

The incident took place after a heated argument between two passengers of the RTV and the helper of the vehicle. The passengers were identified as Irshad and Feroz Akhtar. The victim was admitted to AIIMS.

Auto-Lifters held: The Special Cell of the Delhi Police arrested two inter-state auto-lifter from Safdarjung Enclave area yesterday where they had gone to dispose off a stolen Maruti car.

They were identified as Ajay Kumar Sethi of Dehra Dun and Ravi Kapoor of Delhi.

A team was deployed there as the police had secret information about them.

As soon as they reached there with the white Maruti car, the police arrested them.

The car was stolen from Naraina in the Capital. During interrogation, Ajay disclosed that his gang members were active in Delhi, Haryana Rajasthan, and UP.

Ajay Kumar was a graduate and entered the criminal world in 1990 after he met Gullu Jabbar, who was a notorious robber in Dehra Dun. Ajay was involved in a number of auto-lifting cases in the Capital, the police said.



MNC chief hails India’s market potential
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, June 25
A strong sales force of over 40,000 persons and a reach in over 31 cities, clearly indicates that India has an enormous potential for Tupperware products, said the Worldwide CEO and chairman of the company, Mr Rick Goings.

Mr Goings said that Tupperware India Pvt Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the USA based Tupperware Corporation, started its operation in India in 1996.

The company is one the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality plastic food storage and serving containers.

Describing its sales system as the modern way to shop, he said that the Tupperware’s direct selling system is a powerful and popular system involving over a million dealers, managers and distributors world wide.

He added that they would constantly channelise their energy towards justifying the faith the Indian population had bestowed in them.

Mr Goings today unveiled two latest products from the world class repertoire of Tupperware, ice cream cups and maga-magic flow at Delhi.

The managing director, Tupperware India, Mr Kanwar S Bhutani, said that the road ahead is full of challenges and excitement. The company would constantly bring in new products for the customers and continuously introduce schemes and incentive programmes for the sales force, added Mr Bhutani.

Mr Goings is here to visit a charitable dispensary in DLF Phase 1, which is run by a non-profit organisation, Quota International and funded to a large extent by Tupperware.

All patients at the dispensary, which is primarily meant for the weaker sections and labour class, are treated free of cost.


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