Monday, July 8, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


All out to oblige a spy
Parmindar Singh

Noida, July 7
A local court has placed Pakistani spy Mohd Salim alias Rana alias Prakash Chawla in police remand for six days. The police had pleaded for 14 days’ remand for this mole who fully exploited the corrupt system till his arrest on July 1.

The police have also arrested the two persons who had helped Salim in procuring a ration card and a passport. J. P. Yadav of Chhapraula had helped Salim in procuring a ration card whereas R. P. Chandel of Nangla Charan Das had helped him in getting a passport.

Salim, it is now clear, had almost everything on a platter, with the connivance of an eager-to-please corrupt administration in Noida and Ghaziabad.

With help from these quarters, he was able to open even a bank account in his name.

A smooth operator, Salim managed to grease the palms of officers who could oblige him. He had already managed to secure good character and conduct certificates from the local residents.

The Sector 39 Noida police nabbed Salim on July 1 and seized highly classified documents from his possession. These documents pinpointed the IAF bases and gave details about deployment of troops, the movement of artillery.

Further inquiries about Salim have established that he had the entire administrative system on its knees. Rana had sneaked into India from Pakistan via Punjab without any visa, passport or valid travel document.

Before being selected for this assignment, he was sent to the Field Intelligence Unit (FIU), Lahore, by the Directorate of Air Intelligence, Pakistan. Hi mission was to collect detailed information about the Air Force base in Ambala cantonment. He was trained in the art of collating information and identifying different types of aircraft.

It has been confirmed that Salim was a resident of house no 295, gali no 4, Mohalla Latifabad, Rahim Yaar Khan district, Punjab province, Pakistan. After entering India, he came to Noida and started living in Ch Phool Singh’s house in Harijan Basti in Sector 37. He introduced himself as Prakash Chawla. He immediately got down to establishing his bona fides, so that he could start transmitting information to his bosses across the border. First, as Prakash Chawla, he got a ration card made. The card bears the stamp of Gram Panchayat Vikas Adhikari, Nangla Charan Das, but does not have the stamp or signature of the District Civil Supplies Officer. This proved to be his undoing. He was arrested on account of this irregularity.

Sanjay Kumar, Manager of Gomukhi Aqua Products Pvt Ltd in Greater Noida, had issued Salim a character certificate on the official letterhead of the company. Dated January 24, 2002, it says he had known Prakash Chawla for one year. Salim also secured an affidavit on a stamp paper of Rs 10 from Balbir Singh of Nangla Charan Das village, affirming that Prakash Chawla had been living in his house for 18 months.

For the passport, Salim contacted a local travel agency, Rajorya Travels, which issued a reference letter in the name of Prakash Chawla on January 24 this year. Inquiries have revealed that one Kishan Chandel owns this company. His father, Daya Ram Chandel, is posted as Superintendent in the Regional Passport office, Ghaziabad. Kishan Chandel is running a flourishing passports business in Noida.

Nor did he have any trouble getting a driving licence, thanks to the touts in the transport office.

Salim even opened an account in the Bank of Baroda. Two of his neighbours vouchsafed for him. In about eight months of his stay, Salim had gauged and understood the working of each department.


Delhi cops’ night out with CP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7
If some of the Delhiites found the local policemen bleary eyed and nodding off to sleep this morning, it was not because of the weather. The reason was that perhaps for the first time in many months they spent the entire night patrolling in their respective areas, so that the citizens could sleep in peace.

Their night out was not voluntary. Left to themselves, they would have preferred, as usual, the cool comforts of their precincts. But then the new police commissioner, Mr. R. S. Gupta, obviously felt otherwise. He had ordered that all police personnel, Station House Officer downwards, except those manning the desks and telephones in the Capital’s 135 police stations, should be out on the streets putting the fear of god in the hardened hearts of the criminals. The new police commissioner, too, was out on the streets leading his force from the front.

And since he had asked his personal staff to keep his location (position in police wireless parlance) a secret, the Delhi policemen had no choice but to be where they had been stationed – out on the streets. The police commissioner could well be lurking in their area and that was a good enough reason not to take any chances. After all, the police commissioner had said at the outset that he would weed out those found shirking their responsibilities. He was all for extending the “carrot and stick “ policy of the previous police commissioner, Mr. Ajai Raj Sharma.

The presence of so many policemen out on the streets throughout the night had its salutary effect. No major crime was reported. “ Not even an unidentified body” was found on the streets, commented a station house officer wryly when he was roused from his well deserved sleep by the NCR Tribune around 8 a.m. to get his reaction.

The citizens were happy that for a change the policemen were doing what they had been hired to do – protecting the lives and properties of the tax payers. Their unanimous appeal to the police commissioner was, “ Please sir, keep this up”.

As a rule all the police officers, including Station House Officers, are required to spend at least one night in a month patrolling their respective areas. But over the years, this ritual, meant to highlight the presence of khaki on the streets, had been reduced to just that without any proper supervision. The new police commissioner has vowed that he will restore this practice in all its glory.


Govt dishing out PSUs on a platter: Paswan
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Sonepat, July 7
Coming down heavily on the Atal Behari Vajpayee-led NDA Government for its failure on all fronts, the former Union Minster and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, today lashed out at disinvestment policies of the government saying that the government was playing with country’s interests while “selling off” the profit-making public sector undertakings.

He was addressing a well-attended “Ekta Rally”, organised by the Haryana unit of the party here today. Mr Paswan, who resigned as the Union Coal and Mines Minister on April 29 in the wake of the unabating communal violence in Gujarat, squarely blamed the Narendra Modi Government for the riots and demanded the imposition of the President’s Rule in Gujarat.

He also alleged that profitable government undertakings like NALCO, Maruti, VSNL and the ITDC were being “sold-off” to the private sector for a song.

Terming the unemployment problem as the topmost problem confronting the country, the Dalit leader ridiculed BJP’s promise of providing one crore jobs per year before the last general elections. On the contrary, over 20 lakh employed persons were losing jobs every year following the lop-sided retrenchment policies of the government.

Taking a dig at his bete noir, the Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, the former Railway Minister alleged that while the air fares were showing a downward trend, the railway fares had been increased for the reasons best known to the government.

Accusing the RSS, the VHP and the Bajrang Dal of being in collusion with the wrong policies of the government, Mr Paswan blamed the government for showing the door to the performer-ministers.

And with an eye on the huge Jat vote bank in the state, Mr Paswan reiterated the party’s demand of the quota for the Jats in the government jobs on the pattern of Rajasthan and UP. In a bid to woo the voters of other castes, Mr Paswan urged the people to rise above caste politics and take the “battle of development” to its logical end so as the rid the downtrodden of their deplorable plight.

While Mr Paswan was severe in his criticism of the BJP, the BSP and INLD, he was guarded in his criticism of the Congress. Sources said with the BSP reportedly deciding to throw its lot with the BJP in the event of the snap mid-term general election, the LJP might go in for a strategic alliance with the Congress, which has been in an upbeat mood following its successes in the state assembly elections early this year.

Blasting the Om Parkash Chautala-led government for its non-performance, the president of the Haryana Unit, Capt Shamsher Singh Malik (retd), alleged that while Mr Chautala led a large delegation to several foreign countries recently, industry’s flight from the state continued on account of lop-sided government policies.

Demanding a White Paper on the functioning of Huda, Capt Malik wanted the state government to fill all SC/ST posts in the state. He also demanded subsidised power and water for farmers and setting up of the Self-employment Commission.

The general secretary and spokesman of the Haryana Unit, Mr Surender Hooda, said the second successful rally after the October 28 rally at Rohtak, showed that the party was gaining ground in the state.

Prominent among those, who spoke were Mr Rambir Bidhuri, national spokesman, Mr Ram Chander Paswan,MP and Dalit Sena chief, Mr Lalit Gautam, Delhi unit chief, Dr Aseem Khan, president of Chhatra Lok Janshakti, Mr Rajiv Ranjan, Yuva Lok Janshakti chief, and Mr Latika Sharma, Mahila Janshakti chief.


DSGMC to bring youth back into fold
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7
One of the first tasks that the new Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) is planning to undertake is to strengthen the Dharam Prachar Committee in view of the persistent demand of the elders in the community that the youth are neglecting the basic tenets of the religion and veering away from tradition.

The basic task of the Dharam Prachar Committee is to spread the message of the Sikh Gurus and acquaint the community with the finer tenets of the religion. But over the years, the committee has become complacent, leaving the task of spreading the message of the Gurus to the traditional priests.

Elders of the community have repeatedly pointed out the fact that members of the community, particularly the younger generation, have been veering away from tradition and are even discarding the five Ks of the religion. This, they claim, is evident from the number of younger Sikhs, particularly in the Capital, forsaking the turban for the more comfortable cap for covering their heads. This is totally unacceptable. The turban is a symbol of the Sikhs’ distinct identity and pride.

It has also been brought to the notice of the members of the committee that many in the younger generation are unable to read and write Punjabi. This is one reason that they are unable to read Gurbani and Guru Granth Sahib in the original form.

The reason for this is that many members of the community prefer educating their wards in institutions and schools other than those run by the DSGMC where Punjabi is part of the curriculum. This, in turn, is the result of the deteriorating standard of education in these institutes. In fact, a large number of Sikhs here, including members of the Sikh Forum, had urged the various Akali Dals contesting the DSGMC poll to make quality education the main poll plank. They had expressed serious concern over all these issues.

Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi), which won 24 of the 46 seats in the recent elections, has indicated that these issues will be given due importance since they involve the sentiments of the community. It is precisely for this reason that he has assured full autonomy to both the education and finance committees with a promise that a substantial sum would be allocated for religious affairs and education.


Teachers jockeying for plum MDU post
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, July 7
The recent removal of the Registrar of Maharishi Dayanand University from the post has activated certain influential people, especially the teachers, who have started jockeying for the position.

The Registrar was removed from the chair on Thursday after a reported scuffle with the Deputy Chief Security Officer of the university on the campus at the dead of night. He was reportedly in an inebriated condition. The vice-chancellor is yet to be signalled by the government for the post. While the government sources indicated that an IAS officer would be appointed, the vice-chancellor recently announced that an academician would be assigned the duties of the Registrar. It triggered speculations on the campus and made certain teachers lobby hard to get the ‘dream’ post.

In view of the consecutive appointments to this post that had so far been made on political considerations, the Maharishi Dayanand University Teachers Association (MDUTA) has stressed that the senior functionaries of the university should be selected purely on merit.

A resolution in this regard was passed at a meeting of the executive committee of MDUTA held under the chairmanship of Dr Vazir Nehra this morning. The association alleged that the Vice-Chancellor Maj-Gen. (retd) Bhim Singh Suhag, had been harbouring unscrupulous elements and harassing the dedicated employees. The MDUTA appealed to the chancellor-cum-governor to order a probe into the matter. In a separate resolution, the association decided to send separate letters to the vice-chancellor, chancellor and the chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) regarding the inclusion of some teaching material into the syllabi of different courses by the university authorities hurriedly, ignoring the academic council of the university.

Dr Vazir Nehra also alleged that the university administration had been victimising the MDUTA leaders by issuing them show cause notices on ‘flimsy’ grounds.

He said that the cases of promotion of teachers decided at the meetings of the selection/screening committee, should be placed in the meeting of the Executive Council of the university slated for July 12 in Chandigarh.


Spare the rod and save the children
Smriti Kak

New Delhi, July 7
The aphorism, `Spare the rod and spoil the child,’ is being challenged by psychologists and counsellors around the world; the experts are blaming the rod for traumatising the children not just physically but also emotionally, leaving scars that take either too long to heal or do not heal at all. The debate over corporal punishment has been raging in most schools of the Capital for the last couple of months, following several incidents in which children were subjected to ‘inhuman physical torture’ by those very teachers who were supposed to teach them the values of life. But, simultaneously, the role of the parents at home has also come into focus.

Psychologist Dr Samir Parikh, who carried out a survey in some schools in the Capital recently, noted: “What disturbs a student most is the physical punishment given to him, and that too if it’s given frequently and when the student is not clear about the reason for his punishment. Even though we would like to maintain as a society that physical punishment should be less, we have seen that most teachers resort to this in class, specially in the middle school.”

He adds, “This leaves a bad impact on the student which can result in his becoming a truant at school, losing all interest in education. We have seen some drop-outs because of this too.

Almost 80 per cent teachers resort to physical or severe punishment. The victims are given supportive counselling and the matter is taken to the administration, but the fact remains that in spite of the social awareness, the problem persists.”

Punishment at the hands of school authorities is not the only culprit, children can be equally depressed by the punishment that their parents subject them to.

Says Dr Parikh, “Parents are the source of emotional and instrumental support to the growing child. The relation between the parents affects the child as much as the relation parents share with the children. Chess and Thomas, the pioneers in research on corporal punishment, described children according to their temperamental patterns. Difficult children: who make up 10 per cent of all children, difficult to comfort easily and difficult to manage. Easy children: who make up 40 per cent of all children, and are very adaptable and flexible and easy to manage. The rest 50 per cent are a mixed type.”

The way the parents choose to behave with children goes a long way in determining their attitude.

Dr Parikh elucidates, “Parental fit describes how well the parent and the growing infant adapt to each other. It characterises the interaction, and the chemistry between them. ‘Goodness of fit’, characterises the harmonious and consonant interaction between the parent and a child in their motivations, capacities, and styles of behaviour. A poor fit is likely to lead to distorted development and maladaptive functioning. A difficult child must be recognised because parents of such infants often have feelings of inadequacy and believe that something they are doing wrong accounts for the difficulty in comforting the child. Besides, a majority of difficult children have emotional disturbances later in life.”


Degrees racket busted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7
The police claimed to have busted a racket of fake degrees and certificates with the arrest of three persons today. The police had information that degrees and certificates were printed and supplied from a private institute, Royal College, in Raghubir Nagar area of West district.

After getting the information, a decoy was sent to the ‘college’ for a degree and a deal was fixed.

A team of special staff was deployed while the suspects were to transfer the degree to the decoy. Thereafter, the police conducted a raid at the college, the police said.

The police arrested Jitender alias Sonu and his two associates, Deepti and Rajesh, while they were making forged certificates on the computer. Around 200 fake degrees and certificates of various universities and colleges were seized from their possession. However, some of the other suspects were absconding and the police were trying to track them down. Reportedly, they printed fake degrees and certificates of CBSE, MD University, Rohtak, Kurukshetra University, National Open School and Board of School Education, Haryana.

During interrogation, Jitender said that he was a matric pass from Haryana and had come to his uncle, Balraj Chaudhary in Delhi for a job.

He said his uncle used to run a private college named Satyam College in South Extension, where he indulged in printing and selling of fake degrees and certificates.

Later, along with his uncle, he started the Royal College in Rughubir Nagar. However, his uncle Balraj Chaudhary was absconding.

He disclosed that he kept Deepti to manage the office and a computer operator, Rajesh, to assist him in his business. A degree was sold for Rs 15,000, while a CBSE certificate was sold for Rs 8, 000. However, a B.Ed. degree of MD University was expensive and cost between Rs 20, 000 and Rs 25,000.

Balraj was the kingpin of the racket.


Anxious Bawana plot holders to breathe easy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7
All the plots up for grabs in Bawana Industrial Estate are likely to be completed by September. The Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (DSIDC) says that the industrialists who were allotted plots there could start construction of their complexes then. The Government of NCT of Delhi is to complete the process of relocating polluting industries by the year-end.

According to DSIDC sources, the idea of a facilitation centre is to provide maximum facilities at nominal charges to the allottees. The relocation of industries is to be completed by December 31 towards which end the DSIDC, they say, has developed close to 16,300 plots at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore. Already, the letters of possession have been issued to 2,026 allottees of whom 750 have taken physical possession of their plots. Nearly 7311 allottees have made 100 per cent payment.

The industrial estate has been divided into five sectors and 77 clusters with a total road length of 143 km, which includes master plan and sectoral roads. A unique feature will be the availability of low-cost houses for the labourers; 2,800 such houses of 28 sq mt each will be constructed. Fourteen per cent of the total land area has been allotted for recreation purposes where 71 parks will be built.

Sources in the Department of Industries said that the plot holders could look forward to a less harrowing time after taking possession of their plots. The facilitation centre set up by the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (DSIDC) in Wazirpur promises a host of services under one roof – from securing electricity and water connection to getting the plan approved by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).


Mango Festival ends
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7
The 14th Mango Festival, 2002, concluded at the convention hall, Ashok Hotel, here today. The two-day festival had a large display of mango and mango products.

The festival has become an important event of the Delhi Tourism Corporation. The Indian mango is unsurpassed in quality and taste in today’s world. Delhi Tourism puts on display this rich and diverse heritage by organising mango festival and celebrating the advent of the king of fruits, raved by he poor and the affluent.

Variety of cultural programmes, culinary demonstrations, cartoon and quiz were organised on the occasion. Fashion show by Children’s Valley School, Preet Vihar, and folk music by Rehmat Ali Khan Langas invoked the audience delight.

Rate varieties of mango fruits like Sirki, Amrapali, Mallika were showcased besides the popular Dushehri, Langra and Alphonso, Kesar, Chausa, Swarnrekha, Totapari, Vanraj and many more. The lucky winners of the entry ticket draw were given prizes (Air ticket to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, courtesy Air India).

The winners of the culinary demonstration that was held on Saturday were given gold, silver and bronze medals. Mango on woven mat of candid mangoes by Mr Mukesh Kumar of Hotel Nikko won the gold medal. Layer mango fantasy by Mr Izhar Ahmed from Hotel Marriot won the silver medal.

The mango culinary contest that was held today had hotels Taj Mahal, Ashok, Park Royal, Marriot participating. The winners were given silver and bronze medals. The winners of the recipe contest that were organised by Delhi Tourism prior to the festival were also given prizes in cash.

In the appetiser category, Usha Pitambaram won the first prize. Ms Suman Mathur won the first prize in the main course and Ms Prabha won the first prize in the desserts category.

The prizes were distributed by Mr Vyalar Ravi, MP and General Secretary, AICC and Mr Romesh Sabharwal, Chairman Delhi Tourism, Mr Rajeev Talwar, Managing Director were present on the occasion.


Sinha soldiers on despite setbacks
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, July 7
At a time when the Government is spending crores of rupees on population control and AIDS prevention, nobody is ready to give a helping hand to a man who is waging a battle, all alone, to fight these menaces for the last seven years.

Condom-vending machine in front of Walia Nursing Home.
Condom-vending machine in front of Walia Nursing Home.

This East Delhi-based social worker Vijay Kumar Sinha had installed 18 condom-vending machines in different sensitive localities of Delhi like G.B. Road, ITO, INA Market, Punjabi Bagh, Connaught Place and Shivaji Stadium in 1999. After all the taxes and duties, the cost of each machine was approximately Rs 9,000 and it was supplied by a Delhi-based company ‘Astha’. Machine was so designed that anyone could take the condom by inserting just one rupee coin in it.

Hardly within one month of the installation, all machines disappeared and were found broken one by one. Mr Sinha said angrily, “We were bearing the cost of the machine. Wasn’t it the moral duty of local people to keep them safe and operational.”

He said, “One may feel shy to approach a chemist for a packet of condom, but the same person would not hesitate to go to a wending machine. Our machine had supplied condoms wrapped in plain white wrappers to help the machine users avoid any embarrassment while carrying them.”

Even a machine installed in front of Walia Nursing Home, Laxmi Nagar was not spared. After one year of this incident, we further installed 15 such machines in different hospitals in Delhi like Lok Nayak, Jagjeevan Ram, Sanjay Gandhi. These machines were toll free and anyone could take condom from it by simply pressing a button.

Delhi Health Minister Dr A K Walia, on the time of installation, had assured that condoms would be supplied by the health department, but Dr Walia did not keep his word. Now the situation is that not a single machine is operational due to shortage of condoms. We even wrote to the Delhi AIDS Control Society in this regard but of no avail.

Mr Sinha runs a social service organisation “Rastriya Jan Vikas Manch” from his Sidh Appt, Patparganj Flat. At present, more than 50,000 people all over country are active members of this organisation who extend generous financial support to this organisation. The organisation is also toying with the idea of starting a “Medicine Bank” for the deprived people of the area.


Parallel industry thrives in Faridabad
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 7
With the phenomenal growth of industry in the past few decades here, the town has also witnessed a concurrent rise in production and trade in fake or spurious items. Things have come to such a pass that the trade in fake items can well be described as a parallel industry. The life of a common man has hardly remained untouched by it.

Over the past couple of years, the authorities have been able to detect more than a dozen cases where the fake industry mafia has been found to be actively involved. “You name it and we have it”, seems to be the slogan of people involved in such shady business. In June 2001 and January this year, the drug control authorities had detected a factory allegedly manufacturing spurious henna powder of a well-known brand.

The owner of the factory was arrested and the unit sealed. Another unit near Palwal, allegedly preparing Oxytocin injections illegally, was detected in 2000. Within months a person was caught at Palwal town while smuggling huge quantities of spurious medicines from Delhi. Two units in the NIT area were raided last year. There, spurious phenyl was being prepared. In the same month a unit was detected at Ballabgarh town where duplicate version of a well-known brand of refined oil was being prepared illegally.

In the past one and a half years, the health department authorities have caught as many as 14 `fake’ doctors (quacks) in the district. According to a senior drug control official, about 12 cases of spurious medicines being manufactured had been detected in the past about 15 months. These were either being sold through the chemist shops or were being supplied to retailers. A huge cache of such drugs had been seized from a godown in Gonchhi village last year. Spurious drugs were being supplied to quacks or medicine stores located in rural areas from here. Two persons had been arrested in this connection. These persons had been getting their supplies from a place in Uttar Pradesh, stated an official.

The story does not end here. The authorities also swooped on at least two “medical institutes” offering MBBS, BAMS and MD degrees and Diploma in Naturopathy in the district. One of the institutes operating from the NIT area here and claiming to be providing medical education in alternative system of medicine (which is not recognised by the government) has been closed down.

The local court has disallowed admissions for the current session in the institute, which has been functioning for the past four years. The officials are also preparing to take action against some other privately run institutes offering courses in medical laboratory technology or paramedical courses illegally.

The residents here got a big shock when a blood bank operating in a leading hospital was sealed for violating norms. Blood was not only being sold for Rs 1,000 per unit but the bank was also found `dealing’ in undated blood having low haemoglobin count.

The detection of cases involving preparation and sale of adulterated food items has also become common. The police arrested two persons on Friday last while preparing adulterated spices at a place in the NIT area here. The accused were packing the spices in plastic bags to be sold at grocery shops. The accused later admitted that they had been mixing some waste items in the spices to earn profits. Large quantities of spices were seized. A sample was sent for testing at a laboratory. The authorities had also caught certain persons on charges of bottling fake soft drink and supplying them in the market a couple of months ago. Similarly, supply of duplicate audio and videocassettes and pirated CDs has also become common. At least two such cases have been detected in past about one year.

The authorities seem to be aware of the fact that even bottled mineral water sold at bus stands and railway stations may not be genuine. It is reported that some persons had been selling bottles having untreated tap water at these places by placing seals on the bottles locally.

The poor infrastructure and ineffective checking system for taking action against the culprits was responsible for brisk trade in spurious items, claimed a retired government doctor.

Youth commits suicide

Raju, son of Jagpal of Derin Gujaran village, left his home in anger, saying that he was going out to buy a cartload of fodder. Instead, he went straight to a liquor vend. After drinking some Liquor, he took a few sulphas tablets. When his condition became serious, the police was informed. He was rushed to hospital where he soon died. Hearing the news of her son’s death, Raju’s mother bolted the door from inside and tried to hang herself. She was, however, saved by neighbours. OC



All-season relief for all those who want to look cool

Wanna look cool with every move! Nike has introduced latest innovative apparel–the DRI fit range of T-shirts. Coming from the world’s leading sports company, which believes in thinking the unthinkable, nothing but the best comes your way. If sticky, sweaty clothes are a deterrent to your going outdoors– think again. The latest Nike SP/SU02 collection promises you complete freedom for your body, mind and movement.

This new collection utilises Nike Research Laboratory’s stable of Functional Innovative Technology (FIT), fabric system which is an unique fabric layering method that is designed to help you battle heat, cold, wind, snow and your own sweat.

Comfortable workout

Slim Gym Enterprises (SGE), a renowned company in Indian fitness equipment industry, has introduced V-Bike from Star Trac, USA. The enterprise represents an array of leading international brands in health, fitness and spa equipment.

Star Trac’s V-Bike spinner is the most advanced version of spin cycle. V-Bike spinner is ergonomically designed for maximum comfort during exercise and proper weight distribution, otherwise there could be irreversible damage to the body. The present programmes ensure that anybody at any level can enjoy the workout equally at their own comfort level. Star Trac is among the world’s leading company in cardiovascular fitness equipments, acquiring a major share of the world market.

Toys icons

Lego, the international toy giant has recently introduced Jackstone, the admirable hero to the Indian market. Jackstone is a role-play based toy company, specially adapted for boys between the age group of 4-6 years. This range includes a lot of different themes and characters like fireman, policeman, pilot and is priced reasonably.

Imagination and creativity are embedded in the universe of Jackstone – the admirable hero. It has function characters and stories can be built around it, thus making it a joy for children

Kitchen sinks

Sekri Brothers has become the first company involved in the manufacturing of kitchen sinks to obtain ISI mark recognition for its new brand ‘Neelkanth.’

Though the sinks are a part of our every day life, no one till date tried to look into the finer details of the product. This is a market, which is vast and mostly unorganized, and it is very difficult to satisfy the quality conscious customer. We on our part besides using the right kind of raw material, also concentrated on the designing part of the product, said Satinder Kumar, marketing director, Sekhri Brothers.

Samba shirts

While Brazil made soccer history with their fifth World Cup title, there is something more significant in their achievement. Winning apart, nobody can match the passion and sheer intensity of samba soccer. The Brazilia collection promises to bring spirit to you by introducing the seasons Brazilia collection series, fine cream shirts that make a perfect match with the entire range of light chino trousers from the Scullers chino range.

The collection features cool cream-coloured cotton shirts in both plain and checks.

Summer collections

Woodland is yet again redefining the trends that are slated to emerge in the premium casual apparel segment. The company has launched its new summer apparel collection for men in the most stylish and innovative designs, thus striking the right cord with the young and trendy.

The summer range 2002 offers a new style code for men, making relaxed normality the rule, emphasising perfect shape and exceptional materials.

Defined shoulders, a fitting waistline and slim and streamlined lapels are its trademark. Twenty-five new styles have been introduced on the lines of latest international fashion in vogue.

Stylish cream pack

Godrej Consumer Products Limited has relaunched Godrej Fair Glow with an improved product blend, new packaging and graphics all across the country, keeping in mind the changing needs of the consumer. The new stylish pack has an international design and the key benefit of ‘blemish free fairness’, with the new packaging.

At the relaunch, R.K.Sinha, vice-president, marketing, Godrej Consumer Products Limited said, “we are committed to satisfying the needs of our consumers through value addition and innovation. New Godrej Fair Glow is yet another endeavour towards that commitment.”

Access to security

Matrix Telecom, a leading telecom solution provider, has announced the launch of an ultra modern security solution EPAX named “Access”, to cater to the security and communication needs of housing and commercial complex. Built around a microcomputer surface mount technology, the Access is technologically advanced, user friendly, up-gradeable and competitively priced.

“We have launched Access keeping in mind the security and communication needs of housing and commercial complex. Due to urbanization, nuclear families, recurring instances of house burglaries and attack on elder citizens by ‘burglars’, it makes security a necessity,” said Ganesh Jivani, president (Technology), Matrix Telecom.

New life spring

A range of Ceres juices has been recently launched by Lifespring. These juices are available in 10 different flavours like Paw, Whispers of Summer, Mysteries of the Mountain, Passion Fruit, Hanepoot Grapes and others.

The launch of the Ceres range of juices reiterates Lifespring’s commitment to its customers to provide the best quality and maximum variety by bringing health products from all over the world under one roof.

High-tech coolant

Elf lubricants India limited, a subsidiary of the world’s fourth largest oil company Fina –Elf has introduced a high-tech coolant for new generation cars called ‘Glacelfsupra.’

Initially introduced only in the four cities of Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Kanpur and Bhuvaneshwar, the product will be made available across the country after the first phase of its launch in the selected cities.

Elegant fan

Usha has recently launched an elegant looking ceiling fan ‘Sonata.’ Sonata comes with a precise balanced body, ensuring wobble free performance, while the unique safety locking arrangement provides extra protection. Superior technology used at each stage of manufacturing ensures longer life and trouble free performance. What’s more, you have a two-year guarantee as an added bonus.

The fan is available in two colours – white and brown and is reasonably priced.

Identity for your bathroom

Jaquar, the leader in bath fitting and accessories industry, has introduced for the first time a collection of fascinating new finishes. Andlusia Marble, Walnut, Onyx, Antique Copper and Antique Bronze are the new finishes available in stand.

These new finishes come with their own one-of-a-kind personality. The Walnut finish lends a serene and cool identity to your bathroom.

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