Thursday, July 11, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Still no light at the end of tunnel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 10
Ten days after the two private players, BSES and Tata Power, took over the onerous responsibility of supplying uninterrupted power to the Capital, the ground situation has seen little change with long power cuts still hounding the residents and the officials finding themselves powerless in their endeavour.

Reports of long scheduled and unscheduled power cuts have been pouring in virtually from every part of the Capital evoking bitter comments from the residents that things were better before the privatisation. The prolonged power cuts during the height of uncomfortable summer have forced many residents to take to the streets, hold up traffic, gherao officials and even just sit on a dharna. The residents of Gujranawalan town in North Delhi claim that they have neither power nor water for the last three days.

Those in the know of things claim that the situation has been created by a section of the employees who have been protesting against the privatisation and who apparently enjoy the support of some opposition political parties. These parties would like to see the Delhi Government’s privatisation plans fail so that it can be made an issue for the forthcoming assembly elections. “It is obvious that things are being precipitated by some political parties for the sake of keeping their vote banks intact,” said a senior official.

The Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party has vehemently opposed the privatisation of power and even demanded a Lok Ayukta inquiry into the deal. The situation has come to such a pass during the last few days, that even the Delhi Police have asked their personnel to stay on alert fearing power and water riots in view of the large-scale demonstrations.

While officially, it is being claimed that the two private players have managed to get a grip on the situation and that the problems are basically because of the shortfall of supply and frequent breakdowns in the transmission system which has been neglected over the years, insiders, however, allege that most of the problems are the result of the non-cooperation by the old staff which resent privatisation as it would involve drastic change in their work culture. These insiders maintain that this was precisely the reason for hundreds of employees appealing to the Government of National Capital Delhi to absorb them either in the generation or the transmission companies which are yet to pass into private hands.

Consumers in the nation’s Capital have, however, welcomed the privatisation but do not hesitate to demand that all the old staff of the former Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) should be given the marching orders. “As long as these employees are there, no improvement can be expected because they are used to demanding money even for the work they are being paid,” said an infuriated resident of Gujranwalan Town.



DC annuls MC resolution on buildings
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, July 10
The Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, Mr Anurag Rastogi, has annulled a resolution of the local Municipal Council regarding regularisation of some huge buildings found to be grossly violating norms, vetoing an order of his predecessor, Mr Apoorva Kumar Singh, in the process.

The tough posture of the incumbent Deputy Commissioner, who took charge recently, reportedly has the tacit approval of higher echelons in the government. The public have welcomed the move of the administration in annulling the resolution of the municipality at large.

The development has gone a long way in impressing all and sundry that the decision taken by various agencies and the important functionaries of the government with regard to land-related issues, especially in Gurgaon, are sometimes coloured and, as events at hand suggest, should be taken with a pinch of salt. The president of the local municipal council, Mr Braham Prakash, confirmed that Mr Rastogi had annulled the resolution recommending regularisation of 89 buildings.

According to well-placed sources, the former Deputy Commissioner had issued a generic order for regularisation of 89 buildings in total disregard to the findings and recommendations of a committee of the state Urban Development Department, specifically constituted to investigate the case.

These buildings were constructed between 1996 and 1999 when the Bansi Lal-headed government was at the helm of affairs in the state. Following complaints, after the Chautala-led INLD government took charge, the DIG, CID, of the state investigated the matter and found gross violations of the Municipal Act and the municipal bylaws.

Thereafter, the matter was discussed at a meeting of the Haryana Cabinet, which was presided over by Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. The matter was cleared for formal departmental investigation. As a follow-up action to the deliberation in the Cabinet, the Urban Development Department formed a three-man committee headed by its Additional Director, Mr M.L. Kaushik.

The committee reported that the 89 buildings were in gross violation of various laws. Of them, 10 were identified to be such which could not be regularised even after charging penalties. The reason for this was that they were constructed in blatant violation of the law. The committee strictly recommended their demolition. The committee also recommended that responsibility of the officers in the municipality who had worked in collusion with the violators of law in allowing such structures to come up must be fixed.

The Urban Development Department from the state headquarters sent the case along with the findings and recommendations of its committee to the local Deputy Commissioner, Mr Apoorva Kumar Singh, in September, 2001.



Sarna sure of heading DSGMC
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 10
The Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi president, Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, today expressed confidence that he would head the next Delhi Singh Gurdwara Management Committee, even as the former Akal Takht Jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh, openly opposed his candidature.

“The electorate have voted in favour of SAD Delhi under my leadership and their trust cannot be betrayed. I have the requisite number of members to support my claim for the post,” Mr Sarna told the NCR Tribune. Asked about the open opposition to his candidature by Bhai Ranjit Singh, the SAD Delhi president said, “He is like my elder brother. I do not want to react to his comments.”

Mr Sarna was sure that the former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, would find a way-out to resolve the differences.

The SAD Delhi chief, however, expressed confidence that there would not be any change in the leadership as the party’s members to the committee have elected him as their leader to head the next DSGMC. On the question whether any member inclined towards Bhai Ranjit Singh would be given important post like general secretary in the DSGMC as a compromise formula, Mr Sarna said, “Nothing has been discussed on these lines so far.”

He said the election for co-opted members would indicate the “hold I have amongst the party members.”

Eight persons have filed their nominations with the Directorate of Gurdwara Election to be co-opted as members of the DSGMC.

While SAD (Badal) has indicated that its official candidate is Mr Manmohan Singh Sachdeva, the SAD Delhi has given its backing to Mr Surjit Singh and Mr Harmohinder Singh. Others in the fray were Mr Balwinder Singh Talwandi, Mr Jaswinder Singh Jolly, Mr Manjit Singh Govindpuri, Mr Harinderpal Singh, and Mr S S Bajwa.

The Director, Mr Manpreet Singh, said that the papers of the candidates would be scrutinized on July 11 and the last date for withdrawal is July 13. The election for co-opted member would take place on July 17, if necessary.



Train hijacked at Dhanora
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, July 10
The Mussoorie-UP Express coming from Dehra Dun to Delhi was hijacked by some passengers from Haryana at Dhanora station on Tuesday. The train was taken back to Chandpur Station by the passengers after they had stopped it by pulling the chain and assaulting the driver.

They also thrashed the train guard and the staff at the station. The Railway Protection Force, Gajaraula, have registered an FIR against the errant passengers and arrested eight of them for having assaulted the government staff on duty, stopping the train and taking it back illegally, which was tantamount to hijacking it. At least 35 Haryana youths had boarded the train from Dehra Dun and were returning after taking a holy dip in the Ganga.

At Chandpur station, one of their companions fell down from the train. The youths pulled the chain. As soon as it reached Mandi Dhanora station they went on the rampage, attacking the railway staff and breaking railway property. They asked the station master that the train should return to the place where their companion had fallen.

The station master and the assistant station master expressed their inability to do so. Outraged on hearing this, they beat up the two, then got into the chamber of the guard and forced the train to be taken back to Chandpur.

The station master informed the Control Room in Moradabad. A large police force accompanied by the SSP reached Chandpur where the separated passenger was united with his companions. At Gajaraula station, the police and the RPF were waiting for the train. Eight youths were taken into custody. They include Kapil, Sunil Kumar, Gaurav, Sunny Kumar, Sunil Singh, Rajpat, Manish Verma and Vinod Kanna.

A report has been filed at the RPF post at Gajaraula. The wayward action of the youths delayed the train by over three hours.

Other passengers in the train felt insecure in view of the unruly behaviour of the youths. The arrested passengers were presented before a magistrate in Ghaziabad.



Gurdwara Kirtan Committee member shot
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 10
Ishwar Singh (34), a member of the Delhi Gurdwara Kirtan Committee was shot dead on Tuesday night by three unidentified persons while he was having food at his friend’s dhaba in Chand Nagar Khyala in Tilak Nagar. The assailants also killed the area chowkidar, Nirvesh.

The police believe it could be a case of old enmity. Singh came to the dhaba for having food when the three assailants entered the dhaba and ordered ‘burfi’ for Rs 10.

There was a power cut during this time. Using the darkness to their advantage, the assailants shot at Singh twice. As Nirvesh came to his rescue, they shot at him also. Both of them died immediately.

There was considerable panic in the area after the gunshots had been fired and the residents came out of their houses only to realise that the accused fled the area soon after committing the crime. The dhaba owner Raju went hiding behind the counter to save his life. Singh, an active member in the Keertan committee has spent some time in the United States and returned to India only recently.

The police said that they were in touch with the family members and friends of the deceased and had laid a trap to nab the accused soon. Preliminary enquiries have revealed that the victim used to normally visit the dhaba in the evenings along with some other friends.

The police said that cases of murder had been registered against the suspects and their descriptions flashed to all the police stations. They were described as young and ordinarily dressed.



Criminals put in quarantine
Prem Pal Singh

Meerut, July 10
The Jail Administration started shifting some hardcore criminals from the jail premises to the high security Fatehgarh Central Jail after the clash between two groups on July 2 in the evening.

A notorious UP (western) gangster Ravinder Bhura, involved in fracas three times, has already been shifted to the Fatehgarh Central Jail.

After a high-level meeting of district officials chaired by the Commissioner, Meerut Zone, Mr N.S. Ravi, which was attended by the jail authorities also, and ex officio D.I.G. of the Jail District

Magistrate, Mr P V Jagmohan, the authorities decided to take steps to prevent such incidents in the future.

Mr Ravi told the mediapersons that a mobile phone jamming devise would soon be installed on the jail premises to check communication between the inmates and their accomplices.

The jail superintendent also named 10 persons in the FIR for causing unrest and committing riots on July 3. The FIR included the name of Ravindra Bhura and one Promod Bhadara. A proposal for making high security barracks for notorious gangsters had been sanctioned by the authorities.

Mr Ravi sent this proposal for the approval of high authorities in Lucknow.

The District police officials were also worried about the possible gang war between the Ravindra Bhura and Pramod Bhadara groups in the whole western UP region. The Senior Superintendent of the Police Meerut, Mr Mukul Goel, said that he was looking into the Dhiraj Gupta murder case in the same context.

There were reports that some jail guards had been involved in various irregularities in the jail administration. The anomalies occur while supplying certain articles to the inmates which include vegetables, food and mobile phones.

Jail Superintendent Kedarnath said that he had asked the jail guards to follow the jail norms strictly and wear the name broach as some guards did not wear them so

that they could not be named in case of a complaint.



32 students hurt in roof collapse
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, July 10
Thirty-two students and two teachers of the Government Girls Primary School at Ukhalchana village in Jhajjar district sustained injuries when the roof of the school building caved in this morning. The injured girls are students of Class V.

The school, situated on the Jhajjar- Badli road, had 37 girl students on its rolls. Four of the girls were absent today and the name of one girl had been deleted. When the roof of the building, constructed by the village panchayat nearly 18 years ago, caved in there were 32 girls in all in the classroom. Besides them, the school Headmaster, Mr Balbir Singh, and another teacher, Mr Om Parkash, who were present in the room, also sustained injuries. As soon as the news spread that girls had been buried under the roof of the school, the villagers rushed to the scene of the mishap to begin rescue and relief operations.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mohinder Lal, and the SSP, Mr Mohd Akil, reached the spot after they learnt about the mishap. The DRO, the DPEO and the DEO also rushed to the school on hearing the news.

The injured girls and both the teachers were admitted to the Civil Hospital at Jhajjar, where 10 girls were discharged after being administered first-aid. Of the rest 22 girls, two seriously injured, Sangita and Pooja, have been admitted to the PGIMS here. Both the injured teachers have also been admitted to the PGIMS.

The Deputy Commissioner, Jhajjar, has announced an ex gratia of Rs 500 to each injured girl from the Red Cross Society funds. He has also ordered that medical expenses of the girls will be borne by the administration.

The Sarpanch of the village, Mr Roshan Lal, said that the building of the school was in good condition. He expressed surprise over the sudden collapse of the roof. There were no dangerous cracks in the building, he said.



Govt-L-G spat
Sheila slams L-G for withholding assent on 
crucial decisions
Tribune News Service

Vijai Kapoor New Delhi, July 10
The continuing differences between Delhi Lt-Governor Vijai Kapoor and the Congress government led by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today came into the open with Ms Diskhit accusing the Lt-Governor of “withholding his assent” on a number of important Cabinet decisions.

“There have been a number of occasions when my government felt that the Lt-Governor had withheld his assent on crucial decisions,” Ms Dikshit told reporters here today.

While asserting that her government was not for a confrontation with the Lt-Governor, the Chief Minister said it was her government that was accountable to the people. “There have been some grey areas with regard to the constitutional authority of the Lt-Governor, but I also don’t visualise a situation where the Chief Minister’s authority gets eroded or the decisions of the Cabinet whittled down by one who is not directly accountable to the people.”

Ms Dikshit said her government had taken a decision to pay a compensation amount totalling Rs 23 lakh to those security personnel killed in the December 13 terrorist attack on Parliament. “The file was sent to the Lt-Governor’s office months ago but the assent came only recently. Similarly, the government sent a note to the Lt-Governor, seeking his approval for a hike in transport fare. In this case too, the sanction was inordinately delayed.”

With regard to the privatisation of the Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB), Ms Dikshit said the city government had kept Mr Kapoor “fully informed of all stages of the deal”. “Yet, he accused us of keeping him in the dark about it. Throughout, he was aware that the SBI Caps was involved in it. Even Union Power Minister Suresh Prabhu was aware of all the details. This situation is quite perplexing to me,” she said.

Giving yet another instance, the Chief Minister said her government had proposed to augment the strength of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) to three members because of the enormous amount of work, “which needs a lot of patience”. This time too, the proposal was opposed by the Lt-Governor, she said.

“Nothing has been done which is not in our power. Because of conventions and express provisions in the Constitution, we have been referring the government’s decisions to the L-G’s office. But it becomes a problem if the Lt-Governor withholds his assent to crucial decisions for reasons unknown to us,” she said.

In this connection, Ms Dikshit also referred to Mr Kapoor’s order to the Chief Secretary and police authorities to register a case against a party MLA who was indicted by the Lok Ayukta for indulging in power theft and tax avoidance. “The said MLA was never given a chance to clarify his position. You read the FIR against the MLA. It makes a strange reading,” she held.

Former Principal Secretary (Finance) Ramesh Chandra, who demitted his office recently, had circulated a three-page letter to the Chief Secretary, Principal Secretaries and Delhi ministers, accusing Mr Kapoor of transgressing his constitutional authority. “The Lt-Governor must not assume for himself a greater role than the one assigned by the Constitution,” the letter had said.



Residents praying for monsoon 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 10
The annual monsoon rainfall, which has already got delayed by about 10 days, seems to have left both the urban and rural residents in the region worried.

While expectations hold on and predictions of a good rainfall still persist, the present situation has put the Water and Power Departments under severe pressure. Residents in urban areas have been feeling the pinch of power cuts for the past two and a half months.

The scorching heat and humid conditions have affected daily life adversely. Although sale of invertors and air-conditioners has gone up in the past couple of months, power cuts and tripping have left people helpless.

The power authorities also admit that pressure on them had increased, as rainfall had not arrived in time. They say that if the monsoon had a spell or two, the demand of power could have decreased by almost 30 to 40 per cent. A senior official of the department said while they had to ensure proper supply to urban areas, the demand for more power by the agriculture sector could not be overlooked. It is learnt that a good share of power supply was being diverted to agriculture as paddy sowing had started in various parts of the state.

Gopal Singh, a farmer of Fazzerpur village in the district, said farmers who had sown crops like jowar and bajra had been worried due to the non-arrival of rainfall. He claimed that crops in hundreds of hectares were on the verge of drying up or suffering irreparable damage. Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Sector 16 here, said the humidity and heat were unbearable. He said his family had come from a short visit to Mussoorie in June-end to beat the heat and had expected that the temperature would come down by the time they returned. However the situation had remained the same, he said.

Incidents of schoolchildren getting affected by heat and humidity have also been reported. Recently, a six-year-old student fell unconscious in his school as he could not bear the heat.

Tripping at odd hours has also become common. Power cuts were being frequently imposed in the night since the past two weeks, said a resident of Sector 14 here.



IRRO gets govt recognition
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 10
The Government of India has given recognition to the Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation (IRRO) to commence and carry on the copyright business in reprographic rights in the field of literary works.

The IRRO, which has already started functioning, has come into being with the untiring efforts of the Federation of Indian Publishers and the Authors Guild of India.

Mr D. N. Malhotra, President Emeritus and Chairman, Copyright Council of the Federation of Indian Publishers, is the first Chairman of the IRRO and Mr Rajendra Awasthy, Secretary-General, Authors Guild of India, is its Vice-Chairman.

The IRRO has been established as per the Indian Copyright Act and the Copyright Rules as a collective society to look after the interests of Indian authors, publishers and copyright holders in the literary field. The IRRO will be authorised by various copyright holders to give rights to those who want to publish their works and collect royalty and pass it on to the copyright holders.

The IRRO will look after the interests of the authors and copyright holders nationally as well as internationally. The international community of authors will also gain with the establishment of the IRRO. Similarly, the works of Indian authors published abroad will bring remuneration to them through the networking of the IRRO and the PROs in various countries of the world and through the International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organisations (IFRRO). It will also help in disseminating the works of Indian authors in a more organised manner globally.



Left parties appeal to Presidential voters 
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, July 10
The Haryana state committees of the CPI and CPM have jointly appealed to all MLAs and MPs of the state to seriously take into consideration all those vital political issues that are essentially related to the election of the President of India.

According to both the Left parties, the forthcoming Presidential election is taking place at an extraordinary juncture when different political parties are ruling in various states and the Centre, thus making it necessary for the President’s intervention on many occasions.

The Left parties alleged that the basic tenets of the Constitution had been under attack at the hands of the communal forces led by the BJP and the Sangh Parivar for the past few years. The plurality, secularism, democracy and centre-state relations, as reflected in the Constitution, would have to be defended by the President who is considered as the custodian of the Constitution.

Issuing an appeal to the MLAs and MPs to vote and support Mrs Lakshmi Sahgal, the Left parties pointed out that the dubious agenda of the BJP behind Mr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s candidature was no more under doubt. But unfortunately, the constituents of the NDA and the largest Opposition party, the Congress, had fallen prey to the machinations of the BJP for cheap popularity, instead of adopting a politically matured stand at this critical occasion. They reminded the electoral college from Haryana that the real intentions of the BJP behind Mr Abdul Kalam’s candidature was to avoid a debate over those disastrous policies due to which the BJP and its allies had to face humiliating defeats in almost all elections in the recent years. 



HYSS to hold protest rally 
Our Correspondent

Narnaul, July 10
The Haryana Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (HYSS), headed by Mr Naresh Yadav, has decided to organise a rally at Ateli Mandi on July 27 to protest against the police excesses and lathi charge on the activists of the samiti on June 24 at Narnaul. They were caned by the police while taking out a procession to press for equitable distribution of water to south Haryana districts like Narnaul, Rewari, Faridabad, Bhiwani and Gurgaon. The rally will be attended by MPs from various states.

In an interview with ‘NCR Tribune’, Mr Yadav said here today that whenever farmers raised their voices to press for equitable distribution of water to south Haryana, the past governments and the present one had tried to suppress them by way of lathi charge or police firing. He said the movement would continue till the region got adequate supply of canal water. It is pertinent to mention that peasants have now started shifting to Rajasthan where water is available.

Mr Yadav lashed out at the police and district administration over the lathi charge and registration of false cases against the activists of the HYSS. He said: These days, Narnaul and its surrounding areas, especially Ateli Mandi, were Being patrolled by the police.

Lamenting over the damage of three of his vehicles by the police, he said: “What was the fault of the vehicles and the peasants? We were peacefully marching towards the Deputy Commissioner’s office to hand over our charter of demands of supply of adequate water and power, due share in the appointment of unemployed youth of south Haryana in MNCs etc. Nobody obstructed any vehicle at Mahabir Chowk. When shoes and chappals can be thrown in the Vidhan Sabha sessions, why can’t we peacefully demonstrate and hand over the charter of our demands to the district administration?”

Mr Naresh Yadav said the movement for obtaining water had been initiated since July 7 from Mahendragarh parliamentary area. The activists were making door-to-door visits to mobilise the farmers to come forward to strive hard for water. The movement was not political in any way, but a fight for the survival of the people of south Haryana, he said.



Traffic website launched
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 10
In yet another step to modernize the traffic management in the city, the Delhi Traffic Police have launched its website - containing a mine of information and guidelines on traffic. The nuggets of information will be quite useful to the public.

The website was officially inaugurated yesterday by the Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr R S Gupta, in the presence of the Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Mr Maxwell Pereira and other senior traffic officials. The website has been designed in association with Planet India and National Informatics Centre. According to Mr Gupta, “The launching of this website was one of the important milestones achieved by the Delhi Traffic Police and in Delhi where the population and vehicular traffic are increasing every day, this website was essential for the education of the public.”

At a time when the traffic officials were analysing all the major fatal accidents in Delhi, Mr Gupta said that the primary reason for the accidents depended on the quality of drivers.

In the website, information about the traffic personnel’s telephone numbers, addresses, guidelines, techniques of traffic management, education, enforcement and engineering and other new traffic schemes with helpline have been provided, said Mr Pereira.



Reorientation programme for tourist guides
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 10
The Regional Tourist Office of the Government of India and Delhi Tourism have organised a reorientation programme for tourist guides in Delhi and other parts of northern India. This programme will help them to understand the developing trends in the global tourism industry and to further upgrade their professional skills.

While inaugurating the programme, Mr Romesh Sabharwal, Chairman, Delhi Tourism, stressed upon the need for comprehensive tourist information, tourist facilitation and service orientation for all those who are working in the tourism industry. Mr Sabharwal mentioned that Delhi needed clean monuments, adequate tourist facilities and a general facelift, which would help to attract more tourists to this Capital city. 



114 cases solved with the arrest of two
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 10
In a special drive launched to control the increasing number of daylight snatchings and burglaries over the last five months in the South district, the district police have arrested two desperate criminals and claimed to have solved more then 114 cases of murder, attempt to murder, robbery, snatching, burglary and auto-theft.

The police seized one Cielo car, Maruti Esteem car, two Yamaha motorcycles, two cellular phones, 16 gold chains, 250 grams of gold jewellery, 1 kg of silver jewellery, music system, silver coins, duplicate keys and Rs 8,450 from them.

The accused, Sunil (28), resident of Sultanpuri, and Anoop (27), resident of Janak Puri, and their gang members had committed several daring daylight robberies. Considering the gravity of the crimes, the Commissioner of Police had announced a reward of Rs 10,000 on Sunil who was wanted in more than 100 cases.

The gang mostly created terror among women, particularly those residing in government areas like Sarojini Nagar, R K Puram, Vasant Vihar, Kidwai Nagar and other areas. A special team was constituted under the supervision of the ACP Operations, Mr H. P. S. Cheema. On Tuesday, the team received an information that the criminals were moving in Sainik Farms area. The team immediately swung into action and the duo were nabbed and a Maruti Esteem car in which they were travelling was seized.

The gang generally consisted of 12 persons hailing from different areas and each had no information about the other’s whereabouts. They used to decide their plan of action through telephones and gather in a common place to commit the crime.

Both Anoop and Sunil were familiar with the police movements in their respective areas and operated carefully, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) P Kamaraj.

The police also arrested the owner of Laxmi Jewellery in Sultanpuri area for patronising the snatchers by buying the stolen gold and silver ornaments.

Sunil, along with his associates, had allegedly murdered a chemist, Sanjay Malik, resident of Sultan Puri, last year and inflicted knife injuries to a conductor while he resisted their activities. The gang, while committing crimes, always moved in groups, with one motorcycle and a car behind to provide cover to them. 



Yet another couple commit suicide
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, July 10
Close on the heels of the tragic end of a young couple, Maman (25) and his wife, Shashi Bala (22) who both committed suicide by consuming sulphas tablets in Mamaria Ahiar village under Khol Police Station on June 29, a teenaged boy, Manoj, son of Jai Dayal (Rajput) and a teenaged girl, Sunita Sharma, daughter of Mahendra Singh Sharma, both residents of Nandka village under Khol Police Station ended their lives by consuming the poisonous tablets on Sunday.

Soon after consuming the tablets, Manoj and Sunita boarded a Rewari-bound Haryana Roadways bus in the afternoon on Sunday.

It is stated that when the bus reached the railway crossing near Naiwali Chowk here, the duo complained of uneasiness after which they were dropped at the crossing. The girl died instantly while the condition of the boy became very serious.

After getting the information, the city police reached the spot and rushed the boy as well as the girl to the local Civil Hospital. On the way, the boy disclosed his and the girl’s identity. He died at the hospital soon after.

The post-mortem examination was conducted here on July 8 after which the bodies were taken to Nandka village where they were cremated by the respective families amidst a pall of gloom.

The police have treated them as cases of suicidal deaths under Section 174 Cr PC.



Rs 4.32 lakh snatched from traders
Our Correspondent

Meerut, July 10
Four heavily armed youths intercepted two traders of Muzaffarnagar and looted Rs 4.32 lakh at pistol-point on the Delhi-Dehra Dun highway today. The traders were going to Delhi. The victims have been identified as Mr Ashish Kumar and Shivcharan.

Senior Superintendent of police Mukul Goel told mediapersons here that four persons in a white Maruti car (Dl9C-1988) overtook the traders’ car while it was passing through Meerut at noon. They brandished pistols, unlocked the door of the car and snatched Rs 2,49,000 placed in a briefcase from Mr Asish Kumar and Rs 1,83,000 kept in a bag from Mr Shivcharan.

The robbers tried to flee but their car hit a tree and fell in a dry canal. Then they left the car and fled the spot. The incident took place under the Partapur police station.

The police led by the SHO of Partapur, Mr Sardhana, have launched a combing operation to nab the culprits. The operation was still on, the SSP said and added that the robbers were following the traders from Muzaffarnagar and must have had definite tip off about the money. The area had seen several daring robberies in the recent past.



Kidnapped boy rescued, two arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 10
South district police today claimed to have worked out a kidnapping case with the arrest of two persons from a village Mohammadpur in Aligarh. Subsequently, the victim was also rescued. The suspects, Dharampal and Ram Avtar, kidnapped the victim, Amit (10), from his residence in Badarpur on June 24 for a ransom of Rs 10 lakh.

They kept the kidnapped child in the custody of a third person in Mohammadpur. According to the police, the third person was absconding. The parents of the victim lodged a complaint of kidnapping with the police when they received the ransom demand of Rs 10 lakh.

During investigation, the police got a tip off that the suspects belonged to Aligarh. Subsequently, a police team was sent there. Both the suspects were arrested from Mohammadpur. During interrogation, they disclosed that they were in dire need of money. To overcome their monetary problem, they kidnapped the victim, the police said.

SI held for taking bribe: The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Government arrested a sub inspector of the Delhi Police for accepting a bribe of Rs 1, 500 from a woman for helping her in a case lodged against her.

The complainant, identified as Simran, a resident of Sangam Vihar, had a dispute with her landlord who wanted to get his house vacated. The landlord had lodged a complaint against Simran in Sangam Vihar police station. The SI demanded Rs 7, 000 and accepted Rs 1,500 to hush up the case. Simran lodged a complaint against the SI and he was arrested red handed, the police said.

Duplicate garments seized: The Delhi Police seized 450 fake garments of Levi’s and Dockers after a raid conducted at different places in the Capital. The raiding police team was joined by senior officers of the Levi Strauss (India) Private Limited. “The raid is part of the organization’s global fight against counterfeits, which is both a menace to our business as well as against consumers interests, since consumers end up buying sub-standard items by paying hefty prices,” C.S. Suryanarayanan, country manager of the company said.



Life term for killing woman
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 10
A fast-track court here has sentenced an accused in a murder case to life term and a fine of Rs 20,000. The convict, identified as Vikas, a resident of New Delhi, had shot dead a 20-year-old girl at a motel in the Surajkund tourist complex here. The victim, Shaifali, was also a resident of New Delhi and was known to the accused.

She had come to the spot with him and the incident had taken placed after two hours of booking the room at the motel on April 19, 2001. The court of Mr S. S. Dahiya today delivered the judgement. According to the court’s order, the convict will have to undergo imprisonment of another two years if he failed to pay the fine. Half of the fine amount will be paid to the father of the victim.

In another case, the district court sentenced two persons to three years of jail term in connection with an accident, which claimed the life of one employee of a dyeing company and left another injured. The accident was caused by an explosion caused in the boiler of the factory on March 12, 1999. The court has also ordered the accused, Anil Wig and Vijay Kumar, to deposit Rs 1 lakh each as fine or serve another nine months in jail.

Six booked for dowry death: Six members of a family have been booked after a 40-year-old woman ended her life by consuming poison at her in-laws house at Shastri Nagar here. The victim, identified as Mrs Parveen, was the mother of two children aged 12 and 16 years. According to a complaint lodged by her father, she was being harassed by her in-laws for not bring adequate dowry. The woman died last evening. Darshan Lal, Surender, Harish, Jai Dayal Vidyawati and Pushpa have been booked by the police.

13 held for gambling: Thirteen persons, all residents of NIT area, have been arrested for gambling. An amount of Rs 19,230 was recovered from them. Those booked include Kamal, Ram Dass, Rajinder, Jagdish, Rakesh, Raju, Manu, Deepak, Manish, Charanjit, Manoj and Ishoo.

Aid to mishap victims’ family: The district administration has announced an assistance of Rs 22,000 to the family of two boys who became victims of an accident on July 8 here. Nine-year-old Sunny was killed while his brother Nitin (13) injured when a private bus overran them on Ballabgarh-Mohna road. The victims were on their way home after visiting a relative’s house. 



BSNL takes Internet subscribers for a ride
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 10
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which had promised to provide Internet connections to its subscribers in Ghaziabad about a year ago, have now revealed that the subscribers will have to wait for some more time. According to information, the server installed in the area did not have the requisite capacity to provide connections to subscribers and had also developed some snags recently.

Though Crompton-Greaves Ltd., had installed servers to provide connections to two lakh people, it had eventually come down to one-and-a-half lakh connections.

Strangely, the company had instructed its officials to stop providing Internet connections. With these developments, the Ghaziabad subscribers have felt cheated. At such a time when Internet connections are being provided even in the remote rural areas, the residents of Ghaziabad were being deprived of Internet connections for more than a year now despite being close to the national Capital.

This is shocking, said a computer professional. It’s been more than a year now and the residents are still waiting for their Internet connections, he said.

The Chief General Manager of BSNL, Dehradun, said that subscribers will have to wait for another two months to get their Internet connections since they have stopped giving fresh connections.

Sixteen divisions have been affected by the ongoing upgradation of the server installed in Delhi. According to sources, as soon as the server is upgraded to three lakh connections, 20,000 new Internet connections would be available in western Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal.

BSNL sources said that the low capacity server installed at its Delhi office had failed to bear the load of the new connections. The server installed by Crompton-Greaves had developed some problems which could not be rectified and therefore the BSNL officials at Delhi had asked their officials in Ghaziabad and other places to stop providing new connections.

“This is the first time that BSNL has bought the server from Crompton-Greaves and there might have been some flaw in the deal”, an official said. The BSNL officials had reportedly contacted the suppliers several times but the problem continues to persist. It is learnt that officials at Delhi had asked its staff at Ghaziabad to stop providing Internet connections to Ghaziabad subscribers.



Pact falls through, RWAs plan own cable network
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 10
The controversy over the rates charged by the cable TV operators refuses to die down. The tripartite agreement reached among the district administration, Cable TV Operators Association and the Federation of the Residents Welfare Association (RWA) here on July 4 stands cancelled. While the cable TV operators have announced to fix rates for various categories themselves, the RWAs have threatened to form a cooperative society to have its own cable TV network.

A spokesman of the district administration, in a press release issued here last evening, stated that the agreement reached recently had got cancelled, following the opposite stances taken by the operators and the RWAs over the issue of identifying the categories and deciding who would be eligible for the rates of Rs 100 and 200 per connection per month. The operators claimed in a meeting held on Tuesday that it was their right to decide which consumer would come under a certain category.

It may be recalled that as per the agreement reached on July 4, residents of urban sectors (kothis) will have to pay Rs 200 while people living in colonies and slums Rs 100 per month as connection charges. The RWA federation has opposed the claim of the cable operators in this regard and stated that if it was done, they would not accept it. The meeting ended without any consensus, resulting in the cancellation of earlier agreement.

While the cable operators said that the local administration or any organisation had no right to decide or fix the connection rates and that they themselves would decide about the rates and categories, the RWA federation stated that it would not pay more than Rs 150 per connection now and if any connection was disconnected, it would lodge an FIR with the police against the operator concerned.

A spokesman of the RWAs stated that it was considering to set up a cooperative society to run a parallel cable network, if the operators do not agree to their demand.

The local administration has also warned the cable operators of legal action if found to be violating the rules and regulations of the Cable TV Network Act. On the other hand, due to the `confusion’ prevailing, the consumers have been charged at the rate of Rs 200 per connection in various sectors for the month of July.



2nd phase of Shipra Sun City launched 
Tribune News Service

A model of the City.New Delhi, July 10
Shipra Estate Limited on Tuesday announced the launch of a comprehensive township `Shipra Sun City, Phase II’ at Indirapuram, Ghaziabad. This project is a result of its joint venture with Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA). The joint venture is an assurance of investment with the GDA and the established quality standards of Shipra. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Mohit Singh, managing director, Shipra Estate Limited, said, “We, at Shipra have always believed in providing our customers with the best of urban development and unmatched living standards at affordable prices.

We joined hands with GDA six-years ago to provide `more than value for money’ to our customers, without compromising on the quality. Ready to move in flats and a direct transfer by GDA are the key differentiators.” He added, “The first phase has been completed on time and construction for phase two has just started. We have already invested Rs 225 crore in the first phase to build 3,500 units, of which over 3,300 have been sold. More than 1,700 families are presently residing there. All this has been achieved in a short period of 3 years, which is a vindication of our commitment to provide excellent standard of living. We plan to invest another Rs 750 crore in phase two, which would take around 5 years to complete.”

Sun City Phase II would integrate the facilities of a model city like water park, multiplex, shopping mall, a 5 star deluxe hotel and three primary and one senior secondary school. 



Gift for Daewoo car buyers
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 10
Triumph Motors, announced a colour TV as gift to every buyer of a Daewoo car. It has also set up a free check-up camp for Nexia, Cielo and Matiz models. The camp will be organised for two days, according to Ms Ruby Mehra, director, Triumph Motors. The pre-monsoon check-up camp was inaugurated on Tuesday by Mr Sandeep Marwah, director, Asian Academy of Film and Television, Noida.

Ms Mehra told mediapersons that a check-up of vehicles was necessary before the monsoon began. She added that a pre-monsoon check-up was necessary to ensure a smooth running of the cars not only during the monsoon season but for the whole year. She also announced a package for the annual maintenance of Daewoo cars. Ms Mehra said Daewoo cars were still ‘the best in the market’ whether looked at from the angle of technology or designs. Ms Mehra is keen to provide all possible facilities to her customers. She has established an entertainment centre within the compound of Triumph Motors, where car owners can play billiards, watch TV and have snacks at its canteen while their vehicles were being serviced. There is also a driver’s lounge where games such as carom and table tennis are available. Mrs Mehra claimed that through excellent service and various facilities for the customers, Triumph Motors has been ‘able to achieve the highest sale of Daewoo cars’. 


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