Sunday, July 21, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Issues galore to go for the jugular
Espionage, fake SC certificate, power: Khurana
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
The Delhi BJP president, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, today indicated that the Capital was in for a hot political campaigning in the run-up to the Assembly elections as there was no dearth of issues to take on the Congress Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

While the controversy over the fake Scheduled Caste certificate by Congress Corporator Ms Sunita Bharti and the problems of people on poor power and water scenario were yet to resolved, the BJP has now got the K K Malhotra espionage issue on a platter to hit the Sheila Dikshit Government.

Not to let the politically opportune issue go waste, Mr Khurana today sought the intervention of Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L K Advani and Delhi Lt-Governor, Mr Vijai Kapoor, for a CBI inquiry into the alleged ‘complicity of Delhi Chief Minister Ms Sheila Dikshit with K K Malhotra’, a convict in the sensational Coomar Narain espionage case.

Charging Ms Dikshit with ‘shielding’ Malhotra, Delhi BJP president Madan Lal Khurana said he had proof to establish that the convict had been working as the Chief Minister’s assistant in her official residence at Mathura Road for the past nearly four years.

Making public the copies of the letters written to Mr Advani and Mr Kapoor, he said, “The CBI should make an inquiry to establish whether Malhotra, who has been sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment in the spying case, had been working in the Chief Minister’s office or not and also whether she protected him.’’

He said he would also meet Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the issue.

Quoting some unnamed Congress legislators, he alleged that when the Congress MLAs in Delhi had revolted against the Chief Minister on the Delhi Jal Board sewer scam, Malhotra telephoned every MLA and threatened them with dire consequences if they did not fall in line.

‘’The role of the Chief Minister in deliberately keeping quiet for so long despite being aware of the facts about Malhotra, puts a question mark on her as well,’’ he said.

However, the Chief Minister denied the charges. “But Malhotra was never a part of my staff nor did he get any salary from me.”

The Chief Minister said that Malhotra had been known to ‘’me for past 17-18 years because of his acquaintance with my father-in-law. He had been without a job for past so many years. I even met the expenses for his son’s education. This is all I have to say about my acquaintance with him’’.

On the Ms Sunita Bharti case, Mr Khurana said the party would challenge in court her election to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi from a reserved ward.

He said the party would also seek registration of a case under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code against the two Congress MLAs who verified the declaration given by Ms Bharti for the SC certificate — the Congress leader who allotted her the official symbol and her election agent..

Police have already registered a case against her and the SC certificate has also been cancelled.

On the Delhi bandh called by the party on Monday to highlight power and water crisis, he said the party apprehends that the Congress would try to create trouble through ‘’hired goons’’.

Mr Khurana said he had expressed his apprehensions and urged Delhi Police Commissioner Radhey Shyam Gupta to arrest anyone trying to create trouble on or before the bandh.

Although the transport facilities have been kept out of the purview of the bandh, a number of transport associations have expressed solidarity with the party. Some of the traders associations have also supported the bandh on Monday, which is also the weekly closing day of some of the major markets of the Capital.



Rain-starved people paint the town red


Flooded roads and uprooted trees greet commuters as rain lashes the Capital at last. A scene at Mathura Road on Saturday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi
At last! After what seemed to be an eternity, rains finally lashed the Capital this evening. For many, it was a welcome relief from the searing heat made worse by interminably long power cuts.

“Rained? It poured!” they exclaimed as Delhiites went wet under the first monsoon showers. Forgotten in the frenzy were the water-logged streets, clogged roads and traffic bottlenecks as people celebrated the arrival of the monsoon. Indian Meteorology Department sources said the Bay of Bengal current of the South West Monsoon which entered the Capital on Friday advanced further on Saturday but rainfall in the Capital was unequal with Ayanagar, near Mehrauli, recording maximum 2.8 mm rain followed by Lodi Road 2.2 mm. Safdarjung received 1.8 mm rain while Delhi Ridge got only 0.4 mm. Shakurpur area in North West Delhi also received heavy showers. However, some parts witnessed either slight drizzle or no rain. “Heavy to slight showers are expected in the next couple of days, bringing the temperature further down. But relative humidity will go up,” the sources said.



Summer of discontent in DLF City
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, July 20
Residents of DLF City, mainly from Phase I and II, today grilled the DLF management for erratic power supply and poor supply of water. The salient feature of the assembly was that women turned out in large numbers. The gravity of the situation could be well imagined as the country’s top-notch bureaucrat and former Foreign Secretary, Mr J. N. Dixit, was among the agitated residents who had assembled at the Shopping Mall of DLF City near the office of the DLF management to submit a memorandum.

The district president of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP), Mr Mukesh Sharma, suggested that the government should not provide licence and further cancel the licences of those builders who were apathetic to the basic needs of the people in the colonies set up by them. The entire DLF area is fed by three transformers from one sub-station. The management clarified to the residents that on account of damage to one of the transformers, the supply system was functioning at only two-thirds capacity. The residents left the place only after they were assured by the Director, Operations, Mr K. K. Bhattacharya, that the damaged transformer would be replaced within a few days and things would be normal before the end of this month. The residents said they would assemble again at the same spot on the first Saturday of next month if things did not improve. The residents alleged that although the houses were not getting water, the DLF management was supplying water for the ongoing construction in DLF City. They demanded stoppage in the construction activities and priority be given to the houses.

The residents made it known to the management that the problems were there even before the transformer got damaged. Their apprehension is that the problem will aggravate after there is 100 per cent occupancy in DLF City. The situation seems to be getting worse over the years even though there is only 30-40 per cent occupancy.

The residents further alleged there was a perception that resources were now being diverted to high-rise buildings. If water could reach a penthouse, it should also reach at least kitchen taps in Phase-I.DLF teams watering and beautifying the sector area embankment leading to the golf course only served to reinforce this perception, they added.

There were no takers among the residents when the DLF authorities tried to put the blame on the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) on the water issue.

On the power front the residents further rubbed the DLF the wrong way by saying that even when there was no disruption of power supply from the Electricity Department residents of Phase-I experienced long power cuts because of local faults. The residents told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that now the DLF management was using its clout with the government machinery to suppress their voice. They referred to the case lodged against the General Secretary of the DLF Residents Welfare Association, Mr T. K. Sateeshan, a few days ago. A local court has issued non-bailable warrants against him. The Senior Manager (Security and Administration) of the DLF Property Management Services Ltd, Major J. L. Malik, however, alleged that Mr Sateeshan had instigated a crowd in assaulting an employee of the Electricity Department, roughing up a personnel of the DLF management and damaging DLF property. The complaint against him was lodged by the employee of the Electricity Department and DLF personnel are said to have acted as witnesses. 



Haryana to check growth of illegal colonies
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 20
The state government, with a view to regularising unauthorised residential colonies and preventing the development of such areas in future, has brought certain changes in the provisions of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act,1975, and the Haryana Municipal Act.

A meeting of the district officials was held here on Friday evening to discuss the changes and subsequent implementation. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, who headed the meeting, said here today there were several problems in the earlier provisions. He claimed the changes could prove to be useful in tackling the basic problems about growth of unauthorised residential clusters.

He said according to the new provisions any individual or party who wanted to sell or purchase land within the municipal limits, would have to procure a no-objection certificate from the executive officer or secretary of the municipal body concerned.

He said the officials would have to issue NoC within 15 days if there was no serious objection. The officials concerned would have to submit a progress report about the work after every 15 days. Besides, a detailed report would be submitted to the directorate at Chandigarh and a copy given to the Deputy Commissioner.

He said the applicants not agreeing with the decision of the civic body could take up the matter with the Director, Urban Development.

As per the changes in rules, the colonisers will also have to procure a licence from the Department of Urban Development. The process of getting such a licence has been made easy and simple, claim the authorities. The Town and Country Planning officials in each district and civic body officials have been directed to entertain all queries and provide guidelines to the applicants. Residents constructing their houses within the municipal limits have been asked to secure NoC from the civic body for getting sewage, water and power connections released under Section 203-H of the Municipal Act. While water and power connection will be released after approval of the building map, sewage connection will be given after procurement of completion certificate.

It is stated that all such NoCs will be issued to applicants within a 15-day period. The monthly report of all such cases will have to be submitted to the higher authorities regularly.

The state government has asked the district and civic authorities concerned to supply the list of the unauthorised colonies by July 31 where 50 per cent of houses had been built. Basic civic amenities will be provided after charging development fee. These measures could check the growth of unauthorised colonies and encroachment on government land, claimed a senior official.



Less was more this time!
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
If the monsoon session of the Delhi Legislative Assembly should stand out for anything at all, it should be for the judicious use of the floor time for conducting business despite fewer sittings. Not only did the House take up for discussion issues such as the excise policy and privatisation of the Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) but also it witnessed a keen debate on a range of topics of concern to the legislators in general and people in particular.

Acknowledging a job well done, Speaker Prem Singh told mediapersons today that it was a challenge of tremendous responsibility but the Assembly session was a “thunderous success” with the legislators having discussed all important problems the Capital has encountered. “That the House transacted business for more hours than supposed, is a commendable achievement,” he said.

The quality of debate was refreshingly different too. For one who had to stave off the Opposition’s high-octane protestations through the five sittings, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had a word of praise for the content of the debates. “All burning issues, be it the shortage of compressed natural gas (CNG) for buses or privatisation of the DVB, were discussed at length,” she said in her statement on the floor of the House before it was adjourned sine die.

Two motions under Rule 107 were accepted, discussed and passed by the House after discussion. One, moved by Mr Surender Kumar and others, recommended return of all residential and agricultural land allotted to the landless under the Prime Minister’s 20-point programme to the allottees and inclusion of their names in the revenue records. Also, it recommended payment of monetary compensation to the people concerned in return for acquisition of land for government use.

The House also passed the motion moved by Ms Anjali Rai, who is chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, for protecting the human rights of sex workers and extending them incentives such as vocational training or alternative source of income.

Besides the annual reports of the Delhi Commission for Women and notifications issued by various ministries, the Second Report of the Rules Committee that incorporated certain amendments to certain rules was tabled. Three private members’ resolutions were also listed for discussion but were negated after putting to vote or withdrawn.


DTC bus heist: Six youths loot cash, jewellery

Meerut, July 20
Armed robbers snatched cash and jewellery from passengers of a Delhi Transport Corporation bus. The incident occurred at about 11.15 on Friday night on board a Delhi-bound DTC bus from Hardwar. Bus driver Ishwer Singh and conductor Dharamvir Singh told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that their bus (DL-1P-2895) started at 6.30 pm from Hardwar for Delhi with 38 passengers on board. Some passengers got down on the way. The bus reached the Bhainsali bus terminal at 10.35 pm with 19 on board, including the conductor and the driver of the bus.

The conductor added that six youths in their 20s boarded the bus at Meerut. When the bus reached the railway crossing on the Delhi-Dehra Dun highway near Partapur bypass, two youths got up from their seats, took out pistols and asked the driver and conductor of the bus to remain silent. They asked the driver to stop the bus near Bhurbaral village.

The robbers took on the passengers easily as the lights were switched off. They took Rs 6,000 in cash, a wrist watch and a digital diary from Kapil, a sub-inspector from Delhi, Rs 3,000, a watch and a ring from Lokesh of Ghaziabad and a mangalsutra of 40 gm and two gold ear-rings from his wife. OC



Sangma refuses to join Sonia-led Congress
Our Correspondent

Panipat, July 20
The former Lok Sabha Speaker and senior NCP leader, Mr P.A.Sangma, has categorically ruled out the possibility of his returning to the Congress Party till Sonia Gandhi remains the president of the Congress Party. Mr Sangma was talking to mediapersons here late last night after a Rotary International function. Under the leadership of Ms Sonia Gandhi, a person of foreign origin, the Congress had lost its creditability among the people, he said, adding that he was a true Congressman and firmly believes in the ideology of the Congress Party. When asked about his “Ghar Vapsi” (Returning back to the Congress Party) if Priyanka takes over, the party’s command, Mr Sangma said, “Yes, it is possible then”.

Regarding the present political scenario based on multi-party governance, Mr Sangma said today’s politics has deviated from social service and consequently, the people were getting fed-up with the ongoing obsession with power politics. Answering a question about his party’s stand in respect to the menace of cross- border terrorism, Mr Sangma said India should attack and destroy terrorist training camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) as the Americans did in Afghanistan.

Earlier, as the chief guest of the Rotary International function, Mr Sangma asked the elite sections of the society to work for the upliftment of the poor sections, particularly those living in the villages.

They should start with a monthly collection of Rs 100 from every member, he said, and added they can adopt a village to improve the living conditions there. Mr Satish Guglani and Vipul Mittal were appointed as the president and secretary of Panipat Rotary.



, aka District of Temples, is a pilgrims’ delight
Our Correspondent

A majestic view of the hills.
A majestic view of the hills. 

UTTARKASHI is also known as the District of Temples and sought after more by pilgrims than tourists. Still, those who have that streak of adventure in them, Uttarkashi affords some of the best and challenging routes.

Uttarkashi town, the headquarters of the district by the same name, is considered to be more on the pilgrimage circuit than the regular tourist circuit.

The region offers a visit to some high-altitude lakes and the famous Gangotri and Yamunotri glaciers, which lead on to several major peaks.

Uttarkashi is considered the northern Kashi or Varanasi. The town is situated at an elevation of 1,550 m on the right banks of the river Bhagirathi. It is a district located in the extreme northern side of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. 155 km north of Rishikesh and 100 km from Gangotri, Uttarkashi is lapped in the Garhwal hills.

The total area of about 8.2 sq km houses some famous temples, which is perhaps why it is called the District of Temples. Some of the famous temples are listed below:

Nachiketa Tal

Named after the son of Saint Uddalak, Nachiketa. Legend goes that the Tal or the lake, which is at a distance of 29 km from the heart of Uttarkashi town, has been created by Nachiketa.

The lake is situated amidst scenic view that is magnificent. Lush greenery surrounds the Tal and a small temple adds to its mysticism.

Dodi lake

Situated at an altitude of 3307 mts. from the sea level, the lake originates from the fresh and crystal clear waters of several natural springs. Some of the best and rare fish, including the Himalayan trout thrive in its waters.


The origin of Ganga, Gangotri is scared and also breathtakingly beautiful. Situated at an altitude of 3140 mts from the sea level, this place offers not just calm, but also a vivid description of nature’s bounty. The Gangotri temple here is dedicated to the Goddess Ganga and dated back to the early 18th century when Amar Singh Thapa built it.


At a distance of 18 kms from Gangotri lies Gomukh the source of the river Ganga. A pilgrims’ delight, Gomukh is also a must visit for those who love trekking.

Vishwanath Temple

The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishwanath and it has a magnificent trident on the top of the temple.

Saat Tal

Saat Tal or the seven lakes is situated at a distance of 75 kms from Uttarkashi on the way to Gangotri. It is a cluster of a group of lakes with a view, which is hard to describe.


Yamunotri is the source of the holy river Yamuna. It is situated at an altitude of 3,235 mts above sea-level. The temple of Yamunotri is believed to be built in the last century. Later, it was rebuilt in 1923.The temple of Yamunotri is the western most shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas and it is located on a flank of the Bandarpunch peak. Yamunotri is one of the ‘four dhams’ of Uttaranchal. The source of the holy river Yamuna lies just 1 km. ahead at an altitude of about 4421 mts.

The trek to the place is difficult and challenging. The best time to visit this place is May-June and September-October. Suryakund and Divyashila are other near-by places where pilgrims offer prayer during their visit.

For those who wish to trek and travel to the areas around Uttarkashi, there are places like Dayara Bugyal, a long stretched green meadow. It is situated at an altitude of 3,048 mts above the sea level.

The meadow is covered with snow in winter and becomes a boon for snow skiing. It is about 35 kms from Uttarkashi including a 6-km walk from Barsu. Then there is Harsil, situated at an altitude of 2,620 mts above sea level. The place is famous for scenic beauty and is also known for the gardening of apples.

Nandanvan Tapovan, situated about six kms from Gangotri, lies on the foothill of Bhagirathi mountain peaks and offers a majestic view of the peaks of the Himalayan Mountain range and a panoramic view of the Gangotri glacier.

The best time to visit Uttarkashi is from September to November. On Makar Sankranti, which usually falls in January, the town hosts a colourful fair, when deities are borne aloft into the town on palanquins from outlying villages.

Uttarkashi offers limited accommodation opportunities.

There are ashrams charging modest tariffs. Apart from them, there are a few private hotels that offer accommodation ranging from medium to budgetary ones.

One can reach Uttarkashi from Rishikesh by bus. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. One can take a bus from here to Rishikesh and then proceed further. The railhead is at Rishikesh.



Illegal parking lots, vehicle thefts common in IP Extn
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
Over 150 vehicles had been stolen from parking lots of Indraprastha Extension during the last few months but no action had so far been taken against the attendants of these parking lots.

The area police just register the cases of vehicle theft but do not take action against the parking attendants, some of the victims have alleged. No vehicle has so far been recovered.

Indraprastha Extension is touching the boundaries of Uttar Pradesh and criminals of the neighbouring state are suspected to be involved in the vehicle theft cases. They lift the vehicles from the area and drive them to Ghaziabad and Noida.

According to sources, the inter-state criminals of UP have their network in Nepal also. They normally dispose of the stolen vehicles to their contacts in Nepal, police sources say.

Parking lots of Indraprastha Extension are usually managed by private attendants who do not have licence from the MCD. They charge Rs 5 for parking a car and Rs 3 for a scooter. They issue a receipt to the people who park their vehicles at these lots.

An official of the MCD said managing a parking lot without a licence from the corporation was illegal. Action should be taken by the police and authorities concerned of the corporation against such persons. Names of parking attendants were written on boards installed at the parking lots. If they were not written, it means the parking lot was maintained by an illegal attendant, he said.

Such illegal parking attendants are active not only in Indraparstha Extension but also in other areas of the capital. Similar racket is also on near Batra cinemas and a few places on Vikas Marg, sources say.

Municipal Commissioner Rakesh Mehta said that an inquiry would be conducted into the issue and the guilty would be punished.



Campaign to check Narnaul social ills
Our Correspondent

Narnaul, July 20
The district police have launched “Operation Social Security” at Narnaul, with a colourful rally from the ITI grounds. The campaign was flagged off by Mr Satish Kumar Mittal, Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Hundreds of school children, police officials and members of Haryana Yuva Rang Manch participated in the rally. The rally passed through the main roads of the town and terminated at the Police Lines here. The campaign will continue till July 31.

Speaking on the occasion, Justice Satish Mittal said it is heartening to see that the police have started a campaign to irradicate the prevailing ills in our society by such type of rallies and camps.

In such a way, those addicted to drugs would not only have counselling and treatment but would be awakened to the hazards of using drugs. He lamented that school and college students were getting hooked to the menace of drugs in large numbers, which is not only damaging to our society but also weakening the economy of the nation.

The Superintendent of police, Narnaul, Dr C.S.Rao, disclosed that increasing crimes against weaker sections of the

society, problems faced by the senior citizen, women, disabled, backward class, children, destitute, mentally challenged and deprived people of the society, would be taken up and their redressal would be his priority. Dr Rao said that all out efforts would be made to irradicate the menace of drug addiction. He said drug addiction was one of the root causes of prevailing crimes in our society.

Mr Rao said a de-addiction centre has been set up at Spitra lines, Narnaul, for counselling and treatment of drug addicts. Mr Vinit Garg Deputy Commissioner, Narnaul along with the Additional Deputy Commissioner and other officers were also present.



Declare Haryana drought-hit: LJP
Our Correspondent

Panipat, July 20
The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has urged the Haryana Government to declare the state as drought affected immediately and defer the recovery of loans, electricity bills and other dues for two years.

In a press statement issued here today, the state general secretary and spokesman of the party, Mr Surender Singh Hooda, stated that during his two-day tour of around two dozen villages in Panipat district and neighbouring areas, it was found that the paddy and other kharif crops had started withering away due to the failure of monsoon. Farmers feared heavy losses.

“It is an unprecedented situation for the farmers who had already spent a lot of money to save their crops. But the situation has continued to worsen day by day,” he pointed out.

He added that the state government should ensure maximum uninterrupted power supply to the agriculture sector by imposing a ban on the use of air-conditioners and other unnecessary uses of electricity.

Mr Hooda cautioned that if the government failed to provide immediate and timely help to the farming community, farmers would be forced to commit suicide.



Delhiites told not to pay bills unless water, power are supplied
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
The non-cooperation movement. Sounds familiar. But is it relevant in the 21st century in the Capital?

Some concerned citizens, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s mode of protest half a century after the Father of the Nation was assassinated, have appealed to Delhiites to adopt the method unless they are provided with adequate water and electricity by the state.

The All-India Citizens Committee has asked Delhiites not to pay their power and electricity bills unless they are provided adequate supply of these.

The secretary-general of the committee, Mr Pramod Arya, urged the citizens to undertake civil non-cooperation movement to protest against the government failure to provide amenities like education, transport, housing, electricity and water supply etc.



Cable operators threaten to close shop on July 24
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
Cable operators today threatened a total shutdown of cable television services on July 24 and a one-hour suspension of services every day till July 23 to protest against the “withdrawal” of the Cable Amendment Bill, 2002, from the agenda of the Rajya Sabha.

The cable TV operators would organise a demonstration at Parliament Street on July 24 against the withdrawal of the Bill on the Conditional Access System (CAS). This would be preceded by one-hour closure of cable TV services every day from 6 pm till July 23, spokesman of the Cable Operators United Front (COUF) Virender Gaur said.

The CAS Bill, which was earlier passed by the Lok Sabha, had been withdrawn from the Rajya Sabha in the current monsoon session “at the behest of broadcasters’ lobby which wanted to continue the practice of extortion,” the COUF alleged.

The COUF comprises all sections of cable operators, including Siti Cable, IN Cable, Spectranet Cable and its franchisees. The COUF said it had dashed off a letter to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, appealing to him to ensure that the Bill was introduced and passed in the Rajya Sabha in the monsoon session of Parliament.

“Everywhere in the world, the CAS is an accepted reality and is in force in most countries. In Indian conditions, its advantages can be realised against the backdrop of unreasonable increase in the subscription by pay channels,” it said in a statement.

“The shutdown and demonstration are meant to focus attention on the fact that the CAS Bill concerns the common man’s right and if it is whittled down it will mean extortion by pay channels,” Mr Gaur said.



Earth is one country, mankind its citizens

O Kings of this earth! We see you increasing every year your expenditures and laying the burden thereof on your subjects This, verily, is wholly and grossly unjust Fear the sighs and tears of this Wronged One and lay not excessive burdens on your peoples Do not rob them to rear palaces for yourselves; nay rather choose for them that which ye choose for yourselves…Your people are your treasures. Beware lest your rule violate the commandments of God, and ye deliver your wards to the hands of the robber. By them, ye rule, by their means ye subsist, by their aid, ye conquer. Yet, how disdainfully ye look up on them! How strange, how very strange!’’

The above are lines taken from the proclamation of Baha’u’llah, founder of the Bahai’ religion, to rulers of the world nearly a century ago. This is a relevant message to our times and to the political leaders of our own nation when even the Supreme Court has felt the need to cleanse the politics of the nation by making changes in the laws so as to ensure election of right people to power.

The rare unanimity among political parties and politicians in the matter of their unwillingness to make open declaration of their assets and other relevant facts relating to involvement in criminal cases before filing their nominations for elections only indicates how difficult it must be to stem the rot that has set into our political system.

Bahaullah addressed his proclamation to the elected representatives of every land as well. “Take ye counsel together, and let your concern be only for that which profiteth mankind. And bettereth the condition thereof ..Regard the world as the human body which, though at its creation whole and perfect . hath been afflicted , through various causes, with grave disorders and maladies. Not for one day did it gain ease, nay its sickness waxed more severe, as it fell under the treatment of ignorant physicians, who gave full rein to their personal desires, and have erred grievously.”

Why have the politicians all over failed to cure the ills of the nations? Bahaullah points out that rulers drunk with pride could not discern clearly their own best advantage, much less recognize a revelation so bewildering and challenging as this. ``And whenever anyone of them hath striven to improve its condition, his motive hath been his own gain, whether confessedly so or not; and the unworthiness of this motive hath limited his power to heal or cure.’’

He also addresses leaders of religion and cautions them against weighing the Book of God with such standards and sciences as are current among them, “for the Book itself is the unerring balance established among men.” “The eye of my loving-kindness weepeth sore over you, inasmuch as ye have failed to recognize the One upon whom ye have been calling in the daytime and in the night season at even and at morn.’’

“We have decreed O people, that the highest and the last end of all learning be the recognition of Him who is the object of all knowledge; and yet, behold how ye have allowed your learning to shut you out, as by a veil, from Him who is the dayspring of this light, through whom every hidden thing is revealed.’’ He observes that if only they had known the source from which such splendour (of knowledge) had emanated, they would have cast away the people of the world and all that they possessed would have drawn nearer to the seat of glory. “Fling away idle fancies and imaginings, and turn, then, towards God. All that ye possess will profit you not; neither all the treasures of the earth, nor the leadership ye have usurped…The world is laden with dust by reason of your vain imaginings, and the hearts of such as enjoy near access to God are troubled because of your cruelty. Fear God abd be of them that judge equitably.’’

The monks, He advices to come out of their seclusion and occupy themselves with that ``which will profit your souls and the souls of men. ``Seclude yourselves in the stronghold of My love.’’

He warns that he that shutteth himself up in a house is like a dead man. It behoveth man to show forth that which will profit all created things, and he that bringeth forth no fruit is fir for the fire.’’

Finally, he has a great announcement for the whole of mankind: ``O ye, children of men! The fundamental purpose animating the faith of God and His religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship among men. Suffer it not to become a source of dissension and discord of hate and enmity.

It is incumbent upon those who are in authority to exercise moderation in all things. Consider for instance such things as liberty, civilization and the like. They will, if carried to excess, exercise a pernicious influence upon men.

There can be no doubt whatever that the peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly source, and are the subject of one God. That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicated himself to the service of the entire human race.

The Great Being saith: Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth…It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.

M P K Kutty



Separate ministry for book development sought
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
The Federation of Indian Publishers (FPI) today demanded a separate ministry for the development of books and propagation of book culture if the country was to develop culturally, economically and spiritually.

“We produce 70,000 books every year in 22 languages and the number of publishers is about 15,000. All these demand an independent ministry of book development with adequate funds to achieve the mission of making India a book-reading society,” said Mr D. N. Malhotra, President Emeritus of the FPI at its 29th annual general conference here.

Announcing that the federation would be organising the 8th Delhi Book Fair from August 24 to September 1, Mr Malhotra lamented the lack of access to regional literature for the common man.

Mr Ashok Vajpeyi, Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi Vishwa Vidyalaya, floated the idea of setting up of a welfare fund for regional writers so that they are able to concentrate on their work.

The FPI welcomed the reduction in postal rates for books and said the formation of the SAARC Book Development Council would have a positive impact on the industry.



Work on garbage bin opened

New Delhi, July 20
Mr Shri Ram Maggo, vice-president of the Sadar District Congress Committee, visited the DSIDC Packaging Complex in Kirti Nagar and inaugurated the commencement of work on the new garbage bin in the area.

He was accompanied by his daughter-in-law, Mrs Sumiti Maggo, Deputy Chairperson of the West Zone, MCD, and Municipal Councillor Ramesh Nagar. They were received by the working committee of the Kirti Nagar DSIDC Complex Association. TNS



10-year jail term for murdering boy
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 20
The district court has sentenced a person to 10 years in jail in connection with abduction and murder of a minor boy. The incident happened three years ago.

According to the prosecution, the accused, identified as Dharamvir who had been a tenant at the house of one Prem Shankar at Trikha colony, Ballabgarh, had allegedly abducted and murdered seven-year-old son of the landlord after there was a quarrel over non-payment of rent by the accused. The court has ordered the convict to pay a fine of Rs 16,000 or spend another two-and-a-half years in jail.

Orders withdrawn

The authorities have withdrawn its orders, with immediate effect, according to which residents had to present proof of having paid their electricity bills at the time of applying for ration card, driving licence, registration of vehicles, arms licence, SC/ST certificate, domicile certificate and for getting loans from cooperative banks, as per the decision of the state government taken recently.

According to the authorities, the power department had provided some relaxation to students and residents below the poverty line.

Two killed

At least two persons, including a woman, lost their lives in separate incidents in the town in the past 24 hours. According to police, a woman, identified as Fatima Begum, was run over by a train near old Faridabad railway station this morning. It is not known whether it was an accident or suicide.

In another case, a middle-aged person, identified as Charan Singh, died after taking excessive liquor at Badoli village in the district last night.

Watchman found dead

A watchman was battered to death in Sector 2 here on Friday night. Gagan Kumar, a student of plus two class and son of the deceased, stated in the FIR that his father, Mr Chatar Singh was a resident of Bohar village and employed as watchman at a house, which was under construction in Sector 2.

He said the owner of the house informed him this morning that his father was lying dead in front of the house. He said the body bore several marks of injury. The police have registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC in this connection.

Industrialists’ chance

It is the turn of traders and industrialists in the state to air their grievances to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, directly. They have been invited by the Chief Minister to list their problems to him under the ‘Government at your doorstep’ programme. Mr Mahesh Chawla, president, Nagar Sudhar Mandal, here said today that the Chief Minister would have a meeting with the industrialists on July 24 here. He said the members of industrial association discussed the issue at a meeting held here today. Mr Chawla said the industrialists of Bhiwani and Jind districts would be invited to the meeting.

One killed, two hurt

One person was killed and two others were injured when a tanker coming from behind hit their scooter near Noona Majra village on the Jhajjar-Bahadurgarh road here today. According to information, three youths, all residents of Chhudani village, riding on a scooter were coming to Bahadurgarh. When they slowed down just before Moona Majra village, an oil tanker coming from behind hit them. While Bhupinder, riding pillion, died on the spot, Dharampal and Shri Bhagwan were hospitalised in Bahadurgarh. Later, Dharampal was referred to the PGIMS at Rohtak in a serious condition. The police have registered a case against the tanker driver.



Gang of robbers smashed, five held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
The Central district police have apprehended a gang of robbers, who used to steal courier bags, and recovered a scooter and 25 bank drafts of various banks to the tune of Rs 3 lakh from them. The accused have been identified as Sanjay, Rashid, Mukesh, Zahir and Fahimu-ud-din. Some of them are ex-employees of courier agencies. They used to take only bank drafts, hundies and other valuables. They used to destroy the other materials in the courier bag after their task is accomplished.

Two cheats held

The Crime Branch has arrested two notorious cheats, Vijay Khanna (55) and Kirpal Singh (51), who used to make fake letters of credit for exports. Based on the complaint of Mr Tarsem Goel, proprietor of Sawan Overseas Panipat, the police raided the office of the accused and seized several incriminatory documents, including forged letter heads, letters of foreign companies, blank letter heads, blank inspection reports, forged cheques of Barclay’s bank, London, rubber stamps of various firms and other documents relating to the cases of various exporters. Some other exporters had also lodged complaints against Vijay Khanna.

Robbers nabbed

The Police Control Room (PCR) personnel in Kalkaji area have apprehended three robbers and pickpockets — Mohammad Sayeed (21), Mohammad Salim (24), both residents of Sangam Vihar, and Ajay Kumar (23), resident of Madangir — and seized one dagger and Rs 3,810 from them.m. On sustained interrogation, they revealed that Ajay Kumar is a notorious pickpocket and involved in more than a dozen cases of theft, robbery and Arms Act violations. All the three have been sent to judicial custody.

MTNL staffer shot

Sikander (24), an employee of the MTNL, was shot dead by an unidentified assailant near railway line in Azadpur Mandi area while he was going to his office in Shalimar Bagh this morning. He was a resident of Khera Kalan village.

Guest shot dead

In another incident, Sunil Sarangi (30) was reportedly shot dead by an intruder in the house of his uncle in Geeta Colony area last night when he was asleep. He came from Nainital in search of a job. He was staying along with his relative. When the incident occurred, everybody in the house was asleep. One of the women in the house heard a gunshot but she did not dare to rise. When the intruder had gone, she informed the police. A case of murder had been registered and was being investigated from different angles.

Brothers stab man

One person was hit with a rod and then stabbed to death today afternoon by two persons in Badarpur area. The police said that the victim, Chabi Ram (28), resident of Badarpur and a supplier of gas cylinders, had some altercation with Mahabir and Jaibir – both brothers and residents of the same area. Both used to supply gas cylinders. The brothers hit him with a rod and then stabbed him.



Three held for posing as CBI officers, duping businessmen
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 20
The Special Operations Group (SOG) of Noida police arrested three persons who were masquerading as “CBI Inspectors” and fleecing businessmen. The police have also seized a Maruti car, a three-wheeler and Rs 36,000 in cash from the so-called “CBI Inspectors”. Besides, a father-son duo of cheats has been arrested along with fake currency notes by the rural police here.

According to Rajeev Kishen, SSP, Gautam Budh Nagar, Chaudhari Akhtar Khan of Bhoor Garhi, Ghaziabad, was on his way to pay money for a plot that he planned to buy in Sector-18. Near Agarpur, three so-called “CBI Inspectors” met him and asked him to come for an interrogation in connection with a case at the CBI office.

On the way, they frisked Akhtar Khan and took away Rs 36,000 from him. Subsequently, Chaudhari Akhtar Khan lodged a complaint at the Sector 49 police station. Based on secret information, a team under CO-II O.P.Singh nabbed the trio identified as Shiv Kumar of Khaura colony, Mohd Hanif of Loni and Kishen Lal of Sector-11, Noida. However, one of them managed to flee from the scene. A Maruti car, a three-wheeler and Rs 36,000 in cash were recovered from them by the police.

Later, they confessed that at number of cases had been registered against them for cheating in various police stations in the national Capital.

In another case, a police team under Kakod police station incharge, Mr Pankaj Lawanya, nabbed two people indulging in gambling. In a raid conducted on Chola railway station, Madhav Sharma and his father Hari Shankar Sharma, residents of Charori Mustafabad, Bulandshahar, were arrested. Currency notes in Rs 500 and Rs 100 denominations were recovered from them. On interrogation, the father-son duo admitted that they had cheated a number of people in Bulandshahar, Ghaziabad, Aligarh and Gautam Budh Nagar.



ADO of co-op societies nabbed with bribe money
Our Correspondent

Meerut, July 20
An Assistant Development Officer of the Co-operative Societies was caught red-handed while taking a bribe of Rs 2,000 from an accountant of his office here today. Four currency notes in the denomination of Rs 500 were also seized from him. According to a report, Praveen Kumar, an accountant of the District Co-operative Societies, made a complaint to the Superintendent of Police (Vigilance) here on Friday charging the Assistant Development Officer, Prem Shankar, of demanding Rs 10,000 for sanctioning the former leave.

In his complaint, the accountant said that his leave was sanctioned by the earlier elected Administrator of the Co-operative Societies. He even enjoyed his leave end received the salary against it. But the present ADO, Prem Shankar, who was also officiating as the Administrator of the societies, gave him a show cause notice asking why his leave must not be cancelled. The ADO also allegedly demanded Rs 10,000 if he wanted to get the leave sanctioned.

On the basis of the complaint, the SP (Vigilance) ordered an investigation. A team, led by Inspector (Vigilance) R. K. Sharma and comprising Maden Lal, Miltar Singh Solanki and constables Daya Ram and Onkar Singh, was constituted to nab the culprit. The team laid a trap on the district civil court premises where the ADO’s office is situated. Prem Shankar arrived at 1.30 pm and after a long negotiation received Rs 2,000 from the accountant. The vigilance officials caught him and seized the notes from his pocket.

A case under Section 7/13 (1) D along with 13/(2) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1988 was registered in the Civil Lines police station here. He was to be produced at the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court. Meanwhile, the ADO denied all the charges levelled against him by the accountant. He said that the accountant himself had been involved in a financial scam and the money given to him was meant for depositing in the office.


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