Saturday, July 27, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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HC moots parking fee in residential areas
Tribune News Service


New Delhi, July 26
Vehicle owners in the Capital would have to pay parking fee even in residential areas if they use public land, if the suggestion of the Delhi High Court today to keep the city clean is found to be viable by the civic body.

“Why don’t you think of levying a parking fee on vehicle owners in residential areas as they are making use of public land. study the feasibility of levying such a fee,” a Bench comprising Justice Anil Dev Singh and Justice Mukul Mudgal told counsel for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).

Expressing grave concern over the deteriorating sanitary conditions, the Bench made the suggestion while hearing a bunch of petitions which highlighted the sanitation problems in the city.

The suggestion from the Bench came after MCD counsel Anil Grover submitted that parking vehicles in residential areas hampered cleaning of the localities by corporation staff.

The court took strong exception to the civic bodies and other government agencies not making any progress in implementing its various directions issued two years ago about cleaning the city.

Referring to a series of directions issued during 2000 by the court including selecting 10 areas as samples for making them clean first, the Bench said “Things are at the same place where the court had left them and nothing has been done.”

Warning the authorities of strict action, the court asked the MCD, the NDMC, the Delhi Development Authority, the Railways and the Public Works Department to submit their reports by August 26 on the implementation of its orders. 


Funds aplenty, but MCD slow on uptake
Ramesh Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
The first quarter’s report card of Congress dispensation in Town Hall will come as a setback to a chief minister in a tearing hurry to undertake extensive development works and showcase them in the run-up to next year’s Assembly elections.

After pumping in Non-Plan funds worth Rs 47 crore, and another Rs 255 crore as Plan Expenditure, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has toiled hard to spend less than a quarter of the funds. Had it been just that, Finance Minister Mahender Singh Saathi would have still faked a smile. But for one whose continuation in office depends on the chief minister’s pleasure, not being offered an explanation for the tardy progress was probably the last straw !

The minister has since summoned the councillors and the commissioner and told them the third installment of Non-Plan funds worth Rs 70 crore will be released only if the utilisation of funds satisfies him. “I have told them I will not release the next installment till they satisfy me where they have spent the funds and how,” says Saathi. And to tell all concerned that he means business, the minister has shot down summarily the resolution passed by the MCD House that seeks to bring the Councillor Fund under the Plan Expenditure head.

“That will set a wrong precedent as councillors will reiterate that demand every year,” he says. Councillors get an estimated Rs 65 lakh to undertake development works which amount is budgeted for in the Non-Plan funds. That is being opposed on the ground that councillors do not get access to the money : Bringing it under the Plan Expenditure, they reason, will give them the flexibility to plan the development works they would want to undertake.

To buttress his argument, the minister quotes, the money has thus far been spent predominantly on education and resettlement colonies only. While Rs 94 crore has been spent from the Plan allocation of Rs 255 crore, there is no record of utilising the Rs 47 crore earmarked under the Non-Plan Expenditure. Councillors, on the other hand, claim development works are still to take off as contractors have not been paid their dues.

Asserting that there was no shortage of funds, the minister says even the Rs 50 crore granted by the Centre ahead of the civic polls has not been utilised in full. “The Centre had promised a sum of Rs 100 crore to the then Bharatiya Janata Party-dominated corporation. It, however, has released only Rs 50 crore of which only Rs 14 crore has been spent till date,” Saathi says in his defence. There is another Rs 90 crore, he adds, that has been carried forward from the previous year’s Plan allocation.

In the run-up to the civic elections in March, the chief minister had harped on how partisan politics had held the Corporation’s development works to ransom. That situation, she had asserted then, would change for the better once the Congress wrested control of the Corporation. She had also listed introduction of a systemic change and better co-ordination as her priorities. All that seems to have run into rough weather as a chief minister more than eager to release funds ahead of the Assembly elections finds her party’s councillors slow on the uptake !


Centre sanctions wasteland project for Mewat
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Nuh (Gurgaon), July 26
The Centre has sanctioned a special project for the development of wasteland and water resources in 14 villages of Mewat. According to sources in the Mewat Development Agency (MDA), the Centre will provide about Rs 4.5 crore to the MDA as the project fund. The thrust of the project is rural development. The entire area of Mewat, spanning Gurgaon and Faridabad districts, constitute the hinterland.

The Union Rural Development Ministry, which has sanctioned the project, has also sent guidelines on its implementation to the MDA. In an effort to ensure proper utilisation of the fund, the ministry has specifically laid down criteria for incurring expenditure. According to the guidelines, while only five per cent of the fund will be spent on administrative cost, 80 per cent of it will have to be spent on the actual works. Five per cent of the sum has been earmarked for training component.

The project will be implemented by the state Forestry Department, having expertise on the issue, under the overall supervision of the MDA. A committee, headed by a District Forest Officer (DFO), has already been constituted for the its implementation. The committee has identified 14 villages in Nuh and Ferozepur Jhirka revenue blocks for covering under the project. The villages are Rehan, Barka, Palla, Nalhar, Chhapera, Aldoka and Alawal Pur in Nuh block and Ghata Samsabad, Basai Meo, Rawa, Rangala Rajpur, Nasir Bas, Nawli and Pole in Ferozepur Jhirka.

The MDA plans to harness the implementation in some core sectors like agriculture, horticulture, soil conservation, health, education and moisture conservation and repair of check dams, bundhs, embankments, ponds and percolation, as they are related sectors for land and water resource development in any rural area.

A senior functionary of the MDA said that there were plans to simultaneously implement the MDA’s ongoing schemes like Child Development Programme (CDP), Self Helf Group (SHG) scheme, dairy development, mobile health services etc in these 14 villages. This is to ensure holistic and integrated development of these villages.

The MDA hopes to implement the project with all seriousness so that it can convince the Union Rural Development Ministry of its sincerity and get similar projects for other villages in Mewat approved.


ISI agents may strike in garb of Kanwarians
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, July 26
The police here have been put on a high alert as intelligence agencies have issued a warning about the possibility of a terrorist strike in western Uttar Pradesh. The SSP, Mr Chandra Prakash, has been informed about such a possibility through a confidential communication. According to the intelligence report, sent to the administration two days ago, ISI agents in the garb of Kanwariyans might strike in the area. Therefore, a tab will be kept on the Kanwariyans.

As fears have also been expressed about Kanwariyans themselves becoming a victim of a violent outburst, special care will have to be taken about traffic jams on their highway route. The intelligence agencies have also warned of stone pelting on vehicles, attempts to set vehicles aflame or create communal disturbance.

Every year, before the Independence Day, terrorists and agents of the ISI attempt to sneak into the country. Incidentally, of late, ISI agents and members of terrorist outfits have been hyper active in the National Capital Region. The foreign mercenaries, in the garb of Kanwariyans, can thus strike in a major way Checking and large-scale frisking will be undertaken on highways during this period. The SSP has advised all police circle officers and Station Officers in charge of police stations to exercise extra caution.


Faridabad villagers cut up with units over elusive jobs
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 26
Residents of Faridabad had much to cheer when public and private sector units set up their plants or head offices here years back. The smile has been replaced by a grim frown.

Many villagers, who had to vacate their land for these units, rue their decision now for these units are not providing any jobs to the local youth. Partly this is due to the industrial slump.

Among the industrial undertakings, which acquired hundreds of acres of land in the Faridabad district in the last decade, were some big houses and several PSUs like the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC), the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), the Bharat Petroleum Power Grid Corporation of India and the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).

This, in turn, had raised the expectations of the local residents, who saw the industrial activity and growth as a golden chance for generating employment.

There is no doubt that private companies and PSUs have provided employment to many people of this district. Despite this, the feeling has persisted that the managements of these units are indifferent to their employment needs.

The managements now claim that they had never promised jobs to anyone, including the villagers whose land was acquired by them. They claim that recruitment is done through the proper channel and anybody who fulfils the requirements should apply for the posts.

Recently, Asavati and Piyala villages of Ballabgarh subdivision in the district witnessed protests by villagers demanding jobs in the IOC, which has its unit near Asavati and a research and development centre at Sector 13 here. The protestors, who sat on a dharna and observed a fast for five days, said that the IOC management had ignored their `claim’ for jobs in its plant, even though the company had acquired land of about 350 farmers 10 years ago.

The local administration had to intervene and the villagers agreed to call off the stir on an assurance that their demand would be considered.

This is not an isolated case. Residents, whose land had been acquired by industrial units, complain that no benefit has accrued to them. They claim that the state government and its ministers had promised jobs to the “displaced” farmers and the local residents when these units were set up. It is further pointed out that these units had not contributed to the social uplift and other development programmes in the villages.

While the officials of these units keep claiming that they are spending on development schemes, the villagers complain that this was not so. The district authorities had recently declared that some roads would be repaired or re-laid with the help of these units, which had assured an assistance of Rs 45 lakh for the purpose.


Trains not to halt at Vasundhara
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
The setting up of railway station at Vasundhara between Ghaziabad and Sahibabad station is not a viable option, the Minister of State for Railways, Mr Bandaru Dattatraya, informed the Rajya Sabha.

In response to question whether the government plans to set up a railway halt at Vasundhara as most persons residing in Sector 2 to 6 are government employees working in Delhi and they face inconvenience while arriving in and departing from Delhi, the Minister said the proposal was examined and has not been found financially and operationally justified.

Mr Dattatraya said adequate road transport facilities are already available in the vicinity of the proposed halt stations.

In response to another question, the Minister said a pilot project is being launched for developing of Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) in Delhi area shortly. Presently, passengers are required to purchase tickets from the booking offices at the journey originating station.

After implementation of this pilot project, the passengers will have the facility of purchasing tickets from booking office of any of the stations where computerised UTS facility is being provided.

Mr Dattatraya said in future such facility may be extended at non-station locations. After successful implementation of this project, further course of action will be decided. The Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS) incurred a financial loss of Rs 16.07 crore in 2001-02, which is lower than the Rs 19.58 crore loss incurred in 2000-01, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Mr Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav, informed the Rajya Sabha.

The Minister said the reasons for losses are under utilization of plant capacity due to decline in sale of DMS milk, disproportionate staff strength viz a viz sale capacity, outdated machinery and manual as well as labour intensive system of production, increase in the cost of raw materials and increased staff expenses due to recommendations of Fifth Pay Commission.

The DMS is adopting professional approaches in different areas of operation such as marketing, transportation, reduction in operation losses and also outsourcing of some of the activities, the Minister said.


First Metro train rolls down assembly line
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
The much touted Delhi Metro project moved one step closer towards completion today when the first train was manufactured in a Korean factory today, four months ahead of schedule.

The train, which has been manufactured in the Changwong factory in Korea, has set a new world record in manufacture of modern rolling stock, a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) release said here.

The metro trains are advanced with modern features such as an automatic train protection, integrated train management system and microprocessor controlled brakes, the release said.

The trains are fully computerised with an electronic passenger information display system and audio announcement facilities. Each coach of the train can accommodate as many as 370 passengers, it said.

The DMRC has ordered a total of 240 coaches. A few would be imported and the remaining would be progressively indigenised with the last 100 coaches being built fully in the country. The DMRC has planned four trains for operation when the first section from Shahdara to Tis Hazari will be opened for transportation in December 2002, it added.

The proposed Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS), the first phase of which is slated for completion by 2005, is going to be one of the most eco-friendly projects in Delhi.

The MRTS will result in saving time for commuters and ensuring reliable and safer journeys, reduction in atmospheric pollution, reduction in accident rates, reduced fuel consumption, reduced vehicle operating costs and increase in the average speed of road vehicles.

As cities grow in size, the number of vehicular trips on roads goes up. This necessitates a pragmatic policy shift to discourage private modes and encourage public transport once the level of traffic along any travel corridor in one direction exceeds 20,000 persons per hour.

The introduction of a rail-based MRTS is capital intensive and has a long gestation period. In developed countries, planning for mass transit system starts when city population size exceeds 1 million; the system is in position by the time the city population is between two and three million. Once the population exceeds four million or so, planned extensions to the MRTS are vigorously taken up.

The city of Delhi, with a population of around 12 million, should have had an MRTS network of at least 100 km by this time, whereas actually it is still at the take-off stage. 


Norms for cellphone towers made stringent
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
Making the norms for erecting cellphone towers atop buildings still stringent, the Government of NCT of Delhi on Friday said safety certificates issued by a structural engineer from select institutes only will be recognised by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD.) Lieutenant Governor Vijai Kapoor, who chaired a meeting of officials from NDMC, MCD and representatives of Cellular Operators Association of India and Association of Basic Telecom Operators at Raj Niwas, said the safety certificates issued by structural engineers from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi; Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee; Rail Indian Technical and Economic Services (RITES), Delhi; and Cement and Building Research Institute, Faridabad, only would be recognised.

It was also decided that a unit would be set up for addressing the complaints by residents. All complaints received by the MCD and the NDMC would be forwarded to this unit that would then have them properly investigated, take remedial measures wherever necessary and send a representative to meet the complainant and allay his apprehensions.


Far-sighted policy must to combat terrorism: Gill
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
The adviser to the Government of Gujarat, Mr K. P. S. Gill, emphasised on a far-sighted policy in combating terrorism in the country. Without a clear policy, terrorism would not be eradicated. He was speaking at a function organised in the Officers Mess of the Delhi Police last evening.

He said that despite hard intelligence, total alertness and operational development, there was a need for new technology to handle the ‘fidayeen attacks’.

Unless the police officers got over the fear psychosis of transfers and postings, their professionalism could never be achieved, he added.

Mr Gill also stressed on strengthening policing at the station level and building confidence among the public by the local police.

Narrating several incidents during the communal riots in Gujarat recently, he said he was able to motivate the local police, particularly its leadership, to handle the situation by adopting a professional attitude.


Lt-Gen hails work of cantonment board
Our Correspondent

Meerut, July 26
The Chief of Staff of the Central Command, Lt-General Ravi Mahar Chaddha, AVSM, VSM, hailed the work carried out by the cantonment board under the leadership of sub-area commander.

General Chaddha was here on a two-day official visit to the sub-area. Talking to the ‘NCR Tribune’, he said that he was very much pleased to see the change in the cantonment area, which was invisible in his last visit.

Commenting on the Wheeler Club, he said that this was one of the oldest Army club of the country, established in 1963, which got a royal look after the sub-area Commander Brigadier K. T. G. Nambiar, VSM, invented a plan to remove it. He said that the cantonment achieved a lot under the dynamic leadership of Brig. Nambiar. Meerut cantonment had become a roll model among all the cantonment of the country, he added. Commenting on the possibility of nuclear war in the sub-continent, he said that the Indian Army is professional and was ready for any eventualities. He further added that there were challenges and impediment before us, but the Indian Army was fully capable of doing anything. Discussing the equipment of the Indian troops, he further said that the modernisation was a continue process and we should be ready to give the best weapons to our defence system. The Army must not be allowed to fight a battle with inferior armaments. hand 


Do you have a grouse against the apathetic attitude of the authorities? Are you fed up with the dilly-dallying tactics of officialdom and the stranglehold of red tapism?
If so, please write to us. We have a full half page every week reserved just for you. The letters should be clearly marked, Speaking out, NCR Tribune,
First Floor, Dyal Singh Library Building, 1 Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg, New Delhi-110002.

Year after year, the UGC advises students not to seek admission in courses of higher education in the fake universities functioning in various parts of our country. Instead of issuing such an advisory, the UGC should rather initiate action, including criminal proceedings, against such fake universities.

How many plus two passed students read the national or regional dailies? How can they judge the genuineness of a university in which they are going to seek admission. Once the innocent students fall prey to these universities, they are forced to shell out thousands of rupees. Later on, even if they come to know that they have sought admission in a fake university, no power on earth can help them get back the hard-earned money of their parents. I urge the UGC to take stern action through the Ministry of Human Resource Development and save our young students from the inhuman and money-grabbing fake universities.

Five fake universities are flourishing in Delhi and under the very nose of the Human Resource Ministry. Does it feel so impotent that it cannot initiate criminal proceedings against these bogus universities?

K. L. Arora, Bahadurgarh, Jhajjar

In a jam in a train

Commuting in trains is usually a pain in the neck. For the 70,000 odd people who come to Delhi from Sonepat to earn their living everyday, it is a virtual hell. Though the number of commuters has increased manifold in the last many years, the number of trains has remained the same. The introduction of EMU is an exception. Moreover, the seating capacity of the trains has been reduced to half. The apparent result is that most people have to keep standing during the entire course of their journey.

Huddled together in these train compartments, these commuters resemble the dumb animals, which are crammed in trucks and taken to slaughterhouses. Anyone travelling for the first time in these overcrowded trains is sure to feel suffocated amidst the pandemonium and strong odour of smoke and sweat. A senior railway official, on the condition of anonymity, pointed out mischievously that the total number of tickets they sell every day far exceeded the number of seats available.

This problem was once addressed by the present BJP MP from Sonepat in the Lok Sabha around three years ago without any desired action. Time and again, commuters have raised the demands to increase the number of EMU trains but till date, these pleas have failed to enter the ears of senior railway officials or the ministers concerned. Be it Mr Ram Vilas Paswan or Ms Mamata Banerjee or the present Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, all of them have politely chosen to ignore this grave problem. Most of their valuable time and attention is given for the affairs of their respective states.

The ordeals of these commuters do not end here as further inconveniences await them at the Sonepat Railway Station. For the thousands of passengers who throng here everyday, the railway officials have failed to even provide a phone facility. In case anyone has to make an urgent call, the only option left to him is to rush outside the station. The installation of a few phone booths at the railway platform would not only generate employment and add to the revenue of the Railways, but also bring a big relief to the commuters.

Besides these troubles, the commuters also complain about the long queues to get tickets, non-availability of good snacks, inadequate and dirty toilets, and distasteful drinking water. The only enquiry phone number remains either engaged or out of order most of the time. And when, by sheer chance, someone succeeds in getting the line, there is no one to answer back. In the absence of any information regarding the trains, passengers are forced to waste their precious time at the railway platform, as many trains run invariably late.

Aditya Sharma, Sonepat

Hindutva in cricket too?

Almost all the newspapers of the country wrote editorials on the historic win of the Indian cricket team in the Natwest trophy final at the Lords on July 13. However, I was aghast to read an obnoxious reference to some unknown ‘`Hindutva brigade’ in the editorial titled “Young Lords” (July 15), appeared in a leading English Daily, published from New Delhi. It read “when man-of-the-match Mohammad Kaif and Zaheer Khan - Hindutva brigade please note – scampered a quick two, they gave India its first tournament victory since July 1998”.

By unnecessarily dragging the name of some unknown `Hindutva brigade’, the writer of the editorial has tried to analyse the historic win from a communal angle and has thus tried to inject the virus of communalism in the noble game of cricket and the Indian cricket team. The historic and sensational victory at the Lords was due to teamwork (by a team comprising of players from various states and communities. In fact, there was no occasion to refer to the ‘Hindutva brigade’ in the editorial.

In this connection, I also want to say that it has become a fashion among some of our self-proclaimed progressive and intellectual mediapersons to give sermons only to Hindus in regard to tolerance and secularism, while pampering the minorities. In fact, tolerance has been the hallmark of Hinduism and it needs no certificate from mediapersons by injecting communalism even in sports. Viewed in this context, the editorial referred to above calls for condemnation.

O. P. Sharma, Faridabad

Sonepat needs more colleges

The basis of the news report, ‘Government ‘neglecting’ education facilities in Narnaul’ (July 2), is the stoppage of postgraduate classes in Geography in Government Postgraduate College, Narnaul. Accordingly, a delegation from the area met Mr Om Parkash Chautala, the Chief Minister, with a request to restart the PG classes in Geography at this college.

I endorse and support their demand. However, I do not agree with the people of Mahendragarh-Narnaul district that the Government of Haryana is neglecting higher education (i.e. college education) in the district. There are 19 districts in Haryana. Conventional graduate or postgraduate degree colleges (run by the government or non-government management) are affiliated to Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra (KU) and Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak. In the 19 districts, eight district colleges are affiliated to MDU where as 11 district colleges are affiliated to KU. Here, I shall detail only the colleges available to the districts falling under the jurisdiction of MDU as under.

1) Bhiwani district has five government colleges and five non-government colleges; 2) Faridabad district has five government colleges and six non-government colleges; 3) Gurgaon has seven government colleges and three non-government colleges; 4) Mahendragarh-Narnaul district has seven government colleges and no non-government college; 5) Rohtak has one government college for women in the city itself and two government colleges in suburban and rural areas; 6) Sonepat has only a college in suburban-cum-rural area in Gohana; 7) Rewari has three government colleges in suburban-cum-rural areas; 8) Jhajjar has six government colleges.

It is true that there is no non-government college in Mahendragarh-Narnaul district. Again out of the seven colleges in the district, four are in proper cities of Narnaul and Mahendragarh and three in rural areas.

In contrast, Sonepat is the only district in which there is only one government college, that too in the suburban-cum-rural area. Hence, Sonepat city requires a government college. Rewari proper too does not have a government college though there are three colleges in its jurisdiction. Therefore, Rewari city also shall be provided with a government college.

To say that the government is neglecting higher education facility through government colleges in Mahendragarh-Narnaul district is not true. The share of government colleges in that district is the maximum whereas Sonepat district is has only the minimum share of only one government college.

Om Parkash Wadhwa, Lecturer, Govt College, Gohana/Sonepat

Keeping Mamata banerjee out

The ‘Aya Ram Gaya Ram’ style of politics started from Haryana. But West Bengal’s tigress, Mamata Banerjee, has set an example of “changing her tracks” too often to claim her pound of flesh. She left the NDA government not realising that rejoining the Cabinet will not be easy. Then to expect the Railways’ portfolio on a platter looks well nigh an impossibility. She will do well to remain out of the government and rebuild her image, if she could. Her insistence to capture a berth in the Council of Ministers depends on the mercy of the Prime Minister who will do well to wait and watch before offering her a berth. In case both opted for what they should not, political sagacity will become a mockery of sorts.

Don’t protect Vaiko, NDA

The NDA’s stand to criticise the Tamil Nadu Government’s action in arresting MDMK leader Vaiko under POTA for his speech in favour of the LTTE is unjustified. Has the LTTE not been engaged in terrorist activities to create chaos and cause destruction? And if the past record of the LTTE were to be analysed dispassionately and objectively, it is well known that the LTTE is an outfit planning to kill innocent people and achieve their aims at the nook of the gun. Then should the NDA shield Vaiko just because he happens to be one of the allies? Are they morally right in doing so? I think it is a fit case to arrest and try Vaiko under the POTA and the NDA need not be unduly upset in the matter.

R. L. Pathak, New Delhi

This isn’t fair, HP University!

I shall be grateful if you kindly bring the following matter to the notice of the Registrar, HP University, Shimla, through the esteemed columns of your newspaper.

I had sent a registered letter to the Registrar of that university seeking a migration certificate, which I needed to submit to Delhi University before August, 2002. I had enclosed duly filled prescribed performa and postal order for Rs 50 for issuing me the certificate. I sent another UPC letter in March to the Deputy Registrar, HP University, Shimla, enclosing the student’s registration card No 41931/82 AR, dated 24.3.1983 (in original) as demanded by them. In spite of completing all formalities on my part, I have not been favoured with the migration certificate. I have also made several requests over the phone, in vain. During the latest conversation over the phone, I have been told to send another Postal Order for Rs 40 for issuing the migration certificate to me.

When both these letters could not bring any result, I sent a complaint letter to the Vice-Chancellor, HP Varsity, Shimla on June 15. More than a month has lapsed now. This letter also has not made the authorities move. I shall remain indebted to you for taking the above matter to the notice of HP University, Shimla, to do the needful at the earliest.

H. R. Dhiman, New DelhiBack


tribute to Asian athletes

This has reference to the feature (sports), ‘Chi Cheng, Mikio Oda voted Asia’s greatest athletes’ by M. S. Unnikrishnan, dated July 22, 2002. It was not only a splendid tribute to the greatest Asian athletes of the century, Chi Chong of Taiwan and Mikio Oda Oda of Japan, but also about the scholarship of the Indian writer, Wing Commander P. K. Mahanand, who had written this unique book, after his retirement from the IAF.

It got reviewed in the Indian Press on its publication, but it is a signal honour that a German Scholar like Mr Heinrich Hubbling, who is an authority on Asian athletics, has written that “it is one of the most exciting books ever written on Asian Athletics’. That one sentence is enough for Mahanand, who is looking forward to a sponsor, to update the book. Surely there are a number of rich businessmen in India, who should come forward to help him.

The facts and achievements of Chi Cheng and the great Japanese triple jumpers of Japan who won gold in three Olympics — Oda, Nanbu and Tajima — were well highlighted by your sports reporter Unnikrishnan. Indian administrators should also wake up as to why the Chinese are winning? China won 59 medals, and India only one by Malleswari.

K. K. Khanna, New DelhiBack


Workshop on hazardous waste management held
Our Correspondent

Panipat, July 26
The Haryana Environmental Management Society today organised a workshop on effective implementation of hazardous waste management and handling rules and common hazardous waste landfill facilities in Haryana here. Representatives of more than 100 industries from Panipat, Sonepat and Bahadurgarh took part in the workshop.

Inaugurating the programme, the Member Secretary of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board, Mr R. C. Bakshi, said hazardous waste management was an area of growing concern for industry and business and was likely to become more acute in future in view of the rapid growth in the number of chemicals being used in industrial applications and the quantum growth of hazardous waste generation in India.

Mr Bakshi was of the opinion that at the individual level of a single unit, the task of proper management of growing volumes of hazardous waste generated, including its scientific and technically safe disposal, was very complex and costly.

He informed that a common site measuring 32 acres had been identified at Faridabad for disposal of hazardous waste. This project was likely to cost around Rs 2 crore. He promised every help from the state Pollution Control Board in the implementation of hazardous waste related regulations.

The Assistant Secretary of the Pollution Control Board, Mr D. B. Boralkar, explained to the participants the legal and financial aspects of hazardous waste disposal. The society had been formed to overcome the problems of approved sites for storage of hazardous waste and then maintain them for the next three years through concrete steps for setting up common secured hazardous waste land-fill facility in the state of Haryana, he said.


High-powered committee to monitor compensation to ’84 riot victims
Our correspondent

Faridabad, July 26
The Haryana Government has decided to pay a compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh each to the legal heir of persons killed in 1984 riots in the state. This decision comes in the wake of the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Stating this, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, said here today that application from the kin of such victims will be received till the 10th of August.

He said all such claims would be forwarded to the state government at Chandigarh by August 20 and by the end of September, the compensation money would be released.

He said deduction in the compensation amount would be done if the applicant had received any such compensation earlier. The applicants have been asked to produce the details of the persons killed in the riots, including the death certificate, relationship proof, place of death, FIR (with date and number copy and proof of being a legal heir to the victim.

He said a high powered four member committee has been formed which include Commissioner and Finance Secretary, DGP Haryana and Principal Secretary to CM or his representative to monitor these claims.

Cheated of 5 lakh

An unidentified resident of Sector-28 here allegedly cheated one Gulzar Singh, a resident of Pundari town of Karnal district, of Rs five lakh for helping him in obtaining visa and a job in the United states. Gulzar Singh has filed a complaint against the youth who is reported to have absconded after taking the money.

Mobike stolen

Two motorcycles were reported to have been stolen in the town in past 24 hours. While Anil of Dabua colony here lost his Hero Honda mobike in Sector-16, one Ravi of Badarpur lodged a complaint that his mobike had also been stolen.


SUCI protest

Reacting against the increase in the teacher-student ratio and the enhancement of teaching time by the state government in the name of rationalisation, the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) has decided to launch a massive campaign against the decision.

The Socialist Unity Centre of India alleged that these decisions would greatly hamper the education system and adversely affect the employment opportunities for the teaching community.

Describing the government decision as a severe blow to the interest of students studying in government schools, Mr Satyawan, state secretary of the party, alleged that the implementation of the decision, despite strong protest by the teaching community, has created doubts about the intentions of the government.

He alleged the students of government schools would lag far behind as compared to those of private schools due to implementation of this ‘faulty’ decision.

The SUCI leader said the government had now enhanced the teacher-student ratio to 1:70 for primary classes and 1:60 for higher classes.

He claimed it was not practically possible for a teacher to handle a class consisting of 60 or 70 students. Besides, he said nearly 54,240 teachers out of a total of 1,11,706 teachers in various categories would be rendered surplus after the implementation of this decision. He appealed to the students, teachers, parents and educationists to join the campaign launched by his party against the decision so that the ‘larger interest’ of the society is served.

MDU nomination

The vice-chancellor of the Maharshi Dayanand University, Maj-Gen Bhim Singh Suhag (retd) has nominated Dr L.C. Dhingra, the Director of the MDU National Law College, Gurgaon, as a member of the University Court with immediate effect up to March 9,2004, in terms of statute 9 of the MDU Act.

Paper presented

Dr Santosh Sharma, Head of the Physical Education Department of Maharshi Dayanand University, recently presented a paper on ‘Yoga and Psychotherapy in Sports’ at the ‘Third World Congress for Psychotherapy’ held in Vienna (Austria). Terming Yoga as a promising modern science, Dr Santosh Sharma deliberated upon the therapeutic aspects of Yoga in her paper. She explained the role of Yoga in harmonious development of human being, especially its beneficial role in muscular flexibility and nervo-muscular coordination.


Solar water heaters in govt buildings

The Haryana State Non-conventional Energy Sources Department has formulated an action plan for the installation of solar water heating systems in all government hospitals, hotels, buildings and housing societies of Haryana to promote the use of non-conventional sources of energy, conserve power and keep the environment free from pollution. Besides, the state government has also decided that the construction plans of houses in 1,000 square yard plots in Huda sectors would be given clearance only after the plot-holders made provision for the installation of the solar water heating system in them.

Giving details in this regard, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vineet Garg, said that all persons who wanted to go in for the solar water heating system in Rewari district could secure loans at interest ranging from 5 per cent to 8.3 per cent from the Punjab National Bank, the Syndicate Bank and the Punjab and Sind Bank, for this purpose. OC


Pre-marital counselling workshop organised
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
Globalisation and the changing family system have increased the average stress level, which has led to marital disharmony in society. Social Action Forum for Manav Adhikar (SAFMA), an NGO is conducting a three-day pre-marital counselling workshop, which would include legal literacy and gender sensitisation for young girls at Sultana Polytechnic, Brahmpuri, Seelampur, Delhi.

The chief guest on the occasion, Ms Kamna Singh, educationist, while donating a sewing machine stressed the importance of education for girls and making them aware of their rights.

She commended the work of SAFMA in linking livelihoods with rights based strategies. Other speakers included Supreme Court advocate, Dr Vipin Gupta, Ms Charu Walikhanna and Ms Nandini Diesh. An exhibition of handcraft works was also organised.

The workshop was sponsored by Central Social Welfare Board in association with Delhi State Social Welfare Advisory Board.


Cop shot at, service rifle snatched

Six armed persons shot at a cop and took away his service rifle in the wee hours today. The incident took place under Sarurpur Khurd police station. Constable Subhash and a Home Guard were on a patrol. Both took a lift in a truck to return to the police check post. While five persons, including the cop, the Home Guard and the driver, were in the cabin, at least four persons were in the rear of the truck.

When the cop questioned a person sitting in the cabin, his associate tried to grapple with him and fired on the constable.

At this point, some of Subhash’s colleagues were coming in a Maruti van behind the truck. When they heard the gunshot, they tried to chase the culprits. The occupants of the truck managed to stop and flee towards a nearby field with Subhash and the Home Guard as captives. On hearing the commotion, some villagers appeared at the venue and secured the release of the two policemen.

Senior police officers, including Senior Superintendent of Police Mukul Goyal, later visited the spot. The truck belongs to a local transport company.Back


Businessman found dead in Delhi hotel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
A businessman of Alwar, Mr Vijay Kumar Jain (58) was found dead in the Ambassador Hotel in mysterious circumstances on Thursday night. The incident came to light after a woman, who had arrived at the hotel with the businessman, informed the hotel staff on telephone about his death. The woman has been arrested but her identity has not been disclosed by the district police.

The police arrested the woman after getting her contact number from the memory of the mobile phone of the deceased, the police said.

During interrogation, the woman said that when she came back from the toilet, she found the businessman lying on the floor and blood was oozing from his nose. She was shocked to see the condition of the man and had run away.

She informed the hotel staff on telephone that Vijay Kumar who stayed in room number 218 was lying dead. The hotel staff reported the mater to the police. Relatives of the deceased, who came from Alwar after they were informed by the police said that Vijay Kumar was a cardiac and diabetes patient, the police said.

Burglars arrested

With the arrest of three suspects, the West district police today claimed to have busted a gang who were involved in burglary, house theft and such other cases. The gang was active in West and South-West districts. Those arrested were identified as Raju Prasad, Tinku alias Kalia and Mohdeen. Two country made revolvers, two live cartridges, one knife, two colour TV sets, one mobile pager, six watches, 15 silver coins and some jewellery were recovered from their possession.

During interrogation, they confessed to have committed burglary and other crimes in Dabri, Uttam Nagar, Hari Nagar and Kirti Nagar, the police said.

Liquor Seized

With the arrest of five persons, the Special Staff of North district seized 21, 600 bottles of country made liquors smuggled from Gwalior. Those arrested were identified as Surrender Kumar, his employees Ashok Kumar, Vijay, Mukhtiar Singh and Ramesh. The head of the gang, Surrender, was arrested from Cheri Kaolin Road while he was on his way in his Wagon R car to supply liquor to his customers. In the subsequent search of his car, 350 bottles of illegal liquor were recovered.

His interrogation led to the arrest of other suspects. During interrogation, he disclosed that there were some touts in Gwalior Distillery, who managed to smuggle trucks loaded with the liquor without paying the excise tax. He said that he had a godown in North Delhi where he kept the liquor stock and supplied it to his customers, the police said.


Spurious soft drink plant unearthed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police today claimed to have unearthed a bottling plant manufacturing spurious soft drinks of reputed brands like Coca Cola, Pepsi, Limca, Fanta, Thumps Up, Miranda, Kinley Soda, Lehar Soda and seized 4, 000 bottles filled with spurious soft drinks.

The Economic Offences Wing of the Crime Branch received a secret information that spurious soft drinks of different brands were being manufactured and bottled in very unhygienic conditions in Punjabi Bagh.

The police team surveyed the areas and located the plant where the soft drinks were being bottled. A team of the Economic Offences Wing along with the representatives of Coca Cola and Pepsi raided the house in Madipur village in Punjabi Bagh area, where the spurious soft drinks of different brands were being manufactured and bottled. In the raid, the police seized 400 bottles filled with soft drinks.

During the raid at the plant, bottling machine, bottle washing machine, three carbon-dioxide cylinders, 25 kg of bottle caps, ready made syrup of different colours besides utensils used for preparation were seized. The police arrested Rajesh Kumar, who was supervising the production of spurious soft drinks at the time of the raid.

During interrogation, he disclosed that the plant was run by one Rameshwar Gupta, who often shifted the plant from one place to another in order to fool the law enforcement agencies. The police said he was absconding.

Based on the information provided by Rajesh Kumar, further raids were conducted at M/S Divya Enterprises, Khirki Extension in Malviya Nagar and also at a godown in Indra Park in Palam Colony, from where huge quantity of spurious bottles of soft drinks were recovered. The owner of the Divya Enterprises, Amarpal Chauhan has been arrested.

During the raids, representatives from M/S Hindustan Coca Cola Beverage Private Limited and M/S Pearl Drinks Limited were also present who confirmed that sub-standard material was being used in unhygienic condition. A case under Copy Right Act and TMM Act has been registered, the police said.


Suicide pact
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, July 26
A senior resident doctor of the PGIMS allegedly gave poison to his two-and-a-half-year old daughter and consumed the same along with his wife in Sector 1 here today. While the infant, Sunita, died in a few hours, her mother, Ms Sunita (25), is struggling for life at the PGIMS. Strangely, the doctor, Mr Pawanjit Rohilla, could not be traced.

According to information, Dr Rohilla’s love affair with Ms Sunita had culminated in their marriage. Dr Rohilla had reportedly made a suicide attempt earlier also.


Unique exhibition at Cottage Emporium
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
A unique exhibition-cum-sale inspired by the colour green titled `The Green Waves’ was flagged off by Mr Durgesh Shanker, Managing Director, Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India (CCICI) at the Cottage Emporium, New Delhi, today.

The exhibition curates varied products in varied shades of the green colour like pottery, handmade home decor, hand-woven linen, brassware etc. Briefing mediapersons, the Managing Director of CCICI, Mr Durgesh Shanker, said that green is the colour of resurgence of life and growth within the caring shadow of Mother Nature.

He said that the objective of the corporation is not only to earn profit but also to provide decent return to the artisans and weavers. He disclosed that the target for the current year has been fixed at 72 crore and the Cottage Emporium is hopeful to achieve this target, especially after the increase in the foreign tourists inflow to India.

He admitted that the emporium had suffered a loss of Rs 4 crore. He said the turnover during 2001-2002 was Rs 53.4 crore as compared to Rs 57.4 crore in the year 2000-2001.

He said various factors like the tension on the Indo-Pak border, attack on the Parliament House and above all, the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre(WTC) had been responsible for this decline. With the improvement in the situation, sale of products from the emporium would increase many fold, he hoped.

Mr Durges Shanker urged the artisans that even as they adopt new technology, their products should not loose the ethnic character.

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