Thursday, August 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Delhi declared drought-hit
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
The National Capital Territory of Delhi was today declared drought-hit by the state government, which has sought an assistance of Rs 30 crore from the Centre. The estimated loss on account of failure of monsoon is put at Rs 200 crore.

The Delhi Cabinet meeting, chaired by the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, also decided to disburse Rs six crore as interim relief to the farmers. Of this, Rs three crore would be in cash; a matching amount would be utilised for purchase of fodder. The relief will reach the affected farmers within a week.

The state government’s decision to provide relief to farmers living in 220 villages in the Capital came in for sharp criticism from the Delhi BJP president, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, who described the payment as an eyewash.

The farmers should be given at least Rs 10,000 per acre as compensation and, if required, a special grant be sought from the Central government, he said, adding that the BJP would help the state government in getting the grant cleared from the Centre.

The Cabinet also decided to defer repayment of loans taken by the farmers from the Delhi State Cooperative Bank for the next year. The Reserve Bank of India would be requested to give directions to the commercial banks in the rural areas, so that the repayment of loans taken by the farmers could be deferred and the interest for the current year waived off.

Eighty per cent of the Kharif crop has been damaged due to poor rainfall, Delhi Food Minister, Mr Haroon Yusuf, told reporters. The worst-hit areas included North, North-West, North-East, West, South and South-West of the Capital, he said.

Mr Yusuf said the interim relief would range between Rs 300 and Rs 3,000 for five acres of land, the ceiling for payment of ex gratia. He explained that the policy was aimed at immediately benefiting only small and marginal farmers.

Scanty rainfall this season has affected the livelihood of 40,000 families dependent on 71,000 hectares of agricultural land.

The main crops grown in Delhi are wheat, jawar, bajra and paddy. Over the years, the farmers in the Capital have shifted from traditional crops to high value commercial crops like vegetables, floriculture and mushroom.

The main sources of irrigation in Delhi are canals, wells, and tubewells with tubewells and wells irrigating 92 per cent of the cultivable land. The aforesaid in turn are dependent on rainfall, which is concentrated in the months of July-September.

The Delhi Government, in order to provide employment to rural labourers, will undertake developmental works in the rural areas such as construction of link roads, filling up of village ponds and johads and water harvesting.

Deepening of rural wells and small canals and other such activities will be undertaken to provide alternate employment to the affected labourers, Mr Yusuf said.

To a question, the minister said the delay in taking the step was due to “wrong forecast” by the Meteorological Department which repeatedly predicted rainfall. Delhi normally receives an average rainfall of 58.8 cm every monsoon, he said. This time, however, only 6.3 cm rainfall has been received.

He said despite the drought situation, prices of vegetables and fruits were under check.


Haryana seeks Rs 615 cr in drought relief

Jhajjar, July 31
The Union Government has declared all the districts of Haryana drought-hit and the state government has demanded a relief package of Rs 615 crore. This was announced by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, while addressing industrialists during the interactive session with them at Bahadurgarh here today.

Terming the sub-divisional town of Bahadurgarh as the gateway of Haryana as it was the third biggest industrial town of the state, the Chief Minister said that the town was in the priority list of the state government.

However, Mr Chautala offered nothing substantial and concrete for the development of the industrial area apart from assuring the industrialists on improving the sewage system and providing a fire tender.

The Chief Minister reiterated his government’s commitment to provide more and more facilities for the traders’ community for speedy industrial development of the state.

He urged the industrialist to invest in the social sector and, in turn, assured them to waive the local area development tax (LADT). He also asked the HSIDC and HUDA to look out for resources to beautify the town.

Later, the Chief Minister attended the convention of the All Haryana Transporters Association. Addressing the association, Mr Chautala announced to waive the penalty imposed on the transporters if they deposited the goods tax by October 2.

He also promised to constitute a committee to look into the grievances of the transporters. However, the association failed to extract any significant assurances from the CM, who side stepped almost all their demands.

Earlier, Mr Chautala inaugurated a Rs 25 lakh building of the Bahadurgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI). He also laid the foundation stone for an automobile market in Sector 9. The market is proposed to be constructed on 22 acres of land with 12 showrooms, 212 double-storey shops and 24 single-storey shops. The CM also laid the foundation stone for a Balbhavan in Sector 6 to be constructed at a cost of Rs 25 lakh, in which 10 rooms and a hall equipped with modern facilities will be built.

Mr Subhash Arora, PRO, BCCI, presented a souvenir to the Chief Minister. State Revenue Minister Dhirpal, Transport Minister Ashok Arora, MP from Rohtak Inder Singh, district INLD chief Balwan Suhag and local MLA Nafe Singh were present on this occasion.



RAF, PAC deployed on
Meerut College campus
Our Correspondent

Meerut, July 31
The district administration has deployed Rapid Action Force and Provincial Armed Constabulary in the Ch Charan Singh University and Meerut College, taking a serious view of the violent quarrels between two groups of students recently.

Security was also beefed up in and around the campus as, according to reports, both the groups were still spoiling for fight.

Senior Superintendent of the Police Mukul Goel told the media persons here that there were reports that some students were plotting to settle scores. Hence, the RAF and the PAC were deployed on the premises.

When the colleges opened on Wednesday morning, a heavy security contingent was seen in the college. Several check points were formed and the entry points were chained with the help of one company of the RAF and one company of the PAC. Besides, policemen of Lalkurti PS were also present in the college.

The authorities raided the boys’ hostels, including OD, HAK and RD hostels, and checked every room.

Identities of the resident students had also been verified by the officials. Apart from the inspector,

Lalkurti, Mr Hasan, chief proctor and members of the proctorial board, also assisted in the raid. Senior civil and police officials checked the identity cards of the students with the help of para-military forces.

The authorities found several suspicious characters who were later sent to the police station and released after a warning.

When the ‘NCR Tribune’ asked the chief proctor about the possible effect on teaching after the RAF deployment, he responded with a cryptic: “No comments”.

However, Public Relation Officer to the SSP, Anil Kumar Sachan, told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that law would take its own course and nobody would be allowed to go scot-free.

Meanwhile, SSP Mukul Goel said that some people were trying to give a casteist colour to the incidents. He warned the sinister elements not to take the law into their hand.

The SSP also asked the students to maintain harmony.

Later, a group of students bandied words with the SSP. Students alleged that some influential persons and politicians were protecting the assailants.

The SSP said that a girl student was involved and love angle was probably behind the brouhaha.

The SSP also instructed the SHO Lalkurti and circle officer of the area to conduct the raid in the hostels of CCS university campus.


Drive against roadside Romeos
Our Correspondent

Meerut, July 31
Taking suo motu cognisance of the increasing incidents of eve-teasing, the staff of Inspector General of Police (Meerut range) Dr Vikram Singh have launched a crackdown on ‘roadside Romeos’. Five youths were arrested by the staff of the IG from different parts of the city today on the charges of eve-teasing.

According to information, there were reports that student boys were regular in front of some girl’s schools and colleges in the city and indulge in eve-teasing. Though the IG had asked the SSP, Mr Mukul Goel to check these incidents, he failed. Then the IG himself today decided to crack down and asked his staff to raid various locations visited by the so-called ‘majnus’.

The staff picked up five youths and booked them under Section 354 of the IPC. All the accused have been locked up in the Sadar Bazar police station, which all of a sudden became the centre of activity.

Guardians of arrested students and political bosses put pressure on the police to release the boys in vain. In fact, the local police came to know about the ‘Operation Majnu’ only when the IG himself trooped in with the arrested youths at the Sadar Bazar police station. The IG himself registered cases against the youths.

The action follows reports that some girls’ schools and colleges have become the favourite hunting ground of the so-called roadside ‘majnus’.

The IG said that he initiated the step on the complaint of some guardians of girl students. He warned the youths to behave well with women or face police action.



Father, child succumb to diarrhoea
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, July 31
The annual diarrhoea ritual has begun in the district with the death of a man and his daughter in Thirana village on Wednesday. However, the district administration is yet to get its act together.

Panic gripped the general public and health authorities after the death of Gyani and his eight-year-old daughter, Suman, allegedly due to diarrhoea and an increase in the number of diarrhoea cases in the government and the private hospitals in the district. The threat of the outbreak of water-borne diseases looms large over dozens of local colonies, not to speak of the rural areas, where drinking water is almost a mirage.

Contaminated water, coupled with unsatisfactory sanitary conditions, provides a perfect breeding ground for several diseases in the district year after year. With the mercury soaring and the monsoon playing truant, the vicious circle is set to repeat itself this year also if the number of patients doing the rounds of the hospitals is any indication. Residents alleged that the district administration had failed to learn from its past experience. With heaps of garbage dotting the city and only polluted water available for drinking, disease may break out any time.

The problem is compounded by the lack of sewerage facilities in a large part of the town.

Only last month, a large number of diarrhoea patients arrived at the government and private hospitals. Only time will tell whether the health machinery is ready to face the challenge this time.

On their part, experts have advised the residents to keep their surroundings clean and also boil water before drinking.


Meham cries foul over house tax; DC orders probe
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, July 31
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, has ordered an inquiry into the house tax assessments made by Meham Municipal Committee.

He ordered the inquiry when a large number of residents of Meham town today complained to the Deputy Commissioner at his ‘open darbar’ that the civic body had not assessed the house tax properly. Mr Yadav has deputed the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Gupta, to inquire into the complaints. The ‘open darbar’ held by the Deputy Commissioner at Meham, 35 km from here, evoked massive response from the residents of the town and its adjoining villages. People, dressed in their best, came in large numbers to seek redressal of their problems.

Interestingly, there was a heavy rush of driving licence-seekers. Before winding up the day-long darbar, over 400 eligible persons were issued learner driving licences on the spot. Three handicapped persons were given tricycles and 20 others were issued handicapped certificate.

Mr Yadav told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that such darbars would be held at other places in the district so as to provide relief to the people at their door-step.

He said that nearly 230 mutations were registered at the darbar. Various offices of the district administration, including the SP office, functioned from Meham for a day. He told that 45 applications were received for the grant of old-age pension.


DTC, MCD spat on hoardings
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
The Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today accused the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) of not giving its 50 per cent share of revenue earned from hoardings installed at bus shelters.

The DTC has a total of 1537 bus shelters in the Capital in 21 zones. Of these, 14 zones have been given to Adwell Advertising Company and for which the DTC had promised to give Rs 9.25 lakhs to the corporation by June 2002. However, it has given only Rs 6.38 lakh to the corporation and there is no indication when the balance would be given, Municipal Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, said.

As per the agreement between the DTC and the corporation, 50 per cent of the total revenue generated from the hoardings is to be given to the MCD. But the DTC has not honoured the agreement. The hoardings are given to the advertising companies through tenders. If there is any material change in the agreement reached with the advertising companies, the DTC is liable to inform the corporation.

According to Standing Committee member Brij Mohan Sharma, DTC had constructed a number of shelters which were using hoardings put up by the advertising companies. But the corporation had no record of new bus shelters constructed in different zones. Besides some broken shelters were being used for the purpose of advertising, which was not in the knowledge of the corporation.

He demanded that a thorough inquiry, covering all these issues, should be conducted. 


Truck ban hits NCR industrial linkages
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 31
In view of the loss to the industry due to the ban on the entry of goods trucks in Delhi, the Punjab, Haryana and Delhi Chambers of Commerce and Industry has shot off letters to the Haryana and UP governments, urging them to immediately take up the upgradation and construction of roads linking industrial towns of the two states.

According to Ms Mani Lamba, secretary, Phdcci, the chamber had received a communication from various industry associations that the ban would harm their interests due to the linkages between the industry located in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

There is considerable movement and exchange of finished goods and raw material between the industry located in Faridabad, Gurgaon, Sonepat and Bhadurgarh in Haryana and the units located in Noida, Ghaziabad and Meerut in UP.

The transporters of these goods have been using Delhi as a transit route, but due to the ban the exchange of goods between the NCR towns of Haryana and UP has nearly ceased. The operators have not identified other routes either. This is because alternative routes would be inconvenient and the transport cost would also soar.

While entrepreneurs are facing no problem in delivering or collecting goods from Delhi, they fear that the business between the business houses of NCR towns has been badly hit and could lead to closure of many units. The cost of production would certainly go up in any case.

The industrial associations have started discussing the repercussions of the ban and the available options; they have also written to the Phdcci and the state government. In turn, the PHDCCI has written to UP and Haryana government, asking them to upgrade the roads and construct new ones, connecting towns like Faridabad and Ghaziabad.

It has also advised various organisations to file a petition in the apex court asking for more time, so that new routes could be made ready.


An El Dorado of hopes and aspirations
Ravi S. Singh

Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, July 31
Tell somebody that Gurgaon has made rapid strides in all fields. Tell him that it is a hip and happening place for investors to pitch up their tents. Tell him to commence his business here, and ten to one, the person will snub the learned advisor in just one line: tell it to the marines! The situation is the same in Old Gurgaon. The basic services like water and electricity are missing. The elected representatives and administrative authorities continue to turn a blind eye to the residents’ plight. A visit to some approved colonies like Civil Lines, Roshanpura, Rajiv Nagar, Prem Nagar, Patel Nagar, Nai Basti, Ram Nagar, Bhim Nagar, Shiv Puri, Ratan Garden, Dayanand Basti, Mahavirpura, Adarsh Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Gopal Nagar, Acharyapuri, Jacampura, Om Nagar, 4/8 Marla, Gandhi Nagar, Hira Nagar, Shanti Nagar, Patel Nagar, Nai Colony, Madanpuri and Jyoti Park revealed that the residents face an acute shortage of water and power.

The situation is the same in the unapproved colonies of Old Gurgaon. A visit to Chand Nagar, Mazdoor Basti, Prem Nagar, Hans Enclave, Shivji Park, Rajendra Park, Surat Nagar, Ashok Vihar, Lakshmi Vihar, Devi Lal Colony, Feroze Gandhi Colony, Surya Vihar, Bhiwani Enclave Krishna Nagar, Viaks Nagar revealed that the inhabitants cry for basic comforts.

Broach the issue of Gurgaon being publicised as a Shangri-La, having all mod cons, by the governmental agencies and the private colonisers, and a youth retorted thus: “Even when bread is not there, they are talking of giving cake a la Marie Antoinette of France.”

Residents of Jacampura, Baraph Khana and Roshanpura, are facing the same problem. They allege that although their colonies were the first to have come into existence, they never had this problem of water and power shortage in such a manner. Those residing in the areas of Old Gurgaon say that they have been getting power for only three to four hours for the past one month. This, despite the fact that the government has declared Gurgaon a “no-power cut zone”.

The residents said that they had submitted representations to the deputy commissioner as well as other authorities through social associations like Jan Kalyan Samiti, Sudhar Sabha of Shivaji Nagar and Janhit Sangharsh Samiti, but of no avail. Meanwhile, the private operators selling water tankers are doing brisk business and the residents pay through their nose for little water. The water supplied by them is not potable either most of the times.



19,205 CGHC beneficiaries in Faridabad
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
The CGHS beneficiaries residing in Faridabad can avail of medical facilities in central and state government hospitals, including Badshah Khan Hospital, in addition to 63 private hospitals and diagnostic centres, which have been recognised under CGHS Delhi, the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Mr A. Raja informed the Lok Sabha, in a written reply.

He said the Escorts Hospital and Research Centre, Faridabad, had recently applied for recognition under CGHS Delhi.

There were 4,501 CGHS cardholders comprising 19,205 beneficiaries, both serving personnel and pensioners, who were registered with the CGHS dispensary at Faridabad.

In response to another question, the minister said the CGHS dispensary, Gurgaon, was providing coverage to all the Huda sectors, including Sectors 21, 22, 23, 23A and Palam Vihar, Gurgaon. The said dispensary was also providing coverage to the beneficiaries residing in DLF and Sushant Lok areas in Gurgaon.

In reply to another question, Mr Raja said the building plans for construction of CGHS dispensary building at Vasant Vihar, Delhi, had already been prepared and consequently the CPWD was to prepare the preliminary estimates for the work.

He said no specific timeframe could be indicated for starting the construction work as it was subject to preparation, approval of the preliminary estimates and availability of resources.

Replying to another question, the minister said Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi had been added to the list of recognised hospitals under CGHS Delhi for cardiology, cardiac surgery and diagnostic procedures, renal procedure, renal transplantation, gastroenterology procedures, liver transplantation and genetic lab procedures.

The said hospital extended credit facility only for above-mentioned procedures to the categories of CGHS beneficiaries subject to fulfilment of the conditions laid down.

Mr Raja said there was a proposal to start evening OPD for CGHS (senior citizens) at RML Hospital. The details were being worked out. In so far as CGHS Delhi was concerned, there was no such proposal for opening of CGHS dispensaries in the evening. However, emergency services were available in the multi-shift CGHS dispensaries. Moreover, there were 11 double shift dispensaries in CGHS Delhi, which provided regular OPD services from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm in two six-hour shifts.

The anticipated energy requirement in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh during the year 2002-03 would be 20,624 MU and 49,385 MU respectively, the Minister of State for Power, Ms Jayawanti Mehta, informed the Rajya Sabha.

The total generation from the existing power plant of UP and Delhi together with availability from central sector generating station in the Northern Region against their allocated shares including assistance from neighbouring Eastern Region and other sources during the year 2002-03 were estimated to be 43,223 MU for UP and 20,495 MU for Delhi.

Ms Mehta said the overall energy availability in UP and Delhi during the year 2002-03 was anticipated to fall short of requirement by 6,162 MU (12.5 per cent) and 129 MU (0.6 per cent) respectively.

The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr I. D. Swami, said 4,746 cognizable crimes under the IPC cases had been reported from Delhi during 2001 compared to 4,923 cases reported in 2000.

Of the four metropolitan cities, Delhi had the highest number of cognizable crimes under the IPC. During 2001, the cases reported in Mumbai was 2,351, in Chennai it was 520 and in Kolkata 999 cases.

In response to another question, the minister said there had been no application for appointment of personnel on compassionate grounds pending disposal with the Delhi Police since 1996.

However, the appointment on compassionate grounds was made only in cases where the government servant who died in harness had left the family in indigent circumstances and the number of such appointments in the grade did not exceed five per cent of the direct recruit vacancies.

The first Afro-Asian Games were proposed to be held from October 24, 2003 to November 1, 2003. These games were proposed to be held at New Delhi, the Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr Pon Radhakrishnan, informed the Lok Sabha. 


Tips to avoid electric shocks during monsoon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
Proper awareness about the dangers inherent while using electrical equipment and safety methods while using such appliances will help reduce the number of casualties due to electric shocks during monsoon months, Dr K. K. Aggarwal, president of the Indian Medical Association, New Delhi branch, has said.

Three to four persons die due to electric shock everyday in any major city during the monsoon months. Most deaths that happen due to electric shocks could be attributed to the lack of awareness regarding the basic principles of electrical systems and callousness while handling electrical equipment.

The public not only needed to know about the safety principles but also the inherent dangers of handling electrical equipment, the preventive measures needed to decrease the mishaps and methods to revive a person who had received an electric shock. “Like fire, electricity is a good servant but a bad master. If used properly, it is a boon in everyday life and if manhandled can cause death,” he said.

The most important education required was regarding the proper use of earthing. Earthing could be procured either from the city source or made indigenously at home by digging a big hole. Earthing was a thick wire attached to the top hole of a three-pin electrical socket. Earthing leads were, by international convention, kept green so that there should be no difficulty in identifying it and pointing it out.

People needed to be familiarised with the colour used on the insulation, green was for earth wire, black for neutral wire and red for live wire. Normal electricity was generated when the live wire was connected to the neutral wire. Earth wire was to remove the leakage of the electric current as a safety mechanism. Live wire touching earth wire would also give electric current but not when the earth wire was connected to the neutral wire.


Celebs recount experiences with cops
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
The Community Liaison Programme (CLP) of the Delhi Police was launched today in South district amidst a galaxy of personalities. Launching the scheme, Delhi Police Commissioner R. S. Gupta said that the Capital’s police always served the society with the right perspective aimed at peace and security and this was why they had decided to have a partnership programme with the public. He said that the CLPs were like panchayat systems and were very essential to solve the problems of the public in today’s scenario.

Senior police officers including Special Commissioner of Police (Intelligence) K. K. Paul, Joint Commissioner of Police (South) Satish Chandra, Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Amod Kanth, Joint Commissioner of Police (North) Ajay Chadha, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) U. K. Katna and other district DCPs attended the function.

Media personality Karan Thapar, cricketer Kapil Dev, classical Dancer Sonal Mansingh, president of the Chambers of Commerce and Industries Arun Kapoor, cardiologist Naresh Trehan and TV personality Vipin Handa spoke about their personal experiences with the police.

Mr Thapar, while recalling an incident with the United Kingdom Police when he was studying there, said that the police should know the art of teaching things to the people. He said in India, the police force was misunderstood as on many occasions, the “symbols of authority become the system we fight with”.

Dr Trehan said that the potential of any force was realised only when it had a partnership with the public. This system would go a long way in helping and serving the society at large, he added.

Kapil Dev, while regretting about not doing well in academics, asked why should anyone be afraid of the police without doing any crime. “We don’t need police if you are clean. It’s our own duty to be responsible for our mistakes and correct them.”

Mr Arun Kapoor, who expressed willingness to extend his organisation’s service to the police through the CLP, said that the police were doing an uphill task in controlling the crime situation in the Capital as often the migration of people from other states posed a serious law and order problem. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) P. Kamaraj called the people for a partnership with police and to support them whenever the need arose.

The Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr Gupta, also presented certificates to a number of people from the district who have made some valuable contributions towards the prevention and detection of crime.


Drug addicts: To the brink and back

Jhajjar, July 31
“It is the most auspicious moment of my life. My husband has got a new lease of life as he has taken an oath never to touch drugs again,” says Mahendri, a mother of five children, with tears of joy rolling down her cheeks. Her husband, Anil, who has successfully got rid of addiction after undergoing a six-month course at Navjiwan, a de-addiction centre at Bahadurgarh, was also with her and the kids. The occasion was the annual function of the de-addiction centre in which four drug victims were discharged after completing the course.

Anil took to smack around five years ago. Earlier, he used to take alcohol but later became a habitual drug user in search of sheer pleasure. Physiological changes began to take place slowly. The frequency of using smack increased and the dose needed to get ‘high’ too increased, Mahendri said. The situation came to such a pass that there would be brawls and tension every day and the family was on the brink of collapse, she said. The family had a permanent source of income as rent for the shops in Kotla in Delhi, where they have been residing.

About six months ago, she admitted her husband, Anil, at this de-addiction centre. After undergoing a tough physical and mental training, he not only gave up drugs but also started regaining his health. Now, happy days were back for her family.

Along with Anil, families of Sharwan, Amrapal and Narender, who had similar painful stories to describe, were also there to receive them.

The chief counsellor at the centre said that the centre had successfully treated about 170 addicts so far. Over 50 persons are undergoing treatment now.

Hasan, who was once a hardened addict, is now engaged as an employee in the de-addiction centre after giving up drugs. He said that the drug patients here had to follow strict norms and regulations during their treatment. The treatment course consisted of tough physical and mental exercises to the point that after sometime, they would start nursing hatred towards drugs. He said that these activities gave him great relief and satisfaction.


And now, cops are organising mahila meets
Our Correspondent

Rewari, July 31
Women from various walks of life participated in a mahila sammelan held under the auspices of the District Public-Police Coordination Committee in connection with Operation Social Security Fortnight in the community hall here yesterday.

Addressing the conference, Mr Hanif Qureshi, SP and Chairman of the committee, said that women were largely responsible for the growing menace of female foeticide, dowry system and gender bias. If they persisted in their parochial outlook and conventional (traditional) approach in such matters, the programmes and policies meant for the uplift and amelioration of women would continue to end in a fiasco, he cautioned. He also said that the government had made all possible efforts to enable women to lead a life of independence and dignity. The constitution of the Women’s Commission, before which aggrieved and exploited women can place their grievances for speedy redressal, was a solid governmental accomplishment in this direction, he asserted.

Mr Qureshi also called upon women to unitedly and resolutely raise their voice against atrocities on women.

The city Magistrate, Mr B. B. Kaushik, exhorted women to provide excellent education to their daughters while the District Development and Panchayat Officer, Mr Lala Ram Yadav, furnished information regarding various schemes and projects envisaging women’s uplift and welfare.

Women engaged in welfare works in rural areas of the district staged a lively play, which lashed out at the causes and circumstances leading to the increasing incidence of dowry deaths. Girl students from colleges and schools delivered thought-provoking speeches on the urgency of eliminating atrocities on women as well as the urgency of implementing schemes of women’s uplift in a lively declamation contest.

Dr Tara Saxena, a prominent lady doctor of the town, provided information regarding general ailments among women and their cure while Mrs Neelam Sharma, advocate, apprised them of specific legal procedures etc.



Two nabbed for murder of former sarpanch
Our Correspondent

Rewari, July 31
The Rewari city police have arrested Harendra Kumar alias Chitku, resident of Chandawas village near here, and Rakesh alias Raju, resident of Vikas Nagar, in connection with the gruesome murder of Vijay Singh (40), a former sarpanch of Chandawas village.

It is stated that on the night of July 23, Vijay Singh, an employee of the Dairy Development Co-operative Federation at Narnaul, was returning home on his motorcycle. Harendra, who also wanted to go home, sought a lift, which was refused by Vijay Singh for obvious reasons. At this, an infuriated Harendra first exchanged hot words with Vijay Singh and then he and his other associates allegedly stoned Vijay Singh to death. All this happened on the Rewari-Budhpur road at a spot near Vikas Nagar.

Next day, a morning walker informed the police who brought the body to the local civil hospital where it was handed over to the family of the deceased after Post-mortem examination. The police investigation led to the arrest of the duo.

Dental college

The Dental Council of India (DCI) has directed the only Government Dental College in the state here to fill all the vacant seats of lecturers and professors if the institute intended to allow admissions to all the existing 60 seats in Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course.

The seats in the dental college were increased from 20 to 60 last year. In a letter written to the college administration, the DCI categorically stated that it would not allow more than 20 admissions till the deficiencies mentioned in the inspection report of the college were removed.

Dr (Brigadier) S. C. Aanand, principal of the college, said the number of teachers in the college fell short of the mandatory requirement as Dr R. K. Teewari, Dr N. D. Gupta and Dr Sandhya Maheshwari left the college and joined Aligarh Muslim University. He said recruitment of lecturers was made through Haryana Public Service Commission. However, he said the matter had been reported to the state government in view of the gravity of the situation and two posts of professors and five posts of lecturers had already been advertised. Dr Anand hoped that the vacant seats would be filled by the second week of September, thereby paving the way for DCI approval for admission to the increased seats.

Cyclist killed

A cyclist was killed on the spot when a speeding car ran over him at Balambha village on Tuesday evening. Mr Kailash, a resident of Balambha village, stated in the FIR that a speeding car hit the bicycle of Abdul Latif who died on the spot. The police have registered a case under Section 279 and 304-A of the IPC in this regard.



Cellular helpline for Ghaziabad residents
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
Hutch, the new pan-India services brand of Hutchison Essar, together with the Department of Police in Ghaziabad, is setting up a cellular helpline for all residents of Ghaziabad but particularly for industrialists and women in the area. This helpline will provide 24 hours a day, seven days a week instant accessibility to the Ghaziabad Police for the residents of Ghaziabad, thereby significantly enhancing the security perception in the area. To facilitate this process and enable the helpline to be operational immediately, Mr Sudarshan Banerjee, CEO of Hutch, Delhi, today presented free SIM cards to Dr Vikram Singh, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Meerut Zone, today in Ghaziabad.

Said Dr Vikram Singh, “We really appreciate initiatives from corporates like Hutch who have taken the initiative to assist the Ghaziabad Police in safeguarding residents. Initiatives like this really strengthen our workforce to serve the people better.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Banerjee said, “As a socially responsible corporate citizen, we at Hutch are very conscious of the challenges today’s society faces in fighting against a criminal mindset. Today, we feel very happy that we have associated with a project with the Ghaziabad Police. This will provide a unique opportunity to all residents of Ghaziabad to quickly contact the police in case of any emergency on special Hutch phones”.



H. K. Saxena, president of Youth Hostel Fed

New Delhi, July 31
Dr Harish K. Saxena, national chairman of the Youth Hostels’ Association of India, has been elected president of the International Youth Hostel Federation at its 44th conference at Budapest, Hungary recently.

Dr Saxena secured a record number of 107 votes out of 110. It is a rare achievement for a non-European to head a European-dominated board. The federation is the largest youth accommodation body of the world promoting youth tourism. The conference endorsed the initiative of the federation to launch a world-wide campaign promoting peace and international understanding in association with Unesco. The federation consists of 62 member and 18 associate member countries. It has 3.5 million members with a chain of 4,200 youth hostels all over the world. These hostels generate 35 million bed nights in a year having an overall turnover of US $ 1.6 billion. Dr Saxena is teaching chemistry in Motilal Nehru College of Delhi University. TNS


Delhi BJP plans conclave to prepare for Assembly poll
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
In an effort to rejuvenate the cadres ahead of next year’s Assembly elections and hone up a strategy that would catapult them into power, the Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is planning to organise a political conference here on August 17. It will be addressed among others by Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani and its BJP national president Venkaiah Naidu.

“The conference would discuss problems related to Delhi and also their possible solutions. The strategy for the coming Assembly elections in Delhi would also be discussed,” the new president of the city unit, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, told reporters here today.

The BJP general secretary, Mr Arun Jaitley, would also be addressing the day-long session scheduled to be held at the Talkatora Stadium.

Party leaders at district and sub-division level and representatives of frontal organisations such as Yuva Morcha, Mahila Morcha, SC and ST Morcha, Kisan Morcha, Minority Morcha and other cells would participate in the meeting, he said.

Mr Khurana said after the declaration of the new state office-bearers, an agenda for the party for the coming year would be discussed and based on that, an action plan would be prepared, which would focus among other things running the organisation as a family and dealing with the city’s problems.


Srinagar businessman held with cobra venom
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
The East district police arrested a businessman of Srinagar, who is reportedly have gone bankrupt, and seized two pouches of cobra venom worth Rs 5 crore on Tuesday.

The suspect, Harbans Kaul, was arrested from Fountain Chowk near Ram Lila ground in Geeta colony where he had gone to deliver the cobra venom to his contact in the Capital. The poison is used in making anti-allergic painkillers and tumour drugs. The poison is supposed to be sold only by authorised persons.

The police had information that the suspect would come to the Fountain Chowk in Geeta colony to deliver the consignment. A raid was conducted and arrested the suspect. The police are trying to trace his contact.

The venom in sky blue colour powder was made in France. A printed paper slip was pasted on the pouches in which it was written “powder was 100 per cent guaranteed, computer tested, not used, push in danger, signal cost 9.57lakh dollar”.

The suspect is MSc in pesticides and has licence to manufacture pesticides. He had his factory of pesticides in the Valley but he had gone bankrupt recently. He was involved in the sale of such drugs to overcome his loss in the business.

The police have ordered an inquiry to find out how the suspect managed to get the poison to sell in the black market, the police said.

Held for taking bribe

The CBI’s Anti-corruption Branch, Delhi, has arrested a person employed at the Regional Passport Office on the charges of demanding and accepting illegal gratification from a research scholar in Delhi University.

The accused, an assistant in the passport office, allegedly demanded Rs 2,500 for issuing a certificate of “No Obligation to return to India” for the complainant’s friend who is residing in the United States. The certificate was required for effecting change in the visa status of his friend.

Since the research scholar did not want to pay the bribe, he informed the matter to the CBI which then laid a trap and nabbed the accused red-handed while accepting the bribe from the complainant.

Two cases cracked

The North district police today claimed to have solved two cases. In the first case, the police apprehended Aasif alias Aashu, the main accused in the robbery of Mahesh Rastogi, proprietor of a gift emporium in Sadar Bazar, from Nizamuddin area. Mr Rastogi was intercepted by a group of desperadoes who robbed him of Rs 15,000 and bank drafts while he was going back home in Rohini last month.

On interrogation, Aasif confessed to his involvement in a dacoity case in Saraswati Vihar where he and his associates committed robbery in the house of a senior scientist.

In another case, one Rajbir Singh, resident of Baghpat, was nabbed and found carrying a button-actuated knife in his possession. On interrogation, he revealed that last month he along with his associates, Sachin and Nadeem, had committed a house robbery in Inderpuri and murdered the landlady. He also confessed to the police that he was involved in several cases of robbery in Saraswati Vihar. 


2 cops suspended for letting off smuggler
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 31
Two constables of the Indira Puram police station have been suspended while a gazetted police officer has been ordered to probe the matter by the SSP, Mr Chander Prakash.

Constables Satbir and Dharmindra have been charged with complicity in letting off a smuggler who had been arrested with heroin worth Rs 5 crore. Qurban of Dabrasi in Mussori, Ambrish of Hapur and Wahid, Jaffar and Shahid of Pilkhua were arrested. Countrymade revolvers, knives and an Indica car was seized from them.

After their arrest, the criminals were taken to the police station by the SO, Indira Puram police station, and the Circle Officer (DSP). After questioning by the SO, Mr Sher Bahadur Singh, and in-charge of the police post, Mr R. K. Sharma, it was decided to detain them in the police station for the night.

As soon as the Circle Officer and the SO left, the two police constables allegedly brought out Qurban from the lock-up. When the police officials came in the morning they were shocked to find that one criminal was missing. All constables were questioned sternly. Satbir and Dharmindra were rebuked and reprimanded severely. After one hour then they came back with the missing Qurban.

When the matter came to the notice of the SSP, he took a very serious note of the incident and suspended the two constables. He asked a gazetted police officer to conduct an inquest. “We shall take the strongest departmental action against the guilty police personnel”, he said.

Death condoled

The Home Minister of Haryana, Mr Sampat Singh, was among others who visited the residence of the Mr Ram Chander Bainda, Lok Sabha member from here today to condole the death of the latter’s elder brother, Mr Pratap Singh.

Paying his tributes, Mr Sampat Singh said the departed soul had been an intellectual dedicated to social service.

Mr Bhagwan Sahai Rawat, MLA from Hathin, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, MLA from Palwal and a former minister of UP, Mr Laxmi Narayan, also condoled the demise of Mr Singh. Mr Bainda informed that a `Shok Sabha’ (Tehravin) would be held on August 4 at Daulat Ram Khan Dharamsala here between 4 pm and 5 pm.


Oxemberg wins best stall award

New Delhi, July 31
Oxemberg has won the best stall award in the International Trade Fair for Brand Apparel & Retailers held in Pragati Maidan from July 28 to 31.

The award was given by Mr L.V. Saptrishi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, to Mr Prasad Shetty, GM, Marketing, Oxemberg. Mr Ashish Chadda represented the brand during the brand representation session.

Talking about the USP of Oxemberg, Mr Chadda said that Oxemberg’s USP lay in its quality as compared to the cost. It’s the only brand available in the Indian market which provides premium quality with latest international trends at a reasonable price. TNS

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