Monday, August 19, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S

Saga of a doughty villager & liquor mafia
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, August 18
A complaint has been made against the alleged high-handedness of Mr Ajit Singh Bhatotia, DGP (Prisons), Haryana, and his younger brother, Mr Virender Singh Bhatotia, to Mr V. N. Vittal, Commisisoner, Central Vigilance Commission, Delhi. The lives of the complainant, Virender Singh, son of Ganpat Singh, resident of Jonawas village, near Rewari, and members of his family have been made miserable, as per the complaint, by Mr Virender Singh Bhatotia. Mr Ajit Singh Bhatotia and his brother are residents of Dungarwas village, near Jonawas village.

The story goes back to June 2000 when the Dharuhera police raided the house of Yudhvir Singh, son of Ram Singh, and seized 30 bottles of illicit liquor. He was booked under the Excise Act. Thinking that the raid was carried out on the basis of a complaint purportedly made by Virender Singh, his irate neighbour along with his sister-in-law Bina Devi allegedly assaulted Kamlesh Devi, the pregnant wife of Virender Singh, stripped and humiliated her in the presence of numerous villagers in a bid to teach them a lesson. This happened at about 9.30 am on June 21, 2000, when Virender Singh was away.

The Dharuhera police tried hard to bring about a rapprochement but when its attempt failed a criminal case was registered (FIR No 147 dated 21.6.2000) on charges of assaulting a woman with intent to outrage her modesty and using criminal force to commit theft of property which the assaulted person was wearing under Sections 323, 354, 356, 34 of the IPC against the accused. The case is now pending in a local court.

There are allegations that soon after this the “liquor mafia” operating under the tutelage of Yudhvir and the patronage of the Bhatotias intensified its efforts to browbeat Virender Singh into total submission. This led to a series of attacks directed against Virender Singh, his elder brother, Dr Krishan Kumar, and other members of the family during the past over two years.

Virender Singh made representations to the Union Home Minister, the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, the National Women’s Commission, the Chief Minister and the DGI of Haryana but nothing came out of it. He then made a written complaint to Mr Vittal, seeking an inquiry into the alleged acts of repression at the hands of the Bhatotia brothers besides a probe into the huge assets allegedly amassed through corrupt means by Mr Ajit Singh Bhatotia, DGI (Prisons), Haryana.

The complaint was forwarded by Mr Vittal to the Chief Secretary, Haryana. Needless to say, this aggravated the trials and tribulations of Virender Singh who was summoned for a hearing on September 17, 2001, in the office of the IGP of the state Vigilance Bureau (Haryana), Mr R K Vachher, at Chandigarh. There, he was given a dressing down and advised not to file a complaint against a “mighty cop” like Mr Ajit Singh Bhatotia.

Virender Singh sought a personal meeting with the CVC who wrote to the Chief Secretary to expeditiously complete the inquiry. Subsequently, three official letters were sent, directing Virender Singh to appear for personal hearing first on July 11,2002, then on July 15 and then on July 23 this year.

Again, vide letter no 10.7.02 - 1 Vigilance-1 dated July 16 he was informed that his date of appearance, ie 23.7.2002, too had been cancelled and information about the next date would be given to him in due course. Prior to this, his elder brother, a registered medical practitioner was arrested in a case under Section 420 of the IPC on July 20, 2002. Virender singh told NCR Tribune that a senior police official of the Dharuhera police station warned him that if they wanted their hardships to end they should make peace with the Bhatotias.

Subsequently, Virender Singh faxed a letter to the CVC, seeking protection for himself and other members of his family against the persistently “perilous and nefarious” designs of the Bhatotias. Meanwhile, Virender Singh has again received a letter from the office of the Chief Secretary, which directs him to appear for personal hearing on August 29. Contrary to this, Mr Virender Singh Bhatotia, in his brief version given to NCR Tribune, has refuted the allegations, asserting that they were all false.



Two dozen villages submerged
Our Correspondent

Meerut, August 18
At least two dozen villages of Khadar have been submerged in the surging waters of the Ganges.

The river has also breached a road connecting village Jalalpur to Mawana town. The District Administration has sounded an alert and is mobilising its employees in flood relief works. Crops worth lakhs have also been destroyed in the area. The Divisional Magistrate of Mawana told the NCR Tribune that the river is still in spate following the release of 8 lakh cusecs of water from the Raiwala barrage. The surging water is expected to touch Hastinapur Khadar in the ensuing two days.

A meeting of the SDM and the relief workers has been called to deal with the flood. The SDM has ordered that the villages near the river should be evacuated at any cost and asked the villagers to be stationed at the government relief camps. The administration has also ordered the local police to keep some employee in reserve.

The road near Makhdoompur is also submerged. The crop in thousands of hectares and villages like Badhva Kheri, Manoharpur, Kishoripur, Makhdoompur, Jalalpur and Vadhini are also submerged. Several villages are jutting out of the water like hillocks.

There is a severe shortage of potable water. Several villagers complained that they have not been provided adequate medical relief. No medical teams have the reached the trouble spots either. Several villagers are down with fever and vomiting.

Two motorboats have been catering to the villagers. Now, the Deputy Collector has requisitioned for another motor boat. The marooned villagers are being accommodated in the Tehsil building and a government college. The District Magistrate of Meerut has asked the sub-area commander to keep the Army on stand by in case of any contingency.



Metered gas in Faridabad by 2003
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 18
Here is the good news for residents of Faridabad. The menace of pollution, power cuts, overall recession and industrial sickness may be a thing of the past in the city, if a project taken up by an LPG equipment and appliances manufacturing company gets through. The company has promised to provide natural gas in various forms to commercial, industrial and domestic consumers in a big way from the first quarter of 2004.

The ambitious project is in the final stage of planning and approval; only a ‘No Objection Certificate’ is awaited from the Haryana Government, disclosed Mr Kapil Soni, Executive Director, and Mr M S Khatkar, Vice-President (Project), Haryana City gas Distribution Ltd (HCGDL). The project is likely to cost about Rs 300 crore.

Talking to the NCR Tribune here today, both the officials claimed that it was the first project of its kind in Haryana and, if all goes well, it could revolutionise life in the city. The project could later be extended to Gurgaon and other NCR towns.

The officials disclosed that their parent company, SKN-BENTEX Group, had signed an MOU with the Gas Authority of India Ltd for supply of about 1.5 MSCM (million standard cubic meter) of gas per day.

HCGDL will distribute gas from 2003-2004. It would be available for all kind of users and prove to be more cost-effective than other sources of power. The use of gas could also lead to a perceptible drop in the pollution level. Faridabad happens to be among the top 12 polluted cities of the country. The rising cost of power and other unfavourable factors have pushed this industrial hub into recession.

The HCGDL officials claimed that after commissioning, the company would be able to supply domestic gas and CNG to users in the town, which would be a great incentive for big and medium size units. It could even result in restarting of some closed units. The company needs only three to five months to lay its network of pipes in the town, so that it can supply metered gas to householders and commercial users.

Reeling out figures, Mr Khatkar disclosed that 2.20 lakh litres of furnace oil and diesel is burnt daily by the industrial units in Faridabad. Besides, 1.30 lakh litres of petrol and diesel is consumed daily in the city.

At present, gas is being supplied to domestic and industrial users in Mumbai, Surat, Bharauch, Ankleswar and in parts of Delhi. The company has already completed a survey and analysis of the project and is fully geared to supply the gas by the end of 2003.



Minister skips CM’s rally
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Samalkha (Panipat), August 18
The absence of Mr Kartar Singh Bhadana, Cooperation Minister and Samalkha MLA, from a rally of the Jat Dharmarth Sabha, which was addressed by the Haryana Chief Minsiter, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, here today, is being interpreted differently by political observers. Some observers have termed it as an ‘open revolt’ and attributed it to ‘intra party differences’.

According to sources, the minister was angry at the ‘shabby’ treatment meted out to him by the sabha and his non-inclusion in the prestigious Tau Devi Lal Memorial College of Education, Manana, the foundation stone of which was laid by Mr Chautala today. What has further upset the senior minister is the fact that while the Union Minister of State for Home, Mr ID Swami, who made a brief appearance at the foundation stone-laying ceremony, was made to preside over the function, Mr Bhadana was nowhere in scheme of the things of the sabha.

By voicing his dissent and giving “protocol” the go-by, Mr Bhadana seems to have fired a salvo at his rivals within the party. Even as Mr Bhadana stayed away, the other two prominent leaders of the area, Mr Katar Singh Chhokar and Mrs Phoowati, both INLD vice-presidents, were present on the dais.

Addressing the rally, Mr Chautala said that with a view to provide technically-qualified persons to industry, Haryana was opening engineering colleges. These institutions had churned out 24,000 engineers this year as against 9,000 three years back.

Lauding the efforts of Late Devi Lal in the field of education, particularly girl education, the Chief Minister said the new education policy had been launched with more stress on making the students self-reliant.

Mr Chautala had a special word for the state’s sportspersons, who won 10 gold medals in the recently-concluded Manchester Commonwealth Games, including Indian women’s hockey team captain Mamta Kharb, who scored the golden goal. To promote sports, the Haryana Government has decided to give Rs one crore to any sportsperson who wins gold at the forthcoming Sydney Olmypics. The prize money for the silver and the bronze medal would be Rs 50 lakh and Rs 25 lakh, he added.

Claiming that selections to various state services was being done on merit, the INLD supremo assured all help for the completion of the college.

The president of the sabha, Mr Jagbir Singh Rana, informed that the Manana panchayat had given 6.5 acres of the land for the college at Manana, which would be completed at a cost of Rs 50 lakh.

The Haryana Assembly Speaker, Mr Satbir Kadian, the Haryana Housing Board Chairman, Mr Krishan Lal Pawar, Ms Phoolwati and Mr Chhoker were prominent among who spoke.



Haryana gears up for another stir
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, August 18
The Haryana government is bracing up for another agitation with the government teachers hardening their stance on the rationalisation policy. The teachers are clamouring for its withdrawal.

The Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers’ Association (MDUTA) and the Rajasthan Teachers’ Association have also extended their support to the agitating teachers.

Encouraged by the impressive gathering today, the teachers announced that they would gherao the District Education Officers (DEOs) and the District Primary Education Officers (DPEOs) all over the state from September 10 to 20.

It was a show of strength at a massive rally organised at the HUDA complex here this afternoon, the call for which was given by the Haryana Rajkiya Adhyapak Sangh, affiliated to the Sarv Karamchari Sangh, Haryana, and the School Teachers’ Federation of India.

Thousands of government teachers from different parts of the State converged at the HUDA ground despite the scorching heat. The number of lady teachers in the rally was also encouraging.



Three women murdered in East Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
Unidentified armed assailants barged into DDA flats, Jhilmil colony, East Delhi, and after stabbing to death three women escaped undetected.

The daylight murder of the three women created panic in the area. After the incident, hundreds of residents gathered around the house of the deceased.

The police said that cases had been registered and a massive hunt was on to trace the suspects.

According to the police, the incident occurred in the evening when the women — identified as Ratan Devi (65), Pushpa (35) and Rekha (36) — were alone in the house. The triple murder was detected when someone went to their house to meet them. He saw the blood splattered bodies lying in the house and telephoned the police.

According to the preliminary inquiry, the motive behind the murder could be a property dispute in the family. The police believe that the assailants were more than one. There was no sign of a forced entry. Even the neighbours in the congested East Delhi colony were caught unawares.

From the position of the bodies, the police have been able to ascertain that the suspects attacked them as soon as the door was opened, without giving either of them a chance to raise an alarm.



Tax evasion worth 5 lakh detected
Parmindar Singh

Noida, August 18
The Trade Tax Department of Noida has detected tax evasion worth Rs 4.89 lakh by the carrying and forwarding agency of a leading skimmed milk powder manufacturing firm of Aligarh. The agents had been fudging the sale of large quantities of milk powder and showing it as stock transfers to evade tax. According to Dy Commissioner Trade Tax R N Chaturvedi, the evasion came to light during the checking of trucks which were ferrying the milk product from Aligarh to a destination in New Delhi.

The mobile team of tax sleuths led by A K Singhal and Ashok Singh stopped two trucks, each carrying 27 metric tonnes of milk powder from Henz India Ltd, Aligarh. The documents recovered from the truck drivers showed that the consignments were stock transfers, Mr Chaturvedi said.

Each truck driver had been given a separate challan and the consignments were to be delivered at 83, Ashram Road, Jain Mandir, Budhpur. Later, Assistant Commissioner A K Bhatnagar and Trade Tax officers R K Goel and D K Sachan traced the two addresses mentioned in the documents. They found that the goods were being supplied directly to the buyers, who had sent their orders to Aligarh. The officials further learnt at Ashram road that another truck had also delivered the skimmed milk powder at the premises from Aligarh.

Thus, the sleuths were able to establish that the company was indulging in large-scale evasion of trade tax by showing the sale as stock transfer.

The value of the goods delivered by both the trucks is put at Rs 16.30 lakh, on which a tax penalty of Rs 4.89 lakh has been collected. The seized goods have been released.



Commissioner demands report over disrespect to Ambedkar
Prem Pal Singh

Meerut August 18
A grievous matter of showing disrespect to the portrait of Dr B.R.Ambedkar has come to light here. A portrait of Bharat Ratna, Dr B.R. Ambedkar, was found hanging in the lavatory of the Government Inter College, Hastinapur.

The employee of the college took out a demonstration and shouted slogans against the principal. Later, the employees sat on a dharna at the main gate of the college.

According to reliable source, BSA, Manoj Kumar made a complaint to the Commissioner, Meerut, and charged the principal of the Government Inter College for the sad episode.

BSA alleged that the principal of the college had shifted the portrait of Bharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar from its earlier place to the wall of the lavatory of the college and when the peon Yashpal objected to it, he was transferred to HO, Government Inter College, Bulandshahr.

The Commissioner expressed his deep unhappiness over the whole episode and ordered the Joint Director, Education, Mr A K Upadhyay, to investigate the matter.

He also ordered him and to shift the portrait of Dr Ambedkar to a dignified place and asked him to submit a detailed report of the matter within next 24 hours. The Commissioner also cancelled the transfer order of the peon, Yashpal.

The Joint Director immediately called the District Inspector of School Mrs Maju Singh, and asked her to rush to the spot.

The District Inspector of School was investigating the matter and still camping at the Government Inter College, Hastinapur. She told mediapersons that she would submit her detailed report to the Commissioner next morning.

It is alleged that some employee of the Government Inter College, including the principal, were involved the matter.

Several residents of the area also demonstrated at the college over the attitude of the principal towards the whole issue of lowering the memory of Dr Ambedkar. The demonstrators shouted slogans against the college principal. Later in the evening, several senior leaders of the Bahujan Samaj Party visited the college and threatened to report the matter to the National Human Rights Commission to seek its intervention. The leaders also demanded the suspension of the college principal. Later, the portrait of the Dr Ambedkar was removed from the lavatory. The District Inspector of School, Mrs Maju Singh, supervised the shifting process and submitted a detailed report about the incident to the Commissioner, Meerut.



Don’t equate us with Met Dept: Astrologers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
At least 100 astrologers from all parts of the country today lambasted the double standards of those who ignore the wrong predictions of the Meteorological Department but make all kinds of adverse comments against astrologers when their predictions go wrong. Many of the astrologers presented papers on ‘Astrology as a Science’ at the one-day conference held here today.

Initiating the debate, Dr Jaiprakash Laldhagewale said that the worst part of the whole issue was that those who do not know anything about astrology make all kinds of baseless comments against astrology.

He said that when a doctor fails to diagnose a patient correctly nobody says a word against the doctor. However, when an astrologer fails to make a correct prediction, he is subjected to all kinds of silly comments, he added.

An astrologer from Chennai, Mr M.N. Kedar, said that it is a known fact that astrology can predict natural calamities like earthquake, flood and drought.

Speaking on the subject, Mr Arun Bansal was of the opinion that there is an urgent need for intensive research in the field of astrology so that the ancient principles can be updated and they become relevant and accurate for the present time. Gian Pandey (Chhattisgarh), Prem Shanker Sharma (Jaipur), Harshad Joshi (Surat), Sharat Tripathi (Kanpur), Madan Bhai Bhatti (Gujarat), K.R.Dasa Shetty (Bangalore), Manu Bhai Bhojwani (Mumbai), Pritam Sign Bhatia (Amritsar) presented papers at the conference.

‘Panchang Bharti-2003’, authored by Pt Lakshminaryan was also released on this occasion.



Power supply of defaulters to be cut
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 18
The chronic problems of power thefts and non-payment of bills has plagued Uttar Pradesh and has adversely affected the efficiency and financial health of the UP Power Corporation.

The UP State Junior Power Engineers Association has now decided to start a campaign to disconnect the power supply of those defaulters, who owe the Power Corporation above Rs one lakh.

The association in cooperation with senior engineers have decided to carry out a campaign to disconnect the power supply of defaulters in Ghaziabad once a week.

The Secretary of the Junior Engineers Association, Mr G Kumar, said that they would expose the real culprits for the present power crisis in the state.

He said that a solution to the present power crisis could only be found after analysing the role of each segments of society.

The privatisation of the UP Power Corporation will offer no solution to the problem, he said. For improving the power scenario in the state, Mr Kumar said, it was essential that the management of the power corporation must come out of its traditional mindset and work to improve the services provided to the consumers.

According to Mr Kumar, the management of the power corporation needed a strong will and a balanced approach to improve the transmission system. Among others, Ms S.B.Singh, Mr Keshav

Chand, Mr R.D Gupta, Mr Chander Shekhar Sharma and Mr S.S Singh were present at the meeting.



Making an effort to transform society
Our Correspondent

Rewari, August 18
With an enviable record of social service in the last decade, the Rashtriya Navchetna, a voluntary organisation, has carved out a prominent place for itself in South Haryana.

By his single-minded devotion, its president Dr Vijay Somany along with Mrs Manju Somany, chairman of the women’s wing, has turned it into a pivotal social organisation in south Haryana.

Besides, the late Miss Nisha Yadav, a former president of its women’s wing, had played a pivotal role in the expansion of its membership, particularly among the women of the region.

In the last decade, the organisation has been involved in solving the drinking water problem by installing jet pumps and hand-pumps in various villages. On the other hand, it has also been involved in opening sewing training centres for women and libraries in the villages of the region.

Besides, the organisation has been involved in honouring workers, teachers, sportsmen, students, artistes etc., who have distinguished themselves in the society.

Moreover, through the establishment of the Somany Institute of Technology and Management at Rewari, the organisation has been instrumental in meeting a long-standing requirement of the student community of the Rewari region.

The Rashtriya Navchetna held its special convention here on the Independence Day). It demanded the expeditious completion of the SYL canal, a firm announcement about the site and construction of the building of the Post-Graduate Regional Centre, employment of local youths on priority basis in the various industrial units of the region and the grant of powers to municipal councillors and village sarpanches to issue domicile certificates.

At the function, seven citizens, including three women were honoured for their outstanding services in various spheres. Besides, Dr Vijay Somany welcomed 20 new members who had recently joined the organisation.



NH blocked to protest youth’s disappearance
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, August 18
The residents of Gandhra village blocked vehicular traffic on National Highway 10 for nearly four hours today in protest against the mysterious disappearance of a youth from police custody.

According to information, the Sampla police picked up Naveen of Gandhra village for interrogation on the Independence Day. When the youth failed to return to his house, the members of his family approached the police station on Saturday.

The police reportedly told them that Naveen had escaped from their custody. However, the villagers suspected a foul play and suspected that the police had killed the youth

The agitated villagers blocked the traffic from 11 am to 3 pm. Thousands of passengers were stranded and a large number of vehicles queued up on the road. The normalcy was restored only when the Additional Superintendent of Police, Mr Saurabh Singh, reached the spot and reportedly assured the villagers that the youth would be produced in the village by 6 pm on Monday.

With the arrest of a shopkeeper, the police recovered hundreds of pirated cassettes and CDs last evening.

According to police sources, a police team raided Amit Electronics on the railway road here, following a complaint by an official of the Super Cassettes Industries, Noida.

The police recovered several pirated cassettes of T-Series from the shop and registered a case under Sections 51,63,65 and 68-A of the Copyright Act and 420 of the IPC.



Rekindle the romance of a bygone era
Tribune News Service

Rewari, August 18
The steam loco shed at the railway junction of this sleepy town, once famous for being the largest metre gauge junction in Asia, has come alive with the clang of steel against steel as several retired loco drivers and technicians have been re-employed to service and some of the oldest steam engines have been restored to keep them chugging.

The legends of the history of Railways, like the ‘’Fairy Queen’’ and the ‘’Royal Orient’’, will not just stand here as mute reminders of the past glory of the steam era but will now puff and roll on the tracks as part of an ambitious heritage project launched by the Railways recently. The Fairy Queen” was in its heydays considered to be the fastest engine in the East Indian Railways with a maximum speed of 28 kilometres per hour.

The project was formally launched when Railways Minister Nitish Kumar along with men from the media boarded ‘the Fairy Queen’’ as passengers on the eve of Independence Day. After reaching the shed in this sleepy district they were welcomed by uninterrupted hoots of a steam engine named ‘’Sher-e-Punjab’’, a celebrity in its own right, as the local youth promptly identified it as the one used in the shooting of the recent Bollywood blockbuster, ‘’Devdas’’.

In a quiet corner of the shed, a muscular 59-year-old Bagga along with his team of at least six technicians, stood by the heavy, mostly manually operated machines that would produce much needed spares for the steam engines.

There are others like Bagga who have been pulled out of retirement to work on the project and for them it is a matter of great pride. Having seen the transition from the steam era to the diesel and electricity eras, these technicians make no bones about where their preferences lie. Steam engines are the best and the real railways, all else is development To get the feel of the real romance of a train journey there is nothing better than a train pulled by a steam engine, chugging along slowly but surely, was the consensus among them.

These engines may not be any match with the modern day contraptions in speed, but they are as sturdy as the men working on them.



Fudging receipts: Case against DTI
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, August 18
The district police have registered a case of fudging the receipts of fine imposed on those travelling without ticket in Haryana Roadways buses. The case was registered against a Deputy Ticket Inspector (DTI) of the Roadways Department. The case, registered under Sections 409, 468 and 120B, was detected by the Chief Minister’s flying squad at Faridabad. Police sources said the DSP, CM flying squad, received a complaint on January 2002 against the DTI, Roadways, Mr Attar Singh posted at Jhajjar depot that the DTI had been funding the fine receipts.

The CM flying squad investigated the matter and found that DTI Attar Singh issued penalty receipts of Rs 110 to the ticketless travellers in Haryana Roadways buses. Later, he tampered with the copies of the receipts by altering the Rs 110 figure to Rs 40. In this way, he used to inflict a loss of Rs 70 per receipt on the department. 

Investigations revealed that he was issued 10 receipt books between April 2001 and December 2001, meant to impose ten times more fine on the ticketless travellers. Moreover, he neither filled the name of the traveller nor his travelling distance and got the receipt book deposited in the section office. The police said that some clerks of the section office were also being suspected of complicity in the case, who were passing fudged receipt books. So far, the accused DTI had reportedly embezzled Rs 7530.



Shiv Sena demands ban on Gutka
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
The state unit of the Shiv Sena today demanded that the Delhi Government take immediate steps to ban the sale of gutka as had been done in several other states in view of adverse affects that it has on the health of citizens.

The activists of the Shiv Sena demonstrated in the Capital and burnt an effigy to express their anger against the state government’s indifferent attitude towards such a serious issue, which was adversely affecting the health of the people. Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh had recently banned the sale of gutka in their states.

Addressing the protestors, the Delhi unit president, Mr Jai Bahgwan Goel, said the gutka manufacturing companies were playing with the lives of the people for their commercial interests. He said studies have shown that there has been a quantum jump in oral cancer in the country, since the sale of gutka in attractive pouches. Enticing commercials have lured the people to eat gutka, he added

Mr Goel said another disturbing factor was the recent trend by the companies’ to lure women to the gutka chewing habit by advertising the product as a social statement.



Rotary Club organises blood camp

New Delhi, August 18
Rotary Blood Bank, New Delhi, in collaboration with Rotary Club of Dhampur, organised a voluntary blood donation camp on Friday, August 16, at Lohia Industrial area, Dhampur, Uttar Pradesh. The camp brought together as many as 200 voluntary donors from every walk of life and 167 units of blood was collected.

Two killed

Two persons died in separate accidents near Bahadurgarh here today. According to the information, Kamlesh, son of Ramsharan, hailing from Bihar, was crushed to death near Jakhoda village on the National Highway No 10. The deceased was riding a bicycle when a Haryana Roadways bus hit from behind. He was a labourer in Swastik Factory situated near Jakhoda village. TNS



Time for Indians to experience high quality entertainment

NATIONAL Panasonic India, a subsidiary of one of world’s leading electronics major, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., has launched its unique new series of CTVs with built-in FM receiver in India.

It’s time to enjoy the high quality entertainment viewing, what with additional channels playing FM straight out of your traditional television set. With a new look and special steel-grey and black cabinets, the digital FM receiver will be a feature available in both round and flat tube categories.

The FM TV will be available in two variants–TAU digital flat TV series and the Opera series.

Digital multi-players

Beltek India, the pioneer in CTV segment in India, has now introduced a new digital range of multi-player systems, 14 inch colour TV “Regency” and VCD at a highly competitive prices.

This new range of Beltek product is packed with state-of-the- art Japanese technology that ensures hi-fi sound, clear picture, latest hi-tech features and powerful performance for the years to come.

“No other company is providing the unique combination of price, performance and technology in the CTVs and VCDs the way we are doing,” says the vice-president of Beltek India, Mr R.S. Kandhari.

Eye-Fi TV

Royal Philips Electronics has launched its new range of colour television, with ‘Eye-Fi’ (Eye-Fidelity) technology for the first time in India. With the launch of the ‘Eye-Fi’ technology, Philips, the hi-fi audio leader, is now aiming at a leadership position in the colour television market as well.

The introduction of the ‘Eye-Fi’ technology is based on a valuable consumer insight derived through research. The ‘Eye-Fi’ technology aims at giving the consumer the best possible picture performance at the touch of a button, under all conditions.

Digital minilab

Jindal has launched ‘Frontier 330’, the digital minilab of Fujifilm. The ‘Frontier 330’ digital minilab, offering the ultimate true-to-life print quality, is an integrated system that combines the best of silver halide and digital technologies.

The digital and laser technology of the compact and easy-to-operate ‘Frontier 330’ digital minilab offers the versatility of printing not only from traditional films but also various digital sources like zip discs and CD-roms. The mini-lab was launched by the Fujifilm brand Ambassador Aishwarya Rai.

Exotic bouquets

Elen Blossoms has now launched an exotic and exquisite assortment of bouquets made from real look flowers specially handpicked from Australia. The spectacular collection of Elen Blossoms fascinating bouquets with its vibrant colours spells emotions, affection and love for anyone and everyone you care for. Be it an anniversary, birthdays or any other special occasion, Elen Blossoms has one for every occasion.

Black Magic

In its endeavour to sweep its discerning customers off their feet, Woodland is now all set to mesmerise you with ‘Black Magic’, their latest hi-fashion footwear collection.

This exclusive range for men has been crafted out of natural aniline grained leather. The soft Nappa leather lining and double colour, high-density TPR sole, lends perfect flat, though broad masculine shape to this footwear collection.

Talking cheap

Satyam Infoway Limited, the Internet, networks and e-commerce company has announced the launch of “Way2Talk,” a pre-paid Internet telephony service for consumers in India to speak to their loved ones abroad for as low as Rs Six per minute.

Shrikant Joshi, vice-president, Access Media, said “with Sify’s ‘Way2Talk,’ consumers can speak longer with their friends and relatives abroad without worrying about the money. The user experience will be extremely good as we manage the call over our MPLS based network for clarity of voice and reduced latency-all at a fraction of the cost of an ISD call.

Auto gas burner

Sunflame appliances have introduced a sleek and elegant four-burner gas stove ‘Spectra’, with battery operated auto ignition. The burners are most suited for Indian cooking requirements like chappati making and frequent use of kadai.

The gas burner has been introduced with vitreous enamel and paint enamel finish. The stainless steel model is also available with glass top. All these glass tops are spring loaded to avoid accidental fall.

Flavoured manjan

Surya Herbal Limited have launched the first microbiologically approved and tobacco free “Dant Manjan Lal” in the country. The `manjan’ is grinded with a special process, so this is finer and therefore, not harmful for teeth. The `manjan’ is found to be very effective in pyorrhea and all types of diseases of teeth and gums. The company said the product has clove oil, neem, babool and a new flavour has been used to entice the customers.


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