Monday, September 2, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Purohit, organiser arrested for temple fire
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 1
The purohit of Shakti Temple in West Delhi where a fire consumed five children’s lives on Saturday, Ramjeevan Bhardwaj, and the president of the samiti that organised the Janmashtami celebrations there, Jagdish Rehan, were arrested today on charges of negligence. Three girls and two boys were killed in the fire.

Taking a serious view of the incident, the Government of NCT of Delhi ordered an inquiry into the fire by the Deputy Commissioner (West), Mr Deepender Pathak. The probe will look into the causes that led to the fire and ascertain whether there was any laxity on the part of the organisers.

Finance Minister Mahinder Singh Sathi said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit would announce the compensation for the families of the children after visiting the temple in J Block of Vishnu Garden.

Meanwhile, Delhi Fire Service’s Chief Fire Officer R. C. Sharma denied that the fire tenders had arrived late on the site. Fire tenders rushed to the site at 8.20 pm after receiving a call at 8.10 pm, Mr Sharma said. “There was not much of a delay,” he was emphatic.

Mr Sharma felt that had the fire-safety guidelines been observed, the organisers of the festivities could have saved the lives. Apparently, the wiring was not proper, Mr Sharma said and added that a short circuit caused the blaze that later spread because of combustible materials.

Meanwhile, a pall of gloom descended on Vishnu Garden as the bodies of the children were handed over to the parents for cremation. There were heart-rending scenes as parents and relatives virtually collapsed with grief while the bodies were being taken out for the last rites. Most of the residents of the colony were in a state of shock following the incident on what was otherwise an auspicious day of Janmashtmi.

Residents blamed the organisers for not ensuring proper safety measures while setting up the pandal for the celebrations. They also decried the ‘apathetic’ attitude of the authorities by not imposing strict regulations on erecting pandals.

The authorities had laid down specific rules and regulations several years ago after fires in marriage pandals had claimed many lives in the Capital and adjoining areas. The owners of the companies renting out tents and shamianas were asked to ensure proper safety measures but, apparently, laxity set in after a while when there had been little or no monitoring by the authorities.

The police said that a case of causing death by negligence had been registered and further investigations were continuing to ascertain the cause of the blaze. The statements of eyewitnesses were being recorded.

Initial reports had suggested that the fire was caused by a spark in an electric wire, which stretched across the pandal. 


Bandhu pooh-poohs Khurana’s claim
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 1
None wants to pick a fight just yet. The assembly elections are a good 12 months away. But if thrown a challenge, none would want to capitulate either. Certainly not Industries Minister Deep Chand Bandhu.

Ridiculing Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Madan Lal Khurana for wanting to taking the credit for the Union Ministry of Urban Development’s approval of conversion of industrial and commercial plots in Delhi from leasehold to freehold, in principle, Mr Bandhu says the matter has been pending before the Centre since 1999.

Mr Khurana on Thursday had told newspersons that the note on changing leasehold to freehold would be placed before the Union Cabinet for its approval within a week. Also, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had been told to send the note on the change of land use within a fortnight so that the ministry might forward it for the Cabinet’s nod.

“The Union Government had slept over it for four years. A reminder was sent in 2001. Nothing moved. It has suddenly woken up to Delhiites’ woes because elections are round the corner,” Mr Bandhu told mediapersons today. Throwing the ball back into the BJP’s court, he said the Centre should approve ‘in situ’ regularisation of industrial units being run in 24 non-conforming areas and regularise all unauthorised colonies in the NCT of Delhi.

“If the Centre is sympathetic to the Capital’s woes and wishes well for Delhiites, it should do as much,” he said, and reminded Mr Khurana of the number of proposals of public importance moved by the Delhi Government that are pending with the Centre.

“The Government of NCT of Delhi,” he said, “has sent a proposal for ‘in situ’ regularisation of industrial units. The DDA sent a supporting scheme of this proposal to the Centre on March 18, 1999.”

Also sought was a change in the parameters of “domestic industry” to safeguard the interests of small and cottage industries running in residential spaces. “It is still in cold storage,” he recalled.

Similarly, the proposal for regularising all unauthorised colonies had been pursued for the last four years but in vain. “A sword has been hanging over the heads of 30 lakh residents for the last nine years,” Mr Bandhu added. Mr Bandhu is the latest to join the verbal duel between the two political parties. It all began after Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit questioned the role of Lieutenant-Governor vis-à-vis a popular elected government. Then, it was over who should take the credit for Delhi Metro’s becoming operational by the year-end. 


Banda Bahadur: The unsung hero of Sikh history
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 1
Paying homage to the Sikh ascetic turned warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, historians and political leaders rued the fact that there is little mention of the great Sikh leader in history books. Speaking at a seminar, ‘Baba Banda Singh Bahadur -- The First Sovereign King’, organised by the Thakur Dwara Trust here today, eminent Sikh historian Gurcharan Singh Gill said, “Baba Banda Singh’s bravery has not received as much attention as it rightfully deserved.”

The Minister of HRD, Science and Technology Development, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, blamed the doctoring of history for the failure to highlight the relevance of people like Banda Singh Bahadur.

He said, “When Indira Gandhi was in power, she had to hand over writing history to the Communist Party as a means to sustain her government. The leaders of the Communist Party are responsible for the inclusion of details about Guru Teg Bahadur that irked the sentiments of the Sikhs.”

He went on to add that it was a pity that Indians had been fed an “opium of wrong history”.

He pointed out that the Government’s priority is to undo the great damage.

“The English had a purpose to keep the real history of India from us. All those who claim that the Aryans came from outside India cannot even substantiate their claims. I have often asked them to prove where the Aryans have come from, but no one has ever been able to provide the answer to the poser”.

The National Commission of Minorities (NCM) vice-chairman, Mr Tarlochan Singh, reiterated the demands put forth by the Chairman of the Thakur Dwara Trust, Mr V S Jauhar, that a memorial should be constructed in the memory of the Late Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

He said that the Government had failed to do justice to the saint who fought for the downtrodden and against tyranny.

Highlighting the contribution and the sacrifice of Baba Banda Singh, Mr Tarlochan Singh reproached the Government for having failed to provide the Sikhs the recognition they deserved. “It is a pity that Sikhs have not got the due recognition they deserve. In the last 1,000 years of Indian history, there have been only two sovereign kings, Shivaji Maharaj and Baba Banda Singh. None of the books even carries the mention of Baba Banda Singh. Even a great king like Maharaja Ranjeet Singh is attributed mere five lines in the history texts. Guru Gobind Singh also finds hardly any mention in the texts.”

Among those who recalled the life and times of Baba Banda Singh were Mr Bhure Lal and Dr Surjit Kaur Jolly, Principal, SP Mukherjee College.


The road to hell, paved with good intentions!
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 1
The bypass road along the Agra Canal here that is witnessing a demolition drive these days has an interesting tale to tell. A story of how it fell to disuse.

The road built at a cost of several crores of rupees 12 years ago and seen as the best approach road to decongest the main Mathura Road (National Highway) has been a victim of official apathy and neglect. Due to this, not only the ambitious plan to divert heavy traffic on Mathura Road failed, but the area also witnessed heavy encroachment and rise in criminal activities.

The 11-km-long road was built mainly to serve as a bypass for heavy traffic moving towards Delhi. Although the police and traffic authorities had forced the trucks and goods vehicle to use this road in the beginning, the move petered out after a couple of months. While the heavy vehicles again began using the National Highway instead of the bypass, the road became secluded, giving way to several anti-social activities.

The truckers and vehicle owners using this road were faced with several problems, including those related to the law and order. In the absence of streetlights and police patrolling, the area became a hunting ground of criminals. Reports of looting of vehicles and money scared away even those drivers who wanted to use the bypass.

Several murders and stabbing incidents had taken place earlier, stated a resident of Sector 8 here. No one dared to go on the bypass road after 8 pm, he said.

Due to neglect, a large number of jhuggis and kutcha-pucca houses have come up along the road. According to an estimate, the number of jhuggis along the bypass road could be in thousands. Several people living in this area have been running ‘dairies’ in the green belt of the Huda. Several others are working as household help in the nearby sectors.

Residents of these jhuggis have allegedly been involved in the theft of water and power.

It is also learnt that some residents had dug up the road at various points to bury the water pipes and electricity lines taken from across the road. Thus, the condition of the roads became worse every year since it was made.

The road had no streetlights and police post till a couple of years ago. The situation improved a lot in the recent past when it was being increasingly used by the residents of the sectors that touch the road and nearby villages.

The Huda authorities last year had announced that it would widen and re-lay the bypass road to decongest traffic on Mathura Road between Badarpur border and Ballabgarh town. The authorities seem to have woken up and now launched a drive to remove the encroachments along this road. Almost 400 jhuggis and kutcha-pucca houses have been razed in the past week. But whether the authorities will be able to put the road to the use for it was built, will be seen in the days to come.


A cat may look at a king, but…
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 1
Curiosity killed the cat! In the following case, however, the saving grace is that it led to just a fine, imposed by the long arm of the law. Two curiosity-stricken brothers tried to scale the high-security walls of Rashtrapati Bhavan, but were caught before they could monkey with the security.

The duo were held and fined Rs 1,000 each for the offence by a Lok Adalat. The brothers Chandrashekhar and Amit of Old Delhi’s Sadar Bazar area were nabbed in April by an alert security guard when he spotted them trying to sneak into the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises by climbing the boundary wall and crawling beneath the barbed wire. The brothers were chargesheeted under Indian Penal Code for criminal trespass and intention to enter the high-security Rashtrapati Bhavan. The accused were initially tried by the Criminal Court but on their counsel’s request, the court transferred the case to the Lok Adalat.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Garg who presided over the Lok Adalat found the brothers guilty of the offence and sentenced them to a fine of Rs 1,000 each after a brief trial recently. The duo had tried to sneak into the premises from the ‘11 Murty’ side, north of Rashtrapati Bhavan. They were apprehended by the security personnel after a brief chase as they tried to flee. The chargesheet was filed after the accused were jointly interrogated by Intelligence Bureau (Special Cell) and the police.


Self-enhancement was the word
Sanjog Gupta

New Delhi, September 1
The annual Delhi Book Fair concluded on Saturday to packed halls at Pragati Maidan. Estimates suggest that over 80,000 visitors had thronged the stalls in the last one week. Each year, the Book Fair throws up certain trends, which stand as the accurate pointer to Delhi’s reader habits. If the main feature of the last year’s fair was the number of books on IT, then this year, the attention had shifted to the books on Self Enhancement.

Almost every stall at the fair, in its repertoire, had included titles on spirituality and religious overtures for self-enhancement. The range of subjects included Pranic Healing, Reiki, Meditation, Yoga, Feng Shui, Vaastu and Acupuncture, which generated a substantial curiosity amongst visitors. The most prominent among the stalls was the Osho exhibit, which propagated the teachings of Rajneesh and the way of life that he subscribed to. Exhibitors went beyond the usual practice of bookshelf presentation by adopting interactive means to intrigue visitors. A special corner was dedicated to the eager visitors who wanted a first-hand experience of the virtues of yoga and meditation.

A visitor to the Osho stall said, “My usual way of life inflicts a lot of stress, and I do not have the time to see a professional yoga practitioner. This is where these self-teaching books come in.”

The popularity of these books at the Delhi Book Fair clearly depicts the growing need of people to look for alternative means to relieve the stress induced by the fast-paced lifestyle of the 21st century. Apart from the focus on books dealing with self-enhancement, the fair offered visitors with rare titles dealing with a wide range of subjects.

All in all, the Delhi Book Fair simultaneously erased constraints faced by the reader of unavailability of titles or subjects and by the publisher of not being able to reach their audience.


‘Dak Bangla’ shrouded in spooky atmosphere
Prem Pal Singh

Meerut, September 1
A ‘Dak Bangla’ in Dahna village of Hapur area is suddenly in the picture following the recovery of the body of Congress Councillor Atma Ram Gupta from a canal in Bulandshahr. However, for Dahna villagers, the recovery of bodies, cases of murder and encounters are just an everyday affair. They have become used to living in an eerie atmosphere.

This ‘Dak Bangla’, built in the second half of the 19th century in a dense forest area near a canal, is still intact though in a tattered condition. After the forest, there are sugarcane fields.

The Dahna villagers said that this guesthouse was built by the British irrigation officials during the construction of the middle Ganga canal. The British had been regular visitors to this guesthouse.

A farmer, Promod, working in a field near the Dak Bangla, told some mediapersons that several bodies had been recovered from the Dak Bangla in the past. They were so decomposed that stray dogs just dragged them. Several villagers also said that if the well of the Dak Bangla and the orchard field were dug up, several human skeletons might be recovered.

Villagers also said that during daytime, they visit the Dak Bangla area sometimes, but after dusk, they dare not pass through the area, let alone visiting it.

A canal of water up to 16-17 ft passes by the Dak Bangla, presenting a spooky atmosphere.


Police party assaulted for nabbing criminal
Our Correspondent

Meerut, September 1
A mob of residents of the Khatta road area today assaulted a police party that came to arrest a wanted criminal. In return, more cops arrived on the scene from the nearby police station, ransacked shops, beat up several residents and detained two persons in the police station.

The residents alleged that the duo was brutally beaten up. Later, the mob blocked the road and carried the injured persons on cots in a procession and pelted stones at the police. An elderly Sub-Inspector was also beaten up. The shopkeepers downed their shutters soon after.

The matter came to head after a truck driver made a complaint last night to the police that one Mota Salim had stolen his cylinder. He alleged that Salim had also beaten him.

Subsequently, a Sub-Inspector, Viyas Tiwari and a Constable of Brahampuri Police Station reached the spot and spotted Salim standing near a tubewell.

Even as the police party arrested him, some of his accomplice managed to flee and reported the matter to the Khatta road residents. When the police party was returning, the mob gheroed the police party and pelted stone on them.

The Sub-Inspector was beaten up and the mob secured the release of Mota Salim. Subsequently, Sub-Inspector Tiwari reported the matter to his senior police officers. The people alleged that police party rushed to the spot and beat up the residents of the area. A person named Sahabudin was injured in his nose when the police allegedly hit him with a rifle butt. The police ‘dragged him to the police station’ and released him in the morning.

As a result, the angry mob put Sahabudin on a cot and blocked Khatta road and downed their shutters. Subsequently, a local Councillor, Abrar and the City SP reached the spot. The mob shouted slogans against the police. They also demanded the suspension of the guilty policemen. Somitra Yadav, Circle Officer, rushed to the spot and assured the residents that action would be taken against those found guilty.

Later, a delegation of the residents also met the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mukul Goel, and submitted a memorandum demanding the suspension of the guilty policemen. 


Hold impartial survey, Chautala tells patwaris
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 1
The Haryana Government will take stern action against officials of the Revenue Department and patwaris if they indulge in irregularities and malpractices in conducting the survey of drought-hit crops in the state.

This was stated by Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister, while hearing complaints at the canal rest house in Gohana town, 35 km from here, last night.

Expressing grave concern over the complaints regarding the survey of drought-hit crops, Mr Chautala directed the officials to take immediate and concrete steps towards redressing the grievances of farmers and curbing irregularities so that the farmers could get compensation for their damaged crops from the government.

He admitted that lack of monsoon had affected the standing kharif crop in the state and this had forced the state government to undertake the survey of these crops for giving compensation to the farmers. He declared that the farmers would get the compensation positively after the completion of an impartial survey conducted by the officials of the Revenue department.

Referring to the complaints about the erratic supply of canal water for irrigation purposes, Mr Chautala directed the officials of the Irrigation Department to take immediate steps for regular supply of canal water to the farmers. He also told them that farmers at the tail-end villages should get canal water as promised by the government.

The Chief Minister also directed the officials to fill the village ponds with canal water at the earliest so that the cattle could get water for drinking purposes. He disclosed that the state government had sanctioned Rs 12 lakh for the repair of the village chaupals in the state.

Later, the shopkeepers of Ambedkar Chowk called on the Chief Minister, urging him to give them some time before the demolition of unauthorised structures and removal of encroachments on municipal and public land.

Mr Chautala acceded their request and asked them to remove the encroachments on their own within 10 days.


CPM attacks BJP, INLD
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, September 1
Mr Hannan Mollah, MP and senior CPI(M) leader said that the BJP’s four year record of corruption and scandals had overshadowed the 40 years of corrupt Congress rule. He alleged that the Vajpayee government had institutionalised the phenomenon of corruption in an organised manner. The MP was talking to newsmen after conclusion of the two-day state committee meeting of the party here today.

Mr Mollah said six issues were discussed at the meeting on which the party would focus during its mass campaign from September 20 to 30.

Commenting on the issues, he said severe drought situation, corruption, situation in Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir, US policy against Iraq and the serious situation in Tripura arising out of terrorism and insurgency, were mainly discussed at the meeting. He said the party would mobilise the people and hold protest demonstrations all over the state on September 20 demanding immediate relief to the drought affected people.

The CPM leader criticised the Chautala government for winding up various government departments and rendering thousands of employee’s jobless. He also expressed concern over senior IPS officers of Haryana found guilty of criminal acts one after the other in quick succession.

Chautala criticised

The Haryana unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has sought the immediate dismissal of the Chautala government.

Mr Narendra Kumar Kashyap, incharge of party affairs in Haryana and Chandigarh, said a delegation of the party had recently submitted a memorandum in this regard to the Governor, Babu Parmanand. He was addressing a press conference here this afternoon.

Mr Kashyap said the Chautala government had miserably failed on various fronts and it had no right to remain in power. He claimed that the party would form the next government in Haryana like that in Uttar Pradesh, adding that a large number of Backward Class and around 20 per cent of the Scheduled Caste people had been associated with the party in the state.

Moreover, he said a majority of Jat voters, who had been supporting the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), had become anti-government due to the ‘anti-farmer’ policies of the Chautala government.

The BSP leader said that the people in the state had been fed up with the ‘faulty’ policies of all the three ‘Lals’ and they wanted a change, which would be offered by his party. He said the structure of the party would be re-organised in Haryana. He announced that the party would contest election on all the 90 Assembly seats on its own and form the next government.

Mr Ashok Sherwal, state president of the party, appealed to the Maharshi Dayanand University authorities to implement the reservation policy for the Scheduled Caste candidates at all levels and also fill up the backlog.

Mr Bishan Singh Saini, MLA, said the party would raise the issues of completion of SYL canal, preparation of cards of those living below poverty line, violation of the reservation policy in different departments and adjustment of the retrenched employees to other departments, in the Assembly session to be started from September 2.

Prisoner escapes

An under trial prisoner escaped from Pt B.D.Sharma PGIMS here on Friday. According to police sources, the under trial prisoner, Rajendra of Baralpur village in Narwana, was admitted to the PGIMS for treatment. He managed to dodge the policemen accompanying him and escaped from the PGIMS. The police have registered a case against him under Section 223 and 224 of the IPC in this connection.

Chain snatcher held

The police arrested a youth who allegedly tried to snatch a gold chain from a woman in Model Town area here on Saturday evening.

Mr Naresh Hooda, a resident of Model Town, stated in his complaint that his wife along with a woman had gone to a temple on Saturday evening.

He alleged that a youth tried to snatch a chain from his wife who was overpowered by him. The suspect was identified as Ajmer of Bhiwani district and a case under Sections 356 and 511 of the IPC was registered against him.


Nitish urged to halt train
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 1
The Daily Railway Passengers Association today sent a memorandum to the Union Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, urging him to order the stoppage of all Shatabadi, mail and express trains as well as the Shan-e-Punjab at Sonepat railway station, which is the largest revenue earning station on the DUK section of the Northern Railway.

According to a report, the memorandum pointed out that around 30,000 passengers commute daily in trains from this station but they have been denied the facility of stoppage of several long distance trains. They have to go either to Delhi or Panipat for boarding these trains. These trains include the Shane-e-Punjab, Suchkhand Express, Sarvodya Express, Swaraj Express, and Delhi-Jammu Tawi superfast express.

School buses

The District Transport Department has decided to launch a month-long campaign to challan the school buses plying in this city and other parts of the district which do not keep the first aid boxes. According to a report, the authorities have also warned that the licences of drivers of these buses would be cancelled if they failed to keep first-aid boxes in the buses. If they were challaned for the second time, they would have to pay a heavy penalty. The authorities also warned that the vehicles would be impounded in the wake of the third challan and the department would take stern action against their owners.


Dacoits loot Rs 10,000, valuables
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 1
Several dacoits barged into a house in New Bharat Colony across Agra Canal here and made their way with valuables and Rs 10,000 last night. According to a complaint lodged with the police, armed with knives, rods and fire weapons, the criminals entered the house of one Devi Prasad around midnight. They tied the limbs of adults, stuffed their mouths with cloth and locked them in one room where the children had been sleeping.

They broke open the almirahs and boxes where cash and valuables were kept. It is reported that they had also threatened the family members with dire consequences if they reported the matter to the police. Meanwhile, the incident has caused panic among the residents of the colony. The police have booked a case.

Canal opened
Mr Ajay Chautala, president of the Yuva Indian National Lok Dal and Member of Parliament from Bhiwani, today inaugurated Mandhothi minor canal constructed 12 km from Bahadurgarh at a cost of Rs 90 lakh today. The canal would provide irrigation water to about 1,716 acres of agriculture land in Mandhothi, Silothi and Mehndipur villages. The canal was constructed under a NABARD scheme. Earlier, Mr Chautala unveiled the statue of martyr Rajesh Kumar in his native village.

Wife raped by husband, friend
In a shameful incident, a youth allegedly ‘raped’ his wife along with another person of the same village at Kultana village recently. Although the incident occurred on the night of August 27, a case in this connection was registered by the Sampla police on Saturday.

The rape victim stated in the FIR that she was married to Jagbir at Kultana village. She alleged her husband along with Umed Singh of the same village reached her house and her husband directed her to ‘entertain’ them. She alleged she was raped by the duo when she refused to comply with their immoral demands. A case under Section 376,506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the duo.

Martyrs’ kin honoured
The next of kith and kin of the martyrs killed in the militant attack on Parliament last year were honoured at a function organised by the Manav Uthan Seva Samiti here last evening.

Mr Satpal Maharaj, national secretary of the Congress and a former Union Minister, gave away the cheques amounting to Rs 11,000 each to the members of the martyrs’ families on this occasion. These include Ms Ganga Devi, wife of Mr Nanak Chand, of this district.


Dharam Yudh needed to safeguard border’
Our Correspondent

Rewari, September 1
Mr Raghu Yadav, a former legislator and a crusader for the development of Ahirwal, has asserted that the only way out for the government as well as the masses to safeguard the sovereignty and integrity of the nation is to follow the noble path of “Dharam Yudh” shown to the Pandavas by Lord Krishna.

Addressing the 30th Sarva Jatiya Mahapanchayat of Ahirwal on the occasion of Janmashtami here on Saturday, he said that if the then Union Government had heeded the sagacious advice tendered by General K. M. Cariappa as well as Lt-Gen K. S. Thimayya and had persisted with the fight against the tribal invaders in Kashmir in 1948 instead of taking the matter to the UN on the advice of the then Governor-General, Lord Louis Mountbatten and the British Army commanders, India would have been spared of the “festering cancer” of Kashmir.

If it had been so, the country also would not have gone through the trials and tribulations inflicted on it by the Indo-Pak wars of 1965, 1971 and 1999 (Kargil).

He said that it was most agonising that more and more coffins of our gallant jawans continued to come from the border areas to their native villages everyday.

Emphasising the urgency of abandoning the policy of appeasement being persistently pursued by the successive union governments, Mr Yadav asserted that emancipation from all these deadly ills lied in waging a Dharam Yudh as in Mahabharata against the enemy as per the age-old golden dictates of Lord Krishna.

The mahapanchayat adopted several resolutions demanding reconstruction of the 15 km-long Rewari-Khor stretch of the old Rewari-Delhi road, equitable district-wise distribution of available canal water in Haryana, upgrading of the postgraduate regional centre of Rewari and employment to local youths on a priority basis in the factories here.

Besides Mr Raghu Yadav, the mahapanchayat was also addressed among others, by Mr Ran Singh, Mr Shri Chand Arya, Rao Kehar Singh (retired SP), Mr Ashok Purohit, an advocate, and Mr Sajjan Singh.


100 jhuggis razed

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) officials brought down over 100 jhuggis built on a piece of land near Chaudhary Charan Singh Bypass Road here yesterday. This is the second demolition carried out by the authorities in the past five days.

It is learnt that these jhuggis had come up on the land belonging to the Huda. The officials had also removed about 100 hutments near Sector 8 here a few days ago. TNS


Rs 3 lakh snatched from mill cashier

Two scooter-borne criminals snatched Rs 3.05 lakh at revolver-point from a mill cashier in Kavi Nagar industrial area in broad daylight today. The money was snatched from Vishambar Dayal of Duabi, Bulandshahr, a cashier of Durga Industries, owned by Praveen Kumar of G Block, Kavi Nagar, at about 11.30 am.

Praveen had given Vishambar Rs 3.05 lakh to deposit in the Punjab National Bank, Ambedkar Road branch. Vishambar reportedly put the cash wrapped in a cloth bag in the tool cabin of the scooter. When he reached near Tele Tube Co in the industrial area, two youths, coming on another scooter, banged against Vishambar's scooter. Before he could get up, the criminals thrashed him and put a revolver on his head. One of them took the scooter key and took the moneybag from the tool cabin. Though Vishambar tried to resist, he was threatened with dire consequences. The criminals then fled the scene. Vishambar informed Praveen on phone immediately. Police force from Kavi Nagar station led by SP (City) Umesh Srivastava reached the spot soon and cordoned off the whole area but could not trace the culprits. OC



Auto thieves held, cars seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 1
With the arrest of an auto thieves Dharambir alias Vicky, the West district police today claimed to have recovered four vehicles including one Maruti van. Even though the arrested man was a resident of Lajpat Nagar in South district, he operated from West Delhi. He was arrested from Paschim Vihar while he was driving a stolen Maruti car.

He mainly targeted cars with the help of old keys. He had been involved in the theft of 22 cars from areas of Nangloi, Vikas Puri, Paschim Vihar, Mangol Puri, and Lajpat Nagar and Hauz Khas in South district. However, to conceal his identity, he used to sell spare parts of stolen vehicles.

Driver murdered
A bus driver, identified as Rakesh (31), was found dead in a bus parked in Pushpa Vihar this morning. The man was employed in a bus that plied between Kanpur and Gurgaon. The body was discovered by the helper of the bus, who informed the police about the incident. The body had injury marks caused apparently by a broken bottle. A case of murder has been registered at the Malviya Nagar Police Station.

Car collision
A driver of a Maruti van, Ravinder Kumar (20), was killed in an accident last night when his vehicle was hit by a Zen car in Ambedkar Nagar. The Maruti van overturned after it was hit by the speeding Zen car. The driver of the erring vehicle, Budhraj, has been arrested on charge of death due to rash and negligent driving.


From boardrooms to evening parties, this collection will take care of all needs

Inspired by the famous Chevron Arrowhead, designers at the Indigo Nation Studio have created the Obliques collection. The collection is a stylish range of premium formal shirts, with distinctive angular stripes that add a lot more zest and colour to your wardrobe.

Unique styling details such as deep collar cut and wider cuffs and an exquisite cut that gives an impeccable fall and fit, make the Obliques ideal to wear from boardrooms to weekday evening parties.

The Indigo Nation Obliques, comes in blue, green, beige, red and black stripes with a bankers white collar. Targeted at the young successful urban male, the designs are contemporary, with high performance fabrics, vibrant colours, new textures and a comfortable feel.

Jazzy shoes

Prachi leathers, a leading manufacturer of leather in India and an exporter of leather uppers to premium brands like Wranglar, Barrets, Dan Post, Rock Port, Tony Milano, J. Jill etc., has recently launched its shoe brand “Mardi Gras,” to cater to all segments from children, youth, ladies and gents.

Mr Anil Gupta, MD, Mardi Gras, said, “our aim is to involve new styles as a forefront of fashion with comfort.”

Mardi Gras has shoes for executive class range, long boots, formal shoes and shoes in sporty look are available, besides having 11 categories in men’s collection.

Fire alarm

Godrej and Boyce equipment division has introduced the state-of-the art “Eagle Electronic Burglar and Fire Alarm System”, with the latest microprocessor technology programmed to provide the highest level of safety. The system comprises of an intelligent 3-zone tamperproof main control panel, with the latest microprocessor technology and a range of detectors and sensor such as magnetic door sensor, motion sensor, vibration sensors, glass break sensor, panic switch and smoke detectors.

The sensors and detectors act as an input device to the panel that senses any alarm conditions and signals the panel.

Spiritual jewellery

Intergold has added a sixth collection, “Shri Yantra”, to its existing spiritual range of jewellery. This unique and exquisite collection is conceptualised with the assistance from Dr Kapila Vatsyayan–an internationally acknowledged authority on the arts of India and South East Asia.

Emerging from the ‘Svayambhu’, ‘Shri Yantra’ is a diagrammatic representation of a spiritual development and these forms are universally accepted by all religions to invoke divine grace. The Yantra implies a process of meditation for some material development or for spiritual enlightenment.

Digital camera

Casio has recently launched the world’s slimmest digital camera with colour display called Exilim. Casio India’s managing director, Shigeru Shibata, unveiling this state-of-the-art product at a glittering function in Delhi, said, “We have an array of exciting state-of-the-art products scheduled for the Indian market and are targeting a Rs 60 crore turnover for the current financial year.” “Our aim is to provide state-of-the-art products at affordable prices. We will simultaneously launch the products in India as soon as they are launched worldwide to ensure that the latest technology products are available to Indian consumers,” he said.

Datun paste

Sensing a natural way for healthy lifestyle, Datun Paste, a first of its kind in India, contains extract of eleven types of Datun along with other herbs. According to Charak Sanhita, Datun not only cleans the teeth and tongue but also develops taste for natural food. Datun is good for heart and mind, and checks Asthma, cough and general debility.

The eleven types of Datun are Neem, Keekar, Arjun, Amrood, Bargard, Khair, Molsiri, Aak, Karanj, Mahua, Vajardanti and in addition, it contains extracts of Sunthi, Kalimirch, Pipali, Harar, Baheda, Amla, Dalchini, Chotti Eliachi, Lavang and Phitkari.


Using latest technology, lightweight material and high quality procedures, Action has launched Flotter. The ‘Eva’ technology used in Flotter, has made it light, soft and a comfortable footwear.

Ajay Aggarwal, director, Action shoes, said the purpose of any footwear is to make walking a comfortable process and “Action suits you best”.

Teachers’ day card

ITC has introduced a range of 70 exclusive designs of Expression Greeting Cards for Teachers Day. The occasion, celebrated on September 5, is also the birth anniversary of Dr S. Radhakrishnan, the former President. The day is celebrated with much fanfare across schools and colleges in India, with students offering token of appreciation to their gurus who have helped shape their lives.

Mr Chand Das, chief executive officer, ITC–GCB said, “the guru is considered next to god not only because he educates, but also inculcates value systems and prepares the students to face the world bravely. Our Teachers Day cards helps in expressing one’s gratitude in a wide range of designs and statements that enables students to pay due respect to the guru.”

Thermal innerwear

Neva garments has recently unveiled their 2002 winter collection ‘Neva Esancia.’ This winter collection has been specially designed with an objective of providing international quality thermal innerwear to the customer at an affordable price. Neva Esancia is all set to change the face of thermal innerwear market in the country by setting new standards of quality, price and performance. The product from the house of Neva is made of high quality material, ribbed with Lycra.

Formals for men

Oxemburg, the readymade division has come up with parallel collection for the middle and higher-class segment. The parallel collection is crisp, classy, city strips, woven in muted colours in regular and irregular gaps.

Parallel is an extension of the predominantly active presence of stripes in the international fashion arena and it falls in the formal category. According to Mrs Poddar, executive director, Siyaram Silk Mills, “we have launched this new collection of shirts keeping in mind the tastes and preferences of Indian men. We would like to position our self as a premium brand available at reasonable prices to customers across the country.”

Bar coordinates

To compliment the present day corporate lifestyle, Usha Shriram Furniture Industries have introduced bar coordinates, which are functional, elegant, classy and modular in nature and design. With social drinking becoming a more accepted norm in Indian society, the very concept of entertaining friends for drinks and dinner is today no longer looked upon as a taboo.

The real masterpiece for the not so space conscious is the Victorian Bar which is a combination of both style and substance. It comprises of side panels in glass and wood, counter for the bartender, elegant roof with lights and space for glasses.

Chinese sauce

Ching’s Secret Sehezwan hot sauce is here to help create your favourite Sehezwan dishes and spice up your life. Now cooking Schezwan fried rice or noodles becomes effortless. With this hot Schezwan sauce, you can prepare authentic Schezwan fried rice, noodles and other Schezwan dishes in the comfort of your home. Just 3-4 tablespoons of Ching’s Secret Schezwan hot sauce in vegetables of your choice, rice or noodles is enough to create an authentic Chinese favourite.

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