Saturday, September 14, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


CM knocks at Advani’s door for repeal of circulars
Tribune News Service

Sheila invite to Khurana

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit says she will extend an invitation to Delhi Pradesh BJP president Madan Lal Khurana for initiating discussions on the likely model of statehood to be arrived at, based on broad consensus among the two political parties. “A formal letter is being drafted… I invite him for discussions on this issue,” Mrs Dikshit today told mediapersons. 

New Delhi, September 13
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and her Cabinet colleagues today called on Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani and reiterated their demand for withdrawal of the controversial circulars that curtailed the powers of her ministry. The delegation also discussed matters pertaining to statehood for the Government of NCT of Delhi.

The Chief Minister quoted the Deputy Prime Minister as having told them that he would study and discuss the implications of the two circulars, dated July 25 and August 29, issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and get back to her in a day or two.

BJP for statute amendment 

The Delhi Pradesh BJP’s working committee will meet on Monday to formulate its response to the Delhi Legislative Assembly’s resolution for granting of statehood to the Government of NCT of Delhi. Delhi Pradesh BJP president Madan Lal Khurana today said the BJP would urge the Union Government to bring in the necessary constitutional amendment Bill in the next session of Parliament so that Delhi is granted “full” statehood.

The 25-minute meeting though was not without its share of discordant notes. Mr Advani maintained that the circulars had in no way diluted the powers of the elected government. However, the Chief Minister was of the view that the timing of the circulars was not above suspicion.

“What was the need of issuing the circulars if no powers were to be curtailed? And if powers have not indeed been curtailed, what is the harm in withdrawing them at the first instance?” Ms Dikshit wanted to know and asserted, “It is my government’s interpretation of the law that the intention was to strangulate the powers of a popular, duly elected government.”

Mrs Dikshit also said the circulars had created an avoidable confusion in the Government of NCT of Delhi and the bureaucracy because of the emergence of multiplicity of authorities. “What is startling and certainly not acceptable is the Centre’s issuing the circulars without even as much as consulting us.”

Dwelling on the issue of statehood, the Chief Minister told mediapersons that the Deputy Prime Minister had told them that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would consult the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in this matter. “The BJP and the Congress,” she quoted Mr Advani as telling them, “should sit together and prepare a blueprint based on broad consensus and send the draft proposal for the Centre’s perusal.”

“The ‘Delhi 21’ document prepared by the Department of Planning of the Government of NCT of Delhi in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests can be the basis of negotiations. Also, the draft Delhi Re-organisation Bill 1998,” Mrs Dikshit said.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by her Cabinet colleagues A. K. Walia, Raj Kumar Chauhan, Deep Chand Bandhu and Haroon Yusuf. Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister Ramakant Goswami also formed part of the delegation.



Two sons of cops held for robbery in Meerut
Prem Pal Singh

Meerut, September 13
Two sons of different policemen, residing in the quarters in the District Reserve Police Lines, were arrested yesterday for allegedly robbing a scooterist of his wristwatch, gold chain and some cash at pistol-point. Though the police allegedly tried to cover up the matter initially, their fathers have now been asked to vacate the houses.

According to the SP (City) Meerut, Mr D. K. Chaudhry, the parents had been served with notices to vacate the official accommodation in the Police Lines. Mr Chaudhry also disclosed that the department was preparing a list of policemen of dubious character who possessed luxurious items like mobile phones, BSNL telephones and vehicles. Some policemen are allegedly possessing up to four vehicles.

The incident occurred on September 10. According to sources in the police department, Ravi Kumar, resident of Pragati Nagar here, was returning home at about 8.30 pm on the night of September 10 on his scooter. He was intercepted by two youths on a motorbike at pistol-point around 200 metres ahead of the Police Lines Gate No 4. They first asked him to show the papers of the scooter. Later, the youths robbed him of his wristwatch, golden chain and some cash.

Ravi Kumar reported the matter to the police. He also told the police that the bike had a ‘police’ nameplate. However, the local cops first tried to hush up the matter. Under pressure, they later traced the motorcycle to that of Sandeep, the son of Head Constable Sunder Lal, who is the driver of DIG (Meerut range). During interrogation, Sandeep said that two youths, Pradeep and Narender, had borrowed his mobike for sometime. The police took the duo in custody from their residences in the Police Lines.

Pradeep's father, Head Constable Satpal Singh Teotia, is currently posted as bodyguard of the District Magistrate, Baghpat. Narendra's father, Constable Ramchandra, is the in charge of the Women Welfare Centre in the Reserve Police Lines.

The SP (City) told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that action had already been initiated against the constables and they had been served with notices to vacate the official accommodation in the Police Lines. A list of police personnel of suspicious character and of the children of cops having wayward character was also being prepared, he added.

It is pertinent to mention that there have been several cases of theft and house burglary in the Police Line earlier and also in the transit hostel. However, none of them has been solved even though the names of wards of some police personnel had been associated with these. There have also been several cases of chain snatching near the Police Lines and Victoria Park. Officials suspect that boys from the Police Lines could be behind these incidents.



Self-styled journalists: Their number is legion
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 13
The world is full of Natwarlals and their ilk. Seeing the clout that the members of the fourth estate wield, no wonder many johnnies try to pose as one of them.

These so-called ‘press’ people outnumber the journalists and reporters representing the established groups of local, regional and national level. The organisers of press conferences, including the district administration, are hardly in a position to recognise them. It is a common scene that two to four persons represent one paper or group of publications. These worthies just come to the conferences to wine and dine and bring a bad name to the journalistic fraternity at large.

It is reported that the list of the press people prepared by the District Public Relations office here is the longest in the state. There are a large number of local publications which include dailies, weeklies fortnightlies, monthlies and even six-monthlies.

According to official sources, there are over 300 titles of publications registered with the district authorities. But interestingly, there are several publications that are not regular or just published in a limited number. They publish whenever they get adequate advertisements and supply one copy to the advertisers and the authorities, including the Registrar Newspapers Of India (RNI) to register their presence. But the issues of their editions are not available on the market.

There are certain publications which supply their copies to the district authorities and the public relations office without fail to show that they were still functioning.

At a press conference, organised by a well-known telecom company recently, the organisers were surprised to see the attendance.

According to the organisers, they had called only selected press persons from not more than 10 publications but the number of reporters and photographers who reached was over 35. It is learnt that the so-called journalists have established contacts at the high spots where press conferences or functions are held every other day. The black sheep reach the spot uninvited.

At a meeting organised in the MCF auditorium on July 23 where the Chief Minister was conspicuous by his presence, cellphones rang in the hall, mainly of those who represented no known publication.

The DPRO office has about 35 people as mediamen, including TV news groups, but any press conference arranged by it, has the attendance of about 50 journos, admit the public relation officials.

Besides, there are umpteenth cases of people who illegally use the legend ‘Press’ on their vehicles. Anybody who is kin or a friend of a journalist use the word openly, commented a public relation department employee.

To cap it all, using the ‘Press’ word on vehicles does not require any condition or formality to be fulfilled and its misuse has increased sharply. An employee of a public school in Faridabad who keeps liaison with media persons, also uses the legend ‘Press’ on his vehicle. The police and administration officials feel that it was very difficult to check the misuse of the word ‘Press' by the self-styled journalists whose number is legion.



It rains in buckets: Delhiites’ normal life 
goes down the drain
Tribune News Service

An uprooted tree near the ITO chowk at DDU Marg
An uprooted tree near the ITO chowk at DDU Marg. It rained cats and dogs in the Capital on Friday also. — Tribune Photo

New Delhi, September 13
Normal life in the Capital was disrupted for the second day today as the rain continued to lash the city leading to the usual traffic snarls, waterlogging and a wall collapse in which four persons were injured. The situation in other cities was no different.

The metropolis recorded a total of 126.8 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours till 8.30 this morning bringing down the maximum temperature to 25 degrees Celsius, way below normal for this time of the year, promising a pleasant, though a wet weekend.

The drainage system in many parts of the city collapsed as several roads were flooded, particularly those in the low-lying areas of East, North-East, Central and West Delhi. Many trees were also uprooted when strong gales accompanied the sharp showers late last night and early this morning. There was knee-deep water in some of the perennial trouble spots and many vehicles broke down in the middle of roads, contributing to the chaos.

Harried commuters waited for hours together for buses in the morning and evening rush hours in almost ankle-deep water. It took four times the normal time to traverse the same distance, regretted many commuters.

Many low-lying colonies in East Delhi were inundated and water entered houses causing panic among the residents. There was a litany of complaints of power breakdowns and telephones going dead because of moisture seeping into junction boxes and cables. Residents of some of the areas in West and South Delhi claimed that they had been without power for the last 10 hours.

Four persons were injured when the wall of their house in Aruna Nagar area of North Delhi collapsed because of incessant rain. The incident occurred at 3.35 am. The wall collapsed trapping them under the debris. The condition of one of the injured is stated to be serious.

The weather in the Capital is expected to be generally cloudy tomorrow as well with spells of rain and thundershowers in some areas, the Met Office predicted.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi said that in all, 716 complaints were received in the control rooms set up in its 12 zones as well as at the Town Hall headquarters. Of these, 247 were of waterlogging, 73 of sewer blockage and the rest of miscellaneous nature. There were also three reports of wall collapse in the Jheel Colony of East Delhi, Sadar Bazar and Churiwalan in the walled city. A spokesman of the MCD claimed that remedial steps were initiated immediately.

Our Correspondent adds from Sonepat: The worst-ever waterlogging that paralysed the normal life of thousands of people living in the low-lying and slum areas of this city due to the rain has not only exposed the inadequacy of the drainage system but also proved the inefficiency of the civic administration.

According to a report, the experience shows only the unsatisfactory working of the Sonepat Municipal Council, the PWD (B and R), the Public Health Department, the Market Committee Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), the Town and Country Planning Department and other official agencies. Such working of these departments and agencies only shows that the concept of systematic planning is alien to the administration causing the urban chaos in the city which is a district headquarters in Haryana.

What happened during the current spell of monsoon provides enough proof of the negligence of the official agencies. The drainage system in most parts of the city is either non-existent or inadequate to handle the normal water discharge.

Though the Government had spent crores of rupees to augment the capacity of drainage system under the Yamuna Action Plan, its efforts failed to remove the storm water from the main roads and the low-lying areas.

During the rains, the system collapses and the rainwater accumulates on the roads and low-lying areas for several hours. This results in waterlogging and the people have to wade through the water to reach their destinations.

Sonepat's population has increased manifold and a large number of authorised and unauthorised colonies have come up in different parts of the city. The residents have been critical of the civic authorities for not providing the basic amenities to them.

While people faced hardships due to heavy flooding, the municipal council came out with a lame excuse that it has no funds to cope with the drainage system and provide civic amenities.



Warrants to produce Vishal, Vikas 
Yadav in Delhi court
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
Production warrants have been issued today by a Delhi court for the accused in the Nitish Katara murder case - Vikas Yadav, son of Rajya Sabha MP D. P. Yadav, and his cousin Vishal Yadav - for trial.

Both, Vikas and Vishal are at present lodged in the Ghaziabad jail on the charges of kidnapping and later killing Nitish Katara, son of a bureaucrat, on February 17 for having an affair with their sister.

The warrants were issued following the Supreme Court's direction for the transfer of the case from Ghaziabad to a Delhi court, and the matter was today listed before Additional Sessions Judge V. K. Jain.

On August 23, the Supreme Court passed the order stating that “the atmosphere at Ghaziabad is not congenial for the continuation of the criminal proceedings as there is apprehension of influence of the witnesses in the case”.

Mr Jain directed the Ghaziabad jail authorities to produce both the accused before him on September 20 so that the court could proceed with the trial. The apex court, in its May 22 interim direction, had stayed the proceedings in the court on a petition filed by Nitish Katara's mother for transfer of the case on the ground that the accused belong to a wealthy family and could influence the witnesses.

The Uttar Pradesh police have charge-sheeted the accused under Sections 364 and 302 of the Indian Penal Code in April. The police cited 51 prosecution witnesses for examination in the case.



Youth robbed of car on Mathura Road
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
Three motorcycle-borne youths robbed a Maruti car from Raju (20), who was going to Faridabad last night. The incident occurred near Aali village on Mathura Road in South Delhi around 10.30 pm.

The victim, a resident of Faridabad, was going home when his vehicle was overtaken by the youths, who were on a motorbike. They asked Raju to stop the vehicle. They picked up a quarrel with him. They allegedly told him: “You don’t know how to drive. We will teach you driving.” While one of them kept Raju busy in heated exchanges, the other two whipped out firearms and threw him out of the car.

The suspects drove away with the vehicle towards Faridabad. The victim raised an alarm but nobody came to help him on the busy Mathura Road. A case of robbery has been lodged with the Sarita Vihar police. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), Mr P. Kamaraj, said that the police had identified the criminals involved in this daring act and hoped to nab them soon.



Bhajan Lal, state’s future leader: Hooda
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 13
Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, a former Haryana Minister and a spokesman of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has said that the people of Haryana have accepted Mr Bhajan Lal as their future leader and he was the only leader to rid them of the misrule of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Government, headed by Mr Om Parkash Chautala.

In a signed press statement issued here today, he said that the popularity of Mr Chautala and former Chief Minister Bansi Lal has been on wane after the emergence of Mr Bhajan Lal as president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC).

He also claimed that the Congress was the only party which could deliver the goods.

Mr Hooda said that Mr Bhajan Lal has taken a series of steps to strengthen the party base and bring a unity among its leaders. This, he said, will push the party back to power again in Haryana.

Citing the example of the massive Congress rallies held in various parts of the state, he asked the Chief Minister to realise that the days of his government were numbered as the people of the state hoped that the Congress would be back to power.

He said that the Congress workers all over the state were jubilant after the appointment of Mr Bhajan Lal as the HPCC president.

He claimed that under the leadership of Mr Bhajan Lal, the party had demonstrated its strength by organising massive rallies in Chandigarh, Hissar, Yamunanagar and Narnaul.

Mr Hooda also appealed to the people, particularly of the Sonepat district, to take part in the September 15 rally being organised here. This rally, he said, would prove to be the Waterloo of the Chautala Government.



SURGE urges Chautala to improve civic amenities
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, September 13
A leading NGO, Society for Urban Regeneration of Gurgaon and its Environs (SURGE), has appealed to the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakesh Chautala to improve the basic infrastructures and facilities in the city immediately otherwise the corporates and the leading personalities, who had opted Gurgaon, might be forced to leave the so called millennium city of Haryana.

The SURGE’s honorary president and former Foreign Secretary J. N. Dixit has said that Gurgaon was projected as an attractive destination for business and residential activities. It was promised that complete infrastructure like roads, power, water and other facilities would be in place to make life comfortable and attractive in Gurgaon.

These promises have prompted large number of MNCs opening their corporate offices at Gurgaon and the large population investing their hard-earned money in the residential sectors, observed the former Foreign Secretary.

However, so far the development has not kept pace with the moving in of the corporates and large population in residential sectors. “Due to bottlenecks in development of proper infrastructure it is feared that some of the corporates may withdraw from Gurgaon, which will be a loss to Haryana besides negatively affecting the reputation of being an attractive destination,” regretted Mr Dixit, in a letter written to the CM recently.

It is believed that other states are developing their infrastructure at faster pace to attract the MNCs, he added. While speaking to the NCR Tribune, the executive secretary of the SURGE, (WG CDR) Mr Baldev Sharma said that the whole scenario of infrastructure concerning the basic need of the human being, the power, water, law and order, streetlights are in a miserable position in the city.

The SURGE has decided to approach Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission to improve the power situation in the district as the present quality and the quantity of the power supplied in these fast developing colonies is far below the expectations, said Mr Sharma.

The people living in the so-called posh colonies developed by the different developers are not getting water in adequate quantity, lamented the secretary.

To a question regarding the controversy between the private developers and the district administration in which they are blaming each other for providing the infrastructural facilities to the residents to shed their responsibilities, Mr Sharma suggested that both the parties should sit together and resolve all issues. The residents should not be made to suffer due to the infighting of them, said Mr Sharma. All proper facilities inside the colony should be developed by the coloniser and the outside infrastructures should be looked after by the government agencies, he added. SURGE has requested the CM to spare some time for the formal discussion with a delegation of the society for improving the facilities in the city.



Water, water everywhere, but not potable 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 13
The entire city of Sonepat with a population of more than two lakh, remained waterless for more than four hours again on Thursday after the non-storing of water in the boosting stations of this city. Today itself, the water was supplied two hours late.

According to a report, the disruption in water supply system caused great inconvenience to thousands of people who have to fetch water from distance places to meet their requirement. A large number of women were seen carrying pitchers on their heads and fetching water from far-off places.

This is the second time in three days that the city people could not get water for hours together due to the negligence on the part of the officials who do not bother about the regular supply of water.

Whereas the residents wait for getting the supply of water, the officials sleep at their residences. When the residents tried to contact them on telephone, the stock reply is given that saheb is in the field or out of station.

Meanwhile, there is a lot of protest among the resident over the continuous shortage of water allegedly created by the officials of the Public Health Department. The residents always remain at the mercy of the keymen who are required to supply water in each zone. But they supply water at their own sweet will thanks to the failure of the officials concerned to check the irregularities and malpractices in the distribution of water.

With the onset of summer every year, the problem of water shortage begins in different parts of the city. The PHD authorities have not taken any step to

improve the state of affairs continuing for the past few decades. The situation is aggravated when the owners of double-storeyed houses use electric motors installed directly with the main water pipes to lift water to the over-head tanks.

It is alleged that the PHD authorities have never challaned such people who violate the laws with impunity. The district authorities also remain silent spectators, causing the public to face the crisis year in, year out.

BJP leader resigns

Mr Suman Singh Sharma, a senior BJP leader and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Haryana BJP, has resigned from the primary membership of the party. According to a report, no reason has been given by Mr Sharma for quitting the party. It is, however, learnt that Mr Sharma may join the Congress on September 15, the day of the Parivartan Rally being organised by the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) here. The rally will be addressed among others by Mr Bhajan Lal, former Chief Minister and HPCC President. Mr Sharma is associated with a number of social, religious, voluntary and educational institutions in the city and other parts of the district. He had been the manager of Shambhu Dayal Modern School for the past 20 years. 



Speaking out


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

Mr Ujjal Singh, president, Dina Nath Public School, Faridabad, through his letter ‘ Education Standard’ (NCR Tribune August 3,2002) had opposed the scheme of the state government whereby “there will be one teacher for every 60 students in a class.”

Mr O.P.Sharma from Faridabad criticised the opinion of Mr Ujjal Singh in a letter “Be a teacher, first”, published in the ‘NCR Tribune’ on August 31, saying that “ a norm of one teacher for every 60 students” is a good scheme.

Whether Mr Ujjal is correct in opposing the scheme of 60 students in a class or Mr Sharma in welcoming the scheme, I would like to quote from the recommendations of the Kothari Education Commission (1964-66): “It will be generally agreed that there can not be a marked improvement in methods of teaching if the teacher is required to teach very large classes of sixty and even sixty five children in a few secondary schools. Quite often, the classroom is not able to accommodate such a large number. In conditions like these, all talks of creative teaching ceases to have any significance—we do not, however, support those educational theorists who contend that a class should not have more than twenty or twenty-five pupils.....”.

Mr Sharma states in his letter that government schoolteachers “should try to bring the exam results and education standard at par with the public schools”.

I would like to say that to have the efficiency of the government schools at par with public schools requires that facilities provided in the two schools should also be at par.

Even today, a large number of school teachers in government schools teach under `Neem’ trees and do not have some of the essential teaching facilities like chalks and blackboards.

I would rather suggest that the need for providing essential facilities to schoolteachers in government schools should be highlighted.

O P WADHWA, Govt College, Gohana, Sonepat

No politics with Metro Rail, please

A PASSAGE TO THE HEART OF DELHI. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Indeed, it is very heartening to learn that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has completed most of the work on the 8.3kilometer Shahdra-Tis Hazari section.

The first four coaches of the train have arrived in the Capital and will be operative in December 2002.

The nation feels proud of the Metro project.

Those who conceived and contributed towards it deserve praise.

Really, it is unbelievable that the Metro work is being executed without uprooting people or creating any traffic problem.

Now, there is no need to play politics to take credit for the Metro project.


Whither health care?

India’s economic progress is being recognised by people around the world. Our country has made vast progress in the field related to the development of infrastructure. However, in the midst of all this, the death of 15 children in a single day in the B.C.Roy Memorial Hospital, West Bengal’s only referral centre for children, is tragic.

Most of the children died there due to the lack of proper medicinal facilities. It is unfortunate that reasons given for their death are lack of oxygen cylinders, shortage of beds, staff, equipment, saline bottles, proper medical care etc.

Our heads hangs in shame when we look at the existing childcare system in India.

Statistic indicates that more than 200 children have died in the month of August.

The state Health Ministry had issued a press release saying that the BC Roy Memorial Children’s Hospital is well equipped to handle all cases.

If this is the condition of a so-called well-equipped hospital, then what should we expect in other hospitals having poor infrastructure facilities?

If the hospital is indeed able to handle emergency cases, then what was the reason behind the death of innocent children?

Instead of admitting its lapses and negligence and assuring the public of better health care in the future, the West Bengal Health Ministry has ordered another routine departmental inquiry.

It is a matter of great shame not only for the government in Kolkata but for the entire nation.

It is ironical that while we are hankering for a developed nation status, we cannot ensure safe and adequate medical facilities to our innocent children.

SHWETA KOHLI, Shahdara, Delhi.

Illegible route numbers

The route numbers of the DTC buses in the Capital are just not legible. The display of numbers are either scribbled with worn out chalk or omitted altogether. Even those with perfect vision cannot make out the route numbers on most of the DTC buses.

The result, people generally miss their buses even after long waits. The aged and those not blessed with the best eyesight are the worst suffers.

If they happen to be pass holders, they are subjected to double loss.

One fails to understand why can’t the DTC ensure that the route numbers are painted/displayed at the entry point itself, as is being done by the private buses?

R L PATHAK, New Delhi.

Entrepreneurs’ grouse

Cases filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court by over 300 entrepreneurs of Udyog Vihar against the demand for External Development charges (EDC) by Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) came up for hearing on September 9, 2002.

HSIDC was required to file their reply to the petition and give justification for the demand for EDC. As was expected by us, HSIDC failed to give reply and the hearing of the case was fixed for 8th January 2003.

This has become a well-considered policy of HSIDC to delay cases and continue mopping up money from entrepreneurs who can be harassed and coerced. HSIDC recently raised a demand for water bills amounting up to Rs 15,000 from a large number of entrepreneurs. Charges were increased three times with retrospective effect.

Some of the entrepreneurs went to the Consumer Forum, and even after three hearings, no justification has come forth from the HSIDC.

In the meanwhile, payments are being realised under threats of discontinuing water connections. Similarly, over 45 entrepreneurs filed cases before the MRTPC stating that the costs of enhancements was out of proportion to the amounts of compensation. Over seven years have elapsed and the HSIDC has not produced accounts or the basis of their calculations.

It is unfortunate the HSIDC has been allowed to get away, only because it happens to be a government run corporation.

In the name of simplifying procedures, the HSIDC took over the functions of town planning. And now, no building plans are cleared unless all demands, even if stayed by courts, are accepted.

Files are not cleared in normal routine. Slogans of industrial growth have no place in today’s working ethics.

It leaves the entrepreneurs in a state of dilemma. Would HSIDC ever be reasonable? Do we have to approach the courts to solve every issue?

Or is it that only foreigners have the right to put up industries without any hassles while the domestic entrepreneurs suffer the whims and fancies of the government?

Col R.P. DHAWAN (Retd), President, Chamber Of Industries, Gurgaon

Teachers’ honour

September 5 is the birthday of Dr S. Radhakrishnan, the former President of India. He was a statesman, a philosopher and above all, a teacher.

He could never forget that he was a teacher and always emphasised the importance of a teacher in the nation building process.

He considered it fit to let his birthday be celebrated as ‘Teachers Day’.

This is, indeed, an everlasting tribute to all the teachers in the country from a man of substance.

Though the 21st century is an age of technology, yet, nothing in the world has been able to replace a teacher.

Since centuries, our forefathers accept the value of a teacher. A teacher is not simply a literal teacher.

He is a friend, a philosopher and a guide to his pupil. He ignites the mind of his pupil. “Once ignited, the young are the most powerful resource on the earth, above the earth and under the earth,” said President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, while presenting the first ‘Computer Literacy Excellence Awards for School-2002’ at the Vigyan Bhawan.

We can never pay-off the debt of a teacher, however small may be his contribution to our upbringing. “To succeed in life, it is important to be a good human being,” the President reacted to a student’s question.

Our ancient books of moral education are full of anecdotes of total surrender of students to their Gurus. The contribution of Indian teachers to the nation building process is great. Gandhiji could never undermine his respect for the teacher who goaded him to copy from a student when a school inspector came to test the students.

These are common human failings for which faulty education system is responsible, not the teacher.

Trading charges against the personality of teachers will tarnish us. It will vitiate the purity of noble profession. The contributions of our teachers are closely linked to the progress of our country.

U. P. SINGH, President, NIT, Faridabad

Computer education

I want to raise my voice against the discrimination by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MIT) in regard to the first ‘Computer Literacy Excellence Awards for Schools (2002)’.

Twenty-one states were awarded for competence in computer literacy by Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the President of India, on 29 August 2002. The key question is, how was Haryana, a progressive state, left out and ignored by the selecting body? (MIT)

By initiating computer education as a compulsory subject in all schools from Class 9 onwards, Haryana has been in the forefront of computer education. I don’t hold any brief for Haryana. However, Haryana is marching ahead in the field of computer education.

The state has produced an Astronaut like Kalpana Chawla (NASA) of Karnal.

As such, it is surprising that Haryana has been left out. It is also a wake up call for the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, and other people involved in the spread of computer education in the state.

RAMAUTAR YADAV, Lecturer, Rewari

Cricket’s Heritage

Much has been written in the media regarding the deadlock between the ICC, the BCCI and the Indian players’ participation in the Champions Trophy Cricket Tournament in Colombo. The deadlock, related to the sponsorship clauses of the ICC’s contract agreement with the players, was all about the growing commercialisation of cricket.

In this connection, I wish to say, that cricket has transcended the realm of sports and has become a big business.

The TV has not only enabled the world to follow the cricket action live, but has also helped the corporate giants and MNCs affix their logos and symbols on the players’ shirts, caps, bats and around the cricket grounds.

The same players appear advertising for credit cards, tooth pastes, shoes, cars, motorcycles, cold drinks etc., and spend more time on promoting products than on practising the game.

Unfortunately, the cricket controlling authorities have also succumbed to the lure of commerce. They find it difficult to resist the money from telecasting rights and display of advertisements on the cricket grounds.

It is time, the ICC and the cricket control boards all over the world acted, and take urgent steps to end the commercialisation of cricket. After all, the burden of preserving the heritage of this noble game lies on their shoulders.

O P Sharma, Faridabad

Feng shui: Fact or superstition?

Right from our childhood, we see people doing a lot of things which some of us call, a superstition. Citing a very common example, when a child cries, the mother takes some red chillies and moves it in circular motion around the head of the child.

This is done for what we call ‘Nazar Utarana’. Most of us do a lot of things to be happy.

A number advertisements of tantriks and astrologers can be found that promises money, luck and success.

Is it so easy to earn luck, money and success by just paying some fees for poojas or wearing some stones on our fingers. The answer is yet unknown. Some say they are benefited and some say they are not. My main motive here is to make the public aware of Vastu Shastra, rather Chinese Vastu, what we call Feng Shui. What exactly is Feng Shui?

Does it have magical powers or can it bring luck, success, wealth etc?

Is there anything that does have an effect on us but we are unaware of it? That power is. It does not have supernatural powers but it does have an effect, which can influence one’s life.

Feng Shui means wind water, the two things that makes life possible on earth.

The first and foremost thing that come in Feng Shui is Chi(energy), which is the governing force in all of us and makes our existence possible on earth. So the main purpose of Feng Shui is to generate chi, activating good chi and deactivating bad chi.

If there will be good chi, we will be enhanced and on the other hand, bad chi will lead to suffering. Feng Shui is placement of different things in right directions and right placement decides positive or negative energy.

So it does have an answer to our problems. Feng Shui can enhance us but to a certain extent only.

It has some role to play in our lives because by activating our environment with positive chi (energy), we can enhance ourselves.

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Gandhi Jayanti Mela in Delhi from Sept 29
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
Mr Ashok Jain, Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee and Chairman, Gandhi Jayanti Mela Committee, has informed that Municipal Corporation of Delhi will organise a four-day-long
"Gandhi Jayanti Mela" from September 29 to October 2 to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

The mela will be organised at the grounds opposite Red Fort and will remain open for the public from 2 pm till 8 pm. The Lt-Governor of Delhi, Mr Vijai Kapoor, will inaugurate Gandhi Jayanti Mela on September 29. Mrs Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister, will be the chief guest at the concluding function to be held on October 2. This is the only fair organised in Delhi to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation falling on October 2. The entry to the mela is free of charge. It attracts a lot of people owing to best variety of pavilions and cultural programmes displayed at this mela and is most popular among the citizens of Delhi.

Mr Jain further said that various departments of the MCD, the Delhi Government and the central government would install their pavilions at this mela depicting a detailed account of activities and services being provided by them to citizens.

An "Akhand Charkha Yajna" will also be organised from September 29 at the mela site which will last uninterruptedly round-the-clock up to October 2. Various Gandhian organisations will also display books on the philosophy and ideals of Mahatma Gandhi. The Health Department of the MCD in its pavilion will arrange a free health check-up during all four days of the mela, including blood test, blood sugar test, checking of blood pressure and free eye check-up.

Three stalls each in the categories of government and NGOs will be adjudged best. They will be awarded on the concluding day.



This award-winner has a soft corner for eco-preservation
Tribune News Service

Panipat, September 13
Mr Bhim Singh Malik, a political science lecturer at the local Government Senior Secondary School, has brought glory to the district by winning the National Award for Teachers. The award was presented to him by the President, Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, in New Delhi recently.

A recipient of the State Award for Teachers in 2000 and Silver Jubilee Award in 1993, Mr Malik has been an environmental activist and he has been working tirelessly for environment preservation for years now. In fact, he is a recipient of the ‘Paryavaran Rakshak Award’ also.



Youth falls from running train, dies
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 13
The Government Railway Police (GRP) recovered the body of an unidentified youth lying on the railway track near Rajlu Garhi railway station, about 10 km from here, on Thursday evening and sent it for a post-mortem examination.

According to a report, the youth fell from a running train and was killed on the spot. The body has not yet been identified. The train was on its way to Panipat.

Victim cremated

The body of Mr Raghubir Baghai (42), a victim of the Rajdhani Express mishap, was brought here on Thursday by his relatives from the accident site and cremated on Thursday evening.

According to a report, a large number of residents besides his relatives were present on the occasion.

The whereabouts of a youth, Rajesh Nasa, were still not known as the Railways have failed to provide any information about his fate. The parents and the relatives of Nasa are worried about the fate of the youth who was coming from Kolkata to Sonepat by this train.

According to the relatives of the youth, the Railways have sent all unidentified bodies to Gaya for identification. His family members have already reached there for identification of the body in case he was killed in the accident.

Dowry harassment

The police have registered a dowry harassment case against the husband of Rajni, alias Rajbala, who was allegedly shot dead by him. A case was registered against Dharminder and his family members on September 10 last at Rewli village in this district. According to a report, the police have launched a massive hunt to apprehend Dharminder who is still at large.

Highest rainfall recorded

The highest rainfall of this season today flooded almost all the main markets and localities in the town. The rain water entered into houses and shops in several low-lying areas including Gandhi Camp, Jagdish colony, Civil road, Green road, Chhotu Ram chowk etc.

Although, the widespread rain is said to be beneficial for a majority of crops, the residents in the town had to face acute hardship in going to their respective destinations.

Especially, the schoolchildren found themselves in a difficult situation while wading through two to three feet deep water accumulated on different roads. The front and rear boundary walls of the District T B Hospital here also collapsed due to heavy rainfall.

Employees suspended

Mr Mohinder Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Jhajjar, today placed under suspension two clerks of the SDM office, who were found absent from the office during a surprise inspection by Mrs Asha Sharma, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary to the Government of Haryana on Thursday.

The Deputy Commissioner said that both the employees, Ms Kusum Lata and Ms Surekha Rani, would be chargesheeted.

He said that the district administration had also written to heads of the offices of PWD, B and R and National Highway to take disciplinary action against Mr M. L. Khattar, SDO, Mr Krishan Kumar, SDC, Ms Jagwanti Devi, peon and Mr Hemraj, tracer, who were also found absent from duty during the inspection.


Husband booked for woman’s death
Our Correspondent

Rewari, September 13
The tragic death of a young married woman, Hem Lata Yadav, which is shrouded in mystery, has now led to the registration of a case of dowry death under Sections 304-B and 34 of the IPC against her husband Praveen Yadav, father-in-law Bani Singh Yadav and mother-in-law Saraswati Devi, all residents of Pithanwas village under the Kasaula police station of the district.

The case has been registered on the basis of a complaint lodged by Jitender Singh Yadav, brother of the deceased and son of Abhey Singh Yadav, resident of Mohalla Bas Sitab Rai of Rewari.

According to information given by Jitender Singh Yadav, his sister Hem Lata was married to Praveen in May 1997.

Things went well in the initial years. But later a demand for a cash amount of Rs 50,000 as well as a washing machine was allegedly put forward by Hema’s in-laws. Then Jitender and his uncle Narendra Yadav along with several others visited Pithanwas and expressed their inability to fulfil it. In the meantime, Hem Lata told Jitender that in the event of their failure to meet the demand, she would be subjected to harassment. Also, Praveen and Hem Lata were issueless.

In the wee hours of Thursday (September 12), she was allegedly bitten by a snake when she was returning to her bedroom. It is stated that Praveen and father-in-law Bani Singh Yadav were out of station that day. As such, her mother-in-law Saraswati Devi along with four others brought Hem Lata in a maxicab at about 2.30 am to her parental house at Rewari. Accompanied by her brother they took Hem Lata to the local Civil Hospital where she was given an anti-snakebite injection. But when her condition grew critical even after that she was referred to Delhi by the doctors.

Then Jitender and his mother Bimla Devi and Saraswati Devi took Hem Lata in a Qualis to

Safdarjung Hospital at Delhi where she was declared brought dead by the doctors.

The body of Hem Lata was immediately brought back to the Civil Hospital at Rewari where ensued a long struggle (which lasted for about eight hours from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm between Hem Lata’s in-laws, supported by scores of prominent residents of Pithanwas village, and members of her parental family, supported by hundreds of their well-wishers. The former did not want a post-mortem examination as they maintained it was a case of death caused by snakebite while the latter pressed hard for an autopsy. Certain influential people, who were apparently approached by Mr Bani Singh, endeavoured to bring about a rapprochement.

But when all such attempts failed, the post-mortem examination was conducted in the evening by a board of three doctors, including a lady medical officer. Subsequently, the body was cremated by members of her parental family. The cremation was attended by no one from her husband’s family.



Gang of train robbers busted, two held
The duo used to trap passengers with poison-laced biscuits
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13
With the arrest of two robbers, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a gang of robbers who used to rob passengers after offering them biscuits laced with poison. They were identified as Ajay Yadav and Akshay, alias, Akkha of Faridabad. They were arrested from Hazart Nizamuddin Railway Station. They used to offer poisoned cream biscuits to the victims who after eating them became unconscious and thereafter the suspects used to decamp with their belongings. Tablets and biscuits were recovered from their possession. During the interrogation, they disclosed that they had earlier been arrested at Agra. Army jawans were their main targets, the police said.

In another case, Old Delhi Railway Station Police arrested Wasim Malik, a member of Kunia and Sunny gang of luggage-lifters and claimed to have worked out a number of luggage-lifting cases. His other accomplice, Ayub Khan, is absconding. Both the suspects worked as ‘munshis’ with a lawyer in Tis Hazari Court. Wasim was arrested while he was carrying a stolen suitcase containing cash, jewellery and clothes. With the help of Wasim, two more stolen suitcases containing one camera, silver, some documents, clothes videocassettes were recovered.

In yet another case, Special Cell arrested two persons of Kashmiri origin, who were drug peddlers and brought fine quality of drug to deliver their contacts in walled city. They were identified as Shoukat Ahmed Pare and Nazir Ahmed Mir. Both of them belonged to Anantnag. They were arrested from Kasturba Gandhi Hospital, where they had gone to deliver the consignment. During their personal search, the police seized 10-kg charas, the police said.

Crushed to death: Mohammad Kamil, 25, was reportedly crushed to death by a bus near Ghazipur Dairy Farm. Driver of the bus plied on route number 212, Rajender, was arrested on charge of death causing rash and negligent driving. The accident occurred when the victim was going to his residence in Ghaziabad on cycle. The bus was coming from opposite direction speedily and hit the cyclist. He fell and came under wheels of the bus and died on the spot, police said.

Auto-lifters nabbed: The New Delhi district police arrested two auto-lifters from Purana Qilla, who were involved in selling and purchasing of stolen vehicles. They were identified as Mohammad Yasin and Kirpal Singh. The police recovered two stolen Maruti vans, whose engine and chassis number was erased and fake numberplates were used on them. During interrogation, the suspects disclosed that one Shri Kant, resident of Meerut, was leader of the gang, who stole the vehicles from different places. After stealing the vehicles, they purchased an old model vehicle. They erased the chasis and engine numbers of the stolen vehicle. The culprits used to sell the stolen vehicles by using documents of the purchased vehicle, the police said.

In another case, the East district police arrested Pappu Kalia and worked out five cases of motor vehicle thefts and recovered five vehicles, four scooters and one motorcycle from his possession, the police said.


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