Monday, September 23, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Ragging: The law of the jungle in Ghaziabad colleges
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, September 22
In the days of yore, induction of fresh students in colleges and universities used to be a pleasant and enjoyable experience for the freshers as well as old students. It would open a new chapter in their life.

No longer so. Today, anything passes in the name of ragging freshers--from ridiculing, rank insults like parading naked with blackened face or tonsured head atop donkeys to beating with rods and sticks or even committing murder as has happened in Ghaziabad’s Institute of Management to Mohd Arif, son of the former corporator, Nasir Ali on Thursday.

Arif was guilty of reporting to the authorities against the seniors who later mercilessly thrashed him along with some outsiders which resulted in the death of the unfortunate student.

Even Ankit Gupta of Meerut, a student at the Institute of Engineering in Greater Noida had reportedly fled from the institute out of fear of ragging-- though it is denied by the institute Director, Mr CV Singh--and met his tragic end following his abduction by the criminals.

These are not solitary examples. So widespread is the fear psychosis that every year, we hear brilliant students running away either from the institutes, getting killed or committing suicide for fear of ragging. All this is happening despite the apex court’s ruling against ragging. Academic authorities, police and administration do stir up but only after an unfortunate event when students, including girl students, are exploited, humiliated and tormented. Academicians and educational experts, however, feel that it would be difficult to remedy the situation without the cooperation of the colleges management.

The college authorities do not seek police help thinking it will bring bad name to their institutes, or perhaps they too are scared of rowdy students. This emboldens the senior students who continue intimidating the students.

The Director of Management Studies, Ghaziabad, Dr Rattan Kumar Sharma, is in favour of a legal ban on ragging and feels that the students should be weaned away from the evil of ragging through counselling. Strong action should be taken against those found guilty of ragging and they should be handed over to police.

The Professor of Economics and Management in MM College, Dr B M Johri, is of the view that a meeting of the old and fresh students should be held in the presence of the faculty where they should be properly introduced to one another.

It is basically the failure of teachers who are unable to guide the students. Even after the laws have been made for this purpose, the responsibility of faculty and college management does not end, Dr Johri said.

In places like Ghaziabad, it would not be a bad idea to post policemen in mufti.

Alika Chaudhry of Lohia Nagar feels that ragging can be stopped if the college management is serious and alert. They should check the lights of students' rooms at night for a few days. She is in favour of constituting a committee in each institute to control the menace.

Many residents in Mahanagar feel that no action is taken at all against those guilty of ragging in many institutes. They allege that accepting huge donation to keep undesirable students in colleges encourages the evil of ragging and other vices in educational institutions. Unless the college management deals with this problem with a strong hand, enactment of strong laws cannot stop the vice of ragging, says R P Singh of Kavi Nagar.


BJP ministers wash their dirty linen on stage
Our Correspondent

Noida, September 22
Political leaders are known to taunt, ridicule and heap allegations on their opposite number in and out of legislature. In the jungle of politics, it is dog-eat-dog. But seldom one comes across ministers doing so while sharing the same platform and that too when both are from the same party, in this case, the BJP.

The invitees at the distribution of artificial limbs to the physically challenged schoolchildren in Sector 8 on Friday were in for a surprise and could not control their glee at the spectacle of Union Minister of State for Labour Ashok Pradhan and UP Revenue Minister Ravi Gautam, both of the ruling BJP, taking a pot-shot at each other.

It all started with an innocuous remark by local MLA Nawab Singh Naggar that though a sum of Rs 8.5 crore was claimed to have been spent by the Giants group in providing social services in the town, the results were not visible.

It seems to have touched some wrong chord in the Labour Minister, who indulged in a long and stout defence of the recent ‘Health Mela’ organised in Khurja by the Noida medical fraternity and a `star show' organised at Noida Stadium over a year ago. Mr Pradhan was the main organiser of both these programmes.

Many people, including MLA Nawab Singh Naggar, were critical of the star show, which had reportedly yielded a profit of over Rs 1 crore to the organisers.

Mr Ashok Pradhan took the remark as a reflection on his personal integrity and transparency. Although Mr Ashok Pradhan's painful defence of these events had no link or relevance with the programme of the day, it amused the audience no end.

When his turn came, the state Revenue Minister, Mr Ravi Gautam, said, “The politicians have become so characterless that they won’t even leave cows alone, but will gobble up the fodder meant for them.” This was apparently targeting Mr Ashok Pradhan, who had chosen to contradict the statement of his party MLA, Mr Nawab Singh Naggar. Mr Ashok Pradhan had said that it was not a satire but a clarification, and added, "One should keep one’s eyes open to see the work done.” He said the money had indeed been spent as he himself had participated in many programmes. He also sought to defend himself for over Rs 1 crore collected in the star show organised by him.

However, Mr Ravi Gautam, perceived to be a supporter of Mr Nawab Singh Naggar, said though it was an age of publicity hype, it was not enough and solid. Selfless work was more important. “Those who are smart and tactful claim the trophy. Social service used to be the field of saints and sages, but now it has become a political tool,” he continued the taunt. "The common man is scared of wearing Khadi shirt due to the politicians’ working style, which has touched the nadir. But leaders can get away with anything, they can steep to any depth in making money because they know they might lose the ministerial berths any day,” Mr Gautam said.

In the war of words between the two stalwart ministers of the area, the organisers were the only ones who emerged badly bruised. The main function seemed to have got sidelined in the end.


Jhajjar goes down in history

Jhajjar, September 22
To commemorate the supreme sacrifice of the freedom fighters in the mutiny of 1857, a state-level function is being organised in the district on September 23, on the martyrdom day of Rao Tula Ram.

Jhajjar has attained the glory of being the leading district in the country for having sacrificed the maximum number of freedom fighters and jawans since the First Battle of Independence in 1857 and for protecting the borders of the country. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mohinder Kumar, quoting the historic facts, said that the district offered the lives of 207 jawans in 1962. Of which, 33 soldiers went down fighting against China. Another 54 soldiers lost their lives in the war against Pakistan in 1965 and 60 others in 1971.

Jawans from the district were in the forefront in various operations launched against militants in different parts of the country and making supreme sacrifices. In the ‘Operation Raksham’ launched in 1991, the highest number of jawans, 29, belonged to this district who fell prey to the terrorists’ bullets. While ‘Operation Vijay’ of 1999 took the lives of 10 soldiers from here, ‘Operation Meghdoot’ in 1986 claimed the lives of six more. As many as 12 soldiers of the district had succumbed to the enemies’ bullets in ‘Operation Pawan’ during 1987-89, apart from many sacrifices in Punjab, Manipur and Tripura. Even in this month, bodies of three brave soldiers arrived from the front in Bamnoli, Riwari Khera and Sehlanga villages.

The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, will be the chief guest on the occasion of the martyrdom day of Rao Tula Ram. He will pay obeisance to the brave souls and honour the next of kin of 100 soldiers who went down fighting against the militants in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Chief Minister will also lay the foundation stone of the Shahidi Park, which is being resurrected after suffering a long spell of negligence. He will inaugurate a series of development projects in the town worth crores of rupees.

The Shahidi Park is being developed at a cost of Rs 22 lakh. It will be completed by the end of this year. The park is a memorial of the heroes of the first freedom struggle of India in 1857. In that struggle, Nawab of Jhajjar Abdul Rahman Khan had led the people of this district against the English rulers. There are around 22,000 families of ex-servicemen and 16,000 families of serving men in the district.

The story of Sehlanga village is unique in itself. Of 1,800 population of this village, 700 persons are serving either defence personnel or ex-servicemen. Martyr Bhim Singh who was killed in J&K recently belonged to a family with a military background. His father, Subedar Major Dharam Singh, is an awardee of Shaurya Chakra. He had lost his one eye in the Bangladesh war. His grandfather was also an armyman, who led the army at various fronts. Army has a special charm for the youth of this village. Though there are 40 mobile phone users in the villages, it has no land telephone connection till now. The town has been given a facelift for the coming ceremony.


Two killed as truck hits car
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 22
Two persons were killed and three injured seriously when a truck hit a Maruti Esteem car last night at Rao Tula Ram Marg.

The police said that five persons -- Ishav Kohli of Kamla Nagar, Shiv Vani of Sarita Vihar, Gagandeep of UP, Aman Bhalla of Pathankot and son of MLA Pathankot and Anurag Mehta of Aradhna Colony – were reportedly going to the Radisson Hotel to attend a party in a Maruti Esteem car (DL-6CD-3302). It was learnt that they were to attend a get-together of Lawrence School at the Hotel. In fact, they had passed out from Lawrence School in Himachal Pradesh and four of them are at present studying in Rai Foundation at Okhla in Delhi.

When they reached the intersection that merges the Rao Tula Ram Marg and Gurgaon T-point, an unknown truck hit the car and sped away without stopping. While all the five were immediately taken to Safdarjung Hospital, Gagan Deep and Aman Bhalla were declared brought dead. The other three persons were admitted with serious injuries. Ishav Kohli is reported to be serious and admitted in ICU in the Apollo Hospital.

The police are looking out for the erring driver and have registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving. 


Hapless kids’ necessity is the mother of this
novel concept
Smriti Kak
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 22
To effectively reach out to the underprivileged children, it is the mothers who need to be used as a means. Armed with this talisman, the Adopt A Mother Foundation (AAMF) today boasts of a reasonable number of families that have been taken under its wings for providing basic health and educational requirements.

“The foundation’s programme targets young mothers having two children, in an environment where they are most likely to have additional children, provided the mother agrees not to have more children while she receives the aid,” points out Sheraz Hasan, project head at the AAMF. Currently, the foundation is running its child sponsorship programme in the slums around Delhi. The programme targets children from infancy till they attain the age of 14.

The AAMF started its first multifunctional centre in the slums of Neb Sarai in June 1999 with the aim of helping the deprived and the underprivileged. Being managed and partly funded by Mr Deepak Chopra, an entrepreneur, the foundation also receives funds from individual contributors.

“For our next project, some families have been identified in the slums of Lodhi Road,” points out Sheraz. “We at the AAMF believe that every child has the right to grow with dignity and opportunity. We also recognise the vital role mothers play in the development of their children. We hope to work towards this by helping them with some financial support and information needed to bring about a change in the lives of the children.”

To ensure this, the foundation entrusts the mothers with providing education and nutrition to their children and encourages small families.

The AAMF provides a basic education programme and a health care programme. While the basic education programme aids the children in eliminating the barriers, which keep them from attending school, the non-formal education helps them prepare for regular schooling. School supplies like stationery, backpacks, books and notebooks, remedial classes and school fees are all provided for.

The nutrition programme, run by the foundation, educates mothers about the nutrition and diet. It helps them identify and prepare food that is nutritious and locally available. The programme also aims at inculcating a change in the eating habits. “As a part of our supplementary nutrition programme, we provide financial support to the mothers so that they can take care of the nutritional requirements of their children,” says Sheraz Hasan.

Under the family planning education programme, mothers are provided access to family planning information. The foundation collaborates actively with healthcare professionals and organisations.

These families are also provided with basic healthcare through another programme designed to provide access to primary healthcare. This includes regular visits by a doctor for immunisation and vaccination programmes for the children who have otherwise no access to this essential medical care.

The success story of the foundation is translated in the lives of the 51 families, who have been adopted and are being given aid and the 69 children between four and 14 years who are getting informal and pre-school education. Twenty children have got admission in the MCD and private schools for formal education.

A periodical family planning camp is also organised in the slums to teach the importance of small families and practise the family planning methods.


Liquor dealer shot dead at bus stand 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 22
Deepak, a liquor contractor, was allegedly shot dead by car-borne miscreants near the STD booth of the bus stand in Farmana Majra village, about 15 km from here on Saturday. According to a report, the miscreants started firing indiscriminately, killing him on the spot. They escaped in a white Maruti car towards Gohana town. The incident has created panic among the residents. The shopkeepers of the area downed their shutters soon after the incident.

The police have registered a case against the alleged assailants who are still at large. A hunt is on to apprehend them. The police say that it was a case of revenge killing due to a long-standing enmity. One account says that the there were four assailants. The miscreants, who reached the village in the car, surrounded Deepak. Though Deepak tried to save himself and ran towards the village, he was chased by the miscreants who started firing.

According to the police, Deepak had allegedly shot dead a youth, Ravinder at the bus stand of Bidhal village three years back and was arrested then. However, he was acquitted by the court. Meanwhile, Mr Nafe Singh, father of the victim, has named four persons, including Jatinder and Chandi of Bhainswal Kalan village in the district, in the FIR. He said that Jatinder was the brother of Ravinder, who was shot dead about three years ago, and the police had arrested his son in this case. These persons had been chasing Deepak for long.


These teachers need to be taught a lesson
Prem Pal Singh

Meerut, September 22
There are teachers and teachers. Some make their students the proud citizens of the country and set an example. Others themselves need to learn a lesson—in ethics.

A case has came to light in the Rajpura Block where the teachers themselves were caught red-handed while copying in the examination hall. According to some sources in the district Primary Education Department, more than 64 teachers indulged in group-copying in the final examination after the training of the programme of District Primary Education Programme (DPEP).

The BSA Meerut has cancelled this examination after a concrete proof of mass copying. Now these teachers would face re-examination. Even Block Resources Co-Ordinator Bhavanar Singh faced suspension order in the episode.

A category system for the teachers taking part in the training by (DPEP) is imposed by the BSA. The teachers have to appear in the examination after the training period. The selected teachers are divided in four categories—ABCD.

Up to 81 per cent marks, ‘A’; up to 71 per cent ‘B’ and for ‘C’ and ‘D’ category. An examination for the 64 teachers of DPEP was held on August 23. And all the education officials in the district were on strike that day and the teachers taking the examination also took the benefit of the strike and did mass copying.

The senior official confirmed that the teachers indulged in copying.


Sustainable development still a far cry
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 22
Noted personalities expressed the need for a change in lifestyle and consumption pattern to realise the goal of ‘sustainable development’ and to protect the environment.

Addressing a seminar on “Environment for Sustainable Development” organised by the Indian National Committee of People’s Movement for U.N, a voluntary organisation, the Director of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Mr Feodor Starcevic, opined that though the just concluded Johannesburg Earth Summit did not attain the desired goals, it has underlined the need for a sustainable development.

The concept of sustainable development has emerged to preserve and replenish the natural resources. It means that the world’s natural resources should be exploited only to the extent that the needs of the present generation is met and at the same time, to ensure that the nest generations have enough to satisfy their wants.

The seminar was organised as part of a review of the just concluded Johannesburg Earth Summit on sustainable development. Taking stock of the Johannesburg summit, Mr Starcevic said that one of the major achievements was identifying the problems under the subheads like water and sanitation, health, agricultural production and bio-diversity and eco-system management. It is considered to be the largest working summit with 191 world leaders and heads of state, two more than the total number of member states of UNO.

Also, as a new step toward wider participation, 220 partnership agreements, including efforts from voluntary organisations, were forged to give more pragmatic approach to safeguard the degradation of environment and the world’s natural resources.

Responding to queries from the audiences, during the open house session, regarding the United States intransigence to follow international norms with regard to protection and preservation of the environment, Mr Starcevic apparently went with the general mood. To another question on morality of the bombardments of Afghanistan by the USA, which has adversely affected the environment and climatic cycles not only in Afghanistan but also in its neighbourhood, he said that the UN’s primary role was to ensure peace in the world.

Speaking on the occasion, the former Election Commissioner, Dr G.V.G. Krishnamurthy, said that while the world is obsessed with protection of the environment and preserving the natural resources, the practice in India was always proactive on this issues. He reasoned that the Vedantic philosophy and the country’s traditions have always placed environment on a higher pedestal. Quoting Adi Shankaracharya, the great social and Hindu religious reformer, he stressed that earth was ‘Mother’ and it is the bounden duty of every one to protect its resources.

The Executive Director of the Indian National Committee of People’s Movement for the U.N, Mr Dayal Vypak, said that as the world has become a global village, it devolves on everybody to take extra care to safeguard the environment and arrest the depletion of the natural resources. Inconsiderate behaviour by some will not only adversely affect others but also boomerang on the violators of international norms, he added.


Down memory and present lane of the Yamuna
Prem Kumar

THERE was a time in Delhi when the Yamuna river used to bring floods to the city and its surroundings. That was when the Yamuna flowed by the back walls of the Red Fort and moved on by the side of Darya Ganj. There were annual floods on a regular basis, of course after the usual warning by the district authorities who had prepared elaborate charts on the areas to be submerged, and partly affected when the water level under the old rail bridge showed a certain reading. There would be floodwaters near Model Town and Timarpur, Jamuna Bazar and the other bank of the river now described as the trans-Yamuna area. All this was before the Ring Road was built and the series of VIP samadhis had come up. The floodwater would touch the fringes of Darya Ganj and Kashmiri Gate. The charitable organisations and their volunteers found it so convenient to go to these nearby areas for relief work. The others could have a view of the swollen river from so close.

Things have changed since then. The river has been redirected and confined into limits on both sides. The water is regulated from Haryana unless it becomes unmanageable for the authorities there. The river this time crossed the danger level under the old rail bridge and returned to its safer position. The rail traffic was briefly suspended but the rest of the city did not feel the impact of its danger level. It is good that the river does not enter more areas of the city now. The water of the river now is much polluted–at places it is almost like sewage–and it would be bad to have it close to residential areas. It would be like overflowing drains of dirty water.

But then, the people of Delhi have their quota of woes. Their streets at many places are still flooded and many roads are submerged under knee-deep, or even deeper, water. Now Delhi is flooded by rains or sewers. The people of the National Capital had a taste of floods caused by rains recently complete with traffic jams, stranded vehicles, damaged roads, king-size potholes and back-breaking car travel. How the newly carpeted roads can give way just in one day’s rain is indeed a miracle for which Delhi is known already. Needless to say that this state of road stays much longer than the accumulated rain water on them. Of course, the rainwater continues to clog the roads much longer than the river water in good old days. The flood water from the river had a tendency to go back into the mainstream while the rain water has to be carried away by the sewers or pumping sets of the civic bodies—both the facilities are grossly inadequate. That the stagnant water in depressions and in streets in low-lying areas is a health hazard which adds to the worries of the civic authorities is also a known fact.

The worst is yet to be told. This comes from Model Town, still described by some as a posh colony. It used to be one. As mentioned earlier, river water which was much cleaner in old days was not very far from it. This time, sewers flooded the streets and its water entered even some houses. This was the result of a backflow of sewage waters into the area. And when it enters houses, it is bound to go into kitchens and bathrooms too. What it can mean to the residents can well be imagined! They had to wade through this kind of water to reach their houses or come out of them to go to work. At places, the water was knee-deep. What kind of health problems it can pose is known to the residents. Itching on the feet and legs is a minor thing. There could be major hazards of waterborne diseases. Incidentally, as the population increases, more high rise buildings come up and the old residents are allowed to add to their storeys, thanks to the political patrons, sewer lines will get further insufficient and the drainage will be a bigger problem in more areas and there will be more Model Towns and greater misery for the residents of Delhi.

Marking presence

GODSPEED!: Delhi Metro set to blaze a trail.
GODSPEED!: Delhi Metro set to blaze a trail. Tribune Photo

Did you watch on TV or in newspaper pictures the much-publicised trial run of Delhi’s Metro? And what did you notice as the most prominent part of the show? The state-of-the-art coach manufactured in Korea? The four-member crew from Korea who will train our drivers and engineers? The man behind the show—Chief Executive Shreedharan who achieved a wonder by completing the first phase of the work in record time? No, none of them! What comes out as the most prominent feature of the visuals of the trial run are the VIPs of both varieties—Congress and BJP—who are making a special effort to be noticed. They are standing in and outside the coach raising their hands, in some cases both, making V signs, waving to unseen crowds, pushing one another to look more prominent and giving broad smiles. There seemed to be virtually a race among them to outsmart the rival party leaders as if the one who is more prominent gets the credit for running the Metro or having the trial run.

Incidentally, the Korean crew had been having trial runs for three days before the formal trial run! Now why do people, including VIPs, make such gestures as waving hands or making V-signs? It can be after a great achievement. This was none for Delhi’s politicians as introduction of a rapid transport system in the National Capital is at least 50-year-old project. Or it could be to impress the crowds who have gathered to cheer you. This was not the case either. Or this might be to show to the TV audiences and newspaper readers that they have a role in contributing something to the good of Delhi citizens. Possibly, this may be the case. But the people are not the fools they consider them to be. They will not give them the credit just because they are waving hands and making victory signs from the Metro coach. Perhaps they have marked their presence for their party bosses alright.

Noida TV cables

The doings of TV cablewalas seem to be becoming a running story. This bit is from Noida. We had written some months ago about a cable operator who, to push his rivals out of the field, had offered to supply cable service at Rs 50 per household. If somebody gave three months’ advance, the rate was Rs 100 for three months. It was too good to believe but the householders in one complex fell for it. Now, like all others, he is asking for Rs 350 or so per month and advertises the break-up of charges which he has to pay the broadcasters, something the cable operators all over seem to be doing. The connection holders are naturally upset. They do not know what to do. They are wondering why the Government of India is not able to come up with an ordinance as they have done in many other cases in the interest of the people. The grouse is simple—why should they pay for 70 to 90 channels when they are used to watching five to 10 channels on an average? The Government did not push the Bill to sort out the matter for the connection holders who would then have to pay for only those channels which they watch. What stops them from coming up with an ordinance? Some subscribers are so upset that they have decided to stop cable service and watch only Doordarshan. Good news for Doordarshan!

Students with a difference

Students are notorious for cutting classes or finding an excuse to do so. But we heard this about the students of a college in the periphery of Delhi. A teacher was involved in an accident. She could have stayed back for as long as she liked on sick leave or some such thing. But she decided to be away from her class for the minimum possible time and started attending classes even when she was not strong enough to stand and lecture or even to carry her bag or books. The students reciprocated with the same goodwill. They would request her to sit and speak as little as possible while they went about their studies in all seriousness.

They carried her bag and books the moment she entered the college compound and moved her chair and table the way she liked. “Please don’t exert yourself, Madam, and just be here. We will manage everything,” they would tell the teacher. She is naturally moved. Who says students are all that bad? She asks her friends and colleagues.


How many people noticed the wheel chair in the new Korean coach for Delhi Metro even though one of the crew members made it a point to sit in it just beside the door? The idea was to stress that the access to the Metro would be barrier-free, a boon for the disabled of the city. The Indian Railways, with its 125-year history (or is it more?) has still to think of such niceties which in fact are considered essentials in today’s world. But then, they do not even care for features like safety. Barrier-free access comes much later in priorities! 


Transport Action Plan to be released on Oct 2
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 22
The Delhi Transport Minister, Mr Ajay Maken, said today that the Transport Action Plan for the Capital would be released on October 2. Mr Maken pointed out that the action plan would be made available for public discussion to the commuters as well as private transport operators.

Stressing the need for an integrated transport authority for the Capital, he said there should be one authority where decisions related to transport could be taken in a planned and unified manner. Mr Maken was speaking at a ‘Citizen’s Forum’ on tackling the problems of urban transport in the Capital. The Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Shiela Dikshit, who was also present on the occasion, pointed out that while formulating the transport policy for the Capital, the views of the common people should be incorporated and considered seriously if it was to succeed.

Ms Dikshit said that people’s participation in the formulation of the transport policy is the beginning of a partnership between the government and the public.

Suggesting the need for an integrated plan, she said because of multiplicity of agencies and lack of communication between them, the pace of development in the Capital had slowed down.

Instructing the Transport Department to get on with the plan without wasting time in discussions, Ms Dikshit also reiterated the need for alternative modes of transport and fuels for the Capital. Mr Maken also pointed out that the Transport Department has prepared a draft for unified timetables for DTC and STA buses and he would travel in buses to monitor the timings of the city buses. 


Landlord beats up couple, cops look the other way
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 22
A couple who were severely beaten by criminals `hired’ by their landlord to forcibly evict them from a house in Ballabgarh town, has alleged that the police have also turned their back on them. While the wife has been admitted to the hospital in a critical state, the husband is running from pillar to post to get the accused arrested.

The victim, Mr Janewar Tyagi, working in a private firm here told the `NCR Tribune’ alleged that the accused were close to a policeman posted as gunman to the SDM, Ballabgarh, he said the police had failed to book the gunman and identify the 'goons' sent to beat them up and throw their household items out of the house. He claimed that the gunman, who was close to the landlady of the house, had personally threatened to evict his family. He said he had take two room set on rent in a house belonging to one Basanti Devi in Bheekam Colony about four months ago. However, instead of politely asking him to ‘look for another house’, the landlady threatened him.

He said the matter was brought to the notice of SDM, who decided that the house would be evicted by October 15. However, at least 10-12 persons including the landlady and her son came yesterday to their room and beat them with iron rods and other sharp weapons, he alleged. He said when he and wife fell unconscious, the culprits threw their household items on to the road. He said his wife, Santosh Tyagi, received serious injuries and was still in hospital. He said an unidentified person had approached him to settle the issue and warned him against going to the police. He said the police had been delaying the arrest of the accused `deliberately’, and feared another `attack’ from the accused. 


Sheila on three-day tour of Moscow
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 22
The Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, today left for Moscow and St Petersburg on a three-day official visit, as a follow up to the successful cultural exchanges in the last few years between the city of Moscow and Delhi. The seven-member delegation led by Mrs Dikshit would be discussing with the Mayor of Moscow issues relating to city transportation, particularly the linkages established by the Moscow Metro with related transport network. The commercial use of Metro station space and its maintenance would be of special interest.

On the request of the Mayor of Moscow, the delegation would also be exchanging views on matters relating to water purification and supply, sewerage system and technologies available for rehabilitation and maintenance of sewers. On the larger issue of solid waste management, the delegation would be exchanging ideas regarding the building of scientific landfill sides and the recycling and reduction of garbage.

The delegation would also share its experience with Moscow the initiatives taken for reducing pollution level in Delhi and the steps taken for improving the environment and would also try to understand how Moscow is managing the same.

The delegation would review and explore further avenues of cultural cooperation. The objective is to bring the entire gamut and repertoire of Russian cultural heritage in terms of classical ballet, folk dance, music and circus before the citizens of Delhi and to take the rich traditions of Delhi’s theatre, crafts, classical music, fusion music, dances etc., for being showcased in Moscow. Besides the Mayor, the delegation shall also be interacting with the Chairman of Moscow Cultural Committee to firm up collaboration on these issues. The delegation would also be visiting St Petersburg for interaction with the Governor on the same issues besides visiting Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre and also interact with the Indian diaspora. The delegation is also scheduled to meet the Chairman of Moscow city Duma. Besides Chief Minister Mrs Sheilla Dikshit, the delegation comprises Dr A. K. Walia, Minister for Urban Development, Mr Mangat Ram Singhal MLA, Mr Arun Mathur, Secretary Urban Development.


Roadways RM warned against illegal parking
Our Correspondent

Meerut, September 22
Expressing his deep concern over the traffic congestion in the city, Commissioner of Meerut Division N. S. Ravi summoned the Regional Manager of the UP State Road Transport Corporation in the office and warned him against illegal parking of the UPSRTC buses on the road outside the bus stand. Mr Ravi asked why the roadways buses were parked on the busy Delhi road to which the Regional Manager could not give any satisfactory reply. Then the Commissioner warned that an FIR under Section 188, CrPC, would be lodged against him and he would be arrested and send to jail. He would also recommend the RM’s suspension to his MD in Lucknow, he warned. The RM requested Mr Ravi to give him some time to stop the malpractice.

Plea to rescue daughter

Faridabad: Bhagwan Dass, a resident of Power House colony, is knocking at the doors of police officers for the recovery of his minor daughter, a student in a private school, who was abducted by one Allaudin on September 17 from here. He lamented that nearly a week had passed, but neither the alleged abductor had been arrested nor the girl rescued. A case has been registered by the police under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC against the accused. In another case, police have registered a case against three persons on charges of abducting a minor girl from a colony, falling in Ballabgarh city area. the girl has not been rescued so far. The police have registered a case.

Most wanted criminals

Mr Dharmandra Chouhan, SI from SP City’s office, has stated that the criminals killed in an encounter with him and Kavi Nagar police, Amiruddin and Akram, were each carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on their head. They were members of the notorious gang of Rashid and Rahmat. Had they not been killed in the encounter, they could have attempted a big crime, he said.

Five inter-state dacoits held

Following a tip-off, the CIA police of Rewari, on Friday nabbed five gangsters - Pappu Bawaria of Bansur area of Rajasthan, Om Prakash Bawaria and Sonu Bawaria of the Palwal region and Gajraj Bawaria and his son Bijender Bawari of Chhaisa area of Delhi. They were caught from a spot near Kapriwas village under the Dharuhera police station of the district when they were planning a robbery. The police also seized a country-made pistol, one live cartridge and other lethal weapons.


5 held for Delhi Cantt bus dacoity
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 22
After the North-East district police arrested Hemraj alias Hemu, a member of Dabbu gang involved in the Mudrika bus dacoity near Delhi Cantonment on September 5, the South district police today claimed to have arrested five others who were involved in the dacoity. The police claimed to have recovered one Maruti Van and three knives from their possession. However, the leader of the gang involved in the bus dacoity managed to escape along with another associate Naseem.

The police claimed that the accused, Salim alias Raju Bengali (26), resident of West Bengal, Vijay alias Sunil (22), resident of Wazirpur JJ colony, Vinod Kumar (23), resident of Mangol Puri, Babu (38), resident of Rajouri Garden and Dalip alias Mama, resident of Seelampur were arrested while they were planning to commit a similar bus dacoity in Sarai Kale Khan on September 21 at 11.30 am.

Following a spate of bus robberies, the South district police had constituted a special team under the supervision of ACP, Operations, H. P. S. Cheema. Acting on a tip-off that some bus robbers were moving in the area, the team nabbed them. On sustained interrogation, the accused confessed to their crime. The members of the gang also said they had committed a sensational robbery in Kashmiri Gate area two weeks ago in which two brothers from Maharashtra had lost their lives. Last year, one of the gang members, Raju Bengali with his associate, had robbed an Israeli national of Rs 2,000 and US $ 50 in front of the old Delhi Railway Station.

4 burglars arrested

The South-West district police have arrested four persons, who were involved in a house and shop burglaries in Naraina. The accused Pappu Gupta, resident of Ram Nagar, Gorakhpur, his co-accused Phool Singh alias Sanju, resident of Darbanga and other associates Brijesh, resident of Mainpuri and Shakil Ahmed, resident of East Sagarpur, who used to receive the stolen goods, were arrested. In a recent incident, the burglars had broke open a Mother Dairy booth and stolen cash, butter, ghee and milk.

2 pickpockets held

The Police Control Room (PCR) van posted in Mangolpuri apprehended two pickpockets, Raj Kumar and Dabbu, both residents of Mangolpuri and recovered a purse containing Rs 150, which was stolen by them from one person Virender Sharma, resident of Sultanpuri. The arrests were made after Sharma informed the PCR van at Phase-II, industrial area, Mangolpuri that his purse containing Rs 150 had been stolen. 


This ‘brainy’ purifier places a call to the service centre when its needs attention

AQUAGUARD has launched Aquaguard i-Nova, India’s first state-of-art-water purifier with futuristic technology. Milind Vaidya, vice-president, Business Development said, “Eureka Forbes has always been recognised as a company that offers its customers the latest technology and variety when it comes to household health and hygiene products. Our latest offering, the i-Nova is one-of-its-kind ‘intelligent’ water purifier which comes with its own mini-brain that warns the machine when its needs attention and automatically places a call to the service centre through an existing telephone line. This technology is in line with the changing times where time is valuable.”


IBM has further energised the Unix server space by introducing power 4-based e-server p630. It provides organisations with an affordable server equipped with the performance and reliability features needed in running a business. The p630 also allows organisations, such as hospitals and financial institutions, and e-businesses, with small but critical functions to right-size their applications resulting in significant cost savings. With the self-management capabilities, superior performance and mainframe-inspired availability features, it is an ideal solution for customers looking for a low-cost initial investment with excellent growth options.

Ego-friendly wear

Tanishq, a leading jeweller, launches a new range–the ‘FQ’ hoops collection in the market under its ‘ego-friendly’ fashion accessory brand, ‘FQ’–Fashion Quotient. This new collection is completely in tune with the changing needs of the ‘young at heart’, independent and fashion-conscious Indian women.

The FQ hoops collection evokes a feeling of warmth, intimacy and romance. The pastel colours of imported crystals that are set in hoops, in sterling silver are on top of the fashion charts. This collection’s brand personality, wide range and affordability clearly fills the gap, which exists in the market today.

Paris prestige

The perfume Paris Prestige is available in all metros in 50, 75 and 125ml. All style loving Indians can now have both the city and its fragrance in their collection, a real two-in-one.

New balance

The US athletic shoe and apparel range ‘New Balance’ (NB) has been launched in India for the first time. The New Balance range of athletics shoes are popular world wide with athletes and youth for their comfort and durability. In India, the company has targeted the sports loving people as well as college going youths and executives. The NB sneaker range includes sports footwear in various categories in different colours and durable inners and soles. The apparel range include sports and fitness products like T-shirts, polo’s, shorts, fitness-wear and aerobics-wear.

Crystal collection

Slip into the hot new crystal collection of party wear tops, highlighted with Swarovski crystals from Wills Sport. These eye-catching tops in colours that light up the evening are now available at exclusive Wills Lifestyle outlets at Greater Kailash, South Extension, Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Padam Singh Road and in Noida. Stretch Club Halter and Stretch Night Out Tee are their latest in the market.

Energy meters

The ANSU-TGL single and three phase multi-function watt-hour meters are intelligent product designed by advanced computer and electromagnetic compatibility technology, adopting highly accurate and highly reliable ICs and wide frequency response and good line CTs and LED/LCD display.

These products have multi-functions that include measuring active energy, maximum demand, multi-rate, power factor and protection from tampering and fraud.

ONE-STOP solution

Ion exchange, the water treatment major, has launched Zero B Ultimate water mart-a one stop solution for all types of water related problems at home. Launched initially at premium sanitary ware outlets at Delhi, the water marts will soon be set up at major cities across India. This novel initiative will provide consumers with relevant information, analysis of water, demonstration and finally offering single window solution. This will not only protect their health but also their kitchen and bathroom appliances.


PHDCCI calls for cut in insurance premium for vehicles
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 22
In a representation to the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), the PHDCCI has said that the premium in case of private cars and two-wheelers should have been reduced in lieu of the introduction of compulsory excess resulting in elimination of smaller claims.

“If at all there was a case for increasing the premium, it should have been in the upper end segment of vehicles as the cost of repairs is much higher in such vehicles,” the chamber said. Thus, the burden of increase in the ‘own damage premium’ in the revised motor tariff would fall adversely on owners of private cars and two-wheelers where past loss experience is below 50 per cent.

According to the PHDCCI, the total withdrawal of No Claim Bonus (NCB) on occurrence of one claim lacked the rational approach. The NCB worked as an incentive for good driving habits and its withdrawal after one claim was a very harsh step, especially since accidents do not always occur due to he driver's own fault. The NCB could be reduced in stages if more than one claim was reported during the single policy period, stated the Chamber. A combination of Bonus or Malus system was a more rational and sophisticated approach to the issue introduced a few years back, which should have been retained.

Regarding the third party premium on commercial vehicles, it was a well-known fact that, with a staggering loss ratio of over 300 per cent, not only the new players but even the public sector companies were avoiding coverage of commercial vehicles, the representation stated.

The PHDCCI emphasised that we should consider moving from unlimited third party injury liability to a limited liability regime, a practice that prevailed in advanced motor insurance markets.

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