Tuesday, September 24, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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DC gets life threats for evictions
Gunmen barge into Sonepat DC’s camp office
R.D. Sapra

Sonepat, September 23
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S. N. Roy, has been receiving threatening telephone calls. The thrust of the calls is that he would be killed in a week’s time.

A firing incident in the DC’s camp office last week has further reinforced the impression that his life is in danger. Three persons had barged into his camp office on Saturday evening and opened fire at the security guard. The DC believes that the incident is the handiwork of leaseholders, who were thrown out of 98 acres of panchayat land in Murthal near here recently.

On the complaint of the guard, Mr Shamsher Singh, the city police have registered a case under Sections 307, 120-B, 27, 54, and 59 of the IPC against Manivinder Singh, a resident of Delhi and his two associates. The constable, in his complaint, said that he was unarmed when the trio reached there and started firing from their licensed arms without provocation. On hearing the gunshots, he ran towards the camp office but they again fired at him. However, he escaped unhurt. Thereafter, all the three assailants fled from the spot. The police have now launched a massive hunt to apprehend them.

The Deputy Commissioner confirmed the incident and disclosed that he had been receiving life threats on telephone. These threats, he alleged, followed the administration's action in vacating 98 acres of valuable panchayat land from the occupation of leaseholders, who had lost their cases in various courts, including the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The DC has also alleged that a person, Sukhdev Singh, had issued threats to him on telephone late in the evening on Saturday. Some politicians had also rung him up; he, in turn, had apprised them about the ‘facts’ about the eviction proceedings. Incidentally, a Supreme Court lawyer had also sought information in this connection on the telephone. Later on, a close relative of another high-ranking politician also telephoned him but the DC refused to take the call.

It is stated that Mr Sukhvinder Singh, an owner of a farmhouse at Murthal village, who is among the leaseholders who were evicted from the panchayat land, has close links with a Union Minister. The DC believes that Mr Sukhvinder Singh had also engaged the Supreme Court lawyer, who had talked to him on telephone. The administration's action has, however, been hailed by people of all sections of the society in and around this city.

I-T raid on farmer’s house yields a fortune

Meerut: Fixed deposit receipts worth Rs 1.5 crore and documents related to several bank accounts, lockers and investments in real estates were seized today by the Income Tax sleuths from the house of Sukhvir Singh, a farmer of Kazipur village under the Kharkhoda police station.

The team of income tax officials, led by Joint Director B. K. Gupta, reached the house at 7.30 am on the direction of Director, Income Tax (Investigation). Senior officials from Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur also took part in the raid. Getting the wind of the raid, villagers flocked to the house. A local BSP leader and a municipal councillor also reached the house. The mob protested against the raid.



Dubai don’s aide held with fake currency 
Tribune News Service

Officers of the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police show wads of fake Rs 500 currency notes
Officers of the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police show wads of fake Rs 500 currency notes at a press conference in the Capital on Monday. —Tribune Photo

New Delhi, September 23
The Delhi Police Crime Branch has arrested one Aslam Suleman, an associate of Aslam Batki, and seized counterfeit currency worth Rs 30 lakh of Rs 500 denomination.

According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) U. K. Katna, the Crime Branch had received a tip-off about the international link in the fake currency racket. Preliminary investigations had revealed the involvement of Pakistan and gangsters based in Dubai in pumping fake currency notes into India. The police are now ascertaining the involvement of another country.

Batki, a Dubai-based don, had many people on his employment rolls for committing offences like circulation of fake currency, arms smuggling, extortion and kidnapping for ransom. Mr Katna said that the seized fake notes were printed in seven series and some numbers were missing. “We have even identified the missing numbers of the denomination, but we are not sure whether it had been circulated in the market,” he added.

A team led by ACP H. C. Joshi had received the tip-off about a the fake notes courier. Subsequently, Aslam Suleman, a resident of Mumbai Boat Club, was nabbed and Rs 30 lakh in fake Rs 500 notes was recovered from him.

The police said that the accused was arrested earlier in a similar case. He had shifted base to Bangalore with his operations after he secured bail. In July this year, the Crime Branch had recovered Rs 10 lakh in fake currency notes.

During interrogation, Suleman claimed that he had received the consignment 20 days ago from an unknown person dispatched by Batki from Dubai. He was asked to take these notes to Delhi and wait for further instructions from Batki, Suleman told the police. Further investigations are on to recover the missing fake notes and interrogation of the accused is on to ascertain the involvement of others.



Nine Cong MLAs at anti-Bhajan rally
Our Correspondent

The anti-Bhajan brigade
The anti-Bhajan brigade.

Rewari, September 23
Nine Congress legislators, including leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party Bhupender Singh Hooda and former HPCC president Birender Singh, today came on a common platform and projected MLA Rao Inderjeet Singh as their leader. The occasion was the martyrdom day, observed here in memory of Rao Tula Ram, a hero of 1857 war of independence. It was attended by over 40,000 people.

The meeting projected Rao Inderjeet Singh, a member of the AICC and a leader from Ahirwal, as their leader in their fight against the "dishonest leadership" in the state.

The MLAs included Mr O. P. Jindal (Hisar), Mr Jai Prakash (Barwala), Mr Raghubir Singh Kadiyan (Beri), Mr Shadi Lal Batra (Rohtak), Mr Sher Singh (Julana), Mr Dharambir (Tosham), Mr Jitender Malik (Kailana) and Rao Dan Singh (Mahendragarh). Besides, Mr H. S. Chattha, former Speaker of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Miss Shelja, former union minister, Mr Satyajit Gaekwad, secretary of the AICC, Mr Chhattarpal Singh, Mr Khursheed Ahmed and Mr Anand Singh Dangi, all former ministers and dozens of other prominent party leaders were present on the occasion.

In his keynote address, former HPCC chief Birender Singh underscored the need to wrest control of the political reins, which had remained in the hands of the three Lals - Mr Bhajan Lal, Mr Bansi Lal and Mr Devi Lal – and now Mr Om Prakash Chautala. Rao Inderjeet Singh, a great grandson of Rao Tula Ram, was the man of the hour.

Echoing the views expressed by Mr Birender Singh, Mr B. S. Hooda, without naming Mr Bhajan Lal, said that there was an urgent need to exorcise the politics of falsehood. He also called upon all honest Congressmen of the state to unite and wage a decisive fight against a dishonest and selfish leadership.

Encouraged by the overwhelming support, Rao Inderjeet Singh asserted that it was ironical that Ahirwal had got a raw deal despite its contribution to the forces. He declared that such a state of affairs would not be allowed to continue and the future belonged to them. He also gave the slogan, ‘Har-Har Mahadev’ to the people.



Drive against pre-natal tests runs out of steam
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 23
The campaign against sex detection tests, which was launched about two years ago, seems to have run aground with a palpable loss of tempo. The loss of zeal is apparent from the fact that no case has been booked under the Pre-natal Diagnostic Act in the last nine months.

Faridabad had hit the headlines a few years ago when a doctor and his clinic were booked for carrying out pre-natal tests, thus becoming the first district in the northern region and the second in the country to earn this dubious distinction.

The campaign against pre-natal tests, which took off about two years ago, saw four cases being registered within 18 months. The accused booked under the Act included three practising doctors and an ultrasound clinic.

With this, a clear warning went to the ultrasound clinics that sex detection tests were illegal. The drive caught the attention of the state and the Central governments and the Union Health Ministry even commended the work of the district health authorities.

While the clinics had no official record of such pre-natal tests, the patients were being charged arbitrarily between Rs. 1200 and 1800, depending upon the case. It is learnt that several physicians would refer pregnant women to ultrasound centres on one pretext or another. In turn, the person running the ultrasound centre would tell the sex of the foetus on payment of a fat sum. Often, would-be mothers or their families, anxious to know the sex of the unborn child, would approach the clinic directly.

But since January this year, after the transfer and promotion of the then Chief Medical officer (CMO) Dr B S Dahiya, the campaign appears to have run out of steam. According to Health Department sources, no raids had been conducted in the last nine months; nor had anyone been booked for such violations.

It may be recalled that the sex ratio in Haryana is around 850 per 1000, which is among the lowest in the country. Faridabad district has about 90 ultrasound clinics registered with the office of the CMO. Incidentally, among the four cases booked under the Pre-natal Act, two of the accused have reportedly got licences again. They have registered their clinics under a different name.

One of the centres the licence of which was suspended for six months has re-opened. It is learnt that the clinic was raided a few months ago but the suspect could not be caught red-handed. An ultrasound machine kept in a clinic of a BAMS (Ayurvedic) doctor in Hathin sub-division had been `sealed' in his absence.

The CMO’s office had organised a seminar-cum-workshop a month ago on the PNDT Act, but observers feel that such get-togethers serve little purpose due to the lukewarm response of the masses. They believe that unless and until a Well-planned drive is launched, the implementation of the PNDT Act would remain only on the paper.



Rs 5 lakh for kin of cops killed in action 
Our correspondent

Jhajjar, September 23
The Haryana Government will provide financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of every state police personnel who sacrifices his/her life while fighting against anti-social elements in the state. He will also be dubbed a martyr.

This was announced by Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala while addressing a gathering on the occasion of the ‘martyrdom day.’ He gloated over the state’s gallant past: Many battles, including the Mahabharata and the three battles of Panipat, were fought on its soil. He also recalled the contribution of the state’s denizens in wars fought by India after partition, not to forget the two World Wars.

Mr Chautala boasted that “the confidence of the soldiers fighting on the Kargil heights could have faltered.’’ But when he announced that all families of the soldiers, who laid down their lives, would be given Rs 10 lakh each, the rejuvenated soldiers stormed into the occupied territory and re-occupied the Kargil hills.” Of the 444 causalities in the Kargil conflict, 153 jawans belonged to the state. The state government, in turn, had given employment to kin of 65 martyrs, allotted 62 gas agencies and 22 petrol pumps and recruited two persons in the HCS. While two per cent of India's population lived in the state, every tenth defence personnel belonged to Haryana, he claimed.

The Chief Minister maintained that the law and order situation was well under control in the state. He claimed that every time a crime is committed in the state, all criminals are traced and arrested.

He attacked statements of former Chief Minister Bansi Lal, asking the people to remove the statues of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal. He described the decision of the Bansi lal regime to cancel a holiday on the martyrdom day of Rao Tula Ram as a blot on the office of the chief minister.



INLD card is enough to secure jobs in Chautala land
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, September 23
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala’s statement that all workers of the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) would be provided government jobs has stirred a hornet’s nest. The unemployed youth in the region are reportedly livid over the chief minister’s statement. The chief minister made this statement during a public meeting at Rewari on Sunday, which hit the headlines of several newspapers. Interestingly, the Chief Minister had repeatedly said during public meetings that jobs would be given purely on merit. The sudden “change of stance” has caused consternation among the meritorious candidates who are feeling cheated.

Political parties, too, have described the statement as unwarranted and alleged that the chief minister had resorted to gimmicks to draw the masses to the Jind rally slated for September 25. Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, a former minister and spokesperson of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, alleged that the recent rallies organised by the HPCC chief, Mr Bhajan Lal, had unnerved the Chief Minister who was now making every effort to make the Jind rally a success. The rally is being organised on the occasion of the birth anniversary of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal.

The Congress leader claimed that the recent tilt towards the Congress had perturbed Mr Chautala , who is now giving due respect to INLD MPs, MLAs and workers, so that they did not get desert the party.



Another ‘Noida’ in the offing
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 23
The Bhiwadi Industrial Area (BIDA) of Rajasthan will be developed into an “ideal” township on the pattern of Noida. As many as 99 villages around Bhiwadi have been included in the area, to be called BIDA.

This was disclosed by the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bhiwadi Industrial Area, Mr R. K. Jain, here recently. He said that the Bhiwadi Industrial Area Phases I to IV, which were previously monitored by RIICO, had also received rights from various departments like Town Planning, Housing Board, Urban Development etc. He said that RIICO was looking after the development of Chupasani and Khuskhera industrial areas at present. Mr Jain informed that work had already been started to make the BIDA green, clean and beautiful. The construction of two Sulabh complexes at a cost of Rs 15 lakh was started recently. Plans were also afoot to develop a modern bus terminal.

The Rajasthan Housing Board and Ashiana group have already developed residential complexes. Shopping complexes, recreation centres, healthcare centres, clubs and NGO educational societies and banking facilities are already available here. Many multinational and other companies like Aakash Optifibre Ltd, Gillette India Ltd, Rayban Sun Glasses, Lakhani Shoes Co and Relaxo Shoes, have their industrial units at Bhiwadi.



Devi Lal fountain-head of inspiration: Chautala
Our Correspondent

Rewari, September 23
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has asserted that the inspiration behind his government’s basic policies and programmes is its fountain-head, the late Devi Lal, who, he said, had dedicated his entire life to the service of the state and the nation after seeking inspiration from the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, and "Deen Bandhu" Sir Chhotu Ram.

He expressed these views while addressing a huge workers’ meeting here yesterday. Making a special mention of the tenets of governance as enunciated by Mr Devi Lal, he said that to them power was not a means of indulging in pleasures and luxuries, but it was an instrument of service to the people for them. He went on to say that the honour and dignity which Haryana today enjoyed among people of foreign countries must be attributed to the noble and outstanding deeds of public welfare rendered by Devi Lal during his long and chequered political career.

In the above context, the Chief Minister called upon the people to participate in large numbers in the Jind rally on September 25 to pay homage to this giant of Haryana on his 89th birth anniversary.

Making a special mention of the rapid pace of development made in his three years’ tenure, he said that 21,000 and 33,000 works of development had been carried out, respectively, under the first and second phase of "Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar" programme. Its third phase, which too would be replete with development works, would be launched on October 2. He also said that it was a matter of real satisfaction that even his governments' political adversaries had put their stamp of veracity on the implementation of the above development works throughout the state.

Simultaneously, the Chief Minister assured the people that he only considered himself a trustee of the state. His endeavour was to see that every paisa of the state exchequer was utilised for the welfare of the people.

Making a brief mention of the apex court verdict, the Chief Minister reiterated his firm assurance that the SYL canal would be completed by January 15, 2003, and then canal water would flow into the fields of south Haryana as well .

Ridiculing the demand of compensation of Rs 10,000 per acre being made by Congress leaders, the Chief Minister said there were about one crore acres of cultivable land in Haryana, which meant that if the above demand was accepted, his government would have to pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 crore to the drought-affected farmers of Haryana. This, he said, was absolutely impossible for the state whose annual budget totalled Rs 1,800 crore only. Simultaneously, he went on to say that with the recent span of adequate rainfall, 13 districts of Haryana had gone past the adverse effect of drought and only the remaining six districts were now drought-affected.

The Chief Minister specifically mentioned that his government was laying special emphasis on the establishment of factories throughout Haryana as he wanted to provide the rural people all those civic amenities which were being enjoyed by citizens in metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.

Earlier, he inaugurated the newly established district office of the INLD at Bawal road here.

The workers’ meeting was also addressed by the Haryana Health Minister, Dr M. L. Ranga, Mr Sher Singh Barsami, state president of the INLD, Rao Man Singh, member of the Rajya Sabha, and Mr Jagdish Yadav, district president of the INLD.



Chautala asks officers to fan out in rural areas
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, September 23
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, doled out homilies to officers in the district on the need to go to the villages in order to have a first hand knowledge of their grievances.

He stressed that they should not just sit in their offices and go over files. Mr Chautala made these observations while presiding over the monthly Public Grievances and Redressal Committee of this district.

He said while it is the politicians, who frame the broad policies of the government, it is the officials at the district level who executes them.

As such, it is the work of the officials at the district level that creates the right kind of image of the government among the masses.

He cautioned the officers of the Electricity Department of punitive action in the eventuality of accidents due to their negligence.

He underlined that at many places there were loose overhanging live cables, which could result in fatal accident any time.

Mr Chautala disposed of 13 grievances of the public.

Taking action on a complaint made by Suraj Bhan of village Faridpur, he directed the local district police chief to make fresh investigations in the case and report the matter in the next District Public Grievance and Redressal Committee.

The police chief’s version that the complainant’s daughter had married a boy of her own accord did not impress the Mr Chautala.

On another complaint made by a resident of village Halalpur in Mewat that the Sarpanch had used substandard material for the construction of a public site, the Chief Minister ordered an investigation into the case and registration of a criminal case. In case the complaint was found frivolous, he directed the registration of a case against the complainant.



Rain strains civic amenities in Sonepat 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 23
Heavy rain that lashed the city over the past one week have left behind a trail of uncleared garbage bins and waterlogged roads. Conditions are appalling in slum clusters, particularly on the embankment of drain no 6 passing through the city where many pockets are submerged.

Nearly 20,000 people live in unauthorised slums clusters and resettlement colonies where planned development has taken a backseat.

In other parts of the city, the conditions are no better. Residents in many colonies have to put up with choked drains, blockade sewer system and overflowing garbage bins.

The civic authorities have done nothing to improve the sanitary conditions for instance in Ashok Nagar, Ram Bazar Chowk, Jandi road and near the RSS ground, opposite the telephone exchange.

Potholed roads even in posh colonies like Model Town, Sectors 14,15 and 23 are a common sight and the roads leading to the mini-secretariat, Bahalgarh and the railway station are no exception.

The Murthal Adda-Subzi Mandi road is an eye-sore for the people. Ironically, some of the roads have been relaid only a few months ago. Though the PWD (B and R) authorities often undertook patch up work, it has lasted only for few days.

Meanwhile, uneven surfaces, potholes and almost no maintenance, are the story of the roads in the rural areas of the district. A long portion of the Sonepat-Gohana road which was relaid recently, had been damage by heavy rains.

This has caused a huge financial loss to the state exchequer as this road has been converted into a national highway.



Development works in district reviewed
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 23
Mr M.K.Miglani, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, reviewed the progress of the ongoing development works undertaken by the state government in this district at a specially convened meeting held here yesterday.

Mr S.N.Roy, Deputy Commissioner, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, Superintendent of Police, Mr R.P Bhardwaj, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Dinesh Yadav, SDM, Sonepat, Mr Jeet Singh Mehra, SDM, Ganaur, Mr Suraj Bhan Jangra, SDM Gohana, and the officials of the Public Health Department, Haryana Agricultural Marketing Board, PWD (B and R), Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and the Irrigation Department attended the meeting.

It was stated in the meeting that the state government had undertaken the construction of Chaudhary Devi Lal Sports Academy at Chauhan Joshi village, Chaudhary Devi Lal Park along the Sectors 7 and 8 on the G.T Road, a memorial centre at Bad Khalsa village, a canal-based drinking water supply scheme and new subzi mandi at Gohana, a sub-divisional town in this district.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Miglani directed the heads of the various departments to complete these projects during the stipulated period fixed for these projects.

The state government, he said, would provide all possible financial assistance to all the departments for the completion of these projects. It was stated that if any official had any financial problems, he should approach the higher authorities in this connection.

He also disclosed that the state government would spend Rs 2 crore on the construction of the Chaudhary Devi LalPark. So far, the earthwork on the project has been completed. The SDM,Gohana, told Mr Miglani that the construction work of the bridge on the drain No. 8 near Bilbilan village has been completed and the work for the construction of the new subzi mandi at Gohana town has been speeded up by the concerned department. It was also revealed in the meeting that the work for the widening of Murthal-Kharkhauda-Gohana road has also been completed with the financial assistance of Rs 6 crores by the Central Government.



‘ABVP does not believe in pretty politics’
Sanjog Gupta

The recently conducted Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls witnessed the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) putting one over arch rivals National Students Union of India (NSUI) by reversing the fortunes of last year. The ABVP managed to win the posts of president, vice president and secretary in the DUSU office.

But, the most remarkable aspect of the ABVP victory was the astounding margin of victory of its secretarial candidate, Dipti Rawat, over the NSUI candidate, Vinay Solanki. The margin of 4,161 votes was the highest registered in this year’s elections.

Dipti, a student of B.Com (Pass) Sri Aurobindo College (Evening), attributes this landslide victory to her experience, and prominence among students. Having finished her schooling from Navyug School, Dipti has always been more inclined towards extra-curricular activities, taking avid interest in dramatics, social work and dance.

Her introduction to ABVP happened on campus, since the party workers were extremely active in Sri Aurobindo (the college has been an ABVP stronghold for years). Her decision to join ABVP over NSUI was largely an outcome of her ability to relate to the ideology of the party.

In her first year, Dipti was mainly involved in campaigning for ABVP candidates during elections and organising college events. Last year saw her ascent in ABVP ranks, which she attributes to hard work and determination. She has led demonstrations against sexual harassment of women on campus and was also bestowed with the responsibility of Zonal Secretary (South Delhi) for seven colleges.

She belongs to a simple family and is a resident of Lodhi Colony. Having acquired star status last month with her face being splashed all over town, she still manages to remain modest and retain her mild demeanor, attributing most of the hype to the party rather than herself. A career in politics seems unlikely for Dipti as she would prefer to study management or law from a reputed institution.

What factors, in your opinion, worked in favour of ABVP’s trouncing of NSUI in the DUSU polls?

The ABVP victory was an outcome of the anit-incumbency factor. NSUI has been in power for two years and has not worked at all for the benefit of the student community. Take the case of last year. Neetu Verma hardly worked through the year and once she was elevated to the post of councillor, she even refrained from attending meetings. Vikas Shaukeen was rusticated and Rohit Chowdhary was largely inactive for most part of the year. The only office bearer who was actively involved in the upholding of student interest was Nakul Bharadwaj, who belonged to the ABVP. NSUI managed to evoke a great deal of dissent, which worked in our favour. Like the rain frogs who surface only in the monsoon, NSUI emerges only during election time, remaining inactive otherwise.

ABVP, on the other hand, believes in constantly addressing student issues.

And what about your personal victory. You managed to pip the NSUI candidate by quite a margin, what would you attribute this accomplishment to?

I have been a visible entity in the last two years, having worked extensively as an ABVP member.

Further, my constant involvement in university affairs meant that I interacted with a large number of students, which increased my understanding of student problems and also helped me develop a rapport with a large number of students.

There is a widespread opinion that parties field presentable female candidates to bag votes. What is your opinion on this trend of ‘glamour politics’?

ABVP does not indulge in these fancy gimmicks. Our party believes in ability and competence, thereby rewarding the diligence of each worker. If my ticket was based on my looks, then I should have received a ticket last year, but it went to someone who was more competent. NSUI is the party that indulges in these practices for wooing the voters. After Neetu Verma, they had started believing in the success of this strategy but we showed them that fielding a ‘pretty face’ is not enough to win elections, experience and ability counts.

There is a growing sentiment in the University that the election process is futile and DUSU turns a blind eye to students’ problems, which also contributes to low voter turnout in elections. What can be done to improve the situation?

The elected central councillors on college executives should act as a link between DUSU and college students. It is practically impossible for DUSU to hear out the students of each and every college, which is why the CCs should play an active role in communicating the needs of their respective colleges to DUSU.

The problem of low voter turnout will automatically be addressed if the student community starts believing in the activities of DUSU.

What about a proposal for conducting indirect elections rather than direct elections?

Indirect elections tend to get biased. Since the number of voters is small, major parties ‘buy out’ votes. Indirect elections will hinder the expression of student opinion, a clear reflection of which is the DUSU elections.

What are the immediate priorities for the new DUSU office bearers?

The most important aspect of our agenda is the inception of a safe and compact campus. The issue of sexual harassment is close to my heart since I have been working on the issue for over a year and I plan to take personal responsibility for the ensuring a safe campus for female students.

Another priority for us is to ensure that the university declares the revaluation results within 45 days. Also, the university should issue photocopies of the papers to the students. Apart form this, the introduction of more U-specials completes our immediate agenda.

Since, the students have elected us on the basis of our manifesto, it becomes our duty to ensure that the promises in our manifesto are delivered upon.

The demand for U-specials has been never met with the previous DUSU executives also promising more buses.

NSUI has been in power the last two years and even though the Congress has been in power in Delhi, they were unable to extract concrete action form the transport department. This clearly shows the inefficiency that NSUI subscribes to.

We lack authority and hence are only in a position to demand more U-specials from the Transport Department. We are planning to meet the Chief Minister in this regard.

What about parental support. What was the reaction of your family when you decided to run for elections?

My parents have always been supportive of my extra-curricular activities and have supported me though all my decisions. They have provided me with strength and resolve to pursue what I want. Also, my grandfather belonged to the Sangh and my mother is involved in local politics, which worked in my favour as far as parental acceptance goes.

What about future plans. A large number of ABVP workers are heralding you as the next DUSU President. Do you plan to take up politics as a career?

People who supported me during the campaign must be making these statements, but let me make it clear that in ABVP one needs to really prove his/her ability to move up.

There is no written or unwritten rule that someone who has been an office bearer will necessarily receive a party ticket the next year – it is not like NSUI.

As far as hard core politics is concerned, in ABVP one needs to work really hard to graduate to the parent party and only those workers move further who have real potential.

Again, this is not like NSUI, which believes in making sure that each of its DUSU office bearers goes on to become a councillor or a minister. Look at Neetu Verma. After becoming councillor, she did not even turn up for DUSU meetings. Our party does not believe in the same ideals.

Personally, I have left the option of running for president’s post open. It is totally dependent on my party.



Silent protest against infanticide today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 23
While the country’s population is increasing every minute the number of the girl child is threatening to dip to a shameful low.

In the Capital alone the 2001 Census reveals an alarmingly low female sex ration of 865 girls per 1000 boys in Delhi, indicating a decline from 1991’s 945 girls per 1000 boys.

Alarmed at the increasing inequality and to create more awareness, hundreds of girl children will take to the streets in a silent demonstration in the Capital tomorrow.

These girls will protest against the injustice meted out to girls without uttering a single word.

The march is being organised by Deepalaya, a pro-girl child institution. The silent protesters will march down the streets to organise the demonstration on occasion of Girl Child Day in the vicinity of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Haus Khas in South Delhi.

The placard-wielding protestors will wear black badges and carry black banners. They will also submit a memorandum to the Health Minister, Mr Shatrughan Sinha.

The memorandum blames the preference for a son for the disparity in the sex ratio.

It further points out that female foeticide is one of the extreme manifestations of violence against women and a strong reason for the low sex ratio.

Sex determination tests like amniocentesis, sonography and chronic biopsy that are used to detect abnormalities in the foetus are being misused extensively to detect the sex of the foetus by those who wish to terminate the foetus in case of it being a girl.

The memorandum also draws attention to the fact that many find female foeticide preferable to female infanticide or severe ill-treatment of the girl child.

It points out that such notions are equally reprehensible.

In spite of the legal ban on sex determination tests female foeticide continues and several clinics provide sex determination facilities to parents.



AISNEC condemns attack on lensman
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 23
The All India Small Newspaper Editors Conference has strongly condemned the murderous attack on AISNEC photographer Pratap Singh Jattawal by a woman municipal councillor from ward No. 82 on Friday at Ambedkar Jhuggi Camp in Jhilmil Industrial Area in East Delhi.

The Secretary-General of AISNEC, Mr Kamlesh Kumar Yugbandhu, and the Secretary-General of the DPSNEC, Mr Ashwini Bhatia, have criticised the failure of the police in protecting the lives of innocent people and described it a direct attack on the freedom of the press by the criminals with the help of the local police.

They also deplored the police attitude about tackling the situation. Mr Bhatia warned the authorities that if stern action against the culprits was not taken then AISNEC would launch an agitation against the Lt-Governor and the Police Commissioner next Sunday.

The president of the All-India Trade Unions Federation, Mr Mahavir Bansal, also criticised the daylight attack on the press photographer and expressed his solidarity with the pressmen. He said that it was a red signal against the press freedom.

The President of the All-India Citizens Committee, Mr Ramanand Jain, said the criminal attack on a young photographer would not be tolerated. It would undermine the foundation of the fourth estate.

The General Secretary of the All-India Panchayat Parishad, Mr Ashok Tiwari, the President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Sewadar Committee, Jathedar Raja Singh Sethi, and the president of the Punjabi Chetna Munch, Mr Satnam Singh Uppal, also criticised the attack by a municipal councillor on an innocent press photographer.



NGO to maintain MCD community toilets
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 23
The Slum and J.J. Department of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today claimed to have achieved some sort of a record by constructing thousands of community toilets and a number of sewage treatment plants in resettlement colonies and other localities under the Yamuna Action Plan.

The MCD had to construct 1,150 community toilet complexes with 30, 000 seats within six months. The Corporation has so far constructed 27, 000 and of them, 17, 000 are functional. The remaining toilet complexes will soon be completed as and when the funds will be made available to the Corporation.

The toilet complexes will cater to the need of the slum areas with inadequate toilet facilities. It will also cater to 46 resettlement colonies, Harijan and Balmiki Basties, urbanised villages and unauthorised colonies.

These toilets will be maintained by ACORD, an NGO, for three years. The NGO will employ a watchman and sweeper for 24 hours. It will issue cards for each member of a family in the colonies and will charge certain amount for it. The users will have to pay Rs one for the use of the toilets.



National audit assn holds dharna
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 23
Members from across the country of the affiliated units of the National Audit Association started a three-day-long dharna in front of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s office in the Capital today.

The NAA has handed a 23-point charter of demands to the CAG, which includes issues like handing over the audit of the Panchayati Raj to the Accounts and Entitlement Wing instead of filling up of 7000 vacancies in Group C and D posts. They have also demanded the clubbing of the theory and practical papers of the Computer Systems in the departmental section officers grade examination.

Drama contest: Mr Prithviraj Chavan, MP, inaugurated the 31st Brihan Maharashtra Marathi Drama Competition here on Sunday.

The drama festival will feature both prose and poetry sections. The winners of the first two positions in prose section will be given an entry into the Marathi Drama Competition organised by the Government of Maharashtra. A special feature of this competition is the Sangeet Natak, where the play progresses through a song.

At the function, Ms Sunita Gadgil, wife of the former president of the Delhi Maharashtra Educational and Cultural Institution, Mr V N Gadgil, wife of late architect G R Ranade, Tai Ranade, were felicitated. Ranade was the architect of the Maharashtra Rangayan Auditorium. The competition will conclude on October 13.

DUTA meeting: The eve of the Workload Committee meeting — to discuss the issue of teaching workload norms — witnessed the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) executive body, convening to decide its plan of action Tuesday onwards. The meeting was held with the objective of deciding the mode of action to be taken in order to intensify the ongoing agitation against the Vice-Chancellor.

Meanwhile, the DUTA relay hunger strike which began last Tuesday, continued into its seventh day after receiving a shot in the arm on Friday, when the President of DU and College Karamchari Union as well as some research scholars endorsed the strike by joining in. DUTA is demanding that the Workload Committee complete its proceedings and submit a final report within 24 hours of the meeting. It is further demanding that the VC convene an immediate assembly of the Academic Council to ratify the workload norms.



PHDCCI’s nod to action plan for Uttaranchal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 23
The PHDCCI has agreed to forward an Action Plan for attracting investment in Uttaranchal, making the State as an attractive destination on the basis of its natural advantages.

According to PHDCCI, the state will emerge as the preferred destination of investment shortly once the Central Government package of Income Tax holiday and excise relief is notified by the Union Government.

The Chamber has agreed to constitute a joint task force at the instance of Mr Madhukar Gupta, the State Chief Secretary, with the objective of identifying specific investment projects and promoting match making between the State and investors, besides addressing policy and procedural hurdles. The Udhyog Mitra has already been constituted as a single contact point for investors into Uttaranchal.



Visa racket busted following MEA complaint
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 23
With the arrest of one travel agent, the Delhi Police Special Cell today claimed to have busted a racket of obtaining visas from different embassies by submitting forged documents. The other accused is absconding.

This followed a complaint from the Private Secretary of the Minister of State for External Affairs that one Sandeep Kumar, posing as Deputy Secretary of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), had sent a fax message to the Embassy of Finland, stating that the family members of the minister wished to go on a holiday in Finland and necessary tourist visas may be issued to the family members mentioned in the fax message.

The embassy, on cross-checking the facts with the ministry, found it was a forged message. The Special Cell during investigation found that no document was sent to them but the fax message had mentioned the names and address of Gian Chand and his family members with their passport numbers for issuance of visas but he was not staying at the mentioned address.

Later, the police found that the family had left for Switzerland after failing to get a visa for Finland. The police contacted the travel agency from where the tickets for Gian Chand and his family were obtained and identified two travel agents, Jawahar Arora, alias Manish Arora, alias Raja Arora, resident of East of Kailash, and Manoj Kumar Arora had obtained tickets for Gian Chand and his family.

Jawahar was apprehended on September 21. On interrogation, he disclosed that he and his associate had obtained visas for 31 persons by using the same modus operandi from the Embassies of Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands and France during the past two months.

He also disclosed the printing press from where the visiting cards of Sandeep Kumar as Deputy Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, were printed. The negatives of the visiting card have since been recovered. Efforts are on in full swing to nab his associate Manoj, who is absconding.

Dacoit nabbed: Special Staff of New Delhi district on Monday night arrested an inter-state dacoit, Warik Miyan, resident of Waris Nagar, Bihar.

The police acting on a tip off that a notorious dacoit was planning to commit a dacoity in the New Delhi area, nabbed him from Feroz Shah Road. The accused has been involved in as many as a dozen cases of heinous crimes, including a dacoity case at Muktapur Railway Station where Rs 10 lakh belonging to the government was looted in the first week of September. He was also involved in cases of kidnapping for ransom in Samastipur, Bihar, said the Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi), Mr Mukesh Meena.

Robber held: The PCR men at Tilak Marg arrested a robber, Mahesh Bhati (28), resident of Gautam Budh Nagar, while two others, Neeraj Singh (27), resident of Meetha Pur Extn, Faridabad, and Basant (30), resident of Shakarpur, Delhi, managed to escape from the spot and were later rounded up by the police.

On September 21, Anil Kapoor, resident of Krishna Nagar, was going back home in his car along with his wife, daughter and son after taking dinner in Connaught Place. When his car reached Sikandra Road, three robbers on a scooter tried to snatch the gold chain around his wife’s neck but were unsuccessful. Following this, the culprits stopped the car and started assaulting him and snatched his mobile phone. But some people who were passing by came to his rescue and managed to nab one of the accused, Mahesh, and handed him over to the police.

Killed in mishap: One person was killed and two others were injured when a Toyota Qualis reportedly hit a broken down stationary truck near Bodh Vihar police picket in the Civil Lines area on Sunday night.

The deceased was identified as Satish Sharma, resident of Faridabad, while the injured have been identified as Alka, his wife, and Amit. The deceased was reportedly attending the broken truck.

Residents of Prashant Vihar, who were travelling in the Toyota Qualis, have been admitted to Apollo hospital. The Civil Lines police have registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving and are investigating

Dreaded criminals arrested:
The police arrested three members of a criminal gang after an encounter in Dadri area. The gang had created a terror during the last fortnight. The police recovered a rifle, a country-made revolver, cartridges and a knife from them.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Rajiv Kishen, said that on the night of 21-22 September, the police were tipped off that some criminals were planning to commit a big crime on the NTPC-Dadri road. When the police team surrounded the criminals, they opened fire on the police. However, the criminals were overpowered by the police near the Ranauli Mor.

During interrogation, they identified themselves as Dilshad alias Dillu of Kalchhera, Kalua of Bhojpur police station, Ghaziabad, Rustam of Kalaunda under Jarcha police station.

They confessed that on September 8, one of them had abducted a girl from the forest near village Garhi and later raped her.

They accepted that on September 9, they shot dead Lokesh of Shahpur.

On the same night, they had stabbed Ajab Singh to death in Chhittehera and shot dead Kishan and his wife, Meena. The criminals had also blocked the Sanauta-Gulwati road in Bulandshahar and had looted two tractor owners on September 11. Again on September 12, they blocked the Secunderabad-Gulwati road with a tree and looted a mini truck and a Tata Sumo jeep.


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