Tuesday, October 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Double trouble for farmers
Failure to hike MSP for kharif crops irks drought-hit farmers
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 30
While the farmers are still reeling from the drought effect, the decision of the Union Government not to enhance the minimum support price (MSP) of kharif crops (paddy) has added insult to injury, feels the farming community in the district.

“Since the affected farmers in the region had been expecting compensation for the loss caused to their crops by low rainfall, the decision to retain the MSP of paddy and other crops has come as a double shock,” said Bharat Lal Dagar, local BKU leader. He said that the delay in announcing the MSP of paddy and other coarse grains seemed to suggest that the Union and the state governments were interested in ‘buying’ paddy from the farmers on their terms only.

He said this was a matter of shame for the leaders of Haryana, who claim to champion the cause of farmers.

Mr Karan Singh of Kheri Kalan and Mr Jeet Singh Chandila of Badoli village, both farmers, said that the MSP decision was a bolt from the blue for the farmers, who were already at the receiving end.

They said: “While on the one hand, the government wants us to increase the production of crops, on the other, there is no guarantee that the grower would get a fair deal.”

Another farmer, Mohan Singh of Jorkhera village, said that the farmers would have to come out on the roads to demand their due. First, they had to face the vagaries of nature and, now, the government was impervious to their sufferings. With the production cost going up every year, the farmer must get the appropriate price, so that he and his family could make both ends meet.

Narender of Mohna and Ganshyam of Bhopane villages in the district said that they felt cheated: one the one hand, they had been denied a just compensation for the damage caused by the drought and, on the other, the MSP had been retained.

The Janata Dal(U) president of Haryana Unit, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has also condemned the decision not to hike the MSP of major kharif crops.

He said that the Chautala Government in Haryana, which claims to be farmer-friendly, should immediately withdraw its support to the NDA government at the Centre.

He said that the farmers of Haryana had already suffered a huge loss and the failure to hike MSP would add to the problems of the farmers.

He alleged that the state as well the Centre had lost interest in the MSP system and wanted to do away with it.



Farmers’ body urges govt to buy paddy
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 30
The district unit of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti has demanded that the state-owned procurement agencies should come into the market immediately to purchase paddy, which had already arrived in the foodgrain markets of the district.

According to a report, it has alleged that huge crop of paddy has already been harvested and the farmers are being compelled to sell their produce at very low prices in the absence of procurement agencies of the government.

It also alleged that the rice seller owners are taking undue advantage of the helplessness of the growers and are purchasing paddy of different varieties at rates much below the support price fixed by the Union Government.

The samiti further said the paddy crop could not be kept standing in the fields and the farmers were compelled to harvest the crop very early.

It urged the district administration to immediately direct the procurement agencies to come into the market and purchase the paddy at the support price fixed by the government.

Meanwhile, the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has rejected the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy and other crops announced by the Centre and announced its decision to intensify the agitation against the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre on this issue.

Addressing a Kisan Panchayat held at Ganaur town near here today, Mr Hari Singh Khokhar, President of the BKU, alleged that the refusal of the government to make any increase in the MSP was unjust and was a cruel joke on the farmers because prices of diesel, fertilisers, insecticides and other inputs had gone up enormously during the past few years.

He also alleged that the Vajpayee government had already proved to be anti-farmer and was pursuing such policies that were detrimental to the interests of the agricultural community under the dictates of the WTO. 



CPM criticises Centre on paddy MSP
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, September 30
The Haryana unit of the CPM has severely criticised the Centre for not enhancing the minimum support price of paddy. The party has also expressed anguish over the callous attitude of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala in this regard.

The state secretary of the party, Mr Inderjit Singh, has accused the Vajpayee government of being insensitive to the needs of the farmers, particularly in the aftermath of an unprecedented drought situation.

He said by deciding to keep the minimum support price of paddy at last year's level, he had ignored the interest of the farmers.

Both the Centre and the state government, he said, are aware that the farmers had to invest substantial additional inputs to save their paddy crop in the face of severe drought in the region. In this situation, he said, it was necessary to at least compensate the farmers through financial relief in the form of bonus.

The party expressed surprise over the Chief Minister's statement that private traders were purchasing paddy at rates higher than the minimum support price announced by the Centre.

Mr Inderjit Singh said that Mr Chautala should have prevailed upon the NDA government for safeguarding the interests of the farmers, as his INLD was part of the NDA led government at the Centre.

The CPM has supported the demand of the farmers for enhancing the minimum support price of paddy and urged the Centre to reconsider its decision.

The procurement agencies of the government should provide adequate bonus to paddy growers enter without any further delay.



Traffic goes for a toss on Rohtak line
Our correspondent

The derailed wagon on the Delhi-Rohtak section
The derailed wagon on the Delhi-Rohtak section. —Tribune Photo 

Jhajjar, September 30
The rail traffic on the Delhi-Rohtak section, which remained suspended for nearly 18 hours after the derailment of a goods train just ahead of Bahadurgarh railway station here on Sunday night, was partially restored this afternoon.

A major tragedy was averted as a passenger train had passed just 15 minutes before the accident. All the passenger and express trains were cancelled after the derailment.

The work of lifting the wreckage of the derailed train and laying new tracks is going on a war-footing. A senior railway official claimed that the rail traffic would be restored by 8 pm tonight.

A three-member inquiry committee of the railway officials has been set up to look into the cause of the accident A goods train carrying grain derailed when it was about to reach Bahadurgarh railway station on Sunday night. Fourteen wagons of the train overturned, destroying about 100-meter rail line. The train departed from Bhatoo station in Hisar and was bound for Assam. It was running at high speed. The senior railway official told that the cause of the accident seems to be a technical defect in one of the wagons of the train.

The sources informed that an iron part of one of the wagons was reportedly entangled in the tracks, causing the derailment. Six wagons were completely smashed.

However, Mr V K Agrawal, Divisional Rail Manager, who supervised the restoration operation throughout the day, informed that 9023 Up Janta Express had cleared the track this afternoon and work was speedily progressing to mend the Down rail line which was likely to be restored by 8 pm tonight. Two special accident relief trains, along with hundreds of railways engineers and workers, were engaged in the restoration work.

He claimed a loss of Rs 2 lakh due to the accident, while the sources put the loss at least at Rs 1 crore. The DRM informed that a three-member inquiry committee had been set up to find the exact cause of the derailment. He regretted that local people gathered on the spot were interrupting the restoration work.



Nod to changes in Gurgaon stretch 
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, September 30
The district administration has been successful in prevailing over the National Highway Authority of Indian (NHAI), making it agree to the amendments in their blue print for widening the Delhi-Jaipur highway stretch falling in Gurgaon city.

According to a senior member of the administration, the NHAI has principally agreed to the suggestions to increase the number of underpasses and also make extensions to the proposed flyovers.

The Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, Mr Anurag Rastogi, who rooted for the amendments to the original layout plan, had taken up the issue with the NHAI authorities.

Mr Rastogi is credited with the view that the original plan had not addressed the practical problems that could possibly arise in future. Hence, the need for the amendments to make sure that the traffic movement and inter-connectivity of the roads leading to the highway were further enhanced.

The construction of flyovers and underpasses is part of a project to eight-lane the national highway, starting from Delhi to Gurgaon city.

The NHAI has agreed to extend the proposed flyover at Shankar Chowk, which has emerged as an important junction in the city. The landmarks at the Shankar Chowk intersection are the Udyog Vihar on one side of the highway and the residential sectors and colonies, including the DLF city, on the other.

Similar is the case of the proposed flyover at IFCO crossing, also known as the first bypass of the city. As against the original plan, the NHAI has seen merit in the suggestion to go in for extension of this flyover project. As against the earlier move to set up two-lane underpass at South City crossing, it will now be four-laned. The same will be the case at Jharsa crossing, where the proposed two-lane underpass will be expanded to four-lane.

On account of the intervention of the administration, the NHAI has also agreed to add a two-lane underpass at Jalvau Vihar. In all, as things stand today, three flyovers and three underpasses will be set up on the stretch of the highway falling in Gurgaon. The third flyover will be set up at Rajiv Chowk.

According to well-placed sources, there is no scope now for further amendments to the highway expansion plan. Meanwhile, the NHAI has already begun the process for eight-laning the highway.



HC dismisses plea for quashing of DJS rules
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 30
The Delhi High Court today dismissed a petition seeking quashing of the Delhi Judicial Services (DJS) Rules on the ground that they were violative of the provisions of the Constitution.

Ruling that the DJS Rules were in consonance with the Constitution, a division bench, comprising Justices Devinder Gupta and B N Chaturvedi, dismissed the petition, agreeing with the High Court Registrar’s views that the Constitutional validity of the said Rules had been upheld by the Supreme Court in 1975.

The petitioners, S S Yadav and others, had challenged the DJSRules, pertaining to the appointment of judicial officers below the rank of District Judge, on the grounds that the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) had not been consulted while framing the rules, which was a statutory requirement. The Registrar, however, through his counsel Viraj Dattar maintained that the requirement had been done away with under the apex court’s order.

On May 6, the High Court had declined to grant a stay on the recruitment of Judicial Officers in Delhi through a competitive examination, to be held on May 25 and 26, as sought by the petition which challenged the DJS Rules on the ground that they were discriminatory and arbitrary.

The bench had issued notices to the Lt Governor, Union Public Service Commission, Registrar Delhi High Court and Ministry of Law and Justice on the issue.

The petitioners, aspirants for the Delhi Judicial Services, included nine advocates, some of whom were employed as assistant public prosecutors. They said the rules were unconstitutional as they had made them ineligible for taking up the Judicial Service Examination of Delhi.

According to the petition, following the Supreme Court directive making three years’ legal practice an essential qualification for Judicial Officers at the lowest rung, the upper age limit for eligibility for taking the examination had been raised by at least three years by all states, barring Delhi.

The failure of the Delhi Government to raise the upper age limit ran contrary to the directions of the apex court with respect to a uniform judicial system, the petition added.

Two different cut-offs regarding the upper age limit and for calculating the period of three years of legal practice, apart from being irrational, causes, in some cases, a situation where an aspirant for Delhi Judicial Service becomes ineligible to take the examination due to the fact that either of the two conditions are not fulfilled, it was pointed out.

This had been countered by the respondents, who quoting the All India Judges’ Association case in which the SC had directed the High Courts and the State Governments to amend the respective Judicial Service Rules, so as to enable a fresh law graduate, who had not even put in three years of practice, to compete and enter the judicial services. 



Counting sheep no longer helps put one to sleep
Smriti Kak
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 30
Early to bed and early to rise may no longer be the panacea for being healthy, wealthy and wise. A lot more needs to be done in these days of perennial stress of urban living if one has to achieve the three. A study conducted by the National Sleep Survey Organisation in the United States indicates that one third of the urban adult population is suffering from sleep related disorders.

Manifest in different forms, sleep disorders are on the rise not just in the Western countries, but doctors back home vouch that the Indians are as prone to this malady.

“There is an increase in the number of people who are afflicted with sleep related disorders. Insomnia is just one problem, there are others problems like difficulty in initiating sleep, which means you take longer to fall asleep”, points out psychiatrist, Dr. Samir Parikh.

Stressing the need for what he dubs “sleep hygiene”, Dr. Parikh asserts that incorrect sleeping patterns can lead to a host of secondary problems like heart ailments, anxiety and alcohol dependence. “Ironically, the presence of these ailments and disorders can affect the sleep patterns. It is therefore essential that the reasons for sleep disorders be verified. If a patient has to continue taking sedatives for more than three weeks without any change in his condition there is a need to consult a psychiatrist”.

Blaming the lifestyle patterns and the stress that we face for sleep disorders, Dr. Parikh offers a prescription for those who find it hard not just to fall asleep, but are also plagued by early awakening and multiple awakening, which is a broken sleep with bursts of sleep.

“We need to create conducive environs for sleep. The first thing that we must do is to remove the television sets from the bedroom. It is important that we take a break of at least 30 minutes between the time we watched the last show on TV and the time we go to bed. TV viewing should be substituted with light reading or listening to light music”.

Among other things listed by the doctor are maintaining a schedule for getting up each morning, “It is vital that we do not over sleep on holidays and weekends. Also we should go to bed only when we feel sleepy and avoid daytime naps”.

While eating at proper intervals and physical fitness are encouraged, alcohol, nicotine and large meals at dinner are a strict no. “The bed has to be used for sleeping and unwinding, not for doing work. When you are doing any work in bed you are rousing yourself, whereas to sleep one needs to relax”, explains Dr. Parikh.

“Sleep disorder can severely affect the work performance. Apart from making one physically tired it also affects the mental well-being. Ironically, when people are prescribed sleep inducing medicines, they refuse to take the tablets claiming that sedatives are harmful. This mindset needs to be changed, a sedative is like any other medicine, provided it is taken under medical supervision”.



NCERT releases embargoed books
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 30
After getting the go-ahead from the Supreme Court last week, the controversial social sciences text book for class IX and the Hindi text books were released by the NCERT here today. Now, thousands of students and teachers, who were managing thus far without books, can heave a sigh of relief.

The publication of the books had been stopped after the Supreme Court granted a stay on a PIL filed by journalist B G Verghese, Aruna Roy and others who perceived it as an exercise to push the government’s saffron agenda.

The books released today include Bal Bharti for classes I, III and VI, Naya Jeevan Bhag I for class VI, Sahitya Manjari Bhag I, Madhu Sanchay Bhag I (course A), Purva Bhag I, Katha Kalash (course B) for class IX, Sahitya Manjusha Bhag I (elective), Vividha Bhag I (core), Sahitya Shastra, Parichaya (elective) and Vasanti Bhag I (core) for class XI.

While the social sciences text books for class VI and IX have also been released, the History texts for class XI are likely to be released by October this year. With the Central Board of Secondary Education having instructed the schools to implement the new curriculum from the current academic session, the release of the texts ends months of speculation and turmoil.

School students and teachers had a harrowing time in the absence of the books, earlier this year, when the NCERT refused to publish old texts and with the stay order in force there was panic among students and teachers over the non-availability of texts.

The books will be distributed to the wholesale agents in the state for sale.



Bhajan Lal’s show-cause politics angers leaders
Our Correspondent

Rewari, September 30
Many senior leaders of the Congress Party in Haryana have been unhappy with the functioning of the HPCC president, Mr Bhajan Lal. The ‘anti Bhajan Lal faction’ in Haryana, including senior leaders like Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party (HCLP), Mr Birender Singh, member of the election committee, Miss Shailja, former Union Minister and Rao Inderjit Singh, MLA and member of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), have been unhappy with the affairs of the Congress Party in Haryana.

Taking a serious note of the `show cause notices' to over half a dozen DCC presidents (whose number has now reportedly swelled to ten) by the HPCC Chief, Mr Bhajan Lal, the leaders called on Mrs Mohsina Kidwai, AICC general secretary and incharge of party affairs in Haryana, at Delhi recently(September 28). Reportedly, they sought her prompt intervention in this grave matter and complained that the notices were unjustified.

Simultaneously, the four leaders also held a separate meeting with Mrs Ambika Soni, AICC general secretary and political secretary of the Congress president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi. They apprised her of the grave situation and sought an early end to it on the grounds that the DCC presidents, who had been served with show cause notices, had been appointed with the approval of the AICC president.

They complained that the party constitution made it obligatory for the PCC president to seek the prior permission of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) before a proceeding for the removal of the DCC president.

Interestingly, most of the recipients of these notices comprise those DCC presidents who had participated in the

Rewari rally of September 23, in which nine Congress legislators and eighteen DCC presidents, along with former HPCC president Mr Birender Singh had openly projected Ahir leader Rao Inderjit Singh, as their leader in effort to clean up the party in Haryana.

The former Union Minister, Miss Shailja, also participated in the rally which was attended by ten Congress legislators (including Rao Inderjit Singh). Close on the heels of the Rewari rally of September 23, the HPCC chief, Mr Bhajan Lal, had called on the Congress president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, at Delhi on September 24 and is understood to have conveyed his feelings about their ‘anti- party’ activities in the state. Meanwhile, Mrs Mohsina Kidwai has reportedly asked the HPCC chief Bhajan Lal to meet her on October 1 in the Capital to sort out the matter.



JD(U) blames state for failure of welfare schemes 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 30
The Union Minister for Food Distribution and Civil Supplies, Mr Sharad Yadav, has said that ‘corruption and inefficiency' at the level of the state government was the main hurdle for the ration not effectively reaching the poor. Addressing a workers meeting of the Janata Dal (U), here yesterday, Mr Yadav, who is also the head of the party, claimed that due to corruption, many people have been unable to benefit from the `yellow cards’ (below the poverty line) and the `public distribution system (PDS).

Claiming that the Centre had been sending ration worth Rs 60,000 crore every year for the people living below the poverty line, he said a good amount of it was distributed to ineligible persons, leading to discontentment among the poor.

He said while 33 per cent population of the country was `poor', we have enough food grains to feed them.

On the issue of the ‘SYL canal', Mr Yadav said such problems could be solved if all the rivers and water resources are brought under the direct control of the Union government.

Appealing to the party workers at the meeting organised at `Aggarwal Dharamshala in Ballabgarh, Mr Yadav asked the activists to work hard and win the confidence of the people, who are the real source of all political power.

He hoped that the Janata Dal (U) would be able to form the government in Haryana, if the activists keep working for the benefit of the people.

Claming that JD was the party of the people, he said it would gain strength In the future. Mr Balram Singh Yadav, MP, K.C.Tyagi, general secretary of JD(U), H.P.Singh, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, Haryana Chief of JD (U) and general secretary, Mr Raj Kumar Gaur, were among others who were present at the meeting.



Faridabad, not Gurgaon, launch pad for CM
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 30
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, will launch the state-wide cleanliness drive from here on October 2. Earlier, it was announced that the CM would preside over such a function at Gurgaon to start off the campaign. According to the district authorities, Mr Chautala would launch the drive from the MCF auditorium here at 6.45 am and would flag off rallies by children to create mass awareness on the issue. This decision has certainly put the local administration on a high alert. Officials seem to be involved in formulating a strategy geared towards making the launch programme a success. The officials have roped in participation of various sections of society, including schoolchildren, resident welfare associations (RWAs), the Nehru Yuva Kendra, NSS volunteers, college staff and others. It proposes to flag off rallies from five different spots on the same day. The drive will last 15 days.

Sec 144 invoked

The district authorities have invoked the provisions of Section 144 to check the menace of stray pigs in the town. The Deputy Commissioner, in his order, has directed the municipal authorities here and at Palwal and Hodal towns to take action against the owners of the animals who let them roam around. It is stated that stray pigs would be nabbed and let off at a far-off place. The measures were taken after reports appeared about a large number of stray animals, including pigs, monkeys, donkeys and cows roaming or sitting on the roads or in residential areas. The MCF officials have also launched a drive to catch monkeys 



BJP to enrol 10 lakh members
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 30
The Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fixed a target of enrolling 10 lakh men and women as registered members. The campaign will be launched on Wednesday and continue through December 2. “People with criminal background would not be allowed to enrol as members of the party,” Delhi BJP president Madan Lal Khurana told reporters on Monday.

He said the membership campaign would be launched in all the 16 districts, 139 mandals and cover 8,500 polling stations from October 3 through December 2.

Mr Khurana said efforts would be made that a minimum of 20 families participate and every active member makes at least 25 members, including eight women in every polling station.

“To make the organisation more effective and to strengthen the family feeling among the members, the state unit has been regu&&77larly organising meetings where special discussions to formulate a strategy for the forthcoming elections are discussed,” he said. There are 6.5 lakh registered members in the BJP state unit.



Lottery trade: One man’s meat, 
another man’s poison
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 30
Lottery business, which is becoming brisker by the day, may be a gravy train for those in the trade but to the discomfiture of the police, the practice threatens to wreak havoc on the lives of youngsters who are out to make a fast buck.

The sad fact is that the newcomers in this arena, who gradually become die-hard gambling addicts and consequent ruin themselves, comprise mostly the poor rickshaw-pullers, labourers and schoolchildren.

No wonder, the lottery stalls remain cramped, busy places thronged by such ready customers.

A lottery bazaar has also been set up in the old civil hospital the building of which has been demolished by the Sonepat Municipal Council for the establishment of a shopping complex.

This site is situated near the Civil Lines police station and the police officials remain silent and fail to check the curse despite the repeated complaints alleging that thousands of rupees have been changing hands every day.

The police attribute the popularity of the trade to the disquieting fact that certain illegal activities are being carried out in the garb of the lottery business in the city.

The most popular lottery for this kind of activity is the single digit wherein the result is declared by the end of the day. The common practice is what the police term “telephonic satta”.

According to sources, in this system, certain numbers pertaining to the single digit lotteries are booked over phone and on the declaration of results, if the number turns but to be right, it yields rich dividends, both to the stall owner as well as the gambler.

Sources disclosed that in spite of this ‘satta’ being played right under their nose, the police were unable to check it as the deals made were oral in nature and consequently difficult to prove.

Sources added that certain lotteries not authorised to be sold in the city, as the states running them were not paying any tax to the administration, were also being sold.

The areas where lottery trade is flourishing are bus stand, Tarana Road, Subhash Chowk, Atlas Road, Sectors 14 and 15, Model Town and almost all the labour colonies in the city.

The police sources also revealed that the daily trading in lottery was worth several lakhs of rupees.

It is alleged that the police officials have been getting ‘suvidha shulk’ daily from the owners of the lottery stalls.



‘Clean Up the World Campaign’ takes off 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 30
In an ambitious attempt to clean up the environment through community-based programmes, the Australian High Commission, along with Delhi schools, today launched the India chapter of the ''2002 Clean Up the World Campaign'' at Gandhi Smriti here.

Launching the campaign ahead of Gandhi Jayanti, Australian Deputy High Commissioner Michelle Marginson said, ''We decided to start the programme today as a tribute to the man who championed the role of community action to make life better for ordinary people.''

It was befitting that a community-based campaign to make the world a better place was launched at Gandhi Smriti, the place where Mahatma Gandhi spent his last days, she said. ''In a world confronted with serious environment and social challenges, Gandhiji's teachings held great and continuing relevance,'' Ms Marginson observed.

He was ahead of his time and realised that the welfare of mankind could not be separated from that of the environment, the Deputy High Commissioner said. Gandhiji laid great emphasis on conserving resources and believed that every individual should play a part in sharing the labours essential to a healthy environment, she pointed out.

''The Clean Up the World campaign is a way of putting into practice the concept that positive action by individuals could add up and make a real difference,'' Ms Marginson said.

The “Clean Up the World Campaign” was begun in Australia a decade ago by Australian sailor and environmentalist Ian Kiernan, with a clean-up of the Sydney harbour and had since grown into a global movement, she said. ''Like many of Gandhiji's teachings, the concept is simple and universal. It can be practised by anyone, helping communities anywhere in the world,'' she noted.

Running in tandem with the United Nations Environment Programme, this campaign had involved community groups, schools and individuals the world over and organised clean-up events every September, Ms Marginson noted. ''The programme has inspired millions of people each year, in 140 countries around the world, who have volunteered to make the environment a cleaner, healthier place,'' she said.

The theme of this year's ''Clean Up the World'' campaign was ''Your Community: Our Earth'', Ms Marginson said.

The Australian High Commission had for the last few years been involved in bringing Delhi schools and students into this worldwide movement, the Deputy High Commissioner said.

Last year's campaign in Delhi was not limited to the day of its launch but some schools continued with clean-up activities in slums and parks throughout the year, she pointed out.

As many as 500 students from 19 Delhi schools today took part in a symbolic clean-up of Gandhi Smriti, rededicating themselves to values advocated and practised by Mahatma Gandhi.

Following the launch, the participating schools will organise clean-ups in their neighbourhoods and communities. The 19 schools which participated in today's programme include Amity International School, Ramjas School, Delhi Public School, Tagore International School and Naval Public School.



Cops must be exposed to literature: IG
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 30
“Policemen must be exposed to literature, if we want to bring an attitudinal change in their style of functioning”.

This observation was made by Mr V. N. Rai, IG, an IPS officer of Haryana cadre posted in Delhi at present, while talking to some newspersons here recently. Mr Rai, who was here in connection with a book fair, which is to be held here from October 1 next, stated that literature could play an extremely important role in perfection and refinement of human values and various aspects of life. When asked about his love for Hindi literature, Mr Rai said literature was also important for people from a department like the police, which deals directly with the masses a lot. He said a cop could work more judiciously or in a polished manner if he had good interest in literature as the latter helps in developing

human values and proper behaviour pattern. Clearly hinting towards the fact that a system of values and soft behaviour were the need of the hour for policemen also, he said

this could not be achieved if there was no proper development of literature. He stressed that a cop’s behaviour could be changed easily if he read good literature regularly. A cop today needed such an exposure, he added.

He said he had a personal collection of about 1,000 books. The senior police officer, who has served in several districts, rued the lack of interest among publishers to bring out books at affordable and cheaper rates. 



‘There should be one doctor for six hundred people’
Megha Manchanda

Dr Sushil Kumar (MBBS, MS, MCH), Dean, Maulana Azad Medical College, took the reins of the college in 2001. Dr Kumar, who gives more credit to his faculty, started his career in medicine in 1966. Since then he has worked with various hospitals including Safdarjung and GB Pant Hospital. Dr Kumar, who is a neuro surgeon, has lately taken rest from surgery and is presently working as a Dean with Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi.

He is known for his modesty. In a chat with the NCR Tribune, he gives most of the credit for the smooth functioning of the college to the faculty.

Excerpts from the interview:

What were the difficulties faced by you initially?

Nothing and there are no difficulties as such. Everything is laid out as a plan and I only follow the rules. Also the faculty members are of great help.

As far as the changes are concerned, there have been a few and others are in the process. New Dental College is being set up for the BDS students. Also, a bank-cum-guesthouse is in the process of being constructed.

What steps have you taken to provide quality education to the students of your college?

The college has an excellent faculty, which proves to be a boon for the students. There are 192 faculty members in the college.

And also there are medical assistants to train the students. Expenditure of Rs 50 lakhs is incurred on the library alone, which provides latest books to the students for reference.

Are the students from your college sent for campaigns organised by various NGOs and government organisations?

Yes, the students are regularly sent for campaigns and health melas, organised by the government i.g. Pulse polio immunisation camp. Recently, our students were sent at the Health Mela, organised by the Health Ministry.

Do you think the medical fraternity is paid less as compared to their counterparts in other fields?

No, absolutely not. They are not paid less. As a matter of fact, there is lesser number of promotions in our field as compared to others.

Hence, the scale seems less otherwise doctors are well paid.

Throw some light on the diminishing ratio of students taking up MBBS as their profession.

I would not say that the ratio of the students taking up medicine as a career option has gone down during the years.

Since the population of the country is increasing, consequently is the growing need of doctors in the country.

We are working towards with an aim that six hundred people per doctor, which should be the minimum in country like ours.



MCD directed to take action against 
illegal constructions
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 30
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to take action against illegal constructions in Karol Bagh area of the Capital and file a report within six weeks.

Acting on a complaint filed by the president of the Krantikari Subhash Manch, Mr Ved Prakash Aggarwal that the MCD was not taking action against illegal constructions in the area, the NHRC asked the MCD Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, to take appropriate action and send an Action Taken Report within six weeks.

Mr Aggarwal, a shop-owner and resident of Karol Bagh, had complained that illegal buildings were being constructed in the area without obtaining permission from the authority. He said most of these illegal constructions had basements, which violated the Supreme Court directive.

However, despite complaints to the MCD, Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the police and the Urban Development Ministry, nothing had been done to check these illegal constructions.

Mr Aggarwal further mentioned that he and his family were receiving threatening phone calls because of his protests against illegal constructions.

The police officials even threatened to book his son under some false case. Mr Aggarwal urged the NHRC to direct the police to take appropriate steps for his personal security as he was receiving threatening phone calls.

Blood donation camp held

A blood donation and health check-up camp was organised by the DMA and IMA, Rohini Zone branch, at Shri Balaji Hospital, Pitampura. Dr J.K.Khatri said many precious lives would be saved by providing the blood to the needy people.

Dr Ravi Gupta, president of IMA, Rohini zone branch, welcomed the chief guest, Mr Jai Bhagwan Aggarwal, MLA, Badli, and Mr Vijender Kumar, Councillor, Rohini.

Dr S.C.L.Gupta, president DMA and Dr Hariharan, secretary, DMA, were also present on the occasion.

More than 100 units of blood were collected and a large number of people came for Diabetes and health check-up.

Dr Tarun Dulie, secretary of IMA, Rohini Zone branch, thanked all those who participated in this noble cause.

Dr J.K.Khatri assured the people that IMA would organise many such camps and similar social activities from time to time.



Every citizen should plant a tree: Mayor
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 30
Mayor Jaishree Panwar attended a tree plantation function organised by Kadam, an NGO, at Sagarpur. Besides her, Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress President of the area, Mr Rajesh Lolithia, Vice-Chairman, Najafgarh Zone, corporator Kanta Rani also attended the function.

Speaking on the occasion, the Mayor praised the good work being done by Kadam and exhorted that every citizen of the Capital should plant a tree with the view to reducing pollution. The President of Kadam, Mrs Anjana Walia, and its spokesperson, Mr Rakesh Chauhan, would jointly take steps to plant trees not only in the Nasirpur area but also in other parts of West Delhi.



Dowry menace claims two more lives 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 30
The Kharkhauda police has registered a dowry death case against members of the in-laws’ family of Sharmeela, a young housewife, whose body was found hanging in her house at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, yesterday.

According to a report, those booked for the dowry death include her mother-in-law Daya, her brother-in-law Lokesh and her sister-in-law Babita. The FIR was lodged by Mr Chand Rup, father of the girl, alleging that she was poisoned to death and her body was hanged later on.

The police are still investigating. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

According to another report, the Ganaur police have registered a dowry death case against the husband, Manoj, and the mother-in-law, Kanta, of Reena on the complaint of Mr Dalbir Singh, father of the victim. Further investigations were in progress in this case.

Reena died on September 17 last under mysterious circumstances in her house at Mahmoodpur Majra village falling under the jurisdiction of the Ganaur police station in this district. She originally belonged to Jind.

A mother along with her eight-year-old child reportedly committed suicide by consuming poison in Kaliawas village of the district on Monday. According to information, the deceased, Munni Devi (30), administered some poisonous substance to her daughter Sonia after consuming poison. They died on the way to hospital. The husband of the deceased was a heavy drinker, which reportedly drove her to take this extreme step.

In another incident, a newly married woman reportedly also committed suicide by consuming sulphas tablets at Bhala village under Kosli police station on Monday. The parents of the deceased, in their report to the police, alleged that she was being harassed for dowry. The police have registered a case.

Dream homes:
Mr Sandeep Sharma of Gurgaon, Mr Deepak Desai of Mumbai and Mr Naresh Gupta of Ludhiana have won the Dream Homes Gallery Award in their respective cities. Announcing the awards, Ms Hina Nagarjan, General Manager, ICI India, Paints Division,on Sunday informed that more than 1,000 homeowners in Mumbai, Gurgaon and Ludhiana took part in the competition held between May and July this year.

Three winners were selected from each of the three cities. Mr Rajiv Kaul and Dr Pushpa Jain from Gurgaon won the second and third prize, respectively. The first prize is a holiday for a family of four to Bangkok, the second prize a holiday for two to Bangkok and the third prize shopping vouchers worth Rs 30,000 from leading lifestyle stores, informed Ms Nagarajan.



Youth gunned down over garbage site
Our Correspondent

Noida, September 30
In a dispute over a small piece of land in Khurshedpur village in Jarcha police station, a youth was killed in a hail of bullets in broad daylight. Now police and PAC jawans are keeping vigil on the village. But even 12 hours after the murder, police have not been able to arrest any of the four accused.

According to information, there was a 20-mt land in Khurshedpur village for dumping garbage which was a bone of contention among Ved Prakash, Babloo, Ajab Singh, Budhveer and Bharat. Both the groups had often quarrelled over it.

On Sunday while Ved Prakash was on the way to his farm, Ajab Singh and Budhveer accosted him. Before villagers in the adjoining fields could understand anything, Ved Prakash was shot dead. His family members and some farmers came to the spot after hearing the gun shots, but by that time, the four assailants had fled from the spot.

The deceased’s family alleged that the police had been reluctant to arrest the culprits. Meanwhile, police and PAC jawans are posted in the village in view of the prevailing tension.



Youths arrested for stabbing shopkeeper

New Delhi, September 30
Two youths were arrested by the Saraswati Vihar police for killing a shopkeeper last night. The arrested persons were identified as Manoj and Rajesh and their third accomplice was identified as Ratan. Reportedly, an altercation turned into physical fight while they were purchasing namkeen from Raj Kumar, the victim, in Shiva market in Saraswati Vihar. They stabbed Raj Kumar, who was later taken to the Ambedkar Hospital where he was declared brought dead. A manhunt has been launched to arrest the third suspect, the police said.

2 People looted: Four unidentified youths, armed with knife, looted Rs 1,000 from a man identified as Rakesh, while he was sitting in his shop at Mubarkapur Kirari.

In another case, a person identified as Harsh Malik, was robbed of Rs 7, 600 by two motorcycle borne youths in Rohini last night. The victim was a worker in an electronic shop. The robbers stopped him while he was returning after collecting money from the market and drove away with the money. A case of robbery has been registered, the police said.

Pickpockets held: The North district police today claimed to have busted a gang of bag cutters and pickpockets. The arrested persons were identified as Abdul, Hamidul, Hamiul, Dheeraj and Mohammad Babul. They gang used to steal cash and other articles by cutting the bags of pedestrians in busy markets. The police claimed that as many as 10 cases of theft had been worked out.

The gang members were arrested red-handed while they were cutting a bag of one Basu Khan in a busy market. Two of the suspects were found in possession of smack when a body search was conducted on them. The members of the gang used to operate in crowded areas particularly in markets of Sadar Bazar, Hauz Quazi, Chandni Chowk, Khari Bawli, the police said. TNS


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