Monday, October 7, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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IOC to break new ground
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 6
The Third International Symposium on Fuels and Lubricants (ISFL), being organised by the Research and Development (R&D) Centre of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) from tomorrow to October 9 in New Delhi, is conceived as an exclusive scientific technical forum in India to examine new technological developments related to the downstream petroleum industry, identify gaps in the national oil industry and chart out action plans to bridge them.

This was stated by the Director (R&D), IOC and chairman of the organising committee the symposium, Mr A. K. Bhatnagar, here today. The R&D Centre of the IOC, located here in Sector 13, had to its credit not only several important achievements in the oil technology sector, but also in providing a global platform for the exchange of scientific and technological innovations, he added.

He said the first symposium of its kind held in December 1997 proved the immense benefit of such an exercise and the IOC decided to institutionalise it as a regular triennial event. The second symposium in 2000 was also attended by about 500 engineers, scientists and technocrats, he claimed.

According to Mr Bhatnagar, the present symposium was likely to be attended by over 550 delegates, including those from many leading countries like the USA, the UK, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Japan and the Netherlands. It was significant as it was taking place when the oil sector in India had been deregulated and the country was facing new challenges and opportunities amidst the growing demand of alternative and less polluting fuels.

Therefore, he said, the organising committee adopted ‘Fuels and lubricants: exploring new horizons’ as the theme for the three-day programme, which would address all issues related to the quality of fuels and lubricants with special emphasis on their impact on the environment.

Disclosing that record 140 technical papers were slated for presentation, he said the symposium would be conducted in four concurrent sessions and would run into 24 sessions. Besides, there would be a plenary session each on alternative fuels and futuristic fuels, reflecting the growing concerns on the fuel quality.

He said experts would present their works on topics ranging from bio-fuel, additive technology, emission, process technology, additives, lubricants, packaging to knowledge management.

Stating that the IOC had been spending a budget of about Rs 65 crore a year on the R&D activities, he said, organising a world-level symposium on this relevant topic and field could be a rewarding experience.

He said the IOC would assist the International Fuel Quality Centre (IFQC), the UK, to organise a one-day seminar on `Clean Fuels and Vehicles for India’ on October 10 in New Delhi.

He added that the deliberations among the experts attending the symposium would result in clear identification of the challenges before the industry and country as a whole and formulation of suitable action plans to tackle these on a long-term basis.



Senior cops tight-lipped on gangrape
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, October 6
Even as a sense of uneasiness prevails among the rank and file of the district police in the Asaudha gangrape case, it appears that senior officers here are determined to defend their staff posted at the chowki who allegedly hushed up the case after taking a hefty bribe.

Some social organisations have come forward in support of the victim and her family, but the district police have not issued any official statement denying or confirming the incident even after two days of its exposure.

To make matters more confusing, none of the senior police officials is ready to talk to mediapersons in this regard. The only reply from the SP’s office whenever the 'NCR Tribune' tried to contact him since Saturday had been “Saheb is busy, he is not available".

A former member of the zila parishad, Ms Kanta Kaushik, asked the state Governor to intervene in the case and order action against the erring policemen who effected a compromise with the involvement of some "panchayats".

Terming the incident as a shame and an insult to the women of the country, Ms Kaushik held that all women organisations would launch a collective agitation against the police if the alleged rapists and the erring policemen were not brought to book.

Meanwhile, a deputation of the Janwadi Mahila Samiti, including Ms Bimla Hooda, Ms Amita and Ms Sheel, visited the family of the victim today to inquire into the case.

The state president of the samiti, Ms Jagmati Sangwan, who sent the deputation, informed that a report would be prepared tomorrow in this regard.

A family source had disclosed that three youngsters caught her on her way to the railway station and molested her.



Professors’ post: PGIMS doctors seek 
100 pc promotion
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, October 6
Based on the past experience when persons much junior were selected over their seniors as professors in various specialities of the Pt B D Sharma Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), the Haryana State Medical Teachers Association has pleaded for 100 per cent promotion at the professor level. Interviews for the post of professors are fixed for October 16. The association’s representatives pleaded with the Chief Minister, whom they had met in Delhi on September 23, to favourably consider their demand for 100 per cent promotion at the professor level as none of the applicants was from outside the institute. In all the neighbouring states and Union Territories, this practice was being followed, the association told the Chief Minister. The association argued that since there were only departmental candidates, the department seniority should be maintained and not disturbed as had happened in the past in this institute.

The Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) had advertised 12 posts of professors on July 30 and the last date for receiving applications was September 16.

The interviews were first fixed for September 26 but were postponed on the instructions of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. These have been re-fixed for October 16.

Not a single application was received by the HPSC for posts in the departments of cardiology, neurology, nephrology and nuclear medicine. There is only one application against the four posts of super specialities in clinical haematology, on cosurgery, burns and plastics and cardiothoracic. The maximum applicants are for the posts in paediatrics, pharmacology, orthopaedics and pathology departments. Interestingly, all of them are from the PGIMS only.

The apprehension of senior faculty members has been strengthened by the fact that three faculty members of the PGIMS have been associated unofficially in scrutinising the eligibility of the applicants.



Humanity runs in this Samaritan’s blood
R D Sapra

Sonepat, October 6
Gabruddin’s blood runs through the veins of about 120 people, most of whom he has never met. Verily they are his blood relatives. The 52-year-old Gabruddin drives a mule cart (jhota bughi) for a living. He is no ordinary man indeed: he has donated blood voluntarily 157 times till date and is the recipient of the President’s award.

It was on October 1 this year that Gabru as he is popularly known, donated blood last. Humanity runs in his blood. Ask anyone in Kabirpur, a small village, on the outskirts of Sonepat city, where Gabru lives, that you want to meet him and you find yourself winding your way through the narrow potholed lanes, avoiding puddles, cattle and stray dogs that follow you all the way to a ramshackle two-room house.

For the poor illiterate Gabru, it all started during the 1965 India-Pakistan war when Lal Bahadur Shastri who was then Prime Minister, appealed to the people to contribute towards the war effort.

“After that stirring speech, I decided to give blood as soldiers were giving theirs at the front,” Gabru reminisces. “It seems like yesterday to me, so clear does Shastriji’s voice ring in my mind still.”

“Gabruddin’s name is registered with the district Red Cross Society and he is the first person whose name comes to mind when we need blood in an emergency,” a doctor in the Civil Hospital says.

A laboratory technician at the Hospital Blood Bank adds: “Gabru has inspired many others. A young teacher from Kabirpur has emulated him by giving blood about a dozen times.”

Almost everyone in Kabirpur has something to tell you about Gabru, a good Samaritan ever willing to help others.

A youth Dilbagh Singh (24) says his mother would have died years ago if it were not for Gabru’s timely help. “My mother needed blood transfusion after undergoing an operation some years ago. It was an emergency and Gabru arranged for two units almost immediately,” he recalls. After that, Dilbagh Singh himself has donated blood thrice to the accident victims brought to the Civil Hospital here.

Blood donation is a ‘mission humanity’ for Gabruddin as inquiries with the blood banks at Rohtak, Chandigarh and Delhi revealed. Full of the milk of human kindness, he is a familiar sight at blood donation camps in these areas and even beyond.

“Gabruddin donates blood at least once in three months but there have been one or two occasions when he donated it twice in the same month,” says Rameshwar Singh of Kabirpur village. A few years ago, Gabru went to a blood donation camp at Bhiwani where he was asked to inaugurate it.

“The body replenishes its stock very fast and blood donation does not harm the donor in any way,” Gabruddin assures you when asked if repeated blood donations lead to any disease or weakness.

Gabruddin has been honoured by the successive chief ministers of Haryana, governors, some Union ministers and a host of voluntary organisations.

The list of the people, beginning with former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal to a former minister Shamsher Singh Surjewala who have honoured Gabru, reads like a who’s who of Haryana.

However, life is no bed of roses for this real life hero as he is the sole bread-winner of his family which comprises wife and three sons. In the absence of a regular job, Gabruddin had to ask his eldest son to discontinue his studies after matriculation and start working on daily wages.

Asked if he had any complaints against those in power for not helping him, Gabru replies: “I do not give blood to get something in return. I am a poor man and this is my way of contributing to the welfare of my people.”

He also says that his desires and needs are modest and he leads a contented life.

Gabruddin who originally belonged to Muzaffarnagar (U.P), migrated to Sonepat about three decades ago. He derives a lot of satisfaction in dedicating his life to the cause of suffering humanity and prays to God to grant him good health so that he could help the human beings in his own manner.



24 epicentres in Delhi identified
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 6
Scientific reports have indicated that if the Capital is rocked by tremors of over six degree magnitude, nearly 20 per cent of the Capital’s population would perish apart from the large-scale destruction of property, which includes hundreds of high-rises that do not have any effective tremor safety measures.

This was pointed out by a Disaster Management study group set up by the Centre for National Capital Region that has identified 24 epicentres in the area lying in 'Zone-IV' with potential of earthquakes above 6 degree on Richter scale. A Sub-Group on Disaster Management for National Capital Region Plan (NCRP), in its report submitted before the Delhi High Court, has stated that the occurrence of earthquakes in and around Delhi is attributed to seven tectonic faults with 24 identified epicentres.

The seven tectonic faults include Sohna, Aravalli, hidden Moradabad fault in Indo-Gangetic Basin, Sonepat-Delhi-Sohna, Junction of Aravalli and Sohna and Delhi-Haridwar Ridge faults. The report was filed by the Centre in reply to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) highlighting inadequate disaster management facilities in the Capital and its surrounding areas to deal with a major earthquake like the one in Gujarat despite the region's lake-IV. The report said the 24 epicentres located close to seven lineaments are confined to Motiakhan, Chanakyapuri, Sangam Vihar, Maidan Garhi, Rajkori, Ghatovindra Rangshala, Pusa Institute, IGI Airport, Inderpuri, Shahbad, Sagarpur, Bharthal and Ranikhera.



"Tau’s busts to go in 3 days if HVP comes to power"
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Sewah (Panipat), October 6
Former Haryana Chief Minister and HVP chief Bansi Lal today declared that the busts of Tau Devi Lal, installed at different places in the state by the Chautala government, would be removed within three days if his party were voted to power in the next Haryana Assembly elections.

Addressing a rally here, Mr Bansi Lal also reiterated his stand that places named after Tau would be renamed after various freedom fighters. Lakhs of rupees, which could have been spent on welfare programmes, had been spent on the

installation of busts and renaming places after Tau whose contribution towards the development of the state was questionable, he alleged. He also declared that Aulana Sugar Mill would be named after Dada Ghasi Ram.

Coming down heavily on the Chautala government for the deteriorating law and order situation, the HVP chief expressed concern at the “state patronage” given to criminals. He alleged that the Haryana Government was targeting its political opponents by letting loose a reign of terror and registering false cases against them.

Advocating remunerative prices for the agricultural produce, Mr Bansi Lal wanted that poorer sections of society should be provided with subsidised foodgrain and the cost of subsidy should be borne by the central government.

Accusing Mr Chautala of misleading the people by promising free power and water before the last assembly elections, he alleged the Chief Minister and the HPCC chief, Mr Bhajan Lal, worked in connivance with one another. To substantiate his charges, he alleged that Mr Chautala supported Mr Bhajan Lal during the elections to the Lok Sabha from Karnal while the Mr Bhajan Lal supported Mr

Chautala’s son in the election from the Bhiwani constituency in the last Lok Sabha elections.

While the HVP chief launched a scathing attack on the INLD and Congress, he was guarded in his criticism of the BJP, Questioning the leadership of a foreigner (Ms Sonia Gandhi), he said she should live like a daughter-in-law and leave the party affairs to other Congressmen. For 16 years after her marriage she did not become an Indian citizen and she had no locus standi to lead the Congress.

Announcing sops for weaker sections of society, he said free plots would be provided to the poor if the HVP came to power. Similarly, relaxation in the recruitment of constables for SCs would be restored.



One road for the VIPs, another for the common man
Prem Kumar

Every rainy season leaves its signature on Delhi’s roads. It was not much of a rainy season this time and we had some rains towards the post-monsoon period. But that also was too much for Delhi’s people and places. The showers left their mark on roads, which can still be seen in most cases.

Large potholes, broken stretches, rough patches, which literally became backbreaking parts, and depressions at some points were formed by the rainwater mixed, of course, with drain water. Many days have passed. Most of the damage is still in tact and the road users, particularly motorists and two-wheeler drivers, continue to suffer. No doubt some patches have been repaired depending on which important person noticed them or passed by them. But most of them have been left as they are, perhaps to be repaired by the time next rains are due and they will be ready to be damaged at exactly the same spots. I sometimes wonder over the quality of workmanship, or perhaps the building material used in the repair of these roads, which make them an easy target for damage every year.

Looks like the rain has fixed the spots where it will do the damage. Take Mahipalpur, for instance, everytime it rains, the road must be damaged. The same would be true of Mehrauli Road or even posh colonies like Greater Kailash. Vasant Kunj and Munirka are in the same category and if you were to draw a list of the vulnerable roads, it would be unending.

What has surprised me at times is the fact of some roads never giving way to the vagaries of weather. They do not get damaged by the rains. No potholes ever appear there. The surface of these roads is as smooth as ever. One such stretch is the one leading to the airport on which VIPs travel from the capital complex to the airport. Then, there are roads in New Delhi where VIPs live. Do they use a different type of building material for these roads? Or is there a different set of engineers and workers, more skilled in their job, to build and repair them? In any case, it proves that such roads can be built and maintained in the same city where vulnerable roads exist side by side.

Incidentally, when VIPs happen to visit the less privileged areas of the city, the authorities see to it that the road condition there is improved overnight so they will not find the difference between two parts of the city. I am sure that these VIPs know the true situation and are not deceived so easily but then, they are happy and satisfied with their lot and need not worry for the lot of the others who live in the less privileged areas.

Another hazard

Talking about roads, one cannot resist the temptation of offering some praise for the police who thought of doing something about the beggar-cum-vendor menace on Delhi’s roads, particularly at intersections and near traffic lights. The way these little urchins, ill-clad women and disabled old persons move about among rows of cars, buses, scooters and autorickshaws, jumping onto the central verge and appearing at some spot from nowhere, they pose a threat for themselves as well as the motor drivers. Some of the vendors strike a deal and run after the vehicles to get the payment or to return change. The women beggars are accompanied by two-year-olds struggling to keep pace with their mothers and the drivers do not know how to keep them out of danger. There may be old persons or the disabled on crutches and the vendors waving a variety of wares to distract a driver’s concentration. It would have been a good idea to keep these road stretches free from them but good ideas do not always succeed. The drive against them is either half-hearted or ill-planned. It has not worked. The traffic cops have enough to do otherwise and the vendors and beggars are capable of playing hide and seek with them. The traffic hazard remains as it is.

Vikas Marg

The moment you enter Vikas Marg, you are caught in a traffic jam
The moment you enter Vikas Marg, you are caught in a traffic jam.

It is becoming one of the most congested business area of the trans-Yamuna Delhi. The moment you go onto it from the ITO Bridge, you are in a continuous traffic jam for quite some distance. Things get worse as you reach a T-junction, turning left or right. The buses that are supposed to remain on the left try to turn right and smaller vehicles are virtually sandwiched between them. Then, there are thousands of shoppers, pedestrians, cyclists and those in cycles or auto-rikshaws. New, modern stores are coming up. So are educational institutions, medical clinics and nursing homes.

A doctor friend recalls that there was not a single dispensary here when the CGHS opened its first dispensary. Now, he has counted 67 hospitals and nursing homes in a small stretch. Of course, there would be people who remember this area as Patparganj decades ago, something like a village. The matter of concern, however, is that the place is becoming unwieldy despite the fly-overs and something should be done to bring greater order on its main road and its the side lanes.

Unmanned crossing

You remember the cases of accidents on unmanned railway level crossings in different parts of the country? The old residents of Delhi would recall the numerous level crossings in the city like those in Jangpura before the fly-overs were built and the people used to wait for long hours beside them waiting for the train to pass and the level crossing to be opened to traffic. Of course, there were the more adventurous type then too who would cross from the small openings beside the crossing, sometimes along with their cycles and two-wheelers. The more intelligent people timed their travel over these road stretches keeping the train timings in mind.

Why do I recall those days? The provocation is a small incident I witnessed on Ring Road near Nizamuddin Bridge. There is a small railway line, perhaps, meant for goods trains to carry coal to the thermal plants. There is a barrier sort of level crossing there. The other day, I found the level crossing open and traffic passing through it. On one side was a railway engine whose driver perhaps wanted to pass through the maze of traffic. He was sounding the horn repeatedly but road users did not seem to care. Ultimately, the road traffic thinned and the engine driver got his chance to pass.

Tea Party

The other day, somebody left this slip in my letterbox. I reproduce it: ‘Invitation

Really a mad Tea Party - for tea lovers at … All are Welcome to have genuine cup of tea. Sunday 4.30 p.m.’

I could not go there but made inquiries. An entrepreneur who deals in a variety of tea from Assam had arranged with a friend to let the people have a taste of properly brewed tea and patronise his stuff. I am told that those who went there really enjoyed it. I was reminded of good old days before Independence when the Tea Board had been formed to popularise tea. They used to entertain people to free cups of tea at public places in Lahore but there were not many takers. The people there preferred milk to tea anyday. The breakthrough came when the people were given the taste of locally improvised tea with a lot of milk in it -- sometimes tea prepared in milk with some ‘malai’ put in it. Things have changed since then, the tea lovers would want very little of milk, even ‘whitener’ in it.



Judicial complex opened in Rewari
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 6
Mr Justice Hemant Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, accompanied by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, formally inaugurated the Rs 2.96-crore district judicial complex here today.

Later addressing a gathering on the occasion, Mr Justice Hemant Gupta dedicated this new ‘temple of justice’ to the people of Rewari and expressed the hope that optimum utilisation of the facilities provided by this complex would be made by the judges as well as lawyers to ensure speedy justice to the litigants.

Earlier, Mr Om Prakash Chautala said that to provide speedy justice to citizens of the state, six more `Fast Track Courts' would be set up by the end of this year. This would raise the number of such courts to 12 in the state. He also informed that these six fast track courts (already working in the state) had expeditiously decided on 247 out of 583 cases in the past sometime. He assured the lawyers that the government was alive to their requirements, which, he said, would be provided in the judicial complex in due course.

The Chief Minister also said that it was a matter of pride that while the monstrous menace of terrorism was plaguing most parts of the world, Haryana was completely immune from terrorism, religious fanaticism, communalism and casteism.

Mr Justice Hemant Gupta and Mr Chautala were presented with mementoes. Haryana Health Minister M. L. Ranga, Mr Surya Kant Sharma, Advocate General of Haryana V. S. Malik, District and Sessions Judge of Narnaul and Mr Satish Yadav, president of the District Bar Association also spoke.



Scientists get lessons in holistic excellence
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 6
About 250 scientists, engineers and men from other allied disciplines from Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat, Bihar, Orissa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and various other parts of the country are participating in the three-day national workshop, ‘In Pursuit of Holistic Excellence in Life Through Lifestyle Change’, at the Om Shanti Retreat Centre at Bhorakalan, 30 km from here. It is being organised under the joint auspices of the Rajyoga Education and Research Foundation (New Delhi) and Prajapita Brahma Kumari's Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (Mount Abu).

The workshop that started on Friday concluded here today.

Delivering his keynote address on ‘Holistic excellence through spiritual wisdom’ in the first session of the workshop yesterday, Brahma Kumar Mohan Singhal, national co-ordinator of the Scientists and Engineers Wing (Mt Abu), compared life to a table with four legs, depicting its physical, mental, social-cum-professional and spiritual aspects. For stability, strength and durability of the table of life, it was of paramount importance that all its four legs were equal in length as well as strength, he said.

Describing happiness and peace of mind as the two fundamental desires in every man's life, Mr Singhal said that while happiness was directly proportional to achievements and inversely proportional to expectations in life, decimation of unfulfilled desires in contrast to fulfilled desires was a pre-requisite for peace of mind.

Emphasising the urgency of striking a good balance between materialism and spiritualism to lend true meaning and purpose to life upon this earth, he exhorted participants to keep their minds open, allow noble thoughts to come from all directions, abandon egoism and fully adopt a completely positive attitude in life. Simultaneously he asserted that it was desirable as well as essential that we empty our minds of worries, irritation and other negative thoughts before going to bed every night.

In her valedictory address in the inaugural session on Friday night, Rajyogini Dadi Rukmani ji, deputy chief of Brahma Kumaris (New Delhi), said that undoubtedly science had worked wonders within the realm of the five elements of the universe, water, air, earth, fire and ether. But it had completely failed to penetrate the ‘brahma tatva’ (essence of the universe). She asserted that ‘rajyoga’ (supreme science) alone could enable us to attain proximity with ‘brahma tatva’, which is absolutely imperishable, non-corruptible and eternal.

Earlier, Brij Mohan Anand, secretary of the Rajyoga and Research Foundation, stressed the need of learning science as well as technology to achieve holistic excellence in life while B. K. Shukla, senior Rajyoga teacher, pleaded for attainment of mental peace abandoning the craze for wealth and other luxuries of life.



Temples decked up for Navratri festival

New Delhi, October 6
With the Navratri festival beginning tomorrow, the temples in the Capital have been bedecked to mark the occasion. They have been decorated with special care and in some temples, security arrangements have been beefed up to avert untoward incidents.

Some temples have made special arrangements for the convenience of the devotees. Adequate measures have been taken to provide water and food, and provisions made for the devotees to keep their shoes and other belongings. To ensure there is least traffic congestion, parking provisions have also been made.

The Sri Santoshi Mata Mandir in Hari Nagar will celebrate its 61st Navratri. The programme will start at eight in the morning with the lighting up of the holy flame, Akhand Jyoti, by the founder of the temple, Shamsher Bahadur Saxena and his wife. Devotees will also be taught the Durga Saptsati, a holy book, during the period. TNS



Noida remembers a martyr
Our Correspondent

Noida, October 6
“When we hear the news of someone’s martyrdom from Jammu and Kashmir, it brings forth a chain of memories of our dear son, late Capt Shashikant Sharma. Violence in Kashmir seems to be getting out of hand. It is high time the government gave a free hand to the armed forces to deal with the situation, says Flt-Lt J. P. Sharma (retd), father of Capt Shashikant, whose death anniversary was observed at the community centre in Sector 37 here yesterday. Family members, friends and a large number of Noida residents were present at a programme of prayers, patriotic folk songs rendered by Brahm Pal Naggar and party. Messages from the Army Chief, General P. B. Padmanabhan, and others were read out at the function. Capt Shashikant Sharma had attained martyrdom on

October 5, 1998, at the Bana post in Siachen Glacier, Jammu and Kashmir, while giving the Pakistani’s a bloody nose. “We miss our Shashi each day, rather each minute. It is an unbridgeable chasm, and a painful one too.

But we are equally proud of Shashi’s supreme sacrifice for the motherland and the fact that he fought like a gallant hero and had taken the enemy’s bullets on his chest and not the back”, says his mother, Mrs Sudesh Sharma, with moist eyes. Noidaites feel the young officer has done the country proud by having dedicated his life to the nation.



Major fire in Nangloi  factory
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 6
A major fire engulfed a factory situated in the DSIDC Complex in the Nangloi area of West Delhi this evening. Fire brigade sources said that about 20 fire tenders were sent to control the blaze, which was raging in the DSIDC Complex located in Rohtak Road area of Nangloi. It is not clear whether anybody was inside the factory, sources said. The fire was still raging when the last reports came in.

Cylinder blast in Rohini: A couple and their child were seriously injured in the morning today in a cylinder blast at a house in Rohini area of North-West Delhi. Mukesh (30), his son Sagar, just one and a half year old, sustained 100 per cent burns while his wife Rinki (28) sustained 30 per cent injuries. According to the fire sources, the house collapsed due to the impact of the blast that occurred at about 4.35 am. Two fire tenders were immediately pressed into service and the blaze was brought under control at about 7 am. All the three injured have been shifted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital.

Criminal shot dead:
The incidents of villagers catching thieves and criminals have increased in the recent days mainly due to the police failure in patrolling the rural areas. Without waiting for the police to arrive, angry villagers thrash and even lynch the desperadoes these days. In the latest incident today, two criminals who attempted to kidnap a woman in the morning near Bheel Akharpur village, were overpowered by villagers. The villagers then shot one of them dead, while his companion managed to flee. At about 7 am today, two criminals were hiding in a field when a woman arrived there to relieve herself. She was waylaid and abducted at gunpoint. As she raised an alarm, they freed her and again hid in a nearby field. Villagers started combing the field for the criminals. In the meantime, one of the criminals fired at the villagers. Angry villagers caught hold of him and started thrashing him. While he was being interrogated, one of the villagers shot him dead. The Dadri police soon reached the spot and sent the body for autopsy. 



Two run over by train
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 6
Three persons, including a woman, were killed in separate cases of accidents. According to the police, Leelawati, wife of Dhruv Prasad of Azad Nagar, was run over by a train near the Ballabgarh railway station on Saturday. Another person, who could not be identified, was killed in a similar accident. In a road mishap, a resident, identified as Rakesh of Sarai Khwaja area, was crushed to death by a speeding truck on the national highway. Seven women were hurt when the Maruti van in which they were travelling collided with a Matador near the NHPC chowk.

Train signals damaged

Trains have been severely affected due to damaged signals at many places between Bhllabgarh and Asawati railway stations. Railway police and Railway authorities were still investigation the matter. The Railway police suspect that some criminals might be behind this menace and their motive could be to loot the passengers when the trains stopped midway. The Railway police was investigating the matter. The damaged signals have been repaired or new signals installed where necessary. The police have also intensified patrolling on the railway tracks so as to foil looting incidents.

Accused commits suicide

Sonepat: Narinder, a youth of Panchi Jantan village, was reported to have committed suicide by jumping before a running train near the Sandal Kalan railway station, about 8 km from here, on Saturday. According to a report, the victim was allegedly involved in the murder of Pinki (27), who was the wife of his brother. The father of the victim had lodged an FIR with the police against Narinder who, it is alleged, had beaten up Pinki mercilessly and this had led to her death. Thereafter, he was evading his arrest. According to another report, a young housewife, Mrs Sarjo Devi, also committed suicide by taking sulphas tablets in her house at Mohalla Kot here on Saturday night. This followed a family quarrel and the police are still investigating into the case.



Jamiat members court arrest
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 6
The ‘Mulk-o-Millat Bachao’ movement started by the Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind has entered its fifth day today. A group of 751 members led by Maulana Ghayasuddin courted arrest today. The leader, prior to his arrest, said, “How can we blame the print and the electronic media or communal elements when the government regards Islamic institutions as centres of terrorism? But so far not even a knife has been recovered from any Islamic religious institution that may be cited as evidence. On the other hand, the organisations affiliated with the RSS openly flaunt weapons and offer training for their use”.

He added, “Their workers move about armed with ‘trishuls’ or other weapons. It has created an atmosphere of terror for Indians. That should stop. There should be legal action against those who indulge in loose and irresponsible talk and wantonly flaunt their weapons”. The members were later released after due process of the law.

Legal workshop held: A workshop to discuss the recent amendments in the Civil Procedure Code and Legal Services Authorities Act 2002 was organised by the Delhi Legal Services Authority. The workshop was inaugurated by the Chief Justice, Mr Justice B. N. Kirpal, who stressed the need for a change in the mind-set of the litigants and lawyers. He advocated conciliation at the pre-litigation stage. An all-India workshop conducted on Saturday was inaugurated by Justice U. C. Bannerjee. Chairing the session, Justice Bannerjee advocated the need for constitution of a panel of arbitrators who need to be paid fixed fees per case instead of being paid for each sitting.

Justice A. S. Anand pointed out that in the United States only four to six per cent cases go for trial and urged for setting up of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Lok Adalat. Justice Y. K. Sabharwal chaired the valedictory session. 



Inter-state gang of desperadoes busted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 6
A desperate inter-state gang of snatchers, who were operating in Delhi and adjoining states, was busted with the arrest of all its members by the South district police. The police claimed to have recovered a stolen Maruti car, one loaded countrymade weapon, 10 gold chains and two cellular phones from their possession.

As there was a spate of incidents like chain snatching and auto thefts by car-borne youths in September, the special staff of South district nabbed a criminal in Lajpat Nagar on September 30. The police, acting on the clues about some chain snatchers which were disclosed during interrogation, nabbed a gang consisting of five members— Jaswant Singh, alias Kuldeep, alias Babloo (28), resident of Kalyan Puri, Pradeep, alias Vishal, alias Babbe (21), resident of Mayur Vihar Phase-I, Bobby (22), resident of Kalyan Puri, Islammuddin, alias Sannu (20), resident of Noida, and Rohit Verma, alias Monu (24), resident of Mayur Vihar-I.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Praveer Ranjan (South), said the gang used to operate in the morning as cheats and in the evening they used to commit chain snatching.

They used to abandon the car after their operation was over, making it very difficult for the police to trace them. During the month of September alone the gang was involved in more than 15 cases of auto-theft and 60 cases of chain snatching.

They mostly stole cars in Delhi from Lajpat Nagar, Malviya Nagar, Hari Nagar and Tilak Nagar. While they were actively involved in chain snatching in places like Malviya Nagar, Lodhi Colony, C R Park, Sarojini Nagar, Naraina, Vasant Kunj, Ashok Vihar, Shastri Park, Rohini, Pitampura, Mandawali, Greater Kailash, Ghaziabad and Noida. Ranjan said the gang was so desperate that they even fired at people who showed even the slightest resistance to their nefarious activities.

The police have even identified a jeweller, Lal, resident of Kalyan Puri, who used to receive the stolen jewellery from the gang members.



3 held for robbing, killing car driver
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 6
The South-West district police today arrested three persons who had allegedly hired an air-conditioned Indica car for Aligarh and then brutally murdered the driver of the car, identified as Kamakhya Singh. The body of the deceased was found on the NTPC road, Dadri.

The accused identified as Parveen Kumar, Bhupender Kumar, both resident of Mahipalpur and Alok Kumar, resident of Hanuman Garh in Rajasthan, were arrested for the brutal crime.

According to the police, Parveen Kumar had defaulted on the installment payments for a car that had been financed to him by a company. Subsequently, the finance company had seized his car. As such, Parveen Kumar was in dire need of money. Therefore, Parveen Kumar along with his associate Bhupender, planned to hire a car, kill the driver and sell the car.

Bhupender had made an arrangement to sell the car to one of his relative in Ghaziabad. On the fateful day, the duo along with another associate Alok, strangulated the driver with a belt and damaged his face with a big stone.

Two persons held: Two persons who were moving under suspicious circumstances on a motorcycle were arrested at Chanakyapuri by the PCR van. The youths identified as Raju Goswami (22), resident of Vasant Vihar and Vishal (21), resident of East Kidwai Nagar, were nabbed near Samrat Hotel and a country-made weapon with one live cartridge were recovered from their possession.

Rs 5,000 robbed: Two persons were robbed of Rs 5,000 along with their suitcase by four persons in a Maruti Car. The culprits volunteered to take them to the railway station but robbed them of their cash and suitcase on the way. The police said that the victims, identified as Raj Kumar alias Raju (25) and his father-in-law, Kishan Das (50), resident of Laxmi Nagar, were waiting for a bus at a bus stop to go to the railway station. Four people in a Maruti car offered to take them to the railway station for a charge of Rs 10 each.

However, as soon as they sat in the Maruti car, the four youths threatened them at knife-point and forcefully took their suitcase containing Rs 5,000. 



Now a unique opportunity to take the Barista experience home
Tribune News Service

Can’t get enough of your Barista coffee? Here’s your chance to brew some at home. Barista coffee offers you the unique opportunity to bring home a bit of the Barista experience –with the exquisite and elegantly packed array of Barista merchandise.

Drawing inspiration from the old coffee houses of Italy, Barista coffee will now transport the magic of coffee to the comfortable environs of people’s homes. The romance and passion of coffee drinking is captured in the timeless mementos presented by Barista merchandise, offering exquisite, sophisticated and unique items for corporate and personal gifting during the festive season.

Masks by Furncraft

Furncraft, the boutique showroom has launched two new collections-Epicurean and Phoenix-for the festival season, which are specially designed for home and office, giving one a feeling of belongingness. Both these collections have unique pieces of furniture that are designed to cater to specific requirements of people who are looking for the best in life, may it be their home or office.

The Epicurean collection is a classical style with graceful lines, which transcends modernism from pure lyricism. The collection highlights the classical look of the furniture with elegant lines, classic proportions and bigger scales with the hint of carved motifs.

The Phoenix collection is extremely contemporary as it moves away from tradition and the past. This collection draws its inspiration from the youth. It highlights the theme of a studio apartment with vibrant colours and contemporary designs.

Vanilla flavoured Chyawanprash

Mayer India has launched the country’s first chyawanprash for children. The launch of the vanilla flavoured Sivananda Bal Chyawanprabha will help the kids grow stronger and smarter.

The chyawanprash helps the child to improve the memory, helps in his concentration, immunity against common ailments like cough and cold, increases energy level, prevents fatigue and strengthens bones and helps in proper growth.

Magic powder

In the modern era where more and more people are concerned with their facial look, even one pimple can destroy their beauty. To resolve this problem, Magical Pharma Ltd, a sister company of ‘Nature’s essence’, has launched Acne Magic, a new product.

The product has been specially formulated and developed for treatment of pimples, acne and black spots. It dries the pus inside the pimple and also cures effectively, the chronic acne conditions. This formula helps to keep the skin surface clean and free of oil and infection.

Acne Magic powder is a combination of pure herbal extracts of neem, tulsi, turmeric, manjista among others.

Freedom from Blackout

Su-Kam has launched a range of line interactive UPS system with an array of cutting edge features and working on sophisticated circuitry. These UPS ensure complete protection of your PC against a variety of power problems, be it blackout, spikes, sage, surges, fluctuations or frequency variations.

Elite crystalware

East Coast Distributors have launched ‘The Elite Stores’, a chain of stores which would showcase crystal ware and figurines of many international brands.

Elite brings a never before collection of poetry in porcelain. One could find sculptured pieces of art, encrusted with semi precious stones from Ebano Spain, captivating tables, flamboyant pillars and fountains from La Annina and Florence, the crystal bowls and vases embellished with porcelain from Cevik Italy.

Oversized waistlines

Metro Marketing has launched its autumn-winter collections of premium trousers under the brand name ‘waistline’ in the domestic market, which caters exclusively to oversized waistlines. This range is available only in the waist sizes of 38 to 56 inches.

The trousers are crafted from high-quality fabrics of leading mills of India, giving a superior feel and finish to the garments. The high-quality trousers are available in chinos, wrinkle free and in three new variants–denim, corduroy and formal.

Lifestyle products

Royal Sporting House, a Singapore based company, specialising in sports, fashion and active lifestyle products, has launched its wide range of apparels for men and women in the country.

Technical fibres like drytech has been used for serious runners and athletes and lycra products for aerobics for better breathability.

Product range includes sports and fitness products like tees, polo’s bottoms and fitness wear.

Disaster management

Vestergaard Frandsen group, the world leader in emergency relief articles and manufacturing disease control textile, launched ZeroFly, a unique insecticide incorporated plastic sheeting for prevention of vector borne diseases in complex emergencies and slums. The ZeroFly shelter has been developed with the active support of World Health Organisaation (WHO) and therefore, confirms to the international standards.

The ZeroFly shelter is the first of a series of products aimed to transform the management of health at a time when two evils, disaster and disease, collide.

Festive cards

Child Relief and You (CRY), a non-profit organisation, has unveiled its range of greeting cards, desk calendars and diaries for the festive season. Available in a range of designs evocative of imagery unique to the festivals of India, and matching international standards in quality and finish, these products are priced attractively. The range includes 54 greeting card designs, a desk calendar, a mini organiser, a diary and a telephone and address book. The collection has paintings from Indian artists, miniatures and lithographs to engravings and photographs.

Designs like Arpana Caur’s ‘Dancing Sufis’ and calendar’s with photographs of happy kids have been picked to reflect the joy that comes from sharing so as to make a better world for our children.


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