Sunday, November 17, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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From guns to roses: Hats off to a martyr
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, November 16
On November 9, all roads seemed to lead to the Captain Suri Park on Captain Suri Road in Shastri Nagar Colony of Ghaziabad when people from all walks of life streamed into the park to garland the bust of Ghaziabad’s brave hero, Captain Surinder Singh Suri.

Captain Suri had attained martyrdom by sacrificing his life in the defence of the country at Faulad post situated at a height of 11,200 ft in Gulmarg sector of Jammu and Kashmir on November 9, 2000. But before making the supreme sacrifice, Captain Gurjinder Singh Suri and his gallant men had killed 17 Pakistan soldiers.

On Monday, the third Martyrdom Day of Capt. Suri, skits, patriotic songs and mono-actings were presented by the students of various Ghaziabad schools who had worked hard to prepare the programme. Some thought-provoking speeches and poems, high in poetic and patriotic values, were also recited by eminent poets.

Captain Suri was the lone recipient of the nation’s second highest decoration for gallantry, Mahavir Chakra, in Independence Day Gallantry Awards in 2000.

This is how his commanding officer, Col. G S Chandel, had recorded Capt. G S Suri’s last-day valour: “During this action while fighting the enemy, Captain G S Suri received wounds from a direct RPG and succumbed to his wounds. But before that seventeen Pakistani soldiers were killed and 14 bankers destroyed. A gun, a medium machinegun and two rocket launchers were snatched from enemy troops.”

This is what the citation of Mahavir Chakra awarded to him, said: “On November 9, 1999, enemy launched an attack on our post which was successfully repulsed. Captain Gurjinder Singh Suri immediately deployed his support group to take care of any reinforcement/interference and set out to clear the enemy bunkers, one by one. When Capt. Suri saw that one comrade was seriously injured, he quickly moved on with his buddy, to clear the bunker. He killed two enemy soldiers with his AK rifle and silenced the machinegun. However, he got a burst in his left arm in the process.

“Unmindful of his injury, he continued to inspire his men. He then lobbed two hand-grenades into a bunker and entered inside spraying bullets and killed one enemy soldier. At this point, the officer was hit by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade and was critically wounded. He refused to be evacuated and continued to exhort his men till he breathed his last.

“Capt. Suri displayed extraordinary leadership, inspired by which the Ghataks (platoon) fell upon the enemy with vengeance and annihilated them.

Captain Gurjinder Singh Suri, thus, displayed conspicuous bravery and leadership of the highest order in the face of the enemy and made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.”

While the people eulogised the bravery of the late Capt. Suri, his parents Col. Tej Pal Singh, mother Surjit Kaur, grandfather, a World War II veteran, subedar Gurbaksh Singh, and other relatives heard all this with moist eyes.

“G S simply performed his duty as a soldier towards his motherland,” said his grandfather Subedar Gurbaksh Singh, in an emotion-choked voice.


Key conspirator in Gupta case nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
The alleged key conspirator in the sensational murder of Congress corporator Atma Ram Gupta was today brought to the Capital by the Delhi Police from Madhya Pradesh where he had been caught after evading the police for more than two months. He is the sixth suspect in the case which rocked the political circles in the city.

The Congress corporator and member of the all-powerful standing committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was reportedly whisked away soon after the Congress rally at Ferozeshah Kotla Grounds, driven to the neighbouring Ghaziabad district in Uttar Pradesh and shot dead. His highly decomposed body was recovered a week later from a canal in an isolated place in Bulandshahr district.

Roshan Singh Pradhan, who had reportedly taken money to kill Gupta, fled after his nephew Pushpinder, who allegedly shot dead Gupta, named him as the main conspirator. Pushpinder alleged that Pradhan had taken Rs 60,000 for executing the crime, the police said.

Pradhan was arrested at Bawai in Hoshangabad district on Friday by Madhya Pradesh police after the tip-off provided by Delhi Police. He lived with his friend, Kamal Singh, for the last two months, the police said. Pradhan was produced in the court of Bawai Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) J. Kakodia who sent him on a day’s transit remand to Delhi and then he was produced before the magistrate here, police said.

Pradhan had taken Rs 60,000 from another Congress corporator Sharda Jain and her brother Raj Kumar to kill Atma Ram, the police claimed.

Sharda Jain, who is believed to have had an affair with Gupta, allegedly got him killed as she was jealous of his closeness with another woman corporator Memwati Barwala, a charge denied by the latter.

The police claimed that Pradhan had called Pushpinder and Nirvirkar on August 24 to kill Gupta. Nirvikar, who was lodged in Agra Jail had reportedly taken on the assignment while he was out on bail.


60-yr-old landlady hacked to death
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 16
A 60-year-old woman was hacked to death in her house in Jawahar Colony of the NIT area here last night. The accused, identified as Brijesh, was living as tenant in the house. He fled after committing the crime.

According to information, the incident took place at about 1.30 am, when the victim identified as Kamlesh, wife of one Vidya Bhushan, was sleeping.

The accused had a tiff with the landlady over the payment of rent a couple of days ago. It is learnt that Brijesh had ‘failed’ to pay the rent on time and the woman had rebuked him for it.

The accused reportedly brought a friend and hacked the old woman to death with a sharp-edged weapon. She was reported to be alone in the house as her husband was away at work. The accused hails from Rajasthan and had been employed with a company here. A case has been registered.

Mystery shrouds death of court worker

Noida: A Tis Hazari Court employee was found dead in mysterious circumstances, while the half-charred body of another person was recovered by Dadri police on Friday.

The 25-year-old Azad, an employee of Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court and a resident of Chithera, had a bout of booze along with his friend, Ram Singh on the night of November 15, the police said.

After getting drunk, they started walking towards their home. Near Akbarpur village, a gunshot was heard. Before Ram Singh could make out anything, Azad slumped down. Had Azad shot himself or had he been shot dead by someone, could not be ascertained due to darkness.

The police have reportedly recovered a countrymade revolver from the site which has aroused their suspicion.

In another case, near forest of Chapprala village, the police have recovered the half-charred body of an old man.

The police version is that the old man was mentally imbalanced and used to light a fire to protect himself from cold. The old man must have fallen over the fire and died, the police stated. OC


Political games DU teaching factions play
Sanjog Gupta

New Delhi, November 16
There seems to be a battle for political supremacy between factions of the teaching community. Dr S.S. Rathi, a former two-time president of Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), has been running an organisation called the Academic for Action and Development (AAD).

The organisation has started issuing subtle challenges to the paramount status of DUTA – widely considered the sole keeper of the teaching community’s interests – and threatening to “bring the real facts to the fore”.

Dr S.S. Rathi reportedly staged a walk-out with accompanying members of AAD in a DUTA General Body Meeting after alleging that he had not been sufficiently heard. He had proposed an amendment to continue the relay hunger strike against the issue of teachers’ workload, which had been shot down in the meeting.

DUTA alleged that he had also broken an unwritten rule by taking his opposition to the association’s acts, to the media during the workload strike. He reportedly brought out leaflets dissuading teachers from participating in the programmes of DUTA.

Mr Aditya Narayan Mishra, AAD secretary, offers an explanation, “A lot of senior teachers were not allowed to speak and the DUTA office-bearers abruptly ended the meeting without taking a vote on the proposal to continue the strike.”

He criticised DUTA for “ending the agitation to please the V-C as a sign of leftist camaraderie and the amendment of the workload – which DUTA had been opposing since 1984 – as a failure of DUTA.”

The UGC seems to be the scapegoat of this power struggle.

Recently, the AAD made headlines by breaking the news of “the UGC considering the contractualisation of all teaching appointments,” to media persons without bringing it to the attention of DUTA.

The following day, DUTA – after realising that the AAD had gained substantial mileage and interest – condemned the action of the UGC and decided to include the issue in its memorandum of demands, which were presented to the Prime Minister.

A DUTA EC member said, “He has contacts in the UGC and is able to access documents, which he uses to upstage DUTA.”

Meanwhile, Prof Nigavekar, commenting on the “unnecessary politicisation of the teaching profession and the victimisation of the UGC,” said: “In the process of one-upmanship, we seem to be the main target, being used as a plank for upstaging one another.”

The AAD is allegedly a breakaway faction of the Congress-affiliated Indian National Teachers’ Congress (INTC), which has allegedly connived with the BJP-supported National Democratic Teachers’ Front (NDTF) to corner gains in the DUTA elections.

Dr Rathi does not make his reported Congress affiliation open either.

One DUTA EC member said, “He is a member of the Congress and works in co-operation with its members but still projects a non-affiliate status.”

The DUTA Office-bearers and the Executive Council have representation from most political factions with the president, Dr Shashwati Mazumdar, being a member of the Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) – a leftist outfit.

The AAD secretary squarely places the allegation of political connivance on DUTA and points to the political affiliation of the DUTA office-bearers, who “act as the spokespersons of their political linkages.”

He says, “We are in fact the only independent teachers’ organisation in the university and act in the interest of the teaching community rather than our political masters. The list of partisan tactics adopted by the leftist V-C and DUTA is endless.”


MAMC girl student assaulted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
The police today launched a hunt to trace a young man who had reportedly assaulted a third year student of the Maulana Azad Medical College on Friday evening. The incident has caused considerable panic among the girl students of the prestigious medical college located in the heart of the city.

The victim was admitted to the LNJP Hospital next to the medical college here. She is reported to be in a trauma. The family of the victim has been informed.

The police said that a case had been registered and efforts were being made to trace the suspect who has been identified. The statement of the victim has also been recorded.

Sources said that the suspect had reportedly intruded into the medical college premises and assaulted the student around 2 pm when the girl was alone. It was yet to be established if the suspect was known to the victim. After the incident, the girl was taken to the hospital by some of her college-mates who found her in a semi-conscious state.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Arvind Deep said that the police had identified one person who was allegedly involved in the rape and an intensive search was on to nab him. He refused to divulge details as these could hamper investigations.

This is the second incident of rape of a medical student in the past two months. Earlier, a medical student of the Lady Harding Medical College was assaulted by her date in South Delhi.



Kin of IAS officer booked for molesting TV anchors
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 16
The police have arrested three persons in an inebriated condition who had misbehaved with two sisters working in a TV channel. The accused reportedly included two brothers of an IAS officer.

The sisters employed as anchors in a local TV channel were returning home from the studio in Kavi Nagar when three persons, in their cups, tried to molest them. When the girls resisted their attempt, they tried to assault them. As the sisters raised an alarm, the drunk youths were overpowered and given a sound thrashing by the people of the locality.

The Kavi Nagar SO, Vijay Prakash soon came along with his force and took the culprits to police station. They were medically examined and a case was filed on the report of Mr Sanjay Jain against the brothers, Anil and Dinesh of Baghwati Colony, Shastri Nagar, Ghaziabad. The third accused, Sonu of Aligarh, was also booked.

Dinesh and Anil are stated to be brothers of an IAS officer. The duo had also created a scene in the police station on the night of November 15. There was a lot of pressure exerted on the police for their release, but, as no agreement could be reached, they have been sent to jail, the police said.


Govt to waive off interest on farm loans
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
The Government of NCT of Delhi on Saturday decided to waive off interest for a year on the loans the farmers had taken from the Delhi State Co-operative Bank (DSCB).

Announcing the waiver at a function to distribute drought relief cheques to farmers, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the interest amounting to Rs 57 lakh would be paid to the DSCB by the Government of NCT of Delhi.

The Chief Minister also assured the farmers that the issue of clubbing compensation for standing crop along with compensation for acquired land and doing away with surety for the standing crop would be considered by the government. Development Minister Haroon Yusuf, who was also present, announced that the farmers with relief cheques of less than Rs 1,000 could submit the cheques and collect money from the Deputy Commissioner’s office. According to Mr Yusuf, on the agricultural loan, the Delhi State Co-operative Bank had decided to reduce the rate of interest.

He said agriculture loan of up to Rs 2 lakh would be provided at 11 per cent interest per year. Besides agriculture loan, education loan would be provided to the students of Delhi.

The Delhi State Co-operative Bank has recorded a profit of Rs 27.49 crore for the year ending March 2002 and the deposits of the bank stand a shade over Rs 500 crore. The bank has issued 1,183 Kisan Credit Cards and extended Rs 4.33 crore as loan to farmers.


Four of family commit suicide
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, November 16
Domestic bickering over the husband’s addiction to liquor has resulted in the mass suicide of a four-member family in Rajpura village under Dharuhera police station in this district. The deceased are Lakhpat Yadav, his wife Sushila Yadav, daughter Jyoti and son Ajay.

According to information culled from various sources, Lakhpat Yadav (45), son of Nawal Singh Yadav of Kanhayee village in Gurgaon district, had settled in Rajpura village recently. As his house in Rajpura was under construction, he along with his aged mother, wife and children had been living in a makeshift dwelling in his 10-acre agricultural field, which he purchased recently in Rajpura.

It is stated that he consumed liquor on Friday in the afternoon. This led to a quarrel between the husband and wife following which the wife, along with her two children, consumed food that contained poison.

All the three soon developed uneasiness following and were rushed to Batra Hospital in Delhi. However, Jyoti (9) and Ajay (7) died near Manesar en route Delhi and Sushila breathed her last in the Hospital in the night.

In the meantime, the news of the tragic death of Jyoti and Ajay reached Rajpura in the evening. On hearing it, Lakhpat Yadav in a fit of depression also consumed poison following which he too died.

Later, Nawal Singh Yadav (grandfather of the children) and other members of the family took the bodies of Jyoti and Ajay to the civil hospital at Gurgaon for post-mortem examination.

The tragedy has cast a pall of gloom over Rajpura as well as Kanhayee village. Modern Public School, Bhiwadi, where Jyoti and Ajay were studying also remained closed on Saturday as a mark of respect to the deceased.


‘HUDA underpaying farmers, fleecing buyers’
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, November 16
The Haryana Nyay Party, a recently floated political outfit, has criticised the functioning of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and said that the agency of the government was acting against the interests of the people, especially the farmers of south Haryana.

The president of the Haryana Nyay Party, Mr Ramanand Yadav, said that apart from the “apathy” and “high-handed” approach of the HUDA towards its clients, a large section of its officials behaved whimsically as if they were not accountable to anyone.

The Nyay Party alleged that the HUDA acquired land of poor farmers under the colour of public cause at the rate that suited it in consultation with the Haryana Government.

More often than not, the compensation money fixed to be given to the farmers was 25 times less than the prevailing market value.

Citing specific instances, it pointed out that the HUDA acquired land for Sectors 27, 28 and 52 recently at the rate of Rs 200 to Rs 300 per square yard. However, the selling price of the plots in these sectors by HUDA was between Rs 4,000 and Rs 4,500 per square yard.

Also, the HUDA had proposed to sell the land for the proposed ‘Medicity’ at the rate of Rs 1.50 crore per acre whereas the land was acquired at the rate of Rs 15 lakh per acre, which included all enhancements. In effect, the HUDA was earning ten times profit.

The party has alleged large-scale corruption in the allotment of plots and lands by the HUDA. Even the orders of the national, state and district consumer grievances redressal forums are not complied with by the officials of the HUDA.

The officials misguided and misrepresented facts to the consumer forum as a result of which a large number of cases were pending before the Gurgaon Consumer Forum, it added.


Wanna see grand edifices and relive history, go to Fatehpur Sikri
Tribune News Service

To reach Fathepur Sikri

Air: Kheria Airport at Agra – 40 km.

Rail: Agra Cantt Railway Station 40 km (see Agra for rail connections)

Road: Fatehpur Sikri is connected to Agra and neighbouring centres by regular bus services of UPSRTC. Some of the major road distances are:

The city of Fatehpur Sikri is only 40 km from Agra city. Agra is well connected by air with Khajuraho, Varanasi, and Delhi. It has good rail and bus connections with major Indian cities. There are daily trains from Agra Fort railway station to Fatehpur Sikri. Tourists can also take buses from Agra’s Idgah bus terminal. Private tour operators, who conduct excursions around the city, make a stopover at Fatehpur Sikri. Travellers can also hire taxis and cars for Fatehpur Sikri.

MAGNIFICENT buildings that speak of architectural genius and a history equally fascinating, Fatehpur Sikri stands tall on the foundations that were built to stand till posterity. Mughal Emperor Akbar’s decision to shift his capital to Fatehpur Sikri near Agra brought him to the hamlet of Sikri to seek the blessings of the great Sufi saint Salim Chisti. The emperor wanted an heir to his throne.

Fathepur Sikri is an ideal weekend getaway. At Sikri, the various royal palaces have been built in Gujarati and Rajasthani architectural styles, using ornate columns, elaborate jali work, carving and surface ornamentation. These small palaces are largely a sequence of connected rectangular courtyards; they are aligned with the polar axes and so have to be grouped in a staggered formation across the top of the narrow diagonal ridge.

Though the general layout and concept of the buildings conform to the Islamic style of architecture, the actual buildings with their ornate columns, arches, carving style show a strong Hindu style in general and that of Gujarat and Rajasthan in particular.

The places to see in Fatehpur are Diwan-i-Aam (Hall of public audience) and Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of selected people). While the former is an enclosed space surrounded by colonnades and has a large open area where petitioners and courtiers once stood in attendance, the later was used for serious, confidential, diplomatic, and religious discourses. The Diwan-i-Khas is famous for its central decorated pillar consisting of 36 elegantly carved brackets in the Gujarati style, heavy and ornate, and sprouting in shape.

Panch Mahal, a five-tiered palace, is also famous. The first two floors are of equal size, while the next two are graded. On top is a single kiosk or open pavilion with each floor supported on pillars. The women of the royal household and ladies of the harem originally used the pavilion.

The Turkish Sultan’s palace is known for exquisitely carved panels depicting wildlife and foliage. Near the Diwan-i-Aam, one can see a tank called the Anup Talao. Four bridges link the central platform at the Anup Talao.

Tansen the reverend courtier is said to have played here. Akbar’s private apartments stand close to the tank.

Jodha Bai’s Palace along with the Mariam’s Palace or Sunehra Makan (golden house), Palace of Birbal, Akbar’s minister and a wit of repute are also worth paying a visit.

Jami Masjid, sacred centre of Sikri, symbolises the city’s spiritual prominence. It stands at the south-western end of Fatehpur Sikri. A high wall with gateways on three sides opens into a huge courtyard, making it the largest to be found in the Mughal period. The inner walls are lined with columns and cloisters and the western façade has a massive arched doorways behind which are three domes. In the vast courtyard stands the tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti whose blessings are still sought by childless women. The tombstone covered by cloth is under a canopy of ebony, mother of pearl and brass.

The tomb has a low dome. The 54-meter high Buland Darwaza or triumphal gateway built in 1575 to celebrate Akbar’s successful Gujarat campaign, is the most stupendous architectural work of the Mughals. The gateway is approached by a steep flight of steps, which adds height and majesty to the entire structure. The gateway is designed in coloured stone and marble.

The city, however, relegated into a subdued one after Akbar left it in 1585. The annual Urs of Sheikh Slaim Chisti attracts many visitors to the city.


A celebration of faith

WE are establishing an all-time world record in the production of material things. What we lack is a righteous and dynamic faith. Without it, all else avails us little. The lack compensated for by politicians, however able; or by diplomats however astute; or by scientists however inventive; or by bombs however powerful,” wrote John Foster Dulles, an American statesman (1888—1959)

It was a restatement of such a dynamic faith that was witnessed at the Maishi Mahotsav (Jesus Festival) organised by the Evangelical Fellowship of India, the National Council of Churches in India and the Catholic Bishops Conference of India at Talkatora stadium on Friday. These organisations represent most of the Christian denominations in the country. They called the convention at which thousands had gathered from all parts of the nation, “A celebration of faith.’’

When believing people talk of faith, some of them mean confidence in themselves and their self-efforts, whereas true faith makes a distinction between self-efforts and God’s grace; His unmerited favour.

There are those who believe that man is the master of his own destiny; no good can come to him unless he strives in his self-will and labours hard himself. Set against this is the philosophy that “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stand guard in vain.’’(Psalm 127:1)

Human beings very often face situations when all their struggles towards achieving a particular goal come to naught. Despair and hopelessness stare at them. The sensitive person discovers that long hours, enthusiasm and determination do not take him nearer to his goal. In their hopelessness they cry out to God and in an unexpected manner they are led to instant success. What God wants to give to His beloved does not depend wholly on their zeal and ability; He imparts His blessing to them even when they sleep.

Fr Henry D’Souza of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, gave an excellent illustration of faith at the evening session when he narrated an incident in the life of Peter.

In the Gospel of Luke (Chapter 5) there is this story of Peter, a fisherman toiling all night to catch fish. All his labour was in vain and he did not catch any fish. Jesus who happened to come there asks the disappointed Peter to cast his net once again “Put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch.’’

Peter answered: “Master we have worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets. ’’When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come to help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

It was then it dawned on the fishermen that the One who had commanded them to launch out into the deep was no ordinary man. He fell at Jesus’ knees and said: ``I am a sinful man!’’ It was then the Master uttered His famous words: ``I will make you fishers of men!’’

In this story is demonstrated the miracle working power of faith. Peter had tried all night in vain and he was willing to try again trusting in the One who commanded him to launch out into the deep.

It could be that you are a person who had laboured and struggled but find at the end that you are up against a wall. Will you then give up in despair or “launch out into the deep?’’ This is a test of faith. Faith is often defined as “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.’’(Hebrews 11:1) It is not the hope, which looks forward with wistful longing; it is the hope, which looks forward with utter certainty. It is not the hope which takes refuge in a perhaps; it is the hope which is founded on a conviction.

Moffatt, a theologian, distinguishes three directions in which this hope operates. The Christian hope is belief in God against the world. If we follow the world’s standards we may well have ease and comfort and prosperity; if we follow God’s standards we may well have pain and loss and discomfort and unpopularity and we may well have to die up the world’s prizes. It is the conviction of the Christian hope that it is better to suffer with God than to prosper with the world.

Secondly, this hope is belief in the spirit against the senses. The senses say to a man: “Take what you want, take what you can touch and taste and taste and handle and enjoy. ’’The senses tell us to grasp the thing of the moment; the spirit tells us that there is something far beyond that. The man of faith believes the spirit rather than the senses.

Again this hope is belief in the future against the present. The worldly people are not willing to take this long view. The thing which is pleasant at the moment may bring pain in the long run. The thing which hurts like fury at the moment may bring joy in the long run in which case it is a good thing. The Christian is certain that in the long run no man can hang or exile the truth. He is certain that truth will prevail in the end; ``truth will set you free.’’

Elaborating his theme, faith, Rev D’Souza pointed out that unless a person experiences existential helplessness and unworthiness, he may not experience the magnanimity of God. Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity. Quoting examples from the Bible, he pointed out that at the marriage function at Cana, the Lord turned water into wine only when the hosts found that they had no more wine to serve the guests. His miracles were an expression of divine possibilities against human limitations. The festival (mahotsav) which will come to an end on Sunday with a combined worship service, besides celebrating faith in God, praises God’s faithfulness in enabling His children to serve the nation and contribute to its well being and development. The large assembly consisting of senior bishops, church leaders and social activists also prayed for unity among the community in keeping with Christ’s own intercessory prayer for the people who were to follow Him: “that they may all be one!’’

M P K Kutty


HVP to oppose sales tax on MRP tooth and nail
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 16
A former Chief Minister and the chief of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP), Mr Bansi Lal, has described the Chautala government’s decision to impose sales tax on the maximum retail price (MRP) of nearly 60 consumer items as anti-people and anti-trader and demanded its immediate withdrawal to avoid confrontation with the common people in the state.

In a signed press statement issued here, he warned that if the government did not withdraw the tax traders in Haryana would be forced to migrate to other neighbouring states. He said Haryana was the only state which had levied sales tax on the MRP of consumer items. There was no such tax in the neighbouring states of Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, he added.

He pointed out that the central government had already decided to impose VAT system from April 1 next year and the sales tax would be the same throughout the country. The decision of the Chautala government to impose sales tax on the MRP was unjustified and unwarranted. With this decision, traders would have to pay tax on the printed MRP and not on the actual cost of purchase and sale of an item. This, he said, would adversely affect the traders and the consumers alike. This would also encourage sale and purchase without billing and circulation of duplicate items in the market, he added.

Mr Bansi Lal announced that the HVP would not allow the government to impose this anti-people decision and its workers would continue to fight against it. He said the HVP had already started its agitation and public rallies were being organised on this issue all over the state.

He also announced that if the HVP came to power in the state it would revoke all anti-people decisions taken by the INLD government headed by Mr Om Prakash Chautala. The party, he said, would enforce the old sales tax policy to ensure rationalisation of tax structure in the state.

The HVP leader also opposed the increase in the local area development tax, regional development tax and prices of the petroleum products, imposition of professional tax and other taxes.


Lawyer dies trying to save a pig
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 16
Mr Dayanand Dahra, an eminent lawyer of Sonepat, died in a road accident near Amrit Palace cinema house in Sector 14 here last evening.

Mr Dahra along with his clerk was coming from Ganaur to this city on a scooter. When he was near the cinema house a pig appeared before the scooter. Mr Dahra tried to save the pig but collided with it.

Mr Dahra’s clerk was immediately hospitalised and he is stated to be out of danger.

According to another report, a 19-year old youth, Mukesh, a resident of Ganaur, was hit by a truck while crossing the GT Road near Ganaur, about 20 km from here, last evening. He was killed on the spot. The police have sent the body for a post-mortem examination. The truck driver, however, managed to escape. The police have registered a case against him. A hunt is on to apprehend him.

In another accident, one person was killed and another sustained serious injuries when a Maruti van dashed against the road divider on National Highway 1 near Kundli village, about 25 km from here, last evening. The deceased was identified as Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Nigdhu village in Karnal district. The injured was identified as Girdhari Lal, an employee of a farmhouse at Karnal. Both were on their way to the Azadpur market in Delhi for the sale of flowers.

A man and his wife were seriously injured when their car was hit by a truck near the railway over-bridge here last evening. Both the injured persons were immediately admitted to the local civil hospital for treatment. The police have registered a case against the truck driver who managed to escape immediately after the accident, leaving the truck there.

According to another report, two persons were killed when their motor cycle fell into a canal near Butana village, about 40 km from here, yesterday. The victims were identified as Anil Deshwal of Kheri Damkan village and Baljit Singh of Rithal village. The two were relatives and engaged in the business of purchase and sale of milch animals.


Plea for permission to wind up company set aside
Our Correspondent

Rewari, November 16
The application made by the management of M/s Pashupati Spinning and Weaving Mills Ltd, Dharuhera seeking permission to close down the factory has now been set aside by Mr Prem Prashant, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Haryana Government.

The application, which was moved by the management of the factory under Section 25-O of the Industrial Disputes Act 1947, was received in the office of Mr Prem Prashant on September 11. The matter was referred to the Labour Commissioner for verification of the grounds given in the application for closure.

The Labour Commissioner issued notice to the management as well as the employees’ union to appear before him on October 22, 2002. But the management sought an adjournment on October 19 stating that the person concerned was on tour. Both the parties were finally asked to appear before the Financial Commissioner-cum-Principal Secretary on November 8. However, the management again requested for extension of the time by 15 days as the person concerned was on festival leave while Mr B. S. Prabhakar of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) appeared on behalf of the workmen. As Section 25-O of the Industrial Disputes Act expressly provides that the government has to pass an order within 60 days from the receipt of the application of closure (otherwise after the expiry of this period the permission applied for shall be deemed to have been granted on the expiration of the said period), it was decided to hear the case ex parte.

In his affidavit as well as in his deposition before the above authority, Mr B. S. Prabhakar stated that the management had not served a copy of their closure application to the representatives of workers, which was a mandatory condition laid down in Section 25-O (i) of the Industrial Disputes Act. Besides, the management had also referred their establishment to the Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) under Section 15 of the Sick Industrial Companies (special provisions) Act 1985. The company’s application in this regard had been registered on the BIFR as case No. 194/2002. As such, the management was not entitled to move an application for closure of their unit when its reference is pending before the BIFR, he said. Finding that there was nothing on record to contradict the affidavit or the statement of Mr Prabhakar, the representative of workmen in this issue, the authority has now ordered rejection of the above application for closure.


Police dept needs complete overhauling: CBI ex-director
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 16
“The police set-up in the country is in a bad shape. To provide a better and responsive administration, the police department need a proper and genuine overhauling.” This was stated by Mr Joginder Singh, former director of the

CBI, while inaugurating a one-day workshop on ‘Good Governance’, organised by the Rashtriya Chetna Shakti Foundation (RCF), a voluntary organisation, at DAV Centenary College here today.

Mr Joginder Singh said the police department had not been de-politicised. It was one department that concerned the life of common citizens, but the politicians and the ruling parties had been using it as a tool to serve their vested interests. Its functioning had come under public criticism due to lack of proper governance by the department, he said.

While three police commissions were set up to bring in reforms, no changes could be brought about due to the lack of political will, he said. He claimed that the reforms, if introduced in a proper form, could bring good results, as people including the policemen were in favour of bringing changes for the better. He said the whole system and its operation required a major change and the issue of proper autonomy for the department was not to be ignored at all.

Mr D. S. Teotia, a retired Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, who was the chief guest on the occasion, stressed the need of bringing basic changes in the political system and the elections as a whole. Stating that governance depended on the stability of the government, he said the country had been facing a lot of problems due to lack of political stability at the Centre and the government, which ought to remove the grievances of people, had been busy trying to remain in power.

He suggested that the country should adopt a one-party or national type of government, if political stability was to be ensured. The “syndrome” of multiparty and regional parties should be checked as interests of local groups or even individuals were responsible for the instability in the past decade. He said the country was being taken for a ride on petty issues and the matters of concern and especially the governance aspect was adversely affected. 


254 paintings to come under hammer
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, November 16
Bowring’s Fine Art Auctioneers Pvt. Ltd is organising its fifth European and Modern and Contemporary Indian Paintings’ auction on November 20 at the Ballroom, The Oberoi, here at 6:30 pm. There will be 254 paintings of well-known artists from Europe and India between late 19th and early 20th century will come under the hammer.

After a long gap, treasured collections of European artists like Herbert Gustave Schmalz, Frederico Andreotti, Sheridan Knowles and Nicholai Konstantinovitch Roerich is available for public. This auction will also comprise 23 lots of books and prints based on art by Abdur Rahman Chughtai.

Another important part of the auction is the work of Indian artists such as Raja Ravi Verma, a most significant artist between the period 1848-1906, Ramkinker Baij, Nanda Lal Bose and J. P Gangooly to name a few.

Shops to be closed on Nov 19

The Sadar Bazar Traders Welfare Association announced today that all shops in the market will remain closed on November 19, the Prakash Divas of Guru Nanak Dev.

In a statement issued here today, president of the association Brijmohan Vig, general secretaries K. C. Kapoor, Banarsi Das Taneja and Rakesh Jain and officers in charge Mohan Lal Anand and Rattan Bhalla said that they would organise ‘piaos’ and ‘langar’ for the people taking part in the procession on November 18 from Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib to Gurdwara Nanak Piao via Qutab Road and Azad market.

DSGMC procession

The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee will take out a religious procession on the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. The procession will start from Parade Ground opposite Red Fort and will conclude at Gurdwara Nanak Piao at G.T. Karnal Road. The route of the procession is as follows: Parade Ground, Chandni Chowk, Fatehpuri, Khari Baoli, Chowk Qutub Road, Azad Market, Roshanara Road, Ghantaghar and GT Karnal Road. All motorists and commuters are advised to avoid journey on the route and roads leading to the route of the procession and take alternate routes, traffic police said.

Saras milk products

The fresh milk products of Rajasthan Co-operative Dairy Federation Ltd under the brand name 'Saras' have been launched in Delhi through DMS all-day boothys at Parliament House and other government offices.

The chairman and managing director of CRDFL, Mr G. S. Sandhu, said that the organisation was trying to penetrate the Delhi market with the fresh milk products of 'Saras'. He was hopeful that certain dairy products like Srikhand, Mawa etc would be liked by the people here for their freshness, taste and flavour.


Drought relief inadequate’
Our Correspondent

Rewari, November 16
Rao Inderjit Singh, a member of the All India Congress Committee, has taken exception to the Prime Minister’s announcement that recovery of crop loans, including interest, was being waived for the current financial year as a relief to drought-affected farmers.

Describing the above benefit as inadequate, Mr Rao demanded total exemption from payment of interest on crop loans. He further said that according to an announcement made by the Union Government, the states had been given financial assistance totalling Rs 1,186 crore under the calamities relief fund scheme.

But it was a pity that Haryana, which was one of the worst drought-affected states of the country, had received not a single paisa on this count.


Woman shot dead in Wazirpur
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
Chandravati, 55,was reportedly shot dead by unidentified assailants in her jhuggi at Wazirpur industrial area this morning. When the incident occurred, her son Sanjay, daughter and son-in-law were asleep. Hearing the gunshots, Sanjay woke up to find his mother bleeding profusely from the forehead. He informed the police. A case of murder has been registered, the police said.

Satta racket busted

With the arrest of seven persons, the Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a satta racket. The satta was on the cricket match being played between India and West Indies at Ahmedabad.

The Crime Branch had secret information that the kingpin of the racket, Mukesh, alias Bobby, had organised a satta den in Ashok Vihar. The information was followed up and when it was found correct a police team conducted a raid on the premises of house number B-57, Ashok Vihar, where seven persons, including their leader, were found running the satta racket. They have been arrested. They were identified as Mukesh, alias Bobby, Kamal Kumar, Sunil Kumar, Raj Kumar, Yogin Sharma, Rajesh Kumar and Satish Kumar.

The satta den was equipped with the latest electronic gadgets and telecommunication equipment.

Drug smugglers held

The Crime Branch and Railway Police arrested one person, Daleep Dass, a resident of Samaipur Badli, and claimed to have busted a racket of drug smuggling from West Bengal to Delhi.

Earlier, they used to bring the consignment in trucks. During interrogation Daleep Dass disclosed that he received a consignment from Madan Dutt and Pradeep, residents of Cooch Behar in West Bengal. They parceled the consignment, which was received by Daleep Dass here in the Capital, the police said.


Shopkeeper shot at after brawl
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 16
A shopkeeper, Mr Prem Singh, was shot at and wounded allegedly by two youths at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, late last evening. According to a report, the Kharkhauda police have arrested both the alleged assailants in this connection.

They were identified as Kuljeet alias Bholu of Ridhao village and Devinder alias Toni of Jatheri village. The injured shopkeeper was sent to the PGIIMS at Rohtak for further treatment. The shooting followed an altercation between the shopkeeper and the assailants.

Youth held

The Ganaur police arrested a youth, Lalit, of Meerut (UP) and seized a country-made pistol and two live cartridges from his possession on Friday. A case under the Indian Arms Act has been registered against him.

6 hurt in clashes

At least six persons were injured, some of them seriously, in group clashes in this city and Jatheri village near here yesterday. All the injured persons were immediately hospitalised. They are now stated to be out of danger. 


Taxi driver found dead in car
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 16
The police today recovered the body of a taxi driver who had been missing since last evening from Sunarian village. The deceased has been identified as Mr Ranbir of Dhandlan village. Some youths had reportedly hired his Maruti car to attend a marriage party last evening. Family members of the taxi driver started searching for him when he failed to return till the next morning. They recovered the abandoned car on Sunarian-Jhajjar road and found the body lying on the front seat. A police team led by DSP Gurbachan Singh Saini reached the spot and conducted preliminary investigations.

Thieves strike at cop’s house

Some unidentified thieves broke open the house of a police constable and decamped with ornaments and other articles worth nearly Rs 10,000. The cop, Jagmer Singh, stated in an FIR that he had gone to a nursing home to see his brother who was admitted there. He said some miscreants took away the jewellery and other household goods in the meantime. In another incident, certain unidentified thieves broke open a general store located on the Green road here and escaped with the goods worth nearly Rs 18,000.

Quack arrested

The Sampla police arrested a quack from Ismaila village on Friday. Dr Rajiv Narwal posted at Kharawar village had registered a complaint that Naresh of Titauli village had been running a clinic at Ismaila village without possessing any medical degree or certificate. The police arrested the quack and registered a case under Sections 419 and 420 of the IPC against him.

Brother held for murder

Sonepat: The Sadar police today claimed to have solved the alleged murder of a shopkeeper, Ravinder alias Kopa of Rathdhanna village, with the arrest of his younger brother Raghbir. Ravinder was allegedly murdered on the night of November 7 last when a quarrel arose between him and his younger brother after consuming liquor. Initially, the alleged suspect denied his involvement but during the course of interrogation confessed that he had killed his brother after the quarrel. The culprit stated that he had tied his brother’s neck with a rope and thrown the body into a stack of fodder in front of the shop.

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