Monday, November 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Trader’s abducted son rescued
Our Correspondent

The kidnappers were produced before the media
The kidnappers were produced before the media on Sunday.

Rohtak, November 24
A joint team of Haryana and Delhi police today recovered the abducted son of a plywood trader from Nilauthi village in Jhajjar district.

Aman Jain (20), son of Mr Ravinder Jain, was abducted at gunpoint in his Toyota Qualis from Tilyar tourist complex on November 14. The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of Rs 50 lakh. Different traders’ organisations had condemned the incident and threatened to launch a statewide agitation, if the abducted youth was not traced.

Addressing a press conference at his camp office today evening, the SSP, Mr Alok Rai, said the abductors had made one of the ransom calls from Rohini in Delhi. He, along with two inspectors, rushed to Delhi and traced the call to a PCO. It was also established that a Toyota Qualis, which matched the description of the stolen vehicle, had been seen in the area. The SSP, Rohtak contacted the Crime Branch of Delhi Police and Mr Ravi Shankar Sharma, ACP, Delhi, joined the Haryana Police search operations.

Producing Aman and his alleged abductors before journalists, the SSP said the youth was detained in a tractor-trailer which was parked in a field. Jai Bhagwan alias Devender was the kingpin of the gang; he had worked in Mr Jain’s shop a few years ago.

The abduction plan was hatched by Ashok alias Shoki of Nilauthi village and Rajiv alias Babi of Bahadurgarh. Ashok is a dreaded criminal who has confessed to having committed several crimes. Besides Ashok and his brother Dilbag, those arrested include Rajesh of Kharhar, Bhura of Goyala Kalan and Dharambir alias Langra of Kherka Gujjar village.

The SSP said Aman’s Qualis was found parked in front of a shop at Rohini. The Rohtak cops contacted the shop owner, posing as prospective buyers of the Qualis and nabbed one of the accomplices of the kidnappers at about 10 am. The accomplice, identified as Rajiv alias Bobby, disclosed that Aman had been transferred to an unknown place and his associate, Ashok, knew the youth’s whereabouts. Rajiv was directed to call Ashok and the police caught him near a PCO located at Bahadurgarh bus stand. Ashok finally took the police to the place where Aman was detained in a tractor- trailer.

Nearly 25 cops dressed in under garments and pretending to be labourers surrounded the vehicle and forced the kidnappers to surrender.



AC comfort on Metro to cost Rs 4
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 24
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Sunday announced passenger fares for the 8.3-km-long stretch between Shahdara and Tis Hazari. This section of Delhi Metro is expected to begin ferrying commuters sometime next month.

The DMRC said travel in air-conditioned comfort of the state-of-the-art trains of Delhi Metro would cost Delhiites Rs 4 to Rs 7. Smart Cards for multiple journeys over a period of one year would also be available.

Travelling from Shahdara to Tis Hazari, which route has stations at six places – Shahdara, Welcome, Seelampur, Shastri Park, Kashmere Gate and Tis Hazari, would cost a maximum of Rs 7. The trains would run from 6 am to 10 pm every day.

Passengers can also travel on the Metro trains by purchasing Stored Value Smart Cards (Travel Cards) or tokens available in the denominations of Rs 100, Rs 200 and Rs 500 which could be used for multiple journeys and are valid up to one year.

A Special Tourist Travel Smart Card could be purchased for multiple journeys that will be valid for one or three years and cost Rs 50 and Rs 150, respectively. Tokens could be purchased for single journeys also.

The entire ticketing system on the Delhi Metro is automated and Delhi would have the distinction of being the first metro in the world in which even single journeys would be undertaken through contactless tokens.

According to the DMRC, the Shahdara-Tis Hazari section of Delhi Metro would be dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Vajpayee on December 24.

The power to fix tariffs had been a bone of contention between the Congress-administered Government of NCT of Delhi and the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre. That is apparently resolved, now that the tariff has been pegged at a reasonable Rs 7.

The Metro Railways (Operation and Maintenance) Bill 2002 that has been introduced in Parliament vests the Union Government with the power to fix tariff and take administrative decisions. Although the Bill stipulates that all decisions should be taken in consultation with the Government of NCT of Delhi, the Congress isn’t amused.

The Council of Ministers had on more than one occasion suggested that the tariff be fixed such that more numbers of Delhiites would prefer to travel by the Metro than buses and auto-rickshaws.



Hush-hush death of a molested 15-yr-old
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 24
Molested by the son of an influential father, a teenaged girl, belonging to a backward class family, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself. The youth and his father even allegedly got the body cremated in a hush-hush manner.

However, following the intervention of senior officers, a report has been lodged nine days after the incident against the father-son duo. Manju, the 15-yr-old daughter of Rajinder Dhobhi, a resident of Kusalaya, had gone to her field on the morning of November 13 when one Bidhu, son of Sallau Khan, had molested her. On her return, the girl told her family about the incident. But when they complained to Bidhu’s family, Sallau Khan reportedly threatened them all with dire consequences. Unable to take the threats, the girl committed suicide by hanging herself.

In his complaint, which Manju’s father filed following the intervention of senior officers, Rajinder has alleged that he and his family had been warned that if they did not hush up Manju’s death, they would be liquidated by Sallau Khan’s family. Under duress, the family allowed the body to be cremated without even a post-mortem.

According to the complaint, Sallau Khan’s family is among the dreaded families of Kusalya village. The police have registered a case under Section 354, 306 and 506. A case has also been registered against Bidhu and his father Sallau Khan under the SC/ST Act. The Police Circle Officer, Pilkhua, will conduct the investigation into the case. Till now no one had been taken into custody.



British Council to keep tabs 
on educational affiliations
Sanjog Gupta

New Delhi, November 24
The days of fraudulent educational institutions claiming false affiliations with foreign universities are numbered. Well, almost. The British Council is increasing the scope of its activities and taking upon itself the role of a watchdog to monitor all tie-ups between Indian and British institutions.

The project titled ‘Edulinks,’ being launched on November 27, seeks to bring together Indian institutions interested in foreign affiliations with the UK universities. The online ‘matching system’ will allow the British Council to regulate the standards of the UK education being provided in India.

Various other services of the British Council were also on display at the two-day Education UK Fair, which concluded today at the Grand Inter-Continental, Barakhamba Avenue. The rush for the British education was prominent as more than 2,000 students visited the place on the very first day.

Council official Jacqui Allen said, “The number of visitors has increased remarkably as compared to the fair in February. This increase is in consonance with the rise in the number of Indian students pursuing education in the UK, which is about 72 per cent as compared to the previous year.”

According to VISA estimates, 11,707 students went to the UK for further education after September 2001.

Ms Allen attributes this phenomenal rise to “the cost effectiveness of the UK education owing to the duration of courses, possibility of working alongside (corresponded with an increase in minimum wages this October) and the historic ties that the UK has with India.”

The Council has also initiated online counselling sessions, primarily aimed at furthering the reach of UK education to encompass students from far-flung areas where the Council does not have a physical presence.

“The British universities are extremely keen on recruiting Indian students since they are intelligent and extremely hard working,” said Ms Allen.

The eagerness of the UK to attract the best talent is evident from the Council’s initiatives to simplify the procedural formalities in terms of applications, visa procedures etc.

The UCAS form will soon be available online and increase the access of undergraduate students access to the UK universities.

Ms Allan also added, “There is a shift away from IT, which was the buzz word till last year. Now the preferred areas of interest are Biotechnology and Life Sciences.”

The Council is also planning to assist students who come back to acquire jobs in India through the Association of British Scholars (ABS) – an association of returned Indian students.

Another initiative, which generated a lot of interest, was the initiation of online courses in Management and Computer Gaming Technology. The courses being offered by the British Council as part of its online education exercise are in collaboration with Durham University.

The main feature of the course in Management is the possibility of converting it into an MBA by pursuing another six months at Durham, following the completion of the MA.

Besides, there were stalls of 60 universities from the UK providing counselling services and special sessions on specific aspects of the UK education such as scholarships.



An apology for civic amenities
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, November 24
Panipat may have earned a foreign exchange of more than Rs 1,400 crore through the export of handloom products last year, but the affluent industrial city cannot hold a candle to even a mofussil town when it comes to the provision of civil amenities.

The residents of the city, which contribute a substantial share to the state’s revenue by way of taxes, are sore with the administration for its failure to provide basic amenities. And the lack of civic sense among the residents only adds to the problems.

A visit to different areas of the city, including the so-called posh areas, can be a nightmare.

Sanitation is given the go-by. The concept of garbage bins seems to be alien to the city. The official apathy and lack of civic sense among the people are evident from the fact that any open space is good enough to be used as garbage dumping area. With stray cattle and pigs having a field day, the garbage is spilled on to the roads.

To top it all, there is a menace of polythene bags. The condition of a majority of parks is no better. Many of them are favourite haunts of the pigs and other stray cattle.

It is only recently that the district administration had developed parks in some posh colonies such as Model Town, Narain Singh Park and Huda sectors. Not to speak of the ‘less privileged’ areas, certain parks even in posh areas like Model Town and Narain Singh Park are in a state of disrepair. A case in point is Halli Park. Even as the parks in the city areas cry for attention, the district administration had started construction on the 44-acre Tau Devi Lal Town Park at the cost of Rs 1.27 crore and that too, about six km from the city. Its construction is stated be to in a final stage.

Moreover, what is distressing is that certain parks had been reduced to garbage-dumping sites. It is a miracle that the epidemic has not broken out in the city. Bumpy rides await you when you venture out in the city as there are no roads worth the name in certain interior parts. Ditto for the sewerage system. Erratic power supply ensures that the residents are forced to spend sleepless nights. Mosquitoes only add to the problems. However, the well-heeled industrial community does not worry as they have generator sets and invertors.

The residents have almost reconciled to the fact that the city is not going to turn a corner. A top exporter rued the fact that he cannot have cleaner environment and minimum basic amenities despite paying hefty taxes to the authorities.

“I have a palatial house complete with all modern facilities but I cannot construct roads, develop parks and remove garage. That is for the administration to do, and it had failed to do its job,” he said.



Blast in Noida garment unit
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 24
One worker was killed and four others were injured under the debris of a garment factory, Kartik Indo Tech in C-11 Sector-6 here when the unit collapsed after a steam-boiler exploded due to excess pressure at about 2.15 am today.

The diseased worker, Rajinish, alias Bunti (25) was working on the first floor at the time of the accident, the police said. The first floor and a major part of the ground floor of the C-11 building were completely destroyed while the adjoining two factories, Noida Cutting in C-12 and Neha Industries in C-10, were partially damaged. The fire tenders and police which rushed to the spot had to demolish the main gate and the boundary wall to pull out the injured workers trapped under the debris. They were asleep at the time of the accident. Till 3 pm, the fire was smouldering and smoke emanating from the site. 



Boy thrown from roof in act of vengeance

Ghaziabad: Six persons have been accused of killing a youth, Sachin, ostensibly because he stole a pigeon. The youth was actually killed out of enmity. He was the grandson of ex-lady councillor, Sunita Devi.

The youth was allegedly thrown from the roof by his six neighbours on Monday in Old Vijay Nagar and was rushed to the government hospital by one Mani Ram. In view of his precarious condition, he was referred to GTB Hospital, New Delhi, where he breathed his last on Friday. Sunita Devi said the accused had clashed with Sachin’s father Rajinder a few days earlier and had targeted Sachin to get even with Rajinder. Sachin could be identified from his and his father’s names which were tattooed on his hand. On the day of the tragedy, when Sachin went to a dairy to fetch milk, he was beaten up by some people and locked in a room. Later, these very people had thrown Sachin from the roof. OC



Councillor killed in Dadri
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 24
The death of a Nagar Palika member, who was shot dead in a hail of bullets from automatic weapons this morning, has created panic in Dadri town. Shutters were put down in all markets in Dadri and protestors tried to stop trains also. Councillor Rao Udesh Bhatti, who was returning from his fields, was filled in a hail of bullets this morning on Railway Road, opposite Agersen Inter College. His friend Raju Verma was the pillion-rider on the motorcycle with Mr Bhatti.

As soon as Udesh Bhatti reached Railway Road, some criminals in a jeep, fired at him from automatic weapons, killing him on the spot. Raju Verma who had also sustained injuries, has been rushed to a hospital in New Delhi. Rao Udesh Bhatti, the councillor in Nagar Palika had a good image in the area. The assailants, eyewitnesses said, fled towards Noida after the crime.



Blushes to INLD as Ram Singh joins Congress
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Mahendragarh, November 24
Mr Ram Singh, who resigned from the posts of the Chairman, Mahendragarh Zila Parishad, and the working president of the district unit of the ruling INLD a few days ago, today announced his joining the Congress along with hundreds of his supporters.

The decision to join the Congress was taken at a “panchayat” of Mr Singh’s supporters, convened here to decide on his future course of political activities. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Singh justified his quitting the INLD on the ground that the state government and Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala had discriminated against Mahendragarh district in particular and the entire Ahirwal belt in general in matters of developmental activities.

Launching a broadside against Mr Chautala, Mr Singh alleged that the Chief Minister always ignored his voice when he tried to raise it for development of Mahendragarh district. “Also, there was no point in continuing my association with the IND, which places more emphasis on money bags and self seekers,” he added.

Amidst applause from his supporters after the decision to join the Congress, Mr Singh asked Mr Chautala to declare the entire district of Mahendragarh as ‘drought zone’ and provide a compensation of Rs 5,000 per acre to the affected farmers.

He lamented that while the Haryana Government was more interested in sending fodder for cattle to the neighbouring state of Rajasthan, it took a blinkered view on the plight of farmers who have been devastated by the drought.

He demanded equitable development works, government jobs and irrigation water for Mahendragarh district. He also called for deferment of collections of loans taken from Co-operative Bank for one year and waiver of interest for a year on account of the hardships faced by them in the wake of successive droughts and famines in the past few years.

He disclosed that he was approached by the Congress, the HVP, the Samajwadi Party and the BSP after he quit the INLD.

The development has caused ripples in the ruling INLD because Mr Singh is a prominent leader of the Ahirwal belt. He had joined the INLD after the 1996 assembly elections in Haryana. He had contested the election as a Congress nominee from Mahendragarh assembly seat and lost by a small margin of votes. He is considered to be having a relatively clean image. On account of his political weight, he has climbed the political ladder of the INLD.

The other reason for the apparent embarrassment in the INLD rank and file is Mr Singh’s “damaging” statement that he was dubbed as a “dissident” when he tried to persuade Mr Chautala to provide ample water and electricity to Mahendragarh district.



Mobile users play phoney games
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 24
The number of people using mobile phones has been increasing every day. While cell phones may have become a necessity for many consumers, there are still many who consider it a status symbol.

That’s why many of the mobile users become a burden on the landline telephone owners as they do not want fatter bill.

The trend of using a landline phone to respond when the cell of such users rings, has drawn flak. Many people who have become a victim of the trend say that such behaviour was disturbing and caused bitterness among friends and relatives.

They say when the cellphone rings, they usually switch off their instrument after noting down the number of the caller and rush to fetch the landline phone available near to them. By doing this, they avoid incoming call rate chargeable to them.

Mr Ajay Kumar Giri, a resident of Sector-16A here, said that some of his acquaintances usually used his BSNL phone to respond to the calls made on their cellphones, when they were sitting at his residence.

He said that there were occasions when these friends made several calls from his phone, instead of responding on their mobile sets.

Expressing the same views, Anand Kumar residing in the NIT area, said that his phone at office and residence had also been used by many persons known to him.

Rajkumar Gaur of Sector - 15A said that many people had acquired cell phones to uplift their social status but did not want to increase their monthly bills and this was the result that they often did not respond on their phones as incoming was chargeable at the rate of outgoing calls.

He said although such persons were saving their bills, it was an irresponsible behaviour when they made a call from other’s phone without realising that it also cost its owner.

Shailender Singh of Daulatabad village, near Sector-1A here said that such a behaviour was unwarranted as such cellphone owners may be successful in avoiding a bill of Rs 3 to 5 but they cause a loss of Rs 1.20 per call to the owner of landline telephone connection.

He said such consumers owned a mobile phone only to show that they were also possessing a cell and wanted to be part of the ‘elite’ section.

He said one of his friends had started locking his phone even locally through a code number whenever he feel that such a mobile user was expected at his place.



Dulina case: BSP demands arrest of DC, SP
Tribune News Service

Panipat, November 24
The BSP in charge of the Haryana Affairs, Mr Narinder Kashyap, today demanded the arrest of the Jhajjar DC and SP in connection with the Dulina incident, in which five Dalits were lynched by a mob for allegedly trading in animal skin.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Kashyap demanded that both the officials should be interrogated by an independent agency such as the CBI after registration of cases against them.

Answering a question on the incident in Nawada Aar in which several Dalits and Muslims were attacked and their houses demolished, the BSP leader alleged that the law and order situation had collapsed in the state.

The Chautala government, which had failed on all fronts, was busy in pursuing the ‘politics of compromise’ rather than punishing the guilty as had been clear from the developments in Dulina and Nawada Aar.

He said the reports of both the incidents would be submitted to the UP Chief Minister, Ms Mayawati, and future course of action would be decided on the instructions of Ms Mayawati.



Many parties condole death of Sirsa journalist
Tribune News Service

Panipat, November 24
Several political parties have condoled the death of Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chattarpati, who died in Apollo, New Delhi, on Thursday after being seriously injured by members of the Dera Sachha Sauda, Sirsa, on October 24.

The state secretary of the CPI, Mr Raghubir Singh Chaudhary, while demanding a CBI probe into the incident, expressed concern at the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.

He regretted that the authorities concerned had failed to take an action against the culprits. Mr Narinder Kashyap, BSP in charge of Haryana affairs, also demanded a CBI probe.

The general secretary and state spokesman of the Lok Jan Shakti Party, Mr Surender Hooda, while demanding the arrest of the dera owner and culprits, sought a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the bereaved family.

The DYFI also asked for a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the family and a government job to a member of the family.



Helmet unit gutted in Mayapuri 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 24
Property worth lakhs of rupees was destroyed in a fire that broke out in a helmet factory in Mayapuri, Phase-I this afternoon. The fire, which apparently caused by a short circuit, gutted the entire Steel Birds helmet factory. A total of 34 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and they took five hours to control it. No loss of life was reported, a spokesman of the Delhi Fire Service (DFS) said. Sunday is a working day in the Mayapuri factory area. Had it been the weekly off day, the fire could have damaged other neighbouring factories.

Employees of the factory noticed smoke coming from one of the rooms of the factory premises and they tried to douse the fire by themselves. When they failed to control it, they informed the DFS. The DFS rushed a few fire tenders immediately. Besides steel, combustible material worth lakhs of rupees was kept inside the factory to be used for manufacturing the helmet, all of which were destroyed.

chain snatched: An unidentified youth snatched a gold chain of Kalpana Jain, a resident of Tri Nagar. The incident occurred last evening when she was going home in her car from Shakti Nagar. The vehicle was being driven by her husband who stopped it at the Wazirpur red light signal. The windowpanes of her vehicle were open. The youth came from behind and snatched her chain. 


Phone co told to remove tower
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 24
The Sonepat Municipal Council has served a notice on a mobile telephone company directing it to vacate the public land by removing the tower on it within a week’s time. According to a report, this step has been taken on the public complaints received in this regard.

Chains snatched

Three car-borne unidentified youths are reported to have snatched gold chains from three women in different parts of the city last evening. These incidents have caused panic among the residents of the city who alleged that the police had failed to arrest the culprits in spite of the complaints made in this regard.

Youth attacked

A youth, Jai Kishan, was injured seriously when he was allegedly attacked with a knife by three persons at Rewli village, about 15 km from here, last evening. The police have registered a case against the three alleged assailants who are still at large. The reason behind the attack is not immediately known.

8-digit phone nos for Delhi

New Delhi: The Capital is set to make changes in its phone book. The MTNL has announced an eight-digit telephone number structure, replacing the existing seven-digit one. The new numbering plan for basic telephones will come into effect in a phased manner across the city from tomorrow.

Under the new plan, users would have to prefix the digit ‘2’ to their existing numbers. The new plan comes into effect from November 25 in the Trans-Yamuna area for all numbers starting with the digit ‘2’ and from December 5 in the rest of the city for all numbers starting with the digits 3,4,5,6 and 7.

Those using the MTNL’s mobile phone service, Garuda, will have to add ‘20’ as the prefix from December 5. TNS

Nine calves seized

Sonepat: The Rai Police have thwarted an attempt to smuggle nine calves into Uttar Pradesh. The truck, which was being used to ferry the calves, has been seized and two persons have been arrested in this connection. According to a report, these calves were hidden under paddy bags. The police made the seizure following a tip-off. During the search, all paddy bags were unloaded, leading to the discovery of the calves. The police have registered a case against the truck driver and arrested the two occupants, namely, Mukeem and Farooq. The calves have been sent to a gaushala at Jakholi village in the district. 



Undertrial attempts suicide
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 24
Acting on the report of Deputy Superintendent of district jail Dharam Singh Yadav, the police have registered a case under Section 309 IPC (attempt to commit suicide) against Vijay Kumar, an inmate of the district jail.

He was found seriously injured in the toilet of the jail on Thursday night and was rushed to the local civil hospital from where he was shifted to the PGI at Rohtak for further treatment.

The undertrial, a resident of Kharkhauda town was arrested by the police on June 2 last under Sections 392, 397 and 307 IPC, and since then has been lodged in the district jail. On Thursday night, when he failed to come back from the toilet, his fellow prisoners raised a hue and cry.

Jail officials later found the undertrial in the toilet with serious injuries on his neck believed to be inflicted by sharp-edged weapons. The other inmates, however, disputed the claim of the jail authorities that the undertrial had made an attempt to commit suicide. They pointed out that the prisoner tried to tell something about the incident but he could not speak. They claim that he even wanted to convey something in writing.

The jail officials are presently tight-lipped about the incident. Mystery shrouds the fact as to sharp-edged weapons could reach the premises of the district jail. This incident has yet again exposed the lapses of the security arrangements inside jails.



Woman from Nainital gangraped
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, November 24
A 20-year-old woman was reportedly raped by four youths in Jahangirpur village of the district last night. According to the police sources, the victim, hailing from Bajpur village in Nainital, had come here to see her elder sister, whose address was also not with her, on a bicycle. When she was relaxing along on the roadside on Badli road, a school bus appeared. She signalled the driver to stop and asked for help, as she did not know the way to her sister’s house. The, driver, Sanjeet, took her with him and asked to stay her in a closet, situated outside the Jahangirpur village till he came back.

However, the victim reported to the police that Sanjeet arrived late in the evening along with three other youths, identified as Dilbag, Surender and Baljeet, and raped her. She approached the police station today morning and lodged a complaint. Three of the accused were arrested while Surender is still at large.

Body found under floor: The body of a woman was found buried under the floor in a house in Vikas Nagar colony of Bahadurgarh here yesterday. According to information, the house belongs to Satbir Singh, a resident of nearby Barahi village. A family from Bihar was living there on rent. When Satbir Singh went for collecting rent, no one was found there and detected a stench. He informed the police who searched the house and found the body of a woman buried under the floor. A case under Section 304 of the IPC has been registered.

Three murder man in sleep: A 52-year-old man was murdered by three armed youths, who attacked him when he was sleeping in his house in Khudan village of the district last night. The police said here today that one Jasbir Singh reported that when he along with his uncles, Hari Singh and Bhoop Singh, was sleeping at his house, three youths arrived there. One of them was identified as Kapil alias Kala. The assailants directed him to keep quiet and attacked his uncle, Hari Singh killing him on the spot. Jasbir told the police that Kapil had barged into their house on November 8 and molested his cousin. The police have registered a case.



MAMC: Search on for jeans
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 24
Rahul alias Budh Prakash, prime accused in the Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) rape case, was today remanded in one-day judicial custody by a Delhi court.

After the one-day police remand, Rahul was produced before the duty magistrate this morning. A forensic examination of the accused will be conducted during the judicial remand.

Rahul was placed in police remand for a day to facilitate the recovery of a pair of jeans he was wearing on the day of the incident.

Another accused, Amit, has already been remanded in judicial custody till December 7 while the two other co-accused will be produced before a juvenile court. The four have been booked for rape and robbery.

Rahul, Amit and one of the minors were out on bail in a burglary case when they committed the crime.

Rahul had been involved in two other cases of burglary earlier.

The four belong to poor families and reside in a slum cluster near Delhi Gate. All the four were school dropouts.

The police zeroed in on Rahul after examining 120 youths with the same name. The painstaking investigation was undertaken by 14 teams working in various parts of the Capital and outside.



Corporate governance key to managing 
business: Power Secy
Parmindar Singh

Noida, November 24
Managing business tomorrow would require more emphasis on good corporate governance, proactive discharge of social responsibilities and sincere commitment and action on environmental concerns, said R V Shahi, Secretary, Union Power Ministry, while introducing the theme: Managing Business Tomorrow at the 7th Annual Management Convention of Noida Management Association in Noida on Saturday.

The chief guest, Union Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma said emerging economy and cultural shift in the environment of workforce entails upon the ‘Paradigm Shift’ in the management culture.

He said that the wide array of its academic acquisitions and variety of management-related programmes benefit a large number of stake-holders in the building of social and human capital in our country.

Dr Uddesh Kohli, president, All India Management Association, also addressed the convention. C.P. Jain, Chairman and Managing Director, NTPC, in his keynote address appreciated the NMA for covering the substantial ground and taking several initiatives for the benefit of its members and the management community in a short span of 13 years.

DR (Mrs) B. Shukla, the first woman president of Noida Management Association in her welcome address, spoke of the activities and contribution of Noida Management Association in the development of industries based in Noida and Greater Noida.

NMA, affiliated to All India Management Association, is devoted to the cause of promoting excellence in management principles and practices, she said.


Oven-fresh garlic bread sticks at your 
doorstep in 30 minutes
Tribune News Service

Domino’s Pizza has announced the launch of their internationally successful ‘Garlic Bread Sticks.’ Generally, Garlic bread offered in the market in India is freshly toasted but baked earlier in the day. The new Domino’s Garlic bread sticks is converted from a dough ball to bread sticks only after an order is placed by the customer and then the ‘Oven Fresh’ product reaches the customer in less than 30 minutes.

In addition to this, Domino’s is also introducing four new pizzas in the 2003 menu. Mexican Green Wave and Paneer Do Payaza in vegetarian and Mexican Red Wave and Keema Do Pyaza in non-vegetarian.

Festival suit

Park Avenue, the brand from Raymond Apparel Limited, has launched a new range of formal suits. To supplement this range, Park Avenue has also unveiled a new range of exotic and ethnic Bandhgala suits for the various festivities of the season.

The collection of suits consists of over 60 different and unique fabric weights and blends ranging from all-wool to blends in wool rich, blends in polywool in premium and super premium range, lycra-blended stretch fabrics and new age micro fabrics.

For menstrual problems

Surya Herbal Limited is all set to launch Strikalp, an effective natural cure for menstrual problems - leucorrhoea, manrrhagia, headache, abdominal pain, backache - and tonic for the body for teenaged girls and women. Strikalp combines some of the best natural herbs and minerals like lodhra, dhatki satawar, gurhal pushpa, ashok chhal, kashish bhasma and tagar. Strikalp can be given for a prolonged period of time without any side effect and is clinically proven for good results.

Spicy cheese

Britannia New Zealand Foods has launched a new variety of Britannia Milkman Cheese – an ideal snack food. This spicy cheese is a version of processed Cheddar cheese and can be used as an ingredient, a topping or can be consumed as it is. It is an ideal accompaniment with beverages, and is a convenient ‘ready-to-eat,’ snack targeted at housewives, working women, professionals and the youth. This cheese is now available across the country.

Lovable music

T-series has released another movie “Karz” with good music and romantic lyrics. This cassette is promising to be a treat for the music lovers. The lyrics for the movie are penned by Sameer. Sanjeev Darshan composes the music.

Warmth of cotton

Rupa Thermocot has announced its winter wear range. The mixed blend of cotton and viscose used in ‘Thermocot’ gives the wearer the much-needed warmth to feel warm and snug to enjoy the winters. ‘Thermocot’ is available in three different ranges - Volcano, Premium and Dyed - making it easier for men, women and kids of all ages.


Blaupunkt has launched the Velocity Reference Tube – Subwoofers. The velocity reference tube subwoofers occupy very less space in the boot without sacrificing the high quality of bass with a very high SPL of 93db. The frequency response is the best in its class with a range from 35 to 600Hz.

Inverters for less

India’s number one 500 VA Digital Inverter from Su-Kam is now available at an unbelievable price. Not just price. Su-Kam’s digital inverters also stand good in terms of performance. With this 500 VA Digital Inverter, you can easily run three tube lights and three fans.

Winter footwear

INC.5 has introduced its winter range in myriad hues. Apart from the basic black, blue and brown, there is an entire palette, including burnt orange, pink, beige, fuchsia and others that are bound to leave you spellbound. The designs boast of the latest in fashion footwear worldwide and draw inspiration from Italian trends but are in tune with Indian sensibilities and weather conditions. The women’s range includes designs from Almas Nanda under the brands, Fruit and Raspberry, apart from the in-house designs, Stephanie and Galaday.

Beauty without marks

Ozone Ayurvedics has launched No Marks for flawless, blemish-free beauty. No Marks contains herbal micro-nutrients and anti-oxidant, which effectively fade blemishes and marks within six weeks to endow you with flawless beautiful skin. Be it pimples or pimple marks, dark circles, hyper pigmentation, burn marks or blemishes No Marks works naturally, visibly fading them away.

The herbal micro-nutrients are extracted from specially grown herbs in controlled environments at the Ozone Herbal Park to ensure right quality and potency.

Repair products

Pidilite Industries has introduced a range of repair products for critical RCC structures under the umbrella brand of Dr Fixit. If your buildings continue to suffer decay due to pollution, leakage due to failures in waterproofing applications, sea weather and continuous exposure to hostile soil conditions, then Dr Fixit is the answer.

Blended oil

Saffola Nutri Blend has turned into a runaway success nationally in a short span of time and added 25 per cent to the Saffola franchise. According to Pranab Datta, CEO, Health Care Division, Marico Industries, “The sales of Nutri Blend have been steadily increasing. According to the ORG Retail Audit Data, the all-India market share of Saffola Nutri Blend in the refined oil consumer packs category was 1.68 per cent in volumes in September 02. We are also contemplating a 360 degree marketing strategy encompassing press and television, apart from direct marketing and alternative channels.”

Rugged shoes

Caterpillar Shoes, owner of premium shoe brands including Hush Puppies, Harley Davidson and Merrel, has launched the ‘Steel toe’ range of rugged shoes in India. The CAT shoes are made of tough components, including premium quality leather, high technology comfort systems and insole working as a shock-absorbing pad. The protective steel-toe-performance design of the shoes can bear even the weight of car and light motor vehicles.

Home linen

The exquisite range of home linen from DAKS is arguably among the finest and probably the most exclusive. Made from the best quality Italian cotton poplin and inlaid with pleasing motifs from the garden, they aren’t just a feast to the eyes, but appeal to your sense to touch as well. Each piece, whether it’s a lovingly crafted napkin or a tablecloth, is a work of ‘art’ framed in exotic Swiss lace.

Elegant clocks

Casio has launched an array of clocks. These clocks are available in a variety of attractive colours and elegantly gift-wrapped. The range includes Digital, Analog, Pocket and Wall clocks.

Wash with heater

Whirlpool has launched Whitemagic HE68 – India’s only semi-automatic washing machine with built in heater. The product is yet another “industry first” consumer relevant innovation from Whirlpool. The product has been designed after understanding specific needs of a semi-automatic consumer. It offers the consumer all that they can hope for in a semi-automatic machine.

One for the engine

Elf Lubricants has launched their new engine oil ‘Elf moto 4 Gold,’ formulated with profile technology, which ensures longer engine life of your vehicle. The new formulated engine oil protects the vehicle from wear and tear and ensures longer engine life.

Jewellery for young

ACPL, the exporter of silver jewellery, has for the first time launched its branded jewellery ‘Taraash’ in the Indian as well as global market. The new generation jewellery, ‘Taraash,’ is targeted at youth, including college going students and office going executives. The jewellery uses a range of metal, styles, designs and finishes that promise to usher in a new generation of affordable and designed jewellery in European and traditional categories.

Ageless shirts

The ‘Ageless’ collection of solid plains from Oxemberg is made from the finest long staple Egyptian Gizas Cotton. This amazing fabric makes the shirts incredibly soft and strong. The shirts are not chemically treated which is why they are good for sensitive skins. What’s more, the Giza fibre actually outlasts any other natural fibre. The most amazing thing about these shirts is that they get better with every wash.Back

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