Wednesday, November 27, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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HC gives an earful to Delhi Police
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 26
Taking a serious note of the recent incidents of crime against women in the Capital, the Delhi High Court today pulled up the police for the deteriorating law and order situation, saying that these incidents have given an indication that women do not feel secure when venturing out in the city.

The Bench comprising Justice Anil Dev Singh and Justice R S Sodhi while hearing a pending Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on deteriorating law and order in the Capital observed that every day incidents of rape take place but only some of them are reported.

The court said, “Look at the law and order situation. Do the police have any answer to what is happening in Delhi today. No girl is feeling safe when going out in Delhi.”

The counsel for police, Ms Mukta Gupta, said that the situation was not so bad as being projected as the police had been doing a ‘fairly’ good job.

“The problem arises only when police do not get cooperation from public,” she said. Even in the recent rape incident of a medical student, the delay in tracing out the persons ‘involved’ was because the girl refused to give a statement to the police, she said.

The message that goes is that police are not able to trace the culprits involved in such crimes, the court said, while seeking a status report on the implementation of its verdict for improving the law and order, issued during the hearing of the PIL in the past.

Stating that the parameters of better law and order situation is a sense of security among citizens, the court said if the people do not feel safe “the good work done by the police vanishes in oblivion”.

The court told the Centre’s counsel Rakesh Tiku that it had issued direction for implementing on priority six most important recommendations by the Bureau of Police Research and Development regarding the requirement of Delhi Police. “What has happened to that?” it asked.

The six recommendations included sanction of additional manpower for security unit, requirement of additional Police Control Room vans, high-end electronic surveillance equipment and unmarked cars, creation of 11 new police stations having separate units for investigation of crime and maintenance of law and order in each police station and establishing separate Metro Rail police unit.

The PIL was filed by advocate Rajiv Awasthi in 1999 when there was a sudden spurt in crime in the city. The court said that the Centre and the Delhi Government should work in close coordination to make policing effective in the Capital. “The Centre and the Delhi Government should shun their egos and sit together to find out a solution to the problem,” it said, while posting the next hearing on the PIL for December 9.

Regarding traffic violations, the court said both the Centre and the Delhi government should give a serious thought to make the grant of licence subject to passing of a test. It said a direction was issued by it earlier that any commercial vehicle registered in Delhi should have licence from the Capital only not from any other state. “Has this direction been implemented by the traffic police,” the court asked the counsel to submit details.


Assembly wants suitable law

New Delhi
The rising incidents of atrocities on women and deteriorating law and order situation in the Capital found an echo in the Delhi Legislative Assembly on Tuesday as legislators demanded a suitable legislation that could serve as a deterrent.

Initiating the debate during the short-duration discussion on the issue, Deputy Speaker Kiran Chaudhary said rape should become a capital offence inviting punishment by death for the perpetrator of the crime.

“Capital punishment should be given to man guilty of outraging the modesty of a woman,” Ms Chaudhary said and sought a simpler legal procedure that would protect the victim from mental torture, harassment and humiliation.

Trial in a court of law, she said, was traumatic for the victim and efforts should be made to bring about a suitable legislation that could act as a deterrent against such atrocities on women.

Earlier, the motion under Rule 107 moved by Mukesh Sharma of Congress was withdrawn amid protests by the Opposition Benches. Mr Sharma moved the motion that sought the withdrawal of the proposal regarding imposition of parking tax in the NCT of Delhi. Soon after Mr Sharma withdrew the motion at the instance of Urban Development Minister AK Walia, the Opposition was on its feet. Leader of Opposition Jagdish Mukhi sought permission from the Chair to make a statement but was eventually turned down.Back



Floors of Munirka Bazar shopping complex gutted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 26
Panic gripped the residents of the congested Munirka Bazar in South Delhi as loud explosions rent the morning air after a fire destroyed two floors of a shopping-cum-office complex. There were no reports of any casualties even as the people affected by the fire were trying to ascertain the losses incurred.

Such was the fear that hundreds of street vendors who throng both sides of the busy market fled the area with their wares causing a big traffic jam. The explosions were apparently caused by the bursting of gas cylinders kept in the building, the police said.

The police said that a case had been registered and efforts were being made to ascertain the cause of the fire. Delhi Fire Service personnel said that the fire started in one of the shops on the second floor of the building and soon spread to the first floor as well. Half a dozen tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was brought under control after an hour.

The residents of the area, however, alleged that the fire service personnel took their own time in arriving which was the reason of the spread of the fire. However, senior DFS officers denied the charge and claimed that the fire tenders had reached the spot within minutes of being informed.

In another incident, a fire destroyed many jhuggis in Kirti Nagar this morning. The fire which broke out in one of the jhuggis around 12.20 pm spread to the adjoining shanties forcing the dwellers, mostly women and children to flee the slum cluster.

Delhi Fire Service said that in all 22 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and it took several hours to douse the flames which had left many residents shelterless.

A case had been registered and efforts were being made to ascertain the cause of the fire. The possibility of sparks from an open hearth in one of the jhuggis, causing the fire was not being ruled out.


Jams all over: The unfairness of the fair
Tribune News Service

ALL IS FAIR... — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, November 26
The unprecedented rush at the International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan and the rally by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad at Ram Lila Grounds today threw the traffic in the area into a state of disarray resulting in long queues at ITO, Daryaganj, the Red Fort and Tilak Marg.

Hundreds of commuters were caught in the jams which lasted several hours with the drivers ranting and raving over the decision of the authorities to allow such functions in the heart of the city which cause considerable discomfort.

Such was the rush of vehicles and people that at several crossings, the traffic policemen simply gave up. Chaos reigned supreme on many of the Capital’s roads as the ripple effect of the diversions of traffic was felt there as well. Harried policemen, including senior officers, descended on the roads to bring about a semblance of order on the roads.

The efforts of the Delhi government to tame the Capital’s notorious autorickshaw drivers were also thwarted by the unprecedented crowds that willingly paid whatever amount was asked for because of the paucity of buses and other forms of public transport. At the ITO crossing, men, women and children swarmed on the roads adding to the chaos.

The heavy rush at Pragati Maidan as the fair approaches its culmination on November 27 has once again revived the debate over the judiciousness of holding the fair in the heart of the city every year. A number of people have suggested the shifting of the site to somewhere on the outskirts to end the torture to the masses.


Nursing homes to come under scanner
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 26
The Department of Health of the Government of NCT of Delhi wants to tighten the screws on errant nursing homes. Besides introducing an Amendment Bill in the Delhi Legislative Assembly to make registration of nursing homes more stringent, the department plans to strictly enforce the minimum standards of health care and infrastructure.

Although there are no reliable figures available of the number of nursing homes that have mushroomed in the private sector, the Department of Health estimates that their growth has gone unregulated to the detriment of quality of health care and patient care.

Accordingly, action against the nursing homes not adhering to the provisions of law is being firmed up. According to Health Minister AK Walia, suitable amendment to the Registration of Nursing Homes Act is proposed in order to regulate their growth and adherence to the guidelines stipulated under the Act.

The minister said all nursing homes were required to furnish their particulars to the Department of Health with the fee prescribed. The fee for a one to 10-bed nursing home was Rs 500, Rs 1,000 for 11-30 bed nursing home and Rs 2,000 for nursing homes having 31 or more beds.

Furthermore, a single-bed room in a private nursing home should be of a minimum of 120 square feet. Every additional bed would occupy not less than 80 square feet of area. Similarly, the operation theatre would be of 180 square feet area and it should be at a certain distance away from the labour room.

Although private nursing homes are not required to install incinerators for disposing of bio-medical waste, the task which has been entrusted to private agencies, they are required under the law to keep a record of patients.


Abandoned Jubilians to knock at politicians’ doors
Sanjog Gupta

New Delhi, November 26
The residents of the Jubilee Hall hostel have decided to approach political leaders such as Laloo Prasad Yadav and Vice-President Bhairon Singh Sekhawat to “look into the matters” and assist them in making the university authorities accept their demands. A resident said, “The hostel officials practise a process of ethnic cleansing wherein students from Bihar and UP are not given admissions and are discriminated against.”

The decision to approach political leaders was taken yesterday as their original political representatives – the students’ union – deserted them without bringing the agitation against hostel officials to a logical conclusion. One resident said, “The three DUSU office-bearers from the ABVP are too busy with their Chhatra rally while the one guy from the NSUI remains elusive.”

Efforts were on yesterday to convene an audience of the residents with various political leaders, including the ones mentioned above. The decision to knock at the doors of politicians came as a knee-jerk reaction to the “rampaging activities” of the university authorities. Yesterday, the Joint Proctor and Deputy Proctor arrived with almost 200 Delhi Police and CRPF officials in tow and reportedly tore down the arrangements made by the residents, who were on a hunger strike, and pressurised them into ending the strike.

But the residents remain undeterred by the “pressure tactics employed by the authorities”. They have decided to not only continue the hunger strike – which has been going on since November 20 – but also try and initiate a “North Campus bandh” by taking their plight to all students. They have already approached the hostel unions of all colleges in this regard but remain pragmatic about the enormity of the task. The strike has already witnessed the hospitalisation of a resident – Surjeet Mahapatra – yesterday, which, in the words of the rest of the strikers, “made their resolve even stronger”.

One agitating resident said, “The university authorities have showed no concern for our well-being. The V-C has not even met us once.”

The residents had met the authorities on Sunday and also organised a simultaneous torch-light procession on the campus. But the meeting with the authorities – including the three hostel officials whose resignations have been demanded – proved futile as the authorities unequivocally ruled out any resignations.

The authorities had tried to appease the residents by calling for elections of the student representative of the Managing Committee, but their efforts failed to break the ice as no resident filed his nomination papers. One resident, explaining the reasons for their non-participation in the elections, said, “They have called for elections. But if we take part in the elections, then we will be legitimising the positions of these officials, which is unacceptable. We have a single-point agenda – deliberating the resignations of the Warden, Provost and the Resident Tutor.”


Man shot dead, robbed of Rs 2.65 lakh
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 26
Robbers shot dead a man, who was returning home after selling his land, and decamped with Rs 2.65 lakh he was carrying in Greater Noida area last evening. His driver was seriously injured in the incident. The criminals escaped in a Santro car.

The police suspect them to be the same criminals, who had looted a businessman recently after making him captive. SSP Rajiv Krishan and other senior police officers rushed to the site of the crime. The police combed the area and checked vehicles at various points in a bid to track them down. After selling his land in Echhar, Bhamindi, a resident of Oonchi Dinkaur, and his driver Rakesh were returning home with Rs 4 lakh. Another vehicle blocked them on the way near Honda Seal Factory in Greater Noida. Before Bhamindi could understand anything, four persons got down from a Santro car and tried to grab the bag containing Rs 2.65 lakh from him. When he resisted their attempt, the criminals shot him and injured his driver. Bhamindi died on the spot.

By the time people from the surrounding areas came on hearing the gunshots, the criminals had sped away in their car with Rs 2.65 lakh. The assailants did not notice the rest of the amount kept in the other corner of Rakesh’s car.

The police arrived a little later and rushed the duo to a hospital where Bhamindi was declared brought dead. Rakesh is in a critical condition.


15 students hurt as buses collide
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 26
Fifteen students of Delhi Public School, Vasant Vihar, were injured when two buses of the school collided at the traffic lights at Rao Tula Ram Marg on Ring Road this afternoon.

The students were admitted to a nearby hospital from where they were discharged after the first-aid was given to them.

The police said that one bus was stationary at the signals when the other came from behind and hit the first one.

The driver of the erring bus has been detained and is being questioned.

The accident happened just near Dhaula Kuan.


Sheila for a Dalit academy in Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 26
The national Capital could see a Dalit academy on the lines of the Sahitya Kala Academy and Academies of Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi. The Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, made the declaration on Tuesday in her inaugural address to the two-day 18th National Conference of Dalit Writers.

Welcoming the gathering of writers from home and abroad, the Chief Minister said Delhi was privileged to host the conference for the second time in a row. Condemning the recent terrorist attacks at the Akshar Dham Temple in Gujarat and the Raghunath Temple in Jammu, Ms Dikshit asked the intelligentsia to play a role to change the mindset of people by their writings.

Besides Ms Dikshit, the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Mr Suraj Bhan, the Governor of Haryana, Bhai Parmanand, the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Justice J.S. Verma, the former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Mr Mata Prasad, a member of Parliament from Nepal, Mr Rishi Babu and a Rajya Sabha member, Mr Yamuna Baropaji graced the proceedings.

Eco-design meet

While inaugurating a two-day international conference today on Eco-design, the Lieutenant Governor, Mr Vijay Kapoor, said “poverty level is an important aspect that determines the eco-design of a city. Poverty, the mother of all problems, imbalances the eco-design.”

The conference is being organised by the three premier educational institutions from India and Europe- IIT Delhi, Delhi University of Technology (Netherlands) and INETI (Portugal)- to promote Eco-design in India.

Eco-design is a concept of redesigning products and their production processes by taking environmental aspects into consideration and implies the need to balance ecological and economical requirements while developing the design of products. Eco-design results in saving of material and energy, an innovative product design and considerable reduction in costs. 


First Dyal Singh Majithia Memorial
Lecture on Nov 29
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 26
Dyal Singh College, Delhi University is organising the inaugural Dyal Singh Majithia Memorial Lecture to commemorate the endeavours of its founder at 11.30 am on November 29 on the college campus at Lodhi Road.

The event, slated to become an annual feature, aims at highlighting the imprint that the great man has left on the Indian society.

The lecture will be delivered by a Rajya Sabha MP, Mr Kuldip Nayar, who has previously served as the Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and was also the Editor of ‘The Statesman’.

Mr Nayar is an advocate of human rights and is a strong believer in Indo-Pak amity.

The theme for the inaugural lecture is “How to solve the Kashmir problem” and promises to bring forth the strategies required for bridging the gap between the neighbouring countries of India and Pakistan.

Dyal Singh was one of the prominent builders of modern India and was extensively involved in spearheading the national movement and renaissance. He had been hailed by Annie Besant as one of the 17 “good men and true” who decided in 1884 to establish the Indian National Congress. He also has to his credit the laurel of managing the Golden Temple trust for 30 years.

Dyal Singh had assets worth Rs 30 lakh in 1898 but decided to bequeath them in favour of setting up two trusts, which later established the college and Dyal Singh Library in Lahore.

Dyal Singh College was established at Rouse Avenue in 1959 and was shifted to its present location in 1963. It is a fully managed college of the University of Delhi and has grown leaps of bounds since its establishment in terms of infrastructure, quality of education and students.


It’s a free-for-all for vehicles
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 26
Movement on several main roads in the town has become quite risky due to over-speeding by vehicles. Accidents have become common and incidents of death or injury caused by rash driving has become a daily occurrence.

Although the district police have launched a campaign to check violation of traffic rules and have challaned several persons in the past week, shortage of traffic cops at many congested chowks and points have led to total chaos.

In the latest incident, an Indian Air Force employee going to the air base at Dabua here from Delhi was mowed down by a speeding dumper truck on the Surajkund road on Sunday. The critically injured soldier has been admitted in a hospital. In a similar incident, one Narender Kumar of Ram colony of Mewta Maharajpur area was hit by a speeding car on Mathura Road. He succumbed to his injures in the hospital on Sunday. In still another accident, a youth, identified as Mukesh, was killed after he was hit by a Matador van near Ballabgarh on Sunday.

Although the district authorities have taken up widening of the Surajkund road up to Delhi border, it is reported that the speed of hundreds of dumper trucks on this road and the link road with Gurgaon had been much more than the normal or what was required for the safety of other vehicles.

According to reports, dumper trucks have killed or maimed several hundred persons in the district in the past few years. The police have failed to put speed governors on such vehicles. At least 15 persons have been killed by dumper trucks in the district in the past four months.

The busy intersection known as `1-2’ chowk in the NIT has no traffic cop to regulate the movement of vehicles. It is one of many spots where it is a free-for-all as far as traffic rules are concerned. Traffic jams at peak hours at Aronda Chowk, old Faridabad (Rajiv Chowk), Badkhal crossing, NHPC chowk and the Ballabgarh bus stand on Mathura road are common.

While the overbridge at Badkhal crossing is too narrow for the traffic coming from Badkhal side, the Neelam overbridge bears the maximum burden of private vehicles.

The district authorities seem to be least serious about providing the option of flyovers at busy points on Mathura Road, which sees lakhs of vehicles passing through it daily. Traffic congestion leading to accidents and causing delay to people wanting to reach Delhi or Faridabad destinations has not opened the eyes of the authorities. There is also no subway for pedestrians at present. The Bata flyover constructed and opened about two years ago to connect Mathura Road and the NIT area is a toll tax bridge and is used mainly by commercial vehicles or government vehicles, which are not required to pay the tax.


Chautala lays stone of substation at Khanpur Kalan
Our Correspondent,

Sonepat, November 26
Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala laid the foundation stone of a 33 kv power substation at Khanpur Kalan village, about 30 km from here, last evening. According to a report, this power substation would be constructed at a cost of Rs 1.26 crore and it would benefit as many as 4,871 consumers, including 342 tubewell consumers of 17 villages in this area.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Chautala congratulated the people of the village in unanimously electing Mrs Krishna Malik as the president of both the managing committees of the Gurukul Khanpur and Bhainswal Kalan and said that they had set a fine example in the field of education. These gurukuls, he said, were imparting good education to the girls of the area.

He also paid rich tributes to Sir Chhotu Ram who, he said, had worked hard for spreading girls’ education in the area. He appealed to the people to extend their full support to the management of the gurukuls for the benefit of the girls.

The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of a 33 kv substation at Butana village, about 45 km from here, last evening. It would be built at a cost of Rs. 1.24 crore and it would benefit 407 consumers of 10 villages. Its construction work would be completed within a year, he said. A 10-km-long 33 kv power transmission line would be laid and new three feeders would be set up at Butana, Kohla and Gangana villages.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Chautala said that power generation had increased by 792 mw during the past three years, and as many as 698 lakh units of electricity were generated in August this year, which was a record in the history of Haryana.

He disclosed that the state government had spent Rs 255 crore on augmentation and strengthening of power supply and distribution systems in the state. It had set up 32 new substations and augmented the capacity of 138 others. In addition to this, 668 km long transmission lines were laid. The construction work of 75 new substations was in progress at a cost of Rs 700 crore and it would be completed in 18-month period. Moreover, the capacity of five power substations would be augmented. 


Crushing season begins at sugar mill
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 26
Mr Ajay Chautala, MP and the president of Yuva Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), inaugurated the new crushing season of Chaudhary Devi Lal Cooperative Sugar Mill at Ahulana village, about 50 km from here, yesterday.

Speaking on this occasion, Mr Chautala said that this mill had been set up at a cost of Rs 56 crore and its construction work had been completed in a record period of about one year. It had crushed at least 10 lakh quintals of sugarcane during the first season and it would crush more quantity of sugarcane this year.

He hoped that the entire quantity of bonded sugarcane would be crushed by the mills this year.

He claimed that the sugarcane growers of the state would get the highest price of Rs 110 per quintal and they would be paid for their produce on time as fixed by the management. He said that the INLD government, headed by Mr Om Prakash Chautala, was pro-farmer and the farmers interests were being safeguarded.

Mr Chautala also stated that the state government had been putting pressure on the central government for increasing the minimum support price of wheat for the next season so that the farmers could get remunerative prices for their produce.

He made a fervent appeal to the people in general and the farmers in particular not to be misled by the propaganda of the Opposition parties against the INLD government and the Chief Minister. He alleged that the Opposition parties were trying to capture power again.

Their leaders were power hungry and were out to dislodge the Chief Minister from power by all undemocratic means, he added.

Mr S. N. Roy, Deputy Commissioner, disclosed that this sugar mill had bonded 33 lakh quintals of sugarcane of 800 cane growers of 83 villages for this season.

The mill, he said, had commissioned two turbines of 3 mw each for generating electricity.

Of this, only 4 mw electricity would be utilised by the mill and the rest would be sold by the UHBVN. He also said that a distillery would be set up on the premises of the mill at a cost of Rs 15 crore for which the central government had issued a licence. Its construction work would be completed in a year.

Earlier, Mr Chautala honoured the sugarcane growers, who brought their produce by mule carts and tractor-trolleys, by presenting Haryanavi turbans and cash prizes. He also took part in the yajna organised on the occasion. 


Rohtak depot earns more revenue
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 26
The Rohtak depot of Haryana Roadways has earned a revenue of Rs 1.60 crore during October, an increase of Rs 17.72 lakh over the income during the corresponding period last year.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, disclosed that the 164 buses of this depot had travelled 14,81,919 kilometres during October to earn this revenue. The per kilometre income of the roadways buses had been calculated at Rs 10.78, an increase of 69 paise over the income during the same period in 2001. Each bus of the Rohtak depot had travelled 299 km per day during the previous month, he said.

Mr Yadav said that the district transport office received an income of Rs 91,742 per bus as compared to Rs 86,371 per bus in the same period last month. The vigilance staff of the Haryana Roadways had detected 3,664 cases of ticketless travel in its buses during October and realised a fine of Rs 36,640.

The Deputy Commissioner said that with a view to encouraging inter-caste marriages, the government had announced a grant of Rs 25,000 to each such couple. During the current financial year, four such couples had been introduced by the government to end casteism and strengthen brotherhood in the state.


Crime graph down in Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 26
The crime rate in the national Capital has come down by 9.2 per cent from January one to November 15 this year as compared to the corresponding period of previous year, the Lok Sabha was informed today. Replying to a written question, the Minister of State for Home, Mr Vidyasagar Rao, said that number of crimes reported in Delhi declined by 9.2 per cent during the period and the average response time of the Police Control Room (PCR) vehicles has also reduced with the installation of the state-of-the-art communication equipment and Automatic Call Distribution System in the control room of the Delhi Police.

Replying to another question, Mr Rao said the government of the National Capital Territory envisaged to strengthen the Delhi Fire Service (DFS) during the tenth five-year plan period by establishment of new fire stations and procurement of new fire fighting vehicles and equipment.

He said operationalisation of Hazmat vans, modern fire tenders which can even fight a chemical fire, and imparting of intensive training to the staff were also envisaged during the plan.

The Minister of State for Urban development, Mr O. Rajagopal, said in written reply that the cost of Delhi Metro Rail project, as per estimates in 1996, would be Rs 4,860 crore out of which nearly Rs 2,795.19 crore have been spent so far (till October 31, 2002).

He said while the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had been entrusted with the operational responsibility, a three-member committee would be fixing the fares.

Replying to a question, the Minister of State for Home, Mr Rao said that with the extensive use of 23 sophisticated imported alco-metres, Delhi Police had been able to detect progressively larger number of cases involving drunken driving.

He said till November 15, the police had been able to detect 1,638 cases of drunken driving where as the figure stood at 689 in 2000 and 1,545 in 2001.

The prison authorities have been using cell phone detectors in order to check the use of mobile phones by prisoners in Tihar Jail, the Minister of State for Home, Mr I.D. Swami said.

In the wake of growing number of incidents of fake certificates issued by a fake central board of higher education, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police has set up a "malpractice" cell to monitor and curb such spurious activities, the Minister of State for Human Resources, Ms Rita Verma said.

She said in order to make the public aware, list of fake boards identified so far, have been incorporated on the CBSE website. The Minister of State for Urban Development, Mr O. Rajgopal said there were 170 cooperative housing societies which had been cleared by the Registrar of Cooperative Societies. 


Rotational load-shedding today in the Capital
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 26
North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) today announced rotational load-shedding on Wednesday, November 27, due to maintenance work at the 33 KV Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar Grid Station (1000 hrs to 1700 hrs) and Azadpur Grid Station (1100 hrs to 1500 hrs).

At Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar Grid Station work is being initiated to repair the bus and line isolators and general maintenance of 33 KV I/C Jahangirpuri Circuit.

Electricity to the following areas will be affected on a rotational basis between 1000 hrs and 1700 hrs: S.G.T. Nagar, Samaypur Gali No. 9, Sameypur, Kadipur, Renneywell, JJ Colony Balaswa I and II, Booster Pump.

At Azadpur Grid Station maintenance is being undertaken for general upkeep and repair of 3V cables in 20MVA power transformer. Electricity to the following areas will be affected on a rotational basis between 1100 hrs and 1500 hrs: Akash Cinema, MCD and Kewal Park Pump House, Transport Centre Azadpur, Indira Nagar, Dilkhush

Bagh, Gujranwala Town (A-Block), Adarsh Nagar, Azadpur Subzi Mandi.


Motorcyclist killed as RTV hits car
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 26
One person was killed and a senior official of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was among five persons seriously injured in an accident in Vasant Vihar this morning.

The police said a motorcyclist was crushed to death when an over-speeding RTV hit the car of Mr S. S. Manjhi, Assistant Director, Intelligence Bureau. He was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital.

Four others were also injured in the accident. They were also admitted to the hospital.

In yet another accident, Pudeena Shah, a resident of Jhuggi Nangla Machi, was killed when he was hit by an unknown vehicle in the Tilag Marg area this morning.

The victim was hit by the erring vehicle When he was crossing the road near Tilak Bridge. He died on the spot, the police said.


Hundreds of passengers cool their heels for hours
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 26
Hundreds of passengers, including school teachers and students, remained stranded for more than an hour yesterday following the delay of 1 DPM, a passenger train bound for Panipat.

According to a report, the train left Subzimandi around 1.45 pm instead of 1.00 pm and was held up at Badli so that the Superfast Express from Amritsar could pass. Finally, the train reached around 3.20 pm instead of its scheduled time of 2.10 pm. According to the agitated passengers, the authorities even allowed a goods train to pass which was stranded near Subzimandi railway station due to power failure. As a result, the 1 DPM and some other trains were delayed.

Commuters alleged that the late running of 1 DPM has become a routine. It is regularly held up to allow the Bhatinda bound Delhi-Bhatinda Intercity Express, the Superfast Express from Amritsar and Shatabadi Express to pass through. Moreover, the commuters pointed out that the authorities were in the habit of allowing a goods train to run ahead of 1 DPM which resulted in the delay of the passenger train.

The Daily Railway Passengers Welfare Association has expressed its grave concern over the late running of 1 DPM and other trains on the Sonepat-Delhi section of the Northern Railway. They blamed the authorities for detaining the passenger trains in order to allow the long distance mail, express, superfast and Shatabadi trains to pass through.

In a press release, it urged the Union Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar and other higher authorities to take a serious note of the matter so that the passenger and suburban trains are not unduly delayed. They said that it would go a long way in ending the harassment of passengers.

It also demanded a halt for the Bhatinda-bound Delhi-Bhatinda Intercity Express and the Amritsar bound Superfast Express at Subzimandi railway station for the convenience of the commuters.


Hurt in clash, man succumbs to injuries
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 26
Mr Rajinder Singh, a resident of Shekhpura village, succumbed to his injuries in the hospital here last evening. According to a report, at least 12 persons including Mr Rajinder Singh and two women had been injured in the clash between two rival groups that took place in the village last week. They had been immediately hospitalised for treatment.

The Ganaur police have registered a case of murder against the alleged assailants who are still at large. A hunt is on to apprehend them. According to another report, two women, Ms Murti Devi and Ms Usha were injured when they were attacked by some persons belonging to other groups at Murthal village about 8 km from here yesterday. Both the injured women were admitted to the local Civil Hospital for treatment.

The police are still investigating into these cases. However, no arrest has been made in this connection so far.

Mazdoor union plans dharna

The Forest Department Mazdoor Union has decided to organise a day-long dharna in front of the office of the Divisional Forest Officer here tomorrow in support of its longstanding demands.

According to a report, large number of the workers would sit on dharna and express their solidarity with the union.

According to another report, the PWD Mechanical Workers Union affiliated to the Haryana Government sat on a dharna in front of the office of the Executive Engineer PWD (B and R) here yesterday to press their demands. They also held a demonstration and raised slogans against the Executive Engineer.

Youth killed in mishap

Faridabad: A 25-year-old youth was killed after his two-wheeler was hit by a vehicle near Bata Chowk here on Monday night.

The youth, identified as Manoj, was on his way to his house in Ballabgarh at night. He died on the spot. In another incident, two miscreants stabbed a cyclist and snatched his cycle after injuring him at Jawahar Colony here on Monday night. The police have also recovered the body of an unidentified person from a spot near Hodal railway station in the district.

Painting competition held

The Nehru Bal Samiti and Sahitya Kala Parishad organised a five-day on the spot painting competition at the ‘Creative Steps’, an academy of art and culture, in Sector-9 here recently. While about 500 children from various school took part, `winners' will be given certificates and medals in January 2003 by the Nehru Bal Samiti. Some of the winners were:

Upto 10 years-1st prize-Nandini Malhotra. IInd prize-Rishika Sachdeva, Nimit Khattar, Sanya Katyal, Ginika Kathuria, Madhvi Wig, Aman Bhatia, Milan Khurana, Moditma Dalal.

Between 10 to 13 years-1st Prize- Samantha Xavier, Sagarika Kumar, IInd prize-Apoorva Sehgal, Aarti Bhatia, Trisha Kathuria.

Between 13 to 18 years-1st prize-Tanika Gandotra, IInd prize-Manali Khurana.


Drug addict cop charred to death

New Delhi
A constable of the Special Nagaland Armed Police was reportedly charred to death after his clothes caught fire in New Police Lines of the Delhi Police at Kingsway Camp last evening. He was identified as Tokyo Somi. His body was handed over to the Nagaland Police authorities in Delhi, the police said.

He was reportedly a drug addict and when he was found charred in a toilet, five vials of injections were lying nearby. The police said that he would have become unconscious after injecting the drug and fire from the cigarette he was smoking might have caught his clothes.


Girl smothered to death by stepfather
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 26
Aasha (4) was reportedly smothered to death by her stepfather, Harish, on Sunday evening. The suspect has been arrested.

The suspect had buried the victim after committing the murder near his house in Anand Vihar area in East district. The incident came to light when the victim’s mother, Geeta, who was married to the suspect one and half months back, reported the matter to the police. The police took action immediately and dug out the body of the victim from the grave. The post-mortem was conducted in GTB Hospital which confirmed that she had been smothered to death, the police said.

Murder case solved

With the arrest of three persons the South district police on Tuesday claimed to have solved the abduction-cum-murder case of one Surja who was killed and his Mahendra Bolero Jeep was robbed.

Surja was killed by the accused and later his body was thrown in the Agra canal. On October 7, the brother of Surja had lodged a missing person report with the police. On specific information the accused persons, Kunwar Bahadur, alias Puneet (26), resident of Manpuri, Rajesh (27), resident of Mathura, and Ajay (23), resident of Najafgarh, were nabbed from Ambedkar Nagar.

During interrogation they confessed to their crime and revealed that they planned to dispose the stolen jeep for Rs 1 lakh.

Fake currency racket

The East district police have arrested three persons, Lalit Sharma, resident of Shahibabad, Sandeep Bharadwaj, resident of Patparganj, and Naveen Shrivastava, resident of Vidyut Vihar, for running a counterfeit currency racket.

The PCR van deployed in Shakarpur received information that one person after buying a computer monitor and hard disk in a shop gave counterfeit currency and sped away in his car.

The police later traced the suspects and on interrogation the accused revealed that they were involved in the racket due to financial problems.


Youths gag owner, loot shop
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 26
Four unidentified armed youths reportedly forced their way into an electronic shop in Gohana town, about 35 km from here, muzzled its owner and his two associates at pistol-point and looted Rs 60,000 and other goods worth several lakhs of rupees last night.

According to a report, the youths also snatched gold rings and gold chains from the owner and his associates who were asked to sit together after brandishing pistols at them. The youths left their car behind and fled in another car. The police claimed that the miscreants had been identified and a massive hunt had been launched. It is stated that the owner of the shop, Mr Ishwar Garg, was sitting in his shop along with his friend Mr Balwan Singh of Gudha village and his brother-in-law Mr Sonu. Around 8 pm, two of the four miscreants entered the shop and showed them the pistols. They took them behind the almirahs and looted the cash from the box and removed the gold chains and rings from their necks and hands. 

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