Friday, November 29, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Autos go off the road
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, November 28
The rickshaw-pullers and three-wheeler operators in the city today went on an indefinite strike in protest against the administration and police crackdown on unauthorised vehicles.

The police authorities, who are spearheading the campaign against unauthorised operators, toughened their stand by cautioning the respective unions not to create impediments for the “genuine” operators.

The strike call elicited a good response from the operators. The authorities, however, pressed into service about a dozen Haryana Roadways buses to mitigate the hardship caused to the public.

The crackdown has generally gone down well with the residents. It is seen to be a pro-active measure, aimed at preventing crimes, checking the mushroom growth of rickshaws in the city and ensuring verification of autos and rickshaws. The general view is that the authorities must not give in to the “blackmail” tactics of the illegal operators who have formed a caucus to pre-empt the authorities from enforcing the rule of the law.

While the unions of the cycle rickshaws and the three-wheeler operators have alleged that the police is harassing them, the district police chief, Mr Kuldeep Singh Sihag, refuted the charge. In an impromptu meeting with the Press, Mr Sihag said that the rickshaw and three-wheeler operators were given enough time to straighten their documents. In the beginning of November, the police had launched a two-week campaign against illegal operators. While more than 800 rickshaws had been impounded in various police station areas, about 150 three-wheelers had been challaned so far this year.

The police are determined that they will not allow those rickshaw operators to ply who do not possess identity cards and tokens issued by the municipal council. Also, the three-wheelers must carry documents like road permits and RCs and the engine and chasis numbers should match.

The municipality had issued ID cards and tokens to about 3,000 operators. At present, there are more than 8,000 cycle rickshaws and over 3,000 three-wheelers in the city.

The municipality and the police had launched the drive against illegal vehicles a few weeks ago following which there was a scramble among the “genuine” operators for valid documents.

According to observers, the police have a case. The rate of petty crimes in the city is up. A large number of rickshaw-pullers also double up as daily wage workers. In fact, most of them are migratory labourers. Petty crimes like chain snatching, eve-teasing, house thefts are often linked to their influx.

At any time of the day, one can witness hordes of rickshaws parked in and around colonies, especially the new ones and in the HUDA sectors. Most of the pullers have no permanent address. A good number of them are reported to be from Bangladesh. Some of them, it is suspected, are used as conduits by established inter-state criminal gangs.

According to the police and municipality sources, a good number of rickshaws are owned by the mafiosi and are given to the labourers on daily rental. These groups have invested several lakhs of rupees in the business and are propping up the current strike.

There has been a spurt in the number of three-wheelers too, after the authorities in Delhi started enforcing pollution norms strictly. Mr Sihag disclosed that the tempos, which were ousted from the national Capital, had been dumped and inducted into Gurgaon and other satellite towns of the NCR. According to him, the police has no objection to their plying, if they have proper documents.



Employment racket: MCD sacks 17 teachers
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 28
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has finally terminated the services of 17 schoolteachers, who had reportedly secured employment fraudulently in complicity with some officials of the education department, causing a flutter in both the bureaucratic and official circles here.

The teachers whose services have been terminated were identified after the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police had conducted secret investigations and had arrested an Inspector and a peon of the education department in September this year. The two suspects had confessed that they had issued forged employment letters to them. All these teachers were hired in 1999.

The suspects were identified as Madan Gopal Chandana, a school inspector in Sadar-Paharganj zone, and Rakesh, a peon in West zone of the education department. It was found that both had access to official stamps and they used these to issue the forged employment letters.

The investigations were initiated at the behest of some members of the corporation who alleged that there was a lot of bungling in the appointment of teachers, particularly in the primary section. Since the matter was also raised in the meeting of the Standing Committee, a general audit of all appointments was ordered.

The officials were surprised when the Chief Auditor, Ms Amita Misra, revealed that she could not find any record of at least 17 teachers who were drawing salaries regularly from the MCD coffers. A list was prepared and the persons were identified.

Senior MCD officials and particularly those in the education department initially tried to keep a lid on the fraud and tried to cover up the incident by telling every one in private that some big politicians were involved. Undeterred by this, several corporators insisted on a thorough probe, forcing the MCD authorities to go to the police.

Highly placed sources said that this could well be the proverbial tip of the iceberg, as there was total non-cooperation from the zonal offices when the Standing Committee chairman, Mr Ram Babu Sharma, had sought a detailed list of teachers working in the MCD schools in September this year. These sources said that even till yesterday, some of the zones had failed to comply with the request.

Meanwhile, Crime Branch sources said that the probe was continuing and efforts were being made to ascertain the names of others involved in the employment racket, which is now threatening to snowball into a major political issue. 



Centre favours only freehold property in 
commercial areas
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 28
The Centre has announced its plans to regularise all unauthorised colonies, which have sprung up in the Capital since March this year, and convert all commercial and industrial areas from leasehold into freehold.

This was revealed by Union Minister of Urban Development Ananth Kumar today at a press conference organised by the Delhi BJP unit and attended by Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma and state BJP chief Madan Lal Khurana. Mr Kumar said: “We aim to solve all these problems as soon as possible. As for the problems that are before the Supreme Court and the high court, we will consult the Solicitor General for a legal opinion on how these can be sorted out.”

Stating that there was a desire among the people of Delhi to convert industrial land for commercial purposes, he hoped the courts would give approval in the matter. Mr Kumar, who had a meeting with the seven BJP MPs from Delhi this morning, had taken the decision in principle to convert commercial and industrial areas into freehold and permit change of land use for a nominal fee.

While a Cabinet nod was needed for the regularisation of unauthorised colonies, the implementation of the Malhotra Committee report, which recommended increasing the floor area ratio for regularising unauthorised constructions in housing units and allowing commercial use of industrial areas, depended on the courts and a speedy solution of these problems would be sought, he said. “All matters that require only the clearance of the ministry would be solved as soon as possible while those requiring the Cabinet nod have been referred to the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L. K. Advani,” Mr Khurana said.

Meanwhile, the Opposition parties, particularly the Congress, see this as a blatant attempt to woo the voters in the run up to the Assembly elections.



Making money out of other people’s parking woes
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 28
Free parking stands in the city will soon be a thing of the past. A majority of government, semi-government and public sector offices have either introduced a parking fee or propose to do so. Even a visitor to the office of the Deputy Commissioner has to pay a parking fee.

Although offices that have introduced parking fee claim that it facilitates better care of the vehicles, some residents feel that the fee borders on extortion. They claim that each year these parking stands yield lakhs to the departments concerned, thus becoming an important source of in-house income.

Faridabad is perhaps one of the few towns in Haryana, where a parking fee is levied at the office of the district administration. As against this, there are several mini-secretariats in the state where there is no parking fee.

But now, a large number of offices of the Central government, public sector units and banks in the town have introduced paid parking outside their buildings. Some residents feel that the practice of auctioning or leasing out parking contracts on public land (which do not belong to the office or the institution concerned) is illegal. As the trade is still unregulated, a ‘parking stand mafia’ has surfaced in the town.

The residents feel helpless as they do not know whether the parking fee is legal or authorised. Many parking contractors do not issue proper receipts against the fee to the visitors and are ready to indulge in a scuffle if one dares to challenge them.

In a recent incident, men of the parking contractor at the municipal corporation office here beat up two employees of the corporation, including a Junior Engineer, when they did not pay the parking fee. Similarly, the parking contractor at Bhadshah Khan Civil Hospital here charges fee from the visitors even if they park their vehicles outside the hospital premises.

Some policemen in the town are also reported to be colluding with the parking contractors. About a month ago, a youth, posing as a parking stand contractor, started charging a fee from the vehicle owners in the Sector 12 sports complex here. It is learnt that the youth was sent by a policeman posted in the nearby police station.

It is also alleged that some persons are running illegal paid stands at the town park, which is a big draw on weekends. Interestingly, despite the paid parking lots at most of the places, the incidence of vehicle theft has been on the increase. At least, two vehicles are stolen daily in the town.



28 kg heroin worth Rs 30 cr seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 28
The Delhi unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) today claimed to have seized 28.5 kg of heroin worth Rs 30 crore and apprehended three persons, including the wife of one of the accused, from a house in Derawal Nagar in North Delhi. The accused - Chander Mohan Makkar, his wife Hemlata alias Baby and their associate Gagan Deep Singh - were arrested and a gas burner, mixer and grinder, used to prepare the illicit heroin, were recovered from the premises.

The NCB officials, on receiving a tip-off that an illicit drug unit was operating in the Model Town area of North Delhi, located it in a house in Derawal Nagar. On November 26, the officials had intercepted a car (DL-4C-4126) with two persons at Yusaf Sarai near Nirula’s restaurant and seized 1 kg of heroin kept in a polythene packet. Subsequently, the officials raided the rented accommodation in Derawal Nagar and seized another 27.5 kg of heroin. Investigations revealed that Chander Mohan used to obtain the raw material and the chemicals from Rampur in UP and Bhagirath Palace in Delhi for manufacturing heroin.

Heroin in Hanuman pictures: In another seizure, the Delhi Police Narcotics Branch has arrested 10 persons from different parts of the Capital and seized 6 kg of opium worth Rs 2.25 crore. They have been booked under the NDPS Act. In one of the cases, the police arrested two persons, Sultan alias Prabhu Lal (27) and Mumtaj, a resident of Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh, from Daryaganj and seized 6 kg of opium, which was concealed in six pictures of Lord Hanuman. The police found the drugs concealed in polythene packets, hidden in the crevice in the back of each photo.

Drug supply chain snaps:
The Kotwali police in Ghaziabad have arrested one person with smack worth Rs 40 lakh. He was ferrying it from Bareilly and intended to smuggle it into Delhi. The police are looking for his two main suppliers in Loni and Bareilly. The Kotwali police had been alerted by a source that a youth, who is a peddler of drugs and other narcotic substances, would arrived at the New Bus Stand. The police, who had blocked all exit points, nabbed Abrar, a resident of Kesarpur village under Sirauli police station in Bareilly. A search led to the discovery of 400 gm of smack kept in a polythene bag. Abrar told the police that he worked for an influential drug peddler of Barielly and used to carry smack and other stuff for sale in Ghaziabad, Loni and Delhi areas. For one such trip, he would get Rs 90,000 as commission. He said an influential person in Loni also supplied drugs in Ghaziabad, Delhi and other adjoining areas. The Bareilly drug boss has direct links with the Loni man. Two police teams have been sent, one to Loni and another to Bareilly.



Mammoth effort to make Bhajan rally historic
Our Correspondent

Rewari, November 28
Four Congress legislators of Ahirwal, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav (Rewari), Rao Narendra Singh, Rao Dharam Pal (Sohna) and Mrs Anita Yadav (Salhawas) have joined forces for the success of the January 12 Rewari rally of the HPCC chief, Mr Bhajan Lal, as well as the simultaneous consolidation of the swelling pro-Congress forces in Ahirwal.

Talking to the NCR Tribune, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav said that their efforts were now focussed on mobilising the people of Ahirwal for the above rally, which would virtually be a historic one.

He informed that during the past one week, they had individually as well as jointly toured over 100 villages of the region with the above objective.

Elaborating on the six-point agenda of the rally, he said that the completion of the SYL canal, which was the lifeline of Ahirwal, was their top priority.

Making a specific mention of the apex court verdict, he said that the Supreme Court vide its judgement on January 1, 2002, directed Punjab to continue digging the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal and make the canal functional within one year. Further, it also directed that in case the canal is not completed within a year, the Centre should get it done expeditiously. But it was deplorable that during the past 10 months, the Chautala government had done nothing tangible to ensure the completion of the SYL canal.

He said that when the Haryana's share of the Ravi-Beas waters was proving a mirage, the issue of the districtwise equitable distribution of the available canal water was engaging their utmost attention. This was highly unjustified that Sirsa, Fatehabad, Hisar, Jind, Kaithal etc, were perennial beneficiaries of the available canal water while only a negligible portion of this canal water was being supplied to Rewari, Mahendragarh and Gurgaon districts - major portions of which had now been facing the most miserable situation.

Non-provision of relief to drought-affected farmers, apathetic approach towards the martyrs and their dependants in Ahirwal and preparations for the introduction of the "anti-social" casino-culture were the other issues on the agenda of the above rally, he added.



New stamp duty rates after April 2003
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 28
The Ghaziabad Development Authority has decided that the allottees who were given plots or flats will have to pay stamp duty at the new circle rate after April 2003.

Therefore, those who want to get their flats or plots registered at old stamp duty rates better hurry otherwise they will end up paying a lot more after April next year.

The state government has issued order that old property in UP must be registered at new circle rates. UP Stamp Commissioner Prabhas Kumar Jha has issued the relevant orders, it is understood.

According to this order of the state government, the allottees of property of all development authorities, housing development councils, industrial development authorities and state industrial development corporations who have made payment of the full amount, but have not got their property registered yet, should do so before March 31 next year. Otherwise they will have to shell out stamp duty as per new circle rates.

Till March 31, stamp duty will be charged in accordance with circle rates that were prevalent at the time of allotment of property. After April 2003, the current circle rates of stamp duty will be charged on old property also.

Necessary instructions have been issued to the officers of the housing development authorities, industrial development authorities corporations etc. in the state that they should extend the benefit of the old stamp duty rates to maximum people by March 31, 2003.

The officials have also been asked to expedite other projects so that the ownership rights of the allottees could be protected.

The ADM (Finance) has therefore advised people to avail this stamp duty benefit by getting their property registered by March 31, 2003.



Haryana welfare schemes reviewed
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 28
The Commissioner of Country and Town Planning Haryana, Mr Bhaskar Chatterjee, reviewed the progress of the on-going development projects launched by the state government, at a specially convened meeting of the district officials here last evening.

Mr S N Roy, Deputy Commissioner and Mr R P Bhardwaj, Additional Deputy Commissioner were among those present in the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Chatterjee directed the officials of various development departments to take immediate steps for the completion of projects during the stipulated period. These projects include Chaudhary Devilal Sports Academy, Chaudhary Devilal Park, Gymkhana, and community health centres as well as the canal-based drinking water supply scheme and the new vegetable market at Gohana, a subdivisional town in Sonepat district.

While reviewing the sowing operations of the Rabi crops, the officials of the Agriculture Department told Mr Chatterjee that the farmers had already sown wheat crop in 90,000 hectares, musterseeds in 8,500 hectares, and pulses in 1,100 hectares in the district.

During the last year, wheat was sown in 1.37 lakh hectares but this area would come down to 1.30 lakh hectares as the area under sugarcane and other cash crops had increased this year. The sugarcane crop had been sown in 18,000 hectares as compared to 11,000 hectares during the last year.

Mr Chatterjee directed the officials of the irrigation department to ensure regular supply of water and check the theft of canal water effectively.

He also asked the officials of Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) to ensure eight-hour power supply in the agriculture sector for the welfare of the farmers.

He said that he was satisfied with the working of the UHBVN and the recovery of the electricity bills in the district.

The officials of the UHBVN told Mr Chatterjee that at least 56,000 new electronic meters had been installed in Sonepat city and the remaining 6,000 would be replaced shortly after the receipt of new electricity meters. The

income of the UHBVN, they maintained, had gone up by 12 per cent on account of the installation of new electricity meters.

Mr Chatterjee also expressed satisfaction over the beautification campaign launched by the district

administration in Sonepat city and lauded the role of Mr S N Roy, Deputy Commissioner, for his contribution towards the development of the city.

He asked the authorities to take up the work for the beautification of Bahalgarh Chowk on the G T Road which is the entry point to Sonepat city.

He asked the authorities of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) to take immediate steps for the recovery of Rs 1.60 crore outstanding against the plot holders. It was told in the meeting that the construction work for the memorial at Bad Khalsa village would be completed by January next year.

Mr R P Bhardwaj, ADC, told the meeting that all the projects were sanctioned during the first phase of the ‘Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar’ programme launched by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

He said that the work on 43 projects sanctioned during the second phase of the programme would be completed soon.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S N Roy, told the meeting that the construction work of a Rs 45-lakh building of the ITI has been completed at Ganaur, a sub-divisional town in this district. A sum of Rs 5 lakh more would be spent on it.



Child labour: HC serves notices on Ministry 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 28
The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Ministry of Labour, Govt of India along with the NCT of Delhi, the MCD and the NDMC in connection with a PIL, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Minister of Labour Sahib Singh Verma told the House that the Government of India has included the process of rag-picking in the schedule of the Child Labour Act 1986, which prohibits employment of children below 14 years in the list of hazardous jobs.

The Government of India is implementing the projects in Delhi for the children withdrawn from work through a grants-in-aid scheme for the welfare of working children. An integrated programme for street children is also being implemented, said the Minister.

Minister of State for Labour Ashok Pradhan told the Rajya Sabha that during the discussions on the recommendations of the Second National Commission on Labour, the Labour Minister of Government of NCT of Delhi opposed certain recommendations related to rationalising the existing laws.

He added that some recommendations particularly those related to enactment of law for providing social security and protection in respect of workers were appreciated.

The Commission has made its recommendations on various aspects of labour including social security, child labour, economic efficiency and productivity.

Minister of State for Railways Bandaru Dattaraya in a written reply to the Lok Sabha said that a pilot project of unreserved ticketing system (UTS) for issuing of unreserved tickets has been implemented in Delhi. The project includes features like issuing tickets for a period up to 30 days in advance, issuing monthly season tickets as well as platform tickets. The scheme has been commissioned at 23 stations in Delhi.

At present, an average 80,000 tickets are being issued from the UTS every day and as many as two lakh passengers are being booked. It will be extended in a phased manner to the other zones as well.

He also informed the House that the Railways are considering proposals for provision of directional terminals to be located at the periphery of Delhi. This includes a passenger terminal at Anand Vihar for East-bound trains. However, the strategy is to fully exploit terminals in Delhi before taking up the work of additional terminals. The proposal pertaining to development of a new terminal in Delhi is under consideration.

There are 41 vacancies in Group B, 917 vacancies in Group C and 276 vacancies in Group D in the national Capital. These are non-gazetted posts, informed the Minister of Sate for Communications and Information Technology, Dr Sanjay Paswan. He added that there is no general shortage of staff in the department of posts.



Rudderless in an adult world
Tribune News Service

A lost childhoodNew Delhi, November 28
They are claimed to be India’s forgotten children. With no voices and no strength to stake a claim to a normal childhood, thousands of children in the country continue to bear the atrocities inflicted by the adult world. As carpet weavers, cheap labour in kilns and factories, these children are a neglected lot.

‘Seen, but not heard’ is a compendium of the lives of these neglected and tortured children which has been put together by the Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI).

The report is aimed at addressing the critical problems confronted every day by millions of underprivileged children in the country.

Released in the Capital recently, it explores the realities of those children who find themselves relegated to the fringes of society. Apart from examining the overall socio-economic, cultural, legal and policy milieu of these children, the report takes a detailed look at their general health status.

The report, which took 15 months to frame, deals with the lives of those who have been victims of child abuse, natural disasters. It deals with the lives of those affected by HIV, children of sex workers and mentally and physically challenged children.

A segment titled, ‘Hamara pages’ is where children have communicated their experiences and hopes. It is here that one can read about the children who went to sleep on empty stomachs, or those who have been struck with heated rods for reporting late to work. Children sold to contractors for a sum of Rs 200 and then made to work in ruthless conditions for 12 hours and more is a reality today. It is these realities that the report highlights.

The VHAI has been a federation of 24 state voluntary health associations across the country and envisages to promote community health, social justice and distribution of health services in the country.



Ex-servicemen to hold rally on Dec 9
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 28
The Indian Ex-Services League (IESL) has decided to hold an all India rally of ex-servicemen followed by dharna to press for their longstanding demands.

The league will hold the rally on December 9 followed by dharna till December 13.

According to Brigadier (retd) Mohinder Singh, president, IESL, the ex-servicemen have been facing many problems and the government is hardly interested in fulfilling them. The IESL, demanding the revision of pension rates, said that in pre-Independence era, the defence personnel were getting 70 to 99 per cent of their pay as pension as compared to civilians, who got pension between 40 and 50 per cent of their pay.

The defence personnel were thus compensated for early retirement in the interest of the services and the formula applied was “Early Retirement, Higher Compensation”.

The IESL also said there was big hope during the Fifth Pay Commission that justice would be done to the defence personnel, but again the major benefits have been bestowed upon the civil employees. This has resulted in discontentment among the defence personnel.

They questioned the Fifth Pay Commission as it said that full pension would be paid to only those who have 33 years of service. “The Fifth Pay Commission has laid down the condition of 33 years’ service to earn full pension. The jawan is allowed to serve only for 17 years and up to the rank of subedar major only five years’ weightage of service is given, then how could a jawan complete 33 years of service to get full pension,” Mr Singh said.

The League questioned the number of increments given to the junior officers, as due to age and rank constraints in which they serve, they can never reach the top scale of the pay.

“It will be pertinent to mention that the civilian employees have no age and rank constraints in their service and everybody is allowed to serve till the age of 60,” added Mr Singh.

Besides, the IESL also demanded an increase in family pension and entitlement to full medical facilities.



HVP women protest against police inaction
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 28
A large number of women, affiliated to the Haryana Vikas Party, sat on a dharna in front of the office of the Superintendent of Police here on Wednesday, to register their protest against the failure of the police to arrest the culprits involved in the murder of Mr Jai Bhagwan, resident of Umedgarh village, on October 31 last.

According to a report, the leaders of the Gramin Lok-hit Mahila Kalyan Samiti also submitted a memorandum to the SP, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat and blamed the police for making attempt to shield the culprits who were threatening to the eye-witnesses of the case with dire consequences. The SP assured the leaders of the Samiti that he would look into the matter and take action accordingly. Thereafter, the women protesters called off the dharna.

Boy crushed: A 14-month-old boy was crushed to death by a tractor in a farmhouse here on Wednesday evening. The police are still investigating into the case.

According to another report, a youth, Biloo, was hit and injured by a jeep on the Mamoon-Bhanja Chowk here on Wednesday night. He was immediately rushed to the civil hospital.

Later, he was shifted to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment. The jeep driver however, managed to escape.

The police registered a case and a hunt is on to apprehend him.

The youth was going on his moped when the accident occurred.

Another report says that Mr Sanjay, a jawan of the Railway Protection Force, was seriously injured when he was hit by a maruti car on the Sonepat-Gohana road near Barwasni village about 5 km from here on Wednesday evening. The jawan was rushed to the local civil hospital and from there he was shifted to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment.



ESI schemes ‘need’ changes to benefit workers
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, November 28
The Regional Director, Employees State Insurance Corporation, Mr B. K. Venkatesh, visited the office of the Gurgaon Industrial Association and interacted with the industrialists there.

Welcoming the guests, the GIA president, Mr J. N. Mangla, said the ESI had to change with the changing industrial scenario. Some of its schemes needed fundamental changes to benefit both the employees and the employers.

Expressing displeasure over the conditions in the ESIC dispensaries, Mr Mangla said the standard of service was very poor and no one was being held accountable for it.

He pointed out that the multiple controls by the state government and the ESI Corporation had been creating a lot of confusion in the day-to-day working of the dispensaries. Mr Mangla demanded the formation of an advisory board which would take representatives from the industrial bodies and workers' unions to monitor the functioning of dispensaries. With respect to inspection of factories by the ESI officials, the GIA president said most of the officials were in the habit of sending the demand notice after a long time of inspection. Mr Mangla suggested that any sort of discrepancies found during the inspection should be brought to the notice of the industrialist immediately.

The GIA further suggested that the companies having their head office in a different state and factory in Haryana should be given extra time to fulfil the formalities as they had to send the papers to their HQ.

At present, the corporation insists on completing the formalities in 10 days’ time, which is very less.

The industrial body said any bank which took more than two weeks to return the receipt of challan should be asked to issue the receipt on the spot to the industrial community.



Youth and girl run over by train
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 28
A teenaged girl and a 21-years-old youth were run over by a speeding train near old Faridabad railway station here this morning.

It is reported that the victims identified as Kapil and Jyoti (18), residents of old Faridabad colony, were known to each other and the Railway police suspected it as a case of suicide. The bodies were handed over to their kin after a post-mortem examination at civil hospital.

Commits suicide

Jhajjar: A newly-married woman reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself in her room at Hindustan National Glass factory (HNG) situated in Bahadurgarh town here on Tuesday.

The police, however, registered a case of dowry death under Section 304-B of the Dowry Act, on the complaint of the deceased’s brother, Mahesh, against the husband and in-laws.

According to information, Rakhee, wife of Ajay Kumar, ended her life by hanging herself. Ajay, who hails from Gwalior, was employed as an engineer in the HNG.

Mahesh, a resident of Guna in Madhya Pradesh, has said in his complaint that his sister was married to Ajay eight months ago. He alleged that his sister's husband and his family members were harassing her for dowry, which drove her to suicide.

Shops burgled

Sonepat: Thieves broke open the shutters of two shops on the Sonepat Bahalgarh road near Sector 12 here on Wednesday night and escaped with cash and other articles worth several thousands of rupees from these shops.

According to a report, the owners of the shops lodged a complaint with the police. Further investigations were in progress.

Youth hurt

Anil, a second year student of architect department, was seriously injured in a clash between two rival groups of the students in the CR State College of Engineering at Murthal, about 8 km from here on Wednesday evening.

According to a report, lathis, knives and other deadly weapons were used freely in the clash. The injured student was immediately hospitalised.

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

Wrestler dies

A wrestler, Phool Kanwar of Sisana village, died after a heart attack at Hardwar on Wednesday. According to a report, the wrestler along with some friends had gone to Hardwar to meet his brother.

Youth arrested

The police arrested a youth while he was drunk in the Mamoon-Bhanja Chowk area here on Wednesday night. A case under the Excise Act was registered against him.

Woman killed in scuffle over kids

New Delhi: In a bizarre incident today, a woman was killed and her husband injured by their neighbour, who was staying on the same premises, for objecting to their children playing on the terrace in Zakir Nagar. The injured, Rahees Ahmed, and his deceased wife, Aisa Khan (28), were staying in house No 279/2 on the fourth floor. Their neighbour, Sarvar Siddique, was staying on the third floor with his three children. Today around 12.30 pm, Sarvar’s children went to play on the terrace and Rahees objected to it as the children created a nuisance. Following this, the two families got into an altercation. Enraged over this issue, Sarvar brought a country-made weapon from his house and fired at Rahees and his wife.

Girl’s SOS against rapist stepfather

A 16-year old girl, who was repeatedly raped by her stepfather in their house in Uttam Nagar in West district, finally gained courage to inform the helpline set up to report incidents of crime against women. The girl, after reading the recent newspaper reports of the assurance given by the Delhi Police to punish those who rape women and the self-defence technique course organised by the West district for women to handle miscreants on road, got the confidence to report the matter to the police.

The girl’s mother had a second marriage after losing her husband three years ago. The girl was first raped by her stepfather when she was 13 in 1999, and this continued till now.

Dowry death: 10-year jail term

Faridabad: The local Fast Track Court has sentenced two persons to ten years’ imprisonment in connection with a dowry death case. The accused, identified as Upender and Arjun (brothers) of Sector 23 here, have been convicted of being responsible for the death of Usha, married to Upender in February 2001. TNS



Cathay Pacific b’day bash in Dwarka
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 28
The 50th birthday celebrations of Cathay Pacific included a treat for the marginalised children. The Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific celebrated the 50th anniversary of its presence in India by conducting various activities for children of construction site workers in Dwarka here today.

The children, part of a mobile crèche run by an NGO, were allowed to paint their perception of an aircraft and were handed over Cathay Pacific activity kits comprising a bag, jigsaw puzzles stickers and stationery material.

The airline has taken over the responsibility of raising funds for the deprived children the world over. The company has launched a programme ‘Change for Good’ in-flight fund-raising programme with Unicef. Over 7.5 million Hong Kong dollars were raised last year to support relief programmes around the world.

Residents castigate Delhi govt: The All India Citizens Committee (AICC) of Dilshad Garden in North-East Delhi said that residents of the area would not pay the electricity bill until enough power supply was made.

AICC secretary general Pramod Arya announced that the committee members would launch a civil non-cooperation movement to protest against the government’s failure to provide civic amenities like drinking water, electricity, ration cards, health, education, transport and housing facilities to the citizens of the Capital.

He said that the government should recover the losses from its employees as we are not responsible for the financial losses.

If action is not taken against the corrupt officials in the government department, the committee will expose the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats.

NHPC gets gold medal: The National Hydro-electric Power Corporation's pavilion was awarded the gold medal in the India International Trade Fair - 2002, which concluded in the Capital on Wednesday.

The pavilion was awarded for the best display in the category of Public Sector Undertaking by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO). NHPC is the only public sector, awarded the Gold Medal this year.

The award was given by Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry to Mr Yogendra Prasad, Chairman and Managing Director, NHPC. NHPC had put up an impressive pavilion in Hall No. 10.

NHPC pavilion had displayed its activities in the development of hydro-power in the country and abroad with the help of working models and blow-ups.

The pavilion attracted a large number of business visitors and general public.



Villagers send DDA men scurrying

New Delhi: Officials of the civil wing of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had to run away with their bulldozers, tractors and other equipment after irate residents of Sheikh Sarai village (Savitri Nagar) objected to the agency’s plan to develop a park in place of a pond that was already filled by the residents. Residents of the village raised objection when a team of the DDA officials approached the village elders not to use the land of pond for their personal purpose as it was government property. TNS



No let-up in Drawar killings
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 28
There seems to be no end to the chain of murders that commenced with the killing of Prem Singh, ex-pradhan of Drawar village in Anup Shahar area of Bulandshahr, two-and-a-half months ago.

The latest in the series is the murder of a 19-year-old youth, Sumit alias Pintu, who was done to death in Drawar town on the night of November 26. The killers wanted to settle scores with Sumit’s father Chander Bhan, who has been assiduously pursuing cases pertaining to two murders, that of his father-in-law Amar Singh and his brother Sri Chand. Chander Bhan had been receiving threats in this connection.

To teach Chander Bhan a lesson, one of the accused came to Jahingirabad with his accomplices on the night of November 26. He managed to persuade Sumit to accompany him to a movie. During the show, Sumit was taken outside on some pretext; the accomplices were waiting for the former and gunned him down in a hail of bullets. The police later claimed to have arrested the main accused and recovered the murder weapon from him. They are now looking for the three other accused named in the complaint and a few other suspects.

The court had earlier awarded Amar Singh and his brother Sri Chand a five year prison term for the murder of ex-pradhan Prem Singh. Sri Chand's three sons -- Jagmohan, Jagdish and Rajpal -- had been awarded life imprisonment. It is this simmering enmity which led to the killing of Amar Singh and his brother Sri Chand on August 9. Though the police had claimed to have arrested all the accused and sent them to jail, a number of suspects are still at large.

An intriguing aspect of the story is that when the new SSP Alok Sharma of Bulandshahr had asked for the records of murders committed in the district out of revenge, he was not told about the series of killings in Drawar village, starting with the murder of ex-pradhan Prem Singh. Why the SSP was not acquainted with the chain of murders, by his own staff, is not clear.



Gang of snatchers busted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 28
The police today claimed to have arrested a gang of snatchers, Vicky alias Neeraj, Balbir and Anil alias Sheikh Salim and recovered Rs 7,000, one wrist watch, one diary and a country made weapon along with two live cartridges from their possession.

The accused, on November 24, robbed cash from Ravindra of his cash, watch and a diary in the New Delhi Railway Station, when he inquired with the accused wanting some information.

Criminal apprehended: The East district police arrested a notorious criminal of Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh. He was involved in the murder of a 19-year-old girl. The suspect Gaydeen, resident of Bhadari, after chopping the neck of the girl in a broad daylight at Pilibhit, shifted to Trilok Puri. Police nabbed the suspect when he was travelling from Trilok Puri towards Vasundhara. 



Youth fires at girlfriend

People peep into the room in which the girl was shot at in Bhikaiji Cama PlaceNew Delhi: A person fired at his girlfriend following an argument at Bhikaiji Cama Place today afternoon. The suspect fled the spot soon after the incident. The police said that Atal Behari (22), a resident of Narela, who works for a modelling agency, fired at his girlfriend, Gurmeet Kaur (21), a resident of Safdarjung Enclave. The incident occurred at around 2 pm in Ansal Chambers in Bhikaiji Cama Place. Gurmeet was immediately rushed to a hospital. Her condition is reported to be stable. TNS
People peep into the room in which the girl was shot at in Bhikaiji Cama Place. — Tribune Photo



Sugar mills facing problem of plenty
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 28
The Haryana Co-operative Sugar Mills, Rohtak, oldest sugar mills in the region, are facing a problem of surplus. The mills have a total storage capacity of only 2.25 lakh quintals of sugar. But they have over 2.55 lakh quintals of sugar in stocks. The crushing season for 2002-03 season started on November 21 and the mills are now confronted with the problem of searching new godowns to stock the new arrival of the sugar.

Mr P.K. Sharma, managing director of the Co-operative Sugar Mills, told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that he plans to construct two more godowns to stock sugar. “We have already obtained a loan of Rs 67.50 lakh from the Rohtak Central Co-operative Bank for this purpose,” he told.

The mills propose to crush nearly 30 lakh quintals of sugarcane during the crushing season. The managing director hopes to maintain the past performance and achieve recovery target of over 10 per cent. During the last crushing season that ended on April 16, the mills had crushed 29.66 lakh quintals of sugarcane and bagged 2.98 lakh quintals of sugarcane. The mills had achieved recovery of 10.04 per cent per quintal which was the highest amongst all the co-operative sugar mills in sugarcane.



Delhi adjudged second at fair
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 28
While the Rajasthan pavilion was adjudged the best pavilion at the India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2002, which concluded here on Wednesday, Delhi came second.

The Chhattisgarh pavilion awarded the bronze medal, while Rajasthan and Delhi bagged the gold and the silver respectively.

The annual exhibition, organised by the ITPO, this year saw participation from 41 countries, 28 States, five Union Territories, 45 PSUs and private companies.

The awards were given away by Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Pratap Singh Rudy on behalf of the organisers, ITPO, at a function held in Pragati Maidan.

Mr R. C. Sinha, Managing Director, Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation, received the medal on behalf of the State.Back

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