Sunday, December 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Two terrorists killed; third escapes
Capital put on red alert 
Tribune News Service

A policeman examining the arms and ammunition recovered from the slain terrorists
A policeman examining the arms and ammunition recovered from the slain terrorists. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, December 14
The Delhi Police and the intelligence agencies have sounded a red alert for a suspected terrorist who managed to escape after two of his alleged accomplices were killed in an encounter with the personnel of the Special Cell of the Delhi Police in the Tughlaqabad area in the early hours of this morning.

Highly placed police sources said that the police forces of the neighbouring states had also been alerted to help nab the suspect who could be armed. The suspect is believed to be young and ordinarily dressed. There is no other description of him since the officials engaged in the encounter were unable to see him clearly in the early morning haze.

The police were trying to establish the identity of the two terrorists in the meantime, suspected to be Pakistanis. Incidentally, this is the sixth successful encounter of the Special Cell this year.

The encounter comes a day after the nation observed the anniversary of the storming of Parliament by Pakistani terrorists.

The police said that some documents seized from the two suspects were being examined with the help of experts from the intelligence agencies. In fact, the encounter was the result of specific information given by the agencies.

The two AK 47 assault rifles, grenades and a large amount of ammunition recovered from them were also being examined by forensic experts for telltale markings which could provide clue to their origin.

The encounter occurred near the Tughlaqabad Air Force Station and camps of two paramilitary forces stationed in the Capital.

Last year, a big commotion was caused at the Tughlaqabad Air Force station after reports that some unidentified armed intruders had sneaked into the high security area. A massive combing operation was launched inside as well as the adjoining forest area, but no one was found.

The Delhi Police and other security agencies were already on a high alert as the intelligence agencies had cautioned that the terrorists were likely to strike on or near the anniversary of the Parliament storming.

The encounter took place around 6.05 a.m. when a white Zen, apparently with fake number plates, entered the Capital from Faridabad. The Special Cell of the Delhi Police had erected two barricades there.

Senior police officers said that the car with three occupants rammed through the first barrier when signalled to stop. As the personnel manning the second barricade had already been alerted, they took up position and fired at the vehicle when the occupants refused to stop. However, the suspects were forced to abandon the vehicle when it climbed a culvert. They immediately took up positions in the ditch running parallel to the road. There was an exchange of fire which lasted about 35 minutes.

While two were killed, the third taking advantage of the dim light managed to run away in another direction. He was chased for a while but soon he vanished into thin air. The search was then called off. It was started again after sometime.

Four bullet marks were seen on the car, two each on the rear windscreen and the bumper. Fingerprints were lifted from the spot by experts from the forensic department

Senior police officers said that the fingerprints were being matched with those of known Pakistani terrorists belonging to the Lashkar-e-Toiba and its recent offshoot by the intelligence agencies. The areas around the Tughlaqabad Fort were being scoured by teams of armed policemen even as the security at the Air Force station and the camps of the paramilitary forces was strengthened.



Wheat worth crores going to waste in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 14
Thousands of bags of wheat worth several crores of rupees, procured by the state and Central Government agencies, are lying in the open in the new grain market and the godown of the Food and Supplies Department due to the non-availability of space in the covered godowns in the city and elsewhere in the district. According to a report, monsoon rains have damaged the bulk quantity of this wheat and the government has suffered a huge financial loss on this account.

The authorities concerned and the high-ranking officials of the procurement agencies are not bothered about the damage caused to the procured wheat by the rains and other inclement weather conditions. They have not visited the mandis and godowns either to study the situation.

Leaders of the Congress and the Haryana Vikas Party have urged the state government to order a high-level probe into the public complaints against the damage to the wheat stocks procured by the official procurement agencies. They demanded stern action against the officials responsible for the loss. The leaders urged the state government to take immediate steps for lifting the stock and stocking it in the covered godowns without delay.

Meanwhile, non-supply of rationed commodities particularly levy sugar and kerosene to a large number of families living below the poverty line (BPL) by certain depot holders has caused resentment among the holders of yellow and other ration cards in this city and other parts of the district.

The Public Distribution System (PDS) does benefit the poor but only to small extent. Though the Government has fixed the monthly quota to provide items at subsidised rates, their regular availability is left much to be desired as the PDS outlet owners are often accused of diverting supplies and blackmarketing in connivance with certain officials and inspectorate staff of the Food and Supplies Department.

The availability of kerosene is no better, with the depot holders tending to divert supplies instead of selling it to the ration card holders.

It is alleged that most of the depot holders were selling kerosene in the black market to the ‘halwais’ and owners of some commercial establishments regularly.

It is also reported that not a single ‘halwai’ or owner of the commercial establishments had ever applied to seek permits for kerosene. The ‘halwais’ use kerosene in the ‘bhatis’ whereas the owners of commercial establishments use it in the generating sets.

The officials of the Food and Supplies have so far not conducted raids on the shops of ‘halwais’ and the premises of the commercial establishments in order to verify the complaints in this regard. If such raids are carried out, they will find a large stock of kerosene there.

Meanwhile, representatives of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations as well as the trade unions have expressed concern over the misdistribution of rationed commodities among the poor living below the poverty line. They alleged that certain officials of the Food and Supplies Department were in league with unscrupulous depot holders. They demanded a high-level probe into the racket.



Farmers cause heavy losses to government
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 14
The Haryana Government has been suffering a huge financial loss on account of cuts made by the farmers in the canals, distributaries and minors to irrigate their fields under rabi crops.

According to a report, erratic supply of canal water even during the rotation period and the lack of winter rains were the main cause of the cuts in the canal network falling under the jurisdiction of the Gohana Water Service Division in the district. The authorities concerned have always remained silent spectators and they have utterly failed to check such cases effectively. In this way, they duped the state government and misappropriate the public funds by showing mishaps and preparing bogus muster rolls in connection with the repair works and thus pocketing the money on this account.

It is alleged that the officials of the division are hand in glove with the unscrupulous and influential farmers, who are involved in the cases of canal cuts. Theft of canal water on a massive scale by the influential farmers was on the increase in the division. Thanks to the failure of the authorities concerned to take legal action against the erring farmers.

The farmers, whose fields are situated at the tail-end, demanded a high-level probe into their complaints about the non-reaching of canal water and a stern action against those officials who are found responsible for it. They also threatened to launch a gherao the officials if no steps are taken to improve the canal water supplies to the farmers, particularly at the tail-end villages.

They also demanded immediate suspension of the Executive Engineer, the SDO and other officials to ensure an independent and impartial probe.

Many farmers told to the NCR Tribune here that the sowings of rabi crops, like wheat have been completed and now they want sufficient supply of canal water on account of lack of winter rains this year. But the supply of canal water was irregular and inadequate. As a result, the rabi crops are the worst-hit.

The farmers are critical of the local authorities of the Gohana Water Service Division for their failure to redress their grievances about the scarcity of canal water.



Crime against women dipping: Gupta
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 14
Almost a month after the Maulana Azad Medical College rape case created a furore in the Capital, the Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr R S Gupta, said today that they are planning to increase the number of women recruits from three per cent to 10 per cent, in a move to prevent crime against women and sensitise the force.

While the atrocities against women came under sharp focus after the MAMC rape case, the Delhi Police Commissioner said that the crime figures indicated otherwise.

Claiming that the crime figures had actually reduced in the Capital, Mr Gupta described the general perception about crimes against women having increased manifold as only “an expression of dissatisfaction with the current level of crime against women” and not an indicator of the trend.

Addressing a symposium on “How do we make Delhi safe for women?” here today, the Police Commissioner said in majority of rape cases, the rapist was known to the victim. “In 90 per cent of rape cases, the crime is committed by persons such as family members, relatives, friends and neighbours,” Mr Gupta said adding that the police could take preventive action only against the rest.

Thus an all-round effort was needed by society to help make women—who constitute more than 50 per cent of our population—feel free and happy, he said.

Elucidating the measures being taken by the police to instil confidence in the citizens of the city, Mr Gupta said women police mobile teams have been stationed at various places, besides helplines and complaint boxes for the distressed women.

On measures taken recently, Mr Gupta said a helpline, which had already received more than double cases in last few months for rape victims had been linked with a women police mobile team. The PCR van, alongwith women police officers, would immediately set off for the location from where the distress call was made.

A crisis centre, comprising women police sub-inspectors, female psychiatrists and NGOs had also been set up, giving a “woman’s touch” to help the victim deal with the trauma, he said adding the action taken on the case was documented and then reviewed by senior officials.

The police was also planning to increase the percentage of women officials in the force, Mr Gupta said and informed that they had asked the Centre to appoint special courts for rape cases for speedy trial and quick conviction.

Thus an all-round effort was needed from society to help make women — who constitute more than 50 per cent of our population — feel free and happy, he said.

While agreeing that the attitude of male police officers towards victims of rape had to change, Mr Gupta said they were also drawn from the society but mentioned that gender sensitisation was an essential element of all training courses for recruits.

Expressing concern that in about 200 cases of eve-teasing reported from the North Campus of Delhi University where police had set up traps, most of the perpetrators of crime were the “honourable members of society”, Mr Gupta questioned the practicality of the police being present everywhere. 



Teacher murder case reopened

Bhiwani, December 14
The police have started investigating afresh the murder of a teacher who died under mysterious circumstances some three months back. The body was recovered from a canal near Ghasola village under Charkhi Dadri subdivision. The official sources disclosed that the police have recorded the statements of several persons of Ghasola village in this connection today.

It may be recalled that the body of the teacher, Surender Singh, posted at Industrial Training Institute at Berala village, was recovered near Badhwana canal and Kheri Bura minor on Dadri-Mahendragarh Road on September 1. Police had registered a case under section 304 A of Indian Penal Code after receiving the post-mortem report. The villagers, however, expressed dissatisfaction over the investigations and met higher authorities. They submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister on September 22 demanding thorough inquiry into the case. The body was fished out on September 1. It bore several marks of injuries besides having broken hands.

According to sources, Surender Singh had informed his family on August 29 that he was going to Hasangarh along with two co-employees. Some eyewitnesses had seen him along with four persons the same day. DSP Charkhi Dadri Rohtash Singh Ahlawat told that the case would be registered as a murder case only after the completion of investigation and assured that none of the accused will be spared. OC



Gt Noida cuts interest rates for investors
Our Correspondent

Noida, December 14
The Greater Noida administration has reduced the interest rates on payment of allotment of plots for Indian and foreign investors to 12 and 15 per cent respectively from the previous rates of 14 and 17 per cent.

Besides, a committee is being constituted to sort out the matters pertaining to ‘abadi’ land. Representatives of villagers, the district administration and the Greater Noida administration will be members of this committee. These decisions were taken at the 45th meeting of the Greater Noida Board.

Greater Noida has slashed its interest rates, keeping in view the interest rates announced by the banks, Secretary Komal Ram said.

Greater Noida will now recover 12 per cent interest rate from its allottees in future. But in case of failure to make payments on time, interest at the rate of 15 per cent will be charged. Controversies pertaining to ‘abadi’ are very important for the Greater Noida administration. And all cases brought before the committee, constituted by the board, will be decided on the merit of each case and the committee’s decision will be respected by all.

For setting up of Gautam Budh Nagar University, a budget of Rs 70 crore has been approved. The university will be set up on 500 acres near Dharrbara village.

The Taj economic zone has also been approved at the board Meeting. It will be set up near Dankaur. The board has also accepted the implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission’s recommendation for Greater Noida employees. The proposal has now been sent to the state government for approval.

The board rejected the proposal regarding promotions of class IV employees from Scheduled Caste category.

Greater Noida Chairman Lalit Srivastava, Noida CEO D. S. Bains, Greater Noida DECO S.C.Gang and other senior officers attended the board meeting.



DCP put under suspension
Tribune News Service

New Delhi December 14
The Ministry of Home Affairs has finally put Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), New Delhi district Manoj Kumar Lall under suspension. The action was taken following recommendations of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC). He has been charged with leading a police assault on JD (U) MP Devender Prasad Yadav.

The JPC was headed by BJP MP Vijay Kumar Malhotra. In his preliminary report in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, Mr Malhotra said that in order to ensure transparent and impartial inquiry into the case, the DCP be placed under suspension till the probe was completed.

Manoj Kumar Lall was transferred to police headquarters last evening. DCP Departmental, Enquiry, R L Meena has been given additional charge of the New Delhi district, police said.



Punjab CM’s view on SYL canal unfortunate: LJP

Rohtak, December 14
The Lok Janshakti Party described the recent statement of the Punjab Chief Minister expressing his reluctance towards completion of the SYL canal and providing Haryana’s share of water as unfortunate.

In a statement here today, Capt Shamsher Singh Malik, state president of the Lok Jan Shakti, alleged that the statement in which Capt Amarinder Singh categorically stated that Punjab would not give even a single drop of SYL canal water to Haryana was a clear case of contempt of the Apex Court.

The LJP leader urged the ruling Indian National Lok Dal government to mount pressure on the Union Government for completion of the canal. He even suggested that all the ten MPs of the state should withdraw support from the Central Government if it failed to take any action in this regard.

Mr Malik also condemned the Congress for keeping silent on the SYL canal issue and alleged that the Congress had betrayed the sentiments of the residents of Haryana. OC



Mayawati’s Gujarat visit a morale booster
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, December 14
UP Chief Minister and BSP Vice-President Mayawati’s recent flamboyant electioneering in Gujarat in support of the BJP has virtually proved to be a morale booster for party activists who have intensified their activities in Haryana too.

Talking to NCR Tribune here yesterday, Rao Balbir Singh, state general secretary of the BSP, said if the BJP was again voted to power in Gujarat with a thumping majority as per the expectations it would also be a shot in the arm of the BSP, which had already set its eyes on Haryana after its superb performance in Uttar Pradesh.

He further said the BSP, which was earnestly gearing up for the assembly poll in Haryana, had already constituted its state and district units along with constituency-level and sectional units throughout the state. Now it was in the process of setting up booth-level and village-level units. The detailed strategy for this would be outlined by the in-charge of party affairs in Haryana, Mr Narendra Kashyap, at a district-level meeting of party activists here on Monday (December 16), he added.

Mr Balbir Singh also said that a comprehensive mass contact programme of the party was also in progress throughout the state to mobilise the people’s support for the party as well as to have first-hand acquaintance with their major problems.



Religion should unite hearts 

If you enter the Bahai House of Worship in Delhi, one of the most visited spots in the national Capital and known as the Lotus Temple, what you will admire more than the fascinating architecture is the teaching of the faith: the oneness of God, oneness of religions and oneness of mankind. The temple authorities have recently completed the construction of an information center, which had taken five years to build.

They told a visiting team that so far 50 million visitors had entered its portals since its inauguration to public worship in December 1986, making it one of the most visited edifice in the world.

The daily average number of visitors range from 8,000 to 10,000 people. Within the House of worship, no lectures are permitted. No rituals are performed in its prayer hall. Only the holy scriptures of the Bahai faith and earlier revelations are read or recited at pre- arranged intervals.

“The purpose of religion as revealed from heaven, of God’s holy will, is to establish unity and concord amongst the people of the world; make it not a cause of dissension and strife,’’ cautioned Baha’u’llah, founder of Bahai faith.

This theme runs through the various sayings of the prophet exhibited at the information center.

But the world has seen more conflicts and wars emerging out of religious causes till date and even today, most of the conflicts could ultimately be traced to the existence of religious differences.

This is strange as most of the religions preach the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God.

While globalisation has emerged as a force that is able to transcend national borders and cultural barriers, it has not yet put an end to the evils of narrow loyalties such as nationalism. It may be recalled that the emergence of nationalism with its culture of organized armies and destructive weapon systems had revealed the dangerous consequences of the nationalistic outlook. Political and religious leaders have come to the point that ``patriotism is not enough’’.

If the fighting instinct of mankind can be turned against disease and poverty, inequality and injustice, then there is hope for the future. The problem before the world is that of substituting, for a narrow and aggressive national patriotism, wider loyalties that would benefit mankind.

“The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens” wrote the founder of Bahai religion. Bahais believe that religion is one, but it is progressive. Religious truth is not absolute but relative and divine revelation is a continuous and never ending process. God has revealed his message to humanity progressively through His messengers based on the needs of each age and according to the people’s spiritual, social and intellectual capacity.

The holy scriptures of all revealed religions contain two major sets of doctrines—spiritual precepts and social laws. The spiritual precepts that deal with eternal truths such as belief in God, love, honesty, and trustworthiness remain the same in all the religious texts, while the social laws are different because they were revealed to satisfy the specific needs of a particular era.

Historians have recorded the teachings of Christ who maintained that all the relationships of mankind must be regulated in accordance with the great fact that God loves all men and loves them all equally. He, therefore, expounded the new order of human association, which he called the ‘Kingdom of God’.

In this kingdom the whole of mankind were to live together in obedience to the will of their Heavenly Father.

In doing so, each will subordinate his own desires and interests to the good of the whole. Such of his teachings became the basis of true civilization. These teachings have re-echoed from the prophets and divines who visited the planet subsequently. They emphasised that differences in cultures, languages, worship patterns and spiritual experiences need to be seen as blessings, which enrich each other and not as divisive elements.

One of the theologians of old had pointed out that one of the most common laws of God’s work is ``unity in variety’’—unity of principle but variety and manifoldness of manifestation and expression.

He wrote: “It would be as unreasonable for you to try and get a uniformity of religious sentiment in the mind of man, as it would be for you to lay down that in the vegetable kingdom, the principle of vegetable life should only show itself in the form of the oak or of the cedar. No, it must have liberty to express in its own way”.

The Bahai’s believe that God is unknowable but omnipresent. They pray to Him at any time and anywhere. All their houses of worship, though of different designs, have nine gates welcoming the followers of all religions. There are no photographs or idols inside these houses of worship. The Bahais also believe that any place wherein the mention of God is made is sacred. They, therefore, respect all the places of worship, irrespective of the creed they represent.

“Regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree and the leaves of one branch.” This message from Bahaullah is again reflected in the strivings of the Bahais for a new world order. Their support for a world government, elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty, removal of all forms of prejudices, and development of one world language springs from this idea of unity.

“Religion should unite all hearts and cause wars and disputes to vanish from the face of the earth, give birth to spirituality and bring life and light to each heart. If religion becomes a cause of dislike, hatred and division, it were better to be without it and withdrawal from such a religion would be a truly religious act. For it is clear that the purpose of a remedy is to cure; but if the remedy should only aggravate the complaint, it is better it be left alone. Any religion, which is not a cause of love and unity, is no religion.’’(From the writings of Abdul Baha, eldest son of Bahaullah and the authorised interpreter of his writings)




ISRO Chairman gets Bhoovigyan Award
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 14
The Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Dr K. Kasturirangan and Dr R. S. Sangwan, Senior Lecturer at University College, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, are among the winners of the 2002 Bhoovigyan Awards.

The Bhoovigyan Vikas Foundation has instituted the Bhoovigyan Awards. The awards will be given away on December 20 upon conclusion of a two-day international conference on sustainable agriculture, water resources development and earth care policies to be hosted in the Capital.

The Foundation is a consortium of earth sciences that has as its members professionals in their chosen areas of specialisation. The Foundation is being supported by the Planning Commission, public sector institutions and certain professional bodies.

Announcing the names of the winners, Chairman of the Foundation Dr K. V. Sundaram said Dr K. Kasturirangan will be conferred the Bhoovigyan Ratna Award for his contribution in science and technology. Dr R. S. Sangwan will be conferred the Prof R. N. Dubey Memorial Award for his contribution in urban land use dynamics and rural-urban divide.

The other recipients of the Bhoovigyan Ratna Awards are Prof (Emeritus) Dr G. S. Bhalla of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for sustainable agriculture, Dr D. K. Chadha for water resources development and Dr N. C. Gautam for sustainable development.

Dr M. Satish Kumar of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Dr A. Mohan of the Department of Information Technology (IT), Government of India will be awarded the Bhoovigyan Leadership Award for their contribution in development studies and IT respectively.

The conference to be hosted by the Foundation will be attended by Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amrinder Singh, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, Union HRD Minister Murli Manohar Joshi and Planning Commission Member Sompal. The Vice-President Bhairon Singh Sekhawat would chair the plenary session.



Bhiwani: ‘Little Kashi’ fascinates 
tourists & pilgrims alike
Tribune News Service

How To Get There

Rail: Bhiwani is an important rail junction.

Road: The place is connected with nearby cities by a well-developed network of roads.

The star monument.

Radhaswami Ashram.

Located on a tributary of the river Ganga and to the north east of the great Indian Thar, Bhiwani has emerged as a promising industrial township. The surrounding region includes outlying hills of the Aravalli range. The town was selected by the British in 1817 AD as a free-market site.

According to legend, the township derived its name from goddess Gauri Bhawani, Lord Shiva’s wife, and is also called ‘Little Kashi’ owing to the presence of about 300 temples within the town. However, another popular anecdote points out that the town has been named after a virtuous woman of the town, Bhani, who saved her husband’s life from treachery. It was after her that the town came to be known as Bhani and later Bhiwani.

Major attractions: The town offers plenty to those wishing to visit temples. Other places of interest are the ‘Prithviraj ki Kutchery’, which is also known as Baradari. It is here Prithviraj Chauhan, the famous Hindu ruler, held a Durbar (court).

Other interesting sites are shrines of Khera Baba and Lohar Pir. Also, worth a visit are Loharu Fort, an ancient Harappan mound, which are the samadhis (tombs) of Todar Singh and Baba Shami Dayal and the mosque and tomb of Raja Khetri.

The star monument is one of the better known structures in the area. The building houses the samadhi of ‘Tara Chand’, fondly called ‘Maharaj ji’ by his followers. The building is situated in the Radhaswami Satsang Bhawan complex, Dinaud, about 12 km from Bhiwani, Haryana.

The monument is a hexagonal pyramid, with its sides being in the shape of a star. The structure is so called because the Maharaj’s first name was ‘Tara’, which means star. The height from the base platform is 88 feet, while the platform itself is six feet. Each of the six sides measures about 60 feet at the base.

Out of the six, three alternative sides are covered in white marbles, while the other three in Italian glass. The samadhi of ‘Maharaj ji’ is inside the building in the centre of the floor. A unique thing about the design of the building is that it doesn’t have pillars or columns to support itself.

There is a small exquisite landscaped garden around the monument with a hut, where the Maharaj used to meditate.



Residents in a quandary over colonies’ regularisation
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, December 14
With the announcement of the state to review its earlier decision to regularise unauthorised colonies, the residents and the municipal council are now in a state of uncertainty. Those who have deposited development charges with the municipal council in response to the notices are much worried at the decision. The council has stopped sending further notices to the residents who have not made the deposits.

A resident of an unauthorised colony said today, “We are not sure if our colony will be regularised in spite of the deposition of the development charges.” It may be recalled that as many as 41 colonies of the town were regularised.

The municipal council had issued 8,000 notices for the recovery of development charges of which nearly 4,300 notices had already been served. It is hoped that the recovery will help improve the deteriorating financial condition of the council.

Earlier, infuriated with the notices, a few political parties, including the Samajwadi Party, had announced launch of an agitation against the partisan development charges. The council is charging development fee at the rate of Rs 120 per sq yard and it was slated to increase to the tune of 10 per cent after December 31.

Official sources disclosed the council would not make any decision till any official guidelines were issued. They further clarified that the development charges that had been deposited would not be returned.

According to estimates, a total sum of Rs 13 lakh has been collected as development charges. Some residents of Charkhi Dadri and Buwani Khera have denied accepting the notices. The non-recovery of this fee would add to the financial woes of the council, sources said.

The development charges had been earlier considered as the lifeline of the collapsing municipal councils and committees. About Rs 9 lakh had been recovered from the Charkhi Dadri Municipal Committee itself. The recovery drive was to be launched just this month, but it suffered a setback with this official announcement.

INLD celebration rally cancelled: A rally to commemorate the completion of 1000 days of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in power, which was scheduled to be held on December 29, has been postponed.

The district president of the party, Mr Ranbir Singh Mandolla, MLA, made the announcement here on Saturday. Elaborating on the reason, Mr Mandolla said since the Chief Minister, who had to preside over this rally was out of state that day, the rally had been deferred to a later date. He further elaborated that all worker’s meetings to be held at various villages in preparation of this rally also stood cancelled. A further date would be announced later subject to the availability of the Chief Minister.



RVC celebrates 223rd Raising Day
Our Correspondent

Meerut, December 14
The 223rd Rasing Day of the Remount and Veterinary Corps was celebrated by the RVC Centre and School, Merrut, here.
The Commandant of the RVC Centre and School, Brigadier B. S. Pawar, inaugurated the celebration in the morning. Several cultural and sports events were also organised by the RVC centre and school. Brig Pawar given away the prizes to winners. Speaking on the occasions, Brig Pawar congratulated to all the officers of JCOs, NCOs and soldiers and their families. The RVC had its glorious past and the corps performed an important role in both war and peace time, Brigadier Pawar said.

He further said that the corps responsibility had been increased due to the increasing terrorists’ activities. The RVC also shares active role in the United Nation’s peace keeping missions. The crops also achieved several medals in the national and the international sports events in horse riding, he said. There were challenges before us and we are fully prepared to meet any eventualities, he added.

Brig Pawar has been elevated to the post of Major General and is soon going to assume the charge of Head of the Service of the RVC in the Army headquarter next month.



Unemployment rate among Tibetans rises 

Faridabad: The unemployment rate among the Tibetan youth, living as refugees in India, has risen to 80 per cent in year 2002. This was mainly due to no avenues of training and minimal employment opportunities for them.

According to the project consultant, Tibetan Relief Fund of United Kingdom, Ms Linda Cruse, urged the Faridabad Small Industries Association (FSIA) to help train and employ Tibetan youth in India. Speaking at a meeting with the FSIA office bearers here recently, Ms Cruse said that the unemployment rate was just 8 per cent in 1992, had climbed up to 80 per cent this year. There were about 1.10 lakh Tibetans living in India as refugees.

Although Tibetan youths were hardworking, sincere and dependable, they needed proper tracing, help and guidance to make them self-dependent, she added. Mr Rajiv Chawla and Mr M. L. Sharma, general secretary and president of the FSIA respectively assured full cooperation. TNS



Turban-tying competition

New Delhi, December 14
A turban-tying competition is going to be held in the Capital on December 15 at the Sant M S Karamjot Model School, Gurudwara Dera Baba Karam Singh, Rashid Market.

The contest is being organised by the Servant of Humanity. The general secretary of the organisation, Mr Tehal Singh, said that a large number of children will participate in the contest, which has been divided into two groups.

Gyani Ranjit Singh, the Head Granthi of Gurdwara Sis Ganj will be the Chief Guest at the function. A Gurmat training camp will also be organised on December 24 and 25 at the Gurudwara Damdama Sahib. TNS



Sepoy cremated

Bhiwani: The mortal remains of Sepoy Mukesh Kumar were consigned to flames with full state honours at his village Jharali near Charkhi Dadri subdivision yesterday. Recruited one-and-half-year back with 90 Punjab Regiment, Mukesh (21) was presently posted with Rashtriya Rifles.

Naib Subedar Daryao Singh, who accompanied the body, said that acting on a tip-off on December 10 that a Pakistani infiltrator was hiding at a house at village Shikari in Udhampur district, a troop of 20 soldiers was sent with two officers to the village.

In the exchange of fire, which lasted around an hour, two bullets hit Mukesh, one on the neck and the other on the chest. OC

Four killed

Faridabad: At least four persons have been killed in various incidents in the district since Friday.

Ravi Dutt of Padam Nagar committed suicide at his house by consuming a poisonous substance. Another person was found hanging from an electric pole in Sector 59 here. Two other persons were killed in road accidents. TNS

Tension in villages

Sonepat: Tension continued to prevail in the villages of Garhi Bala and Bindrauli on the question of draining out storm water, which had accumulated after the construction of a road separating these villages from each other.

According to a report, the district and police administration have so far failed to take any preventive step to defuse tension. They apprehend a clash between the people of both these villages. OC



Man kills wife, two sons and commits suicide

Our Correspondent

Rewari, December 14
In a tragically bizarre incident which occurred in Nangalia Ranmokh village under the Rohrai police station of Rewari district on Thursday night, a village youth, Raj Kumar (30), son of Jai Lal, first killed his wife Urmilla (26)and both his sons, Vikas (7) and Pankaj (4), with a sharp-edged hatchet and then hanged himself to death.

Reportedly, Raj Kumar had a lurking suspicion that his wife was having illicit relations with someone, which made him take this extreme step. It is also believed that he committed this brutal act when his wife and two sons were sound asleep.

The couple earned their living by working as labourers in the village. The family belonged to the Dalit Samaj.

The Rohrai police have registered a case of murder against Raj Kumar, who is no more.

It is reported that when Raj Kumar did not get up in the morning, his sister-in-law Daulati, wife of his elder brother Ram Pal, who is an inspector with Haryana Roadways here, gave a knock at the door. When there was no response it was finally broken open. Ram Pal and the others were aghast when they saw the bodies lying in a pool of blood as well as Raj Kumar’s body hanging from the ceiling.

After getting information in this regard, the Rohrai police brought the bodies yesterday to the local Civil Hospital where an inquest under Section 174 of the CrPC was held by the SDM, Rewari.

The bodies were handed over to next of kin for cremation after the post-mortem examination which was conducted today.

The tragedy has cast a pall of gloom over the entire village. The deceased, Raj Kumar, was the youngest among four brothers.



Man shot dead in front of brother
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, December 14
One person was shot dead in Badli village of the district by an assailant from the same place late last evening.

According to information, Devender, son of Narayan, has reported to the police that he was taking tea at a stall at the village bus stop when his brother, Krishan, also arrived there.

Meanwhile, another villager, Bhola, son of Vijay, came to the stall. The complainant said his brother and Bhola had a petty verbal duel. Bhola threatened his brother with a pistol. When his brother dared him to take a shot at him, Bhola fired two rounds. His brother was rushed to a hospital in Delhi where doctors declared him brought dead.

The assailant was a former Haryana policeman. The police have started investigations after registering a case.



Computers stolen from Murthal school
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 14
At least four computers were reportedly stolen from Government Senior Secondary School at Murthal, 8 km from here, last night. According to a report, the school authorities have lodged an FIR with the Murthal police station. In another incident, thieves broke into a shop on the old DC road here last night and decamped with cash and other goods worth several thousands of rupees. This is the second theft in this shop in the past few months.

The thieves are believed to have gained entry through the window of the shop. They took away goods worth about Rs 20,000 and a colour TV set.

The spate of thefts has caused panic among the shopkeepers and the residents of the city.

The local residents alleged the police have so far failed to solve any of the cases of theft.

No sane driving this!

An unidentified man was killed when he was hit by a vehicle on GT Road near Nangal Khurd village, about 15 km from here, on Friday night. He was killed on the spot.

According to a report, the police have registered a case and further investigations are on. The victim’s body has been sent for a post-mortem examination.

In another incident, two persons, a man and his son, were injured when they were hit by a car on the Sonepat-Rohtak road near the city police station here on Friday night. The injured have been identified as Jaipal Singh and his son Ravinder. They are from Bindrauli village and have been sent to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment.

In yet another hit-and-run incident, a cyclist was seriously injured when he was hit by a vehicle on the Sonepat-Rohtak road, near Rohat village, about 5 km from here, on Friday. The injured, Karan Singh, a resident of Rohat village, was sent to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment.

Although investigations are on, no arrests have been made so far in any of the cases.



Three held for robbery at railway station
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 14
The Delhi Police has arrested three persons on the charge of robbing Manjesh who had gone to Khera Kalan railway station to meet someone. While he was coming back, the suspects, Sandeep, Manoj and Ran Singh, robbed him. They were arrested today. Their other accomplices are absconding, the police said.

16,000 students benefited: As many as 16,000 students have benefited from the financial assistance rendered by the Delhi SC/ST/OBC and Minorities Finance and Development Corporation for pursuing computer education programmes.

The 2001-2002 batch of 3,000 students were awarded O Level Certificates today. According to Education Minister R.K. Chauhan, the students were trained at a cost of Rs 3 crore. “In 2002-2003 the corporation wants to train 7,000 students for which Rs 7.25 crore will be spent by the corporation,” he told mediapersons after the awards ceremony.

The Managing Director of the corporation, Mr C. Targay, in turn said the corporation would survey the effectiveness of the computer courses funded by it so that it was understood how such courses helped generate employment and shortcomings, if any, would be overcome.



Newborn’s body found, mother held
Our Correspondent

Rewari, December 14
The body of a newborn, lying in a field near Rattanthal village under the Kosli police station in Rewari district, was recovered by the police on Sunday (December 8).

The infant was buried after a post-mortem examination. The police have registered a case under Section 318 of the IPC (concealment of birth by secret disposal of body) against the unidentified unwed mother who had apparently thrown away the child there to avoid social stigma. Simultaneously, the police launched a hunt following which on Friday (December 13) the unwed mother was arrested. She was subjected to a proper medical examination in the Civil Hospital here after which she was remanded by a local court into judicial custody in the women’s cell at Gurgaon.

The accused belongs to a Dalit family of Rathanthal village.



Woman alleges molestation

Rohtak: A woman charged her brother-in-law with molesting her at her house in Sector 1 in Rohtak on Friday.

In her complaint, the woman stated that her relative, Om Prakash, resident of Railway Road, Karnal, came to her house and asked about her husband and mother-in-law. She alleged that he made an attempt to violate her chastity when she told him that the inmates of the house were away. However, she said he escaped when she raised an alarm. OC



BSNL holds open house session
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 14
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) officials held an open house session at the service centre in Sector 23 here today to discuss various issues concerning consumer services. While Mr Anil Bhardwaj, Deputy General Manasger, BSNL, presided over the meeting, senior officials of the department were present on the occasion.

Several consumers, who were present at the meeting, complained of their phones being out of order, delay in receipt of their phone bills, disconnection of phone service and the replacement of faulty telephone instruments. They said although opening of customer service centres and making these `online’ was a favourable development, they demanded more professionalism and cooperative attitude in provision of services. Some of the consumers demanded starting of BSNL Mobile Service (Cell-One) at Faridabad, provision of cheque collection boxes at the centre and full services on holidays also. They asked the BSNL authorities to adopt novel techniques and organise face-to-face with customers every two to three months. The BSNL officials informed the gathering that the Cell-One service had been launched at Palwal and Hodal towns in the district. They said new exchanges were being opened at Sector 58, Surajkund, Pali, SGM Nagar and Sector 21 besides extension of the Surajkund exchange with latest technology.


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