Tuesday, December 24, 2002, Chandigarh, India

N C R   S T O R I E S


Sheila gripes at BJP scramble to take 
credit for Metro
Tribune News Service

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at a press conference on the completion of four years of her government
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at a press conference on the completion of four years of her government on Monday. — Tribune Photo

New Delhi, December 23
“The Union Government’s interference (in the affairs of the NCT of Delhi) is becoming difficult to accept,” a visibly agitated Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said in an oblique reference to the scramble by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to claim credit for Tuesday’s inaugural run of the Delhi Metro.

Ridiculing the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and the Delhi Pradesh BJP for politicising what would be a “historic” event, the Chief Minister said it was a disgrace to the people of Delhi and the team of professionals at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) that after four years the BJP should want to steal the credit.

“We worked silently for four years and the BJP rides roughshod over us when the Delhi Metro is about to be inaugurated,” she exclaimed and went on to state that the Metro project was far too professionally run a project for it to be politicised. “This disturbs me … the right precedent is not being set.”

Ms Dikshit stoically asserted her Council of Ministers would remain committed to the remaining phases of the Metro project in spite of the “shameful” and sometimes distasteful approach of the BJP. Dismissing speculation of the Congress boycotting the inauguration, the Chief Minister said the party would be present there in full strength.

The Delhi Metro will begin ferrying passengers between Tis Hazari and Shahdara after Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee inaugurates the service at Seelampur Metro Station on Tuesday morning. Congress President Sonia Gandhi is expected to grace the function along with Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani.

Meanwhile, picking up from where she had left during her address to the National Development Council over the weekend, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit renewed her pitch for a radical overhaul and structural change in the way the NCT of Delhi was being administered.

“Land should come to vest in the Government of NCT of Delhi or else the Capital could become the Capital of slums,” Ms Dikshit told a news conference that was called ostensibly to share the achievements of her ministry’s four years in power.

“Land is at a premium. The Capital is bursting at the seams. It will become difficult to administer Delhi if lakhs of people flock to Delhi every year without the government having the powers to plan or do much on the housing front,” she said.

Reeling out statistics, the Chief Minister said 770 out of the 1,086 slums were standing on Delhi Development Authority (DDA) land. “There is nothing much the government can do since planning is vested in the DDA,” she said.

Again, she said, the NCT of Delhi bore the burden of the National Capital Region (NCR) as no state was willing to complement Delhi’s efforts at developing the NCR. “Such is the situation that the NCR Planning Board is rendered defunct,” she said.

The Chief Minister said a conference would be hosted on January 11 to elicit views on the structural changes necessary so that Delhi sheds its Union Territory tag and becomes a financially viable state. “Delhi can be governed better only if multiplicity of agencies is eliminated.”



Major power failure in region
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
Power supply to the entire National Capital Region, including the VIP areas in the Capital, collapsed this morning following the tripping of the Northern Grid power lines.
While the power supply was restored in VIP areas in about 20 minutes after the total collapse at about 8.30 am, the restoration in the entire NCR took nearly six hours. The tripping of a major transmission line disrupted essential services, including movement of rail traffic. Senior officials of the Delhi Power Supply Corporation said the power grid lines collapsed due to the early morning fog, which caused a “flash” in the line insulators.

“First, the Hisar-Dadri 440 kv transmission line tripped at 0340 hours, then the Hisar-Bawana transmission line. This caused problems in transmission of electricity from Badarpur thermal and Indraprastha gas power plants,” National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Director (Operations) B. N. Ojha said.

DPSC officials said there was a partial breakdown in the city as four main power lines to Delhi – the two Dadra-Mandola lines, Hisar-Bawana and Bhiwani-Bawana lines – collapsed.

The situation turned worse with the Ballabhgarh-BTPS line also tripping, plunging the entire National Capital Territory of Delhi into a no-power situation.

The Power Grid Corporation (PGCIL) Chairman, Mr R. P. Singh, said rail movement was affected only for half an hour due to electricity failure and further delay was caused by fog.

Power was restored in most parts of Delhi within six hours, Mr Singh said, adding that at around 10.30 am Delhi was drawing 1500 MW as against the required1800 MW.

The transmission line tripped mainly due to fog and pollution causing problems in transmission, Mr Singh said adding that “it caused only minor problems and there was no major fault.”

A number of trains in northern India, especially Punjab and Haryana, got stranded at various points and almost all incoming trains to Delhi were delayed by 90 to 120 minutes following the power breakdown, a Northern Railway spokesman said.

As many as 12 express and mail trains and 20 freight trains were stranded at various places between the Delhi- Saharanpur and Panipat-Ambala sections, he said. The worst affected areas in the Capital were in North and North-West Delhi, where the restoration work took longer than other areas. In other parts of the city, the power supply was restored at about 10.30 am.

Hospitals postponed their routine operations and carried out emergency surgery with limited back up power available with them.



HC not to intervene in MCD toll tax bid
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
The Delhi High Court today declined to stop opening of the tender, scheduled for the day, by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in a Rs 65 crore toll tax collection contract for the Capital, saying that it had limited power to interfere in policy maters. Rejecting the petition of one of the bidders, a Bench comprising Mr Justice A. K. Sikri and Mr Justice M. A. Khan said, “This is a policy matter and we don’t find any reason to interfere in it at this stage.”

The Bench, sitting in vacation, was not satisfied with the contention of Delhi Medicos Pvt Ltd (DMPL), one of the bidders, that various queries raised by it about the contract at a meeting with MCD officials on December 16 and in a subsequent letter next day to the corporation, had remained unanswered.

The court accepted MCD counsel Anil Grover’s stand that every precaution had been taken by the corporation before arriving at a decision to fix the minimum reserve price of the tender for collection of toll tax at Rs 65 crore.

DMPL counsel Sandeep Sethi argued that while the toll tax collection had been declining for the past few years there was no justification of fixing a minimum reserve price at Rs 65 crore. “The current collection level is at Rs 53 crore and the contractor has to spend a huge amount on administrative expenses,” he contended.

Seeking deletion of the solvency clause in the bid, the DMPL alleged the MCD had not disclosed the expenditure incurred by it on collection of toll tax ruing previous years.

The most important questions were whether the contractor would be compensated if the collection “is banned, stopped or ceases to exist at any collection centre.”

It said the MCD remained silent on the query whether one more pre-bid meeting should be called in which representatives from the National Highway Authority of India, the State Transport Authority, the Public Works Department and other authorities concerned should take part so that an assurance could be sought from them that they would not raise any objection about the tax collection in future.

A clarification was needed from the corporation as to what would be the consequences of the Supreme Court order banning entry of certain commercial vehicles in Delhi in respect of the toll tax collection, it said.

Should the contract not be given for three years instead of one year as a contractor had to invest a lot of money on raising the administrative machinery, the petitioner asked. “The MCD had given an evasive reply to these queries, scuttling the relevant issues by merely stating that there was no change in the terms and conditions,” the DMPL alleged.



Plan to kidnap youth hatched in Bareilly jail
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, December 23
The plan to kidnap a trader’s son, Manoj Mittal, from Dholana was reportedly hatched in the Bareilly jail. Members of the Yashveer Fauji and Sunder Bhatti gangs, who had made a murderous attack on Gautam Budh Nagar Zila Panchayat chairman Naresh Bhatti, were involved in planning this abduction, it is learnt.

The youth, Manoj Mittal, reportedly earned his freedom from his kidnappers by coughing out a ransom of Rs 5 lakh. The youth, it is now learnt reliably, was kept in the jungle of Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar by his kidnappers.

General merchant Krishan Avatar Mittal has his shop near the bus stop in Chhota Bazar of Dholana. His son, Manoj Mittal, was returning home on a bicycle on November 18 evening after closing the shop when he was abducted by armed criminals, who put a revolver on his head.

After his abduction, criminals took him to the jungles of Muzaffarnagar, where he was kept in billets built in sugarcane fields. Once police raids increased in the area, the kidnappers shifted Manoj to the jungles on the Ambala road near Saharanpur.

It is learnt that dreaded criminal Yashveer Fauji of the Kasna police station area and Sunder Bhatti of Dankaur police station in Gautam Budh Nagar had a hand in this crime. These very criminals had also reportedly made a murderous attack on the life of Gautam Budh Nagar Zila Panchayat chief Naresh Bhatti in Hapur.

Both of them are in jail after this crime.

They were both transferred to Barielly jail for security reasons. Fauji and Bhatti reportedly hatched the plan for kidnapping in the Bareilly jail and the persons who executed the plan were members of their gangs.

A ransom of Rs 5 lakh was collected for releasing Manoj. It is another matter that none of the officials is willing to endorse this fact.

According to the SP (Rural) Anil Kumar’s claims, the police have identified each criminal accused in this case. Their interrogation was conducted after arresting the members of their families. The police had successfully located and almost reached the place where Manoj was being hidden. The criminals freed Manoj because the police were able to build sufficient pressure, the police claim.



Wounded black buck runs for life in public park
Our Correspondent

Meerut, December 23
Was it a case of trafficking in wildlife or just bad luck? A black buck was seen running in a seriously wounded condition towards the Shaheed Smarak public park under the Sadar Bazar police station area yesterday morning. Some residents from the Jali Kothi area were chasing it.

A local journalist finally informed the police who arrived on the scene soon and took the hapless creature into custody. The police transported it to the district veterinary hospital. The incident has brought to focus the trafficking in wildlife going on here. Some shop owners have complained to the District Magistrate that some hunters and local residents are involved in this trade and that animals in the Hastinapur range are not safe.

According to eyewitnesses, a black buck was heading towards the park through the busy Delhi Road from the Jali Kothi area at 11.15 am yesterday. It was wounded around its mouth and chest and was bleeding profusely. Some local residents of Jali Kothi were chasing it but they failed to overpower it. Soon, more than 500 people gathered in the park and tried to catch it.

Seeing the commotion, some local shop owners also rushed to the spot. They said the residents were trying to kill the animal for meat. A local journalist, Rajpal Parwa, also reached the spot and informed the SSP, Meerut, Mr Mukul Goel and sought his help as the mob was trying to kill the animal. The journalist also informed Divisional Forest Officer A. K. Singh.

Soon, the SHO of the Sadar Bazar police station rushed to the spot and took the black buck into his safe custody. The police took the animal to the district veterinary hospital.

Interestingly, though informed by the journalist, the team of Forest Department officials reached the hospital four hours later. By that time, the black buck had already been attended to.

Some local shop owners complained to the DFO that some residents of Jali Kothi area were engaged in illegal trafficking of black bucks. The animals thus brought were being killed for meat. Shop owners also made a representation to the District Magistrate asking him to ensure conservation of wildlife in the Hastinapur area as some hunters were involved in this racket. The DM assured them that he would investigate into the matter with the help of local intelligence unit and would initiate action against the guilty.

Meanwhile, the DFO told ‘NCR Tribune’ that the black buck would be released in the Hastinapur range after treatment.



Lawyers press for booking HUDA officers
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, December 23
Lawyers of the district court here continued their strike for the fifth day today demanding action against the officials of HUDA for allegedly detaining a Supreme Court lawyer and leader of the Congress, Mr Khazan Singh, recently. The authorities are reportedly in a fix and the police are trying to evade the issue.

A delegation of the lawyers today tried to meet the district police chief, Mr Kuldip Singh Sihag, but were told that he was on leave. The delegation met the DSP in charge of the police station concerned as a follow up to the memorandum sent to various authorities demanding registration of cases against the errant officers. According to a member of the delegation, the DSP evaded a reply saying that only the district police chief could throw light on the issue. They are demanding registration of criminal cases against the Estate Officer, HUDA, Mr Pradeep Daggar, and the District Revenue Officer, Mr Lalban Verma, and others who were part of the alleged kidnapping and detention of Mr Singh on the night of December 17-18.



INLD expels youth leader
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 23
Mr Padam Singh Dahiya, MLA and president of the district unit of the Yuva Indian National Lok Dal, has removed Mr Krishan Malik from the post of general secretary of the unit and expelled him from the party. The action is taken against him for anti-party activities and encouraging the people of Ahulana village for launching the agitation against the management of Chaudhary Devi Lal Sugar Mill on the issue of recruitment.

According to party sources, the action has already been approved by the national president of the Yuva Indian National Lok Dal, Mr Ajay Chautala. Mr Krishan Malik, it may be recalled, belonged to Ahulana village and he had allegedly been involved in the incidents of arson and violence on December 10 and December 11 in which four government vehicles were set on fire and 80 policemen including the DSP were injured.

On December 18, when a delegation of prominent INLD leaders called on the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, at Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi, he expressed his anger against Mr Malik and alleged that Mr Malik and some other party activists were responsible for such incidents and they should not be spared. Mr Chautala had also indicated that he was still inquiring into the episode and similar action would be taken against all those who were involved in these incidents.

Meanwhile, Mr Umesh Sharma, a leader of the Yuva Congress, who was wanted by the police in the Ahulana episode, has gone underground again to evade arrest. According to the party sources, Mr Sharma has also been trying to seek anticipatory bail in a criminal case registered against him in the Baroda police station on various charges. Mr Sharma, it may be recalled, was arrested by the police and roughed up mercilessly in police custody. He was let off on the intervention of Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, president of the All India Youth Congress.

Thereupon, the INLD leaders made a complaint to the Chief Minister who reportedly snubbed the police authorities for releasing Mr Sharma.

Thereafter, the police officials became active to re-arrest Mr Sharma but failed in their efforts in this connection despite the fact that Mr Sharma had addressed a public meeting on the evening of December 19 at Gohana town and charged the police with committing atrocities on him in police custody.

This meeting was also addressed among others by Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, Mr Anil Shastri, national secretary of the Congress, and Mrs Sumitra Chauhan, a member of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee.



Ahulana mill starts operations
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 23
After a gap of nearly a week, Chaudhary Devi Lal Sugar Mills started functioning at Ahulana village, about 50 km from here, last evening.
According to a report, the re-starting of crushing operations was possible when residents of the village gave an assurance to the administration that they would provide security and other assistance for the safety of the mill and its equipment worth crores of rupees. However, a large number of policemen are guarding the mill as a precautionary measure.

The Managing Director of the mill, Mr Suraj Bhan Jangra, has stated the mill will crush 25,000 quintals of sugarcane every day and the growers will supply their produce as usual after seeking slips from the officials of the mill.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S. N. Roy, and the Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, are keeping a strict watch on the situation. They have not yet decided on taking penal action against 36 persons whose names figure in the criminal cases registered against them after incidents of arson and violence erupted in the village on the issue of recruitment of the employees by the management of the mill.

It is stated that the administration did not want to take any risk about the situation taking an ugly turn if the people involved in the incidents of arson and violence were arrested by the police at this juncture. The DC and the SP are in touch with the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, and he is being informed about the situation from time to time.

The Chief Minister is stated to be satisfied with the re-starting of the mill and the assurances given by the residents of the Ahulana village for the safety of the mill.

Meanwhile, the residents of the village are in the grip of fear. They are apprehending that the police will arrest those people who are named in the FIR registered on various charges.



HVP to file PIL against de-recognition of colonies
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 23
The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has decided to file a public interest petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the decision of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government to de-recognise 786 colonies, which were earlier regularised by it.

This was stated by Mr Rajiv Jain while addressing a series of public meetings organised by the party here yesterday. The main aim of these meetings was to mobilise the people for the proposed demonstration of the party on December 27 against the passing of the Casino Bill by the Haryana Vidhan Sabha.

He said that most of the people living in these colonies had deposited the amount at the rate of Rs 120 per yard as development charges with the municipal committees concerned as directed by the state government. In Sonepat alone, the people had deposited Rs 45 lakh so far for this purpose. He termed the decision of the state government as unjust and unwarranted and it would be challenged in the court of law.

Mr Jain alleged that the Chautala government was in the habit of taking anti-people decisions and it had left the slogan of ‘Lok Raj’ given by Chaudhary Devi Lal. Instead, it had adopted the slogan of ‘Lath Raj’ to rule the people.

He wondered how Mr Chautala could succeed in registering his name in the world book for development activities in Haryana when he was in the habit of giving false promises to the people of the state. He said that Mr Chautala’s name would be registered in the world book as one of the biggest “liars” in Haryana.

The HVP leader alleged that the Chautala government had discriminated against Sonepat district while declaring the drought-hit districts in the state. He also alleged that the report prepared by the state government in this regard was changed and thereby ignored the damage caused to crops by drought in this district.

He also pointed out that Sonepat district was badly hit by the drought and it had caused shortage of fodder for the cattle and milch animals. Moreover, the paddy and sugarcane crops had been damaged to a large extent.

Mr Jain also described the announcements regarding the postponement in repaying loans by farmers as a hoax as the state government had been recovering the loans and the amount of advances from the farmers.

He also alleged that the farmers of this district had not received compensation for the losses to their rabi crops caused by the severe hailstorms last year. He said that the Chautala government was anti-farmer and it had already increased the fee for the registration of tractors, tubewell connections and 60 per cent increase in the charges of electricity connections for the tubewells in the state.

The HVP also alleged that the Chief Minister had betrayed the people and educated jobless youths of Ahulana village by denying employment to them as assured by him at the time of setting up of Chaudhary Devi Lal Sugar Mills. There were a large number of diploma holders and technicians in Ahulana village who were denied employment.

He appealed to the people of this district to take part in the proposed demonstration of December 27, being organised by the party against the passing of the Casino Bill by the Haryana Vidhan Sabha and other anti-people and anti-farmer policies of the state government.



Encroachments the bane of monuments: Jagmohan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
Calling for the need to clear the historical monuments of all encroachments, Union Minister for Tourism Jagmohan today said that these are the bane of the historic and protected monuments in the Capital.

He added that encroachments were destroying the original look of these tourist spots and that clearing these illegal structures was a step that the government had take to ensure that these structures did not remain ignored.

The minister was speaking at a function to mark the release of a ‘Mini Booklet with Disembarkation Card’ for foreign tourists coming to India. He said efforts were being made by his ministry to save these monuments and restore their original grandeur.

It was also pointed out that there had been no proper implementation of the plans to improve the monuments and the ministry was now placing more emphasis on implementing the same.

The disembarkation cards have been described as an excellent initiative taken by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation Ltd to help international tourists. Managing Director of the DTTDC Rajesh Talwar said the booklet along with the disembarkation card would be provided to tourists on board prior to their landing in the city.

The booklets would help them choose the places that interested them and also guide them about the routes to take besides giving other necessary information.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and DTTDC Chairman Romesh Sabharwal also attended the function. 



‘Our efforts are to make thanas more accountable’ 
Nalini Ranjan

A 1991 batch Indian Police Service officer of the Union Territory cadre, Ms Nuzhat Hassan is the new Deputy Commissioner of Police of East district. This is her first independent charge. Within a short span at the office, she has solved many cases. Earlier, she has served the Delhi Police in various capacities, like ACP (Chanakyapuri), Additional DCP (PCR), Additional DCP (New Delhi), DCP (PCR) and DCP (Anti-Corruption).

When she was the DCP (Anti-Corruption), a record number of corruption cases were registered and solved. And it was during that period she came into the limelight by taking action against many corrupt officials in the MCD. In one such case, on the false recommendation of the MCD, the slum wing of the DDA had allotted plots in lieu of slum clusters while these clusters existed only on paper. It was through her painstaking investigations that the fraud was exposed.

There was another interesting case relating to siphoning of crores of rupees in the name of laying of sewerage pipes. The successful exposure of the fraud saved the exchequer a large amount of money.

A staunch fan of Ms Kiran Bedi, she is married to an IPS officer Mr Taj Hassan, who is also serving in the Delhi Police. Ms Nuzhat hails from Amroha, a small district of UP, but she was born in Mumbai, where her father had a well-settled business. She did her schooling from Jesus and Mary School. After studying for some years in Mumbai, she joined the branch of the same school in Delhi. After completing 10+2 from the school, she went to St Stephen’s College, where she completed her BSc and MSc in Chemistry with high marks. Later, she started preparing for civil services. In the course of her preparation, she also joined the two-year Mass Communication course at Jamia Millia Islamia. There, she was rated as the most promising student of that batch. Her script had been adjudged the best script and she had been given the opportunity of making a short film.

She was in news for launching a drive against eve-teasers in the trans-Yamuna areas recently. In an exclusive conversation with NCR Tribune, she talked about various aspects of her work and life.

There is a lot of hype about the drive against eve-teasers. Could you provide more details about the initiative?

Actually, it was not an exclusive drive but was part of the routine work. It was part of a state-wide drive launched by the Delhi Police. We just give added emphasis on it. Within 10 days, 96 persons were arrested from different parts of the area. For this, policemen in plain clothes were deployed at three dozen odd places in trans-Yamuna areas from the wee hours to the dead of night everyday.

We selected these spots on the suggestions of local people. The spots like Vivekanand Women’s College and other training institutions for women were most prone for eve-teasing. The police were told to do the regular patrolling in plain clothes to curb the menace. The Station House Officers of respective areas were also given instruction keep a vigil. Undoubtedly, the response was overwhelming. Local people supported a lot to make the drive successful. In my point of view, nowadays eve-teasing is the biggest problem faced by women.

As the DCP (East), what have you done so far?

I joined here only a month ago, but I am amazed to see the results. Many blind cases have already been solved. However, I would not like to take the credit individually. Without teamwork nothing could be possible. From a simple constable to ACP rank officers, everybody has fulfilled their respective roles and I praise them all. They perform their duty honestly. I would like to give thanks to the special staff of the Vivek Vihar police station. These people are really doing a commendable job. They helped in solving many blind cases.

Most interesting was the Tata Sumo case in which a constable from the UP Police was involved. He used to hire Tata Sumos and once the vehicle reaches a deserted place, he used to escape with it after killing the driver. After sometime, he used to sell the stolen vehicle with fake documents. Recently, the police team recovered stolen clothes worth Rs 7 lakh. We have also worked out another blind case of dacoity in the Preet Vihar area. There was no clue. But after rigorous investigation, we ultimately succeeded in tracking down the culprits.

The crime pattern in the area is different. There are pickpocketing, drug-peddling, trafficking in women and other unorganised crimes. You have lesser exposure to this sort of crimes. What strategy are you applying to cope with this situation?

There is no denying the fact that I am not very familiar with the area and the crime pattern. But after taking over, I immediately convened a meeting of all presidents of the RWAs of the area and SHOs of the district. The main motive behind holding the meeting was to assess the problems of the area. This type of meetings is a regular feature of our strategy. And we have given directives to all SHOs and ACPs of the area to hold similar meetings regularly.

We are giving special impetus on preventing crime. Our efforts are to make stations (thanas) more functional and accountable. It is like decentralisation of power and responsibility to the local station level. There is no secret strategy. Targets have been set for everybody, be it a constable or an ACP. We monitor and review their performances regularly. We have a website and one can also send their grievances through this medium. We trust in better policing and better performance.

Your husband, Mr Taj Hassan, is a veteran police officer with many encounters to his credit. How has he been your inspiration and guide?

My husband has been a constant source of inspiration to me. I have learned many things about policing from him.

If you were not a police officer, what would you have become?

Then I would have been into journalism. After the completion of Mass Communication degree from Jamia, I had many job offers from the electronic media and film and documentary making companies. However, the electronic media was not so popular like today. I am a voracious reader and very fond of photography. I love to read thought-provoking books. Since my college days, I enjoy reading topics like metaphysics, transcendental thoughts and modern philosophy. I feel satisfaction in solving every case. My personal opinion is that satisfaction is not like the central theme of Samuel Becket’s famous play, ‘Waiting for Godot’. For me, everyday gives satisfaction. You can feel it in working out smaller things.

As a woman police officer, do you feel sympathy for women in distress?

There is no question of gender bias here. An officer is an officer and there is no question of gender. For me, everyone is the same, there is no room for disparity.



CM emphasises role of ‘Bhagidari’ in development 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
The Delhi Chief Minister, Ms. Shiela Dikshit, today laid the foundation stone of developmental work of Malcha Marg in the Capital. Speaking on the occasion, she said that public cooperation and citizens ‘Bhagidari’ are a must for the success of any project.

Ms Dikshit added that during the last four years, maximum efforts have been made to upgrade the civic services in the city. The developmental work is partly funded by MP’s constituency fund of Karan Singh, (Member of Rajya Sabha) and NDMC.

Even though there has been no financial contribution from the shopkeepers of the area, the authorities are hopeful that they will monitor the progress of the project. Ms. Dikshit also pointed out that NGOs might be roped in to help with the collection of garbage in the area. She said parks of the adjacent area would be developed in collaboration with the Chanakyapuri Association.

Dr. Karan Singh offered to share the responsibility of the project and stressed the need for ‘Bhagidari’ system in developmental works. 



Roadways staff to stage dharna on February 5
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, December 23
The Haryana Roadways Workers’ Union affiliated to the Sarv Karamchari Sangh, Haryana has given a call for a dharna at the office of the Transport Commissioner on February 5 in protest against the ‘casual’ attitude adopted by the senior functionaries of the Transport Department and the government towards their long pending demands.

A decision to this effect was taken at a state-level convention of the union held under the presidentship of Mr Hari Narayan Sharma here today. The members of the union assembled at Chhoturam Park here responding to the call given by the All India Road Transport Workers’ Federation and observed an ‘anti-privatisation day’ today.

Addressing the employees, Mr Joginder Singh, vice-president of the federation, said various transport unions affiliated to the federation were observing an anti-privatisation day today. He said although the Haryana Roadways secured first position in providing service to the passengers and earning funds for the government in the country, the move for its privatisation up to 60 per cent was unjustified.



Gang busted, VCDs worth Rs 3 lakh seized in Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, December 23
The Noida police claimed to have busted a gang of criminals selling duplicate VCDs. One member of the gang was nabbed with 1,009 duplicate VCDs worth Rs 3 lakh in the market.

On December 21, Mr D. K. Sharma, SO, Sector 24, acting on a complaint lodged by a representative of T-Series, raided a shop in Sector 34 and arrested Devinder Kumar Mittal of Khoda colony. A total of 1,009 VCDs were recovered from his possession.

Although the Noida police have been successful in arresting such gangs dealing in the sale of duplicate VCDs, they have failed to stop this illegal trade altogether.

Double tragedy hits family

Bhiwani: The death of two brothers of the town has shocked the residents. The brothers are from a family of well-known lawyers of the city. Yashbir, an advocate, was admitted to the civil hospital in serious condition yesterday. Despite the best efforts of the doctors, he could not be saved.

Later, the family was stunned when Satish, the elder brother of the deceased, also collapsed and could not be saved.

People from all walks of life attended the funeral ceremony. The advocates of the city suspended their work in memory of the two brothers.

Award for lecturer

Rohtak: Bhoovigyan Vikas Foundation for Earth Sciences Development, Delhi, has conferred the prestigious Prof R.N.Dubey Memorial Leadership Award to Dr Randhir Singh Sangwan of University College, Rohtak. He received the award for academic excellence in “Teaching Geography, Research and Leadership Quality” at the 2nd international conference on ‘Sustainable Agriculture, Water Resources Development and Earth Care Policies’, held at the Scope Convention Centre in Delhi.

The Vice-President was the chief guest on the occasion and presented the award to Dr Sangwan. Dr Sangwan has two books and dozens of research papers published in various journals of repute to his credit. He has also attended many international and national conferences.

Stolen vehicle recovered

The police today recovered a Toyota Qualis vehicle, which was snatched from its driver by some miscreants at a hotel located on N H 10 at gunpoint.

The police arrested Rohtas of Dobh village and seized a pistol and a live cartridge from his possession in this connection.

According to sources, following a tip-off, a police team intercepted a Toyota Qualis vehicle near drain number 8 on Bhiwani road.

During interrogation, the driver of the vehicle confessed to have snatched the vehicle in front of ‘Fauji Hotel’ on NH 10 on December 21. Rohtas revealed that he along with his six accomplices had intended to visit Goa and Shimla.

Charan Singh remembered

New Delhi: The spokesman for the All India Jat Maha Sabha, Mr Tara Chand Mor, has described late Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh as the messiah of the farmers.

Recalling his services to the nation on his birth anniversary, Mr Mor told media persons that Chaudhary Charan Singh was born in a simple family but through hard work, honesty and dedication, rose to the highest position in the country.

Mr Mor said that he was a real Gandhian. Mr Mor said that the slogan of Chaudhary Sahib, “Khush Hali Ka Raasta, Kheton Aur Khailihano Se Ho Kar Gujrata Hai” meant that “until the farmers and labourers are not prosperous, the country cannot be prosperous”, is relevant today.



Atma Ram case: Another UP cop held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
One more constable of the Uttar Pradesh Police has been arrested by the North West district police of Delhi today on the charge of disposing of the body of Congress Councillor Atma Ram Gupta. The constable was identified as Rakesh. He was produced before the Tis Hazari courts today. Atma Ram was murdered allegedly on behalf of a woman councillor, Sharda Jain , police said.

Du council poll results: The results of the polls conducted for the Academic and Executive Council of the Delhi University have been declared. Mr. Vijendra Sharma of the Democratic Teacher’s Front and Vijay Lakshmi Singh of the Action for Academic Development have been elected to the Executive Council. Results for some posts of the Academic Council have also been declared. The names of some of the elected members are Surendra Singh, Hemchand Jain, Aswani Shankar, Sundram Shukla, Dinesh Adhlakaha, Virendra Bhardwaj, Sadhna Sharma, Dr. A N Rai, Dr. A P Singh, Dr. Rukmani, D.S.Sidhu, V.S.Bhasin, C.K. Jaggi, I.N. Singh and Barkatulla Khan.

Water harvesting in Tihar jail: With the world getting conscious about being eco-friendly, Tihar Jail will soon be doing its bit for the environment. The jail authorities have signed up with soft drinks major, Coca-Cola, to launch three large rainwater harvesting projects in the jail complex.

Director-General, Prisons, Mr Ajay Aggarwal, said that the initiative was launched with the aid of Scope, an NGO, and Coca-Cola and is meant to improve the quality of life of the inmates.

The projects are located at ward numbers 1 and 13 and have a total catchment area of nearly 1,000 square metres, including roof water collection areas. The rainwater harvesting potential at the two sites is as much as 481 cubic metres.

A major highlight of the programme was that the project was completed in record time. Workshops were organised to enlighten the prisoners about the significance of rainwater harvesting.

Global efforts on metro: The Delhi Metro, which will begin its inaugural run tomorrow, proposes a pollution-free Delhi, where distances won’t matter once the entire network becomes operational by 2025.

The Delhi Metro is associated with some of the well-known global players in project consultancy, components and systems. These include global companies like Mitsubishi, Alcatel, Alstom, Samsung, Sumitomo, and Indian giants, like L&T and IRCON, amongst others.

The Korean-made trains will be fitted with Voith turbo SE 344 helical gears and automatic Scharfenberg couplers Type 330.

The 135-year-old German engineering unit, Voith, supplied the vital components like helical gears and couplers to the Metro for a smoother ride. The one-stage helical gears type SE 344 are easy to maintain. It is for the first time that there will also be gear couplings in an Indian metro vehicle.



Martyrdom day of Guru’s sons on Dec 27
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
The martyrdom day of the sons of Guru Gobind Singh will be observed on the December 27. The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) will organise the function in Gurdwara Mata Sundari.

Ajit Singh and Jujhar Singh laid down their lives while fighting the Mughal army, while Jorawar Singh and Fateh Singh were buried alive. The day is observed to pay homage to the sacrifices made by the four illustrious sons of the Guru. The programme will start early in the morning with the recitation of the Sukhmani Sahib and Nitnem. Ragi jathas will perform the Asa di Vaar and Shabad Kirtan and a kavi darbar will also be held. Langar will also be served on the occasion.



Postal staff behind generator theft?
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 23
A power generator installed in the premises of the Head Post Office in the Nehru Ground here was stolen. While the authorities have started a probe, it is suspected that some of the employees of the office may be involved in the theft.

When contacted, the superintendent, Mr T S Gondwal, admitted that the theft had taken place. According to post office officials, the cost of the generator was about Rs. 30,000 and it was kept locked and even a watchman had been posted in the night to keep watch over it. However, according to office sources, such thefts had become common in the recent past.

Stealing of cycles and two wheelers have been reported in the past. It is alleged that some employees of the office could have been involved in it.

No FIR has been lodged so far although the officials said that they were in process of lodging a complaint.

Two killed: Two persons, including a young woman, were killed in the town in past 24 hours. Radhika, a resident of NIT area, hanged herself to death in her house.

The cause for the suicide is unknown. In another case, a youth identified as Kishore was run over by a train near NIT railway station.

Meanwhile, an elderly woman received burn injuries when the LPG cylinder in the kitchen of her house burst last night in the NIT area.



Man charred to death in hotel fire
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23
A 26-year-old man was charred to death in a fire that broke out in the basement of Hotel Connaught, near Shivaji Stadium.
The deceased was identified as Mahesh. Seven fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the fire.

In another incident, a fire broke out at Vikas Bhawan, near ITO, today. Four fire tenders were rushed to douse the fire, which was controlled within minutes.

No major loss was reported. According to preliminary reports, short circuit is believed to be the cause behind both the incidents.

Arrested for rape: The South district police have arrested Vinod, a resident of Tehkhand, on charge of rape of a 15-year-old girl. The suspect raped the victim in her house in the village. She informed her parents about the incident, who reported the matter to the police.

Woman killed: A woman, identified as Alka (24), was crushed to death by a blueline bus at B.D. Marg-Tilak Marg crossing last evening. The woman was on a motor cycle with her husband. The victim was rushed to RML Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. The bus driver, Pawan Singh, has been arrested on charge of causing death due to rash and negligent driving, the police said.

Held for graft: The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Government has arrested an Assistant Sanitary Inspector, Manish Grover, for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 300 from a safai karamchari before allowing him to sign the attendance register. The victim reported the matter to the branch. A raid was conducted and the suspect was arrested red-handed.


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