Thursday, December 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India

N C R   S T O R I E S


First day sell-out at Metro
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 25
Delhi’s sold out on Metro! Wednesday morning all roads led to the six stations on the Tis Hazari-Shahdara corridor as uncles and aunts with kids in tow made a beeline for the ticket counters to catch a ride on the much-hyped Delhi Metro.

Wednesday being a holiday helped but it was the thrill of travelling in the state-of-the-art air-conditioned coaches and satiating their curiosity that tempted many into undertaking the first-day-first-show trip. Delhi, it seemed, had finally arrived.

The automatic fare collection system, heavy-duty escalators, special elevators for the physically challenged and automatic doors came under public scrutiny for the first time and the verdict of the ecstatic crowd was a thumbs up for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC.)

An estimated 60,000 passengers had travelled within few hours of the Delhi Metro being thrown open to public. “The response has been overwhelming. Trains are running packed and we had to keep some people at the stations,” the DMRC said.

“It is a new experience. The Metro is quick. It is a welcome change from the dust and grime of travelling in a bus,” exclaimed Sunil Chopra who trudged all the way from Dilshad Garden for a dekko of the sleek coaches.

The first day was not without its share of glitches. The automatic fare collection machines would not accept tickets. Elevators would get stuck. And the rush clearly got the better of the DMRC staff. All that was forgotten the moment passengers boarded the train.

The frequency of trains was every seven minutes. Thirteen minutes was all it took to travel the 8.3 kilometres between Shahdara and Tis Hazari. The frequency, however, would be reduced to three minutes after Phase I of the Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS) was completed.

Besides the popular verdict, critical acclaim came DMRC Managing Director E Sreedharan’s way when Union Urban Development Minister Ananth Kumar felicitated him and his team at a reception hosted in their honour.

On the occasion the minister said the draft National Urban Transport Policy was ready and would be presented to the Union Cabinet shortly. “If all goes well,” he said, “in the next decade 35 cities with one million population would move towards mass rapid transport system.”

The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Banglaore was 40 per cent complete and would be finished by March-end. Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and the Cochin-Thiruvananthapuram and Kanpur-Lucknow Metros were next in the pipeline.

About the Unified Transport Policy for NCT of Delhi, the minister said he was in favour of a concept like London Metro where a person buying a ticket could also travel by road. “The idea is it should be user friendly,” he said.



Bid to hustle schoolgirl into car
Our Correspondent

Noida, December 25
Four youths in a Santro car allegedly harassed and teased a schoolgirl. As she repulsed their advances, they reportedly tried to molest and drag her into the car. One of the culprits has since been arrested.
On a report by the principal of the school, police registered a case of eve-teasing against the four.

Though, the principal said, it should have been registered as a case of attempted abduction.

Villagers also feel that the police should have registered the case under kidnapping clause.

The girl complained that the youths had threatened her to accompany them.

The police have meanwhile seized the car and arrested one of the accused Narinder, son of a contractor.

According to the police of Sector 39, when some girl students were going to Bhiwani Shankar College in Sadarpur, Narinder, son of Narpat; Raju, son of Krishen; Dhawan, son of Dharam Singh and Mahesh, son of Omi, were sitting inside a car near Hukam Singh’s house. They passed some lewd remarks as the girls passed by on their way to the school.

They called the girl and tried to paw her. When she resisted, they pushed and punched her and tried to force her into the car, saying “she must come along with them”.

As the student raised the alarm, a large number of persons reached the spot. Seeing them, the miscreants made themselves scarce.

The girl then went to the principal and narrated the incident. Principal Parsu Ram rushed to the police station and lodged a report. The police registered a case and arrested Narinder. They seized the car also.

While the villagers and the school management feel that the police should have registered the case under kidnapping clause, the police said that it was only a tease.



MLAs take up the cudgels for Sangwan
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 25
Two MLAs of Haryana have come out in support of the former IAS officer, Mr Jaipal Singh Sangwan, who has been booked in a corruption and fraud case by the vigilance department of the state.

Mr Sangwan, released on bail by the district court, has announced that he might join politics soon to prove his innocence and fight corruption and immorality in public life.

Mr Sangwan was accompanied by the BJP MLA, Mr Krishan Pal Gurjar, and the RPI MLA and former minister, Mr Karan Dalal, at a press conference organised here last evening.

Both Mr Dalal and Mr Gurjar condemned the registration of the case against Mr Sangwan and said that it had been done at the behest of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

The case was registered to victimise Mr Sangwan as the latter had filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha election which was not liked by Mr Chautala, they said.

They claimed that the rejection of the nomination papers was wrong and since Mr Sangwan had challenged it in the High Court, the Haryana government might face embarrassment in case Mr Sangwan came out winner.

Both the MLAs said that the situation could bring the fall of the Chautala regime and added that by registering a false case, the government wanted to pressurise Mr Sangwan to withdraw his petition from the court.

Mr Dalal and Mr Gurjar said that they had come in their capacity at the press conference, and would support any cause aimed at fighting injustice in society.

Mr Dalal also alleged that corruption had become rampant in Haryana in the tenure of the present government and alleged that those who dared oppose the shady deals of the higher-ups were being victimised.

Mr Dalal demanded issuing of a white paper on the setting up and functioning of the Devi Lal Trust and alleged that huge funds were being collected from industrialists and businessmen in the name of the trust.

He claimed that the Haryana government had been reduced to a rule of the ‘Chautala family’.



Festival that sets cash registers jingling
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 25
If the ever-popular Christmas carol, ‘Jingle bells,’ were to be rewritten, it would make more sense to go ‘jingling all the way to the cash registers’.
While the spirit of the season remains, the occasion like all other festivals is just the right time to sell, from cakes to Christmas trees. With the ‘attractive’ gifts that are being offered, though very scrupulously for a price that the consumer fails to register, Santa might have to face some competition.

Joining, or rather taking over the celebrations, this tribe tells us just what is the best way to celebrate, which cake is more sumptuous and why we must pull down the décor that we so painfully had agreed upon. Just a trifle short of miracle makers, the tribe promises ambience, food and entertainment, befitting royalty.

Sample this: A Spanish extravaganza in the city, complete with the décor and the Matadors offering delicious food, unlimited beverages, music and Flamenco dancing. All you have to do is shell out a couple of thousand bucks, and you are transported to Spain.

For those who wish to sing carols at home, the tribe promises to turn your modest little dwelling into ‘neighbour’s envy’. They offer you the option of having a ‘red and green’ or a ‘blue and white’ Christmas theme. So, from table napkins to bedspreads, you can have the whole house wallowing in the X’mas spirit. Not to mention the good old Christmas tree that can now have a skirt of its own, in rich velvet and warm colours.

And since Christmas without cakes is unthinkable, for the confectionery outfits it is time to dish out innovative cakes, cookies and pies. A pastry festival in the Capital has goodies ranging from plum puddings, mince pies, Yule Log and Marzipan Santas besides new varieties of Peach and Almond cakes, Etriole chocolate cake, Austrian cheese cake, Joan Ross cake, and Black Currant mousse.

And for those who forgot to keep track of the calories, there is plenty of reason to indulge the self with just one more piece of the delectable. Taking cue from the season of cheer, some weight loss clinics have announced discounts. Needless to say, losing weight will turn out to be a less strenuous exercise, considering the fiscal aspect.

As for wishing a merry Christmas and infusing general bonhomie, the hallmark of the festival, did you remember to say it with the right greeting card?



Teachers fail to get their salary 
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, December 25
Nearly 500 teaching and non-teaching employees of three institutions for higher education being run by the prestigious Jat Education Society here have not got their salaries for the last month.
According to report, the staff of All India Jat Heroes Memorial College, Maharani Kishori Jat Kanya Mahavidyalaya and C.R. College of Education have not got their salaries for November to be paid in December so far.

As per the constitution of society, the salary could be disbursed among the staff only after the draft is signed by the society president or the administrator if the fresh body is not constituted after the expiry of the previous one.

Although the heads of the three institutions have got the salary draft, it could not be encashed without the sign of the society president, the term of which expired on November 14.

It is learnt, the management committee of the institution had informed the government about the expiry of the term of society well in advance. However, the government had so far failed to appoint an administrator for disbursement of salaries and other administrative purposes. Strangely, the government recently sought information on the expiry of the term of the Jat Education Society.

Speaking to the ‘NCR Tribune’, certain teachers of the affected institutions said they had been facing hardship due to delay in the payment of salaries. They apprehended that the salary for December could also be delayed if an administrator was not appointed by the government on time.



200 Dalits switch over to Christianity
Our Correspondent

Meerut, December 25
More than 200 members belonging to 40 families converted to Christianity in the St Joseph Church here on December 25.
All the converted persons belonged to the Dalit community. They reportedly converted to Christianity to avoid atrocities at the hands of the upper castes in the village.

There was considerable panic in the administration circles as the reports of the conversion poured in with senior officials rushing to the church for damage control. However, the Dalits refused to relent and converted to Christianity in the presence of several local media persons, including this correspondent.

In the morning more than 200 persons from village Sikhera under Incholi police station had reached the St Joseph church on the Roorkee Road and expressed their desire to convert to Christianity. They took part in the special prayer organised for them on the occasion of Christmas. The Dalits alleged that they were forced to take the extreme step owing to the exploitation by the upper castes.



Suspended varsity HoD reinstated
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, December 25
The ailing Head of the Sanskrit Department of Maharshi Dayanand University, Prof Yajanvir Dahiya, who had been suspended by the Vice Chancellor, Maj Gen (Retd) Bhim Singh Suhag, on September 30 due to his ``unbecoming behaviour’’ as a university professor, has been reinstated.

The orders to reinstate Dr Dahiya were issued after office hours on Tuesday when the Vice Chancellor learnt about the illness of the Professor who is admitted at the PGIMS here and is said to be critically ill. Prof Dahiya was also a member of the Executive Council of the university, a post which stands restored with his reinstatement.

Prof Dahiya was suspended when he levelled serious allegations of irregularities in transfer of university land to Central and State government departments in a meeting of the Executive Council on September 30. His suspension was later revoked by a lower court. The university’s plea, seeking astay on the lower court’s orders, was also dismissed by an appellant court.

The university was now planning to file an appeal against the orders of the lower court. But instead of doing so the Vice Chancellor has ordered the university authorities to comply with the orders of the lower court. The university faculty has welcomed the gesture of the vice chancellor.

Neighbour killed in fracas over garbage

Noida: Two neighbours fell out on the question of dumping garbage in Pragati Vihar of Khoda Colony on Tuesday. One of them hit the other on the head with a brick. As a result, he was seriously injured.

The injured old man was made to wait in the police station for a couple of hours without getting any medical aid. When his condition deteriorated, he was admitted to a government hospital in Sector-30, Noida, where doctors referred him to Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi. The old man reportedly breathed his last in the hospital late in the evening.

Rampal and Mangal Sen, two neighbours in Pragati Vihar of Khoda Colony had a tiff on dumping garbage which turned into a serious fight. Rampal is reported to have hit Mangal Sen hard on his head with a brick. As a result, Mangal Sen fell down on ground with blood oozing out from his head.

Soon police came and took both of them to police station in Sector-58 where the injured was made to wait for a couple of hours. The man ultimately died in Safdarjung Hospital.

But Mangal Sen’s family is asking who actually killed the old man. Is he Rampal who hit him with a brick or the police who made the injured Mangal Sen wait for hours in the police station without getting medical treatment. The police have, however, arrested Rampal and started investigation. OC

One killed in accident

Jhajjar: One person was killed when a motorcycle collided with a three-wheeler near Jakhoda village on NH 10 here today.

The police said that Krishan of Mandothi village died while two others were referred to PGIMS. The trio were travelling on the bike. When they tried to overtake, the bike clashed with a three-wheeler. Two occupants of three-wheeler also injured in the accident. OC



Fire incidents cause loss of Rs 9 crore in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 25
The incidents of fires had caused a loss of about Rs 9 crore in this city and elsewhere in the district during the first 11 months of the current year.
According to report, as many as 280 cases of fires, small and big, have so far been reported though there was no loss of life. Short circuits in the electricity lines were the main causes of the fire.

The incidents were reported to the fire brigade officials in Sonepat, Ganaur and Gohana towns in the district. There were also cases of about 100 fires which were not reported to the firemen. Some of the fire cases were brought under control before the arrival of the fire brigades, and most of the fire cases were not insured with any company.

As many as 17 cases of fire were reported in January this year which caused a loss of about Rs 11 lakh.

Similarly, 10 cases of fires were reported in February causing a loss of about Rs 10 lakh. At least eight cases of fires were reported in March which caused a loss of Rs 18 lakh.

The officials of the fire brigades had remained busy in April during which a number of incidents totalling 78 were reported, causing a loss of Rs 2 crore. These include two dozen cases which occurred in the fields of the farmers where standing crops worth several lakhs of rupees were burnt. The fire brigade officials also saved the lives of some youths by bringing them out from the Western Yamuna Canal near Barwasni village.

During May, as many as 41 cases were reported and property worth about Rs 69 lakh was damaged.

In June, only 10 cases were reported causing a loss of Rs 35 lakh in them. As many as 16 cases of fires were reported in July and a loss of Rs 37.76 lakh was caused. During this month, the firemen saved the lives of some sweepers who fell unconscious during the safai operations of the sewers.

In August, a fire broke out in a factory at Kundli industrial estate.

In September, only four cases of fire were reported causing a loss of more than Rs 32 lakh. During the months of October and November, only 13 and 20 cases of fire respectively were reported and the losses were estimated at Rs 13 lakh and Rs 2 lakh respectively.



Neem-coated urea, a boon for farmers 
Tribune News Service

Panipat, December 25
A new variety of urea (the Neem-coated urea) developed by the National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) and introduced during the Kharif season this year, is proving to be a boon for the farmers of Haryana and UP. The farmers of the two states have reported a growth in average production ranging from 12 per cent to 16 per cent.

According to NFL sources here, the new urea is based on the research conducted by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, looking into the unique property of neem in regulating the release of nitrogen in urea.

It may be mentioned that the urea is very rich in nitrogen (46 per cent), but when applied to crops like paddy, requiring standing water, nitrogen use efficiency is hardly 30-40 per cent.

And in a bid to increase the nitrogen use efficiency of the urea, the main nitrogenous fertilisers used by the farmers, the NFL initiated the process of manufacturing the more efficient urea.

In fact, during the kharif season of 2002, nearly 50 field demonstrations in districts of Panipat and Rohtak in Haryana and Muzaffarnagar and Meerut in UP were conducted to establish the agronomic efficiency of neem-coated urea under actual conditions. Preliminary analysis showed that there had been an increase in the yield of rice. However, there was difference in percentage in the yield increase.

The lowest increase reported in UP was in the case of Ramji Dass, a farmer of Dudhli Khadar, which was to the tune of 2 quintals per acre (10 per cent). Similarly, the highest increase was in case of Praveen Sethi, a farmer of the same village, which reported an increase of over 2 quintals per acre (15 per cent).

In Panipat district, however, the results were amazing. The highest increase was in the case of Hawa Singh, a farmer of Nara village, who reported an increase of 5 quintals per acre (48 per cent). The lowest increase was achieved by Rajbir Singh of Paladi village, who reported an increase of 2.8 quintals per acre (16 per cent).

Regarding the future plans, the sources said during the current rabi season, the NFL proposed to lay more stress on field demonstrations on crops like sugarcane, potato and wheat. It was proposed to reduce the doses of nitrogen to the extent of 80 per cent through the new urea.

The NFL has fixed a target of 6,000 MT of the new urea to be distributed among the farmers through its extensive dealers’ network in Punjab, Haryana and UP during the Rabi season.

This is proposed so as to economise on the input costs to the farmers and further assess the benefits of the new variety of urea (the Neem-coated urea).



Theatre is first love of down-to-earth Anis Azmi
Priyanka Gupta

New Delhi, December 25
Azam Garh, a small district in Uttar Pradesh, has attained a unique distinction of producing a number of intellectuals and writers. Anis Azmi, the recipient of the Award 2002 for his contribution to Hindi and Urdu literature, also hails from there. A well-known personality in the world of theatres, Anis belongs to a highly educated family which moved to Delhi. Anis was then five years old only. A resident of Okhla, he is a down-to-earth person devoting most of his time to his first love, theatre. Anis was always interested in literature but his association with dramatics was the result of his efforts to end discrimination which he claims he faced when he was in school.

It was while in Zakir Hussain College he came in contact with Safdar Hashmi and this changed his life. A graduate in honours in Hindi, Anis joined the Jagriti Theatre Group to give expression to his thoughts and also to spread the message of peace and communal amity through street plays. “No child should face discrimination as this permanently influences the psyche,” he told the ‘NCR Tribune’ recently.

“My first play was ‘Paisa Bolta Hai’ in college. After that, I joined service but theatre came as a passion in between. And though it was difficult to cope with both the things still I burnt the midnight oil, rehearsing at nights also,” he said adding that “Juloos was the play I did in 1977, the first street play in Delhi by Prayog that ran for more than hundred shows.”

Anis’ prowess as an actor impressed eminent directors and he was offered roles in plays like Mother, Spartacus, Shabaash Anarkli, Tipu Sultan, Pari Kokh, Zimma, Veergati and in TV serials like Zameen, Kaag Bhagora Pashloon Ki Wapsi and many more.

He has contributed more than 20 plays to the Delhi Urdu Academy. “I have earned lots of friends in my life. The only thing that gives me pleasure is that I’m getting this award at a very young age in comparison to other recipients of this award. Many of my plays have also been directed by prominent film-makers like M K Raina, Neena Gupta and Sandeep Mukherjee,” he claimed. Anis has contributed more than 100 stimulating articles to esteemed journals as well.

He met Shahla, his wife in one of his plays Shabash Anarkali in Mumbai and made her his anarkali. He gives credit for his success to his wife saying that “I do not devote much time at home but her understanding gives me support. She never complains.” Anis has also won many awards that includes award for translating Juloos by UP Urdu Academy and for translating Spartacus from West Bengal Urdu Academy and many others. Nowadays, he has been assigned to translate the entire work of Agha Hashra Kashmiri into Devanagri script by the National School for Drama. Sitaron se age jahan aur bhi hai, this could well be the title of Anis’ life story.



Sewing machine company helps patch up lives
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, December 25
Poonam Devi was just another housewife in her colony till recently when her husband lost his job in a factory. Maintaining the family became an ordeal. A semi-literate migrant from Bihar, she was ill-equipped to take up any job that could bring home the bacon. Life seemed like an unending nightmare with a sulking jobless husband at home and a six-month-old child in her lap.

It was then that there appeared a ray of hope. Someone told her about a sewing school started recently by the manufacturers of a leading brand of sewing machines in the Patparganj area of East Delhi.

This was part of the Singer Group’s public service programme.

After the completion of the six-month course, the school itself helped her to get a loan under the Special Urban Employment Scheme called – Self-Employment Programme for Urban People — being run by the Central Government..

The sewing machine company provided her with machines and other accessories on highly subsidised rates. Today Poonam runs her own tailoring shop in Madhu Vihar and earns a packet to look after her family thanks to the scheme. Now the husband is also helping her in the shop.

Poonam’s case is by no means an isolated one. In a conversation with the ‘NCR Tribune’, Singer India Ltd. marketing service manager V K Murthy said, “We run 600 such centres across the country, in which 120 are alone in the NCR area like Shahibabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Meerut and Delhi. In the NCR area alone, about 5,000 women are getting professional training right now. They have to pay only a token amount as fees as we run these schools on no profit no loss basis.”

Mr Murthy said that it was the company’s way of fulfilling its corporate social responsibility. “At Singer, we think this is the best way to serve society. In my opinion, financial independence is the first step towards women empowerment.”

Mr Murthy said in 80 such schools in Delhi, at present they were running four different courses like two-week fashion-makers course, six-month duration cutting and tailoring course, one year advance course in cutting and tailoring and one year dress-making and designing course.

“We are also toying with the idea of joining hands with various schools to provide school uniforms for them through our sewing schools so that our trainees could earn some money during their training period. We are also planning to introduce some other vocational courses in our schools. We have a separate annual budget for these programmes.



Sikhs upset at acquittal of Sajjan Kumar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 25
The president of Shiromani Gurdwara Sewadar Committee, S Tehal Singh Taneja, today strongly flayed the acquittal of senior Congress leader, Mr Sajjan Kumar and others in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases.

The judgement has shaken the Sikh community. If the accused, responsible for the killing of Sikhs, go unpunished after 18 years, the Sikhs would lose faith in the courts, he added. Onkar Singh Thapar, national secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and Navtej Singh Tarsika, president of Kendirya Punjabi Vikas Manch, vowed to continue the struggle to get justice for the Sikhs. Pirtam Singh Walia, secretary, Shiromani Sewadar Committee, Avtar Singh Arora, Jag Mohan, S Amar Singh and Bibi Arvinder Kaur. 



One killed, 12 injured in road accidents
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 25
One person was killed and 12 others sustained injuries in different road accidents that occurred on the G T Road near here yesterday. According to a report, the victim was identified as Mr Nand Lal and he died when he was hit by an unknown vehicle while passing through the G T Road near Ganaur, about 20 km from here last night.

According to another report, two youths, Chand Singh and Manjeet, were injured when their scooter skidded on the road near Halalpur village, about 25 km from here last night. Both the injured, who were returning to their homes at Saidpur village, were sent to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment.

In another accident that occurred on the Sonepat-Rohtak road, near the diversion drain No. 8, three persons, namely

Chandervir, Bansraj and Devinder, sustained injuries when two jeeps collided with each other. All the injured persons were immediately hospitalised and are stated to be out of danger. The police have registered the case.

Meanwhile, a three-wheeler turned turtle on the Sonepat-Gohana road here last evening. As a result, six persons, including five women were injured. The injured persons were identified as Ms Kamla, Ms Ompati, Ms Bala, Ms Roshni, Ms Promila and Mr Sarup Singh of Mahra village. The injured persons were immediately hospitalised.

Another woman Reshma was hit and seriously injured by a truck on the National Highway No. 1 and she was sent to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment.

A girl Neetu was injured in a road accident that occurred on the G T Road, near Nangal Khurd village in this district. However, all the occupants of a Tata Sumo escaped unhurt when it was overturned on the G T Road near Qumashpur village.

Winter Rains: Sonepat city and its surrounding areas experienced winter rains last evening. According to a report, the rain is considered beneficial for the Rabi crops including wheat, oilseeds, barley etc.

Anticipatory bail granted: The District Sessions Judge of Sonepat, Mr S.K.Sardana, has granted anticipatory bail to Mr Umesh Sharma, a Youth Congress leader, in connection with the case of murderous assault, arson and violence registered against him by the police. The case was registered in the aftermath of the violence that took place at the Chaudhary Devi Lal Sugar Mills at Ahulana village in this district. According to the police, Mr Sharma had been evading arrest since December 11 last, after the registering of the various cases against him.

Animals killed: Three milch animals, including two buffaloes, were killed in a fire that broke out in a house at Garhi Brahmanan village, about three km from here last night. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. The police have registered a case and further investigations were in progress.

Body recovered: The Ganaur police recovered the body of a 4-year-old boy, Sandeep, from a place outside the village of Dubheta, about 25 km from here yesterday. According to a report, the boy was allegedly strangulated to death after he was sexually assaulted by some unidentified person. The police have registered a case of murder and further investigations were in progress. It is stated that the victim, Sandeep, went outside to play but did not return to his house. His parents found his body next morning.

Christmas celebrated: Hundreds of people, from all parts of the city and adjoining areas, participated in various programmes on the eve of Christmas.

According to a report, the devotees, clad in beautiful dresses, assembled at various churches and took part in the programmes organised in connection with Christmas.

Speaking on the occasions, the Bishops in their Christmas messages, said that there was the need to adopt and practice the preaching of Jesus Christ to strengthen the brotherhood and faith among different sections of the society.

The devotees sang carols and offered Christmas prayers. Christmas was also celebrated at various places, including Ganaur, Gohana and Kharkhauda towns in the district. All government offices and schools remained closed for the day.

Life term for three: Mr B.S.Rawat, Judge of the Fast Track Court of Sonepat, has sentenced three persons, namely Sahi Ram, Satpal and Deepak of Ghasauli village, to life imprisonment with a fine of Rs 3,000 each for the murder of Mr Rameshwar of the same village on August 4, 1999. According to reports, Mr Rameshwar was asleep near a tubewell in his field when he was attacked by the accused. Mr Rameshwar sustained serious injuries and was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The police arrested all the accused and sent a challan to the court.



Dargah’ caretaker threatened 
Tribune News Service

Panipat, December 25
The controversy regarding the demolition of two ‘mazars’ near the Vir Bhavan Chowk allegedly by some anti-social elements, took a new turn today when three unidentified persons threatened to kill Babu Khan, the ‘khadim’ (Caretaker) of the ‘mazars’.

A report lodged with the police alleged that Mr Babu Khan was threatened at his residence today by three scooter-borne persons, who warned that he would be shot dead if the ‘mazars’ were reconstructed.

Mr Khan had helped build a portion of the ‘mazars’.

It may be recalled that the ‘mazars’ of Shah Ismail and Shah Ibrahim, reported to be the contemporaries of Bu Ali Shah Qalandar, a revered Muslim saint, whose ‘dargah’ here attract thousands of pilgrims from all over the world, were demolished some days back.

After the threat to Mr Khan, a number of ‘khadims’ and other persons of the area called on the Estate Officer of the Punjab Wakf Board, Mr Asiq Ali, to bring the matter to his notice.

They alleged that the board had taken no step to vacate the 2,000 square yards of prime commercial land, which had been encroached upon by influential people of the area. In the Wakf Board records, the above land belongs to the cremation ground of the minority community.

Probe Committee constituted: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr M.R. Anand, has formed a four-member committee to probe the alleged irregularities in the construction of the bus stand building, whose beam collapse led to the death of two persons yesterday. To be headed by the SDM, Mr W.S. Goyat, the committee will probe the reasons for the collapse of the roof beam. Besides Mr Goyat, the committee will include the HUDA Xen, the PWD Xen and the GM, Roadways, as its members. Meanwhile, the second person, who died in the beam collapse, has been identified as Santosh Kumar, a resident of Green Park Colony in the Tehsil Camp area here.

Weightlifting team: Three students of Arya College have been selected for the Kurukshetra University Weightlifting team, which will represent the university in the Inter-University Championship at Gwalior, starting on December 28. They are Ajit Singh (82.5 kg), Narinder Malik (60kg) and Jai Kumar (56 kg).

Subedar cremated: A subedar of the Punjab Regiment, Mahabir, who died due to an accidental fall, was cremated today at his native village Dehra in Samalkha subdivision here today.



Two held for theft, vehicle recovered
Our Correspondent

Rewari, December 25
Planned action by the Rewari Sadar police enabled it to apprehend two persons, Raghbir, son of Bhola Ram and Ashok Kumar, son of Sher Singh, both residents of Mandhia Khurd village of Rewari district.

The police also recovered a stolen Tata-407 vehicle from them. The police have registered a case of theft under Section 382 of the IPC against them.

It is reported that when Munsi Ram, son of Surajmal, was going back in his vehicle to his village in Faridabad district after unloading the goods at Rewari, the two accused overtook their vehicle near Mundalia village on the Rewari-Pataudi road.

They forcibly boarded his Tata-407 vehicle and drove it away to Kakodia

village, where they dropped Munshi Ram and sped away with the vehicle. The victim informed the police, which swung into action and nabbed the criminals.

In another incident, the Dharuhera police apprehended Suraj Yadav, son of Darbari Lal, of Chhatarpur district in Madhya Pradesh yesterday. The police recovered a stolen Maruti van (No. Dl 8C E 0572) from him.

The police had registered a case of theft under Section 379 of IPC in this connection.



5 held for abduction, sodomy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 25
With the arrest of five persons, the Rajouri Garden police today claimed to have worked out an abduction-cum-sodomy case. The suspect was identified as Rajesh, his brother Praveen Kumar, brother-in-law, Manoj Kumar, Puran Chand and Ganesh Chaudhary.

The victim had come from Kolkata and had met Rajesh, who was involved in bus operation on contract basis. He took a debt of Rs 30,000 from Rajesh and said that he also wanted to join the transport business. But he neither joined the business nor returned the money.

Later, the victim and his friend, Hari Om, were picked up from Subhash Nagar bus stand and beaten up mercilessly. Subsequently, they sexually assaulted him.



Four killed in road accident

New Delhi: Four persons were killed and three injured, one of them seriously, when their vehicle hit an open body truck (Dumpar) from behind on Dasna-Najafgarh Road. One of the deceased was identified as Mahender (40) while others could not be identified.

The injured were admitted to Rao Tula Ram Hospital. The victims were travelling in an RTV which was going from Dasna to Najafgarh. When the RTV reached near Najafgarh, it hit the truck from behind. The police have registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving, police said. TNS



Forty years of excellence at NCB
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 25
The National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCB), an autonomous body under the Union government, celebrated its 40th anniversary here yesterday. Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest, Mr J N Kaul, brought to the fore the role of science and technology in the development and upliftment of the nation and society.

Emphasising the relevance of social sciences in the sustainable development of society, he said the efforts of research and development at infrastructural level could not be underestimated.

Appreciating the NCB’s efforts to provide best of scientific and technical services to the cement and construction industries, he called upon the engineers and scientists of such organisation to understand their social responsibilities as well. He gave away awards to several NCB officials for their outstanding contributions during their tenure.

The awardees included Mr P S Sharma (Best Scientist Award), Mr A K Arora, Mr R K Bhatia (Best supporting staff), Dr S C Maiti (DG’s Excellence Award).

Mementoes were presented to Mr V K Bansal, Mr Bhim Sen, Mrs Gurmeet Kaur, Mr Surat Ram, Mr Satish Chander Sharma and Mr Mahesh Yadav for completing 25 years of service.

The Director-General (Acting) of NCB, Mr S J Raina, claimed that NCB had made considerable progress and had achieved good results in many of its projects of social and national importance.

He made specific mention of the projects related to construction of model concrete roads, use of flyash in cement, concrete and other building materials, environmental audit of cement plants and mines, development and adoption of technologies for utilisation of waste in cement manufacture and upgrading building rehabilitation clinics at Bhuj, Rajkot, Ahmedabad and Bhubaneswar.


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