Sunday, January 19, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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When will spring drive out this harsh winter?
Tribune News Service

Lend me a map
Lend me a map: Motorists had a hard time navigating in the dense fog that had enveloped the Capital on Saturday morning. —Tribune Photo 

New Delhi, January 18
The depth of winter is hard upon us with no escape in sight. The sun flickers at times, as if to reassure us that the worst of this raw weather will soon be over. The Met Department, in turn, blames the bleak weather on phenomena and disturbances even as the suffering denizens implore the weather gods to show mercy.

The fog returned with a vengeance last night in the Capital, blinding the vision and paralysing vehicular movement. All flights, both domestic and international, were rescheduled after 10 pm last night as the dense fog had virtually reduced the runway visibility to zero. The first flight could take off only at 8.30 am. Railway traffic was also disrupted as the fog settled on the rail tracks.

The minimum temperature recorded last night was 7.1 degree Celsius. The Met Department has predicted that the dense fog and the cold wave is likely to persist for a few days. The weather pundits have attributed the fog to a warm front: it is pointed out that the movement of winds that bring clouds slows down but moisture in the air increases, resulting in fog, which prevents the earth’s heat from radiating back to the atmosphere. This leads to a rise in minimum temperature and fall in the maximum temperature, due to which the days seem to be colder.

To aggravate matters, load-shedding was reported in many areas. The Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, today said the Centre had given an extra 150 MW to the NCT of Delhi to tide over the power crisis and had also assured adequate gas supply to the Pragati power project.

Ms Dikshit said the situation would start improving by the end of this month once the power project started functioning to its full capacity and the faults in the transmission lines were rectified.

In Sonepat thousands of passengers, mostly government servants, schoolteachers, students and businessmen, remained stranded at Sonepat and nearby railway stations for hours together today following the late running of long-distance and suburban trains on the DUK section of the Northern Railway on account of thick blanket of fog and poor visibility. Several trains were running late by three to 13 hours and the Railways have cancelled some of them.

Traffic on the GT Road and other state highways also remained disrupted due to dense fog and zero visibility.

The drivers of crawling vehicles had to switch on headlights even during the day to avoid accidents.

Attendance in schools was reportedly thin. Most of the government offices, schools and health institutions also looked deserted.

In Bhiwani, the extreme cold forced local schools to register minimum attendance even on the second day after reopening on January 17 whereas students in rural areas considered it better to remain in houses instead of going schools. The cold is adversely affecting preparation for various examinations.

In view of the cold wave and dense fog the state government had announced holidays in schools of the state till January 17. Yesterday and today schools registered minimum attendance. The Haryana Rajkiya Adhyapak Sangh and other teacher’s unions have asked the state government to extend holidays in schools till January 19 while parents have demanded a vacation till January 26.



Three killed in accidents due to dense fog
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 18
At least three persons were killed and 15 were injured, some of them seriously in a series of accidents on the GT Road and other state highways during the past 24 hours on account of dense fog and poor visibility.

According to a report, Sonepat city and its surrounding areas were enveloped in a thick fog since last evening, causing road accidents in the city and other parts of the district.

A woman, Anita, was killed on the spot when a truck hit a rickshaw on the Railway Road here last evening. Two other occupants of the rickshaw escaped unhurt. The driver managed to escape with the truck but was chased and arrested by the police. A case on the charge of rash and negligent driving and causing the death of a woman was registered against the truck driver.

In another accident, a youth Dinesh was killed on the spot when a truck hit a bicycle on which the victim along with another youth were going on the Old DC Road last night. Sanjay, the brother-in-law of the victim, sustained serious injuries and was admitted to the civil hospital here in a serious condition. The police have seized the truck and launched a hunt to apprehend the driver.

Sukhbir Singh, a resident of Moga (Punjab) and a Tata 407 driver, was killed on the spot while his Tata 407 rammed a parked truck on the GT Road near Bad Khalsa village about 13 km from here last night. At least four auto vehicles were involved in the accident.

Three persons also suffered injuries in the mishap. The police are still investigating the cases, but no arrest has been made in this connection.

Moreover, two persons Surinder and Ashok were injured when their jeep collided with a car on the Sonepat-Gohana Road near Barota village about 30 km from here last evening. A five-year-old boy Sagar was seriously injured when he was hit by a canter near Pinana village about 20 km from here yesterday.

Two persons, Nafe Singh and his associate, were injured in a road accident near Bidhlan village about 10 km from here yesterday.



Cops pitted against exporters’ lobby
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, January 18
The question whether the joint operation by six states to flush out illegal Bangladeshi settlers, which gets under way on January 19, will be successful or not is worth a debate. The answer, at least in Panipat, may be in the negative if past experiences in flushing out hundreds of illegal Bangladeshi settlers are any indication.

With the police dragging its feet in netting the illegal immigrants and their employers in the handloom industry being not too enthusiastic about their deportation, the special operation is doomed to failure. In fact, powerful handloom exporters and manufacturers are largely to be blamed for not registering illegal settlers under the Foreigners Registration Act.

In fact, employing Bangladeshis, who are experts in handloom techniques, has certain inherent advantages.

Driven by poverty in the country of their origin, the Bangladeshi labour is cheap as compared to its Indian counterpart and hence the economics comes into play while recruiting them. Since they are not organised into any kind of trade union they can be shown the door any time. The inter-state crime coordination committee meeting of the top police brass of UP, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Chandigarh, at its meeting in Sonepat on January 15, had decided to get tough with the criminals and illegal

Bangladeshi settlers for their alleged role in disruptive and anti-national activities.

However, the police, whose hands are already full with a spurt in the crime graph, will face a gargantuan task in flushing out the illegal immigrants. Since the illegal settlers resemble their West Bengal counterparts, it becomes difficult to separate them from the other workers. The problem becomes trickier since a majority of them live under assumed names and had given fake addresses of West Bengal. There was no way the police could verify their antecedents while being stationed in Panipat, a source asserted.

Apart from that, the lack of determination and will have ensured that the repeated police campaigns to flush out the illegal immigrants end in miserable failure. In October last year, the CID had tipped the police about a number of

illegal Bangladeshis working at Radha Weaving Mill on Barsat Road. Taking their own time, the police raided the factory and arrested 21 Bangladeshis while a large number of illegal immigrants escaped from the factory premises.

Soon the lackadaisical attitude of the police came into play. Instead of producing them before a local court, the police, in their own wisdom and probably under pressure from the exporters’ lobby, preferred to release some of them on personal bonds. It was only after the media highlighted the police carelessness in an issue related to national security that they were arrested again and produced in the court. They are now cooling their heels in jail. However, repeated police claims of checking the factory premises in search of the illegal immigrants have remained on paper only and no other illegal immigrants have been held so far.

On the other hand, the handloom exporters contend that flushing out Bangladeshis will deal a deathblow to the world-famous handloom industry. This year, the overseas orders had been good and if the labour leaves midway, the exporters would not be able to meet the overseas export deadlines. This may result in substantial foreign exchange getting lost.

Well, let us hope national interest scores over a few lakh dollars. However, a lot will depend on the role of the dominant player- the police-in the whole affair.



CM’s return gift: Officers reverted to parent dept
Parmindar Singh

Noida, January 18
All agree that it was a great birthday bash! At the end of the day, the only people wallowing in self-pity were the hapless officials, who had to burn midnight oil fudging official figures trying to justify inflated targets. They could not even seek solace in the fact that they eventually got a chance to stand in serpentine queues and pay obeisance to Bahenji on D-Day.

About half a dozen officials of Greater Noida and Noida, who failed to meet their targets, missed a heartbeat or two when Ms Mayawati transferred them back to their parent departments. That was the parting shot for not meeting given targets before the CM’s birthday bash, the authority sources said.

Among those who earned the CM’s wrath were Senior Manager R D Singh, Manager U K Tayal and Assistant Managers S K Bansal and Suresh Chand Gupta. The aforesaid have been reverted to their parental departments, though the official line is that they have completed their deputation in Greater Noida. Incidentally, the transfers got the go-ahead on January 15, Mayawati’s birthday, or the Swabhiman Diwas as it is euphemistically dubbed.

A senior officer, who returned from Lucknow after attending the birthday bash, was at his sarcastic best: “For one month we went from pillar to post with a begging bowl, compromising our dignity and self-respect. An then, we are asked to celebrate the `Day of Self-respect’.’’

Some officers had been entrusted with the onerous responsibility of raising additional funds, it is learnt. “The fund collection campaign in Noida Authority had reached a crescendo two days before the bash,” some officers disclosed on the condition of confidentiality.



Drama can help discipline Delhi students
Smriti Kak
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 18
Academic institutions, having realised the efficacy of theatre as a discipline in the overall development of the students, are now increasingly focusing on it to help students understand not just the finer aspects of it, but also inculcate in them a sense of discipline, comprehension and discernment.

A proposal has now been submitted to the Delhi Government to make this medium mandatory in the extra curriculum of the schools run by it. The proposal is being considered at the highest level and a decision is likely soon.

“To fire the imagination and enhance other mental faculties theatre is being used as an effective tool. We have submitted a proposal to the Delhi Government to use this medium in the schools run by them in the city”, said Mr Suresh Bhardwaj, Professor, Extension Programme, National School Of Drama.

While the NSD proposal seeks to include theatre in the extra curricular activities, the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) has come up with a teacher’s guidebook, which aims at equipping teachers for effective teaching. “The NSD experts will train those teachers who are either already teaching arts or are inclined towards it. They, in turn, will work with students under the supervision of the experts”, said Mr Bhardwaj.

Meanwhile, the NCERT has roped in experts in the field of mime, theatre and art to write the guidebooks. “ Our idea is not to train the students as professionals, it is more of sensitisation and awareness of national heritage, cultural trends and the past as well as regional diversity”, said Ms Jyotsna Tiwari, Professor, Department of Special Education, NCERT. Art education is one of the curricular subjects from class VI to X as recommended by the National Curriculum Framework for School Education and has also been recommended by the Kothari Commission Report of 1966.

According to the plan drawn up by the NSD, the government will be saved from recruiting more teachers and will have to pay only the NSD experts. “ We will divide the schools into groups and each group will be trained extensively for three months. Two experts will work with a group of 10 teachers who will in turn teach students in their schools”, said Mr Bhardwaj.

Though the project is yet to receive the go-ahead from the Delhi Government, the NSD on its part is ready to start the initiative. “ We are all set to begin from the new academic session, our resources are in place and we are excited about the prospects of using theatre in education”, said Mr Bhardwaj.

NCERT offers that art education helps the child organise thought process and experiences through body movement, sound, graphics and textual material. “Sense of self-expression and design, team work, appreciation of culture apart from helping the child discover and identify his own potentials can be achieved through art education”, points out Ms Tiwari.

As per the NCERT guidelines the students in upper primary will be introduced to theatre traditions in India and various activities like script writing and stage setting that are related to theatre. Introduction to the Indian and Western aesthetics in drama traditions and technical aspects of a production from mime to puppetry will form part of the curriculum for those in classes IX and X.



1.3 million shelters being ‘regularised’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 18
Delhi Pradesh BJP President Madan Lal Khurana on Saturday said the Urban Ministry of Urban Development would declare in writing on January 20, and issue a notification thereafter, regularising about 1.3 million unauthorised constructions in the Capital’s residential colonies.

Khurana also told certain media persons the Ministry would issue a notification in the first week of February declaring residential colonies with more than 70 per cent industrial units as “industrial areas.”

The notification will affect unauthorised constructions, extensions and alterations in two lakh DDA flats and three lakh shops that have been carried out to meet the personal need of the residents. He said the Ministry was also considering regularisation of all unauthorised colonies built up to March 31, 2002, making commercial and industrial areas freehold, permitting change of land use on realising nominal fee and permitting doctors, lawyers and other professionals to use any floor including the basement for professional use.

The Statehood Bill for Delhi, he said, would in all probability be introduced in Parliament and referred to the Standing Committee during the Budget session.

The BJP would work hard to ensure that the Bill was returned by the committee before the Monsoon session.



Chautala gushes about future projects
As state reels under power crisis
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 18
While every district in the state is in the grip of power crisis these days due to the shortage in generation and supply due to the increasing demand, the state government continues to make claims about the efforts to put the power supply system back on track. A comprehensive project worth Rs 700 crore to improve the distribution and strengthen the supply network has been prepared and will be executed in the near future. This was stated by Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala after inaugurating a 66-KV substation built at Chhainsa village in the district today.

Addressing a gathering, the Chief Minister said that as many as 74 new substations would be constructed and 55 others upgraded in the state, as part of the project. More feeders would be set up to distribute the load in a proportionate manner.

He claimed that Rs 289 crore had been spent on the construction of 35 new substations, upgradation of 157 existing substations and on laying new transmission lines to the length of 690 km in the past few years.

He said Rs 35 crore had been given for the improvement of the transmission and distribution networks in Faridabad district. About Rs 40 crore had been spent on various power development works in the district in the past three-and-a-half years. He said that the new substation at Chhainsa would ensure better voltage of power supply to 26 nearby villages.

He also announced that work on the construction of seventh and eighth units of Panipat Thermal Plant would be over by July next year. These units would be able to produce additional power of about 500 mw.

On other hand, it is reported that the Haryana Bijly Vitran Nigam (HBVN) has been imposing heavy power cuts throughout the state. The nigam is reportedly supplying 400 to 430 lakh units per day, against the requirement of about 500 lakh units daily. The gas power plant at Faridabad has been undergoing maintenance and repair work these days, resulting in a loss of about 50 lakh units. The power department officials believe that the shortage of power could last for another 10 to 12 days.



Thankfulness - sign of a virtuous life 

There is an old axiom, which applies to right conduct: he who receives a benefit should never forget it; he who bestows should never remember it. No one likes persons who are unthankful whereas thankfulness in a person appeals to us. Cicero, ancient Roman orator, used to describe gratitude as the mother of virtues. He uses the words grateful and good as synonymous terms.

Gratitude should be a basic ingredient in our character in that every human being is in some way indebted to so many others. Just for example take the case of the food we eat or the clothes we wear or the houses we live in. So many thousands have laboured and continue to labour to make these things possible. The present level of civilization, whose beneficiaries we are, owe much to the labours of people from many lands. Viewed thus, Vasudaiva Kutumbakam (the world as one family) can be the only right attitude as against a narrow patriotism.

What is more, we are indebted all those great spiritual teachers who showed us the way to a good and happy life and above all to God, our creator and the powers of nature that nourish and sustain our very life. We are thankful to friends who do their small bit to help us in our times of need. Yet, we take for granted the countless blessings God grants us every day in this vast earth; we walk unmindful of the beautiful starry skies, the blue sea, the streams with all kinds of living beings therein. A deep sense of gratitude underlies the words of this poem written long ago: “For all that God in mercy sends; for health and children, home and friends; For comfort in the time of need; For every kindly word and deed, For happy thoughts and holy talk; For guidance in our daily walk - For everything give thanks!’’

And if you are enlightened by good teachers you will be free from bigotry and racial prejudices. And also from religious fanaticism.

They are wise parents who teach their children to say “thank you” for every good thing they receive from others. That short step will teach them to relate well with others and remove prejudices from their minds as well. Even our culture and tradition owe much to the influence of other cultures and traditions. This again must teach them to view the whole human race as one family. Out of that attitude will flow a tendency to co-operate and empathise rather than to compete and reject.

Not all sections of the labour force in our land get paid in proportion to their contribution to society. We see massive buildings and multi-storied flats built by poor construction workers who would be spending their own lives in filthy huts not fit for even animal habitation. Children should be sensitised to such inequities and also to the contribution of the poorer and weaker sections to the community so that in later life they will be able to sympathise and act for restoring justice and helping the weak and the marginalised.

“When a man is born, whoever he may be, there is born simultaneously a debt to the gods, to the sages, to the ancestors and to men,’’ one reads from the Hindu scripture, Satapatha Brahmana. On the other hand, Buddhist scripture, Anguttara Nikaya, maintains that the unworthy man is ungrateful, forgetful of benefits (done to him). This ingratitude, this forgetfulness is congenial to mean people. But the worthy person is grateful and mindful of benefits done to him. This gratitude, this mindfulness, is congenial to the best people.

The late Dr Fulton Oursler used to tell to an old woman, who took care of him when he was a child. Anna was a former slave who, after emancipation, was hired by the family for many years.

He remembered her sitting at the kitchen table, her hands folded and her eyes gazing upward as she prayed, “Much obliged, Lord, for my vittles.”

He asked her what vittles were and she replied that they were food and drink. He told her that she would get food and drink whether or not she gave thanks, and Anna said, “Yes, we’ll get our vittles, but it makes ‘em taste better when we’re thankful.”

She told him that an old preacher taught her, as a little girl, to always look for things to be grateful for. So, as soon as she awoke each morning, she asked herself, “What is the first thing I can be grateful for today?” Sometimes the smell of early morning coffee perking in the kitchen found its way to her room. On those mornings, the aroma prompted her to say, “Much obliged, Lord, for the coffee. And much obliged, too, for the smell of it!”

Young Fulton grew up and left home. One day he received a message that Anna was dying. He returned home and found her in bed with her hands folded over her white sheets, just as he had seen them folded in prayer over her white apron at the kitchen table so many times before. He wondered what she could give thanks for at a time like this.

As if reading his mind, she opened her eyes and gazed at the loving faces around her bed. Then, shutting her eyes again, she said quietly, “Much obliged, Lord, for such fine friends.”

Oursler was deeply influenced by Anna’s uncanny ability to always find something to be thankful for. This wise woman taught him a vital secret that many people have never learned: she taught him how to be happy.

A thankful spirit helps one to look at the positive side of things and the converse is true also speak to anyone who had a close brush with death. A young wife and mother of two small children was diagnosed with breast cancer. Excellent medical care and God’s grace saved her life. There has never been a morning since that experience when she had not awakened and thanked God for the opportunity to live another day.

M P K Kutty



Wanna see fairs, palaces and temples? 
Make tracks for Karauli
Tribune News Service

How To Get There

By Air: Jaipur is the nearest airport, which is 160 km from Karauli.

By Rail: The nearest junction is Gangapur city – 81 km.

By Road : 160 km from Jaipur.

About 160 km from Jaipur is Karauli, a city previously known as Kalyanpuri, after the local deity Kalyanji. The city was founded in AD 1348 and was fortified by its rulers, a wall of red sandstone strengthened by bastions at several places surrounding the city, is the evidence of the same.

The peripheral wall, though now dilapidated at several places, has six gates and 11 posterns. Legend goes that the ruling family of Karauli, recognised as the head of the Yadhuvanshi Rajputs, are the descendants of Lord Krishna. Situated 23 km from Kaila Devi, Karauli was an erstwhile princely state in eastern Rajasthan.

Karauli famous for its pale red stone is also known as the holy city owing to the presence of temples of Kaila Devi and Madan Mohanji and other historic monuments. The annual fair at the Kaila Devi temple is quite popular.

Prime Attractions of Karauli

Kaila Devi Fair: The fair of Kaila Devi, popularly known as Mahalakshmi, (the goddess of wealth), holds an important place among the celebrated fairs of Rajasthan.

The fair is held at Kaila village in Karauli district in the month of Chaitra, starting from Chaitra Budi and lasts a fortnight.

City Palace: The old, yet monumental City Palace is a treasure trove of architecture, stone carvings, magnificent lattice work and classic paintings. The mesmerising beauty of Darbar Hall is an experience in itself.

Bhanwar Vilas Palace: Maharaja Ganesh Pal Deo Bahadur, the then ruler of Karauli, built the palace as a royal residence in 1938. The architecture is of colonial style and the interiors are furnished with art-de-decor period furniture.

Temples of Madan Mohan ji, Kalyan ji: The city is the home of Shri Madan Mohanji, the deity of Lord Krishna, worshipped by millions of followers from Rajasthan and other states. The ancient and magnificently built temples of Madan Mohanji and Kalyanji are thronged by thousands of devotees every year.

Excursions from Karauli include a trip to the Keoladeo National Park, which is at a distance of about 110 km from the city. Once the royal hunting reserve of the princes of Bharatpur, it is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world, with over 400 species of water birds.

At an equal distance is the Ranthambore National Park which was the hunting ground of Maharaja of Jaipur. In 1955, it was declared a game sanctuary. In 1980, it became a national park. But with the commissioning of Project Tiger in 1972, it was included in the project. The Kaila Devi Game Sanctuary, which is about 25 km, is also a place to visit. This game sanctuary is a protected forest and an extension of the Ranthambore Tiger Project. Chinkaras, wild boar, blue bull, jackal, leopard, panther, tiger, Sloth Bear, hyena, wolf, Sambhar and a variety of birds inhabit the sanctuary.

Mahaveerji Jain Temple: About 30 km from Karauli is the Mahaveerji Jain Temple. The temple combines ancient and modern styles of architecture.



Cognitive behaviour therapy suits Indian conditions
Nalini Ranjan
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, January 18
A three-day-long workshop on cognitive behaviour therapy concluded at Indian Habitat Centre today. It was organised by Delhi Psychiatry Centre in Vikas Marg.
The main attraction of the workshop was a lecture by professor emeritus Dr J. S. Neki. He has made seminal contribution in this therapy and is a pioneer in propagating the unique cognitive behaviour therapy.

In the Indian scenario, he said, psychotherapy needs to be active and direct with the therapist assuming the position and expertise analogous to a guru. Therefore, cognitive behaviour therapy is ideally suited to the context and psyche here.

It is integral to the treatment of psychological disorders and can be used both in isolation and in synergy with drugs.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sunil Mittal, leading psychiatrist and the director of Delhi Psychiatry Centre said that depression is one of the most common and seriously disabling diseases prevalent today. As an estimate, at least 50 million Indians suffer from this disorder. The lifetime risk of developing this disorder for a male is 8-12 per cent and for a female 20-26 per cent. Depression is implicated in at least 60 per cent of suicide cases.

But in modern science, this disorder is curable and can be effectively treated with both drugs and psychotherapies like cognitive behaviour therapy.

Dr Anindya Ghosh, a well-known psychiatrist and cognitive behaviour therapist from the UK, who has written many books on the subject, said this therapy posits that the way an individual experiences, determines how he feels and behaves.

For example, if persons view situations as dangerous, they experience anxiety and want to escape. Biased information processing causes distorted interpretations. Examples of such biases include incorrectly evaluating specific life situations as hostile or dangerous. Specific psychiatric and psychological disorders are associated with characteristic cognitive biases that result from and contribute to impaired functioning of higher level cognitive processes.

In depression, for example, patients see themselves, their experiences and their future in negatively biased ways, which in turn, sustains or magnifies depressive symptomatology.

Cognitive behaviour therapy employs specific treatment strategies to correct these habitual thinking errors.



Community TV sets not in working order

Sonepat, January 18
The much-publicised community viewing scheme, like its predecessor community listening scheme of the Public Relations Department, has come to be symbolised with corruption in the district.

The scheme was first introduced about three decades ago. In most villages covered under the scheme, TV sets have been installed at the residences of sarpanches. Only those families enjoying good relations with the sarpanch have access to the community TV sets. The records of the District Public Relations Officer, Sonepat and elsewhere, show that the CVS TV sets had been installed on the premises of the panchayat ghars and the village chaupals.

According to a report, as many as 90 TV sets were installed in the district in the initial stage. Hardly 10 per cent are said to be in working order. OC



Four hurt as drunken men fire at family 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 18
Four persons, including two women, suffered bullet injuries after they were fired upon by some persons at a nearby village last night. Two of the seriously injured persons have been shifted to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi. No arrest has been made so far.

According to reports, the incident took place at Sheikhpur village here when a resident, Veer Singh, tried to stop some persons from making nuisance under the influence of liquor. The drunken persons assaulted Veer Singh with a stick and one of them took out a gun and fired on the family members of Veer Singh when they came out to protest over the incident. Brymohan, Dharam Singh, Ms Pinki Devi and Kamlesh were injured in the firing. Ms Pinki and Kamlesh, who were injured seriously, have been referred to Safdarjung Hospital. A case has been registered.

DCC rally

Rohtak: The District Congress Committee (DCC) will hold a demonstration in the town on January 20 in protest against the “rapid deterioration” in the law and order situation in the state. Mr Joginder Saini, spokesman of the DCC, said today that the demonstration, which would start from Bhiwani Stand chowk at 11 am and culminate at the Deputy Commissioner’s office.

All ready for MC poll

The district administration has claimed to have made all arrangements for the polls for the Kalanaur Municipal Council (MC) to be held on Sunday. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, said the polling would be held in 12 of the 13-ward Kalanaur MC, as a councillor had already been elected unopposed from ward 5. There are 44 candidates in the fray for the 12 municipal wards for which as many as 12 polling booths had been set up. Seventy-five presiding and polling officers had been deputed for the polling besides four supervisors, he said, adding that the Rohtak Tehsildar and Kalanaur Naib Tehsildar would be the Duty Magistrates on the polling day. He said adequate police force would be deployed for election duty. Rohtak SDM Supraveen Kumar is the Returning Officer. Polling would take place from 8 am to 4 pm, the DC said.

Two dead

Panipat: Two deaths have been reported in the city since Friday. In the first incident, the body of an unidentified person was found from near the Nohra level crossing. A brick kiln worker, Jaggo, died in a road accident at Maandi village.

Ascension  anniversary

Rewari: The 34th ascension anniversary of Brahma Baba was celebrated at the Rewari branch of Prajapita Brahmakumari Ishwariya Vishwa Vidiyalaya with simplicity and devotion at Shiv Nagar here today under the supervision of Brhamakumari Darshana, in charge of the centre. Hundreds of devotees from various parts of the town took part in the Brahma Bhoj (free lunch) and listened to discourses highlighting the message of Brahma Baba.



A case of attempted suicide or assault by jail inmates?
Our Correspondent

Rewari, January 18
Following a temporary lull in the incidents of heinous crimes, a case of gruesome murder as well as an attempted suicide by an undertrial were reported from here this week. Though the police have registered a case of attempt to suicide, the undertrial has told some journalists in private that he had an altercation with some hardened criminals on the jail premises and it was they who had inflicted the injury on his scrotum.

According to the police version, Ram Niwas Sharma (45) of Sudhrana village of the Kosli tehsil tried to commit suicide by making a deep abrasion on his scrotum with a blade in the District Jail here on Thursday. He was rushed to the local civil hospital. He is now stated to be out of danger.

The jail authorities have asserted that he took the step because he was feeling depressed after he was remanded in judicial custody here in a case of dowry death on December 13, 2002.

Contrary to this, Ram Niwas Sharma is stated to have told some journalists in private that he had a scuffle over some matter with some hardened criminals in the jail who inflicted the injury on him to teach him a lesson. However the police have registered a case of attempted suicide under Section 309 of the IPC against him.

In the other incident, three unidentified persons allegedly stoned a young rickshaw-puller, Lal Singh, to death near here on Tuesday night. After the crime, they threw the body in a field near Gokal Garh village, 3 km from here, from where it was recovered by the police on Wednesday. The criminals also hid the rickshaw, which they had hired from the Railway Chowk, in a pile of chaff stored in an abandoned room near the roadside. The deceased was a resident of Chaudharywara mohalla here. Following a complaint lodged by Shyam Lal, brother of the deceased, the police have registered a case of murder. Even after four days, the police are still clueless about the killers. The motive of the criminals could not be ascertained.



Ex-DSP of ITBP held for rape
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 18
The Central district police have arrested a former DSP of the ITBP and a woman in a case of rape. The woman was held for allegedly helping his friend, the former DSP and now an export house manager, to rape his relative in the Karol Bagh area. The incident came to light when the victim’s husband, Babu, came to know a month later after their marriage that she was pregnant.

The victim, a resident of Tamil Nadu, told her husband that her aunt Pommi’s friend Ramesh Paul had raped her several times with the connivance with her aunt. The accused used to live with them in their house in Karol Bagh, as he supported her aunt financially.

Based on Babu’s complaint, the police nabbed Pommi in her house and nabbed Ramesh from the New Delhi Railway Station, while he was trying to board a train to Chennai.

Land grabbing: The Economic Offences Wing of the Crime Branch today claimed to have arrested two property dealers who were allegedly involved in land grabbing with the connivance of court officials.

The accused, Ghanshyam Dung alias Bobby and his associate Mahender Kumar, were nabbed while their other associate Devender Choudhary is still at large. Based on a complaint registered by one Virender Abrol that some persons claiming themselves as property dealers have been staking claim in his commercial property, which he had bought in 1999 in Moti Nagar, the Crime Branch sleuths found out that the three accused have been involved in the crime.

The police said that the accused used to stake claim of any prime commercial property on the strength of a forged agreement to sell and receipt purported to have been executed by its owner, and then obtain ex parte decree after conniving with the court staff.



Street Romeos cool heels in lock-up
Our Correspondent

Noida, January 18
Two youths were arrested for trying to get fresh with girls who were passing by a crossing in Sector-58. The girls who worked in a company were coming back home. When the girls repulsed their advances, the roadside Romeos pushed them into a Maruti car, parked nearby and sped away. Six persons informed the Sector 58 police about this incident. The police immediately erected barricades and started a search for the criminals.

After a while, the vehicle used by the gay Lotharios was found parked on a roadside. The cops nabbed the young men and brought them to police station. The duo Ravi and Akhlesh are now cooling their heels in the lock-up.



Boy’s kidnap: Fifth suspect held

New Delhi, January 18
The fifth suspect in the kidnapping case of a St Columba’s student was arrested this evening from Ridge Road in the Mandir Marg area. The Qualis (DL-6-CG-9954) used in the crime was also recovered. The suspect was identified as A. Mukesh Varan, a resident of Indirapuri JJ Colony. The victim, Shivam Arora (6), a class I student, was kidnapped from the school driveway on Thursday.

The police had a tip-off that he would come to the Ridge Road in a Qualis. A team of the local police was deployed there. As son as he reached there, his vehicle was intercepted and he was arrested. His other associates were arrested yesterday, the police said. TNS



Conductor thrown out of bus after collision, killed
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, January 18
A Haryana Roadways bus (HR 66-671) of Narnaul depot, plying on the Hisar-Ajmer route, collided with a truck due to dense fog yesterday near village Milakpur. The conductor of the bus, who was sitting opposite to the driver on the other side, fell out of the bus and was crushed under the rear tyres of the truck. He died on the spot while the condition of the bus driver, Karan Singh, is stated to be serious.’

Several other passengers who sustained injuries in the accident have been admitted to the civil hospital in Hansi. The driver has been referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak. The police handed over the body of the conductor to his relatives after post-mortem examination.


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