Wednesday, January 22, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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Benevolent govt offers Re 1 as drought relief
R.D. Sapra

Sonepat, January 21
The euphoria among the farmers over the drought relief announcement by the Haryana Government dissipated into thin air when they were actually given the compensation money at Nangal Kalan village in the Rai Assembly constituency of this district. Some were offered Re 1 each and some others Rs 3.50. Farmers of the village are now bristling with anger at the ‘joke’ played on them by the government.

According to a report, a farmer, whose crop in an area of 2.5 acres had been damaged by the drought, is entitled to get relief of only Rs 3.70. This truth dawned on them only when officials of the Revenue Department arrived at the village for the disbursement of the much-touted drought relief yesterday. The patwari read out the list of the farmers who would be paid Re 1 for the losses they had suffered due to the drought. Some others were better off. They would have got Rs 3.70. However, they wouldn’t have any of it. They refused to accept the money. They said it was adding insult to injury.

Mr Pardeep Singh, a farmer whose crops in 2.5 acres was ruined by drought, was asked to take Rs 3.70 as compensation. He was zapped to hear the announcement and finally declined to accept it. Similarly, Mr Tej Pal, Ms Santosh, Mr Anil, Ms Susheela, Ms Sunita and Ms Jyoti also refused to accept the compensation amount of Re 1 each offered to them.

Mr Rattan Lal would have got a largesse of Rs 3.10, Ms Inderwati and Mr Hem Chander Rs 3 each, Ms Roshni, Mr Sanjay and Ms Sunita Rs 3.50 each and Mr Om Parkash, Mr Yogesh and Mr Mukesh Rs 7 each. All of them turned their back on the officers. However, a farmer accepted Rs 55 as compensation but donated the same to the Gaushala after he was snubbed by other residents of the village.

Many village people said that they had spent between Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000 on sowing operations in one acre of land and the amount of compensation was a joke. How can any government have the temerity to offer this `largesse’, they want to know?


Teams constituted for drought relief disbursement
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, January 21
As many as 15 gazetted officer have been imparted duties to look after the disbursement of drought relief amount in the district.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr H. S. Malik told the NCR Tribune that officers had been asked to ensure transparency into the relief disbursement. Earlier, presiding over a meeting of district officials here at Panchayat Bhawan, he said that teams had been constituted on the direction of the state government for the disbursement of sum of Rs 23.78 crore, which would complete the task at most suffering areas of Tosham and Siwani.Back


Reforms doomed, unless Centre helps: Maken
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 21
It is a make or break time for Power Minister Ajay Maken as he negotiates the few months that separate him and his party from the elections. And for one who holds the portfolios of Transport and Power, Mr Maken knows his and his party’s fortunes rest on how much he can deliver.

If the inception of Delhi Metro and conversion of public transport vehicles to CNG pitchforked him into limelight, the erratic power situation has been his undoing. The Department of Power headed by him has come for particular flak due to the erratic supply this winter.

Almost all colonies in the Capital have had to go without electricity for a few hours everyday. The load-shedding has been such that colonies have been blacked out for six to eight hours. The public criticism also owed in no small measure to the intense cold wave.

Sensing the public angst, Mr Maken accompanied Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for an appointment with Union Power Minister Anant Geete. The Chief Minister sought the ministry’s intervention to help tide over the shortage of power this winter.

Mr Maken perhaps was voicing his concern when, delivering the keynote address at India Energy Mart 2003, he today said, “Power reforms in the states could derail if the Centre does not allocate adequate mega watt of electricity to the NCT of Delhi.”

“Bail the NCT of Delhi out if you want power reforms to succeed elsewhere” was his terse message to the Union Government. The Centre, he said, had failed to release sufficient mega watt of electricity despite privatisation of distribution and clearance of dues to generation companies like the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). Mr Maken told the gathering that the Centre should raise the allocation to the NCT of Delhi by curtailing the quota of states that had defaulted on making payments. “If power reforms do not succeed in the NCT of Delhi no state will follow suit,” he said.

He was all praise for private distributors for checking the incidences of breakdown. Consumer, he hastened to add, felt otherwise. “The consumer feels the situation has worsened following privatisation of (now erstwhile) Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB),” he said.

The shortage of mega watt, the minister explained, was due to the lack of supply from central power utilities. “Delhi,” he said, “is experiencing a peak shortage of 700 MW with the supply at 3,000 MW against the demand of 3,700 MW.”

The minister said the Government of NCT of Delhi was considering various possibilities to augment its generation capacity that stood at a mere 500 MW. The remaining 2,500 MW was coming from the Northern Grid. On the drawing board are a thermal power station in Chhattisgarh that would be set up by the NTPC in collaboration with Punjab and Gujarat and gas-based generation units in the NCT of Delhi. Another proposal being mulled is a dedicated thermal power plant in Dadri.

Sources in the Department of Power say setting up a “dedicated” thermal power plant in Dadri could be the answer to all ills: The plant when set up would supply electricity exclusively to the NCT of Delhi and obviate the need to buy electricity from the states.Back


Rural couples stick to one-child norm
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, January 21
The mind-set about a girl child seems to be changing among the educated rural folks, at least in this part of Haryana. The educated youth are increasingly questioning the notion that a male child is a must for continuing the family lineage.

To that extent, Rajneesh, son of Mr Rajinder Singh, and his wife, Sunita, of Baland village are trend setters. Both are 27 years of age and are dependent for their livelihood on three acres of unirrigated land. Rajneesh has cleared MA (Hindi) and Sunita is a graduate from Delhi University. His father, Mr Rajinder Singh, is working as a class IV employee in the FCI at Rohtak and they belong to the dominant Jat community.

Rajneesh and Sunita tied the nuptial knot on April 3, 2001. On their first night itself, they decided to have one child, irrespective of the gender. Sunita gave birth to a baby girl on May 19, 2002, and on December 14 Rajneesh underwent vasectomy at Government Hospital, Rohtak. The couple stood firm in their resolve even in the face of strong opposition from the family members.

Appreciating the bold decision of the couple, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, has recommended them to the government for monthly financial help under the Ch Devi Lal Rashtra Utthan Evam Parivar Kalyan Yojna (Devi Rupak) introduced in Haryana on September 25, the birthday of late Deputy Prime

Minister Devi Lal. The scheme has been introduced to stabilise the population of the state, and encourage the adoption of the one-child norm and spacing of childbirth.

Mr Yadav told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that under the Devi Rupak, if a couple has only one child on September 25, 2002 and either of the partner adopts the terminal method of family planning up to January 26, 2003, they (couple) would be eligible for a monthly incentive of Rs 500 for 20 years from the date of the operation.

Similarly, if a couple has only a male child on September 25, 2002, and either of the partners adopts the terminal method of family planning before the Republic Day, they would get a monthly incentive of Rs 200 for 20 years. Those couples who have a second girl child (provided the first child is also a girl) would also get a monthly incentive of Rs 200 for 20 years. The Chief Medical Officer, Rohtak, disclosed that nearly 26 such couples have been identified and their cases would also be referred to the government for action.


Thanas vacant due to lopsided policy
Our Correspondent

Meerut, January 21
The acute shortage of manpower has badly affected the working at the thanas in Meerut district. Incidentally, this is the outcome of a State government order under which all civil police recruits of the 1998 batch were inducted into the the Armed Police. This order had a bearing on all the seven districts of the Meerut police zone.

Apart from adversely affecting the working at the constabulary level, the forced induction has created unrest as no constable is keen to take up a posting in the Armed Police, which is often deployed in strife-torn areas and handles other sensitive assignments such as VIP duty. At least 400 constables had been affected by the state government order.

The constables are peeved but scared of protesting to their senior officials. They are, therefore, seeking the intervention of their political mentors.

In 1998, 400 recruits were inducted into the civil police, ironically to meet a severe shortage at the constable level in the 7 districts of Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Gautambudh Nagar, Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur. All the recruits were deployed at the local thanas, which are directly responsible for maintaining law and order. It is the thana police who first take cognizance of any complaint.

As against this, the Armed Police is expected to provide security to the VIPs, banks, ferry tourist

inmates from jail to court, and guard various installations, including senior civil and police officials’ residences. The Armed Police also provides support to the civil police during any contingency. There is an acute shortage of Armed Police personnel owing to the lengthening list of the VIPs.

Sources in the I G zone told the NCR Tribune that constables do not wants to join the Armed Police as the assignments were tough. Also since there is very little dealing with the “public,” the job is not considered lucrative enough. Incidentally, Meerut zone is considered extremely sensitive in west UP. But due to the lopsided recruitment, all thanas in the district have became “vacant.’’


Chautala toots his own horn, with elan
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, January 21
When it comes to defending the indefensible, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, is second to none. Even as Haryana cries for civic amenities, Mr Chautala, in his own wisdom, has claimed that the state has achieved a record of sorts in executing development works.

Claiming this here, Mt Chautala asserted, “Under the Sarkar Aapke Dwar programme, 33,000 works have been completed in the first two phases and 2,500 more works announced during the third phase. This is a record in the country which no other state can match.”

During his speech, Mr Chautala listed the achievements of his 41-month-old government, which he has been highlighting time and again. He reminded the audience that the state had a target to set up 3,000 MW capacity new power generation schemes in the state in the 10th Five-Year Plan. If the consumers did not indulge in power theft, the power tariff could be halved, he added. Incidentally, Mr Chautala was here to inaugurate the 33 KV sub-station, costing about Rs 1.12 crore, on the GT Road, which would provide power to 10,033 consumers, including 382 industrial consumers.

Announcing various sops for the Panchayati Raj institutions, Mr Chautala announced that the panchayats could spend Rs 1.25 lakh on development works as compared to Rs 25,000 now and the panchayat samitis Rs 3 lakh, up from the Rs 1 lakh which they could earlier.

Releasing a CD and information booklet on the development activities in Panipat district, the INLD chief claimed Rs 223 crore had been spent on the development activities here during the tenure of the present government.

In seems that the CM is living in a fool’s paradise or has been misled by the district administration led by the DC, Mr Mulk Raj Anand, on the development front. With the civic amenities going from bad to worse, the claim of having spent a whopping Rs 223 crore on Panipat seems to be doubtful.

The Commissioner and Secretary, Public Relations, Mr Krishan Mohan, was a perfect PR man when he highlighted the achievements of the government under the CM “for enabling the state to reach greater horizons of progress.”

The Haryana Assembly Speaker, Mr Satbir Kadian, the Cooperation Minister, Mr Kartar Singh Bhadana, and the Haryana Housing Board Chairman, Mr Krishan Pawar, were present.


Contempt notice to DC
Tribune News Service

Panipat, January 21
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a contempt of court notice to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mulk Raj Anand, and directed him to appear in the court either personally or through a counsel on January 18.

A Division Bench of the court, comprising Mr Justice A. K. Bali and Mr Justice S. K. Sud, issued the notice on a contempt petition filed by Mr Shamsher Singh, a panch of Baholi village, under the Contempt of Court Act 1971 and the Article 215 of the Constitution for not implementing the order of the court dated April 9, 2002.

The petitioner, Mr Shamsher Singh, had reportedly urged the Baholi sarpanch, Ms Anguri Devi, to remove encroachments from the streets. When she failed to do so, the petitioner lodged complaints with the DC to take action against her. The DC appointed the City Magistrate as the Inquiry Officer, who submitted his report to him. However, no action was allegedly taken by the DC against the sarpanch.

Mr Shamsher Singh then filed a writ petition in 2001 in the high court for directing the DC to take action against the sarpanch. While disposing of the petition, the court on April 9, 2001 ordered that the inquiry against the sarpanch should be taken to its logical conclusion within a period of two months.


Now, monkeys’ dream destination is Gurgaon
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, January 21
The homo sapiens are not the only ones who have taken a fancy to the fast growing Gurgaon city. It appears that the animals also do and, with gusto. The latest from the animal kingdom to have invaded the city in hordes are monkeys, giving sleepless nights to the municipal authorities and the residents.

Is there something more than a mere coincidence that the monkeys have taken fancy to the new Gurgaon city, which is sold as dream destination, both by the government and the private builders? A senior official of the municipality feels that the empty spaces and serenity of the new Gurgaon city, especially locales like DLF City, Sushant Lok, Sector 31 in comparison to the old Gurgaon, have encouraged the animals to the area.

The residents vouch that the areas are facing one of the worst menaces from these animals.

Even while the authorities are still in the midst of battle royal to send the pigs packing out of the city, the New Year has brought added problems in the form of monkeys. After receiving a plethora of complaints of “militancy” by the monkeys, the authorities of the local Municipal Council have launched a rear guard action. The sense of urgency could be fathomed against the backdrop that a special team from Chatha in Uttar Pradesh, having expertise in handling of monkeys, has been drafted to tackle the menace. The municipality has agreed to the terms of professional charge of the team. It is Rs 150 for catching one monkey. More than 50 of the animals have been ensnared. They have been sent to the hilly terrain of Aravallis near the bordering district of Faridabad district.

According to the details gathered from various parts of the city, there have been cases of monkey bites to both children and adults. Sometimes the animals dare to stare the inmates from terraces or balconies, scare them with threatening positrons and call the bluff of those who take them for granted.

There are reports of them entering into houses and have free run of the interiors. Also, they gobble up bananas and other goodies, even if they are in stacked in a freeze. The safest place, i.e. the freezer, is also ransacked. Milk and drinks are also not safe in the house visited upon by them.

However, there is a feeling in some quarters of the municipality that the influx of the monkeys could be the handiwork of the teams having expertise in handling them.

On the pigs front, the municipality has formed three teams, provided it with infrastructure to catch hold of the ones which stray on roads. This is as per the order of the Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, who has already invoked Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code against all those who own pigs. The order specifies that owners must keep their pets within the confines of their houses or premises. The three teams go for operations bi-weekly, i.e on Wednesdays and Fridays. Contrary to the monkeys, they appear to be having fascination for old Gurgaon city. It is not that pigs have not emerged as another category of nuisance in new Gurgaon city.

But the HUDA department, which is responsible for the upkeep of the area, appears to be far interested in minting money by launching new projects than solving the problems of the residents who have already purchased plots and set up houses in its sectors.

The municipality has passed a resolution that who ever catches the stray pigs will share the money accrued from their disposal in far off areas like Delhi, etc.


IOC plea on oil: ‘Waste not, want not’
Our Correspondent

Noida, January 21
Oil Conservation Fortnight is being observed at Pipelines Division Head Office of Indian Oil Corporation, Noida, from January 15 to 31. Mr A M Uplenchwar, Director (Pipelines) of IndianOil, inaugurating the Oil Conservation Fortnight at Pipelines Division HO, Noida, called for stringent measures to conserve oil as “it is a very precious commodity”.

In tune with the nationwide observation of Oil Conservation Fortnight, Indian Oil Corporation is spreading the message of oil conservation among the larger public during January 15 to 31, 2003. This year, the theme of Oil Conservation Fortnight is “Save Oil-It is Precious”. As the theme rightly suggests that the oil is very precious for the country as it is a scarce commodity.

Our consumption of petroleum products is 100 MMTPA whereas indigenous crude oil production is about 32 MMTPA. Hence, our dependence on imports is to the tune of 70 per cent.

Our total imports of crude oil amount to about one-third of our total exports. In his message to employees spread across the length and breadth of the country, Mr Uplenchwar said that the Oil Conservation Fortnight reminds us of our commitment to the efficient use of petroleum products and elimination of wastage wherever possible. The pace of development depends upon the energy input and the oil is the main constituent of our energy basket. In our country, the share of liquid petroleum and gas is to the tune of 45 per cent of the total energy consumption. Proper and efficient maintenance of equipment and engines will ensure to bring down energy consumption in pipeline operations.

IndianOil, the only Fortune Global 500 Company from India, has taken the lead in spreading the message of oil conservation among the public as well as the employees of the corporation.

During the Oil Conservation Fortnight, the employees of IndianOil Pipelines will do their best to conserve oil. They also educate the general public around them not only for efficient use and conservation techniques of valuable petroleum products but also to adopt suitable lifestyle resulting in the stoppage of wasteful consumption of petroleum products and energy.


Meerut Cantt ambles down memory lane
Our Correspondent

Meerut, January 21
The busy Mall Road wore a deserted look since morning on Tuesday as the Corps of Military Police personnel took charge of the traffic system on each road leading to the Mall, directing the motorists to follow traffic rules.

The entire Mall Road was shining like a glass. Sweepers were deployed at each 100 meters. The place was decked to celebrate the completion of 200 years of Meerut Cantt.

Colonel Yashpal Yadav was directing his ‘boys’ and the alerted soldiers, armed with sophisticated INSASS rifles, were keeping a watch on every passer-by and searching the invitees after the visit of the Vice-Chief of Army Staff Lt-Gen. Shantanu Chaudhry AVSM, VSM, who was reaching Meerut Cantt to take part in the Bicentennial celebrations of the Meeut Cantt.

The Meerut Cantt, from where the first freedom struggle or mutiny against the Britishers started on May 9, 1857, was established on January 21, 1803. The Cantt, established to strengthen the British empire, gave the very first jolt to the foreign ruler in the shape of the ‘sepoy mutiny’.

Sub-area commander Brigadier K T G Nambiar visited here four months back to celebrate the completion of 200 years in a grand way. For this, he planned to install a group of statues depicting the real picture of war against the British soldiers.

Lt-Gen Shantanu Chaudhary AVSM, VSM, inaugurated the Kranti Udayan at the Mall Road on Tuesday while Mrs Shantanu Chaudhary commissioned a waterfall and a musical fountain in the Meerut cantonment.

Speaking on the occasion, Lt-Gen Shantanu Chaudhary (VCOAS) said that the time had come to preserve our great history. He exhorted the youth to come forward and serve the motherland.

He added that the Indian Army had been engaged in proxy war for over 12 years.

Lt-Gen Chaudhary assured the countrymen that the Indian Army was fully prepared to meet any challenge before the nation and it would not let down the countryman.

Speaking on the shortage of officials in the army, Lt-Gen Chaudhary said that multi-faceted opportunities were available in the army as compared to any other field.

He suggested the sub-area commander Brig Nambiar to keep up the standard of Meerut Cantt that he had achieved under his dynamic leadership in the coming years.

Brig Nambiar also unfolded the list of other programmes which were to be celebrated in the coming days.


TU slams razing of 500 jhuggis
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 21
The United Trade Union Council (UTUC) and its affiliated organisations have condemned the demolition of over 500 jhuggis.

The UTUC leaders in a joint press statement here today said that the demolition drive had been targeting the poor only.

They claimed that the new economic and liberalisation policies were anti-workers which led to the closing down of factories and manufacturing units on a large scale in the recent years.

The leaders said that the workers had been finding it difficult to make both ends meet due to retrenchment.

The signatories to the press release, Subhash Lamba of Sarva Karamchari Sangh, Haryana (SKS), comrade Mohan Lal of CITU, Bechu Giri of AITUC, Prem Singh Bhadana of Bank Federation, Nagesh Kumar of Nagarpalika Karamchari Sangh and Virender Singh of Mechanical Workers Union, said that the colony of Azad Nagar had been about 40 years old.

The political leaders who had come to seek votes in the last elections and were elected later, were now saying that the colony was ‘illegal’, the trade union leaders said.

They said although hundreds of people had been rendered homeless, the so-called elected representatives, including the MPs, the MLAs or the municipal corporation members, did not oppose the demolition.

The United Trade Union Council has appealed to the jhuggi owners to get united to oppose such move.


SP gets a mouthful of biryani
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, January 21
A plate of steaming biryani for the Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Uday Shankar. Only, it was presented to him in style. It came flying at him at breathtaking speed. He couldn’t have had it anyway.

The incident happened at the old bus stand here. The SP and his cops were trying to clear the area of unwanted hawkers, carts and trolleys, which cause congestion there. As the SP and others were trying to shoo away a trolley selling biryani, the owner couldn’t stomach the high-handedness. He took a plate of biryani and threw it at the SP. While the owner was nabbed, his two associates succeeded in slipping away. The SP has reportedly taken a lenient view of the unpalatable feast and the owner has been booked under Section 151 of the IPC for breach of peace.

Rs 1.78 lakh looted at revolver-point

Two scooter-borne armed miscreants looted Rs 1.78 lakh from an employee of a petrol pump near Vaishali in Kavi Nagar in broad daylight today.

Manmohan Bhardwaj, proprietor of Suman Petrol Pump near Vaishali, lives in House No 4-A in H-Block of Kavi Nagar. One of his employees, Bhuwan Naryan Pal, had collected Rs 1.78 lakh from Mr Bhardwaj’s residence and was on his way on the scooter to deposit it in the Oriental Bank of Commerce.

When he reached M-Block of Kavi Nagar, two scooter-borne miscreants wearing monkey caps stopped him and brandished a revolver. They took out the moneybag kept in the tool box of the scooter. When Narayan Pal protested, he was threatened that he would be shot. While leaving, the youths also took away the keys of Narayan Pal’s scooter.

He informed the police later. SSP Chander Prakash and SP (City) Rajesh Pandya along with Kavi Nagar police reached the spot. Though barricades and roadblocks were put up soon after, after instructions to this effect were flashed through the wireless, the culprits could not be nabbed. The thieves had sped away towards Raj Nagar, the police said.


Fog thins out, cold stays put
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 21
Even though the fog thinned out relatively early on Tuesday morning and the basked in sunshine, the minimum temperature dipped to four degree below normal. As against this, on Monday the minimum temperature had risen to 5.8 degrees Celsius.

Rail and air passengers continued to suffer because of the delays, which seemed to afflict the entire northern belt. At least seven domestic and five international flights were diverted on Monday night. The Runway Visibility Range (RVR) receded to 75 metres at 11 p.m. on Monday; and at 10 a.m. today morning it stood at 150 metres. The Northern Railway, too, had to cancel three trains originating from the Capital.


Winners of Kharkhauda civic body polls named
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 21
The Returning Officer has announced the names of winning candidates who contested the elections to the Municipal Committee of Kharkhauda in this district.

According to a report, the winning candidates are: Ms Rukman from Ward No. 1, Ms Ram Kaur from Ward No. 2, Mr Satpal from Ward No. 3, Mr Dharamvir from Ward No. 4, Ms Savitri from Ward No. 5, Mr Ram Kanwar from Ward No. 6, Mr Maxin from Ward No. 9, Ms Naraini from Ward No. 10, Mr Raju from Ward No. 11 and Mr Sham Lal from Ward No. 12.

However, the result of Ward No. 7 has been held up for detecting certain irregularities including the missing of 23 ballot papers.

According to informed sources, as many as 780 votes were polled and during the counting, only 10 votes were rejected. Mr Prem Singh got 352 out of 747 votes whereas his rival candidate Mr Pradeep got 348 votes. Mr Pradeep alleged that a conspiracy has been hatched at the behest of a ruling party MLA for his defeat.

The observer of this election later recorded the statement of Mr Pardeep and other candidates as well as their agents and sent to the state electoral officer for further action in the case after withholding the election results.

In Ward No. 6, only one ballot paper was found missing.

In Ward No. 10, Ms Naraini has defeated her rival candidate Ms Indirawati by 14 votes, and in Ward No. 11, Mr Raju has defeated his rival Mr Mahavir by a margin of 17 votes.

Two candidates from Ward No. 8 and Ward No. 13, it may be recalled, had already been elected unopposed at the time of withdrawal of candidates.

The election was held peacefully and no untoward incident was reported during the elections. The district and police administration made elaborate arrangements for peaceful elections.


Missing for last nine years
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 21
January 26 may be just another day for many people, may be another Republic Day. But for Mr A. K. Malik, an Assistant Director with the National Power Training Institute (NPTI) here, and his family, the day will mark the ninth year since his elder brother went missing abruptly. There has been no information about him or his well being so far.

“Although so many years have passed since the tragic incident, the day would again reopen the memories,” says Mr Malik. The family, especially the wife his brother Satish (48) and two kids, is still waiting for his safe return. “Whenever the doorbell rings, everybody in the house thinks it might be Satish,” says Mr Malik.

According to the NPTI official, his father, Mr H. L. Malik, retired as Inspector (Crime Branch) from the Delhi police, and he was a person who had tracked down several missing persons and reunited many families in his career. He is finding himself a failure in tracing his own son for the past nine years. The police wrapped up the case many years back, without achieving any headway.

Satish, an employee of Bombay Mercantile Bank, Daryaganj, had left his house on Faiz Road, Karol Bagh on January 26, 1994 to meet a friend. Two days later, the police recovered his scooter (DL 45 A 0095) from near the ITO bridge. While the police had ruled out any mishap, the kidnapping theory also took backseat when no one approached the family for ransom or with any such demand. There had been very few takers for the murder theory too.

“He was a nice, generous, religious and kind-hearted person and he used to go out of the way to help people,” says Mr Malik. “The only sign of worry, before he left, was a bit of ill health. He was suffering from blood pressure and doctor had advised him rest,” he says. Vikram, Satish’s son, was only ten years’ old then while Jyoti, his daughter, was just four. They have grown up with fond memories of their father and really miss him, says the family.

The family members hope that he is alive and doing well, but they also wish that he will come back one day. The family has left two telephone numbers (23675921 and 23636188) at all possible addresses to get a positive information.


HUDA told to pay Rs 1,000 for harassing consumer
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, January 21
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered the Estate Officer, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), to pay Rs 1,000 as compensation against damages and harassment to the complainant, Mr S P Nagrath.

In its judgement, the court directed it to refund Rs 2,700, which was charged from Mr Nagrath as penalty for delaying the construction, as HUDA is responsible for the delay, and not the complainant as claimed by the HUDA officials.

In his case, S P Nagrath, who is the president of a social organisation, Sanyukt Kalyan Parishad, had filed a contempt petition against HUDA for not executing the orders of the Consumer Forum.

In the previous order, the president of the forum, Mr B S Indora, and member, Ms Asha Barak had directed HUDA on January 28, 2002, to sanction the building plan of plot no. 840 in Sector 5, owned by Mr Nagrath within 15 days.

The HUDA in its reply mentioned that the complainant had not completed all the formalities and thus his building plan remained unapproved. However, the court observed that the delay was caused by HUDA. After a long period of the order of the court, HUDA demanded Rs 2,700 from the complainant in its letter (No. 9695) dated June 3, 2002, which the complainant deposited vide receipt dated June 10, 2002. Afterwards HUDA sanctioned the building plan on September 16, 2002.


RWAs join hands to sort out security issue
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, January 21
Residents’ welfare associations in DLF Phase-III have joined hands to increase their leverage with the promoters of the DLF City, the DLF Universal Ltd. The Residents’ Welfare Association (RWAs-QE), Phase-III has now merged with DLF City Phase-III. A fresh election was held in which Mr S.K.Sharma was elected president of the body. The other office-bearers are Mr R.K.Malhotra (vice-president), Mr S.K.Bhargava (General-Secretary), and Mr Subhash Sethi (Treasurer). Mr Sharma told TNS that a top priority on his agenda is to initiate a dialogue with the DLF management so as to resolve the security problems of the residents.

The management, which had taken the responsibility to provide security to the residents, withdrew from this commitment after it lost a related litigation in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The management had moved the High Court against a public order of the Town and Country Planning, a wing of the Haryana Urban Development Authority. The public order had restrained it from collecting “maintenance charges” from the residents.

Subsequently, the various residents’ associations have tentatively looked after the security matters of the residents. However, the security cover has become porous and crime in the area has increased.

A former member of Parliament and a resident here, Mr Hardayal Devgun, wrote a scorching letter to the management in which he highlighted the disappointment of the residents of this much hyped city project. Capt.Kuldip Singh, a resident of DLF City, said that it would be ideal if all the residents’ associations joined hands to tackle the security problem here.


Mysterious disease kills 60 milch animals
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, January 21
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav visited Mungan village today where more than 60 milch animals have reportedly died in the past ten days from a mysterious disease.

The Deputy Commissioner directed the Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry Department, to ensure health check up of all the cattle in the village. He also directed him to make all the required veterinary medicines available in the village.

Mr Yadav suggested that the affected animals be separate from the others and procure their blood samples immediately for diagnosis of the disease.

Mother, son killed
Palkkua (Ghaziabad): A mother and her son were killed in a road accident opposite Pratap Nursery in Pilkkau. In the tragedy, the mother watched her son die before her eyes. Subsequently, she too succumbed to her injuries. Her second son is still struggling for his life in a local hospital. The family was going to Delhi. Reportedly, the front tyre of the truck in which they were travelling burst.

Body found
Noida: A woman was burnt to death and her charred body was dumped in a vacant house in Khora colony. The victim, whose body was sent for post mortem examination by SO Indirapuram police station, could not be identified.

The neighbour said no one was living in the house and its owner lived in Delhi.

Four hurt
Sonepat: Four persons, including three women were injured in the group clashes that took place in Babu Colony and Adarsh Nagar area of Sonepat city and Juan and Jagdishpur village on Monday.



Appu Ghar salutes the ‘sentinels of the nation’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 21
The Capital’s amusement park, Appu Ghar, has decided to join in the Republic Day celebrations. With the aim of bringing in more visitors from the armed forces during the weekend celebrations, it has announced a huge cut in the price of entry tickets. The scheme offers a discount of Rs 250 per ticket for the armed personnel and their families. According to the park authorities, these visitors will have to spend just Rs 50 per head as against Rs 300 for an entry ticket to Appu Ghar and Oyster, Ice Park between January 22 and 25.

The officials, both serving as well as retired, will have to show their identity cards while the dependants, if unaccompanied, will have to show ‘dependant cards’ to avail themselves of the offer.

The offer, the amusement park authorities maintain, is their tribute to the “sentinels of the nation”.


Come clean on Fiji funds: Vidrohi
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 21
The Janata Dal president of the Haryana unit, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has asked the state government to issue a clarification on the funds collected by it for helping the deposed Prime Minister of Fiji, Mr Mahender Chaudhary.

In a statement here today, Mr Vidrohi said the state government should give details of the total amount collected at that time and the interest accrued so far. He said the government should either hand over the money to Mr Chaudhary or deposit it in the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund to avoid its misuse.


Robbery-cum-murder case solved
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 21
The South district police today claimed to have worked out a robbery-cum-murder case that took place in Lajpat Nagar recently. The prime suspect, identified as Sanjay, was a domestic servant of one Sarv Daman.

His daughters along with another servant were present in the house when the incident took place. His daughters were stabbed and the servant was killed. The real name of the prime suspect is Deepak Das and is from Madhubani, Bihar. A police team has been sent to Bihar to arrest him, the police said.

Infant abandoned
An infant girl was found abandoned in Chankyapuri area yesterday. The child was handed over to an orphanage, ‘Palna’ in Sarita Vihar after medical examination, the police said.

Snatching case solved
With the arrest of two suspect, Pawan and Mushtaque, the Central district police today claimed to have worked out a mobile phone snatching case of a scribe. 


10 booked
Our Correspondent 

Bhiwani, January 21
The police charged 10 persons with attempt to murder after beating up a youth to death today. The police registered a case against Jage Ram, Karn Singh, Vijay, Naresh, Dalbir, Ajay, Ashok, Satte, Rameshwar and one unidentified person of Kakroli Hukami village, under sections 148, 149, 449 and 302 of the IPC, on the complaint of Jagbir, son of Birbal. The charged persons armed with lathis, hockey sticks and iron rods attacked Karn Singh of the same village when a woman of the family complained them of abusive remarks. Karn Singh reportedly died of severe thrashing on Sunday. No arrest has been made so far in this case.

Man crushed
A rickshaw pullar was crushed to death near Haluwas village, 7 km from here today. The rickshaw pullar identified as Baljeet, resident of Dhirana Kalan village, was heading towards Bhiwani when a truck struck him. The truck driver managed to escape after the incident. A case has been registered against the unidentified truck driver.

Suicide bid
Dejected with the death of husband, a woman tried to commit suicide by pouring kerosene oil today. The woman identified as Urmila, wife of Suresh, committed the act at village Lad. The relatives after noticing flames, rushed her to civil hospital where her condition has been stated to be serious.


Govt’s concessions welcomed by industrial organisations
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, January 21
Industrial bodies have welcomed the much-needed series of concessions for trade and industries by the Haryana Government. The chairman of the Haryana State Council, CII (Northern Region), Mr Vipin Sondhi, said the reduction in Local Area Development Tax (LADT) from 4 per cent to 2 per cent, tax reduction on industrial fuels from 10 per cent to 4 per cent and the option of lump sum tax for the plywood industry are good incentives for industries in the state.

Mr Sondhi has specially welcomed the facilities extended to the units set up under export oriented unit scheme, export processing zone scheme and electronic hardware technology park scheme.

The scheme for the purchase of petrol, HSD, Super LDO and LDO on payment of 4 per cent tax for use in manufacturing of goods and the refund of the tax amount in case of export sales was welcomed by the industrial organisations.

The president of Gurgaon Industrial Association (GIA), Mr Jagan Nath Mangla, said that this move would help the manufacturers in offering a competitive price in the global market.

Mr Mangla further said that in an interactive meeting with the industrialists, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakesh Chautala had also announced the lifting of restriction on the installation of generators. He said the industrial community is eagerly waiting for the notification in this regard.

Welcoming the announcements, the president of the Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Mr Arun Jain said that the payment of a lump sum amount in lieu of sales tax and compliance with the floor rates in respect of diesel would provide the much-needed relief to industries in Haryana.

The GCCI president said that such policy decisions would encourage the entrepreneurs to establish and expand their existing units in the state.

Co-opted in Phdcci

Mr Sunil Sabharwal, the former president of Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has been co-opted in the managing committee of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. His involvement in this forum would enable him to promote the industrial development in the state in a more effective manner.

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