Tuesday, January 28, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Ministry sitting on computerisation plan
Delhi Police hit by bureaucratic Inertia?
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
An ambitious proposal of the Delhi Police to fully computerise all the 115 police stations in the Capital for better coordination and instant exchange of information about crimes and criminals is lying pending with the Ministry of Home Affairs for the last one year, putting on hold the plans to modernise the force in the nation’s Capital.

Highly placed sources said that the proposal was submitted to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi last year but the L-G passed it on to the Ministry of Home Affairs, as he is authorised to sanction only Rs 5 crore against the Rs 30 crore demanded for its implementation.

The scheme for modernisation and full computerisation of all police stations was finalised after the crime graph in the Capital spiralled last year. It was argued that with computers, most of the tedious work of registering first information reports (FIRs), filing of lengthy progress reports and exchange of relevant information with other police stations would be made much easier and simpler, leaving the personnel to devote more time to focus on maintaining law and order.

After scores of meetings, a draft was prepared, which was further vetted by senior officers and some computer consultants for maximum efficacy. The final proposal was then submitted to the L-G of Delhi as the law and order comes directly under the Central government in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

It was also argued that since most of the other wings of the government were being computerised at a fast pace, the Delhi Police were unable to keep up with them because of paucity of funds. A forceful plea was made to the L-G for releasing adequate funds at the earliest.

Sources said that while the L-G was impressed with the proposal and was keen to see the Capital’s force fully computerised and modernised, he expressed his inability to meet the financial demand because of his office’s limitations. He, however, forwarded the proposal to the Ministry of Home Affairs for the sanction of funds.

And that is where the proposal continues to remain. Despite several reminders, the Home Ministry has been unable to reach a decision and it is indicated that the proposal is being considered at the highest level.



Badal faction to oppose religious asset ‘sell-off’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
The meeting of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) workers, convened by the Union Minister and party secretary-general, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, today resolved to oppose the construction of a multi-storied parking-cum-shopping plaza outside the historic Gurdwara Bangla Sahib.

“Whatever excuse DSGMC president Paramjit Singh Sarna may give to justify his having commissioned the New Delhi Municipal Council to build a ‘general’ parking lot and a shopping complex on the Bangla Sahib compound, the fact remains that Sikhs will never allow execution of this sell-off of religious assets,” Mr Dhindsa told the meeting.

According to an NDMC decision, the civic body will build the underground parking immediately outside Gurdwara Bangla Sahib and the facility will be available only to the users who pay.

Mr Dhindsa said the construction of the parking plaza would amount to an “insult to the Sikh faith”. The Union Minister regretted that Mr Sarna did not take the SAD(B), which is a partner in the NDA government and controls the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and has considerable strength in the DSGMC, in confidence before making such a sensitive decision involving religious assets.

“I am the only SAD minister at the Centre. It was unfortunate that neither I nor party chief Parkash Singh Badal was informed of this decision,” he said.

On the installation of the statue of the late Akali stalwart, Master Tara Singh, near Gurdwara Rakab Ganj, the senior party leader said the SAD (B) was not invited even though the former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and others are heading the Master Tara Singh Trust.

Had we been informed, Mr Dhindsa said, he would have requested Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee or Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani to inaugurate the statue installation.

“The statue installation of an Akali leader of the stature of the Master deserved an inauguration by not less than Mr Vajpayee or Mr Advani,” he added.

The role of the BJP in the parking complex issue is significant as the Union Urban Development Minister, Mr Ananth Kumar, inaugurated it. The foundation stone for the complex has been laid twice in less than six months – the first time by the Lt Governor of Delhi, Mr Vijai Kapoor, when the SAD (B)-led DSGMC was in power.

With an eye on the Assembly polls in the Capital, the BJP is trying to woo the Sikh electorate in the city, who are dominant in some of the segments. Though the party has an electoral alliance with the SAD (B), the relationship between the two alliance partners has not been very cordial.

While the SAD (B) admits that they cannot go it alone in Delhi, the party leaders have indicated that they would not allow the BJP to exploit the situation as they have done little for the welfare of the community when the party was in power in the Capital.



Idols worth crores stolen
Parmindar Singh

Noida, January 27
Antique and historic idols worth crores of rupees were stolen from a Shiv Temple in village Khairpur under Salempur police station area in Bulandshahar three days ago. Villagers of the area, who were deeply offended and angry at the apathetic attitude of the police, jammed the traffic on the main Bulandshahar-Narora road. Some livid villagers had even torn the uniforms of the police personnel, who took their sweet time in reaching the temple.

MLA Chaudhry Raghraj Singh had established the Shiv Temple. The sanctum scrotum of the temple housed the idols of Vishnu and Lakshmi, weighing over 63 kg. In addition, there were idols of Shiv, Ganga and others. Three days ago, early in the morning, priest Ram Kumar found the idols of Vishnu and Lakshmi missing. When he raised an alarm, the villagers had come running to the temple. The Salempur police station was immediately informed Telephonically. The trustee of the temple, Raghuraj Singh’s son, and the present manager of the temple, Kunwar Krishan Raj Sharma, were also informed of the incident. The Shikarpur police, too, were informed of the theft.

When policemen failed to reach the spot by 8.30 am, the livid villagers blocked the traffic on the Bulandshahar-Narora Road. later, Shikarpur police personnel tried to lift the blockade. But angry women assaulted the cops and snatched their caps and tore their uniforms. Though Additional SP Beena Mukesh, Circle Officer City Jagdish Singh and others had reached the spot, the villagers demanded that the SSP should himself

come there. Even Shikarpur MLA, Munishi Lal, who happened to be passing that way, was detained by the villagers.

SSP Alok Sharma finally reached the spot at 12.30 p.m. and assured rhe villagers that the criminals would soon be nabbed and the idols recovered. Though the blockade was lifted, there is still no trace of the idols stolen from the temple. Nor have the thieves been arrested.



Cops relieved assailants did their job
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 27
The police have so far failed to achieve a breakthrough in the alleged murder of a dreaded criminal, Krishan Mehndipuria, who was shot dead by some unidentified car-borne miscreants near Nahri village, about 25 km from here, on Friday evening. But the police here are relieved at his death as he had been a tough nut to crack. According to a report, the autopsy was conducted at PGIMS, Rohtak, and the body was cremated at his native village of Mehndipur along the bank of the Yamuna near here on Saturday evening.

The injured relative of Krishan, Anand, who is undergoing treatment in the local civil hospital, has told the police that he is an employee of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. He had come to the village on a two-month leave for the marriage of his brother Daya Kishan’s daughter, fixed for February 20.

On the day of the murder, he along with Daya Kishan, Krishan Mehndipuria and some others went to Narela for purchasing household articles for the marriage. After the purchase, Daya Kishan along with other family members left Narela in a tempo but he and Krishan Mehndipuria returned in a car, Anand told the police. When they reached near Nahri village, a blue vehicle arrived at the spot and its occupants started firing indiscriminately at them. Thereupon, Krishan pushed him out of the car and tried to speed away but the alleged assailants chased him and shot him dead after some distance. Anand, however, failed to identify the assailants as no one got down from their car.

Krishan Mehndipuria, it may be recalled, was the son of Randhir Singh of Mehndipur village and he joined the police as a constable. He resigned in 1995 after he killed one member of a rival group that murdered a member of his family. Later, he was arrested but he managed to escape from the custody of the police.

He was involved in a number of cases relating to murder, loot, dacoity, extortion and kidnapping registered in different police stations in Haryana and elsewhere. Krishan came into limelight when he allegedly kidnapped a District Sessions Judge, Mr Nariala. The police had made a series of attempts to arrest him but failed. He was a member of the gang led by Rajesh Chitania but he left it after some differences cropped up between the duo. Last year, Rajesh Chitania was killed in an encounter with the police and it was suspected that Krishan was involved in the encounter.

It is alleged that Krishan had been engaged in extorting money from several businessmen, industrialists and other wealthy persons regularly. He was named in a case of extortion about two months ago and once he was arrested by the Civil Lines police, it is stated.



Some tips for those raring to join army
Prem Pal Singh

Meerut, January 27
Senior officials of the Army here have been advised by the Army Headquarters to hold recruitment rallies in the area to fill more than 1,000 vacancies at the junior level of combat and technical cadre. Vacancies of soldier clerk, soldier storekeeper, soldier technical, aeronautical technician, soldier nursing and soldier tradesman are to be filled through these rallies to be held from February 5 to February 16. The Branch Recruitment Officer (BRO) revealed this in an exclusive conversation with the ‘NCR Tribune’ here. He said that 10 districts of Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Gautam Budh Nagar, Baghpat, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, J P Nagar, Moradabad and Bijnore fall under the jurisdiction of the BRO, Meerut.

For the convenience of the aspirants, a district is chosen each time for holding the recruitment rally, so that every area gets equal chance. This time, the district chosen is Saharanpur.

Of the 1,000 vacancies, most of the posts are of soldier general duty. The BRO disclosed that recruitment offices in this area have been facing great difficulty in filling the sanctioned vacancies of soldiers for the last several years. Nearly half of the vacancies would remain unfilled after every drive. Poor turnout of aspirants and lack of knowledge about the recruitment process have been the two major reasons for this, the BRO said.

He added that most of the soldier technician posts remain vacant as eligible candidates do not even apply, thinking that the selection process for such a post is tougher than that for soldier general duty. In reality, the process is the same but the candidate should have science and mathematics at the high school level.

The BRO also gave another reason for the unfilled vacancies. During each recruitment drive, only 40 per cent of the turnout will be of fresh aspirants and the rest will be of those rejected by the selection board during earlier recruitment drives.

Lack of proper knowledge of the selection process is also a factor. While some eligible candidates come for the rally, they do not bring proper certificates with them. Most of the candidates have to be rejected on the first day itself as they bring photographs not conforming to the specifications. The aspirants are supposed to bring 15 photographs showing both the ears clearly. And all the photographs should be copies of the same negative.

The BRO appealed to the candidates to come with proper certificates, including all educational certificates in originals and certificates of privileges, and 15 photographs. He also said that the selection process is a fair one and the aspirants should not contact touts thinking that they could help them in the process.

Keeping in view various unsavoury incidents during the past recruitment drives, proper arrangements have been made this time. Mr Yashpal Yadav (administration) of Meerut Sub Area said that several companies of the Army have been kept as “stand by” to deal with any contingency.



Masked men rob trader’s house at gunpoint
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, January 27
Four masked criminals decamped with jewellery and at least Rs 22,000 in cash at gunpoint from the house of a utensil trader in Mohalla Trilok Puram, Hapur, under the Jagdish police post on the Bulandshahr road yesterday. The intruders escaped easily after committing the crime.

According to the police, family members of utensil trader Anil Jain were taken aback when the masked intruders struck at about 7 pm. Before the family could understand and react, the intruders made two of them, Achin and Madhu, captives at gunpoint. They snatched Achin’s purse containing Rs 2,000. Two of the intruders then entered an adjoining room and took out Rs 10,000 and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees from an attache case.

Then, they went inside Anil Jain’s office room and snatched Rs 10,000 after breaking open the lock of a cupboard. Domestic servant Mohan, who had gone to bring milk, was also made a captive at gunpoint when he returned.

Before leaving, the assailants threatened the family that they would be shot dead if they raised an alarm. Later, they moved around leisurely and fled after locking the family in a room.

The family informed the Hapur Kotwali and city secretary of the UP Udyog Vyapar Mandal, Naresh Aggarwal. Circle Officer I. C. Sharma and SO Inderpal Singh reached Jain’s house with police force and started investigations. But there has been no trace of the culprits. The looting has left the people in the town in panic.



Fake poll I-card for just Rs 500!
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
With the arrest of three persons, the Delhi Police today claimed to have unearthed a racket in fake photo election identity cards.
Two of the suspects have been identified as Mohammad Rahis Khan and Sanjay Sharma, employees of Deep Advertising Private Limited, which was authorised to prepare photo identity cards. The third suspect is Ram Kala, an employee of the Delhi Administration.

Two decoy customers were sent to get the identity cards prepared in fictitious names and addresses. The deal was struck with Mohammad Rahis Khan alias Bunty who charged them Rs 500 for providing the card. He was apprehended just after he handed over the fake card to the decoys.

During interrogation, he disclosed that he prepared election cards on the computer. The holograms that he used to affix on the cards were provided to him by Sanjay Sharma, a supervisor in the firm. Of the Rs 500 he gets for each card, he used to retain Rs 200 and the rest of the money was given to Sanjay who had also been arrested. Sanjay’s interrogation led to the arrest of the third suspect, an Upper Divisional Clerk in the SDM’s office in Delhi Cantonment.



Education Director summoned
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
Taking note of the plea that over five lakh children in the Capital have not received mid-day meals, the Delhi High Court today directed the Director, Education, Delhi Government, and Director, Primary Education, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, to be present at the next hearing of the case.

The court was told that more than five lakh primary school students in the Capital have not been provided mid-day meals for the last 20 days. A Division Bench comprising Justice Usha Mehra and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog issued notices, returnable on February 6, to the state government, the MCD and the New Delhi Municipal Council.

The Bench sought a reply to the petition, which claimed that the authorities had failed in providing cooked food under the scheme with a view to providing protein and calories for proper growth and nourishment of school children in about 2,250 MCD-run or aided institutes.

The petition, which was filed by ‘Social Jurist’ through counsel Ashok Aggarwal, said that students in 668 Sarvodaya schools run by the Delhi Government and 100 NDMC primary schools had not received the mid-day meals they are entitled to. It was also alleged that members of the MCD’s Standing Committee, who are away on a trip to Australia, were being negligent in their duty. 



CM opens Ranneywell water scheme
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 27
For the residents of Faridabad, the Republic Day was an occasion to celebrate for more than one reason. Soon after the Republic Day celebration, the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, inaugurated the much-awaited Ranneywell water scheme at Dadasiya village, situated near the river Yamuna.

The inauguration of the scheme will strengthen the water supply network in the town. The Rs 43 crore scheme had been started way back in 1989 and was due to be inaugurated in 2001. It is reported that some of the work is still to be completed. The authorities have constructed two Ranneywells in the riverbed so as to supply about 450 lakh litres of drinking water daily.

About 19 boosting stations have been set up in the town to strengthen the water supply to about 10 lakh people. Mr Chautala also inaugurated one of the main boosting stations in the NIT area yesterday.

Addressing a gathering, Mr Chautala claimed full credit for the scheme and criticised the other political parties for playing ‘politics’ with the scheme. He said that obstacles created by the Opposition parties had unnecessary delayed the project.

The authorities claimed that the new scheme would improve the water supply in most of the areas in the town. The two wells set up at source point in Dadasiya village have a diameter of 6000 millimetre and a depth of 90 to 100 metres. The authorities claimed that the 16 tubewells stationed here will work for about 22 hours daily and would meet the water requirements of residents in the coming years.

However, experts believe that the real test of the much `hyped’ Rannywell scheme will be in the coming summer season when there is an acute shortage of potable water and the people are forced to purchase water from private suppliers.



Cracking the mystery of memory, a key 
function of brain

‘Right chemistry’ is a well-known term for two persons hitting it off. This has been found to be both, literally as well as figuratively, correct; for it is not only the chemistry, but also the micro-electric pulses generated within the brain, which control the ‘mind’ or the emotions and the thought process of a person. The key to the whole process has been found to be depending upon the chemicals known as the neurotransmitters, or in a layman’s language, the mood molecules.

While the scientists continue to focus on cracking the mystery of the grey matter, its building blocks and points of communication within the brain have now been identified.

These are called neurons which may usually number about ten billion to a hundred billion in the brain, each connected to the other through nerve endings called dendrites. These neurons are known to respond to chemical and electrical pulses and release the neurotransmitters (chemicals) which help take the message from one neuron to the other. So far over 30 neurotransmitters have been identified but the most commonly known are Serotonin and Acetylcholine.

Acetylcholine has been also identified as the chemical which is at the root of the memory functions of the human mind. A number of patients, examined for Al Zheimer’s disease, whose memories tend to fail, were found to have very low levels of this chemical. Choline helps the neurons to retain the imprint of incoming information for a longer time. Choline is usually found in soyabeans, eggs and liver and concentrated in the hippocampus, the part of the brain where new memories are formed and stored.

Memory is one of the most important functions of the brain and creates a sense of continuity and unity in human behaviour and conduct. It is now an established fact that memories begin as electrical pulses. When the pulse reaches the neuron, it goes into the short-term memory, the long-term ones are further transmitted to the cortex, which covers the top of the brain and resembles a fissured walnut.

The sorting out of trivia from important, is done by the memory gatekeepers, known as the nucleus basalis. They abruptly change their pattern when the eye catches sight of a potential reward or a threat and send an appropriate signal.

The captured electrical signal might originate from anyone of the observed sights or sound signals or through other forms of perception. Millions of neurons are ready to receive this signal, each retaining its own memory and also constituting the brain’s long-term memory. Neurons constitute a very sensitive network of memory.

In the process through the recall of one small fact, the whole chain of events gets a fresh recall. These chemicals or neurotransmitters are the ink with which memories are written. More of the right ones tend to improve recall. It is an established fact that when people receive vasopressin, a hormone that acts as the body’s antidiuretic, they remember long lists of objects better.

People also remember better when their body is flooded with adrenaline, which is why they remember all aspects of a stressful situation or an unpleasant event. One reason might be that remembering them induces such painful feelings that the brain actually guards against their recall.

‘Terrorism — the untold story’

Though a number of books on terrorism have been published, where ‘Terrorism — the untold story’ of P M Das, scores over others, is that it is written by an IPS officer of Punjab and covers an entirely new area.

Mr K P S Gill in his foreword, has highlighted this point and commended the work to be of great importance, which is usually not taken sufficient note of, and has been pushed into the farthest background of public consciousness and policy concerns.

The book is entirely based on the research for the doctorate by the officer entitled, “Problems, Rehabilitation and Welfare of Terrorist affected Police families in Punjab”.

A number of recommendations, in the light of the experience of some Punjab police officers, have also been made both with respect to the morale of the force as well as individual families.

(Dr K K Paul is Special Commissioner, Administration, Delhi Police)



‘I was a part of you, now you are a part of me’
Jaskiran Chopra

New Delhi, January 27
You left us two years ago. You left our world a poor and desolate place, never to seem the same again. Suddenly I felt extremely helpless, totally at a loss as to how to go about life without the warmth of your protection. That helplessness comes back to me time and again, whenever I remember the day you left us, forsaken, broken and in the depth of intense sorrow.

I cried for days and nights on end. I missed you badly. I talked to God, to myself, to you, even in my disturbed, erratic sleep. I talked about you to everyone I could. I read your books, your stories, your poems and tried to capture everything associated with you in the depths of my heart, my soul.

It was the most nightmarish time of my life. It was the first time I had come face to face with death, having seen it snatching you away from me. Had it really happened? It took weeks to register. Gradually, all my memories of you began blooming in my heart like spring flowers and I felt that you lived along with them in my being.

I shared so much with you. When I returned from school every day, you always waited for me to regale you with the funny incidents about teachers and other students. How childlike you were! Always happy to share a little fun. You were my friend, my teacher, my guru. I remember and cherish all you taught me about life, its sad and good moments.

You often come in my dreams. And when I wake up, I find that my heart is crying, yearning to hear a word from you, to catch just a glimpse of you again, to be reassured by you that all is well, all will be well. While in school, I could not realise what a great author you were. Gradually, as I became aware of what writing was, what literature was, I understood the meaning of all those wonderful books you had written. I found out that my father, Mahendra Singh Sarna, was a name to be reckoned with in the field of writing, especially in the sphere of short story writing in Punjabi.

Everyone who knew you also knew how simple and modest you were. How you shied away from publicity, from interviews, from crowded functions. Always at home after office hours, teaching your children, doing your writing work, reading old classics.

The treasure trove of memories you have left will always remain in my heart. Indeed, they have become a part of my personality and I am entirely at one with them. I was a part of you once. Today, you have become a part of me. I love you, Papa. I miss you.



‘As an industry, painting is not flourishing in India’
Nalini Ranjan

The saying goes: “Where there is a will, there is a way”. And this adage is true of Kamal Ghimiray, who after years of struggle has carved a niche for himself on the canvas of international art and that too without having gone through an art school or receiving formal training. Described as one of the most promising painters of Indian origin in the United States, Ghimray has attained this unique distinction through hard work, pulsating energy and trial and error. The 42-year-old artist, who works as an assistant manager in a celebrity cruise firm in Miami, was recently in the Capital for his solo oil painting exhibition at the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society.

In an exclusive conversation with the NCR Tribune, he talked about the various facets of contemporary painting and his association with it.

How did your passion for painting come into being?

My grandfather was in Myanmar (erstwhile Burma) army and posted at Rangoon. It was the time of Second World War. At that time, Japan attacked Myanmar. And Myanmar was on the verge of defeat. Fearing that things would get worse, he left that place along with his family. After three months of tiresome journey, they reached India. My grandfather had become old by then. So, he was not in a position to continue in service. In that situation, my father Devi Chand had to join the Indian Army at a very tender age. The economic condition of my family was deplorable. It was so bad that we had to live in darkness, as we could not afford candles and kerosene. For primary education, I was sent to central school. Due to the fiscal crisis, I couldn’t continue my studies. But, I was very good at studies. After passing the Class V exam, I was selected for Ajmer Military School, Rajasthan. It was a great relief for me and destiny changed after that.

Since my childhood, I had a great passion for colours, brush and canvas.

Actually, I wanted to depict what I had seen and felt in my early childhood. It was my misfortune that my art teacher never used to let me paint despite knowing that I had a natural flair and urge for it. The reason was very simple. I was not able to afford the costly stuff used for regular practice.

I knew that my father would somehow manage the monthly fees, but fulfilling my “luxurious pastime” was not his cup of tea. Even in such an adverse situation, I never lost hope. With my father’s blessings, I started practising with oil, be it turpentine or linseed oil. After sometime, I learned the basics of oil painting like what colour to add to get a particular shade.

When did your first painting come on the canvas?

Due to abject penury, my passion for painting could not nurture properly in school. Due to my family background, I had to opt for the hospitality industry. After completing my 10+2, I served in hotels like Oberoi and Intercontinental for about a decade. But my other batch mates joined military services. And then, I didn’t have much time and money to go into the field of painting in a professional way. However, that passion never diminished.

After joining the celebrity cruise about six years’ back, I wanted to do something in this field in a big way, as it was my long cherished desire.

Interestingly, there was a good Polish friend of mine on that cruise. And he was a great admirer of my paintings. Once, on his birthday, he requested me to sketch an exclusive painting.

That painting was so good that we all decided to put it on the New Jersey-based famous auction house for paintings. Ultimately, that painting was sold for 200 US dollars. With that incident, I became a professional painter. And since then I have never looked back.

What is the latest trend in America in the field of painting?

For many years, abstract painting was popular here, but the new generation is crazy for colourful sceneries. Nowadays, painters like, Torkay, Thomas Kinkade, Peter Max, are really great.

Salvador Dali, Van Gogh, Picasso and Renoir are the all time favourites.

Besides, M. F. Hussain, legendary Indian painters like Raja Ravi Verma, Amrita Sher-Gill, are also popular in the US.

You had switched over to oil painting because of economic compulsion but now there is nothing like that. Then what is the reason behind your continuation?

Oil painting is good for beginners. When I started, I had that compulsion. In the course of time I found that with this medium, sketching three-dimensional pictures is quite easy.

Apart from painting, what are your other hobbies?

I am a very fond of theatre. In the early eighties, I did a lot of theatre with stalwarts like, M. K. Raina and Robin Batra. I acted in many popular plays like ‘Kabira Khara Bazaar Mein’, ‘Dhurt Samagam’ etc. I am a good calligrapher also and I can write in about 30 different ways.

What variance did you feel between America and India in the field of painting?

In India, we have a rich and long tradition in the field of painting. But it is not flourishing.

In America, like other developed countries, some streams of art have become totally professional and there is no denying the fact that they have taken the form of an industry.

Here the situation is that if you are in the field of music, painting or any other stream of art, you can earn good money even at the starting level. Take painting, there are so many auction houses in the US. But in India, you can not think like that.

Would you like to leave this tradition for your next generation?

My wife Sharda is a housewife, who has always stood behind me, my two children Abhimanyu and Asmita are keen to join the glitzy world of cinema. Right now, they are studying in a Mayur Vihar-based public school. Recently, Abhimanyu has been selected for the final round of Mr Delhi contest.



Seminar zeroes in on energy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
The Amity Institute of Energy and Environment in association with the National Productivity Council held a daylong seminar focusing on the implementations and implications of the ‘Energy Conservation Act – 2001’ and the plethora of job opportunities arising in its wake.

Mr R V Shahi, Secretary, Power, said, “India’s cost-effective energy conservation potential has been estimated by the Planning Commission at 23 per cent of total commercial energy generated. It is imperative that we make all-out efforts to realise this potential.

“The Act promotes competition, sharing information, creating awareness and motivating stakeholders. It encourages a transparent, self-regulatory mechanism and the use of market incentives to promote energy efficiency, while carefully avoiding intrusive regulatory mechanisms,” he added in his keynote address.

Ms Jayawanti Mehta, Minister of State (Power), stated in her message: “Whether a household or a factory, a small shop or a large commercial building, a farmer or a office worker, every user and producer of energy can and must make this effort for his own benefit, as well as that of the nation.”

Chief executives of PSUs, senior dignitaries from government and industry and statutory organisations addressed the participants. Some eminent speakers were Mr H C Gandhi, former Chairman, PESB, Mr Shashi Shekhar, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Mr Bahadur Chand, former Chairman, NTPC and CEA, and Mr R K Narayan, former Chairman, Power Grid.

Mr Shekher said: “India’s energy intensity per unit of GDP or the amount of energy consumed by each individual is 3.7 times higher than that of Japan and 1.5 times that of the USA. Energy saving potential is tremendous.”



Residents oppose shifting of transformer
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 27
Residents of Daultabad village, located near Sector 16-A here, have opposed the shifting of a power transformer to the front approach of the village. At a meeting, several residents of the village criticised the move and said the new spot, where the transformer was to be shifted, could prove dangerous. They said large number of children use the place as a playground. Moreover, the villagers said that the new spot was located near the gate of a public school and it could pose a danger to hundreds of children studying there.

Rooplal Giriraj, Satpal and Balli, residents of the village, alleged that the transformer was being shifted on the instruction of an ‘influential businessman’ and the power department had ignored their appeal against shifting the transformer to the new spot.

They also alleged that the officials of various government departments hardly bother to consider their views while undertaking programmes related to civic amenities. They alleged that even as there was inadequate water and power supply in normal times, the shifting of the transformer had caused a ‘black out’ in the village for the past six days.



Journalists assured of action against police 

Rohtak, January 27
The journalists of the town met the Haryana Finance Minister, Mr Sampat Singh, in connection with the beating up of an employee working with a Hindi daily. The Finance Minister assured the journalists that the culprits would be nabbed soon and strict action would be taken against them.

Mr Pushpender, an employee of a Hindi daily, was allegedly abducted and beaten up by some cops, who were reportedly in an inebriated condition. The aggrieved employee had stated in his complaint that he was abducted and later released by four car-borne youths. From their conversation, he said, they appeared to be policemen. Earlier, a delegation of the journalists met the SSP, Mr Alok Rai and the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, to present their case. However, in a memorandum submitted to the Finance Minister, the journalists alleged that the district police chief appeared to be trying to shield the culprits. OC



Xen asked to pay damages
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
Coming to the aid of a woman who suffered on account of illegal demolition, a city court has ordered an official of the Public Works Department (PWD) to pay Rs 10,000 as damages.

Hearing the case of Ms Sarla Sreedhan, the court ordered the official concerned to pay the amount from his salary within three months, failing which, he will have to pay the interest as well.

The court held a PWD executive engineer responsible for the illegal demolition of the boundary wall of Ms Sarlas’ premises in Okhla Industrial Area and directed the department not to encroach upon her property.

It has also asked the PWD secretary to institute an inquiry to identify the erring official responsible for the demolition.

Issuing the order, the court held that if the due amount is not paid within three months from the date of order, then Ms Sarla will be entitled to recovering interest on the said amount at the rate of 18 per cent from the date of institution of the suit till the realisation of the amount.

The case dates back to September 14, 1996 when the PWD officials demolished the boundary wall of Sreedhan’s premises to widen road ignoring her requests.

Shreedhan had reconstructed the wall, but fearing another demolition, filed a suit for permanent injunction.

BJP sit-in against power cuts: The BJP on Monday held a sit-in at Najafgarh Chowk to protest against the interminably long power cuts in unauthorised colonies, resettlement colonies and slums.

Addressing the people who had gathered for the sit-in, Delhi Pradesh BJP vice-president Vijay Jolly, general secretary Pawan Sharma and spokesman Mewa Ram Arya criticised the Sheila Dikshit Ministry for “appeasing” the private distributors of power at the expense of the people at large.

“The Chief Minister,” Mr Jolly said, “has shelved all the schemes for generating more megawatt of electricity. The present crisis is artificial and manmade, created by the Government of NCT of Delhi to benefit the private distributors of power.”

Several parts of the Capital have had to go without electricity for hours on end with the private distribution companies shedding load for six to eight hours a day. Power Minister Ajay Maken attributed the power cuts to the breakdown of the Dadri-Rihand line.

Haj House construction: The Government of NCT of Delhi will fund the construction of a bigger Haj House. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who on Monday visited Haj Manzil at Turkman Gate and interacted with pilgrims, told mediapersons that the present Haj House was inadequate to accommodate the growing number of pilgrims.

The Chief Minister inspected the Haj House and Haj Camp and studied the arrangements made for the Haj pilgrims. She was accompanied by Development Minister Haroon Yusuf and Delhi State Haj Committee Chairman A S Salmani.

The Delhi State Haj Committee has made arrangements for 12,500 pilgrims of which 8,000 have already left for Mecca. Mr Salmani said the Delhi State Haj Committee had organised a vaccination camp and offered round-the-clock medical facilities and other essential services to the pilgrims. Haj guides were also distributed to the Hajis.

Woman raped by kin: A 32-year-old woman was allegedly raped by her husband’s three nephews last night. The suspects, identified as Dharampal, Mahender and Kishan, are absconding. The victim is resident of Chetan Vihar near Najafgarh. There was a land dispute in her husband’s family in Haryana and to settle the dispute, the man had gone to the village.

While the victim was alone in the house, the suspects came to her and talked of the dispute. The talk led to arguments following which Mahender and Kishan caught hold of the victim and Dharampal allegedly raped her. A rape case has been registered, the police said.



Cop injured in encounter gets promotion
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
Rajinder Singh, a Delhi cop, who was shot at and injured seriously by two suspected youths, was given out-of-turn promotion today. He was admitted to Ganga Ram Hospital and operated upon. Doctors on duty said that he was in a serious condition.

Commissioner of Police R. S. Gupta visited the hospital and announced the out-of-turn promotion for the victim and Rs 2,000 reward to other constables who were in the PCR van staff along with Rajinder Singh and doing patrolling duty. While patrolling, they noticed a Maruti van (DL-9CF-0237) under suspicious conditions. There were two youths in the van.

As the police tried to stop the van, the occupants fired at them. One bullet hit the neck of Rajinder Singh. Rajinder chased the van and stopped it near Kakrola housing society in Dwarka, the police said.



First prize for roadways, DRDA tableaux
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 27
The tableaux of the Haryana Roadways, Faridabad and the Department of Rural Development Agency (DRDA) jointly got the first prize at the Republic Day parade here yesterday. The tableaux of the Cooperative sugar mill, Palwal and the Forest Department stood second.

The prize for the best marching contingent went to the district police. The cadets representing Haryana Armed Police, Madhuban, and Boys Scouts team were awarded second and third prizes respectively.

Many of the tableaux highlighted the role and contribution of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala. Family members of freedom fighters, martyrs and sportsmen of the district were honoured on the occasion.



Madan Mataji breathes her last
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
Madan Mataji, mother of Mata Sawinder who is wife of the Nirankari Mission head, Baba Hardev Singh, passed away in Mumbai yesterday.
Thousands of devotees attended the last rites of Madan Mata ji, who was cremated this morning. A special congregation in her memory will be organised in the Capital on Thursday between three and five in the afternoon at the Sangam Ground, Burari Road.

Madan Mataji was a devoted missionary and made significant contribution to the mission.



Theft of court papers: Conviction 
of ‘advocate’ upheld
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, January 27
Upholding the judgement of conviction and the order of sentence passed by the trial court, the Additional Sessions Judge, Dr Shiva Sharma, said that the appellant Wazir Chand who claimed to be an advocate, committed theft of important documents from the court file.

Appellant Wazir Chand along with two other persons was prosecuted under Section 380/201 IPC before Judicial Magistrate Anita Dahiya. The appellant was convicted while his companions were acquitted by the trial court on February 14, 1998. He was sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for two years and also to pay a fine of Rs 1,000, and in default of payment, to undergo further rigorous imprisonment for one month for the offence under Section 380 IPC.

He was further sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for one year and to pay a sum of Rs 1,000, and in default of payment thereof, to undergo further rigorous imprisonment for one month. The sentences were directed to run concurrently.

According to the prosecution story, the appellant Wazir Chand had contacted Baldev Raj, Ahalmad of Judicial Magistrate Ist Class, and enquired about the dates fixed in his three cases titled, ‘State versus Wazir Singh’ etc, arising out of FIR No 586 dated September 1 1981, Police Station, City, Rohtak, under Section 420 IPC, Baldev Raj told the appellant to enquire the dates of his case from the reader of the court, whereupon the appellant had scornfully commented, “Tu mat bata, usme kaun se kagaz reh rahen se, bari to ho jana hai”.

Upon hearing these words, the Ahalmad traced those files with the help of ‘Peshi’ register and found some documents missing from the files.

He reported the matter to the presiding officer, who forwarded the report to Police Station, Civil Lines, Rohtak for registration of the case.

The police swung into action. During investigation, the appellant said that he had kept the documents and none else was in the know of them and that he could get the same recovered.

The disclosure statement of the appellant was duly reduced into writing and pursuant thereto, the appellant got as many as 96 documents being receipts applications for exemption, application of ‘jamatalashi’, application for ‘superdari’ and certificate of incorporation recovered which were duly taken into possession by the police.

After recording the evidence of the prosecution, the statements of the appellant and others, and after hearing the counsel for the parties, the trial court convicted the appellant but acquitted the other accused.

Aggrieved with the judgement of conviction, Wazir Chand has filed an appeal in the court of the Additional Sessions Judge, Dr Shiva Sharma. Arguments were not advanced on behalf of appellant Wazir Chand despite the opportunity, and therefore, the appellant was given the option of filing written arguments. Oral submissions were made by the public prosecutor.

Dr Shiva Sharma, while delivering the order, said that the appellant has not been able to make any dent in the prosecution case and testimony of the prosecution witnesses.

“I hold that the appellant was rightly convicted by the trial court for commission of the offences punishable under Sections 380/201 IPC,” he ordered.



Youth detained for murder of social worker
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 27
The Sadar police have arrested a youth, Subhash, in connection with the alleged murder of Ms Shanti Devi Malik, a social worker of this city, about two weeks ago. According to a report, a case under Section 302 of the IPC and the Indian Arms Act has been registered against him.

Mr Mohinder Singh, a resident of Rohat village and the brother of Subhash, has alleged that Subhash was picked up by the police from the premises of the scooter agency at Ganaur town on January 20 last and whisked away to the police station. The police, however, declined to give any reason to the parents of Subhash about his detention.

Thereupon, Mr Mohinder Singh approached the Additional Sessions Judge, Sonepat, Ms Anita Chaudhary, and made a complaint about the illegal detention of his brother. The court sent a warrant officer to the police station who found Subhash in the lock-up. Subhash told the warrant officer that he had been kept in the police lock-up since January 20 but the police claimed that he was arrested on January 23 at 2 pm.

The police have taken away the scooter of Mr Mohinder Singh, which was parked in the judicial courts complex along with currency notes worth Rs 30,000, which was kept in the tool box of the scooter after withdrawal from the bank.

According to the police sources, Subhash had used this scooter for the shooting down of the victim, Ms Sheela Devi Malik, while she was sitting in a shop on the Atlas road.



Truck driver, cleaner robbed of Rs 2 lakh
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 27
Four unidentified car-borne armed youths reportedly robbed a truck driver, a cleaner and an employee of a liquor vend of Kaithal, of Rs 2 lakh at a railway crossing near Kami village, about three km from here yesterday.

According to preliminary reports, all the miscreants, however, managed to escape after committing the crime.

The truck was on it way to Jahri village in this district. The police have registered the case against the miscreants and launched a massive hunt to apprehend them.

The incident has caused a panic among the people of the area.

Body recovered: The body of an unidentified passenger was recovered by the Government Railway Police (GRP) from a coach of a passenger train bound for Panipat, here last evening. According to a report, the body had not been identified. However, a ticket from Subzimandi to Narela was found in his pocket. It is believed that he boarded the train at subzimandi for Narela but died of heart attack on the way.

Youth killed: A youth, Bhaundeep, was killed on the spot when he was hit by a canter on the G T Road, about 8 km from here last evening. According to a report, the victim belonged to Murthal village and was going from Sonepat to the village. The canter driver managed to escape. The police have registered a case against him.

Criminal held: Bhiwani: The police claimed to have arrested a hardcore criminal wanted in five murder cases. Disclosing this here today, the Superintendent of Police, Mr SukhDev Singh, told reporters that the arrested criminal was involved in five murder cases. He said Raj Kumar, alias Fauji of Kakroli Hatti, shot dead three of his colleague with his service rifle.


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