Monday, February 3, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


VIP security will not be intrusive, says 
BJP manifesto, yet…
Ramesh Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
In making light of the unprecedented security marking his public engagements Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee may have departed from his party’s espousal of the 10-Point Charter of Freedom that sets out for itself an agenda for institutional rejuvenation.

The 10-Point Charter of Freedom that finds a mention in the party’s manifesto and is featured prominently in its website ( dwells at length on reforms in the law and order machinery so that a citizen is not put to inconvenience.

The agenda for institutional rejuvenation lays out that “review [will be done of] VIP security arrangements so that they are neither exaggerated nor intrusive.” It further reads: “We will ensure that VIP security do not affect the collective convenience of the citizens.”

All that was perhaps forgotten when Nehru Place was sealed off Saturday ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit there to lay the foundation stone of the Rs 100-crore Astha Kunj. Also, when unsuspecting motorists crossed paths with the Prime Minister’s motorcade.

The occupants of the red Maruti van, Ashok and Dhare Singh in their white Maruti Esteem, Atul Tyagi on his motorcycle or the unidentified cyclist find themselves in the company of many others who have in the past been booked for similar offences.

Martin Massey hit the headlines when while riding his motorcycle a police vehicle intercepted him; police personnel caned him because he had strayed onto a sanitised VIP route. Inder Kumar Gujral was the Prime Minister then.

In 1993, a man was shot at for unknowingly straying on the prime minister’s route. The incident occurred on Rajaji Marg. One year later, a senior government official had moved the Delhi High Court after security personnel threatened to shoot him.

Again, a year later, certain Members of Parliament were detained until the prime minister’s motorcade passed. The Members of Parliament had raised the matter in both Houses of Parliament. Nothing came of it either.

Security concerns have grown manifold post 9/11 and Justice Rajinder Sachar does not undermine the risks inherent in them. “But,” he says, “the citizen cannot be made a scapegoat for the security personnel’s bungling or inefficiency.”

Instead of taking action against their own it is the unsuspecting commoner who, says Sachar, is harassed and put to inconvenience. “The en masse inconvenience cannot be explained beyond a point in a democracy such as ours,” he feels.

Closing a market place, stopping all vehicular traffic on both sides of the road and blocking air traffic at airport are some of the security measures that have come under public scrutiny and generated a heated debate of late.

The courts have been moved, and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) approached, but to no avail. “The courts in any case can have very little say in this. It is up to the Executive to take a suitable decision,” says Justice Sachar.

For the time being, it seems, Delhiites will have to grin and bear it. For, as Prime Minister Vajpayee said, “People should bear with a Prime Minister who is an occasional visitor to the area …. People’s perception or mindset will have to change” 



BJP leader’s suicide: Fallout of a Merchant Navy job racket gone awry?
Our Correspondent

Rewari, February 2
The suicide of national vice-president of the BJP Kisan Morcha, Ishwar Singh (55), on Thursday night here has sent shock waves in the party. Moreover, the revelations reportedly made in the suicide note, which is now in the possession of the police here, about one Rajiv Dalal of Rohtak, allegedly involved in a big ‘Merchant Navy employment racket,’ have added a serious dimension to the tragedy.

On the basis of the suicide note, the police here have registered a case of abetting suicide under Section 306 of the IPC against Rajiv Dalal. A police party has also been sent to Rohtak to apprehend the accused.

It is stated that a deal was struck with Mr Vicky, son of the deceased, following which about Rs 10 lakh had been given to the accused who promised to procure jobs in the Merchant Navy for job-seeking youths.

However, when the plan misfired and there was “persistent reluctance” on the part of the accused to return the money to the youths concerned, Mr Ishwar Singh became desperate.

He, along with his wife and daughter, came by car from Narnaul to Rewari on Thursday evening. He stayed at the residence of his younger brother Ajit Sigh in Sector 3 here. It is reported that late in the night when all inmates of the house had gone to sleep, he consumed a heavy dose of sulphas tablets after preparing the suicide note. When acute uneasiness gripped him, he summoned his brother Ajit Singh and briefed him about the circumstances that led to the extreme step. Though Mr Ishwar Singh was rushed to the local civil hospital, he died after sometime.

The post-mortem examination was conducted on Friday morning and the body was consigned to the flames at his native Raipur village near here. The funeral was attended among others by Mr Krishan Pal Gurjar, leader of the Haryana BJP Legislature Party, former state BJP chief Om Prakash Grover, former minister Prof Ram Bilas Sharma, state BJP vice-president Kailash Chand Sharma, state BJP general secretary Vir Kumar Yadav, national BJP secretary Om Prakash Dhankhar and Rao Shiv Rattan Singh, member of the national executive committee of the BJP Kisan Morcha.



Rumblings in DPCC
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
The result of the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will be keenly awaited in NCT of Delhi for reasons different. Knives are already out as Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit battles her detractors who have begun manoeuvring for her ouster. The Congress High Command will likely step in and resolve the crisis of confidence after the heat and dust of elections in Himachal Pradesh and three other States settles down.

What probably set the cat among the pigeons was the chief minister’s desire to replace Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) President and known Sheila-baiter Subhash Chopra ahead of the elections later this year. The dissidents were quick to renew their campaign against her with certain legislators sounding the All India Congress Committee (AICC) out on their disapproval.

To present an acceptable face to the people in the run up to the elections, blunt the Delhi Pradesh BJP’s campaign being steered by its president Madan Lal Khurana and project the achievements of the Sheila Dikshit Ministry (not necessarily in that order), Transport Minister Ajay Maken’s name was being floated as the successor to Chopra. That move however did not go down well with a section of the party and triggered a fresh round of dissidence.

The dissidents have been doing the rounds of 1 Tughlak Road and confabulating with Kamal Nath who is the AICC general secretary in charge of NCT of Delhi affairs. The change of guard in Maharashtra came handy for them as they renewed their demand for replacing Sheila Dikshit with someone who enjoyed the confidence of the legislators and could steward the party in the months ahead. The dissidents were spurred on by the Sajjan Kumar-Jagdish Tytler duo who had extended talks with certain legislators to unseat Dikshit.

Dikshit, who has succeeded in remaining the chief minister for the last four years shaking off occasional challenges from her detractors, this time appeared to have miscalculated the DPCC President issue as it has helped the coming together of all her opponents in the party. Apparently fearing a stepped up opposition, Dikshit had stayed away from a recent meeting convened by the party’s central leaders in connection with the Balidan Diwas.

The Dikshit camp remains unfazed amid all the backroom manoeuvrings. They cite her four years in office and the record of development works undertaken to underscore her performance at the helm of affairs. Dikshit, the longest serving chief minister of NCT of Delhi to date, has weathered many a storm and is by far the most suitable person to lead the party into the elections, they add. Whether the dissidents will have their way or end up with egg on their face will be known only after some time but the chief minister is going about her work as usual. 



Don’t even mock at Mayawati’s portrait
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, February 2
This is Mayawati land. And the officers, both police and civil, know what that for sure. And for anyone feigning ignorance, here is the dictum: Let no one pelt a stone at Chief Minister Mayawati’s portrait. If the uncanny happens, the cop’s had it.

This is the message to district police after a few Youth Congress activists hurled stones at Mayawati’s portrait in the collectorate a few days back. The stern reminder came after City Magistrate Sarvjeet Ram submitted his report about the incident to the District Magistrate. In the report, Mr Ram indicted the policemen for the lapse. He claims he had summoned the police on the mobile when Congress activists were damaging the Chief Minister’s portrait.

On the basis of this report, the District Magistrate wrote to SSP Chander Prakash asking him to take action against the errant cops. Mr Prakash said that he had immediately asked SP (City) Rajesh Kumar Pandya to inquire into the matter. Further action would be taken on the receipt of the SP’s report. All this spells trouble for the cops. They are on tenterhooks, living in dread of the administration’s wrath.

This is not the first time anyone dared to hurl stones at Mayawati’s portrait. Another incident in which Samajwadi Party workers were involved was taken lightly by the district administration and the cops. However, with the City Magistrate taking a serious view of the second incident and reporting the matter to the DM, the cops apprehend that they would be hauled over coals.

For a party that creates ruckus each time vandals defile Ambedkar’s statue, hurling stones at its Dalit mascot in the state is nothing less than blasphemy. Some BSP leaders are trying to rake the issue in Lucknow. The possibility of some of the police officials being posted out of the district, along with some other disciplinary action, is not ruled out. The SSP, Mr Prakash, had ordered the then SO of Kavi Nagar police station to take action against the guilty Congress activists. Though the SO, Mr Vijay Prakash, had rounded up a number of them, the arrests failed to satisfy the City Magistrate, who recommended action against the cops to the DM.



Noida police choose to wink at rape
Our Correspondent

Noida, February 2
While everywhere in the country the effort is on to tighten the law on crime against women, the Noida police seem to be helping those who commit heinous crimes like rape.

In the early hours of January 30, a 14-year-old girl was taken out of her uncle’s house at knifepoint and raped by a miscreant in Shahdara village under the Surajpur police station in Greater Noida. And when the blood-drenched girl was taken to the police station by the family members to lodge a report, the cops not only refused to register the complaint but also threatened them. The cops tersely told them to go home quietly, else they could be booked. It is alleged that the family of the rapist had already “approached” the local police.

Late in the evening, the family of the young girl gave a written complaint against the cops to SSP Rajeev Krishen at his camp office in Sector 27, Noida. They requested him to arrest the assailant, who is absconding since the crime.

The girl had been living with her maternal uncle. It is alleged that one Ratish, son of Jagdish of Shahdara village, sneaked into the house at 1 am with a knife in hand. Threatening to kill her, he gagged her mouth and took her to the cattle shed and raped her.

When her screams awakened the family members, they went running to her rescue. But they were attacked by Ratish who held a knife. He later fled.

Confronted with the allegation of dereliction of duty, SO of Surajpur police station Bahudur Singh contended that it was not a rape case at all. He said the matter concerned “a dispute among the two families, which they (cops) are trying to resolve”.

The victim’s family has, however, reiterated the allegation that the police were deliberately sweeping the rape case under the carpet in an attempt to help the accused.



Explain what kind of ‘observation’ was 
conducted: Court
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
Parents of children seeking admission to kindergarten will vouch for the fact that the admission tests conducted by the schools are gruelling. Schools across the city are notorious for conducting ‘entrance exams’ for children as young as four years. This despite academicians and health authorities slamming the tests as uncalled for.

Concerned with this general trend of interviewing lower kindergarten entrants and their parents, the Delhi High Court has directed the authorities of a school to explain their basis of short-listing the children. The order comes in the wake of a case filed by the parents of three children who have been denied admission.

Observing it was a question of general public importance that would affect all the schools, Justice A. K. Sikri told a minority unaided school to file an affidavit in this regard within four weeks.

The parents have alleged that the practice of interviewing such small children and their parents was arbitrary and unjustified and was being carried out for extracting money from the parents.

Filing their reply, the school said that it got the children ‘observed’ by specialists for the purpose of selection, instead of conducting an interview. The Bench has now ordered the school to explain what kind of ‘observation’ was being conducted.

The petitioners also referred to the reports of the Shish Pal Committee and the Kothari Commission set up by the government, which had recommended that there should be no interviews or tests conducted for children seeking admission to pre-primary level classes.

The Kothari Commission, set up in the 1960s, had specified that there should be no reading, writing and teaching in pre-primary classes and the effort should be to only inculcate good habits. 



NASA scientist stunned by Kalpana’s death 
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, February 2
Dr J.J. Singh, a distinguished research scientist in National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was stunned when he read the lead news, ‘Columbia crashes over Texas’, in today’s newspapers at his farmhouse ‘Singhasan’ at Bhaprauda village near here.

Dr Singh retired from the regular service in NASA four years ago and is currently associated with the prestigious organisation as a distinguished research scientist. He came to India recently.

Talking to the ‘NCR Tribune’ at his farmhouse, the 76-year-old scientist said he came to know about the harrowing incident from today’s newspapers as his farmhouse had no telephone or TV connection. He said he was very much distressed over the Columbia crash, especially over the death of seven promising astronauts, including Ms Kalpana Chawla.

Recalling the days when Ms Chawla joined as a trainee scientist, he said the girl had a strong desire to excel in aeronautics.

Dr Singh said he was the first Indian scientist who joined NASA in 1962 as a consultant. He became a senior scientist in 1964. He has several patents in his name. He said there used to be two main newspapers in the region during his young age, ‘Jung’ and ‘The Tribune’.

Dr Singh got his primary education from a government school at Bhaprauda village and served as a lecturer in physics at the then government college here before going to the USA sometime in 1950s. Belonging to a family of army officers, he said he had deep love for science from the very beginning. 



Parties salute Kalpana
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, February 2
Different political and apolitical organisations have expressed grief over the explosion of space shuttle Columbia and the subsequent death of all its seven crew members, including the Karnal-born Kalpana Chawla.

The HPCC chief, Mr Bhajan Lal, today visited the paternal house of Ms Chawla at Khel Gaon in South Delhi and condoled the members of the bereaved family.

He said Ms Chawla had explored a new direction and she was a great source of inspiration for young women of the nation. He said all Indians, especially the students of colleges and universities, would keep her memory alive in their hearts.

Capt Shamsher Singh Malik, president, Haryana unit of Lok Janshakti Paty (LJP) said the citizens of India were emotionally attached to this space trip as it was targeted at the welfare of the human race.

He said though she had settled in the USA, she had a deep sense of love for the Indian students and she used to give direction to the science students of India frequently.

He urged the students of Haryana to follow her footsteps for bringing the nation on top of the world. It would be a tribute to her in real sense, he added.

Mr Inderjit Singh, state secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Mr Pradeep Jain, spokesman, Haryana unit of the BJP, Mr Manish Grover, president, district unit of the BJP, Ms Jagmati Sangwan, president, state committee of Akhil Bhartiya Janwadi Mahila Samiti and others, paid homage to the crew.



Onus on Centre to complete SYL canal: Chautala
Our Correspondent

Rewari, February 2
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has asserted that as per the apex court verdict, the construction of the SYL canal is now a certainty and it is for the Union Government to get it accomplished.

He said this while addressing a gathering at Nahar, about 40 km from here, last evening. He also announced that in case the Union Government dilly-dallied in the matter, they would themselves go to Punjab to accomplish the task and would, in no case, wait for it endlessly. He said that farmers of south Haryana would benefit most from the canal.

Earlier, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of the Rs 80-lakh Community Health Centre (CHC) at Nahar. The village panchayat had donated the land for the purpose.

Prior to this, the Chief Minister held an open durbar under the “Sarkar Aap ke Dwar” programme at Berli Kalan village, about 15 km from here, in which he gave the nod to development works worth over Rs 2 crore in over 100 village panchayats of the Jatusana Constituency. Mr Chautala finished the durbar in less than an hour.

Most of the works sanctioned were a pre-planned and pertained to construction of village circular roads, approach roads to cremation grounds, erection of tin sheds at crematoriums etc.

When a village panchayat drew his attention to the non-replacement of a damaged transformer even after repeated requests made to the DHBVN authorities, the Chief Minister came down heavily on the authorities. He asked the affected villagers to report their grievances to the DHBVN officials first and if they failed to do the needful, they should bring it to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner. Besides senior officials, Health Minister M. L. Ranga was also present at the durbar.



Unauthorised constructions condoned, drain on council 
R.D. Sapra

Sonepat, February 2
The Sonepat Municipal Council has been suffering huge financial loss on account of non-recovery of charges for dumping building materials on public roads. According to a report, the employees of the building department have failed to check unauthorised constructions and alterations of houses and shops in different parts of the city. Instead, the officials have received `Nazranas’ for overlooking the unauthorised constructions. Consequently, there are construction works going on in the city without the fear of the authorities.

The trucks and tractor-trolleys, loaded with bricks, cement, bajra and other building materials, enter the narrow streets and block them for unloading operations. Consequently, apart from the motorists, the pedestrians also face difficulty passing through these streets and roads. The civic authorities as well as the traffic police hardly bother to challan the transport operators for violating the traffic rules and blocking the roads and streets.

Meanwhile, encroachments on public land has become a “status symbol” with influential persons in this city and elsewhere in the district. These encroachments have remained undisturbed for years on account of the casual attitude of the authorities.

Whenever a case of encroachment is brought to their notices, the authorities go through the routine of sending a notice to the illegal occupants and fail to follow up the matter. In effect, no one wants to earn the displeasure of the powerful people.

A plot of municipal land in the button factory area of Model Town has been illegally occupied by shopkeepers, which is used for vehicle parking and platforms to display their goods. This plot, which is situated near the ESI dispensary, is estimated to cost more than Rs one crore. The civic authorities have failed to get the plot back from the illegal occupants.

Some industrialists have adopted another method for retaining unauthorised occupation of the public and municipal land. Whenever the authorities initiate action against them, they persuade the authorities of the Waqf Board to lay a claim to the property. This has been the case with the land near the Idgah. When the authorities initiated proceedings against the encroachers, the Waqf Board made a claim to the land.

Another common practice adopted is to first encroach upon the land and then apply for the lease with the help of powerful politicians and bureaucrats.

In one case, a ruling party politician wanted the lease of a particular piece of land. However, the then executive officer refused to allow him the lease, since it was likely to attract public criticism. Subsequently, the leader launched a campaign against the executive officer, who was later transferred.

Then there are the temporary structures on government and municipal land raised by the homeless people. A large number of such structures have come up all over the city.

Meanwhile, encroachments have proved a boon for the corrupt officials of the Sonepat Municipal Council, the PWD (B&R), the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), the Industries department and the Haryana Housing Board.



Women keen to take charge in male-dominated Mewat
Tribune News Service

Nuh(Gurgaon), February 2
Subjected for long under the pall of male dominance, thousands of women from the six blocs of Mewat came out to demonstrate their growing awareness of their kindled spirit and their fundamental right to participate in the governance of the country.

The women assembly was organised under the banner of the newly formed ‘Mewat Mahilla Vikas Federation’ (MMVF)-an apex body of representative groups of women from all parts of Mewat.

Maqssodan of village Uleta of Nagina block, while addressing the gathering, asserted that she would make her daughter educated. Fazi Golpuri of Nuh bloc said she had come to know about development details by questioning officials and also followed the implementation of various projects.

Munni of village Sevka village in Hathin bloc said that the MMVF had strengthened the voice of the women. Many of the participants braved the cold weather to come to the venue on their own. Moreover, large number of them had come with children. The women assembly could be appreciated from the fact that Mewat is a male dominated society.

The women are the members of the Self Help Groups (SHGs), formed by the Mewat Development Agency (MDA), a body constituted by the Haryana Government for integrated and speedy development of Mewat.

The SHGs scheme for the women was launched in 1995-96 amidst stubborn resistance from the male folk of Mewat, considered to be one of the most backward areas of Haryana. Mewat is dominated by Meo Muslims.

It is claimed that 1,338 SHGs have been formed in all the 491 villages of the six blocs of Mewat. While five of the blocs fall in Gurgaon district, Hathin falls in Faridabad district. The various SHGs have involved more than 19,000 members.

The SHGs had been launched by the MDA with the help of non-government organisations and with the monetary support of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)-a body of the United Nations. The scheme envisaged the formation of women groups, who were taught several vocations and trade by the NGOs having expertise in their respective fields. Later, the women groups were taught the art of bookkeeping, followed by procurement of loans from commercial banks with the help of the MDA, to set up their own trade. The MDA also helped the groups to market their products.

In essence, the scheme was aimed to bring about an economic regeneration and to instil a sense of empowerment among the women in the first phase.

The apex body, consisting of about 70 members, was constituted through elections from among small representative groups who were democratically elected.

According to the Chairman of the MDA, Mr S.A.Khan, the representative groups would help in the proper realisation of the mandate of 73rd and 74th Amendments to the Constitution.



Taj Economic Zone to provide greater 
connectivity to Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, February 2
Fourteen special economic zones are being set up in the country, one each in 14 states, which will focus on the industrial and infrastructure development of the country.

Four special economic zones are being developed in Uttar Pradesh as part of this programme to accelerate the economic development of the state, particularly with regard to export oriented industries, rural industries and achieving better connectivity through new roads, railways and airports.

The Taj Economic Zone, being developed on the eastern bank of Yamuna, will include a Taj expressway, new roads and bridges, a new container depot, connectivity to Noida and Greater Noida with Metro and other rail systems and an international airport to expedite the industrial development of the area including Noida, Greater Noida and beyond upto Agra. This was stated by the new Chief Executive of Noida Authority, Dr Om Prakash, while addressing the sensitisation workshop on Taj Economic Zone here recently.

The World Bank has agreed to assist the development of Taj Economic Zone in Western UP with Rs 2,600 crore, which will include a 500-metre wide 8-lane expressway from Noida (read Delhi) to Agra along the eastern bank of Yamuna. An agreement for Rs 2,600 crore is being signed between the state government and the World Bank for the purpose.

This special economic zone will include an IT city, Bio-technology city, shopping malls, a permanent industrial display and exhibition centre, banks with foreign exchange facility, custom clearance, post offices, an international airport, railway connectivity and cold storage for fruits and vegetables.

The state government will also focus on small-scale and rural industries to project the richness of the state’s rural crafts to the world. The efforts will be to improve upon the past performance and to do away with shortcomings of the past. 



‘Good’ turnout at Surajkund fair
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 2
Despite the cold weather conditions, the 17th Arts and Crafts Fair received a large number of visitors today. Filled with motifs and colour, the central courtyard or the chaupal has been beautified with traditional village scenes, which include a well, thatched huts, murals and platforms.

Dancers and performers from various states have put up their show here. The wide eyed puppets, the folk dancers, and the beat of the Banchari drummers fill the atmosphere with a different kind of joy, said a tourist.

About 450 craftsmen have been invited to take part and 50 of them belong to the theme state of Uttaranchal.

Efforts were made to bring crafts from all over the country, including the embroidery of Bihar, Mutwa embroidery of Gujarat, gem stone painting of Haryana, metal work of Himachal Pradesh, black pottery of Deoghar, kinhal art from Karnataka, thewa work of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, textile printing of Madhya Pradesh, miniature painting of Rajasthan, Kantha of West Bengal, malmal, khadi and dosuti work, shawls, chutka, thamla, panckhi, carpet and Kunouni folk art of Uttaranchal. 



‘Dare Devils’ to rock Meerut on Feb 9
Our Correspondent

Meerut, February 2
The ‘Dare Devils’, famous for its acrobatic performances at the Rajpath on the auspicious occasion of Republic Day, are now going to rock Meerut on February 9, 2003.

The show will be held at the noted Gandhi Park Stadium in the cantonment area. This is the first time that the team of Dare Devils is going to perform in the Meerut city. The Dare Devils is a team consisting of 35 motorcycles and the riders who are proficient in their trade and possess self-determination, mental alertness, unmatched courage, physical stamina and precision in the handling of motorbikes.

The team of Dare Devils belongs to the Corps of Signals of the Indian Army and is known for its breathtaking and scintillating performances. Capt Sukhbir Auja will lead the team during the show in Meerut.

The team has several world records to its credit and these records have been recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records and also the Limca Book of Records. These records include 40 men on seven motorbikes in 1991, 81 men on nine motorbikes in 1993, 140 men on 11 motorcycles in 1996 while the latest record was created on July 5, 2001 consisted of 201 riders on 10 motorcycles.

On February 9, 2003, the planned events of Dare Devils will include double chairs and scissors, crossing at high speed, jumping through a ring of fine and glass, jumping over 25 other men and as a grand finale, a pyramid on seven motorcycles.

This time the service personnel and their families and the civilians of Meerut would enjoy the show, free of charge at the Gandhi Park Stadium from 3 pm onwards, said the sub-area commander Brig KTG Nambiar VSM.



Park to stay after L-G’s intervention
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
A park developed in seven acres in Nehru Place area in South Delhi will not be destroyed now after the intervention of Lt-Governor Vijay Kapoor as there was fighting between the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Paharpur Business Centre over the issue of park. This is the only green area in congested locality in Nehru Place, East of Kailash and Hem Kund Colony.

The Lt-Governor, who is Chairman of the Delhi Development authority (DDA), assured a delegation led by Kamal Meattle of Paharpur Business Centre (PBC) that the trees planted by the VVIPs in the park would not be cut. There are 2,000 trees in the park maintained by the PBC. The DDA plans to construct a parking lot and a shopping complex over there.

Mr Kamal Meattle told the Lt-Governor that Paharpur Business Centre would maintain the park by washing trees even after the park is handed over to the DDA or the MCD.



Two women commit suicide
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, February 2
The deaths of three women have been reported in Greater Noida. Of three, two have committed suicide in separate incidents due to domestic strife. Both of them torched themselves after pouring kerosene. The third one died in mysterious circumstances.

According to Jarcha Police, one Satish, in Sadarpur village was married to Saroj. Fed up with daily quarrels and financial constraints, she reportedly sprinkled kerosene and torched herself. Though she was rushed to a hospital in a charred condition, she could not be saved, the police said.

The second incident is of Fatehpur Jadon village under police station Kakode. Newly-wed Munni also sprinkled kerosene oil on herself. She was rushed to a Delhi hospital in badly charred condition. She succumbed to her injuries in the hospital later. Though domestic feud is said to be the reason behind the suicide, police are investigating the matter keeping other possibilities in view, Kakode police said.

In yet another tragic incident, Akila, wife of Imran of Nangla Jahanpur village under Javer police station died in mysterious circumstances. The police are investigating the case.

Encroachments removed

Faridabad: The Haryana Roadways department carried out a drive to remove several encroachments on its land at Ballabgarh town here today

About 50 persons, who had been occupying the bus stand land illegally, were driven away, said the general manager, Roadways, Mr S S Dalal.

He said the patch of land was located between the G.T. Road and the railway station and due to the stay taken by some persons in the High Court on the occupied land here, the problem of encroachment reoccurs after sometime.

It is reported that about 25 persons had got the stay in the court over the occupation of land and some of these had allegedly extended their area by installing tents and putting up temporary structures on the disputed area.

The authorities were led by Tehsildar Mahal Singh, who had been made the Duty Magistrate.

According to officials, a workshop functioning illegally was among the structures removed. The operation lasted several hours and was assisted by a team of policemen led by DSP Raj Singh. TNS

HUJ flays killing of NAFA editor

Rohtak: Haryana Union of Journalists (HUJ) condemned the brutal killing of Kashmiri Journalist and NAFA editor Parvez Mohammed Sultan, terming it as an attack on the freedom of press.

In a statement issued here today, Mr Virender Singh Chauhan, state president of HUJ criticised the government for having failed to provide adequate security to the journalists working in the terror-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir. OC



Dacoits’ gang busted, five held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
East district police today claimed to have busted a gang of dacoits who were involved in several cases of dacoities, robberies and murders in Buland Shahr, Sikendrabad and Delhi with the arrest of five suspects.

The suspects were identified as Farhan, Naushad, Meharban, Siraj and Mohammad Naushad. Two countrymade pistols with five live cartridges were recovered from them. They were arrested from Children Park opposite Deshmesh Public School in Vivek Vihar last evening. During interrogation, they disclosed that they had gathered in the park to commit dacoity at Deepak Petrol Pump near Surya Nagar, police said.

North district police seized poppy husk worth Rs 40,000 and arrested a youth Kuldeep Singh after a raid was conducted near Mukarba Chowk yesterday. The police had secret information that a youth would smuggle narcotics from Bareily to supply in the Capital The narcotics would be taken to Mukarba Chowk in autorickshaw by a man who would be in an army uniform. He was arrested near Mukarba Chowk.

Iraqi attempts suicide: Suleman (40), an Iraqi national, reportedly attempted to commit suicide by slitting his throat with a knife near Gate Number 1 of Pragati Maidan yesterday afternoon. The foreigner, who was a teacher at Iraqi school in Safdarjung Enclave, hired an autorickshaw from ITO to his work place. When the autorickshaw reached near Gate 1 of Pragati Maidan, he took out a knife and slit his neck. A car driver who was coming from behind saw the foreigner and warned the auto driver. The auto driver stopped his vehicle nearby where two beat constables reached immediately and rushed the Iraqi to LNJP Hospital.

186 examined at eye camp: An eye camp was organised at the Jain Bhavan, Laxmi Nagar by the Tarun Mitra Parishad. The camp was inaugurated by Dr A. K. Walia. Doctors from St Stephen’s Hospital examined 186 patients, out of which 21 will be operated for cataract. These patients will be treated free of cost and will be provided medicines, free boarding and lodging apart from spectacles.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Walia said that nearly four per cent of the population is suffering from eye disorders. He emphasised the need for eye donation and said that a large number of people can be cured by replacing the cornea.



Body of missing youth found in Najafgarh
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 2
The Gohana police recovered the body of a youth, Sandeep of Mahmoodpur village, from a location in Delhi yesterday. According to a report, the youth had been missing since December 29 last year.

He was lured by a youth, Surinder of Mokhra village, with the offer of an Inspector’s job in the Intelligence Bureau in Delhi. Sandeep accompanied Surinder to Delhi on December 29 last year.

Surinder allegedly murdered Sandeep and buried the body near his office in the Najafgarh area of Delhi. Thereafter, he telephoned the parents of Sandeep and demanded Rs 5 lakh as ransom. The parents of Sandeep started a search for him but failed to trace him. Finally, they lodged an FIR.

Dowry case: The Kundli Police have registered a dowry harassment case against Jagbir, husband of Mrs Santosh of Shershah village; Pale Ram, father-in-law; Bhula Devi, mother-in-law; Sunil and Satbir, both brothers of Jagbir; Shami, Babli, Ratna, all sisters of Jagbir and some other members of the in-laws’ family and started investigations into the allegations levelled against them by the young housewife.

Furniture gutted: Furniture worth over Rs 2 lakh was reduced to ashes in a devastating fire which broke out in a godown of furniture at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here last night.

Constable robbed: Two unidentified armed youths are reported to have robbed Mr Dilbagh Sigh, a constable of Rohtak, of his motorcycle at pistol-point near Khanpur Kalan village about 30 km from here.



Digital electronic stabilisers for ACs, refrigerators and deep freezers 
Tribune News Service

Microtek International has launched its range of highly reliable digital electronic stabilisers with smart time delay for use in airconditioners, refrigerators, deep freezers and other costly equipment. The digital electronic stabilisers have digitally controlled circuitry to provide better control.

Face magic for your skin: Lakme has introduced a revolutionary innovation in face make-up, Lakme Face Magic daily wear Souffle, the latest addition to the company’s portfolio. It has vitamin E which moisturises and conditions your skin, sunscreen for UV protection, 100% oil-free foundation and cucumber extracts.

Kesh Kala Oil: Godrej has launched its Kesh Kala Oil with the goodness of coconut oil. It has a unique blend of coconut oil and amla, mehendi, shikakai, bhringaraj extracts and other hair-darkening agents which provide for dual benefits of nourishment from coconut oil while colouring the hair black and keeping it lustrous and natural looking.

Lifestyle chimney hoods: Glen has introduced a new range of the state-of-the-art high quality lifestyle chimney hoods for the modern, cosmopolitan Indian kitchens. It is a complete shield to the conventional health hazards posed due to smoke, congestion and trapped fumes emanating from cooking.

For the safety of your feet: Superhouse Leathers, the manufacturers of Allen Cooper brand of shoes have launched safety shoes. These shoes are impact-resistant (steel toe cap), anti-skid and have oil, head, acid resistant properties.

Homemade chutney: Dabur Foods has launched homemade imli saunth chutney, which brings alive the taste of Indian snacks like dahi bhallas and samosas. It has the right mix of all masalas, imli and sugar that add to the aroma, taste and flavour of the chutney.

Better sound quality: Samsung has launched new sound-oriented Q1 and Q2 series in colour televisions. They come equipped with features like turbo sound, five-band graphic equaliser to give better quality of sound.

Classy pens for smooth writing: Wright India, the fusion of Swiss and German technology in writing instruments, have launched ‘wright teen gel’, a 0.5 mm classy see-through pens with exceptional good looks. They have imported Japanese stretchable gel ink assuring smooth and fluent writing, pages after pages. These pens are made from unbreakable polycarbonate materials for durability and additional comfort.

Skin-friendly sandals: The sandals from TSF are featured with genuine leather and plush foot bed which is sweat-absorbing.

The making is superb to match the required styling as per the casual dressings of today’s city men. The material is skin-friendly and sweat-resistant.

Pimple cure cream: IPSA has launched Eraser acne and pimple cure cream. It is a complete Ayurvedic formula with multani mitti, neem, haldi, mansoor, rasak, phitkari and gandhak. The cream first absorbs the excessive oil from the skin and does not allow pimples to erupt and finally corrects the skin, damaged due to pimples.

Daawat rice marketing: Daawat basmati rice has launched its month-long marketing and promotional initiative by introducing Daawat mobile van, which would cover key residential markets in Delhi, Noida and Faridabad. The company said the van would not only increase visibility of the brand, but also induce consumers for trials at special prices.


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