Saturday, February 8, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Youths go berserk during recruitment drive
Our Correspondent

Meerut, February 7
Chaos prevailed in the city today as more than 10,000 aspirants for the Tripura State Armed Police went on a rampage. There was total mismanagement at the recruitment ground. The police had to resort to a lathi charge to push back the frenzied youths from the Reserve Police Line ground. The youths, hell-bent on being recruited, blocked the approach road to the Civil Lines area.

Scattering in groups, they then started manhandling the passersby. Not satisfied with all this hooliganism, they caught hold of a college girl and tried to molest her. The helpless girl’s cries went unheeded as the youth deflated the tyre of her moped. Seeing the girl in trouble, several journalists, who had gathered there to cover the drama, rescued the girl. The scribes informed the SSP and Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Meerut Range. Soon, senior police officials rushed to the spot and sought the help of the Provincial Armed Constabulary.

Meanwhile, two sisters, who were returning from their college, were the next target of the youths. They grabbed the two girls who were sitting in a rickshaw and outraged their modesty. A police officer chased away the boys.

Meanwhile, Tripura police officials put on hold the recruitment drive following the unexpectedly large gathering. As the news spread, the youths ran riot on the roads and in the markets. Some of them headed towards the red light area. For more than three hours, sex workers in the area were at their mercy. The two police jawans in the area stood as mute spectators before the hundreds of youths gathered there. The police force, including senior police officials, were engaged in restoring order near the Reserve Police Line. The Tripura police officials had to restart the recruitment drive to cool down tempers.

Tripura police officials are here to recruit 500 youths as riflemen and tradesmen. Youths from UP, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal and Haryana were to be recruited at the Meerut centre. A large number of them turned up for the recruitment drive as the minimum educational qualification asked for was just class VIII. Tripura Police Commandant M. Raja Murudgan told the NCR Tribune that he was happy to see the overwhelming response as he had travelled a long distance to recruit these boys.

Some of his subordinate officials revealed on condition of anonymity that there had been an acute shortage of jawans in the Tripura police as the youth there did not want to join the police force due to the increasing terrorism. Local youths are afraid of various terrorist outfits. But several youths at the rally ground expressed their willingness to fight terrorists there. 


Immolation threat by ’84 riots widows
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 7
Distressed over the apathetic attitude of the authorities, the widows of 1984 riots have decided to immolate themselves to highlight their plight.

“In the first phase, two widow would immolate themselves on February 16,” according to the president of the November 1984 Victim Widow Jatha, Ms Darshan Kaur. “If the grieving voices of the widows are not heard, more would follow suit,” she added.

She told newspersons that the widows have been pushed into a corner and they have no option but to take this extreme step to highlight the problems faced by them.

Ms Darshan Kaur said a delegation of the Jatha would soon meet the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee president and other prominent leaders of Punjab to highlight the problems faced by the riot widows, even 18 years after the tragedy.

She said the riot victims were finding it difficult to meet the two ends meet. They face immense problems in securing pension, houses and employment as they had lost their livelihood and, in most cases, the earning member of the family in the riots, which followed the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Stating that the trauma of the riot continues to haunt them as none of the perpetrators of the riots have been punished, she demanded a fresh probe. 


Dogged by dowry demands, man pumps bullets into son-in-law
Prempal Singh

Meerut, February 7
A middle-aged exporter shot dead his son-in-law with his licensed 9mm pistol and surrendered in the Bulandshahr city kotwali.

The murder took place at 5.30 p.m. near Vishal cinema: according to eye-witnesses, the exporter whipped out his pistol and pumped the bullets into the head of a 25-year-old man who was enjoying a cigarette.

The exporter then walked into the Kotwali and expressed a desire to meet the officer in-charge. There, he told a woman constable that he had shot dead his son-in-law. Even as the constable looked askance at him, the man placed the murder weapon in her hand.

A word was sent and the Inspector in-charge rushed to the Kotwali. Together they went to the murder site where they found a youngster lying in a pool of blood. The youth was taken to the district hospital, where the doctors declared him brought dead.

Incidentally, an Indica car was parked near the murder spot. The exporter told the police that the car belonged to his son-in-law Rohit. The police searched the car and found a bottle of wine, bottled mineral water, glasses and some snacks.

The accused told the police that his name was Harjinder Singh and he was an exporter of brass goods. In 1999 his daughter Kajol alias Kitti had got married to Rohit; it was a love marriage.

But the latter started harassing Kajol for dowry soon after the marriage. Since Kajol was his favourite, Harjinder obliged his son-in-law by meeting his demand for an Indica car and coughed up Rs 4 lakh. Rohit, it is learnt, refused to change his ways and kept harassing his wife for more dowry.

Harjinder Singh told the police that he was not sorry for his act: he had taken the desperate step for the love for his daughter.

Kajol burst into tears on hearing the news even as she tightened her clasp around her two-and-a-half year-old son sitting in her lap. She still shudders at the thought of the day when she met Rohit at a bus stand in Gurgaon and fell in love.

Rohit courted her for some time and finally she eloped with him and they got married. Now that the husband is dead and the father is behind bars, Kajol says, as she sobs uncontrollably, that she is not weeping over her husband’s death but over the prospect of her father being behind bars. She asserts that her father was right in shooting Rohit as he had made her life hell. His cruelty had crossed the tolerance threshold and she was bearing the brunt for last four years.

Whatever the case, the murder has become a talking point in the city.


Cops foil busjack bid, spate of robberies in North Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 7
A police control room van today foiled a bus hijack bid with the arrest of two persons at Peeragarhi Chowk. The suspects were identified as Sonu and Raju.

The police said that five youths armed with knives boarded a ring service bus (Mudrika) at Keshav Puram bus stand and took positions at various points in the moving vehicle. As the bus reached near Peeragarhi, one of the suspects moved up to the driver and placed a knife at his throat while others held the passengers at bay, asking them to empty their pockets.

The gangsters collected Rs 13, 500 from the panic-stricken passengers. While the bus was passing through the Peeragarhi Chowk, the PCR van staff members heard the cries of the wailing passengers. The PCR van chased the bas and flagged the driver to stop after overtaking it.

Three of the suspects jumped out of the bus from rear door while two others ran towards the front door when they saw the police. When the PCR staff entered the bus, the suspects stabbed one of the constables in a scuffle. However, the suspects were overpowered and arrested. During interrogation they disclosed the identities of their three associates who had run away. They are pickpockets but chose the new modus-operandi to make a fast buck, the police said.

Desperadoes strike at three houses

A spate of robberies was reported in Sangam Vihar in North district late last night. The robbers decamped with cash and valuables from a number of houses.

The police said four unidentified youths, armed with iron rods, thrashed the victims when they put up resistance and refused to part with a cupboard key. They robbed about Rs 16,000 in cash and valuables from three houses.

The robbers first targeted the house of Shakeel Ahmed, who works as a barber in Sadar Bazaar, and decamped with Rs 6,000 and some jewellery. When they gained entry to his house his family members were asleep. While they were busy ransacking the house, Shakeel and his wife woke up. One of the robbers attacked Shakeel with iron rods. Soon, they left with cash and jewellery.

The resistance put up by Shakeel did not deter the suspects. They struck at the house of an autorickshaw owner, Janjali Behra, in the same locality and fled after robbing him of Rs 7,000.

The police said that not being satisfied with the cash and jewellery robbed from the two houses they zeroed in on Surender’s house, managing to take away around Rs 3,000 from there. Surender lives a short distance away from the autorickshaw owner.

A large number of suspects have been detained and are being questioned. The police have asked the residents to inform them in case they notice any stranger moving around in a suspicious manner in the area.

Headless body found

Faridabad: The police have recovered an unidentified, headless body of a young woman in Surajkund area. The body was lying near Eros Garden, at a little distance from the site of the craft mela. It is suspected that the woman had been murdered after being sexually assaulted.

In another incident, a teenaged youth of Sector 7 tried to commit suicide by shooting himself. The victim, identified as Aman Sud, has been admitted in the hospital.


Two killed as vehicles stack up on GT Road
Tribune News Service

Panipat, February 7
Two persons were killed and 11 others injured, three of them seriously, when about a dozen vehicles rammed into each other near the Panipat turn on the GT Road here due to dense fog early in the morning.

According to eyewitnesses, a truck and a car first collided. Soon, other vehicles followed. The drivers failed to control the vehicles as the visibly had been reduced to zero.

Most of the vehicles involved in the multiple collision were cars.

Sachin Khanna, a resident of Nehru Vihar in New Delhi, who was travelling in his wheat-laden truck from Ludhiana to New Delhi, died on the spot.

The general secretary of the Panipat unit of the Lok Janshakti Party, Mr Mahipal Bharti, a resident of Kond village, was also killed when his motor cycle hit a vehicle.

Initially, the 11 injured were admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

However, later, a majority of the injured were shifted to private hospitals in Panipat and Delhi.

The injured have been identified as Shekhar (Ambala), Kaka Singh (Jalandhar), Bhagwan (Ambala), Satpal (Karnal),Madhu Jain (Pilu Khera in Jind), Sarti Devi (Israna in Panipat), Salig Ram (Chandigarh), Arun Jain and Ramesh (both from Karnal), Enush (Alwar) and Ram Niwas (Rohtak).


Bank officials booked on court orders

Rewari, February 7
Following the orders of Mrs Bimlesh Tanwar, Chief Judicial Magistrate, the city police have registered two cases of cheating, forgery, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 506 and 120-B of the IPC against Ram Singh Saini, the manager of the Primary Land Development Bank (Land Mortgage Bank)in 1998, Ram Phal, the then land evaluation officer of the bank, Sulbash Chand, proprietor of Nice Irrigation Equipment Company, and Rajpal alias Neelam, resident of Jadra village near here and a close relation of the complainants.

The orders have come in the wake of complaints filed earlier by Phoosi Devi and Vijender Kumar, wife and youngest son, respectively, of late Pahlad Singh Yadav, residents of Jadra village, seeking an injunction against the alleged swindlers. While Ram Singh Saini is posted as manager of the bank at Kosli in Rewari district at present, Ram Phal is now serving as manager at Ateli in Mahendragarh district.

It all started in 1998 when Pahlad Singh Yadav was alive. His nephew Rajpal, son of Rameshwar Dayal Yadav (younger brother of Pahlad Singh Yadav), allegedly colluded with Subhash Chand, proprietor of Nice Irrigation Equipment Company, who allegedly became instrumental in securing loans of Rs 42,000 and Rs 32,000 in lieu of two pieces of land (respectively owned by Pahlad Singh Yadav and his son Vijender Kumar), which were mortgaged with the bank when Ram Singh Saini was the manager and Ram Phal the evaluation officer.

Things remained shrouded in secrecy till May, 2002 when notices against “non-payment” of the instalments of loans were sent to the loanees by the bank authorities. The revelation stunned Phoosi Devi, whose husband had already died, and Vijender Kumar as they had no knowledge of the murky affairs.

This reportedly led to the holding of a panchayat. Ultimately, Phoosi Devi and Vijender Kumar took the matter to the court. OC


BJP Kisan Morcha takes up ‘Escape Channel’
Tribune News Service

Rewari, February 7
The National Executive of the BJP’s Kisan Morcha today took up the issue of linking the Masani barrage basin and Jawahar Lal Nehru(JLN) canal in the district on the concluding day of its two-day meeting.

The issue was raised by a member of the morcha’s national executive and prominent leader of the Ahirwal belt, Rao Shiv Ratan Singh. The meeting, which was to take place at Dharuhera, near the barrage, took place at the BJP’s national headquarters in Delhi on account of the death of the Vice President of the morcha, Mr Ishawar Singh.

According to the General Secretary of the Haryana unit of the morcha, Mr Hari Das Saini, Mr Rao, while pleading for early completion of the project before the executive, said that the channel would help recharge the ground water table of hundreds of villages around the barrage. He disclosed that the farmers were facing immense hardship owing to the drought-like situation in the Ahirwal belt of South Haryana for the past four consecutive years. 


Media corroding social values: DD chief
Abhay Jain

Gurgaon, February 7
Electronic and print media which cast a lasting impact on our day-to-day life are corroding our social system. It should rather present different issues in such a fashion as to create positive effect on our mind.

This was stated by the Director General, Doordarshan, Dr S Y Quraishi, while addressing the principals and academics at the third general meeting of Gurgaon Progressive School Council here today. While laying emphasis on the value-based education, Mr Quraishi said that the education system should be based on the needs of the child.

The student should be given a free hand to choose his career and he must not be forced to study the subjects which do not help him obtain his goal.

Education system should create new venues of employment as unemployment has contributed to growing violence in the country, said the DG.

He stressed the importance of English in education which brings about a global link. It is

because of our knowledge of English that we have a place amidst renowned doctors, NASA scientists and Infotech experts in the world. Founder chairman and patron of Gurgaon Progressive Schools Council (GPSC) and president of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), Mr P K Jain, said that education is an instrument for producing responsible citizens for tomorrow. It must address the issues of human development.

The primary benefit of education is to develop a mosaic of ideas leading to developmental activities, opined Mr Jain.

Welcoming the guests and other dignitaries, the chairperson of GPSC and principal of DAV Public School, Mrs Anita Makkar, read out the achievements and activities executed by the council during the year. Prof M. Mukhopadhya, Joint Director, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), in his keynote address on ‘Development Beyond Academics’ said that there are four aspects of education: learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be.

He regretted that the present system of education is just concentrating and serving only on one aspect, i.e. intellect (know).

He said that the emotions are powerful than intellect. Without emotions, the human being is nothing but a robot which the present generation has turned themselves into, said the speaker. He observed that the higher educated are more corrupt than the less educated, the less educated are more corrupt than the literate, and the literate are more corrupt than the illiterate. That is a major drawback in our education system which has created the present corrupt society, said Mr Mukhopadhya.

He suggested that the education system must be based on emotions, yogas, meditations, age-old ethos and moral values.


HPCC seeks white paper on SYL canal
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 7
Mr Azad Singh Nehra, secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), has urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to issue a white paper on the construction of the SYL canal in the Punjab territory so that the people of the state could know about the steps taken by the state government on the issue.

Speaking to the mediapersons here today, he accused the Chief Minister of betraying the people of Haryana, particularly the farmers, on the issue during the past about four years.

He said that the HPCC president and the former Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal, had already launched an agitation on the issue and the people were rallied behind him.

He defended the Rajiv-Longowal agreement and urged the Central government to enforce this agreement in toto to safeguard the interests of Haryana and its people.

Meanwhile, the Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal (U) president, Mr Ved Parkash Vidrohi, has said that all political parties in the state are trying to mislead the people on the question of completion of the SYL canal in the Punjab territory and getting the share of Ravi-Beas waters from Punjab.

In a signed press statement issued here today, he alleged that these parties were trying to make a political capital out of the issue and were not really interested in getting it resolved.

He said that all successive governments in the state had remained paper tigers only and not taken any concrete step to get the canal completed in the Punjab territory.

Mr Vidrohi appealed to the people of the state not to be misled by the false promises of the leaders of these parties who, he alleged, were befooling them.

The leaders of these parties, he said, wanted the issue to be alive till the holding of the next assembly elections.


Cop caught red-handed taking bribe
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 7
The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Government today arrested head constable Raj Singh for allegedly demanding and accepting Rs 5000 from a transporter, Himmat Singh, to favour him in an accident case. The case was investigated by the head constable.

The transporter lodged a complaint that the policeman demanded a bribe of Rs 8,000 to favour him in the accident case. On the basis of the complaint, a trap was laid at the office of the complainant at Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar. The head constable was caught red-handed while demanding and accepting Rs 5000 as illegal gratification, a press release said.

Murder worked out

With the arrest of six persons, South district police today claimed to have worked out a murder case of Manjeet Singh, a resident of Chirag Dilli. The suspects were identified as Satish Kumar, gang leader and his associates Chander Shekhar, Pradeep Sharma, Rajaram, Satbir and Mrs Nirmala Devi.

During interrogation, they confessed to be involved in the murder case of Manjeet who run a factory in Chirag Dilli. Satish and his associates had been extorting money from the victim and other shopkeepers in the area. When Satish showed inability to pay the extortion, they shot him dead to create terror in the locality.

Free biotech counselling

With the biotechnology industry promising to be the business of the future, the Amity Institute of Biotechnology is offering free and extensive counselling to the aspirants at the ongoing International Engineering and Technology Fair.

“The prime objective is to expose undergraduates and graduates to the challenging careers in the ever-expanding biotech industry. There is a growing demand for the professionals who can effectively relate the fundamental concepts underlying molecular approaches in medicine, agriculture and energy,” said Dr Sunil Saran, Director, AIB.

Honorarium hiked

Starting April 1, Anganwadi workers will receive an honorarium of Rs 1,500 instead of Rs 1,300. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday declared the upward revision of honorarium after formally launching the fourth phase of Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium.

The Chief Minister said that children below the age of five years will be administered Pulse Polio drops on Sunday. On the occasion, Dikshit repeated the Government of NCT of Delhi’s concern at polio cases being reported in the Capital due to people migrating here from Uttar Pradesh and certain other States.

Satellite broadcasting expo

The ninth International Conference and Exhibition on Terrestrial and Satellite Broadcasting, BES EXPO 2003, concluded here today. The three-day event was inaugurated by the Information and Broadcasting Minister, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Prasad said, “I think that one should not overlook the civilisational mile and the cultural context in which one operates.” He also urged the engineers, manufactures and broadcasters to take a serious note of high-priced set top boxes.

NSUI convention

The National Students Union of India (NSUI)’s Rohini district organised its convention.

AICC general secretary Oscar Fernandes presided over the function and called upon the NSUI activists to help the students with their everyday problems. The guest of honour, Mr Sajjan Kumar, urged the students to join politics so that the future of the country is secure. 




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Recently, Ms Mayawati, the Chief Minister of the largest state, celebrated her 47th birthday in Lucknow and the national Capital in the company of her newfound allies. Reportedly, huge amount of money was collected by her well wishers on the “grand occasion”.

Ms Mayawati is the undisputed leader of the downtrodden not only in Uttar Pradesh but also at the national level.

There is nothing unusual about the birthday celebrations of a political leader of her stature. Despite all opposition from the Congress Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav and the calculations of the BJP, she has become the chief minister for the third time.

Recently, Prime Minister Vajpayee celebrated his birthday on Christmas Day on a grand scale. His supporters and ministerial colleagues celebrated his birthday on a national level and various gifts and presents were distributed.

Birthday songs praising the Prime Minister and bhangra dances were arranged at his official residence.

Madan Lal Khurana, the former chief minister of Delhi also celebrated his birthday and feasts were held which was well attended by dignitaries from all-walks of life. It was also telecast over local TV channels.

Amar Singh, the Samajwadi Party leader holds a grand party in five-star hotels even on a ‘non-occasion’.

The Congress Party leader and former Union Minister, the late Madhavrao Scindia, spent crores of rupees on the royal wedding of his daughter. Dr Karan Singh, also a Congress leader and former union minister, did the same at the time of the marriage of his son. The royal marriage party was received by thousands of Thakurs, in coloured turbans of the erstwhile state of Gwalior.

It was reported by the national and international media in a very respectful manner. The royal traditions and the ceremonies were widely praised and appreciated by various cultural experts from different points of view.

Even ‘ordinary’ people like Chaudhary Bhajan Lal, the Congress leader and former union minister, had held a grand marriage party on the occasion of the marriage of his son.

Unfortunately, grand parties by other leaders have not raised eyebrows. The principles of ‘simple living and high thinking’ are raised only when Dalit leaders are involved in such celebrations.

Unfortunately, the old mindset has not changed. Resultantly, we praise and participate in the parties by the royal people and other high caste leaders.

This mentality is visible by the high caste people during marriage ceremonies. Recently, the people from the high castes, in a village nearby Bhiwani, did not allow a Dalit bridegroom to ride a horse. On the other hand, even the poorest among the high caste members can do so without any objections.

It is a common practice in rural India where celebrations by the Dalits are generally looked down upon. The same old mindset is intolerant of the birthday celebrations by Ms Mayawati. She has celebrated her 47th birthday in a befitting manner. Dalits should exercise perseverance as patience pays. The feeling of discrimination on the basis of caste, creed and colour would vanish with the passage of time and things would settle down peacefully.

O.P. DUHAN, Kamla Nagar, Rohtak.

Living for others

Even in contemporary world, when success by all means has become the major preoccupation of the people, there are few people who care about the fate of those struggling to make a living.

The aim of their life is to do some work for the society as a whole and not remain confined to their petty selves.

Anjina Rajagopal is a shining example, who is running ‘Saikirpa’ for homeless children. Dr Vibha Krishnamurthy, who has a medical degree from Harvard, is helping disabled children. Meera Rafi Malik, runs Sadbhavna Parishad, a centre for slum children in Ahmedabad. To top it all, there is the unique case of Sindhu tai Sapkal, who started as a beggar in Pune, but is now running five orphanages at Pune, Wardha, Chikhladara and Ahmednagar. She has received as many as 63 awards for her social works. It is a feeling of satisfaction that makes these people work for others. If a beggar can have a helping heart to help orphans, then, why can’t many of us, who are leading luxurious live, help others?

There are many people working for others, about whom little is known.

Everybody lives for himself, for is children and family. However, there are only few people who like to live for others.

What we learn from these noble examples is that it is the responsibility of every individual to help his fellow human beings.

Indeed, it will go a long way in the formation of caring society, wherein every individual takes care of others.

In return, all of us will derive immense satisfaction for bringing a smile on an anguished face.

Today, politicians are spending huge amounts on their birthday and other social events, without giving a single thought to the fact that the same money can be of enormous help to the needy.

It is indeed shameful that people are spending without caring for the basic minimum needs of others.

In present age of information revolution, the media has a major role in highlighting those individuals and institutions that are selflessly working for the helpless people. Resourceful institutions can also come forward and extend a helping hand to these individuals and institutions.

The role of the government in this field cannot be denied. It can encourage these individuals and institutions by rewarding them.

Schools can be setup for poor children, where they can be provided free uniforms, books, stationery etc.

Small-scale industries can be established for women looking for employment. Rather, every individual should extend their helping hand to these people who are selflessly working for the society.

SHWETA KOHLI, Shahdara, Delhi.

PM’s security

Indeed, it is a matter of grave concern that there was a serious breach of security when a white Maruti Esteem car strayed onto the sanitised route of the prime minister.

Thank God, nothing happened.

The Delhi Police had 15-20 minutes at their disposal to halt the vehicle. However, they failed. The Delhi Police Commissioner must take serious view of it and ensure the nation that such incident is not repeated.


World Cup fever

With the “Cricket World Cup 2003” fever touching new heights, the corporate sector, particularly the cola giants, are spending crores of rupees on publicity by roping in cricketers, film stars, models and even children.

I feel that these business concerns should spend a part of the money ear-marked for advertisements/publicity to establish cricket schools in the country so as to train young cricketers.

It would be a befitting tribute to our young players, aspiring to play at the highest level.

O. P. SHARMA, Faridabad.

Misuse of state power

As the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Ms Mayawati has a constitutional position. She recently celebrated her 47th birthday in Lucknow and Delhi. While the ‘Swabhiman’ rally in Lucknow represented the poor and the ‘downtrodden’, the celebration at the Talkatora Stadium in Delhi represented a gathering of the elite’s.

No doubt, everybody has the right to celebrate his/her birthday in a special way at a personal expense.

However, Ms Mayawati is not an ordinary person. Special arrangements for a royal style celebration of her birthday at the cost of the state exchequer and with the help of the state machinery, is a proof of the misuse of her power.

It does not augur well for the state. Nor will it help the cause of the Dalits. The union government cannot shut its eyes to the misrule of Ms Mayawati. Mr Vajpayee must express his reservation against this ‘extravaganza’ and the wasteful expenditure by the chief minister. How can BJP, as a coalition partner of BSP in UP, be apathetic to the crumbling economic condition of the state?

By theses acts, Ms Mayawati is no longer a ‘messiah’ of the Dalits. She has brought shame to Buddha- the prophet of peace and harmony-and downright disrespect to Baba Sahib Ambedkar.

Symbolism and slogans will not help the downtrodden.

UJJAL PAL SINGH, Dina Nath Public School, NIT, Faridabad.

Wrong priorities

If Ambedkar, the greatest Dalit thinker, were alive today, he would not be happy to see how priorities have been misplaced in our country. An attempt to provide affordable food for the poor along with the development of employment and educational opportunities, improved access to shelter, sanitation facilities, safe drinking water and medical care for the impoverished sections of the society have lost focus on our leaders.

On the contrary, the government is doing just opposite. The constitutional authorities should ensure that shameless expenditure by those in positions of power is stopped. When so many people in our country are leading a miserable life due to poverty, money worth crores is being spent for birthday parties. What will happen if all the chief ministers will celebrate their birthday’s like the CM of UP?

The Chief Minister should learn a lesson from Ms Anjina Rajagopal, who is running a society for homeless children called “Saikripa”.

The media has an important role of highlighting such organisations involved in social works. I hope our politicians will get some inspirations from such people and organisations.

NAVEEN PANDEY, Shahdara, Delhi .

Keeping Kalpana’s memory alive

The nation was plunged into deep sorrow as the news of the death of Kalpana Chawla was announced. Karnal in particular lost a local talent of international level. Kalpana’s commitment to work-culture goes against the customary ceremonial `holiday-bash’. The culture of ‘holiday tribute’ is a mismatch equation to Kalpana. The ritual of school closure does a disservice to the memory of Kalpana. No ceremonial holiday was observed in the USA.

The Government of Haryana has done a great service by announcing scholarship in her memory. Kalpana was a compulsive achiever. The schools in Haryana have already suffered due to the foggy weather.



Railways to build two overbridges
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 7
To meet the long-standing demands of the people, the Union Railway Ministry has sanctioned the construction of two overbridges, one at Sonepat city and another at Ganaur. The work for their construction would be commenced soon.

Stating this, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, a BJP MP and the vice-president of the Haryana BJP, told the mediapersons here today that one overbridge would be constructed near Shani Mandir or near Jahri village railway crossing. This overbridge will facilitate the smooth flow of traffic between Sonepat and Gohana town.

Another overbridge at Ganaur will also remove the traffic hazards not only in the town but also, it would help auto vehicles go towards Gohana and vice versa, he added. Mr Sangwan said that the Central government has also sanctioned a number of development schemes to be undertaken in the Sonepat parliamentary constituency and the work on these schemes would be started shortly. He said that a flyover would be constructed on the National Highway No 1, at 49-km point and another flyover at 60-km point near Ganaur.


Global meet on human integration
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 7
Inaugurating the 12th International Conference on Human Integration at Kirpal Bagh here, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj said that it was a day of happiness for the people from all over the world on the occasion of the birthday of Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj. A true person is one who loves God and has love, compassion and forgiveness for fellow creatures. If we can’t love, we can’t forgive. Knowing that we can change only ourselves and not others, we can create peace in our own lives. If each one of us does this, peace can spread quite fast, he said.

Union Minister Vijay Goel, Georgen Mitchel from the USA, David Helian from France, Evy Crdja from Greece, Dr Sadhvi Sadhna, Renate Graf from Germany and Rev Arch Bishop Anil Coutu addressed the conference.

Vijay Goel observed that this was one place where everyone respected all religions.

Sadhvi Sadhna Ji Maharaj said that he lived the values that he taught, and that the life of saints is dedicated to the love of God and humanity.

Rev Archbishop Coutu said that forgiveness alone can lead to a new society. It is not easy to practise but comes from the love of God deep within oneself.

The speakers from overseas shared the experience of new streams of consciousness in the West brought into focus by Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj with spirituality in the mainstream. 


Chowkidar foils bank heist
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 7
An attempt to loot the Bank of Rajasthan and Thakur Transport Company was foiled by an alert chowkidar, Satbir Singh, at the Sikka Colony here on Thursday night. According to a report, the chowkidar is reported to have grappled with the miscreants and sustained serious injuries as he was assaulted by iron chains.

The chowkidar was immediately hospitalised. He is stated to be out of danger. The police have not registered an FIR so far.

It is stated that the chowkidar spotted four youths during the night duty in the area. Two of them were seen scaling the walls of the bank and two others were sitting on a motorcycle. When the chowkidar asked about their identity, he was overpowered by the two youths and thrashed with iron chains.

The chowkidar raised an alarm and some people woke up and reached the site but the miscreants succeeded in escaping. The shopkeepers of the market informed the police about the incident and demanded intensive night patrolling.

According to another report, thieves are reported to have entered a medico shop near the Police Lines here on Thursday night and decamped with medicines worth several thousands of rupees. The theft was committed on the busy Sonepat-Gohana Road, which leads to the Police Lines and the mini-secretariat having the residences of the DC, SP, District and Sessions Judge and other civil and judicial officers.

Another theft was committed at a shop in Gohana town. The thieves took away wristwatches worth several thousands of rupees. The thieves also made an attempt to break open the locks of another shop but failed to do so as the chowkidar arrived there. A spate of thefts have caused panic among the shopkeepers and the residents of the city.


Factory owner held for power theft
Our Correspondents

Bhiwani, February 7
A small-scale unit owner has been caught stealing power by tampering with the seal and rendering financial loss to the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam to the tune of thousands of rupees.

The HVPN sources disclosed that tampered seal, coil and other equipment used to tamper meter, had also been seized from the owner of the unit. A team of the HVPN reportedly conducted a raid in a factory two days back, engaged in manufacturing strings of beads located at Hanumandhani area and found the owner was running machines without valid electricity meter. When asked, the owner Satpal disclosed that one Ashok Saini of Bharat Nagar took the meter to rectify it. The team later handed over Saini to the police.

The team fined Satpal Rs 45,680, who reportedly deposited part payment on the spot to evade arrest. The police registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC.

Two held for murder

Sonepat: The police arrested two youths, namely Sandeep alias Ravan and Lalit, in connection with the alleged murder of a youth, Sandeep of Mahmoodpur village in the Gohana sub-division of the district.

According to a report, the main suspect of this case, Surinder of Mokhra village, was arrested by the police and the number of arrests risen to three. Two more youths, Suresh alias Pappal and J P Yadav, wanted in this case, are still at large and a hunt is on to apprehend them.

It is stated that the main suspect, Surinder, had lured the victim to get the post of an inspector in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and took him away to Delhi, where he was alleged murdered him and his body was buried at a place near Najafgarh area of Delhi.

Later, the suspect telephoned the parents of the victim and demanded Rs 5 lakh as ransom amount. However, a sum of Rs 20,000 was given in advance to the main suspect by the parents of the victim.

The police recovered a pistol, five live cartridges and the clothes of the victim from the possession of the main suspect of the case.

Body found

The Government Railway Police (GRP) recovered the body of a youth, lying on the railway track between Ganaur and Bodhwal Majri railway stations about 20 km from here, on Thursday night.

According to a report, the youth was identified as Narain Mani of Dega village in Amethi district (UP).

Jail term for contempt of court

Jhajjar: The court of Civil Judge (senior division) Justice Sanjeev Jindal has sentenced two senior district officials of the Public Health Department to three months’ simple imprisonment in a case of contempt of court.

According to information, the court of the Civil Judge (senior division) had ordered the Executive Engineer of the PHD to construct a nullah along the Talav road in a case filed by Mr Jeevan and others, residents of Subhash Nagar here, on May 30, 1996. But the nullah was never constructed. After sometime, when the court summoned the then Executive Engineer of the department, the officer told the court that the nullah had been under construction.

However, the residents of the colony again informed the court about the non-implementation of its orders on which the court convicted Mr R. P. Dilbagi, who was the Executive Engineer in 1996, and Mr S. P. S. Rana, who misinformed the court about the completion of the nullah, of contempt of court. The court also rebuked the Deputy Commissioner for the faux pas in the case.


‘Director’ held for cheating
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 7
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Crime Branch on Thursday claimed to have arrested a self-styled director of a company, Rajan Films, from Lajpat Nagar who had allegedly duped lakhs of rupees from unemployed youths on the pretext of providing them good roles in films.

The suspect was identified as B.S. Rajan, a resident of A-Block, Lajpat Nagar. He had his office named Rajan Films in his house. He used to advertise for young boys and girls who wanted to make their career in film industry. He used to interview the candidates and signed an agreement to provide them roles in film and asked them to deposit Rs 48, 000, police said.

Sleuths of the EOW received a tip-off and arrested the suspect from his office. A large number of application and agreement forms were recovered from his office. During interrogation, he disclosed that his target was youths from UP, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. He was also arrested last year on the charge of a rape case. He lured a woman from Ludhiana on the pretext of providing her a leading role in a film and raped her. She lodged a complaint with Lajpat Nagar police station and later he was arrested. 

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