Thursday, February 20, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Three more suspected polio cases surface in Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, February 19
The detection of three cases of polio in Gautam Budh Nagar district has dampened the spirits of the medical fraternity, the district administration and the general public.

The detection is all the more baffling as 3.06 lakh children were administered polio drops in the latest drive in Gautam Budh Nagar on February 9.

The samples of spinal fluid of the three children who have exhibited polio symptoms have since been dispatched to the laboratory of National Polio Surveillance in Delhi. However, the medical doctors here are not yet ready to accept that the aforesaid are polio cases; rather, they have been dubbed cases of acute flaccid paralysis.

Even before the latest Pulse Polio drive, the fluid samples of a three-year-old child, suspected to be suffering from polio, were sent on February 7 for investigations to Delhi. The sample of another two-and-a-half-year-old child of Chindauli village in Dadri tehsil was dispatched on February 10 and those of a two-year-old daughter of a jhuggi dweller in a Noida sector were sent on February 14. After investigations in Delhi, these samples will be sent to the Anti-Virus Lab in Mumbai. Even in 2002, two cases of polio were confirmed in the district while in 2000 and 2001 one case each was detected.

The detection of an increasing number of polio cases in the district has elicited angry comments from the World Health Organisation. WHO has also issued strict instructions to be followed by the Health Department as UP continues to have a prominent place on the world polio map.

The detection of three suspected polio cases this year has come as a big dampener for the administration and the officials of the Health Department here.



Rain and gale leave amenities in tatters
Tribune News Service

Faridabad/Sonepat, February 19
A squall, accompanied with rain, last night left various civic amenities disrupted in towns and villages across the region. While several residential areas and roads were knee-deep in water in Faridabad, the sewer lines in Sonepat were clogged.

The gale uprooted many trees, sending traffic for a toss. Nearly every road in NIT, Ballabgarh and urban sectors of Faridabad was water-logged. Power supply was in a shambles, thanks to the gusty winds blowing since last evening. The supply remained disrupted in many colonies and some areas went without power for 10 to 16 hours.

Hundreds of complaints poured in at the Power Department, but mostly they remained unattended for hours. The senior officials of the department were not available as they were reportedly `busy’ in connection with the Chief Minister’s visit at Hodal town today. Due to the power failure, water supply also was disrupted in many areas.

The untimely rain could jeopardize the sarson crop, although it may help rabi crops in the region.

According to a report from Sonepat, several areas are submerged. Rainwater has also entered houses in some low-lying localities situated along the old DC road and Garhi Ghasita and Kakroi road areas.

The residents blamed the Sonepat Municipal Council and the Public Health Department for the poor drainage in these residential colonies. In Sector 14, a residential colony of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), all roads were submerged and the residents had to wade through the storm water.

Traffic on the main roads remained blocked for several hours. Many vehicles were stranded in the water-logged roads. The situation in Sectors 15 and 23 was stated to be bad. Power failure also added to the woes of the residents. The breakdown occurred around 3 am and the supply was restored only after 5 am.

The Haryana Government has reportedly suffered a huge financial loss as thousands of wheat bags were lying in the open in the godowns of various procurement agencies. (With inputs from OC)



MDU move to amend internal assessment clause
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, February 19
The Maharshi Dayanand University proposes to amend Clause 8 of the BAMS Ordinance, relating to the awarding of internal assessment marks to a student of the course.

The need to amend the ordinance arose after Gaur Brahman Ayurvedic College, Rohtak, awarded internal assessment marks for May 2001 examinations on the lower side to the students of BAMS (2nd Prof). The matter was brought before the Vice Chancellor who constituted a two-member committee consisting of Dr S. K. Arora, Reader, Department of Mathematics, and Dr J. S. Laura, Department of Bio-Sciences, to look into the matter.

The said committee felt that the internal assessment marks, as received from the college, was not as per the provisions of Clause 8 of the BAMS Ordinance and hence recommended that ordinance be amended.

As per the proposed amendment, 10 per cent of the total marks shall be reserved for internal assessment to be awarded by the teacher concerned, instead of the principal of the college as prescribed earlier. The internal assessment marks shall be carried forward to the subsequent examination(s) for which the student is eligible without attending a fresh course of study. The matter is likely to be discussed at the meeting of the Executive Council slated for February 24.

The Executive Council is also likely to consider proposals to amend Clause 2.1(a) of the Ordinance of Bachelor of Engineering (BE) and Bachelor of Technology (BTech) to enable students holding three-year diploma of the Haryana State Technical Education Board to get admission to BTech courses.

Although Kurukshetra University had given admissions to such diploma holders to these courses, the Maharshi Dayanand University had not admitted such students. However, the diploma holder seeking admission to these courses must have 50 per cent marks in aggregate.

Earlier, only those candidates, who had passed 10+2 examinations with chemistry, physics, mathematics and English and had obtained 50 per cent marks (without any rounding off) in the aggregate of physics, chemistry and mathematics, were admitted to these courses.

The Executive Council will also consider introducing transitory provision in BE/BTech Ordinances to enable the YMCA Institute of Engineering, Faridabad, to start a bridge course of one-year duration (two semesters) for those candidates who have obtained post/advance diploma of four-year duration of the institute. The bridge course will lead to the awarding of Degree of Bachelor of Technology. 



HC seeks panel’s report on unauthorised colonies
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 19
The Delhi High Court has directed the Centre to place before it within a week the report of the committee appointed by the latter for identifying unauthorised colonies to be regularised in the Capital along with the government’s response to the recommendations made by the panel.

This direction was issued here today by a Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Devinder Gupta and Justice Bader Durez Ahmed while hearing a batch of petitions on the controversial Sainik Farms locality in South Delhi where several influential people have been alleged to have built palatial houses illegally.

While fixing the next hearing of the case on March 13, the court said the Centre, despite previous directions to this effect, had failed to submit the report and its comments on it.

The court also sought the government’s reply to a petition by the Delhi Sainik Cooperative Society (DSCS) pleading to include Sainik Farms in the list of colonies to be regularised on the same ground under which over 400 others based on agriculture land use plan had been included.

The Centre’s counsel, Ms Geeta Luthra, submitted that the report of the committee and the government response to it were ready and would be placed in a sealed cover before the court.

The Centre earlier had made it clear that Sainik Farms is not under consideration for regularisation. The government had identified 1,071 unauthorised colonies, which had come up before March 31, 1993, for regularisation.

But when a survey conducted by its agencies found that some localities that were also established before the cut-off date were left out of the list, it had set up a committee under the chairmanship of Secretary for Urban Development to identify them.



Child dies as HSIDC complex wall caves in
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 19
A child died and at least six others were injured when the boundary wall of the office complex of the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) at Kundli collapsed on Tuesday evening.

It is reported that several children of industrial workers were playing near the 150-feet-high wall of the HSIDC complex last evening when it suddenly collapsed. Munna (12), son of industrial worker Fakira of Muzaffarpur district in Bihar, was trapped in the debris. By the time people could extricate him from the debris, he had died. One of the other injured children has been admitted to a private hospital and is reported to be out of danger.

The police have registered a case under Section 304-A of the IPC against the contractor, who had reportedly constructed the wall two years back. The police were forced to take action on the demand of irate local residents and industrial workers, who had assembled at the complex in large numbers.

It is alleged that the contractor had used substandard material in the construction of the wall. It is feared that other buildings of the complex might also be unsafe and this might result in another fatal incident.

The local residents have demanded demolition of all boundary walls of the complex and reassessment of the durability of other buildings. They have also demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident as well as compensation for the family of Munna.

Office-bearer dies in Freak mishap

In another tragic incident, Suresh Saini, Panchayat Secretary in the office of Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Sonepat, was reportedly electrocuted while he was erecting a flag outside the rest house at Kharkhosa, to welcome the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, who was to preside over the “Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar” programme.

According to information, the iron rod of the flag, which Suresh was carrying, came in contact with live high-tension electric wires. Saini died on the spot.



Call girl racket busted, 8 held
Our Correspondent

Meerut, February 19
The local police today claimed to have unearthed a major call girl racket with the arrest of five women and three middlemen. The girls were being supplied to customers at various hotels of the city. They were booked under sections of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act. Later, the Inspector in charge of the women police station, Madhu Matti, produced the girls in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate who remanded them in police custody for five days.

Senior Superintendent of Police Mukul Goel said that two persons, identified as Sunita and Jyoti alias Babli Chauhan, were running the racket mainly in Shastri Nagar and Ganga Nagar on the outskirts of the city. Jyoti alias Babli Chauhan was the kingpin of the racket. The arrested girls had telephone numbers and addresses of several prominent persons of the city. The SSP said that several “big” names had come to light during the interrogation of the girls.

According to him, SHO of Medical College police station Sanjay Sirohi spotted a Maruti car (DBB – 4823) in a deserted place near Rangoli Banquet Hall. Two men and two girls were seen soliciting and were arrested. They were identified as Sachin, Om Prakash, Priya and Sunita. During interrogation, they confessed that Sachin used to arrange customers for the girls. On a tip-off from the two girls, the SHO and his team raided the premises of B-551 in Ganga Nagar and arrested Jyoti alias Babli Chauhan and her husband and two call girls, Nisha and Gita, who were waiting for their customers.

During interrogation, the police came to know that the accused persons were staying in another locality earlier and had shifted to Ganga Nagar only three months back when senior local residents there complained to the SSP. Their modus operandi was to arrange deals with selected customers through their middlemen and shift to some hotels or rented premises in deserted colonies.

A C Nagar goes without power for third day

Faridabad: The residents of A C Nagar in NIT area, who have been in the eye of a storm over the proposed demolition drive, are in a fix again as there is no sign of restoration of power supply to the 8,000-odd houses in the colony. Some of these families had shifted from AC Nagar due to fear of demolition; but now they have returned, only to be greeted by blackouts.

The district authorities had snapped the power supply three days ago, pointed out a resident of the colony. Nobody has any inkling when the supply would be restored, he said, adding that the power breakdown has disrupted the water supply, too.

Another resident said that they are worried about the fate of the colony as the authorities are tight-lipped on the issue. Some of the residents appeared “hopeful” of water and power supply being restored as some politicians had promised to take up the issue with the Chief Minister.

However, a woman resident said that her family might shift to another place if the authorities did not restore the water and power supply within two days. The authorities concerned were not available for their comments. TNS



393 cases of rape in Capital last year till Nov
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 19
Crime against women is on the rise in the metropolitan cities including Delhi, according to the National Crimes Records Bureau, the Rajya Sabha was told today.
As many as 386 cases of rape have been reported in Delhi last year till November and seven cases of rape with murder in the same period, Minister of State for Home Harin Pathak said in a written reply. Cases concerning the IPC continued to register a declining trend in Delhi during the year 2002 also, he said.

The Minister of State for Home said as many as 403 cases of rape, 531 cases of murder, 126 cases of extortion and 47 cases of dacoity were reported during last year.

Licence: The government of national Capital Territory of Delhi has made a proposal to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 in its application to Delhi by, inter alia, insertion of a new clause to provide for punching of driving licence of a person who has been convicted and punished for an offence under the Act, he said.

Tihar: As against its capacity of 3,637 inmates, Tiharhoused 12,041 prisoners as on December 31, 2002, Mr Pathak said.The Union Health Minister, Mrs Sushma Swaraj, told the Lok Sabha as against three cases of polio in 2,000, 25 cases were detected in Delhi in 2002.

The reason for more polio cases in Delhi is the spillover of such cases from Uttar Pradesh, Health Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a written reply.

The polio eradication strategy for 2003-04 will be decided by the government keeping in view the advice of the India Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) and the prevailing epidemological situation in the country, she said.

OPD: Evening OPD has started functioning from January 9,2003 on a pilot basis in four major Central government hospitals including AIIMS and RML, Mrs Swaraj said.

Population: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Centre on a complaint filed by the “Centre for Women’s Development Studies” in respect of Population Policy, she said.

Mrs Swaraj said the complaint alleged that the letter and spirit of the National Population Policy (NPP) is being violated in various ways and the NHRC has been requested to direct states to strike down the provisions in their State Population Policy which violate the principles of NPP 2000.



Govt gets HC notice on education for disabled kids
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 19
The Delhi High Court today issued notices to the Central and Delhi Governments on a PIL seeking a comprehensive education scheme that provides for transport facilities and books, among other things, to the children with disabilities.

A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Devinder Gupta and Justice B D Ahmed issued notices, returnable on April 29, to the Union Human Resource and Development Ministry, the Delhi Government and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on the petition which in the interim sought revision of the centrally-sponsored comprehensive education scheme 1996-97.

The petition was filed by Mr Ashok Aggarwal of the Social Jurist, seeking a revision of the present IEDC scheme. It pointed out that the scheme should be in conformity with the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protections of Rights and Full Participation) Act.

The petitioner said that the centrally-sponsored scheme should extend to all the government-aided and MCD schools and not just the 141 schools run by the state government.

Seeking full utilisation of grants earmarked for spending on children with disabilities, the petition alleged that during 1995 to 1998, out of the total admissible grant of Rs 16,24,850, the Delhi Government spent only Rs 6,52,325.

A comprehensive education scheme was required as according to the government estimates, less than 1.8 per cent of children with disabilities went to schools. Besides, schools not being disabled-friendly, there was no scheme to attract such children to schools, the petition said.

Mr Aggarwal pointed out that a comprehensive education scheme should incorporate allowances for books and stationery, uniform, transport, escort and reader allowance for severally orthopaedically and blind students, and equipment allowance, it added. 



Enough funds for you, CM assures panchayats
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 19
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today urged the members of the Panchayati Raj institutes to work for the welfare of their areas. The state government, he said, has enough funds at its disposal for development projects and it will not shirk from giving assistance to the gram panchayats, block samitis and the zila parishads.

Addressing a joint meeting of the panches, sarpanches and the members of the village development committees of Kharkhauda block, he said that the projects include those which were promised during the government’s “Sarkar aap ke dwaar” programme, presided over by him.

He said that in spite of criticism from his opponents for setting up village development committees, they were functioning well.



Nursing home fire: 41 granted bail

Bhiwani: All the 41 suspected persons arrested in connection with setting a nursing home on fire at Badhra last month were released on bail by a local court yesterday. All of them belong to Sheoran Khap. The case will be heard on February 26. Sheoran Khap has convened a meeting to discuss the issue at Singhani village tomorrow.

40 sheep stolen

The unidentified thieves reportedly stole 40 sheep and escaped from Garanpura Kalan village today. The owner Pratap Singh has registered a report with the police. The cost of the sheep had been stated as Rs 95,000. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC. The police, however, claimed to have arrested the accused. OC

Dharna by telecom officers

Faridabad: Members of the Telecommunication Engineering Services Association (TESA) of the district unit, staged a dharna outside the office of General Manager, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) at Sector-16 here in support of their demands. A spokesperson of the association said that the dharna attracted a majority of the telecom officers including those from Group-B. TNS

Outlet for pre-owned cars

Noida: Maruti Udyog Limited, car market leader in the country, announced the opening of its ‘First True Value’ outlet in Noida which will enable the car lovers to buy and sell pre-owned car in the city. Maruti True Value provides reassurance to the customers by ensuring quality, reliability, transparency and convenience in sale and purchase of pre-owned cars. Owners of Maruti cars of any age-mileage can now avail themselves of the exchange facility. OC

Shopkeeper attacked

Sonepat: Mr Rajinder, a shopkeeper, was allegedly attacked and injured by some persons at Murthal village about eight km from here last night. The police have registered the case. OC

For Haj pilgrims

New Delhi: The Minister of Minority Welfare and Haj, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Nawab Kazim Ali Khan promised to build a Haj house in Noida and Lucknow for the use of Haj pilgrims. TNS



Two jump in front of trains in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 19
Two persons committed suicide by jumping before the trains on Tuesday in different incidents. Their bodies have been kept in local civil hospital. The incidents took place at Jahri railway crossing and near Rathdhana Railway Station on Delhi-Ambala section.

Remand for undertrial: Ashok Kumar, an undertrial who had made an unsuccessful attempt to escape from the district jail on February 13 night along with four others, has been remanded in seven-day police remand by the Chief Judicial Magistrate Sonepat, Mr Pradeep Kumar.

Dead phones: More than 400 telephones remained dead for the third day today at Kharkhauda town in the district following the damage caused to the underground cables by the JCB machines which had been pressed into service for razing the unauthorised structures in front of the shops.

According to a report, the officials of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have failed to repair the cables despite repeated complaints.

Student attacked:
Sandeep, a student of the CRA College sustained serious multiple injuries when he was attacked by some youths in front of the college here last evening.

According to a report, the student was rushed to the local civil hospital from where he was referred to the PGI at Rohtak for treatment. A long-standing enmity is stated to be the cause of the attack.

It is stated that Sandeep was standing near a shop. A group of youths arrived and started roughing him up. One of the alleged assailants assaulted him with a sharp-edged weapon. Sandeep fell down and became unconscious. A number of people and students arrived on the scene, but the assailants managed to escape.



Tempo breaks barrier, rams goods train engine
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 19
Two persons were killed this morning when a tempo collided with the engine of a goods train at an interlocked gate on the Delhi-Ambala section.
The tempo was found crushed and entangled with the engine; both the tempo occupants, Sunil and Lala Ram, in their early twenties, died on the spot. A third occupant, Harish (17), has been admitted in the trauma centre and is under observation.

The rail track was blocked for hours and five trains, including Shan-E-Punjab, New Delhi-Shatabdi Express and Jammu Tawi Superfast, had been diverted. A team of officers headed by Additional Div. Railway Manager from Delhi division and a medical van have rushed to the site.



President of Daewoo workers union feared killed
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, February 19
Manoj Kasna, cousin of Khokra MLA Madan Bhaiya, who had been missing since February 12 from Jawali village in Loni, is feared to have been killed. Manoj was the president of Daewoo Motors Workers Union.

Manoj had been kidnapped. His car was later found in Surajpur, where he had gone to get wedding cards printed. Manoj’s blood-splattered yellow Matiz car (No. UP-14j-9321) was found in Surajpur area of Gautam Budh Nagar in front of a car mechanic’s garage.

The mechanic told the police that two persons had left the car and told him to repair it. However, the duo did not come back.

Meanwhile, the police arrested two youths and interrogated them. Though the police in Noida and Ghaziabad had examined all the bodies found during past week, they have yet to get a breakthrough.

In another case, the police failed to trace the six-year-old boy who had gone missing from Link Road police station area. The kidnapping of six-year-old boy from Jhund Pur village under Link Road police has also become a mystery.

A team sent by CO border to trace the child had returned empty-handed. Six-year-old Akash, son of Naresh Panchal of Jhundpur village went missing six days ago when he had gone to a park.

His father filed a missing report in Link Road police station. The Circle Officer border, Kanwal Kishore has said the police are still clueless about the whereabouts of the child.

This has created a scare in the village. The family members have again told the Link Road police that they are worried about the life of the child now. The police have again sent a team to Ghazipur area of Delhi to trace the child.


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