Monday, February 24, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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60-yr-old wife of trader rescued after 18 days in captivity
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 23
In a joint operation conducted by the Delhi Police Crime Branch, Rajasthan Police and intelligence agencies, 60-year-old Sumedha Durlabhji, wife of Rashmikant Durlabhji, a prominent jewellery trader and exporter of Jaipur, was rescued from the clutches of a seven-member gang of abductors in Faridabad this morning.

The abductors, who held the victim in their custody for 18 days, had reportedly demanded a ransom of Rs 2.5 crore.

On the request of the Rajasthan police, the Delhi police took up the case the day after her alleged abduction. A Delhi Police officer was sent to Jaipur to study the modus operandi of the gangs operating in the area, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) U K Katna.

The police, after working on the details under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) M S Upadhye and ACP (Inter-state Cell) Ravi Shanker, finally zeroed in on a hideout in Vasant Kunj and nabbed three persons. They are: Ajay Kumar (40), Abhay Singh (38) and Rajiv Ranjan (37), all residents of Bihar.

The interrogation of the accused led the police team to another hideout — House no 682 in Sector-19 in Faridabad, where four others, who were assigned the job of guarding the victim, were nabbed. The four accomplices are: Anil Kumar Gupta alias Bhupinder (35), a resident of Bihar, Pramod Pratap (24), a resident of Balia, Raju Kumar Singh alias Pappu (23), a resident of Balia and Umesh Kumar alias Munna (30), a resident of Chapra..

Mr Katna disclosed that the victim was unharmed and provided with good food. She had even written two letters in her handwriting to her family members to prove that she was alive. “The abduction was the handiwork of a well-organized gang, but presently we don’t have any information to prove their involvement in any case in Delhi,’’ he added. However, according to the available information, the gang was involved in another case in Jaipur and two cases in Kolkata.

According to the police, the victim was reportedly told by the accused that she would be released in two days’ time, once they received the ransom amount.

On the day of the abduction, Sumedha was whisked away by four persons, including an armed person, from the university area in the morning where she went for her morning stroll. The victim was abducted in a Maruti Esteem (no JH-11A-7987), which had a Jharkhand registration. She was asked to wear black goggles, so that she remained confused about the hideout.

The police are verifying the actual number of the car and the assistance of the forensic experts has been sought in this regard. Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajit Singh Shekhawat, who led the investigations, said, ‘’We acted on information gathered from persons we had arrested.”

Anand Srivastav, SP North, Jaipur city, in whose jurisdiction the kidnapping occurred, said: ``From the day one, we were on our toes. We studied the modus operandi of the local gangs, which helped us crack this case.’’

The victim was sent to her house today evening with security escorts, to avoid any untoward incident en route.


V.P. Singh for national policy on slums
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 23
Former Prime Minister V P Singh and senior Left Front leaders have come to the rescue of residents of ‘unauthorised’ colonies and jhuggis in the town.

They have warned that if the state government does not take steps to protect the interests of the residents, they would have to resort to agitation.

Mr Singh was addressing an impressive gathering at Dussehra Ground organised by the Jhuggi Bachao Manch and Left Front trade unions, including the AITUCV, the CITU and the Hind Majdoor Sangh.

The former prime minister asked the Union government to formulate a national policy on the issue of jhuggis and slum clusters. Stating that these slum clusters go hand in hand with urbanisation, he said unless a proper policy was framed the `repression’ of poor in the garb of anti-encroachment drives would continue.

He recalled that former Deputy Prime Minister, late Ch Devi Lal, had a soft corner for residents of slums and had even mooted a scheme for providing them small plots at nominal rates in 1988. Claiming that such a scheme could be quite useful, he said the present Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, should follow in the footsteps of his father and realise the ‘kisan’ leader’s dream. He said he was ready to talk to Mr Chautala in this regard, but cautioned that he was also ready to throw the gauntlet, if the Haryana government did not adopt a sympathetic approach towards the jhuggi dwellers.

Mr V P Singh also came down heavily on the implementation of the WTO agreement in the country, stating that it was anti-farmer and anti-labourer and that it would jeopardise the larger interest of a country like India. Mr Singh also appealed to the people to be wary of caste and communal politics. He said people should be united, so that exploitation on caste or communal lines can be checked.


Woman athlete among three held for murder
Parmindar Singh

Noida, February 23
With the arrest of three accused, including a young woman, Usha, who claims to be a national-level shot putter and discus thrower, the Special Operation Group here and the SO, Police Station Surajpur, today claimed to have solved the murder of Manoj Kasna of village Jawali. Manoj, a cousin of MLA Madan Bhaya, the police have concluded, lost his life as he had became involved with Usha, who was already having an affair with a notorious criminal, Sanjay.

While Usha, the SSP disclosed, was a tough nut to crack, the others had broken down under interrogation. Usha had yielded little and her statements had been confusing and contradictory. A blood-stained knife, used to stab Manoj, was recovered from the site of the crime. Usha’s love letters and Sanjay’s blood-stained trousers, which he was wearing at the time of the murder, have also been recovered by the police from latter’s house on Kashyap road, Arthala, Ghaziabad.

Manoj, who had left his house with Rs 45,000 in a yellow Matiz car (No.14 J-9327) on February 12 evening, was allegedly murdered in Greater Noida the same evening at around 8.30 p.m. by three persons near Kailash Hospital. Manoj’s body had been found in a water drain near a plywood factory in Site B factory area, in the report of one Satyapal of village Devli under police station Kasna on February 20. Stone slabs had been placed on the drain to conceal the body.

Manoj’s blood-splattered car had earlier been recovered from the garage of a mechanic in Surajpur on February 15. The case was then changed from kidnapping to murder under Section 302/120 of the IPC at Surajpur police station. The three accused — Sanjay, son of Damodar, a resident off Railway Road, Dadri; Rakesh, son of Girdhari Lal Sharma, a resident of Surajpur; and Usha, daughter of Nanakchand, a resident of C-4 NEPZ colony under police station Phase-II — were nabbed from Dadri railway station on February 20.

They were arrested on a tip-off by SO Surajpur police station, Bahadur Singh, SI Yag Datt Sharma, SI P.K. Chaudhari and Chief of SOG, Alok Sharma. SSP Rajiv Kishen said that during interrogation Usha had admitted to having an affair with Sanjay. She used to meet the latter in her younger sister’s room in a hotel in Greater Noida. Manoj had met Usha about a month ago and the latter was drawn towards him.

When Sanjay got wind of the romance, he took his friends Dhiraj and Rakesh in to confidence and asked Usha to invite Manoj over for a meeting on February 12. Then, as per plan, they strangulated Manoj with his own muffler and later stabbed him in his own car opposite Kailash Hospital. According to the SSP, all the four had been drinking and by the time they left with Manoj in his car, he was quite drunk.

Sanjay already has a number of cases registered against him in the Dadri Police station. Sanjay and Dhiraj were dreaded criminals, who had terrorised the entire area, SSP Rajiv Kishen said. 


MTNL to pick up tab for deficiency in service
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 23
A Delhi Consumer court has ordered the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) to pay a total of Rs 10,000 in three separate cases for being deficient in service by wrongfully disconnecting telephones and for not repairing the equipment despite repeated complaints.

Perusing a complaint lodged by one M P Sharma, the Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission referred to the Fortnightly Metre Reading (FNMR) and said: “Since undisputedly the telephone in question was not functioning properly for the fortnight ending on April 15, 1994,” MTNL must pay Rs 4000 as a compensation and Rs 500 as litigation costs to the consumer.

In another case filed by Dilip Kumar Aggarwal, the consumer court found that MTNL did not reactivate his connection despite him having paid all the outstanding bills.

“Since the telephone was never made operational even after the order was issued for installing the same in the chamber of the complainant at Tis Hazari” and him paying up all the pending bills, “there has been deficiency in service on the part of MTNL in this regard,” it held in recent order.

Earlier, the District Forum-V (Shalimar Bagh) had directed MTNL to refund the rental Aggarwal had already paid along with Rs 10,000 as compensation for mental agony and harassment undergone by the complainant. But the State Commission agreed with MTNL’s arguments and said the compensation of Rs 10,000 is on the higher side and therefore “the ends of justice would suffice if the quantum of compensation is reduced to Rs 5,000.” Acting on a complaint by one O P Gupta, the Commission said “there is no justification for non-restoration of telephone for four days till Oct 20, 1999” and ordered MTNL to pay Rs 500.


Man immolates self, clasps lover in fiery embrace
Our Correspondent

Meerut, February 23
A man set himself ablaze in front of the husband of his paramour. Then, in desperation, he clutched his paramour in a fiery embrace. While the lover, Billu, succumbed to his injuries, the woman, Kanchan, is battling for her life with 60 per cent burns in Sardar Vallabhai Patel Hospital on the medical college campus here.

Senior Superintendent of Police Mukul Goel disclosed that Billu had been living as a paying guest in the house of Shivnath pandey, a resident of Shiv Puram, for the last seven years. Billu and Kanchan and fell in love and shared an illicit relationship. When Shivnath got the wind of the amorous liaison, he tried to check both of them. Two days ago, there was a heated exchange between Billu and Shivnath and the latter gave the former an ultimatum, asking him to vacate the room within a week.

According to Shivnath, Billu returned home drunk on Saturday night. He went to Kanchan’s room and asked her to open the door but she declined. Rebuffed, he began abusing her and Shivnath and also ransacked parts of the house. Kanchan, too, had a heated exchange with Billu.

At this point, Shivnath returned from duty. Livid at the scene in the house, he repeatedly slapped Billu. Shivnath also expressed his annoyance to his wife. In a fit of rage, Kanchan brought out a can of kerosene from her room and threatened to commit suicide. Within no time, Billu grabbed the can from Kanchan’s hands and poured kerosene on his body and set himself ablaze.

Seeing Billu in flames, Kanchan ran towards her room, but the former grabbed her and hugged her in his lethal embrace. By the time, Shivnath could push Billu away, both had received serious burn injuries.

Shivnath rushed both of them to the district government hospital with the help of his neighbour. Billu succumbed to his injuries after three hours while Kanchan was shifted to Sardar Vallabhai Patel Hospital. Her condition is stated to be serious.


All new Haryana schools to be named after martyrs
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, February 23
Mr Om Prakash Chautala has said that the Haryana Government has decided that all newly established educational institutions shall be named after great men and martyrs so that children can get inspiration from their lives and deeds. Mr Chautala was speaking at the annual ‘Alankaran Samaroh’ of the Board of School Education, Haryana, after inaugurating the newly constructed building of Dr S. Radhakrishnan Model School in the board complex here today. He expressed the hope that the school would play a significant role in the development of quality human resource.

The Chief Minister congratulated the 15 students who had got gold and silver medals in the middle, matriculation and senior secondary (academic and vocational) examinations - 2002 and 19 schools which got trophies for showing excellent results.

Paying rich tributes to astronaut Dr Kalpana Chawla, people of the state were proud of their brilliant daughter. He said that the achievements of Dr Kalpana Chawla would be a great inspiration to children. He said that the state government had decided to institute an award of gold medal and a cash prize of Rs 25,000 in the memory of Kalpana Chawla for the girl who bagged first position in the annual matriculation examination of the board every year. This year, the Kalpana Chawla Memorial Gold Medal and the cash prize had been given away of Shifa, Saraswati Vidya Mandir High School, Jind and Babita Sehrawat, Jeewan Jyoti Public High School, Palwal respectively. 


Addnl Sessions Judge suspended
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 23
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has placed Mr Surinder Kumar, Additional Sessions Judge of Sonepat, under suspension on the charge of having assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

According to a report, this step has been taken after receiving a complaint and conducting an inquiry. Mr Surinder Kumar, it may be recalled, was posted in this city about two years ago when he was transferred from Faridabad. At least 400 cases are stated to be pending in his court and their disposal is likely to be adversely affected.


‘Truant’ railway staff encourage ticketless travel
R. D. Sapra

Sonepat, February 23
The Sonepat railway station is fast turning into a haven for ticketless passengers, thanks to the failure of the ticket collectors to check passengers properly.

According to a report, the Railways has appointed three ticket collectors at this station but none of them turn up at the railway gates when the trains arrive. As a result, ticketless passengers have a field day. Sometimes, passengers are even able to carry huge consignments of goods in the absence of any ticket collector at the main gate. However, such passengers might walk into the hands of jawans of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) who allegedly collect small `sums’ from them for letting them go.

Long queues of passengers and commuters can be seen outside the ticket counters everyday on account of the shortage of staff and reported mismanagement. Some of the staff at the counters are said to be indifferent towards the urgency of the commuters in the queue and go on at their own small pace.

Many passengers who fail to get the tickets and monthly passes after standing in the queue for a long time are forced to board the trains without tickets. On many occasions, such passengers have been caught by the special ticket checkers in running trains and penalised for no fault of theirs. Many commuters alleged that their complaints to the Chief Booking Clerk (CBC) and the Station Superintendent in this regard have proved futile.

At the reservation office, the situation is not much better. Most of the time, there will be a signboard saying that “computer is out of order”. The passengers feel harassed when they go to the office for reserving seats in the long-distance trains. On the platform, the passengers are solicited by unauthorised hawkers selling their goodies. This has been causing a huge loss to the licensed hawkers who look on helplessly.

The Sonepat railway station is the perfect example of neglect and poor passenger amenities. The Station Superintendent and other railway authorities appear to be least concerned about the same. The sanitary condition of the station is bad as passengers are forced to ease themselves in the open as the toilets remain dirty most of the time. There is no regular water supply in the toilets and water taps are missing.

Small sheds provided on platform numbers 1, 2 and 3 are inadequate to cope with the rush of the passengers. A large number of them are exposed to the fury of the sun and rain while waiting for the trains.

It is alleged that the goods Office at the railway station is the centre of corruption. The traders are allegedly forced to give `nazrana’ to the staff for loading and unloading their goods. Even the officials of the procurement agencies are not spared during the procurement seasons of paddy and wheat, it is said.

The Daily Railway Passengers’ Welfare Association has sent a memorandum to Union Railway Minister Nitish Kumar urging him to order the stoppage of long-distance trains including Shan-e-Punjab, Shatabadi and superfast trains at the Sonepat station. It is pointed out that 20,000 to 30,000 people commute daily between Sonepat and Delhi.

The memorandum also demanded the stoppage of the Bhatinda-Delhi Intercity Express and the Amritsar-bound Superfast Express at the Subzi Mandi railway station. If these trains stop at Subzi Mandi, commuters could reach their homes on time even if the 4647 UP Flying Mail bound for Amritsar is late.


Scheme to help farmers build godowns in Haryana villages
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 23
The central government has drawn up a Rural Foodgrains Godown Scheme for stocking grains in the villages of Haryana. This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Balwan Singh while speaking at a seminar organised jointly by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra and Marketing and Inspection Directorate on the premises of the office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner here yesterday.

He said that under this scheme, Rs 343 crore would be given as loans to the farmers for the construction of rural godowns in the villages. The limit of the loans will be between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1.50 crore and the capacity of each godown will be between 100 metric tonnes and 10,000 metric tonnes, he added.

The DC also disclosed that the government would give 25 per cent subsidy to the farmers belonging to the general category and 33 per cent subsidy to the farmers of reserved category for the construction of such godowns. The farmers, he said, would have to spend 25 per cent of the total cost of the godown.

Going into the reasons for introducing such a scheme, he said there had been no arrangement for stocking the grains in the rural areas and the farmers were being forced to sell their produce at throw away prices. Thus, they had to suffer a huge financial loss, he said.

Dr Surinder Dahiya, a training co-ordinator, said that at least 25 per cent of the grains of the farmers were destroyed or damaged on account of lack of godowns in the villages. He advocated the construction of model godowns with new techniques.

Other scientists and experts described the central government scheme as a unique one and it would benefit the farmers on a whole. Dr Jaibir Singh, an official of the Marketing and Inspection Directorate, also spoke about the details of the scheme.

Life term for murder

Mr B. S. Rawat, a judge of the Fast Track Court, yesterday convicted a youth, Jaswinder, under Section 302 of the IPC and sentenced him to life imprisonment on the charge of murdering Narinder of Kharkhauda police station area on

June 28, 2000. According to a report, the judge, however, acquitted two other accused, Navin and Jatinder, of the charge.


Bypass in Gohana to link national highways: CM
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 23
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala today announced the construction of a bypass in Gohana town. The bypass would link the national and state highways with Rohtak, Bhiwani, Jind, Panipat and also Sonepat district headquarters.

He also announced the opening of a store of the Haryana Vidyut Parsaran Nigam (HVPN) in the town.

While presiding over ‘Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar’ programme at Gohana Irrigation resthouse, about 35 km from here, for listening to the demands of the elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions of Gohana and Barodas Assembly constituencies of Gohana sub-division, the Chief Minister informed the public representatives of Gohana Municipality that the government had sanctioned Rs 30 lakh for construction of a new Tehsil complex building.

He directed the authorities to ensure that proper sewerage and drinking waster facilities are provided in all the authorised colonies of Gohana town without delay. However, he cautioned the authorities not to provide these facilities in unauthorised colonies.

Regarding the demand for a senior secondary school for boys in the town, the Chief Minister clarified that this demand could not be accepted as a government college has already been functioning in the town. But the government has formed a committee at a state level to review the existing educational system.

Most of the demands concerned pavements of streets, village boundaries, repair of school buildings, chaupals, construction of oldage homes and streamlining of electricity.

Addressing the representatives earlier, Mr Chautala asked them to monitor the execution of development works in their villages as the money for these works had been channelled through the Gram Vikas Samitis. He said he had received complaints against a few samitis.

The Chief Minister criticised the opposition leaders for misguiding the people over recruitment of employees in Ahulana Co-operative Sugar Mill and cautioned them not to be misled. “Had they damaged the sugar mill, it would have been a direct loss to the cane-growers of Gohana area villages,” he said.

Local MLAs-Ram Kumar Saini, Ramesh Khatak, Deputy Commissioner Balwan Singh, SP PS Ahlawat and other district administration officers of different departments were present during the programme.


CM trying to impose emergency: Vidrohi
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 23
The Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal (U) president, Mr Ved Parkash Vidrohi, has alleged that the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo and the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, was following the footsteps of Mrs Indira Gandhi and trying to impose an undeclared emergency in the state by not allowing the opposition to hold rallies in the state.

In a signed press statement issued here on Saturday, Mr Vidrohi alleged that Mr Chautala’s attempts to crush the voice of the people and the opposition reminded the days of emergency as Mr Chautala had let loose a reign of terror on the opposition leaders and activists by instituting false criminal cases against them.

He demanded an explanation from Mr Chautala as to why he had not allowed the use of places for holding the political rallies by the Rashtriya Lok Dal at Rohtak and the Congress at Jhajjar.

The Janata Dal leader accused Mr Chautala Government of discrimination in opening the educational and technical institutes in various parts of the state and alleged that Mr Chautala was only interested in development of Sirsa district and his own constituency at the cost of other regions.

He demanded the opening of a full-fledged university at Rewari, a premier technical educational institution at Narnaul, a medical college at Gurgaon and a regional engineering college at Faridabad, without delay.

He warned that if these demands are not accepted, the youths of southern parts of Haryana would take to the street against the Chautala Government.


District officials told to speed up works
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 23
The Financial Commissioner and in charge of the development works of the district, Mr Vivek Mehrotra, has directed the district officials to exhibit efficiency and promptness in their work to speed up various development schemes. He said officials should not take lightly the works announced by the Chief Minister and advised them to concentrate on cooperation to achieve targets.

Mr Mehrotra, who was here to review the progress on various schemes yesterday, asked the officials to ensure completion of projects in due time.

He directed the Market Committee officials to ensure proper cleanliness and supply of water and power in all the mandis before the arrival of Rabi crops. Earlier in the meeting, district officials told the Financial Commissioner that work on all the schemes announced during the first and second phase of `Sarkar Apke Dwar’ programmes in the district were likely to be completed by March-end. The district food and supply authorities claimed that they had adequate bags to handle the wheat procured at mandis in the coming season, which is likely to be 625 lakh tonnes.

He was informed that work on the construction of the mini-secretariat building was likely to be over in February next year and the first phase of work on Transport Nagar was likely to be completed by March 31.


Amjad Ali Khan, sons strum salute to Delhi Police
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 23
Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, along with his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, mesmerised the audience with a scintillating performance at a concert here last night marking the Delhi Police Week.

The maestro wished “peace and happiness” for all before rendering a traditional and witty ‘Yaman Kalyan’ raag with sarod, which, he said was a tribute to the Delhi Police, the organisers of the programme.

His masterly use of sarod was accompanied with a sensational tabla performance by Rashid Mustafa.

The specialty of the show however was an enrapturing ‘fusion concert’ on sarod by Amaan and Ayaan with Tafiq Qureshi on percussion and Vijaya Ghate on tabla.

Playing on ‘Puriya Dhanashree’ raag, they rendered four beautiful conditions — Sandhya, Journey, Fraction and Togetherness — spontaneous and innovative enough to bewitch the jam-packed Siri Fort Auditorium.

Lt Governor of Delhi Vijai Kapoor, Delhi Police Commissioner R. S. Gupta, Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani’s wife Kamala Advani and senior police officials were among the dignitaries present on the occasion. 


Observe Garib Diwas: VP
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 23
Former Prime Minister V P Singh has called upon the people to observe Garib Diwas (poor’s day) on March 27.

Addressing a public meeting here today, Mr Singh said that the poor would come out on the roads, especially in the national Capital to express their unity and solidarity and show that they had equal rights in all walks of life, including the use of roads.

He said let there be a complete blockade of traffic on roads. It would remind the government that the poor had the same rights which could not be ignored, Mr Singh said.

Wine smugglers’ gang busted

Faridabad: With the arrest of six persons, the police have smashed a gang of wine smugglers who were selling country-made liquor in different localities after smuggling it from UP and Rajasthan.

The police have also recovered 50 bottles of wine and about 200 pouches and registered a case under Sections 61 and 14.

The residents welfare associations were resenting the police inaction in not arresting the persons selling English wine without any licence. OC

‘102-yr-old’ woman dies

Sonepat: Chameli Devi, a resident of Brahman Mohalla, died after heart attack at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here last evening. She was reported to be 102. She has left behind as many as 48 members of the family. These include four sons and four daughters.

Her husband had died about 25 years ago. She had been living with her family. OC


Delhi Metro MD gets award
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 23
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Managing Director E Sreedharan has been awarded the Public Service Excellence Award by the All India Management Association (AIMA.)

The award carries a citation and cash in recognition of his outstanding management style which ensured the completion of the Shahdara-Tis Hazari route of the Delhi Metro last year.

The Delhi Metro project has been built using the latest available international techniques and the first phase of 62.5 km will be completed by September 2005.

Poppy husk seized

The South-West district police today claimed to have apprehended four persons and recovered 170 km of poppy husk from their possession in Mahipalpur last night.

The accused Ruppi, Vijay Kumar, Harmesh and Richhpal, all in their twenties, were spotted by the police moving in suspicious circumstances in a Contessa car No DL-1C-F6343. Questioning and subsequent search of the car led to the recovery of 170 grams of drugs packed in 85 plastic packets of two kilograms each in the car.

The accused told the police that they used to bring the drugs from Kotputli in Rajasthan to Jalandhar.


Garden fest: A feast for eyes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 23
Green stretches of rolling grass, tall graceful trees and colourful flowers in full bloom was the picture at the XVI Garden Tourism Festival 2003 that concluded today at the Garden of Five Senses, Said-ul-Ajaib (south of Saket). The festival organised by DTTDC was a big success as visitors thronged the venue to touch, smell, see, hear and even taste nature.

The XVI Garden Tourism Festival, a three-day bonanza was not only a riot of colours with thousands of flowers on display but also had a grand show of plants, hanging baskets, cacti and succulents, garden equipment and accessories. The show brought together a number of horticulture societies, local bodies, corporate houses, hotels etc.

Several competitions were organised by the corporation in various categories such as seasonal flowers, hanging baskets and floral animals apart from setting up of gardens with Decorative Landscaping as the theme this year.

Quawwalies by Sabri Brothers on the last day involved tremendous audience participation.

The festival concluded with prize distribution by the Chief Secretary, Delhi and Mr Amithab Kant, ADG (Tourism) GOI, to the winners of the theme and other competition categories.


Maid stabbed, strangulated
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 23
A 20-year-old domestic maid was found murdered with stab wounds and strangulation marks in Patel Nagar this evening.

The victim, Santosh Mukhiya, was a caretaker of the house while the owner Chandramohan Malhotra (60) stays in Mumbai with his family.

The police received information around 3 pm today that the body was found in the drawing room.

There has been no sign of robbery or theft, as everything was in order. The police are investigating the case, and do not rule out personal enmity in the case.

Spurious goods seized

The North district police today claimed to have arrested three persons Ashok Kumar Wadhava, resident of Manget Puri, Ashwari, resident of Old Gupta Colony and Sumeet, resident of Jangpura and recovered spurious goods of MICO filters like Spart machine, Heat plate, Rolling printing press, Gol machine, 3,00,000 ready MICO filter and 10 quarter raw materials from their possession.

Murder case solved

The police claimed to have solved a murder case of one Ajit Singh, resident of Nangal Dewat who was found dead in a drain in Mahipalpur on February 22.

During preliminary investigations, the police found that the victim was spotted with two persons on the fateful night and identified them as Santosh alias Chhotu alias Bachha and Johny alias Sunny alias Vikky, both casual laborers at IGI airport.

The duo were nabbed and during interrogation, the police recovered the victim’s purse and the blood-stained stone used to kill the man.


Wanna have roses in your cheeks? Here’s the skin-food

Lakme has strengthened its portfolio by introducing five new skincare products. These products have been created for the specific skincare needs in the Indian climate. Sophisticated international skincare technology available with Unilever has been employed to develop these products. The purity of natural ingredients like avocado, shea and strawberries has been harnessed scientifically, to give the best skincare solutions to the Indians. This new range will be available through exclusive Lakme counters in leading stores.

Hand tools

Taparia tools has introduced a range of hand tools under its new concept of Home Tool Kit for the household sector. This is the first-ever attempt in the country to sell hand tools as a domestic product. Taparia in its own way has now urged the

public to ‘do it yourself’. With this marketing innovation, the company targets to grab a market share of another 6-7 per cent in the next one year. The kit contains adjustable spanner, screwdriver set, hammer, pliers, 3-in-1 tester, rowel punch, rowel plug, lubricating oil bottle, knife, nylon washer, fuse wires, insulation tape, araldite, m-seal, oil stone, nails and wood screws.

Compact communication

Matrix, a leading telecom solution provider, has announced the launch of compact communication tool “Proton-205” to cater to the needs of specific target segments including homes and small offices. Proton-205 is technologically advanced, packed with features, user-friendly, compact in size and competitively priced like any other matrix products.

Latest in beauty

Ayur, a leading household name in complete herbal beauty care products, living up to its ethos of realising every woman’s dream of being beautiful, is reinventing itself in the shape of its newest offering to the world of beauty, adding to its array towards womanhood. Now Ayur offers the latest in beauty, Best ‘O’ Cream, an easy-to-use cream for breast.

Modern herbal unit

Surya Herbal Limited, the first Ayurvedic company which is certified ISO 9001 for its quality and effective range of herbal products, has an ultra modern manufacturing unit at Noida.

According to the officials, the automation of the entire process meets the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) under the guidelines of World Health Organization (WHO).

Oxygen cylinder kit

Noble Fire Fighting industries has launched a portable life-saving 70-litre

aluminium oxygen cylinder of medical grade oxygen for the first time in India. Easy to carry, shock-proof, rust-free, non-corrosive, easy-to-use, economic and durable, the portable oxygen cylinder kit weighs less than one kg and includes a mask, oxygen-filled-cylinder, a nylon carry bag and an in-built regulator with pressure gauge to indicate the oxygen within the cylinder.

Syrup for chocoholics

Hershey’s has launched a chocolate syrup. Hershey’s and chocolates are synonyms. Starting with Hershey’s cocoa, baking chocolate and sweet chocolate in 1894, this company established by Milton Hershey has produced candy bars, milk chocolates, chocolate drinks, ice-cream toppings and many other chocolate and non-chocolate products to satisfy the cravings of chocoholics all over the world.

Premium men’s wear

Indian Terrain, the premium men’s wear brand, has crafted a new collection of yarn-dyed plaid shirts in indigos, fil-a-fil and super-combed yarn. Made from 100 per cent cotton mill made fabric in elegant modern designs, the clothes area is superbly styled.

A euphonic treat

A treat for music lovers. T-series has released another movie “Ek aur Ek Gyarah”. Sameer has written the lyrics and Shankar, Eshann and Loy have composed the music.

For cricket buffs

Toonworld, the kids brand has launched a new and exciting World Cup range of apparel targeted at young cricket fans. The “Toonworld Cup” collection consists of T-shirts featuring all the popular toon characters such as Bugs, Daffy, Taz, Mickey, Donald and Goofy. The collection is inspired by colour and styles of the various international cricket teams and features toon characters sporting some truly explosive cricketing action.

DVD technology

Bose corporation has introduced the Bose lifestyle 28 and Bose lifestyle 35 Home Entertainment system with DVD technology and the new Bose ADAPTiQ audio calibration system to customise acoustic performance as per the room environment. The new stylish media centre design houses the

DVD player for improved picture and sound quality that the format offers.

Digital colour TV

Beltek India has introduced a new advanced range of high-powered Super Flat Digital Colour Television –Sapphire 29 flat TV segment. The latest in digital colour television is packed with the state-of-the-art Japanese technology that ensures hi-fi sound, clear picture, latesh hi-tech features and powerful performance for the years to come and is laced with powerful features.

New shoe collection

M & B footwear has launched its new shoe collection coined i-D. i-D’s exquisite range of semi-casual and semi-formal collection is both trendy and contemporary in terms of concept, styling, material content, aesthetics and overall presentation.

Racks galore

Solo has introduced a complete range of file rack, magazine rack, book rack and paper trays. Aimed at offices, students and home, these products are designed for conveniently storing and staking files, magazines, books, journals, accounting registers, reference materials. Made to international standards, these products are now available at all leading stationery stores across the country.

Double delight

Kwality Wall’s brings a ‘double treat’ with two splendid ‘Double Sundaea’. Each double sundae tub offers two distinctive flavours, two luscious sauces with two delicious toppings. Giving consumers two reasons to celebrate, each double sundae tub now has something for everyone in the family.

Consumers can enjoy their favourite flavour individually or combine both the flavours to make one fantastic dessert experience. This double treat comes in a unique specially designed packaging, which will be a collector’s delight.

For your skin and hair

Pesco has launched a range of soaps and shampoo to suit a varied skin and hair type. The range includes its flagship brand Kesh Nikhar, a well-known brand for ages, besides Nikhar Dream, Nikhar Honey and Turmeric, Nikhar Herbal.

Sulphurless sugar

Dharampur Sugar mills in its endeavour to serve its discerning consumers better has relaunched its Dhampure sulphurless sugar in a better and more transparent packaging. The quality of the white shining sugar crystals is visible to the buyers.


FII urges steel producers not to hike prices
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 23
Federation of Industries of India (FII) has appealed to all steel producers not to increase the prices to save the secondary sector from collapse.

At a meeting organised with the senior officials of Steel Authority of India Ltd in Delhi, FII urged them not to increase the prices of HR Coil at least during March-April, 2003.

The industry explained that SAIL has raised the prices several times during the last one year to the tune of Rs 6000 per tonne. The steel tube makers expressed fears that if the prices of HR Coil were not controlled, the entire tube industry would collapse, rendering a number of workers jobless.

The FII president, Mr D N Agarwal, who led the delegation of the industry, said that the Steel Authority of India, being a major player in the flat steel products, can play a leading role in stabilising the prices of HR Coil.

He said that the steel tube market has been taken over by substitutes like PVC pipe, HDPE pipes and ductile iron pipes to the tune of nearly 70 per cent and if the prices of HR Coil, which is an essential raw material of the tube industry, continue to be increased by SAIL and other players, the entire industry will close down soon.

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