Wednesday, March 12, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Multiple civic authorities hampering growth: CM
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 11
The Delhi Chief Minister, Ms. Sheila Dikshit, has blamed the multiple civil authorities in the national Capital for impeding the city government’s efforts to accelerate economic growth.

Speaking at a meeting on ‘Economic Agenda for Delhi’s Growth,’ organised by CII here, Ms. Dikshit said: “The existence of multiple authorities comes in the way of the state government’s endeavour to meet the people’s aspiration for higher economic growth”.

It was pointed out that the Capital has to suffer a peculiar system of governance due to the presence of multiple authorities. The Chief Minister said this multiplicity in governance has to stop in order to accelerate the pace of economic development. “Due to this utter confusion in the set-up of governance, even a Chief Minister is accused of interference when it comes to bodies like the municipal corporation”, she said.

Power Minister Ajay Maken laid stress on the need to focus on strengthening power generation, as streamlining the distribution would not alone help in improving the overall picture. Stating that the maximum plan outlay of 34.29 per cent is for the energy sector, Mr. Maken added: “We need to improve our record on the generation front in order to be self-sufficient in power which is one of the basic inputs of industrial activity.”

Addressing the problems of pollution and transport, Mr. Maken said that unless a combination of MRTs and a high capacity bus system was in place, the level of air pollution would not go down.

Chief Secretary Shailaja Chandra highlighted the fact that the Delhi Government was one of the better-endowed states. She emphasised that despite limitations, the government has a substantial outlay for the social sector, which is much higher than the national average.

Ms. Chandra outlined the key thrust areas where the government would look for partnership with the private sector. They are: bhagidari, e-governance, improvement in the delivery of services and applications of latest technology in major projects.

Dr. Bibek Debroy, who spearheaded the drafting of the economic blueprint, outlined the areas that the document had attempted to cover. He added that the document was just the beginning of an economic agenda, which needed to be fleshed out further and translated into strategy and tactics. He commented that the current blueprint was only for the NCT of Delhi and for its successful implementation it was imperative that a similar study is also carried out for the National Capital Region.

Mr S K Bijlani, Chairman of CII, Northern Region, who also spoke on the occasion, singled out Delhi for its exemplary growth rates in the economic and socio-economic spheres. 


Four-lane highway to link Sonepat with Dharuhera
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 11
Haryana has proposed a four-lane express highway for connecting Sonepat on National Highway 1 with Dharuhera on the Jaipur highway.

According to official sources, this will decongest the traffic on the Delhi-Gurgaon highway. The 125-km-long signal-free, high-speed toll road will also offer a bypass to vehicles which, at present, need to come to Gurgaon and Delhi. It is proposed to divert the traffic of National Highways 1, 8 and 10 as the traffic bound for Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra passes through Delhi.

Official sources also reveal the toll road to be constructed on build operate and transfer (BOT) basis will reduce travel time between Sonepat and Dharuhera to 90 minutes only. It will benefit the people of Gurgaon, Manesar, Indira Gandhi International Airport and the Sonepat-Kundli corridor. The Haryana Government has already developed an industrial park at Rai on National Highway 1 to accommodate small-scale units. The park is located 35 km away from Delhi and will help decongest it by relocating the industrial units operating from Delhi.

A food park has also been established at Rai for processing food items. A Rs 30-crore export promotion park is designed for food processing, leather and garments.

The Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), a Government of India undertaking, will set up a Rs 25-crore state-of-art cold storage chain at the food park in Rai in this district. This cold store project will handle frozen products and also enable the management and distribution of fresh products under controlled temperature to preserve their quality and prevent wastage from post-harvest stage till the retail-end.

The fruits to be preserved at the cold store will include apple, banana, grapes, lemon, litchi, mango, mausambi, pineapple and papaya. The vegetables will include brinjal, bitter gourd, green chillies, peas, cabbage, cauliflower, ginger and garlic.


Salman faces rap for assaulting lensman
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, March 11
The Gurgaon district police lodged an FIR last evening against cine actor Salman Khan for allegedly hitting and intimidating a local photographer when the actor was here for his shooting around ten days back.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Kuldeep Singh Siag, informed the NCR Tribune that Salman Khan had visited the DLF City Centre for shooting of his film, Tere Naam, on March 3. Some photographers of a leading Hindi daily, seizing the photo opportunity, rushed to the DLF City Centre to take snaps of the film actor.

Salman Khan, it is learnt, objected to the photographers taking his snaps and told them to desist from doping so. He even shouted at the photographers and directed them to leave the place. Later, it is alleged, he, along with his guards, used lathis to disburse the photographers. They reportedly even snatched the camera of a photographer.

In the scuffle, Ajay Tomar of Hindi daily Punjab Kesari sustained injuries on his head. Mr Tomar later complained to the police which in turn lodged the FIR against Salman and his guards under Section 506 (intimidating) and section 323 (assault) of the IPC last evening.

A team would soon be sent to Mumbai to investigate the case, disclosed Mr Siag. He further said that the true picture would emerge only after a through investigation.

In October last year Salman was slapped with a charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in a hit-and-run case. One person was killed and four were injured when a Toyota land cruiser, allegedly driven by the 37-year-old actor, ran over them in Bandra.

Mr Khan is already out on bail in a case of poaching in Guda Bishnoyian region of Jodhpur district, in connection with the killing of two black bucks and a chinkara in the reserve forest.


Three PWD officers in vigilance net
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 11
In a daylong exercise on Monday, three officers of the PWD (B and R) were caught red-handed while accepting bribe from a contractor by a vigilance team headed by the city Magistrate here. A case under the Prevention of Corruption act has been registered against them and they have reportedly been handed over to the police.

According to information, contractor Naresh Kumar had submitted bills amounting to Rs 10 lakh for payment.

But as alleged by Naresh Kumar, Executive Engineer S. C. Singla, SDE Ved Prakash Chhabra and Junior Engineer Suman Dev Sharma were demanding illegal gratification for passing the bills.

Instead of paying the bribe, Naresh Kumar brought it to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, who deputed the city Magistrate, Mr Anil Sharma, to conduct a vigilance raid to nab the officers red-handed.

First, JE Suman Sharma was entrapped while accepting a bribe of Rs 22,000 from the contractor at his residence in Model Town. Then, the vigilance team along with the JE decided to pay a visit to the SDE. But when the team was on way to Kharkhauda, SDE Chhabra was seen coming to Sonepat in a jeep.

He was stopped by the contractor and given Rs 17,000. But before he could move away, the vigilance team caught him red-handed and recovered the amount.

Finally, the team returned to Sonepat. After waiting for sometime for the Xen on the PWD complex premises, they found him in his office just before the closure of the office around 5 pm. The Xen was also caught-red handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 17,000 from the contractor.

As alleged by Naresh Kumar, the officers were demanding a bribe of Rs 1.12 lakh for passing his bills.

They also agreed to receive 50 per cent of the bribe money before passing the bills and the remaining 50 per cent after the bill payment was made.


Dr Dhindsa, Dr Gandhi nominated MDU court members 
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, March 11
The Haryana Governor and Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University has nominated Dr Kuldip Singh Dhindsa, a senior scientist at CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, and Dr Yayati Madan G. Gandhi, former Professor, Political Science Department, as members of the court of the university for three years from March 24.

The Chancellor has made these nominations while exercising powers conferred on him by Clause I 9b) (xii) of Statute-9 of Maharshi Dayanand University Act, 1975. Among others nominated to the university court are Dr Ramesh Kumar of S.D. College, Ambala cantonment, Dr Puran Chand, Office In-charge, Agro-Business Management, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, Dr R.K. Behl of Chandigarh, Dr D.R. Bains, Registrar, School of Planning and Architecture, IP Estate, New Delhi, Prof J.N. Kapur, New Friends Colony, New Delhi, and Dr Digambar Behera, Prof, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, PGI, Chandigarh.

Dr Baldev Singh Mehra, Reader, Sanskrit Department, and Dr S. S. Chahar, Reader, Department of Public Administration, both of Maharshi Dayanand University, have also been nominated to the court along with Dr Deshav Sharma, Prof, Department of Management Studies, Jammu University, Jammu.

Meanwhile, the National Environmental Science Academy has selected Prof Kuldip Singh Dhindsa for its Fellowship Award-2002. The award will be conferred on Dr Dhindsa for his outstanding contributions in pure and applied chemistry. This year, the academy has selected six scientists for this award which comprises a gold medal, a certificate, a memento and a citation.

Dr Dhindsa, author of over 160 research publications, received liberal grants from the state government, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and the PL-48 fund for his research. His contributions have earned him a number of awards at the national and international level, which include Indian National Science Academy Award, the Fulbright scholarship and Dr Ambedkar National Sevashri Award. In addition to his research activities, he served CCS Haryana Agricultural University as Dean, Students Welfare, Head of Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry Department.


Pirated books worth Rs 3 cr seized

NEW DELHI: The Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police today seized a huge stockpile of pirated books worth Rs 3 crore during raids on godowns in North West Delhi. Three persons were arrested.

More than 70,000 pirated books, including best-sellers like Harry Potter and those authored by Sidney Sheldon, Danielle Steele and others were seized by a team of Crime Branch sleuths under the supervision of ACP Amit Roy who raided godowns in Keshavpuram, Samaipur Badli, Lawrence Road and Daryaganj area, said Mr Dinesh Bhatt, Deputy Commissioner of Police, EOW.

The sleuths, acting on secret information that some persons were involved in infringement of intellectual property rights involving management books, medical science, engineering, computers, dictionaries and other books on fiction, arrested the accused, Gopal Das Wadhwani, his son Amit Wadhwani, who publishes the books, and Subhash Chand Gupta, their distributor. An offset printing press of Wadhwani was also sealed by the police. The police have also sealed their two godowns in the Daryaganj area of Central Delhi from where a large number of pirated books are expected to be seized, Mr Bhatt said. The police seized books like “Living English Structure”, “Anatomy for Physiology”, “Essential English for Foreigners”, “Operating System for Computer”, “Oxford Advance Learner’s Dictionary”, “Little Oxford Dictionary”, “B2B Means Back to Basic” and fiction bestsellers.

Suicide bid by PNB cashier

FARIDABAD: An employee of the Punjab National Bank branch in Sector 15 market here, who was rounded up in connection with misappropriating about Rs 7.84 lakh last night, attempted to commit suicide in the police post. He has been admitted to Sunflag Hospital here. According to police sources, the employee, who was working as a head cashier, had been questioned by senior officials of the bank last evening after they found an amount of Rs 7.84 lakh missing. It is learnt that the employee took the bank managers, accompanied by two policemen, to some spots near Hodal to recover the ‘missing’ money but nothing came of it. TNS


Noida cuts interest rate on deposits

NOIDA: The Noida Board has reduced the interest rate on installments by two per cent. This decision will be effective from March 10 for new schemes of the authority. Applicants under the old schemes will have to pay interest at the old rates. The board also approved registration of plots in four new sectors, where the development work could not been completed by April 30, without paying any penalty. Sanction has also been accorded to the Irrigation Department for Rs 1.62 crore to conduct a survey for strengthening embankments of the Yamuna.

According to Chief Executive Officer of Noida Dr Om Prakash, in all, 25 proposals were on the board’s agenda, the most important of which pertained to lowering the interest rate.

Th authority will now charge an interest of 12 per cent, if one deposits the installment by the due date, and 15 per cent if the payment is delayed or defaulted upon. Till now, these rates were 14 and 17 per cent, respectively, which have been reduced to 12 and 15 per cent. These rates will be applicable to properties to be allotted from today onwards. OC


Four rounded up during demolition
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 11
The demolition squad of the district administration was active in Sector 28 here today. It removed several encroachments in the Housing Board Colony of this sector. At least four persons who resisted the drive were rounded up by the police.

The JCB machines of the squad reached the area this morning and razed extensions built by the colony residents. The authorities claimed ample time and notices had been given to residents and the action was taken as a last resort. However, some of the residents said the manner in which the drive was carried out was wrong. The authorities also razed two factories, allegedly built on public land. When several persons opposed the move and tried to obstruct the JCB machines, four of them were taken into custody.


Chautala imposing reign of terror: Bansi 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 11
The Haryana Vikas Party Supremo and former Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, said that the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, was trying to impose a reign of terror in the state by implicating his political rivals in false and fabricated cases. Mr Chautala had hardly any regard for the democratic values and rule of law, he said.

Addressing a well-attended public meeting at village Sisana, about 25 km from here recently, Mr Bansi Lal charged that the law and order situation had worsened as newspapers were full of crime news, including murder, robbery, rape, loots, dowry death and police extortion’s.

Explaining at length the issue of the construction of the SYL canal in Punjab, he squarely blamed the former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Devi Lal and Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

He lauded the decision of the Supreme Court in directing the central and Punjab Government to complete the construction of the remaining portion of the canal in Punjab. He claimed that when he was the Chief Minister of the state, there was hardly any scarcity of power and irrigation water. He said all efforts were made to ensure these supplies even in the tail-end villages.

During the last days of his government, he said, the power supply was almost round the clock. “However, today the Situation has totally reversed and the people in the rural areas hardly get power supply during day time,” he said.

Mr Bansi Lal promised that if he came back to power, there would not be any shortage of power and irrigation water in the state.

He also reiterated that he would pay monthly allowances to the educated unemployed youths.

He said undergraduate unemployed youths would 
get Rs 200 per month and graduate unemployed youths would receive Rs 250 per month.

In the public meeting, which was organised by Yogender Dahiya, who had recently joined HVP, Mr Bansi Lal was twice weighed against coins.

Among others who addressed the public meeting included the former minister Kanwal Singh and Jagbir Singh Malik, general secretary of the party, Rajiv Jain and other local party leaders.


HVP to go it alone in next Assembly poll
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 11
Mr Bansi Lal, supremo of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP), has ruled out any alliance with any political party for contesting the next Assembly elections in the state.

Talking to mediapersons at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, on Sunday, he reiterated that this party would go it alone in the poll. Development works and uninterrupted supply of power and water will be the main issues on which his party will contest the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state.

He said that the party would allot tickets to honest and hardworking candidates who will safeguard the interests of Haryana and its people. He announced that if his party comes to power again, it would ensure uninterrupted supply of power and water both in the urban and rural areas of the state.


Poll alliance yet to be decided: Sangwan
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 11
The BJP ‘High Command’ is yet to decide its policy on poll alliance for the next Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Haryana. This was stated by Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, MP and the vice-president of the Haryana unit of the BJP, at a press conference held at his residence at Gohana town, 35 km from here.

Mr Sangwan was reacting to the statement of Mr Pyare Lal Pandey, organising secretary of the state BJP that the party would contest the next Lok Sabha and Assembly elections jointly with the Indian National Lok Dal.

He made it clear that the decision about the poll alliance with the Indian National Lok Dal has neither been taken nor discussed so far. He also said that the party ‘High Command’ would consider its strategy about the poll alliance at the time of the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Haryana.

Mr Sangwan described the press reports on this issue as completely baseless and false.

He said that a five-member committee has been constituted under the leadership of Mr Sita Ram Singla, a former Haryana minister to suggest ways and means for strengthening the party base in urban and rural areas of the state. 


PM asked to roll back hike in fertiliser prices
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 11
Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, MP and vice-president of the Haryana BJP, has requested the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, to roll back the hike in diesel and fertiliser prices as proposed in the Union Budget.

Talking to this correspondent here, he said it would harm the interests of the farmers, who were already facing many hardships. “Farmers had already spent money on these inputs because of the drought. Keeping in view these hardships, he was confident that the Prime Minister would consider his request,” he said.

He also said that he would raise the issue with the party ‘High Command’ and put pressure on senior leaders of the party not to raise the price of diesel and fertilisers in the interests of the farmers.

Meanwhile, the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union has urged the BJP-led NDA government to withdraw the proposed hike in the price of urea and diesel announced in the Union Budget.

In a press release issued here recently, it stated that it was a pity that on the one hand a number of concessions had been provided to industrialists and other sections of society and on the other hand, the farmers had been heavily burdened.

The BKU said the farming community was still reeling under the burden of the drought and it was not in a position to bear the burden imposed on them by the Union Budget. 


JD(U) calls state budget ‘deceptive’
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 11
The Haryana unit of the Janata Dal (U) described the state budget for the year-2003 as highly `deceptive’ and an indicator that new taxes in transport and power sectors would be imposed in the near future. The president of the party in the state, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, said that the deficit of Rs 671 crore was a heavy burden on the state and the government had adopted a ‘cunning strategy’ by not going for new taxes to meet the losses.

He said although the Haryana Finance Minister claimed that it was a `good’ budget, as no new taxes were announced, the `problem’ was too serious and `cosmetic’ changes undertaken would hurt the interest of the common man.

He said the past experience in the state showed that the government could impose new taxes at any time of the year and it was not necessary to propose the hike in the annual budget. He claimed that hike in some of the essential services could be announced within the coming months.

According to JD (U) leader, the deficit in the budget had been increasing in past few years, and the state government had `failed’ to contain it. He said if the problem continues, the financial condition of the state could deteriorate and it could even result in total bankruptcy.

He alleged that the expenditure on government machinery has been on the rise and funds collected as revenue were being wasted on unproductive works.

He said the visits of the CM and other VIPs abroad had resulted in `loss’ to the public exchequer.

The party has asked the state government to curtail its expenses and put a check on `corruption’ and ‘bunglings’ in the various departments of the government.


Understanding the needs of children
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, March 11
Heritage School organized a thought provoking interactive session by an array of professionals on pre-school education. Dr Samir Parekh, consultant psychiatrist with Max Healthcare and various leading schools of Delhi, spoke on the topic, “Understanding the Needs of Play School Children.”

He said that children, particularly the young children, should be taught in a way that they enjoy while learning the alphabets and should have no tension.

An NGO activist, associated with ‘Family Vision’, said motivation played a very significant role in the lives of both children and adult. Mr Shymal, the Principal of Heritage School, was the first speaker who spoke on the topic, “Pre-School Education, Opportunities and Challenges.”

Educationist Mandira Bhardwaj spoke on the topic, “Child Centered Innovative Approach for Infants.” Mr Manit Jain, director of Heritage School, said, “pre-schooling is a very important phase for the young students as it introduces them to school life. It is, therefore, important for the school to understand the pre-schooling needs of the students and adopt children centric innovative approach.”

He said that schools should endeavor to provide ample opportunity to each student to identify their potential in one activity or the other. The aim is to help students identify their strengths and talents.

Thee director claimed that the Heritage School encourages students to participate in a number of activities like fine arts, literary and scientific activities, sports and hobby clubs.

The school offers an integrated education so as to produce a socially responsible and independent individual. The school aims to meet the changing needs of the society in the new millennium.


Memorising is simply an art, says expert 
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, March 11
The man lived up to his reputation. At the end of the day, no one appeared to be disappointed. Mr Mahavir Jain (29), a memory consultant, has already etched his name in the Limca Book of Records for memorising 80,000 words from the Oxford Dictionary, including their page numbers.

He was here to demonstrate his memory power at an event, aptly called, “Introductory Seminar on Memory and Super Concentration Development’, organised by FST Computer Education, a private computer training institute.

He could spontaneously memorise 200 digit
numbers and could recall any day or date in the last 600 years.

Incidentally, Mr Jain has graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Regional Engineering College, Kurukshetra, and was placed in reputed automobile companies like Eicher Tractors and LML Scooters Ltd.

He left these jobs to tread an uncharted path, much to the dismay and consternation of his family and relatives.

To impart training of his art, he has floated an institute called “Master Mind”. He also imparts training to students preparing for competitive exams.

During the course of his demonstration, he said that memorising is ‘simply an art’. He said what stays in the brain as memory is nothing but images. Hence, simply cramming and memorising literally was a sheer waste of time and human resource.

The best way to memorise is to link the object of memorisation with images. “Following this technique, one does not have to consciously memorise. Rather, the object matter just gets imprinted in your mind”, he said.

Simple though it may appear, the technique needs to be mastered. He said that a 16-session course would equip his trainee with an ‘average memory power’. He has also authored a book titled “Vocabulary @ 100 Words Per Hour”.


Subhashini Devi’s demise a great loss to women’s education
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 11
Renowned social reformer Subhashini Devi, who expired after a brief illness in Appolo Hospital in Delhi on Monday, was cremated today on the premises of Kanya Gurukul Khanpur Kalan near Gohana. She was 88. She is survived by two daughters.

Hundreds of people from the area were present at the time of cremation. Prominent among them included former Governor Sultan Singh, former HPCC president Dharam Pal Singh Malik, former minister Jagbir Singh Malik and former and present office-bearers of the Gurukul Management Committee.

Her death has been mourned by every section of the society in the region as she had devoted more than 60 years of her life in promoting women’s education. She infused a new feeling among the guardians to get their daughters and sisters educated in the gurukul in the forests of Khanpur Kalan in Gohana subdivision.

The gurukul was opened by her father and great Arya Samaj follower Bhaki Phool Singh in 1936 on the land donated by the villagers.

After her father’s death in 1942, she herself managed the gurukul with active cooperation from the people of this area who generously donated in cash and kind during the 1950s and 1960s for upgrading the education standards.

Under her guidance and supervision, the gurukul made rapid progress and today it has become the leading education institution for women in the country with an enrolment of more than 5,000 students. Moreover, over 4,000 of these students enjoy facilities of boarding and lodging.

For her outstanding contribution in promoting women’s education in rural areas, she was honoured with Padmashree in 1976. She also unsuccessfully contested the parliamentary elections in 1977 as a Congress candidate from the Sonepat constituency.


Petrol pump loot bid foiled, 5 held
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 11
With the arrest of five persons, the police claimed to have foiled an attempt to loot a petrol pump on the Sonepat-Rohtak road near Kalupur village, 3 km from here, last night.

According to a report, the arrested persons were identified as Dalbir alias Bholu of Machhola village, Pawan alias Monu of ‘Four Marla’ Colony, Ram Tirath of Barwali village, Ajay alias Vikki of Housing Board Colony in Sector 15 and Ram Phal of Arya Nagar. The police also recovered three country-made pistols, three live cartridges, a ‘kamanidar’ knife and an iron rod from the arrested persons.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told mediapersons here today that a police party was patrolling the Sonepat-Rohtak road near Kalupur village under the `Operation Alert’ campaign when it received a secret information about the suspects. Thereupon, the police swung into action and conducted a surprise raid at the place. The police succeeded in arresting all the five suspects and recovering unlicensed arms.

A case has been registered under various sections of the Indian penal Code (IPC) and under the Indian Arms Act and further investigations are in progress.

Two hurt in mishap

Two persons, Pardeep and Ankit, were injured seriously when their motorcycle was hit by an unknown vehicle on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road near here last evening. According to a report, both the injured persons were rushed to the local civil hospital from where they were sent to a trauma centre in Delhi.

BC Sangh rally

The Haryana State Backward Classes Sangh has decided to organise a state-level rally on March 30 at Subhash Stadium near the Panchayat Bhawan of this city. Giving this information, Mr Rajbir Kashyap, advocate and general secretary of the sangh, told mediapersons here today that Mr Om Parkash Verma, president of the sangh, will preside over the rally while Mr Prem Singh Kamboj, president of the Haryana Kamboj Sabha, will be the chief guest on this occasion.

RI for holding illegal arms

Mr B. S. Rawat, Additional Sessions Judge of the Fast Track Court, convicted one Jagbir alias Dhandu yesterday under the Indian Arms Act and sentenced him to two years’ rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 3,000 for possessing two country-made pistols and five live cartridges. According to a report, the police had arrested him on May 18 last year while he was moving in a suspicious manner near Rohat village on the Sonepat-Rohtak road.

Bansi’s plea to farmers

Haryana Vikas Party supremo and former Chief Minister Bansi Lal has called upon the rural people not to allow Indian National Lok Dal chief and Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala to enter the villages unless he gets the SYL canal completed in the Punjab territory. Addressing a public meeting at Sisana village, 25 km from here, on Monday he alleged that Mr Chautala was in league with former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.


7 held for photocopying answer sheets
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, March 11
An official team led by SDM G. L. Yadav raided a photocopying shop located near Durga Bhawan temple here today and nabbed the shop owner along with his six aides allegedly indulging in taking out copies of solved question papers. According to official sources, the district administration has prohibited the opening of photostat shops in the vicinity of examination centres during the examination period as a part of measures adopted to check the menace of copying. The official team found several people standing at the shop during the exam who were allegedly taking out photocopies of the solved question papers.

MDU council meeting

An emergency meeting of the Academic Council of Maharshi Dayanand University will be held on March 15. A spokesman of the university said today that the 131st meeting of the council would be held in the senior teachers’ common room of Indira Gandhi Vidya Bhawan. He said the 164th meeting of the Executive Council of the university would also be held the same day in the Vice-Chancellor’s office. Besides, the 28th meeting of the university court would be held here under the chairmanship of the Chancellor on March 21.

Admission date extended

The Directorate of Distance Education of Maharshi Dayanand University has extended the last date for admission to MBA/MCA courses (January 2003 cycle) up to March 31 without late fee.


Proposal to levy property tax on embassies shot down
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 11
The government has shot down a proposal of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) to levy property tax on embassies of various countries in the Capital, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Minister of State for Home Harin Pathak said in a written reply that the NDMC had made a proposal on levying property tax on embassies, which had not been agreed to on the ground that levying such a tax with respect to the embassies was not permissible under international conventions.

Mr Harin Pathak also informed the House that the government had initiated an action where the National Human Rights Commission had suggested certain amendments to the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, for enhancement of powers of the commission. He said the Amnesty International had also recommended giving more powers to the commission.

The Delhi Government had so far deleted the names of 75 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants from the electoral rolls, Mr Harin Pathak said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

The enquiry into the cases of foreign nationals whose names figure in the electoral rolls and the deletion of their names from such rolls was a continuing process, he said.

He also informed the House that only two complaints were received during

2002-2003 of sexual harassment of women police officials by their male colleagues. The Delhi Police had instituted preliminary inquiry into the complaints, Mr Pathak said.

Replying to another question, he said only 19 of the 322 drivers of PCR vans who attended the refresher courses conducted by the Institute of Driving Training and Research did not score the 60 per cent marks required to clear the test and would have to undergo training again.

The Delhi Police had made appropriate arrangements to ensure the safety of important religious places in the Capital. These included deployment of plain-clothes policemen near religious places and additional forces during important festivals, Mr Pathak added.

As many as 12,023 complaints relating to criminal cases were received in the Central district of Delhi between March 1, 2002 and February 28 this year. Of these, 2,589 were received at the Karol Bagh police station.

The Delhi Police registered 14 cases of manufacture or sale of spurious drugs during the past three years (between March 1, 2002 and February 28 this year), and arrested 45 persons in connection with these. Ten of these cases had since been challaned in the court for a judicial verdict. The investigation of none of these cases revealed any nexus between the Drugs Controller and manufacturers of spurious drugs. 


Labourer blown to pieces as cylinder goes off
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 11
One labourer was blown to pieces as a nitrogen gas cylinder exploded in a gas store in Harula Market in Durga machinery store.

Ajay Kumar (37) from Bihar had been working in a gas store, which supplied gas cylinders to factories. A tempo loaded with gas cylinders had come at the shop owned by Ravi Popli. The accident happened when the cylinders were being unloaded. The SO of Sector 20 police station, Mr D. S. Gupta, said that either the cylinder was of low standard or the depression of gas was more. The body has been sent for post-mortem examination.

Maruti auto fest

Rohan Motors in association with Maruti Udyog Ltd organised a two-day Maruti Mega Auto Fest at Ramlila Ground adjoining Noida Stadium on March 9. Live free check-up of Maruti vehicles, including oil and coolant levels, electrical problems including air conditioner and tuning along with top wash of the vehicles.

More than a 1,000 Maruti owners visited the fest and availed of the service. Along with this, test drive of all models, display of vehicles, financing facility as well as assessment of pre-owned care was carried out.

Naukriguru-AAFT in tie-up, one of the three topmost job portals, has executed a memorandum of understanding with the Asian Academy of Film and Television (AAFT), Noida. and its offline placement services division would help all the old as well as future students of the AAFT with the best possible working opportunities both after completion of their courses.

Sarpanch booked for embezzlement

Jhajjar: The district police have registered a case of embezzlement of funds against the sarpanch of Muhammadpur Majra village of the district today. According to the police sources, the sarpanch, Balbir Singh, with the involvement of Rajender and Ramesh embezzled funds meant for carrying out various development activities in the village. They allegedly tampered with the panchayat records to hush up their deeds. The police registered a case under Sections 405 and 409 of the IPC on the complaint of Kapur Singh and Surajbhan, residents of the same village.

BSNL mobile service

Sonepat: Bharatiya Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on Monday launched its mobile post-paid `Cellone’ and pre-paid ‘Excell’ connection facilities at Gohana, a sub-divisional headquarter of Sonepat district. Talking to mediapersons after inaugurating the facility, district engineer telecommunication (DET) R. K. Balyan said that earlier, the subscribers were required to go to Sonepat for mobile connections. The supply of SIM cards and allotment of numbers would remain under Sonepat office.


Cricket betting racket unearthed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 11
With the arrest of four persons, North-East district police today claimed to have unearthed a cricket betting racket. The suspects were allegedly operating the racket during the India-Sri Lanka World Cup match played in South Africa.

They were identified as Sanjiv Sabharwal alias Toni Singh, Rajesh Kumar, Wilson Manial and Kanwaljeet. They were arrested while betting on India-Sri Lanka Super Six match yesterday. Four TV sets, 10 telephone instruments, two EPABX systems, five mobile phones, one deck, two calculators, one recording instrument and one betting record register were recovered from their hideout in Naveen Shahdara, the police said.

The police received a secret information that betting was going on at a large scale at Naveen Shahdara. A raid was conducted at the given address and the suspects were arrested.

During interrogation, they disclosed that Toni used to provide the connecting lines to at least three bookies simultaneously who would receive bets from persons across North India for which he is given a fixed amount for per line usage. They further disclosed that nowadays bookies use mobile phones and move to different places due to the police pressure, the police said.

Man dies of electrocution

Bal Kishan (30), a resident of Sunlight Colony, committed suicide by electrocuting himself. The police said that he had drunk last night and went upstairs where he caught a live electric wire and died. He lived along with his mother. His wife deserted him two months back due to his drinking, the police said.

Youth knocked down

A 20-year-old unidentified youth was knocked down by a Blue Line bus plying on route number 753 this morning. The bus came from Paharganj side and hit the victim at Ajmeri Gate crossing. The Kamla Market police have registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving, the police said.


VAT: Exporters fear rise in costs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 11
Exporters of the northern region have expressed concern over possible rise in costs and procedural difficulties with the introduction of VAT in Delhi.

Vice-president of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) Subhash Mittal said that it would be essential before the introduction of VAT to ensure that operating procedures such as the rate structure, product classification, set-off mechanism and documentary procedures were made uniform across all states.

He was speaking at an interactive meeting organised by the FIEO with Delhi Finance Minister Mahinder Singh Saathi here. He pointed out that the states also differed on many basic issues such as the definition of capital goods, availability of input tax credit, works contract tax etc.

He said that there are many anomalies in the VAT legislation that is being proposed by various states. In Delhi, he said, there are clauses, which state that no refund of VAT is admissible on raw materials, or goods purchased within Delhi for use in the manufacture, processing or packing of goods.

Similarly, it was stated that raw materials/semi-finished goods sent outside Delhi for manufacture, finishing and final export out of the country or returned to Delhi would get no refund of VAT.

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