Sunday, March 16, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Death on fast track: 3 MBA students killed
Victims were returning home after late-night revelry
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 15
In a tragic incident last night, three business administration students were killed and four others injured when a speeding Maruti Baleno car rammed into an Ambassador car on Prithviraj Road. The incident occurred around 11.30 pm yesterday.

Anshul (19) of Civil Lines, Anish Jain (19) of IP Extension, both students of Jaganath Institute of Management, Kalkaji, and Manish (19), a resident of Civil Lines who was studying business administration in London, were declared brought dead in the hospital by doctors.

While Anshul’s father runs Smart Electronics, which deals in transformers and operates out of Bhagirath Palace, Manish’s father is a property dealer in Chandni Chowk and Anish Jain’s father runs Shanti Nath Textiles in Chandni Chowk.

The driver of the Baleno car, Manas Bansal (20), a resident of IP Extension and a student of Jaganath Institute of Management, Gopal (19) of Civil Lines, who was sitting in the backseat of the Baleno, and Balbir Singh (22), a resident of Laxmi Nagar and the driver of the Ambassador car, were discharged from hospitals after being administered first aid. Chayan Gupta (19), a resident of Nai Sarak and a student of Bhagat Singh College, has been admitted in Bhai Parmanand Hospital as both his legs were fractured in the accident. All the students belonged to upper middle class business families.

The bodies of the deceased were handed over to the relatives after post-mortem examination. The police are also awaiting the medical and viscera report to ascertain the alcohol content in the bodies.

According to the police, three of the six persons in the Baleno car (NO DL-9CB-1071) died. It was driven by Manas, who was reportedly under the influence of alcohol. The police said that Manas had a valid driving licence issued by the Delhi Transport Authority.

The Baleno car was heading towards South End Road from Aurobindo Chowk at high speed. Soon after it crossed the red light, the car suddenly veered out of control and took an abrupt right turn and rammed into the Ambassador car (DL-7CC-5310) coming from the opposite direction.

The police said that the students were returning home after attending a party in the Hyatt Regency hotel when the incident occurred. The police and rescue vans from the Nehru Place Disaster Management Centre immediately rushed to the spot and transported the injured to the hospitals.

The New Delhi district police have registered a case of rash and negligent driving and are investigating the case. The incident again brings to light instances of rash driving by students returning home after late-night parties.

Last year, five youths were killed on the spot at Lodhi Road when their Maruti car was hit by a speeding truck. The youths, including a ‘Channel V’ VJ and an artist, were returning home around 2.30 am after having coffee at Park Hotel in Connaught Place.

The traffic police conduct regular drives against drunken driving, but the students and children belonging to upper class families continue to attend late night parties and drive back home in an inebriated condition.

The police would now be more serious in fining the violators besides impounding their vehicles, commented a traffic official. 


  • Three MBA students were killed when their Baleno car rammed into an Ambassador on Prithviraj Road. Another occupant of the car, also a student, has fractured both his legs.
  • The students were returning home after attending a party in Hyatt Regency hotel. According to the police, the driver of the Baleno was under influence of liquor.
  • All the students belonged to upper middle class families.
  • Last year, five youths were killed on Lodhi Road when their Maruti car was hit by a speeding truck. They, too, were returning home after a late-night party. 
  • It is being questioned as to why the PCR vans stationed on the route did not intercept the speeding Baleno. The ill-fated car had travelled considerable distance before it collided with the Ambassador.



Schools accept sops, but shun poor students
Smriti Kak
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 15
With the government and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) still squabbling over who should take public schools to task for flouting norms related to admission of students from the economically weaker sections, schools are exhibiting a reluctance to accept the contentious clause.

According to this clause, schools in return for getting land on concessional prices have to admit 25 per cent students from the underprivileged sections of society. But it has been brought to the notice of the legal authorities that a large number of schools have been flouting this norm.

Schools on their part maintain that the rule is not fair and that they should be allowed to choose the way to serve the society. “Not much progress has been made on this issue. There are a number of things one has to consider before admitting students from the weaker socio-economic strata. For one, even if we do not charge any tuition fee, how will these students afford the books and other necessities”, asked Principal, Birla Vidya Niketan, Ms. Madhu Chandra.

According to Ms. Chandra, the students will, “develop an inferiority complex when they start comparing themselves with their counterparts who come from better off families”.

Though there are some who disagree with this perception, most are of the opinion that the government should allow the schools to function without restricting them with too many rules. “Each school is doing something for the sake of education of these underprivileged children. We have scholarships and also hold classes for those students who do not have any support at home. So, how does it matter whether we are taking 25 percent or less? Our concern is to provide quality education and we should be allowed to choose the way we want to go about it”, said, Ms. Neeta Rastogi, Principal Sadhu Vaswani International School for Girls.

Meanwhile, schools like Modern at Barakhamba Road, though not bound by any norms of the government, have 14 students on rolls from the underprivileged sections. The school gives these students a scholarship. And the authorities maintain that, these students, who are essentially bright, make up with their good grades for what they lack in terms of money.

There are also some schools in the city that have begun afternoon schools for underprivileged students. DPS, R K Puram, began the trend by starting the DPS Shiksha Kendra in the school premises.

With the Independent School’s Federation also taking up the issue and demanding that the rule be altered, there seems to be another storm brewing. “This a fraud, how can they backtrack now. The schools cannot make any modifications in the lease, they should have thought of all these excuses before the agreement was signed. As of now, there are at least 200 schools who are not providing freeships to students and this needs to be addressed”, said Ashok Aggarwal, a lawyer, who has taken up the issue in the high court.



Sheila calls on Jaswant to discuss VAT
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 15
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday called Union Finance Minister Jaswant Singh to discuss the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) in NCT of Delhi. She told the finance minister that NCT of Delhi’s status as the Capital and a centre of trade should be factored in before introducing the new tax regime.

The Government of NCT of Delhi, she said, was concerned about the likely impact on the trade and the consumer. “The legislation,” she said, “should protect their interests.” The finance minister was also apprised of his party colleague and Delhi Pradesh BJP President Madan Lal Khurana’s utterances on the introduction of VAT and how they contradicted the party’s stand.

“I told Mr Singh of the essentially dichotomous stand being adopted by the Delhi BJP unit as far as VAT is concerned. While the BJP-led Central Government is advocating the implementation of VAT, the Delhi unit of BJP is opposing the same,” she said. “This doublespeak,” the chief minister added, “is causing the Government of NCT of Delhi to have a relook at the whole issue.”

She said the finance minister appreciated their concerns and understood the Capital’s position as a predominant trading centre where interests of the trading community as well as the general consumer had to be taken into consideration.

The chief minister said Mr Singh suggested that officers of Union Ministry of Finance sit with their counterparts in the Government of NCT of Delhi and take into consideration various aspects before agreeing to a suitable legislation. The Union Secretary (Revenue) will meet with officials after Holi. Jaswant Singh had mentioned in his Budget speech in Parliament that the Union Government wants states to introduce VAT from April 1 this year. His declaration has come as a setback to Khurana who has been in the forefront of the agitation by traders to stall the implementation of VAT in the Capital.

Meanwhile, readymade garment dealers and manufacturers in the Capital on Saturday kept their establishments closed to protest against the withdrawal of excise duty exemption and imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on the trade from April 1.

The protesters gathered at Gandhi Nagar in East Delhi, Asia’s biggest readymade garment market, where 90 per cent of the small scale dealers and manufacturers are located. The strike call was jointly given by the Association of Wholesale Readymade Garments Dealers (AWRGD) and All India Readymade Garment Association (AIRGA) with the countrywide support of trade-related associations. The sponsors of the stir wanted to “educate” petty units about the adverse effects after the revival of excise duty and imposition of VAT.



RSS challenges Cong to stop shakhas

New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh today reacted sharply to the statement of Delhi Mayor Jayshree Panwar calling for a ban on ‘shakhas’ in public parks. “Nobody, except the Sangh, can stop holding of shakhas anywhere,” RSS spokesman Ram Madhav asserted.

Indicating that Panwar’s statement on the ‘shakhas’ could acquire a political hue in view of the Delhi Assembly elections due later this year, Madhav told reporters here that if any action were taken, the Congress would “pay” for it. Maintaining that MCD had “no authority” to stop such gatherings, he said if any action was taken in this regard, the RSS would respond “legally”. TNS



Waylaid at wayside dhabas by the lords 
of the highway
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 15
If you are a long-distance passenger in a Haryana Roadways bus, you are likely to spend more than what you thought you would for the journey. It is not the ticket charge that might rankle in your mind, but the exorbitant rates charged by dhaba owners on the way. If you are a frequent traveller, you may also notice that these buses stop at some particular dhabas, mostly in deserted areas where you don’t have any other option.

And when you see that the driver and conductor are having some sort of a feast, you begin to believe that there is a nexus between them and the dhaba owners.

The dhaba owners reportedly strike a deal, under which the drivers and the conductors are offered free meals in return for ferrying passengers who are charged a higher than the normal rate.

In many cases, rates have been fixed. A long route bus driver is paid Rs 50 or more and gets a free meal with liquor while a short route driver gets around Rs 20 and a free non-vegetarian or vegetarian meal. The conductors are given only free food. Some dhaba deals are even more lucrative, it is learnt.

This correspondent has found that even contractors at the main bus stations offer free meals to the drivers and conductors in order to prolong their halts. This enables the stall owners to sell more of their foodstuffs. Usually, sub-standard food is provided at these kiosks.

Interestingly, some of the dhabas serve liquor to the customers on demand though they do not have any licence; meanwhile, the officials of the Excise Department and the police look the other way. At many places, the owners have installed games of skill, again without permission from the authorities, which is just another ploy to make the passengers kill time and burn a deeper hole in their pockets.

A majority of dhabas offer unpalatable fare. Many travellers, after taking meals, have complained that the eatables and milk articles are adulterated but the owners never pay heed to their complaints. Many times, samples of foodstuffs, taken from these establishments by the Health Department, were found to be adulterated. Some of the owners had been prosecuted and sentenced in the past.

Meanwhile, a large number of roadside hotels and dhabas on the National Highway No. 1, particularly near Murthal Chowk, are doing a roaring business. But it is learnt that the owners of these establishments are not paying sales tax or income tax.

The government is on the losing side again because most of the owners have encroached on public land in front of their hotels. The PWD (B and R) has failed to get the public land vacated in spite of the directives of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has also been suffering a huge financial loss due to power pilferage by the owners. It is alleged that some UHBVN officials also take monthly `nazrana’ from the owners.

The Residents Welfare Association here has urged the state government to order a high-level probe and punish the dhaba owners and UHBVN officials responsible for power theft.



Rare articles of 10th Guru on display
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, March 15
Thousands of devotees are thronging Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Ghaziabad where some articles used by Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru, and his family members are on display since yesterday.

The articles reached Ghaziabad in a colourful procession and include the Guru Granth Sahib, personally written by Guru Gobind Singh on patras. A number of items of Guru Gobind Singh, his wife Mata Sahib Kaur and Mata Desan reached Ghaziabad from New Delhi on March 13. According to president of Ghaziabad gurdwara Pritam Singh, these items have been collected by Bhai Veer Singh Sadan, New Delhi, from a village in Bathinda. These will finally from part of an exhibition to be organised in New Delhi. Currently, the Archaeology Department is overseeing all the arrangements.

The procession, which included a tastefully bedecked motorcade, passed through National Highway 24, Lal Kuan Chouduri Crossing, Ghanta Ghar and Gurdwara Sahib in Bajarya in the city. The rare articles were displayed on a truck. On another vehicle in the convoy were the five beloved ones (Panj Pyaras).

In the gurdwara, the 534 (patras) pages of the Guru Granth Sahib written by the 10th Guru in Gurmukhi script have been displayed in a glass showcase. A silken, golden-yellow turban of Guruji, the low settee (peeda) used by Guruji’s wife Mata Sahib Kaur and a pair of wooden sandals and some garments of both Guruji and his wife are on display.

According to Mr Pritam Singh, Mata Desan, who hailed from Bathinda, belonged to a very poor family. She had a fervent desire that Guruji should visit her hamlet at least once.

And when Guru Gobind Singh did visit her house, she begged him that she wanted to keep all his personal belongings. These included large urns and the iron plates (tawas) in which the langar was cooked. About 810 personal belongings of Guruji have been preserved by his devotees, Mr Joginder Singh, the sabha secretary, said. The gurdwara will be open round the clock.



Sonia to address Block Congress Committee presidents
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, March 15
The AICC chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi would address a national level conference of Block Congress Committee (BCC) presidents, to be held in Delhi from March 28 to 30.
Addressing mediapersons here yesterday, the former Home Minister of the state, Mr Subhash Batra, said nearly 10,000 party activists and leaders were likely to attend the “first of its kind conference”.

He said the HPCC chief, Mr Bhajan Lal, has convened a meeting of the BCC presidents (Haryana) on March 22 in Chandigarh to prepare for the proposed meeting.

Besides, he said a district level meeting of the party activists was likely to be held here in the second week of April.

Mr Batra said the sufferings of the common man would be highlighted at the meeting and a ‘Jan jagaran’ campaign would be launched against the ‘anti-people’ policies of the state government.

He also introduced Mr Ashok Sachdeva and Mr Azad Singh Nandal, who were nominated as BCC presidents of urban and rural units of the district respectively by the HPCC chief, Mr Bhajan Lal.

Commenting on the scheme to set up a boosting station at Double Park in Model Town area, the former minister warned that he would file a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against this scheme. He said it was astonishing that while the foundation stone of the boosting station was laid by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, on December 4 last year, a resolution regarding the allocation of park land for the construction of the boosting station was passed by the MC on February 10 this year.

He alleged that the construction work for the boosting station was begun before the transfer of the land to the Health Department.

Describing the tough measures taken by the municipal authorities against the house tax defaulters as unjustified, the former minister announced that he would not pay his house tax until the huge amount pending under the same head against certain government departments were not cleared.

On the other hand, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, refuted these charges and claimed that the tax recovery drive was launched only after the house tax pending against the government departments, including the Deputy Commissioner’s office, was cleared.

He said the house tax pending against the Deputy Commissioner’s office since 1972 was cleared a few days ago.

Moreover, he said the salaries of four Executive Engineers of various departments were withheld to pressurise them for the recovery of the house tax pending against their respective departments.



Sugarcane growers of ‘67’ variety bear losses 
Rakesh Bhardwaj

Panipat, March 15
Resentment prevails among farmers who grew the ‘67’ variety of sugarcane in their fields along the banks of the Yamuna, as this variety has been rejected by Panipat Sugar Mill. They are now forced to sell their produce in the open market to fodder dealers at the rate less than Rs 40 per quintal as compared to the price fixed by the Haryana Government.

On an average, 10 to 12 trolleys loaded with the 67 variety are offloaded at different fodder machines in the town. A farmer of the area alleged that the yield of this variety is the maximum in the lower areas of the Yamuna as the land there is fertile. Moreover, the variety stops soil erosion during floods. “This is why we grow this particular variety in most of the areas along the Yamuna bank,” he said.

Farmers from Goyla Kalan, Goyla Khurd, Mrizapur, Rishpur, Tamsabad and Sanjoli used to have bumper harvests of this variety, but now selling the same has become another headache for them after its rejection by the mill. Farmers are disturbed over the issue of non-acceptance of this particular variety by the Sugar Mill and are forced to sell their produce to the dairy owners for their fodder demand at throwaway price.

A farmer of Goyla Khurd, Dharambeer, alleged that even though the rate of sugarcane is Rs 110 per quintal, the mill has refused to accept it as less sugar is procured from this particular variety, which he cultivated in his five acres to obtain maximum yield.

Due to the refusal by the mill, they are forced to sell their produce in the open market to the fodder dealers or directly to dairy owners. He said that he had already sold the yield from three acres to the fodder dealers at throwaway prices.

Hari Singh of the same village repeated the same story and added that in future they would not grow this particular variety despite the assurances by the agriculture department or the sugar mill.

On the one hand, farmers are facing problems due to delayed payment by the sugar mill and on the other, rejection of the variety will result in non-cultivation of the same in the future.

Despite several attempts, the General Manager of Panipat Sugar Mill was not available for comments.



People find no solace from ineffective ‘darbars’
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 15
Even as the authorities are busy holding `darbars’, the continuing deterioration in basic civic amenities in the various parts of the town and district has become a matter of concern here. Reportedly, a large number of people have fallen prey to ‘diseases’, which has only worsened with the ongoing change in the weather condition.

In the past weeks, a large number of people have become victim of jaundice in some colonies of the NIT area and reports about the break out of viral infections have also started pouring in.

According to Dr Vinod Kaul, head of the Vibles Path Laboratory here, the incidence of water borne diseases, including jaundice, typhoid, cholera and stomach infections are mainly due to the unhygienic conditions and unfit drinking water.

The authorities of the Municipal Corporation have reportedly replaced the worn out and rusted pipelines of Gandhi Colony after there was a sudden rise in the number of jaundice cases recently.

A doctor, residing in Sector 16, said that incidence of infection could rise sharply if the people did not use ‘water purifiers’. He said that the poor quality of water supply had prompted the people “to go in for water purifiers or switch over to mineral water in several areas” where people could afford it.

However, the situation in colonies and slum areas, which are predominant in parts of NIT, Ballabgarh and old Faridabad, is reported to be worrisome.

In many of these colonies, the drains have been choked and the wastewater is flowing close to the underground water pipes in some areas. “Leakage of water pipes and the delay in their replacement has been the main cause of water supply becoming contaminated,” admitted an employee of the Municipal Corporation. “The lack of hygienic water supply has been one of the main issue troubling the residents of the NIT area,” claimed Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Jawahar Nagar colony.

He said residents of the colony and nearby areas had not benefited from the Renniwell water scheme so far.

He said the situation in the coming summer months could be well imagined when there was such scarcity of clean water supply in the winter season.

He said people would be forced to buy water from private suppliers from April onwards in majority of the colonies of ward number 5 and 6.

The Mayor of the town held a ‘darbar’ here on Thursday, where a large number of complaints regarding water supply, sewerage, roads and streetlights were received.

The Deputy Mayor, who was also present on the occasion, reportedly protested over the demolition drive in her ward.

A corporator said that the sewer line in his ward (Number 7) was choked for over seven months. The senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Shiv Charan Lal Sharma, also protested over the “lack of attention” to development projects in his ward. The Deputy Commissioner had also held his fortnightly ‘open darbar’ here recently, where complaints about the lack of civic amenities were referred to the officials concerned.

With the effectiveness of such ‘darbars’ becoming a controversial issue, the announcement by the Power Department to hold a ‘darbar’ for the consumers, is sure to ignite another round of debate regarding the need for such ‘darbars’.



The abode of saints has now become a 
place of pilgrimage
Our Correspondent

Rewari , March 15
Rewari has been the abode of many great saints and seers since medieval times. Among them, Baba Mohan Das, Baba Gobind Das, Baba Ram Swaroop Ji Maharaj and several others were virtually endowed with “divine powers”. Even years after they left for their heavenly abode, these great saints continue to have spiritual influence over the lives of millions of devotees living in various parts of India and abroad.

The holy shrines at Bharawas village (7 km from Rewari), Nangal Shahbajpur village (22 km from Rewari) and Siha village (20 km from Rewari ) are now among the sacred places of pilgrimage in the region. Presently, Baba Mahavir Das and Swami Prem Das are the presiding saints of the holy shrines at Bharawas and Siha respectively, while Baba Badri Das (a householder) occupies the ‘gaddi’ at Nangal Shahbajpur. Mammoth fairs are annually held at these shrines on the occasion of Dhulendi, which falls on Chaitra Pratipada (the first day of the New Year of the Vikrami Samwat).

Thousands of people perform mundan (Tonsure) ceremony at these holy shrines.

From available reports, the fair at the holy shrine of Baba Mohan Das at Bharawas village attracts a large number of devotees every year. The presiding saint, Baba Mahavir Das, told NCR Tribune that this time above two lakh devotees were expected in the fair, which began on March 15 and would conclude on March 18.

He said that the mela prabandhak samiti had made elaborate arrangements for the devotees, who would come from various parts of Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and several other states of the country. The devotees would be provided free boarding, lodging and essential medical facilities.

Wrestling competitions would be the highlight of the fair on March 18. Numerous noted wrestlers of Haryana , Delhi and Rajasthan would display their wrestling skills here. Baba Mohan Das, the founding saint of this historical temple of Bharawas, was a great saint of the sixteenth century, who toured the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari to propagate the divine message of peace and brotherhood. Like many ancient sages of India, he embraced death voluntarily in 1588.

Ph.D. awarded: Mr Naresh Kumar, who is presently working as a teacher in Mathematics in the Government Senior Secondary School, Rohrai (District Rewari), has been awarded the degree of Ph.D. by the Rajasthan University, Jaipur, for his mathematical research work titled “A Study of Inventory Models and their Further Developments”.

In the thesis, he developed a number of inventory models, which deal with certain situations under different assumptions. The thesis was prepared by him under the able guidance of Dr Anil Kumar Sharma, a noted Mathematician of Raj Rishi College, Alwar (Rajasthan).

Five of his other research papers were published in various research journals.

One–way traffic: The district administration has introduced one–way traffic on the circular road here. It was formally made operational from today.

The district police chief, Mr Hanif Qureshi, said that this has been done to eliminate traffic jams by the vehicular traffic coming from Rajasthan and Punjab.

The new traffic system has had a mixed response from the public at large. A sizable section has hailed it, saying that it would ease the situation on the circular road, which had become troublesome.

Terming it a totally unfeasible scheme, the Haryana Janata Dal ( U ) president, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi has strongly pleaded for an alternative routes to the colonies situated on the outskirts of the circular road. 



Religion should bring light and unite all hearts

If you enter the Bahai House of Worship in Delhi, one of the most visited spots in the national Capital and known as the Lotus Temple, what you will admire more than the fascinating architecture is the teaching of the faith: it’s tenets of the oneness of God, oneness of religions and oneness of mankind.

The temple authorities have completed recently the construction of an information centre, which had taken five years to build. They told a visiting team that so far 50 million visitors had entered its portals since its inauguration to public worship in December 1986, making it one of the most visited edifice in the world. The daily average of visitors ranges from 8,000 to 10,000.

Within the House of Worship, no lectures are permitted. No rituals are performed in its prayer hall. Only the holy scriptures of the Bahai faith and earlier revelations are read or recited at pre-arranged intervals.

“The purpose of religion as revealed from heaven of God’s holy will is to establish unity and concord amongst the people of the world; make it not a cause of dissension and strife,’’ cautioned Baha’u’llah, founder of Bahai Faith. This theme runs through the various sayings of the prophet exhibited at the information centre.

But the world has seen more conflicts and wars emerging out of religious causes till date and even today most of the conflicts could ultimately be traced to the existence of religious differences. This is strange as most of the religions preach the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God.

While globalisation has emerged as a force that is able to transcend national borders and cultural barriers, it has not yet put an end to the evils of narrow loyalties such as nationalism. It may be recalled that the emergence of nationalism with its culture of organised armies and destructive weapon systems had revealed the dangerous consequences of the nationalistic outlook.

Political and religious leaders have come to the point that “patriotism is not enough.’’ If the fighting instinct of mankind can be turned against disease and poverty, inequality and injustice, then there is hope for the future. The problem before the world is that of substituting, for a narrow and aggressive national patriotism, wider loyalties that would benefit larger aggregations of mankind.

“The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens’’ wrote the founder of Bahai religion. Bahais believe that religion is one, but it is progressive. Religious truth is not absolute but relative and divine revelation is a continuous and never ending process. God has revealed his message to humanity progressively through His messengers based on the needs of each age and according to the people’s spiritual, social and intellectual capacity.

The holy scriptures of all revealed religions contain two major sets of doctrines — spiritual precepts and social laws. The spiritual precepts that deal with eternal truths such as belief in God, love, honesty, and trustworthiness remain the same in all the religious texts, while the social laws are different because they were revealed to satisfy the specific needs of a particular era.

Historians have recorded the teachings of Christ who maintained that all the relationships of mankind must be regulated in accordance with the great fact that God loves all men and loves them all equally. He, therefore, expounded the new order of human association, which he called the Kingdom of God. In this kingdom, the whole of mankind were to live together in obedience to the will of their Heavenly Father. In doing so, each will subordinate his own desires and interests to the good of the whole. Such of his teachings became the basis of true civilisation.

These teachings have re-echoed by prophets and divines who visited the planet subsequently. They emphasised that differences in cultures, languages, worship patterns and spiritual experiences need to be seen as blessings, which enrich each other and not as divisive elements.

One of the theologians of old had pointed out that one of the most common laws of God’s works is “unity in variety” — unity of principle, but variety and manifoldness of manifestation and expression. He wrote: “It would be as unreasonable for you to try and get a uniformity of religious sentiment in the mind of man, as it would be for you to lay down that in the vegetable kingdom the principle of vegetable life should only show itself in the form of the oak or of the cedar. No, it must have liberty to express in its own way.’’

The Bahai’s believe that God is unknowable but omnipresent. They pray to Him at any time and anywhere. All their houses of worship, though of different designs, have nine gates welcoming the followers of all religions. There are no photographs or idols inside these houses of worship. The Bahais also believe that any place wherein the mention of God is made is sacred. They, therefore, respect all the places of worship, irrespective of the creed they represent.

“Regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree and the leaves of one branch”. This message from Bahaullah is again reflected in the strivings of the Bahais for a new world order. Their support for a world government, elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty, removal of all forms of prejudices, and development of one world language springs from this idea of unity.

“Religion should unite all hearts and cause wars and disputes to vanish from the face of the earth, give birth to spirituality and bring life and light to each heart. If religion becomes a cause of dislike, hatred and division, it were better to be without it and withdraw from such a religion would be a truly religious act. For it is clear that the purpose of a remedy is to cure; but if the remedy should only aggravate the complaint it is better be left alone. Any religion, which is not a cause of love and unity, is no religion.’’ (From the writings of Abdul Baha, eldest son of Bahaullah and the authorised interpreter of his writings)

M P K Kutty



Kanya Mahavidyalaya gets full marks from NACC
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 15
The two-day visit of a four-member team, headed by Dr S D Tripathi, vice-chancellor-cum-convenor of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NACC) in the Kanya Mahavidyalaya concluded at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here last evening.

The team members were impressed by the cleanliness on the college campus; monitoring of the attendance in the classes by the principal; dividing the course contents into units for completing the syllabus within the prescribed time; discipline and dedication of the students.

According to a report, other members of the team included Mr Madhukar, Dr Vijay Shivpuri and Professor V N Sharma.

The members praised the efforts of the language teachers for improving the pronunciation of the students. They pointed out that incentive methods are being followed to encourage the students’ participation in the activities like wall magazines, translation from English to Hindi, seminars and workshops.

The members suggested that the lecturers should also encourage the translation from Hindi to English.

After going through the self-study report and visiting all the academic and physical facilities, the team felt that the Kanya Mahavidyalaya Kharkhauda is making good efforts to provide quality under-graduate education in arts and commerce to the students of the region. Besides imparting the traditional education, they are inculcating the women of the college with a sense of discipline and national pride. Despite several odds, the team of the principal, lecturers and members of the governing body is doing its best to accomplish the objectives of the college, they said.

The college principal, Dr Usha Kapooria, stated that more facilities for expanding educational and sports could be provided to the girl students if the University Grants Commission (UGC) provides adequate grant to the college. She regretted that the authorities of the Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak are reluctant to affiliate this college permanently in spite of repeated representations made to them. This, she said, was the main cause of refusing the grant to the college by the UGC.

The team also praised the performance of the girl students in sports activities. They expressed satisfaction at the performance of the students at the national and university levels attending the youth festivals from time to time. They advised the students to maintain their positions in future also.

During their interaction with the girl students, the team enquired about the problems they face in the college and how their grievances are removed by the college authorities. They also interacted with the parents and their wards as well as the alumni and advised the alumni to contribute towards self-financing courses.

Later, the members attended the function organised on the occasion. A number of students including alumni, parents and distinguished guests were present. The members of the governing body also attended the function. A colourful cultural programme was organised on the occasion.

The members appreciated the efforts of the lecturers in inculcating moral values to the girl students.



Diagnostic centre for ESI dispensary
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 15
The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has approved the proposal for the setting up a diagnostic centre at ESI dispensary, Sonepat. According to official sources, medical equipment worth Rs 10 lakh would be provided by the ESIC for the diagnostic centre. The expenditure involved will be fully borne by the ESIC for the first three years. After three years, it will be shared between the ESIC and the state government in the usual ratio of 7:1.

The existing sanctioned posts and the staff of the ESI dispensary No 1 will be adjusted in the centre and additional staff required for the centre will also be appointed in it. The additional staff include one medical officer incharge, four medical officers, one sister incharge, two ANMs, five staff nurses, three lab assistants, two radiographer, four ECG technicians, four pharmacists, and eight ambulance drivers. Moreover, part-time specialists would be appointed in the centre. They would be paid Rs 1,600 per month for one session of two hours plus 800 per month for every additional session a week limited to Rs 8,000 per month, plus Rs 2,000 per month will be payable in addition to the part-time specialists who will be required to attend the call duty in the speciality concerned.

The ESIC has urged the state health department to grant sanction of the additional staff to be posted in the centre. However, the department will surrender two posts of medical officers, four posts of pharmacists and eight posts of Class IV employees.

There are three ESI dispensaries including 12 bed annexes in the city and the number of insured persons is 10,418. As per the ESIC norms for 1,000 and above insured persons family units, five medical officers, four staff nurses, one UDC cashier, one UDC, 3 LDC, one Lab technician, two dressers, two record sorters and five peons are required.

GPF hanky-panky

Sonepat: The employees of Municipal Committee, Gannaur, have alleged that the municipality officers had not been depositing the GPF amount in their bank accounts for the last one year. The employees have urged the Deputy Commissioner to intervene in the matter to get the deducted GPF amount along with one year interest deposited in their bank accounts. They have threatened to launch an agitation if their legitimate demand was not accepted by the authorities.

Fake crockery unit

Faridabad: The police have arrested two persons in connection with running a unit to manufacture crockery items under a well-known brand in Hodal sub-division.

According to a complaint lodged with the police, the unit had been preparing and marketing crockery items under the brand name of ‘Laopala’, for past several months. About eight boxes of finished goods, raw material, stamps and machines have been seized. This is the first case of a fake crockery unit in the district although units manufacturing fake products including medicines, henna, masala, ghee and phenyl have been unearthed earlier. TNS



Sadar Bazar markets open on March 17
Our correspondent

New Delhi, March 15
All the markets of Sadar Bazar including Azad Market, Bahadurgadh Road, Pahari Dhiraj, Ahata Kedara, Gali Lallu Mishra, Gandgi Market, Qutub Road and Teliwara will be remain open on March 17, Sadar Bazar Traders Welfare Association president Brij Mohan Wig said here today.

He said Holika Dahan would be celebrated on March18. The government has declared the holiday for Holi on March 19. So, it was decided to open different markets on March 17. Our traders are now free to close up their shops on March 18 or 19.

‘Women’s role in Sikhism’: Women play a significant role in Sikhism and their rights in Gurdwara should not be undermined, said Bibi Manjeet Kaur, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi, (Ladies Wing), here today.

Condemning the recent incident when British women were insulted during their visit to Golden Temple by denying them the right to take part in the religious ceremony, Ms Kaur said the Sikh gurus played a significant part in the emancipation of women.

She said it is a historical fact that Sikh women have been playing a significant role in the battles along with men and in the past have earned the praise of the community.

Stating that the recent incident hurt the sentiments of women members of the community at large, Ms Kaur said women play an important role to educate children in accordance with the code of conduct of Sikhism.

She urged the President to commute the death sentence of Prof Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar to life imprisonment. Other leaders and DSGMC members who attended the meeting also seconded the demand.

Hepatitis-B project: Health Minister A.K.Walia on Saturday launched the Urban Slum Hepatitis-B Immunisation Project and weeklong immunisation campaign in Vishwakarma Park, East Delhi.

He said 2.8 lakh children had been immunised in the past two years in the NCT of Delhi. “Three to four per cent of population are carriers of the disease, ” he added

Goel visits Daryaganj: Union Minister of State for Labour and Chandni Chowk’s member of Parliament Vijay Goel on Saturday inspected places in Daryaganj and told the officials concerned to prepare an action plan to tackle the problems of the area.

He told them to illuminate the Delhi Gate and the MTNL to prepare a street-wise programme for removing overhanging wires and cables.



Rs 20 lakh recovered in special tax drive
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, March 15
Mr A.K.Jain, Executive Officer, Municipal Council here has claimed that an amount of nearly Rs 20 lakh has been recovered in the form of house tax and fire tax from different government departments during a special tax recovery drive launched five days ago.

He said a sum of Rs 16.84 lakh was recovered as house tax and Rs 2.64 lakh as fire tax which was pending against different government departments for the last over 30 years.

Two arrested: The Meham police arrested two youths on Friday who were allegedly involved in getting freed an undertrial prisoner from the police custody.

Those arrested are Sandeep of Mor Kheri village and Jitender of Tilak Nagar locality here. According to information, three cops—Suresh Kumar, Om Prakash and Dalbir Singh, were taking an undertrial prisoner Ramdhan of Farmana village from Rohtak jail to a court at Hisar in a Haryana Roadways bus on March 3. Two motorcycle-borne youths intercepted the bus by stopping their vehicle in front of the bus near Kharkara miner. Meanwhile, about 10 youths who were travelling in the same bus, threw chilly powder in the eyes of the cops accompanying Ramdhan and took him away on the motorcycle.



Four examinees caught using unfair means
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 15
The menace of copying by the examinees in the 10 plus 2 annual examinations being conducted by the Board of School Education Haryana continues in the city and elsewhere in the district despite the promulgation of Section 144 Cr P C and the surprise checking by the members of the flying squads.

According to a report, Mr Jeet Singh Mehra, SDM, conducted a surprise checking of an examination centre at Ganaur, 16 km from here yesterday and caught four examinees while they were copying. Cases of use of unfair means were registered against them. Moreover, one duty supervisor was reportedly relived of his duty by the SDM.

However, the situation in all other examination centres remained peaceful in the district.

INLD candidates: The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has decided to field its candidates on 80 seats in the forthcoming assembly elections in Rajasthan. This was stated by Mr Ajay Singh Chautala, MP and the president of the Yuva wing of the party at a press conference held at the residence of Mr Baljit Singh Malik at Gohana 35 km from here last evening.

Suicide by student: Hari Om, a student of 9th Class was reported to have committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope in a field at Sikandarpur Majra village about 20 km from here last night.

According to a report, the student took the extreme step after he had been thrashed by his elder brother. This followed a complaint made by some children to his brother that he had beaten them when they threw water on him during the Holi days.

The police recovered the body when it was found hanging with a tree and sent it for a post-mortem.

Three injured: Three persons including a woman were injured when they were assaulted by the rival group at Pabsara village about 20 km from here last evening. According to a report, a land dispute is stated to the main cause of the assault. The injured persons were immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger.

The police have registered the case and further investigations were on.

BSNL engineer fined: The District Consumers Forum has imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on a Sub-Divisional Engineer of the Bhartiya Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) while disposing of a complaint of a subscriber of Nangal Kalan village. The forum has also ordered for deduction of this amount from his salary.

According to information, one Srikrishan of Nangal Kalan village had lodged a complaint in the forum on July 28, 2000, alleging that though he had deposited the amount of telephone bill on time, the BSNL authorities disconnected the phone stating that the bill was not paid.



PNB awarded for employment programme
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 15
Punjab National Bank (PNB) has been awarded first prize for the best performance under Rural Employment Generation Programme by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).

The award was received by PNB Chairman and Managing Director S S Kohli from Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the National Convention on Rural Industrialisation here.

PNB has utilised the KVIC subsidy to the extent of 99.46 per cent during the past five years, the highest in the industry. Priority sector credit at Rs 16,249 crore at the end of last year constituted 45.5 per cent of net credit, much above the national goal of 40 per cent.



Vice-President opens software park in Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 15
Inaugurating the Logix Park, a private software technology park in Sector 16 here today, the Vice-President Bairon Singh Shekhawat said India has very talented and professionally competent IT and software technologists who are second to none in the world.

But if we don’t provide the highly qualified and competent personnel with proper facilities and opportunities, they will be attracted to foreign countries resulting in a brain-drain in the country.

Noida, after Bangalore, is the most important centre in this field. Its proximity to Delhi is another advantage it enjoys, said Mr Shekhawat.

The development of facilities like the Logix Park in Noida will go a long way in meeting the infrastructural requirements as well as further development of this technology in the country, the Vice-President added.

The Logix Park, the Rs 20-crore project, has an area of 1,50,000 square feet space in its four floors. Out of the 1,50,000 sq ft park, 40,000 sq ft has been designed as a Software Incubation centre with ready-to-move in cubicles with Internet connectivity, telephone, LAN cabling.

Sv/100 per cent power back-up, security and housekeeping, etc where one can just plug in and start operations in 10 minutes.

Centralised UPS, to avoid power fluctuation, Data Network and Internet connectivity through Fiber Optic Cable and Radio Link are some of the attractions available at Logix Park.

It is an IT infrastructure service provider, providing a ‘one-stop solution’ to all infrastructures needs of the IT corporates. The aim is to help the MNCs start up IT companies to concentrate on their activities and not to be bothered about routine problems like getting power, water and telephone connections, etc.

According to CEO Shakti Nath, Logix Park has 24 hours security with closed circuit, TV security systems and access control cards. It has a fully automatic fire alarm system and fire-fighting equipment, an IATA approved travel desk, a 250-seater multicuisine restaurant, VDO conferencing facilities, to meet the needs of the clients—all under one roof.



Phone service consumers getting kingly treatment
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 15
The basic phone service providers of the government and private sector seem to be running neck and neck in offering incentives to the customer. The government-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) had recently announced to give second (additional) phone to its consumers for only Rs 50 and a free STD/ISD card worth Rs 525 with each new connection.

Its competitor, the Bharti Telenet Limited (BTL) which is providing phone service under the brand name of Touchtel, has now announced a series of marketing incentives to the potential and existing customers.

A company spokesperson told the ‘NCR Tribune’ here today that the new initiatives were being launched after tracking the customers’ preferences and their changing lifestyles.

According to company, the first step in the direction was Touchtel’s tie-up with the computer training giant NIIT, in order to offer computer and Internet education to its customers.

He said as part of the scheme, the consumers could avail themselves of the facility of a two hours’ capsule course, ‘Beginners Guide to Internet’ and an 18 hours’ course named as ‘Swift Jyoti Programme’ at the nearest NIIT centre. The course has been made available against the fee of Rs 649, to the Touchtel subscribers.

The company has also introduced ‘walk-n-talk’ and ‘Gup-shup’ offers. As part of the promotion, customers applying for two Touchtel connections would not only save Rs 2,000 as booking amount, but also get a Panasonic cordless phone worth Rs 2,295 free. If anyone goes for a third connection, he will get 750 pulses worth of ‘Talk time free’, claims the company.

While the private basic phone provider is active in Faridabad and Gurgaon districts at present with over 20,000 connections, the company aims to increase the number of its connections in future. But the presence of private companies and slashing of rates (free incoming) on mobile phones, seems to have given a wake-up call to the BSNL. The Nigam has decided to bring about changes in the marketing concepts and started door-to-door phone service (connections) in some sectors.

A resident of Sector-14 here remarked that the consumers had been happy with growing competition and claimed that it had now saved the common man from ‘blackmailing’ or ‘inefficiency’ of the lineman of the telecom department.


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