Monday, March 31, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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A wake-up call for Faridabad residents
Last year’s anti-corruption drive has petered out
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 30
The lodging of corruption cases against certain top officials of the DDA in Delhi, including a former Deputy Commissioner of Faridabad, could be a stern reminder to the residents here that the drive against corruption, which had gained momentum here last year, has run aground.

The district authorities had launched a drive to weed out corruption in public places when Mr Arun Kumar took over as the Deputy Commissioner (DC) here in January 2001. The campaign, which received wide publicity, however, fizzled out after the abrupt transfer of Mr Kumar in June last year. At least six government employees, including some policemen, had been caught taking bribe and put behind bars in that short period.

Dramatic developments ensued as soon as Mr Kumar joined as DC. On the first day in office he caught his PA accepting illegal gratification. The incident created a stir in the state. It was perhaps the first time that a DC had caught his own PA.

The accused had served as PA to many DCs, including the DDA Commissioner (Land), who was recently booked in the Capital on corruption charges.

The arrest of the DC’s PA here last year could have unearthed corruption in government offices and in the higher echelons of power.

Faridabad is one of the few districts in Haryana which is considered a plum posting by bureaucrats. It is learnt that only those officers who are close to the powers that be get a chance to serve here.

The anti-corruption drive launched last year has now petered; in fact, only a handful of cases have been booked in the past 10 months. “The anti-encroachment drive started a few months ago seems to have put various issues, including corruption, on the backburner”, says Mr K.L. Gera, a social activist based here. He said although the campaign launched during the tenure of Mr Arun Kumar as DC had focussed on lower and middle level staff, it had created a scare in the higher echelons also.

Mr Gera alleged that several offices, especially MCF and HUDA, had become dens of corruption; the system had become so smart that nobody ever got caught. According to Mr Shailender Lamba of Punarjagran, it was an open secret that corruption was rampant at all levels. He wondered whether the big fishes would now ever get caught. 



Cops recover stolen carbine after 11 years
J. T. Vishnu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 30
After 11 years of relentless search, the Ghaziabad police today claimed to have arrested three desperate criminals following a brief encounter early this morning and recovered a police carbine snatched from a Delhi Police constable in 1992 from the Welcome Colony area of East Delhi.

One machine gun, a 9mm carbine, an SLR, four live cartridges were also recovered from their possession.

No one was injured in the encounter. The main suspect was identified as Furkhan Ali, and his associates as Mehboob and Yusuf. All three of them are said to be hardened criminals involved in several cases of loot and murder.

According to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad, Mr. Chander Prakash, information was received by the police that some armed criminals were roaming around in the area and accordingly special teams were formed for the purpose of nabbing them.

Around 5 am during a special checking near Atma Ram school crossing in the heart of the city, the police team spotted a vehicle in which the trio were travelling. When the police tried to stop them, the desperadoes fired at the cops. The police retaliated and finally managed to overpower them. The SSP said that it was fortunate that no one was injured in the exchange of fire.

The carbine, which was recovered from the desperadoes, was later returned to the Welcome Colony police station. The police team has been rewarded with a cash award of Rs. 2500.

According to the police, the suspects had stabbed a Delhi Police constable and snatched his carbine during rioting in that area. The incident had caused considerable panic and a joint hunt was launched to trace the desperadoes who were reported to have taken advantage of the riot to snatch the weapon. For 11 years, the suspects had been lying low, operating only in the western UP areas.

The Delhi Police had sought the help of the police forces of the neighbouring states to nab the suspects, but the efforts had failed. The police said that the suspects were being further interrogated to ascertain their involvement in other cases.



Life convict challenges govt directive
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 30
The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Central Government and City Jail authorities on a petition challenging the Delhi Government’s order directing that life-term convicts will have to undergo the full sentence rather than the usual 14 years.

A division bench, comprising Justices Dalveer Bhandari and S K Agarwal, has issued notices, returnable on July 25, to the Union Home Ministry, the Delhi Government and the Capital’s jail authorities.

But for the September 2000 executive directive, a life-term convict could be released on account of good conduct after a 14-year stint. (The number of weekends and public holidays were deducted from the total term.)

The petition, filed by a life-term convict Ata-ur-Rehman through counsel Kamlesh Jain, contended that the executive order violated Article 21 of the Constitution as it deprived a convict of his right to life and personal liberty granted by procedure established by law which earned him remission after serving the minimum sentence due to his ‘good conduct, behaviour and self-reformation’.

It was further contended that the State and the jail authorities had erroneously concluded that once a criminal always a criminal and that there was no question of reform.

Was reform not the avowed objective of keeping someone in jail?

The petition dubbed the order as inhuman, arbitrary and against the spirit of modern approach to criminal justice, which favoured reformation rather than incarceration.

Should remission depend upon the nature of the offence or on the conduct of the convict and his capacity to reform himself in jail, the petitioner asked.



Raids by seven teams yield little
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 30
Anxious to nab the criminals allegedly involved in a daylight robbery outside the office of the Life Insurance corporation of India (LIC) in Sector 15 on Friday last, the police department has constituted seven teams for swooping down on possible their hideouts.

According to a report, the police officials have raided several places in UP, Haryana and Delhi in the past 48 hours, but the searches have yielded little. The police suspect the hand of the cashier of the private security agency which was engaged for carting the money.

Since the cashier belongs to Azamgarh, a police party has been dispatched to UP. Some criminals have also been taken into custody for interrogation but the police authorities declined to furnish details.

The gangsters, it may be recalled, had looted Rs 19.54 lakh in cash from the employees and cashier of the private security agency on Friday last when they were boarding the van outside the office of the LIC. The cash belonged to the HDFC bank. Meanwhile, constable Sher Singh, who was shot at on Saturday night in village Garhi Brahmanan, has succumbed to injuries. His body has been sent to his native village in Bahadurgarh sub-division. The Suprintendent of Police, P.S. Ahlawat, DSP Arun singh and other police officers were present on the occasion. According to information, on receiving a tip-off about the LIC heist, a police party of CIA staff had gone to raid a residential premises in village Brahmanan on Saturday night around 9 pm. During the search operations, a youth reportedly picked up a quarrel with the raiding party and allegedly fired at the constable Sher Singh from a country Pistol, injuring him in the abdomen. The youth, identified as Vijender, also sustained injuries during the scuffle with the police party. After the firing incident, Sher Singh was brought to the civil hospital in serious condition and referred to the Trauma Centre in Delhi. But he succumbed to his injuries.



Does it take a day to lodge an abduction FIR?
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 30
Mohammad Murtuza, a resident of Basai Darapur in West district here, has been running from pillar to post to get his 14-year old daughter rescued from the clutches of two youths who had allegedly abducted her last month.

The distressed father, in his report to the top brass of the Delhi Police, has alleged that his daughter was allegedly abducted by brothers Sanjay Tyagi and Neeraj Tyagi on February 4 while she was on her way to school.

The victim was a student of class eight in Adarsh Model Secondary school at Bali Nagar in Moti Nagar area.

The victim’s father alleged that the rickshaw puller had dropped her a few metres away from school, from where the suspects had abducted her on a motorcycle which belonged to their relative. There were other students in the rickshaw at the time of the abduction.

The family waited for her till 3 P.M. to return. When she did not return, they tried to find out her whereabouts. Next day, a hapless Murtuza was able to register an FIR at the Moti Nagar police station after a grueling six-hour wait: he had arrived at the police station at 9 am but the FIR was lodged only at 3 pm and that too after he pleaded before the policemen with folded hands.

He said that the names of the suspects were mentioned in the FIR, but the police was reluctant to arrest them.

Murtuza alleged that the victim was abducted allegedly with the connivance of his relative who lived in Inderpuri; once he had received a call from there, too.

The girl was allegedly kept there, but the police took no action.

He said that the abductors lived in the neighbourhood of the victim.

They used to pass lewd remarks at her. When the victim’s brother objected, they had threatened to abduct the girl.

Murtuza said that he had met Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range), Mr Satish Chandra, Joint Commissioner of Police (Vigilance), Mrs Kanwaljit Deol, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Deependra Pathak, and area ACP, Mr T.R. Mudgal, but nothing had happened so far.



The lean men with their mean machines
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 30
They are the eternal symbols of freedom, youth, belligerence and even romance: Motor bikes, whether vintage 1904 or the latest swashbuckling contraption, have always captured the fancy of men over the ages.

Close on the heels of a procession that saw vintage four wheelers dazzle the streets of the Capital, came the cavalcade of motorcycle riders displaying their old but stunning steel machines.

From a 1904 NSU to a 1970 BMW, the parade had a total of 31 motorcycles zipping though the Capital. Organised by the CYMO India 2003, the vintage motorcycle rally was inaugurated by Member Parliament and scion of the Scindia royal family, Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Flagged off near the National Stadium, the cavalcade moved from the Old Fort to the Nizammudin Tomb and Safdarjung Tomb before culminating at the Trivoli Gardens near Chhatarpur Temple.

The gleaming metal bodies were appreciated for their upkeep. Praising the owners, Mr. Scindia said: “These beautiful and stunning bikes would have been lost for times to come, had the owners not painstakingly maintained these heritage beauties to keep the nostalgia and tradition alive”.

The rally gave the riders and bike enthusiasts an opportunity to catch a glimpse of a spectacular collection of vintage bikes. One could catch a glimpse of a Handerson 1926, Indian Chief 1940, Triumph 1942 and an Indian Poni from 1944.

The organisers, CYMO India, plan to take the rally across the country as an annual event.

And thus seek to honour and merit the efforts of those who have saved the timeless beauties from blemishes of age.

According to some motor bike buffs, such shows go a long way in creating a cult following for vintage brands.

They also serve as reminders of a glorious past and have great nostalgia value.



Rumour rumpus: LG factory damaged
Parmindar Singh

Greater Noida, March 30
A rumour about the death of a worker, Anil Kumar Varma, in an accident while on duty in the LG factory here earned the ire of fellow workers in the factory. Thousand of workers staged a demonstration and vented their spleen by stoning the window panes and damaging equipment and furniture fixtures.

The police had to resort to a lathi charge and fire shots in the air to rein in the angry workers. As the condition of the injured Anil Kumar, who had been admitted to Kailash Hospital here, deteriorated, he was shifted to the main Kailash Hospital in Noida in the afternoon.

As hundreds of workers were streaming in for the afternoon shift and an equal number trooped out at the end of the morning shift someone spread the rumour that a worker had died in an accident while on duty in the morning shift and the management had concealed the incident.

This was enough to incite the workers who soon started pelting stones at the factory building.

SP (Rural) Pushpak Jyoti reached the LG factory with a strong police force from the Surajpur police station under SO Bahadur Singh to control the situation. SO N. P. Singh of the Kasna police station and SO Hari Singh from Bisarakh also reached the factory site with their men.



Capital in for a green makeover
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 30
The national Capital is in for a makeover. A green cover which will not only beautify the city of concrete but will also allow Delhiites to breathe easy is on the anvil.
The government has announced the upgradation of the existing parks in addition to the establishment of new ones. The DDA has announced plans to develop a bio-diversity park spread over 200 acres in Wazirabad.

The project is aimed at developing more than 30 different eco-systems along the river basin having species of both flora and fauna from the foothills of Himalayas to the Gangetic plains.

While the DDA is already developing a similar park, Astha Kunj, near Nehru Place in the city, a botanical and science park will be developed at Dwarka. Plants of medicinal value will be grown in the park and so will be a nursery and water bodies. Dwarka will also have another park, which will have an amphitheatre, a lake and a food and crafts bazaar. The green belts along the Ring Road between the ISBT and Sarai Kale Khan, Sanjay Lake, Rohini will be upgraded.

The DDA has also envisaged a park at Jasola, a lake in Pooth Kalan village in Rohini and parks in Vasant Kunj, Vikaspuri and Sanjay Van. The provision for these projects has been made in the 2003-2004 budget of the Delhi Government.

The government and the DDA have so far developed approximately 1,600 acres of green areas.



Witness animal shows on busy roads at 
your own risk
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 30
The biggest terror on the city roads these days are herds of stray cattle that put in a sudden appearance in the midst of speedily moving vehicles, dangerously disrupting the already chaotic flow of traffic.

A large number of cows and buffaloes which should be confined to sheds in dairy colonies are left free to roam the streets for grazing on the lush lawns of the parks and public gardens in various residential colonies and urinating and defecating on the roads. The city’s roads have been invaded by donkeys and pigs posing not just a traffic hazard but a serious health risk as well.

It is a common sight to see cows, donkeys and pigs roaming about on the main roads. Unsanitary conditions apart, the malodour is so overpowering that at times travellers stuck in a traffic jam are forced to roll up their car windows.

Residential colonies inhabited by both the affluent and poorer sections have not been spared the onslaught of stray cattle and pigs. Cattle squatting in narrow, unkempt and filthy lanes and bylanes in colonies create unsanitary conditions besides posing a problem for vehicles negotiating the lanes.

Insignificant efforts made by the municipal council to round up stray cattle, ridiculously low penal fee in case of cattle being impounded, the ease with which the cattle owners can get their animals freed simply by producing a letter of recommendation from the political bosses and lack of political will in taking a firm decision ordering cattle owners out of residential colonies are the prime reasons for the continuing menace.

The stray cattle population on the roads has increased considerably. Herds of stray cattle have made the roads their abode. Employees of the municipal council feel helpless in the absence of vehicles needed to impound the cattle. Similarly, the menace of pigs has assumed an alarming proportion thanks to the failure of the authorities concerned to catch them.

Meanwhile, unauthorised hawkers and vendors are a public nuisance as they contribute towards creating unsanitary and slum-like conditions, leading to traffic chaos. It is necessary to evolve a clear-cut policy regarding the hawkers and their licensing. Prosecution has to be made more stringent otherwise the problem will assume grim overtones. Hawkers and vendors are encouraged to stay where they are by the corrupt staff of various official agencies as well as the political bosses. Thus, the hawkers prefer encroaching public and municipal land. This suits the officials as it keeps their pockets lined.

In Ashok Nagar, a thickly populated area of the city, not a single squatter has been paying any licence fee to the municipal council. The staff dare not challan them despite the fact that the shopkeepers and rehriwalas selling vegetables and fruit create unsanitary conditions in the main streets.

A large number of wooden stalls have been put along the boundary walls of the godown of the Food and Supplies Department in Model Town and the PWD (B&R) rest house as well as the office of the Fisheries Department. The condition outside the general bus stand is the worst as the wooden stalls and rehris pose a traffic hazard whereby the pedestrians’ movement is hampered.

The rotten vegetables and fruit thrown by the rehriwalas invite stray cattle. This has led to many accidents.

Another grave health hazard is posed by hawkers in the foodgrain and vegetable markets. It is a major lapse on the part of the officials who have failed to check them seriously.

It is alleged that the hawkers sell contaminated food items and rotten vegetables and fruit outside the educational institutions in the city thanks to the failure of the authorities to check the sale of substandard foodstuffs.



Waste treatment plants to start work from Oct 20
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 30
In order to get the solid waste management projects completed expeditiously in the NCR towns and other major municipalities of Haryana, the Chief Administrator of the Slum Clearance Board, Haryana, has set a time frame for undertaking various activities involved in the scheme.

According to information, the Deputy Commissioners of as many as 14 districts- Sonepat, Panipat, Rohtak,

Jhajjar, Gurgaon, Rewari, Narnaul, Bhiwani, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Hisar, Karnal and Jind- who head the municipalities and district monitoring committees, have been given milestones for completion of various components of the project. In the guidelines, it is stated that the land for the treatment plant must be finalised and possession taken by

February 28, 2003. The order for containers, equipment and vehicles should be placed by the Director, Supply and Disposal, Haryana, by the same date and the supply of the same to the municipalities should start by April 15 and completed by May 31 this year.

The guidelines further add that the bids for privatisation of operation and maintenance of transportation of solid

waste from community bins, litter bins and hazardous waste collection points within the municipal limits must be invited by March 15, opened by April 10 and the allotment of the works must be completed by April 30. The primary collection and transportation from the collection points must start functioning from May 1.

Similarly, as per the guidelines, the bids for installation treatment plant (compost plant) were invited by March 15, are to be opened by April 10, agreements with agencies are to be finalised by May 30 and the work on installation is to be completed by September 30.

The testing of the treatment plant is to be completed by October 10 and the plant is to be made fully operational from October 20.

The Deputy Commissioners have also been urged to launch awareness campaign through NGOs and other social and voluntary organisations to ensure that the residents are made aware about segregation of biodegradable, non-biodegradable and hazardous waste in different bins.

Besides, the residents as well as the visitors in the towns and floating population are also to be made aware of the Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000, and Hazardous Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998, by June 30.

According to the Deputy Commissioner, Sonepat, Mr Balwan Singh, projects of solid waste management for Sonepat, Gohana and Ganaur towns have been sanctioned by the NCR Planning Board at a projected cost of Rs 8.85 crore.

As suggested by consultants for mechanical composition for the treatment of biodegradable solid waste and disposal of inert solid waste by landfill, the DC said Sonepat and Ganaur had been grouped together for treatment plant/compost unit with its location at Sonepat. Gohana has been grouped with Rohtak town with the treatment plant location at Rohtak.

The DC also claimed the municipal authorities were going ahead with the works as per the scheduled time frame. The NCR Planning Board had also released two instalments. The municipalities had already incurred an expenditure of over Rs 2.24 crore under the solid waste management project.



Agitated traders burn VAT effigy
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, March 30
Traders in the town led by Haryana Beopar Mandal president Laxmi Chand Gupta and Rohtak Traders Association president Ashok Kaka burnt an effigy of value added tax (VAT) at the Bhiwani Stand chowk here yesterday.

According to information, a large number of traders converged on the busy chowk last morning to protest against the VAT system to be implemented with effect from April 1 in the state.

Addressing the protesters, Mr Gupta said VAT would be recovered at every point where the sale of goods took place. He said even small shopkeepers would have to get themselves registered under VAT. He said the new system would increase the official formalities and the traders would have to file income tax returns and additional returns every month. He claimed the new tax system would result in inflation and the sales tax inspectors would get a free hand to harass the traders.

Mr Kaka said the VAT system was not applicable to countries like India where the retailers get a meagre margin ranging from 5 to 10 per cent on the sale of different goods. He claimed the state exchequer would suffer a huge loss due to the new system. The leaders demanded immediate withdrawal of the anti-trader tax system and appealed to the trading community to make the nationwide bandh proposed to be observed on March 31 and April 1 successful.

Meanwhile, the district unit of the Youth Congress has extended support to the proposed bandh by the traders. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Rohtak unit of the Youth Congress held here under the presidentship of Mr Shadi Lal Malik yesterday.

Cyclist robbed of Rs 28,000: Three unidentified motor cycle-borne youths robbed a cyclist of Rs 28,000 at the Bhiwani Stand chowk, one of the busiest chowks in the town, on Saturday.

According to information, Mr Ram Tiwari Kaushik, a resident of Pauli village and at present employed at an electric workshop on the Hisar road here, was going to Bhiwani Stand to deposit the cash in a bank at around 10.30 am. Three miscreants on a motor cycle intercepted him and snatched the bag containing cash after throwing chilly powder in his eyes. They managed to escape after committing the crime.



Cop shot at, succumbs to injuries 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 30
Sher Singh, a police constable, sustained bullet injuries when he was shot at by some persons at Garhi Brahmanan village about 3 km from here last night. According to a report, the constable was rushed to the local civil hospital from where he was referred to a trauma centre in Delhi for further treatment, but he succumbed to injuries on the way to Delhi.

The police have reportedly arrested the alleged assailant Vijener (24) of the same village in this connection. However, the cause of the murder is still being examined. A case of murder has been registered against the assailant.

Punjabi Sabha poll

Faridabad: Mr Vasdev Saluja, a senior Congress leader, has been unanimously elected as the president of the district unit of the Punjabi Sabha. MrA mir Chand has been made the chairman of the Sabha for next two years. The elections were held at Laxmi Narain Mandir in Old Faridabad. The Sabha has authorised Mr Saluja to nominate the executive and office-bearers of the Sabha. A number of the members of the Sabha, including some members of the Municipal Corporation were present at the meeting. TNS

Patwari jailed

Rohtak: The Additional District and Session Judge, Dr Shiva Sharma, has sentenced revenue patwari Dalel Singh to two years’ imprisonment under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The patwari has also been fined Rs 2000. According to the order, Dalel Singh had demanded Rs 500 from a farmer of Rurki village for entering his mutation. OC

Bhiwani Bar

Bhiwani: Advocate Bijender Singh was elected president of the Bar Association Bhiwani. He defeated his nearest rival advocate Sunder Singh by a margin of four votes. Bijender Singh got 160 votes whereas Sunder Singh got 156 votes. Advocate Radhey Shyam has been elected for the post of secretary who got 184 votes. The elections were conducted under supervision of returning officer advocate Ms Savitri Devi. OC



IT returns
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 30
The Income Tax department has advised the citizens of Sonepat and elsewhere in the district to file income tax returns within the stipulated period, otherwise a penalty of Rs 5000 would be imposed on them.

According to official sources, the department has circulated the terms for filing the income tax returns: anyone having a mobile phone, or a vehicle, excluding two-wheelers and three-wheelers or a residential property up to 2,000 square ft or a commercial property up to 300 square ft or having a credit card or undertaken a journey abroad or sponsored anyone for this purpose or if anyone is a member of a club, paying Rs 25,000 as annual fee — is covered under this scheme.

HVP supports bandh: The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has extended its support to the 48-hour countrywide bandh of the traders commencing from tomorrow against the implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT).

Mr Rajiv Jain, general secretary of the HVP told mediapersons here today that the party workers will take part in the rallies and demonstrations organised by the traders against the VAT.



Villager killed in sleep
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 30
A 50-year-old resident of a nearby village was killed on Friday night, while he was sleeping near a tubewell in the field.
The victim identified as Lakhpat, was a resident of Lahdola village. His body was found at about 9.30 pm, lying in a pool of blood. He had been attacked with a sharp-edged weapon. A case has been booked, but no arrest has been made.

This is the second murder in past four days. A youth had been murdered in the same region, a couple of days ago.



Charming Barbie addition for the 
lovely little princess

Mattel India has launched “Stylin’ pup Barbie”, the latest addition to the Barbie range of dolls. Barbie comes with her pup Ginger whom she can nurture by bathing, grooming and styling. Girls can play with their favourite doll and also learn how to take care of their pet.

The new addition comes with all that Barbie needs to take care of her adorable puppy.

Italian fashion: Marco Ricci, the Italian fashion brand is available at the footwear store Loft. The product aims at providing international quality for every footwear segment. It is available in casuals, semi-formals, formals and boots made from top grain non-pigmented leather.

The company uses state-of-the-art waxes and dyes to give the leather a rich, distinctive look. Supple construction, with extra-soft, shock-absorbing cushions inside, makes a comfortable experience.

Notebook computers: IBM has announced the availability of a completely redesigned range of notebook computers, with new standards for battery life, portability, ergonomics and the most secure wireless access.

The new notebooks are the top-of-the-line Thinkpad T40, the ultraportable Thinkpad X31 and new models of the Thinkpad R40. The notebooks offer select models with IBM ThinkVantage Technologies that improve security, provide choice and ease-of-use in wireless capabilities, and simply PC ‘fleet management” for IT organisations.

Sandals for dog days: Allen Cooper shoes and leather accessories has now launched a new range of sandals for the Indian men. The sandals from Allen Cooper provides extra comfort for the dog days ahead. The sandals are prepared with the goat-milled leather which provides softnes and breathability.

Ramesh Sandhu, vice-president, Allen Cooper said, “The sandals are designed to give total comfort.”

Juicy drink for Re 1: Rasna, the soft drink concentrate has launched a sachet for Re 1, which can make two glasses of Rasna. The drink offers considerable health benefit, as it comes fortified with vitamin, calcium and glucose.

The product is available in Orange, Nimbu Pani and Mango flavours. Consumers will only need to mix the powder into a bowl with waters and sugar to make two delicious glasses of Rasna.

For your eyes: Ray-Ban has introduced a new range of sunglass models – “Predator Sports,” in India. These rugged sunglasses are designed to fulfil the rigorous requirements of outdoor action while providing complete protection to eyes from the sun’s glare and harmful ultra-violet rays.

The new models are Predator Metal Oval (RB 3131), Predator Sports Metal Wrap 2 (RB 3107), Predator Sports Metal large (RB 3106) and Predator Sports Metal Extreme (RB 3149).

Mod mobile phones: Munoth Industries has launched the first Indian brand of mobile phones, ‘V K Munoth.’ The slim phones, manufactured by the South Korea-based V K Corporation, would soon hit the Indian market. These lightweight handsets are packed with features like password protected key padlock, dual blue LCD display, 26 polyphonic ring tones and 38 screen savers.

Jaswant Munoth, CEO, said that the company would initially launch three models available through its 2,000 dealers across 50 cities in the country.

Peerless pens: Modi-Senator has launched three exciting range of sporty ‘n’ colourful, glossy diamond-finished, silver writing instruments. The finely crafted range: Brilliant-Line, Lightning and Silver Line offers an exquisite combination of colour, style and reliability and are especially designed for the corporate professionals.

“We are delighted to introduce the new exciting range of quality writing instruments. Our pens are backed by the cutting edge German technology and Senator pens carve a niche in the premium pens segments all over the world,” said Himani Modi Agarwal, Executive Director, Modi-Senator.

Gifts to cherish: Bandhini Home store, a soft home furnishing now diversifies into silver giftware line, Silverne. Be it classy fruit dishes, condiment dishes, serving platter or napkin holders or stylised candle stands, urns, bud vases and photo frames or dainty trinket boxes, jewellery, Silverne offers the entire range.

These beautiful pieces could be ideal gifts for those special moments or you could pamper yourself with these exquisite designs and add a touch of beauty to your life.

Minty fare: Mint-O, the flagship brand has launched its latest product Mint-O-Lemon. The mint sports an attractive mnemonic and colour combination, which is distinctively vibrant and contemporary. Ravi Naware, CEO ITC foods said, “The recent introduction is in line with our marketing strategy of adding excitement and contributing to the growth of the category.”

‘Wicked’ briefs: Rupa Frontline range of vests and briefs has come up with a new package to give its wearer a good look. The product comes up with special Px finish, which gives it an extra shine, lustre and longevity.

Sanitation systems: Finolex has introduced the PVC SWR pipes and fittings in Punjab and Haryana market. PVC SWR (Soil, Waste and Rainwater) pipes and fittings provides a cost-effective and efficient sanitation systems in individual homes as well as high-rise buildings.

“The SWR pipe systems are made to suit Indian conditions. The specially tested UV stabilised PVC compounds used in the manufacturing of PVC SWR pipes, protects it from ultra-violet light when exposed to sunlight,” said Vivek Khandekar, president, Finolex Industries.

A euphonic treat: T-series has released audio-cassettes Main Naukar Maiyya Ka by Swami Surendra Budhiraja, Tere Aaye Navraate by Punjabi pop singer Bhuppi and Tulsi-Shivani sung by Sonu Nigam and Kumar Bishu.

For creamy look: Avon, leader in beauty products, has introduced the New Deep Cleansing Mud Wash Off Facial Mask. The beige-coloured fragrance creamy mask is available in a stand-up tube. The cleansing mud is a creamy wash-off mask and offers women the natural way to beautiful, healthy skin. The mask cools and refreshes the skin as it hydrates and combines natural clays, water and emollients to deeply cleanse and refine skin.

Devotional album: Music Today and Isha music have launched “Om Namah Shivaya”. It’s a devotional album of Lord Shiva sung by Mr Santanu Bhattacharya, narrated by Dr Ganesh Gunjan. The album starts with Ganesh Bandana, followed by Mahamantra Om, Shiv Rahashya, Padma Purana, Bramhapurana.

A nectarean drink: NAFED has introduced a Fruit Nectar-Leh Berry, an extract from the fruit of natural wonder plant Seabuckthorn. The plant is highly rich not only in oxygen, but also contains eight essential vitamins, 24 minerals, 18 amino acids and anti-oxidants. Seabuckthorn berry is the richest source of Vitamin C for which it has been duly hailed as the king of Vitamin C.


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