Monday, April 7, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Slum dwellers’ world ends in smoke while govt fiddles
Parmindar Singh

Noida, April 6
The blaze in Sector 44 jhuggi cluster in Noida on April 3 was an act of arson or the result of an accident, the controversy rages on even three days after some 500 jhuggis had been gutted.

However, the stubborn fact is that once again the world of jhuggi dwellers turned topsy-turvy.

Last year also, about half of total 2,000 huts had been destroyed, charring 10 persons to death.

Why are these jhuggis allowed at all in this industrial town?

The land mafia seems to be at it. Why the prime land, worth king’s ransom, is allowed to be annexed at all?

Every year, the world of Slum dwellers goes up in smoke but it hardly affects the business of the mafia and rarely awaken the “government authorities” from their slumber.

The jhuggi dwellers use unauthorised power connections and are provided with water tap at convenient points. They have also been issued ration cards by the administration.

Sources even allege that there is a nexus between the administration and the mafia. For the last 20 years, jhuggi clusters, that come up on the government land have been given the shape of colonies in Noida.

It is well known that these clusters are a happy-hunting ground of criminals. For the last five years, many gangs, including operatives of Pakistan’s ISI, find jhuggi clusters a safe haven. Deep inside the interior of the clusters, police have recovered stolen goods worth Rs 25 lakh. Many of the slums are pucca jhuggis and wherever a ‘double-storey’ jhuggi is made in the vicinity, it results in serious accidents.

The jhuggi clusters are found in Sectors 8, 9, 10, 4, 16, 44 and around Noida Export Promotion Zone (NEPZ) in Phase-II.

Last year, one Dr P K Vishwas, a social worker had alleged that a drug mafia had been using these jhuggis for promoting narcotics. He was later beaten up so badly that he died after a few days.

According to Dr Om Prakash, CEO, Noida administration has floated a Shramik Kunj (labour colony) scheme where about 2,000 Slum dwellers have applied for allotments of tenements.


Two shot in Khurja danse macabre
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, April 6
It was a night of danse macabre, enacted by four heavily armed criminals at Mohalla Pirzadan in Khurja yesterday. They first dragged one person out of his house and shot him dead in the bazaar and then shot another person Mohd Umar, who had witnessed the crime, some 100 metres away at a crossing. They injured another person as he had objected to the noise created by them at night.

According to information, somebody knocked at fruit- seller Rafique’s house at Ali Wali Gali in Mohalla Pirzadan, Khurja. As he opened the door, he was forcibly taken out by four persons. Rafique’s wife pleaded with the assailants to spare his life, but they soon put guns on his body and fired a number of shots. Rafique died on the spot. The reason behind the attack is not known.

At about 100 metres away near the crossing, Mohd Umar was smoking a cigarette after closing his shop. He witnessed the scene. When he asked the killers what they were up to, they fired a few shots at him too, one of which hit Umar, who slumped in a pool of blood.

After shooting him, the killers passed through Mohalla Punjabian where Qyum Salmani who was going home objected to the killers causing a brouhaha at an unearthly hour. A hail of bullets was directed at him. He was badly injured and fell down. Later the police, including Additional SP D.P. Srivastava and Circle Officer Nepal Singh reached the spot and rushed the injured Umar to the government hospital. He was referred to a hospital in Aligarh but succumbed to his injuries on the way.



Duo rob jeweller of ornaments worth Rs 8 lakh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 6
Two motorcycle-borne armed assailants robbed gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 8 lakh from a jeweller in Kashmere Gate last night while he was returning home after buying the ornaments from the Chandni Chowk wholesale market.

The incident occurred around 8.40 pm when Umesh Goel (34), owner of Goel Jewellers, Shahdara, was heading towards his house on his scooter. When he reached the ISBT flyover roundabout, two well-built youths in their late 20s, armed with revolver, stopped Mr Goel and threatened him to open the scooter’s toolbox. Upon opening, the assailants immediately sped away with the booty. The victim was assisted by the passers-by to report the matter to the police in the Civil Lines area.

The police said the assailants had prior information about the jeweller carrying the ornaments along with him. Several jewellers have been robbed in a similar fashion by armed assailants over the past few months.

The police have launched a massive hunt for the assailants whose description was given to them by the victim.

Bid to kidnap businessman

Sonepat: An attempt to kidnap Vikas, an owner of a shoe company of Karnal, was foiled when the Indica car in which he along with the kidnappers was travelling dashed against a road-divider at Gohana town, 35 km from here, last evening.

According to a report, as the car stopped immediately after the accident, the owner of the factory raised the alarm. The kidnappers, numbering four, got down from the car and fled in another car which was coming from behind. Some eyewitnesses noted the number of the car in which the kidnappers escaped and informed the police about it. The police have registered a case. A hunt is on to apprehend the kidnappers.

The owner of the shoe factory stated that he was going to Gohana from Karnal in his car and was at the driver’s seat. A domestic help was also travelling with him.

When the car reached near Israna village, four occupants of a Maruti car stopped his car and forced their way into his car.

One of them pushed him and started driving the car. After sometime, he managed to take the driver’s seat and in the scuffle. the car dashed against the road-divider. The incident has caused panic among the residents of Gohana town.


MDU asked to take care of its own students
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, April 6
Setting aside the order passed by a local court, Mr R. S. Bahmani, Additional District Judge, has directed Maharshi Dayanand University to give admission to a student to the BEd (regular) course in 2002-03 session. In a recently delivered judgement, Mr Bahmani observed: “The plaintiff was very much eligible for admission to the course, having the right on merit on the basis of her MSc (final) result, which was declared late due to the lapse on the part of the university.”

Mr Ram Mehar Hooda, counsel for the plaintiff, said Monika, a resident of Kamla Nagar locality here, had applied for admission to BEd (regular) course being run by the university. The entrance test for admission was postponed and held on June 30 last year. Similarly, the merit list of the selected candidates was displayed on July 9, which was to be displayed on June 30. The eligibility criterion for admission was a bachelor’s degree while the merit was to be determined on the basis of an entrance test and percentage scored at the graduation or post-graduation level (whichever is higher).

The plaintiff obtained 72 per cent marks in BEd entrance test and scored 64.60 per cent marks in MSc (final). However, the university authorities refused to consider her MSc result while preparing the merit list for admission to the BEd course on the plea that the MSc result was to be submitted till July 10, 2002.

The plaintiff pleaded that her result was declared by the university on September 9, 2002 and that the belated declaration of result was not her fault. She even pointed out several cases of admission to the course after closure of admission. She had approached the university authorities several times, but in vain.

Mr R. S. Ahlawat, advocate for the defendant, argued that the plaintiff could not be given admission to the course at the fag end of the session. He said the classes for teaching practice had already been organised in all the colleges under the university and it was not possible to re-organise such classes. Moreover, he argued that a BEd student had to attend at least 75 per cent lectures to make him/her eligible for appearing in the annual examinations, which was not possible for the plaintiff at this stage.

However, the court observed: “The university should have the courtesy to take care, at least of its own students, when it failed to announce the MSc (final) examination result before the last date for furnishing the documents by the candidate when her result was with them and they could have very easily considered it on their own.”



Computer company cheats students; hauled up
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 6
A Delhi court has summoned Pentasoft Technologies Ltd, offering various computer courses throughout the country, for shutting down a centre without giving prior information.

Pentasoft has been taken to court on charges of duping students by closing a study centre in the Capital without notice. Taking cognisance of a criminal complaint charging the company, allegedly operating in 14 countries around the world, with cheating, Metropolitan Magistrate Chandrasekhar fixed June 3 as the date for hearing pre-summoning evidence. The company, running at least 16 institutes in and around Delhi, closed its Defence Colony centre on February 27 without any notice or intimation, the complainant’s counsel Saurabh Sharma told the court.

Mr Sharma alleged that the company had not only closed its Defence Colony branch but had also put down shutters on almost all the study centres in the capital. The complainant, Uma Kirti, a resident of I P Extension, had taken admission in a multimedia course on August 16, 2002 for Rs 64,000 following advertisements in July and August, Mr Sharma said.

He said to attract students, the company had projected itself as one of the top 10 IT companies in the country and projected former Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman M S Narayanan as its non-executive director to inspire confidence among unsuspecting clients. The complainant was not only assured of a certificate after the completion but was also promised domestic and overseas placement assistance, besides a host of facilities at par with the best in the industry, Mr Sharma alleged. He said the company also claimed that it had entered into strategic partnerships with the global giants like Microsoft, IBM and Lotus.

The company has been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the lawyer also plans to move the consumer court for the redressal of his grievances. He said though the company, with its head office in Chennai, received the legal notice, it had not replied.

Undertrials’ escape: Dy Jail Superintendent suspended

Sonepat: The Haryana Government has ordered the suspension of Mr Dharam Singh Phogat, Deputy Superintendent of District Jail, Sonepat, on the charge of dereliction of duty and appointed Mr Sewa Ram, Deputy Superintendent of District Jail, Ambala in his place.

According to a report, this action has been taken on the report of the inquiry committee constituted by the department after the escape of five undertrial prisoners from the District Jail of Sonepat on February 13. The members of the inquiry committee held Mr Phogat responsible for the escape of the undertrials and submitted their report to the state government for further action in this regard.

Five undertrial prisoners, it may be recalled, had managed to escape from the jail after cutting the iron rods of a toilet and scaling the walls of the jail building. One of them was re-arrested from a field of the jail after three days. OC


An open sesame to the well-being of children
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 6
Health experts and the academic society have long been expressing concern over the need to protect children from violence and habits that are detrimental to their physical as well as mental well-being. And this is precisely why the theme of this year’s World Health Day is: Healthy Environment and Children.

Attention to the need for providing healthy environment to the children will be drawn from seminars, lectures and related activities that will be conducted in schools throughout the city. “There are mainly two parts to the child’s environment: physical and psychosocial. Apart from physical environment including food and shelter, one needs to give the right psychosocial environment, which includes parent and society to children,” says psychiatrist Dr Samir Parikh.

It is pointed out that in the present scenario when a child is exposed to negative stimuli in the environment, adults need to introspect and change the stimuli. “Aggression, changing values, violence, substance use, lack of support and love, these are important areas in the growing child’s environment that need to be changed as they have a significant impact on the child’s personality and life,” adds Dr Parikh. Like Dr Parikh, educators like Ms Renu Dhar concerned over the increasing tendency towards violence says, “In schools, we notice a perceptible increase in the tendency to fly off the handle at the slightest provocation.”

She recounts an incident where a junior school student “bashed up” a classmate for drinking water from his bottle without permission. “Viewing of violence by children has always been a source of concern. It has been seen in many experiments that aggression can be a learnt phenomenon and that when children are exposed to violence, their attitude towards aggression also changes,” explains Dr Parikh.

The blame is unanimously piled on “television and the films”, for they are the “unbarred media of negative forces like violence, crime and sleaze”.

Dr Parikh explains, “When a child watches violence, he gets an emotional arousal that increases the tendency to aggress.” He, however, is also quick to blame the fights that we have on roads, at home, as, “aggressive stimuli”.

The ongoing war and turmoil in places resulting from terrorism also contribute to children becoming irritable, nervous and prone to mental disorders. Health experts point out that children imitate what they see, this could perhaps explain the fascination for war toys and games that depict violence.

Calling for a need to protect children from these aggressive stimuli, psychiatrists point out that by repeated viewing of violence, the desensitisation of children towards the stimulus takes place. This, they claim changes their social and moral perception. Dr Parikh adds, “Not only do children get desensitised to violence but also lose inhibitions. This makes their individual aggressive tendencies easier to express.” Counselling of children who show signs of aggression or extreme emotions like aloofness and the inability to conjoin with their peers is one of the solutions offered.

“Parental guidance, school education and group discussions help in reducing these impacts of violence on children.,” sums up Dr Parikh.


Yet another Devi Lal statue unveiled
Tribune News Service

Palwal (Faridabad), April 6
A full-size statue of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal was unveiled at a park proposed to be developed in his name on the National Highway here today on the occasion of the second death anniversary of the late leader. The Union Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, was the chief guest. Haryana Chief

Minister Om Prakash Chautala and a battery of ruling INLD leaders and officials were present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Chautala lauded the role of his father in the development of the state and said that he was not disturbed with the criticism by his political opponents that the installation of statues of Ch Devi Lal was improper. He said some of the leaders might have been dreaming of pulling down these statues someday when they come to power but, he said, they must remember the fate of the people who pulled down the statue of Lord Buddha in Afghanistan. He said such a dream would never be fulfilled.

It may be recalled that Haryana Vikas Party supremo and former Chief Minister Bansi Lal and RPI MLA from Palwal Karan Dalal have condemned the decision on installing statues of Devi Lal everywhere and naming the parks after him. They have announced to pull down these as soon as they got the opportunity.

Mr Chautala said more parks would be developed in the future.


Fodder shortage: Rethink on combine harvesters
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 6
The cattle owners in the district have been facing an acute shortage of fodder for the past six months. The coming harvesting season also may not change this scenario. This is primarily attributed to the increased use of combine harvesters. Farmers here are having second thoughts on using combine harvesters this season.

The prices of dry fodder this season have reached a record high of around Rs 500 per quintal in urban areas and Rs 450 per quintal in the villages. People are forced to sell their milch animals at very low prices since it has become difficult for them to arrange dry fodder at such high rates. Even when the harvesting season is likely to commence within a week, the dry fodder of wheat is being sold at prices ranging between Rs 250 and Rs 300.

The main problem started with the shortage of rains last monsoon, causing losses to green fodder crops like jowar and bajra, which are used for months together during and after the rainy season. The cattle owners were forced to sustain their livestock on paddy husk not so good for the consumption of milch animal.

One of the major reasons for the shortage of fodder is that in the last season, a large number of farmers opted for combine harvesters, as the entire harvesting and thrashing process of the wheat crop in an area of one hectare could be completed within 5-6 hours. By this way, the farmer gets only the wheat and is deprived of dry fodder whereas the routine harvesting and thrashing can take more than a week in good climatic conditions in the same area. And if it rains, the period extends to weeks.

Fearing rain and inclement weather like earlier years, a large number of farmers engaged combine harvesters and flooded the grain markets with wheat. This had made government procurement agencies to face a lot of problems in lifting the purchased wheat. They did not realise the future problems of scarcity of dry fodder in using a combine harvester. Per hectare loss of dry fodder while using combine harvesters is roughly around 100 kg.

Comparatively, expenses of both modes of thrashing are almost equal at around Rs 2,000 per acre. The charges when using combine harvesters are generally Rs 500 to Rs 600 per acre, besides the loss of around 40 kg of dry fodder worth over Rs 1,500. Whereas, the per acre charges when routine harvesting and thrashing processes are employed include 120 to 150 kg wheat worth around Rs 800 to Rs 900 for crop cutting, about 120 kg wheat worth nearly Rs 750 as thrashing charges and roughly around 60 to 70 kg wheat of up to Rs 400 for labour charges.

There are more than a dozen combine harvesters in the district. Five of them were added only this year in the hope that it will be a good season like last year. But many of them remarked that the farmers have already started engaging labourers for crop cutting. “Our business is likely to go down by at least 50 per cent this season,” said one farmer.

According to reports of the Agriculture Department, farmers have sown wheat in 1.34 lakh hectares in the district. As estimated, the farmers can get around 53 lakh quintals of dry fodder of wheat if the entire crop is harvested and thrashed by traditional methods.

As the dry fodder of wheat touched the highest off-season prices during this winter, a majority of the farmers are likely to store it with the hope to get higher prices in the coming winter.


Rs 10.57 crore for water supply schemes
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 6
The Haryana Government has taken a series of measures to augment the drinking water supply system in the urban and rural areas of Sonepat district. Stating this, Deputy Commissioner Balwan Singh told mediapersons here today that Rs 10.57 crore had been allocated for laying pipelines and construction of tubewells in this city. The work was still in progress and would be completed soon. On the completion of this work, the residents would get 70 litres water per head per day, he added.

The DC also disclosed that the drinking water supply scheme based on canal water had already been completed and a sum of Rs 4.10 lakh had been spent on it. The residents living in the mandi area are the beneficiaries of this scheme.

Referring to other drinking water supply schemes in the rural areas, the DC disclosed that the state government had spent Rs 20.52 lakh on the completion of schemes at Pipli and Gopalpur villages in the district. Similarly, Rs 18 lakh had been spent on the scheme for Gorar village. The work for the construction of a boosting station and a tubewell was nearing completion at a cost of Rs 30 lakh at Khanda village.

According to the DC, Rs. 87,000 had been spent on the construction of a tubewell and laying of pipelines at Dewru village. Similarly, Rs 2.90 lakh had been spent on the drinking water supply scheme at Tihar Kalan village. A sum of Rs 3.10 lakh had been spent on the construction of a tubewell and a boosting station at Sehri village.

He also disclosed that the work on the drinking water supply scheme was in progress at a cost of Rs 1.21 crore at Kharkhauda town in this district. The water supply scheme is being augmented at Chhatehra village and Rs 22.30 lakh would be spent on it. 


Principal dies after taking liquor
Our Correspondent

Noida, April 6
The Principal of a public school in Baraula under the Sector 49 police station reportedly died after taking a peg of rum on Friday night. Another young man, rushed to hospital in a serious condition, is struggling for his life. The police have sent the body for a post-mortem examination.

Principal Udey Shankar Tiwari, 40, was busy making arrangements for a religious function, a Jagran, along with his neighbour, Ashok Sharma.

At about 10.30 pm Tiwari and Ashok Sharma were taking liquor at the latter’s house when Tiwari, after consuming a peg, complained that the drink was very bitter.

Sharma also took a sip and felt extremely uneasy and complained of excruciating pain in the chest.

Soon after, Udey Shankar Tiwari died on the spot while Ashok was made to vomit and then rushed to a hospital.

The police of Sector 49 recovered a quarter of Lord Nelson and a bottle of XXX Rum, which have been sent to a lab for tests.

The SSP, Mr Rajiv Kishen, has not ruled out the possibility of a drug being present in the liquor.

The police are also examining the whole matter from the angle of a possible conspiracy to kill Tiwari.


Delhi company recruits eight from Gaur Brahman campus
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, April 6
As many as eight third year students of Bachelor in Computer Application course being run by Gaur Brahman Degree College here were selected for job by a Delhi-based firm, ‘Says Netsoft’, after a campus interview held in the college complex yesterday.

Dr R. K. Bharadwaj, principal of the college, said Anjali, Naveen, Omna, Rishi, Preeti, Kamal, Sachin and Renu were the lucky students who were selected by the company.

He claimed that ‘Says Netsoft’ was one of the leading companies in software development and it was the first attempt made by an educational institute in the region. Dr Bharadwaj said as many as 52 students of the BCA appeared for the test, which included the students and the alumni.

He said the selection team led by its director Amitabh Kant took written examinations in two sections — first pertaining to technical knowledge and the second to check aptitude. After qualifying the written tests, the students were interviewed in two sections. The college principal congratulated the selected students and asked the remaining ones not to lose heart and try again with more zeal. He assured the students that another campus interview would be held soon in the college.

Police custody for Four thieves

A local court has sent four persons accused of theft in police custody till April 9. Satinder and Sumit, residents of Hari Singh colony, Sanjay of Shri Ram colony and Jitender of Vijay Nagar locality were arrested on Friday. Stolen goods worth nearly Rs 7.80 lakh, including two three-wheelers, three scooters, a motorcycle, three television sets, gas stoves, typewriters, computers and electronic equipment and domestic articles were recovered from their possession. The accused reportedly admitted their involvement in 14 cases of theft in Rohtak and one in Kaithal districts.


HUJ to hold conferences on right to information
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, April 6
The Haryana Union of Journalists (HUJ) will organise conferences in all four commissionerates in the state under its ongoing campaign for creating awareness regarding the issue of right to information. Demanding immediate notification of the Freedom of Information Act by the central government, the state executive of the HUJ called on the state government to bring its own legislation on this issue at a meeting held here this afternoon.

The HUJ president, Mr Virender Singh Chauhan, said after the meeting that MPs, MLAs and other elected representatives in the respective commissionerates would be invited to participate in these conferences in addition to the bureaucrats working in that particular area. The first such conference was likely to be held at Hisar in which Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala would be invited as chief guest, he said.

Mr Rajesh Jain, HUJ district president, Panipat, told the state executive that a workshop on ‘Media Laws and Labour Laws’ would be organised at Panipat to apprise the journalists of the surrounding districts of the laws and legislation relating to their profession. The right to information would be the third important issue to be discussed at the proposed workshop, he added. The state executive condemned the letter sent by the Director, Public Relations Department, Haryana, to the District Public Relations Officers in which certain undemocratic conditions appeared to have been imposed for granting accreditation to journalists. The union authorised the state president to lodge a strong protest against the said letter and demanded its immediate withdrawal.


DGP seeks public help in solving cases
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 6
The Haryana Director General of Police, Mr M. S. Malik, exhorted the people to extend their whole-hearted co-operation to the police in the investigation of criminal cases.

Addressing a meeting of prominent citizens here last evening, he said the society was responsible for most of the crime. “If the people begin to realise that it is their duty to fearlessly tell all the facts about criminal cases to the police, then most of the difficulties in tracking down criminals can be removed.”

Referring to the incidents of crime, he said although scientific methods were being used to detect crime, public co-operation was most essential for the conviction of the criminals. He said the tendency to earn more money without proper labour was responsible for the increase in crime. To create an anti-criminal atmosphere, he said anti-crime consciousness should be created among the people. He said that organisations should be set up in mohallas and villages to fearlessly help the police in the detection of crime.

Mr Sharad Kumar, Inspector-General of Police, Rohtak Range, Mr Balwan Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, Superintendent of Police, were among those present on the occasion.

Earlier, addressing the meeting of police officers of the Rohtak Range, Mr Malik asked them to dispose of pending cases on a priority basis and take quick action against those who are found responsible for causing delay in clearing the cases. He also directed them to take stern action against the criminals and redress the public grievances without harassing them. Referring to the welfare schemes for policemen, Mr Malik disclosed that the state government had taken a number of steps like creating infrastructure providing housing, promotion and ex-gratia benefits etc.


Reserved seats to be increased
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 6
As a result of delimitation of Assembly constituencies in Haryana, the number of reserved seats would increase from 17 to 18. According to a report, this information has been given in a circular issued by the Secretary of the Delimitation Commission to 10 associate members, i.e. five MPs and five MLAs of Haryana.

The delimitation process of the constituencies will be finalised in the next meeting of the commission scheduled for April 9 at Delhi. The associate members of this commission are Mr Rattan Lal Kataria (Ambala), Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan (Sonepat), Dr Sudha Yadav (Mahendragarh), Mr Ajay Chautala (Bhiwani), and Dr Sushil Kumar (Indora), all Members of Parliament. The MLAs are Ms Veena Chhibbar (Ambala), Mr Om Parkash Jindal (Hisar), Mr Nafe Singh (Jundal), Mr Nishan Singh (Tohana) and Mr Dheerpal Singh (Badli). Six of the 19 districts will remain unaffected by the delimitation of Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies. Barring Panchkula district, there will be one reserved constituency in each district. Of these, eight reserved constituencies would be in four districts — Yamunanagar, Kaithal, Karnal and Sirsa..

In 15 districts, there would be no reserved constituencies and these include Panchkula, Jind, Panipat, Kurukshetra and Hisar. However, the final decision of adjustment of different Assembly constituencies is likely to be finalised in the next meeting on April 9.


Man has miraculous escape

Faridabad: A 50-year-old person travelling in a train from Madhya Pradesh to Delhi had a miraculous escape after he fell from a moving train today.

The incident took place at about 12 noon when the passenger, identified as Lattha Ram of Raigarh district, was trying to board the train after he had alighted at old Faridabad Railway station to drink water. He, however, lost balance and fell in the place between the tracks and the platform. Relatives of Lattha Ram, who were accompanying him and were on the train, thought that he had been killed. They reported the matter to the daughter of Lattha Ram, who was to receive him at Nizamuddin Railway Station. The woman rushed here on the first train she could board but she was much relieved on being told that her father was alive and had just suffered a minor head injury. Lattha Ram, who had lost consciousness, was brought to the Civil Hospital by the railway police for treatment. Meanwhile, an unidentified body has been recovered from the railway station near Asavati in the district. TNS


L-G appeals for developing trans-Yamuna area
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 6
The Lt-Governor, Mr Vijai Kapoor, today appealed to the Trans Yamuna Development Board to take a big initiative for the development of the area in spite of development at micro level.

Speaking while laying the foundation stone of a multipurpose hall and children’s recreation centre at Barti Artist Colony in the trans-Yamuna area, the Lt-Governor said there was a need to develop a good library and a reading room in each locality so that people could have the facility at their doorstep. A reading room is being developed in the heritage building at Kudsia Bagh. Simultaneously, a reading room is also under construction at Qila Rai Pithora. Municipal Commissioner Rakesh Mehta said the two-storeyed multipurpose hall would be constructed at a cost of Rs 57.40 lakh in an area of 388 square metres in 12 months. The hall will have facilities of table tennis, billiards, chess, carom, library and reading room. Besides, a few more halls with equal facilities will be constructed in the near future.

The Chairman of the Trans Yamuna Development Board, Dr Narender Nath, said all multipurpose halls developed so far had the facilities of a library and reading room. The reading material and literature was being provided by Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi Akademies. Building of three central schools would also be constructed in the area soon.

Dr Nath further said the Old Yamuna Bridge had completed its life span so there was a scheme to construct another bridge 210 metres away from this bridge at a cost of Rs 66 crore.


Man sentenced to life imprisonment for rape, murder
Our Correspondents

Bhiwani, April 6
A local court has sentenced an accused to life imprisonment on account of raping and murdering a minor girl. According to the prosecution, the accused, Bhim Singh of Dudhwa village, had allegedly abducted a nine-year-old girl and raped her in the field in the year 2000. He later throttled the girl to death and threw the body into a well.

Rs 1.20 lakh looted

Two motorcycle-borne miscreants looted Rs 1.20 lakh from a youth. According to report, Shyam Sunder, resident of Gali Ramdutt located at Bichla Bazar, was on his way to pay money to traders last evening. As he was about to cross the street, he was stopped by two motorcycle borne youths, who threw red chilly powder in his eyes and snatched the bag and escaped.

MC clerk suspended

Taking stern action on the complaint made by the traders of Charkhi Dadri, the Deputy Commissioner has ordered the suspension of Ganga Ram, a clerk in the Municipal Committee, Charkhi Dadri. He was accused of favouring people in the aftermath of an anti-encroachment drive in the town. Recently, the Municipal Committee authorities had removed some shops near the old bus stand as part of its anti-encroachment drive. However, some of the encroachers did not dismantle their shops. The victims made a complaint to the Deputy Commissioner in this connection, wherein it was alleged that Ganga Ram was favouring many encroachers.

Man gets 10-year RI

Sonepat: The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr R.K. Bishnoi, has sentenced Ram Mehar, a resident of Pipli Khera village, to 10 years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the charge of violating the NDPS act.

According to a report, the accused would undergo two years further rigorous imprisonment in default of payment of the fine. The accused was arrested by the Murthal police on April 22, 2001, following the recovery of 1,250 grams of contraband opium.

Raids On Medical Stores

The Haryana Drugs Controller office carried out surprise raids on various medical stores at Ganaur town, 16 km from here yesterday, in a bid to check irregularities and malpractices, particularly those related to supply of sub-standard medicines. According to a report, the officials seized several samples of medicines and sent them to the laboratory of the Health Department for examinations. The officials also checked the records and the bills for scrutiny.


March for health held in the Capital
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 6
Flagging off the march for health at Raj Ghat on Sunday morning, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the Government of NCT of Delhi had taken steps to provide safe drinking water, keeping the environment clean and putting an end to unhealthy practices of tobacco chewing, smoking and consumption of alcohol.

The march was organised by the Heart Care Foundation of India, the New Delhi chapter of Indian Medical Association, the Government of NCT of Delhi, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). The march culminated at the India Gate in the afternoon.

Polio drops administered

Polio drops were administered to children below five years of age on Sunday. The vaccine was administered at the seven thousand designate booths (Polio Kendras). Three hundred mobile teams fanned out into the slums. Sixty-five teams were stationed at railway stations, inter-state bus terminuses, airports, entertainment centres and state entry points.

All booths and centres were open from 9 am to 4 pm. Health Minister AK Walia said 30 thousand volunteers were put on duty. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had formally launched the Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme (PPIP) at her residence on Saturday. Dr Burk Holder of World Health Organisation (WHO) and Dr Maria Calivis of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had graced the function.

Award for travel agency

Beautex World Travels have been awarded the second best agency by the SOTC.

The company started by Mr A. K. Jain books tours to foreign locales in association with the SOTC. The company claims that among all agents of SOTC, bookings by Beautex World Travels were the highest in 2002.

Mr Jain has won for himself a trip to Singapore and a three-night cruise on Super Star Virgo.



Stabbed to death for refusing to shake hands
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 6
Rai Singh (70), a vagabond, reportedly stabbed to death Chand Mohammad, 40, when the latter refused to shake hands with him. The victim was a resident of Patparganj and worked as a parcel packer in the Suiwalan area of the walled city. The incident took place yesterday when the victim was going to his workplace. When Chand Mohammad reached near Sis Ganj Gurdwara, the vagabond wished the victim and tried to shake hands with him. He even followed Chand Mohammad to some distance. When Chand Mohammad refused to shake hands, the vagabond stabbed him in the stomach with a kirpan. The vagabond has been arrested and sent to Shahdara Mental Hospital.

Kidnap case worked out

The Kotwali police on Sunday claimed to have worked out a kidnapping for ransom case with the arrest of three persons. The suspects were identified as Nazim, Shiraj and Munir. Their fourth associate, Sheihk Munir, is absconding. The suspects belonged to West Bengal. They had a jewellery shop in Chhatta Pratap Singh. Sometimes back, their servant Moti allegedly fled, taking along about Rs 2 lakh. But they suspected the involvement of the owner of another jewellery shop and kidnapped four persons, namely Salaudin, Hafizul, Shankar and Sheikh Inayat, and confined them in Multani Dhanda in the Mandawali area. They also made ransom calls to a relative of the victims. The victims were rescued on Saturday, the police said.

Three held for robbery

With the arrest of three men, the Central district police on Sunday claimed to have worked out a robbery case. The suspects were identified as Nadeem, Mohammad Shahid and Sapan Ghos. Stolen jewellery worth more than Rs 3 lakh has been recovered from their possession. In the third week of last month a businessman of Mumbai hired a TSR from New Delhi Railway Station for Karol Bagh. Four persons, including the TSR driver, were already sitting in the vehicle. On the way the suspects opened the suitcase of the victim with a duplicate key and robbed Rs 3 lakh and jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh. The suspects were arrested from the North-East district, the police said.


This timeless and universal fabric offers new options to women

PEPE Jeans has come up with its Spring Summer collection 2003. According to Chetan Shah of Pepe Jeans, “Denims are timeless, and are just very universal right now. It is a fabric that never ceases to infuse a sense of youth and innovation. And that’s what the latest collection has to offer.”

Women have a variety of options in denims and washes. There’s lot to choose from stretch denim, striped denim, overdyed denim and streaky denim with whiskers.

Ice Factor

Kenstar has introduced a brand new technological innovation called the “Ice Factor.” According to the company, the new product is an answer to the Indian summer, a superior technology that promises cool temperature that stays that way.

According to Rahul Sethi, president, Kenstar, “Kenstar will now be seen as a serious player in the air conditioner category as we are now offering 11 models catering to different needs of the market.”

Home Wonder

HCL Infosystems has announced the launch of Beanstalk Home Wonder PC. A unique feature of the PC is the ‘Media Wonder Card’ introduced for the first time in India, which allows the user to utilise the PC as a home theater system, an intelligent TV, a DVD player, an ACD player or a MP3 player with all controls equipped in a single handy remote and can even become a complete gaming console.

Versatile speakers

Compuage Infocom has introduced the most versatile and quality entry-level speakers from Creative Labs for the Indian market. The system gives startling performance with most natural and accurate sound provided by the two satellite speakers. Built-in amplifier, wired remote control with volume power switch and LED indicator are available with the system.

Home Tool Kits

Taparia has introduced a range of hand tools under its new concept of ‘Home Tool Kits’ for the household sector. This is the first ever attempt in the country to sell hand tools as a lifestyle domestic product. Taparia in its own way has now urged the public to ‘do it yourself’. The series of four Taparia Tool Kits have been carefully developed for predominant use in household applications.

Arctic Flowers

Avon has introduced ‘Arctic Flowers’, the 2003 summer shade statement under their ‘Color Trend’ brand. The range includes three new lipstick shades and three new nail enamel shades. The look is muted neutral with soft, frosted pastels for pops of wintry colour. The colour palette consists of cool shades to offset the summer heat–pales and white frost.

Energy package

Weikfield has launched ‘Glucovin-D’, in India. ‘Glucovin-D’ comes in an attractive reusable plastic glass with lid. Normally, when sweet product packets are opened, they attract all kinds of insects. However, with the introduction of this new reusable plastic glass with lid that is not the case. This gives children a quick source of energy while playing.

Beating the heat in style

Get enlisted into the new ‘Wrangler Range’ this summer. The range embodies the complete military look with badges, epaulets and cargo fatigues. Join the Wrangler brigade wearing ‘I’ shirts with interesting print styles or just be true to the military calling by wearing the canvas military shirts with the Wrangler badge. The moment is here to beat off the heat in style by wearing the vests with rugged prints and pants.

Colour Effects

ICI paints has launched Duette Colour Effects–a unique emulsion with a two-toned pattern finish. Decorative patters and colour effects on walls is emerging as an important element of interior décor. The search for a unique wall finish ends with Duette Colour Effects from ICI Dulux. Duette Colour Effects is ideal for use in domestic or commercial projects and it is prefect for anyone on the lookout for a distinctive high quality, fresh and exciting wall finish.

Fastrack for men

Fastrack has come up with its latest range of ‘Ana-Digi,’ exclusively for men. The collection comprises watches, which uniquely combine both the analog and digital functions. For the first time, the watches in the ‘Ana-Digi’, collection feature floating or multi-window digital displays as well as coloured LCD’s.

Complete home appliances

Ichiban India, the Singapore based home appliance brand has launched a gamut of new generation lifestyle appliances, including its wide range of white goods, CTV’s and kitchen appliances.

Unveiling the products Sandeep Sethi, MD, Ichiban India, said, “ Ichiban will be expanding its product range by bringing in more products in the home-appliances range. This move will help us build up brand loyalty and position it as a brand for all home appliances.”

Sharper images

D-Link has extended its hi-tech portfolio by introducing yet another product: TFT LCD monitors under the brand name ‘Digi-View’. The product is an ergonomic delight that will leave you enchanted with its sleek and stunning design. This state-of-the-art offering from Digi-View is bound to exceed previously set performance benchmarks. The DGL-115SP uses advanced four tube technology, which augments the overall picture clarity to deliver sharper and crisper images.


Lifespring comes up with its ‘Health Food Month’ on April 7. Morepen Lifespring, the only chain of health and beauty stores in northern India, will focus on the health food category, with free trials of health snacks and drinks at the stores. It is an array of low-cal, mouth-watering snacks and namkeens. A lot of free gifts and ‘Diet Counselling and Body Analysis’, are also up-for-grab, linked with purchase on the entire range of health products available at the store.

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