Sunday, April 13, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Students ‘re-appear’ in exam with help of tutors
Our Correspondent

Meerut, April 12
An organised mass copying racket in the examination held by the National Open School was unearthed by the Meerut police with the arrest of six tutors engaged in writing answer sheets in the wee hours today. The police seized 70 answer sheets, several copies of the solved question paper, guides and other aides. The gang leader, however, managed to escape.

Kaushik Girls Inter College, Lala Mahammadpur, is an examination centre for the National Open School. More than 400 candidates appeared for the Intermediate English examination from this centre.

According to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Mukul Goel, students were promised help in getting them passed in exchange of some consideration in advance. The police also had an eye on them. In the evening when the examination got over six tutors were arranged and 70 students who had appeared in the English examination during the day were again distributed their respective answer sheets. The students solved the question paper with the help of the tutors in two and a half hours.

Meanwhile, the police arrested some candidates and the six tutors and seized 70 answer sheets. While the owner of the house and the gang leader managed to escape, the SSP told NCR Tribune that the chemistry lecturer, Vinod Kaushik, of CAV Inter College was the mastermind.

Six persons have been booked under Section 420 of the IPC and Sections 8/10 of the Prevention of Copying Act while several raids were being conducted in search of the absconding gang leader Vinod Kaushik and his wife Rita. The police have also sealed the premises where the mass copying was organised. The police are still investigating the matter and some others may be arrested in this connection in a day or two.



Land to be acquired for international airport
Our Correspondent

Noida, April 12
With the central government approving the proposal for setting up an international airport in Greater Noida, decks have been cleared for the acquisition of land in the area for the project by the district administration.

By bringing the airport to Gautam Budh Nagar, the UP Chief Minister is being credited with going past another milestone in the district’s development. With the formal approval of the international airport project, the paperwork in connection with the acquisition of land for the airport has gathered momentum.

The state government has commissioned L&T consulting engineers for preparing a blueprint for this project as well as the development of the whole area.

This was the second time UP had put forward its claim for setting up of a second international airport in the NCR, which is understood to have been personally given a push by UP Chief Minister Mayawati.

During the chief ministership of Mr Raj Nath Singh, UP had staked its claim before the Centre for setting up the Taj international airport in the area for the first time. The matter had been hanging fire since then. From time to time guesses were being made in this connection.

But this time Ms Mayawati had made a personal plea to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, to clear the project, which will be located in Greater Noida.

The boundary of the Taj Special Economic Zone will start from Niloni Shahpur and touch Ronija Rustompur, Mahamadabad, Khora Bhaipur, Rabpura, Nangla Chandan Karauli, Kureb and go up to Dyantpur. The latest Japanese machinery is being utilised for conducting a survey in the area, it is learnt.



Bid to rein in school managements, but 
is it enough?
Bijendra Ahlawat

Faridabad, April 12
Although the state government keeps on amending or repealing rules and norms for school and college education in the private sector, laxity in implementing rules gives a free hand to these bodies, which have been fast turning into commercial centres in the field of education. While there is hardly any system in place to rein in the managements of private schools from resorting to indiscriminate fee hikes, hapless parents feel cheated and have nowhere to go.

The Haryana Cabinet approved the School Education Rules Act, 2003, recently, announcing certain new decisions, like making it necessary to obtain prior approval of the Director of Secondary or Primary Education for establishing a new school or starting higher classes in the existing ones. It is stated that the Director will have the powers to close down schools established in violation of these rules. It has also been announced the curriculum for primary and middle schools will be finalised by the curriculum committee headed by the Director, State Council for Educational Research and Training. But the rules framed by the state governments are mainly concerned with the schools adopting Haryana Board syllabus and affiliated to it. Many of the rules are not meant for private and public schools affiliated to the CBSE. As a result, the say of the state government remains limited to a section of schools affiliated to it and a large number of CBSE affiliated schools located mainly in urban areas are not affected.

A majority of the CBSE-affiliated schools operate according to their own norms although they claim to follow CBSE rules and guidelines. But the most important aspect that parents feel harassed about is the fee structure and frequent hikes.

According to Abhibhawak Ekta Manch here, nearly all public schools affiliated to the CBSE had been hiking the fee and other charges indiscriminately each year and the parents were forced to pay the amount demanded by the school authorities. Mr Kailash Sharma, secretary of the manch, said although the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had framed several rules before allotting plots to these schools in the urban sectors these were being given the go-by with the authorities not even issuing a show-cause notice to schools for violation of the rules.

He claimed the HUDA authorities had taken action against some schools here about two years ago but political intervention and connections of the management with influential persons had put things on the backburner. Stating that the rules framed by the HUDA were quite strict and the department was authorised to resume the school plot or building in case of violation, he rued the action taken so far had been limited to just issuing notices. He said when parents try reminding the school management about HUDA norms they are just shooed away. He said according to rules the schools should have a representative of HUDA in the admission committee and any revision of fee should have its nod but these schools do not even reserve seats or give admission to poor students as laid down in the rules. He said certain schools had been debarring their own students from appearing in the annual board examination if they failed to achieve a certain percentage. He said the Abhibhawak Ekta Manch had highlighted the issue at all levels but the authorities did not seem to be interested in implementing the norms, perhaps for their own interests, as wards of senior officials studied in well-known public schools here.



Creditors give Daewoo 15 days to sort 
out labour row
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, April 12
The banks, which had given credit to Daewoo Motors in Surajpur, have given it 15 days to sort out its labour problems.
In case the dispute is not resolved within a fortnight the banks are understood to have given an ultimatum that they will take over possession of the company. This threat has apparently unnerved the labour outfits. The top bosses of the company are reported to have left the company in the hands of the guards. The Surajpur branches of the ICICI Bank, the IDBI and the State Bank of India are known to have advanced Rs 1,000 crore credit to Daewoo Motors. Daewoo owes Rs 500 crore to the ICICI Bank alone. The production at the company plant has been at a standstill for the past 14 months. The employees are getting their wages for sitting at home.

When the banks, which had advanced credit to the company, realised that they would not be able to retrieve the loans, they formed a team for taking over the company. The team has already surveyed the company plant and premises. But employees and labour unions have become a stumbling block. A team representing the financial institutions and banks had gone to the Daewoo premises armed with an order from the Debt Recovery Tribunal, Mumbai. The orders empower them to take over the possessions of the company. Getting wind of it, the labour unions reportedly closed ranks and the situation has become tense. However, the timely arrival of SP (Rural), Mr Umesh Srivastava, helped defuse the situation.

Head constable arrested for duping diamond merchants

New Delhi: A head constable of the Delhi Police was arrested by the central district police for cheating two diamond merchants. The cop was identified as Jarnail Singh. His associate is still absconding. The suspect cheated two diamond merchants, Arvind and Rasik, who had come from Gujarat to deliver a diamond to their contacts. The suspects decamped with the diamond worth Rs 15 lakh.

The head constable of the 10th Battalion, who was posted in E-Block Security Unit, had information about the arrival of the merchants from Gujarat. He and his associate caught the merchants near Ajmeri Gate, Kamla Market, and posed to be police officers. They asked the victims for a receipt of the diamond. As the victims could not produce the receipt, the constable took them here and there for ‘verification’. While they were travelling in an auto the constable and his associate decamped with the diamond. The victims reported the matter to the police. The central district police showed them the dossiers of the criminals operating in the area. The victims identified one of them who was a head constable and had been involved in an extortion case in Paharganj two years ago. He has been arrested and taken on remand, the police said. TNS



Five of marriage party crushed to death
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, April 12
Five persons were crushed to death and 9 other were injured in an accident near Miran village on the Tosham-Siwani road yesterday. According to a report, some members of a marriage party were going to Dadreva in Rajasthan from Buwani Khera in a Tata Sumo. Near Miran, the Sumo driver accelerated in order to overtake a truck laden with wood. It is learnt that the truck driver also stepped on the gas, but the vehicle veered out of control, skidded and came crashing down on the Tata Sumo (HR 26 B-2600).

The villagers working in the nearby fields rushed to the spot, evacuated the truck and lifted it with the help of 4 to 5 tractors. They sliced the roof of the Sumo, and retrieved the bodies which had been crushed by it.

Four persons died on the spot whereas one succumbed to his injuries while he was being moved to a nearby hospital. The injured, who were admitted at a primary health centre, were later shifted to Hisar hospital. It is learnt that the bridegroom, Dilbag, was not hurt in the accident as he was sitting on the opposite side of the driver.

The deceased have been identified as Sumit (5), Mukesh (28) and Sant Lal  (40) of village Budak; Sonu (14) of village Buwani Khera; and Sada Ram (50) of village Mangali. The injured have been identified as Pravesh (18), Satish (20), Ram Niwas (30), Bhim (25), Satish (22), Kamal (18), Sumit (12), Anil (21), Richpal and Sandeep (15). The police have registered a case.



BJP unit working on Cong chargesheet
Tribune News Service

Delhi Pradesh BJP president Madan Lal Khurana being taken after his arrest following the demonstration of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva MorchaNew Delhi, April 12
The Delhi Pradesh BJP will bring out a chargesheet to expose the Congress’ involvement in cases of corruption.
Delhi Pradesh BJP President Madan Lal Khurana on Saturday said the party was collecting information and would come out with a chargesheet against the Sheila Dikshit Ministry.

Khurana was addressing the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. The youth wing of the party held a demonstration to highlight the arrest of Congress Councillor Hiren Tokas on charges of bribery. The demonstrators courted arrest near Parliament Street Police Station, after they were stopped from marching towards the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office.
Delhi Pradesh BJP president Madan Lal Khurana being taken after his arrest following the demonstration of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha against Congress councillor Hiran Tokas. The activists demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and the state Congress president Subhash Chopra in the Capital on Saturday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal



Security at ashram beefed up for Advani’s visit

Sonepat: The security has been beefed up in and around Anandmal Guru Maa Ashram on G T Road near Teha village in the district for the proposed visit of Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani tomorrow. According to a report, a security drill was held at the ashram yesterday in the presence of the Deputy Commissioner. A helipad has been constructed on the premises of International Apollo School for Mr Advani and other dignitaries who are attending the spiritual conference, which will conclude here tomorrow. A three-tiered security arrangement is in place at the site.

Security men have been deployed on the roofs of the buildings and they are constantly in touch with the authorities. OC



BJP workers urged to fortify party base

Sonepat, April 12
The national secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mr Ram Piare Pandey, has called upon the party workers to strengthen the party base in the urban and rural areas if they wanted to get rid of the politics of alliance.

Addressing the meeting of the party workers here, he said that the party would not be able to contest the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections on its own and get the majority till the base of the party is strengthened.

He said that the workers should be sincere in their work for improving the party image and instil confidence among the people about the programmes and policies of the party.

He claimed that the BJP alone could deliver the goods to the electorate of the country as the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre had made progress on all the fronts.

The BJP leader accused the Opposition parties of adopting undemocratic means in the Assembly and the Lok Sabha elections for coming into power by befooling the electorate on some pretext or the other, but the BJP would not allow them to use money, power and raise slogans of casteism and regionalism.

He asked the party workers to intensify their campaign for the recruitment of new workers and fulfil the quota fixed for their district. The party leadership, he said, wanted to recruit more new workers and strengthen the party both in the urban and rural areas so that the party could contest the elections effectively. OC



Storage of wheat bags an uphill task
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 12
The storage of fresh wheat bags is likely to cause a lot of problems for the Gannaur region procurement agencies during this season as nearly quarter to four lakh bags of wheat were already lying in godowns and in open areas at different places.

According to estimates, this season’s wheat arrival is expected to be stored in 17 lakh bags and the authorities have reportedly already arranged for 5.50 lakh bags. There are five wheat purchase centres—Pugthala, Datolii Sanpera, Purkhas and Gannaur in Gannaur sub-division where different procurement agencies would purchase the wheat on predetermined dates.

As reported, the godown facilities are available in Pugthala Anaj Mandi for the storage of new arrivals, but for the purchased stock of other centres, the authorities have made arrangements in a rice mill considered insufficient by all estimates.

A number of commission agents of the centres have pointed out that as most of the storage places were already full of old stock which included around two lakh bags in Panna rice mill, over 1.20 lakh bags in Chhotu Ram Rice Mill, nearly 50,000 bags in the godowns of warehousing corporation and more than 17,000 bags of food and civil supplies department in its godowns, the authorities would be forced to face the problem of storage if the old stock was not lifted immediately.

But the SDM Gannaur, Mr Jit Singh Mehra, is hopeful that like last year, the administration would be able to make arrangements this year also as a number of other sites were being considered if the arrivals exceeded the estimates.

Moreover, the administration has made arrangements such as electricity, drinking water and cleanliness at all the purchase centres and the farmers would not have any problem in the centres.



Haryana Govt to award ‘Kisan Puraskar’ to farmers
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 12
On the recommendation of the Chaudhary Devi Lal Smark Samiti, the Haryana Government has decided to grant `Kisan Puraskar’ to the farmers of the state in the memory of the former Deputy Prime Minister, Chaudhary Devi Lal. The award will be distributed to the farmers for their contributions in agricultural production during the year 2002-2003.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, told mediapersons here today that such prize would be distributed to the farmers every year. The first prize at the state-level will be of Rs 1 lakh, and at the district level it would of Rs 25,000.

The names of the farmers will be recommended by the state-level and district-level committees to be constituted by the state government. The prize winners would be selected by the committees constituted by the government. However, farmers will be entitled only once for the prize.

According to the Deputy Commissioner, only those farmers belonging to Haryana and engaged in the cultivation of crops for the last five years will be considered for these prizes.

Farmers engaged in agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry would be given preference in the selection for the prize.

The Deputy Commissioner disclosed that the last date for submitting applications for the prizes is May 20 and the farmers should submit the copy of the revenue record along with their applications.

The application forms, he said, would be available in the offices of the Agriculture Department, by April 21. The Deputy Commissioner made an appeal to the farmers to take advantage of the government’s scheme in this regard.



A saintly patriarch who believes in social service 
Our Correspondent

Rewari, April 12
Pt. Shiv Chand Ishtdhari, has become a saintly patriarch for thousands of his devotees residing in various parts of Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and several other states of the country. Many NRI’s, including senior civil servants, doctors, lawyers, teachers, traders, industrialists and politicians living in United States, Germany and Nigeria are also his followers.

His sacred hall of worship, known as ‘Shri Ram Satsang Bhawan’ in Mohalla Chhipatwara here, has become a place of ‘pilgrimage’ for his devotees. Hundreds of men and women in distress come to the Satsang Bhawan every Tuesday and Saturday to seek guidance from him as well as emancipation from their various worldly trials and tribulations.

He begins his programme on every Tuesday by bhajan and subsequently, attends to the problems of the people. Saturdays, however, are exclusively devoted to treatment of people suffering from hallucinations. Mr Ishtdhari, who is a qualified vaidya, treats patients on every Wednesday and Sunday. Besides, he also runs a charitable dispensary where patients are treated for various ailments.

Mr Ishtdhari has also been instrumental in the constitution of a ‘Mahila Utthan Mandal’, which enables poor women to earn their own livelihood. The organisation has distributed sewing machines to many women and helped them to stand up on their own feet. Moreover, the organisation has made valuable contribution towards the solemnisation of marriages of destitute girls. To tap it all, the Mahila Utthan Mandal has also contributed towards the renovation of a school for deaf and dumb at Bandikui (Rajasthan). All services of the Shri Ram Satsang Bhawan are provided free of charge.

Hanuman Jayanti, which is the most prominent function at the Satsang Bhawan, is being held here from April 12 to 16. Besides saints and sadhus, thousands of his devotees from Haryana, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Ayodhya, Agra, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Alwar, Bhatinda and various other places are expected to participate in the 5-day religious congregation.



Mahavira, non-violence and the tragedy of war

On coming Tuesday, the nation will once again pay homage to Mahavira, who, in his search for truth more than 2500 years ago, came to the conclusion that the basic problem with life is violence. Tracing it to its origins, he also concluded that non-violence is possible when man is set free from passions.

His argument goes thus: the human mind tainted with attachment is filled with the emotion of love whereas one tainted with aversion is filled with hatred. Love, in its turn, produces avarice. Avaricious mind becomes deceitful, lustful and possessive. Mind tainted with aversion takes pride in riches, caste, power etc. The egotistic mind becomes prone to anger and hatred. It feeds the fire of quarrel.

Mahavira’s great contribution to humanity is the propounding of non-violence as the chief virtue: ahimsa paramo dharma. He in effect said that passions are the seeds and violence, their fruit. The remedy is “freedom from passions”. This will ensure non-violence, ahimsa. Through spiritual discipline (sadhana), the great teacher of non-violence sought to obtain freedom from passions. His whole life illustrates the translation of the ahimsa principle into practice. Realisation of perfect ahimsa was regarded by him as the ethical summum bonum of human life.

The virtue of ahimsa is so central to his teachings that it may be called the beginning and the end of his philosophy. The practice of non-violence implies that we not only desist from causing physical injury by our actions but also ensure that our thoughts and words do not hurt. According to Mahavira, violence and acquisitiveness go hand in hand. We can put an end to violence only by putting an end to the monopoly of power and wealth.

After Mahavira, the world has seen a number of seers and sages who had advocated non-violence as a means of establishing lasting peace in the world as well as in the individual. Buddha, Emperor Asoka and then Mahatma Gandhi had also taken up the cause of ahimsa as a means to end the turmoil in their times. But then the world has not abjured violence as a tool to end violence and hatred. The latest example is the invasion of Iraq by the United States. The UN has failed in its efforts to resolve differences through dialogue and other peaceful means.

And then the tragedy of nations arming to the teeth and going to wars in the name of nationalism and patriotism continues to create havoc and human misery. One of those who had led a campaign against war and violence is Count Leo Tolstoy of Russia.

The emergence of weapons of mass destruction has made the choice of war deadly. Today two different methods of resolving problems exist: one relies on the method of war for the deliverance of nations; the other one on basic goodwill and justice for all. The majority of people do not believe in war. Why then all the wars? Earl Stanley Jones, a long time friend and missionary replies: “We have no alternative. There is no other method to settle international disputes. There is no world government to render justice to the nations.’’

Sectional differences, racial or religious tensions, class conflicts and clash of interests, when they occur within a nation, they can be resolved by the government. But when these differences lead to clashes between nations, war becomes a possibility. Even knowing all the tragic consequences, nations madly rush into war.

Writing much before the world wars, Count Leo Tolstoy pointed to nations building mammoth armies and navies and arsenals for the business of killing. True peace is based on mutual confidence, while the huge armaments show open and utter lack of confidence if not hostility between states.

And they behave like children. “I’ll pinch you,’’ “I will stab you’’, “And I will shoot you,’’ they threaten one another. Only bad children, drunken men or animals quarrel or fight so; but this is what is going on between enlightened governments. “War is the sure result of the existence of armed men.’’ Inscribed on a monument to a celebrated Brazilian, Marshal Manuel Luiz Osario, are these words: “The happiest day of my life will be that day when they bring me the news that the civilised peoples are celebrating the festival of their brotherhood by burning down their arsenals.’’

Tolstoy quotes extensively the French writer Maupassant, who once happened to watch French soldiers at a drill. He felt a sense of ‘abomination’ and considered war as unnatural and monstrous.

All the great men of the past have brought to our awareness the cruelty of the inconsistency between men’s moral sense and their actions. Every resource of science is being used to forge weapons of mass destruction. The armament race and nuclear arsenals divert precious funds meant to improve the lot of miserable millions to making of destructive weapons. The philosophers of non-violence are not the controlling powers in the world.

A gifted writer, Edouard Rod, painted the following picture on war and armies: “The paid politicians, the ambitious statesmen, who exploit the evil passions of the populace and the imbeciles who are deluded by fine-sounding phrases, have so embittered national feuds that the existence of a whole race will be at stake in the war of the morrow.”

“Whole nations are under arms today to cut each others throats….To prepare them for the work of massacre, their hatred is kindled by persuading them that they are hated. And peaceable men let themselves be played on thus and go and fall on one another with the ferocity of wild beasts… They will go like sheep to the slaughter, knowing all the while where they are going, knowing that they are leaving their wives, knowing their children would want for food, full of misgivings, yet intoxicated by the fine-sounding lies (like patriotism) that are dinned into their ears.’’

According to Tolstoy, “the only relief lies in education. Educate men that it is wrong to kill. Teach them the golden rule. Cease supporting the preachers who cry for war and spout patriotism for a consideration.” “We will educate men into the thought that the life of peace and goodwill is better than the life of strife, bloodshed and war. “Peace on earth!’’— It can only come when men do away with armies and are willing to do unto other men as they would be done by”. But can education bring in the change of heart so necessary to adopt non-violence as a virtue under all circumstances? That is the great puzzle before mankind.

M P K Kutty



New president for HPDA 
Our Correspondent

Rewari, April 12
The Haryana Petroleum Dealers Association (HPDA) unanimously elected Mr Ram Kumar Yadav (Rewari) as its new president. Over 250 members of the association, from 17 districts of Haryana, participated in the especially convened election meeting at Aravali Resorts, Dharuhera, about 14 km from here.

It was presided over by Mr Sumit Bagai, vice– president of the Federation of All India Petroleum Traders (FAIPT) and president of Rajasthan Petroleum Dealers Association.

Mr Jugal Batra, general-secretary of FAIPT and president of Delhi Petroleum Dealers Association along with Mr Baldev Sethi, chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of FAIPT attended the election meeting as observers.

Mr Bagai, Mr Batra and Mr Sethi had been deputed to supervise the election proceedings by Mr Ashok Badhwar, president of FAIPT. Many of the association members had alleged ‘arbitrary’ stranglehold of the ‘old guards’ over the association and had pleaded for a ‘democratic election’.

Besides, Mr Ram Kumar Kalyan (Karnal) was elected chairman of the HPDA at the meeting. The president-elect told NCR Tribune that the election was held in a ‘warm and cordial atmosphere’ and he hoped that it would usher in positive transformation in the association.



Six children suffer burns in Gohana blast
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 12
Six children sustained serious burns in an explosion caused by the burning of sulphar in a house at Gohana town, 35 km from here last evening.
According to a report, the children were identified as Kamal, Kapil, Sanni and Gagan, all sons of Mr Chunni Lal. They were immediately hospitalised and are stated to be out of danger.

It is stated that Mr Chunni Lal and Mr Gian Chand are engaged in the trade of fruit and they had kept the sulphar in their house for converting kutcha fruit into pucca fruit.

The children have set the bottle of sulphar on fire which caused a huge explosion and the children were trapped into the fire.

The police are still investigating the case and no arrest has been made in this connection.

One killed in accident: One person was killed and another seriously injured when their car on which they were travelling was hit by a truck on G T Road near Hassanpur Kurar village about 10 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the victim was identified as Mahesh and the injured Pawan Kumar. The injured was rushed to the local civil hospital from where he was referred to a trauma centre at Delhi. The car was on its way from Delhi towards Panipat.

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

Man held for murder: The police have arrested a youth Jatinder, alias Kala, of Bhainswal village in connection with the alleged murder of one Krishan of the same village in December last year.

According to a report, Jatinder is stated to be the main suspect in this murder case. Other two suspects are still absconding. The police have launched a hunt to apprehend the remaining culprits allegedly involved in the case.

The suspect was produced before a judicial magistrate here yesterday and remanded in police custody for a day.

Country liquor seized: The police carried out a surprise raid in a field at Liwaspur village about 13 km from here last evening and seized a large quantity of country liquor kept there illegally.

According to a report, the police have arrested one person in this connection and a case under the Excise Act has been registered against him. The raid followed the receipt of a tip-off by the police.



Protest against journalist’s arrest
Tribune News Service

Panipat, April 12
Local journalists today organised a silent procession in protest against the arrest of a Kaithal-based newsman, Naresh Bhardwaj.
The journos assembled at Seema Theatre Complex in the morning and marched in procession to the DC Office.

They handed over a memorandum to the DC for transmission to the Haryana Governor. The memorandum demanded the immediate withdrawal of the ‘false and motivated’ case against Mr Bhardwaj and the arrest of the son of an MLA who had got the case registered against the scribe.

Demanding the resignation of the Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Ram Pal Majra, at whose behest the police had registered the case, the memorandum demanded a high-level independent inquiry into the case.

At a meeting here yesterday, the newsmen threatened to boycott the official functions if the justice was not done to the journalist. The meeting termed the registration of the case as an attack on the freedom of the Press.

Meat shops to close on April 15

Faridabad: All the non-vegetarian outlets and slaughterhouses, will remain closed on April 15, in the district on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti. According to district authorities, the day would be observed as ‘Ahimsa Diwas’ (non-violence day) and as part of the decision of the Haryana government, meat and non-veg food items would not be allowed to be sold or served. All the hotels and restaurants have been informed about it.

Father cries for justice

Bhiwani: Mauji Ram, resident of Pt Neki Ram Street located near Dinod Gate, is running from pillar to post for the arrest of the accused responsible for the death of his son Kamal.

In a letter submitted to the Superintendent of Police here today, Mauji  Ram mentioned that Rajneesh, Gulshan, Jitender, Mahabir, Shakti and Ajay—all residents of near Bal Mandir School and Godara Petrol Pump area—had beaten up his son brutally on March 18, 2003. They kicked repeatedly on his stomach. Later, Kamal had been admitted to Medical College Rohtak where he succumbed to his injuries on March 29. OC

Man suffers burns

Ghaziabad: A 33-year-old man Anil Kumar was charred in his own house in Ambedekar Nagar in suspicious circumstances. Hearing his shrieks, neighbours came running and rushed him to MMG Hospital, Ghaziabad in a serious condition. The man was employed in a private company. His wife had died recently of paralysis, leaving behind a two-year-old daughter. Anil Kumar was said to be depressed for sometime. While he was cooking, kerosene spilled over causing fire which subsequently engulfed Anil too, the police said. OC

Unfair means

Jhajjar: The flying squads of the Education Department detected 22 cases of use of unfair means in the matriculation examination held today.

According to information, the flying squad has recommended the cancellation at the examination centre in Bupania village and removed a supervisor at a centre in Chhapar village for allegedly allowing copying in the examination. OC



Baisakhi mela begins 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 12
Delhi Lt-Governor Vijai Kapoor today inaugurated a Baisakhi mela in the Capital. Extending his greetings to the citizens on the auspicious occasion, Mr Kapoor said celebration of Indian festivals had lost the traditional touch and there was a need to revive it.

Lauding the efforts of the Nav Nirman Mandal to celebrate Baisakhi, highlighting the greatness of Indian culture and traditions, Mr Kapoor hoped that this event would set a trend to celebrate festivals in indigenous ways.

A cultural evening was also organised by the Thakurdwara Trust to celebrated Baisakhi in the city today.

Baisakhi, the first day of the month of Baisakh, is the New Year, according to the Indian calendar. The day also marked the formation of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh.

Three labourers killed: Three labourers today reportedly died after they fell into a sewer they were cleaning at Sakti Nagar in North district.

The incident took place around 1.30 pm in Block 40 in Sakti Nagar near Shiv Mandir. The victims, Raju (25), Sunil (25) both from Bihar and Goltu (30), from West Bengal, died on the spot.

Idgah abattoir: Leader of the House in MCD Ram Babu Sharma today said that slaughterhouse at Idgah Road will remain close on April 15 on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti. He has instructed the zonal health officers to ensure that no illegal slaughtering takes place on the occasion.



Traffic bandobast for Ambedkar’s birth anniversary

New Delhi, April 12
The Delhi Traffic police have made elaborate traffic arrangements in view of the birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar from the Red Fort to Dr Ambedkar Bhawan on April 14. The procession will start around noon from the Red Fort and pass through Chandni Chowk, Khari Baoli, Qutab Road, Sadar Bazar, Chowk Bara Tooti, Pahari Dhiraj, Bara Hindu Rao, Filmistan Cinema, Manak Pura, Shidi Pura, East Park Road, Chowk Chapparwalan, Desh Bandhu Gupta Road, Faiz Road, Karol Bagh Bus Terminal, Jhande Walan Chowk, Rani Jhansi Road and culminate at Dr Ambedkar Bhawan on Jhansi Road. In another celebration, as the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee celebrates Baisakhi at Gurudwara Majnu Ka Tilla on April 14 at Kyber Pass Civil Lines, the traffic police have made some arrangements. TNS



Couple dies, locked in fiery embrace 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 12
A young couple, Ranbir and Kavita of Gamri village in Sonepat district, succumbed to their injuries sustained in a fire in the PGI hospital at Rohtak.
According to a report, both husband and wife, who had sustained serious burn injuries in their house, were sent to the PGI hospital at Rohtak for further treatment.

It is stated that Kavita initially doused herself with kerosene and set herself ablaze. She then rushed towards her husband and clasped him in a fiery embrace. As a result, the husband also sustained serious injuries.

Meanwhile, the police have registered a case of murder against her husband Ranbir and three other members of his family, namely, Ms Kishan Devi, Ashok and Sheelu, on the report of Mr Wazir Singh, father of Kavita and a resident of Katwal village. The investigations are on.

Mr Wazir Singh, in his complaint, has alleged that Kavita’s in-laws were exerting pressure on him to give his younger daughter in marriage to Ranbir’s brother.

However, he had been resisting the move and this was allegedly the cause of Kavita’s murder. Kavita, who was married to Ranbir in April last year, was pregnant at the time of the incident. The police have so far failed to arrest anyone named in the FIR.



Bus robbery case solved, two held 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 12
With the arrest of two persons from the Manoj Bihari gang, the New Delhi district police today claimed to have solved a bus robbery case on April 4, in which eight armed persons robbed two passengers of Rs 23,000 and a mobile phone.

The police received information that the gangsters would be coming to attend the court proceedings at Patiala House and apprehended Manik Shiekh (30), resident of Kotla Mubarak Pur and Amit Kumar (22), from Buland Shahar on April 10.

The bus conductor was with the police team when the robbers were identified.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi), Manoj Lal said, “The robbers boarded the bus from the Delhi Golf Club bus stand and robbed the passengers Saheer Ul Hassan, from Badayuin of Rs 15,000 and a mobile phone and P K Jain of Rs 8,000 at knife point. They later disembarked near Baroda House and escaped in an auto-rickshaw which was following them.”

The robbers used to stand beside the conductor and identify the passengers with money preferably from the outstation.

The other persons in the gang have been identified and efforts were being made to trace their whereabouts.

Since the robbers used to identify themselves with different names when they were arrested by the police, Lal said, “We are making efforts to find out their real names and ascertain their involvement in actual number of crimes.” 



Five dreaded criminals held
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, April 12
The police of two different areas have arrested five criminals involved in murder, looting and theft cases. The police have filed cases against each of them under different sections of IPG.

Kavi Nagar police had nabbed a criminal who had been sentenced to life imprisonment by a court. Ramesh, s/o Soran Singh, is a resident of Nekpur Jahangirpur village in Gautam Budh Nagar. He was arrested from a house in Sector-23 and was living on rent in one Jal Singh’s house.

Ramesh had murdered a man of the same village for which Jahangirpur police had registered a case against him. The court had sentenced him to life imprisonment and the police had been trying to catch him since then. The Sihani Gate police had arrested four persons—Sonu,, Titu, Kulbir and Rajpal and recovered two country-made revolvers, cartridges and two knives.

The criminals were arrested, after an encounter at Sanjay Geeta crossing, according to SO Inspector CP Singh. They were seen hanging around in the area in search of a prey. They used to commit thefts and loot during nights only.



Stolen travel cheque worth $1,000 seized 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 12
Tughlak Road police today claimed to have recovered a stolen travel cheque worth $1,000 with the arrest of a youth from the Taj Man Singh hotel. The suspect was identified as Balwant Singh Uttaranchal, alias Hani Raj Krishan.

He was arrested when the hotel staff informed the police about the forged cheque given by the suspect.

The suspect got a room booked in the hotel and after checking into it, he gave the travel cheque of one thousand dollar to a staff member, police said.

According to the police, there was some forgery on the travel cheque which created doubts in the mind of the hotel staff who informed the police.

During checking, a few more cheques were recovered from his possession. He disclosed the name of the persons who had given him the travel cheques. The police are trying to arrest them. Cheques worth 7,200 dollars were stolen from a woman tourist who had come to India three months back. This cheque is one of them. The cheques were stolen when she was going to Goa from Mumbai.

During search, the police recovered a copy of a passport issued from the US and travel cheques. He got a room booked in the hotel in the name of Hani Raj Krishan.

During interrogation, he disclosed that his name was Balwant Singh Uttranchal.

He had procured the passport from Hani Rakj Krishan who is in America and got his photograph fixed on the passport. He is postgraduate.

He had purchased the cheque worth 3000 dollars from somebody, the police said.



All Haryana villages linked by BSNL services
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 12
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has created a ‘record’ by providing telephone facility in all the villages of Haryana.
According to Mr A K Nagpal, Chief General Manager, Telecommunications, Haryana Circle, of the 981 telephone exchanges in Haryana, 943 were functioning on optical fibre cables.

This system, he said, ensured improved working of these exchanges. The remaining telephone exchanges are, however, linked with Ravival Media.

He claimed that the BSNL has already set up computerised subscriber service centres throughout Haryana for the benefit of the subscribers.

The Nigam, he said, also planned to set up WLL exchanges on large-scale in all the cities and towns of the state to provide telephone connections pending for want of cables.

He also disclosed that Haryana was ready to provide commercial services on modern lines and for this purpose, all government offices, police headquarters and technical institutions would be linked with Internet.

Mr Nagpal further disclosed that 2.38 lakh new telephone lines have been added in the existing telephone exchanges and one lakh new telephone connections had been granted during the year 2002-2003.

Similarly, at present, 20 new subscriber service centres have been opened and the Nigam is providing telephone connections on demand in most cities and towns of Haryana.

According to Mr Nagpal, atleast 70,000 new mobile telephone connections have been granted by the BSNL in the first phase, and it has fixed a target to provide 2.10 lakh mobile phone connections during the second phase.


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