Sunday, May 11, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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No clue to gory murder of 7-year-old; traders down shutters
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 10
Residents of Lawrence Road area in Keshavpuram downed their shutters on Saturday in protest against the failure of the local police to arrest the person who battered a seven-year-old girl to death last night.

The victim, Garima Sharma, was waylaid when she went to fetch toffee from a nearby shop. Her body was found at 9 pm behind a doctor’s clinic in C-4 Block. She died to due to serious head injuries, which she received when she was repeatedly hit against a wall. Her clothes were torn, which suggests sexual assault, the police said. Garima was a student of the third class in Arya Vidya Mandir school in Keshavpuram.

The incident came to light when her father, a social worker who works in the DDA, tried to trace Garima when she did not return from the shop. While scouring the area he found his daughter’s body lying behind the doctor’s clinic. The police was informed immediately following which the local police, the DCP and the Crime Branch officials reached the spot.

Later, Union Minister Sahib Singh Verma also reached the spot and talked to Commissioner of Police R.S. Gupta and asked him to work out the case as soon a possible.

The body was sent to Jagjivan Ram hospital for post-mortem examination, the report of which is still to be handed over to the police. A preliminary examination of the body suggests that the victim’s head was battered against a wall. She also had injuries on other parts of the body, the police said.

A special team has been told to investigate the case. Relatives, friends and a few others are being questioned. The police believe that it could be a case of an old enmity.

13-year-old gang raped by youths

A minor girl was reportedly abducted and gang raped by three youths for about a week in Khaparwas village of the district.

According to police sources, the 13-year-old girl, daughter of one Manphool, was reportedly ‘‘married’’ off to Samish, son of Krishan, in Dhani Phogat village in April this year. However, after sometime, she returned to her parental house following ‘differences’ with her husband. Meanwhile, a youth in her neighbourhood, identified as Sandeep, was reportedly ‘eyeing’ her.

The girl complained to the police that he allured her on the pretext of marrying her and forced her to accompany him on the night of May 3. She said they also took Rs 3,000 and some jewellery from her house.

The girl said that two other friends of Sandeep were waiting outside the village in a Maruti car. The three allegedly raped her repeatedly and took her to Beri village in the morning, where they cut her hair and forced her to change her attire.

The girl alleged that the youths repeatedly raped her in a closet for about a week. The police have registered a case under Section 362,366,323,376,342 and 506 IPC and arrested the three accused. OC


Case of fraud, cheating against MCD
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 10
The Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police today registered cases of cheating, fraud and conspiracy against the Municipal Corporation of Delhi following the audit report (2000-2001) which alleged large-scale financial bungling in the civic body.

The police said that one case was registered in the Mukherjee Nagar police station late last night after the Delhi Lt Governor, Mr. Vijai Kapoor, gave his nod; the details of the audit report had been brought to his notice. This particular case involves the alleged misappropriation of a sum of Rs. 9.19 lakhs in the Model Town area. The audit report states that the contractors had been paid twice for the same work.

Coming close on the heels of the arrest of the joint director of the Slums Wing of the MCD, Kundan Lal, the registration of cases against the MCD has caused a flutter in the Town Hall here. The police said that efforts were being made to ascertain how the monies had been diverted into pockets of individuals and indicated that it could not have been possible without the active connivance of officials and elected members of the corporation.

The police said that a major bungling had been detected in the House Tax department in which inspectors were allegedly involved. Desilting of drains was shown in the record and lakhs of rupees were paid to the contractors but the audit report said that no such work had been undertaken. The MCD sources said that the auditors, who examined the records of the Conservancy and Sanitation Engineering (CSE) department, found that it was deep in red with cumulative losses of Rs 16.18 crore. Vouchers and bills of contractors showed that of the 7, 31 273.50 cubic metres of silt shown as desilted was either not desilted or not dumped in the corporation’s sanitary landfill sites. A look at the Karol Bagh and City Zone records showed that in 33 cases about 24, 443.27 cubic metre of silt was unaccounted for. The audit also detected many irregularities in payments. Contractors were paid reportedly without any receipts from the SLF site.

The sources said that the CSE department had awarded contracts on low rates for desilting drains without giving any explanation why the rate was lowered or how it was possible to carry out work at such a low rate. The CSE department also reportedly failed to produce specifications, measurements or slips from landfill sites on cleaning of septic tanks in 28 cases. Around Rs 1394 lakh was released without verification. CSE Shahadra South Zone failed to produce the sanction files and the attendance register of safai kramcharis to justify payments of Rs 53.34 lakh, the audit report said..

Instead of dumping silt at landfill sites, the audit department discovered that silt was dumped in MCD schools or park sites, causing public hazard in five cases. Interestingly the audit department was able to verify records from seven of the 12 zones. Five zones have not submitted records for examination regarding their working, the sources said.


Residents’ last wake-up call to administration
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 10
Although the Union and the state governments keep issuing directions for checking encroachments on public land, owing to administrative inertia, often the citizens have to take matters in their own hands.

In one such case, some residents of the town are waging a legal battle to stop the ‘misuse’ and ‘illegal’ conversion of a piece of land, originally allotted for some other purpose. The complainants include local residents and a social activist, K. L. Gera; together, they have served legal notices on the Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) to stop the illegal sale of a prime eight-acre plot in the NIT area.

It is claimed that the piece of land worth several crores was being sold without the knowledge of the authorities for setting up an unauthorised private colony and for starting commercial ventures. It is also stated that the land had been originally allotted to the Bata shoe company for construction of a residential colony and a club. It is further alleged that about 500 trees were either being removed in the area. Moreover, the land, which was initially divided into big plots, was being split into smaller units, so that a commercial market could be established.

Disturbed over the damage to the environment, the complainants have alleged that despite reminders to the authorities, no satisfactory reply had been sent to them either by the original owner of the land or the district administration. The counsel of the complainants has stated that this was the final call to the authorities to take note of the situation and initiate action against the accused within two months. Otherwise, they will file a PIL in their quest for justice.


AAD questions appointments to college governing bodies
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 10
The Academics for Action and Development (AAD) has alleged that the appointment of nearly 36 of the 288 members to the Governing Bodies (GB) of colleges of the Delhi University is against the rules. The President of the AAD, Prof. S S Rathi, has alleged that these 36 members have served more than two terms, which is not in conformity with the rules.

The list of the governing body members had been released here yesterday following the meeting of the Executive Council. The AAD is irked by the appointment of teachers who have already served two terms.

University officials, however, maintain that these appointments do not flout any norms. The University Proctor, Mr. Shyam Menon, pointed out that the guidelines read that no member shall serve on the GB of a government college ordinarily for more than two consecutive years and on the GB of a college trust for more than five terms.

He added that the Delhi Government officials, entrusted with the decision, are aware of the guidelines and those who have been chosen again have been selected on the basis of their merit and productivity.

Mr Menon also said that there is no rule that forbids the presence of a member on more than one GB, as alleged by the AAD. Mr Menon went on to add that even last year more than half of the GB members were those who had already served two terms.

The AAD has also alleged that the Vice Chancellor, Deepak Nayar, has violated the DU Act enacted by Parliament by not convening annual meetings of the DU Court and not allowing appointment of the University Treasurer for more than a year and a half. The AAD pointed out that annual reports and annual accounts being sent to Parliament and the Government were not approved by the DU Court.


Appeals against consumer forum made tough
Parmindar Singh

Noida, May 10
An appeal against the orders of the district consumer forum has been made more stringent. Those going in for an appeal will have to deposit 50 percent of the total amount involved in the dispute or Rs 25,000 before filing an application. Then only their appeal will be considered by the State Consumer Protection Forum, Lucknow.

The pro-consumer decision has been hailed by a member of the District Consumer Forum, Mr S C Sharma. This is surely true of certain amendments, which came into effect from April 15, 2003.

These amendments, which will lend more teeth to the consumer forum, are:

From now on, disputes involving an amount up to Rs 20 lakh will be within the purview of the district consumer court.

The respondent will be given 30 days to file their response. For filing an appeal, another 15 days’ time will be given.

In case the court orders are not complied with, the property of the incumbent could be attached. The district collector will ensure recovery of the amount, after the district consumers forum has given the verdict.

According to Mr Sharma, there has been considerable momentum in the protection of consumer’s rights. The aim and objective of the Consumer Protection Forum is to provide fair trial, quick justice and compensation to the consumers, Mr Sharma added.


More tipplers trickling in with liver problems
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 10
Almost half of the patients, who turn up in various hospitals in the city for treatment of liver diseases, owe the malady to alcohol.

With liberal licensing the norm and the love for Bacchus percolating down to all and sundry, specialists fear a phenomenal rise in liver diseases in the country in the times to come.

Dr Rakesh Tandon, Chairman at Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute (PSRI), the leading centre for research on liver and kidney disorders in Asia, says: “Until not long ago, we hardly received any patients suffering from cirrhosis, induced by alcohol. In the 70s, out of 10 patients of cirrhosis, hardly one or two would be alcohol-induced. The rest were suffering from cirrhosis caused by Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

Nowadays, however, alcohol is perilously close to Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in its share of victims.” Some are more vulnerable to alcohol owing to presence of specific genes.

These genes have already been identified and some may jeopardise their liver, even if they are modest in their intake of alcohol, he added.

“Alcohol is going to pose a grave challenge to liver in times to come. So, there should be a cautious approach to sale of alcohol. It is alarming that even schoolchildren are developing this habit and they could end up as victims of liver disease at a very early age.”

While early treatment of liver diseases caused by Hep B and Hep C can result in speedy recovery, delay in treatment can turn the liver disease into a chronic one and can lead, in turn, to complications that may prove hard to tackle.

There are medicines to treat effectively the diseases caused by Hep B and Hep C, but early treatment is the only key to enhanced success rate.


3-minute pulse rate restored in NCR region
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 10
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has abolished two-minute pulse rate of landline telephone calls in four towns of Haryana, namely Bahadurgarh, Sonepat, Faridbad and Gurgaon, falling under the jurisdiction of the National Capital Region (NCR) with immediate effect.

According to a report, the landline telephone call will be for three minutes instead of two minutes at present. The two-minute period of the call has been abolished by the BSNL.

However, the one-minute unit call will be in operation at Gohana, Rohtak, Rewari, Palwal, Panipat, Jhajjar, Kalanaur, Nuh, Kosli, Jatusana and Bawal, whereas the half-minute unit call will remain operative at Meham and Ferozpur Jhirka.

The three-minute unit pulse rate of landline telephone calls will be in operation at Ghaziabad, Noida, Modinagar and Sikandarabad in UP, which fall under the jurisdiction of the NCR.

The one-minute unit call will be made available at Bhiwari Tijara, Baraut, Bulandshahar, Garh Mukteshwar, Khurja, Mawana, Sayyana and Sardhana, whereas half-minute unit call will be made available at Alwar, Bahrod, Debai and Pahasu.

There are 37 towns and cities, which are linked with 95 code without the STD system with Delhi and vice versa.

HVP threatens stir

The general-secretary of the Haryana Vikas Party, Mr Rajiv Jain, today flayed the district administration and the Sonepat Municipal Council for removing the ‘rehriwalas’ from the bus stand areas and alleged that a reign of terror has been let loose on the poor ‘rehriwalas’. He said that selling goods on their rehris was the only source of their livelihood. He alleged the government was anti-poor and did not care for the poor section of our society.

In a signed press statement, he warned that the party would launch an agitation if the harassment meted out to the ‘rehriwalas’ were not stopped immediately.

Referring to Fatehabad Assembly by-election, Mr Jain accused the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, of misusing the official machinery to win the by-election.



Women send anti-encroachment squad scurrying

An anti-encroachment team of Noida Authority, which had gone to village Hoshiarpur along with PAC men, was beaten back by a group of women in the village.

Since there were on women in the PAC team, they had to beat a hasty retreat, much to the embarrassment of the Noida Authority.

Two persons — Kale and Rajpal — have allegedly constructed someme buildings on Khasra No 430 and 431 which, according to the Noida Authority, is its land, acquired through the due process of law.

According to an insider, senior Noida Authority officials had refused to accompany the team. Not a single official from the Revenue and the Accounts department had accompanied the team; usually, an administrative officer and a secretary accompanies such teams.

The anti-encroachment drive, originally scheduled for May 3, had to be postponed as the SP City was unable to spare his men, who were mostly on VIP (the CM’s) duty in Delhi that day. OC


N Rly to open booking agencies in four cities
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 10
The Northern Railway has decided to open city booking agencies in four cities under its Delhi division for the benefit of passengers.

According to a report, these agencies would be opened on contract basis in Sonepat, Panipat, New Vijay Nagar (Ghaziabad) and Rohtak. This scheme would not only increase the income of the Railways but also provide facilities to the commuters.

These private agencies would be authorised to book the parcels and issue tickets to the prospective passengers and the contractors of these agencies would be liable to send the booked parcels to their respective railway stations. They would have to arrange for the vehicles for transporting the passengers who used to purchase tickets from them.

In Sonepat city, the booking agency would be opened in Sector-14 whereas a similar agency would be opened at Subzimandi in Panipat. The city booking agency would be opened in New Vijay Nagar (Ghaziabad) which will be authorised to sell without reservation tickets. It will not be allowed to book the parcels.

Rohtak city will have this agency in the Model Town areas which will be authorised to sell tickets and book the parcels. The contractor of this agency will have to arrange for the vehicles for transporting the passengers to the railway station.

The agencies would provide employment to at least 15 persons at each station as well as the facilities to the passengers and the traders.

The Northern Railway will receive the applications from the prospective contractors after May 27 by obtaining application forms at a cost of Rs 50 from the office of the Divisional Manager, Northern Railway. The prospective contractors will have to deposit Rs 5,000 along with the application during the stipulated period.


Give a thought to your mother on this day

TODAY is Mother’s Day. It is fashionable in the West on this day to visit old mothers and present them bouquets or send greetings and best wishes to them if the children happen to be living away. Here too, Mother’s Day is advertised and publicised by firms selling greeting cards.

“Mother!” How many delightful associations cluster around that word! Nothing to match the love, thoughtfulness and concern of a mother in this world and no bond as secure or long-lasting under all circumstances. Though the memories and associations may differ, the instincts, the sentiments and the deep emotions that bind children to their mothers would be the same irrespective of clime, region or race. In East or West such memories are precious.

Jim Reeves, the famous playback singer, has created a melody in which he is reminiscing about his mother who is no more. Into his fifties, he is recollecting childhood memories of his loving mother, her call to children to assemble at the dinner table as the day draws to a close. “Come home! It’s dinnertime!’’ Her unforgettable words still rings in his ears many years after she is no more. The amazing concern of a mother and the unquenchable love of a bygone era reflected in his melody touch every heart! Very sweetly he sings of his desire to meet her once again and shake her hands in glory land!

It is fulfilling for many a woman to declare to the world that she is a teacher, a lawyer, a doctor, a nurse or even a corporate executive. But what of a woman who is only a housewife or only a mother of children? Is she any less than those who are employed in some office or practising a profession? No woman will yet mention in any of those numerous documents available today that her “occupation” is that of a “mother!” Yet which occupation can be greater or more dignified? There are few positions in this world that call for such talent and ability, sacrifice, dedication, skill and understanding. Every mother must be considered an expert in human resource development and an adept in the science of man-making. She is an educator, motivator, nurse, child specialist all rolled into one! “The mother’s heart,’’ wrote H. W. Beecher (1813-1887), “is the child’s school room.”

No wonder Napoleon said: “Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.’’ Indeed the hand that rocks the cradle determines the destiny of a nation. This is not mere platitude but a fact demonstrated in societies. The promotion of women’s education had brought about remarkable changes in the social arena in states like Kerala. The benefits of an ‘educated’ mother becomes a blessing to the whole family, it affects the way the home is managed, health of the children preserved, and their character moulded.

Middle class mothers in this land may be a happy lot for life may not be a drudgery for them. Education empowers them to carry out their responsibilities with considerable ease. Most of them have the means to provide reasonable comforts to their children. However, they are still subjected to great anxieties and apprehensions in the matter of guarding their children from evil or harmful influences and turning them into useful and responsible youths ready to take the challenges of life. This is particularly so because they are to be brought up in a world that is not perfect. It is no mean achievement when a mother can watch with prides her sons and daughters become a blessing to society.

But then there are mothers to whom life could be great struggle. In many homes they are the breadwinners and decision-makers, their male companions hardly contributing anything to the upkeep of the home. While irresponsible fathers may abdicate their responsibilities, a mother can never do so. In the lowest strata of society in India, where ignorance, oppression and male domination make matters worse, the position of a mother is very precarious. Some of them may labour from daybreak to dusk for their livelihood in a harsh world only to return home to a hostile or drunken husband. They carry on the battles and live through storms and tempests, trying to do their best to the children. Many are the tales of woe and patient endurance of such suffering mothers!

Not all boys and girls appreciate the discipline and control exercised by mothers these days. But some day when they themselves become fathers and mothers, they will understand. Here is an imaginary conversation between a mother and her daughter:

“Do you think I am a mean mother? I know mine was. We had the meanest mother in the whole world! While other kids ate candy for breakfast, we had to have cereal, eggs, and toast. When others had a Pepsi and a Twinkie for lunch, we had to eat sandwiches. And you can guess our mother fixed us a dinner that was different from what other kids had, too.

“Mother insisted on knowing where we were at all times. You’d think we were convicts in a prison. She had to know who our friends were, and what we were doing with them. She insisted that if we said we would be gone for an hour, we would be gone for an hour or less. We were ashamed to admit it, but she had the nerve to break the child labour laws by making us work. We had to wash the dishes, make the beds, learn to cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry, empty the trash and all sorts of cruel jobs. I think she would lie awake at night thinking of more things for us to do. She always insisted on us telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

“By the time we were teenagers, she could read our minds. Then, life was really tough! Mother wouldn’t let our friends just honk the horn when they drove up. Because of our mother we missed out on lots of things other kids experienced. None of us have ever been caught shoplifting, vandalising other’s property or ever arrested for any crime. It was all her fault.

“Now that we have left home, we are all educated, honest adults. We are doing our best to be mean parents just like Mom was. I think that is what’s wrong with the world today. It just doesn’t have enough mean moms.”

What is your assessment of your mother? Was she mean, when she said ‘no’ to you on occasions; when she insisted on the dignity of doing things yourself? When she insisted on honesty and hard work? When she prevented you from having your way? “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother,” the great Abraham Lincoln used to proclaim. Now, will you say “Thank You” this day to your mother, young and beautiful or wrinkled and old?

M P K Kutty



Will the new Education Policy give a lease of life to govt–run schools?
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, May 10
There has been an unprecedented growth of English medium public schools in the urban as well as the rural areas of Rewari district. Rewari, Dharuhera, Kosli, Jatusana, Bawal and other areas of the district are now teeming with such public schools, mainly affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi.

Although the fee and other allied charges are ‘quite hefty’, guardians were seen making beelines for admissions of their wards in many of these schools. Seeking admission for their wards in several of these schools, where seats limits is strictly observed and where admissions are ‘merit-based’, is gradually becoming ‘a tough job’ for the guardians. Many of these schools have already secured affiliation with the Central Board of Secondary Education, while the applications of others are in the pipeline.

The spiraling graph of popularity of these English medium public schools is in sharp contrast to the disinclination for government-run schools in the district.

Over the years, things have deteriorated in government run schools, inspite of the fact that the teaching staff is qualified and competent.

The introduction of the new Education Policy by the state government has seemingly failed to change the existing scenario. Needless to say, many of these government-run schools suffer from lack of basic amenities like accommodation, furniture, drinking water facilities, electric fans, modern teaching aids and well equipped laboratories and libraries, which are a sine qua non for all educational institutions.

Recently Mr Mahabir Kaushik, S.D.M, Rewari, conducted surprise raids, in which several government run schools of the area were found locked before the closing time. In a way, it speaks volumes about the functioning of these government schools.

It may mentioned that these government run schools have been hit hard by the growing ‘dissatisfaction’ of the guardians regarding their functioning. In effect, the number of students enrolled in these government primary schools have reached its lowest ebb and many of them face the prospect of being closed down. The ball clearly is in the government’s court. Will the government run schools be allowed to become defunct or will new measures be initiated to rejuvenate them?

World Red Cross Day

The Rewari District Red Cross Society has been involved in providing valuable services to the poor, needy and physically challenged people of the society since its inception in 1989-90. The various organs of the District Red Cross Society, such as the Junior Red Cross unit, the District Hospital Welfare Centre, the Physiotherapy Centre, the Disabled Rehabilitation Centre, the Saint John Ambulance Association and the First Aid Centres are finely tuned for the job.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vineet Garg, who is also the chairman of the District Red Cross Society, paid glowing tributes to the volunteers at a special function organised to mark the World Red Cross Day here.

He specifically mentioned the fact that the society had sent cash and material assistance worth about Rs 50 lakh for the earthquake victims in Gujarat last year. The Deputy Commissioner also distributed artificial limbs to 16 disabled persons and hearing aids to 64 others. He also complimented Hero Honda Motors Ltd., Sant Nirankari Mission and various other voluntary organisations for their valuable cooperation. Mr Rajender Singh, secretary of the society, gave a brief account of the various activities being carried out by the organisation. The school children presented a colourful cultural programme on the occasion.

Beneficiaries of Devi Rupak Yojna

As many as 73 couples have so far got themselves registered as beneficiaries of the ‘Devi Rupak Yojna’, which was introduced in Haryana in September, 2002, with the purpose of curbing population explosion, female foeticide and the disproportionate sex ratio.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vineet Garg, informed that 37 couples opted for sterilisation after the birth of their first girl child, while 20 other couples offered to go in for sterilisation after the birth of their first male child. Besides, 16 other couples adopted the family planning programme after the successive birth of their second girl child. He said that 18 couples had already been paid a total amount of Rs fourteen thousand under the ‘Devi Rupak Yojna’.

870 Pirated VCD cassettes seized

Mr Tula Ram, Inspector of C.I.A. Rewari, alongwith officials of Super Cassettes Ltd., Noida, raided the premises of Prince CD House here on May 7. As many as 870-pirated VCD cassettes were seized and one Naresh Kumar, son of Chand Sain, arrested by the police. A case under Sections 61-63-68 A of Copyright Act 1957 has been registered in this regard, said Mr Om Prakash, Deputy Superintendent of Police.



Stop! Speed merchants, spy camera is watching you
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 10
It is for the first time that the Haryana Highway Patrol and Road Safety Police has been provided with a video van, equipped with speed-monitoring camera, which is known in general terms as ‘interceptor’, to regulate the over-speeding on National Highways in the state.

According to the Superintendent of Police of the Haryana Highway Patrol, Mr Saurabh Singh, the patrol police have got only one video van so far, but shortly four more vans would also become available to effectively monitor the over-speeding on all the National Highways passing through the state.

Mr Singh disclosed that the availability of the video van has eased the working of the highway patrol. Earlier, the speed violations were being monitored with estimated calculations and many times, it used to result in altercations between the vehicle drivers and the highway patrol personnel. Although, the speed limits of the vehicles on National Highways in the state had been fixed long back, there was no such facility with the State Highway Patrol to monitor the exact speeds of the vehicles, he added.

He stated that the aim of the video camera was not only to challan the speed violators, but also to make the people driving on National Highways aware of the traffic rules through video films.

“As the vehicular traffic on National Highways has been increasing rapidly every year, the best way to avoid accidents and save precious lives is to abide by the traffic regulations, mainly the speed limits,” he emphasised.

The video camera, costing around Rs 1 crore, can monitor the speed of a vehicle from the distance of about one-and-a-half kilometre. The speed limit for cars and other fast moving vehicles has been fixed at 90 kms per hour, 65 kms per hour for heavy vehicles and 50 kms per hour for two-wheelers.


Sewerage problems leave a stink in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 10
The residents of more than a dozen residential colonies of Sonepat town have been facing sewerage problems in one way or the other, but the conditions in Prabhu Nagar Mandi are worse as the sewerage water has started overflowing. It has entered even several houses. The foul smell has made the life of the residents miserable.

As alleged by the residents including Om Prakash Jain, Vijay Kumar, Rajesh, Raj Kumar, Praveen and Mukesh, the sewer lines have been lying blocked for the last three weeks.

Despite several complaints to the public health authorities, no action has been taken to solve the problem.

In fact, as stated by the residents, the sewer lines are narrow and cannot carry the waste of the entire population which has increased manifold in the mandi area during last two decades.

Nearly half a dozen colonies between Rohtak Road and Kakroi Road face the sewerage problems. As pointed out by the residents of Arya Nagar and West Ramnagar, the level of the sewer lines was not proper. On a number of occasions, especially in the rainy season, it results in overflowing of the sewer lines.

Ramesh and Shkuntala of West Ramnagar said that most of the house owners had raised the platforms of the lavatories to avoid the overflow of the sewerage wastes in the houses. The problem has forced a number of families to sell their houses in the colony and shift to the HUDA’s sectors, they said.

Other residential colonies facing the sewerage problems included Gopal Nagar, Sarang Road, Old D C Road, Vishal Nagar, Teen Nalkon Wali Gali.



Mother’s Day: Ma tujhe salaam!

New Delhi
On the occasion of Mother’s Day, The Empress Club, an all-woman’s club organised a function ‘Three Cheers to my Mom’ here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Jaya Jaitley, president Dastakari Haat Samiti said, “Women and mother’s are the strength and backbone of a family and country. But we take our mother for granted. We put her on a pedestal one day and forget about it. This is one relationship in the whole world where the mother wants nothing but perfection from her child in return of nothing in return”.

She went on to add, “So let’s not make it a one-day wonder like Karvachauth…”

Similar views were echoed by the participants including Kathak exponent, Shovana Narayan, Chairman of The Times of India, Ms Indu Jain and beauty expert Samanth Kochhar.

The participants also discussed the issues they faced in their personal relations. TNS



Four bus robbers held
Our Correspondents

Ghaziabad, May 10
The Indirapuram police claim to have arrested four persons, including two dreaded criminals, after an encounter in Khora Colony on Saturday night. They belonged to a gang of criminals who used to rob bus passengers.

SO Dharmender Chauhan said country-made revolvers, drugs and narcotic injections were recovered from them. Acting on a tip-off, the police caught the criminals when they were planning to commit a crime in the area.

The Two dreaded criminals, Bashiruddin and Nasiruddin, had been looting bus passengers for the past one year. The other two were identified as Mukesh Kumar and Vijay Kumar of Railway Colony, Vijay Nagar.

According to Dr Dharam Veer, CO, they used to loot passengers between Muradabad and Bareilly and Delhi and Jaipur by offering them sweets.

Man stabbed to death

One person, Ahsan, was stabbed to death in Murad Nagar near ordnance factory in broad daylight yesterday.

The police said the three persons had come from Loni to kill one Vinode in the factory complex. But the three of them started quarrelling when they failed to find Vinode. Ahsan, 25, son of Ashuddin, had come with Balak Ram and Sanjay in the factory to eliminate Vinode, but they fell out on some point as a result of which Ahsan was killed by Balak Ram and Sanjay.

The police have arrested Balak Ram and Sanjay who are being interrogated further. The body of Ahsan has been sent for autopsy.

Ahsan, Balak Ram and Sanjay were involved in a brawl with Vinode three days ago, the police said.

Call to check corruption

Sonepat: Mr Tajender Khanna, a former Lt-Governor of Delhi and the chief patron of the Citizens’ Alliance, a non-government organisation urged the people to be vigilant, sincere and honest in checking corruption in the administration at all levels.

Speaking at a meeting of the organisation here, Mr Khanna said that India has not been included in the list of the developed countries even after 50 years of Independence.

He alleged that the government was being duped of crores of rupees every year by the social organisations in the name of development. Mr Khanna called upon the members of the new organisation to work hard in removing corruption in public life.

Mr Balwan Singh, Deputy Commissioner hoped that the members of this organisation would continue their struggle against the social evils in society.

Mr S P Sachdeva, president of the organisation, called upon the members to adopt constructive attitude and render help to the people at all costs.

A number of prominent citizens and the office-bearers of the organisation also attended the function.

Two killed in accidents

Bhiwani: One person reportedly died in a road accident near Dhanana village today. The deceased identified as Satbir was hit by a trailor.

Har Narain of Hadodi Kalan village was reportedly killed when a Tata Sumo hit him at Atela village bus stand whereas Mukesh of Chiriya village, who was travelling at the roof of a bus heading towards Dadri fell down and sustained injuries. He has been admitted to hospital.

In yet another incident, Vijay of Chhillar village committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance last night. Vijay was a taxi driver.


Woman among eight injured in group clash
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 10
At least eight persons including a woman were injured, two of them seriously in a clash that took place between two groups at Sayya Khera village about 20 km from here last night.

According to a report, lathis and other arms were freely used in the brawl. The condition of two injured persons was stated to be serious. All other persons are said to be out of danger.

The clash occurred when two youths entered the house of Mr Dhan Singh and assaulted him. Thereupon, other members of the family armed with deadly weapons arrived and assaulted one of the alleged assailants Birender and injured him seriously. Other injured persons were identified as Anand, Suraj Bhan, Ishwar Singh and Omkari Devi.

Satbir, Ranbir, Manoj and Sudhir belonged to Maha Singh group who sustained injuries in the attack.

The Ganaur police has registered the case and further investigations were in progress. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

A longstanding enmity is stated to be the cause of the clash.

Domicile certificates

The Haryana government has authorised the headmasters of the government high schools and the principals of the government senior secondary schools to issue domicile certificates to the students after their passing matriculation and senior secondary school examinations.

According to official sources, it has already issued instructions to all the District Education Officers in the state directing them to inform the headmasters and the principals of the schools functioning in the state. This step has been taken to avoid the unnecessary harassment of the students for getting the domicile certificates in various government offices in the state.

Plan to shift dairies

The Sonepat Municipal Council has drawn up a scheme to shift the dairies from the city to nearby Dewru and Harsana Kalan villages where it has got 16 acres of gram panchayat land on lease basis.

According to official sources, these dairies would be shifted within two months and the owners of these dairies would be allotted plots on the panchayat land. The state government has already allotted Rs 1.26 crore for the purpose.

The council proposes to set up one dry feed store, one green feed store and a dispensary there. A tubewell will be installed to provide drinking water to the dairy owners. A gobar gas plant would also be set up there.

Moreover, roads would be constructed and a site of green belt will also be located there. There were 301 milk dairies in this city which are to be shifted from the city areas.

Driver in custody

Surinder, a tanker driver was remanded in police custody for interrogation by a judicial magistrate of Sonepat yesterday.

According to a report, the driver was apprehended by the officials of the Food and Supplies Department when he was engaged in mixing kerosene in the diesel pump at a petrol pump on Sonepat-Meerut inter-state road in the district.

The officials handed him over to the police for further action.

Textbooks unavailable

Resentment prevails among the students of the city and other parts of the district against the non-availability of some textbooks printed by the state government in the beginning of the new year’s academic session.

Body found

The Government Railway Police (GRP) recovered the body of a youth lying in the bushes along the railway track near the flyover here last night.

According to a report, the body was identified as Sajjan Singh (20) of Baba Colony of this city. He had been missing since Thursday last. The parents of the victim believe it to be a case of murder but the CRP officials maintain that it was a case of accident.

Woman suffers burns

A young housewife Anita sustained serious burn injuries when a stove bursted in her house at Biswan Meel village about 15 km from here last night.

According to a report, on hearing the hue and cry, her husband Hemant made an attempt to save her, but he also sustained serious injuries. Both of them were rushed to the local civil hospital from where they were sent to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi for further treatment.

The housewife was preparing the night meals when the stove bursted. The police have registered the case and further investigations were on.



Survey of BPL families begins
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 10
In a bid to provide subsidised rationed commodities, the district administration has started a fresh survey of the families living below the poverty line in the urban and rural areas of the district.

According to official sources, this survey would be completed by May 15. This step has been taken on the directive of the state government to include the families living below the poverty line in the new list so that they could get the subsidised rationed commodities from the fair price shops in the district.

In the rural areas of Sonepat district, there are 1,80,261 ration card holders and these include 1,54,414 APL category, 21,567 BPL families and 4,280 pink colour card holders.

Similarly in the urban areas, there were 76,822 ration card holders and these include 67,174 APL, 8790 BPL and 858 only pink colour ration card holders.


Admn acts tough, expels 4 criminals
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, May 10
The district administration has expelled four criminals from the district for six months each. The expelled criminals have been found involved in smuggling of liquor and have a number of cases registered against them in various police stations of the district.

Orders for the confiscation of a vehicle used in the illegal trade have been passed by the Court of the Additional District Magistrate (Admn), Mr Rakesh Chandra.

The criminals who have been expelled from the district include Manoj, son of Ram Pal, Bidhu, son of Veer Singh, Raju son of Girdhar and Shamshad, son of Surajmal. According to the administration, all of them are wanted in a number of cases.

Manoj of Phaphrana is wanted in two cases registered against him in Modinagar Police Station. Chooryala’s Bidhu has four cases against him in Bhojpur Police Station. Raju is wanted in six cases while Shamshad has four cases registered against him in Mussori Police Station.

A TATA Safari (No DL-8S-0033) was seized in Garh Mukteshwar in February with 24 bottles of English whisky and bottles of Indian-made liquor, which were being smuggled from Rajasthan. Three persons, identified as Raj Kumar, Ravinder and Amit, were arrested by the police in the incident.

Meanwhile, the Additional District Magistrate (A) has ordered the confiscation of the land of the Ghaziabad Shromani Sehkari Avas Samiti, located in Hasanpur-Bhovpur under the land ceiling act. However, out of a total of 39 bigha of land, over 12 acre of land has been left for the samiti. Moreover, it is learnt that a double-barrel gun used in criminal cases has also been confiscated.


Trucker killed, goods worth 40 lakh looted

Ghaziabad: Criminal are reported to have murdered a truck driver and looted goods worth Rs 40 lakh from the vehicle in vijay Nagar police station area. The police have registered a case under Section 302. No case of looting has been filed, even though goods worth Rs 40 lakh are missing, it is learnt.

Driver Dinesh alias Billoo, resident of Sector-23, had started on May 8 evening after loading his goods in truck No UGU-8328 from Sahibabad. At about 2 am yesterday, the truck was seen parked near Mohan Nagar Police check post. When the truck did not reach its destination, the owner, Bhudhiraja of Patel Nagar, started looking for it. Eventually the truck was traced to Green Hotel, where it was parked.

The criminals had murdered the truck driver left his body in the vehicle before escaping with the consignment. OC


Goods worth Rs 1 lakh robbed
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 10
Thieves are reported to have entered the house of Mr Sham Sunder at Mohalla Kot here last night and decamped with Rs 10,000, a two-in-one and a computer. The loss is estimated around Rs 1 lakh.

Transformer burnt

An electricity transformer was burnt plunging the area into darkness around Radha Krishan Mandir at Farmana village about 20 km from here last night. The residents of the village have demanded immediate replacement of the burnt transformer.


Cement industry ‘most disciplined’

Faridabad: The Indian Cement Industry had been one of the most efficient and disciplined industries in the country. While there had been ample modernisation of plants, the quality of the produce was also at par with the international standards. This was stated by Mr S K Maheshwari, senior executive president and chief manufacturing officer of GrasimIndustries while speaking at the ‘National Technology Day’ celebrations at the National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCB) in Ballabgarh town here yesterday. He said Grasim had been among the largest cement producing groups in the country.

He said on this day, several important and successful events took place in the country, which include the Pokharan Nuclear test in 1974 and test firing of Trishul Missile in 1998. TNS

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