Thursday, May 22, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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New BSNL tariff for G. B. Nagar to benefit rural users
Parmindar Singh

Noida, May 21
The BSNL has announced a new telecom tariff for the consumers in Gautam Budh Nagar district under which calls from Noida to Almora, Haldwani, Pilibhit, and Pithorgarh districts will cost half with 30 sec. pulse, compared to previous 15 sec. pulse and all these stations are now available on 95 facilities.

Under new rates, talking from the basic telephones to the mobile phones in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata areas will cost thrice as much for 60 sec. pulse and it will apply to Noida also as it is part of Mahanagar area. General Manager Telecom, Noida, A K Garg told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that calls within the circle area from the fixed phone to the mobile has become three times costlier. A call from the basic to the WLL mobile has also become costlier. For example, from Meerut to UP West area on mobile, there will be 60 sec. pulse.

The consumers will, however, get the benefit of local call up to 500 km distance at 30 sec. pulse as against 200 km previously within the basic telephony service area. The rural consumers will stand to benefit a lot under the new dispensation. Those consumers who exercise their option up to May 23 shall be kept in the normal category.

Rural areas

The rural areas in Greater Noida, which have been demarcated as rural by the Planning Commission, will get greatly benefited. Previously for rental of Rs 210 pm, only 125 calls were free. Now if they opt for the economy plan and pay Rs 150 pm, they will get 150 free calls a month. When all these conditions are satisfied, the area will be called rural area, according to the Planning Commission criterion, the General Manager said. The new tariff for rural areas announced by the BSNL, Mr Garg said, has two additional packages. In general package, rent is the same. However, the number of free calls has been reduced from 125 to 75 calls a month.

Under economic package, there is provision for 150 free calls a month by paying Rs 150 a month. This will benefit especially the rural consumers of Greater Noida area making a total of 150 calls a month, as the people paying Rs 210 rental to the department will get 125 free calls.

Urban areas

In the urban areas, General Manager Telecom, Noida, A K Garg said, three additional packages have been introduced. In first category, normal consumers connected to an exchange between 1,000 to fewer than 30,000 lines will have to pay a rental of Rs 120 a month. From 30,000 to fewer than one lakh line exchange, they will pay Rs 180 rental a month and those connected to an exchange above one lakh line capacity will have to pay Rs 250 rental a month. Now free calls have been reduced from 75 per month to 50 a month for the urban consumers, Mr Garg clarified.

The urban consumers, making a payment of Rs 350 a month (economy package) will get 600 free calls and those making a payment of Rs 1,650 a month (special package) could avail themselves of 1,800 free calls a month. For calls over 1,800, in this package Re 1 per call will be charged.


No hearing by HC on officials’ bail plea
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 21
Hearing on the bail petitions of three DDA officials could not take place in the Delhi High Court even today as the file relating to their cases did not reach the Chief Justice’s Bench, which was to take a decision about assigning the matter to a new judge after two of the judges had declined to entertain the bail plea.

When advocate Sidharth Luthra, appearing for one of the DDA officials, mentioned the matter before a Bench headed by Chief Justice B C Patel pleading that the bail application should be heard today, the Bench said that the file relating to the case had not yet reached it.

While the bail applications of sacked DDA vice-chairman Subhash Sharma, two other officials—Anand Mohan Sharan and Jagdish Chander—had been rolling from one court to another as two of the judges had refused to hear them, former Delhi High Court judge Shamit Mukherjee, a co-accused in one of the four cases, was granted one month’s interim bail on May 5. The bail was granted to Mukherjee by Justice R C Chopra, who declined to hear the bail applications of the three DDA officials last week. Justice B N Chaturvedi had refused to entertain their bail applications yesterday. The two judges had declined to hear the arguments on the bail plea without assigning any reason.

Since Justice Chaturvedi had referred the matter back to the Chief Justice’s Bench, it has to assign the matter to a new judge.

The CBI has registered four cases in connection with the DDA scam relating to deep-rooted corruption at highest level in the authority, which is the custodian of a major portion of the government land in the national Capital.

Counsels for the three DDA officials are likely to make a case for the grant of bail to their clients on the same ground as given to Mukherjee and might cite the principle of ‘judicial parity’ as one of the reasons for the same. The CBI had challenged the grant of bail to Mukherjee in the Supreme Court stating that the investigation in the DDA scam was not yet over and the release of the accused on bail at this stage would hamper the probe.

Though the Supreme Court had not disturbed the order on Mukherjee’s bail, yet it said on May 7 that in his case, the trial court could take an independent decision regarding his remand.


Rajiv was a visionary: Sheila
Tribune New Service

Industries Minister Deep Chand Bandhu and the Chief Minister during the ‘Balidan Divas’.
Industries Minister Deep Chand Bandhu and the Chief Minister during the ‘Balidan Divas’. — Photo by Kamal Singh

New Delhi, May 21
Rich tributes were paid to Rajiv Gandhi on his 12th death anniversary today with the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) remembering his contribution to taking India into the computer age.

At a function organised to observe his death anniversary as Balidan Divas, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit described Rajiv Gandhi as a visionary who wanted to make India a strong and united country in the 21st century, free of communalism and terrorism. “Had he been alive, terrorism would not be thriving today,” she said. Congress secretary in charge of the NCT of Delhi Ahmed Patel highlighted Rajiv’s technology missions and his efforts in solving the unemployment and drinking water problems of the country. “Rajiv Gandhi also wanted to remove illiteracy through his literacy mission ... and had a vision for the 21st century,” he said.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Anil Shastri recalled Rajiv Gandhi’s achievements in the political field. “It was Rajiv Gandhi who lowered the voting age to 18 years and empowered the panchayati raj institutions,” he said.

Among others who spoke on the occasion were Industries Minister Deep Chand Bhandu, DPCC president Subhash Chopra and Natwar Singh. Mr Bandhu said whatever progress the country had achieved today was largely due to Rajiv Gandhi’s contributions. The NDA government at the Centre, he said, was simply selling the nation’s wealth to multinational corporations (MNCs) and big business houses, rendering thousands of people jobless.

Earlier in the day, Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, members of the Congress Working Committee, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, her Cabinet colleagues and others paid floral tributes to the late leader at his memorial Veer Bhumi. An all-faith prayer meeting was also held to mark the death anniversary. A group of schoolchildren took a Parikarma of the memorial and took a vow to fight terrorism. 


Munish Dalal’s bail rejected
Our Correspondent

Noida, May 21
The Noida court today rejected the bail plea of Munish Dalal and his mother Vidya Dalal in a dowry case. Munish’s marriage party was returned by bride Nisha Sharma in Noida on May 11.

Noida Chief Judicial Magistrate A K Singh, who had reserved the decision yesterday on the conclusion of arguments, did not accept defence counsel D.D. Sharma’s arguments that Section 498-A of the Indian Penal Code did not apply to the case.

The section referred to the most serious crime committed by the husband or a near relative found guilty of subjecting the wife to cruelty, he had argued. Since Munish and Nisha had never been married, it was not a fit case for the applicability of the section, other sections in the FIR were minor, and permitted bail, defence lawyer had argued.

In its judgment, the court found both Sections 498-A and Section 3/4 of Dowry Prohibition Act applicable to the case. Both the parties are guilty of non-bailable and cognisable crime. The girl Nisha Sharma, the court said, had proved to be bold and exemplary woman who did not yield to the pressures of dowry-seekers.

The court said the marriage had nearly been solemnised and the guests at the party had almost started dinner, when the groom and the members of his party had created a ruckus at the venue. Munish Dalal and his mother Vidya Dalal were arrested after the wedding ceremony of Nisha Sharma was disrupted by the Dalals who reportedly made demands for Rs 12 lakh in cash and a car.

Traders fume at sealing of Cantonment area

New Delhi: Sealing the Delhi Cantonment for security reasons has raised a storm. The civilian population residing there allege the move is affecting their lives and harming their businesses. A mass protest was organised by the businessmen of the area against the decision of Station Commander Brig S. K. Uppal to keep the entire Cantonment area out of bounds for the non-defence population. Addressing a press conference here today, BJP leader and former legislator Karan Singh Tanwar said business activity in the main markets inside the Cantonment area had come to a standstill and the decision had caused immense inconvenience to those visiting their relatives and friends in the area. He said all roads leading to the areas inhabited by civilian population had been permanently blocked either by constructing walls or erecting barriers.

“The Delhi Cantonment has been completely isolated from the rest of the Capital following the decision of the Station Commander, which has infringed upon the rights to livelihood and freedom of both civilians and the defence populace,” Mr Tanwar pointed out. The Station Commander had ordered the sealing of the entire Cantonment area to prevent any terrorist strike. Only those having valid defence identity cards were being permitted to enter the restricted zone.

The decision had restricted the movement of people in markets and other public places like temples, parks and restaurants, Mr Tanwar said adding that buses, the essential mode of transport in the Capital, had also been prevented from plying inside the Cantonment area, making people walk for kilometres to reach their houses.


New MCF mayor
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 21
Dr Attar Singh, a Municipal Councillor from Ward No. 12 here, was elected as new Mayor of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) today. He is the fourth Mayor of the Corporation since it came into being and the third incumbent of the post in the present tenure of this civic body.

Dr Singh was elected unanimously as about 24 out of 25 councillors were present at the meeting convened by the Commissioner, Gurgaon Division, to elect new Mayor. The post had fallen vacant after the Punjab and Haryana High Court had set aside the election of Mrs Anita Goswami as Mayor on April 22 last. Her petition challenging the High Court order was dismissed by the Supreme Court. In the wake of the developments, the state government had to notify May 21 as election of new Mayer. As the post is reserved for the ‘backward’ category candidate, there were about four to five aspirants of the post but all of them agreed finally to elect Dr Singh, a Ph.D. in sociology, as the Mayor of the MCF. His tenure is up to March 2005.


Wheat arrivals come to a trickle in mandis
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, May 21
The procurement of wheat in the district has literally come to an end as the arrivals of the ‘golden grain’ in the procurement centres are negligible. The arrival in the Rohtak mandi yesterday was between 150 and 200 quintals. The grain dealers (arhtiyas) at other purchase centres of Sanghi, Kiloi, Madina, Lakhan Majra, Kalanaur, Kahnaur and Meham have wound up their operations for the past one week. There are no arrivals in the Sampla market also.

The arrivals of wheat this year have been less by over 18,000 MT as compared to the last year. The total arrivals this year till date have been 86,450 MT as against 1,04,484 MT last year. The arrivals in the Rohtak mandi were 27,753 MT followed by 18,717 MT in Meham and 9,043 MT in Lakhan Majra, 6,647 MT in Kalanaur, 6,316 MT in Sanghi, 5,693 MT in Sampla, 5,322 MT in Kiloi, 3,993 MT in Madina and 2,966 MT in Kahnaur.

Interestingly, the entire wheat that arrived in various procurement centres has been purchased by the government agencies like Food and Civil Supplies Department. Surprisingly, the grain traders have not made much purchases this year as compared to the previous years. The total purchases by the traders and private consumers this year were only 467 MT.

The arrivals in the neighbouring Jhajjar district are nearly half as compared to the previous year. The total arrivals till May 19 in this district had been 32,903 MT as compared to 62,415 MT last year. Similarly, the arrivals in Sonepat district have been less by over 54,000 MT as compared to the previous year. As against arrivals of 29,6794 MT in 2002, the total arrivals till May 19 this year had been only 24,2112 MT.


Home is where Bharatanatyam is for this foreign forensic expert
Tribune New Service

New Delhi, May 21
Far away in Ukraine, a forensic expert captivated by Bharatanatyam contemplated once whether to leave behind a promising career, her family and friends. Bharatanatyam emerged a stronger attraction soon and Ganna Smirnova, after repeated attempts to stay away from her metier, finally bid adieu to her job as a senior scientific officer to ascend the steps leading on to the stage.

“I first saw Indian classical dance at a festival of Indian culture that was organised in Ukraine. Since I have been learning dance right from the age of five, I have a natural inclination for dance forms,” Ganna.

After lessons in Yoga and a brush with the Indian philosophy, Ganna was offered a chance to learn Bhartanatyam by the Indian Embassy in Ukraine. Later came the ICCR scholarship and Ganna who is also a trained lawyer packed her bags to begin her lessons under Guru Jayalakshmi Eshwar in Kalashetra, Chennai.

“The ICCR scholarship was offered to me twice, but I was a little apprehensive about leaving my job and country, however Bhartanatyam was too hard to resist,” says Ganna who has received rave reviews for her performance.

Dedication and the drive to master the dance form saw Ganna enrol for the lessons in Carnatic vocal and also Chhau, a folk dance form. “I had to learn Carnatic vocals because I have to sing while I teach my students. I plan to learn Hindi and Sanskrit as well,” points out Ganna who now teaches Bharatantyam at the Triveni Kala Sangam and is the founder director of Abhinaya, School for Bharatanatyam.

Ganna also takes out time for teaching street children. “I have volunteered to teach street children along with an NGO, Mobile Creche, in Gole Market and by the end of this year, we will be ready to stage a show with these children.”

Adjusting to India’s severe heat was not easy, but accolades that came from the critics more than made up for hardships and also, “gave my confidence a boost”, recounts Ganna.

“I travelled extensively from Delhi to Karnataka, to Himachal and even Khajuraho. I took photographs of temples and monuments and hope to use them in my book,” says Ganna adding, “I want to write a book on Bharatanatyam, which will help people of my country to learn more about India and dance.”

The summer will see Ganna performing in not just her home country, but also in London. “I will be performing in Ukraine and will also hold workshops there. Besides, I will also be performing in London at a function organised by the ICCR,” says Ganna who wishes to evolve a fusion between Bhartanatyam and western traditions of dance.


CBSE results on May 23 and 24
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 21
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced the dates on which class X and XII examination results will be declared. While the class XII results will be announced on May 23, class X results will come on May 24.

A total of nine lakh students appeared for the examinations conducted by the board. Meanwhile, telecounselling services are already on, attending distress calls from students and even their parents. With expectations running high and competition causing sleepless nights, students across the country suffer from pre- and post-exam blues. To effectively counter the negative feelings of these distressed students, telecounselling helplines have been set up to help students tide over emotional crisis.

The CBSE helpline also became functional from today. Students can speak with counsellors from various schools across the city. The helpline will function till the June 4.

Now in its fifth year, the CBSE helpline is run by schoolteachers and principals who help students overcome fear and also provide information pertaining to various issue including reexaminations and revaluation procedures. 


Partial response to bandh call by trade unions
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 21
The nationwide bandh call given by different trade unions and employees’ associations against the anti-people and anti-employee policies of the central and state governments evoked partial response in Sonepat district. The maximum impact of the bandh was reported on the bank services, roadways service and electricity supply.

Almost all branches of nationalised banks in the district remained closed and power supply reportedly remained disrupted for hours together in the rural as well as urban areas. The roadways services reportedly remained disrupted in the morning hours at Sonepat as well as Gohana. However, the bus services were restored around noon from both the places. The attendance in most of the government offices was normal like any other working day.

Rohtak: The nationwide strike call given by the Left parties and their affiliated organisations evoked mixed response in the district on Wednesday. The strike was near complete in all branches of the nationalised banks and the LIC situated in the district.

The worst affected were the offices of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) as most of its complaint centres and cash collection counters presented a deserted look. The consumers who had gone to these centres to pay their electricity bills returned disappointed as the counters were locked. Although a majority of the employees in the operation wing were on strike, the consumers got uninterrupted power supply today.

Panipat: The nationwide one-day bandh call given by different trade unions and employees’ associations on Wednesday evoked mixed response. Staff in almost all government offices was on duty. The staff of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam, almost all banks, the Income Tax office, the Haryana Tourism Corporation, the PWD and Haryana Roadways organised gate meetings in the morning, raised slogans against the central and state governments for pressing anti-employee policies, abolishing some of the departments and retrenching the serving staff. The maximum impact of the bandh was on electricity supply, which remained disrupted for hours together in urban as well as rural areas of the district. The power supply in Samalkha town, a subdivision of Panipat, remained disrupted for more than 10 hours. The attendance in most of the government offices, National Fertilizers Limited, Tau Devi Lal Thermal Power Generation Unit and Panipat Refinery was reported normal like any other working day.

Faridabad: While there was a widespread response to the nationwide bandh in the state departments and some of the Union Government offices here, its effect on the industry was minimal. However, banking services remained paralysed due to participation of the bank employees in the strike. The police arrested about 33 employees of Haryana Roadways. The participating employees staged a demonstration outside the Municipal Corporation, Faridabad, (MCF) here and raised anti-government slogans. A spokesperson of the Haryana Employees Joint Action Committee claimed that several of its leaders were rounded up by the police after they staged a demonstration in support of the bandh.


Residents squirm under frequent power failures
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 21
Regular power supply has become a dream for the residents of this city. The power plays hide and seek with the residents throughout almost everyday and this has thrown normal life out of gear. The business and industrial activities are the worst-hit.

According to a report, frequent unannounced power cuts, tripping and failures have become a routine and these are not confined to a particular area but the entire city and its suburbs. The situation in the rural areas is alarming as the local authorities of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) have remained silent spectators in this regard.

Though the UHBVN has launched a massive campaign to check power theft for reducing the demand on the distribution system, there has been no perceptible improvement in the power supply to the domestic sector. The ongoing month has been cruel for the people both in urban and rural areas as they were facing an unprecedented power crisis and drinking water shortage.

The announcements of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, that the government would provide round-the-clock power supply to all categories of consumers have proved a hoax.

Water supply in the city and elsewhere has remained erratic. Since the feeders of tubewells are connected with the domestic feeders, the drinking water supply to the city is automatically disrupted. The tubewells at the main waterworks in Murthal have not been linked with the diesel generators and this is the main cause of the disruption of water supply whenever there is no power.

Moreover, the Public Health Department has no arrangements for supplying water by tankers during power failures at the waterworks and the boosting stations. The Sonepat Municipal Council has also failed to supply water by tankers to the residents as the tankers are used for supplying water to the builders on special charges.


Lapses alleged in labourers’ death
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 21
Several lapses are being pointed out, mainly on the part of the authorities, which allegedly led to the death of three labourers due to inhaling poisonous gases in a deep well of the Yamuna Action Plan project near Gohana town on Sunday evening.

According to the standard norms, a workman is generally sent in a deep tank or well with the help of a chain-pulley and safety belt as a precautionary measure. But in this case, the first labourer, Hari Om, was sent in the tank without a safety waist-belt. When he reportedly started crying for help due to the presence of poisonous gases, then Suraj Mal was also sent in, again without the safety belt, to rescue Hari Om.

When Suraj Mal also reportedly cried for help, the third labourer, Kuldeep, was forced by the project officers present on the site to go in the tank despite his reluctance to do so. He also did not have any safety belt. And he also became a victim of the alleged negligence of the project officials.

The plea of the project officials that an open tank is always without the presence of any poisonous gas, has been termed as foolish and illogical by the people. They explain that the poisonous gases being heavy generally remain settled at the bottom of a deep well or a tank and it had been proved a number of times in the past when farmers or workers had gone in such tanks of tubewells for some works like the repair of electric motors, cleaning etc. The non-availability of oxygen gas masks with the fire service personnel at Gohana was also another lapse. “Had these masks been available at Gohana, there was a possibility of rescuing the victims from the well earlier, thus their lives could have been saved,” it is said.


Scheme to repair 94 watercourses
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 21
The Haryana Government has drawn up a special scheme for the repair and maintenance of 94 watercourses in this district and a sum of Rs 50 lakh has been sanctioned for the purpose. This was stated by Mr Balwan Singh, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing a meeting of the district officials in the Panchayat Bhawan here yesterday.

He said that the work on the repair and maintenance of these watercourses would be started soon. This, he claimed, would benefit the farmers and ensure additional canal water for irrigating their land.

The DC, who reviewed the working of various government departments including the revenue, health, agriculture and the civic bodies, directed the authorities of the Sonepat and Rai Water Service Divisions to complete the construction of stone studs at Memarpur, Bega, Mehndipur, Tikola and Raskhera complexes before the onset of monsoon.

The DC also directed the authorities of the Sonepat Municipal Council and the municipal committees of Ganaur, Kharkhauda and Gohana towns to speed up the work for the recovery of house tax and other taxes.


Streets, drains constructed using MP’s fund
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, May 21
Mr Ajay Singh Chautala, MP, has provided Rs 56.36 lakh from his discretionary fund for the construction of streets and sewage water outlets in this town.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Harpal Singh, said here today that development works were being completed using the fund provided by the MP. He said that as many as 37 such works had been completed spending Rs 36.51 lakh from Mr Ajay Singh’s funds during the last financial year. These included construction of streets, concrete roads and drains.

Mr Harpal Singh said that a metal road was constructed in ward 3 at a cost of Rs 2 lakh and another in ward 7 with Rs 1 lakh. A drain was constructed from the Raj Kumar street to Dayal Singh’s house in ward 9 at a cost of Rs 1.76 lakh. Streets were constructed in wards 4 and 11 at a cost of Rs 1 lakh each. He said that 16 streets were constructed in Shani Maharaj, Kirti Nagar, Jain Chowk, Bawadi gate, Halu Bazar, old grain market, Krishna colony etc at a cost Rs 16.40 lakh. He said that streets were constructed at wards 16, 20, 24, 28 and 30 whereas drains were constructed in several wards like 21 and 5.

The Deputy Commissioner further disclosed that necessary arrangements had been made in view of the ensuing rainy season. A flood control room had been set up at the district level and the district medical officer will be its in charge, he said. He said that information about flood could be given on telephone number 248451 or fax number 242110 installed at the flood control room.

Two mobile teams had also been constituted to provide medical services in the flood-affected areas on requirement. Special teams had also been constituted at each civil hospital, community and primary health centre in the district. 


Quacks offering speciality services play with the lives of poor residents
Rakesh Bhardwaj

Panipat, May 21
Quacks continue to offer their “services” in this town and adjoining villages despite various drives to nab them. More seriously, many of them are posing as bone specialists, sex specialists, gynaecologists etc. They mostly set up shop in semi-urban areas and villages and basically cater to the medical needs of labourers and lower middle class people of the town.

A majority of them, however, claim to be Registered Medical Practitioners (RMP) holding identity cards from some ayurvedic and Unani institutes located in Panchkula and other stations. They have no certificates from the government or any recognised medical institution.

It is alleged that many of these so-called doctors use steroids and the poor patients, rather than getting cured, get addicted to these drugs. A midwife, who poses as a gynaecologist and claims to have the DHMS qualification, runs a nursing home on the Devi Mandir road. She charges Rs 5,000 for a normal delivery and Rs 10,000 for a caesarian case. She fortunately takes help from a doctor of another nursing home situated near the roadways bus station here. Otherwise, what will be the fate of her patients?

The police closed down the clinic six months back. A case under the Pre-Natal Diagnostics Test (PNDT) Act is pending against the clinic in the court and a report about the drug sample is awaited from the office of the Drug Controller. An inquiry was reportedly conducted, but nothing concrete appears to have come out. The clinic has opened once again.

Similarly, two sex clinics are being run, one in the Shivpuri locality near the cremation ground. A man who has studied only up to class 8 is the so-called doctor. He can be seen playing cards outside his ‘clinic’ and waiting for innocent patients. He also offers monthly package courses.

He has started another clinic near the roadways bus station here where he has engaged his nephew. The “doctor” and his nephew claim to be doctors of ayurveda and unani medicines respectively having identity cards of a Panchkula institute. Both are alleged to be busy in luring innocent patients on one pretext or the other. Their illegal sex clinics are operating without any check.

Another nursing home in the HUDA sector claims to provide treatment at lower rates. However, it is sending the patients to other clinics on a commission basis. He told this correspondent that he was an assistant professor from Srinagar.

Yet another clinic is being run on the Noorwala-Barsat road by an alleged quack who poses as a bone specialist, but he also does not appear to have any proper degree from any government-recognised institution.

In the absence of any verification of these types of doctors, the public at large is the main sufferers. Even some persons from Rajasthani and Sansi tribes are also operating freely in the town. They can be seen announcing their “specialities” through the microphones near the state government’s PWD Rest House, Skylark Tourist Complex, near three-star hotels on G. T. Road and in remote areas. They somehow manage to give the police the slip.

They operate from the roadsides with a mike and loudspeakers while giving details and information about the weaknesses of a person, some key points about sexual lives and offer “guaranteed and safe” treatment if one takes medicines from them.

The working of the district administration and the Chief Medical Officer appear to be responsible for the uninterrupted business of these quacks to the detriment of the poor people. When the Chief Medical Officer was asked to comment on the issue, he replied that his Drug Inspector had all the details of the action taken. When the Drug Inspector, Mr Padam Singh Rathi, was contacted, he told this correspondent that legal action was being taken against two-three doctors found indulging in nefarious activities. Moreover, he confirmed that two to three doctors, whom the CMO had not recognised, were convicted for not having drug licence to keep allopathic medicines in their shops.

Moreover, the Drug Inspector alleged that a majority of these quacks had links with higher authorities and whenever the department raided their shops, immediately politicians came to their rescue resulting in the failure of the system. Mr Rathi said that whenever roadside quacks were picked up, they would give wrong addresses.

He said that a team from BBC London came to check a nursing home in the Model Town area and another in Sukhdev Nagar, but nothing concrete was available. Similarly on complaints from residents of Noorwala, four midwives were picked up on May 7. The statements of the sarpanch and panches of the area were also recorded, which were in their favour.


Three seriously hurt as canter overturns
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 21
Three persons sustained serious injuries when the canter in which they were travelling and which was loaded with melons overturned on the GT Road near Qumashpur village, about 13 km from here, last evening.

According to a report, the injured persons have been identified as Habib and Salim, both residents of Mamur village in Muzzaffarnagar district of UP and Bhurey, a resident of Saharanpur, also in UP. The highway police took them to the local Civil Hospital from where they were sent to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment.

The canter was on its way from Panipat to Delhi. When it reached near Qumashpur village, a rear tyre of the canter burst. This resulted in the canter overturning.

According to another report, Rajbir, a resident of Sisana village, sustained serious injuries when he was hit by some iron goods while repairing the tractor-trailer on the Sonepat-Rohtak road near Sisana village, about 25 km from here, last night.

The injured person was immediately rushed to the local Civil Hospital. He was later shifted to the PGI at Rohtak for further treatment. The police are still investigating into the case.

Meanwhile, a youth, Bhupinder, made an unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide by taking insecticide tablets in his house at Bayyanpur village, about 3 km from here, last night. He was rushed to the local Civil Hospital. He was later sent to the PGI at Rohtak for further treatment.

According to another report, a two years’ old Annu consumed some poisonous substance in her house at Jatheri village, about 5 km from here, last evening. Her condition immediately worsened and she was hospitalised. She is stated to be out of danger.


Rohini to have new business and leisure destination
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 21
Now the residents of Rohini (North Delhi) will have their own multiplex and shopping mall called GTC multiplex, spread in an area of 1.24 hectares in the upcoming commercial hub of Sector 11. It will be the new office, business and leisure destination for residents of Rohini and its surrounding areas with well integrated four-storeyed commercial buildings. The site for this project is set on the 150 m main road, which is just about 2 km from Outer Ring Road and hardly a kilometre away from the upcoming Metro Rail project. It is also in the vicinity of the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and famous Japanese Park. The GTC multiplex will include a shopping mall, eateries, office complexes, banks, guesthouses, fast food joints, cyber cafes and a three-screen cineplex. A carpet area of about 10,500 square feet has been planned for the ground and first floor of the cineplex. The total seating capacity of the cineplex has been put up as 800 persons at a time.

The multiplex has been developed by the Garg plaza group. The special features of this multiplex will be the international standards of designing to help people enjoy comfortably, centrally air-conditioned with superb quality Dolby sound system and of course the parking facility, capsule lifts, fountains and waterfalls. Assures Mr Satish Garg, project Director, “Delhi faces a huge problem with parking space whereever people go, be it for shopping or movies. But we have made adequate arrangements for parking at our complex to give people a hassle-free shopping and enjoying experience.

Of the 1.24 hectares of land 75 per cent has been kept open and only 25 per cent has been utilised to construct floors as per the rules of the government. With the upcoming Metro project in the vicinity the project will get another boost. Large space and well-built commercial complexes here have already got the attention of some of the renowned banks and multinationals. With beautiful landscaping and greenery around, the complex will also have a mini park and swimming pool for children.


One held with 4.5 kg opium husk
Our Correspondents

Bhiwani, May 21
The police here claimed to have seized a huge quantity of opium husk from a person near the new bus stand located on the Rohtak road. A case has been registered against him under relevant Sections of the NDPS Act. The police said 4.5 kg ‘chura post’ had been seized from Jai Bhagwan, son of Asha Ram of Bhidawadi in Rohtak district, who was looking for a customer. In another case, the police has charged a tractor driver of driving negligently on the complaint of the relatives of a deceased. According to reports, the police registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC against tractor driver Balbir. The complaint was lodged by Rajbir, a resident of Kheri Bura village. However, no arrest has been made so far in this connection.

Rajiv Gandhi Award for Noida cops

Noida: Noida police team, which had shot dead a notorious Pakistani terrorist recently, will be honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Award.

The award will be presented by former Punjab DG Police K P S Gill, the Noida organiser of All India Anti-Terrorist Front, Gulshan Sharma said.

He said the Noida police and the Special Task Force had jointly felled Manzoor Dar, Baramulaha Area Commander of Jaishe-a-Mohammad outfit in a daring encounter in Noida’s Sector-31 last month.

Seven yrs’ RI for three

Sonepat: While deciding a case of looting, Mr B. S. Rawat, Judge of the Fast Track Court, has convicted three accused, namely Jagsir of Sanauli village (Panipat) and Biloo of Ashok Vihar Colony of Panipat and sentenced them to seven years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 2,000 each. Both the accused had got a lift in the canter of Sehdev of Mani Majra at Bahalgarh Chowk of the G T Road in Sonepat district and looted him at gunpoint immediately after getting the lift. The Rai police had registered a case on April 16, 2001.

Pvt schools told to close shop

The District Education Officer, Mr Rajinder Singh Dahiya, has directed the management of all the private schools to close down their educational institutions till June 30.

According to a report, he has also issued instructions not to organise any extra-classes and cultural programmes during this period. 


Three held for posing as TV journalists
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 21
The Delhi Police arrested three persons, including two women, who were posing as television journalists and extorting money in the Gokulpuri area in the North-East district. The police also seized huge quantity of stationery, like letter pads, identity cards and other papers from their possession.

The three accused had been working for a weekly newspaper, ‘Asia Link Today’, and were involved in the nefarious trade for quite some time. The police said that the accused, Ashok Nimmi (30), resident of Jagjiwan Vihar, Poonam (22), resident of Laxmi Nagar and Gurpreet Kaur (27), resident of Krishna Nagar, along with their associates, had barged into a house in the Gokulpuri area on May 20, where Mehru Nisha (28) and her children were present. Nisha’s husband is a ‘dhobby’ and has a business nearby his house.

After entering the house, they told Nisha that they were ‘press reporters,’ and had information that she was running a prostitution racket in her house. They threatened Nisha that they wanted to video film for their TV channel and demanded Rs 25,000 from her failing which they would telecast the programme. During the argument, one person even removed his shirt and the two women started removing Nisha’s clothes forcibly.

When Nisha raised an alarm, the cameraman and another person managed to escape, but other three were nabbed by the police.

Praveer Ranjan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-East), said that during the interrogation, the accused Nimmi told the police that in 2001, he got the rights of a weekly newspaper ‘Asia Link Today’ from one Gian Chand for Rs 5,000. After purchasing the paper, they published it for one month, which was eventually closed. Nimmi later formed a group in which he became the Managing Director and gave designations to his associates Yash Pal Chauhan as editor-in-chief, Santosh as bureau chief and Raj Sharma as marketing chief.

They also started recruiting some girls and boys from needy families as reporters and paid them a meagre amount of Rs 2,000 a month. Nimmi told the police that they targeted some persons in the Trans-Yamuna area, who were extorted later on some charges. For instance, they had information about a person, Brij Puri, who was involved in gambling. The group reached the spot and extorted Rs 32,000 from him.

Interestingly, none of the accused persons are graduates and some of them run STD booths in different parts of the city. Ashok Nimmi, Y. P. Chauhan and Santosh Lohiya have STD booths in Jagivan Vihar, Maujpur and Dilshad Garden respectively.

They used the technique only to extort the potential victims. Ranjan said we have also identified some more persons involved in the racket and efforts were being launched to trace their whereabouts.


Two arrested under Copyright Act

Rewari: The Rewari police arrested two persons, Sunil Kumar son of Raj Kumar and Hoshiar Singh Yadav son of Shiv Sahai Yadav, under the Copyright Act. The police also recovered 4,500 duplicate CDs, 3900 blank CDs, 1,100 audiocassettes, 25 pornographic films, recording devices and various other such items, all worth Rs. 3.57 lakh, from their possession.

A case under Section 63/68-A of the Copyright Act 1957and Sections 420 (cheating), 294 (obscene acts) of the IPC were registered against them.

According to information supplied by Mr Om Prakash, DSP, Rewari, following complaints made by officials of anti-piracy T-Series, Noida (UP), the district Police chief constituted three raiding parties, along with representatives of the above company, conducted a raid on the shop premises of Jagdamba Radio Co., Railway Road, here yesterday. OC


Youth hacked to death by cousins

Jhajjar: A 24-year-old youth was reportedly hacked to death by his cousins when he was asleep in Jasaur Kheri village of the district last night. According to information, the deceased, Sunil, son of Shyam, was sleeping in his house situated at the outskirts of the village with his wife, Rimpi, when two persons attacked him with sharp-edged weapons around midnight. His throat was found slit with an arm chopped away when the police reached the spot. The assailants were identified as Suresh and Satish, sons of Dhare, cousins of the deceased.

The assailants alleged Sunil had teased their sister about a month ago and they had taken revenge by killing him. The accused had also beaten up the deceased when their sister reported to them about the teasing incident.

Scooterist killed in collision

One person was killed and four others injured in a road accident involving a Maruti van and a scooter on National Highway 10 near Bahadurgarh on Tuesday night. According to information, Harikishan was killed when his scooter collided with the van. The occupants of the van, Ombir, his wife Geeta and two kids, were injured in the accident. OC


Two held for murder and robbery
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 21
With the arrest of two persons the South district police today claimed to have solved the sensational murder-cum-robbery case of Harbans Kaur (70) on April 29 in the Malviya Nagar area. The police also recovered 2.5 kilogram of gold from their possession.

The accused, Rahman (19) and Abdullah (19), both from West Bengal, have been arrested and efforts were being made to apprehend their other accomplice involved in the crime.

The labourers were engaged in polishing work at the victim’s house. The victim, who was alone at her house, was murdered by the accused who then ran away with cash and jewellery from the house.

The police, after questioning more than 200 persons, managed to apprehend Rahman with the help of a TSR driver. Since his other accomplices had left for West Bengal, the police reached the state and arrested Abdullah and recovered some stolen jewellery.

One arrested for robbery

The North-East district has arrested one person in connection with a robbery case in the Dilshad Garden area on May 19 where three persons robbed a mother and daughter at their house. Four kadas, two bangles and one chain worth Rs 50,000 were recovered from his possession.

The accused, Nabi Hassan, alias Israr (35), resident of Saharanpur, was arrested from Frash Khana and efforts were being made to trace his two other accomplices.

The accused, Hassan, along with his two partners in crime came to the house of Savitri Jain on the pretext of whitewashing her house. Hassan had a friendly entry into the house as he knew Savitri earlier and even whitewashed her house in the Chandni-Chowk area.

The accused hit Savitri on her head with an iron rod and tied her daughter Jyoti with the help of a rope. They then looted the house and ran away with the booty. 

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