Wednesday, May 28, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Can Rashtrapati Bhavan set an example for the nation?
Saving in water utilisation through the sprinkler and drip irrigation method
Cecil Victor

New Delhi, May 27
For the conservation of fossil fuels, the popular wisdom is that it is best left in situ. A similar school of thought is developing in the National Capital Region, where the groundwater table has fallen alarmingly over the past decade, that while water harvesting methods may be the long-term solution, cutting down on extraction by using alternative technologies would yield faster results.

A case in point is Rashtrapati Bhavan where former President K. R. Narayanan set an example for the nation by introducing water harvesting technology in its 133-hectare estate. However, with a daily demand of 2 million litres of water, 35 per cent of which is drawn from tubewells on its grounds, the offtake has resulted in a fall in the water table of between two to seven metres in a decade.

It is now up to scientist-emeritus President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam to introduce a quantum improvement in water conservation as an example to the rest of the nation. He has at his disposal time-tested sprinkler and drip irrigation methods, which will obviate the need to extract 35 per cent of daily requirements from the fast-depleting resources.

Studies by the Water Technology Centre of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (Pusa Institute) show that a saving of up to 40 per cent in water utilisation is possible by introducing sprinkler and drip irrigation methods where the water is extracted from underground aquifers. Forty per cent of the approximately 7 lakh litres extracted daily in Rashtrapati Bhavan represents a massive saving and could, in conjunction with its water-harvesting network, dramatically slow down the rate of depletion of the water table.

Such is the dire need for drastic measures within the National Capital Region that the IARI itself, long an oasis of greenery and crop technology in the heart of Delhi, is preparing to introduce sprinkler, drip irrigation and recycling of domestic waste water before the end of the tenth Plan period on its 400-hectare plot. The water table here has fallen by four metres in 15 years, according to the Project Director of the Water Technology Centre Dr Anil Kumar Singh.

In fact, along with its insistence that all new colonies must introduce water harvesting techniques, the Government of NCT of Delhi must add a rider that all major estates under the control of the Ministries of Defence, Railways and Civil Aviation and industrial units must employ sprinkler and drip technologies, especially where dependence on groundwater is massive.

Unfortunately, the Government of NCT of Delhi has introduced an element of disincentive by cutting off the subsidy for sprinkler systems and reducing it to Rs 16,000 per hectare for the more expensive drip system. This will prove to be counter-productive in its total water-harvesting campaign.

Because installation of these systems are costly, the subsidies must be reintroduced, at least since the benefits are more calculable than water harvesting techniques.

Coupled with the proposed imposition of a cess on water extraction through tubewells, the application of alternative technologies will have a long-term salutary effect on groundwater resources.


Envoy’s driver had brain damage
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
The driver of Senegalese Ambassador Al Mansoor Diop, Dilavar Singh, who died after a scuffle with the envoy’s son on Saturday, had sustained ante-natal damage in his cerebral cortex (brain), it was revealed during the post-mortem examination today.

However, it was premature to say whether the death was caused because of the injury, sources said. The police are yet to get the report even as they are awaiting the government’s view on whether the envoy’s 24-year-old son Mansoor Ali could be arrested and questioned.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Manoj Lall denied that any arrests had been made in the case, contradicting media reports about the arrest of a manager of the five-star hotel. However, the police have taken cognisance of the fact that the crucial evidence of recording of the scuffle between Mansoor Ali and Dilaver on close-circuit TV had been erased.

The police, after realising on Sunday that the incident had been recorded, had asked the hotel staff to preserve it. But yesterday, the police were told that the recording had got erased as the hard disk was programmed to preserve recording only for 30 hours, the sources said. The Taj Group of Hotels today issued a statement saying that it is “committed to fully cooperating with the authorities” in all investigations in connection with “untoward incident on May 24”. “We are in touch with the investigating agencies to provide them with the relevant facts and records relating to the matter,” the statement said.

In an earlier development today, a large number of class IV Indian employees working in various embassies demonstrated in front of the Senegal Embassy and demanded action against Mansoor Ali, for his alleged involvement in a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The employees alleged that Mansoor should be held responsible for the murder of Dilavar. Last night, the members of the Chauffeurs’ Association held a demonstration in front of the Senegal Ambassador’s official residence.


B. S. Suhag first MDU VC to get second term
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, May 27
Governor Babu Parmanand, who is also the MDU Chancellor, on the advice of the state government, has renewed the term of Maj Gen (retd) Bhim Singh Suhag as the Vice-Chancellor of the Maharshi Dayanand University for the next three years. The gazette notification renewing the term is being issued by the state government. The present term of General Suhag expires on June 4.

General Suhag is the first Vice-Chancellor in the 27-year-old history of the university to get a second term. Since its inception in 1976, MDU has had eight regular and ten officiating Vice-Chancellors.

The first Vice-Chancellor was Mr M. L. Batra, a retired IAS Officer, who remained in office from April 23, 1976, to August 18, 1977, the day he resigned. Dr J. D. Singh, the then Pro-Vice-Chancellor, officiated as the Vice-Chancellor from August 19 to October 27, 1977. He was succeeded by Mr Hardwari Lal, who remained in office from October 28, 1977 to October 27, 1980. During this period, the university remained closed for nearly six months due to an agitation by all three wings of the university –- the teachers, students and employees. There was a long agitation in the medical college, then governed by the university.

Mr Hardwari Lal was suspended and the varsity got mired in litigation. It was an unpleasant and sad period for the university. The government appointed its Secretary, Education Department, Mr J. D. Gupta, IAS, as the officiating Vice-Chancellor and he remained in office from October 28, 1980, to September 24, 1981.

On September 25, 1981, the then Registrar of the university, Dr S. N. Rao, took over as the officiating Vice-Chancellor and remained in office till June 7, 1982 when Mr Hardwari Lal got an interim order from the Punjab and Haryana High Court to function as the Vice-Chancellor. He occupied the office on June 8, 1982, and remained there till March 21, 1985, when the Supreme Court removed him from office. This period witnessed all kinds of litigation, agitation and political manoeuvring, forcing several state ministers to resign from the government. From March 22, 1985, to April 20, 1985, Dr R. K. Nigam, the senior-most professor of the university, functioned as the officiating Vice-Chancellor.

For the first time in the university’s turbulent history, a distinguished scholar, Prof Ram Gopal, was appointed a regular Vice-Chancellor on April 21, 1985. Immediately after assuming office, he unearthed the worst-ever examination scam, which hit the headlines then. This involved a large number of political bigwigs, bureaucrats etc. And the regrettable outcome was the suspension of the Vice-Chancellor on March 7, 1986.

Consequently, the then Chief Secretary, Mr P. P. Caprihan, was appointed the officiating Vice-Chancellor on March 7, 1986, and he remained in office till April 3, 1988, when Dr Ram Gopal resigned after becoming a victim of the unscrupulous politics at the highest level.

Lt Gen (retd) G. C. Aggarwal became the fourth regular Vice-Chancellor on April 4, 1988. But in no time, the university became the turf for all kinds of agitation. Ultimately, he resigned on October 16, 1990, and left the university on the sly in the night. Mr T. D. Jogpal, IAS, the then Commissioner, Rohtak Division, was appointed the officiating Vice-Chancellor on October 17, 1990, and he held office till February 22, 1991.

The fifth regular Vice-Chancellor was Brig (retd) O. P. Chaudhary, who incidentally became the first incumbent to complete the three-year term, and he remained in office from February 23, 1991 to February 22, 1994. But all was not well during this period. The state government had imposed a ban on appointments in the university within a few months of Brig Chaudhary assuming office. The university Act was amended to curtail the Vice-Chancellor’s powers. A Pro-Vice-Chancellor was appointed, who hardly remained ‘pro’.

Mr Vivek Chand Sharma, a college principal, became the sixth regular Vice-Chancellor on February 2, 1994, but could not remain functional for the entire term. The worst kind of agitation was seen during his tenure. And then, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr L. N. Dahiya, became the officiating Vice-Chancellor on November 23, 1996, and remained in office till February 26, 1997.

Lt Gen (retd) O. P. Kaushik was the seventh regular Vice-Chancellor and he remained in office from February 26, 1997, to February 26, 2000. But during his tenure, he could not maintain cordial relations either with the Governor or with the state government. Several selections made during this period for various posts were quashed and a ban on appointments was imposed and the university faced the worst financial crisis.

The then Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr L. N. Dahiya, became the officiating Vice-Chancellor for a few days from February 26, 2000 to March 2, 2000 and thereafter, the then Commissioner, Rohtak Division, Mrs Anita Chaudhary, IAS, remained the officiating Vice-Chancellor till June 4.

On June 5, 2000, Maj Gen (retd) Bhim Singh Suhag joined as its eighth regular Vice-Chancellor.


DDA scam: HC grants bail to Subhash Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
Sacked DDA vice-chairman Subhash Sharma, accused of accepting huge bribes in the DDA scam cases, was today granted bail by the Delhi High Court, which yesterday had ordered the release of two other former officials of the authority on conditional bail.

Accepting the bail plea by the former DDA vice-chairman, Mr Justice S. K. Agrawal directed him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh and a surety of the same amount before the trial court to seek his release from judicial custody.

However, Subhash Sharma could not expect his immediate release even after furnishing the bail bond as he is a co-accused in the four cases registered by the CBI in connection with the DDA bribery scandal and he has got bail in the case in which former high court judge Shamit Mukherjee is also an accused.

Mr Mukherjee is already on a month’s interim bail. Mr Justice Agrawal granted bail to two other sacked top DDA officials — Anand Mohan and Jagdish Chander – yesterday.

Imposing strict conditions on Subhash Sharma, Mr Justice Agrawal in his order said that he would not leave the country without the court’s permission, surrender his passport, not make any attempt to tamper with the evidence and contact any of the witnesses, not visit the DDA office without informing the CBI and join the probe whenever told to do so by the agency.


Only students with first class may get into regular colleges
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
Of the 16 lakh admission forms printed by Delhi University for over 1,20,000 seats to various undergraduate courses, close to four lakh forms will be made available in schools and an equal number can be obtained from 30 post offices across the National Capital Region.

Students seeking admission to various colleges of Delhi University can get forms from any of the 654 schools selected in all 11 zones. The Deputy Directorate of Education in each zone will provide the forms to select schools within the next two days, whereby students can pick their admission forms together with their mark sheets.

Speaking to mediapersons here today, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Deepak Nayyar, said that beginning this year, students can buy forms from schools, post offices and from the 16 centres run by the university, taking off the pressure from the university centres.

While the schools will supply only the admission forms, the post offices will provide a bundle of 25 forms and a copy of the information bulletin. All colleges have been asked to accept centralised forms and students have also been given the option of applying through the website of various colleges.

Prof Nayar added that application forms can be downloaded from the university’s official website also. However, completed application forms will have to be submitted to the colleges where the candidates wish to seek admission.

Nearly 50,000 seats are available for regular undergraduate courses for the academic session 2003-04, which mean only those with first class marks can hope to get into regular colleges. A total of 48,689 students have scored more than 60 per cent marks.

Referring to the cut-off marks, he said that cut-offs of the previous years are indicative and people should refer to them before deciding which colleges to apply for. He said these cut-off lists help maintain transparency; all those students who have marks above the stipulated cut-off will get admissions.

For the reserved sections and the physically challenged students, the admission forms will be free of cost and there will be centralised registration and issuing of admission slips for all colleges. Another first this year is the use of OMR for data entry.

The application forms for the above-mentioned categories will be accepted when relevant certificates are produced and scrutinised. However, forms can be collected without furnishing any documents. Registration will begin from June 4 and will continue till June 14 for the reserved sections and June 18 for the open category.

Admissions slips will be issued for reserved sections from July 2. The first admission list will be announced on June 25, followed by a second list on June 30, the third list on July 4 and the fourth list on July 9.

The university has also announced the dates for the entrance examination being conducted by various colleges for admission to BA Hons in English. The exams will be conducted from June 18 to June 27.

To streamline the academic calendar, admissions to various postgraduate courses will commence from June 16. Prof Nayyar pointed out that this has been done to ensure that the university starts functioning from July 16 and winds up by March 23, 2004.

Outstation students who took examinations conducted by boards other than the CBSE like the previous years will have to get their marks sheets verified by the resident commissioners of their states. Prof Nayyar pointed out that authentication and verification is sought to check malpractice and dissuade students from using forged mark sheets to seek admissions.

He added that no verification is sought from the students whose results are posted on the web. Prof Nayyar said that the university has spoken to the chief ministers of various states asking them to put the results of their state boards on the Net. 


White paper on JJ clusters coming
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
The Government of NCT of Delhi will bring out a white paper on the jhuggi jhopri (JJ) clusters and slums, their relocation and in situ development within the next two months, so that the critical gaps in the implementation of a sound rehabilitation policy are plugged.

A committee consisting of experts from various fields, including representatives from Mumbai, where such a rehabilitation policy is already under way, will look into the various aspects associated with the subject.

The objective of the exercise will be to evolve a comprehensive, humane and long-term solution to the problems that affect about 40 lakh people in NCT of Delhi.

The white paper will analyse the status thoroughly and seek to provide solutions by looking into different options like in situ vertical rehabilitation, co-operative group housing schemes, availability of land and effective land use and important aspects of providing the basic civic amenities to the affected people.

The Council of Ministers also approved the schedule of the Yamuna Safai Abhiyan and the celebration of the World Environment Day between June 2 and 5.

Property conversion cases on DDA website

The DDA has put up information at its website ( regarding the cases of conversion from lease-hold properties to free-hold, which are pending with the authority for want of information/discrepancies on the party of the allottees.

In a press release, the DDA clarified that formalities/requisite documents, which an allottee has to submit and for which the cases have been pending with the authority, have been detailed at the website so that allottees do not have to visit the DDA office and can complete the formalities on their own.

The DDA will update the website every 15 days depending on the cases, which have been disposed of or which require any further information/documents from the allottee.

The scheme of conversion of lease-hold to free-hold (residential properties) was introduced in 1992. So far, 1,23,396 cases of conversion have been received up to April 30, 2003, of which 1,17,246 have been disposed of.

There are a total of 6,150 pending cases beyond the period of 90 days wherein the applicants/allottees have not completed the required formalities or not paid outstanding dues for which reminders have been issued from time to time.

This list of pending cases along with deficiency is available at the DDA website,

Set-top boxes too expensive: Sheila

Amid the controversy over the introduction of the Conditional Access System, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today dashed off a letter to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ravi Shanker Prasad opposing the move as a “harsh measure” and advocating its review.

Citing her government’s interactions with various citizen groups in the NCT of Delhi, Ms Dikshit said the Centre’s move, to be implemented in four metros from July 14, had created misgivings that the “consumers’ interests may not be protected”.

“The mandatory payment for the new technology equipment (set-top box), ranging between Rs 4,000 and Rs 8,000, is too exorbitant for middle and lower class viewers,” she said.

“Unfortunately, in the name of widening the subscribers’ choice, a new financial burden has been put on the hapless subscriber,” she said, adding that “an additional investment along with the increase in the cost of pay channels is a harsh measure for the average viewer in this city”.


Advani flags off Sindhu Darshan Programme
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), an autonomous body under the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, today announced the symbolic `Sindhu Darshan Programme’ flag off from Delhi. The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L K Advani, flagged off the `Sindhu Darshan Programme’ from his residence.

This programme, held every year on the banks of River Sindhu at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, has evolved to become a symbol of national pride and patriotism. The event will be held from the May 30, 2003 to June 2, 2003 at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir.

Expressing his views on this symbolic national event, Mr Advani said: “This programme was initially started to provide the youth of India a common platform to understand the diverse cultures and resources of India. The programme also intends to inculcate a sense of national integration within the youth and people of the country. It has been expanding in scope and operations every year and has led to the development of several national level programmes to consolidate the vast pool of natural resources available in the country.

“As a result we have recently initiated a programme called `networking of rivers’, which intends to network seven great rivers of the country. By networking these rivers, we are looking at providing a combined solution to counter natural calamities like flood and draught that the country has been facing every year.”

NYKS, which fosters the spirit of nationalism and volunteerism among youth and people of India, is not only an active participant in the programme but has provided a new dimension to the whole concept of this national event. NYKS’ participation in organising this programme last year made it a grand success and the Sangathan intends to carry on its participation with greater fervour and enthusiasm this year too.

According to Mr V Murleedharan, Director General, NYKS: “We are very proud to be associated with a national event like Sindhu Darshan. Instilling a sense of national integrity, protecting and promoting Indian values and culture in people and in particular the youth of the country has always been our motto. Sindhu Darshan offers us yet another platform to put forth our initiatives in bringing people from different walks and regions of the Indian society together. The activities NYKS plans to undertake as a part of the Sindhu Darshan programme will help participants to interact with each other, learn and exchange cultural values.”


Villagers give ultimatum on water supply
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, May 27
The residents of Matanhale village gave a one-week ultimatum to the district administration to make sufficient arrangement for water supply.

The villagers, which include women threatened to block traffic on Jhajjar-Dadri Road and also to gherao the district officials if their demands were not met within a week.

According to information, the district administration organised an open durbar in the village today which was presided over by ADC Suprabha Dahiya. Hundreds of men and women approached her with their complaint. The villagers include Anoop Singh of Krishak Khet Majdoor Sangthan, Ravinder Singh and Jaipal of Block Congress and women representative Jamna, Sharmili, Chand kaur, Shanti and many others.

They complained that a water works for water supply scheme was constructed at a cost of Rs 1.38 crore last year. But water is being supplied only in one part of the village and the people living in remaining parts of the village are reeling from severe water crisis for the last many years. The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, said at the time of the inauguration of this scheme last year that 70 litres of water would be supplied to every house of the village.

The villagers alleged that the funds, which were to be utilised for the water supply scheme were being siphoning off by the officials concerned. The executive engineer and SDO of the public health department were also present on this occasion.


Admn removes Sector 23 encroachment
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 27
Residents of HUDA’s Sector-23 here heaved a sigh of relief when the district administration removed an unauthorised occupation and encroachment on the main entry point of the sector on Monday.

The residents even distributed sweets after removal of the encroachment and thanked the administration.

One of the largest residential sectors of HUDA, in the state, this sector contains around 4,000 plots. However, nearly one acre of land had been encroached for the last 15-16 years by a few people. Since encroachment was on the main entry point of the sector from Mehalana road, this caused much inconvenience to the residents who were forced to take a separate road or diversions on link road to reach Mehlana road.

According to SDM, Sujan Singh Yadav, who is also the estate officer of HUDA in Sonepat, soon as the court decided the matter in administration’s favour, a demolition squad led by tehsildar R K Ranga and a junior engineer was dispatched to remove encroachment and it was removed without any opposition.

Later the squad removed a few encroachments temporary covering of the areas in front of houses and shops etc from Sector 14.

The SDM also claimed that all encroachments in HUDA’s residential Sectors-12, 13, 14, 15 and 23 have already been removed and the anti-encroachment drive of the administration will continue in future also.


Rao Abhey Singh’s statue unveiled on death anniversary
Our Correspondent

Rewari, May 27
Thousands of persons, including a large number of Congress activists from various parts of Haryana, took part in the Shradhanjali Samaroh organised to mark the first death anniversary of Rao Abhey Singh, Congress stalwart from Ahirwal and the grand old man of Rewari politics, in the compound of Rao Abhey Singh DAV Public School, near his native Saharanwas village on the Rewari-Narnaul road, 6 km from here today .

A marble statue of Rao Abhey Singh, set up near the venue of the Shradhanjali Samaroh, was unveiled by Ms Meira Kumar, member of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), who was the chief guest.

While paying homage to Rao Abhey Singh, Ms Meira Kumar paid rich tributes to Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru , the first Prime Minister of India and a great statesman, since today was his 39th death anniversary as well .

She said like Pt Nehru, Rao Abhey Singh too adhered to value-based politics throughout his long political career which lasted from 1952 to 1977.

Without naming Devi Lal she said she had no objection to hundreds of statues of one man being installed by the state government at various spots throughout the state but the arbitrary manner in which a drive was launched against the installation of Rao Abhey Singh’s statue at Rewari at the behest of the state government was highly condemnable .

She claimed that such disrespect had never been shown to their political adversaries by the Congress regimes of the state in the past.

She also tried to assuage the hurt sentiments of Congress legislator, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav , son of late Rao Abhey Singh, saying that the time was not far when things would take a turn for the better in Haryana .Prior to this, the Haryana Chief Minister was also criticised by Capt Ajay Singh Yadav who alleged that Mr Chautala covertly approached the management of DAV School, which unnecessarily put hurdles in the installation of Rao Abhey Singh’s statue in the school complex initially. 


Special Focus on Gurgaon
MC driven by new-found urge to beautify open spaces
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, May 27
The local municipal council appears to have gone the whole hog in beautifying selected open spaces and green belts in the old city.

A senior functionary of the municipality said a blue print had already been drawn to beautify Kamala Nehru Park, the oldest and biggest public park in the old city.

At present, the park is not even a shadow of its former self on account of the apathy of the municipality. Earlier, it used to be the usual haunt of the city’s high-heeled. Now, it is the riff raff who frequent the place. According to officials of the civic body, the park will be beautified by developing its pathways. More saplings will be planted to increase the green cover. At some stretches lawns with exotic grass will be laid in addition to sprucing up the lighting system.

Also, Mahavir Chowk, the main junction of the old city, will be developed and the green cover increased.

The municipality has also made a move to beautify the open space near the camp office-cum-residence of the Deputy Commissioner. There is a move to install an outdated fighter tank, which was perhaps used during the Indo-Pak war.

The district administration, with the help of the District Sainik Board, is in touch with the Defence Ministry for facilitating the installation of the proposed tank. Talks have moved in the right direction. The authorities are hopeful it will grace the area by August 15.

There are many here who feel that somehow the general impression is that the municipality has been delivering less than what it proclaimed. This becomes more pronounced when considered that the city is expanding at a rapid pace, especially the new city. With development activities lagging in the old city, certain sections stand out as an eyesore in comparison to the new areas. It is in this scenario that the residents have started voicing concern over the double standards adopted by the government with regard to the development of the city.

For example, there is no park worth its salt which can be really described as a park in the old city. Instances are legion where either government offices or private persons have encroached upon the parks, especially in the colonies.

Also, people seem to be losing their sense of proportion with regard to maintaining the sanctity of the parks. A good number of the parks have been converted into garbage dumping grounds. But then it is also the duty of the municipality to stem the rot, even at the cost of penalising such errant behaviour on the part of private persons.


Cops to put a stop to illegal mining
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, May 27
The district police have launched a special drive to check the smuggling of material like rori and stones etc from the mines in Aravali hills in Gurgaon district. The police impounded seven trucks filled with illegal mining material today.

Despite the Supreme Court’s directive to stop illegal mining in the Aravali range certain businessmen engaged in mining have been executing the mining work illegally and selling the building material at exorbitant rates.

The SSP, Mr Kuldeep Singh Siag, informed NCR Tribune the police would impound the vehicles found carrying the illegal building material taken from the mines. The mining works, executed illegally, would also be stopped and action would be taken against the violators of the rules, said the SSP.

According to the high-level sources, the Aravali hills falling in Gurgaon and Faridabad districts have always been a goldmine for the persons engaged in this business. That is why some of the prominent politicians of the state belonging to the region are engaged in the mining business.

Certain ministers, MPs and MLAs of the areas have authorised official mines in these two districts. It itself proves that the business of mining is a good source for making a fast buck, add these sources.

Certain contractors enjoying the patronage of these politicians keep extracting the stones from the mines,

giving a damn to the rules and regulations of the Mining Department. The sources further reveal the state government has checked illegal mining to a great extent by making a policy of auctioning the mines in the state.

Mr Siag informed the Nuh police got information that certain trucks filled with illegal mining material were plying in the areas. The police acted on the tip-off and impounded three trucks with registration numbers HR 54 B 5574, HR 54 B 0774 and HR 55A 7559 from three different locations falling in the jurisdiction of the Nuh police station.

In the Taoru police station area four trucks with registration no HR 55A 3856, HR 38D 1823, HR 38 3446 and HR 29 D 2204 were impounded.

The police managed to arrest four drivers while three of them managed to escape. The police have lodged an FIR under Section 379 of the IPC against the owners and drivers of these vehicles.

Mr Siag further said the police would turn the heat on the violators so that the government got the revenues due to it from mining and illegal mining be stopped once and for all.


One brother killed, another injured in family feud
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 27
A quarrel in the family has led to the death of a brother and injuries to another brother and mother of the alleged assailant at Bayyanpur village about three km from here last evening.

According to a report, one of the seriously injured persons was sent to a hospital in Delhi.

The police have registered the case and a hunt is on to apprehend the assailants.

It is stated that Imran along with his sons and some other persons allegedly attacked his younger brothers Rafiq and Latif by deadly weapons during the family quarrel. The brothers sustained serious injuries in the attack. When their mother intervened, she too was attacked and injured. Both the seriously injured Rafiq and Latif were sent to a Delhi hospital where Rafiq succumbed to his injuries.

On the report of the injured woman, the police have registered a case against five persons, Daleep, Imran, Rozu, Bano and Rukhsana.

Two bodies seized

The Rai police recovered the body of an unidentified youth (22) lying at the back of a factory near the Rai industrial area about 13 km from here last evening and sent it for a post-mortem.

According to another report, the police have also recovered the body of a man lying on G T Road near Chauhan Joshi village about 12 km from here last evening.

The body remains unidentified. It has been sent for a post-mortem.

Meanwhile, the Government Railway police (GRP) have found a man with serious burn injuries in a bogie of a passenger train at the railway station here yesterday. He was sent to the PGI Rohtak for treatment.

He has 70 per cent burn injuries and is stated to be serious. The GRP are investigating the case.

Fire in liquor godown

At least 200 boxes of liquor worth about Rs 2 lakh were burnt in a devastating fire which had broken out in the godown of a liquor contractor at Gohana town, 35 km from here yesterday. A burning candle left by an employee in the godown, was stated to be the cause of the fire.

According to a report, on receipt of information, the municipal fire brigade rushed to the site and brought the fire under control by breaking the roof of the godown. The police are investigating the case.

Child prisoners freed

Mr S S Nijjar, a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court inspected the Bal Sudhar Grah here yesterday and ordered the release of child prisoners immediately. The age of the released prisoners is between 12 and 14 years.

According to a report, the judge also heard the grievances of the child prisoners and directed the authorities to take appropriate steps.

Earlier, the judge had inspected various judicial courts and held a meeting of the lawyers to hear their grievances. The lawyers demanded the setting up of a labour court and improved seating arrangements in the district jail of Sonepat.

Huda clerk held for bribe

Chiranji Lal, a clerk of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) was caught red-handed by a team of the officials of vigilance department, headed by Mr Anil Sharma, city magistrate while accepting a bribe of Rs 500 from a resident of Sector 14, Mr Ram Bhaj Saini for giving an NOC to him.

According to a report, Chiranji Lal belonged to Barauli village.

A case under the Anti-Corruption Act has been registered against him.


Man, woman commit suicide
Our Correspondents

Jhajjar, May 27
The bodies of a man and a woman were found lying in a cremation ground at Bahadurgarh here on Monday.

According to information, both of them committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. They were identified as Kanta, wife of Umed and Braham, residents of Jatwara mohalla.

The police sent the bodies for a post-mortem and started investigation. The couple were alleged to have illicit relationship.

67-year-old crushed by speeding canter

Jhajjar: A 67-year-old man was crushed to death by a speeding canter while crossing National Highway 10 in Sankhol village near Bahadurgarh here on Sunday. Livid over the mishap, residents of the village enforced a blockade, disrupting traffic for nearly an hour. They demanded the construction of a speed-breaker near the spot, so as to avoid more such mishaps.

According to information, the deceased, Mughad Ram, resident of Karotha village, had come to Sankhol village to attend a marriage. At around 8.30 pm, when he was crossing the road, a red-coloured canter coming from the Delhi side hit him, killing him on the spot.

On getting information about the road blockade, senior police and civil officials rushed to the spot to pacify the agitated villagers. However, the villagers refused to lift the blockade and insisted that a speed-breaker be immediately constructed on the road.

The SDM, Mr Sultan Singh, and the DSP, Mr S. D. Tanwar, assured them that their demand would be met by tomorrow evening, following which the villagers lifted the blockade at around 10 pm. The police have registered a case and investigations are on.

Van, bike stolen

Gurgaon: In two separate incidents, one Maruti van and one motorcycle were stolen from the district.

According to police sources, Sher Singh, a resident of Wazirabad village parked his motorcycle, registration No. HR 26 L 7076 at the vegetable market at Sector 31. When he returned after buying vegetables, he found that his vehicle had been stolen. In another incident, a Maruti van registration No. HR 26 N 6026 belonging to Satish Kumar, a resident of Om Nagar, was stolen just outside his residence. The police have lodged the FIR and launched a hunt for the culprits.

Directive on floods

Rohtak: Mr Sunil Ahuja, Financial Commissioner and Secretary, Revenue Department has directed the officials of the irrigation and the Public Health departments to make the requisite arrangements to check the possibility of floods in view of the rainy season and the flood-prone geographical location of the town.

He was addressing a meeting of the officials concerned here today. The meeting was held to discuss various measures to be adopted to check the possibility of floods. Mr R R Banswal, Commissioner, Rohtak division, Mr Ashok Yadav, Deputy Commissioner, Rohtak and Mr Mahender Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Jhajjar among other officials attended the meeting.

Mr Ahuja directed the officials to visit personally different drains and nullahs in the district and get them cleaned before the rains so as to ensure proper dewatering of the flood water. He also inspected the safety measures adopted at Kheri Sadh and Gandhra drains.

Haryana bandh call

Rohtak: Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has extended support to the Haryana bandh proposed to be observed on June 2, the call for which has been given by Haryana VAT (Value Added Tax) Sangharsh Samiti.

In a statement here today, the HVP supremo, Mr Bansi Lal, said while the Union government and other state governments had refused to introduce the VAT system, the Haryana government displayed extraordinary promptness in implementing this ‘anti-trader’ system.

The HVP leader alleged that the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had ruined the traders by imposing various ‘anti-trader’ policies in the state. He claimed that a large number of industrialists of Haryana had shifted to other states as they were over burdened with heavy taxes and got exhausted with the ‘unjustified’ demands made by the prominent leaders of the ruling party from time to time.


Woman injured 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
A physically challenged woman was injured after a Blue Line bus hit her while she was crossing the road near the Shivaji Stadium in New Delhi district this afternoon.

The police said that Mauli Verghese (24), resident of Police Lines, Vikas Puri, and sister of a Delhi Police constable was later taken to the St Stephens Hospital for treatment, after the first-aid at the Lady Harding.

The driver of the bus route No 522, Krishan Mohan has been arrested and a case of causing injury due to rash and negligent driving has been registered against him.

Two students held

Two juveniles were arrested today by the West district police under the Arms Act. With their arrest, the police claimed to have solved two cases of snatching in the Inderpuri area. The duo, both students of the senior secondary school, Rajouri Garden, were intercepted by the police while they were riding a scooter. When the police questioned them, the juveniles confessed to their involvement in two cases of snatching in the Inderpuri area.

Shiromani Youth Akali Dal (B) meeting

The Shiromani Youth Akali Dal (Badal) on Tuesday organised a special meeting in which information about the party’s membership campaign and activities was placed before the Sikh Sangat.

President of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Avtar Singh Hit, who presided over the meeting, said no political party in NCT of Delhi was in a position to win the Assembly elections without the help of the Sikhs. Therefore, more Sikhs should be involved in the membership drive so that the chances of the Sikhs as candidates brighten.


Man held for killing wife in North Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 27
Nabi Karim police today arrested Sham Babu, a resident of Chinaut Basti in North Delhi for allegedly killing his wife. The suspect killed his wife, Gaytri Devi on May 20 as he had suspected her fidelity. The area SDM conducted the inquest proceeding and recommended the registration of the murder case against the husband on the basis of a post-mortem report. The report disclosed that the woman had been smothered and then burnt, police said.

Engineer held

The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested an assistant engineer in the Delhi Jal Board in a case of amassing disproportionate assets.

In the case registered against him under Section 13 (i) (e) P.O.C. Act, it was alleged that Babu Ram was a corrupt officer and had amassed huge wealth and property, DCP, Anti-Corruption Branch, Bhairon Singh Gurjar said. During investigation, it was transpired that he had acquired a palatial house in Chander Lok and a plot measuring 500 square yards in Kailash Nagar Colony. Besides, lakhs of rupees were seized from his house.

He joined the Delhi Jal Board in 1980 as a junior engineer and remained posted at various water treatment plants in the Capital. At present, he was posted in the office of executive engineer (Plants), the DCP said.

Two Bawariya gangsters held in Dadri

Noida: Dadri police have nabbed two criminals of Bawariya tribe who were involved in a loot and murder case on March 28 in the town. The police have recovered a country-made revolver and cash from them, but the kingpin of the gang, Ashok escaped. The Bawariya tribe desperadoes had barged into the house of Arun Gupta in Gagan Vihar area for robbery on March 28, 2003. On being opposed, they killed Arun and also seriously injured his wife Mamta. The criminals decamped with cash, jewellery and other valuables. On May 26 night, the police were tipped off that two criminals were about to enter the area.

A search campaign was launched. When the criminals were sighted at Amla Road in the afternoon, they were asked to stop, but they tried to escape. The police overpowered them. A country-made revolver, a knife and some cash were recovered from them. They admitted that they were members of a Bawariya gang. Ashok was their leader who lived at Vijay Nagar in Ghaziabad. The gangsters were wanted in many police stations for murder, loot, dacoity and other crimes. The police said that they were collecting more information regarding the accused and their tribe. OC


Contractor shot dead in Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, May 27
A contractor was shot dead at 6.30 in the morning today in Chaura village for allegedly carrying illicit relations with a woman. This has created panic in the area.

Brahm Dutt Tyagi, a bachelor, was a tenant in the house of Om Veer Rana in Chaura village. Somebody knocked at Brahm Dutt Tyagi’s house this morning and as he opened the door, he was shot at by an unidentified assailant. Tyagi died on the spot. SO Sector-24 police station said he was shot in the chest from a close range.

The deceased was a contractor of earth mining.

A woman from Kulesra village in Surajpur, used to come to Brahm Dutt’s house. She would stay for a month or so at a stretch. She has three children. Tyagi is known to have lent her financial help in the wedding of her children.

The police have recovered Rs 12,000 from the pocket of his shirt.

Last night, Brahm Dutt had reportedly gone to meet a property dealer in Sector-55 where he had some drinks and dinner. He came to his house after 10 pm yesterday.

The police have sent the body for an autopsy and are making further investigations.


VAT benefits traders, consumers: Commissioner
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 27
Mr M L Gupta, Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Faridabad has advised the traders of the state not to be misled by the propaganda of some Opposition parties that the Value Added Tax (VAT) was an anti-trader policy of the government.

Speaking at a seminar organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India here yesterday, he said that VAT was beneficial both for the traders and the consumers as it would bring transparency in the trading.

The small traders, he said, would pay only 1 per cent of the total purchases or Rs 900 per month as lump sum as tax and they would be exempted from keeping the account and completing other formalities under the VAT system.

He claimed that at least 128 countries in the world have already adopted the system. It has checked the black money, Mr Gupta said.

He said that any trader in Haryana who would transact a business of Rs 1 lakh annually would be covered under the VAT system. Under this system, no trader would be allowed to increase the price of any good at his will as he would be required to issue a cash memo to the customers.

He said that the traders would be required to file the annual returns along with the quarterly returns before October 31 every year.

Mr K K Gupta, a senior sales tax lawyer of Faridabad, Mr K L Kamra, AETO, and Mr Rakesh Gupta also spoke on VAT, recent changes in the provisions of TDS as well as search and seizure and defended the VAT system introduced by the government.

All the office-bearers of the organisations including Mr Ramesh Wadhwa, Mr R L Bhardwaj, Mr Tilak Chandna, Mr Suresh Grover, Mr Vinay Relan, Mr Gulshan Kumar, Mr Umed Chaudhary, Mr Vishal Batra, attended the seminar.

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