Thursday, May 29, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Their fact-sheet would make any gangster envious

Our Correspondent

Meerut, May 28
The co-owners of Apollo Circus, Alim and Yunus, who are absconding since the sexual exploitation of its girl employees came to light, are actually inter-state gangsters and history-sheeters. Incidentally, they are also brothers.

According to the police, the two are wanted in more than 24 cases of murder, robbery, attempts to murder, threats and extortion.

However, it is baffling why the police had failed to detain them when the circus was being staged at the Nauchandi Mela here.

The Bulandshahr district police had once detained both under the National Security Act; Yunus has also been detained under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA).

Interestingly, Alim had contested the last UP Assembly elections from the Anupshahar constituency on a Lok Jan Shakti ticket but lost. He joined the ruling BSP and is now the in charge of the party unit in Augauta constituency.

The SSP of Bulandshahr says that both Alim and Yunus have been a terror in the area and nobody, including the employees of the circus, would dare to speak against them.

As per the police records, Alim, a resident of Kotwali police station area, was first booked under Sections 395, 397 and 504 of the IPC in 1988 in Faridabad. He was also booked under Section 395, IPC, in 1989 by the Gulaothi police. A case of issuing threat to murder was registered against him in the Kotwali city police station in 1991 under Sections 147, 148, 149, 302 and 307. In the same year, he was again booked under Section 307 of the IPC by the Sector 20 police of Gautam Budh Nagar.

Again, a case of attempt to murder and threaten to kill was registered against him in 1992 in the Bulandshahr Kotwali. Eight more cases of murder and attempt to murder were registered against him in 1992 in various police stations of Bulandshahr. Finally, the Bulandshahr police detained him under the Goonda Act and he was convicted.

In 1993, the Kotwali police detained him under the NSA. In the same year, a case under Sections 25, 54 and 59-A of the IPC was registered against him in Delhi, while two more cases of attempt to murder were registered in the Bulandshahr Kotwali in 1996.

Meanwhile, the two minor girls, who were recently rescued from the circus, are still in police protection. While the police are trying to trace the missing girl, the labour department has started investigating whether the employees were paid or not.


Huge bungling in Appu Ghar allotment in Noida
Parmindar Singh

Noida, May 28
The Gramin Vikas Manch (Rural Development Forum) has alleged a bungling of at least a few hundred crores in the allotment of land — across the road opposite Sector 18 — to a Delhi-based party for building the Appu Ghar. The Noida administration has reportedly earned only Rs 108 crore from this sale.

The forum, in a letter to Chief Minister Mayawati, has demanded a CBI probe into the scandal, which has surpassed even the alleged bungling in Sector 18 commercial allotments in 1994-95. (A commission headed by Justice Murtaza Hussain had conducted a probe into the 1994-95 allotments; a number of officials, including the Noida chairperson, Ms Neera Yadav, had been interrogated in this connection.)

According to the forum, the promoters of Appu Ghar have been allotted 140 acres of land at a throwaway rate of Rs 1,904 per square metre. The allottees have been permitted to develop 15 percent of the land for commercial use. This, the forum organiser Joginder Awana says, is scandalous as it amounts to change in land use which, under the bylaws, even the Noida Authority is not empowered to permit.

The Sector 18 traders’ association fears that the development augurs ill for business. ``Another reason for heartburn is that the land has been allotted at a rate much lower than that charged from us in this sector seven to nine years ago,” president of the Sector 18 Commercial Association, Promode Chauhan, said.

The current rate in Sector 18 is Rs 2.75 lakh per square metre.

The value of the prime land, which the promoters of Appu Ghar have been allowed to develop as a commercial area, comes to Rs 240 crore, according to Mohd Mustafa, general secretary of the Sector 18 Traders Association.

Had the authority sold this land at the market rate, it could have earned crores of rupees, it is contended. “Who is responsible for this colossal loss?” asks Mr Awana.

The officials have not only deprived the state government of a huge amount, but have also lined their own pockets, he alleged.

Mr Awana further alleged that the Noida officials in their eagerness to help the allottee had also allotted eight acres of adjacent graveyard land to the latter. Local Muslim organisations have been trying to retrieve this chunk of graveyard land for the last one year.

The CEO of the Noida authority was out of station and repeated attempts to get the response of the officials to the allegations levelled by the rural forum proved futile.



Drive against corruption in building department runs aground
Tribune News Service

Panipat, May 28
The campaign of local municipal council (MC) chief Sanjay Bhatia against corruption in the Building and Enforcement Branch seems to have fizzled out with Mr Bhatia locking horns with Deputy Commissioner Mulk Raj over non-issues. And in the process, the council has been left poorer by several lakhs of rupees per month.

While thousands of buildings and commercial complexes were built in gross violation of the building bye-laws, the department concerned had allegedly been turning a blind eye to it. A perusal of the records of the department revealed that only a few notices had been issued to the violators of the building bye-laws and a majority of them had been left off the hook for reasons best known to the officials.

And Mr Bhatia has been urging the government to bring out the truth and punish the guilty. But his silence on the issue now speaks volumes about the political pressure.

It may be recalled that after the abolition of octroi in September 1, 1999, development charges from the new buildings have become a major source of income for the municipality. While the department dithered in enforcing the bye-laws in the case of new constructions, legal recourse was also allegedly not taken in a majority of the cases by the department, raising doubts about its impartial functioning. All these years, the officials of the department had been minting money, sources alleged.

It may be recalled that Mr Bhatia, who wrote to the department about a year back to fix responsibility for the alleged irregularities in the records since 1999, allegedly did not receive any satisfactory reply. Tired at the delaying tactics, he shot off a letter, a copy of which was forwarded to the DC, to the Local Bodies Commissioner. However, after that, he seemed to have developed cold feet.

It is learnt that during 1999-2000 only 177 notices were issued to the violators of building bye-laws. The figure went up to 231 during 2000-2001 although thousands of building were built during these years. The rest of the cases were settled by the officials “under the table”, it is alleged.

What is surprising is the fact that certain columns in the registers were left blank, thus leaving scope for the entry at a later stage with a view to “blackmailing” the builders. Denouncing the “pick and choose” policy of the staff, a senior resident of the city has called for action against the guilty. Sources in the civic body said that many heads were likely to roll in what appeared to be a mega scam. 


Delhi Govt has disturbed parity of stamp duty: BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 28
The BJP says the reduction of stamp duty on conveyance of sale (of property) by three per cent has “disturbed” the parity of stamp duty levied on other modes of conveyance and, therefore, amounts to giving relief to only a minuscule section of population.

Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly Prof Jagdish Mukhi on Wednesday told media persons the notification issued by the Government of NCT of Delhi pertains only to “sale and agreement to sell” and ignores the other 12 modes of transferring immovable properties. In July 2001 the Government of NCT of Delhi increased the stamp duty on all the 13 conveyance from three per cent to eight per cent. But, says Mukhi, the notification issued recently reduces the stamp duty only on conveyance of sale and agreement to sell (immovable properties) by three per cent.

“The stamp duty on the remaining conveyance is still eight per cent. The reduced rate shall not be applicable on conveyance of lease whereas even today most of the properties in NCT of Delhi are on lease. So, most of the properties purchased from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) shall be attracting eight per cent stamp duty on conveyance,” he told reporters.

Mukhi says the government has committed a “mistake” by not adopting the proper procedure for changing the rates of stamp duty. “As per notification, the government has used the powers conferred upon it by Section 9 of the Indian Stamp Act. This Section 9 gives the government powers to reduce or remit the duty on instrument/s belonging to a particular class of persons or in favour of any members of such class.

Mukhi says the “proper”course would have been to amend the Schedule I-A of the Indian Stamp Act. “In July 2001, when the government increased the stamp duty from three per cent to eight per cent, it had amended this schedule,” he asserts and also quotes Finance Minister Mahinder Singh Saathi who in his Budget speech said the reduction of stamp duty “shall be given effect through a statutory amendment in the Indian Stamp Act, 1989 which is a Central legislation.”

“In spite of the categorical announcement in the Budget speech,” Mukhi told reporters, “The government has not amended the schedule I-A of the Indian Stamp Act.” Why, he wanted to know, did the government take shelter under Section 9 that empowers the government only to remit or reduce stamp duty on any particular class of persons.


Four Haryana criminals held after shootout
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 28
The Delhi Police have arrested four criminals of Haryana after a brief encounter and claimed to have foiled an attempt to kill a witness in a murder case. The suspects — Rajbir Rathi alias Rajesh alias Sushil, Manoj alias Vicky, Ishwar alias Ravi (all from Rohtak district) and Rajiv Saini of Hisar — were arrested from the Karampura area of West Delhi last night when they were on their way to Mehrauli to commit a crime, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Satish Golcha said. .

Three revolvers, 25 live cartridges and two mobile phones, robbed from Haryana, were seized from them. The car in which they were travelling was found to be stolen from Panipat. Mr Golcha said the police had received information that some desperate criminals of Haryana would come to Delhi to target someone. A trap was laid and the car in which the four were travelling was intercepted at a place near Karampura at around 10 pm. They fired at the police team when they were asked to stop their vehicle. The police retaliated and after firing two rounds, the criminals were overpowered, Mr Golcha said. During interrogation, the suspects disclosed that they had been asked by one Vijay to kill a person in Mehrauli (name not disclosed), as he was a witness in the murder of his father and brother committed by Vijay and some of his associates. Vijay is lodged in Bhiwani jail and he had hired the criminals through another inmate, the DCP said.

SAD sees medical scam

The Delhi Pradesh Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) today alleged that lakhs of rupees have been squandered by purchasing medicines against fake bills and on the pretext of providing free treatment to patients at Guru Harkrishan Hospital, Gurdwara Bala Saheb complex. Addressing a press conference, the general secretary of the SAD (Badal), Mr Kuldeep Singh Bhogal, alleged that the chairman and the medical superintendent of the hospital had placed orders for medicines worth lakhs of rupees without the prior sanction of the DSGMC, which runs the charitable hospital. TNS



Threat to jam traffic over erratic power supply
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 28
A large number of women held a demonstration in front of the office of the SDO of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) at Butana village, about 40 km from here, yesterday in protest against the non-supply of power for the past three weeks.

According to a report, the women demonstrators warned the SDO that if the power supply was not restored to the village immediately, they would jam traffic on the road.

The SDO assured the agitating women that he would take steps to restore power supply within a couple of days.

According to another report, hundreds of residents of Bhainswal Kalan village, including women, locked up the SDO (Suburban) of the nigam in his office at Gohana town, 35 km from here, yesterday to register their protest against the non-supply of electricity for the past one month.

The SDO called in the police and the Tehsildar to his office. He assured the agitators that he would send the transformers for replacing the damaged ones.

Thereupon, the residents dispersed peacefully after warning that if the supply was not restored, they would hold up traffic on the roads.

In another development, women of Shamri village organised a demonstration in front of the office of the SDM, Gohana town, yesterday in protest against the drinking water crisis and the unsanitary conditions in their village.

The women warned that if steps were not taken immediately to normalise the supply of drinking water and improve the sanitary conditions, they would hold another demonstration and hold up traffic.

The SDM assured them that he would redress their grievances within a week. (Also see page 2)


Double murder in Modi Nagar

A person, with the help of his friends, allegedly killed his stepbrother and the latter’s mother-in-law in a hail of bullets today at 6 am in the Modi Nagar area. The stepbrother’s wife was critically injured. The reason behind the murderous attack is said to be a property dispute. The stepbrother killed in today’s shootout had himself murdered his stepfather some ten months ago. He came out of the jail only a month ago.

The incident took place in Sardar Singh’s house on the Tigra road under the Modi Nagar police station. Manoj, stepson of Sardar Singh, was sleeping in his room when four people barged into his house and killed him in a hail of bullets and injured his wife, Sonam, who was in the kitchen.

Later, the assailants shot dead Manoj’s mother-in-law, Mrs Pushpa, at the back of the house. His father-in-law Satpal somehow slipped away. After this, the assailants reportedly sped away in a white car. The injured Sonam was rushed to a private hospital by Modi Nagar SI Arvind Pandey. She was later referred to Yashoda Hospital, Ghaziabad.

The younger stepbrother, Kapil (18), and his brother-in-law Satish are suspected to be behind the murders. The Modi Nagar police said that Manoj had shot dead his stepfather Sardar Singh and mother Kiran last year with the help of his friends. Mrs Kiran was Sardar Singh’s second wife. This was Mrs Kiran’s second marriage. Manoj was Kiran’s son from her first marriage. OC


BSNL lodges police complaint against municipality contractor
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 28
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) authorities at Gohana have lodged a police complaint against a contractor of Municipality Gohana, for allegedly damaging several pairs of under ground telephone lines resulting in disruption of phone services to around 400 subscribers of Gudha and Thaska and a few colonies of Gohana town.

SDE Rajinder Singh and JTO S K Dogra have reportedly lodged a complaint in this regard in the city police station, demanding an immediate action against the contractor. The members of telephone advisory committee (TAC), Om Parkash Sharma and Bhale Ram Narwal, have also endorsed the complaint against the contractor.

According to information, the contractor’s JCB Machine, while carrying out digging work for a drain on local Gudha Road, linking Meham Road with the Baroda Road, damaged nearly half a dozen pairs of 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 lines capacities.

The BSNL authorities were informed about the damage when the contractor, Maha Singh, was getting the construction work done. However, when he was about to put RCC roof over the drain, it came to the notice of the BSNL authorities and they initiated action against him.

The BSNL authorities said it would take atleast one month to get the repairs done as the construction in the drain will have to be demolished before undertaking any repairs.

The police have assured the authorities and TAC members that appropriate action will be taken against the contractor.


This environmentalist fought for the rights of the underprivileged
Our Correspondent

Panipat, May 28
A visionary, philosopher, farmer and great environmentalist, Chaudhary Chandgi Ram Rawal, popularly called ‘Bawjee’ by all was an affable, approachable and saintly person. The first tubewell in Kaithal region, the first electricity connection for an industrialist, And the centre for Health, Agriculture, Bio-diversity, Innovation and Technology for All-round Transformation (HABITAT)- were all a result of the endeavors of this progressive man, who breathed his last on May 11 this year.

Especially concerned for the underprivileged, he fought for the rights of the community in a disciplined manner. Under his able guidance, several leaders of the present generation set up their enterprises.

His journey started from a village called Franswala in Kaithal district. His father was a soldier in the British Army and fought against Germany in Second World War at Belgium and France. He came to Panipat in 1964 and settled in this town.

A great environmentalist, Changi Ram was extremely concerned over the depleting ground water level and impending crisis. His concerns found shape through his brainchild organization, called Manav Kalyan Sewa Samiti. Under this Organization, Center for Health, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Innovation and Technology for All-round Transformation (HABITAT) was established on main HUDA road in sector 25 in Panipat. A chain of such centres has been started in other districts of the country as well. A model of such centre was also shown to members of Parliament in Delhi earlier this month.

Under his inspiration, in May last year, Water Conservation Day was celebrated at village Machharauli of Panipat district. A water conservation, restoration and recharging strategy was drawn out on that date. The work is in process and Tata Energy Research Institute, Central Ground Water Authority, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Delhi, Haryana Remote Sensing Agency, Government of Haryana, Weginienen University of Holland and Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University have been approached for finding solution to solve the problem of depleting water levels in Samalkha Block of Panipat district.

He also inspired “ The Manthan Padyatra “ conducted last year in the Samalkha Block. Though this Yatra the campaign of production of poisonless crops, saving the water and enrichment of rural environment started. The Yatra was being hailed as a model not only in the country but has been noticed for replication by the United Nations Agencies.

Chaudhary Changi Ram’s contribution in rural environment protection through promotion of conservation agriculture, organic farming, rural industrialization and promotion of Ayurveda became a replicable model not only in India but was noticed by the United Nation agencies as well. The model advocates reliance on indigenous knowledge and breeds of animals and seeds, indigenous source of fertilization and biological pesticides. The economics of this model was calculated and presented to the Chief Minister of Haryana Ch. Om Prakash Chautala in May last year by Dr. Jagveer Rawat , which pointed out that the organic agriculture could be promoted through large cooperatives of single crops producing large volume of produce but would always require support and protection of the participating farmers from the clutches of the shrewd traders.

A “Counter Guarantee” scheme was offered to the Chief Minister in this regard and all the farmers of Samalkha Block have ratified the same. The scheme for providing ‘ agriculture measure of support ‘ to participating farmers in organic agriculture under World Trade Organization provisions is possible and this indirect subsidy of Rs.2, 000 per acre has been demanded by the farmers.

The legend was also instrumental in getting established autonomous organizations like FICCI for agriculturists called “ The Federation of Chamber of Agriculture, Trade and Services “ or FICATS. The organization will shortly be launched with active support of all the political parties, experts, scientists, farmers, farm-labourers, women’s groups, NGOs and is likely to be headed by one of the renowned ‘cooperative’ persons , Mr. Varghese Kurrien on the recommendation of Chaudhary Changi Ram.

His penchant for environmental protection has motivated “ Manav Kalyan Sewa Samiti “ and its HABITAT Centre to announce an annual ‘ The Chaudhary Chandgi Ram Rawal Environment Stewardship Award”. The award will be presented in the form of a Memorial Shield, a plaque-cum-citation, a HABITAT Head Gear and a cheque of Rs 5,100 to any organization or individual of the developing nations for making significant improvement in the state of environment in its immediate habitat.

The Award Committee in its first meeting decided the first Award for the Year 2002-03, which would be given to The Panipat Co-operative Sugar Mills, Panipat. 


BHEL to set up 220 KV grid substation in Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 28
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged yet another turnkey order for setting up a 220 KV grid substation in Delhi, outbidding the leading electrical equipment suppliers.

Delhi Transco Ltd. (DTL) has placed the order valued at over Rs 18 crore, on BHEL, thereby reposing confidence in BHEL’s technological and turnkey capabilities. With the setting up of the substation at Siri Fort, the power supply in South Delhi will improve substantially and around 200 MW of additional power will be made available to this area. The project will be commissioned in a tight schedule of 18 months.

BHEL’s scope of work in the contract envisages manufacture and supply of 100 MVA and 20 MVA transformers, switchgear, control and relay panels, insulators and instrument transformers. While the transformers and insulators will be manufactured by BHEL’s Jhansi and Bangalore units respectively, the rest of the equipment will be manufactured and supplied by the company’s Bhopal plant.

Earlier, BHEL has commissioned two state-of-the-art, indigenously developed 33 KV gas-insulated substations in Delhi. Also, to ease the mounting voltage problem in the power-strapped Capital, the company has installed and commissioned capacitor banks at various sites. Presently, BHEL is executing contracts for setting up 66 KV and 33 KV grid substations at 12 different sites in Delhi.

BHEL has fully established its capability to undertake the execution of substation projects up to 400 KV for utilities and core sector industries. The company has set up substations for a wide range of applications like grid substations, industrial receiving substations, switchyards of thermal and hydro power plants, conversion substation for aluminium industry, AC/DC switchyards for HVDC stations etc.


Draw of DDA Rohini plots on June 11
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 28
The Delhi Development Authority will hold the draw of much-awaited Rohini residential plots on June 11. The DDA was not able to allot any plots for quite a few years due to the non-availability of land as no acquisition had been done during the preceding years. The process of acquisition was speeded up and now about 4,000 plots are likely to be allotted in the first batch.

Another about 4,000 plots, being carved out at present, will be allotted subsequently, a release said.

The Rohini Residential Scheme was floated in 1981 and it was meant for allotment of plots for the MIG, LIG and Janta categories. At the time of registration, about 82,384 persons were registered under different categories. As many as 42,427 persons have already been allotted plots against their registration and 1,686 persons had cancelled/surrendered registration leaving a backlog of 38,271 registrants.

A priority list for all the registrants had been drawn earlier and the allotments are made as per the priority list only. To date, for the MIG category, which entailed allotment of 90/60 sq. mtrs. plots, priority up to 1,651 and 5,101 respectively has been covered.

Under the LIG category, plots of 48 and 32 sq. mtrs. were being allotted and Priority No. up to 1,741 and 6,394 respectively has been covered. Under the Janta category, 25.9 sq. mtrs plots are being allotted and priority up to 2,040 has been covered. The last draw for allotments had been held on March 27, 1996, as due to the non-availability of land, no major draw could be held during the intervening years.

As per the decision of the Competent Authority, the sizes of plots, being allotted now, are MIG-60 sq. mtrs. and LIG-32 sq. mtrs.

A Public Notice to this effect had already been issued long back.


This 12-year-old is backward only in his speech
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 28
Dhruv Gairola’s speech cannot be dismissed as banter. Pay attention and you realise the 12-year-old is talking backwards. While many will recall the childhood fascination for writing our names backward, Dhruv, without the aid of pen and paper, can reel out sentences starting from the last letter.

Awestruck family members chanced upon Dhruv’s genius not so long ago. The ability came to light when he was being quizzed by a cousin and Dhruv, instead of replying straight, started speaking backwards.

While the family is hoping that reputed schools in the city will take note of their son’s brilliance, Dhruv himself nurses the dream of becoming a computer engineer.

“We want to meet the President and the Vice President and show them Dhruv’s talent. We want him to be enrolled in a good school in Delhi, so that he gets the best of education”, says Ramesh Gairola, Dhruv’s father.

Dhruv’s ability, claim doctors, is sheer marvel. While there are no scientific reasons to explain this ability, the common refrain is that it is a gift from God. “We think it is God’s gift to Dhruv and we hope there are other talents in him waiting to be explored”.

Apart from his unique ability, Dhruv is a good student and has been diligently put in hobby classes to make the most of his summer vacation. A student of class XI in Apeejay, Noida, Dhruv is the star of his class and of his neighbourhood.

Visitors keep dropping in to watch err… hear Dhruv converse in what seems a strange language. Though the task is effortless for Dhruv, the boy wonder is quite choosy, he speaks only when he wishes to.


Residents facing acute power shortage
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 28
Unscheduled power cuts and low voltage have made sultry summers unbearable for the city residents. The residents say that the situation has become a daily routine and despite several complaints, their problem remains unheard. Voltage fluctuations affecting industry as well.

Moreover, due to non-functioning of tubewells, the residents are also facing shortage in drinking water supply.

Worst affected are villages of Kundli, Rai, Murthal Ganaur, Gohana and some other sub-divisions where there is no power for about six to eight hours daily.

Industrialists are also agitated over the erratic power supply situation. Many industrialists also said that they were considering the option to migrate to neighbouring states like Delhi and Uttar Pradesh .

Some industrialists also said that the metal and steel industry of this region was on the verge of closure due to power crisis. A number of units have already been closed down and the owners have migrated to neighbouring states.

As per the estimate, the sector accounts for 80 to 85 per cent of total theft. The moulding industry including plastic industry, ice-making plants, and induction furnaces are major consumers of electricity in the industrial sector.

A senior Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) official, when contacted by this correspondent assured that the complaints of the residents would be looked into. He attributed the prevailing situation to disturbances in the Northern Grid.

While there have been problems in the grid owing to humidity and rise in temperature, the demand is also rising, hence aggravating the problem, the official said.


Multi-purpose hall to be built by NDMC
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 28
Construction of multi-purpose hall, shifting of electric sub-stations, naming of an unnamed street after a freedom fighter, are some of the key decisions taken by the New Delhi Municipal Council in its monthly meeting held here today.

Disclosing the details of the council decisions, Mr Ram Bhaj, MLA and Vice-Chairperson, NDMC, said that an unnamed street connecting Safdarjung flyover to the CPWD guest house via B K Dutt Colony would be named after an eminent freedom fighter, late Data Ram Bhutani.

Bhutani was compatriot of the then Union Minister, late Mehar Chand Khanna and former Prime Minister I K Gujral.

The council has also decided to shift electric sub-stations from Imtiaz Khan Marg to Pt. Pant Lane at an estimated cost of Rs 78.67 lakh as the council has decided to widen Imtiaz Khan Marg. Similarly, an electric sub-station at the basement of Palika Bazar would be shifted to the ground floor and old HT/LT panels replaced at an estimated cost of Rs 39.55 lakh.

MCD scheme for pensioners, dependants 

Leader of the House and Chairman of Standing Committee in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Ram Babu Sharma today announced that the corporation had approved a scheme for pensioners and their dependants. The aim of this scheme is to provide comprehensive medical care facilities to the retired municipal employees as well as their dependants.

He said that the pensioners would have to make a meager contribution to avail themselves of the benefits of the scheme. Monthly contribution by each pensioners will be made on the last basic pay drawn. The employees drawing the basic pay at the date of retirement up to Rs 3,000 will have to pay Rs 15 per month; Rs 3,001 to Rs 6,000, Rs 40 per month; Rs 6,001 to Rs 10, 000, Rs 70; Rs 10, 000 to Rs 15, 000 Rs 100 and above Rs 15 000, Rs 150 per month.

For the pensioners who retired before January 1, 1996 prior to the implementation of the recommendations of Fifth Pay Commission, the basic pay will be arrived at by taking into account corresponding stage in the pre-revised analogous scale of pay and subscription.

The pensioners should get their identity cards issued from the drawing and disbursing officer of the office from where they have retired. The pensioners should submit two copies of passport size family photographs, self eligible family members along with duly filled option form in duplicate. Besides, the documentary proof of dependency will also have to be submitted wherever applicable.

The pensioners will also be provided health care facilities through municipal dispensaries, polyclinics and hospitals.



10-yr RI for possessing charas
Our Correspondents

Panipat, May 28
The Additional Sessions Judge Panipat, Dr Neelima Shangla, in a judgement on Tuesday sentenced Dalip Singh, son of Totaram, resident of Khabal of district Kullu, to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 10 years and a fine of Rs 1 lakh in the case of seizure of two kg charas from him.

According to information, accused Dalip Singh was arrested at a local bus stand on March 12, 1998, when he was coming out from the bus stand carrying a red bag on his shoulder. On seeing the police party, he tried to turn back. However, he was apprehended. He was found possessing two kilograms of charas in his bag.

The court has held the accused Dalip Singh guilty under Section 20 of the N.D.P.S. Act, holding that the accused is engaged in the trade of charas, which is detrimental to the interest of society.

The accused Dalip Singh has been awarded rigorous imprisonment for 10 years and a fine of Rs 1 lakh and in default of payment of fine, he shall undergo rigorous imprisonment for one more year, the court said.

Nine held for betting on cricket

Ghaziabad: Hapur Kotwali police have busted a racket of people who used to bet lakhs of rupees on cricket matches.

Nine persons were arrested from a PCO in Pucca Bagh on Monday night. Some cash and a diary, detailing the bets on matches were seized from them. The diary contained the telephone list of top bettors of Hapur, Delhi and Mumbai.

A large number of people were involved in staking huge amounts on one-day matches being played between Australia and West Indies.

The police had been getting reports of these illegal activities for quite some time.

Special placement cell

Rohtak: Gaur Brahman Degree College is the only educational institution in the district which has been providing placement services to its students.

Claiming this here today, Dr R K Bharadwaj, principal of the college said that the college had a special placement cell which made efforts for the placement of students of Bachelor in Computer Application (BCA) course.

He said the campus interviews for BCA (final year) students were conducted on the college premises and some students selected every year by different companies.

Dr Bharadwaj said that 5 BCA students were selected by different companies for various posts this year who would get handsome salaries.

He said that Net Soft, GE Country Wide and Daksh Limited companies had organised campus interviews in the college and selected deserving students.

Six more reputed companies had also offered their placement services to the college and campus interviews would be conducted soon to select more students, he said.

The principal announced that the students admitted to the BCA course securing 70 per cent and above marks in 10 plus two examination would be given a yearly scholarship amounting to Rs 2,000 from July 2003.


Desecration of Kargil martyr’s statue condemned
Our Correspondent

Rewari , May 28
The Haryana Janata Dal (U) President Mr. Ved Prakash Vidrohi has strongly condemned the recent heinous act of desecration of the statue of a Kargil martyr, Ghanshyam Sharma, by some unruly elements in Totaheri village of Nangal Chaudhary block of Mahendergarh district.

Expressing concern over damage to the statue for the second time within a span of three months, he said strict action should have been taken the very first time against the culprits.

Blaming the Chautala government , Mr . Vidrohi said the act put a question mark on the functioning of the state government, which had been repeatedly claiming that it had the greatest regard for martyrs and war heroes .

It is also a grave insult to the family members of the martyr and others concerned who are do not even know whom to approach for justice, he said.

Mr. Vidrohi demanded that the culprits behind these acts of desecration be immediately traced and strict action be taken against them.



Immersion of ashes

New Delhi
A mass immersion of ashes of unidentified people hitherto lying in various crematoriums in the city will be carried out in Haridwar on June 7.

The initiative has been taken by the owners of a newspaper, ‘Sandhya Veer Arjun’. Till date, more than 600 urns have been collected from various crematoriums in the city. Specially decorated trucks with the idols of Ganesha, Mahakal and goddess Ganga will carry the urns. TNS


Yet another encounter: Three inter-state criminals arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 28
The South district police today claimed to have arrested three desperate inter-state criminals active in the national Capital and Haryana after a brief encounter.

The suspects, Yogesh alias Nakki, Jagbir and Bhupender Singh were going to Jhajjar for committing crime when they were arrested. The police had information that the suspects would go to Haryana and a trap was laid near Pushp Vihar. They were given signal to stop by the policemen when their vehicle was spotted. Instead of stopping, they fired a shot at the police team. The police fired at the wheels deflating one of the tyres. When the suspects had no way-out, they fired two rounds at the police and tried to run away. They have been finally overpowered, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Vivek Gogia said.

Two revolvers and a country-made pistol along with 76 live cartridges and three fired cartridges, some blank registration certificates and stamps were recovered from them. As many as 30 cases of murder, robbery, kidnapping for ransom, dacoity and violation of other sections of law in Haryana and Delhi have been worked out. A typewriter was recovered from their hiding place being used for forging the registration certificates.

According to the DCP, Yogesh and Jagbir were released on bail in 2002 and thereafter they were untraceable. After detailed investigation, it was found that they had been involved in various robbery and car-lifting cases. They had robbed cars from the show rooms in Delhi and Gurgaon. They had stolen Maruti Esteem from DLF Gurgaon and the car was traced at Gurgaon-Delhi boarder. They were moving in the same car at the time of the arrest today. The car has also been recovered.

The suspects had started their crime phase in 1993. They robbed petrol pumps, liquor vends and jewellery shops. They used to visit the target in tie and suit. After positioning themselves, they would line up the inmates and rob the place. They had shot dead a security guard of 32 Milestone in 1998. They had also robbed a Maruti Esteem car, Hyundai Show room, a petrol pump, liquor vend and a Wagon – R car during their criminal phase. They also attempted to extort money from the Haryana State Electricity Board in Ambala but could not succeed. They also robbed a Toyota Qualis from Mehrauli, the DCP said.

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