Sunday, June 1, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Realtor shot in South Delhi hub
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 31
The South district police launched a hunt to trace at least half a dozen armed suspects who had waylaid a 40-year-old businessman of NDFC Part-I near his house this afternoon and escaped after firing at him and then stabbing him repeatedly. He was rushed to the AIIMS where he succumbed to his injuries.

The victim, Surender Gupta, 40, a property dealer and owner of a restaurant was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. The incident occurred in full view of a big crowd in the congested South Delhi colony causing considerable panic among the residents. The police said that a case had been registered and efforts were on to trace the suspects described as young and ordinarily dressed.

According to DCP South district, Vivek Gogia, the incident occurred when the victim was going to his house with a friend from Kotla Mubarakpur where he ran the restaurant. He was on his way when the assailants who were lying in wait, fired at him and injured him seriously. When he fell down, they also stabbed him.

They left him on the road presuming him to be dead. He had received bullet injuries on his back, arm and stab injuries on the head and face. Passers-by telephoned the Police Control Room staff who reached there immediately. He was rushed to the AIIMS where the doctors on duty said that he was in a serious condition.

The police said that the number of bullets fired would be confirmed only after the victim had been operated upon.

There was complete chaos in Kotla Mubarakpur market. As the victim had been dealing in real estate, it could be a case of property dispute, the police said.

The friend accompanying the victim was being questioned to determine if he recognised any of the suspects. Investigations were continuing. A police guard has also been posted outside the ICU.


Congmen rush to cash in on Kirti Nagar slum demolition
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 31
Saturday morning’s operation by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to raze the huts in Reshma Camp, a slum in Kirti Nagar, took a political colour after the intervention made by ministers of the Government of NCT of Delhi. Transport Minister Ajay Maken, Health Minister A.K. Walia and Education Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan trooped to Kirti Nagar after they learnt about the arrival of the demolition squad and the fire that destroyed many huts.

The ministers held a sit-in there and pacified the irate mob that had gathered soon after the civic authorities descended on the slum in the morning. Mr Maken, who represents Rajouri Garden in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, suspected a conspiracy.

“It is unusual that the civic authorities should target the slums in Kirti Nagar for demolition for a second time in a month. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had held a sit-in here last month and resisted the demolition of illegal structures,” Mr Maken exclaimed. The DDA claims the decision to demolish the huts was taken after notices were issued to the 1,000-odd persons living in Reshma Camp. Sources in the housing utility suggest the procedure laid out for carrying out the demolition exercise was followed. The Indian National Congress (INC) suspects foul play. With the assembly elections only months away, the party does not want to antagonise its one staunch supporter – the slum dweller. An aide went on to suggest the fire should be seen as an attempt by the BJP to erode the electoral base of the INC.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s aides say the Government of NCT of Delhi is opposed to demolition of slums. “The Assembly has passed a unanimous resolution that states in no uncertain terms that a slum should not be demolished till such time as the people living there are given alternate accommodation,” the aides recall.

The aides went on to question the motive of the Union Ministry of Urban Development that administers the DDA. “How can any agency ignore the resolution passed by the Assembly and take orders from the Union Government to demolish a slum when such a move impacts the Government of NCT of Delhi which in turn is accountable to the people ?” an aide wanted to know. The DDA comes directly under the Union Government.

This morning’s incident occurred at around 5 am when a strong contingent of the DDA demolition squad accompanied by a posse of policemen descended on the cluster site which is adjacent to the Kirti Nagar police station.

Officials said that when the operation was about to begin certain unidentified persons set fire to jhuggis. As a result more, than 50 jhuggis were burnt. The Delhi Fire Service was informed and 16 fire engines were rushed to the spot to contain the flames and prevent them from spreading to other areas.

Irate residents of the jhuggi cluster gathered there and raised slogans against the DDA and the Delhi Police, alleging that this was part of a conspiracy to clear them from the area. Many even brandished ration cards to prove that they had been living there for quite some time.

Senior police officers rushed to the site to prevent the matter from escalating.


Hottest day

New Delhi, May 31
Delhiites faced the hottest day today as the temperature soared up to 43.8 degree Celsius, three degrees above normal.

After about a week of below normal temperatures following the rains and dust storms last week, the mercury had overshot the normal yesterday scaling 42.4. Earlier, the mercury had scaled 43.7 degrees Celsius on May 21.

The minimum temperature, however, is still going below normal. While yesterday it was 26.0, two degrees less than normal, it fell by around a degree today and was registered at 24.7. Strong hot surface winds today made the day worse compared to yesterday. TNS


No more waiver schemes, cough up power dues: Chautala
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, May 31
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala said here yesterday that defaulters of power bills would no longer be able to enjoy the benefit of any waiver schemes because of the instructions issued by the Punjab and Haryana Court to this effect.

The Chief Minister was hearing the grievances of the gram panchayats of the Badra Assembly constituency under the third phase of Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar programme at Badra, 50 km from here. He urged the representatives of panchayati raj institutions to motivate the people in their respective villages to pay their electricity bills regularly. He said that the gram panchayats whose residents had not paid their electricity bills in time would not be entitled to any funds for the implementation of projects announced under the Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar programme. People should pay the bills regularly so as to make the power sector self-sustaining.

He announced that the capacity of transformers, which were under a heavy load, would be enhanced. Power transmission lines would be laid on a priority basis in new colonies. Efforts were being made to ensure uninterrupted supply of power, he added.

Referring to the problem of drinking water, he said that steps were being taken to enhance the availability of water in villages facing a shortage. The villages whose residents would deposit 10 per cent of the cost would be provided with waterworks as the government would bear the remaining cost. A mini-stadium each will be built at villages, which would provide three acres of land and Rs 75,000. The government would contribute Rs 2.25 lakh for the same. Sports stadia were being set up in rural areas so as to provide an opportunity to the people at their doorsteps to excel in sports.

The schools that would fulfil the prescribed norms would be upgraded. Schools were being provided with drinking water facility, toilets and desks. He also announced that classrooms would be repaired and new ones constructed in the schools of the area. He directed the district administration to get the encroachments removed in urban as well as rural areas, especially from the land of panchayats.

Mr Chautala also reviewed the works undertaken during the first two phase of the Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar programme in the area. He announced a number of projects. The Chief Minister, who also presided over the meeting of the District Public Relations and Grievances Committee at Barda, directed the officers of the Irrigation Department to ensure supply of irrigation water at the tail-end of the canals and watercourses. He directed that adequate drinking water be provided to the people. In all, eight complaints were submitted and five of them were resolved on the spot.


Masked men attack murdered man’s wife
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 31
Three unidentified masked men entered a house and assaulted a woman Mrs Sarla Devi while she was asleep at Rai village about 13 km from here last night.

According to a report, the alleged assailants tried to tear her clothes. As they made a bid on her life, she raised the alarm, the assailants escaped under the cover of darkness.

The woman was immediately hospitalised. She is stated to be out of danger. The police have registered the case and a hunt is on to apprehend the assailants.

It is stated that some persons had allegedly killed the husband of the woman last year due to an old enmity.

According to another report, Mukesh, a youth was roughed up by three persons, Rampal, Satpal and Rulla Ram after a tiff at Tajpur village about 10 km from here yesterday. The injured youth was hospitalised and stated to be out of danger. The police are investigating the case. However, no arrest has been made so far.

Meanwhile, four persons including two members of a family were injured in the clashes that took place between two groups at Bagru village and West Ram Nagar area here last evening.


Another day goes up in smoke
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 31
Today was observed as the ‘World No Tobacco Day’ by the World Health Organisation, but it has hardly any effect on the habit of smoking in the area. In fact, many have been unaware of the importance of the day.

A PCO operator in Sector-15-A, who did not want to be identified, said that he was aware of the day and smoked as usual.

Similarly, another resident, though a non-smoker, said that he saw the people smoking as usual. Nobody even talked of the ‘No Tobacco Day’.

He said he himself was unaware of the fact that the day was being observed to keep off smoking.

Sohan, a pan stall owner in Sector-14 here, said that there was no effect on the sale of cigarettes, biris and ‘pan masala’ pouches today.

He said he himself was unaware of the significance of the day. There were dozens of pan and cigarettes shops in each sector, he said that he had not heard of any shop closing due to the lack of demand in many years.

It is a known fact that a number of government employees smoke which include the roadways staff and policemen. Each such office has a cigarette and biri seller sitting beside it. A pan and cigarette stall opened a couple of years ago near the district police office here, is doing good business, says a nearby dhaba owner.

Though smoking has already been banned in public places, there seems to be no implementation of the rule as far as the state is concerned. Smoking at bus stands, government hospitals, offices, markets, cinema halls, schools and colleges is quite common.


Two kids among four charred

Hapur (Ghaziabad), May 31
Two children and two women were badly charred in a fire caused by a leaking gas cylinder in Mohalla Harjaspur in Hapur yesterday. Household goods were also reduced to ashes in this fire. As Anita, the housewife, went to the kitchen for cooking the meals, she couldn’t make out that the room was smelling of gas. As she struck a match, the gas cylinder caught fire and suddenly the flames engulfed everything.

Anita, her two children Aditya and Shivam, and her mother in-law Kashmiri were all badly charred. They raised the alarm but by the time some neighbours somehow managed to take them out of the house they had all been badly charred. They were rushed to Modi Women Hospital for treatment. Dr Shyam Kumar said the four were badly charred but were out of danger. Kiran, Anita’s husband, had gone out to work in the city when the mishap took place. When he came home late in the evening, almost all had been lost for him. OC


Punjabi pop is passe in Panipat, ‘Kaanta laga’ the rage
Tribune News Service

Panipat, May 31
The “Kaanta laga” song has captured the hearts of residents of this affluent industrial city. From ringing tones on their mobile phones to cassettes and CDs of the remixed version of the seventies’ song selling like hot cakes, the town is going the “Kaanta laga” way.

The reasons for the popularity of the song are not far to seek. The “bold and the beautiful” video, coupled with the exceptional dance by the lead model, Shefali, has made the CD much sought after. That the other tracks in the DJ Doll mix are equally pleasing to the ears, at least for Generation Next, is the icing on the cake, making it worth buying.

With the remixed and the recreated music ruling the roost, the success of the remix cassettes is not something to be wondered at. With Punjabi pop on its way out, the younger generation wants the beats it can identify with. The meaningful lyrics and western arrangement of the remixed version clinches the issue with the result that only remix and cover versions are doing good business in the depressed audio market today, argues Vinod, a cassette shop owner, adding that the CD has been doing good business since its arrival around six months back.

Saurabh, a BA II student, echoes the sentiments of Vinod. “We want music with a good beat, be it remix, Punjabi or Indipop, something we can dance to. Since we neither have the inclination or the appetite for old classics, the remix versions are favourites”, he contends.

If the song is a rage with all age groups, the black top and the “mehndi” coloured jeans are a hit with the younger generation, particularly teenaged girls, informs Kuldip, a garment shop owner at Insar Bazar.

Even as the song floors persons from six to sixty, its ringing tone on the mobile is a favourite with the residents.

Gone are the days when mobile phone owners took pride in having patriotic ringing tones like “Saare jahan se acchha”. Now an overwhelming number of mobile phone users want ringing tones of latest remix versions of old classic songs with “Kaanta laga” leading the way. Downloading this tone on the mobile seems to have become a fashion.

Sources in the mobile phone companies inform that the mobile companies are primarily responsible for this new trend as they give the mobile users the choice of a few Hindi songs as the ringing tone. The mobile users are reportedly charged for this service.


Councillors demand re-survey of house tax
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 31
The demand for re-survey to assess house tax dominated the proceedings of the day long local Municipal Council’s meeting here yesterday.

Presided over by council chairman, Satpal Goyal, the meeting was attended by 24 municipal councillors from different wards.

On the issue of sub-committees not having been constituted for a long time, raised by Ashok Chhabra, the councillors unanimously decided that the chairman and vice-chairman Mr Ashok Arora be authorised to form sub-committees.

Irrespective of their party affiliations, all the councillors in the meeting supported the demand for re-survey of house tax and decided to send a resolution to the Deputy Commissioner, Sonepat, Balwan Singh, for seeking government approval regarding this. The councillors also said that the

cleanliness in the town was not satisfactory and it should be handed over to private parties. The issue of poor street lighting in certain wards was also raised.

The meeting also passed a resolution that before initiation of development work in any ward, permission of the concerned councillor should be obtained and the contractor’s bills should be passed only after obtaining permission from the ward councillor.


Forget failure, make the best use of your talent

I do not want to suffer the ignominy of being called a failure” wrote Sakshi Singhal, a class XII student of Srinivaspuri, in her suicide note before hanging herself from the ceiling with her dupatta on May 23. The results had not been declared by then but the fear of failure was enough to drive her to take the drastic step. Another girl, Anita Dayal of Kalyanpuri, set herself on fire suffering 98 per cent burns. Chetna Singh of Rohini swallowed insecticide but survived the suicide attempt after treatment in the hospital. There must be several unreported cases, which are not uncommon in the towns and cities in the wake of the declaration of examination results.

For want of a little courage to face the prospects of failure, these girls plunged their families in deep sorrow, nullified the years of love and care showered on them in their upbringing. In a moment of desperation, they threw away the precious gift of life. Surely the education that they had received had not prepared them to face the realities of life. There must be many others like them continuing their lives in “quiet desperation” because they were not able to score as much marks as their peers. Admission to professional courses and even for ordinary degrees in a reputed college has become so competitive that a large number of them might have to remain frustrated not having found the course or career of their choice.

Now this is a question closely associated with concepts of success and failure; with what makes like worth living. The materialistic civilization makes the accumulation of wealth as the measuring rod of a successful career and, generally speaking, percentages determine admittance to a brilliant career. It is not everyone who makes the grade and those who are ambitious but could not score in the examinations become desperate. They never stop comparing and they find themselves as failures by the standards adopted by the society.

This is where the importance of value education becomes all the more evident. Everyone is taught to compete and be like everyone else making comparisons all the time. Poor imitators, all playing the ape. It is the rat race that makes them forget that God has endowed each one with a unique personality and unique talents. Success lies in discovering them and being true to oneself.

R. W Emerson clothes the idea in powerful words: “There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given him to till. The power, which resides in him, is new in nature, and none but he knows that that is which he can do, nor does he know until has tried.”

So while every student should work hard at studies, the report cards alone do not determine the future or the worth of an individual. Career is important, but even more important is character. An education that ensures only a brilliant career but not character is defective as well. Education should teach how to face challenges and how to meet failures and disappointments of life. It should teach the student realities of life, how he should live his life and help set his priorities. He must learn to discern what is really worthwhile and what is not.

The student who could not do well in studies must try to make the best use of the situation by examining his weaknesses and strengths and capitalise on the talents the Creator had invested him with. The maxim, “When you have a lemon, make lemonade”, is the right attitude to life. It is putting to best use the available opportunity. To yield to despair would be folly; to indulge in self-pity or rail against the world for our misfortunes and failures would only have negative consequences.

Going through the careers of men of achievement, you will find that a good number of them succeeded because they started with handicaps that spurred them on to great endeavour and great rewards. Biographies convey to us that Milton wrote better poetry because he was blind and that Beethoven composed better music because he was deaf. Helen Keller’s brilliant career was inspired and made possible because of her blindness and deafness. If Dostoevsky and Tolstoy had not undergone their “bitter experiences” they would not have been able to write their immortal novels. One could go on.

Mark Twain spoke of two tragedies in life: not getting what you want and then getting what you want. Most strivings after a good academic record are prompted by the knowledge that the good things of life can be obtained only if one has a good academic record. And there is the assumption that possession of the good things of life automatically leads to happiness. This is not the experience of many. Further, happiness is not the true end. It is always a byproduct. Character is the end, for our character development contributes to the glory of God and service of fellow beings.

It is better if students facing examinations get to know that success in life does not de-pendent on high percentage of marks. And having a character that is praiseworthy is far more desirable than mere accumulation of wealth. Albert Einstein gave a better definition of success when he declared that society considers a man successful when he receives a great deal from his fellowmen, usually incomparably more than corresponds to his service to them. “The value of a man however should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.” The great scientist went on to testify: “Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury — to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, both for the body and mind.”

M. P. K. Kutty


Buses on 60 rural routes soon
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 31
The government is planning to issue 8,000 permits to cooperative transport societies in the state. With this, over 60 bus routes will become operative in this district alone. Travelling public had been facing great hardships following the cancellation of the route permits of 42 cooperative transport societies of this district last month on the charge of not depositing the ‘Adda’ fee, road and passenger tax etc.

According to a report, the Haryana Roadways has, however, failed to ply more buses on these routes in the district even after the cancellation of permits of these societies. This has caused widespread resentment among commuters from rural areas.

Official sources revealed that the state government would issue 8,000 new permits to the cooperative transport societies in the state. With the issuing of these permits, as many as 60 new buses would become operative on the rural routes of the district.

These routes include Sonepat to Moi, Khanpur Kalan, Kailana and Gohana; Sonepat to Moi and Bhadi; Moi to Bajana vllage; Sonepat to Ahulana, Bali Qutabpur and Panchi village; Sonepat to Naya Bans and Lalehri village; Sonepat to Ganaur via Lalehri; Sonepat to Malikpur via Rajpur and Bhigan; Sonepat to Dewru via Kurar, Hassanpur, Murthal and Pabnera; Sonepat to Tajpur via Tikola, Zainpur and Chandauli; Sonepat to Umedgarh via Pabnera; Sonepat to Pabnera via Ghasauli, Bega and Memarpur, Mehndipur via Sector 14 Shahpur and Qumashpur, Nandnaur, Baroli, Palri and Jajal; Sonepat to Shershah Janti via Jatheri, Biswan Meel, Bad Khalsa, Aterna, Manoili, and Bhera Baqipur, Jhinjauli via Akbarpur Barota, Chhatehra Majra and Halalpur, Jakhauli, Pabsara, Jagdishpur via Rathdhanna and Biswan Meel, Qatlupur via Harsana Malcha, Bhowapur, Bindrauli, Dehra Majra, Nahra and Nahri, Jakhauli, Pabsara, Jagdishpur via Rathdhanna and Biswan Meel; Nahra to Mohammadabad; Sonepat to Farmana; Farmana to Bilbillan, Gorar via Bidhlan.


Hope for animals on streets, mobile clinic launched
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 31
Just when no one seemed to care for the vulnerable animals who are left to fend for themselves on the streets, there seems to be hope after all.

An NGO of animal lovers has decided to take up the cause of these helpless beasts, which more often than not are subjected to injuries and traumas by the incessant traffic plying on the city roads.

Taking care of the street animals, the Circle of Animal Lovers (CAL) has now decided to rope in more people to be able to garner support and compassion for these animals.

In a function, ‘Hope 2003’, organised here today, the NGO drew attention to the plight faced by these animals owing to the increase in the number of road rage. They pointed out that many animals become victims of a hit-and-run cases and succumb to their injuries.

Today’s event was organised to inform people how to help animals in distress. A pledge was also taken on the occasion by the children and celebrities to be kind towards all living beings and animals, which are all creations of God.

The CAL pointed out there are many who want to help the mute, injured animals but often do not know the method.

Two well-equipped animal hospitals with 24 hours vet service and three animal homes, run by the CAL, have helped thousands of ailing animals on the roads of Delhi.

A third animal ambulance-cum-mobile clinic, obtained with the help of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, was also launched from Pragati Maidan today.


Punjabis’ global council meets
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 31
The first general meeting of the International Council of Punjabis to mobilise support for the mass signature campaign from May 15 to August 15 demanding second language status for Punjabi was held at Alpha Garden, Pusa Road, here. The meeting was attended by more than 500 representatives belonging to the All India Sapatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sammelan, Arya Samaj, and Muslim and Sikh leaders.

Mr Ramakant Goswami, parliamentary secretary to the Chief Minister of Delhi, organised the meeting. He said Punjabi is not a language of Sikhs but is also spoken by Hindus, Muslims and more than 65 per cent of the people in Delhi. He said that it is surprising that the Government of India is not clearing the Bill on second language status for Punjabi for some unknown reasons. He assured the full support of the Sanatan Dharam for getting the second language status for Punjabi.

Mr Manjit Singh, president of the ICP, said that the issue was first taken up in 1965 by Jathedar Santokh Singh. He also thanked Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for clearing the Bill in the Assembly session in April, 2000. He appealed to all political parties to support this cause and said that this is not a political agenda but a right of Punjabis.


Bringing quality education to students of poor families
Our Correspondent

Rewari, May 31
With the establishment of Narmada Devi Singhania International School (NDSIS) as well as the Singhania Institute of Law, Management, Science and Technology (SILMST) at Pacheri Bari village, the Singhania Foundation and Education Samiti (SFES) has brought quality education to the talented but underprivileged students of this backward region.

Both the school and the institute are located on a sprawling campus of 40 acres in a natural and pollution-free environment at Pacheri Bari village, 16 km from Narnaul and 16 km from Khetri on the Jhujhunu-Delhi state highway.

In due course, the school will be affiliated with the CBSE while the institute will have the affiliation of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), a deemed university of Karnataka.

At a crowded press conference here yesterday, Mr D. C. Singhania, chairman of the SFES and a noted international company law consultant, informed that the school, started in the pious memory of his mother, late Narmada Devi Singhania, would mainly cater to the educational needs of the children of the peasantry and weaker sections of the society. These students would be provided scholarships and educational loans by the Singhania Trust. He asserted that it would be a ‘school with a difference’ and would possess multi-dimensional infrastructure of international standard.

Initially, the school, where the first session starts from July 1, 2003, would admit children up to class V11. In the years to come, it would be upgraded to the senior secondary level with the simultaneous expansion of all requisite infrastructure, he added.

Mr Singhania said that the institute, approved by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and affiliated to Manipal University, would offer degree courses in Computer Science Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Bio-Informatics, Bio- Technology, Genetic Engineering, LLB, MBA, BA, BCom, BSc, B Pharm and MBA (Banking and Insurance).

Vidrohi in consumer council

Haryana Janata Dal (U) president Ved Prakash Vidrohi has been made a member of the Central Consumer Protection Council. Describing it a big opportunity to serve the cause of consumers at large, Mr Vidrohi explained that the CCPC was a supreme body, which was expected to play a vital role in framing directives and guidelines for the protection of consumers’ rights.

He further said that the 150-member CCPC, which was headed by Mr Sharad Yadav, Union Minister of Consumers Affairs, comprised the ministers concerned from various states and union territories, MPs, senior central officials and representatives of various NGOs. He has appealed to consumer organisations and the people to apprise him of their relevant problems and difficulties to enable him to forcefully put up their grievances before the CCPC.

Youths held for bid to loot

The Jatusana police nabbed two armed youths, who were reportedly planning to loot passengers of vehicles passing through a canal bridge in Gazi Gopalpur village near Jatusana on Friday. The youths were identified as Kundan Bawaria and Bhoop Singh Bawaria, sons of Jagmal Singh of Kanina but now residing in Birhor village under Salhawas police station of Jhajjar district.

The police seized two country-made pistols along with 11 live cartridges from them. A case of attempt to robbery under Sections 398 and 401 of the IPC and also Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against them.

During interrogation, they revealed that they had committed a burglary in a shop at Nainsukhpura village in June, 2002. Besides, they had been looting bus passengers, truckers and others for a long time, the police said.


Six criminals arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 31
Six Bangladeshi criminals were apprehended by the North district police while they were planning to commit dacoity in the Shalimar Bagh area in North-West district. The police also recovered button actuated knives and iron rods from their possession.

The Anti-Auto lifting squad, acting on a secret information, that the suspects would be gathering near Keel godown to commit dacoity, nabbed Akbar Ali alias Najrul (30), resident of Shahdara, Mohammad Salim (32) and Abdul alias Mona (42), both residents of Yamuna Pushta, Babul (33), Mohammad Anwar (24) and Shiekh Anwar (21), all residents of Seelampur.

The cops, who initially faced resistance from the group, however, managed to overpower them.

During interrogation the accused told the police that they were involved in a number of robberies and bag lifting in Lajpat Rai Market, Chandni Chowk, Khari Baoli and Sadar Bazar. They mostly targeted people who were new to the city.

Auto thieves arrested

The North district police has arrested three auto thieves and recovered one Maruti car and three Hero Honda motorcycles from their possession. On the basis of secret information, that an auto-thief would be passing through Sarai Rohilla in a stolen car, the police spotted a Maruti car No HR-11-B-9651. When the car was stopped and the occupant was questioned, it was revealed that the car was stolen from Mansarowar Park.

The occupant, Pradeep, resident of Baghpat, used to steal cars from marriage parties, changed the number plates and disposed them in Uttar Pradesh. Based on his information, two others- Pawan alias Shetty, resident of Ghaziabad and Yogesh, resident of Meerut, were arrested.

Free opticals distribution camp

Free Seva Manch, an NGO, will organise a camp on June 1 at 10 am in Budh Bazar near Mahila Colony in Gandhi Nagar for distribution of opticals among senior citizens. They will also organise another camp tomorrow at the same place where people from different communities can gather and choose match for their wards. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Nuzhat Hassan will be chief guest, informed President of the NGO, Sardar Bhuminder Singh Virdhi . 


24 booked for looting liquor shops
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, May 31
Twenty-four persons have been booked in connection with the looting of two liquor shops at Behal yesterday. The accused include a sarpanch and an officer-bearer of a political party. However, no arrest has been made so far.

The police have registered a case under Sections 147, 148, 149, 452, 435 and 506 of the IPC on the charge of looting two liquor shops, throwing bottles on roads, threatening the shopkeeper with dire consequences and setting his shop on fire.

It may be recalled one person was killed and two others were injured when a jeep belonging to a liquor contractor hit the farmers near Nunsar village in the wee hours yesterday. Ram Niwas died on the spot. The irate mob looted liquor shops in protest against the incident and the police had to work hard to control the situation. The police have also registered a case against the unidentified jeep driver on the statement of the injured Dharmbir, son of Sheo Ram, under Section 279 and 304 A of the IPC.

Villagers reportedly met the Chief Minister during his visit at Badhra today and demanded action against those responsible for the death of Ram Niwas. The Chief Minister assured them the Superintendent of Police would make inquiries and take necessary action.


Three burglars nabbed

Noida, May 31
Three members of the notorious Lakhan gang were arrested by the Noida police after an encounter last night. The gang had been very active in breaking into houses and factories and committing thefts of late.

The SP City, Mr Vijay Bhushan, said since these thieves were targeting locked houses and factories, the police had increased night patrolling. When some people moving under suspicious circumstances were apprehended on Thursday night, they disclosed that members of the Lakhan gang had been very active in Noida.

Last night, when three persons roaming about in a suspicious manner in Sector 16-A were challenged by the police, they fired at the cops. The police were able to arrest them eventually after an encounter, the SP City said. A country-made revolver with cartridges and two daggers were recovered from them. They were also carrying implements for breaking open door locks.

The thieves identified themselves as Lakhan, Surjit and Vinode of Ghaziabad. Lakhan was the ring leader of the gang who admitted having broken into a number of houses recently. OC


Six held for job racket

New Delhi: Six persons, including employees of the Health Ministry and the RML hospital, were arrested by the New Delhi district police for allegedly running a fake job racket.

The accused had reportedly duped one Vandana Sharma, resident of Patparganj, of Rs 60,000 on the pretext of getting her a government job in the RML hospital. The accused, Balwant (42), Narendra (26), both class IV employees in the Health Ministry, Surendra (45), self-employed, Man Mohan (57), private agent at Janak Puri Transport Authority, Wazir (40) class IV employee with Welfare Commissioner, RML Hospital and Joginder (42), Ambulance Assistant, RML Hospital were arrested by the Mandir Marg police. TNS


10 pc TDS may make scrap trade unviable
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, May 31
Scrap trade, involving hundreds of traders of the district, is likely to dwindle following the direction to deduct 10 per cent TDS (tax deducted at source) on the sale of all kinds of scraps with effect from June 1 by the Income Tax Department.

Demanding the immediate withdrawal of Section 206 CC of the Income Tax Act under which the deduction has been made mandatory, the former media secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee said that the implementation of this order was not practicable.

It may be mentioned that 10 per cent TDS will be deducted on the total scrap sale, whereas there is already 16 per cent central excise tax and 4 per cent sales tax deduction in existence. He said that as far as the TDS is concerned, it had been imposed on the payment of interest and services so far.

The Congress leader said that the industrial and business activities related to scrap materials would be affected adversely if the section was invoked. Scrap plays a major role in small and large industries, especially in the steel industry where it is the prime raw material. A large quantity of scrap also remains on the production of furnished items and it is sold by the traders at a profit margin of 1 to 2 per cent.

With the implementation of this section now, a buyer will have to give Rs 10,000 as TDS to the seller on the purchase of goods worth Rs 1 lakh and the seller would have to deposit this sum within seven days in the revenue account. If a trader purchases scrap worth Rs 1 crore in a year, he will then have to deposit Rs 10 lakh as TDS whereas the turnover of Rs 1 crore is considered small in this trade.

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