Monday, June 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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HC strips MCD of power to issue licence for mineral water
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 1
The Delhi High Court has stripped the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) of its power to issue licence for manufacturing and processing packaged drinking water. The court held that the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the sole competent authority in this regard.

The court ruled that there was no purpose in two authorities scrutinising the very norms for premises where the packaged drinking water has to be manufactured and the more stringent norms as prescribed by the BIS are liable to be followed. Justice S K Kaul quashing the notices issued by the MCD to 10 local mineral water manufacturing plants said there would be no purpose in the corporation trying to inspect and see the norms when the BIS carries out such inspections.

The MCD had issued notices to the companies packaging mineral water on the ground that they were running the trade under unsanitary and unhygienic conditions without a valid health department licence.

Notwithstanding the valid BIS certificate with the manufacturers, the MCD had asked them to close down their operations within 24 hours of the receipt of the notice saying the civic laws required them to obtain additional licence from the civic authorities in addition to the permission of the commissioner to establish the factory.

The companies challenging the jurisdiction of the MCD to regulate their trade, submitted before the court that as the BIS had already prescribed the rules and regulations for the trade, the MCD could not have enacted additional norms for the same.

Referring to the general nature of the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) Act, Mr Mehta stated that as the BIS prescribed norms specifically applied to the mineral water segment, the civic law could not have operated in the same field.

Accepting the contention of the companies, the High Court observed that the object of the legislation was to see that a proper product was made available to the public and not to encourage licence raj where more than one authority deals with the same subject matter.

The MCD had submitted that despite the regulation on quality control by the BIS in respect of the product, it would continue to have jurisdiction to deal with any premises falling within its civic area.

The court also rejected the MCD’s contention that aerated water requires licence on the contention that the packaged water did not fall under the definition of aerated water. The court while deciding whether the packaged drinking water would fall within the definition of aerated water dealt in length on the issue and held that there was difference between aeration and aerated water.



Old woman killed in GK; maid’s hand suspected
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 1
A 60-year-old woman was found murdered with stab injuries and jewellery stolen at her house in the posh Greater Kailash–II area of South Delhi last night. The police suspect the hand of her maidservant Gauri Jena (30), resident of Orissa as she has been missing with her belongings since last night.

The victim Meena Gupta was alone at home when the incident occurred while her husband Harprakash Gupta, retired from a private firm, was away in Safdarjung Enclave for his nephew’s birthday party. Mr Gupta left the house at around 8 pm for the party.

The incident came to light when Mr Gupta returned home around midnight and found the front door was bolted from inside and TV playing with a loud volume. Failing to get a response from Meena for about 15 minutes, Mr Gupta got in touch with his neighbour S M Agarwal on the first floor and managed to open the door with the help of a screwdriver. As soon as he entered the bedroom, Mr Gupta found his wife Meena lying on the bed with two stab wounds, including one on the neck. He also found an empty jewellery box by her side. Mr Gupta reported the matter at around 12.30 to the police.

Since Mr Gupta was not in a position to speak, his relatives who had gathered at the house said that Meena had bought the jewellery only three days back to distribute it among her two daughters. Her married daughters have settled in Gurgaon and Canada. The suspect, Gauri was employed in the house only four months ago based on a guarantee of their neighbour’s driver, Manas, also a resident of Orissa. Gauri had reportedly gone to Orissa last month to divorce her husband, for which she told her employers that she would be getting Rs 80,000 as compensation from him.

Since Gauri had been employed without verification, the police have detained her guarantor Manas and questioned him about her whereabouts.



Three held for call girl racket
Our Correspondent

Noida, June 1
Sector-49 Police have arrested a woman and two men for running a call girl racket in a house of Sector-49 for the past one year.

On a tip-off, Police Circle Officer Sudhakar Yadav, with his team raided house No C-125 and found a woman Sonu of South Extension, New Delhi and Vinode Dhingra, an army junior engineer in a compromising position. Both were taken into custody.

The police said one Shyam Sunder Sharma was running a guest house where “all types of facilities” were provided to the guest.

In the absence of Shyam Sunder Sharma, guest house manager Nadeem Malik was taken into custody.

The arrested woman Sonu, a widow, who lives in South Extension is a mother of two. Her husband Verinder Singh was a driver. She told the police that she had recently come into this trade. Vinode Dhingra, is said to be a junior engineer in the army and is posted in Leh.

Vinode Dhingra, a frequent visitor to Delhi would normally stay in this guest house only. SO Sector 49 Police Station, SI Dharinder Chauhan and a number of cops had accompanied Circle Officer Yadav in the raid.



Man beheads wife, lover at Gohana
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 1
A man has allegedly beheaded his wife and her lover in his house at Gohana.

The police have brought the bodies of both in the Civil Hospital Gohana for a post-mortem and a case of murder has been registered in the City Police Station against the suspect, Surender of Murlana village.

According to information, Surender, son of Ramdiya of Murlana village, was married to one Jagwanti of Kheri village. They had two daughters—seven and four years old.

He had been staying along with his wife and children in a rented house in Gohana town for the last two months.

As reported to the police by the family members of Surender, his wife had been having illicit relations with one Virender of Pugthala village for the last many years. Virender was the son of the maternal uncle of Surender.

Surender was aware of their relations. He reportedly feared that both of them might try to eliminate him.

On Saturday, Virender had come to Gohana and made a night halt at Surender’s house.

At night, Surender allegedly killed both the lovers and chopped off their heads with a sharp-edged weapon. After the murder, he escaped. In the morning, the house owner informed the police.



Five of family get seven years in jail
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, June 1
The Additional Sessions Judge, Bhiwani, on Saturday convicted five members of a family in a case of attempt to murder and sentenced them to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment. The accused would have to undergo another six months of imprisonment, if they fail to pay the fine imposed by the court.

According to the prosecution, following an altercation over watering of fields between Ved Prakash and Bhim of village Khatiwas, Jai Bhagwan, Bhim and Sukhdeep were attacked by the former and his family members with lathis and axes. Bhim’s family members had registered a case on December 3, 1996, with the Charkhi Dadri police.

MDU to re-conduct exams on June 12

The MDU will again conduct the examinations of cancelled papers of M.A. classes. Earlier, the exams of a few papers, scheduled to be conducted on April 24, were cancelled owing to outside interference. These examinations will now be held on June 12 at Rohtak. The examinations of Economics-1, Microeconomics Analysis-1 (2015) and Economic theory (2015A) of M.A. Previous, scheduled to be held on April 24 in the evening session, had been cancelled due to outside interference. Now, these examinations will be held between 2 P.M. and 5 P.M. at University College, Rohtak, on June 12. The examinations of B.A./B.M.C-II, MA (Previous), Psycology and Shashtri-II, earlier scheduled for April 25, will also be conducted on June 12.



Woman beaten to death for dowry
Our Correspondents

Ghaziabad, June 1
A young woman was beaten to death for dowry in Shahid Nagar Mohalla of Sahibabad on Saturday night. While Bano, the daughter-in-law was being beaten up, music was played at full blast in the house, to drown her shrieks. Bano, 27, had been brought back from her maternal home to her in-laws’ house No. 319 in D-Block, Shahid Nagar about one and a half months ago as a result of a decision taken by the panchayat of Shahid Nagar, her father Aflatoon said. The husband and mother-in-law of her daughter used to harass and often beat her up for dowry, Aflatoor alleged.

The police have arrested the mother-in-law and younger brother-in-law of Bano. Her husband Tahir is absconding.

Bano’s father’s house is in Kalem village of Bulandshahr. Aflatoon alleged that his daughter had been beaten to death at 10 pm on Saturday. Aflatoon, mother Hazra and other members of the family reached Shahid Nagar from Bulandshahr after learning their daughter’s death.

He told the police that his daughter had been harassed for dowry. Fed up with the ill treatment, she had come back to her parents’ house, but was brought to her husband’s house by Shahid Nagar after a decision of the panchayat of Shahid Nagar some one and a half months ago.

The bones of her left foot had been broken and the whole body had turned blue due to inhuman beating. The in-laws had even tried to give the tragedy a twist so that it could pass as a suicide.

Bid to force girl into wedlock

Dankaur, Noida
The Dankaur Police freed a young girl from the clutches of a woman and some youths who had enticed her from Delhi and were going to marry her off forcibly. The girl has been restored to her family. The police had learnt that at Mata Wali Gali in Dankaur, some people detained a girl from Sangam Vihar area of Delhi under suspicious circumstances and were trying to marry her off.

After a raid on the premises, the police rescued the girl and handed her over to her family. When the woman and the youths got wind of the police action, they left towards Secunderabad in a Maruti van but were nabbed by the police who lay in wait en route. Somehow the youths and the driver gave the police the slip. However, they were nabbed later. The police interrogated the woman who said her name was Savitri Devi and she originally belonged to Ingerpur village. The young girl Poonam lived in the neighbourhood of her house in Sangam Vihar at present. Savitri Devi enticed Poonam to marry her brother Anil, already married. Anil’s friend Deepak and his mother Neena Devi were trying to persuade her to marry Anil, but Poonam did not agree.

Meanwhile, the police have got the girl freed and handed her over to her family through the Delhi Police. Surprisingly, the Dankaur Police let the youths and the woman off.



Crater creation: Ahirwal residents caught in
deep water
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, June 1
The abrupt appearance of a number of wide and extremely deep craters in the earth in an area of about 10 acres across the Narnaul-Singhana Road near Khatoti Kalan village, about 10 km from Narnaul, has become a matter of concern for the people of Ahirwal region.

The several feet wide, fairly long and extremely deep fissures, which suddenly appeared last week, have been engaging the attention of thousands of residents, who have sharply reacted to the horrendous phenomenon.

The affected areas are in the heart of Dohan Pachchisi, a cluster of 25 villages. The residents here had boycotted the previous Assembly elections in protest against the ‘apathy’ of the state government to their pleas to solve the drinking water problem of Dohan Pachichisi where the subsoil water had completely depleted. Mr Naresh Yadav, president of the Haryana Yuva Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (HYKSS), has taken a serious note of the phenomenon. He is currently touring the rural areas of Ahirwal in connection with his campaign to mobilise people to press the state government for accepting the Samiti’s demand for the districtwise equitable distribution of canal water in Haryana and provision of its legitimate share to Ahirwal.

Addressing a press conference here today, he asserted that there was an urgency of restoring the 1.6 maf water of the Beas, which was meant for South Haryana.

He reminded that the geologists too had warned against an exploitation of underground water stating that the subsoil water in most parts of South Haryana had reached its last layer and its further exploitation could lead to disastrous consequences.

He said that he, along with hundreds of the Samiti’s activists, had undertaken a 200-km-long Padyatra in November, 2001 from God Barawa (the remotest village of Mahendragarh district) to Rashtrapati Bhawan (New Delhi) where a memorandum had been submitted to the President seeking his intervention.

He said that the denial of equitable distribution of canal water was a grave injustice to Ahirwal whose jawans had made supreme sacrifices in the Indo-China, Indo-Pak and Kargil wars while defending the frontiers of the country.

Criticising the two former Chief Ministers, Mr Bansi Lal, and Mr Bhajan Lal, as well as the present Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for meting out a ‘step-motherly’ treatment to Ahirwal in the matter of canal water supply and other development works, Mr Naresh Yadav said that if things did not improve immediately, they would seek the creation of a separate state which would not be subservient to the ‘arbitrary rule’ of such leaders.



Two held for freeing undertrial from custody

Rohtak, June 1
The police arrested two youths on Saturday who had allegedly freed an undertrial prisoner from the police custody on March 3. Those arrested have been identified as Manoj of Morkheri village and Rajiv of Hansi (Hisar). They were produced in a local court today and sent in police remand for seven days.

According to police sources, both the miscreants had intercepted the bus carrying an undertrial Lila, alias Ramdhan, of Farmana village. They had thrown chilly powder in the eyes of the cops escorting their accomplice and attacked them with sharp-edged weapons. They had succeeded in taking away Ramdhan along with them on the bike. OC



Probe in cane-charge case an eyewash, allege BJP leaders
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 1
Questions are being raised over the credibility of the probe, being conducted by the local police, regarding the alleged cane -charge on senior BJP leaders here, during a protest against demolition.

The BJP leaders had alleged that on March 15, the police cane-charged them when the residents were protesting against demolition of encroachments. The police, however, denied the allegation.

The Lok Sabha Speaker had directed the Home Ministry to enquire into the case, and submit a report, after several BJP MPs including the Haryana BJP chief, Mr Rattan Lal Kataria, raised the issue and demanded action against the officials responsible for it.

It is learnt that the District Police have started recording the statements of the residents of Sector-29 about details of the incident and role of the police in the incident.

While district authorities claim that the police did not lathi-charge the BJP leaders, and rather provided them a safety cover from the mob which had been pelting stones on them, the leaders claim otherwise.

They also said the probe by the SP was merely eyewash. In a meeting held here yesterday, these leaders said that only a probe by an Independent agency was acceptable to them. They said the present probe was aimed at saving the cops and officials, who were responsible for cane charging the BJP leaders.

It may be recalled that these BJP leaders had visited the Sector-29’s Housing Board colony, on March 15, when the demolition of the encroachments was in process. As the mob went violent and pelted stones, the police had to cane-charge the residents. The police, however, denied it.



DPCC protests against Kirti Nagar demolition
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 1
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) held a sit-in today at Jantar Mantar to protest the demolition of huts in Reshma and Nehru Camps in Kirti Nagar. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had razed a few huts there on Saturday. Another 50 odd huts were destroyed in the fire that broke out even as the slum-dwellers were resisting the demolition squad.

DPCC president Subhash Chopra said the “arbitrary” and “high-handed” act of demolishing the slums was a conspiracy to uproot the section of people that was sympathetic to the Indian National Congress (INC.) “The BJP has never enjoyed the support of the slum-dwellers. Delhi Pradesh BJP President Madan Lal Khurana played a leading role in the Saturday’s demolition of the huts in Kirti Nagar, as he was not sure of winning the votes of the slum-dwellers there,” Chopra told mediapersons.

Chopra reiterated the INC’s stand, which found a mention in the unanimous resolution that was passed by the Delhi Legislative Assembly, and sought alternate accommodation to the people prior to demolishing their huts. “They should be given alternate site before any demolition. The DDA cannot engaged in wanton demolition in the guise of rehabilitating the slum-dwellers,” he said.



HVP fared quite well in Fatehabad by-poll: Bansi Lal
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 1
Charging Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala with adopting unfair means in the Fatehabad by-election, Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) supremo Bansi Lal has claimed that the votes polled by the party candidate clearly indicated the remarkable achievement of the party.

Addressing a state-level convention of the party here this afternoon, Mr Bansi Lal congratulated the party workers for their efforts during the electioneering at Fatehabad. He alleged that the Chief Minister had threatened the residents of Fatehabad just before the election that they would not be provided the basic amenities, including power and water if the ruling Indian National Lok Dal candidate lost the election. Besides, he said the party also suffered a huge loss, as it was the home constituency of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief Bhajan Lal. In addition to it, he alleged that the ruling party managed to conduct bogus polling up to 20 per cent.

Commenting on ‘Government at your doorstep’ programme, the HVP leader alleged that it was a mere eyewash and a means to waste the funds collected from the masses. He claimed that during his two-and-a-half-year tenure as chief minister in 1968, he provided supply of power to every village.



BSNL and post office playing blame game
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 1
Widespread resentment prevails among thousands of telephone subscribers against the inordinate delay in sending the telephone bills to them by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in the city and elsewhere in the district. The telephone subscribers association has demanded a high level probe into the matter and stern action against the erring officials of the BSNL and the Head Post Office.

According to a report, the delay has caused inconvenience to the subscribers, as they have to stand in long queues to deposit the amount of the bills for hours together in front of the post offices and the collection centres set up by the BSNL at the main telephone exchange and the Departmental Telegraphs Office (DTO) near Subhash Chowk.

It is alleged that the computers, installed at the DTO and other collection centres, always remain out of order and the subscribers are harassed by the staff on one pretext or the other, as they are told to come again if they wanted to deposit the amount there. The computers do not function on Saturday because of five-day a week in the office of the telephone exchange. The telephone subscribers have no alternative but to visit the collection centres frequently for depositing the telephone bills.

Meanwhile, a large number of telephone subscribers have received the telephone bills on May 30, whereas the last date for depositing these bills was May 26. However, The accounts branch of the BSNL allowed the subscribers to deposit the amount of the bills by June 3, without any penalty. The issuing date of these bills was May 11. The inordinate delay was allegedly caused at the Head Post Office, Sonepat. But the authorities of the Head Post Office blamed the BSNL authorities for the delay in sending the bills for distribution.

Meanwhile, the subscribers association has urged the BSNL authorities to ensure timely sending of the bills and avoid this kind of delay in future.



Haryana Govt employees threaten agitation
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 1
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Haryana Government Employees Associations has served an ultimatum to the state government to either implement the ‘Agreement’, regarding welfare of employees of various departments, reached with it on October 24 last year, by June 17, or face a comprehensive agitation. A spokesperson of the JAC said here today that the state government had failed to respect the agreement. The employees are fed up with this anti-employee attitude of the government, he said.

Despite reaching an agreement on broad terms last year, the government had been taking measures aimed at hitting the interests of the staff, the spokesperson said.

He said atleast 20 divisions had been shut down, Subzi Mandis had been privatised, salary and allowances of Assistant Eye Surgeons and Anganwadi workers had been decreased.

He said the state government was overlooking the success of the Employees strike on May 21 last and added that the JAC would meet on June 18 at Hisar to discuss the issue and decide about the next strategy.



Residents facing power, water shortage
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 1
As the heat of the summer season is inching towards its peak, acute shortage of water and irregular power supply in various parts of the district, has made soaring temperatures unbearable for the residents. According to reports from rural areas, While on one hand the residents are facing problems due to scarcity of potable water, they are also worried about their cattle, as majority of ponds and rivers had gone dry.

A resident of a nearby village said that due to poor power supply situation, motor and pumps do not function leading to the present situation. He also said that there had been a severe drop in supply of water to canals, ponds, and water works due to shortage from behind. Hundreds of residents of Prithla village, located on National Highway two, between Faridabad and Palwal blocked traffic a few days ago protesting against water shortage.

The blockade was lifted on assurance of officials, that the problem would be solved soon. The RPI MLA from Palwal, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, in a statement today condemend the state government for the current situation. He said that due to shortage, people were forced to drink unhygienic water. He also said that residents of the Bichhor village, which had a population of about 17000, had to buy water from various sources.

The villages reeling under water and power shortage include Dhatir, Prithla, Ferozepur, Karno, Mandkola Bhagola, Alika and Deegot besides dozens of villages of Hathin, Hassanpur, Hodal and Ballabgarh sub-divisions, he said. Frequent cuts and load-shedding has led to heavy resentment among residents of both urban and rural areas. Demonstrations outside the office of the Municipal Corporation here, have become routine phenomenon. Several colonies of the NIT including the Jawahar colony, Dabua colony, Sanjay colony Parvatiya colony, Nangla Gujran and Gandhi Colony have been facing such problems almost every year.



Poor farmers being arrested: Dalal
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 1
A former minister and MLA from Palwal, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, has alleged that farmers unable to pay their loan instalments of Cooperative Banks, were being arrested and put behind bars.

In a statement, Mr Dalal said he had come across dozens of cases when poor farmers had been arrested or rounded up by the authorities concerned and put in the lock up. This was the height of oppression by a government, which claims to be farmer friendly, he added.

He said while on one hand statues of Devi Lal were being installed describing him as ‘Jan Nayak’ and ‘Messiah’ of farmers, on the other hand the agriculturists, which were already facing the huge losses caused by draught and other factors, were being harassed in such a manner. Some of the Congress party leaders from the district have also claimed that such a action had been initiated against the defaulters in the area. They have also complained that the co-operative sugar mill had not released the pending payments of farmers, leading to the ‘poor’ financial conditions of the sons of soil.



Patients suffer with govt hospital blood bank closed for a month
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 1
Much to the inconvenience of the patients here, the blood bank in the local civil hospital has been lying closed for more than a month now. Reflecting gross inefficiency on part of the Health Department here, the blood bank, which was closed on April 27 due to non-payment of renewal fee, has not been re-opened only for want of permission from the Director General Health Services, Haryana.

And despite strenuous efforts of the district health authorities, a team of senior doctors was sent by the head office only on Friday to inspect the facilities existing in the bank before granting permission to reopen it which was closed on April 27 following non-payment of renewal fee. Facing high inconvenience, the patients are the suffering lot. “Due to lapse on part of the health authorities, we are forced to arrange for blood at much higher rates from Delhi. There are people who even have to resort to private hospitals in Delhi and pay heavy expenses for the treatment”, said the wards of a patient who is admitted in a private hospital in Sonepat as a case of emergency delivery. They said this is not only causing inconvenience in terms of incurring high expenses and making arrangements from outside, it is also causing mental harassment to them.

A senior doctor of the hospital told the NCR Tribune that it would take atleast one more week to get written permission for re-opening of the blood bank.

“Atleast, it will take one more week to get written permission from the DG Health, as the process would start only after the visiting team submits its report. Following that, the letter granting permission to re-open the blood bank would be issued”, the doctor said.

Several surgeons also remarked permission could have been easily managed within a week’s time if it were a private hospital. But as it is departmental affair due to which the matter is not being taken seriously and moreover, it is the patients only who are suffering, they said.



Move to hand over college management to society flayed
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 1
Resentment prevails among the students and employees of the Chhotu Ram Government Engineering College at Murthal over the government decision to hand over the management of the college to a society.

According to the President of the Karamchari Welfare Union of the College, Anand Singh, this is the only Engineering college in the state which is managed by the government due to which the fee-structure is in the college is comparatively lower compared to the other private engineering colleges in the state.

He said the state government under pressure from the World Bank has decided to run the college through a society. And in this way, the government would keep on deducting the fund allocations to the college step by step and finally, it would also become a private engineering college, and its expenses would go beyond the reach of the students from poor families, he said.

The General Secretary of the Union, Mr Lal Singh, also alleged that by deciding to constitute a society, the government was trying to avoid its responsibility of providing better and cheap education to students, particularly those belonging to the weaker sections of the society.

One of the professors of the college informed the NCR Tribune that when the college was opened in 1987, the annual fee was only Rs 180 whereas now it has shot up to almost Rs 10,000.

After handing over the management to a society, the fee would further increase to around Rs 40,000, he said and added that the hostel and other expenses would be charged separately.

In protest against the government’s decision, the employees of the college including the staff of the faculties wore black badges during working hours and organised gate meetings throughout the week.

When the local MLA, Suraj Mal Antil, was informed by the Union about the resentment among the staff and students of the college over this decision of the government, he assured that he would apprise the Chief Minister about it. He also clarified that the government had taken financial assistance from the World Bank for arranging better facilities in the college and there was no move to privatise the college.

It is pointed out that the college has been facing financial problems for the last many years and the government has failed to provide modern and the latest infrastructural facilities of education so far.

Interestingly, the college has been imparting education for bachelor degree courses in Information Technology and computer engineering for the last 4-5 years, but the college authorities have reportedly failed to provide even an Internet connection in computer rooms.

However, the newly appointed principal of the college, Dr Ranjit Singh is very optimistic to create better facilities like Administrative block, Guest house, Conference hall and an auditorium, for which he plans to seek cooperation from the University Grant Commission (UGC) and other technical institutions and the state government.

He also admitted that the faculty members were feeling dejected due to non-availability of the sufficient finances for carrying out research and other higher educational activities including study tours and refresher courses.



Lakhs of kids get polio vaccine
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 1
Lakhs of children below five years of age were administered the polio vaccine today. Health Minister AK Walia said volunteers of the Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme (PPIP) also administered the vaccine to children at railway stations, inter-state bus terminuses, entry points on the national highways, airports and entertainment complexes. The minister said seven thousand Polio Kendras were set up for the occasion. Three hundred mobile teams were constituted to reach the children in the slums and remote corners of NCT of Delhi.

SGSC’s appeal on Akali politics

The president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Sewadar Committee, Mr Raja Singh Sethi, has appealed to the Jathedar of the Akal Takht to issue a Hukumnama to reform the Akali politics.

Reflecting the Akalis are divided into many groups and are working for their vested interests, Sethi has put forth the demand to ensure that certain standard are maintained.

Sant Darshan Singh’s 14th barsi

The 14th barsi of Sant Darshan Singh was observed on May 30 at Kirpal Bagh. Mata Harbhajan Kaur and Mata Rita sang gurbani on the occasion.

Recalling the Sant’s life, it was pointed out that he was inclined towards God from early in life and received spiritual initiation from Hazur Baba Sawan Singh when he was five.

Vehicle thief held

With the arrest of a proclaimed offender, the South-West district police today claim to have solved seven cases of motor vehicle theft in the district. The police recovered a motorcycle and a pistol with live cartridges from his possession. The accused, Brijesh Kumar Rai alias Rohit alias Birju, had been active in the areas, like Delhi Cannt, Dabri, Dwarka .



Dacoity bid foiled, six held
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 1
With the arrest of six persons, the Ganaur police foiled an attempt of a dacoity to be committed by them at the Jain Petrol Pump, G.T. Road, Ganaur, in the district last night.

Superintendent of Police Paramjit Singh Ahlawat told mediapersons here today that the police seized two country-made pistols, two live cartridges, one knife and other weapons from their possession. The accused were identified as Brahampal of Kheri Gujjar village, Rizwan alias Raju of Kheri Gujjar village, Rajesh, son of Ram Dhan Jheewar, Rajesh son of Eaghunath, both belong to Ahir Majra village, Raju and Ram Niwas alias Raju of Palri village.



Use of linen in line with international trend
Tribune News Service

ARROW has announced the launch of a new range of linen – a wide range covering cotton linen and 100 per cent linen. Made from the finest linen, Arrow’s linen shirts are manufactured in bright, primary colours aimed at making a tremendous impact.

“Linen has traditionally stood for super premium in the minds of the consumer. The usage of linen in garments is a trend being observed by Indian as well as international markets,” said Janak Dave, Business Head, Arrow.

No fooling with Zicom

Zicom Security Systems, the pioneers in security system, has launched the state-of-the-art Biometric Readers. Biometric Reader is an electronic device, which identifies an individual’s physical or behaviorial characteristic and is fast becoming a standard solution for a variety of applications to prevent unauthorized access to office premises, ATMs, desktop PCs, workstations and computer networks.

Hooded chimneys

Glen has launched its new range of quality Lifestyle Chimney Hoods (GL6054) for the modern Indian household. With all the precision inherent in European manufacturing tradition, Glen Chimney hoods are synonymous with technical perfection and outstanding function and design.

“Glen Chimney hoods shield from conventional health hazards posed by smoke, congestion and trapped fumes emanating from cooking,” said Sunil Kapoor, General Manager, Glen India.

For upwardly mobile

Compuage Infocom, a leading IT products and solution company, has introduced USB GPRS modern from Billionton. The new model comes in as a handy and value-add product from the notebook owners.

Atul H Mehta, CMD, Compuage, says: “With so much happening in the telecom space and a large number of people opting for high speed wireless connectivity, it is a perfect time to offer such a product. We are targeting upwardly mobile executives who want to make the best use of latest technology to enhance their productivity.”

Decorative fans

Ortem has introduced a perfect blend of new decorative fans – Shangrila Gold. These fans have been aesthetically designed and reasonably priced to offer the best in the decorative range to those for whom the price is not a constraint.

Available in attractive and pleasing colours and combinations like white and gold with chorme, its existing range includes the state-of-the-art Millennium Ornatmental, Economy Series, Energy Saver Series, Slim Trim Series, Hawa Hawai Series, Hi-tech Table fans and Fresh – N-Air fans.

As pure as forest honey

The Himalaya Drug company has launched the Himalaya Forest Honey in the market. At Himalaya, modern scientific methods are used to thoroughly check the honey for utmost purity before bottling it under strict hygienic conditions.

Ravi Prasad, President, Himalaya, said, “The brand enjoys a strong equity both with doctors and consumers, built over the years with the help of safe and efficacious products.”

NTPC story collection

The National Thermal Power Corporation has published a collection of stories, parables and anecdotes titled, Timeless Treasure.

Looking for Gold, Hell and Heaven, A Pound of Butter, The Young Boy and the Jaggery, are titles stored in Timeless Treasure. These collections will entertain and educate the readers besides making them better performers.

NTPC had earlier published, Motu Chotu Ke Sang Bijli Ke Rang, a comic book for children to appreciate the importance of electricity.

Wider range of  split ACs

Sidwal Refrigerator has introduced a wide range of window and split ACs for the consumer segment in India. Backed by the state-of-the-art technology, Sidwal’s powerful, yet silent power saver ACs are a perfect blend of latest technology, elegant design and superb performance.

These window and split ACs are highly energy efficient and deliver better cooling with less power consumption.

How many hrs to eternity?

Tissot, a Swiss watchmaker, has introduced a classic watch, ‘Bellissima,’ in the Indian market. ‘Bellissima,’ a sleek and elegant watch with an irresistible blend of technological finesse and exquisite craftsmanship, is designed for women who believe in the timeless beauty of classic lines.

G Kannan, Country Manager, Swatch Group, says: “What is more eternal than time, and what better way to count those hours of eternity than with a beautiful classic watch gracing your wrist.”

Digicams from Intex

Intex technologies has introduced its latest range of digital cameras. These aesthetically designed digicams are loaded with the latest in digital features and are available in two versions with 2.1 and 3.3 mega pixels.

Narendra Bansal, Group Managing Director, said, “There was a long demand from Intex channel partners to bring in the digicams. It took us a long time to identify the right products for the customers.”

Compact size wall tiles

Orient Ceramics and Industries Limited has launched its Color Plus range of wall tiles. The latest buzz in today’s world of tiles is a small compact sized tile, which can be used for a variety of applications, both for homes and offices.

Color Plus range promotes an opportunity of creating an ambience, which is timelessely elegant and youthful. You can blend these tiles with your own concepts of flooring.

Casio home studios

Casio has introduced an array of state-of-the-art electronic musical instruments. With the launch, the company has announced a complete range of electronic musical instruments, even for professional players.

The new collection includes a series of high-grade professional electronic musical instruments for the serious music lovers. These instruments are ideal home studios as they are equipped with digital output.

Barnala Plus TMT

Barnala Steel Industries has launched “Barnala Plus TMT,’ using the latest Tempcore process. S M Nasir, Managing Director, Barnala industries, says: “The Tempcore technology is far more superior to the traditional re-bars. It will be produced with sister concerns of M Q Steel and Aswad steel with hi-tech bar mill.”

Theft-proof motorbike lock

Link has launched its first ever theft-proof “motorbike lock.” The company has launched mobile lock MLPT-5. Mohammad Ali, Director, Link Locks, remarked, “Since inception, we have always striven to provide security devices according to the need of the consumers across the country.”

New Godrej shaving cream

Godrej has re-launched Godrej shaving cream. The new improved Godrej cream is a modern and trendy product that bolsters freshness and energy. The new Godrej shaving cream is available in four variants: Rich Foam, Lime Fresh, Menthol Mist and Protect Plus.

H K Press, Executive Director, Godrej, says: “Godrej shaving cream caters to the modern man who wants products which are modern yet provide value for money.”

Cattle resource

Bharatiya Cattle Resource Development Foundation has been able to incorporate Seed Drill along with its earlier model 3.2 Kamdhenu bullock drawn tractor.

Laxmi Narain Modi, Managing Trustee, said “It has other benefits like comfort to farmers, cost reduction, employment generation and improvement of rural economy, which can work as a catalyst.’’ He was giving a field demonstration at Mr Balak Ram’s field at Rangpuri.

Harpal Tea

Harpal Tea, made from Assam’s finest flourished tea plantations, has gained value in the market within a short period of its launch, according to the tea manufacturers 502 Pataka Group.


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