Tuesday, June 3, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


DU ordinance: A finger of suspicion at VC
Tribune New Service

New Delhi, June 2
Just as the Delhi University is all geared up to usher in a new academic session, a conflict over the composition of the selection committees for the appointment of principals and lecturers in colleges seems to be emerging.

An amended ordinance pertaining to the issue, which was earlier suspended by the President of India who is also the Visitor to the university, was passed by the DU Court last week following which a faction of the university teachers have expressed concern.

According to the amended ordinance, the committee will include two experts chosen from the list of experts approved by the Academic Council in addition to the head of department, the teacher in-charge of the subject, the principal of the college and one university nominee. Earlier, instead of two experts, the chairman of the governing body was included in the committee.

“The amended ordinance was suspended by the Visitor in September 2002, but the same ordinance has again been passed by the DU Court,” said the Chairman of the Academics for Action and Development (AAD), Dr S. S. Rathi who are opposed to the amended ordinance.

He alleged that the VC was ‘manipulating appointments’. To substantiate his claim, he added, “Of the various selection committees that were appointed by the VC, the experts were not selected from the panel approved by the AC nor was the AC informed about the selections.”

This allegation is, however, refuted by the university, “We are doing everything according to the rule. The university follows ordinances and statutes,” said the Pro-VC, Mr C. R. Babu.

While the university is confident that the amended ordinance will be effective and will help weed out inefficient selection procedures, the sceptics are worried that, “it is an example of the VC pursuing his agenda of appointing his own people”.

A senior faculty member of the university said that the amended ordinance would help bring about more rationality and validity to the appointment procedure. “Academics should be allowed to decide who is the best candidate. It does not make sense to have people who can be arm-twisted into selecting people,” the member said.

The opposition over the court decision notwithstanding, the VC has asked the colleges to fill all posts before the new session commences. 


BJP sees conspiracy in Kirti Nagar slum fire 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 2
The controversy over the demolition and subsequent fire at a slum cluster in the Kirti Nagar area of West Delhi seems to be snowballing into a major political tussle with the city BJP alleging that the fire was a part of a ‘conspiracy hatched by the Congress leaders to reduce the whole area into ashes’.

Jhuggi clusters scattered all over the metropolis are considered vote banks of various political parties who are said to have helped them raise the clusters in the first place.

Fire erupted in the Reshma Camp of Kirti Nagar area on Saturday last, engulfing the slum clusters when the civic authorities were demolishing the illegal structures in the area.

The slum cluster of about 1,000 jhuggis was put on notice by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for demolition. Officials at the site, however, had alleged that the jhuggis were set on fire by the dwellers themselves who were protesting against the demolition of the cluster adjacent to the area police station.

“The fact that the fire broke out in three places in the area within an hour proves that it was a part of a conspiracy by the Congress leaders,” Delhi BJP president Madan Lal Khurana alleged in a statement here, adding that a party delegation would meet Lt-Governor Vijai Kapoor to demand a high-powered probe into the matter.

Mr Khurana claimed that the two persons arrested by the police in this connection were the Congress activists and were working as agents of the private contractor for the single-point delivery system of electricity in the area.

Saturday’s incident had threatened to raise a political storm as the four ministers of the Delhi’s Congress government staged a sit-in at the site and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit cut short her Srinagar visit to join them.

The Delhi Congress has been opposing the demolition move as Mrs Dikshit staged a five-hour-long dharna at the site which falls in the Parliamentary constituency of Opposition BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana a month ago to prevent the demolition when a DDA squad had arrived there.


Three of family die in car-truck collision
Our Correspondents

Rewari, June 2
A couple and their son were killed after their Maruti car collided head on with a truck on the Rewari-Narnaul road near Govindpuri village, 12 km from here, last evening. Their six-year-old daughter, Dimple, sustained serious injuries in the accident. Mr Chander Prakash (35), his wife Saroj Devi, son Mohit and Dimple, residents of Mohalla Joinpuri here, were going in his Maruti car from Rewari towards Narnaul when a truck coming from the opposite direction collided with the car, which was badly smashed killing three of them on the spot. The injured Dimple has been admitted to a private hospital here and is now stated to be out of danger. Chander Prakash was running a chemist’s shop in Rao Sunder Lal Market here. The police have registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the truck driver, who has absconded.

Two youths die in well

Sonepat: Two youths of Murlana village in Gohana subdivision died reportedly after inhaling poisonous gases in an abandoned well on the outskirts of the village today morning. The victims have been identified as Shamsher (18), son of Khauza Singh, and Sunil (16), son of Zile of the village. The bodies have been brought to the civil hospital in Gohana for post-mortem examination.

According to information, youths of the village had recently set up an akhara near the abandoned well near the Shiv Mandir. The young wrestlers decided to make the well useful again and started cleaning it today. After draining out the entire water, Sunil reportedly went in the well for more cleaning work but when he reached around 35 feet deep, he gasped for breath as he inhaled poisonous gases. He shouted for help. Then Shamsher also went in to rescue Sunil but both of them could not come out. On receiving information, a large number of villagers reached the well and retrieved their bodies. The incident has shocked the entire village. OC

Realtor’s killers nabbed

New Delhi: With the arrest of three persons, the South district police today claimed to have solved the sensational daylight murder of property dealer Surender Gupta in the South-Extension area on Saturday afternoon.

The accused — Sushil (25), Suresh (23) and Dalip (31), all residents of Kotla Mubarakpur — were arrested from Greater Noida and a country-made weapon was seized from their possession. They were arrested after Gupta’s other creditors told the police that these persons had been missing from their residences. TNS

Property dealer robbed

Three unidentified youths robbed Rs 8,000 from a property dealer’s house in Malviya Nagar. The victim, J.K. Sondhi, works as a property dealer in Connaught Place and his wife works with a private organisation in Nehru place.

The incident occurred this morning when they were preparing to leave for their work. The suspects entered the house, threatened them and decamped with the cash. A case of robbery has been registered, police said.

In another incident, an official of Regional Transport Office, in Anand Vihar, was robbed of Rs 1.30 lakh when he was going to deposit the amount in the State Bank of India in Kalyanpuri.

In yet another incident, four youths, on two motorcycles, robbed Rs 3 lakh from a businessman from Mandoli Road. The victim, Nitin , a supplier of Pepsi in Nand Nagri area, was going to deposit cash in a bank in his Wagon R when the suspects forced him to stop his vehicle and robbed him, the police said. TNS


Delhiites squirm on the hottest day
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 2
The Capital sizzled as the mercury shot up to 44 degrees Celsius, making the first day of the week the hottest day of the season so far. And if the Met office is to be believed, there is no relief in sight for the next few days.

The Met office said the national Capital registered 44.2 degrees Celsius, which is three degrees above normal. The minimum temperature was 27.7 degrees Celsius. The previous highest of the season was recorded on May 31 when mercury touched 43.8 degrees Celsius. The Capital has been witnessing a heat wave for the last four days. It had recorded 43.7 degrees Celsius yesterday. The Met office predicted that the heat wave conditions would continue for some days.

To make things worse, electricity played hide and seek with the consumers in almost all parts of the Capital. Irate residents complained about prolonged power cuts and breakdowns because of excessive demand. Some of the areas, particularly in East district, went without electricity for hours together.

The companies responsible for providing power to the Capital said that they were doing their best to rectify faults and to provide adequate supply to various areas.



BJP raises the roof over MCD ‘graft’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 2
The BJP and other opposition members in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi today created a furore in the House in protest against the rejection of short notices moved by Leader of Opposition in the Standing Committee Vijender Gupta to discuss the rampant corruption in the corporation, inefficiency of officials and nepotism in appointments. It was also mentioned in the notice that issues were being politicised by the ruling party in the corporation.

The furore lasted 15 minutes and forced the newly appointed Mayor, Ashok Kumar Jain, who was presiding over the meeting, to adjourn it. The agitated opposition members raised slogans against the ruling party and crowded the central part of the hall in a bid to stop the meeting.

The issues were raised by Mr Subhash Arya, a BJP corporator, after Ms Preeti, a Congress Councillor from Vivek Vihar, criticised the functioning of the Municipal Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, complaining that the municipal officials misbehaved with women councillors.

She said that she had lodged a complaint against one of the officials who had been threatening women councillors . She said that they would fight together against such officials.

Taking advantage of the situation, Mr Subhash Arya raised the corruption issue and alleged that the short notice was rejected by the Mayor as the Congress was incapable to control it. All the BJP members and other corporators in the Opposition benches created a furore and came to the well of the House. They raised slogans against the Congress and the Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, forcing the Mayor to adjourn the meeting.

While the Municipal Commissioner was giving details of the incidents occurring in the MCD areas and its departments, Mr Vijender Gupta snatched the paper read by the Commissioner. The BJP was on a dharna in front of Town Hall in protest against the rampant corruption in the corporation.


Cricketers break new ground in such camps
A. Gulati

Rohtak, June 2
Former Indian wicket-keeper Vijay Yadav has said that the off-season coaching camps provide a turf for purposeful practice to the cricketers during the months preceding the start of the new session. Yadav was talking to the ‘NCR Tribune’ here at Rohtak Cricket Academy—the venue of an off-season camp organised by the Haryana Cricket Association (HCA). He came here after being invited by the HCA to impart tips to the Haryana cricketers attending the camp..

Yadav has the credit of playing 19 one-day internationals, one test match and making appearance in over 60 Ranji Trophy matches to score nearly 3,000 runs and claim about 200 victims behind the stumps for Haryana during 1987 to 1999 besides playing Irani Cup and Duleep Trophy matches.

The former stumper who remained cut off from cricket activities of the HCA for a couple of years said that the concept of such off-season camps is very useful for the cricketers as it provides them with an opportunity to remove flaws from their technique and work out their problems under the supervision of their respective coaches and experts besides keeping them physically fit when they are away from the competitive cricket.

He described the bunch of Haryana cricketers attending the camp as ‘young and dynamic’.

He said, “Though the Haryana team was passing through the phase of reconstruction, yet the boys are capable of doing wonders.

Moreover, they have been maintaining the highest fitness level which is of utmost importance in modern day cricket.”

Commenting upon the overall scenario of the game in Haryana, Vijay Yadav said that a lot of talent is coming from the junior level.

He appreciated the Haryana under-19 side for emerging national champions this season. Yadav expected that the youngsters would form a good combination with the seniors in Ranji Trophy next season.

Giving his assessment on the prevailing situation of the wicket-keepers in the country, the former glovesman said that it has undergone a sea-change in the recent past. “The vision of the selectors has widened. Earlier, one had to perform at the domestic level to get a place in the national squad. Now we have the example of Parthiv Patel who gained entry at an international level without playing first-class cricket.”

Talking about the non-inclusion of wicket-keeper Ajay Ratra in the Indian team despite good performance, Yadav said that the pressure of the World Cup on the Indian team was one of the factors which kept Ratra out as selectors were willing to do experiments without taking risk.


Verma asks people to respect all religions
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 2
The Union Labour Minister, Mr Sahab Singh Verma, has advised the people to respect all religions as it was the only way to serve humanity. Religion, he said, teaches the people about brotherhood, tolerance and sympathy towards every human being.

Laying the foundation stone of a temple named after Baba Jot Ram at Chauhan Joshi village, 13 km from here last evening, the minister said that the construction of a temple made the land sacred and it was an age-old belief that whosoever went to the temple got not only peace of mind but got rid of all types of hardships.

He said that India was a secular country and it had set an example before the world that such an experiment could succeed in such a vast country where the people of different religions live and speak different languages. He cautioned the people against the so-called holy men who, he said, had made it a practice to be-fool the people by putting on holy garbs. The minister also criticised Pakistan for creating hatred in the country against Hindus and also encouraging cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir which, he said, was a part of India and would remain with our country. He asked the people to remain united and accept the challenge posed by Pakistan and the militants.

Paying tributes to Baba Jot Ram, Mr Verma reminded the people of miracles and selfless services done by the baba who, he said, had worked for the welfare of humanity and removal of their sufferings throughout his life.


Four desperadoes fall in police net
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 2
Four inter-state desperadoes involved in more than 30 cases of murder, dacoity, robbery, attempt to murder in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh were arrested by the South district police while they assembled to commit a crime in Aurbindo Marg.

The accused Amrish Rana, alias Gullu (28), resident of Punjab, Rejesh, alias Guddu (30), Prem Singh, alias Babloo (23), both residents of Haryana, and Nazim (21), resident of Uttam Nagar, were arrested and one countrymade weapon, two knives and seven cartridges were seized from their possession. One of the accused, Amrish, has been involved in a triple murder case in 1999 in Himachal Pradesh. He had also killed his associate Ashok Negi in Una sub jail for not following up his case properly. He dumped his body in a box in the meeting room and with the help of the jail authorities disposed of the body. The jail authorities were later arrested for the offence.

He later escaped from the jail and robbed Rs 6 lakh and an Indica car from two employees of the Hutch company in Ambala district. He also planned to kill the Superintendent of Police, Una.

Proclaimed offender arrested

The North-West district police have arrested a proclaimed offender involved in a case of murder and two cases of attempt to murder in Sonepat district. One countrymade pistol and one live cartridge were seized from his possession.

The accused, Jagbir Singh, alias Seth (28), resident of Sonepat, was arrested from the DDA park near Apeejay School in Saraswati Vihar.

Family Day celebrated

The inmates of Aaradhna, a senior citizens’ home at Bhagwan Dass Lane, run by the New Delhi Municipal Council, celebrated Family Day last evening. Senior citizens enjoyed a musical evening along with their kin. Eminent Hindustani vocalist Malashree Prasad along with Sapna Chatterjee enthralled the audience with their mystic performance. They started their concert with Ganesh stuti followed by bhajans and ghazals. Mrs Tajdar Babar, MLA and Member, NDMC, was the chief guest on this occasion.


‘Teachings of Guru Gobind Singh are relevant to all people’
Nalini Ranjan

FOR 37-year-old good Samaritan and resident of Nangloi Mr Charanjeet Singh, every religion is only an extension of humanism. This holds good in the case of Sikhism too. He is the founder chairman of a unique social service organisation, Gurdwara Hari Singh Nalwa Sikh Sabha Sewa Committee. US-based Mr Harbhajan Singh Yogi is the chief patron of this organisation, which has been active for the last few years. It has been due to the efforts of this organisation that a large number of Americans have converted to Sikhism.

Under the aegis of this organisation, Mr Charanjeet Singh is trying to revive and rejuvenate the teachings of Guru Gobind Singh.

Apart from this, he is the senior vice-president of the Vishwa Sikh Front and founder president of the Jan Jagriti Residents Welfare Association of his area. Under the banner of this, he has taken several initiatives to restore civic amenities in his area.

He is also a great admirer of ‘Ramayana’, and draws inspiration from it. During his school days in Lucknow, he played the role of Sita for many years for the local Ramlila group. He is also a good lyricist and his two songs have been accepted by veteran music director Anand Raj Anand. Jaspinder Paras of ‘India Da Munda’ fame has also shown keen interest in some of his Punjabi lyrics. In a conversation with the NCR Tribune, he talked about various topics related to him and his organisations.

What does the Gurdwara Hari Singh Nalwa Sikh Sabha Sewa Committee do for the benefit of the society?

Like its name, it is not just an ordinary Sikh organisation. It is not merely confined to a particular community. It is not bound to any cast, creed or community. We have members from different religions. We are also promoting the teachings of Guru Gobind Singh. This exercise is only a part of our manifold agenda.

The teachings of Guru Gobind Singh are very relevant in today’s scenario.

Unfortunately, we have forgotten them. So we are trying to revive the significant teachings, which are valuable not only to the followers of Sikhism but also to the mankind. For example, the Guru had introduced a unique art-form, ‘Gataka’, meant for self-defence. No doubt, it is useful for the people of any religion. Under the banner of our organisation, we are running many centres in NCR where training in this type of art-form is being imparted free.
We are also imparting
formal and non-formal education to the poor children and aged people through these centres. We charge nothing from them.

How did you get started in these social activities?

I originally hail from Dehra Dun district. My father, Mohan Singh, was born at Nankana Sahib, the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev. He was so influenced by the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev that the local people used to refer to him with great reverence. My father had always been a role model for me and I have learned so many things from him.

He always used to say that do believe in God but not in religion. And I always tried to follow the same.

It is my personal option that humanism is above all religions. All religions are only the extension of it. Because of this, I believe in all religions and participate in all religious conclaves. Some people have influenced me a lot.

To name a few, the elder son of former Prime Minister late Lal Bahadur Shastri, late Hari Krishna Shastri (he was the chairman of Kribhco), founder president of Anti-Terrorist Front M. S. Bitta and head of the Namdharis Satguru Jagjeet Singh.

After completing my graduation from Guru Nanak College in Dehra Dun, I came to Delhi. I have been very close to all these people and learned the basic lessons of social service from them.

You have done a lot of social and community work in your area and the performance of your Resident Welfare Association that you head has received accolades on many occasions at the meetings of local bodies. Could you recount some of them?

About I 5,000 Sikh families are residing at Chandra Vihar, Nilauthi in the Nangloi area of outer Delhi right now. Almost 10 years back when we came to live here, there were no civic amenities.

People of the locality used to fight for basic amenities like electricity and drinking water. They had to travel miles to get an electricity connection and to fetch drinking water. There was no hospital, school, public park or even a post office. The main reason behind this was that the local villagers were apathetic to the development of the newly settled colonies. They used to believe in the proverb ‘might is right’. Since they were the local people, nobody from the colonies was willing to go against their wishes. But we dared to set up the Jan Jagriti Residents Welfare Association and started fighting for our rights.

The initial phase of this initiative was very turbulent. Residents of these colonies would hardly accept the membership of this association, as they were attacked by the local people on many occasions.

Due to the efforts of our organisation, the residents of these colonies are now not deprived of basic civic amenities, which were a distant dream for them earlier.

Till sometime back, there had been no concrete road for these colonies. Through our efforts, a two-mile road, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, has recently been constructed. A small post office has also started functioning.

Apart from your area, what developmental works have you carried out so far in other parts of the city?

Three years back, there was an order from the MCD to dismantle the site for the parking of trucks near Majnu Ka Tila. Most of the truck drivers were from the Sikh community. Under the aegis of our organisation, we fought for their rights and ultimately they got an extension.

Finally, the site was relocated near Bawana. There was a garbage dump near Raghubir Nagar-based Guru Gobind Singh Government Hospital. It was encroached upon by local slum dwellers. It was through our efforts that it was cleaned up.

What activities are the Vishwa Sikh Front pursuing?

Our organisation is engaged in the welfare and betterment of ordinary Sikh persons. We have no hesitation in saying that most of the other organisations have nothing to do with these things.

They are only playing politics. Sometime back, hundreds of Sikh families converted to Christianity due to abject poverty in Punjab. Hundreds of Sikh widows had been waiting for the pension of their husbands for years. Why have these so-called organisations not come to their rescue?

They are so clever that they induct only those people in their organisations who would not put any hindrance to their vested interests.

During the Punjabi Suba movement in the early 1950s, activists of the movement were mowed down by the police at the Lal Quila Maidan. Many people died and many others wounded in that incident.

What is your ultimate goal and how do your family members support you in these endeavours?

I am toying with the idea of starting a unique religious centre where the people of every religion could assemble under one roof and pray with honest hearts.

My wife Satwinder Kaur always stands by me in all my aspirations and frustrations. My two children take keen interest in my work.


Waiting for the rain: Why does the Met Department fail us?
Dr K. K. Paul

FROM time immemorial, monsoons are known to have played a pivotal role in the economic, social and cultural life of the country. A good monsoon has been considered synonymous with prosperity while a thick dark cumulus, rising above the horizon, is seen as a harbinger of joy by the farmers and as an inspiration at symbolism and romanticism by poets and litterateurs. The very first rain of the season usually brings instant relief and cheer, but the days preceding can be agonisingly hot.

The rise of mercury in June can be said to be directly proportional to the anxiety on the onset and intensity of monsoon. Having left the traditional Hindu rate of growth way behind, our economy is currently more robust than ever and, besides, has ample reserves of foreign exchange. Yet, planners in financial, agricultural and food departments continue to be scared of the rain gods and would do anything to propitiate them, for ensuring a good monsoon.

The truth of the matter is that despite spectacular developments in various fields, our economy continues to be dependent, by and large, on a good monsoon. This is primarily because we have been unable to fully harness our water resources. While a very large area remains un-irrigated, both river water as well as rainwater get wasted and suffer mismanagement. The net result is that speculations about a bountiful or a scanty monsoon often lead to wild fluctuations in the prices of essential commodities, creating an instant impact on our economy.

In scientific terms, strong seasonal pressure variations over continents are known as monsoon. Besides the monsoon of the Indian subcontinent, the Malaysian-Australian monsoon and the west African monsoon have a significant impact on macro as well as micro level climates. Monsoonal tendencies have been also observed in Europe and North as well as Central America (Mexico and West Indies).

Analyses of scientific data, satellite imagery and multiple parameters by even super computers fail to make accurate predictions about the weather in general and rains in particular. The core of the problem is the distinction between weather and climate. Weather is that we generally get, while climate is what we expect. Climate can also be said to be expected weather. On account of a very large number of variables, monsoons are known to be a very complex metereological system about which forecasting models have still not been perfected.

Even for the current season, our Met department has announced a change of the forecasting model, which would, of course get tested over the next few months. Some of the variables include properties of the ocean atmosphere system, solar activity, current levels of green house gases, besides the usual wind speeds, moisture content and temperature etc.

Till recently, Synoptic weather forecasting models, involving collection of basic data on variables and other parameters, continued to be the main stay of all predictions, but now these have been replaced by Mesoscale models and Numerical models. Though the numerical model was initially developed by Richardson in the US during the first World War, it has been modified and upgraded from time to time. With better technologies available for the collection of data and its analysis, it continues to remain a very useful tool.

The failure of monsoons, drought conditions and unpredictable fluctuations in weather conditions have been often attributed to the El Nino phenomenon. It has been observed that temperatures on the eastern equatorial Pacific sometimes tend to increase, leading to a substantial impact on the atmosphere, the rainfall and surface temperatures all along the western coast of South America.

A similar impact on the western fringes of the Pacific is observed along East of Australia, where the normally warm Pacific water is replaced by an up-welling of cold water, which results in a decline in rainfall in the western Pacific areas. Changes in atmospheric pressure occur off the shores of Australia as well as the western coast of South America, resulting in drought conditions in Australia, but flood-producing torrential rains and heat in South America.

This phenomenon is popularly known as ENSO or EI Nino/Southern Oscillation. Though originating from the either fringe of the Pacific, ENSO as a disruptive force has a global impact and effects the climate from Australia to the US and even in Europe. These coupled with man-made factors like Ozone depletion make the task of the Met Department only more difficult.

Remembering Anil Biswas

 Anil Biswas A rather cold response from Bollywood to the passing away of a legend compels one to share the nostalgia. West Bengal has given us some of our greatest music maestros. The first generation was led by Anil Biswas, Pankaj Mallick and R. C. Boral. They were followed by S. D. Burman, Salil Choudhary and Hemant Kumar. Some have called Anil da the grand old man of Hindi film music, others have called him the Bhisham Pitamah.

Anil Biswas was truly a visionary, who, as early as in 1934 when the film industry was still fledgling, saw the importance of variations in the classical ragas, folk tunes and their adaptation to popular film music. Those days, tabla, harmonium, flute and some other percussion were the only instruments available. It was the foresight and experimentation of Anil Biswas, which brought about the ‘orchestrisation’ of film music and placed playback singing on a firm footing.

Anil Biswas was a pioneer in composing, with music directors R. C. Boral, Ghulam Haider and Khem Chand Prakash as contemporaries. S. D. Burman, Naushad, C. Ram Chandra and Ghulam Mohammed were from the second generation and came later.

It would be of interest to the readers that music for Dilip Kumar’s debut film, Jwar Bhata, was composed by Anil Biswas. He is also credited with giving Mukesh a break in Pehali Nazar and Talat Mehmood in Arzoo. Suraiya’s duet with Talat, composed by Anil Biswas in Waris (1954), `Rahi Matwale’ based on Rabindra Sangeet came in for some controversy when Vishwa Bharti wanted its rights, but the song remains a great hit even today. One of his last compositions was for `Char Dil Char Rahen’ in 1960.

(Dr K. K. Paul is Special Commissioner, Administration, Delhi Police)


Govt hospitals on crutches, private ones up and running
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 2
While government hospitals, in spite of their huge infrastructure, are unable to provide state-of-the-art facilities to patients, private hospitals and clinics are luring the people with the latest facilities. The only problem is that one has to shell out hefty fees for these services, which would have been affordable were they available at a government hospital.

There is no dearth of patients thronging the government hospitals including the civil hospital, ESI hospitals and primary (community) health centres daily. However, they are forced to seek the services of private hospitals and diagnostic centres, which are flourishing here. There are many super-speciality fields of medicines, which are either not available or are in a poor state, in the civil hospitals. These include cardiology and neurosurgery for which patients have to depend on the private sector.

Several private super speciality hospitals and clinics have emerged here with the growth of population and demand over the years. As the competition is increasing, some of them have even hired PR agencies. These hospitals keep circulating pamphlets and advertisement material stating about the facilities available and at what cost. Some of the private hospitals and their doctors have developed good relations with the media to ensure that various activities in their hospitals get good publicity.

The state of affairs of the health services provided by the state government could be gauged from the fact that even a common person tends to avail the services of a private hospital rather than go to a civil hospital.

“In a majority of cases, the government hospitals have become just referral centres,” says Shailender, a resident of Sector 16-A here. He said although crores of rupees have been spent on upgrading facilities to treat burn cases in the civil hospital here, a majority of such patients are being referred to Delhi. He alleged that the apathetic attitude of the doctors and staff is responsible for the well-off patients to avoid the civil hospitals. This has led to a surge in the private hospitals, which provide services at a high cost.

He claims that the poor and common people have, however, been left in the lurch as they have to depend on government hospitals. If one is seriously ill, then it is really taking a chance.

He says that there have been many cases of negligence and apathy that have surfaced at the civil hospital, which include the recent incident in which a poor woman had to deliver her baby in the bathroom of the hospital.

It is reported that while there is a severe shortage of staff including doctors, nurses and paramedics in a majority of the civil hospitals, the diagnostic and testing facilities are also not up to the mark. The facilities like CT scan and MRI are not available in any of the civil hospitals in the region. Moreover, the X-ray and ultrasound facilities are not always available for the patients who have to then turn to private centres.

According to reports, B K Civil Hospital here has been facing 30-40 per cent shortage of doctors and staff. Petitions sent to the authorities concerned in this regard have failed to have any effect. Moreover, it is a common complaint that many of the medicines and facilities that ought to have been provided to a patient here are often missing. The district, which reports dozens of accidents, some of them very serious, in a month has no trauma centre. Though the demand has been raised on many a times, there is no move to set up any such centre in the near future.


Bandh call against VAT falls flat
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 2
The bandh call given by the Haryana VAT Sangharsh Samiti to protest against the implementation of VAT in the state did not evoke any response here today. Ignoring the call, traders and businessmen opened their shops and establishments as usual. The Haryana VAT Sangharsh Samiti is reportedly headed by Mr Sanjay Sethi, a Gurgaon-based property dealer and an organising secretary of the Haryana Beopar Mandal, which is led by Mr Bajrang Dass Garg. But, Mr Bajrang Dass in a statement issued at Hisar today disassociated himself from the bandh. He told newsmen at Hisar that Mr Sethi had no connection with the Beopar Mandal headed by him.

Faridabad: The bandh call had a very lukewarm response on the commercial and trade activities in the town here. According to reports, a majority of the shops and commercial establishments were open and functioned as usual in nearly all leading markets. It is reported that the shops and offices of trade organisations in the sectors and the NIT were open and nobody even talked of any bandh today, said a shopkeeper of NH-5 here. 


DSGMC outlines protest week agenda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 2
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee today advocated the move to get Punjabi the status of second language in Delhi.

In a joint statement issued here, DSGMC President Paramjit Singh Sarna and Punjabi Development Committee Chairman Bir Inder Singh, in a joint statement, said a series of meetings would be conducted during the protest week. Several associations of Punjabi writers, teachers and language development associations would also conduct separate meetings during the protest week. “Despite a large Punjabi speaking population being present in Delhi, the language has not been accorded the its due status”, they said.

The DSGMC President also informed that he had met Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani, Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and several other leaders so that the Bill relating to according Punjabi a second language status be passed soon.

He also said that on the third day of the July monsoon session of Parliament they would hold a demonstration.


Case registered against clinic
Our Correspondents

Jhajjar, June 2
The Beri police registered a case for causing death due to carelessness and laxity in attending a patient against a clinic here on the complaint of Surender, a resident of nearby Dubaldhan village, yesterday. According to information, Surender came to Kaushik Clinic for the delivery of his pregnant wife. However, his wife died on the way to Rohtak due to excessive bleeding when the clinic doctor, Ajay Kaushik, referred her to Rohtak at a critical time and also did not administer drip (glucose) on way to a hospital. However, the Beri police registered a case against the clinic under Section 304-A on the directive of the SSP and started investigations.

Four hurt in road mishap

Four persons were injured in a road accident involving a bus and a Santro car near Jahajgarh village on the Jhajjar-Dadri road here on Saturday.

According to information, the owners of the Santro car were going to Faridabad when their vehicle clashed with a Haryana Roadways bus coming from the opposite direction. The four occupants of the car were injured and admitted to the Civil Hospital here.

One killed in road mishap

One person was killed when his motorcycle collided with a truck near Rohad village on National Highway No 10 here last night. According to information, Krishan, residence of Dayanand Nagar in Bahadurgarh, was returning from Rohtak on his motorcycle, when a truck coming from opposite direction rammed the motorcycle. While Krishan died on the spot, his minor son, who was riding pillion, escaped narrowly. The deceased was employed with CISF. A case was registered against the truck driver, who fled with the vehicle after the incident.

Two women among three injured in clash

Sonepat: Three persons, including two women, were injured in a clash between two rival groups at Nangal Khurd village, about 15 km from here, last night. According to a report, the injured persons were identified as Ms Bhanmati, her daughter Saroj Devi and Mohan. The injured persons were immediately hospitalised and are stated to be out of danger. The police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

Temple stone laid

Mr Suraj Mal Antil, Chairman of HAFED and INLD MLA, laid the foundation stone of a temple at Liwaspur village, about 13 km from here, on Sunday evening. According to a report, Mr Sujan Singh Yadav, SDM, and Mr Rameshewar Singh, Sarpanch of the village, were among those who were present on this occasion.

Maharana Pratap Jayanti

A state-level function in connection with the 464th Jayanti of Maharana Pratap, a famous Hindu King, will be held here on Tuesday.

According to a report, Mr Dheerpal Singh, Mr Subhash Goel, both Haryana ministers, and Mr Rattan Singh Kateria, MP, will address the function.



Four persons held for circulating fake currency
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 2
The Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested four persons allegedly involved in the circulation of fake currency and seized counterfeit notes worth Rs 25,000 from their possession.

Mehraj, Fahimuddin Malik and Nafees along with another person were arrested in the Nand Nagri area of North East Delhi last night, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-East) Praveer Ranjan, said.

The fake currency was in the denomination of Rs 50 and Rs 100. Preliminary investigations revealed such notes were brought from Shahjehanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Further investigations were on to ascertain whether there was an international link, the DCP said.

Minor fire in RBI building

Two computers were destroyed in a fire that broke out on the first floor in the Reserve Bank of India building here today. The fire was brought under control immediately.

Two computers on the first floor of the building had caught fire at around 7.10 am. Five fire-fighters were rushed which took a few minutes to control it. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, a spokesman of the Delhi Fire Service said. In another incident, a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) pipeline in the Khan Market area caught fire today. Fire Service sources said that the fire, which broke out at around 11.40 am in a cloth shop, spread to a CNG pipeline adjacent to it.

Ten fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the blaze was brought under control by 12.30 pm, they said. However, nobody was injured in the blaze which gutted the cloth shop.



HC extends DLF official’s interim bail
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 2
The Delhi High Court today extended by a week the interim bail of DLF construction company’s official Ravinder Taneja in the DDA scam case and fixed hearing on the petition by another accused on June 13.

While issuing notices to the CBI on Taneja’s application seeking extension of his interim bail and the petition filed by private school owner Amrit Lal Kapoor for bail, Mr Justice B. A. Khan directed the agency to submit its replies by June 13.

Taneja, whose bail is to expire on June 4, pleaded for its extension on the ground that almost all accused in the case had been out of jail. He was initially granted interim bail by the Special Court here on May 17 taking into consideration his father’s ill health. It was subsequently extended till June 4. The CBI had arrested Taneja on the charge that he knew about the payment of bribes by the DLF to DDA officials and in fact was present when company’s representative Ajay Khanna had allegedly handed Rs 50 lakh over to the authority’s sacked bosses.

Kapoor, who owns a school in North Delhi and is accused by the agency of paying bribe to former DDA vice-chairman Subhash Sharma for extending the lease of a four-acre plot allotted to him, sought the bail on the ground that the other accused in the scam had been granted relief by the court. While accepting the notices, CBI counsel A. K. Dutt told the court that the agency would oppose the bail petitions.



Water woes: Threat to go to court
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, June 2
District Upbhokta Kalyan Sangh of Bhiwani has taken a serious note on the supply of contaminated water through the water tanks, which have not been cleaned for the last 8 years.

In a letter, written to the Superintending Engineer of the Public Health Department, the president of the Sangh, Mr Deen Dayal Soni, mentioned that the water stored in all nine tanks of local water works was stinking due to 8-8 feet silt consolidated on their beds. He said that without caring about the hygienic state of people, the department was supplying foul drinking water in the town. He said that the sewerage system of the town had completely collapsed resulting in water and sullage hold up in streets, mohallas, shops and houses for several days.


Men hired by finance company thrash old couple
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 2
Two miscreants allegedly hired by an unauthorised finance company beat up an old man and his wife at the Babra mohalla locality here last evening as the two sons of the couple had failed to return the loan amount given by the company within the specified period and left the town.

The old couple felt insulted and appealed to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, to take strict action in this regard. Mr Yadav immediately directed DSP M. I. Khan to trace the culprits and punish them.

According to information, Naresh and Mukesh, sons of Mr Natthu Ram Gupta (66), had taken a loan from a finance company. They failed to return the amount and left the town without informing anybody on May 26.The finance company officials contacted the parents of the youths and demanded the amount with interest. The old parents of the loan recipients said they were unaware of the whereabouts of their sons and could pay only half of the loan amount due to their poor financial condition.

However, this could not satisfy the finance company officials who allegedly sent two miscreants to the house of Mr Natthu Ram Gupta to terrorise him. The duo manhandled the couple and tried to lock their house by pushing them outside. The neighbours intervened and tried to resolve the issue. Later, the humiliated old man appeared in the office of the Deputy Commissioner and sought justice. He also apprehended that both of his sons had been kept hostages by the finance company officials.


Pornographic CDs, cassettes seized

Sonepat, June 2
The Murthal police have reportedly seized a dozen CDs and videocassettes of pornographic film from a gift house near Murthal yesterday. After registering a case under Section 292 of the Indian Copy Right Act in Murthal police station, the police arrested Anil Kumar and Devi Rai.

According to information, Ashok Chhabra, resident of Sonepat, had gone to Murthal for dinner at Hari Dhaba on Saturday. Meanwhile, he noticed that two persons were inquiring about the videocassettes in a suspicious way. Later, Mr Chhabra also inquired about the CDs and videocassettes and when he found illegal sales of these blue films from the two gift houses in the hotel, he informed the Murthal police. After receiving written complaint, the police raided the gift shops and seized the CDs and videocassettes. OC


Eye hospital employee murdered on premises

Rewari, June 2
The body of Brijesh (25), an employee of Venu Eye Hospital, Shahadat Nagar, Kosli, about 40 km from here, was recovered by the police from the roof of the hospital this morning.

The police have registered a case of murder and rounded up Vivek, another employee of the hospital, and Ashok Kumar, an optician, in this connection, while their third accomplice, Digamber, another employee of the hospital, is stated to be absconding.

The deceased Brijesh, son of Om Prakash, resident of Mukundpur (UP), Digamber, son of Jawahar, resident of Aligarh, and Vivek, son of Ram Avtar, resident of Badayun (UP) are employees of the hospital while Ashok, son of Mahendra, resident of Beri village in Rohtak district, runs an optician’s shop in the vicinity of the hospital.

It is stated that all four of them last night consumed liquor on the roof of the hospital during which a row erupted following which Brijesh was given lathi blows as a result of which he died on the spot. OC


Girl found hanging from tree
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 2
The body of a young girl found hanging from a tree in Kassuri police station area has created panic in the area.

The girl has apparently been killed by hanging from a tree. For the area police, however, it is a case of suicide.

In Kallu Garhi jungle, the body of a young girl was found hanging from a eucalyptus tree. Though a crowd had collected near the tree, the girl who has been hanged from a noose in the neck, could not be identified.

Anil Kumar, SP (rural) said, “On first sight, it appears to be a suicide as it was only a few feet above ground level. Though police have questioned a large number of people, the deceased could not be identified yet.”


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