Monday, June 9, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Residents of Dabua or denizens of no-man’s land?
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 8
Over 1.5 lakh residents of Dabua colony, which falls in the Air Force Station area, are virtually denizens of a no-man’s land.

Owing to a ban on development activity within 900 metres of the station premises, the work on civic amenities in the area is at a standstill. Roads, sewers and water pipes in the area are crying for repairs for several months now.

The district authorities and the municipal corporation officials held a meeting with the Air Force officials here on Friday to discuss the issue.

It was announced that the local authorities would write to the General Officer Commanding of the Air Force to allow them to carry out various development works in the colony, which fall within the 900-metre radius, as these types of work do not violate the rules of the Air Force and endanger its security.

The authorities said that a positive response was expected soon and the residents’ grievances would be redressed.

The residents here have been living in constant fear. At one time, rumours spread that all houses located within the 900-metre radius of the Air Force station might be demolished. While many families had shifted to other areas in the last two years as fears of demolition mounted, a majority of the residents decided to stay put, after the district authorities gave them some assurances.

No one has ready answers why a full-fledged residential area was allowed to come up in the vicinity of the Air Force Station? It is speculated that the local politicians and the land mafia had an axe to grind, as people who purchased plots in Dabua were not told of strict conditionalities laid down by the Air Force.

Today, the situation is so grim that demolitions in Dabua colony would render thousands homeless. Incidentally, Deputy Mayor Shiv Charan Lal Sharma has taken the line that the colony was older than the Air Force Station and imposing a ban on civic development was unjustified. The Air Force authorities had videographed the area last year and warned that any new construction would be demolished.

With the district officials announcing their resolve to take up the issue with the higher authorities, the residents are hoping against hope that the development activities would start soon.


Chemists threaten to take to streets
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 8
The Haryana Chemists’ Association has decided to meet the Drug Controller at Panchkula on June 9 to thrash out the row over the Commissioner and Secretary Raj Kumar’s verbal orders to chemists to stop overcharging consumers for generic drugs.

Talking to the NCR Tribune today, the co-chairman of the association, Mr Ramesh Khurana, said: “First, we will try to resolve the issue at our meeting with the Drug Controller on June 9. If no amicable solution is found, all 7,000 chemists of the state will close their shops and take to the road in protest against the dictatorial attitude of the authorities.”

He alleged that some of the officers had been categorising those medicines that were being manufactured in the state and recognised by the Drug Controller as sub-standard, though these had already been cleared in the sample testing. “It appears that some senior officers are in league with the multinational companies and want to destroy the small scale medicine industry in the state,” he added.

The chemists and the state Health Department have been at loggerheads over the fluctuating prices and the standard of medicines being sold in the market.

In a letter issued by the Drug Controller, it is pointed out that some of the retail chemists and druggists have allegedly been charging higher rates than the prescribed prices on the medicine packs. Keeping this in mind, the controller has also sought information whether the medicines being supplied by the companies were included in the Price Control Order of 1995 or not.

At a meeting in Panipat last Sunday, the Commissioner and Secretary, Mr Raj Kumar, told the chemists that generic medicines were being sold at exorbitant prices to the patients and made it clear to them that such practices would not be tolerated.

It is pointed out that medicines sold under brand names and of generic nature are being consumed on a large scale. After the implementation of value added tax (VAT), the prices of branded medicines have reportedly increased considerably.

However, the generic medicines are sold on the basis of the formulation and are generally cheaper than the branded medicines. Moreover, the manufacturing units of generic medicines print exorbitant prices, 10 to 20 times higher than the actual cost of production, on the packets and the same is charged from the patients, it is alleged.


Panipat textile industry cries for amenities, govt looks the other way
Tribune News Service

Panipat, June 8
The world-famous textile industry here, a major money-spinner for the Central and state governments, is despondent these days. The industry, which earned foreign exchange worth Rs 1,400 crore last year, is crying for attention with the Haryana Government looking the other way.

The recent dose of Central excise duty, poor infrastructure facilities, lop-sided government policies, continuous recession and spiralling crime graph are a few things the industry could do without. The recent spurt in daylight crimes in the area is giving the jitters to the industrial community.

And despite the heavy taxes being coughed up by the industry, basic amenities continue to elude it. “The exporters prefer to meet their foreign clients at Delhi hotels as they may lose business if the visitors see Panipat’s unsanitary conditions and bad roads,” rued a top exporter.

Referring to the lopsided policies of the government, he said that the developmental charge on the land purchased by industrialists outside the specified area was exorbitant, placing impediments in the expansion of the industry.

Notwithstanding the claims to the contrary, the power scenario continues to be dismal. It is said that if you want to set up a unit here, first install a generator set as you never know when the power department leaves you “powerless”. The problem is more acute in the areas fed by the rural feeders.

A visit to the Old Industrial Area, the Industrial Area in Sectors 25 and 29, Sanoli Road and Gohana Road can be nightmarish. In several areas, there are no roads worth the name. In the Old Industrial Area, the entrepreneurs constructed a road on their own at a cost of over Rs 2 lakh about a year back.

The problems are compounded during the monsoon in the absence of an effective drainage. This, apart from the unsanitary conditions, earns a bad name for the town, which has created a niche for itself in the international market for high-quality textile products.

The bureaucracy fails to see reason, says Mr Yash Pal Malik, president of the Panipat Dyers Association. The association is locked in a tug-of-war with the administration over the shifting of over 500 dyeing units to Sector 29 Industrial Area. Considering that the association was ready to install effluent treatment plants and have separate sewer lines for the polluted water, why was the administration adamant on shifting the units, he asked.

The handloom capital seems to have escaped the attention of the Central government, rue entrepreneurs. They have mooted a central agency for the development of the city under the NCR plan as they have lost hope in the district administration and the municipal council.


Decision on tax cut after set-top boxes arrive: CM
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 8
The Government of NCT of Delhi has not ruled out giving sales tax relief on set-top boxes for pay channel viewing under the controversial Conditional Access System (CAS), even as it views the move as “harsh” on consumers.

However, before taking a decision, the government would wait for the arrival of these boxes, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said, when she was asked about the statement by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad that the Government of NCT of Delhi should reduce sales tax if it did not want the consumers to be burdened.

Mrs Dikshit asserted that she was not opposed to modernisation and introduction of latest technology but suspected a “conspiracy” behind the move. “Technology should not be thrust on people. People should not be forced to adopt latest technology,” she said and questioned the July 14 deadline given by the Union Government to introduce the CAS in metropolises. Mrs Dikshit termed the move as “harsh” and advocated its review, as the step had “created apprehensions that consumers’ interests have not been protected”. “Unfortunately, in the name of widening subscribers’ choice, a new financial burden has been put on the hapless subscriber,” she said, adding: “An additional investment along with increase in the cost of pay channels is a harsh measure for an average viewer in this city”.

The Union Government has already reduced customs duty on the set-top boxes by around 45 per cent to bring down the prices of the gadgets, which are expected to be in the range of Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000.

The Chief Minister had written to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad last month urging the Union Government to review the decision to enforce CAS.


DSGMC education council under fire
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 8
Barely a day after the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) claimed that the improvement in board results of schools was an outcome of its endeavour to improve the standard of education, the Opposition leaders have raised questions against what they allege is a ‘’toothless’’ Education Council.

It is pointed out that the President of DSGMC, Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, had promised to usher in academic reforms in the committee-run institutions by setting up an autonomous Education Council.

However, according to the opposition, the council has failed to perform. In a letter to Mr Sarna, senior DSGMC opposition leader Manjit Singh regretted that the Education Council exercised, “no influence” over the chairpersons of the committee-controlled schools and colleges.

“This toothless and non academic Education Council needs a complete overhaul”, he said, adding that several academicians had pointed to him that the standard of the Sikh institutions was now worse than before.

Mr. Manjit Singh added: “Corruption is also on the rise and virtually there is no check on the menace.” It was pointed out that in his manifesto Mr Sarna had vowed to weed out corruption in the DSGMC, promising to create an anti-corruption watchdog called the Sikh Judicial Commission.

The decision, however, could not be implemented when a former judge, who was tipped to head the proposed anti-corruption watchdog, shot down the draft of the body, saying it violated provisions of the Delhi Gurdwara Act Mr. Manjit Singh pointed out: “We offer all assistance we can give in bringing about academic reforms and checking corruption in the DSGMC”.


Carrot and stick policy to tackle power theft
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, June 8
The government will honour power officials up to the rank of Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) if they detected cases of power thefts and succeeded in checking such cases in their areas. However, in case they fail to do so and a officer of a higher rank detects that power thefts are continuing unabated in their areas, the lower rank officer would be liable to punishment and strict departmental action.

This was announced by Maj-Gen (retd) Bhoop Singh Dahiya, president of the Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (HBVN), at a Bijli Sabha at Kharhar village here today. He said that such sabhas would be organised throughout the state for on-the-spot redressal of the power-related complaints of the people.

He listened to the grievances of people from Kharhar, Matan and Garhi villages today and directed the officials concerned to take up the complaints. The Chief Engineer, Mr R. K. Gupta, and Senior Engineer, Mr S. P. Gupta, were present on the occasion. Mr Dahiya said that there was a need for coordination between the officials and consumers for ensuring smooth supply of power. He urged the employees to behave politely with the consumers.


An astroturf in the Capital’s backyard
A. Gulati

Rohtak, June 8
Hockey players in the Capital’s backyard will soon be able to enjoy the game on synthetic turf. The process of laying an Astroturf at Gurgaon will be completed by July 15 this year. This was disclosed by Haryana’s Finance Minister, Prof. Sampat Singh. He was responding to questions from scribes at a press conference organised by the Rohtak unit of the Haryana Union of Journalists.

Prof. Singh said that the Chautala regime was making commendable efforts to popularise sports at all levels. Faridabad has already emerged as a big centre of sports and its sports complex is equipped with all facilities. Gurgaon and Panchkula will soon be on the sporting map, too, with top class stadia, capable of hosting international events.

Later, in an informal chat with the NCR Tribune, the minister conceded that a lot of work is yet to be done on the sporting front, especially in the direction of developing adequate infrastructure. A major achievement of the INLD Government in sports has been the revival of traditional games which were ignored earlier. Then, even the state championships were not conducted on time, lamented the minister. However, he claimed, that all tournaments in the state were now being conducted on time.

Discussing the financial aspect associated with sports, Prof. Sampat Singh said that they had been pressing private industries in the state to come forward with sponsorships in a big way. He cited the example of China, which has emerged as a big power in the world of sports after getting financial backing from the private sector.

Mr. Singh disclosed that he had personally asked the chairman of a nationalised bank to come forward and contribute to the cause of sports in Haryana; he had also taken up the matter with some big industrial houses in the state.

Further, the government had taken the initiative to get some games adopted by certain government departments and corporations in the state.


Official apathy, people’s indifference turning Sonepat into a civic hell-hole
Our correspondent

Sonepat, June 8
The historic city of Sonepat has turned into one of the ugliest city in the state due to the callous neglect and insensitivity of the civic authorities. Rampant corruption and petty politics has made the authorities insensitive towards the basic needs of the people.

Along with the ongoing water and electricity crisis, the people have been left alone to cope with diseases spreading due to the unhygienic conditions prevailing in different parts of the city.

The conditions have always been bad in the walled city. People do not remember the last time when the roads and lanes of the inner city were repaired.

The fact is that the safai workers of the Municipal Council are hardly ever seen. The formation of an elected body of councillors in the Municipal Council had generated hope that things might take a turn for the better. But sadly, most of the councillors have been busy with petty politics.

Most of the sewerage pipelines have stayed choked for years in this city.

The drains are left uncleaned for months and piles of garbage are left on the roads, covering the manholes in the process. The streets at most places have remained water logged in the absence of proper drainage facilities.

Those living in the slums are the worst affected. Heaps of garbage, roads full of potholes and the absence of drainage facilities have resulted in the outbreak of malaria and other water-borne diseases.

Traffic rules and regulations have been regularly ignored. In the absence of road dividers, some of the main roads have turned out to be “free for all”. Buses, three-wheelers, tempos, rehris and rickshaws can be seen plying on these roads.

Encroachments on government and municipal land and unauthorised constructions with the help of unscrupulous elements in the administration have become the order of the day.

Another menace is the stray cattle and pigs roaming around in every parts of the city, including in the mini-secretariat and tehsil building.

The condition of the roads have been “overlooked” by the PWD (B and R), the Municipal Council, the market committee and the HUDA. And when the roads are repaired, the quality is so poor that it lasts for only a few months at the most.

Moreover, the roads are frequently damaged due to the poor planning. Frequent digging of roads for laying of underground cables by different departments also damages the roads.

Sonepat has a population of over 1.50 lakh but has only 12 to 13 tubewells for supplying drinking water, which cover only 50 per cent of the population.

Streetlights on most of the roads are missing. Stagnant water and slush, which has piled in the vegetable market, has become a big health hazard serving as the nurseries for the mosquitos.

The areas earmarked for the development of parks have gradually become dumping grounds for the garbage due to the absence of maintenance.

The rapid increase in the number of dairies and transport companies in congested localities has added to the problem.

The growth of unauthorised colonies on the periphery of the city is seriously affecting the development of the city.

There are about 100 such unauthorised colonies within the civic limits, which are fast growing into slums.


Rural authority spends Rs 9.2 crore on development schemes
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 8
The District Rural Development Authority (DRDA) had spent about Rs 9.20 crore on the development works under various government sponsored schemes launched by the state and Union governments in Sonepat district during the year 2002-2003.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, told mediapersons here that these schemes include the Swaran Jayanti Gram Rozgaar Yojna, the Prime Minister’s

Gramin Yojna, Indira Aawas Yojna and discretionary funds of the members of Parliament.

The DRDA, he said, had spent Rs 73.64 lakh under the Swaran Jayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojna and its beneficiaries are the educated jobless youths and 50 Swaym Sahayata Smoohu consisting of 22 persons.

The Deputy Commissioner also disclosed that a sum of Rs 2.57 crore had been spent under the Swaran Jayanti Gramin

Rozgar Yojna and completed a large number of development works. Under this scheme, 269 lakh mandays were created and 2,332 quintals of wheat had been distributed during the first phase. During the second phase of this scheme, a sum of Rs 2.49 lakh had been spent and 2.77 lakh mandays were created. Moreover, 2,213 tonnes of wheat was distributed among the labourers for carrying out the works.

Referring to the Prime Minister’s gramin yojna, the DC disclosed that as many as 46 houses were constructed at a cost of Rs 9.46 lakh. Similarly, a sum of Rs 1.21 crore had been spent on the construction of 605 houses under the Indira Aawas Yojna in this district.

He also disclosed that a sum of Rs 2.09 crore had been spent on the completion of various development schemes relating to funds allotted to the members of Parliament during the year under review in this district.


‘Developed nations are biggest environment polluters’
Our Correspondent

Noida, June 8
The policies and priorities being pursued by the developed countries are squarely to blame for the degradation of the world environment. This was stated by Dr Yogindera Narayan, the former Defence Secretary, while speaking at a seminar held in Noida on the World Environment Day.

Environment, Dr Narayan said, was a big issue worldwide. He said the developed nations are the “biggest culprits” so far as pollution and degradation of the environment are concerned.

While developed nations like US, UK, Russia, Germany etc are themselves the main culprits, they keep pressurising developing nations to change their policies.

Mount Everest has become polluted because of the waste that has accumulated there over the years. Oil tankers of developed nations has on numerous occasions resulted in large-scale destruction of sea life. It is the duty of every Indian to safeguard and protect the environment and forest cover, rivers, lakes, ponds, wildlife, species and to maintain the environmental balance, he said.

All rivers, springs and lakes have been polluted by man himself, so that people have been compelled to use mineral water, Dr Narayan said.

Rivers like Ganga and Yamuna have been converted into drains where fish can’t survive due to excess of toxic waste that flows into them.


Bi-monthly bills for phone subscribers
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 8
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to issue bi-monthly bills instead of monthly bills to its subscribers. This information was provided by Mr R. C. Hooda, General Manager, BSNL, Sonepat district, to a deputation of the Citizens Alliance for Promotion of Responsive Governance (Sonepat Chapter), which called on him here.

Mr S. P. Sachdeva, president of the organisation, led a deputation consisting of atleast 40 subscribers from Sonepat city as well as from the rural areas.

Mr Sachdeva pleaded for the opening of a second counter in the main post office for facilitating easy and quick deposit of the telephone bills.

The General Manager appreciated the suggestion and asked the commercial officer to contact the postal authorities for opening another counter in the main post office to end the hardships being faced by the subscribers. Regarding the delay in issuing of telephone bills, the GM took serious note of the complaints and directed the officials of the BSNL to issue telephone bills to the subscribers on time.

Referring to the complaints about the faults in the telephone lines and accepting of illegal gratification for the removal of the faults, Mr Hooda directed all the SDOs and JTOs concerned to take immediate and effective steps for redressing the grievances of the subscribers in this regard.

He also warned the lower staff that action would be taken against them if they were found guilty of accepting bribe from the subscribers. Mr Sachdeva also aired the grievances of the subscribers about the refunds for the telephone faults that continued for more than 7 days.

He pleaded for not including the service charges in the telephone bills where the telephone faults were not rectified for more than seven days.


Rs 3.91 crore sanctioned for toilet facilities
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 8
The government has sanctioned Rs 3.91 crore for providing clean toilet facilities in the houses of the families living below the poverty line (BPL) in Sonepat district.

Disclosing this, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, told mediapersons here yesterday that 30 per cent each of this amount would be borne by the Centre and the state government and the remaining amount of 40 per cent by the beneficiary units.

The Union Government, he said, has provided Rs 169.62 lakh as its share to the scheme, called ‘Gramin Safai Pariyojna’. He also disclosed that there are 316 gram panchayats and 29,808 BPL units in Sonepat district which will be provided with clean toilets. He also claimed that the district administration had already completed the work for fresh survey of the BPL families in the district. Earlier, the DC distributed cheques amounting to Rs 7.15 lakh among 74 widows living below the poverty line (BPL) under a new scheme called ‘Rashtriya Labh Yojna’ at a function held in the Panchayat Bhawan here.

As many as 69 widows were given the cheques amounting to Rs 10,000 each, whereas five widows were given Rs 5,000 each.

Speaking on the occasion, the DC highlighted the scheme of the government in detail and claimed that the government was committed to improve the lot of the families living below the poverty line.


Need for speedy implementation of projects: Walia

New Delhi, June 8
The Delhi Minister for Urban Development, Health and PWD, Dr A. K. Walia, said that it has been the endeavour of the his government to use latest technologies, both in roads and buildings. Modernization in construction and maintenance of roads has been taken up. The help of PWD and CRRI had been utilised to work out a long-term policy in this respect.

Addressing the 9th annual convention of the Indian Buildings Congress here yesterday, Dr Walia said that computerization had been taken up in a big way in all units of the government of Delhi.

Today engineering personnel are better equipped and they work with greater confidence.

The Minister congratulated the Indian Buildings Congress for organising such an important seminar. There is need to improve the quality of construction and make structures more durable. He emphasised that ways and means have also to be found for speedy implementation of projects. TNS


Two robbers fall in police trap
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 8
With the arrest of two suspects, the North-East district police today claimed to have busted a gang of robbers who operated in the Capital as well as neighbouring states.

They were also involved in two cases of robbery in Malviya Nagar and in CR Park. The suspects were identified as Zakir Hussain, alias Rahul, and James Massey, alias Anny, the police said. The police had secret information that the suspects would be coming to Ist Pusht in Sonia Vihar to commit a robbery. A trap was laid and the suspects were arrested.

Two countrymade pistols and two cartridges were seized. During interrogation Zakir disclosed that he was arrested in a robbery case committed in Malviya Nagar and he was released from jail on May 9. He was in process of forming a gang. His interrogation led to the arrest of his accomplice, James Messey, who was also involved in the Malviya Nagar robbery and was arrested. He was released in March.

Kidnappers held

Displaying exemplary swiftness of action, the Paharganj police arrested two suspects and rescued a kidnapped victim from their clutches. The arrested suspects were identified as Nagrajan, alias Raja, and Murli S. Panikar. Their three other accomplices are still absconding. During interrogation, the suspects disclosed that the victim, Surender Kumar Sharma, owed them money which he was not returning. After kidnapping him they called his family members to come to Nanakpura with the moolah if they want to see him alive. The victim’s family members reported the matter to the local police and got them arrested, the police said.

Pamma threatens stir

The National Akali Dal president, Mr Paramjit Singh Pamma, said the newly constituted third front in the Capital would launch an agitation in protest against the lacklustre attitude of the Delhi Government in overcoming the power and water crisis.

Everyday, people in the Capital can be seen agitating on the roads to pressurise the government to supply them power and water. Instead of taking the issue seriously, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is busy planning for the coming assembly elections, Mr Pamma said.

Khanduri unveils plaque

The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Maj-Gen B. C. Khanduri, unveiled the name plaque of a road connecting Aurobindo Marg with S P Mukherjee Chowk as Veer Chander Singh Garhwali Marg here on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, General Khanduri narrated the story of the bravery of Havaldar Major Chander Singh Garhwali during his posting in Lahore in 1930 when he refused the order of the British commander to open fire on a peaceful procession of people involved in the freedom movement.


Bid to loot petrol station, four held
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, June 8
With the arrest of four persons, the CIA staff foiled an attempt to loot a petrol station near Gohana town, about 40 km from here, last night. According to a report, the arrested persons were identified as Shiv Kumar of Pauli village in Jind district, Ajit, alias Meenu, of Kakroi village, Sunil of Hassangarh village and Sumer of Malla village under the Safidon police station area in Jind district.

The police also seized two countrymade pistols, two live cartridges and two iron rods besides a motor cycle from the arrested persons.

Farmers’ rally on June 10

The Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has decided to organise a state-level rally of farmers on June 20 at Chandigarh to press for early completion of the SYL canal in the Punjab territory. According to a report, the leaders of the union have blamed the successive governments in Haryana and the Chief Ministers for fooling the people on this issue.

13-yr RI for abduction, rape

Mr B. S. Rawat, Additional Sessions Judge of a fast track court, on Saturday convicted a youth, Rubin, of Jakhauli village under Sections 363, 366 and 376 IPC and sentenced him to 13 years’ rigorous imprisonment besides fining him Rs 3,500 on the charge of abducting and raping a minor girl of his village in 1999. According to a report, the sentences awarded to the accused will run concurrently.

Special helpline for plus two results

Bhiwani: A special helpline at the board headquarters here has been provided by the Board of School Education, Haryana, for results of the senior secondary annual examination which will be declared on June 10.

According to a spokesperson of the board, the candidates can dial telephone no 01664-254000 to know their results subjectwise on June 10 after 7 am. Ten lines have been provided on this telephone number, the spokesperson added.

HC relief for ad hoc teachers

In a directive given to the state government, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has given relief to ad hoc teachers of Haryana. In its judgement given recently, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goyal said in view of the services and qualifications of the ad hoc teachers the government should finalise a policy to regularise the services of those ad hoc teachers who had completed five years in service by March 31, 2003.

The court has given a six-month period to the government to execute the orders. The decision was given after a hearing in the case of Hasan Mohhammd and others versus the State of Haryana and others.


Three nabbed after encounter
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 8
The Indirapuram police nabbed three criminals after an encounter yesterday and seized a country-made revolver, a dagger and a motorbike. A police team was on routine patrol duty when the members saw three persons moving in a suspicious manner on a motorbike near Khoda Colony.

When they were asked to stop, the desperadoes fired at the cops, who surrounded them and overpowered them. The arrested criminals have identified themselves as Narinder, Raju and Sanjay. During interrogation, they confessed to their involvement in the Brij Vihar dacoity. The motorcycle recovered from them was found to be snatched from Delhi, the police said.

Rs 1.2 lakh penalty on truck driver The Trade Tax Department slapped a penalty of Rs 1.20 lakh on the driver of a truck, which was found to be carrying 120 bags more of plastic grain than those shown in the documents.

The truck was stopped near Bhovapur check post. In the documents, only 240 bags of grain plastic were shown to have been loaded in the truck from Sahibabad. When the goods were checked at Bhovapur check post, it was found that 360 bags had actually been loaded.

The driver said the 120 extra bags were to be delivered in Uttaranchal, but he could not produce any documents for the same. The department then recovered a penalty of Rs 1.20 lakh from the driver before allowing the truck to proceed further.


Man robbed of cash after acid attack

Greater Noida: Two motorcycle-borne persons stopped a man on a scooter on the pretext of seeking directions, threw acid on him and robbed him of Rs 2.5 lakh near Mohyarpur village under the Surajpur police station here today. When he went to the police station, the cops would not believe his story and registered a case of looting of only Rs 10,000. Shyam Babu, the victim, was on his way home from Surajpur to his native Mohyarpur when he was stopped by the duo.

Before he could understand anything, they threw acid on him and tried to snatch the bag containing Rs 2.5 lakh from the scooter’s toolbox. Shyam Babu grappled with them but was beaten up. The duo sped away with the bag. Shyam Babu somehow managed to reach the Surajpur police station but the cops reportedly harassed him, saying that he was making a false report. OC


A cost-effective, potable water cooling system for the masses

Naturo, a cost-effective and eco-friendly electric potable water cooling system, has been introduced in the market for the benefit of the common man. The cooling system can run with the help of a car battery, inverter, solar power and household electricity. The system cools 20 litres of water in one hour, consuming only 20 watts of power.

According to Vasudevan Tachoth, the engineer who invented this, “The idea of developing this system came to my mind after I found the lower strata of society, mainly the working class, finding it extremely difficult to drink cold water in summers.”

Trendy, easy on the pocket watches

Swiss Bells, watches from Satin India Limited, have been introduced in the market. These smart, trendy watches are available at affordable prices. These watches are at present available at all leading outlets in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh.

Ceylon leaf tea for the connoisseur

Dilmah, the finest Ceylon leaf tea, has been re-launched in India. To ensure high quality, only “two leaves and a bud” are used for Dilmah. The packaging is done in Sri Lanka.

The company, which has retailers in some 90 countries, has a five-speciality range comprising Ceylon Gold, Premium, Asian Spice Range, English Breakfast and Dilmah premium tea bags.

Liners for that soft & creamy look

The cosmetic company, Avon, has re-launched its range of retractable glimmersticks – a range of soft, creamy, high precision, retractable liners. The Avon glimmersticks range comprises of lip liners, eyeliners and a brow definer.

The product line includes products and brands selected from Avon’s extensive global range and tailored to the needs of the Indian woman.

Timekeepers that offer value for money

Gemini Watches has launched an international collection range adding to its 500 existing models. The current range has extra precision and excellent quality standards and at the same time offers unique value for money.

Gemini quartz watches reflect the pleasure of perfection and these beautifully crafted watches are available in both gold chain and leather straps.

Edutainment to keep your child happy

The Asian Education Computer Company, leaders in TV video games, has launched its Tutor 2000 series games.

So playing your favourite computer game will be now easy on Asian TV. It translates into a video game at your home with lots of fun, education and entertainment.

Aromatic pulses to please taste buds

Ahaar Bazaar has launched Life Nexxt – a premium range of pulses. This range includes rajma, chana (black and white), lal malka, moong, masur and arhar.

These pulses are sorted and grated at an exclusive unit in order to attain a high quality end product. Interestingly, these pulses are delicate and aromatic in flavour when cooked.

Comfy shoes that make driving a luxury

To make driving a luxury, Tej International has come up with driving shoes, ‘TSFs Driving Shoes.’ Daljit Singh, MD, Tej Group said, “The driving shoes from TSF add to the fun of driving with an added skill in your feet for better control on your vehicles.

All six sides of these shoes are of pure leather with cleated rubber cakes soles and have a scientific footbed to absorb the frequent movements of one’s feet.

Chic solution to power crisis

Su-Kam communications system offers a chic solution to the power crisis this summer. Aesthetically designed in the trendiest form, this 760 VA inverter stands out as the best in its category. It has 100 per cent software control that enables an automatic power transfer during a power cut. A micro-controller has been thoughtfully integrated in the system to facilitate automatic battery charging, thereby making it the best for home and industry.

Shoes with attitude for Gen Next

Reebok India has launched the Rockport Landsdale collection for men and women. The collection is a stitched out and lightweight touring shoe with a whole new attitude. Targeted at the younger generation, the product delivers Rockport’s promise of comfort and flexibility. The men’s model, named ‘Merrimac,’ is available in black and the women’s model, ‘Carrie,’ is available in black and maple colours.

Designs unlimited in furniture

Merino, a renowned name in the plywood and laminate boards, has launched their ready to assemble furniture under the brand name of My Space Furniture.

The My Space range of furniture has unrivalled features of designs, colours and pattern.

Each piece has been made up of high-pressure and low-pressure laminates, which keep the furniture shining and scratch-free without any risk to the product.

A euphonic treat for your house

Beltek has introduced a new range of 6-in-1 multi player system. The six functions of the system are VCD player, MP3 player, cassette player, audio CD player, AM & FM radio and games facility. The product is currently available in Delhi, UP, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Now, notebooks that go flat

Nightingale, a famous brand in paper products, has launched the Lay Flat series of notebooks for students, professionals and corporate executives. The new series facilitates maximum utilisation of space, which is approximately 20 per cent more than the space available in other normal notebooks.

Blinds to make guests go into raptures

Vista Levolar has launched a new collection of roller blinds with an exciting range of fabrics. The four exciting ranges are Carma, Carina Blackout, Shantung and Carisma.

All four are available in eye-catching shades.

Multimedia speakers from Bose

Bose Corporation has launched MediaMate, a new multimedia loudspeaker designed to offer outstanding audio performance from an exceptionally computer compatible enclosure.

The MediaMate speakers are compatible with all current computer monitors and desktop peripherals.

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