Wednesday, June 11, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Weather gods begin to blow hot and cold
Tribune News service

New Delhi, June 10
After a temporary relief, the Capital has again been gripped by an intense heatwave with the return of the hot and dry westerlies raising the temperature.
The mercury today shot above normal by three degree, and stood at 42.6 degree Celsius, as against 41.5 yesterday, which was one degree above normal. The night was also hotter by three degree as the minimum temperature reached 32.0 as against 29.0 yesterday.

The dust haze added to the discomfort of heat-battered Delhiites. The maximum humidity was recorded at 67 per cent, slightly lower than yesterday’s. The Met office said that the maximum temperature was likely to stay around 43 degree with dust haze continuing during the next 24 hours.

They also pointed out that a dust storm might blow away the dust that has enveloped the Capital. Moisture-laden easterly winds had brought a welcome relief from the hot weather on Sunday as mercury fell to 39.7 degree, two degree below normal after over a week of normal temperature.

Monsoons are also likely to be delayed. The monsoon normally arrives in North India by this month-end.

The Met office said, the monsoon, delayed by over a week, was now advancing on its usual pattern and was progressing well into the North-East.

Compared to previous years, June has been very hot this year. On June 3 and 4, the Capital had experienced the hottest days of the season in the last eight years with the maximum temperature shooting up to 45.6 degree.

Last year, the maximum temperature recorded in June was 43 degree and in 2001, it was just 39 which is below normal. In 2000, only one day in June saw the maximum touching the normal at 41 degree. In 1998, the maximum temperature in June had reached 45 degree, while in 1995, it was the highest 45.8 degree Celsius. 



Three brothers done to death in Chandni Mahal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 10
In a ghastly incident this morning, three persons of a family were beaten to death with cricket bats and rods by a group of at least 15 persons in the Chandni Mahal area of Central district.

The deceased Shrikrishan, alias Shriya (42), Kailash (46), and Omparkash (38), all brothers reportedly had a dispute with their neighbour over the issue of some payment. The brothers worked as labourers. The police said that the deceased were drug addicts and involved in several unlawful activities.

The deceased did some repair work in their neighbour’s house, and the house owner Ram Nath told them that he would make the payment afterwards. As the payment got delayed, the trio had gone to Ram Nath’s house last night. They argued with Ram Nath and his wife Rajkumari, who were alone at the time.

They had reportedly had heated arguments and the trio abused the couple. Ram Nath narrated the incident to his sons, who returned later in the evening.

Enraged by the incident, Ram Nath, his three sons, Deepak (23), Vipin (18), Rajesh (21) and others came to Shrikrishan’s house with cricket bats and rods, and beat the three labourers to death. While two of them succumbed to their injuries on the spot, the third brother who had been taken to the LNJP Hospital was declared brought dead.

Panic gripped the Chandni Mahal area this morning after the ghastly crime. The members of the family of the deceased said that the brothers were unmarried. Their two elder brothers who were married had passed away earlier. The police arrested Ram Nath and his three sons and booked a case of murder against them.



Auction of mines: The sands are running out!
B. S. Malik

Sonepat, June 10
The mines and geology department has failed to lease out the sand-mines of the Sonepat district in its two attempts of open auction despite lowering the reserve price of the auction. An influential mafia is alleged to be responsible for this delay.

Now again, the department has reduced the reserve price for the second time and fixed June 16 as the next date of open auction.

According to information, there are three sand-mines in the state: Sonepat, Faridabad and Panipat. The state government earns crores of rupees from the auctions of these mines every year.

The Sonepat sand-mines located near the Yamuna river on Uttar Pradesh border, were auctioned in Rs 10.25 crore last year. After receiving reports that the contractors had earned big profits, the department increased the reserve price of the open auction to Rs 20 crore allegedly at the behest of sand-mine mafia reportedly enjoying the political patronage. No one turned up to take part in the open auction scheduled to take place on May 9.

When nobody participated in the auction, the department reduced the reserve price at Rs 15.50 crore and invited the parties for the second time and fixed the last date as June 2. But this time also, no one applied and hence the auction was postponed.

Now in its third attempt, the department has further brought down the reserve price and fixed at Rs 15, 37, 50,000 and has fixed the last date for open auction as June 16. it is pointed out that the last year’s contract expired on March 31 and according to the mining authorities here, the mining process is at a standstill though the department had tried for short-term arrangements which had also proved futile.

However, there are reports of illegal mining by the influential mafia and the government has been incurring heavy losses due to the ongoing delay in leasing out the mines.

It is alleged that as the Haryana sand is favoured by the people in the UP villages, a number of sand-loaded trucks are crossing over from the border check post every day under the alleged police protection.

When inquired from the mining authorities, the mining officer, Sonepat, Mr Thakran informed the ‘NCR Tribune’ today that under the government policy, the reserve prices of the huge profit-making mines should be doubled. Hence, the reserve price for the first open auction on May 9 was doubled and fixed at Rs 20.50 crore.

About the reported movements of sand-mine trucks, he said that as the government had already completed the auctions of Panipat and Faridabad mines, some of the trucks from these areas might be supplying sands here also. He categorically denied the allegations of the truck unloading the sand of Sonepat mines in Uttar Pradesh areas.

However, he admitted that the department has been incurring losses due to delay in leasing out the annual contract.



Oral cancer: Amazing alternative 
to invasive surgery
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 10
In an unusual case of oral cancer treatment, oncologists departed from the traditional techniques to save a person’s tongue.
Biopsy confirmed the ulcer to be cancer, which was diagnosed at early stages, thankfully. But its treatment posed a challenge—whereas radiation therapy would have damaged the tongue in the process of destroying tumour, surgery would have mandated amputating his tongue altogether, too avoid recurrence of tumour.

In either case, his life would have been drastically affected.

An exclusive combination of the latest technologies comprising linear accelerator with HDR brachytherapy came to the rescue. The operation was performed successfully at the Dharamshila Cancer Hospital.

Surprisingly, this wondrous alternative to the invasive surgery is not available in many of the cancer centres and hospitals in the city.

Recollects Dr S Khanna, Director of Dharamshila Cancer Hospital, “Thirty-seven-year-old Praveen presented with ulceration in his tongue, which was not healing on treatment. The ulcer developed into a cancer due to his habit of chewing tobacco, smoking 1-2 packets a day of cigarettes, and frequent intake of alcohol.”

Only radiation therapy or surgery was ruled out as either would have left him handicapped for the rest of his life, Dr Khanna said.

The patient was cured without surgery using radiotherapy with a combination of spiral CT Scan Simulator, Linear Accelerator and precise immobilisation technique, which deliver more tightly-focused radiation beams specifically to cancerous tumours only. Now he is enjoying his life with a tumour-less and normal tongue.

Delivering sharply focused radiation to the targeted cancer cells is not possible with the conventional radiotherapy which adversely affects the healthy tissues in close proximity of cancer cells. Linear accelerator overcomes this shortcoming.

Dr Khanna elaborates, “In operation, microwave energy is used to accelerate electrons to nearly the speed of light (186,000 miles per second), in a short distance, typically one meter or less. As they reach the maximum speed, they collide with a tungsten target. A spray of electrons, positrons and X-rays emerge from the plate. As the radiation strikes the human tissue, it produces (largely from naturally occurring water in the body) highly energised ions, which kill the malignant cells.” Dr Khanna illustrates, “With HDR brachytherapy, thin catheters are placed in the tumour. Highly radioactive iridium pellets are pushed into each of the catheters one by one under computer control.

Remarks Dr Dinesh Singh, Head-Radiation Oncology at Dharamshila Cancer Hospital, “The technique can also be effective in breast cancer, cervix cancer, brain tumours and throat cancer.”



Ex gratia benefits: DHBVN staff smell a rat 

Faridabad: As the number of government jobs is shrinking and the authorities have nearly given up on fresh employment in various government departments in the past one decade, the scope of ex gratia employment on compassionate grounds to the dependants of deceased employees has reduced drastically. As a result, the waiting period for ex gratia benefits has also gone up.

Through letters sent to the dependants of the deceased employees, awaiting employment, the DHBVN in its memo no. 24/pen/EG-294, dated May 22, has stated that there were two options before the kin of the deceased employees. One option is “ex gratia appointment to a member of the family that was ‘completely dependent’ on the deceased employee”. The other option include an ex gratia financial assistance to the family of the deceased, over and above all other benefits like ex gratia grant due to his family at the rate of 2.5 lakh in case the family does not opt for ex gratia employment. In the communication sent to the widow of one Hari Chand of Jajru village of Ballabgarh sub-division here, the DHBVN has made it clear that due to non-availability of sufficient posts, the employment cases had been pending for the last few years and it may take another 4-5 years to finalise them. The All Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union (AHPCWU) has alleged that the government had `deliberately’ stopped employment with a view to promoting privatisation and contract system. The employee union has criticised the new ex gratia employment policy and has demanded that the government provide jobs to all the dependants of deceased staff immediately. TNS



HBVN to involve ex-servicemen to 
clear outstanding bills
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, June 10
The Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (HBVN) has decided to get in touch with the customers in rural areas who have outstanding electricity bills.
The recently appointed HBVN Chairman, Maj-Gen (Retd) Bhoop Singh Rathi, has planned to involve ex-servicemen in realising the outstanding bills which have crossed the Rs 100-crore mark in Rohtak division alone.

The Chairman will visit Dhamar, Basantpur and Kiloi villages, which have over 98 per cent of the defaulters, on June 13. The defaulters in these villages, jointly owe almost Rs 13.5 crore to HVPN and its subsidiary unit, the Uttar Haryana Bijlee Vitran Nigam (UHBVN). On June 14, he will visit villages in the neighbouring Sonepat district also.

Addressing a gathering at Kharhar, his native village, on Sunday, Gen Rathi appealed to the ex-servicemen to pressurise their relatives in these villages to pay the outstanding bills without delay. “Neither the government can waive off the outstanding bills nor it can now introduce any surcharge-waiving scheme,” he is reported to have told them. “It will be in their own interest if they clear the outstanding bills at the earliest,” he advised them.

Besides Rohtak, parts of Bhiwani, Jind, Kaithal and Hansi also have huge outstanding bills. Residents here have been demanding free supply of electricity or waiving of the outstanding bills, not paid by them for over a decade now. It is learnt that the employees of the UHBVN and its sister concern, the Dakshin Haryana Bijlee Vitran Nigam, are reluctant to visit these villages to disconnect power supply.

The bills in several areas are now being distributed through the village chowkidars, who are paid an additional remuneration of Rs 200 per month.



A lady quack’s treatment!
Our Correspondent

Noida, June 10
A pregnant woman lost her life during the course of treatment, which she had been receiving at the hands of a quack. The ‘doctor’ is reported to have absconded with her family, leaving the body of the patient in her house. The woman’s death came to light when her family members reached the quack’s house. Sunita, 35, a resident of Jhajjar, had gone to the village ‘lady doctor’ Pushpa, with her daughter Lalita, to get some medicine for her stomachache. After taking the medicine, Sunita felt shooting pain in her stomach. After a short while, she breathed her last. In the evening, when Sunita’s husband Ram Kishen, went to the quack’s house to look for his wife, he found her body there. The police soon came there and sent the body for autopsy. Ram Kishen, husband of the deceased has filed a report in Kakoda police station.

Cut fruit: Health officers to face the music

New Delhi: Health Minister A.K. Walia has said action would be taken against the deputy health officers in whose jurisdiction the sale of cut fruit, sugarcane juice and unwholesome food is made. The decision came in the wake of the meeting called to review the water and vector-borne diseases. The minister said the sale of ‘cut fruit’, ‘sugarcane juice’ and ‘unwholesome food’ was banned in NCT of Delhi. The ban, he said, had yielded a seizure of 38 sugarcane crushers and 3,594 kg of unwholesome food destroyed by the MCD. TNS



AIIMS rape case: NCW seeks police report
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 10
Taking cognisance of the alleged rape of a 28-year-old patient by two employees of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the National Commission for Women has asked the police to submit a report into the incident at the earliest.

The Commission has written to the police commissioner seeking report of the incident. A team of the commission will also meet the victim soon to get the facts of the case, NCW sources said.

The victim, a kidney stone patient, was allegedly raped, yesterday afternoon, after being lured into the staff quarters by an X-ray technician and a medical record attendant on the promise that they would fix an appointment with a doctor. The accused have been arrested.

One electrocuted in Noida restaurant

Noida: Deepak, 21, an employee of Sagar Restaurant, in Naya Bans, was electrocuted here today.

According to the police, Deepak was electrocuted by a live wire, when he was keeping a bundle of fresh supplies of raw food in the store.

He was rushed to Kailash Hospital in an unconscious state, where he breathed his last this afternoon. The police have sent the body for autopsy.



Govt cornering farmers on loans despite 
water crisis: Hooda
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, June 10
The Leader of Opposition in the Haryana Assembly, Mr Bhoopinder Singh Hooda, today said that the entire state was reeling under a severe water and power crisis. He alleged that the prevailing condition was hitting the farmers hard. The farmers were further cornered by the government, which was putting pressure on them to repay the loans.

The Congress Legislative Party leader accused that the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had promised the farmers to waive their loans before the elections but retracted after coming to power. He was now harassing the farmers on the recovery of these loans at a time when they were facing financial problems due to the last summer’s drought and ongoing dry conditions. Mr Hooda said that Mr Chautala’s slogan of availing water and power and eradication of corruption had now turned out to be ‘bijli, paani bandh, bhrastachar ka praband’.

Coming down heavily on Mr Chautala for his frequent foreign trips, the Congress leader alleged that the claims of the CM on attracting foreign investments in the state had been busted as the industries, which had already established here, were shifting to other states due to oppressive policies of the state government.

Declaring that the government had failed on every front, Mr Hooda charged that the commercialisation of education and health services had virtually destroyed the concept of welfare state. The common man could not afford such expensive services, he said.

On the issue of SYL canal, Mr Hooda said that they were organising the people by making them aware about the injustice meted out to them by refusing the due share of water to them. He alleged that the state and central governments had failed to take any positive steps for completing the SYL canal despite the apex court’s directives in this regard.

He alleged that unemployment was increasing in the state. He declared that on coming to power, the Congress government would enact a legislation according to which the industries or firms setting up in a particular place would have to employ local people in non-technical posts. He also declared to give Rs 10 lakh each to the families of the soldiers, who were killed in action after the Kargil war.



Swami Indervesh woos farmers to RLD rally 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 10
Swami Indervesh, former MP and president of the Haryana unit of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, conducted a tour of Barwasni, Machhri, Bidhal, Pinana, and Mohana villages in the district today to mobilise farmers to take part in the state-level rally to be held on June 16 in the city.

Addressing farmers in these villages, he lashed out the Chautala government, which, he described, as anti-farmer. He said that this government had utterly failed to safeguard the interests of the farmers. He also blamed the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for not taking interest in the completion of the SYL canal in the Punjab territory.

Swami Indervesh also alleged that Mr Chautala was discriminating against the districts of Sonepat and Rohtak on the issue of canal water supply. He said that the farmers of Sirsa district had been getting canal water for the entire month whereas the farmers of other districts had been getting it for only a week every month. If the SYL canal had been completed, the water shortage could have been solved.

Referring to the resignation of Mr Ajit Singh as the Union Agriculture Minister, he claimed that Mr Ajit Singh had followed the footpaths of his father, Mr Charan Singh. He appealed to the farmers to take part in the proposed farmers’ rally in large numbers and express their solidarity with the Rashtriya Lok Dal.

The meetings were also addressed by other leaders of the party including Mr Ram Dhari Shastri, Mr Rohtas Rathi, Mr Jagdish Rai Kaushik, Mr Vinay Brahamchari, Mr Jagbir Shastri and Mr Balraj Khunga and they criticised the Chautala government for adopting an ‘anti-farmer’ attitude.



Hindon caught in a whirlpool of toxic waste
Our Correspondent

Ghazibad, June, 10
While Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and a number of officials were seen cleaning the Yamuna on World Environment Day, nobody — environmental NGOs, politicians or administration — seems to have ever thought of cleaning the Hindon river. It has become a Herculean task indeed!

The Hindon is receiving millions of litres of polluted water, toxic waste from the industrial units at Muradnagar, Modinagar, Bhagpat and Loni daily. The riverbed has become home to weeds and water-soaking vegetation and on its banks heaps of waste have piled up. Instead of flowing down, layers of water soaking vegetation, weeds and waste seem to have become sedimentary.

Added to this is the waste poured into the Hindon river on occasions of different festivals. A number of plastic-polythene bags are also lying on the river banks. The trucks of municipal committees en route also find it convenient to dump waste and garbage in to the river or on the banks of the river. Besides, the sugarcane straw from the sugarcane factories is also dumped into the Hindon. The river is so badly polluted that many people in villages and town on its banks have stopped using its water for even bathing. The ashes, clothes and other remnants of the bodies burnt in cremation grounds en route to the river also find their way into the river as per the Hindu belief and rituals.

The priest of Gyatri Shakti Peeth on the Hindon bank, Pandit Brahm Dev Kumar said he could get the river cleaned by hundreds of volunteers from Shanti Kunj Hardwar.

Dr Ajit Singh, living on the river bank, said some 30 years ago, one could easily catch big fish of 50 kg weight in the river but now no life is ever seen in its murky waters.

The Zonal Officer of UP Pollution Control Board, R Chaudhry said he was distressed to see the condition of the river water now and would try to organise campaign for its cleanliness.



Sonepat villages facing drought-like conditions
B.S. Malik

Sonepat, June 10
A long dry spell and non-availability of sufficient power to the tubewells have created drought-like conditions in many villages of the district.
According to Mr Azad Singh Nehra, secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), a large number of farmers have already started ploughing fields of paddy and if there was no rain for one more week and the government failed to make arrangements for irrigation water, there could be irreparable loss up to 50 per cent to the crops. He said that the farmers had been experiencing floods, oozing out of underground water and salinity for the last few years in the district which forced them to sow the paddy crops in many areas instead of cotton and barley.

The surviving paddy crop would become extremely difficult in those areas where underground water contains salts and the crops depend only on canal water and rains. The farmers in these areas apprehend that the crops might get totally damaged. They were striving hard to save the crop with the help of diesel-run tubewells, but the high day temperature was likely to lead to stunted growth and overall heavy reduction in yield.

Moreover, a diesel-run tubewell is neither economical nor can it irrigate more than four acres of paddy crop, he said.

The Congress leader also said that the crops of cotton, bajra, and jowar had also been badly affected by the dry spell and could not survive for more than a week.

He held the state government responsible for the mismanagement which caused an acute shortage of power in the agriculture sector. He said that the political environment was positive for the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the BJP coalition government in Haryana as there was the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and the INLD was its partner. 



No water for six days; villagers meet DC
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, June 10
After the threat by residents of certain villages to take to the street because of the water shortage yesterday, residents of Kaisthan mohalla actually took one step forward. A delegation from the mohalla called on the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, today and complained that the supply of potable water to their locality had been suspended for the last six days.

The aggrieved residents said the public health authorities had disconnected the water pipeline and left it in the same state to harass the residents.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, summoned Mr Ravi Chandra, Executive Engineer, Public Health Department, who pleaded that the supply had been cut off as a 300-feet-long pipeline was to be laid in the locality.

The Deputy Commissioner directed him to restore water supply to the locality within three days.

This when the district authorities have claimed that 110 litres of piped water are being supplied to a person in a day in the town. Residents of several localities refuted the claim.

They argued that they had been getting only 20 per cent of the claimed quantity. Moreover, residents of the localities situated at the tail-ends of watercourses said they had been getting water supply once in two or three days and, that too, during odd hours.

The residents of Model Town, Dev Colony, Jhang colony and areas surrounding the Sukhpura Chowk also said they had been facing an acute scarcity of potable water.

The residents of Mandaudi village alleged that the piped water being supplied to the village emitted a foul smell. They also alleged that they had been getting water supply once in 10 days due to the apathy of the officials concerned.

Mr Ravi Chandra, Executive Engineer, Public Health, however, claimed that 80 lakh gallons of water were being supplied everyday from two water works in the town as per the set target.



Meat market to become functional by Aug
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 10
After a number of hiccups, the decks have been finally cleared for launching the city’s meat market, which includes a slaughterhouse and shops in the complex in Sector 37.

According to a senior functionary of the Municipal Council, which has set up the complex, the shops will be auctioned next month. The market is expected to become functional by August.

The Municipal Council had procured more than an acre of land from Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) on a 99 years lease.

Presently, 50 shops in the complex are ready to be auctioned. However, there is enough space to add more new shops by way of expansion in future. So far the municipal body has spent an estimated Rs 25 lakh on the project. The complex, claimed to be modern, will have a plant for the treatment of waste products.

Also, it will house an office of a veterinary surgeon to ensure that hygienic and health-proper animals are slaughtered.

In the midst of the construction of the complex, the municipal authorities had to face a number of roadblocks from the residents of the nearby areas. There were demonstrations and representations to the authorities to abandon the project or shift it to some other venue, preferably on the periphery of the city.

According to the authorities, the municipality and the Haryana Government had the compulsion to make the project functional as early as possible so as to comply with a directive of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The court, while adjudicating a case titled ‘Amir Chand verses the Haryana State’ had directed the government to ensure a proper slaughterhouse. The Haryana Government went in for setting up proper slaughter houses in all the towns and cities, barring where there already existed one.

So far the meat shop owners had pooled in their resources to use the three ‘shabby’ slaughterhouses in Gurgaon.

The municipality surveyed and found that there were about 50 meat shops doing business here.

The authorities asserted that no meat shop would be allowed to function other than the ones doing business from the meat market. The defaulters could invite stiff penal action from the district administration.

Although the general public approves the planned approach of the municipality to set up the meat market in an organized manner, it is at a loss on the delayed response.

It needed a court’s directive to waken the conscience of the government and the municipality. There is merit in this line of thinking. The authorities appeared to be oblivious to the mundane affairs that have to do with the moral and hygiene of the community life in the city. 



Power crisis grips all sections of society
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, June 10
The power situation in the town has been deteriorating, with the industrial residential and agricultural sectors equally affected. The president of the Gurgaon Industrial Association (GIA), Mr J. N. Mangla, said that local industries were being forced to bear huge losses due to the unannounced power cuts in the industrial estates.

He regretted that the power was disrupted for nearly three to four hours daily.

There is a shortage of power in the city, which has been declared as a “no power cut zone” by the state government, said the GIA president. The government should provide 24 hours of power in the region as announced by it, he demanded.

Mrs Kiran Behl, a resident of Sector 4 lamented that the power situation in her sector was “very disappointing”.

As a result of the extremely low voltage in the area, the air conditioners fail to function, said Mrs Behl. She added that the fuse and the transformers get damaged regularly, which are repaired after a great persuasion by the affected residents. Another resident, Kailash Gupta of Baraf Khanna, regretted that there were no “specific timings” for power cut, making the life of the resident miserable.

Above all, he was irritated by the behaviour of the staff of the Haryana Vidut Prasar Nigam (HVPN), who always behaved in “an irresponsible manner”. He said the staff were “uncooperative” when asked to clarify the power situation whenever there was a power failure, said Mr Gupta. The power situation in other areas including Jacompura, Laxman Vihar, Ashok Vihar, Bhim Nagar, Rajendra Park, Vishnu Garden, etc were no different.

Mr Jagmunder Dass, a resident of Vishnu Garden, said that the power position in his colony and adjacent colonies were “extremely” deplorable, as these colonies are considered the “backward colonies” when compared to the posh DLF, South city, Palam Vihar etc, that have been developed by the private builders.

“The official machinery keeps itself busy in appeasing the residents of these posh colonies, and neglecting our colonies,” lamented Mr Dass. The business community is “equally suffering” due to the lack of sufficient power supply. Ashok Gupta, a shopkeeper in Sadar Bazar informed that there was hardly six to eight hours of power supply these days. The government must do something to mitigate the sufferings of the people, he said.

As far as the rural areas were concerned, the power situation was “grim”, as hardly eight to ten hours of power was supplied in the villages, said Vinay Kumar, an entrepreneur in a Gurgaon village. These residents wondered why there was no disruption in power supply in the VIP areas.



Congress has done nothing for illegal colonies: BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 10
The BJP says the Congress’ concern for the well-being of the people living in the unauthorised colonies is dictated more by political considerations rather than the desire to alleviate their suffering.

Spokesperson of Delhi Pradesh BJP Mewa Ram Arya today said the Sheila Dikshit ministry had time on its side to settle the issue of regularisation of unauthorised colonies. “But for four years, nothing much had been done. This, despite the Delhi High Court order telling the government to work out the modalities for regularising 1,071 colonies that had come up till March 31, 1993,” Mr Arya told mediapersons.

He criticised the attempt by the Congress to blame the Union Government for the delay in regularising the unauthorised colonies. Mr Arya said when Mr Madan Lal Khurana became the Chief Minister of the NCT of Delhi in 1993, a policy decision was taken that said all colonies that had come up till March 31, 1993 should be regularised. “Two years ago,” Mr Arya said, “the high court told the government to start the process of regularising 1,071 colonies.”



People turn ire on MLA, councillor

Ghaziabad, June 10
A large number of people took out a procession from Shahid Nagar to highlight the water and power crisis in the city.
The procession also highlighted the utterly lax and erratic supply of power, drinking water and heaps of waste and garbage lying at every street corner in the city.

The protestors also raised slogans against the MLA and Councillors and their false claims of “looking after the interest of the common man”.

The protestors, led by CPI leader Jatinder Sharma, demanded an inquiry into the money spent on development works from the funds allotted to local legislators.

Though the area councillors and MLAs claimed that Rs 15 lakh had been spent on developmental works in the area, the people questioned this claim and said that they were “deprived” of the basic facilities.

Jatinder Sharma called for an inquiry into the claims of the MLAs and councillor. He said a dharna would be organised soon at the Nagar Nigam to press for improving the water and power crisis as well as a probe into the use of funds by legislators. OC



MDU degree exam results declared
Our Correspondents

Rohtak, June 10
Girls outclassed boys in the BA/BSc/BCom (part-III) examinations conducted by Maharshi Dayanand University. The results were declared last evening.
Sushila (roll number 720435) of Adarsh Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Bhiwani secured first position by getting 1,030 out of 1,200 marks in BA (part-III) examinations. Savita (912675) of Gita Vidya Mandir Girls College, Sonepat bagged first position by getting 1,296 out of 1,450 marks in BSc (part-III) examinations. Sapna Rani (420566) of B L Jindal Suiwala College, Tosham (Bhiwani) stood first in BCom (part-III) examinations. She scored 1,351 out of 1,800 marks.

Only eight boys could find place in the list of 56 students who secured top 15 positions in the three streams. Colleges falling in Rohtak, Bhiwani, Rewari, Mahendragarh, Sonepat, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Jhajjar districts are affiliated to this university.

Girls displayed much better performance than boys also in the results of first and second year examinations in these courses. The university also declared the results of the pre-medical test conducted recently.

Buffaloes found dead in truck

Jhajjar: Tension prevailed in Hassanpur village following the recovery of dead and severely injured buffaloes and calves in a truck parked near a school here today.

According to information, villagers spotted an abandoned truck near the government school under mysterious circumstances. When they peeped inside, they found many buffaloes and calves inside the truck. Most of them were either dead or injured seriously. The villagers immediately informed the police who arrived on the spot and impounded the vehicle.

The police sources informed that there were about 80 animals in the truck of which about 25 were dead and the remaining injured. The police have registered a case under relevant sections against unidentified persons and started the investigation.

Foreman held for taking bribe

Sonepat: An employee of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam at Ganaur was caught red handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 6,000 from a villager today morning by a vigilance team led by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Mr Jeet Singh Mehra.

The employee, foreman Ram Phal, has been taken into police custody and will be produced in the court, according to information from the vigilance office.

One Ved Prakash of Bari village had lodged a complaint with the vigilance department alleging that the foreman, Ram Phal, demanded a bribe of Rs 6,000 for replacing the electricity transformer.

When it was reportedly brought to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, he ordered for a vigilance raid. The Deputy SDM, Ganaur, was asked to carry out the raid along with a team of vigilance and police officials.

The raid was conducted at the nigam office at Ganaur and the team recovered the bribe amount of Rs 6,000 from Ram Phal.

CM to lay stone

Narnaul: The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr O. P. Chautala, will lay the foundation stones of a canal-based water supply scheme at Gujarwas village and District Jail at Narnaul on June 11. The Chief Minister will also inaugurate the newly constructed Anaj Mandi at Ateli Mandi in the Narnaul subdivision on the same day.



Special drive on servant verification
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 10
The South district police, after analysing the recent trend of crimes involving domestic servants, have launched a special drive for servant verification.
Till now, at least 1,065 servants have filled in their forms and have been verified in 29 such camps at various places in the district. The camp would continue till June 14. For those servants who have not turned up at the camps for verification, forms have been sent to their house owners to complete the necessary formalities. The verification has been done by the police with the help of photographers and fingerprint experts.

The police said that there has been a tremendous response to the camps. They had been given wide publicity through the Residents Welfare Associations, beat constables and through local cable networks.

Special Commissioner: Mr Vishnu Swaroop Sharma, Additional Commissioner, MCD, has been promoted to the post of Special Commissioner. The promotion has been conferred on Mr Sharma following his outstanding performance in the MCD.

Mr Sharma has a rich and variegated administrative experience spanning about four decades of service in important positions in the MCD. He has contributed to resolving civic problems in various spheres. As Special Commissioner, he will continue to look after major departments including Personnel, Horticulture and Town Planning.

Jai Prakash Joshi cremated: The cremation of the former president of the Timarpur Block Congress Party, Mr. Jai Prakash Joshi, was carried out here today. Mr Joshi who is the elder brother of Mr Brij Mohan Sharma, Chairman, Appointment Committees, passed away last evening following a cardiac arrest.

His creamation at Nigam Bodh Ghat was attended by the Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Diskhit, Mr Ram Babu Sharma, Mr Jagdish Tytler and a host of senior officers of the MCD. 



Girl dies in kerosene shop fire
Tribune News Service

Fire personnel trying to douse the flames at a kerosene shop in Brahmapuri
Fire personnel trying to douse the flames at a kerosene shop in Brahmapuri in the Capital on Tuesday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, June 10
A four-year-old girl died of asphyxiation this afternoon after a kerosene shop caught fire in the Brahmapuri area. The deceased was the daughter of shop owner Sanjay Goel, who was also injured in the fire and admitted to a hospital. His wife and nine-year-old daughter escaped without any injuries. Goel lived on the first floor of the building and was running a kerosene shop on the ground floor.

The police said that at around 2.30 pm, a fire was reported on the ground floor, which soon engulfed the building, killing the child. 



Tourist resorts or den of flesh trade?
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 10
The Haryana Tourism Corporation (HTC) has been suffering a huge financial loss as well as a loss of face on account of a sex racket being run allegedly by some staff members posted at various tourist complexes in the state.

According to a report, the modus operandi of the staff posted at the motels is to give the same room on rent two or three times in a day and show it as being booked only by one person. The person(s) using the room would vacate after one or two hours. In this way, the staff dupe the HTC by not showing the bookings by the other persons. No entry is made in the register in this connection.

The rooms are reportedly being used for indulging in sex and with the connivance of the staff. It is alleged that most of the tourist complexes are turning into a den of flesh trade.

The Haryana Tourists Welfare Association has expressed its grave concern over the use of motels of the tourist complexes for trafficking in women and demanded a high-level probe into the complaints of the tourists and stern action against the erring officials. In a press note, it alleged that substandard food items were being served to the tourists visiting the tourist complexes and they were being charged exorbitantly. It also demanded that the rates of food items should be reduced in the tourist resorts and other hotels and dhabas situated on the national highways passing through the state and other state highways.

Meanwhile, representatives of various political parties and social organisations have expressed their grave concern over the ongoing flesh trade in a tourist resort at Rai in this district run by the HTC. They urged the police authorities to conduct surprise raids and apprehend the employees of this resort found responsible for allowing such unholy activities.

In a joint press statement issued here today, they also alleged that some of the officials and the employees work as touts for those persons who bring with them girls from Delhi and other places for flesh trade. A majority of the girls are said to be working in the public call offices (PCOs) and beauty parlours and they leave their places on the pretext of doing overtime at their workplaces, they alleged.



Four nabbed for defrauding Hutch
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 10
The Special Cell today claimed to have arrested four persons, including an employee of the Hutchison Essar, for defrauding the company to the tune of Rs 90 lakh by using SIM cards. The police also claimed to have recovered 24 SIM cards from their possession.

One of the accused, Saurav Chatterjee, a former employee of Prime Net Global Limited, in connivance with Amit Choudhary, Manager Sales, Hutchison, issued SIM cards to two others — Pauly Antony and Roy Alexander, NRIs based in New York.

The cards with an international roaming facility were fraudulently issued to Alexander for activation abroad. Alexander and his associates used the facility in foreign countries and never paid for the same, causing huge losses to the company..

1.5 kg heroin seized: The Delhi Police Narcotics Branch has arrested two persons including a woman and seized 1.5 kg of heroin worth Rs 1.5 crore in the market. The accused have been identified as Guman Singh and Naseem Bee, both residents of Madhya Pradesh.

Last month, the sleuths of the Narcotics Branch had arrested 11 persons and seized 7.340 kg of heroin worth Rs 7.5 crore in the international market.

In another case, one Mohammad Naseem, a resident of Sonepat, was arrested and seven litres of acetic hydride were seized from him. During interrogation, he told the police that he procured the seized goods from one Naresh Kumar alias Rama Lala, a resident of Uttar Pradesh.

LeT militant nabbed: The West district police today claimed to have arrested a militant of banned Lashkar-e-Toiba from the Nangloi area last night.

The militant, Gafoor, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, was an associate of a slain militant, Arif, who was killed by the police during an encounter on May 5 in Najafgarh. The police also recovered one country-made pistol and three live cartridges from Gafoor’s possession.

The Special Staff, acting on a secret information that Gafoor would come to Lokesh Cinema in Nangloi to meet his associate, overpowered him. 



Misuse or faulty policies the reason for 
unpaid loans?
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 10
The repaying of loans advanced by different banks to the farmers for agriculture and other allied occupations is gradually becoming a serious concern for the farmers as well as the bank authorities.

For the last many years, a new trend of repayment has emerged with the mutual consent of the banking authorities.

The farmers return only the interest on the loan while the original loan amount is further advanced for the next year.

There are diverse opinions over the repaying capacity of the farmers. The individual farmers attribute it to the fact that the agriculture has become a non-profitable occupation with many-fold increases in the cost of production.

The farmers also said that they were not getting the “right” remunerative prices of their produce in the market.

The leaders of the Kisan unions squarely blame the government for not protecting the interests of the farming community. They alleged that subsequent governments have neglected the agriculture sector and accorded preference to the industrial sector by way of incentives and subsidies.

They also point out that governments have failed to create and upgrade the infrastructure facilities like irrigation, food processing and diversification, and the farming community has been left at the “mercy of God”.

In effect, slowly and gradually, the farmers have almost lost their repaying capacities and are reeling under the heavy burden of bank loans.

On the other hand, the bank authorities say that the farmers use bank loans for non-agricultural work like marriages and in buying of landed properties.

Hence, they are unable to repay the loans to the banks.

According to the records of the banks, loans amounting to Rs 351.72 crore had been advanced by different banks to the farmers in the district for agriculture purposes.

These included around Rs 161 crore to 55,522 farmers by the Sonepat Central Co-Operative Bank, over Rs 39 crore to 7,460 farmers by the lead bank- Punjab National Bank, more than Rs 75 crore of the Land Development Bank among 15,079 farmers and nearly Rs 14 crore from the 13 branches of the State Bank Of India to 2,275 farmers.

Many of the economists also hold the government policies responsible for this situation.

According to Dr H B Chawla, the loan advancing policies of the banks are faulty. The loan advancing banks should have arranged training for the farmers on the latest techniques on the pattern of western countries. “The farmers are basically the consumers of the banks and they pay regular interest to the banks,” he said, adding that agriculture economists must be associated with the banks. A leading economist, Dr Randhir Singh Kairon, is of the opinion that the scientific development of agriculture has not paced with the increase in loan advancements. Moreover, the per capita land holdings are getting small-sized which is adversely affecting the repaying capacity of the farmers.


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