Tuesday, June 24, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


SAD men barge into VIP zone, land at Sonia’s doorstep
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
Volunteers of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi state) today gatecrashed into the high-security VVIP zone and landed at the doorstep of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence to protest against the alleged excesses being committed by the Congress government in Punjab against former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family.

A large number of them were taken into custody for violating prohibitory orders imposed in the area. But that was after the security personnel were stumped by the sudden entry of the SAD men. The protestors were led by the all-India general secretary of the party and the Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Mr Onkar Singh Thapar.

Raising slogans against the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the demonstrators alleged that the Congress government in Punjab was committing excesses against Mr Badal, his family and other top Akali leaders by implicating them in false cases.

The demonstrators first assembled at Guru Harkrishan Public School at India Gate where they parked their cars and then proceeded to Janpath in school buses. In the absence of police barricades, the volunteers managed to reach right up to the gate of the residence of the Congress president.

The security personnel posted at 10 Janpath informed the local police. A strong contingent was rushed to the spot and some of the demonstrators were taken into custody. 



Officials on edge with Mayawati hovering overhead
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, June 23
Chief Minister Mayawati’s visit to Hapur tomorrow, for inspecting the development works in 13 Ambedkar villages, has many officials scurrying for cover. Most of them are on an edge, as the works are understood to be incomplete.

The District Magistrate of Ghaziabad, Mr Ram Kishen, had a detailed review of the works in 10 Ambedkar villages at a meeting of administrative officers. Additional DM Rakesh Chandra, Chief Development Officer Jatinder Singh, Additional ADM (Finance) C. L. Sekhar, Chief Medical Officer I. G. Punhani, SDM Deep Chand and Project Director Makhan Lal were all lined up for the meeting.

The DM has been camping in the Hapur block for the last 24 hours, monitoring the progress. He has ordered the officials to complete the works by today evening.

The administrative officers, including the Divisional Commissioner, DMs, SDMs and SDOs, are all out to spruce up the 13 Ambedkar villages and to ensure that all loose ends are tied before the D-day. Ms Mayawati, like all astute leaders, has not yet disclosed which villages she will actually inspect. All officers are waiting with bated breath for her to descend.

Mr Ram Kishan has posted one officer in each of these villages to ensure that all targets are achieved. These include officers from different departments like development, administration, water, power, civil supply, agriculture, irrigation, cooperatives etc. They have been asked to stay put in the villages assigned to them. The works are being supervised by a senior officer at the district headquarters.

A local observer said the flurry of activity was an attempt at sweeping the dust under the carpet. How could junior revenue officials (Kanungo and Lekhapals) solve the problems in two days, which a dozen officials had failed to address for the last two years?

Most of the complaints and shortcomings have been found in the works of the Power Department, for which one of the executive engineers has already been suspended. Second comes the Waterworks Department.

In many villages, residents have prepared a 17-point charter of demands to be presented to the Chief Minister. Bikhari Lal of Jasroopnagar and other villagers alleged that they had been demanding the construction and repair of the drains for the past five years.

Rajinder Rajbir, one of the villagers, said the population of his hamlet had crossed 3,000. At the only fair price shop in the village, kerosene was being sold at Rs 10 per litre, as against the government rate of Rs 9.60.

The Sadiqpur Ambedkar village `up pradhan’ Yoginder Sharma has asked the Chief Minister to go around the village.

The Chief Minister had selected 13 villages in the Hapur Development Division during 1995-96 and 1997-98, which were designated Ambedkar villages. These are Rasoolpur, Behelolpur, Sabli, Jasroopnagar, Asoda, Sadiqpur, Tatarpur, Allabakshpur, Uppoda, Samauddinpur, Bachholta, Dahana and Raghnathpur.



Demolitions: Cong again knocks at EC’s door 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
The Delhi Congress today asked the Election Commission to restrain the BJP-led government at the Centre and the DDA from demolishing slum clusters in the city, as it would lead to the poor being prevented from voting in the coming Assembly elections. The party has made this appeal for the second time.

A high-level delegation led by DPCC chief Chaudhary Prem Singh urged the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Mr J. M. Lyngdoh, to put a stop to the demolitions till the Assembly elections were over.

Mr Prem Singh told mediapersons that Mr Lyngdoh had assured the delegation that he would look into the matter. The 10-member delegation, which included Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, told the CEC that the government at the Centre was acting in a high-handed manner to drive away the poor from those JJ clusters where they were enrolled as voters.

It was also pointed out that these slum dwellers were being vacated without being provided any suitable alternative dwellings. The demolition of slums at a time when the elections were near had rendered the dwellers in a ‘neither here, nor there’ situation, as they would not be able to vote in the areas inhibited by them so far, a memorandum given to the CEC said.

It also stated that the drive was a deliberate move to shift the slum dwellers from almost every Assembly constituency, so as to affect the results of the Assembly elections. The memorandum also said that the people living in these JJ clusters were good citizens as anybody else and had the right to vote as per their choice and conscience.

It made a special mention of the demolitions in Kirti Nagar area of West district, under the Lok Sabha constituency of Delhi BJP chief Madan Lal Khurana, where a fear psychosis had allegedly gripped the people. The delegation included Jagdish Tytler, Ajay Maken, Deepchand Desh Bandhu and Ms Tajdar Babbar.

BJP hits back on CAS

Taking the battle into the Delhi Congress’ camp, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today asked Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to withdraw the 32 per cent entertainment duty and sales tax on set-top boxes, if it was serious about making Conditional Access System (CAS) consumer friendly.

Both the Delhi government and the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) have been opposing the introduction of Conditional Access System as they claim it would add to the burden of the citizens.

Delhi BJP President Madan Lal Khurana, while addressing a press conference today, said: ‘’I don’t buy the argument that the Chief Minister is seriously concerned about the welfare of consumers and, therefore, wants CAS deferred. She is just playing politics.’’ If the state government was really bothered about the interest of consumers, it should first withdraw the 20 per cent entertainment tax and 12 per cent sales tax on the set-top boxes, he said, adding that the chief minister’s demand for deferment of CAS was only a ‘’political drama’’.



Finally, water for denizens on the other side 
of Sonepat railway line
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 23
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, inaugurated a canal-based drinking water supply scheme costing Rs 4.10 crore in Sector 23, a residential colony of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), here today.

According to officials, the scheme will cover 25 per cent of the population living on the western side of the railway line in the city. Each person will get 110 litres of water everyday under this scheme.

The present population of the city is over two lakh and the existing water supply is based on 39 tubewells. As per the norms of the Public Health Department, the water supply scheme of the city is being augmented for providing 180 litres per capita per day. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Chautala said that the state government had also sanctioned another water supply scheme costing Rs 15.40 crore. When this scheme is commissioned, the supply to city residents would increase to 135 litres per capita per day.

He said that with the commissioning of the present scheme, there would be no problem of drinking water on the western side of the railway line. This scheme, he said, was spread over 420 acres of land. The inlet channel between the Western Yamuna Canal (WYC) and the waterworks in Sector 23 had been constructed as a joint venture with the Public Health Department on a cost-sharing basis.

Raw water will be stored in the storage and sedimentation tank of 65-lakh gallon capacity and will be treated through a 10 MLD rapid-sand filtration plant. The treated water will be stored in an underground tank of 4.5-gallon capacity and will be pumped to the sector with the help of three pumps having 7,000 lps capacity. A generator set of 250 KVA capacity has also been installed for the use in the absence of power supply.

The Chief Minister disclosed that the work on as many as 56 drinking water supply scheme had been speeded up in 70 villages of this district and these schemes would cost Rs 14.26 crore. He claimed that the state government had taken a series of measures to augment the supply of drinking water in 265 villages of the district and the residents were now getting 55 litres per head per day water instead of 40 litres earlier. He announced that the state government was committed to supply drinking water to all villages of the state.

The Chief Minister also held an open darbar in the PWD (B and R) rest house in this city and listened to the complaints of the people and directed the authorities concerned to take immediate and effective steps to remove them on a priority basis. Mr Chautala also inaugurated Tau Devi Lal Government Girls College and addressed a public meeting at Murthal village. Earlier, Mr Chautala also heard the grievances of people at Gohana last evening.

The Chief Minister also flagged off trucks loaded with fodder for the drought-hit areas of Rajasthan. The fodder was collected by the district administration and the workers of the ruling INLD from the rural areas of the district.

Sports university at Jind: The Haryana Government is planning to set up a sports university at Jind, Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala said her today. He was addressing a meeting after inaugurating a Government Girls’ College at Murthal village, about 13 km from here. Claiming that the state had made rapid strides in the fields of education and sports, the CM said a regional sports centre at par with international standards was being set up at Joshi Chauhan village in this district. This would be the fourth centre in the country after such centres in Kolkata, Bangalore and Ahmedabad, he said.

Highlighting the other steps taken by the government to promote sports activities, he said the new sports policy aimed at providing better infrastructure.



Three members of Pehlwan gang nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested three members of the Krishan Pehlwan gang, who were reportedly involved in the murder of rival gangster Anoop on the Rohtak Court premises last month, following an encounter on NH 8 in the Kapashera area of North-West Delhi.

The suspects were going towards Gurgaon in two vehicles when the encounter took place. They were identified as Mahavir alias Don alias Manoj alias Kala (29), a sharpshooter of the Pehlwan gang, his associates Baru Singh (37), an ex-BSF man, and Dharmpal. Mahavir, a graduate from the University of Delhi and MA in Political Science from Rajasthan, the police said. They were in a Maruti Esteem car.

Their four associates, who were in a white Santro car, managed to escape. They were identified as Aman, Rajesh alias Mogli, both from Mundka village, Rajesh of Jind and Yogesh alias Situ of Jhajjar. A hunt has been launched to trace them and the police in the neighbouring states has been alerted.

The police recovered a sophisticated .45 Magnum US pistol along with three live cartridges and a country-made pistol.

According to the police, the sleuths of the Crime Branch had a tip-off that the suspects would come to the place in a white Maruti car. A trap was laid near Uppal Orchid Ecotel near Shiv Murti Road on NH 8 in Kapashera. The cops led by ACP S. K. Tewari were equipped with bullet-proof jackets, as they were aware that the gang members were armed and are trigger-happy. When the team saw the white Maruti Esteem, it signalled it to stop. However, the occupants of the car fired at the cops who retaliated by firing several rounds at the car.

The police reportedly fired at the front wheel and succeeded in deflating the left tyre, forcing the suspects to stop the vehicle. They tried to escape but they were overpowered.

While the firing was on, another car (white Santro), occupied by four other suspects, managed to escape, taking advantage of the confusion. The police team followed the Santro car but could not intercept it. The Santro went towards Bahadurgarh after firing at the cops. The Delhi Police informed their counterparts in Bahadurgarh and a case has been registered against the escapees.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) U. K. Katna said that a few days back the police had arrested Amrik Singh, a member of the Pehlwan gang, whose interrogation revealed that his associates were trying to renew their activities in North-West and West districts of the Capital.

The rivalry between Pehlwan and Anoop gang was over a piece of land in Najafgarh. It had led to the murder of a number of persons. Each gang has 30-40 members, the Joint Commissioner of Police said. 



Four killed, 15 hurt as jeep falls into ditch
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 23
Four persons were killed and 15 others injured as a jam-packed jeep fell into a ditch on the National Highway near Uchheja village near Hapur at 9 pm last night. The jeep, which was going from Hapur to Pilkhua, was trying to avoid colliding with a truck when it fell into the ditch.

One baby boy was among those killed. The injured were rushed to Khan Nursing Home, Hapur.

According to police sources, 20 passengers were travelling in the jeep, which was being driven at high speed.

The driver, Ganga Ram, tried to avoid colliding with a truck, which was reversing from a hotel near Uchheja village, without applying the brakes but lost control.

People at the hotel rushed to retrieve the passengers from the wreckage. Police Circle officer Devesh Kumar Pande and SO of the local police station Dharam Vir Singh also rushed to the spot.

Seven month-old-baby Salman and his father Intzar (32), Ganesh (30) and Riaz Ahmed alias Kalhe died on the spot. The injured included Ganga Ram (30), Musharaf (30), Madan (40), Sureshwati (35), wife of Madan, Joginder (8), Koshendra (6), Shahnaz (25), Jaswant (25), Prakash (20), Devinder (22), Premchand (40), Pooja (12), Rakhi (10), Sabir and a 60-year-old unidentified person who is in a serious condition.



Decades later, Kundli complex still on 
threshold of industrialisation
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 23
The much hyped Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) complex at Kundli village along the Haryana-Delhi border, which is on the threshold of industrialisation, has neither witnessed any improvement in the quality of life nor growth of industrial culture. Thanks to the failure of the authorities concerned who have not been able to take concrete steps for providing basic amenities to the industrialists, the complex is growing at a snail’s pace.

Being right on the border of Haryana with Delhi, it has a great potential for industrial growth but it has so far not been in a position to develop any industrial culture and is facing several problems and bottlenecks in its growth as an industrial centre.

The industrialists and the local residents remain two distinct entities. Industrialists and their workers mostly commute between Delhi and Kundli as there are no residential facilities at Kundli. The place has in all about 100 industrial units, some of which are outside the industrial complex, employing 8,000 workers.

Many industrialists alleged the HSIDC authorities had adopted an indifferent attitude towards their problems and they had failed to solve them despite repeated representations made to them from time to time. It was in 1979 that the HSIDC advertised in newspapers that “three years from now this name (Kundli) will be a landmark on the industrial map of the country. Just 1 km short of the Haryana-Delhi border, the HSIDC takes a giant leap in offering fully developed industrial plots, internal roads, electricity, drinking water, sewerage stormwater drains etc.”

After so many years one finds Kundli, in spite of its prime location and great potential for industrial development, has been growing at a snail’s pace. The promise of providing the basic facilities has not been kept. The internal roads and sewerage are in a bad shape. The power supply is inadequate and stormwater drains are either not there or are choked whenever laid.

The HSIDC complex lacks a fire brigade and medical facility for the workers along with the housing accommodation. Many industrialists lamented the lack of various facilities at this place. They said the ESI dispensary had not been useful for the workers as it always short of life-saving drugs and the patients have to be shifted either to Sonepat or Delhi. Moreover, the village too does not have any hospital. There is no residential colony and as such no senior secondary school. It has no market for meeting the requirements of the industrial units. There is no shop for hardware or a workshop for carrying out even minor industrial repairs.

Industrial workers are quite unhappy with bus services as no bus passes through the industrial complex. Most of the workers come from Delhi but the DTC bus services terminate at the Singhu border 2 km short of the village and the workers have to walk from there.

Transport is another big handicap faced by the industrialists. Transport operators are charging higher rates for carrying goods of the industrialists. The pool among the truck operators is stated to be the constant headache for the entrepreneurs. The union allegedly allows its members to charge freight for both the sides - up and down - while the authorities have chosen to remain silent on the issue. Some of the industrialists have shifted their vehicles to Delhi for other business.

The industrialists had also demanded uninterrupted power supply right through the week and sought an end to voltage fluctuations which, they said, had damaged their machines. They also wanted the construction of stormwater drains and a sewer system.

Many industrialists said the telephone services were far from satisfactory and the staff was not available on Saturdays and Sundays, which are holidays. Kundli has no telegraph office and the nearest telegraph office is 22 km away at Sonepat or 8 km away at Narela (Delhi).

Some industrial units have their own fax facility but there is no common fax facility for industrialists or the general public.

The HSIDC had so far failed to construct a common effluent treatment plant with a World Bank loan. Some units have their own effluent treatment plants. The HSIDC should also construct residential colonies for accommodating the industrial workers and other officers.

Many industrialists said that they had already converted their units into godowns or shifted their offices elsewhere as the HSIDC had failed to provide them even the basic facilities.



Less than 10 pc poor in official BPL list
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 23
The official survey to identify the poor, better known as persons living below the poverty line (BPL), is on.
While the authorities have covered 372 out of the total 406 villages so far, the process to conduct the survey is not foolproof.

At a meeting held recently, the district authorities asked the officials involved in the survey to conduct it in such a manner that no genuine person or family was left out. It is reported that the BPL families get various benefits under the schemes launched by the Union Government and the state government to the tune of about Rs 3 crore in the district each year. Last year, the total number of families included in the list of poor was about 28,000.

But the Opposition and leaders of various political parties are not happy with the manner the surveys were done and benefits provided. According to Mr Raj Kumar Gaur, secretary of the Janata Dal (U), many of the lists prepared by the officials were bogus and the employees involved in the survey did not visit the areas where poor persons reside.

He claimed there were thousands who were taken out from the last survey and alleged that many persons included in the BPL list were well off. He charged that the authorities took proper care of the list of persons supplied by the workers of the ruling political party and the reports and suggestions of the Opposition were generally ignored. He said Faridabad district had a population of about 22 lakh, but claimed that less than 10 per cent of the genuine poor were included in the list. He said a population of about 2.5 lakh was residing in jhuggis and slums areas of the town itself and asked whether they were not poor.

The president of the district unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Mr Ram Gopal, said often the list prepared by the authorities was quite mysterious as hardly anyone knew how and whom to contact to put forth his or her claim.

He alleged that due to corruption and inefficiency in the system many poor families did not get recognition from the authorities concerned. He said the officials should create proper awareness among the people before launching any scheme, survey or project. He said the people should be told about the right course of action so that they could avail the benefits. He said due to lack of awareness funds of many schemes went down the drain and the system kept breeding itself on corruption.

The District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) authorities said loans and aid were provided to the jobless to the tune of Rs 1.68 crore by the agency in the district under the Swarn Jayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojna. While 80 self-help groups (SHGs) were formed, these were given a bank loan of Rs 31 lakh, which included a subsidy of Rs 17.89 lakh. It says about 352 SHG had been set up to take up work like floriculture and pisciculture in he district. The DRDA also provided help of Rs 1.43 crore for construction of houses under Indira Awas Yojna and was likely to spend about Rs 5.12 crore on improvement of barren land in the district. It says about 8,538 hectares of land was likely to be improved in the near future.



Kharif crops to be sown on 70,000 hectares

Faridabad, June 23
About 70,000 hectares of land in the district will come under kharif crops to be sown this year.
According to the authorities concerned, jowar and bajra will be sown in an area of about 25,000 and 10,000 hectares, Respectively. Paddy is likely to be sown in an area of 18,000 hectares. Sugar and pulses will be sown in area of about 8,000 and 7,000 hectares, respectively. It is reported that jowar has already been sown in 21,000 hectares, while sowing of paddy mainly depends on the monsoon rain. Last year, the paddy crop witnessed damage due to drought.

Deaddiction week begins: The district administration has decided to observe deaddiction week till June 29 today onwards in view of International Deaddiction Day on June 26. While a function will be held on this day at Sector 12 here, the authorities have appealed to the people to cooperate in the campaign aimed at controlling the addiction of drugs, liquor and tobacco in society. TNS



Gohana need not feel slighted anymore
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 23
Gohana town, directly connected with Panipat, Safidon, Jind, Julana, Meham, Rohtak and Delhi via Kharkhauda, Ganaur, Samalkha and Sonepat by road and with Rohtak and Panipat by train has witnessed record development during the past four years. Otherwise, the town had remained a neglected one since Independence though it had been a tehsil headquarters even during British rule.

The main demand of the people of Gohana region had been for a sugar mill since the inception of Haryana as a separate state. A plan was finalised during the last tenure of Mr Bansi Lal to close the existing sugar mill at Panipat and set up a new mill with increased capacity at Bala village between Gohana and Panipat in order to fulfil the demand of the people of Gohana. But with the fall of the Bansi Lal government in July 1999 the plan was also put in cold storage.

With Mr Om Prakash Chautala coming into power the sugar mill was his first gift for the people of Gohana. The mill was set up in a record time of one year at a cost of nearly Rs 60 crore. The land for the mill was donated to the government by the gram panchayat of Ahulana village.

The second major demand of the town was for canal-based drinking water supply as the residents had no option but to meet their drinking requirements from underground brackish water through tubewells.

The new ongoing projects included the Rs 15-crore canal-based drinking water supply scheme, Rs 3-crore sewage treatment project under the Yamuna Action Plan and construction of the sainik and kisan vishram grahs.

A new sabzu mandi is to be built at a cost of Rs 3.5 crore and the Gohana hospital is to be upgraded from 24 beds to 50 beds. A new wing for girls at Government College, Gohana, is to be constructed at a cost of Rs 80 lakh.

Not only that, the government has already acquired land for the construction of a mini secretariat at Gohana. The process for building a jail at Gohana has also reportedly been initiated.



Problem of stones spreading fast in India, thanks 
to food habits
Nalini Ranjan

Dr Anupam Bhargava, Director of North Point Hospital, East of Kailash and Urology Consultant with the Northern Railway Central Hospital here, is considered to be among the select few front ranking urologists of the country. He has done outstanding work in the field of urology.

At present he is the life member of the Urological Society of India, American Medical Society of Vienna and World Endo -Urological Society. After completing his medical education (MBBS and MS), with distinction, from Gajra Raje Medical College, Gwalior, he started his career as a resident doctor at the J. A. Group of Hospitals, Gwalior, in 1976.

He was then promoted as a clinical demonstrator. In 1979, he joined Delhi’s prestigious Safdarjang Hospital as a senior surgical registrar.

In June 1983, he took the fellowship of the American Medical Society, Vienna.

He then completed a diploma in Urology from A. L.L.G. Polik Link Department of Urology.

Later, he also undertook some advance courses in Urology from different medical institutions of Austria and Germany.

Dr Bhargava has also worked at King Fahad Central Hospital, Gizan, Saudi Arabia from 1983 to 1989. In this hospital, managed by the Danish medical mission, he worked as the chief of urology department.

He also worked with a Nigeria based St. Camillus Mission Hospital and Auchi Genera Hospital for about one year and performed all major Urological and general operations.

Dr Bhargava talked to the NCR Tribune about the latest advancements in the field of urology and his dream hospital.

What prompted you to start your own hospital in India?

After specialising in urology and working with some of the finest hospitals abroad, I could have migrated to any of the medically advanced countries like England or the United States of America. However, I decided against this very common practice.

It was the desire of serving people in my own country that despite the lure of money and charm of working with the state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment there, I thought of starting my own hospital in India.

What are the special attributes of this hospital?

This 32-bed hospital, with all modern and state-of the-art facilities provides homely comfort and care to the patients.

A highly specialised complete unit for the treatment of all types of urological disorders , including laser for prostate operation, and lithotripsy for complete removal of kidney stones. We have the latest techniques for the treatment of all kinds of complicated urological problems.

We also provide complete facilities for MIS (minimum invasive surgery), orthopaedics and accident surgery, gynaecology and obstetrics, opthalmology, ENT and have an ICU, a pathology lab imaging center and a round the clock emergency and trauma center.

What are the symptoms of presence of stones in the kidney?

The main symptoms are – pain in the region, presence of blood in the urine and some other infections. Even a small size stone in kidney can lead to unbearable pain. But it is not imperative that pain in kidney means presence of stones in it. There are so many methods to trace the stones. Some of them are – ultra sound, IVP(colour X – ray), urine test and blood test.

What causes the formation of stones?

Incidence of the problem is higher where the source of potable water has high calcium content. Thus, the food habits and micro organisms of the body cause formation of (calcium monohydrates) stones. Since such stones belong to the hardest type, these cannot be broken down with lithotripsy technique, which is commonly used in Europe and other developed countries. Stones forming there are softer, so it is easy to break those stones with conventional methods.

What are the advantages of holium laser technique?

Since lithotripsy technique leaves behind some residual stones in the kidney, this new method is ideal to remove stones completely. Only some specialised hospitals in Delhi are using this technique.

How does this technique work?

A flexible ureteroscope is inserted through the urinary passage in to the Kidney. The camera fixed on the tip locates the stones which are broken in to a fine powder with the help of laser beams and thrashed out from the body through water circulating via the ureteroscope. The equipment costs about Rs 7 lakhs and it becomes discarded after about 20 such operations. The laser beams generator system costs about Rs 70 lakhs. This treatment is the most effective one and entails no loss of blood.

Is there any possibility of reformation of stones in future?

A colour X- ray detects the formation and removal of stones in body. Even after the removal of the stones, a half yearly check up is necessary to detect whether stones are reforming or not.

Do some people have a higher risk or tendency to have this problem?

It can be hereditary. But it is not essential. The exact reason behind the formation of stones is not known. For instance, people living in the deserts of Rajasthan have a higher tendency of developing stones. Moreover, the stones in patients there are comparatively harder.

An intake of at least three to four litres of purified water or other liquid per day is essential to ward off this problem.

What is the scenario in India?

The problem of stone is spreading fast among the people of India. If food habits and life style are not changed, the problem will only get aggravated in the coming years. In many areas of the country, water is the main cause of the stone formation. Food habits and the body’s micro organisation cause the formation of calcium oxalatemonohydrate stones. This is the hardest and does not break up easily. Lithotripsy technique has failed in such cases.

This treatment leaves a part of the stone in the Kidney. Though that method was very popular in the eighties, it was not very successful in our country. In our country for complicated cases, Holium Laser technique is the last resort. It dissolves the stone, which then comes out through urination. For this treatment, a flexible tube fitted with telescope is inserted into the kidney. Since it can target 0.8mm area, the Holium Laser does not destroy the body tissue and the patient can resume work the very next day. The method requires a single minor operation. 



Probe into liquor smuggling demanded by citizens 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 23
The Haryana Government has been suffering a huge loss of revenue on account of liquor smuggling and its sale in the city and surrounding villages on a massive scale by a mafia operating in this district.

Representatives of various political parties and voluntary organisations today urged the state government to order a high-level probe into the complaints of liquor smuggling.

They also demanded transfer of the Excise Department officials, who were said to be involved in this racket.

According to informed sources, certain officials of the Excise Department are in league with the mafia engaged in liquor smuggling. The gang of liquor mafia brings liquor from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and sells it in this city and elsewhere in the district.

Illegal liquor sales continue unabated at dhabas and hotels along G T Road and other state highways. Most of the customers are truck drivers and passers-by.

Even after the state government sent a message to the district and police authorities to crack down on illegal liquor shops and bootleggers operating from villages, they manage to do brisk business. Many people who buy liquor from roadside dhabas and restaurants said that they get liquor pouches under the very eyes of the police and even at hiked prices thanks to the failure of the Excise Department officials.

Illegal liquor is also freely available in villages where the sale of liquor pouches is the main source of livelihood of several shopkeepers there. Some paanwallahs used to stock liquor pouches, which are generally good quality liquor, but following police raids, many shopkeepers appear to have discontinued the practice.

During the last six months, the police had seized thousands of bottles of country liquor, liquor pouches and English wine worth several lakhs of rupees and challaned hundreds of people under the Excise Act. The action of the police has led to a decline in liquor smuggling during the past two months. 



Three new ESIC offices in Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation’s (ESIC) standing committee has agreed to the setting up of three divisional offices within Delhi.The three new offices in the national Capital will be located in Rohini, Nandnagri and Okhla covering the north, east and south Delhi areas. The regional office will continue to operate from Rajindra Place and will cater to the west and central areas of the city.

The setting up of the new divisional offices within Delhi will facilitate easy access for employers and ESI beneficiaries to the administrative mechanism of the scheme. An average of 1.5 lakh insured persons would be attached to each of the four offices.

The standing committee also approved a proposal for strengthening the administrative mechanism across the country for proper monitoring of medical services and implementation of the scheme in new areas by deploying senior state medical commissioners in five areas with huge concentration of beneficiaries.

Speaking at the meeting, the Union Minister of Labour, Mr Santosh Gangwar, said that deployment of medical officers should go a long way in bringing about qualitative improvements in the administration of medical care. 



Students protest against hike in fees
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 23
Several students, under the banner of the All India Democratic Students’ Organisation (AIDSO), staged a demonstration in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office on the Maharshi Dayanand University campus today in protest against the ‘huge’ increase in the fees for higher education and professional courses.

The demonstrators assembled at the Powerhouse chowk and then marched towards the Vice-Chancellor’s office. They shouted slogans against the “enormous” hike in fees and commercialisation of education. Carrying banners and placards, they demanded immediate withdrawal of the hike in fees, education for all, increase in the budget on education and a reduction in the prices of prospectuses for different courses.

DC helps widow get her land back: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, helped an 85-year-old widow to get her back a piece of land from her son.

According to information, the husband of Mrs Gyarasi Devi had died 26 years ago. She had a plot of 222 square yards near Vaish Vyayamshala here, costing approximately Rs 7 lakh.

Her younger son, Manohar, had mortgaged this piece of land and later got it released. However, he refused to return the land to her mother.

Jagdish, an elder son of the widow, took her mother to the office of the Deputy Commissioner and sought justice. The Deputy Commissioner summoned Manohar and forced him to give back the plot to her mother. 



Commemoration Day to be observed 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya will observe tomorrow the 38th Commemoration Day of its founding mother Mateshwari Jagadamba Saraswati. She left her mortal body on June 24, 1965, after three decades of sacrifices and selfless services.

Born to a middle-class Sindhi family in 1921, she came in contact with the founding father of the Brahma Kumaris Institution-Pitashri Brahma at the age of 16 years.

With her consistent crusade against social inequality and injustice in an otherwise male-dominated society, she won over innumerable hearts.

She left her body at the prime age of 44 years. A day-long mediation programme, followed by special discourses, will be held in her memory tomorrow.



Dyal Singh College puts up first cut-off list 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
A day ahead of schedule, Dyal Singh College today released the first list of cut-off marks for admission to various undergraduate programmes. For B.Com Pass course, the cut-off is 78 per cent in aggregate for those with Commerce or 83 per cent for those without Commerce in Class XII.

The cut-off for English (Hons) is 70 per cent aggregate with 75 per cent in English. For Economics (Hons), the cut-off is 74 per cent in aggregate with 50 per cent in Maths. The cut-off is 68 per cent in aggregate for those opting for BA Pass course.

Action against fair price shops

Faridabad: Security deposit of as many as four fair prices shops was seized in the district on the charge of irregularities last month.

According to authorities, while the running of six depots was suspended, the supply to two others was stopped due to malpractice. There are a total of 961 fair price shops, which include 646 in urban and 315 in rural areas. As many as 109 shops are located in labour colonies.

Youth trapped between vehicles, Killed

Sonepat: Raju, a youth, died after he got trapped between two moving vehicles on the inter-state Yamuna bridge of the Sonepat-Meerut road, about 15 km from here, yesterday.

According to a report, the seriously injured victim was rushed to the local civil hospital from where he was shifted to a trauma centre in Delhi. But he succumbed to his injuries on the way. The police have registered a case against the erring driver of the vehicle who is still at large. A hunt is on to apprehend him.



Police Commissioner assures senior citizens
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
The Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr R. S. Gupta, held a discussion with the senior citizens about their safety in the city. As crimes against elderly persons has caused considerable concern over the past few months, the police assured them that the entire police force is sensitive towards their problems and would support them.

The recent double murder in the posh Vasant Kunj area, where two elderly women were brutally killed, was discussed. The participants asked Mr Gupta to be more sensitive towards this case and trace the killers so as bring about a sense of security among the elderly people. The discussion was organized by HelpAge India, in which several prominent senior citizens participated and voiced their concerns.



First woman auto driver in Delhi!

New Delhi: Rude auto drivers watch out. There is a new member who has joined their ranks: An educated and sophisticated woman who has opted for a place behind the steering wheel, thus trespassing into another male bastion. Meet Sunita Chaudhary, the first woman to acquire a licence to drive an autorickshaw on the city roads. A trained and efficient driver, Sunita, apart from ferrying passengers, also doles out advice to women in distress. She helps them get legal advice to fight injustice and cruelty.

Her maiden drive left passengers amused. When not driving, Sunita wields the pen. She writes on women’s issues for various publications. TNS



Carjacker arrested, Defence Colony case solved
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
With the arrest of one Jasbir alias Jassu, the South district police claimed to have worked out a car jacking case that took place in Defence Colony last week. A country-made pistol that was used to commit the crime was recovered from his possession.

The suspect was arrested from Deoli village in the Ambedkar Nagar Police Station, where he had gone to meet his contact. He is member of the Jaibir gang and was involved in 20 cases of car jacking. Raids were still being conducted to arrest his other associates, the police said.

On the night of June 13, Ashish Gupta, a businessman from Kashipur, was fired upon and robbed of his Hyundai Accent car and other valuables by three criminals in a Maruti car at Balbir Saxena Marg in Defence Colony, the police said.

The assailants abandoned their Maruti car at the spot, while the Hyundai Accent car was recovered from the Red Fort area the next day. According to the DCP of South District, Mr Vivek Gogia, the vehicles used by the criminals were thoroughly checked by the experts from the CFSL of the CBI and scientific clues were preserved for further examination. Bullets recovered from the car were also taken in possession for ballistic examinations.

Later, a list of suspected car jackers was prepared, who were questioned at length, during which the suspect was identified. Working on information obtained during interrogation, a trap was laid near Deoli and Jasbir was arrested.

During interrogation, the suspect admitted his involvement in the case. He disclosed that beside this, he was involved in 20 other cases of car jacking in Delhi and Haryana. The gangster would generally use the car for committing crime and thereafter, dispose off the vehicle in Bihar and other North-Eastern states, the DCP said.

Initially, the gang indulged in car jacking for liquor smuggling in Haryana. They generally targeted Qualis jeep and Indica car for liquor smuggling, and used high-speed vehicle for committing other crimes.

After the crime was committed, they would later sell it off in the market through their contacts.

In another case, the South district police arrested four suspects on charge of auto theft. They were identified as Anil Chauhan, who was the leader of the gang, his associates Raj Kumar, Arif and Tinku.

They were involved in more than 100 car thefts in South districts and other parts of the Capital. They had connections in Mizoram, Nagaland, West Bengal, Assam and Nepal. They stole cars from the national Capital and sold them off in these states, the DCP said.


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