Saturday, June 28, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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MDU gets record Rs 4.29 crore for 10th Plan
Jatindar Sharma

Rohtak, June 27
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made an all-time record allocation of Rs 4.29 crore to the Maharshi Dayanand University for the 10th Plan. The allocation, under the head Development Assistance, is based on the recommendations of the UGC’s visiting committee.

For the first time, the UGC’s committees have conducted detailed exercises: Apart from the total allocation, they have also outlined the distribution of the amount among various departments and for central facilities.

The UGC has made it clear to all universities that one-third of the allocation shall be based on the performance of the university during the 9th

Plan. The 10th Plan visiting committees of the UGC have collected data to enable them to prepare the development “radars” for each university. The radars will monitor the academic, research and administrative performance.

Interestingly, the UGC has decided that all schemes implemented by it from the 10th Plan onwards shall end with the Plan period, i.e. any proposal approved in the latter part of the Plan period shall be implemented within the time limit. This is to ensure that no committed liability of schemes gets carried forward to the subsequent Plan.

Of the total development assistance of Rs 4.29 crore to MDU, Rs 1 crore has been allocated for equipment, Rs 60 lakh for books and journals, Rs 1 crore for library building, Rs 60 lakh for a sewage treatment plant etc.

The newly established Institute of Development Studies gets the highest grant of Rs 51 lakh followed by the Centre for Development of Indian Systems of Medicine, proposed to be established by the university, which gets Rs 32 lakh.

The Department of History gets Rs 18 lakh for equipment and Rs 5 lakh for books and journals; the Bio-Sciences Department Rs 6 lakh and Rs 5 lakh; the Department of Economics Rs 10 lakh each for equipment and books and journals; the Department of Computer Sciences and Applications Rs 7 lakh and Rs 3 lakh; the Institute of Management studies and Research Rs 5 lakh and Rs 4 lakh; and the Departments of Commerce, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sociology, Geography and Psychology each gets Rs 4 lakh for equipment and Rs 4 lakh for books and journals.

The Department of Law gets Rs 4 lakh for equipment and Rs 3 lakh for books and journals and the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies Rs 1 lakh and Rs 5 lakh. The Departments of Public Administration, Political Science, Statistics, Mathematics and Physics get Rs 5 lakh in all. The total grant to the Department of Education is Rs 4 lakh and the Department of Fine Arts Rs 3 lakh. The Departments of Physical Education, Journalism and Sanskrit get Rs 2 lakh each and the Departments of English, Hindi and Music get Rs 1 lakh each. Besides this, the UGC has allocated Rs 20 lakh for creating space for humanities.

Most significantly, the UGC’s visiting committee in its academic recommendations has termed that the performance of Bio-Sciences and Social Sciences departments of this university as excellent. The university has a well-managed and utilised central library, it says.



Two DU students charred to death in car mishap
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
In a bizarre incident, two Delhi University students were charred to death this morning as their car caught fire after it was hit by a truck near the Moti Nagar crossing. The police said that the fuel tank of the car caught fire from a spark due to the impact.

The victims — Rajan Sharma, a BA first year student in the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, and Mahesh Juneja, BCom first year student, both in their early 20s and residing in Paschim Vihar — were returning home from Karol Bagh after dropping their four friends. They hailed from Panipat.

The police said that the six persons watched a movie in Saket last night. The two dropped their friends and were returning in the wee hours. When they reached near the Moti Nagar crossing, their Maruti Zen (HR-06-5647) was rammed by a truck (HR-26-GA-1727) on the left, leading to sparking. The fuel tank of the car caught fire and the students were charred. There was no damage to the truck.

The truck driver abandoned the vehicle and fled the spot immediately after the mishap. Efforts were being made to trace him.

The police said that while Rajan’s father is dealing in carpet business, Mahesh’s father runs a furniture showroom in Panipat. It is still not clear whether the duo were under the influence of alcohol. The post-mortem examination would reveal the truth, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Satish Golcha.

Infant falls into pit, dies

In another incident, one-year-old Laloo died while his eight-year-old sister Putal was rescued when they fell into a pit dug up by a person to clear out sewage from his compound in the Bharat Nagar area in Uttam Nagar this morning.

The police said the incident occurred at around 8.30 am when both Putal and Laloo were on their way to their grandfather’s house staying in the same area. When they reached Rangpuri, they accidentally fell into a pit dug up by one Ram Swarup for clearing sewage from his compound. The police have arrested Swarup and registered a case against him for digging up the pit and for keeping it open.

While Putal was rescued by the neighbours, Laloo was declared brought dead when he was taken to DDU Hospital. The police have sent the body for a post-mortem examination.



Dalit rape case: BSP men held for exerting pressure
Our Correspondent

Noida, June 26
Three youths of Bisarakh village have been arrested for allegedly raping a Dalit girl for two-and-a-half months, after the Chief Minister, Ms Mayawati, chided the Noida police for inaction.

The BSP leaders who tried to influence the case have been arrested and expelled from the party.

According to the FIR, lodged by the victim’s father, Hari Ram, three youth, Upender, Umesh and Sudesh, had allegedly raped the girl.

Some BSP leaders had tried to effect a compromise, forcing Hari Ram to file a case alleging that he was being pressurised and threatened with dire consequences.

The rape victim managed to access the chief minister yesterday. On hearing her ordeal, Ms Mayawati gave strict instructions to the SSP to take immediate action in the case.

Following the stern directive, BSP leaders Rattan Pal Singh and Gaj Raj Singh were arrested by the police yesterday. In another development, SO Bisarakh, Hari Singh, has been suspended by the SSP.

Former BSP District President, Mukesh Kadam, too has been expelled from the party for anti-party activities by the chief minister.


Uphaar relief: HC orders disbursement
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
The Delhi High Court today ordered disbursement of Rs 6.85 crore compensation to the victims of the Uphaar fire, to be paid by the Delhi Police, the Delhi Power Corporation and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

A Division Bench, comprising Justice A K Sikri and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, directed the court’s registry to hand over the amount so far collected, to the petitioners, as per the high court’s judgement dated April 24. The Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) had petitioned the court, seeking damages worth Rs 120 crore from the owners of Uphaar cinema, the Licensing Authority for movie halls in the Capital, the electricity supply company and the MCD.

The court, after a protracted legal battle, on April 24, passed a landmark judgement. The petitioners had held the owners of Uphaar cinema hall, the licensing authority, the DVB and the MCD responsible for the fire tragedy during the screening of the film Border on June 13, 1997, which left 59 dead and 104 injured.

Earlier this week, in compliance with the order, the Delhi Police, the DPCL and the MCD deposited amounts of Rs 2.14 crore, Rs 2.45 crore and Rs 2.26 crore, respectively, towards their share of the compensation. However, the Ansals, the owners of Uphaar, are yet to deposit their share of Rs 12 crore, including Rs 2.5 crore fine, for selling extra seats in the hall. The Ansal Theatres and Clubhotels Pvt Ltd have moved the high court seeking the release of the sealed cinema building in order to generate funds for the compensation. Earlier today, the judges allowed an application moved by the DPCL saying it wanted to deposit its share of compensation amount without prejudice to its rights and contentions in any appeal against the high court’s order. The Ansals have also opposed the AVUT counsel’s request that the compensation amount be handed over to the association which in turn would disburse the same to the victims’ families and the injured.

Non-payment of salaries: Teachers may move court

Sonepat: As thousands of teachers of the private degree colleges in the state have not been paid their salaries for the last many months on account of delay in release of the government grant to the colleges, the Haryana private college teachers association has threatened to file an appeal in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the delay in releasing the grant.

An office-bearer of the association told the `NCR Tribune’ that the government was playing into the hands of bureaucracy and not releasing the grants on time. OC



Three suspended for leading CM’s convoy to jail
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 27
Inspector Satpal Singh, Sub-Inspector Inder Singh and wireless operator Pooran Chand were today suspended and an inquiry ordered against them for dereliction of duty.

According to information, Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala was scheduled to reach the faculty house of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) to receive Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani on Thursday morning. However, Inspector Satpal Singh (Security) and SI Inder Singh, who were in charge of the pilot vehicle, led the chief minister’s convoy to the district jail in place of the faculty house due to a ‘communication gap’. When the convoy was nearing the jail, the officials received a wireless message that Mr Advani had not reached the district jail and the chief minister was to greet him at the faculty house. All vehicles had to return to the faculty house, which created an embarrassing situation for the officials escorting the chief minister. DSP M. I. Khan will hold an inquiry into the matter.

Call for Punjabi in schools

New Delhi: Having applauded the government for its declaration of according second official language status to Punjabi in Delhi, scholars today requested Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit to ensure introduction of Punjabi as a subject in government-run schools.

They also called for appointing new staff to fill up vacancies of Punjabi language officials and other related posts. The Kendri Punjabi Sahit Sammelan, in a communication to Ms Dikshit, demanded that regular posts of Punjabi teachers at schools, which have been frozen over a period of time, be revived for fresh recruitment. A ban on recruiting part-time Punjabi teachers by the state government-run Punjabi Academy should be lifted at the earliest, sammelan general secretary Mohan Singh Berry told the Chief Minister. TNS


Waiting at rly station is passé, browsing the in-thing
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
In its efforts to improve passenger amenities, the Railway Ministry has set up a cyber cafe on platform no 12 of New Delhi station.

The cafe was inaugurated by the Union Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, in the presence of the Minister of State for Railways, Mr Bandaru Dattatraya, the Chairman, and the members of Railway Board and Managing Director of RailTel, here today.

The cafe has been set up by RailTel under the Ministry of Railways. It will be open round the clock and offer facilities for web browsing, e-mailing, Internet telephony, scanning, printing, photocopying, faxing and video conferencing.

It has a provision for 12 flat screen LCD-based computer terminals, two IP phones and two video conferencing set-ups.

The cafe is backed by a broadband Internet connectivity of 256 kbps. Browsing is based on pre-paid billing through coupons of Rs 15 for 15 minutes, Rs 20 for 30 minutes and Rs 30 for an hour. The Internet telephony has a bill printing machine.

Speaking on the occasion, Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar said that RailTel would set up more cyber kiosks on all railway stations in due course to provide Internet and other telecom connectivity facilities to passengers, industries and `A’ category Internet Service Producer licensee. He said that RailTel would also introduce Internet facilities in one of the trains and extend it to other trains later.


11 booked in cases of crime against women
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 27
Eleven persons have been booked in connection with a case each of dowry death and gang rape in the district in the past 24 hours.

According to reports, the police have registered a case against the husband, brother-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law and sister-in-law of Guddi, who was allegedly murdered by them for not bringing enough dowry.

Virender Singh of Sehrala lodged a complaint that his daughter Guddi, who was married to Gulab of Piyala village, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her in-laws’ house on Wednesday.

He alleged that she was done to death by her in-laws. A dowry harassment dispute was earlier disposed of by the women cell of the local police and Guddi had joined her in-laws after a panchayat decision.

In another case, a married woman of Umrola village was allegedly gang raped by six persons at a farmhouse near Kelly village. The woman, a labourer, was on her way to Rasulpur, when she was offered a lift by a motorcyclist, identified as Karan Singh. It is alleged that the accused took her to a farmhouse where he and five others raped her. A case has been registered.

In another case of murder of a woman at Nangla Enclave on last Monday, the police arrested one Rajkumar. It is alleged that Rajkumar stabbed his sister-in-law when she failed to provide him information about his wife who had left him to join her parents recently.

The accused hails from Aligarh.


BJP to contest polls on its own in Haryana
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 27
The Haryana BJP has decided to contest the next Lok Sabha as well as Assembly elections on its own and would not enter into alliance with any party in the state. This was stated by Mr Sita Ram Singla, a former Haryana minister and a senior BJP leader while addressing a meeting of the party workers here yesterday.

He said that the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) had come into power on the strength of a slogan to give free power and water to the farmers and now it had backed out of its promise. Instead, it had adopted an anti-farmer attitude and was harassing the farmers on one pretext or the other. He said false criminal cases were being registered against the farmers. Even top political opponents were being implicated in false criminal cases.

The BJP leader also accused the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, of misusing the grant given by the Central Government for development works under various Central schemes and said that Mr Chautala had befooled the people that the state government was allocating funds for the development works announced by him at “Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar” programme.

He said that Mr Chautala was bent upon eliminating the BJP from the political scene and the leaders of the BJP had brought this to the notice of the party High Command. The state BJP leadership, he said, had also made it clear to the BJP High Command that the party would be routed in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections if it contested the elections in alliance with the ruling INLD as the people were fed up with the style of functioning of the Chautala Government because of its ‘anti-people, anti-farmer and anti-employee policies’.

He asked the party workers to remain united and complete the work for recruiting new members of the party by June 30 next positively.


PDS: Raking in moolah at the expense of 
the poor masses
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 27
The public distribution system (PDS) seems to have become a subject of widespread public criticism in this city and elsewhere in the district following reports about the diversion of rationed commodities, particularly levy sugar, foodgrain and kerosene, to the black market instead of reaching the ration card holders having yellow and pink colour cards for whom it is meant.

According to a report, most of the poor and middle class consumers are being fooled and fleeced by the owners of the fair price shops every month. These consumers are deprived of their monthly quota of rationed commodities. And all complaints made to the authorities of the Food and Supplies Department in this regard go unheeded.

Thanks to the nexus between unscrupulous ration shop owners and corrupt officials, this massive racket in the city’s PDS is flourishing. And the poor masses keep making endless trips to the ration shops to be often turned away on some pretext or the other.

Sugar and foodgrain stocks disappear from the ration shops due to wide difference between their subsidised price and the open market price. Perhaps the most thriving blackmarketing racket is in kerosene, a fuel used by the poor people.

It is alleged that a large quantity of the rationed kerosene is sold in black to halwais and owners of commercial establishments like banks by the dealers or owners of the fair price shops.

While the government gives the dealers or owners of the fair price shops a nominal commission in the open market, they can get a huge profit of as much as Rs 7 per litre of kerosene.

Corrupt officials in the Food and Supplies Department have not only added to the common man’s woes but are minting huge money every month by overlooking the irregularities and malpractices of the owners of the fair price shops.

According to a startling official estimate, nearly half the total amount of subsidised foodgrain, levy sugar and kerosene supplied to the fair price shops in this city and elsewhere in the district finds its way to the black market.

Some officials admit that as much as 30 per cent of the total ration cards in the district are bogus while another 20 per cent card holders do not draw their rations regularly. Thus, the supplies issued for these 50 per cent ration cards are at the disposal of the fair price shops owners who merrily sell them off in the open market at high profits.

Periodic artificial shortages, created by the diversion of ration items like wheat, atta, levy sugar and kerosene to the black market, lead to the harassment of the masses. It is common knowledge that whenever the prices of these items go up in the open market the fair price shops dealers divert them for sale in the black market and rake in huge profits.

The state government has not been able to evolve any formidable system of enforcement in the Food and Supplies Department which could ensure that the subsidised ration supply reaches the people for whom it is meant.

And when public complaints are received about irregularities being committed by the holders of these outlets the ruling party politicians, legislators and members of Parliament again use their influence to force the officials of the Food and Supplies Department not to take action against them. Those dealers who do not have political backing are the ones who get caught and penalised.

Many consumers alleged that almost all the offices of the Food and Supplies Department had turned into dens of corruption and no work was done without greasing palms of the officials. Some employees and officials had been working on lucrative posts for the past three decades in the office of the District Food and Supplies Controller.

They had amassed wealth by minting money from the owners of the fair price shops while releasing the supply of levy sugar, foodgrains and kerosene. Similarly, they had been receiving monthly ‘nazrana’ from the owners of the petrol pumps and the brick kiln owners.

It seems that the state government has declared these posts as non-transferable like the Indian postal order.


MCD plan to desilt drains
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
With the monsoon likely to keep its date with the city, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, which was to wind up the desilting work by the 15th of this month, is finally getting its act together. The Corporation has prepared an action plan for desilting the drains in its jurisdiction.

The work though delayed is expected to finish by the end of this month covering 12 major drains including Dr Sen Nursing Home, Vijay Ghat drain, Gokulpuri Nallah and Barapullh Nallah.

In a statement issued here today, the Corporation claimed that the desilting work is near completion in most drains and the removal of silt is taking place throughout the day. It was also pointed out that the sanitary land fill sites have been kept open as well.

The MCD pointed out that there are 115 vulnerable points in the city, where temporary pumps are installed during the rainy season, these include Zakhira, Badarpiur, Andheri Crossing point, Archana Cinema, Model Town and Tilak Bridge.

This apart, the 82 permanent pumps have been overhauled and are ready to function. Up to six temporary pumps have been installed in areas including Nizammudin, Lothian Bridge, Nehru Vihar I and Rang Mahal.

Generators have also been installed to meet exigencies at the pumping stations. Controls rooms in all zones have also been put on the job.


Trouble in HVPN ranks over contractual
recruitment policy
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 27
The All Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union (AHPCWU), which represents the interests of 23,000 employees of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN), has voiced its concern and protest over the new recruitment policy in the department.

It has claimed that privatisation and adoption of contractual system will not only result in inefficiency and lead to harassment of consumers but could also result in overall collapse of the system.

This was stated by Mr Devender Hooda, president of the AHPCWU, while talking to NCR Tribune here today. He claimed that the issue had take a turn for the worse after the state government and the HVPN authorities rebuffed the union, which had decided to create awareness about the ill-effects of the policy.

He said district-level conventions of the employees were being held and the union had also initiated steps to take other associations, especially the Haryana Karamchari Mahasangh, into confidence for chalking out a joint strategy.

Criticising the reported decision of the HVPN to recruit 700 SSAs (technical posts) on contract, Mr Hooda said the government was trying to breach the policy of promoting ASSAs to SSAs. He alleged the government was trying to benefit the person who had the contract of supplying staff to the HVPN.

He warned that the system was exploitative and the contractor would in all likelihood keep a major chunk of funds with him. The employees employed by him would not get their due share of wages. This, in turn, he said, would breed corruption and the staff would mint money through illegal methods. Posts like that of SSA, CA and linemen should be filled by promotion and not via direct recruitment or contract. Moreover, there should be internal promotions for technical posts, a large number of which were lying vacant.

The union had come to know that the contract for supplying staff to HVPN was being given to political activists of the ruling party.

He said the contractors would delegate the work to sub contractors or their agents. He pointedly referred to the work of meter reading, which has been given to private parties.


Liquor shop owners ride gravy train on World Prohibition Day
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 27
All liquor shops in the city and other parts of the district remained open on the International Day Against Drug Abuse yesterday, in the absence of any checking by the district and police administration as well as the Excise Department authorities and the inspectorate staff.

According to a report, large queues of people were seen outside the vends, purchasing the liquor.

The officials and inspectorate staff of the Excise Department remained silent spectators as the owners of liquor vends were doing a roaring business even on the World Prohibition Day. It is estimated that liquor, cigarettes, biris, paans and ghutkas worth about Rs 50 lakhs were sold in this city and other parts of the district yesterday.

One killed

One person was killed when a canter on which he was travelling, rammed a parked truck at the rear on G T Road near Panchi Gujran village about 20 km from here last evening. The driver of the canter escaped after the accident.

According to a report, a wheel of the truck got punctured on the road and its driver parked the vehicle along the roadside.

In the meantime, a canter loaded with vegetables rammed it, killing the cleaner of the canter on the spot. The victim got the job as cleaner about two weeks ago.

The police have registered the case and launched a hunt to apprehend the culprit.

Theft at shop

Thieves are reported to have entered a shop at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here last night and escaped with goods worth about Rs 35,000.

According to a report, the stolen property include two coloured TV sets, one inverter, eight voltage stabilisers, eight electric presses, four blankets and 12 double-bed ‘chadars’. The owner of the shop has lodged an FIR.

Complaint against wife

Mr Sudarshan Kumar Bahal (75), a resident of Mohalla Mashad (Ward No. 14) submitted an application to the Deputy Commissioner demanding security from his wife Mrs Krishan and a son Tannu. He also demanded their arrest.

According to a report, Mr Bahal alleged that his son Tannu had sold all the household articles causing hardships to him.

He alleged that the police had failed to take any action against them in spite of repeated complaints.


Tension eases, village to get water after 28 days

Jhajjar, June 27
Residents of Machhali village, about 17 km from the district headquarters, have heaved a sigh of relief with the hope that water supply will in all likelihood be resumed following the intervention of the district administration.

The prevailing tension, which had built up over 28 days ago over the non-supply of water in a part of the village, also eased out.

According to information, the Public Health Department commissioned a bore well-based water supply scheme in the village recently. However, water reached at low pressure in a part of the village.

Agitated over this, some persons damaged the pipelines laid for supply of water, which created a serious drinking water crisis in the village. There is no other source of water there.

A former sarpanch of the village, Radhe Shyam, said the entire village had to face difficulty. He said villagers had to fetch water in tractors and carts from outside the village. In the meantime, he informed, the villagers approached the district administration and requested them to repair the damaged pipeline and restore water supply.

But despite calling on the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mohinder Kumar, at his office thrice, the administration refused to listen to their grievance and insisted on them resolving the dispute on their own.

Sources revealed the sarpanch of the village also lodged a written complaint against the persons who had damaged the pipelines.

However, with no solution of the prevailing crisis in sight, villagers decided to put pressure on the administration and two members of the panchayat resigned. But the administration still remain unmoved.

Finally, on June 24, 200 villagers met the Deputy Commissioner and gave a two-day ultimatum for restoring water supply. They threatened to block the Rewari-Jhajjar road if their demand was not fulfilled within two days.

Six panches resigned in their bid to pressurise the administration.

At last, the district administration realised the seriousness of the situation. A team of officials concerned visited the village yesterday.

The sources said the police booked seven persons from the village, identified as Ashok, Dilbag, Matta, Ajit Singh, Dhiloo, Shamsher and Rakesh, on the complaint of the Public Health Department on the charges of damaging public property.

An SDO, PHD, has been deputed in the village to supervise the repair and restoration of water supply work. The village sources said the repair work was in progress and residents were hopeful of getting water soon.

However, they still deplored the delayed action taken by the district administration which not only created tension in village but the villagers also had to face shortage of water for about a month.


Three commit suicide, 3 run over
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 27
Six persons including three women lost their lives in various incidents in the district since Thursday. While three committed suicide, three others were run over by a train. According to police sources, a young woman of Bhadkhal village committed suicide by hanging herself in her house. In other such incident, a girl and a boy in their twenties ended their lives by jumping before a speeding train near Adarsh Colony of Palwal town yesterday. The deceased were reported to be having an affair. In other incident in the same town, two youths and a woman were run over by a train near Railway Station Palwal. They were trying to cross the track. The bodies have been kept in the hospital after a post-mortem.

One killed in accident

Jhajjar: One person was killed while two others were injured seriously in a road accident near Silami Gate here yesterday. According to information, three persons were riding a scooter when a tractor collided with their vehicle this morning.

While Rabir of Sikanderpur died on the spot, two injured Virender and Ramkumar of Jhajjar were rushed to PGIMS at Rohtak in serious condition. The driver of tractor fled along with his vehicle. The police registered a case in this connection.

4 students exonerated

Bhiwani: Four candidates have been exonerated out of total 272 candidates booked for using unfair means during the Secondary and Senior Secondary Annual Examination, April-2003 of Haryana Open School. The spokesperson of the Board of School Education Haryana informed here today that two committees constituted in this regard decided these cases on June 26 by personally hearing the candidates.

She said that out of 272 cases, 162 cases were debarred for one year, 80 candidates were debarred for two years and eight candidates for one session. Paper of only one candidate was cancelled.

Power cut in Rohini

New Delhi: The North Delhi Power Limited today announced loadshedding on Saturday due to Ring Main Unit installation in Rohini Zone 1 between 9 am and 4 pm. The affected areas will be Pocket B 8/9 and adjacent areas of Sector 5, Rohini.


RLD to launch jalayudha 
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, June 27
A meeting of the executive committee of the state unit of the Rashtriya Lok Dal has been called on June 29 at Rohtak.

It will be presided over by Swami Indravesh, chief of the state unit of the RLD, Mr Jagdish Rai Kaushik, general secretary and media in-charge of the party, informed here today.

Mr Kaushik said the meeting had been fixed to chalk out a strategy for launching a jalayudha to bring the Sutlej-Yamuna link canal water in the state.

He said a padayatra would be organised. Starting from Kaithal, it would finish its journey at Rohtak while walking through Jind, Hisar, Bhiwani, Mahendragarh, Rewari, Jhajjar, Sonepat and Panipat districts.

He said during the course of the yatra public meetings would be organised in four villages of each district to make the public aware about the SYL agitation.

These meetings would be addressed by Swami Indravesh, state party president.

The RLD leader said people would be mentally prepared for agitational programmes like dharnas, demonstrations, road and rail blockade etc for completion of the SYL canal.

He said a one-day training camp would also be organised at Rohtak after the conclusion of the jalayudha yatra which would be addressed by Mr Ajit Singh, president of the RLD.


SGSC hails second language status to Punjabi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
In a meeting of the Shiromani Gurdwara Sewadar Committee, the Central Government was lauded for granting a second language status to Punjabi in the Capital. The panel thanked the government for accepting the demand and making their struggle successful. On this occasion, Jathedar Raja Singh Sethi appealed to the media not to promote vulgarity on the pretext of showcasing Punjabi pop music.

The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has decided to organise a special congregation to commemorate the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

The programme scheduled for the 29th of this month at the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara would start with a Shabad Kirtan by Bhai Satwinder Singh followed by a Rehras Sahib performed by the Head Granthi.

Shabad Kirtan would continue till midnight and conclude with a Kavi Darbar. A langar would also be organised on the occasion.


DPCC hails ban on demolitions

New Delhi
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) has welcomed the ban imposed by the Election Commission (EC) on the demolition of slums and unauthorised constructions till the elections conclude in NCT of Delhi.

DPCC President Prem Singh on Friday told media persons the order would maintain neutrality and sanctity of the people’s right to vote in the elections later this year. 




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DEMOCRACY is a popular movement in the twenty-first century. Citizens of nations with functioning democracy are fortunate.

At the same time, it is futile to have a democratic form of government that does not respond to the needs of the people. People living in countries with indirect democracy may feel pampered by their representatives during the time of elections. The candidates of the various political parties behave respectfully with the electorate so as to garner their vote in the elections.

However, once they are elected they show their true colours. They hardly remember their promises made during the elections. They also forget their moral and constitutional responsibilities once they have been firmly entrenched in the power structure.

In this respect, I am pained to point out the behaviour of the corporators of Faridabad. It is amazing that they don’t express their dissent on the vital issues of public concern. Instead, they become one with the bureaucrats who have lost their civic sensibilities, despite the best administrative training they undergo in the administrative institutions.

Instead of becoming people-friendly, most of them become parasites, who destroy the very structure and the system they are supposed to protect.

There are any number of examples that can be put forward to show their utter disregard for the system. However, one glaring example is the unnecessary increase in the charges of drinking water by the Faridabad Municipal Corporation. The rate has been increased from Rs 40 per month to Rs 120 per month. There is no economic or moral logic behind the increase in the water charges. In fact, the quality of water in the corporation area has deteriorated over the years.

Moreover, it is surprising that the corporators have not raised this issue in the corporation or on any other public platform. Clearly, they are busy with other issues that they think are more important than providing affordable water to the people of the city. As far as their accessibility is concerned, the less said the better.

The sad truth is that the corporators become VIPs as soon as they are elected.

Above all, they can behave like one, as they have no fear of the electorate till the next round of elections.

This unfortunate situation is created because of the indirect system of democracy that is practised in our country, which has no in-built system of recall. It is time that a system of recall is incorporated in our democratic process, at least at the local municipality level.


A realistic look at rising crime rate in the Capital

The rising crime graph in the upper middle-class colonies of the national Capital is a cause of worry to the citizens, particularly for the elderly people, who often live a lonely life. However, simply targeting the police would be a myopic way of looking at the deteriorating law and order problem in urban India. Ignoring some of the major socio-economic causes behind the rising crime graph will help little in understanding their basic nuances.

The uneven and unplanned urbanisation of India has attracted the rural population in desperate search for livelihood.

A large number of these youths who have been unable to find a job for themselves, have had to fend for themselves by aligning with anti-social elements in the urban centres. Obviously, anti-social activities are on the rise, with traumatic experience for the urban citizens.

Another reason equally responsible for this phenomenon is the growing culture of exhibitionism that has come into vogue in the urban centres. Unfortunately, it is not enough to earn well, but the exhibition of wealth and lavish lifestyle has become equally important.

Obviously, in an era when wide gap exists between the have and the have-nots, it only makes the task of the anti-social elements easy as their targets become easily visible.

The growing isolation in the urban setting, where neighbours hardly interact with one another, has facilitated the rise of urban crime.

The detachment of neighbours from one another has broken down the support system that residents can provide to one another to check crime in the neighbourhood.

Therefore, while it is important to keep the law and order machinery on their toes by constructive criticism, it would be futile to blame them for all the ills and ignore the ongoing sociological and demographic transformation in the urban areas like the national Capital.

KRITI SINGH, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Restore power supply to government hospital

It was extremely shocking to learn that the power supply to the government district hospital, where poor patients go for free treatment, has been disconnected, as the hospital had failed to pay its over due bill of Rs 3.5 lakh.

The hospital could manage to deposit only Rs 1.25 lakh with the UP Power Corporation. Since the district hospital is not a commercial agency the money should be arranged by the state government.

It is impossible for the hospital to function without power supply. The poor patients and the staff of the hospital should not be made to suffer.

I hope the UP Government will intervene immediately and restore the power supply to the district hospital at Noida.


Objective journalism need of the hour

In the article “Gandhi used journalism in service of truth” (NCR Tribune, June 15), M. P. K. Kutty has quoted Prof. K. D. Gangrade, vice-chairman of the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, as saying that three qualities expected of a journalist are-fearlessness, impartiality and unselfishness.

In this connection, I wish to say that instead of writing gossips, trash and churning out sensational stories, journalists should focus their attention on serious matters, such as rising unemployment, frequent strikes in essential services, high-cost of education and medical services, large number of holidays in government offices, lack of honest work culture in our country and other problems of the common man.

The reader hopes that journalist will be fearless and honest in their work and not simply provide personalised lifestyle articles, which lead to the creation of celebrity journalists.

Journalists should be objective in their analysis and focus on the problems and issues concerning the common man.

Make a habit of overcoming negative emotions

Madhu Chandra in the write-up “Healing one self by overcoming negative attitude” (NCR Tribune, June 16), has correctly pointed out that all we need to do is to get rid of negative thoughts and prepare ourselves to face the various circumstances as they come.

In this connection, I wish to say that according to some research scholars, there are seven major negative thoughts, also termed “negative emotions”: emotion of fear; emotion of jealousy; emotion of hatred; emotion of revenge; emotion of greed; emotion of ill-health and emotion of anger. The seven major positive emotions are: emotion of desire; emotion of faith; emotion of love; emotion of enthusiasm; emotion of hope; emotion of being rich and the emotion of being famous.

There are other human emotions, both negative and positive, but these are the most powerful and the ones most commonly used in creative efforts. Negative and positive emotions cannot occupy the mind at the same time. One or the other may dominate.

It is, therefore, essential to make sure that positive thoughts (emotions) constitute the dominating influence over our mind. Here, the law of habit comes to our aid. We should form the habit of applying and using positive emotions. Eventually, our mind would be dominated by only positive emotions.

O. P. Sharma, Faridabad

When will transparency come about in government dealings?

The Assistant Commissioner, Housing Loan Department, Vikas Bhawan, New Delhi, had sanctioned a loan of Rs 20,000 to me for the construction of my house and kept the lease deed of the plot as security. (File number: Loan A/C No.7/105 M)

The unfortunate part of the transaction was that even though the loan was paid back in 1997, the lease deed has not been handed over to me even today. I have visited their office several times. There has been no response to the number of letters written by me to the department. Five years have since passed but the lease deed of my plot has not been returned back to me. The Delhi Government talks of establishing transparency and honest dealing in the IH department. Is the Housing Loan Department immune from such rules and regulations? If not, why is it not handing over the lease deed to me?

G. BAWA, Panipat


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