Sunday, June 29, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Sarna supporters pick up the election gauntlet
Ravi Bhatia
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 28
The battle lines between the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Paramjit Singh Sarna’s group and the rebels owing allegiance to the recently united Shiromani Akali Dal have now been clearly drawn with 18 of the 51-member strong committee turning up for an emergency meeting called on behalf of the president here last evening.

The meeting was convened in the wake of the election gauntlet thrown down by the rebel group with senior vice-president and acting president Shamsher Singh Sandhu announcing July 24 as the election date in the absence of committee president Paramjit Singh Sarna, who is abroad on a personal business visit.

The rebellion in the committee, which controls a large number of gurdwaras and educational institutes in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, came within a couple of weeks of the historic unity of the two main Akali factions led by former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and former SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

The move is being considered an attempt to wrest control of the cash-rich committee by the recently merged United Akali Dal and thus raise the ante in the run-up to the Assembly elections in the Capital later this year. The Sarna group had last year won control of the DSGMC from the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) led by Mr Avatar Singh Hit. Mr Tohra had at that time supported the Sarna faction.

At the last evening’s emergency meeting, the supporters of Mr Sarna, who is considered close to the Congress in Delhi, reiterated the resolve to “maintain a separate identity” despite the “advice to merge with the united SAD”.

Despite the fact that only one-third of the DSGMC members attended the meeting of his party after the rebellion in the committee, the Shiromani Akali Dal-Delhi (Sarna) general secretary, Mr Harvinderpal Singh Sarna, brother of the DSGMC president, claimed a “comfortable majority”.

In his address, DSGMC general secretary Bhajan Singh Walia said the rebel leader’s election announcement carried no legal validity as “the DSGMC president has already withdrawn the power delegated to senior vice-president Sandhu through an order faxed from abroad”.

Mr Walia also described as “illegal” the 174 administrative orders Mr Sandhu had passed while officiating as the committee president.

On the flip side, the rebel senior DSGMC vice-president attended the office of the president and reiterated that Mr Sarna was free to challenge his move if he thought holding annual elections on time was illegal and wrong.

He accused the DSGMC chief of “non-performance” and turning down public requests.

Mr Sarna, in his statement from abroad earlier, had said that his party was not afraid of elections and they would contest all seats.


Two buried alive in Turkman Gate
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 28
At least two persons were killed and two seriously injured when an old multi-storeyed building collapsed in the congested Turkman Gate area of the Capital today causing panic among the residents in the neighbourhood.

The police said that the two victims in their late twenties were trapped under the debris as the building came crumbling on them. Their bodies were later extricated by the police and the firemen. Among the injured Naseer, who owns a tea stall in the area and his employee Shabir Hussain were admitted to the LNJP Hospital where their condition was described as stable. The building, situated in the Bulbuli Khana area of Turkman Gate in the walled city, collapsed at about 9.15 am, trapping many under tonnes of debris. Preliminary examination of the site indicated that the building was very old and in a dilapidated condition.

The police said that the building collapsed due to substandard construction and weak base. A case of negligence has been registered against the owner of the building. The Delhi government has announced a high-level inquiry into the mishap. The inquiry would be conducted by Deputy Commissioner, Central District, to ascertain the cause of the collapse and any other issue linked to it. The DC has been asked to submit the report within seven days for any follow-up action. The Minister of State for Sports, Mr Vijay Goel, also visited the site and urged the Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, to set up a “Walled City Development Board”, to check such illegal constructions in future. Sources said the building was an unauthorised construction.

There was considerable panic in the vicinity as those trapped under the debris screamed and yelled for help.

The police said that the land originally belonged to one Mohammad Basheer (70), who is residing in the same area. Bahseer entered into an agreement with a contractor Mohammad Naeen for building a seven-storeyed building. He received some money as advance from the contractor. Basheer was also promised a flat and a shop after the completion of the construction.

The construction work began about one and a half months back and four floors had already been completed. The incident occurred when the labourers were busy constructing the fifth floor of the building. 


New power tariff to benefit domestic consumers: Sheila
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 28
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit says the power sector will be made more consumer-friendly and the Inspector Raj abolished so that there is less intervention by the inspectors and the consumers may avail themselves of more facilities.

She said the rationalisation and review of the power structure was to have been done last year, but it was put on hold because of the privatisation of the Delhi Vidyut Board. She said the power reforms programme would continue and if the situation improved and theft of electricity was reduced, the rates could be slashed next year as was done in Mumbai recently.

Ms Dikshit clarified that review of the power tariff would be carried out every year by the DERC. After the evaluation, whenever felt necessary, power tariff can be enhanced or reduced. She said the rationalisation of power tariff in the Capital would reduce the burden on domestic consumers who constitute about 70 per cent of the total electricity users.

The domestic users who consume less than 400 units a month and pay approximately Rs 1,000 at present would have to pay less with the introduction of the new rates on July 4 with the complete withdrawal of charges like meter rent. The government, she said, was aware that there were families earning an income of about Rs 10,000 per month or less and they would not be able to pay an electricity bill of more than Rs 1,000.

The hike in power tariff, she added, would affect only major users like industrial and business houses. She made it clear that the increase or decrease in power tariff was not based only on profit or loss made by the private companies. “It (the increase of decrees) is related to various other factors like future requirements of funds, need to purchase power or investment on infrastructure.”

Compared to the loss of over Rs 1,700 crore shown by the private distribution companies, the DERC felt that after taking into account various factors, there was only a gap of Rs 87 crore and hence the tariff hike was made accordingly, Ms Dikshit said.


Three auto drivers held for killing trader
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 28
Three desperadoes armed with knives, who had allegedly stabbed and killed a trader near Rajghat were caught after an hour of the incident. One of the culprits was arrested from Shanti Van while he was fleeing. He was identified as Sonu. His interrogation led to the arrest of Sanju, alias Sudhir, and Mohammad Jameel, police said.

According to the police, while Constable Rohtash and Head Constable Subh Ram were on patrolling duty on the Ring Road between Raj Ghat crossing and Shanti Van, they heard a screaming voice from a TSR. The patrolling duo chased the TSR and stopped their motorcycle in front of the autorickshaw. While going ahead, the suspects threw the victim off the TSR. The victim was bleeding profusely because of multiple stab injuries.

The policemen pulled one of the suspects from the moving TSR while others managed to escape. He was identified as Sonu. The patrolling team called the PCR who took the victim to LNJP Hospital where he succumbed to his injures. He was identified as Mam Chand (60), resident of village Ajwalpur near Tala Man Farah Nagar, Loni in Ghaziabad. He was going to Kashmere Gate to take bus for Loni, the police said. 


Strange offer, stranger assent
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, June 28
The district police displayed rare ‘benevolence’ when it let a suspect of drug peddling go scot-free. who was to get married a few days later. The police reportedly agreed to the ‘offer’ made by some relatives of the suspect to book one of his brothers in his place so that his wedding could take place smoothly.

According to information, a police team raided the house of a youth at Nidana village and seized 250 gm smack from him following a tip-off recently. The youth was taken into custody.

The members of the suspect’s family accompanied by some villagers reached the police station and prayed for his release on the plea that his marriage was slated just after a few days. When the police refused to oblige them, they offered that a brother of the suspect could be booked in his place.

A sub-inspector of the excise staff also acted as a mediator to settle the case and convinced the police to agree to the strange proposal.

The ‘generosity’ of the police came to light when the ‘real’ suspect, exempted from the crime, returned. He threatened to find out and punish the informer who had dared to inform the police about his drug-pushing.

The stunned informer rang up the police several times to inquire about the matter but could not find a satisfactory answer. Finally, he reached the office of the I G, Rohtak range today to seek justice but could not meet him as the officer was not available.


Master of abracadabra casts a spell on viewers
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, June 28
For 45-year-old internationally acclaimed magician, Hare Krishna of Kotla Mobarakpur area of the Capital, magic is just a fine art. After having successfully displayed his skills in more than 2,500 shows here and abroad, the magician confessed that he was self-taught and whatever skills he had today he had developed them through trial and error method.

He became a magician as he wanted to do something different in life right from his early childhood. Now he has roped in his entire family, wife and two daughters into the trade.

Hare Krishna’s tryst with magic started when he was just eight years old. A wandering magician had come to their locality. Like other curious children, he never missed any of the magician’s shows. Soon he took a leaf out of this magician’s book of legerdemain and started performing before his few close friends. He would succeed sometimes and blunder at other times, causing considerable amusement to the audience of his friends. But he never lost heart. He persevered and soon managed to master some interesting items like creating currency and flowers out of plain paper.

To hone his skills, he also read some books on the subject and realised that after some practice, he would be able to perform most of the popular items.

The breakthrough which launched him on his magical career came in 1974 on the occasion of the marriage reception of his younger brother. A cultural programme had been organised to make that occasion memorable. Some of his close pals persuaded him to show his skills to the guests.

Unsure, he started showing his tricks and the result was no less magical. A virtual hush descended on the audience as they watched him perform. When he finished all the tricks in his repertoire, the audience burst into an impromptu applause. Some of the guests were so impressed by his performance that they showered him with currency notes and according to his own recollections, he made quite a packet. At that very moment, he decided to pursue magic as his calling in life. There has been no looking back since then.

“In the course of time, I came in contact with many leading magicians and was inspired and influenced to some extent by them but I never followed them blindly,” he told the ‘NCR Tribune’. Now Hare Krishna is a globe-trotting magician who has performed more than 2,500 mega magical shows across the world so far.


Novel way to sweet home!
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 28
A driver of a private bus, identified as Papoo, drove away with a Haryana Roadways bus from Kharkhauda bus stand, 19 km from here last night. The vehicle was of Rohtak bus depot.

According to a report, an accident happened near Bidhlana village, but the youth managed to escape.

The police registered the case and further investigations were on.

It is stated that the youth wanted to return home at Bidhlan village. However, when he failed to get any vehicle at night, he took the unusual step of driving away with the bus of the Haryana Roadways.

Two of Fauji gang nabbed

Ghaziabad: The police have arrested two members of the dreaded Mohinder Fauji gang in Loni area after an encounter. Mohinder Fauji’s gang had been a terror in Western UP till recently.

According to SP City, Ghaneshwar Tiwari, as a patrol party was passing through Nas Bandi Colony, Loni at 4 am today, they spotted two men standing in suspicious circumstances. As the policemen grilled them, one of them fired at the police party from a revolver. The police fired back and overpowered the duo.

One 3.1 point revolver and a knife were recovered from them. They identified themselves as Chahat Ram of village Savela Bhatti, Loni and Inam, alias Naeen, of Muzzafarnagar. Both of them were dreaded criminals, SP City Tiwari said.


HUDA demolishes 250 jhuggis in Ballabgarh
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 28
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) demolished atleast 250 ‘jhuggis’ and ‘kutcha’ houses from sector 25 in Ballabgarh area on Friday.

The ‘jhuggis’ cluster, known as Rajiv Nagar, had a population of over 1,000 people and was spread on over two acres of land (worth about Rs four crore).

According to information, majority of the occupants had either shifted out their belongings or were in the process of shifting bulldozers arrived. The demolition squad also razed the place of worship which had been built by the locality residents.

It took almost three hours for the demolition team to clear the structures from the area.

Earlier, on Thursday, the Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) had removed several encroachments on it’s land near old Faridabad chowk on the Mathura road and the Subzimandi area.

With this, the anti-encroachment drive of the MCF, which had slowed down, has re-started. 


Boy rescued from kidnappers
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 28
The Loni police claimed to have rescued a four-year-old boy from the clutches of his two kidnappers. The duo were arrested last night.

The boy was abducted three months ago for ransom. The kidnappers had been shifting the boy, Bholla, to their hideouts in various places in Bihar and Delhi for the last three months.

Inspector Mohanlal said when a police team was on patrol duty in Tronica city last night, they came across two youths moving suspiciously.

When they were asked to come near, they opened fire. The cops returned the fire and finally nabbed them.

They have been identified as Vinode and Pappu. A revolver, live cartridges and a knife were seized from them.

Following the information given by the duo, the child was rescued from the Bhopura area. He was found hale and hearty. Bholla, son of Satish Thakur, resident of Indirapuri Mohalla in Loni, had suddenly gone missing three months ago.

A missing report had been lodged by the family in the Loni police station after their own efforts to trace the child did not bear fruit.

The family had all along suspected kidnapping and had even named two persons.

The SO of Loni, Inspector Mohanlal, said the police had pursued the matter seriously and kept hunting for the two youths named by the family, Vinode alias Bachoo and Pappu. 


Unannounced power cuts add to woes
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 28
The inefficient working of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) in the district has forced the residents to bear the brunt of unannounced power cuts and voltage fluctuations.

Not a single day passes when unannounced power cuts are not imposed several times. The voltage sometimes is so low that most of the electrical gadgets do not function. Due to non-functioning of the tubewells, because of the low voltage, the water crisis has aggravated in this city and its suburbs.

Worse affected are the villages falling under the jurisdiction of Rai, Kundli, Murthal, Ganaur, Kharkhauda and Gohana sub-divisions of the UHBVN, where there is no power for about six to eight hours in a day.

As the day temperature shot up again yesterday and today, large parts of the city experienced long power cuts and voltage fluctuations. Power failures on the essential feeder have become a routine and thousands of residents fed by this feeder have to suffer due to this.

An official of the UHBVN when contacted by this correspondent today brushed aside the complaints about his subordinate employees not attending to complaints saying that individual complaints could not be attended to. Officials also attributed the existing situation to local faults. The power crisis becomes acute during the summer season when the demand touches new height. It is observed that even if there is no loadshedding, people do not get power for many hours in a day. To add to it, power theft continues unabated in urban as well as rural areas. 


Youth mercilessly beaten up in illegal confinement
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 28
Amid reports that the Haryana Government is sending police officers to England for three months ‘training in decent behaviour’, the Sonepat police have alleged kept a youth in illegal confinement for two days and mercilessly beaten him without any reason.

The police brutality was brought before the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate. In compliance with the court orders, the victim was subsequently released. The CJM also ordered the medical examination of the youth, who had been allegedly beaten up by the police.

Though the police have recorded the statement of the youth, no action has been taken against the police personnel responsible for the crime.

According to information, one Bir Singh of village Mahlana along with his friend Raju, went to the Sadar Police Station on June 24 to meet one Ishwar Singh, who was having a dispute with Kartar Singh of the same village.

The victim alleged that he was beaten up by Kartar Singh when he entered the police station. Then, the police took him into illegal custody and beat him up.

Subsequently, the family members of Bir Singh lodged a complaint in the court of the CJM against the police action. The CJM ordered the release of Bir Singh on June 24, but was reportedly released only on June 25.

Then in compliance with the court orders, the family members of Bir Singh got him medically examined in the civil hospital.

Even though the police have reportedly recorded the statement of Bir Singh and have accepted a complaint against Kartar Singh, no action has been taken against the police personnel responsible for the brutal act.

Youth injured

One motorcyclist was hit and injured by a car here last evening. The injured youth was identified as Raj Singh, a resident of Qumashpur village.

The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress. The injured youth was immediately hospitalised and is stated to be out of danger.


Indirapuram being served with contaminated water
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 28
Residents of Indirapuram are a worried lot. There is no dearth of civic problems in this GDA constructed colony for the low-income group people. For the moment, however, the problem of contaminated drinking water is the biggest issue for the residents of this colony. They are compelled to drink water, which has ingredients of deadly chemicals.

In the Nyay Khand-I area, deep trenches left after earth-mining have been filled with chemicals discharged from the industrial units in the area.

These chemicals have got mixed up with the sub-soil water in the area. The water samples from the hand pumps in the area has confirmed the presence of chemical elements in it.

The people in the area have been severely affected. As a result of drinking this polluted water, people have been affected by severe stomach ailments.

In the absence of any proper alternative system, the polluted water discharged by the illegally run units in Makhan Pur village has been diverted into these trenches.

About 20 chemical units shifted from the national Capital are flourishing in the nearby Makhan Pur village. These chemical units liberally use caustic soda, sulphuric acid, sodium hydroxide and bleaching powder.

The polluted water is discharged into these trenches after being used for washing and dyeing of clothes in the industrial units.

Even the soiled water from the houses in Makhan Pur and the colonies is allowed to flow into these trenches for want of a systematic drainage outlet.

The residents say that for the past few years, the civic authorities have allowed the polluted water to be diverted into these ditches, which then gets mixed with the sub-soil water in the area. The result is that the water drawn up by the hand pumps in the area has contained ingredients of chemical and other pollutants.

Doctors say that the incidents of vomiting, diarrhoea etc that are on the increase, are the direct result of the polluted water being used by the residents of the area.


Rs 40,000 gold ornaments worth lakhs looted in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 28
Thieves reportedly broke into two houses at Gopalpur village, about 25 km from here last night and decamped with about Rs 40,000 in cash and other gold ornaments worth several lakhs of rupees.

According to a report, the Kharkhauda police have started investigation into the case after the house owners informed them about the theft.

In another case, thieves are reported to have broken into the tehsil office at Kharkhauda town. However, there were no valuable items in the office.

Young housewife commits suicide

A young housewife, identified as Mrs Kamlesh, was reported to have committed suicide by taking sulphas tablets in her house at Mahra village, about 40 km from here last evening.

According to the police, she took this extreme step after a family quarrel. The police are still investigating into the case. The woman had had two children.

Two women among 7 injured in group clash

Seven persons including two women were injured in clashes that took place between two rival groups at Kohla and Bhawar villages in this district yesterday. According to a report, the injured persons were identified as Mr Randhir and his two sons, Dharamvir and Karamvir of Kohla village, Inder Singh, Dhanpati, Savitri, Suresh and Inder Singh of Bhawar village.

The injured persons were hospitalised and are stated to be out of danger.

The police have registered the cases, though no arrest has been made in this connection.

Memorandum to CM over wage disparity

The district unit of the Brick Kilns Workers Kisan Sangh, Haryana, sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, demanding immediate payment of the revised wages to the brick kiln workers employed in this district.

According to a report, the memorandum alleged that the owners of the brick kilns have failed to pay the revised wages to their workers despite repeated requests made to them in this regard.

It also alleged that the officials of the Labour Department have remained silent spectators and are siding with the owners of the brick kilns.

The memorandum also blamed the district administration for not intervening in the dispute between the owners of the brick kilns and the workers, which has encouraged the owners to violate the orders of the state government on this issue.

Panchayat land auction on July 1

The Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Mr Sujan Singh Yadav, has ordered the cancellation of the auction of the gram panchayat land at Aurangabad village in the district.

According to official sources, this step has been taken on the orders of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, who had received complaints in this regard in his open darbar held here on June 23.

The auction of this land would be held on July 1.


CBI summons five police personnel in Dharuhera custodial death case
Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 28
The CBI has summoned five police personnel including an inspector in connection with a custodial death case.

Summons have been issued to Sri Ram Yadav, Inspector and a former Station House Officer (SHO) of Dharuhera, Lekh Ram, Sub-Inspector, Head Constable Daya Nand, woman constables Sushila Yadav and Munia Devi in a case of custodial death of Sita Aggarwal and her daughter Sarika, which occurred at the Dharuhera police station on November 20, 2000.

The five accused have been asked to be present in the court of the CBI at Ambala on July 31 for personal hearing.

Sita Aggarwal and her daughter were brought to the police station after the death of her husband, Ashok Aggarwal, on November 16, 2000. His body was found at a deserted spot.

The police, who registered a murder case, allegedly subjected the two women to third degree treatment, after which the two consumed poison.

Just before she passed away, the statement of Sarika Aggarwal was recorded by the Rewari’s Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Mr Suraj Bhan, in the local civil hospital, in which it was alleged that she and her mother consumed poison due to police harassment.

A case of murder and wrongful consignment under Sections 302, 342 and 34 of the IPC was registered against Sri Ram Yadav, SHO, and Lekh Ram, Sub-Inspector.

However, during investigation, the offence of murder under Section 302, IPC was converted into abetment of suicide under Section 306 on November 23, 2000, on the basis of the medical report as well as the statements.

The police arrested Sri Ram Yadav and Lekh Ram, who were remanded to judicial custody by a local court. However, on February 5, 2001, the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Rewari discharged the accused.

But the then Additional Sessions Judge, Dr S. K. Kappor, suo motu launched proceedings against the discharged accused, maintaining that it was a sessions trial case.

Again, on the basis of an application filed by the accused, the Sessions Judge of Narnaul transferred the case to the Additional Sessions Judge of Rewari, who, vide impugned order dated May 31, 2001, set aside the order dated February 5, 2001, passed by the CJM of Rewari, and directed the CJM to proceed further in the matter in accordance with the law.

Aggrieved against the above order passed by the Additional Sessions Judge, both the accused filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in June 2001, seeking quashing of the order as well as restoration of the order dated February 5, 2001 passed by the CJM, Rewari.

Simultaneously, Neeru Aggarwal, daughter of the deceased, Ashok Aggarwal, filed another writ petition seeking the transfer of investigations of the above case of abetment of suicide and wrongful confinement registered against police personnel of the Dharuhera police station and also payment of compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the petitioners.

Allowing both the petitions, Justice V. M. Jain, of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, in his verdict pronounced on February 8, 2002, set aside the order dated May 31, 2001, passed by the Additional Sessions Judge of Rewari and held that the CJM was perfectly justified in passing the order dated February 5, 2001.

However, it was clarified that the said order passed by the CJM should be deemed to be an order under Section 169 of the CrPC ordering release of the accused from the custody on the ground that they were found innocent and not an order of discharge.

Furthermore, the investigation of the above case was entrusted to the CBI.

Consequently, the case registered on November 20, 2000 under Sections 302/306, 342 and 34 of the IPC was investigated by the CBI, which has now issued notices to Inspector Sri Ram Yadav, SI Lekh Ram and three others.

The challan in this regard has been put up in the court of the CBI at Ambala.

It may be mentioned that Sri Ram Yadav, Station House Officer of Dharuhera, retired from service on June 30, 2002.

Another accused, woman constable Sushila Yadav, is among the 1,600 constables of the Haryana Police, who were recently dismissed from service following an order of the apex court.

Contrary to this, SI Lekh Ram is, at present, in charge of the women’s cell of the police administration here while head constable Daya Nand has been undergoing ASI training at Madhuban (Karnal).

Besides, the fifth accused, woman constable Munia Devi, is presently posted at the Khol police station of the district.


The right lessons life’s experiences teach you

Deepak Chopra, author and philosopher, writing the other day in a national newspaper, stressed on three factors that go to make up lasting relationships: zest, intimacy and purpose. And he maintains that relationships are really what make the world go round.

But it is also true that to many a man, relationships often become a source of problems, tackling of which calls for superhuman wisdom. Many are those who have withdrawn from the world having got disillusioned with ‘friends’.

Try lending some money and you will discover that it calls for Herculian efforts and much coaxing and cajoling to recover your loan. You will curse yourself for not following Shakespeare’s dictum, “neither a lender nor a borrower be!”

Ingratitude is such a universal part of human nature that there are many proverbs in many lands advising against being helpful to others. One of them is: “The snake bites the hand that feeds it.” The result is man loses trust in man and becomes a lot cynical in the matter of being a good neighbour.

Goodness, kindness and honesty are characteristics, which should make a man popular. Jesus, when He was on this earth, went about healing all sorts of illnesses and crowds followed Him everywhere. But then, the same crowds cried out “crucify him, crucify him!” History is full of examples to show that ‘popularity’ does not pay and it is foolish trying to be good in a wicked world!

But Jesus prayed from the cross for His enemies. He taught people to overcome evil with good; to forgive enemies and to do good to those who hate them. Gandhiji had advocated non-resistance to evil. Were they all foolish?

Human nature is imperfect. Men keep hurting each other all the time. As Gandhiji put it so beautifully, the “eye for an eye” philosophy, if followed, will make everyone blind! Society will become unlivable. So will you learn the right lessons from life? Then read on the following received from the Internet:

A ninety-one-year-old woman died after living a long dignified life. When she met God she asked him something that had long bothered her. If man was created in God’s image, and if all men are created equal, why do people treat each other so badly?

God replied that each person who enters our life has a unique lesson to teach us. And it is only through these lessons that we learn about life, people, relationships and God. This confused the woman, so God began to explain.

When someone lies to you it teaches you that things are not always as they seem. The truth is often far beneath the surface. Look beyond the masks people wear if you want to know their heart. And remove your own masks to let people know yours. When someone steals from you it teaches you that nothing is forever. Always appreciate what you have, for you never know when you might lose it. And never, ever take your friends and family for granted because today is the only guarantee you have.

When someone inflicts an injury upon you, it teaches you that the human state is a fragile one. Protect and take care of your body as best as you can, it’s the only thing you are sure to have here on earth.

When someone mocks you, it teaches you that no two people are alike. When you encounter people who are different from you, don’t judge them by how they look or act; instead base your opinion on the contents of their heart.

When someone breaks your heart, it teaches you that loving someone does not always mean that the person will love you back. But don’t turn your back on love because when you find the right person, the joy that one person brings will make up for all the past hurts put together.

When someone holds a grudge against you, it teaches you that everyone makes mistakes. When you are wronged, the most virtuous thing you can do is to forgive the offender without pretense. Forgiving those who have hurt us is the most difficult and courageous thing man can do.

When a loved one is unfaithful to you, it teaches you that resisting temptation is man’s greatest challenge. Be vigilant in your resistance against all temptation. By doing so, you will be rewarded with an enduring sense of satisfaction far greater than the temporary pleasure by which you were tempted.

When someone cheats you, it teaches you that greed is the root of all evil. Aspire to make your dreams come true, no matter how lofty they may be. Do not feel guilty about your success, but never let an obsession with achieving your goals lead you to engage in malevolent activities.

When someone ridicules you, it teaches you that nobody is perfect. Accept people for their merits and be tolerant of their flaws. Do not ever reject someone for imperfections over which they have no control.

Upon hearing the Lord’s wisdom, the old woman became concerned that there were no lessons to be learned from man’s good deeds. God replied that man’s capacity to love is the greatest gift he has. At the root of all kindness is love, and each act of love also teaches us a lesson.

The woman’s curiosity deepening, God once again began to explain. When someone loves us, it teaches us that love, kindness, charity, honesty, humility, forgiveness and acceptance can counteract all the evil in the world. For every good deed, there is one less evil deed. Man alone has the power to control the balance between good and evil, but because the lessons of love are not taught often enough, the power is too often abused.

When you enter someone’s life, whether by plan, chance or coincidence, consider what your lesson will be. Will you teach love or a harsh lesson of reality? When you die, will your life have resulted in more loving or hurting? More comfort or pain? More joy or sadness? Each one of us has power over the balance of love in the world. Use it wisely. Don’t miss an opportunity to nudge the world’s scale in the right direction.

M. P. K. Kutty


Man killed as canter overturns
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 28
Mr Ram Lal, a resident of Garhi Jhinjhara village, was killed when a canter overturned and he was trapped underneath it on the G T Road near Ganaur Chowk, about 20 km from here last evening.

The police arrived on the spot and succeeded in bringing out the body from the vehicle and sent it for the postmortem examination. The police have registered the case and investigations were in progress.

According to yet another report, Mr Ram Kishan, a factory worker, was hit by a three-wheeler on the G T Road near Kundli village, about 25 km from here last evening.

He sustained serious injuries and was hospitalised. The police are investigating into the case.

MDU ‘fulfils’ exam responsibility

Rohtak: Maharshi Dayanand University has claimed to fulfil the responsibility entrusted by the Haryana Government to conduct various entrance examinations of professional courses in colleges/institutions/universities of the state in a befitting manner.

Addressing newsmen here today, Dr K C Bharadwaj, controller of examinations of the university, said the university also conducted the annual examinations of under-graduate classes (BA/B Sc/B Com) strictly as per schedule and declared the results in accordance with the notified dates.

He said the decisions of unfair means cases (UMCs) were also taken before the declaration of results.

Commenting on the entrance examinations of professional courses (MD/MS, B Pharmacy, MBA, MCA, PMT, CEET), Dr Bharadwaj said results were declared within minimum possible time from the day of entrance examination.

Canal water stolen

Bhiwani: Three persons have been charged with stealing canal water. In a report registered with the police on the complaint of SDO of subdivision number three Ramesh Kumar Sardana, Dalbir, Dayanand and Dharm Singh of Nimriwali had been charged with stealing canal water from a minor. 


Power cut in Rohini today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 28
North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) today announced load shedding on June 29 and June 30 due to maintenance work in the grid station in Rohini Sector 23 and pre-monsoon inspection. The areas affected on Sunday will be Chowgava, Begumpur and Rohini Sector 20 between 9.30 am to 12 noon due to maintenance work and pre-monsoon inspection. The areas affected on Monday will be Karala, Aman Vihar, Mithila Vihar, Pratap Vihar, SPS 2 and Rohini Sector 7/23 between 9.30 am and 12 noon.

Probe demanded into electricity scam

A delegation of non-BJP and non-Congress parties met the Police Commissioner today and demanded a probe into the alleged electricity scam, in which the poor were deceived and looted in the name of single point power delivery system for the last three years.

The delegation comprised office bearers of the ‘Third Front’, including vice president of Lok Janshakti Party Ramvir Singh Bidhuri and president of National Akali Dal Paramjeet Singh Pamma.


Nine booked for woman’s murder
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, June 28
Nine persons have been booked under Sections 147, 149, 302, 201 and 506 of the 
IPC in connection with the murder of a married woman at Lohani village. None of them have been arrested so far.

According to police sources, Champa of Sikandarpur was married to a person of Lohani. In his complaint, the brother of the deceased, Dharmbir Singh, alleged that the in-laws of Champa murdered his sister and to remove proof of the crime, they tried to cremate her, which was foiled anyhow.

He further alleged that Champa’s in-laws had threatened his nephew with dire consequences also. 


Power supply to electroplating units to be snapped
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 28
The district authorities have directed the Electricity Department to disconnect power supply to all those electroplating units, which had been asked to close down their operation by the Pollution Control Board (PCB).

These units, located in residential area, have failed to shift out to a designated area out of the town. According to officials, the PCB had closed down about 24 electroplating units in the recent months.

These units, operating in Ballabgarh, had failed to adhere to the directions of the authorities that all electroplating units will have to shift to sector 58 where special electroplating units zone had been created.

While there are around 210 such units in Faridabad and Ballabgarh, only 46 units have shifted to sector 58. The authorities claim that around 50 such units had closed down work in residential areas in the past 18 months.

The power department has installed eight out of the total 18 transformers in Sector 58, and the PCB has set up a common treatment plant for polluted water and other affluents.

Electroplating units had created air and water pollution problem and residential areas were severely affected as the release of untreated water had caused pollution of underground water.

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