Monday, July 21, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Demolition squad back as residents scurry to safety
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 20
The demolitions in Indira Colony in Sector 5, which were put on hold following the violence and police firing yesterday, resumed on Sunday evening. The drive met with little resistance as most of the residents had moved out of the area.

About a dozen JCBs and several companies of police force had been requisitioned in view of the violence yesterday. At least 1,250 houses, which have been issued notices by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), are still to be demolished. The demolition work, which was expected to begin in the morning, got bogged down owing to lack of policemen. The officials now expect to complete the drive by tonight.

The traffic on National Highway No 2 was again chaotic with the police diverting vehicles through the residential sectors for many hours. Cops have also been posted on the railway track.

The police have arrested at least ten persons in connection with the violence yesterday. About 100 persons, including some officials, had been injured when protestors clashed with the police during the demolition drive. Some others, including about half a dozen women, may also be booked and arrested in this connection.

The police sources denied that the BJP MLA from NIIT, Mr Chander Bhatia, who had come out in support of the residents yesterday, had been booked. Mr Bhatia had also been injured in the lathicharge and had been whisked away by the police from the site.

The persons arrested so far include one Narender, Suresh Kumar,Gyan Chand, Surender Kumar, Chhotey Lal, Dasrath Prasad Krishna,Mohammad Aurangzeb, Om Prakash and Pradip.

The other accused, identified but yet to be arrested, include Madan Lal, Tejpal Pradhan, Balbhadra, Prem Pradhan, Nanu Prasad, Om Prakash, Amichand Sharma, Rameshwar Garg, Radhey Shyam, Rajesh, Iqbal Sigh, Sakkal, Ramesh, Jhaan, Mohammad Sarpanch, Shiv Ram, Prabhati, S K Agarwal, Wazir Chand, Hem Chand Bal Kishan, and Ramkishan.

A crowd of 5,000 persons had resorted to arson and violence when the JCB started demolishing a residential structure in the colony at around 1 pm yesterday. The colony is reportedly more than three decades old and the majority of the dwellings are pucca and multi-storeyed.

Most residents claim to possess voter I-cards, ration cards and water and power connections. Several acres of prime land worth crores is under occupation in the colony, according to authorities.


District officials under fire for ‘ineptness’
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 20
Various political parties and their leaders have condemned the police action in Indira Colony yesterday. They have demanded action against officials who had ordered the police firing and caning of protestors during the demolition drive.

Demanding the transfer of district officials, they condemned the failure of the DC and the SP to reach the spot during the violence. It was an example of the ineptness of the administration.

Condemning the demolition of the 30-year-old colony, the leader of the opposition in the Vidhan Sabha and senior Congress leader, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, in a faxed statement here today alleged that the Chautala government was hell-bent on uprooting the poor. Opening fire on innocents and caning people who were demanding justice was the most oppressive form of retaliation. The government had breached all norms of morality and justice. Yesterday’s action was like ‘‘state sponsored terrorism’’ for which Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala was responsible, he added.

Instead of taking action against officials who had encouraged encroachments in connivance with others, the government was demolishing houses which were 30 to 40 years old. And that, too, abruptly and without providing any alternative housing site.

He also criticised the state BJP for providing support to an ‘anti people’ government which was “terrorising’’ people in one way or another. The people were fed up and ready to throw out the Chautala regime at the earliest.

Some Janata Dal (U) leaders, including Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, Mr S P Aggarwal (district president), and Mr Rajkumar Gaur, have condemned the police action in Indira Colony. They have sought the resignation of the Chautala government and demanded an end to the demolition drive in Faridabad. The modus operandi of the authorities was reminiscent of the inhuman `treatment’ meted out by foreign invaders in medieval India. They alleged that the government had been patronising the land mafia and punishing the poor in the name of anti-encroachment.

The RPI MLA from Palwal, Mr Karan Dalal, said that the demolition drive was used as a weapon by the Chautala regime to terrorise people who did not vote for the INLD. Instead of pulling down the illegal buildings of the land mafia and other influential people, the authorities had cracked the whip on hapless poor who could not afford to pay hefty bribes.


MCD, NGO to run health centre in partnership
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today entered into a partnership with NGOs for running its health centres. The first tie-up is with Aparna Trust, which runs an NGO in Molar Bund on Mathura Road.

This health centre will cater to the slum dwellers of J J Clusters and of Gautam Puri in Molar Bund.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ram Babu Sharma, Chairman, Standing Committee, said that it was for the first time that MCD had entrusted its health institution to a NGO. He hoped that the exercise will prove successful and other NGOs would follow suit.

The health centre has been equipped with laboratory equipment, which has been provided by the Japanese Government, apart from an ultrasound machine, an x-ray machine and an ambulance.

The centre has been built by the MCD under the IPP VIII project. The Aparna Trust will provide doctors specialising in medicine, gynaecology, Obstretics, ENT and Radiology while the MCD will take care of medicines and vaccines.

Mr. Ram Babu Sharma also announced that MCD would give a grant of Rs. 2.50 lakh to the trust, keeping in mind the good work done by it.

The trust maintains the Bal Vikas Kendra, undertakes sanitation work and horticulture besides running income generating schemes.


Selective action, says Congress
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, July 20
Dubbing the demolition drive carried out in Faridabad as “unjustified,’’ the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has condemned the “police firing’’ on innocent people on Saturday.

In a statement here today, Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, a former minister and an HPCC spokesperson, alleged that the ‘‘atrocities’’ of the state government against the common man had crossed all limits. He alleged that the Chautala government had set a record by demolishing the largest number of residential as well as commercial premises all over the state. The Congress leader alleged that the official machinery was being selective in its choice of targets. Terming the ongoing statewide drive as ‘politically motivated’, Mr Hooda alleged that the authorities had been targeting only those areas where the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) had no vote bank. He further alleged that even the houses of some army men, who were out on the front, had been razed to the ground.

For instance, the house of an army man was demolished by the district authorities at Bohar village in Rohtak, even though there had been no violation of building bylaws. The hopes and aspirations of the soldier were shattered as he had spent all his earnings in the construction of the house. Similarly, he alleged, a house constructed by an army man for his daughter in Jhajjar district had been flattened at the behest of an INLD activist.

Mr Hooda alleged that the Chautala government had lost the confidence of the masses and it would have to face the music in the forthcoming election. He claimed that the state unit of the Congress, under the leadership of HPCC chief Bhajan Lal, was gaining popularity.


Gender bias even in medical treatment of infants
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
Baby girls in the country are more likely to die owing to illnesses, which are preventable, and inexplicable causes, as against baby boys, says a study highlighting the society’s gender bias.

A study conducted by a team of scientists from St Stephen’s Hospital and AIIMS in three socio-economically deprived areas found that the number of deaths of baby girls below one year, due to unexplained causes, was three times greater than that of their male counterparts.

“Unexplained deaths mean when the cause of death is not ascertained,” Head of the Department of Community Health at St Stephen’s Hospital, Dr Amod Kumar, said.

He disclosed that health care workers involved in the study got to know of these deaths during the survey. Usually these were reported as sudden deaths by parents, but some of these may be cases of female infanticide.

The three colonies had a population of about 64,000. The findings of the study were published in the British Medical Journal. The study was carried out for a period of five years.

Even in the category of treatable diseases, the number of baby girls who died in first year was double than that of baby boys, Dr Kumar said.

“It is very unfortunate that diarrhoea, which is a curable disease, was responsible for 22 per cent deaths in children, killing twice as many girls”, Dr Kumar said.

Girls between their first and fifth birthdays were 30-50 per cent more likely to die as compared to boys, he revealed. The study was aimed at determining whether the imbalance in the country’s sex ratio could be explained by less favourable treatment of girls in infancy.


Grappling with civic amenities in promised ‘paradise’
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, July 20
Little did the residents of posh South City-1, promoted by UNITECH, realise at the time they invested a fortune in the promised ‘‘paradise on Earth’’ that they would have to grapple for basic amenities.

Owing to the allegedly cussed approach of the UNITECH authorities, most residents in South City-1 feel cheated in the matter of redressal of their grievances. What has got their goat is the complete lack of response from the authorities, even to the periodic representations from the Resident Welfare Association.

Joint petitions by the residents are also not acknowledged. For more than a decade, they have been keeping their fingers crossed, hoping against hope, but the recent downpour was the last straw on the proverbial camel’s back.

In the deluge that followed, the lanes converted into ponds, ostensibly due to the inadequate drainage. One resident lamented that he had never imagined he would have to undergo such a harrowing experience. Most of these residents had shifted to South City-1 from the national Capital, in their quest for a better quality of life.

Another disappointment has been the UNITECH management’s alleged failure to provide the promised three dozen parks. The builder’s leitmotif is lush green environment. For many, this was the chief attraction. However, except for a park or two, the rest are languishing. Some of these have become convenient pastures for labourers to laze around and answer the nature’s call.

Some areas specified as parks in the original layout plan of South City-1 are being used for other purposes. The most glaring instance is the park between block D and E. First, the UNITECH extended its Country Club by usurping the park area to set a lawn tennis court. Then, the other part was enclosed to set up a Jade Garden, which is interconnected with the club, strictly off-limit for the public/residents. This garden is used by the Country Club for commercial purposes. A sum of Rs 40,000 is charged as rent per day from the public for holding social events.

Being denied access to the Jade Garden is only one side of a multi-faceted problem. The revelries and the loud music is an untold nuisance, in blatant disregard for the directives of the Supreme Court on the issue, points out a resident. Affected residents have sent numerous representations to the UNITECH authorities, but their pleas have fallen on deaf years. The residents contend that that they should not suffer on account of post-facto amendments in rules and layout plan of the promoters.

With the Country Club becoming a commercial centre for non-residents of South City-1, there is a concomitant problem of parking. With the parking slot on the club premises chock-full, most vehicles are parked outside the club gate and in the adjoining lanes.

The free run of the South City-1 area by cattle and stray dogs has also become an eyesore. The residents allege that the UNITEC has been constantly hiking the maintenance charge since 1994, but the civic amenities have been constantly deteriorating.

The Estate Officer of UNITEC, however, has disputed the allegations of the residents.


Fewer polling booths in Bhiwani
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, July 20
Following the directions of the Election Commission, the number of polling booths for the next election has been reduced in Bhiwani district. The number will now be less by 197.

The District Election Officer, Mr H. S. Malik, told this correspondent here today that there were 1,233 booths in the last election, which have now been reduced to 1,036.

Earlier, he said, one booth was constituted for 1,000 voters, but since the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), the Election Commission has decided to have one booth for every 1,500 voters.

However, he said, there had been no reduction in the number of booths in areas with a heavy SC/ST concentration.

The booths in each Assembly seat had been carefully inspected by the registration officers, he said. The representatives of all parties had been advised to submit their suggestions after inspecting the lists of polling centres by July 24.

The DEO said that full transparency had been maintained while reconstituting the polling centres. Mr Malik also directed the registration officers to give top priority to the preparation of I-cards. He has directed them to organise meetings of patwaris and local officials at the tehsil level, so that the I-cards are completed in time.

The names of voters who had died or shifted their residences were yet to be deleted from the lists. 


INLD workers slam Jhajjar MLA
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, July 20
The workers of the Indian National Lok Dal made a scathing attack on Jhajjar MLA Dariao Singh Rajora and expressed dissatisfaction over his style of functioning in the party’s meeting of the workers today.

The meeting was presided over by the district INLD chief and MLA from Bahadurgarh, Mr Nafe Singh Rathee. It was attended by around 200 workers apart from former district president Balwan Singh Suhag, local MLA Dariao Singh Rajora and other local leaders and supporters.

The workers raised many issues and charged the local MLA with ignoring them. Many workers alleged that while the Congress supporters are getting government jobs, they are being ignored. The issues of inadequate and irratic supply of electricity and problem of potable and irrigation water were also raised. Addressing the workers, the district president said that a membership campaign would be launched soon to register all the workers. The district chief also asked the Jhajjar MLA to mend his style of functioning.


Cong for restoration of services of retrenched workers
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, July 20
The District Congress Committee (DCC) has demanded the immediate restoration of services of the retrenched employees of Haryana State Minor Irrigation and Tubewell Corporation (HSMITC) to protect the region from the havoc of floods.

In a statement here yesterday, Prof Virender, president, DCC (rural), said that HSMITC had played a key role in draining out the accumulated water from Rohtak and Bhiwani districts during the devastating floods of 1995.

He alleged the government had decided to close down the corporation without any specific reason, which had rendered nearly 4,000 employees jobless.

Besides, he said the machines and equipments worth several crores, lying in the HSMITC workshop at Karnal, were being destroyed by rust and would be unable to drain out the floodwater in the ensuing rainy season.

Prof Virender charged the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, with discriminating against Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonepat and Rewari districts in the matter of distribution of funds to be spent on providing irrigation facilities in the region.

Strengthening his allegation, he said the state government received an amount of Rs 319 crore from NABARD this year for the area being irrigated by Bhakra Canal.

He said the native town of the Chief Minister fell in this area.

On the contrary, he alleged no budget had been allocated for construction and repair of irrigation channels in certain districts being irrigated by the Western Yamuna Canal, including those of Rohtak, Sonepat, Jhajjar, Rewari etc.

He sought a white paper on the number of irrigation channels in the region where repair work were being carried out.


SOS to CM over non-payment of wages to brick kiln workers 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 20
Resentment prevails among workers of a brick kiln, near Rampur Kundal village, against the non-payment of wages for the last six months.

According to a report, some of the workers were even beaten up by the brick-kiln owner and his associates when they approached him for the payment of their wages.

Mr Ram Diya Ratewal, president of the district unit of the Brick Kilns Workers Union, alleged here today that the workers were being exploited by the owners of the brick kilns on some pretext or the other, as the district and Labour Department officials have remained a silent spectator.

He also alleged that the brick kiln owners were defying the labour laws and the Minimum Wages Act in the absence of any inspection by the district authorities.

He urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, to direct the district authorities to intervene and put pressure on the owner of the brick kiln for releasing the wages of the workers without any further delay.

He also demanded stern action against the owners of brick kilns who are found violating the labour laws and the Minimum Wages Act and denying the payment of wages to the workers.

Meanwhile, a large number of brick kiln workers held a demonstration in front of the District Labour and Concilliation Officer here yesterday to register their protest against the non-payment of their wages by the owner of the brick kiln.

They shouted slogans and submitted a memorandum to the District Labour and Concilliation Officer and demanded stern action against the owner of the brick kiln, who had beaten up the workers and denied their wages.


Great potential to earn forex from film, TV industry: Rudy 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
The Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy, today said that the government fully realised the potential of the film and television industry to earn precious foreign exchange for the country.

“Availability of 90 television channels in the country goes to prove that the government is indeed giving a free hand and the required support to the film and television professionals”, he said.

The Minister was addressing the students of the Asian Academy of Film and TV in Noida after formally releasing a book on ‘Film and Television Editing’ prepared by the documentation division of the Academy.

Complimenting the institute for the outstanding contribution to film and television training, he hoped that a system in which every one had a chance to work would soon be in place in the country. Later, the Minister inaugurated the state-of-the-art preview theatre at the Marwah Films and Video Studios. Well-known theatre personality Sita Raina and renowned director A. S. Bedi were also present at the function.


Chautala inaugurates Devi Lal Girls College at Murthal
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 20
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, inaugurated the Devi Lal Girls College at Murthal, with the hope that the new college will attract large number of girl students from the area.

The inauguration of the college was a long sought demand of the local MLA, Mr Suraj Mal Antil and the people of more than three dozen villages of the area.

However, according to reports, only 36 girl students have so far enrolled themselves for B.A. Part-1 course so far. The last date for admission expires on July 21. As many as 210 seats have been sanctioned by the university for admission in the various courses in Humanities.

According to the principal of the college, Mrs Raj Dembla, the government has authorised admissions only in courses of Art streams.

Though she admitted that the low admissions rate were below the expectation, the college authorities are hopeful that more students would enrol themselves in the near future.

“We will approach the university authorities for extending the last date for the admission and exempting students from the payment of late fees as a special case,” she said.

A college lecturer was of the opinion that the delay in opening the admissions process was one of the main causes of the reduction in the enrolment of students as a large number of girls had already applied in colleges in Sonepat.

Had the admissions been started simultaneously with other colleges, there would have been more admissions here, said the lecturer.

She also pointed out that a large number of students might have preferred to take admission in Sonepat, which is well connected with the villages of the area.

The students who had come for admissions also expressed similar views.

They demanded that the district administration should make adequate arrangements for roadways buses so that the girls could communicate easily from their villages.

In the beginning, the classes will be held in the Government Girls Senior Secondary School. Mr Antil pointed out the construction of the new college building was in full swing and would be completed within six months, as there was no shortage of funds.

The college authorities are planning to send their staff members to the various villages of the area to motivate the people to enrol their wards in the college here.


Tanker runs over four labourers
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, July 20
A driver reportedly ran his tanker over four sleeping labourers at a hot mix plant near Tosham yesterday. One of the victims was killed on the spot whereas three others have been admitted to civil hospital here. The driver, however, managed to escape.

According to report, four labourers were sleeping on the ramp at the hot mix plant site. A charcoal-laden tanker No. HR 85A 9530, belonging to a company in Panipat, was returning after unloading the material. It ran over the labourers. The driver accelerated the speed of the tanker when some labourers cried for help.

One labourer identified as Manoj died on the spot. Three injured have been identified as Pravinder, Subodh and Sudhir.

House set on fire

Agitated after the death of a youth, a crowd reportedly set on fire the house of an accused Sita Ram here today.

It may be recalled that four youths of Laxmi Nagar area had killed Sanjay of local Hanuman Gate area with knives over some payment. Police had registered a case of murder against the four though no arrest had been made so far.

According to report, the enraged mob attacked the house of Sita Ram and than set it on fire. They threw out household articles on the street before setting the house on fire. The fire had destroyed everything. The crowd dispersed only when the police arrived on the scene.


Illegal shops demolished
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 20
The officials of the anti-demolishing squad, headed by the District Town and Country Planning Officer, Mr J P Sihag, and the DSP, Mr Om Parkash, pressed into service JCB machines and demolished as many as 32 shops constructed illegally on Janti Road near Kundli village along the Haryana-Delhi border about 25 km from here last evening.

According to a report, some shopkeepers offered resistance but they were pushed off by a strong contingent of police accompanied by the officials. This led to panic among the shopkeepers who started taking their goods out of the shops immediately. The work for the demolishing continued until 5 pm.

According to another report, many dhabas were razed constructed illegally on the National Highway No. 1 near Qumashpur village.

The JCB machines were also used in demolishing the dhabas. The officials also destroyed the DPC of many roads and residential plots in an unauthorised residential colony coming up at Murthal village.

This action followed the instructions of the state government regarding the removal of encroachments and unauthorised constructions.

Health care camp

The Tehsil Alipur Bridari is organising a one-day free health care camp on the premises of the Royal Dental Hospital near Sikka Colony of this city on July 27.

Prominent specialists and doctors have been engaged to examine the patients suffering from various diseases.

The Haryana government plans to set up a cybercity at Gurgaon and the project is being developed on a 100-acre plot near the IGI Airport. Once completed, the cybercity will provide employment to about five lakh people.


4 sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, dacoity 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 20
Four persons accused in a case of murder and dacoity have been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Additional District Sessions Judge of the local Fast Track Court, Mr B. S. Rawat.

The convicted have been identified as Satish of village Kilorad, Sanjay of Kharkhoda, Jai Kishan alias Jainoo of village Halalpur and Manjit of village Lova Khurd in Bahadurgarh sub-division in Jhajjar district.

In this attack, Sandeep received fatal injuries and his father Om Prakash, mother Chameli and brother Ajit were also injured.

Subsequently, the criminals also looted cash and jewellery and escaped.

Cases under Sections 302, 324, 325, 307, 395 and 97 of IPC were registered at the Sadar Police Station.

Police action condemned

A person identified as Naresh of village Mohana was severely beaten up by the police when he was unable to stop his scooter at a checkpoint near Hullaheri turning on Sonepat-Gohana road.

Naresh lost control of his vehicle while being beaten up by the police and fell down in the drain passing alongside the road.

In the process, he fractured his leg and was admitted to the civil hospital for treatment. The people of the area have condemned the police action. 


NCR Briefs
Two held for bid to rob passers-by
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, July 20
The Special police staff has arrested two armed youths on the charge of making attempts to loot the passers-by on the point of pistols in and around Sonepat.

According to a report, the youths were identified as Sajjan of Dewru village and Narinder alias Nidra of Murthal village. The police have recovered two countrymade pistols from their possession. The culprit Sajjan is already involved in two cases of thefts and had been declared a proclaimed offender by the court. Another culprit Narinder is also involved in some criminal cases. According to another report, the special police staff has also arrested a youth Gulshan alias Gulshi of Mohalla Kalan Sonepat on the charge of selling the contraband following the recovery of 225 grams charas from his possession. Meanwhile, the CIA has arrested a youth Vinod of Shahpur Turk village on the charge of selling a stolen coloured TV set from a dhaba near the bus stand.

A case of theft has been registered against him following the recovery of the TV set.

Dental camp

Free dental camp was held on the premises of the J P Jain Senior Secondary School on the Sonepat Dewru Road here yesterday. According to a report, Dr L C Jindal, Senior Dentist of the local civil hospital examined as many as 847 students, both boys and girls and teachers and made them aware of the causes of dental diseases and care. This is the first-ever camp organised in this school by the management.

Dalit sammelan

Rohtak: Mr K D Sultanpuri, national co-convener of Akhil Bhartiya Congress Anusuchit Prakoshtha said that a massive Dalit sammelan of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal would soon be organised in Haryana. It would be addressed by the AICC chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi.

He was speaking during the ‘Haryana Congress Anusuchit Jati Prakoshtha Karyakarta Chintan Sammelan’ here this afternoon.

The Opposition leader in Haryana Assembly, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had demanded that a massive sammelan be organised which should be addressed by Ms Sonia Gandhi in the state.

Mr Sultanpuri said there were two MPs and 17 MLAs of reserved category in Haryana who had done nothing for the welfare of the Dalit community.

Mr Sultanpuri said the Vidhan Sabha elections were scheduled in four states for which the party should unite under a banner.

Addressing the party workers, Mr Hooda said the party had been coming to power mainly with the support of Dalits which were an integral part of the party. He alleged that the Chautala government was anti-Dalit.


Brother killed after tiff over power bill
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
A 34-year-old man was killed by his elder brother at Sultanpuri in North-West Delhi last night following a dispute over payment of electricity bill.

Police said Shivnath was stabbed on the left side of his chest with scissors by his brother Prem (40) at Budh Vihar in Sultanpuri after a quarrel over their share in the electricity bill. Shivnath succumbed to the injuries. The police have registered a case of murder and arrested the accused.

Free medical camp

A free medical check-up camp has been organised for the residents of Indira Enclave, Neb Sarai. In the camp, the organisers will also administer dengue prevention drops to contain the spread of the disease. Besides, a lecture on preventive medicine has been organised to educate the residents.

The camp has been sponsored by Delhi Homeopathic Medical Association, SC and ST weaker section association.

National Akali Dal rally

The National Akali Dal on Sunday demonstrated outside Parliament House and raised slogans in protest against the stands of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC) on the issue of reserving 33 per cent of the seats in Parliament for women.

The office-bearers of the party demanded that the Bill be passed in the monsoon session of Parliament that begins tomorrow.

Free Metro parking

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will provide free parking space for the bicycles of passengers travelling on pre-paid smart cards for multiple journeys from tomorrow.

The scheme will be effective for one month initially but will be extended after observing the response of the commuters, a DMRC release said today.

It said the DMRC had provided parking space for the bicycles at Metro Stations located at Shahadra, Welcome Colony, Seelampur, Shastri Park and Tis Hazari. Smart Cards, which are valid for a month, are available for Rs 100, Rs 200 and Rs 500 after paying an additional refundable deposit of Rs 100.

The DMRC said the reach of the Metro will be increased by another 4.5 km in September this year by extending it up to Trinagar. It will further be extended up to Rithala, another 8.5 km, in March 2004.


As many as 130 cases of auto-lifting solved; three held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
With the arrest of three auto-lifters in two different cases, the South district police today claimed to have solved 130 cases of auto-lifting in the district.

In the first case, the police have arrested an auto-lifter Sadruddin alias Sadar (30), of Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, from Malviya Nagar while he was riding a stolen motorcycle.

The police constituted a team to check the increasing cases of auto thefts in the district recently.

The team studied the modus operandi of the thieves and suspected Sadruddin’s involvement. He had been arrested earlier also for auto-lifting. But he gave the police the slip while being taken to his village for the recovery of vehicles.

On July 17, the police received a tip-off that the accused would be coming to steal motorcycles. At around 7.30 pm near Golf Course, Malviya Nagar, the police found Sadruddin on a stolen motorcycle DL-3S-Q-3737, and also seized some drugs from his possession.

During interrogation, he told the police that he had stolen the vehicle from Ambedkar Nagar and was involved in more than 100 cases. He used to come to Delhi around 8 pm with his associates Sahoon, Liyaqat and Rajesh alias Dabboo and sleep in night shelter home in Jama Masjid or in parks near Pushp Vihar.

Early morning at around 4 am, they would get up and looked for motorcycles in the area. They took these bikes and prepared fake documents at Kosi in Uttar Pradesh and then disposed them of.

The police have launched a hunt for his associates and are in the process of recovering the vehicles from the accused.

In the second case, two auto-lifters were arrested. More than 30 cases have been solved. The police also claimed to have recovered eight motorcycles and three scooters and a button-actuated knife from their possession.

Based on a tip-off that Prakash (34), resident of Sangam Vihar and Shaukat alias Munni (22), resident of Bharatpur, Rajasthan would be coming towards Sangam Vihar from Faridabad, the police spotted them on a motorcycle but they tried to speed away. However, the police overpowered them.

Police teams have been sent to Gwalior and Etah to recover more vehicles.


Wear your age well. Use this anti-wrinkle night cream

Oriflame, the natural Swedish cosmetic company has launched an anti-wrinkle Retinol treatment cream. The cream has the properties to undo the damage caused by ageing as well as the bad effects of environmental exposure. It not only reduces wrinkles and age spots but also brightens the skin tone.

Peter Hauggaard, CEO, Oriflame India, said “Keeping in mind the stressful lifestyle of our city dwellers, Oriflame has come out with an anti-wrinkle night cream containing Retinol that provides the much-needed relief to your skin.”

Haute footwear

Woodland has introduced a footwear for the joy of its discerning customers. Its newly innovated range of slip-ons and sandals for gents, have unique lightweight and eco-friendly technology under the umbrella of ‘Floaters’.

“This new range of floaters and sandals are not only comfortable to wear but also make a fashion statement,” said Harkirat Singh, MD, Woodland.

Belts and ties for cool-dude look

Daks has introduced the finest range of accessories for men like leather belts and ties to enhance their looks. One can choose from the woven designs of formal meetings to the printed designs for those semi-formal outings.

Ms Reetika Dalal, Daks, said, “These accessories have been introduced with an aim to give a perfect look to the Daks man.”

Exterior paints

Dulux Weathershield has now launched the exterior part category through their international brand of exterior paints. The paint has a smooth finish that reduces the accumulation of dust on the walls.

“As part of our ongoing research to understand the consumer needs, we carry out extensive market surveys across the country. Our paint – Dulux Weathershield not only enhances the look of exterior walls, but also protects the walls against algae growth,” said Hina Nagarajan, General Manager, ICI paints.

Fragrance with a whiff of romance

Ibiza Hippie, the 11th seasonal Escada perfume was recently launched in the city. The ‘love at first sight’ fragrance with a whiff of romance and sensuality, the latest creation of Escada Beaute: Ibiza Hippie, is an electric fragrance that spurts rhythm, grace and a phantasm of the seventies.

The Eau de Toilette packaging has a pink rose tattoo and is available in Hippy Chic denim version with sensual laces. The legendary heart-shaped bottle design has graduated from denim to deep pink. Bold, ultra-feminine and sexy, the Ibiza Hippie packaging is a true jewel of fancy.

Leather footwear for fashionistas

Franco Leone, a quality design in leather footwear has launched its new collection of smart corporate – casual shoes for the corporators of substance.

The shoes have been designed keeping in mind the latest fashion-loving professionals.

Genset for specific needs

Honda Siel Power Products Limited has unveiled ‘Handy Genset’, the most stylish light-weight, high performance and low-priced genset specially for the Indian consumers.

R S Bidesi, vice-president, Handy Genset, said “We have been offering products at various price points who come with the unique features, catering to the specific needs of customers.”

Innovative concept in cleanliness

Godrej Consumers Limited has launched an innovative concept in cleanliness with ‘Cinthol Hand Sanitizer’.

The new product contains an anti-bacterial agent—TCS to give 100 per cent germ-free hands. It is tested and certified by clinical research laboratories and thus its affords cleanliness and convenience..

Rare watches

Corum, the Swiss watchmaker has introduced its new Admiral’s Cup Marees range of watches in the Indian market. The powerful rhythms of the tides constantly sculpt the landscapes, stirring up millions of gallons of water. Very few watches are able to measure such thing and the Admiral’s Cup is one such rarity.

The highly specific characteristic of this model whose design, external appearance and bracelet style are identical to the other new-generation Admiral’s Cup versions lies in the patented mechanism integrated within its automatic movement.

Flash your pearls!

Jindal Photos has announced the launch of Clear Shot Zoom 50 camera. The new model is a 35mm full manual control zoom camera that allows the user to simply rotate the lens to zoom smoothly in and out for clarity and sharpness.

Rathi B Pal, MD, Jindal said, “It has been our constant endeavour to bring the best of technology, products and latest equipment for the people in India.”

AC for higher cooling efficiency

Voltas Cooling Appliances has unveiled their designer range of Slimline split air-conditioners called ‘Venture’. A marvel in design, Ventures are suited to match the sophisticated interiors of any office, restaurants, showrooms, departmental stores and shops.

The new ‘Venture’, Slimline air-conditioners are armed with the technology-enabled intelligent features and the energy-efficient compressors that allow minimum power consumption and higher cooling efficiency.

Home Entertainment System

Bose Lifestyle has come up with an 18 Home Entertainment System. The new system will offer consumers many of the most popular features and benefits of the company’s acclaimed DVD-based Lifestyle systems.

New model of inverters

Luminous, a leading manufacturer of ‘Luminous’ brand of power conditioning equipment like Inverters, UPS, Voltage, Stabilisers and DC

Power supplies has announced its ‘Tiranga’ model of inverters.

Under this scheme, Luminous Electronics has tied up with a battery major to bundle its batteries along with the ‘Tiranga’ inverters, thereby ensuring smooth delivery and maintenance of the battery to the end-customers.

For long and lustrous hair

Procter and Gamble has announced the launch of Pantene Long Black, the ultimate solution for achieving the long and black hair. Pantene Long Black contains no hair colorants. Its new, patented Pro-Vitamin Moistblack formula makes hair look naturally darker and healthier.

Rahul Malhotra, Marketing Manager, said, “Pantene Long Black with its unique Moist Black Pro-Vitamin formula darkens each strand of hair through intense moisturization and delivers the long and uniformly black hair.”

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