Wednesday, July 23, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Prenatal sex tests rampant, ultrasound machines sealed
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 22
The state health authorities have sealed at least two ultrasound machines of private clinics and nursing homes on the charge of violation of the Pre-Natal Sex Diagnostic Test (PNDT) Act in the district.

The violations were detected after a three-member high-level team of officials of the Health Department conducted surprise checks here recently. The team also caught a quack at a nearby village and found discrepancies at a blood bank of a leading hospital in Palwal town in the district. Notices are likely to be issued to the offenders shortly.

The team, consisting of Dr Sushma Madan, Dr G. P. Saluja (both Deputy Directors) and Mr G. L. Singhal, Assistant State Drug Controller, visited a private nursing home at Sector 28 here and found the doctor there had been using the ultrasound machine for disclosing the sex of the unborn child. It recovered an amount of Rs 1,600 signed by the team and accepted by the owner of the clinic for conducting an ultrasound and promising to inform the patient about the sex of her child.

The team has sealed the ultrasound machine of the nursing home. The machine is reportedly a mobile one and had been used at various places as per convenience and demand.

Certain private clinics with ultrasound facility charge between Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,800 for disclosing the sex of the unborn child, depending on the case and the patient’s paying capacity. Some centres provide ultrasound and the facility of medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) at one place. In the second case, the team found a nursing home at Neelam Chowk providing ultrasound facility without getting the requisite registration from the district health authorities. The machine was promptly sealed. The authorities suspect there could be a large number of unregistered machines in the region.


HC to hear plea on release of Uphaar hall to Ansals
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
The Delhi High Court today said it will hear arguments on whether the Uphaar cinema hall needs to be preserved in view of the ongoing criminal trial in the fire tragedy.

Justice J. D. Kapoor has asked the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT), which is opposing the petition of the Ansal Theatres and Club Hotels Pvt Ltd (ATCHPL) for release of the hall, to prepare a list of conditions that should be imposed in case the court decides to release the theatre, so that the criminal trial proceedings are not affected.

The ATCHPL has sought the release of the hall, which currently is in the possession of the CBI as case property, so that it can be sold to raise the compensation amount of about Rs 12 crore, which the high court had directed the company to pay the victims of the accident.

The AVUT said that it was not averse to the sale of the theatre but feared that such a step would affect the hall, which was primary evidence in the case.

Counsel for the AVUT K. T. S. Tulsi said the association did not want the criminal trial scuttled on any account, including the release of the hall, even if it meant the ATCHPL did not pay the compensation on this account.

The movie hall should not be released till the criminal trial was over, he prayed and claimed that the ATCHPL had other properties through which the payment could be made.

The ATCHPL, represented by senior counsel Ram Jethmalani, argued for the release of the hall.

However, the matter was adjourned for July 25 as Additional Solicitor General R. N. Trivedi, appearing for the CBI, was not available.

The high court on April 24 had passed a landmark judgement awarding a hefty compensation of more than Rs 20 crores, to be paid by the owners of Uphaar Cinema hall, as well as the Licensing Authority, the DVB and the MCD.

Earlier, the AVUT had moved the Delhi High Court, seeking damages worth Rs 120 crore from the owners of Uphaar Cinema, the Licencing Authority for movie halls in the Capital, the electricity supply company (erstwhile DVB) and the MCD, jointly and severally to the petitioners who had lost their relatives in the tragedy and also to the injured.

On June 23, in compliance with the order, the Delhi Police (Licencing Authority for cinema halls), the Delhi Power Corporation Ltd (erstwhile DVB) and the MCD deposited cheques of Rs 2.14 crore, Rs 2.45 crore and Rs 2.26 crore towards their respective share of the compensation.


Flash floods wash away bridge, traffic goes for a toss
Our Correspondent

Rewari, July 22
Flash floods, caused by a hefty discharge of accumulated rainwater from the neighbouring Behror tehsil in Alwar district of Rajasthan, washed away a subway bridge on the Rewari-Narnaul–Reengus rail track near the Pali railway crossing, about 15 km from here, last evening. This resulted in total disruption of rail traffic on the Rewari-Reengus section of the Railway.

Simultaneously, a subway road bridge was damaged on the Rewari-Narnaul-Khetri highway, a few hundred yards from the Pali rail crossing, resulting in cessation of vehicular traffic. A young farmer, Madu Ram(25), son of Brahma Prakash of Pali village, met a watery grave yesterday. A teenaged boy, Ghanshyam, was drowned in a pond at Gothra village near Pali today. The district administration sent divers to Gothra this afternoon to fish out his body.

Meanwhile, flood waters also entered Cheeta Dungra, Gothra, Mamadia, Mundi and several other villages last evening. There were reports that a number of houses had been damaged, causing misery to the house owners .

A hefty flow of accumulated rainwater coming down from neighbouring hills entered Rajgarh, Tankri and several other villages of the Bawal area of the district last evening.

Mr Raj Kumar Meena, Divisional Railway Manager, Jaipur, told newspersons at Pali bridge today that 150 workers and three JCB machines were engaged in the restoration work of the totally damaged bridge. He was confident the task would be accomplished by tomorrow afternoon following which there would be resumption of rail traffic on the Rewari-Reengus section.

Meanwhile, the Chetak Express, running between Delhi and Udaipur, and the Ahmedabad Express, running between Delhi and Ahmedabad, had been diverted to Rewari via Loharu while rail traffic between Narnaul and Phulera was continuing, he added.

The DRM also informed that the Pali rail bridge no 112 had also been severely damaged by flash floods in 1956 and 1962.

The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neerja Shekhar, said repair work on the damaged subway road bridge on the Rewari-Narnaul road near the Pali rail crossing was in progress and light vehicular traffic would be allowed on it by late evening while it would be opened for heavy vehicular traffic in a day or two.

The DC also announced financial assistance of Rs 10,000 from Red Cross funds for the kith and kin of each of the two deceased persons.


Tehsil office refuses to toe govt line on plot registration
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 22
Despite the state government’s directive lifting the ban on registration of land in tehsil offices sometime back, the local tehsil office has been observing the ban for the last two weeks on the pretext that certain clauses of the government directions were not clear. It has sought a clarification from the government.

This unilateral decision of the tehsil authorities here has created resentment among the people, mainly property dealers who point out that the registration process had already begun in other places.

The process of registration of land in the villages has also reportedly been suspended in the tehsil office on the ground that the district town planner is yet to provide information about the village land to be acquired by the government.

Tehsildar Satish Kumar said that the office would soon receive reports from the district town planner and a clarification from the government on the waiver of the no-objection certificate (NOC) condition on registration of land in urban and controlled areas.

It is pertinent to point out that there are 69 residential colonies in Sonepat town and house owners in these colonies have become victims of the NOC condition. A proposal to regularise these colonies was sent to the government by the local municipal authorities in the past and the government accorded its sanction and regularised the colonies. Then, the municipal authorities asked the residents to complete all formalities, which are mandatory for a regularised colony.

Hundreds of residents of these colonies got their houses and plots registered in the tehsil office, deposited development charges in the municipal office and applied for approval of their building plans. But again the government declared these colonies as unauthorised and the registration process remained suspended for six months. However, the government removed the NOC condition last month.


Gurgaon garbage in private hands
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, July 22
The residents of Gurgaon city can now hope that their areas will not stink as they do now. The municipality has decided to hand over the responsibility of lifting garbage and solid waste from various collection points and dumping it at the new site in Gairatpur Baas village, about 20 km from here, to private parties.

The municipality will soon invite tenders from private parties for the job. The formalities of final selection will be completed by the end of this month. The contract will be for three months.

At present, the municipality has about 30 big primary collection centres. Hitherto, it had been directly involved in picking the solid waste from these collection points and dumping it at the main site on Basai road. After the government decided that the municipality and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) must dump the city’s solid waste at a new site, the hunt began for a suitable venue. The choice fell on Gairatpur Baas. The civic body and the HUDA purchased 20 acres and 40 acres, respectively, from the panchayat on lease.

According to officials, the area of land acquired would suffice for disposing of the city’s solid waste for more than 20 years. The final plan is to get the solid waste treated and recycled for use.

The decision also seems to be quite cost-effective. A senior officer disclosed that on an average the civic body spends more than Rs one lakh on petrol and diesel per month for vehicles used for lifting the garbage. Besides, there was the cost of upkeep of the vehicles and of the equipment involved in the work.

The civic body also has 50 employees in its service for this task.

It will be mandatory for the prospective contractors to clear the garbage from the primary collection centres twice a day at fixed timings. Failure to meet the deadline would invite a penalty of Rs 500 for each hour the garbage remains uncollected at the centre. Long and frequent delays in lifting the garbage would invite cancellation of the contract. In such an case, the security money deposited (Rs 1 lakh) would be forfeited.


Conjoined babies to remain under observation
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences has decided to keep the two conjoined baby boys, abandoned by their parents, under observation for some more time before the authorities take a decision on their future.

The spokesperson for the hospital, Dr Shakti Gupta, said here today that the doctors have not yet decided whether to go in for a surgery, as there are strong chances of complications arising during the operation. Doctors would observe the functions of the babies, born over a month ago, before taking any decision. They would also study how the conjoined babies behave when one of them is hungry or in pain, it was pointed out.

The babies are joined in the lower abdomen area, have two heads, two upper chests, two hearts, four lungs, two spinal cords, but a common lower chest and only two legs.

The babies, who are yet to be named, were abandoned by their parents. Till now, an Amritsar-based NGO has approached the AIIMS authorities with a request to adopt them. However, the authorities said that there will have to be serious discussions before any decision is taken. The authorities are considering counselling the parents to take the twins back. The twins, born at Lady Hardinge Medical College here, were referred to AIIMS within six hours of their birth.

Commuter killed in freak mishap

Sonepat: One person died and seven others were injured at Sonepat railway station this morning when the cover of a buffer joint of a compartment of the Amritsar-bound Shatabdi Express broke when the emergency brakes were applied.

The victim has been identified as Jagdish (52) of Mahipur village. He was employed as a DTC conductor. One of the seriously injured persons has been referred to Delhi.

The victim was going on duty and was to board the HNK passenger train. When the train was about to cross Sonepat railway station the HNK also arrived at the other platform at the same time. Jagdish reportedly tried to cross over but was trapped under the Shatabdi Express before he could make it.

Livid passengers waiting on the platform pelted stones on the station building, protesting against the failure of the local railway authorities to make an early announcement about the Shatabdi. OC


Missing pistol: Rs 1 lakh reward for clue
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
The Delhi Police, having failed to trace a pistol which was stolen from the National Museum, have sought the support of the public and announced a cash reward of Rs one lakh for anyone providing valuable information leading to the recovery of the weapon.

The Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr R. S. Gupta, today announced the reward as the sleuths are still baffled about the whereabouts of the weapon. The Delhi Police Crime Branch, which is now handling the case, had questioned several persons, including the museum staff and the public.

The 7.62 mm pistol went missing from the Maritime Heritage Gallery of the National Museum on June 28. The misleading label on the artifact said it was the same weapon which was surrendered by Pakistani Lieutenant-General A. K. A. Niazi after the 1971 war. However, it was later confirmed that Niazi’s pistol is safe at Indian Military Academy Museum at Dehra Dun.

After the weapon was stolen from the museum, the CISF and the Delhi Police had launched several combing operations to find out how the weapon went missing but failed to get a concrete clue. The forensic experts on their part lifted several fingerprints from the spot.

The weapon was picked up from the showcase with the help of a screwdriver between 12.15 and 12.25 pm on Saturday.


Boy’s body found in gunny bag
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 22
The body of a 14-year-old boy was found in a gunny bag from a plot in Subhash Colony of Ballabgarh yesterday. The police suspect that he was murdered and the body stuffed in the gunny bag by the culprits who disposed it of near a shop in the colony. The victim, identified as Titu, a resident of Subhash Colony, had gone to meet his brothers who are running a vegetable shop near the bus stand on Sunday but failed to return in the evening. The body with injury marks was found yesterday. This is the fourth murder in the town in the past 23 days. Earlier, a trader and his assistant were stabbed to death in Chawla Colony by some robbers.


HVP denies raw deal to Ahirwal
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, July 22
Refuting the allegations made by the Congress leader Capt Ajay Singh that successive chief ministers, including Bansi Lal, have ignored the Ahirwal region, senior vice-president of the Haryana Vikas Party, Mr Manphol Singh, said that his party leader Bansi Lal had taken special interest for the development of the Ahirwal region.

The HVP leader claimed that Bansi Lal initiated the plan to connect all the districts by roads from Narnaul, during his tenure from 1968 to 1975. He accused the Congress leader of misleading the people by presenting distorted facts about HVP leader.

Mr Singh also flayed the INLD by saying that the image of the government has been exposed by the workers of the ruling party itself and the resentment is more intense in the common people. He claimed that the HVP would form the next government in the state.


Rohtak MC chief wants height of drain bank raised
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, July 22
The president of the local municipal council, Ms Pratibha Suman, has urged the district administration to raise the height of the eastern bank of Drain 8 to 25 feet between Singhpura and Dobh villages to save the city from the fury of floods. Her proposals have been supported by chairman of the Haryana Traders Association Narain Parshad Goyal and residents of Krishna Colony and Mahabir Colony, the areas worst affected during heavy rains.

Ms Suman has said that the district administration should prepare a master plan to protect the town from floods, which the city has been experiencing for long because of its saucer-shaped geographical location.

She further suggested that a 20 to 25 feet high ring bundh should be constructed between Peer Bhodi and the Gohana railway line and a similar ring bundh of nearly five to 10 feet height along the eastern side of the Gohana railway line extending from the Peer Bhodi ring bundh up to the bye-pass railway crossing.

She has advised the administration to divert rainwater from Khokrakot, Tej Colony and Para Mohalla towards the main sewerage line at Old Gohana bus stand by constructing a new maximum-capacity disposal scheme in the southern corner of Dayanand Math. She said that pump houses should be constructed to drain out rainwater from the low-lying areas on the pattern of the Jhajjar Road high-powered disposal scheme.

The municipal council chief said that any plan to protect the town from floods should include the raising of the bye-pass road between the railway crossing of the Gohana railway line and Khokrakot by four to five feet.

She said that the rainwater from Prem Nagar, Kailash Colony and their neighbouring localities should be diverted towards the pond near Palace Cinema by constructing a pucca drain along the police lines grounds.

Ms Suman said that besides strengthening the banks of Drain 8, the Rohtak Drain should also be developed. She hoped that permanent and long-term measures would be initiated to save the city from floods.


Photo I-card drive stepped up in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 22
The work for providing photo identity cards to the electorate has been stepped up in Sonepat district.

Mr Balwan Singh, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Electoral Officer told mediapersons here today that this work was going on a “war footing” in six Assembly segments-Baroda (R), Gohana, Kailana, Sonepat, Rai and Rohat-in this district. Special teams of photographers have been deployed for this purpose to complete the work within the stipulated period. He disclosed that the electorate of Rohat Assembly constituency have been asked to get themselves photographed by end July so that they could be issued the photo identity cards to be used in the next Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

The Election Commission, he said, has made it obligatory for the electorate to have the photo identity cards in order to exercise their right to vote. According to the DC, the electorate of Krewari, Badshah Pur Machhri, Jaji, Garhi Haqiqat, Rattangarh, Bhatgaon, Mehlana, Bagru, Tihar, Salimsar Majra, Mahipur, Nizampur Majra, Ridhao, Mauzam Nagar, Farmana, Gorar, Silana, Bidhlan, Sehri, Nakloi and Nirthan have already been photographed according to the dates fixed by the administration.

The dates for photography in other areas are as follows: Kheri Dahiya, Badhana, Kakroi, Jharot, Rohat, Jharoti, Kanwali and Khanda villages on July 23; Nasirpur Chaulka, Garhi Sisana, Sisana, Asawarpur, Matindu, Chhinauli, Kharkhauda, Thana Kalan and Thana Khurd on July 24; Gopalpur, Pipli, Kundal, Ferozpur Bangal, Jataula, Nizampur Khurd, Saidpur, Halalpur, Jhinjhauli and Katlupur on July 25 and Mandora, Mandori and Kharkhauda on July 29.

The DC also disclosed that those electorate who are unable to get themselves photographed on the due date, will be photographed on August 13 in the office of the District Electorate Office at the district headquarters.


Dream of industrial estate petering out
Abhay Jain

Gurgaon, July 22
Roz Ka Meo industrial estate in Mewat area is “dying” due to the indifferent attitude of the district administration. This small industrial estate was established in this backward area in 1984 so that it could generate employment to the local people, as well as revenue for the government. However, little has changed in the last twenty years.

Gurgaon Industrial Association (GIA) has requested the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to provide the necessary infrastructures in Roz Ka Meo industrial areas or there is the danger that the area is likely to get isolated from the mainstream.

The GIA president, Mr Jagan Nath Mangla, lamented that the units, which were set up in the area, have been facing problems related to the lack of basic infrastructure from the very beginning.

As a result, a large number of the units had shifted to other areas over the years, revealed the president.

Due to the lack of sewerage facilities, there is an acute problem related to the disposal of domestic and industrial waste. The facilities set up for the disposal of domestic and industrial wastes by the individual factory owners have been found faulty by the Pollution Department.

During the rainy season, the situation becomes worse as the waste gets collected along the roadside in ditches, which is a kind of an environmental hazard for the area, said Mr Mangla.

He further added that there is no water supply to any of the industrial units and the ground water available in the area is unfit for domestic and industrial consumption.

The PPM level of the water in the area is 3200, which is hazardous for domestic and industrial purpose.

Negligence of the area has also created law and order problems. Due to the excessive unemployment problem, Mr Mangla observed, the entrepreneurs are regularly threatened and robbed of their belongings during the night shifts, while commuting from their residences to the factory or vice versa.

He further revealed that a Textile Valley in Roz Ka Meo was earmarked in 1992 in order to attract investors to set up textile units in the area.

However, no developmental work was carried out in the estate, which is obvious from the low investment it has attracted over the years. He said that in the changing global scenario, the textile industry was emerging as one of the main foreign exchange earner for the country. Thus, it was necessary that the government paid attention to the problems of the area and made all efforts to provide the necessary infrastructure to the industrial units here.


Musical extravaganza tests youngsters’ talent
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, July 22
Musical frenzy was unleashed when a huge crowd of hysterical youngsters gathered at the Government High School in Gurgaon on Friday for the northern state finals of the Gilbey’s Green Label “Sur Milao Kuch Kar Dikhao” talent hunt contest. The state level final was won by Mr Rahul Pathak from Gurgaon, who was among the five participants selected through the auditions that took place in the five cities in northern India viz., Jaipur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Lucknow and Gurgaon.

A live performance by the immensely popular band ‘The Maharajas’ had the entire audience on their feet rocking to their peppy tunes. But what clearly stole the show were the five finalists, who seemed to set the music world on fire with their voices.

The audience was spellbound and listened to their performances with rapt attention.

Excitement was writ large over the face of Bhanu Pratap, the winner from the North zone, who said, “It is a dream come true for me. I had never thought that one day I would be able to perform live in front of such a huge audience. I wish to thank Gilbey’s Green Label for helping me in realizing my dream and providing me with an opportunity to show my singing prowess to the world. I was very optimistic that I would go on to win the inter-state finals and I am also confident that I will win the title of Gilbey’s Green Label “Rich and Smooth Voice” of India.”

Astounded by the response to the contest, Mr D. Narendran, Brand Manager, Gilbey’s Geen Label, said, “I was surprised by the response that “Sur

Milao Kuch Kar Dikhao” contest has received in the north, which shows that there is no dearth of talent in our country. It’s just a matter of reaching out and connecting to the people and providing them a platform to showcase their talent, which is precisely the objective of Gilbey’s Green Label behind organizing this talent hunt contest across 18 cities in India. I congratulate Mr Bhanu Pratap for having won the much deserved state level final and I wish him good luck in his pursuit of winning the title of “Rich and Smooth Voice” of India.


Minister calls upon Rotarians to give a new direction to society
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
The Union Textile Minister, Syed Shah Nawaz Hussain Khan, has given a call to Rotarians to play their role in establishing peace and give a new direction to the society.

Hussein was speaking at the installation ceremony of Rtn. Subhash Goyal, who has taken over as the 18th president of the Rotary Club, Rajendra Place (Delhi).

A blood donation camp was organized within the premises of the Claridges Hotel to mark the occasion, in which several Rotarians and invitees participated.

Also, a van was presented to ‘Sewa Dal’ an institute engaged in the rescue and rehabilitation of destitute.

The Minister praised the philanthropic activities of the Rotarians, particularly relating to polio eradication and said he had always respected them and their movement for their “selfless service”.

After the installation ceremony, the new president announced that he and his “dream team” would carry forward the on going projects and activities, besides launching new ones for the benefit of the community.

He highlighted the role of the past presidents and other office bearers, particularly Dr Meena Bajaj, for strengthening the foundation of the club by their excellent community service and dedicated work.

He also sought their cooperation in the discharge of his overall responsibilities. Thanking them for reposing confidence in him, he held out an assurance to carry on the Rotarian tradition by doing his best in close collaboration with his new team.


Demand for release of DA on pension in govt-aided private colleges
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, July 22
The Haryana College Teachers’ Union (HCTU), affiliated to All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO), has appealed to the state government to release dearness allowance on pension of the college teachers working in government aided private colleges.

Dr J. N. Sharma, press secretary, HCTU, said a decision to this effect was taken at an emergency meeting of the union held at Tika Ram Girls’ College, Sonepat, under the chairmanship of its president Prof K. S. Dhillon.

He said various problems being faced by the teaching fraternity were also discussed at the meeting.

Prof Pawan Sharma, general secretary of the union, said the Education Minister, Mr Bahadur Singh had given assurance regarding government’s commitment to fulfil the demands of the college teachers at the teachers’ convention held at CRM Jat College, Hisar, few months back.

He said the teachers expressed concern over the ‘inordinate delay’ in releasing DA on pension.

Commenting on the decline in enrolment in most of the private colleges in the state, Dr J.N. Sharma said the government had granted permission to a large number of institutions to start self-financing courses, with the result that the students were attracted towards those courses.

Besides, it was resolved at the meeting that the teachers would appeal to the government as well as the authorities of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak and Kurukshetra University to allow the willing students of distance education to get them selves enrolled in regular courses in the various colleges.

Charas seized

The district police seized 4.800 kg of charas from a youth and arrested him near the Delhi bypass here yesterday.

A police spokesman said Mahabir, a resident of Chhara village in Bahadurgarh sub-division, was frisked by a police team on suspicion, which led to the recovery of the charas. A case under Section 20 of NDPS Act was registered in this regard.


Board chairman vows to curb copying menace
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 22
The newly appointed chairman of the Board of School Education, Haryana, Brig O. P. Chaudhary, has said that the Board employees and teachers involved in copying in the examinations will not be spared at any cost and a special drive will be launched to curb this menace by the Board.

Talking to the mediapersons after assuming charge here today, Brig Chaudhary called the copying a social menace and it should be uprooted through social co-operation. He said that a public movement would be launched to remove this social evil under which special programmes would be organised at district, tehsil and block level. People would be made aware against it and board employees would deliver speeches on television and radio.
He maintained that employees would be transferred to run office work smoothly. Those who were holding only one seat for the last ten years would be replaced.

Those employees who are dedicated to their work would only be deputed in the board examinations. “We need to fight at different morchas to stop copying at present and co-operation will be sought from district administrations, police and gram panchayats,” he said.

Three held for murder

Police today claimed to have arrested three persons, who are allegedly involved in a murder case. A case had been registered against Ranbir Singh, Rajesh and Jagbir of Fartia village under Section 302, 324, 323, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code at Loharu police station.

On the other hand, the police charged nine persons, including four women, for injuring few persons. They had allegedly used lathis and sticks to harm them. The accused were identified as: Anil, Ram Chander, Sunil, Ranvir, Kamla, Santosh, Mitlal, Suman and Reena. No arrest has been made so far.

2.5 kg poppy seized

The police seized 2.5 kg poppy from two persons at different places in the district today. A case under NDPF and Arms Acts was registered against them.


CPM condemns demolitions, police action
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, July 22
The Haryana unit of the CPM has condemned the demolition of hundreds of houses and the police lathi charge on residents of Indira Colony, Faridabad.

Strongly castigating the urban housing policy of the Chautala government, the party said the manner in which the houses of common people were razed to the ground, is reflective of the inhuman conduct of the authorities.

The party has further criticised the arbitrary declarations of hundreds of colonies as ‘illegal’, causing sleepless nights to ordinary residents all over the state.

Many people, the party said in a statement here, have been raising serious doubts about the intentions of the government’s policy. It is believed that it is aimed at favouring a certain section of property dealers.

As such, the CPM had demanded a white paper on the housing policy of the government last year. The party has warned the government to desist from its demolition spree without making alternative housing arrangements for the affected people.


Eviction notices to Congress, SP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
The Centre has passed eviction notices against four government accommodations occupied by the Congress and the Samajwadi Party, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Replying to a question, the Minister of State for Urban Development Minister, Mr Pon Radhakrishnan, told the House that the notices had been passed against 5, Raisana Road; C-II/109 Chanakyapuri; and 26, Akbar Road, which were under unauthorised occupation of the Indian National Congress.

He said the party, however, had taken the matter to the Delhi High Court, where the eviction was stayed. The matter was now sub judice, he added.

Mr Radhakrishan also informed the House that an eviction order had also been passed against Flat No. 18, Copernicus Lane, which is occupied by the Samajwadi Party. Since the party had not been provided with an alternative accommodation, the eviction order had not been carried out, he added.

Unsafe buildings: The Chief Fire Officer, Govt of NCT, has reported that notices have been issued to the owners of 68 highrise buildings declared unsafe, Mr Radhakrishnan informed the Rajya Sabha.

The new buildings will not be allowed to be occupied till the fire safety standards have been complied with. The fire safety clearance is mandatory for the occupation of new buildings, he added.

AIIMS charges: The Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Ms Sushma Swaraj, told the Rajya Sabha that with effect from January this year, AIIMS has revised the charges for various radio-diagnostic investigations in the hospital as well as the centres attached to it.

She said the increase in fees had become necessary as the cost of consumables involved in those investigations has increased substantially in the last 10 years.

Cellphone towers: At least 12 cellphone towers have been erected illegally in the NDMC area. Of these, six are in the sensitive Lutyens Bunglow Zone (LBZ), the Minister of State for Home, Mr Harin Pathak, said and added that notices had been served to the operators.

He said that since the operators had requested for reconsideration, as they would face networking problem, no punitive action could be taken against them.

Spurious drugs: Mr Pathak informed the Lok Sabha that between January and July this year, the Delhi Police in association with the drug control department detected 10 cases of manufacture and sale of spurious drugs and arrested 15 people in this connection.


Cases of highway robbery solved; two held
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, July 22
With the arrest of two youths on Monday, the Meham police claimed to have solved several cases of highway robbery, vehicle, purse and chain snatching in different parts of the state. According to police sources, a police team conducted a raid and arrested Ashok and Mahipal of Khatiwas village in Jhajjar district, who were allegedly trying to rob the travellers at pistol-point on the Bahu Akbarpur-Mokhra road. The police recovered a countrymade pistol, a live cartridge, an iron rod and an Indica car from their possession. The car, used in the crime, was stolen from Dhaula Kuan in Delhi on July 19.

During interrogation, the suspects admitted that they had snatched Rs 8,000 from Jaswant of Berwa village after giving him lift in their car last month. They confessed to have stolen one motorcycle each from Palhawas (Rewari) and Khatiwas-Gwalison Road nearly two months ago. They also admitted to snatching chains from Kiroda village and Chamanpura-Dujana Road few months back.

Child among two killed

Two persons including a three-year-old child were killed in different road accidents in the district today.

In the first incident, Manjit, Ashok and Sanjay were going on a motorcycle from Sampla to Ismaila. Their vehicle was hit by a speeding Haryana Roadways bus near Ismaila village. Manjit died on the spot while Ashok and Sanjay sustained injuries in the accident.

In the second incident, Mr Ravinder of Uttam Nagar locality here was going with his son Prince (3) when a school van hit the duo. Prince succumbed to his injuries while his father escaped with some injuries.

Alleged rapist nabbed

Sonepat: The Ganaur police registered a case against a youth for allegedly raping a woman while she was asleep in her house at Bhaira Rasulpur village about 20 km from here last night. According to a report, the alleged culprit is at large and a hunt is on to apprehend him. In her complaint, the woman stated that when his father was away from the house and her mother was sleeping nearby, the youth entered the house and raped her.

Youth ends life

A youth, Luxmi Narain, was reported to have committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope in his house at Nandnaur village about 15 km from here yesterday. According to a report, he took the extreme step after he had failed to get his wife treated for an ailment. The police sent the body for a post-mortem.

Five injured

At lease five persons, including a woman, were injured when a car in which they were travelling turned turtle on the G T Road near Larsauli village about 15 km from here last evening.

According to a report, a truck driver made an attempt to overtake the car, but it was hit by the car resulting in its overturning. The injured were immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger. The police are investigating the case.

In another incident, a youth, Rakesh, was seriously injured when he fell down from a running train near Harsana Kalan railway station about 5 km from here last evening. According to a report, the injured was immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger.


Bid to kill PCO owner
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 22
With the arrest of four persons, including a woman, the Sadar police have foiled an attempt to kill Mehruddin, an owner of a PCO in the area.

According to a report, the persons were identified as: Birmati of New Mahavir Colony of Sonepat, Ravi of Bawana village (Delhi), Pardeep of Tharu village and Vinod, alias Sonu, of Sehri village. The police also recovered a countrymade pistol and four live cartridges along with a looted motorcycle from their possession.

The woman culprit offered Rs 10,000 as ransom amount to these culprits for killing Mehruddin, as she wanted to settle old scores with him. The culprits were produced before a judicial magistrate here yesterday and later sent to the judicial lock-up, the police said.

These culprits had snatched a motorcycle from Umed of Rajlu Garhi village on the Kami Road near here on July 18. But one of them was overpowered by the people on the spot, whereas two others escaped.

Workers’ rally

Large number of workers of the Forest Workers’ Union held a massive demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here yesterday to press for their demands.

According to a report, braving heavy showers, they took out a procession, which passed through the main bazaars of the city. Once reaching the Deputy Commissioner’s office, they sat on a day’s dharna and raised anti-government slogans.


Musharraf’s effigy burnt
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
The National Akali Dal on Tuesday burnt the effigy of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to protest against the yesterday’s killings of pilgrims going to the Vaishno Devi shrine.

National Akali Dal president Paramjeet Singh Pamma has demanded the termination of the Delhi–Lahore bus service and an immediate end to the peace talks with that country.

“There is no point in talking peace with them if the terrorist attacks continue unabated,” Singh told the mediapersons after the police stopped the protestors from marching to the Pakistan High Commission.

Singh said terrorism had been unleashed on the innocent civilians every time the peace talks were held. “Snap all ties with that country,” he demanded as the protestors raised slogans.


DDA auction of plots raises Rs 133.58 cr

New Delhi, July 22
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has sold 15 commercial plots worth Rs 133.58 crore by way of auction. The auction was concluded yesterday.

The DDA said the Rs 133.58 crore realised in the auction was the highest bid amount paid in any single auction organised till date. The plots sold included a cinema-cum-commercial plot in Laxmi Nagar District Centre, local shopping centre plot in Mayur Vihar, commercial plot in Mayur Place District Centre and other commercial plots in CBD Shahdara in East Delhi, Netaji Subhash Place District Centre, Gujaranwala and Pitampura besides commercial plots in Mangalam Place and Rohini District Centre. TNS


Two held; lid off dozens of thefts in Delhi, UP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
With the arrest of two suspects, the South-West district police today claimed to have worked out dozens of burglaries and theft cases committed in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

The suspects were identified as Arif, alias Kallu, a resident of Hapur and Nadeem, a resident of Ghaziabad. Their gang was reportedly involved in more than 250 cases of burglaries, theft, and robberies. They were proclaimed offenders in more than 35 cases, police said.

The police have recovered jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh and a Maruti ALTO car from them. Property worth Rs 25 lakh which they had bought from the stolen money had also been seized. They have around 27 persons in their gang.

According to the police, the suspects committed burglaries in various police colonies in the Capital.

In May, they stole Rs 11 lakh from a flat in Vasant Kunj. Investigation of the case was given to the Special Staff of South-West district and a team was constituted to nab the suspects.

During investigation, the team members came to know that Arif and Nadeem were involved in the burglary case.

The police also received information that the suspects would visit near Delhi Public School in Vasant Kunj.

A trap was laid there and the suspects were arrested. They were well dressed. ‘Farma Vardar’, an equipment used to commit crime, was recovered from their vehicle.

During interrogation, Arif disclosed that he had been engaged in criminal activities since 1985. Earlier, he used to sell fried rice at the Yamuna Pushta where he came in contact with a criminal of Seelampur and entered the world of crime. He was arrested in 1992 and came in contact with another desperado Sakeel. He purchased three houses in Hapur, a bus and a Maruti car from the stolen money. He was arrested in various cases in Noida, Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Gurgaon, Delhi etc.

He used to give fake names and addresses and engaged bogus sureties to evade the trial of cases every time he was arrested. Stolen gold jewellery weighing about 350 grams has been recovered from his house. More than 92 cases have been solved with the arrest of Arif.

Nadeem said that he took to crime in 1995. He would steal cattle in his village and was arrested in 1999. He was sent to jail where he came in contact with a burglar and joined hands with him after his release.

He was arrested four times in Delhi and did not show up in the courts for trial.

He was declared proclaimed offender. Gold jewellery weighing 400 grams has been recovered from him. More than 160 cases of theft, burglaries and robberies have been worked out with his arrest.


Businessmen robbed

New Delhi, July 22
Two cases of robbery were reported in the city today. In the first incident, one Bhushan Bandari (65), resident of Punjabi Bagh who deals in synthetic and rubber business at Karmpura in Moti Nagar, was robbed of Rs 7.5 lakh by two persons this evening.

The police said that at around 3 pm, two persons came to the office of Bandari and asked him about some address by showing him a visiting card. Later, they took out knives and ran away with a bag containing Rs 7.5 lakh by throwing chilli powder on his face. While the police have nabbed one person, the other person is absconding with the booty.

In the second case, two motorcycle-borne youths robbed a businessman of Rs 3 lakh by breaking open the window of a moving car in the Punjabi Bagh area. The victim Harish Ahuja, who runs a copper wire business withdrew Rs 3 lakh from the State Bank of Mysore, Punjabi Bagh branch. Barely 100 meters away after he started driving his car, two motorcycle-borne youths smashed the window of the car and took away Rs 3 lakh. TNS


Dyeing units to be relocated, finally
Our Correspondent

Panipat, July 22
After a tussle for more than three years between the District administration and the Panipat Dyers Association, the plan to shift the dyeing units has come to a final stage as Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala will inaugurate the project on September 25.

Giving this information, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr M.R. Anand, today said that the project was conceived

following many complaints from the public that the water of dyeing units was being released in open drains and in sub-soil water, resulting in the contamination of the underground water, besides causing health hazards to the people.

Under the project, the state government has developed a separate sector in an area of 250 acres for shifting

the units numbering around 491 in different localities and in the neighbourhood of the town, the DC said and added that as many as 255 applications from the dyeing units owners have been received so far.

However, on the demand of the unit owners, the last date for receiving applications for a plot in Sector 29-B has been extended up to August 5, he added.

He clarified that the plot allotments would be made on the basis of applications received till August 5, and thereafter, no application would be entertained. The work on the construction of roads, laying of sewer pipe lines, erection of electricity poles was in full swing in the new sector which will also have the facilities of common effluent treatment plant.

The DC said that the shifting of the units from the residential localities of the town would help check water contamination and give relief to the people at large.

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