Thursday, July 24, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Mystery of missing carbine: Lookout notices in 2 states
J. T. Vishnu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
The Haryana Police have sought the assistance of their counterparts in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to locate a police carbine along with magazines and cartridges, which went missing in Haryana Bhawan here from the custody of Personal Security Officer of an IPS officer in 1995. The assistance was sought after the Haryana Police failed to trace the missing weapon.

Sources said that constable Darshan Singh (No 2/722) had alleged that the IPS officer, Rajiv Sagar of Haryana, whose PSO he was, had taken away the carbine (No 50382), three magazines and 22.9 mm cartridges from his possession on September 5, 1995. But Mr Sagar had refuted these charges. Mr Darshan was attached as gunman with Mr Sagar in 1994. After an inquiry, a case (FIR No 37) under Section 406 of the IPC and the Arms Act was registered at Madhuban in Karnal on August 1, 2000.

The Director General of Police, Panchkula, Haryana, has now sent a missive to the police authorities of Delhi and UP to put up a ‘lookout’ notice for the carbine in their respective states. The note also requests the Deputy Commissioners of Police of all districts to brief their officials on the issue.

The complainant, Mr Darshan, has also filed a CRL Miscellaneous No 10784-M of 2003 and 10783-M of 2003 in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, and investigations are on in the case.

On March 30 this year, the Ghaziabad police, after an encounter, had seized a police carbine snatched from a Delhi Police constable in 1992 from the Welcome Colony area of East Delhi. Furkhan Ali and his associates Mehboob and Yusuf were overpowered by the police after an encounter and one machine gun, a 9 mm carbine, an SLR and four live cartridges were seized from them. The carbine was later returned to the Welcome Colony police station. The police team was rewarded.

In the Haryana Bhawan case, however, the police have been unable to gather any leads. They suspect that the carbine may have found its way into the hands of some criminals active in these three states and hence the need for putting up of a “lookout” notice.

The National Crime Records Bureau here is required to keep a detailed list of the missing weapons.



Mob targets Kanwarias in communal flare-up
Our Correspondent

Meerut, July 23
More than 12 persons, including policemen, were injured and several shops gutted when violence broke out in the city late last night as two groups clashed after a youth was crushed to death by a bus carrying Kanwarias (pilgrims). The police had to fire several rounds in the air to disperse the mob.

Apart from changing the route of the Kanwarias, the authorities have ordered closure of all educational institutions as a precautionary measure. Mobile patrolling has been intensified and the Rapid Action Force of the Central Reserve Police Force deployed in some of the sensitive areas, particularly around the camps of pilgrims. Senior officers, including the district magistrates, have been asked to monitor the situation by the Divisional Commissioner, Mr N. S. Ravi.

A case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving has been registered against the driver of the bus. Cases of rioting have also been registered against members of the groups that clashed with each other. More than 20 persons from both the groups have been taken into custody so far.

According to the police, a private bus (UP-76-4241), carrying Kanwarias from Hapur to Hardwar, knocked down a motorcycle-borne youth, Nizam (24), around 9 pm last night. The driver abandoned the bus and fled. Enraged local residents, who had gathered on the spot, went on a rampage. They stoned the bus and its passengers. Senior policemen who rushed to the spot were also injured in the clash.

By then, more residents from the adjoining Hashimpura locality had joined the mob and the situation threatened to escalate into a communal clash.

The police had to use force and order a lathicharge to control the mob, which by the time had set fire to a camp in which pilgrims were lodged. When the lathicharge failed to disperse the clashing groups, the police fired several rounds in the air. Unconfirmed reports said that the two groups also exchanged fire. It took the authorities more than two hours to bring the situation under control

According to Deputy Superintendent of Police Gurdarshan Singh, the city had been divided into five sectors and companies of Rapid Action Force had been deployed in sensitive areas. “The route through which the Kanwarias were to pass has been changed and all educational institutions have been closed till July 27 as a precautionary measure,” he said.



Shortage of hands tests endurance of 
Delhi University lab staff
Smriti Kak
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
The Members of the Delhi University and College Laboratory Staff Association (DULUSA) are finding themselves “overburdened”. They allege there is a shortage of lab assistants and attendants in most colleges as no efforts have been made to fill vacancies resulting from promotions and retirements. The condition has worsened with the introduction of a six-day week schedule.

The president of the DULUSA, Mr S. S. Rana said, “There are approximately 300 vacancies of lab attendants in colleges as well as in the university. Each year posts fall vacant because of retirements, but the authorities have turned down the requests to fill them. In Kirori Mal College alone, there are 15 vacancies for the post of lab attendants.”

“The pressure on the lab staff has increased over the last couple of years owing to the failure on the part of the UGC to appoint more staff. First, the UGC abolished the post of technical assistants, and then they failed to fill the posts which were lying vacant,” said Mr A. K. Khari, general secretary of the DULUSA.

With the six-day week schedule coming into play, the lab staff are complaining of “overload”. “In Ramjas College, for instance, the labs function from 8 am till 4.30 pm on all six days, with which the lab staff are unable to cope. The lab needs to be readied and there are experiments that last for six hours at a stretch,” said Mr Khari.

“We do not even get an official break for lunch like other academic staff. The breaks that we get are for setting up the labs for the next practical session,” complained Mr Khari.

To strengthen their claim, the members point out the case of Deen Dayal Upadhayay College. “There are two persons who have been promoted to the post of lab attendants, but the vacancies have not been filled. Consequently, the two assistants have to do double the work with no attendants to help them.”

A former DUTA president and chairman of the Academics for Action and Development, Dr S. S. Rathi, foresees a “severe crisis in the next few years, when more staff will retire and there will be no appointments”.

Dr. Rahti said, “The administration has to work out means of compensation for the non-teaching staff and the karamcharis. In many colleges, labs and libraries were closed on Saturday, because the non-teaching staff are entitled to work only for five days a week. So, the six-day week time table could not be followed.”

The UGC had clamped a blanket ban on appointments of non-teaching staff and karamcharis in 1999 and this will eventually lead to a shortage of staff even in the administration department, said an official of the university.

The DULUSA members also point out that with inadequate staff they are finding it difficult to run the labs on rotation. “Colleges admit as many as 50-60 students per course, but we do not have the infrastructure to run the labs for so many students. For a batch of 50 students, we need at least four assistants and three attendants,” said Mr Khari.



Blocked drains choke production in Faridabad units
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 23
The incessant rain and the resultant waterlogging have taken a heavy toll on the industrial activity here. Monday was perhaps the worst day of the season. Besides residential colonies, factories were inundated in four to five feet water, bringing production to a halt.

The Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF), which is the largest civic body in the state with an annual budget of Rs 120 crore, is suffering from amnesia as far as the drainage and sewer network is concerned.

On Monday, the work was temporarily halted in many factory units in Sectors 24, 27- A, 27-B, 27-C and Sector 6 in the town, said an entrepreneur.

While Sector 24 has 323 units, there are 183 units in A, B and C pockets of Sector 27. Many units are along the Mathura Road. As all these units are situated at a lower level than the main road, waterlogging is a permanent problem during rains.

Sector 6, which is also an industrial area, was the worst hit. Here, most factories were affected as all approach roads were knee-deep in water. “It takes at least 10 to 15 hours for the water to recede if there is no continuous downpour,” said the owner of an automobile service centre. The water had entered his premises, damaging costly machinery and equipment.

An office-bearer of an industrial association, who did not want to be identified, said many companies reported low attendance as the workers could not assess the units. Many others had to take rickshaws or tractors to reach their offices.

The MCF claims to have spent crores of rupees on infrastructure, yet it has no ready answers why the drainage gets choked every year. The mayor was gheraoed by residents of Sector 7 on Monday when water entered their houses and left people stranded for hours together. The sewer water overflowed on the roads in many areas, especially in Sectors 11, 7, 8 and 9.



Haryana to have sports varsity
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, July 23
The Haryana Government will set up a sports university in the state, according to Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. The government is also setting up a Sports Regional Centre at Sonepat.

He made these announcements at the inauguration of a cricket stadium in Sector 38 here. The stadium will accommodate around 25,000 spectators when completed.

Earlier, he unveiled a life-size statue of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal and laid the foundation stone of a multi-purpose hall and a sports hostel. While the hall is estimated to cost around Rs 10 crore, the sports hostel is a Rs 15 crore project.

The Chief Minister also inaugurated a Government College in Sector 9 and a Senior Secondary School in Sector 46.

Mr Chautala said that the government was taking all possible measures to promote sports in the state. While three per cent of the government jobs had been reserved for sportspersons, corporations, boards etc had been directed to give jobs to talented sportspersons.

Referring to the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal project, he said that given the favourable Supreme Court verdict, he was sure the Ravi-Beas water would flow into south Haryana shortly.

Once this happens, seven lakh acres of agriculture land would be brought under the irrigation network. This land had the potential to produce grains worth Rs 500 crore, he added.

Referring to Mewat, he said that the state government had prepared a scheme worth Rs 400 crore and sent it to the Centre for approval. This project would remove the problem of potable water in the area, he said.

According to him, the government was sympathetic to the issue of monetary compensation against acquisition of land. The government had set up a committee under the Minister of Town and Country Planning, Mr Dhir Pal, to study the issue in depth and give its recommendation.

He reiterated that the government would remove all encroachments on public land. 



Panel to push Punjabi in offices
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has set up a committee to draw up a plan for introducing Urdu and Punjabi as the second languages in educational institutions and offices of the Government of NCT of Delhi.

The decision was taken in the annual meeting of the governing body of the Government of NCT of Delhi-run Punjabi Academy. The committee would meet within ten days.

The committee, headed by the Chief Minister, will comprise the Chief Secretary and secretaries of the departments of education and art and culture. Also, it will have four members each from the Punjabi and Urdu academies.

The committee will assess the number of teachers and translators required and other infrastructure in order to introduce the two second languages.

The government, however, would not “institutionalise” the recruitment of teachers. It would continue to be an ad hoc arrangement. (The Punjabi Academy had complained about the slashing of posts of part-time Punjabi teachers in the schools run by the Government of NCT of Delhi.)

Instead, the Chief Minister said, the teachers would be recruited on the demand of parents and students. (The Punjabi Academy has already identified around 100 schools in the Capital.)

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) have been told to get clearance from the Punjabi and Urdu academies before putting up the names of roads in these two languages.

This, she said, would remove any complaints of the agencies not getting the names of the roads correct in Punjabi and Urdu. The wrongly spelled names, the Chief Minister said, would soon be corrected.



AIIMS panel to select caretaker for twins
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences has constituted a committee to select a non-governmental organisation (NGO), which will be entrusted with the care of the conjoined twins.

Officials at AIIMS said that there were three offers — one from an Amritsar-based NGO and two from Delhi-based NGOs. All three have expressed a desire to take care of the twins who have been abandoned by their parents.

The Medical Superintendent of the AIIMS has now constituted a committee to look into the issue and the handing over of the twins may take place in about a week, it was pointed out.

A team from the AIIMS will visit the NGOs who have offered to look after the boys and ascertain the feasibility of their offer. It was pointed out that the doctors were studying the functioning of their shared organs.

Christened Neelu and Pinku, the twins will not be separated by surgery. The AIIMS would continue to monitor the progress of the twins on a regular basis, even after they are handed over to an NGO. 



Monsoon looks set to break record

New Delhi: The monsoon appears to be on a record-breaking spree in the Capital. It has also claimed 16 lives and exposed the ineptness of the civic authorities in dealing with the annual ritual of waterlogging and traffic chaos.

According to the Met office, the city has recorded rainfall exceeding 74 cm this season, as against a seasonal average of 65 cm. And in July, a 39-year-old record has been broken with the city receiving over 58 cm rain. It was in 1964 that 54 cm rainfall had been recorded in July, said a Met official. He added that conditions were conducive for more rain in the next 48 hours.

While the monsoon came as a blessing to the Capital, which had been having deficient rains for the last few years, they also brought in their wake many civic problems. With lakhs living in slums, the rain has only added to their woes. TNS



RLD to enrol ‘satyagrahis’ for SYL agitation
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 23
The Rashtriya Lok Dal will enrol one lakh ‘satyagrahis’ in the state to create an awareness apropos of its demand for the construction of Satluj Yamuna Link canal and equal distribution of water.

The satyagrahis will tell the villagers about the delay due to the ‘irresponsible’ attitude of the state and Central governments in the construction of the canal.

They will also encourage the people to join the ‘Jalyudh’ movement.

This was disclosed by the former member of Parliament and state president of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, Mr Indervesh, during a press conference held at the party office.

He told that no political party was serious on the issue of the completion of canal. “Though every party leader talks about the canal completion, no one has interest in this,” said Mr Indervesh. Consequently, the farmers of the state, especially of southern Haryana, had to bear the loss, he added.

He said that several issues had remained unsolved for the last 37 years since the partition of Haryana-Punjab. Around 35-lakh ml water had been divided between Punjab and Haryana, and latter could have not received its share, as the canal is incomplete.

The Punjab Government has not completed its part despite the orders of the apex court.

The former MP said that as many as 12 districts of the state had been affected without water, whereas much water supply was being given to Sirsa, Fatehabad and Hisar.

In 12 districts of the state, canals run for seven days in 40 days but in the above districts, canal runs for the entire month, he said.

He alleged that mostly minors, sub-minors, distributaries and canals were closed due to the apathy of the state government.

Most sufferers were those villages, where water didn’t reach the tail-end of the canals. About 5,000 party activists would assemble at Rohtak on July 30 and the party president, Mr Ajit Singh, would address them.

Among others present in the press conference include former state president Balbir Singh Grewal and general secretary Jagdish Rai Kaushik.



Ab Dilli door nahin: Khurana
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
Will the Bill for turning NCT of Delhi from a Union Territory into a State of the Union be introduced in the monsoon session of Parliament? Yes, if Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Madan Lal Khurana is to be believed.

Mr Khurana is counting on Deputy Prime Minister and Union Minister of Home Affairs L.K. Advani to bail him out. “The draft Bill is ready … I have been assured that the Bill would be introduced in the monsoon session of Parliament,” he tells mediapersons.

The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) expectedly claims otherwise. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit reiterates that the Government of NCT of Delhi has not been kept posted on the status of the Bill or consulted while the Bill was being drafted.

With the issue becoming a bone of contention between the arch rivals, and a potentially explosive issue at that given the Assembly elections that are due later this year, both parties are engaged in verbal duel of claims and counter-claims.

The ongoing spat took an interesting turn on Wednesday when Mrs Dikshit dismissed Union Minister of State of Home Affairs Harin Pathak’s statement in the Rajya Sabha where he said that the Government of NCT of Delhi had not given its views on the Delhi Reorganisation Bill, 1998.

The minister told the members of the Rajya Sabha that the views of the Government of NCT of Delhi on the draft Delhi Reorganisation Bill, 1998, which the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had sent to them, were still awaited.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit told mediapersons that the Government of NCT of Delhi had given its views to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs six months ago when the resolution was passed in the Assembly seeking more powers and a special category status to the proposed state.

“It is the Union Ministry of Home Affairs that is delaying the Bill,” she said in reply to questions. She said her government wanted the Bill to be introduced in the monsoon session and that the “ball is now in Mr Madan Lal Khurana’s court.”



Conviction in 42 rape cases only out of 232 reported
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
Out of 232 rapes cases reported in NCT of Delhi till May 2003, there was conviction only in 42 cases, the Rajya Sabha was told today. In the remaining cases, 190 accused were either acquitted or discharged, Union Minister of State for Home Harin Pathak said in a written reply.

The all-India average percentage of conviction in rape cases is 29.8 per cent as per the data published by the National Crimes Record Bureau for 2000, he said.

The main reasons behind the low conviction rate were reluctance on the part of the victims to appear before the court, non-availability of the witnesses, insufficient evidence, lack of proof about age of the victims, delays in lodging of complaint and the witness or complainant turning hostile, Mr Pathak said.

Reorganisation Bill: The views of the Government of NCT of Delhi on draft Delhi Reorganisation Bill, 1998, which had been sent to them, were still awaited, Mr Pathak said.

The Chief Minister of NCT of Delhi, however, while conveying the resolution passed by the Assembly seeking statehood, has also sought special category status to the proposed state in view of the specific financial and security concerns of the Capital of the country, he said.

Population pressure: The influx of people from other states to NCT of Delhi poses a big problem of law and order, civic, transport and housing, Union Minister of State for Home Chinmayanand said. As per the Census 2001, there was 4.14 percentage average annual growth rate between 1991-2001.

An increase from Rs 3,494 crore in 9th Plan to Rs 6,772 crore in 10th Plan was also effected in the funds for National Capital Region Planning Board (NCPRB), set up with the twin objectives of reducing population pressure by deflecting migration and achieving a balanced and harmonised development of the Region, Mr Chinmayanand said.

The steps taken by the NCR Planning Board to decongest NCT of Delhi includes preparation of Regional Plan 2001 which is being implemented by the NCR states and Union ministries and preparation of four functional plans for transportation, telecommunication, industry and power, he said.



Krishi Channel will serve as an information highway for us: Farmers
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 23
The government decision to launch a Krishi Channel on the national network on August 15 has been widely welcomed by agriculture scientists, farmers and kisan organisations. They have opined this will bring about a revolutionary change in the agriculture pattern and uplift the rural economy, which is entirely based on agriculture.

The BKU leader, Mr Braham Singh Dahiya, explained that more than 70 per cent of the population depended on agro-based occupations but there was very less time (barely half an hour) for programmes on agriculture on Doordarshan.

Moreover, most of these programmes had been owned by the state governments to highlight government achievements with hardly any new information being given for the benefit of the farmers. He hoped that the new channel would benefit the farmers by providing the latest information and technical guidance.

The president of the state unit of the BKU, Mr Hari Singh Khokhar, told NCR Tribune that a large number of agriculture scientists from the Indian Agriculture Research Council collected the latest information for farmers through their research works but it took ages for it to reach the farmers. Information filtered through the countrywide network of Krishi Vigyan Kendras and other establishments.

He also remarked that in this era of information revolution, the Internet could be very useful but farmers were not in a position to make use of it as it came at a steep cost.

Moreover, most of the farmers did not have the educational background to work on it, he said, adding that the channel would fulfil a longstanding demand of the farmers.

Dr Randhir Singh Kairon, a research scholar in agro-economy, said the ongoing process of open economy had made the availability of latest information necessary for the farmers and this channel would cater to this need.

Besides, the government had also been contemplating withdrawing the system of minimum support price (MSP). Towards this end, the government had already started slashing the agriculture subsidies, he said, adding that the new channel would certainly provide useful information to the farmers.

A leading farmer of the district, Ramesh Dagar, who was recently awarded the Devi Lal Kisan Puruskar, said the Krishi Channel would prove as an information highway for the farmers in receiving the latest information on the agriculture front.

He also opined the routine efforts of the government and agriculture scientists had so far not succeeded much in influencing the farmers to change their cropping pattern. “But the new information and latest marketing trends will certainly compel them to change their options. It will pave the way for the success of the diversification of agriculture programmes, he added.

Dr J. P. Tomer, a horticulture scientist, said it was the need of the hour in the changing scenario to equip the farmers with the latest information for producing quality products for competition in the national and international market and the new channel would meet this requirement.

However, some of the young farmers, Jaipal of Kasanda village, Tej Parkash (Teja) of Kasandi, Ramesh of Pinana and Ramesh of Kakana village pointed out the new channel should not become a platform for highlighting VIPs and their programmes. “We want the latest information on market trends, export-import of agriculture products, information on high yielding varieties of seeds, use of inputs etc in the programmes.

There must be provision on the channel for entertaining queries from the farmers and the details of the agriculture policy announcements should reach the farmers through this channel.



Cheats have a field day at railway station
Our Correspondent

Panipat, July 23
The Government Railway Police (GRP) have failed to bust a gang of cheats active at the railway station. These crooks have reportedly deprived hundreds of innocent persons, particularly labourers from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, of their earnings.

The gang, which has been operating mainly near the railway station tracks, the railway lines beneath the Assandh road flyover and the railway colony, has now started operating under the same flyover on the town area side also.

The modus operandi of these cheats, 10 to 12 in number, is to lure labourers in buying tickets costing Rs 2 each in hope of winning a prize. They bring a cycle rickshaw with some household items like toaster, electric press, small geyser, table fan, sewing machines as also other electronic gadgets. They possess a bag containing blank chits and others with prize markings on them costing Rs 2 each.

Once an amount of Rs 2 is taken the ‘client’ is asked to take out a handful of chits from the bag. A gang member holds the hand of the customer, opens it and separates the blank and prize marked chits. Some chits are marked with the names of the prizes- press, toaster, sewing machine, costing Rs 100 to Rs 500 each.

First, the cost of all chits, blank and prize marked ones, is calculated and the total amount recovered from the ‘client’ before he is handed over the prize. The poor ‘client’ does not possess this much amounts. He is asked to take out the maximum number of chits from the bag. In the absence of sufficient money to pay towards the amount of all chits, the prized items and whatever money is given by the poor labourers is confiscated.

Being one or two in number, these labourers can do nothing against the five to six musclemen of this group having sharp-edged weapons who are seen roaming about near the rickshaw assisting these cheats.

Panipat railway station is notorious for pickpockets and women thieves who operate on the platform openly without fear of any restrictions.



Ambitious plan to make Sonepat a dream city 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 23
Sonepat is one of the important cities of Haryana under the National Capital Region (NCR). The state government has an ambitious plan to develop it on the northern side of Delhi as a full-fledged city with 20 lakh prospective population by AD 2020. The city would be developed like Faridabad and Gurgaon.

According to a report, the state government with the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has decided to provide most modern infrastructure for the growth of the area.

The G T Road from Delhi up to Bahalgarh (Sonepat) has already been widened to six lanes and widening of this road up to Panipat is also in progress.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, told mediapersons here today that HUDA had also spent Rs 281.80 lakh on the development of Sectors 7 and 8; Rs 115 lakh on the construction of external roads around three sectors; Rs 142.90 lakh on the development of roads in Sector 15 part III; Rs 107 lakh on providing of SWD in Sector 12; Rs 128.62 lakh on construction of road from G T Road to Bahalgarh Road; Rs 20.15 lakh on repair of Mehlana-Kakroi Road; Rs 20 lakh on widening and strengthening of Kakroi-Sonepat Road; Rs 118.80 lakh on development of green belt along 65 mtr wide road; Rs 31.35 lakh on providing sodium lights in Sectors 7, 29, 6, 28, 4 and 5; Rs 165.28 lakh on development of Sector 12;and Rs 150.90 lakh on providing water supply in Sector 15 phase III.

He disclosed that a town park has been constructed at a cost of Rs 35 lakh in Sector 14 of this city. The pocket of 6.20 acre lying between the old city and the urban estate has been developed into a beautiful park. The site earlier used for dumping malba, was now converted into lush green lawns with modern horticulture.

The park has been provided with a walking path. The glass house has been improved to fit in the new environment.

According to the DC, HUDA has decided to open a gymkhana club on 65 mtr wide road which connects the G T Road with the old city.

It will comprise a large restaurant, a bar, a billiard room, table tennis rooms, card rooms and other multipurpose halls for holding day-to-day functions. This will also be supported with a modern kitchen and toilet blocks. This is going to be an important milestone towards improving the quality of life in the city.

He said that the club would be constructed on a piece of land of three acres situated amongst green belts all around. The club will also have the facility of swimming pool and lawn tennis besides other indoor and outdoor games.

The complete project is expected to cost Rs 2 crore and will take about 18 months to complete. The land for this project has been provided free of charge by HUDA.

The DC also disclosed that HUDA has decided to develop a modern park after the name of former Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhary Devi Lal in Sector 7 of HUDA which will be spread over 40 acres right abutting G T Road. This park has been designed with beautiful water bodies, fountains, meandering paths, topiaries and trellises etc. Rain shelters designed on Mughal architecture on the topmost terraces will add to the beauty of the park.

HUDA will spent Rs 1.50 crore on the construction of this park. 



Rs 1 cr sanctioned for road repair in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 23
The Haryana Government has sanctioned an amount of Rs 1crore for the construction and repair of roads in the Sonepat assembly constituency during the current financial year.

Mr Dev Raj Dewan, MLA, told mediapersons here today most of the main roads in Sonepat city had already been repaired. Work on the remaining roads would be undertaken after the monsoon. He gave an assurance that no road would be left without repair in the constituency.

He said he was in touch with the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for redressing public grievances at the earliest. Mr Chautala, he said, had adopted a pro-people attitude and assured him that there would be no shortage of funds for the execution of development works in the state.

Mr Dewan claimed successive governments had failed to undertake development works both in urban and rural areas. The Chautala government, on the other hand, had kept development works top on its agenda, executing them diligently during the past three and a half years.

He also claimed he had fulfilled the promises made to the electorate at the time of assembly elections. Referring to the sewage facilities, he disclosed a scheme had already been finalised to drain out the storm water accumulated in the lanes and bylanes of Sonepat city.

Earlier, Mr Dewan visited Barwasni village, about 5 km from here today, in connection with the mass contact campaign and heard the grievances of the people. Residents of the village demanded the repair of the outlet in the Western Yamuna Canal, construction of a separate ghat for Dalits and the construction of a road between Barwasni and Bhatgaon villages via Bagru village. Mr Dewan assured the people he would do his best towards fulfilling their demands on priority basis.



Guru Harkishan Saheb birthday celebrated with fervour
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
Guru Harkishan Saheb birthday was celebrated with great fervour and gaiety by all the citizens of India, particularly the Sikh community. Sweets and langars were distributed in gurdwaras. Fire works and deepmalas were held at Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib.

On the occasion, S Tehal Singh Taneja, president, Shriomani Sewadar Committee, Delhi State, criticised the rampant corruption in Gurudwara Committee in running the hospitals and schools.

He condemned the ‘Ragis’ who used filmy tunes demanded the immediate stoppage of kirtan on filmy tunes.

S Raja Singh Sethi, secretary, Citizen Council greeted all on the Guru Purab.

He called upon the Delhi Government to check duplication and delay in the issuance of ID card for election.

Jathedar Karan Singh, vice-president of Punjabi Sikh Nojawan Manch congratulated all the devotees on the occasion.



200 sewing machines for poor women
Our Correspondent

Rewari, July 23
The Haryana Health Minister, Dr M. L. Ranga, distributed 200 sewing machines among the poor and destitute women belonging to the families living below the poverty line (BPL) at a function held at Bawal, 14 km from here.

Addressing the gathering, he said that these helpless women constituted a vital organ of society and it was their foremost duty to enable them stand on their own feet so that they might be instrumental in supporting their families.

Enumerating various schemes launched by the present state government for women welfare, Dr Ranga asked women to take full advantage of the schemes to start self-employment ventures. Simultaneously, he exhorted them to co-operate in creating awareness against female foeticide as well as the dowry menace.

He also impressed upon them the need to educate their daughters so that they might contribute in the resurgence of a rich and prosperous India.



Strengthen night patrolling, orders IG
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, July 23
The Inspector General of Police, Rohtak Range, Mr Sharad Kumar, has directed the police to intensify night patrolling to curb the activities of criminals and other anti-social elements in the district.

Addressing a meeting of the police officials here yesterday, he took a serious note of the increasing activities of the anti-social elements and directed the police to take stringent action against them.

The IG also directed the police officials to launch a special campaign against the bail jumpers and proclaimed offenders and arrest them on the priority basis. Steps should also be taken to maintain law and order at all costs, and nobody should be allowed to take the law into his own hand, the IG told them.

Body seized

The police recovered a decomposed body of an unidentified man lying on the Sonepat-Rohtak Road near Jharoti village about 10 km from here last evening and sent it for a post-mortem at PGIMS Rohtak. The body remains unidentified.

According to another report, a student jumped out of a bus and was injured seriously at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here yesterday. The student boarded Sonepat-bound bus by mistake instead of Rohtak-bound bus which was the cause of his jumping out.

Criminal held after encounter

Ghaziabad: The Ghaziabad police today claimed to have arrested a notorious criminal, Deepak Kumar of Shahdara after a brief encounter near the Chanden Nagar Trijunction late last night. His three other alleged accomplices, however, managed to escape in the car in which they were travelling. The police said that countrymade revolver with several live cartridges and three kilograms of poppy husk seized from him. The police said that efforts were being made to trace them.

According to the police, a patrol party spotted suspects moving about in suspicious circumstances and challenged them. The suspects reportedly fired at the police who retaliated and managed to overpower Deepak. He is being further interrogated.

CBSE Platinum Jubilee

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is celebrating its Platinum Jubilee Year celebrations on the 29th of this month. Prime Minister A B Vajpayee will inaugurate the function and the new building Shiksha Sadan, the academic wing of the board and the Info-highway network in Vigyan Bhavan.

The board will have yearlong celebrations across the country and abroad and will focus on quality education. Part of the celebrations will be seminars and conferences to infuse greater vibrancy among affiliated schools. TNS

Param Sahit Sanmaan

The Punjabi Academy will confer the Param Sahit Sanmaan on Punjabi writer Dr Mahip Singh. The award carries Rs 1 lakh. Five other writer–Jagtarji (poetry), Sohan Lal Parwana (poetry), Ms Pritam Sandhu and Rup Singh for short stories and Dr Amrik Singh for drama–will be awarded the Sahit Sanmaans that carry Rs 15,000 each. The meeting also approved the Punjabi Promotion Awards, each carrying Rs 21,000, to Ravinder Naryan Mathur from Punjabi TV, Gurcharan Singh Arshi, Dr Amarjit Kaur, Bhai Baldip Singh and to the Punjabi Promotion Forum.



Labourer electrocuted in Maharani Bagh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
Peeku, a resident of Sangam Vihar in South district apparently died from electrocution in house number 6, Easter Avenue, Maharani Bagh where he worked as a labourer. He was found dead last evening by his colleagues. New Friends Colony police are making an inquiry into the case, police said.

Woman ends life: Sumedha Gulati (24), who worked as an executive with the OMPAX Technology Limited in Safdarjung Enclave reportedly committed suicide by setting herself ablaze. She was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. She had been working with the OMPAX Technology for the last three years. She went to servant quarters near her office and poured diesel upon her and set herself ablaze. She was a resident of Sector 11, Rohini. She was to be married in November this year. No suicide note was recovered from her possession.

Burglary foiled: With the alertness of the police, a burglary of crores of rupees was thwarted in the Syndicate Bank located at Rani Jhansi Road yesterday evening. Constables Devi Singh and Suraj Parkash, who were on picket duty, noticed a shadow on top of the bank building.. They called assistant manager of the bank, Mr K.S. Murthy who kept the keys of the bank. The police entered the bank premises where the burglar, Vijay Kumar, was found near the strong room while trying to break the wall.

MCD clerk caught: The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Government today arrested a clerk posted in the office of the Executive Engineer-II in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for allegedly demanding and accepting Rs 1,000 from Rajender Kumar for completing the formalities of pension papers, death gratuity, medical bills of his father.

His father Mahender Singh, employed with the corporation, died recently. Rajender told the suspect that he was not able to pay, but the suspect did not care. Finally, the complainant agreed to pay, but lodged a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Branch.

On basis of the complainant’s statement, sleuths of the branch laid a trap at the zonal engineer (works) City Zone, barracks number two, Town Hall and the suspect Sita Ram, a Lower Divisional Clerk was caught while taking the bribe.


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