Friday, July 25, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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When MCD makes purchases with eyes shut
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
In a classic case of the government’s left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing, the Delhi Government and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) procured processed food for the midday meal scheme from the same source but at different rates. The difference in the rates has led many members of the MCD to question the purchase, as they suspect large-scale bungling. The MCD has procured the food items at virtually twice the rate at which the Delhi Government has bought them. Mr Farhad Suri, chairman of the Education Committee, when contacted by the NCR Tribune, admitted the discrepancy in the rates. He said that a committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Additional Commissioner, Education, to inquire into the matter and to find out why there had been such a difference in the rates. The committee would test the quality of the items procured and, if need be, fresh tenders would be invited.

MCD sources said that the order for the supply of processed food was placed with Gaurav Food Products by both the Delhi Government and the MCD for 2003-2004 via tenders. But for some inexplicable reason, the supplier billed the items at different rates. The order to Gaurav Food was given by the corporation after consulting the Department of Social Welfare of the state government.

The Delhi-based company supplied biscuits, roasted groundnut, roasted black gram. The difference in rates is glaring and blatant, according to sources. For instance, roasted groundnut was supplied to the Delhi Government by Gaurav Food at Rs 27 per kg while the rate at which the MCD got the same item was Rs 55.60 (see box).

The tender was invited following a Supreme Court directive to the MCD to provide cooked midday meal to every child in primary schools with a minimum content of 300 calories and 8-12 grams of protein.

The MCD invited tenders in the first week of January for the year 2003-2004. The tenders were opened in the third week of the same month. But the orders for the supply of food items were given in July to Gaurav Food without taking permission from the Accounts Department of the corporation and the all-powerful Standing Committee. No purchase can be made without the permission of the Accounts Department and the Standing Committee, sources said.

Significantly, the supply order was placed by the Education Department even after the Chairman of the Standing Committee, Ram Babu Sharma, questioned the Additional Commissioner (Education), Mr H. B. Sharma, about the details of the distribution of midday meal among nine lakh students of the corporation’s schools.

The corporation has also started a pilot project to supply cooked food among the 2.5 lakh students, but so far only one lakh students in 283 schools are getting it. The corporation has 1,840 primary schools in the Capital.


Whew! Rs 2 lakh in fake currency notes
Our Correspondent

Meerut, July 24
The Meerut police today claimed to have busted a gang engaged in printing fake Indian currency with the arrest of six persons. Fake notes worth Rs 2,20,000 in the denominations of Rs 1,000, Rs 500, Rs 100 and Rs 50 were seized from a full-fledged unit operating in a house at Lekha Nagar. Several gadgets used in printing, including a computer and a laser printer, were also seized.

According to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Mukul Goel, the Special Operations Group received a tip-off that two persons were trying to buy liquor at a shop with fake notes last night. The in charge of the SOG, Anil Kumar Sachan, raided the shop and arrested the duo — Raja alias Raju of Kaseru-Khera village and Jaikishan Sharma of Mawana town. When they were frisked, fake notes worth Rs 2,200 were found..

During interrogation, they broke down and admitted that they had been engaged in printing of fake notes for several months. The police raided a house (A-3/13) in Lekha Nagar under the Lal Kurti police station and found Ompal, Ashwani, Hari Singh and Rami Ram involved in printing fake notes. They were arrested and fake notes worth Rs 2,20,000 and some semi-printed notes of various denominations were seized. A computer CPU, a monitor, the die for printing the watermark of Mahatma Gandhi, one 3-in-1 laser printer, chemicals and accessories used in printing, a note cutter and a big roll of paper were also seized from the premises.

The gang leader is absconding. A case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 472, 12-B, 124-A, 489-A, 489-B, 489-C and 489-D of the IPC has been registered against them.


Kidnapped child rescued from hospital
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
The South-West district police today claimed to have rescued a kidnapped child from a hospital in Gurgaon. The alleged kidnapper had left the one-and-a-half-year-old child, Tanno, at the hospital while he negotiated with the parents for a ransom of Rs 22 lakh.

The accused, Jai Dev (28), a resident of Shahbad Mohammad Pur and a driver by profession, has been arrested by the police.

The child was kidnapped from a house in Barthal in the wee hours yesterday.

The child’s mother Manjita, her husband Jaswant (a taxi driver), their other child Pooja (5) and her sister Manju were reportedly sleeping when the incident took place. Manju’s husband Ajay was out of station on some assignment. Manjita told the police that around 3 am she noticed that the child was missing.

At around 10.30 am yesterday a ransom call for Rs 22 lakh was received by Jawant. The caller asked them to leave the money at Rajghat.

The police, who were alerted, by the time had compiled a list of Jawant’s relatives living in adjoining areas. Again, a call was received but this time it was made from Bijwasan from a mobile phone. Three calls followed subsequently.

When the calls were received, Jaswant overheard the sound of trains, which prompted him to suspect the role of his relatives in Shahbad Mohammad Pur. The police immediately launched a manhunt in the area and learnt that Jai Dev was missing. Cops were deployed in plainclothes to watch his movements.

Today, Jai Dev was nabbed by the police. During interrogation, he confessed to have kidnapped the child. He said he had abandoned the child in Kapur Hospital in Gurgaon. He told the police that he had purchased a car from his brother-in-law and had no money to pay him.

He knew Jaswant’s family very closely and he had learnt that Jaswant had received a share of Rs 22 lakh recently. Jai Dev kidnapped the child and approached one Dabbu, a driver, and borrowed his mobile phone for negotiations. 


Breach in drain, village flooded
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, July 24
The Lakhan-Majra drain, which emanates from Dhanana village, has breached at Girawar village, flooding the residential localities. With a capacity of 271 cusecs, the Lakhan-Majra drain carries the rainwater of Nirana, Nandal, Lakhan-Majra, Kharenti, Girawar, Madina, Tekna and Lahli villages.

The ring-bundh that protects the Harijan basti of Girawar from floods is likely to cave in if no immediate measures to drain out the floodwater are taken. The residents of the Harijan basti are maintaining round-the-clock vigil on the ring-bundh, so that they can alert the villagers in case of any damage.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, has ordered a survey of the villages which have been adversely affected due to the accumulation of rainwater. The district has recorded 27.3 cm rain in July so far, the highest in the past five decades. The previous high in the month of July was 15.7 cm, recorded in 1995, the year the district faced its worst floods.

The process of draining out the rainwater has already begun in Bohar, Balliana, Ballambha, Ritoli and Baland villages. However, the paddy and jowar crops are still under two to three feet water at Kharak-Bainsi village in the Lakhan-Majra block. The crops are likely to be damaged if the administration fails to drain out the accumulated water.

The Deputy Commissioner has launched a drive to improve the sanitary conditions in the town and also to desilt the drains, so as to ensure speedy drainage from the low-lying areas in the city. The Deputy Commissioner was alarmed when rainwater accumulated on the civil road opposite the Naraina Complex and Chhotu Ram Chowk, after the first monsoon rains on July 9 and July 10. The administration took two days to drain out the water from these areas. Taking a cue from this, the Deputy Commissioner has ordered desilting of the city drains and lifting of garbage daily. He has divided the city into four zones, each under the charge of an HCS officer. The Managing Director, Rohtak Cooperative Sugar Mills, Mr P. K. Sharma, is the overall in-charge of the cleanliness drive. The Rohtak Municipal Council has nearly 550 sweepers on its rolls, as against the requirement of over 1,000. These sweepers were appointed when there was no colony on the outskirts of the city, says the council chief, Ms Pratibha Suman. Owing to funds constraint, the municipal council cannot afford to employ additional sweepers, she told the NCR Tribune.

The HCS officers have fanned out in their respective zones to mark attendance of sweepers in their areas and issue on-the-spot orders for lifting of garbage. The Sanitary Inspector reports compliance to Mr Sharma by 6 pm daily. These measures had helped the administration in draining out water within a couple of hours on Monday, when the city was lashed by heavy rain.


Trail of destruction in Rewari blocks
Our Correspondent

Rewari, July 24
Flash floods, which inundated large areas of Khol and Bawal blocks of the district on Monday evening, have brought about large-scale destruction. The water has now mostly receded, but the villagers in the two blocks are still in a state of despair.

According to reports, the flood has ravaged Chheta Dungra, Pali, Majra, Gothra, Nangla, Mayan, Bas Batori, Mundi, Tankri, Mohanpur, Rajgarh, Sulkha and Harchandpur Kaldawas villages.

At least two persons — Madu Ram, a young farmer of Pali, and Ghanshyam, a teenager of Gothra — have been killed. Dozens of tubewells and several houses have been completely damaged while other houses have developed cracks. Besides, roads and water pipes have been washed away. The power supply has also been disrupted. The standing bajra crop in several fields has been damaged. OC


Crusher zone spews dust as norms take backseat
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 24
There is a heaviness in the air in Pali and Mohebattabad villages, about 10 km from here, these days. The air in these villages is highly polluted, owing to the proximity to a major stone crushing zone.

Although all of the 187-odd crusher units have taken NOCs or the required permission from the Pollution Control Board (PCB), the pollution in these villages is higher than the permissible level. It is suspected that certain units are flouting the norms; moreover, the movement of about 2,500 trucks daily in the area adds to the pollution. Pali and Mohebattabad are well known for stone crushing activity. The government has allowed 187 units to crush stones to prepare ‘rovi’, an ingredient in construction. The raw material (stones) is procured from the nearby hills of Sirohi and Khori and Dhauj villages. The state government has declared its resolve to set up another crushing zone at Dhauj, but it is likely to take another year before the new zone is operational, according to the department sources. The zone will have about 77 plots or units.

The poor villagers of Pali and Mohebattabad have nowhere to go. They are doomed to work in the crushing zone, said a member of the Punarjagran Sanstha, a voluntary organisation.

He said a majority of the residents were illiterate and had no knowledge of the pollution norms. Besides, if the norms were strictly implemented, no crusher unit would find it worthwhile to operate here, he said.

Each crushing unit is supposed to provide continuous water showers on the premises. It must also provide masks, goggles, helmets and other safety gear, so that the workers do not inhale dust which can lead to asthma, TB and other respiratory ailments. The units have to pay a fee ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 for obtaining an NOC from the PCB. However, it is reported that due to the connivance of the PCB officials and units, some of the norms are not strictly implemented. The latest development is the mining of Badarpur sand from the Ferozpur Rajput hills in the Palwal subdivision. The demand and rate of Badarpur sand has gone up in the wake of the Supreme Court order banning mining in Aravali areas falling within five km radius of the Delhi border. The Ferozpur Rajput area has reportedly been leased out for only Rs 70,000 for a period of five years.


Probe into freak mishap
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 24
The Northern Railway has deputed a team of senior officials to conduct a probe into the breaking of a buffer joint of two compartments of the Amritsar-bound Shatabadi Express, which resulted in the killing of one passenger and injuring seven others at the railway station here on Tuesday.

According to a report, it has also ruled out giving any compensation to the family of the deceased and the injured persons as they were standing on the railway track on the other side in violation of the Railway Act. Meanwhile, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has intensified a campaign to arrest passengers who travel on the buffers between bogies and foot-boards of the coaches.

The RPF officials nabbed six passengers travelling on the buffers of 303 UP passenger train bound for Kalka. The arrested passengers were identified as Dalip Kumar of Ashok Nagar (Kutcha quarter), Kailash of Narela mandi, Ved Singh of Kailana village, Virender of Jahri village, Bhagat Singh of Chatia village and Surinder of Jalallabad village in Panipat district. They were handed over to the Government Railway Police (GRP) for further legal action. A case under the Railway Act was registered against them.

Mr R. K. Mehta, Director General of the RPF, visited the railway station here yesterday to take stock of the situation after the breaking of the buffer of the Shatabadi Express on Tuesday. He also discussed the matter with the subordinate officials and directed them to launch a special drive against the passengers travelling on the buffers of trains.

He also disclosed that an 11-member team of officials would be sent to Sonepat for taking penal action against the passengers found violating the Railway Act. 


Kanwaria dies in road accident

A Kanwaria, Mukesh, a resident of Chinnoyat Colony in Rohtak, was knocked down by a Tata Sumo near Satsang Bhawan on the outskirts of Gohana town last night. He was immediately taken to the Gohana Civil Hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

According to information, Mukesh was returning from Hardwar along with others last night. Around 11 pm, when they were near Satsang Bhawan on the Panipat-Gohana road, he was hit by a Tata Sumo (DL-SCA-5542) coming from Panipat. He was rushed to the civil hospital in the same vehicle but died after sometime. No sooner than the Sumo driver came to know about the death, he fled, leaving the vehicle behind.

The police have seized the Tata Sumo after registering a case on the statement of Rajesh of Rohtak who was accompanying Mukesh.

According to another report, one Ram Kishan of Bhogipur Rajlu village was found murdered in his “Gher”, which is used for cattle. OC


Make stand on statehood clear, Khurana tells CM
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
BJP Delhi unit chief Madan Lal Khurana today reiterated that the Bill pertaining to the statehood of Delhi will be brought in during the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament.

Asking the Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, to clarify her stand on the statehood of Delhi, Mr Khurana said, “The Union Home Ministry has told me that the Bill will be introduced in this session.... They are discussing certain clauses such as, which areas should go to the National Capital.”

He went on to add, “Let the Congress decide whether they want full statehood or a union territory status for Delhi modelled on the Pondicherry pattern.”

The Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, had recently suggested that she would be personally happy with the Pondicherry model as the National Capital Territory of Delhi enjoyed a special status with the nation’s Capital located there.

Mr Khurana alleged that the Congress had neither demanded full statehood for Delhi during the past 50 years, nor has it ever included the demand in the party’s election manifesto. “Only when I declared that full statehood would be the main issue on which the BJP would fight the Assembly elections, only then did Sheila Dikshit get a resolution for full statehood passed in the Assembly.”

He added, “But, last week she went back on her position and pleaded for a Pondicherry-type union territory status for Delhi.” Mr Khurana has urged the Congress to support the passing of the Bill for full statehood.

“The Bill, after being introduced in Parliament, would go to the Standing Committee on Home, whose chairman is Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee.... The Congress should ensure it is cleared fast and passed and should not repeat the 1990 incident when its leaders H K L Bhagat and P R Kumaramangalam snatched the Bill as then Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed rose to introduce it.”

On her part, Mrs Dikshit had said that her government was in favour of the introduction of the Bill in the monsoon session, alleging that it was the BJP at the Centre which was delaying it.


Dismiss Mufti govt: Shiv Sena
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
The Shiv Sena today demanded that the Army should be given a free hand to strike at the terrorist camps across the border and the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government in Jammu and Kashmir should be dismissed in the wake of the attacks on Vaishno Devi pilgrims and the army camp in Jammu.

The Shiv Sena Delhi unit, which staged a demonstration here said that President’s rule should be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir as there had been a spurt in terrorist strikes since the People’s Democratic Party came to power.

Addressing the demonstrators, state Shiv Sena chief Jaibhagwan Goel alleged that instead of tightening the security, the state government took a soft stand on terrorists.

He said there was a conspiracy to cede Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan. Attacks on citizens and the armed forces were aimed at demoralising them in a bid to achieve this goal, Mr Goel added.

The problems of the state will not end unless the Mufti government was dismissed, he said. “It is high time we put our foot down on Islamic terrorism and all those encouraging it,” a memorandum submitted to Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani at the end of the demonstration said.

Meanwhile, the Akhil Bharatiya Muslim Yuva Ekta Parishad also protested at the Jantar Mantar against the recent terrorist attacks and demanded severing of all relations with Pakistan unless the country stopped harbouring terrorists.


Anganwadi workers seek a fair deal
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 24
Hundreds of Anganwadi workers and helpers of Sonepat district yesterday took out a procession here in protest against the ‘anti-worker policies’ of the state government and submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

They were joined in the protest march by the activists of CITU and Sarv Karamchari Sangh and were led by the state president of the Haryana State Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association, Pushpa Dalal.

The demands in the memorandum, addressed to the Chief Minister, included payment of the arrears of year 2002, Anganwadi workers and helpers be considered regular government employees and all the benefits like of bonus, regular pay scales, and pension be sanctioned to them.

Besides demanding the restoration of widow pension to the eligible Anganwadi workers and helpers, the union has asked the state government to implement the directions of the human resources development and Mahila and Bal Kalyan departments of the Central government issued in 2000 should be implemented.


Annual Jot Mahotsava at Hardwar
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 24
Large number of delegates from Nepal, Pakistan and Bhutan as well as from Indian states like Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh will take part in the annual Jot Mahotsava to be held on August 2 and August 3 at Hardwar.

Stating this, Mr Ramesh Chander Hasija, leader of the Mahavir Dal told mediapersons here yesterday that the ‘jhankis’ of Agra; elephants, horses, ‘shehnai’ bands of UP and Punjab; ‘atishbazi’ of Meerut and ‘dholaks’ of Delhi and Punjab will be the main attraction of the Shobha Yatra to be organised on the occasion.

Mr Dev Raj Dewan, an independent MLA of Sonepat will be the chief guest on the occasion.

The Shobha Yatra will pass through the main streets of Hardwar and the Jot will be put in Ganga water at 9 pm on August 3.

The organisers of the Jot Mahotsava have made arrangements for 50 buses for transporting the devotees to Hardwar. The devotees will be provided free food during their stay in Hardwar.

A youth of Sonepat, acting as Lord Hanuman, will be taken in a procession at Hardwar.

The following persons are the members of the organising committee of the Jot Mahotsava: president Shashi Karan Nassa, senior vice-president P C Sharma, vice-presidents Raj Kumar Madan and Jawahar Chanana, secretary-general Ramesh Chand Bajaj, general secretary Dayanand Ahuja, secretary Ram Sarup Sharma, treasurer Bhim Hans, convener Sohan Lal Batra, chief patron Prem Kumar Kamra, patrons Arjun Dev Arya and Kishan Chand Narang.


Verma visits rain-hit slum colony

New Delhi, July 24
The Union Labour Minister, Mr Sahib Singh Verma, Leader of opposition in the MCD, Mr Subhash Arya and Municipal Councillors Vijender Gupta and Arti Mehra today visited the affected areas of JJ slum colony and Bakkarwala village which were submerged due to leakage from the drain nearby.

They assured the residents of getting the situation normal.

Sahib Singh Verma discussed the issue with the Lt.-Governor who assured him of getting a drain constructed in the area to make it free from waterlogging. Subhash Arya said that the area was still waterlogged and the water-borne and other diseases could break out if immediate steps were not taken to pump out the water. The MCD school in the Bakkarwala village is completely submerged and the students cannot attend the classes at least for one month. TNS


Safai workers clamour for salary
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 24
Hundreds of safai workers held a demonstration in front of the office of the Sonepat Municipal Council here today to register their protest against the non-payment of salary and the failure of the authorities to fulfil their ‘legitimate’ demands.

According to a report, they shouted slogans and warned the authorities that if they failed to concede to their demands immediately, they would be forced to take out a procession in the city and gherao the officials.

Earlier, they held a meeting in the municipal park and it was addressed by the leaders of the Municipal Karamchari Union.

The workers alleged that the authorities of the Sonepat Municipal Council have failed to deposit the amount in their GPF and have not regularised the services of ad hoc employees which have 240-day service.

The leaders also alleged that the authorities have not deposited the arrears of the dearness allowance in their funds as directed by the state government.

Netball team

The Haryana Netball Association has decided to select the players of the Netball team of Haryana on the premises of the Subhash Stadium on July 26 and 27 in the city. According to a report, the team will take part in the 17th National Netball Championship being organised from September 3 to 7 at Jaipur (Rajasthan). A training camp will also be organised by the association for providing training to the selected players—both boys and girls in various categories.

Anti-encroachment drive

The district administration has intensified the anti-encroachment campaign in the district on the orders of the state government.

According to a report, the officials of the anti-demolishing squad swung into action and demolished as many as 100 unauthorised structures by pressing
into service JCB machines at Barona village about 15 km from here

The officials of the team, led by Mr Charat Singh, Tehsildar-cum-Duty Magistrate, were armed with a strong contingent of police as a precautionary measure.

Student injured

Naveen, a student of Indian Modern School was injured when his bicycle was hit by a tractor on Gohana Road here yesterday.

According to a report, the tractor driver escaped after the accident. The police have registered the case and a hunt is on to apprehend him. The student was hospitalised. He is stated to be out of danger.


Bijli Vitran Nigam warns people to keep off transformers
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 24
The Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam authorities have cautioned the people to keep off the transformers and advised those who park their rickshaws and place rehris and khokhas near them to shift immediately.

A Nigam spokesman said that it had been noticed that rehriwalas, panwalas and rickshaw-pullers stay under the transformers, whereas the risk of sparking increases during the rainy season.

He said that rehriwalas near local Kirorimal temple, rickshaw-pullers near Krishna Soda water factory and other people could be seen playing cards under the transformers near Patram Gate. They have been warned by the Nigam officials several times but in vain. 


Tariff cut may have induced subscribers to go for cell
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
The reduction in tariff of mobile phones may have caused the migration of subscribers from land lines to mobiles, informed the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Mr Ashok Pradhan.

In a written reply, he informed the Rajya Sabha that there were 21,72,789 land line telephones provided by the MTNL in Delhi as on June 30, 2003 and 19,82,752 cellular mobile telephone service connections provided by three private companies in the Capital, according to the information supplied by the MTNL and the Cellular Operators Association of India.

Reservation for OBCs: The Government is considering a proposal to provide for reservation to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in educational and vocational institutions, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Scholarship schemes: Pre-matric and post-matric scholarship schemes, under which financial assistance is provided to the State Governments and Union Territories for grant of scholarships to eligible students from OBCs, is also being implemented, Minister of State for Social Justice Kailash Meghwal said in a written reply.

Commission for EBCs: The Government has initiated action for setting up of a commission to study and recommend reservation for the economically backward classes (EBCs) not covered by the present reservation policy, he said.


Cane growers’ payments on hold for five months
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, July 24
Several Congressmen of the Kiloi region led by Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, a former minister and spokesperson of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), took out a demonstration in the town yesterday in protest against the inordinate delay in making payments to farmers of the region for their produce by the Rohtak and Meham cooperative sugar mills.

The demonstrators reached the office of the Deputy Commissioner to submit a memorandum to him to be forwarded to the Governor. However, the memorandum was handed over to the District Revenue Officer in the absence of the Deputy Commissioner.

Addressing the demonstrators, Mr Hooda said the condition of cane growers in the region had worsened due to non-payment of their dues for the past five months by the sugar mills.

He alleged the state government had been discriminating against the cane growers of this region as the Sirsa and Bhuna sugar mills had cleared the dues of the cane growers nearly three months ago.

The Congress leader warned that party workers of the Kiloi region would launch agitational activities, including a hunger strike and blocking of roads, if the dues were not cleared by both the sugar mills within a month. He threatened that the agitation would continue till the payment of the dues of the farmers. He also warned the official machinery against harassing the farmers at the behest of the government.

Expressing anguish over the erratic supply of power and water, Mr Hooda sought adequate supply of both the amenities in the villages of the Kiloi region. Besides, he put in a demand for immediate withdrawal of the enormous hike in the fee for various courses. He appealed to the Governor to give a sympathetic consideration to the long-pending demands of the residents of the Kiloi region.


With not enough applicants, college refuses to run BSc course
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, July 24
A bunch of admission seekers in the professional and specialised course for women, B Sc. (Home Science), are being denied the opportunity by the Government College for Women here for the current academic session. At least 20 students, who had applied for the course, have been asked to opt for the other courses on the pretext of inadequate number of applicants.

This is the only government college affiliated to Maharshi Dayanand University which runs the said course and has a sanctioned strength of 30 students per academic session. The college administration is allegedly reluctant to continue the course with lesser number of students despite being equipped with the entire gamut of infrastructure. According to the admission seekers, this course is purely a professional course and their predecessors were allowed to pursue the course under similar circumstances and with lesser number of students.

Their parents alleged the government had been adopting dual standards. On the one hand, they said, the government had been publicising the rights of women and on the other hand the girls were being denied admission to the only specialised course for women at the undergraduate level which could open various attractive career avenues for them. They informed that a college in Karnal had already started this course. There also inadequate number of applications were received for the course.

Dr A. K. Rajan, Registrar of Maharshi Dayanand University, said that under such conditions the university administration could grant permission to run the course if the college authorities approached them.

However, it is learnt that instead of seeking permission from the university in the interest of the students the college authorities have reportedly written a letter to the college running this course at Karnal to know their position. In the meantime, the parents of the students are a worried lot as the fate of their wards is hanging in balance.


Tea vendor commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 24
Poverty forced a resident of Jawahar Colony here to end his life. The deceased, identified as Gopal, had a tea stall near a school. He committed suicide by hanging himself.

It is learnt that he took the extreme step as he could not get proper medical treatment for an ailment because of lack of money. Consequently, he had been quite depressed for some time. In another incident, a labourer working at a construction site of a house in Indraprastha Colony, died after he fell from the rooftop of a house. In another case, a woman identified as Premwati of Chandawali village committed suicide.

Youth held for molesting minor

Bhiwani: The police charged a youth with attempt to rape a minor on the complaint of the father of the victim.

The villagers reportedly had met the superintendent of police and requested him for an inquiry into the case.

According to information, the daughter of Shree Chander, resident of Bajina village, had gone to the field along with her cousins on July 10. They were stopped by three youths, and one of them managed to push the victim towards the field and attempted to molest her. A tractor owner heard the girl’s cries for help and saved her. The accused fled. Later, the father of the victim registered a report with the police on July 11 at Tosham police station. The police registered a case under Section 376 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code against Sandeep, son of Prem of Bajina. But the accused is at large.

Two injured

Two persons injured when a three-wheeler on which they were travelling rammed a fallen tree near village Bidola on Tuesday night. A resident, Om Prakash said that the tempo had no lights. As it started from Saral village, it collided with a tree fallen on the road. The injured were identified as Somvir and Jaivir. They were admitted to a private hospital.

Woman ends life

Rohtak: A married woman reportedly committed suicide by jumping before a train at Sampla railway station, 25 km from here today.

The deceased has been identified as Shakuntala, a resident of Kharkhauda village who jumped before the Khurja passenger train coming from Delhi to Rohtak at around 10 am.


One held for murder of Sumo driver
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
With the arrest of one person, the North-East district today claimed to have solved a blind murder case of one Amarpal Singh on December 12, 2001.

The police have arrested the accused Rahisul alias Nawab Mian (27), resident of Welcome. During interrogation, he confessed to have committed the murder of Amarpal, a driver of Tata Sumo No HR-38G-1343, along with his associates Shamsher, Musheer and Qamar. They hired the vehicle on the pretext of going to Muradabad.

Two caught for robbing scribe

Two persons were arrested by the South District police for allegedly robbing a lady reporter of the Indian Express. The police said that two persons robbed the reporter Shobita Dhar, of her handbag containing a mobile phone and cash from a taxi stand in Qutab Institutional Area near her office on June 30.

The police on information laid a trap and nabbed the accused Anand Singh alias Dhallu (19) and Naveen (18), both residents of Katwaria Sarai from Pushp Vihar area. The accused told the police that they had committed the crime to support their studies.

Inter-state criminal held

The Special Cell has claimed to have arrested an inter-state criminal involved in several cases of murder, dacoity, robbery in UP and Haryana.

The police also claimed to have recovered one countrymade weapon and two live cartridges from his possession. The sleuths nabbed the accused Raunak Ali alias Surjit, resident of Muzaffar Nagar.


Ex-armyman’s family gets threats
Our Correspondent

Rewari, July 24
Anonymous threatening notes received recently by an ex-serviceman’s house here have put his family on tenterhooks.

The note states that the woman and her daughter would be eliminated on July 26, as a retaliatory sequel to the ‘humiliating’ eviction of a young girl, who was a tenant in their house.

The unidentified bully has hinted that the evicted female tenant was his sweetheart and it was unbearable the way she had been evicted from the house in such a humiliating manner.

Apprehending threat to the life of his wife as well as his daughter, Mr Satish Kalra, son of late Mr Sahib Ram Kalra, approached the city police for protection and appropriate action against the unknown person. Taking cognizance of the threatening notes, stated to be five in number and were inserted into the house through the lower chinks of the door at odd hours on different dates, the police have registered a case of obscene act and criminal intimidation under Section 294, 506 of the IPC.


Three car thieves arrested
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 24
With the arrest of three car thieves and the recovery of seven Maruti cars and three motor cycles, the Ghaziabad police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of car thieves.

According to police sources, in the course of routine patrolling a team of the Indirapuram police station saw a car parked at the deserted place near the Niti Khand area in the wee hours. When the police team went there for an inspection shots started being fired from the car. After half an hour of cross-firing the police team overpowered the three persons, Gaffar, Nawab and Yogendra Rana, and seized three revolvers, two knives and some live cartridges from them. After interrogation they confessed that they were car thieves. On information given by them seven Maruti cars and three motor cycles were recovered from a deserted house near that area. All three suspects are from UP and notorious car thieves.


CM to open ‘Dainik Jagran’ office in Panipat

Panipat, July 24
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, will inaugurate the new office-cum-printing unit of the ‘Dainik Jagran’ in Panipat on July 25 in the evening.

Giving this information, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mulkh Raj Anand, told that after the inauguration of the ‘Dainik Jagran’, the Chief Minister would open the newly built Girls Hostel of the local Andh Vidyalaya after which he would spend the night at PWD Rest House in Panipat. On July 26, the Chief Minister will address the members of the Bar Association of Panipat. TNS

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