Sunday, August 3, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Shown dreamy pastures of tinselville
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
Four persons who had kidnapped a teenage boy after selling him the dreams of a promising career in modelling and films were arrested yesterday evening by the Saraswathi Vihar police in Shakurpur, North-West district.

The quartet had also persuaded the boy to carry money and gold ornaments worth Rs 7 lakh from his house at Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. The police claimed to have recovered Rs 5.795 lakh, 13 kilograms of silver and gold ornaments from their possession.

The victim 16-year-old Surinder was rescued from a hideout in Vasant Kunj after the arrest of two of the accused in Shakurpur where they had gone to meet a friend. The accused Manoj Kumar (21), Ram Prasad (45), Rajender Singh, all residents of Vasant Kunj and Kalu Chandel (24), resident of Sawai Madhopur were caught.

The police said that Kalu was a neighbour of Surinder. He and his cousin Manoj hatched a conspiracy to abduct Surinder. Since Surinder’s father and his brothers live in a joint family at Sawai Madhopur and have business in cloth, car finance and wine stores, they knew that the family had enough money. Kalu and Manoj later roped in Ram Prasad and Rajender Singh for this purpose.

According to the plan, Manoj met Surinder through Kalu and promised him a career in modelling and films. He convinced Surinder that he should visit Delhi for pursuing the filmy dream.

Manoj also persuaded the teenager to take him to his house. Later, he looted Rs 7 lakh, silver bricks weighing 12-15 kilograms and some gold ornaments with the help of Surinder.

Manoj and Surinder then arrived in Delhi by bus from Rajasthan. After reaching here, two of their associates Rajender and Ram Prasad met Surinder and assured him of a career in movies. The ornaments and money were taken by Manoj while Surinder was kept in Ram Prasad’s house at Kusumpur Pahari in Vasant Kunj. Surinder’s family were shocked and reported the matter to the local police in Rajasthan.

Last evening as Manoj and Rajender went to Shakurpur to meet a friend, the police were informed that two persons had been spotted with lots of money.

The cops swung into action and nabbed the duo.

While Kalu was a labourer in a factory in South Delhi, his cousin Manoj was running a PCO booth in Vasant Kunj. Manoj’s father Ram Prasad is a dhobi while Rajender Singh was running a small dairy at Kusumpur Pahari in Vasant Kunj.


HC overrules Delhi Govt order on management quota
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
The Delhi High Court has directed the Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology to admit a student under the management quota disregarding the merit list, thereby rejecting a Delhi Government order that admissions on management quota, even within its five per cent allocation, have to be granted strictly on merit.

Directing the institute to grant admission to the girl who was ranked 10,754, Justice Vikramajit Sen said, he failed to appreciate what discretion is granted to the management if even within their five per cent allocation, they have to strictly adhere to the standing of candidates in the merit list.

The institute, affiliated to the Guru Govind Singh Indraprashtha University, had disallowed her admission, saying candidates on the merit list must be granted admission according to their position even in respect of the management quota.

The university had issued a direction pertaining to the general list candidates that students below the rank 6,180 on the merit list would not be entitled to admission, although students up to rank 18,000 were admitted in some other categories.

The judge said that if such direction of the state government and university is to be implemented and the management is constrained or enjoined to grant admission even in respect of its five per cent quota strictly in accordance with the merit list, the discretion, which the Supreme Court has found salutary to vest in the management, would immediately disappear.

Privatisation is not feasible unless some incentive or reward is available in the post-school education sector. It is for this reason that allocation of the five per cent seats was carved out either to enable the management to collect some profit for its efforts, or to entitle it to give admission as per this discretion, he said.

The judge added that some incentive or prerogative must be available to the societies or individuals who have entered the field of education, provided standards are maintained, and provided 95 per cent of the general public benefit from their enterprise and effort.

The petitioner possessed the requisite eligibility and fared well in the CBSE (qualifying exam), the Judge said. In this case, as in almost all other cases, it has become the practice and norm that the result in the CBSE or the ICSE is given no credence other than it being treated as a mere eligibility criterion, he added.

Justice Sen observed that holding of entrance tests is also a lucrative source of income to the educational institutions and there is every possibility that this is why such tests are conducted more often than not. This is also the public perception and complaint, he remarked.

When the number of students and courses to which they apply is considered in totality, the income reaped assumes staggering and astronomical proportions, he said. Keeping in mind that a student applies for multiple courses in different universities and colleges, the outflow from the family purse is considerable, he added.


Most girls see light at the end of the dowry tunnel: Survey
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
A majority of young women in the national Capital between 18 and 25 years are not just against dowry, but also strongly believe that literacy and awareness can eradicate the social evil, points out a survey.

A large number of these women even vowed not to marry those who support the social evil that has led to the death of several women, revealed the survey conducted by the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA).

The survey covered 278 respondents, including 17 men, in different parts of the Capital. As many as 148 women in the above group were vehement in opposing dowry and 67 women in the 18-20 age group not only condemned dowry but also said they would never marry anybody who supported the practice.

However, 75 of the women respondents said they would have to give dowry as marriage in their communities would not be possible otherwise.

The survey said 56 women from the upper and backward castes ascribed the prevalence of dowry to the rigid custom prevailing in their communities from time immemorial, but they also admitted that the practice had taken a coercive form in recent years.

The survey showed that the practice of dowry had spread to castes and communities where it did not prevail earlier. For instance, the custom has seeped into the Other Backward Classes and Scheduled Castes as well.

Most of the 63 Muslims surveyed in Old Delhi area felt that dowry was unavoidable as it was deep-rooted in the custom. Some of the young women said they would like to take dowry, as they were not being given any share in the ancestral property.

The survey found that the evil was affecting the women’s right to property. Twenty-two of a total of 89 mothers/guardians said they would not give their daughters a share in the property as they got dowry and a share in the husband’s property. However, seven women asserted that daughters should have share in the ancestral property.

Despite reservations regarding the possibility of doing away with dowry, most women were unanimous in condemning the practice. The report of the survey conducted last year was released yesterday.


Anti-dowry campaign renewed before marriage season
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, August 2
The ambitious anti-dowry campaign launched by the Rawal gotra of the Gujjar community in the district early last year is picking up momentum with the community planning a renewed campaign to rid the society of the menace later this year when the marriage season starts.

The success so far is despite minor violations by certain unscrupulous elements, claims an influential leader of the community on the condition of anonymity, adding that the campaign was going from strength to strength.

However, the community leaders are pained that this trend-setting campaign among one of the most backward communities in Haryana has got step-motherly treatment from the state and central governments and the NGOs. “We may be politically insignificant in Haryana as Jats call the shots here but the campaign should have got the whole-hearted support of the Chautala government, which claims to be the farmers’ government,” said another community leader. The leader conceded that only the media, predominantly The Tribune, had taken pains to promote the campaign.

A few violations should not be seen as curtains for the campaign, sources said, adding that the real test would be later this year when the marriage season commenced. And for that matter, the community was planning an elaborate programme to get rid of the violators and the vested interests.

Since the campaign had assumed the character of a movement, small resistance would not adversely affect its success and the months to come would show that it was taken to its logical conclusion as it had the support of a majority of the community members, Mr Ilam Singh Bapoli, an influential leader of the community and the spirit behind the campaign, told the NCR Tribune.

The Rawal gotra had launched this ambitious earlier last year with a view to checking the menace of dowry and give relief to the common man. Under an ingenious system developed by the Gujjar community, a marriage, which earlier cost a few lakhs of rupees, could be solemnised in a couple of hundred rupees. The same was true of the functions after deaths.

Under the system, elaborate guidelines have been set by the community for solemnising marriages and holding other functions. The violators face social boycott.


Two inter-state gangsters held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
Two inter-state gangsters of the Kishan Pahelwan gang and residents of Haryana, who were involved in at least a dozen cases of murder, kidnapping, extortion and Arms Act, were arrested last evening by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police near the Wazirpur twin tower in Pitam Pura.

The police also claimed to have recovered a 9mm pistol along with live cartridges from their possession.

The sleuths acting on a tip-off that Rajesh Dahiya alias Rajesh Nahari Wala alias Raje alias Kale (32), resident of Sonepat and Pawan Malik alias Pona alias Raju (22), resident of Rohtak, would be meeting Bhagte, brother of Kishan Pahelwan, near the twin tower in Pitam Pura.

The police spotted the gangsters in a Hyundai Accent car and intercepted the vehicle and caught them. During interrogation, Rajesh told the police that along with Kishan Pahelwan, he had shot dead one Jasbir, resident of Bahadurgarh in 1992 and Naresh Pahelwan in Adarsh Nagar. He also admitted that along with Samunder, an associate of Kishan, he had shot dead one Boda at Bahadurgarh. In 1993, he had got together with Mahabir alias Don and other accomplices to kill one Kuldeep in Bahadurgarh.

He confessed that in 1997, he had kidnapped Arpan Paliwal from Najafgarh along with Ranbir, Virender and Vedu. After his release from jail in May 2003, he was responsible for the death of rival gangster Anoop, resident of Mitrao on the Rohtak court premises. He went absconding after that incident. The Kishan-Pahelwan gang was involved in an intense rivalry with Balraj-Anoop gang. 


Septuagenarian widow found murdered
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
A 70-year-old widow was found murdered at her E-3 Greater Kailash-I residence in South district. The victim, identified as Suran Kantha Mehra, had a sharp cut on her neck. The wound was probably inflicted with a kitchen knife, the police said.

The murder was discovered by her neighbour, who had gone to visit her in the evening. While the victim’s two sons were staying in Mumbai and Canada, she was staying alone in Delhi. She was fine when her neighbour visited her in the afternoon.

The police said that though a purse was missing from the cupboard, there was no sign of forced entry into the house.

Candidates stabbed in DUSU violence

Activists belonging to the ABVP and the NSUI were involved in stabbing of rival candidates for the DUSU elections. The two incidents took place around the Delhi University campus in Ashok Vihar and Model Town.

In the first incident around 8.30 am, three former students and supporters of NSUI, identified as Pankaj Sharma, Yadav and Subhash Chowdhury, intercepted one Rahul Kumar, an ABVP candidate, outside the Satyawati College in Ashok Vihar and stabbed him on his upper arm.

He was rushed to the Bara Hindu Rao Hospital and was discharged later in the day.

In an act of revenge, four ABVP activists, identified as Nand Kishore, Ateek Rashid, Manish and Ashish, stabbed the presidential candidate of NSUI, Vinod Chowdhury, in his stomach in the Model Town area. Vinod was reported to be out of danger.

Nod to raise strength of assembly panels

Speaker of the Delhi Legislative Assembly Subhash Chopra today said that the House has approved the report of the Rules Committee on the need to increase the strength of all the House Committees and that a formal announcement in this regard will be made soon.

One of the proposals focuses on the need to induct more members on the House Committees so that the problem of lack of quorum could be overcome.

As per the constitutional stipulation, one-third of the members of a House Committee is required to form the quorum. However, meetings of several of the House Committees could not take place because of the absence of members.

Accordingly, Mr Chopra said, the strength of the 14 House Committees could be increased from seven to nine. There would, however, be no change in the number of members for forming a quorum of a House Committee, which would remain at three.

Among the other proposals being considered is installing a new public address system in the House and shifting the Assembly library. Meanwhile, the Assembly will be summoned for the monsoon session that is likely to begin sometime this month. According to officials in the Assembly Secretariat, the exact dates had not been finalised. A decision on the schedule is expected soon.


UHBVN makes light of crisis
R. D. Sapra

Sonepat, August 2
There has been no respite from the unannounced load-sheddings, power breakdowns, power failures and the low voltage in the city and elsewhere in the district.

According to a report, the residents have not received power supply regularly for over two months now despite the claims made by the authorities of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) that a massive campaign to curb electricity theft and improve the situation has been launched. Many residents said that they had to face long power cuts since the onset of summer. The not-so-good morning starts with power tripping which continues throughout the day.

The unorganised load-sheddings have become common and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. The Superintending Engineer (Operation), Mr T C Gupta, says that he cannot do anything in this regard. In fact, he said the same in the press conference held recently by Mr Balwan Singh, Deputy Commissioner in the Panchayat Bhawan.

This could be the worst power crisis in the city and villages in the district. The situation has worsened in the villages some of which have remained without electricity for days together. Water supply has also been hit badly.

The residents of several power-hit villages have organised demonstrations and held up traffic on the roads during the past one month.

Residents of Mohalla Kot have been facing power crisis for a long time because of power breakdowns every evening. The supply is restored after 9 pm when most of the residents go to sleep. Besides, the power cuts continue unabated in other areas.

To cap it, the voltage is low that the residents are unable to do household chores in the evening.

The power failures are not confined to a particularly area.


Prevent gastroenteritis, Health Minister told
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
Lieutenant-Governor Vijai Kapoor today said he was satisfied with the measures taken by the Government of NCT of Delhi to control the incidence and spread of cholera, dengue and malaria but told Health Minister A.K. Walia to make concerted efforts to prevent gastroenteritis.

The Lieutenant-Governor told the officials present in the meeting, called to review the arrangements for preventing the outbreak of diseases, to gear up for a possible outbreak of water-borne and vector-borne diseases in the wake of the unprecedented rains.

The Health Minister said the government would consider the suggestion that ORS packets and chlorine tablets be distributed through fair price shops. Chief Secretary Shailja Chandra favoured imposing fines on people found throwing garbage on pavements.

Meanwhile, incessant light rains that lashed the Capital yesterday, after a temporary dry spell in the last week of July, continued today.

The Met Office said the moderate to heavy rains, after the last day of July went dry, were due to a low pressure system moving up from the North Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of Bangladesh.

The city had received 13.7 mm rains between yesterday evening and 11.30 am, the weather office said. More rains were forecast during the next 24 hours with one or two spells of heavy downpour in some areas.


INLD announces names of Delhi unit executive panel members
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
The Indian National Lok Dal today announced the names of its executive committee members of the Delhi Pradesh Unit.

The Delhi Unit President, Hari Singh Rana, and in charge of Delhi Unit and MP Ajay Singh Chautala, after a meeting, announced that Phoren Singh of Badarpur and B D Sharma of Uttam Nagar have been elected the senior vice-presidents while G S More of Rohini, Hem Chander Bhat of Kanjhawala, Om Prakash Sehrawat of Najafgarh and Ashok Dabas of Ladpur have been appointed vice-presidents.

Anil Dabas of Kanjhawal, D P Chauhan of Uttam Nagar, Rohtas Sehrawat of Daryapur and D P Verma of Alipur have been nominated as general secretaries.


Gross violation of rules by fair price depots: Survey
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 2
Most of the rules and regulations of the Food and Civil Supplies Department are being openly flouted by owners of fair price depots all over Haryana. The department authorities have reportedly failed to take action against them despite repeated complaints of the consumers.

This was the conclusion of a survey report of the Khadya Suruksha Sangharsh Manch, a joint body of five organisations — Akhil Bharatiya Janwadi Mahila Samiti, Janwadi Nawjawan Sabha, Kisan Sabha, Khet Maszdoor Union and CITU..

Giving details of the survey report at Gohana on Friday, the state co-ordinator of the manch, Jagmati Sangwan, said that the survey was conducted in nine districts — Sonepat, Jind, Rohtak, Hisar, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Bhiwani, Panipat and Kaithal.

It tried to assess the implementation of the government directions on proper distribution of rationed commodities to the consumers by the depot holders and it was found that none of the depot holders had displayed the rate list and the list of cardholders..

It was also found that in many cases, the depot holders had made advance entries of the distribution of rationed commodities in the cards of consumers, mainly below poverty line cardholders, she said and added that by and large, the cardholders were not aware of the provision of a supervisory committee of consumers to keep a watch on distribution. Many of the consumers even did not know the opening and closing timings of the depots.

The manch also received a large number of complaints about bungling in the distribution of essential commodities, particularly to yellow cardholders, and of supplies of sub-standard wheat and atta besides, black marketing in oil, she said.

She disclosed that the manch would send its report to the department authorities at Chandigarh for action against the erring depot holders and also to help streamline of the distribution system.

Later, she and other activists of the manch visited the FCI premises and supported the stand taken by the karamcharis there against the supply of rotten wheat by the HAFED to the corporation.


Fee hike to cover up cost of CM’s foreign jaunts: HVP
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, August 2
The youth wing of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has charged that the Chautala government increased the fees for different professional courses to compensate the losses incurred by the state exchequer due to the frequent foreign visits of the Chief Minister and his ministers.

In a statement here today, Mr Kultaz Singh, state general secretary of the party, alleged that the government had shattered the hopes and aspirations of students belonging to middle class families as they could not afford the hefty fees for various courses. He extended the party’s support to the students agitating against the fee hike at Jat College here today.

Addressing the demonstrators, the HVP leader alleged that almost every section of the society had been fed up with the ‘anti-people’ policies of the Chautala government. He alleged the state government brought the drought-hit farming community on the verge of collapse by increasing the prices of fertilizers, seeds and other agricultural equipment. The next target was traders who were punished by imposing various unjustified taxes, including Value Added Tax, he said and added that now the students were hit by excessive increase in the fees for various courses.

Mr Kultaz Singh announced that the party would stage a massive demonstration here on August 6 in protest against the fee hike. He said the demonstration would be led by Mr Surender Singh, secretary-general of the party.

MBBS counselling postponed

The counselling for admission to MBBS/BDS courses against the management quota for PGIMS/Dental College, Rohtak for the session 2003-2004, which was scheduled to be held on August 5, has been postponed till further orders.

A spokesman for the PGIMS administration said today that in view of the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders, the counselling for admission to MD/MS/PG Diploma courses for the session 2003-2004 (against the vacant HCMS quota reserved seats) for the open category candidates, would be held at this institution on August 11 at 10 am.


Life goals and despair

A senior official of the United Nations, talking about his life experiences at a recent function held at the local YMCA, confessed that one of his deepest disappointments in life was his unrealised ambition to don the doctor’s gown. He could not get admission to any of the medical colleges in his country and often felt so miserable on that count that he even thought of suicide.

Many in the audience must have instantly felt a kinship with the speaker for disappointments come to all at one point of time or another though they take different shapes. Failure in business, an unsuccessful interview for a coveted job, formidable obstacles or uncertainty over a love affair may plunge many a youth in deep despair. Education does not seem to equip the young ones to cope with such situations.

Presently, thousands of young aspirants for a seat in a medical college or for other coveted opportunities must be facing deep despair. In a country of one billion with limited opportunities, it is possible that a large number will not get what they look for. They have to settle down for less. For many, this is a source of sorrow and discouragement.

It is so because for most people, their sense of worth is closely linked to the career they pursue. A good professional degree is the surest passport to the good things of life and respect in society. Ask a young man who had been dreaming since early in life to become a doctor or say, an architect. His dream world gets shattered to pieces when he is forced to choose a lesser alternative.

It is here the question of identity or worth arises. Should a person’s worth be determined in terms of his profession? In other words, what should be the sense of values that should be promoted among today’s youth? What should life mean to them?

By ‘sense of values’ is meant the things that we consider worthwhile in life; the values we hold dear; the priorities expressed in all our striving; the really lasting things or most important goals that we fix for ourselves. If wealth is considered the worthiest goal then we will get busy making money; if it is the pursuit of pleasure, then life will take on a different colour. Or if serving fellow beings is considered desirable, then again life acquires a different meaning.

Professional fame or wealth can not be a true measurement of the worth of a person who looks beyond the visible and created things for the meaning of existence. For the man, who believes in God, character is the real foundation of all worthwhile success. He can not be swayed by the mundane concepts of success and failure but is concerned with the terms on which success comes to him. And these terms are dictated by his sense of values. Man made in the image of God can not sell himself for lust or gold. Life is larger than a vocation and hence the student who has been denied entry into a profession should not consider it as the end of the world for him.

A worldly person has his moorings in earthly things. Not so one who believes in the immortality of the soul and considers himself accountable to God and fellow beings.

Selfish ambition may blind a person to the existence of others, but when light floods the soul, he would be of a different mind. Swami Vivekananda used to remind the youth in his time: “What the world wants is character. The world is in need for those whose life is one burning love, selfless.” He was looking for a hundred thousand men and women fired with zeal for holiness, fortified with eternal faith in God and nerved to lion’s courage by their sympathy for the poor, the fallen and the downtrodden, will go over the length and breadth of the land preaching the Gospel of salvation, the gospel of help, the gospel of social uplift…He thundered that he considered every man a traitor who having been educated at the expense of the poor millions, struts about in fineries without paying the least heed to their existence. But in the present day society, where success is worshipped such altruism has become unpopular.

Dr Sangster, in one of his books, narrates incidents which can help keep our values right. When the Titanic (ship) was going down, a certain wealthy woman, who had been allotted a place in one of the rescue boats rushed back to her stateroom and snatched up, not her jewellery, but –three oranges. An hour before the accident diamonds were more valuable than oranges, but not now, not on a journey when diamonds could do nothing but oranges could satisfy both hunger and thirst.

For those seeking fulfillment in life, diamonds, fame, money, sex or beauty could not be the driving motive. He will not allow his life to be spent seeking tinsel treasures. Loyola College, one of the foremost educational institutions in Chennai, has in its emblem, this slogan: Luceat Lux Vestra. Translated it means: “Let your light shine.”

For the young man, entering any course of study, that is an aim, which opens up a world of possibilities regardless of the vocation that he ends up with. When love and service become the oil in the lamp of the human person, there will be no room for despair.

M P K Kutty


Rashtriya Yadav Samaj writes to Fernandes on creation of Ahir regiment in Army
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari , August 2
Dr Ishwar Singh Yadav, national convenor of the newly floated Rashtriya Yadav Samaj, has written to Defence Minister George Fernandes asking him to create an Ahir regiment in the Indian Army.

Though the demand dates back to the pre-Independence era, Mr Raghu Yadav, the then convenor of the Haryana Yadav Samaj, had made a strong bid to raise the issue at the national level on November 18, 1981, the 19th anniversary of the historic battle of Rezangla.

Mr Raghu Yadav along with thousands of activists of the Yadav samaj first paid their tributes to the martyrs at India Gate in the Capital and then marched in a procession to Boat Club. A delegation led by him submitted a memorandum demanding the formation of the regiment to the President. Mr Raghu Yadav again sent a memorandum on behalf of the All India Yadav Samaj as well as Ahir ex-servicemen on September 19, 1983 to the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, making the same demand. It was reported that the Mrs Gandhi was actively considering the same when she was assassinated.

Last year, the All India Yadav Mahasabha led by its president D. Nagendhiran also launched a countrywide campaign to mobilise Yadavs residing in various states to support the demand. The mahasabha also organised a dharna at Jantar Mantar on August 12, 2002 to draw the government’s attention to its demand. various Yadav MPs, legislators, delegates and activists participated in the dharna. The issue was raised in the Lok Sabha by Dr Sudha Yadav recently.

Now Dr Ishwar Singh Yadav, who has been associated with the movement during the past 25 years, has again taken up the cudgels for the demand. In his seven-page memorandum sent to Defence Minister George Fernandes, Dr Yadav, who is also the elder brother of Mr Raghu Yadav, has stated that the military chronicle of the Yadav samaj was as old and glorious as that of the Indian Army.

Recalling that there were 15 Ahir platoons in the then Bengal army, he pointed out that 19,546 Ahir jawans had joined the Indian Army during 1914-18. These jawans had displayed their valour and gallantry during World War I. The brave Ahirs had given a valiant account of themselves in World War II as well.

At one time, the British regime was considering to create an Ahir regiment in the Indian Army. However, an open revolt by the Ahir company of the then 19 Hyderabad Regiment against the British command in Singapore in 1942, showing their patriotic sentiments, sealed the fate of the demand for a separate regiment.

Dr Yadav said that it was a matter of grave concern that instead of viewing things in the right perspective, successive governments had persisted with the apathy towards the demand during the 56 years of Independence. He reminded the Defence Minister that the Ahir jawans had repeatedly proved their fighting mettle on all fronts and in the wars fought against the Chinese as well as the Pakistanis. The record of one Param Vir Chakra, one Ashoka Chakra, four Mahavir Chakras, 26 Vir Chakras and numerous Sena Medals won by Yadav jawans and officers was proof of their sacrifice, valour and gallantry.

The first Prime Minister, Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, in his message broadcast to the nation on April 12, 1948, had spoken highly of the gallantry of the 4 Kumaon Battalion (which had Ahir jawans), which had saved Srinagar from falling into the hands of tribals in 1947-48. Gen K.S. Thimmayya, who was highly impressed with the valour of the Ahir jawans, had, on several occasions, expressed himself in favour of an Ahir regiment in the Indian Army. In such a positive scenario, Dr Yadav said that he was hopeful that the Defence Minister would make take appropriate steps to create an Ahir regiment in the Army. 


L-G directs govt to select new landfill sites
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
Lt-Governor Vijai Kapoor directed the Delhi Government to select five landfill sites in different parts of the Capital, as the present sites would be overflowing in few months. He also directed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to make available chlorine tablets in all ration shops run by the state government during the rainy season.

The directive was given following a meeting in the Lt-Governor’s office last evening, where Municipal Commissioner Rakesh Mehta and other senior officers of the Delhi Government were present.

The meeting was called by the Lt-Governor following reports that cholera, dysentery and diarrhoea have spread in the slum clusters and various unauthorised colonies.

Contaminated water is the main source of these diseases and residents in such clusters are often forced to drink water from hand pumps, which is likely to be contaminated. Residents can use chlorine tablets in boiled water to avoid such contamination, and it is felt that the government run ration shops are best suited for its distribution.

According to sources, the Lt-Governor reviewed the issue of landfill sites, which had earlier been discussed in the Standing Committee in the MCD. At present, there are three land fill sites–at Bhalswa near Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, in Trans Yamuna area and the third in South Delhi. When these landfill sites would be full in a few months time, there will be no place for dumping the garbage.

Taking a serious view of the issue, he directed the officials of the MCD to select five new places for dumping the garbage.

Earlier the MCD had initiated a project to produce manure from the garbage collected in order to solve the problem of the shortage of the land fill sites. However, the project proved unsuccessful even though lakhs of rupees were invested in it. Thousands of manure bags are still lying in the factory, the sources said. 


SI accused of issuing death threat
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 2
A Sub-Inspector in Greater Noida has been accused of threatening a property dealer.

The property dealer has sent a written complaint to the chairman of Greater Noida, Lalit Srivastava, as well as to the SSP, Rajiv Kishan. The property dealer said that the SI had threatened him that he could get him killed in a fake encounter.

Property dealer Tajinder Chaudhry, proprietor of Green Properties, Greater Noida, has said that SI Radhey Shyam Kapadya, posted in Greater Noida, had bought a 600 square metre plot from him. He had given Rs 70,000 as advance for the deal. This amount was passed on by Chaudhry to the owner of the plot. But now Kapadya has refused to take the plot and is demanding refund of his money, along with interest, alleged Chaudhry. Jatinder Chaudhry has said that SI Kapadya has told him that government has given him (SI) the power to stage an encounter and he could thus get him killed in a fake encounter, in case Chaudhry failed to pay back the money.

Kapadya is alleged to have forcibly snatched Rs 70,000 from Jatinder Chaudhry and is still demanding another Rs 20,000 as interest from him. All this has caused Jatinder Chaudhry great mental tension and if no action is taken against the SI, he will have to knock the door of Human Rights Commission, Chaudhry added.


Three Kashmiri ultras convicted under POTA
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
Three Kashmiri militants were convicted by a city court today. They were arrested one year back under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) for possessing explosive substances to carry out terrorist activities in the Capital.

Those convicted by designated TADA Judge S. N. Dhingra are Sheikh Sajjad and Feroze Ahmad Sheikh-both from Srinagar-and Meharajuddin Peer of Baramulla. Sajjad is said to be associated with the Lashker-e-Toiba.

The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on August 7.They were arrested on the night of May 9 last year from Nizamuddin Railway Station when they arrived in the Capital from Mumbai by Punjab Mail. Police had recovered dynamite and detonators from them.

The court said the accused had brought the dynamites and detonators for carrying out terrorist activities in the Capital.

High-mast lights commissioned

The vice-chairperson of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and MLA, Mr Ram Bhaj, commissioned three high-mast lights in the Moti Bagh area last evening. The lights were commissioned at Basrurkar Market roundabout in North-West Moti Bagh.

The lights have been installed on the request of the residents and traders of the area at an estimated cost of Rs 1.25 lakh. The height of each high mast light is 12 metre.

It will conserve electricity as the lighting system have been provided with controllers to regulate the level of illumination which will provide lighting upto 12 midnight and reduce it to 50 per cent after midnight.

Dispensary opened

The Union Minister of State for Sports and Culture and local MP, Mr. Vijay Goel, has dedicated a newly constructed well-equipped CGHS dispensary in Paharganj to the people. The estimated cost of the dispensary is Rs 1.25 crore. 


Gurukul tries to obtain university status
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 2
The management of the Kanya Gurukul Khanpur Kalan and Gurukul Bhainswal Kalan has started making efforts to obtain university status for the Kanya Gurukul, which is one of the leading educational institutions for girls in North India.

This was stated by the chairperson of the management committee of the gurukuls, Mrs Krishna Malik, while addressing a function organised at Khanpur Kalan, about 35 kms from here on Thursday, to commemorate the martyrdom day of Bhagat Phool Singh.

Bhagat Phool Singh, who was the founder of both the gurukuls, was shot dead by a fanatic for championing the teachings of Arya Samaj and promoting girls’ education in the pre-independence era.

Ms Malik said there was also a proposal to urge the central government to set up a radio station in the Gurukul campus.

She said a sports college and a law college, in the memory of late Padamshree Subhashi Devi, will also be opened soon.

With the opening of sports and law colleges for girls, the number of institutions in both the Gurukuls would go upto nine, a rare achievement in promoting girls education, said Ms Malik.

A lab technician course has been sanctioned for the polytechnic college of boys at Bhainswal Kalan and the number of seats in the computer course has been doubled, she said.

Deputy Commissioner, Balwan Singh, emphasised that girl students should participate in sports and cultural activities besides their studies.

Two bodies found near railway track

The government Railway police found the bodies of two aged persons lying on the railway track, near the railway crossing 27 and Ganaur railway station, about 16 km from here, yesterday.

According to a report, both the bodies were sent for a post-mortem examination. These bodies still remain unidentified.

Villager robbed

Four unidentified armed gangsters are reported to have assaulted a resident of Hassanpur village, Surinder, with swords and injured him seriously when he was on his way to his village about 10 km from here yesterday. According to a report, the gangsters also snatched a mobile phone, a wristwatch and cash from him before they fled. The injured youth was immediately hospitalised and is stated to be out of danger. The police has registered the case and launched a hunt to apprehend the culprits who are still at large. The incident has caused a panic among the people of the village.


Kosli DSP shoots self
Our Correspondents

Rewari , August 2
The DSP of Kosli, Mr Paramjit Singh, reportedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his personal licensed revolver at his official residence at about 12 noon today.

He was 42. He is survived by his wife and son. The circumstances that led to the extreme step could not be ascertained.

According to information, when his wife, Jasbir Kaur, went to a local doctor for treatment of her injured foot just before noon, Mr Singh shut himself inside his room in his official residence at Kosli, about 30 km from here, and shot himself.

It is also stated that the bullet which was aimed at the right temple pierced through his left temple, killing him on the spot. Reportedly, his cook, Amar Singh, and gardener, Hoshiar Singh, who were sitting in the lawn heard the sound of the shot but they mistook it for some other sound. In the meanwhile, when Jasbir Kaur returned from the doctor’s clinic, she knocked at the door which was bolted from inside. When the door was not opened, she peeped through the window and found her husband lying in a pool of blood. The police were immediately informed. After receiving the information, Mr Hanif Qureshi SP, Ms Neerja Shekhar, DC, and other senior police officials of Rewari rushed to Kosli. The body was brought to the local civil hospital where the post-mortem examination was conducted by a board of doctors. Later the body was sent to his native village in Sangrur district of Punjab.

Youth assaulted

Sonepat: A youth, Raj Singh, going on his motorcycle, was assaulted with sharp-edged weapons by another youth, Mangal Singh, near Jhundpur village, about 15 km from here, yesterday. According to a report, the alleged assailant also sustained injuries when the injured youth grappled him. Both the injured youths were immediately hospitalised. The police are still investigating into the case. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

Haryana BJP gears up for leaders’ visits

Rohtak: The Haryana unit of Bhartiya Janata Party has constituted committees in all the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies for making arrangements for the proposed visits by the party leaders to various towns in the state under the ‘Jan Jagriti Mishan’ (mass awareness campaign). Mr Pradeep Jain, spokesman and secretary, state unit of the party said today that the committees, comprising prominent party leaders, will carry out these visits from September 25 to October 2. He said the presidents, general secretaries and local MLAs of the respective district units of different Lok Sabha constituencies will be special invitees in the committees.

Free medical camp

A three-day free medical check up camp, under the auspices of Gaur Brahman Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Brahmanwas, began here today. The camp was inaugurated by Pt Hoshiar Singh Sharma, president, Gaur Brahman Vidya Pracharini Shikshan Sansthan. Free medicines were distributed to around 400 patients suffering from different diseases. About 200 renowned ‘vaids’ (ayurvedic doctors) from different states will examine the patients at the camp on August 3 and 4.

MDU counselling on Aug 8

Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) will conduct counselling for admission to Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology in MM Institute of Computer Technology and Business Management, Mullana (Ambala), for the session 2003-04 on August 8. Meanwhile, the second round of counselling for vacant seats of MBA, B Pharma and MCA courses in universities of Haryana and its affiliated colleges and institutions will be conducted from August 3.


Govt failed to maintain roads, flyovers: Third Front

New Delhi, August 2
The Third Front will hold a sit-in tomorrow at Jantar Mantar to highlight the lackadaisical attitude of the Government of NCT of Delhi towards upkeep of roads and fly overs.

Spokesman of Third Front Paramjit Singh Pamma said while talking to the mediapersons today that even the fly overs built as late as June have developed pot holes and cracks.

The fly overs could not withstand even one monsoon, he said, and alleged that neither the Government of NCT of Delhi nor the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had undertaken the repair works.

The monsoon, he said, had also exposed the claims of the government. Although the government claims to have undertaken desilting prior to the monsoon, the roads and public places in several localities, particularly slums and unauthorised colonies, resembled a cesspool. TNS


Woman missing since July 24
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
Ms Amarjeet Kaur (36), a resident of 6/406, Meera Bagh near Paschim Vihar, has been missing since July 24. She was last seen near Gurdwara Tikana Sahib in Punjabi Bagh.

She was wearing salwar-kameez. She speaks English, Hindi and Punjabi. People are requested to inform her brother, Gurmeet Singh, on telephone number 35002417 if she is seen any where, a press release said.


3 held for stealing idols
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 2
A police team from Uttranchal raided a house at the local TIT colony and recovered stolen gold and silver idols and cash.

Three persons, one from Charkhi Dadri and two from Bhiwani, have reportedly been arrested in this connection.

According to police information, a police party from Dehradun conducted the raid on a tip off and inquired about the stolen idols. The police seized a few gold idols, weighing 150-gm, and lakhs of rupees from the possession of two persons.

The police arrested also a youth for allegedly stealing jewellery worth around Rs 12 lakh from a jewellery shop in. A case under sections 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.

The arrested youth was residing at Sainipura mohalla and has been identified as Anil Kumar.

It is alleged that Anil smelted the gold and kept part of the stolen jewellery in smelted form with him.

According to information, one of the accused had been living with his relatives at Dehradun and he conspired for this theft in connivance with an accomplice.

The local police confirmed the arrests and recovery of the looted articles.


Bid to take away cows for slaughtering foiled
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 2
A large number of ‘brahamcharis’ of Gurukul Aghawanpur foiled an attempt by smugglers to take away cows for slaughtering to UP on the Bega-Ganaur road, about 25-km from here, last night.

According to a report, the brahamcharis also held up four trucks carrying 52 cows without any proper licence or authority and handed them over to the police.

However, all the smugglers managed to escape under the cover of darkness. The police have seized all the four trucks and a case has been registered against the smugglers who are still at large. A hunt is on to apprehend them. The police have sent all the cows to the gaushala at Bhatgaon village in this district.

The smugglers were on their way from Haryana to UP with four truckloads of cows. The gurukul brahamcharis got a secret information that cows were being taken away to be slaughtered. They, alongwith other residents, started a chase and apprehended the trucks on the Ganaur-Bega road.

Meanwhile, the Arya Pritinidhi Sabha is organising a Gau-Rakhsha Sammelan at Mehra village in this district tomorrow. The sammelan will be addressed, among others, by Acharya Baldev, president of the Sabha.

Acharya Baldev is now touring the villages in the district to mobilise more people to take part in this sammelan and make it a success. Addressing a series of rural gatherings, he urged the Central Government to enact a forceful law for imposing a ban on cow slaughter in the country.


Youth knocked down

Noida, August 2
A youth, riding a motorcycle, was crushed to death by a speeding vehicle near the GT Road bypass in Dadri.

According to Dadri Police, Dinesh of Badalpur, an employee of Daewoo Motors, was returning to his house on his motor bike yesterday. He was hit on the GT road bypass by some speeding vehicle. He died on the spot, while the driver of the vehicle sped away with his vehicle. On getting information Police rushed to the spot and informed his family after identifying him. The Police have sent the body of the deceased for post-mortem. In another incident, one youth, Ravi, of Badalpur, reportedly committed suicide by swallowing some poisonous substance.

According to information, Ravi had gone to meet his sister in Delhi. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead by the doctors. His body has also been sent for a post-mortem. OC

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